by Hilary Williamson
| Lizzie's 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 park. Lizzie 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.
Lizzie was saving for
a snorkeling set just like her cousin's. She kept prodding the tooth.
They 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.
It 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 out and leve my mony like last time.
She 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.
Lizzie 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 wings.
"You don't look like a Tooth
Fairy" said Lizzie.
"Give me a break" said the fairy. "Know 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.
"Sorry" said Lizzie "Hey I like the way
you dress. It's so cool. Did you find my tooth yet?"
"Kid, 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 ..."
"Sshhh - you'll wake
everyone ... here's the deal. My cousin's a water sprite. Her stream's
in the middle of a construction site. Let her live in your pool. She
finds your tooth; I give you a dollar; you buy your snorkel. Good for
all of us."
"Sounds sweet to me" said Lizzie, "... the kids
will agree, but I don't know about our moms and dads. What if they see
"No problemo" said the fairy, "she 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.
The Tooth Fairy took the contract and disappeared
in a splash of fireworks (with lots of orange and purple). In the
distance Lizzie heard
"Thanks for the gum and
don't forget to clean up your room, kid ..."
Lizzie 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
"What's going on? Where did
this water come from?" she asked, picking
herself up and wringing out her skirt.
"Oh, 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.
"Well, 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. "Now how about drying this up and coming down for
"You 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.
There 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
The 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 patterns. The moms and dads wondered, but they
never saw a thing.
| The End