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Eve attempts to return to Eden, but soon realizes she won't be able to do that.

         The months seemed to speed by. Cain grew fat and healthy. A couple of times he had the fire of sickness within him, but he got all right. Eve never ceased to worry about him, though. On the occasions when food or water was scarce, she pleaded with Adam to leave and go back to Eden. She was tired of waiting on the creature. He could not be found anywhere. It was as if he had forgotten them. Adam was relieved, but Eve longed to see the creature to plead with him to return them to Eden.
         One morning Eve awoke beside the infant Cain. She immediately sensed something was wrong. He was so very still. She could feel the fire of sickness coming from his body. He had never before been this sick. She called frantically for Adam.
         "What is it, Eve?" Adam asked, worried at the urgency of her tone.
         "It's Cain. Something is wrong."
         Adam looked at the infant. It was evident to him what was wrong.
         "Eve,” Adam spoke quietly. "Cain is dead. Death has now come to us, as God promised." Even though his heart was torn asunder, for himself as well as for Eve, he somehow knew that this had to happen.
         "No, he's not!" Eve screamed at Adam. "He's burning with the fire of sickness. He's not cold like the animals that have died. He's just very sick. We have to help him, please,” she pleaded.
         "It takes time for the coldness of death to come to a body,” Adam said, seeing in his mind what Cain would soon be like. It was more than he could bear to think of. He just had to get Cain's body away from Eve, out of her sight, before the coldness of death overtook it.
         "Here, give him to me,” Adam said, as he reached for the infant's body. He didn't know what he was going to do, but knew he had to do something.
         "No, no," screamed Eve. "He's not dead. He's not."
         "Eve,” Adam spoke firmly but kindly, hoping to bring Eve to some semblance of control.
         "Look, Adam, he's breathing,” Eve exclaimed.
         On closer examination, Adam saw that indeed Cain was breathing, though almost imperceptibly. It was very critical that they get the fire of sickness out of Cain.
         "Come on,” Adam said, grabbing the child up in his arms and running toward the stream.
         "What are you going to do?" Eve asked.
         "We must bathe him in the stream and get the fire out of him,” Adam answered. The child in his arms made absolutely no response. It was as if he were indeed dead. Adam and Eve got into the stream with Cain and began bathing him all over with the cold water. After what seemed hours but was actually only minutes, Cain began to whimper, his body still limp and lifeless. Soon he stirred and began to scream his protest at the cold water. All that day and the next, he would frequently get lifeless and seem dead. They would then bathe him and he would get better. One time it seemed for a long while that he was not going to revive, but eventually he did.
         In a few days Cain was toddling around as if nothing had happened. He apparently had no recollection of the last few frantic days, or of Adam and Eve's fear of his death.
         "Adam, we have to go back to Eden. We can't survive like this,” Eve pleaded, once Cain was completely well.
         "We can't, Eve. You know what God said." Adam was visibly distressed at the very idea.
         "I know, but maybe we can find a way in. If the creature can, then so can we. We can't wait on the creature any longer. He must not be coming back for us."
         "No, Eve, no!" Adam didn't know why he was so afraid of trying to get back into Eden, except that he was fearful of disobeying God. Their disobedience in Eden was what had gotten where they were now. He just couldn't let Eve try to go back. He felt that even though the creature had helped them when they would have died otherwise, there was something wrong in depending on the creature and listening to him.
         One morning several days later, Eve crept up before Adam awoke. She took the young Cain, wrapped him warmly and cuddled him close so as not to awaken him. She didn't want him crying out and awakening Adam.
         "I'm tired of waiting on the creature," Eve mumbled. "I know I should listen to Adam but I can't let anything happen to my child. After all, Adam is a grown man. He can take care of himself. But Cain is only a baby. He depends on me to keep him safe. I have to do what I think is best for him." Eve had just about convinced herself she was right. She just ignored her conscience and the niggling doubt that told her to go back to Adam. She trudged onward in the direction she thought Eden lay.
         "Eve, what are you doing?" The creature suddenly appeared before Eve.
         "I'm going to Eden. I can't wait any longer. Cain almost died and you weren't anywhere about. I have to protect Cain. I have to get back to Eden."
