When we last saw the children Geretel was being led away by Hansel as his followers were pushing the poison, mind control cool-ade on the other children and getting quite drunk on it themselves.
Most of the children were quite drunk and they all fell into a deep sleep. Morning was bound to bring some headaches and regrets!
Meanwhile Hansel told Gretel that they had taken care of the cool-ade situation and they had come back to the camp very late to find everybody already in bed. Hansel said he had instructed them to get a good night’s sleep for the meeting and the subsequent journey would take strength and determination. Gretel smiled and said how responsible that sounded but she had a feeling that something was not quite right. She didn’t know what to make of this new, helpful Hansel and she was not too sure she could believe it. In fact she was fairly certain that Hansel was up to something but she was tired and tomorrow was a big day so she decided to go to sleep.
As the morning sun rose the children slowly began to wake. As predicted many had headaches and some were embarrassed by the memories of the night before. Some children must have drank alot of the cool-ade as they appeared to be still drunk! They were running from hut to hut rudely waking the others with loud chants of “Hansel for Change! The New Path is The Right path! Hansel is THE ONE!”
Instinctively, Gretel knew that Hansel had lied to her, he had promised his followers would dump out that cool-ade! She should have known better than to trust him! As they finished their breakfast they began to gather for the meeting. Everyone was shouting at once and no sense could be made of any of it! The decision was made to pick several children from each side and have the debate among them as it would simply take too long to hear from everybody.
Hansel and Gretel began to choose their teams trying to pick as wisely as possible. After this was done the chosen teams began to discuss the situation.
On Hansels’s team were Howie, Donna, Nancy and Harry and a handful of his most trusted supporters.
Terry, Harold, Tina, Flo and Mich and the rest were loyal Gretel supporters through and through. As the meeting began it was apparent that Hansel’s team had no intentions whatsoever to play fair. Their first order of business was to suggest that Flo and Mich had somehow broken some rules and would not be allowed to participate.
Gretel and the others demanded to know what rules were broken and said that Flo and Mich were just as important as anyone else here and they should get an equal say in the debate.
Hansel’s defenders replied quickly if rather vaguely there was a rule somewhere and they knew it had been broken somehow by Flo and Mich and letting them have a say would be punishing those who didn’t break the rule! When questioned again as to what rule how and why and by whom it had been broken Hansel and the rest brushed off the coments and stated that they simply would not accept any imput from Flo or Mich. Period.
The children began arguing back and forth and the shouting beacme louder and louder. Then it was decided that a vote was needed on the Flo and Mich situation before any further discussions took place.
There was a long debate about whether or not Flo and Mich had really broken the rules and whether or not it was their fault. They were after all, under Repugnican control when all of that happened.
After much argument the children decided to break for lunch as all this discussion was making them hungry. After lunch they voted and Hansel’s team had obviously been distributing Cool-ade during lunch because after all was said and done the decision was that Flo and Mich could participate but would only get a half vote each and the kids who voted uncommitted were to be counted as if they were votes for Hansel’s New Path idea and would be counted as such and not only that they decided to take 4 kids from Gretels team and change those votes to Hansel’s new Plan too! After all, Hansel surmised if he wanted to lead this journey out of the forest he was going to need all the help he could get! Too bad Gretel was watching or they could pass out some more cool-ade!
After the long hard fight over Flo and Mich came the next battle, the decision to take Gretel’s proven path of policies or Hansel’s New Path of Change. It was a long, drawn out debate that seemed to go on forever. At every turn Hansel and his followers tried to bully the others into giving in and going the new way. They tried everything. They called them racists, they called them cry-baby girls, they said Gretel was stupid and un-trustworthy and that she would lead them into danger.
Gretel said that was ridiculous and that she merely wanted to take the children home and make sure everyone was taken care of! She reminded all that she was the one who had led Hansel into the forest and to the gingerbread house where the Repugs had been holding the children hostage. She reminded them that she had known how to get them out and how to find food, shelter, firewood all the things they needed to survive. Not only that but she had fought the Repugs before many times and had always managed to hurt them and get away. Hansel had never fought Repugs. He didn’t even know they were just out of site watching right now! If we follow Hansel and his New Path we don’t know where we will end up and we don’t know that we will be safe from the Repugs.
Howie and Donna and Nancy and Harry began shouted that Gretel was devisive and called for her to step down. Donna said she cheated according to Donna’s Momma’s rules. The rest of Hansel’s kids were calling Gretel and her supporters all kinds of nasty names and saying that they didn’t matter. Only Hansel and his New Path mattered to them.
Harold and Tina and some of the other Gretel Kids fought hard but in the end even though Gretel had more children on her side Hansel and his bullies won. They decided they would begin the trek in the morning down the new path! Gretel and her kids tried to talk some sense into them they tried interventions on some of the cool-ade addicts but in the end it was useless to try. Hansel was power crazed and would let nothing and no one stand in his way.
Howie, Donna and the rest began trying to get the other kids to change sides. It’s best for us all to stick together on this. Unity and all. If you still don’t want to well that’s ok. We don’t need you anyway they said. We have a New Leader and a New Path. We don’t need Gretel and her suckers anyway! Gretel and her kids would not budge though. They knew the only way to get home safe and sound was to follow the trail of policies that Getel had laid out for them. The trail would lead them straight home! They were NOT about to follow Hansel down some trail that lead to who knows where! not now and not in a million years! They were going to stick around and see what Gretel would do. They would follow her home. They trusted her. They knew she would not lead them astray. Gretel was and is a true leader they said.