Chapter 1: A Ghostly Surprise
Danny huffed a sigh of relief as the final bell rang throughout the school, dismissing him and the rest of the student body for the weekend. After collecting his books, he sluggishly walked to his locker where he found Sam and Tucker waiting for him as usual.
"Hey, Danny," They said in unison.
"Hey guys," he said in a tired tone as he opened his locker and placed his remaining books inside.
"Well someone got a lot of sleep last night," Sam commented with a smirk on her face.
"I'm sure you would have too if Skulker showed up to try and skin you alive, and then you had to listen to the Box Ghost yell 'BEWARE!' all night."
"Ok, the Skulker thing I can understand, especially since now you're famous for saving both this world and the Ghost Zone," Tucker said as he put his PDA away, "but why was the Box Ghost bothering you? Doesn't he have something better to like haunting a box factory or something?"
Apparently not since he wouldn't go away until I got out of bed and nearly blasted him to pieces," he said as he slung his backpack over his shoulder. "Or into Ectoplasm, I guess. Either way, I'm just glad this week is over. I just wanna relax, eat junk food, and hang with my best friend and my girlfriend," he said, wrapping an arm around Tucker and placing a small kiss on Sam's cheek.
"Now there's the Danny we know and love," Sam said with a smile.
"And as long as nothing interrupts with perfectly planned weekend, everything will be fine."
Unfortunately for Danny, he'd spoken too soon as this weekend would change his life forever. The trio of ghosts hunters were heading for the exit when heard what sounded like running and shouting coming their way.
"Stop, whoever you are! You are not permitted on school property!"
Confused, they looked around the corner to see their English teacher, Mr. Lancer chasing someone. But it wasn't any old ordinary person, no. It was a young girl who looked to be in her early teen years. With pitch black messy hair, a faded blue hoodie and a worn and torn pair of red pants with a hat to match, Danny knew instantly who it was being chased by the middle aged man.
"Leave me alone old man!" the girl shouted out.
Oh great. Now she's getting herself more in trouble. I should have known that a normal weekend was too much to ask for. Why do I always Jinx myself? Danny thought with a sigh.
"I'm trying to find-" she started but stopped when she rounded the corner and literally ran into who she was looking for, nearly knocking him over with her. "Ow…that really hurt," she said as she stood and rubbed her head before putting on a bright smile and hugging her favorite cousin. "Danny!"
"Danielle? What are you doing here? Last I heard you were flying around the Ghost Zone, but that was almost two months ago after the Disasteroid incident," he said, holding her shoulders and taking in her dirt covered face and the dark circles under her eyes. She looked as if she hadn't slept or bathed in a while, and, if that were true, he also knew that she probably hadn't eaten in a while either.
"I was, but then I found some really important information that I thought you needed to know, and-"
In an instant, someone grabbed her arm and yanked her back, holding them firmly in their grasp. Turning to see who had just so rudely interrupted her, she gulped in slight fear at the very angry, but also very tired, face of Mr. Lancer as he tried to catch the last of his breath.
"Of Mice and Men, people, somebody better explain who this girl is and why she is running around the school unattended, calling teachers old!" he said while panting and looking at the three students.
"Um, yea, sorry bout that Mr. Lancer," Danny said, stepping forward and grabbing Danielle's hand in his own. "This is my cousin, Danielle. She came looking for me, but I guess she got a little lost on the way."
Mr. Lancer sighed and rubbed the bridge of his nose. "Mr. Fenton, I'm sure you know it's more customary to have someone call the office when there's a family emergency."
"I know, sir, and I'm really sorry about her coming here and causing you so much trouble. I don't know what's gotten into her," he said, looking at her with an annoyed look. Danielle, who was very interested in her shoes in the last minute, looked up at Danny, and gave a nervous smile like a child who just got caught with her hand in the cookie jar.
"Well…since it is the weekend, and because of how hard you three work, I'll let it go this time. But you, Ms. Fenton," he said, glancing down at her, "next time you need to tell him something, just ask someone in the office for help. They'll be more the glad to help." Danielle smiled and nodded her head. Satisfied with himself, Mr. Lancer turned to take his leave, while Danielle, having a mischievous grin on her face, stuck her tongue out at him as he walked away, causing Danny to roll his eyes.
"Dani!" he said, turning to face her while still hold her hand. "What are you doing here?"
