And when Holly was
long gone, soaring beneath the hallway’s ancient oak beams, Artemis
said, ‘I don’t like lollipops.’
It was a woefully
inadequate response, and Artemis was instantly appalled with himself.
Pathetic really: I don’t like lollipops. No self-respecting
criminal mastermind would be caught dead even using the word
lollipops. He really would have to put together a database of witty
responses for occasions such as this.