Apr 18 2016

Part of the Story By TeraS

This past weekend was special. Some know why, some don’t, and I don’t think I can ever really tell the whole story well enough … not even in the Tale. And so, I will tell …

 

Part of the Story
By TeraS

 

The story begins, as so many of them do, at the beginning. Or rather a beginning, for the story that this one is connected to had been in existence for some time before. That story is just as important as this one—probably more so—but, in the here and now, this is the story to tell. The story that comes from this one is one for … another time and place.

It begins shortly after two souls met, had been through their awkward moments, and come to realize something, or several somethings. For one, it was coming to know she had met her Eternal, the only one for her, the one that accepted her, not for what she was, but who she was. For the other, it was him finding the one with that smile, that little sparkle in her eyes when they met, and how they held each other, how their bodies and souls fit together in just the right way.

Not too long before, in another place, another Realm, the two had appeared to her mother—the Queen—and he was … if not grilled by her, at least thoroughly examined as to exactly what his intentions were for her daughter. His answer was truthful, there was no question, and the encounter wasn’t nearly as terrifying as his intended thought it might be. After all, it was her mother, and if there was the slightest question of him not being her Eternal … but there wasn’t, there never would be, and, when it mattered most, when the time came, he would always stand with her.

As he did on this particular day.

It was, quite possibly, the most terrified that she had ever been. She had hidden away her horns and tail; this was the Human Realm, after all, and walking about with them visible would have been a rather poor idea. She had been hyperventilating during the drive, her hands covering her nose and lips, worrying about what was to happen next. She had faced all kinds of things, large and small, and not once had she been this paralyzed with worry and concern.

It was, after all, the first time she would meet … her … far worse than her mother; it was his mother.

They had parked in the driveway, sitting there for a time. He held her hand and promised that it would be fine, that she had nothing to worry about. But she was worried. What if his mother didn’t like her? What if, in that first moment, she was turned away, rejected, told to leave and never return?

They waited in the car for a few more minutes, then he gave her hand a squeeze and told her: “She’ll love you.”

Fidgeting wasn’t something she normally did. But, as they waited at the door, he knocking lightly upon it, she worried her hands over and over, looking down at her sensible red shoes, worrying they were too much. Her thoughts scrambled around the red dress she wore, worried that it was a little too short, a little bit too … red. She worried about her looks being too … too much.

Then the door opened, and the time had come. She expected a moment of being judged, of her measure being taken. After all, this was his mother and, Goddess knew what her own mother was on meeting him, and she was prepared for the same now.

What happened was a smile, a long, tight hug, and the first words spoken, words that she would never forget: “Hello, Daughter. Welcome home.”

The visit was a whirlwind. She was put off balance some of the time—well, really most of it, to be truthful. She tried to help, but was always told, “No, thank you. Everything is fine.” In the end, it seemed, she found herself much like she was with her own mother. She listened attentively to the wisdom, the love, the secrets shared. She laughed without fear, teared at times without shame. The moment was but one afternoon and evening, but she remembers it as being one of the most important moments in her life.

Second only to meeting him.

She instantly understood that she was loved without question, that she had found a mother, one of the human world, but meaning as much as her own mother. She came to see, in the blue eyes of the woman that insisted on being called ‘Mom’, who never, not once, allowed her to use her proper name, which was something she always did.

It was just as the dishes were being cleared away, she and he helping, over the protests of his mother, of course, that there came a moment when she was alone in the dining room and looking for things to put in their right place.

And that is when she first noticed it.

There was a picture turned upside down on the mantle. This seemed odd, and she was just reaching out to put it right when her hostess came into the room, took her aside, and they continued to chat.

By the end of that first visit, she knew one thing for certain: she was loved every bit as much as he and always would be. She wasn’t born as the daughter of this family, but she felt like now she had two mothers that loved her without reservation, with all of their hearts.

But she felt like there was something unsaid, something important, and that picture was part of it. Perhaps it was how, when she was talking with Mom, she kept looking, occasionally, at her hair, or how Mom smiled when she spoke of her own mother. It felt like there was something unsaid, something that mattered, but she never asked, and Mom never explained.

Time passed, as it does, and throughout the years that came, the laughter and tears, the highs and lows, every time she came visiting, every time, without question, that picture frame remained laid down. She was never able to see what the picture was. It was many years later, in the midst of a dark time in the lives of her family, that she found herself alone in that room with that picture still face down on the mantel. She wanted to look at it, to find out what the secret was, and again, for the umpteenth time, tried to look at it. But again, no. She was drawn away, off to help, to comfort, to give what her family, her mother, as she now thought of her, needed.

