Feb 26 2012

A Review of The Naughty Succubus by Cherie Denis

I think it’s interesting the different takes that people have on the myth of the Succubi and the Incubi. Some take it in the horror realm, some make it less so, but still very evil in nature. But sometimes a slant on what they are is found that makes them sexy, seductive beings that bring some joy into the world… and I really like those stories a lot.

The Naughty Succubus by Cherie Denis

The Naughty Succubus by Cherie Denis

The tale is about:

Carlotta Collins is bored with her mundane life. She’s tired of being a good girl and following the rules. It’s time for a change. At the laundromat she spots a red card, reaches for it, loses her balance and lands in the arms of the man of her dreams.

Cory Alton doesn’t usually go for short, well rounded redheads, but Lolly’s different. She’s cute and likeable. Cory stays for a few minutes before he gives her the card and leaves.

The card is an open invitation to a party and something tells Lolly she must attend. She is surprised to find out it’s a meeting to recruit people interested in becoming succubi or incubi.

After weeks of training, she is free to find her prey. It isn’t long before she has Cory and one of his friends to keep her satisfied with all the semen she can handle.

Carlotta, or as she prefers, Lolly, has a rather poor view of herself really… She thinks that she ugly, that no one really wants to be with her and that’s a problem. The bigger problem is that Cory is handsome, sexy and give her all sorts of fantasies that she knows will never some true.

But she finds a red card at her laundromat which tells of a party where things could be different. She goes there and discovers that Succubi and Incubi are real… and they offer her the chance to become a Succubus.

What I find interesting is that the Succubi do not have horns or a tail, but they do have, for lack of a better description, golden gossamer wings. Incubi have a long tail, which isn’t described exactly, and eagle-like wings. Otherwise they have a bit of mind control in them, no shapeshifting to speak of really, but they can and do draw out the sexual desires in those around them.

I like the change of the traditional demonic wings into angel like ones, that fits my particular view of Succubi and Incubi, but having the horns and tail missing was a bit of a disappointment.

The story follows her transformation from a wall flower into a being of love, lust and sexuality which is an interesting journey to follow. There are some very hot scenes to behold and the lessons she learns are many.

But, it’s a bit vague and one of the rules, that telling someone that you are a Succubus means that you will die, seems a bit… too restrictive? Unkind?

The other thing that bothered me about the story was that the people that didn’t accept the offer were cast away from the story with a single line that seemed to indicate that they would forget through potions and not through any powers of the Succubi and Incubi that were at the meeting.

Seemed like a poor way to do it when having them use their powers would have been more interesting to see.

I liked Lolly, her character had life in her and there was a great deal of development in her by the time the story was done. But it went too quickly from “learning” to “doing” for my liking. It would have been very illustrative to see her making mistakes or something so that she wasn’t “perfect” as her teacher kept telling her…

Not that there is anything wrong with having an Incubus wanting you, but the resolution of that relationship was much too… if not sad, then disappointing even if the reasons for it are made clear in the work. I came to wonder how it was that the collection of Succubi and Incubi managed to meet for the rules that seemed to control them.

I think that about another ten pages would have been nice to tie up some loose ends, make the transformation of Lolly more vivid and allow for the relationships in the story to become more than they did.

I’ll give it four pitchforks out of five.

So, so very close, but just missing a few little things…



Feb 25 2012

I still think that she is a lousy Succubus…

I never liked the movie Jennifer’s Body. The entire thing to me is a train wreck of a movie, the character Jennifer just strikes me as being nothing like a Succubus in any aspect and the characterization is, honestly, so far over the top to be laughable…

Then on the other hand we have the television show Supernatural. Obviously a popular series, lots of interesting characters and ideas in it, save of course for a Succubus… Okay there is or rather was a demon named Lilith, but she really wasn’t a Succubus now was she?


Found this interesting mashup on YouTube that puts Jennifer into a relationship with Dean.

And if you can’t see if here, click on this link:


In summary, they meet, Jennifer “turns” succubus and Dean has to kill her. The video is well done, the scenes fit together well, but in the end my issues with the Jennifer character just make me cringe a lot when I think about how it could all come together…

Perhaps it will inspire a fan fic sometime but not from me…



Feb 24 2012

Flambé and the Lost Girl do not mix…

I have always wondered just how much ill will was brewing between the Fae and this week’s episode puts that into a very harsh light. It also just goes to show that while you can pick your friends, you can’t choose your family… and sometimes you want to kill them for who they are…

The seventeenth episode of the second season, also episode thirty of the Lost Girl TV series, was this week. Hale asks Kenzi for a favour, but his father and sister prove that being of high class does not make you that. The meaning of ashes to ashes becomes very clear to Bo, and Dyson burns all of his bridges to his friends in one fell swoop.

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This is the seventeenth 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 learns that she should never be…

The Girl Who Fae’d With Fire

The episode begins with Bo (Anna Silk) arriving home and calling out for Kenzi (Ksenia Solo), but Kenzi does not seem to be home. Bo goes into the kitchen and begins to open a tub of ice cream when a sword sweeps towards her from behind and she ducks to avoid it. Turning around, she sees that it is Kenzi attacking her in order to hone Bo’s skills. Kenzi tosses Bo a weapon and tells Bo that she needs to practise. However, initially Kenzi is rather clumsy with her weapon, dumping the ice cream on the floor, until the two begin to spar with one another. As they do so, Kenzi tells Bo that The Garuda could strike from anyway and she needs to be ready for all possibilities. They continue to spar with Kenzi making occasional comments like: “Killer Kitty” and “Reverse Cowgirl” before Kenzi puts her weapon through a wall and almost strikes Nate (Aaron Ashmore) as he enters the room. Nate tells them that he is bringing tacos and not to kill him. Kenzi greets him and asks if he brought extra hot sauce, to which Nate nods. Nate then enters the room. The two women look at him and then Nate asks what was going on. They claim it was either blade aerobics or Sword-lates. Nate shakes his head and tells them both that they are the strangest girls he has ever met. Kenzi tells Nate that he’s sweet before kissing him and Bo just says that they like to “get their freak on.”

