All through the hood, the children are whispering: tonight. Tonight is the night!
A pair of dubs, a bag of rubbers, maybe a fifth of Tanqueray–the children will take their special gifts and leave them in the secret spot under the porch. They’ll try not to sleep, and fail; and in the night, the Chronic Fairy will arrive–
And when the children wake and turn their pillows, oh! Dime bags and nickel bags! Spliffs and bricks!
“Thank you, Chronic Fairy!” they’ll shriek in delight.
And the Doctor will smile, and flutter his wings, and whizz away home to the Aftermath.