- Being chief dragon counter. Someone has to know how many of the beasts they are. It's always good to know exactly what you're facing and their numerical strength.
- Being magical food taster/spell tester. Someone like the wicked stepmother isn't going to test her spell to poison the apple out on herself first. Yet she has to make sure it is going to work so what you do is either get some minion and poison them first. Or if she doesn't want to have dead minions all over the place, she'll modify the spell so the minion is only made unwell for a few hours. She can then strengthen doses to fatal levels for later use.
- Being responsible for the Chief Witch's stock room. If there is one iota of one thing missing or not readily to hand when she wants it, whoever does this job will find themselves out of it again very fast. They'll also be knocking on heaven's gate hoping to get in.
- Being the bearer of bad news to the major magical power in the realm. The more honourable the ruler, the less likely it is the bearer of bad news will die. Unfortunately the magical world often has Grand Viziers and the like ruling it and they're all treacherous and will kill without a second thought. So telling them bad news (though someone at some stage will have to) is not going to be a career with long term prospects.
Fairytale characters come in all shapes and sizes. The heroes and heroines of the fairytale are very much the stars of the stage. But behind the scenes in any world, magical or otherwise, some poor clot has to to the necessary tasks that helps keep their world going. After all where would any of us be without the dustbin collections? Up to our ears in litter... So some jobs that are carried out in the fairy world could include:-
I'm Allison Symes and I write novels, short stories as well as some scripts and poems. I love setting my work in my magical world, the Fairy Kingdom, and my favourite character is Eileen, who believes hypocrisy is something that happens to other people without caring that statement is hypocritical in itself! Eileen is huge fun to write for and about.