Elsewhere, a Fae named Nigel (Paul Fauteux) is being led to an audience with one of the heads of the Fae Noble families by a consigliere (Samantha Madely). He wishes to see the Don of the Clan Bukharin, a woman named Marisol Carmody, also known as “The Iron Fist” and ask for some assistance in a business problem he has. The consigliere reminds him that the Don is very strict about protocol and that he should remember to curtesy to her as they view several pieces of art of the Don. Then there is a scream from a nearby room and the pair rush towards it. Unlocking the door, they discover the Don has been burned alive, her body turned to ash where it sits in a chair.

Returning from commercial, Hale (K.C. Collins) has arrived to investigate what happened to Marisol. The consigliere is very defensive and rude towards him, noting that they do not have a member of Clan Zamora on their grounds. At that point Dyson (Kristen Holden-Ried) enters the room. The consigliere asks if Dyson is Hale’s commanding officer, to which Hale says no, but Dyson says yes to Hale’s surprise. Dyson also notes that he is not aligned with any particular clan and the consigliere seems to be relieved about this and tells Dyson to contact her should he need anything. After she leaves, Hale asks what Dyson was playing at and he explains that he was trying to let Hale off this case “gracefully.” Dyson then tells Hale that Hale’s father called him and told Dyson that Hale’s being involved in the case was “bad for appearances.” Hale tells Dyson that his father does not run his life and starts to leave. Dyson asks if they are cool, but Hale does not answer him, leaving Dyson in the crime scene alone.

Hale then goes to talk to Kenzi about what has happened. At first Kenzi is more interested in the dead woman, but Hale soon turns the conversation in another direction. Kenzi listens as Hale tells her that he hates what Dyson has become. Dyson has become “totally unreliable and he doesn’t give a damn.” Kenzi tells Hale that she is sorry that they are having “a boy fight” which does make Hale smile for a moment. He tells Kenzi that he could use a friend and she holds his hand, but then Hale explains that what he needs is a girlfriend and Kenzi releases her hold on him. Hale explains that the once a century meeting of the original Noble Fae families will be soon and he needs a date for it. Kenzi declines explaining that she has a boyfriend, but Hale presses on explaining that it would get his family off his back. Kenzi declines again, but in response, Hale takes out a list of things he has done for her and begins to read them out loud to Kenzi. They include: erasing all of Kenzi’s parking tickets, rescued Kenzi from a Minotaur, and covered for Kenzi by telling Bo that her boots had been stolen by Kobbler Elves when Kenzi stole them from Bo before Kenzi pulls the list from his hands and agrees to help him. Kenzi makes a few conditions, mostly that it is temporary, that she won’t kiss Hale and they will not be intimate. Hale promises to try and contain himself as she places a box on the table between them telling Kenzi that it is a gift for her. She opens it and Hale explains that it his Nonna’s old Inverell gown the and fascinator. Kenzi is somewhat unimpressed with the items and then asks when the event will be held. Hale tells her that it will be the next day, but first she has to meet his family.

At the same time, Bo is meeting with The Ash (Vincent Walsh) who is showing her a picture of Marisol Carmody. Bo explains that she knows about what happened to her, but she assumes that Hale and Dyson are investigating the case. The Ash tells Bo that Hale took himself off the case because his father is the head of the Clan Zamora. The Ash explains that when it comes to the Fae, only three clans matter: Zamora, Bukharin and Fin Arvin. He explains that they are all very rich, very powerful and would kill each other in a heartbeat to be more so. Bo comments that they seem to be like the Mob, but with mermaids. Bo however cannot understand why someone might want to murder Marisol. The Ash explains that it is not a matter of who, but why at this moment in time. He explains that the coming weekend is an event called the Inverell which is a meeting of the three clans, and The Ash wants to make sure that nothing damages the current peace between the clans. Bo makes the connection that The Garuda might attempt to end this peace for its own ends. The Ash asks Bo to partner with Dyson and discover who is responsible for what has happened and stop them. He also tells Bo that it is also an opportunity for her to reveal the threat all Fae face to them and possibly gain the assistance of the resources of the clans as a result. Bo agrees as it would tip the scale in their favour. The Ash tells Bo to be aware that she is facing a group of Fae that are very stuck up and think very little of “riffraff.”

We next see Hale and Kenzi arriving at the home of Hale’s family. Hale is incredibly nervous and Kenzi tries to calm him down. Hale gathers himself and reminds Kenzi that his father is very “old school” but she tells him not to worry. They then enter a room where Hale’s father Sturgess (Eugene Clark) and his sister Val (Erica Luttrell), who is playing a piano, await them. When Hale introduces Kenzi as his girlfriend, they both seem shocked and in disbelief. Kenzi attempts to talk to them, but a maid (Christine Aziz) enters the room and is shocked to see a human there, dropping the tray she is carrying in horror.

