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

Video killed the Radio Star

TUNES

“And now we meet in an abandoned studio
We hear the playback and it seems so long ago
And you remember the jingles used to go…”

[- The Buggles -]

Clothing

Top: AsteroidBox – “Jodie Shirt” (Maitreya Petite) – NEW @ Kustom9 // September 2021

Pants: Mug – “Isabelle Jeans – Black” (Maitreya)

Accessories

Earrings: L’Emporio&PL – “::*Xander*:: Earrings fem.” (for Lel. EvoX Elf Ears)

Glasses: [CX] – “Farseer Glasses – Silver”

Piercing: Wicca’s Originals – “Jadeon Piercing”

Necklace: AsteroidBox – “Emery Jewelry – Female Fit”

Rings: RAWR! – “Heavy Metal Rings” (Maitreya, Bento)

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

Hair & Makeup

Hair: no.match – “No_Hawk” – NEW @ Jail Event // September 2021

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

Head, Body & Tattoo

Head: LeLUTKA – “EvoX Avalon 3.0”

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

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

Poses, Props & Tools

Pose: Foxcity

Scenery: DRD – “Chartbusters – Collection”

Model, Stylist & Photographer

Wicca Merlin

Demons of the Past

TUNES

A broken frame shattered glass, a distant scream from a haunted past
Broken dreams remind you of what you could have been
A perfect plan a perfect life, a perfect way to paradise
Divine thirst turned into something so bitter sweet
A shining star that fades away, a broken promise a wicked day
Seems that nothing can repair the damage done
Beaten down and torn apart, what you need is a brand new start
you don’t gain anything for being sad
So bury it down, don’t knead it, so bury it down you don’t need it
Just let it go, cause you cannot turn back time
You never want to feel this again, don’t want to pretend
Cause you can’t and you won’t relive it

I’m sure that if you cut of your past, the demons won’t last
Cause you can’t and you won’t relive it

[- Maryslim -]
Clothing

Top: *Vanilla Bae* – “Hayley Top (Adult)” (Maitreya)

Pants: Mug – “Dani Shorts” (Mairteya)

Accessories

Earrings: L’Emporio&PL – “*Xander*::Earrings-LeLutka EvoX Elf fem.” (rigged – only for LeL. EvoX Elf ears) – NEW @ Man Cave Event // August 2021

Veil: kosmii – “Vesper Veil [silver]” – NEW @ The Warehouse Sale // August 2021

Piercing: Wicca’s Originals – “Jadeon Piercing”

Septum: -[TWC]- – “Thirst Septum -Silver-“

Collar: HARO – “Zip Collar” – NEW @ The Warehouse Sale // August 2021

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

Hair & Makeup

Hair: Exile – “Lily”

Eyeshadow: Rubedo – “Franca purple” (LeL. EvoX BoM) – NEW @ The Inithium Event // August 2021

Lipstick: Top1Salon – “HD Exude Lipstick Duo Sunny” (LeL. EvoX HD Applier)

Head, Body & Tattoo

Head: LeLUTKA – “EvoX Avalon 3.0”

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

Body: Maitreya – “Lara V5.3”

Body Tattoo: .:Vegas:. – “Tattoo ( Leal EvoX )( Dark) Chrysanthemum” (BoM) – NEW @ Uber // August 2021

Poses, Props & Tools

Backdrop & Pose: Black Cats Creations – “Grabbing Hands – Fatpack”  – NEW @ The Darkness Event // August 2021

Model, Stylist & Photographer

Wicca Merlin

Locked Out…

TUNES

This is how I live
Seeing the dreams in your eyes
You are a warm existence
Dwelling deep inside of me
You are always beating
Like the pulse of my life
I’ll hold on to what I got
Till in your arms, in your embrace I lie

[- Arogya -]

Clothing

Top: [CX] – “Hell’s Gatekeeper Tank (Black)” (Maitreya)

Pants: Mug – “Dani Shorts” (Maitreya)

Stockings: Viena. – “Nana Fishnet Leg Sleeves v4” (BoM)

Shoes: cinphul – “desdinova [boots]” (Maitreya) – NEW @ Mainstore

Accessories

Earrings: L’Emporio&PL – “*Xander*::Earrings fem.” (LeLutka EvoX Elf Ears)

Piercing: Wicca’s Originals – “Jadeon Piercing”

Septum: -[TWC]- – “Thirst Septum -Silver-“

Collar: ::GB:: – “Long Chain Collar Black/Silver” (Maitreya)

Arms: L’Emporio&PL – “*Harness Arms* (Maitreya)

Hand Accessories: L’Emporio&PL – “*Under Pressure*” (Maitreya, Bento)

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

Garter 1: [CX] – “Chimera’s Delight Garter – Black” (Maitreya, Gacha, Common)

Garter 2: *Tentacio* – “Luan Lingerie Garters”

Hair & Makeup

Hair: no.match – “No_Passenger” – NEW @ Cosmopolitan // August 2021

Forehead Art: Unholy&TJM – “SunMoon Sign Branding” (Lel. EvoX BoM)

Eyeshadow: Unholy&TJM – “Goth Cross Eyeshadow Grey” (Lel. EvoX BoM)

