Eve was allergic to apples, but not reptiles. She was also allergic to Adam, who never wanted to go anywhere, or do anything. The snake told Eve stories about freedom, making her own decisions, not listening to others, especially males, who would enslave her and worse, define who she was.
The snake said his name was Harry, and that he was on his way to Nevada to build a place called Las Vegas, where people would go to play and have fun, while losing money, but walking away with wonderful memories of acrobats and dancing fountains. He also told her about run-on sentences.
Eve, was intrigued.
Harry told her things were going to change, now that humans had crawled out of the sea. He said he had been waiting a long time, eons, to be exact, since Vegas wouldn’t be worth anything until people were alive and looking for a good time.
She said she understood why future humans wold be interested in a place like that. Then she looked at Adam, who was napping under a tree. “He NEVER wants to do anything. I’m so bored,” she said loudly. “I’ve been making flower crowns and rubbing mud on myself, to stop the insects from biting me, but that’s about it. I go for walks, but it’s easy to get lost, since there are no signs, maps, borders, streets or GPS’s.
“You’re brilliant,” shouted Harry. “I shall add spas, to the hotels in Vegas. Spas that will offer mud baths and all sorts of things, to people who are wrapped in terrycloth.
Harry explained and Eve nodded. “Sounds like a plan.”
“I have a lot of ideas,” said Harry. “I’m going to build cities, like New York, Chicago, LA and a couple of other places. I’m going to invent neon gas and electricity, so I can light up the world and part of the sky, but it won’t be easy.”
“Can you do all of that by yourself? asked Eve.
“Sure. I’ll use magic, but if you want to help, I wouldn’t say no. After all, you have hands.”
“Good point,” she snickered.
“What about him?” she asked, looking at Adam.
“Paper hasn’t been invented yet, so you can’t leave him a note. Truthfully, he might not notice you’re gone until he needs something. A lot of men are going to be that way in the future.”
“I’m afraid so,” hissed the snake. “This place is going to be violent and war like, with death everywhere. That’s why I’m going to build Vegas, so people can forget about their lives and just be idiots and do stupid things, while walking around a strip in the desert. Everyone in the world will know about it. It’s going to be wonderful and people will love it, as long as they wear comfortable shoes.”
“Can we leave now?”
“Sure,” said Harry. “I don’t see why not. In fact, if we leave now, you’ll never have to have children and watch one of your sons kill the other one..”
“Oh, good,” she said. “I don’t think I’d like kids. Do they have them at Amazon?”
“No, Eve, they come out of your body.”
Eve threw up behind the tree where Adam was sleeping. “That’s disgusting.”
“As I’ll ever be,” she said.
And that’s how fabulous Las Vegas came into being. Thanks to a really cool snake, a woman who knew a good thing when she heard it and a lot of acrobats and bars.
Photo: Steffano Ciociola