The Tooth Faerie
Once there was a faerie who lived in a nice neighborhood
amid the clouds in Faerieland, and her name was Pearly White.
She didn't really feel like she fit in with
the other faeries: while everyone else was having fun fluttering and cartwheeling
off the bluebells into the lily pond and racing through the rose petaled labyrinth
of pink and lilac jewel-encrusted fluff, Pearly stood awkwardly off to the side.
She didn't have the confidence to express herself,
and the poor faerie dreamed of having the power to create worlds of her own.
She wandered through the woods collecting things
like little stones and fallen branches, which she would take home and carve
With practice, her artwork became more elaborately
detailed and lifelike, until there were whole civilizations thriving in her
castles, forests, mountains, oceans, even revolving planets she would hang on
strings from the ceiling in her modest little faerie home.
One day when Pearly was out collecting stuff,
she passed by a house.
Through the open window, she could hear a human
crying; it was a little girl.
Pearly flew over and landed on the windowsill.
The girl stopped crying and asked excitedly,
"Are you a real faerie?"
"Of course I am! Why are you crying?"
"My toof fell out!" said the girl, displaying
the adorable baby tooth in her hand.
"Awww," said Pearly, "I promise it will stop
hurting and a new tooth will grow back in its place."
As soon as she uttered these comforting words,
the miracle occurred: the girl's tooth immediately grew back, and the rest of
her teeth straightened out and became so dazzlingly white, they sparkled.
The girl ran to look at herself in a mirror
"I can't believe it!" Pearly exclaimed in shocked
amazement. "I do have strong magic!"
"Of course you do, silly, you're a faerie!"
Just then the girl's mother burst into the room,
saying, "You're supposed to be getting ready for school!"
"But I was talking to a faerie, mommy!"
The adult human didn't see the faerie because
she didn't believe in them. As she hurriedly helped her daughter get ready for
school, the old tooth carelessly dropped to the floor.
Pearly picked it up and left a piece of gold
in its place, worth two hundred neopoints.
When the faerie arrived back at her home, she
examined the tooth and tried to think of what to do with it. It was taking up
space in her kitchen, so she sanded it down, and started using it as a table.
After this incident, she always went out in
search of people whose teeth were about to fall out. Not just humans, but pets,
so she soon had a nice eclectic variety of teeth, fangs, canines, choppers,
Some of her neighbors were suspicious of her
strange hobby which was turning into an obsession. She had always been a little
weird, and now they saw the piles of teeth heaping up in her yard. So they moved
into a different neighborhood, for the safety of their children.
Now there were all kinds of rumors about her;
some said she collected bones from haunted graveyards and was using them to
cast a dismal spell on anyone who came near.
Some said she extracted and then ate the children's
teeth while they were asleep in their beds.
There was a whole list of ghastly accusations,
and some of these rumors reached the ears of Fyora the Faerie Queen, who decided
she would have to investigate this herself.
So Fyora took some novas and stuffed them in
her backpack and set out, armed to the teeth with fancy, glittering purple weaponry,
and prepared for anything.
Just then, her little faellie messenger flew
up to her to deliver her mail.
"It looks like a party invitation," the faellie
Of course, the queen had other more important
matters to attend to, but she couldn't help glancing at the invitation, with
the most elegantly handwritten calligraphy:
I would be honored if you would join me this
afternoon for a tea party. I invited a lot of other faeries, but I don't think
anyone will come because they don't appreciate my tooth collection, though they're
all perfectly sanitary; I brush them everyday. I look forward to showing you
if you do decide to drop by!
"Weird," thought Fyora.
She shuddered to think of having a tea party
amidst rows of teeth. But at least they were sanitary?
She easily found Pearly's address in a part
of town which was deserted.
The house had been covered in polished white
Fyora carefully made her way over the white
pebbled walkway leading up to the house and stood on the front porch... She
knocked on the door with her orb staff thingy, and it was answered by a big
enchanted tooth with arms and legs.
The tooth smiled charmingly and said, "Welcome,
please step inside and have a seat."
