Temptation

Temptation is the serpent in the Garden of Eden. That is what the preacher tells him every Sunday. Temptation is greed, lust, and hunger. Temptation made the angels fall, the saint's lie, and men kill. Temptation is deadly. But he doesn't listen. He knows temptation. She sits beside him in math class, her dress dipping dangerously low as she leans over to study her textbook worrying an eraser between her ruby red lips.