I got some very positive feedback which I love. I'm literally stuck in my room and had to go get tested for COVID, but I'm sure that I don't have it. Hope you guys are doing well. Also, the show for miraculous Ladybug will begin before "Darkblade". I really have nothing to say in my author notes so let's just go straight to reviews and then the story.
Minty220: That's the one thing I really changed in this story. Danny is going to be an emo lord, but I think Marinette's natural peppy self will bring him out of it (hopefully). Also that's another thing I rushed, Phantom and Danny. I think Phantom wasn't really needed in the story until later, so I am going to do that. Thanks for reading my story.
devilzxknight86: I don't know if I'm going to give Danny a miraculous. The person who requested this story wants Danny to have one so I think I'm going to do something so that it doesn't make Danny this overpowered god. Lots of things have changed now with Danny talking though not as much. I think Danny will sit on the sidelines for a couple of miraculous episodes.
aquestionableprecence: I just feel bad about rewriting stories that people have read before. It just makes me kind of uncomfortable since I feel like I annoy some of the readers by doing this.
qazse: Oh, don't worry. Danny will not sit around while Chloe bullies people. He's had enough of that in his life. And about Adrien, I was already planning on it. There is going to be so much bashing on the Agreste Family that they don't even know it. Just wait until that happens.
I can cry you a river: Which is why Danny shall boost Marinette's confidence. I've always liked people that act soft towards some but indifferent to others. And I agree. Marinette does deserve a lot more than she gets in the story.
The Lunch Time Special
The bell rang signaling the end of class and the beginning of lunch. Marinette gave a huge sigh of relief. She was waiting for an akuma attack to happen at any moment, but there was none. Plus she wanted to get to know Danny.
"Mari, do you want to have lunch with me, Nino, and Adrien?" Alya asked as Marinette shook her head.
"Sorry, Alya. But I'm going to show Danny around school." Marinette said making Alya blink.
"But gurl..." Alya covered her mouth with one hand away from the boys and whispered, "Adrien." Marinette looked at the blonde model who was laughing at something Nino said. Marinette gulped. Usually she would jump at the chance to go to lunch with Adrien, who usually had to go home to eat lunch with his father, but she owed it to Danny.
"Sorry, Alya. I kinda promised Danny I'd show him around the school." Marinette said with an apologetic smile. Alya couldn't believe her ears. Marinette, Marinette Dupain-Cheng was rejecting to go to lunch with her crush, THE Adrien Agreste. Now that was something she hadn't seen at all.
"Wow..." Alya said as Marinette got up and turned to look at Danny who was sitting in the back of the class with a far away look on his face. "Wonder what he did to get your attention." Marinette giggled as she put on her backpack.
"Remember when I told you someone saved me from the fall yesterday?" Alya nodded, not knowing where this was going. "Well, Danny was the person who caught me last night. So I owe him." Marinette said as she walked away from her desk and towards Danny. "Hey, Danny." Danny's eyes snapped to hers and her breath hitched in her throat. So much emotion in there. Anger, Wistfulness, Guilt, Regret were swimming in his eyes. Then he blinked and they were gone and Marinette snapped out of the trance.
"Marinette." He said with his deep voice. She gave him a soft smile and gripped the strap of her backpack tighter.
"I was wondering if I could show you around campus?" Marinette asked as Danny blinked. "W-Well, I...I did promise you." Marinette was nervous. Why was she so nervous? She heard Danny sigh and then nod.
"Sure." Danny stood up and Marinette beamed. "You look like a person who keeps their promises." Marinette froze. No one ever said that about her. It had to be a compliment right?
"Okay! I'll-" But Marinette was pushed out of the way and landed on her butt, hard. She closed her eyes to numb the pain she felt on her rear and when she opened them she saw Chloe latched onto Danny's arm.
"Hey, there tall and strong. Why don't I take you around campus?" Chloe asked with that sickly sweet smile of hers as Marinette stood up, rubbing her butt to numb the pain.
"Are you alright, Marinette?" She looked at Danny whose eyes were only focus on her. She nodded.
"Yeah, I'm fine. Thanks for asking." Marinette said with a smile as Chloe frowned.
"You shouldn't be wasting your time with this piece of trash. All she ever does is make a mess of herself." Chloe said as she began laughing in her high pitched voice. Marinette glared at Chloe as Sabrina laughed along with her, then she noticed the anger in Danny's eyes.
