-- Author's Note -- Greetings again! Well, here we are at the last chapter for RtM. It's sad really, but I know that you're going to love the newest edition of FtLoaH. More on that will follow the story, along with the sneak peek. Yey! Anyway, for those of you that check out my site you probably have seen the note already, but this is for those of you that haven't. I will be taking a short break between this chapter and the beginning of the new story. This is mainly due to SGMS this weekend, which kills a lot of time. I also need a chance to catch up some on my homework. And I just got the Sims 2. That game is so addictive it's not even funny. Anyway, so that's the news on that. Now, in this chapter I take use of Smash Mouth's Accidentally in Love. I'm guessing that most of you have heard it, but if you haven't I have uploaded it onto my Angelfire site. I am going to try and upload the other songs that I have used in this story and the first one, but they're not up there yet. I'll most likely post them when I get the first chapter up. Anyway, for now you have that, as well at the theme song for Danny Phantom. Whooo! So, type the following into your address bar and have a listen. Enjoy these, and of course Shades of Grey on Friday. Whoo! And don't forget to review! Remember, reviews make me happy!

http : www . angelfire . com / magic2 / moonhawke / Accidently In Love . mp3

http : www . angelfire . com / magic2 / moonhawke / Danny Phantom Theme Song . mp3

Remember to type them in exactly as you see them. There are no spaces in the song names, they are under-scores (shift dash) where the spaces are. doesn't let you use under-scores for some reason)

Chapter 14 Final Battle

Danny didn't have a clue what he was going to do. He went home and snuck into his room. He was currently going through everything he owned, hoping something would strike him.

Perched on the floor he had a shoebox in front of him lying open. Pictures were thrown about the floor. He sighed as he slowly picked them up, one by one. He didn't understand why he had some of the photos, they were taken years ago.

He dropped the few he had in his hand back into the shoebox and picked another one up. This one made him stop. Most of them he could barely remember what was going on in the picture, but this one he remembered clearly, even though he didn't remember the picture.

It was taken when they all were little more than five years old. He and Sam sat playing in the sand box. Closing his eyes Danny could feel the sand underneath himself.

"Danny! Get it away! There's a bug! Kill it!"

Five-year-old Danny frowned at five-year-old Sam. "I will not kill it," he said picking up the small insect. "Just because something's smaller than you doesn't mean you should hurt it."

She smiled brightly at him as he dropped the bug outside of the sandbox. "Okay. I'll never hurt an animal again."

"But that was a bug."

"Bugs too," she laughed. He went back to digging his hole and Sam leaned over closer to him. "Danny?"

"Yeah?"

"I love you," she said blushing.

"You're weird. You don't even know what love is."

"Do too! It's like what you feel for mommy and daddy."

He thought about this for a moment, she did have a point. "Okay. I love you too Sam."

"Really?"

"Yeah. I wouldn't say it if I didn't mean it, stupid."

"Don't call me stupid!"

"You let Tucker call you stupid."

"But that's because he's a dummy and doesn't know any big words," she laughed.

"You're silly sometimes."

"Not as silly as you. You protect bugs."

"So? He didn't do anything."

"Would you protect me?"

"Of course! I'll protect everyone," he said proudly.

"From what?"

"I dunno, ghosts maybe. Doesn't matter though, I'll make sure nothing bad happens to you Sam."

"Danny?"

"Yeah?"

"Let's get married."

"We can't get married!"

"Why not?"

"Because we're not old enough. And we haven't gotten that far yet. First you have to be girlfriend and boyfriend, then you have to propose, and then you can get married."

"Oh. So let's be girlfriend and boyfriend then."

"Okay."

Danny opened his eyes and sighed. Things were so simple as children. Love was easy back then. Now things were harder. A small knock came from the door before it opened.

Jazz stepped into his room. "Hey Danny. What happened?"

"What do you mean?"

"You left early, and it kinda looked like you and Sam got into a fight."

"It's all right. We'll work things out."

"What are you looking at?" she asked sitting down next to him.

"Old pictures."

She took the one he was holding in his hand and smiled. "I remember this one. You and Sam were so cute back then. She followed you around everywhere. And she kept saying that she was going to be your girlfriend and you two were going to get married."

Danny just nodded. "Why do things have to get harder? I don't know what to think anymore."

"About Sam?"

"Yeah. I don't know what she wants anymore."

"I think she wants the same thing she wanted back then," she said motioning towards the picture. "She wants you to protect her, to care about her and love her."

"Why are girls so complicated?"

"We're not complicated, you're just dense."

"Thanks Jazz."

"Did you love Sam back then?"

"Of course I did! She was my best friend."

"So what changed from then to now? She's still your best friend. She hasn't changed that much, and she's been by you through everything you've gone through."

