The first meeting…
The moonlight splashed down its luminous white-silver glow onto the beautiful but peaceful island Sernia Ngogia on the outskirts of Casper Bay, South Africa. And in the distance, the immense bulky Mopane trees were silhouetted against the deep charcoal sky as the stars lit up the sky, as the air was still. The moon’s light sparkled across the calming waters of the ocean. A beacon of light pierced through the skylight of multi-paned glass, bathing the palace’s mahogany floor in a crisscross of cinnamon-chocolate color, brightening the ballroom. The walls were a pearly but beige stone that sparkled in the moonlight’s rays.
The palace air was perfumed by the heavy scent of Zantedeschia rehmannii lilies. Their fuchsia sword-shaped leaves were striking against the backdrop of golden and beige walls, simply beautiful. On closer inspection, she could see that magnificent but elegant flower was shaped like a trumpet.
Reaching out her hand to the delicate, creamy, and soft leaves she gazed at the cheerful connotation of admiration and appreciation of the Zantedeschia rehmannii lilies. Its scent would remind her of this spectacular night. The lilies stood tall and proud in the palace’s great hall. And there they were, the jewels of times past, the voices of the ancestors’ soul and spirits echoed through the hall. She walked between them, taking in the curves and textures of each artifact, letting her mind think as perhaps the makers did.
To her, each artifact was a piece of the past, or perhaps a mirror image into the culture, spirit, and ancestor’s soul and the ways they told a legend of the royal Theron Chevaliér’s family. Antiques and artifacts ringed the great hall, a collection of cultures and fashions through the ages. There was everything from Ancient Egypt to Early modern France.
There was funerary art of Egyptian queen, Nefertiti, Ethiopian Scrolls, South African BAULE Harp, Asante African currency, French horn, Rococo painting, “The Spoiled Child”, and French artillery swords, all of them covered in a glass cabinet. At the far end of the glass cabinet, there was 18th-century tortoiseshell jewelry box with floral motives, it was a rare but delicate antique, covered in 18K gold. As she approached the cabinet glancing in, she couldn’t help but smile as she watches a piece of the past, a lost treasure of history. She glided away from the glass cabinet of antiques and artifacts that stood proudly in the great hall. Her footsteps echoed sharply around the deserted hallway and mahogany floor, sounding overly noisy in her ears, like the booming and rapid heartbeat.
Every step she took she inched closer to the palace’s stairwell leading to the grand ballroom doors. Her palms were wilting and the adrenaline coursing through her small petite body. Her crème mask with golden lace trimmings framed her face perfectly.
The mask showing off her hazel eyes with a melt of autumn tones. As she inched closer to the stairwell leading to the ballroom’s doors a gaggle of goose pimples laminated her smooth but beautiful mocha-caramel skin. With each step, the moonlight pierced through the multi-glass paned windows caressing her skin. Then, abruptly pausing to close her cat-like hazel eyes and take in a deep breath of still air, she felt a tingle of butterflies in her stomach. She steeled herself to only think of her future from here on in and to make a good impression on the royal family.
Then with each step after that, she felt more in charge, less nervous and more in command of her mind, body, and soul. She was a young woman walking into her destiny, a destiny that laid squarely in her own hands. As she reached the end of the stairwell, she felt a vague sense of familiarity with someone watching over her as she walked down the stairs.
The doors to the grand ballroom of the palace are thrown open, and she enters at the top of the stairs. The ballroom was filled with the sounds of the violin, celesta, timpani, theorbo, and cellos. There was something about the way the instruments sing that sets her heart into the deepest of symphonies, deeply harrowing and torrential in the way it encompasses her body. She couldn’t find anything as which holds at much capacity in power as do those instruments especially the violin. It can be her friend, her family, her true love, however, for always, it will be in her accompaniment, helping her to portray her feelings to the crowd.
Its soft angelic slender strings caress the musician’s fingers, its curves are tenderly traced under their palms, and to them, nothing in the world can compare to the sense of empowerment which is achieved with the most marveling mix of notes. Every single suitor in the ballroom had their eye on the Crown Prince of the Theron Chevaliér family. He had sleek curly light brown hair, which was thick and shiny.
