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Jazz, her parents, Johnson and Andy waited nervously for Sam and Tucker to return. Most citizens had figured the best was through, and so returned to their homes for a few more hours of rest if not to start a new day. Only a handful of people remained, walking about while speaking of the attack and the return of their hero. Police officers came together, discussing matters about the attack and the museum's mysterious break-in.
Jazz hugged her waist tightly, almost as though she was getting cold and wanted to keep warm; it had already been fifteen minutes; what if they had not been able to find Danny's body?
"Come on, where are you kids?" Jack whispered insistently, as Maddie placed her hands together.
The portal remained as it wassilent and unchanginguntil finally, out stepped Sam and Tucker, smiling brightly. Between them, one arm around their shoulders for support, was Danny, black-haired, blue-eyed and all.
Exactly how he had left them five years earlier.
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They stepped through the portal together, hand-in-hand, eyes shut tight.
Sam dared to open hers first and looked around. Shades of green filled the space around them. A trail of dark purple and grey stones lay before them, leading into the Ghost Zone.
"Is it safe to open my eyes?" Tucker muttered.
Sam looked at him and let his hand go. "Yep," she replied. "We're inside the Ghost Zone."
Tucker opened his eyes and stared around in awe. "Wow," he said, his voice echoing a little. "It seems unreal. The last time I was in here, I was eighteen."
"Danny clearly likes me better then," Sam said royally, taking a step forward. "I went in with him five years ago."
Tucker rolled his eyes. "Yeah; because he probably couldn't bear to lose sight of you," he replied. "I just prefer to stay with Uh " The black man made a grimace and waved an arm through the air. "Bah, forget it," he groaned, making Sam laugh. "I'll just shut up before I say something
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People in the city had already rounded in the streets near the park, though Maddie and Jack had forbidden them to come any further. The police put barricades to keep the citizens safe in case anything worse happened. Everyone stared up at the battle that took place, thousands of feet in the air, wondering who would come out the victor.
Tucker and the others looked up as well. He turned to the east and then looked at his watch. "Twenty minutes," he said worriedly. "Danny's only got twenty minutes left until Sunrise, Sam."
Sam had an arm around her son, who was still holding her leg tightly. "He'll make it, Tucker," she said. "He promised he'd make it."
Tucker looked at her in silence before staring up at the sky again.
Suddenly, there was a giant flash of light, and the next thing anyone knew was that something incredibly large and black, like a big cloud of black smoke, was careening towards the ground. As it did, it seemed to be battling something small, white, yet unbelievably bright
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Danny flew up several thousand feet into the air and only came to a stop when he knew that he was at a safe distance from Amity Park. High in the clouds, now glowing weakly in the rays of the ever rising sun, the ghost floated silently, taking in the beauty for only a few seconds. He looked down over the city, still clearly able to hear their shouts of fear, and scanned the area for his enemy.
A black glint caught his attention. He smiled cleverly. "There you are," he said softly.
The black ghost grew larger and larger, faster and faster. Once near enough, the dragon opened its mouth and roared.
Danny narrowed his eyes before closing them completely, only seconds before the giant jaws slammed down over him like a trap. SNAP!!
Shade smiled, proud of himself for his easy catch; but he was suddenly taken off guard; his stomach began to grow hotter and hotter with every passing second until the pain was nearly unbearable. He shouted painfully, only seconds before his body ex
DP: M. of the Spirit Gems ch27More Like This
Danny sailed backwards out of control and contorted in pain as the energy rods wrapped around his body like snakes. He screamed painfully before the attack had died away. For a moment, he floated limply in the air, trying to regain his strength, but when he raised a hand to his head, he discovered that it had once again, faded away, this time disappearing completely.
Danny gasped and clenched his teeth as he groaned at the effort of bringing himself back. Once his entire body had become visible once more, he sighed tiredly and wiped his forehead.
I've gotta get Shade far enough for me to actually be able to regain enough energy, he thought. But how?
He remembered how Andy had given him the idea of using his Ghostly Ice. Danny rubbed his chin and looked up at Shade as the dragon roared angrily. "What if I thought like a kid again?" Danny said aloud. "Like I used to when I was fourteen? What would I have thought of doing?"