He shrugged. He had never thought about it that way.

"All right, I'm gonna go work on my thesis, it's getting late," she said getting up.

"Okay. Later Jazz."

His sister left and shut the door behind her. Danny finished picking up the photos and knew what he had to do.

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Sam tapped her foot in her impatience. That stupid Halfa was wasting her time. Well, all right, it was only 11 but she wanted to get this done and over with. After school she went into the woods and practiced to make sure that she was in top condition.

There wasn't a doubt in her mind that she could beat him. All she had to do was wait. The thought never crossed her mind that he might have something up his sleeve.

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Danny slowly pushed the door open to the old warehouse. Tucker and Jessica followed close behind him as they entered. He had never been to this part of town, but he had heard stories of what kind of things went on down here.

"I'm scared Danny," Jessica whispered holding onto Tucker's free arm.

"Don't worry. You two just stay out of site, all right?"

Tucker nodded shifted his backpack on his shoulder.

"I'm going ghost," Danny whispered and transformed. Jessica watched in awe.

"I don't think I'll ever get over that," she breathed.

All Danny could do was smile at her. "Okay, there's some boxes over there. Go hide behind them and stay quiet until I give you the signal."

"You got it. I hope you know what you're doing," Tucker muttered as he took Jessica over to the hiding place.

Taking a deep breath Danny walked into the middle of the mostly empty room. "Spectra, I'm here."

Sam stepped out of the darkness. She too was already transformed. "Excellent."

"There's no good that can come from this Sam," he tried reasoning with her. She however wasn't paying any attention to what he was saying.

"Do you remember this place Phantom?" she asked slowly walking around and looking at the walls.

"No, Sam please listen to me."

"I remember it. There hasn't been a night that I haven't dreamed about this place. You should remember it though. This is where you left me after I had changed. This is where I woke up," she said kneeling down and touching a spot on the floor.

"Sam that's not true! We don't know what's going on, but someone has messed with your mind. It's fake. Don't you remember Mandy? About Rurik and the Black Emerald?"

Her eyes turned to him. "I'm tried of listening to you, Phantom. It's you who lies. Why would anyone want to hurt me except for you? What's your problem?"

That was the cue. Tucker turned on the boom box and music filled the room.

So she said what's the problem baby
What's the problem I don't know
Well maybe I'm in love (love)
Think about it ever time
I think about it
Can't stop thinking 'bout it

"I don't want to hurt you Sam."

How much longer will it take to cure this
Just to cure it 'cause I can't ignore it if it's love (love)
Makes me wanna turn around and face me but I don't know nothing 'bout love

Sam just stared at him in disbelief. "You don't have a choice."

Come on, come on
Turn a little faster
Come on, come on
The world will follow after
Come on, come on
'Cause everybody's after love

"I was stupid before Sam. I see that now."

So I said I'm a snowball running
Running down into the spring that's coming all this love
Melting under blue skies
Belting out sunlight
Shimmering love

Sam lunged at him, but Danny just let her phase through him.

Well baby I surrender
To the strawberry ice cream
Never ever end of all this love
Well I didn't mean to do it
But there's no escaping your love

"You were my best friend Sam. That blinded me in a way I never want to be again."

These lines of lightning
Mean we're never alone,
Never alone, no, no

"I can't bare to think of life without you."

Come on, come on
Move a little closer
Come on, come on
I want to hear you whisper
Come on, come on
Settle down inside my love

Sam watched him with dark eyes from where she had landed on the floor.

Come on, come on
Jump a little higher
Come on, come on
If you feel a little lighter
Come on, come on
We were once
Upon a time in love

She shot a plasma burst at him, but he flew into the air and dodged it.

We're accidentally in love
Accidentally in love
Accidentally in love
Accidentally in love
Accidentally in love
Accidentally in love
Accidentally in love
Accidentally in love

"I won't hurt you ever again Sam. All I want to do is help you, but I don't know how to do that."

I'm in love, I'm in love
I'm in love, I'm in love
I'm in love, I'm in love
Accidentally
Accidentally

"You can help me by dying!" she screamed as she flew at him shooting a fireball as well. He managed to just barely dodge this one as it grazed his knee.

Come on, come on
Spin a little tighter
Come on, come on
And the world's a little brighter
Come on, come on
Just get yourself inside her

"If that's what you want Sam. Go ahead. Go ahead and kill me," he said landing on the ground.

Love... I'm in love

"But before you do Sam, I just want to tell you one thing," he said looking into her eyes. "I love you."

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Sam was in shock. The voice that had been screaming at her the entire fight had gone silent. He loved her? Danny loved her?

