The woman watched as the man on the ground lay sound asleep. She wanted to touch him but she feared arousing him from his slumber. She did not want to scare him. She watched his bare chest rise and fall steadily as he inhaled and exhaled in his sleep. She took in his full form lying on the ground peacefully and imagined herself lying next to him. She imagined curling next to his equally naked form and resting in his arms until he awoke and found her next to him. Would he approve of her? She ran her tender hands through her dark hair that dropped like a black waterfall onto her shoulders. She gathered it all in one tail and tied it in a knot behind the nape of her neck. Perhaps he may like her hair looking shorter like his, she imagined. She sauntered around his sleeping body, studying him and remarking to herself what a magnificent creature he was.
The sun came up in the hills in the distance. The shadows fled as light poured into the forest garden. She suddenly forgot all about the man and craned her neck at the winsome rise of the sun in the bright orange morning sky. She saw a flock of winged creatures fly in her direction, several feet in the air. The rays of golden sunlight pursued the flying critters all the way into a nearby cave above the waterfall. Her almond skin tan radiated brightly in the sunlight. She basked in its warmth and took in the mesmerising sight of the sunrise. She was almost lost in its enchantment until she heard him cough. She gasped and whirled. Had he awakened? Should she wait behind one of the trees then reveal herself? She knew she was conspicuous in the greenery in the forest garden. He would not miss to spot her. She resumed her position behind him and began to look for a place to wait. She thought it out again and opted to stay put. She hoped he would be pleased at her vulnerable sight. She hoped he would like what he saw. The wait unnerved her. Her cheeks grew hot and her breathing pace increased. What was this feeling in her body? The man didn’t move, though. She took a few steps closer to him and her body’s reactions multiplied in intensity. She stopped. He was making her breathless already. She rubbed her bare arms when a chill swept past her. She imagined it was the wind out in the open, though she heavily doubted it. The temperature was perfect. The chill was caused by her tension. She looked at the man and she knew that she was breathless with desire for him. She longed to hear him speak. Was his voice like hers? His build was definitely different. He was sturdy and hard; she was soft and curved. She admired his build but she liked her own. She looked up and waited for a sign. Maybe Elohim would give her direction. Nothing came. Why did she have to meet him like this? What should he say when he sees her? Why wasn’t he waking up? Would it not be terribly awkward if she startled him?
She remembered the instructions she received. Don’t try make anything happen; just wait.
Adam awoke quietly. He had dreamed of heaven. The images in his mind were hazy and he couldn’t exactly describe how heaven was. His eyes peeled open and came in contact with a clear sky, flooded with fresh sun rays. He arose slowly from the grassy lawn where he had fallen asleep and immediately felt the change in his body. His right hand swept up to the left side of torso. He felt the skin closing in. He jerked his palm away and shot his face to the opening on his side. A healing scar was taking nature’s course. Some blood was on the grass. He feared he might have slept on a sharp stick or stone. His left hand searched the ground around his sleeping spot. There was nothing. What had caused him to bleed?
Then he felt her presence. Even without seeing her, he knew someone was within the vicinity. He was used to Elohim’s surprises. Without turning, he spoke aloud.
“So have you come again to indulge me on how vast the universe is or are you still expanding it?”
The woman heard him speak and had no idea what he was talking about. She parted her lips to speak but nothing came out. What would she say? Was this part of the introduction?
“So it’s the silent treatment, huh?” Adam asked. Elohim didn’t respond. Adam turned slowly to face the Creator. Contrary to his expectation, Elohim wasn’t the one standing behind him. He jerked backward, a little surprised, when he saw the woman. Adam rubbed his eyes. There before him in full sight was the most alluring sight in all of Eden. Surely Venus had landed on Earth. Adam’s eyes scouted the work of beauty standing mere feet away from him. This creature was very familiar and enchanting. Why he couldn’t shift his gaze from her, only heaven knew. She was he, only a bit different. She was unlike anything he had seen yet like everything and more than he had desired to ever behold. He knew who she was the moment he took in her breathtaking sight- she was his.
Adam erupted in a fit of infectious laughter. His eyes lit with excitement! He laughed with so much exuberance, he feared she may deem him mad like the monkeys.
“Yes! Yes!” he cried out.
The woman’s heart skipped at his deep baritone. His reaction elicited a lot of interest in her. They were alike yet so different. She watched him leap in the air and cry out again.
A smile colonized her lips and she too erupted in laughter!
“Oh Lord, She is beautiful! She is beautiful!” Adam cried out. He looked up at the sky and cried again, “She is beautiful, Elohim!”
Elohim. That word was known to the woman. At least she understood that part of his talk. The woman stood immobilized, a smile pasted on her face, her shoulders shaking slightly with light laughter. She blushed when he studied her. His eyes hardly blinked. She was taken aback by the man’s stare towards her but grew soft when he calmed down.
“My name,” he said, “Is Adam. What’s yours?”
It was strange. She thought about it. She did not know. She was about to speak when suddenly she was up in the air. He grabbed her in his arms and swung her around. The woman giggled in delight. The man was very strong. She rested shelled in his embrace as he sank to his knees holding her and muttering words to Elohim. She heard him whisper in a deep heartfelt voice.
“Thank you! She is beautiful!” Then in calmness he said, “This is now bone of my bone and flesh of my flesh. She shall be called Eesha.” He felt the scar on his side with his right hand. “For she was taken out of man.”
“Your name shall be Eesha,” Adam said. “Eesha means out of man.”
At the mention of that name, the woman blushed. Her blood coursed through her body in passion. She loved that he liked what he saw. She looked deep into his eyes and saw that he felt the same as she. She saw passion, desire and she saw a future.
Elohim descended from the sky in a bright light that flooded the forest garden. Adam presented the woman before the great white light that stood before them. The woman stood by Adam, speechless at all that was happening.
“With your permission,” Adam said to the light.
“Go forth!” a voice emerged from the light.
Adam went down on both knees, grabbed the woman’s palms, looked up into her sparkling eyes and said, “Eesha, will you be my mate?”
Eesha giggled, looked at the light that she recognized as Elohim, looked back at the giddy man and said, “yes!”
And there in the morning of the garden, the man and his woman were united by Elohim. They were both naked and they felt no shame.
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