His eyes were simply hypnotizing the color of rich chocolate. He had a delicate and yet masculine face that stopped any woman or man in their tracks. She guesses he must get used to that, the sudden glares he gets for having perfect facial features. When anyone looked his way they received a natural expression followed by overcompensating with a nonchalant gaze and a pearly-white smile. The blush in his rosy cheeks that followed was a dead give-away. It didn’t help that he was so modest but bordering on arrogance and pretentious with it; it made the women fall for him all the more.
Despite all the opportunity that came his way he was a charming seducer who prized one-night stands, lipstick, and high-heels above genuineness and thoughtful conversation. He was handsome all right, but inside he was hiding who he truly was… a gentleman at heart with an angelic soul. Every woman at the ball tried to get the Prince’s attention.
However, the prince didn’t seem interested in any woman in the room that grabbed his attention until she walked into the ballroom…….
“The breeze blew warm announcing the coming of the spring’s coolest nights. The aroma of the tall Kikuyu grasses was fragrant, almost sickly, the smell of flowers cut through the soft scent of the night’s moist grass. The moon was under siege by stars that seemed to lighten the night bringing forth stars that shone and hung in the blackness painting more sublime than any artist could create. The clarity above became reflected in his mind and before midnight the prince set a plan in motion.
Upon seeing her, she captivated his mind, body, and soul. She appeared in the room with the Vintage Swwetheart Gold Lace Ball Gown. Everyone in the room couldn’t take their eyes off her beauty, even thou she hid it under a creme mask with golden lace trimmings. Gold Lace gown never looked so beautiful it was like a work of art on the woman. With hair that was a soft brown, like the color of fresh fallen Autumn browned leaves, not dark but simple gentle in any light, and her head held high, she waltzed on with an effortless saunter.
The clicking of her heels added tempo to the soft chamber music that played ahead without any interruption. Her eyes scanned the room with determination in search of someone until her eyes met his. So beautiful it was like the stars themselves, rested behind the soft cushion of her lips.
She gazed into his soul; her eyes of milk chocolate fused with a hint of deep forest green scrutinizing things inside of which he could only dream of seeing in himself. She was a mystery. A dangerously beautiful mystery, and he was ensnared in the trap of her presence in which she’d set. The moon poured down on them, showering them with beams of light. They caught in her hair, making each dark curl appear it was alighting with passion.
Her skin was glistened by the stars; she was alluring, she would blink her eyes from time to time, allowing her eyelashes to flutter like the wings of a butterfly. My god, her eyes were simply spellbinding. He devoured her face with his eyes, wishing with all his being that he could reach out and brush her hand against her perfectly shaped cheekbones, or under the feathers of her thick, dark lashes.
But he refrained from doing so and continued to succumb to the endless torture of watching her without being able to touch. She was like an African ornament, and even the gentlest caress would break her delicate form. Her breath toppled out of her soft lips like a soft breeze softly blowing through the sky. She was an angel; a princess of light; a Nubian African queen. She was a mystery.
An exotic beautiful mystery wrapped within a riddle. He knew the truth. That it was beating away inside her, like a nonstop conga drum.
Longingly, at that moment he had fallen in love with her. The girl with no name.He wanted everything about her…
Her attention, her love, her innocence until nothing else in this world mattered to him, but her… He had to know who she was. There was an air of charisma about her he hasn’t had with other women he’d been with. As the prince heard the crescendo coming out of the violin, it reminded him of the extraordinary sunrise and magnificent view from his chamber suite. When he hears pizzicato, the magical shoulder instrument brings relaxation as the sound of vibration touches him inside something that has never touched his before.
The prince walked over to introduce himself to the mystery woman who has entered the palace. He held out his hand it bore the strength of a thousand men; strong and protective for her to take. She complied, but instead of shaking hands like everyone else, he brought her hand to his lips and placed a gentle kiss upon it.
