Last night, my sister and I were vegging in the living room, watching the idiot box, when suddenly a strange smell awakened our suspicions.
"Do you smell that?" She asked me, as I was just beginning to clamp my hand over my nose. Right at that moment, I had smelled it as well. It was a horrible, powerful, putrid smell that might best be described as an unintelligible cross between hot, rotting garbage and rancid meat/dead things. It was awful, and it was everywhere, and it came on so suddenly!
We started sniffing around the room, searching for the source of the odour. For the first time ever in my life I think, I felt like I was going to toss my cookies due to an odour. One of our cats had just been lying on the floor in front of me and had walked away, so I sniffed him and he seemed "clean." Every now and again, I'd catch a whiff of what I thought was the "eye" of the stench, but then the odour seemed to move and I was unable to determine where it was coming from. Sometimes, our trashy neighbours leave their garbage on the patio and the stink wafts over to our apartment, but after opening the patio door and taking a good sniff, I found that the neighbours garbage didn't smell at all. Nor did anything in the front of the house. Whatever it was, it was centered in the living room. But there wasn't anything in the living room (that we could find) that reeked!
Then, as suddenly as it had come, the stench disappeared.
Both of us were thinking it (I thought of it immediately, how unscientific of me): some sort of bad mojo? Once my sister had voiced the concern, she stated: "I think it's coming back!" but I grounded the urge to sensationalize. "No, it's gone." I replied, before even allowing myself to smell.
What's so weird about the experience was that we both smelled the whatever-it-was at the same precise moment. Also strange was the pungency of the odour (we're talking really bad), the fact that we had no windows open, and the fact that we never did pinpoint the source of it or where it vanished to.
The two of us, together, have experienced odd, fly-by-night "episodes" in the past but never with a smell attached.
I wonder what it could have been...