Six Months Later:
Danny, Sam, and Tucker were now the proud owners of a hot new store that sold a mix of things that fit their personalities, electronics, books, space stuff, and everything that a goth could dream of. Tucker had made them all emancipated minors and they had all taken the GED, so that was out of the way. Sam handled the money aspect, Tucker the tech, obviously, and Danny handled the people, though he sent the goths to Sam, as she spoke their language. Danny, now Danny Chambers, wearing a black t-shirt with white sleeves, black jeans with green stitching, and black Nikes, with contacts in that made his eyes brown, was behind the counter when none other than Beast Boy of the Teen Titans walks in, " Dude, do you have anything in the store that would make it so Raven doesn't completely kill me? "
Danny quirks an eyebrow at him, " Depends, what did you do? "
Beast Boy sighs, " Well, I might have inadvertently soaked one of her books. I really didn't mean to. I was training with Aqualad and things just happened. "
Danny chuckles, " Title of the book? "
Beast Boy gives it to him and Danny sends a quick text to Sam, whom was now going by the name of Sam Jarvis. All three teens had changed their hair styles, Danny's was now spiked up with gel, Tucker, well, he had grown his out, and it was now held back by a green bandana. Sam's hair was now mid back length and she wore it in a French braid. Tucker was now Tuck Marks, they had all worked hard upon reaching Jump City. Danny still fought ghosts, he had changed his ghost form's outfit too. He still had the DP logo, as Sam was adamant that he keep it. However he now wore a white leather jacket with the logo emblazoned on the back, black fingerless gloves, he kept the same boots, and a black t-shirt completed the ensemble. He now called himself Preta( AN: this is with a long e sound), meaning phantom in Hindi.
Thankfully none of his enemies had found him yet, which he considered an extremely good thing, knowing his luck Skulker would come for him soon enough and try and claim his pelt for his wall again, oh wait, that was for the foot of his bed, though Walker hated him too. It would only be a matter of time before his enemies found him, " So, anything else you need, Beast Boy? " Danny asks, he truly liked the changeling, Beast Boy had been one of their first customers, and was a loyal one. Once Raven found out about the occult books and other stuff she'd started coming as well. Tucker and Cyborg could sit talking technology all day, he'd yet to meet Robin and Starfire though. Sam and Raven got along as well as two goths could.
" Any new video games in? " Beast Boy asks, he knew Danny would make sure they got his favorites in, and that he would hold onto a copy just for him.
" Actually yeah, the latest Doom expansion pack is out. Since you're one of our preferred customers you get it half off, though don't tell anyone. " Danny says, Beast Boy was fun to be around and he would eat whatever Sam put in his lunch, while bringing Danny some pizza every now and then.
Beast Boy grins, " All right, how'd you make Sam mad this time, Danny? "
Danny groans at this, " Why is it you're only this observant with me? "
Beast Boy grins, " The others need to think I'm an idiot, that way when I really come through they'll be more amazed. "
" You want them underestimating you. " Danny says, he could definitely understand that as he employed the same tactic himself when he was fighting ghosts, he had also used it in school as well. Only Tucker had ever known how much he held back academically.
" Yep, now, what did you do to make Sam mad? " Beast Boy asks.
Danny sighs, " Got cornered by a goth girl and before I could stop her she laid one on me. Sam saw this before I could push the girl away, so now my girlfriend is pissed at me, though she knows I didn't do anything wrong, I got caught off guard and by the time my brain processed what was going on Sam had already tackled her and then… well you've seen Sam in action. "
Beast Boy shudders, yeah, he had. Some jerks had been making fun of him for being green and Sam had just gone right up to them and let them have it. The girl had a way with words. She could give a glare that made Raven back down and back away. Sam did not like bullies, nor did she like it when anyone tried to put the moves on her boyfriend. " Thankfully that anger has never been directed at me, and I sincerely hope I never incur it, no offense dude. " Beast Boy states.
Danny grins at this, " I don't blame you. Hey, Sam. " Danny says, spotting his girlfriend winding through the store. He still couldn't believe how clueless he had been when it came to her. Coming here had opened his eyes to Sam and to the fact that Paulina was a slut. In his eyes Sam was the epitome of gothic beauty. He couldn't just tell her she was gorgeous, no Danny got creative with the ways he showed he cared.