He felt her face flush warm and the hairs on her neck stand. At that moment she knew that if she spoke, her words would enchant him and he wouldn’t be able to break her mesmerizing beauty and poise. Right there and then, he was at a loss for everything; no words, no breath, no thoughts… She was not like any other woman he had seen the prince always had beautiful exotic women falling to his every need but she had an elegant poise about her. Her high cheekbones and mocha-caramel skin were flawless.The only thing that came out of her mouth at that moment was ”Hallo en goeie aand Prins Sebastián. Dit is ‘n plesier om u bekwaamheid te maak.’‘ And even then, it came out with such poise. He was completely taken away – by the eyes of a complete stranger…
North Carolina truly has something for every traveler. It is a state known for its beautiful beaches, breath-taking mountain scenery, world-famous barbecue, and plenty of Old Southern hospitality and charm. North Carolina is also the home to NASCAR, America‘s home to speedway racing. Visitors to the Tarheel state can enjoy the peaceful and relaxing outdoor activities from swimming, hiking, and mountain climbing. Experience the taste of Appalachian culture in the Blue Ridge and Smokey mountains.
Escape to the state’s coastal region with secluded barrier islands in the Outer Banks and the vibrant riverfront city of Wilmington. North Carolina is known as a traveling destination for many native Carolinians and travelers. Nearly everywhere in North Carolina is home to something especially the best reasons why I love this state.
You’ll find North Carolina is the place to visit on the map. North Carolina has many wonderful and amazing cities to visit. But with so many to choose from – how does one even choose? Well, here is an overview of the top places to visit in North Carolina:
Fayetteville, North Carolina
”Red, White, and Blue” the United States flag captures the heart, soul and spirit of the American people. Fayetteville is a city that captures the essence of the American flag along with their heart and soul. Fayetteville is known as the home of Fort Bragg, a U.S. Army facility, its residents take extreme pride in their town and hold the values of patriotism and freedom close to their hearts and spirits. Those military heroes who served our country are loved and celebrated with honor here, and visitors are filled with emotion of those who served and love their country.
Experience and explore the history of southern North Carolina in the Museum of the Cape Fear Historical Complex. A building with more than 400 years of history, displayed in a number of exhibits about slavery and the Civil War, European settlements, Native Americans and other interesting subjects. The facilities include the Arsenal Park, it features the remains of a factory that served both the Federal and Confederate governments and the 1897 Poe House.
Asheville, North Carolina
The town of Asheville, which is set in the beautiful Blue Ridge Foothills, is known for its reputation as being a vibrant, artsy community. Asheville features a number of boutiques that showcase local artistic creations as well as bars and amazing restaurants to eat. Asheville is located very close to the world-famous and major tourist attraction Biltmore Estate. The estate was built by the influential and wealthy George Vanderbilt.
Charlotte, North Carolina
Charlotte, is the largest city in North Carolina, has a lot to offer visitors, especially those who love sports. The vibrant city who also earned the nickname the Queen City, Charlotte is home to a number of interesting attractions including the amusement park, Carowinds; the largest man-made whitewater park, the US National Whitewater Center; and the family-friendly Discovery Place, which combines a science museum with an aquarium.
Get ready for NFL football season to root for the Carolina Panthers. Nothing gets the city of Charlotte going then a Panthers tailgate and CAROLINA PANTHERS GAME! Panthers tailgate and game is an absolute blast! If you are a fan of motorsports especially NASCAR, Charlotte is NASCAR country. We have the NASCAR Hall of Fame, the NASCAR Technical Institute, the NASCAR Racing experience, and the Charlotte Motor Speedway.. Next to NFL team of Carolina Panthers, the NASCAR racing is big thrill with North Carolinians!
Lately, we all have some dreams or goals that we have made on our wish list, things-to-do before we get old, goal list and bucket list whatever we want to call it. So, it might be a self-discovery journey trip to Copenhagen, Denmark or writing best-seller Supernatural or Romance novel. For, as dreams goes, these kinds are must-common for people make their lists. Have you ever made a bucket list of the places you would like to see, things you would like do or the things you want to accomplish?
