Undressing the Spice Mistress: The Lovemaking
The air is three kinds of coolness, wafting with attar of rose and spicy scents from the wreaths of funerary herbs, Garland of the Goths.
Floating in the mist and shadow is Mara Vittori, a spice dealer originally from Romania where she once taught violin in a conservatory for girls. She speaks four languages.
In a drafty basement in the business district, inside this old-style Gothic village on Old Route 66, hawthorn and whitehorn crowns hang from doors and windows. The tables are adorned with thrift store bric-a-brac; ceramic Gothic Angeliques, pewter gargoyles, onyx-covered bats, oil lamps, and pop-sickle-stick crosses.
No other place has the same capacity to sharpen the senses as the seductive, dark corners in this simple, drafty basement reserved exclusively to the Goths. Their establishment is named The Black Tear, that name derived from the single black tear the Goths have painted on their faces. The Goths and their makeup are not evil, just misunderstood. Their gatherings are friendly and nonthreatening. Don't judge a book by its cover. Look at your neighbor and say "I'm glad you're here."
Makeup is an important part of our American life as well as that of international cultures. Whatever the thickness of the foundation is psychology in the face of constant invasions.
The anti-feminist geisha industry of Japan depends largely upon makeup as do the Parisian mimes. So did the classic KISS stage of rock 'n roll and the expensive, misappropriated aisles of Tammy Faye Bakker Christianity.
The Black Tear is a meeting place for modern-day lesbians, feminists, paganists, and preservationists with an interest in the resurgence of antiquity. Their single black tear conveys the impression of the local feminist/lesbian group is bent on the environmental impact and preservation of the bat, writing erotic, neck-sucking poetry, reading Anne Rice novels, and playing and listening to punk metal music.
Some of them are bashful. Some of them are quite outspoken. They have names like Adelphia, Angelique, Ventura, Gwyneth, and Cameo. Girl velvets they are, Gothic lesbians with smooth skin and beautiful dark hair, dyed that way if it is not natural.
The Goth culture is seductive. Their primary focus is necking with each other. It is a romance with the kiss-cum-bite as it is affectionately named. It is their signature neck kiss which leaves a faint patch scuffed with the love bite.
Ancient love is frankly sexual. Sexual satisfaction plays a role in developing the Goths. For some of these girl velvets, they are breaking through into the consciousness of their repressed sexuality or sexual guilt. For others, they want to fuck the heroine in the "penny-dreadful," otherwise known as the Gothic vampire novel.
The bookstore sold out the novel and the band played on. If the bookstore wouldn't have sold out the novel, the band would have still played on. The novel is "Merrick," Anne Rice's new installment in her blood-sucker series. The band is Goth Velvet.
Rice's vampiric tale of seduction and the Mayfair witches set in New Orleans, with the return of Lestat, Louis, and Claudia is immune of course from old blood, and enjoying bestsellerdom.
The air is three kinds of coolness, wafting with the spicy scent of kahili ginger. "You are reading me," the newcomer at The Black Tear tells Mara, "like a spicy novel."
"This is what we do here," Mara's ginger-coated words float. "My air here is very good. Won't you stay and enjoy what I've earned honestly?"
Mara just got back from ginger camp in Hawaii where she has picked kahili ginger in the Kipahula Valley where environmentalists have restored the forest with ginger that Mara has scored from her spice market contacts in the Himalayas last year.
"My writing conferences are often about how my clients don't think they are progressing fast enough. You are advancing very fast," the new woman says when Mara wastes no time in initiating her with the kiss-cum-bite. The woman feels her heart throbbing in her neck where Mara is sucking tenderly the flesh that sustains the Gothic lifestyle. "Must you stop?" the woman asks, lifting her skirt, guiding Mara's hand underneath, prepared to indulge in a full-fledged affair right here where they stand in the coolest of three kinds of cool. "Touch it."
A charming and desirable area it is, Mara pets her, but she has to take off her gloves to do it, glad to have company this early on. Seems to Mara that this woman hasn't been petted in awhile. Surely, it is the very way the woman says the lyric sentence that gives her away. "Smuggle a message to the countess. Hide it down there in the bale of wool."
