Alternate ending for "The Giver" by Lois Lowry. Not quite as positive as the final chapter in the book.

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The cold was creeping into Jonas's body. Dampening his spirits and his soul. Hunger infected his body. Gabriel's wailing screamed at his ears. The wind howled at him, preventing Jonas from trespassing into this strange landscape. An enclosing army of snow palpitated down on the two stragglers, gnawing into their skin, injecting acute pangs of chilliness. A curtain of mist lowered and trapped them in a blizzard. Jonas looked around, completely disorientated. A landscape of snow met his sore eyes. An endless blanket of whiteness, hiding the diabolical threats of nature. The moon shone brightly emitting a pale streak of hope. Clouds suddenly covered it. The noise was unbearable, the coldness was unbearable, the hunger was unbearable, Gabriel was unbearable...

Thoughts clouded his mind as everything became chaotic. Jonas and Gabriel stumbled through the snow, as darkness swallowed them into its stomach. Hope drained from their souls as they struggled to survive.

Jonas collapsed. He felt the cold stinging his face. He smelt death on his tongue. He saw dark figures approaching. He strained to see them and attract their attention. He endeavoured to shout for help but nothing came out except for a hoarse whisper. They came closer, closer, closer ... Gabriel's intense screaming reverberated through his head. It was the last thing he heard.

Jonas woke in a dark shadow cast with fear. The atmosphere was stiff with trepidation. The foreign surroundings contradicted his thoughts of Elsewhere. A bundle of foul smelling rags lay in solitude over in a dark corner. Pitiful sobbing came from the baby inside. Jonas gasped in horror as he realized that the filthy, naked baby was his brother. Gabriel's pale blue eyes conveyed stories of fear and apprehension. His grubby face was a mask concealing his inner secrets of...