         "And how will you get in?" the creature asked. "Have you forgotten the flaming swords and the cherubim?"
         "No, I haven't forgotten,” Eve answered irritably. I don't know how I'll get in. I'll find a way when I get there."
         "Foolish Eve. Don't you know things are not as they used to be? God will have to be conquered. The time is not yet."
         The creature knew his only hope lay in the power of the nation that would arise from Cain. He didn't tell Eve that Eden was not to be anymore for her. Let her be deceived. It suited his purpose better.
         Eve was not to be persuaded. The creature left as abruptly as he had come. Eve suddenly realized he wasn't as powerful as he tried to lead them to believe. She continued on in the direction she was traveling. She was eager to get back to Eden where life was not so difficult and uncertain. She was tired of depending on Adam and the creature to help her and Cain. She could go to Eden and even if God did not choose to help her, she could survive much better there. In Eden there had been no sickness. She would just go back on her own. If Adam was too stubborn to come along then let him make his way as best he could. Still, she missed him already. The thought of living forever without Adam caused a pain deep inside of her that she had never felt before and could not describe. Still, the protectiveness she felt toward Cain overrode any pain she felt.
         Eve stopped late in the morning to gather a few familiar berries for Cain and herself. Cain was still suckling, but had begun to desire small amounts of the foods she and Adam ate. She had not eaten herself before she left and only nursed Cain along the way, not stopping to feed him. They were both hungry.
         After eating the small gathering of berries, Eve leaned against a tree trunk and snuggled Cain in the crook of her arm to nap. She herself was too tense to sleep, but she needed the rest. Cain was getting to be quite heavy. He was getting close to the age to wean. He could walk on his own quite well, but not the distance that it was going to take to get to Eden.
         After a short period of time, Eve got up with Cain to resume her journey. Cain slept in her arms for a while longer.
         Eve’s arms began to ache before Cain finally awakened. He wanted down to walk, and Eve gladly let him. He slowed her progress, but she was more than ready for the respite from carrying him.
         They walked all afternoon. Both became tired just before dusk. Eve found a protected grove of trees in which to spend the night. She gathered fallen branches from a nearby tree to make a bed. She was reminded of when she and Adam made their first home. Thoughts of Adam and their first home made her miss him very much. She had a pain deep in her body that was greater than anything she had before experienced.
After supper, Cain fell asleep very quickly while Eve was nursing him. Eve sat nearby in the dark thinking of all that had occurred in her life recently. She really missed the companionship she had shared with Adam. They usually shared a special time together after Cain was asleep. They would sit by the fireside for light and heat and just talk or cuddle in silence. Many times they felt so close to each other that it led to their sharing the special intimacy that God had designed for them. Eve knew that this intimacy sometimes resulted in a baby being born. Yet, Cain was their only child. She guessed God planned when another baby was begun by the special intimacy. She was glad they had no more children, especially now. Even before, though, Cain was all she could have cared for. He was a full time responsibility. Now that Eve was going out on her own without Adam, it was enough to be responsible for just Cain. Thoughts of life without Adam brought a great sadness to Eve, but she quickly squelched the feeling. She must not let such feelings interfere with what she was planning, or she wouldn’t be able to do it. She just had to get back to Eden! Maybe once she was there, Adam would come looking for her and stay with her and Cain there. She knew he loved them and did not want to be away from them.
         Eve eventually fell asleep without even being aware of it. She was so tired that she did not even awaken until dawn. She was cold and stiff from lying in one position all night. She immediately looked over to where Cain had fallen asleep. He was not there! Eve panicked. She began to search frantically in the area around where they had stopped for the night. She called and called, but Cain was too young to answer. She did not see him anywhere. What was she to do?
         She needed Adam more than anything now. Why had she come off by herself? It would not be worth it if anything happened to Cain. All she wanted to do was protect him from the harsh world outside Eden. Now look what had happened. In trying to protect him, she had maybe caused more harm to come to him than would have otherwise.
“Look who I found wandering around on his own.” The Creature suddenly appeared in front of Eve, holding Cain in his arms. Cain reached for Eve, fretting. Eve snatched him from the Creature’s arms. She somehow never fully trusted the Creature.
