The Threads

by Kevin Lawver
originally published at 03:00PM on Friday, August 22, 2008

“This is it” he said to himself as he floated above his lifeless body and his family gathered around his bed, “I’m dead. I don’t believe it. What do I do now? Where’s the light I’m supposed to head towards?”

Instead of a light, he started seeing golden threads expand out from his still chest. Each thread connected to a family member, then a thousand more threads sprung from them. He saw even more threads expand out and suddenly he was carried upwards (but not really upwards) until he saw not only himself and the threads around his bed – he saw them travel throughout the town, over the countryside and around the world. He saw each person as the thread connected with them. Each person he’d touched, or known or smiled at got a thread, and each person he’d influenced through his actions who he may never have met; they all got threads as well, until there was a golden blanket over the world, bright shining and glorious.

He looked up, said “Thank you” and continued on his journey to whatever comes next.



  • from Blusparrow:

    Oh wow! That is really cool! Some people have no idea how Influential they are. Welcome back Kevin!

  • from Mistress Elsha Hawk:

    awesome! you’ve captured the universatily of our lives, how we inadvertently touch the whole world in some small way.:)

  • from Freedom:

    I agree with above. Great job on this :]

  • from THX 0477:

    That was lovely Kevin, a wonderful meaning to be found in life and a beautiful way to describe and visualize it.

  • from THX 0477:

    Oh, and thanks for being the first to enter my challenge! Woohoo!

  • from OrangeOreos:

    Simply awesome.

    Really makes you think about how you act in life… Unfortunately, not all of those connections in life may have been positive…

  • from HolyTurtle GIGANTOR:

    that was extremely good.

  • from Stovohobo:

    Fantastic metaphor. Simply-told story, awesome message.

  • from Lone Writer:

    Wow. That was beautiful.
    And Kevin, Ficlets wouldn’t even be a thread.
    It would be an entire tapestry
    So Thank You.

  • from Punkin:

    lovely story. 5 stars

  • from Jamie Rose:

    Yes, very pretty. I agree with all of the above

  • from Kermitgorf:

    6 degrees of separattion.. we never know what we’ve done to affect others.. who each in his/her way affect others because of something we did or said.
    Well you and Thx and others on Ficlets can rest assured you’ve made a difference by giving ( and commenting) on all our creative endeavers.. it has made a difference.

  • from g2 (la pianista irlandesa):

    Wow. That’s all I can say that’s worthy of this beauty.

  • from Okelay:

    Brilliant. I love the idea of him being able to appreciate what he’s done.
    beautifully written,too.

  • from lovinglife307:

    wow. that is a really amazing way to describe how people touch lives. i loved it.