100 Theme Challenge - 36. Precious Treasure
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36. Precious Treasure
“April, you really don’t have to come all of the way inside with me,” Don said, flushing as he stood in the doorway to his bedroom.
His mind, already overly tired, was making a quick mental inventory of how he’d left his bedroom. It wasn’t as messy as Mikey’s tended to be, but it wasn’t nearly as tidy as he’d want it to be for April’s first time inside.
“Nonsense,” April said in a firm tone. “I said I’d tuck you in and I meant it. I know you Donatello. If I don’t make sure you’re actually in bed, you’ll find some project to work on before you get there.”
“I w . . . won’t,” Don stuttered. “I promise.”
“Stop stalling,” April insisted, planting her hands firmly on his plastron and pushing against him. “Where’s your light switch?”
It wasn’t that April was strong enough to move
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It was immediately obvious that Casey’s touch was different as the boy’s hands curled around Don’s thigh. When Casey had massaged Don’s arms back to life, his movements had been brisk and his grip tight.
Now Casey’s hands slid across Don’s skin, covering every inch as though memorizing the pattern of Don’s muscles. Don gasped slightly when Casey’s fingers dipped inwards to touch the more sensitive skin on his inner thighs.
“W . . . what are you doing?” Don asked, stuttering from surprise.
“I don’t know enough about the differences between our bodies,” Casey said, his voice a little hoarse. “I can’t just go squeezing around; I have to get some idea of how your muscles are set up.”
“We aren’t . . . aren’t all that different from you,” Don said as hastily as he could. Casey’s hands didn’t even pause in their examination.
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Casey watched Don’s approach without expression. As he waited for the turtle to reach him, he grabbed a dry towel and stood up.
The complete lack of emotion that Casey was showing as he dried his hands and arms took Don aback. Don was used to seeing some outward sign of Casey’s cocky attitude and he found his poker face to be disconcerting.
If Don hadn’t been sure how to start the conversation before, he was certainly at a loss for words now. Casey was willing to pick up the verbal gauntlet though.
“I didn’t interrupt something between you and April did I? The two of ya’ was looking pretty cozy,” Casey said in a monotone.
Belatedly Don remembered that during their earlier conversation Casey had asked how close he and April were. He’d basically told Casey that was none of his business and it still wasn’t as far as Don was concerned.
“She was telling me I should get you to come eat something,
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Don opened his eyes reluctantly and glanced at his clock, finding he’d awakened ten minutes before his alarm was due to go off.
Groaning, Don closed his eyes again and wondered how he’d make it through practice. His body didn’t really feel sore; it just seemed like all of the nerve endings were firing at once.
Unless they were demonstrably ill, Master Splinter would not release them from practice. Since the events of the prior evening had to be kept secret, Don wouldn’t be able to bail.
A sudden thought struck him and Don sat up quickly. There was no way that Master Splinter would miss the fact that Casey had fresh clothes.
Untangling himself from his blankets, Don stumbled around disjointedly as he pulled on his gear. They hadn’t agreed upon a story to explain Casey’s clothes. All they had agreed to do was to not tell Master Splinter or Mr. O’Neil what had happened to them the night before.
Maybe they would
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35. Hold My Hand
When they entered the lair through the lab’s side door the first thing that Don noticed was that the lights had been dimmed. The second was April as she stepped out of a shadowed corner to greet them.
“April!” Don called, relieved to see her. “Are you okay?”
“I’m fine, Donnie,” she answered as she rushed over to him. Her quick hug was immensely satisfying. “How are you? You’re not still hurt?”
She had a solid grip on his arm as she peered up into his face. The worried look in her eyes made him blush.
“It’s worn off,” Don told her. “Why were you waiting here in the dark?”
“I turned the lights off everywhere in the lair and closed all the bedroom doors. I was afraid my dad or Master Splinter might get up and wonder where everyone was. I wanted them to think we were all asleep,” April explained.
“So no one knows we were out tonight?&
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30. Under The Rain
Don did not appreciate the rough treatment or the confusion that followed Casey’s abrupt action. His heels dug furrows into the dirt and his rump scraped across the rock strewn ground when Casey unceremoniously plunked him down. If Don had any kind of mobility, he would have shown Casey just how displeased he was.
Instead, Don grunted his indignation as he tried to pull away from Casey’s hand.
“Don’t,” Casey whispered urgently against his ear. “Please Don, be quiet.”
Casey lifted his hand from Don’s mouth and leaned in close enough so that Don could see the boy’s dark eyes reflecting the small amount of light that filtered into their hiding place.
“Donatello!” Raph shouted.
Don’s first instinct was to sit forward but Casey physically restrained him, whispering, “Shhh.”
