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Marcher la nuit → To walk at night

Cette histoire se passe durant la saison d’hiver, dans un bois du Sud-Ouest de la France.
This story takes place during the winter season, in a wood in the southwest of France.

La nuit était très noire car aujourd’hui le ciel était chargé de beaucoup de nuages très gris.
The night was very dark because today the sky was loaded with many very gray clouds

Une personne de la campagne me servait de guide, il marchait tout près de moi, nous marchions sur un petit sentier, la nature hurlait car le vent rugissait.
A person from the country was my guide, he walked very close to me, we walked on a small path, nature howled because the wind roared.

Je voyais fuir, entre les arbres, les nuages gris de l’hiver.
I could see the gray winter clouds flee between the trees.

Nous allions passer la soirée et la nuit chez un homme de la forêt dont la cabane était proche.
We were going to spend the evening and the night with a man in the forest whose hut was nearby.

La personne qui m’accompagnait, de temps en temps, levait la tête vers le ciel et disait : « il ne fait pas beau aujourd’hui ». Il m’a raconté des histoires sur les gens chez qui nous allions passer la soirée et la nuit.
The person who accompanied me, from time to time, raised his head to the sky and said: « the weather is not nice today ». He told me stories about the people we would spend the evening and night with.

Le chef de famille a tué des voleurs il y a plusieurs années.
The head of the family killed thieves several years ago.

La nuit était extrêmement noire, ce n’était pas possible de voir autour de moi.
The night was extremely dark, it was not possible to see around me.

Nous avancions lentement, j’ai vu une maison éclairée, nous nous sommes avancés et nous sommes entrés dans la maison.
We were walking slowly, I saw a lighted house, we walked forward and we entered the house.

En entrant nous avons entendus des personnes criées très fort.
As we entered we heard people shouting very loudly.

Une voie masculine s’est élevée et à dit : « Qui est-ce ? ». La personne qui m’accompagne a répondu, ils se connaissaient bien, nous sommes entrès dans le salon.
A male voice rose up and said, “Who is this? “. The person accompanying me replied, they knew each other well, we entered the living room.

Il y avait, sur le mur du salon, une grande et très belle peinture, un grand homme âgé, tenant une hache dans sa main droite, se tenait debout à l’entrèe du couloir principal.
There was a large and very beautiful painting on the living room wall, a tall elderly man, holding an ax in his right hand, was standing at the entrance to the main hallway.

Et plusieurs gardes avec beaucoup d’armes gardaient la propriété.
And several guards with a lot of weapons guarded the property.

On voyait, dans un petit coin de la pièce principale, une fille assise par terre, dos aux autres personnes.
In a small corner of the main room, we could see a girl sitting on the floor with her back to the other people.

La personne qui nous accueillait a ranger sa hache et a demandé que les chambres soient prêtes.
The person who greeted us put his ax away and asked that the rooms be ready.

La fille resta conter le mur, sans bouger. Soudain, le chef de famille dit : « Monsieur, j’ai commis un crime, il y a plusieurs années, il revient parfois, nous devons nous tenir sur nos gardes ».
The girl remained telling the wall, without moving. Suddenly the head of the family says : « Sir, I committed a crime several years ago, it comes back sometimes, we have to be on our guard ».

J’ai parlé de choses que j’avais vécues, tout le monde m’a écouté et s’est calmé.
I talked about things I had been through, everyone listened to me and calmed down.

A côté de la cheminée, un gros chat, un de ces chats que l’on ne voit que très rarement, dormait la tête collée contre la cheminée.
Next to the fireplace, a large cat, one of those cats that you only rarely see, was sleeping with her head pressed against the fireplace.

Nous pouvons voir une plage dans un endroit paradisiaque.
We can see a beach in a heavenly place.

Depuis le 1er plan on voit la plage, elle est très blanche, ensuite de l’eau transparente, ensuite la mer bleue claire, et au dernier plan le ciel bleu clair.
From the first plan we see the beach, it is very white, then transparent water, then the clear blue sea, and in the background the clear blue sky.

Nous pouvons aussi voir les nuages blancs. Et les feuilles de palmier à gauche et à droite de l’image.
We can also see the white clouds. And the palm leaves to the left and right of the image.

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