After a great deal of time I have finally finished the first draft of The Bronze Man short story. All up it comes to a bit over 9600 words. It will need some going over and tidying up, especially the later parts, which should undoubtedly add even more words to the finished story, taking it beyond 10K words and into the range of a novella and not simply a short story.
I will let it sit for a few days before going back over it again. I have a couple more short stories that also need to have first drafts completed.