The mechanic subsequently remarried a lady with the most beautiful eyes, but with the most evil heart. And she hated the 2 children.
"This year the gahment no give us progress package. And the price of chicken rice and kopi has gone up again. The inflation is killing us", said the stepmother.
She added "There are too many mouths to feed. We must not let the kids burden us. We must let them leave the house forever. Only then can they be independent, and we can upgrade from HDB to condominium." She nagged and nagged the poor mechanic all day long. And also all night long.
Finally, the mechanic buay tahan (cannot take it) and sucuumb to her request. =(
So the stepmother bought two loaves of Gardenia bread from the nearby mama shop, and gave it to Hansy and Gretsy. And with an evil grin, she made the kids leave the flat, never to come back.
It was 2am at night. The wind was blowing. The moon shone brightly. And the grasshoppers were err... hopping.
Hansy, being the elder brother was quick to reassure his sister (Gretsy) that everything will be fine. They took the bread, and hand in hand, they left the flat.
At the bottom of their flat, Hansy had an idea. They can sneak back home every morning when the evil stepmother is at work. After all, they knew that a set of spare house keys were under the flower pot, outside the flat. They just have to make sure that they leave before the stepmother comes home.
So they just have to do a little walk walk around the neighbourhood till the stepmother leaves home at 8am. Venturing into the urban unknown was dangerous, as they did not want to get lost in the maze of HDB flats.
So Hansy asked Gretsy to drop bread crumbs on the ground. The trail will lead them home in the morning. Gretel stopped crying after hearing the AWESOME idea. ^_^
Bread in hand, they walked and dropped small crumbs along the way.
Suddenly they realise that someone was following them. Some kind of shadow with a broomstick in hand.
Gosh, was it an evil witch trying to cook them for dinner?
So the kids ran as fast as they could. Sensing that the kids were running away, the shadow started picking up speed and ran after them!
And don't look back! =(
Not soon after, Gretsy tripped over a cigarette butt and fell down. And Hansy had to stopped running to pull her up. By then, the mysterious shadow had caught up with them.
And the shadow turned out indeed to be a woman with a broomstick.
She looked them in the eye.
And she was clearly irritated.
Okay, change that to "She was damn pissed".
And she opened her mouth and said this.
"Hey, can don't anyhow litter or not? You kids these days always like dat one leh."
Hansy and Gretsy ended up doing Corrective Work Order (CWO).
By then, the trails of their bread crumbs were eaten by the neighbourhood birds. And they never knew how to get back home again. =(
Meanwhile, in the HDB flat, the evil stepmother was browsing through the brochure of the latest condominium. And she's happy.
(Well, at least someone's happy. So it's a happy ending!)
About the Author: Shingo T will like to remind everyone that littering in Singapore is an offense, regardless of your reason.