The Piccoli and the Princess

They find their ways into the forest sometimes, the giants. They’re usually lost and confused and need guidance to get out.

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They don’t understand the normal language at all, and have pitifully small ears for signals anyway. Instead they make sounds, a lot of sounds.

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Sometimes the animals feel bad for them and join them, sometimes they even use the forest energies to make sounds back at the giants. This always first shocks, then delights them.

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We know better than that. Every time you acknowledge their presence and feel sorry for them and use a bit of magic to understand which kingdom is now in peril and what they need to save it, off you go on some quest and end up living in a castle full of giants.

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No, thank you. We piccoli are better off in the forest. Who would train the birds and make the flowers grow if we left with every pretty giant that seemed to be in trouble and in need of help?

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Nono, not even if you ask nicely. Not even with those giant puppy eyes. Talk to the otter, he’d love to go into a castle. Especially the kitchen. We’re busy. We have a spring to prepare!

Piccoli by D-Lab and Lizail can be won from The Arcade. They’re astonishing critters, padding and hopping independently from one structure to another and interacting with them. Shopping for noms, flying birdies, climbing up to tree houses, starting the sprinkler on their own. It’s absolutely fascinating to watch. Yes, I had to get them all. This was my March-Arcade Madness.

The dress by [FAIDA] & Fallen Gods Inc. can be purchased at the main store of [FAIDA]. The necklace by Anachron is available in A Tattered Page Library, where it is a part of the 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea theme. The hair accessory by [NI.JU] is available in Origami event. The shoes by lassitude & ennui can be found from their main store.

Scene: Home Forest (Private) | D-LAB + LIZAIL – Piccoli Set 2 

Body: Skin: Pink Fuel – Doll v2 <Crystal> Pure (blkbrow) | Eyes: IKON – Charm Eyes Brown | Hair: Clawtooth – Angeles Black Beauty | Lashes: Redgrave – 39 – Luscious | Hands & Feet: Slink

Outfit: Dress: [FAIDA] & Fallen Gods Inc. ~ Jolie Proie Red* | Shoes: lassitude & ennui – Lucy heels gold* | Necklace: Anachron – Chaplet of Pearls Necklace Black & Gold* | Hair Accessory: [NI.JU] Hana Head Ornament flower only

Poses: Kirin – Hera Pose 8 | three middle ones AO pictures | flowey – a twinge in your heart

Upgraded

The house had been upgraded. The destroyed decor had been replaced by a collection of mood masks from the Museum of Martian Colonization. There had been nobody around to object when the little robots rolled in to locate objects of shiny surface and ornamental purpose.

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The robot mice had burned and melted in the fire, so the house upgraded the maintenance functions into a bird model. They moved faster and could thus find replacements for furniture as well. Piece by piece they brought in usable parts from the junk yards, piece by piece they put them together again.

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The house had been upgraded: if it could, it would feel smug of its masterpiece. No more futile service, no more functions without purpose, no more echoing emptiness within its walls. What it had lacked, it had finally re-created.

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The new purpose walked within the walls silently: never eating the food the house prepared, never needing sleep despite the announcements of bedtime, never visiting a bath that was set. In the silence they continued their existence: the house of service and its created inhabitant.

I was going to make a colonist post for A Tattered Page’s The Martian Chronicles round, but as I dressed her up and began considering her surroundings, this simply happened. The setting is mostly from the story There Will Come Soft Rains, featuring the automatized robot-serviced house that keeps on functioning even when its owners have been long dead. The human-looking robotic constructions are present in several stories, for example The Long Years and Usher II. They were very clearly described well made enough to fool humans, and even having very human-like emotions.

The house by Anachron, mask shelf by Black Tulip, furniture by 22769 [bauwerk], the dress by Greymoon and the eyes by Chop Shop are all from the event. The jewelry is from Mandala’s New Year sale that was still going on at the time of this post.

A Tattered Page has a central Library now for your shopping convenience, although the items are also available in the main stores.

