May 13 2010

Succubi Image of the Week 125

For this week’s Succubus image I was looking for something cute more than anything else and I found it I think…

This lovely, cute, delicious work is by an artist named Matt J. H. Wilson and is called Devil Lady.

You can find the original work here on

The first thing that catches my eye here is her smile… That one thing makes this work cute and mischievous and that is something that I have always enjoyed…

I have but two little nits about this work, one is her white horns, not really sure about that and the other is her tail which seems, to me at least, to be larger than it should be… But then, tails do have an overinflated opinion of themselves at times…


Cute outfit, the colouring and shading is wonderful, and she is truly the perfect image of a mischievous Succubus at play. I do find myself wondering what her name might be… Something cute but just a bit dangerous I would think would be a nice match for her…

Please do visit the link and see all of Matt J. H. Wilson’s works there!


May 12 2010

Cuteness counts in a Succubus Costume…

Cuteness counts in a succubus costume… Well at least it does to me… Again this week I am looking on the same site for things I like or think that are promising….

And I think this one really is… I actually might buy this one for Halloween…

I mean really… This is so cute isn’t it?

Now while it is not currently available, the site says that you can expect delivery sometime in September of this year, I think that this is my second favourite choice of all of the Succubus, or Devil Girl costumes that they have on offer there…

This outfit is again, a combination of items they have for sale on the site, and, for once, I think that someone actually took the time to figure out what would look good together…

This costume is made of the costume which is called Carousel Devil, which comes with the horns, which I love, the chocker, a lovely addition, and the corset and the tutu that together match perfectly.

The costume itself is $138 US, which really is a reasonable price for what you get in the package.

The shoes are sequinned to match the horns, chocker and corset and are reasonably priced as well. There is also a sequinned mask available for $35 that I think you would really need to buy to add that little bit of mystery look to this…

I really have to say again just how impressed I am with this combination… This, and the fluffy costume of a few weeks ago are, at the moment, the two choices I have for this year’s halloween costume…

All it needs is the right tail and it would be perfect…

I’m giving this four out of five pitchforks because it’s cute, looks nice and really has a lot of Succubi yumminess in it…

Really needs a tail and a nice large pitchfork to have the perfect Succubus look to it…

Come to think about it, that wouldn’t be that hard to do… I wonder why they didn’t offer those as possibilities…


May 11 2010

Temptations 60

The truth of being a Succubi, especially the Queen of the Succubi, is that you feel every single bit of pain that surrounds you, even over the joys you might see…


Temptations 60

By TeraS and Legion & Alei & Allison

Tera smiled and wrapped an arm around Allie as she said, “No… No you don’t… I don’t see you enough you know… But that we will have to work with a lil soon don’t you think?”

Then Tera giggled a little and added, “You think that was an accident?” She nuzzled her lips against Allie’s cheek with a smile and said, “You love them anyway….”

At Andrea’s touch on her shoulder, Tera sensed the tension within Andrea’s body with a slight smile upon her lips. It wasn’t that she was unaware of what Legion was transmitting about his thoughts and considerations… That was fine… Actually Tera expected that he saw this so far and had made assumptions about the relationships and the needs of each of them and each other…

But this was only a part of her…

Important? Yes.

Needed? Yes.

But like a combination lock, if you do not have all of the pieces you cannot open the lock and take what is guarded within.

And while he had seen some of the combination…

There was still so so many locks to pick at…

Tera raised a hand and gripped Andrea’s hand gently as she said to her in answer, “As I will Love…. And longer than can be imagined….”

As she said that, the little piece of Tera within Andrea for a moment gave her the feeling of Tera’s warm arms slipping around Andrea’s waist and her breasts pressing softly into her back, Tera’s soft echos of love shared so far and the promise of all that was to come with it…

At the same time Tera asked Legion, “Have you seen the light you seek Legion or are there still shadows covering it?”

Legion took all this in at a glance and knew that the Queen was playing with him slightly.  Pehaps he should return the favor with Andrea and the Queen’s little sister.

Gently and non threateningly of course, this wasn’t suppose to be a fight… just more like… a battle of skills… and he sensed he had gotten a few victories as things had passed.

“I have seen much my Queen.  But I have not come searching for light… I have come searching for you.  And here I have found your family as well.”

He looked over all three of them… and decided to play a little of his hand… no risk, no reward after all, “Though I would like to help your family somewhat.”

He glanced at the Queen’s consort, “I would be happy to aid you in what you desire for the Queen and yourself my dear.”

He turned and smiled the her sister, “And you little one, I would be honored to grant you some aid in what you desire… it is quite obvious you know… ” he looked at all of them innocently, “what both of you desire.”

He looked over at the Queen and spoke humbly, “Of course, it is only by your command my Queen.”

I sigh gently as my beloved’s touch flows through me and I know … know that I am wanted.

I remember back to that day in the Garden … the invitation … attempting not smile or reveal my true feelings but still … that hauntingly beautiful music comming from the piano and the lovely woman in the succubus costume that had been playing it.

And so it had begun … Tera misunderstanding my needs and yet learning of them … the passion … the lust, the need until I’d felt that one soft bitter brush of loneliness within her … that small part she hid from the rest of the universe … . I was wanted … needed.  And in that moment I knew without thinking that I needed too.  Oh yes, the lust and passion were there, hot, melting, torrid and overwhelmingly powerful … but in the midst of it all, we’d found something within each other that we’d never expected.

Love … love that even now reverbarated between us … growing ever more powerful as it reflected in every touch, every look, every thought, until the mere lust and passion between us paled in comparrison.

