About the page...
The candles that Pete is referring to can be found on page 8. On the candle box, I originally was going to put "Baughb's Beeswax Tapers". Then I thought it might be cute and cliche' to put "Taughm's Tallow Tapers". But tallow is rendered from animal fat, thus I'd have to erase the bee, so I simplified it to "Taughm's Tapers".
Bear in mind that what the story calls the "second floor" is actually what Americans call the "third floor", thus they have climbed two flights of stairs after entering at the ground level. If you look at the picture of Ignatius et al on the balcony, you can see the moss-covered brick columns on the ground level.
The story thus far...
Grace and Simon, two teenage tearaways, have discovered a passage to Reality in the basement of The tré (a tiny theatre in their miniscule town of Otterstow). Unfortunately, they have accidentally trapped themselves and cannot return, although they do not seem to be in any hurry to do so.
Ignatius (the mayor of Otterstow) suspects this is the case and has enlisted the aid of the parents; Slide, Sandra, Pete and Gina. None of the adults have figured out how to open the passage, which seems to involve a mysterious box that they cannot open.
What's going on right now:
Ignatius, Pete, Slide and Sandra are all sitting on the balcony at Nora, enjoying a clear evening in summer with some drinks extracted from the cellar of Nora. They are about to be joined by Geoff and Linda, who can be seen crossing the bridge over the canal.
Drawing completed - 06 APR 2011
"There was one positive development," Pete mentioned as he handed Sandra her drink. "We found a box o' candles from our kitchen. Grace must've nicked 'em, so at least we know we're on the right trail."
"Could we talk about something else?" Sandra requested. "I need to clear my mind so I can start fresh tomorrow morning."
It was a clear night, so Ignatius suggested they retreat to the balcony on the second floor. It faced north, overlooking the canal just beyond the expansive yard. They were just sitting down when Ignatius noticed a couple walking along the tow path of the canal. He always kept a pair of binoculars on his balcony and he pulled them from behind his chair and focused on the pair of figures.
"Ah - it's Geoff and Linda," Ignatius announced.
"Oh, goodo," Pete said. "Let's call 'em in."
"No need," Ignatius said. "I invited them earlier."