by Michael Scott
The Alchemyst Chapter 17 Summary
How It All Goes Down
- When Sophie and Josh sit down to eat dinner, Flamel delivers some startling news.
- He tells them that the twins themselves, their family, and even Bernice are not safe.
- The twins would like to leave it all behind and never tell a soul, but unfortunately, that's not exactly an option right now.
- They've come too far, and Flamel says that it's unrealistic to escape now.
- What's more, now they stink. Okay maybe we're being a bit harsh. But the smell of wild magic is on them, because Hekate touched them (remember that scent they smelled when she did so?).
- Apparently, every magician has his or her distinctive scent, like "a magical fingerprint," and Hekate is no exception.
- From this day on it will never fade—it will only get stronger. Seriously, they're going to smell like a crazy woman who lives in a tree for the rest of their lives.
- Suddenly the Goddess with the Three Faces arrives at dinner, except she doesn't look like Hekate anymore. She looks like an old lady.
- The servants, too, are a bit strange. They look like primitive humans, but they're actually Torc Allta, Sophie notices.
- Josh murmurs that their red hair and piggy faces gave them away.
- Flamel quietly scolds him for insulting them; he warns him not to speak carelessly without knowledge of magical creatures.
- The Goddess of the Three Faces tells the twins and Flamel that they've gotta hit the road. She has no intention of helping them whatsoever.
- Desperate, Josh tries to appeal to her. He says that her daughter, or granddaughter, just this afternoon wanted to help them.
- Bad move, dude. Hekate finds this insulting, and tells them that she has no daughter or granddaughter.
- The Torc Allta ready themselves to fight and a standoff occurs. This Hekate sure has a quick temper.
- Scatty pulls a bow and arrow taut and says something in the ancient language, reminding Hekate of the ancient rules of hospitality.
- Well that cools her off a bit, and everyone stands down. Phew.
- When they are alone, Flamel and Scatty explain that Hekate is called the Goddess of the Three Faces for a reason—she is cursed to be a girl in the morning, a young woman in the afternoon, and an old woman at night. Oh, so that wasn't her relative—it was her!
- Plus, Scatty mentions, Elders get nervous in the presence of iron. That's why she uses iron arrowheads.
- Flamel says they should all get some rest.
- Tomorrow he hopes to convince young Hekate to awaken the twins' magical potential so that they can become magicians.
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