"Wow. Barely even a 'Hello' or a 'How've you been? I've mess you since the last time you helped save my ungrateful butt'," she said as she pulled her arm from his grasp and folded them over her chest. "You know, you really should work on that. It'll help you're people skills."
"Wow. Witty banter and everything. She really is your clone," Sam said with a grin.
Danny rolled his eyes, this time at both of them, and got back to the matter at hand. "Like I was saying, what was so important that couldn't wait, and caused you to come all the way here to my school and wreak havoc on my teacher?"
"Well, ever since the Disasteroid incident, where I again helped to save your ungrateful butt-"
"Ignoring that," he muttered.
"The Government has been looking for Vlad or any information that they can get about him."
"The Government? Dani, are you being chased by the Guys in White?" Danny asked, a twinge of anger in his voice at the very thought of them. Ever since they showed up, they've been nothing but a pain for Danny and the rest of his team. If I find out that they've even touched one hair on her head…
"No no! I haven't seen or heard anything about them in a while," she said with a reassuring smile.
"Is it Vlad?" Tucker asked.
Sam, who was getting fed up, decided to intervene. "Will you guys chill and let her speak? I swear, boys…" she shook her head. "Go ahead, Dani."
"Thank you, Sam. Anyway, ever since he disappeared, the FBI have been snooping all over his place, both here and the one he had in Wisconsin. When they started their search, I knew it was only a matter of time before they found out about the secret cabin he had in Colorado, which got me paranoid that they would find information on all his cloning experiments, including me. If they found out about me, I knew that they'd start hunting me down, so I headed there to get it before them."
"But why would they want you?" Danny thought out loud.
"In actuality, there could be a couple different reasons," Tucker said as he pulled out his PDA. "The first could be her connection to Vlad. They would hunt her down and try to see what she knew about him. The next could be to stop her and either lock her away or get rid of her. They may think that she's evil or working for him to try and get information by posing as a normal girl before infiltrating secure areas. They could also see that since he created her and outed himself, that she'd be trying to avenge him and continue what he started. The last option would be that since she's the only surviving, but also the strongest of all the clones that he had created, and would see it as an opportunity to make their own in secret," he finished as he looked up from his PDA, only to be met with three pairs of eyes that seemed to blink in sync. "Well, those are just some options," he blushed and looked away.
"Going off from what Tucker said, I was scared cuz god only knows what they'd do to me," she said, shuddering at the thought. "So I flew to Colorado and got into Vlad's secret lab under the cabin. I was glad to see that they hadn't got wind of it yet, and started going through all his files and all his stuff, trying to find and get rid of all information that involved me. It took me a few days, but I was able to get it all, and remove it from the computer before I fried it," she said pulling out a flash-drive from her pants pocket.
"No wonder you look like death, no pun intended," he said as he took the small device from her.
"Let me see that," Tucker said, putting it into his PDA. "So all the data's on here?"
"No. On there are the blueprints he used to create me and the other clones. Full process and everything," she said before taking off and digging around in her red backpack, which was falling apart, and pulled out a manila folder. "In here are the more specific details about me."
"Ok, well this is all good information and everything, but what does it have to do with Danny?" Sam asked.
"I spent hours ready through the files, and it turns out that I'm not just a clone of Danny."
Confusion ran across the faces of all three teenagers. How is it possible that she wasn't just a clone of Danny? "What are you talking about, Dani?" Sam asked as Danny continued to scan through the files, though much of it wasn't making sense until he came upon a startling section of the paper:
50% Daniel Fenton
50% Samantha Manson
Samantha Manson? As in, Sam? Dani's human DNA came from Sam?
"Um, Sam…I think you should read this," he said, handing her the packet. Sam scanned the information the same as Danny did. Upon arriving at the paragraph, her grew wide and her mouth opened in shock.
"What!" Sam shouted. "This-this is crazy! How is this even possible!"
"Um guys, you might wanna check this out," Tucker said holding up his PDA. "Looks like Vlad kept a video log of all his research and cloning attempts."
All four huddled together as the PDA buzzed to life with static before a video with Vlad in his ghost form started to play. "Day 238 of my cloning research. I've spent almost a year researching and finding everything needed for my experiments, and have finally been able to put my plan into work. Unfortunately, it seems that I'm still missing something. My research has shown that trying to make an exact replica of Daniel from just his DNA, results in only a mere ghostly form that has the ability to change size from large to small, but has no physical form to function with.
