October 6, 2015
–– Maitre René
On a particularly sweet-smelling Fall morning, the Chateau Garden was awash with red carpeting and pretty white chairs, and dewdrops sparkled along the gold railings where the leaders at Roissy Val d'Oise would present an emotional Nica Severo with her ring of Sisterhood.
Unobtrusively, the delicate tones of Pierre Bachelet's O' She's A Lady fills the air, cueing
Juliette to turn to Nica, bare her breasts, and prepare to walk her up to the red and gold platform.
Gillian Darkwatch opens the ceremony, "Sister Juliette, please bring forward Demoiselle Nica and place her on the cushion to the left of the stage as you approach.." smiles warmly at both girls.
Juliette smiles, leans forward and lightly brushes Nica's lips with a soft kiss.
"Ready?" asks Juliette
The trembling Demoiselle answers, "Yes is I am ready"
Juliette gently tugs on Nica's leash and leads her onto the stage, stopping before Maitre Rene's chair.... turns and un-hooks the leash from Nica's collar, then moves to a cushion set out for me to kneel upon and lowers down onto it.
Gillian smiles warmly at Nica and Juliette as they approach, as Nica makes a little reverences to the Maitres and kneels.
Gillian continues, "Maitre Rene, honored guests, welcome all to this joyous event, for today we come together to witness the Graduation of Demoiselle Nica, who will join the exclusive ranks of the Roissy Val d'Oise Sisterhood.
"It is with some sadness that we bid farewell to this Demoiselle as she leaves her path and joins the ranks of Sisters. Her path does not end here it is ever evolving.. As a sister she will continue to be active within Samois, serve as mentor and guide to the Demoiselles and Debutantes." Gillian smiles warmly at Nica and then looks towards Maitre JC, "Maitre J.C, would you please welcome E/everyone?"
"My pleasure. says JC, who stands up looking at the impressive VDO crowd of Maitres, Masters, Dominants, Sisters, Demoiselles, Debutantes, and Families, he smiles and then gazes at the lovely Nica.
"As the community gathers, it is without a doubt that it is a special time for both Nica and the community. It is a time of celebration because of the tremendous accomplishment in which the Sister graduation stands for and marks for the submissive that has earned it.
"From the time one is a child, until they are more mature, we learn the simple lesson that we don’t get things for nothing….or that is the case the majority of the time. The same is true here within our community. We don’t just distribute tags and wave one off into the community.
"Nica, we gather to celebrate with you as you have connected with us. You endured, you worked hard. The road to sisterhood is not meant to be easy, as we demand perfection here at Roissy VDO.
“So Nica we welcome you as you start a new journey to continue to serve the community. In may ways it is a new responsibility you now take on. Again we congratulate you on this accomplishment and for your hard work that brings you to this point today."
She looks up to Maitre justyn and smile gratefully.
"As always, thank you Rene for a beautiful sim that allows all of us to call a community. It is a lot to give a sim to people and trust them to come and live in the Story or backstory that makes up the theme of this great place. So thank you again!"
Gillian steps up, "Thank you Maitre J.C, for those kind and insightful words. It is my pleasure to represent the House of Samois as i welcome everyone. Today we celebrate the accomplishments Demoiselle Nica has made on her path to becoming a Roissy Val D'Oise. Honored Sister, I say honored, as each submissive must work to obtain this as level in her path as it is not given freely.
"Many of us on the Dominant and submissive paths do experience times where we slow and question why we are here but in the end we open our minds, learn and then move forward finally to obtain the acknowledgment of a path well traveled. We thank every one for supporting Roissy Val D'Oise with your presence as we celebrate these memories shared on Nica's Special Day.
"Following this Ceremony we invite you to join us as Miss Khiron Ametza provides our entertainment in the Ballroom, at 8.30 am. Congratulations to you my Sister Nica." They exchange warm smiles.
"Maitre Sting sends his regrets at not being able to attend Nica's graduation today due to rl , but has asked Maitre Kurt to read his speech on his behalf. Maitre Kurt, if you would present Maitre Sting's speech please." smiles
Kurt nods to Gillian, stands and takes the paper from his pocket, looks to those gathered and then turns to Nica and smiles big. He gets a faraway look in his eye and speaks. He holds Sting's speech in front of him and uses his French accent as he reads, while Nica and Gillian both grin at his touch of humor.
