I forgot about this topic... (Guess I might as well reply to it now, while I'm on a role. x3)
That is kind of an interesting thing to think about...I mean, I really love the way TTP played out, the reason I loved it as much as I did was that not everything did work out in the end, and Artemis did have to pay for the lie he told to save his mother. (That is, the lie he told did turn out to be a real sacrifice, in a way even he didn't fully anticipate.) But you do wonder how things might have been different without that one lie. (Would Holly have even ended up going to the past if Artemis hadn't emotionally blackmailed her into it?) If in that scene in the chapter 'The Frog Prince,' Artemis had been able to say his real feelings, rather than confess the lie, you wonder how things might have turned out. It could be when they returned from the past, Holly, going back to her normal age, things would have all gone back to normal anyway. (After all, Holly's sort of implied statement was hinged on the possibility, 'What if I'm stuck like this?') Still, there might have been a door still open sometime in the future, when Artemis was older. But yeah, we won't ever know that. And again, I do like how TTP ultimately played out. Those sort of understated moments, Artemis's simple thought, 'If only'--I felt like that was able to communicate so much more powerfully and capture that sense of regret so well, and probably better than a long internal monologue.
“After all, absolutely no one can help but suspect a criminal, liar, and manipulator of committing crimes, lying, and manipulating. And of course, no one is more aware of that simple fact than Artemis Fowl.”
Opal sets into motion her most diabolical scheme yet, to frame Artemis and turn his closest friends against him. Only this time she has a new calculating partner who knows Artemis better than he knows himself. [Post TAC] https://www.fanfiction.net/s/8336552/1/Noble-Heart
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(And if you're really bored: http://axxonu.deviantart.com/gallery/28912232/Artemis-Fowl
AF fanart. ;J)