Apr 08 2012

A Review of Demon Familiar by Jory Strong

I found a work that to me expresses the duality of Succubi and Incubi in their traditional forms and to me that is really quite fascinating to see. What I enjoyed most of all was that what the Succubus or Incubus is, depending on the moment in the story, isn’t what you would expect.

That makes the story even more delicious…

Demon Familiar by Jory Strong

Demon Familiar by Jory Strong

The story is told as:

Pulled from the void by a binding spell, demon essence becomes mortal-familiar, and Ianthe forms, yielding to her preference for the female shape. She longs to live a human life, to love as a human, and while she’s escaped the dark realm and the lord she called master, she can’t escape her nature.

Incubus, succubus, Ianthe is able to shift between male and female forms, though both aspects need to be fed. She could have any man, but it’s Homicide Detective Miguel Torres she wants, the man who unknowingly summoned and bound her. Their attraction is intense, immediate, and Miguel believes he’ll never want another—until he meets Ian, Ianthe’s mysterious twin.

Attempting to withstand needs and urges denied since childhood, Miguel buries himself in Ianthe’s lush body as he battles his attraction to Ian. Then drowns in shame when he succumbs to it—only to have the murder of a gay teen force him to revisit the past…before he loses his future.

The story is, at least to me, a fascinating one. It is the duality of what Succubi and Incubi are in one interpretation, that being a single being that can take both female and male forms and switch between the two of them at will… That’s something that hasn’t been written about very much and is a refreshing change of story ideas to me.

Miguel is a police detective in a world where supernatural beings exist side by side with humanity. They look like humans, they have jobs and lives much like humans, but they also have to deal with their supernatural abilities which can make things interesting at the least and troublesome in the extreme. His friends are supernatural or supernatural/human mixes, though he is not fully aware of all that goes on around him until he becomes involved with Ianthe.

Ianthe is a Succubus. She has been in this world before and forced into doing some evil things by her master at that time, but she has broken free and Miguel accidentally summons her. It turns out that only he could have because of the needs he has within him and what Ianthe is.

Ianthe is both male and female. Incubus and Succubus. And she is exactly what Miguel needs in order to find happiness in his life. Tat realization takes some time and Ianthe and her male form Ian make things more complicated. Miguel’s friends also doubt Ianthe’s promise that she does not want to hurt him and that makes things more complicated still, though eventually she does find friends and defenders that if not support her, at least understand her.

There are male/male and male/female sexual situations of course, but they are not the point of the story. Of course they are hot and need to be there to move the story along, but the story is not one sex scene after the next.

It is a thoughtful exploration of what it means to know oneself. Who you are, what you are, and why you are.

That’s cryptic, but needs to be as the story is so focused on that theme that revealing more of it would be doing a disservice to the work…

I give it four and a half pitchforks out of five.

The one thing that I miss in the work is that Ianthe in both forms has no horns or tail. That’s not much to be disappointed in, and really other than that the work is enthralling, well written and I think well worth reading for anyone that wants to see another view of Succubi and Incubi that isn’t what you would expect…



Apr 07 2012

Why is this Succubus shaking so much in this YouTube?

Sometimes the shorts that appear on YouTube are interesting to me from an artistic point of view when they have Succubi in them… Occasionally I have to get past something in them to like them, but then that is my personal quirk so… Anyway, I found this little short that has a Succubus appearing in it, the short is of course titled Succubus…

And in case you can’t see it on the Tale:


Three things bother me a bit about this video. One is the smoking. I’ve never smoked and never will, and the idea of it makes me cringe a little, but there are lots of people that have a fetish for that so I’ll leave them to enjoy that on their own…

The other thing is when the Succubus is coming down the hallway towards her victim the speeded up shaking just looked really really wrong. I think it would have been much more apt to see her slinking towards him seductively…

I also thought that the victim’s panting in fear was just a little bit over the top and perhaps not that convincing at least to me…

It’s not going to be one of my favourite Succubus YouTubes, but the concept I did like in a “kind of sort of a horror scene” sort of way…



Apr 06 2012

Needles and the Lost Girl don’t mix…

Well, it was a season finale, it was, at least somewhat, Succubus in nature as well… But there was a lot of “Buffy Bo” again in this one. But honestly it wasn’t that much to deal with, the plot lines closed well and some new paths for the next season were made… Just a few minor things bothered me though…

The twenty-second episode of the second season, also episode thirty-five of the Lost Girl TV series, and the second season finale was this week. Kenzi kills someone and almost dies herself, Lauren and Bo share several moments together as Trick looks back at his life and its mistakes, and Vex gets on everyone”s nerves…

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This is the twenty-second review of the second season of of Lost Girl. A summary of this episode has been added to the SuccuWiki, but won’t be adding my commentary to the articles there as that is what the Tale is for….

Bo’s life becomes very murky when she plays with…

Flesh and Blood

The episode begins with Bo (Anna Silk) watching Kenzi (Ksenia Solo) taking inventory of a collection of weapons, and a lucky stuffed teddy bear named Ziggy that Kenzi owns. Bo watches this but seems despondent and eventually tells Kenzi that they have all kinds of weapons, but none of them will work against The Garuda. Bo also tells Kenzi that she isn’t sure that Lauren can save Lachlan’s venom, and even if she does, Bo has no idea how she will be able to get close enough to use it on The Garuda. Kenzi tells Bo that she wants to help her, but she has no idea how to do that. The pair are silent for a moment and then Kenzi strikes Bo across the cheek, a surprised look on her face. A moment later and Bo strikes Kenzi back, Kenzi then crying out in pain. Bo turns away from Kenzi and calls out Vex’s name. Vex (Paul Amos) appears from behind Bo’s sofa and asks if he is disturbing them, then tells the pair it is the other way around. Bo asks what his problem is, and Vex tells Bo that the problem is that he isn’t able to get a decent night’s sleep for all of the whining that Bo and Kenzi are going on about. When Vex mentions that the whining is enough to make him want to cut his own ears off, Kenzi takes a knife and moves towards Vex. Vex takes control of Kenzi’s body, turns her around, and then makes her stab the teddy bear with the knife she is holding. Bo suggests that Vex might sleep better back in The Morrigan’s prison and Vex gives in telling Bo that: “it’s your party and you can whine if you want to. I’ll be here trying not to think about what’s left behind on a Succubus’ couch.” Bo’s cell phone rings and she finds that Trick is calling, asking her to meet him at the Dal Riata as he wants to talk to her as soon as possible. Bo agrees and leave to meet with Trick, but before he hangs up, Trick asks Bo to bring the cane sword he gave her for her birthday in the episode Masks as well.

Bo arrives in Trick’s home at the Dal Riata, and sees Trick with maps, drawings and other pieces of information on their enemy throughout the room. Trick explains that some of the items are dispatches that reveal The Garuda has resurfaced in the city and is attacking, or making Fae attack Fae. Bo comments: “Let me guess. A trail of dead and a lingering smell of burnt chicken?” Trick tells Bo that he is getting close to pinpointing the location of their enemy, and that is why he calls Bo to this meeting. Trick tells Bo that he is concerned about her plan, that the extra power she is going to add to herself will be dangerous, that she could lose herself to the darkness that is within herself. Bo tells Trick that it is a risk she is willing to take if it means a chance for them to win the coming battle. Trick then asks for the cane sword and tells Bo that it once belonged to Isabeau, Trick’s long dead wife. Bo smiles and is happy that she inherited her Grandmother’s name. Trick tells Bo that she received much more than a name alone. Trick then unscrews the handle of the sword to reveal a small vial of liquid hidden within. Trick explains that what it contains is Isabeau’s life essence. Trick explains that the liquid can cure illness, neutralize poison and “can stave off the darkness from within.” Trick explains that it has amazing healing powers and is the source of Bo’s own healing abilities. Trick tells Bo that he had hid the vial for a long time, waiting for the right moment to use it, and he believes that now is the right time for its powers to be revealed. Bo asks Trick for a promise that if they survive the coming battle, he will tell her all about her Grandmother, and Trick agrees after telling Bo to keep the vial safe. Trick tells Bo that if she feels the darkness overcoming her, she should drink it and it will restore her “to the Bo we love.” Bo embraces Trick and tells him that she doesn’t know what she would do without him and Trick answers “me too.” A noise from upstairs in the bar gains their attention and they go to see what it was. The pair move through the bar for a few moments, seeing nothing but then a mass of black smoke, previously seen at the end of the last episode moves to attack Bo. She slices through it with her sword, stunning it for a moment, but then it moves over to Trick, surrounds him, and then both the black smoke and Trick vanish into thin air, Bo unable to stop this from happening.

