GENRE: Upper MG Science-Fantasy
Dwyth Oruf focused on the giant lizard a few feet in front of him. He extended his Telepathic Influence toward it like a finger, and poked its brain.
Come on, you big stupid lizard—let me in!
Two hundred and fifty pounds of tough yellow skin and muscle—all of which stood perfectly still inside his log hut—stared back at him. So did Zeph, the older boy who stood a few feet to the left of the lizard, administering Dwyth the test. If Zeph hadn’t been controlling the beast with his Influence, it would’ve been running wild around the straw-floored hut. The older boy had been inside the beast’s head since the start of the test, keeping it still as a safety precaution.
Dwyth gritted his teeth. It wasn’t working. He couldn’t penetrate the lizard’s brain with his own Influence. No matter how hard he tried.
No surprise there. But no way was he giving up. Not this time. Of all times, not this time—his last chance for a future in society.
Come on, come on…He tried to tighten his mind’s extension, make it firmer so it could pierce through.
But it still wasn’t happening.
Please, just this once…
After a minute he felt Zeph’s Influence give a tug, and the beast slithered up to Zeph, who tenderly stroked its head.
No—that couldn’t be it! It was over too quick.
“I think that’ll do, Dwyth,” Zeph said softly.