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    A Mouthful of Magic

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    Indira Chellaram (11)

    Kowloon Junior School

    字數 Word Count: 0(中) 546(Eng)


    “Sugar will rot your teeth!” Mum always shouts when she catches me with my hand in the candy jar. I know I shouldn’t eat them, but I cant resist lollipops, Hi-chews or anything sweet. Today I’m going to the dentist and need a mouthful of gummies to calm my nerves.


    I hate going to the dentist’s office. It’s cold, strange and smells like toothpaste. I can hear children screaming behind the door. I feel a knot growing in my stomach. I wonder what the dentist will say about my teeth. I need to get out of here fast!


    I tell mum that I need the toilet and zoom out of the office. Outside, I see an old woman chewing gum. She smiles a toothless smile and hands me some rainbow-coloured gum. As I sink my teeth into it, I feel a sprinkle of magic in my mouth.


    Suddenly my head starts spinning and everything around me grows. My nose twitches. I look at my hands and see pale pink hamster paws. I look at my rear and see a tail. I run to a shop window and look at my reflection.
    “Ahhhhhhhhhhh!” I squeak. “I’m a rat!”


    “Hello Amy,” says a gentle voice behind me. I turn around and see a rat with a shiny black coat and pearly white teeth.
    “I’m Perez the Tooth Rat,” he says. “Follow me.” Although I have never heard of a Tooth Rat, I follow Perez through a shiny mouse hole.


    On the other side is a factory called the ‘Wonder-Tooth-Land’. I see rats with name tags pushing wheelbarrows full of teeth. The factory rats pour the teeth onto a conveyer belt, which goes through a machine that marks them ‘good’ or ‘bad.’


    Tubes hanging from the ceiling suck the good teeth up to wash and polish them. They land in a tub of sparkles labeled Magic Tooth Dust. The sparkly teeth get glazed and baked in an oven. When ready, they are put into little boxes and stored.


    “Good teeth are used to power the tooth fairy’s magic wand,” Perez explains. “Like batteries.”
    “Wow! I can’t wait for my teeth to turn into magic batteries,” I squeal.
    “Well… this only happens to good teeth,” he warns. “Let me show you what happens to bad teeth.”


    We go behind the factory to a large pit which smells of rotten eggs, mouldy cheese, and deathly tar, plaque and decay. I see all kinds of creepy crawlies slither into the pit and gobble up the bad teeth until all that’s left is a nasty green slime.


    “I don’t want my teeth to be eaten up by creepy crawlies!” I shout, feeling sick. “I promise to clean my teeth and stay away from candy!”
    Perez hands me a toothbrush sprinkled with magic tooth dust. I brush my teeth and feel another sprinkle of magic in my mouth.


    Suddenly I’m back at the dentist’s office. It’s my turn. As I sit in the dentist’s chair, I notice a terrarium in the corner. Inside, is a black rat with pearly teeth.
    “What clean teeth you have Amy,” the dentist says looking into my mouth.


    Relieved, I look over at the rat who winks at me.
    No more candy for me.
    Maybe I’ll eat cake instead.

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