That Mr. Nilsson was lying in a doll's bed! And now in the light of the flashlight they could see the little bed and the tiny monkey lying in it.
Thunder-Karlsson couldn't help laughing. "Bloom," he said, "Mr. Nilsson is a monkey. Can you beat that?"
"Well, what did you think he was?" came Pippi's calm voice from under the covers again. "A lawn mower?"
"Aren't your mother and father at home?" asked Bloom.
"No," said Pippi. 'They're gone. Completely gone."
Thunder-Karlsson and Bloom chuckled with delight.
"Listen, little girl," said Thunder-Karlsson, "come out so we can talk to you."
"No, I'm sleeping," said Pippi. "Is it more riddles you want? If so, answer this one. What is it that goes and goes and never gets to the door?"
Now Bloom went over and pulled the covers off Pippi.
"Can you dance the schottische?" asked Pippi, looking at him gravely in the eye. "I can."
"You ask too many questions," said Thunder-Karlsson. "Can we ask a few too? Where, for instance, is the money you had on the floor a little while ago?"
"In the suitcase on top of the wardrobe," answered Pippi truthfully.
Thunder-Karlsson and Bloom grinned.
"I hope you don't have anything against our taking it, little friend," said Thunder-Karlsson.
"Certainly not," said Pippi. "Of course I don't."
Whereupon Bloom lifted down the suitcase.
"I hope you don't have anything against my taking it back, little friend," said Pippi, getting out of bed and stepping over to Bloom.
Bloom had no idea how it all happened, but suddenly the suitcase was in Pippi's hand.
"Here, quit your fooling!" said Thunder-Karlsson angrily. "Hand over the suitcase." He took Pippi firmly by the hand and tried to snatch back the booty.
"Fooling, fooling, too much fooling," said Pippi and lifted Thunder-Karlsson up on the wardrobe. A moment later she had Bloom up there too. Then the tramps were frightened; they began to see that Pippi was no ordinary girl. However, the suitcase tempted them so much they forgot their fright.
"Come on now, both together," yelled Thunder-Karlsson, and they jumped down for the wardrobe and threw themselves on Pippi, who had the suitcase in her hand.
The Story of the Leopard, the Tortoise, and the Bush Rat
Category: Nigerian folktales
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