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Dinner with the Fentons
As they walked towards the front door of the restaurant, Danny noticed with great joy that the press wasn’t following him and he smiled. The press conference was obviously worth it, and actually wasn’t as bad as he expected. Now all he had to worry about was his first day of school.
They walked into the restaurant as Danny looked around awkwardly. People were all eating their meals, not paying attention to the people that just walked in the door which made Danny breathe in a sigh of relief. Jack walked up to the host’s podium.
“Good evening. Welcome to PF Changs. How many…wait a minute, you’re Jack Fenton!”
“Yes, I am,” his father stated slowly, seeing where this was heading.
“Then that means…” the host muttered as he looked around Jack and saw Danny. “Danny Fenton!” he screamed as he ran over to him and started shaking his hand. “It’s an honor to meet you!”
“Um, right, thanks,” Danny stated awkwardly, not really knowing what to do. He knew how to handle the press, but he didn’t know how to handle the fans, or just people in general. By now the entire restaurant had heard the commotion and stood up to see the now infamous Danny Fenton.
Thankfully, his sister, like always, took charge. “Alright, I think that’s enough. We just got back from an eight hour long press conference and we’re tired and hungry, so can you please get back to your job and get us a table?” Jazz asked angrily.
“Right…of course. I can even give you a private table, away from everyone else. Would you like that?”
“Yes, that would be most appreciated,” Jazz answered.
“Okay, right this way.”
As they walked towards the back of the restaurant, Danny noticed everyone pointing and staring at him in awe. He heard whispers of “It’s that Ghost Kid!” echo around the tables as he walked past. Finally they reached the private room and they sat around the table.
“Your server will be with you shortly,” the host stated as he handed them all their menus and silverware before heading towards the door. He started walking out, and then popped his head back in. “Can I get an autograph?” he asked bravely. Danny’s eyes flashed green and the host quickly left the room, obviously getting the message.
“Well, that was certainly interesting,” his mother stated as she started looking at the menu.
“I’m sorry,” Danny stated, looking at his family.
“Don’t you even start apologizing for those obsessive fans again,” Jack warned.
“But we can’t even go out to dinner without making a scene anymore!”
“Oh cheer up sweetheart, it’ll get better. It’s just hard right now because everyone’s still getting used to it, but it’ll get better, you’ll see,” his mother comforted.
“I hope so,” Danny stated.
The waitress came in and gave them all glasses of water. The host must have told her that she’d be serving the Fentons because she looked quite calm given the circumstances. She only faltered while giving Danny his water and he could tell that she was a little nervous serving him.
“Good evening, and welcome to PF Changs. I’m Michelle and I’ll be your waitress for this evening. Can I start you out with something to drink?”
“A Diet Coke please,” Maddie ordered as the waitress nodded and wrote it down in her book.
“Jack Daniels!” Jack requested proudly.
“Jack, not with Chinese!” Maddie reprimanded. “He’ll have a Cherry Coke.”
“Iced Tea,” Jazz ordered before turning back to the menu.
Then the waitress looked at Danny and he noticed that her smile faltered, like she didn’t really know how to act. Danny just smiled at her, trying to make her feel comfortable. “I’d like a Sprite with no ice,” Danny requested and then smiled at her. She smiled back and then wrote down the order.
“Dr. Pepper,” Sam ordered.
“Coke,” Tucker requested.
“Alright, I’ll have your drinks for you in a few minutes.”
“Well, isn’t this nice, the family and Danny’s closest friends sitting together for a nice dinner at PF Changs?” Maddie asked.
“Yeah…” Jack stated as he stared off into the distance. “Wait a minute, when was the last time we went out to eat as a family?” Jack asked.
“Seven months, nineteen days,” Danny stated automatically.
“Wow, someone’s been keeping track,” Jazz remarked. “May I ask why the good memory?”
“Because the last time we went out to eat was the day the portal started working, which was exactly seven months and nineteen days ago.”
“Which was the day of the accident,” Maddie stated.
“Now I remember,” Jack stated. “We went out to Olive Garden to celebrate the portal and then Danny ran off to the bathroom and didn’t return for ten minutes, and when he came back he looked all sick so we went home, and I left my box of food on the table,” he finished sadly.
“Yes Danny, what did happen that made you rush off to the bathroom?”
“My arm had gone intangible so I ran off to the bathroom and it took me ten minutes to figure out how to fix it.”
Everyone around the table started laughing as the waitress walked in with a large tray full of drinks.
“What? It wasn’t funny! How would you feel if your arm was intangible and you couldn’t figure out how to fix it!” Everyone just continued to laugh.
“Alright, here are your drinks,” the waitress stated as she started handing them out.