Returning from the opening credits, Kenzi and Hale (K.C. Collins) have arrived at the bar. Hale tells Bo that he thinks the creatures that took Trick were UnderFae called Rabisu, creatures that hide in the shadows. Dyson (Kristen Holden-Ried) arrives and reports that there is nothing at the place where they battled The Garuda previously. Bo then turns to Kenzi and tells her that in Trick’s home there are stacks of maps and papers which if she can figure them out, might tell them were Trick has been taken to. Kenzi tells Bo that she: “Got a D in geography babe” but Bo insists and Kenzi goes to see what she can figure out with Hale’s help. Vex then asks what is so important about Trick other than he lets them drink for free as he opens a bottle and begins to drink from it. Bo bluntly tells Vex: “Trick is the architect of the peace” which makes him spit out the liquor he had been drinking in disbelief. He laughs: “You are trying to tell me that Imp is the Blood King?” Seeing the completely serious looks on Bo and Dyson, Vex recluses the bottle, places it gently on the bar and then says: “I never touched this” followed by: “Blimey… We really are buggered.” Bo then tells Dyson she is going to talk to Lauren and will return. As she leaves Vex is in shock and says nothing as he looks at Dyson.

Kenzi in the meantime is looking through Trick’s notes, commenting that they are a cross between hieroglyphics and a doctor’s prescription pad. She gathers herself together and makes a plan to look for patterns in the symbols, assuming that it is a code of some kind and she should be able to break it. Hale asks if this is the best way to do it and Kenzi tells him that she created her own code to pass cheat notes in school and she will break this code given time.

Bo arrives in Lauren’s (Zoie Palmer) laboratory, where she receives all of the venom from Lachlan that Lauren was able to save, but it consists of one single dose and nothing more. Bo is disheartened and apologizes to Lauren for this, but Lauren tells Bo to make her a promise that she will make The Garuda suffer for what it did to Nadia. Bo answers that her grandfather is being held and asks if she knows how powerful Trick is. Lauren’s answer is that Trick is almost as powerful as Bo which shocks Bo. Lauren explains that Bo has faith in herself in her heart. Bo tells Lauren that she isn’t worried about her heart because she: “loves you… all… so much.” Lauren then tells Bo that what they need is a leader as she touches Bo’s cheek softly.

Meanwhile at the Dal Riata, Kenzi walks into the bar and Hale asks how things are going. Kenzi moans that things are fine and asks if Hale knows any Siren tricks for a sore neck. Hale tells her that he doesn’t but then gives her a neck massage which gives Kenzi some relief. Vex watches this for a moment and then asks: “Oh go and merge naughty bits will you already? Am I the only one seeing this?” Both Hale and Kenzi just look at him for a long moment and then Bo enters the room, telling them that she wants to talk to them about her plan. Bo explains that they lost the last battle with The Garuda because they were manipulated into fighting with each other. Her solution to overcoming this problem is to inject all of them with her blood, thus making them all single-minded in their support of her. Hale is confused and asks Bo if she wants to enslave all of them, but Bo tells him that by using her blood she can unite them in one common goal, eliminate individual conflicts and doubts, and that she sees it as their only hope. Vex is against this idea saying that he doesn’t know where Bo has been. Dyson tells Vex that he isn’t happy about it either, and when Dyson is called a dog, the two begin to fight. Bo stops them and points to what just happened as the reason why her plan is the only means to get close enough to use Lachlan’s venom.

Elsewhere, Trick is delivered into the custody of The Garuda. Trick tells him that he will not rewrite the laws no matter what is done to him and The Garuda replies that he isn’t planning to force Trick into doing anything because Trick will do so freely. The Garuda then casts a vision around himself and Trick which seems to transport them both elsewhere. Trick is shocked to realize that he knows where he is, the place being his castle at Edenderry, which The Garuda describes as being where Trick made his last stand during the Great Fae War. Trick then watches as his history begins to be played out again in front of his eyes, his past self appearing and acting as he did in the past, a reminder of what he did and what happened.

Returning from commercial. Trick asks what is the point of what he is seeing and is told that his claim of using his blood in the best interests of the Fae is a lie and The Garuda will prove that to him. If Trick is so sure he acted nobly, then there is no harm in seeing what he did in the past. Trick watches as his past self is advised by Alastor (Martin Julien) that the war is going badly for him, that the armies of his opponent, the Lady Almaith have defeats his army at Roscrea. Trick is enraged by this, but Alastor tells him that their armies are gathering at Port Laoise to attack once more. Trick agrees to this plan and sends Alastor on his way. Trick comments that Alastor was his war chancellor in the past and also was a spy against him as well. Trick also reveals that Alastor was banished to the underworld as a result of his actions, and Trick curses himself for being blind to what Alastor had been doing. The Garuda tells Trick that the true blindness is still to be revealed.

Bo checks on Kenzi who is still working at Trick’s note trying to decipher them. Bo asks to talk to Kenzi about something important and Kenzi stops working to listen to her. Bo tells Kenzi that Lauren is injecting the others with her blood to which Kenzi brushes it off as being good. Bo continues to tell Kenzi that Trick told her that binding so many people to her will might cause Bo to change and turn like her mother did. Kenzi brushes this off as well, but Bo demands that she listen to her. When Kenzi does so, Bo tells her that if Kenzi sees her changing that she must so whatever is necessary to unbind the others. Kenzi again brushes this off saying that Trick told her how to do so and it won’t be a problem. Bo becomes very serious and tells Kenzi that if that plan does not work, Kenzi must do whatever has to be done to stop her. Kenzi tries to brush this off as well, but Bo tells her that if she has to, Kenzi must kill her. Kenzi laughs at this in disbelief and turns away from Bo, but Bo’s look stops her and she realizes that Bo is completely serious about this. Bo tells Kenzi that they both know what could happen if she went too far and Bo does not want to live like that. Kenzi tells Bo that it will not happen, but Bo demands to know what if it does happen. Kenzi asks Bo not to ask her to, but Bo tells Kenzi that she is the only one she trusts to back her up. She tells Kenzi she is her best friend and asks Kenzi to promise her that she will do as Bo asks. Kenzi is torn and does not want to agree, but finally in a whisper promises Bo that she will do as Bo asks.

Up in the bar, Lauren prepares to inject Dyson with Bo’s blood, and Dyson is told that he will have strong feelings for Bo, including protecting her at all costs. Lauren asks if that will be a problem for him, and Dyson replies that it will not be. Lauren injects Dyson with Bo’s blood and then welcomes him to “Team Bo.. again.” Then Lauren turns to Vex and comments that he is the last one in line. Vex is obviously uneasy about the idea, but sits beside Lauren and rolls up her sleeve. Bo then enters the room and asks Lauren how things are going. After Lauren tells Bo that everything is fine, Vex knocks over a tray of needles and blood samples which diverts Lauren’s attention. As she leans down to collect them, Vex grabs a syringe, pretends to thrust it into his arm and then throws the syringe away, shattering it on the floor some distance away before walking off angrily, everyone assuming that he did inject Bo’s blood into himself.

The Trick of the past greets his wife Isabeau (Alisen Down) as the present Trick watches in obvious pain and loss. Isabeau tries to comfort Trick in his loss at Roscrea and Trick tells her that the war will be the death of him before turning away. Trick suggests ending the war by using his blood, but she tells him that is not an option for doing so would have unforetold consequences. She then gives Trick another option to consider. She tells Trick that she has communicated with the leader of the Dark Fae army Horvis who has a history with their family and believes she can have him arrive and broker a peace between the warring factions. Trick forbids this happening with some anger as Trick believes that Horvis cannot be trusted. The Garuda looks at Trick and comments: “But she went anyway didn’t she?” Trick is crying as he admits that Isabeau went against his wishes anyway.

