The End

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by Kevin Lawver
originally published at 01:46PM on Wednesday, March 07, 2007

The end of the world was nigh and we all knew it. It wasn’t something we didn’t see coming. They foretold it for years – we’d lived too hard, pushed too far, caught on too late. Those who could leave had already gone, and the rest of us were left to record earth’s last gasps, which no one would ever read.

It was surprising to me, at least, how civil we remained right up until the end. The sky was as red as an apple, even at noon. The clouds were a deep purple. It was pretty if you could forget that this was the end of it all and may be the last thing we’d ever see.




  • from Jason Garber:

    I like this one, it reminds me a bit of Nevil Shute’s “On the Beach” except that that one dealt with the end of civilization due to nuclear war.

  • from Holy Knight:

    That is beautiful. It actually wrenched at my heart a little to think that maybe one day it could happen and just how beautiful the world really is.

  • from Kermitgorf:

    End actually sounds more peaceful than in any other end of the world senario id read or seen in films and tv.

  • from THX 0477:

    Nice creative jump from the picture. I kind of like the idea of the last dregs of society all quietly biding their time together, placidly awaiting an inevitable end.

  • from .:band baby:.:

    very nice story. its a little scary to think everything could just end but it has to sometime..
    ((if you wondering why i’m reading this now it’s because i was curious as to what the story was that was tagged as the first published.. you know like “stories/1”? so yeah (=))

  • from Eckhouse:

    (Nice to see I’m not the only one who was curious.)

    I could live with an end of the world such as this. Throw in a beer and a jacuzzi and I say bring it on.

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  • from J.B. Williams:

    I agree with eckhouse. The end being something like this…I could live, and subsequently, die with.

  • from Lone Writer:

    Very Nice. I was curious too! It a little wierd to see this story’s date “about one year ago” maybe its just me…

  • from Apostrophe :

    awesome pic.. And story to match.. Interesting how you portrayed the end of the world. For something that devistating you put a peaceful spin on it.

  • from thebetweenspace:

    What a peaceful end of things.

  • from flute faerie:

    Yeah, I got curious too. Sounds like a very beautiful end, sad but ethereal.

  • from More Than Meets The Eyes:

    Was this the first ficlets? Just wondering, because I thought I’d type in and this is what came up. Great ficlet by the way.

  • from Overlooked_Merchandise:

    peaceful all the way trough, it makes you think what the end of the world will be like….i would want to be one of the people still on earth when it ends, just to see what it’s like.

    and i, too, was curious what the very first ficlet was, and it was a NICE one too!

  • from Kevin Lawver:

    This was indeed the very first ficlet. I wrote it before we even launched the site and liked it so much it was the first one I pasted in after we flipped the switch last year.

  • from ♠Ana Cristina♥:

    I didn’t know this existed until now. Duh, I should have realized this by typing in “1” after stories/, but I didn’t realize it until John Perkins pointed it out. Interesting, that the first ficlet is about the end of the world. That’s one cool pic, by the way.

  • from OrangeOreos:


    The first Ficlet.

    This should be given a permanent spot on the Most Popular column!

    And, naturally, Kevin was the first ficleteer!

    I wonder what the second ficlet is…

  • from Punkin:

    I agree with OrangeOreos.

    This is a great ficlet. It is ironic that the furst ficlet is about “The End.”

  • from Punkin:

    Wow, nice ficlet.

    I agree with OrangeOreos it would be great have this in the most popular column.

  • from Kevin Lawver:

    I love that people keep stumbling over this one. I still love it.

  • from [ wall.doll ]:

    I only “stumbled” onto this piece because of your recent ficlet, with the contrary title.
    Interesting, beautiful, emotional, descriptive…pretty much what we all strive for on this site with each post. Basically, you did a superb job of setting an example for us to follow. I’m pretty grateful that such a beginning, and such a place ever came into existence. Right on, Kev.