" I have two copies of the book in stock. Peace offering for Raven. " Sam states, as she knew damn well that Beast Boy only bought Gothic stuff when he pissed Raven off.
" Yeah, ah, Sam, could you have it sent to the Tower, I don't want to wreck this one too. " Beast Boy says sheepishly.
Sam grins at this, " Done, and since Danny's given you half off for the Doom expansion pack I'll give you a half off herbivore discount. "
Danny shakes his head, " I'm just glad that I don't have lunch with you two, Cyborg, and Tuck. "
" Convert, Danny. " Sam says.
" Sorry, Sam, I'm a confirmed omnivore. " Danny states.
Sam sighs, " Just for the record, you're forgiven. I know that tramp caught you off guard and you were probably just figuring out what was going on when I tackled her. "
" I love hanging out with you guys, at least you guys accept me fully for who I am. I love pranks, not my fault I didn't nail Cyborg that one time. " Beast Boy says.
Danny grins, " Get me his biometrics and I can make sure you nail him next time. "
Sam smacks him lightly on the back of his head, " Danny, don't encourage him. "
Beast Boy grins, " I don't need any encouragement, Sam. Swing by with the expansion pack, Danny. I'd like to see you play Cyborg. "
Danny grins at this, " Sure, just make sure to tell the other Titans I'm coming by. Sam… ? "
" Tuck and I can handle things by ourselves. Go have some fun, you deserve it. " Sam says, giving him a small kiss.
Danny goes with Beast Boy and once in Titans Tower he loads the expansion pack and calls up his new avatar, Phantom. " Hey, what's he doing here? "
Danny rolls his eyes, " Robin I presume. Beast Boy invited me over to play Doom. My girlfriend lambasted some dudes that were picking on him due to his skin color, plus she's absolutely in heaven with the fact that she's found another veggie lover. "
Robin blinks at this, not many people spoke so matter of factly with him. Danny was definitely unusual. " All right, I guess that's all right. "
" Yo, Danny, how ya been man? " Cyborg asks as he walks in.
" Oh, you know, the same as usual. " Danny answers.
" You're Phantom, dude, that's just not cool. " Cyborg says.
Danny grins at this, " What, don't like getting your ass handed to you, Cy? "
" Oh, it's on. " Cyborg says and Danny ends up beating him and Beast Boy easily. Robin blinks at this, even he had a hard time beating Cyborg at Doom.
The halfa looks at him, " Care to play me, I really don't get much of a challenge, as Sam and Tuck work with me when they play. We're the top three players. "
Robin grins, " Don't complain when you lose. "
Danny smirks and it was on. The boy wonder put up an impressive fight against Danny but the halfa was just too good at what he did. He'd been playing Doom for a long time now. " Thanks, Robin, you were actually a challenge. "
" You're good, Danny, so how long have you been in Jump City? "
" Six months, things went south back home for me, Sam, and Tuck, so with help from Sam's grandma we started over here in Jump City, with all of us working together we managed to open up our own store. BB, Cy, and Rae have all been there. They're actually some of our best customers. "
" Cyborg, take me with you next time. " Robin orders.
" All right, if necessary I'll have Star drag you out of your office, Rob. " Cyborg says firmly.
Danny smirks at this and kicks back, " Don't you need to get back? " Cyborg asks him.
" Sam said I deserve some down time and I'm taking it and it also means Tuck is sooo going to die of envy when I tell him I was in Titans Tower when he hasn't been. " Danny states.
Cyborg chuckles at this, " I get it, you want to soak up as much time here as you can, plus you don't want to stop another meat and veggie war. "
Danny groans, " My girlfriend is an ultra recyclo vegetarian and my best bud is a meat connoisseur, in his words. Me, I'm the omnivore that gets stuck in the middle as I love them both and don't want to get stuck choosing sides. "
" You have to deal with that too? How do you do it? " Robin asks.
" I've had to deal with that argument since second grade, I've had practice, a ton of it. Most of the time I just tune them out and they know I do anymore. " Danny answers.
" These two are too loud when they fight. " Robin says.
" Dude, you haven't met Sam yet, and please, Robin, for the love of pizza, do not make her mad, Sam could kick your ass. " Beast Boy says.
Danny chuckles at this, " Yes, she could, Robin, never threaten me in front of her unless we become really good friends otherwise she will make you pay for it. "
Robin blinks at this, " Seriously, you're saying your girlfriend could beat me in a fight? "
" Yes, I am. Sam is unique and very goth. She and Raven actually get along quite well. " Danny says.