Bo is at home, strapping on her knife when there is a knock at her door. She opens it to find Dyson standing there, when he enters Dyson tells Bo that the wants her to sleep with him so that she can be stronger for the coming battle. Bo refuses telling him that she will not take advantage of him while he is under her sway. She tells him that it will confuse things, but Dyson claims that his mind is clearer than it has been in a long time. Kenzi then bursts in and tells them both that she has cracked Trick’s codes and she knows where Trick and The Garuda are.

After another commercial, Bo and the others are looking at a map and Kenzi tells them that The Garuda is using an old asylum for the criminally insane as a base. Bo shows the others a point on the map and believes that Trick is being held at that spot. Vex comments that it is a death trap. Dyson replies that if The Garuda wins, Vex will be lucky to die early. Bo explains that they will split up into teams and then try to get as close to The Garuda as they can before the alarm is raised. Vex asks if they seriously think they can take over the entire place with the six of them alone. Then Val (Erica Luttrell), Hale’s sister appears and tells Vex the team is seven. Kenzi looks at Hale and asks: “Baba Yaga wasn’t available?” Val places a bag of weapons on the table and tells the group that they are from the Santiago family vault and they have served their family well in times past. Bo thanks her and then Hale takes Val aside to ask her what she is doing there. As Hale gets more upset with her, Val finally takes Hale’s voice form him, which leaves Hale trying to talk, but only looking at Val with anger in his eyes. Eventually he calms down and Val gives Hale his voice back. She tells Hale that she can be very useful in the fight to come, Hale asking if she means about her power to remove voices, but Val reminds him that she is very good with a sword, being a three time finalist at the Light Fae Invitational. Hale relents and then takes Val to Lauren to be injected with Bo’s blood. Bo then addresses the team and thanks them all for agreeing to fight at her side and they might not make it out alive. Vex mumbles: “and this is supposed to be motivating?” Bo continues to tell them that she knows it is dangerous, but they have no choice but to fight and win. Dyson tells Bo that they are all behind her and then Hale shouts: “Bo’s the best!” Everyone looks at him and he sheepishly says: “The blood seems to be working…” Bo smiles: “Let’s go kick some eagle ass.”

The next scene has the team in a corridor of the asylum, the building run down and obviously abandoned for some time. As they walk the corridors Vex becomes more and more agitated, taunting Dyson and others with their oncoming doom. Bo tells them all to focus and the splits the group up. Dyson with Vex, Hale with Val, Bo with Kenzi and Lauren. Vex continues to taunt Dyson as the move further into the building, Dyson becoming more and more frustrated with him as time passes. Bo, Kenzi and Lauren pass through several hallways, Bo commenting that she isn’t surprised that The Garuda picked this place as the pain, anger and hurt is a “Garuda Buffet.” Lauren asks Bo how she is feeling, the answer is that she feels fine and also tells Lauren to stop asking every five minutes. Lauren tells Bo that she has to, but Bo says she doesn’t feel any different than she normally does and it doesn’t make any sense to her. Then one of The Garuda’s henchmen attacks the women. Bo goes to confront him and uses her power to take some of his Chi. When another attacker comes from behind her, Bo throws the first attacker into the sword of the second before thrusting her sword through the body of the second. Lauren is frozen in fear as a third attacker runs up from behind her, sword drawn to attack. Just before he can however, Kenzi uses a crossbow pistol she is carrying that Val provided to shoot an arrow through the attacker’s neck. Kenzi is shocked that she took a life and Lauren manages a shaky “Thanks.”

Dyson and Vex are confronted by another group of henchmen elsewhere. Vex takes out one by making another stab him, Dyson throws two others against a wall, knocking them out, and Vex then kills the third by cutting their throat with a knife. He taunts Dyson again, but then Vex is attacked from behind by another henchman, his arm being broken before Dyson can remove the threat. Dyson helps Vex to his feet, Vex screaming in pain, and the two move on before more attackers arrive.

Bo leads Kenzi and Lauren down a hallway and hears something ahead. A moment later and Dyson appears from a side hallway surprising Bo. He tells the three women that they ran into some trouble and leads them to Vex who is in obvious pain. Lauren examines Vex and declares that he has several broken bones in his arm. She also tells Bo that Vex could go into shock and she will stay with him. Bo refuses to leave Lauren behind, but Lauren insists telling Bo that Trick is still in danger and she must save him. Bo shares a long passionate kiss with Lauren and then leaves with Dyson, Kenzi remaining with Lauren and Vex.

Isabeau prepares to leave on her mission to save her husband, Alastor with her asking her not to go. She tells Alastor that she is losing Trick to the war and: “the man I love is becoming a man I fear.” Present-day Trick is shocked by her words and cannot believe that Isabeau feared him. The Garuda tells Trick that everyone by the end of the war feared him. Isabeau commands Alastor to tell Trick nothing of her plans and then leaves on her mission. Trick is close to tears as he whispers how brave his wife was. Trick refuses to see any more, but The Garuda directs Trick to watch Alastor as he writes on some parchment and then seals it with the mark of the Blood King before leaving the room with it. Trick demands to know what was in the dispatch and The Garuda is surprised that Trick isn’t aware of what they are.

Kenzi has teamed up with Val and the pair are in the middle of searching for The Garuda when they fine Hale. Trick asks if everything is okay and Kenzi tells him: “It’s better than Call of Duty 3!” which make Hale laugh. But in the next moment, one of the henchmen that had fought the group before attacks Kenzi with a sword, cutting into her waist and wounding her severely. Val knocks the henchman out, but too late and Hale is in a panic as Kenzi falls to the floor. Kenzi asks Hale if it is bad, which it is, but Hale cannot bring himself to answer. Hale looks at Val, but she says nothing as Kenzi begins to convulse on the floor from the loss of blood and injuries she has suffered.

Back from yet another commercial, the Trick of the past is pacing as The Garuda asks the current day Trick if he knows how his wife died. Trick answers that she was killed by Lady Almaith’s men after Horvus was assassinated. The Garuda reveals to Trick that his wife was killed through his false sealed ordered that Alastor created. The Garuda taunts Trick with the thought of what his wife must have thought and felt knowing that he had betrayed her. Trick then hears Isabeau’s voice screaming as she dies, Trick calling out her name. The Garuda calls this a “watershed” moment in the war and the past Trick opens his writing devices to use his blood to write the Fae Laws. Trick is told that because of what was seen as his actions, the Light and Dark Fae turned against him and in order to “save your own hide” Trick wrote the laws. Trick tries to justify his actions saying that Horvous would have been responsible for centuries of conflict, but The Garuda tells Trick that the Light and Dark were united and he destroyed that unity for his own gains. Trick breaks down and cries out that he didn’t know, The Garuda pushes him further telling him that he can rewrite the Laws again, reset reality, and make things “right.” The pair then return to the asylum, The Garuda giving Trick his writing instruments as Trick sits stunned at a desk. The Garuda gives Trick a blade and tells Trick to fix things before it is too late in the name of Isabeau and Bo.

Elsewhere, Lauren is trying to break into a room where she hopes to find some equipment to help Vex. She asks him how he is and Vex answers sarcastically: “Oh peachy, yeah… Lying down has relieved the pain in my shattered arm completely.” Val arrives with Hale carrying Kenzi, who is slowly bleeding to death. Lauren tells them that she needs to get into the room and Val uses her swords on the lock opening it allowing them all to enter.

