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make a secret out of this

The truth, Lilith…

The power of Seth compels you!

the truth is…

The power of Seth compels you!

…we all burn.

The power of Seth compels you!

The power of Seth compels you!

It was silent.

The power of Seth compels you!

The power of Seth compels you!

She was alone.

The power of Seth compels you!

The power of Seth compels you!

And it was very very dark.

The power of Seth compels you!

The power of Seth compels you!

The power of Seth compels you!

The power of Seth compels you!

The power of Seth compels you!

“Jason?”

The power of Seth compels you!

The power of Seth compels you!

This mirror is the sick bed of heaven!

“Jason?!”

I am a beautiful animal!

He did not speak. He did not look at her. But he was here and she wasn’t alone and she was safe and he loved her.

She reached out towards him.

I am a destroyer of worlds!

And he disappeared.

I am Seth fucking Morrigan!

I loved him.  I loved him soooo much.

He proofread my novel

Jason wasn’t real. He had never been real.

The fog and the fire and the dark were real.

He liked it.

He was the only one.

Seth’s hand was warm. And soft. And solid.

She would follow him.

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78 Responses to Empty

  1. BB says:

    EEEEEEPPPP 😀

    BB is very pleased with the outcome.

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  2. raquelaroden says:

    I love the effect of making Jason more and more corporeal the closer she got. I also liked how the colors changed as though she was getting closer to the real colors of the world, but then when he disappeared she was back into the nightmarish red and black again. The moment when Seth takes her hand is jarring because it’s cast back in real-world colors, which seems to signal one of two things: either she’s suddenly back in the real world, or she’s still lost in the weird one and is just reaching out to Seth in confusion and desperation. Very cool chapter!

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    • medleymisty says:

      Yep, I like that too. It wasn’t very conscious, really, and just sort of happened while I was editing the pics.

      Yay I’m glad you liked it! 🙂 It turned out very differently than my original vision of it but I’m fairly happy with it.

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  3. amyjobee says:

    I loved this chapter! I agree with raquelaroden. I love how you made it more earthly looking and real when she got closer to Jason, then all went dark again when he disappeared. I love how you managed to move her closer to Seth. I was wondering how she would ultimately follow him. I guess I should have guessed that when shes all alone and nothing seems real, she would follow the one thing/person that does.

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    • medleymisty says:

      Yay thank you!

      Yeah, that just kind of happened. I was like, whoo, having fun with filters and inverts and then the more normal as she gets closer to Jason was a sort of thought in the back of my mind.

      And yeah, this is definitely Lilith’s low point. But we shall see what happens in the next couple of updates. 😉

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  4. SuziMae says:

    Woah! That seems to be my respones to most of the updates now. They are all soooo insanely amazing and the entire story is just out of this world good!

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  5. SuziMae says:

    And I still love the photo tags or whatever you call them. I always have to read the update at least twice to get it all. They tell a story of their own.

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    • medleymisty says:

      The mouseover text? Heh – this one is mostly “The power of Seth compels you!” because that amused me and if any stalkers want to make secrets with my mouseover text again that might be fodder for a fun one. And then some quotes from Wizard People Dear Readers.

      An appropriate soundtrack for this update is this totally awesome Seth song – yeah, this is a Lilith heavy update but whatever. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lUcORz4acvI

      Yay thank you! I’m glad you liked it despite the lack of text. I originally envisioned this one as all epic and grand with sweeping beautiful prose, but then Valley wanted something different.

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  6. Ambree says:

    Ok, I already left a comment but then I guess my computer ate it, so sorry if I end up posting twice, now to the comment…Oh, Wow! Fantastic update, I’m on the edge of my seat, and I can’t wait to find out what happens now that Lilith has decided to follow Seth. This was very well done, as are all your updates, keep up the amazing work! Looking forward to reading more, in fact, I think I’ll reread this one. 🙂

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  7. quanta1000 says:

    WOW.
    Holy crud that was so good! In my opinion, that was the scariest pictures of them all! Nice job!
    I feel so sorry for Lilith though. Those were her thoughts and right now, her life is really screwed up. She wil need someone to lean on…
    And apparently that person is Seth.
    You know, I think Seth is more smart than evil. He is a complete genius and I figure if he wants Lilith (and he does) that he will do anything and everything to get her. He planned all of this I bet.
    The killing of Jason and Sharon and Bella, I think they were all strategic. He let Bella tell Lilith just enough to freak her out. Then he had Jason and her bond again, just to make her world fall apart.
    So now she lost her mind and he has the girl. The prize.
    Quite the plan, I don’t know if it would have been able to work if another thing was changed. You gotta hand it to Seth.
    At least that’s what I think.
    Now, I wonder if Lilith will become like, a mini-Seth and what happened to Seth to make him like this…so mch death for both of them. Except one is a predator, the other, prey.
    Great job! Really got me thinking!

