Get Free Copy

100 free copies left

This novel is limited to 100 free copies due to its part in Inkitt’s Novel Contest.

Free copy left
You can read our best books
AnimationNut would love your feedback! Got a few minutes to write a review?
Write a Review

Project Ghost

By AnimationNut

Humor / Action

Chapter 1: Ghost Project and an Easy Pass

William Lancer stood in front of his unruly freshman class in frustration. The majority of his students were laughing and conversing with their friends, while the select few were taking advantage of the lesson lull to nap. The few in his class who did care about their grades were doing the reading that had been assigned ten minutes ago, but they seemed to be distracted by the loud noise happening around them.

Why is it so hard for these kids to pay attention? Lancer thought in annoyance. The only thing they're focussed on these days are late night raves and Danny Phantom.

A sudden idea struck him and he dwelled on it for a moment. The project he had thought of wasn't necessarily English-related, but at the same time it would be just the thing to catch the interest of his students and help bring up their rather poor grades.

Lancer clapped his hands sharply and waited for the chatter to die down. Soon all heads were facing his direction, and he knew he better speak before he lost their attention again.

"Since you find the history of famous writers so boring, I'm going to assign a project you should all enjoy," he informed. "I want you to get into groups of three and write a three-page report, accompanied by a presentation, on ghosts."

The group immediately erupted into excited whoops and cheers.

Paulina squealed. "I'm totally doing Danny Phantom! He's so dreamy!"

Dash high-fived Kwan. "We are so doing Phantom! That dude rocks!"

Lancer snagged a piece of paper from the top of his desk and took notes on the groups that were beginning to form. Kwan, Dash, and Charles, their fellow football teammate. Paulina, Star and Valerie, the latter of whom trying to persuade her friends to reconsider doing Phantom. Then, of course, there was the infamous Amity Trio, Danny, Sam, and Tucker.

Lancer frowned. The trio were barely passing any of their classes and their teachers were getting fed up with their odd behaviour. But their faces were practically glowing with happiness at this particular project, which he found to be a bit strange. He didn't think they were as interested in ghosts as the rest of their peers.

Here's hoping this will be enough to bring them up to a passing grade, he thought.

Danny was having the same thought as he grinned at his two best friends. "How awesome is this? We are so gonna pass!"

Sam smiled. "Easy A," she agreed. "But do we have to do Phantom?"

Danny frowned, offended. "What's wrong with Phantom? I happen to think he's a cool guy."

Tucker smirked. "You would."

"Everyone is doing Phantom," pointed out Sam. "And we already know everything about him-"

"Which makes it the easy A," countered Danny.

"-which is why we should do another ghost in the Zone," Sam pressed on. "Lancer will be so surprised by our knowledge of ghosts and if we happen to present last, he should be sick of all the Phantom talk and he'll give us bonus marks for being different and creative."

"Am I supposed to be offended?" asked Danny uncertainly. "You seem pretty against doing Phantom."

Before Sam could give a sarcastic response, Lancer clacked a wooden ruler against the edge of his desk, catching the attention of his class once again. "Okay, settle down. I'm going to point to a group and you're going to tell me what ghost or ghosts you will be researching and doing your project on."

At each group he pointed at, the response was the same.






He quelled a sigh. The presentations might get repetitive, but at least they were finally showing some enthusiasm at doing schoolwork. His finger fell on the last group, which consisted of the trio.

"Not Phantom," said Sam, and she smirked at the shocked gasps that sounded after her declaration.

Paulina gaped. "What do you mean, 'not Phantom'? What's wrong with Phantom? Who else would you do?" she demanded.

Tucker lazily fiddled with his P.D.A. "First of all, the Phantom isn't as interesting as he seems. I should know. Second, we are going to do our report on a bunch of different ghosts, because Phantom isn't the only one in existence."

"You know the Phantom?" asked Dash incredulously.

Twenty pairs of eyes turned to stare at the trio in shock and envy. Danny kicked the back of Tucker's chair while Sam held her head in her hands, hiding her nervous expression. Tucker turned red. "No!" he said hastily. "I'm just saying he doesn't seem interesting, that's all."

Lancer narrowed his eyes. Danny had paled slightly and when Sam revealed her face it looked like she seemed ready to pass out at any given moment. Tucker's blue-green eyes had a fearful glint to them, and he returned to staring at his beloved electronic device.

