Come, Join me on the darker Side!

It is Midnight Order time again! Today that amazing event opened its doors again for their first anniversary round! I love the event as you can get all that dark and creepy and evil things there *giggles like mad* As you will see in the credits, nearly all you can see on the picture, can be found at that amazing event run by Second Life Syndicate.

Lately I get asked more and more often about the landmarks of the stores in my credits… as simple as it is – when it is colored/highlighted… just click on it and you will get the direct TP to the store and if you click on the event, it will bring you right there as well *winks*

As much as I would like to talk more, I am so excited to work on my second post for that amazing event. Maybe I am in a writing mood in my next post a little more. Until then… Happy Shopping!

Clothing

Outfit: lassitude & ennui – “Sinister bodysuit black” (Maitreya) – NEW @ Midnight Order // January 2022

Gloves: Skellybones – “Soft Touch” (Maitreya) – NEW @ Midnight Order // January 2022

Accessories

Horns: ::Static:: – “Lilith Horns” – NEW @ Midnight Order // January 2022

Headpiece: Garmonbozia – “Akasha Crown – Variety” – NEW @ Midnight Order // January 2022

Piercing (Nose): Wicca’s Originals – “Jadeon Piercing” + “Tegan Piercing Set” (unrigged)

Piercing (Mouth): LittleFish – “EziliV2” (Lel. EvoX, Avalon)

Earrings: !R! x :[P]: – “The Poet’s Earrings/ Size II” – NEW @ Midnight Order // January 2022

Nails & Rings: [CX] – “Essential Dirty Claws” (Maitreya, Bento)

Accessory (left hand): kosmii – “Globus Satanas L [silver]” – NEW @ Midnight Order // January 2022

Wings: {Aii & Ego} – “+ Amorous Bento Wings (size M) +” – NEW @ Midnight Order // January 2022

Hair & Makeup

Hair: no.match – “NO_PROGRESS (size 1)”

Eyeshadow/Face Art: Rubedo – “thunder – EVOX 13” + “thunder – EVOX 06” (BoM) – NEW @ Midnight Order // January 2022

Head, Body & Tattoo

Head: LeLUTKA – “EvoX Avalon 3.1”

Teeth: [CX] – “Strigoi’s Fangs – Silver Type.1 ( Size E / Wider )”

Body: Maitreya – “Lara V5.3”

Tattoo: Nefekalum Tattoos – “Crysalis (Flesh/Darker)” (BoM, Materials) – NEW @ Midnight Order // January 2022

Legs: [The DeadBoy] – “Raxlas Legs” (Maitreya) – NEW @ Midnight Order // January 2022

Poses, Props & Tools

Pose: Poseidon

Background: CELESTE – “Arch Arcanum” – NEW @ Midnight Order // January 2022

Tables & Chairs: Eclectica Curiosities – “Twisted Garden Set” – NEW @ Midnight Order // January 2022

Lantern (incl. pose): DREAMCATCHER – “Butterflies of the Soul – flashlight in hand B” – NEW @ Midnight Order // January 2022

Model, Stylist & Photographer

Wicca Merlin

Ratpack @ The Roadhouse Bar

Ratpack @ The Roadhouse Bar

With ease and a practiced flick of her wrist, Snot flips the switchblade in her hand open and closed, over and over again. Slow at first, the action became a blur as she increased the speed. With a loud sniff, Snot wiped her nose on the back of her arm. Yes, that’s how she got her name.

Her eyes scanned the room, noting the position of every patron in the roadhouse bar. Rats, Mice, even a Squirrel or two sat at the makeshift tables and chairs they scavenged after the Apocalypse.

The Apocalypse – the day when the humans destroyed their own species and elevated others into higher forms of life. The Mice were the thinkers; the planners. The Rats, Snot’s ancestors, were the muscle; the heavy lifters. Squirrels were the scavengers; the trackers who found human items and made them useful again.