Returning from commercial, Sturgess is grilling Hale about his choice in a girlfriend, commenting that: “You are dating… this?” Kenzi is shocked by his words and Hale attempts to defend her against him, but his father does not care nor change his mind. Kenzi attempts to ask Val about her name, asking if she is a Valkyrie, but Val tells Kenzi that she is a Pombero, and that her power is that she can steal voices rendering whomever she takes a voice from mute. Val then berates Hale about Kenzi being his girlfriend, Hale telling her to be quiet. Val then takes Hale’s voice from him in spite until their father tells them to behave and Val to return Hale’s voice to him, which she does. Hale calls Val a Harpy and she calls him a “human-hugger.” His father tells Hale that he understands working among humans, but not that he has a human girlfriend. Hale responds that his mother would understand, and his father deflects that comment saying that Hale takes after his mother, which made his only son a Siren with a sneer in his voice. Kenzi attempts to defend Hale but, to add insult to injury, his father tells Hale that their family’s goodwill only goes so far, and Val tells Hale that “cheap inbred mortals” are well past that limit.

Bo in the meantime has gone to the Dal Riata, meeting with Dyson and Trick (Richard Howland) there. Dyson shows Bo a file on what happened to Marisol. As Bo reads the file, she asks Dyson what his plans are, and he replies that they should bring in the suspects and interrogate them “old school.” Bo looks at him in disbelief and then comments that maybe they should look at the evidence they have first. Bo notes that a picture in the file is burned around the edges, the picture being of the three remaining heads of the clans. Dyson then asks if Bo wants to bring them in for questioning, noting that they are all “a prickly bunch.”

Hale and Kenzi are still with Hale’s family, his father speaking proudly of the fact that the Inverell being held on their property for the first time in 300 years. At that point, Dyson and Bo arrive in the room, surprised to see Hale and Kenzi there. Kenzi quickly covers for the fact she is there by commenting to Bo that she is Hale’s girlfriend. Dyson shakes hands with Sturgess who greets him warmly while Val seems to be pining for him. Val asks who Dyson has arrived with, and he introduces Bo. Sturgess realizes that Bo is “the unaligned Succubus” and comments that the reports of her beauty do not do her justice. Dyson interrupts him by explaining that they are there on business. Sturgess agrees that they should talk about the murder and takes the entire group to the wine cellar.

In the wine cellar, Bo asks Sturgess point blank if he has any idea of who might want to kill Marisol. His answer is that it must be the the head of the Fin Arvin clan, Dabner, as “they are as shiftless as mortals.” As he does so, Kenzi looks around the wine cellar and something catches her attention on one of the shelves. Sturgess suddenly moves from Bo on one side of the room to where Kenzi is on the other and stops her from touching one of the bottles there, asking her if she wouldn’t rather have a wine cooler instead. As he confronts Kenzi and then guides her away from the bottles, Val reaches under the table and touches of one of Dyson’s thighs as he sits at the table beside her. Bo watches as Val’s hand moves further and further up his leg and then interrupts her and Dyson suggesting that they go and see Dabner immediately to which Dyson agrees. But before this can happen, Sturgess commands that they all enjoy some cake together. He divides the cake into four equal pieces in order to “pay homage to the original families” and also notes that he is “nothing if not sentimental.” Val comments to the maid that she should make sure that whatever “the human” touches be washed at least twice. When Hale complains, she then tells the maid to throw it away instead. As this happens, Bo watches in disbelief and disgust over Val’s attitude. At this point, Kenzi throws up her hands and leaves, Val looking smugly at Hale as Kenzi leaves, Hale following immediately behind her. Away from the others, Hale manages to stop Kenzi and she explains that their friendship works because: “We are the best dressed of the group and because we enjoy taking the piss out of one another.” But she also tells Hale that she has never used him like he just used her. Hale apologizes, telling Kenzi that yes, his family are rude and they are bigots, and he understands that. Kenzi wants nothing more to do with Hale or his family and walks away. Moments later, Bo and the rest arrive where Hale remains. Sturgess tells Bo that Dyson must be a good influence on her as he had heard Bo was difficult. Bo replies that Kenzi has been a better one because she has taught Bo how to: “tolerate people that I can’t stand. You are snobs, you are bigots.” But Dyson interrupts her before she can continue telling both Sturgess and Val what she thinks about them. Val ignores Bo’s comments and suggests that Dyson return whenever he wishes to: “have something sweet.” Bo then takes hold of Dyson and marches him away from Val and her family.

Kenzi returns home to discover Nate waiting for her. She tells him that he has to stop sneaking in, but Nate asks her why she would not go out with him for another man. Kenzi tells him that if it makes him feel any better, “it was the worst date of all time.” Nate is crushed by what Kenzi has said and begins to leave, but Kenzi stops him. Nate then tells Kenzi that they were supposed to be playing music together but he saw her leave with Hale, Kenzi can’t explain why she left with Hale save that it was a “thing.” Nate explains that he can’t deal with Kenzi lying to him and that she is always so “sneaky.” Kenzi tells Nate that he is right and it is killing her not to be able to tell him the truth.

Bo and Dyson arrive at the Dal Riata, where Trick has the head of Clan Fin Arvin, Dabner (Sean Cullen) waiting there. He seems to be in a panic and explains that something came to his home and tried to attack him. He describes it as being on fire and that he is incensed that he was attacked. Trick then notices that one of Dabner’s hands seems to be burned and he asks if the creature had touched him, but Dabner says that he didn’t notice. In the next moment his hand catches fire and the fire spreads over his entire body before he is turned into ash and collapses to the floor dead.

After another commercial, Bo, Dyson and Trick survey the aftermath of Dabner’s death. Trick explains that what happened was caused by a Cherufe and that if you are touched by one then you spontaneously combust. Dyson explains that a Cherufe is an under Fae made of magma, they can cover tracts of land in lava and can disguise themselves as rocks. Trick cannot understand why the Cherufe would kill individuals when it is powerful enough to destroy an entire village. Bo comments that there has to be a reason, and Trick reminds them that there is only one head of a Noble Fae Clan left to get the answers from. Bo can’t believe that Sturgess would hire a Cherufe to kill the other Clan leaders, but Dyson just shrugs and tells Bo that they will have to return to talk to him again.