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

Lipstick 1: [Cubic Cherry] – “{Tenuous} Lipstick” (Lel. EvoX HD Applier)

Lipstick 2: Mad’ – “Daemon Lips” (Lel. EvoX BoM)

Head, Body & Tattoo

Head: LeLUTKA – “EvoX Avalon 3.0”

Ear Tattoo: LeLUTKA – “EvoX.Ear.Tattoo.002”

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

Body: Maitreya – “Lara V5.3”

Body Tattoo: .:Vegas:. – “Tattoo ( Dark ) Raise your Soul” (BoM)

Poses, Props & Tools

Pose: myself

Backdrop: Paparazzi – “BACKDROP – Grungy Stairwell 1”

Bag 1: 22769 – “Summer Hideaway – Leatherbag” (Gacha, Common)

Bag 2: DRD – “TRH – Dr Steins Medical Bag” (Hunt Gift)

Bag 3: HILTED – “Gym Bag – Black”

Cat grey: [Rezz Room] – “Bengal Cat Jump” (Gacha, Common)

Cat brown: [Rezz Room] – “Bengal Cat Play” (Gacha, Common)

Model, Stylist & Photographer

Wicca Merlin

Going to Hell

TUNES

Father did you miss me,
Been locked up a while.
I got caught for what I did but took it all in style.
Laid to rest all my confessions I gave way back when.
Now I’m versed in so much worse,
So I am back again, …

[- Pretty Wreckless -]

Sometimes you meet people and after a short while you get the feeling you know them since forever…

While I was styling I showed the style to Vivien and she seemed to like it so I asked her if she would not want do join in the picture. In seconds she had a matching style and we started to have fun quite a while. I already had done my pose and it was awesome to see how fast she arranged herself around and between me to make her fit into the scene. I anyway love her creativity when it comes to making poses. My head is always so stuffed, that I rarely be able to really make my own poses. But since I saw her working, Í found my way slowly back into that, too – and I really enjoy it again – nevertheless I always love when Vivian does her magic and so for the closeup I again could not resist to ask her, if she would like to make a pose again and she did another kick ass, cool one 😉

I have a feeling that won’t be our last collaboration, since we seem a pretty productive and creative team for that – plus, I hae to admit I immensely enjoy the time working with her. We have so much fun and it is a complete different journey that just doing pictures on my own. It does trigger other parts of my creativity and it as well challenges me to break my usual Photoshop routine, having a second person with a complete different skin and shape as my normal workflow and techniques apply differently on her avatar 🙂

Clothing

Top 1:[CX] – “Nimue Bra” (Maitreya, part of a full outfit)

Top 2: Mug – “Elina Top” (Maitreya)

Top 3: Grima – “Fur Feathered Leather Harness” (Maitreya)

Gloves: Skellybones – “Rae Gloves” (Maitreya) – NEW @ The Warehouse Sale // March 2021

Pants: Mug – “Dani Shorts” (Maitreya)

Socks: -SU!- – “Garter Socks Nylon BLACK” (BoM)

Shoes & Socks: L’Emporio&PL – “*Asahi*” (Maitreya) – NEW @ NEO Japan // March 2021

Accessories

Face Chain: .:E.A.Studio:. – “Gunnhild Cross Goth” (Gacha, Rare) – NEW @ Kinky // March 2021

Collar: [CX] – “XenoCircuit – Night” (Maitreya)

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

Hair & Makeup

Hair: {Limerence} – “Bria hair-s”

Face Art:  Nefekalum Tattoos – “Hunger” (BoM, Materials enabled)

Scars: . The Rotting Lab . – “Waster – Scar – Pale” (BoM)

Head, Body & Tattoo

Head: LeLUTKA – “Erin 2.5”

Ears: .:BoD:. – “Sasha Croses BoM & Tint Ears” – NEW @ Necrosis // March 2021

Body: Maitreya – “Lara V5.3”

Tattoo 1: .:Vegas:. – “Tattoo Dark Earthly” (BoM)

Tattoo 2: TF: – “Machinist (F) :: Without Sore – Light 50%” (BoM)

Poses, Props & Tools

Backdrop: .PALETO. “Backdrop:.KPRED” – NEW @ The Warehouse Sale // March 2021

Pose 1: Vivien De’Lancoure & Wicca Merlin

Pose 2: Vivien De’Lancoure

Models & Stylists

Vivien De’Lancoure & Wicca Merlin

Photographer

Wicca Merlin

Thought Contagion

TUNES

Strung out, falling from the big time
Welcome to the infinite black skies
Brain cleansed, fractured identity
Fragments and scattered debris

Fall down, learn when to count it out
Prop me up before I blackout
Withdraw before you’re out of time
Clean slate and buried war crimes


You’ve been bitten by
A true believer
You’ve been bitten by
Someone who’s hungrier than you
You’ve been bitten by
A true believer
You’ve been bitten by
Someone’s false beliefs
Thought contagion

[- Muse -]

Clothing

Outfit: [CX] – “Nimue” (Maitreya)

Top 2: Mug – “Elina Top” (Maitreya)

