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

Wicca’s Originals @ Mainframe // January 2022

Wicca’s Originals @ Mainframe // January 20th – February 13th

A Place to Hide

The darkness was broken only by the torch I carried, casting eerie shadows in the cave that is my last hope. A hiding place no one can ever find. My boots shuffle along the uneven and rocky floor of the cavern hidden deep underground a long lost and forgotten city.
No one has been here in hundreds of years and I pray no one will ever return. It’s the only place where I can keep it safe. If anyone gets their hands on the contents of the box in my backpack, all is lost.
It’s been discovered before, many times, because I was careless in my diligence and lax in my guardianship. And each instance was a cataclysmic disaster. I cannot allow it happen again.
It can’t be destroyed – God knows I have tried. No one else can bare the burden – the responsibility is mine and mine alone. Hiding it from the world was my last resort.
The slightest sound roars in my ears like a freight train barreling down on me. The drip, drip, drip of water. The crackling of the meager flame guiding my way. A tiny pebble kicked by the toe of my boot.
I’m close. I can sense I am near the edge of the endless abyss that is my only salvation. Trembling with fear, excitement, anticipation – I don’t know my own emotions anymore. I just know the end is near.
With the torch wedged into a crack on the ground, I drop to my knees and let the backpack slide down beside me. The box tumbles out as if it has a life of its own. It DOES have a life of its own.

I clutch at the key hanging around my neck. It is calling to me to unlock the box. I need to fight its siren call, but I have to see it once last time. The lid opens slowly and there it lies – the bane of my existence. My heart.
Its steady beat is hypnotic as it seduces me with talk of love and happiness. But those things don’t exist. They are only illusions and when reality rears its ugly head, the pain is unbearable.
I slammed the lid closed and the snap of the lock sends a cold chill through my veins. Before it has a chance to change my mind, I shove the box over the edge and into the dark abyss, a bottomless pit where nothing can return.
For long moments I wait, expecting the hear the box crash upon the rocks below. There is no sound. There is just … nothing; Torch in hand I rise and walk away, free of my burden at last. Free from the pain of feelings.
No one can hurt me again. Especially my own heart.

HUD: 10 Colors + 10 Metals each pack
Sizes: Maitreya, Legacy[F], Freya, Slink[F] (Hourglass+Physique)
2 Versions available – 1 Leather & 1 Latex pack // or fatpack with both too

Event Location: Mainframe // January 2022

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

Wicca’s Originals @ Kinky // December 2021

Wicca’s Originals @ Kinky // December 28th – January 23rd

The metal heels of her boots clicked loudly as Ivy walked the long length of the runway. She always liked to walk it prior to a show when the room was quiet and empty.

This was a holy place to Ivy. The long path where she could strut with an attitude that few true professionals possessed. Ivy had a natural grace that drew the eye of everyone in the audience. It wasn’t vanity, but fact. It’s why she earned the big money.

However, for Ivy, it wasn’t about fame or money or ego. It was a sense of belonging. The runway was her home: her emotional and spiritual center.

At the end, Ivy took a slow, languid spin before she closed her eyes. She could feel the energy already, even when she was alone. Her body vibrated with excitement. In a few short hours the room would be filled to capacity and Ivy’s entrance was highly anticipated.

When showtime arrived, Ivy was dressed for success. Hair and make-up was perfect as always and she wore her favorite boots for good luck. The music swelled and Ivy threw the curtains wide as she made her entrance. The applause was deafening as Ivy made her way down the lit runway.

At the end she made a graceful leap and wrapped an arm and a leg around the metal pole securely bolted to the floor and ceiling. The crowd roared and the boisterous shouts and whistles guaranteed her big tips.

She was English Ivy, the best pole dancer in Philly.

Sizes: Maitreya, Legacy [F], Hourglass, Freya
HUD: 10 Colors & 10 Metals

Event Location: Kinky // December 2021

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

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

Sweet & Soft…

One week to go, then I finally have holidays – just one more week… *dances around*

With all the new jobs and Covid-Numbers are growing again like mad, my real life went upside down and my time for Second Life became really limited. I hope I can be online more constant again, after the holidays now that the jobs got some “routine” and are not anymore so time intense.

