Reading. (Astia Lili Erminda)


          Long time ago, lived an old women. She lived by herself because her husband had long passed away and she had no children. Every day, she prayed to the Almighty would give her a child. One night, when she was praying, a giant passed her house and heard her pray. “I can give you a child. But with one condition,  you must give the child back to me when her was seventeen years old. Plant these seeds. You’ll get a girl.”  the giant said to an old women. Then the giant gives her  a cucumber seeds. She were very long for a child. Therefore, without thinking they agree. Then she plant the seeds of cucumbers that.

          Every day she take care of the plants begin to grow it as good as possible. Months later grew a golden cucumbers. Cucumber fruit is becoming increasingly large and heavy. When the fruit is ripe, she picked it. With she carefully cut the fruit. How shocked she was, in the fruit that she found a very beautiful baby girl. She was very happy. She  gave the baby name Timun Mas.

          Several years later, Timun Mas grown into a beautiful girl. She was very proud of him. But she became very afraid. Because when Timun Mas seventeen years old, the giant came back. The giant bill promises to take Timun Mas.

           The next morning, she took leave of Timun Mas to go and then gave her four little bags, each one containing cucumber seeds, needles, salt, and shrimp paste. “ You can use these to protect herself,” said an old women. So Timun Mas soon escape. The next day, the giant came to bill promises to take Timun Mas, how shocked the giant saw Timun Emas running to the forest. The giant was angry. He knew, had lied by an old woman. Then he went after the Timun Mas to the forest.Giant immediately ran after Timun Mas. Giants closer. So Timun Mas opened the first bag for took a handful of cucumber seeds. She threw the seeds, and instantly they grew into large cucumber field. But the giant ate them all, giving him more strength. As the giant was getting close, Timun Emas took the second bag with needles inside and spilled the content behind her. The needles turned into bamboo trees, sharp and thorny. The giant’s body was scratched and bled. The giant tried to get himself out from the bamboo field. He still chasing Timun Mas. Timun Mas then reached the third bag and spilled the salt inside. The ground which the salt touched turned into a deep sea. The giant almost drown and had to swim to cross the sea. After some time, he managed to get out from the water. Timun Mas saw the giant coming, so she reached for the last bag. She took the shrimp paste and threw it. The shrimp paste became a big swamp of boiling mud. The giant was trapped in the middle of the swamp. The mud slowly but surely drowned him. Helpless, he roared out. Then the giant drown and died.

          Timun Mas was relieved and happy. She went back to her parents’ house. Since then Timun Mas to live quietly with her parents. They can live happily without fear again.

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