by Alicia (aisumitsukai at home.com)
3/10/02; Revised 2/16/03
Chapter Seven: Blackouts.
"What are they?!" Lestrade turned furiously on Holly,
her eyes blazing.
"How should I know? They look kinda like goblins but they’re
too tall...." Holly jerked her head back behind the hedge. "What
do you think, Artemis?...Artemis?!...ARTEMIS FOWL!"
"Okay, okay, I'm all right, I- uhhhh, carsick...um, no, I don't
know what they are; call Foaly."
As Holly did as she was told, Watson turned to Lestrade.
"Shouldn't you bury the acorn now, Inspector? Before the, um,
things get any closer? I mean, magical powers would be slightly
useful right about now, don't you think?"
"Oh! Right! Good point, Watson." Fumbling slightly with her
haste, Lestrade brought out the small acorn and drove it into the
All the sounds around her vanished for the briefest of seconds
as power rushed up her fingers into her body. It felt like a
million volts of electricity were running through her, giving
her energy she'd never dreamed of. All the noise came back in a
rush, loud and clearer than before. It was amazing; she could
hear everything, feel everything and smell everything. However,
the sudden enhancement of her senses was too big, and just as she
was opening her eyes, she blacked out.
Catching the now-boneless Lestrade, Holmes listened, with
mounting frustration, to what Holly was saying. She seemed very upset.
"He won't respond! Foaly, he always answers my calls! No matter
what! He knows I'd only call for something important! This could
mean..Oh, Tara! What if-" Her eyes grew wide, "What if-"
"Excuse me, please, for interrupting, but maybe we should
finish this speculation elsewhere. Maybe a place where we aren't
about to be blown up?" Holmes nodded in the direction of the
burning laurel beside his head. "Come, Watson. I believe there is
a manhole to the Underground at the edge of this park." Holmes
walked off, carrying the still unconscious Inspector.
Holly pulled out her Neutrino 3000 (brand new!) and covered
"Wiggins! Tennyson! Did you guys 'ear that?" Deidre stopped her
hoverboard and looked curiously down one of the hundreds of dark
alleys in the New London Underground.
"No, didn't hear a thing. C'mON Deidre! We're going to be late
for the boxing match!" Wiggins didn't bother to stop running as
he called over his shoulder, "It was probably a rat! Hurry u-
oof!" Wiggins landed unceremoniously on his backside. "Sorry! I
wasn't watching where I was goi- erk!"
Deidre and Tennyson watched, wide-eyed, as a monster picked
Wiggins up by the scruff of the neck.
"Beep wurrrr! Beep bleep!"
"That's right, Tennyson! Put 'im down, you creep! Or,
or...we'll set Inspector Lestrade on you!" Deidre glared bravely at
It laughed at her.
"Don't laugh at me, you freak of nature! I 'appen to know very
important people! The Inspector is just one!" Deidre moved a little
closer to Tennyson.
"Exactly! We'll get Sherlock 'Olmes after you as wel- what?"
The Thing was looking at her curiously, like it recognised the names.
"Lestrade? Holmes? You know them? You their friend? Good!
Master will be happy!" With that, the beast-thing let out a
shrill whistle. From out of the gloom, two more Things appeared.
One knocked Tennyson out, then deftly picked up his hoverchair.
Deidre's eyes widened. "You don't put 'em down right now-"
Deidre didn't get to finish her threat because her world abruptly went
On to Chapter 7B!
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