Golden is the adjective that best describes this young beauty. Golden-honey-brown hair frames perfect features toned a flawless golden-light-olive that set off eyes of a deep golden brown. Her smile shines bright as golden sunlight, and her carriage is as regal as the richest treasure.Personality:
Serena isn't just a pretty girl, she is a breathtakingly stunning young beauty, and she revels in the attention this draws. Looks aren't everything she has, but her looks are what she treasures most. She lives healthy and works hard to maintain her lovely body and flawless complexion. Athletics and competition are for her a means to an end. The end being to keep her body healthy, limber, and strong and her complexion glowing with health. She doesn't mind winning - she simply isn't overly concerned about the matter, and is happy to participate as long as she suffers no injury. She likes boys. She likes boys a lot. But women are cool too. But she has trouble making friends with women, because she's so often the center of attention that most girls quickly grow jealous.
Serena is not truly a slut. Really. She's just popular. She also has very high standards and more opportunity than she could ever satisfy. Still, at seventeen she's had more sexual partners than many have in a lifetime. Guys - and girls - pull out their best game for her, and she truly does enjoy the game. In fact, she craves it. Sex is almost a letdown in her opinion. She rarely enjoys actual sex, due in part to prior bad experiences. But mostly she avoids consummation because it means the wooing and maneuvering is over and what she loves more than anything is attention. She isn't past using sex to get that attention, but she much prefers to use the implied promise of sex, the tantalizing prospect of something more.
In short, she is much more tease than slut. In fact, she can't help teasing. She draws attention even when dressing down and attempting to fade into the background, not that she often tries doing either. She likes to be liked, and so she's usually open and friendly and even a bit flirtatious. She tries to set limits, but often those limits are outshone by her force of personality and by her stark golden beauty. This has caused her problems in the past. Sometimes, quite serious problems.Background:
Serena hasn't really had a hard life, she grew up in a stable house with wonderful parents and siblings that were her best friends. She knew love and sacrifice and loyalty and is every bit as protective of her family as they are of her. Small town life was for the most part easy, almost lazy, and quite wonderful. She seemed to know the arts of manipulation and flirtation from birth, and she had her father wrapped around her dainty little pinky before she was completing sentences. There were problems, but none were serious and wrongs among family and siblings were quickly forgiven and forgotten.
Her relationship with her twin sister isn't typical. They aren't really rivals, but they do compete. Serena is good at dragging Cleo to the mall to meet boys even when the other girl would rather stay in the garage to rebuild an engine. Both girls are in track, and while it wouldn't be fair to say Serena lets Cleo win, the fact is that Cleo does in fact win more often than not. Still, they are fairly evenly matched and Serena can easily win a race if her sister isn't on her best game. Their sports goals are very different, but both work hard at being their best. Serena doesn't really think she's the pretty one, though she loves being told she is. She isn't jealous at all of her sister's looks or skills, but sometimes wishes they had more in common.
But when you crave attention and play with fire by flirting with the wrong people, you sometimes get burnt. No matter how much you enjoy attention you can sometimes receive too much. Much too much in fact. Selena was only 12 when she was first raped. Not only raped but abducted, kidnapped and held against her will in a strange town for most of the summer. She learned many things she was too young to learn that summer. While the experience was brutal, she managed not only to survive it, but to prosper. Her rapist was caught when he returned to her home, breaking in to steal things he was sure would make her happy. In the five years since this traumatic event, the girl has unwillingly engaged in sex more than a few times - mostly at the end of dates that her partners would describe as 'went well.'
The fact that she can still look a man in the eye, that she can still smile and even flirt while doing so, the fact that she can still be persuaded to go on a date, all indicate a near pathological need for attention. She can stand up in front of a crowd and cheer the local team on to victory, she can laugh and she can carry on a conversation without ever displaying the fear and pain that must be buried deep in her scarred psyche. Now in high school, she isn't dating anyone seriously, but she is active in track and field and cheer and the school paper. She always has a smile and a kind word for those she meets, and she never shows sign of sadness or trauma. The only time she shows anger is for a cause - injustice or cruelty or callous waste all inspire her ire. She doesn't mind displaying righteous indignation for a cause. After all - she's been told that she was cute when angry.Past Life:
They say Helen's was the face that launched a thousand ships, but years before the war that brought her name into Myth, Helen was abducted, fought over, bartered, wooed, and generally made the center of a great deal of fuss. Theseus of Athens abducted her when she was barely old enough to marry, claiming her for his bride by right of divine ancestry. While her brother's invaded Athens and rescued her, she was quite pregnant by that time. The daughter she bore was secretly adopted by her sister Clytemnestra who was already married to the great king Agamemnon of Mycenae. The child's name was Iphigeneia, and Helen rarely saw her once the child was sent to Mycenae with her new adoptive parents.
Helen fought with the boys of Sparta, particularly with her brothers Castor and Pollux. She was quite accomplished in the arts of the hunt and war, and as Spartans most often fought nude, so did she. Apparently, she felt no shame nor modesty baring it all for the boys of Sparta. A girl of her charms drew many suitors, and few knew she was no longer a blushing maiden. Kings from across the Grecian realms came to pay her court. Her father, King Tyndareus of Sparta was afraid to select a husband for his daughter, or send any of the suitors away, for fear of offending them and giving grounds for a quarrel. Finally the wise Odysseus, among the many suitors but aware he had little chance to win Helen's hand, promised to solve the problem. If Tyndareus in turn would support him in his courting of Penelope, he would present a solution to the king's dilemma. Tyndareus readily agreed and Odysseus then proposed The Oath of Tyndareus: that before the decision was made, all the suitors should swear a most solemn oath to defend the chosen husband against whoever should quarrel with him. Enforcement of this Oath led directly the Trojan war.
Tyndareus, now free to choose a husband for his overly-blessed daughter, chose Menelaus of Sparta - the local boy that had already knocked her up while the other suitors postured and squabbled. Helen was finally happy, married to a great warrior and a powerful king. And then a decade later the gods intervened to destroy her happiness. The vanity of the goddess Aphrodite and the silver tongue of a Trojan prince conspired to tear Helen away from her husband and her child.
Breathlessly spirited away, she found herself living alone and reviled among strangers as her family and the united armies of Greece fought for her honor and their oaths. None know whether Helen was abducted by force or coaxed by seduction and the powers of the goddess of love, but what is certain is she badly regretted the incident.
What Helen learned from all this was that if she put the best face on things and learned to enjoy the moment, she could get through anything.