SORRY THAT THIS IS SO LATE! AHHHHH! I have been writing on my actual novel, so if you are willing to try to read some of the stuff that comes from my actual brain, copy and paste this address…/Isabeau. Thanks…
Anyway, I never thought that I would be able to do this, but this is the final chapter. Then I will be Here you go!
"What the hell am I doing here again?" Lois Lane whispered through her ear microphone as she looked around the sidewalk suspiciously.
"You are here because this is Randall Roach's favorite restaurant and everyday he grabs dinner here at 7:20." Jimmy started.
"I didn't mean that."
"Just stay there, Lois. You are all clear. He's not even there yet." Chloe responded to her.
"Why do I have to play psycho bait?" Lois harshly growled.
"Because you are just unbelievably adorable." Clark piqued in. She could almost feel him smirking over the phone.
"Aw, you're not so bad yourself, Smallville."
"Well, thank you Lois…"
"So, why isn't he the one shaking some leg out here on a sidewalk?" She frowned.
"Because, this guy likes pretty girls, not pretty guys." Sam, one of the girls, from where both Chloe and she worked explained.
"Sometimes being heterosexual has its downfalls, huh?" Danny, the newest addition to this group, who seemed to be Sam's boyfriend, muttered into his mic playfully.
She heard Sam laugh over the communication network. Lois groaned and looked around from where she was sitting at a restaurant's table outside. "I don't see any of you. Where are my guards?"
"I'm browsing at the hats on the sidewalk across the street." Clark explained. He picked out one of the hats, a cowboy hat and put it on. "What do you think?"
"For the man who lives at a farm, or for a normal person?" Lois asked as she finally noticed him. She smiled and leaned backwards in her chair a bit. Clark glared in her direction and took it off.
"Danny reporting from rooftop two blocks away, still tailing our Mr. Magical Lenses."
"Jimmy and I are at the computer coffee shop a few blocks away making sure there are no bumps in our plan." Chloe explained and Lois swore she could hear Jimmy laboring at the computer.
"I still don't understand why I had to stay at the Daily Planet. I am more than capable,"
"No you aren't, Sam. You have a sprained ankle."
"Fine, but you don't think that I would have been of some more help then just listening in and worrying."
"No one would be able to replace you in the field, but we don't want you to end up hurt. We don't want this guy to get away for hurting all these people." Danny justified the action easily.
"Fine." Sam muttered.
"Smooth," Jimmy said in awe over the channel of communication.
"Do you still have an eye on the photographer?" Sam asked ignoring Jimmy.
"He just turned the corner. I have to pull back a little bit back, I think that he almost spotted me that last time he turned around." Danny said as he stopped by a newspaper stand, looking as if he was reading some magazines.
"That's fine, but whatever you do, make sure that you do not lose him."
"Got it, Chloe. Don't worry." Danny said as he watched Randall Roach go into a film store. "Hey, I think that he is getting ammo."
"Good, that means that he is falling for the trap. Are you ready, Lois?"
"Of course. I'm ready for anything you freaks can throw at me." Lois smiled loosely, but her position slightly tightened.
"Easy, Lois, don't wanna scare this creep off before he takes tries to take a picture." Clark whispered softly into the headphones to her.
Lois glared, but knowing that Smallville was nearby watching made it a little easier to handle. Which was weird.
"Sam?" Chloe looked over at Jimmy after getting no reading. "Sam?"
"Don't worry, she just probably turned it off quick, or walked into an area where we don't really have service. The bathroom maybe." Jimmy told her. He sounded so assured of his answer that she didn't dare question him.
"Danny, how long do we have?" Chloe asked.
"I don't know. He hasn't come out of the store yet." He sounded somewhat suspicious. "I'm going to wait about five more minutes. If he doesn't come out by then, I'm going inside to check it out."
"Alright," Chloe agreed. For five minutes they sat in suspense. Chloe kept turning to the clock that was on the computer. At five minutes, she couldn't sit still.
"Danny, can you see him?"
"Not right now." Danny said and he started walking over to the photo store.
"I'm going into the photo store."
"No, wait a little longer." Jimmy suggested from the side.
"Why?" Both Sam and Danny asked at the same time.
"Sometimes, it can take a really long time in there. Just wait a little longer."
