Challenge #01838-E014: Hour of NeedsteemCreated with Sketch.

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It had been a hard day today, she Needed chocolate! -- Anon Guest

So. Let's recap. Best beloved and most capable person in the house arrested for a crime they couldn't possibly commit. On a day when she had needed to run around between four different destination, with stops on the way to pick up whatever. And stops at the bank to get her running money for the week because their mutual funds had been frozen and their family still needed to eat.

During the worst storms that the season had to offer.

Everything she needed to work in order to get the hell on with her life had decided that this day was the day to need updates, reboots, and called-in experts to battle with the devices in question. Her plans were disrupted, changed around, and just about blown up in a nuclear holocaust. Only there wasn't actually any nuclear holocaust. And she had to divert herself at a spare moment to actually go down and provide her Beloved's alibi.

Everything that could stop would. Everything that could break would. Everything that could get in her way, did.

She was in and out of her car - which broke down and needed new tyres in a hurry - in and out of the storms, in and out of blazing hot air and icy cold air conditioning when she wasn't in and out of assaulting levels of rain. Up and down like Puck had lead them in Shakespeare. Three tanks of fuel. Never a moment's rest... and all the take-out places had closed because of a terrorist claim that some random place had been infected with botulism.

She had the kids. She had some idea of what to do with the food in the freezer. Which may have even worked if, five seconds after she put her keys down for the last time, the entire neighbourhood hadn't had a blackout.

This was the worst fucking day, and tomorrow wasn't looking that fantastic either.

So she let the kids have ice cream for dinner and got out her stash. Top market. Gourmet. Luxury chocolate that she had sealed in her only-when-I-need-it box for a rainy day.

Well... it wasn't just raining.

She dried off. Encouraged the kids to dry off, and retreated to her bed with a hot water bottle and an entire bar of Caramel Explosion Bliss as well as a pint of something sugary and too bad for her diet from the freezer. And saved the chocolate for last. Because, by GOD... she absolutely needed that balm for her tattered soul.

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