“To tell a teenager that she stick to lip gloss - when she’s being directly impacted by policies affecting her lifestyle and the lifestyle of those around her - is frankly irresponsible.” - Teen Vogue’s Phillip Picardi on The Daily Show
…It still baffles him. He knows that the portals are unpredictable. Imagine his surprise when it took him half way across the country, thankfully in his own time. He recognizes this city, and a childish sort of giddiness overtakes him.
Danny Phantom emerges inside the Titans Tower.
Breathtaking. That’s how he would describe the interior. An amazing headquarters for an amazing team. He’s read all about them, even memorized their powers and abilities. They are his favorite superhero team. He’s on the verge of fanboying when the state of the art sliding doors open.
There standing in the threshold were the Teen Titans. They stared at each other. He was equal parts exited and terrified. On the one hand they were his heroic inspiration. On the other he was definitely trespassing and will probably be obliterated on the spot. After an eternity, Beast Boy shattered the silence.
“DUDE! You’re Danny Phantom!”
Holy crap! They knew his name! Ok. Ok. Calm down. Be cool. Gotta act professional. Just because he’s fantasized about joining them on a mission doesn’t mean anything. He’s got this.
“Ohmygosh You’re the Teen Titans! This is so cool! I’m a huge fan of you guys! Will you sign my Thermos?”
He internally cringes. Smooth Fenton, now they think you’re a total dweeb.
“Dude no prob! But only if you sign my belt!”
No way. The Beast Boy wants his autograph. He has only ever dreamed of this moment. As they’re exchanging signatures, Starfire approaches him and engulfs him in a bone crushing hug.
“Hello new friend! It is very nice to meet you. My name is Starfire.”
“I’m Danny, um you’re kinda breaking my ribs.”
Starfire drops him, spouting apologies. Cyborg helps him up while Robin asks what brings him into the tower.
“Um, sorry for barging in on you guys, I was floating through the Ghost Zone and a random portal opened up and kinda dumped me here, hee hee…”
He’s not very good at this first impressions thing. They tell him it’s fine. Actually inviting him to stay as long as he likes. They’re actually really cool people. He’s especially intrigued by Starfire. She came from SPACE! How cool is that!? He asks her ten thousand questions. She giggles at his enthusiasm. Her infectious cheer reminds him of Jazz. They would actually be the best of friends.
He spends the whole day with the Titans. Playing video games with Beast Boy. Brushing up on his combat skills with Robin. Learning new techniques on how to build equipment with Cyborg. Even dark poetry exchanges with Raven. The rest of the Titans were flabbergasted by how taken she is with him. They would never peg him for the darkness loving type. He explains that his girlfriend is a gothic ultra-recyclo-vegetarian with a major attitude, but he loves her anyway.
Starfire suggests they go for a flight. He jumps at the chance. They zoom around the city, she shows him around and they even get to hang out like normal teenagers. They went from music stores, to comic stores. They even got pizza on the way back. The more time he spent with her the more he was reminded of Jazz, but, without the nosiness and overprotectiveness.
Finally as the sun is setting, he and Starfire watch from the roof. All the while asking her all about space and her home planet. She in turn asks him about the Ghost Zone and his home town. They exchange stories and struggles. They end up finding solace in each other, both feeling like outsiders even among their friends.
He feels so welcome here. In this band of misfits he fits right in, he feels normal. Finally feeling like he belongs. Not having to worry about people shooting him on sight, or what would happen if people found him out. He hears her giggling.
“What is it?”
“You appear to be much more relaxed than when you first arrived. I am glad”
“Yeah…your right. I do feel a lot more relaxed. Guess I really did need a vacation. Thanks, for everything”
I’ve struggled for years with not feeling good enough. And feeling like if I disappeared no one would notice. Sometimes it’s more prominent than others. But I never felt low enough that I couldn’t get out of bed until you left. I couldn’t leave my house for more than an hour. And as soon as I got home. I went straight to bed. I had no motivation to do anything besides cry. I wanted to die. I didn’t want to live without you. I needed you in my life. Now almost a year later I live everyday the best I can. Some days are hard but I get past them because I’ve learned that one day i will be worth something. Everything I’ve went through is preparing me for what’s to come. Never give up.
Why girls choose the bad guys over the good guys. By: Me
I was in a serious relationship with a guy for over a year. And when it ended I didn’t know what to do with myself. I thought about what it would be like to have that again and it scared me. I am terrified of being in another serious relationship anytime soon. I have then only talked to the guys I know will break my heart. Anytime I start texting or snapchatting a guy that talks about dating and being committed. I immediately try to end things. It has nothing to do with the guy. I’ve actually lost a couple of good guys because of it. And until I grow out of this phase, I will continue to chose the bad guys over the good guys. But good guys keep doing your thing because you will soon find a girl that’s over her no serious relationship phase and will love you like you deserve.