Don't Count the Stars: A Short Story of Life on the Edge of the Universe by Jacob Heim
Approx. 6,200 words.
Published on February 10, 2011.
For Skeeto, an orphan growing up on the rustic frontier world of Fulon, the night sky is a beacon calling him to a life of adventure. But his old friend Bergen, a retired space traveler, has memories of a darker side to the universe.