Getting a little more polish, it’s 11K words total, should be up on Monday. I’ll post it here too.
I have written a story almost exaclty like that!! Did I steal it from you? How dare me~!
Except mine starts in a crowded park where suddenly people start staring at their cell phones as odd messages start coming in, and suddenly all around everything starts going bonkers (street lights malfunction leading to car crashes, lights on buildings all going off)
It turns out some programmer accidentally flips the default value on one little bit, on one little boolean variable, in one little piece of internet communications protocal software from false to true, which makes it echo and repeat every command given before sending it on.
The leads to an immediate and exponential doubling of internet traffic in microseconds, as messages are replied to answer original messages which are then replied back to the answering messages, and so on, that brings down everything connected to the internet.
And everythig is connected to the internet, so everything stops.
Where else you posting it?