We live on a dark road, about a mile off the highway, nestled between cedars and maples. Our sky does not look the same as the sky above a large city. It’s much darker, and shines with dense pockets of twinkling stars so numerous it looks as if a salt shaker has been upended.
When the clouds roll in, and the moon does its monthly disappearing act, it becomes so dark, you can’t see your own hand in front of your face. And if you are paying attention to the crunch of the leaves beneath your feet, you might not even notice someone coming up behind you.
Maybe a pair of warm hands and the comfortable smell of recognition.
With one sense fully at the mercy of nature, the rest will be left to experience those hands with more intensity. The sense of touch…fingers tracing curves, entering crevices, exploring places in a way made more surprising by the inability to see them.
Smells…the wood stove smoke lingering in the still, cold air, kept low and closed in by the clouds, making the atmosphere seem heavier, the pressure of winter bearing down and making your bodies feel weighted and slow. The day’s cologne and perfume will have withered beneath more natural scents, muskier and mouthwatering.
You might feel the heat of breath on your neck, a hot tongue licking at your nape, and the cool air immediately stealing the warmth. That will likely be intoxicating. The quick contrast. The shift in temperature.
That tongue will take away the salt of your skin, taste buds swelling with the sting, causing the mouth to water. It will come back for more, only this time, it will invade your mouth, filling it, pressing itself between your teeth, sucking.
The hands might make their way between your legs, probing, searching…and eventually finding your sweetest spot, already wet and ready…hot.
If you could see, in the darkness, you would notice the steam rising from the hand as it is pulled from the band of your loose evening clothes. The steam caused by your heat as it meets the bitter reality of night.
Best to go in…out of the cold…out of the dark…and into the warmth of the house. The subtle glow of the lamplight will be a cozy invitation to snuggle up on the couch and finish what has already been started.