Utterly crisp citrus (mandarin and bergamot) bursts into existence with a subtle artemisia and an extremely pretty saffron in the waiting in Amber Saffron (Clean Reserve 2016). Woody, light and beautifully floral saffron laces amber and a quiet musk into the drydown. And although this fragrance is fairly unisex it is definitely not a one size fits all… I highly suspect that the notes mold themselves with particular aplomb based on the wearer…
Top notes: bergamot, artemisia and mandarin orange. Middle notes: rose, lily and raspberry. Base notes: musk, saffron and amber.
Raindrops On My Window: Part II of IV
I couldn’t help but be excited by the thought of this mystery man driving me home. He was so handsome and he smelled of leather and incense. Walking down the marble floored, dark hallway to the main door by the stairwell I watched him from behind, looking up at his dark blond locks and broad shoulders that towered above Diana’s and mine. Although, glancing over at Diana, I now realized how much of quandary I was in. It certainly seemed as though they had some sort of shared romantic history and I didn’t want to interfere.
“Well, chum, this is where we part ways.” said Diana Grable in a low, suggestive tone. Diana’s chiseled face set a striking background for her show-stopping, vivid blue eyes. They sparkled and caught the gentleman’s own blue gems. He paused and their figures faced each other under the imposing entryway’s wooden frame. I stood silent as a mouse in the shadows watching until he turned his face to me with a half smile; the sort that men make when they mean to suggest something they wouldn’t dare even whisper at such a moment.
He and I walked together out the door, after we all said our goodbyes and the damp calm of the evening felt soft and pleasing. I could smell the dahlias and wet grass mixed with rain. The crickets sounded quieter on this side of the house and there were no stars or moon. It was pitch black except for the porch lights.
“I don’t think I ever heard your name.” I tried to make polite conversation.
“Oh, yes, sorry.” he responded, putting his hands in his pockets. “My name is Tom. My full name is Thomas Lawrence Walsh Jr..”
“Is Esme Walsh your sister?”
“Yes. She’s younger than I am by two years.”
“I think I went to school with your sister.”
“Yes. And one Summer I visited your house in Connecticut.”
He paused and looked quite sullen for a moment as he shuffled his feet in the grass. Then he glanced up at the cloudy night sky.
“We sold our house in Connecticut last Winter after my father passed away.”
“Oh. I’m sorry!”
He squinted at nothing in particular and then caught my eyes with his. “Well, dad died of a heart attack in his sleep. He didn’t feel a thing thankfully.” Then, he moved forward after dropping his last word and together we silently approached his shiny black cabriolet, laced with drops of rain.
He opened my door in silence and I quietly slid into my seat. Then he found his way to the driver’s seat, turned the car on and the lights gleamed into the darkness ahead.
We rode in silence for three blocks. Three long blocks.
“It’s been so hot lately. This air feels so nice and cool on my face.”
“Yes…” His voice was polite but I could tell he wasn’t particularly interested. “How long have you known Diana?” He sounded very intrigued with the answer to this question.
“Oh, about two or three years I suppose. Why do you ask?”
“Diana is funny sort of girl isn’t she.” he sounded exasperated, mirthful and then rested his head on his hand. “I thought we were going to the movies tonight but she phoned me and canceled.”
“Diana is a very popular girl. I’m sure she didn’t mean any harm.” I felt a bit disappointed, but not surprised.
“Oh she is. Yes. But a fellow starts to think he just shouldn’t bother asking after a while.”
“I suppose that’s true.”
“Do you ever wonder? Do you ever wonder why life is so funny? For example,” he pauses and glances at me for a moment before proceeding, “I wanted to introduce myself to you at that party last year but I felt too nervous. I went home early to study for an exam I had the next day and then three weeks later I met Diana at a dinner with my parents. If I hadn’t been a coward, and just walked up to you and said hello that night at the Kitson’s I wouldn’t ever have thought twice about Diana. I know I wouldn’t have.” He looked at me and absentmindedly licked his lips.
“Life is funny. I agree.”
Then there was complete quiet between us except for the sound of the gravel hitting the car and the wind. We reached an open field, and in the distance the lake could be seen through the dark tree limbs; big, cool, and foreboding.
“I’m sorry. I’m boring you.” He sounded genuinely sorry.
“No, you’re not boring me.”
“Well, I’m not exactly being charming company am I?”
“I think you’re very charming.” I paused. “Too bad there isn’t a moon out tonight. This field is so pretty in the moonlight.”
He then looked at me quite seriously, analyzing me intently until he turned his face, earnestly stared ahead at the road, and straightened himself in his seat. The car sped up considerably and we drove on for about a mile before we reached the bridge over by the bay. With a sharp turn of the wheel we drove off the road into the tall grass. He stopped, turned on the radio, and our eyes met for a second before he leaned over and kissed my face, finally reaching my mouth. Then he stopped, moved back into his seat and smiled broadly.
“Gosh, that was wonderful! You’re a beautiful girl. You should never have to play second to anyone. Not Diana or anyone. I’m sorry I didn’t walk up to you that night and say, ‘Hello. My name is Tom.’ I would have had the entire Spring and Summer with you if you’d have allowed it.”
“I can’t believe this is happening.”
“What do you mean?”
“Just… everything.” I was pleasantly overwhelmed.
“I can. And how.” Then he leaned over again and kissed me passionately. I touched his arm, he moved me closer to him, and we kissed until I looked away. He took my hands in his and we sat and just looked at each other for a few moments…
“What’s really funny is that you were at Diana’s house tonight, of all nights. I had decided that if I didn’t find any reason to stay near home this Summer I would join the Navy. This evening was my last attempt I had decided. And then there you were sitting there with your sexy mouth, and those lovely, cavernous eyes.” He grinned.
I demurred slightly and yet didn’t want to dissuade him entirely. I played with the radio.
“I’ll bring you home now, if you like, but I’d like to see you again soon.” He turned the car on and started to drive forward slowly. “Would you like to see Esme again? She’ll be in town this weekend and my mother is throwing a little party. Just a few friends. They’ll be a band but nothing big.”
“I’d like that a lot.”
“Fine.” His face lightened and his freckles nearly glittered as a certain Celtic redness seemed to suddenly make his face almost glow. It was then that I realized the depth and solemnity of his blossoming intentions.
“You’re very sure of yourself aren’t you?” I was in awe.
“Yes. Or, so I’ve been told.” He started the car and then met my hesitation with a wide, toothy expression. “It often seems that even when I lose, I win anyway.” He winked and the car dashed forward and in a second we were on the road.