By the time he left Danny had met Starfire as well. She was unique, but seeing as how she happened to be an alien princess that was to be expected, and he had answered her standard questions, he had warned her that his girlfriend was like Raven, and that his best friend would most likely try and flirt with her when he finally saw her. Robin didn't look too pleased with this information and Danny just told him Tuck liked to view himself as a ladies man even if he wasn't.
Once back home he looks over at Tucker, " Hey, Tuck, Cyborg says hi. "
" When did you see Cyborg, he wasn't at the store and neither were you. " Tucker says.
" Oh, Beast Boy invited me over to Titans Tower to install the Doom expansion pack and then play Doom. I kicked his butt, Cy's butt, and the Boy Wonder's ass, though Robin is surprisingly enough a challenge. " Danny says.
" I hate you. " Tucker states.
Danny grins, " I also met Starfire, though I should warn you that Robin has eyes for her and wasn't too pleased when I warned Starfire that you would try and flirt with her the first time you see her. "
" Dude, you didn't. " Tucker whines.
" I did. " Danny says with a smirk.
" You are so evil sometimes. " Tucker mutters.
" If I can't mess with you, who can? " Danny retorts and then he blinks as his ghost sense goes off. However this one didn't feel malevolent. Danny whips around in time to be tackled in a bear hug to rival one of Frostbite's.
Danny smiles at this, it had been awhile since he had seen Danielle. He'd taken to viewing her as a daughter, because really Vlad had cloned her from his DNA, and from the way she acted he was willing to bet there was some of Sam in there as well. Danny was not the idiot everyone thought he was. He was actually a genius, he just didn't act like it most of the time. Probably why his clone turned out to be female, though at least she wasn't goth like Sam, but she still had Sam's take charge kick ass attitude. " Hey, Danielle, tracked my ecto-signature, didn't you. "
" How could she… never mind, she is your clone so of course she would be able to track you down, unlike every other ghost with that watch I made you on. " Tucker says.
Good thing Sam had foreseen this, " Danielle, we're not Fenton's anymore, my name is Danny Chambers now. My parents found out and tried to kill me. "
" Mine and Sam's gave us an ultimatum, Danny or staying at home, we chose Danny, as there was no way in hell we would leave him. Can't let the jerk come into existence. " Tucker says.
" So, who am I to you? " Dani asks.
Danny smiles, " You'll be my adopted daughter, that is if you want that. "
Dani grins at this, " Of course I want that, but how… ? "
" We're all emancipated minors, all have stable jobs and a steady income. Besides, technically you are my daughter. " Danny explains to her.
He receives another bear hug from her, with Dani his protective instincts surged almost stronger than they did with Sam and Tucker. Dani was his daughter all right and that crazed up froot loop was not going to get anywhere near her again, ever. Plasmius was a huge concern, Tucker would have to get another watch made and soon, because the froot loop would be able to track Dani through her ecto signature. " So, I get to call you daddy now, right? "
" Not in public, I can't exactly say you're my clone, now can I? I don't want any stupid scientist taking it into their head to dissect you to see what makes you tick. "
" So, I'm your little sister in public. " Dani states.
" Yep, think you can remember that? "
" I'm not that froot loop you know. I'm smarter, thanks to my father. " Dani retorts, " So, what's your ghost form's name now? "
" Preta, Hindi for phantom. " Danny answers.
" I'll have to change my look too, both of them. "
" I'll have Sam work on that. You'll need a name too. "
" Rhith, Welsh for Phantom. " Dani states.
" That's actually not bad as far as names go, and at least in ghost form we'll have different names. "
" I'll agree to being called Danielle so we can be differentiated when someone else is talking to us, but you do not ever call me Danielle, got it, Dad. " Dani says, her eyes flashing in warning.
Tucker grins, " Gee, Danny, a dad and so young too. "
" I blame the froot loop. " Danny states.
" Well, it is his fault, guess he should have expected me to turn on him, he did use your DNA to make me after all. " Dani says.
" Change back and we'll go get you some stuff, okay. " Danny says.
" Dude, you have to find out your budget first or Sam will kill you. " Tucker says.