"For my second attempt at cloning, I separated the ghostly DNA from the cells, and blasted them with Ectoplasm, much like the procedure that gave both Daniel and I our ghost powers, but it was again, a failure. This clone was left with any internal organs or skin whatsoever, and was merely a skeleton with a body only from the waist up.
"On my third attempt, I have tried combing both my DNA and Daniel's, but the results have shown that this clone is enormous in size as well as strength, but is completely in able to think, so much so, his speech pattern is virtually useless.
"Because of these results, I have instead decided to try a new method by taking a sample I have acquired for Daniel's friend, Samantha. I plan on taking her human DNA and combing it solely with Daniel's ghost DNA, and in doing so, I hope to create a perfect clone, but also, should this work, I'd like to be sure it does not cause any suspicion when the child goes to replace and destroy Daniel. For now, I must wait for the results."
Sam shook her head in disgust as the video ended. "Ok, I don't even think I wanna know how he even got my DNA. That is seriously messed up."
"Hold on, there's another video he made a few days after that one," Tucker said.
"Day 245. It seems that my last attempt at creating a clone was indeed a success. The samples I have collected from Daniel and Samantha have seemed to bond very well together and have created a perfect template for a child. However, it seems that I've made a miscalculation. It seems that there was more human DNA then ghost. Somehow, while the process was taking place, it skipped a crucial part, and instead of producing the Y Chromosome as I had wanted, it has resulted in the child is now being female instead of male." The camera then pans over to a pod, holding a little girl that couldn't have been more than three years old. "This disturbing piece of information means that I shall have to try once again to make my perfect clone, and must be sure to carefully manipulate the process so that all goes according to plan," he said with a dark smile before cackling into the screen.
Tucker shut the video off, but no one said a word for what seemed like hours, when in actuality, it had only been minutes. Finally, Danny took in a breath and sighed, breaking the tension.
"Well, that explains how Danielle was created. I never expected Vlad to be so twisted and crazy that he'd actually bring you into this, Sam," he said as he looked at her. "Sorry."
"It's ok. You didn't know. None of us did, and in all honesty, I'm not that surprised. Vlad was crazy enough to do whatever it took to get what he wanted, and if it hadn't been for you two, who knows what would have happened," she said as she brushed some of her hair from her face.
"Sam…" Danielle said, getting the older girls attention while looking down somewhat embarrassed. "I'm really sorry that you got dragged into this whole thing by Vlad. He had no right to do any of this, and the fact that he's almost ruined all of your lives only makes me feel worse."
Sam smiled and shook her head. "You've got nothing to be sorry for and nothing to apologize for. You did nothing wrong and now that you're here, you don't have to do his bidding. You get to live a life all your own, even if you are a clone."
"Um guys," Tucker said, still looking at his PDA, "It's a little more complicated than that."
"What do you mean, Tuck?" Danny asked.
"Well according to the records he kept when he made the primary clone, he manipulated the DNA from Danny and somehow created an egg from it, and afterwards, added Sam's DNA. He achieved his goal of a male copy of Danny, but because of the insertion of Sam's DNA, it was still too unstable."
"So, when he was creating Dani before hand, he made an egg from Sam's DNA, and then added Danny's. So how, Vlad had created a perfect replica of a female egg using Sam's DNA, which is why Dani was stable in her human form. My guess is that Ghost DNA, because it's laced with ectoplasmic energy, makes it more unstable and harder to work with, which is why the other clones melted and why the primary had to be kept in a containment chamber the whole time."
"Ew, that is seriously gross," Sam said covering her face.
"Wait," Danny said as he mind tried to piece all this need found information together. "If he was able to use her DNA to make an egg, would that be the same as if he had gotten one directly donated from her?"
"Um, hello, standing right, being really disgusted," Sam said in annoyance.
"Exactly, and since the female egg is just one half of the template, when he added Danny's DNA directly to Sam's "faux egg", he basically created a new form of in vitro fertilization, which means-"
"When he created Dani, he didn't create a clone," Sam said as her eyes grew wide.
"He created our daughter…" Danny whispered, looking down at Danielle who stood just as shocked as the others.
"I'm…your daughter?" she said, gazing into Danny's bright eyes.