By: Wilona Riva
Disclaimer: I don't own Danny Phantom.
The Indigo Envelope
Jazz's eyes flew open. Where was she? Disoriented, she looked around for something familiar.
"Was it all a dream?" she wondered out loud.
"You say something, honey?" Jack asked, poking his head in the door, sparking an alarm in Jazz.
"Oh my gosh, Danny!" she exclaimed, tearing past him, down the hall, and burst into his room. His shower was still running, but a gleam of a familiar indigo envelope peeped out from under a pillow.
She scowled. So the wish djinn had undone the events of the last few days. She plucked the envelope and tucked it under her arm. Danny would never know.
"Is it wise to keep them in such a state?" Danny asked, while watching the Ghost Writer type away on his keyboard.
"You did ask they not come to harm, ghost child," Skulker replied. "The Family protects its own."
"What I still don't understand is how Kwan came to be involved in all this," Sam commented. She'd reverted to her human form; Uncle Vlad was supposed to teach him how to do this later this afternoon after arrangements had been made for his parents' and sister's care.
"Kind of my fault, Sam," Tucker said, as two grim gargoyles led him in, he was clutching his PDA in fright. Danny looked weird as a ghost; he was floating in the corner while talking with another pale-faced ghost with curly black hair, black wire-rim frames, and a Harry Potter-style scarf.
"You'd better start talking, human," Skulker said, folding his arms.
"When Sam and Valerie told me about the role-playing game, I started asking around to see if anyone knew anymore about it. Kwan overheard me talking to Nathan and began pressing me for the details. They found his body, you know, in the woods; the police think coyotes did it," Tucker said.
Dji scowled; all her hard work and he thawed out. Just her luck!
"And you want to join the Family?" Danny asked him, turning around to join the conversation. "You never could leave well-enough alone."
"That is for Father to decide," Desiree answered, nipping in before Skulker. "Phantom, Father has finished making the arrangements. He wishes to speak with you."
"Phantom?" Tucker asked.
"You get a new name when you join the Family," Danny explained.
"Danny Phantom. I like it," Tucker admitted, rolling the name on his tongue.
"So do I," Sam purred. Much to Tucker's amusement, Danny blushed, as he floated to the floor and knocked on a door at the far end. It opened for him and he disappeared inside.
"You cannot stay in Amity Park, Daniel," Uncle Vlad said, a bit exasperated. "You are too young to live on your own, you cannot be gainfully employed for another two years, and in little as ten years, people will begin to notice that you are not aging properly."
Danny sighed, slumping his shoulders. "What's going to happen to me then?"
"I'm relocating your quartet to my mansion in Wisconsin. You will receive the best schooling and training that I will provide," Uncle Vlad told him. "I've already taken care of the human boy's family and education as well."
"You're not going to kill him, are you?"
Uncle Vlad shook his head. "No, he's of more use to me alive than dead."
"Is he going to become Family?"
"Again, no," Uncle Vlad answered. "The boy's family, even now, has been apprised of his recent acceptance of a full scholarship to a prestigious technological academy in Wisconsin. All the details have been taken care of."
"Meaning Tucker doesn't know yet," Danny said wryly.
"No, and you are not to tell him, my son; I would like to have that privilege myself. I know the boy is dear to you and young Vyx, that is why he still lives."
"I really hate when you do that," Danny muttered, shaking his head to clear it of Vlad's mental echoes.
"Get used to it, Daniel. When the sun sets, I want you to be ready. We are going to comb the city one last time before we leave for any sign of the Others. I want this region wiped free of them. You are to pass the word on," Uncle Vlad said, rising from the desk he'd been sitting behind.
"That went well," a shadow dhampir murmured, slipping into existence beside him.
"In due time, Myrelynda," Vlad said, gathering his wife to his arms. "He will grow used to our world."
"You're sure he said one final sweep for the Others?" Skulker asked.
"Yes," Danny replied.
"Finally, some action," Johnny 13 said, rising from his place on the sofa by the fire. "I was getting bored."
"Danny, what's going on?" Tucker asked, getting a bit scared-not that he was going to admit it.
"Just going to get a bite to eat and some entertainment," Valerie answered, before Danny opened his mouth. "We'll bring you a double Nasty back."
"Gee," Tucker murmured. "Thanks."
The Ghost Writer's hands paused above the keyboard, looked thoughtfully at the humans under his watch, then smiled as he read over his work. Phantom would be pleased; it had been Father's suggestion after all.
Jazz tore open the indigo envelope.
The world around you is quite real. Your brother is safe; do not be alarmed.
You, however, for protecting one of our own, have been invited personally by Father himself to join the Family.
Author's Note: And there's the opening for the sequel. The first chapter is already done. When I get a few more chapters finished, I'll post it.