"I'd like to suck the very life out of you," Mara whispers, smuggling a message to the "countess," vagina and countess one in the same, making use of a full Gothic vocabulary. Then Mara sees cat-eye flashes of emerald green like Cleopatra's Egyptian cats in the woman's eyes, then they burst with pure yellow like a Siberian wolf's, then they glow red with piercing intensity like a feral cat with attitude hybridized with a winged, Gothic gargoyle. Then comes the eyes Mara has been waiting for, the blue bedroom animal eyes, created from the color-changing light ball from Czechoslovakia, surmounted by three antique-pewter gargoyles. In Mediterranean countries, those with blue eyes were feared as vampires, because they were different.
The sticky, liquid cobweb hanging on the lacy edge of the woman's panties inspires Mara to go down in an assuming knee-numbing squat. The woman takes a shoe-size step forward toward Mara and staggers. "I need---to---straddle something," the woman gasps. "Turn the page!"
"Hardback or paperback?" Mara asks, so she knows how to figure the advance.
The self-help living and the novel fictitious are not strangers here. Many times, Mara has seen literary agents and Gothic writers and their paid ghosts exit this establishment to go to the graves after midnight with their chosen candle power, searching for the cryptic names on the stones. It is as simple as pitching The End page in the coolest of three kinds of cool for the finale exit until the next installment in the series. The inscriptions on this literary group of Goth's marble-streaked faces are poetic and fondly etched like the monuments, marking the private skeleton closets of the cast of characters.
Mara loves playing mistress of the spices to the erotic, predatory individuals who call attention to the neck and the uplifted erotic breast bound by different measures of cleavage. Lovingly, she hands out red roses to those who come through the door. The one thing about Mara is that she dislikes celibacy. "There is no nunnery here, but many Sisters," she says, but strictly calls for sexual abstinence for The Order Of The Gothic Soul during the daylight hours.
Loyal to her nutmeg flag, Mara and the agent exit The Black Tear to her spice studio within whiffing distance.
The vampiric connotation of this erotic tryst is of heirloom quality and will be chronicled in hardback on archival paper. The dust jacket, although there is no dust, will be printed for promotional purposes in black with silver intaglio, raised surface. Mara's dustless table pepper is 34-mesh and she removes the dust after grinding, so it doesn't collect inside the pepper shaker. The coarseness of pepper is determined by its "mesh." This dustless pepper is a big seller with the local restaurants.
Undressing the spice mistress as told by the agent just in case there is an interview, is "castles and mortars, pestles and pillars." The novel begins, "When Mara was a little girl in Romania, imagination and enterprise came into play where she balanced a long, sturdy pestle across a mortar for a seesaw. She went to Bulgaria to bag rose blossoms at the crack of dawn, before the sun evaporated their oils to make attar of rose for the perfume makers in France. Schoolchildren filled the seasonal labor shortages and gathered 80 percent of the harvest along the southern wall of the Balkans in the Valley of the Roses.
Starting with unlacing those curvy lace-up boots with a total of 48 eyelets that Mara wears in sacred raiment, the agent loosens the strings. "No strings attached," she says, making it perfectly clear she doesn't want to be exclusive to Mara.
"As sweet as you say it though, so is the nutmeg sweet whose seed is obtained from a peach-like evergreen. As sweet as you say it though, I've not known too many who can eat just one peach-like thing," Mara, whose scent is her signature, tells the agent. "I am so waiting for you beneath," Mara pants. She is hot enough to incinerate a castle. There is a touch of drama and Mara knows she has to hang on like the sawtooth picture hangars and not let go of everything at once. "Well straddle me! Do something! Anything!........................................................."
Next, the agent undoes Mara's broomstick skirt sewn in three tiers that plays up her curves. Undressing the spice mistress is an ancient, attractive mystery, the agent writes down with her "storyteller's pen," a unique, Gothic writing instrument hammered in antique-finished metal, rococo and studded with assorted cabochons of genuine agate. With a touch of ceremony, she unfastens Mara's romantic, velvet choker. An aura band of eternity, she writes in immortal black ink, describing the choker.
