Disclaimer: I wish I owned Danny Phantom! Desiree: -turns me into Butch Hartman- AHHHHHHHHH! CHANGE ME BACK CHANGE ME BACK! -is changed back-
Did not expect those responses.
This is still a oneshot. The story was meant to be open for interpretation because I legit support DannyxStar, DannyxSam, DannyxValerie (my favorite) and DannyxPaulina. I DID have more because when I first wrote this, I did have a certain pairing in mind. I cut it out when I decided that it'd be more fun to leave it open for interpretation.
But since a lot of people are just dying of curiosity, I will throw on the original ending.
"It's none of you," he revealed.
They all stared at him.
"Who is it then?" Paulina demanded to know, tears beginning to pour down her cheeks.
"It's Kayla...Kayla Reed."
"Who's she?" Star questioned further.
"I saw in the crowd one day, like I said," Danny reminded her, stepping backwards. He remembered that Mr. Lancer was there. "Can you like...not tell everybody about this."
"This one time, I will," he promised as he began to slip back into the studio. "After today though, when we catch you and Kayla Reed together, I will be the first one on the scene!"
Valerie sighed happily, knowing that it wasn't her. Paulina's eye makeup was completely ruined. Star secretly felt glad. Even if it wasn't her, at least Paulina got her wake-up call. She was still sorry that it wasn't her, but she wasn't as in shambles as. Sam bit her lip. She wasn't going to cry.
"Ghost boy!" Paulina whimpered. She walked forward towards him. "Do I have any chance? Any at all?"
He smiled kindly at her and grabbed her hands to hold them as he spoke to her.
"I'm sorry, Paulina," he told her gently. More tears began to pour rapidly, and he wiped them away for her. "You're a very pretty girl, and I know you'll make somebody else very happy. But I just don't see you as anything more than a friend."
Paulina nodded unhappily. She turned to Star, who gave her a sympathetic smile.
"I'm sorry, Paulina," she told her softly when he friend dragged her feet towards her.
"It's not your fault, Star," Paulina sniffed. Sam took a little pity on her, pulling out a tissue from her jacket pocket. Paulina gave her a small glare, but it fell, and she accepted it silently. Star bit her lip as she watched the scene. She really meant sorry for secretly wanting Paulina to be hurt, but she didn't say it aloud.
Instead, she pulled Paulina into a hug, which she returned.
"Wanna go talk it over a milkshake?" Star asked. Paulina nodded. Star kept an arm around her, holding her heartbroken friend close as they walked away.
"So, Kayla Reed?" Sam echoed. She crossed her arms. "I've never heard of her."
"Wouldn't expect you to," Danny shrugged his shoulders. "I'm pretty sure she's homeschooled. I never see her around Casper High."
"Well, you better not harm her or drag her into one of your plans, Phantom," Valerie hissed. Danny winced.
"Actually, I do need to tell you something," he said. Valerie's eyes widened. Sam looked from Danny to Valerie, amazed.
I was right! He does like me! Oh god, kill me!
"I used to like you," he confessed.
Wait, did he say used to?
"Uh, yeah," Danny went on, rubbing the back of his neck. "I always thought you were so cool. I mean, you're really smart, you're brave and you look great in your huntress costume." Valerie couldn't help the hot burn that came over her cheeks. "But then I thought about it, and I really don't see it happening because of that whole, you-hate-me-and-want-to-destroy-me thing."
"Yeah. I don't like you," Valerie admitted, smiling in relief. "It's good you got over that, because you'd wind up so disappointed."
"I know, right?" Danny laughed.
"So, when did you first Kayla?" Valerie asked.
"Well, I've kinda known her for a bit, but I realized that I loved her when I saw her in the crowd," Danny revealed, smiling slightly. He glanced over at Sam, who was staring at her boots. "I remember exactly the crowd. It was at the Ember concert." Sam looked up at him, blinking in confusion. "I was standing on the roof and she stood a short distance away. Her hair blew in the wind, the sunset behind her. She looked like an angel."
Sam felt herself flush lightly.
"I remember that concert," Valerie said slowly. "I don't remember any details though. It's like I was just going through the motions at the time." Danny briefly though of the memories of that day. "Either way, I'll let you go. For now. But the next time I see you, the hunt is back on."
"And I'll be ready," Danny smirked in return. Valerie ran into an alleyway, and soon the Red Huntress was flying off. Danny did the same shortly afterwards, and Danny Fenton returned to see Sam waiting for him.
"Kayla Reed?" Sam questioned, raising an eyebrow.
"It's the main character from The Bar Code Tattoo," he admitted. Sam snickered. "Wanna go get a milkshake? Star got me thinking about them. Your treat?"
"My treat," Sam confirmed, smiling. They began to walk down the sidewalk together. Danny let his hand slip into hers, and she smiled.
"Yeah?" Sam turned to face him. He gave her a smile and kissed her cheek.
"I love you too."
Sam turned a bit red, remembering her earlier confession as he dragged her to the Nasty Burger.