Chapter 18: Blinking Dots
The difference between the LEP security booth and Section 8’s office was tremendous, for one, Foaly had access to every bit of information he needed, as well as the ability to do practically whatever he wanted with no budgets to worry about. The other entity which he particularly enjoyed was the number of screens. His Atlantis made screens in every direction made it possible for him to work on a number of projects at once. This came in very useful as Foaly stared at ten different dots each blinking in its own time on a map of the Phoenix Metropolitan area. Foaly frowned, although he knew that he should be working on other projects this one intrigued him much more.
So far Artemis Fowl’s captors had done three things that were very unlike kidnappers. Foaly sounded them off in his mind. One, they hadn’t bothered contacting his parents, and as far as Foaly knew they figured their son was in good hands with Butler. Two they insisted on no forms of communication between themselves and Butler, and finally three, they hadn’t messed up anywhere at any time during the initial capture, Foaly never thought mudmen could be so unyielding. So far Foaly was out of ideas, he had tried again and again to see what else was on the tape from the Barns and Nobel, but so far there was nothing he could do unless he exposed his system to an unknown virus. He was astonished that, he, the leading computer in the world was unable to simply get around a landmine and see what was underneath.
Foaly sat back in his special designed chair and thought for a moment. It was as if they had known everything was going to happen in their favor. Artemis coming to this desert without so much as a hunch of what would await him, very unlike Artemis, Butler letting Artemis get out of his sights, and finally expecting that he, Foaly, would not want to dig any deeper and destroy the system he had built over the past five years. It was all too lucky to be simply a fluke; the person who planned this was not someone that he would want to cross.
There was a loud beeping which caused Foaly to jump and press the communication button.
“We’re heading back from Tucson, and we didn’t find anything, more DNA though.” Said Holly’s distracted voice. Since Foaly had known about the locator chips on Artemis’s person when he was captured he had found their locations about two hours after the initial kidnapping. Each chip that Holly and Butler had uncovered contained some type of Artemis DNA, they found a hair on a chip in South Phoenix, nail clippings on the one in the Zoo, and blood on one placed six feet underground west of Tucson, a city located in southern Arizona. Whoever had captured Artemis had done a thorough job of removing all of the chips and placing them in different locations. Foaly had had flash backs of Holly’s own kidnapping and had advised Butler not to fallow any of the clues until they had more information on their enemy. Butler as was his nature vowed to do the opposite and instead had traveled all over the state of Arizona in search of each of the chips that Foaly had found to be emitting a signal.
Until recently they had picked up three from the five locators all of the mudman ones at least. Foaly had had the urge to tell Butler to go where he had found the location of both of the fairy-made chips however he had thought twice.
“We’ll pick up the other fairy-chips tomorrow Butler.” Said Holly, Butler seemed to nod off screen as Holly looked back at Foaly. “Do you think we’ll find anything there Foaly?” Foaly stroked his beard.
“Well so far these Extendes have been one step ahead of us every time we’ve made a move to try and find them; I would think they would assume that I have a bias for the exactness of fairy technology since it was I who designed those chips to begin with, however . . . “ Foaly looked at Holly’s face.
“You think they might try to ambush us there? Kind ‘of like when Artemis used my communicator to sound off a warning?” Foaly nodded.
“But if that’s the case, why? Right now they’re in the perfect position because they don’t want money or anything from us so why would they need to confront us?” Asked Butler. “I mean the only reason why Artemis took your communicator out and blew up that ship was to send a message, why would they want to do that now, I say we go and find out without hesitation it could mean we find out more about our enemy.” Foaly looked back at the screen with the blinking dots, and struggled for breath.
“What’s the matter?” Asked Holly alarmed. Foaly blinked, he could have sworn they were there a minute ago.
“The fairy locator chips just stopped emitting a signal, they just disappeared.” Foaly typed furiously, they had just been there, they had been, and he had found them to begin with. Butler snorted.
“I told you no matter how innocent they look on the outside these guys mean business. They must know what we’re talking about, and if they do it sounds like their a bit jumpy to make a change that drastic.” Said Butler sounding alert but bored, he was tired of these mind games, he wanted action.