Danny winces, he really did not need his girlfriend pissed at him, " Sam! "
Sam walks in to see Danielle and she sighs, " All right, she can stay in your room for now, thousand dollars for clothes, toys, games, and other essentials for Dani, okay. We'll work the rest out later, and I'll start working on what her new ghost form will be. "
" Thanks, Sam, you know we can't let Vlad get her, or any ghost hunter. Tuck, do you have everything you need. "
" No, I don't, dude. I'll call Cyborg, ask for a favor, we have to hide Dani's ecto signature. " Tucker says, already making the call and most likely also erasing any trace of Dani Phantom he could find. He was constantly upgrading the security system for their home, their tech, and their lab, yes, they had built a lab right under their home, and it was fully functioning. Tucker was still doing some IT work on the side to get the stuff they needed to make sure everything was functioning properly. The ecto filtrator was changed by Sam because both Tucker and Danny would forget. They'd have to enroll Dani in school, " Tuck, can you get Dani enrolled in school. "
" Sure thing, dude. " Tucker says.
With the two halfas heading out to shop for the female halfa Sam sighs and looks at Tucker, " Think he suspects that part of her genetic make-up comes from me? "
" He knows it, Sam. Danny's even smarter than Jazz, plus with Dani's attitude she has to be your daughter as well. " Tucker states.
" Then why didn't he do well in school? " Sam asks.
Tucker laughs at this question, " He was bored, he made sure to keep his grades high enough that his parents wouldn't get suspicious, didn't you ever wonder why he never really fell too far behind with fighting ghosts all the time, dealing with ghost hunters, and his parents inventions trying to kill him. Half the stuff Danny reworked so it was actually useful and couldn't hurt him. He couldn't do that without being smart, he just gets bored easily and he never wanted to be the super smart guy, Dash already picked on him, imagine if he were a super nerd? "
Sam winces at this, " I see your point. Danny's life would have been an even worse hell. He never did tell us how they found out and what they did to him before Jazz arranged for the jailbreak. "
" I know and I wish he would, but honestly I think he blocked it out. " Tucker says.
Sam nods at this, it would make sense for Danny to block out something that traumatic. " I guess if he never remembers then it's a good thing. Thankfully we've made so only us and apparently Dani and Jazz can enter our home, and we've made it so Maddie and Jack can't get into Haunting Gothic Tech either. "
" They will not hurt Danny again and I have made damn sure that no reports of ghost activity reach the Justice League, GIW, or any other ghost hunter, I squash it all. Not even Vlad can find him, and I have also made it so no tech can be turned against us, in defense from Technus, or be used to spy on us. What I do to keep Danny and us from being found would make Batman weep in envy. " Tucker states firmly.
" I know, without you we never would have lasted this long. " Sam says firmly.
In his Wisconsin home Vlad Masters curses, " How is that little badger hiding from me so effectively, I can't even trace his ecto signature? I'd send Skulker to hunt him but Daniel would most likely seal him up in a Thermos and keep him there knowing that I had sent him. "
Vlad ponders his predicament, no one knew why Danny and his two best friends had fled, except maybe for Jasmine Fenton and she wasn't talking. The girl was too smart to fall for his mind games, and not even she knew where her brother and his friends had gone. What truly puzzled him was how Jack and Maddie didn't even seem concerned about their son. It was like Danny Fenton didn't even exist to them anymore. Vlad knew Danny had left, he'd gotten that much from surveillance, but then he'd lost all forms of surveillance and to make matters worse none of his informants knew where the boy had gone. If the boy's allies did then they weren't speaking and the last time he had tried to use Wulf the mutt had nearly taken his arms off with one bite.
The evil halfa snarls suddenly. Danny had thwarted every one of his plans, the GIW had no useful intel, as they were no longer receiving any reports about spectral anomalies. Vlad suspected the Foley boy was behind that, doing everything in his power to protect Danny. Vlad could find no evidence of the Foley boy hacking, which meant his foes had been downplaying their capabilities and that meant he was in serious trouble. It also meant that Daniel had been downplaying his capabilities as well, only seeming to come up with his solutions at the last moment, " Oh, butter biscuits. "
Disclaimer: I do not own Danny Phantom or Teen Titans, sorry I forgot to put this up for the previous chapter and this disclaimer shall stand for all other chapters too.
Author's Note: I will reveal more of what happened to cause Danny to run and how his parents found out as the story progresses. Right now Danny doesn't want to think about it. Vlad has entered the picture. I know it had no real action, but Danny has met all the Titans now.