By Michael Phillip Cash
Found Footage, Horror, Apocalypse Date Published: May 4, 2013 Publisher: Chelshire, INC.
Seth is laid off from work. His wife Lara just found out they are expecting a baby this summer. Seth plans on documenting the entire pregnancy with his brand new digital camcorder. During an evening home watching television, the news reports that a swarm of cicada (Brood Ten) are expected to overwhelm the entire Northeast. Brood Ten is vicious and ready to invade. During a sweltering summer night, Brood Ten emerges and wreaks havoc with the electric grid, phone and cell service, wi-fi, food and water supply. Civilization as they know it is gone. Seth and Lara are thrown back to the stone age in their own home with trillions of cicada trying to deposit their eggs and breed. Fast paced and filled with tension, Brood Ten is the perfect summer read when you’re sitting outside listening to the cicadas sing.
The wail of sirens rent the air, and Seth burst through the front door holding the camera to see what was happening. Lara followed him out with a dishrag clenched in her hands.
“What’s going on now?” she asked nervously.
“I don’t know,” Seth responded. “I heard a crash.
It was loud. Look there it is,” he pointed to the end of the block. “Stay inside.” Lara retreated into the house.
A crowd of people had gathered around two cars that had hit each other head on. The black BMW was badly banged up. The chassis was nearly bent in half and steam rose from its hood. The air bag deployed and filled the entire front of the car. The door was open and a man was sitting in the driver’s seat, talking on his cell phone.
A silver Prius rested atop a broken fire hydrant.
A geyser of water roared as it shot ten feet into the air.
Sitting on the curb, a dazed woman was holding a towel to her bloody nose. His neighbor Cathy
dashed out of her house to comfort the woman.
“Are you OK?” Seth wandered over to the stricken woman.
“I don’t know what happened,” the woman replied. “I was driving and out of nowhere the whole windshield was covered by bugs.”
“Cicadas?” Seth inquired.
“I don’t know what they were. But there were a lot of them. The wipers couldn’t get rid of them
quick enough. They just kept coming.”
Seth walked away as the woman started cry. He looked at the totaled car. A brown residue of bug
guts smeared the windshield.
Police cars started rolling down the street and pretty soon the chaotic mess got sorted out.
A cop walked over to survey the scene next to Seth. He turned to the policeman and asked, “What do you make of this?”
The officer shrugged his shoulders and replied, “Probably just a swarm.”
Later that night, Lara curled against Seth’s side, they watched the evening news.
The newscaster was concluding a segment, “There are widespread and unprovoked bug attacks all over the tri-state area today causing accidents and mayhem everywhere. Although it was very disturbing, the governor is assuring everyone to remain calm. Cicadas usually die within a day or two. He is urging people not to panic.”
“I feel so bad for Cathy,” Lara’s blue eyes welled with tears. “She loved that dog. This is getting scary, Seth.” “You heard what the cops said. They probably disturbed a nest. That’s what happened in Arizona too you know, with the killer bees. They have people there who just take out the nests for a living.”
“What about the car accident?” Lara asked.
Seth put a finger over her soft lips. “They told us not to be concerned. The cops were here in four minutes, and animal control said not to blow it out of proportion. Enough!” he kissed her lightly. “I said enough.”
Michael Phillip Cash is an award-winning and best-selling novelist of horror, paranormal, and science fiction novels. He's written ten books including the best-selling “Brood X”, “Stillwell”, “The Flip”, “The After House”, “The Hanging Tree”, “Witches Protection Program”, “Pokergeist”, "Monsterland", "The History Major", and “Battle for Darracia” series. Michael’s books are on the Amazon best-seller list and have also won numerous awards. Additionally, he is a screenwriter with 14 specs under his belt. Michael resides on the North Shore of Long Island.