The Power Went Out

Illustrations by: E. M. Oji
  1. โ€ข
    It all starts on a dark and stormy kind of night. ๐ŸŒง๐ŸŒš๐Ÿ’จ
  2. โ€ข
    My roommate (Brandi) and I are comparing each other's Thanksgiving outfits. ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ‚๐Ÿฆƒ
    Sometimes I like to call her "bRANDY NEWMAN"๐ŸŽ™๐ŸŽน
  3. โ€ข
    All of a sudden, the apartment goes pitch black. โ—พ๏ธ๐Ÿ‘€
  4. โ€ข
    Our immediate reaction is, "Nooooooooooooooooooooo!"๐Ÿ˜ฑ
  5. โ€ข
    We turn on every flashlight we can find, which is a lot, thanks to both of our Home-Depot-loving dads. ๐Ÿ”ฆ๐Ÿ”จ๐Ÿ”ฆ๐Ÿ”จ๐Ÿ”ฆ๐Ÿ”จ๐Ÿ”ฆ๐Ÿ”จ๐Ÿ”ฆ๐Ÿ”จ๐Ÿ”ฆ
  6. โ€ข
    We see that the power is out in the entire neighborhood. ๐Ÿšซ๐Ÿ’ก๐ŸŒƒ
  7. โ€ข
    "What are we going to DO?" ๐Ÿ†˜
    We put serious thought into how much battery we have left on all our electronic devices. ๐Ÿ”‹๐Ÿ“ฒ๐Ÿ”‹๐Ÿ’ป
  8. โ€ข
    5 minutes into power outage Brandi says, "Let's smoke weed in the dark." ๐ŸŒˆ
    Because we're survivalists. ๐Ÿ‘ฏ
  9. โ€ข
    B: "I wish we had a board game" ๐Ÿค”
  10. โ€ข
    M: "Oh! I have a deck of cards!" ๐Ÿ˜€
  11. โ€ข
    B: "I don't know any card games" ๐Ÿ˜•
  12. โ€ข
    M: "Me neither" โ˜น๏ธ
  13. โ€ข
    Brandi tries on more outfits. ๐Ÿ‘š๐Ÿ‘˜๐Ÿ‘—๐Ÿ’
  14. โ€ข
    She asks, "When the zombie apocalypse goes down, where would you absolutely not want to be?" โ˜ โ›“๐Ÿ—กโš”๐Ÿ”ซโš’โ˜ 
  15. โ€ข
    She answers her own question with, "The LA unified school district office. Those people are already zombies." ๐Ÿ“๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿ’€
    Brandi recently became a substitute teacher. Ergo, the bitterness.๐Ÿ˜พ
  16. โ€ข
    I say, "Anywhere separated from my friends and family." โœˆ๏ธ
  17. โ€ข
    We call LADWP. They can't tell us when the power will come on, but they're working on it. ๐Ÿ‘ท
  18. โ€ข
    "It feels like we're camping." โ›บ๏ธ
  19. โ€ข
    Brandi takes a shower. ๐Ÿšฟ
  20. โ€ข
    I stare at my phone. ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ“ฑ
    More aware of the battery percentage than ever before.โŒ›๏ธ
  21. โ€ข
    An hour passes. Still dark. โฌ›๏ธ๐Ÿ•š๐Ÿ•Ÿ๐Ÿ•ค๐Ÿ•‘๐Ÿ•–๐Ÿ•›๐Ÿ• โฌ›๏ธ
  22. โ€ข
    Brandi comes out of her room.๐Ÿ’ƒ
  23. โ€ข
    B: "I'm hungry" ๐Ÿ˜
  24. โ€ข
    M: "Me too" ๐Ÿ™ƒ
  25. โ€ข
    We relocate all flashlights to the kitchen. ๐Ÿ”ฆโžก๏ธ๐Ÿด
  26. โ€ข
    M: "What should we eat?" ๐Ÿ˜‹
  27. โ€ข
    B: "I'm gonna make a grilled PB&J. You want one?" ๐Ÿ˜‡
  28. โ€ข
    M: "๐Ÿค—"
  29. โ€ข
    Those exist? ๐Ÿ‘ฝ
  30. โ€ข
    I manually light the stove in an attempt to contribute SOMETHING. ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿ”ฅ
  31. โ€ข
    Brandi assembles the grilled PB&J in near darkness. ๐Ÿ•ถ๐Ÿ”ช๐Ÿ†’
  32. โ€ข
    It smells like a grilled cheese. ๐Ÿ‘ƒ= ๐Ÿ‘ผ
  33. โ€ข
    This pleases me. ๐Ÿ”œ๐Ÿ˜ˆ
  34. โ€ข
    Brandi says it looks perfect. ๐Ÿ’ฏ
  35. โ€ข
    She cuts it in half. ๐ŸŒœ๐ŸŒ›
  36. โ€ข
    Before we can eat it, the power comes back on. ๐ŸŒž๐Ÿ’ก๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ”†๐Ÿ˜ญ
  37. โ€ข
    We high-five. ๐Ÿ’ฅ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ’ฅ
  38. โ€ข
    Cloaked in an abundance of artificial light, I eat the best PB&J I have ever had in my life. ๐Ÿ‡๐Ÿž๐Ÿ†
  39. โ€ข
    That's high praise. ๐Ÿ™Œ
  40. โ€ข
    Brandi Newman is honored.๐Ÿ…
  41. โ€ข
    We retreat back to our respective bedrooms, where Netflix is streaming once again, and order is restored to the universe. ๐Ÿ“บโš–๐Ÿ”ฎ
  42. โ€ข
    Happy Thanksgiving, y'all.๐Ÿ—๐ŸŽ‰