For however close to completion this sculpture may have looked, it belied the true magnitude of the project the human was willing to undertake with Adamant. Even the size of a human consisted of puzzle pieces numbering in the thousands; all of them, scattered amongst the grains of the beach. It was still possible to single them out by their scintillating luster, but with shards that could be as small as a fingernail or eyelash, progress would still be slow. Combing through the sand was extraneous, monotonous, and unrewarding. It was the dead of the night, and instead of peaceful slumber, the duo were toiling away at such a dull task. Assuredly, Adamant would much rather let its consciousness slip away... forcing itself to keep awake in such dim lighting was not a good feeling for it.
But they persisted, admirably. The human was able to easily scour the furthest ends of the beach where more of Adamant's parts lied in wait, thanks to his ability to walk
. In contrast, Adamant was mostly dragging itself by its arm, but it had the useful ability to discern where the pieces of itself were hidden even if it could not see them. They were, after all, somewhat alive in their own right, regardless of whether they were properly attached to the whole or not. Adamant's biology was quite complicated, but... that was an exploration for another time.
Adamant found himself admiring the human from time to time, watching his back as he departed once again to go find more fragments. It was hard not to hold him in such a high regard. In such a sorry state, it must have appeared so alien and inexplicable to him, or so it believed. But it was despite appearances, or even their inability to speak with one another, that the human brought upon himself such a long-winded burden. Just putting back together a beautiful statue, yes... but it was more than that. To Adamant, a living creature, the human's actions were akin to healing; to saving its life. It was alone and wounded on this beach, until this individual found it and decided to help revive it. Compounded on top of its predisposed beliefs, Adamant couldn't help but stare fondly.
Hours passed still, and he remained. It was incredible to witness such unearned devotion. With his help, Adamant was almost spending more time piecing the remnants of itself together than searching for new ones. And each addition brought with it a wonderful feeling. Imagine, if every piece was filled with knowledge and memories, what it would be like to lose them. The less of itself that was connected to Adamant, the less intelligent it became. The brilliant light of life itself was stripped away as the consciousness was cast into an oppressive darkness... but when those pieces were returned to it, so too was that light. It was as if experiencing the past anew, and reestablishing old lessons learned. It came with such a sense of empowerment, and liberation!
One after another, Adamant pushed the puzzle pieces into place, and a clear picture was forming. Each enticed it to progress faster, to finally see this project to its completion. Though it did not have that many memories to recall, that did not mean they were without value. It was convenient, of course, to realize that the communicative barrier between it and the human was not as impermeable as it seemed. Although it was quite obvious that the gemstone originated from Hawaii, and spoke as such, that did not exclude those who spoke 'English' on that island. Adamant was studied in the language, so it discovered, as various recollections of time spent with its 'parents' flooded back into its body. The words that the human had spoken were suddenly reacquiring their meaning.
Speaking of, he had returned again, dropping another collection of glistening rubies onto the ground in front of Adamant. The arm had already been completed at this point. Even the legs were relatively usable by now. Its hair was far longer and more voluminous than when they had started, even. Really, just the feet were left to complete, and this new shipment might very well take care of that problem. It... It'd been a long night for sure. Adamant just had to express its gratitude to the human, if nothing else.
So in proper English, this time, it did just that.