In this story, both Danny and Dani are full ghosts. They are Clockwork's children, and both are still growing. Danny is fourteen, Dani is eleven.

Dani Singing

Danny singing

Both


Today was like every other day in Amity Park. Danny Phantom had yet again fought off any ghosts that terrorized the town and he escaped from the hunters quite easily. But today, he was followed. Not just by the hunters or the news crew, but Amity's citizens as well. Currently the town hero was sitting in a tree, next to an eleven year old girl who looked a lot like him.

"You know, bro, we don't have to fight the ghosts all the time." The girl says. Phantom looks at her and sighs, shrugging. "We do it to protect Amity and it's people, nothing more, nothing less. We both do, you know that. It's our duty to protect Amity," Danielle looks sad by the answer and frowns, staring up at the sky. Everyone from Amity watches and listens intently, wondering why someone would fight for them for no reason.

Danielle looks back at Phantom, "Even when they hate you? Even when you were framed of kidnapping the mayor by Warden Walker and controlled to steal by Freakshow? You would die for them?" she asks. The people of Amity hold back their surprise at such a revelation and even Phantom looks surprised, but for a different reason.

"Where did you learn about that?" he asks. Dani simply grins and shrugs, "Father might've said something..."

Phantom huffs at that, a childish pout on his face as he crosses his arms while people are surprised they have a father. Then he smiles, "Hey, why don't we get out our feelings by singing our favorite songs? I, uh, I brought the instruments by earlier." He explains, rubbing the back of his neck nervously. Danielle nods and they both fly off through the forest of the park. All of Amity follows, but when the Phantom siblings reach a small clearing, Amity stops to hide in the forest.

"We'll start off with American Soldier, okay? Cause some of the first half of it reminds me of Father," Phantom asks, picking up a guitar as the girl gets behind the drums. She nods and they begin to play. Phantom begins to sing, surprising all of Amity with his beautiful voice.

"I'm just trying to be a father,
Raise a daughter and a son,

Be a lover to their mother,
Everything to everyone.

Up and at 'em bright and early,
I'm all business in my suit,
Yeah, I'm dressed up for success from my head down to my boots,

I don't do it for the money, there's bills that I can't pay,
I don't do it for the glory, I just do it anyway,
Providing for our future's my responsibility,

Yeah I'm real good under pressure, being all that I can be,
I can't call in sick on Mondays when the weekend's been too strong,
I just work straight through the holidays,
Sometimes all night long.

You can bet that I stand ready when the wolf growls at the door.
Hey, I'm solid, hey, I'm steady, hey, I'm true down to the core."

The citizens and hunters wonder what significance the song holds to Phantom. His voice is filled with such emotion that it takes everyone by surprise. They remember that no matter what, no matter the day, Phantom is always there fighting ghosts. He even looked exhausted in some fights. They then think of their father. Phantom said some of the first half reminded him of their father. He must be someone with an important job in the Ghost Zone. The next verse sends some shivers down all of their spines, even the hunters.

"And I will always do my duty, no matter what the price.
I've counted up the cost, I know the sacrifice.

Oh, and I don't want to die for you,
But if dying's asked of me,

I'll bear that cross with honor,
'Cause freedom don't come free."

They were willing to die for them? Why?

"I'm an American soldier, an American,
Beside my brothers and my sisters I will proudly take a stand,

When liberty's in jeopardy I will always do what's right,
I'm out here on the front lines. Sleep in peace tonight.

American soldier, I'm an American soldier,"

Some people have tears in their eyes, because everyone knows that the song is more than just a song to Phantom. They know that it's how he feels.

"Yeah, an American Soldier, an American.

Beside my brothers and my sisters I will proudly take a stand,
When liberty's in jeopardy I will always do what's right,
I'm out here on the front lines, so sleep in peace tonight.

American soldier, I'm an American, an American, an American soldier!"

The song ends and Danielle grins. "Awesome. Let me pick the next song!" She demands. The people of Amity grin in amusement when Phantom holds up his hands in surrender. "This one!" she shows him a song and Phantom grins, shaking his head as he ruffles her hair.

"Okay, okay. I know Father Clockwork's watching, so I know this song will amuse him. It does mention 'Father Time' after all, and he is, in a sense, Father Time!" He says, and all of Amity feels their jaws drop. Father Time existed?! And the Phantom siblings knew him?! Wait, he said 'Father' Clockwork! Does that mean the master of all time was their father?!

They break out of their thoughts when Phantom begins to playing his guitar. He soon starts singing a few moments later.

"Fast, on a rough road riding
High, through the mountains climbing
twisting, turning further from my home.

Young, like a new moon rising
Fierce, through the rain and lightning
Wandering out into this great unknown.