Bo returns home to find Kenzi eating a container of ice cream and looking crushed. Kenzi tells Bo that she told Nate the truth about she and Bo and Bo is shocked by this. But, Kenzi explains that she told Nate a lie in that she and Bo are spies and that they are in the witness protection program and that they were close to getting their own cooking show. Bo nods and comments that when Kenzi told him about the cooking show he knew she was lying, and Kenzi admits that Bo is right about that. Kenzi tells Bo that she knows why Nate is mad at her and it’s because of Hale. Bo tells Kenzi that she needs to tell Hale that she won’t do it anymore. They also both agree that Hale’s family sucks big time. Then there is a knock at the door and Bo goes to answer it, but before she does so, she tells Kenzi that it is hard to be in a relationship when you can’t be completely honest with the other person. When Bo opens the door she finds Lauren (Zoie Palmer) and Nadia (Athena Karkanis) there. Lauren greets Bo and Bo thanks her for being there as the case she is working on is a headache. Nadia half-heartedly greets Bo as well before the two enter. Kenzi then leaves as the other two women enter. Lauren tells Bo that she brought the medical textbooks she asked for, and Bo thanks her for doing so. Then Nadia asks Bo where her bathroom is, and Bo points her in the direction of it. After Nadia leaves the room, Lauren tells Bo that she had to bring Nadia with her as Nadia hasn’t wanted to leave Lauren’s side. Lauren then shows Bo a book from The Ash’s library about the Cherufe. Lauren tells Bo that the Cherufe are admired for their power and that a Cherufe was responsible for the eruption of Mount Vesuvius and the destruction of Pompeii as a result. She also explains that when this happened, generations of both humans and Fae were killed. It is also revealed that Fae have another name for it, that being The Rape of Scafati. This triggers a memory in Bo that she has heard of this name before and she opens a file on the case to reveal an image of the word that was found at the murder scene.

Nadia is elsewhere in Bo’s home examining the weapons in her bedroom. She pauses in front of a mirror and examines herself in it for a moment before continuing her search. Bo then enters the room from behind her and says nothing for a few moments, instead watching Nadia look at her collection of weapons. Bo then asks Nadia if she found anything good, surprising her. Nadia comments that Bo has quite the weapons collection, and Bo’s answer is that everyone has their own hobby. Nadia then comments that Bo is intimidating before admitting that she wanted to check out the competition. Bo walks over to Nadia and tells her that she has nothing to worry about as Bo is not any competition to her. Nadia then asks if Bo will tell Lauren about what she did, and Bo tells her that she won’t.

Back at the Dal Riata, Hale is drinking with Trick as Kenzi arrives. Hale tries to make light of what happened, but Kenzi explains to him that Nate doesn’t understand why she is doing what she is for him. Hale tells Kenzi that he will tell Nate that she is doing a huge favour for him. Kenzi then asks why Hale didn’t ask Bo to do him a favour. Hale then explains to Kenzi that he is the heir to the Zamora clan and that he might someday be the head of the family. Kenzi looks at him and asks if he needs a human as a Queen but Hale explains that what he needs is to set an example. Hale believes that if they do not modernize they will become irrelevant. Hale expresses his belief that the Fae should coexist with humans and do so peacefully together. Kenzi warns Hale that he he playing on her emotions and he agrees, noting that he watched a movie with Kenzi nine times on another piece of paper with things he had done for her. Kenzi takes the paper and tells Hale that she will give him one more night.

Meanwhile, Bo has returned to the wine cellar to investigate it for clues to what Sturgess is hiding. As she is examining the place where Kenzi was looking earlier, Sturgess confronts her and demands to know how she got past the guards he had posted. Bo tells Sturgess that a Cherufe is coming to kill him like it did with the other heads of the Fae families, but Sturgess’ response is that if she wanted a bottle of wine she could have asked for one. Bo tells him that she noticed that one bottle in particular had caught Kenzi’s attention. It was not covered in dust and she attempts to pull it from the shelf it lays on. In doing so, a hidden passage opens and Bo enters it. Sturgess does not stop her and Bo retrieves a scroll from within the room, returning to Sturgess with it. She is about to leave with the scroll when Sturgess takes it from her, opens it, and then explains what it says. Sturgess tells Bo that there was once a fourth Fae Clan called the Scafati. This clan was more powerful than all of the other three clans combined, and the other three clans made a deal with the Cherufe that lived under Mount Vesuvius to destroy Pompeii and the Scafati clan in return for giving to it every one hundred years the first born of each of the three remaining clans. However, the clans did not do so and buried it under a mountain. He tells Bo that he does not understand why it would come after the leaders of the families now, but Bo’s answer is simple. The Garuda is behind it all. Bo tells him that he must stop the Inverell, but Sturgess refuses saying that the other families would think he was consoling out of fear and he would rather burn. Sturgess then forces Bo back into the secret room and then traps her within it. Bo discovers an air vent and taking an urn with Hale’s Nonna in it, smashes it open.

Returning from another commercial, the Inverell is underway, the guests arriving with Dyson wandering about the room looking for the appearance of the Cherufe. A Crier (Clive Walton) is announcing the entrance of each person and Hale is becoming more and more worried as Kenzi has not appeared as yet. But then, Kenzi is announced to the assembly as: “Kenzi, Hale’s bitchin’ girlfriend of family What Up, Clan Hey Now.” Then Kenzi makes her appearance dressed in a stunning black gown that grabs everyone’s attention in the room, including Hale who is mesmerized by her. Kenzi then goes over to Hale and explains that she needed to do it her way. Hale tells her that she looks gorgeous, and that she looks perfect. Dyson watches them for a moment and then walks away, Val leaving her father and following after Dyson.