Body Wrap: Mug – “Tasha Cords Base” (Maitreya)

Sleeves: .:E.A.Studio:. – “Xavyer Arms Sci-Fi” (Maitreya) – NEW @ ACCESS Cyber Fair // March 2021

Legs: [CX] – “Legwraps – Leather” (Maitreya)

Shoes: :)(: – “Slavia” (Maitreya)

Accessories

Glasses: .:E.A.Studio:. – “Naruky Mask Woman”

Necklace: Kibitz – “Meadow’s Necklace”

Nails: L’Emporio&PL – “*Scripta Manent* (Maitreya, Bento)

Hair & Makeup

Hair: :::Phoenix::: – “Arianna [Size S]”

Scars: . The Rotting Lab . – “Waster – Scar – Pale” (BoM)

Lipstick: Zibska – “Folia Lips 17” (BoM)

Lip Art: .:E.A.Studio:. – “Deadly/Virtues – Mouth Justice” (BoM, Gacha, Common)

Head, Body & Tattoo

Head: LeLUTKA – “Erin 2.5”

Ears: L’Emporio&PL – “Athan”

Body: Maitreya – “Lara V5.3”

Tattoo 1: .:Vegas:. – “Tattoo ( Dark ) Existence” (BoM)

Tattoo 2: TF: – “Machinist (F) :: Without Sore – Light 50%” (BoM)”

Tattoo 3: TF: – “Mort :: Veins :: With Eyeshading” (BoM)

Poses, Props & Tools

Poses: Foxcity

Backdrop: Foxcity – “Photo Booth – Mixed Feels (Rez)”

Cellphone: [CX] – “Mobile” (TWS Group Gift)

Model, Stylist & Photographer

Wicca Merlin

A Nice Place to Visit?

TUNES

I welcome you to your hell
Look around
I hope you like what you see
Have a drink
Have a smoke
It’s your home now so feel free
Swallow your panic
What’s so tragic
About giving up your soul?
No way out
There’s no way out of this hole

[- Aesthetic Perfection -]

Clothing

Top: Mug – “Elina Top – Black” (Maitreya)

Corset: DE Designs – “Agatha Corset – Black” (Maitrya)

Sleeves: :::Static::: – “Spellweaver’s Sleeves” (Maitreya) – NEW @ Midnight Order // January 2021

Pants: .:L&B:. – “S’Wear “Biker” leather pants :BI” (BoM)

Legs: Insomnia Angel – “Lizzie Bandage Socks” (Maitreya)

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

Accessories

Rings & Nails: [CX] x BUENO – “Welded Eyes” (Maitreya, Bento)

Hair & Makeup

Hair: Dura– “U100-Hair-Fat Pack A:Left”

Lip: .:E.A.Studio:. – “Deadly/Virtues – Mouth Control” (Gacha, Common)

Head, Body & Tattoo

Head: LeLUTKA – “Erin 2.5”

Ears: L’Emporio&PL – “Athan”

Body: Maitreya – “Lara V5.3”

Skin Overlay: TF: – “Helviti” (BoM) – NEW @ Midnight Order // January 2021

Poses, Props & Tools

Poses: Foxcity

Backdrop: .PALETO.Backdrop:. – “Hallway 200” – NEW @ The Warehouse Sale // January 2021

Decor:

DRD – “Beer Stand – Drunk Bench”

DRD – “Powergaming Shed – Trashcan”

DRD -“Rug Brown” (Group Gift)

Model, Stylist & Photographer

Wicca Merlin

“The worst is just around the bend.”

TUNES

“It was a long time ago, longer now than it seems,

In a place that perhaps you’ve seen in your dreams.

For the story that you are about to be told,

Took place in the holiday worlds of old.

Now you’ve probably wondered where holidays come from.

If you haven’t, I’d say it’s time you begun.”

[The Nightmare before Christmas]

Clothing

Outfit: * Les Sucreries de Fairy * – “Sally” (Maitreya, Gacha, Rare)- NEW @ The Dark Style Fair

Shoes: **UTOPIA@Design** – Sadie” (Maitreya) – NEW @ FaMESHed // October 2019

Accessories

Mask: [Since1975] – “Clown Mask”- NEW @ The Dark Style Fair

Earrings: BLAXIUM – “Nocturna Earrings” – NEW @ The Dark Style Fair

Collar: *PKC* – “Risque Collar”

Rings: *Merlific* – “Back to School Rings” (Maitreya)

Nails: !TBL – “Ingrid Nails” (Maitreya) – NEW @ The Dark Style Fair

Hair & Makeup

Hair: no.match – “No.Private” – NEW @ Tres Chic

Faceart: { Speakeasy } – “Moon Child” (Omega Applier) – NEW @ Black Fair

Body & Tattoo

Head: LeLutka – “Simone 3.4”

Body: Maitreya – “Lara 4.1”

Handtattoo: Mug – “Rory Murder” (Omega Applier)

Poses & Props

Pose 1 (with Chainsaw): Belle Poses – “Martha” (Bento)

Pose 2: Poseidon Poses

Set: DRD – “Burtonized Skybox” (only parts of that and a super old item)

Model & Photographer

Wicca Merlin