HONOR SYSTEM (any gender mid teens to mid twenties)
You know the school honor system: If you let your magic get exposed in any way outside the school, you have to tell.
Tonight I had an accident. I was in my room, I was refining some powders. Mr. Metcher gave me a mix of them for homework. But he must have given me a some lethal combination because the powders caught fire. Now there are burns all over the second floor walls of my house.
I did the right thing. I called Mr. Metcher tonight and told him about it. He said-
He said I have to use gasoline to burn the rest of my house down. He says there's too much risk of powder residue being discovered. As if anyone other than a wizard is going to know those powders. But if I don't burn the house, he'll just do it for me and I'll be kicked out of school.
The kind of magic you do- a lot of people warned me about it. But they've also told me that you're the only wizard who scares Mr. Metcher.
Can we talk?
Copyright 2016 by Matt Haynes.
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