Artemis Fowl Book 2 - The Arctic Incident by Eoin Colfer

Artemis Fowl Book 2 - The Arctic Incident by Eoin Colfer

Author:Eoin Colfer [Colfer, Eoin]
Language: eng
Format: epub
Tags: Fiction - Young Adult
Publisher: Disney Publishing Worldwide
Published: 0101-01-01T00:00:00+00:00

The Mayak Chemical Train, Northern Russia

The first thing Artemis felt was a rhythmical knocking, jarring along the length of his spine. I’m at the spa in Blackrock, he thought. Irina is massaging my back. Just what my system needs, especially after all that horseplay on that train . . . The train!

Obviously they were still aboard the Mayak train. The jerking motion was actually the carriage jolting over the track joins. Artemis forced his eyes open, expecting gargantuan doses of stiffness and pain. But instead, he realized, he felt fine. More than fine. Great, in fact. It must be magic. Holly must have healed his various cuts and bruises while he was unconscious.

Nobody else was feeling quite so chipper. Especially Captain Short, who was still unconscious. Root was draping a large coat over his fallen officer.

“Oh, you’re awake, are you?” he said, without so much as a glance at Artemis. “I don’t know how you can sleep at all after what you’ve just done.”

“Done? But I saved you—at least, I helped.”

“You helped, all right, Fowl. You helped yourself to the last of Holly’s magic while she was unconscious.”

Artemis groaned. It must have happened when they fell. Somehow her magic had been diverted.

“I see what must have happened. It was an . . .”

Root raised a warning finger. “Don’t say it. The great Artemis Fowl doesn’t do anything by accident.”

Artemis fought against the train’s motion, climbing to his knees.

“It can’t be anything serious. Just exhaustion, surely.”

And suddenly Root’s face was an inch from his own, his complexion rosy enough to generate heat.

“Nothing serious!” spluttered the commander, barely able to get the words out past his rage. “Nothing serious! She lost her trigger finger! The door cut it clean off. Her career is over. And because of you, Holly barely had enough magic to stop the bleeding. She’s drained of power now. Empty.”

“She lost a finger?” echoed Artemis numbly.

“Not lost, exactly,” said the commander, waving the severed digit. “It poked me in the eye on the way past.” His eye was already beginning to blacken.

“If we go back now, surely your surgeons can graft it on?”

Root shook his head. “If we could go back now. I have a feeling that the situation underground is a lot different than when we left. If the goblins sent a hit team to get us, you can bet something big is going on underground.”

Artemis was shocked. Holly had saved all their lives, and this was how he had repaid her. While it was true that he was not directly to blame for the injury, it had been inflicted while trying to save his father. There was a debt to be paid here.

“How long?” he snapped.


“How long ago did it happen?”

“I don’t know. A minute.”

“Then there’s still time.”

The commander sat up. “Time for what?”

“We can still save the finger.”

Root rubbed a welt of fresh scar tissue on his shoulder, a reminder of his trip along the side of the train. “With what? I barely have enough power left for the mesmer.


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