Hola! So in my current WIP, my MC Seren is an orphan. Her mom died when she was around seven, and her dad died when she was fourteen. She lives with some guardians for a few years, then sets off on her own. At some point during the story, she and some friends explore an old compound that a (now missing) society used to live in, to look for information on magic and such. While there, I have Seren finding a journal -- written by her mother. This causes some distress in Seren. She believes this society to have dark and cruel intentions. But after finding the book, she realizes her parents were part of that group. So either the society wasn't bad, or her parents were. Anyway. They don't find anything at the compound, so they leave. Seren reads the journal a bit, and eventually comes across a statement about a basement in the compound -- something they didn't find while exploring it. This causes Seren to go back there, find the basement, and discover heaps of information. ....but then I never mention the journal again. At least, not in this book. It'll become more of a focus in the second book, because there's a lot of hidden information in it. But after first finding it, it's only read twice before it disappears. I know a lot of people frown upon using an object to move the plot along. It just seems too easy and convenient for some readers. And I definitely don't want this to be an issue. Should I scrap the journal and bring it back when it's relevant? Or should I just not worry about it? In any case, I'm sure I could find an alternative way to have Seren find out her parents were members and that there was a secret basement. Thoughts?