I finished another edit of this story. The best thing is that I haven't looked at this story for years so I am not attached to it anymore. I was ruthless with cutting out things that didn't work and sentences that I had loved before. I also looked at my writing blog to ensure that I was mindful of the points I had raised.
I have sent it off to someone who's offered to do a critique for me. I hope the don't find it too bad.