I would love her in this life, and the next, for all eternity.

Gently I held the part of her soul that I shared, flowing into it all of the love imaginable … sharing with her my joy, mortal, yet sweeter for the briefness of it’s existence, more fragrant and delicate because of the precious petal of each moment as it softly fell and fluttered in the breeze.

My life was nothing without her.  I could not breathe without her in my life, I didn’t want to breathe without her in my life.  She was my life.

Gently and lovingly I brushed my hand through her silk black hair and gently stroked her beautiful horns.  That this person came here with any thought of harming her infuriated me beyond measure.  I would die a thousand deaths before I would allow that to happen, before I would allow her to feel the pain of loss.  The pain of loss and sorrow that this fool had already visited upon her.

It was only with great effort and with Tera’s loving touch that I held my rage in check rather than use it to flay this intruded alive like a whip slicing off parts of his soul.

But with a composure brought of a life of concealing one’s feelings I spoke again with a calmness that surprised me.

“Excellent, I am so very glad to hear you say that.  So I presume that you will be releasing those of Tera’s and Allie’s sisters that you have captured and enthralled to them.  That would make a most auspicious beginning I believe.  Other than that, I truly don’t know what a deal maker who knows not love such as yourself has to offer.”


So many offers and questions to come…


May 10 2010

Storm Clouds 72 – 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 13 continues and Jane discovers something she didn’t expect to find…

As an aside, I would also like to note that tomorrow marks the one year anniversary of my starting Storm Clouds here on the Tale… Really need to get more done quicker I think… Will have to work on that…


Storm Clouds 72

Storm Clouds

Chapter 10

By TeraS

Tom leaned against a tree watching as Brent played with his children next to a small fountain with a soaring angel in the center. He was puzzled by what the fountain was supposed to mean, and that showed on his face. After all, who would expect an angel motif in a place that didn’t seem to have a lot of angel-looking beings in it?

Camilla came around from behind the fountain, carrying a small box in her hands. When she came close to Tom, she asked if he had eaten anything. When he didn’t answer, she simply put a wrapped sandwich in his hands and, with a nod of her head, directed him to have a seat at a picnic table nearby.

After getting settled, Tom watched as she began to pick at a salad. As he unwrapped the sandwich, he asked, “Something bothering you?”

She paused and then began, “What bothers me, Thomas, is that I have lost a Sister. I suffer for that. But that’s nothing compared to Brent and his children.”

Tom picked out a slice of tomato, “How bad is it for Brent?”

She poked the fork into the salad with some force, “If he didn’t have the children, I am sure that he would … be no more.”

Tom considered that as he took a bite, “He’s still here. So are the kids. And you. He doesn’t strike me as the type to put a bullet to his head and end it all. Sorry, Camilla, I’m not going to dwell on that.”

“Heartless, aren’t you Thomas? Or is that just a means to protect yourself?”

Tom reached into a pocket of his jacket and tossed a small notebook onto the table between them: “Haven’t the time to dwell right now Camilla. Brent gave me a list of people that had something against him. I can look into the ones who are people. You game to grill the ones who aren’t?”

She turned the notebook around and opened the cover. After a moment she whistled: “I would not have guessed at any of these.”

Tom wiped his lips with a napkin, “How bad are the names you recognize? The ones I do are lousy, but I can take most of them from the list. I’m looking for a killer, and most of them are playboys, play-toys and thrill seekers. They don’t qualify.”

Another bite. “Three of them I’ll have to grill.”

She considered him, “At least your list is a short one. From this side I can see ten times that many creatures and things who would have loved to be the one to have done this…”

Tom shook his head, “Not love, Camilla. Need.”

“What do you mean by that?”

Tom explained, “Some people would love to get an advantage over someone else. That’s a wish, a hope and nothing more. Then there are those that need to get that revenge or whatever else they see it as. They have the power to do so, and more so, they wouldn’t be stopped by anything to get it. That’s need.”

She started back at the beginning of the list again, her fingers tracing down the names. Then she said, “Two that we can get to; one that I would not touch with a ten foot pole and an army of hellhounds behind me.”

Arching an eyebrow, he asked, “That bad?”

She shrugged, “Worse. We’ll need help to see that one.”

Tom considered his sandwich, “You know something? I am more inclined to believe that whoever did this is on your turf rather than mine.”

Raising her fork, she explained, “It can be that someone, as you say, on our turf started this, but you don’t understand how things work in your world. You see, Thomas, while some creatures like us can exist there and interact with your people, there are so many more that need an anchor, something or someone to believe in them and give them purchase in your world. Without that they can’t do anything physical.”

Confused, Tom just nodded for her to continue.

“Magic is thin in your world now. Creatures that once thrived in your world now can’t exist there. Oh they can look in, try to whisper thoughts and ideas into people’s minds and see what happens, but, without someone who believes, like a wizard, mage, or witch… they can’t actually do anything there.”

“Then how do you all manage to be there?”

She smiled, “Sex is a powerful thing. Love more so. If you are intimately connected with both of those, then crossing over isn’t a hard thing to do.”

He nodded slowly, “Base desires and overwhelming needs are the gateway to the soul or something?”

“Or something.”

They were quiet for a time until Tom said, “I need to get back, get on and see those names. Can you check your list and … ?”

She shook her head, “No. You are stuck with me for the moment, Thomas. You can do your investigating there and then we’ll both see what happens.”

He frowned, “Are you telling me that I am going to have to go with you to see what you are afraid of seeing?”

