Chapter 4 - Phantom Annihilator
We decided to head to the Mall after lunch, just for something to do.
"I wish Amity Park was a bit bigger, so there was more to do." Tucker said as we walked past the same store for the third time. I nodded.
"Yeah, but having it be this size is good, so when ghosts attack there isn't much damage." I grinned. Sam nodded.
"Got a point there." She said. Suddenly she grabbed my arm. "Ooh! Let's go in there!" She exclaimed, squeezing my bicep. I looked at her and couldn't help the smile that broke out on my face. She glanced down at her hand that was on my arm and quickly let go, her cheeks pink. The store she had pointed at was The Skulk and Lurk Bookstore. I sighed sarcastically.
"If we must." I said, winking at her. She rolled her eyes and led the way into her favourite bookstore. We had just walked through the doorway when a shiver went up my spine and my breath turned a misty blue in front of me.
"Okay, I don't think it's that cold in here." Tucker joked. Now it was my turn to roll my eyes.
"I'll be back soon guys." I said, running from the bookstore.
"Okay, we'll be here." Sam said, reaching for a book on one of the shelves. I skidded around the corner, reaching the bathrooms in a matter of seconds.
"Where's he going so fast?" I heard one person ask.
"When you gotta go, you gotta go." Another replied. I snorted. Yeah, gotta go fight ghosts. I darted inside the bathroom and locked the cubicle door.
"Going ghost!" I said, transforming into my alter-ego. The familiar heat spread out across my body (which I find weird considering I'm a ghost so my transformation should be cold because my core is made of ice). Pushing off the ground I turned intangible and phased through the roof. I reappeared above the Mall and looked around for whatever ghost had set off my ghost sense. I felt someone behind me and I spun, an ectoblast forming in my hand and ready to fire but I stopped as soon as I saw who it was.
"Blaize?" I let the ghost ray fizzle out as I grinned at my friend. She was wearing a different outfit than yesterday. She was now dressed in black denim shorts, knee-high red boots and a red midriff shirt and I saw her belly button ring was now black instead of red, making her sun tattoo stand out. Her right arm had a silver bangle around her bicep and her left wrist was adorned with many silver bracelets. Her long fiery red hair was hanging down her back in its usual flaming curls that framed her deathly pale face. Her blue eyes were sparkling as she smiled at me.
"Hey Danny." She said, floating close enough to me to give me a hug. I wrapped my arms around her tiny waist and hugged her tight.
"Hey, it's great to see you!" I laughed as I let her go. "You look good." I said with a smile.
"Thanks, you don't look too bad yourself." She laughed.
"What are you doing here?" I asked her. She shrugged.
"I was bored and I heard about you becoming King of the Ghost Zone, and I wanted to see you personally and say, congratulations," she leant down in a low bow. "My new King." She lifted her head and winked at me. I laughed again.
"Stand up Blaize." I said, grinning down at my sassy friend. She straightened up and laughed.
"We're hovering dipshit." She said, pushing me lightly, causing me to fly back. I chuckled as I flew back towards her.
"Touché." Suddenly, my ghost sense went off again. Blaize frowned.
"That wasn't me was it?" She asked. I shook my head.
"No, I already got your ghost sense, this is someone else." I replied. "Correction, something else." I said as I saw the ghost. It was a humanoid blob; literally just green goop the shape of a human with two eyes, a black, gaping mouth. And it was huge, as in ten feet tall and as wide as a king sized bed. Blaize's eyes widened as she saw the ghost. I could feel her fear and it made me angry. I hated people making my friends scared. Blaize was a Level 2 ghost on the range of power, meaning she was only the tiniest bit more powerful than the Box Ghost or the Lunch Lady. She could shoot fire ectorays out of her hands and turn invisible, intangible, overshadow and fly, all the basic ghost powers, but that was it. She couldn't do anything else, and that's why she was considered a 'weaker' ghost. Her twin sister on the other hand, got all the power. She could control people with her music and looked very similar to her sister, except Blaize was prettier in my opinion, and instead of long red hair that hung loose, her hair was bright blue and up in a high ponytail. Sound familiar? Yep, my close friend Blaize, is Ember McLain's twin sister. But Ember got all the power, being a Level 6 ghost, and Blaize got the basics. She didn't mind though, except in situations like this where she can't protect herself. I glared at the Goopball ghost.
"Blaize, go hide." I commanded. She nodded her head fearfully and flew off, her hair leaving behind a faint smoke trail. Blaize was practically the definition of all bark, no bite. I didn't take my eyes off the ghost and as soon as I knew Blaize was a safe distance away, I flew up to the ghost.