"Didn't think you knew him," muttered Dash. "Phantom wouldn't spend time with losers like you."

Danny let out a small sigh of relief. "Yeah. Exactly. He wouldn't waste his time on losers like us. Right."

Do these kids really know the Phantom? thought Lancer, his suspicion flaring after the trio's odd reactions. Come to think of it, every time Phantom appears, Sam and Tucker aren't too far behind, and Danny normally comes into the picture a little bit later, just after Phantom disappears.

But after a moment, he dismissed the thought. Danny Phantom was Amity's idol. Why on Earth would he have close connections to three random freshmen kids?

Tucker breathed a sigh of relief as the attention finally came off of him. He grinned at his friends.

"Easy A!"

Danny scowled. "I'm going to kill you."

"What? It was an accident!"

Sam crossed her arms. "Yeah, well, we can't afford accidents like that," she snapped. "Try to watch your big mouth, alright?"

"Fine, geez. Relax. Everything's fine, and we're going to rock this project!"

A glint of nervousness shone on Danny's face. "Do you think anyone will find anything out?"

Though he wasn't terribly clear, his friends understood what he meant. Sam smiled comfortingly. "Not a chance. No one in a million years would even think about making connections."

Danny nodded slowly. "I guess you're right. But I'm still a little worried."

Tucker waved his hand dismissively. "It's just a school project. What can go wrong?"


Continue Reading Next Chapter
Further Recommendations

Hannah Hall: This story will have you in tears in a good way. One of the best love stories written. Share with your friends and family!

Jean Tryon: As a beta, I found this story outstanding!! Plot, grammar, phraseology, etc Rachel gives us it all. She takes the story into the future from where due South ends. She is an exacting and thoughtful author.

ianwatson: The comedy is original and genuinely funny, I have laughed out loud many times reading this book. But the story and the plot are also really engaging. The opening two or three chapters seem quite character-dense but they all soon come to life and there is no padding, filling or wasted time readin...

Caitlin E. Jones: Only through the first three chapters of this piece, but StrawberrySunrise never disappoints! The characterization is stellar and the world-building, so unique and intriguing for a story of its kind. Elias provides a strong lead voice, lending his perspective to a tumultuous fantasy world and its...

LesAnne: I've never come across a plot like this, and I like its originality. At first, the title gave me the impression that the story is about friends making bets, but I've been proven wrong. I like the personality of the female main character, how evident her strengths and weaknesses are. She's become ...

Alex Rushmer: Although I don't know the story of the Phantom of the Opera, I really enjoyed this story. The writing was very evocative, and it really put a picture of time and setting in my mind. The voice of the story really added to the character development. The idea of the time travelling -- or whatever re...

Ben Gauger: Kudos to Bryan Laesch, author of Remnants of Chaos:Chaotic Omens for his use of the Gothic style of writing and in addition the footnotes and endnotes at the end of each chapter, a welcome accompaniment to be sure, though his use of grammar could use a little improving, but his use of punctuation...

mrh: This interesting take on the Harry Potter series fascinated me from line one on. I am in love with this tale and its characters and cannot wait to read the next chapter. I look forward to more soon.When can I expect the next chapter? I am so excited to read it!

Raymond Keith Moon: Great story arc. Nice command of the balance of overview and detail. Feels a bit like a multi-player computer game, but provides satisfying explanations for all the apparent magic. Please keep writing!

More Recommendations

mrh: I have loved reading this story. It is amazing. I love how the one single event of meeting Draco has changed the story. This is such a great twist on harry's story. I would love to read more... will you be writing a Year 2?

This story wasn't for you ?
Look at our most viral stories!

FreakyPoet: "you made me laugh, made me cry, both are hard to do. I spent most of the night reading your story, captivated. This is why you get full stars from me. Thanks for the great story!"

The Cyneweard

Sara Joy Bailey: "Full of depth and life. The plot was thrilling. The author's style flows naturally and the reader can easily slip into the pages of the story. Very well done."

This story wasn't for you ?
Look at our most viral story!

Ro-Ange Olson: "Loved it and couldn't put it down. I really hope there is a sequel. Well written and the plot really moves forward."