The truth would come in time, eventually, just not on this day. After she had left, the sound of her car pulling away on an errand, a somewhat older hand, but the same soul that had met her so long ago, stood the picture up once more.

The picture revealed two teenagers, both blond, one with a bob cut, the other with her hair in a wild mane about her. Both smiling, holding each other. Each making bunny ears over the other’s head in a joyful moment together.

The one was Keith’s mother.

The other was Tera’s.

Eventually, when Tera would finally see the picture, she would cry for days on end, not knowing why she was never told … until she read the diary that explained … everything.

But that story is for a day yet to come and it is one that she and he pray is far, far away …

Apr 17 2016

A Review of Loving Reflections by LC Cooper

Loving Reflections by LC Cooper

Loving Reflections by LC Cooper

Many times there is a story within a story that doesn’t quite come out in the right way. There’s focus on the main character, what they are dealing with and so on, but off to the side comes another character that leaves many questions from the moment they appear.

While that can serve to add depth to the work, there comes a point where the main plot comes to a close and all seems to be settled. So why is it that so many authors find the need to toss in an unexplained twist that reminds me of a teen horror movie when the work stands up so well without that being part of it?

It is the story of:

What if those things that go bump in the night are real? How do you feel as you stand before your bathroom mirror at midnight? For Damon, the experience was far too real to be dismissed. The love of his life was not his fiancee, but a mysterious woman he couldn’t touch until Halloween.

As the hairs rise and the goosebumps quiver, who do YOU see in the mirror?

Soon after Damon moved into his house, a beautiful woman began appearing in his dreams. Unbeknownst to his fiancee, Damon and the woman carried on a year-long affair. Halloween night was to be their joyous and climactic reunion, but their celebration will far exceed Damon’s expectations.

Damon finds himself enraptured by a woman who appears in his dreams. She asks for his help to be freed, to enter his world, and he starts on the path to make this happen. But what is the truth, and when Damon finds out what it is, is he prepared for it?

The work is interesting as it reads more as a story about Denise, the woman in the mirror, using her charms to seduce and guide Damon into doing as she asks him to. There’s a reason for this, she is, for the most part, a succubus, and she wants to be released from the mirror prison she is within.

Along with this, there is some physiological drama between Damon, his fiancé, and, as a side plot, the drama that Denise brings along as well. There’s very little erotica, and that isn’t the point of the work regardless. The story is what Damon was prepared to do, what happens when he starts to do so, and then, when the truth comes out, what he does in the end. It’s an interesting progression of his character and there is some growth which I felt worked well.

Denise, the succubus of the work, is in a lot of ways very stereotypical in her real appearance, her actions, the way she holds Damon’s attentions and what she promises to him. It’s quite clear from the first moment she appears to Damon that she isn’t telling the truth, that she’s hiding or bending the truth as much as she can, and it isn’t all that surprisingly when what she really wants comes out.

The climax of the story is a little unexpected, mostly in the actions that Damon takes, but otherwise fulfilled the plot of the story well. However, there is a postscript at the end of the work that I just don’t think worked well. I can understand putting a twist in the end of a story, something to catch the reader and surprise them. In this case, I don’t think it works all that well considering all of the events of the work to that point.

While the main plot comes to a close, the relationship between Damon and his fiancé also seems to be off from the beginning of the work. It’s hard to understand just how the two of them became a couple, how Damon ever proposed to her, and most of all, why it is that Damon continues to be with her considering the abuse she deals to him. I could place some of that to Denise holding power over Damon, but that’s a bit of a thin reason i think.

While the characters are interesting, the story is a bit thin, reading very much like a teen horror film at times and I wish there was more. There are questions left unanswered, many of them revolving around Denise and Damon’s fiancé, and there isn’t a lot of depth to the answers when they arrive.

Three and a half out of five pitchforks.

Really the very last paragraph of the work just ruined things for me. I couldn’t quite see why things had to turn out that way, nor how it made the work better. Leaving the work to end a few paragraphs before, allowing some sort of closure after everything that transpired in the work I think would have worked better.

A story where things are tied up neatly, then suddenly aren’t doesn’t quite work. It’s a bit too stereotypical for my liking and that’s a shame for how interesting the story is otherwise.