"Hey giant, green and gruesome, who the hell are you and why are you in my town?" I shouted. It looked at me and glared.
"I am Geten, and I am here to destroy you!" His voice did not match his opinion in the least. Geten looked like a huge, muscular man, and his voice was high and squeaky, like he had inhaled helium. I couldn't help the fit of laughter that took over me. Geten's cruel smile faded a bit as I laughed. "What's so funny Ghost Boy?" He asked and I started laughing all over again.
"Man, please don't talk; it just ruins your image." I snickered, wiping away tears of laughter that were gathering in my eyes. Geten glared at me, his red eyes brightening. His shoulders tensed and I knew what he was about to do before he did it. I stretched out a hand and easily constructed an ectoshield in front of me just as he shot ectorays from his hands. They bounced harmlessly off my shield.
"You will die!" Geten shouted at me and I couldn't help but chuckle.
"Dude, we are ghosts." I said, stating the obvious. He froze, thinking about it.
"Uh, yeah true. Hmm. Well they didn't tell me how to do 'witty banter'." He said, deep in thought.
"Wait, who didn't tell you?" I asked, frowning at Geten. He looked up at me, fear in his red eyes.
"Those who held me captive for so long." He said. "Those who experimented on me, tortured me, made me feel fear." He shuddered and looked away. I felt sympathetic, but I was still wary.
"Who held you captive?" I asked again, my voice low as I began to suspect who it was. They'd used ghosts to lure other ghosts out before, usually trying to lure me out. Geten looked me in the eyes as he answered.
"The Guys in White." As soon as he answered I heard a faint noise behind me. Geten's eyes widened and he disappeared as he turned invisible. I spun around, facing the new threat. Approaching fast were two white, plane-like aircrafts, flying at my level, and straight towards me. My eyes widened and I flew out of the way just as they zoomed through the space I had just left. I turned with a snarl, following the trajectory of the aircrafts.
"Guys in White." I growled. I shot forward, flying after the planes. My ghost ray burst to life as the GIW turned their aircrafts around. A faint buzzing caught my attention. What is that? I asked myself as I got closer and closer to the GIW. My question was soon answered as a black and white bolt of electricity shot out from the aircraft, narrowly missing me.
"Whoa!" I exclaimed as I felt the heat from the bolt pass me. "That's new." I muttered to myself. A megaphone appeared from on top of the plane closest to me.
"Danny Phantom, surrender yourself to us." Operative K's voice echoed from the megaphone.
"Fat chance bozos!" I shouted back at them, firing my ghost ray at their planes. They swerved out of the way, one flying in each direction. They changed course, turning so they were coming at me from each side. Crap. I hated it when they did this. I quickly formed a shield around my body in an attempt to protect myself. Both of them shot my shield at the same time with the black electricity and I felt the shield lose its power and fizzle out.
"Shit." This time I spoke aloud. That was not good. "What's gonna happen if that hits me?" Nothing good was the answer. I saw the weapon charge up again and I moved. Just in time as the electric bolt zipped past me.
"By the order of Operative L under the jurisdiction of Paragraph Three, section A, subsection B, surrender to us Danny Phantom, you ectoplasmic entity of level 18." Agent L shouted out through the megaphone. Ectoplasmic entity level 18? Hmm, nice, I obviously have become more powerful in their eyes since I was fourteen and at level 12, I thought to myself as I dodged their bullets and the black electricity that gave me the heebie jeebies. My luck soon ran out. Blaize can coming towards me.
"Danny!" She called out. I glanced over my shoulder at her.
"Blaize! Get out of here!" I shouted. She shook her head and continued to fly towards me.
"No! We have trouble!" She replied. "That ghost from before is going on a rampage! He is freaking out, trying to hide in the town but he is destroying the Mall!"
"What?" Ugh, another problem to deal with. I saw Blaize's eyes widen.
"Danny, LOOK OUT!" She screamed, pointing behind me. I spun around, but I was too late. I had been distracted by Blaize and had forgotten to pay attention to the GIW who were still attacking. I gasped as I saw the black electricity heading straight for me. My eyes widened seconds before it hit me square in the chest. I grunted as the force of the bolt of electricity caused me to fly backwards, sending me head over heels. Shit that hurt, I thought, my body aching in pain. When I stopped spinning and weakly managed to regain my balance, the GIW attacked again, this time from above. The second bolt smacked me directly above the heart, pushing me down. I felt my eyes flutter as my energy was zapped from me but I forced myself to keep my eyes open. I tried to stop my fall and get back up into the air, but I couldn't; my powers weren't working. In a matter of seconds I had smashed into the concrete, creating a crater the size of a car in the middle of the street. I moaned in pain as my body tried to heal the broken bones I had received from the fall. I pushed myself up, but immediately fell back to the ground. Groaning, I forced myself up so I was standing on wobbly legs before I climbed out of the crater.