So, Kurt reads Sting's spech, "I know Nica since a longtime now, this at VDO of course. When I came at Roissy Val D'Oise and became Sting the dom, she was there and I have find in her a very sensual woman. She was looking and studying her submissive part.
"As master, I have try to understand her more, in her doubts in her feeling to know who she is and how she must be and what she need really. Her doubts was so important that she was needing to feel a master who can help her, sometime myself I was in the doubt too to help her but in her last task I have found her spirit. She was really looking at the kind of master she need to feel her submissiveness. I have found in her bisexuality the submissive who want to share with other her sensuality and her sexuality. Like a flower, she was needed to bloom, I know what she need now.
I will not keep it as a secret, so read under what I write.
"I can say she is open and sensual, she like to please, she like to be a gift. Obedience and humility, yes she can be in this way when she is with master who know her well and give her the opportunity to grow completely and to offer herself the other. She like freedom and I understand it, so I have work with her on disciplined and submitted.
"She show me how she accept her master humiliation and discipline. The spank give her a stronger sensuality, in a good limit of spanking. She show again how submissive she can be to please when she know than the master like her and do it to the fact to test her limits and capabilities, obviously if she feels that it is also fun to master.
"Dear Nica, I hope you find now what you need in the two worlds. If not, in our world then smiles you will found it. I say good luck and congratulations Sister Nica."
"Signed, 'friendly Sting Wolf.'"
Kurt folds the paper, puts it back in his pocket and looks to Nica again, saying, "well done Nica, congratulations again." and takes his seat, prompting Gillian to rise once again,
"Thank you, Maitre Kurt, for that wonderful recommendation on Maitre Sting's behalf."
Tears come up in the corner of Nica;s eyes. "Thank you Maitre Sting by default and thank you Maitre to be so kind to replace for him."
Gillian turns to Juliette. "Juliette, would you please share your thoughts and recommendation with U/us?"
"Thank You, Gillian... Nica." She rises slowly, smoothing the skirt of her gown down, feeling self-conscious... lifts her gaze and glances at Maitre Rene and the other Dominants sitting on the stage and bows her head to Them.
"Maitre Rene, Maitres..." Juliette turns and faces the audience,
"Esteemed Guests. 'Man is asked to make of himself what he is supposed to become to fulfill his destiny'. Today, it is my honor to acknowledge the fulfillment of Nica's destiny of graduating as a Roissy Val d'Oise Sister."
She glances at Lisbeth then looks to Nica and smiles fondly at her. "I know it has been a long, challenging journey for you, Nica, but here it is! Finally! Your day of acclaim. You show to us all that there is no challenge that can't be overcome by the simple willingness to find a solution. For all of the Roissy Val d'Oise submissives, Nica, you present a model for perseverance, dedication and loyalty.... loyalty not only to our sim but, most importantly, to your own submissive path completion.
"I believe the thing I would like to stress about Nica is, she is genuine. Such a rare quality found in second life." She whispers to Nica: "Don't ever change... for no one."
Nica whispers back, "Love you Juliette."
Juliette looks to the audience and smiles, glances back at Nica and smiles brightly. "Nica is like a butterfly flitting in and out of view, but when seen, she puts a smile on our faces and lightens our spirits. A very rare and priceless quality.
"Thank you Nica, for being one of the bright lights of Roissy Val d'Oise. And thank you for having been one of my first friends here in our community. We have played... shared kisses... cuddles... mmmms *laughs softly* ... we have argued ... we have laughed... we have found times to just be quiet and supportive with one another. Thank you for all this, for it has enriched my second life. May you continue to enrich the lives of those you meet here, dear Nica." She smiles at her, then turns back to the audience and with a gesture toward Nica, concludes, as Nica sighs.
"Ladies & Gentleman... please see my dear friend Nica, soon to be received officially among the Roissy Val d'Oise Sisterhood." *applauds her and kneels*
Gillian rises, "Thank you Juliette for that wonderful recommendation." She smiles and turns to Maitre Rene. "Maitre Rene, You have heard the recommendations of Maitre Sting and the warm support given to that recommendation of Juliette. May I invite you now, to confer on Demoiselle Nica the title and the ring of Sisterhood?"
