In Megamorphs #4 Jake says his notes are such a disaster that only Marco can read them, since he's been living off Jake's notes for five years now and sometimes has to interpret Jake's own notes for him.
Out of all the relationships in Animorphs, Jake and Marco’s is my favorite. Rachel and Tobias, Cassie and Jake, Rachel and Jake, Rachel and Cassie. The destruction of relationships is one of the harshest things this series brings to the table. And the forging of fragile and strained yet enduring ones — Jake and Ax’s relationship is easily my second favorite — is another thing the series does right.
But above all else, Jake and Marco’s deeply changed friendship affects me the most. It survives. It survives when everybody else was torn apart. It changes, of course. Oh, how it changes. Marco becomes Jake’s tactical officer and supports Jake exactly how he needs to be in a given situation — he reads Jake like a book and only gets better at it as the war goes on. When the war is over, their bond is still in tact. Altered, but strong.
The above quote got me. It’s one I’ve long forgotten, skimmed over at the beginning of the second chapter in the final Megamorphs book. But it illustrates their relationship so well. Jake is all kinds of messed up. He’s a fifteen-year-old kid who has to juggle high school (which he misses because he’s secretly saving the world), family (one of whom is possessed by a parasitic alien slug who would not hesitate to put Jake’s head on a stick) and knowing that he’s one of the most wanted people in this sector of space because he is leading a troupe of guerrilla teenagers waging a secret fucking dirty WAR to save humanity from complete enslavement. Oh, and he never sleeps. And Marco is just like, “Jake, it’s like this and you’re like this and this is what we need to do” and Jake is like, “I knew that somewhere in this mess in my head but I just couldn’t sort it out. Thanks, man.”
“The knowledge of betrayal and terror. The awareness of evil.
And then, the power.
The power made us responsible, see. Without the power, the knowledge would have just been a worm of fear eating up our insides.
Bad enough. But it was the power that turned our fear into obligation, that laid the weight on our unready shoulders….
Power enough to win? No. Power enough to fight? Ah, yes. Just enough, little Jake, here is just enough power to imprison you in a cage of duty, to make you fight.”—Jake, Megamorphs #4
I had the idea for this fic about two months ago and am only now finishing it. I love dialog in fanfic so this is all dialog. I like the challenge — obviously everyone has to be in-character or it doesn’t work. Gosh, this makes me laugh like a silly whenever I even think about it. Under the cut!