A couple Rabbits trolled the room for, well, what rabbits did the best. One spotted Snot and moved seductively across the room. It sidled up close to Snot and nuzzled her neck. With a sweep of her arm, Snot pushed the horny Rabbit away. The warning look she shot the Rabbit told it not to return again.

It’s not that Snot was against afternoon sex or cross species mingling, but she was on duty and took her responsibilities seriously. Especially today, when a contingency of Weasels was scheduled to arrive to meet with the local Mice leaders. Snot would not allow any distractions.

The survivors of the Apocalypse were determined not to make the same mistakes as the humans, but even in their un-evolved form, animals were also territorial and bloodthirsty.

Speaking of the devil, a pair of oily looking Ferrets stroll into the bar and survey the surroundings. Just like the Rats, the Ferrets were enforcers; bodyguards to the Weasels in their own little part of this messed up world.

Apparently satisfied with the room, they step back and hold the makeshift door open of Wartman, the leader of the Weasel encampment up north. Macro, the leader of Snot’s community, stands to greet the arriving leader.

Today was about peace, cooperation and trade. That didn’t mean Snot wasn’t prepared for trouble as her eyes continued to scan the room. It was the Rat’s nature to watch for danger. After all, they were all animals in one fashion of another.

The evolved species that developed from the human’s global devastation were determined to live together in peace. They would not follow in the footsteps of humanity and allow hatred and aggression to rule the Earth again.

Or with evolution, was human nature far behind?

THE END

Clothing

Top: Mug – “Punk Rocker – #1 Band Tee” (Maitreya Petite, Gacha, Rare)

Pants: DRD – “Slacker Pants/Light” (Maitreya)

Shoes: Semller – “Worn Canvas Hi Tops Festival Edt. Black” (Maitreya)

Accessories

Glasses: -[TWC]- – “Mistic Glasses -Black-” (unrigged)

Collar: *PKC* – Risque Collar – No Neck Lock” (unrigged)

Bracers: .:E.A.Studio:. – “KnothArm LeatherBlack” (Maitreya, Gacha, Rare)

Gloves: L’Emporio – “::*Fingerless Gloves” (Maitreya, Bento)

Nails & Rings: [CX] – “Essential Dirty Claws” (Maitreya, Bento)

Hair & Makeup

Hair: CUREMORE – “/ Punk Chic / Mowhawk / Fire” (Gacha, Common)

Head, Body & Tattoos

Head: BeSpoke – “Rodent Lou”

Skin: BeSpoke – “Rodent Skin – Lab Rat” (BoM)

Body: Maitreya – “Lara V5.3”

Tattoo: .:Vegas:. – “Tattoo ( Dark ) Essence” (BoM)

Poses, Props & Tools

Poses: Selfmade

Set: DRD – “Roady’s Biker Bar – Complete Set – PG”

Knife (incl. Animation): [CX] – “Mizu Occam’s Razor” (Bento)

Beer: BellePoses – “Beer 2” (out of the Jeh Pose Set)

Location: Bartertown

Story

Anne Daumig

Model, Photographer & Stylist

Wicca Merlin

Happy New Year

Clothing

Dress: AsteroidBox – “Zoya Dress” (Maitreya Petite)

Stockings: Violent Seduction – “Tainaron Stockings” (BoM)

Shoes: Wicca’s Originals – Ivy Boots” (Maitreya) – NEW @ Kinky Event // December 2022

Accessories

Headpiece 1: cinphul – “wilder ii [headdress]” – NEW @ The Warehouse Sale // December 2021

Headpiece 2: [CX] – “Mystic Diadem” – NEW @ The Warehouse Sale // December 2021

Earrings: .:E.A.Studio:. – “Earring Mads all linked” (LeLUTKA EvoX female/human)

Ear Lobes: .:E.A.Studio:. – “Inazuma Plug” (LeLUTKA EvoX female/human)

Eyepatch: .:E.A.Studio:. – “Sauron (Eye Patch Women)”

Piercing (Nose): Wicca’s Originals – “Jadeon Piercing” + “Tegan Piercing Set” (unrigged)

