With the overwhelming success of their first day of business, Kelley and Theodora threw themselves into round-the-clock soapmaking. Being a fairy, Theodora needed little to no sleep so while Kelley slept like a dead person every night (poor girl was totally wiped out) Theodora sprang into action. Remember the story of the Elves and the Shoemaker? That was loosely based on our very own Kelley and Theodora!
As soon as Kelley had fallen asleep, Theodora went to the shop door and gave a near silent whistle. Within moments, a flock of fairies appeared at the door. To the observer, it would appear as though a number of large and ornate butterflies had flown in and were hovering in the doorway, attention fixed at Theodora. In reality, they were listening as Theodora silently issued the night’s working orders.
After a few minutes of total silence, the flock broke up and fairies went flitting here and there and before long, the shop was a beehive of quiet activity. To the human ear, they worked in total silence… their warbling songs unheard by all except other fairies and Kelley, of course. But she was sleeping soundly and was wholly unaware of what was happening.
The fairies worked through the night and as the sun began to peek over the horizon, they bowed as one to Theodora and as quickly as they had arrived, they were gone. Theodora looked around in satisfaction – soap was curing on every available surface of the shop. Dozens of molds held the equivalent of hundreds and hundreds of bars in every color and summery, flowery scent imaginable. Oh, wouldn’t the Princess be surprised! With a gentle yawn, she stretched her wings and then lay down to sleep amongst the molds.
Several hours later, Kelley arose and made her way into the shop below where she stopped in amazement. Soap. Curing. Everywhere. What? Who? Huh?! She wandered around the various different molds and sniffed each and every one. So yummy! This simply had to be the work of her amazing and fabulous friend. It would take a few weeks for the soap to cure, but in the meantime there was plenty to do. She woke Theodora up and asked her (silently, of course) – “what do you know about lotions or salves?”