I did present my findings to The Society. At least, I spoke about the book’s age. But when it came time to speak about the text, I found myself wanting to protect it. This group, after all, had not supported the existence of unicorns. And, standing in front of the room, I realized that I no longer wanted to work within such narrow confines.
After the presentation, a vote occurred. But it wasn’t the vote Shufflebottom had pushed so hard to make happen. No, in a moment of grand irony, my colleagues nominated me to succeed Shufflebottom, who was still detained in Siberia.