Frustrated, Don pushed against Casey, trying to dislodge his hands but suddenly stopped st
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Despite the noise made by the heavy downpour, Don heard one of the Kraang say, “Kraang’s instructions are that Kraang must not destroy the turtle named Donatello who is the turtle that Kraang must not destroy.”
“Kraang may destroy the other turtle that is not the turtle that Kraang must not destroy,” said another of the Kraang bots.
“It looks like watching my shell is going to involve you losing yours,” Don said to his brother.
“Hey, at least now we have proof they really are after you,” Raph told him.
“Thanks,” Don said sarcastically, “that makes me feel so much better.”
“Off the walls?” Raph asked.
“Count of three,” Don replied. “One, two, three!”
As soon as the last word left Don’s mouth, the brothers separated, running directly towards the bricks walls of the buildings in front of them. Upon reaching the wall, Don used h
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There were certain expectations that Don had always had out of life. One of them was that he and his brothers would forever be close and that no matter what friends or enemies came into their lives, they would stick together.
The last year had brought about a lot of changes for their family and it had all begun the night that Master Splinter had allowed them to venture topside for the first time. It was then that Donatello had seen his first live human girl and it had been love at first sight. A night of firsts.
From that moment on, April O’Neil had been a dominating figure in his life. Though he knew that she saw him as just a friend, Don had never let go of the hope that one day she would wake up and realize that he could be so much more.
They had their ups and downs of course, the lowest point being when her father had mutated into a giant bat and April had been so upset she’d never wanted to see them again. But time and April&
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Donatello could hear Raph and Leo in the dojo as he and Casey passed it on the way to the kitchen. There was still no sign of Mikey which Don found a little surprising considering his penchant for spying these days.
Something clattered in the kitchen and Don expected that’s where Mikey would be found, but upon entering he saw that April was making the noise.
Don really should have expected to find her there. She’d been so sure that he could coax Casey into eating something that she’d probably gone straight to the kitchen after talking to Don about it. He certainly hoped she hadn’t counted on getting to be alone with Casey.
She looked up when they came in and smiled brightly at both of them, making Don mentally kick himself for doubting her motives.
“Hey you two,” April said, placing a large bowl on the table. “I was thinking you might come in looking for something to eat so I tossed together a salad.
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Don landed flat on his plastron directly in front of where April and Casey were sitting.
Another few inches and his face would have connected with Casey’s foot. It was not an auspicious start to the day.
Although Leo had promised that his brothers would go easy on him during practice, Raph seemed to have missed that message. Either that or he was purposely ignoring it, because the first time Raph had thrown Don on the floor, the battered turtle had noticed Leo frowning at their hot headed brother.
If there had been an opportunity for Don to say anything, he would have told Leo to stop acting as if Raph’s actions were bothering him. It hadn’t taken long into his sparring match with Raph for Don to realize he was in for it. Raph was apparently still mad about Casey fighting with April over who was going to put Don to bed. Having Leo try to dictate Raph’s anger out of him always made things worse.
Don slowly rose to his feet, h
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42. Standing Still
Trying to solve problems by standing still and staring at an open doorway wasn’t his best choice for handling things, Don decided. Neither was hiding in his room. Both were cowardly and his father had taught him to face his challenges.
Earlier Don had tried to hide behind the excuse that he needed a nap, but it was obvious now that he couldn’t sleep. Mikey’s visit had only exacerbated the problem and now Don decided it was time to do something.
What that something was he had no clue. It was times like these that he wished he had Leo’s tactical brain or could at least ask Leo for his assistance. If Leo wasn’t so immersed in the situation himself, Don would have gone that route.
Leo had already expressed a desire for Don to monopolize Casey’s time and even though they’d talked that out, any attempt by Don to ask for help in that arena might be met by a quid pro quo request and Don would be back at squ
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Since Don really did need to talk to April’s dad, he went in search of the man. The first place he looked was in the area they’d turned into a couple of spare bedrooms for April and her father. Don saw that the door was open and when he peeked inside he spotted Mr. O’Neil lying on his bed reading.
Don knocked politely and Mr. O’Neil closed his book when he saw the turtle. Sitting up, the man swung his feet onto the floor and said, “Come in, Donatello.”
Stepping into the room, Don said, “I didn’t mean to interrupt you, sir.”
“It’s perfectly all right,” the man assured him. “I was just doing a bit of pleasure reading; I don’t often get the chance. What’s on your mind?”
“I was wondering if I could talk to you about your experience with the Kraang mind control device,” Don said, hastily adding, “If that isn’t too unpleasant for you
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It took a moment for Casey’s voice to cut through the buzzing turmoil in Don’s head. Looking up, Don saw that Casey had taken a step towards him and instinctively the turtle took one backwards.
“You’re not . . . .” Don stopped for a second to search for what he was trying to say. “You’re not with Raph?”
