This was just supposed to be a very short project to get used to using Twine, but it ended up getting a little bigger than planned. I have a background in illustration and I think you may just be able to pick up on this fact (that's also a big part of why it ended up taking as long as it did, simple and pixelly though the art is). Wanting to add illustrations is also why I ended up building this in 1.4.
This is the story's page over at IFBD http://ifdb.tads.org/viewgame?id=hjti2iykn988541t
(the game itself is hosted by itch.io)