And away we go!
Please leave critique as normal. The YES/NO format seemed quite effective, so I would encourage you to use it again, even though this technically isn't a voting round.
All I can say is -- it's amazing how the timbre of a first line completely changes when you add the next two sentences! I've had fun reading these, and I think you will, too.
Have at it! And keep your eyes peeled for CJ's critiques.