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Michael and Betty

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Michael and Betty Once upon a time lived a relatively destitute wood-cutter with his wife and his two children. The boy was called Michael and the girl Betty. After much hesitation, the father declared, "I've had enough for this life of poverty and de-moralisation, our social compensation and government benefits aren't nearly enough to look after our children". "I'll tell you what, husband," answered the woman, "early tomorrow morning we will take the children out into the forest to where it is the thickest. There we will light a fire for them, and give each of them one pasty and a can of coke each, and then we will go to our work and leave them alone. They will not find the way home again, and we shall be rid of them." "But what if they imitate the old fairy tale of Hansel and Gretel, where they leave the trail of breadcrumbs and find their way home again?" "What would we stand to lose?" asked the step-mother rhetorically. ...read more.


We are going into the forest to cut wood, and in the evening when we are done, we will come and fetch you away." When it was noon, Betty shared her pasty with Michael, who had scattered his by the way. They did not awake until it was dark night, and Michael comforted his little sister and said, "Just wait until the moon rises, and then we shall see the crumbs of pasty which I have strewn about, they will show us our way home again." When the moon came they set out, but they found no crumbs. Rather foolishly, Michael had failed to recognise that such a tasty treat as a pasty wouldn't live for long in a forest which so many hungry animals such as birds and squirrels. They walked the whole night and all the next day too from morning till evening, but they did not get out of the forest It was now three mornings since they had left their father's house. ...read more.


Michael turned back to see their hunters chasing them, but with a second look they had simply disappeared and all that was left in sight was the shining of the moon upon the forest. The children had realised that they had been forced into the forbidden part of the forest. Being the smug character that Michael was, he had no idea that they had more company that he welcomed. In a split second his heart missed a beat as he turned around and saw those teeth glistening in the moons glow. The sounds, smell and general presence were all a hint of a wolfs wild ferocity. In an action so pathetic and shameful both Michael and Betty crawled onto their knees as if to ask for mercy, but before the wolf even acknowledged their prayer for benevolence he swiped, swooshed an slashed with his razor sharp teeth until there was only puddles of blood and piles of bones left of the helpless youths. The wolf ran into the woods with a full stomach and a huge grin across his content face. By Andy Rogers ...read more.

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