“Afraid doesn’t mean I will not go there. But here’s the thing: you are a detective. You know how to ask questions and, moreover, you see more than I do. I think that you asking the questions of them will get us further than I can alone. Besides which, you have one power over them that I don’t.”

Tom looked shocked: “Power? I got nothing.”

Camilla gave a small shake of her head, “You have free will. You have the ability to choose. Most of the creatures we will have to see do not have that luxury. They are connected to other beings in ways that make them what they are. You however … you don’t have that flaw.”

He sighed, “No. I have the flaw that makes me always do the right thing.”

She munched on her salad, “That’s not a flaw. It’s a gift.”

A small smile, “Some gift.”

She just prodded her salad, “Better than most. Count your blessings Thomas.”

Tom chewed on that, and on his sandwich before asking, “Tell me something. Why is it that you always speak to me so formally? It’s always Thomas, not Tom. Come to think of it, I haven’t heard any of you use nicknames or shortened names, for that matter.”

“Manners count, Thomas.”

He gave her a look, “Well I can understand that, Mom always said that having a civil tongue was timportant, but…”

She shook her head, “No buts about it. You can get further with a kind word than with a foul one.”

Tom’s smile was just this side of wicked, “You can get further still with a kind word and a two-by-four.”

“Oh so you have met Tera before, then?”


A similar smile appeared, “You sound a lot like her when she’s in a mood, you know.”

Tom stuck the last of the sandwich in his mouth and mumbled, “Probably why she liked me.”

Taking the list back from Camilla, Tom reviewed it again trying to decide who he would try to see first. Running his finger down the list he tapped one name, “Okay. I think I want to start to get on the bad side of the big names in the city.”

Camilla put her fork down and opened her purse. Taking out a small business card, she handed it to him, “Take this. Some places, your badge won’t get you far. This will open those doors for you.”

Tom considered the card. It wasn’t made of paper. It was a solid piece of silver made into a business card. Written on it was a short line of gold text: He’s doing me a favour. And then a single handwritten letter “T”.

“You can’t be serious.”

Camilla finished the last of her salad with the reply, “Try it. But only as a last resort, okay?”

Deciding that this wasn’t a card to be thrust into a pocket to be crushed, he took out the billfold that held his badge and placed the card into the pocket on the other side of it. Snapping it shut, he replied, “Well, it might as well be next to that piece of tin, to keep it company.”

Camilla picked up what was left of the meal they had shared and tossed it into a bin nearby. Motioning to Tom, she led him to Brent and the children where she said her goodbyes to them. She spoke with Brent quietly for a moment before turning to the kids and giving them a long loving hug.

Tom knelt down to look into the kids eyes and said, “Look after your Dad, okay, kids?” The answer was just a shy nod from them both before they ran over to their father and hid behind him. Tom stood up and offered his hand to Brent, “Do her proud right?”

Brent shook the offered hand with a firm grip, “I will. Watch your back out there, Thomas. Not all things are exactly what they seem.”

Releasing his grip, Tom said, “Rarely is. But sometimes you see exactly what is there, Brent.”

He then turned away and walked to Camilla: “Let’s go. Time’s a-wastin.”

It was a short walk until they were out of sight of Brent and the children. Then Camilla’s horns and tail reappeared as she drew a pattern in the air. Moments later and a portal appeared.

“I don’t think I will ever get used to that.”

She laughed, “Be happy you don’t have to deal with a Tail.”

“Seriously: what exactly does that mean?”

Camilla just smiled as they passed through the portal and it closed after them, leaving a small whirlwind of dust in their wake.

Storm Clouds

Chapter 11

By TeraS

Leaves fluttered around in the afternoon breeze moving here and there aimlessly until finally they came to rest on the green lawn beneath them. The chairs had long been taken away, the place where people had gathered to say goodbye was a plain open space once again.

Then, with a flash of light, a portal opened there, once again making the leaves spin and fly around until it vanished, revealing two figures standing there. Tom and Camilla had returned to the place their journey had begun earlier that day.

Tom looked around, “Looks like they all left without us.”

Camilla brushed some leaves from her hair, “What needed to be said was. Tera would have thanked them, comforted some of them, and reminded them that life needed to be lived.”

“She’s a theologian, too?”

A small giggle, “She is who she is.”

Tom paused for a moment to look at the scene around him, still not quite believing all that he had seen before offering his arm to Camilla, “We’d better get going.”

She held up a finger towards him to wait and then, to Tom’s surprise, her body and clothing shimmered. If looked as if she was underwater for a moment and then it vanished. Camilla stood there, no horns, no tail, and now wearing a blue sweater and jeans.

“You must save a lot of money on clothes with that stunt.”

As she took his arm, a wink and the words, “Well fashion is important to a girl you know.”

Together they walked side by side from the backyard, through the ground level, and out the front doors of the brownstone building.

As they passed through the front yard, they could see Tera, sitting on a balcony, high up on the third floor of the building. She was in the same dress she had worn for the ceremony that morning, looking concerned with what was going on and why someone would threaten her own.  She rested on a wrought iron chair, a small table with some papers upon it beside that.

She watched as Tom and Camilla hailed a passing cab and then entered it. Tom was the last to enter, pausing for a moment to look back at Tera.

He touched two fingers to his left temple and then nodded to her. Tera’s reply was the raising of the tea cup towards him and a nod in return. As the cab left, she continued to pick apart what she had learned from those that had attended this morning, and, even more so, those that had not.

Someone was threatening her own; that was concerning, but, moreover, the reason why escaped her for the moment. Still, she had found someone to search the mortal realm, and she had placed with him someone who could help to protect him.

