Author's Note: Well, here goes another one. Sorry I haven't replied to reviews for the first chapter. I'm under a 24 hour ban from sending PMs, but when it's lifted I'll make sure to thank anyone who has reviewed. This one is considerably shorter, but I have several lined up waiting to be published, so hopefully that makes up for this one's length.

Rating: K+

Eyes Wide Open

She wishes she could shut down, like a computer.

She spent many nights wishing she could just simply turn herself off and sink into sweet unknowing oblivion.

How wonderful that would be.

She closes her eyes, hoping to accomplish her dream at long last. Her eyes are shut so tight that the muscles in her temple ache. She tries to block out moving hands that aren't hers, and a familiar smell of lavender. But most of all she tries to block out lips that touch where they aren't welcome.

She hears him chuckle and she shudders. "Open your eyes, Serenity," he whispers almost sweetly, and she finds herself compelled to do as he says.

She has no choice anymore.

When her eyes open, a sign of submission, she is unable to close them ever again.


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