I would have done whatever I needed to do.
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“Holly piloted the shuttle as though she were angry with it, slamming the mining craft round bends until its air brakes screamed and its readout needless shot into the red. She wore a flight helmet hardwired directly into the shuttle’s cameras, so a wraparound view of the shuttle was available to her at all times; she could even choose a remote beamed to the shuttle from the tunnel’s various cameras. This particular stretch of tunnel has little traffic and so the motion sensitive lights would pop on barely five miles before the shuttle entered a stretch.
Holly tried hard to enjoy the experience of flying and forget everything else. Being a pilot for the LEP was what she had dreamed of since childhood. As she cut yet another corner with a millimetre to spare, and felt the shuttle strain to its limits in her hands, the tension drained from her body as though absorbed by the craft. Artemis lied to me and blackmailed me, but he did it for his mother. A good reason. Who’s to say that I would not have done the same thing myself? If I could have saved my mother, I would have done whatever I needed to do, including manipulate my friends. And so she could understand what Artemis had done-even though she felt it was unnecessary-but that did not mean she could forgive him just yet.
And how could she forget it? It felt as though she had completely misjudged their friendship.
That won’t happen again.
One thing Holly was certain of: the most she and Artemis could ever have now was what they’d always had-grudging respect. Holly patched into the passenger-seat bubble-cam on the shuttle ceiling and was gratified to see Artemis clutching the armrest on his seat. Perhaps it was the camera feed or perhaps his face was actually green.
You blew it, Mud Boy, thought Holly, and then, I hope it’s your face and not the feed.
Extract from the book Artemis fowl and the Time Paradox
By Eoin Colfer
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Extract contributed by Eugene Sim, Maris Stella High School
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