The things you add-on your bucket list should mean something to you for instance, adding backpacking trip through Europe or running a marathon for charity or nonprofit organization. Adding that dream or goal to your list should have an outcome to change your life. It should be a new motto for you to live by every single day. Your bucket list should make you want to get up out of bed and take action to complete your list. Below are some ideas that will help you decide what is that you want to achieve or do on your bucket list, that will rock your world.
Entrepreneurship is a great way to complete your dream or goal of starting a business or organization. Entrepreneurship is a fun and rewarding way to cross of dream on your bucket list. I started my personal content writing business in 2017 without knowledge of professional blogging or content marketing coaching. I started to see increase of gaining clients, building relationships and marketing the right content for client’s companies or products for their brands. By being smart, determined, diligent and persistent in your endeavor for success, there’s no reason why anyone shouldn’t succeed.
2) Travel around the world
Traveling — seeing new places, meeting new people and just enjoying the experience exposes you to new cultures, moves you out of your comfort zone, broadens your mind, allows you to meet new people, and experience the beautiful magic and wonders of the world. On most people’s bucket lists traveling is actually listed as their number 1. I suggest to anyone who wants to see the world, traveling is the way to go! In November of 2016, I went on a weeklong trip to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where I saw museums, experienced new culture and art at the Liberty Bell, saw how important history still impacts our lives at African-American museum, Rocky steps and the beauty of Washington Square.
3) Let Someone touch your life
In our life’s journey, we are constantly touched, comforted and supported by people around us, whether it is family, friends, husband, wife or acquaintances. Can you identify someone who has touched your life? Someone who has made a difference in your life? I know you may be thinking, how can this land on a bucket list but every day in our life’s journey we take for granted the simple things in life that makes us happy.
Having someone in our life that touches us is inspirational. If you meet someone who has touched your life in a big way write that person a letter and let him or her know how much he or she means to you. I have met some great people in my life that touched me in many ways from my best friend, parents, my brothers and even someone who has touched my heart.
4) Pursue your passion
Do you have something that inspires you or makes you happy? Pursue your passion whether it is photography, music, writing and singing? We all have something in our life that we love. I currently work as Freelance writer, Freelancer as camera operator and promotions event staffer at radio station. I love writing and the world of journalism, I have never looked back. It has been the most fulfilling thing I’ve ever done and I plan to do this for the rest of my life because it is my passion.
What is your passion? Is it to be a writer? To write next great novel or movie? To be a life coach? Help others on their personal journey of life. To be the best that you can be? How can you start pursuing it? Some people pursue their passion part-time while others make it their careers. I personally have done this for myself, turned my passion for journalism into freelancing as a writer, camera operator and video editor.
5) Inspire people and Share your story!
Lastly, many people in this world have a chance to inspire people and share their life stories. Many people need inspiration in life whether it is life coaching, mentoring a troubled child or just need an extra boost of faith in themselves. DON’T be afraid of inspiring people to share your life’s story. Speak to people, share your story to inspire millions of people who would be a life changing thing.
Lexington Lifton suspected something was a little off when he noticed all the strange activity going on in New York City when he was just six years old. Nevertheless, he lived a relatively normal life among other humans.
It wasn’t until he bumped into the devilishly beautiful angel, Lauréen Lavoisiér, that his life finally began to make sense.
However, Lauréen proved to be gracious and seemed to have an habit of popping up everywhere with no explanation. Lexington soon learned that Lauréen had taken an oath to never fall in love with a human.
When Lexington’s younger brother Lucas is injured in an unfortunate car accident, Lexington realizes his own life is at risk by outside evil forces.
Despite Lauréen’s beautiful demeanor and gorgeous hazel truth eyes, Lexington finds himself falling for the angel. Only fate will decided whether she can protect her new love or give him a tearful goodbye.
One night, while Lexington is sleeping he gets a strange visit from a supernatural creature. The creature tries to make Lexington a tempting offer of living for all eternity but before Lexington gives the creature an answer, he hallucinates seeing the beautiful angel Lauréen in front of him. Lauréen warns Lexington to not take the deal and to stay away from the evil darkness that is trying to get him.
