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

Alpha

Faelen tucked her hands into the soft fur muff and turned toward her little home. Behind her, the pack of wolves watched her departure with sorrowful eyes. The largest of the pack stood out before the others and Faelen looked down to him. Majestic and dark, his citrine eyes told her everything. The howl that slipped from his mouth was a sad, mournful wail, echoing through the stillness of the trees. The sound lingered even when he stopped, and the other wolves rustled and whimpered behind him.

“Oh, my love,” she said, her breath frosting in the winter’s cold. She had long ago surrendered her tears to the warmth of his fur as she wrapped her arms around him and cried. He had rested his head on her shoulder and growled softly. Faelen bent to stroke his head, and he whined and sat on his haunches.

She lingered a moment more, then turned and soundlessly left them. The witch’s curse had made her the very being who hunted his food sources and decimated his home with axes and saws. This human skin had rested upon her for so long she worried that she would never escape it; that she could never return to her Thorolf’s side as his beloved alpha mate.

The forest gave way to the little village as she walked, her hands warm in the fur that had once been her own.

Featured shoe: Lassitude & Ennui Jolenta in Silver and Black by Jackal Ennui

Other details:

  • Head: Catwa Annie by Catwa Clip
  • Skin: Glam Affair Lia – Shy Girl in Asia by Aida Ewing
  • Body: Maitreya Lara by Onyx LeShelle
  • Hair: Miriel Gibson Girl Hair in Fox by Miriel Enfield (no longer available, check Clawtooth for similar)
  • Top: !gO! Cossette Corset (includes blouse, cape and muff) in Pattern Black by Gocha Merlin (at We ❤ RP)
  • Skirt: !gO! Cosette Skirt in black by Gocha Merlin (at We ❤ RP)

Scene details:

  • Studio Skye Enchanted Woods by Alex Bader
  • Jian Wolf Pack by JianSL (We ❤ RP)

The Eternal Heart

She couldn’t ever actually leave. They had given her a choice, which she thought was generous:  she could choose her eternal resting place, and she had chosen here, beneath the willow tree atop Mullinvale Hill.

Matthias had promised to meet her there again that day. He had promised to kiss her again beneath the branches of the tree. He had vowed to keep her warm and close, and Violet had climbed that hill on a clear day in January, looking forward to his kisses and his warmth. The snow was sparkling under the sun’s rays as she laid her tracks from the main road, her boots keeping her feet dry, and her gloves and hat preserving every bit of warmth.

He had not come that day.

In death, she couldn’t feel the cold anymore. Not from the weather, not from the stone block where she had stood for the last 22 years, watching the world change around her so very slowly. She had never believed in the afterlife, even though he had. She would have loved his look of satisfaction if she could tell him she was wrong, but it didn’t matter now.

She couldn’t.

On that one day every year, he came to the hill. He stood atop the snow for the whole day. She had tried to gesture, once, to speak, but his gaze didn’t change; he couldn’t see her move, couldn’t see or hear her speak, and she had given up on the effort many years ago.

That one day every year, today, he was with her, and she could gaze upon his beautiful face. She fell in love with him every time exactly as she had the very first time she saw him. “Love at first sight,” she had cooed once, and he had said it was exactly the same for him. She would etch his image into the gallery in her mind and she would use that image to sustain her when he wasn’t really there anymore.

She could feel his gaze on her, and she gave him back her warm tears. She didn’t think he could see them.

Featured shoes: fri.day Aisling Wraps in Coal by Darling Monday

Other details:

  • Head: Catwa Annie by Catwa Clip
  • Eyes: Mayfly Luminous in Lake by Arkesh Baral
  • Skin: DeeTaleZ Abigail in Celtic by Steffi Villota
  • Body: Maitreya Lara by Onyx LeShelle
  • Makeup: DeeTaleZ Makeup Sad by Steffi Villota
  • Hair: Little Bones Born to Die from The Redhead pack by Nova Faerye
  • Dress: Vale Koer SkinClinging Dress in Black by Bob
  • Jewelry: Yummy Crystal Ribbon set in Silver & Black by Polyester Partridge
  • Hands and Feet: Slink Avatar Enhancement Hands in Casual; High Feet by Siddean Munro
  • Manicure: Hello Dave in Nude Mattes by Maia Gasparini

