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Total Blackout – NATHAN BELCOMBE - DAY 1

NATHAN BELCOMBE - DAY 1

Nathan Belcombe was seated in a deep and comfortable sky-blue seat located near the right wing of an Airbus A380. He was sandwiched between a massive man who seemed intent on pushing him out of his seat and a particularly noisy child continuously pounding the seat in front of him while repeating endlessly to anyone who would listen that he was hungry and thirsty.

At least,<

/em> he sighed inwardly, my other neighbor isn't as noisy.<

/em>

The second neighbor, a man in his early forties who easily weighed over two hundred and sixty pounds (approximately 120 kilogrammes), was silently listening to music on his smartphone with wireless earphones. Despite the earphones, he thought he recognized the music.

Greenday, I believe. Ah! Once again, I let myself get distracted!<

/em>

Nathan nervously adjusted his small metal-framed glasses on the bridge of his nose, reflecting on the goals he had set once he arrived in Paris. Clad in a simple suit, Nathan had hastily boarded the first flight to the French capital and found himself in this seat, in the economy section. It didn't bother him much as his concerns were elsewhere. If he had taken this ticket and decided to sacrifice his precious time, it was because there was urgency.

Despite his efforts to be heard by his superiors and to contact the Élysée Palace, he had found no one intelligent enough to understand the gravity of the situation and transmit his warning message to as many people as possible. He had ten or eleven degrees (he wasn't entirely sure), five master's degrees, and three doctorates. Yet, he had been completely ignored by a mere secretary named Laura who certainly didn't have a tenth of his diplomas.

Laura... If I don't make it in time because of you!<

/em>

His anger did not wane. If a doctor were to take his blood pressure at that moment, he would certainly be alarmed by the number indicated. Perhaps he would even set a record!

As a prominent scientist and author of numerous articles about the Sun, a colossal celestial body on the scale of the Earth but minuscule in the Universe, Nathan had been the first to spot an anomaly on its surface. A magnificent and terrifying event had occurred without anyone noticing. Others would soon report it, but too late. Therefore, he had tried to contact all his colleagues, superiors, and even the President of the Republic to alert the competent authorities of his country to the imminent catastrophe.

An intense solar eruption had occurred, and according to his simulations, its effects would soon begin to be felt across the entire northern hemisphere, and beyond! Unfortunately, this had happened more than eight hours ago! Eight hours! It was both short and long at the same time!

What a waste of time! If only that Laura had listened to me!<

/em>

His call had led to nothing, so he had made the decision to go directly to the gates of the presidential palace. All electronic devices would suddenly cease to function, plunging the entire world into darkness! In a world heavily reliant on modern technologies to function, from a simple light bulb to cutting-edge computers, this meant nothing less than a brutal return to the 18th century, at best. Theoretically, it would be possible to repair everything in a few months or years, but what would happen in the meantime wouldn't allow for it. People only cooperated on a state scale, according to Nathan, because there was a government to organize them. But if this government could no longer mobilize the right people in the right places, it would be deaf, mute, and blind! Under those circumstances, it wouldn't be able to do anything!

We absolutely must organize the country's reconstruction right away! Waiting for the disaster to happen would be a serious mistake!<

/em>

Chapter end

Catalogue
NATHAN BELCOMBE - DAY 1
PIERRE MARCHAIS - DAY 1 (part 1)
KARIMA ALI - DAY 1 (part 1)
STEPHANIE LEMOINE - DAY 1 (part 1)
PIERRE MARCHAIS - DAY 1 (part 2)
PIERRE MARCHAIS - DAY 1 (part 3)
KARIMA ALI - DAY 1 (part 2)
STEPHANIE LEMOINE - DAY 1 (part 2)
STEPHANIE LEMOINE - DAY 2 (part 1)
PIERRE MARCHAIS - DAY 2 (part 1)
PIERRE MARCHAIS - DAY 2 (part 2)
KARIMA ALI - DAY 2
STEPHANIE LEMOINE - DAY 2 (part 2)
PIERRE MARCHAIS - DAY 3 (part 1)
PIERRE MARCHAIS - DAY 3 (part 2)
KARIMA ALI - DAY 3
STEPHANIE LEMOINE - DAY 3
STEPHANIE LEMOINE - DAY 4 (part 1)
PIERRE MARCHAIS - DAY 4 (part 1)
STEPHANIE LEMOINE - DAY 4 (part 2)
PIERRE MARCHAIS - DAY 4 (part 2)
KARIMA ALI - DAY 4
KARIMA ALI - DAY 5
STEPHANIE LEMOINE - DAY 5 (part 1)
PIERRE MARCHAIS - DAY 5
STEPHANIE LEMOINE - DAY 5 (part 2)
PIERRE MARCHAIS - DAY 9 to 17 (part 1)
PIERRE MARCHAIS - DAY 9 to 17 (part 2)
PIERRE MARCHAIS - DAY 9 to 17 (part 3)
KARIMA ALI - DAY 18 (part 1)
KARIMA ALI - DAY 18 (part 2)
KARIMA ALI - DAY 18 (part 3)
KARIMA ALI - DAY 18 (part 4)
STEPHANIE LEMOINE - DAY 21 (part 1)
STEPHANIE LEMOINE - DAY 21 (part 2)
STEPHANIE LEMOINE - DAY 21 (part 3)
PIERRE MARCHAIS - DAY 22
KARIMA ALI - DAY 22 (part 1)
KARIMA ALI - DAY 22 (part 2)
PIERRE MARCHAIS - DAY 31
STEPHANIE LEMOINE - DAY 68
KARIMA ALI - DAY 88
PIERRE MARCHAIS - DAY 94
STEPHANIE LEMOINE - DAY 124
PIERRE MARCHAIS - DAY 153 (part 1)
PIERRE MARCHAIS - DAY 153 (part 2)
AMIN SAIDI - DAY 155
AMIN SAIDI - DAY 157 to 164
KARIMA ALI - DAY 169
PIERRE MARCHAIS - DAY 188
STEPHANIE LEMOINE - DAY 195
KARIMA ALI - DAY 216
STEPHANIE LEMOINE - DAY 232
PIERRE MARCHAIS - DAY 245 (part 1)
KARIMA ALI - DAY 245
PIERRE MARCHAIS - DAY 245 and 246
STEPHANIE LEMOINE - DAY 246
KARIMA ALI - DAY 253
STEPHANIE LEMOINE - DAY 253
PIERRE MARCHAIS - DAY 259
KARIMA ALI - DAY 262
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