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She filled page after page over the months, and for a time grew excited, since it seemed to her she had started to recall more of her past. But after a year, when she carefully reread the contents of her journal, she was chilled: What she thought she had remembered was painfully silly; no more than fluff culled from fairy tales and cartoon shows. Every time she had woken from dreams clutching a priceless piece of remembrance, hurrying to write it down, she must have been still in the grip of the dream.

Daddy ordering three hunters to bring down a stag for the festival: that was from The Princess and the Peasant, obviously. And this next entry, scrawled in the predawn dimness so that the letters slanted across the blue lines on the page: The woman in red sings about God, a pretty song. Even now she could bring the scene to her mind's eye, hear fragments of the melody--but no one dressed like that, and no one sang like that.

The upper corner of the page bore a scrawled mess of a drawing: She had meant to depict a dress made of feathers, something she had thought to recall, even to the sensation of her fingers brushing across dozens of feathers all at once. But Annika the Magic Girl on television wore a feathered dress, and clearly this was where the false memory had come from.

Yes, to read these penciled notes still brought flashes of impressions to her mind, and she felt something tremble at her core. But she couldn't make herself believe they were true memories; she had been playing pretend too much, had spent too much time wanting to be a princess, and so she had imagined these snatches of dream were meaningful. With regret, Christine went to the latest entry in her journal, wrote "THE END" below it, closed the notebook, and put it at the bottom of her sock drawer. Months became years; Christine still daydreamed of being a princess, and still pined for her former life, but in a more and more abstracted fashion, as a routine matter, then an intermittent bad habit, the way some people bite their nails.

When she was ten, Tap Fullmoon began to fade away. She didn't notice it the first time, not really: She was at school, and she'd been working on her tasks hard, not paying attention to anything except the book she was reading from and the questions on her sheet. She looked up at one point, once she was nearly done, expecting to see at least the tip of his ears peeking over her desk, but she couldn't sense him.

She looked at the clock, saw that she had less than ten minutes to finish, and bent back to the sheet of paper. When the last bell rang, he was there at her side, putting his paw in her hand, as always; she didn't question the situation. But it happened again the next day, during recess: She was by herself, waiting for her friend Freynie to come back from the bathroom. Tap was chattering to her about unimportant things, and suddenly he fell silent.

She looked down and he had gone. This would happen sometimes if someone were about to step over him; but always she would see him somewhere else close by, grinning at his own speed and cleverness. She looked about; he was nowhere in sight. Freynie came back from the bathroom and started telling Christine all about her older cousin Leon who was old enough to smoke. Christine could barely listen, all her energies focused on seeking her absent friend, until she suddenly sensed Tap was back; and he was, perching on a windowsill, batting his big eyes at her.

She relaxed, told herself this meant nothing, that it would not happen again. But of course it did, again, and again, for periods of time ranging from five minutes to over two hours. And then, one Seventh Day, she woke up to an empty room, and for all that she concentrated on him, with desperate energy, he wouldn't appear. The tears came to her eyes, as they almost never did anymore.

She was being stupid, she told herself: She was simply growing too old for this sort of fantasy. She knew the difference between real and make-believe.

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Knew that what she imagined had no intrinsic grounding in reality. She had known this for years, nearly half her life. And yet she couldn't help but miss the imaginary rabbit terribly. Tap was gone most of the day, but then, an hour before supper, he returned. She was sitting at the desk in her room, doing an arithmetic problem.

She kept making mistakes when she had to divide by fractions, and was laboriously erasing her answer for the third time. Then she felt Tap's presence suddenly, at her back, and when she turned he was there. His eyes had lost their twinkle and his cartoonish expression was one of sadness--almost despair. I'll try to keep it from happening again, but You must be brave But don't feel bad. It's okay. I think maybe I'm growing too old to have an imaginary friend She was stunned: In all the years he had been her companion, he had never done anything of the sort. Every move he made, no matter how swift, had always been continuous--she had been astonished sometimes at her own powers of imagination, more spectacular than any animated trickery on television.

