Grandma's Perfume

When I was around 7, my grandma died, and when we visited the wake, the entire funeral smelt like her favorite perfume. I don't know how to describe the smell but imagine 'sweet creamy vanilla + mothballs + Vicks Vapor rub. Probably about a month later, my brother and I were having a sleepover at our neighbors, and out of nowhere, I smelt that familiar scent. I turn towards my brother and he was staring right back at me, wide-eyed and scared. He murmured something like 'Gran is back'At that point in time, I think I was in shock because I was unconsciously repeating 'Wtf, no way, wtf, no way, wtf....'. Our friend Jacob was confused, he thought we were pranking him, but then he noticed something was off when the scent grew stronger.It became so unbearable that he gagged, and I remember I could barely see...my eyes were teary and remember hearing my brother gasping for air.Then all of a sudden, it stopped. That awful smell was gone. I think the entire duration was about 5 mins. But to me it felt like forever, I don't know how to explain it.A moment later, Jacob's Mom came rushing through the door. We tried to explain to her why we were screaming. But she chalked it up to us being too 'imaginative' and overreacting.Fortunately, nothing happened when we spent our night there. We couldn't explain it, but it happened and it was fucking real. One thing's for sure, we never went back to Jacob's house after that day. 15 Years later, as I'm writing this, I can still feel the chills down my spine.

The reason why we're so afraid was not just because our dead grandma decided to pay us a visit, it was also because she was a very, very mean person. She would often hit us when we were kids. So every time we would run or hide when we smell her perfume. It means that she is close and you're mostly going to get a good smacking for no reason.

The reason why we're so afraid was not just because our dead grandma decided to pay us a visit, it was also because she was a very, very mean person. She would often hit us when we were kids. So every time we would run or hide when we smell her perfume. It means that she is close and you're mostly going to get a good smacking for no reason. 

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