“That’s not as funny as the time when Danny lost his memory and forgot how to use his ghost powers. He tried to shoot an ecto-blast and it ended up coming out of his butt!” The entire table started cracking up as Danny blushed bright red. The waitress almost tipped one of the glasses over while placing them on the table.
“Yeah Tucker, well what about the time you died your hair blue because you were in love with Ember, only to find out that she was a ghost! And the only way she could be defeated was with your awful singing!” The entire table started laughing at that as well as the waitress stood up and pulled out her booklet, trying hard not to laugh.
“Guys, I think it’s time to order,” Jazz stated, trying to calm herself down.
“Can I start you with some appetizers?”
“Lettuce Wraps!” Danny, Sam, and Tucker yelled.
“Can we get two orders of the lettuce wraps?” Maddie ordered.
“Two? Make it three! That’s Danny’s favorite part!” Jack bellowed.
“Alright, three,” Maddie agreed.
Danny, Sam, and Tucker smiled each other and gave each other high fives under the table. The waitress smiled as she watched them, realizing that though he may be a ghost, he was also just a normal boy who liked to hang out with his friends and family.
“Alright, three Lettuce Wraps. Are you all set to order or do you need a few more minutes?”
“I think we’re ready,” Maddie stated. “I’d like…”
“I’ll have the Kung-Pao Chicken!” Jack interrupted in his usual loud voice.
“…the Lemon Pepper Chicken,” Maddie finished slowly as Jack opened the end of the straw wrapper and placed it up to his mouth, ready to shoot the wrapper at another family member.
“I’ll have the Chicken Fried Rice please,” Jazz ordered as her father snuck behind her, took aim, and shot the straw towards Danny. Fortunately Danny had noticed his father making his straw wrapper weapon and knew it was coming. He went intangible so the straw wrapper went right through the side of his head and hit the side of Sam’s instead. She looked up from her menu and saw Danny turning visible again and Jack trying to hide the straw while looking disappointed.
“Oh, that’s no fun. You can’t phase through the straw wrapper, that’s cheating!”
“Yeah, which led to me getting hit instead!” Sam stated.
“What was I supposed to do, get hit with it myself? I don’t think so! Plus, I don’t remember making a rule that ghost powers are illegal in Straw Wars, so technically I wasn’t cheating.” Then he remembered that it was his turn to order. “Oh, sorry. Um, I’d like the Pork Chow Mein please.”
“I’d like the Chow Mein, but with no meat in it. And does white rice come complementary or do you have to order that?” Sam asked.
“It’s complementary,” the waitress stated.
“You know Dad, if your aim with the Fenton Bazooka was as good as your aim with straws you would have hit me a long time ago,” Danny stated as the waitress turned towards Tucker to get his order.
“I’ll have the Beef and Broccoli, and make sure it has lots of beef,” Tucker ordered.
“That’s it! I’ll make a ghost weapon that shoots ectoplasmic energy out of a straw!”
“Can we have more straws?” Danny asked the waitress.
“Sure,” she replied as she handed Danny a pile of straws while his father was occupied with describing the new ghost invention to Maddie. “I used to play these kinds of games with my father all the time when we went out to eat.”
Danny smiled back. “When playing with my family, it’s not just a game; it’s war.”
The waitress left the room as Danny started taking off the tops of the straw wrappers while his father was distracted. Then he gathered them all up and went invisible before going ghost, that way no one would see him. Then he flew up into the air and waited until someone noticed he was gone: then he would strike.
“Hey, where’s Danny?” Tucker asked. He was answered by a straw wrapper hitting him right on the forehead. “Ow!”
Then Sam was hit, and then Jazz, then Jack and Maddie. Danny used up the entire handful of straws on them.
“Danny!” they all yelled when his arsenal had depleted. Danny appeared before them laughing his head off. “Oh, that was great!” he laughed joyously.
“Alright, motion to forbid ghost powers in Straw Wars!” Jack stated.
“Aye!” everyone but Danny shouted.
“Oh come on! All’s fair in love and war,” Danny pleaded. “Plus, isn’t one of the rules ‘Use every piece of cunning and every talent you possess to strike down the enemy’?”
“Crap, our own laws used against us,” Maddie stated, defeated.
“But we will get you, you understand that? You are not safe from us! Know that now you have declared war on all of us, and that means that we shall gang up on you. You are no longer safe!” Jack declared dramatically.
“Fine with me. Let the games begin,” Danny stated, accepting the challenge and then going intangible as his father shot another straw wrapper trough his chest. “You know, you really should make that ghost weapon. That’s two for two so far.”
Then the waitress came in with the Lettuce Wraps and stopped as she saw Danny floating in front of his family. He turned around and smiled sheepishly.
“Sorry,” he stated as he flew back to his seat and turned back to human.
