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Total Blackout – PIERRE MARCHAIS - DAY 5

PIERRE MARCHAIS - DAY 5

Pierre lay under a tent pitched in a small garden behind an entirely ordinary house built in the same style as all the houses on that street. The couple who owned this house had graciously agreed to let him sleep in their garden and had even lent him a tent. It was very generous to the point that Pierre found it suspicious. However, his intuition told him that this family was simply like that.

The Guillot family consisted of only five members: the father, the mother, and their three children. Although he was very grateful to this couple, he couldn't help but think that they were very imprudent. If he had been faced with a similar situation, he would have flatly refused to take any risks. They didn't know each other, so it would have been normal for them to be highly suspicious of him, especially at a time when people were revealing their true nature.

From what he had seen, violence was everywhere. It was as if it had always been there. People had stopped protesting to focus on their own safety and access to food. This made them particularly unpredictable and dangerous.

Pierre was even more suspicious because he was armed to the teeth. If he wanted to, he could enter this house and kill everyone to take over the place or simply rob these poor people.

The night was quite calm in this residential neighborhood. Since the beginning of the crisis, there had been practically no incidents. For the Guillots, it was thanks to the residents themselves who did not wish to misbehave simply because everything was going haywire in the city. According to Pierre, it was more likely thanks to the patrols carried out by the gendarmerie.

The one he had encountered late in the day had made a strong impression on him, especially this young woman armed with a rifle. A change in strategy had clearly taken place, and the first effects were beginning to be felt. However, they couldn't be everywhere at once. Criminals only had to wait for them to pass by to commit their misdeeds.

As night had already fallen, a lone man took advantage of the darkness to approach the Guillot's house. He circled the house, walking on the slightly damp grass, and silently made his way to the back door. With an uncertain gesture, he applied pressure to the door to make it open.

He suspected that this family had valuable items because a nice car was parked in front of the closed garage door. Above all, he knew that the father worked in a bank. It was also his bank.

The man, dressed in black jogging pants and a hooded jacket of the same color, was desperate since all his money had been blocked. He had happened to run into his bank advisor on the third day of the blackout and had discreetly followed him home without having elaborated any plan.

He knew he had a wife and three fairly young children. If this man, Arnaud, an honest real estate agent working for a fairly reputable company, wanted to enter his banker's house now, it was not to harm him or his family. All he was interested in was what they possessed that had value as compensation for all he had lost. It wasn't much, but it was the fruit of his work and sacrifices. He didn't go on vacation, had no hobbies, hardly ever went out, so why should he end up with nothing like those parasites who didn't care about getting into debt to live a life of vain pleasures?

Arnaud was intelligent. He had understood that the world he knew was changing at a crazy pace. Everything that could prove he had forty-eight thousand euros saved had suddenly disappeared. Since everything was digitized, he couldn't prove that he owned that money or even use it to feed himself and his family. Cash had already lost all its value, as there was no more trade: he needed useful items to exchange.

He didn't see himself as a bad man, just a desperate man trying to get by like everyone else. Mr. Guillot was not responsible for his situation, he was perfectly aware of that, but he could help him, even if it meant acting like a thug.

By coming here, he had thought he would certainly find water and food. Jewelry was also a target, because in his mind, they were a sure value. By targeting a banker's house, he hoped to find some. He also hoped to find basic medicines like aspirin or paracetamol. As long as people got sick, he thought as he forced open the Guillot's door, there would always be a demand for medicine.

For the moment, it was only spring, but when autumn and winter came, there would certainly be many buyers for his precious medicines! But not everything he found would be sold. It was also to be able to treat his own children in case of need because the mere thought of seeing them suffer without being able to take them to a doctor made his heart and stomach churn.

He barely had time to open the door when he felt a large hand grab him by the shoulder.

Chapter end

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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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