- The big bad wolf. The moment he saw that woodsman come through the door with a huge axe. There was only one thing that woodsman was going to do with said axe and, sure enough, he did it. Result: one dead big bad wolf.
- Snow White's evil stepmother. The moment that mirror told her Snow White was alive, the stepmother reacted in the wrong way (and certainly from Snow White's perspective she did!). This was the point had the stepmother had her "thinking head" on, she should have realised it was time to move on, get out of the Kingdom before Snow White could "shop" her and go and lead a quiet unassuming life elsewhere. The stepmother didn't. The stepmother died.
- The uninvited bad fairy at Sleeping Beauty's christening. Said bad fairy should have realised when the other fairy turned up and weakened her original spell so it would no longer be fatal, that was the moment to pack up the wand and go and find a less demanding and stressful career. And maybe learn not to hold a grudge would be a good thing too.
In a magical world, things going wrong can have truly horrendous consequences. After all magic is a force. So when it comes to fairytale characters, at what point did they realise that today was the day they should have stayed at home with the covers pulled over their heads? Or taken a course of action in direct opposition to the one they did take?
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.