Eve passed by the shrub sitting in the middle of the garden.
The tree with knowledge of good and evil. Could one even call it a tree? It was more like a pile of sticks. She really needed to convince Adam to change the name. Maybe something with a “b”.
What did it remind her of? A beard. Adams beard. It was so bushy. Scratchy. Just like this tree seemed.
Wait. That was it. Bush. Shortened version of bushy and he’d never know the difference. Yassss, that was it. She giggled and stepped a tiny space closer.
Blueberries appeared among the branches. A big juicy death. She threw a glance over her shoulder. No sign of Adam. Still out with the animals. Probably singing Timmy the hamster to sleep again. *Sigh* How many times had she tried to do the same, yet the retched thing only stared at her with wide eyes.
A branch rustled in front of her. A scream flew from her lips as she scrambled back.
“Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?”
“What? Whose there?” She stretched her neck out. Two eyes appeared in the bush slithering into the light.
“Dear girl, you heard me.” A serpent appeared among the branches. He dropped to the ground with a chuckle.
“We can eat fruit from the trees in the garden,God said we couldn’t even touch it. We will die.” She leaned into the serpents gaze. He seemed to almost have a smile. The most beautiful swirls of color scaled down his back. Turquoise and a brilliant purple. A dash of crimson red. She’d never spoken to the animals. Maybe this one knew God too, walked next to him as well.
“You will not certainly die,” the serpent chuckled.
“But God said—”
“No no. God just knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil. See this is like death.” It seemed the snake had almost shrugged.
“I won’t actually die?” She eyed him. God wouldn’t have created a misunderstanding like that, would he have?
“Nope. This—uh—blueberry, as your husband has name it, it’s really the best fruit here. Look, I touch it now with my tail. Have I died?” He chuckled. The blueberry dropped to the ground.
“What are you doing?” Adam appeared through the forest. Eve jumped back again.
“Look, this serpent is telling me that we’ve had a misunderstanding with God. We can eat this blueberry.”
“It’s true. You’ll be wise. All knowing. In fact, you could be like God. Be like and do things He does.”
“Really?” Adam narrowed his eyes.
“God did say the tree is all knowing.”
“Yeah. But he said we would die.”
“We could ask God.”
“He won’t be back from his walk for another twenty minutes.”
“Oh. Why not try it? One tiny blueberry, it can’t do that much harm.” Eve shrugged.
“Maybe. I don’t know about this.”
“Oh, I’m sure it will be fine. See, I have touched and eaten from this tree. Nothing his gone wrong.”
“Okay. I guess we can try.” Eve reached for the closest branch. She plucked off one and handed it to Adam. She reached for another for herself.
“Are you sure about this?” Adam met her eyes,. He held the blueberry up.
“Yeah. Yeah. Let’s get it over with.” She stared at the fruit. So tiny, yet so juicy. So desirable. So much wisdom held within it. She popped it into her mouth. It practically melted.
“This is amazing.” she munched reaching for me. Adam grabbed her hand.
“No, wait. See what happens first.” He swallowed his piece.
Adam had jumped away swinging around.
“Holy crap, put some clothes on. In fact, while you’re at it, get me some too.”
She stared down. Oh.
She slapped hands across her chest. She fell back behind the closest tree behind her. The grass below her feet itched with every step.
The serpent chuckled slithering back into the shadows.
“You lied to us!” Eve swung around pointing a finger in his brilliant direction.
“You let me!” He continued to chuckle. The sounds fading into the distance. Eve’s heart pounded in her chest. What was this? This feeling of—of aloneness?
She grabbed from fig leaves and twine wrapping them around her. She strung another and looked around the tree. She could see Adam shaking behind a across the middle of the land.
She threw out the leaves.
“Psst! Adam!” She pointed to the leaves.
“Turn around, don’t look at me.” He motioned his hand around. She slid down the side of the tree. What was God going to say about this? Maybe he wouldn’t notice the change?
The bark scratched her skin. It burned. She yelped jumping back. Adam hurried over to her.
“The bark, it hurts.” She winced reaching back to feel it. A growl sounded behind her.
“What was that?” Adam lowered his voice. They both duct behind a few bushes and peered over the edge.
Richard. The lion. He stomped at the ground.
“Richard, buddy, are you okay?” The lion barred his teeth. He hit the ground with a shake of his head. Eve’s hands shook.
“Run. We need to run.” She tugged Adam’s arm. He stared back at the lion for a second. Richard jumped forward.
Adam took the lead.
Running, running, running they kept going. The grass whipped past them leaving welts on their legs. The animals ran from them. The sky darkened.
Finally, they stopped.
“That freaking blueberry. The snake, he lied to us!”
“Lied to us? You mean, he lied to you!”
“Adam! Eve! Where are you?” God.
Eve grabbed Adam’s arm bringing them both to the ground. Footsteps sounds around the area.
And there He was. God. Standing over them. His perfection hovering above their swollen bodies and blueberry filled teeth.
“What are you two doing?”
“You’re hiding? Why would you need to hide? Who told you that you were naked?”
Eve glanced at Adam. He held his hands up.
“God—we’re just afraid.”
“Did you eat from the blueberry bush I told you not to eat from? The one I said you would die from?”
“This woman, you put here with me—she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it.”
“What is this you have done?” God turned to Eve. She covered her face.
“The serpent said they were good! He touched them, ate them. He said we had a miscommunication deceived me, and I ate.”
God reached into the leaved of the tree dragging the serpent down, “Because you have done this, enmity will be put between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers, he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel.” He threw the snake across the garden. He wiped around to Eve.
“Thanks, man, he was a real bother.”
“I’m not done yet.”
“Do you see what you have done? I will make your pains in childbearing very severe; with painful labor you will give birth to children. Your desire will be for your husband, and he will rule over you. And you, Adam, because you listened to your wife and ate fruit from the tree about which I commanded you, ‘You must not eat from it,’ you must work the ground. The ground will hate you. It will produce thorns and thistles. Your sweat will bring food, and one day, you both will die.”
He motioned them up.
Staring at the ground, Eve stood. A pile of fabric was placed in front of her.
“What are these?”
“Clothes. they will do you better than the leaves.” He gave them a soft smile. Eve reached for the clothes.
“I’m sorry.” She whispered.
The Lord God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife and clothed them.And the Lord God said, “The man has now become like one of us, knowing good and evil. He must not be allowed to reach out his hand and take also from the tree of life and eat, and live forever.”So the Lord God banished him from the Garden of Eden to work the ground from which he had been taken.After he drove the man out, he placed on the east side[e] of the Garden of Eden cherubim and a flaming sword flashing back and forth to guard the way to the tree of life.
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