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72. Mischief Managed
Donatello stood in front of a full length mirror and stared aghast at his reflection. Irma was next to him, her smile bright as she examined her handiwork.
“How did I get talked into this?” Don muttered to himself.
He was wearing a long gown that nearly reached his ankles. On his legs were knee high wool socks and his feet were shoved into a pair of oversized, backless house shoes. The gown left his shoulders bare, but Irma had solved that problem by grabbing the shawl Don had used earlier and draping it over his head.
The gown was at least a decent color in Don’s estimation; a deep purple that nearly matched his mask. However, the socks were gray, the shoes were blue plaid, and the shawl was vibrant orange.
“You look just like my Grammy,” Irma said proudly.
Don heard Casey snicker and then the boy asked, “Wanna go to the prom?”
“I wouldn’t talk if I were you,” Don countered, tur
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Stunned at the bold way that Casey took control of the situation, Don simply stood frozen as the boy kissed him. Then there was the fleeting thought that he should pull away, but something prevented him from doing so.
It felt good. Surprisingly, remarkably good. After all they’d been through together, after Casey’s persistent pursuit, after all the confusion; Don decided to just enjoy the feeling of kissing someone who really wanted to be with him.
Closing his eyes, Don shivered as he allowed his sense of touch to be the only one of the six to accept input. His lips registered how strong and soft Casey’s were, his body basked in the warmth that the boy gave off.
Casey sensed the difference in Don’s response and tightened his hold on the turtle. Slowly Don lifted his arms and wrapped them around Casey’s waist.
As soon as Don returned his embrace, Casey groaned and opened his mouth. Don felt the boy’s tongue pro
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A sound penetrated Don’s subconscious mind and pulled him from a dreamless sleep. Groggy, he stared up at the ceiling for a minute before remembering that he was home.
Someone tapped lightly on his door and he realized that must have been what woke him.
“I’m up!” Don called out, thinking it was a reminder that he needed to report to practice.
He was just starting to stir when the door opened slightly and April peeked into his room.
“I’m sorry, I didn’t mean to wake you,” April said contritely.
“What time is it?” Don asked, looking around for his clock.
“After eleven,” April said, coming into the room.
Don noticed she was balancing a tray of food as she closed the door. Rubbing the sleep from his eyes, Don swung his legs over the side of the bed and sat up, watching April place the tray on his bedside table.
“Master Splinter cancelled practice, he knew everyone would be tir
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74. Are You Challenging Me?
Don felt his frustration level start to rise but somehow pushed it back down. Getting aggravated with Mikey wasn’t going to help; the younger turtle had a special way of thinking about things.
“I know you see everything,” Don said. “Don’t you think it’s time to stop keeping some of those secrets? I’ve already got an idea about Leo and Raph because of what I overheard in the lab.”
“You don’t understand,” Mikey said. “I can’t tell you ‘cause I don’t know for sure. I just know they gotta work it out themselves without a lot of other people around.”
“Mikey, are they trying to be involved with each other?” Don asked, standing over his brother and trying to will the truth out of him.
“Kinda depends on what you mean by involved,” Mikey answered, not appearing at all intimidated by Don’s proximity.
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76. Broken Pieces
Warning: Contains non-explicit but mature adult themes. Read no further if you are unable to understand that distinction.
For the first time that night, Don questioned his headlong rush into the middle of Raph and Leo’s business.
His older brother didn’t say a word, merely gazing at Don through eyes that seemed to glow with a neon blue intensity. Leo was wearing nothing; his weapons, gear, and mask gone.
Don wasn’t used to seeing his brother like this anymore. Since Leo had become leader he never walked around without his gear. Somehow being ‘naked’ made Leo appear more open and vulnerable; younger than his years. Perhaps that was why Leo’s habits had changed, if he wanted to garner respect, he had to look mature.
