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

The Last One

He watched her, seated atop the rock. Sometimes she moved a great deal, and others she was utterly still. He worried when she was still for so long, and he often thought of approaching her, to see if he might move her and know that she was still within, still breathing, still alive.

She had been so still this time that he was unsure she was even blinking. He was worried, uncertain what to do. He watched closely, hovering nearby, willing her pale eyes to close and open again. It scared him that this incredible being might depart his sight. He had protected her, defended her, guided and listened to her. How long had he remained a mere breath away?

Finally he moved close enough to caress her cheek. Her eyes fluttered and she touched her long, delicate fingers to her skin where he had been. He breathed a sigh of relief and it made strands of her pale hair rustle and settle into new places along her slender neck. He delighted in seeing the effect, of having changed her that little bit.

“Why are you so still?” he breathed some time later, having finally summoned the courage to give voice to his question.

“Because I am the last,” she answered, raising her head. A tear slipped from her eye. He touched it, turning it to ice, and let it fall into her lap.

He stirred her hair gently again as he nodded. He couldn’t believe he was actually talking to her. He had not braved talking to someone in so long, he worried his voice might break or that his words wouldn’t come out at all. But she was talking back, and that delighted him.

“I am alone,” she whispered, lowering her head and holding the solid, glittery form of her tear. Another joined it then, sliding down her porcelain  cheek. He caught this one too, icing it with little more than a thought, nudging it into her palm.

“You’re not alone,” he whispered. “I’ve always been with you.” This time he wrapped her in his embrace, giving her his warmth, feeding her body with his heat, swirling around her. He kissed her neck, and she sighed softly and closed her eyes. He kissed her eyelids and she offered her lips, raising her chin. He kissed her there, too, tenderly touching her skin.

Wind settled then, and watched her once more.

Featured shoe: Reign Dare Knee High Boots in White by Kenadee Cole

Other details:

  • Skin: Le Forme Anna Catwa Skin Applier in Light Tone by Louise Marsault
  • Lipstick: Bold and Beauty Lindsey Lipstick by Jourdan McMillan
  • Head: Catwa Annie by Catwa Clip
  • Ears: BentBox Sylvan Ears by Tiflye
  • Eyes: Mayfly Liquid Light Eyes in Ghost True Grey by Arkesh Baral
  • Body: Maitreya Lara by Onyx LeShelle
  • Dress: Zenith Ballerina Dress in Snow by Miffyhoi Rosca
  • Necklace and Circlet: Plastik Darknys in Pure by Aikea Reiko
  • Hair: LeLutka Alice in Arctic by Thora Charron

Scene details:

  • Skye Ice Sheets & Forms by Alex Bader
  • Skye Falling Snow System by Alex Bader
  • Skye Water by Alex Bader
  • Pose 1: oOo Studio Pretty_four by Olaenka Chesnokov
  • Pose 2: Custom by me

Winter’s Blush

It was what Northerners called a “bitter cold” that morning, when she made her way out into the forest. The cold made her eyelashes feel instantly frosty, and the scent of the air had changed from the sleepy sap of pine to the sharp bite of the weather itself. Snow swirled around her, and she stuffed her hands in her pockets. The quiet hush of the pines descended into her mind like a balloon floating gently back to earth.

It didn’t matter that he said he loved her even though he couldn’t be with her. That was his way of saying that he’d moved on, and she knew it. Seeing them together — when she knew they had not seen her — felt wrong. She had looked at that woman as a replacement, and there was no way around wondering what was there that had been lacking between them that it didn’t work. She had asked him, but he couldn’t tell her. His answer was always time.

Snow crunched under her boots as she walked, leaving tracks which seemed to fill up as she made them. Her nose was red, she was sure, and cheeks rosy as well. There was something still unresolved, and she was struggling to figure out what it was. She had guessed it was all that time he had suddenly found for this new person that he couldn’t beg, borrow or steal for her. It made her uneasy to think about.

There was a lie there somewhere, even if it wasn’t intentional. Lies were something she had hoped never came between them. It had come between them, and it had blown through her world like a blizzard, freezing her in a cold, empty place.

