Chapter 2 – The Garden Man
Living alone in a walled garden that was too slick and tall to climb was a man, but he was not only separated from the rest of humanity by a wall, he was also separated by barren, rocky terrain and vast desert. The only source of fresh water was a river that was two furlongs wide and six cubits deep during the dry season. It wound through the garden and under the walls, watering the plants and animals within.
Asmodeus could understand why this interested Vetis. The man was completely secluded by both the walls and the surrounding terrain. No other humans lived within 16 furlongs of this area due to its extreme uninhabitability, and it was obvious to Asmodeus that no other demons lived within this area. There was no food. This man emitted neither discontent nor fear.
Asmodeus started to land on the wall then thought better of it. It was probably infused with pure light, and if that were the case, Asmodeus understood why they needed his human’s help. If this were truly a place of god, neither Asmodeus nor Vetis would be able to enter.
Instead of landing, Asmodeus circled the garden to observe the man within.
Adam walked alone in the garden surrounded by beasts of all types – sheep, goats, cows, bulls, chickens, rabbits, cats, horses, zebras… While they were entertaining and he enjoyed caring for them, none offered him satisfaction or companionship beyond a nuzzle and a warm place to sleep. He could spill his seed into them as many times as he wished, yet nothing happened. They were not of his breed, and Adam only grew more frustrated to spite the beauty of the garden and ample food.
One night, as the moon hung low in the sky, Adam thanked god for the beauty and abundance in the garden, and he prayed for a woman he could spend his days with and continue his lineage just as the rabbits and horses. As he prayed, his eyes drifted shut and a deep sleep befell him.