The silent tableau held for another minute before Leo turned and walked back into his own room, leaving the door open. It didn’t require genius to understand the implication; Leo wanted to
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59. No Way Out
Taken aback by Casey’s approach, Don managed to sputter indignantly, “Stop calling me that.”
“I like it though,” Casey told him. “That gap is sexy.”
“Now is not the time or place . . . .” Don began.
Casey interrupted him. “This is the first time I ever saw ya’ without your mask. I could get used to it.”
“Were you knocked out by the stun ray or did you hit your head?” Don asked incredulously, pulling back from the boy and waving a hand towards the door. “How did you do that?”
“They didn’t take any of the rest of my gear,” Casey said, still sounding pleased with himself. “I just doubled the explosive charge on my hockey pucks.”
Don tucked his goggles into his belt and pulled his mask back into place. “We need to move,” he said, jumping for the doorway and looking up and down the corridor. “There is no way
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A full second of silence passed and Don quickly opened his eyes. The screw, which had sounded incredibly loud in his ears when it hit the ground, hadn’t drawn the attention of the Kraang.
They began to separate in order to continue the search for their escaped captives and Don murmured a silent invocation that none of the Kraang would see the loose screw on the floor. The screw was kicked by one of the bots as they started to move and Don held his breath as it skittered across the floor, but once again it went unnoticed.
By the time the Kraang disappeared from Don’s view the screw was resting in a crevice against one of the walls. With any luck, it would remain unseen to any other search parties who made their way down the corridor.
Knowing he shouldn’t waste any more time, Don braced his arms against the sides of the air duct and pushed himself back towards the horizontal section where Casey waited. As soon as he began moving
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For a minute Don’s vision doubled, then trebled, his stomach knotting up and the room starting to spin. All he wanted to do was go to sleep; he simply couldn’t deal with anything more.
He didn’t realize that his knees had started to buckle until Casey sprang up from the bed and wrapped his sinewy arms around Don to keep the turtle from hitting the floor.
“Whoa there, Donnie,” Casey murmured in a soothing tone. “Come on, ya’ need to lie down.”
All Don could do was groan in agreement. Holding firmly to Don with one arm, Casey yanked the covers back and then helped the tall turtle into bed.
With his head cradled against the pillow, the room started to slow down and finally stopped spinning altogether. Don warily opened his eyes and was relieved to see that there was only one of everything again. Unfortunately, that still included Casey.
“This must be some kind of test,” Don muttered tiredly. He
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Still in his hiding place on the sub-basement stairs, Don leaned back against the wall and wondered how April could have forgotten that he was there. She had to know that he would be watching her every movement and would see her kiss Casey.
It wasn’t like her to forget. Don straightened up so that he could look through the slightly open door, hoping that Irma had left. She was still there and didn’t appear to be ready to go anyplace very soon.
From what he could hear, Irma was spouting crime statistics for the area and comparing them to the strange things that were happening in the city. Casey wore a pained expression on his face while April feigned interest.
Don was beginning to wonder if he should throw a shuriken at the overhead lights so that he could come out of hiding when April’s head turned so that she was looking right at him. Irma’s eyes were on Casey so April raised a finger to indicate that Don should hold on and th
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Don was so peeved that when Leo answered his phone, Don snapped at him.
Of course Leo wanted to know if he was all right and if he needed rescuing. That question aggravated Don even more, but he reined his temper in because he didn’t want his brothers or April to risk their lives coming after him.
Before he hung up, Don asked if Leo could see where he and Casey were in relation to the TCRI building. Leo said he could tell they were under it but now how far and that they were about in the middle of the structure.
That didn’t make Don feel any better. He continued moving towards the source of the fresh air after he concluded his conversation with Leo, but only half his mind was on his task. Casey hadn’t said anything to him after hearing his end of the talk with Leo; showing a prudence that Don wasn’t aware the boy had in him.
Don was angry and Casey knew it. He just wasn’t sure if Casey knew why he was so angry.
