Garden of Eden Revisited

March 27, 2014 at 12:02 am 33 comments

for friday fictioneers 100-word challenge 28 march 2014

john nixon
photo credit: John Nixon

“I’d take you to the garden of eden,” the old man said. Professor Jones was skeptical, but followed him deep inside the forest anyway.

“See the tree over there? It was the tree of good and evil.”

The professor looked at the tree and remembered how Adam and Eve were forced out of the garden for eating the forbidden fruit.

“Abandoned and neglected,” the old man sighed, “the garden was reclaimed by the surrounding forest. No trace of it was ever found again.”

“Now, Professor, if you would please hand me your wallet and camera if you want to live.”

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33 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Sandra  |  March 27, 2014 at 2:54 am

    Never trust a guy who promises to show you the Garden of Eden…

    • 2. plaridel  |  March 27, 2014 at 9:53 am


      it was the allure of discovering something big that cost the professor his wallet and camera.

  • 3. K.Z.  |  March 27, 2014 at 3:49 am

    lol i second Sandra’s comment. the garden of eden, really? poor fellow πŸ™‚

    • 4. plaridel  |  March 27, 2014 at 9:31 am


      he did it in the name of archaelogy. πŸ™‚

  • 5. claire Fuller  |  March 27, 2014 at 6:52 am

    Great premise and a good scam. I was confused though about who says the last line. Because it’s on a new line, that implies that it’s the visitor, but I think you mean it to be the old man? I think it might work better if the last line continues directly after ‘ever found again’. Unless I’ve got it completely wrong, which is very possible!

    • 6. plaridel  |  March 27, 2014 at 9:16 am


      thanks for pointing it out. i made a minor correction to make it less confusing. πŸ™‚

  • 7. draliman  |  March 27, 2014 at 8:30 am

    That’s quite a scam he has going on there!

    • 8. plaridel  |  March 27, 2014 at 9:32 am


      it was a scam alright. sadly, many unsuspecting tourists were falling for it.

  • 9. gentlestitches  |  March 27, 2014 at 3:11 pm

    Haha! Don’t go into the forest with strangers.

    • 10. plaridel  |  March 27, 2014 at 7:06 pm


      the professor was skeptical but still went for it. the old man was very good at spinning a yarn. πŸ™‚

  • 11. Sorchia D  |  March 27, 2014 at 5:19 pm

    And after we take a look at the Garden of Eden, I’ve got a bridge in Brooklyn you might want to buy. Good set up.

    • 12. plaridel  |  March 27, 2014 at 7:07 pm


      for a fair price, why not? πŸ™‚

  • 13. Amy Reese  |  March 27, 2014 at 7:48 pm

    Ha! Good one! I would have fallen for it, too. Who doesn’t want to see the Garden of Eden?

    • 14. plaridel  |  March 27, 2014 at 11:12 pm


      thanks… glad you liked it. πŸ™‚

  • 15. sustainabilitea  |  March 27, 2014 at 8:23 pm

    I guess that’s the evil side.


    • 16. plaridel  |  March 27, 2014 at 11:13 pm


      you guessed it right. πŸ™‚

  • 17. Indira  |  March 28, 2014 at 12:27 am

    Nice twist, i was surprised. Well written.

    • 18. plaridel  |  March 28, 2014 at 9:10 am


      i’m glad you liked it. thank you.

  • 19. hugmamma  |  March 28, 2014 at 11:28 pm

    ha, ha. Now that is totally a modern day twist at the end. Loved it!

    • 20. plaridel  |  March 29, 2014 at 9:24 am


      glad it made you laugh. thank you for your visit. πŸ™‚

  • 21. atrm61  |  March 29, 2014 at 3:34 am

    The serpent-hiss!But better his possessions than his life,eh?Loved this different route you took Plaridel-very enjoyable πŸ™‚

    • 22. plaridel  |  March 29, 2014 at 9:26 am


      life is more precious than his possessions which can be replaced. i’m glad you enjoyed it. πŸ™‚

      • 23. atrm61  |  April 2, 2014 at 11:00 am


  • 24. rochellewisoff  |  March 29, 2014 at 3:15 pm

    dear plaridel,

    that garden just isn’t what it used to be since that pesky serpent moved in. good one.



    • 25. plaridel  |  March 29, 2014 at 8:47 pm


      yes, indeed, especially the one with two feet. πŸ™‚

  • 26. BjΓΆrn Rudberg (brudberg)  |  March 30, 2014 at 1:24 pm

    I think this could be called paradise lost… but I guess that title was taken..

    • 27. plaridel  |  March 30, 2014 at 2:31 pm


      i thought of that title, too, but decided not to use it out of respect for john milton.

  • 28. Sarah Ann  |  April 1, 2014 at 8:40 am

    I’m obviously as gullible as the professor as I was hoping for a better outcome. Enjoyed reading and having my illusions shattered by your last line.

    • 29. plaridel  |  April 1, 2014 at 11:44 am

      sarah ann:

      we can all be gullible at one time or another. πŸ™‚

  • 30. Nan Falkner  |  April 1, 2014 at 10:21 pm

    Dear Plaridel, Very well done indeed! The Garden of Eden is a good place to be – the professor is gullible, and so am I. Good writing! Nan πŸ™‚

    • 31. plaridel  |  April 1, 2014 at 11:15 pm


      nice compliments accepted. thank you very much. πŸ™‚

  • 32. lifelessons  |  May 27, 2017 at 9:39 am

    Ha! You are good at this.

    • 33. plaridel  |  May 27, 2017 at 3:39 pm


      what a compliment. thank you. πŸ™‚


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