We have the main character, a soldier who apparently has a career with the Navy. He relieves himself in the facilities (apparently the term bathroom does not exist in this novella's world.) He is a soldier so I kind of think he would be expected back at his post. "Selling himself into slavery" because of the debt he has inherited from his brother seems to make no sense to me. Especially not when he ponders about the fact that he doesn't have any options other than that. I mean, he's a soldier, and not even from that sector - to which it takes a week to travel to - why not just say frak that and leave? Doesn't make any sense to me. I don't know, this story was a quick read but I didn't really like it. Overly long sentences that rambled along, too fast paced at times with no real effort to flesh out the characters or the world they live in. It didn't make me care for any of them. When it actually offered descriptions those consisted of rather random and uninteresting details that didn't do anything for the story, the characters or the world-building. Ignoring everything before him, most of which he'd seen outside, Step looked around for the person he was supposed to meet. Since he had no idea who would be meeting him or what they looked like, his visual search was largely a waste. Fortunately, Crezia had either described him, or shown an image of him, to the person she sent to meet him.This is just an example of the writing. So Step is supposed to meet with this gangster boss in a casino and it is really fortunate that the bad guy's lackeys know what he looks like because that way he won't miss meeting them. I mean, really, he would have probably just gone home if no one had come to escort him to the gangster boss. I am of this rather old-fashioned breed that believes casinos have cameras all over the place, with the bad guy or one of his thugs sitting there pointing at the monitor and contacting some other guy on radio saying "that dude in the black jacket by the entrance, get him." But that might be just me. Chapter 10 is short and we jump from some security guy who meets him in the lobby of the casino right to some ship that the protagonist is flying, skipping the whole part about talking to the gangster boss entirely. Way to rush a story a long. It gets weird a bit later in the story when Step is joined by Jay and a 12 year old girl named Zi who explains she'd rather see Step naked than Jay. Yup, exactly the conversation I expect from a 12 year old girl. Overall I feel rather blah about this novella. It's there, I read it, I will most likely forget about it.