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Title: the prize we sought is won
Fandom: Animorphs/“Supernatural” crossover
Disclaimer: not my characters; just for fun. Title from Whitman.
Warnings: AU for Animorphs—the final battle happened and Rachel died, but all the aliens remained hidden.
Pairings: Rachel/Tobias
Rating: PG
Wordcount: 985
Point of view: third
Dedication:[info]claraine, who requested this crossover.

 

 

 

It was six years after Rachel’s death when Tobias had the first dream. He was in a cave, half-human and half-hawk, and a shadow-man with yellow eyes manifested before him.

“Welcome,” the shadow said. “I’ve been waiting for you.” It circled him; Tobias spun to keep it in sight. “You are my special one,” it purred. “My favorite.”

“Who are you?” Tobias demanded. “What do you want?”

It laughed. “Call me Father.”

Tobias reared back and glared. “I have a father.”

“No,” it corrected. “You had a father. He died, didn’t he? Before you ever knew him.”

“I knew him,” Tobias insisted, forcibly lowering his wing-arms. “He was good.”

“Yes,” the shadow mused. “A warrior. The best his people have ever borne. But he still died, m’boy. He still left. You must be so angry at him for that.”

Tobias threw himself back, away from those glowing yellow eyes and the understanding voice, and nearly fell out of his tree. He flared his wings, catching himself, and hurried toward dawn.

-

Three nights later, the shadow-man returned. It stood in the corner as Tobias watched Rachel fight again.

“Oh, poor boy,” it said sadly. “Everyone always leaving. If only you knew your power, you could make them stay.”

Rachel fell to the floor, bleeding and broken. Tears poured from Tobias’ human eyes and Rachel died.

He woke leaping from his tree, morphing human. But even as he cried, huddled close to the dirt, he wanted to run, for the earth to pound beneath his hooves.

Tobias went from human to horse in less than a heartbeat and didn’t stop to think about the ease or speed or impossibility of the change until dawn broke and he’d been a horse for half the night.

No, he moaned. I’m nothlit again.

He already mourned his wings, and as he thought of them he felt them sprouting to the sky and wondered, What the fuck is going on?

-

That night, it was the Ellimist in his old man guise that crashed Tobias’ dream of hunting a polar bear.

“Hello, Tobias,” he said. “The years have been kind to you.”

<Why are you here?> Tobias demanded, dropping to the ground and morphing human. “What do you want?”

“Surely you’ve noticed some changes, Tobias. You no longer need to be in hawk form to morph—you can go from animal to animal with speed and beauty—you, dear boy, are something entirely new.”

Tobias snorted. “Well, bully for me.” He turned, leaping up and becoming a hawk, swiftly flying away.

The Ellimist kept pace with him. “You can become anything you want, Tobias. You can mix and match; if you but imagine it, it is yours.”

Tobias flew faster and his eyes opened.

He swiftly morphed human and yelled into the night, “Just leave me the fuck alone!”

-

For almost a month he got his wish. But then he dreamed of the Ellimist fighting a yellow-eyed shadow, both screaming for his soul. Tobias watched, at a loss. He didn’t know what to do or how to wake.

“He has been mine from the moment of his mother’s birth!” the shadow howled.

“But his father wasn’t one of yours,” the Ellimist countered calmly. “The father was mine. I chose the boy first, demon. I have prior claim.”

The shadow-man(demon?) jeered. “You think that matters to me? You are not of this world or this time.”

“Tobias,” the Ellimist pronounced, wings hovering at his back, “son of Loren and Elfangor is mine.”

The shadow peered long at Tobias; it took great restraint to keep from shrinking back.

“For now, Elder,” the shadow said softly. “But mine always prove themselves in the end.” It chuckled. “Killers, all. Remorseless. You’ll see.”

Tobias woke, dread in his throat.

-

After that, he began practicing. The Ellimist was right: he envisioned the shape in his mind and he became it. Any shape, from any age—except alien, he found. He couldn’t morph Andalite or Taxxon or Hork-Bajir. But he could become dinosaurs and saber-toothed cats and mammoths. He could even create mythological beasts, like sirens and centaurs. His morphs were always male, though.

The war was over, had been ended quietly with the Yeerks retreating. And now, when it was no use, he had such ability—Tobias cursed the shadow and Ellimist both.

-

A year to the night of his first dream, on the eve of his twenty-third birthday, the shadow came back. Tobias was awake this time.