Piercing (Mouth): LittleFish – “EziliV2” (Lel. EvoX, Avalon)

Nails: L’Emporio&PL – “::*Tormento*::” (Maitreya, Bento)

Hair & Makeup

Hair: no.match – “No_Jealousy” – NEW @ Cosmopolitan // December 2021

Eyeshadow: Hexed – “Finn Eyeshadows” (LeL. EvoX BoM) – NEW @ The Darkness // January 2022

Head, Body & Tattoos

Head: LeLUTKA – “EvoX Avalon 3.1”

Teeth: [CX] – “Strigoi’s Fangs – Silver Type.1 ( Size E / Wider )”

Body: Maitreya – “Lara V5.3”+ “Add-On Petite V1.1”

Tattoo: .:Vegas:. – “Tattoo Destruction ( Dark ) Female) (LeL. EvoX BoM)

Poses, Props & Tools

Backdrop: Paparazzi – “Mysterious Window” – NEW @ Ritual // January 2022

Set:

DRD – “MM web 2”

DRD – “Spiritualists Shoppe – Web – B”

DRD – “Antique Shoppe – Collectables Display Webby”

DRD – “Antique Shoppe – Gramaphone Display”

DRD – “Antique Shoppe – Old Door Display”

DRD – “Shadow Box – Series 01 – Dining Chandelier – Dark”

DRD – “Shadow Box – Series 01 – Baby Ottoman – Dark”

DRD – “Scarlett Hotel – Rebecca’s bunny B – hold 1” – NEW @ Scarlett Hotel Hunt // until January 19th

WLS – “XMAS – RAGDOLL” (Gift)

Model, Stylist & Photographer

Wicca Merlin

The Night After Christmas

It was the night after Christmas and all through the Pole
Santa was drunk off his ass and had fallen in a hole.
A sleigh once shiny, now lay in in a heap
The elves are exhausted and all fast asleep.
With sharp teeth bared and eyes black as night
Wicca sneaks in to see the devastating sight.
With a laugh so evil and a plan so wickedly mean
She steals Santa’s bag and flees from the scene.
As she escapes with the loot, Wicca can be heard to say
No more Christmas for all and get out of my way.

Clothing

Jacket: //Naberius// – “Iron Eater Jacket (Gunmetal)” (Maitreya)

Top: neve – “intimates – caged” (Maitreya)

Stockings: Violent Seduction – “Psyche Stockings (Black)” (BoM)

Shoes: L’Emporio&PL – “::*Wattie*::” (Maitreya)

Accessories

Headpiece: [CX] – “Rudolf (Projectors)” – NEW @[Dreadmorne Township] Forest of Dead Toys // December 2021

Earrings: L’Emporio&PL – “::*Khons*::Earrings” (LeL. EvoX Human female ears) – NEW @ Man Cave // December 2021

Piercing (Nose): Wicca’s Originals – “Jadeon Piercing” + “Tegan Piercing Set” (unrigged)

Piercing (Mouth): LittleFish – “EziliV2” (Lel. EvoX, Avalon)

Collar: Ama. – “Sawyer Collar”

Necklace: DRD – “Lamy Necklace – Tarnished Silver”

Staff: LUX AETERNA – “[Der Heilige Nikolaus] Staff (Left Hand)”

Glove (left): .{PSYCHO:Byts}. – “Riot Kidz – Gloves L Hand” (Maitreya)

Nails (left Hand): [FORMANAILS] – “SPIRAL – LH” (Maitreya, Bento)

Garter: Garmonbozia – “Cut Garter” (Maitreya)

Hair & Makeup

Hair: no.match – “No_Tendencies” – NEW @ The Arcade // December 2021

Face Art: Nefekalum Tattoos – “Hunger #01” (Lel. EvoX BoM, Materials)

Head, Body & Tattoos

Head: LeLUTKA – “EvoX Avalon 3.1”

Teeth: [CX] – “Strigoi’s Fangs – Silver Type.1 ( Size E / Wider )”

Body: Maitreya – “Lara V5.3”

