Salad Shooter
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Joined 04-23-02, id: 203827, Profile Updated: 07-25-13
Author has written 9 stories for Animorphs, and Teletubbies.

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Primary: the rise of Esplin 9466 - formerly Enter the Insane - is being updated every other week, usually on Saturdays. This is the one you want to read. :)

(Note: Chapters 1, 7, 11, 16, and 17 have been edited to correct minor errors and improve wording.)

The Controller is on indefinite hiatus. Mainly because I don't know if I can come up with enough material for it to be its own story. A lot of the events that would be in this story are going to be covered in Primary anyway.

The Seer Chronicles is my eventual multi-part masterwork! I am putting a lot more thought and care into it than I have put into my previous fics, even more than Primary. I will begin posting it when Primary is complete.

Keep checking back here for further news. If anyone is interested in being a beta reader, please message me. :)


Confessions of a fanfiction writer: Animorphs - A Love Story

I came for the kids turning into animals. But I stayed for the Andalites and the Yeerks and the Hork-Bajir. I stayed for Esplin and Elfangor and Loren and Aldrea and Dak and Toby. I stayed for a universe that seemed every bit as real as my own. Sometimes even more so.

Sometimes I wish I could reach out and grab my third-grade self by the shirt and shake myself for not getting into Animorphs sooner. Back then, all I knew about Animorphs was that it was about kids morphing into animals (logical enough), and that the kids in my class were obsessed with it. They wanted me to play Animorphs with them and be Rachel. I had no idea what was going on, but they said yes when I asked if Rachel had a dolphin morph, and that was good enough for me.

The first Animorph book I actually got my hands on was a Rachel book itself: #12 The Reaction. A friend of mine brought it to church and I barely got through the first few pages before my parents made me stop reading. I marveled at the way I felt sucked into the story, a more intense feeling than I’d gotten from any other book, and besides I liked the sans serif font. Sadly, my friend took the book home with him after church and I didn’t get to finish it.

It wasn’t until years later, less than a month before my twelfth birthday, that I picked up another Animorphs book. I don’t know why. All I know is that Megamorphs #2 caught my eye in the library (“ooooh, dinosaurs!”). The writing pulled at me just as strongly as I’d remembered. I was hooked. The next book I read was #9 The Secret, which was hilarious, and then finally I got to the one that started it all—The Invasion.

I read enough books to learn about Yeerks and Andalites and Hork-Bajir and Taxxons and the mechanics of morphing and Zero-space. I read book #8 The Alien and learned about Alloran. I read the Andalite Chronicles. I read #6 The Capture and learned a little more about Yeerks. I read some of the pointless filler books.

Then, on the afternoon of Thursday, May 10th, 2001 … I came across the Hork-Bajir Chronicles.

I remember seeing the book in all its fancy gold hardcover on the library shelf. I remember, oddly enough, that I had a sinus infection that day. I remember the exact bench in the corner where I read the first half of the book before checking it out to finish at home in my room. I remember the excitement I felt upon realizing I would get to read about a female Andalite, and learn about the Hork-Bajir people from one of their own members.

And then, the rush of excitement, the “no way!” as I realized I was going to get a Yeerk’s perspective.

Ever since being stubbornly obsessed with Ratigan from The Great Mouse Detective at five years old, I knew myself to be unexplicably drawn to the “bad guys.” I had been fascinated with Temrash and Eslin, the Yeerks I had met so far in the series, and I was already trying to stave off the seeds of a liking for Visser Three. Because I knew myself, I knew how easily I could get attached to the villain, and I didn’t want that. After all, liking a character the author means for you to actively dislike never ends well. Bad things always happen to villains.

But as I turned the pages of the Hork-Bajir Chronicles, I knew that if this Yeerk, this Esplin 9466, turned out to be Visser Three in the end, those aforementioned seeds would explode into full-blown obsession and there would be nothing I could do about it.

