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Artemis gasped as his memories rushed back to his mind. As memories fit themselves back into the holes in his mind, he caught glimpses of the adventures he had been part of. He saw himself kidnapping Holly, saving his father, creating the C-Cube, saving the demons, going back in time, saving Atlantis, and defeating Opal. He remembered everything. His mind went into overload processing everything. Even a great mind like his could not cope under the pressure of his memories jumping into place. With his life flashing before his eyes, he blacked out.
As he woke up, his mind whirred with the information he had just received. As impossible as they seemed, they felt right in his mind. Just as he was coming to terms with his memories, he remembered that he had no idea where he was. His eyes shot open and scanned the room he was located in, gathering information on his surroundings. The first thing that he noticed was the fact that he was in his bedroom. None of his stuff had been moved since he last saw it and if he remembered correctly, that was months ago. Surely someone had to have been in here at some point.
As he was deliberating this fact, he heard the quiet creak that alerted him to the fact that someone was entering his room. He looked in the direction of the door and saw Holly, his elf friend, standing in the doorway staring at him with her mouth wide open. They stared at each other for a while as the fact of their presence sank into their minds. He blinked and the next thing he knew he was being crushed to death by Holly's arms. The next fact his mind processed was the fact that Holly was crying.
He patted her back awkwardly. He was still not comfortable around such raw emotion. Holly pulled away her eyes blazing with anger and punched him hard in the arm.
"Ow!" he complained.
"That's what you get for putting us through this whole situation!" Holly yelled at him.
"I did what I thought was best for that situation. I do not regret doing it," Artemis replied as coolly as ever.
Holly's eyes softened. "Just don't do that again," she replied.
"I hope we don't need to go into any situation like that again," he said in reply.
"Knowing you," Holly replied," next week will be the same."
Artemis chuckled. "My luck isn't that bad," he thought. "I think I have had enough near death experiences for one year," he replied.
" Sure," she said with obvious sarcasm.
"Now," Artemis said, "what all happened while I was...gone."
Holly went into the details of how Foaly had created the clone that was his body now.
"We also had to tell your parents something when they came asking questions. They don't know that you are alive now. Only Foaly, Butler and I know that you are here. We were kinda…waiting to see what you think we should do."
Artemis contemplated this problem. No matter what others thought, he did care about his family and the idea of not telling them stabbed him straight to his core. He set that feeling aside so that he could make the best decision possible.
"Could you maybe let Butler know that I'm awake now so we could discuss the situation?"
As soon as he said this, Butler walked in the door.
"You honestly thought I wouldn't be here?" Butler asked with a small smile. "We may be done with this adventure, but there are still threats."
Artemis chuckled again and shot a pointed look at Holly. She got the message, and as she exited the room, she sent him a small smile.
Artemis turned to Butler and asked the most pressing question on his mind.
"How has my family taken my death?" asked Artemis.
Butler sighed. "Not too well," he replied. " They are better now, but the idea of your death is still affecting them greatly."
Hearing this Artemis made his decision. He could not let them suffer anymore.
"Butler, where are they now?" he asked.
" They are on vacation at the moment. They decided to take a small trip to America for a change of scenery."
"Could you let them know of the recent… developments?" Artemis asked.
"Of course," Butler said as he exited the room.
Artemis then leaned back and started meditating to prepare himself for the big scene that would surely follow.