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“Civil Warfare”, by Mazarine Pingeot

Posted on August 28, 2021 at 5:00 p.m.

“Civil Warfare”, by Mazarine Pingeot

She is ten years previous. Summer season burns the heather of the Cévennes, which is aware of tips on how to defend itself, camouflaged between pink and grey stones. Raphael and Antonin, his brothers, quarrel Pato, the bastard pet, half border collie, that their grandmother saved from the loss of life programmed by the baker of the village, swearing, as with every litter, that he would have his canine sterilized -the trainee. Every of the 2 boys needs to develop into his grasp. However it’s she, Mina, that he listens to. Escaping from the grasp of the brothers, the pet runs as much as her: Come, we are going to make him uncover the world! “ The 4 of them climb in the direction of the valley, advancing in single file above the cliff. Arrived on the promontory, Mina grabs the canine and raises it as for a secret ceremony, a baptism the place the guarantees of life are provided like a panorama, she feels the blood beating within the panicked physique of the beast. It was at this exact second that she mentioned to herself: Get pleasure from earlier than it stops. Mina brings the canine again to her chest and kisses it: ” Will you continue to be there? “ With their faces scorched by the solar and the alcohol they’ve secretly drunk, the three kids descend into the cave even whether it is forbidden. Beneath an oblong stone, they bury their secret pact written in pencil on a bit of paper, signed and sealed with a drop of blood. As soon as again within the open, they’re greeted by the enjoyment of the canine. Get pleasure from earlier than it stops. Childhood is archived within the coronary heart of stone.

Mina is twenty-three years previous. His automotive is stopped in entrance of the barricades swiftly erected and stuffed with guerrilla tutoring. She seems to be for a solution to get round them, walks alongside them for miles: the impediment could also be shaky, you may’t cross it. Behind, someplace within the safe perimeter, Antonin hides himself in holes coated with leaves and branches. The assault is introduced, imminent. Within the camp reverse, Raphael stands prepared, wearing his uniform, bulletproof vest, boots, protections, cocked rifle. That is the second when the reminiscence is embedded in her just like the affect of a bullet: the Cévennes, the cave, the stone.

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Then it’s a rain of mud and fireplace that the firefly screens report and duplicate in a loopy dance: the survivalists wish to present the world what is occurring on the border of “naked lands”. Nothing can be conceded any extra. The “Civil Warfare”, a real-time and participatory program! That is the novel idea welcomed by the group of channels which has resisted regardless of the political vagaries because it arrange its headquarters in Moscow.

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