by Alicia (aisumitsukai at home.com)
3/10/02; Revised 2/16/03
Chapter Ten: Happiness
Waking up to see Moriarty's face looming above you was the
stuff of nightmares. Lestrade tried to spit out a biting remark but
found her mouth was gagged.
"Mmph umble mmphft!" She’d also been shackled to a chair.
Moriarty smiled at her, looking like a child on Christmas
morning. "Don't worry, Beth. I'll make every thing right. Very
soon. I promise." He turned away and faded into the gloom.
Artemis blinked as a faint light burnt his pupils. After what
seemed to be eternity, the man, whom he presumed was Professor
Moriarty, had unchained them and taken them out of the little
black room. Now he led them, with an entourage of Goblins, down a
The light was coming from a naked bulb that swung listlessly
from the ceiling of the cavern they had just entered.
In front of the group, three children were tied to a fence
teetering on the lip of a chasm. Artemis looked back to Moriarty.
The Professor had taken out a laser and was toying with it
happily as he talked rather excitedly to Lestrade. Artemis' eyes
widened in horror and he looked towards Holly. She'd gone
Everything was going completely according to plan. Beth did,
however, look quite frightened, which shot misgivings into his
mind. But, he reasoned, that was only because he hadn't explained
everything to her yet. Once she understood, everything would be
okay. She'd be happy then. Forever.
Fenwick stood petrified in the shadows behind Moriarty. That
face. It was her. Of all the people, it had to be her. Fate was a
He swallowed the lump in his throat. His realisation wouldn't
have been so bad if only Master would put away that laser. If
only... but Fenwick was fully aware his Master would do no such
thing. He'd heard him piece together his plan. He'd encouraged
him to go through with it. Not that he'd needed urging, his mind
being as far gone as it was. And, right up until three seconds
ago, Fenwick had wholeheartedly agreed with this new plan of the
Master’s. But not now. Oh no, not now.
Dropping silently to his knees, Fenwick started to pray.
Something he'd never done before in his life.
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