A bright red flash engulfed her and she slowly drifted to the floor. Tucker and Jessica, who had come out of hiding, were peeking over the boxes. Danny ran over to grab her.

Opening her eyes slowly she saw his wonderful face. "Danny... I tried to tell you..."

"Shhh... I know Sam, I know," he whispered trying to hush her.

She smiled and pulled him close to her. "I love you too Danny. I love you too."

A roar echoed through the building causing the windows to rattle. The ghost from the movie theater burst from behind a pile of boxes, sending them flying everywhere.

"That spell was to be impossible to break!"

"Yeah well, you don't understand the meaning of true love then," Danny said standing up to face the ghost. "This time I'll make sure that you won't escape."

Danny and the ghost attacked each other in a fierce battle. Danny threw plasma bursts at him and the ghost counterattacked with sonic boom attacks.

In his weakened state, Danny was no match for the vampire hunter. Sam tried to go after him and help Danny, but Tucker and Jessica held her back. All she could do was cry.

A sonic boom hit Danny directly. He was thrown back into the wall, but managed to throw himself back into the air.

The battle raged on for a few more minutes while Sam fought to get away from her friends. "I have to help him! He's going to kill him! DANNY!"

The ghost grabbed Danny and threw him to the ground before disappearing with an evil laugh.

Danny landed on the hard floor with a sickenly large crack. Blood oozed from his head. His right arm was twisted in a fashion that meant it had to be broken.

"DANNY!" Sam screamed as she ripped herself away from Tucker and Jessica.

She rushed to his side and tried to wake him. "Danny, please wake up. Danny. Danny..."

"DANNY!" she screamed burying her head into his chest in fits of tears. That was the last thing Danny remembered before he blacked out.

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-- Author's Note -- Wow. Some ending, huh? Hahaha. Evil cliffy. There is a reason for the cliffy though. It leads into the next story, Fast Forward. Here's the summary:

Danny wakes up one morning and finds out that 12 years have passed. Nothing is as it once one, and Danny remembers none of what has passed. Old friends have changed, and some have gotten what they had coming. Our Halfa hero may have been able to cope, had he not woken up married with children.

OoOoOoOo spooky, no? No? Nah, not really, but lots of laughs to be sure! Now, here's a sneak peek of the story. Remember, this is subject to change in the actual story. There will also be drawings that go with it as soon as I get on that, lol. So, here's the sneak peek:

The sun was slowly streaming in the window as Danny pulled the covers of his bed further over his head. Mornings where his least favorite thing.

His bed was warm and comfortable. Maybe he would fake being sick so he could stay in bed all day, he thought. Noises were floating up through the floor telling him that his parents and Jazz were already awake. Of course they were being much noisier this morning than they normally were.

With a groan he rolled over and pulled the covers closer still. He tried to block out the noise and return to his dream. Very slowly he was, until he smelled the delicious food cooking downstairs.

Danny's stomach groaned in longing, but his body didn't want to get up. In fact in his hunger he barely remembered that his mother rarely made them breakfast. The voices grew louder and Danny covered his head with the pillow. Why did everyone have to be so loud?

Stomping sounds came up the stairs and Danny was only vaguely aware that it sounded like two pairs of feet. He decided that he was hearing things and tried to return to his dreams.

The door creaked open a small bit and there was some whispering. He groaned trying to tell whomever it was to go away. This had no effect what so ever. The door creaked as it was opened wider.

"DADDY!" two voices screamed as two small figures jumped onto the bed, scaring Danny witless. In his fear he phased through the bed and fell onto the floor underneath the bed with a loud thud. Giggling filled the room as the two figures began jumping on the bed.

"Get up! Get up! Mommy says get up!" the two voices chanted.

More giggles followed.

"Yuriko! Sanjiro! Did you get Daddy up yet?" a voice called from downstairs.

"He fell on the floor Mommy!" they screamed before jumping off the bed and running downstairs.

Danny rubbed his head. He must be dreaming. Either that or he was going crazy. No, he was pretty sure he had been dreaming. He must have phased through the bed and woken himself up.

More footsteps on the stairs. Only one pair this time. That was a good sign, he thought.

"Danny? Danny are you awake?"

Another figure walked into the room but all Danny could see was a pair of black boots that looked familiar.

"Danny?" they asked. There was a pause before a soft giggle followed. He knew that voice, it was Sam!

"You know if you got up when you were supposed to I wouldn't have to send them in here," Sam said kneeling down on the floor and looking at him.

It was Sam... only she looked older, more mature. "Sam?" was all he could ask in his shock.

She giggled again. "Who else? Come on, your breakfast will get cold. And you'll be late for work." She got up and left the room. Work? What was going on? Danny couldn't believe any of this, but his groaning stomach told him to worry about it later.