CJ Bernstein

CJ Bernstein

The Cabinet

So, strange things continue in the offices of Ackerly Green, not that you’d expect anything less at this point.

We’ve been receiving packages and letters from a handful of people, Mountaineers mainly, with strange stories and even stranger artifacts. The stories of how these objects came into their possession are all different, but all in keeping with the weird goings on these past few years. Odd printing-themed curios imbued with powerful, tempting, (and dangerous) magiqs, a bone-carved key found buried with a mummy that opens a still-unknown lock, strange seeds that may grow into even stranger plants, and a trove of treasures from Neithernor.

 
 
 
 
 

It makes sense. Ackerly Green, for reasons we’re still working out in within The Secret Society, is some kind of hub of magimystic energy. So it would reason that the strange and unusual, the magimystic and mysterious, would seem to have a home here. What is all the stranger is that Catherine and I had just made a very unusual purchase prior to these packages showing up, and it’s almost as if we called them.

We found this antique library desk. It has a chalkboard on it and unfolds to reveal a writing surface, and a narrow (only 3 inches deep) box of shelves to hold supplies and whatnot.

Here’s the thing… Catherine and I started storing things that Martin, Cole, and Deirdre had left behind after unlocking The Book of Briars. We have a postcard for Ackerly Green’s Guide to Magiq, Brandon Lachmann’s bookmark that his mother gave Martin, the token Cole found under the bridge in Central Park, and the bottle of keys Deirdre bought in Hudson that was instrumental in unlocking her father’s spell on her. We’d started calling the little box “The Cabinet of Wonders” and days later packages started showing up.

I’ve long stopped believing in coincidences.

Know, how honored we are to be the custodians of these treasures, and we vow to keep them safe in Ackerly Green’s ever-growing Cabinet of Wonders.