Indigo Heart

I first saw her at Palindrome, the skating rink on the east side of town. Her hair was blowing behind as she sped around the skating rink. She looked sleek, powerful, a little bit dangerous, and a whole lot of gorgeous. I held my breath as I watched from the balcony while she wove through the crowd on the rink. She gave a few head nods as she passed people who seemed to know her, but she never acknowledged anyone first. Everything about her said that she was beholden only to herself, completely free from all the little social cues and conventions that stifled others. I’m sure I painted a lot of that onto her personality as she whizzed past, but I’d make adjustments when I met her, and that became my sole purpose for my evening.

I wove my way through the crowds on the ramp down from the balcony, skidding around the corners and holding onto the rails, my bag hitting my hip as I slid down the last bit of the descent and onto the main floor. I hoped she was still on the rink as I wobbled my way across the carpet, which had been worn smooth by thousands of skates trying to cross this very route. Music thrummed in my ears, the beat making it feel like my pulse was matching the bass tones.

I waited about ten minutes, and then she swung wide on the rink. I moved just enough to one side and she crashed right into me. I went down beneath her, the breath knocked out of me with a whoosh. She was pressed against the full length of me, making my head spin a little bit. Her eyes were even more amazing up close. Then she was up, rising gracefully and offering her hand to pull me up.

“I’m sorry,” she said quietly. I took her hand and she hauled me to my feet.

“Totally my fault,” I said shyly, wanting desperately to look into her eyes again, but getting distracted somewhere around her lips and the glossy red shine on them that was reflecting a thousand lights from the disco balls hanging around the room. “I’m Lindsey,” I said, finally looking into her eyes.

“Indigo Heart,” she said, smiling slightly. I wondered if this was the smile of indulgence she gave to people who couldn’t resist staring at her… like I was. “Nice to meet you. Sorry again.”

Just like that, Indigo Heart faded into the crowd.

I’d find her again, I thought. And I did.

 

Featured shoe: N-Core Skates in White by Claire Messenger

Other details:

  • Skin: Pepe Khadijah in Espresso by pepehair
  • Makeup: Pepe Khadijah Lips in Red Gloss by pepehair
  • Eyes: Mayfly Liquid Light Eyes in Aged bronze by Arkesh Baral
  • Body: Maitreya Lara by Onyx LeShelle
  • Bodysuit: Blueberry Lida in Beige by Blueberryxx
  • Necklace: Minimal Necklace ABC in Gold by Ors Quan
  • Hair: Unorthodox Thunda Afro by Tonio Harmison

Scene details:

  • Pilot Double Disco Ball by Kaz Nayar
  • Poses by me

Daughter of the Sands

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Khamira slipped through the square when the sun was low on the horizon, its rays casting a soft amber glow over the stones of street and building. She was using the side entrance to avoid notice, and the shout behind her was one she didn’t listen to above the din of the crowds still lingering in the market square. When she got to the first step she heard it again, and this time it registered: “Stop” in the Druhili tongue. It was a masculine voice, heavy and rich and deep. But her hand was on the door already, the wood rough under her calloused palm.

“Stop,” he said again and this time he was close, a few steps away. She had not heard him move down the alley, which made her instantly suspicious. She froze in the doorway, her hand tightening against the smooth, cool wood of her staff, its light orb pulsing with her heartbeat. Of course it would want to turn around and fight this man, because that’s what Illara was made to do, and she did it well.

The man’s breathing was fast. He was certainly lucky he had not reached out and tried to grab her, lest he find himself missing a hand. Still, she could hear that he had stopped moving, so she stilled herself.

“Please,” he said, without pleading, “turn around? I believe…” he babbled, his sentence trailing. Whatever he believed wasn’t her concern, but his identifying her would be a problem. She sighed inwardly, and slowly turned around, raising her head and looking him straight in the eye.

There was no disguising the sunset gold of her eyes, made all the more visible by the markings on her nose and high on her cheekbones that identified her as Mariellan. The man — who was handsome, broad of shoulder and very tall — gasped and stepped back a pace. The slightest movement of her head warned him not to bow to her here.

She moved to him, gripping her staff tightly, holding his gaze. “You believe what?” She asked in Druhili.

“I thought I knew…” he stammered, mesmerized by her eyes, as they so commonly were. “I was mistaken.” He finally broke their intense staring contest, looking down at the dusty stone steps.

She raised her left hand to his cheek, cupping it tenderly, once more raising his eyes to hers. “You were mistaken. Go back to the market. You’ll remember what you were doing once you get there.” He nodded dumbly, turned and walked back down the alleyway, disappearing around the corner. She was never fond of having to make that delicate connection, and to wipe memories from the untroubled. But she was here for a reason, and her mission could not be compromised.

She drew her hood down over her face and slipped into the building.

Featured shoes: ISON Cult Riding Boots in Tan by Harry Hyx

Other details:

  • Head: Catwa Annie by Catwa Clip
  • Skin: Atelier Pepe Khadijah Skin in Natural by Pepehair
  • Body: Maitreya Lara by Onyx LeShelle
  • Eyes: Mayfly Luminous Mesh Eyes in Sunset by Arkesh Baral
  • Hair: booN POI481 by boo Nakamura
  • Bodysuit & Hood: Moon Elixir Roguish 1 Bodysuit RARE by ElixirBlack (gacha item)
  • Necklace: MINIMAL Monoton Necklace in Gold by Ors Quan
  • Hands: Slink Avatar Enhancement Hands in Casual by Siddean Munro
  • Manicure: Hello Dave in Temptation by Maia Gasparini
  • Face Paint: LeForme Native Paint 4 for Catwa by Louise Marsault (tinted)

Scene details:

  • Doorway: Fanatik Tower by Funatik
  • Staff: AF/AL Light Staff by Apple Fall (warehousefifteendesigns) (gacha item)
  • Poses custom by me