For once, Artemis was speechless. He felt his heart stop for several minutes. His eyes were stretched as wide as they could possibly go. He had no sarcastic remark to say, for, like I said just now, he was speechless.
“Whu…hu..eh?” Artemis said.
Artemis Senior, not realizing that his son was in a state of flux, introduced the lady who had stepped in through the front door.
Irene Johnson was definitely considered beautiful. Her shoulder-length hair was reddish blonde, her eyes were big and green, and her skin was fair. She was taller than average, but not freakishly so. She looked 18, and her teeth were perfectly white and beautifully arranged.
Artemis shook his head, desperately trying to regain control of himself. He succeeded after his third try. “What do you mean, Father? Surely this cannot be happening.”
Irene looked uncomfortable in the middle of this discussion. But if anyone looked more uncomfortable, it was Artemis Senior and Angeline Fowl.
“Darling, we’re sorry for having to do this, but-”
“There was no choice. At the time, Fowl Enterprises wasn’t what it is today, and we needed to do it.” Artemis Senior interrupted.
“Umm…I think I’ll go up to my room now, if it’s alright.” Irene said, desperately trying to get away from the living room. Artemis Senior dismissed her with a flick of his hand.
“We hope you understand, Arty darling.” Angeline said.
Artemis felt, for the first time, a spark of rebellion inside him. He felt like he wanted to destroy the living room and his parents with it. “It’s alright,” he said, “my opinion doesn’t matter anyway, since I’m getting married.” And as he said the last syllable, he ran up to his room and bolted the door shut. It was then he realized Butler was inside. “I assume they’ve told you the news, Master Artemis?” he said.
“GET OUT!!! SHUT UP AND GET OUT!!” Artemis screamed, not even pausing to regain his composure. His hair was messy with all the running, and his clothes were creased and torn, from his rush to get to his room. Butler walked out of the room in alarm.
Not even looking to see whether Butler was out, Artemis threw himself on his bed and started hiccuping and coughing in hysterics. He stayed there until he fell asleep.