Yesterday was a kinda nice day. It’d been super cold for a bit, an’ I thought for sure it was gonna snow! But no snow. So yesterday, it started off pretty cold, but it got nice inna afternoon, so alla Littles were outside playin’. They were over at our house cuz Nim needed time t’ get Dolli Lane cleaned up. Hazel an’ Vega were over there, helpin’ her. Wren an’ me was inside, cleanin’, so we could maybe getta Christmas tree set up afore too long, so I guess we weren’t payin’ too good a mind to the Littles. I mean, we’d go check on ’em an’ stuff, but it wasn’t like we was standin’ out inna grass with ’em.
It gotta be dinner time, an’ Wren finally stopped an’ said that hadda be good enough. She told me go get the Littles an she went t’ heat up a pot of soup. So I put on m’ hat an’ headed for the door.
Alla sudden, the Littles came burstin’ in. They was wild-eyed an outta breath an’ scared. Alla they grabbed onna my legs an’ just shivered. I patted their backs for a bit. The calmin’-down-after-nightmares is more Wren’s style, but I tried. Finally, Meikiko calmed down an’ started talkin’
They was outside, playin’ tag, when somebody suggested maybe they go for a walk inna woods. (At this, I reminded Meikiko that they shoulda come an’ gotten me first afore they went wanderin’ off. She kinda hung her head an mumbled, an’ I let it go.) So they all picked a path an’ wandered down it.
Thankfully, it was a nice day. It wasn’ too cold or too hot, there wasn’t lotta rain or snow, an’ there ain’t a whole lotta scary bad animals inna wood, like bears or coyotes or nothin’. They said they saw chipmunks an’ rabbits an’ even a red fox, so they kept walkin’ When they came to a path inna woods, they’d lay down some rocks onna side of the path so they’d know how to get home again in case they got confused. I told Meikiko that was a smart idea.
After wanderin’ a bit, they came to a clearing. Inna clearing was a house. It wasn’t no ordinary house, tho. Meikiko said it was made all outta candy, like gumdrops an’ gumballs an’ icing an’ gingerbread. An’ I couldn’ say I blamed them for wantin’ a closer look, but parta me was wonderin’ if they ain’t never heard the story bout Hansel an’ Gretel!?
They hadda talk bout whatta do. Rosy an’ Aqua wanna turn round an go back home. But Poppy an’ Meikiko wanna make sure it was for real a gingerbread house. An’ inna middle what they was talkin’ bout, Meikiko walked over an’ started messin with somethin’ onna roof.
She said she licked it, an’ it was candy for real, an’ that kinda decided it for alla they: they wanna try some too. I mean, what kid could resist an entire house made outta candy?! I bit m’ tongue an’ let her keep tellin’ me what happen. Onna other side of th’ house, Rosy scraped icing offa roof an’ licked it an’ said it was good too. So then Poppy went to the walk an’ tried a gumdrop, an Aqua went for th’ gingerbread tree, an’ alla they was tryin’ somethin’ sweet.
Then Aqua stopped, an looked ’round a bit, sayin she thought she heard somethin’.
An’ Poppy stop too, an pointed atta house, sayin’ she thought she saw somethin’ movin’ inna window an’ maybe they outta stop eatin’ alla candy an’ let it be. Which is kinda weird, cuz Poppy’s usually the first one who wantsta do somethin’ kinda dangerous.
Aqua an Rosy started listenin’ to Poppy, tho, an’ they agreed maybe they outta get outta there. But Meikio had finally gotten an entire candy offa roof, so she wasn’t listenin’ too good to her dolly sisters.
Then, outta blue, Meikiko heard somethin’ from behind her, near the back of th’ house, an’ when she turned, she saw lotta curly red. She yelled, “Witch!” an’ threw her candy down an’ alla Littles high-tailed it outta there.
Poppy said the witch was sayin’ somethin’ as they ran, but not a one of ’em stopped t’ hear what she hadda say. I think every one of ’em was thinkin’ hard bout Hansel an’ Gretel an’ how that story ended, an’ they sure didn’ wanna have no part of it! They woulda gotten lost but for the rocks they left, an’ afore too long, they cam burstin’ outta woods at our house an’ came runnin’ in.
Oh my gumdrops!
I told ’em I was glad they got home safe. An’ I made ’em all promise me they wouldn’ go wanderin’ off again without gettin’ a big doll t’ go with ’em. They said ok.
Maybe tomorrow I’ll get one of ’em to take me back to see it.
(ps: from Kestrel’s BEAN: The gingerbread house was constructed by my two little beans and their friend. They kindly allowed me–encouraged me, even!–to take pictures with the Littles, which prompted this story line. Thanks, guys!)