         “What have you done with my child?” Eve demanded.
         “Not a thing,” the Creature answered. “I found him wandering near a stream. He could have fallen in. You should watch him better. He may get hurt. Don’t forget he was promised to me as a follower.”
         “How can I forget?” Eve spoke irritably. “You are constantly reminding me. You never let me forget it.”
         “I just want you to realize he’s mine. I don’t want anything at all to happen to him. He is my only hope, and yours, if you ever want to get back into Eden.”
         Eve didn’t understand what the Creature was saying, but she knew it made her uneasy. She guessed it was because Adam trusted the creature. He never could because of what God had told him about the Creature.
         The Creature disappeared without preface, as he always did. Eve felt relief when he left. She should have welcomed his help, but she always felt better alone than in the Creature’s presence. For some reason, he always made her uncomfortable.
         Eve continued for several days without anything unusual happening. She had to stop so often to let Cain rest that they made very slow progress. Eve wished each evening that she could start a fire for them as Adam had done. It was chilly at night, and they had not had any meat or fish since leaving their home. Nuts and berries were fine for a time, but Eve had gotten used to the meat the creature had taught them to prepare.
         She guessed it was the lack of proper food, but Eve’s milk began to dry up. She could tell because Cain began to pull at her breast and cry when he was nursing. She didn’t have enough milk to satisfy him, and he couldn’t eat enough of the vegetarian diet to fill up. Eve panicked again. She didn’t know what she was going to do. Cain might starve. Things weren’t working out as she had planned.
         Eve stewed for a time about her plight, then happened to remember that animals fed their young from their own milk. Maybe she could find one that she could squeeze milk out of for Cain. Eve searched the area and found a goat with a small kid its side. She had always had a special way with animals, so had no problem befriending it. She tied a vine around the goat’s neck, knowing the kid would follow wherever its mother led. Eve squeezed on the goat’s teat and expressed a small quantity of milk. It wasn’t much, but if she did it several times a day, Cain could be filled. She put the milk in a small skin she had been using to feed Cain from. It was made of an animal’s stomach. She and Adam had fashioned it by twisting a sort of teat on the side and tying it loosely, then piercing a small hole. They often filled it with water sweetened with a small amount of honey. Eve now filled it with the goat’s milk and offered it to Cain. He sucked on it. The milk flowed freely into his mouth. He at first made a face and refused the taste, but was so hungry, he soon began to drink again.
         Eve breathed a sigh of relief when he had drained the makeshift container. Cain could also drink a small amount from a gourd as she and Adam did. She would just have to work a little harder to get him used to it. For now, the makeshift would help. Eve kept the goat tied close by. That way, they would always have a fresh milk supply. Eve tasted the milk. It was strange, but pleasant. She might drink some later, when there was more.
“Cain, I don’t know how long we’ve been traveling,” Eve said after several days. “We should be just about to Eden. Maybe I’ll see something familiar today.” So far she did not recognize anything of the area.
         The next day, Eve awoke feeling very ill. She vomited several times, much as Adam had done when he had eaten the poison berries. Eve was frightened that Cain had also eaten some of whatever had made her sick. With his being so young and small, it would be much worse for him. She watched him all day, but Cain never acted sick. In fact, he ran around her in circles at they walked, seemingly in the best of moods. Eve wished just this once he would slow down. She was very tired and became so drowsy midmorning that she just had to lie down and sleep. She really worried that Cain would wander off and get into trouble. She knew that there was no way Cain was sleeping in the morning. She finally decided to tie a vine around his waist then tie it to the goat. She had tied the goat to a tree. If a wild animal or other danger came along, the goat would make a racket in an attempt to protect its kid. It would in turn wake Eve. Also, Cain enjoyed playing with the young kid. It seemed they realized they were both children. Eve slept fitfully, but Cain occupied himself playing with limbs and leaves he found around him.
         After about an hour, Eve felt better. She went to the stream they had been following for several days. She and Cain got into the stream and bathed. The cool water helped Eve to wake up and helped make her nausea better. She sat in the shallow stream watching Cain splash and play. The young kid splashed and romped with Cain. It seemed to understand that it was a child of sorts, just as Cain was. Eve knew that they should get on the way, but she just felt to tired. Cain also seemed to enjoy the day off. Tomorrow they would concentrate harder on making up the lost distance. They might even make up for some of the time today.
