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 18, 2017 at 8:34 pm

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

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

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

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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 October 9, 2017 at 12:45 am

    Interesting

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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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  • 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 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 September 21, 2017 at 10:39 pm

    Wasn’t that scary but a decent short story

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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 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 August 26, 2017 at 8:21 pm

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

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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 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 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 September 7, 2017 at 3:15 pm

    i agree with spooki

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

    wow) like in real life) Great story)

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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 September 24, 2017 at 5:29 pm

    That was one tasty pasta

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

    what ever not scray booo

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

    10/10 that ending tho

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