The Beginning (Animorphs, Book 54)
K. A. Applegate
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No one ever thought it would come to this.
Jake, Rachel, Tobias, Cassite, Marco, and Ax know that even if they could have warned people in the beginning, so one would have believed their story. A story about an invasion of parasitic aliens. So, for all this time, Jake, the other Animorphs, and Ax have secretly fought a desperate battle. Secretly held the Yeerks at bay.
But those days are over.
It's come down to the final battle between the Yeerks and the Animorphs. And no one knows who will win, lose, or live. . . .
talking at all. He sits there for an hour, sometimes two, stares out at the ocean. Watches the sun go down. Then he leaves. Sometimes I think he's waiting there hoping Tobias will show up." Tears were welling in my eyes. The image was too sad. I'd been to Rachel's memorial too. But not like that. "Rachel would be so mad at him." "Yeah," Marco agreed. "Get over it. Shake it off. That's what she'd say." "You think that's what he should do? Shake it off?" "Don't you?" I wasn't sure what I
be in the pursuit of impartial justice. Truly impartial justice cannot be applied only against one side in a conflict. If my client is to be tried for his actions in the human-Yeerk war, then so must the actions of this witness. With all due respect to this court, this witness is a mass murderer. A war criminal." The objection was denied. My testimony was to proceed. But I found I couldn't speak. I felt like I was choking, like the air wouldn't come. Billions of people were watching my
was a dull look in his usually aggressive eyes, a slackness in the normally tensed body. "You seem to be experiencing some engine trouble, Visser," Tom gloated. I was completely demorphed now. There would be no room for me to morph all the way to grizzly and stay concealed. Every eye on the bridge was watching the screen, but a seven-foot bear looming up will definitely attract attention. I started the morph. If it turned out I wasn't needed, well, then it would be fatally stupid of me. But I
have the ability to turn into a lobster, because otherwise, what would you do? I mean, normal people, they drop their keys in the pool, they're just totally helpless. Those keys stay down there. Forever." I stopped the morph before I lost my eyes and began to reverse it. As soon as I had a mouth I said, "You seem perky, today. You want something to drink?" "What are you going to do, morph to cow and squeeze me out a glass of two percent?" "I take that as a no? Wetherbee? Can you bring out a
I nodded. "Yeah. The onboard Yeerk pool needs to be refilled. Send some of your people under Toby's supervision to handle that. Then you'll be escorted to the pool in groups of six. You'll exit your host bodies." "And be helpless again," the Yeerk said bitterly. "I keep my word," I said. I started to leave then stopped. "Toby? I'm sorry about Jara Hamee. He was . . ." "He was the first of the free Hork-Bajir," Toby said fiercely. "He was the father of his people. And he was my father." I