A/N I don't own any of this. If I did I would have had more of Ember and less of Skullker. This is a one-shot that I got in my head and just wrote out. I have plans for something else to follow up with this, but it might be a while. Please read and review and look at my other stories. I have a great Avatar the Last Airbender up and running right now.
Danny Phantom-Confessions of an A-Lister
Danny coughed as the dust started to settle around him and looked around. He was trapped in a cave in the middle of the Amity Natural Cave Park. His class had been on a field trip and things were going well until an earthquake hit and cause the cave to collapse. For a moment Danny felt a twinge of panic before he realized he could just phase through the rock and escape. He was about to do just that when he heard a moaning coming from behind him. Danny turned on his flash light and saw a body lying on its side.
Danny rushed over. "Hey," he said. "Are you alright?" when he got to them he saw the length of blonde hair with the ever-present orange flower in it and knew who it was. "Star," he said kneeling next to her and giving her a gentle shake. "You ok?"
Star opened her blue eyes and looked at Danny. "Fenton," she said sitting up. "What happened?" She looked around. "One second I'm looking at some crystals, next thing I know the ground shakes and I wake up looking at you."
Danny looked her over checking for injuries. As he did he couldn't help but notice how beautiful she was. Truth be told he had a crush on her for a while now. "Earthquake," said Danny holding out a hand. Star just looked at it. "Sorry," said Danny starting to withdraw his hand. "I forgot you don't touch geek."
Before he moved it, Star grabbed it and allowed him to pull her up. "That's more Paulina's thing," she said dusting herself off. "I just do that so I don't get kicked out of the A-list."
"Right," said Danny not fully believing her. He played the flashlight around the area until it rested on a pile of rocks. "That used to be the entrance," he said walking over to it. He handed Star the light and started to move rocks until he couldn't move the bigger ones. "Looks like we're not digging ourselves out," he said.
Star got a panicked look on her face. "You mean we're trapped here…forever?"
'Not really,' thought Danny. He could just phase the two of them out, but he wanted to hold off on that until it was absolutely necessary. "I'm sure we'll be fine," he said to her. "They will start digging us out soon."
Star sat down and hugged her legs to her chest. "Yeah," she said rocking slightly. "We'll just sit here with the light and we'll be fine. They'll come for us." Star started hyperventilate a little. "Just as long as we have the light we'll be fine."
Danny shot her a worried look. "Are you ok?" he asked. "You seem…jumpy."
Star put her hand to her chest and took a deep breath and calmed down a little. "I'm sorry," she said. "I'm a little claustrophobic."
Danny sat down next to her. "And you came in here?"
Star gave him a weak smile. "Nuts right," she said. "As long as I knew there was a way out and plenty of light I was fine, but this," she waved the light around. "I wasn't expecting, as long as the light is on I will be fine."
"That's…" started Danny.
"Stupid I know," said Star finishing for him. "But I wanted to see the crystal cave so I sucked it up and came anyway."
Danny shook his head and smiled. "I was going to say brave," he said. "It takes a lot to face a fear like this and not let it affect you."
Star looked a little surprised then smiled. "Yeah," she said. "I guess it was kinda brave of me. Thanks."
"So how do you want to pass the time?" he asked. "We have nothing better to do for the moment so how about I pop in a movie until they rescue us."
Star laughed at the lame joke and was about to reply when the light started to dim. "Oh no," said Star in a low voice. She gave the light a few shakes but it continued to go dimmer until it went out completely. Star started to hyperventilate again. "No please," she said still shaking the flash light. "Not now."
Star started to panic until she felt arms surround her and pull her into a warm embrace. She felt the heat from Danny's lips as he whispered into her ears. "Don't worry Star," he said softly. "I'm right here next to you. Just breathe."
Star closed her eyes and took deep breaths and slowly calmed down. "I'm okay," she said after a moment. "I'm fine now." As she felt Danny pull away, she wrapped her arms around his waist. "Please," she said. "Don't let go. I know it's silly, but this is he only way I know you're here and that I'm safe."
Danny was surprised. "All right," he said readjusting his position. "I promise I won't let go."
Danny felt Star's head rest on his shoulder. They stayed like that for a while before Star spoke. "You want to know a secret," she said. "Something I've never told anyone."
Danny was still a little surprised by all of this. "Sure," he said.
"I envy you and your friends," she said. "I envy the way you act, how you always seem to have fun, and how close you guys are."
"You envy me?" he asked surprised. "You're on the A-list and one of the most popular girls at the school."
