Linda Wood Rondeau

Snark & Sensibility

EMERGENCE
6/1/2018 1:31:00 AM by: Linda Wood Rondeau

WELCOME TO FLASH FICTION FRIDAY

 


 

“I am alive,” I said as I stood.

I don’t know how one knows she has become alive, you just know. One second you are oblivious, as ice floats on water then melts into a pool never knowing it had been a piece of ice.  

Then, you gulp air and you sense things—more than feelings.

Even though I did not know what to call myself, I knew I was alive.

I saw creatures of all kinds … some flying through the air and others roaming through the bushes and trees. As yet, I didn’t know what to call them. They were as curious about me as I was about them.

Then I saw the one who looked something like me, yet different. I felt drawn to the creature. Later, I learned Creator had named him Adam.  

He beckoned me. I loved the comfort I felt when Adam held me close to him.  

He explained all he felt I needed to know—our existence and purpose in this place. I had many questions Adam would not or could not answer.

I heard a voice surrounding us. “Be fruitful and multiply.”

Adam told me the voice belonged to Creator.  

In the months and years ahead, Adam named all the creatures in the air and on the ground. Yet, I had no other name except woman. “I will call you woman, because you were formed from a part of me,” Adam said.

“Why won’t you give me a name?” I asked.

One day, a creature visited me. Adam had named him Serpent. I talked with Serpent for a long time. He told me Adam had told me many lies. I didn’t know who to believe. Perhaps Serpent knew I wanted a name like all other creatures. Perhaps Serpent knew I wanted to be more than Adam’s nameless helper. Serpent told me if I ate the fruit of the one tree Creator had forbidden, I would become so much more than what I was.

I would become as powerful as Creator.  

My rebellion felt good at the time as I dreamed of what might be. But my lust to be something more ruined the very thing for which I had been created.

Thrown from the Garden, Creator warned us of what our new lives would become. Not what I had dreamed when I devoured the fruit and gave Adam the same poison. As the thunder roared and angels blocked our retreat, Adam finally gave me my name.

 “You will be called Eve, for you will be the mother of all mankind.”

At last, a name. I had become something Adam could not be.  

But at what cost?

 

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