Rene smiles and looks at Gillian, who smiles back, flashing her twinkling blue eyes. He tilts his head to the side, rubbing his chin and looking at Nica kneeling upon the cushion to his right.
Nica bows her head.
Rene nods reflectively on the recommendations he has heard. "When we are able to welcome a new Sister into our community, it is always a special day.
"The recommendations I've heard for Demoiselle Nica are well received." Rene looks at Gillian and smiles. " With pleasure Gillian; I confirm to continue with the proceedings."
Gillian smiles back at Maitre Rene; turns to Nica. "Demoiselle Nica, come forward please and kneel before Maitre Rene."
Nica rises and walks slowly and kneels before Maitre Rene.
Rene looks at Demoiselle Nica kneeling before him, thinking about the supportive words spoken on her behalf, he looks over her head, out to the gathering of community. "Friends and visitors ... Seeing you all here, and at this time of day, makes me feel very happy, coming together as one happy famille."
Rene smiles and looks at Nica. His hand searches an inner pocket of his jacket for his weathered old leather journal. Finding it, René pulls it out, opens it and thumbs through the pages until he finds the page with Nica's name written at the top. He reads the notes that he has made throughout her journey, standing to address the community.
"Today, as you know, we are gathered here to celebrate the achievement of Demoiselle Nica, who has worked hard on her path and overcome many challenges to arrive at Graduation."
He looks down at the demoiselle and smiles. " I know it has been a rough journey for you Nica. but it makes this graduation all the more special. Don't you agree?"
She nods, " yes I do Maitre"
"Let's look at her journey......it's a long one ."
She grins and Juliette smiles at her, as René continues, "Demoiselle Nica was accepted into the House of Samois on the 23rd of April 2013. She became a Demoiselle on the 9th of November 2013. at a time when the Initiation Ceremony as we now know it had not yet been applied or was in an other way.
"She did leave us for a while, but found the road back home to us, continuing her path. Demoiselle Nica presented her Sister Workshop, 'BDSM in general and compared with the habits of Val d'Oise' on 8th November 2014, proving her understanding of our lifestyle After another short journey away from us, Nica, returned to present her Sister Event, "Egyptian Party" on the 25th February 2015." He pauses and looks to Nica, who smiles and says, "was fun, Maitre."
"Yes, Nica." (reading) "Her final task was given to her based on her strengths and weaknesses by Maitre Sting. Now today Demoiselle Nica kneels before us to receive what she had committed herself to the giving of her submission and her servitude to the Dominates of Chateau Roissy Val d’ Oise. Today Nica is awarded the Roissy Val d'Oise ring and title of Sister."
Rene looks down upon her and smiles. " Sister Nica you proved the depth of your submission with great perseverance."
He looks up to the audience, noticing Nica look up and glance gratefully in his eyes.
"Sister Nica's journey that brings her here today, a day long awaited and dreamed of, her commitment that has brought her here is a true inspiration for those who still have to complete their journey. Nica did not let anything stop her from getting here, though she had need to take a pause from her path a few times."
Rene reaches inside his vest pocket and pulls out a ring...he holds it up before her eyes -- the gold band shines in the sunlight, and which Nica feel as glinstering reflecting in her eyes.
René reaches for her hand and slides the shiny gold ring into place on her finger. Nica lays her little hand in his. He smiles at her, holding her hand in both of his, leaning forward, looks into her eyes he says softly, " Sister Nica, you will inspire many. My wish is that you will continue to grow and learn and nurture others along your way."
He looks around. "Like the Autumnal harvest, may you help nurture other Demoiselles to their time of harvest--"
"I will, Maitre."
"-- when each is ripe and ready to be acknowledged as a Sister of our Roissy Val d'Oise Chateau and community." René smiles again, returns to his chair, sitting back. Feels so very proud, he turns to Gillian. "Please give our newest Sister her rightful tag and let’s welcome her into our Roissy Val d'Oise Sisterhood."
Gillian smiles warrmly at Nica, "Yes Maitre Rene." She stands and smiles warmly at Nica, who looks aside as Gillian smiles at Nica and then looks round at the assembled guests drawing their attention.
