Holly groaned, frustrated. “Isn’t there any way you could get me a line to Argon? This is serious!”
“Sorry, Captain,” said Foaly. “That jerk is following human rules and refuses to answer calls on Sundays.”
The elf was about leave, when a gentle whirring noise came from Foaly’s largest monitor and Trouble’s face appeared on it. He looked tired. “Holly,” he said, tone serious. “I want you to fly to the surface and get that mud boy down here immediately.”
“But-” began Holly, but she was cut off.
“We have a situation, and I think we caught Opal Koboi on camera.”
Foaly nearly choked. “What?! Opal? She’s dead! Are you absolutely sure-”
“Heck yeah.” Trouble snorted. “Truth is, I’m not surprised. I’m tired of that psychopath. And as much as I hate to say it, Fowl can help.”
Holly and Foaly exchanged looks, swallowing nervously. They had the same thought.
Aqua was enjoying doing everything possible to kill Artemis’s dignity. First, he had a ketchup food fight with Beckett. Then, he had stayed on the other end of his bedroom door playing knock knock jokes with the twins (Example: “Knock, knock” “Who’s there?” “Isabelle” “Isabelle who?” “Isabelle broken, I had to knock!” ) And now, he was in a bath tub filled with bubble bath and he was gleefully reading Artemis’s ‘diary‘.
Ah, the bliss of being the annoying Alter. The best part of it was that Arty himself was yelling at him the whole time. The worst, however, came when he saw Holly enter the room- through the window, as usual- the bathroom door was wide open and she stood there, staring.
“What the heck-” she started, then remembered who this guy really was. Aqua’s face turned pink, both embarrassed and happy at the same time. “I’ll be there in a while, babe!” he called, soon afterwards realizing that he had no towel on the rack.
Holly sighed, tossing him a one that was on the bed. Oh great. Opal had to come back when this goon was around.
Aqua smiled gratefully as he closed the door and got dressed in a pair of jeans along with a t-shirt Artemis had never worn before. (Probably because of the text that said, ‘I was born smart but school ruined me’)