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Chapter 140 - The Glow of a Worm inside a Child's Eye[]

Penny (ne Doons) Andrew (Steiner-Davion) has been clean for years...


...and it's been harder this last two. Arthur's work kept him away, and being on the Federated Suns side initially kept her from backsliding because she didn't know the Scene.

Before Arthur, she had been at risk of backsliding. First Daphne, who went through recovery with her as a teen, and then Elizabeth, one of Daphne Rowe's friends and one of her grandmother's suppliers, rode herd keeping her on the straight...

So she stayed sober for Arthur's sake, even attended counseling services.

But it's hard to stay straight, to stay away from even common pills and remedies because you have a problem-and you know you always will have a problem.

It runs on her mother's side of the family, not the Doons side, but the Coughlin side...and it's something that is so easy to fall into, even as a military spouse...and something she has struggled with for years-staying away from the drugs for her Arthur, because when Elizabeth made the introduction, her family's old friend told her 'Arthur is straight-edge, Penny, you can't get high if you want to keep him.'

That's the worst part of what is happening. I didn't want this but he won't know because he knows about my past.

She struggled here. Now. As she struggled to ride the flood of sensation, to hold on to herself as the drugs worked to strip everything away in a blur of forced pleasure.

Her captor checked her eyes, her pulse.

"Dammit, are you sure you got the dosage right?" she heard one say in french. Local to the Fedsuns, makes sense I guess...

"Yes, that should be more than enough."

"She's still fighting it!"

"Wait."

This isn't ME!! She felt it, when her heart finally stopped.

Darkness.


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