At first she'd simply played dumb. The Big Guy said no? Fine! Easy. Eden was an orchard of endless breadth and variety; the fruit of a single tree didn't even register. There was no need even to go near it, not with uncounted acres of world to explore. But over time, or, again, what passed for time in the Garden, Eve became aware of the Designer's impatience. She knew He wouldn't be content to simply await developments. He'd do something to force the issue, count on it. So she simply walked away before He could.
Deep in the infinite shadows of Eden, Lilith eventually found her. "Hey, Little Sister," Lilith said, "I hear you've got man troubles. Wanna tell me about it?"
This has been an excerpt from the Friday Fictionette for October 14, 2016. Subscribers can download the full-length fictionette (1120 words) from Patreon as an ebook or audiobook depending on their pledge tier.
Cover art incorporates photo "Eastern Tiger Snake" by Teneche, Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA 3.0)