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Chapter 12: The Reveal
Danny woke up in his room. It was sunny out and it looked like there had been a storm the previous night. The window was open and Danny could smell rain and felt a cool breeze.
"What just happened?" he asked.
He stepped back from the window. "Going ghost!" His ghost form was normal, nothing starry about it.
"Huh?" Danny said as he reverted back to his human form. "It was all a dream."
Part of him was relived. No one was in danger from Nocturn and that was good. But part of him was a little disappointed. He actually enjoyed his new friends, even Galaxi (for all her annoying qualities), and they weren't even real.
Danny sighed sadly. "Well, I might as well get breakfast since I'm up."
Slowly, he made his way down stairs.
Aster bulldozed into Sirius and knocked the dog unconscious. He curled into himself a little bit and said: "Sorry…"
"Nice job, Aster," Galaxi said patting his arm.
"Heh, thanks Gal," Aster said bashfully.
"So the dog's down. What about Danny?" Rocky asked.
The ladybug tickled Danny's nose with its antennas but to no avail.
"We've gotta wake him up somehow," Aster said.
"One of us needs to overshadow him and wake him up," Rocky said.
"I don't know if I would fit inside him," Aster said looking at Galaxi.
"Ew! I'm not going in there!" Galaxi shuddered.
Rocky rolled his eyes. "Fine, I'll do it."
He rose in the air and then rocketed into Danny's mind.
Danny was almost to the kitchen where Rocky appeared.
"Danny you've gotta wake up!"
"I'm asleep?" Danny asked.
"Yeah," Rocky said.
"Wait, then why aren't I waking up. I know this is a dream now…"
"People don't always wake up from dreams even when they know they're dreaming," Rocky explained.
"Well then, how do I wake up?" Danny asked.
"You should shock me awake1" Danny said snapping his fingers.
"Me appearing out of thin air didn't do that?" Rocky asked.
"I guess I'm just used to ghosts appearing suddenly," Danny said.
"Well, what freaks you out then?" Rocky asked.
"Uhm…" Danny pondered for a moment but nothing came to him. "Probably my parents trying to tear me apart molecule by molecule."
Suddenly, his parents appeared holding a scalpel and razor. "You lied to us, Danny," his mother said hauntingly.
"You've deceived us. You've been using us all this time. You were watching us work so that you could find a way to prevent us from destroying your kind," his father added.
Danny trembled a little but he wasn't totally shocked.
"How is this not creeping you out?" Rocky asked trembling.
"It's scary. But I guess because I said it out loud I knew it was coming so it's not as scary as if it came out of nowhere," Danny said.
The horrifying images of his parents disappeared.
"Well then, what do we do?" Rocky asked.
"Shock me in some way," Danny shrugged.
"Hmm…" Rocky snapped hi' fingers. "I could drop you!"
"I'm sorry, what?" Danny said.
Rocky grabbed Danny by the collar of his pajamas and hoisted him into the air. "Wait! No! Rocky! Aaugh!" Danny grabbed onto the railing of the staircase.
"How did that not work?" Rocky cried.
"Probably 'cause you said something," Danny said.
Rocky smacked his forehead and thought. Suddenly, he came up with something that would surely chill Danny to the bone.
"Well, we gotta wake you up soon. Galaxi's a wreck!" Rocky said.
"Really?" Danny asked.
"Yeah! Didn't you know."
"She's madly and passionately in love with you!"
Danny's pupils shrunk.
"AAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!" Danny screamed and he shot up from the ground. Rocky flew out of Danny's head and landed safely in mid air.
Danny took one look at Galaxi and screamed. Galaxi seized Rocky's shirt and brought them nose to nose. "What did you tell him?"
"Nothing," Rocky smiled innocently.
Galaxi released Rocky but still glared icily at him. Aster went to pat Danny on the back. "What happened?" Danny asked.
"Aster beat Sirius. We don't know where Nocturn is," Rocky explained.
"I think I heard him say he was going into the real world," Danny recalled.
"Is there a portal into the real world?" Aster asked.
"I doubt it. Nocturn can probably apparate in and out of the Ghost Zone," Danny said standing up.
"Doesn't mean we can't check his castle," Galaxi said.
"Why would you of all people want to go into his castle?" Danny asked.
Galaxi said nothing. Danny wondered if he had upset her. He then wondered if Rocky just said she was in love with him to wake him up. He tried not to think about it.
"You just wanna look for your family, don't you?" Rocky asked accusingly.
"And why is that a bad thing?" Danny asked not understanding Rocky's disapproval.
"She doesn't want to fight Nocturn, she just wants to find her family," Rocky said.
"There's no use in fighting Nocturn!" Galaxi shrieked.
"What are you talking about? I thought you wanted to face Nocturn!" Danny said.
"We did and look what happened! You feel asleep and that dog bit me!" Galaxi showed a gash in her arm where Sirius must've scratched or bitten her.
"That doesn't mean we can give up! Let's say you do find your family, then what? Nocturn would still be on the loose and then he could still hurt you guys," Danny said grabbing Galaxi's hand and looking at the gash in her arm.
Galaxi ripped her arm away from him. "I want my family back! If you had a choice between your family and the villain, who would you pick?"
"The villain because the villain is the one I need to get rid of first in order to keep my family safe! I look at it from a hero's perspective!" Danny said.
"So what? You're saying your way is better?" Galaxi barked.
"If we can defeat Nocturn you and your family will safe! Isn't that what you want? To be safe?" Danny asked.
Galaxi tried to hold back the tears. She shook her head and said: "Fine!" She wiped her eyes. "Fine, whatever. Just…just promise we'll get our families back."
"I promise," Danny smiled.
