Book One of the Towers of Azurelon Quartet.
At 10:30 PM, Tam Burns receives a call. He doesn't know who it's from, and he certainly doesn't know why. But he picks it up, and that's what matters, for this is where it begins.
"Who is this?"
"Tam, I have to ask you a question."
"It's not funny, I'm tired. If you don't tell me who you are right now, I'm gonna assume this is a prank call."
"It's a simple question, Tam."
"Who the heck are you?!"
"Very easy inquiry, really. If a human has no stimuli, will he think? Will he invent?"
"Okay, this really isn't funny. Who the heck are y-"
"If a human has no prompting, nothing to cause him to do anything, nothing to savor and nothing to lose, what would make him human?"
"I'm hanging up, now."
"I wouldn't do that if I were you, Mr. Burns."
"I'm going to ask you again. If one has nothing, what are they? No one to love, no one to hate, nothing to do, nothing to be. Would they go insane, or would they simply never develop? What would be left behind?"
"...I'm going to bed."
"This is a serious question, Tam. I want you to think about it. Don't put this away just yet. If said human did not know of any other-"
"You shouldn't have done that, Tam."
By the author of What Was Missing, DraconisSolutus.
(My second sci-fi book on Wattpad!)
Just because I'm writing this, it doesn't mean I'm not working on What Was Missing. It means that when I'm stuck on one, I'll work on the other. Just saying :D