Hello, readers. As I'm sure most of you know, I have another story, 1 Human Plus 2 Halfas Equals a Family that many people like, love and enjoy for the family feel. Well that story is close to ending, and I know that some people do miss the family togetherness that it started out with, and I also had other ideas that never made it to the story for various reasons, which is why you're here now.
These are extra chapters (one-shots) that I didn't get to put into the story or didn't think up until later. They are going to range from different events including holidays, birthdays, or just special little family moments. I don't know how many there will be, and there is no set length for each chapter meaning they will probably be shorter then my normal chapters on my stories.
This first one is a song fic, something I'm not a big fan of, but felt like I had to when I heard this song earlier at work for the umpteenth time. Lol. So, without further a due, I present, Human Halfa Family Extras!
Chapter: Singing in the Rain
The loud clap of thunder flew through the air, bouncing off the walls of the home as the large metallic saucer shook on the roof. Rain continued to beat down harshly against the windows, water streaking down like tears running down the face of a saddened child. As the lightning flashed, followed quickly by another roar of thunder, one young occupant of the home, the youngest child, shook as she pulled her comforter higher over her head, though the large blanket brought little comfort to her. As the sounds reached her ears, she whimpered in fear as her tears fell and stained her bed sheets.
Danielle Fenton was a lot of things. She was known for being stubborn, for both thinking quick on her feet and acting without thinking. She was known in the town for her heroics and her "never give up" attitude. To most kids her age, she was a perfect role model; young, headstrong, always doing the right thing and, to most, being fearless. As a hero, she knew it was important that the people you protected and the enemies you fought never saw weakness in you because it could have disastrous result.
But Danielle knew she wasn't brave. Not all the time, anyway. Sure, she could fight psychotic madmen bent on world domination, ghost the size of King Kong and even weaponry designed specifically to rip her apart, molecule by molecule. But there were things even she couldn't fight off simply because she was scared, and this was one of them.
Danielle Lilith Fenton was scared of thunderstorms. She didn't know why, though she assumed it was because they were loud, they shook everything and because they could be extremely destructive. Of course, it could be that she was just being a big baby, but what would one expect from a girl who had only been alive for less than a year? Much to her own embarrassment, she still needed a nightlight on certain nights. Her family had told her repeatedly that there was nothing to be ashamed over, considering her age and the many things she still had to get used to, but that didn't make her feel any less embarrassed about it. Of course, she was more than willing to set her pride aside in times like these and plug it up to wade off the extreme darkness.
Peeking out from under her blanket, she looked around her room, finding her clock that read 3:13 am. The light outside flashed, disorienting the shadows into monstrous creatures that only frightened her even more. Danielle's body shook as she looked for anything that could make her feel better, and her eyes soon fell upon the low glow of her new pet dog, Cujo. Danielle had been walking home from school, and after a particularly annoying day, was ambushed by the small green animal who looked beyond excited to see her. Danielle figured that because he was a ghost animal, he could probably smell the ectoplasm in her body, and seemed happy to find another of his kind on this side of the portal. She knew it was love at first site as she picked him and smiled at him. She quickly took him home and told him to wait outside while she went to ask her parents if she could keep him. They were a little reluctant at first, but after some negotiations, she was allowed to keep him. Imagine their surprise when in comes Cujo, the very dog that had terrorized them before, barking happily as he chased after his new master.
As the green dog slept, completely undisturbed by the raging storm, Danielle couldn't help but feel both jealous and annoyed at him for being able to sleep just fine without any problems.
"Stupid mutt," she muttered bitterly. Another booming clap rumbled, startling her as she fell out of her bed. Even hitting the floor with a loud thud did not awaken her companion, but Danielle didn't concern herself with that as she could only cry more as the painful bump on her head made itself present. Before she could even get up, another flash of lightning struck, and, much to the horror of the young girl, knocked out the power.
The second her moon and star shaped nightlight was out, Danielle was on her feet, dashing toward the door, crying and screaming. Turning intangible, she ran straight through the wall as if it weren't even there and into the hallway where she became solid once and ran straight into something. Or, more specifically, someone.
Two strong arms wrapped around her and slowly lifted her up, though Danielle hardly noticed until one of the hands rested on the back of her head and eased it onto the empty shoulder. Danielle wrapped her arms around the person's neck without any hesitation and closed her eyes as she continued to cry. The hand that had been on her head slowly moved up and down her back as the person murmured softly into her ear, trying to calm her down.
"Shh…it's ok," he said, fingers getting slightly tangled in the long black silk that could rival her mother's in softness. With her hair being as long as it was, it was rare that she ever took her ponytail out other then when she went to bed, was taking a shower or special occasions where her ponytail wasn't appropriate. Danielle gripped him tighter as she quickly realized that she was in the strong protective arms of her father, though her crying had turned into quiet sobs. "You wanna tell me what's wrong?" he asked, his only response being a shake of her head. Danny sighed as he held his daughter's scared form. "You wanna stay with me and Mom tonight?" Again, his only response was the movement of her head as she nodded in agreement.
Danny turned toward the stairs and began to descend down them. He didn't want to wake Sam as she was a light sleeper and had already woken up when Danielle had screamed, so he'd have to wait until she was at least calm before taking her back upstairs and into the room with him and his girlfriend. Lucky for him, she was especially tired today and had been easy to convince that he could take care of Danielle by himself.
As he reached the bottom floor, ignoring the creaking of the floor boards under their weight, he sighed in relief as the kitchen light above the sink flickered back on, meaning that the backup generator that his parents had was now up and running. He quickly walked over to the counter and eased his daughter's grip from around him, placing her on the counter. Danny looked over her and gave her a small smile. Picking up the box of tissues, he carefully wiped the tears from her puffy eyes and cheeks.
