A Tooth Fairy's Night

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Flash Fiction  |  House: Booksie Classic


A tooth fairy flies into a very strange child's room.

Submitted: May 09, 2018

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The tooth fairy snuck into Libby’s room, which was a pastel of used-to-be-white grey decorated with finger print stains. Libby slept soundly on a potato sack filled with torn pieces of foam and an old shirt that would most likely had been thrown out in a wealthier home as a cover. 

The fairy landed beside his mess of tangle black curly hair to retrieve the tooth and leave the one dollar note; but look as she might, she couldn’t find it.  She searched in the bag of Libby’s earthly possessions, the bags of cash, and under the pile of ammunition, but came up empty.

The tooth fairy undeterred opened Libby’s mouth, which smelt like decaying human lungs, and sure enough there was a tooth missing; upon closer inspection, many missing.  Libby also had stubble on his upper lip and what looked like crow’s feet beside his eyes.

What a child!

She flew around the house, but it seemed empty.  There were many machines that looked like giant printers, some papers, rolls of nylon and copies of diverse currencies framed in a basic acrylic board. 

After about 15 minutes the fairy gave up, having already worked the ghoul shift, because too many fairies were dying in apartment ventilation shafts, and this being Easter, many children were losing their teeth from the surplus candy. 

She dropped one dollar, beside Libby’s head, and flew away, unlike a butterfly, but more like a zapped mosquito.

 

Later, the fairies would find out that Libby was not a child, but a really short man with a childish face.  From then on, tooth fairies no longer had squirrels for informants: the squirrels in those parts were either liars or eating too much weed for their information to be taken seriously.


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