Six Sentences: The Opposite of Everything

I’m having a go at Six Sentence Sunday today with an excerpt from what will be the last short story in my first collection, or maybe a longer work that stands on its own. The story hasn’t decided yet. Working title: The Opposite of Everything. Premise: a high school senior is forced to learn a real life lesson in politics in order to graduate.



“It’s important to understand that taxes are a de facto form of wealth redistribution.”
Mr. Wellsley paused behind a student whose face was planted on her desk in a warm nest made from her wool sweater. Before continuing, he raised the tip of the pool cue he used as a pointer. Like twirling spaghetti, he carefully swirled the chalked end of the stick in her tangle of red hair before giving it a sharp yank. Emily bolted upright, her surprised yelp cut short by the classroom’s laughter and the teacher’s glaring eyes.
“Do you understand why, Miss Barfield?”

Read more snippets at the official 6 Sentence Sunday website!