After weeks of mending shoes, and crafting new ones and making
friends I am staring to worry about Poltoy. I have not heard from him, in quite sometime,
and he did not return after one month as he had said.
On this day, I set out
to go to Auberdale, and check on Poltoy. I pack the shoes that I have made for him.
My trip there is uneventful, and I arrive in the
late afternoon. I knock on Poltoy's door, but no one answers. I try the knob and it is
unlocked. I enter and quietly call out to Poltoy. But no answers. "Poltoy, are you here" I
say a little louder. There is a faint murmur coming from the other room, so I go in to see
what it is.
I find Poltoy lying on the bed,
cluthing the pink bauble that I had given him.
"Poltoy, are you ok"? I ask. He is very
week, and cannot speak.
I rush outside, and draw
some cool water from the well. He drinks it slowly, and still is unable to speak. I run back
outside, and gather some berries for him, but he refuses to eat them. I must insist, and I
keep on urging him to eat. He reluctantly eats the berries. I wipe his brow with a cool
cloth, and sit with him, until he is able to speak.
"Mimarack, I am not well" he says
He explains that he has taken ill, from a bad batch of elderberries that he
found while walking one day. He didn't know how to reach me, and was too weak to
make the trip.
"I will stay with you until you are better" I explain. "You shall come
back with me to Spawlet", I tell him adamantly. Poltoy doesn't argue, as he is still too
I stay with him, for several days, feeding him, and keeping him comfortable. I
am very sad by the fact that Poltoy has taken ill, and continue to worry. I cannot find any
remedy for this, so I try some tea on occasion. If only I had the elven book of cures, that
would make it easier. I must find that book.
Poltoy spoke very softly and said that he
used to have an Elven book of Cures, but that he had not seen it in sometime. I decided to
look for it. I checked all of the book shelves, and noticed
an old trunk sitting behind a closet door. I asked Poltoy if he would mind me looking
inside the trunk. He nodded his approval.
rummaging through the trunk, I found a scroll, and an old book. They were both very
dusty. I took them out of the trunk and sat down next to Poltoy. I first opened the scroll,
and it was hard to read. I asked Poltoy about the unusual writings, and he said it was a
scroll from the reign of King Auberdale. He had held onto it, for many years, and didn't
know why. Just a keepsake he said. I rolled the scroll up, and set it aside.
I then looked closer at the book. It was the Elven book of
Cures. I leapt up from my chair, and said this is it! I began reading the book, and trying to
find a cure for poison berries. I came to the section of the book, that said "what to do
when eating poisonous foods."
Reading on: First,
gather 1/2 cup sweet nectar from daffodils. Crack two small acorns, and add only the
meats. Then stir gently, add some bark from a wisteria tree, and simmer on low for 10
minutes. Give the elixir to the ill one, slowly. Making sure that they drink it all.
then place an amethyst stone under the pillow of the ill one, and have them sleep soundly
all night. In the morning the posion shall have left the body!.
"This is it!" I
exclaimed. I hurried out the door, to find a daffodil, acorns, and wisteria tree. I began
looking around Poltoy's house for the acorns, and I found them easily.
I saw a patch of
daffodils close by, so I plucked 2 of them just to be sure.
But on looking for the
wisteria branch I began to have trouble. I couldn't find one. I started to panic.
Just then, as if Tari had brought it to me herself, I spotted
one further into the forest behind poltoy's house. I grabbed a twig from the tree and pulled
hard. I thought the one branch to be enough.
Back inside I made the elixir as the
book had said. I poured it into a small cup, and brought it to Poltoy.
"Poltoy, you must drink the elixir, I have got to go and find
an amethyst, to put under your pillow" I said in a panicked voice. Poltoy sat up and drank
the elixir slowly, and laid back down, with exhaustion.
I asked him if he knew
where I could find an amethyst stone, and he said there was another elder elf, further into
the forest, and he might have one. He did mining for awhile, and might still have one on
I rushed out of the door, and into the forest. It was getting dark now, and I
did not know where to go.
I sat down by a small
mushroom, and thought for a minute. In the moonlight, I could see a shimmering, glow
beneath the mushroom. There was an amethyst stone! I
could hardly believe it. I knew then that Tari was watching over us, and sent the stone to
me. I grabbed it up, and ran back to Poltoy's home. When I arrived he was fast asleep. I
gently lifted his head up, and placed the amethyst stone under his pillow. I then sat down
in the chair and began to look at the Elven book of Cures. It was most interesting. I found
some paper, and began writing of my journey.
will take Poltoy with me back to Spawlet, when he is able to travel. I will not take no for
an answer. I can only hope now that the cure works, as I have no idea what I would do if I
lost Poltoy. Just then I remembered the shoes I had made for him. I had not even told him
about them, nor of my experiences as a cobbler, or about the Chestnut Roast.
decided that we will have much to talk about when he is better. I fall asleep, waiting for
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