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Notes: Written for the Serenity-Not-Quite-Now Challange. Thanks to emeraldsedai for a thoughtful and shiny beta.
Spoilers for Heart of Gold.
The careful artifice was gone; the rich wall hangings, cushions, suggestively placed vases, the artful misdirection from the unfashionable curve of the wall and the harsh metallic shuttle-shine. Inara was the only reflection they should have been able to see. She had been, once. That was gone. Stripped meticulously, deliberately, coldly. Never hurled in anger, though that might have made folding her last year into trunks easier. Taking nothing (hearts could not be taken, or so she told herself), leaving less.