And to be honest, until I finished the book, I wasn’t sure whether he was or not—despite all the obvious hints! I thought it was my own brain making random details out to be more significant than they actually were. And especially at the end, where he said “I knew my life would end” … he couldn’t be Visser Three if he didn’t even survive the book! I felt partially relieved, and yet, somehow vaguely let down.

But two pages later Jara Hamee said the words that sealed my fate: “Tobias knows Esplin-Nine-Four-Double-Six.”

That was it—I was gone.

Sixth grade was mostly a pretty miserable year for me, and yet that next day at school was exhilarating. While standing in line with my classmates, I would whisper “Es-p-lin” to myself simply because I liked the sound of the name. I would imagine myself to be a Yeerk seeing the world for the first time, and was it ever eye-opening! The colors, the contours of objects, everything seemed so new and beautiful and interesting … at recess, my eyes lingered over the blades of grass with the clover blossoms scattered amongst them. The whole day was so trippy—and I can promise you, no chemical substances went into the making of this high!

That summer I began to write fanfiction. I was hesitant to do so at first—wasn’t that copyright infringement or something?—but my dad encouraged me to go for it. My first original character was a Yeerk called Hekliss 8275, and she’s stuck around in my imagination all the way through to the present day, figuring prominently in both of my current projects.

I then discovered the online Animorphs fan community. The first fanfic I ever read was Veravine’s trilogy, and it had a deep impact on me, nearly as much as the official Animorph books themselves. Then I found this website, I discovered writers with obsessions similar to my own … and I felt not quite so alone in my craziness.

Then came the night I was drifting off to sleep when suddenly the idea for my one true pairing exploded into my head in all its glorious perfection, giving me an added impetus for writing my stories.

It took me until October of that year to finish the entire Animorph series. I saved the last book until the end, of course, and I admittedly felt rather lost after it was all over. But I was exceedingly glad that for whatever reason, K.A. had not killed off my favorite character, and I felt that made the tragic outcomes and cliffhanger ending of book #54 all worthwhile. (Now that I am older, I more fully appreciate why book #54 was written the way it was—besides, its open-endedness is very fanfiction friendly!)

I spent my entire seventh-grade year consumed by thoughts of Animorphs. After that, my involvement became more sporadic, for my Real Life started to become just as exciting as any of the fictional realms I inhabited. Some of the time, anyway. I tried to not let my stories fall by the wayside, but when one believes such things are not as important as Real Life, that sort of thing tends to happen.

But by now, I have experienced quite a bit of Real Life. I have tried my hand at being responsible, successful, grown-up. And yet it is my own child who has begun to show me that everything I have been told about life is either flat-out wrong or woefully inadequate, and that everything I instinctively felt as a child, much to my surprise, is quite true.

So here I am, writing Animorphs fanfiction long after my old friends have left the site. I hang around here like a ghost, for the reason that all ghosts have for lingering—I have unfinished business. For I have realized that not only has Animorphs made me who I am today … it is also Animorphs, and specifically these stories I am writing, that will shape me into the person I must become. As much as I like to giggle about my obsession with Visser Three (oh, who am I kidding, he will always be Esplin-Nine-Four-Double-Six to me), it is not simply a random fluke of preference. It is a reflection of the infinitely deep compassion I am capable of having, even upon the worst offenders. In this way I express of something deep within my soul with the potential to greatly impact the world. And so, though these stories may never bring me fame or fortune, to write them is a journey I must take if I am ever going to achieve my ultimate destiny.

You may accuse me of having delusions of grandeur. It is possible. Visser Three is my favorite character after all. ;) But it is better to have dreams of glory than to be convinced of one’s own impotence.

