Chapter Two: Some Changes Come Their Way
(So you guys aren't confused, this takes place two years later than last chapter, so Haley has had her powers for more than two years at this point).
Haley and her family are seen in their car like in the beginning of the last chapter; except this time, two huge moving trucks are following them and they had some luggage on the top of their car. They again were headed into Amity Park. After Haley got her powers, she got quieter and quieter and a bit less outgoing because she didn't want anybody getting too close to her and finding out her new secret. She had a close-knit group of friends, she hung out with them sometimes but not as much as she would have wanted to. She had a pretty good amount of free time but didn't want to get too close to her friends. She would draw them in a bit, but then feeling unsure, she would push them back a bit. Not even her parents knew about her powers. The only two people that knew was her little sister, Alexa and her closest friend that she's known since she moved to her old home and was the acceptation to the friend rule, Maggie.
Alexa found out when Haley was still trying to get the hang of controlling her newly found powers. It was when she was on her first mission to stop the Box Ghost. She was coming home and Alexa was waiting in her room in the dark because she had a nightmare and startled Haley when she flew in the window. Ever since then, Alexa has been keeping Haley's secret, but with a price. Whenever she had to get away from her family or something, Alexa was always stuck with making up excuses and Haley in return would pay her $2 every hour Haley was gone which would increase by .50 cents a year. So now it was $3 an hour.
Maggie on the other hand found out without it costing anything. Maggie ever since the accident could tell that Haley was more jittery than usual and would stutter when asked questions about herself. Maggie and Haley were arguing over this concept once a month after the accident (Haley isn't good at hiding things from friends especially Maggie). Then when they were fighting, Ember (knowing Haley being a Halfa) barged in and started saying things to Haley like they knew each other and Haley couldn't get Maggie to leave. So Haley had to transform in front of her. Haley was trying to fight off Ember and was on the verge of losing until Maggie went behind Ember and hit her upside the head with a lamp. That's when their bond became much stronger which helped when Maggie's parents both died in a horrible car crash several months later. Haley being her best friend invited her to become a part of her family and she eventually did. So Haley's parents being good friends with Maggie's parents agreed with Haley to take Maggie under their wing. So Haley and Maggie soon became sisters. So Maggie was with Haley and her family in the car.
Back to reality, the car passed by the billboard saying, "Welcome to Amity Park". Haley was getting a bit nervous. She hasn't been to Amity Park since the accident, being back here brought back the pain, the shock, the mini depression she went through trying to find herself again. Maggie saw her starting to quiver in her seat and laid a comforting hand on her back saying
"Don't worry, everything will be just fine. And this time it's different, I'm here now to help you out." she said smiling. This got Haley to stop quivering and showed a small smile on her face. She mouthed the word 'thank you' and she hugged her best friend/sister. After the car turned another corner, Haley's mother said
"Oh look, we're here!" The father pulled over parallel to a nice looking brick house. It was a three-story house. It looked like it was a fairly new house compared to the rest of the block. Haley looking around the block, feeling a sense that she been here or something.
"Mama, have we been here before?" Alexa tugged at her mother's shirt, who was thinking the same question.
"Why yes sweetie. We are near our good friends, the Fenton's." Haley's mother responded. Just the sound of the name made Haley's hairs stand on end.
Oh no, Haley could only think. Then something stopped her from thinking. Her body then was overflowing with warmth when her ghost sense that was a yellow-orange color came out of her mouth. Maggie noticed it and quickly covered Haley's mouth before Haley's parents could see. Maggie the removed her hand and Haley dragged Alexa by the collar of her shirt to her side and knelt down to her level.
"Distraction time Lex. Maggie and I will be back soon. Got it?" Alexa nodded her head. Haley and Maggie then ran to her parents and asked
"Hey mom, dad, can I show Maggie around? I mean she has been nervous about this whole trip." Maggie was about to protest when Haley nudged her side implying her to keep quiet and play along. She continued.
"I mean me being her sister now means having to look out for her and making sure that she is okay. So is it okay? I promise we won't be gone very long." She pleaded while waiting for her parents' answer.
"Sure sweetie, we're just happy that you're finally maturing and taking your responsibilities as a sister seriously." Haley's father said. Haley hugged her parents and grabbed Maggie's arm trudging her along as they ran to find the ghost.
