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Total Blackout – KARIMA ALI - DAY 88

KARIMA ALI - DAY 88

Karima Ali sat on her bed at the Rathelot barracks, silent and with a somber expression.

It had been a week since she had removed the bandage covering her entire cheek. The splash of ignited gasoline had left a massive and hideous pink scar. It was impossible to ignore how grotesque it was; it was as if someone had tried to tear off her skin from bottom to top.

The only positive aspect was that her eye was unharmed.

Unfortunately, her colleague, who had received a Molotov cocktail to the head that day, couldn't say the same. Almost his entire face had melted.

With no functional emergencies and no medications, no one could help him. Almost all the anesthetics that had been saved had been used to alleviate his suffering.

It hadn't been enough. In agony, he had thrown himself out of the window, unable to put a bullet through his head with his service weapon.

His suicide had been an additional shock for the already grieving Rathelot barracks, which had lost many comrades.

Karima's thoughts went straight to the family of the poor man who had already lost a child since the crisis began. Like many people in Paris, the son of the gendarme who had taken his own life, Arthur Gonard, needed medication to live. It was a disease one could easily live with; all it took was presenting a prescription to receive the necessary medications and occasionally undergoing blood tests.

But when electricity disappeared, hospitals stopped functioning, and pharmacies were looted.

France no longer produced this medication on its soil to save money. Their only hope lay in emergency aid from abroad. Since that aid never arrived, their son had wasted away and died. It was a true tragedy. Now the mother had to support her last child alone, who luckily didn't have the health problems of his younger brother.

The Rathelot barracks had lost other members whom Karima knew. What had happened to Françoise, she had learned a few days after her facial injury.

She had been forced to hold a difficult-to-defend position, and the enemies of the Republic had surrounded her with her volunteers and a few comrades. She had been beaten dozens of times, even while lying on the ground. The fact that she was a woman had no effect on these cruel bloodthirsty people. Reinforcements had arrived, but too late to help her. She had died during the night in a makeshift hospital built behind the barracks, on the training ground.

Knock, knock.

Someone gently tapped on the door of the young woman's room.

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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