Sep 26 2016

Encounter By TeraS

A little story on the Tale today which I managed to piece together with what time I had this week. Time and space and moments can be tricky, coming together in ways that bring us to unexpected moments. In our wondrous universe, one never knows who you might …

 

Encounter
By TeraS

 

Throughout the universe, wherever there is life that calls itself intelligent by some description or another, there are certain places where events transpire which are unexpected: the sorts of things which those involved never could have seen coming or, when the moment has past, never quite understand what just happened. These are the sorts of things which a billion supercomputers, each extrapolating a billion variables in a billion ways, would never come close to predicting or ever being able to explain. In a vast and mysterious multiplicity of universes, these are the events which are sometimes called “miracles.”

In this case, the events occurred around him: a rather ordinary man, sitting alone in a mostly respectable nightclub watching life seem to pass him by; unremarkable to most, a shadow if he was to admit anything. No one paid much attention to him and the time he had spent so far, at the behest of a friend that had abandoned him some time ago, had been isolating. His eyes were focused on the half-filled glass of Diet Coke when she came into his orbit.

“Care for some company?”

There are some words which, when spoken in a certain way, capture one’s attention. That can be caused by the tone—the lovely purr; the hint, in the undertones, of seduction, power, and more—or by one particular tone of voice which offers a simple realization: this speaker actually means what is being said.

Doubting this—for, again, he was ordinary, unassuming, and, after all, even the waitress that had brought his drink had departed well over twenty minutes ago and not checked on him since—he turned his attention to the woman that had spoken. “I’m not really much …”

His reply was caught short by the vision that greeted him.

There are some women who have what is called a presence. Some describe it as how, when these women are in a room, all else kind of fades out into the background. They make, as the cliché says, a very good first impression. Whoever she was, she was very sure that she would do so.

The room didn’t fade out around her, it simply didn’t exist anymore. The glow from her red dress was brighter than all else around him. The light shimmering off her curves made it clear that it wasn’t just painted on, it was almost making love to her. That thought made his breath catch and, strangely, made him feel a little jealous. His eyes traced over her hips, along her legs. Her body was wonderfully perfect, and seeing her cleavage being cupped by the red fabric made it very difficult to continue to look upwards.

“A gentleman shouldn’t be left alone.”

The words seemed odd, catching him by surprise, and thus he found himself looking into a pair of deeply green eyes. All thought of refusing her request was dashed from his thoughts moments later. Being a gentleman, he stood and offered her a place where she could be comfortable. The touch of her hand on his arm brought him up short; the smile upon her soft red lips left a very positive impression. It felt right to bow to her, the offer being made deferentially.

“Please?”

She wasn’t what he expected, considering where he had encountered her. A place like this was filled with those looking for something, expecting something. Rather than taking her leave and ignoring him, she did something different: “Thank you kindly.”

A light peck on his cheek drew him to the booth with her, and he suddenly found himself nestled next to her. There was a scent of cherries in the air now which overcame the typical nightclub aromas. A delightful coincidence, really. Coming to his senses, he reached out for his drink and found it no longer on the table where it had been resting. She held it in one red-fingernailed hand, looking at it with seeming approval. Somehow that approval was important to him.

“Allow me.” She raised the glass towards him, bringing it close to his lips and then guiding him to sip from it. She seemed to know when he had enough, drawing it away and then, as he watched, she took a dainty sip as well before placing the drink back upon the table once more.

He wanted to ask her name, but that wouldn’t be gentlemanly. Instead he tried to come up with a suitable opening for conversation: “Lovely weather we’re having.” As soon as the words had escaped, he wished there was a way to pull them back. It was an idiotic thing to say, especially to a lady of obvious means and intelligence. The little bit of ego that had begun to form within him faded out, leaving him feeling small and foolish.

Her answer was, as seemed to be the one consistent thing about her, unexpected. “I rather adore a cool fall evening. It’s delightful to walk under the moon and share the stars with the right soul.”

