Okay, this post is just a break from my writing challenge. My idea of a break is ANOTHER writing challenge! So, the challenge was to make a short story made up of 750 words or less on the topic of “First World Problem”. I didn’t really know what to do with that, so I asked mom what that meant. Mom said it means a problem like: “My internet won’t connect!” or “This 5-star hotel room service sucks!”. That still sounded boring, so I decided to do a story on the world’s first problem. The forbidden fruit in the Garden of Eden.
Tell me what you think in the comments down below!
Eve pushed her dark hair back over her shoulders and picked a juicy yellow fruit from off the tree she was standing next to. Her teeth sank into the fruit and the flavor burst into her mouth. Smiling, Eve thanked God for the wonderful garden. Still snacking on the fruit, she started on a walk around the garden to see one of her favorite flowering trees. Reaching it, Eve plucked one of the blossoms and smelled in the wonderful fragrance before sticking it behind her ear.
“Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?” the sudden voice made Eve jump. She turned to see one of the smaller dragons, slithering his way around the branches of the one forbidden tree. He stopped on a branch at Eve’s eye level and looked at her for so long that Eve felt like his glittering green eyes were reaching inside and trying to drag an answer out of her.
Eve swallowed hard at the uncomfortable thoughts that the dragon’s question raised in her mind. She’d never felt anything like the feeing that she had in the pit of her stomach at that moment . . . and it wasn’t a good feeling, but still she stayed.
“Of course we may eat fruit from the trees in the garden,” she replied. “It’s only the fruit from the tree in the middle of the garden that we are not allowed to eat. God said, ‘You must not eat it or even touch it; if you do, you will die.’”
The dragon smiled; he knew what God had said and Eve had just exaggerated the punishment. I’m getting to her, he thought. He laughed as though Eve had just said something funny and wound his way closer, his scales throwing glittering rainbow reflections on the smooth bark of the tree.
“You won’t die!” the serpent replied to the woman. “God knows that your eyes will be opened as soon as you eat it, and you will be like God, knowing both good and evil.”
He tipped his head and looked at Eve. Her dark eyes looked confused and somewhat frightened by the thoughts he had introduced, but the dragon saw something else: a small glimmer of greed was in her eyes. She wanted that fruit.
Eve looked at the juicy fruits on the tree. The branches were drooping under the weight of all of them. Eve thought about how juicy they must be and the yellow fruit she had enjoyed so much just a few minutes before dropped to the ground, forgotten. Her hands trembled as she reached to pluck the fruit. It came off in her hand effortlessly, as if it had just been waiting all its life for her to come and take it. Eve lifted it to her mouth and took a bite. This was more juicy and sweet than all the other fruit in the garden.
“Mmm . . .” she closed her eyes and took another bite. The dragon smiled, spread his glittering wings and flew off. He had finished his assignment: Create the world’s first problem. Now he had to get out of here. Things were about to get ugly.
I seriously think that it WAS a dragon, because the curse on the serpent afterwards was that it would crawl on its belly. Anyone have any thoughts on that?