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The Call

Summary: Talkstoangels77 from FF.Net told me to listen to this song called The Call and I thought it fitted into when […]

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Talkstoangels77 from FF.Net told me to listen to this song called The Call and I thought it fitted into when Arty says he’ll come back in AF and the Lost Colony. Listen to it please?

“Butler,” he called, his voice thin and childlike in the wind.

“Yes, Artemis, what?”

“If something goes wrong, wait for me. No matter how it looks, I will return.” ~Artemis Fowl and the Lost Colony, chapter 12 page 285


It started out as a feeling
Which then grew into a hope
Which then turned into a quiet thought
Which then turned into a quiet word                                                                       
And then that word grew louder and louder
‘Till it was a battle cry

“I’ll come back
When you call me
No need to say goodbye”
Butler replayed the words again and again. “I will return.”

Butler replayed the words again and again. “I will return.”Artemis occasionally told a lie, but he was always right. Did those to facts contrast?

He kneaded his temples.

“I will return… I will return…”

When? Couldn’t he have been more specific? It was coming onto three years now. He was considered crazy by the Fowl Family, who’d more or less moved on from the loss of their missing son.

Butler thought of the Fowls in different aspects, depending on his mood. When he was truly down from the loss of his charge, he’d wonder why they’d forgotten about him. Why they’d moved on. Artemis was history now. Outmoded, almost, by the latest Fowl children. Had they given up all hope and trust in their son’s words?

On optimistic days, Butler would consider that Angeline had already lost someone, and probably knew that living in the past was not the way to do things

Just because every thing’s changing
Doesn’t mean it’s never
Been this way before
All you can do is try to know
Who your friends are
As you head off to the war

Butler would scold himself again and again. The Fowl’s loved their son. It probably killed them every moment of every day just an ounce more, and his return became more and more unlikely, they just didn’t show it. Butler remembered Angeline’s face when she received a prank call of a boy pretending to be Artemis. Out of context, her expression would probably have been hilarious, but it was the thing that kept Butler sure that the Fowls still cared. It was sickening really, that he didn’t think this all the time. But he couldn’t help it.

Pick a star on the dark horizon
And follow the light                                                                                             You’ll come back
When it’s over
No need to say good bye You’ll come back
When it’s over
No need to say good bye
A click. A beep. A low chuckle. In his house? Who…?

A click. A beep. A low chuckle. In his house? Who…?Butler took out his gun. He still carried it on his, out oh habit mostly. He walked slowly, cautiously into his front room. Anyone who found him and found his code to the lock was smart. He needed to be careful. They obviously weren’t that smart though. If they thought he’d be off guard.

Unless they were bluffing to make themselves seem bigger. Better.

Now we’re back to the beginning
It’s just a feeling and no one knows yet
But just because they can’t feel it too
Doesn’t mean that you have to forget

It’s a man. Young. Skinny thing, running long fingers over the spines of my books. I look at his black hair and instantly feel a pang.

But he’s not Artemis. He’s filthy. Artemis was never filthy.

I pull out a laser pointer. Artemis’ laser pointer, actually.

“You know what this is?” I ask, sounding as threatening as possible.

He nods.

“Good, then you’ll know what happens if you do anything to upset me.”

He nods again.

“Excellent, you’re doing very well. Now lace your fingers behind your head and turn around.”

Let your memories grow stronger and stronger
‘Till they’re before your eyes

He does it. And I gasp. His smirk, vampire-like fangs, the sharp face.

“Butler, are you behind all that hair?”

There was no mistaking his voice. Well pronounced and very upper class, but still with his Irish accent clinging onto the end of every word. Hanging on for it’s life.

You’ll come back
When they call you
No need to say good bye

This is my house. Of course it’s me. But I can’t conjure a witty remark. I want to fling my arms around him, but I’d probably break his ribs.

Is this another joke? I don’t want to fall into the trap again. This boy’s face is so covered in mud and blood, I can’t be sure. I can’t see his eyes. No one has Artemis’ eyes. No one knows Artemis like I do.

I rip open the curtains, keeping the laser on the boy. Light floods into the tiny room. It’s him. Holy crap, Artemis Fowl came back!

