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Heroes and Villains

Summary: Six heroes, six villains, one on one in six battles for one poor Fowl's life.

Chapters: 1 2 3

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Note: To all the fans of The Last Apprentice, or Wardstone Chronicles, it’s a coincidence πŸ˜‰

It was a busy night at the Sorana restaurant. The buildings many tables and booths were filled to capacity with New York’s most respected, along with several from out of state, or even country. It was an honor to host such an event, and as its oldest employee, Ward couldn’t be happier. Of course, that was all in theory. The real thing was proving to be much more trying.

As it turned out, New York’s elite could be quite a pain. Contrary to the collective attitude of the restaurant’s usual patrons, these customers were demanding and precise. A certain amount of salt was too little, and one more shake far too much; the fork needed to be placed just there, not a centimeter to the right. To a seasoned waiter such as Thomas Ward, this did not pose much of a problem. However, watching his coworkers flounder about helplessly was not a pretty sight. Especially with the media here in hoards… this surely wouldn’t do wonders for their reputation.

A sarcastic bark of laughter suddenly rose above the din, calling Ward’s attention to table five. His face darkened. Not that one again. The teenagers were always the worst of the lot, and this one was five times worse than any he’d ever encountered; this one knew what he was doing. It was rumored in the kitchen that this young boy was the son of a wealthy Irish businessman, here to meet with another leading family of technology about their newest available technology. Ward wasn’t sure he believed it. Surely, someone raised in a home with a wealthy businessman would have learned better manners than to constantly insult the help.

But there was a certain air of authority when the boy spoke, some kind of superior tone that seemed natural both to speaker and listener. It bothered him just a bit. He wasn’t used to being spoken to by people who believed themselves far better than himself, and he definitely wasn’t used to being alright with it. Artemis Fowl, they called him. The second of his name and the first of his kind. A child prodigy. And if the rumor was true, that mountain of a man beside him must have been Butler, his legendary bodyguard. Ward wondered for a moment whether the child was able to assert the same advantage over such an intimidating man.

“Oh, I’m so sorry!”

Ward brushed off his shoulder where the girl had run into him, smiling cordially and nodding. It had to be tough having this as your first night on the job. Ariel, the newhire, seemed to be getting along quite well, considering. A bit flustered, perhaps, but no more than one could expect. Ward watched as the girl set down her platter on the nearest table, grinning to the customers who did not return the sentiment. It was funny, he couldn’t remember her application, or even an interview. It was as if she had simply materialized for this night, without warning or apparent reason. But that couldn’t be. The Sorana put all of its potential employees through rigorous training; he must have just missed her.

Still, as he raised his own water to his lips to drink, he had to wonder. The nagging feeling in the back of his mind had never been wrong before…

He heard the scream as if underwater, or from very far away. He turned quickly to the source, wobbling on his feet and lurching forward, barely catching himself on a chair. This wasn’t right. His vision was swimming, his legs very nearly buckling underneath him. Something was wrong. Something was very, very…

Thomas Ward’s unconscious form hit the carpet, followed quickly by those of every person unfortunate enough to be in the room at the time.

~*~

Christa balanced the three drinks on her trey, putting on a plastic waitress’ smile as she pushed her way through the double doors and into the dining room. What she saw when she entered sent the carefully arranged meal tumbling to the floor. A sense of dread crept into the pit of her stomach, and she frantically searched the room. No… they were gone. It couldn’t be. Ignoring the pool of water that had spread through the carpet at her feet, Christa bolted for the window, looking out over the fantastic view of New York City. How long ago had this happened? They could be anywhere by now, for all she knew… But no. She had to believe that she could still save them. She spun around, sinking into the nearest booth and closing her eyes in concentration. Where would she take a hostage, if she were a deranged criminal? The briefing she had received this morning had mentioned something about a lighthouse… but which one?

In one sudden movement, Christa rose from her seat, rushing across to the stairs and half jumping, half running down them. She couldn’t be bothered with the elevator; there wasn’t the time, and there was always the chance that it could get stuck. Every second lost was a second of Artemis Fowl’s life that she was wasting by not moving. Finally reaching the lobby, Christa made for the front doors at a full sprint. The patrons waiting to be served regarded her with their strangest looks, no doubt wondering why on earth there was a waitress running through the front room of her own workplace, and looking so panicked at that. She had to wonder whether they had thought it as strange when her fellow “waitress” had taken her unconscious hostage through the same room.

