Baroque-back Mountain

Badump-ching!    yup – I went there. :)

~*Souzou Eien*~ has released some gorgeous jewelry for this month’s round of Genre.The theme is Baroque and that was all the excuse I needed to go full on Prince Poppycock style corset and heels. ( Like I NEED a reason to wear a corset )

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While I was searching around for a sim to use for the photos and having no luck finding one, Draconias Timeless – the dashing creator and owner of ~*Souzou Eien*~ himself – came to my aid, not only suggesting the perfect location but volunteering to be a part of the shoot! I tried very hard to control my fanboyish excitement and happily accepted.

And now presenting the movie trailer for the  new ( and purely fictional ) release:

( cue sad string music )

* voiceover*   When two elegant creatures meet on a mountain ….

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they become caught up in the moment ….

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.. and are carried away … ( or at least one of them is ;) )

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coming soon to no theatre near you …. .

* music swells * …..   Baroque-back Mountain

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“I just can’t quit you, ~*Souzou Eien*~”  Lexxiius Leopard.

( and yes I know it’s a paraphrase :P )

ok you can groan now

Draconias is wearing the new ~*Souzou Eien*~ Opalescent Choker that comes with a HUD to change the stone and metal color.
My necklace is the new “Pearls of Narcissus” – with this you have the option to change each row of stones to a different color ( 8 colors in all ) so you can come up with countless color combinations.

Here is a better shot of my necklace

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Both necklaces are available only at Genre until August 12th

Now … go for Baroque!  ;)

Genre:

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Analog%20Dog%20Hair/31/240/3077

Main Store:

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Jinn/164/161/2503

Credits:

On Draconias

Clothing:

.-. Heathcliff .-. Mister Darcy

Accessories:
~*Souzou Eien*~ Opalescent Choker

Eyes:
~*Souzou Eien.*~ Dragon’s Eyes

Shoes:

DRD ( Death Row Designs ) baroque boots – I think these are only available at Genre right now

Makeup:

~*Souzou Eien.*~ Glossy Goth Lipstick [Pink]

+Nuuna+ Meta White

+Nuuna+ Lyre makeup White

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Dark%20Tranquility/202/205/23

Hair:

^;^CaTwA^;^ Lee

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/CaTwA/127/10/22

Ears:
[][]Trap[][] [ni.Ju] Gelf Ears Pierced

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/The%20Twilight/52/171/44

 

On me:

~*Souzou Eien.*~ Pearls of Narcissus (Necklace)

~*Souzou Eien.*~ Fabulous Goth Eye Shadow [Blue]

Bliensen + MaiTai – Liaison Dangereuse – Powder Blue with Roses – plurabelle.laszlo

available at Genre

.la petite morte. marie antoinette full makeup BONUS – available at Genre

Madrid Solo- Manscara- Squinty Eyes – madrid.solo

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Jiradic/166/208/37

IKON Spectral Eyes  – Maldives

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/IKON/143/128/501

Schadenfreude Underbust Corset, long ribbon  – allegory.malaprop

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Nouveau/224/207/33

~The Library~ Pretty Boy-Red –  ( I think these are only available at the ROMP event right now)

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Chaotic%20Dreams/158/123/21

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Eden%20Baie/238/46/2509

Swallow Manu Ivory No Eyebrows –  luciayes.magic

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Love/128/128/2

Essences – Fake Painted Eyebrows Pink / 49% Op. – inka.mexicola

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Essences/123/75/20

[ bubble ] Floral Corset Gloves – Pink  – moonbubble.gothly  ( found on MP )

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/District/95/191/28

PIXEL BOX – Long Boots Hunter  – mw.boa

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Savage%20Keep/4/17/3830

Slink MALE (AvEnhance) Hands – siddean.munro

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Slink/43/121/24

Designer Tights One ~ Tattoo White – vlad.blackburn

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Westdell/228/29/2002

nails – -{ZOZ}- Spring Duo Lilacs – for SLink hands

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Xemtantic/131/128/1456

Solo poses from: {NanTra} & Diesel Works

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Xemtantic/131/128/1456

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Brooklyn/143/128/21

 

Thanks again Draconias for your help with this and providing the couples poses.

