Look. Brain. I know researching this fic has taken you to some scary places.
But that is no excuse for indulging in a TV Tropes binge and finding yourself an hour later on Know Your Meme looking through Dancing Spider Man videos.
A brief excerpt:
"If Janine's a witch, why can't she do magic?" she asked.
"'Cos she's not allowed, it's against the rules," said Ben. "And 'cos she's a teacher's pet."
"Wow," said Melanie. "If I could do magic I would change all the rules. She must be really boring. Or you're lying," she said, peering at him suspiciously. "My mum says there's no such thing as witches."
"There is so!" insisted Ben. "She got a letter from an owl. I bet your mum says there's no such thing as owls, too."
"...No, I don't think she ever said that," said Melanie, doubtfully.
"Anyway, witches are secret," said Ben. "So of course your mum thinks they don't exist."
"Why are witches secret?" Melanie asked.
"Well, because..." Ben trailed off. This was a fair question. "Well, because they have to be! Because people don't believe in them, and so everyone would think they were mad, wouldn't they? It's like how nobody believes there are monsters but you can always hear them breathing in the dark, waiting for you."
"Oh, yeah," said Melanie. "And the Tooth Fairy too," she added. "I got a note from the Tooth Fairy but Linda says there's no such thing. It was signed."
"Nah, Linda's right," said Ben. "The Tooth Fairy's just your mum putting stuff under your pillow. Remember that time I lost those three teeth here?" He stuck his tongue through the hole.
Melanie nodded. Ezekiel Duncan had ambushed them on the way home and hit him in the jaw, and there had been blood everywhere.
"Well, Mrs. Zambrano from upstairs told me it's a mouse that takes your teeth," said Ben, breathlessly, "but I said, no, it's the Tooth Fairy, everyone knows that, so I pretended to sleep and I saw my mum take my teeth instead, and when I asked her she told me everything."
Melanie seemed distressed at this, but then her eyes went wide in sudden comprehension. "...do you think that's why my mum says the Tooth Fairy's real but not witches?"
"I bet it is," said Ben. "Grownups think we don't know anything."
Legal Disclaimer - Site Map