Artemis Fowl the 2nd carefully leaned back in a plush office chair, reading Sun Tzu’s Art of War. He was supposed to be finding a respectable part-time job, but, somehow, Chinese war strategy seemed to take precedence over that. Strange huh?
“Arty?” ,called Holly as she cracked the door an inch, “Can I come in?”
“Yes, Holly.” Replied Artemis.
She opened the door, a steaming mug of cocoa in her hand. As she set it down next to Artemis, (on a coaster, of course) she asked him about his progress.
“How’s it going Artemis? How’s the job?”
Artemis slowly lowered the book, and, in true genius form replied “Uhhhh…. Lunch break?”
“Check the clock smart one.”
Artemis slowly rotated his head towards the computer monitor. 9:47 A.M. As poor Arty tried to think of an explanation, he received a short reprieve in the form of two pre-teen fireballs streaking through the doors both enveloped in the battle cry,” HOLLY AND ARTEMIS SIMPLETOONS!” Myles darted at Holly, while Beckett tackled Artemis. Literally.
Once Beckett was on top of him, Artemis finally realised what was coiled around Beckett’s hand. An extra large roll of duct tape.
“Beckett, drop it. Now!” Yelled Artemis.
” Artemis talks too much!” screamed Beckett, who proceeded to tape Arty’s mouth shut. About a minute later, both Artemis and Holy were trussed up like turkeys, both silently screaming expletives. Beckett and Myles walked to a corner nearby and discussed in a little two-man huddle what they were going to blackmail them with. They broke the huddle and steadily trotted over to the pair, grinning ear to ear the whole time.
“Okay guys,” Said Myles, “We’ll let you go….. If you snog each other for a whole minute!”
Artemis and Holly both rolled their eyes, which the twins must’ve taken for a yes. They proceeded to rip off the duct tape, clearing any facial hair Artemis may have grown for the next half decade. The twins turned Artemis and Holly so that they were facing each-other. Artemis looked into Holly’s eyes and saw her expression. It clearly read, ‘Ewwwwwww, Artemis, NO WAY!’
“You can’t be serious boys.” Said Artemis calmly,” We won’t do it!”
Beckett simply stared at Artemis with a hopeful expression, while Myles looked as though a big scene was coming up in a bad film.
“Come on Artemis,” Chanted Beckett,”You know you want to!” Beckett drew out the to for a few counts, making it sound so….. In control…..
Artemis looked back over at Holly, he tried to send her a message with his eyes.
“No way out,” thought Artemis “Let’s just do it so they’ll let us go.”
Holly slowly nodded her head. Artemis scooted over to her and pressed his lips to hers.