“No, not ever. We’re friends and that’s all. Pals. We like the same things and our minds kinda work the same.” With a laugh, Casey added, “We're too much alike for me to think of him in that way. Ya’ know what they say, opposites attract.”
Don was still trying to process this new piece of information. When he’d thought that Casey and Raph were together he realized he’d felt safe. He would never do anything to hurt one of his brothers and when he’d started to understand Casey’s intentions, he knew that Raph w
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Don shuffled the components of the mini spy cameras around on the table, but rather than working on a signal jammer, his mind was toying with the conversation he’d just had with Leo.
His brother had maneuvered Don into quite possibly the most awkward position of his entire young life. If Leo was really worried about the influence Casey had on Raph, he should have taken it up with Master Splinter. Their father was quite astute and he allowed Raph to hang out unsupervised with his new best friend. Who was Leo to say that there was anything wrong with that?
If anything, Don felt he was already being subjected to too much of Casey’s company. The guy was obviously trying to insinuate himself between Don and April so that he could alienate April’s affections. Don had worked very hard to be the one that April sought out when she needed anything and he was making headway too, until Casey came along.
Don had no illusions about why Casey ha
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Don stormed out of his room full of righteous indignation, ready to feed Casey a dose of cold hard reality.
When he was about to turn into the great room, Don heard a feminine giggle and pulled up short. It wasn’t April’s voice that stopped him though; it was the fact that the sound was accompanied by a deeper masculine rumble.
Flattening himself against the wall, Don peeked around the corner towards the couch. Seated there side by side were Casey and April, their heads practically touching as they stared at the open school book on April’s lap.
Casey said something that Don couldn’t quite catch, sending April into another peel of laughter. Don had never seen anything in a trigonometry book that warranted that kind of humor, which led him to believe they probably weren’t talking about that particular subject.
Their interactions were much too intimate as far as Don was concerned. Only a few short hours ago they were s
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Don dragged his feet as he made his way into the kitchen. Plunking down on a chair, he put his elbows on the table and then rested his chin in his hands.
He was tired and wanted to go to bed but was afraid his brain wouldn’t shut off long enough to let him sleep. The thought of joining Mikey on the couch as his little brother watched television was inviting; the mindless programs Mikey enjoyed usually knocked Don right out.
The only problem was that Don didn’t really want to be sitting in the middle of the lair when Raph came back from his outing with Casey. Don wasn’t sure what had crawled into Raph’s shell lately, but he seemed intent to take it out on his purple banded brother.
Don’s eyes were closed as he tried to figure out what he’d done to earn Raph’s wrath. While in that position, a hot, pepperoni scented breath wafted across his skin suddenly and his eyes snapped open.
Mikey was inches from
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Don had hoped that April would be in bed when they got back to the lair, but he should have known she’d be awake and listening for their return.
“What happened?” April asked as she rushed across the room.
Between them, Raph and Don helped Casey to lie back on the couch. During the ride to the lair, Don had wrapped the wound on Casey’s thigh with his mask in order to stop the bleeding. Now it needed to be tended to as did the burn on the youth’s chest.
April hovered nearby watching as Don started peeling Casey’s gear off of him, handing it to Raph for safe keeping. Glancing up, Don saw the anxious look on April’s face and offered her a reassuring smile.
Unfortunately, April didn’t see it as her complete focus seemed to be on Casey.
“You’re bleeding,” April told him unnecessarily, her eyes too wide, the fear in them evident.
Don’s smile faded as she kneeled next to Casey and reach
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“Are you sure this medication will work?” Don asked worriedly, looking at the rainbow of colors arrayed before him in the form of pills, medicine bottles, and medical supplies. He was sitting cross legged on the floor near Casey.
Mr. O’Neil, who was squatting next to him, chuckled and set a calming hand on Don’s shoulder. “Yes Donatello, I’m sure. It’s lucky I can write prescriptions for the antibiotics and pain killers Casey needs, because I don’t know if our stubborn young friend here would have gone to a doctor.”
“Donnie’s better than any doctor,” Casey slurred sleepily, his eyes closed.
“Yeah, I’m so good I let you get an infection,” Don said morosely.
“Donatello,” Mr. O’Neil said, his serious tone getting Don’s attention. “I watched a lot of doctors and surgeons when I did my hospital rotations. Some of the best of them work
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Don sat on his bed and pressed the back of his hand to his mouth. He’d just had what could be deemed as his first romantic kiss and it had come from Casey Jones.
That was not how the event had played out in all of Don’s fantasies. In his daydreams it was April with whom he shared his first kiss. It usually happened after Don had done something incredibly brilliant that made April realize she’d had feelings for him all along.
