Mercury In Hand
by Amanda M. Hayes
They held mixed feelings about Dain on the ship. The respect came automatically: he was a Zero-rank, and that meant when he converted starlight into fuel for the Maiden's Crescent he lost nothing to entropy. On the other hand, he'd given up being a Generator to work as a freelance enchanter. For such a choice the contempt rose fast and thick.
But his return to his old trade for this trip through the Sol System increased their profit enormously--all Dain wanted in exchange for his service was a quick stop at each satellite, small change compared to the usual fees.