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
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Duchess

Bernard heard the village clock chime the quarter hour, and he ducked his head out from behind the heavy striped canvas of his market stall. Two minutes later, he watched her turn the corner and make her way along the street. Today she wore a delicate gray ermine-fur cape draped over her shoulders against the cold which was only a few weeks away, coupled with a blouse surely made of silk, and a heavy, dark wool skirt which bobbed around her knees as she walked.

Bernard fussed with his grimy cap in his hands as he watched her out of the corner of his eye. He didn’t stop watching until she was two steps away, and then he looked up to try to catch a full glimpse of her face. Her head rose, and her green gaze met his watery blue one. He would have stumbled had he been moving, so he praised the heavens he was standing still. She lowered her bare head and her gaze for a moment in greeting, saying softly, “Good afternoon,” without pausing or stopping.

“G-Good day to you, mum,” he said to her back. She turned her head and nodded back, smiling slightly before heading on. Bernard cursed himself for stammering, but took a deep breath, capturing the powder-blue scent of her perfume in the air. Her small smile had been enough to make the clouds part and the sun light his weathered face, he was sure of it.

Once, many months back, she had lost an earring as she made her way along, and he had retrieved it, turning it in his hand. He guessed it was probably worth a year’s salary to him, that shiny, luminescent pearl earring, but he hollered to Hal to watch his stall and went shuffling down the street after her, hoping not to lose her in the crowd. He saw her go up steps and into a building before he could catch her, and he wheezed and panted as he stood there, catching his breath before approaching the door.

A butler answered his knock, and Bernard breathed, “The lady, who just arrived,” to which the butler responded (rather indiscreetly, Bernard would think later), “Duchess Droughton.” Bernard didn’t know her name, so he simply nodded, said she had dropped the earring, and put it into the butler’s hand. The older gentleman eyed it, agreed to return it, expressed thanks on her behalf for its return, and closed the door.

Now, on the street, he breathed, “Duchess” and felt the little bit of awe that she inspired in him.

Featured shoes: Baiastice North Pumps in Suede Gray by Sissy Pessoa

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
  • Hair: Clawtooth: True Betty in Coffee by Bubbles Clawtooth ❤
  • Dress: Zenith Vintage 1940s dress RARE for Maitreya by Miffyhoi Rosca (gacha item)
  • COCO FurShouldrCape in Grey by Cocoro Lemon
  • Earrings: Yummy Pearl Earring by Polyester Partridge
  • Hands & Feet: Slink Avatar Enhancement Hands in Casual and Bag; High Feet by Siddean Munro
  • Manicure: Hello Dave in Matte Nudes by Maia Gasparini
  • Hosiery: Erratic Valentina Stockings in Nude from Erratic Rain

Scene details:

  • Taken at Flux Sur Mer sim
  • Left pic pose oOo Studio Travelogue two by me!
  • Right pic pose custom by me

Thanks for the location tip, Harper! The following is a raw shot at the location.

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