Disclaimer: M for suicidal themes. Works for either 9 or 10 doc. (You'll see).


She stared at the faucet, watching one drop well at the mouth, then slowly fall into the tub. The ploink sound it made when it hit the water echoed in her head, reverberating around the empty curves of her mind.

She stared at the faucet, watching one drop well at the mouth, then slowly fall into the tub. The sound it made when it hit the water echoed in her head, reverberating around the empty curves of her mind.

She lowered her head to her arm and closed her eyes, letting her mind's eye take over.

The cabbage roses on the wall were blooming into huge blossoms of pink and cream, the deep green of their vines snaking down the wall to entwine and tangle over her feet and legs. She saw the dust mites floating in the streams of sun and over the intertwined vines like so many little faeries.

Letting out a deep breath, she listened as the furnace rumbled to life, the heated air whooshing through the vents, sending the faeries spiralling back into the air. It slid over her legs, rustling the leaves of the vines, sending shivers up her spine as the goose bumps broke out all over her body.

Another ploink. Her mind's eye spun around to stare at the faucet once more. Another drop gathered on the edge of the faucet, like a diver on a high board in that quivering moment before letting go. The tiny diver jumped, swirling around and around until she landed in the deep, crimson pool. The diver's body disappeared with barely a ripple…just that telltale sound that echoed over and over in her mind.

She could see the emptiness of that sound moving through her brain and down her spinal cord; along each and every nerve until it left her body an empty shell as her mind's eye slowly closed.

At the rattle of the doorknob, her mind's eye shot open, sending awareness painfully coursing through her body. She heard a shout, barely registering it as her name.

Her eyes creaked open simultaneously with the door. He stood in the doorway, his hand gripping the jamb as he stared in at her.

He said her name again as the blackness came and took her away.