In Search of Oldton

It's not known why the road here is called Candle Stick.

It's just one of many references to fire that crop up across the town. Perhaps the people of Oldton had a feeling over the centuries that the place would go up in smoke one day.

At the end of the summer, after the harvest I remember they did burn off the fields and the back of my throat would tickle from the persistent fug caused by charred straw.

Where the road here leads to is anyone's guess. To 'the wick' possibly? Is that the name of the river that must be out there to the south of the town? Where Sue is crossing the bridge, never to return to Oldton, having used up all her wishes.

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