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This is what happens when I'm re-dorkening with Animorphs, staying up until 3 AM, and hopped up on cranberry juice. Don't ask.

DAMN I LOVE GAFINILAN AND MERTIL SO MUCH. :heart: My heart belongs to brave, dying, handicap-outcast, doomed gay andalites. THEY'RE, LIKE, SHAKESPEAREAN.

And Finding Nemo. :lol:

This madness came from the Animorphs LJ community, where I uploaded some G/M drabbles, which were unabashed tearjerkers (like they... are...), when someone said they really needed some love and lulz, "as fluffy as baby lambs."

And I've always seen Mertil (maybe because we know NEXT TO NOTHING about him and he's totally up to reader interpretation) as being the lighter, more optimistic one, who isn't intimidated by Gafinilan's HONOR DUTY DIE WITH DIGNITY bluster, and can make him crack a smile. Or at least look over with one stalk eye.

By being completely dork-retard-adorable, and channeling Dory from Finding Nemo. :dummy:

I like the idea of andalites having white-ish hair like Andorians. TREKKIE NERD HO. And therefore, Gafinilan gets sexy stubble. :la:

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Gafinilan, Mertil, Andalites, Animorphs = K. A. Applegate. Not me. :< Or else we'd see a LOT more of these two.
:icondoryplz::iconsaysplz:"JUST KEEP SWIMMING!" = Disney/PIXAR
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AndalitegirlxoxAx Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2011  Student General Artist
So beautiful *tears up* JUST KEEP SWIMMIN! :D
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weirdyaoi123 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2011
erm,where does it say they have white hairI
but i love the fact you drawn gaf and mertkle.
shame gthere a bit on the dozy looking side,but i still like it.
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TheSylverLining Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Nowhere. :3 Just how I like drawing them.
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weirdyaoi123 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2011
shame they were only in one book
sigh
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C-y-n-d-i Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2010
Gaffy still needs that happy enema. :P Mertil is the only person who can crack jokes at him and not get smacked ;) I like that.
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TheSylverLining Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
DAMN STRAIGHT <3
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C-y-n-d-i Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2010
They need to be drawn having a snowball fight. Or Mertil piling snow onto Gaffy until he gets fed up and stomps away. =P
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TheSylverLining Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
I approve of this SO HARD. <3 Gafinilan needs to have some FUN, dammit.
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C-y-n-d-i Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2010
Since Gaffy needs to have fun, he does in THAT fic I wrote. A bit. XD He plays with Mertil and the watering hose after Mertil squirts him. And at some point Erek teaches him how to play poker. :P

Oh, and Mertil tried to vacuum the grass. XD

Hey, how come you haven't drawn Gaf meeting Goliath yet? Mr. Grumpy meets Mr. Brooder! lawl
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TheSylverLining Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
I READ. ;___; I read and bawwed and read and bawwwwwed some more. I need to comment properly, but I LOVED IT. <3 Thank you so much for writing that. I seriously mean it. It's therapeutic. In a lot of ways.

He and Mertil could cheat at poker SO BAD. :lol:

And YES I NEED TO DO THIS. They'd make the most kickass team in the universe and totally have a BURNING WARRIOR COMRADE BROTHER-IN-ARMS connection, it'd be awesome. (Why can I see Lex just fantarding SO HARD over Andalites in general and just being OMG TELEPATHIC ALIENS, I LAV, BONDBONDBOND)
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C-y-n-d-i Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2010
Awww thanks! ^^; I needed to convince myself that Gaf doesn't have to die a fugging agonized death.

LOL LEXINGTON OMG, He would be up in their ship poking EVERYTHING and pissing everybody off XD
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TheSylverLining Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
SERIOUSLY. D:

Course in my head-fanon he doesn't die at all. :paranoid: Helps me sleep at nightI wish I was kidding about that but it doesn't, I stayed up at night mind-bawwing about them before writing it. xD

OH GOD THIS HAS TO HAPPEN. xD
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C-y-n-d-i Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2010
Srsly. LIfe doesn't have to suck until you die :P
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AniDragon Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
WHERE CAN I FIND THESE FANFICS? There is such a lack of Gafinilan/Mertil fics out there, even though they're SO FREAKIN' OBVIOUS.

