âThe waterâs really warm!â Rachel Walker said, laughing. She was sitting on a rock, dipping her toes in one of Rainspell Islandâs deep blue tide pools. Her friend Kirsty Tate was looking for shells on the rocks nearby.
âBe careful not to slip, Kirsty!â called Mrs. Tate. She was sitting farther down the beach with Rachelâs mom.
âOK, Mom!â Kirsty yelled back. She looked down at her bare feet, and a patch of green seaweed beneath them began to move. There was something blue and shiny tangled up in the seaweed. âRachel! Come over here,â she shouted.
Rachel hopped across the rocks. âWhat is it?â she asked.
Kirsty pointed to the seaweed. âThereâs something blue under there,â she said. âI wonder if it could it be . . .â
âSky the Blue Fairy?â Rachel said eagerly.
A few days before, Rachel and Kirsty had discovered a magical secret. The wicked Jack Frost had banished the seven Rainbow Fairies from Fairyland with a magic spell. Now the fairies were hidden all over Rainspell Island. Until they were all found there would be no color in Fairyland. Rachel and Kirsty had promised the Fairy King and Queen that they would help find the fairies.
The seaweed twitched.
Rachel felt her heart beat faster.
âMaybe the fairy is all tangled up,â she whispered. âLike Fern was when she landed in the ivy on the tower.â
Fern was the Green Rainbow Fairy. Rachel and Kirsty had already found Fern and her sisters Ruby, Amber, and Sunny.
Suddenly, a crab crawled out from under the seaweed at Kirstyâs feet. The crab was bright blue and very shiny. Tiny rainbows sparkled across its shell. It didnât look like any of the other crabs on the beach.
Kirsty and Rachel smiled at each other. This must be more of Rainspell Islandâs special magic!
âOh, no! Fairy in trouble!â the crab muttered in a tiny voice. It sounded scratchy, like two pebbles rubbing together.
âDid you hear that?â Rachel gasped.
The crab stopped and peered up at the girls with his little stalk eyes. Then he stood up on his back legs.
âWhatâs he doing?â Kirsty asked in surprise.
The crab pointed one claw toward some rocks farther along the beach, under the cliffs. He rushed forward a few steps, then came back and looked up at Rachel and Kirsty again. âOver there,â he said.
âI think he wants us to follow him,â Rachel said.
âYes! Yes!â said the little crab, clicking his claws. He set off sideways across a large, flat rock.
Kirsty turned to Rachel. âMaybe he knows where Sky is!â
âI hope so,â Rachel replied, her eyes shining.
The crab moved off the rocks and headed across a stretch of sand. Rachel and Kirsty followed him. It was a hot, sunny day. Seagulls flew over the beach on strong, white wings.
âRachel, Kirsty, itâs almost lunchtime!â called Mrs. Walker. âWeâre going back to Dolphin Cottage.â
Kirsty looked at Rachel in dismay. âBut we have to stay here and look for the Blue Fairy!â she whispered.
The little crab jumped up and down, kicking up tiny puffs of sand. âFollow me, follow me!â he said. The girls couldnât leave him now!
Rachel thought quickly. âMom?â she called back. âCould we have a picnic here instead, please?â
Mrs. Walker smiled. âWhy not? Itâs a beautiful day. And we should make the most of the last three days of our vacation. Iâll head back to the cottage with Kirstyâs mom and make some sandwiches. You girls stay out of the water until we get back, OK?â
Only three days,
and three more Rainbow Fairies to find: Sky, Inky, and Heather!
The two girls waved as their moms headed off toward the cottages. Kirsty turned to Rachel. âWeâd better hurry. Theyâll be back soon.â
The crab set off again, this time over a