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Awake Till Dawn


07th January, 2000

Sleep is primal. Neither the body nor the mind can live without it.

Every single day, all of us are drawn to the comfort, safety and

warmth it offers. But there are times when avoiding sleep can be

equally magical, equally memorable. Think of a night spent in

the company of close friends. Ten o’clock turns to

midnight. Conversation flows with easy intimacy. The

smells of companionship: tobacco; tea; sweet fruit,

blood. The air is filled with languor. Two o’clock in the

morning. Laughter. Memories of childhood, of a

time when time was meaningless. Five o’clock.

Someone suggests a walk to a nearby stream. “It’ll

soon be morning. Shall we watch the sunrise

together?” A few minutes later, they see

gently flowing water, drifting over pebbles,

forming tiny ripples. Dew starts to appear

on blades of grass. The soil around them

is beginning to stir. And then it comes.

The unforgettable moment. The split

second when the sun is first

detected. All is quiet. All is perfect

stillness. Senses are heightened.

Everything is perceived with

crystalline clarity. The friends realise

they are truly sharing this moment

with each other. From a distance, a

scent is being carried on the air,

perhaps from someone’s garden. Is it

lavender? Or jasmine? A touch of mint?

They breathe in the dawn, allowing it to fill their

thoughts. They smile, turn around and head back

home. But they don’t utter a single word, wanting to preserve,

for as long as they possibly can, the enchantment of this night.

Submitted by dareka

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    • Redneck Perfumisto | 9th January 2010 08:54

      I do love that moment. :engel017: Gotta admit. And it's particularly nice in Kansas in the summer. Oh, don't remind me! Now I want to go back! :cry:

      I think the perfumer could have a very good time with this, definitely. :thumbup:

      [PS - "...the enchantment of this night." :coolold: Welcome to "Club Enchantée" - we're up to 4 members now! :wink: ]

    • dareka | 9th January 2010 09:57

      Thanks very much indeed for the comment, Redneck; I appreciate your taking the time to write.Now that all the briefs have been made public, I thought people might be interested to see mine in the original submitted version, which also uses colours etc to get its ideas across. Here's a link to the PDF:

      Good luck to everyone!

    • selky | 13th January 2010 02:22

      This could be really interesting and complex. I really like the imagery, the night story - and the use of indigo to pale gold of dawn. :thumbup:

    • dareka | 13th January 2010 13:57

      Thank you for the comment selky. Yes, the idea was to make it fairly unusual, in that it goes from dark to light. I should think that would make a pretty interesting 'chemical' challenge.

    • JDBIII | 15th January 2010 01:51

      I loved those nights. And those mornings. Excitement and comfort all at once. This one is going to be tricky.

    • dareka | 15th January 2010 06:42

      Yes, me too JDBIII. Maybe it was the novelty of the experience that made them special.

      And yes, I agree that the fragrance would probably present a challenge, but maybe one of the perfumers is willing to have a go at it?

      Thanks for commenting.