Saturday, January 24, 2009

Jackal Ennui

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Tribute (an idea from Winter and Elusyve).

When I was a callow SL youth, I drifted around Caledon looking for Something, but I Wasn't Sure What. I stumbled upon Jackal Ennui one day at a concert given by Autopilotpatty Poppy. "Oh hey. I like your shoes," I said to her. I had on a pair of her finely made Victorian demiboots, not that you could see 'em under my huge prim dress. Jackal was dressed in a sleek black suit from ~silentsparrow~, the bonegarden. It was one of her favorites, and she wore it almost all the time back then.

"Oh, you like my shoes?" Jackal passed me a pair of something she was working on, a little pair of sculptie flats (the Chloe flats, still an elegant shoe). That was so nice of her that I shyly friended her. I was tremendously chuffed when she friended me back.

I told her about my small blog, which I envisioned as a travelogue that somehow involved fashion. I also told her that I lacked purpose in SL -- unlike Jackal, I had no job! She said dryly that jobs in SL were overrated...

Then, Jackal took me traveling. She took me to Luth to get a proper AO (because she said that default Linden stands hurt her eyes), and I did -- my first, the Luth Coy AO. "We'll be AO twins," she laughed. Then, she took me to PixelDolls, one of her favorite clothing stores. Then, to Miriel's to get proper eyes. Jackal almost always wore Miriel eyes and hair, and when I think of her, it's like the picture above, with pale, pale skin from Fleur (back when it was Tete a Pied), a tidy Miriel's updo, and something saucy from PixelDolls. On her feet, of course, were Lassitude and Ennui shoes. "Who is Lassitude?" I asked her.

"That's a secret..." she said.

I remember those days well -- inviting her to my 234 prim plot of land in Caledon and photographing her on a mushroom. SL was brand new and so was my laptop, shiny and full of wonder. Every freebie was a treasure, and Jackal was my traveling companion... We explored many a Japanese sim together. I remember one epic walk through Lico Lico at Halloween. She laughed at the number of orange freebies I picked up... then made me a pair of Estampie shoes in orange to match them all.

...Then, World of Warcraft ate her, and she popped into SL less and less often... At this point, I haven't chatted with her in a year, perhaps! It's rare that one can find a friend that immediately clicks, and I'd found it with her. I missed her a whole lot right at first, but as is the nature of the virtual world, everyone moves on. But thank you for being a great playmate, Jackal, and encouraging me to find my way. I'll always remember that!

10 comments:

Whatsername again....? said...

That's lovely, Acha... it is a rare things, and you just have to hold on to people like that! I hope she comes to visit soon. :)

-Wednesday

Achariya Rezak said...

Hehe -- she's happy where she is. While I miss her, I think she started to find SL tough to keep up with, shoe-wise. I suspect that the SL shoe business is exhausting and thankless!

Anonymous said...

What a sweet post! Thanks for a nice read. Friends come in and out of our lives, and it sounds like Jackal left you with some nice memories.

Roslin said...

I miss Jackal something fierce. CJ and I have known her since our very early days and we both have always admired her for being a true artisan. I hate to sound like a jaded oldbie but I miss the days when creation in sl was about making beautiful things to be enjoyed by people, instead of figuring out some magical marketing formula and being clever and hip.

Achariya Rezak said...

*hugs Roslin*

Course, she'll read this and thwap me.

Anonymous said...

Ach
I never knew Ennui, but your lovely prose took me back to my early days in SL and the friends I made then. Some of them I still see, others have left for other things. I cherish them all. Such is the way of the virtual life. Thank you.
Grady

Achariya Rezak said...

Grady, thank you for your words! The first six months in SL are unlike anything else, eh?

Alyx Sands said...

Oooh, so that's where she disappeared to-I have kept checking her blog waiting for something new to pop up...all my proper Victorian boots are from Jackal...

JackalE said...

*sneaks in* thwap!

On a more serious note - thank you Achariya, I am deeply touched by this post. <3 I have fond memories of all the crazy times we had in SL, with you showing me the latest and craziest in eclectic randomness, sharing insights of your creative academic life. Good times :)

Achariya Rezak said...

=) Glad you still lurk, Miss Jackal, and glad you liked the post.