Scene: House: Anachron – Soft Rains House Scorched Version* | Mask Shelves: [Black Tulip] – Choose Your Emotion Shelf* | Furniture: 22769 ~ [bauwerk] – Spaceship Junkjard Debris Set* | Birdies: +Half-Deer+ The Mad Scientist’s Birds

Body: Skin: Pink Fuel – Doll V2 Crystal Pure BlkBrow & Eyeshadow Soft Black, Thin Gloss Pink & Harley Blush <Crystal> Pink | Hair: Magika – Written | Hands: Slink | Lashes: Redgrave – 39 – Luscious | Eyes: !Chop Shop! – Rocket Summer* 

Outfit: Dress: Greymoon – Nostalgia Blues, Greens, Red Spectrum* | Jewelry: Mandala – Milky Way Set | Shoes & Socks: [Gos] Carrie Pumps

Poses: {Imeka} – Katie-Pose 3 | flowey – a twinge in your heart | (marukin) – [volition] back of a bird

Resigned

“Justine shook her head mournfully. “I do not fear to die,” she said; “that pang is past. I leave a sad and bitter world; and if you remember me, and think of me as of one unjustly condemned, I am resigned to the fate awaiting me.” Frankenstein, chapter 8

Did she feel it, the impending doom in the air? Justine, the maid so dear to the Frankenstein family that she was all but a family member. Perhaps not, perhaps she spent her last days in the contented happiness that the family had provided her, in doting over young William and taking care of the house of her benefactors.

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One could hardly blame her for feeling and expressing her gratitude so constantly, for it was the Frankenstein family — especially the late Caroline Frankenstein, Victor’s mother — who had convinced Justine’s mother to let her ignored daughter live at the Frankensteins from the age of twelve.

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So it was that Justine’s worry and concern for William, the youngest of the family, became the first step of her downfall. If she had not heard of William gone missing and had not spent so much time looking for him that she had to seek shelter in a barn for the gates of Geneva were closed already, the creature would have never seen her, never felt the bitter twinge for her beauty and therefore would have never placed the incriminating locket in the coat pocket of her sleeping form.

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With the locket from around the murdered child’s neck found in her pocket there was no hope for Justine, suddenly seen as the most ungrateful wretch in the world, someone willing to turn against her benefactors in the most dreadful way imaginable. No one seemed to question the logic of this, the only defense laid in the heartfelt pleas of Elizabeth who had only her firm belief in the innocence of Justine on her side.

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Justine confessed for the fear of hell, for the threats from her confessor, but in private she still convinced Elizabeth and Victor of her innocence, thus dropping the last of the misplaced guilt off her shoulders. She became the second victim of the creature, albeit indirect, and in doing so: also the second victim of Victor Frankenstein himself.

A Tattered Page is a new in-store event that draws its inspiration from books. The first round focuses on Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and you can find the shopping guide from the website. The hair and tears tattoo by Pale Empress, the prison with poses by [Black Tulip] and both dresses — light by .Luminary., dark by Pale Empress — and both necklaces — light by Eclectica, dark by House of Rain are a part of the event.

Scene:
Light: Garden of Dreams – The Atelier
Dark: [Black Tulip] A Prison for your Mind*

Body: Skin: !Imabee – Petal Florentien darkB & Eyeliner 1 | Eyes: IKON – Hope Eyes Denim | Lashes: Redgrave – 39 – Luscious | Hair: Pale Empress – Justine* | Hands: Slink | Tears Tattoo: Pale Empress – ATP Frankenstein Justine’s Tears*

Outfit:
Light: Gown: .Luminary. – Justine Cream* | Necklace: Eclectica – The Frankenstein Miniature*
Dark: Gown: Pale Empress – Justine Dress* | Necklace: House of Rain – Find Forever Gone Locket Closed*

Poses: flowey – a twinge in your heart | Picture This! – Jewelry Model 3 Mirror | [Black Tulip] A Prison for your Mind (poses part of the prison)*

Departure

“I can smell the change in the air: not unlike autumn it’s a sudden crisp feel, a moment of clarity, the sharp realization before the haze of hibernation. The spin of the Spiral is reaching the last rounds before the transformation begins.”

