The Library at Emmetsville had been the center of this small New England town since the 18th Century. Folks from far and wide congregated there to read, learn, and discuss ideas.
But in the early 21st Century most people stayed home, glued to the Internet. And after a number of cutbacks, it was decided the library would close.
Then a massive virus struck the Internet, wiping out half of all the books ever written, over 80% of existing cat videos, and dinner reservations at Olive Gardens nationwide.
Confidence in the Internet extinguished, people turned back to books and the Library once more became the center of Emmetsville. And the Internet, well, there would always need to be a home for cat videos.
So a computer virus saves the books of the world. Great! But most importantly, if you have a reservation at Olive Garden anywhere in the United States, it also saves you!
That's the story today according to my Friday Fictioneers response to the prompt above. The responses of the many other Fictioneers are available by clicking here, so please click away and then how about we meet over at the Library at Emmetsville to discuss them?
AND NO, I DON'T WANT TO SEE YOUR CAT VIDEOS!