Everything inside the house was made out of
teeth, and although there were many beautiful handcrafted objects, the place
still had the appearance of being neat and tidy. Tables were set up in the living
room with fancy tea sets and refreshments and the fireplaces blazed with warm
Not everything was white; Pearly had experimented
with painting some of the tea sets and other knick-knacks in a range of brilliant
colors with shiny glaze and lacquer.
Pearly was sitting at one of the tables with
Jhudora, the dark faerie, and the two of them were leaning over the table like
they were conspiring together, to plan an elaborate scheme of illegal action.
"What's going on here?" Fyora demanded.
Jhudora turned and gave her a sarcastic look
and said, "It's called a tea party."
"It looked like you guys were planning something."
"You don't even say 'hi, how are you?' You just
immediately make assumptions about me as always."
"I have good reason to make assumptions about
you!" Fyora shouted.
"Why, because I might do this?"
Jhudora launched a dark nova at the faerie
queen, who quickly retaliated, hailing a volley of lovely purple ultranovas.
"OK now," Pearly had to interrupt her guests,
"let's all get along, I want you to feel at home. Fyora, I'm so glad you came.
Will you sit down in the 'place of honor'?"
She indicated the rocking chair at one end of
So the queen sat down and helped herself to
her favorite tea-time snack: Fyora day muffins, first sniffing one suspiciously
and taking a small bite of sweetly delightful delectability.
Soon, the faeries were highly entertained by
the performance of the enchanted dancing teeth, which clinked together and made
sounds like a xylophone. Everyone laughed with glee.
Then Pearly gave them a tour of her garden.
There were lots of sculptures; even the garden was made of trees and flowers
carved out of teeth.
In the middle, there was a pond with a fountain
that sprayed scented mouthwash on the surrounding 'plants'.
"This is incredible," Fyora was forced to admit.
At the end of the day, she was disposed to have a favorable opinion of the tooth
She went back to her castle, which now seemed
dull to her, in spite of its grandness. And she realized it was because... although
she like to surround herself with beautiful, glittery things, they were all
made by magic, whereas Pearly, a real artist, had made everything by hand.
It was weird, it was controversial... it was
Fyora then wrote a letter and delivered it:
"Dear Pearly White,
I had a great time at the tea party today; it
was very special. Your 'tooth art' has changed the way I look at the world!..
I was looking out my tower window just now and the clouds seem so bare. How
would you like to make me a monumentally giant sculpture?
All expenses will be paid!
Sincerely, Queen Fyora"
When Pearly received the letter, she was totally
overjoyed by the prospect. The queen was commissioning her to build a public
monument! This was too good to be true!
But where would she find a tooth big enough
She remembered she had a giant Tyrannian Elephante
tusk hidden away somewhere. She had never known what to do with it; it was decaying
in a lot of places and would take a lot of work to drill and fill all the cavities.
After giving it much careful and serious consideration,
she decided to leave it in its natural tusk-shape, but decorated it with gold
and silver patterned designs and filled the cavities with precious gems.
Her strong set of enchanted teeth helped her
to lift the tusk into an upright position and transport it over to Queen Fyora's
castle. Curious crowds gathered to witness the spectacle.
Pearly stood back and viewed her work with a
critical eye; it didn't seem finished yet. It needed more.
She flew up to the tip of the tusk, and with
a small hammer and chisel, carved a lyrically detailed relief of an accurate
map of Faerieland, with all its fantastic gardens floating amid the clouds.
After the carving was done, she painted over
it in glittering gem tones: ruby-red, emerald-green, sapphire-blue, and pearly
She took a lot of things she had collected over
the years, such as stones, seashells, flowers, leaves and curling vines that
were dipped in gold and attached in strategic places, to give the composition
a quality of depth.
The crowds watched her as she worked and gathered
more and more supplies.
Some news reporters even came to interview her,
so she got to be in the Neopian Times, and gave her famous speech: "I would
never hurt a living creature. Quite the opposite; I think of it as my duty to
ease the pain of all those who have lost their teeth."
This was how she became internationally well-known
as our modern-day tooth faerie.