A pair of fables for children of all ages. In "The Kitsune and the Hypnalis", a Japanese mother tells her daughter a bedtime story of a meeting between two legendary creatures: the kitsune, a fox spirit with magical powers, and a hypnalis, a human-devouring snake that can shapeshift into a woman. In "A Visit From the Tooth Mouse", young Wendy awaits the tooth fairy's visit but instead discovers the tooth mouse has come to claim her baby tooth safely hidden under her pillow; undaunted by the rodent, Wendy intends to drive a hard bargain for her bicuspid. Two short stories by Keith B. Darrell. 2,485 words.