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An apple fell on the ground. As it rotted, a seed pushed into the fertile dirt. Luckily for the seed, the warm sun came to bathe it every day and soon the seed was a thriving apple sapling.

The years passed and the apple tree grew thick and stout. Now, every year, it produced a heavy crop of delicious apples.

An event of great importance for the apple tree occurred when a nation of wood ants settled under the tree and began to eat it. Fortunately, for the apple tree, a new set of ant invaders came in and killed off the wood ants. These new ants did not eat wood and would soon come to be known as the "benevolent ants".

At this time, the worm people, who had always lived beneath the tree, developed a powerful new technology: teeth to chew the apples with. This technology was a great boon to the worm people but from this point on, it would be a great problem for the apple tree. Political leaders in the apple tree soon settled on the strategy of producing more apples every year, so the worms couldn't get to all of them. This strategy was implemented and the apple tree kept its reproductive possibilities open.

Naturally, seeing as the apple tree was all they had ever seen, neither the apple tree, the worm people nor the benevolent ants ever suspected that there was anything outside of their little world.

So they were much surprised when, one day, a snake came and lurked under the apple tree. They were even more surprised when a young woman came walking by. She looked longingly at the apples but started to walk off.

"Eve," the snake called. "Come and eat one of these delicious apples."

"But God told my husband that we were never to eat the apples from this tree. I've always wanted to, though, because they look like the most delicious fruit in the whole garden," said Eve.

"Not only are they delicious; they're magical. If you eat just one apple, you will become as wise as God. And then, you'll no longer have to obey God. That's why God doesn't want you to eat these apples", replied the snake.

"Oh," said Eve. And with that, she picked the fattest, shiniest green apple she could find and sunk her teeth into it.

But Adam and Eve didn't become as wise as God. As a matter of fact, they didn't even learn what the people of the apple tree would know for generations after Eve's visit: There's something beyond the apple tree.

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The following comments are for "the history of an apple tree"
by Seanspacey

A very cool twist on the creation myth, I never would have thought of it from the trees point of view.

The bit about the wood ants and the benevolent ants is a bit confusing in that I am not sure it is necessary.
Was there something more you wanted to say with that?

Turns out the tree of knowledge wasn't so knowledgeable after all.

Good job

keep writing, keep the faith

( Posted by: Ahze [Member] On: May 13, 2002 )

re: history
The point of view change is very refreshing. I would have liked to have seen the point of view continue to the end of the story and have something about the tree's reaction to the events that happened.

And although it is based on the creation myth, I would have liked to have seen a line or two about god telling Adam not to eat the apples, so when Eve is talking to the snake, we are not relying on pre-knowledge of the existing myth. The tree's point of view of this knowledge passing to Adam I think would be interesting to have included earlier.

But good job overall of transmogrifying the original story into something unique.

( Posted by: zebralicious [Member] On: May 16, 2002 )

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