Man of the House
by Pamela Ferguson
"Hello?" Maxim tapped his thumb on the keyboard, "Hi, can I be put through to customer service?" he shivered--without power the temperature had dropped ten degrees. He couldn't even boil the kettle for a cup of coffee or make breakfast for the children. Oh crap, they are going to go nuts when the batteries drain on their tablets. Maxim checked his own phone, 76%. That should last him a while.
"Hello, yes my power is out." He waited for the automated response.
As simply as possible, can you describe the problem?
"Our man is not producing any energy. There is no electricity to power the house. Nothing works."
Are you with the man now?
Maxim walked from the kitchen to the room where they kept their man. It was a very cold room, as there was no heating in there, or light, Maxim could feel the concrete floor through his slippers.