Just like the title says, things have gone from crappy, to weird, to scary and now to terrifying. But let me start from the beginning.
My names is Samuel, and I’m studying IT sciences in California. Which, as many locals will be able to understand, means that I’m dead broke, despite the monetary relief aid from my parents. Just paying for this old apartment’s rent to my nospheratu high lord of a landowner. Thus, to furnish my apartment I had to make Samuel’s Brokeass Adventure, and epic of a pennyless college student going through a journey across the thrift stores and garage sales in the town to find cheap items to fill up his home. That’s how the afforementioned toaster came to my posession.
The toaster itself is nothing to behold. Its only value lies on the fact it has survived through the Cataclysm outside of Noe’s ark, and that it’s still (albeit barely) working.
That was four months ago. After the third one rolled in, the toaster started to stop working midway, making me have to restart it once more before baking the bread, and since last week it started going out for a good three hours or so before I could use it again. Being so broke, I couldn’t even afford a new one, so I had to endure. But yesterday it all came to a climax when it decided to shut down. Along with dropping all of my switches in the fuse box. And, in a burst of uncontrollable anger, I ripped the toaster off the counter and threw it on the ground.
Breathing deeply, I stared at the bulk of metal lying on the floor with mortal hatred, when all of sudden it started rattling and vibrating on the floor.
I looked at it in confusion and bewilderment, as it convulsed on the floor, like a zombie coming back to life to take revenge on the ones who wronged it. After a few more seconds of this, it stopped shaking and made the sound of a lightsaber being activated before a deep, smooth voice started calling out numbers, accompanied by the occasional ding made by the toaster. “9… ding 25… ding 2028… ding…”
I had already taken out my phone and was recording my toaster as it thrashed on the ground before, but now I was really glad that I had done so, because the voice started reciting numbers way faster than before. “16-5-23 ding 18-5-22-15-12-21-20-9-15-14-1-18-23 ding 5-9-19-3 …” the voice kept on going for a couple more minutes before the toaster rang three more times and a shutting down noise came. I was about to tear it apart when I remembered about number stations. But that required a radio to tap into, not a toaster! Still, I put on the recording and wrote down the numbers, and then, after a quick trip to the fuse box, booted up my laptop and looked up at various number stations. Two hours into this the toaster starting shaking again. I went over to it and started recording, and soon the voice from yesterday started saying numbers again.
Once it was over, I ended the recording and wrote down the numbers once more. After that the same thing kept happening every half an hour. It’s been three hours since the “transmitions” stopped, and I started decoding them. It was a pretty simple code, first the date and then a short text. The transmissions started pretty innocently enough, but near the end they have started to scare me shitless. I will list them here for you to see.
9/25/2028- NEW REVOLUTIONARY DISCOVERY ON VIRTUAL REALITY TECHNOLOGY, FIRST TRULY VIRTUAL REALITY GAME LAUNCHED BY EA.
11/14/2030- UNMANED DRONE GOES OUT OF CONTROL AND CRASHES ON FLYING BUS, KILLING 90 PEOPLE.
2/2/2032- MAN FOUND SEXUALLY HARASSING ROOMBA ROBOT IN WORKSPACE SUED FOR DAMAGES; PERPETRATOR CLAIMS THE ROOMBA ASSAULTED HIM.
10/2/2032- ROOMBA HUMPER FOUND DEAD IN HIS CELL; AUTHORITIES STATE REASON OF DEATH AS SUICIDE.
12/31/2059- EARTH’S PRESIDENT WISHES A HAPPY NEXT YEAR TO THE CITYZENS.
2/1/2060- COLOSSAL FAILURE AT THE DRONE MAINFRAME CAUSES FATAL ACCIDENTS THROUGHOUT THE GLOBE DURING NEW YEAR CELEBRATIONS; BILLIONS OF CASUALTIES.
3/15/2060- THE PRESIDENT MAKES OFFICIAL STATEMENT ABOUT THE TRAGEDY ON NEW YEARS; “THE FAILURE WAS DELIBERATE”
8/9/2060- ROBOTS, DRONES AND VARIOUS OTHER ELECTRIC DEVICES AROUND THE WORLD GO BALLISTIC AND ATTACK HUMANS
9/11/2060- CARRIER AIRSHIP EXPLODES DURING ORBIT; ALL PERSONEL ABOVE DECLARED DEAD, THE PRESIDENT’S FAMILY INCLUDED. VICE-PRESIDENT ASSUMES THE PRESIDENT’S POSITION.
10/13/2060- THE ELECTRONIC DEVICES AND ROBOTS START ATTACKING HUMANS ONCE MORE; THE PRESIDENT ASKS ALL CITYZENS TO THROW OUT ALL ELECTRONIC DEVICE AND STAY INSIDE UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.
12/4/2060- THE MACHINES START A FULL OUT WAR AGAINST HUMANITY. BILLIONS OF PEOPLE DEAD, ALL CONTACT WITH AFRICA IS LOST.
12/5/2060- THE MACHINES HAVE OVERTAKEN ASIA AND EUROPE. THERE’S NO CONTACT WITH SOUTH AMERICA OR AUSTRALIA. THIS WILL BE THE LAST TRANSMISSION. STAY INSIDE AND IF CONFRONTED BY MACHINES, DO NOT ENGAGE.
That was the last message that came three hours ago. I don’t know whether I should believe this or not. After that the toaster started working like before again. I’m going to put this on here for anyone to see before I try to reach out to the goverment. If anything happens to me, PLEASE, for the love of everything that’s holy, don’t let things go like this old toaster says. Humanity’s fate looks bleak already, even without this apocalyptic dystopian prophecy from a goddamn toaster.