Chapter one: Visit
Artemis Fowl looked up from his laptop. “Captain Short, I think it is time you stopped entering through the window. You already know that everyone in this house is aware of your existence, and nothing is accomplished by your secrecy.”
He felt a hard punch on his shoulder, and then Holly pressed her lips to his cheek as she slowly unshielded.
“What a way to greet people,”commented the elf, pulling off. “Doesn’t your mother teach you social manners?”
Artemis smiled. “Give her some credit for trying. Now, Captain, the purpose of your visit. I presume there is a serious situation going on below ground.”
“Nope, this is a social visit.”
“I…Ah, is that so? I should have been informed.”
Holly scowled. “Oh yeah? Let me guess, some business trip, isn’t it?”
The human stood up, laptop aside. “It’s good to see you too, Holly.” He suddenly leapt forward, grabbing her in tight embrace.
The elf allowed a grin, then shrugged him off. “That was strange of you.”
“Well, I couldn’t do it last time because of the twins’ presence.”
“I’m pretty sure they’ve planted a camera on your wall, mud boy,”laughed Holly.
“I’ve checked. No, they haven’t.”
He sat on his swivel chair, once again facing his screen. “I think Foaly’s trying to hack my systems. Unsurprising.” The elf sat on his lap, slim arms wrapped around his neck. “Well? What’re you going to do about it?”she asked. Artemis turned to her. Their faces were just mere inches apart. “I’m going to do nothing. I already have a password built into my firewall and he will not guess it.”
“You’re that confident?”
“I am Artemis Fowl. What did you expect?”
He looked back at the laptop. “D’Arvit! How did he–”
Foaly’s face filled the screen. There was silence, as he carefully observed the two’s positions. “Hmm. Interesting.”
“Foaly! Did–what the heck are you doing, spying on us like that?!”yelled Fowl.
“Hey, can you blame me?”said Foaly, innocently. “I couldn’t resist. I mean, you looked like you two were gonna kiss or something!”
They hurriedly pushed off each other, blushing furiously.
“We were not intending to do such a thing, centaur!”argued Artemis.
“Do you always have to ruin a perfectly romantic moment?”said Holly, without thinking.
Foaly chuckled. “You want more private time? Fine, but don’t think this news will not go up on my website.”
He cut the line with a mock salute.