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by Michael Scott
The Alchemyst Chapter 18 Summary How It All Goes Down
Alone at last, Flamel finally allows the worry that's been gnawing at him to creep in in earnest. He is totally freaked out, but tries to control himself as best he can. It's nothing a bit of deep thought can't cure, so he sits down, exhausted, by the water's edge and remembers the prophecy of the Codex. He realizes it has started to become true: "There will be a time when the Book is taken." Check. "And the Queen's Man is allied with the Crow" (Queen Elizabeth's magician Dr. John Dee is allied with the Morrigan Crow Goddess). Check. "Then the Elder will step out of the shadows." Okay, nothing has happened on that front just yet. "And the immortal must train the mortal." Check. He has to train the twins, right? Oh, and just one more thing: "The two that are one must become the one that is all." Hmm. That one's a bit trickier. Flamel will just have to think on it later. At least Flamel knows that everyone has magical potential within them. That means that all Flamel has to do is teach the twins how to unlock what they already have inside. See, everyone knows that in ancient books, there were four elements of Magic: Air and Water, Earth and Fire. But Flamel also knows that there is a fifth element—the magic of Time—obtained only through the Codex. That's why Dr. John Dee wants it so badly; with the Codex, he can control time itself. That's some serious power. Then Flamel gets really down on himself and asks himself a question he often wonders: If he knew all those years ago what he knows now about the Codex, would he have continued his research into the secret of life? Usually he says yes, but today, with everyone in danger, he's not so sure. Okay Shmoopers, it's time for another Elder history lesson. Ready? Here we go: Humans worshiped the Elder Race as gods and demons—like the gods of ancient Greece and Egypt, Sumeria and the Indus Valley, the Toltec and Celt. The Elders divided into two groups, those who worked with humans and those who thought of them only as slaves or food. Of course this means that the Elders fought each other often, almost destroying the planet in the process. So Abraham (of VIB fame) forced all the Elders from the earth. Some, like Hekate went into their own Shadowrealm, while others like the Morrigan and Scatty live among humans to this day. If the Dark Elders were to return, humans would be wiped out as the godlike Elders war among themselves. In fact, it has happened already—that's what the Great Flood is, from the Bible, at least according to Flamel. Now Dee has the book. Not good. Flamel sadly wishes Perry was with him—she'd have a plan. Suddenly, the ghost of Jefferson Miller pops out of the water and tells him that Perry is safe and that Dee is terrified of her, but that the Morrigan is not. The ghost also says they need to leave now: the Crow Goddess is gathering her forces and intends to awaken Bastet. Yikes.
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