It spoke to him through a young woman with long blonde hair and bright blue eyes. Tobias knew she wasn’t Rachel, but the superficial similarities hurt him anyway.

“I can return her to you, m’boy,” it said with the woman’s stolen mouth. “The meddler is constrained by his rules, but my hands are unfettered.”

Tobias morphed a viper of monstrous size and gave himself large bat wings. <And what would I have to do for you?> he asked.

“There is a war, Tobias, far greater than the alien war you’ve already fought. It’s not about lives—it’s about souls. I want you for my side.”

Tobias took to the air. <You’ll give me back Rachel? Like she was?>

It nodded the bright blonde head.

<Alright,> Tobias answered. <You keep up your end and I’m your soldier.>

-

Two years passed before anything happened. Rachel didn’t magically appear anywhere and Tobias kept living like he always had. He kept his new abilities from the surviving Animorphs with ease—he hadn’t spoken to any of them, even Ax, since Rachel died.

And then, the day after Tobias turned twenty-five, he woke up to a young blonde woman lying in his meadow, and he knew before he saw her face that she was his Rachel.

As he helped her up and explained what all had happened in the near-ten years since she died, Tobias thought to the yellow-eyed shadow, Whatever you want, I’m yours. 

Comments

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aishia
Aug. 30th, 2007 02:21 pm (UTC)
Wow. I have often dreamed of someone crossing over these two fandoms - but God if I didn't know it would be this good.
tigriswolf
Aug. 30th, 2007 06:17 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much!
quickbeam_cw
Aug. 31st, 2007 03:06 am (UTC)
*flaily hands*

!!!!

An Animorphs/SPN crossover had never occurred to me before, but this was freaking awesome! I keep trying to think of something more substantial to say, but I guess I'm pretty much speechless.

*thumbs up*
tigriswolf
Sep. 1st, 2007 12:42 am (UTC)
Thank you so much!

And adorable icon.
pineapplejack
Aug. 31st, 2007 06:01 am (UTC)
I don't know why, but I found this story really sad and heart-breaking [I enjoyed it though!]. I need to go look for a tissue now.
tigriswolf
Sep. 1st, 2007 12:43 am (UTC)
Aww, thank you!
shadow_cat189
Aug. 31st, 2007 10:04 am (UTC)
I love the crossover! I used to be a diehard Animorphs fan until I read the final book and felt completely cheated by how it ended. I like the concept of Tobias being one of the psychics, and who doesn't enjoy a little YED thrown in?
tigriswolf
Sep. 1st, 2007 12:43 am (UTC)
Thank you for reading!
girl_wonder
Sep. 1st, 2007 05:01 pm (UTC)
Really well done fic. I loved the progression and the YED was right in character.
tigriswolf
Sep. 1st, 2007 07:40 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much!
cailet_06
Sep. 8th, 2007 01:41 am (UTC)
Wow I never thought of mixing Animorphs or Supernatural, but I love the way you combined the two. Please tell that this is not a one shot.
tigriswolf
Sep. 8th, 2007 03:10 am (UTC)
Thank you for reading!

Alas, at the moment, this is a oneshot.
claraine
Sep. 9th, 2007 12:07 am (UTC)
You're an awesome person. Seriously.

Thanks SO much for writing this one--Tobias always was one of my favorite characters in the series, and I love that he was one was one of the Yellow-Eyed Demon's chosen kids. Even WITHOUT the Winchesters making an appearance, this story was wonderful!

And sorry it took so long to get to--I've been having major internet problems for, like, two weeks or something...it was rather depressing until I saw this!
tigriswolf
Sep. 9th, 2007 12:16 am (UTC)
Aww, thank you! This was fun. Tobias is my fav, too.
(Anonymous)
Nov. 17th, 2007 04:23 am (UTC)
A great fic. Very appropriate use of Tobias' character and relationship with Rachel, though I have to wonder whether her return is legit and what she'll think of Tobias' deal if she really is Rachel. I love this series, I have all of the books at home except for Visser.
I can only hope that the Winchester brothers will have a happier ending to their story than Tom and Jake Berenson.
tigriswolf
Nov. 17th, 2007 05:08 am (UTC)
Oh, the Winchesters had better have a happier ending!