What followed was, as he would try to explain in the future, a conversation in which he was the focus. The thoughts she shared were complex, delightfully so. He found himself challenged to think, consider, and express himself like he’d never done before.

Though the night that followed, she didn’t speak much about herself, however. There was an occasional oblique thought that seemed to bemuse her, an occasional flash of red in her ebony hair when the light passed over in just the right way, but nothing more. She was an enigma, and he found that captivating. She was a mystery, and yet, at the same time, he felt as if he had known her forever.

How much time passed didn’t really matter, but, over time, he felt the sensation of the moment coming to a close, the encounter soon to be passed. He found that troubling, and asked a question of her: “Do you come here often?”

“I come where I’m needed.” Again, a mysterious answer, but the words made sense for her, felt right for her. His thoughts were interrupted by her outstretched hand cupping his cheek and turning his eyes towards her.

A question came: “Will I see you again?”

“Close your eyes.”

He didn’t want to, but what resistance he had ebbed away, and the last vision of her was a bright smile and her so-green eyes. He felt her lips brush against his own, pressing lightly, rubbing passionately, taking his breath away.

When the kiss broke, her hand melted away, the scent of the club came back once more. The sounds of the club rushed back, having been missing while she was with him. His eyes opened in surprise, expecting to see her in the booth beside him—she couldn’t leave, after all; he was in the way. But the space was empty, her red a memory, the green of her eyes haunting. His eyes fell upon the table, seeing his glass was empty. But there was something more. Left behind on the table was a small silver card. Upon picking it up, he discovered a name written there. The name she’d never given him, but then he’d never given his name, either.

Tera

As he fingered the edge of the card, he wondered if he’d ever see her again. Turning the card over, he read the message written there.

You will … soon.

Three words that made him smile. As mysterious as ever, it seemed. As he slipped the card into his jacket pocket, he believed her promise and looked forward to the next time he encountered her. He liked being with her, listening to her attentively. Idly, a thought tickled his imagination and he chuckled to himself: what where the chances that she’d be interested in him for more than conversation, anyway?

As he left the club, his walk surer, a smile playing upon his lips, someone was watching him. In the shadows nearby, at the edge of a cone of light being poured from a streetlamp, Tera watched him, a thoughtful, yet bemused smile adorning her lips. He’d find out soon enough why he interested her and why it was, exactly, she had encountered him.

Encounters were but a step on the way to enlightenment, after all.

Sep 25 2016

A Review of Kissing Darkness by Fionn Jameson

Kissing Darkness by Fionn Jameson

Kissing Darkness by Fionn Jameson

Short stories offer, when the characters have depth, the story has some meaning and, occasionally, when the erotica isn’t overwhelming all else, something interesting. Avoiding the stereotypical and focusing on why the characters have become who they are can give the meaning, but also, the heat as well.

History matters in telling a story. It provides context first, personality second but most of all it gives reason for why a character has the views they do of the world. Sometimes evil can, occasionally, lead towards something far more important. The realization that not everyone is the same. There are always shades of grey. it is choice that tells which one a soul becomes.

The work tells the story of:

W‎illa hunts demons. Gabriel is one. What should’ve been easy turns out to be…less so as the hunter meets the hunted in a dangerous game of seduction and redemption.

Willa’s past has driven her to hunt incubi. Gabriel’s live has driven him to be something other than what he is expected to be. When they collide each must ask themselves a question. For one the question is if they can change, for the other the question is did they change enough?

The story is mainly focused on Willa, her life, the choices she has made since a very troubling and life changing moment in her life. There’s a deep sadness around her and as the story tells the reason why, it’s even more so, defining why she’s made the choice she has to hunt incubi and remove them. The thing about that, and it is something that adds to her sadness, is there’s seemingly no finality to her actions.