         “Cain,” Eve called after some time. “Come on. Let’s get going.”
         “No, no, no,” Cain responded with vehemence. He had just learned to say no and mean it. He seemed determined to try it out at every opportunity. Many times he said it as he began to do whatever it was he said no to.
         “Come on, now. We must get going. Let’s go see if we can find a big bird.”
         “Boid, boid, boid,” Cain said. He loved birds the best of all the creatures God made. He eagerly followed Eve in anticipation of finding a bird.
         They walked all the rest of the afternoon after eating a small lunch. They made a good distance in spite of taking the morning off. They had just stopped at a clearing that looked promising as a campsite when Eve heard a rustling. She thought it might be God, as it sounded like He had in Eden when He came to them. Maybe she was closer to Eden than she thought. Eve waited quietly, listening. After some time the creature appeared at the edge of the clearing.
         “I’ve been watching you all day. You seem to be feeling a little bad. Is that right?” the creature asked.
         “I must have eaten some poison berries,” Eve answered. “But I didn’t get as sick as Adam did that time. I guess I was lucky.” Eve always felt a bit disconcerted that the creature could watch her without her knowing it. She felt a bit irritated just now, knowing he had been watching her all day.
         “Haven’t you been feeling rather tired and sleepy most of the time lately? Have you found it very difficult to press onward on your journey?” the creature asked.
         “Well, yes. But Cain is getting larger and very active,” Eve answered. “He is very difficult to carry and even more difficult to watch when he is down.”
         “What about your body? Have you noticed any changes?”
         Eve thought for a moment. When she thought about it, she had experienced some body changes, much the same as when she was expecting Cain. And the sickness, not just this morning, but other days besides, just not as severely as today.
         “Oh, no,” Eve exclaimed quietly, in sudden recognition of her condition. “It can’t be. Whatever will I do now?”
“There’s not but one thing to do,” the creature said. “You must turn back. It was doubtful whether you could get to Eden with just Cain, but certainly in your condition you will never make it. And, how will you care for two young ones?”
         “You’re right,” Eve said, resentfully. She didn’t like to admit the creature was right, and she hated even more to admit that she would have to go back to the life she had been leading.
         Eve started off in the direction from which she had just come. She turned to tell the creature to leave her alone in the future, but he was gone, just a silently as he had come.
         “Cain, you will have to be extra good,” Eve told the young child. “I am not feeling well, and the trip back will probably seem longer than the one forward.”
         Eve and Cain walked in silence, except for Cain’s jabbering in a singsong to occupy himself. Eve was lost deep in thought.
         “Cain, you are about to have a little brother or sister. I hope it is a little girl this time. Maybe she’ll be easier to keep up with. Two just like you would be too much,” Eve said, as she tickled Cain playfully.
         “Gone, gone, Daddy?” Cain said, as if in question. He had just the last few days begun to talk some and be understood. Eve guessed it was because she talked to him more since it was only the two of them.
         “We’re going to find Daddy now,” Eve told the boy.
         “Daddy, Daddy, Daddy,” Cain babbled. Eve noticed he seemed to say the same word over and over. She hoped it was alright. She didn’t really know how a child learned to talk, but she supposed it was just Cain’s way of learning to speak in sentences as she and Adam did.
         At midday, Eve quickly gathered some fruits and nuts and they ate while walking along. Eve wanted to get back as quickly as possible, now that the trek to Eden had to be aborted. She was very eager to see Adam, though she was a bit apprehensive about what his reaction would be to her having left him.
         Eve walked several hours, alternately carrying Cain while he slept and letting him walk when he would. She was very tired, but determined to make as good time as possible with Cain. He naturally slowed her down, but it was jut part of what she put up with in being a mother of a toddler. She pushed herself to her absolute limit before stopping about dusk to camp for the night. She felt so tired she just fed Cain a little, nursed him briefly, and then bedded them both down for the night. Eve had almost no milk left now, as she was in the process of weaning Cain, and knew she should have milked the goat. But, she was just too tired. Maybe Cain would sleep all night anyway.
