Chapbook Modal Text Window strategy?

Twine Version: 2.3.12
Story Format: Chapbook

I’m trying to learn Chapbook but the one thing so far I really miss is the popup windows that could be summoned in AXMA by preceding a link with an asterisk like [[*Inventory|invpassage]].

I know that the normal thing is to link to a new passage and use a back link, but this feels clunkier and I tried to make an inventory link that resides in the header, but I get stuck if the player clicks a header link twice because the {back} link in the inventory passage forgets where it needs to go.

I know Sugarcube does it, yeah, yeah. I should learn JavaScript, yeah I know…

Is there any way to replicate this feature in Chapbook - especially for use in layered menu passages - or do I just need to suppress this need to use them and figure out how to do menu-type passages another way?