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Total Blackout – KARIMA ALI - DAY 4

KARIMA ALI - DAY 4

The rain of dead birds had added disorder where there was already more than enough.

The inhabitants were very afraid, as they could not explain this phenomenon. A pigeon would not die without reason. Because they didn't seem to have hit something, it could only be something else.

It was only when she returned to the Nanterre barracks that Karima heard a frightening possibility: what if it was something in the air, the same air they were breathing? It didn't take them long to speculate that the problem came from the nuclear power plants. If that was the case, it was a disaster! France had made nuclear energy the basis of its energy supply, allowing its citizens access to electricity at a very reasonable price.

Even if there were none in the immediate vicinity of the capital, the winds could easily bring radioactive particles to them. Moreover, France was not an isolated island, but was surrounded by other countries also possessing this advanced technology. The wind currently blowing over the capital from the north, it was likely that the origin of the problem that killed all these birds lay in the north of the country or even on the other side of the English Channel if Britain was also affected by this cursed blackout.

Karima had been trained in chemical and nuclear risks, naturally, and knew what the solutions were.

It was necessary to alert and confine civilian populations, seal off rooms, distribute iodine tablets, and evacuate populations. Unfortunately, there were too many obstacles to implement this protocol. The city was in chaos, personnel was lacking, iodine was not easily available, and how to evacuate entire cities without functional means of transportation?

As if that weren't enough, they also needed to know where to evacuate them to! If all the nuclear power plants in Europe had exploded, which was unthinkable just a few days earlier, they would have to evacuate all European populations off the continent! It was madness!

My God, what can we do?! We can't all flee out of Europe! And to where? To the depths of Africa? To the Middle East? Further away?<

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Karima's superiors decided not to evacuate or warn the population, but to continue maintaining order as much as possible, zone by zone.

Karima had suffered greatly since she was informed of this decision, however she agreed that they could not afford to sow panic in the city. They were all on thin ice and were convinced that the slightest mistake on their part would undo all their efforts. They had managed to recruit a few dozen volunteers, some more than others.

Adjudant-chef Ali had managed to convince three, which was average compared to his colleagues.

On this early evening, the three volunteers accompanying Karima patrolled the streets of Nanterre. The young woman didn't know what to think when she saw them parading beside her, armed with sticks, actually broom handles or rakes and other gardening tools. Romain, Cédric, and Guillaume were aged twenty, twenty-six, and twenty-seven respectively. All had agreed to serve France out of patriotism and love of order and peace. They had been shocked to see how low their compatriots had fallen in such a short time.

The proposal of the young gendarme had immediately interested them despite the risks and the lack of payment, because they did not want to remain inactive while their country was collapsing.

Equipped with two torches as if they had returned to the Middle Ages, the small team walked at a slow pace in the middle of the road, between the two lanes cluttered with cars.

Contrary to what one could see in movies and video games, there was not much more visibility in the middle of the night. The immediate surroundings took on a yellowish color, but soon the darkness took over so that one could not see more than a few meters. Fortunately, there were the northern lights that illuminated the city a little.

They are still visible, but are they not less clear? Will they disappear?<

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The street was peaceful and Karima dared to hope that it was partly thanks to their patrols. They crossed a few cats, but even they did not stay long.

It was around a small street like so many in this neighborhood mixing houses and local shops that the patrol came across a small group of individuals who could not have good intentions. There were about ten of them having fun breaking windows and cars with stones and sticks.

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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