Below is the sixth part of "Hansel and Gretel."
"I know what work I will do when we return home," Hansel said
smiling. "I'll sell fine jewels and stones!"
"You will surely need my help," Gretel laughed.
The children stuffed their pockets with the jewels and stuffed large sacks with as many cakes and candies as they could carry.
"Let's hurry home," Hansel said.
"I am sure that Mother and Father are dreadfully worried by now," Gretel added.
Without a trail to lead them, the children did not know the way home. They walked through the dense forest for days. Along their path, they fed the birds with crumbs of cake and sang happily. The walked and walked until finally they saw a space in the woods which looked familiar.
"I think I know the way home from here," said Hansel.
Gretel followed her brother. Soon they could see their very own little cottage through the trees. They ran home, shouting, "Mother, Father, we are back
Mother and Father met Hansel and Gretel at the door and hugged them for a very long time.
"Look what we have brought," said Hansel. He took the pearls and precious stones from his pockets and laid them on the table. "Once we sell these we will never be hungry again."
"How in the world did you find such treasures?" Father smiled and hugged his son once again.
"It is a very long story Father," Hansel said, "but I did get some help!"
"And look at these sweets!" Mother laughed. "Are these what
everyone eats on the other side of the forest?"
"I think I have seen enough cookies, candies, and cakes to last me a very long time!" said Gretel rubbing her belly.
"Me too!" Hansel laughed.
"You are good children," said Father, "very good and very brave. But promise me one thing! You must never, ever venture into the forest again, for
it is a most dangerous place."
Hansel smiled at his sister. "I promise," he said, because this time he knew it to be very true.