The Magical Mystery Tier

Penned in secret by Mystery Veres

*Cue spooky music*

There is a fourth donation tier beyond that which is known to us... a tier as vast as space and as timeless as Cher. It is the border between truth and fiction, between knowledge and belief, and it lies between the depths of man's terror and the sum of his understanding. This is the tier of imagination.

Beyond it is another realm. A realm of words, a realm of ideas, a realm of art. You’re moving into a world of both fact and phenomenon, of stuff and nonsense.

You check your GPS and notice that you’ve just crossed over into… the Mystery Tier.

Imagine, if you will, a man with $30. It could also be a woman. He’s not sure what he’s going to spend it on, but he wants it to go to a good cause. He was going to buy post-it notes, but they were all sold out under mysterious circumstances.

Sitting at his computer at home, he searches for SCWC, hoping to find some clues as to the whereabouts of the illusive short crested water camel but instead, through the mysterious forces of the internet, stumbles upon the Chuffed page for the South Coast Writers Centre.

One word catches his eye: mystery.

If he donates $30, he can choose to receive a mystery book. It could be anything – poetry, genre fiction, children’s literature… even mystery. Perhaps it's not a book at all, but a magazine, or an informational pamphlet.* Will it come in a mystery box? Will it have a question mark on it? The questions that flood his mind are as endless as they are pointless.

He then notices another option. He could become an official sponsor of the centre… but then his name would be prominently displayed on the website along with the other sponsors, and where would the mystery be in that? Could this be the perfect opportunity to use a pseudonym? Perhaps he could be an anonymous donor.

There’s only one problem.

The man^ is you. But you’re not at a computer. You’re on a road, a road that leads through the valleys of the unexplainable and on to the suburbs of the improbable. Here, there are no walls, no ceilings, and no doors. But there is mystery. And a donate button.

Only you know how the story will end, because only you can overcome your fears and trepidation to become a member of… the Mystery Tier.

Tomorrow: Back to our regular programming.

* It's a book, I swear.

^ Remember when I said it could also be a woman?

Written by SCWC

Posted on August 13, 2016