"Fine," Danny said. He looked into the window. There was no movement, no nothing. Randall wasn't there from what he could see.
"I can't see him." Danny feared.
"Go. Right now." Chloe instructed him. Chloe exchanged a look with Jimmy. During this, Lois looked over at a confused Clark.
"Clark what is going on?"
"We lost visual. Danny is scouting it out again."
Danny entered the photo shop which looked relatively high tech. Digital cameras aligned each of the white colored walls. Film on the other side of the store and the manager was leaning over the counter. He was pretty old, so Danny just assumed that he had gone to sleep. Randy wasn't there.
"Excuse me sir?" Danny asked as he walked up to the photo clerk. "Sir?" He pushed on his shoulder and the man fell over. He looked to be in a coma. Danny jumped back and yanked the thing hooked to his ear off and yelled into it.
"Everyone, we have a problem."
"Where is he?"
"I don't know." Danny confessed.
"You don't know! The Hell you don't know! Does that mean that he is on his way over here?" Lois asked and she jumped up from her table. Clark jumped in surprise as well, on full alert.
"I don't know. But I think that he zapped the clerk."
"That could mean that he could be even more powerful. We need to check with everyone. Lois?"
"Here." She responded to Chloe's role call.
"I'm fine." He said.
"Danny, you are fine. Jimmy is here with me." Her breath caught. "Sam?"
No answer again.
"Samantha Manson?!" Danny yelled into the earphones again, now worried for her. She didn't respond.
"Hell, where is she? Where is she, Jimmy?" Danny exclaimed, his breath coming in short breaths. Sam.
"She not with us. She walked out of range. Or her chord became disconnected." Jimmy explained as he pounded his keyboard keys.
"Wait, Danny, before you do anything…"
Jimmy tapped on Chloe's shoulder. "What?"
"He left his chord. You are talking to an empty room."
"Damn it." Chloe muttered. "We are regrouping people. Lois, come find me and Jimmy. Clark, you need to get to the Daily Planet as fast as you can."
He didn't need another hint. Clark was sprinting.
A few moments before…
At the Daily Planet
"Fine." She muttered. "Do you still have an eye on the photographer.
"He just turned the corner. I have to pull back a little bit back, I think that he almost spotted me that last time he turned around."
Sam understood that. She had gone undercover before. Danny was doing a good job. She sighed. "Danny, you probably can go back in."
"Danny?" She asked one last time. She checked the frequency. It was the right one. "Weird."
"Beautiful." A hand covered her mouth and she felt almost as if the person had drained her. She couldn't fight back at all. She fell into the darkness with the haunting words. "So beautiful."
Sam woke up groggily and tried to move. She couldn't her arms and legs were bound to a later that was decorated in purple roses, the same color as her eyes. She tried to move, but she couldn't.
"Don't fear, my beautiful." She was in a dress that was white with black lacing down the back. She about to speak when she noticed that Randall was controlling her with his hands. He wasn't touching her, but somehow she felt as if he was and he was posing her.
"You will forever look as you do now, precious. You will forever be beautiful."
Sam tried to struggle, but as hard as she tried she couldn't even blink which was getting painful.
"You will be my greatest masterpiece." He smiled slightly and his full black eyes squinted as he did so.
Sam let a silent tear roll down her cheek. She saw the flash and then saw nothing else.
Danny, who had transformed into Danny Phantom burst through the wall but found that Randy seemed so excited that his glee couldn't be expressed. A light purple mist was surrounding the room and leading into the camera. It was the most beautiful color he had ever seen. Danny's eyes followed where the mist had come from and found a ladder and saw that Sam was laying limply on it, her arms and ankles bound to it. She didn't move. She wasn't breathing. He didn't even feel a slight pulse.
"You bastard!" He screamed as he sent an ecto plasmic ray toward him. It took down Roach easily. He fell and became unconscious quickly. But that wasn't the end of it.
Danny was close to tears as he sent more rays to the photographer. He was burning, but the camera wasn't.
He ran over to Sam and cut her down. She fell into his arms. He noticed that her eyes were expressionless and her skin an ugly pale color. She looked devastatingly beautiful.
"Sam. Answer me, Sam." He dropped down to his knees with her hanging in his arms. He pushed her head forward and buried his head in her hair. Her soft black hair.
