The Internet’s Out

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Thursday morning.

I awoke to the sounds of a siren blaring down the road. Great, another accident. The traffic was the last thing I wanted in the morning while going to work. Still, I had another hour before heading off, so I started my morning routine of taking a shower and brushing my teeth before heading downstairs for breakfast where I saw my son, Michael, eating cereal before breakfast. I grabbed a bagel and sat down on the couch, grabbing my iPad to read the news.

“Terrorist leader Aamir Hadi has threatened the President!” The same old news… Nothing was “new” about it. All this drama for years between the Middle East and good old America. How long had we been at war? I couldn’t remember. Too long, for sure. All these terrorist attacks, and the President just sends in more and more soldiers, feeding a war without end. Pointless as middle school drama, but with more consequences. Whatever, who needs CNN anyways?

Flipping on the TV and putting down my iPad, I noticed more sirens flying down my street. Just then I got an email from the school saying the buses would be late. Must be a big wreck. “Hey Michael, you’re bus is going to be delayed for a bit, ok bud?”

“Alright,” he replied nonchalantly.

I imagined he would be probably be playing on his phone, or whatever kids do these days. I left the TV on as I went upstairs to Iron my shirt for work. I grabbed a dull blue, matching my mood this “fine” morning. I headed to the garage to grab the ironing board, before remembering it being in my laundry room. I set it up and left my cofee to heat up.

As I steamed the wrinkles out of my clothes, I listened to the TV playing some old, cheesy, comedy show. I heard my wife come downstairs and felt her lips against mine as she gave me a good morning kiss. I loved that woman. “Hey, Michael’s bus is going to be a bit late today. I guess theres been a wreck and it’s holding them up.”

“Ok. Did he get all of his homework done?” She asked in a pressing tone.

“I think so. You hear that bud?” I called out.

“Yeah, It didn’t take very long,” he muttered. I glanced back at my cofee, seeing the green light come on. I went upstairs to get dressed and came back down a minute later to kill some time on the TV before I headed off. After 3 minutes or so I changed to Fox news to see the status of the wreck.

My heart skipped a beat..

The video showed reports of worldwide chaos, with screaming crazed destruction everywhere. The terrorist group had set off nuclear warfare, World War III. It was happening, here and now. I felt a wave of panic go off as the feed showed mushroom clouds, rising high above the city, burning everything around it. The channel showed signs of interference, and I heard my son call out from the second floor landing.

“Hey Dad, the internet’s out.”

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  • Commented on September 15, 2017 at 7:14 pm

    Kid: The Internets out!

    Dad: GOOD!!! You need to go get some fresh air!!!!!!

    Mom: Isn’t there like, nuclear warfare happening outside?

    Dad: SO?? Nuclear warfare builds character!!

    Son: …

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  • Commented on September 18, 2017 at 8:34 pm

    With our a**hole president, this will probably happen soon.

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  • Commented on September 6, 2017 at 4:16 am

    This story is silly, juvenile, and poorly researched. However, definitly keep writing. Practice makes perfect.

    2/10

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  • Commented on August 27, 2017 at 11:04 pm

    I really liked the twist at the end! Definitely shows how modern day ignorance plays a big part in fear. 4/5!

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  • Commented on October 27, 2017 at 12:59 pm

    did not love it too much but it was kinda creepy ill give u back
    and is that how u speel coffe?

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  • Commented on September 7, 2017 at 12:41 am

    I LOVE THIS STORY SO MUCH!!!!!!!!!! 99999999999999999/5! BEST REALITY STORY EVER!

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  • Commented on October 1, 2017 at 5:12 pm

    I liked it, but is it just me or does this person not know how to spell ‘Coffee”…

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  • Creepyman
    Commented on September 18, 2017 at 9:18 pm

    Very tasty pasta

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  • Commented on September 6, 2017 at 4:56 pm

    Now, this DEFINATELY could have been written better but the ending…. it’s freaking genius. Daddo here is just chilling, everyone is chilling, then complete and utter horror. This is sort of like the effect of 9/11. I’ve been told by my grandmother that my granddad just sat there with his mouth open. My grandmother asked what was wrong then saw the TV. Anyways, this is real horror. Also, this could actually happen. 4/5, the star off only becuase it wasn’t written pro. Great idea! Perussi Approves.

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  • Spider
    Commented on September 23, 2017 at 10:59 am

    Very good story. A lot of typos though. Coffee*, “you’re bus” needs to be your bus. Why so short ?

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  • Commented on October 10, 2017 at 6:40 pm

    hmmmm…… you chould make the story longer. add a little more details….. but its still really good. and maybe in the beginning let us know that this was told from the husbands point of view. until u mentioned the wife I thought he was the mom.

