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by Michael Scott
The Alchemyst Chapter 20 Summary How It All Goes Down
Back with Dr. John Dee in San Francisco, we learn he's starting to feel out of control. He's feeling pressured by people and beings too eager for results. We guess it ain't easy being an Elder's henchman. Dee's memories flash back in time to when he first met Nicholas Flamel. Dr. John Dee was born in 1527 and was Queen Elizabeth's advisor, translator, mathematician, astrologer, and spy. He pretended to speak only English, Latin, and Greek, but he actually spoke a dozen more languages, which allowed him to get lots of secret information for the Queen. He always signed documents with the code name 007—just like our James Bond. Then, when he recognized Flamel and his wife at a hospital they had built, the Flamels agreed to take Dee on as an apprentice. Bad idea. One night Dee was studying in his tiny attic room in Flamel's house when a gargoyle crawled down the chimney and invited him to meet at the top of the cathedral of Notre Dame. Dee followed and waited on the roof, looking out at the picturesque Paris nighttime sky. He wished he could fly. That's when the Morrigan showed up and told him the whole story of the Elder Race, and how the Elders want to return to being the rulers of mankind. The Morrigan promised that Dee would be the master of the entire world if only he would steal the book and give it to the Elders. Uh, duh. Dee agreed. Since then, he has battled many creatures in many lands, but he has never been truly scared—until now. That's it for Dr. John Dee's story. Now back to the present, where he is sitting in his car outside the entrance to a Bel Air estate in Los Angeles. He is greeted by Senuhet, a tall, bald, olive-skinned man who is Bastet's minion. His eyes are painted with kohl in horizontal lines—the makeup of ancient Egypt. Senuhet leads Dee down through underground caverns to meet Bastet—the Egyptian goddess with the body of the young woman and the head of the cat. Dee tells her that the Morrigan, Bastet's niece, says it is time to join her to attack Hekate's Shadowrealm. An overjoyed Bastet tells her thousands of cats that it is time to hunt. Time to feed.
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