Arm (right): .{PSYCHO:Byts}. – “Nekhbet Mummy Arms – R” (Maitreya)

Tattoo: .:Vegas:. – “Tattoo ( Dark ) Essence” (BoM)

Poses, Props & Tools

Pose: Poseidon – “Beast 3rev” (Bento)

Set:

DRD – “Building Remains – Snow”

DRD – “Their Last Christmas – Snowy Cabin”

DRD – “Mulled Wine Stand – Snowy Full Set (softlink)”

DRD – “My Miserable Holiday – Tree”

DRD – “Oh Holy Shit Night – Frozen Santa”

DRD – “Oh Holy Shit Night – Snow Drift”

DRD – “Oh Holy Shit Night – Broken Sleigh”

DRD – “Christmas Snowman – #notgivingaf”

DRD – “TKH – Krampus Minion”

DRD – “2020 Snowman – Gift”

DRD – “Deer Decoration – YEAHBABY”

DRD – “Deer Decoration – gift”

[Harshlands] – “Fir Tree – Big – (Snowy) – Static”

Story: Anne Daumig

Model, Stylist & Photographer

Wicca Merlin

My new Creature

“Learn from me, if not by my precepts, at least by my example, how dangerous is the acquirement of knowledge, and how much happier that man is who believes his native town to be his world, than he who aspires to become greater than his nature will allow.”

[- Mary Shelley, Frankenstein -]

Today I come to you with my last picture for the “Electric Sheep” exhibition (HERE). For this picture, my last one, I wanted to have something with interaction, with soul and with imagination. I know that cyber is not so much Vivien’s cup of tea, but as well know she can make work everything and I do love to work with her a lot, especially if it comes to emotions and moods on pictures. She has a wonderful hand to create poses in a very certain way. I had the idea of “making my own creature” for this picture and already pictured me being in a pod, being that new creation of someone. When I was talking to Vivien about it she instantly jumped on that idea and helped me to finalize my idea and enrich it with her pose and her pixels as well. It always amazes me… when I ask her about a certain style, about a certain mood or look… it doesn’t need a lot of words and she quickly dresses up perfectly to the situation. Many know her as the dark, romantic Goth girl, but she has so many hidden talents in all kind of genres! It really is rare that you can communicate with people without talking too long. She just gets my ideas, my vibes and my mood so fast – it really is a pleasure to work with her and even more to call her friend or even sister. She really is the sister I never had. If you want to know what she is wearing – just ask her 😉

Thank you Vivien, I am really grateful you stepped in to my life

Head, Body & Tattoos

Head: LeLUTKA – “EvoX Avalon 3.1”

Teeth: [CX] – “Strigoi’s Fangs – Silver Type.1 ( Size E / Wider )”

Face Tattoo 1: PUMEC – “Cybernya” (LeL. EvoX BoM)

Face Tattoo 2: Gloom. – “Cyber Parts – Cyber Eyes tinatable” (LeL. EvoX BoM)

Body: Maitreya – “Lara V5.3”

Torso: – Fika – – “Chassis Augmentation” (Maitreya)

Arms: .{PSYCHO:Byts}. – “Infinity Arms” (Maitreya)

Poses, Props & Tools

Pose by Vivien De’Lancoure

Set:

Ex Machina – “THX Botanical Pod”

Ex Machina – “THX Suspension Pod”

Ex Machina – “THX Console”

Ex Machina – “SSA Surveillance Table”

Ex Machina – “SSA Surveilance Console”

Ex Machina – “Prof Baltazar Lab Table”

Ex Machina – “Prof Baltazar – Lab Panel 1”

Ex Machina – “Prof Baltazar – Lab Panel 2”

Cables: Black Cats Creations – “Feeded – Fatpack Cables 3/5″” (part of the pose pack)

Models & Stylists

Vivien De’Lancoure & Wicca Merlin

Photographer

Wicca Merlin

Christmas – Dark Edition – Krampus

Eclipse Magazine // December 2021 // Page 160-167 // https://issuu.com/eclipsemagazinesl/docs/eclipse_magazine_december_2021

For the December Issue of the Eclipse Magazine, I certainly wanted to do something Christmas related. But if you know me, I can not be something sweet and shiny, it had to be something with a dark twist. So the “Krampus” tradition came to my mind.

