Jun 28 2010

Storm Clouds 79 – An ongoing Succubi Story

This is the continuing story of the Succubi called Storm Clouds…

If you want to read previous chapters, please click the link in the Tale header at the top of the page marked Storm Clouds or click here...

Chapter 14 edits this week with thanks to James as always…. I am trying to finish a story for the EMCSA this week, but we’ll see if that works out or not…

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Storm Clouds 79

Storm Clouds

Chapter 14

By TeraS

After Camilla left, Tom spent the next thirty minutes grilling Bill over what he had done, what he was doing, and whether anyone in his company might have taken it upon themselves to attack Brent and his wife. He came to the decision that, while Bill wasn’t directly involved in what happened, he could not dismiss the possibility that someone that worked for Bill had done the deed . . . or that Bill was hiding something from him.

That bothered him.

It wasn’t that he didn’t believe what Bill had said, it was the sheer stupidity of Bill going off his rocker and going off on a tirade over the injustice that he perceived was done to him.

Tom didn’t enjoy pushing his old friend that way. Worse was trying to break all of his explanations and reasons why he wasn’t responsible for what had happened. Most of the reasons made sense, most of them, but one exchange just about pushed Bill over the edge, and that worried him.

Tom sighed and paced in front of the offices again.  He was sure that the workers inside were looking at him oddly, but he didn’t care: Bill was not quite cleared; that one piece of evidence would damn him in court if it came to that.

Tom hoped that it wouldn’t.

Camilla came into view soon after, her heels clicking on the concrete floor of the warehouse. Tom noticed that Billy wasn’t there, and he wasn’t too pleased about that. He had been intending to grill Billy next, thanks to his father’s admission, but was now preparing to go hunt him down and corner him. Filing away the thoughts on his old friend, he called out to Camilla, “Where’s Billy? Have to talk to him.”

“No you don’t. He’s not to blame for this: he nor his father.”

Tom rubbed his chin a moment, then said, “You got a feeling or something?”

She looked around, then nodded and explained, “Let’s just say that my … feelings … are pretty accurate.”

Turning away, he replied, “You’ll have to explain that to me sometime. Soon would be great. You know, before I have to toss them both in jail.”

Camilla looked at him curiously, then followed behind. Tom seemed to be in a rush to get out of the warehouse, and she found herself running a bit to keep up with him. Then she asked, “Do you have something to charge them with?”

“Enough to charge him: making threats. He was foolish in front of a lot of people. That’s a big no-no in things like this.”

“Passions of the heart can make us all say silly things we don’t mean at the moment they are said.”

“Passions can and have killed in the past, you know.”

Camilla had finally caught up to him, and, as she walked beside, started to lecture Tom a bit, “Those are not passions. Those are misguided beliefs and desires that pull one from what is important inward, toward oneself. It is easy to fall to darker desires and temptations than it is to hold onto the more important things within.”

“You know, I don’t understand all of that stuff. I’m just a simple man. I haven’t got the time to deal with theories and wishes. I deal in facts. Give me some of those and I’ll be able to deal with ‘em.”

“All right then, fact: Bill said that he would never harm a lady. Fact: you agree that he would not either. Therefore, he cannot be the one to have done the deed nor order it done.”

“Okay, see that’s not a fact: that is conjecture.”

“Is it? I don’t think so. I have …”

“A feeling? You said that before. What does that mean?”

The pair exited the warehouse, but Camilla did not speak until she was quite sure that no one could hear her.

“I … We … know people by their souls, Thomas. When I touched your hand, I knew that you were a good man. I also knew that you have a troubled past and that you have lost someone close to you.”

Tom’s look was a mix of shock and concern, but, before he could say anything, she continued.

“I didn’t look deeply into you. I did not look into your memories; I could have, but you didn’t give me permission, so all I knew was that you cared about what happened to Patricia, for whatever reason you had, and so …”

He stopped walking, “You used me.”

“No. I did not. I gave you the card. I gave you the chance to walk away.  You decided that you needed to find out more and you came into our world. Do not confuse the sight of an open door with walking through it. You had the choice. You made it.”

Tom wanted to rant at her, but her logic was sound. He did poke his nose in, and he was deep in it now. With a sigh, he asked, “How much do you know about Bill and his son?”

