Re: The Tooth Fairy

Telling us a variant on Pratchett’s multiple tooth fairies, “The Tooth Fairy,” by Jeffrey Valka sounds exactly like the absurd thing a father tells his kids just to mess with them. Like Calvin’s Dad. You might feel like you’ve heard this sort of thing before, and then the last line of the story turns the whole thing on its head.

I suspect this sort of effect, where the line that sets it apart comes at the end, works only for very short pieces. The whole thing exists for the sake of the zinger.

Good for a gap-toothed smile.