Thanks also to Nigel Riel for making available to bloggers his amazing build that somehow perfectly matched what I was seeing in my head for the location.

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Sandalphon/8/124/26

now enjoy some Prince Poppycock

 

His Imperial Glamness

When I started the journey with this blog at the beginning of the year I had no real plan for what I was going to do with it or where it was going to take me. I’ve had a ton of fun with it posting different looks for myself and sharing them. Now I have the opportunity to take the next step along the blogging road. I’m honored and excited to have been accepted as one of the official bloggers for ~*Souzou Eien*~

I’ve been a huge fan of this store since I first came to SL. I love its mix of elegant, twisted and offbeat items and I always find things there that inspire my creativity. I’m looking forward to bringing you some of the marvelous and unique creations from the mind of Draconias Timeless.

The first release I’m featuring comes from a line of four stunning new crowns. the Thorned Imperial Crown, the Elegant Rule Crown, the Adorned Sovereign Crown and this one – the Chained Regalia Crown.

What pretty boy doesn’t want to throw on a crown and glam it up?

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Let’s take a better look at this gorgeous thing.  ( I mean the crown, guys ;)  )

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There’s plenty of bling here, plus the very detailed chain accent and the aged patina look of the metal is gorgeous. One of the things I love most about this crown is all the color options you get with it. I chose silver with purple and teal gems, but you have four other options in the metal alone and eight choices for jewel colors! The HUD is simple to use and includes pose and resize and delete script buttons. Also if you are a little more build savvy than I am you can do some manual tinting yourself even though this is a HUD controlled item.

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The perfect thing for any royal roleplayer, or just to wear with a contemporary outfit to express  your inner prince or princess.

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So head off to ~*Souzou Eien*~ and treat yourself like the resplendent creature you are!

~*Souzou Eien*~ main store – http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Jinn/164/161/2503

Marketplace – https://marketplace.secondlife.com/stores/20374

Credits:

~*Souzou Eien*~ Chained Regalia Crown  –  draconias.timeless

Dreamy Goth Eye Shadow [Black]

!*R3VOLT!  –  Kyler Jacket [V2]

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/R3VOLT/119/146/493

**GizzA** Biker Leather Pants / Silver –  giz.seorn

Dark Water Designs – Grey Leopard/Black boot   – shadowed.luik –   http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Isle%20of%20Xtazy/176/195/24

Schadenfreude –  Silver Glass Star earring –  allegory.malaprop http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Nouveau/223/207/33

IKON – Spectral Eyes Ghost

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/IKON/143/128/501

>!< Butterfly Kiss Boutique >!< –  Curly Q lashes

*Dura* – Japan Fair limited hair – A-2

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Dura%20Dura/65/128/1002

-{ZOZ}- Wild Silver Polish  ( for Slink hands )

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Xemtantic/131/128/1456

background –  DIGS – Rae Gothic Mirror Triptych – Silver –  iris.maskelyne

 

Bonus Video if you have time (it’s 9 minutes long ) – one of my favorite singers and inspirations showing how to rock a crown like nobody’s business.

 

 

The Nightingale and the Rose

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The Nightingale and the Rose

by Lexxiius

The English lord brought home many strange things from his travels in the East. Carved chests smelling of spices that contained mummified animals or parts of long dead pharoahs. Statues of hybrid gods and lush carpets woven with intricate colorful designs. Long pipes used to smoke forbidden substances. But what caused the most talk, the most clucking of tongues and shaking of heads among the people of the village was not a thing but a person. A young man who lived in the lord’s house, ate the lord’s food and it was rumoured, slept in the lord’s bed. The nobleman called him Nightingale, for he carried with him a lute and sang the most beautiful songs anyone had ever heard.

Nightingale was not troubled by his scandalous reputation or the stories the villagers told about him. For one thing the Englishman had taken him away from a life of hunger and desperation. His name was not Nightingale then. His blue eyes gave him away as the bastard son of a local girl and a traveling European merchant who refused to acknowledge them. Thrown out into the streets she raised him as best she could, their only joy sharing the music they both loved. Sometimes they earned small stacks of coins singing and playing at the bazaar. When he lost her to a fever he had nothing left of her but the old difficult to tune oud she had played while teaching him to sing.