She hoped that wouldn’t be necessary …

As she sipped the cup of tea in her hand, a voice broke her thoughts: “Why are we doing nothing?”

Placing the cup on the table, she answered, “We are doing something. The old ways are long gone: we cannot simply strike without aim. Our kind is better and smarter than that. Come here, Daughter … It is not seemly to hide in the shadows and seethe in anger …”

A snort of derision was the only answer until Jane came into view. She walked past Tera and stared off into the city around them. Crossing her arms over her chest, she began to rant, “You place your trust in a human, someone who has no idea what he faces. You ask one of your own to look after that human and, moreover, you tell her to submit to his will. How can you do this?”

“I can …”

“That is not an answer.”

“Of course it is, Daughter. It is the very first lesson I learned, so long ago. I can believe in others. I can trust in others. That is the first lesson in knowing yourself and what you can do.”

Jane gripped the railing until her knuckles were white, the anger within her so very clear as she twisted her hands against the cold steel. Looking over towards Tera, she remarked, “I don’t believe that Brent told us the truth.”

“I know he has. For what reason would be lie about his Eternal? Just because you do not understand does not make his words false…”

“You have trust, Tera. I do not. I buried my twin today. I have lost a part of myself that … I should have known she was in danger and helped her … I couldn’t. I want someone to pay for this. I want to be there to strip skin from bones and cause an eternity of suffering for this.”

Tera’s sigh was long and sad, “Have you forgotten all that you have learned Jane? Are you really so willing to fall into darkness for this? You are still young in our ways, but you know well that what you ask for… cannot be.”

Jane didn’t look towards Tera, “I should have been there.”

“You could not, Daughter … You were not in a place to help her. No one was. She was targeted by someone or something that wants something from us.”

Jane continued to fume, “Then strike back against them… all of them… Tera, just send out the Syreen. They are hunters. They will find the ones responsible and make them pay.”

Tera picked up the cup, “All right, Daughter. Who shall we send them against? The humans for being here? Those beneath who wish us harm? Those above who cannot understand us?”

A sip of the tea and then, “Being vague would mean that you condemn all around you to the same fate, a fate that they do not deserve. The ones who did this? They will be found and then taught the error of their attack on us; but only when I have proof, and not a moment sooner.”

That made Jane pause for a moment, her thoughts putting what Tera had said together with something she had read that morning. Looking to the grass below, she whispered, “I saw a story in the newspaper today. It mentioned the place where Brent had been. It said that a man had been seen leaving the place before the fire started.”

Tera shook her head slightly as if to say no, but then she brushed a finger over her lips before answering, “That would mean someone else was there, obviously.  Then the question to be asked is: what was he there for and what, if anything, does he have to do with what happened there?”

Another whisper from Jane: “Or Brent is lying about what happened.”

Jane heard the cup settle upon the table and then… silence.

That silence extended for a time and then, to Jane’s surprise, she felt a hand take hold of her right wrist and begin to pull her into the building, the tea cup on the table tumbling into space as she was forced inside  and out of sight of the surrounding world.

When she turned around, she saw Tera standing there with her red horns and tail visible. The tail pointed at Jane as harsh words passed through the air: “If you see an error in my ways, Daughter, say so. If you feel that I am wrong, prove it. If you have a better idea, show me. If all you have is opinion and anger, you do me and your Sister not a single bit of good.”

Tera closed the distance between them, pressing Jane against the wall behind her in fear of her Queen’s wrath. She closed her eyes, waiting for the strike of a hand against her cheek and the words of displeasure she knew were to come.

But instead, she felt a brush of fingertips against that cheek and then, for a moment, all she could do was listen to Tera’s words as her body refused to move under that touch …

“How do you think I feel, Jane? How do you think I feel when one of you is harmed? How much more do I suffer when one of you dies? How much worse is it when that is for no good reason? You talk of the pain you have for Patricia’s passing in your heart. As her mother, do you not think I share that?”

Jane couldn’t look at her. For the first time since she had become one of Tera’s she felt ashamed for disappointing her. A tremble in her voice revealed her fear as she asked, “Mother… have… have I disappointed you?”

She found her head turned towards Tera, and could not resist the power behind that. Tera’s voice was soft again, “You have not disappointed me Daughter… Am I worried? Yes. Do I fear for you? Always. But you have not disappointed me. That would take far more than some anger towards me.”

Jane’s eyes fell upon Tera, seeing a soft smile on her lips and the love of a mother in her eyes. She felt Tera’s fingers stroke against her skin and then, unbidden, tears began to fall across that cheek, wetting the fingers that remained there. Jane managed a sob, “I …”

The sob was answered by a soft hush and the words, “Do not let the need for revenge or the hate that comes with it cloud your judgment …”

Jane whimpered the truth, “I can’t, Tera … I just can’t …”

“I know… I’ve been there before…”

She felt a tail wrap around her legs, and then she was in Tera’s embrace, the tears coming without end …

… and Tera just telling her to let it all out …

Storm Clouds

Chapter 12

By TeraS

The cab ride was a quiet one for Camilla and Tom. When he started to ask her a question, she would either shake her head slightly or give his arm a little poke with a finger trying to get him to stop asking the question. Tom understood why she wouldn’t want to talk about her kind, or world, or anything else that was related to things normal people wouldn’t understand. But he couldn’t understand why she wouldn’t talk about her job, her life in the city, or anything else except the weather.

