Possibly the shortest chapter to date, still it's an update.


"JAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAKE!" Marco screamed. He ran up to his friend, arms flailing like those of a penguin trying to fly. "JAKE! JAKE! JAKE! JAKE! JAKE! JAKE! JAKE! JAKE! JAKE! JAKE! JAKE! JAKE! JAKE! JAKE! JAKE! JAKE! JAKE! JAKE! JAKE! JAKE! JAKE! JAKE! JAKE! JAKE! JAKE! JAKE! JAKE! JAKE! JAKE! JAKE! JAKE! JAKE! JAKE! JAKE! JAKE! JAKE! JAKE! JAKE! JAKE! JAKE! JAKE! JAKE! JAKE! JAKE! JAKE! JAKE! JAKE! JAKE! JAKE! JAKE! JAKE! JAKE! JAKE! JAKE! JAKE! JAKE! JAKE! JAKE! JAKE! JAKE! JAKE! JAKE! JAKE!JAKE! JAKE! JAKE! JAKE! JAKE! JAKE! JAKE! JAKE! JAKE! JAKE! JAKE! JAKE! JAKE! JAKE! JAKE! JAKE! JAKE! JAKE! JAKE! JAKE! JAKE! JAKE! JAKE! JAKE! JAKE! JAKE! JAKE! JAKE! JAKE! JAKE! JAKE! JAKE! JAKE! JAKE! JAKE! JAKE! JAKE! JAKE! JAKE! JAKE! JAKE! JAKE! JAKE! JAKE! JAKE! JAKE! JAKE! JAKE! JAKE! JAKE! JAKE! JAKE! JAKE! JAKE! JAKE! JAKE! JAKE! JAKE! JAKE! JAKE! JAKE! JAKE! JAKE!"

The unofficial leader of the Animorphs rolled his eyes. "Marco, I am right here."

"What-oh. Hi, Jake." Now, where was he? Oh yeah. "JAKE! JAKE! JAKE! JAKE! JAKE! JAKE! JAKE! JA-"

"WHAT?" he demanded.

"That Artemis kid, he's wacko! Wacko, I tell you! Completely WACKO!" he grabbed Jake by the shoulders and shook him. "I repeat: WACKO!"

"Hmm . . . just like someone else we know," Rachel murmured. Her voice was casual, but there was no mistaking the sly glint in her eye and she filed her (already perfect) finger nails, watching for Marco's reaction.

Marco shot her a look, but continued his hysterical rant, "I found him with this random four-year-old! Only she has pointed ears! Come on, Jake, you gotta come, I'm serious!"

He blinked. "Marco, exactly just how much sugar have you had today?" Jake asked.

Rachel laughed. She and her cousin exchanged a quick high-five.

Marco glared at her. "I'm serious, I saw him, and he's talking to this girl who's only, like, three feet tall! He's going to tell people about us!"

The other boy was rather doubtful. "Ooookaay, but why would he start with a little kid?"

"I don't know, because he's wacko!" (AN: Marco's words of wisdom.)

Jake sighed, but decided to humor his friend. His very odd, hyper friend. "Fine, I'll go check it out."


Holly's helmet beeped. She was getting a message. Foaly's face appeared on her video-watch-communicator-thingy. "Hey, Holly," said the centaur, nibbling on a carrot. "Did you find out who it was yet?"

"Oh, you bet I did!" the elf said angrily, through gritted teeth.

"Who is it? Anyone we know?"

Holly grabbed Artemis by the shirt collar, held out her wrist, and pulled him in front of the screen.

The centaur groaned. He should known. "Oh, it's you."

"Yes, it is me," Artemis said, pulling a his collar, struggling to breathe. "Holly, you are cutting off my circulation!"

She pulled at it harder. "I hope I do!"

"What do you want?"

"I came here to warn you, something is going to attack Haven, something very, very dangerous. A parasite from outter space called a Yeerk. They take over the mind and take control over your bodies."

"Yeah, right!" Foaly scoffed. This was obviously one of the Mudboy's tricks. It had to be. "Where's your proof?"

Just then the door burst open, Jake, Marco, Rachel, Cassie, Tobias, and Ax (Erek was busy trying to fix the ship) came into the room.

Artemis smirked. "Proof enough for you?"


"So let me get this straight," Marco said slowly, "You're a leprechaun-"

"Actually, an elf," Holly corrected. "But I belong to the LEPrecon."

"Yeah, that's what I said. And there's an entire race of faeries underground that stay hidden from humans, who are all vegetarian, animal-loving, peaceful, beings?" There was a shrug and a nod. "Great, first we had the Helmacrons with a world full of Rachels, now we have a world full of Cassies!"

"Hey!" Cassie and Rachel protested indignantly.

"You seem to be taking this awfully lightly," Artemis commented.

"Yeah, well I figured my life couldn't get anymore insane, so why not?" Marco shrugged. "And, just one more thing."

"What's that?"

He jabbed a finger in the little elf's chest. "Stay away from my Lucky Charms cereal."


Note: That last line was not meant to offend anyone, it just seemed like something that Marco would say.

Anyway, sorry for the long wait and the short chapter. Please review!