I knew he’d come back I knew it. I always knew.

Despite all pity for his ribs, I pull him into a hug. He stands and takes it. Like a man. He;s eighteen now. Well, supposedly. Short eighteen year-old.

You’ll come back
When they call you
No need to say good bye

He came back. Artemis Fowl is always right.

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22 responses to “The Call.” Join in!

  1. Aw! That was very good! Very IC, even though it’s Butler’s perspective and we usually don’t get that. 🙂

    What sucks though, is that I had an idea sort of like this one, and now I can’t /do/ it. Oh well. Great minds think alike, I suppose. 🙂

  2. Beckett Simpleton October 9th, 2010 at 8:27 pm 2

    What, with this song?

  3. No, just the idea of writing things out from Butler’s perspective on this book.

  4. Beckett Simpleton October 9th, 2010 at 8:59 pm 4

    well then why can’t you? it’s not as if you’re copying!

    *screams* omg I just fixed this and now it’s knacked up again!

  5. Yeah, there are some text repeats. Blame the machine!! It was great, though!

  6. Good! I have never seen something from Butler’s perspective. Oh wait. I have! Well, it wasn’t as good as yours.

  7. You changed points of view half way through, which was kinda confusing. But very good anyway. And he was very IC. =)=)

  8. Beckett Simpleton October 10th, 2010 at 1:03 pm 8

    Woops! seems I did. Damnit. that’s what you get if your having a conversation on the Shoutbox and writing a fic at the same time

  9. Awesome BS. I see you’ve fixed up your grammar and spellings quiet a bit since I last read one of your fics 😀
    Totally IC and yes, The call really does fit.
    I have to agree, changing views half way is a tad bit confusing but you get over it after a bit so it doesn’t matter really 😀

  10. Update or else…(Idk what)

  11. Beckett Simpleton October 13th, 2010 at 9:48 pm 11

    it’s a oneshot, dude!

  12. when i saw the title i thought it was “The Call” by matt kennon. i was dissapointed at first but then i looked up the lyrics to the song you used and listened to it with the story. it was amazing. once again you amaze us all with your wonderfull writing. well done madam simpleton

  13. Beckett Simpleton October 16th, 2010 at 2:22 pm 13

    Hmmm. I know who you are, but your nae escapes me.

    unless you are very like that person…

    anyhow, thanks!

  14. Great!!! Those random things like
    You’ll come back
    When they call you
    No need to say good bye

    were really fitting! Great!!!! Unique idea too.

  15. Beckett Simpleton October 25th, 2010 at 12:18 pm 15

    Those random things? That’s the song. You do know that, right?

  16. the call is my fav. song (its in narnia:prince caspian)

  17. Other than a few grammatical mistakes, this is great! Love that you tried out Butler’s perspective. It felt very authentic/IC/believable. Very touching. It actually enhances the book experience, which is not something every fanfic accomplishes (by a long stretch). Excellent!

  18. Beckett Simpleton December 3rd, 2010 at 8:09 pm 18

    :mrgreen: I KNEW THAT SMILIE WOULD COME IN HANDY! Thank you!

    The call, not my FAVE song, but it’s addictive. You have to listen to it again and again 🙂

  19. Ah-HA! I knew this was from Narnia! (Thank you, diana.) :mrgreen:

    Anyways, this was really good. And touching. *sniff* It was also quite unique, since you don’t see much of Butler’s POV around here.

    Very nicely done. Would you mind terribly if I gave it 5 stars? 😉


  20. Beckett Simpleton December 23rd, 2010 at 8:57 pm 20

    Absoloutly not! Feel free! :mrgreen:

  21. OK is this on FF and if so why haven’t I read it yet?
    Now how do you give damn stars on this thing…
    *grumbles at the newness I’ll have to learn*

  22. Beckett Simpleton January 11th, 2011 at 6:11 pm 22

    There’s a thing at the top, you just hover the curser over which star you want then click and it’ll immediatly update it.

    It’s not on FF.Net, along with my other songfics, because you are not alowed songfics on FF.Net.

    Anyway, thanks WB. You forget the FACE O.o

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