One hot summer’s night he had been playing that oud on a corner, singing an old folksong when the English lord who had come to seek “curiosities” rode by on horseback with his retinue. The lord reigned in his horse and shushed his grumbling servants so that he could hear the rest of the song. Their eyes met, and although Nightingale was sure the other man could not understand the words there was something in his face that showed he knew the meaning of the song perfectly.

The next night he came back again alone on his horse to listen. And the next night after that. Nightingale smiled at him and sang. On the fourth night he got off his horse carrying a lute. It was a shining thing of glistening polished wood and bright metals and worth more than Nightingale had earned in his entire life.

The English lord held it out in his hands. “You are a Nightingale.” he said, speaking the words in the young man’s native tongue much to his surprise. “Your music would make the angels weep. You must have this.”  Nightingale took the thing from his hands, eyes wide. “You must sing for me always.”

“Do you know the story of the Nightingale and the Rose? ”  Nightingale murmured softly. “The Rose was once only white, until one day the Nightingale saw it and fell in love and for the first time the beautiful song rose from his throat. His love was so strong that he pressed himself to the flower, until his heart’s blood was spilled by the thorns and the Rose was stained crimson forever from his passion. And so the Nightingale died. If I sing for you, Englishman, will you have my heart’s blood?”

The man smiled at him. “I would not have your blood.” He gave a small laugh. “Your heart, however …..”

Nightingale’s eyes sparkled. “Yes. I will sing for you, Englishman. For I think it is already yours.”

And so he did.

Fin

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So … a few weeks ago I went to Genre: Arabia to buy jewelry and I bought …. a lute.

It was a beautiful lute and I wanted it but then I had to figure out  – Why would I have a lute? I put it together with my other purchases from Genre and started searching my inventory for things that someone who had a lute would wear. Once it all came together I knew there had to be a story in it somewhere. So Nightingale was born.

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The hat by [^.^Ayashi^.^] came from the last Femboy hunt I did and has the long black hair attached. Everything else came from that starting point.

Hat rakishly tilted. And a rose.

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I thought it looked great but started wondering what he would look like with his hat off. I went to Summerfest and problem solved!  The new Tableau Vivant hair “Summerwind” was almost a perfect match! It’s the first long hair that I think looks good on me, I really like the way the hair flows in front of and behind the shoulders.

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In the above picture you can see the reason I went to Genre in the first place. The “Sweet Sheba” Bindi set by ~*Souzou Eien*~  It comes with a HUD to change the colors of the jewels and metals and for resizing.  I’d happily wear it with a more contemporary look also but I think it added the perfect exotic touch here and matches beautifully with the earrings, part of my “Thorned Embrace” Set also from ~*Souzou Eien*~ that includes a necklace and the ear climber that I wore in the post “Hungry”

Here’s another look along with a closer shot of the necklace I bought – “Ayn”  in Silver/Blue . I had a Hamsa Hand bracelet on as a good luck charm every day for a long time until it broke from wear in real life so it was nice to find a counterpoint here. I think it brought Nightingale luck also.

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A poor street musician can’t afford shoes of course, but I did find this beautiful henna for him to adorn his feet with.

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And finally an unretouched photo of the lute so you can see how pretty it is. ( I don’t do a lot of retouching anyway as I don’t use Photoshop but I do sometimes amp up the contrast and saturation to my photos since I can’t smooth anything out ) The lute comes from .:: Dark Forge ::.  and includes both male and female versions in the package. The lute plays three songs which are really quite pretty, and you can turn the songs and the animations on and off as you chose. Lexxiius - Gypsy Minstrel shoot III_012 - lute closeup jpg

 

Besides the lute, some of the inspiration for this story comes from the actual Persian legend of the nightingale and the rose, and also a short story by Oscar Wilde that has a much more cynical take on it.