"Did you really think it would be that easy to defeat me?" Asked a abstract voice. It was circling around him. He could feel it. Suddenly he couldn't move at all. Danny couldn't even yell. Sam was still crunched in his arms.
Then a person materialized next to him. He was carrying the camera. He was a young man dressed in all black with the hat that Randy Roach normally wore, except the feather was on fire.
The man leaned over him to look into Sam's empty face. "Lovely, isn't she? Especially those big purple eyes. Nothing ordinary about this girl is there."
The man's hand extended so that he brushed through a few of Sam's locks of hair. "Now, she will be extraordinary forever."
Suddenly the man was thrown against the wall next to Danny. It broke the spell. Danny shook his head and he gently placed Sam on the floor. When he turned he saw that Clark was standing on the doorway.
"We need to kill this guy." Clark told him as he walked over. Danny was still a little weak. He ran over at super speed to the camera man. He grabbed him from the throat. "You really should have stayed on the good side."
The man laughed as he phased out of Clark's grip and went invisible. Clark stumbled slightly.
"You think that your inhuman strength can stop me? You are more of a fool than I first thought." The detached voice seemed to fill the air.
Danny stood up and went over to Clark. "I wish it were that easy. He is a ghost, Clark. Like I am. I need to send him back to the ghost zone, where he belongs."
"Who are you?" He asked.
"I'm Danny." Clark's eyes widened. "Yes, I am part of that Danny too."
Clark cracked a shocked smile and turned to where he thought the ghost had gone. "Then, I will follow you." The camera man reappeared.
"Are we going to play now?"
"With the intention to win." Danny yelled at him and his hands began to glow green.
"Remember this though. If you destroy me, you will destroy your girlfriend. Her photo hasn't been developed meaning that her soul right now, is a part of me. Do you want to see her?" He suddenly made the room just black and showed a place where it was all souls.
"See," Danny looked around frantically and found Sam. She was tied up and was shaking. Her eyes were closed, but she has a glowing purple hue to her making her even more beautiful. The camera man's soul, which was so white that it made Danny wish to turn away. The camera man wrapped his arms around Sam. "She is mine."
"NO!" He screamed in his ghostly wail which now had fully matured. He could now focus it on an army or a couple of people. Now, he was focusing it just on the camera man.
It caused the spirit world to shake and blink in and out of reality. Danny kept fighting along with screaming. He shot balls of electrical surges. He felt something come over him. Something that scared him. The camera man covered his ears and stumbled backwards until he hit the floor. The camera was thrown toward Danny during the blow. Danny then walked forward after he was done and smiled. "Sam would never leave without a fight. And neither will I."
He moved his foot which was glowing above the camera. "No, don't. You will kill her! She will be dead."
"I know what I need to do. And Sam will understand. She would do the same thing because we love each other." He hesitated for only a moment, but he let his foot go down and smash the camera.
"NO!" The camera man screamed as he slowly disappeared into oblivion. Obviously the camera was the only string that he had to earth. He would be gone and wouldn't return.
Danny looked around and the spirit world was completely gone. Clark was on the floor pasted out. Danny figured that if this boy was all super, then he must have had super hearing which must have been a death sentence. He kneeled down next to him and zapped him with some of his power. Clark shook awake. He opened his eyes and looked at the part boy/ part ghost.
"Any time." Danny said. As he smiled at Clark, he looked onto the floor. Sam was still laying there. Peaceful and unmoving.
He rushed over to her and changed quickly back into Danny Fenton. "Sam?" He murmured no more than a whisper. "Sam?" She didn't move or react as he took her in his arms again.
He kissed her quickly and her lips didn't responded. He felt like he was kissing one of his sister's dolls. "Sam, don't do this to me. I have already wasted enough of my life without you. Come back to me. I can't live without you. I love you. I love you." He kissed her again. "I love you." She still didn't answer. She didn't move. She had no breath. She had no pulse.
"Danny," Came Clark's soft whisper.
"No!" He screamed. He held Sam even closer to himself. He heard breath stop from the doorway. He didn't know if it was the charred body of Randall Roach or him on the floor holding what mine as well be a corpse.
Ambulance workers as well as police officers came running in, pushing Chloe, Lois, and Jimmy out of the way. Everything was a blur. Somehow, they were able to pry Sam away from his arms and put her onto a stretcher and into a body bag.