Willa has this air of need, to overcome her own demons, but that causes her to be less than what she needs to be. By that I mean she’s so wrapped up in her revenge that it’s surprising that she’s smart enough, or lucky enough, to have lived as long as she has.

That brings Gabriel, the incubus of the work, into play. In this universe there are many supernatural beings, many of which are “evil” to some extent. For Gabriel, he sees his kind as being very “evil” in what they do to others. There came a point where he decided that there was a better way to live and he took that path.

All of this means the main characters have a lot of story to tell, to explain where they are, but most of all, that story needs to give meaning to why the two of them are attracted to each other so strongly. That’s what’s missing here. The heat is lovely, the characters are interesting and involve the reader in the story. But there’s no real explanation of why Willa feels as she does. There’s no reflective aspect told in Gabriel. There are hints, an idea, but it doesn’t play out much.

Overall, that is the problem with this work. Willa talks about her past, but it’s not really dealt with. Gabriel talks about choice, but it’s not seen. The two characters dance around each other until they fall together and the erotica comes. The scene is lovely, Willa is very demanding and Gabriel is more than willing to give Willa what she desires. The moment is shattering for them both and it causes Willa to have to think about her life, her choice and what that means to Gabriel.

The aftermath and the resolution doesn’t quite go far enough to settle a lot of the questions left. Choices are made, the scene is delightful and it reveals more about both characters than the entire work did prior to that moment. But things are unresolved, there is hope, for both, but there’s still the question as to what’s pulled the two of them together.

Well written, the characters have emotion and life. The problem comes in the disconnect between the why of their choices and the resolution of the story. There’s too much left open, not told or vaguely hinted at to give a reason for one important question. Why these two?

While this work originally appeared as part of a short story collection, it has been issued as a stand alone work now. I’d like to see what comes next for both characters. Willa can be more than her sadness and uncertainty. Gabriel can be more than a means for soothing her. Together, there might be something for them both. That’s what I’d like to see, whatever that may be.

Three out of five pitchforks.

There was a lot of story missing, in both Gabriel and Willa. The connection between them, while there, was missing aspects to explain it better. The past wasn’t told nearly as much as I would have liked. I feel like there needed to be a story after this, to follow their relationship further. Mind you, burgers and fries after sex isn’t a bad place to start…

 

Tera

Sep 25 2016

A Review of Izzy’s Fight by Nicole Clark

Izzy's Fight by Nicole Clark

Izzy’s Fight by Nicole Clark

One of the more interesting concepts that appears from time to time is that of a succubus who is Lilith’s daughter. Sometimes that leads to a character who is made to be “evil” in every way possible, be over the top in being so. The more interesting type of character to me is one that isn’t like her mother, has her own needs, loves, and makes a choice.

That can lead to a conflict of course, the question is what that conflict leads to, what the result is, and what it could mean. Sometimes being evil for the sake of being so does not mean you are infallible. The needs of the heart, occasionally, can do anything.

It tells the story of:

Izzy’s always had her fair share of men. When you’re part succubus it means not only having fun but survival. When her latest fling turns from a quick fix to lingering problem intent on stalking her and fulfilling his mission of killing her the only thing she can do is fight. Fight for her life. Will she continue to breathe or will the one sent to kill her be victorious?

Izzy’s life isn’t all that bad really. She has a friend that she loves, a life that isn’t hard to deal with, and even though she is a succubus, she’s not at all like her mother. But things change, a stalker comes and with him the knowledge that her life is forfeit. Unless, of course, she decides that life is worth living, even if that means taking another’s life to do so.

The story is a mixture of mystery, learning about oneself, and trying to understand why things are as they are. It’s a unique story about a unique succubus that I really enjoyed. Izzy is thoughtful, concerned about others, and while her needs as a succubus do come and she cannot resist them, she’s quite sure about one thing. She’s better than her mother. It’s that underlying story, what the difference is between Izzy and Lilith that I thought was the core of this work and it connects to why things happen as they do in the story, and what Izzy has in her life.

