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“I guess I should go brush my teeth now,” said Anja, “Will you wait for me?”

“May I come with you?” Ella asked.

“Okay!”

Ella followed Anja to the bathroom while the other fairies were having a pretend tea party in the doll house. Anja brushed her teeth while Ella played with her reflection in the mirror. Anja dried her face on a towel and realized that she was starting to feel sleepy. She looked up and Ella was gone. Anja ran back to her room and all the fairies were gone. She looked out the window, but saw only the big oak tree in the moonlight. Where’d they go? Anja wondered as she rubbed her eyes and flopped down on her bed.

* * *
Anja’s daddy came into her room and found Anja asleep. He pulled the blanket over her and kissed her on the forehead, “Good night, sweet girl,” he said.

As he turned, he noticed Anja’s muddy foot hanging out from under the blanket.

How did…? Oh, never mind, he thought.

He looked out the open window. “Better close this and keep those pesky bugs out,” he said.

* * *

The next morning was Saturday and Anja was awoken by a tapping on her window. It was her friend Oliver who had come over to play with her. Anja got up and opened her window.

“Hi Anja! Wanna play down by the pond today?” Oliver asked, “We can chase dragonflies and maybe catch some frogs!”

“OK,” said Anja as she rubbed her eyes, “But I have to get dressed first. Wait there.”

“I’ll be over by the big tree,” said Oliver.

While Anja was getting dressed, she remembered the night before. She wondered if it really happened or if it was just a dream, and if she would ever see her new fairy friends again, especially Ella. She picked up her little golden music box sitting on the shelf and wound the key. Then she placed it on the windowsill and opened the top. The little ballerina danced in circles and the sweet music played into the backyard. Anja was about to turn away, but then she noticed something. The tiny yellow buttercup was still inside the music box. Anja smiled and then spent the day chasing dragonflies and catching frogs down by the pond with her friend Oliver, but she couldn’t wait until night time when the stars come out.

THE END


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