 

Tera

Apr 17 2016

A Review of The Devil’s Playthings by Alana Church

The Devil's Playthings by Alana Church

The Devil’s Playthings by Alana Church

A review today of the second work in a new series called The Succubus by Alana Church. I reviewed the first work in the series here on the Tale recently and I noted that I have a lot of hopes for the series overall. The second work satisfies some of those hopes, and opens the door to some interesting things to think about for all involved.

The question of what one wants is an important one. for some it is knowledge, for some it is fantasy. For others is might be forbidden, in some it can be life itself. But in each case there comes a moment when those desires are laid bare, open, the truth revealed. How one either accepts, or rejects, that moment tells the real story.

The work tells the story of:

Dark currents are flowing through the home of Rachel Wainwright. A successful attorney, she has become the unwitting vessel for a succubus. Now, in order to increase her power and to escape the prison of Rachel’s body, Althea is slowly turning the conservative lawyer towards a more sexual lifestyle.

While she waits impatiently for her husband to return for the weekend, her eyes roam, wondering what pleasures might be found among the other members of her household. Will it be her sexy maid? Or someone else? No matter who catches her eye, Rachel and her family have become…The Devil’s Playthings.

Rachel finds her thoughts turning in directions she never seriously considered before. A voice whispering to her, calling for her, wanting her, but she not quite able to understand what it means. Still, she has other things to think about, not least her family. But with those thoughts comes desires, needs and wants. Fulfilling them leads Rachel to discovering herself, her needs, and, along the way, discovering that there is someone sharing her body and mind.

In the second work of the series, there is quite a lot of character development involved that answers quite a number of things that had been bothering me in the first work, not the least of which is… just where is Althea’s body and what has happened to it. Thankfully the author gets that question out of the way very quickly and in doing so serves to add even more questions about Althea herself that I now have spinning within my mind.

Along the way, there’s a moment where Althea comments about what succubi are in this universe and in that moment about a thousand new questions about the succubi, and Althea, came to mind. Personally I think her description is wonderful, but the thing is, now I have an expectation that the author will allow the series to tell that story, to have Althea and Rachel involved within that role and see what happens with that.

Rachel’s family, her husband, son and daughter, are focused on more in this work than the prior and in doing so, some of their own personal quirks, personality and sexual, are hinted at, or laid bare. As well a new character, Maria, in introduced and I simply adored her and dearly so. There’s something very real, very truthful about her, there’s nothing separating who she is from what she appears to be and I think that really works well.

There is some conflict amongst the characters, but it isn’t strange, odd, or creates moments where the events simply feel wrong. They make a good deal of sense, feeling in many ways like the connections, and missteps, that all families face. There are, of course, some that are quite unique, and in being so, they offer Althea something to think about, to consider, and, possibly, something that she herself needs most of all. A purpose.

There are two really quite well done hot flashes, both of which have Rachel at the focus. One tells of a desire another character has, one tells of Rachel’s desires and Althea’s feeing of them. There are also two other, quite short moments where the erotica is used to tell of a character’s needs and in a way that doesn’t make it seem like an information dump, which worked really well and kept the story alive.

One of the plot threads comes to a close, but in that a door opens to allowing Rachel to be herself and not have other things distracting her. The means to that, what leads up to Rachel’s surprise to her family, I liked because of the passion that Rachel put into her words and what it made happen. Along the way, Rachel gains something she’s wanted, and the reason behind it, I hope, Althea will have something to say about, if for no other reason than Rachel’s family after her admission to herself about what she has been missing.

The development of the characters is the real focus in this work, but along with that comes the background I wanted to know of. Defining the succubi as the author did, has my attention now. Revealing where Althea’s body is leaves a huge question to answer. Giving voice to Rachel’s family, in all they hold within, tells of the story to come.

Really a stellar followup to the first work in the series and I thoroughly enjoyed this work as much as I did the first. A wonderful read, many things to think about and ponder, and the ending, which is so very short, is a bit of a cliffhanger, makes me wonder what’s coming next. Obviously that will be Rachel, at least, but somehow i think that Althea won’t be disappointed either.

Four and a half out of five pitchforks.

Everything I could have hoped for as a follow up in the series, offering much to think about, smile over, and adore. There’s much still to be told, the mysteries still abound and as they become answered I think the series will continue to shine…

 

Tera

Apr 16 2016

Succubus Red YouTube Speedpainting

I found another of the many YouTubes of an artist colouring their art of a Succubus. In this case, I just though the character herself was interesting and wanted to share that today on the Tale.

