Lights Out! – A Short Story

What if all the lights in the world burned out for a week?

One Monday morning, Rosie woke up and the sun was shining through her windows. She checked her alarm clock, which she was sure she had set the night before. The clock was dark and did not display anything. She checked the plug, but it was still in the outlet.

“This is odd,” she said to herself. “Very odd.” She left her room and opened the door to the bathroom to take a shower and get ready for school. She flipped the lightswitch and the exhaust switch. The light did not come on, nor did the exhaust. She checked to see if the shower worked. It did, but it didn’t get any warmer. She shut the water off and went down to the basement to check the circuit box, thinking that the power was out. She flipped all the right switches, but it didn’t do anything.

She went back upstairs to her parents’ bedroom, and awoke them. Her dad awoke with a start, and immediately asked her, “What time is it?”

Her mom stirred, but then fell back against the pillow. “I don’t know, Dad,” Rosie replied. “That’s why I came to get you. I think the power is out.”

“That’s weird. Did it storm last night?”

“I don’t think so.”

“Hmm, there must be something wrong with the power lines.” With that he went to go find out what was going on.

He hopped into his car and drove down to the police station. Meanwhile, Rosie tried to figure out what to do while he was gone.

At the police station, there were a few cops standing outside the station conversing amongst themselves. When they saw that Rosie’s dad was approaching them, they turned toward him and greeted him.

“Good morning sir. How can we help you?” the first one said.

“Good morning to you too, I guess. Well, I noticed that the power was out in my house, and I can’t get it running again.”

“Ah, yes. The power is out in the whole county, as far as we know; you’re not the only one. I expect quite a few more people to come and ask about the same thing. Oh look, here they come.”

“Well, thank you sir. I’ll leave you to do your job.” The man nodded to him in return.

When he came home, Rosie met him at the door. “What’s going on, Dad?”

“The power is out in the whole county, sweetie. They don’t know why. Is your mom up yet?”

“No, she’s still sleeping. Should I wake her?”

“It probably wouldn’t be a bad idea,” he said with a shrug.

“Okay, I’ll go get her,” she said happily.

“One more thing Rosie; after you wake your mother, go get dressed and call your friends’ cell phones. Tell them what’s going on, if you would please.”

“Okay Daddy, I will,” she said, smiling.

“Thanks, sweetie,” he said, returning the smile.

Rosie went back up and woke her mother. She told her mom to go get dressed and tell the neighbors about what had happened. Rosie went and got dressed and called her friends. Her friends told their parents and so on, and so forth.

Soon, the whole county knew the power was out, and some had realized that the power wasn’t working elsewhere too. Rosie’s grandma in Mexico said that her power was out too. All of her relatives were saying the same thing from different parts of the country, and even the world. She reported this to her mom and told her to suggest a radio broadcast for the area, so everyone knows that the power was severed.

She agreed and did so. Everyone tuned in for the broadcast and then called their relatives and friends from outside the area. Soon, they had concluded that the whole U.S. was out of power, and even some places in other countries. When word reached the government, they too did a radio broadcast telling them to go to someone who had a generator and stay there for shelter.

Soon, other countries’ governments were communicating with each other. They all said the same thing: The power was out.

The U.S. government received this news at about 2P.M. ET, and sent out another radio broadcast to inform the population of the news. They suggested that other governments do likewise.

The whole world was in an uproar. There was no power, no hot water, and no wired communication.

The world governments were trying very hard to get generators and food for their people while this catastrophe lasted, while armies were sent to local powerplants to see what could be done

The 181st Dragon Legion was one American group that was sent to the west coast. They arrived in their armored HUMMERs and were met by a barrage of gunfire. They jumped for cover and attempted to fight back, but the risk was too great. One stray bullet would hit the powerplant and put the power shortage in a bad state.

The resorted to slowly moving their HUMMERs forward using them as cover. When they reached the gate, they found it heavily barred and chained. They returned and shot an RPG round at it, blowing it back at least 30 feet and smashing into a small squad of black-clad figures, instantly killing them. The black-clad figures responded with another hail of gunfire.

With the powerplant out of the way of gunfire, the 181st Dragon Legion shot back, advancing onto the complex. They disabled all of the “soldiers,” and advanced into the powerplant station building.

The door opened before they got their and five hand grenades were chucked at them. They dove away, and were spared from the blast, but the powerplant was partially damaged.             They couldn’t use explosive force to storm the building, because it would destroy any important controls and monitors, not to mention killing all the people inside. They were aiming to question the leader for their being here.

They forced their way in, by taking out the officers one by one and surrounded the leader, then questioning him. They found out that the power outage was caused by all of these black-clad soldiers shutting down the powerplants. Their intent was to take over the world when it was weak from not having power. It had been planned 5 years earlier, and perfected since then, but it was foiled in the end. Within another six days, they had taken back all the powerplants, and the power was back online. The “world’s lightswitch” had been turned back on.

Now, if you ever want to turn the “world’s lightswitch back off, you better bring a relatively large army; the powerplants are on guard 24/7 by soldiers of the countries they’re in.

 

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