Flash Fiction: A fairy price

My parents might be lying to me. I don’t want to believe it but I have to find out for sure. 

Danielle Spencer had planted the seed for my suspicions. She’d been prancing about at school, a wicked smile on her face and a taunting snarl on her lips. 

“You know she’s not real, right?” She’d laughed at me, “Your parents wait until you’re asleep. Then they sneak into your room and swap it out for a coin. Only babies believe in the Tooth Fairy!” 

“That’s not true!” I’d protested, but her words stung and secretly I started to doubt. 

It niggled at me all afternoon and so I came up with a plan. I was going to find out once and for all, is the Tooth Fairy real?

I’d had to wait awhile before I could put my plan into action but today I lost a tooth. Keeping it a secret was hard, it had been wiggling in my gum for weeks and I’d had to gnaw softly on the opposite side of my mouth. Thankfully, Mum didn’t notice; she was just happy I was chewing my food in the first place. 

Usually I’d announce to the whole house when a tooth fell out. I’d run down the stairs and zoom into the kitchen, holding my little white stub up proudly for all to see. This time, I slipped it quietly out and put it in a little box under my bed. Then, once Mum and Dad had finished saying good night, I snuck the tooth out from its hiding spot and placed it gently under my pillow for the Tooth Fairy. If a coin appears, then the Tooth Fairy is real. If I come up empty and the tooth is still there… Well then, my parents are rotten liars. 

It’s been three nights now and I don’t have a single cent. 

Word count: 313

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What is Flash Fiction?

Flash fiction is a genre of fiction, defined as a very short story. While there’s no set word count that separates flash fiction from more traditional short stories, flash fiction stories can be as short as a few words (while short stories typically run for several pages).

Flash fiction is also known as sudden fiction, short-short stories, micro-fiction, or micro-stories.

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