The Boy Wonder walks into Haunting Gothic Tech for the first time with Cyborg and his eyes widen, he'd never seen such an eclectic mix of items in a store and from all indications they were doing well with their store. Cyborg immediately heads for Tucker's part of the store and Danny takes pity on the Boy Wonder, " Need a tour? "
" Do you sell anything here? " Robin asks.
" Well, Tuck is a techno geek, Sam's a goth, and me, well, I like astronomy and we decided to have books available on every subject. " Danny answers.
" Why Haunting Gothic Tech? " Robin demands.
" Inside joke. " Danny responds and looks at the time, " Tuck, I gotta go get Danielle, please don't scare away the customers, feel free to look around, Robin. "
Robin watches him rush off, " Danielle? "
" His little sister, she just got here, 'rents thought she was a problem child and sent her to Danny. " Tuck replies, well, that was story that they'd be using, if Maddie and Jack were to ever find out about their son's daughter they'd try and do who knows what to her too.
Robin nods as he starts to browse through the store, the section on ghosts was extensive, almost like they thought they needed the information, or something. There couldn't be that much of a market for books on ghosts. " Noticed our haunted section, huh? I'm Sam Jarvis, Danny's girlfriend and CFO of Haunting Gothic Tech. "
" Okay, now I see why Beast Boy warned me to not piss you off. Steel toed combat boots, are those really necessary? " Robin asks, Sam could be Raven's twin sister.
" Yeah, they are, Boy Wonder. I have had to put up with entirely too many idiots and they seem to only understand me when I speak with my combat boots. " Sam says.
Robin wondered just what she had been through that made her have such weapons on her person. Danny had said things had gone south for them back home, " How can you even have a store? " Robin asks her.
" We're all emancipated minors. Tuck does some IT work on the side so we can have enough money for everything we need. " Sam says.
Robin blinks, to think that they had to be self-reliant at such a young age, that just wasn't right. They should still be at home with their parents, in school, happy. Though they did look happy, and Danny seemed to be responsible, and was even taking care of his kid sister. Though if what Danny had said was true then it wasn't such a stretch, they'd probably taken their GED's as well, that way no one could say they couldn't be on their own and doing this. It really is sad that if they hadn't they'd've been taken into custody.
Then two teens with white hair and glowing green eyes come hurtling into the store, glass shattering around them, the elder taking the impact as he had the younger one in his arms. Sam's eyes had widened at this, " Tuck, we got a problem. "
The African American teen looks over and curses, " Preta, who? "
" New one, don't know this one at all. " the male white haired teen answers.
The girl shakes her head, " Damn, that hurt more than when the froot loop tortured me. "
" You all right, Rhith? " Preta asks, thanking Clockwork that Sam had gotten the new costume done quickly.
" Yeah, I'm good, Preta, now let's go kick some butt. " Rhith responds.
Tuck tosses a thermos to Preta while Robin and Cyborg watch, " Rhith, distract our new friend and I'll handle the clean-up. " Preta states.
Rhith floats into the air and then blasts off, heading back to battle Preta follows soon after, and Robin realized what the inside joke was, Haunting Gothic Tech was also the headquarters for a hero who fought ghosts. " Hey, moron, come and get me. " Rhith shouts out.
" I am Desolation, you foolish ghost girl. "
" Like I care. " Rhith replies as she fires off an attack. The green energy nails the foe named Desolation head on and Rhith quickly switches positions, she had heard tales about Spectra and didn't want to find out if Desolation could make a being feel desolation as well. She fired off another blast and dove into the ground, turning intangible.
Preta chose then to aim the thermos and suck up the ghost. Robin and Cyborg both stare, stunned. Rhith reappears next to Preta and smirks, " Old hag never knew what hit her. "
Preta grins at this, " Thanks for the assist, we'll go put her back in the ghost zone. "
Tuck smiles, " Anytime, dude, you know that. "
Preta smiles at this and the white haired teens fly off. Sam sighs, " Tuck, call the insurance company, say another super battle happened. If they assume it was the Titans I don't care, I just want our window fixed. "
That brought Robin out of it, " Doesn't anyone know about Preta and Rhith being in Jump City? "
" No, they don't because there are too many people whom would want to rip them apart molecule by molecule. " Sam states.
" So we're going to have to ask that you not tell anyone that you saw them, though I always make sure no information of this kind gets out to the wrong individuals. Which will include the Titans mainframe if I have to hack it, got that? I will not have Preta or Rhith endangered because Boy Wonder just had to solve a mystery. " Tuck states firmly.