Now that I’ve revealed myself as an occasional hopeless romantic I think I will post the credits and continue the story of Nightingale and his Englishman in my head ;)

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Credits:

Don Juan Shirt with pants top & Belt with Rose  –  Tamiron Forge –   tamiron.landar

( from complete Don Juan outfit )

Meggings &  “Summerwind”  Hair – ~Tableau Vivant ~

Deathrock Eyeliner – Schadenfreude –  allegory.malaprop

.:: Dark Forge ::. Lute Male – .:: Dark Forge Creations Original ::. – belford.elman

Ayn Necklace – Silver/Blue – .Luminary. –  augurer

[^.^Ayashi^.^] Puss in boots hair with hat   –  Ikira Frimon

Sweet Sheba (Bindi)  &  Thorned Embrace Earring –  both from ~*Souzou Eien*~    draconias.timeless

Spectral Eyes “Maldives” by IKON

Jake Leather Cuffs by Pure Poison

Mehndi Style Hand & Feet tattoo for Slink hands & feet –  KoKoLoRes – Leyla Flux  ( found on MP )

Hands & Feet by Slink

Skin by <The Abyss>  Adam Crius  Origin Shaven ( from the Warehouse )

The  locations for the photos were

the Gypsy Moon Nature Garden:  http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Gypsy%20Moon/152/164/24

Domicile: 10m of Bliss 1-prim skybox ~ the gentleman [01]

also in the photos  – RoomDivider~stained glass – BellaRose Dunn Designs –  bella.bertone

Tears of Pride


 

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Pride is one of those places where my second life and my real life converge. My avi and I both identify as gay, and although my avi has remained celibate and I haven’t really spent any time at gay themed sims I did go and take a walk around Second Pride to donate, do some shopping and take some pictures because I felt like I needed to support it

Pride is not about dancing around in a rainbow thong to me, although if that is what you are into there is nothing wrong with it. No doubt I could probably be talked into it in Second Life if there was someone who felt the need to try, and I did take photos with some killer rainbow boots I found that are posted on Flickr. But really there is something very serious and moving underneath all the frolic and festivity. Pride is about Matthew Shepard, and the 40 gay men who died in an arson attack at the Upstairs Lounge in New Orleans in 1973. It’s about drag queens tired of being harassed throwing rocks at the police, and being able to see gay characters in movies and TV portrayed as something besides suicidal messes or serial sex addicts. It’s about coming together in all our twink or bear, leather or rainbow clad or newly happily married with kids glory, and celebrating the fact that we can be ourselves, as different and divergent as we can be from each other. It’s about standing up and saying “This is us, and we will no longer hide in silence to be abused and ridiculed.” Deep down, it’s about showing that what we really are is what we all are. Human beings trying to live our lives.

Happy Pride to you if you celebrate it in SL or RL. Even though I can’t be there with my partner this year, I will be at a real life Pride event in my hometown tonight with a friend, grateful that I can be myself as well as having the freedom to be whoever I choose to be here in Second Life.

Credits:

Makeup & Jewelry:  draconias.timeless

~*S.E.*~ Punk Strip Makeup (White)

~*S.E.*~ Second Life Pride ’14 Heart Necklace

from ~* Souzou Eien*~ Second Pride collection

Makeup & Eyes:    madrid.solo

Madrid Solo- Whimsical Designs- Glam Tears- Full Set

Madrid Solo- Mesh Eyes- Realm-Winters Thaw –  madrid.solo

Earrings:  [UG MESH] HALO DIAMOND STUD EARRINGS –  vaientine

 Hair:  MADesigns-Hairbase-speed –  maddox.dupont

              Tukinowaguma:  Ebbe

Skin:  Essences – Lamb skin 02 *medium* – inka.mexicola

 

Open

Leopard print again so soon? Why yes – I did warn you.

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This happened to be what I wore out dancing this week, as I’ve found a few clubs where I feel not-too-awkward and I enjoy the music. I stopped at GB City on my way home to do some shopping and ended up doing a quick photo shoot. Once I started camming around and saw this angle, I got struck with the ambiguity of the word “Open” and how it could relate to the youth standing above it. It could suggest an available sexuality, being “open for business” so to speak, or being open in sexual preference. On another level it could stand for openmindedness, candor and honesty. Or maybe someone who has left themselves too open, vulnerable and trusting, and then paid the price for it. So I decided to title the blog “Open” – just me being overanalytical as usual. I will let you decide your own interpretation, or if a neon sign is just a neon sign.