         In the middle of the night Cain began to stir. Eve Tried to soothe him back to sleep, but he was hungry as he had gotten so little milk from Eve before. She got up and milked the goat for a small amount of milk, then fed Cain until he fell back to sleep in her arms. She then could not get back to sleep herself. She sat holding Cain and worrying about the trip back. She was much more worn out than when she had started this trip. Plus, she was feeling the effects of her pregnancy, so would have a much harder time getting back.
         “Mama, Mama.” Cain woke Eve, patting her cheek as he called to her. She had not even been aware that she had fallen asleep.
         “Morning, Cain. Mama is lazy this morning. Let’s get up and get going to find Daddy.”
         “Daddy, Daddy,” Cain parroted.
         Eve took Cain down to the stream, bathed him, then put clean, dry clothes on him. She milked the goad and fed Cain while watching the young kid nurse from its mother. After both ‘babies’ had their fill, she gathered some fruits and nuts and ate herself. She fed Cain some of the fruit and nuts, while the goat grazed. All this took an hour or so, then they all started off for a day’s journey. Eve carried some extra food with her so she would not have to stop at lunchtime.
         Eve traveled until late afternoon without stopping other than briefly to relieve herself and change Cain. Cain had slept almost all that day while Eve carried him. She was exhausted from carrying him, but whenever she had tried to waken him and get him to walk he had just whined and refused to follow.
         “You better sleep tonight, after sleeping all day,” Eve playfully told Cain. “Mommy is totally exhausted. I need to sleep, myself.”
         Cain didn’t acknowledge Eve’s playful admonition at all. He just sat quietly against the tree Eve had sat him under. Eve briefly wondered if he was sick, but he seemed fine, other than being extremely quiet. He normally was very active, wild and exuberant over everything he saw.
         After a quick supper, which included some green plants they have been neglecting to eat, Eve nestled Cain in the crook of her arm and settled in the animal skin in which they had been sleeping.
         “Mama, Mama, Mama,” Cain mumbled in his sleep. He seemed to be having a bad dream.
         “Sh-h-h, Cain. Everything’s alright. Mommy’s right here.” Eve guessed he was probably dreaming about their journey and its trials. Eve hoped when they got back he would quickly forget all this. She doubted if she ever would.
         Later in the night, Cain woke Eve with his fretful crying and tossing. She cuddled him next to her to quiet him. He was burning with the fire of sickness! Eve jumped up and checked him over thoroughly. He was hot and in the strange sleep like he was that time with Adam, when they had bathed him in the stream. Eve got him up immediately and took him down to the stream and bathed him, clothes and all. After some time, he roused out of the sleep and began screaming in protest at the cold water. Eve quickly dressed him in dry clothing and put him in the skins to warm him. He fell asleep, but it was a natural sleep, not like the one with the fire of sickness.
         Eve didn’t dare sleep the rest of the night. She just cuddled Cain and watched him. Along toward daybreak, Cain again fretted and it was evident he had that strange sleep. Eve took him again to the stream and bathed him as before. When she had him in the skins again, she snuggled against him and fell into a fitful sleep.
         Eve awakened sometime later with a start. Cain was moaning and tossing. His skin was bright red with the fire of sickness. It felt hot and very dry, like the skins of the animals they cooked over the fire Adam made sometimes. Eve realized Cain was in that strange sleep again. She rose hurriedly to carry him to the stream. Just as she started to pick him up, he began jerking and twitching. He seemed to be in the throes of death as the animals did when she and Adam hunted them. Eve knew now that God was punishing her for attempting to get back into Eden after he forbade it. He was taking her baby away from her. Possibly He was also punishing her for eating from the Tree as well, Eve thought.
         “Ah-h-h-h-h-h.” Eve let out a soul-wrenching scream, such as the earth had never heard from a human. She fell to the ground beside Cain, sobbing uncontrollably. All of a sudden, Cain stopped his movement and became still. Eve looked at him, knowing that he was finally dead.
         “Cain, oh, my baby, Cain,” Eve moaned, holding him to her breast. She just wanted to die herself. She sat holding Cain for some time, moaning and crying, blaming herself for his death.
