Below is the second part of "Hansel and Gretel."
"I did not realize the forest was so big," Gretel said.
"I did not either," said Hansel. "It will be dark soon. Are you frightened?"
"Frightened?" Gretel said smiling. "Me? What would I be afraid of?"
"I was just thinking," Hansel stammered, "perhaps you wanted to go back home. It is not too late, if you were afraid, for us to turn around."
"Perhaps you are a little frightened, brother," Gretel said.
"Don't be silly. I'm hungry, but not afraid," Hansel said.
"It's a good thing you do not want to turn back," said Gretel looking around her.
"I wonder which way is home anyway."
"Do not worry about that," Hansel said smiling proudly. "We are not lost, I made
sure of it. I have left a trail of bread crumbs behind us, just in case we need to turn back."
"You are very clever, Hansel," Gretel laughed.
"You laugh after I sacrificed my piece of precious bread to save us?"
"Hansel, we can share my bread," Gretel said still smiling.
"What is so funny?" Hansel asked.
"I'm afraid if I tell you," Gretel said seriously, "you will become frightened. It is
best that I do not tell you."
"I will not walk one step further until you tell me," Hansel demanded.
Gretel continued to walk.
"Wait!" Hansel ran up alongside his sister. "Stubborn girl! Didn't you say you would share your bread with me. I am very hungry!"
"Dear brother, I am afraid you sacrificed your precious bread for
nothing," Gretel said as she continued to walk.
"What?" Hansel asked.
"Look!" Gretel said, pointing behind him. "That is why I am laughing."
Three black birds walked along behind them carefully eating each piece of bread crumb Hansel had dropped. The trail Hansel had left for them had vanished.
"Hansel, here, eat some," Gretel said holding out a piece of bread for her brother.
"I am not hungry anymore," Hansel said and walked along.
The children continued to walk through the forest. Surely they would come across someone or somewhere they could rest and have something small to eat. They felt that they were walking in circles now.
Night fell upon the forest. Strange noises came out from behind the trees. Hansel and Gretel sat huddled against the cold and whispered.
"Did you hear that?" asked Hansel reaching for Gretel's hand.
"I have heard so many things tonight," Gretel whispered. "We should try and sleep. We will wake up in the morning and walk all day until we find our way through."
"But I am very hungry now," Hansel said.
"Tell me, Hansel," Gretel said reaching into her pockets again, "what work do you hope to find at the other end of the forest?"
"I want to be a farmer," Hansel whispered. "I will grow so much food that we will never be hungry again. And you, Gretel, what work will you do?"
Gretel thought for a moment. Both Hansel and Gretel fell asleep before she could answer. Gretel dreamt of her family sitting by their cozy fire and eating. They were eating squash, cabbage, potatoes and beans, all grown by Hansel, the farmer.
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