And now on to fashion.

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Wearing a new hair available at The Men’s Dept this month. “Homie” by [INK]. They are becoming one of my favorite hair places, even though they don’t carry the unnatural shades that I love and usually wear. This one is “Roots” I’ve never really thought of myself as a blond, (white hair yes but not blond ) but I think it looks very glam with this suit.

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This is one of those leopard things I collected so long ago I’m not really sure if it was from an event or just random shopping but I believe I bought it in the main shop. The jacket & pants are sold separately – both from Legal Insanity. Hud for leopard print lapels in many many colors oh yesh and tie and shirt also changeable.
I can’t even explain how pathetically happy it makes me to have a suit with leopard print lapels

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Just went inworld quickly tonight to take this shot of the ring so you could see how pretty it is and realized that although I titled the blog “Open” the ring ( made by Swallow ) has a lock on it and is called “ISINGLE”. Totally unplanned and I couldn’t have asked for more perfect random irony.

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Credits:

Jacket: Legal Insanity – JerryLee Jacket leopard

Pants: Legal Insanity – Jerry pants herringbone black – datrip.blackbart

Hair:  [INK] Hair___HOMIE ::Roots –  nontroppo.torii

Ring: Swallow ISINGLE Ring Black – luciayes.magic ( At The Dressing Room )

Shoes – FLite. Creepers 1.0 Black – ( Hud option – no studs, pink laces )

Skin: Essences – Lamb skin 02 *medium* –  inka.mexicola

Ikon eyes “Passion” & Slink hands ( blogged before )

Nails – A:S:S  – French Cheetah.

Poses ( I always forget poses! * slaps forehead*)  I think these are all Diesel Works – probably “Gabriel” –  rogan.diesel

 

 

Cheetahs Never Prosper

(I know … it’s a lame pun but it always makes me giggle)

I have this thing for leopard print. I love cats in general but of the big cats the leopard is hands down my favorite. Besides reminding me of cats, leopard print can have so many different style interpretations. It can be camp or classy, retro or sleekly modern. No matter how many times it goes out of style it always seems to come back.
It occurred to me that I’ve been wandering around Second Life for a year going “Oooooo!” and collecting things with leopard print but don’t think I have posted a photo or blog about it. So this will be the first in a series called “Getting my Leopard Fix”. I think leopard is probably a very hard texture to get right in SL, I’ve seen a lot where it seems to be out of scale or not lining up properly, so when I see something great I get very excited.

I always have a lot of fun at The Arcade anyway, usually picking up little things I don’t really need but want and gambling on how long it will take me to get a rare.This time I looked at a few pictures on blogs and Flickr and went – “I MUST HAVE THIS!!!!!” Took me a few frustrating days to even get into the off-site ( and trying to buy it in the secondary market to no avail ) and then you will see later how many times I hit “pay” before I collected my prize.

The Rare Gabriel Cat- Eared Black Leopard Hoodie.

Didn’t even stop to look at anything else, rushed home to rez the package.

How adorable is this face?

 

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I opened it immediately and after some decision over whether I wanted to wear small or extra small size the look really didn’t take that long to put together, since I had been dying to wear most of this for a while.

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The cutest thing about this is the kitteh with a little matching hoodie who sits on your shoulder

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These earrings are part of a limited edition “Safari” set by Swallow. I got greedy and picked them up in all the metals ( gold, silver and copper ) even though I rarely wear gold. I really have to either figure out my color story or get some self restraint. There is a gorgeous ring and necklace that come in the set also. I’m wearing the ring but saving the necklace for a less casual outfit, as it’s pretty impressive.