There’s only a little touch of erotica in this work, only a quick ensnarement and one loving scene later in the work. But that’s not the point of the story. Really the point is the idea of family, what that means, and the choices that Izzy has to make, or rather is forced into making.

There is a moment that comes towards the end of the work that is shattering, and really could turn Izzy’s story in a number of directions. While that isn’t explored fully, it does lead towards a following work, but that never came. The question of the “stalker”, who he is, what he might need or want from Izzy now aren’t explored as he vanishes from the story at a critical point. Then comes the relationship that Izzy has with her best friend, which is sort of told, really needs to be more considering how close they are. But that doesn’t come as Izzy makes a choice which then leads to the conclusion.

It’s a bit disappointing overall in how the story ends, it’s not exactly a cliffhanger ending, but more of the story petering out and grinding to a halt. The work really should have ended before, the epilogue just didn’t work for me at all. It was missing… Izzy. It wasn’t her so much as a throwaway scene that didn’t seem to matter all that much.

The writing is quite good, I liked the characterizations overall. Lilith might have been a little too stereotypical, but considering the plot and how things unfolded, that shouldn’t be a surprise. More time spent on Izzy’s relationships would have been nice, more about Izzy herself, her past, which is only hinted at, would have been better too. The work is just a little too short for all of the hints and questions that are brought up but not explored.

Three and a half out of five pitchforks.

Though this work was billed as being the first in a series, to the date of this review, no further works in the series have appeared. It’s a shame really because there are quite a number of unanswered questions that really need to be explored. What happened to Lilith, what that means to Izzy. Does that “stalker” return or not? What about Izzy’s closest friend? Did the events that Izzy had to overcome change her? Most of all, what does come of Izzy after the conclusion of this work?

So many questions never seemingly to be answered. It’s a pity because the promise in this work will never be brought to the fore.

 

Tera

Sep 24 2016

A cute Succubus 3D character model

I was looking through Vimeo again and came across a sort of highlight reel of characters created by one 3D artist. One of these happens to be a succubus, and quite a cute one at that…

 

If you can’t see the video here on the Tale, please try this link:

https://vimeo.com/122288352

As always, in case the video vanished, here is an image of the succubus herself…

Succubus Rosie by Daniel Oberhansley

Succubus Rosie by Daniel Oberhansley

She has quite the unique look, something that’s sensible, cute, and still has that little bit of succubiness that I like to see in such characters. I think the simplest thing to say is that she just looks  “right”. There’s personality in her style, expression, pose and overall look and it all just makes for a character that has a lot going for her.

She would be a neat character in an animated series I think really…

 

Tera

Sep 23 2016

A Review of Seducing the Succubus by Sabryna Nyx

Seducing the Succubus by Sabryna Nyx

Seducing the Succubus by Sabryna Nyx

At times there are certain things which are good to know in a story. Knowing the main character’s name, for one, I find to be quite helpful in being emotionally involved in the story. A story that is driven by the characters is something I rather like as well. But sometimes it’s difficult to give the suspension of belief needed when events take a turn.

Submission is a very personal thing. It is not a question of taking that from someone than it is the giving to one that is worthy of being submitted to. Along the way, sometimes, the two meld into something that cannot help but be very messy.

The story is about:

A female witch decides to summon the Succubus Lilith for her ultimate sexual fantasies. There is just one problem; the Succubus is only interested in mortal men. The Succubus eventually succumbs to the witch’s summoning spell, but can a mortal witch handle Lilith’s power?

A witch takes the risk in summoning the Queen herself, Lilith. She seeks Lilith’s power, her touch, her seductive nature. To fall into the clutches of a succubus and be enthralled by her. But there is a price to be paid, a pound of flesh, and the soul that cries out in need.