“Did you get ‘em?” she asked, noticing the look of triumph on the ghost boy’s face and the looks of annoyance on everyone else.
“Oh yeah,” Danny stated proudly.
“Wait, the waitress was in on it too?” Jack asked. “Isn’t that against the rules?”
“Nope. The rules state that it’s only illegal to ask a ‘waiter’ for help, not a waitress.”
“Darn it Maddie he’s getting too smart,” Jack complained.
“Alright, well here are the Lettuce Wraps, the pot of white rice, and the Lettuce Wrap sauce. Does anyone need any refills?” A few people gestured that they did. “Alright, I’ll be right back with those,” she promised as she left.
“Oh yes, Lettuce Wraps!” Danny stated happily as he started making his wrap joyfully. Suddenly, he was hit in the head with a straw wrapper. “Hey, that’s cheating! Straw Wars end once the first piece of food is brought out!”
“I know, but I just wanted to hit you,” Jack stated.
Danny just smiled and continued to savor his Lettuce Wrap.
“How are the wraps?” the waitress asked as she came in with the refills.
Danny was just about to answer that they tasted like the most heavenly food on the planet when his ghost sense went off.
“You’ve got to be kidding me! Can’t they leave me alone for one night, just one night? And I was in the middle of eating my Lettuce Wrap too!”
“A ghost!” someone screamed in the front room.
“Alright, that ghost is so going down,” Danny stated determinately as the white rings formed around his waste as he transformed into his ghost version. He floated up, turned intangible, and flew through the wall into the main area. Jack and Maddie scrambled out of the booth and headed towards the door along with the waitress leaving Tucker, Sam, and Jazz at the booth.
“Sweet, now all the Lettuce Wraps are mine!” Tucker yelled.
“Oh, and touch my Lettuce Wraps, and I will overshadow you and make you wish you’d never been born,” Danny warned as he stuck his head through the wall.
“Oh well, I can still eat Mr. and Mrs. Fenton’s Lettuce Wraps!”
“Tucker, do I need to remind you who’s paying for this meal and who’s driving you home?” Maddie asked.
“No Mrs. Fenton. Darn it, no extra Lettuce Wraps. Unless…” he stated, looking at Sam and Jazz.
“Don’t even think about it,” they both warned.
Danny flew into the front room and saw a ghost that looked like an ancient Chinese dragon.
“Of course, a Chinese dragon ghost in a Chinese restaurant. How appropriate.”
“It’s the Ghost Boy!” the people in the restaurant yelled.
“Alright, for the record, that was totally unnecessary because you knew I was in here anyways. Alright, Mr. Chinese Dragon Ghost, you disrupted my family dinner, you attack my favorite restaurant, and more importantly, you interrupted me while I was eating my Lettuce Wraps. Do I need to say that you are so gone?”
The dragon roared and opened its mouth to breath fire at Danny. He flew out of the way and started shooting ecto-blasts at the dragon. He flew towards it and punched it, sending it through the wall and outside of the restaurant. He gasped as he felt his hand hurt, like it had been burned.
“Alright, mental note, don’t touch the dragon,” he stated as he shook his hand to try and release the pain and flew outside to tackle the dragon ghost. He started angrily shooting ecto-blast after ecto-blast at it, hoping to power it down enough so he could suck it into the thermos. After shooting a blast at the dragon, it swiped its tail around and hit Danny on the side, burning him from the heat it emitted and cutting him from its sharp barbs. He fell to the floor as his right side smoked from the contact and green ectoplasm started pouring out of several cuts on the side of his torso. The dragon then started to fly back towards the restaurant when Danny shot out his ghost stinger and wrapped it around the dragon’s tail. It shocked the ghost as Danny twirled it away from the restaurant. Then he opened his mouth and let out his ghostly wail which sent the ghost flying into the nearest building. Then Danny flew over to it and opened the thermos.
“And that’s what you get for disrupting me while I’m eating my Lettuce Wraps!” he warned as he sucked the dragon into the thermos. Then he fell to his hands and knees and changed back to human. He looked at his hand and it looked burnt and it was sore to the touch. Danny slowly stood up and started walking back into the restaurant where he was greeted with applause from the people eating there. He smiled and he walked back to the room, clutching his side.
“Oh sweetie, are you alright?” Maddie asked as Danny walked towards them.
“Yeah Mom, I’m fine. Just a little burned. Now let me at those Lettuce Wraps!” he yelled as he dove into the booth and devoured his half eaten Lettuce Wrap before starting to make a new one.
“Oh it’s wonderful sweetie, you saved the restaurant!” his mother gushed as she gave him a kiss on the forehead.
“No I didn’t, I saved the Lettuce Wraps.”
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