“Wrong again. Ill tell you, shall I?” The djinni fixed him with its black-eyed stare. “You knocked yourself out, like the idiot you are. The golem was approaching, doubtless planning to take the Staff and crush your head like a melon. It was foiled—” “By your prompt action?” Nathaniel said. “If so, I’m grateful, Bartimaeus.” “Me? Save you? Please—someone I know might be listening. No. My magic is canceled out by the golems, remember? I sat back to watch the show. In fact … it was the girl and her friend. They saved you. Wait—don’t mock! I do not lie. The boy distracted it while the girl climbed on the golems back, tore the manuscript from its mouth, and threw it to the ground. Even as she did so, the golem seized her and the boy—incinerated them in seconds. Then its life force ebbed and it finally froze, inches from your sorry neck.” — Jonathan Stroud
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