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Artemis was reclining on a cloud, floating on a patch of sunlight. The warmth that surrounded him cocooned him and kept him comfortably safe inside his dreamland. Artemis relished in the perfect feeling of being caught between consciousness and slumber, when all of a sudden, he felt himself being shaken gently by his arm.
Artemis groaned at the unwelcome intrusion in his perfect dreamland. The incessant shaking did its job however, and Artemis was ingloriously ripped from his calmness.
"What! What do you want from me?" Artemis cried, still so sleepy that he was unaware of what he was saying.
Butler laughed and clapped Artemis on the back. "Your parents have some, uh, news for you, Artemis. They want you downstairs in the living room in five minutes." With that, Butler took one last glance at his sleepy charge and headed downstairs to the living room.
Artemis glared at the door that Butler had disappeared through and groaned as he swung his legs off the bed. He groggily stood up, but had to fall face down back onto the bed, as he quickly got a huge head rush.
Unfortunately for Artemis, he fell directly on his nose, resulting in a sharp burst of pain shooting through his face. Artemis let out a quick succession of unprintable swear words at the pain (uncharacteristic of him, but he had just smashed his nose in).
He stood up once again, holding his nose gingerly, and headed out of his bedroom, grumbling grumpily and angrily at the world.
As Artemis stumbled into the living room, he noticed that a family meeting was about to be held. His mother, father, Butler, and Juliet were all sitting comfortably on couches. Artemis immediately felt apprehensive of the situation. The last time a meeting had been held like this, he had been forced to go back to school. The time before that, it had been that he wasn't allowed to play with advanced chemistry sets that the schools owned.
See? Nothing good came out of these meetings. So Artemis was right to be on his guard.
Artemis's mother smiled at him as he walked in. "Take a seat, Arty," she said warmly, patting the spot next to her on the couch. Artemis walked over slowly, eyeing his parents and employees/friends suspiciously. He sat down on the spot and looked around the room.
"So what's this meeting about?" Artemis inquired.
His father grinned at him. "We feel like this summer is a great opportunity for you to make friends and get out into the real world more!"
Artemis did not like the sound of this one bit.
"Excuse me?" Artemis asked, now a little scared as to what his parents had in mind for him.
His mother who had been smiling at him, now turned to smile at his father. "Arty, we only have what's best for you in mind. We ran the idea by Butler and Juliet, and they both thought it would be a great idea."
Artemis turned to look at the Butler siblings. Butler was looking stoic as usual, but Juliet appeared to be working very hard to stifle laughter. That was never a good sign.
"What exactly is this plan?" Artemis was extremely nervous now. He did not like where this was going.
"We're sending you to sports camp!" His mother cried excitedly.
Artemis was certain that if someone offered him a choice between being stampeded by a herd of buffalo and going to sports camp, he would choose being stampeded. That one would be less painful.
"Mother, Father, Butler, Juliet, I will not go to sports camp. I refuse." Artemis crossed his arms smugly.
His father chuckled. "That's a funny joke, Arty. You start tomorrow. The bus will come pick you up at 8:30 a.m. and you will return home at 4:30 in the afternoon. The camp that you will be going to will involve all kinds of sports. You are going to have the best time of your life, trust me!"
Artemis honestly doubted he would ever trust his father ever again.
"I can't believe you all are making me go to sports camp, of all things! And you're making me a ride a bus? But that's so common!" He cried childishly.
Juliet couldn't hold back her laughter any longer. "Artemis, just shut up!" she laughed. "It's fine. I volunteered to go with you. Also, Holly is coming with us." Artemis was about to ask her how Holly would be able to go also, when his parents stood up abruptly.
"We're going for a walk around the grounds. Ta!" With that, Angeline grabbed Artemis's father's hand and they exited the room. Normally, Artemis didn't care when his parents held hands, but just seeing them united in his obvious discomfort made him annoyed.
"Am I seriously going to sports camp, Butler?" Artemis asked Butler. Butler nodded at him.
"This is horrible! I can't play sports! Have the past few years taught you anything about my athletic abilities, or lack thereof?" Artemis said desperately.
Butler chuckled and shook his head. "Artemis, calm down. You can do this, Juliet and Holly are going to be there with you, so it's not like you're not going to know anyone."
Artemis groaned. "Oh, come on, Butler. You know that they're both just going to mercilessly make fun of me. I'd rather go not knowing anyone."
Juliet raised her hand and waved. "Guys, stop talking about me like im not in the room! And yes, Arty, you're right as usual. You will be made fun of, my friend." She giggled and walked out of the room, punching invisible opponents as she walked into the kitchen.
Butler sighed as he looked at the door that Juliet had just walked through. "Sometimes I worry about that girl," he said forlornly. Artemis waved his hand in front of Butler's face.
"Excuse me, old friend, but I'm about to be killed by remorseless children with hockey sticks. How are you worried about Juliet and not me?" Butler just stared at him.
When Butler didn't answer, Artemis voiced another question. "And anyway, how is Holly going to go anyway? She's three feet tall, in case I'm the only one who caught that little tidbit of information."
Butler stood up. "She's already mesmered everyone at the camp. They won't see anything out of the ordinary."
Artemis was astounded. "Everyone at the-" He started. Butler nodded.
"Artemis, you'll be fine. Now if you'll excuse me, I have to go."
"Where are you going?"
"Uh… I have to go… uh… wrap… um… a, uh, present. Yes! Wrap a present. Bye!" With that, Butler left the room.
Artemis was wholly confused. Butler didn't wrap presents. Butler wouldn't be caught dead wrapping presents!
Artemis was wondering why everyone in the room felt it necessary to ditch him, when he thought of a much more disturbing thought. He was being sent to sports camp, tomorrow!
He put his head in his hands. Nothing good could possibly come out of this…
HA! Just imagine Arty at sports camp… *grins* that's gotta be a sight to see. So! I would act like I couldn't care less if you didn't review, but that would be a total lie. So please review! REVIEWWWW! *takes deep breath* just had to let that out. I apologize. :D