Dyson is patrolling another part of the mansion when Val confronts him. She tells Dyson that the news of the deaths of the other Dons is all that everyone is talking about, but Dyson does not care, commenting that they are all fools and should burn. Dyson tells her to leave, that something bad is coming and she should not be there. She begins to seduce Dyson, but he tells her that she is his best friend’s baby sister. Her response is that she is no one’s baby anymore and she tells him that she knows that he has noticed. She also tells Dyson that she has noticed that he is different, that Dyson doesn’t care about anything. Val also tells Dyson that she overheard her father and Bo talking in the wine cellar and knows that her father is not the man she thought he was. Val then tells Dyson that she does not want him to be gallant for her. She intends to “drown her sorrows in something wrong. Why else would I choose you?” Dyson tries to brush her off, telling her that he is working, but she tells him that if he wants to feel something for a change, he should find her.

Elsewhere, Bo has managed to escape from the wine cellar and finds herself in the billiard room, and discovers Nate looking for Kenzi. She drags him out of sight and then asks how he got in, the answer being with the caterers. She asks him what he is doing there, and the answer is that he is looking to get his girl back. Kenzi and Hale are making the rounds of the room and commenting to each other about the disapproving looks and comments they have been getting and joking about it. Hale tells Kenzi that she’s fun to be with and that’s part of the reason why he invited her to what Hale calls a “clusterFae.” Bo then arrives and it announced by the Crier, but Bo stops him and tells him to shut up as Kenzi calls her over. Bo then tells Hale that “yes, underdressed and uninvited, don’t tell your father.” before telling Kenzi that she needs to get to the billiard room to see Nate.

Bo and Kenzi arrive where Nate is waiting. Nate and Kenzi pass a series of: “Dude” to one another before Bo comments that she has heard her cue and then leaves the room. Nate then asks Kenzi if they can say something other than dude. Kenzi tells him that the last time they talked it didn’t help, but Nate’s answers that Kenzi described herself as Batman. Kenzi tells him that he did a “great catch, you caught me in a fib” and then turns to leave. Nate tells Kenzi that in fact that is the problem, she is a great catch and he doesn’t want to lose her and will just have to understand if he has a cop as a boyfriend as well. Kenzi then tells Nate the truth, that she is doing Hale a favour to get his parents off his case and Nate seems to understand what Kenzi is doing. Kenzi then asks Nate if “we are cool” and Nate’s answer is “I hope so.” Kenzi then tells Nate that there are some things that she can’t tell him and he tells her that what is between Kenzi and Bo isn’t a problem as far as he is concerned because he knows who Kenzi really is. Her answer is: “Yeah. I’m yours” before they share a kiss. Then Kenzi tells Nate that she has to get back to Hale and that her panties are riding up and the man she loves is being a stalker. Nate is dumbfounded and can only manage to say “You love me?” Kenzi manages to answer “busted” before the two share a long heartfelt kiss which Val witnesses. Kenzi then leaves Nate but as she does, Val watches Kenzi leave, and calls her a bitch.

Kenzi returns to the assembled guests, but just before she enters the room, Val passes by and touches Kenzi’s neck. Dyson sees this and when Val looks at him, Dyson follows Val out of the room. Kenzi sees Hale and tries to call out to him, but her voice is gone and all she can do is try to clear her throat. Hale notices her, but Kenzi waves him off and mimes taking a drink as she leaves the room. Bo then approaches Hale and asks if he has seen Dyson, but Hale says he hasn’t. Bo then tells Hale that the Cherufe is coming to his home. Bo asks Hale to send Dyson to him should he see Dyson and then walks off, but she is stopped by Sturgess who questions Bo if she is planning on doing something stupid. Bo’s answer is that she is “going to save your sorry ass” and then forces her way past him.

Kenzi in the meantime has arrived in the kitchen and tries drinking some water to get her voice back. She then sees the remains of a waiter burnt to ash on the floor a a flash of fire moving around the room. She takes cover behind a kitchen counter and then peeks out from behind it to get a glimpse of what the fire might be. Not seeing anything, she crawls along the floor trying to keep out of sight, but then finds herself face to face with the Cherufe. She tries to scream, but no sound comes from her.

Back from another commercial, Kenzi is on her knees as the Cherufe towers over her. As it raises an arm to attack Kenzi, Bo appears pushing a cart and drives the Cherufe away from her. Bo asks Kenzi if she is okay, but quickly figures out that Kenzi’s voice is gone. Bo tells her to stay put and then goes after the Cherufe. As this happens, Dyson and Val are in the wine cellar, Val working frantically to remove Dyson’s clothing so she can have sex with him. Dyson breaks free of her for a moment and tells Val that they should stop and go back upstairs, but she asks if that is what he really wants before grabbing Dyson’s tie and forcing him back to her the two beginning to have sex together. Bo is searching the kitchen for the Cherufe, and finds a fire extinguisher to arm herself with. Dyson and Val have managed to strip most of their clothing away and are having sex as Hale walks into the wine cellar to find the two of them there. Hale yells out Val’s name and the pair stop, quickly trying to make themselves presentable again. Dyson tells Hale that it does not concern him as they are consenting adults, but Hale is beyond angry seeing that Dyson was having sex with his sister. Hale then asks: “You are supposed to be my best friend, what is wrong with you?” Bo continues to search for the Cherufe and finds it, but the fire extinguisher she has is empty and has no effect. Hale tells Dyson that he has always stuck by him, and is shocked in how Dyson repays him for that. Dyson tells Hale that “I can’t love but I can live.” Hale then grabs Dyson by the collar in anger. Dyson then asks Hale if he will punch him. Hale doesn’t answer and Dyson yells at Hale to do so but, Hale tells Dyson that he is not worth it before taking Val by the hand and drawing her away from Dyson, leaving him alone in the wine cellar. Bo is dodging the Cherufe’s attacks as Kenzi enters the room. Kenzi sees a container of liquid nitrogen and manages to get Bo’s attention and points her towards it. Together they confuse the Cherufe for a moment and then Bo pours the liquid nitrogen over the Cherufe killing it instantly with commenting that “Asian Fusion is so hot these days.”

