Fic Or Original: Fic
Fandom(s): Animorphs and The Following
Rating: T (as according to ffnet)
Characters In Chapter: Jake Berenson and Ryan Hardy
Relationships: Jake/Cassie (hinted at, referred to in the past tense)
â€œCheers!â€ I yelled as Ryan and I both started on our tenth bottle of beer over at his apartment.
Still the cheap stuff, but amazing all the same because Esplin 9466 had died. Esplin 9466, a former Visser, had died by my hands. I guess you could say that I had avenged Rachelâ€™s death. Well…except for the part that I had killed an innocent man while doing so. However, things had to be done and it wasnâ€™t like I had sought out the fight.
Cassie wouldnâ€™t buy that, though, but that didnâ€™t matter to me in that moment. For the first time in a long time, I had found peace with the fact me and her would never be a couple ever again. At least I was at peace in this moment.
And thatâ€™s really all I could ask for since I met the Andalite Prince in the abandoned construction site. A moment of peace here and there.
â€œCheers!â€ Ryan replied, his smile wide. He was smiling probably because of how much he had disfigured Esplinâ€™s corpse. Wellâ€¦the morph Esplin had died in.
â€œYou go over the new files?â€ I asked him and he nodded. â€œGlad that Esplin was delusional about Crayak. Probably why victory over him was so damn easy. He didnâ€™t have Crayak helping him.â€
â€œWell he was still dangerous while being manipulative.â€ Ryan replied.
â€œIâ€™m not saying killing him wasnâ€™t a good or hard thing, just that it could have been a lot worse. Crayak is nearly god-like in his abilities so if he wanted Esplin to succeed he would have. He wouldâ€™ve made any deal with the Ellimist to have Esplin go as far in his plans as he could.â€
â€œOr he would have seen that Esplin was too weak to be of any use to him. Iâ€™m sure Esplin would understand that sentiment.â€
Yeah, Esplin would. Esplin had been a murderous person who didnâ€™t mind breaking deals with people. All he wanted was power and control. And his delusional importance to Crayak had given him energy to try to become powerful again.
â€œJust hope that there arenâ€™t any Andalite supporters of his that will cause problems. Like the one that let Esplin loose in the first place. To think of an Andalite supporting a Yeerk like Crayakâ€¦â€ I took a long chug of beer at the thought. â€œThere are some good Yeerks like Aftran, but someone like Esplin is pure hate and loathing.â€
â€œI donâ€™t trust any Yeerk.â€ Ryan replied. â€œI still have too much Andalite in me.â€
â€œI understand that. Is it usual for an Andalite to make deals with a Skrit Na?â€ I asked him. â€œAt least when you were an Andalite. It never seemed to me like your two races would get along that well. Seemed like the Skrit Na were just trouble makers for you.â€
â€œItâ€™s strange that that happened. But it has happened before with some of my former species needing information or items. Though I have never heard of an Andalite breaking out a prisoner like that before.â€
Maybe an Andalite was unsatisfied with the state of how Andalite society was going at the moment. Hell, maybe the Andalite just admired Esplin 9466 for some reason. I would never know the whole truth.
â€œAnd when Esplin got back to Earth he departed from the human that the Skrit Na had given the Andalite. Probably the human was too old for Esplinâ€™s purposes or didnâ€™t have the charisma he needed.â€ I said and shook my head. â€œJoe Carrol was a good pick for a host. I wonâ€™t say anything bad about the Yeerk for that pick.â€
â€œWant to turn on the tv?â€ Ryan asked and walked over to his living room area.
â€œYeah, probably a good game is on.â€ I said and followed him.
When Ryan turned on the tv the news came on.
â€œAs was reported earlier, the former Visser One was killed as was his new host Joe Carrol.â€ The newswoman, who reminded me of Rachel, said. â€œJake Berenson and Ryan Hardy were the brave FBI agents who killed the former invader of Earth. Joe Carrolâ€™s family will be holding a private funeral and there are talks of charges against both Berenson and Hardy. However, we know that charges have been thrown at Berenson before but none have done any damage.â€
â€œYeah, save the world and the people hate you for it.â€ I said angrily, though I knew I had crossed lines in order to win.
â€œBut reports are still in about Esplinâ€™s remaining cult members still being at large. It is assumed that some of his old followers may try and restart the cult.â€ The newswoman said and then Ryan changed channels.
â€œYou donâ€™t have to.â€ Ryan said as he muted the basketball game that he had just turned on.
â€œHave to what?â€ I asked.
â€œMake sure the cult has died. I helped you kill Esplin, but if any of his followers still remainâ€¦I feel like I didnâ€™t really defeat him.â€
Ryan had caused trouble and I shouldnâ€™t want to help him. But I also didnâ€™t want to see anyone worshiping Crayak or to have Esplin still causing trouble from beyond the grave.
â€œIâ€™ll help you.â€ I told him. â€œBut you have to promise not to go and do something stupid again.â€
â€œI wonâ€™t go running off.â€ Ryan said, though I still doubted him.
With that Ryan turned the sound back on and we enjoyed the rest of the basketball game.
All of Inbetween: The Works of CrayakÂ Â Â Â