To explain “Krampus” I would like to quote Wikipedia to make sure I get nothing wrong with translating my German version *winks*

“The Krampus is a horned, anthropomorphic figure in Central and Eastern Alpine folklore who, during the Christmas season, scares children who have misbehaved. Assisting Saint Nicholas, the pair visit children on the night of the 5th December, with Saint Nicholas rewarding the well-behaved children with modest gifts such as oranges, dried fruit, walnuts and chocolate, whilst the badly behaved ones only receive punishment from Krampus with birch rods.
The origin of the figure is unclear; some folklorists and anthropologists have postulated it as having pre-Christian origins. In traditional parades and in such events as the Krampuslauf (English: Krampus run), young men participate dressed as Krampus and attempt to scare the audience with their antics. Such events occur annually in most Alpine towns. Krampus is featured on holiday greeting cards called Krampuskarten.
Since 1984, the character has become better known globally, having been portrayed in Hollywood horror films. Almost unknown before this time, Krampus has begun to become part of American popular culture.”
[- Wikipedia -]

Don’t forget to take look at the actual Eclipse Magazine as they do have a lot of amazing content this month – yes there you can find all the amazing sweet and shiny Christmas things as well *winks* I hope you nevertheless enjoy your Christmas, even with me teasing with the darker vibes!

! Merry Christmas !

Clothing

Coat: !gO! – “Wild Fur Coat XXS”

Accessories

Horns: [ht:apparel] – “Satyr Horns”

Hair & Makeup

Hair: no.match – “No_Cruel”

Head, Body & Tattoos

Head: BeSpoke – “Elder – Hag”

Eyes: Madame Noir – “Queen Eyes

Hands: DRD – “Plague Skeleton Creature Hands” (Maitreya)

Body: Maitreya – “Lara V5.3”

Poses, Props & Tools

Pose: by Vivien De’Lancoure

Deco 1: WLS – “XMAS – Angry Presents”

Deco 2: WLS – “XMAS – Angra Tree”

Model, Stylist & Photographer

Wicca Merlin

Wicca’s Originals @ The Warehouse Sale // December 2021

Wicca’s Originals @ The Warehouse Sale // December 23rd – January 18th

Black Swan

My friends call me Ash.


That is, if I had any friends. No friends. No family. No one gives a damn. That’s what happens when you grow in foster homes. You become invisible.

At age eighteen, you graduate out of the system and onto the streets. Left out in the cold. Survival of the fittest. Eat or be eaten. Nothing prepares you for becoming a Ghost.

Everyone treated me like I was inviable, so I became invisible. I blended into the shadows, into the darkness. When I’m hungry, I eat. When I am tired, I find a warm, safe shelter. It’s not that difficult if your smart and invisible.

Sometimes my methods are not quite acceptable in the eyes of the law. but I never take from people who cannot afford to lose it. The innocent have nothing to fear from me.

It’s the greedy bastards that evicts the poor and elderly from their homes so they can build overpriced luxury condos. The ones that pay low wages, then terminate employees one month before retirement to save from paying a pension.

No one sees me coming for them. No one knows I was there. I am a ghost to them. I stay hidden in the shadows while I take their most cherished possessions – their secrets. People pay well for secrets.

It is night and I weave in and out of the shadows now, gliding smoothly through the darkness, as I approach my next target. He does not hear me. He does not see me. He doesn’t know what is about to happen.

He sleeps as I stand silently over him; so unsuspecting. I lean down and in less than sixty seconds my task is complete. Once again, I am swallowed by the night.

When the old man awakes, he will find sandwiches and fruit beside him, along with a new, warm blanket covering his shivering body.

I am the night. I am the shadow. I am the ghost.
They call me Black Swan.