"Pfff," she said. "I'm nothing special. Paulina and I aren't even close friends if even that. It's nothing like you and Sam and Tucker. I'm just Paulina's personal satellite." She sighed. "That's me, Star aka Sputnik. I'm just a tiny dot orbiting Planet Paulina."
"That's not true," protested Danny. "I know for a fact you are a beautiful and smart girl who doesn't need anyone else to get noticed. She may be Planet Paulina, but what good is a planet without a Star to give it light and warmth." Danny couldn't believe he was saying this, but he continued anyway. "That's what I think when I see you," he said. "Not a Sputnik, but a Polaris, the north star that guides people. That's why I like you."
For some reason she felt butterflies in her chest when he said that. She never thought that someone especially Danny Fenton thought of her that way. Star tightened her grip on Danny. "That is both the cheesiest thing anyone has said to me," she said. "But it is also the sweetest thing." She looked up and tried to imagine how his face looked. "And you know something else?"
"What's that?" asked Danny.
"I like you too," she said. "I've always liked you despite how I acted."
If Star could see the look on Danny's face it would have been priceless. "Then why do you always act like you do?"
Star sighed. "Because I was afraid," she said. "Afraid of what Paulina and the others would say, afraid that I would lose the popularity I worked hard to get, afraid of what you would say and what the Goth chick would do if I told you."
"What's Sam got to do with that?" he asked.
"You are clueless aren't you?" she said. Danny just blinked before Star continued. "I was afraid most of all by rejection. I thought that you and Sam had something and that if I told you I had a crush on you, I'd be shot down
Danny almost jumped off the rock he was sitting on. "Hold on," he said. "You have a crush on me?"
Danny could feel Star nod her head. "Yeah for a while now," she said. "That's why I was mean to you and dated Kwan. I was hoping that I could make my feelings go away."
There it was. All of her feelings lay bare before him. All of her fears, her hopes, and dreams. Danny didn't say anything and Star began to worry that she had made a mistake telling him all of this. "Danny," she said hesitantly.
"There's nothing between me and Sam," said Danny suddenly. "We're just friends."
Star smiled. "If that's the case," she said. "Would you like to go out after we get out of this hole?"
Danny thought for a moment. "I know you're afraid of losing your friends and I like you a lot, but if we go out I don't want it to be a secret," he said.
Star was about to answer when they both heard the sound of rocks falling. They both turned and saw the rocks at the entrance fall away and beams of light passing over them causing them to cover their eyes. "Journey to the Center of the Earth," said Lancer. "We found them. Someone call the paramedics."
"Danny," yelled Sam running up and hugging her friend followed by Paulina. "We thought you were hurt."
"We're fine," he said releasing himself from her hug. "I'm glad to see you guys are okay
"Wow, Star," said Paulina walking up to them. "I'm surprised that you we're able to stand being cooped up in here with a geek for so long without going nuts."
"It's a good thing she was here," said Sam. "The air escaping from between her ears gave them something to breathe."
"We should get her washed off so she can get the stink of looser off," retorted Paulina.
The two of them began to argue as Danny looked at Star. "You didn't give me an answer," he said.
"Answer to what?" asked Paulina.
Star looked at Paulina then back to Danny. "Nothing," she said. "Let's go."
Danny's face fell. "All right," he said feeling foolish for saying what he did. "I'll see you later."
"As if," said Paulina. "Let's get out of here Star and do something about your outfit, it's totally clashing with mine right now."
Star and Paulina started to walk away. "Come on, Danny," said Sam. "She's just a satellite caught in Planet Paulina's pull and that's all she'll ever be."
Star stiffened when she heard what Sam said and turned around. Her eyes locked with Danny's and she remembered what he told her and Danny gave her a small smile. "I'm Polaris," she whispered. "Not Sputnik."
Paulina gave her a funny look. "What was that?"
Star ignored her and walked purposely back to Danny and wrapped her arms around his neck and kissed him fully on the lips. Both Sam and Paulina's chins hit the ground. Star savored the coolness of his kiss for a moment longer then pulled away. "I'm free Friday," she said. "Dinner and a movie?"
Danny's smile turned into a grin. "Pick you up at 7?"
Star nodded and gave him a quick kiss on the lips as a paramedic walked over to the two of them to check for injuries. As they walked out of the cave they held hands leaving a still gaping Sam and Paulina behind them. Star smiled and rested her head on her new boyfriends shoulder. "I'm Polaris," she repeated to herself. "and I'll never be a satellite again."