At 4:10 PM on August 14, 2003, a power failure caused the electricity to stop flowing to the Northeastern United States and parts of Canada. The power was out for over 19 hours. In a Manhattan studio apartment, Sean Ryan was taking the day off from work, shirking his responsibilities and reevaluating his life. He hated his job, his friends, and anyone who in any way reminded him of himself. When the lights went out, his girlfriend came over to wait it out with him. They discussed their likes, their dislikes, and where they'd always thought they'd be at this point in their lives. And that's when his other girlfriend showed up. It was going to be a long night. Blackout is written by John Cecil.