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    • medleymisty says:

      Yep. I recently got into Muse (NO, not as a result of Twilight – heard Uprising on the radio and liked it) and I had to check this song out when I saw the title.

      Actually they have a lot of good Seth/Lilith songs. I like this one as a song much better than Stockholm Syndrome.

      And indeed, the Seth song I linked in reply to SuziMae stands out as a Seth song because of the line:

      “Restin’ my bones for the loneliness of being the only genius around”

      That and it being about a guy who only has his clothes and a lighter. 😉 I can so see the guy singing the song ending up as life fruit.

      His traits are evil, insane, green thumb, handy, and genius. 🙂

      Yay! I can always count on you to get it. You rock and are awesome.

      And very intriguing comment about the mini-Seth thing. Very very intriguing.

      The soundtrack for the theme of this update is the Johnny Cash cover of NIN’s Hurt.

      If you listen to it – it fits both Lilith and Seth perfectly.

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  8. quanta1000 says:

    Whoops.
    Her name was Shannon. Lol, my bad.

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  9. Amelia says:

    Very very intriguing. I’ve no clue how this can possibly end.

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  10. catherinesims3 says:

    Wow, it turned out even better than I had expected. Great work!

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    • medleymisty says:

      Yay thank you! 🙂 I know I had built up this idea that it was going to be all epic and beautiful and grand but then it didn’t want very much text at all.

      But then like I’m always saying – in songs that tell stories the music almost disappears at the most tense parts.

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    • SuziMae says:

      Catherine, did you shut down your blog? I couldn’t get to it today…

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  11. moondaisy101 says:

    Wow. This is breathtaking…

    First of all the photography has reached a pinnacle of sublimity… and I’ll have nightmares about Seth with red hot eyes for a while…

    I still wonder whether he manages to steer the images in her mind, her very thoughts even. That idea popped in my head for the first time when I read ‘Watcher’ and I can’t shake it off.

    In Angel Seth takes her hand. Can I presume she has taken his this time? I’m glad she told us what his hand feels like: warm, soft and solid…
    I don’t feel she had much agency in the matter of following him or not… he took her friends away and he proposes to join them together, is it not?

    Who is the Angel in Angel, I wonder now. It had been a long time since we saw Seth’s little girl…

    I’m so glad this update came out. I started to worry about you. But you are in finer form than ever! Big hug. 🙂

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    • medleymisty says:

      Yay thank you! 🙂

      Actually that’s the pic from Angel. This update is basically her thoughts after Seth says the last line of Angel and then she decides, okay, I’ll go with him.

      Aww, don’t worry about me. 🙂 I needed some time off and then this one took a while once I got started on it but I am going to see this through and finish it. I’ve got my friends behind me. 🙂

      *hugs* right back

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  12. Ning says:

    Yay! I kept wondering when the next update is coming! ^^

    Wha….? Don’t take his hand, Lilith! He’ll burn you!! I wonder why Lilith thought she saw Jason though… she still misses him? 🙂

    Anyway, I love this pic best: http://i677.photobucket.com/albums/vv136/medleymisty/Lilith%20crazy%20scene/Screenshot-55.jpg Great editing you did in there! 😉

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    • medleymisty says:

      I took a week off and then this one took forever – I was stuck for a while and then the pictures took a long time to edit.

      And oh yes, Lilith still wants Jason.

      Here’s the full size original of that Seth pic. I love the red eyes.

      Thanks!

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  13. Sara says:

    oh god I never thought she would do that not in a million years. Im starting to like Seth myself now lol. 🙂 I cant wait to see what happens next.

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    • medleymisty says:

      Glad it surprised you. 🙂 It makes sense to me. What else is she going to do at this point in time? She’s pretty much been completely traumatized and driven bonkers and she has no one else to turn to and she can’t run.

      Seth does have a strange sort of appeal, yes. 🙂

      Hopefully the next update won’t take as long. We’ll see. I already know what I want for it. It’s just a matter of..well, it’s always a matter of getting the pics and typing the words, lol. But I know what pics and what sort of words I want, and that’s more than usual.

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  14. S.B says:

    beautiful job with the progression and the perspective. and the decision to leave the final shot ‘normal’ instead of edited like something out of a nightmare (which they sort of are) was inspired.

    I can definitely see why she would reach for Seth. Like you said, he’s solid. He’s there. What else is she going to do? And he’s really, really interesting….

