Sam paused as her five year old son ran to catch up.
"Mom, what's the hurry?" her son called with annoyance. Sam laughed.
"I have to be there for three sweetheart," Sam answered and took her son's hand and walked through the graveyard.
"I don't get why you have to come today. I'm going trick-or-treating in a couple of hours right?" her son reminded her. He was very bright for his age. Sam smiled down at him and nodded.
"That's right. You're going with Tucker. But this is important to me sweetie," Sam replied, sad that no one else was available. Tucker was busy at work until five and Danielle had been called to another town to get rid of a ghost for the day.
Her son huffed but stopped complaining. Sam led her son through the graveyard to a fifteen year old grave. She glanced at her watch. They were ten minutes early after all.
"What's so special about this grave?" her son inquired. Sam smiled sadly at her son and didn't answer right away. There were a couple of flower arrangements but very few people visited the grave anymore. Not after so long. It was a sad sight.
"This is my friend's grave. He was a hero. He showed me so many things sweetie," Sam answered softly with a fond smile at the white marble headstone with black venation and words.
"Mom, what does it say?" her son asked. He was only starting to learn to read. Sam smiled at him.
"It says, "Here lies Daniel Fenton a.k.a. Danny Phantom. A son, brother, friend and hero. He will be missed and our hearts are with him, wherever he may be. Rest in Peace,"" Sam read for him, crouching down beside him.
"Daniel?" the boy repeated. Sam nodded.
"That's right Danny. You were named after him," Sam revealed. The boy looked at the grave. He frowned.
"What happened to him?" her son whispered. Sam smiled sadly and pulled the boy into her and hugged him.
"I'll explain when you're older sweetie. It's not a nice story for a five year old," Sam promised. Danny frowned and turned to his mother. Sam smiled at him.
"Why are we here?" he inquired. Sam watched her son for a moment before glancing at her watch. Five minutes to three.
"Hopefully you'll see in five minutes. Now what do I always tell you?" Sam replied calmly. Danny sighed and rolled his eyes.
"It's alright to be scared as long as you don't let it stop you doing what you need to do," he recited. Sam laughed softly and nodded.
"Never forget that Danny. If you remember that, you'll understand why I come here every Hallowe'en," Sam promised. Danny folded his arms and slumped against his mother.
"Why can't you just tell me?" the boy grumbled. Sam chuckled and brushed the boy's dark hair out of his eyes. He'd inherited her hair and eyes.
Mother and son waited for the next five minutes in silence. Then Sam stood up and watched the path carefully. Her son noticed the change in his mother and looked around curiously. He gasped as he saw a puff of green mist appear a few feet away. Sam smiled and glanced at her watch. One minute past.
"You're late," she called. The figure wearing jeans, black jacket and white fingerless gloves chuckled.
"Sorry Sam. But I can't be that late," the teenager apologised. Sam laughed softly and hugged the teenager.
"Only a minute," Sam informed him. The teenager rolled his eyes.
"Come on, one minute. Sam I was in India. Give me a break," the teenager pointed out.
"India?" Sam repeated. The teenager nodded.
"Yeah, a boy is getting bullied really badly there. I admit it was fun scaring those bullies," the teenager replied. Sam raised an eyebrow. The teenager smirked.
"They had it coming Sam. You should have heard the things they said to Radhesh," the teenager assured her defensively.
"Mom, who is that? Is he a ghost?" the boy inquired. Sam blinked at her son before smiling. She crouched down to him and gave him a quick kiss and hug.
"Danny, this is my friend. Danny the Spirit of Fear. Danny, this is my son, Danny," Sam introduced them. The teenager chuckled.
"Danny? Well this is going to get confusing," the teenager pointed out and crouched down to Sam's son and smiled at him.
"Only as confusing as it is with Danielle," Sam retorted with a smile. Her son bit his lip nervously and glanced at his mother.
"Did you say Spirit of Fear?" her son mumbled. Sam nodded, frowning worriedly at her son. Thankfully the teenager wasn't fazed.
"Danny, it's just a title. I'm really all about bravery. And I'm impressed that you can see me. You're a very brave little boy. How old are you?" the teenager reassured the child. The boy stared at the teenager.
"I'm five years old," the boy answered softly. The teenager nodded.
