(C)(r)(TM) Lt. Commander Richie
((sosososo sorry for the wait!))
"Hey Technus! Why don't you try picking on someone your own size for a change? Or better yet, someone the size of your ego?" Danny asked, turning intangible at the last second to allow passage for a weedwhacker through his upper torso. The two had been battling for the better part of twenty minutes. Danny couldn't even tell when it was the last time it took this long to take out Technus.
"Do not mock me, choild, for Oi am Technus! Measter of all things Funky Fresh and Electronic!" The large green and black figure yelled. It quieted for a moment, then said in a smaller voice: "Oi was doing it again, wasn't Oi?"
"Yep." After shuddering at the seventies lingo, Danny attempted to end the fight by giving the green and black junk Goliath a right uppercut. All he succeded in doing was hurting his hand.
"Very well then. Foolish choild, you cannot beat me! Oi shall find my daught- OUCH!" The master of electronics yelped as Danny unplugged something.
"So... Unplugging stuff hurts?" Danny asked, reaching for another cord.
"Stop that!" Technus yelled, as Danny unplugged something.
"Nyah!" Danny stuck out his tongue, and unplugged something else.
"Quit it, or I'll be forced to lay the smackdown on you, Daddy-o!"
"Dude. Your lingo seriously needs an upgrade. Not just your form, Mullet-head." A familiar voice came from the ground.
"Danny! Is he still running on Portals XL?" Another someone yelled up. Names? Sam and Tucker.
"From what I can tell? Yeah! Can you hack his system and turn him into junk?" Danny yelled, dodging a giant-sized Hair-Vac 3000.
"He's not Skulker's operating system anymore! I can't hack him, the firewall is too powerful!" Tucker yelled, and the three friends shared an 'EW!' look.
"No matter how many times we say that, it's still really disgusting." Sam deadpanned. In the space of the conversation, a small button had appeared on the hulk's chest. Technus quickly pressed it, and the sound resulting was really, really big. Along with cackling. Lots of cackling.
"Farewell, Ghost Choild, I will be back to cause more mayhem! For Oi am Technus, Funky Fresh measter of all things electronic and beeping! ...Oi did it again, didn't Oi?" Technus paused, long gray coat flapping slightly in the aftermath of the explosion.
"Yeah." All three replied, as Sam held up a Fenton Thermos. The blue beam shot out, but missed Technus.
"Hah!" The ghost master of electronics retorted, before dissolving into a cloud of green with blue binary numbers and black glasses and jumping into a streetlamp.
"Good morning everyone, and welcome to Hero Support." A man in his forties with greying blonde-ish hair made his way into the classroom. Danny sighed and continued doodling on his already doodle-filled notebook.
"My name is..." Their teacher trailed off, jumping behind his desk and jumping back in a red white and blue outfit. "All-American Boy!"
Tucker exchanged excited looks with Layla, and Zach looked Sam's way. She gave him a wierded-out look, and he turned his attention back to the front of the room.
"But nowadays, you can just call me Mr. Boy." The teacher continued, holding his hip as he made his way to the front of his desk and sat down. Zach raised his hand. As Mr. Boy pointed, he immediately spoke up.
"Uh, yeah, when do we pick our names and costumes? Cause I totally call dibs on Zach Attack." Zach said.
"That's your DOOMED screen-name, doofus." Sam said, sneering. She was miffed about missing Technus with the Thermos the night before.
"I know, but I'm cool like that." Zach replied.
"Actually, Mr. McLain, we don't get to pick our costumes. On Graduation day, you are assigned to your Hero and he-" Layla cut in.
"Or she." She said, slighty peeved.
"Or she, thank you Miss Undergrowth, will choose your name and costume. I believe this is mostly to avoid clashing colors. So you see, when I was paired with..." Mr. Boy stopped for a moment, pulling down a wall chart with a Hero/Sidekick team on it. "The Commander, red white and blue it was."
