A/N- This is the first chapter of the next installment of the Proclaiming Love series! I've been trying to write this chapter for a while. Also, a shout-out to White. Wolf. Ice for an idea for a conversation in this chapter. Thanks so much! Hope you enjoy!

Disclaimer- Darkwing Duck and any related characters all belong to Disney. Making no money here. This applies to all chapters.


Prologue

Gosalyn crawled into bed beside Negaduck—who was busy reading the evening edition of the St. Canard Post. She deliberately moved so that she disturbed his side of the bed. He looked up at her and smiled, just as she had planned. His smile was not suggestive, and that was fine. She was not moving or dressed or hinting at anything like that, after all. She simply wanted his loving smile on her. She plopped down beside him, and he put down his paper to wrap his arm around her.

"What does your father say about you staying the night here with me?" he asked as she nestled herself next to him.

"Well, not much. I mean, I'm just going over to my Grandfather's house. Nothing wrong with that," she said.

When Negaduck and Gosalyn had returned to St. Canard a year ago after having run away from Darkwing, Morton Macawber—Morgana's father—had welcomed the ex-villain back into his home with no argument. Morgana, Gosalyn's stepmother, had confided in her later that Morton had been on Negaduck's and Gosalyn's side the whole time. This was something she had yet to tell Darkwing.

Negaduck laughed and kissed her cheek. She snuck a quick kiss on his beak in return, and he laughed again.

"My tricky little Gos. If you had ever considered villainy, you would have given me a run for my money," he said. She laughed.

"Well, he can't really say anything anyway. Dad, that is. I'm eighteen now and about to graduate high school. Besides, I think he envies me."

Negaduck let out a "ha" of disbelief. "He envies the fact that you're here with me?"

"No. He envies that fact that I can leave the house on the excuse that I need my sleep for school. Now, whether I actually sleep or not…"

"Luna still not sleeping through the night?" Negaduck asked as Gosalyn began to give him that suggestive look.

Luna was the newest addition to the Mallard household, Gosalyn's younger sister. She was a beautiful little thing, with her mother's dark hair and her father's bright eyes. Gosalyn adored her. But she was causing a severe lack of sleep. Her cries were loud enough to carry throughout the entire manor-home. Gosalyn shook her head.

"Nope. And as long as Luna doesn't want to sleep…the longer I can stay here with you without complaint. Well…without any strong complaint. He's still Dad."

Negaduck kissed Gosalyn, laying her down against the pillows. When he pulled back, she would not let him go. He laughed and kissed her again. Finally, he was able to escape, falling back onto his side of the bed, where he sighed.

"You know," he said after a moment, "I've been thinking…"

"Uh-oh," Gosalyn muttered playfully, rolling on her side to face him.

He tickled her a bit, and she slapped lightly at his hands until he stopped and smiled at her.

"Seriously, though, Gos, I've been thinking lately of changing my name," he said.

Gosalyn arched a brow. She rested her head on her hand and stared him in the eyes.

"Why would you do that?" she asked.

Negaduck was rolled onto his back, staring at the ceiling. He shrugged.

"My name is just associated with so much evil. And I'm not really like that anymore. I just thought that maybe I should choose a name that reflects my change."

Goslayn snorted. "You mean like, Mickey Fluffybottom?"

She kicked lightly towards the body part indicated in her made-up last name. Negaduck made a face of utter disgust.

"No, not quite. What do you think, though, Gos? Really?"

Gosalyn sat up and laughed. "I think that you should stick with Negaduck. For several reasons. One, it would be hard for me to see you with a different name. Although Fluffybottom is going to stick with me for a while," she began. Negaduck laughed, and she continued, "Plus, you know that old saying, 'What's in a name?' You're just you to me. Not evil, not good, nothing but my love. You're Negaduck to me. Always."

He leaned forward and kissed her softly. When he pulled back, he had a sly smile on his face. When Gosalyn inquired as to what was so funny, he replied, "That 'saying' is actually a Shakespeare quote, love."

She hit him with a pillow. Repeatedly. When she stopped, he pulled her into his arms.

"So, are you excited about the big Homecoming game?" he asked.

At St. Canard Public School 42, basketball was the big deal, not football. And Gosalyn was the current MVP on the Girls' Varsity team. Both the Girls' and the Boys' Varsity teams had their Homecoming games coming up, just two weeks before Christmas break. In response, Gosalyn placed a finger to Negaduck's beak.

"Ask me later," she whispered.

"And what would you like to talk about now?" he asked.

She moved to where she was over him, looking down. "Let's have minimal talking, okay?"


End Notes: Okay, short first chapter. Just sort of an introductory piece to sort of show where everyone is in their life. So, let me know what you think. Please review!