When It Comes Down To It. . .

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The holidays are here!  Time to give and receive gifts!!  Wait… What?

You know it’s true though.  It’s not even a bad thing, but… What are you giving?  I’m not going to lie.  I do love gifts. *grins!*  BUT – as lovely as the unwrapped tangible item may be, what really means the most to me is that someone spent time to think about me and select something specifically.

Time… I think it comes down to time.  It’s the most expensive gift you can give someone. You can’t purchase more.  You can’t get a refund.  It can come in the form of a prayer or good thought sent out for you.  Physically spending time with you.
Listening to you.  Even putting thought into a gift for you to unwrap.

Time is precious my friends.  Waste it wisely.

Happy holidays to you and yours!!

“We have so much time and so little to do.  Strike that, reverse it.” – Roald Dahl –

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POSES:
Photo 1 Ryanna: BAXE Poses Casual Chic Female8
Photo 1 Broderick: Q Poses The Blues (store relocating inworld)
Photo 2: RK Poses Daydreaming

BRODERICK is wearing:
Hair: Exile::Better Days
Shirt: A&D Shirt ~Sam~ for SLINK
Pants: REDGRAVE Navy Jeans LQM – ClassicCut
Socks: [Deadwool] Dandy socks (gift)

RYANNA is wearing: Click here to check out her blog!
Hair: Truth Ami
Outfit: Egoisme Elisa Sweater & Pants
Boots: ISON girl panic boots (black)

SET DESIGN:
CHEZ MOI Xmas Potted Bushes (gacha)
CHEZ MOI Please Snuggle Box (gacha)
CHEZ MOI Cozy Christmas Rug MultiPoses
CHEZ MOI Cozy Christmas Tree w Songs
Noble Creations [NC] – Wild Rug (Beige)
JIAN Kitten Scratching Post
JIAN :: Fox
[ zerkalo ] Letters – Wall

United

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Bayde was looking out at the waterfall a moment… Noticing the way the water from one source merged with another.  It hit hard at first, but eventually, the water from the waterfall mixed with the water below to the point you couldn’t tell them apart.  He wondered if that would be him soon.

The war ended three months ago, and the human race he was once a part of were acting like fools.  They were threatening to redraw their treaty with the elves, after the elves had helped them win victory over the trolls.  The Elven King, Ori’Ziya’s father, had spent months trying to communicate with the humans.  What they were trying to do was not only unfair, but a massive insult to the sacrifice the elves made for them.

Ori’Ziya noticed him in thought, again, and spoke up.  “Don’t go.”

The Elven King had decided to send a convoy of his council to meet with the human leadership on his behalf.  Bayde was new to the King’s council, and was the first one volunteered by the King himself to go.  He knew one of the King’s reasons was because he was once a human, and it just made sense, but there was also another reason.  The King simply wanted Bayde to spend some time away from his daughter.

The politics of everything sometimes got to Bayde.  Originally, he met the Elven King because of a favor owed the human race. Now the humans were trying to mistreat the elves, which he disagreed with and was more than prepared to stand for the elves on this, but here he was…. Alive simply from elf magic.  The tears of Ori’Ziya not only saved his life three months ago, but turned him from human to elf.

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Oftentimes, Bayde didn’t even recognize himself if he passed a mirror.  He was almost caught, once, touching his face…. And those ears!!  Mercy… His physical changes didn’t compare to the new, heightened senses he had though.  He tripped over himself countless times for a week at least.  It was like he was walking ahead of himself 5 steps and his body caught up.

Bayde reached for Ori’Ziya’s hands, closed his eyes, and placed a kiss on her forehead.  “I know these people, and they know me. I’ll be able to best assess the situation,” he said softly against her skin.

She was silent below him, her face hidden as she looked down at their hands.  He watched her shoulders rise and fall with a deep breath before she spoke again.  “And what will you do, Bayde, when your human life calls back to you?  How do you think you’ll be treated when they discover that one of their best men did not die in the war, but is now, somehow, an elf?”

He didn’t really have any good answers.  Her voice paralleled the same questions running through his own mind.  She always had a way of doing that.  He slipped his arm around her now, and pulled her close, watching the spikes of his armor.  He was wearing his human uniform, hoping to be recognized easily.

“I don’t know, Ori’Ziya,” he answered honestly. “You don’t trust them, I know. But I promise you that I will return.”  He didn’t make promises often, but for her, he’d give his life, again.  He was determined to bring honor in his task… And himself, back home.

Brushing his lips back and forth across her forehead, he looked at the waterfall thoughtfully, focusing again on the how the two waters merged.

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POSE:
RK Poses – Us @ Shiny Shabby (until Sept. 15th)
Drunk Panda Poses – By Your Side @ Pose Lover & Friends Event (until Aug. 28th)

BRODERICK is wearing:
Hair: [Boss Style] Adam Hair
Collar: Gabriel – ::GB::Armour Gorget Collar Gold (gacha)
Pants: Gabriel – ::GB::Gladiator Pants Gold (gacha)
Shoes: Gabriel – ::GB::Gladiator Boots GOLD (gacha)
Belt: Gabriel – ::GB::Gladiator Belt Black
Cloak & Pauldrons: Noble Creations – [NC] Cloak & [NC] Pauldrons
Arm Band: [BODY FACTORY] Illusion Knife Bracelet (Brown) – overlayed with [BODY FACTORY] Illusion Bracelet (Black)
Tattoo: Taox Tattoo – Cillian

RYANNA is wearing: (Her side of the story is here, at Trappings of a SecondLife)
[LAB737] Nyota Shrug (snow) @ The Fantasy Gatcha Carnival (Until Sept 7)
[LAB737]  Nyota Armor Metal Rare @ The Fantasy Gatcha Carnival (Until Sept 7)
[LAB737] Nyota Chest Drape (snow) @ The Fantasy Gatcha Carnival (Until Sept 7)
[LAB737] Nyota Harness (snow)@ The Fantasy Gatcha Carnival (Until Sept 7)
[LAB737] Nyota Skirt (snow) RARE @ The Fantasy Gatcha Carnival (Until Sept 7)
boots: [Dolphin Design Mesh] Gothic Leather Boots
Hair: .Olive. the Delilah Hair *Merry Glitter
accessory : .Olive. the Glitter  Face Jewels