He noticed that she seemed to watch the driver intently for some reason he couldn’t figure out. This driver was a short, slightly pudgy man with a bald spot in his dirty brown hair. Tom also noted–by looking in the rear view mirror–that he was wearing mirrored sunglasses and seemed to be chewing on something.

Tom filed that information away and then returned to watching the city pass by. His thoughts turned to where they were going and, more importantly, the person that he… they were going to meet. It wasn’t really someone he wanted to see, but then there was no choice in the matter. He had to start someplace, and this was as good a place as any other.

The cab eventually stopped in front of an old, broken-down-looking warehouse on the south side of the city. It was placed on the edge of the piers near the shipping port there, a place that Tom didn’t know that well …

… but he knew of the people they were going to see.

The cab left after Camilla paid the fare. She was very insistent on getting a receipt for it and, when Tom asked her why, the answer was: “I am on company time, after all. They can pay for it.”

After the cab had left he asked, “What was the problem in the cab?”

“You couldn’t know, Thomas, but the cab driver was a troll.”

“Okaaay. Are you taking about things that live under bridges and ask for a toll to cross?”

“The same. They figured out that cab driving would fill in their role in life. That particular cab, and company, are owned by trolls. Have to be careful around them,Thomas; those that know about them also know they can obtain useful information from them.”

Tom rubbed a hand over the back of his neck, “It’s a real different world looking through your eyes.”

She tilted her head to the right, “Sorry, Thomas, but there are many things out there that you are not aware of and need to be. I said I would watch your back for things I know of … just doing what you asked of me.”

Seeing the practicality in that view, Tom nodded and then looked towards their destination, “Right. Welcome to the seedy underbelly of our fine city. In here, you will find an assortment of motley characters who would be happy stabbing you in either the back or the chest, whichever happens to be closer to them.”

“How nice … I shall have to send them a pie sometime …”

Tom just looked at Camilla: was she kidding? Then he realized that she was putting up a good front for him so that he wouldn’t worry about her. Taking the lead, he replied, “Let me do the talking here,okay?”

She just nodded and followed one step behind and to Tom’s right …

Opening the door and entering the warehouse, the pair found themselves in a  small open area with a low railing surrounding it. It was large enough to have a couple of chairs by the door, a water cooler next to that, and–taking up almost all of the rest–a single large old wooden desk that faced the door. Beyond the railing, the interior of the warehouse was shaded in darkness, save for the few places where overhead lights burned with a low buzzing sound, illuminating the rows and aisles below.

Behind the desk was a red-headed young man. He wore a pair of overalls with the name “Billy” stitched onto a patch over his heart. He was more interested in the newspaper on his desk than the people who had entered, and, for a few moments,he just continued to read it and ignore them.

Seeing a bell on the desk, Tom struck it once, the sound being swallowed up in the depths of the warehouse. Billy looked up then: “Yah? You here ta pick somethin’ up?”

“We’d like to speak to the owner, please.”

“He tain’t in. Mebby be here next month ‘n’ you’ll have more luck.”

Tom was about to get a bit rough when he heard Camilla move behind him and then, to his surprise, the sound of the water cooler bubbling as water was taken from it. He turned to see Camilla taking one of the seats and sipping at the paper cup she now held in her hand. Tom had a small smile on his face then as he answered, “Well, that’ll be fine. My associate will wait here and I’ll just step outside and tell the SWAT team to start coming in.”

With that, Tom turned and strode to the door. His hand had begun to turn the handle when he heard a new, gruff voice behind him, “Y’all don’t need be getting out of hand here, ‘tective. The boy’s jus’ doing his job.”

Tom’s smile became larger when he had turned back and saw the newcomer. He greeted him with a chuckle: “Nice to know that I’m remembered, old friend.”

From the shadows appeared a man who didn’t fit the voice. He was dressed to the nines in a three-piece black suit that looked to be worth a small fortune on its own. A slender man, he looked almost frail, but Tom knew that under that exterior was a fighter. Dusky-haired, his piercing grey eyes belied an intelligence that many missed in dealing with him. He passed through a gate and then stopped in front of Tom, offering his hand: “Nice ta see ya Tommy. Been what? Five years?”

Tom took the hand in his and gave it a firm shake, “Seven. You left the force and turned into a man about town, Bill. Just don’t run in those circles.” Tom released the hand and then motioned for Camilla to join them. He explained, “This is Camilla. She’s new.”

She smiled and offered her hand, “Very nice to meet a friend of Thomas’.”

Bill took the hand and, to Tom’s surprise, kissed it in the old-fashioned way before releasing it, “I’m sure Tommy dun’ know how lucky he is. C’mon in; Lil’ Billy can watch the store while we talk.”

After passing through the gate, Tom struck up a conversation: “That’s Billy? Really? How old is he now?”

“Eighteen. Smart lil’ bugger. Mebby smarter than me at that age. Boy’s been running this place for the last coupla years. Proud of ‘im.”

“You should be. Wish I would have known that I would have found him here, wouldn’t have been such a hard ass.”

“Good for the boy. Builds character ‘n’ all that crap. Sorry Ma’am.”

Camilla laughed softly, “No offense taken, I promise.”

The three of them walked the length of the warehouse until they stopped at a large,glassed-in office space. It looked like the typical business office: computers, filing cabinets, rows of desks within cubicles. As they passed through, the occasional “Good morning, Sir” was greeted with a nod or a gruff “Mornin’” from Bill. The three entered a large office that had a nameplate on the door declaring to the world that“Mr. Shipping” was within.

Bill took his leather chair behind the desk as he motioned to Tom and Camilla to have a seat on the leather sofa nearby. After cracking his knuckles, Bill asked: “So what’s gotcha in here, Tommy?”

