Thirty seconds earlier
Juliet was yelping, wich didn’t happen very often. So Butler was more or less forced to abandon the principal. it was for Artemis’s saftey, he told himself. Whatever was bugging Juliet might be out to kill someone; Artemis Fowl II in particular. The idea of a serial killer was disturbing. They were so bloodthirsty, he’d seen a couple blow up a bar on a date, just for fun.
Juliet burst out of the shed , looking… startled.
“Don’t go in there.”
It was Butler’s turn to look confused. “Why not?”‘
“There’s a vortex in there-” Juliet never finished, as just then something burt out of the dojo. It was a reflex; Butler shot.
Artemis and Holly ran to the scene, which was possibly the worst thing they could have done. Myles and Beckett trailed along. The sene they say was this:
Butler was getting trampled by… well, they weren’t exactly sure. It resembled a giant alligator in the body of a wolf/bison creature, but it’s ears and horns were unique and it’s own entirely. And it was fast. So fast, in fact, that Myles, Beckett, Holly and Artemis were in it’s mouth before they knew what hit them.
This creature, whatever it was, seemed to make a point of making them die slowlly and painfully by knocking them around in it’s mouth. It’s tounge curled around them one last time…
And then it spit them out.
End of chapter.