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by Michael Scott
The Alchemyst Chapter 2 Summary How It All Goes Down
Josh peers out of the cellar, and sees four men staring down the bookshop owner, Nick Fleming. Is the shop being robbed? Although Nick Fleming and the small gray man are not speaking, Josh realizes that something is going on between them. Both men's fingers are moving, and a green mist is gathering in Fleming's hand, curling into patterns, and drifting onto the floor. Josh sees foul-smelling yellow smoke gather in the gray man's hands. (Rotten eggs, anyone?) The green mist becomes a long coil of green smoke, and the yellow mist becomes a yellow ball of energy. When Fleming's green coil and the gray man's yellow ball collide, the coil wraps around the ball and it explodes, sending both men backwards across the room. The windows explode outward. Well, that was interesting. Fleming tells Josh to stay out of the way as he makes a throwing motion with his arm. Josh sees nothing, but books are instantly ripped from the shelves, thrown into a heap in the center of the floor. Then they explode. Seriously, what's with all the explosions? The two men in overcoats are blown back by the explosion, and Josh is able to see their dead-looking gray skin and eyes like polished stone. In fact, Josh realizes, their eyes are stones. Creepy. Nick Fleming, referring to the two men in overcoats with stone eyes, says that the gray man brought Golems. Oh, good to know. Except… what are Golems? More invisible balls are tossed into the room, and the gray man tells Fleming that he is impressed with his perfected technique. Well, I've been practicing, Fleming tells the guy. The gray man tells Fleming that he has been looking for him for a long time, and wants something of his returned to him. No dice. Fleming says that he burned "it" a long time ago. Uh oh. Time to fly. Fleming and Josh try to escape through a door hidden behind books into an empty dry cleaners shop. Phew. That was close.
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