ARGH!!! As I'm typing my characters are ending up in ways I've never imagined!!!! There's drama! DRAMA! I NEVER INTENDED DRAMA!!! I know this is a good thing, but it's annoying....
Anyways, my current WIP as the characters evolve seems to be about a boy and a girl. They live in a society based off magic. Twice a year they have an Assessment where everybody can get rated on their magical knowledge, power, and / or technique. If you score high enough you're whisked away for a life of luxury learning magic and supporting the state.
The boy and girl are childhood friends, they grew up in a small country town. Five years ago the girl scored amazingingly high on her assessment. She was the town's success story, whisked away from obscurity to learn at Scholomance, the greatest magic school in the country. When she finally returns to help with the latest assessment after five years she's like a completlely different person. While she was once a happy-go-lucky tomboy, she's now become something like a manipulative princess and she's become a Warlock, the most volitile and dangerous type of magic involving summoning demons. She's become a broken bird. I think I might be a bit heavy handed with the damage but oh well, that's what revisions are for. I think the reason for her breaking is that before scholomance she was a big fish in a small pond, in scholomance the competition is a whole lot worse and she's had to change just to survive.
The boy wants to help his childhood friend, but he has problems of his own. In a magic based society, magic hates him. He can't use magic, magic doesn't work right on him, and spells degrade and act wonky around him. All his life he's thought he's been cursed, well, more then cursed since curses are a result of magic. Because of this, he's become a social pariah, and called a Luddite. (btw in my story a Luddite is someone that chooses to not use magic, instead living "like an animal," and is about the worse insult you can give, based off the idea of Luddites in real life but with magic instead of tech) He's a bit sensitive about the whole thing. However it turns out that magic doesn't hate him, he just has a negative magical presence. See, most people have a bright core of magical power inside them. He doesn't and has to actually absorb magic from his surroundings which causes magic to act wonky around him. When this is discovered he gets invited to scholomance as well to learn about his powers.
So, anyways, what do you guys think about this? Anything that doesn't make sense? Any obvious plot holes? Is it too cheesy? I'm not planing exactly on a romance between the two, but I won't be surpised if that's how it develops.