He didn’t seem any closer to accomplishing that, though he had developed a retromutagen that had worked on April’s father. It had earned him a hug and another kiss on the cheek and Don had certainly enjoyed it, but it wasn’t really a progression of their relationship.
Don wished he wasn’t so shy and awkward when he was around April. Casey didn’t act that way when he was near April; just the opposite, the boy often behaved as though he couldn’t care less if she was there or
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Although Don had resisted the urge to kick Casey’s chair after the boy’s comment, there had been a moment or two of awkward silence. April kept glancing between them as they continued to eat their lunch, her expression thoughtful.
Finally April began talking about school and Casey joined in readily enough. After informing them that being at school wasn’t his favorite way to spend time, Casey said that it did have the benefits of a stellar hockey program.
Don listened with fascination to what both of the humans probably considered mundane. School wasn’t a place he’d ever be able to attend but he got a sort of vicarious thrill from hearing his friends talk about it.
There were a lot of things the humans took for granted that Don’s family would never get to experience. The conversation made him wistful and a little sad. Casey might say that he had a romantic interest in Don, but other than a desire to defeat the Kra
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“Do you see anything, Raph?” Leo asked.
Raph held the T-phone close to his head to keep the sound of his brother’s voice muffled. “Nothing. The window we came through was crusted over with paint and we had to force it open. It’s pitch black in here and full of dirt. We can hear some faint noises coming from below us though, so I guess the action’s all on the first floor.”
“This is odd and I don’t like it,” Leo said quietly. “There’s always an obvious sign that the Kraang have been somewhere, even if it’s just the mess they leave behind.”
“Maybe whatever they’re doing don’t require the top floor,” Casey said, his ear practically stuck to Raph’s head so he could hear what was being said.
“It’s possible their activities are limited to the bottom part of the building,” Leo said musingly
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With a start Don lifted his head from his arms and blinked a few times to clear his vision. Looking towards the door of his lab he saw Leo walking in his direction. A glance over his shoulder showed him that Casey was still sleeping.
“What time is it?” Don asked wearily, rubbing his eyes.
“After four a.m.,” Leo answered, coming to a stop next to Don’s table. Looking past his brother, Leo asked, “Any problems with Casey?”
“No, he’s been asleep the entire time,” Don said.
Leo’s eyes met Don’s, his brow furrowing slightly. “Have you been in here with him all night?”
Nodding, Don said, “What there was left of it. April kept me company for a little while.” Don flushed a little at this admission, both embarrassed and proud of the fact.
Leo smiled his understanding and then gestured towards the array of tiny parts strewn across the table
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Donatello always felt like his family’s happiness had more or less been contingent upon the things he was able to provide them with. That sense of duty had expanded to cover April O’Neil and to some extent, her father as well.
So much responsibility had left him feeling inadequate at times, but usually his father would come along and help Donnie make peace with himself. Don could use some of his sensei’s wisdom right now, because the situation he found himself in was confusing at best.
There was an overwhelming sense of guilt at having been the reason for April and Casey to come out on a rescue mission. As a highly trained ninja, Don should have been able to handle the Kraang attack without assistance. Maybe if he’d had his head screwed on straight and wasn’t fighting with Raph they wouldn’t have encountered the Kraang at all.
Coupled with that was the feeling of foreboding that permeated his outlook. There wa
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Because Casey wanted to hear what Don had discovered regarding the necklaces they’d stolen from the Kraang, Don had everyone gather in his lab so he could present his findings.
Don wasn’t keen on exciting the boy who he felt needed to rest, but when Casey had insisted, April had backed him up. Arguing with an injured Casey was hard enough, but Don was no match for their combined forces.
The phrase ‘combined forces’ when referencing action taken by Casey and April wasn’t one Don liked much, but there was no denying the fact that they’d ganged up on him in the matter. Things had been so much better when those two couldn’t stand to be around each other.
Explaining everything while in the lab turned out to be for the best because Don could show his audience the components he’d removed from the necklaces. Since he still had the mind control device that they’d pulled off of Mr. O’Neil, Don was abl
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Don sat in his lab surrounded by complete silence.
On a makeshift bed in one corner of the lab, Casey rested comfortably. The decision to move him had been partly Casey’s; he didn’t want the ‘grown-ups’ as he called Master Splinter and Mister O’Neil to know just yet that he’d gotten hurt.
The fact that he couldn’t leave the lair without any clothes was another part of the reason he was sleeping in the turtle’s home. He didn’t have clothes because Don refused to let him put them back on.
With Leo’s assistance, Don had extracted a small fragment of metal from Casey’s thigh, afterwards cleaning and stitching the skin. It was his first real practical experience as a medic for a human and Don was so excited for the opportunity that he forgot to be nervous.
During the entire procedure, Casey had never taken his eyes off of Don. Other than a quick intake of breath during a couple of the mo