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Total Blackout – STEPHANIE LEMOINE - DAY 5 (part 1)

STEPHANIE LEMOINE - DAY 5 (part 1)

Marie and Stéphanie had been lucky. After nearly two and a half hours of walking stubbornly along the A1 highway, they found a farm that seemed peaceful amidst the first fields north of Paris. Little did they know, they had stopped right next to Paris-Le Bourget Airport and not far from Roissy-Charles de Gaulle Airport.

The owner was a young man in his thirties, the son of the previous owner, named Mathieu Rosiers. He was of medium height, broad-shouldered, with brown hair and a light beard. Despite his round belly, he had broad, muscular arms with prominent veins.

When they arrived at the entrance of his farm, Marie, the elder, had recounted their story to him, which was quite brief once summarized. He had been deeply moved by it. Though he had lost both his parents, it hadn't happened on the same day.

Thanks to them, he knew a bit more about what was happening in Paris, and it sent shivers down his spine.

If it's the same everywhere and no one's in charge<

/em>, he had thought, then France is lost.<

/em>

But as his late father, Simon Rosiers, used to say, opportunities are everywhere, you just have to seize them.

A nice phrase full of optimism that might suggest it was an easy thing, but his tough life and premature death proved otherwise.

However, Mathieu had glimpsed the shadow of an opportunity when he saw the lights of the capital extinguish in the distance: if the crisis persisted, demand would skyrocket!

Indeed, the French were numerous, but there were very few people like him producing food. Most of the goods found on supermarket shelves and large shopping centers came from elsewhere, sometimes from the other side of the world, even though they could be produced locally! It wasn't uncommon to see fruits and vegetables from Africa or South America! But if everything stopped working, like his tractor or his mobile phone, then everyone would be forced to consume what was produced nearby!

Paris was a gigantic monster that devoured a considerable amount of resources before the crisis to satisfy everyone's needs. Now that it was cut off from the rest of the world and its lucrative markets, its inhabitants would have to do things differently and turn to producers like him who worked the land from morning till night.

How many times had he been criticized or even threatened by environmental extremists because he used fertilizers on his land? What would they say now that they couldn't get soy steak and other organic nonsense from who knows where to end up on their plates?

He might not be organic, but he was environmentally conscious and producing something. Those same people, he had no doubt, would soon come begging to him to produce more because they were hungry.

His small business, already in financial difficulty to the delight of real estate developers and other vultures coveting his land, couldn't afford to stop, even for a few days. So, he had continued to work in his fields using his manual tools. Quickly, he realized that he couldn't do it alone. There was too much work even though he only had a few plots of land. Even with his machinery, he struggled. So, despite his doubts, he had accepted to hire the two young ladies who had presented themselves to him in hopes of getting a job.

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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