Sam, Tucker and Danny paused for a moment. Did Mr. Boy say McLain? And Undergrowth? All three shrugged it off, returning their attention to their respective tasks at hand. (Read: Ignoring Zach, Sucking Up and Doodling.)
"Excuse me. I didn't know you worked for The Commander." Will said. Prety much everyone winced. Visibly or non.
"I worked with The Commander. We were a team, Mr. Uh- Mr. Stronghold." Mr. Boy corrected, looking down at his papers for a moment to see who was sitting where. "Stronghold. You... Steve's son?"
"What's sucking up going to do, anyway? It's like you asking your dad for a later curfew." Tucker whispered to Danny.
"Or Sam wearing pink." Danny added. The two snickered. Just then, the building shook. Mr. Boy jumped for the ceiling, and a few kids ducked under their tables. The power went out, and it was completely dark in the room. A yellow-green glow started emitting from Zach.
"Hey, whaddya know? He does glow!" Sam remarked, getting a laugh from a few people.
"Told ya." Zach retorted. Danny looked around. With Technus on the loose and an explosion that big, the two had to be related. A large headed figure with iridescent eyes walked into the darkened classroom. Just then, the lights turned on. It wasn't an alien, as several people had yelled just before, but a man with a huge head almost like Blockbuster's and safety goggles on.
"Sorry, sorry. Little misfire in the Mad Science lab. No need to panic," The large-headed teacher paused to think for a moment, "Unless you're a single-celled organisim."
Mad Science lab? If Technus found that, they would be in a world of hurt. Heck, the guy would pose even more of a threat than normal!
"Mr. Medulla. We in Hero Support are trained never to panic." Mr. Boy was hanging upside-down from an AC vent. The vent suddenly broke, and gravity took over. He was thrown head-first into a trashcan. As he righted himself, he attempted to pull it off his head. Everyone began to laugh.
"I'll get the nurse. Unless she's injured."
Two weeks later, they hadn't found Technus. Between Hero Support homework and keeping his REAL grades away from his parents, Danny hardly had time to Go Ghost, let alone go INTO the Ghost Zone to find him. Jazz was no help either. Insisting on helping him on his homework, she usually made him get it wrong. However, at school he was almost a MASTER at the quick-change they were forced to do before Gym. Zach had once ended up in his BOXERS! Well, Danny's pants had fallen down revealing his on his first try, so he couldn't really boast about that one. So far, he had been picked ONCE for Save The Citizen (Freshmen VS Seniors), and it was unfair teams. He was stuck with a blonde Senior sidekick named Stephanie Brown, or something like that. She didn't have a power she could show, but she kept getting up no matter how many times Lash or Speed threw her into a wall, so Danny figured it was high resistance to pain.
So, Danny had overshadowed Speed, taken out Lash and saved the citizen. Not too hard, seeing as he had once saved an overly-pregnant lady from the wrath of the Lunch Lady. In sixth grade. After that, he was hailed as a hero for a grand total of twenty-four hours. Surprised that Lash and Speed hadn't incurred the wrath of someone like Sidney Poindexter after their sudden swirly-spree exacted on Tucker, Danny finally took a weekend and his map of the Ghost Zone, and went Ghost in his parent's lab. Taking the portal online with his thumbprint, he made his way through the vast expanses and stayed well away from Walker's prison.
"What do you want me to do? I'm the Master of Time, not Ghostfinders dot com." The figure speaking was adorned in a purple cape and hood. He was tiny, about the size of a toddler, but his voice was deep and wisened.
"Please? I swear, this will be the last time I ever ask you to help me with something this small. Please?" Danny insisted. Clockwork's shoulders drooped.
"That's what you said the last three times, Danny." Clockwork said exasperatedly.
"I had it at two." Danny said, counting a few things on his fingers.
"This makes three." Clockwork finished the conversation with a sweep of his hand, and turned back to his many monitors.
