Deer1: eh, here you are, Snake! Tell us, is it true that you regret what you did to Eve? Did you have a choice anyway?
Deer2: why didn’t you go away if she bothered you?
Snake: dear Deer, I see that you had a talk with Stick! Yes, it’s true, I regret making her believe that everything would be easy, and I actually hesitated to leave, but in the end, I liked it better if she was the one leaving, it was easier.
Deer1: us, when we see a problem, we flee. We have no other choice.
Deer2: trying to do otherwise would hurt us; we have nothing but our agility and speed to protect us.
Snake: I could have run, or I could have bitten as it is how I defend myself most often, but Eve did not threaten me directly, and it seemed to me that there was another solution.
Deer1: why didn’t you tell her you did not want to see her anymore?
Deer2: were you afraid of her?
Snake: I did not want to harm her openly.
Deer1: so your choice was one of cowardice?
Deer2: it was easier to suggest an apple than to tell her what you thought about her?
Snake: please, Deer, be a little nicer with me! I don’t know how a human reacts when contradicted, so I had to protect myself.
Deer1: then you didn’t really have a choice.
Deer2: it just took you longer to decide because you thought your options were open.
Snake: you’re right, it was difficult to find the correct answer, but there was only one that fitted, in the end.
Deer1: this is probably always the case.
Deer2: one hesitates to take the obvious decisions because one believes that there may be others, but it only complicates things.
Deer1: yet we must undoubtedly pass by this process of decision-making to be sure it is the right decision.
Deer2: in any case, you spoiled our paradise, but you enlivened our lives.
Deer1: therefore, you have nothing to regret. Your choice, that was not really a choice, was the necessary one.
Deer2: the only one possible because the only one that allowed the rest.
Snake: you have a lot of common sense, dear friends, I did well to come this way.
Deer1: ha, ha, it was the right choice, then!
Deer2: yet did you think about it this time?