"If there is one thing I hate most in this world, it's bullying." Danny said with a dark tone. The temperature in the room seemed to drop and Marinette could see her breath. It was a nice day outside, not forty degrees.
"Bullying? Are you accusing moi of bullying?" Danny turned his head to Chloe, but she didn't notice him glaring at her. "I was just showing this trash her place. Below our feet." Marinette noticed Danny shaking, possibly out of anger.
"So you believe that because people aren't rich like you, that they should grovel below your feet. Bend to your every will?" Marinette noticed that everyone was now watching them.
"Of course. You know my Daddy is the mayor. I can close her parents' little bakery with a whisper to my father." Chloe then looked to Danny, his chest was heaving. Marinette didn't dare say anything. "You know...Danny is such a..." Chloe trailed off as she looked into Danny's eyes.
"You know..." His voice was so oddly calm that it made shivers run everyone's back. "I knew a girl like you. Rich, pretty." Marinette deflated, but then Danny continued. "top of the food chain, but dumb, spoiled." His voice became angrier and angrier. "Entitled. Her name was Paulina. And she-" Danny ripped his arm from Chloe who looked taken aback. "was the bane of my existence. I hate people like you and if you dare lift a finger to harm Marinette or her family, I will personally teach you a lesson." Marinette watched in awe as Danny stood up for her. No one had ever done that for her other than Alya, but that was only because Chloe took her seat.
"O-Oh, y-yeah!" Chloe gritted her teeth and flipped her hair. "J-JUST WAIT TILL MY FATHER HEARS ABOUT THIS!" Marinette watched Danny wince. Why wouldn't he? He was right next to the yellow banshee.
"You okay, Marinette?" Marinette looked at Danny and nodded.
"Thanks..for standing up for me." Marinette said as Danny shrugged.
"Danny, right?" Marinette turned around to see Adrien walking up to them with his dazzling smile. Marinette felt a blush rising, but then quickly fought it down. She didn't notice Danny raising an eyebrow at her.
"A-Adrien!" Marinette squeaked as Danny nodded.
"You didn't have to treat Chloe like that. She's just..." Danny put up a hand to stop Adrien.
"I don't know who you are. All I know is that your name is Adrien. Don't be making up excuses for the banshee when obviously she doesn't to apologize for herself." Danny said making Adrien freeze. Then Danny turned to Marinette. "Come on, you're supposed to show me around school." Marinette beamed and shook her head.
"I'll treat you to lunch." Danny blinked and then shrugged.
"Sure." Then they walked out of class together leaving Adrien to himself.
Adrien watched as Danny and Marinette leave the room. He gritted his teeth and curled his hand into a fist. No one was in the room as Plagg, his cat themed kwami, flew out of his button down.
"Wow, that Danny kid really told you, huh kid." Plagg said as Adrien walked to the front of the class and picked up his satchel.
"Shut up, Plagg. Chloe's a nice person. She just needs time." Plagg crossed his arms and nodded.
"Of course, kid. Of course." Plagg then flew into Adrien's shirt as he walked out of the classroom. He walked out of the school and into his father's car. He looked out the window as Gorilla closed the door and got into the driver's seat. Adrien crossed his arms and looked out the window. He watched people and houses pass by. Then he spotted them. Danny and Marinette.
What was so special about him? Adrien huffed as the car pulled through the gates of his home. The car opened and Adrien stepped out.
"Thanks." Adrien said as the Gorilla grunted. Adrien walked up the stairs as Natalie, his father's assistant, opened the giant door. Another day in a huge house by himself.
"Are you ready for lunch, Adrien?" Adrien nodded and walked past Natalie. "I shall call you when lunch is ready. Please go and practice your piano." Adrien sighed and walked up the stairs to his room. He closed the door behind him and sighed. He threw his bag onto his bed and sat down in front of his piano.
"Adrien~" Plagg whined as Adrien lifted the cover of his piano. He didn't even know why is father made him play the piano. He didn't even like the piano! "Cheese! I need cheese." Adrien rolled his eyes and pointed to his desk.
"There's your cheese, Plagg. Now go away!" Adrien said as he placed his hands on the keys and took a deep breath. His fingers lightly danced over the keys as the melody soared. Music filled his ears as the sound fell and rose. This was one of his favorite songs. River Flows in You by Yiruma. The song slowed to an end as Adrien sat there, his hands falling to his sides.