"Danny!" I heard Blaize shout. She flew as fast as she could over to me, before landing in front of me. My legs gave out and I fell to my knees with a gasp of pain. "Oh no, Danny, are you okay?" I just looked at her.
"Sorry, standard question." She replied as she crouched down next to me.
"What the hell did they hit me with?" I asked, fighting through the haze of pain that was clouding my mind.
"The Phantom-Annihilator, a weapon designed to specifically target ectoplasmic ghost cores and weaken you to the point where you will eventually be taken in for experiments." Agent K's voice echoed from the planes that had come up behind me.
"Lots and lots of very painful experiments." Agent L said. I took a deep, painful breath and by the sharp pains that responded I knew I had several broken ribs. Ignoring the pain I stood and faced the aircrafts. I glared at the Guys in White I had learned to despise.
"What the hell do you want?" I demanded.
Blaize, run, quick, go to the shop on your left, there's a basement, hide there until I tell you it's safe. I said, reaching for Blaize's mind. She gasped almost inaudibly.
You have telepathy?! She responded. I nodded.
Go now Blaize. I commanded. She shot off just as I fired my ghost ray at the planes. I knocked Agent K's aircraft back, sending him spinning into a building across the street.
"Great, another piece of destruction I'll be blamed for." I said to myself, amazed at how weak I sounded. I tried to take a step forward, but could barely move. I fell back to the ground. I wasn't healing as fast; I could feel my bones stitching back together and my burns and cuts healing, but it was slower than usual – and more painful.
"The Phantom-Annihilator was designed specifically for you Phantom. It is locked onto your unique ecto-signature." Agent L's megaphone said. I raised my head, peering through my snow-white locks at the Operative. I knew he was charging up the Annihilator, but I didn't have enough energy to move, let alone protect myself. I closed my eyes for a moment, but then looked up, staring directly at the GIW Agent. I wasn't going to look weak; I was going to stare directly at them, let them know I wasn't scare of them – or their weapon. I saw the black and white electricity blast from the plane a moment before it hit me. I flew back, slamming into a wall on the other side of the street before falling to the ground in a heap. Oh shit that hurt. I felt like my insides were burning, and I knew that they had spoken the truth – the weapon was designed to target my core. And it was working. My core was hurting; each slow beat of my heart sent more pain through my veins. I groaned as agony spread through my body. I felt tears prick my eyes but I was determined not to let them fall. I tried to push myself up, but my arms gave out and my head hit the concrete. That weapon works a little too well… I thought numbly as I heard the planes approach one more time. Agent K must've gotten out of the building, I thought absently as my mind began to wander. I think I'm losing consciousness. My head was aching, I guess it was from all the contact it had had with the concrete this afternoon.
"Danny!" I heard a familiar voice shout.
"Blaize." I muttered, still unable to move. She landed beside me and dropped to her knees.
"Danny, oh my gosh. Oh no. This is all my fault, if I hadn't distracted you, you'd be okay!" Her lip began to quiver and her eyes filled with tears.
"Blaize, this isn't your fault." I said slowly, each word more difficult to say than the last. "I would've been hit eventually, I could avoid them both forever ya know." I groaned as I pushed myself onto my back. I gasped as my core burned hot. "Danny, what's happening to you?" She asked me as I lay breathless, tears threatening to fall.
"My core." I mumbled. Blaize's eyes widened. A ghost's core is the very heart of their power, and it doubles as their life force. There are two kinds of cores, Ice and Fire. I had an Ice core, like Frostbite, Technus and Klemper and Blaize had a Fire core, like Ember, Skulker and Penelope Spectra. The more powerful the core, the more powerful the ghost is (mine, as you well know, is pretty damn powerful). At the moment, my Ice core felt like it was burning, but that wasn't physically possible. It was actually everywhere else that was hurting; my core felt like it was burning as it tried to heal me. "It's trying to heal me, but it is having trouble cause the ray they hit me with is preventing fast healing." I groaned as another wave of pain shot through me. "I feel like I'm burning, but I'm not." Blaize looked terrified.
"They're coming back Danny." She said, glancing over her shoulder. She reached for my shoulder, but a spark of electricity zapped between us. Blaize hissed in pain. "What the hell?" She muttered before trying again. This time I hissed in pain.
