The Sense of Smell

Sprayed air freshener in hand on home interior backgroundEver since Johhny’s release from prison, the petty thief was unable to get the foul smelling reminders of his jail cell out of his nostrils. Try as he may, everywhere he went, the stench was inescapable. His impish friend suggested that Johhny carry a bottle of Febreze air freshener wherever he went so he might be able to cover up the smells redolent of his cell.

While the Febreze would temporarily mask the jail cell odor with a more fragrant aroma, it never lasted very long, transporting poor Johnny back to a place he never wanted to experience again.

So as a desperate move, he finally found a doctor who agreed to disable his olfactory nerves, thereby entirely eliminating Johnny’s sense of smell.

Johnny was thrilled that he could no longer smell anything that might remind him of his incarceration. Well, he was thrilled until he learned that the olfactory nerve is somewhat unusual among cranial nerves because it is capable of regeneration if damaged.


A0030D6E-1F70-48B9-840A-2ED119AF3967Written for Teresa’s Opposites Attract prompt, using the words fragrant and foul. Also for these daily prompts: Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (release), Ragtag Daily Prompt (thief), Word of the Day Challenge (impish), and Your Daily Word Prompt (redolent).

5 thoughts on “The Sense of Smell

  1. blindzanygirl March 27, 2019 / 4:27 pm

    Oh dear! That was a bit drastic! A great write though.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. leigha66 March 30, 2019 / 10:29 pm

    I didn’t know that nerve could repair itself… they say you learn something new everyday!

    Liked by 1 person

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