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by Gita
Rated: E · Short Story · Environment · #2178189
This is a common occurrence in South Africa
NO UTILITIES

I arrive home from work and press the remote control button for the garage. No response. The electricity is down again! Thank goodness I have a full set of keys to the house, so I park in the street and let myself through two gates and the front door.

Ah! A cup of coffee would be good. I switch on the ket... Oh no! It won't work, of course! Luckily we have a microwave oven so I can heat the water in that. Oops, that also runs on electricity! Oh well, I'll do without coffee. So I go to the lounge to relax, and press the button for TV. Dammit! Dammit! Nothing is working in this house. But there is something to do - read my new book.

I'm deeply engrossed in the story, but finding it more and more difficult to see. The sun is setting, so that puts paid to reading. But I'd love to finish the chapter, so I reach for my torch. Again, no go. The batteries need aren't charged!

Nature calls. What a good feeling - my stomach has worked! I flush the toilet but to my horror there is no water in the cistern. (Someone must have used it during the day.) This is bad, bad, bad! How can they switch off the electricity and the water at the same time?

In South Africa, it's easy - just put the money budgeted for the local municipality into your own pocket, then there's no more left to fix the electricity grid or the leak in the water pipe up the street. (I remember, now, that on my way home a large volume of water was shooting up from the ground to the height of the nearby wall.)

If only we had a swimming pool I could fill the cistern with the pool water. We must get a swimming pool. We must get a swimming pool...

But how will we fill it?

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