“Enough to know that Bill has not killed anyone, ever. I can say the same for Billy, as well.”

“Okay, explain that … in simple words so that my mind doesn’t break.”

Camilla laced her hands together and explained, “If you are dark, or have been touched by the dark, if you have killed or done something that serves the dark and makes it gain power, you are marked, in your soul, with that. If I touch someone like that, I’ll know. The same is true of someone who has been touched by the light, but it is different.”

“Weird. Sort of sounds like you are a divining rod.”

She giggled a bit: “Divine I’m not.”

And with her right hand she pointed at her forehead.

“What most people are, generally, are shades of grey. That’s normal, and what we expect from most. But there are always exceptions to that rule. If either of them had killed, they would not be grey; they would be dark. I don’t sense that in either of them.”

“So, you give them a pass?”

“I give them more than a pass: there is nothing in them that screams they are involved. But …”

“But what?”

“I asked Billy for a favor.”

Jun 27 2010

So there is a Succubus in The Gates?

So there is a Succubus in The Gates?

For those that are not aware, the Gates is a summer show on ABC that is sort of a mix of Sex In The City and Vampires Diaries.

Neither of which do much for me, but I digress…

Well, at least this teaser that was released this past week seems to point at that…

And in case the embedding doesn’t work:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NfF7wb3QH8I

So, according to the preview at least, the character named Andie Bates, is a Succubus. Which is of course a problem for the guy she has a crush on in the series who is named Charlie Monohan.

Is she a real Succubus?

So far there is little proof of that, this weekend’s episode I hope will straighten out things to some extent, however I have not seen any evidence of Succubi in the series that match with the traditional ones. Moreover, this is an ABC show, so I am not expecting to actually see Succubi running around the series seducing various characters and taking away their souls.

Especially the teenaged Succubus that they seem to have in mind…

I’d like to see a back story on the Succubi in the series, but I have the awful feeling that the series will take the view that vampires and Succubi are the same thing, like a lot of vampires book and shows, thus continuing a legacy of smashing up myths and making what is a clear myth of the Succubi, muddled by a need to play to the current vampire craze that seems to be popular in media these days…

The other thing that bugs me about the teaser is, there is a test for Succubiness?

Seriously?

Is there going to be a test for all of the other creatures on the series? I’m rather disappointed that there is a nice, simple scientific means to detect Succubi…

Of course in the universe of the TV series I suppose it makes sense, but otherwise?

Yuck.

Lastly, I wonder if they will dare to show our young Succubus with horns and a tail. Now since this is ABC, and they didn’t have the Succubi in the television series The Middleman, a series that they killed off far before its time, with either of those, I am not holding my breath.

Regardless of all of that, I am going to watch this and see just how badly Succubi are treated in this universe…

I’ll keep a little bit of hope that I am wrong, but the track record tells me that I will be disappointed again…

Tera

Jun 26 2010

Succubus Drawing Pencil Art YouTube…

I found another YouTube showing the process of making some pencil art of a Succubus or Demon Girl depending on your point of view…

It’s really detailed and interesting in how the whole image comes together for the artist…

And in case the embedding doesn’t work:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tG7o-ukAIn4

I have no idea what the word balloons mean that pop up towards the middle of the video nor do I understand why the artist removed the horns and some of the other Succubus features from this work halfway through the video either…

Still, it’s an amazing piece of art!

Tera

Jun 25 2010

Succubi May Care…

That title for this Tale post will make more sense in a little bit I think when you look at what it is about…

I found an interesting figurine of Betty Boop this week to share on the Tale… Now the thing is, it’s less of a figurine and more of a music box to be honest, but Betty is in a neat little outfit and so…

There is a certain amount of kitsch in this figurine, but it’s cute and that I really do like about it…

This figurine is called Betty Boop Devil may Care and is made by the San Francisco Music Box Company.

It originally appeared for sale in 2007 and it’s available at quite a number of sites on the web for $25 US which is really something of a bargain for what the figurine is and what it does…

When you open the box, it plays the song “I want to be loved by yo:, which is of course Betty’s theme music from her animated movies.