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Coughing out the smoke that tried to climb into his lungs, Don said, “Darn it, Casey! Where did you get those explosives?”
It took Casey a second to respond as he too was coughing. With a laugh he said, “I do odd jobs for a construction company and helped myself to a couple of things from their demolition stash.”
Casey was still blanketing Don with his body, so the turtle pushed against him in order to straighten up. The smoke was clearing quickly; drifting out through the opening in the wall.
“It worked!” Don exclaimed, seeing the fan blades lying on the ground.
As soon as Casey turned around to look, Don spotted the smoke coming from the back of his hoodie. Reaching out quickly, Don patted at the glowing embers that were threatening to ignite Casey’s clothes.
It was then Don noticed with horror the smoke curling out of one of Casey’s spray paint cans. Yanking it off the boy’s belt, Don tossed
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“We gotta backtrack, Donnie,” Casey said, leaning in close so the turtle could hear him over the sound of the fan.
“And go where?” Don asked. Somewhere behind them came the clang of robotic parts against the metal of the air duct they were in. “We’re out of options.”
“Maybe we can bust through this wall,” Casey said, pressing his hand against the side of the duct experimentally.
“How? You aren’t going to set off one of your explosives in such a tight space or you’ll kill both of us. This air duct is probably surrounded by a solid wall is most places,” Don said.
“There’s gotta be someplace where it isn’t,” Casey said. “Ya’ can use your blade to cut into the metal and then we can punch an opening wide enough to fit through.”
“Unless you’ve suddenly been blessed with x-ray vision, I don’t know how we’re
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63. Do Not Disturb
The grate opened with a creak and Don saw right away that it was a little brighter inside the section of duct work on the floor above them. Putting his screw driver away he scooted closer to the opening but Casey stopped him with a hand on Don’s arm.
“How about I go first this time?” Casey asked. “Seems only fair that we split the danger.”
“I don’t need you to be a hero for me,” Don said. “I’m a ninja, remember?”
Casey took his hand off Don’s arm and grinned at him sheepishly. “I know ya’ got skills, Don. I wasn’t trying to say ya’ don’t just like earlier I wasn’t trying to say that April doesn’t like ya’. Truth is she told me she does. All I was trying to let ya’ know is that despite all this craziness I know I’ve got a thing for ya’ and that it’s real.”
“That’s not how it sounded
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81. Pen and Paper
Mikey gave up on his attempt at grabbing the comic book out of Leo’s hand as soon as he spotted Irma coming out of April’s room. He raced over to join her as she walked towards the turnstiles, engaging her in a lively conversation all the way to the stairs.
As they stopped there, the pair stood near one another, their heads together as they carried on a whispered conversation. After a moment Irma was blushing and giggling and Mikey’s grin nearly split his face.
Don could almost see Irma’s eyes sparkling as she said something to his younger brother. Mikey began nodding emphatically, holding up one finger as though signaling for her to give him a minute and then raced off.
Dashing madly around the lair, Mikey began looking under cushions and kicking aside pizza boxes in a frantic search for something. When Mikey passed near where Don and Master Splinter stood, they could hear him muttering, “Pen and paper, pen and
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100 Theme Challenge
58. Kick in the Head
Don woke up on a cold stone floor, feeling as though he’d received a good hard kick in the head.
It was pounding steadily as he pushed himself off of the floor and looked around. He was locked in a cell very similar to the one he’d helped Mr. O’Neil escape from, so his guess was that they were trapped somewhere beneath the TCRI building.
They. His painfully aching head cleared enough for him to remember the last thing that had happened before he lost consciousness. Something that felt like the shock from a lightning bolt had hit him as he was carried through the opening in the side of the Kraang’s headquarters. Casey was still clinging to him at the time and must have been shocked into unconsciousness as well.
