- Dodgy deals are the norm. By nobody's standards anywhere could swapping a good cow for a handful of beans ever be considered a good deal.
- As with anywhere, people will tell you tall stories to get the deal. Magic beans? Really? Okay... so they might be but where will that lead? To adventure and trouble where death by giant is a very real possibility. Are you sure you need that in your life? And of course the magic beans story could be just that - a story. It doesn't matter what world you're in - people will lie if they think they can benefit from it.
- Helping out can lead to trouble. NOT helping out can lead to trouble. If you help out an old crone, they are likely to be a powerful witch in disguise. Yes, they will reward you but you will probably have to go on a quest first. It is highly unlikely to be a "safe" quest - there really is no such thing. If you don't help them, no reward or trouble BUT you may be transformed into something unpleasant for being such an unhelpful, selfish being. Your call..
Never, ever work in marketing if you ever find yourself in a magical world. Why?
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.