And I don't want no one to cry.
But, tell 'em if I don't survive,

I was born free!
I was born free!
I was born free, born free."

The people watching all smile, seeing Danielle had taken up the drums again. The song obviously holds some significance to them, just like the previous one.

"Free, like a river raging
Strong as the wind I'm facing.
Chasing dreams and racing Father Time.

Deep like the grandest canyon,
Wild like an untamed stallion.
If you can't see my heart you must be blind."

The last line had everyone except the Phantom siblings frowning. They had assumed that Phantom and any ghost associated with him were evil, just like the rest. They didn't think any were good, and now they felt bad for assuming. They were, in fact, blind to the feelings of the Phantom siblings. The ghost hunters shivered at the next line. Were they that bad?

"You can knock me down and watch me bleed
But you can't keep no chains on me.

I was born free!
I was born free
I was born free, born free.

And I'm not good at long goodbyes
But look down deep into my eyes
I was born free."

Phantom did a guitar solo here with Danielle playing in the background, their bright toxic green eyes shining with determination and strength.

"Calm, facing danger
Lost, like an unknown stranger
Grateful for my time with no regrets

Close to my destination
Tired, frail and aching
Waiting patiently for the sun to set,"

The people of Amity thought of all the fights they had seen Phantom look so exhausted or injured, they thought he may collapse, but instead had stayed strong through the pain and exhaustion. He fought the ghosts regardless of his condition, and it made everyone, including the ghost hunters, feel incredibly guilty. He could have been doing something else in that time but instead stayed to protect them while they just watched.

"And when it's done, believe that I
will yell it from that mountain high

I was born free
I was born free
I was born free, born free

I will bow to the shining sea
And celebrate God's grace on thee!"

The song ended and the Phantom siblings grinned at each other. "My turn, Danielle!" Phantom shouts. The younger Phantom pouts. "Its Dani! With an I! I don't like my full first name!"

Phantom pauses in picking a song and looks at her. "You're becoming more like me everyday, Dani. I don't like being called Daniel. The only one to call me that without it sounding creepy is Father Clockwork. We're just Danny and Dani, aren't we?" Phantom grins.

"You choose a song yet? And yes, I agree. Only Father Clockwork can call us by our full names without it feeling wrong in some way, though I like it when he calls us by our nicknames as well." She says with shrug. Danny shows her the song he picked and she grins at him. "That's so like you. Hero complex!" she shouts with a giggle as she runs back to the drums.

Danny pouts. Those watching are now very much amused, but hide their gasps of surprise when a blue portal appears in the clearing. A blue ghost with a scar on its left eye appears, wearing a purple cloak and carrying a staff. They can see the clock ticking silently in his chest. "Father Clockwork!" Danny shouts, before the siblings tackle the poor Time ghost to the ground. Of course, he let them. They're like his children, and they're always so affectionate.

Clockwork grins as he straightens, ruffling both of the ghost children's hair. "Hello, my little Phantom's! Enjoying yourselves are we?" The people of Amity are surprised by the fatherly way he treats them. This must be their father.

"Yeah! We love singing, especially our favorite songs. They always seem to relate to us in some way," Dani says, before Danny continues her words.

"But Father Clockwork, did you leave the Clock Tower to see us?"

"We love it when you visit! We should visit you more often, don't you think? We think so! But you always say our duties come first! But the ghosts love us so they should give us a break if we ask nicely, right?" The two ramble excitedly in exactly the same tone, moving the same way. The people have to hold back their laughter at how much they're like a pair of twins or Thing One and Thing Two from Dr. Seuss.

Clockwork shakes his head, a soft smile on his face. "I came to listen to you face to face, instead of watching from the Time Mirrors. That, and it's always refreshing to see you both." The two grin, quickly running back to take their designated instrument.

They begin to play, Clockwork resting on a large rock in the clearing as he watches them contently. After a few moments, Danny begins to sing.

"Beyond the boundaries of your city's lights,
Stand the heroes waiting for your cries.

So many times you did not bring this on yourself,
When that moment finally comes,
I'll be there to help.

On that day when you need your brothers and sisters to care,
I'll be right here.

Citizen soldiers holding the light for the ones that we guide from the dark of despair.
Standing on guard for the ones that we sheltered,
We'll always be ready because we will always be there."

The citizens of Amity seemed surprised by the song choice, but still they listen. The song reminds them of every time Danny had ever saved or protected them, when he'd stand between them and an invasion of ghosts despite everything.

"When there are people crying in the streets,
When they're starving for a meal to eat,
When they simply need a place to make their beds,

Right here underneath my wing,
You can rest your head.

On that day when you need your brothers and sisters to care,
I'll be right here!

