•{ I’ll decorate . . . whenever

She needed to decorate for the season, but the feeling simply wasn’t there. Even the festive outfit didn’t do much to up the mood.  With a huff and a sigh she laid out on the couch and watched her cat dig around in the box of lights.

The  cat came to her with a purr and a happy grin, by the looks of it, he had gotten into the spirit. Literally. Absently she shooed him away and placed her chin in her palm. “I’ll decorate . . .whenever.”

Outfit: Exile:: – Santa Baby
Hair: Exile:: – Weekender
Tattoo: Stardust – Soraka – White Tattoo

TFF White Owl Shoulder Pet @ Pixie Snow Hunt
LISP – Mesh – Artemis Panel Wall Low – Dark
~Nerido~ Gray Kitten with garland (gift) @ The Chapter Four
ROIRO – Kugel box (gift) @ The Chapter Four
[f] Gramma’s Garland A{Cranberry}

Pose: :LW: Bento Poses  – Always Kiss me Goodnight


•{ Outside, at the bench . . .

It was an upscale party. A friend – and the hostess – had invited her because they had been worried she was spending too much time alone. Though a party was not her usual forté she agreed, if only to get the friend off her back.

From the house steps she could already hear the revelry from inside. She took a breath, adjusted her dress, and entered. Inside people were laughing and a general feeling of good cheer was in the air. Though that was all on the surface. All the conversations she engaged in and heard felt the same. Everyone was focused on themselves and the want to be more interesting then the next person.

When the opportunity came she politely excused herself and went outside. There was a small park across the street and that’s where she went. She only needed to recharge before going back inside and a decent reason to leave the party early.

A few short moments later there were approaching footsteps followed by a man’s voice. “I can see why you came outside,” the man started to say, “Nature isn’t pretending to be something it’s not.”

She recognized him from the party. He had been discussing market shares and stocks to a selection of avid listeners. She had not been one of them.

“Is that why you’re here?” She gave him a questioning look. “Tired of pretending?”

He shrugged and leaned against the bench where she sat. “Could say the same of you.”

Only a hint of annoyance wore on her face. Why was he here? Obviously she came to be alone, otherwise she would have stayed at the party. She had to look up slightly now if she wanted to talk to him properly. “I didn’t ask for company.” She stated plainly.

He responded smoothly. “I’m not company. I’m Jake.” His quip made her smile.

Already it was more interesting outside of the party then in.

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Jacket: BlankLine – Flight Jacket [Black]

Ryanna (That’s me!)
Outfit: [Kenny Roland] | SEXY TERRY @ Cosmopolitan
Hair: booN Lab.007 hair
Necklace: WAYNE / MIRA Necklace (GOLD)

Pose: CKEY Poses – Just One Touch (slightly edited)

•{ End of day . . .

End of the day
Let the stress fade away

This is my peace
You can’t come in
Don’t want your din

Steam falling over me
Don’t care for your plea

I can’t hear your prayer
Oh, you’re still there?

Scene Design . . .

[BellaRose] Wintery Bathroom Sink ANIMATED
[BellaRose] Wintery Tub/Curtain ANIMATED

Sway’s [Emmi] Dresser . birch
Apple Fall Victorian Radiator
*Purple Moon – CandyCane Wreath @ For the Peace On Earth Hunt

:HAIKEI: like a humid day_Gacha {1}
:HAIKEI: like a humid day_Gacha {3}
:HAIKEI: Just lazy Rug / V.3

{what next} Summer Garden Hanging Planter 1

•{ Lingering thoughts . . .

Her thoughts were scattered all over the place. The last few days had been a whirlwind of activity with him. They always were. Whenever he came to town they made the most of their time. Now she sat upon the windowsill, looking out and thinking about what she had gotten herself into.

“The smell of your skin lingers on me now.
You’re probably on your flight back to your home town . . .”

“How much time do you have?” She had asked him.

He saw the unsaid words in her eyes and turned her face up to look at him. “I’m here,” he said. “I’m here now. And you are here. Leave tomorrow for another day.”

