"What a tip," Mum said. "You need to have a clear up
"Why?" Abby asked.
"Why?" Mum repeated. "Because things get broken or lost when they're all
willy-nilly like this. Come on, have a tidy up now."
"But I'm very busy," Abby argued, "and it's boring on my own. Can't you
"No I can't, I'm busy too. But I'll give you extra pocket money if you
do a good job."
When Mum came back later all the toys and clothes and books had
"I'm impressed," said Mum. "But I'll inspect it properly later."
"It was easy," said Abby. "Can I have my extra pocket money now?"
"All right. Get it out of my change purse. It's in the kitchen tidy
In the kitchen Abby went over to the dresser and pulled open the tidy
drawer. She hunted for the purse.
"Any luck?" Mum asked.
Abby shook her head.
"It must be lurking at the bottom," Mum said. "Let's have a proper
She pulled the drawer out and carried it over to the table. Abby kneeled
up on a chair to look inside. There were lots of boring things like
staplers and string but there were lots of interesting things as well.
"What's this?" Abby asked, holding up a plastic bottle full of red
liquid. Mum laughed.
"Fake blood, from a Hallowe'en party years ago. Your Dad and I took you
to that, dressed up as a baby vampire. You were really scary."
"I don't remember that."
Abby carried on looking through the drawer. She found some vampire
teeth, white face paint, plastic witchy nails and hair gel. Mum pulled
out a glittery hair band. It had springs with wobbly balls on the top
that flashed disco colours. She put it on her head while she carried on
looking through the drawer. Abby found some sparkly hair elastics to
match the hair band. She made her Mum put lots of little bunches all
over her head so she looked really silly.
"I remember this," Abby said as she pulled out a plastic bag. "This is
from my pirate party." Inside there was a black, false moustache and
some big gold earrings.