Peace and love,

Salad Shooter ô>

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The Parts of the Sum by Shane C reviews
Another fanfic prompt challenge; snippets from the series we didn't necessarily get to see in canon. Full description inside - as always, enjoy! And also as always, all thoughts in the form of reviews are welcomed, encouraged, and appreciated!
Animorphs - Rated: T - English - Sci-Fi/Drama - Chapters: 65 - Words: 68,916 - Reviews: 411 - Favs: 33 - Follows: 26 - Updated: 9/3/2014 - Published: 11/27/2012
The Vengeance of Their Children by oturlu reviews
When a parent dies and the other goes into depression, a child ends up taking on their responsibilites; but for Marco's older sister, balancing those responsibilities with college and work is becoming a problem. To top it off she's starting to realizes that her mother's death might have something to do wih The Sharing. At least she's not alone in her theory. OCxOC please R&R
Animorphs - Rated: T - English - Romance/Drama - Chapters: 4 - Words: 9,576 - Reviews: 10 - Favs: 4 - Follows: 6 - Updated: 12/27/2013 - Published: 2/28/2013 - Marco, Alloran, Visser One, Visser Three
The Perspective by arin reviews
The story of an adolescent human-Controller - a boy and his Yeerk. Runs parallel to the events of Animorphs #50-54. Explores gay issues with mild sexual content, mostly explores what it would be like to spend a significant portion of growing up as a slave of the Yeerk invasion. SLASH
Animorphs - Rated: T - English - Chapters: 33 - Words: 82,459 - Reviews: 260 - Favs: 130 - Follows: 98 - Updated: 11/1/2013 - Published: 3/8/2001
Closure by Derinthemadscientist reviews
Cassie talks to Esplin after the war.
Animorphs - Rated: K - English - Drama - Chapters: 1 - Words: 3,539 - Reviews: 10 - Favs: 15 - Follows: 3 - Published: 8/8/2013 - Cassie, Visser Three - Complete
Marco's Not To Do List by lkc159 reviews
What happens if the other Animorphs get tired of Marco and force him to write a Not-To-Do List? What would be on it, and what would the Animorphs' reactions be to what he writes? Story is not complete. Far from it.
Animorphs - Rated: T - English - Humor - Chapters: 4 - Words: 5,988 - Reviews: 31 - Favs: 28 - Follows: 17 - Updated: 1/24/2013 - Published: 12/26/2010 - Marco
The Problem with Victory by Sarah1281 reviews
Esplin 9466, once Visser Three, has always been a creature of action and when there was a war to fight and an empire to build things were good. Now that that's over, now that there's victory and he's Emperor, now there are problems. Book 41-universe.
Animorphs - Rated: T - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 5,552 - Reviews: 6 - Favs: 21 - Follows: 3 - Published: 4/23/2012 - Visser Three, Elfangor - Complete
A Matter of Magnitude by alikat522 reviews
The musings of Yeerks at their most vulnerable moments. Rated for language in later chapters. Chapter 4: In a Skull
Animorphs - Rated: T - English - Chapters: 4 - Words: 2,258 - Reviews: 10 - Favs: 7 - Follows: 3 - Updated: 6/19/2010 - Published: 6/13/2010
One Question by capnnerefir reviews
When Marco's dad finds something in his son's room, he has one very important question to ask.
Animorphs - Rated: K+ - English - Humor - Chapters: 1 - Words: 420 - Reviews: 15 - Favs: 12 - Published: 2/1/2010 - Marco - Complete
It's A Visser Thing by Aislyn Marie reviews
Just something said by one Visser about another.
Animorphs - Rated: T - English - Romance/Humor - Chapters: 1 - Words: 388 - Reviews: 13 - Favs: 7 - Follows: 1 - Published: 1/3/2010 - Visser One, Visser Three - Complete
The Madra by electricskye reviews
