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28 February 2013 @ 10:45 pm
What Are Best Friends For? (A Marco/Jake BrOTP Fanfic)  
Coming in just under the deadline wire, here is my holidayanimorph exchange gift for skirtsandtea--sorry this took me so long! I hope you like it.

And with this, I'm now 3/3 in my holiday exchanges, at last!

Title: What Are Best Friends For?
Fandom: Animorphs
Pairing/Characters: Marco/Jake (friendship), Marco, Jake
Rating: G
Warnings: Spoilers through the end of the series
Word Count: 617
Prompt: "Marco and Jake friendship, about how well Marco knows Jake and how they support one another throughout the war, how their relationship changes but still has these roots that never change"
Summary: Marco reflects on his friendship with Jake at different points in time, from the beginning to the end...

I.

I can still remember the moment we became friends. We were in Kindergarten, and I saw you had a Batman lunch box--alerting me to the fact that you were cool, even if maybe a little misguided in your choice of favorite superhero. I sat down next to you and showed you my Spiderman lunch box, and the next thing I knew we were chatting like we'd known each other our whole lives. At one point we began debating whether Batman could beat Spiderman…something we've been discussing ever since.

II.

When my mom died, you were my rock. Not that I would ever tell you that. But seriously, I don’t know what I would have done without you. My dad was such a mess, I couldn’t really turn to him. You were always there for me, though, ready to talk if I needed it, or not. Sometimes you can be a pain with your whole “strong, serious type” personality, but it was just what I needed then, at the beginning; someone who could just sit with me and keep me company, and listen, who didn’t feel the need to fill the silence. When I needed a distraction, you always knew the right video game to play with me, or the right debate topic to bring up. You got me through the worst of it.

III.

This is insane! Morphing into animals and fighting a secret alien invasion? If it were anyone else involved, I would have said, “No way, José,” and turned my back on the whole crazy idea. But you want to fight them, to save Tom. So I guess I’ll fight with you—someone has to have your back. And after all, what are best friends for?

IV.

You're changing, Jake. I mean, we’re all changing in our own ways, fighting a guerilla war is obviously going to do that to you. Rachel especially seems more unhinged than ever these days. But you’re the one who’s scaring me most of all. There’s a hard edge to you that I don’t remember seeing before, and that I don’t like one bit. The other day you sent me out on a mission that nearly got me killed, and you didn’t even seem that shaken up about it. Winning this war seems to be all that matters to you, now. Even if we do win, I’m afraid I’m going to lose you.

V.

It's all over at last. It still seems surreal, no longer fighting for my life every day, and living the life of a rich celebrity. So much of my life these days seems like a dream come true.

But in all of my dreams about the war ending, I always imagined us enjoying victory together. I'd thought we could hang out the way we used to, act like the teenagers we were supposed to be, without the weight of the world on our shoulders. But you weren't able to let that weight go. You feel distant, shutting me out. I barely even see you, except when I spy on you in morph.

I'm a multimillionaire with two homes, seven cars, hired help, a model for a girlfriend, and a TV show. But I'm missing my best friend. Victory doesn't really feel complete without you, man.

VI.

Unbelievable. After so many close calls over the years, and after the whole damn war had actually ended, we are still going to die fighting? Talk about irony. I knew I shouldn't have let you drag me into this!

But I couldn't refuse you, couldn't let you down, and you knew it. And honestly, as cheesy as this sounds…if I'm going to die, I'd rather it happen with my best friend at my side.
 
 
 
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Current Music: "Letters from the Sky" by Civil Twilight
 
 
 
❝ M A U R E E N ❞: my name is jake.suzanami on March 1st, 2013 04:01 am (UTC)
Okay the second one actually made me cry.
sherrilina: Jake/Cassie (Animorphs)sherrilina on March 1st, 2013 04:04 am (UTC)
Aww, thanks! <3

Jake always makes me want to cry, period.
allwhoflyfreeallwhoflyfree on March 1st, 2013 05:53 am (UTC)
THIS IS BRILLIANT and I love ever letter of it, ahhhh omg all of my jake and marco feelings, have them

HAVE THEM
sherrilina: Jake/Cassie (Animorphs)sherrilina on March 1st, 2013 06:30 pm (UTC)
Wow, thanks, glad you liked it so much, I was a little worried about how it would turn out! :)

And yeah, normally I'm all about the Jake/Cassie feeeels, but writing this (and rereading bits of the series for research--I'd forgotten that Jake basically told Cassie he knew Marco was coming before even asking him!) gave me ALL the J/M feels too!
gemma: firefly; kayleecranmers on March 1st, 2013 06:28 pm (UTC)
OMFG I HAD NO IDEA THIS WAS A FANDOM THIS WAS MY PRE-TEEN OBSESSION MAN.
sherrilina: Jake/Cassie (Animorphs)sherrilina on March 1st, 2013 06:37 pm (UTC)
OMG YES IT IS TOTALLY A FANDOM INDEED, A VERY ACTIVE ONE CONSIDERING THE SERIES ENDED OVER A DECADE AGO!!! I DIDN'T KNOW YOU LOVED THEM TOO! :D

You should check out the animorphs comm sometime, it's dropped a little in usage recently because of Tumblr, but still decently active. Pop arena's Animorphs recaps on Youtube are also really funny much of the time--he's doing every book and every episode of the show, I discovered them through his hilarious "Doctor Who Season 6 Skit.". I actually made a Jake/Cassie fan mix way back when too that I need to re-upload sometime...and recently I met KA Applegate's husband and Animorphs co-author Michael Grant, who was hilarious and awesome! :)

Like the Facebook group said, "The Animorphs stole my childhood...but I don't want it back!". (Jake/Cassie=Baby's First OTP, and Jake was my first literary crush, lol! :p)
(she moved in circles, and those circles moved): Couldn't do homework.skirtsandtea on March 3rd, 2013 02:06 am (UTC)
Oh my god, this is PERFECT. I loved them meeting via lunchboxes, and II, and IV was chilling (the note about Jake scaring him even more than Rachel, SO good), and V made me cry and shove my face in a pillow saying "OH MY GOOOOOD."

What I'm saying is this is great, and my heart is so happy, and thank you thank you thank you. <3
sherrilina: Jake/Cassie (Animorphs)sherrilina on March 3rd, 2013 03:31 am (UTC)
Awww, I'm so glad you liked it that much, I was hoping this was what you were looking for! :) Thanks for the great prompts.