It is nothing but self-kindness to be kind to the new. Everything here was strange and Veronika wasn’t completely convinced that this wasn’t an elaborate prank. Still, she ought to be polite. She smiled back at the woman cautiously. “So I’m in the right place, then?”
“Well, if you’re looking for Ancient Acquisitions, then yes, you’re in the right place. I’m Severn Herrley, by the way. I can probably help you with anything you need in this department. And several other departments as well.” She winked, which Veronika felt was a little strange, but hers not to question why and all that. “So what do they have you looking for today?”
“It’s— Wait, not Alice?” Hadn’t Eleanor said don’t let Alice give you any trouble?
“Alice? Oh, Alice. That’s, ah, what we call the wig stands, or at least the really creepy ones. No, Severn. And you were looking for…?” Continue reading