The Garuda continues to push Trick to do his bidding until Trick gives in and moves to cut his hand and begin to write in his blood. As he is about to cut himself, Bo and Dyson arrive, Bo calling out to Trick to stop. The Garuda growls and demands that Trick continue, but he hesitates as Dyson tells Trick that The Garuda is telling him lies and influencing him. Trick answers that he doesn’t know what is the truth anymore. Bo talks to Trick telling him that he knows what is the right thing to do. Trick seems to consider for a moment and then says: “I made a mistake then, but I won’t make another one now.” The Garuda then roars in anger before he moves towards Bo and Dyson. Bo tells him: “Buddy, you need to stop talking about yourself in the third person” and then attacks with her sword. The Garuda then makes its firebird form appear and throws both Bo and Dyson to the floor. The Garuda tells Bo that she cannot stop him without Lachlan’s venom before turning back to Trick and beginning to alter his perceptions again. Dyson tells Bo that the Wolf Spirit told him that The Garuda would be most vulnerable when he thought he already won. Bo begs Dyson not to attack, but he does so, striking The Garuda repeatedly across the face, but to no effect. The Garuda then takes hold of Dyson by his throat and starts to choke him before throwing him across the room and knocking him unconscious. The Garuda then approaches Bo and tells her that she cannot harm him, only fools have sacrificed themselves for her and that she is no champion, more than she is: “just a girl too scared to pick a team.”The Garuda then produces his sword of fire, tells Bo that he will have her join her friends in the “team of death” before attacking Bo.

Back from still another commercial, Lauren, Hale, Val and Vex are in a room with Kenzi who is bleeding to death. Val tells them that a group of berserkers is closing in on them and they must leave. Lauren tells them they cannot leave and Hale, holding Kenzi’s hand, refuses to leave as well.

Bo and The Garuda continue to battle, The Garuda slowly gaining the upper hand as the fight goes on. Bo falls to her knees at one point and her eyes turn completely black for an instant. Vex turns on the others with him and tells them they should leave Bo to her fate as all of what has happened is her fault. Hale grabs Vex and asks how he could say what he did and then Lauren realizes that Vex should not have been able to say it, if he had injected himself with Bo’s blood. Lauren then demands Vex allow her to inject him. When Vex refuses, Lauren tells him that: “I’m going to shove your arm so far down your throat that you will be mesmerizing your bowl movements.” Vex then relents and Lauren injects him with Bo’s blood. Vex then looks at his hand as he says: “Now that’s power…” Val then clutches her stomach and starts to sway as if she is going to faint.

Bo at that moment feels the effects of Vex being added to her enslavement and her eyes turn from black to a bright glowing green colour, her hair starting to move as if a wind is blowing it around. The Garuda tells Bo that she is clever in removing the turmoil that he feeds on, but tells Bo it will not help her. Bo then begins to fight back, forcing the The Garuda back on his heels as Bo’s strength has increased dramatically.

Lauren, Hale, Vex and Val are still with Kenzi. Hale tells Kenzi to fight for her life. Kenzi just manages to say to Hale: “Your voice.” Lauren has an idea and asks Hale if he can use his voice to cause Kenzi’s wound to cauterize. Hale tells Lauren that he doesn’t think that what she is suggesting is a good idea, but Lauren tells Hale there is no other choice. Hale looks towards Val and she nods, not saying a word. Lauren removes the bandages she had been holding over Kenzi’s wound and Hale uses his voice to seal Kenzi’s wound, stopping the bleeding.

Bo and The Garuda continue to battle, the pair seemingly at a stalemate. The Garuda tells Bo that he has starved for too long and then turning to Trick, tells him that the visions Trick has seen have made him weak enough that he can enter Trick’s body, just like he did with Nadia. The Garudathen turns into a pillar of flame which then enters Trick’s body as Bo screams.

Hale completes healing Kenzi’s wound, collapsing to the floor beside Kenzi as he does so. Lauren asks Kenzi if she is okay, and Kenzi asks what happened and if: “I got Ruffied again?” Hale laughs and tells Kenzi that she is going to be fine. Kenzi thanks Hale for saving her life, but then Vex interrupts them saying that they have to leave. Kenzi then tells them all that she must get to Bo. When Lauren attempts to change Kenzi’s mind, Kenzi tells her: “It’s important. I promised.” Lauren relents and they all leave to find Bo.

Bo approaches Trick and is greeted by The Garuda who now controls Trick’s body. Bo drops her sword in shock as The Garuda tells Bo that Trick had strong feelings for her. Dyson comes to as the others enter the room, Dyson asking where The Garuda has vanished to. Bo tells them all thatThe Garuda is inside Trick, Vex telling Bo to stab Trick, but Lauren tells Vex that doing so will only kill Trick and not The GarudaThe Garuda tells them all that Lauren is correct and then takes hold of the blade to cut into Trick’s hand, release his blood, and write new laws. Vex then uses his power to stop Trick’s body from moving, but The Garuda fights against Vex drawing the blade slowly closer to cutting Trick. Bo then asks Lauren about what she discovered when Nadia was possessed by The Garuda. Bo guesses that using the venom now might kill The Garuda, but Lauren tells Bo that it may also kill Trick as well. Bo’s answer is that the Nain Rouge’s prophecy showed her killing Trick, and that is what she must do. Bo then draws out the injector with Lachlan’s venom and thrusts it into Trick’s neck. The Garuda screams at Bo what she is doing, Bo’s answer is: “A gift from Lachlan. Left over Naga venom.” Trick then begins to convulse and stumbles around before taking hold of Bo and in a moment very similar to the Nain Rouge’s vision asks Bo: “What have you done?” Trick then falls to the floor, The Garuda leaving his body and swirling in a mass of flame before the venom takes its life.

After The Garuda is gone, Bo rushes over to Trick and begs Trick to return to her as she holds him. Lauren then checks Trick’s vital signs and just shakes her head and tells Bo that she is so sorry. Hale cries out no as Bo weeps for the loss of her Grandfather. Bo then cries out that she should have killed The Garuda sooner. As she does so, her eyes begin to glow bright green again as her expression changes to one of anger and insanity. Kenzi takes hold of Bo and tells her that she is losing control and she: “needs to take your meds.” Bo opens the vial and looks at it for one long moment before pouring the life essence into Trick’s mouth. Lauren tries to stop her, but Bo’s eyes return to normal for an instant and she tells Lauren that she knows what she is doing. Bo holds Trick and sobs over and over again: “Work… Please work…” Nothing happens for a few moments and then Trick takes an long deep gasp of air and returns to life once more. Dyson and Hale embrace in joy at this while Bo, Lauren and Kenzi stare at Trick in shock. Trick asks about The Garuda and Bo just manages to tell Trick that The Garuda is dead before the darkness within her starts to take hold once more. Trick asks Bo what she has done, and Bo’s answer is that she couldn’t lose him. Trick calls out to Kenzi to unbind Bo from the others immediately and Kenzi grabs one of Hale’s hands as she draws a knife to use on him to perform the unbinding ceremony. Bo loses herself into the madness of her darkness, her hair moving without a breeze and her eyes glowing the brightest green they ever have as she proclaims to everyone that: “My strength is unmatched. I will reign as Queen. And you all will tremble before my power.” Trick yells for Kenzi to unbind Bo before the darkness overwhelms her and Kenzi quickly does so saying: “With harm to none, thy will be done, thy cannot harm them Bo.” As Kenzi completes the words, Bo’s eyes return to normal and she collapses to the floor, Lauren rushing over to Bo along with Dyson. Trick tells them all that what happened is a good sign and that everything is okay.

Returning from the final commercial of the episode, Trick is in his lair once more. Bo enters and asks why Trick is cleaning up when there is a party upstairs that he should be a part of. Trick tells Bo that he doesn’t feel like celebrating. Bo asks Trick if he really believes what The Garuda told him. Trick tells Bo that The Garuda might have been right, that the Light and Dark would have united over his death. Bo reminds Trick that: “A wise man once told me you cannot put any stock in visions. I believe it was you.” Trick replies: “And yet the Nain Rouge’s vision came true.” Bo replies: “Not entirely, you are still here aren’t you?” Trick tells Bo that he needs to make amends as he traces his fingers over a portrait of his wife Isabeau. Bo takes one of Trick’s hands and tells him that she will help him to do so as that is what family is for. Bo tells Trick that Isabeau was beautiful and Trick tells Bo that he misses her so very much. Bo then leads Trick upstairs telling him: “Let me buy you a beer Grandpa.”

