“LESSER SPOTTED HAWKWING ORCHID?”
He was aware that Pelydryn had firmly caught hold of his hand, leading him to the dark red shape of the glowing tunnel entrance. As before, they were propelled along it without moving a limb by the unseen euphoric force. The black hole of the exit grew larger as they moved nearer. Then, all at once, they saw the darker shapes of the trees and Carningli Mountain starkly outlined in the moonlight against a clear sky.
After they had stepped from the glowing tunnel, it quickly faded to a small violet circle and slowly disappeared. Pelydryn turned to Nomis with a smile and asked: “Well? How did you like your journey through to the other side of death?”
“What do you mean? … Am I … am I dead now?” Nomis was perplexed.
“Oh no! Of course, you are not dead. I took you to visit your father in order to learn things of value. However, I did have to obtain permission first as it is not usually allowed for someone ‘undeveloped’ to see ‘The Garden’ before their allotted time. The Gardeners of the Earth fear that they may try to go there prematurely, by taking their own life.” Pelydryn sounded amused.
Nomis felt that he had indeed had a very special privilege accorded to him but then he thought of something and asked hesitantly: “How will I, specifically, go through the transition of earthly death?”
“Well, it is not ordained that you should know the exact how, when and why and in what circumstances you, particularly, will die. Nevertheless, as a general rule, the transition or ‘death phase’ is the same for all the Tylwyth Teg and perhaps even the gigantic Dynols. I have no way of knowing their transition procedures for certain, as I am not of their kind.” Pelydryn paused thoughtfully for a moment, stroking his beard.