After they turned a corner, they were both in an alleyway. Maggie stepped back from Haley giving her space to do her thing. Haley then stood in her ready position and closed her eyes, light orange rings ran up and down her body; changing Haley into her alter ego she calls The Ghost of Peace. She was wearing the same outfit that she wore in the last chapter except with a brown cloak covering her body. She then opened her eyes and they went from a dark blue to a blue green color. She lifted up the hood that was attached to the cloak to cover her face. She grabbed onto Maggie and together they both flew in the direction where the ghost was located.
After about ten minutes, they stopped near the docks where an old abandoned mattress storage house was (a perfect place for a ghost). Haley let Maggie down on the ground and Haley landed on the ground too after regaining her legs since they disappeared since she was flying so fast. She then put a hand on Maggie's shoulder and they both turned intangible. They peered their heads through the wooden wall and observed what was going on inside. She almost gasped at what she and Maggie were watching. There were two ghosts. One was no one other than Skulker, 'the greatest hunter in the ghost zone'. Whenever Haley saw him she always got really angry because she hated him. Ever since she could remember, he has been hunting her down, wanting to put her head 'above his fireplace as one of his greatest trophies.' (I know, gross). Anyway, there was another ghost there that she surprisingly didn't recognize. And she thought she knew ever ghost in the ghost zone. He looked like he could be her age. He was wearing a black jumpsuit with white gloves, boots, and hair. His big eyes glowed bright green in determination while having a stare down with Skulker.
Why would Skulker take interest in this ghost? Haley started to think. What was so special about him that made him different from any other ghost? I mean I understand why he's hunting me; I'm the Halfa; the ghost girl. She said to herself. Haley and Maggie then looked at each other in confusion then faced the two ghosts again to see what would happen next.
Skulker then started to get into his 'zone', focusing only on his prey. He lifted his big and bulky mechanical arm and out of his cufflink came several missiles heading straight for the mystery ghost. He looked like he was about to panic but then started to miss them just by a hair, literally. Not realizing that Skulker was just using that meaningless attack as a diversion, Skulker flew straight for the boy and he punched right in the face causing him to land on the wall behind him. He slowly peeled himself off the wall still a bit dazed from the impact with the stone. She could tell that he was still new to the whole fighting ghosts bit. Which brought back the question in her head as to why Skulker would want to waste his time with this amateur?
Skulker then approached the kid and picked him up by the collar and had a deadly glowing sword up to his throat ready to finish the job. Haley couldn't stand there watching any longer. She turned to Maggie who just nodded her head, understanding what she had to do. They finally stepped into the warehouse and they turned back to being visible again, luckily Skulker and the mystery ghost didn't seem to notice. Haley started to sneak about trying to wait for the best time to intervene. She then heard Skulker say to the poor ghost
"Any last words, ghost boy?" he said evilly while holding a glowing green sword up to the boy's neck. The ghost boy looked like he was ready to give in and on the verge of passing out. Before the boy could answer Haley decided to answer for him.
"Sorry to cut in boys, but you know the rules Skulker," she said then blasted him with his light purple ecto-ray. "You can't hunt any other ghosts until you're off probation." She started charging towards Skulker and her hand started to glow bright purple and then her glowing fist collided with his metallic face, which then sent him flying in the other direction. She then realized when she hit Skulker; the ghost boy was too weak to hold himself up in the air and so he stated to fall. She then swept down quickly to catch him before he went splat on the concrete floor. It was weird, holding him in her arms felt weirdly familiar. She saw that he was struggling to keep consciousness, so she decided to place him down on a mattress lying around. Seeing that he was trying to fight the overcoming darkness, Haley said to him
"You should rest, you definitely deserve it. I'll take it from here." She reassured him and gave him a kind smile. He nodded and decided to stop fighting unconsciousness and blacked out. She got up and turned around when she heard Skulker struggling to get up out of the pile of now broken crates where he had happened to land. She had her serious face on again.
"Who are you wretched ghost?" Skulker said to her. I guess with the hood on he didn't recognize her. So she decided to lift the hood off of her head and reveal herself to him. He first was shocked to see her here, but then that shock went straight to anger. "YOU! What are you doing here?"