But this time, Tap had actually blinked between one place and the next. The discontinuity rasped at her nerves, a deep wrongness. And now, compounding the strangeness, he spoke to her in a dead-serious tone, sounding like a priest at First Day confession. I am not imaginary. I was constantly there for you, because you needed me. You still need me now, but something has gone wrong with me. I'm not sure what; when I'm not there I'm still there, but everywhere at once I can't explain it, because I don't understand it.

I'm not very smart, really. All I know is I may not be able to stay with you much longer. I made you up," she whispered. Dora at school used to have an imaginary friend too, he was an invisible boy called Tod A little part of me may have come from your mind, but most of me does not. In an instant I was made and in the next sent out after you; I flew so fast I think there were more like me at the beginning; many of us, seeking for you. But only I could reach you, and you were fleeing away so swiftly, I barely could keep up.

But one of my paws was grasping your hand, and I was pulled down, down, down, along with you I remember those first days; you were so upset that you had lost the power of speech. You were screaming and wailing, and I was there for you. I let you see me, and feel my fur, and it soothed you.

You don't remember, do you? Oh, my princess, I'm old. It shouldn't be possible for me to age but I feel old; something's gone wrong. It's like I'm in a thousand pieces inside Her imagination was running amok. There was no resistance; her outstretched fingers passed through his presence as through air. No one sees you except me. If I were made up, would you be thinking to yourself what I'm saying to you? I was sent to you, I was charged--" "That's enough!

She closed her eyes and dropped her voice to a whisper. I don't want to hear those things. You're making me sad. Go away! I don't want to believe in you anymore! I will not I will not. I'm sorry. I love you.

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She was looking at the ceiling, and pinpoints of light swam in the periphery of her vision; her back and shoulders hurt. The door to her room opened; Uncle rushed in, saw her and knelt by her side. I heard you shout, and then a thump. Did you fall off the chair? I was playing, just playing. I was playing pretend, and I tilted the chair really far back, and then I fell. I'm sorry, Uncle. I'm taking you to the hospital. He had her lie down in the backseat and would frequently look over his shoulder at her. She assured him she was feeling much better, but each time he forbore to answer and returned in silence to his driving.

Was he angry at her? His face was its normal color, so perhaps he was only worried. Christine herself felt shame at her condition; she dwelled on it, tried to drown herself in it. Anything rather than think about what had just occurred. That feeling of dislocation, the rush of strangeness in her She mustn't think about it. Her hand, of itself, moved out to feel the reassuring touch of fur; it encountered only air.

Hope and trust, trust and--she was starting to cry, and desperately told herself, I'm so ashamed, I'm so ashamed, I was playing pretend like a little girl and I fell out of the chair and my uncle is going to all this trouble for me The doctor was kind in an impersonal sort of way. He asked her to focus on a little light he shone into her eyes, to hold out her arms in front of her and keep them steady.

Did it hurt when he touched here, or there? She kept her answers almost mechanical throughout, related the stripped-down story she almost believed herself, about goofing off in the chair and falling down. This wasn't supposed to be a bad day for you. Do you know your ascendant? In the end the doctor nodded his head sagaciously. She just had a scary fall and bumped her noggin hard. She tried her best to hold them back, but her entire body was shaken by sobs.

You had a good scare, didn't you? For the first time, she felt she had truly engaged his attention. And Uncle was gaping at her over the doctor's shoulder. She was so scared, so bereft, that she sobbed out the whole story: how she'd had an imaginary rabbit friend, how he'd told her he wasn't imaginary, how she had said that was enough, and been so frightened at his words that she'd sent him off and she'd fallen out of the chair then When she was done, she felt a ghastly relief spread through her like venom.

This must be what confession felt like when one had real sins on one's conscience. After confession came penance, of course, and she knew she was in for some unpleasantness. Uncle would rage and storm, call her names, maybe confine her to her room. But she could look him in the face now, hold his shocked gaze without trembling, now that she had scooped out all her secrets and utterly betrayed her younger self.

