Against my better judgment, my interview was with Adam from The Book of Generations. He's... well. You'll see. I was trying to understand his motives a little bit better. In that regard, he was quite informative. Also, as usual, slightly obnoxious.
Me: So why did you go?
Adam: To give her my blessing, I suppose. To prove that I wouldn't interfere.
Me: That doesn't make any sense.
Adam: I needed her goodwill. You know as well as I do that there was no hope of getting any of the rest of what I wanted. She was pathetically in love with that man, and once she said her vows, once she chose to marry for love, there was no hope for anything else. If it had been another lifetime, I might have tried to take her, but holding Eve against her will isn't an easy thing to accomplish, and it would only have made her even more suspicious of me. Besides, the DeLeon's aren't a family to be trifled with. Maybe if she had been some poor Farmer's wife, it would have been different. But that family wouldn't have rested until she was found. And like I said, she was in love with him already. It wouldn't have mattered.
Me: You DID try to take her in another lifetime. When she was in love, and it didn't stop you.
Adam: That was before she was under the protection of that Norse oaf. The man she was married to… well, he made me look like the better option, no easy feat when she knew me for what I was. And the man she loved was dead.
Me: You couldn't have known that.
Adam: You'd be surprised how quickly word spread then. Rumor, of course, saw to that. The goddesses had more freedom then, and we all knew the story of Helen's abduction. Especially in Troy.
Me: Ah. Of course.
Adam: You think you wouldn't believe a goddess who stood before you in all her glory? Mistrust would have insulted her, and the punishment for that was fierce. You'd have listened too. You DO listen, too.
Me: That's different. And we're not interviewing me. We're interviewing you.
Adam: Are we?
Me: Yes. We are.
Adam: And yet…
Me: If you’re going to be difficult, I’m sure Thor would love to share his thoughts.
Adam: I’m sorry, what were you thinking earlier, about not believing a word spoken by gods and goddesses who entertain themselves with mortal lives?
Me: Olympians. Thor is different. You know he is better than I do. And if he weren’t, Eve never would have loved him.
Adam: Just because he prefers to hand out justice rather than whim doesn’t make him different. He still interferes for his own reasons and to allay his own boredom. It passes the time. And good as she is, it’s no different for Eve. We all need distraction. Sometimes, if you meet the right person, you can even forget you’re going to have to watch fools make the same mistakes generation after generation. At least until that person dies and your left alone to contemplate your fate. Again.
Me: I thought you liked it.
Adam: The alternative is death by flame and lightning. And what waits for an immortal after death? What happens to a god when he dies? I don’t even think Thor knows – does he?
Me: It’s never come up.
Adam: Of course it hasn’t. He wouldn’t want to frighten you.
Me: But you’re not a god. If everyone else God made gets Heaven, why don’t you?
Adam: Who said?
Me: Said what?
Adam: Who said everyone else God made gets anything? God didn’t. I would know. And if you won’t trust Olympians, you can hardly trust Michael any further. Talk about having ulterior motives.
Me: What about Gabriel?
Adam: Gabriel does what he’s told. And says what he’s told to say. How much of that was ordered by Michael, and how much by God Himself is a mystery. But I, for one, won’t stake my life on any of it. And since this is, supposedly, an interview about me, I assume it is my life under discussion?
Me: I knew this was a bad idea.
Adam: You’ll be grateful later when all of this starts spinning stories in your head. And then I’ll be back, and you’ll be glad I didn’t try to shelter you from the truth.
Me: Gee. Thanks.
Adam: The least I could do.