         “Cain, Cain,” Eve suddenly called. She thought she detected a small breath in him. She put her ear to his chest. She heard the strong, rapid pounding of his heart in his chest.
         “Cain, you’re not dead after all,” Eve shouted in relief. “I must get you to the stream. You still have the fire in you and the strange sleep.”
         Eve rapidly carried Cain to the stream and began to bathe him. She bathed him for quite some time, but he did not respond. His breathing and heart rate did slow some, though, so Eve felt he must be better. She carried him back to the skins and lay down beside him to watch him.
         Eve stayed right by Cain’s side all day, not daring to doze or even get up to relieve herself. Just before nightfall, she felt such a strong urge to relieve her bladder that she had to leave Cain’s side. She went just a short distance off to relieve herself, then hurried back to her vigil. She didn’t stop to eat or anything else.
         All through the night, Cain drifted in and out of the strange sleep. Eve carried him to the stream and bathed him whenever the sleep overcame him. During the day, she dozed lightly from time to time, just because her body could no longer go without sleep. She awoke fearfully each time, sure something had happened during her sleep. But Cain remained much the same all day.
         In the early evening, Eve got up when Cain seemed to be resting comfortably and went to get something to eat. She had some things in their pack for emergencies when they could find no food, and she ate from this stash at this time. She went down to the stream to get a drink. She kept her eyes on Cain at all times, but he seemed O.K. He seemed better somehow than in the night, though he had not yet awakened.
         “Mommy,” Cain mumbled in the night, awakening Eve from a fitful sleep.
         “What is it, Cain? Mommy’s right here, baby,” Eve crooned. Cain slept on, seemingly oblivious to Eve’s being beside him. Several times in the night he moaned and snuggled close to Eve. He cried out often in his sleep then dozed off again.
         At daybreak, Eve awoke at Cain’s soft crying. She jumped up and checked him. He was awake, but didn’t seem the least bit interested in his surroundings. He was still warm, but not burning like he had been the night before.
         All day, Eve sat and tended Cain. He just lay in her lap or on the bed all day, almost lifeless. He would not eat, but drank small amounts from time to time. Eve continued throughout the day to try to coax him to drink, sensing that he needed all the fluid he could be coaxed to drink.
         Near the end of the afternoon, Cain again started burning with the fire of sickness and sleeping the strange sleep. Eve alternately bathed him and cuddled him in the dry bed clothing throughout the night.
         At the end of three days, while Eve was sleeping early one morning in one of the few periods of exhausted sleep, she managed to catch, Cain woke up and stirred.
         “Mommy,” Cain said, stroking Eve’s cheek. Eve immediately awoke and jumped up.
         “Cain, you’re awake,” Eve exclaimed. This was the first time in three days that he had even noticed his surroundings at all. Eve checked him over. His skin was cool to the touch, and he seemed to feel fine.
         “Eat, Mommy, eat,” Cain said.
         “Oh, Cain, I’m so glad you’re alright,” Eve said in relief. She took his obvious hunger to mean he was fully recovered.
         Eve got up and fixed them both a breakfast of fruits, nuts, and some dried wild grain she had carried along with them. They both ate sparingly, seeming more tired than hungry. After eating, they both climbed into the skins and slept until midmorning.
         “Wake up, Cain,” Eve called softly to Cain. He still felt cool, and seemed to be sleeping normally.
         “Let’s get up and get going back to Daddy,” Eve coaxed Cain. “We’ve lost several days, we must hurry and get on the journey again.”
         They got up and started out after eating a small snack and drinking from the stream. Eve gathered the goats and retied them. She had let them loose while Cain was so sick, because she did not want to have to concentrate on protecting them from any wild animals that may have wandered up. She guessed the goats had grown used to following them, because they stayed close to where they had camped, and came when Eve called them.
         After walking several days, Eve began to despair of ever finding where they had come from. She had not made note of where they had been because she had never intended to return.