A rush of freezing air washed over her as she flew from the restaurant, and she closed her eyes against the flurry of raindrops. Despite the rain and the passersby clogging up the sidewalk, she continued at the same brisk speed until she rounded the corner, finding her motorcycle parked just next to the staff entrance. The barrage of car horns and impatient shouts continued around her as she slung the helmet over her head, buckling it hastily as she revved the engine. They couldn’t have gotten too far. If the drinks had been tainted before she had gotten the chance to switch the target’s own sedative with a regular water, then that meant it had to have been just before she had returned to the kitchen. She had been present for most of the time, and the activation had to have occurred at just the right moment. A sudden realization hit her as she sped off into the streets, dodging between taxi cabs and cars in an effort to get to the coast. The culprit had known who she was. She silently cursed herself. She had messed up badly.

Chapters: 1 2 3

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42 responses to “Heroes and Villains.” Join in!

  1. Collinluvsholly May 30th, 2010 at 3:38 pm 1

    YAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!

  2. Wow, AA. One word: Curiosity. πŸ˜‰ That was a BrIlLiAnT way to begin, with the definitions. It gave a certain amount of… official-ish-ness to the beginning. πŸ˜€ Please write more, as this is VERY interesting! Well written, and kind of dramatic. πŸ˜‰

    ~CC

  3. Em, Collin, that’s called spam. It says absolutely nothing about the story. Did you read the rules…?
    @CC Thank yeh. πŸ™‚ Too dramatic? o_o

  4. Not at all, mi chicka. Brillantly dramatic. πŸ™‚

  5. Yay! I’m first!
    Anyway, very dramatic prologe. I love the description of Hero and Villan in the beginning.
    Update soon! I hope I win…

  6. Well, CC was right! That was the PERFECT amount of dramatic! πŸ™‚ Awesome!!

  7. I actually didn’t want to comment cause I was jealous. XP but not really, seeing as I’m already in the other one. And I’ve always loved your writing, say, for example, we became sworn enemies, I’d still secretly read it cause your writing is just too good!
    The idea is vague to me but it seems interesting, so, quote CC, “One word: curiosity. ” πŸ™‚
    I seriously can’t wait! πŸ˜€

  8. I’ll quote Sea: And IÒ€ℒve always loved your writing, say, for example, we became sworn enemies, IÒ€ℒd still secretly read it cause your writing is just too good!

    I’m so glad u let me be in this AA *sticks tongue out at every1 who’s not*

    I CAN’T WAIT

  9. Wow, that was a brilliant prologue. I thought starting with definitions was very original. You ended the prologue too well…I need the update. *sighs* Hope you update soon. I’m defintiely keeping an eye on this fic. I’m going to have to anyway because I’m part of it…woot πŸ™‚ and like toushiro said “I’m so glad u let me be in tis AA”

  10. I am also happy I’m in it! Thank you!!! πŸ™‚

  11. poodlepom40 May 31st, 2010 at 9:14 pm 11

    OMG!!! The begining part is great and I have to say you are great at wrtiting intro’s.I mean I immediatley wanted to read it. Pweeze update real soon!!

  12. Hermione Fowl June 1st, 2010 at 8:10 am 12

    I loved the definitions. Very original.=)=)UPDATE OR FEAR MY WRATH!!!
    Sea;I’m the same. TWS is evil, in my opinion, but she/he writes soooo well!!

  13. I’d say no calling the other members evil, but I’m really not sure TWS cares XD Ah well. No ragging on your fellow users, please; especially not on my story’s comments, especially not TWS (who is awesome πŸ˜€ ) πŸ˜‰

    Anyway, thanks, guys! I woulda updated already, but I got side-tracked… been working on getting Secret World back up for MK… anyway, as soon as possible, promise.

  14. Hm, side-tracked. Sounds familiar. Anyways…check your forum pm? I’m sure I sent you a message or something…ah, but is too lazy…

  15. shadowsnake451 June 2nd, 2010 at 2:39 pm 15

    I pm-ed you. Sorry, sorry, sorry it took so long! I didn’t know how to do it!

  16. I LOVED THE INTRO!
    It’s original and mysterious!
    Please update!

  17. Great intro! I wanna read the rest! Pleeese update.

  18. Hermione Fowl June 4th, 2010 at 5:57 am 18

    By evil I kinda mean TWS is very harsh. Even though it’s constructive crit. . .Oh well, you know what I mean (I hope)

  19. TWS is awesome and Ah-May-Zing.
    AA ur also awesome and amazing nd a whole lot of other (Good) things which I can’t think of at the mo cos i’m tired,

    So when are u writtin?

  20. Ehh well I have the first quarter or so written, but after that, I can’t seem to come up with any good writingÒ€¦ I’ll post as soon as I can.

  21. AA, I’ve yet to see the day where ANYTHING you write isn’t amazing. πŸ˜‰ Don’t doubt your abilities, grasshopper. *bows* πŸ˜†

  22. Well, thankye, CC, but eh… mebbe that’s because I do wait like this until I can write something that doesn’t suck πŸ˜› I read things that I write over before posting, and if I would give someone else a bad review for it, I don’t post. With the exception of one story for AF Land, but I threw that together in fifteen minutes just for participation points XD

    Anyway, guys, I’m really, really sorry, but I seem to have lost the names that go with a couple things… gimme a bit to straighten whose is whose first before I write XD I’m an idiot for not saving the names to them.

