Free Wifi

My name is Masha and I’m 16 years old. I live in a small town in Russia. My father doesn’t make a lot of money and my family isn’t very wealthy.

There are a lot of things we can’t afford. One of those things is the internet.

One day, while I was in school, on of my friends told me she heard about a new service that gives you free access to the internet.

She said all you had to do was connect to their network, which was called “Free WiFi” and then you could browse the internet till’ your heart’s content without having to pay a thing.

It sounded almost too good to be true.

That evening, when I got home, I decided to try it out. I opened up my laptop and searched for the network called “Free WiFi”. The signal was excellent, so I selected it and clicked “Connect”. The Internet browser popped up and, on a black background with sinister red letters, there was a message:

“Welcome to Free WiFi! Thank you for visiting! We don’t require any registration. All we ask is some basic information about our visitors. Please answer the following question.”

Underneath, there was a question:

“What is your usual mode of transport?”

My father doesn’t own a car and we could never afford to go anywhere on the Holiday’s. I didn’t use any of the listed modes of transport, so I just chose the train at random and clicked on it.

A “Thank You” message appeared on the screen and then, I was able to browse the Internet. I was delighted. This was the answer to all my problems.

Now, I could set up a Facebook account and keep in touch with my friends on Twitter and Instagram.

The next day, however, as I was watching TV, the show was interrupted by a breaking news alert. The local news reporter saying that there had been a terrible accident. A train had derailed and come off the tracks just as it was crossing a bridge. Several carriages plunged into the river below and almost everyone aboard had been killed.

I was horrified. Thats when I remembered the website I had visited the night before. I had selected the picture of the train. I tried to convince myself it was just a coincidence. I mean, what would have happened if I had chosen the picture of the plane. Would there have been a plane crash the next day? The idea was ludicrous.

That evening, I needed to use the internet again. I connected to the Free WiFi network again, the same page popped up. This time, the question was different.

There were 4 pictures of houses: A bungalow, a two-story house, a three-story house, and an apartment building.

Underneath, in big red letters was the question:

“Which type of house do you live in?”

My family lives in a bungalow and I was about to choose that option when I stopped myself. My finger hovered over the mouse button, but I couldn’t click it. What if my suspicions were true? I wondered. It was a silly thought, but I just couldn’t take the chance. Instead i clicked on the apartment building, just to be safe. A “Thank You” message flashed on the screen and I was able to connect to the Internet again.

The next day, the apartment building near my school burnt down. Luckily, the fire happened during the day, so most people weren’t home. About 20 people perished in the blaze. The police said they suspected arson.

I was worried. It was starting to seem like more than a coincidence. no matter how crazy it seemed, I had a sneaking suspicion that somehow, the Free WiFi was causing these tragedies. I decided that I would be better off if I just left it alone.

However, that night, I began to doubt myself. The more I thought about it, the sillier it seemed. Was I just being paranoid? How could connecting to a Free WiFi network result in the deaths of over 100 people. Who would ever believe such a thing was possible?

After mulling it over for almost an hour, I was convinced it was just an insane coincidence. I took out my laptop, turned it on and connected to the Free WiFi.

My Internet browser opened again. There were 4 more pictures. When i saw them, I let out a gasp of horror.

The pictures were of my mother, my father, my little sister and me…..

Underneath, in big red letters was the question:

Which of these is your favorite family member?’

  • Ray Ramirez

    Loved it!

    • Storm

      Thank you!

  • Mia Cal

    Oml this is so good

    • Storm

      Thank you.

  • Lubo Mlynarcik

    This was really good 😀

  • Mcswagger

    What did she do!!!

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  • MrSmasher

    Great story, short and spooky!

  • SkullNboNes

    Awesome story!

  • Breezei

    What does she use to get WiFi?

  • Blueboma Beats

    We need a part 2!!!!

  • Joseph Malick

    Great Story 👍

  • Netor Ananab

    Why does she own a laptop if she is poor?

  • Royz Raptor

    I enjoyed it and thought the story was really good. However it really technically bugs me that the Free WiFi seems to be available anywhere without the presence of a nearby hot-spot… Other than that, well done!

  • Bob

    She is poor because she got the laptop

  • Carley W

    Good job!

    • Storm


  • Storm

    High Schools provide laptops now.

  • Simon

    “What if my suspicions are correct… Well, let’s not risk it. I’ll just choose the residence with the biggest possible amount of inhabitants instead.”

  • Creepy spaghetti

    You disconnected right?