left front tooth hung by a
thread. Her cousin Mark showed her how
to move it in and out by blowing on it.
This turned her mom green so she did it
all the time. That spring, her right
front tooth fell out at the amusement
found it on the ground in a wad of pink
chewing gum. The tooth fairy left a
dollar under her pillow that night - she
took the tooth and the gum.
was saving for a snorkeling set just
like her cousin's. She kept prodding the
were in the neighborhood pool across
from Lizzie's house, playing with
noodles - long foam tubes you could ride
like sea horses. Lizzie had a purple one
and Mark's was orange. It was while they were racing
across the pool that Lizzie's tongue
found the hole where her front teeth
used to be.
was in the water! Lizzie let out a yell
and the lifeguard dove to the rescue. He
was not very happy when he found out he was
rescuing a tooth. Everyone searched the
pool but it was hopeless. They ended up
cross, tired and toothless. Lizzie was
sad so Mark suggested she write a note
to the tooth fairy to see if she could
help. So she did.
Dear Tooth Fery,
My tooth is in the pool. Plese get it
and leve my mony like last time.
felt much better and spent a happy
afternoon swimming with her friends. At
bed time she folded the note and put it
carefully under her pillow.
dreamed. She was in her pajamas by the
pool with the tooth fairy - not the sort
of fairy you see in the movies! For one
thing she was only one foot tall. She
wore grubby shorts with dirty white
sneakers and a sloppy orange sweater.
Her hair was purple and stuck out in all
directions. She chewed pink gum. Her leg
was in a cast. But she did have fairy
don't look like a Tooth Fairy"
me a break" said the fairy.
how many kids lose teeth every day? And
how few of us fairies want this job?
Most of my friends make movies! How long
do you think I'd last in a fancy dress?
Look at this cast. Last time I was here,
I tripped over a toy and broke my
leg. Tidy your room, kid!" She blew a huge pink bubble.
said Lizzie "Hey
I like the way you dress. It's so cool.
Did you find my tooth yet?"
I don't do pools. The chlorine curls my
wings, not to mention my hair. And they
don't teach diving in Tooth Fairy School."
"What about my tooth"
wailed Lizzie, "and
my dollar, and my snorkel and ..."
- you'll wake everyone ... here's the
deal. My cousin's a water sprite. Her
stream's in the middle of a construction
her live in your pool. She finds your
tooth; I give you a dollar; you buy your
snorkel. Good for all of us."
sweet to me" said Lizzie,
"... the kids will agree, but I don't know about our moms
and dads. What if they see her?"
problemo" said the fairy,
got A's in Vanishing 101. They won't
know she's there. Just sign here." She passed a rolled up contract.
Lizzie read it carefully before she printed
her name at the bottom:
Sprite finds tooth.
Sprite lives in pool.
Tooth Fairy took the contract and
disappeared in a splash of fireworks
(with lots of orange and purple). In the
distance Lizzie heard
for the gum and don't forget to clean up
your room, kid ..."
looked under her pillow as soon as she
woke up. She yelled with excitement. The
money was there. Her mother rushed in to
see what the noise was about, and
slipped in a huge puddle of water. A
trail of drops led to a smaller puddle
under the window.
going on? Where did this water come
she asked, picking herself up and
wringing out her skirt.
it was just the Tooth Fairy's ... uh,
just the Tooth Fairy. I guess she was in
the pool getting my tooth. She must have
dripped. See, she left my dollar!"
and Lizzie waved it in the air.
I hope she enjoyed her swim"
said Lizzie's mom with that look on her face like she didn't
really believe it but wasn't going to say so.
how about drying this up and coming down
know, I think she did enjoy it. She
probably made herself right at home"
replied Lizzie and quickly dried up the
puddle. She even tidied a few toys away
at the same time.
was an extra sparkle to the swimming
pool after that. Lizzie and Mark often
saw a little green face out of the
corners of their eyes. The sprite played
tricks too. She pushed the children off
their noodles. She tickled toes and made
whirlpools that spun them around and
around till they were dizzy. All the
neighborhood kids wanted to play with
her - she was awesome.
pool needed very little chlorine that
summer and always had a special glow to
it. Birds twittered all around, and
sometimes leaves and seeds swirled
through the water in the oddest
moms and dads wondered, but they never
saw a thing.
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