(scene opens in dim foyar)
Gamma: (skipping downstairs) Mom! I lost a tooth!
Me: (frazzled) Well, give it to me so I can put it in the Tooth Fairy Box.
Gamma: (stops, startled) I don’t know where it is.
Me: What do you mean? Go back upstairs and get it.
Gamma: I woke up without it.
Me: You lost it in your sleep?
Gamma: Yeah, I think I swallowed it.
Me: Seriously. (suspicious) Did you go to bed with the tooth and wake up without it?
Gamma: (confused) No, I didn’t have it before bed last night. Maybe it’s down here.
Me: (headache starts) So, you wiggled it and it fell out last night before you went to bed. Do you remember where you were when it fell out?
Gamma: I might have been at school.
Me: Why do you only loose teeth at school? Did you drop it? Did you leave it in your desk?
Gamma: (vacantly) I don’t know. I think it just fell out.
Me: (flatly) It just fell out. It fell out of your mouth without you noticing.
Me: Or was there suddenly this weird thing in your mouth and you just swallowed it?
Gamma: (disinterested) I might have done that.
Carrot’s Inner Voice: Child, I am seriously starting to doubt your intellectual capacity.
Me: (out loud) Well, I can’t help you then. Get your shoes on and let’s get to school.
Gamma: (recovered) I can just write a note to the Tooth Fairy explaining.
Me: You write a lot of notes to the Tooth Fairy.