“I’m looking into a murder. Happened a couple of days ago. I hate to say it, Bill, but you are one of the people under investigation.”

The look of surprise was followed by: “Funny. Now, fer real; why ya here?”

“I’m not joking, Bill. The wife of a reporter was killed last night. Stabbed in the back;brutal, ugly mess. The investigation so far points at a small number of names,and you are on it.”

Bill rocked back in his chair and then tapped his right hand against the arm of the chair before saying, “Ya mean that rag reporter that goes around pokin’ into other people’s business, right?”

Tom nodded, “Read about it?”

A grunt. “Ya. Decided that going to the funeral wuz no good. Me and that hack dun’like each other. Pissed me off coupla’ years ago. Still am.”

“Have to tell me about it. You know the drill.”

Another grunt: “Right. Traci died after Billy was born. Didn’t think about anything but Billy till he got out of school. Managed that coupla’ years ago. Billy gave me a yellin’ to and told me ta get out there and find somebody cause I wuz a mess. Wuz right. Had put everythin’ into the business for so long after I left the force. Couldn’t stay in the force cause of … ya know.”

Tom nodded, “Still don’t believe that was your fault, Bill. Never have.”

He smiled, “I remember. Never forgot, either. Met a girl. Nice, proper, classy. Was doin’ well and finally I was gonna pop the question to her. Was in that old barbershop on 22nd–you know the one–talkin’ to the barber about why I wanted ta look purty, and in the next chair wuz that hack. Spilled the beans in his rag the next day. Took her to a nice place that night and, when I asked her, the newshounds were there, snapping pictures and shoving questions at us. Made a mess of it. Pissed me off. She ran off and I took a swing at him, knocked him to the floor, gave ‘im a busted nose, and that got into the papers, too.”

Tom sighed, “You always had a short fuse, buddy.”

“Yeah. Spent the next year suing the rag, him, coupla others. Called in some favors and made his life … rough.”

“How rough?”

Bill leaned forward in the chair and brushed the top of his desk before answering, “I wanted him to know that I was pissed. So some of the boyz from the docks followed him and tried to scare him. Didn’t work. Tough bastard.”

“Did you kill her?”

The look of hurt in Bill’s eyes spoke volumes before the words did, “Nah. Tommy, I couldn’t, wouldn’t ever raise a hand to hurt a lady. Any lady. If one of the boyz did this. they know that I’d hurt them and then, if they lived, they’d be in jail where friends of mine would make sure that they’d never get out alive.”

Tom looked over at Camilla to see that she had a look of shock and disbelief in her eyes.

Bill continued, “Ma’am, ya need to understand that, in this business, you have to look tough and be tough or they walk all over ya. I am a hard ass, I can be a bastard and more, but I got honor in me. Some stuff is sacred.”

Camilla asked, “Did you ever see her again?”

Bill looked at the desk, “Still talkin’ to her. She’s shy, pretty ’n’ stuff; see her in quiet places so that she dun’ have that happen again.”

“But you did not give up? Even after two years?”

Pointing to his head, Bill replied: “Too hard-headed, Ma’am.

Camilla smiled, “Not that … you love her so … Do not give up on her, please.”

“Only if she gives up on me, Ma’am”

Tom broke in, “Bill, have to ask you something. Of all of your people, is there anyone that might have done this?”

Billy’s voice came into the room from behind, “Me. Y’all better talk to me, too.”

Tom turned to look at him, “Hello, Billy. Come on in and have a chair; maybe you can explain exactly what you mean?”

Billy leaned against the door jamb looking not at Tom, but Camilla. She turned to face him and then asked, “Something wrong, Billy?”

He looked away and then said, “Nuthin’. You look like someone.”

“Want to tell me about it?”

“Nah. S’ok.”

Camilla stood up and walked over to Billy. She took his right hand in hers and then started walking out of the room with Billy in tow, saying as she did, “We’ll be outside.”

Once she had him out of the office she asked, “You want to find someplace quiet to talk?”

She could see the blush on his cheeks as he mumbled something and then started walking out of the office and then out a door to the outside. It led to the pier behind the warehouse. Ships would often be tied up there, loading and unloading, but, for the moment, there was nothing and no one around. Billy guided her to a wooden bench against the warehouse wall and, after brushing off some dirt there,said, “Sorry t’ain’t cleaner.”

Camilla just smiled and took the offered spot, “Nothing to be sorry about, Billy. I promise I won’t break.” She straightened out her dress and watched him pace back and forth for a few minutes before she asked, “You are not to blame, are you?”

“No. No, Ma’am I didn’t. I coulda. Know enough bad people on the docks to have that happen. No. Wouldn’t”

“You are your father’s son.”

“Am, Ma’am. All he has is me and this place. Nothin’ more. I told him ta meet someone ’n’ he did, but that guy screwed my old man up. Now he’s afraid of stuff and won’t try again.”

Camilla was quiet for a time and then said, “Who do I remind you of, Billy?”

A sigh: “Sort of look like Mom in the pictures.”

“Come here, please.”

Billy resisted for a time, trying to be brave in front of a woman, not wanting to look weak, but finally he sat down beside Camilla before putting his hands over his eyes, “Ya know the thing, Ma’am? When it happened, I did want ta kill that guy for it. He’s got a wife, a family, and he messes up what we coulda had.”

“Your Mom wouldn’t be happy with you if you did. Your father brought you up right and I think you would never disappoint him. So why are you both so violently opposed to Brent? Why would your father be a suspect in this?”

