Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Excerpt of The Garden by Paul T Harry

A Love Story
A Saga of Good vs Evil
The Beginning of Humanity's Historic Journey

 Adam and Eve are two modern day humans living on the planet Mirra, a world filled with all the conveniences of a space-faring civilized society. Adam is a genetic research scientist and Eve,a medical doctor. Married with grown children the two are quite comfortable in their vocations, but looking to expand their horizons. This yearning leads them to apply for an internship as the new Planetary Progressors for Terran, an earth-like world reeling from the insurgency of the Tro^axk rebellion--a rebellion that has thrown Terran into a quagmire of despair and decay. 
With their acceptance to the program, Adam and Eve have no real idea what lies ahead, but after three years of intense training they are sent across the universe to take command of a planet that has grown stagnate in time. Awakening naked in a pyramid temple upon a garden peninsula called Eden, Adam and Eve begin their mission: A mission destined to transform Terran from the backwards cultural cesspool it has become and one designed to prepare its inhabitants for the next coming evolutionary epoch. The only obstacle, Mikatta, the planet's previous despot ruler and the tribes he holds under his spell.

If you've ever wondered who Adam and Eve really were then this story will enlighten you as no other. It is the precursor to everything you have been led to believe.



For three days the Seric Transport hovered silently above the Garden of Eden. Its black metallic hull once again terrifying the tribespeople as it hid the noonday sun that passed overhead. With a sense of foreboding, Adam and Eve idly tried to busy themselves as they awaited word from the starship. The days dragged by and the waiting seemed at times unbearable. Adam and Eve’s children however, looked upon the ship from an entirely different perspective. The majority had never seen such a magnificent craft before and they gazed upon it with wonder and awe. With their curiosity running rampant and their hearts filled with concern, they gathered each day questioning their parents about the mighty colossus.

“How can such an immense ship float in the sky so quietly?” they asked. “Does it really fly to the stars? What is it like? Were they in trouble too? Will the ship be taking them as well?”

Caught up by the whirlwind of events around them, Adam and Eve’s children were now realizing for the first time that their destiny was intertwined with a history of which they had little knowledge. Things were happening to which they had no control and as leaves scattering in the wind they could do little until the breeze settled.

It was toward the evening of the third day, while Adam and Eve sat in the solitude of the inner courtyard, that a glow began to appear before them. They knelt on the ground, and bowed their heads before the golden-lighted entity that took shape. Solemnly a voice broke the stillness. “Adam Korton, Eve Korton,” the voice said, “I come before you bringing charges of betrayal against the Covenant of Lord Jhira, the Metra, and the Life Carriers. How do you speak? Rise and answer.”

Adam and Eve stood and gazed upon Tilon, the Metra they’d succeeded in the rulership of Terran. “Tilon,” spoke Adam quietly, “I would first like to say that we are sorry for our misdeeds, and we are greatly saddened that we have disgraced your efforts here on Terran.”

“It is so noted,” said Tilon pulsating again. The sorrow in his being transmitted to Adam and Eve, “but first let me hear the words of Eve. Why did you transgress the Covenant?”

Relating her story to Tilon, Eve told of Kula’s desire to speed up the Terran process, his dream of uniting the Terran tribes, how Kina had saved her life years earlier, and how she had accepted the idea of going to Kula’s village and mating with Kina.

“Did it never occur to you,” said Tilon in resignation, “that someone else may have had a hand in this magnificent plan? That perhaps it was Mikatta who planted the dream seed in Kula’s head? And that if you had only looked a little closer at the cave lion, you might have noted that it was not driven by hunger toward yourself, but by Mikatta who inhabited its form. You were told long ago, Eve, that Mikatta would stop at nothing to betray you, and yet you withheld vital information from your husband, denying him the chance of helping you. Why do you think Mikatta came to you at the end after you had mated with Kina? Chance? No, my dear. He set you up long ago with a plan in order to trap you. And you graciously accepted his conditions and opened yourself up to the doctrines of unbridled self-indulgence.”

Eve nodded in agreement and hung her head shamefully. “It is true,” she said regretfully, “I could have stopped anytime, but I was enthralled with the prospect of my own self-importance.”

“And as for you, Adam,” continued Tilon. “Why did you transgress against the Covenant? Why did you seek out the Terran woman Tanya and have relations with her?”

Adam glanced at Eve and caught her look of stunned surprise. “I slept with the Terran woman,” he said candidly, “because I didn’t want to face the prospect of ruling Terran alone without Eve. I was afraid that she would be found guilty of transgression and rebellion and taken from me. That thought was more than I could bear. I sought out Tanya and slept with her in order that I might equally share Eve’s fate.”

Adam turned to Eve. “I realized through all of this,” he said, “that I loved you far more than I could ever convey and what good is immortality if you’re not by my side?”

“I love you too,” she whispered in reply, her eyes welling with tears.

“The saddest thing,” said Tilon interrupting the couple, “is that this tribunal would never have had to take place if you had but heeded the doctrines of the Covenant. And what is even more disturbing, is that you, Adam, are chiefly to blame. While it is true, Eve transgressed her authority and our decree, there were at least some extenuating circumstances . . . circumstances which could have modified and mellowed the judgment against her. Unfortunately, your actions have altered these facts. By seeking out the Terran woman you blatantly broke the laws of our decree. Instead of coming to us and asking for compassion and forgiveness, you decided to take matters into your own hands and have consequently worsened the situation. You are far guiltier of playing into Mikatta’s design than Eve. Perhaps what saddens me the most is that the two of you, beings who have known the love of Lord Jhira, who have seen the fairness, the justice, and the compassion that he holds for his creations—how could you throw it all away? It is beyond my understanding.”

Adam and Eve continued to listen as Tilon informed them that he would be returning to the ship for their trial. “Understand,” he instructed, “the two of you shall now consider yourselves to be on probation. As the acting Metra in charge of Terran, I will proceed to expound your statements and I will try to defend your positions to the tribunal. When judgment has been reached, I will return with the verdict.”

Adam and Eve accepted Tilon’s words and bowed once more before the golden lighted entity. “Again,” said Adam, “we are truly sorry to have disgraced you.”

“It is so noted,” responded Tilon, beginning to fade. Suddenly he stopped and his being returned fully to the couple. “I have been given the liberty,” he said, “to inform you that a huge army is amassing in the North.”

“The tribes of Tull?” inquired Adam.

“Yes,” answered Tilon, “they are already about fifteen thousand strong and their numbers are growing swiftly. The leader Talta is trying to unite all the tribes within the northern territories. He plans to march on Eden soon.”

Adam shook his head in despair. “What should we do?”

“The matter is in your hands,” answered Tilon. “This is a situation of your making. We cannot interfere.”

“I understand,” acknowledged Adam. “Are we permitted to leave the garden? I see no value in the death and destruction that would result if we defend Eden.”

“Yes,” said Tilon, “you and anyone else who wishes to follow may leave. Although, I must hasten to add, until a verdict is reached the Tree of Life must remain in Eden.”

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Paul T. Harry attended the University of Nevada Las Vegas as an English major with a theater arts minor before beginning his career as a writer and music producer. He also worked as an editor with Second Avenue Songwriter’s magazine and has spent the last 30 years writing novels, screenplays and short stories. Paul resides in Gold Canyon, Arizona.

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