The main character of this work is never named, simply calling herself a witch and being referred to as such by Lilith when she appears. There’s a story behind the main character that’s skimmed over in the rush to the summoning, which was disappointing as so many of her thoughts offer hints of things that are never paid off in the story.

While much of the work revolves around the witch being taken, controlled, dominated by Lilith, there’s a little bit of a false start at the beginning of the work that felt a bit like filler in a way. Once past that, and into Lilith actually making herself known, the story moves directly into the erotica which has a very clear fantasy BDSM story at the core. Along with that comes the question of submission and domination, a little bit of Lilith using her powers, and body as a succubus in various ways, to draw the witch into her orbit and spirit her deeper into her clutches.

The erotica which is told in the seduction I enjoyed, Lilith was quite delicious in being seductive. However, when the more violent aspects came, such as biting, blood, some whipping and other punishments, i found the heat in the story faded rapidly away. There didn’t seem to be the same focus on telling than there was in titillation. The heat fell away as the biting, scratching and various means of pain being inflected by Lilith on her prey were told.

It’s a shame because outside of those odd moments where things were told in a rush, not expanded on, there was something interesting there that didn’t come out. Some of the events made some sense, but there were far more that gave me pause and wondered just how what happened would actually work.

One of the larger issues of this work is the flat dialogue. There’s no passion in the words, they read like someone was reading from a script and not putting emotion into it. Really that’s what’s missing the most from the story, the passion of the characters. The witch toying with herself has heat, but her words and thoughts dampen them. Lilith has power, but her words don’t seem to reflect that power fully.

There’s a disconnect between the moment of dominance and the words spoken. They are too calm, too rote, too matter of fact. The replies of submission read oddly, needing passion and to evoke the need within the character to submit fully.

The description of events is quite good, the author paints a vivid picture, but the dialogue, again, is lacking and the narration at times sounds almost bored. Once past the encounter, the story takes a turn into something far more interesting, more alive than the encounter with Lilith in many ways. There’s a certain threatening nature to events, a hint there is more to come and it’s very promising from adding suspense and power to the story.

The work ends on a kind of cliffhanger which offers a very obvious hint that another work should follow to continue the encounter between Lilith and the witch. There’s a need to suspend one’s belief about some parts of the work, especially towards quite a lot of lactation with regards to the sexual encounters.

There’s a good story at the core however, if one gets past the blood, the odd BDSM aspects and the occasional moments of the story getting lost within itself. But the dialogue doesn’t help and the lack of a name for the main character is troublesome.

Three out of five pitchforks.

It would be nice to know the main character’s name, it would be nice for the dialogue to sound more natural than it is. There’s a bit too much over the top BDSM for my tastes, though some will enjoy the scenes I’m quite sure. Lilith is a bit two-dimensional, needing more purpose that the little taste given. There is an interesting story here, the witch herself and Lilith also. Perhaps, if there will be a second part, that will be explored more.

 

Tera

Sep 23 2016

A Review of Cuffed and Collared by Kastil Eavenshade

Cuffed and Collared by Kastil Eavenshade

Cuffed and Collared by Kastil Eavenshade

There are some works that I find difficult to enjoy. What causes me the most difficulty is that sometimes the characters are just unlikeable. It’s a shame really when the story is interesting, but you don’t feel any sort of connection with them. Mix into that moments where the events “feel” wrong in how things happen and there comes a point in which the story really has to have one single thing going for it to keep me involved.

Sometimes, that can be one minor character, who isn’t a succubus or incubus. A character that is a mystery untold and, when the work is done and that still isn’t, then one wonders why it wasn’t.

The story is about:

A creature born in sin and debauchery, Markus Theo is as insatiable as they come. He’s relegated himself to a rather shallow life of sucking souls and committing petty theft—until a sexy half-incubus cop cuffs him to a table for more than just questioning. A prison cell is the least of Markus’s worries when tempting Detective Leo Vincent collars him and ignites a hunger like no other. Something stirs beyond the carnal greed and one kiss brands his damned soul.