The solution suddenly came to mind. He gasped soft
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Tucker, Sam, Jazz and Andy cheered from the inside of the vehicle as Danny broke through and then turned to look at the five-year-old. "That was a great idea, Andy!" Tucker laughed as Jazz hugged her nephew. "You're a great addition to the team!"
Andy smiled proudly until he noticed something black headed their way. When he looked through the windshield again, he recognized it to be a giant black dragon.
He gasped and pointed ahead. "The big bad ghost is comin' to get us!" he shouted, catching everyone's attention.
Tucker shouted in fright and immediately put the car into drive and stepped on the gas. He managed to turn away only moments before Shade would have crashed into them.
The ghost growled loudly. "You are becoming a nuisance, Mayor!" he yelled. "You and Daniel's family! So I will make you PAY for it!"
"Great; now he's back to chasing me!" Tucker groaned. He stepped on the gas as hard as he could and the car blasted off across the sky, Shade right o
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While Danny swooped to one side, Tucker turned the SUV into the opposite direction. Both barely missed yet another attack from Shade.
Danny flew around the giant Shadow Ghost and headed for the hundreds of smaller ones. Upon noticing him, they all turned and hissed at Danny, but before they could attack, Tucker's SUV shot giant blue bubbles of ecto-plasmic energy. The light lit up the sky for a few seconds as it exploded and propelled the Shadows back while screaming in pain.
Danny shot a few ghost rays of his own, yet was eventually forced to continue by physical combat, due to the fact that every time he used his ghost ray, his hands and even his arms would fade out and back into view.
They battled for long minutes before Danny realized that all their attacks were doing was causing the minions to multiply. When he looked at the SUV, he noticed it turn and fly away from the dark cloud, almost as if it too knew of what was happening.
"We're not damaging them; we're making them stron
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Danny flew over the city invisibly, scanning the area for any signs of the shadow ghosts; though at the same time, he found himself re-familiarizing himself with the surroundings.
Five years. That was how long Danny had waited to return home. Five years. That was how long he had traveled and explored the Ghost Zone. Five years. That was how long he had to practice his powers to perfection. Five years.
That was how long he had to wait before seeing his family and his friends again, face to face, and hold their hands in his, and hear their voices in his ears.
"Although it's grown, at least most of it still looks the same," Danny noted, looking over his once home-town, now a city. "Why people would want to move here or keep their families here, I have no idea. If not for who I am, I probably would have taken my wife and kids and vamoosed."
Wife and kids. Those words suddenly stuck in his mind. Sam was the only one he wanted to spend his life with, that was for sure. N
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Sam was the first to rush to them when Danny landed gracefully and soundlessly on his feet. Tucker and Jazz, after having watched the spectacular save, rushed after Sam.
Danny took one more look at the boy before Sam had reached him. Then, the ghost gently handed Andy back to his mother. "Here," was all he could say, not knowing what else would be helpful in such a confusing moment.
"Mommy!" Andy exclaimed, reaching for his mother as Sam held him tightly in her arms.
"Oh, Andy, I was so scared!" Sam cried, rocking her son while showering him with kisses.
Tucker grinned at their little reunion before walking up to Danny. He had noticed the confused and slightly concerned look in his best friend's eyes.
Danny stared at Sam and Andy silently, all the while nervously rubbing his arm. Tucker stopped beside him and looked on. "Cute, isn't it?" he said softly. "Sam softened up a bit after Andy was born."
Danny did not look at him. He continued to stare in silence at the mother and son, still
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Shade held onto the child tightly, proud of the prey he had captured. Andy, through crying for his mother, tried fighting back and kicked as hard as he could. "Let me go! Let me go!" the five-year-old yelled angrily.
"Why let go of such a precious little child?" Shade replied as he continued to fly. "If you hold such great value to your mother, just think of the value you hold to your father. You're a priceless prize, little boy; you would not want to fall to your doom and disappoint your parents, would you?"
"You're a mean ol' ghost!"
"Yes, well, aren't we all? You'll make the perfect bait for your father. He won't dare attack me now!"
"You're mean and dumb!" Andy scolded. "My daddy doesn't even know I'm his son!"
At these words, Shade's smile disappeared.
"I was born while he was in the Ghost Zone! Your plan backfired, you bad ghost!"
Shade remained silent for a moment, slightly furious with himself for not realizing that detail, and