Robin flinches at this, apparently Cyborg had been telling tales about him. Cyborg looks at Tuck, " I promise, nothing goes on our mainframe. How well do you know Preta? "
Sam chuckles at this, " We've known since he started being a hero, you actually know him too, I hear he schooled the Boy Wonder in Doom. See Preta and Rhith are only half ghost. "
Robin and Cyborg's eyes widen at this revelation, " That's how things went south back where you were, someone did something that caused you all to run, to protect him. What about Rhith? "
" Not here, we'll tell you at the Tower, we could actually use some help in trying to keep any of Preta's enemies from tracking him. " Tuck states firmly.
Robin nods, he knew something had to be up, and the look Sam had briefly shared with Preta had been confusing him, until Sam mentioned him getting owned at Doom by Danny. No wonder Danny always seemed to be on guard even though he looked like he wasn't. Poor guy must have had it rough wherever they came here from. The fact that Tuck had told them he would hack the mainframe to protect Preta told him just how close they all were. Danny had two really great friends backing him, he just hoped that they would be able to tell him the complete story.
Before Danny and Dani crash through the window:
Danny heads out at a light jog, knowing that he had to get there on time to pick up Danielle. The public would view them as siblings but Danielle was his little girl and he was not going to give anyone a chance to hurt her or find her. Those things that called themselves human and that had contributed to his genetic code were going to seriously regret what they did. Though truth be told he didn't remember much until Sam and Tucker rescued him with Jazz's help.
Sam and Tucker thought he didn't know exactly what they went through to keep his enemies from finding him, but he did, and he knew Tuck was going to be working overtime to try and make another ecto-signature blocker for Dani as well. He knew that Danny didn't want anyone tracking her and then using her as bait to try and catch him, that would only piss him off in the end. You did not mess with his little girl, ever. If only his parents actually knew what it was like to be a parent, but sadly they had treated him as a lab experiment. He truly loved Jazz and knew they would have to find some way to get her to Jump City without Vlad picking up on where she was going. He knew it would only be a matter of time before his enemies found him, but he had the greatest hacker in the world at his back.
Vlad truly had no idea what Tucker was truly capable of. Danny sometimes swore that Tucker was a technopath, the things he could do with technology made his head spin sometimes, sure he was good himself, but with the building aspect, not the hacking aspect, he could program, but not like Tuck could. If anyone were to ask him why he never showed off his true academic potential then Danny could honestly answer that he wanted to have friends that liked him for himself and not for his intelligence. How the hell Lancer never figured out that Danny was purposely getting the grades he got he'd never know.
Danny makes the turn onto Jump City Middle School grounds and Danielle rushes him, " Hey, bro. "
" Hey, Dani, ready to head home? " Danny asks.
Dani smirks at this, " Of course I am. Did you think I liked school, sure my dad is technically a genius, and sure most of the stuff I just learned I already know. I figure I'm just here for the social interaction. "
Danny grins at this, " Yep, definitely inherited your dad's intelligence, now, let's get moving. "
As they start the walk to Haunting Gothic Tech they fall into a companionable silence with each other. Neither had to talk, they just liked being with each other again after so long. About ten minutes from Haunting Gothic Tech their ghost sense goes off and they both duck into a nearby alley, changing into Preta and Rhith. They go off in search of the ghost and Preta barely gets his shield up in time to protect them from the nasty ecto blast that had been sent at them. Rhith flies off to the right fast and sends off blasts of ectoplasm from her kicking feet in arcs and she moves fast, neither she nor Rhith had ever run into this particular ghost before and she knew she had to keep her distance a=until they got a handle on what this ghost could do.
The ghost almost looked like the grim reaper except it didn't carry a scythe and the eyes were all blank and empty. It sent another blast out towards Rhith and she barely dodges while Preta hits their opponent with an ice beam. The ghost broke out of its icy imprisonment easily enough and Preta sends an ecto blast its way while Rhith comes up behind and blasts it as well. They were shocked when both attacks were reflected back at them. Rhith nearly crashed into the ground before she snapped out of it and was back in the air, her eyes a blazing green, indicating that she was not happy, at all.
Preta had slammed into a building and went charging back into the fight. He'd seen Rhith right herself and he could see she was not happy at the fact that her own attack had been used against her. Preta was cursing himself for a fool for not being along a Fenton Thermos. For once he wished for his twin, for Dane, he knew she could actually create portals into the ghost zone. Hell, he was missing Skulker and being called whelp. Preta sends out a lightning bolt and moves immediately, yes, he'd retained the powers he'd gotten from Vortex, so far he could only do lightning.