"To become a sister of Roissy Val d’ Oise a submissive has to have many qualities, some are as follows:
"To be Trustworthy, Graceful, Loyal, Humble, Obedient, Enduring, and Patient, .and remain submissive no matter how hard that may be. You have shown these qualities, Demoiselle Nica. No more will you carry this title. Cast it aside and wear the one that i give you now."
Nica shivers, cries in silence of happiness, while Juliette smiles warmly at her.
"Wear the mark of Sisterhood with pride as you go out to a new and exciting future in Roissy Val d'Oise. Always serve with passion and fire."
Gillian smiles at Nica, "Sister Nica, please stand and take a moment to speak to all your friends assembled here today."
Over a loud burst of applause and congratulations, Nica smiles and speaks up, rising, bows her head for the Maitres and turns. "thanks you all, thank you. Overwhelmed by warm feelings, a little shy and still trembling of all the attention given to me in this marvelous ceremony, I look around and smile to the faces Maitre René, Maitre justyn and Maitre Kurt, sisters Gillian, Xanadu and Juliette and all the family members and friends gathered here.
"I remember the first time I visited this beautiful sim. In those days long ago no one could enter the sim without an invitation. The landing was a meadow, surrounded with a high hedge. And if you know someone inside you could ask him to tp you inside. A friend of mine knew Master Doc, so she called him and we were allowed to enter. It was a short visit.
"It was really thrilling, such a secret place.
"Later a Master tried to get me as his own sub and would like to educate me in public space. I was so confused and didn't hardly know what submission means. And above that I refused to answer his questions about all my preferences. They are private was my opinion. But the secrecy of the Chateau had triggered me and made me curious to explore my submissive skills. So I applied in September 2012. No secret entrance anymore.
"But I stopped and started over again as Maitre René told. My path was covered with pitfalls. So I started the deb path twice and took two times a break in my demoiselle path. But the knowledge you gave me here about BDSM, limits and safe words made my path safe.
"All the support I got from sisters and Dominants to overcome the nearly impossible progress I had to make for the obligatory tasks. For an European, with a rl and a sl family, All the support I got from sisters and Dominants to overcome the nearly impossible progress I had to make for the obligatory tasks. For a European, with a rl and a sl family,
"I never could have done it without the help of You Gillian, Xana and Julliette. Maitre Kurt who took the responsibility to open my workshop. My event was a success despite of the restart the day before why I had to set up the hole of the scene in the early morning. And my special thanks goes to sister May, who was always supporting me, hearting me with her understanding words, and gave me new courage to continue."
With that, Juliette smiled at her and Nica bows to the left, "to my dear sisters," smiles, and continues, "But as you see I didn't give up. So thanks to Maitre justyn who gave me my final task and Maitre Sting who can not be here for a really serious reason, but he guided me wonderful during that tasks of self-examination and overcome my weakest points, I finished the training in 3 years and a month, not a real record, I heard, but nearby and for me it is.
"And so important for all of us -- I bow my head in the direction of Maitre René- thanks to You Maitre we can all be here and celebrate this joyous happing. Thank you so much.
"As final I would like to encourage all who are following their own path here: never give up, how hard it may seem. And maybe more important: save (at least a little) a piece of love for all the other community members. That is how we can continue the cohesion in the community more and better. (sighs) This is my deepest wish for all of you. Thank you."
Gillian rises,smiles warmly at Nica, "thank you for that beautiful heartfelt speech, Nica, please take your place on the cushion near Maitre Kurt ."
Then Gillian turns to the audience, "Nothing worth while in life ever comes easy, and the same applies to sl. Sometimes we tackle things with great enthusiasm and determination, but things go wrong, paths take different turns, but it's just ordinary people with great determination and people who don't know how to quit who achieve what they set out to do.
"And that person is Nica..turns and smiles warmly at her. I met Nica in January 2013; her path took many twists and turns and wasn't of the easiest and i'm pretty sure she's taken the longest here." smiles and winks at Nica. "through no fault of her own.
"I saw this on the internet, 'The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a persons determination.'
"Nica is an excellent example sheer determination! Nica you will make an wonderful Sister at VdO and be an example to others you mentor."
