- How old is this person?
- Male or female?
- Are you interested in this character?
- Does this work as an opening?
- What genre do you think it is?
Thank you for your comments.
I had a good forty winks going when the teacher’s drone filtered into my brain. After he said the word ‘wizard’, I sat up and took notice. He saw me and scrunched his face into a sour-lemon grimace. I didn’t bother raising my hand.
“You said magicians use fake crap to do their tricks, make elephants disappear, whatever. But you don’t know that.”
“Cord.” His voice held a warning. But like I cared.
I flipped a negligent hand at the world. “You can’t explain all of it, not without proof.”
“Show me proof it exists, then.”
“Man, that’s like saying prove your innocence.”
The teacher narrowed his eyes as if numbering my days on earth. Someone behind me snickered.
“Cord, the science is incontrovertible,” the teacher said from between clenched teeth. “The physics alone make it impossible—”