Electric Quest

16 March 2023

  • I have been keeping track of the days since the start of the crisis. First it was at home, for myself. It’s harder than you expect without power or data. 9 days in, I heard 3 different people say “I’m not sure what day it is.” The next day I started sharing the date publicly.
    Sean K avatarSean K3/11/23 3:43am
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  • As the crisis of no power wore on, I would continue to announce the date via speakerphone, so that my neighbors would continue to have a solid sense of time. My stomach churned after a month of this. When was the power going to come back on? What was the cause of this crisis?
    Raj C avatarRaj C3/12/23 12:26am
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  • I decided that it was time to venture out to find the cause of the outage. I took some supplies and let everyone know I would be back before dark. One of my neighbors, Jesse, insisted upon coming with me. She brought her dog Tidus too. We set out following the power lines.
    Keith F avatarKeith F3/14/23 4:54am
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    Every now and then, I would glance at him. I would sometimes have the urge to grab his hand, but then Tidus would pull on the leash. I cleared my throat. "So, any guesses?" I asked, shining a flashlight on my feet. Tidus barked, making me jump. (Jesse POV) My finger touched his.
    Byline Author3/14/23 11:55pm
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  • "As a matter of fact, I do," he said. He directed my flashlight to the old elm in the Witts' yard. "Here's the source of the power outage," he said & pointed from behind me. He smelled like orange Tic Tacs. "Mr. Witt—" But I didn't care any more. I turned around & kissed him.
    Benjamin C avatarBenjamin C3/16/23 1:53pm
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