Ophelia: the first love interest of a raven-haired heir.

Summary: Nine-year-old Artemis Fowl was bored. In thirty seconds he had finished and double-checked three math sheets. Simply multiplication and division. They […]

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Nine-year-old Artemis Fowl was bored.

In thirty seconds he had finished and double-checked three math sheets. Simply multiplication and division. They called these exams? He had seen harder problems written on alley walls in Dubai!

He leaned his pale face on his hand and looked around. Only one other student was finished; the others were drooling over their sheets, wondering how to borrow.


Ophelia Meyer was a genius; like him, her IQ had yet to be determined. She had the darkest and deepest of brown eyes and the most silky and lusterous of chestnut-brown hair. Right now she was leaning delicately on her olive-colored hand–as he was–and staring out the window. Artemis thought that he would rather she stared at him and immidiately blushed.

But there was a problem.

Ophelia Meyer had OI.

Of course, Artemis read up on OI as soon as he heard Ophelia had it. He hadn’t thought of it much before, but he had the details memorized.

Osteogenesis Imperfecta (OI and sometimes known as Brittle Bone Disease, or “Lobstein syndrome”) is a genetic bone disorder. People with OI are born with defective connective tissue, or without the ability to make it, usually because of a deficiency of type-one collagen. This deficiency arises from an amino acid substitution of glycine to bulkier amino acids in the collagen triple helix structure. The larger amino acid side-chains create steric hindrance that creates a “bulge” in the collagen complex, which in turn influences both the molecular nanomechanics as well as the interaction between molecules, which are both compromised. As a result, the body may respond by hydrolyzing the improper collagen structure. If the body does not destroy the improper collagen, the relationship between the collagen fibrils and hydroxyapatite crystals to form bone is altered, causing brittleness. Another suggested disease mechanism is that the stress state within collagen fibrils is altered at the locations of mutations, where locally larger shear forces lead to rapid failure of fibrils even at moderate loads as the homogeneous stress state found in healthy collagen fibrils is lost. These recent works suggest that OI must be understood as a multi-scale phenomenon, which involves mechanisms at the genetic, nano-, micro- and macro-level of tissues.

It was a complication, not one Artemis was willing to deal with. So he let the thought of Ophelia Meyer go. But he couldn’t get her out of his head…

Just then he heard a crash, a horrible splintering. Ophelia had fallen from her chair. The teacher ran to her side, and children crowded around her.

“…no heartbeat…”
“…this one’s got OI…”
“…we lost her.”

So Ophelia was gone. And so was the first love interest of a raven-haired heir.

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  1. Whoa. That was… sudden. 😯 Poor, poor Ophelia.

    Anayway, Ohan, that was interesting. You had me hooked from the moment I read the title. 😉 I’ll rate it 5 *s. Great job!


    P.S. First comment disco/Egyptian dance! :mrgreen:


  2. Ohansahyosheli June 27th, 2010 at 12:56 am 2

    Thanks! (so bored…gonna be online for the next 100000000000000000000 years if my parents don’t hurry up…)

  3. Eh, me too. I’ve been online nearly all day. *sniff* It’s been so lonely…


  4. Ohansahyosheli June 27th, 2010 at 1:54 am 4

    Scratch that. A friend’s over and we’re watching Americas Funniest Home Videos. My parents can take 1000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000 years if they want, this is hilarious!

  5. Brilliant, Ohan. 🙂 That was a well written piece of work, young fellow! XD Beautiful imagery, and the definition of OI was… nessesary. XD


  6. Beckett Simpleton June 27th, 2010 at 3:43 pm 6

    Yes I agree as I had no idea what the diddles it was. Thank you I learned more there than I do at a day of school. But AWSOME story! A bit abrupt though… *whispers* for my curiosity’s sake… please make it longer. 🙂 Please please please! I wanna know more!!!

    My Very Recent Imaginary… Er… Acomplice:
    Ignore her, don’t ruin it.

    Me: Oh shut it. You don’t know anything.

    JC: *Rolls eyes* This is gonna last a LONG time…

  7. Well, that was very sudden! And sad… 🙁 But still awesome as always!! I kinda knew what brittle Bone Diseased was, and you’re definition confused me so much! So many big words… Anyway, 5 stars!!!!

  8. I thought it was brilliantly written however abrupt the ending was. Although I suppose the suddeness of the ending did enhance the complete shock of Ophelia’s death. I really love the title 😀

  9. Ophelia, I love that name. :)Yes, her death was sudden, but I agree with artyrox. Beautiful, Ohan. I loved it. 😀

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