Galaxi looked down at her feet. Danny didn't know exactly what a hug would mean to Galaxi after what Rocky had said, but it looked like she needed one so Danny pulled her close and hugged her as tight as he could.
"Aw!" Rocky cooed jokingly.
Aster rubbed his arm uncomfortably and asked: "Uh, so what do we do now?"
Danny released Galaxi and turned around. "Look for an entrance into the real world."
The four ventured back into Nocturn's castle and looked for a room or something to lead them into the real world but not before stuffing the knocked out Sirius into a closet. They checked all the doors down the hallway but could find nothing; just various rooms and dining halls (Danny still found it odd that ghosts would need to eat). There was a door at the end of one room, the bedroom to be exact. Danny tried to open it but it was locked.
"Alright, look for a key," Danny said.
The four spread out and looked through drawers, bookshelves, underneath the bed and the covers.
"Why would Nocturn have a portal to the real world anyway? Like you said, couldn't he just apparate?" Galaxi asked looking under the dresser.
"Well, maybe he has one incase he's feeling weak and powerless. Makes traveling easier," Danny suggested.
"I can't find it," Aster said.
"I have an idea!" Rocky said. "Aster, just breaking the handle on the door, then we won't need a key!"
Aster looked hesitant but decided to give it a try. He raised his enormous hand and brought it down hard o on the door knob breaking it off.
"Ha! Take that you door!" Rocky mocked making muscle man poses.
Galaxi pushed him aside and into Aster's face. As the door began to swing open, Danny reached forward. Inside the was a swirling green vortex much like the one in Danny's portal at home.
"Hello, portal," Danny grinned.
"So now what? Just find Nocturn and defeat him?" Galaxi asked.
"Or do you have no idea what to do now?" Galaxi asked drolly.
"Alright, we're gonna need some weapons," Danny said.
"And where are we gonna find these weapons?" Galaxi asked.
"At my house," Danny said. The ladybug perched itself on Danny's shoulder.
"Your house? Isn't that in the Ghost Zone?" Rocky asked.
"No, it's in the real world. I'm only half ghost, remember?" Danny asked.
The other three stared at him. "We didn't know that…" Galaxi said.
"Oh…" Danny said. "Well, I am so…I live in the human world."
"Okay…" Galaxi said.
"So what about the weapons?" Aster asked.
"My parents are ghost hunters…" Danny began.
"But you're a ghost," Galaxi pointed out.
"Yeah, it's a long…complicated story, but anyway my parents built stuff to defeat ghosts and….most of them work," Danny said.
"We don't know how to use weapons," Galaxi said.
"Don't worry. I'll teach you guys how to use them. You're with me, right?" Danny asked.
There was a beat of hesitation, but the others inevitably agreed. They walked through the portal and ended up in Danny's basement.
"Huh…I don't really know how to feel about this," Danny muttered.
Upstairs, Danny could hear snoring. "Whose up there?" Aster shuddered.
Danny suddenly remembered his father was fast asleep at the bottom on the staircase. "My dad."
Danny walked up stairs and the others followed. When they reached Jack Fenton, Rocky said: "Wow. You get your figure from your mom, huh?"
Galaxi nudged Rocky. Danny pulled Aster back when he was about to touch Jack's sleeping form. "See that?" Danny asked pointing to the sleep helmet. "While he's wearing that we can't touch him, but I can go inside him and wake him up."
"Do we need to wake him up?" Galaxi asked.
Danny looked down at his father. "He's kind of bumbling, but he could be helpful." Softly, Danny added: "And he might as well know."
"Know what?" Galaxi asked.
"It's personal, don't worry about it. Just wait here, this shouldn't be long," Danny said before diving into his father's dream.
Jack's dream wasn't anything shocking. The scene was Jack on a float with Maddie, Jazz, and Danny being praised by all of Amity Park for being the world's greatest ghost hunter. Vlad went up to the float and stood at a podium. The speaker cracked and Vlad began to talk:
"Ladies and gentlemen. It is my great pride to honor my good friend Jack Fenton with this ghost hunting award!"
Danny couldn't help but laugh. Was there even an award for that?
"Oh, shucks Valddy," Jack said modestly before swiping the award out of Vlad's hand.
Maddie, Jazz, and dream Danny all clapped. "Wait to go dad!" dream Danny called.
Danny sighed. This dream had to become a nightmare soon.
Danny flew into the scene and floated over the citizens. "Jack Fenton!" Danny's voice boomed. "I challenge you! Bet you can't catch me!"
"Phantom!" Jack cried. He pulled a bazooka out from behind his back and shot at Danny. Danny turned invisible and overshadowed Vlad. He promptly smacked himself in the face. And then punched himself in the gut. And then jumped off the edge of the float. When Danny phased out of Vlad, he muttered: "It had to be done."
He flew in front of his dream self and family and said: "Boo."
They screamed and ran away. Danny felt a little embarrassed watching himself scream like a complete wimp but he tried not to let it get to him. Jack shot at him again and this time it hit him.
Danny shakily pushed himself up. He heard Jack come up behind him. Turning around, he saw his father look more enraged than he ever had.
"Don't you hurt my family," Jack said darkly. He aimed and Danny flew out of the way. "Don't you hurt my wife!" Blast! Danny flew out of the way. "Don't you hurt my daughter!" And again, blast! "And don't you dare hurt my son!" The bazooka was firing up.
"I wouldn't hurt them, especially not your son!" Danny said.
"Liar!" Jack cried.
"No, I'm telling the truth! At least I am now."
Jack lowered his weapon looking puzzled. Danny closed his eyes and transformed into his human form.
I felt like this chapter was a bit rushed and I do apologize for that. I hope you enjoyed the chapter otherwise. 8)