  23. Its okay, AA. *pats Battery’s head* I’ve done the same thing… loosing info…. XD

  24. shadowsnake451 June 17th, 2010 at 1:31 pm 24

    *really, no, but REALLY tries to be as understanding as CC* Do you need me to PM you with the info again?
    Don’t worry, we all lose stuff. Chillax dudet!

  25. I foooound it! πŸ˜€
    Anyway, this is how chapters are going to be structured. I’ll set up the situation, then give the outcome in part deux. Thar ye goo.

  26. shadowsnake451 June 25th, 2010 at 9:00 am 27

    WOW. UBER-UBER-UBER-WOW!
    Incredible! Perfect, no shortcomings I could spot! How the D’Arvit do you do it?
    *****

  27. SWEET! Oh sweet sweet sweet sweet!

    SILVIA! SHE WANTS TO BITE YOU, IDIOT! *grabs a broom, runs into the fanfiction and is about to attack Pearl, then remembers cannot interfear, and waddles back to Earth and does a puppy face* Man, good cliffhanger.

  28. πŸ˜€ Brilliant, AA. I’d love part two to arrive… soonish. πŸ˜€ Beautful writing, my friend.

  29. Really great story please continue i love it

  30. Thank you all ^_^

    I has updated πŸ˜€
    Enjoy, I hope.
    And I’m sorry, [name of person who lost] T-T It had to be one of you in this one. The next one will be more humorous πŸ˜€

  31. Impressive, I must say! Sorta sad that Silvia had to die, but still glorious! Hm, I don’t beleive I’ve ever used that word before. But this one kept me hooked! I beleive it kept a lot of people hooked. Update again as soon as you can!

  32. :claps: Brava! Brava!

    Even though I died XD

    I feel kinda bad that I suck at saving Artemis. So, congrats, poodlepom. I “played right into your trap”…
    But, awesome… anyways, you should update.

  33. You really need to update, AA, before we get real crazy and run—

    Oh. You updated. A very long time ago, but I didn’t seeeeeee.

    Therefore I shall now go and read. And then I’ll pressure you to update—> *Gives pressure*

  34. I haven’t commented this fanfic. I can’t believe it. I read it before. I SWORE I did… on to the review. YES GRACIAS FOR UPDATING BEEN WAITING FOR AGES ON THIS ONE!!! GREAT! Mysterious, dramatic, and I’m pretty sure Ariel’s the villian… cackle cackle, this is gonna be so good…

  35. Wow. Amazing! Poor Ward. I agree with Warrior’s Expert on this one: Ariel is to blame! Ah, I guess I’ll find out later. Hope you update as soon as possible!!

  36. OMG YAY!!! This turned out better than I expected. I was utterly gripped. I’m so overcome with joy I must read more…wait…there’s no more πŸ™
    *hintity hint hint*

  37. I love the update, AA. *curious* What happens next, I wonder? πŸ˜› I look forward to an update from an amazing writer. πŸ˜‰

    ~CC

    PS XP Nice little coincidence, Thomas Ward. XD

  38. *stuffs piece of celery in mouth, licks fingers, wipes on jeans, cracks knuckles and begins to type very long comment/review*

    So, AA, how’s it going? Good? Hmm? Well, I’m not so fine and dandy. This story is cheerfully sitting on the top of the Best Rated, and it’s THREE CHAPTERS. You know what kills me more then that? THE FIRST ONE WAS AN INTRO, and the THIRD ONE ISN’T DONE. This is one of your more work-of-art ones, but trust me, they’re all works of art. I like the way you always use your language, the way you insert real-life stuff there, the way you have impeccable grammer, spelling, punctuation, etc, the way you avoid run-on sentences like this one.

    I am perfectly aware you are fifteen years old and in your sophomore year of high school. I am perfectly aware that that’s stressful and irritating and annoying. So, why not relax with a free dosage of fanfiction writing? (cough update this NOW cough) Pleasepleasepleaseplease it’s really good. Seriously. Not even softening my bullet before I shoot.

  39. shadowsnake451 October 23rd, 2010 at 1:28 pm 40

    Update! Please please please! It’s so fandabulous I had to expand my vocabulary just to try and explain!
    I’m really don’t wanna be a nag (Ally Kat already hates me cause of that- but CKTC was a killer fic) but do you have any idea when I’ll be in it? Don’t rush or anything, but you know, I just wanted a rough estimate.

  40. Hey, am I going to be in it so UPDATE NOW
    P.S I loved it!

  41. AWESOME!!! UPDATE!!

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