dialog started by Billy Phantom. this is where I cropped the chapter in half because of its overwhelming length. read chapter 4 immediately before reading this one.
-I'm an experiment conducted by Jack and Maddie Fenton. They realized ghosts could reproduce and researched that fact a little further. You see, ghostly reproduction is possible because the souls merge to a degree, producing a third soul. Thus, they wanted to try it out, but for that, they needed two ghosts. They cought you, Danny, and another one. The thing is, they had mistakenly captured another male.-the young halfa's eyes widened.-Don't worry, they did not force you two together. The thing is, the soul has no gender so in order to concieve me, they took part of your soul and … that other ghost's to mix them in a test tube. They had to make several attemps, for the first couple of times it didn't work. Thus, you both... somewhat lost your minds.
''You were kept in the lab as complex lab rats and after a couple of months, my body was developed enough to 'be born'. It was quite the shock for them when I was born human. Of course, given their 'morality', they couldn't experiment on a subject from their own species, so instead, they adopted me. I looked enough like their 'missing son' to pass me as their own. I grew up somewhat normally, that is, until I was five years old and I phased through the lab door. It was completely by accident, I had tripped on my shoelaces. But what I found was so thrilling. I could walk through walls!
''I wondered deeper into the lab, which had always been locked and I saw this two ghosts. One was constantly walking against the wall in the back of his cell, almost like he was in a trance. And the other... the other was curled up in a corner, a low wail emanating from him. That was my first encounter with you, Danny. I touched the greenish transparent wall separating me from you and a shock of electricity shoved me back. This is where it gets kinda blurry, you see: at some point I realized that the sound of the smacking and the wail had stopped and I raised my eyes to look at you. You both were staring right back.
''It somehow clicked in your hazy minds that I was your child and you crawled towards me, Danny. Somehow, you found enough sanity to warn me about the ghost shield, how it would hurt me, and you also warned me about everything in the lab. Told me how all that stuff was dangerous and I should go away as soon as I could. At that time, I didn't realize it, but you were actually telling me to run away from the Fentons. I ran from the lab, but my curiosity got the better of me and after about a week, I went back.
''That time, the other ghost was strapped to a table, his chest open like a frog's in biology class. Of course, I didn't recognize what that meant at the time. I saw him breathing and quiet and to me, that meant he was sleeping. I had somehow figured that you'd be hungry and had taken some snacks with me this time. I figured ghosts and people couldn't go through the green wall, but those were alive. So what about an apple? I rolled the apple towards your curled form and it hit your foot. Boy, you should have seen your face when you saw the food. Your eyes shone, your mouth watered. You started saying that it was an illusion. A mirage. I laughed. You raised your eyes towards mine and I told you to eat it. You started crying. I was so shocked I could barely react when you threw yourself at the fruit. From that day on, I started bringing you both food, telling you about my day at school, about my friends and the stuff that happened to me that had a relation to ghosts. You'd listen intently, commenting on it at the end. In fact, one day you told me I was half ghost. That's when I started wondering. If I was half ghost, or as you had called it, a halfa, then wouldn't that mean I had a ghost form too?
''I practiced every day for about a month and then it happened. One day, as I concentrated on what you had told me was my core, two rings of light surrounded my waist and when I opened my eyes I was a ghost. I was so happy I returned to being human and ran to the lab to show you. You were expectant when I told you. Smiled as the rings of light appeared.- William closed his eyes and looked away.-That's when it all went to hell. You started screaming. 'Get that monster away from me' you'd say. I didn't understand back then. You had been so nice. I was so confused. I went back to human to get you to stop screaming, but you didn't stop. The Fentons barged into the lab. They heard you. They saw me. They sent me to my room and I went without a second thought. But you see, when I was gone, they deduced that even if I was human, I had ghost powers. And that … made me worth studying.
''They had grown so attached to me it took them a couple of weeks, but in the end, Maddie led me to the lab. You both watched in horror as your child unknowingly but willingly sat on the disection table, not even aware of his fate. It wasn't until Jack grabbed the scalpel that you smashed yourself against the shield. The other ghost also started attacking his cage. I watched you scared. I had never seen you that violent. You were actually hurting yourselves in you attempt to break free. And I was so focused on you I never saw the knife in Maddie's hand. You screamed. Your wail made us all cover our ears, but it managed to shatter both ghost shields. The other ghost attacked Jack, while you pushed Maddie away from me. You grabbed me, held me with your cold arms and ran for the closed portal at the back of the lab. I watched over your shoulder as Jack shot the other ghost until he was nothing but a pile of green goo and Maddie stood, fenton bazooka in hand, aiming it at us. She shot you in the back, you held me to protect me. The blast had shoved us right next to the key that would open the portal and you reached for it. That's when Maddie spoke. She said the portal would only open if it recognized Fenton DNA and you should stop trying and accept your fate. You chuckled. I didn't know it back then, but she had shattered half of your core. You were already dying. You stood, still holding me, coughing green blood with specks of red and then you said it. 'Then you are in for one hell of a surprise.' You placed your hand on the palm scanner and the portal opened, greeting Danny. Maddie and Jack stopped in their advance at that, and you took the oportunity to wish me well, throw me into the portal and destroy it.