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“The trains are still awaiting for the last of the passengers and I should hurry, I do not want to get caught in that last twirl of no return. I used to, I think. Surely I did not leave the Spiral on my first shift? I wish I could remember the cycles before these last two, but that is the Spinner’s Nature: there is only the Spiral, and the Spiral is always Now.”
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“I like traveling now, I like being able to remember beyond the immediate existence, I like being able to look forward further than the end of the current Dance. That said, I also like to be able to return home, for somewhere within the twists and turns and changes of the Spiral I came into being.”
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“Sometimes I wonder if they are always the same, the people. If the Spiral changes only the surface, if the cores are the same, eternally dancing within its serpentine rise. I must compare, document, research. The next time.”

A Clockwork Spiral is turning its last spins and will vanish from our reality on October 1st at 6am SLT. Go catch its last moments before it fades for a year! I have had such fun with the return of the journalist and even more so: being able to see others get into the spirit of the Spiral, wander around, shapeshift accordingly and simply enjoy themselves.

Scene: A Clockwork Spiral

Body: Skin: Pink Fuel – Group Gift Peach September 2014 | Eyes: IKON – Horizon Eyes v2 Dark Turquoise | Hair: Exile – Dancing on my own | Hands: Slink

Outfit: Dress: DGD – Airship Princess* | Hat: Senzafine – Memento Mori Mini Top Hat Noir* | Glasses: Chaos, Panic & Disorder! – Ladies’ Pince-Nez | Other Accessories & Jewelry: Eclectica – Mechanika Belt Accessories, Dragonfly watch neckpiece, Dragonfly Ring*

Poses: Kirin – Florence Pose 1 | flowey – a twinge in your heart

Awaken

The statues line the sides of the bath house, sculpted into aesthetically pleasing poses and forms, the nudity both a declaration and invitation to the visitors to do the same, to drop their garments, their covers and relax.

statue3dsThe black marble seems almost warm under the sun, tinted by the golden rays, the embrace of the heat of day. Maybe some of the statues were sculpted with this in mind, to look up at the source of life, to bask, to admire, to be grateful.

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The skin by Fallen Gods Inc., necklace by .Enfant Terrible. and the hair by *Milk* are all available and discounted in the new round of We Love Roleplay that just opened. There’s also brand new appliers for the whole Materica line of skins in the Fallen Gods Inc. main store, huzzah!

Scene: Garden of Dreams – Roman Bath* | ~Libertine~ Legends, Table* (the decor in the middle picture)

Statue: Skin: Fallen Gods Inc. – Materica Black Marble* | Eyes: +Nuuna+ – Nuuna’s Creepy black eyes | Hair: *Milk* Hair ~ Queen of the Court* | Necklace: .Enfant Terrible. – Decor Armor necklace silver* 

Poses: {Imeka~} – Katie-Pose 4 | flowey. it’s a time machine | {Imeka~} – Katie-Pose 3

Golden Huntress

Far in the future when genetic cocktails are the way to go instead of makeup products, this is what you get when you ask for a bold look with a touch of lioness and golden sheen.goldenhuntress1csThe look comes with personality enhancers, with hunter’s instincts, pride and the absolute security in your right to be anywhere you choose to be and certainty that you are fabulous while doing so.
goldenhuntress2csForget about perfumes promising you sass, it’s all about mandibles and horns!

The Shika dress by Zibska is available in the Limited Bazaar with only 100 copies, so hurry! All the makeup is from the Cosmetics Fair and poses from Collabor88. The windlight was strongly golden in the pictures, so I must point out that the skin is really almost white goth-tone.

