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Dave didn't know he was lonely until his friends pointed it out. But when he gives in and tries an online dating site, something catastrophic happens - talk about a bad omen.
The Day Dave Broke the Internet
by Tara Tyler
"You were shot? Oh my God!"
"I'm fine. I promise. Sharon fixed me up."
Kitty covered her mouth. Her eyes grew as big as light bulbs as she stared at her husband, frozen in shock.
Nathan didn't see her reaction as he worked. "Did you do as I asked? Are you packed?"
He turned to her. When he saw her condition, he grabbed her arms, looked into her eyes, and gently shook her.
"Kitty. Kitty. Are you packed?"
She melted and looked ready to cry, then pursed her lips and firmed, holding back her tears.
"Then we need to go. Dave, can you grab her bag? It should be in the basement."
"Sure." He ran downstairs, snatched it, and saw a rifle in the corner. He grabbed it too and ran back up.
Returning to her normal, determined self, Kitty asked more questions. "Why are we leaving? I thought we were going to stay here. Aren't they going to fix everything? Won't we be safe in our shelter?"
"Sure, but we don't know how long it will take. And how everyone else will react." He paused and gazed into her eyes again. "Just trust me, okay?"
Kitty searched all of their faces and saw their concern. "Okay."
They all glanced at each other and hurried back outside. Someone had broken a window in Nathan's car and was sitting in the driver's seat. Dave couldn't believe it. This was the suburbs!
Nathan yelled at the guy. "Hey, Jim! What are you doing?"
"Sorry, Nathan. I gotta go get my kid. He was at a sleepover. He's probably freaking out. You don't mind, do you?" The crazed man locked himself in.
"Jim, you have to get out."
As Dave and his friends converged on the car, the crowd closed in around them. Others started to complain about why they needed the car, and that quickly became incoherent shouting and arguing. A fight broke out on the lawn.
When Nathan got the door open, Jim threw a punch at him.
Sharon grabbed the guy's arm and pulled him out. As he landed on the pavement, Dave and his friends piled in, and Nathan started the car. The neighbors shouted and banged on the windows but Nathan kept going, slowly rolling through the crowd. Dave was glad the people moved out of the way or they might've gotten run over. Looking back, he couldn't believe the chaos and insane behavior.
"That went bad fast."
Kitty's face was white as she stared straight ahead. She was going through another wave of shock.
Nathan caressed her cheek. "Kitty, you okay?"
She frowned as she came out of it and turned to him.
"Nathan, what are we going to do?"
"Don't worry, Dave has a plan."
Dave's eyes widened. He wanted to make a plan, but with the pressure he couldn't think straight. Everything was spiraling into mass hysteria. Looking around at his friends, he knew he couldn't let them down.
"Of course I do."