I don’t know if you’re aware of this, but mythological creatures have really tough jobs. While someone like Santa might have it easy, only having to go out one night a year, there are countless creatures who work hard day and night to make our lives a little easier, a little more magical.
Like cobbler elves, for example. Do you know how hard it is to make a pair of shoes? And they do it in a single night. All they ask is for some clothing in return.
Fairies might seem like a nuisance, what with stealing your keys and jewelry and the occasional child or two, but they also tend gardens and, well, steal your children away. Some might consider that a good thing.
But do we appreciate all they do? Of course not. We take their pranks and helping hands for granted. We don’t say thank you or leave them gifts of shiny things or pretty clothing. It’s no wonder that every so often they lose their minds.
Take, for instance, the Tooth Fairy in Darkness Falls (2003). We don’t know what she was doing before she started killing children who ventured into the dark, but I would say it stands to reason that she was minding her own business, collecting teeth and leaving money, making little necklaces out of the various canines and molars and selling them at her shop in fairyland, when one day she snapped. Kids these days aren’t happy with a dime under their pillow like they have been for decades. Now they want a whole dollar! Where do they think she gets the money? The market for handcrafted tooth jewelry is not exactly booming.
And on top of all that, the townsfolk make fun of her appearance and blame her for children going missing? Is it her fault Tooth Fairies aren’t quite as pretty as their sparkly garden counterparts?
So she takes out her frustrations on the children of Darkness Falls. So what? She deserves to lose her temper every once in a while. Plus, the town got an excellent urban legend about a creepy old lady out of the deal.