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“Here, try these,” said Jarod, handing Peter three or four small old flashlights.
After trying each one, “nope, none of these work Dad, we got more batteries right?”
“Well, they should be good, I tested those just a few years ago, try these,” said Jarod
handing Peter two fresh from a pack.
“Nope,” said Peter after a few seconds.
“Did you even try them? It must be the bulbs, but mines not working either, damn it.”
“Dad, there’s no bulb in these, ESL’s should never​ go bad​,” said Peter in the calmed
slow tone he had learned to take when discussing anything related to technology with
his father.
“Well then what in Hell else could be be-” Jarod was cut off by the front door opening
and Melissa calling in, “Hello, Jay, Pete, you guys here?”
“Thank God,” said Jarod, “hey love, we’re down here getting the flashlights, but nothing
seems to be working.”
“Don’t bother,” shouted Melissa, “it’s freaky, everything thing is down, I had to walk from
the corner, I figured my car battery had just died but the street lights went out too, it’s
spooky out there.”
Making their way back up the stairs with the broken flashlights and dead batteries Jarod
asked, “did you see anyone else out there, what happened? just everything electric, just,
went dead?”
“It was weird, I left the car just up the street and figured I’d call a jump service from
home. The only other car I saw was Mark from next door driving his classic, I said hi and
asked if he knew what was up.”
“Yeh, and, what’d he say,” urged Jarod anxiously, “how the hell is he driving around then
if everything else out?”
“He said he was just running to the store, said he was having trouble with his Honda and
‘wasn’t is a beautiful night for a drive in a classic anyway,’” answered Melissa.
“Damn it,” replied Jarod thoughtfully, “damn it, damn it.”
“Well, it’s just a blackout, it’ll be romantic, I’ll get some candles, is dinner ready?