Passage of Time

She paused in the doorway, looking over her shoulder at him. Her eyes swept up to meet his, then lowered, triggering the small smile that raised the corner of her mouth. His heart raced like he had run a marathon in the few steps they had taken down the hall. His palm still felt the cool softness of her skin where her hand had been curved into his seconds before. The world shrank down to the size of a pinhole, giving him only a view of her before him. The scent of her perfume lingering where she had been filled his nostrils, and he struggled to stand upright.

How long had he wanted to be right here, about to slip into the bedroom beyond, to take her into his arms and show her how he felt about her? He suddenly couldn’t recall whether it had been mere moments or a month ago that they had met. It shouldn’t matter, he knew, and he tried to breathe slowly, but found himself unable to manage it. Emerald flashed as her eyes raised again to his. She was emeralds and sapphires and diamonds tonight, and more precious than all of those things.

“Ready?” she asked softly.

Featured shoe: Reign Mina Heels in Navy by Kenadee Cole

Other details:

  • Skin: Bold & Beauty Natasha in Porcelain by Jourdan McMillan
  • Head: Catwa Annie by Catwa Clip
  • Eyes: Mayfly Luminous Mesh Eye in Deep Paris Shadow by Arkesh Baral
  • Hands: Slink Avatar Enhancement Hands in Casual by Siddean Munro
  • Feet: Slink Avatar Enhancement Feet Deluxe by Siddean Munro
  • Body: Maitreya Lara by Onyx LeShelle
  • Dress: Clef de Peau Brandon Dress in Midnight by Marcopol Oh
  • Necklace and Earrings: Donna Flora BLUE by Donna Flora (no longer available)
  • Hair: D!va Hair Nayomi in Citrine (tinted) by Marisa Kira

Scene details:

  • RageWorks Classical White by RageDesign
  • AF Aristocrat Bed RARE by Apple Fall (gacha item)
  • Pixel Mode Victoria’s Bath Hurricane Sconce by Tya Fallingbridge
  • Fancy Decor Parlor Rug by Jake Vordun
  • MESHWORX Jessie Armchair by Loz Hyde
  • Pose: Custom by me

Gentleman’s Club

“It’s not about just getting the power,” he had told her, “it’s also about keeping, and about using it wisely. The threat of loss is just as real as the inability to come to terms with having it.”

The thought had stuck with her for a long time. It had surfaced in the boardroom, when Higgins had interrupted her the first time, interjecting some bit of trivial nonsense, as was his way. She let him have that spotlight the first time, her green gaze surveying him coolly. She tucked a lock of red hair behind her ear as she listened. It was her tell, but no one on the board had noticed it yet.

He had noticed it. He had seen her do it across a dinner table at their weekly meeting. It was his signal that what she was going to say meant something to her, and he tried always to finish his thought quickly and let her go where she wanted. He had told her once about figuring it out, and about using it to facilitate their communication. And as she pushed her hair back this time, she focused her thoughts.

Higgins’ blathering drew to a close, and she clipped the last few words right off of his statement. Of course he noticed, and of course he opened his mouth to grab attention. This time, though, she didn’t let him take it. This time her eyes snapped to him, and to her delight, his mouth clamped into a tight little line and he held his tongue as she spoke. Her gaze drifted to each of the 21 male board members. It may indeed have been a gentleman’s club within Hapsburg before she arrived.

Now, though, this was her company, and her board. And it was her time to lead it.

Featured shoes: Reign Abbie pumps for Slink High feet by KenadeeCole

Other details:

  • Head: Catwa Annie by Catwa Clip
  • Skin: YS&YS Kate by Monicuzza Babenco
  • Body: Maitreya Lara by Onyx LeShelle
  • Hair: Little Bones Black Mirror in Rosewood by Nova Faerye
  • Jacket: Tendance in Charcoal by Steffen Garcia (no longer available)
  • Skirt: Maitreya Mesh Mini Skirt in Black by Onyx LeShelle
  • Bodysuit: Maai Freya Lingerie in Black by Snow Wolfhunter
  • Bracelet: Osakki HAMUR Metal Cufff in Gunmetal by Kaysha Piers (probably no longer available)
  • Cigar: Nikotin Classic Cigar with Colorado leaf and specialty band by Ralph Dirval

Scene details:

  • oOo Studio Gentleman’s Quarters Set by Olaenka Chesnokov (yay!)
  • [ kunst ] – Boho carpet #2 – rose floral by Kunst Himmel (gacha item)
  • Apple Fall Masculine Bar by warehousefifteendesigns
  • Dutchie Schefflera tall by Froukje Hoorenbeek
  • Ravenghost Victorian Gas Sconce Luminarie by Ravenghost7
  • Ravenghost SteamPunk Fireplace by Ravenghost7
  • Trompe Loeil Enfield Chair in Bark by Cory Edo
  • David Heather Bally Bag in Black by Gianni Broda
  • 22769 ~ [bauwerk] Box of Cigars by Paco Pooley
  • 22769 ~ [bauwerk] Cigar Lounge  Ashtray by Paco Pooley
  • Apple Fall Books by warehousefifteendesigns
  • Apple Fall Reading Pile by warehousefifteendesigns
  • [PM]Pixel Mode – Levi Table by Tya Fallingbridge
  • [ kunst ] – Vodka bottle and glasses by Kunst Himmel (part of the set)
  • Studio Skye Scots Pine Forest by Alex Bader
  • Pose custom by me