The creature manipulates Lexington into giving into the darkness with mind control. The creature gives Lexington a sliver sword – saying he must kill Lauréen, the beautiful angel he has fallen in love with.
Will Lexington find it in himself to follow through on orders of the creature that brainwashed him to kill the beautiful angel he has fallen in love with?
A zombie apocalypse has destroyed the world as we know it.
The year is 2025. New York is a deserted place ruled by the undead of flesh-eating zombies. Once glorious, New York City has become overrun by the undead.
The beautiful landmark of the Statue of Liberty is now under water and overrun by the undead of the city. Articulate Pathologist, Dr Jessica Jacks is humanity’s only hope. Jessica has been studying the undead for the last seven years trying to develop an antidote to the deadly TS-5 virus that has turned the world into deadly and blood thirsty zombies.
Jessica and a group of survivors finds the courage to start a secret revolutionary organization called The Resistance. The fight is jeopardized when Jessica and a group of the Resistance survivors are lured into a trap in Times Square by the violent and greedy Neurologist, Dr Lorenzo Lopez, who wants the TS-5 virus antidote for himself. Jessica and the resistance gets attacked by the undead and barely escapes but she injures her hand.
Armed with guns, a massive plan and an antidote to TS-5 virus, The Resistance try their best to save mankind, but can they defeat the deadly zombies that have taken over New York? Can they restore the Statue of Liberty and the rest of the world to its former glory?
A few years ago, a wealthy couple decided to take a romantic vacation in Rome, Italy. Before they left on their trip they asked their live-in nanny Emily to watch and take care of the kids. That night when the couple left for their romantic vacation, the two children Lucas and Lindsey were already fast asleep in bed. So the nanny decided to some chores around the home. She started cleaning upstairs and worked her way downstairs to her boss’s library office. As she was cleaning the windows in the library, Emily came across a portrait of a young but beautiful woman hanging on the library wall.
The portrait immediately grabbed Emily’s attention she couldn’t take her eyes off the portrait. She felt the portrait was calling out to her. As Emily stepped closer to the portrait hanging on the wall she saw the woman in the portrait move. Emily was very shaken and ran out the library. She heard Lucas in bed calling out for her. Emily ran upstairs and went into the children’s room. She asked Lucas, “Why are you still up? You should be in bed sleeping. Lucas responded to Emily, “I had a nightmare.” Emily said to Lucas “It is alright it was just a bad dream. Lucas go back to sleep.”
Emily tucked Lucas back into bed and he fell fast asleep. As Emily walked downstairs she thought about the portrait of young woman she saw in the library. Emily decided to do some research on the portrait. She found a Art history book in her room about the lady in the portrait. She found out a young woman named Katie-Rose Chevalier was engaged to a wealthy aristocrat in Massachusetts during the 1780s. On the night before her wedding she mysteriously disappeared. There were many stories told over the years of her disappearance. But no one knew what happened to the young woman.
Later that night, Emily decided to watch TV, so she headed downstairs to the family room so she wouldn’t wake the kids. As she entered the family room the phone rang. Emily answered the phone so she wouldn’t disturb the kids as they slept. The couple asked how the kids were doing and if everything is okay. Emily had asked for a special request … she asked if she could take down the portrait of Katie-Rose in the library downstairs or cover it up with a cloth, because it made her very nervous. The phone line was silent for a moment, and the mother who was talking to Emily at the time said, “Emily I am not sure what portrait you’re taking about but the only portrait we have is a family portrait in the library.” Emily puts down the phone and walked slowly to the library. When she entered the room she noticed the woman in the painting wasn’t there….
Emily ran out the library and headed upstairs to grab the children but before she could make it to the children’s room there was the woman from the portrait Katie-Rose holding her hand out. Emily asked “What do you want? Katie-Rose responded, “You”. Several days later the parents came back from their vacation to check on their kids and the nanny because they haven’t heard from them in a week. The parents found their children safe from harm and their nanny making breakfast in the kitchen. As the father heads into the library there is a silent but faint cry for help coming from the portrait on the wall. As the father leaves the library to join his family in the main dining area you can see the portrait of the wealthy couple and their two children but deep underneath lies a portrait of the young woman Katie-Rose but the woman in the picture isn’t Katie-Rose it is the couple’s nanny Emily….
