The museum curator noticed a sturdy box atop a row of filing cabinets in the Natural History section of the collection storage room. Unsure of why it was there, she pulled it down.
The front of the box was marked “JM1830.3” in thin pen. Odd, that didn’t fit into the museum’s careful cataloguing system. She carried it to the worktable and lifted off the lid.
The rousing, pungent smell of bone swept through her. Three human child skulls sat surrounded by brass buttons at the bottom of the box, their eye sockets gaping in consternation at the sudden light.