Kenzi is sitting at the bar as Hale approaches her. Hale asks how she is, and Kenzi answers: “Stabbed, stitched up with a Siren whistle… The use…” Hale smiles and then Kenzi tells Hale that she wishes she could get rid of the pain in her arm. Kenzi then rolls up her sleeve to reveal her arm glowing with some kind of power from within. Hale suggests that Kenzi let Lauren look at it, but Kenzi refuses and tells Hale that she is going to go out for some air and leaves the bar. Bo and Trick enter and Val calls out: “All hail the champion” and offers a toast to Bo. Bo tells them that it was a “team effort”, Hale telling Bo that: “it was a team lead by you.” Vex then wraps an arm around Bo and tells her that he was very impressed by her and that she didn’t: “let me down half as much as I thought you would.” Bo tells Vex: “Well, it turns out you were the right man for the job Vex.” Lauren and Dyson talk for a moment, Dyson telling Lauren that since it will take some time for a new Ash to be chosen, this would be a good time for her to escape the Fae. Lauren thanks Dyson for his concern, but then just looks in the direction of Bo who looks back at her. Vex appears from behind Bo and tells her: “You are going to have a lot of fun with that”, gaining a look of distain from Bo in response. Bo asks Hale if he has seen Kenzi and he tells her that Kenzi went outside. When Bo asks if Kenzi is okay, Hale avoids answering the question and Bo goes after Kenzi.

The final scene of the episode, and the season, begins with Bo putting her jacket on and looking into a mirror where she sees her eyes start to glow bright green once more. She moves closer to the mirror and then her eyes flash a brighter green, an arc of lightning passing through them. Bo is taken aback for a moment and looks towards the others in the room before moving closer to the mirror and looking into her own eyes once more. As she does so, her eye colour fluctuates between her normal colour and the bright glowing green over and over again, Bo’s expression changing eventually towards a slightly evil expression as the episode ends.

Fade to black…

I liked this episode more than I thought I would. There are problems with it for me however. One is that Bo wasn’t a Succubus again this time. Swords and fights do not a Succubus make and in this case they didn’t.

I liked that we now know that Bo’s real name is Isabeau and that she is named after her Grandmother. That’s a nice connection to the past and it still allows Bo to have her name, and be called Bo in the series without having to throw away everything that we can seen so far as we try to come to grips with Bo having a new name.

I didn’t like the drawn out scenes that cut into the meat of this episode however. I know they kept shifting between Kenzi and Bo because they waned to build the tension. That of course must happen, but, I thought they were too many and too often. Short cut scenes are not my favourite thing to watch and I don’t need to see that again. Longer, more involved scenes I think are always better.

Bo just about went over the edge into darkness but Kenzi pulled her back. Or did she? Does the ceremony to unbind people only work with humans and since Kenzi isn’t exactly human anymore, what does that mean? I sense a loophole here and I hope that we learn what happened and why at the beginning of the next season and not have it forgotten about.

Best moment: Vex discovering that Trick is the Blood King and putting the bottle he took back. It’s nice to know that Trick being the Blood King means something to the Dark Fae as it does to the Light Fae. It shows some balance and, really, that brings me to another thought…

If Bo is to go evil and “unite” the Light and Dark in her name, is this the curse that Trick will have created as a result of using his blood? Will the coming of Isabeau The Blood Queen really Trick’s payment for saving his life?

It’s an interesting thought…

On to the characters in the episode…

Bo… Buffy Bo returns and saves the universe! Okay, that’s a bit harsh but really there was not, as I have noted. much of Succubus Bo this week. Still, the tease of Bo being not her nice self anymore does leave some plots open. I wonder if we might see as the first scene of next season Bo turning The Morrigan into her slave…

Dyson… The wolf seems to have returned. He’s more focused and more of the Dyson I liked from the first season. I think that it would have been good to see more of him in the episode, but it was really a more Trick-centric one than anything else. Dyson has his passion back, I hope that it remains in the coming season.

Kenzi… I thought that she might be injured in this episode and she was. We didn’t learn about her new Fae power of course, that will come next year. I felt that Kenzi moved much of the story along when the battle came and she was the pivotal point in finding Trick. I liked that because it shows that Kenzi is more than she seems to be and we keep forgetting that about her.

Trick. It was, really, a Trick-centric episode and I thought that it was interesting to compare the Trick of the past with the Trick of the present. It’s odd to see Trick being passionate and overwhelmed than how he normally acts. That is of course to show growth in him over time, but, it was good to see that he feels the loss of his wife everyday. If he didn’t I would be disappointed.

Hale. The scene with Hale and Kenzi being close to death was heartbreaking. You could see the self doubt in him, the uncertainty that he could heal Kenzi, and more that the possibility of losing her would have devastated him. Just really well done…

Lauren. It was nice to see Lauren be forceful, especially with Vex, and that did make me laugh. She did try to control the situation around her and managed that well enough, but the moments with her and Bo, the passion that lurks between them came out very well this episode and it has places to go next year.

Vex. He’s become less of a caricature and more of an actual character now in the series. We got past the flippant Vex and into the real Vex. He may not be a hero as such, more like an anti-hero really, and I have to wonder where his relationship with the other characters will go from here since he did, really, help “save the world.”

Isabeau. I think the actress is wonderful in the role. If she and Bo could interact somehow during the next season that would be an amazing scene to watch unfold. She’s strong, intelligent and a powerful character. It is a shame that we see so little of her for the place she has in the history of both Trick and Bo.

The Garuda. It was good to see him appear in longer scenes and more interaction with other characters. The scenes with Trick in the past were really well done, it showed an evil mastermind at work and made him less of a cardboard cut-out and more of a real character. While he is gone now, the influence of what he did will remain and that will be telling I think next season.

Val. I didn’t like her when she first appeared earlier this season. I found myself not really liking her until the moment when she backed up Hale and seemed to tell him that she believed in him. That made up for a lot of what happened in the past, but, I am not sure that overall it atones for everything. I think there was some growth in her character and I am looking forwards to the moment when Kenzi runs into her and Val realizes that Kenzi isn’t human anymore.

Alastor. As a scheming character that was well done even if there was so little time to bring this character out. In the mythos he was banished to the underworld… I wonder if he will return in the next season to take revenge on Trick and his family? It is, after all, an open question.

Still, a lot to get through in this episode and one again I have to ask why it couldn’t have been stretched out over two episodes instead of what appeared?

…and there are lots of questions to be answered next year aren’t there?

My Review of Flesh and Blood

Keeping my interest – 5 Pitchforks

Portrayal of a Succubus – 4 Pitchforks

Overall look and feel – 5 Pitchforks

Storyline – 5 Pitchforks

Main Characters – 4 Pitchforks

Mythos – 5 Pitchforks

Overall Rating – 4.7 Pitchforks out of 5

Possibly the best episode of the season, but then you would expect that from a season finale wouldn’t you? Some decent tension, some good special effects, moments of passion and character development… Pretty much what I hope to see in every episode really…

I didn’t have any moments when I turned away or felt like I had better things to do which is good, and the tease at the end of the episode does leave so much to look forward to in the next season. Overall the second season was good, but I still think that there was a lot of filler as a result of the additional order for ten episodes. It seemed like some of them were rushed, or shown a little out of order to me.

Given more time to produce the ten episodes, I think that the season could have been even better but we’ll never know will we? I hope that Showcase makes up their minds on the length of season three early enough for the writers to construct a good overall season arc instead of piecemealing something together…

Bo was a Succubus for an instant in one scene really, when she first fought The Garuda’s henchmen, but after that moment, she turned into Buffy and that was about all we saw of the Succubus Bo until the last moments of the climax when “Evil Carrie Possessed Bo” appeared. Still no horns or tail of course… I wonder if they will start next season with Bo appearing with fake horns at least? Doubtful I know but still it would sort of satisfy a thought I have… As for Bo’s blood and taking “thralls” of her friends, that really doesn’t work for me all that much. Maybe next year they will actually show Bo being a Succubus again…

The use of a run down hospital made a lot of sense in the mythos of The Garuda, so points for that, but I was more interested in the scenes with past Trick and what his castle looked like. While that was only a single set piece and we didn’t see anything else, it seemed really well done and I hope that sometime we will see more of that past world… the truth I think hasn’t been revealed and perhaps it can be. I also found the Dal looked a little bit different this time, whether that is in how it was shot or lit, it seemed a bit more moody and I under if that was to reflect Trick’s mood…

The storyline wrapped up a lot of the season’s arcs. The Garuda is done with, the battle was well choreographed and it built the needed tension when Trick was possessed as well. There is of course two major plot lines unresolved. One is Bo, is she turning evil now or not, and how will she be saved. The other is Kenzi, what Fae powers has she been given and what is the result of that? I hope, really, that Kenzi becomes a Succubus mainly because it would be interesting to see Bo watching Kenzi turn into one like her, and. the two of them finding their way together.