Casey wasn’t in the cell with him and Don frantically rushed to the door, pulling at it before looking through the narrow set of bars that served as a window. If Casey was knocked out while they
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52. Deep in Thought
Warning: Contents could possibly be construed as TCest
Deep in thought, Don approached his lab, his mind a whirlwind of confusion over Mikey’s odd warning. His older brothers hadn’t been fighting as far as he could tell, so Mikey telling him to leave them alone made absolutely no sense. As the family’s designated physician, Don had a duty to care for Leo’s injury, no matter what other things might be going on.
He was so pre-occupied that when he stepped into the lab it took him a minute to notice that Leo was seated on a table with Raph standing between his legs. A box containing medical supplies was open on the table next to Leo, and their bloodied masks lay on the floor by Raph’s feet.
When he neared his brothers, Raph’s arm shot straight out at him, palm showing. His eyes however remained glued on Leo.
“Back off egghead, I got this,” Raph growled.
“I should look at it,” Don pro
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82. Can You Hear Me?
Don smiled at his little brother, amused at how dramatic Mikey could be.
“Love huh? You’ve only known Irma for a few hours,” Don said.
Mikey smirked at him. “So? You fell for April after you’d only seen her from a roof top.”
“Touché,” Don said. “At least you know Irma likes you back.”
“But you know that about April now too,” Mikey said, his eyes twinkling as he sat down on a nearby stool and started spinning around.
Don reddened slightly. “Yes I do.” There was no point in dissembling, Mikey had seen them together.
“And she likes Casey,” Mikey said, coming to a stop so he could watch Don closely.
“Eavesdropping again, Mikey?” Don asked, turning his attention back to the things on his work table.
“Casey likes her,” Mikey continued, not bothering to deny how he’d acquired his information, “but he likes you
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50. Breaking the Rules
There were definitely times when Donatello felt as though the only thing he truly understood was his technology. Science was all theory until it was proven and then it was fact. Machines either worked or they didn’t. Mathematics involved quantifiable calculations. All of those things were easy for Don to grasp.
Because he had been raised with them, Don thought he also understood his brothers. Up to a point, he did. But as they got older, subtle changes had begun to take place and there were times when Don didn’t understand them at all.
Raph for instance was turning into something of an enigma. Don had no idea what was going on inside the hot head’s skull. Besides all of his jealous posturing whenever Don was around, now Raph had tried to goad Casey into doing something completely foolhardy.
It wasn’t as though breaking the rules was new to Raph; shell, he had turned that into a fine art. This was something more.
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86. Seeing Red
The sound of the nearby door clicking shut barely registered in Don’s ears because his heartbeat was thrumming too loudly in them. April’s fiery nature was driving her to demonstrate a passion Don had never experienced with her before. He might have instigated the kiss, but she was quickly showing him that she could be aggressive too.
“Man, the only thing better than watching this would be to participate,” Casey said, surprising the pair into breaking their lip lock.
Retaining his hold on a blushing April, Don looked over and asked, “What took you so long?”
There was a grin on Casey’s face that practically stretched from ear to ear. “Thanks for the vote of confidence.”
“Anytime,” Don responded with a grin of his own. “How’d you ditch Stockman?”
“The smoke screen threw him off long enough for me to make it to the door and knock that metal thing loose that y
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He kissed April. He kissed April. He kissed April. He kissed April. And April kissed him back!
Don still couldn’t believe he’d finally worked up the nerve to kiss her. Maybe Casey was right when he said Don was afraid to show April how he truly felt because then she’d have a reason to tell him no.
Of course Don had to admit that it was Casey’s influence that was partly responsible for the turtle’s brazen move on April. Casey Jones was certainly playing a much larger part in Don’s life than he’d ever imagined.
Despite that, during the trip to Irma’s apartment building, Don still couldn’t shake his annoyance with Casey. The boy had his own brand of craziness and a decided lack of caution that meant he was a magnet for trouble. Casey continued to behave as though he needed to play the role of Don’s guardian angel even though he knew that Don was a gifted ninja and quit
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Don didn’t have much time to enjoy the revelation that April thought she might like him as more than just a friend. As much as he would have preferred to stay in bed with her, it was prudent that she leave his room before anyone realized they’d fallen asleep together.