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The makeup is a combination. “Cheetah Love” from Madrid Solo ( a Valentine’s group gift for women I think ) and layered over the top “Cheetah Liner & Eyeshadow” from a.e.meth at Shop*Free Style. to make it a touch more exotic.
Also I love this hairbase. It reminds me of a combination between the cover of David Bowie’s “Low” and Julie Andrews in “Victor/Victoria”. I wanted something low and slick so the leopard print could stand out.

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The shoooooos! Yes they’re leopard, yes they’re studded and yes it was love at first sight.

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The location for this shoot is the Captured Moments DIY Photo Studio. Put together by Draconias Timeless of Souzou Eien, it has three floors of photobooths, backdrops and poses to play with. I could hang out there for hours … and have.

Hanging out in a neko nook on the main floor.

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As mentioned before – I may have a few ….. extra kitties I obtained in the procurement of said hoodie.

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The only problem I had with this hoodie is that in certain positions there was a tiny part not covering the alpha completely, causing a little invisible triangle where my chest and the fabric met. But it was only visible in a few static poses or if you cammed in really close and might have something more to do with my body shape. I think a little editing might take care of it.

Well worth the hunt and capture. :D

Credits:

::GB::cat ear hooded  – takuya.jinn

[ChicZafari] – Sneaker Spiked Leopard

.:villena:. – Chinos 1 – villena.swansen

Swallow Safari Earring & Ring ( set ) – luciayes.magic

Madrid Solo- Valentine Designs- Cheetah Love – madrid.solo

[ a.e.meth ] – Cheetah Liner + Eyeshadow (Orange) – aemeth.lysette

Pure Poison – Jake Leather Cuffs

Illmatic – Unorthodox Frenchie Hair Base Jessica –  tonio.harmison

IKON Spectral Eyes  – Leonine

Slink Male Hands (AvEnhance) S L – Relax –   siddean.munro

A:S:S – Slink fingernails – Metallic

~Tableau Vivant~ Noctis skin – bald -Tone 05 –  aida.ewing

 

Hungry

I did not log in for much of May as I was dealing with my real life partner’s health taking a serious turn, including a week in a critical care unit. Things are almost miraculously better now, even though I had been warned by the doctors at the time to prepare for the worst. It was terrifying and surreal and I only mention it because I’ve referred to being a caregiver in other posts. I try very hard not to let the outside world infect my time in SL but I found myself in a very dark place that fit nicely with the fact that World Goth Fair was going on when I returned. Even though I missed most of it I happily scooped up as much as I could and let my inner gothboy run wild. These are some of my finds along with things I had already been collecting in my inventory. And a little story because that’s the sort of mood I’m in.

Hungry

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The dream came every night. He welcomed it even though it left him drained and disoriented, aching in every muscle, gasping awake with a painful longing for something he could only half remember. A cold stone room, windows looking out over an eerie landscape invoking a feeling of dread and anticipation. The chittering of bats and other small nocturnal creatures the only sound other than the pounding of his heart.

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The lithe figure appeared out of nowhere and gazed out at the landscape, back turned as if in disdain. His pulse sped.

“You kept me waiting.” The voice was soft and caressing but petulant. “You know how I hate that.”

“I ….. I’m sorry” he said sincerely.

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“Are you?” The other turned towards him, revealing a face as unearthly and pale as it was excruciating in its cold beauty. “I think I’m going to be angry with you. I haven’t decided yet.”

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A fluttering panic filled him as the slim form stalked away from him. “Please! ….. I ….. need you!” He grasped desperately at the velvet clad arm. “Don’t leave me!”

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The eyes that turned to him were cruel but the intensity of the gaze left him breathless, the desire rising in him instantly. “Leave you?” the sensuous voice purred.”How could I? At least not yet. Not when you are so …… delicious” Back arching against the wall, a slow wicked smile spread over the boyish face.. “And I’m so hungry.”

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He swallowed hard, breath catching in his chest, following the enticing view walking away from him and seductively draping itself over a soft couch. He moved hopelessly and eagerly towards it. “…..thank you” he whispered. “you know I’d do anythi….”

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“Don’t beg.” A languorous hand waved in the air. “You know it bores me.” A fierce predatory expression transformed the elegance into something suddenly threatening and vicious, rising towards him as he shuddered in equal parts of fear and desire.