"Can you just find Technus for me? If he gets into Tucker's PDA and gets to school, he could get into the Mad Science lab! They have dangerous weaponry in there! He could take out the whole school! Wow. That's ironic." Danny finished, realizing how ironic saving school (which he semi-hated with a passion) would be.
"No. I will not help you. I'm in enough trouble as it is." Clockwork said, moving slightly to the right to float in front of a monitor. There was a slight clanging across the room as a rather beaten-looking thermos fell off a floating table and hitthe ground. Danny looked as if he was ready to bolt like a scared rabbit when it hit the ground. Clockwork was still impassive.
"Is... Is he..." Danny began, slowly inching towards what could be classified as a door.
"He's still stuck. No, he won't get out any time soon. Yes, he's the reason why I'm in trouble." Clockwork answered several things as he crossed the room and lifted the thermos from the ground. It rattled a bit, and a hairline crack got a bit longer. Danny's mouth was still open, like he was about to ask the questions that Clockwork had just answered.
"So then, what can we document about the effects of Argnomonium on Supers?" Mr. Medulla had just replaced the glass covering on a large yellow crystal that had knocked out all the girls in the Freshman Sidekick class- and Zach. Danny raised his hand from under the pile of the two girls that had been sitting on either side of him. They had both been knocked out and fell on top of him, and it was taking all his willpower not to just use his enhanced strength to pick them both up and put them somewhere else.
"That girls, and Zach, are knocked out by it?" Danny asked. Mr. Medulla nodded. Several other boys wrote down the answers in their notebooks, and only about a third of those taking the time to grab a female counterpart's and do the same.
Will Mr. Medulla please come to my office? Principal Powers said over the intercom, interrupting anything Mr. Medulla was about to say. There was a moment's pause, then:
People began to snicker, and down the hall there was outright laughing. Tucker was rolling on the floor laughing, and Danny was snickering while still trying to hold up his lab partners. Finally he burst into laughter, and one of his arms went intangible. The blonde that could turn into a rubber ball fell through the arm and hit her head on the floor.
"You're dead, Foley..." She mumbled, and rolled over. Meanwhile, Mr. Medulla had left the room, and the other girls were beginning to wake up. Layla sat up from where she was leaning against Sam, holding her head. Then Sam sat up, also holding her head.
"Anybody get the license and registration of the Semi that hit me on Level Two?" She mumbled, grabbing the nearest seat and sitting in it.
"Zach was out of it, too." Layla said, and Sam brightened.
"Ok, feeling better." Sam said, sitting up. A few guys were standing around Zach, who was still out of it. One was Will Stronghold. The boy to his left prodded Zach with his shoe. Layla walked around the science station Zach had been standing at and knelt down next to his head.
"SAM HAS THE TIKI SUPER BONUS AND YOU DON'T!" She suddenly screamed, making Zach jump nearly a mile and stand on the science station.
"Don't do that!" He yelled, shaking so much that his cellphone fell out of his pocket and hit the ground. Danny gasped as a wisp of blue escaped his mouth.
"Oh, great." Danny muttered, practically dropping the brunette that was still leaning against him and dashing out of the room. Tucker got up from the floor, looking over the science station as Zach's cellphone began to glow a vivid green. A binary cloud spread from the open keypad, taking shape until it became, you guessed it, Technus.
"Ooh, this room will do nicely..." The ghost master of technology said, looking around. Reaching out a green-gloved hand, he made a shrink ray form into his hand from the parts set aside for the Heroes. After looking at it for a moment, he continued on his tirade. "Class D shrink ray, easily turned into a slaggin' good class A blaster gun."
"Hey Technus, I think the word you were looking for was slammin'. As in, my fist is slammin' into your face!" Someone yelled, as a black and white blur sped through the room and slammed into the black and grey clad ghost. The two phased through the wall and out onto the lawn. The whole class, minus the girls that hadn't woken yet, rushed to the windows to watch. Sam and Tucker exchanged glances, and then sped off into the halls.
Danny dodged a laser blast from the ray gun Technus was holding. Seeing an opening, he took it and sped forward, managing to get in a few shots before he was blasted by the ray gun.
