Looking at the box, M. said, “It reminds me of the Christina Collection.” That took me back to the year we first lived together, when we rented a somewhat-winterized 1920s summer cabin in the faded resort town of Manitou Springs, Colorado, on the western edge of Colorado Springs.
Exploring the attics (there were two), we found a suitcase. Evidently it had been up there for several years. Inside were some clothes, a diary, and other items. From them we pieced together a partial picture of a twenty-something woman named Christina, her misadventures in Colorado Springs’ tiny lesbian bar scene, and other facts about her.
We never figured out her last name or any contact details, though, or why she stored her suitcase there—and she never came back for it in the six years we lived at that address.
All of this is a long introduction to “In the Drip of an Eave,” which is described by its maker as “a unique new way to learn witchcraft, this kit contains three books and handmade items, puzzles, and riddles. Carefully designed to evoke a true witchcraft experience.”
It’s the same principle as the Christina Collection, but with a smaller cardboard box instead of a suitcase.
Modred, the creator, is selling the kit. Mine is a review copy, and having sent a major editing project off to the printer, I now want to settle down in front of the wood stove (it’s chilly tonight) and start reading that diary.