It was a quite night, around two or three in the morning in Little World, one of those big warehouses where they sell all kind of food and stuff in big packages and boxes. The only people there were the security guards and four mysterious figures roaming around the empty store. They were quiet, stealthy and fast, picking up food from the aisles and putting them in shopping carts, avoiding the security cameras and the men working there. These four mysterious figures were in fact four teenagers, wearing blacks hoodies, black pants and different long tail bandanas over their natural green hair. Next to the carts full of basic food, stood two of the mysterious teenagers, checking that they had everything they needed and crossing the items from their list.
“Leo, look!” Said the small teenager wearing an orange bandana over his messy hair.
“No Mikey” Answered sternly the blue wearing teenager “Master Splinter said that only food and basic necessities, we can’t take anything else”
“Oh, come on bro, look at her, she so cute!” Cried Mikey trying his best puppy eyes, holding up a fluffy ginger stuffed cat wearing a pink top hat.
“I said no Mikey! You know what sensei will do to us if we show up with that thing back to the lair” Said his older brother, trying to make the message “We can’t take anything besides food!” clear.
“Ahhh dude... We can’t never have nice things...” Sighed Mikey looking sadly to the stuffed cat on his hands “All our stuff comes from the garbage!”
“That’s called recycling, it’s good for the environment Mikey” Pointed out the taller purple wearing brother, looking out from the shopping list in his hand.
“You are saying that Donnie, but I saw you in the electronics department” Called out the buff red bandana brother from behind, holding three watermelons on his arms.
Donnie cried out nervously, being caught red handed “I can’t help it Raph! The new K Force X-11 with multi processor and dual core is out and I am dying to get my hands on one!
“Ya can try and take one Donnie, Master Splinter won’t see the difference from all the other techno junk you have” Said Raph smirking to his younger brother.
“Hhmm...” Donnie thought deeply, considering his big brother’s idea.
“No Donnie, don’t even think about it!” Leo shouted quietly, trying not to bring attention to them, considering the fact that they were burglars. “Raphael, don’t go around giving our brothers that kind of ideas!” Yelled Leo with a stern menacing stare to his red wearing brother which responded with an angry stare of his own “And Mikey, put that back where you find it!” Finally said the obvious leader and older brother of the group.
“Oh, bummer... Bye bye Mr. Puffy Kat, it was a pleasure to meet you, but we were not meant to be” Dramatically Mikey cried out walking towards the toy section where he first found the cute stuffed animal.
Walking towards his brothers, Raphael put down the watermelons inside one of the shopping carts “Is this all we need Chief?” Asked wondering if they were going to stay in this warehouse more than necessary, “shopping” was one of his least favorite activities.
“We have everything, expect sensei’s tea, but we need to hit China Town for that” Answer Donnie instead of his older brother, looking from the shopping list to the carts.
“We will do that tomorrow, we have to get home and put the groceries out” Ordered Leo, looking towards where his baby brother was returning the stuffed cat “What is taking Mikey so long?
“Maybe he got lost, again!” Scoffed Raph annoyed, knowing that his little brother tended to get distracted by the items and products on the aisles and lose his way in the big and labyrinth like warehouse.
After 10 minutes, the three brothers assumed that their youngest brother got lost and were getting ready to look for him when he emerged from the shadows, frowning and pouting, clearly upset that he had to say goodbye to his kitty friend.
“Mikey is here, okay, let go guys” Ordered Leo, pointing towards the back exit.
The four brothers pushed each one a shopping cart and make their way towards the exit, avoiding the best they could the security, reaching the back door and opening it. In the other side was a empty parking lot, except for a big vehicle with the words “Shellraiser” resting over the pavement.
“Lets make this quick, we’re too exposed here” Ordered Leo opening the Shellraiser door. The brothers started to pick up the supplies from the carts and putting them inside the vehicle, being careful of not to break or crush the more delicate supplies. When everything was careful set inside, they put the shopping carts back to the warehouse and closed the back door. Nothing happen here, they were never here. Jumping inside the vehicle, they made their trip back home, driving in the dark yet illuminated streets of New York.
Inside the Shellraiser everybody was quite until Mikey decided to break the silence. “Why can’t we go shopping like normal people?
“Because we’re not normal people, did you forget that doofus? Answered angrily Raphael hitting his little brother on the head, receiving an “Oow” as an answer.
“And because we don’t have money” Commented Donnie, the most logical explanation to their predicament.
“Maybe we should get jobs” Chirped Mikey from his seat “We could get a lot of cash and buy a lot of cool stuff, like comics books, and action figures, and cool shirts and junk food! And, and-”
“And what? Work in WacDonalds? I’d rather eat Mikey’s special pizza stew” Raph frowned at the idea.
Leonardo crack a chortle from behind the wheel, the idea of his brother Raphael being force to be nice and smile to the costumers was truly hilarious. “We don’t have to work there, we are skilled ninjas, we can do a lot of things”
“That’s right” Said Donnie with a big smug smile on his face, reveling the gap between his upper teeth “I am genius, so I could work in any technological and scientific field”
“Cough, tech support, cough” Coughed Raph with a cocky smirk on his face.
“Hahaha” Mikey crackle covering his mouth, trying to mute his laughs.
From his seat, Donnie gave his less intellectual brothers a menacing stared, if looks could kill. Ignoring the statements from his brothers, Donnie smile back at Leonardo who was driving the Shellraiser. “Leo, you are fluent in Japanese, maybe you could work as a translator”
“That sounds fun, I could meet other Japanese people!” A big smile showed in Leo face, the opportunity to talk to other Japanese citizens besides his sensei was truly exciting.
“And Mikey and Raph... hmm...” Donnie thought for a second,getting questioning looks from his brothers “They are going get fired in their first day, haha”
“Hey!!” Both Mikey and Raph objected at the same time.
Leo started laughing agreeing with his brother “That’s true Don, haha! Mikey is a screw up and Raph would end beating up a costumer, haha!
“Let me tell you guys I would be a great party planner!” Mikey cried out offended by their older brothers remarks, he is not such a big screw up, right?
“And I...” Raphael kept quite for a minute, it’s true he has a terrible temper and would be terrible dealing with people, but there are a lot of jobs for big, strong and bad-ass guys like him “I.. I could be a bounty hunter, who knows! Either way it doesn’t matter, we can’t work, we can “Turtle” at any moment” Raphael shouted angrily crossing his arms over his chest.
The laugher died the moment Raphael reminded them of their complicated situation. They might look human, but they are not human. The green hair and the hard backs are enough hints to point out they are not like every else, but the fact that they suffers “short circuits” is the main reason they remain hidden from society. These four brother were actually turtles, turtles who were experimented with and turn into humans, incomplete humans, who sometimes, at very random times turn into giant talking mutant turtles and would freak out anybody that sets their sights on them. It can last a couple of hours to a couple of days, but they always return to being “humans”.
The rest of the trip home was quite and somber, looking down or at the walls, thinking about the life they could have if only, if only, they were not like this, but at the end, they were ninjas and ninjas lived on the shadows.