Downward, downward, faster and faster. Suddenly he was aware with certainty and joy that below, ahead, they were waiting for him; and that they were waiting, too, for the baby. For the first time, he heard something that he knew to be music. He heard people singing. Behind him, across vast distance of space and time, from the place he had left, he thought he heard music, too. But perhaps it was only an echo.
For a while Jonas thought that the sled would not slow down, but then, suddenly, he felt an impact and the sled stopped at a big square. In the middle of this place stood a high and big fir tree. Jonas remembered a memory and he knew that it's called a Christmas tree. The tree was full with decoration, goodies and candles. It's light illuminated the people who stood around the tree. There were young and old people together singing: "Silent night, holy night, all is calm, all is bright, round yon virgin mother and child. Holy infent so tender and mild, sleep in heavenly peace..." Jonas felt the love again. But at this time it was different for him. It was stronger and it went into his body. He approached with Gabriel in his arms and identified some people. There, lying in the arms of a woman he saw the twin from the morning's release. Then he recognized a man into the crowd. It was Roberto, the old man whom Jonas had helped with his feeding into the "House of the Old". They were all there. Elsewhere. A young girl came to Jonas. He thought that she must be his age. "Welcome Jonas. Hello Gabriel. We waited for you," she said in a fortunate voice. Jonas was stunned. "Wh... Who are you? Why do you know our names?" Jonas asked stuttering. "Sorry," she answered. "My name is Rosemary. Here at this place you don't need to worry that we know your name. Here, we know and feel so many things. You will accustom yourself to this special place." Jonas remembered the Giver. His friend. He wished that he could speak to him, because he found his daughter in Elsewhere. If the Giver could see her, he would feel better and less pain. Rosemary took Jonas' hand and they went together into the crowd. Jonas saw the pleased faces and everyone , he knew, was proud of him and happy that they were there. Rosemary explained him that she wasn't strong enough and that there was no chance for a plan when she became the new Receiver. She knew that there must be a Receiver like Jonas who would have the strength to break out and who would find out that the community with no feelings isn't the right way. That was the reason why she wanted to be released. Later that night the people went to their houses. Jonas and Gabriel went with Rosemary and everyone was celebrating Christmas. Jonas had had so many memories and he thought that he knew everything, but there in Elsewhere he felt and saw many new things. New impressions and new experiences. Jonas didn't know how his and Gabriel's life would go on, but he knew that it was right to escape from the community. He knew that their life's would be better. And then, while drinking a hot chocolate, his thoughts flew to his friends and parents. ...
Illusion or truth? Existence or death?
Who knows whether Jonas found Elsewhere or died with Gabriel into the snow and the relentless area?