“I never, ever should have laid such a burden on my friend. My ally. Never, ever should have asked a human of such superior quality to make a decision that would undoubtedly risk the lives of everyone he had ever known. I was an alien. I would carry the burden.”—
“Wasn’t it Journey to the Bottom of the Sea?” Marco asked. “No, it was Voyage,” Jake confirmed. “Journey sounds better,” Marco said. Jake sighed. “Hey, time marches on, right? We’re in a hurry. What are you thinking, Cassie?” “Calamari,” she said with a grin. “Snails?” I said, frowning. <I am not in favor of snails,> Ax said. “Wait, that’s not—” Cassie said loudly. <I had the misfortune to inadvertently eat one while feeding,> Ax continued. <I did not see it in time. I stepped on it and digested it.> “You ate a snail through your hoof?” I asked. That picture temporarily replaced the image of me being squashed to the size of a Barbie doll on the ocean floor. <Yes, and the meat portion was fine. However, once the snail’s body had been digested, the shell was very difficult to—> “Ooookay, I think that’s probably enough about snails,” Jake said. “Yeah, especially since calamari does not mean snail,” Cassie pointed out. “Escargot means snail. I was talking about—” <I have an idea: Let’s all just stick to speaking English,> Tobias grumped. “Squid!” Cassie yelled suddenly. The birds in the trees around us fell silent. So did we. Until Tobias said, <Uh-uh. Calamari is octopus, not squid.> “Oh. Who. CARES?” Cassie cried. “Squid. We can morph a giant squid! Giant squid dive really deep. And they have arms, so we could maybe get into the Pemalite ship.” I met Marco’s gaze. “Why didn’t she just say that to begin with?” “Could have saved a lot of time,” Marco agreed, playing along. <What does any of this have to do with your Captain Nemo?> Ax wondered. Cassie threw up her hands. “It’s a book. Journey to—” “Ah HAH! It was Journey!” “I mean Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea,” Cassie grated. “Captain Nemo was attacked by a giant squid.” “Who won?” Marco asked. “Wait a minute,” I said. “It wasn’t Journey or Voyage. It was 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. Jules Verne.” Cassie looked like she might strangle me. Then she said, “Oh yeah. Voyage was a TV show. They run it on the Sci-Fi channel.” “I thought it was on Nick at Night,” Marco said. At which point everyone started giggling. “Someone call the Chee and tell them they’re doomed,” I said. “Their only hope is a collection of idiot kids, standing around in the woods debating cable channels.”
I wish Jake had let Ax tell us about his experience pooping snail shell because I am eight.
Not even a different shade of blue compared to the males. I hate how they’re some kind of purple in not only the covers but also in fanart. I remember, after the Hork-Bajir Chronicles came out, keeping my eyes open when reading the series to see if it was ever suggested that females are purpler than males, but I don’t remember ever seeing anything in-text that suggested that.
But then, Elfangor and Visser Three with I-actually-use-my-gym-membership arms and the way-too-teensy eyes Ax always had… The covers weren’t always accurate to andalite in-text descriptions.
“I assume we’ll be taking this buggy for a joyride.” Tobias had morphed into his human self. “If we can figure out how to start it.” “What do you mean, if we can figure out how to start it? You happen to be sitting next to the Tank Commando master of the Hork-Bajir valley.” “Right. Video-game expertise.” He glanced around at all the switches and levers. “So, what, we just rev it up and barrel off the side of the train?” “Yeah. The train’s stopped. The ground’s almost level with the flatcar. Should be easy. I saw a tank crew do it on the History Channel.” “Ah. Video games and cable. How reassuring.” He pulled a helmet from a hook on the side of the turret. “I should probably wear this.”
Tobias momentarily leaves behind his usual snarky comments and is just plain adorable in #51.
So I’ve been re-reading Animorphs lately and I’ve decided that as much as I love Ax, I might love him even more if he was a she. Think about it…
Girl!Ax’s hero worship of Elfangor would be turned up to over 9000 because in addition to being his usual amazing self, he would have been the only one to support Ax 100% in her military career and now he’s dead and it is raining on my face.
Rachel and Ax would have the most epic womance. Going shopping for all the clothes and all the food followed by beating up everything in sight. ♥
And Cassie is a little jealous because it feels like she’s losing her best friend, plus she’s not sure what to make of this “Prince Jake” thing, but eventually they work it out. And team up to troll Rachel over Tobias.
Girl!Ax and Marco’s relationship is pretty much the same: hacking all the things and having wacky adventures. Except sometimes he tries to talk her into making out with him when they get bored. (Though I think that might have happened off-page anyway. Especially during their “roommates” period.)
ESTRID. In my head, she is still a lady and they bond instantly because Estrid ~gets it~ and they still pig out on candy and kiss and Ax is like “is it gay if you kiss a girl when you’re human” and we’d finally know what Andalites think of homosexuality and it would all end in tears because, ultimately, Estrid is still kind of a jerk.
Ax would have such a girlcrush on Loren. Sidenote: As adorkable as their techy bromance was, it’s criminal that Ax hung out more with Marco’s Dad than his own sister-in-law. Just sayin’.
I was somewhat torn between my main tumblr account (right) and this one (left). So here, have both. I stole SF’s model for each below.
STOP RIGHT THERE! /white maple leaves blow by For love and justice, I am Sailor Vetero! Infernal, fervent alert ravaging! Now, eat my ultimate attack, Ventral Fin Rage!
STOP RIGHT THERE! /light shines down For love and justice, I am Sailor Froth! Forth Forth! Now, eat my ultimate attack, Froth!
You see why I wanted to use this fandom tumblr. :P Froth's attacks are fire-based, which makes sense because she has a green and black color scheme. Vetero's are earth-based. Even though her speech/attack lends itself to being water-based… Goddammit. Their designs are inoffensive enough, though.