Also, cute fanart. XD
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TheSylverLining Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Well, I have several up on the Animorphs LJ community, if ye feel like reading. :giggle: They're good, I promise. I put serious effort into writing, always, whether it's original or a fanwork. Treating the characters with respect is the most important thing in my mind.

Thank you! <3
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AniDragon Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Buahaha, tracked them down. XD Love them!
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TheSylverLining Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! <3
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Solaris-Ember Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
I loled so hard. :rofl: And I love that you brought your Trekkiness to the Animorphs table. :iconimhappyplz:
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TheSylverLining Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
WHY THANK YOU. <3 Man, I love both. Such a nerd. But they FIT SO WELL TOGETHER. ... I wouldn't mind a crossover at all. :lol: A well-done one, I mean.
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Solaris-Ember Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
That would be EPIC.
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endler Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2010  Hobbyist Artist
HOMG.
I read the one with them a couple of days ago. :iconimhappyplz:
This is amazing. More people need to draw these two! >w<
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TheSylverLining Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
INORITE? That might be my favorite book, I love them so much. <3

And YES. YES THEY DO. GO DRAW THEM. :heart:
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endler Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2010  Hobbyist Artist
I WILL.
I now plan on doing it. ._.
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TheSylverLining Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
SHOW ME WHEN YE DO
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endler Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2010  Hobbyist Artist
I WILL.
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masaothedog Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2010   Artist
I'm glad I wasn't the only one who thought they were gay@_@!
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TheSylverLining Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
I think everyone who could read thought they were gay. :lol: That book is not exactly subtle.
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masaothedog Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2010   Artist
Unless someone was really dense, I guess. I remember reading it and being really happy that what seemed to be a gay couple was featured in a bookXD.
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TheSylverLining Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Seriously. I don't even know how they could have made it more obvious, it's just. Canon. It is. :lol: And I am totally prepared to cite pages and everything.

... Gawd I love that book/them.
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masaothedog Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2010   Artist
That's so cool>w<. I knew she had no problem with homosexuality because--I think it was Tobias--mentioned something about the absurdity of the boy scouts not letting in a gay kid when considering the possible human reaction to Hork-bajir entering society.

*takes these books way too seriously...*
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TheSylverLining Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
... D'AAAAWWW, I FORGOT THAT PART. Oh my gosh, that's RIGHT. :lol: OH TOBIAS, I LOVE YOU EVEN MORE. (And I think it was Tobias again who made some observation about how The Sharing takes in anyone, "black, white, gay, straight," something like that. Even though that's, uh, not really a GOOD THING. xD)

One bit in book 40 that I remember the best is when they're tailing Gafinilan in his human morph and he gets a call, then hauls ass back home. Marco thinks it's Visser 3 and Gafinilan's working with him, and Tobias is "but maybe it's about Mertil. :(" and Marco's like "Don't you ROMANTICIZE this!"

... YEAH. THAT'S SUBTLE. :lmao:


And dude. You should see us at the Animorphs LJ community - we get DEEP, in DEEP conversations and speculation, man. We get... DEEP. :lol:
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masaothedog Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2010   Artist
Yeah, he did in the one where Jake temporarily changes reality.

There's a community???
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TheSylverLining Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Here you go, luv. [link]

Join uuuussss. :3
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traycon3 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2010
*Flails* I love you so much right now. Mertil and Gafinilan is my OTP for that series. I can sooo see Mertil like that too. XDDD Only Gafinilan's impending death always makes me wanna cry!!! D:

Also Andorians=Win! :3 Wish there were more of them in Star Trek. XDDD
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TheSylverLining Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
MINE TOO. Seriously. I can't believe their entire storyline was dropped and they're just GONE. WHAT. COME ON. :|

Gafinilan's impending death makes me bawww too... Until you write fanfictions to get around that with clearly available solutions that they just didn't use but should have.

... yes, I write ficcage of them. But it's good. I promise.

And HELL YES Andorians freaking win. <3 Particularly when they're played by Jeffrey Freaking Combs. :la:
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traycon3 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2010
I know...>.> I mean, Marco even promised to come by and visit, but nothing ever came of it. D:

xDDDD I haven't done that myself, but that's because the only solution I can think of involves going against Andalite tradition. Then again...Gafinilan's not terribly traditional, so....XDDD

Ooh, I likes ficcies. :3 'Specially for a good pairing like G/M. Link me? :meow: I love me some slash.

