Have you ever wandered in on people part-way through a conversation? We’re naturally curious about what people are talking about, and it’s often hard not to eavesdrop on the rest of the conversation!
Opening a story part way through dialogue can be an engaging way to set up some details by having the characters ask their own questions and share their own knowledge.
In this snippet, Jennings sets up the intrigue and tension for the whole story with just a few lines.
Why didn’t grandad want the cupboard opened?
What will happen if it is?
Will the protagonist keep their promise not to open it?