Danny refused to leave her side. He had to be with her at all times. He wasn't responding to anything or what anyone was saying to him.
He drove in the ambulance that was taking her to the morgue. He walked in with her.
The medical examiner looked over at him, her green eyes glowing with sympathy. "I'm sorry sir. Would you like to say good-bye to her?" Danny looked up for a moment and then back down to the body of the person he loved most in the world. He nodded his head numbly.
The woman shook her head and gave a weak smile as the man dropped to his knees and grabbed onto the young girl's hand.
When she left the room, Danny couldn't control himself. He started to cry into her hand. He flipped it over so that it was her palm and gently kissed it. "I'm sorry. I'm sorry. I will always, always love you."
He closed his eyes and put his head into her small hand. "I love you."
"Danny?" It was her voice.
"Stop torturing me. Leave me be. Let me live the rest of what I have left with the woman that I love."
"Danny?" The broken whisper was her voice. It was hers. She had haunted him.
"Stop!" He squeezed her hand in his own. "Stop!"
"Danny? Please." He looked up into her face and noticed that her cheeks were slightly redder. Her hair was shinier. Her skin felt warmer.
He leaned down to her mouth to kiss her. One last time. His mind was tricking him. He needed to leave her. This time he felt her lips slightly mold with his.
"I love you." He heard her whisper.
"I love you. So much. Sam, God, I love you."
"Get me out of here." She was trembling. He grabbed onto her, so excited that she was alive. He kissed her again as he changed into Danny Phantom. "No problem, babe." Danny smiled down at her, her eyes had finally opened and she smiled back at him. He went through the wall, leaving the morgue and that night, in the past.
"It seems that miracles do come true in Metropolis." The reported said from the T.V screen. "The attacks from last week are a thing of the past as all of the victims seem to have miraculously recovered. In other news, a small fire at the Daily Planet has left two people dead. This leads to my next story. Police are looking for the body of a girl that was snatched from the city morgue last night. They are working on a sketch right now…"
"Why are you watching that junk?" Danny asked as he turned it off and gave Sam a cup of hot chocolate and joined her under the covers of their hotel. They were both heading back to Amityville. The whole coming back from the dead thing squished Sam's dream of working at the Daily Planet. But she didn't mind. Her other dreams were coming true as they spoke.
"Have you finished the letter to Chloe and Clark yet?"
"Yeah, I put it in the mailbox this morning."
"Good," Danny muttered as he held her in his arms tightly. She wrapped her arms around his chest when she put down her hot chocolate. "Do you think that we told them too much?" Sam asked.
"No. You know, everybody has a secret."
"Yeah, I guess your right." Sam nuzzled deeper into Danny's chest as they both fell swiftly into sleep.
"Clark, we have a letter!" Chloe called from the door of her apartment. Clark jumped up and ran to the door to see what Chloe was already reading.
Dear Chloe and Clark,
Thank you so much for your help. This is Sam. I don't want you to worry about what happened to me. I am fine. I am happy. Danny and I have decided to get married back in my hometown of Amityville. You two are invited to the wedding of course. We will send you an invitation when we have figured out the date.
Chloe, you were the best friend a girl could ask for and I am sure that I am a better journalist because of you. Thank you for always being there for me. I can't wait to see you again. Love you.
Clark, I didn't really get to know you that well, but you have to promise to take care of Chloe for me. That girl can get herself into some serious trouble. Thank you for being who you are and I really am disappointed that I didn't get to really become friends with you. You seem like the most loyal friend.
I can't wait to start my new life. Nothing like a near death experience to shock you into reality. So, both of you, live like each moment is your last. Good luck with Lana, Clark. From what Chloe has told me, she is a great person. And Chloe, don't ever let Jimmy slip through your fingers. Otherwise, I might have to get a quick divorce and come to get him for myself.
Sam and Danny
Clark, Danny tells me to write that your secret is always safe with him and to call him if you ever need some back up.
Clark smiled down at Chloe. They would be meeting again. This was only the beginning.
Oh My Edward! (sorry Twilight reference) I can't believe that I finished it. I hope that you really enjoyed this story. I really loved writing it. And seriously, check me out on Booksie! I thank everyone who has read it and has written me! Thanks again!
Molly aka phantomdreamer1018 aka Isabeau