The smell went right into the brain, bypassing all the cartilage and hitting straight to the neuronal wires. The eyes and ears no way could imagine the deep interconnectedness of a waft that struck memory with such venom.
Certain smells melt into wavelengths to a world we once knew, pinning the once visible and invisible dutifully together.
That smell though, baking cookies fail to match such intensity. A rather unique smell is there between the air and synapses, establishing its earthy tones. No wonder we remember it so well.