He remembered how he and Chloe used to play together as children. She was the sweetest girl and they were the best of friends. Chloe in his eyes was a kind girl. Sure, she could act a little rough around the edges, but inside she was still kind and sweet. Adrien smiled to himself as he stood up, then there was a knock on the door.
"Adrien, it is time for lunch." Adrien sighed and walked over the the door.
"Plagg, don't break anything." Adrien said to the kwami who was stuffing its face with cheese.
"Yesh..." Adrien shook his head and walked out. Another lunch by himself, just like how it always is. Besides, he could make Danny like him. It only took a couple of days like it did with Marinette. Yeah, he could make it work.
"America, huh?" Marinette asked as Danny nodded. He walked next to her as they walked across the street. "What's that like?" Danny shrugged. He didn't really want to talk about his family. It was way too close to their deaths.
"Uh..." Danny gulped wondering what to say. Marinette seemed to catch on to that.
"Oh! It's okay if you don't want to talk about it." Marinette said with a smile. Danny couldn't believe his ears. No one, not a single person in his life ever cared about his feelings. Sam certainly didn't, she would always pry into everything. Tucker wasn't a very good listener to anything he would say. Jazz would try to "fix" him. No one ever truly cared how he felt about immediately telling them his feelings.
"America...is a bad memory." Danny said as he looked around, not towards Marinette. "Chloe just really touched a nerve and I vented. I don't vent very well." He looked at Marinette who was listening intently.
"You don't have to share anything me, Danny. I'm a good listener, if you need anyone to talk to." Marinette said as they stopped in front of her parents' home/bakery. "Come on, my mom should be upstairs." Danny nodded and followed Marinette up the stairs. "Maman!" He heard the clanging of pots and pans, too low for the normal human ear to hear.
"Right here, Marinette!" Marinette opened the door to the living room and the halfa followed her in. He looked around. It seemed like a really nice and cozy place. He looked at the bookshelf and noticed a picture of Marinette and her family. She looked like her mother with her blue hair and blue eyes. She seemed so happy. Danny swallowed a lump in his throat as looked past the picture.
"I brought a friend today for lunch, is that alright?" He heard Marinette ask as he rounded the corner to see Marinette's mom. She looked exactly like the photo. A bob cut hairstyle till the length of her shoulders. He wondered if she had a bit of Asian descent in her.
"Hello, Mrs. Dupain-Cheng. I am Danny Fu." Danny said as Marinette's mother smiled.
"Oh, honey. Please don't call me Mrs. Dupain-Cheng. Please call me Sabine." Sabine said as Danny nodded.
"Then please call me Danny." Danny said as Sabine smiled. His breath hitched in his throat. It was a smile full of motherly love and it reminded him of his own mother, even when Maddie didn't really pay attention to him all that often.
"Of course, dear. Come and sit. It seems that I made too much food, won't you join us for lunch, Danny?" Sabine asked as Danny nodded. It would be nice to have a home cooked meal for once. Danny silently chuckled as he remembered how his family always made their food come to life, so they had to eat cereal.
"I would love to, Sabine." Marinette beamed at him and he sat down at the table. Sabine grinned and looked to Marinette.
"I'm going to go and give your father some lunch. You two help yourselves." Sabine said as Marinette nodded. Marinette quickly got Danny some food and placed it in front of him. Danny looked at the hot plate in front of him. It all looked delicious.
"It's chinese food. My mother loves to cook traditional food from her hometown." Marinette said as she sat down next to Danny.
"She's chinese?" Danny asked as he took a bite of the noodles. It took all his restraint not to moan at how good the food tasted. Marinette nodded.
"Yeah, she came to Paris and met my Papa. They fell in love and made their own bakery. It's one of the most popular bakeries in France." Marinette said as she began to eat. They ate in silence for a bit until the door opened.
"Ah! So you're the friend Marinette brought over for lunch!" Danny heard a bellowing voice from behind. Then he felt a huge hand on his shoulder. He turned to see a huge man standing over him and then turned back to Marinette who was giggling. Then he remembered the picture on the bookshelf, this was Marinette's father.
"Hello, Mr. Dupain-Cheng. It is a pleasure to meet you." Danny said as Mr. Dupain-Cheng laughed. Luckily, his father was as big as Mr. Dupain-Cheng otherwise he would have jumped out of his seat.
