Author: And with these drabbles I have managed to lurch Daniel out of the recesses of my harddrive and mind. Not like he and Danny here have any kind of remote relationship. It's just the fandom and writing practice.
Disclaimer: An episode featuring the entire cast as gender-bent would have occurred in the series if I owned it. being as I am writing this and DP is long canceled...well.
354 sunrise (11/22/09)
Danny watched the sunrise from amidst the ice that formed on the roof of her dorm, sighed, and ran a hand through her hair. It was getting harder to sleep when the thing inside her really was growing. Vlad had taken some blood and ectoplasm samples, had listened to everything Danny told her, and had run—with Danny's permission—a few tests of her own design on both human and ghostly forms.
Whatever it was that had taken root in Danny, she wanted it out.
Danny rubbed her face in frustration. She can't figure out where it is. Unreachable in either ghost or human form, something that is part of me that can't be distinguished from anything else…
"You won't be able to free her of me ever—you are too late."
"You never did understand the power you seek to manipulate."
"She is the first step! I will be freed! And then there will be nothing you can do to stop me!"
Danny clutched at her forehead, a shiver trembling through her. "I will not let it happen. Whatever that thing is planning, whatever it's trying to do inside of me, I won't let it happen. I told Clockwork I wouldn't, I told Vlad I wouldn't. So I won't."
Danny watched her words disappear in the fog from the breath that left her mouth before she looked towards the sunrise.
Everything will work out. With the thing inside me, with Vlad…and with my family.
364 close (11/23/09)
"Look at how many people aren't here," Finn murmured, leaning in close to Danny, who snickered quietly.
While Thanksgiving break technically didn't begin until Wednesday, the place was nearly deserted already, and it would only get worse the next day.
"Can't imagine why they'd want to get away from here," Danny replied lightly, which made Finn cough to cover a laugh.
"I know, right? Such great ambiance and weather. Who'd want to leave?"
Danny leaned away and twirled her pencil in her fingers as the professor lectured. Break was so close that she could almost taste it, and she was both looking forward to and dreading it. Break meant that she could be with her family, ignore her homework for a few days, and beat up on familiar ghosts who sought to interrupt her vacation.
However, it also meant that she should tell her parents about she and Vlad being…whatever they were, and she had no idea how to phrase it.
Danny lightly chewed her lip as she took absent notes, amused by how Finn was barely staying awake beside her.
We all need this vacation. And then to think Winter Vacation is just around the corner…
Danny's stomach dropped from under her as any smile faded. And I have to find a way to get this thing out of me before the Solstice or else…
Danny swallowed and tried to shake herself free of her musings and focus on the present, which included a rather dry lecture on classical mechanics.
82 Porn (11/24/09)
Danny shut down her computer and squirmed uncomfortably in her seat in embarrassment.
What on earth made me think that would be a good idea?
With her roommate gone and thoughts of Vlad bothering her, Danny had realized that she had only a vague understanding of what sex was. Sure, she had seen R-rated movies (you can't stop a ghost from getting into a movie theatre if she wanted to be there) and had a vague idea of the whole thing, but most of it was, well, heterosexual and vague.
She sure as hell wasn't going to be caught in any store or section of a major chain, and she doubted that there were many, 'how to have lesbian sex' help books out there. So, she turned to the most dangerous and unreliable source of information available at her fingertips: the Internet.
She had immediately ruled out any porn sites (she didn't want viruses), and so had cautiously embarked on a Google-search powered query into a topic she didn't dare ask anyone about (save anonymous strangers on the internet who she would, in all likelihood, never meet).
She had come away embarrassed and traumatized.
Stupid, Danny, stupid. If that ever came up with Vlad, she'd probably know what to do anyway, so—
Danny's mind briefly hitched as her mind attempted to piece together the concept of Vlad and sex, followed by 'what would Vlad look like naked?'
Danny swallowed hard and stood, trying to use packing for her trip home as an excuse to distract herself.
Unfortunately, her mind refused to let go of figuring out what Vlad would look like naked.
Danny looked down at herself, at her body that had matured by unfortunate leaps and bounds since she had been away from Amity and shifted uneasily on her feet.
Vlad's clothing was tailored to her body, so Danny had no doubt as to the woman's shape. But it was more than just shape, it was form, it was what it would be like to run her hands over her, to see the shade of her skin, to feel the difference between hands exposed to the elements and stomach only exposed in the privacy of her own home, it would—
Danny smacked herself and scowled at nothing.
I leave for home tomorrow and see Vlad the next day. What will happen will happen and…
Danny sighed heavily as she forced the thought of Vlad once again out of her mind, focusing on what homework she had left to do.
141 Ghost (11/25/09)
"GHOST!" Danny's mother yelled as Danny came in through the Fenton portal and Danny could only laugh as she dodged an ecto-ray from one of her mother's many weapons.