Gillian turns and smiles to Maitre Rene. "Maitre Rene thank you sharing your dream with us, you have provided us with a wonderful sim, a place we laugh, cry, get frustrated in, roleplay and meet people from all over the world, a place where we have formed wonderful lasting friendships with people we would never have met in our daily lives. Thank you." She blows him a kiss.
"Thank you Maitre JC, Xan, Lisbeth and Annie for all the hours you put in here everyday, for your unending support, help, advice and guidance.
"I'd like to thank the Dominants and Sisters of VdO who give up role play time and rl time to help and assist our Debs and Dems on the sim, thank you for playing such an important role here!"
Nica sighs very deep, and found a handkerchief.
"Our doors are always open to each and everyone, whether you seek guidance, have a problem, or just wish to have a cup of tea/coffee and have a chat or if you would like to contribute to the sim with a talent or bring something new forth, please don't hesitate to contact Maitre Rene, Matire JC or myself!
"Thank you to A/all of you for making this sim feel like a community a place to call home.
"Maitre Rene that concludes the ceremony, as the House of Samois is proud to see another of its Demoiselles take her place in the wider community. May I now invite you to close the proceedings witnessed here today?"
René stands, smiles at Gillian and turns to the newest Sister. He raises his champagne flute, proclaiming "Sister Nica this is a wonderful day for you. This is your day!
"Come everyone and raise your glass with me in congratulating and welcoming Sister Nica into Our Roissy Val d'Oise Sisterhood. Nica, it's time to live up to your success, smile, and take a bow! Congratulations, Sister Nica!"
The well-wishers, who have been holding back tears and exuberance, finally explodes with congratulations and jubilation, tossing wishes and toasts with great emotion. René comes forth again, as the congratulations quiet and moves to the center of the platform, still looking at her.
"Sister Nica, Follow your passion. Stay true to yourself. Never follow someone else's path unless you're in the woods and you're lost and you see a path then by all means you should follow that." He smiles at Nica. "I hope your dreams take you to the corners of your smiles, to the highest of your hopes to the windows of your opportunities and to the most special places your heart has ever known.
"Only you can create the most perfect dream for yourself, one that will lift you up on wings of doves to reach it."
Nica lays her hand on her heart.
He continues, "May your life at Roissy Val d'Oise hopefully always be remembered as something near and precious to your heart.
"Remember, it was only a blink of an eye ago since I stood here and said the year was just beginning -- and now it begins to wind to a close. 2015 sweeping by us so fast, sweeping out many things but only to make way for the new. This time of year is rich, don't you agree?"
She smiles to Maitre Rene's words.
"A time of natural harvest, but here in our community I ask you to stop and see how much we have harvested this year. So many new members, new Dominants, mm wonderful new submissives, and the fruits of your labors paying off with the many initiations, graduations, and ceremonies that dot our calendar. Look amongst you and see the fullness of our famille."
He pauses, smiling and looking at each face before him. "I know I say it often, , but please know that each one of you is a precious part of the whole. Without each ine of you, Roissy Val d'Oise would be incomplete. In closing, I wish to say how happy I am that our efforts to expand and broaden our community to embrace the European Day hours so that Roissy Val d'Oise becomes an active community 24 / 7 is been realized.
"I wish to thank those of you working hard on this effort. You are making it happen! Let us continue to grow as a community as we seek to continue forward as a global famille.
"Don't forget to check our website often: the calendar and other goodies written on it's pages at www.Roissy-VdO.com. It is growing by leaps and bounds and is for you. Please continue to enjoy our Roissy Radio. I thank those of you who have sent in song requests and I hope you enjoy listening to them. always feel free send me wishes for songs, or make a list. For an event, everything up to you all, its for us all to use and enjoy.
"And last, thank you for sharing your time and showing support today as Nica became a Sister of Roissy Val d’ Oise. Please join us in the Ballroom immediately following Sister Nica’s Graduation to enjoy the lovely voice of Khiron Ametza for a celebration dance."
He Looks at Gillian, "what time?"
"8.30 am." Gillian looks up and smiles. "No, she can start when we are done here Maitre Rene, so at 7.30."
Rene nods and and takes a sip and goes down, "thanks again everyone."
By now, the morning dew has been replaced by bright sunshine.
*photos courtesy of Juliette