"Ouch." I groaned. "I think my core is trying to protect me by stopping anything with fire from touching me, including a Fire core ghost." I explained. "It'll stop when I heal." I pushed myself up on my elbow, forcing myself to stay conscious. "Blaize, you have to run, or fly or whatever. But just get out of here." I said. Even as I began to speak she was shaking her head.
"No, I'm not leaving you." She said, tears forming in her eyes. I nodded. Blaize is so different from her sister.
"You have to Blaize. You're the only one who knows what happened, you're the only one who's going to be able to help me."
"Help you?" She asked, confused. I nodded. Clockwork's advice was making sense now. He knew I'd be captured by the GIW, that's why he gave me that advice.
"They're going to take me." I said. Blaize's eyes widened again, this time filled with not only tears, but also fear. "You have to tell Sam and Tucker what happened okay? I need you to Blaize." I said, cutting her of before she could protest again. Clockwork's warning went through my head. You will be in danger, a lot of danger, but you must trust in your friends, they will help you when they are needed. But when the time comes that you are all alone and have no hope, that is when you need to believe in them the most. And you must believe in yourself, or else all is lost. "Blaize, please, you have to believe in me, trust me, I know what I'm doing." I glanced towards where the GIW were. I frowned. There was a giant green humanoid shape fighting them, and he was doing a good job. The Phantom-Annihilator didn't hurt him at all. Because it was designed for me it won't hurt any other ghost. I snorted. Lucky bastard. I looked back to Blaize.
"Look, Tucker had a tracking device put into my suit after I disappeared two years ago, I never told them I knew about it, but they'll be able to use it to find me." I told her. Blaize nodded. "I need you to help them Blaize, they won't be able to do it without you." I said, shaking the wooziness that was gathering in my head.
"Do what without you?" Blaize asked. I looked at her, knowing that she already knew the answer.
"Find and break into the GIW Headquarters and save me." I replied. Blaize gulped.
"But Danny, I'm a Level 2 ghost, how can I even hope to do that?" She asked, her voice low and sad. I smiled at her.
"You're braver than you think Blaize, and I know that you can do this. Sam and Tucker will help you. And as soon as you get there, I'll know about it and I'll come to you, Sam and Tucker and I'll help." I said, wishing I could give her a hug, but I was fading fast, and my voice was becoming softer. Blaize sniffed.
"Okay, I'll do it." She said. "I'll get your friends and we will rescue you, as quickly as possible." Her flaming hair shifted like there was an imaginary wind blowing past. I nodded.
"Now go, Geten is leaving." I said, nodding towards the fleeing green shape that was Geten. She followed my gaze and nodded as she looked back at me.
"I'll find you." She said, her eyes filled with emotion. I grinned at her.
"I'm counting on it." Blaize hesitated, looking like she was trying to make a decision. She must have made up her mind as a look of determination came across her face. She looked me in the eyes before doing something that shocked me to my core. She leaned down and pressed her soft lips to mine. The zap of electricity that was supposed to shock us didn't happen or if it did, I didn't notice. It lasted for a moment, but it felt longer to me. Her mouth opened mine and I felt heat pass from her into me. When she pulled away she smiled shyly and I realised I didn't feel as hot now.
"That will help you." She said. I gaped at her, still reeling from the shock of her kissing me.
"What did you do?" I managed to say. She shrugged.
"A gift my family possesses." She replied. "I transferred some of my power to you. Even though your core is ice, it will still help keep you warm and help you survive whatever they do to you. I also took some of the heat out of your system that that weapon had put in there that stopped your healing." Her blue eyes darkened. I weakly smiled my thanks.
"Blaize, quick, go now they're coming!" The GIW had finally spotted us and were flying over. She nodded.
"Okay. Goodbye Danny." She said as she turned invisible and flew off.
"Goodbye." I whispered as she disappeared. I turned my attention to the GIW who were now in front of me. I glared at them, feeling my eyes light up even brighter than usual, responding to my anger.
"Danny Phantom, by the authority invested in us, by the President of the Guys in White branch of the government, we place you under arrest." The megaphone said.
"And what's the charge?" I said, raising my eyebrow at them, trying not to show them how close I was to passing out.
"Uh, it's um…being a danger to civilians." Agent K scrabbled for an excuse. I snorted in laughter, even as blackness started to claim my vision.
"Yeah, nice reason there." I retorted sarcastically. I saw Agent L frown at me from inside his aircraft thing. My vision darkened and my limbs turned to jelly. My elbow gave out and I fell to the ground, my head hitting the concrete for the umpteenth time today. My eyes began to flutter and my arms and legs became heavy. I couldn't move even if I wanted to.
"Grab him." Was all I heard before my eyes shut and darkness claimed me.