He was right, the attack was reflected, and Rhith took that moment of distraction to get up close and personal, kicking the ghost into the ground. Preta grins and dives, slamming into the ghost at well over two hundred miles per hour, just as said ghost got up from Rhith's kick, sending the ghost sailing once again. Rhith quickly gets some gawkers out of the way of some debris and they take off running. Then she returns her attention to the fight to see her dad nail the ghost again. Powers wouldn't work until they wore the ghost down, so they had to attack physically. Rhith speeds in with a flying upper cut and Preta follows that up with a right hook.
They took the fight higher, wanting to get the innocent civilians out of the way fast. The ghost follows and nails Rhith in the side with an ecto blast, knocking her into her father. Preta caught her immediately, his green eyes narrowing at the thought of this ghost trying to actually hurt his little girl. " Rhith, you all right? "
" I'm good, Daddy, can we just finish this idiot now?"
" True, this is taking too long and we don't need to worry your mother over much, do we? " Preta says.
That was when they both got hit by a giant ecto blast. Preta's arms close around Rhith instinctively and they're sailing downwards on a collision course with the front window of Haunting Gothic Tech. Preta nearly grimaced as he felt his back slam into a display counter. He exchanges a brief glance with Sam to let her know they were okay. Needless to say he was not pleased when he found out that they would have to tell the Titans everything, but then again maybe the Titans could help. Sam patched him and Dani up once she got home and Dani gets her homework done, to B quality work, she didn't want to be known as a brainiac either.
Later that day Team Phantom shows up at Titans Tower and they are shown to the common room. Danny groans, he really did not want to do this, however Robin and Cyborg had witnessed the tail end of the fight between the halfas and Desolation, " All right, we left because my parents found out I was half ghost and well, I don't really remember much of what happened after that. "
" Who are you really? " Robin asks.
Tuck holds up a hand and activates his PDA, " Okay, Danny, it's safe to talk, the froot loop won't be finding you any time soon. "
" My name is Danny Fenton, and my little sister is actually my clone, made by my arch nemesis. "
" So, technically speaking I'm his daughter, everyone but him, when I'm around is allowed to call me Danielle, for differentiation purposes only. " Dani states.
Every titan stares at her in shock, " Well, you don't hear that every day. " Raven says.
" My real name is Sam Manson. Danny's parents called mine and Tuck's and they gave us an ultimatum, never see Danny again or see him and never return home. " Sam says.
" There was no way we would ever abandon Danny. His older sister is going to stick it out until college and then she'll leave and never return. Sam got us new names, I'm Tucker Foley, though three of you know me as Tuck Marks. We had to change a lot about ourselves. Danny was Danny Phantom, due to some ghostly hijinks the whole town thought he was evil, save for the students of Casper High. " Tucker says.
" See, we came here from Amity Park, my parents were ghost hunters, and well, I really don't remember what they did to me. I remember Sam and Tucker freeing me, saying Jazz, the aforementioned older sister, had arranged for a jailbreak, so to speak. " Danny says.
Robin blinks, " I can see why you're so adamant about your safety, and why Tucker goes to such extremes to quell any ghost rumor out there. Have you dealt with the GIW? "
Danny's eyes flash green at this, " What do you think? "
" Robin, I do believe friend Danny does not like this GIW that you speak of. That he has had ill encounters with them. " Starfire says softly, Danny was like her in a way, his eyes flashed with his anger as well.
" What she said. They keep trying to kill me completely, I'm already half-dead. " Danny says, eyes still green, just the thought of those inept governmental ghost hunters was enough to infuriate the normally calm halfa.
" How did that happen anyhow? " Cyborg asks.
" My parents built a ghost portal and plugged it in, however my dad, the idiot that he is built the on switch on the inside so when I went inside of it, running my hand along the side I hit the on switch and next thing I know I have snow white hair and glowing green eyes. That was easily the most painful thing I have ever undergone. " Danny says.
" Wait, you were created from an accident, by having ectoplasm flood your system and bond to your DNA? " Raven says.
" Yeah, that's about it, my obsession is to protect, so is Dani's, as she is my clone, essentially my daughter. I hope you guys can understand why you can't say anything and why to the public Dani is my little sister, though I'm pretty sure some of Sam's DNA got thrown into the mix when Danielle was created, am I right, Dani? "
" How'd you… ? " Dani asks.