         Luckily, Eve did not get too close to any dangerous wild animals. She had often protected herself from them when Adam was with her and they were hunting in the animals’ territory. Adam had explained that most animals would leave them alone if they stayed away from their territory. Most animals considered a stream or watering place as community property and would leave anything alone that was not close enough to make them feel threatened. Eve made sure that when she saw a group of animals watering, she stayed behind until they left. Occasionally, on this trip, a lone animal followed them from a distance, probably because of the goats, but none had really threatened them. Eve was thankful for this, because without Adam and the weapons they had fashioned, Eve didn’t believe she could have defended herself.
         Eve was feeling sick toward the end of the day and stopped early to lie down. Cain romped playfully around her. He seemed to relish the freedom. Eve dozed lightly, yet remained aware of Cain and his wanderings.
         “Daddy, Daddy, Daddy,” Cain cried. Eve stirred but didn’t open her eyes. She guessed Cain was beginning to really miss Adam, as she herself certainly was. Eve dozed again, then woke with a start. She didn’t hear Cain anymore.
         “Cain, Cain – where are you? Come to Mommy,” Eve cried, jumping up in a frenzy to search for Cain.
         “Eve, it’s O.K. He’s with me,” Adam spoke softly and reassuringly.
         “Adam! Where – what – how–? What are you doing here? When did you get here?          How did you find us?” Eve stammered.
         Adam grasped Eve in his arms, squeezing her as if never to let her go.
         “Oh, Eve, I’ve been miserable. I missed you and Cain so much. I’ve been crazy with worry. I didn’t think I’d ever see you again.”
         Adam murmured comfortingly in Eve’s ear. He couldn’t seem to stop nuzzling and kissing her. After some time Cain, whom Adam still hugged tightly, grew bored and tired of being ignored. He became restless and began to squirm.
         “Down, down, now,” he demanded. Adam sat him down and laughed with Eve at Cain’s determination. Adam seemed awed at all Cain had learned in just the few short months he and Eve had wandered alone.
         “Adam, let’s start home now. I’m so eager to get back.”
         “It would be much better to wait now until morning. It will be dark soon and we would have to stop anyway. I saw a cleared area just a short way back that will be ideal to rest. Let’s stay there until morning.”
         Eve was disappointed, but saw the logic in Adam’s reasoning. It would be dangerous to try to travel at night. Anyway, she wanted to cuddle in Adam’s arms and share their special union more than she wanted to go home. They could always travel tomorrow.
         At the clearing, Eve made beds of soft leaves, grasses and straw she found in the surrounding area. She spread the animal skin bedding on them and settled Cain in his bed close to theirs. She and Adam lay beside Cain until he fell asleep, which didn’t take long, as she was so tired.
         After Cain fell asleep, Adam and Eve slipped over to their own bed. They lay in each other’s arms and talked very softly so as not to disturb Cain. They shared everything they had experienced while apart. Eve became very tearful both at hearing Adam’s anguish at their being apart and at her own recounting of her fears and longings. She eventually began crying softly. Adam was devastated at her tears. He could never stand to see her cry.
         “Sh...Sh, Eve. Don’t cry, please. It is all right now. We’re together now. It doesn’t matter anymore. Please don’t cry,” Adam pleaded.
         “I can’t help it,” Eve blubbered. She soon quieted in Adam’s arms and they both fell into a peaceful slumber, undisturbed by all that had gone on before, or would go on in the future.
The Creature looked on at the little family, not exactly happy at the development. Things were not working out exactly as he wanted. He would have preferred Eve to have continued on in her attempt to return to Eden. That would have kept the two apart, which would have suited his purpose much more. He liked to keep them separate, as there was more power in their unity. However, all was not lost. He had other plans for them, plans that God would certainly not approve of. He planned to rule the world through Eve and his influence over her. He knew he would be successful, he just wanted it to happen sooner that it was. But, he had a diabolical plan that was sure to succeed.
         “Let God glory in His creation. When I get done with them, He will not longer glory. He will rue the day He created them. How dare Him think He could exile me, ridicule me, make me less than the lowest creature. He will see. I will prevail.” The Creature spoke aloud, softly. Adam and Eve stirred in their sleep, apparently unaware of the evil the Creature planned, the ruination of all mankind that he planned through them. If they had known everything, maybe they could have resisted and prevented the great sorrow they were to soon face.

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