A Thousand Threads Outside of Eternity
Author: Sarinom

Chapter 16
Healing Time

Arrogance blinds and pride kills; and so X wrote his ticket back to humanity. Tanaka-San opened my eyes to something right in front of me, that this power I have is infinite and can be used for good. I was looking too deep this whole time when the answer was always there, unfortunately the solution requires sacrifice. Hopefully after this, I may find peace in my decision.

            November in Chicago was chilly and even windier without the giant sky-scrapers. I didn’t know his name, but his face I could pick out of a crowd instantly. I passed a crowd of people that looked like they had just come from church when I caught my first clue, “Reverend Samuel just isn’t the same.” A woman murmured.

“Excuse me miss,” I turned to catch up to the woman, “I’ve come from out of town looking for a Reverend Samuel, what does he look like?”

“Well he’s very average looking. You know the type that blends into a crowd pretty well? That’s Reverend Sam.”

“I see, could you tell me where I can find him?”

“Oh, you can see the church steeple from here,” she pointed, “you’d better hurry; he’s been leaving early lately.”

“Thank you.” I nodded and hastened towards the church. In my rush to get to the church I bumped into a frail, pale looking man.

“watch where you’re going!” the man’s frail voice didn’t carry very far. He muttered something as he picked up the papers I made him drop.

I turned to apologize as I hurried on my way, but the face was too familiar.


“Excuse me, are you talking to me?”

“It can’t be.” But it was. His whole persona was an act. This was X without the mask.

“It can’t be what? I’m afraid you have me mistaken for someone else, I’m Reverend Samuel.”

“Reverend Samuel, I have to talk to you—”

“If this is about my late payments, I promise I’ll pay you before the week’s end.”

“I heard about that, and I am here to tell you not to worry. Don’t loose faith.”

“How did you know about my situation, do you work for the government?”

“No, I can’t tell you that, just know that whatever is happening right now is a test, and you must pass it, you have to be strong.” Simultaneously, I was in the Bank of Chicago Vault taking just enough money to allow him to keep his church. “Take this money.”

He hesitantly took it, “who are you?”

“I am a friend.”

“Why are you doing this?”

“Because that is what I am meant to do. As a man, you are good and I forgive you for the wrong you have committed.  Just continue to speak out against evil and you will remain a friend.”

“I… I don’t know what to say”

“Don’t say anything, just do what you were called to do, don’t let anything stop you.”

“I won’t. Thank you,” He bowed his head in gratitude, “You are an angel aren’t you?”

“If that is what you need to believe, but what’s more important is that I am a friend and once again you are mine.” He cracked a smile and a tear ran down his cheek. “Goodbye friend.” I made sure I was well out of sight before I checked to see if my plan had in fact worked. I checked the past, the future, any place in time that X might hide but wherever I went, he was not there. I could feel it, X was no more.


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