“Inspiration is everywhere SOFTEN in UNEXPECTED PLACES: You just have to keep your eyes OPEN.”
What’s inspiring to you? Is it photography, people, beautiful places, history, creative works of art? Where do you find inspiration?
Life is full of possibilities it is up to us to make the most of it. Have you ever just wrote down a list of things that inspire you? Have you ever been inspired? Today I would like to share with you 10 things that inspire me.
- Faith:“Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.” (Hebrews 11:1 NIV) The faith that I have what keeps me going especially when times are rough. When I celebrate times of great joy my faith is still there because no matter what happens in my life, faith is my everlasting hope. That is inspiring to me.
- Family: Family gives me their unconditional love and support. They are my backbone the people who have raised, sheltered, educated, pushed and nurtured me.
- Friends: They motivate me and inspire me to be the best person I can be. They have shown me love, support, understanding and respect.
- Love: Love is amazing experience. “Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.” (1 Corinthians 13:4-7) Love is the most beautiful thing that anyone can experience.
- Music: Music is the voice of the soul. Music feeds our minds, bodies and souls. Music is made up of creativity and music makes me feel wonderful. Music is my inspiration.
- Journalism: Whether it is new media, broadcast journalism, or digital media – I love the world of journalism especially news. News is story-telling and the passion of uncovering the truth that comes with it.
- Writing: Writing gives me the means to express myself. Writing gives me a purpose to express my thoughts and feelings not just on paper. What inspires me about writing is great writers like Maya Angelou and Langston Hughes.
- Perseverance:Life is not an easy road. Life throws curve balls and drives us to different directions sometimes. Life sometimes knocks us down but when people decide to not let the curve balls get the best of them they get right back up to move forward towards their dreams in life – that is truly inspiring!
- Happiness: Do you love the expression on someone’s face when they are smiling. How about the glow in their eyes or the body language they give off. Happiness is a wonderful thing to see on anyone’s face. That is inspiring to see.
- Clarity: There are moments in your life where your job consumes you and you’re stressing over personal matters that you just want to disappear. Then you think about the bigger picture and what’s truly important in your life. There is inspiration to be found in those moments that bring inner peace.
Who is this in the mirror, who is this I see? Who is this person I wonder staring back at me
A reflection of broken words, bruised ribs and scars
The familiar person I use to see, yet looking at them now they appear intimidated, fragile and lonely
Is the person I once knew still in the reflection?
What will it take to find her again? Is she somewhere in the mirror, or is she somewhere within?
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Have you ever been in a situation where you were struggling with your faith? Have you faced trial and tribulation after trial where you have struggled to come to terms of why you were going through your hardship? There has been many times where I’ve struggled with my faith, but God has always been right there by my side and faithful to the point where He gave me strength when I needed it. The Bible tells us one way where we can increase our faith:
“So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”-Romans 10:17
In order to grow your faith start by reading your Bible, Word of God on a daily basis. In the Bible there are Holy accounts of growing your faith, such as when Jesus raises Lazarus from the dead, or when Jesus walks on water, or when Jesus feeds the five thousand are all Holy accounts of Christ’s miracles, love and resurrection being showed in the Bible.
Another way of developing your faith is being obedient to God and living your life according to Him. As you are obedient, you will start to feel God moving in many areas of your life as well as experiencing the Holy Spirit and God’s power. Boosting your faith in God, you can study your Bible, participate in group prayer, praying daily, going to church to fellowship, believing in your heart and spirit of what God has done for you.
Have Faith in God
Do you have faith in God? Do you trust in Jesus Christ to save your soul? Do you place your trust in the truth, the way, and light in Jesus? If you are lost, unsure about your faith or haven’t put your faith and trust in God, I encourage you to do so. Don’t wait another day to make a decision about your faith. Act now! Today is the day for your salvation, “That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.”-1 Corinthians 2:5