She turned back and looked at her own tracks. There wasn’t a way to walk that same path again; the replacement snow was already wiping that path away behind her.

She tucked her head into the neck of her coat and kept walking.

Featured shoes: REIGN Nordic Boots in Mocha by KenadeeCole

Other details:

  • Head: Catwa Annie by Catwa Clip
  • Skin: YS&YS Kate by Monicuzza Babenco
  • Body: Maitreya Lara by Onyx LeShelle
  • Eyes: Mayfly Luminous in Deep Paris Shadow by Arkesh Baral
  • Nose/cheeks: theSkinnery Winter Blush by Umazuma Metaluna
  • Hair: Olive the Steffi Hair by Naminaeko
  • Coat: Aphorism Winchester Parka in Brown by Rucy Byron (at the Seasons Story)
  • Jeans: Emery Kerr Jeans in Dark by Sunami Beck
  • Mittens: VINCUE Kittie+Gloves for Slink Splayed Hands by Kate Ying (gacha item)
  • Hands: Slink Splayed by Siddean Munro

Scene details:

  • Studio Skye Scots Pine Forest Clearing by Alex Bader
  • Studio Skye Falling Snow by Alex Bader
  • Y.B Sim Surround Dolina snow by yony Bing
  • Pose 1: oOo Studio shoes_mule by Olaenka Chesnokov (this is out of rotation, as it were)
  • Pose 2: oOo Studio travelogue_three by Olaenka Chesnokov

The Devil, You Know

Thompson Fargate trudged through the long hallway of stone, as prompted forward by the beast-like creature who followed close enough that he could feel the breathing on the back of his neck. The creature — hulking and slime green-skinned, with a jutting lower jaw fitted with tusks and a missing eye which seemed to have been scratched out by long claws — had been aboard the boat that sailed across what he guessed from his little living knowledge was the River Styx. A hooded figure guided the craft through murky gray water. He could have sworn he heard voices in it, but he shut out those thoughts quickly to keep himself from asking or looking more closely.

Red light was visible at the end of this surprisingly long tunnel, and his worn boots — nice of them to let him keep them in the afterlife, he thought ruefully — echoed back at him dully. The stone walls yawned open into a cavern where red light shone through stalactites from an unknown source and illuminated…

He gasped quietly, but the sound echoed throughout the entire space. The dark chaise lounge in the center of the room was occupied by what may very well have been the most exquisite woman he had ever seen. Pale flesh was covered with intricate tattoos along her arms, and her body was long and slender, wearing almost nothing except heavy jewels at neck, bicep and thigh, and a rather small bra and panties. Her red hair seemed like it was made of fire beneath a crown of black jewels and spiraling red horns. She had wings made of bone that seemed to be dripping with bloody gore, but the fact that she had wings at all was scary, creepy, and strangely exciting. Her mouth was crimson, and the thought of blood there on her lips made him shiver. The cavern, he realized then, was ice cold, and yet she seemed perfectly comfortable.

The creature behind him pushed him forward and he walked, never taking his eyes off her, until he was close enough to see that even her eyes glowed a sunset orange-red. She was mesmerizing.

He was shoved hard to his knees. The stone immediately froze his flesh right through his jeans, and he grunted.

She considered him, then looked at his escort behind. One brow arched questioningly. “Something of note, Jasper?” she said, her voice soft, low and menacing. Thompson shivered again.

“This one bears the mark, milady,” said the creature behind him, in the most perfect, normal, upper-class British English he had ever heard. Thompson turned around and looked up at him incredulously, but the creature’s attention was totally focused on her. He turned back around.

“MY mark?” she asked, completely surprised.

“Yes, milady.”

“Well fuck me,” she said, her eyes opening wider and looking carefully at Thompson as though he had suddenly become a hundred times more interesting… as a snack.

“I’d love to,” he breathed, unable to keep the words from coming out of his mouth rather than staying in the relative safety of his brain.

“I don’t doubt that,” she said, still eyeing him like a piece of meat. Her mouth opened slightly and she licked what he could have sworn was a long white fang. It was sexy and scary all over again.

