Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Entry #63

The Scent of Red
by Amanda Earl

Sulfurous cinnabar causes her to ache. Earthy sienna sends shivers to her nipples. Ochre’s pungent odour of ozones travels an electric impulse to the base of her spine.

Her prints are black and white intaglio. She inhales, filling her nostrils with silver’s brine.

She is a known recluse. Rare visitors must wear neutral colours. Something about synesthesia: the blending of senses. At the last minute though, he puts on a red tie. A reporter who wears red gets noticed in a scrum.

But this isn’t a press conference; it’s a private interview in her studio. He tries balancing a coffee on his knee. She arrives as he scrambles to pick up smashed china.

A ripped t-shirt barely covers her. Tendrils of hair cascade onto her graceful neck. She exudes jasmine.

She helps him sweep everything up. They sit, then laugh.

She stares at his tie. Her cheeks turn scarlet. Throughout the interview he notices her nostrils flaring, her ass squirming.

“That smell,” she says. “It’s driving me crazy.”

“Smell?” He’d been careful not to wear cologne, knowing people were allergic.

“Your tie.” Her nipples stand erect through her t-shirt. He grows hard, wanting to touch her.

“Red…is the sexiest scent,” she says as she spreads her legs, tilts her head back.

“Shall I take it off?” He’s worried. He’s blown the interview, but now all he wants is to fuck her.

“Take it all off,” she says, “but leave the tie.”


JRVogt said...

Hmm. An intense scene, but I'm not sure how it links to the picture. Photo development at the beginning?

Still, vivid.

Bernita said...

A clever piece.

Victor Bravo Monchego, Jr said...

Decent erotica but I had trouble connecting the photograph to the prose. Thank you.

Jaye Wells said...

I certainly feel inspired. Nice job.

Chris Eldin said...

How does it relate to the picture?

Imbeciles! It's so clear. There's a tie under one of the logs. As well as a torn t-shirt. I see it! Yes, I really do!

Love this!!!

Unknown said...

Brilliant piece! Not sure quite how it relates to the picture but it's excellent. Love the photographic colour and imagery as it ties itself into the heart of the story.

Anonymous said...

A very fun piece; it certainly lets the mind wander. :)

Anonymous said...

well, I GUESS you can count wood as a word in common, but...

SzélsőFa said...

I had to take another look at the original photo.

Jaye Wells said...

I've seen a lot of people comment on certain stories not relating to the story. I think the point is that the picture should serve as inspiration. Who is to judge what course inspiration takes?

Amanda Earl said...

thanks everyone, i'm enjoying reading your comments and i'll tell you a secret about the forest pic later ;)

Anonymous said...


congratulations on your win - it was a terrific piece of writing

Jaye Wells said...

Congrats. Yours was one of my favorites. Intriguing piece of writing.

Stephen Blackmoore said...

This is a wonderful piece. Very evocative. For some reason I suddenly want to wear a tie.

Anonymous said...

This is seriously different. Great writing and pacing really makes the idea fly.

High marks!

Congratulations on 2nd Place!!