Dash, unemployed thanks to the clockworks, has pledged fealty to The Brotherhood, a group determined to bring about the downfall of the automatons by any means necessary. His plan to kidnap Victoria goes awry when the unorthodox scientist pledges her assistance to their cause.
Despite their opposite social classes, a bond grows between them, and Victoria begins to feel emotions she never expected for the passionate Dash. But when the Slasher strikes close to home, Dash and Victoria realize that the boundaries of polite society are far from the only threat to their happiness...
When I first started reading this I didn't realize it was a short story, whoops! That explains the rush through the ending, everything is "resolved" with a few snaps. I liked the characters though, Victoria has a good head on her shoulders and she is a scientist (kudos). Dash is a "streetrat" but he still has morals and works towards what he believes in, he also has a cute dream for his future. The attraction between them is instant (too instant for my taste, but I have to remind myself again that this is a short story) without giving anything away I will say that they way these two ah *meet* is my favorite part of the whole story. Their relationship is sweet, he thinks she's too good for him and she doesn't care... even though I've read plenty of relationships like this, they still get me every time. A quick romance murder mystery read!
I give this story 2.5 owls!