English Ver. / ChapterII
The witch had a problem.
She liked children.
It doesn't mean she tastes children.
She had a weakness against pure eyes.
She once was a good lady, before the war.
Yes, something terrible happened.
She got miserable. She remembered her life during the war.
She was hungry.
She lost all the things she loved, and she lost her house.
A missile came to her town, and it destroyed almost everything except for the tombs of her friends.
She was weeping when somebody touched her on the shoulder.
"I... I lost everything I have loved." said the lady.
"I love my kids." she said, "but how can I save them?"
"They are in the air. They are fighting for our country! They are working for us, and they belong to the nation!"
"Who knows they would come back to me!" said the lady.
Somebody stroked her head, not knowing what to say.
"If anybody should kill my sons, I would be a devil and rule this entire world!"
The two never returned.
She had been patient, patient enough to wait for them for over twenty years until she got a message from the nation.
WE ARE SORRY ABOUT THEIR ABSENCE IN THIS COUNTRY.
WE MISS THEM.
NOW WE ARE READY TO MAKE A COMPENSATION FOR THEIR ABSENCE AT HOME.
VISIT US NEXT FRIDAY, 13TH OF JULY.
There was a signature at the bottom of the letter.
I can't describe how discouraged she looked when she finished reading this sentences.
Her rage against the nation started.
"You took my sons away to the battlefield!"
"I'd prefer your death, not my son's."
"You have killed my sons."
"Now it's time you go to hell!"
"Wait there, I shall go to the hell-side and I would be the devil!"
"I will be the best hostess in the hell, and you'll be the first phantoms I will meet for the first time!"
"I will do my best. I will be the finest devil in the darkness and I would destroy you!" said the lady.
"I would never forget this feelings. Oh, my boys...!"
And she became the finest devil in the darkness.
She had knowledge about the manners, and she had good eyes on children.
"Good. Keep your back straight, and pull back your chins."
"You've got good eyes, I know. You shall be honest boys."
"But don't obey your bosses without thinking about their faces on the other side."
"When they grin, they are in the world you could never imagine."
"I will destroy the world they create on their minds."
"The disaster should be there, of course, under my controls!"
"Help me, boys. I have to lend your hands." said the lady.
The two heard this sentence.
"Hands? No! We have already lost our feet! Not again to our bodies!" said the older boy.
"OK, then. Then how about your Moms?" said the lady.
"You can bring mine. How about some strawberries?" said the younger boy.
"But don't forget. If I lose my hands, I can't give these strawberries to you." said the boy.
"Oh, you're a good boy! Just don't mind. I can pick some out of your pocket!" said the lady. "whether you have them or not."
"Right side? Or the left side?" said the devil.
"I have them in my right pocket!" said the younger boy.
"NO! Don't be so honest!" said the older boy.
"Wait for us, please. We would go back to the forest and take some for you!"
"Wait, wait wait. I know if I release you to the forest, I would be a lonesome devil in the world. You would never return."
"I have already got the strawberries because I have you in front of me." said the devil.
"The right side?"
They screamed when she touched the younger boy's chin.
A scent of somebody's mother came to the older boy.
It smelled of sweet apples.
"You... You smell of fresh apples!" said the older boy.
"Do you like fruits?" he said.
"Oh, yes I do. And you?" she said.
"Yeah, I love them, too!" he answered.
"Oh, yes, you do." she looked sad.
"Do you know what this is?"
"No. This may seem a branch of a tree, but this is a magic cane."
"I can vanish your hands, if I want."
"NO!" said the two.
"Into the smoke." she tapped something with her magic cane inside her hand.
The boy's hands disappeared into a crystal ball.
The devil smiled.
"Now you see?"
"I don't think you need your feet in the air."
The two swallowed.
"Keep your chins back straight, boys." said the devil.
"Yes, madam." said the two.
"Come, strawberry boy." said the lady. "You'll lose your bottom, and I will be able to use my new cane."
"I am going to change your feet to my new cane."
to be continued...
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