Foaly looked pensive.
“Ehhh… demonstration, please?”
The Irish boy smiled, reminding Holly of a vampire. A very smart, cunning vampire.
The glass of water in front of Foaly suddenly rose two feet in the air, though the water never rippled. Then a blue streak sped like a bullet toward it, shattering it into a million pieces. The pieces froze in mid-air, sparkling dangerously. The water, too, was frozen where it exploded. This was quite a curious sight, mind you, with the water pooled perfectly above them, as if on an invisible surface.
Artemis pulled the water into the shaped of the cup again, and the glass shards reassembled themselves as if they were conducted by a puppet-master. Then the cup lowered onto the table again and stayed there, the pieces of the glass fitted together perfectly.
Holly’s mouth dropped open, for once unmindful of looking like an idiot. Artemis… her Artemis… had magic. Why did he have to keep getting mixed up in such messes? Couldn’t he just lie low and not be such a pain?
Well, Artemis, him being a teenage semi-reformed criminal mastermind who knows about the existence of fairies, didn’t have much of a chance of lying low.
Foaly stared at Artemis in open fascination, probably thinking of multiple ways to test this new-found ability. Holly eventually closed her mouth at a wry glance from Artemis.
“I… umm… wow, Artemis. That’s… impressive,” Holly said, forgetting to be angry for the moment,then remembering, “looks like you don’t need a mentor.”
“Thank you, Holly, though I still need one. Now, do we have a deal? We can start at any time.”
Foaly was practically salivating.”Of course! I.., let me go get some supplies. We can start immediately.”
He practically floated out of the room, heading to the Biological Lab. That left Artemis and Holly, standing there in an awkward silence. Holly was still angry at him, but that quickly dissolved as she saw the look Artemis was giving her. A look of complete confusion. One look that never sat well with Artemis.
“Hey, are you okay? You looked a little angry at me for a second there.”
Holly blinked in surprise. Artemis had never sounded so casual. Or wondering. He was really letting his guard down lately. Holly looked into his eyes, and was surprised to see the last remnants of blue sparks fleeing them.
“Are your eyes… uhh… sparking?” she said, waving her fingers near her eyes.
Artemis smirked. “Yes, my eyes are,” he waved his fingers in mimicry, “sparking. Humans tend to have the magic show in their eyes.”
“Ah. All this human magic is just weird. How long have you been doing this?”
Artemis looked away, hating the betrayed look in her eyes.
“I’ve known about it since we traveled back from the Hybras. I didn’t start testing it until last year.” He looked back at her.
“Forgive me for not telling you earlier. I was still controlled by paranoia when I tested it.”
Holly nodded, feeling a little bad that she was angry at something he couldn’t control.
“Ya, sorry Artemis. I was just startled.To say the least.”
Bad place to stop? to bad… my headache is killing me…. be back later!!