She was named for the bright tiny moon of the Yeerk home world. She began as a young and insignificant human girl. She became among the most feared and honored humans of both Earth and the Yeerk Empire. This is her story.
Animorphs - Rated: M - English - Chapters: 15 - Words: 40,628 - Reviews: 56 - Favs: 7 - Follows: 11 - Updated: 12/8/2009 - Published: 10/13/2008
The World Can Wait by Lady Domino reviews
A long long time ago the young warrior Alloran-Semitur-Corrass fell in love with the beautiful Jahar. Tired of waiting for him to come home, she sets out to reclaim her husband from the clutches of Esplin 9466. Complete
Animorphs - Rated: M - English - Romance/Drama - Chapters: 32 - Words: 89,505 - Reviews: 125 - Favs: 24 - Follows: 10 - Updated: 10/15/2009 - Published: 3/16/2009 - Alloran, Visser Three - Complete
Animorphs Anonymous by DinosaurNothlit reviews
A silly spoof about a mentally unbalanced Animorphs therapy group. Rated T for minor swearing. For maximum enjoyment, please view in a sleep deprived state. 'Cause that's the state it was written in. As always, please read and review!
Animorphs - Rated: T - English - Humor/Parody - Chapters: 4 - Words: 4,702 - Reviews: 64 - Favs: 28 - Follows: 20 - Updated: 9/26/2009 - Published: 11/28/2007
I am, I said by Lady Domino reviews
Alloran reflects on his position in life.
Animorphs - Rated: K+ - English - Spiritual - Chapters: 1 - Words: 862 - Reviews: 6 - Favs: 10 - Published: 4/28/2009 - Alloran, Visser Three - Complete
The private musings of Esplin 9466 by Lady Domino reviews
Esplin 9466 considers life as a Yeerk from his own particular angle, covering hosts and what happens when his own gets sick , females and Visser One's see through top and underlings and X rated holofilms
Animorphs - Rated: T - English - Humor - Chapters: 3 - Words: 5,492 - Reviews: 21 - Favs: 11 - Follows: 10 - Updated: 4/23/2009 - Published: 3/30/2009 - Visser Three, Alloran - Complete
Splintered Halves by AniJen21 reviews
Rachel was the most heroic figure of the Animorphs, fighting through overwhelming fear and horrible odds, always with courage to spare. But what made her so angry, so sadistic, so terrifying? A one-shot that explores Rachel's past and bloodthirst. R/T
Animorphs - Rated: T - English - Romance/Angst - Chapters: 1 - Words: 3,038 - Reviews: 8 - Favs: 21 - Follows: 2 - Published: 4/12/2009 - Rachel, Tobias - Complete
Caecus by teremala reviews
Alloran is freed of Esplin, but not of their memories. Set mid 54, this expands upon Alloran's role in events immediately following the war, attempting to understand how things ended the way they did.
Animorphs - Rated: T - English - Sci-Fi - Chapters: 8 - Words: 17,240 - Reviews: 56 - Favs: 20 - Follows: 18 - Updated: 2/6/2008 - Published: 12/3/2005
Mudblood by Sarah1281 reviews
"Mudblood? Is that your idea of an insult or something?" Draco attempts to explain to Hermione why she should be offended.
Harry Potter - Rated: K+ - English - Humor - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,021 - Reviews: 202 - Favs: 982 - Follows: 145 - Published: 9/7/2007 - Hermione G., Draco M. - Complete
Visser Three's Journal by Sinister Shadow reviews
-Part Two of the Visser Diaries Trilogy- Less than a year after the end of the Diary, Visser Three receives a brand new Journal... and the antics continue as if they never left. Yet not everything is as simple as it once was... Will V3 ever catch a break?
Animorphs - Rated: T - English - Humor/Romance - Chapters: 24 - Words: 78,796 - Reviews: 235 - Favs: 20 - Follows: 8 - Updated: 5/21/2007 - Published: 4/21/2006 - Complete
Da Uber Scary Diary of Visser Three by Birdie num num reviews