I had a little girly-goth moment when I did the pictures for todays post… I have to admit, I really enjoy that sweet and soft Gaia head from LeLUTKA sometimes *winks*

It is nice to have a little selections of different heads and play different characters – that gives me a lot more freedom for different styles and looks without letting Wicca loose her character.

These days it seems I need some kind of complete freedom or looks, styles and picture ideas. Maybe that is the reason why I do experiment a lot with a few of the other amazing LeLUTKA heads and as well with some of the BeSpoke heads – yes, I do have done a few with those, too, that I will post soon. I do not know if that makes sense, but over the years I developed Wicca into a character with her own twists and edges. I mean in the end it is me and I am the one operating her, but she is just once side of the real person behind the screen. Most of us are in Second Life to spend our free time here with fun, excitement, creativity and freedom to do what ever we want as long as we stay legal and law abiding. It does feel wrong to put Wicca into a ballgown ir have her sweet and girly looking, especially because of her trademarks. The silver eyes, being browless, having all those scars she got over the past years and all those special body mods – I just donut want to loose that on her anymore. I was modeling in Second Life for so long and changed my avatar to all kind of looks, but Liam tired of that and I like Wicca how she looks now, so why I should change her, just because someone doesn’t like what she is? It is my avatar, my personal vision. So only me has the right to make or suggest changes on her. I never really thought about that and it never felt as important to me than the past few month – maybe because RL put so much stress and instability on me, I wanted something that only me has the right to choose? But yes that is one of my personal proposals for 2022 and on going 😉

For today I would like to drag your attention to a few amazing designs made by my favorite creators. The amazing dress you can see on the pictures, was made by AsteroidBox. The “Zoya” dress is an amazing, short dress with a sweet little harness and waist corset on top. The HUD is the same as always for AsteroidBox and you get so many amazing choices to combine colors and patterns with the fatpack.

The “No_Books” hair is a cute, loose style from no.match and I guess I used the “Unicorn” color HUD with all the different pastel colors *laughs* , but for that special look it was just perfect. The “Farseer” glasses became to one of my favorite ones. I do love the squared glass and the ornamented temples a lot, they make them look very unique.

The amazing makeup and eyeshadow were made by a wonderful, creative Lady. She runs her own brand “Rubedo” for a few month now and you can find her all over the grid on the best events. What I love is her versatility and how she adapts her designs to various event themes without loosing her trademark. She works a lot with light and pastel colors – even if I sometimes would desire something deep saturated or darker shades – most of them I can make work with Wicca’s face, too.

I really enjoyed my sweet soft moment, but it will stay an exception – I do love Wicca the most and I do have no plans to change her look anytime soon 😉

7 Days until Christmas!

Clothing

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

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

Shoes: .{PSYCHO:Byts}. – “Naamah Boots” (Maitreya)

Accessories

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

Septum: [CX] – “Epistaxis Septum (Clean)”

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

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

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

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

Bag (incl Arm Pose): AsteroidBox – “Stud Clutch Bag – Right hand (1)”

Garters: NaaNaa’s – “Nareen Garters” (Maitreya)

Hair & Makeup

Hair: no.match – “No:Books (size 1)”

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

Face Art 1: Rubedo – “Chloress” (Lel. EvoX BoM)

Face Art 2: Nefekalum Tattoos – “Hunger #01” (Lel. EvoX BoM, Materials)

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

Head, Body & Tattoo

Head: LeLUTKA – “EvoX Gaia 3.1″

Skin: [Glam Affair] – “Miho Layer Fair C” (Lel. EvoX BoM)

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

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

Tattoo: .:Vegas:. – “Tattoo Moth ( Dark )” (Lel. EvoX BoM)

Poses, Props & Tools

Backdrop: Paparazzi – “BACKDROP – Neon Nightclub 1”

Deco 1: 10T&Co – “Vintage Chocolate Vending Machine Gray”

Poses: Diversion

Model, Stylist & Photographer

Wicca Merlin

Wicca’s Originals @ SL Holiday Shop & Hop // December 2021

Wicca’s Originals @ SL Holiday Shop & Hop // December 8th – January 2nd

Pandoras Box

Pandora’s Box There is something seriously wrong with me!

