A Daniel X Fanfiction
by Sakura Martinez
This is it.
Be sure to read the Post Author's Note section.
I do not own Daniel X, or the characters in that story. James Patterson own the rights for them. What I do own is the idea of this fanfic.
Daniel has long accepted what has happened to his friends Dana, Willy, Emma and Joe. But when he is suddenly ambushed by Number 2's second-in-command, Number 13, the young Alien Hunter finds a big surprise waiting for him.
Daniel X: Game Over
I thanked the street food vendor as I took my purchases with me and walked back to the bench where Dana sat, waiting for me. It had been a couple of days since I was discharged from the hospital. My wounds were healing and the scars from The Game were fading.
It was still hard to believe that I got my friends—my drang—back; that they were as real and as alive as I was. And that we were all together again.
When the shocking truth of what Void—of what Khadagh—truly was after hit me, I had resigned myself to the fact that Emma, Willy, Joe, and Dana were long dead. I had given up hope that everything I have come to learn about them in The Game was the truth, that they were truly alive. Even when he seemed unfazed when I said that Joe had the disks, I still couldn't bring myself to hope.
But, they are all alive and they are all here with me. To say that I am in cloud-nine would be an understatement.
I was still smiling when I got to the bench, sat down, and handed Dana her drink.
"You should stop smiling like that or people might think you're crazy," Dana said before sipping her drink.
I grinned at her, "I can't really help it."
Silence enveloped us as Dana and I settled comfortably beside each other. We let the sounds from the park drift in the backdrop as we watched the children running around and playing, couples walking around holding hands and smiling at each other, families with picnic baskets looking for a place to settle down, old people feeding pigeons or reading newspapers, or talking with others. It was a relaxing and happy sight—one that most people take for granted.
"So this is what Terra Firma is like," Dana said. "That is what humans are like."
"For the most part, yeah..." I answered before taking a sip out of my own drink.
It didn't take long for Dana, Willy, Emma, and Joe—as well as Willy and Emma's parents: Windsor and Graciella—to adapt to human society. To tell the truth, they were already well-adapted when I woke up in the hospital. I guess that's one of the survival instincts that we Alparians possess. Adaptation.
"You're thinking about the recordings, aren't you?" Dana suddenly asked me, turning to look at me.
"Not really. But now that you've mentioned it...well, just a little bit. You?"
She nodded. Even though I said that, it was impossible not to let my mind drift to the recordings that Khadagh left for us. The recordings that were the contents of the disks we found in the game. The recordings that held the story behind Khadagh and The Game—among other things.
"I'm trying not to think too much about it, though," she added as an after-thought. "After all, Aunt Graciella and Uncle Windsor told us to take it easy and enjoy ourselves before—"
"I know," I cut her off before she could say anything. "And that's what we're doing—or, at least, what we're trying to do."
"Aren't you the least bit worried, Daniel?"
"Of course I am, but worrying about something before it happens can't be good," I answered. It was an answer that earned me a raised eyebrow.
"How long do you think we have?"
I looked at her and grinned, "Why, Dana...could it be that you're on your way to asking Khadagh for more time with me?"
The answer to that question was a punch to my arm followed by a "Shut up!". That was, before she snuggled closer to me and rested her head on my shoulder. It was strange being with Dana like this. A good kind of strange, though.
Neither of us had said anything about what had happened in The Game, particularly that kiss she gave me at the end. We didn't talk about where our relationship was at the moment. We sort of just got together, and like always, we didn't need words for that. Though Dana being able to read my mind and I being able to read hers probably helped.
I didn't question how we ended up together, and neither did the rest of the drang who let Dana and I go out for that day. It was Emma who muttered what everyone was thinking, "It's about time," as Dana and I left for the park just a few hours before. And maybe it was about time, who knows? All I knew was I was content to just be with her. After all, if you found out that your friends were real and alive after years of spending your time by yourself and your creations, after a couple of months of believing that they were dead, even you would be content with something as simple as that person's presence.
I smiled at that thought as I twirled my fingers around her hair and she breathed a sigh.
The Game might be over, but the battle was only just beginning.
But for now, for that moment, we could pretend that we were ordinary teenagers. That we have more time for that normalcy that humans take for granted. Even though we weren't just teenagers and we didn't have more time.
Daniel X: Game Over
Post Author's Notes:
And so this fanfic comes to an end.
It had been an awesome journey, writing this story from scratch and out of the impatience in waiting for the actual book, and then out of frustration that when the book did come out, it wasn't as good as the previous one.
I know some people might not be too happy with how this ended but, as short as the epilogue chapter is, I can assure you that this is not the end of this particular 'saga'. I have, after all, decided to write a sequel, hence the ending that we have.
I can't say much I am thankful for those who read this, especially the people who took the time to review (Flame the Reaper, Randomfan1235, mnmwriter138, BoBoBaNaNa, r.l.m, Fanficitonaddict, bookgirl39, Bob, and the anonymous reviewer 'unknown'. XD). Of course, I would also like to give a special thank you to both XxhoneyleafxX and SoMa-NaruHina who had both given me interesting reviews that made me smile and made my day that much brighter.
I know that there are a couple of things not answered in this fanfic, particularly the disks-The Terminal Disks-that Daniel and the drang found on the Safe Zones. No, I didn't forget them. I have written three chapters that you can exclusively read on my blog (check my profile for link) and I would probably write a couple more special chapters for this fanfic on my blog before I release the sequel which I have decided to give the title 'Daniel X: Out of Time'. I'm not really sure when I will be releasing this sequel, though...probably next month at the earliest.
Well, with that said, it is time to close this particular 'book' and look forward to the future. Thank you once again for taking time to read this fanfic and I hope you had as much fun reading it as I had writing it. Until the next fanfic! Ciao!