***Disclaimer – Not Suitable for Children***
My hand swooped blindly under the closest pillow. Nothing. I slowly slid my fingers around the sheets. Still nothing. I grimaced and climbed down from the edge of the bunk bed. Sneaking around the perimeter, I searched the next pillow in my reach. A hard iPad case greeted me. Fine. I hoisted myself up to perch on the bottom bed and grasped the top rails carefully, using my teeth to keep track of the dollar bills. Eww. Yeah, that’s gross.
I closed my eyes in the dark and reached farther. Warm skin. Oops. My bare feet moved across the bottom rail as the bed creaked with my weight. I reached farther, elbow scraping through the top and middle slats. Stuffed animal arm. That’s not it. I stretched with my ear against the rails and was rewarded with a tiny tooth fairy pillow. Score! I slid it out from under the pillow with excitement.
OMG. I lost the tooth.
The tooth must have fallen out of the tiny pillow, bounced around the desk next to the bed, and against the wall. I would never find it in the dark. I folded the money into the pocket of the pillow and shook my head as I slid it under my daughter’s head.
A hand grabbed onto my calf and I twitched in shock, suspended at the edge of the bunk bed. “Mom, what are you doing?” My oldest daughter said, as she held onto me.
I shook my leg free. “Nothing. Shhhh.”
My shoulders hunched in shame at my epic failure as I failed to exit like a ninja. The door clattered loudly as I continued my retreat. I hope I remember to find that tooth before they do.