"Oh, I was in the neighborhood and then I find you picking on that ghost and you know me, I'm the one who's supposed to be keeping the peace between all ghosts."
"You fiend!" He yelled at her. "I'll have your head for this, and I'll-"
"'Put it above your fire place to go along with your collection.' And blah, blah, blah." She said imitating him. "I know, I've heard it all before, but yet, I'm still here kicking your butt." He was now fuming. Haley was enjoying this way too much. "So, are you going to do this the easy way, or the hard way? Because both you and I know how this is going to play out." She said smirking. Skulker stood up in anger and aimed his utility arm at her.
"Okay, but this is a lot harder for you." She said deflecting the lasers he kept shooting at her. She would dodge it, absorb it, block it, or match it with a laser of her own. One of the times when she reflected the shot; it bounced back to him paralyzing him because he switched to a stun gun that time. She then walked up to where he was on the ground, completely paralyzed. She took her middle finger and her index finger from her right hand as they glowed purpled and drew a straight purple line on the wall behind him. She then took her hands and ripped the line open and created a doorway into the ghost zone. She then took her hand to help her whistle into the ghost zone. Not too long after, a ghost prison truck brought by Walker came, and out came the pale guy himself. Two ghost guards behind him opened the doors to the truck. Walker tossed her some ghost proof handcuffs and she placed them on Skulker's wrists. She then picked him up with not too much difficulty and she threw him into the back of the cop car. She wiped her hands together in satisfaction, Walker then saluted Haley and she saluted back but a more child like fashion. He got back into the cop car while the two men went into the front of the trick with the paralyzed Skulker and drove off. That's when Haley then closed up her portal and then turned around to see the ghost boy on the old mattress starting to reawaken again. She walked towards him and knelt down so that they were on the same eye level. He was fluttering his eyes open, he was also moaning from the pain.
"How are you feeling?" Haley asked the ghost. His eyes were starting to focus. He saw her face under her hood. She had striking green blue eyes; light blue eye shadow, two black earrings in each ear, and a kind smile on her face. He had to admit, she was pretty, but oddly, he felt like this wasn't their first time meeting. He started to open his eyes a bit more.
"Yea, I think I'm okay. Thanks for, you know, saving my butt back there." He said kind of sheepishly. Haley slightly giggled at the remark and helped him up to his feet. You could then here some rustling behind some crates and two voices, one male and one female arguing over something. Haley got into a defensive pose but then the two people came out of hiding and they turned out to be just regular teenagers. When they turned to look the ghosts' way; they didn't scream or get scared; they just stood there staring for a bit.
"Uh, Danny, who's this?" The boy said. The boy who spoke was wearing a red berate, had dark skin, glasses, a yellow long sleeved shirt, cargo pants, and hiking boots and was also holing a PDA. The girl next to him you could tell by her outfit that she was Goth. She had short black hair and a bit was pulled back into a high half ponytail, she had very pale skin, and wore a black top with a purple oval on her chest, green and black plaid skirt, purple leggings with black boots. She just sort of started to scan Haley over. Danny then stepped in front of Haley and said,
"Guys, it's okay, this is…uh, I'm sorry I didn't get your name?" he said.
"I'm Ha-(cleared her throat trying to cover the fact she almost blew her secret) excuse me, The Ghost of Peace." She said sort of nervously as she removed her hood from her head to reveal her face more clearly.
"Hey! Don't forget about me!" Maggie said coming through the doorway. The ghost and his two friends watched Maggie as she ran to Haley's side. Haley didn't know what to say when she arrived, she didn't want to get busted and let this newbie ghost find out her secret.
"And this is my, um, my, assistant, Maggie." Maggie waved towards the three strangers.
"I'm Sam Manson, nice to meet you." The Goth girl now known as Sam said.
"And I'm Tucker, Tucker Foley." He said moving closer to Haley and Maggie smoothing his hand over his barrette and doing something weird with his eyebrows. Haley and Maggie were kind of getting a bit crept out. Sam then took Tucker by the arm and dragged him back to where he was before, restraining him. Haley and Maggie giggled quietly to themselves.
"And before I forget, I'm Danny Phantom; you've probably heard of me." he said sort of proud of it. Haley looked at him with a blank stare.
