Abigail spit her toothpaste into the sink, turned off the water and ran back into the bedroom.
“I can’t wait to fall asleep,” she announced to her older brother as she bounced on the bed.
“You must be crazy,” Bennett said, shaking his head, flying his Lego plane over her head. “I hate bed time.”
“I have to see my Elbow Fairy,” Abigail said.
“I guess that is why you are wearing your shoes to bed,” Bennett said.
“Of course! Last night I went to the beach with Enjella so it was alright to be bare foot,” said Abigail, tapping her head to indicate she was thinking logically, “but tonight, I am not sure where we are going, so I had better be prepared.”
Bennett shook his head again. “Silly girl,” he muttered looking at his electronic game.
“Wow,” he said with surprise as he turned around to see Abigail brushing sand out of her bed.
“I guess I forgot to rinse my feet,” she said, smiling at the memory.
“You really went to the beach? You weren’t just dreaming?” he asked.
“Want to see my starfish?” she said.
“Itchy Ishkabibble!,” Bennett shouted. “A starfish!” He could hardly believe his eyes. Abigail had a real live starfish floating in a little bit of ocean water in a beautiful bowl decorated with shells and seahorses.
“I just kept it for the day. Before we go anywhere else tonight, I have to bring him back and set him free in the tidal pool where he lives,” Abigail announced.
“You are talking crazy,” Bennett said firmly. Then he scratched his head. “Wait, it’s the middle of January. Where did you really get a starfish?”
“I am telling you the truth,” Abigail said as she put her hands on her hips and glared at him. “Why don’t you believe me? Don’t you remember, Enjella? Our friend? The former Tooth Fairy? Now that she has started her own division of Fairies she comes to visit me almost every night. Last night she promised we would go back to the beach first, so I could return my starfish. After that we will be off on another adventure.”
Bennett shook his head. “You are sticking to that story? Come on! Did you steal this starfish from the pet store or something?
“Tell me the truth, where did you really get it?”
“Why are you pretending I am not making any sense? How could you not remember Enjella? She came to visit us frequently. She even flew us both to her home in Sparkleshire. You met Her Majesty Jocelyn, Queen of the Tooth Fairies!”
Abigail shook her head. “I don’t like this game! I am not going to argue with you! I will wake you up tonight when Enjella comes and you will see her again too,” Abigail promised.
“This should be interesting! You are going to prove to me you got a starfish from a Fairy!” said Bennett.
“I won’t say anything for now, but if I don’t meet any Fairies tonight, in the morning I am going to tell Mom you stole a starfish!”