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by Michael Scott
The Alchemyst Chapter 25 Summary How It All Goes Down
Meanwhile, Dee waits until the last of the cats and birds go into the Shadowrealm before he enters. He has been careful all these years not to be the first into battle, and is convinced that this has helped him stay alive. (It's also a bit cowardly, if we may say so.) When he steps into the opening to the Shadowrealm, he emerges onto a battlefield. Taking out his sword, once called Excalibur, he sets off to find the World Tree. Then we jump back to our heroes. Scatty, we learn, is allergic to cats and birds and hates them both. So we're guessing that the whole herd of cats and birds headed for the Shadowrealm can't mean anything good. In any case, Scatty finds Flamel and gives him an update about the battle. She says she'll hold down the fort to allow the twins to get as close as possible to finishing the Awakening process. But she wants to know when Flamel will tell the twins the whole truth—that he and Perenelle will age a year for every day they go without the formula for immortality. Soon he says. And then he takes the short staff Hekate has given him made from a branch on the World Tree. If Bastet and the Morrigan's forces manage to get past Scatty, Flamel knows he is ready to take them on, staff in hand. But, still, he's hoping he won't have to, because using his powers might weaken him, causing him to age even faster. Back inside the hollow, Hekate chooses to Awaken Sophie, the elder twin (although older only by a few seconds) first. She states her parents' names—Sarah and Richard Newman. She feels strange calling them anything other than Mom and Dad. Hekate proceeds to Awaken Sophie's powers, having her "see with acuity... taste with purity... touch with sensitivity... and smell with intensity" until Sophie's aura glows. She levitates off the floor. Awesome. What's not so awesome is that Sophie actually passes out cold from the intensity of her Awakened powers. This makes Josh both angry and worried. He snaps at Hekate, furious that his sister might be in the danger they heard about. Suddenly, Hekate's nostrils flare and she screams that the World Tree is burning. Josh feels powerless to help the girl floating off the floor. She was once his sister, but now she's so different in ways he cannot understand.
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