Maureen sat down with a sigh outside of a Turkish cafe in New York. A street performer saw her and immediately recognized a tourist. “I am Vasile Karetskya!” he bowed. “One of only 1,313 True Magicians in the entire world. Behold!”
Honestly, the guy was good. Maureen dropped a fiver in his hat. Encouraged, Vasile did more. A crowd gathered and his tricks became even more elaborate. Soon, he had hundreds of rabbits leaping out of one hat and disappearing down another.
With his astonishing final act, the crowd roared with approval.
Light years away, Earth’s first hyper-capable starship cruised through hyperspace. On the bridge, Captain Lagrange gazed at the forward screen, scowling at what he saw there.
Beside him, eminent scientist Doctor Jin Soo Park watched the screen too. He said, “I always had a theory about this. For a magician to truly make something disappear, it must enter hyperspace.” He pointed at the screen. “Look at all those rabbits!”
“That’s not the worst of it,” grated Lagrange.
“The other day, we had to dodge the Empire State Building!”
Written for FLASH FICTION FOR THE PURPOSEFUL PRACTITIONER: https://flashfictionforthepracticalpractitioner.wordpress.com/2017/07/27/flash-fiction-for-the-purposeful-practitioner-2017-week-29/