Low Key Lyesmith

Brand: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab

Scent Description:

“Cigarette, sir?”

“No, thank you.”

“You don’t mind if I do?”

“Go right ahead.”

The driver used a Bic disposable lighter, and it was in the yellow light of the flame that Shadow saw the man’s face, actually saw it for the first time, and recognized him, and began to understand.

Shadow knew that thin face. He knew that there would be close-cropped orange hair beneath the black driver’s cap, cut close to the scalp. He knew that when the man’s lips smiled they would crease into a network of rough scars.

“You’re looking good, big guy,” said the driver.

“Low Key?” Shadow stared at his old cellmate warily.

Prison friendships are good things: they get you through bad places and through dark times. But a prison friendship ends at the prison gates, and a prison friend who reappears in your life is at best a mixed blessing.

“Jesus. Low Key Lyesmith,” said Shadow, and then he heard what he was saying and he understood. “Loki,” he said. “Loki Lie-Smith.”

“You’re slow,” said Loki, “but you get there in the end.” And his lips twisted into a scarred smile and embers danced in the shadows of his eyes.

Black clove and cassia flung onto glowing cinders and mingled with slow-dripping poisons.

Released: American Gods I

1 thought on “Low Key Lyesmith”

  1. Cassia = cinnamon, so those with sensitive skin should beware. My skin burned/tingled for almost twenty minutes after I applied it.

    On first application, Loki smells like sweet, warm, toasty cinnamon-clove with something acrid and hot/dry/sour underneath (the “poisons,” I guess). Over the course of fifteen-twenty minute, it does what all perfumes with cinnamon oil in them do on my skin and transforms into Craft Store Cinnamon Broom ™ with an undercurrent of something fruity, like a hint of mulled cider, until I smell like a fall kitchen decorated with every cinnamon-spice/pumpkin pie spice/spiced apple scented product Michaels makes. It lasts about two-three hours on my skin, but after that first “twenty minutes of burning” experience I switched to using it in an oil warmer.

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