Visser Three's own personal, and Visserly diary! Digitally remastered! ... Okay, not really. But see the secrets! Feel the passion! And generally have a good laugh.
Animorphs - Rated: T - English - Humor - Chapters: 12 - Words: 14,059 - Reviews: 66 - Favs: 15 - Follows: 13 - Updated: 11/22/2006 - Published: 4/18/2004
Road Trip! by Sinister Shadow reviews
CH 3 UP! CONCRETE ANGEL'S CHAPTER: The Vissers continue their trip and end up at a little place I like to call Amherst, Nova Scotia. Visser One wants flakies, Visser Three has a little morphing incident, and warning: IRRESISTABLY CUTE. Please R and R!
Animorphs - Rated: T - English - Humor - Chapters: 3 - Words: 6,565 - Reviews: 25 - Favs: 7 - Follows: 4 - Updated: 9/21/2006 - Published: 6/15/2006
Visser Three's Diary by Sinister Shadow reviews
[Part One of the Visser Diaries Trilogy] What happens when supervillains leave their utmost personal diaries exposed? Why, THIS of course. Follow Visser Three on his less than professional life experiences... in the personal life we've never heard about.
Animorphs - Rated: T - English - Humor - Chapters: 20 - Words: 71,157 - Reviews: 201 - Favs: 31 - Follows: 8 - Updated: 4/13/2006 - Published: 9/2/2004 - Complete
Controller by Sinister Shadow reviews
Chapter Eleven: When her identity is revealed, will Edriss give in to his torture and death threats? And will her friends be found, or be left to rescue her before it's too late? ... [WILL BE CONTINUED, BUT DISCONTINUED TEMPORARILY]
Animorphs - Rated: K+ - English - Sci-Fi/Adventure - Chapters: 11 - Words: 29,154 - Reviews: 65 - Favs: 10 - Follows: 5 - Updated: 7/4/2005 - Published: 6/22/2004
Lord of Junior High by Warriormaid 3000 reviews
A spoof of Lord of the Rings except it takes place in a junior high school. Gifted class students,band nerds, peer mentors, atheletes, and the whole student body bands together to destroy the One Pen. This used to be in script format, but since the admins
Lord of the Rings - Rated: K - English - Humor/Parody - Chapters: 7 - Words: 11,687 - Reviews: 98 - Favs: 23 - Follows: 7 - Updated: 12/25/2004 - Published: 8/28/2004
Time Travel Trouble by Mersang reviews
Formerly titled Elfangor Lives! This features Elfangor, Tom, Arbron, Visser Three's twin, Loren, and Tobias' uncle. (And the Animorphs, of course.) COMPLETE!
Animorphs - Rated: K+ - English - Humor/Drama - Chapters: 26 - Words: 39,946 - Reviews: 251 - Favs: 51 - Follows: 10 - Updated: 12/2/2004 - Published: 4/7/2004 - Complete
The Mindswap by Dimatariel reviews
Ever been a man trapped in a woman's body? Or the opposite? Our two "nemesis" Animorphs, Rachel and Marco, learn how it is to be living the other one's life when a playful Drode decide to swap their minds! Please R&R!
Animorphs - Rated: K - English - Humor/Sci-Fi - Chapters: 7 - Words: 13,215 - Reviews: 76 - Favs: 14 - Follows: 10 - Updated: 2/3/2004 - Published: 10/17/2003
The Innocent by Innocent Blood reviews
Tobias, Ax, and the other Animorphs are in for an interesting mission. They were informed by the Chee that the Yeerks are up too something again, this time developing a ray to make their human controllers immortal by stopping the aging process See Bio for
Animorphs - Rated: T - English - Humor - Chapters: 3 - Words: 5,871 - Reviews: 28 - Favs: 5 - Follows: 7 - Updated: 1/24/2004 - Published: 11/2/2003
The Day Visser One Hit His Head by Blue Dragon reviews
Well, the title explains it. V1 slams his head and goes a little wacko. So now the Animorphs can get out alive? Don't be so sure...
Animorphs - Rated: K - English - Humor - Chapters: 1 - Words: 3,107 - Reviews: 57 - Favs: 10 - Follows: 3 - Published: 12/2/2000 - Complete
