Harley & Rashell _S**

Note: Before there was Hansel and Gretel, there were Harley and Rashell.

SONG FROM THE MINSTREL THOMAS DARTNOSE RICE, WHO AT ONE POINT IS SAID TO HAVE 
KNOWN THE TWO YOUNG GIRLS. NOTES BY THE EDITOR HAVE BEEN CAPTIONED:

"The night was warm; the plan: to flee.
Her dress was torn, like the heart on her sleeve."

[After years of living with her sexually abusive father, Harley
Jacobson had had enough. It was time to leave home.]

"To calm the storm, Rashell would wear
four bells from home.. in her hair"

[Rashell LaRusso lived with both of her parents who would
fight continuously and try to make her choose between them.]

"Rashell and her friend.. 
were never seen again."

[On the evening of October 30th, 1992, Harley and Rashell ran away
into the woods near their home. They were reported missing 
three days later, but were never seen again.]

"Harley ran.. to leave behind
her dead-beat dad.. and a dismal life.
Rashell was there.. to help her friend.
'Though unprepared.. in it 'till the end."

[(Since pre-schoo) the two had been inseperable. Harley came from an
impoverished family- her mother had died giving birth to her.
Rashell came from an extremely wealthy family with cold parents
who only paid her attention when they fought. The two looked out 
for one another, especially Rashell for Harley.]

"Harley and her friend.. 
were never seen again."

[After nearly a week of wondering in the woods without food...]

"They found a house.. of ginger-bread.
They helped themselves.. 'cause they'd not been fed.
Harley found.. with skin like silk,
a brownish cow.. that gave chocolate milk."

[At first they thought that they were hallucinating from the wild
mushrooms they'd eaten; but soon enough found that the eatable house was real.]

"Harley and Rashell.
and the witches' spell."

[Their stomachs full, they went into the house and quickly fell asleep 
on cozy warm beds that looked to be made just for them. They
would have asked for permission, but no one seemed to be around; 
although secretly an old woman was hiding in the attic.]

"When the witch returned.. 
she slipped in unheard."

[Rashell woke up tied to the bed.]

"Rashell had turned.. as white as ghost..
when the witch.. slit Harley's throat.
She vomited, Harleys' chest ripped apart.
Witch licked her lips.. and removed the heart"

[The woman spoke, thus:]

"Now that you've fed.. your hearts will make gingerbread."

[It was not until many years later, when two children named Hansel and Gretel
came to the house and killed the witch, did the souls of Harley 
and Rashell get set free.

These are the names of the children who were suspected to have been 
eaten in the Gingerbread murders:

1.Johnathon A.
2.Robert C.
3.Harley J.
4.Rashell L.
5.Veruca S.
6.Michael T.
7.Augustus G. Alex G.
8.Violet B.
9.Adolfo H.
10.Jessica R.
11.Billy T.
12.Maurine L.
13.David J.


Although there were perhaps more that we know not of, who are now forgotten...
these children will never be forgotten.

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