Good character development in the episode. Bo has more layers to her personality, Dyson looks to have himself back together, Lauren seems to have found what’s important to her. Trick must deal with his past, Kenzi came close to death and now might be “reborn”, Vex might be more interested in Bo than the Morrigan for what he now knows. Lots of potential arcs for the coming year in the characters alone and that will be interesting to watch I think.

I liked that the history of the Fae, at least through how Trick influenced it and why, came through this week. It made a lot of what has happened over the past season make a lot more sense and looking back on some episodes I can see how and why things happened as they did. I love that Bo has the same name as her Grandmother, but I hope that she still calls herself Bo and not Isabeau. We’ve gotten used to Bo being her name and honestly making a change like that would be irritating…

…mind you, if Bo has a split personality? The dark side of her being Isabeau?

Next Year’s Season: The Dark Arrives…

Bo succumbs to the darkness within her. One by one her friends fall to Bo’s powers and the Fae world falls to their knees as Bo claims her throne as the Blood Queen…

Okay, I admit that I don;t know what’s going to happen next season, but, considering all of the “hints” about it so far, I think that my summary is a pretty close one to the reality of what they show us…

But we will never see Bo with horns or a tail… I also wonder what, if any, powers that Kenzi might be receiving, though Kenzi being a Succubus has a certain amount of appeal to it.

Dyson I hope has his love back, which will bring back the love triangle with Lauren and Bo. I would be happy to see it as that not being present this year was a disappointment.

I would like to see Hale and Kenzi be a couple, though I do not expect it to happen… They are better as buddies than lovers. Though the thought of Hale being the head of his clan is really something to ponder.

No Ash, but then if Bo takes over, then she might enslave The Morrigan and, honestly, I would love to see that… It would be a interesting direction for that character since she seems to have a thing for Bo anyway…

Trick as much to atone for in his mind, but with Bo going dark, will he want to help her or oppose her? Would this mean all of Bo’s friends choosing sides and then the enslavements come afterwards?

There are a lot of possible directions for the series to go next year… I just hope that there is a lot less filler in the series and more connected stories. The universe and characters that live in it are wonderful to watch…

So I hope that whatever is coming, it’s something gripping…



Apr 05 2012

Succubi Image of the Week 223

For this week’s Succubus, I found a lovely example of a manip on DeviantArt that I think is a wonderful example of Succubus art…

Inferno By Maxias

Inferno By Maxias

You can, of course, click on the image here for a larger example of this piece of art…

This is called Inferno and is by an artist called Maxias on DeviantArt. You can find the page on DeviantArt that I found this work here and as well the artist’s page here as well.

I think this is really well done, much better than anything that I have been able to do as my art skills in drawing things are really completely useless… Setting aside my flaws, the one thing that I would have liked to have seen here would have been a tail, there isn’t one, and her horns are a little bit dark and they melt into the background a bit, but we of course can tell she is a Succubus of some description…

A really moody background that adds to the overall look as well, which while hinting at her more devious roots does not detract from the Succubus that is the focus of the piece…

Her clothing is there, but isn’t in that way that Succubi do seem to enjoy to confuse and entrap their pray, which adds to her look even more, but not to the point of it being crass, which is, again, something that I personally like…

Do visit this artist’s page and see more of their works!



Apr 04 2012

I don’t get a burning desire from this Succubus costume…

I still don’t understand how costume designers named their costumes. Especially the one I found this week that really, truly, does nothing for me at all…

Burning DesireThis is called Burning Desire and the costume comes with a bikini top, the red mini skirt with garter straps and a pair of devil horns…

The stockings and shoes are not included, not that they help any,  and it sells for, and I can’t believe this, $90 US.

Can someone please explain to me how this is at all a possibility price wise?

Setting that aside, why would anyone want to buy this trashy thing in the first place? The look on the model’s face, to me at least, tells me this isn’t worth buying at all. And really, if you want someone to buy something from you, couldn’t you tell her to smile just a little bit?

I can’t see any means of making this costume something worth buying, not even the horns are anything that would be worth keeping…

Then, of course, there is no tail either so that doesn’t help in my dislike as well.

But again, what really gets to me is that two almost not there pieces of clothing and a pair of horns is worth almost $100. I have reviewed so many other costumes that are better and have more material or props in them for half of what this costs… I hope that no one actually takes this seriously as a Succubus costume because, truly, it isn’t.

I’m giving this costume zero pitchforks out of five.

I don’t give many of those, but this one deserves it for the look, which it hasn’t got, for the price, which is ridiculously expensive, and for the sheer pain I have in my eyes looking at it…

Avoid, avoid, avoid….



Apr 03 2012

Desires 23

Some traps, when sprung, don’t quite work as you might expect… So be careful what you do spring on the Queen of the Succubi for she will surprise you I promise…


Desires – Truths

By MZ and Tera S

Part Twelve

Tera smiled and said, “The truth is inside and must be freed. The trust of one must be reflected in the other. How can I ask for you to obey me if I do not obey you?”

She sighed and nuzzled into his hand, “And so the spell. A opening of a door so rarely used. The spell will act and I will obey. You have to but ask and I will do as you will me to.”

She looked into his eyes totally captivated by him and sighed, “For I love you. And this is the only way…”


Short I know, but the reveal does deserve to have it’s own place in the story…

Next time…



Apr 02 2012

Storm Clouds 163 – 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...

Yet another week of hell for me personally in real life again this week… I want this over with please? Just enough so that I can do something fun again?


Storm Clouds 163

Chapter 21

By TeraS


The thing about the Dark was that it was too confident. It thought that it had all of the answers and that no one could oppose it.

That was almost true.

She could, and did . . . regularly.

It had become almost an obsession for her now. There were so few who would challenge the Dark when it appeared, and so it fell to her to do so. It wasn’t a chore or an imposition; it had to be done, and she had seen enough of the Dark and what it was capable of to know that the best thing to do was what she did: drive it mad with anger and make it stop thinking.

Losing the one portal did that. Then letting it stew in its anger had made it get involved intimately with mortals and their world. She wondered if, this time, it would actually learn something from the experience or not.

Making the portal vanish was child’s play for a being like her. If the Dark ever figured out just how powerful she was, it might actually pause to think twice about the plans it had against Tera and her kind.


The thought did make her smile as the portal showing the severed tail reappeared among all of the Dark’s other ones. She stood there for a time, tapping a single pink fingernail against the surface and trying to decide what would be the most unpleasant thing she might do.

She could destroy this portal—the thought had been there before—but she had her own plans, and, for those, this one portal needed to remain, at least for the moment, in spite of what it showed.

The tapping stopped as she placed that hand against the surface and whispered to the awful image that it showed, “It will not be long. Promise.”

And, unlike some beings, she kept her promises.

She turned away, coming to the decision that, for once, just this once, she was going to make the Dark know what it was to lose something valuable.

What followed was the sound of fingernails raking across portal after portal, each of which turned white against the darkness, throwing light into a place which despised it. She didn’t ruin every single one of them, but, when she was done, she had left the Dark but three portals.

She thought that she just might be able to hear the scream of anger from it from three universes away when it returned to see what she had done here, and that thought made her smile slightly.

She glanced once more at the portals that remained, satisfied that this would be a problem for it, that it would have to spend effort and time repairing the damage if it could, and that, thankfully, might give the others needed time to figure out what was happening and where.

