Arashi: I'm glad everyone is still enjoying this chapter. Just one more of the original writing before its my own writing. Hopefully keeping doing my best for this fic.

Don't own Danny Phantom at all.

Chapter 7: Vlad Wants Only The Best

Danny woke the next day and thanked whatever force out there that Vlad didn't prank him. He found himself smiling while thinking about the prank, and ended up forgiving the man, why hold a grudge? He got ready for the day, and looked at his clock, it said 8:01 AM, he wondered if the time was what it was supposed to be, or if Vlad had changed it. He shrugged, it didn't matter either way as long as he was awake sometime during the day.

Vlad was waiting in the dining area, reading a newspaper and sipping coffee, his legs crossed as they always were when he was sitting. He glanced over at Danny as he entered.

"So, you are finally awake now? I'm surprised you awoke in the morning, any longer and I would have gotten you up myself!" Vlad said while flipping the paper to the next page.

Danny wondered why he felt as if he should have waited longer before getting up out of bed. He shrugged again, "what time is it?"

Vlad glanced at his wristwatch, moving the paper with his arm movement. "8:03," he said, moving his arm back down, making the paper go back to the way it was before. At least now Danny knew his clock was right.

"It's too early in my opinion." Danny stated bluntly, he almost never got up so early in the morning.

"It will not be anymore, I will wake you up earlier tomorrow, you need to get in the habit of waking earlier."

"Why?" Danny said, it really made no sense to him to get up earlier, it wasn't going to change the world or anything.

"Because, Daniel, the early bird gets the worm." Vlad stated, still reading the paper, which was starting to annoy Danny.

"We aren't birds!" Danny said in his defense, while throwing his arms up in exasperation.

Vlad shook his head and sighed . "It's an idiom Daniel, it is just a saying of sorts." Vlad explained.

"Why not say what you mean then? Why say the idlium or whatever?" Danny asked, sitting down beside Vlad.

Vlad groaned, "idiom, Daniel" he corrected, "and they are used as an example almost." Vlad sighed again, wondering how to explain this elementary word to Daniel in the morning in which Daniel is really tired and can barely comprehend anything.

Danny sighed in defeat, he wasn't going to get his opinion across to the man! He gave up!

"How about we talk about something else, how do you feel now that you have finally received your hard earned diploma?" Vlad asked, glancing up at Danny from his newspaper.

"It's great, but it still feels like I should be going back anytime now." Danny replied, not really knowing what to say.

"Have you thought about your future?" Vlad asked, taking a sip of coffee.

"No, not really, yet anyway." Danny said, looking down.

"What about college, are you going?" Vlad looked up at Danny, cocking his eyebrow at him.

"I haven't really thought about it, yet. I mean, what will I be career-wise? I can't just go to college without a career in mind! Plus, it's not like I can pay for it, I barely have any money!" Danny said in his defense, he had a feeling Vlad wouldn't approve, and he was right.

"WHAT? You will NOT turn out like your father, you are going to go to college and you are going to get a good job, it's what you need. I will pay for it. Have you thought of what you are going to do?" Vlad asked, looking Danny straight in the eyes.

"No, and I don't want anymore charity, you have already done enough." Danny said in a stern voice, but looking passively down at the table while he said it. A servant came by with a plate of eggs and toast with some orange juice to drink for him, more coffee for Vlad. When the man left, Vlad looked back to Danny.

Danny picked up his fork and poked at his eggs, wanting Vlad to stop interrogating him. "I will try to think of something soon, and I will find a way to pay for it myself." Danny said, hoping to stop the minor argument.

Vlad sighed, he couldn't expect Danny to do anything else. "Okay, but think it through, you need to find something you really want to do."

Vlad wanted to pay for Danny's college tuition since Danny couldn't himself. After all, he had too much money for himself anyway. He wouldn't mind paying for the tuition and the books too, if it meant that Danny could have a good life. He wanted the best for Danny, and graduating for college is part of that!


After breakfast, Danny didn't know what to do, it was awkward. Vlad was calm, ignoring the awkwardness, and folded up his newspaper. "By the way Daniel, you really need to get away from that burger place, it's horrible for your health! You need to get a better job, perhaps you should find work elsewhere. In fact, I have already called some people and found the perfect job. You are to work at the convenience company!"

"Umm, do you mean convenience store? Are you sure about this 'cause I-"

"Dear Daniel, you need to let me just do this for you, you deserve a better job! I don't want that place's germs on you when you get back here from there anyway!" Vlad said merrily, and very out-of-character. Danny shook off this new Vlad's too merry attitude and decided against thinking about it too deeply.

Danny looked at him and nodded, admitting defeat, "When do I start?"

"Why, I'll tell them you've accepted and we can find the appropriate time!" Vlad said, smiling at Danny. Danny once again decided against thinking about Vlad's new attitude.

"I guess I'll call my old job and tell them I quit." Danny said, making his way over to the phone.

"Don't worry about that, I've already called them!" Vlad said.

Danny growled, why did the man have to get so involved into his life? "Why are you doing all of this for me?" Danny asked quickly, turning back to Vlad.

"I have taken a liking to you Daniel, you are living in my home remember, so you are to be given better things." Vlad said as if it was obvious.

"Fine." Danny said, defeated again.

"Hey, I've got an idea! How about you go and do your other duties to the city whilst you wait for employment?" Vlad said enthusiastically with a hint of sarcasm.

"What other duties?" Danny asked.

"You dolt, your ghost duties! The town will be going crazy soon with only your family defending them from al of the ghosts in town!" Vlad said, clearly disapproving how Danny could forget something so important.

"Oh," Danny said. He shrugged off the family comment, he didn't feel like commenting about the misusage, they weren't his family. Not anymore at least.

Vlad looked at Danny to see the boy looking down at the floor. "What's wrong, Daniel, this is a happy occasion!" Vlad said, trying to get Danny to cheer up.

"I-I just, nothing." Danny said shaking his head out of his thoughts and looking back up at Vlad.

"You know you can talk to me about anything, right?" Vlad said, hoping Danny would come out to him and tell him what was wrong. He may be a patient man, but he hated having to wait this long for an explanation!

"Yeah, I do, but nothing's wrong, so I don't have anything to say. I'll see you later." Danny said, going ghost and flying out of the mansion. Vlad stared after him. He too, went ghost, and went invisible, flying to the supposed direction Danny flew in.

Vlad was hoping that following Danny would give him answers to why Danny was not with his parents and unhappy. He hoped Danny would slip something out in frustration or something while fighting a ghost. He also hoped he would not be discovered, Danny wants to be alone sometimes. Maybe he would mutter his thoughts aloud as most always did? Either way, Vlad flew through the bright sunlit sky, hoping to catch up with the lost ghost child.


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