By H. Jason Schulz
Copyright © 2012 H. Jason Schulz
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A very long time ago in India there lived a girl named Lalima. Lalima lived on a farm with her father, mother and three older sisters. One day Lalima went to the orchard to pick some elephant apples. She took a large basket from the kitchen and then placing a silk scarf over her shiny, black hair, she set out. The orchard had been there as long a Lalima could remember and was situated between a river and a well that the family drew their water from.
Lalima entered the orchard and began to pull elephant apples from the trees, she was thinking of all the delicious jelly that she planned to make with them. It was such a warm day that before long Lalima became very thirsty. She put down her half filled basket onto the grass next to a tree and walked to the well. Unbeknownst to Lalima, a little man hid in the very tree that she had put her basket under and he was watching her with a devious grin.