It was a pretty thing with fairies, rainbows and unicorns. It had hung in the second-hand shop for as long as Merielle could remember. She loved it, but you can’t buy cot-toys when you’re a young woman living the life, can you?
When she fell pregnant, the mobile was still in the shop window, sparkling in the sun. Merielle got it cheaply, the shopkeeper said he was glad to see it go.
When baby Amelia was born Merielle hung the pretty mobile above her cot. Until one morning Amelia was gone – and all the fairies were gone from the cot-toy.