Foaly came back then, brandishing wires, computers, omni-sensors and the like.
“All right, Artemis. Let’s see what we can do here. Please stand over there.”
Foaly pointed to a large metallic blue circle in the corner of the room. Surrounding it along the edges were thick metal rods, each about an inch in diameter. Driven through the rods were small holes only large enough to insert small sensors inside. As Artemis walked over and stood in the center of the circle, Foaly attached the sensors to those holes, humming as he worked.
Each sensor was attached somewhere different- one on each hand, two on his neck, and one on each temple. Holly and Artemis both looked rather confused.
“Ehh, Foaly, would you care to explain any of this? I’m not a scientist here,” Holly said, motioning her hand at the contraption.
Foaly looked surprised that anyone would not understand his toys. Frond forbid.
“Oh. All right. This circle, here, is a large omni-sensor. The poles just hold my ‘contraptions’ upright. These are highly sensitive power sensors. They measure the amount of power a fairy has, and shows the powers they are likely to get. Quite a handy little bugger. They were originally used on warlocks and pixies, but we don’t need them anymore, really. Except for now.”
He walked over to his computer, turning on his “little buggers,” then instructed Holly to shut down all the lights in the lab. Then the large omni-sensor glowed, casting a brilliant light over the room.
Artemis winced, and then curtly addressed Foaly, “I would appreciate my vision to be kept whole, thank you.”
“Sorry, Artemis. This next sensor might tingle a little.”
The smaller of the sensors blinked, its little blue light pulsating brightly. Then, a visible electrical pulse sped along the wires to Artemis’s hands. He yelped, jerking his hand back, and almost dislodged the sensor.
“Crap, Foaly! What was that for?”
Holly raised her eyebrows in mock horror to Foaly.”Crap, Foaly! Crap! Artemis has declared crap!” He glared at her.
Foaly smiled. “I don’t believe I have ever heard you say that, Artemis. That shock was to jump start your magic. You see, people who aren’t accustomed to magic all the time usually need a small jump start; a.k.a., electricity, neuroshock therapy and –“
“I’ve got it pretty well on my own, Foaly. I have no need of electrocution,” Artemis interrupted, smiling dangerously.
Foaly watched in fascination as something akin to blue smoke faded into existence near Artemis’s neck. It rolled upwards, eventually lighting his eyes in an iridescent blue. He looked positively evil.
“Whoa, Artemis…. That is seriously creepy. Oh Frond….” Holly said, tilting her head and looking at him.
Artemis chuckled. “I know it is creepy. This had even Butler staring. Now, what do you want me to do?”
“Ehh…, right. Let’s see here. First, I want you to close your eyes. They’re creeping me out. Second, I want you to open your power to my sensors.”
Artemis closed his eyes, and became deathly still. Which matched the room at the moment, too. Holly was staring at Artemis, worried about him. Foaly also stared, but more with scientific curiosity; a look that seemed to occupy his face often. Suddenly, Artemis’s head snapped over to his left, staring intently at the computer monitors. His power-filled eyes were open, but he looked as if he were in a trance. The computers abruptly turned on, and confidential information scrolled down the screen as if it were being downloaded.
Foaly ran over to his darling computers, scrambling to figure this phenomenon out.
“Emergency shut down! Code 34790! C’mon, baby…” His fingers scrambled over the keyboard.
Then Artemis’s head drooped down, and all the information ceased to flow. Artemis panted, sweat misting his forehead. His eyes lost their trance, power-filled look, and he glanced up at Holly.
“Well, that was unique. I assume that was one of my powers. I know all that information that was on the computer now. Handy.”
Holly tentatively stepped over. “ Wow. Holy Frond that’s weird. What will we do with you now?”
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