The people around William watched him with a turmoil of feelings. He sure had a back story. Danny gulped. So if this kid hadn't attacked his dad a few minutes ago... he would be as good as dead? Vlad shuddered at the notion. But something was amiss.
-Where was I, William? I'm sure if that had taken place, The babling baboon would have told me about the capture. And there's no way I would have left Daniel in that place.
-You mean you haven't figured it out? My clock! You guys are slow.
Danny and Vlad blinked and the kids around them giggled or snorted or chuckled, depending on their personality. Danny then looked around. This were all his kids. One kinda resembled Ember, the next had dragon wings, clearly stating that his mom was princess Dora, the third he had met looked a lot like Desiree and the last ghostly kid kinda looked like Kitty, Johnny 13's girlfriend. All those mothers were ghosts. He then looked at the more human kids. The african american girl with a grudge was probably Valerie's daughter, while the latino kid reminded him of Paulina, and lastly, the girl with the amethist eyes. There was only one girl he knew who had those eyes. Sam. Then it clicked. The children with ghost mothers were ghostly and the kids with human moms looked more like human. So if Billy was a halfa and the other ghost was male, the that would mean …
-Noooooo. That's why you look so much like Dan Plasmius?!
-Finally! He'll possibly tell you later. Yes, my other parent was Vlad.
Danny was disgusted. Good thing his parents hadn't thought of forcing the conception the natural way. A shudder run along his spine. He actually took a step away from the older halfa at that thought. Vlad, on the other hand, was baffled. He had a son, in a twisted way, but a son whatsoever. And his son had stopped his own conception to … protect his parents from such a horrible fate? He was moved. So moved in fact, that tears started to run down his face and he hugged the frame of his seventeen year old son. The son he never had and now never would. Danny watched from afar, understanding what was going through the man's mind. He finally had a halfa son and was about to lose him again. The youngest halfa noticed the uncomfortable look on Billy's face and smiled. Yep, this guy was deffinitely nothing like Dan. Then, Jimmy took a step forward and asked him what had happened next, and although Vlad didn't notice it as he let go of the older teenager, the musician had had a clear intention to cut through the awkwardness in the warehouse.
-Well, after I saw that the portal I had been shoved into wasn't there anymore, I just floated there.-everyone stared.- What? I was Five! So anyway, I cried there for hours, maybe even a day, the ghosts passing by me and watching as if I were something odd. Then at some point, I felt a hand on my shoulder and when I looked up, there was this blue ghost with a purple cape and a gandpa clock in his chest. He intoduced himself as Clockwork and told me I could live with him in his tower. He also told me he'd teach me all there was to know about ghosts and the ghost zone, said I was meant for greatness.
''I learned about all he taught me. Eventually he started teaching me about time stream and said that perhaps one day I could help him in his work. He really should have seen it coming when I used what he had taught me to learn how I had been created and what had happened to my biological parents, who they had been, what had been taken from them when the Fentons captured them. He also should have seen it coming when I went for the dented thermos in the back room-Danny gasped- Oh, don't worry. As soon as I opened it, Dan laughed maniacly, screaming his plans to destroy your family to the world, but when I said he should tear the Fentons slowly apart he looked at me and stared. He stared at me for a good half an hour. And when Clockwork finally showed up, Dan asked him who had created this abomination. I was offended to say the least, and beat the crap out of him before putting him back in the thermos.
-Hold on, you wanted my parents DEAD?!
-Hey! I was twelve and I witnessed my adoptive parents, who were actually my grandparents, kill both my fathers! That leaves scars! And it took me a lot of therapy with Spectra to grow out of it! Now, as I was saying: Clockwork was impressed with my display of strength, me being twelve and all. So he decided to give me a job as his assistant. And I eventually … let go of my desires for revenge. And that's about it. In a couple of minutes, CBoss is coming and collecting me, just like he collects all the ghosts that exist without a timeline.
Silence filled the room. Of course no one knew what to say, the guy had the saddest background they had ever heard. Sally went and hugged him again, along with Vlad, Jezzy and Tammy. Danny sighed. He looked at the scene and joined the hug semi reluctantly.
-Aaawww. Now I feel bad about taking you away, Pocketwatch!
