I was also happy to see that a fellow writer from Abu Dhabi (and a member of my small writers' group) came second - based on the judge's overall impression rather than on points. It show we're doing something right in the writers' group.
Anyhow, The Unvarnished Truth started life as a piece of flash fiction (350 words) that I fleshed out to a 1,600-word short story. It features Detective Inspector Williamson, my stock policeman character, and is, I believe, his sixth published outing. The story doesn't feature a murder (for once), but instead is a humorous piece. D.I. Williamson is tasked by his superior officer with discovering whether or not a piece of 'Shippendeal' furniture, bought at a flea market, is the genuine article. Unfortunately for Williamson, his carreer might hang in the balance depending on the answer!
My second entry for the Slingink Scribbling Slam has been submitted, so I'll bask in my own glory until the results of Round Two.