"You know, I personally know the Easter bunny and Santa Clause," the teenager informed him. The boy's eyes widened in surprise.
"Really?" the boy exclaimed excitedly. The teenager nodded and laughed softly.
"Can you introduce me?" the boy requested. The teenager smiled.
"I could try but I only really come to Amity Park on Hallowe'en. I'll ask them next time I see them," the teenager offered. The boy nodded excitedly and looked up at his mother.
"Mom! I'm going to meet Santa and the Easter bunny!" the boy shouted happily. Sam laughed.
"Maybe Danny, don't get your hopes up just yet," Sam advised and looked at the teenager.
"Danny, would you mind if we go to the park? Can you stay for long?" Sam asked. The teenager glanced up at the sky and Sam knew that he was checking the time and comparing time zones. He smiled and nodded.
"I've got half an hour I think. But then I have to go. Gretel in Germany needs me then," Danny decided. Sam smiled and they walked through the graveyard to the nearby park.
Sam let her son run off to play on the monkey bars and watched him.
"He takes after you," Danny commented. Sam smiled and nodded.
"We get that a lot. So how are things as a guardian?" Sam asked. Danny shrugged and leant against the fence.
"Pretty quiet to be honest. If I'd known it was going to be so dull I wouldn't have agreed to make it official eight years ago," Danny remarked. Sam laughed.
"And Jack and your on-going challenge?" Sam recalled, referring to their on-going snowball fight. Danny laughed.
"Twenty to three. I'm winning. I don't see why Jack doesn't just say that I won," Danny told her. Sam rolled her eyes.
"Because snowball fights are his thing Danny," Sam pointed out. Danny nodded.
"Yeah, and being intangible is mine," Danny retorted with a smirk. He glanced at Sam's son.
"I'm impressed that he can see me," Danny informed her. Sam smiled.
"I made sure he knew what you told Jamie. It's alright to be afraid as long as you don't let that fear stop you," Sam replied. Danny nodded seriously.
"Does he know about the whole Fenton/Phantom thing?" Danny inquired. Sam shook her head.
"No. He's too young to hear about that. I'll tell him when he's older," Sam decided. Danny nodded. He looked up at the sky. Sam glanced at him.
"If you have to go, I understand. But thanks for coming every year," Sam told him softly. Danny smiled at her.
"I've got a few more minutes. Besides, if I remember correctly. You wouldn't let me leave before I agreed to visit. But I'm glad that you moved on Sam. You married a great guy," Danny commented. Sam smiled lovingly and nodded.
"I did. I just wish you and he could meet and that you were at the wedding," Sam muttered to herself but Danny raised an eyebrow. He chuckled. Sam frowned at him.
"What's funny?" she demanded.
"I've met your husband Sam. Actually I was at your wedding too. I don't usually talk to adults about their fears or worries but I made an exception for him. He was terrified on your wedding day so I helped calm him down," Danny revealed. Sam scowled at him.
"Why didn't you come and see me?" Sam asked, slightly hurt. Danny glanced at her.
"Because it was your big day Sam. I didn't want to show up uninvited and stir up the past for you. So I watched from the back, invisible. Was a lovely ceremony," Danny answered. Sam smiled at him.
"I wish you'd let us tell your parents that you're still around," Sam whispered sadly. Danny shook his head.
"It's better this way Sam. If I turn up after all these years… I don't think they'd cope. I know losing me crushed them. I do check up on them every now and again," Danny retorted softly, watching Sam's son with a smile. Sam's son had moved to the swings and was laughing with a little girl he knew.
Danny looked to the sky.
"I have to go. I really can't be late for this. Gretel's going in for an operation and she's terrified of it. Sorry this wasn't a long visit Sam. Say goodbye to Danny for me," Danny decided. Sam nodded sadly.
"These visits seem to get shorter every year," she mumbled. Danny smiled sadly.
"I'll try to be here longer next year if you want," Danny offered and hugged Sam. Sam gave him a peck on the cheek. Danny frowned at the action but didn't say anything. Sam smirked at him. He shook his head.
"Say hi to Tucker and Danielle for me," he remarked and disappeared in a puff of green mist. Sam nodded and turned back to watch her son with a loving smile.
And that is that. I just wanted to do one last chapter to show Sam moving on and checking in with Danny after becoming a guardian and getting some closure.
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