The Fear by Veravine reviews
A crazy Controller.... or new Animorph? It's up to Ax to decide!
Animorphs - Rated: K - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 44,740 - Reviews: 5 - Favs: 5 - Published: 8/16/1999
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Primary: the rise of Esplin 9466 reviews
Everything you ever loved about Animorphs, but on the Yeerk side: A group of friends with very distinct personalities are thrust into an interstellar war at way too young of an age, with no way of knowing what it will eventually do to them. [I SWEAR I HAVE NOT ABANDONED THIS. Chapter 29 is just being difficult to write.]
Animorphs - Rated: T - English - Sci-Fi/Drama - Chapters: 28 - Words: 63,241 - Reviews: 87 - Favs: 11 - Follows: 8 - Updated: 11/9/2013 - Published: 12/29/2012 - Visser Three
Enter The Insane (older crappier version) reviews
A story that I ended up scrapping and rewriting ... Primary: the rise of Esplin 9466 is the new version.
Animorphs - Rated: K+ - English - Sci-Fi/Drama - Chapters: 30 - Words: 34,865 - Reviews: 115 - Favs: 4 - Follows: 2 - Updated: 12/22/2009 - Published: 5/17/2003 - Visser Three
The Controller reviews
Leela is just another ten-year-old kid until her curiosity gets her into trouble at The Sharing. Meaning goodbye normal life, hello Yeerk in head. But Leela's Yeerk is no ordinary Yeerk: she's Visser Three's sister, and she's got problems of her own ... [Not sure if I'll continue this. It does tie into Primary: the rise of Esplin 9466 so you can read that if you want to know more]
Animorphs - Rated: K+ - English - Sci-Fi/Adventure - Chapters: 3 - Words: 8,681 - Reviews: 15 - Favs: 9 - Follows: 12 - Updated: 10/31/2009 - Published: 10/6/2009 - Visser Three
Blue And Yellow reviews
Songfic to Blue And Yellow by The Used. This is a little different than my other songfics, and probably not at all like what the writers of the song were thinking of when they wrote it. Enjoy. Reviews are encouraged.
Animorphs - Rated: K - English - Angst/Romance - Chapters: 1 - Words: 877 - Reviews: 5 - Published: 4/27/2003
Insanity Equals Happiness reviews
I wrote this entire story when I was 12-13. You have been warned. My writing skills have much improved since then.
Animorphs - Rated: K+ - English - Sci-Fi/Drama - Chapters: 35 - Words: 98,835 - Reviews: 72 - Favs: 5 - Updated: 4/24/2003 - Published: 4/24/2002 - Complete
AniTubbies reviews
The author forces the Animorphs to do a Teletubbies episode. Shenanigans ensue. This is another one I wrote when I was 12-13ish so yeah. Warning: lots of ableism.
Crossover - Animorphs & Teletubbies - Rated: K+ - English - Humor/Sci-Fi - Chapters: 2 - Words: 5,779 - Reviews: 31 - Favs: 4 - Follows: 2 - Updated: 9/16/2002 - Published: 4/29/2002 - Jake, Rachel, Tobias, Marco - Complete
Papercut reviews
Yeah, another songfic by me. No, it's not about Visser Three this time, it's about Marco. (Can you tell I like Linkin Park? ha ha ... ) Anyway, R/R or else!
Animorphs - Rated: K - English - Sci-Fi/Angst - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,146 - Reviews: 8 - Published: 6/10/2002
One Step Closer reviews
Songfic to One Step Closer by Linkin Park ... about a character one does not normally write songfics about. R/R!
Animorphs - Rated: K - English - Sci-Fi/Angst - Chapters: 1 - Words: 610 - Reviews: 11 - Favs: 2 - Published: 5/9/2002
Fly Away reviews
This is a song-fic to Lenny Kravitz's song Fly Away. You can guess which Animorph it's about. WARNING: SPOILERISH TO #54!
Animorphs - Rated: K - English - Sci-Fi/Romance - Chapters: 1 - Words: 487 - Reviews: 8 - Favs: 1 - Published: 4/25/2002