Normal people do not spend hours upon hours every weekend shifting through flea markets and antique stores looking for jewelry to re-purpose. But me? It’s a compulsion. An obsession.
Not only is it my passion, but its how I make a living. Because God only knows, waiting tables 10 hours a day doesn’t keep a girl in the essentials like food and heat. So I need to supplement my income.
When other girls my age are out partying or glued to their boyfriend-of-the-week, I am hunched over trays and boxes of discarded jewelry, looking for buried treasure. Rather than get wasted every night at the clubs, I create unique designs from other people’s rejects.

Over time, when the seller’s see me coming, they pull out boxes and containers they have set aside just for me. At one booth they even scribbled ‘Pandora’s Box’ on the carton. It was meant as a joke, a nod to the Greek mythology of the infamous box that contained all of mankind’s evils and temptations. Thanks again Mom for the name. I may be a joke to them, and, yes, I know that’s how they see me, but where they see junk, I see beauty. I deconstruct earrings here, a necklace there. Rings, pendants bracelets – all become fodder for my imagination. Shoe boxes are filled chains, gems, lumps of gold and silver. All waiting for a new life.
So every free moment I can spare is spent at my work table in my tiny apartment, with my tools and soldering gun, repurposing what everyone refers to as ‘junk’ jewelry. When I am finished, a one-of-a-kind piece is born.
They must look pretty good, because a customer at the restaurant raved over the craftsmanship when I told her I made the ear piercings I had on that day. She gave me her business card and told me if I can provide one hundred quality pieces by the end of the month, she will sell them in her boutique.

That was on the 19th of the month. No pressure there. So for the passed eleven days I have worked my fingers to the bone, literally. Cuts, nicks and burns decorate my hands, but I am finished. Today’s the day I take everything to the boutique and set up the special display case she cleared out just for my jewelry.
With each piece carefully wrapped and packed in a plastic container, I take the subway downtown. For a few minutes I stand across the street just staring at the upscale shop, wondering what the hell I have gotten myself into now. There is something seriously wrong with me.
Tina sees me through the window and waves me in with a smile. She oohs and aahs as I unwrap each necklace, bracelet, broach and earring set I created. We spend the next hour arranging each piece onto velvet trays and display mannequins. Finished, I step back and cannot help the smile on my face, despite the butterflies’ dive bombing my stomach.
I thought this day would never come, but there it is. My creations, all my hard work, on display for all to see and purchase. No way could this day get any better. Until …

The bell over the door rings to life and two very stylishly dressed women enter, chatting endlessly about some exclusive party in two days. Tina greets them warmly, so I assume they are returning customers. I panic when one woman stops, freezes before the newly stocked display case and falls silent. Worried, her companion turns and she, too, is stunned to silence.
My heart lodges in my throat and I am ready to run for my life, but I am a deer caught in headlights. I wait for the laughter, the scorn, the inevitable dissection of my soul. But in the next heartbeat chaos fills the silence as the two women explode in a shopping frenzy.
Soon they were selecting clothing to go with the jewelry – MY jewelry. I look like a cartoon character with my jaw hanging open and my eyes bugging out. These cultured, sophisticated women are shopping to showcase MY jewelry. I sneak a peek at Tina and she gives me a knowing smile as she helps makes suggestions from the high end clothing she sells.
Soon, nearly a third of the inventory I brought to the boutique is purchased and the women are happily chatting about how everyone will be green with envy when they show off their new jewelry. No way could this day get any better. Until …

Tina brings out dark red tissue to carefully wrap the jewelry, along with several white boxes. On the lid of each box, beautifully scripted in the same dark red, are two words.
Pandora’s Box.

Sizes: Rigged: LeLutka EvoX Female/Human + Unrigged Version
HUD: 10 Metals

Event Location: SL Holiday Shop & Hop 2021