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I need to talk to your uncle; we'll be right back," said the doctor. Christine nodded obediently and sat in the black vinyl and chrome chair for fifteen minutes by the clock on the wall, feeling and thinking almost nothing. Finally the door to the examination room opened again; Uncle came in to take her back home. He was silent during the whole journey. Christine, sitting in the right front seat, said nothing either. She watched the scenery pass by, slowly in the distance, so very fast close to her.

So was her life moving now, her childhood receding in the distance. Tap was gone; why should she think about him any longer? They reached Uncle's house in the suburbs, parked in the driveway. Uncle got out and opened the door for her. It was as he was helping her up, her hand tiny in his big meaty paw, that he finally spoke. Almand next Second Day. Carl Almand's office was all the way across town; Uncle's chauffeur drove her there as he did for school, but it took a lot longer. She guessed, of course, what kind of doctor she was being sent to, but she knew little about them, and had not dared asked Uncle for any details.

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She wished she had brought her Jessica along, though she had stopped playing with her a full year ago. The plastic doll at least was tangible. Christine had expected Dr.

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Almand would practice in a modern clinic, a white square building. In fact it was on the second floor of what had been a private home and had been divided up into apartments and small offices. Almand himself opened the door to his office when the chauffeur knocked. Very well. You can wait in the smoking lounge at the end of the corridor; we won't be more than forty-five minutes.

Won't you come in, Christine? Almand had her sit on a chair at first, while he studied a lot of papers, among which was her astrological chart. He was a tallish man, with a very round face and sparse sandy hair. He had on casual clothes, neither suit nor cloak, but brown trousers and a pale violet shirt, open at the throat, without a tie. He wore glasses--why did doctors always wear glasses? The light from the windows was reflected in his lenses, and she could also see tiny rounded images of the papers he was looking at.

Almand leaned back in his chair. Your uncle asked me to see you because he's afraid there may be something wrong with your mind. I'm not saying he thinks you're crazy. He doesn't think you're crazy, and I don't think you're crazy either. We're just Why does he think I'm In a low voice she said, "I used to have an imaginary friend; but now he's gone.

Other people have had imaginary friends. A friend of mine had one. You are ten years old. How long have you had this friend? Almand, pointing to the shelves on the side walls of the office, which indeed overflowed with them. If yours lasted so long, I think it means something has been bothering you. Making you unhappy. That's what imaginary friends are, Christine, they're a way to help unhappy children cope with the world around them. Would you say you're unhappy, in any way? I like school. I like learning things. I'm happier now than I was before.

I was Did you feel bad about yourself? Not that. I missed my father. I can't remember him, but I know that when I was young I could, and I cried because he had been taken away from me. She drew a blank. When I was four, Daddy went away; he didn't die--my mom was dead, but he didn't die. I went with Uncle. I suppose I had to. It was You have no memory of it, do you? I know my mother had died a long time before that. I know I couldn't stay with him, even though I wanted to I think I used to know, maybe, when I was young, but it faded.

Almand made a note on a pad of paper, steepled his fingers and leaned forward, his round face looking very grave. This year we have a lesson on it every week, on Fourth Day. She stood up, outraged. No one's ever Almand smiled appeasingly at her. Please, sit down. I won't keep you here any longer today. I'll make us an appointment for next Sixth Day, after school, and we can talk some more, okay? She came to see him after school four days later. She didn't want to go, she had kept trying to imagine excuses not to see him, but in the end she could not avoid it. Tap hadn't come back; she had tried to will him back into existence a dozen times, but always it was as if she were struggling to overturn a concrete wall: the sense of exertion against something so immovable it was worse than futile.

And she was worried about herself. Worried that Uncle was right in his concern; worried that she was indeed having problems with her mind. Worried that even Dr. Almand might be correct. There was a couch in Dr. Almand's office.

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