Inbetween: The Works of Crayak 8
Fic Or Original: Fic
Fandom(s): Animorphs and The Following
Rating: T (as according to ffnet)
Characters In Chapter: Jake Berenson, Ryan Hardy, Esplin 9466, and Joe Carroll (as Esplin’s host)
I didnâ€™t like what Ryan had done and wished he had been able to hold himself back. As the thought that he was a Prince so he shouldâ€™ve known better got to me, I had to remember that he had run away and never gone back. He didnâ€™t have as much restraint as other Andalite Princes had so why should I think he did?
Those thoughts went through my head as I avoided the attention of the guards. While I had been walking around I had found hats tossed aside by people getting caught up in Esplinâ€™s preaching. As yet another guard came towards me I pulled the hat down.
Other people had gone into the church and I had followed their motions. The guards seemed to let some people in and kept others out. It appeared random to me, but luckily I had been chosen to go in. Of course I hadnâ€™t been wearing any identification except for a badge I wore around my neck, which was now underneath my shirt.
Walking around trying not to be noticeable while not in a morph was a little unnerving. I wasnâ€™t in fly or cockroach morph simply because if Ryan was in trouble I wouldnâ€™t be able to demorph and morph fast enough to help him.
I decided that when I found him we would have a nice long talk. Suddenly I heard muffled shooting and realized Ryan must be nearby. I tried to be discreet as I hurried toward the shooting while hoping it was just Ryan and a random guard getting into a fight.
When I finally got to the room I realized I should have never hoped to be that lucky. Inside I saw Esplin, in his host body of Joe Carroll, shooting at Ryan. They both were seeming to put up a good fight.
â€œIs this all the fight the Andalites have left?â€ Esplin gloated. â€œYou donâ€™t think I didnâ€™t notice you running in here? You donâ€™t think I didnâ€™t look up those who have been hunting me? You donâ€™t think I wanted you in here?â€
Ryanâ€™s response was to just glower at the former Visser in a very human-like fashion.
â€œHave you been human for awhile?â€ Esplin continued. â€œThat is a very good act of pretending to be human.â€
Ryan aimed his gun at Esplin but the Yeerk managed to shoot the gun in such a fashion that Ryanâ€™s gun went out of his hands and the bullet just barely grazed Esplinâ€™s ear. Ryan went after his gun but was interrupted by Esplin shooting at him. Ryan ended up having to go to the other side of the room to avoid Esplinâ€™s gunfire.
â€œHey,â€ I said and Esplin turned his head towards me. â€œHow about you just allow me to capture you again and no one gets hurt?â€
â€œHurt?â€ Esplin asked and pointed to Ryan. â€œThis creature stands in the way of truth. In the way of Crayakâ€™s glorious truth.â€
â€œWe both know thatâ€™s bullshit.â€ I told him. â€œWe both know that Crayak is all about pain and suffering. He doesnâ€™t give a damn about any paradise.â€
â€œCrayak is a kind master to those who serve him. But to those that donâ€™tâ€¦â€ Esplin said and started to take off his clothes.
I could guess what he had planned to do and why he was taking longer than needed. He wanted to spook me and make me wonder which of his many morphs he would choose. But he didnâ€™t have Alloranâ€™s body and, therefore, didn’t have all the monstrous morphs that he had acquired throughout the years.
Following Esplinâ€™s lead I started taking off my clothes except for my morphing suit. I had prepared for the unlikely fight that was about to be taking place.
As I took off my final bit of clothing, Esplin started to morph.
â€œYou wonder how I got the morphing ability back?â€ Esplin asked as his skin started to turn brown. â€œWell, some of the Andalites see my way and one actually gave me an Escafil device.â€
Esplin grew and his brown skin started to turn into fur. His face bulged out and his feet turned into paws. His hands followed suit soon after. The final change the former Visser made into Grizzly Bear was his mouth.
I remember you losing someone that liked to fight using this morph. Esplin said and swung a paw, testing the strength of the bear.
I was suddenly brought back to Rachelâ€™s death. How Tobias had flown away with her ashes during the funeral. I had lost my cousin and I had been the one to send her on the suicide mission. I would always say it was necessary, but I would never like having to say so.
I didnâ€™t reply to Esplin, but morphed instead. I couldnâ€™t wait to feel the strength of the tiger. Every change seemed to go too slow, but I knew that everything was actually going normal speed. It was just that I wanted it all to go faster.
The tail was the first change and fur followed soon after. My face changed to that of a tiger as my body started to make the size change. Through all this I just looked at Esplin in Rachelâ€™s morph.