So I didn't win the Reader's Poll after all.
I was a little confused by the fact that I got an email this morning saying that Fiction Vortex wanted to know where to send my prize... Looking at the site, I found this: http://www.fictionvortex.com/2013/09/winners-of-the-august-2013-fiction-contest/ which is amazing and... Honestly I was a bit taken aback when they took the story as it had been around for so long (I first wrote it in 2009 and just kept tinkering with it)... Now that it's won something I'm even more shocked and all I can say is thank you to Fiction Vortex for publishing Whispers and for deeming it worthy of a prize and thank you to the people who voted for the story.
I'm truly touched, (probably in the head but that's another story) and think its amazing that I won.