As much as she wanted to, she couldn’t actually get involved in the battle or make choices for those involved. It was, after all, necessary that all beings make their own choices, no matter how wrong or ill-advised they might well be.

Still, she had one thing that the Dark didn’t have: trust. Trust in others, trust that they would make good choices, but, most of all, trust in that one person that saved her life so long ago and, in doing so, changed her own universe for the better.

She would always owe that person for that gift.

She passed into the ether, on her way to where she needed to be. If the Dark could get involved with mortals, she could as well … to a point. But first she needed to talk to someone who needed to understand that some paths were not worth following.

Following the path of one who owed the succubi—and Tera, in particular—her life … that was the most foolish thing that it had ever done.

And it would soon learn.

As for the Dark, possessing one of its pawns was distasteful. But there was little choice. That damnable creature had cost it its watch over the tail. The one thing that would, if its plans went to completion, cause the barriers to fall before it and thus have what it wanted most.

But having to deal with a corporal form? That was something that it did not enjoy in the slightest. Emotions, thoughts, images from this pawn were getting caught between its own thoughts and, as well, it knew that its own thoughts would be mixing the other way.

But the important thoughts, the ones that it needed for itself, those it kept under lock and key, or so the Dark would believe. The problem was, as it always was, that nothing is ever completely closed off when beings merge, even if only for a short time.

Fingerprints leave smudges, after all …

It took the Dark some time to return to where the tail was kept. The wards around the place made it impossible for someone to appear there without seeing the place first and entering at one specific spot. From the outside there were traps and obstacles that it knew would stop any magic user from getting close.

But this pawn was tuned to the place, and the wards would fall before it. Even so, the time … the time was taking far too long for the Dark’s liking.

And so time passed, the Dark fumed, and the universe turned …



Storm Clouds

Chapter 22

By TeraS

“I think I am.”

Tom looked behind him expecting to see Camilla there, and she was … sort of.

It was Camilla, but her tail and horns were grey instead of black and her hair had changed color from blonde to purple. Tom couldn’t stop the words that came out: “I liked the blonde and black better, Camilla.”

She smirked.

And Tom paused. He was pretty sure that Camilla didn’t smirk.

“It’s a long story, Tom, and right now we haven’t got the time.”

And that was wrong, as well. Camilla never called him “Tom.” Mary Ann tried to get away again, and Tom was forced into flipping her over, straddling her, and then locking her wrists together with handcuffs before sitting on her legs. Having some control of the situation, he looked at Camilla and said, “We’ve got the time. You want to let me in on why the style change? Got tired of your hair color or something?”

She ran her left hand through her hair, pulling on it slightly, “Okay, short version: I’m Camilla’s bad side; I’m a bitch; I’m nothing like her, and you don’t want to screw with me. That good enough for you?”

“I’m never going to understand this, am I?”

She smirked again, “Oh, I dunno … You’d make an interesting Incubi … I can put in a good word for you if you’re up for it.”

Tom shook his head: “Thanks, but I have enough issues with my life as it is. The universe isn’t what I knew it was, there are people—like you—who are legends, and I am supposed to deal with that. Oh yes, and I am acting under the command of the Queen of a race of beings that exist on sex and pleasure and I have no idea why I should be, but I’m doing it anyway.”

She nodded, “Tera does have her ways, doesn’t she? At least she isn’t using that pitchfork of hers on you. Mind you, some like that sort of thing…”

“So what do I call you? ‘Not Camilla’ or ‘Punkie Brewster’ or what?”

She leaned down so that they looked into each other’s eyes: “You really want to know who I am?”

Tom didn’t finch: “I trust Camilla. She’s proven herself. I don’t trust you.”

She nodded: “Good; backbone and will. I can see why Tera wants your help. You may call me ‘Nina.’”

“All right; ‘Nina’ it is. Tell me something, seriously: does every one of you have an ‘a’ at the end of your name?”

She laughed, “No … Just some of us do. Congratulations, Tom; you just endeared yourself to me. Camilla will be pleased to know that. Make sure you tell her when you see her again.”

The smirk vanished and she looked past Tom to Mary Ann on the floor beneath him, “You mind getting off her? She and I have … a past.”

“Good or bad?”

“I won’t kill her, at least, not just yet.”

“If I don’t?”

“Then I’ll have to move you, Tom. You don’t want me to, I promise you.”

Tom got up and moved to the side. Nina reached down and pulled Mary Ann to her knees by the handcuffs before grasping her chin. “Hello, bitch. It’s been a while since I’ve seen you. How long has it been?

The fear in Mary Ann only allowed a quiet whisper of an answer, “Babylon.”

“That’s right. As I remember it, you came into my temple and tried to turn my followers, didn’t you? You corrupted them from the top down and, in the end, you were responsible for how many deaths?”

“I don’t know.”

“I do. I remember them very well. You watched as they fought, four hundred eighty-six of them falling to your promises of riches that were hidden from them. And when it was over, what did they find inside the walls?”



Mary Ann closed her eyes, “Because everything they gave you, you returned to them … and more. You … you cared about the cattle and …”

Tom didn’t see Nina’s hand as it struck Mary Ann, sending her sprawling across the floor.

“They are not cattle, you worthless bitch! They are more than you will ever be or ever could be. You can’t understand that, can you?”

There was no answer, and Nina pulled her once again to her knees by the handcuffs: “Here’s the deal. You tell us what’s going on and who’s in charge, and I won’t kill you today. You lie to me, and I’ll start taking you apart one piece at a time …”

She extended her left hand and, to Tom’s shock, a silver sword appeared there, flames dancing along its blade. Tom thought he could hear the sword … growling?

She placed the edge against Mary Ann’s neck: “You know what this is. You know exactly what will happen if I strike you with it. Camilla wouldn’t; she follows the new ways. But I don’t. So make up your mind, right now, and tell me why you are here and what you have done to Ginger.”

Tom coughed, “Nina … You said you wouldn’t kill her.”

She didn’t look at Tom: “Oh, this won’t kill her. It will, however, take away what makes her special. What she is, she won’t be anymore.” A cruel smile appeared, “And since she is so enamored with being immortal …”

Mary Ann closed her eyes, “You are a fool. I serve powers greater than you. You’ll never leave this room alive if you harm me.”

“Oh I’ve already harmed you. Now I’ll cripple you …”

And she pulled the blade back and then swung it towards Mary Ann’s neck …

What happened next was something that Tom would never quite be able to explain.

The blade came down and struck on her right shoulder, then passed through her body and came out at her waist … leaving not a mark on her. Mary Ann still breathed, still was alive, but the look of disbelief in her eyes that she had been struck was matched by the satisfaction in the look that Nina had …

… and what the sword now held upon its blade.

Tom could clearly make out what looked like a twisted, ghostly image of Mary Ann’s form wrapped around the blade, with the flames licking against it and a silent scream of pain on the ghost’s face.

Nina didn’t look at Tom, she just held the sword in front of Mary Ann, “You have very little time, bitch. I’d say about three minutes before you aren’t immortal anymore. Maybe ten and you’ll start aging, and we both know what happens when you do.”

She looked at a clock on the wall, “Three minutes. Talk.”

Tom wanted to intervene. This was torture and he knew it. But he didn’t know what would either help or harm in the situation he found himself in. He didn’t expect that he would be able to disarm Nina, nor did he have any way to fix whatever Nina had done.

Tom hated being helpless … it reminded him of Beth and …

… he just turned away and kept his thoughts to himself.

To Mary Ann’s credit she held out for an entire minute. She just looked back at Nina, but when Nina drew a finger along the shaft of her sword and then licked a wisp of Nina’s ghostly form from her fingers, she caved in…

“Ginger is nothing. She was a convenient way to gain power. She didn’t care about anything save her own beauty and screwing her husband. It was child’s play to alter their minds and take him out of the picture.”

Tom heard this and asked, “What did you do?”

“I made him get involved with the mob, you asshole. I made sure that he was stupid about it. I saw to it that they would find out what he was doing, make him transfer everything to Ginger and then you so helpfully took him away, leaving Ginger to my tender mercies. Didn’t take a week and she was a hot little slut that would do anything for me to degrade her and …”

Nina interrupted, “Nice story. Now, how about why you did it in the first place?”