-THE END-

Sizes: Rigged for LeLUTKA EvoX Female // Human & Elf Version
HUD: 10 Metals
Event Location: The Warehouse Sale // December 2021

Play with Me!

I already told you about the amazing “Electric Sheep” exhibition a few days ago (HERE). Todays picture is another one of 3 I had to create besides the pictures they chose from my Flickr. I wanted to have one, which is more playful and more fun than the “serious” ones I usually take, when it comes to cyber or sci-fi. That doesn’t mean it is no fun for me to do cyber, I really enjoy it but usually I have deep emotions or deeper thoughts to those pictures, as I do have a storyline in mind when I create them. This time it was “just for fun”. The exhibition is still up if you want to jump paver and take a look at it. The gallery is a sweet little one, with so much charm and done with so much love and dedication – you really should see it *winks*

Clothing

Outfit: Black Cats Creations – “Crateria Set” (Maitreya Petite) – NEW  @ [TOKYO ZERO] // December 2021

Shoes: AsteroidBox – “Xaid Boots” (Maitreya)

Accessories

Earrings: .:E.A.Studio:. – “Earring Mads all linked” (LeLUTKA EvoX female/human)

Ear Lobes: .:E.A.Studio:. – “Inazuma Plug” (LeLUTKA EvoX female/human)

Face Implants: unstable. – “Code: WYVERN” (unrigged)

Piercing (Nose): Wicca’s Originals – “Jadeon Piercing” + “Tegan Piercing Set” (unrigged)

Piercing (Mouth): LittleFish – “EziliV2” (Lel. EvoX, Avalon)

Mask: .{PSYCHO:Byts}. – “Kay-1NFC3D2 – Mask” (unrigged)

Hand Accessories: SEKA’s – “Cyberlita Hands” (Maitreya, Bento)

Nails: RAWR! – “Borg Nails” (Maitreya, Bento)

Hair & Makeup

Eyeshadow: Rubedo – “Tamera” (LeL. EvoX BoM)

Eyeliner: VELOUR – “Elvira Makeup Pack” LeL. Evo HD Applier)

Lipstick: -SU!- – “Cyber Necromancer Lip Gloss” (LeL. Evo HD Applier)

Head, Body & Tattoo

Head: LeLUTKA – “EvoX Avalon 3.1”

Teeth: [CX] – “Strigoi’s Fangs – Silver Type.1 ( Size E / Wider )”

Face Skin: Dernier – “Dolla Skin (Green Alien)” (LeL. EvoX BoM)

Headparts: .:S:. – “Leekoo: Back Relaxed” (unrigged)

Body: Maitreya – “Lara V5.3” + “Lara Add-on “Petite” V1.1″

Body Skin: VELOUR – “Ipanema Body for Maitreya – Skinny (Green Alien)” (BoM)

Poses, Props & Tools

Pose: selfmade

Backdrop: The Bearded Guy – “La Matriz – Far Horizons”

Dog: [Rezz Room] – “Cyber Greyhound”

Deco 1: BROKEN ARROWS – “Cyber Capsule”

Deco 2: BROKEN ARROWS – “Cyber Pipe”

Model, Stylist & Photographer

Wicca Merlin

Ice Queen

TUNES

On cold wings, she’s coming
You better keep moving
For warmth, you’ll be longing, nightingale
Come on, just feel it
Don’t you see it?
You better believe
When she embraces your heart turns to stone
She comes at night when you are all alone
And when she whispers your blood shall run cold
You better hide before she finds you
Whenever she is raging
She takes all life away
Haven’t you seen?
Haven’t you seen?
The ruins of our world
[- Within Temptation -]

I had the great pleasure to be invited to be part of an exhibition. I was totally surprised when Randy wrote me a message on Flickr and asked me if I would like to exhibit at his amazing, sweet gallery called The 22 Art Space in Bellisseria on the Grenouille sim. The Exhibition is called Electric Sheep. This is one of 3 new pictures I created, which are showed there together with some of my already released ones Randy and Ricco chose from my Flickr. There are 2 amazing other artists showcasing their incredible work. You can read the details HERE and if you would like to take a look yourself – and I would suggest that, as the place really looks amazing – just take the DIRECT TP.