"Danny Phantom, hmm, sorry, doesn't ring any bells." She said. Danny's face then turned from proud and cocky to confused and surprised.
"You seriously haven't heard of me?"
"Can't say I have. Why, are you really famous or something?"
"Yea, I guess you could say that, have you heard of the Halfa?"
"You're a Halfa? I didn't know there was another Halfa?"
"Yup that's m-, wait what? What do you mean 'another Halfa'?"
"Well, you're not the only Halfa around here."
"Wait, you're a…"
"Yup, I'm a Halfa too." Danny's face was really shocked. He couldn't believe it; he finally met someone, just like him. Haley felt the same way, she's only met a select few of Halfas and they all turned out to be bad; but this Halfa to her seemed friendly. It was nice to know that there was another Halfa out there that was on the same side as her. They kind of started to check each other out for a couple of moments. Then after a long pause, they looked at each other and both said
"Whoa," Before they could talk more, Maggie nudged Haley's arm. Haley broke her stare with Danny and looked at Maggie. She pointed to her watch. It said 10:30. Haley started to have a bit of a mental break down. It was way past curfew. Their parents were probably freaking out by now on the verge of calling the police. She looked back up to Maggie who looked really nervous and scared about what her parents were going to say.
"Well, it was nice meeting you all and all; but we got to be heading off now." Haley said while turning around to leave the warehouse. She linked hands with Maggie and was just about to take off when she felt something was clinging around her wrist. She couldn't move; so she looked back and saw Danny there and his hand around her wrist. He had a pleading look on his face. A face that Haley for some reason she couldn't ignore even if she tired.
"Wait, when will I see you again?" He asked her sounding a bit sad and now letting go of her wrist. Haley sighed and gave a small smile.
"Whenever another ghost shows up, I'll probably be there. So until then?" She said, also sounding a bit sad leaving him. Danny's face made her feel even guiltier leaving him in such a rush. Maggie couldn't stand watching this. It made her want to gag; but she tried not to show it.
"Come on! We need to go!" Maggie said tugging on Haley's arm harder and harder. She looked back quick giving Maggie the stare mentally saying 'Knock it off'.
"I'm sorry, I really have to go." She said while she started running, still not looking away from him. His eyes to her were just; so mesmerizing. Danny was thinking the same thing about her eyes. Haley quickly said bye to Danny, Tucker, and Sam and she flew into the air still holding onto Maggie and they both went intangible and flew through the wall and they were out of sight. Tucker's PDA then vibrated in his hands and Tucker looked down at it. It was the alarm.
"Hey Danny, we should be heading back too." He said to Danny; but Danny was in another world. He couldn't stop thinking about The Ghost of Peace. "Uh, Earth to Danny Phantom?" Tucker said walking up to Danny. "Dude, wake up." He then shook his shoulder and Danny finally snapped out of it, but still looked really spacey. "Man, you got it bad." Tucker said teasing Danny.
"Oh cut it out Tuck!" Danny said knowing exactly what he meant.
"Come on Danny," Sam started. "It's past our curfew, you're parents are going to kill you if you're late; again." She finished.
"Right," Danny said. He took a step away from Tuck and two light blue rings started to form around his torso. One ring went to the top half of his body and the other one went down his torso. When the two rings disappeared, a new person was standing where Danny Phantom used to be. This was Danny Phantom's true form, his human half, Danny Fenton. Danny was fifteen years old. He had messy raven hair that covered some of his forehead, a white T-shirt with red rims and a red oval in the center of his chest. He had light washed jeans and Nike sneakers. He continued with what he was saying. "Let's head on out of here." And Danny Fenton, Tucker, and Sam all walked out the warehouse door. When Danny was leaving, his head was filled with questions.
Will I truly ever see The Ghost of Peace again? Is she really a Halfa and if she is; who is she? Do I know her? He couldn't stop thinking about it. But he had to when he arrived at his house. He entered and saw that the lights were off. He went to where the switch was and turned the lights on. He was shocked at what he saw when he turned them on, every teenager's worst nightmare. What scared him was seeing the faces of his parents sitting on the couch looking straight at him; looking incredibly crossed with him.
Oh boy, am I in trouble.