This was a chore to read. Usually my eyes and mind work together to skip over misspellings and grammar mistakes, but this was SO badly edited it made it hard to read. I know, I know, it's free and a short story but why would anyone want to release something so amateurish? There was too much trying to be packed in to a short story so nothing felt fleshed out. The characters were hardly likable and the ending felt like a mash up of several other popular PNR/UF books. I was disappointed and I can't recommend. There was so much potential there, even for a short story, and it seemed like first or second draft.