Hi guys! Sorry this took so long, I've been really busy this week. Also, there's not a lot of action still. If it's getting bogged down, let me know so I can fix that in the next chapter. Things will really start getting interesting in the next chapter anyway, so that'll be fun.
And yeah: Vlad! He's a pompous idiot, but he's a fun pompous idiot (to write at least. Can you imagine having to sit through one of his rants?)
Also: the next two weeks are the end of the semester, which means finals! I will try to post when I can, but organic chemistry might consume my life for awhile.
"Well isn't this quaint."
"What do you want, Vlad," Danny demanded. "Can't you see we're in the middle of something."
"Yes, yes, your little snowball fight." Vlad settled to the ground, standing before them in his ghostly form. "You can continue that in a moment. I figured I would come talk to you for a moment, you see, since you weren't at home."
"What did you do to my house, Vlad," Danny demanded.
"Me?" Vlad pretended to be offended. "Absolutely nothing. It's Christmas, remember. There's a truce."
"Who's that?" Jack asked Sam as they watched the exchange.
"Vlad Masters, also known as Vlad Plasmius. He's a half ghost like Danny."
"I'm guessing they don't get along."
She shook her head. "Vlad's one of Danny's strongest enemies."
Jack frowned. One of? Just how many enemies did Danny have to deal with.
"So you sought me out just to talk?" Danny asked, not believing what Vlad was saying. "That's a little below your usual game, isn't it?"
"I just wanted to give you a warning, Daniel. This winter is going to be very interesting, and since you don't have to worry about school, I'm very curious as to how you will react."
"I don't know what you're planning, Vlad, but it's not going to work," Danny snapped. "I'll make sure of that."
"Oh you will, will you?" Vlad grinned. "Farewell, Daniel," he said, floating into the air. "Consider yourself warned." He turned invisible and flew off, leaving the teenagers alone once more.
"Well that was…" Sam began.
"Boring?" Tucker finished.
"I was going to say less than helpful, but yes, boring works."
"What do you think he's planning?" Danny asked.
Tucker shrugged. "Who cares. You're just going to kick his butt anyway."
Danny smirked. "Yeah, probably." He turned to Jack. "That creep's been trying to kill me and woo my mom for a while now. Sometimes at the same time."
"And you're mom hasn't realized this?"
"Oh, she knows he's a creep, but whenever I fight him I'm in my ghost form, and well…"
Jack nodded. The encounter with Danny's parents that morning gave him more than enough information to figure out the rest.
"So do you guys want hot chocolate or something?" Danny asked. "We can talk on the way back."
The rest of them nodded.
"So you have powers right?" Sam asked Jack as they left the park.
"Yeah. I can control ice, cold, snow, winter stuff." He hit his staff on the ground and a leafy pattern of ice crystals spread from it. "I'm also the guardian of fun."
"Guardian of fun?" Tucker asked. "That sounds…"
Jack raised an eyebrow. "Made up?" He shook his head and laughed. "Seriously, I don't know what that Clockwork guy did to make me visible, but you should not be able to see me."
"Where are you from?" Sam suddenly asked.
Jack shrugged. "Here and there. I don't stay in any one place very long."
"But you're from Earth, right? An Earth with no ghosts."
Sam turned to Danny. "So what if Clockwork actually brought him from a different world? One without ghosts, but with Guardians. Maybe bringing him here gave him some of the qualities of a ghost, so he would fit in better."
Danny frowned. "I don't know. Jack's not a ghost though. I mean, he's alive and everything."
"Um, actually," Jack said, "I died about three hundred years ago."
The other three were silent.
"Yeah. I saved my sister from falling in the ice, and fell in myself. The Man in the Moon brought me back."
Sam glanced over at Danny smugly, while Tucker mouthed the words Man in the Moon, then shrugged. His best friend was a ghost, after all, why not believe in other things too.
Danny sighed. "Now that that's figured out, why don't we just go back and drink hot cocoa. Maybe we can discuss something else. Like Vlad's plans."
Several minutes later they were at Danny's house, hot mugs of hot chocolate handed out to everyone.
"So what do you think Vlad's planning," Tucker asked.
"I don't know," Danny said. "It could be anything, really."
"What sort of plans does he make?" Jack asked.
Danny shrugged. "World domination, power, wealth, ways to buy the Packers."
"You can't buy the Packers." Jack said.
"I know. It's one of the things that really irritates him." Danny smiled. "It's fun to remind him of it."
"But he's dangerous?"
"More or less," Danny said. "He has strong powers, but his plans usually center around trying to win over my mom, so he's pretty much doomed from the start."
"Whatever he's planning," Sam said, "you need to be careful. Don't get cocky." She stood up. "I should go home. It's the holidays, after all."
Tucker nodded. "Yeah, I should too. I'm surprised my mom hasn't called me yet."
"Alright," Danny said. "I'll go with you guys and then fly back."
"I'll stay here," Jack said.
After a moment Danny nodded, and the three friends left, leaving Jack alone in the kitchen.
Jazz came in a moment later. "So who are you, really?" she asked, pouring herself some hot cocoa and sitting across from him. "You said you're not a ghost, but apparently Clockwork sent you. So what are you?"
"I'm a guardian," Jack said, sighing. How many times was he going to have to explain this. "I'm the guardian of fun."
She frowned. "Guardian of... fun. And your name is Jack Frost? Are you actually… the Jack Frost, like from the song?"
Jack smiled, glad that someone finally made the connection. "Yeah." He touched the table, spreading ice patterns across it, being careful to avoid her mug.
Her frown deepened. She was obviously trying to connect the information to what she knew about ghosts.
"If it helps, I'm from a different world than this one," Jack said. "At least, that's the best guess we've come up with."
Suddenly Jazz's face brightened. "So does that mean that other mythical people are real in your world, too?"
"Definitely. There's four other guardians beside myself: the Easter bunny, the Tooth fairy, Santa, and the Sandman."
Jazz shook her head. "That doesn't make much sense, but I'll try and accept it, I guess." She smiled. "For now, though, just make sure mom and dad don't get it in their heads that you're a ghost. And avoid ghosts other than Danny." She stood and left, leaving a bemused Jack alone once more.
So yup, that's chapter 4! Leave a review if you wish, constructive criticism is welcomed! Other than that... not much left to say, except: what do you think Vlad's super secret plans are?