Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Tantalizing Tuesday - Incense

With a gentle puff from her mouth, she blew out the flame, leaving a cherry red glow that became enveloped in white-grey ash. 

Immediately the perfume filled her nose and opened her sinuses. She could almost feel the scent opening her mind, easing the pain that had started to pinch behind her eyes. She still covered one, the flaring pain making sparks appear when she let go enough to open it.

She’d been prone to migraines for years. The doctors weren’t helpful, except in prescribing pain killers. They worked some of the time, but she hated being laid up, completely useless for an hour or more while she lay conscious but blind.

Smoke curled up and she moved the stick, watching the swirls. She leaned over and inhaled it, letting out a deep sigh when her lungs were full. Her eyes closed, the sense seemed to move from her nose to her throat and ears, and finally her eyes.

She gazed through the muted light coming through sheer drapes. They damped the sharpness of the sun, easing her vision, but leaving more than enough to read or write or even work on the computer.

Thank God for lavender and mint.

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15 comments:

  1. Which reminds me to light up some incense. It's been a while. Nice tease Angelica.

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  2. Oh wow that brought back the painful memories of a migraine. Such fantastic descriptions Angelica xx

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    1. Yeah, migraines used to be a common occurrence for me. Thankfully, the current meds I'm on has knocked them back to 1-2 a year.

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  3. Lovely tease :) Soothed me right along with her.

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    1. Thank you so much. Enjoy a little relaxation. We all need it.

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  4. I can identify with this teaser. Your descriptions are excellent and ring so true. Excellent Angelica

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    1. Thank you. Lately I've been really focused on description and language to do that. I'm glad to know I'm succeeding.

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  5. Written as if you're testifying by your won experience. Full of sensual visions and feelings. I would think that smoke would only accentuate a migraine more though.

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    1. The smoke might, but if you light it and leave it to the side, you get the aroma without the smoke. Lately I haven't burned incense but used oils in an atomizer with a tea light. Much more potent and less smoke.

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  6. Would that treatment for migraines was true. Alas, we can only revel in her relief. Lovely Tease. xo

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  7. I wish I could have that relief now. I'm in migraine hell! Wonderful descriptions as usual :)

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    1. I'm sorry to hear you suffer. I hope you feel better soon.

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  8. Excellently written tease with wonderful use of description

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