Scene Details:

  • 3D Trees Winter Weeping Willow by Nadine Reverie
  • Studio Skye Land Forms and Snow texture by Alex Bader
  • We’re CLOSED rock snowy by Mandingo Quan
  • New Trails Snowy Long Reedgrass by Vitrail Illios
  • Ariskea Hybrid Roses in Red by Diaxm
  • oOo Studio gravesite 5 by Olaenka Chesnokov (gacha item)
  • oOo Studio avenger_one pose by Olaenka Chesnokov (hers)
  • His pose is custom

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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

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

 

Invitations

“I must go where I am invited, or I should be too lonely. Why not come with me?”

Archer felt that at any cost he must keep her beside him, must make her give him the rest of her evening. Ignoring her question, he continued to lean against the chimney-piece, his eyes fixed on the hand in which she held her gloves and fan, as if watching to see if he had the power to make her drop them.

Archer felt that at any cost he must keep her beside him, must make her give him the rest of her evening. Ignoring her question, he continued to lean against the chimney-piece, his eyes fixed on the hand in which she held her gloves and fan, as if watching to see if he had the power to make her drop them.

“May guessed the truth,” he said. “There is another woman—but not the one she thinks.”

Ellen Olenska made no answer, and did not move. After a moment he sat down beside her, and, taking her hand, softly unclasped it, so that the gloves and fan fell on the sofa between them.

She started up, and freeing herself from him moved away to the other side of the hearth. “Ah, don’t make love to me! Too many people have done that,” she said, frowning.

The Age of Innocence, Edith Wharton

Featured shoes: Purple Moon Titania Sandals in Red by Poulet Koenkamp

Her details:

  • Head: Catwa Annie by Catwa Clip
  • Eyes: Mayfly Luminous in Deep Paris Shadow by Arkesh Baral
  • Skin: Glam Affair Denis 10 in Polar by Aida Ewing (gacha item)
  • Lipstick: Deetalez High Gloss Appliers for Catwa Heads  by Steffi Villota
  • Body: Maitreya Lara by Onyx LeShelle
  • Hair: Runaway Margaery Hair by Candela Kira
  • Dress: Purple Moon Drew Gown Xmas Edition by Poulet Koenkamp
  • Necklace: Minimal Swift Necklace in gold by Ors Quan
  • Hands and Feet: Slink Avatar Enhancement Hands in Flat and Casual; High Feet by Siddean Munro
  • Manicure: Hello Dave in Rich Reds by Maia Gasparini

His details:

  • Head: Catwa Jackson by Catwa Clip
  • Eyes: Mayfly Deep Sky Eyes in Green Tourmaline Shadow by Arkesh Baral
  • Skin: L’Etre Marcus Skin in Cotton by David Cooper (dam1710)
  • Body: Slink Physique Male Mesh Body by Siddean Munro
  • Hair: Exile High and Dry Naturals by Kavar Cleanslate
  • Jacket: Kauna XIV Double Breasted Jacket in Black by Ross Myhre
  • Shirt: Kauna Tuxedo XIV Shirt in White by Ross Myhre
  • Bow Tie: Kauna Tuxedo XIV Accessories in Paisley B&W by Ross Myhre
  • Pants: Syn Frank Pants by Synystercreator
  • Shoes: Deadwool Dandy Shoes in Black by Masa Plympton

Scene details:

  • HAIKEI Dusky White Skybox by QoOop
  • The Loft Claryon Curtains in White by Nardya Rousselot
  • Fancy Decor ‘Triumphal Entry’ Print by Jake Vordun
  • Fancy Decor ‘Diana the Evening’ Print by Jake Vordun
  • PILOT Romantic Candlesticks in Silver b Kaz Nayar
  • NOMAD Gustavian Armchair by Piraiyah Novikov (gacha item)
  • NOMAD Amore Desk by Piraiyah Novikov (gacha item)
  • NOMAD Amore Chandelier by Piraiyah Novikov (gacha item)
  • AF Calla Lilies by Apple Fall (gacha item)
  • AF Carved Corbel Shelf by Apple Fall
  • Studio Skye Enchanted Woods v2 -8 (3 group) by Alex Bader
  • Pose by me, Invitation (unreleased)