|A well told tale of greed and retribution. In the act of reviewing this I would site one primary troubling point with technique. When the subject of the rocket entered the story. You seem to have desired for us, the reader, to have a suspended experience as to the subject being spoken of, as in,
"Why in the world are they allowed to build that thing?" Betsy Rivers asked.
"Have no idea, Mom," her youngest son, Robert, replied. "It sure is a big one."
This approach had the effect of throwing me out to the story as I had no idea of what was being spoken of. This moment of darkness was small but it was enough for the story to stop in my mind and have me contemplate what just happened, and pause in reading. While suspense or intrigue seemed to be the goal. In my own work I've found that keeping the reader in the information loop is best. The surprise would have been just as intense, had you said something like, "Damn, glancing out the window, how is he still able to build that stupid rocket out there."
This is only my opinion, but I offer it in the hopes, that it in some ways aides your work in some way.
Well done, I liked it quite a bit.
Dayna, The Ironworker