"Or he could take a chance, risk only himself, and possibly get the opportunity to offer all Syrena at least a small amount of extra protection."

The Stranger: A Tor.Com Original - Anna Banks

Cute intro to Rachel. Not only do we learn how she met Galen but we also see where all his human wealth comes from. This short adds an element of better understanding of how Galen, Rayna, and Toraf become so attached to Rachel. It's a really quick read.