Nothing Left to be Desired

October 20, 2021 at 12:22 pm 56 comments

For Friday Fictioneers 100-Word Challenge: 22 October 2021

Rochelle Wisoff-Fields
Photo Credit: Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

 
Eve set the standard against which all women would be judged. She was beautiful and smart and full of life.

For Adam, she was the spice that added flavor and excitement to his otherwise dreary existence.

Surrounded by flowers and greens and with Eve lying by his side, Adam was very happy and contented. It was the greatest feeling that he could have ever had. There was nothing left to be desired.

Meanwhile, the serpent was lurking in a nearby tree seething with jealousy. It would just be a matter of time when it caused trouble to the unsuspecting couple.

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  • 1. neilmacdon  |  October 20, 2021 at 12:46 pm

    That serpent gets a very bad press. Personally, I blame the whole set-up including especially the “don’t eat the apples” instruction

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    • 2. plaridel  |  October 20, 2021 at 2:53 pm

      neil:

      come to think of it, you maybe right. :).

      Reply
  • 3. elmowrites  |  October 20, 2021 at 1:47 pm

    And now look where it’s all got us…

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    • 4. plaridel  |  October 20, 2021 at 2:53 pm

      jen:

      i know. 🙂

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  • 5. oneta hayes  |  October 20, 2021 at 2:38 pm

    He ought not let us make up our own minds. Then there would be nothing to tempt us.

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    • 6. plaridel  |  October 20, 2021 at 2:58 pm

      oneta:

      free will was a blessing and a curse that they later found out. .

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      • 7. oneta hayes  |  October 20, 2021 at 3:14 pm

        Yes, I was being facitious. I certainly like having a free will. But it is badly handled by many folks.

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        • 8. plaridel  |  October 21, 2021 at 11:15 am

          oneta:

          it’s about human frailty, i suppose.

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  • 9. michael1148humphris  |  October 21, 2021 at 12:01 am

    Poor Adam and Eve, I like how you interpreted Rochelle painting

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    • 10. plaridel  |  October 21, 2021 at 11:15 am

      michael:

      it’s very kind of you. thank you.

      Reply
  • 11. Iain Kelly  |  October 21, 2021 at 1:09 am

    I hope they enjoy their moment of happiness before it all goes wrong…

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    • 12. plaridel  |  October 21, 2021 at 11:14 am

      iain:

      i’m sure they did.

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  • 13. Sandra  |  October 21, 2021 at 2:26 am

    Great take on the prompt.

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    • 14. plaridel  |  October 21, 2021 at 11:14 am

      sandra:

      i’m glad you liked it. thank you.

      Reply
  • 15. GHLearner  |  October 21, 2021 at 3:55 am

    Admit it, Adam, you’d have been bored out of your wits after a week if it wasn’t for adventurous Eve and the sneaky snake. 😉

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    • 16. plaridel  |  October 21, 2021 at 11:14 am

      gabi:

      if there’s any consolation….

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  • 17. James McEwan  |  October 21, 2021 at 4:24 am

    I think we all have serpents lurking around our lives. You just need to be aware. Nicely told.

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    • 18. plaridel  |  October 21, 2021 at 11:14 am

      james:

      it pays to stay vigilant.

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  • 19. Dale  |  October 21, 2021 at 5:21 am

    Others always have to disrupt others’ happiness…

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    • 20. plaridel  |  October 21, 2021 at 11:13 am

      dale:

      yes, they seek to destroy what they can’t have.

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  • 21. rochellewisoff  |  October 21, 2021 at 7:10 am

    Dear Plaridel,

    I love your very unliteral take on the prompt. I often wonder what Adam and Eve really looked like. With so many races descending from them I think it’s wrong to assume they were white, blond and blue eyed. 😉 Just for the record,..nowhere does it say the fruit was an apple. In my opinion the apple’s the one getting the bad rap. Good story.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    • 22. plaridel  |  October 21, 2021 at 11:13 am

      rochelle:

      your painting has reminded me of spices that make life worth living. for adam, it was eve.
      anyway, interbreeding with other humanoids and possibly space aliens might have contributed to the proliferation of many races. 🙂

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  • 25. Bill  |  October 21, 2021 at 8:50 am

    Nice story, but Adam managed to blame Eve and God. Eve blamed the snake. That took all the characters away, leaving the poor snake to be the fall guy. 🙂 Love the line, “who told you that you were naked?” 🙂 I think Adam Eve must have been teenagers.

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    • 26. plaridel  |  October 21, 2021 at 11:23 am

      bill:

      i wrote a lot of stories about the first couple. i think you’d like this one, too. 🙂

      http://wp.me/p6FwZ-344

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      • 27. Bill  |  October 21, 2021 at 1:42 pm

        You correct. I did like it.