Surveying the spice studio from her vantage point in the flickering candlelight, the agent flips through an erotically-charged spice book commissioned by one Mara Vittori, who appears to be on intimate terms with her spices ... published by a big house too. Next to her fine, erotic illustrations, the caption reads, Fine ground spices have the ability to blend in with the meat to a point where they cannot be seen. More important, fine ground spices give off more flavor more readily because grinding breaks down the flavor cells of the whole spice, and starts the process of releasing flavor.
The agent is totally engrossed in writing this novel. Her spice is art. Easels in every corner ... those expensive French studio ones. On her easels, beautifully balanced in the wooden grooves are works in progress ... Gothic lesbians fucking ... nude Angeliques, with prominent feral teeth insinuating a strong, oral preference. Mara is infatuated with airbrushed cunts grinding together, highlighting spice foliage and she has illustrated to exact likeness the natural way the spice appears before it is harvested. There is this hoe-like implement she has labeled as a "motika." It is in every illustration. It appears to be a trademark symbol as the sickle is to the Grim Reaper, perhaps suggesting the motika is a castrating symbol, further suggesting a feminist emblem.
In accord with The Order of the Gothic Soul testament of faith, Mara entertains herself with masturbatory fantasy, while the agent plays with research. Admiring the mouthwatering, creamy jewel on the agent's right middle finger, butterscotch amber, Mara thinks, dip it into my vagina to the third knuckle!
The strong smell of spice cannot entirely mask the sensational, musky scent of vagina, and when I catch a heady whiff of the combination of this overpowering aroma, I finish undressing the spice mistress. Mara's cardigan, black of course, is crocheted in scalloped openwork, revealing small diamond-shaped patches of her skin every other crocheted row ... a sensual maze of Gothic lattice. She wears no blouse underneath. She is sitting before me in her bra and panties on a marble slab supported by four granite pillars carved with bat-wing gargoyles like the ornate ones found on the stone spires on medieval castles.
Mara reaches inside her bra and pulls out a tin foil wrapper tucked in her cleavage and pours a little of its warm freshly-ground contents into the agent's palm. "Try a dash of it on your tongue. It is really known as Cassia in the spice trade more popularly known as cinnamon. This particular variety comes to us from Korintje, India."
"Peerless ... Cassia in your cleavage. What have you tucked in the countess?" the agent asks, licking her palm vicariously.
Mounting on behind Mara on the marble slab draped with black velvet, the agent gives her a belated kiss-cum-bite before unhooking her bra, holding Mara's breasts gingerly in her hands. "They're as fine as Swarovski-crystal balloon goblets ... I must write that ... but first ..................."
In Gothic intensity, tonight I went down on Mara---unparalleled---a lesbian's metier where this rides high on ancient influence. It is inborn and feminine to kneel before Mara. With my face in her countess, I must determine where the boundaries lie between making love to the spice mistress and making love to the vampire where both worlds are spiritually significant and intriguing. Mara has a red rose between her teeth and the air tastes like a sweet, red wine spiced with ginger, which happens to be the spice Mara has more of at the moment, as it is her spice of the month.
"Are you agented?" the agent asks.
"Always," Mara replies. "I am represented by a woman who appreciates my curry. She understands curry powder is one of the oldest spice blends of as many as 20 spices. Most take spice for granted and mishandle them very badly. Spices, like the vampire have three very common enemies---heat, light, and humidity. They should be stored in a dark, cool place, and the spices packed in cardboard boxes with an inner liner of tin foil. The rest is up to you. Go make your novel."
The agent smiles. She goes all over by Greyhound bus where the road climbs to thick forests to writers' conferences to look for writers to represent. A new Goth village, The Black Tear had opened while she was on the road for forty-six days, been in four states, and thirteen cities where she found only three writers with something worthy of publishing. She signed all three, and then came home to write her own novel.
The truth of it is, they lost interest in pouring wine and no one went for more candles. Mara and the agent make love in the darkness where the air is charged and faithfully cast from The Order of the Gothic Soul. They are exclusive to each other, lovers for quite some time, who spice up their affairs when they come back into town with fantasy, and erotic illustrations and literary excerpts and captioned tributes.
In to the third knuckle, is the agent who appreciates Mara's curry. Peerless ... mouthwatering butterscotch amber!
Copyright Ms. Sage Sweetwater, firebrand lesbian novelist