The Brisby Beginning

By David Leemhuis

This story is set in the early days of the Rats' original Rosebush colony, when Johnathan Brisby was roommate to Mr. Ages and was very much at loose ends. An unabashed love story, as Johnathan meets the one who would come to be at the center of the entire "NIMH" saga.


The original version of this story was written between November 1991 and February 1992.  It wasn’t my first fan-fiction but is set the earliest chronologically, so I thought it the best choice for posting first.  Most of it is little changed from my first draft, other than a little more on Johnathan’s background in Chapter 4, and more significant changes in Chapter 8, made necessary by major alterations I decided to make in my overall storyline.

I‘ve always had a fascination for Johnathan, and it became the impetus for my first “NIMH” sequel in 1986.  Therein, I gave the basics of how Johnathan met his future bride, and eventually I got brave enough to tell the tale in greater detail.  This story was the result.

Not much more to say at this point except: thanks to Simon for being so welcoming and accommodating since I first posted to the forum, and for his patience as I worked out my email hassles; and to fellow “NIMH” fans for their welcome-aboards and encouragement as well.  I hope you all enjoy my first posted fan-fiction.  As always, feedback is welcome and appreciated, even if you think I didn’t quite nail it.

So here’s my take on the beginnings of the “NIMH” saga, or more specifically…

The Brisby Beginning.

User login