LUCY: I’m packing a bag.
ME: Where are you going?
LUCY: To the ball. I’m a princess.
ME: Of course you are. What else did you pack?
LUCY: My stuff…like everything I need for the ball. Like gloves and necklaces.
ME: Good to be prepared, right?
LUCY: Yes. I’m packing my lipstick. Princesses always wear lipstick.
ME: They do?
LUCY: Yes. Because Cinderella wears lipstick. And I’m Cinderella.
ME: You are?
LUCY: Yes, and you are Ariel.
ME: I am? What makes me Ariel?
LUCY: Ariel wears a little tail.
ME: But I don’t have a tail.
LUCY: But you’re pretending to have a tail. Don’t you know that, silly goose? You’re pretend Ariel.
ME: Got it. I’m Ariel.
LUCY: And we’re best friends.
ME: Best friends, right. So, if you are Cinderella, do you have glass slippers?
LUCY: Yes, I have them on. I will wear them to the ball. And, I’m wearing my necklace and my little dress. And my crown. Do I look beautiful?
ME: Yes. You always look beautiful.
LUCY: I’m going to bring my camera too. I’m going to take loads of pictures ‘cause the ball is pretty.
ME: Of course, you’d want pictures of your big night out. So where’s your prince?
LUCY: At work.
ME: Is he? What’s his name?
LUCY: George. No, I mean Daddy. Daddy the prince.
ME: George really is a prince, you know. He’s a baby prince. In England.
LUCY: A baby can’t take me to the ball, silly. I need Daddy to be my prince. So he can drive me there. Is he coming home now?
ME: He’s on his way.
LUCY: Good, ‘cause my glass slipper is gone, and I need the prince to find it.
ME: What happens when Daddy finds it?
LUCY: He puts it back on me, because I’m Cinderella. Then we go to the ball.
ME: What do you do at the ball?
LUCY: Dance and play, of course.
ME: Of course. What about your fairy Godmother?
LUCY: I don’t have one of those.
ME: Why not?
LUCY: Because there are none in Florida State. Fairies live in Cinderella’s story. Not in our house.
ME: How silly of me. So no pumpkin turning into a coach? No dogs as coachmen?
LUCY: No. And no mouses turn into horses. Just princes. And shoes.
ME: A fairy tale, indeed.