Tea has a magic to manipulate and control the attention of those around him. With this power, he could, for instance, hold or disrupt conversations, influence one's sensory perception to some extent, or possibly become a hitman..
But Tea wants to be a hitman like no other. Imagine yourself walking along a not-so-busy street going about your own business. Now pay attention to the amount of attention you would pay to a piece of stone that lay within your path. It is just so small a thing that enters your field of vision, yet it effortlessly escapes your sphere of attention. Just as how a small line of crack on the outside wall of a grocery store to your left did not escape your vision, yet it is so insignificant to you that you did not even venture to think how significant it is for a slightest moment.
But at that very same moment you are walking along this wonderful street, Tea is also walking right next to you, holding up a handgun to your head at point-blank range, ready to deliver the blow at his convenience. You do in fact see Tea, just as you see that rock, or that crack on the wall. But Tea is able to make you pay as much attention to him as you pay to any of those mundane objects not worthy of your consideration.
For him, what a hitman needs is not distance, but the lack of attention. For when an important person is about to be shot down by a sniper at the top of a nearby building merely knows that he/she is being aimed, he/she could easily duck below the window.
Distance may achieve the lack of attention, but Tea can achieve the lack of attention directly, hence there is no need for distance.
- If all Tea can do regarding his magic is to manipulate the attention of those around him, can he become a sniper in the fashion that was described in the background?
If so, then there's another subtle point about the extent in which he can manipulate the attention. For instance, if Tea is being treated like a rock beside your feet,
should would he still be able to hold this level of (the lack of) attention if he now completely block your vision by covering your eyes with his hands?
If not, then why, and what else could Tea be? An option I could think of at the moment are lecturer and politician.