"Foolish choild, you cannot win!" Technus yelled, putting his hands above his head in a universal gesture of 'haha, I win!'. Just then, a klaxon began to sound, and a tower rose above the school. A blue-tinted glowing dome slid down, and in a second the whole school building was covered in the dome.
"Well, this is new." Both combatants said, staring at the now-active ghost shield. Metal shields slid down over the windows of the school building, and Danny could hear a faint announcement coming from inside.
All students, please report to the gym. This is a full-scale super-villain alert. All teachers, please report to the emergency briefing room. In costume.
Well, this couldn't be good.
"Ethan, which locker did you put the thermos in?" Sam was yelling as the duo ran down the halls towards their lockers.
"I thought you put the thermos in one of our lockers!" Tucker yelled over the klaxon.
"Well, it was your job!" Sam yelled, jumping, doing a flip and kicking off a sharp turn in the hall. Tucker stopped, staring after her.
"Man, I've gotta learn where she practices gymnastics." He mused, before taking off at a run. By the time he got to their lockers, he was panting and Sam hadn't even broken a sweat. She was rummaging through her locker, throwing various paraphanilia that Tucker didn't even want to know where she had gotten over her shoulders. She finally emerged with a rather battered thermos in her hands, one with two burnt palm prints on the bottom.
"The prototype? It's third period, Sam. Danny'll never get Technus into the Ghost Zone before that thing explodes!" Tucker exclaimed.
"He can fly at 900-something miles per hour, remember?" Sam said sarcastically, chucking the thermos to Tucker and grabbing all the things she had thrown on the floor and stuffing them back into her locker and slamming it. The duo took off at a run again, heading for the main entrance. As they got there, they peered out through the glass just in time to see the blue-tinted shield come down over the school.
"Well, at least we can get out there..." Tucker began. Then the metal shield fell over the entrance in front of them, obscuring their view through the glass-windowed door.
"No, Tucker, we can't." Sam deadpanned. They both gasped and turned as they heard the teltale whine of an ecto-blaster being charged behind them. Valerie, in her ghost hunting suit, was aiming a rather menacing-looking gun at them. Or rather, the door.
"Move, guys. I don't know if this'll ricochet or not!" Valerie called out, firing just as Sam and Tucker jumped out of the way. There was a sizeable hole in the metal shield. Valerie kicked up her jet sled and sped through the opening, and Sam grabbed the thermos from Tucker and jumped out after her. As Tucker went to follow, the hole suddenly closed up. One of the seniors turned the corner at the end of the hall and spotted him, it was Lash. Tucker whipped out his PDA and moved towards a control panel, but all the PDA did was fuzz at him.
"Baby? Speak to me!" Tucker said, hugging his PDA. Lash was nearly standing above him now, and he took Tucker's PDA with a stretched arm.
"Dude, you seriously need to stop cheating on the toilet with your PDA." Lash snickered, taking his other arm and wrapping it around Tucker's torso several times. "And you really should be in the gym with everyone else."
"For the record, I blame you." Danny said above the whine of several different guns and bits of laser equipment being charged. He and Technus were floating back-to-back, surrounded by teachers in costume.
"Choild, I was only here to find my daught-" Technus's rant was cut short as Principal Powers, all decked in her yellow and white costume, stepped forward.
"Inviso-Bill and unknown specter, leave this campus immediately or the teachers will be forced to use lethal force." She began.
"It's Phantom! Danny Phantom! Can't you people get it right?" Danny asked, peeved.
"And Oi am no unknown specter! Oi am Technus, measter of all things mechanical! Lord of-" Technus was cut short yet again by the appearance of Valerie.
"Where's those ghosts? When I catch those ghosts, I'm gonna waste 'em!" She yelled, pretty much all her weaponry trained on the already laser-sighted Danny and Technus.
"For the record, choild, Oi blame you."
YAAAAAAY the lines are working!