“The sundial will guide you to the next part of your journey,” Púca said.
“I see,” Carling said, though she hesitated awkwardly before stepping up to examine the golden sundial.
She noticed, immediately, that it was unlike any sundial she had ever seen. The upright gnomon, which catches the rays of the sun and sends a shadow across the dial plate, was much taller than usual. Its shadow reached beyond the plate and clear to the stone wall in front of them.
The dial plate was unique as well. Instead of the usual numbers around its perimeter that allow the observer to determine the time of day, odd shapes decorated the edge. Carling looked closely at the plate and the designs carved into it. There was a five-pointed star on the left side. Next to that was a curving tree branch. A round circle was next. Beside that was a key and, finally, a shape that looked like a drop of water.
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