Mary Ann gritted her teeth, “I needed power.”


She didn’t answer that question. Tom had a thought, “You needed power for a purpose. You seem to have a past with Nina and her kind … is that why you needed this … power?”

The look she gave him spoke volumes.

Tom sighed, “Peachy: a war between omnipotent beings. I should have stayed in bed.”

Nina placed the point of the sword just in front of Mary Ann’s lips, “Who are you working for.”

“Give it back to me first!”

“No. You give me the information and I’ll give it back to you. Better hurry. You’re running out of time … rapidly.”

Mary Ann finally broke down and said in a whisper, “The Dark. It’s the Dark …” Then she screamed, “Now give it back!”

Nina stood up and then wiped the length of the sword with her fingers, balling the ghost into her hand before tossing it casually at Mary Ann. It fell into her body producing a sigh of pleasure from her lips and then a look of defiance on her face.

Which Nina promptly removed with another strike of her hand against Mary Ann’s cheek which resulted in her falling to the floor unconscious.

The blade vanished in a flash of light and then Nina then stood up and looked critically at Tom, “Tell me something. Other than you being human, is there anything special about you?”

Tom shrugged, “Cats like me.”

She looked at him for a long, long moment.

“That’s good.”


“That would be telling. Come on, if she is working for the Dark, then we need to get out of here right now.”

And then she pushed past him making for the elevators without another word, Mary Ann on the floor out cold and Ginger in the other room pleading for her Mistress to come back to punish her again …



Storm Clouds

Chapter 23

By TeraS

Smoke. The first thing he smelled was the smoke. Then he noticed the flames licking up the walls of the warehouse, the beams falling from the ceiling, and the yelling from behind him.

And then, as he watched three men rush past, John had a horrible realization. He was back at the fire. Not a fire; no, the fire … the fire where he was injured, the one that haunted him every day. He felt and then saw the fire axe in his hands and knew exactly what was going to happen next. He would rush after the rest of his company, follow them into the hell around them and search.

There would be … What would there be?

That part he never could remember exactly, when no one could tell him what happened, between this moment when they last saw him and the next, when they found him underneath the remains of the structure.

He hesitated there a moment longer, the others vanishing into the smoke, and then, twisting the axe in his hands, made his way forward, the smoke becoming thicker, the sound of his breathing loud in his ears as the respirator cycled back and forth, keeping him alive. Coming to a locked door, he kicked it open and then drew back as more smoke poured out and around him, making it almost impossible to see.

But did he see … something? Did he hear something?

There was no choice: he was going in there and searching. He had to be sure.

John pushed his way in while calling out, “Is anyone there? Answer me!” He didn’t hear anything, and so he moved deeper into the space. The light from the hallway, which showed him the way out and to safety, slowly dimmed as the smoke thickened more and more. But that didn’t matter. He had to search, had to help. That was his job and, no matter what else, he was going to do it.

He spent almost five minutes searching, the odd layout of the room confusing him. It seemed like an office, there were desks around him, but the space was too large for a simple office. Still, he pressed on, moving back and forth, calling out and listening even as he searched, his axe in his hand and the flashlight attached to his helmet probing into the smoke around him.

And then John saw her.

A woman crumpled to the floor, covered in black soot and grime. Her figure was indistinct. He knew it was a woman, but her features–hair, eyes, skin tones, what she was wearing–were all a blur.

But that meant nothing to him.

He knelt down beside her and checked: she was still breathing, but unconscious. The problem was that he had no idea if she was seriously injured or not. He found his spare mask and, after hooking it up to his air supply, placed it over her face. Her breathing improved, but now he was stuck there. He couldn’t leave her, which left him one choice: reporting on his radio that he found a survivor and then triggering the beacon built into it to call others to assist him.

He was about to do that when he heard the first shriek of the ceiling starting to come down. John’s only thought was to protect the woman however he could. He dragged her under a desk and then pushed himself under it as well, his body over hers.

The noises stopped for a moment, everything was silent around him, and then, just as he was about to look out from underneath the desk, there was the sound of a train wreck as the world came down around them both.

Then all was quiet again.

Except this time, standing amid the rubble, there was Tera, her dress pushed around by the smoke and fire, her arms crossed over her chest, and a look of concern on her face. She considered the pile of rubble that now held John and the woman, her long red tail moving slowly, catlike, behind her.

“Well … that explains a lot.”

From the smoke and fire, Jane came into view to the other side of the rubble. “Damn it, Tera! We don’t have the right to do this!”

Tera considered her for a long moment and then explained, “We need a clue, Daughter, an idea of what has happened. He has that clue in him; we just have to pry it out.”

Jane stormed up to Tera and then poked her into the chest with a finger, “You tell us to respect others, to help them. This does neither!”

Tera looked down at the finger pressing against her, then took hold of Jane’s hand before gently moving it away.

“His mind is blocked from what happened here, Daughter. He knows he came in, he knows he found someone in here, but he remembers nothing of who that woman is. She’s the key to this in someway and we need to know.”

“It’s not a good enough reason!”

Tera looked bemused, “Oh it is … It most certainly is.” She then reached around behind Jane and took a hold of something there, making Jane gasp in surprise. Tera then showed the tip of a grey tail to Jane, a tail that was connected to her body. “Daughter, you look like yourself.” Then Tera, that enigmatic smile still on her lips, released Jane’s tail.

Jane felt behind her, touching her tail in surprise and then running her hands over her horns. “How?”

“That is, of course, the question, isn’t it? Why should things be fixed here? It doesn’t make any sense … or … perhaps it does.”

Tera walked over to the pile of rubble and then pointed a finger at it, “The answer is in there, isn’t it? Who is the woman he rescued? Why can’t he remember her? How was that done? Most of all: why would all this make it necessary for your physical appearance to be changed?”

Jane didn’t answer the questions. She didn’t have the answers.

Tera then began to twirl her finger in a slow circle, “While these are his memories, they are not immutable. We can alter them, to a point, or, get a better look at them, can’t we?”

Jane rubbed her temples: “Yes, Tera … That’s Succubi 101 in the Realm, isn’t it?”

Tera continued to work at the rubble, bits and pieces of it vanishing at her touch, “What was your grade, Jane?”

Jane mumbled, “B Plus.”

Tera smiled in spite of herself, “Well, at least you passed.”

“I passed because a certain Queen made me work at it harder than anything I have done before.”

“Are you complaining?”

“Tera … I’m not. Honestly.”

“Oh, I’m not mad at you Jane, perish the thought. No, what I am, however, is very confused at this moment.”

Jane looked to where Tera was focusing and saw something that she didn’t, couldn’t expect to see. There, in the rubble, was John, but the woman that he had saved … wasn’t.

“Tera, what’s going on?”

“We missed something while talking, Daughter. Something happened here, and we didn’t pay attention to it when we should have.”

Jane’s look was one of confusion, so Tera continued: “Something, or someone, took that woman away after the ceiling collapsed, and we missed it.”


“That’s the question, isn’t it? Why take her away? Why make him forget about all of this? What was the point of it?”

Tera rubbed her fingertips over her temples and sighed: “We’ll just have to start all over again and, this time, not look away.”

In the next moment, the collapse of the ceiling happened again, John saved the woman and all was quiet once more. But seconds later, the two succubi saw what came next.

A black shadow fell over John and the woman, covering them both and then vanishing, taking the woman with it and leaving John behind … alone.

“Tera, what was that?”

“Something I hope you never have to face: the Dark.”

“Tera … Why would it care about either of them?”

“Oh that’s easy. It wanted the woman; it didn’t care about John. But taking her and leaving him with these memories would have been worse. So it damaged him, made him forget about what he actually did, and then continued on with its plan.”

“Tera … you are being evasive.”

“I have an idea of who the woman is, Daughter. A pretty good one, but I don’t like where that idea is leading me.”

“Who is she?”

Tera ran one hand through her hair and sighed, “It has to be Patricia.”

Jane just stared at Tera in disbelief …