“Who ARE you?” he asked, finally managing to say words he meant to say.

She laughed, stared at him. She leaned forward, and it seemed like she was trying to make him recognize her, like he should know who she was. Finally, when he had managed nothing but admiring her and staring stupidly, she spoke.

“Well… I’m the Devil, you know?”

Featured shoes: Reign Inferno Heels in Black by KenadeeCole

Other details:

  • Head: LeLutka Karin by Jadenart
  • Eyes: Mayfly Luminous in Blood Fire by Arkesh Baral
  • Skin: Glam Affair Megan in Polar by Aida Ewing
  • Body: Maitreya Lara by Onyx LeShelle
  • Lipstick: Deetalez High Gloss Lips for LeLutka by Steffi Villota
  • Tattoo: Speakeasy Memdi Tattoo by JamesEdwardQ
  • Hair: LeLutka Bey from Set 03 by Thora Charron
  • Lingerie: Erratic Scarlett in Black by Erratic Rain
  • Jewelry: Aisling Faranth by Druunah Esharham (gacha items; wearing rare necklace and headpiece, bracers and thigh in black)
  • Hands and Feet: Slink Avatar Enhancement Hands in Elegant 1; High Feet by Siddean Munro
  • Manicure: Hello Dave in Rich Reds by Maia Gasparini
  • Claws: CerberusXing Hayop for Slink Elegant 1 by Kamayari
  • Wings: Jian Ravaged Wings by Kalia Firelyte

Scene details:

  • Roawenwood The Duchess – [Domina Series Recline] by Roawenwood (pillows hidden)
  • ISON – books and skulls by Harry Hyx (gacha item)
  • Cheeky Pea – Winter Warmer Chaise in Biblio by Isla Gealach (pillows hidden, blanket tinted)
  • Caves and rocks by Fanatik Architecture by Kendra Zaurak
  • Pose 1 custom by me. Pose 2 from the Gos & oOo Studio Pouffe collection available at either store.

Too soon, my angel

The curse word out of her mouth was one she was glad her mother was not around to hear. Sunlight flooded over the couch, setting her hair ablaze with heat, and keeping her feet toasty warm. She let out a heavy sigh followed by a soft moan as her head exploded. Curse of the red wine, she decided, sitting up and lamenting the stain the vicious liquid had left on the rug. Ugh, the second bottle even.

Getting over him was going to be harder than she thought.

Featured shoes: Reign Lamby Slippers in Gray (at The Liaison Collaborative December) by KenadeeCole

Other details:

  • Head: Catwa Annie by Catwa Clip
  • Skin: YS&YS Kate by Monicuzza Babenco
  • Body: Maitreya Lara by Onyx LeShelle
  • Hands: Slink Avatar Enhancement Hands in Flat and Casual by Siddean Munro
  • Hair: DeLa Mireya in Reds by Karanosuke Kamachi
  • Tank: Maitreya Tank Top by Onyx LeShelle
  • Sweater: Dead Dollz Sheriak Set in Gray by Kiddo Oh
  • Manicure: Hello Dave Nude Mattes by Maia Gasparini

Scene details:

  • Fancy Decor: Gray Rug by Jake Vordun
  • Fancy Decor: Table & Frame Set by Jake Vordun
  • Fancy Decor: Magazine Stacks by Jake Vordun
  • Fancy Decor: Metal Hourglasses by Jake Vordun
  • 8f8 – Mange Destin 05 – Milk chocolate stones by iBi (8f8)
  • 8f8 – Mange Destin 06 – Rich chocolate truffles by iBi (8f8)
  • {anc} garden. oldbook4Li by aki69
  • 19.erratic / lsm – clothing clutter – male by Erratic Rain
  • Bazar Paris – Wine bottle spilled by Ria Bazar
  • Bazar Paris – Wine set by Ria Bazar
  • Bazar Paris – Flowers by Ria Bazar
  • Bazar Paris – Books by Ria Bazar
  • [we’re CLOSED] wooden sofa white by Mandingo Quan
  • [ zerkalo ] Chocolate on a Stick – 10L GIFT by anaisterpellie
  • Poses custom by me