Kenzi appears in the gathering and whistles gaining the attention of everyone in the room. For a moment they all look at her and then Bo enters the room behind Kenzi holding the now dead Cherufe’s head in her hand. Bo tells Sturgess that it was bad enough that he made a “deal with the devil” but also that the reason for the Cherufe attacking is because of The Garuda. Bo tells the assembled Fae that they are at each other’s throat more than normally because of its influence on them and they must all put aside their differences to united again the common threat to the Fae. Sturgeon begins to refute what Bo is announcing to all, but Hale stops him and tells his father that he needs to stop, and they all need to stop, their petty grievances and unite together. However, a member of the Fin Arvin clan calls it a trick and a member of the Bukharin Clan calls him a scum. Bo tells Hale that they all will never change and Hale just shakes his head sadly. Then he sees Dyson standing beside Val and goes over to Dyson, punching him in the jaw. Hale then tells Val to return Kenzi’s voice to her, which Val does angrily. Bo and Kenzi leave together with Hale following closely behind. Sturgess calls after Hale with Val close beside him to stop. Hale asks his father what he could possible say to him and what he should care. His father claims that he used the Cherufe to keep the clans safe. but Hale refutes this telling him that all he wanted was to be in control and he cannot control what is coming for them all. His father tells Hale that they have had their differences, but he agrees that when The Garuda comes they will need to “stick together and look after our own.” Hale glares at his father for a moment and then says he will protect Val, that he always has when it counts. Bo then confronts Sturgess as she realizes that he knew about The Garuda. Sturgess admits that he can feel it, that it is the enemy of The Naga and of all Fae. Bo tells Sturgess that she will fight it, but he tells her that she will lose, but he admires her and offers whatever resources that she might need regardless. Hale shakes his father’s hand and tells him that it is a start at least. They part ways, but not before Sturgess looks directly towards Kenzi and says goodbye to her as Kenzi, Bo and Hale leave. As they do, Dyson appears from the shadows far behind them and watches them leave without him.

Returning from the final commercial, Bo is drinking from a wine glass and comments that the wine is unbelievable. Kenzi’s answer is that she figured that Sturgess owed them all a good bottle of wine as she and Hale join Bo in her living room. Bo doesn’t quite think that there is a reason to celebrate as she couldn’t convince the Fae Nobles to fight The Garuda in spite of having a lava monster’s head as a prop. Hale explains to Bo that it wouldn’t have mattered if she had slain an army of them because they know what is coming, but they are afraid to do anything about it, and he blames their soft sheltered lives of money and power. Hale then tells about what his mother told him once, that he could be more and that was the reason that he become a police officer. Both Bo and Kenzi tell Hale that he is a great one. Hale makes the point that he is okay with the idea that he might have to throw it all away, and Kenzi agrees also adding Trick and Lauren and Dyson to the list. However Hale sighs and tells them that they shouldn’t depend on Dyson for much of anything anymore. Nate then arrives and Hale goes to leave while Bo goes off to bed. Nate asks if he had fun with his girl and Hale tells him that he is a lucky man before leaving. Kenzi greets Nate, but goes after Hale and stops him from leaving. Kenzi attempts to return the fascinator that Hale gave her, but Hale refuses to take it back telling her that she was the perfect girlfriend and that she deserves it, Nat hearing their conversation and looking away in embarrassment. Hale embraces Kenzi once more before he leaves and Kenzi returns to Nate’s side once more.

The final scene of the episode begins with Nadia looking dazed as she stands in Lauren’s kitchen holding a knife in her hands. After a moment, she takes the knife and cuts across the palm of one hand making it bleed badly. She then raises that bleeding hand to her lips as if to taste her own blood, but is interrupted by Lauren as she enters the room. Lauren asks what happened, and Nadia tells her that it was a stupid accident as Lauren wraps a towel around Nadia’s hand. Lauren asks what she was doing with the knife, but Nadia claims that she now does not remember and she tells Lauren that she is scared. Lauren then embraces her and tells Nadia that everything will be okay. However, unseen by Lauren, Nadia’s expression changes as if she is possessed by something or someone as the episode ends.

Fade to black…

I have to admit there was a lot about this episode that I didn’t like. I didn’t like Hale’s father or sister very much and honestly if they never appear again in the series it wouldn’t bother me in the slightest. I didn’t like how awkward Nadia was played this episode, if they are trying to point all of the viewers at the idea that something is very wrong with her, it was like they were beating us over the head with a stick to get that point across.

I do think that if the level of backstabbing and in-fighting that was shown in his episode is “a bit more than usual” for the Fae, I can’t understand why they haven’t wiped themselves out by now. You would think that so much hate and distrust would cause nothing but death and distraction really… Mebby Trick managed more than he knows?

I also think that the racist tones in the episode, in the views of the upper class Fae to those beneath them, was so far over the top that it was a caricature. Not to mention having humans spoke of in the way that slaves were in the past was really severe and, I felt, a bit uncomfortable to watch when it happened.

It also bothers me in how the series has taken Dyson from a man of honour and turned him into a lesser man. One that has no honour whatsoever. I expect that this will change sometime and that the repercussions of his actions will be felt, but, it is hard to watch this happen.