Scene: Sleepy Snail by Rebeca Bashly

Body: Skin: +Nuuna+ Kati Skin (Goth) & Eyebrows | Eyes: Adoness – Bestia Eyes Lion* | Lashes: Redgrave – 39 – Luscious | Eyeshadow: Zibska – Roni Mustard* | Face Tattoo Lines: +Nuuna+ Yua Black | Hair: Magika – Awake

Outfit: Dress & Shoulderpads: Zibska – Shika Noir* | Necklace: Zibska – Marielle Necklace*

Poses: flowey: where we ache to go again | (marukin) – [passion] loveless

Peeping~

It’s time to peep! Alternatively, it’s time to see how much stuff I have in my ‘sort’ folder. So, here’s a combined post about Easter, spring, bunnies, chicks, peeps and apparently also of dubious substances!

We’ll begin the story with this demure look and peeps hiding in the corner…

Everything looks somewhat normal, right? The bunny-masked girl is about to give a kiss to the lil chick, her pet bunny is admiring the new bunny bag on the couch, birdies in the lamp chirp singsongs, peeps observe silently…

…and suddenly the peeps take over! Obviously during the spring days the peeps have magical powers of transformation and translocation and who knows what else!

They are also …curious little fellows who fully embrace their small size and point of view it offers. Normally such a little peep would get a heel on his nose, but I fear there’s only one creature left whispering in the bun-girl’s ear and it’s a cthulhu…

See what happens when you take advice from miniature Elder Gods! I’m of course referring to the tea growing green, duh. Sonya would like to point out that this last picture is a result of photo manipulation and she would surely never end up in a situation like that. I mean, come on now. The peep is -smoking-! Ick.

That said, have peeptastic and bunnific holiday!

Credits: Most of the things are from The Seasons Hunt and Stash Bash Hunt with some items from one of the Evil Bunny Hunts. All the peeps are by aDORKables (spring freebie) and are awesome fun to play with. The various bun-girls are all wearing skin by League, eyes by Poetic Colors, lashes by Redgrave and bunny face tattoo layer by YaYo (The Evil Bunny Hunt). When visible, the black fluffy bunny tail is by Eat Rice! and hand tattoos are by Pulcino (subscribo-gift). Latte is of course an Ozimals bunny.

Picture 1: Tucson house by L2 Studio, bench & shelf by Little Boxes, bird lamp by Sea Salt, spring hall table by Cheeky Pea, bunny bag by TokiD, bunny mask by (pda), chick & kissy pose by Exposeur and birdy ring by Magic Nook, all of these from the Seasons Hunt. Skirt & belt by The Sea Hole and earrings by Adore & Abhor are from Stash Bash Hunt. The top (worn only partially here) is a group gift by Lo*momo and the hair by Posh is from their 25L sale that continues until Sunday.

Picture 2: The bed growing in the background by Art Dummy, hair by Plume, flowers by Olive Juice and the long necklace by Concrete Flowers are all from the Seasons Hunt. The outfit by Blue Blood and the shorter necklace by Ducknipple are from Stash Bash Hunt. The wagon by Zacca is from an Easter Hunt in SwayLand. The lop ears are by Poetica and what little you can see from shoes by Dilly Dolls.

Picture 3: The hair by Tiny Bird, the table, chairs and flowers by The Loft, the sprout pet by Intrigue Co., the bucket and chipmunk by sur+ and of course the bee (the hunt item itself) are all from the Seasons Hunt. Chocolate bunnie ears and the hopping sakura bunny are group gifts from Curious Kitties. The Easter shoulder Cthulhu is by Avatar Bizarre, the outfit by The Plastik, shoes by Dilly Dolls, faberge egg necklace by WTG, the bun-in-egg next to Latte is by Toast and the rose balcony skybox is a group gift from Lo*momo.

Picture 4: Comodo lounge by MudHoney (Stash Bash Hunt), playboy-bunny outfit by Sassy (The Evil Bunny Hunt) and the tea cup by Flowey (Seasons Hunt).