Lost in a world of submission and sin, Markus will do anything for his lover—even infiltrate the underbelly of an incubus crime operation. But when a piece of his past surfaces and threatens to destroy everything, he must choose between losing Leo or his anonymity. Never wanting to return to the emptiness that was his life before, Markus prepares to sacrifice his freedom for the one thing he has never known. A man he truly loves.

Markus lives in a world where his existence revolves around his crimes, his passions, and his secrets. But not all secrets can be hidden for always and when his deepest one comes back to haunt him, Markus has little choice. The truth hurts, and the one that hurts him most will bring the most pain and passions.

While the story is written well, the interleaving plots are well thought out, and there are some moments of brilliance, there is a deeply dark tone through this work that is only really broken by a single minor character that I will come back to. Markus, and for that matter, really all of the main characters, is just unlikable from the first moments of the story.

There’s no soul in him, there’s a deeply seated expression of darkness, foreboding, and loss that remains with him throughout the work. His personality is rather grating and as the story unfolds he really doesn’t change very much from being, at least to me, somewhat of a cad in his personality. I hesitate to call him a stereotypical incubus, though he does takes souls, has a rather dim view of humanity, and sees the world around him as being not much more than a chance to take and not give.

The same can be said of the other main character Leo, or the other incubi and succubi that appear. There’s nothing attractive about them to speak of. Their world revolves around sex, dominance, and the occasional evil act they conspire to. This is reflected in the erotica which didn’t do anything for me really because it was brutal at times, certainly dehumanizing and any heat that started to build didn’t have a real chance to burn brightly. The sexual tone of this work is dark, there’s really nothing close to love in it, and when that is suggested, it tends to be brushed off quickly. I wanted to see the slightest glimmer of light in Markus, but every time that came close to happening, his darker nature took that away.

That brings me to the single character in the work that fascinated me, which is Leo’s sister. She’s a lovely ray of light amongst all of the darkness and she intrigued me. She has a secret of course, and when that is revealed I wanted to know more about that. Sadly she only appears fleetingly in this work, her story isn’t explored, and I really wish it was.

The climax of the work tells of Markus’ past, the truth about him and those around him. Some of those truths are brutal in their outcome, almost all of them are very dark. I felt like there was something missing at the end which might have tied up things somehow, but I’m not sure what that is exactly.

The writing is strong, a bit harsh, but overall the tone of the work matches the main characters well. I wish there was more light in the work, that there was something more than the darkness that was around every single character. The ending left me wanting in a lot of ways as well. There are a lot of unanswered questions, some threads are not closed up at the end. Perhaps there’s a need for a happy ever after for someone. I’m just not sure of where that comes out in the end.

Two and a half out of five pitchforks.

Being that I didn’t like Markus, or any of the main characters meant that I just couldn’t find a connection with them. While the story itself is very good, the plots are woven together well and there were moments of brilliance, not caring much about the characters is a problem. Considering that the only character I really cared about and wanted to know more about was Leo’s sister, and nothing really was explained about her except vaguely, there was a little bit of light in an otherwise dark and sad tale that couldn’t come through.

 

Tera

Sep 22 2016

Succubi Image of the Week 453

Another cute image of the Succubi this week on the Tale. A smile is important, a look matters too. A sexy outfit catches the eyes as does one’s tail too…

Succubus by 音無 涼風

Succubus by 音無 涼風

You can find the original source of this art here on Pixiv. She is just really quite adorable as a Succubus. Lovely hair that contrast well against the dark of her outfit, horns and tail, a cute smile. She has a look that just lends itself to her being fun in so many ways.

Her outfit is quite attractive, and I think speaks to the power that succubi have of hinting and teasing others in so many ways. It’s nice to find art like this which offers something more than simply a succubus looking sexy… She is a succubus with personality, charm, and more…

 

Tera

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