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by Michael Scott
The Alchemyst Chapter 39 Summary How It All Goes Down
Josh awakes when he hears Sophie's scream. He feels so helpless against Dee when he has no powers. But then he realizes that he is not useless. Not useless at all. The action switches to Sophie, whose scream shatters the bones of the skeletons and reanimated Saber-tooth tigers. Scatty runs to the dangerously weakened Flamel, and tries to convince him to give Dee the pages. She reminds him that "he who retreats lives longer," but he won't budge. Flamel asks if she can get Sophie away from here, but Scatty tells him it's no good. When Flamel suggests that Scatty head out on her own, to save herself, she merely tells him that they are in this together to the end. Aw, teamwork! Dee calls out that it is time for Nicholas Flamel to die. No way, José. Suddenly, a monster emerges from the fog—the black Hummer. With Josh behind the wheel, the Hummer careens into the fountain and runs straight into Dee. In an instant, all the dead are gone. Sophie screams with delight when she sees her brother—he's okay! But her screams of delight quickly turn into a cry of horror when one of those pesky 8-foot bears takes a lunge at them. Scatty fends it off and they all flee into the Witch of Endor's shop. Inside, Dora explains that Ojai is so special because it is built where ley lines meet. These ley lines are energy lines that cross the globe. Think of them as magical shipping lanes, or flight paths. Dora shows them how to use a leygate by jumping through a mirror into another place. The mirror she has will bring them to Paris, France, Flamel's home. Then the action switches to a bruised Dee, who races into the shop just in time to see the gang jump through the mirror. Only Josh is left to jump. Dee tries one last time to tell Josh that he can Awaken him, and tries to convince him that the rest of the gang had left him behind yet again. Josh hesitates, unsure what to think. (We think, jump, Josh, jump!) Then, in the nick of time, Sophie steps back through the mirror. She tells Josh that she came back for him because he is her brother. She'll never abandon him. The twins jump through the mirror together. Dora shatters the mirror to Paris. She tells Dee he has about three seconds to leave the shop—or else. He doesn't quite make it out before the shop explodes.
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