Hansel and Gretel waited the whole day. They couldn't believe that their father would actually leave them. But as the sun set, they knew that everything they had heard the night before was true.
“Don’t worry Gretel,” said Hansel,
“I dropped a trail of pebbles all the way here. Let’s eat our bread and have a sleep. We will leave tomorrow morning and be home by noon. Trust me. ”
They did just as Hansel had said. They next morning they followed the trail Hansel had made and they made their way home. Their father was so happy to see them, that he couldn't say a thing and just hugged them for as long as he could.
“What are you talking about?! We are not going to leave them alone in the woods again!”
But this time it was Gretel’s turn to be brave...
The man didn’t reply. Hansel went to try and gather pebbles again, but this time the door was locked.
When evening came, the children heard their step-mother’s voice...
But the women persisted, “Do you want to die of starvation?”
“We will leave them somewhere even further into the forest next time, so they won’t be able to find their way back.”
The next morning their step-mother gave them even smaller pieces of bread for lunch. On their way into the forest, Hansel dropped crumbs behind him, so that they would be able to find their way back home just like before.
They walked for hours and hours. Eventually their step-mother said...
“This looks like a good place. You can have a nap here while your father and I cut wood.”
At lunch Gretel shared her piece of bread with Hansel and then they fell asleep. It was already evening when they woke up and it was too dark to find the crumbs, but Hansel told Gretel to keep calm and that they would go home the next morning.
When they woke up, they saw that wild animals had eaten the crumbs during the night. This time it was Hansel who was upset.
“We will never find our way home now,” he cried.
“Let’s walk. I’m sure we’ll be able to find our house,” she said.
They walked the entire day. They were already very hungry and tired when they saw a white bird singing on a branch. It flew off and the children decided to follow him.