I asked the dentist what it was, where it came from, and if it had a name.
"It's the Toothfairy," he told me, adding that it was a gift from a friend and that no, he had no name for it other than Toothfairy.
I told him that I was pretty sure he'd been buffaloed and that, although the Toothfairy surely climbs down from there at night, he does not fish baby teeth from beneath pillows and leave coins in exchange.
"I think he actually eats the children and leaves just the teeth behind," I said.
The life-size Toothfairy fascinated me for the duration of my visit. I could not take my eyes from him. When the dentist was finished with my repair, I snapped a few pix with my phonecam. He looked terrifying from every angle, although I could only get so close.
"It came from a place called Katherine's," said my dentist as I got ready to leave. "They're out of Akron. They make ornaments and stuff."
When I got home, I wanted to learn more about the Toothfairy and its creator. Perhaps there would be fodder for a story, particularly since they were local. I really had to dig to find Katherine's Collections. When I got there, I was unable to access most of the pages as I didn't have a "customer number." I used the contact form, explaining I was a writer and that I was fascinated with the Toothfairy. Would they be amenable to talking with me?
I am certain they got my message because my hit counter logged a handful of visits from an ISP tagged "Katherine's Collections," but they have not yet answered my query. Their merchandise is on the Internet, but they're very cagey about how they sell it, which seems to be only at big craft shows. I found Lucifer over there on the left on Pamela's Corner along with a several other dolls from Katherine's Collections.
I am unsure why a vendor would be so secretive about their merchandise. Perhaps it creates mystique. In any event, My poking around has probably earned a visit from the Toothfairy. So if I go missing one day save for a collection of teeth upon my pillow, check the dentist office.
That is all.
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