Monday, May 4, 2015

Miranda Kate Week 149: Dealing with Shit

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Title: Dealing with Shit

“Gah! It smells like shit!” Brandon recoiled from the open drain pipe, coughing and retching.

“Shit always does, Brandon.” Harris said, laughing as he patted him on the back.

“Well it’s definitely full.” He said, wiping his mouth.

Daniels stepped closer to it, trying to peer in without getting a lung full of the putrid air. “And what are we going to do about it?”

“That’s a tough one.” Harris said.

“We could go back into the city and get one of those drainage trucks to suck it out.” Brandon suggested.

“Do you know how to work one of those?” Daniels asked.

“Nah, but we can figure it out.”

“It’s a lot of trouble though, risking going back into the city. We don’t know exactly where the trucks are kept, or how to work them, and if we can suck all the shit out of the septic tank, then what? Where do we dump the waste? And it’ll only be a matter of time before we have to do it again.”

It’s a quandary indeed.” Harris added.

“Any idea, old timer?” Brandon asked.

Harris pulled a face and shook his head. “Nah. Maybe turn it into fertilizer?”

“How can we do that while it’s still in the tank?” Daniels had pondered the idea himself. “We are going to need some sort of fertilizer eventually, if we’re going to grow our own food, but how do we use that?”

“You don’t I reckon.” Harris was decisive. “I say put the cap back on, seal it up and leave it. Then we find another way of disposing of our waste, something more organic that we can use.”

“Do you know about composting then?” Brandon asked Harris.

“A little, although not from human faeces, only animal.”

“Can’t be that different, can it?” Daniels asked.

“You wouldn’t have thought so. Let’s go speak to the others, see what knowledge we can pool. Or I can take the young lads back down to the city library and see what books we can find on how to go about it.”

“Sounds like a plan.” Daniels clapped Harris on the shoulder, grateful for his support; it was tough being the main decision maker. The three of them went back to the house to discuss it with the others.


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