“Do you have any idea how many trees I’ve fallen out of?”
The angel of the Eastern Gate blinked at the serpent, bemused, while several different questions crowded on his tongue.
“I thought you were only interested in the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil,” he said eventually.
“True, true,” said the serpent. “But they don’t exactly issue maps of the Garden at the gates, do they? Not that I came in through the gate. And I’d never seen a tree before I came up here, so it took me a while to find the right one.”
“I can tell you’ve never tried climbing a tree with no arms and legs,” said the serpent. “I’ll give you a tip: it’s a lot easier climbing up a tree than it is climbing down.”