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The Signs As Oddly Specific Fragrances


By Celestial Mistress, Celestial Maiden and Celestial Minion 


“The Harris Afterparty”: The horrendous but nostalgic combination of jungle juice, cigarette ash from the last 50 years and the joy of finally getting control of the aux. 



“Dish Line Darling”: The lush smell of the Dining Hall dish room, spiced with notes of soap and the Nutella-smeared sausage clinging stubbornly to the trough.  



“The Cleve Whiff”: A provocative blend of burnt popcorn, loggia brick and … is that a skunk I smell?  



“Burling Breakdown”: The salt of all your wasted tears mixed with the comforting must of the old fourth-floor hardcovers.  



“Hot Girl Shit”: Mint, lime and white rum baby! 



“Know it All”: The overt scent of fresh East Campus laundry and streaks of Sharpie wafting from The S&B articles you edited to shreds two nights before.  



“The Flirt”: Jasmine dabbed on your neck and inner wrists transported in a bout of tactful touching during the work hour.  



“The Hangover”: The strange but effective concoction of piping hot menudo, Powerade and buttery pancakes.  



“New Year’s Eve”: Champagne, strawberries and cherry lip gloss already smeared on the mouth of your midnight kiss. 



“Post-Scrimmage Supper”: The rich tang of sweat dripping down your back and drying in the waistband of your sweatpants. 



“When the Failure is Fresh”: The musk of mothballs and flakes of dried skin floating through the afternoon light to gently land on the artificial plasticky traces of your woven Ikea rug.  



“Going Home”: A misty spring rain shower with hints of car exhaust.  



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