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  • Commented on September 21, 2017 at 1:01 am

    is all righ actually and i would read it again probebly

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  • Commented on September 28, 2017 at 9:03 pm

    Crazy to think that this could be a reality… and reality its much scarier that all this pastas. Great read! 5/5

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  • Commented on August 26, 2017 at 8:21 pm

    Michael, that is the least of your worries right now…

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  • Commented on September 21, 2017 at 10:39 pm

    Wasn’t that scary but a decent short story

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  • Commented on September 24, 2017 at 5:29 pm

    That was one tasty pasta

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  • Commented on October 9, 2017 at 12:45 am

    Interesting

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  • Commented on October 30, 2017 at 11:17 am

    10/10 that ending tho

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  • em0_los3r
    Commented on September 1, 2017 at 2:28 am

    pretty scary, Gee bear says 4/5

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  • Commented on September 7, 2017 at 3:15 pm

    i agree with spooki

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  • Commented on September 16, 2017 at 3:20 am

    Nice story. We’re just living our small normal lives and massive things beyond our control are happening. Small problems. Big problems. The funny ending was nice.

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  • Commented on October 3, 2017 at 3:23 pm

    Hmm… it was alright, im probably saying that because i like the “shirr-your-pants” type pastas

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  • Commented on November 2, 2017 at 1:58 am

    Good story. Right out of the headlines. It could happen one of these days..

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  • Commented on November 2, 2017 at 2:11 am

    I loved how the ‘twist’ was the internet went out lol definitely be my first worry during WW3 *sarcasm but not rlly*

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  • Commented on January 4, 2018 at 6:13 pm

    THE INTERNETS OUT SO HE CANT PLAY ROBLOX DURING NUCLEAR WAR OMG SO SPOOPY

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  • Commented on September 13, 2017 at 12:47 pm

    wow) like in real life) Great story)

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  • lucioscrub
    Commented on October 13, 2017 at 1:25 pm

    what ever not scray booo

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  • Commented on December 2, 2017 at 11:58 pm

    suprimo tasting pasta

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  • Commented on January 13, 2018 at 11:05 pm

    @MaybeJaneTheKiller: Girl, you totes read my mind.

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  • Commented on January 14, 2018 at 2:49 pm

    This is really good. I like how subtle the very last sentence was, it really let your brain continue the story.

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  • Commented on August 27, 2017 at 5:29 am

    I like the ending it really give the story a twist, I was expecting more of the story but overall nice story

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  • Commented on August 28, 2017 at 7:17 am

    I really liked this one. It was something different and it had a pretty authentic feel to it. Everyone is just kind of “Meh” and I feel like that’s probably how a good portion of humanity would react. As with any good story I’d like to see more.

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  • Commented on October 18, 2017 at 8:40 pm

    I liked it. It just has a few typos, and some sentences could have been written better, but it wasn’t that bad.

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  • Commented on October 22, 2017 at 10:54 pm

    I really didn’t like it. It was bland and there was no build up to it at all.

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  • UniqueLuLu
    Commented on October 24, 2017 at 4:43 pm

    awesome ending. I loved the twist. Good job.

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  • Commented on October 24, 2017 at 5:10 pm

    did you know you can like or dislike a comment as many times as you want.

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  • Commented on October 25, 2017 at 10:34 pm

    pasta anyone?

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  • imran
    Commented on November 10, 2017 at 8:38 pm

    wonder what he was *watching* on the internet

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  • Commented on November 14, 2017 at 2:36 pm

    Really good concept, but i think it could have been executed better. I think it would have been scarier if they had heard a bomb go off and then had watched the news? Something that would have put the main character in immediate and unexpected danger would have made the story much better.

    I’ll give this a 5/10. Still needs work but its getting there.

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  • Commented on November 14, 2017 at 9:51 pm

    It’s a great story Well written. 4/5

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  • Commented on November 16, 2017 at 9:36 am

    great ending! short and precise. A good read.

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  • Commented on November 21, 2017 at 5:12 pm

    Very very nice plot twist, I was wondering the whole time where was the story going, but this story blew my mind

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  • Commented on November 23, 2017 at 4:38 pm

    this feels like a good start, but it doesn’t feel complete at all.

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  • Commented on January 4, 2018 at 6:43 pm

    This is not a creepypasta…it’s a ‘muricapasta!

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  • Commented on January 5, 2018 at 7:41 pm

    Oh god…
    The tweeting went too far…

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  • Commented on January 12, 2018 at 2:39 am

    10/10

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  • Commented on January 15, 2018 at 1:41 am

    I like it! But it seems unfinished. There is definitely more to this story.

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  • Commented on February 3, 2018 at 7:40 pm

    I liked how you pulled in the scenario of how we assume ‘tomorrow will be fine’ and ‘today is the same’, but in reality, this could happen at anytime. It’s something most don’t think about, but in all honesty this is something that scares people. Good Job.

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  • Commented on February 7, 2018 at 1:26 am

    Too political, in my opinion, but decently written. 2/5

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  • xii
    Commented on September 8, 2017 at 2:26 pm

    Wow! Great twist ending! I could definitely see this happening in the future.

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  • Commented on September 8, 2017 at 7:03 am

    Freaky and very cool!!
    Very tasty pasta!!
    10/10

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