Artemis Fowl: The Lost Spring

Summary: Summary : There came a day, several years ago, when I encountered a man with a box. What was inside the box, he would not say, and he assured me that it was of the utmost importance that I never find out.

Chapters: 1 2 3

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Sunset falls to leave a dark night, and the lonely boy sits alone on the hilltop, wondering. It’s not something he normally does, wonder. But this night, he sits and he thinks, and he tries to see the flaw in the system. The break in the web that lets the raindrops through. And as he wonders, he remembers. He brings his mind back to those days, plays the events back on the screen of the darkened sky. And among the memories in the blackness, that lonely little boy puts the last of his hopes on a faraway star, and lets go.

Three Months Earlier

“Control to 815, control to 815. Have you lost control of your vehicle? Repeat, have you lost control of the vehicle?”

The screen flashed with another burst of static, and the room filled with screehcing feedback. Commander Kelp pounded the controls in exasperation, glaring up at the monitors, willing them to come back to life. The high-pitched weel died down, returning to the drone of a bad connection, and barely audible over it, a voice.

“815 to control, this is Major Vein!” came the urgent response. Kelp swallowed. That was the tone of someone who didn’t want his higher-ups to know he was panicking. “We have lost control of the vehicle, and are headed for the bottom. Estimated crash time, five minutes.”

Kelp swore under his breath, swiveling the chair around to the point that it almost spun out of control, and punching the intercom button that would connect him with the Captain. After a painful moment of tension, filled only by the buzz of Vein’s line, the familiar voice of Recon’s only female captain rang through.

“We’ve got nothing on our end, commander,” said Holly, her tone clipped and low. “How’s Vein?”

Trouble let out a frustrated breath. If Captain Short and her team had seen no sign of the shuttle yet, then they were in a bind indeed. For a moment, he regretted keeping this particular mission so quiet amongst the ranks. In hindsight, he would have loved to be able to call for backup. But anything that could be done would have to be accompanied with a long explanation, one that would take time that they were decidedly lacking.

“Stay calm and wait,” he replied, ignoring the captain’s question and choosing his words carefully. “If you don’t pick up anything in the next two minutes, contact control to receive further orders.”

Without waiting for a reply, the commander terminated the connection. He knew that Holly would give him a painful earful for that later, but he couldn’t deal with this right now. Worrying Holly would do nothing more than cause more unnecessary nerves, and maybe, knowing her as he did, more reckless actions. One officer down today was bad enough, and if it was necessary for anyone to die at all, he would have liked to keep the toll as low as he possibly could.

“Commander?”

Trouble was drawn suddenly from his reverie by the static-broken voice of Major Vein once again crackling through the speakers. He turned back quickly, shifting his full attentions to the screen as the major continued speaking.

“Commander, was that the captain?”

Trouble shot a glance over his shoulder at the line he had disconnected, realizing that he must not have deactivated the interface with Vein completely before answering hers. The major had heard enough to recognize her voice, had he also heard the news?

“Yes,” Kelp answered, his voice guarded. There was no need to add even more to the major’s distress at a time like this. These could very well be his final moments, and although they would doubtlessly be aย fieryย hell of an end, he may as well hang onto his hope for as long as he could. A short bout of static preceded the major’s next words, as the connection cleared up for a brief moment.

“She hasn’t seen anything, has she?” It was less a question than a dejected statement. Trouble sighed. He knew, then, whether he’d heard or simply guessed.

“No,” Kelp confirmed. There was relative silence for a long moment, and the elf leaned forward, resting his head in his hands atop the control board. He had failed. He had failed not only two of his most valued employees, but the people as a whole.

And at that moment, as the commander gave up any last shred of hope he may have been clinging on to, every screen, speaker, and light in the control room winked out.

Shocked eyes met with darkness as they raised from the shelter of his palms, and Trouble Kelp was, for neither the first nor the last time that day, hopelessly confused. And then, from the silence and the blackness, the monitor mounted on the wall in front of him buzzed back to life, revealing someone whose face could not have been less welcome at the time.

“Gentlemen,” said the calm, cool voice of the People’s number one enemy, “It seems you are in need of assistance.”

Chapters: 1 2 3

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  1. ArtemisfianceNo1 September 21st, 2010 at 8:12 pm 1

    ohhhhh!!!!!
    Please please please write more!!!!!!! (puppy dog eyes)

  2. (does the Dumbledore clap[in the first movie of Harry Potter, during the Sorting, Dumbledore can be seen clapping, one palm hitting the back of his hand. It’s so weird, and I just felt like doing it]) Great, great opening. Who’s narrating? Wait, don’t tell me, some spirit that will come in later. I love how you showed the way things change like that, I like the mysteriousness, and the cliff hanger was a nice touch. However it was also annoying because now you MUST UPDATE.

  3. i loved it… soo… what are you waiting for?… UPDATE NOW!

  4. Yes, you can’t leave us with only three hundred words or so! Update!

  5. 273 words. =) UPDATE OR FEAR MY WRATH!!!!!

  6. There you go again, rockin’ this site like only AA can. All I can do is plead for an update.

  7. update now or else i will destroy you with the awesome power of awesomeness!

  8. Beautiful writing, AA. ๐Ÿ™‚ Its got a strong hook, and a good, solid opening paragraph. Its intriguing, to be quite honest. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I look forward to an update. Perfect grammar, spelling, punctuation. As always. ๐Ÿ˜€ Sheer brilliance.

    ~CC

  9. agreed, now update!

  10. I personally know that if I get a lot of comments, I tend to update and feel all happy inside. So, I will add this comment to the nine already here, and hope that you will update, because this is a beauteous start. Please? Pls? Plz? Por favor? Qing? Puhleaze?

  11. I can’t believe I never thanked you guys for the good reviews! Thank you guys so much ๐Ÿ™‚

    @WE: Indeed, some spirit with whom you shall be introduced should I ever continue this properly. XD

    @CC: Thank you ^_^

    @Fal: Aww *hugs* Thank you ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m really, really sorry it took so long >_>

    I really appreciate the feedback, guys, thanks a lot ๐Ÿ™‚ I hope you like the rest of it as much as the prelude. I’m not always as good with actual storyline. But there you go, an update for you all. And only… eight months late.

  12. UUUUUPPPPPPDDDDDDAAAAAATTTTTTTTEEEEE!!!!!!!!

  13. Oh, Artemis, you snarky little mud boy! Can I just say that I love the way you write him? In fact, I just live the way you write. You’re very talented. I was pretty much sitting on the edge of my seat throughout this and now I shall continue to do so till the next update.

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