Although the situation was completely innocent, it would be best not to have to convince anyone else of that fact.
After checking that the coast was clear, April left Don’s bedroom a couple of minutes before he did. Once he was sure she’d had time to duck into her own room, Don headed towards his lab.
Halfway there and thinking that they’d lucked out in not being seen Don was startled by the sound of rattling paper and spun around. Perched atop the pinball machine was Mikey, a comic book in one hand and a wide grin on his face. Staring at him for a second, Don wondered if his younger brother ever slept.
Don chose to avoid a discussion with Mikey about
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April followed Don closely as he picked his way through the maze of sewer tunnels. They moved as fast as they dared, both aware that the Kraang could be in the sewer system searching for them.
They had separated from Casey fifteen minutes earlier but hadn’t heard from him. Don was certain the boy should have run across at least one of the other turtles by now so the T-Phone’s silence did not bode well.
Apparently April’s mind was running along those same lines. “Maybe we should call him,” she said. “It’s been too long.”
“I can’t risk the sound of the phone giving him away,” Don told her. “He could be hiding somewhere waiting for the Kraang to pass.”
April didn’t respond to that for a minute and then said, “Casey’s showing off. He’s trying to be a hero.”
Don glanced at her and saw that she was biting her bottom lip while staring straight ahead.
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The back of Don’s head throbbed from where it had connected with the concrete floor. Next to him he heard April groan but his primary focus was on the rolling black smoke that was crawling across the ceiling overhead and the strong chemical odor that followed it.
“Door,” Don croaked, shakily pushing himself up. “Close the door!”
Casey was closer but Leo was faster. Jumping to his feet he did a forward flip onto his hands and sprang at the door, kicking it shut before he landed.
“We’re not going that way,” Casey said, stating the obvious.
Don helped April stand. “You okay?” he asked.
April nodded, rubbing the hip she’d bruised as she landed.
“What happened?” Casey asked.
“That had to have come from Stockman’s lab. It had the same chemical smell,” Don answered.
“Come on,” Leo said impatiently, already running for the door that led back to the pri
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“Did she say anything about Irma?” Mikey asked quickly as they ran through the tunnels.
Don didn’t respond, his eyes focused on his T-Phone as he attempted to track April’s, to no avail. It was almost as if he hadn’t heard the question.
“Donnie. Donnie!” Mikey yelled, grabbing Don’s arm.
Jerking against Mikey’s grip, Don looked at his brother as though he’d forgotten he was there. “What?”
“Was Irma still with her?” Mikey stared at him, his blue eyes filled with worry.
Swallowing his impatience, Don said, “I don’t know. There was so much static I could only pick out a few words.”
“Then how do you know where to go?” Mikey asked, keeping pace with his brother.
Don didn’t want to talk, he wanted to find April. He couldn’t just snap at Mikey though; his brother was in love with Irma and Don knew they shared an identical kind of fea
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Don glanced over at his siblings as he followed Master Splinter. Mikey was deep in conversation with Irma and apparently oblivious to everything else. Meanwhile, Leo and Raph had moved over to the pinball machine and were doing rock, paper, scissors to determine who would go first.
There was a mild sense of dread at the back of Don’s mind as he entered his father’s room and knelt at the table as Master Splinter directed him to do. For a moment Master Splinter stood looking down at him as though trying to read something in his son’s expression.
With a sigh, Master Splinter kneeled at the opposite side of the table. Don immediately felt more at ease since his father only lectured from a standing position.
“Donatello,” Master Splinter began, “I am very proud of what you accomplished last night. Your ingenuity saved the lives of many people and put an end to the latest of the Kraang’s evil schemes.”