Clothing

Outfit: Luas – “Hye” (Maitreya)

Accessories

Eyepatch: .:E.A.Studio:. – “Chiba Patch Sci-Fi Girl (R)”

Piercing (Nose): Wicca’s Originals – “Jadeon Piercing” + “Tegan Piercing Set” (unrigged)

Piercing (Mouth): LittleFish – “EziliV2” (Lel. EvoX, Avalon)

Nails: FORMANAILS – “Eve” (Maitreya, Bento)

Hair & Makeup

Hair: #CHAIN – “Olya Hair (Lel.)”

Eyeshadow: Rubedo – “Sally – 12” (Lel. EvoX BoM)

Eyeliner: [REVERIE] – Skye Eyeliner – Black” (Lel. EvoX BoM)

Body, Head & Tattoo

Head: LeLUTKA – “EvoX Avalon 3.1”

Skin: Cadabra – “Albino Skin”(Lel. EvoX BoM)

Teeth: [CX] – “Strigoi’s Fangs – Silver Type.1 ( Size E / Wider )”

Body: Maitreya – “Lara V5.3”

Tattoo: .:Vegas:. – “Tattoo ( Medium ) Secrets” (BoM)

Poses, Props & Tools

Pose (incl. Dragon): Black Cats Creations – “Dragon Pose 5 FATPACK (rezz & sit)”

Model, Stylist & Photographer

Wicca Merlin

The Scarlett Hotel – Chapter 1 – Another Fine Mess

The Scarlett Hotel – Chapter 1

Another Fine Mess

Griselda sighed heavily as she looked in to the empty bar of the Scarlett Hotel. Another day, another mess to clean up. This was her life now: or rather, her afterlife.
If she had known back in 1922 what a vacation at the Scarlett Hotel would cost her, Griselda would’ve stayed in the stifling heat of the city. She never would have accepted the position as a companion to a maidenly aunt. And never met … him. Her feet shuffle across the hard wood floor of the hotel’s bar as Griselda carries the cleaning supplies deeper into the room. Exhausted, she drops everything to her feet and slumps down on top of a large, wrapped lump lying on the floor. There is nothing she can do until they are moved out of her way. Last night was one hell of a party. He was in rare form. Anton is quite the charmer, especially back in the Summer of 1922. To a young, innocent girl like Griselda, the worldly aristocrat could do no wrong. She fell hopelessly in love with the tall, dark Duke the moment she espied him in the lobby of the Scarlett Hotel. Her heart stopped when her Aunt Matilda introduced them and he kissed her hand. Griselda nearly fainted when he asked her to dine with him that very night.

Their days were filled with long walks in the dense gardens, lazy umbrella-covered boat rides on the lake or picnics beneath the shade of weeping willows. Anton spun mesmerizing stories of his world travels, read poetry from well-worn first editions and kissed her breathless.
Even in the hot July days, Anton always dressed in a fashionable suit, gloves, hat and sunglasses. At first Griselda associated this with his European upbringing, but Anton assured her it was simply sensitivity to the sun. His pale skin, dark hair and hypnotic eyes just made him all that more handsome. Griselda was wined and dined on champagne and elegant cuisine each night and then danced until dawn. Although Griselda was there to work, Aunt Matilda was ecstatic over Anton’s fascination with her niece. If anything, Aunt Matilda seemed almost relieved.
If Griselda hadn’t been so blinded by Anton’s charisma and attention, she would have remembered Aunt Matilda was not a nice person. Griselda was not her aunt’s first paid traveling companion. There was a long list and they never remained passed one trip and were never heard from again. The family said they all ran away since Aunt Matilda was such a vile person.
On a starry night, beneath a full moon, when Anton asked her to spend the rest of her life with him, Griselda thought she died and gone to heaven. Heaven it was not. She managed to croak out a barely audible acceptance before Anton gathered her in his arms and kissed her long and hard. The kiss left her dizzy and flushed as he peppered soft kisses on her face, along her jaw and down her neck.

