40 THE DRUM  

jasonabadboy4u 30M
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6/5/2006 11:28 pm

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40 THE DRUM

40 THE DRUM
Once there were two sisters. Dolores was seven, and Sandra
was five. They lived in a small house in the country with
their mother and their baby brother, Arthur. Their father
was a seaman and was away on a long voyage. One day Dolores
and Sandra were running across a field near their house
when they meet a gypsy girl playing a drum. Her family was
camping in the field for a few days. As the girl played, a
little mechanical man and woman came out of the drum and
danced. Dolores and Sandra had never seen such a drum, and
they begged the girl to give it to them. She looked at them
and laughed. "I will give it to you," she said, "but only
if you are really bad. Come back tomorrow and tell me how
bad you were and, I will see." As soon as the two sisters
got home, they started shouting, which was against the
rules in their house. Then they wrote all over the walls
with their crayons. At supper, they spilled their food. And
when it was time for bed, they wouldn't go. They did
everything they could think of to upset their mother. They
were really bad. Early the next morning, they hurried off
to find the gypsy girl. "We were really bad yesterday,"
they told her, "so please give us the drum. But when they
told her what they had done, the gypsy girl laughed. "Oh
you must me much worse then that if I am to give you the
drum," she said. As soon as Dolores and Sandra got home,
they pulled up all the flowers in the garden. They let the
pig out, and chased it away. They tore their clothes. They
sloshed in the mud. They were a lot worse then the day
before. "If you do not stop," their mother said, "I will go
away and take Arthur with me. And you will get a new mother
with glass eyes and a wooden tail." That scared Dolores and
Sandra. They loved their mother, and they loved Arthur.
They could not imagine being without them, and they began
to cry. "I don't want to lave you," their mother aid. "But
unless you change your behavior, I will have to leave
you." "We'll be good," the girls promised. Yet they did not
really believe that their mother would go away. "She is
just trying to scare us," Dolores said later. "We'll get
the drum tomorrow," said Sandra. "Then we'll be good
again." Early the next morning, they rushed off to find the
gypsy girl. When they found her, she was plying the drum
again, and the little man and woman were dancing. They told
the gypsy girl how bad they had been the day before. "That
must be bad enough to get the drum," they said. "Oh no,"
said the gypsy girl. "You must be much worse than
that." "But we promised our mother to be good from now on,"
said the girls. "If you really want the drum," said the
gypsy girl, "you must be much worse." "It's only for one
more day," Dolores told Sandra. "Then we will have the
drum." "I hope you're right," Sandra said. As soon as they
got home, they beat the dog with a stick. They broke the
dishes. They tore their clothes to pieces. They spanked
their baby brother Arthur. Their mother began to cry. "You
are not keeping your promise," she said. "We will be good,"
said Dolores. "We promise," said Sandra. "I can't wait much
longer," said their mother. "Please try." Early the next
morning, before their mother was awake, Dolores and Sandra
ran to see the gypsy girl. They told her about all the bad
things that they had done the day before. "We were horrid,"
said Sandra. "We were worse then we have ever been," said
Dolores. "Can we have the drum now, please?" "No," said the
gypsy girl. "I never meant to give it to you. It was just a
game we were playing. I thought you knew that." Dolores and
Sandra began to cry. They rushed home as quickly as they
could. But their mother and Arthur were gone. "They are out
shopping," said Dolores. "They'll be back soon," but they
were still not back when time for lunch came. Dolores and
Sandra felt lonely and scared. They wondered through the
fields the rest of the day. "Maybe they will be home when
we get back," said Dolores. When they got home, they saw
through the window that the lamps were lit, and there was a
fire in the fireplace. But they did not see their mother
and Arthur. Instead, there was their new mother--hey glass
eyes glistening, her wooden tail thumping on the floor.(
the gypsy girl in this story was really a demon who makes
an offer of a gift in return for evil behavior, but as more
evil; the demon goes back on his bargain, something Satan
would not do in order to gain what he wants).


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