Hansel & Gretel Re-Made
On a sunny day in late August, Sara and Chris were outside planting flowers for their mother who was very sick. They hoped the flowers would cheer her up because she could not plant them herself. Chris, the oldest of the two had come up with the idea the week before, and since then they had spent every moment they could in their mother’s garden pulling weeds when a can pulled up to the curb with a sign on the side that ready CANDY in bright red letters.
Sara and Chris didn’t have any money, so they quickly raced into the house to ask their mother for some. As soon as she heard the news, she immediately told her children that they were never to go near the van. “The man is a stranger” said their mother, “you must never talk to him or take anything he tries to give you. Now run along and play, I’m feeling very tired.”
So the children went back to the garden and continued to pull weeds. A few hours later Sara was just about to suggest they take a break and go inside to have some lemonade when she looked up and saw the man from the candy van walking toward them. “Hello” he said. “My name is David, what’s yours?” Sara remembered what her mother said about talking to strangers and took a few steps away from the man when Chris spoke up. “I’m Chris, and this is Sara” he said. Sara grabbed his arm and pulled him away. “You can’t talk to him! Mom said so” Sara cried out. Chris shook her arm away and walked toward the stranger.
He was dressed in a way that made Sara quiver with uncertainty. The man wore black pants and a collared shirt that was partially hidden by a long black trench coat and a hat that covered one of his eyes. She did not understand how Chris could not be afraid of the stranger.
As Chris talked to the man, Sara noticed that he had a strange twitch in his eye, and she could not bring herself to look away.
Then as if she was being woken from a dream, Sara heard Chris say “what do you think Sara?”
“Huh?” She asked confused. She hadn’t heard a word of their conversation.
“Do you want to look at the candy and get one? He said we could each have a piece for free, and it’s all homemade!” Chris said excitedly.
Sara thought about what her mother had said and tried to pull Chris away. “No” she said, “I don’t want to see the inside of his van, and I don’t want candy from him. He’s a stranger. Mom said we shouldn’t even be talking to him.” “Don’t be so scared Sara, he’s nice.” And with that Chris walked toward the man who escorted him to the van.
Running to the van behind Chris and the man, Sara announced she was going with them. She wasn’t going to let Chris go in there by himself.
As they stepped into the van they heard the doors close behind them, and felt the engine start up with a whir and a bump, and suddenly they knew they were being driven away from their home, their garden and their very sick mother who would never know that they had been taken away.