And they did. They laughed and enjoyed each other as day turned into night and night turned into day once again. Through all the revelry there was the small voice telling her that this was all a lovely dream and it was almost time for her to wake up.

“I need some shelter of my own protection, baby.
To be with myself and center. Clarity, peace, serenity . . .”

All too soon it was his last night. He stretched the time as far as he could, but he couldn’t stay. There was a plane he had to catch. “This is the part I don’t like,” he admitted while holding her securely to him in his arms. “Come with me.”

He asked her every time, and every time her reply as the same. “You know I can’t,” was her answer. Job, responsibilities, family, they were some of the things that held her here. It was also fear. Though she didn’t tell him that, he knew. It was the unsaid thing he always saw in her eyes.

He kissed her slowly, taking in each moment to take with him. “You’re always on my mind.” Those were the last words he said to her before he picked up his bag and left.

After he had gone she sat at the window, collecting herself to face another day and count down the ones until he returned.

“And I’m gonna miss you like a child misses their blanket, but I’ve got to get a move on with my life.
It’s time to be a big girl now and big girls don’t cry. . .”

Outfit: ::Una: – Astra @ Kinky Event {Until Dec. 19th}
Hair: HOMAGE — Frenchie Redux : Coffees

Pose: [ Focus Poses ] Frosty Morning

•{ Tell me . . .

His letter was waiting for her when she got home and as usually it was accompanied by a rose. These letters had been a constant over the past few weeks. Though she wanted to not look forward to them, it was a lost cause. With every letter she found herself getting more carried away.

This time the letter came with an invitation, directions and time. “Meet me at the following address. Don’t be late.” He had even included a picture with a circle around where  exactly he wanted her to be. Always so precise, she thought as she put the letter away and checked the clock. If she were to be on time she’d have leave soon.

After she changed she grabbed the rose and took a taxi to the address. It was darker out by the time she arrived and street lights were flickering on along the street. Her heart beat faster as she found the exact spot on the picture and ascended the stairs to indicated spot. The rose she held to her breast and turned her head down to listen to the quiet around her. She should be able to hear him when he arrived.

A few moments passed, she wasn’t sure how long, but then she heard it. The subtle sound of a car door closing down the street. He was coming. She didn’t have to look to know it was was him. As he got closer she could hear his footsteps on the ground.

The footsteps stopped and his voice drifted through the air. “Tell me you’ve had a wonderful evening so far. . . “ Those were his words. Tell me. They sent a delightful shiver down her spine. Though they still stood apart, she could already tell how this night would go.

Dress: ::Tiffany Designs:: Sophia Dress ~ Red
Hair: Vanity Hair:: Ole HP- browns

Pose :an lar [poses] The Ruby Series @ SaNaRae {Until Dec. 17th}

•{ Seeing Possibilities . . .

Snow had fallen over night and the bright light of morning filled the atmosphere. She stretched as she stepped off her porch and headed out into the field.  It was a little chilly, but she didn’t mind, it was the perfect weather for clearing her head and it that was certainly something that was needed.

“Hey there ole’boy,” she said to Hygee – her reindeer – as she settled down next to him in the field.  The warmth he admitted was all she needed to fend of the chill. “What’s on your mind for today?”  He replied with a snort and a shake of his head and she looked down to the hot cup in her hand and laughed.

“I know you don’t like it, but this stuff is magical.”  She slid down in the snow and let out a sigh before taking a long pull of her drink.  “You know what?”  she asked, turning her head to look at her companion for the morning. He fixed her with a look that was partially skeptical.  She brought the cup up to her lips, the smile she wore betraying her. “I’m actually looking forward to something.”

Hygee huffed and nosed the snow.  As for her? She looked out at the cold winter day and saw nothing but possibilities.

Outfit: {B+S}
POE 10 Hunt – Selene – @ For the Peace On Earth {Starting Dec 1}
Shoes::{MV}: Jingle This Holiday Boots

!dM Jule – Snowflake OrnamentChoker
:NerdALERT: Santa Hat with Lights @ For the Peace On Earth {Starting Dec 1}

Pose: :LW: Bento Poses  – It’s time for hygge