 

If you cannot see the video on the Tale, please try this link:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uo-WPEQ_XJE

The artist also posted their completed art on DeviantArt as well:

Succubus Red- by AldanaRociio

Succubus Red- by AldanaRociio

You can also find this art on the artist’s DeviantArt site here.

I think she’s really cute, the blush is a neat little touch most of all. She is, at least to me, sort of a slightly bashful succubus, and I really do adore that.

She would make, I think, a good webcomic succubus and perhaps that might be something to consider?

Nonetheless, a lovely succubus, and a joy to see…

 

Tera

Apr 15 2016

A Review of World’s Shyest Succubus 2: Playing Doctor by Taylor Knobb

World's Shyest Succubus 2: Playing Doctor by Taylor Knobb

World’s Shyest Succubus 2: Playing Doctor by Taylor Knobb

A review of the second work in the World’s Shyest Succubus series by Taylor Knobb. You can find my first review of the series here in which I had some high hopes overall and how much I adored the main character.

The thing about creating a series is that there needs to be some kind of framework or setting to make things make sense. A character that acts oddly, without explanation, can cause issues with understanding the plot, the world, and what’s going on.

Confusion is never a good thing. A character knowing more than they let on, and why, makes for a lot of confusion and can derail a story.

  • Title: World’s Shyest Succubus 2: Playing Doctor
  • Author: Taylor Knobb
  • Length: 21 Pages
  • ASIN: B01E4DQV2E
  • Publishing Date: April 10, 2016
  • This work at Amazon.com

It tells the story of:

Adina has had a rough day. First she got caught in an explosion of some sort of weird energy, and then she and her roommate did unspeakable things…things that felt so good, but that were so wrong. Adina has an appointment to see a doctor, though, and she’s sure that he can help her work out what the heck is going on. She’s sure that it’s not going to matter that he’s tall and handsome, with a slender, tight body…or that the hunger that drove her into her roommate’s bed seems to be coming back, stronger than ever! Life is hard for a shy succubus.

Adina goes to see the campus doctor about what’s happening to her and in doing so finds her new needs and desires getting the better of her. But something is going on and Adina is stuck in the middle of it whether she likes it, sometimes, or not.

Adina continues to transform, becoming more and more ensnared by her new needs and now understanding why things are happening. There’s a real crisis of conscious in this work, and that added some depth to Adina’s character that I liked very much. She isn’t just falling into being a succubus, she’s fighting, struggling, but even so, her needs overcome her and when she arrives at her doctor’s appointment, that needs takes over.

The scene that comes has some good heat, a bit more succubus mental control, and a bit more of a transformation for Adina when the moment is over. The erotica is a hot flash, actually one scene edging towards being so, the other fully so.

Following this, the doctor directs Adina to see another character to learn what’s going on with her and it is that point in the story where it lost me. The doctor seems to know what’s going on, that there are many more women effected is clearly shown. But what I can’t quite understand is if magic is something known and part of this world or not. There was no mention of it prior to the new character’s appearance, who explains something of what’s going on, but again, there’s little context to put that into understandable terms.

Nathan, who is the new character that seems to know what’s going on, is a mystery, having a personality that is simply grating, and overall isn’t at all likeable. That seems to be a real problem as he appears to be a focal point of the series going forwards and not liking him, for me, is an issue. As well, there appears to be a number of other women that have been effected, one of which, who if she is what she seems to be, a gorgon, can only lead towards some real completions.

Adding this twist to the series is interesting, but I’m hoping that the series doesn’t run off in multiple directions as a result. The series has Adina at the core of it, and jumping from character to character, mythologic being to being, can only weaken the series overall.

I still like Adina, I like her being real to herself. But I can see that she’s changing, possibly not for the better. Keeping Adina’s personality intact will be a challenge, the next work in the series seems to suggest that she will not be. How that is handled, if Adina falls over the edge, will at least for me, tell me quite a lot about how well this author can tell a story and if he can avoid making Adina a stereotypical succubus.

Three out of five pitchforks.

Suddenly having a character appear that seems to know what’s going on, then having the problem for Adina effecting so many is one thing. Not explanation why things are as they are is a problem. More so, there’s a problem when another character seems to be on the way to becoming a deadly threat. One that can cause no end of problems for every one around her. How the author gets around that issue will be interesting.

