It's a story called Cinnamon, which I wrote some years ago (inspired by a Lisa Snellings carousel sculpture). It's never been collected anywhere, and it's illustrated on the web by Jill Karla Schwarz, one of my favourite illustrators. One day we have to turn it into a picture book, but until then you'll have to make do with the three pictures you get (and the blinking parrot).
So go to http://www.neilgaiman.net/cinnamon.html and click on the Cinnamon logo.
(And then, if you feel the urge, go and browse their site, and thank DreamHaven for giving Cinnamon a home...)
Am on a quickly-go-and-look-at-colleges expedition with Holly, who is now a senior at high school, and where did the last seventeen years go? Due to traffic and train problems we just got into our hotel at 4.00am.
Pleasantly surprised, at end of long train journey, to stumble over a terribly nice review of Coraline in "The Literary Review", which I'd bought (along with a Comics Journal) to read on the train.
Tomorrow is going to be a long day.