She stands about six and a half inches in height, and is really quite well made, but I have to admit that she isn’t my favourite version of a Betty Devil Girl that I have seen or own…

There is another Berry figurine on the Tale that I like quite a lot more than this, mostly because she looks a lot cuter, has a nicer outfit, and, well, this figurine is missing horns which the other one has…

It’s not terrible by any means, but I just think that the other figurine, that I own, I like better than this one…

Still as a piece of kitschy art it’s a fun work and does really reflect Betty’s personality quite well I think…

Tera

Jun 24 2010

Succubi Image of the Week 131

Some Succubi don’t have horns or tails, but you know that they are Succubi when you see them… This Week’s Succubi is a case in point…

The work is called Succubus is and the creation of the artist known as aditya777 on Deviantart. You can find this image on their site here, and their site on Deviantart here.

There really is quite a lot to love about this image. This first thing that I find rather unique is the soft glow about her eyes. This is something that you don’t see all that often in images of Succubi. Now, for the most part that is usually a greenish tinge of colour, but in this case, the artist made them a reddish glow to reflect her demonic background I would assume…

What does get my attention is the shading and skin tone of her body. It’s really well done and almost looks like it is real in some places which I think is a testament to the artist’s abilities in their work…

I also like her hair texture and shaping, the shading and little details in it catch your eyes and draw you towards her eyes, just an excellent use of composition and pose…

Her outfit is really interesting, The strapping around her back and the way it is draped over her form is quite delicious and wonderful as well. I’ve always had problems with wings, these are quite nice and don’t overwhelm the work I think…

She doesn’t have horns or a tail, which to me is a shame, I think they would have fit really well with her looks and pose, but they aren’t there and so I’ll just have to imagine what they might have looked like…

The other part of the work that I ponder over is what she is holding in her outstretched hand. I assume that it is a knife or sword of some description from the red streaks flying out from behind it, which I have to guess to be blood from the look of it. I’m not really sure why a Succubus would have such a thing as they don’t really fight others, they do after all seduce and manipulate them more than anything else really…

Please do visit their site on Deviantart, there is lots of fantasy works there of many different themes that I think readers of the Tale will enjoy!

Tera

Jun 23 2010

Cold Devil Costume…

Sort of a play on words, but upon seeing this costume and what it is called I couldn’t help myself…

This costume is called Hot Devil and for the life of me I cannot see why this even exists. I mean, really, this looks like a train wreck and then some…

This costume sells for $50 US and comes with, what is described as, a flame printed dress with attached tail, wrap top with hood, a pair of horns, and a pitchfork with attached wrist loop. The boots do not come with this costume, they are $68 US…

I have a lot of issues with this costume, but the main one is, the pattern on the dress isn’t a flame one, it’s more like a tiger or leopard print than anything else and that just doesn’t make this a Succubus costume.

It’s just not what I think of when I think of a Devil Girl or Succubus.

I’m tempted by the horns, I’d probably buy them if they were available as a separate item, but I can’t vying myself to buy this entire thing for the horns alone…

Overall, this is something you can ignore on your list of costumes I think, I just cannot see how this can be seen as being a good one for playing as a Succubus…

Going to give this one pitchfork out of five, that’s for the horns and their tiger-like pattern which I think has possibilities, but the rest of it I cannot really stand…

Still looking….

Tera

Jun 22 2010

Temptations 66

The questions in life are ones that each being must answer. Queen of the Succubi or anyone else, that is the question that we must answer…

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Temptations 66

By TeraS and Legion & Alei

I smile and blush as the joy of Tera’s words reaches me.

And I smile, spreading that love throughout the room.  I simply can’t help myself.  In the past such an action would have resulted in … changes to those who felt it, uncontrollable sexual desire so intense as to leave it’s mark forevermore on those it touched.  But now it conveys something else … a love so deep that it makes my very soul tremble, so pure as to make me weep.  And to think … that Tera could love me like this … .

I walk forward and take Tera’s hand, watching even her eyes change their gaze as my love flows into her.

“And there is more Maria.  You are a mother now with children.  Perhaps you are a mother with challenges, perhaps they did not come from your womb, but to your children, do you think that makes a difference?  To your husband, do you think you are any less of his wife?  You can not simply walk away from this because there is danger or there are potential difficulties.  Whatever those difficulties might be, you have people who depend on your now, who depend on your love and guidance.  Would you take that away from them because it’s more difficult for you, knowing who and what you are?”  I say with a soft smile.

