There’s two things to note about this story getting published.
First, it takes the mantle from “Rust” of having the longest lapse between writing the story and sale (five years) and number of submissions before being published (19). Both stories were effectively rewritten a third of the way through through the number of submissions, so that’s still an impressive number of submissions before getting a solid sale. So when I laugh when you tell me a story has been rejected once or twice… well, that’s why.
Second, the folks at Crossed Genres need our help. They need to get more subscriptions so that they can keep buying quality fiction and paying good rates. Subscriptions are rather inexpensive and convenient, so pick one up, yes?