<3 HELL YES! :la:

-t3
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TheSylverLining Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
SERIOUSLY. :| And Mertil was all like "YAY, COME OVER!" :la:

But nooooo. And that's the worst part, that it was SO CLEARLY set up, and SO OBVIOUSLY going to be a continuing storyline, to just never come back to it is just - what? It doesn't make sense at all. Fine, fine, it was ghostwritten, but still, it was a wonderful addition to the story and they could have added so much.

Yeah, my fics deal with that too. Love vs. Tradition is a major theme. I dunno if LJ is blocked on school computers, but I'll see if I can dig up some linkage for ye!

[link] <-- Here are some drabbles of mine

[link] <-- srs bsnss actual solution fic. Yes, I put a ton of thought into this, and I think/hope it's realistic. <3

[link] <-- ART CRAAAAAACK.

[link] <-- Angst and lulz (THOSE ARE MY ONLY TWO FLAVORS, I SWEAR. xD)

[link] <-- More angst and lulz... with quite possibly the sweetest one-shot scene I've ever written, second. Is it weird to love one of your own writings that much? :lol: I just... I love THEM so much it's crazy.
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traycon3 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2010
ZOMG <3 THE PIC WITH MERTIL AND THE CHAINSAW!!! AWESOMENESS!!!

Also, I'm bookmarking these so I can read all of them, lol.

Yeah...I don't mind a lot of the ghostwritten books, but sometimes when it was ghostwritten, it seemed like some of the stuff was ignored.

Like in one, I swear Cassie mentioned a nephew who loved Telly Tubbies. ^^;

Yet, no mention of her having a sister. At all. @_@;;;

-t3
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TheSylverLining Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
AWESOME. >D Glad ye liked! Thank you so much!

:O Yeah, the ghostwritten books had weird errors and whatnot.
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traycon3 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2010
:3 No problem! ^^

Yeah...sometimes I did wonder...Though now I can't remember if the last like 10 books were ghostwritten, because...some of them were...wow...Ax seemed sooo OOC! D:

-t3
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TheSylverLining Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Dude, a CRAPTON of books were ghostwritten. WAY more than just the last ten. :< Like... a lot. I think it started after 13 and then like almost every book after that was ghostwritten.
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sebastopolgoose Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2010
Animorphs... now THAT brings back memories of 5th grade... :la:
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TheSylverLining Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Inorite? Wow. <3
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CosmicFail Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2010
I saw this and I was like... No way... are those what I think they are?

...

OMFG ANDALITES! YYYEEEESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!
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TheSylverLining Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
INORITE? I love them. <3 And Gafinilan and Mertil might be my favorites.
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Legolos229 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2010
XD That's hilarious. And i have no idea what it is.

And sexy stubble it is.
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TheSylverLining Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
They're two of my favorite characters from the book series Animorphs. :3 They're usually a lot more serious and angsty than this, but I just had to give them some fun loves. xD
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Legolos229 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2010
Heh either way it's cool and fun.
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TheSunAndTheRainfall Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2010
Andalites! :la:

Also, I kinda hate how we never hear from them ever again in the series. Not even a small passing mention of them in the aftermath bit of the last book. Baw. :C
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TheSylverLining Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
SERIOUSLY. :| That is just - one of my biggest ISSUES with the books, period.

Inconsistent characterization, especially with Marco? I can deal with that. Ghostwriters. It's understandable.

Totally WTF ending, K.A. pulling a Gigantic Scary Space-Satan out of her ass and leaving on a completely needless cliffhanger? I might not agree, but at least I can understand her rationale, have them go out fighting, it's the start of a new adventure (assuming they don't all DIE POINTLESSLY like she heavily implies!).

But introducing two amazing characters, presenting them in sympathetic, deeply real, fascinating and intriguing ways, making us CARE ABOUT THEM, setting it up PERFECTLY for the Animorphs to have recurring ally characters... and then NEVER addressing them again? Ever? WHAT?

That's just lazy, awful writing, my feelings about the characters ASIDE. :|

... The fact that they're Gafinilan and Mertil and SO AWESOME IT HURTS, just makes it worse. :iconsnooty-plz:
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