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    • medleymisty says:

      Thank you! And yeah, I almost did go and find the original pic and edit it all up but then I was like, no, this is where it returns to reality.

      Seth is indeed interesting. 🙂

      Oh man – I can’t wait to see how people react to the end.

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  15. gayl says:

    OMG that second to last shot…Seth was looming over the earth in that one like he was a part of the mountain or rather it was a part of him.

    It was sad to see Jason and not have him “be there” for Lilith. I think that could really be a breaking point for her. That Seth is the only one…that she might turn to him is scary.

    The weight of each shot and the meaning behind it was powerful. You really have a way of saying so much with those images. While your writing is always powerful your shots really pack a punch. The care you take is evident.

    Wonderful update!

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    • medleymisty says:

      I think Seth is very identified with the waterfall lot, yes.

      And that is exactly what I was going for there, I think. That she would reach out to Jason and he wasn’t there and that would crush her completely. I just now realized it, but the title – she is now empty. A vessel waiting to be filled. 😉

      This one really did seem want to talk through the pictures more than the words which surprised me. But Valley often surprises me. 🙂

      Yay thank you and you are so awesome! 🙂

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  16. Carla says:

    Aw, I was so sad to see Jason. I miss him!

    Wonderful update!

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  17. Rad says:

    I said it last night but the Jason disappearing shots work really well, and the sense of everything crashing in on Lilith really comes through with the way you’ve used the effects on the photos. The ending is pretty terrifying yet also enthralling… good stuff xx

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    • medleymisty says:

      Yay Rad! You are awesome and cool and stuff.

      I’m glad you liked it. 🙂 Also glad that the pictures got across what I was going for. I really did think that this one was going to be all text-y and stuff but then it was like no.

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  18. tipix7 says:

    Gorgeous photos (as always), I loved the effects. Poor Lilith, Seth really is convincing, isn’t he?

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  19. TheLunarFox says:

    You know, I happened to be taking a very nice shower this morning when I started to think about this entry.

    The sense of isolation is horrible in this one. Revealing Jason only to take him away again and leave her completely alone makes it worse than if she were just alone. Because now we have something that contrasts. And the last picture leaves me with a sense of foreboding.

    *definitely is not a Lilith and Seth shipper*

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    • medleymisty says:

      There’s nothing healthy about Lilith/Seth, no. So nothing wrong with not shipping them. 🙂

      And yep – she needed to be totally crushed to give in to Seth. Also, well – like when I’m deep into Valley I don’t really have dreams that I remember much and I think that’s because my subconscious is expressing itself through Valley instead and if you look at my favorite songs, they all deal with themes of isolation.

      The end is nigh, and I do wonder what people will think of it. I may have to think about it some myself and see if it still fits. I think so. We’ll see.

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  20. OOooh, creepy! Poor Lilith is truly lost, isn’t she?

    Can’t wait for the next one!

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  21. A-Bay says:

    Sheesh girl, you have been working on this story for awhile and it is HELLA good. Keep up the good work, I like this taste. I’m ready to figure it all out though. Is Seth like Lilith’s ego or something? A figment of her imagination? Hmm..some things for me to think about. Excuse me while I go ponder.

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    • medleymisty says:

      In the world of the story, Seth and Lilith are two independent separate people. In the meaning and symbolism of it though – who knows?

      And yep, we’re almost at the six month mark. 🙂 Probably only about four updates to go though.

      Yay thank you and you rock!

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  22. tallis says:

    oh, I definitely loved this story.. I kinda read through the whole thing today, and I love the special effects you use on the screenshots to make them look really.. scary ..

    and it’s so creative! plus, you’re keeping it up to date, and not giving up – that’s very admirable.

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  23. cryptanalyst says:

    I love how you barely type anything and I get goosebumps all over my body.

    Seth is so creepy. I do not want. Dx

    Update soon, please and thanks. ❤ 🙂

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    • medleymisty says:

      Thank you! And yes – I thought this one was going to be all texty but then it was like no, pics!

      As for updating soon – got birthday stuff, football games, and concerts to go to this week and then Christmas next week, so it might be a little while. Not taking any purposeful breaks again, though.

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  24. Eli =] says:

    There re no better words to define this part then “WOW”, congrats!

