Artemis Fowl was staring out his Lear jet, just killing time before they arrived at England.
Artemis checked his case again. There it was, the cargo glittered in the moonlight. It wouldn’t be long now. He had planned this for over four years.
Artemis had just sat back to enjoy the scenery of Christmas villages below him when he had noticed a shimmering patch beside his window. His eyes widened in horror as he gripped the reality at what had happened. Not only did he have the LEP on his tail, the People had also come up with an idea on how to shield an entire ship. Artemis had underestimated Holly while Holly knew what she was up against this time. A boy genius with a bigger ego than one had ever seen.
Butler accounted what had just happened four minutes after Artemis had. He had just cocked his Sig Sauer before Artemis held him off.
“We can’t just blast them out of the air. Not only will the craft obviously blast apart with the occupants, it would be unthinkable for it to explode over a major city.” Butler seemed surprised. Perhaps his young charge really did change over the years. A younger Artemis would have thoroughly approved of gunning down the craft.
“I may have to use dimension warping on this one” Artemis stated stiffly. Butler was appalled and tried to argue, in full knowledge that no one could ever win an argument against Artemis Fowl. Artemis had half suspected Holly had chose this method of approaching him because she had faith in him that he would not shoot them, but the plan could not be hindered.
“It is the only way, old friend. I cannot let us be pursued further, nor can I allow fairies or humans to get hurt” Artemis focused his magic not unlike the manner he did on Hybras. In moments, Artemis’s magic sleuthed out the vessel by its energy and appeared to strangle it until it disappeared into nothingness. Artemis had “merely” maneuvered the craft to a safe landing spot.
Holly had not only inherited Artemis’s eye the last time they were on Hybras, but also part of his essence. She felt that unusual feeling they shared in the magic circle again. He’s trying to relocate us. Despite Vinyaya’s gibbering protests, she leapt off the ship and onto the jet. The shuttle slowly disintegrated behind her, which suited her just fine. She could never be patient enough to wait for Retrieval when Root was in command, and solitude in a mission suited her just fine.
Artemis and Butler pressed on, without knowing of the fact that Holly had grabbed the tail of the Lear jet and was slowly advancing toward the door…
Finally! Holly managed to slip into the jet unnoticed and shielded. She was going to stun Butler (she shuddered at the very thought of it), seize Artemis, and question that big brain of his. Holly tried really hard to hold back her tears before they spilled. She was sure puberty had nothing to do with this, but she was still doubtful Artemis was like this after what he’d done.
The jet arrived at London at twelve thirty unsurprisingly, at St. Bartholomew’s hospital. A thought stuck Holly. If Artemis released Jaki, then what was his true objective? Holly knew that Artemis had a cousin, requested a time-stop, and was carrying an abnormally large briefcase. If Minerva was here, she would have undoubtedly figured it out, but alas, she was in Paris enjoying a long satisfying stay at the Hôtel de Ville. Unfortunally, Holly wasn’t the only one who was tailing Artemis…
Artemis hacked into the hospital’s security system in the blink of an eye. Artemis and Butler strolled through the lasers and cameras like they weren’t even there. Holly slinked through the shadows, careful not to lose sight on the target. She was too focused on Butler and suddenly… what? Where was Artemis? He was there a second ago! Suddenly, Holly got that sickening feeling you get when you get caught cheating on a test. Holly was scanning the area when she heard a whirr and a shadow loomed close to her.
“Looking for someone?” A blurry Artemis appeared behind her back and carefully nudged her in the back. Holly collapsed to the floor with a start. She gasped for breath.
“H-how did you know I was here?” Holly shot Artemis a cold and fierce glare.
Artemis smiled sincerely for the first time. “Your actions were far too predictable. We’ve known each other for several years now, Captain Short”
“Indeed, and we won’t be for much longer” Holly raised her finger and brushed against her knuckle. It was the new version of the finger gun Foaly had improved since the Fowl manor seige. Holly was quick, but Artemis was faster.
“Handy doodad. Foaly’s been making new innovations, I trust?” Artemis stood holding the mini dart in his hand. Holly stared. So Fowl’s speed had increased enough to catch bullets! What other abilities did he learn? D’arvit. Holly scowled. She would be having a word to Foaly about his “improved” security system as she lost consiousness. Holly slumped over onto the floor as Artemis was left panting for air. He had made the elementary mistake of exhausting his powers.
Artemis felt cold metal against his neck. Ark Sool grinned evilly from behind the Neutrino barrel. It had been child’s play leaving the manor with no one around. Artemis had sent Butler to stand guard at the gates and his phone had lost connection for some reason. Damn. Sool took no notice at his frustration and began promptly firing away.
Artemis evaded several laser bursts using his magic speed boost, but he was going to run out sooner or later. Thirty minutes later, Artemis had only enough magic to heal him a few scrapes or bruises. Sool smirked nastily as he approached Artemis with his Neutrino.