Citizen soldiers holding the light for the ones that we guide from the dark of despair.
Standing on guard for the ones that we sheltered,
We'll always be ready because we will always be there...

There... there... there..."

They were surprised by the soft tone in Danny's voice at the last line, his voice seeming to sooth them and their worries as the song progressed. The next verse shocked them to their cores however, because they couldn't imagine Amity Park without Danny Phantom. Not even the hunters could imagine Amity being the same without the hero. Hoping that they'd never need him was something that just seemed... cruel. They were tired of being cruel. Especially when he would never give up on them.

"Hope and pray that you'll never need me,
But rest assured I will not let you down.

I'll walk beside you but you may not see me,
The strongest among you may not wear a crown.

On that day when you need your brothers and sisters to care,
I'll be right here!

On that day when you don't have the strength for the burden you bear,
I'll be right here!

Citizen soldiers holding the light for the ones that we guide from the dark of despair.
(Citizen soldiers)
Standing on guard for the ones that we sheltered,
We'll always be ready because we will always be there."

At the end of the song, the Phantom's both bowed, grinning at Clockwork. Said ghost clapped, smiling serenely at them both. "Can we go to the Clock Tower now, Clockwork?" Dani asked as she and Danny flitted about, obviously excited about something. "Yeah, cause, ya know you got cookies and stuff!" Danny says, unconvincingly. Dani elbows him in the side with a scowl on her little face.

Smirking in amusement, Clockwork retaliated, "You both just want my attention, don't you?" Blushing green, both Phantom's stared at their feet. "Though I suppose that's normal, you are children and children do tend to bother their parents for attention. I, however, find it amusing." He gives them a fatherly smile, ruffling their hair once more. Amity Park was still a bit surprised, though they shouldn't be, that Clockwork was their father.

"However, before we go, you should meet your audience." Clockwork says with a smirk as he directs his attention towards the citizens of Amity Park, who all sheepishly reveal themselves. Out of fear, Dani and Danny hide behind Clockwork. Ghosts were one thing, humans were another.

"We would like to apologize. All of Amity would. We thank you for protecting us." Maddie Fenton said. Pleasantly surprised, the Phantom's looked at all of them with wide eyes before giving them a bright smile.

Stepping out from behind Clockwork, they looked at each other before Dani went and stood behind her drums but not playing them yet as she started to sing. Danny started playing his guitar a moment after she began to sing.

"If I die young, bury me in satin
Lay me down on a bed of roses

Sink me in a river at dawn
Send me away with the words of a love song

Uh oh, uh oh,"

As she starts the next verse in the song, Dani starts playing her drums.

"Lord make me a rainbow, I'll shine down on my mother
She'll know I'm safe with you when she stands under my colors, oh,

And life ain't always what you think it ought to be, no
Ain't even grey, but she buries her baby

The sharp knife of a short life, oh well
I've had just enough time,"

The people of Amity begin tearing up at the song as Dani sings. Then Danny joins in, singing with less power in his voice than Dani but still loud enough to be heard.

"If I die young, bury me in satin
Lay me down on a bed of roses
Sink me in the river at dawn
Send me away with the words of a love song

The sharp knife of a short life, oh well
I've had just enough time.

And I'll be wearing white, when I come into your kingdom
I'm as green as the ring on my little cold finger,

I've never known the lovin' of a man
But it sure felt nice when he was holdin' my hand,

There's a boy here in town, says he'll love me forever,
Who would have thought forever could be severed by...

...the sharp knife of a short life, oh well?

I've had just enough time,"

Many can't hold back their tears as they listen to the beautiful song and emotions that are poured into it by the Phantom siblings. If they didn't know any better, they would say a pair of angels was singing instead of ghosts with their serene expressions.

"So put on your best, boys, and I'll wear my pearls
What I never did is done

A penny for my thoughts, oh, no, I'll sell 'em for a dollar
They're worth so much more after I'm a goner

And maybe then you'll hear the words I been singin'
Funny when you're dead how people start listenin',"

The last line hurt more than it should have, because they hadn't listened.

"If I die young, bury me in satin
Lay me down on a bed of roses
Sink me in the river at dawn
Send me away with the words of a love song

Uh oh, (uh, oh)
The ballad of a dove, (uh, oh)
Go with peace and love

Gather up your tears, keep 'em in your pocket
Save 'em for a time when you're really gonna need 'em, oh

The sharp knife of a short life, oh well
I've had just enough time

So put on your best, boys, and I'll wear my pearls."

The music stopped before the song ended, allowing Dani to sing the last few words with just her voice. They both smiled at the citizens of Amity happily and spoke together, "Thank you, for listening, for giving us a chance." Before anyone could react, the Phantom's and the Master Of Time vanished through a portal.