Jonas' eyes stung as the sled raced past tall trees. The happy singing seemed to be closer now. Jonas felt tired, unbelievably weary. Gabe wailed suddenly and the sled hit an outstretched tree root. Jonas fell, tumbling head over heels with Gabe clutched protectively against his chest over even more tree roots and snow-covered boulders. Jonas finally rolled to a stop, with his back against the snowy ground. He took deep laboured breaths, trying to regain a feeling of warmth from rapidly fading memories. The snow against his aching back provided temporary relief from the pain. After a few moments, he felt the dull throbbing of his previously twisted ankle. Still groggy and clutching Gabriel, he staggered uneasily to his feet and groaned as his knees buckled.
Jonas lay in the snow, swirling flurries of snow chilling him to the bone. He felt a strange lassitude overcome him followed by an euphoric feeling drowned him. Looking up a the blue, rising moon and then, down at the slumbering Gab