And then … Unconsciously, Griselda touched the two puncture marks on her neck and heaved another heavy sigh. Damn Aunt Matilda for selling her off to a Vampire for wealth and immortality. Damn Anton for taking an innocent girl’s dreams and turning them into nightmares. And damn herself for thinking such a sophisticated man like Anton could ever love a frumpy girl like Griselda.
Anton did confess after the deed was done that he had not meant to turn her into a creature of the night. He did truly care for her; as much as a Vampire could care for anyone. She was merely payment for a bargain her aunt made with him decades ago.
Now, Griselda was stuck here in this haunted hell of a hotel and relegated to maid status for all eternity. She rose slowly to her feet as the Zombie bellboys entered the deserted hotel bar and dragged out the bodies that were the unwitting ‘party favors’ for Anton’s guests the night before.
My job is to clean up the aftermath. Griselda cursed at the Zombies as their carelessness left a trail of blood in their wake. With a grunt, Griselda dropped a soaking wet mop on the wooden floor and began the backbreaking job of scrubbing it clean.
Another fine mess.

THE END

Clothing

Outfit: Sorumin – “Sexy Maid Gacha” (Maitreya)

Corset: GizzA – “Passion and Glory [Female] Corset” (BoM, store closed)

Tights: Izzie’s – “Tights Black” (BoM)

Shoes & Socks: friday – “Suzy T-Straps (Coal)” (Maitreya)

Accessories

Earrings: .:E.A.Studio:. – “Earring Mads all linked” (LeLUTKA EvoX female/human)

Piercing: Wicca’s Originals – “Jadeon Piercing” + “Tegan Piercing Set” (unrigged)

Duster & Headpiece: LiViD – “The Bloody French Maid”

Hair & Makeup

Hair: Epoque – “Ever – Genetic” (store closed)

Face Art: Nefekalum Tattoos – “Hunger #01” (Lel. EvoX BoM, Materials)

Wounds: -Lepunk- – “Burn Face” (Lel. EvoX BoM)

Head, Body & Tattoo

Head: LeLUTKA – “EvoX Avalon 3.1”

Teeth: [CX] – “Strigoi’s Fangs – Silver Type.1 ( Size E / Wider )”

Body: Maitreya – “Lara V5.3”

Wounds 1: [POUT!] – “Ouch! My Chest – Chest Injuries” (BoM)

Wounds 2: Ladybird – “Bite Marks – Lighter” (BoM)

Wounds 3: Ladybird – “Gripped – Fading” (BoM)

Wounds 4: NEON – “Bitten – Body Bites (Full)” (BoM)

Poses, Props & Tools

Poses: selfmade

Room: DRD – “Scarlett Hotel Ballroom/Theatre Rezzer v1.0” – NEW @ Scarlett Bay

Deco Set 1: DRD – “SH – Le Basilic” – NEW @ Scarlett Bay

Deco Set 2: DRD – “SH – Barnett” – NEW @ Scarlett Bay

Deco Set 3: DRD – “Scarlett Hotel – “Bistro” – NEW @ Scarlett Bay

Deco Set 4: DRD – “Scarlett Hotel – Bar Royal” – NEW @ Scarlett Bay

DRD – “Scarlett Hotel – Grande piano – Opened” – NEW @ Scarlett Bay

DRD – “Scarlett Hotel – Office – file cabinet” – NEW @ Scarlett Bay

DRD – “Scarlett Hotel – Lobby – Luggage cart” – NEW @ Scarlett Bay

DRD – “Scarlett Hotel – Lobby – Luggage”

DRD – “Chartbusters – broom static”

[ContraptioN] – “Props: Wrapped Corpse Set BOXED”

22769 – “Rusty Bucket – COMMON”

{what next} – “Housekeepers Box Decor (cream)”

Story

Anne Daumig

Model, Stylist & Photographer

Wicca Merlin