Seven Girls and a Witch
Once upon a time there were seven girls who were being good friends in Serawak. They used to go everywhere together. One of them was Gayah. She was only the most beautiful, but also the cleverest. (also read : THE FROG PRINCE AND THE PRINCESS)
One day they went to the jungle to collect some wild fruit. On their way, however, they lost their way. They were very afraid that they could not went back home. On their fear, Gayah said: “Don’t be afraid”. “I shall be able to find the way home back.”
When the sun had set and night came, they saw a bright fire not far away from their position. For this they walked towards it. Coming the fire, they found a hut. One of them knocked the door of the hut. The door suddenly was opened itself and behind it there was a little old woman sitting in front of it. They were very astonished.
“Come in, please. I know you have lost your way,” the old woman said. “You must be hungry, although you certainly look quite fat and well fed. Hi, hi, hi! …… It is lucky that you found me. Have some of these cakes, my dears.”
“Don’t take any!” whispered Gayah to her friends. “Let me talk to her. She is a witch.”
“I can’t tell you,” replied the old woman. “If I tell you, you’ll run away. No my dears, don’t worry I’ll fetch some water for you.”
“Thank you, madam,” Gayah answered. She thought that the old woman was stupid to leave them alone while she went to fetch some water. However, the old woman was not as stupid as Gayah thought. She waved a magic wand. All the seven girls felt weak and they had to sit down. In a flash, the old woman tied them up with a long rope. I’ll carry one end of the rope with me. If I pull it, I can easily find out whether you’re still tied to the other end. Hi, hi, hi ……” She said she laughed.
Then she went to fetch some water. After a while, she tugged the rope, “Hi, hi, hi …… my little ones, don’t try to run away! You can’t escape from auntie!”
A little while later, she pulled the rope again, “Good, you’re still there! Don’t think you can trick me!”
But she actually didn’t know that Gayah had untied the rope and had fastened it to a tree. So when the witch pulled the rope the next time, she thought that the girls were still there.
Meanwhile, the girls ran back into the jungle as fast as they could. When the witch returned, the girls were nowhere to be seen. She waved her magic wand and cried, “Let there be a wide river with a big crocodile in it to stop the girls running away.”
In a second, the witch flew high above the top of trees and landed on the back of a wide river. She saw the girls talking to crocodile, “Oh, No! No!” she cried.
Gayah spoke quickly to the crocodile. “Please take us across the river one by one,” she begged.
“How much will you pay me?” asked the crocodile.
“Mr. crocodile, you know we don’t have any money. But you may eat the seventh one.”
“Okay my friends, let’s go on the crocodile’s back and I will be the last.” Gayah whispered to her friends.
The crocodile agreed. He took the first girl on his back and swam across the river. Then he went back and carried the second girl across. And the third and fourth and the fifth and the sixth. “now I shall eat the seventh,” he thought.
The witch ran down fast to the edge of the river. “Ha, this must be the seventh,” the crocodile thought. The witch sat on the crocodile’s back and he took her to the middle of the river. Suddenly, he threw her high into the air and caught her in his mouth. “Ugh, ugh, she’s a bit hard and bony! Not at all like the other five,” he said.
How about Gayah? She was actually had crossed the river at the same time as the sixth girl by hanging on to the crocodile’s tail.