Adina is changing, she knows what she is, thankfully not a stereotypical succubus. There’s hope in the story remaining cute, interesting, and more. I hope so.

 

Tera

Apr 15 2016

A Review of Demon In Disguise by Damien Hart

Demon In Disguise by Damien Hart

Demon In Disguise by Damien Hart

 

A review of what was supposed to the the first work in a series which had an Incubus as one of the main characters. I haven’t seen, at least at the time of this review being written, a second work and that is, as most know, a shame for me when there’s promise in a story but the promise doesn’t get to unfold as it should.

Sometimes you make a choice, not for any real purpose other than it’s the right thing to do. Sometimes, in making that choice, the answer is there in front of you, if you can only accept it and embrace it. But that’s the question that haunts in more ways than one…

  • Title: Demon In Disguise
  • Author: Damien Hart
  • Length: 31 Pages
  • ASIN: B00TKGX3K4
  • Publishing Date: February 12, 2015
  • This work at Amazon.com

The story tells of:

Sam has always wondered why his charming, handsome flatmate and best friend Dylan always seems to avoid romance. He never even hooks up with anybody, despite ample opportunities. But is it really just a lack of interest, or is Dylan hiding something?

Dylan has a dark secret: he’s not human. He’s a type of demon called an Incubus, and it’s killing him to abstain from sex… literally. But when his touch causes people to get ill, can he really ask anybody to make that sacrifice?

Their friendship is about to be pushed to its very limit as previously straight-as-an-arrow Sam offers to provide sexual favours to keep his friend healthy. But the touch of a demon is intoxicating, addictive, and dangerous. Their friendship isn’t the only thing they’re risking, but Sam’s beginning to think it’s worth the gamble.

Sam learns that there are such things as incubi, that his college roommate is one, and that brings with it a problem. Dylan is sick, getting sicker, but knows that feeding on others will harm them. In doing so Dylan has taken ill and Sam makes a choice to help him. The problem is that one can be addicted to being with an Incubus, and Sam finds himself on that path.

There’s some interesting undertones in this work which revolve around Dylan and in particular there’s a feeling as the story progresses that the theme is one of power, corruption, and how one is changed by that. There are changes to Dylan’s personality over time, the same can be said of Sam as well, and it is those changes that I found the most interesting.

There is a danger, Dylan is very clear on that point, and when it starts to come into the picture there’s a certain amount of denial which played out in a very believable way. It’s subtle in nature and it gives an extra dimension to both characters.

The work does have a male/male erotic theme, but it doesn’t overwhelm the story as a whole. It’s more gentle than anything else and in being so it provides a means for the core plot of the story to be told in a way that isn’t over the top or feels wrong with how the characters are.

There are secret to be sure, Dylan has many it seems, but also it feels like there is one around Sam as well. It is the discovery of those issues, problems, and the revelations that come from them that makes the real difference.

Well written, both characters are fleshed out well, have history, character, and problems to deal with. The erotica is a bit tame, not really a hot flash in tone, more of a simmering and not much more than that.

The one thing that I would have liked to see more of would have been to know Dylan’s side of the story. There’s a lot going on that we see from Sam’s point of view but Dylan is a closed book for most of the story. A bit more “tell” about him would have been nice.

I’ll give this work three and a half out of five pitchforks.

A good beginning which leaves many questions unanswered. Two characters that are fully told, have history and in that history comes conflict, addiction, and troubles. The series should have continued for the promise that story gives.

 

Tera

Apr 14 2016

Succubi Image of the Week 430

Some adorably cute Morrigan Aensland art today on the Tale… It’s really important I think that in any art of Morrigan that she has that little smile of hers which expresses in the best possible way, her character. I think this week’s art is a good example of that by far…

Morrigan Aensland by おんじ

Morrigan Aensland by おんじ

You can find the original page on Pixiv where I found this artwork here.

I like the anime style the artist used here very much, it really does, at least to me, bring out a sort of highlight to Morrigan’s hair, which I think works nicely here to frame her pose and overall look.

Her expression, especially that smile and glance, does well to hold Morrigan’s personality and as such adds that little flair of character that art of Morrigan does need to have so very much.

The shadows and textures of her wings are wonderfully done, in being so they add a nice dimension to the art as well. Her body proportions and overall shape, aren’t over the top, but look right in the way she’s posed and while she might look a little slim overall, her curves don’t overwhelm her entire look.

For me, that’s the important thing really. Morrigan is more than her cleavage after all…

 

Tera

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