When I was young and life was merry, I usually wore perfume. I wore Debbie Gibson’s Electric Youth. I freely admit it. As I grew older I came to dislike strong scents (I started to become headachey and eye-burny whenever I was around them), and downgraded to light body sprays.
Did I remember the headachey and eye-burny thing when I was getting ready for work last night? Oh, how I wish I had.
One of my co-workers flogs cosmetics in her spare time for a company that rhymes with “Jesus Christ, my eyelids are swelling shut! Aaagh! Verily, OH NO!!” Anyway, a few days ago she gave me a perfume sample, which I tucked into my purse and forgot about. Last night I remembered it and pulled it out to take a sniff.
Gently I peeled down a corner of the foil packet and wafted it near my nose. The aroma was not overpowering at all, kind of flowerish with a bit of spiceish and maybe some light vanillaish thrown in. My nose hairs didn’t crisp and I didn’t fall over backwards from the stench, which is what usually happens when I’m accosted by perfume, so I thought maybe I’d put some on. Dab, dab, once on the left wrist and once on the right with the little perfume soaked cotton pad. Then out the door and off to work I went.
Shortly into my shift it became apparent that the little cotton pad was not soaked with light fresh smelling perfume as I had thought. It was soaked with nothing more or less than Pure Evil, a highly scented demonic personality that fed on my very soul and grew, like The Blob, until my clothes, my hair, and every inch of my skin was saturated with its foul presence. I went to the bathroom and attempted to exorcise the flowery hell-imp from my wrists with scalding water and industrial strength skin-peeling soap, but to no avail; the stench had permeated every pore and fiber of my body and there was no escape. Then I noticed a small scratch on my right wrist; I have no idea how it got there, but it’s worrying.
I suspect the Evil gained entry to my body via this scratch and has burrowed into my skull, where he is burning potpourri on a large bonfire and banging on an anvil while cackling in fiendish delight.
Yep. I’m headachey and eye-burny and also, apparently, a complete idiot.