"Ha ha! Call me Tom!" Tom said with his booming voice as Sabine giggled behind him. Danny turned to Marinette who was giving him a small smile. Danny closed his eyes, then turned to Tom and opened them with a little smile.
"Then please call me Danny, Tom." Danny said as Tom grinned brightly at him.
"Of course, Danny! You are a friend of our little girl!" Tom looked over to Marinette who blushed a deep crimson.
"Papa! Please!" Marinette whined as Danny hid his amusement. He watched silently as Marinette interacted with her parents. It reminded him so much of his family. The little quips here and there along with the sense of family love. He could tell that Sabine and Tom cared about Marinette very much.
"So...Danny..." Danny snapped out of his thoughts and looked at Sabine. "Marinette tells us you saved her yesterday night when the railing fell on her balcony." Danny blinked and rubbed the back of his neck.
"It's really no big deal. I just caught her like anyone else would have done." Danny said as Tom and Sabine gave him soft smiles.
"You still saved our little girl. We will always be grateful for that." Tom said making Danny blink. He had never been thanked for saving people before. As Phantom, people would call him a menace and try to attack him. Danny clutched at his chest feeling something warm inside. He hadn't felt this since that day and it felt nice. It felt like something was being restored within him. He looked at the Dupain-Cheng family who was smiling softly at him. In their eyes, there was no sense of malice or trickery.
A faint smile graced the Time Keeper's lips as he watched the display before him. His name was Clockwork that ancient keeper of time. To many, he is referred to as a myth even to many residing in the Ghost Zone. Though the few who have had the pleasure of meeting him, knew how real he was. Clockwork lives in his tower of Time, known to almost never leave this residence. But the one thing that Clockwork was known to watch over all streams of time.
If you were to ask Clockwork, there were many different strands of time. Some that revealed the past. Some that revealed outcomes that never came to be. Many of them showed the future and their many possible outcomes. But the one strand of time Clockwork liked to watch the most was a young halfa by the name of Daniel Fenton/Phantom.
"He is truly a work of art." Clockwork said as the screen blackened and the keeper turned around.
"Clockwork! What is the meaning of this?!" Clockwork sighed. Of course, those floating eyeball freaks had to come and ruin a perfectly good day.
"Whatever do you mean?" Clockwork asked feigning ignorance towards the Observants. Those eyeballs thought that they ruled the Ghost Zone and the power had gone to their head after the fall of Pariah Dark.
"You know exactly what we mean! Letting that monstrosity live and then sending him off to another dimension? You have no right to interfere at all!" One of the observants argued making Clockwork a bit more than just angry.
"Interfere?" Clockwork's voice was low and threatening making the Observants shiver in fear. "Your name is the Observants, if I am not mistaken. You observe the timeline whereas I watch every route, path, and outcome of everything. Which is why I am the Keeper of Time. You are stepping onto matters you do not understand." One of the eyeballs pointed to Clockwork.
"Yet, it is forbidden for you to interfere in mortal matters." He said as Clockwork looked back to the screen. It glowed showing the fight between Phantom and Pariah Dark.
"I am sure you forget, my interference was necessary. You do not run the Infinite Realm as it chooses its ruler. The last person that the Realm chose was Pariah Dark, but now its alliance has shifted." Clockwork smirked as the observants gasped.
"Y-You c-can't be serious! H-HIM!" One of the obersvants pointed to the screen as it showed Phantom standing on top of the Eiffel Tower with his silver hair swaying in the wind. Clockwork nodded.
"Of course. He is the rightful King of the Infinite Realm." Clockwork turned back towards the floating eyes with a glint in his eye. "And as his ward until he reaches the appropriate age, I have every right to interfere with his future as it deems fit. You wouldn't want to be charged with the assassination of the rightful King, would you?" Clcokwork grinned as the Obersvants took a step back.
"W-Why, y-you!" The Obersvants said as Clockwork pointed his staff at them.
"Now, begone!" And with that the eyeballs were expelled from his tower. After they left his tower, Clockwork let out a sigh of relief. He would have to thank Daniel later for getting rid of the Obersvants. Maybe when Daniel comes back from his "rehabilitation", they could get rid of the Observants. It would really life a burden off his shoulders. But for now... Clockwork turned to the screen to see him with the Dupain-Cheng family.
"Just live for now, Daniel. That's all I ask of you. Just live."