Danielle could only look at him for a moment before holding her head down in shame. She was supposed to be too old to have to have her father come and coddle her like a baby. And here he was, clad only in a t-shirt and shorts, up at 3 in the morning, wiping her nose. She never felt so low.
"Hey," he said, gripping her chin softly and tilting her head up to look at him, the small smile still on his face. "Cheer up. It's ok."
"No it's not," she said. "I'm twelve. I shouldn't have to use a nightlight or anything like that."
"Danielle, we've been over this a hundred times before. Physically, you are twelve, but that doesn't mean you have to always act like it. You're not even a whole year old yet. There are things you haven't been through, things you still have to learn. Things you need to experience, and having your parents help you through a scary storm is one of those things."
"…I wasn't scared," Danielle mumbled in defiance. Just then, a loud boom shook the house, causing the girl to squeak in surprise. Looking back up at her father who had a very taunting smirk on his face, she could only narrow her eyes. "Not a word."
"Ok, ok," he said, holding his hands up in defense. "You definitely got Sam's temper. How about I make us some hot chocolate to help calm us before we head back to bed?" Danielle gave him a nod and Danny got to work on their drinks. It wasn't long before Danielle found herself on the couch, snuggled up next to her father with a warm cup of streaming chocolate under her nose. The storm didn't seem to be letting up at all, and Danielle couldn't help the involuntary shaking she was doing.
Danny looked over at his daughter, watching her down her drink slowly and wondering what he could do to help calm her down. If he didn't think of something soon, they'd be down there all night, and neither of them were going to be of any use or good to be around if they didn't have enough sleep. Placing his mug down, Danny quickly lifted Danielle into his lap and eased her empty cup out of her hands. Placing it next to his, he wrapped his arms around her and began to hum. Danielle slowly began to ease up, her eyes feeling a bit heavy, and it was then that Danny got an idea.
"Hey, how's about I sing you a song that I heard a while back?" he asked quietly.
"You can sing?" she asked, surprised though she didn't move from her spot.
"Only a little. I promise though that it's better than Tucker's."
"A cat crying in pain is better than Tucker's singing voice," she grumbled causing Danny to chuckle. "So what are you gonna sing?"
"It's a song I heard a while back that I promised myself I would sing to my daughter one day should I have one. I think it'll make you feel better."
"Ok. Go ahead."
Danny nodded his head as he softly began to hum the tune. His hands continued to rub her back as she placed her head on his chest, the soft rumbling from his body causing her eyes to slip close.
"If you leap awake in the mirror of a bad dream," he started. "And for a fraction of a second you can't remember where you are,
"Just open your window and follow your memory upsteam,
"To the meadow in the mountain where we counted every falling star.
"I believe a light that shines on you will shine on you forever,
"And though I can't guarantee there's nothing scary hiding under your bed," Danny saw a small smile come to his daughter's face, bringing one to his as well. Of course they knew something like this was true, but that didn't mean that they couldn't smile about it.
"I'm gonna stand guard like a postcard of a Golden Retriever,
"And I'll never leave til I leave you with a sweet dream in your head." Danny could feel her body start to go slack as a few tears escaped from her eyes. He was worried for only a second as the smile on her face only seemed to glow brighter. His own only grew more as he continued to sing.
"I'm gonna watch you shine, gonna watch you grow,
"Gonna paint a sign so you'll always know,
"As long as one and one is two, wooo,
"There could never be a father who loved his daughter more than I love you." Danny then hummed for a few seconds, just holding her before moving on with the song.
"Trust your intuition; it's like goin fishin,
"You cast your line and hope you get a bite,
"But you don't need to waste your time
"Worryin about the market place,
"Try to help the human race
"Struggling to survive its harshest night.
"I'm gonna watch you shine, gonna watch you grow,
"Gonna paint a sign, so you'll always know,
"As long as one and one is two, wooo,
"There could never be a father who loved his daughter more than I love you," Danny whispered into his sleeping daughter's ear as he finished. After he finished, he just sat there for a few minutes, tears of his own falling down his face as he continued to smile. Never, in his life, would he have thought his life would be the way it was. And he wouldn't change it for the world. Even with all the hassle he had to deal with, even with all the danger he and his loved ones were in, it was moments like this, when he could spend time with Sam or Danielle that he truly was happy that he had been crazy enough to walk into the portal and got his powers.
Wiping his eyes dry, he carefully picked his daughter up and began to ascend the stairs before heading into his bedroom. Closing the door softly with his foot, Danny made his way to the bed and gently laid her down next to Sam who was still sleeping. Danny smiled as the younger girl curled up next to her mother, the two looking peaceful. With a devious smile, Danny grabbed his phone and took a quick picture of the two. The shutter sound echoed in the room, waking Sam who blinked a few times before groggily looking up at her boyfriend as he eased himself into the bed next to their sleeping daughter.
"Danny?" she whispered quietly. "Is everything ok?"
"Yeah," he said, leaning over and kissing her lightly on the forehead. Sam smiled and laid her head back down. As soon as her head touched the pillow and her eyes closed, she was out once more. Danny smiled as he shuffled quickly through his phone's pictures and picked the recent one of his two favorite people, making it his wallpaper. With a smile, he pulled the cover over the three of them. "Everything's perfect."
So, in case you don't know what the song is, it's called Father and Daughter by Paul Simon. It was produced for the Wild Thornberry Movie Soundtrack, and it comes on when I'm at work all the time, and I thought it was a great song for Danny and Danielle. Hope you enjoyed it, and stay tuned for more extras to come.