A Very Angry Holly’s P.O.V.
I heard footsteps racing after us, and Artemis’s desperate voice calling to me.
“Polly! Polly, please wait!”
“Leave me alone!”
I didn’t think he was that fast, but he had a firm hold of my arm. “Stop.”
Polly tried to yank me back, but Artemis wound his arm around my waist and kept a firm hold of me.
“Let us talk for a moment, please, Holly.”
“I’m Polly,” she replied, unfamiliar with Artemis’s lack of brains.
He rolled his eyes. “Oh, right, both of you are Polly. Leave us alone now, please.”
She gave me a slightly alarmed look, but I reassured her. “He’s just stupid. He always calls me Polly.” I glared at him as I said this. “Come back in five minutes, we’ll be done then.”
So she left us alone.
“What will happen when she comes back?” Artemis whispered.
“I’ll go home,” I replied firmly.
He actually started to shake when I said that. “Away from me?”
“Yeah. At home.”
“Don’t!” His voice rose hysterically. “Stay with me! Polly, you cannot leave me! And I swear I’m not being stupid, I need you here!”
“What’s not stupid about that? You barely know me.”
“I love you.” Great. He was crying now.
“Really? I couldn’t tell.”
“I do,” he moaned. “But I’ve never been in love with someone before, so I don’t know what to do. You need to help me. Teach me. I can be nicer, I swear. I just don’t know how to be a good husband.”
Oh Frond, now I was going to cry. “Bad luck. You should have given me your soppy speech before. Now I’m in love with someone else, so you’re going to have to find someone else.”
He just stood there shaking and sobbing. Artemis literally dropped to the ground, outside in the mud, in his fancy suit, howling. I hugged him, hard, for about a minute, then left him there.