Gabriel was able to guide the elf out of the wilderness of the Gorgola forest. It was a two days’ journey, but he was able to make it because of his familiarity with the woods. In fact, Gabriel had mastered martial arts, and so it was easy to fight off the remnants of Garland’s imp army. They almost had run out of food, but just at the last moment, they found a blueberry bush.
Gabriel lifted his knife into the air. “Onward!” said he. Now, it wasn’t about the amethyst. Gabriel had embarked on a new adventure, and nothing was going to spoil the fun. He asked Poxig about elves and their habits. After all, he had never encountered an elf, nor one so well-traveled as Poxig of Excelsior.
“Do elves ever laugh? I’ve never seen you laugh once!” he commented.
“We do laugh, but we elves never smile unless we mean it. We think that it is fatuous to smile if you are not happy,” said Poxig.
Gabriel asked many more questions about elves.
“Do you guys actually help Santa Claus, or is that a myth perpetuated by the commercial syndicate?”
“Actually, I’m sorry, my friend. We’ve never heard of this man,” said Poxig.
“Why do you have pointy ears?” asked Gabriel. “Are you from outer space or something?”
“If you keep asking questions like that, you’re going to get in a lot of trouble, I’m afraid,” replied Poxig.
“Say! Since you have amethyst, you must have some other type of gem. Can I see your collection?” asked Gabriel.
“I make it my business not to show anyone my valuables. It’s a bad policy that can get you robbed,” said Poxig.
Gabriel could sense the elf’s irritation, and so he decided to walk in silence for a while. He realized that he had not told his parents that he was leaving, and they would probably be looking for him.
“I should go now. Gorgola ends here. You should travel this trail to head to Marginalia.”
“Thank you, young sir. Please accept this as a debt of gratitude,” Poxig added, and handed him a pocket knife.
“Wow! Gee willakers! Thanks for this!” Gabriel could not help but smile.
“Bye!” and suddenly he disappeared into the woods.
Poxig finally understood the Latin phrase from Sir Binural: “Puer magnum est.”