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Destroyed or Be Destroyed
Chapter 4 – Alive and Well
Danny stared in amazement at the figure standing on the street below him. The twin orbs of energy crackled in his hands signaling the excitement he was feeling within. "Sam," he asked softly almost willing his imagination to stop his insane hallucination. "Sam is that really you," he asked again this time with a little more voice. He dared not believe it was her it couldn't be her. There was no possible way that she made managed to survive the attack on her house; there was no way any of them had survived the attack on the Manson Mansion.
Slowly he floated down to within five feet of the dream. The smile on her face and the relief in her eyes just seemed too real to be just a figment of his imagination. "There is only one way to see if this is real," he thought to himself. Quickly he closed the distance and wrapped her in a tight hug bringing his lips down to hers.
The feeling was like nothing he had ever experienced outside of those fake-out make outs. This was real; her lips were so soft and warm and the way her body fit in perfectly with his. It was like heaven on Earth. Then it all came crashing down; Sam pushed away from him for a brief moment and looked him square in the eye.
"You better have meant that in for than a friendship way," she stated putting her hands on her hips. She had to try real had to contain the smile and laughter at his dumbfounded look.
"Wh… what," was all Danny could muster out.
Sam walked over and wrapped her arms around him in a big hug. "I heard you say that you love me and I want to know if you really meant it," she asked unusual amount of uncertainty in her voice.
Danny smiled and bent down again to kiss her. "I meant every word of it. I have loved you for as long as I can remember and-," he was cut off by Sam pressing her lips to his with such force and emotion.
"I love you too you clueless idiot," Sam said between kisses. He wrapped his hands around her waist and pulled her closer while she ran her fingers through his raven hair. Sam opened her mouth allowing him to deepen the kiss. His tongue traced the wondrous cavern of her mouth as hers did the same. Slowly they parted leaving their foreheads touching. "I'm so glad you're okay," she said moving her head to his shoulder.
Danny stroked her back, "You're glad I'm okay, I thought you were dead. I was ready to give it all up and become Dan. But do you know why I didn't? It was all because of you," he said pulling her away so that he could look into the beautiful amethyst eyes.
Danny leaned in to kiss her again when a blue mist escaped his lips. Danny moaned at the interruption. Suddenly a tear formed across for them and Wulf stepped out. "Guess Clockwork is ready to talk to you," Sam said walking over to where Wulf was standing.
Danny stared at the two of them a look of complete confusion on his face. "But what, how, why… Clockwork," he asked trying to put it together.
Sam stifled a giggle and walked back over taking a hold of Danny's hand. "How did you think Tucker, Valerie, and I escaped Vlad's attack," she asked pulling him over.
"I hadn't really thought about it yet," Danny answered to a laughing Sam.
"You know you really are clueless sometimes."
"Hey Wulf, how's it going?" Danny asked as he walked through the portal provided followed by Sam and Wulf. Danny found himself inside Clockwork's Tower. The thousands of differing clocks would give you a headache if you focused on them too much.
Danny spotted the ancient ghost over by the mirror that showed all the different time-lines. Danny watched as he made transitions from elderly to middle age to infant in just a matter of moments. "Ah Danny," Clockwork said turning his attention to the boy, "It is so good to see that you made the right choice in this timeline."
"What are you talking about? The right choice," Danny asked walking over to where Clockwork was standing.
Clockwork smiled down at the boy and with a calm tone explained to him that certain deviations in the time line had resulted in the reappearance and recreation of Dan Phantom. In order to make sure that those times had strictly been flukes he needed a way to test what Danny would do if the situation presented itself again.
"But you put Sam, Tucker, and Valerie all at risk for an experiment," Danny shouted at the ghost.
"Yes and no. To you they appeared in danger, but Wulf was there to bring them here away from the danger and to give you the impression that they had died," Clockwork began to explain, "The increased strength you used to defeat Plasimus was fueled purely by anger and hate. The same emotions that fuels Dan; however the difference is you chose not to give in to them as instead used your head."
Danny nodded in understanding; while he didn't completely understand all the Clockwork had said he did know that Sam and his friends were safe. And a bonus being that Vlad was no longer a threat.
Danny felt something touch his hand and looked down to see Sam's fingers interlaced with his. He squeezed them together while he continued to speak with Clockwork. Clockwork went into great detail about the differing dimensions that Dan had reappeared in and what had caused his reemergence. Danny listened intently while Sam stood at his side.
After what seemed like forever to Danny Clockwork finished. With expert timing Tucker and Valerie rounded the corner. "Hey Danny, kick ass fight," Tucker shouted running over slapping Danny on the back.
"You saw that?" Danny asked as Tucker and Valerie came to a fault in front of him and Sam.
"You're the ghost boy?" Valerie demanded.
Danny nodded his head in conformation as Valerie eyed him and then did the completely unexpected: she hugged him. Danny returned the quick hug and looked over at Tucker.
Danny spent the next several minutes fielding questions from Valerie and Tucker both. Valerie wanted to know all about his ghost half while Tucker wanted to hear all the details of the battle with Vlad from someone who was there. Sam didn't really say much; she just continued to stand next to Danny holding his hand.
"Well, I guess you better be getting back home," Clockwork suggested interrupting the continuous stream of questions from Valerie. Danny nodded his head in appreciation as Wulf ripped open a tear leading into Danny's room. Everyone waved good bye and stepped through the portal.
Once the portal closed Valerie shot Danny a questioning look. In response Danny shot Tucker a look and right on cue Tucker grabbed a hold of Valerie's room said good bye and dragged her out of the house.
Danny fell back onto his bed; reaching over he grabbed Sam's hand pulling her down beside him. Sam laid her head on Danny's shoulder and just enjoyed the warm feeling coming off him. "So, where are you going to stay?"
"I don't know, but I do know where I want to stay," Sam answered moving slightly to look Danny in the eyes.
"And where would that be?" he asked in a mischievous manner.
Sam nudged him in the ribs as he squeezed her tight against himself. "Where do you want me to stay?"
"Right here," Danny proclaimed kissing Sam lightly on the lips.
"And how would we pull that off?"
"I think I may have an idea," Danny said smiling down at Sam and kissing her again.
It had been three months since the attack on the Manson Mansion. With expert construction crews and loads of cash the place was back to its original glory. Sam had quite enjoyed the last several months due to a little work on Danny's part and a bit of overshadowing she had managed to spend the entire time at the Fenton household.
AN: After this is going to be an epilogue of sorts. I'm not really sure what all I am going to have in it at this moment so if you have soemthing you would like to see please let me know. I would like to thank my beta readers I couldn't do this without them: Writergirl713, Flarey Phoenix, and Catgirlversion3.0otako. Now, press that little button and let me know what you thought of this chapter or the story in general.