—it’s a work thing and he doesn’t want to go but Pepper uses the phrase “so help me god” and that is usually followed by a threat so he jumps in the jet andgoes.
—Gotham sucks?? Why does it seem like it’s always dark and honestly Wayne, does your name have to be everywhere? Learn some humility, at least the Tower only has an A on it these days.
—Bruce is— beautiful. But he doesn’t laugh at Tonys Jokes until after a few glasses of champagne which is kind of a bummer but also hilarious.
—Some foxy lady named Selina asks Tony to dance and Bruce almost chokes to death trying to tell Tony not to.
—Tony dances with her anyway, and swears she purrs when he holds her a little too tight and uhhh that’s weird but sort of hot?
—A redhead with a wicked smile is advocating for some Save the Planet charity and Tony donates a large amount because he definitely has a weakness for redheads, who is he kidding?
—Bruce invites him to stay over at Wayne Manor and Tony thinks the butler disagrees, so he stays over just to spite Alfred.
—He’s fully expecting Bruce to open his door and join him in bed, but instead his window is jimmied open and a blonde with a shocking hair color job and what amounts to a slutty clown costume wiggles through the window and blows a bubble in her gum and says, “You’s just as pretty as the other girls said you were! You wanna come with me?”
—Tony thinks about it, and goes with the harlequin because if he gets in trouble, he’s heard runours about a big bat that swoops down and saves people.
—Pepper is scandalized when pictures surface of Tony hanging out with a scantily clad red head, a brunette in all black leather, and a blonde in a shirt that says “Daddy’s Lil monster.”
—Tony gets the picture framed and hung in his office.
…He always gets a feeling first. Like the air shifts around him. A disturbance if you will. He knows it’s really bad when, coupled with The Feeling, all his clocks stall for a single second. He turns on his monitor. The nagging will not go away.
Daniel is up to something
He finds his young charge brooding by his school locker. His friends standing next to him. He can feel it down to his ghostly tail. Daniel is going to do something, what, he can’t decide. There are too many possibilities.
“Danny are you sure you want to go through with this?”
“Yeah man, this seems a bit drastic, even for you”
“I’m just so done with this town! How can nobody tell it’s me after three whole years of saving their collective ass!? I mean come on! I’m sticking my arm through a locker!”
As he said, Daniel has made his arm intangible and is rummaging through his locker. Nobody seems to notice.
“I should just come to school as Phantom in my regular clothes”
“Dude, with your luck people would think you’re trying to copy Phantom”
Daniel appears to be quite offended by that statement. Yelling things like “how can I copy myself as myself”
“Hey at least you have your parents on your side this time around”
Clockwork chuckles, his charge can be quite the drama queen. Daniel proceeds to bang his head against the locker.
The school day rolls by and nothing out of the ordinary has happened Yet. Clockwork knows better, “The Feeling” has not dissipated. However a tingle races down his spine as lunch time approaches.
The boy he calls Dash is angrily making his way towards Daniel. Something about a test he failed and misplaced aggression. Clockwork scowls, Daniel seems resigned to the oncoming assault. The entirety of the cafeteria looking on. However something in his eyes changes. He stands.
“Dash I’m not in the mood for your BS right now”
“Who do you think you’re talking to Fen-tina”
Clockwork scowls, this brute of a boy better watch himself. He may only interfere when absolutely necessary, but no neanderthal will lay an unjust finger upon his son-young charge, he meant young charge. Daniel clenches his fists.
“You know what Dash, I don’t care just leave me alone or you’re gonna regret it”
The hulking boy grins like the cat that got the cream. Clockwork’s “Feeling” intensifies. He knows the unforeseeable event will happen soon.
“What are you gonna do about it Fen-tonio?”
Briefly Daniel’s eyes glow green. He looks about ready to leap at the boy. Clockwork secretly hopes this is the timeline where he does. In a deathly serious voice Daniel responds
“you don’t want to know”
the brute appeares to be taken aback by the sudden shift in the atmosphere. The crowd seems to back away a step. Daniel commands respect, and exudes lethality. Clockwork smirks. That’s the strength his young charge is admired for all throughout the Ghost Zone. Daniel’s Ghost Sense goes off. The children seem perplexed by the smoke exiting his mouth. He smirks. “The Feeling” reaches its peek.
“Anyway, I wish I could stay and finish this little exchange but…”
bright rings of light appear at his waist. His friends face palm. The students gasp in surprise and jump back. The Dash boy stumbles on a near by chair. The English teacher gasps from his position at the door. Daniel grins almost manically. Clockwork roars with laughter for the first time in eons.
As the rings travel up and down his body, leaving behind black and white jumpsuit. Realization strikes the English teacher who looks about ready to faint. The students one by one come to the same conclusion. The brute of a boy sitting on the floor looks on in frozen astonishment. Finally the rings end their journey. Danny Phantom stands before the school in all his heroic glory. He looks Dash in the eye.
“…I have ghost butt to kick, and I don’t hurt civilians, no matter how much of a jerk they can be”
he grabs his friends by the arms and phases up and out through the roof. Clockwork is wiping away tears of laughter. His young charge is always entertaining to watch. Instead of following Daniel’s exit, Clockwork surveys the damage. The Dash boy looks ready to vomit. The English teacher actually fainted. The students squealed, groaned, and sighed. A redhead kid seems to be shouting about how he knew it all along. All in all nothing too bad that would require him to step in.
Clockwork turns off the Daniel monitor. His young charge is quite the sassy hero. The Feeling has evaporated. The revelation of his Ghost half was the grand event. Everything is back to normal within the Clock Tower. A knock at the door. Clockwork smiles and prepares his congratulations.