The Suvival of Cade by Sharon L Reddy
Approx. 55,950 words.
Published on June 6, 2011.
Cade was a rock rat. The rats were more likely to survive their five years of service running the Soor Corp blockade than cubbies, but they'd lowered 'dult again and he gave his hole to an arban with a human toddle. The arban told him he earned luck. The blockade would end and arbans would call him the Luck Maker, but the legacy of it was a fleet whose only skill was destroy ships and kill.