Just thought of this, but imagine if Danny met the Guardians of the Galaxy. He’d probably ask them a few thousand questions about what space is like, wouldn’t it be hilarious? XD
Starlord was expecting a lot of weird shit to happen in space, but a glowing, floating teenager who was thrown out of a green circle in the middle of space was not one of them.
"Woah," the kid said with nothing short of sheer excitement. "Are we in space? I don't recognize any of the constellations. Where are we? Oh my god are you guys aliens? That's so fucking cool."
"who are you?" Gamora asks. He turns, and she places her blade at the base of his throat, but he seems woefully unbothered by it. Instead, he thrusts his hand forward.
"My name's Phantom! I accidentally flew through a natural portal. Sorry for crash landing in your ship."
Starlord calmly walks over and nudges Gamora's blade to the side while he takes Phantom's hand and shakes it. "Where are you from?" He asks.
"Oh, I'm from Earth," Phantom replies. He's not looking at Starlord, though. No, he's looking every which way and that, bending over backwards to get a better view of everything. "Is this your space ship? Oh my god am I on a space ship?"
"Yeah," Starlord answers, an amused tone to his voice. "You said you're from Earth? We're not too far, we could take you back if you need us too."
"Quill-" a racoon starts, but Starlord shoots him a desperate look. he doesn't want the kid on his ship. Especially one that doesn't even really know about space travel. Plus, what if he was dangerous? he wasn't about to let the kid take down his ship and his friends. Earth could deal with that problem.
It was a three day trip, which was a three day delay in their plans. Thankfully there was a port close to Earth that they could use to refill. According to Phantom all they had to do was drop him off near the atmosphere and he'd be fine on his own.
The kid talked a lot. In fact, the only time he's not rattling their ears off with facts about space and stars and stories behind constellations is when he's wolfing down a Drax-sized serving of food.
They answered his questions to the best of their abilities, and while Rocket hadn't been too excited to interact wit him, when he found out the kid had a knack for unconventional technology he had all but taken him under his wing. He traded battle stories with Drax, who would pull him into a headlock and he would show Starlord all sorts of new music on his cell phone. He talked to Gamora about Earth literature and he had a very heated rock-paper-scissors battle with Groot that lasted nearly three hours.
All in all the kid was an absolute riot to be around. Phantom and Rocket figured out a way to get the music from Phantom's phone downloaded into the ship's system, which Starlord was eternally grateful for. There were thousands of new songs for him to go through.
Ghosts were something Starlord couldn't quite wrap his head around, but with Phantom pulling off more and more ghostly shit, it was starting to become almost normal. Though eh could do without the kid walking through him. That had been a weird, terrifying experience for him, and Rocket still hasn't let either of them live it down.
Just as promised, they stop near the Earth's atmosphere. And though he had been nothing but a ball of excitement over the past few days, Phantom seems pretty reluctant to go home now.
"You okay, kid? Don't you wanna see your family or something?"
"Or something," Phantom grimaced.
"Well...If you need us, just call us, alright?" Rocket held out his hands, and a small communicator was placed into Phantom's. The teen gave them a watery smile as he held out his hand for them to shake. Starlord couldn't help it. He rolled his eyes and grabbed the front of the kid's suit. He tugged him into a tight hug, lifting the laughing teen off of his feet. Gamora had gripped his forearm warrior style that Phantom returned with the utmost respect. Drax had also pulled him into a hug, and this time Phantom's vertebra popped all the way down until Phantom was fully relaxed against Drax's chest.
"That felt good," he says.
"Of course it did," Drax replied, setting Phantom down. "I am the best."
Danny snorts and gives him a two fingered salute. Groot gives him a soft hug and a flower from his shoulder, and Phantom holds it like it's the most precious thing in the world. He fist bumps Rocket, and with one last goodbye, he's phasing through the ship's hull and flying towards Earth.
It doesn't take them long to get back to their seats. Phantom's music is queued up as Starlord settles in. He meets Rocket's gaze, which looks...Almost sad.
"You think we'll ever see the runt again?" He asks. Starlord just smiles at him.
"I don't see why we wouldn't," he tells Rocket. "Besides, if the kid needs help he'll call us. We live in space, it's not like he'll let us get far without begging for a joyride or something."
"He's very intelligent," Gamora comments. "If he knows what's good for him he'll find us when he's ready."
"I am Groot."
"Yeah, you got that right, Pal," Rocket huffs. "Come on, Quill. Daylight's burning."