READ IT HERE: "Clockwork, Patchwork and Ravens"
BY: Peter M Ball
IN: Apex Magazine
This one is the winner of the 2009 Aurealis award for best SF short story. The clockwork of the title is the narrator, who has been terribly tortured in the past and put back together with cogs and levers. The patchwork is the girl who has been recently rescued and is in the process of being stitched back together, while the ravens, the corvidae, are the ones responsible for the rending of their bodies. After all, that's how ravens deal with the fallen.
This is not a fairy tale, - the narrator tells us so. It is not a romance in which a kiss will lead to an awakening, or in which the good will triumph because their feelings are more good or more right than anyone else's, but the story does have its poignant moments, although I could wish for more satisfying, if not happy, ending.