Billy put his fists together and then rested his chin on them before managing the words, “They say he killed a woman when he was a cop, Ma’am. He couldn’t prove he didn’t, they couldn’t prove he did. So they gave him a pink slip and showed him the door.”

Camilla stroked her hand against Billy’s arm, “Thomas seems to think that your father is innocent. But he has to ask the questions and get answers to clear him, you know. The same is true of you. But you know something?”

He looked at her. “Wha’?”

“You believe in souls, Billy?”


“I do. I believe that when someone does something wrong, their souls turn black and that blackness shows on the outside. I haven’t seen anything from your father or you that makes me believe that you did this.”

A sniffle, “Thank ya, Ma’am.”

She shrugged a bit, “Not any good in a court, you know.”

“Dun’ matter. Someone believes in what Dad said. That means somethin’ to me.”

Camilla’s hand stroked his shoulder as she asked, “If you want to help your father, then can you do us a favor?”

He looked at her, “Depends on tha favor.”

Camilla told him.

Storm Clouds

Chapter 13

By TeraS

Jane was confused.

This was something new for her, to be blunt. She was impulsive, brash, and made the occasional ass of herself, but she was never confused unless she talked to Tera. The simplest conversations always seemed to make her look at what she was and who she was instead of whatever it was that started her on a rant in the first place.

She had expected Tera to punish her in some way, or try to make her change her mind. Anything, something that would show some anger from within her  but Tera didn’t. All she did was comfort her, talk to her, and in the end, after all of the words were out in the open between them  Tera just asked her what she wanted to do.

Jane’s answer was simple, she thought, “Find who did this and hurt them.”

But then she heard Tera’s thoughts and found them so much more satisfying, “Why hurt them when you are doing something so much worse. You can show them that they won’t win.”

For a moment, Jane was flabbergasted that she didn’t see things that way. It did make sense, really:why just hurt someone when you could do so much more in so many other ways to show them that they made the biggest mistake of their lives?

So she now found herself standing on the curb outside of the place that Brent had burned to the ground, looking for answers. The police had put their yellow tape around the border of the remains, but now it was in the hands of the fire department, and their investigations were inside, looking for the source of the fire, among other things.

Jane understood why she was here. This was something of a loose end to all this, and she needed to close it, or find where it led to. Tera had told her to find out what she could and then meet with Camilla and Thomas when possible. She still didn’t think a lot of him  or her  but she would look here for clues and would do as she was asked to 

because she couldn’t let them win.

Looking at the people milling around and the security stopping people from poking around where they weren’t wanted, Jane came to the decision that she would have to use the thoughts and emotions of those around her to get inside and see what happened there for herself.

With a sigh, Jane closed her eyes and focused on the people within to see if there was someone she could use  and she found them.

On the main floor of the burnedout building, John Tanner was sitting cross-legged, staring at the main hallway and trying to piece together what this place once looked like. He was an Engineer in the department, recently transferred into the arson squad, and this was his first investigation. He had once been a regular firefighter, but after a three-alarm blaze that during which a building fell onto his fire company, he was shifted to arson to recover from his wounds  both mental and physical.

Physically, John was your stereotypical fireman: muscular, clean shaven, his blonde hair closely cropped per regulations. He wore his cherished department windbreaker, blue jeans, and hiking boots. Not exactly regulation, but they said he could be comfortable, so he thumbed his nose at the regs while he could.

Putting his clipboard to one side, he stretched his back, the popping sounds reminding him that sitting on the floor was not doing good things to him. He was resigned to being in this job from here on out mainly because, to be honest, he was scared to death of being buried alive again by bricks, wood, and fire.

A tap on his right shoulder made him turn around.

Standing there was the one person he didn’t expect to see today. Her name was Jenni, she was part of the department’s public relations office, and she was, to be blunt, his crush. He had know her for almost a year now and still didn’t know exactly what it was about her that attracted him to her. Maybe her short red hair? Her girl next door looks? Her laugh? He just could never put his finger on what it was about her that he liked so much. But more importantly right at that moment…

…she had coffee with her.

Maybe it was the coffee?

Taking the cup from her hand he took a sip and decided that it wasn’t the coffee. God it was awful.

Putting it on the floor beside him he asked, “So what brings you into the ashes Jenni?”

She shrugged, “Oh, P.R. mostly. The press want to write up what happened, who’s to blame, how the budget should be cut back, the usual stuff.”

“Right. Been on that path before haven’t we?”

“Almost every other week.”

She walked away then looking, around the room and poking her nose here and there before asking, Anything like a clue what happened?”

He smiled, “Oh I know exactly what happened.”

She turned to him with a look of surprise, “What?”

“Can’t you tell? There was a fire and the place burned down.”

Rolling her eyes she called back as she exited the room, “So helpful. I’ll have to see that you get a medal of honour for that you dumbass.”

John’s chuckles followed her out the hallway as she vanished from his sight.

She moved down the hallway and then eventually made her way into the basement before stopping at the bottom of the stairs and gazed into the darkness of it. For a time she remained there, unmoving, almost like a statue before her form shimmered and Jane stood there in Jenni’s place.

Jane pinched her nose and then drew with her hands a pattern in the air. She was hoping to divine something of the magic used here. Every type of magic had a pattern that could be traced to what being, talisman or other mystical thing had created the magic. The hard part wasn’t finding it, here in this place there was so much of it embedded into the walls, floor and space that she was choking on it.

No, the problem was if there was any traps left behind that might go off when she prodded them.

Jane’s overconfidence in her abilities made her miss one small simple spell that triggered when her own magic touched it.