I did think that the reveal about the past of the Fae Clans was interesting and in the grand story it makes a lot of sense. I like how a real world event is shaped into being one that the Fae were the source of. A neat bit of story telling that helped me stay with this episode…

But it could have been so much more without all of the posturing and chest thumping… And I do not believe that Hale’s father, or his sister, have learned anything at all in spite of themselves.

If there is one thing that saved this episode for me, it was Kenzi. She really looked wonderful in this episode and most of all, she was so much more classier than all of those that thought themselves her better…

Best moment: Hale calling the event a “clusterFae”…. oh I think we all know what he really meant don’t we?

On to the characters in the episode…

Bo…  Not really a lot to say about her. I do admit that it was interesting to watch her contain her thoughts about Hale’s father and his sister through the episode. It was nice to see her crack a joke and smile too as there hasn’t been enough of that I think.

Dyson… For the first time, I really didn’t like him, his attitude, and most of all, his choices. It was just so disappointing to watch him have sex with Hale’s sister and then not care much about what he did. It doesn’t fit the character, it makes him a lesser one, and that’s troubling…

Kenzi… Kenzi was the episode. She was the heart and soul of it, the life of it, and most of all, she had class when everyone else around her was classless. An amazing performance and I think it is my new favourite episode for Kenzi watching… It’s a shame that so much else of the episode draws away from that.

Lauren. Two quick scenes, not much new from her, but the reveal at the end of the episode with Nadia? That was a scary thing to see and I have the feeling that Nadia will not be around much longer as a result of the Garuda… What will that do to Lauren?

Trick. One scene, nothing much there, and another info dump. Can we please do more with a character that has so many things to be told of?

Hale. Heartfelt. Probably Hale at his best. If Dyson has lost his honour, then Hale’s is untarnished. As much as his family has caused him pain, he is a good man. That makes him so much more and I would love to see him be the head of the family and turn it into something more than it is.

Ryan. Missing in action. Thank God.

Nadia. I just didn’t like her portrayal. It was like she was a puppet on a string, and she probably was to be honest. Just felt so wrong and unnatural that it just bothered me a lot to watch her in the episode.

Val. To call someone a bitch, you much therefore be one. And really she was this episode. Don’t like her, can’t stand her, and we don’t need to see this character again… But I expect to see her again when the crap hits the fan at the end of the season.

Hale’s Father. I think his name is Sturgess, but it was also listed as Fletcher. Regardless of that, I didn’t care for the attitude, the snobbery, and the racism. So much stereotype in one character you couldn’t cut it with a knife.

Dabner. Not much of an appearance for a comedian that I have seen on stage and elsewhere, Sean Cullen. I was surprised to see him in the episode, and he was just on the edge of playing his “normal” self, but they moved so fast past him that you couldn’t enjoy it.

Lochlyn. He seems to be getting very “buddy-buddy” with Bo. I’m not sure I like that, it was more fun not to like him really. The one thing that gets me now is, what else is he doing against the Garuda? Haven’t seen much of anything on that front have we?

Nate. He and Kenzi look so right together. And it was good to see them figure out their relationship finally… Why do I have the feeling that he will be the first victim of the oncoming attack?

Not much to say about the rest of the characters this time save that the majority of them were played for the snobbery angle and the racist one as well. It’s a shame when all you can remember of a character is their overwhelming negativity, hate and dislike of those lesser than themselves… If that was meant to make up less apt to like the Fae… it worked.

My rating of The Girl Who Fae’d With Fire

Keeping my interest – 3 Pitchforks

Portrayal of a Succubus – 1 Pitchforks

Overall look and feel – 4 Pitchforks

Storyline – 3 Pitchforks

Main Characters – 4 Pitchforks

Mythos – 5 Pitchforks

Overall Rating – 3.3 Pitchforks out of 5

This was about the most uncomfortable episode to watch in the series for all of the hate in it. At several points I was thinking about turning the episode off and I would have if not for writing about it. That hasn’t happened to me before in the series and I hope that it never happens again.

Not a whiff of Bo being a Succubus save for the uncomfortable moment when Hale’s father was trying to butter her up. The Crier’s announcement of her was funny and I did laugh at it, but otherwise there was nothing to be seen of a Succubus in this episode. I hope that sometime soon they will remember she is one.

The setting was lovely, the clothing, especially that dress that Kenzi wore, which was amazing on her, set a tone for the episode. But it was pushed into the background by the overwhelming themes of distrust, hate, and anger that ran through the characters.

The storyline did have it’s moments, mostly in information dumps about the Fae and their society, but setting that aside, it was about betrayal. Dyson’s most of all, but Hale’s sister and father, and that of the Fae Nobility. I’m sure that this will come back to haunt everyone and it is a good anchor to build the last episodes of the season on, but, there was something missing in it… and I think that was the heart that previous episodes have had. If this is foreshadowing the next season, I don’t think I will enjoy it much.

Lots of delicious mythos in this episode. Really was impressed by it, and I hope to see more of it. I liked the connection between the real world in Pompeii and the Fae mythos, that was really well done and I think that it opened more insight to Fae history, as brutal as it is. We also saw a lot of Fae politics in this episode which was interesting as well. But what was disturbing, and I have said this many times for this episode, the overwhelming racist commentary by the older Fae? That was really over the top and I hope that it isn’t done so heavy handedly next time if they must do so…

Next Episode, In Two Weeks: Fae-nted Love

Kenzi and Trick must race to save Bo from the fallout of a steamy night gone awry before it binds the Succubus for a millennium. In its wake, Bo poses very uncomfortable questions to Trick about her origins. 