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        • 28. plaridel  |  October 22, 2021 at 9:19 am

          bill:

          🙂

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  • 29. granonine  |  October 21, 2021 at 9:23 am

    A surprising, interesting take. I agree with Rochelle’s comment on two important things. One, there is no reason to believe Adam and Eve looked like Scandinavians :). Actually, the word “Adam” means “red,” or “from the earth.” Those who study these things deeply believe that Adam contained all the genetic origins of all races, which makes a lot of sense. Second, we are never told in scripture that the fruit was an apple. It was described as the “fruit of the knowledge of good and evil.”

    Oh, one more thing. Satan disguised himself as a snake; I firmly believe his choice of disguise was the beginning of the fear (phobia?) so many women have of snakes. I hate them. They seem like evil personified. I have a friend who finds them fascinating as long as they are in cages 🙂

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    • 30. plaridel  |  October 21, 2021 at 11:16 am

      linda:

      your points are well taken. thank you.

      Reply
  • 31. trishsplace  |  October 21, 2021 at 3:50 pm

    A lovely imagining of the original couple. Nicely done.

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    • 32. plaridel  |  October 22, 2021 at 9:19 am

      trish:

      i appreciate the generous comment. thank you.

      Reply
  • 33. draliman  |  October 22, 2021 at 5:33 am

    Well, she was told not to eat the forbidden fruit. I mean, who listens to a talking snake…? 🙂

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    • 34. plaridel  |  October 22, 2021 at 9:18 am

      draliman:

      it’s funny when somebody says, “don’t”, the urge to do it rises even more. 🙂

      Reply
  • 35. Keith's Ramblings  |  October 22, 2021 at 6:12 am

    And the rest, as they say, is history. I suddenly fancy an apple!

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  • 39. msjadeli  |  October 22, 2021 at 10:34 am

    Such is the way of things. They travel in cycles. It’s not the serpent’s fault, darkness is the vehicle that keeps the cycle going and allows us to appreciate the light. I am so glad that he is aware of the beauty of that moment. May the memory comfort him when the shadows fall.

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    • 40. plaridel  |  October 23, 2021 at 6:55 pm

      msjadeli:

      well said.

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      • 41. msjadeli  |  October 23, 2021 at 9:12 pm

        Thank you, Plaridel.

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  • 42. michaelwynnauthor  |  October 23, 2021 at 4:11 am

    I know the serpent was naughty, but people who smother everything in ketchup, shouldn’t be allowed to use him as an excuse.

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    • 43. plaridel  |  October 23, 2021 at 6:55 pm

      michael:

      good point. 🙂

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  • 44. Brenda's Thoughts  |  October 23, 2021 at 6:26 am

    Oh no! I have a feeling he’s going to ruin EVERYTHING! =)

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    • 45. plaridel  |  October 23, 2021 at 6:55 pm

      brenda:

      i’m afraid you were right.

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  • 46. pennygadd51  |  October 23, 2021 at 1:37 pm

    Great take on the prompt. And I love you making the serpent jealous to account for his malice.

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    • 47. plaridel  |  October 23, 2021 at 6:54 pm

      penny:

      thank you for your kind comment. much appreciated. 🙂

      Reply
  • 48. Dora  |  October 24, 2021 at 1:07 pm

    Love how you portray the moments before the fall: idyllic like young love, and always the serpent lurking.
    pax,
    dora

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    • 49. plaridel  |  October 27, 2021 at 9:08 am

      dora:

      i’m glad your liked it. thank you.

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  • 50. notestowomen  |  October 26, 2021 at 10:30 am

    Very interesting take on the prompt, Plaridel. Eve was created because Adam wasn’t meant to be alone. All the animals and birds had mates but he didn’t. I’m not sure where the idea that it was an apple came from. I guess the type of fruit wasn’t mentioned because it wasn’t important. What was important was that they ate the fruit when they weren’t supposed to. The serpent is a fearsome creature to this day.

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    • 51. plaridel  |  October 27, 2021 at 9:08 am

      adele:

      your insight is much welcome. thank you.

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      • 52. notestowomen  |  October 27, 2021 at 9:14 am

        You’re welcome, Plaridel 🙂

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  • 53. Woman walking Max  |  October 27, 2021 at 3:04 am

    May be the serpent is the spirit of envy, wanting to spoil the joy of others ?

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    • 54. plaridel  |  October 27, 2021 at 9:07 am

      francine:

      most definitely, he was.

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  • 55. Ps  |  November 22, 2021 at 4:54 pm

    Read mine too

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    • 56. plaridel  |  November 23, 2021 at 8:15 am

      ps:

      thanks for stopping by. much appreciated.

      Reply

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