Lectern’s New and Used Books might seem an unlikely tourist destination, but Starlight Glimmer trailed her hosts and guides willingly enough through the front door, heralded by a jingle of the old-fashioned bell mounted on the jamb. No sooner had the double leaves closed quietly behind her than she halted, shut her eyes, and drew in, along with a deep breath, the distinctive scents of paper, ink, and varnished wood so dear to a bibliophile’s heart. It took a few moments for the others, still strolling across the entry, to notice, but after a few steps they turned and smiled, delighted by their guest’s reaction.
“Well now. Who do we have here, girls?” The store’s owner greeted them all from his usual post behind the retired bar that had found new life as a checkout counter.
“Hi, Mister Lectern!” If the rest grinned, Twili