Artemis fowl: the eternity code by Eoin Colfer

Artemis fowl: the eternity code by Eoin Colfer

Author:Eoin Colfer [Eoin Colfer]
Language: eng
Format: epub
Tags: Jeunesse
ISBN: 9780786814930
Published: 2003-08-14T10:00:00+00:00


For two hours Artemis locked himself in his study, sitting cross-legged in the meditative position taught to him by Butler. Occasionally he would voice an idea aloud, to be picked up by a voice-activated digital recorder placed on the mat before him. Butler and Juliet knew better than to interrupt the planning process. This period was crucial to the success of their mission. Artemis had the ability to visualize a hypothetical situation and calculate the likely outcomes. It was almost a dream state, and any disturbance could send the thread of his ideas flying like vapours.

Eventually Artemis emerged, tired but satisfied. He held three CD-writable disks.

‘I want you to study these files,’ he said. ‘They contain details of your assignment. When you have memorized the contents destroy the disks.’

Holly took the disks.

‘A CD. How quaint. We have these in museums.’

‘There are several computers in the study,’ continued Artemis. ‘Use any terminal you wish.’

Butler was empty-handed.

‘Nothing for me, Artemis?’ he asked.

Artemis waited until the others had gone.

‘I needed to give you your instructions verbally,’ he began. ‘I don’t want to risk Foaly picking them up from the computer.’

Butler sighed deeply, sinking into a leather armchair by the fireplace.

‘I’m not going with you. Am I?’

Artemis sat on the chair’s arm. ‘No, old friend. But I have an important task for you.’

‘Really, Artemis,’ said Butler. ‘I’ve skipped right over my midlife crisis. You don’t have to invent a job just to make me feel useful.’

‘No, Butler. This is of vital importance. It concerns the mind wipes. If my plan succeeds, we will have to submit to them. I see no way to sabotage the process itself, so I must ensure that something survives Foaly’s search. Something that will trigger our memories of the People. Foaly once told me that a strong enough stimulus can result in total recall.’

Butler shifted his position in the chair, wincing. His chest was still giving him trouble. Not surprising really. He had been alive less than two days.

‘Any ideas?’

‘We need to lay a couple of false trails. Foaly will be expecting that.’

‘Of course. A hidden file on the server. I could send an e-mail to ourselves, but not pick it up. Then the first time we check our mail, all this information will come through.’

Artemis handed the bodyguard a folded sheet of A4.

‘No doubt we will be mesmerized and questioned. In the past we have hidden from the mesmer behind mirrored sunglasses. We won’t get away with that on this occasion. So, we need to come up with something else. Here are the instructions.’

Butler studied the plans.

‘It’s possible. I know someone in Limerick. The best man in the country for this kind of specialized work.’

‘Excellent,’ said Artemis. ‘After that, you need to put everything we have on the People on a disk. All documents, videos, schematics. Everything. And don’t forget my diary. The whole story is there.’

‘And where do we hide this disk?’ asked Butler.

Artemis untied the fairy pendant from around his neck.

‘I’d say this was about the same size as the disk.


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