Suddenly, Holly came out of nowhere as she flung Artemis away and took the burst of energy. Artemis gasped. Somehow, Holly’s words a few years previously came to him. When are you ever going to learn, mud boy? Your schemes have a tendency of getting people hurt, usually people who care about you.
Holly grunted. “I don’t know why you did all this, nor do I care that all these things you did were wrong… but I do trust you that you did all this for a good reason… because I consider you my friend” Artemis felt his heart droop. He would not admit he did not plot all this merely for personal gain, but he still felt remorseful for what happened.
Holly’s magic had healed her injuries, even if she still was unconscious. But there was more. Her remaining magic crept up Artemis’s arms and seemed to replenish his supply. She was merely passing on the baton. He had to use that move now. Sool was slowly recovering from the shock and Artemis barely had enough energy to stand. He adjusted to the unstable elfin energy he acquired from Holly.
Now was the tricky part. It was a magical technique that he had never even attempted before. Artemis focused his aura as he had practiced it meditating so many times before into a recognizable shape. Focus… gather every particle of magic…and release it!
Sool found himself overwhelmed by the blast of energy of the combined efforts of Artemis Fowl and Holly Short.
Boom. Thanks to Artemis’s tampering with the security, cops did not come rushing in at the scene. Sool was rendered unconscious, ready for the LEP to pick up. Holly awakened for a millisecond and during that time, she saw Artemis the Hunter. She smiled as she drifted back to Dreamland.
Artemis shoved the Neutrino away into his pocket. He never knew when he might need it. Just then, a figure appeared in the doorway of the corridor. Artemis tensed up for a moment before he saw it was his faithful bodyguard, Butler.
“What has happened here?” Butler’s eyes widened in surprise. “Thank goodness you’re alright.” Butler attempted to reprove his young principal before Artemis held a raised hand.
“Time grows short… let’s proceed” Artemis silenced further arguments and the pair shuffled toward ward 354.
Artemis wordlessly opened the door. Livian was still asleep (which came at no surprise, seeing that it was twelve fifty one p.m.). Butler made preparations while Artemis rolled up his sleeves in anticipation.
A few more minutes dragged on and everything was completed. Artemis spared a parting glance at Livian. To his great astonishment, she sleep talked one word: “Artemis”
Artemis grinned. So her sub-consciousness already figured it out…
As Artemis and Butler headed back to Dublin, Artemis dialed Foaly’s phone number… perhaps they would like a short explanation… without the major details and a few white lies mixed in, of course.
The LEP had arrested Ark Sool the next day and he was sentenced to Howler’s Peak. Many people rejoiced at this bit of news, primarily Holly, Foaly, Vinyaya, Trouble, and other Root supporters.
Artemis Fowl was cleared off all charges against him considering the following factors of the facts of he did not violate fairy secrecy, or did any harm to the People in any way. Jaki had even managed to get all the presents to the children in time. The council however, pressed charges on Artemis for kidnapping, which he promptly bailed out with his massive Fowl fortune, much to Butler’s relief. Artemis had only said the truth to Holly, who swore under Frond’s name not to tell.
Artemis had gained something extremely precious that day… the virtue of trust.
Back at England, Livian Fowl woke up promptly to the smell of peppermint… wait… peppermint? Where could that have come from? Her hospital room was bare.
Livian sat up and was pleasantly surprised to find a 9ft Christmas tree in her room, complete with ornaments and presents.
Livian accidentally brushed against a tumor as she slipped out of bed and expected the pain that never came. Hmm…? She gasped. She was completely cured! It was a great Christmas miracle! Livian leapt with joy. She had no doubt in her mind that Artemis had something to do with it. After all, he did send her an email and no one else could. A strange thought came to her. Artemis had no way of getting here since the airports were closed on Christmas day and his Lear jet couldn’t have flown to England from the time Artemis sent the email last night. Oh, well… she was positive it was Artemis anyway. She giggled. There was no need of informing her cousin about her suspicions after all, he’d only be embarrassed.
Something twinkled in the corner of Livian’s eye. She gasped.
A perfect white gold tiara encrusted with jade and diamond sat on the very top of the presents. Although she didn’t know it, it was the Fei Fei tiara Artemis had acquired during his partnership with Mulch. Her heart swelled with joy. Not at the gift itself, but at Artemis’s newfound attitude. Years ago, Artemis would have been appalled at the idea of giving such a valuable item away without charge, even to her.
She held the tiara to her head and thanked Artemis quietly. Back at Fowl manor, Artemis nodded out the window and smiled warmly as Jaki himself beamed from his magic mirror. It was not likely to be the Christmas either of them would easily forget.
An Artemis Fowl Christmas
Summary: Artemis Fowl is back to no good again, plotting yet another crimminal sceme, but one might affect Christmas forever. What is his motive? Holly Short is sent investigate, but she didn't realize she was walking straight into a trap.
Artemis Fowl was staring out his Lear jet, just killing time before they arrived at England.
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