The First Sin: South of Eden
by Lisa Beth Darling
Genre: Contemporary Fiction

Lucifer Returns to Eden

Lucifer is unceremoniously yanked out of Hell by his Father so he can return to his old job in the Garden of Eden. When he arrives, broken, battered, and bleeding, he falls into the arms of Eve who is unsure about seeing her old lover again as are the people now living in a dying paradise.
Tasked with returning the Sacred Trees of Life and Knowledge to flourishing bounty once more, Lucifer struggles to learn his new place in his old home. Yet, he hasn't been placed there solely to tend the Garden. His son, Cain, is on the way with murder and destruction on his mind.

Having lived, cursed by God, for eons, Cain Enoch has made quite a name for himself and amassed a fortune that would make even his Grandfather envious and with it he'll stop at nothing to find Eden and destroy. Why? So he can finally die even though it means taking the Earth, Heaven, and Hell with him.

"Help me," Lucifer gasped and held out his arms toward the people behind the veil but they were just staring at him. Then he noticed the weapons in they were holding. "Please, please," he held up his hands in the universal sign of surrender, "I mean no harm. Just help me."

"It’s a trick," Persephone warned in a hiss. "He’s a liar."

Eve looked to Gabriel and the two passed a silent nod before they looked at Persephone and spoke in unison; "He never lies."

Then Eve finished their share thought, "The Truth has always been his weapon."

Those words made the sight of Lucifer Morningstar in his current desperate state even harder to take.

Eve stepped forward to stand just on the side of the veil, "Lucifer, what are you doing here?" She asked in a soft voice.

The sound of his name confused him as he tried to focus on the sight of the woman before him, "You know me? Please help me. Let me in. Please. I will do anything you want."

The fact that he did not recognize her face was understandable given his condition but still his failure brought a tinge of pain to her heart. "Be quiet and listen, we don’t have much time. If you cross the veil, if you come in here, no harm will come to you so long as you do none, but you can never leave again. You will spend all of eternity here. With us. Do you understand?"

No, he really didn’t understand her words. All he did understand was that he could not spend another night out here in the cold wasteland. He could not take another second of being hungry, thirsty, and in pain. "Please let me in." Was all he could manage to beg.

Eve stepped back from the veil, "Come in, Lucifer, come in and be welcome but do not ever betray us."

Lucifer stumbled through the veil with no time to spare before full sunrise. He fell to his knees and looked up at his savior through dazed eyes, "Thank you," he whispered with all sincerity just before he passed out at her feet.

As of this writing, I am 54 years-old, the mother of two adult daughters, grandmother to one, and wife to my husband, Roy, for the last 34 years. I live and write in my hometown of New London, CT.
I began my writing career in the 4th grade when the class was given its first-ever Creative Writing assignment. I put pencil to paper and was instantly transported to a place I knew that I would never want to leave. I have been publishing my works since 7th grade.
My early influences were Stephen King, Mary Higgins Clark, Harold Robins, Jacqueline Susan and VC Andrews. As such, my works tend to be a grand mash-up of drama, horror, suspense, action, intrigue, and, of course, intimate relations.
In my spare time I enjoy gardening and photography as well as cooking and baking. I also enjoy helping other authors bring their works to the world stage.

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