    Nice to see you really returned from your ‘vacation’

    BTW, once i saw the Seth Picture in Al Simhara i haaaaad to purchase the expansion pack :]

    *creepiest thing of all: once i moved my downloaded Seth to the same waterfall lot in which the story passes, my playing character’s house totally burnt down =O *

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    • medleymisty says:

      Yay OMG thank you! 🙂 I’m glad you liked it! And yeah, Seth is pretty hot in those pics. 😉

      Wow, that is creepy. I love hearing stories about Seth in other people’s games. And about the squeeing when they take pics of him. 😉

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      • Eli says:

        Haahaha I bet you manage to hear some pretty creepy results from having Seth in other ppl’s games lol

        Made a friend of mine buy the game so that she could download him as well and we could compare what happened along the story :]

        ~love what you’re doing with the story~

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  25. kama674 says:

    Wow what an update! Your pics are amazingly edited and you are really telented. I also love how you end each chapter in a suspence. It makes me want to read more and more! Love it and can’t wait to see what will happen next. Also, I wish these chapters were a lot longer so I could read and read and read lol!

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  26. kama674 says:

    Ohh and forgot to tell you that the pics with Jason and the ones with her falling and the last one worked really well. Got the message more acros than the words!

    And how many more chapters to you plan to do? I wish that this story could go on forever but every story has to end sometime! I hope that this one won’t end soon but if it does, than you should totally do a sequel!

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    • medleymisty says:

      Yay thanks!

      Yeah – I was surprised when I got started on this one and the pics wanted to tell the story instead of words. But well – Valley knows what it wants.

      As for how many more updates – at the moment I think three plus an epilogue, but we’ll see. Never know for sure what the update wants and where it wants to end until I get started on it.

      It won’t end soon – holiday activities mean updates are going to be slow for now. Had a school concert to go to last night, may have a birthday dinner tonight, have tickets to the Panthers game on Sunday, and then family Christmas stuff next week, etc.

      Not really a way to do a sequel, lol. But I do plan on posting more shorts like Interlude and drabbles and random things involving the Valley characters. Also thinking about a new Sims project – maybe a humor type thing like my old legacies. 🙂

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  27. 27lilian says:

    ur stories are so mysterious! 😀

    anyway! mind checking out my story blog?

    http://simsfantasyworld.wordpress.com/

    =)

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  28. carnaxa says:

    That second last picture, the effect you achieved on the Seth screencap is amazing. It really does look like the face of evil.

    Sounds like Lilith has made her decision to follow Seth. That doesn’t bode well at all.

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    • medleymisty says:

      Thank you! And I did that pic just for fun a day or so before starting on the chapter and decided to use it when bumpmapping wouldn’t work because it was a nighttime pic.

      As for boding well – we shall see. We shall see. 😉

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  29. carebear728 says:

    Wow…chilling

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  30. Mackenzie says:

    That second to last picture nearly made me jump out of my seat o_o

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  31. Christian says:

    You must have worked really really hard to get those pictures like that, and I must say that they are EPIC! I really love 21 and 22.

    Loved this update, off to the next one 😀

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  32. Not that is scary! Seth’s face and eyes over the waterfall. I am so glad it’s day out right now. He is one sim I hope never to dream of. (And I do honestly dream of my sims when I’ve been focused on them too much. Ha ha.)

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  33. roumoocarter says:

    What’s he doing to her? It’s freaking me out! Is something wrong with her brain? RUN FOR YOUR LIFE LILITH! RUN!

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    • medleymisty says:

      Thank you for all of your comments. 🙂

      I’m pretty sure the next update is going to be the end so we will see what Lilith does quite soon. And I’ve decided to go ahead and take the outline of Valley and write a full novel with it, so I’ve been researching stuff and it turns out that Lilith’s reaction is actually a normal reaction to trauma. I think in the novel version I want her to be a little more active, though. At least in the events leading up to her meeting Seth. Which are going to be very different than they are here – like at the moment I think I’m going to start the novel version with Jason’s funeral.

      And the ending is going to be very different than the ending for this version. I think. Which I’m going to start shooting the last update tomorrow. I am still trying to figure out how to get around the limits of the game to get the shots I need. 🙂

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  34. Valerie says:

    Oh, dear. Super creepy. Some epic picture editing going on here! I like the subtle changes in colouring in the shots where Lilith is running to Jason.

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  35. Katrea says:

    Amazing photos! The one with Seth in front of the waterfall almost looks like he’s reaching out to grab her. Lilith needs to get a hold of herself but unfortunately she doesn’t even seem to want to!

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    • medleymisty says:

      Oh yeah – by this point in the story I was all about the pictures, trying to work on them and improve them and find interesting new ways to edit them to show the internal landscape of the characters. 🙂

      Poor Lilith. I think she’ll do better in the new story though. 🙂

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  36. RipuAncestor says:

    The pics in this one were especially good. Some of them look like paintings!

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  37. These pics are incredible. Another great chapter!

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