They all turned around in shock. A chick with flaming green hair, green eyes and white skin, dressed in a leathery catsuit with a corset and silver boots, who had a violin strapped to her back watched them all from afar, sitting in midair.
-H...Hamelin?! What are you doing here?!?!?
-Well, CBoss wanted to make sure you hadn't stopped your own conception or something.
The girl jumped as if she were sitting on a chair and landed gracefully before walking up to the flaming haired halfa and … shoving her tongue down his throat. Everyone was taken aback. He absolutely hadn't mentioned a girlfriend. Least of all a ghostly one. They saw his initial shock pass and his strong arms wrapping around her waist. The makeout session lasted... a lot. It was starting to get uncomfortable for Danny. Luckily, it didn't take that much longer for the couple to separate. The girl, Hamelin frowned and hit him over the head.
-I told you not to be the hero! I'd rather have a selfish and alive boyfriend than a hero that ends up dead!!!
-Well what was I supposed to do, watch as my parents' lifes are ruined?!
-I didn't want that! See?! You got your wish! A selfish boyfriend that would rather die before seeing his parents get killed!
The green haired teenager slapped him. She refused to cry for this idiot! She turned away from him and grabbed the ghostly equivalent for a fenton phone. She spoke in some wierd language Danny didn't understand and before he knew it, Clockwork was floating between him and William. The master of time sighed.
-Why is it that with you, I never see what you're going to do before you do it?
The halfa huffed and crossed his arms looking away. It wasn't like he had destroyed the world. His boss sighed again. He looked towards the alternate seven briefly, before aknowledging the original halfas.
-I'm really sorry you had to go through that, Daniel. I'm sure it must have been quite confusing.
-Oh, don't worry about it. Time travelers. Am I right?-he asked lifting an amused eyebrow.
The master of time smiled and opened seven portals behind him, before exclaiming that 'their child' was on their side of the portal. The two halfas stared in quite a bit of shock as apparently the mothers of the children stuck their heads through the green gas. The first one to run towards her child was a 33 year old Paulina, who ran towards Tomás and smothered him between her arms.
-Tommy, mi cielo!!! I thought I lost you forever!!!
-Mamá... can't breathe...
When the more cautious mothers saw that there was no danger, they walked through and Danny was able to recognize... all of them. Ember, Kitty, Dorathea, Desiree, Valerie and Sam. He swallowed a knot in his throat. Were all of these women... married to him? The rock ghost walked up to Jimmy. She took the keytar from him and smashed it against the ground. The boy started shouting obsenities at the blue haired woman, until a new green keytar materialized in her hand.
-Don't you ever, EVER, accept things from a stanger. Least of all someone looking so twisted.
The boy just nodded his head, taking the instrument from his mother's hand and placing it behind his back. Then, just as fast as it had appeared, her frown turned to worry and she held her son close to her.
Danny noticed how all the children and their mothers joined. Sally ran to Kitty, Tammy walked towards Sam, Jezzy and Desiree met half way, Ginny and Valerie hugged without words and lastly, Garret bowed to his mother, before she snatched him up and twirled a couple of times in joy of finally finding her son. This earned a few laughs and the green skinned boy blushed in embarrasment.
It was then that all of the older women looked back at the young halfa. He gulped. Then a mischievous smile took over Desiree's features.
-My, my. This brings back memories.
-Tell me about it! How are you, baby pop?
-Besides beaten up.-Added Sam with a smirk.
-Yeah, what hit you? Photon ray?-Asked Kitty.
-Gee, I wonder how THAT could have happened.-Said Valerie narrowing her eyes at her own daughter, who shied away blushing.
-Hey! He got in the way! I was trying to shoot the others!
The other mothers turned slowly to stare (dangerously) at the young dark skinned girl. But before they could do anything, Hamelin stepped up.
-Lay down your guns, ladies! She's just a child!
Ember stared taken aback. Who was this girl?!?! That green hair kinda reminded her of...
-Please tell me I don't marry SKULKER of all ghosts where you're from.
A snort was heard from William.-Tell her your brother's name is Hunter!
The rock star's undignified shriek cut all possible tension that had existed in the room. So much so, that all of them had forgotten about Billy's fate until he himself brought it up, asking the time master how much he had left. The women looked confused until their children explained his predicament. They watched on in respect and thankfulness as the all knowing ghost told him that the time to go was fastly approaching.
-Can't he stay?-Everyone turned to look at Vlad.-I mean, sure, it's a time paradox, but you are the most powerful ghost there is, Clockwork.
They all gaped at him. Specially Billy Pocketwatch and Hamelin Bell. They both opened their mouths to retort, however, they were interrupted.
-Actually... there is something we could do...