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Total Blackout – STEPHANIE LEMOINE - DAY 124

STEPHANIE LEMOINE - DAY 124

The entire team had risen very early that morning, as they had the day before and the days prior, to harvest the ripe wheat. They stood tall and had a beautiful color, yet Mathieu was skeptical. According to him, they had an abnormal shape.

It was as if his wheat had been crossed with another species. The leaves were also slightly different. They were wider and shorter than they should have been.

As he had said more than once, since he had watched them grow with the greatest attention all these weeks, it was not because his ears were different that they would not feed them. The harvest was looking okay. Not glorious, but okay. He attributed this success, in addition to his team of brave farmers, to the natural fertilizers they had used.

Due to the malfunction of the toilets, they had all been forced to find solutions. All their excrement had ended up in the fields. There was no waste. They couldn't afford it. All the water used for anything other than drinking was reused to irrigate the crops.

Interestingly, there was no particular smell when walking in the black earth between the crops and plots. Unless, of course, their noses had become accustomed to an odor they would have considered foul three months earlier. Anyway, nobody complained, not even the youngest members of this modest community.

In recent days, the team revolving around Mathieu had been eating well. Thanks to mild weather, the potato and other vegetable harvests had been done. The onions had yielded a lot, which was a stroke of luck. They had planted about ten onions with little hope, since they did not look good when planting.

Each onion had produced at least five. Some were large and others smaller, but it didn't matter. Everything that was edible was good.

The potatoes had also yielded a lot thanks to Stéphanie's remarkable work. She had taken care of this sector entirely. She had monitored the growth of the leaves, chased away slugs and snails, made sure the plants lacked nothing, and remained strong. In short, she had done everything.

Although the temptation to harvest them early to have something to eat quickly was great, they had been very patient and waited for them to grow. When Stéphanie had started to remove the soil, everyone had exploded with joy!

They were beautiful!

Each member of the team had been entitled to a nice potato cooked in water. What was regrettable was that they had neither salt nor butter to make them more delicious. They were still devoured, including the skin.

Ah... My back...<

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The girl had pain everywhere, but currently it was her back that hurt the most.

They formed a line and one step after another they advanced, cutting the wheat stalks containing the precious grain at the end. They were not very profitable, especially when comparing their work to what a combine harvester did.

They had to grab bunches of stalks, the equivalent of a handful, and cut them with their tools. A scythe or sickle would have done the job just fine, but Mathieu had only a few of these tools. Finding them in the mess had already been an achievement, as his father had the bad habit of accumulating objects.

Since his death, Stéphanie had learned since her arrival that he had died of cancer a few years before the blackout, Mathieu had hardly touched anything in his treasure trove, as he called it. For Mathieu, it was just a huge pile of odds and ends. Fortunately, there were antiques in there that were very useful to them now.

If Jérôme could handle an old but impressive scythe, still effective despite the rust, Stéphanie had to make do with a simple meat knife. The blade was long and its edge sharp as a razor.

They were watched with curiosity and amusement by Leto and Soda, who must have thought it was some kind of game. At the beginning of the harvest, the two dogs had been scolded for playing with the newly harvested wheat. Since then, they had stayed a bit away.

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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