Well, in all honestly this was bound to happen sometime don’t you think?

So let’s see… Bo has to have killed someone, someone important it would seem as well. I couldn’t be so lucky to have that be… Ryan? Probably not going to be him, but it would be a delicious irony if it was wouldn’t it?

And as well, Bo might just find out about her past and we all might discover if Bo’s father is Trick. That brings up a lot of questions, not the least of which is just how exactly Bo get to be a Succubus and how that happened, and no I don’t mean in the biological way…

The one thing that bothers me is, Bo has gotten a lot of control over her feeding, so how likely is it that she would kill someone? Moreover, considering that Bo could, and has, brought people back from the brink, why couldn’t she do so again?

I’m hoping for a good plot and some answers that make sense in this episode, but I won’t be holding my breath I think…

Now, considering that the last episode revealed the threat to all of the Fae, this all could be another plot by The Garuda couldn’t it?

It would be a good idea to continue to add stories that connect to the overall season plot now as we are running rapidly out of them aren’t we? I expect that the remaining episodes will be a build up the the season finale, at least from the summary hints that have been leaked, as much as we can believe them as yet…

But no Lost Girl this weekend, for the Oscars are here and so we take some time away from Bo and the fun she is about to have…

See you in two weeks for the next episode…



Feb 23 2012

Succubi Image of the Week 217

I love to find new Succubus characters now and again… They don’t have to be in a series or a book or anything like that…

But if they are cute… Well that’s a bonus isn’t it?

Succubus by Noeldon

Succubus by Noeldon

If you click on this lovely image, you’ll be taken to a huge one with all of the yummy details that make this an exceptional Succubus i think…

I’m assuming that the artist of this work is named Noeldon as that is the tag on this work, and I’m also assuming she is a Succubus since that’s on the tag as well…

But she is all cuteness and sexy isn’t she?

Beautiful form, lovely hair and horns and outfit and I don’t even mind the wings at all… And she has a tail which brought a happy squee from me when I saw that she did have one!

The only thing about her that I don’t like a lot are her little vampire-like teeth, but with all of the rest of her I think I can easily overlook that…

If anyone knows where more of this artist’s work can be found, could you please leave a comment?



Feb 22 2012

Costume. Tacky. Succubus. Not.

I think I have a winner for the worst Succubus or Devil Girl costume of the year and that’s saying a lot with all of the mistakes, trash heaps and disasters I have seen so far…

But really… This one is bad.

Slutty DevilI couldn’t find an actual name for this disaster, but I think I’ll call it Slutty Devil and be fairly close I think to whatever the real name of it is…

The costume comes with a chain spiked collar, corset buckle front dress with an attached devil tail and tuling skirt and lastly a pair of devil horns…

The boots are not included.

It sells for about $70 US and honestly I think that it looks like someone took a schoolgirl outfit, added horns and a tail to it, and then walked away from the design process…

Why is it that collars, especially studded ones, are becoming more and more prevalent? Honestly it does nothing for this costume so why have it?

The horns are probably the worst ones I have even seen and that’s saying a lot. They look like they might even be made of some kind of soft material and that makes me wonder if someone confused catgirl ears with devil horns and I really don’t know how that could possibly happen…

I’m also unsure of why there are three sets of buckles on the corset. It looks really trashy and I’ll bet that it’s uncomfortable to be wearing as well.

The tail?

Looks like someone traced out a tail on a single sheet of material, cut it out and then stapled it to the dress. It even looks to be made of a single piece of red felt and it’s so short to be laughable…

I’ll give this a well deserved zero out of five pitchforks…

Never going to be seen wearing this on Halloween, even if you paid me…



Feb 21 2012

Desires 17

After a one-week break for Valentine’s Day… Desires returns and the Queen of the Succubi learns something…


Desires – Truths

By MZ and Tera S

Part Six

I nibbled my lower lip and looked at him for a moment. Then with a soft giggle in my voice I answered, “I think I can manage to contain myself for a few seconds…. If I have to…” I pouted and then gave him a wink. I gently took his arm and guided him into my home. I closed the door behind him and then leaned against it looking at him. I wanted him so badly to be mine. I needed him more than words could say. I wanted that perfect moment that he promised to be ours.I took his hand again and led him towards my living room. As we entered I let go of his hand and walked to the far wall of the room. The entire wall was made glass that let the morning sun enter the room and the stars of the night twinkle through the wall. In the middle of that wall was a series of small cubbyholes. And in each one, a single hand carved rose that he had made over the past year for me. I placed the newest one at the top of the pattern of boxes and stepped back to look at the image created. They were the most cherished things in my home and every day I touched one and thought of him…

I turned back to Curtis and then guided him to a soft leather chair in the middle of the room. I made him sit in it and then I carefully sat myself down onto his lap and looked into his eyes.

I cupped his cheek with my hand and then we kissed each other softly. I nibbled at his lips and moaned with the briefest of touches against my skin or my dress. All that mattered was him at the moment and I decided that this was the moment. A year had passed and now I had to know.

My tail twined around my bared leg for a moment and then I said in a soft voice, “Curtis… It’s been a year… You know my feelings about you… I want you with me always… I need you so much every day… ”

I looked into his eyes and asked, “Will you be mine Curtis? Will you finally give me your all? Come into my life and be mine forever? I must have an answer… I can’t survive on maybe and possibly any longer…”

I took his hand in mine and then kissed it softly and asked the question, “Will you give yourself to me completely. Body and soul… I must have your answer…. Please…”

Trust… Is there any?

We’ll see…


Feb 20 2012

Storm Clouds 157 – 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...

Some editing of Chapter 23 this week with thanks to my heart… With some luck the story will continue next week again…


Storm Clouds 157

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 here. 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.”