Thank you for reading!
(Anonymous)
Dec. 8th, 2007 09:20 pm (UTC)
I was just thinking that because it's indicated that Jake and Rachel are related through their fathers, her full name would be Rachel Berenson. Which, coincidentally, sounds a lot like Rachel Berrisford.
In the same vein, did you know that Joss Whedon gave Faith the full name of Faith Lehane for the Buffyverse RPG? More coincidence of course, but Alec certainly has similarities to Faith (and Spike, and Xander).
tigriswolf
Dec. 9th, 2007 04:07 am (UTC)
Interesting. But wasn't Alec's last name "McDowell"?
(Anonymous)
Dec. 9th, 2007 08:11 pm (UTC)
Yes, that's the last name he assumed after getting a job at Jam Pony (actually it was never seen or stated, but the writers said that's what it was). I was thinking of his previous alias, Simon Lehane.
tigriswolf
Dec. 9th, 2007 11:54 pm (UTC)
*facepalm*
(Anonymous)
Dec. 10th, 2007 03:20 am (UTC)
So does either of those name resemblances give you any ideas?
tigriswolf
Dec. 10th, 2007 02:02 pm (UTC)
Not at the moment.
(Anonymous)
Dec. 10th, 2007 03:16 pm (UTC)
Okay, I'll wait and see then.
My final final exam is in two days, which I am going to spend studying, and after that I'll be 100% free to work on my story idea. Yipee!
tigriswolf
Dec. 10th, 2007 04:30 pm (UTC)
Huzzah! Working on story ideas is fun.
invisiblecake
Mar. 2nd, 2008 07:57 pm (UTC)
I know absolutely nothing about Supernatural, but after reading this I'd like to start watching it!
tigriswolf
Mar. 2nd, 2008 08:10 pm (UTC)
It's simply the BEST SHOW EVER. Do check it out! The first two seasons are on DVD.

Thank you for reading!
(Anonymous)
Aug. 27th, 2008 03:24 pm (UTC)
That was a great twist. The last book was depressing. I agree in that we all were cheated in the end, but at least this provides some hope once again for the animorphs!
tigriswolf
Aug. 27th, 2008 08:42 pm (UTC)
Thank you for reading!
dropsofviolet
Sep. 9th, 2008 03:09 pm (UTC)
I've never seen Supernatural, but a bit of curiousity got me into reading this story, and it's quite good! I didn't think you needed much SPN knowledge to enjoy it. It's depressing, somewhat, but realistic, and a place, I think, a lot of people wouldn't dare go with Tobias (but I can see it). Good fic!
tigriswolf
Sep. 9th, 2008 06:48 pm (UTC)
You should totally check out "Supernatural".

Thank you for reading!
lusimeles
Oct. 21st, 2008 04:42 am (UTC)
Oh, this was so awesome! Please tell me this won't just be a one-shot... though, given your tag, I think I may be disappointed with your answer. Anyways, lovely fic, and a great excecution of a great idea!
tigriswolf
Oct. 21st, 2008 08:45 pm (UTC)
As of right now, this is still a oneshot. It's been my come-back-to file, though.

Thank you so much!
last01standing
Dec. 29th, 2008 12:09 am (UTC)
this WINS. Wins wins wins wins!

PS. YAY!
tigriswolf
Dec. 29th, 2008 01:45 am (UTC)
Thank you so much!
streussal
Jan. 27th, 2009 06:58 am (UTC)
Too late for intelligent responses, so just yes.
tigriswolf
Jan. 27th, 2009 04:20 pm (UTC)
Thank you for reading!
(Anonymous)
Aug. 28th, 2010 07:02 pm (UTC)
amazing!!!
oh, my gosh!!! this is so crazy! rachel coming back 2 life ten years later?! tobias having miraculous powers? the only thing that i dont like is the use of the "f" word; the animorphs did swear but applegate never wrote them down. the readers always had the picture of them having a clean mouth. butother than that its very amazing! but since you put a rating on it, is it a a movie?
tigriswolf
Aug. 28th, 2010 08:58 pm (UTC)
Re: amazing!!!
Is what a movie? I'm not sure what you're asking.

As to the cursing, I figure that Tobias has plenty of reason to do so.

Thank you for reading!
with_rainfall
Apr. 4th, 2012 02:39 am (UTC)
Stalker!comment, but I loved the way you integrated Azazel into the Ani!verse, and how Tobias was the most vulnerable Animorph at that point and therefore the best for the demons to exploit. And how beautifully your wrote Tobias' new abilities into the story.
tigriswolf
Apr. 4th, 2012 11:51 pm (UTC)

Thank you so very much!
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