" Your personality is the same as Sam's, but everything else you get from me. " Danny states.
" Told you he suspected, Sam. " Tucker says.
" Of course I did, Tuck. I mean, seriously, I'm the one who disabled all of my parents harmful inventions, plus, I actually did hack the GIW database and destroy everything they had on Danny Phantom, but left every suspicion they had about the froot loop. Plus, who the hell do you think writes all those programs you hack. I'm a damn millionaire on my own, just under a different name, in an account in the Caymans. I designed that PDA you use, Tuck. " Danny says.
Tucker's eyes widen, " I also designed most of the circuitry that Cy uses. " Danny admits.
" Whoa, now that's just crazy, you're that smart. " Cyborg says.
" Yeah, I am, school was always boring, but I knew I had to hide my intelligence if I wanted anything even resembling a normal life. I got bullied in school because everyone already thought I was a geek, can you imagine being a super nerd? Plus, I didn't want to leave Sam and Tucker. I could have easily done everything my parents did twice over. " Danny says.
Sam and Tucker both look at him, " No wonder their inventions always seemed to malfunction after you got your powers, except for the Fenton Thermos and anything else you found useful to fight ghosts. " Sam says.
Danny smirks, " Well, once I started fighting ghosts I couldn't let them know how smart I really was, which is why I always implemented my plans at the last possible moment, hell, I could have beaten the froot loop easily enough. "
Tucker shakes his head at this, " Dude, why not use those funds to help us out? "
" Danny Fenton can't access them until he's twenty one. " Danny retorts.
" Guess that makes sense, so all the bad press you got was from you being controlled in some way or your enemies wanting to make you look like the bad guy, right? " Robin asks.
" Walker, the ghost zone's prison warden was pissed that I escaped so he tried to turn my life into jail, he personally overshadowed the mayor, his goons everyone else that had a role of authority in my life. The stealing was Freakshow, he had this crystal ball that could control ghosts, my eyes, according to Sam and Tuck were red when I was under his control, they're normally glowing green, Sam nearly falling to her death from the top of a moving train snapped me out of it. " Danny states.
" Dude, that was so not fun. " Tucker says.
" Hey, I'm the one that nearly fell to my doom. " Sam rebuts.
" Do you remember what happened before your parents caught you, Danny? " Robin asks.
" I had just gotten done fighting the froot loop again, they caught me right after I stabilized Dani with the Ecto-Dejecto, which worked the opposite of how my parents wanted it to. " Danny answers.
" Yeah, I wasn't exactly stable as a clone, I was starting to melt. The froot loop wanted to see why I lasted longer than his other clones. " Dani states.
" I'm guessing it's because of my DNA, I never was one for conforming to what society dictates is normal. " Sam states.
" We know. " Danny and Tucker state.
" Guys, I don't suppose with Tucker's help you could set up a training room for us here, we haven't gotten around to that yet. " Danny says.
" Yeah, I can't do ghost shields yet, so it would be nice to be trained. " Dani admits.
Danny winces at this, " All right, once the room is set up we'll commence with your training. "
Dani grins, " Good, the only other halfa I could get training from is the froot loop and he doesn't exactly like me after I beat him down. "
Danny smiles at this, " That's my girl, beating the froot loop's ass after he tried to destroy you. "
" Hey, that personality comes from me. If not for me you wouldn't be where you are today. " Sam cuts in.
" I know, you and Tuck have both always been there for me, and Jazz. If not for you three my parents would probably still be experimenting on me. " Danny says.
" Or handed you over to them. " Tuck says.
Danny shudders at this, " Very true. Now, Titans, never call me Dan, I have issues with that name. Sam and Tucker know why. I'm Danny, plain and simple. Nothing will ever change that. "
Robin blinks and Raven looks at him, " This wouldn't have anything to do with Dan Phantom would it? "
Danny pales at that question, and Sam sighs, " Dan Phantom is what would have happened if Danny had lost us, and his family. He'd've ended up with his arch enemy, asked to have his ghost half removed, then his ghost would remove his arch enemy's, try to overshadow it, and get corrupted, thus turning into Dan Phantom, the most evil ghost in existence. His ghost half killed his human half, but that didn't happen as Clockwork, the ghost master of time saved us all. "
" Well, that explains a lot. I'm half demon. My father was Trigon the Terrible and I kicked his ass once my friends showed me it was possible to beat him. " Raven says.
