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  • It was mid-April, and the sun was God with a scalpel, slicing clean the edges of the leaves, the clusters of sick-sweet lilac, and the silkworm webbing that hung from the trees above us in a marvelous cottony cancer.

    Bone Hinge

  • I had to shower and imagine the hot water peeling back the congelation of that sick-sweet sweat born of the anxiety of bad dreams.

    Object Liberation

  • Had any ylang oil spilled, she would surely have been nauseated by its sick-sweet smell.

    The Veiled Dragon

  • The sick-sweet stink of death seeped into everything.


  • The only thing I had ever smelled like it, on a scale that could cover a whole rural area, was the sugar mill back home in winter, which produced a thick, sick-sweet odor that seemed to permeate the inside of your skull.

    The Lost Get-Back Boogie

  • The heavy, sick-sweet stench of chloroform filled the stuffy atmosphere.

    Noble House

  • Malcolm Sun craned around, the sweat on his back, his heart hurting and the sick-sweet excitement rage-fear taste still in his mouth.

    Noble House

  • The air was close and the sick-sweet smell of raw opium permeated it.


  • Eight years old, the sick-sweet taste of pork fat and wet bread from somebody's garbage, the thrill of terror when you're stealing a gunnysack and you hear a footstep.

    More Than Human

  • The sick-sweet smell of bug spray enveloped Fortnum - as he reached his house.

    The Machineries of Joy


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