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“Yesssss…” his lover and his doom said with a laugh filled with sin. “So very very hungry”

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Slinking past him, razor sharp fingernails trailed across his lips, drawing a small drop of blood before moving away.

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At the base of the stairs, a teasing glance back at him sealed his fate. “Coming?” There was no need to turn towards him again as they ascended the stairs. He followed willingly, even though he knew that this time he would not awaken.

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Fin

I honestly had not the slightest idea that I was going to write this story when I started taking pictures for this post. Once I started narrowing them down, the more evil and cruel this little avatar started to look. I don’t even really know what he IS, vampire or incubus or demon, or just a rapacious evil spirit, but this translation of a poem by Charles Baudelaire that I used to adore came into my head. I looked it up and fell in love with it all over again and the story was born. Most everything I post is on the cute and colorful side, but yes – I do have a love of the dark also and sometimes it just needs to be expressed. The poem is below – enjoy.

The Ghost

Charles Baudelaire

(as translated by Hilary Corke)

Like an angel, feral eyed,

Piercing to your sleeping side,

Gliding down with oily flight

In the inwards of the night,

I shall give you, my dark one,
Kisses frozen as the moon,
Caresses such as snakes give
Slithering round the open grave.

When the livid daylights waken
You will find my place forsaken,
Icy till the evening’s here:

As others might with tenderness
Rule your life and your youngness
I shall rule you with a fear.

I told someone in SL that I was going to sign off and finally get some sleep ( I’ve been up all night ) but the muse struck and you know how that is. Sometimes it’s worth the loss of sleep to get something out of your head. And now goodnight.

( PS – sorry for not posting links to items on this one – I will try to come back & do an edit later when I’ve had some rest. There are some wonderful things here made by some amazing creators. )

credits as promised

The Room  –  Domicile: Photo Set – Mom’s Basement (7 LI) – Skell Dagger

Couch: Entity: Victorian High Sofa –   guestier Balut   ( from World Goth Fair )

Bats: [AD] [Nevermore] Fantasy Bat Cage – Angelica Leiner   ( from World Goth Fair )

“Windows” ( really a nice triptych art piece ):  Blood Reflection Wall Art – Damon Aulder (found on MP)

candles:  . Infiniti . – Tall Candle Grouping – [Extra Rezzable]  ( from a pose set ) – Twistia Twine

Flowers: .:S.M:. Flowers – Silver Bouquet II – Syrdin Morrisey

Books: AF Reading Pile – (Apple Fall) – Apple Fall (warehousefifteendesigns)

{vespertine – book of tale lover.} – raein (amelie.knelstrom )

Rug: [ bubble ] Red Spiderweb Square Rug – moonbubble (moonbubble.gothly)

The evil little revenant is wearing :

Leggings- The Little Bat- Jillian Leggings –  drusilla.dethly ( found on a hunt – the female path )

Hairbase – ::TATTOOART:: HAIR BASE SPIDERWEB –  ines.craft

Goth Makeup – PMD – Tili in black –  shyntae.demonista – World Goth Fair

Madrid Solo- Manscara- Squinty Eyes – madrid.solo

Boots – :{MV}: Jezebel Boots –  bought at World Goth Fair &  do not seem to have a creator listed.

Yes these are girl boots and I am wearing the XL size. My avatar is very much on the small side so freaky boys beware

 

Jewelry: :   {MV}: Relic Silver Necklace Sapphire –  becky.remsen –  World Goth Fair

Crux Invictus Mens Ring – Chop Zuey Couture Jewellery

~*S.E.*~ Thorned Embrace Climbing Ear Jewelry –  draconias.timeless

Jacket:   Dark Passsions – Alaric – Jacket  –  bcreative.wilde  – World Goth Fair

Fishnets – -=MY=- fishnet leggins (black) –  menya.yebut ( found on MP )

 

Hair:  Tukinowaguma  – Ebbe  – with color change HUD

Skin:  Swallow Manu Ivory No Eyebrows –  luciayes.magic

Eyes: IKON Spectral Eyes – Passion

Slink hands as always.