Upstairs John was sketching out a diagram of where the fire came from and had decided that the next place to have a look at was the basement.

The scream from the basement that made him snap his pencil in half made him move in that direction as quickly as he could…

May 09 2010

Looking Over Your Shoulder on Mom’s Day…

Mom’s Day…

It’s one of those days that touch me in a lot of different ways… Some are sad, some aren’t, and this year unlike last year isn’t all that sad for me…

Hopefully this Tale of the Succubi Realm tells of some of that…


Looking Over Your Shoulder

By TeraS

If there is one thing about Tera’s family, it is that they look out for one another… That is, after all, something that you would expect…

In the Realm of the Succubi, that is something that everyone there, Succubi, Incubi, AngelKitty, Hell Hound or really anyone that is part of their family does…

They think about the past… especially on this particular day…


She was playing with her AngelKitty on the wide open fields of green that made up one of the smaller parks that were scattered around the Realm. She was with her friends enjoying the day, the time together and so much more. Here and there, Rianna noticed a family gathered around a picnic basket, celebrating the fact that it was Mother’s Day here and elsewhere in the universes.

It struck her then that Tera, her Mom, didn’t really celebrate this day. She knew why that was. Tera didn’t really think she was a “real” Mom because she couldn’t do the one thing that the other Mom’s could do.

That, Rianna thought, was a silly thing. Tera was her Mom. So what if Tera had adopted her? So what? Rianna knew, and knew it perfectly well, that Tera loved her as a Mom. Loved all of her Daughters and Sons in the same way as every other Mom that existed anywhere…

But that one thing that Tera wasn’t allowed seemed to sit over her like a dark clouds and she never seemed to get over that.

The other thing was, of course, that The Queen, Tera’s Mom, was no longer with them and Tera always seemed to hurt over that more than she would ever admit to. That again was just how Tera was. She would never let her own problems get in the way of someone else.

But on this day, they did.

She told her friends that she would see them later, went over to a stand that had some picnic baskets waiting, took one and then started walking up the one hill that was part of this particular park.

Looking up the hill, she saw Tera, watching from above…


She sat upon the hill, overlooking the fields where Rianna and her people enjoyed the warm spring weather. From time to time she would read a page from the small book that rested in her lap.

She was here because not being here would look wrong.

Some of the Realm had come past and offered their wishes on this day, and of course Tera smiled, nodded, thanked them and then watched as they went on their way.

That was okay with her, she always felt somehow… wrong, on this day. That she really had not right to be there with them, to celebrate what the “Real Moms” had. Looking back down to her book, she read some of the words there. Words that she had read thousands of times by now, and knew well, but on this day she read them with the voice of her own Mom echoing in her memories and giving her a little bit of solace that she needed just then.

Looking up into the skies of the Realm, she saw the eyes of her Mom watching from above… and then she heard Rianna’s giggle and looked to see her standing there, her blue tail swisching back and forth, a basket in her hands and a smile on her face.

The Queen.

Looking down upon her Daughter Tera, her grand-daughter Rianna and all that had been done in her name.

She wished that Tera would see that in her own way she was a Mother, a good one, and more so, made her proud everyday. But she also knew that this day, Tera always had problems dealing with it.

Seeing that Rianna was walking towards Tera, her mood improved a lot at that moment. Rianna didn’t like it when Tera was in the dumps and she knew that her grand-Daughter had something planned to fix that.

She made a breeze pass from the skies to touch Tera’s hair, then play down and tussle Rianna’s red locks in the same way. She hoped that the two of them would get the hint…

Rianna took Tera’s hand with a giggle, “Come on thinky… Time for some lunch Mom…”

Tera just smiled, nodded and let herself be drawn down onto the green fields and into the joys that all shared below the watching eyes of the Realm…

As they walked together hand in hand down the hill into the celebration of the day, Rianna said, “Happy Mom Day Mom… Thank you for being my Mom…”

Tera teared up a little and said, “Thank you for being my Daughter Rianna.”

And in the skies, The Queen just smiled knowing that for one Mother’s Day, Tera wasn’t going to be sad anymore…

For Mother’s Day isn’t just for those that are a mother on the outside, but it is for those that have the heart and soul of a Mother inside and share that with the ones they love…

Happy Mom’s day to all…


May 08 2010

How to Manip a Succubus…

Earlier this week for the Succubi of the Week, I shared with the permission of the artist Unseen_Unheard a manip work of his in which he transformed someone into a Succubus…

To my delight, he also made a pair of YouTube videos that show the process he used in making this work.

The first part can be found here:

And the second part is here:

And in case the embedding doesn’t work the links are:

I suggest that you view the videos full screen in order to see the method he used in creating this work. I especially like that it is not a “speed creation” video as this one shows so much detail and more over, it is at a speed that I can understand the steps…

That is so incredibly useful to me in so many ways…

I want to thank UU for the effort he took in recording this and helping me, and I know, others to improve their own works!

*huggles for UU>


May 07 2010

A Devilishly Delicious Succubus Figurine

I discovered a really nice demoness or succubus statuette this week that I’m going to share and link to…

Now, I know that she has no tail but there appears to be horns that can be seen in this image, and it is really a lovely work in so many ways…

She is described as being about nine inches in height and sells for $22 USD on the one site that I have found that carries her for sale.

You can find the page on that site here.

We’re ordered one for our Succubus figurine collection and I hope to have her soon to review her better…

When she appears, I hope that there is some way to add a tail to her, but if not that’s okay…

She’ll like the other Succubi in our collection…