"Mom, it's okay. Just me."
Jack blinked and froze for a moment before she put the gun down and grinned at her daughter, pulling her into a crushing hug. "Danny! We've missed you!"
Danny smiled and transformed back into her human self, watching as her mother's body adjusted to her now-solid body.
Danny was put down, but her mother's hands never left her shoulders. "Are dad and Jazz around?"
"Upstairs, waiting for you. Thought you'd come in the door, but you took the short-short-cut, huh?"
Danny smiled as her mother dragged her up the stairs from the lab and snickered as Jack shouted, "I FOUND DANNY!"
Danny smiled as her dad and brother came into the kitchen, and laughed as she was passed around the family members.
Everything will be fine. Everything will turn out alright. I don't have to worry.
303 Control (11/26/09)
Danny squirmed as she paced her room, having made the excuse of needing to go to the bathroom to get away from the table.
C'mon, Danny, stay in control. You've survived this far and you have to tell them sometime.
Danny scratched her head vigorously and sighed in despair. Maybe this wasn't the best idea. But I'm tired of secrets. Might as well be blunt about it, really. It works best that way.
'Mom, Dad, Jazz, I have something to tell you—Vlad's become really, really important in my life. I can't imagine it without her anymore, not being with her anymore. So, yeah. I'm not going to let go of her anytime soon, so you'll just have to accept it.'
Danny winced. That sounds terrible.
Danny sighed, turned, and walked out of her room and down to the dining room.
It was odd, having Vlad there, but odd in a good way. Sure, Tucker had been invited over before, as had the opposite been true. However, it was more likely to not have Thanksgiving in the Danny's house as likely, due to having a Ghost Portal beneath the kitchen. The frequency had decreased with increasing family size and ghost obsession, however. Before that Thanksgiving, they had spent all of them since Danny was 12 at relatives' houses. There was less of a chance the food would try to eat them there.
Vlad seemed to know she had come, since Danny received a covert half-smile half-smirk that made Danny squirm.
I need to tell them. I must tell them.
However, once she sat down, her courage fled her, leaving her listless and terrified.
They'll be okay with it, why can't I say anything?
Danny felt Vlad put a gentle hand on her thigh under the table, which made Danny look over to the half-ghost quickly.
There was a small, wry smile on her lips that said: If you don't want to, if you're not ready, then you don't have to tell them.
Danny looked away, put a hand over Vlad's and swallowed hard.
Okay, Danny. You can do this. You've fought down infinitely powerful ghosts, you've deal with situations that would have killed other people. If you've survived all that, you can sure as hell survive this.
"Hey, Mom? Dad? I have something I want to tell you."
202 Smile (11/27/09)
"You know, girl, it's nice to see you sporting a real smile. I'm not sure the last time I saw you with a genuine grin," Tucker said as they browed a video game store in the local mall.
Danny chuckled quietly as she examined a package advertising the newest video games. "It has been a while, huh?"
"You glad you got that all over with?"
"You have no idea," Danny sighed. "I've had enough of secrets to last my whole life."
"Was good that you had Vlad there, though," Tucker murmured as she looked at a console wistfully. "Don't think your dad and Jazz would've taken you entirely seriously. But—gawd I can't believe I'm saying this—you and Vlad actually make a good couple."
"You think so?" Danny asked, fighting down a blush but unable to stop the small, soft smile that crossed her lips.
Tucker nodded then sighed dejectedly. "C'mon, I have to get out of here before I justify maxing the credit card my parents gave me."
Danny snickered and took Tucker's wrist, dragging her out of the game store.
"I'll get you something from there, I promise. But it wouldn't be a surprise if you were there to watch me buy it," Danny said, which made Tucker make a sound of protest.
"Don't leave me hanging like that!"
"Hey, to distract you, you can help me figure out what to get Vlad."
"How about you and she—"
"Don't you dare complete that sentence," Danny said, eyes narrowing.
Tucker gave her a completely unapologetic grin. "What? It would make a good gift…"
"Fine, be that way. Let's go shopping for my everyone other than Vlad."
"Sounds like a plan to me," Tucker said cheerfully, although a wicked smile remained on her lips.
136 Luxury (11/28/09)
When was the last time I had the luxury of sleeping in? Danny wondered as she stretched languidly in her bed.
She settled back into her sheets and sighed in contentment. Her parents were bewildered, but hadn't rejected her, and while neither had Jazz, her brother was having a slightly harder time wrapping his mind around Danny and Vlad, for good reasons.
Danny turned over onto her stomach, the sheets tangling pleasantly around her, rolling into the feeble sunlight.
A smile squirmed across her face again as she remembered the horrified look on Jazz's face and stifled a snicker at Vlad's snide comment later that evening about Jazz's appearance.
"Danny? You up?"
Danny sighed at her mother's voice and grumbled her way out of the sheets, phasing through the bed.