Welcome to August (already?)! Let us get the month started with a little randomness. The Random Book prompt, to be exact.
Find a book or short story, preferably one you haven't read yet, and use its first line as your own. Credit goes where it's due, as always.
I pulled mine by going through Edgar Allan Poe's Complete Tales & Poems. In related news, Poe has a whole lot of opening lines that are completely unusable for this prompt.
The Facts In The Case Of M. Vandemar - Edgar Allan Poe
Of course I shall not pretend to consider it any matter for wonder, that the extraordinary case of M. Vandemar has excited discussion. Indeed, I would wager that there does not exist a man, woman, or child in this town who is not intimately familiar with the precise details of the whole sordid affair.
Although, most assuredly, it is not a tale any child should carry the terrible burden of knowing. Had I any say, all children not yet in their teenage years would have been sent away for the duration of the... unpleasantness.
But, of course, I did not. My time of power and influence is still, sadly, yet to come.