Danny blinks, " Wasn't expecting that. "
" No kidding. Raven having demon blood, I just thought she was like every other meta human out there. Hey, Sam, any demon blood in you? " Tucker asks.
Sam whirls around to face him and proceeds in trying to strangle him. Tucker yelps and dives behind Danny, " Sam, we need him, you know that. Besides, who else would help Cyborg in his meat is supreme campaign. "
Sam sighs at this, " Damn it, Danny, can't you let me have a little fun? "
" You want fun, see if you can convince Raven to go to Hot Topic with you, though I am not carrying the bags, BB can do that. " Danny says.
" Dude, you can't just volunteer me like that. " Beast Boy protests.
" You will go, and like it. " Raven says firmly.
Beast Boy gulps, " Right, Rae. So, when are we going? "
" Tomorrow, Danielle, Starfire, would you like to join us? " Raven asks.
" Oh, how wondrous, I would love to accompany you to the mall of shopping. " Starfire says.
" Of course I'm in, and since dad won't be there I can actually be called Dani. " Dani says.
" I guess it's just us tomorrow at work, huh, Danny? " Tucker says, still hiding behind his best friend.
" Sorry, Tuck, remember, I got that meeting with Frostbite tomorrow. You're on your own. " Danny says.
Tucker blinks, " What, human interaction, all the time, are you insane? "
Danny sighs, " You know, it won't kill you for one day, and besides I'll leave a dupe behind as a human, that way you won't have to do too much. "
" Wait, just what are your powers. " Robin asks.
Danny grins, " Well, I can go from human to ghost and back again, invisibility, intangibility, flight, ecto blasts, shields, ice, ghostly wail, duplication is now on that list, I haven't quite mastered teleportation yet. "
" You forgot overshadowing, Danny. " Sam says.
Danny chuckles nervously, " Guess I did. "
" What's overshadowing? "
Danny grins and soon Tucker's eyes are glowing green, " Hi, my name's Tucker and I think I'm a stud. "
Tucker glares at Danny when he leaves his body, " I hate it when you do that. "
" Possession then. " Raven says.
" Overshadowing sounds better. " Danny says.
" I guess it would sound better. " Robin admits.
" So, why'd you guys come here to Jump City? "
" Because I'd blend in better, and if I really want to blend then I'll need to help you guys every now and then. I really do not want to be ripped apart molecule by molecule. " Danny states.
" Because we were here, because some of us had powers. I actually understand that. " Robin says.
" Yeah, and face it, you need someone around here who can fight ghosts, that's what the resident halfas are for, though there are rumors of another halfa in New York City, I haven't garnered any conclusive information yet. " Tucker says.
Danny smirks, " That would be Dane Phantasm, otherwise known as Daniella Fenton, my twin sister, she got sent to some genius school in New York but stopped coming home around the same time I got my ghost powers though she always kept in touch with me. "
" Why didn't you say anything? "
Danny sighs at this question from his girlfriend, " She's a halfa too, and she transferred schools, as she was part of an experiment, and ended staying with the American Dragon, yes, dragons exist and they're the protectors of the magical world. Dane could teleport and had visions before she got her ghost powers. "
" Okay, apparently you're really good at keeping secrets. " Tucker says.
" Not my secret to tell, plus, I promised Dane I wouldn't. My parents would have expected me to go to Dane, though I'm surprised they haven't been beaten down by the World Dragon Council yet. Dane had a tendency to be supremely over protective of me. " Danny admits.
" Wait, so your twin sister, that you never told anyone about is also half ghost? " Robin asks.
" Yeah, she is, and maybe if she heads out this way she'll tell you some of her stories. " Danny says.
Dani looks at him, " You know I think I heard the froot loop mention an irritating moral driven halfa that had escaped from one of his research facilities, I didn't think about that again until just now though. It would make sense, apparently there's something in the Fenton DNA that allows for the transformation to take place and for morals, will, and humanity to be intact. "
" True, it has to be something in the DNA for Dane and I both to survive the process. You were created out of mine and Sam's DNA by the froot loop, it figures he would try and create a halfa he could control by illegal experimentation first. " Danny says.
Author's Note: I do not own American Dragon Jake Long and will most likely do a story chronicling the adventures of Dane Phantasm, Daniella Fenton, whom prefers to be called Dane, the Fenton no one ever knew about, save for the Fenton's themselves. The them refers to the GIW. Tucker and Sam learned very quickly to never mention the GIW around Danny.