“Legion hasn’t given you anything, except for making it easier to love and oblivion so that you could lay down your responsibilities to the Queen and your sisters.  Perhaps it might make things easier, but that is all.”

“I’ve learned … that love is what a Succubus truly is … perhaps you walk in the grey between the light and darkness … but it is love that guides you.  If you truly love this man and these children … your love will guide you to them and fill their lives with infinite joy.  But when you go to them now … it will not be simply a shadow of who you are, it will be all of you.  Do the one’s you love deserve anything less?”  I say with a soft gentle smile.

Maria quietly bowed her head.

She didn’t know what to do or what was fair or right anymore.  But she answered the woman with the Queen quietly, “Yes… yes they do.  But I don’t know what to do to make all this right anymore.  I don’t want to lose what I have been given but I do not wish to harm anyone… the Queen or otherwise.”

She sighed softly, “I should never have agreed to what I did with Legion.”

Tera sighed, “No… No you shouldn’t have… So then.. I ask you again Maria… What is the most important thing to you… Truly… Look inside of yourself and see what is and what matters…”

She squeezed Andrea’s hand and said with a smile, “I think that we two have a good idea of what we want…”

I blush as Tera squeezes my hand and looks at me.  Gently I draw myself closer to her and softly kiss her cheek. “Indeed we do … ” I say in a soft voice.  “And amongst those things that we wish for Maria is children, just as you do … and to be bound to each other for all time in love.  Soon this place will be a home and echo with the sounds of love and joy from end to end.”

I turn to Maria and smile.  “No, it will not be easy, and there will always be risks.  Only those who are dead risk nothing.  But dreams are worth chasing Maria, dreams are worth making into reality, not by a quick trade of what you are for something momentary, but by following your heart and finding a way to make it so.  You have that strength and power within yourself, if you look hard enough for it.”

Seeing the Queen and this mortal (mortal?) woman so happy and so obviously in love didn’t make Maria feel any less confused or any less despondant.  In fact, it only made it worse.

“I do not know what is most important to me my Queen as both lives are.  If I knew the answer I suppose I wouldn’t have gotten into this in the first place,” she said softly.

She knew she should be happy that the Queen had this love, and yes, it was real love, Maria could tell, and she was.  Maybe it would make her understand better what Maria had went through, maybe not but it was something.  But for some reason it still made her heart heavy.

She also knew that the Queen wasn’t going to let what she had said be her answer so she looked up and said quietly, “Serving my Queen and being a Succubi is what matters and what is most important to me my Queen.”

Tera shook her head and smiled, “No Maria… That is what you believe I want to hear…. It’s not the truth… Not even close to it… What you want more than anything else is to go back to that family…. Forget all about this…. Be their mother… Wife and more… I can see that in you Maria…”

She tilted her head in that way she did when she had something to say that was meant to be listened to and began. “If you cannot see, then there is nothing that I can do to make you do so… The words you speak are only there to mask your from what you truly want… Truly need…. If you accept the illusion of the world… The truth cannot be…”

A lock of hair fell over Tera’s right eye and she said to her clearly, “Truth Maria. Say it…. Please?”

Maria looked at the Queen and was now puzzled, she had spoken the truth.  But it was as if the Queen wanted another answer.  It pained her deeply that she had caused such harm for her own selfishness.  The Queen  had been right in what she had said earlier, she had broken much faith without thinking.  Perhaps someday she would be able to do as the Queen suggested and live as both a Succubi in a mortal guise, but she knew that she needed to learn more before that could ever happen.

Maria did want to return to the family she had left, but she couldn’t be both Succubi and human, at least not now.  And to try would only serve to dishonor the Queen and family she had had for centuries.  And she had done enough of that already.

Looking into the Queen’s eyes she said softly, “The truth is that I am a Succubi and I should not have given in to desires that went against what has been written for centuries beyond number.  You are right, oh Queen, that others have taken human form and lived.  They just have not crossed the line I crossed.  I could return, but it should be for the right reasons, and I have proven my motives are not.”

She looked at the Queen and her mortal lover, “I am, and only am A Succubi, and it is all I should be until the day I learn what I must and what you have always known my Queen.”

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Knowledge isn’t always knowing…

Tera

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