The Act That Couldn’t Be Unseen

It all began, as a great many things do, with a young girl snooping on her parents’ computer in a private folder that should have been locked. The folder contained a video clip that ran exactly one minute and fifty-four seconds, the average length of a movie trailer and featured her parents engaging in an act so heinous that it couldn’t be unseen or unremembered.

She downloaded the clip to her phone to show her best friend at school the following day, who uploaded it to YouTube and Tik Tok and both the site and the app suffered an outage in the United States and most of Europe, remaining offline in excess of two hours. As a result, the President of the United States shut down the internet in North America but by then it was too late.

The act had been seen by millions, infecting all who viewed it and the madness was spreading.