TMNT - Shattered Mind - Part 10 – (Month 4 / Week 2/ Day 3)
(TMNT CC are AU based on 2003 version, April is 23 as the turtles are 20)
Warning (Rated: PG13) Disturbing Content, Foul Language.
Please Don’t Read if you don’t like this stuff.
Month 4 / Week 2 / Day 3
The heavy atmosphere energized with anger and rage was a burden on April’s shell, as she watched the two older brothers fight in vain.
Only awakening a day after the accident on the roof of her apartment, April could see the turmoil of that event tearing what little foundry that held the brothers together.
Unfortunately Donnie was still out, with severe injuries including a cracked shell that Mikey had to fix up by covering it with a special paste, which Donnie had created for such occasions.
The paste was designed to harden any cracks and wholes on their shells, so that if he or his brothers ever got their shell so badly damage, they wouldn’t have to worry about any future infections or being vulnerable with a weak shell.
When Mikey was done the substance covered at least 50% of Donnie’s shell, luckily Donnie had consider making the paste to dry a dark brown.
Although the paste color did match his shell to a tee, when viewing it closely it was obvious his shell took the most of the impact of the fall.
Leaning against the door frame the event flashed within her head playing in repeat; only moments before hitting her car, somehow Donnie managed to wrap her into his arms, shielding her from the impact.
Rubbing her arms April could still feel his grip on her, strong and comforting, it made her feel safe even in that critical moment…if it wasn’t for him, she would have died… she knew that fact was true.
That said, April even was surprised to find him alive, by some miracle alone Donnie survived the fall as well, but he lay in a coma.
Without the right equipment or knowing anyone they could really trust, no one could tell exactly what condition he was really in.
All any of them knew he could have swelling in the brain, or brain damage, April hoped it was only his shell that took the worst, for he could survive it, sighing she wasn’t even sure on that.
As for her, the accident left some bumps and bruises and even knocked her out as well for at least a day, when she finally awoke all she knew was what Leo had told her.
Raph was the first to notice them, he found Donnie laying in the heap of her crushed car with his arms around her as she laid on top of him.
At first they thought Donnie did something, to their relief when she told them what occurred everyone was a bit at ease, that’s until they realized Donnie seemed to be in a coma.
Until today things seem a little off edge yet were still mellow and some what calm, then that morning tensions raised, anger flared.
With the uncertainty of Donnie’s true injuries, whether or not he would wake up, and his unknown mental state, Raph had lost all hope and Leo was trying to comfort his brother, but it only fuelled the frustration between the both of them.
(I wish they would stop fighting…)
With a sigh, April slowly shut the door to the lab so neither brother would notice that she was watching them.
Turning around Mikey stared at her with concerned empty eyes, he was lost, depressed, something that April would have never thought possible for the energetic turtle that saw the bright sun even in the darkest fog.
Making her way towards him, she sat beside him on a chair that was facing the cot that Donnie was laying on; he seemed peaceful, unaware of the events that had unravelled around him.
Slowly taking a cloth April wiped Donnie’s face, she too was weary of what was in store, if he awoke would he be in the same state he was on the roof, or would he revert further or improve?
(The worst part of this is the waiting; the next part is their eyes… Maybe it’s me, I swear when they look at me, it’s like they are waiting for me to tell them what was going to happen next… I know they are lost; I don’t blame them I am too. I wish I had the answers, but I don’t. What if the accident hinders Donnie from ever recovering from his current mental state? …This is all my fault…)
Desperately April tried to hold back the tears; she had to be strong for Mikey, with his brothers acting the way they were, there was no doubt that he felt alone and she was the only one left for a source of comfort and companionship.
Deep in thought April was taken by surprise, when suddenly a head laid down onto her shoulder as April noticed Mikey was trying not to cry, slowly Mikey wrapped his arm around April hugging her, digging his face into the crook of her neck, as he shuttered.
With a small smile April put her arm around him holding him, soothing his trouble mind, she had to remember she too wasn’t alone; at least she still had Mikey to lean on.
Both of them didn’t move or said a peep, just sat there consoling each other, yet just to be shattered by a crash that came from the living room, that was so loud it could even be heard in the so called sound proof lab.
Startled both April and Mikey jumped, with wild eyes April looked towards the door, wondering what the hell was going on now.
(What the heck was that?!)
In the corner of her eye, she could see the fear in Mikey as he didn’t budge, he was to scared to investigate, no it was more he was afraid of seeing the obvious truth, thing were going to change again.
Slowly April got to her feet, gently patting Mikey on the head, “I will be right back, can you watch Donnie for me?”
With a nod Mikey volunteered, yet his eyes still fixated towards the door, taking her time she reached for it, with a big breath April opened it and then entered the living room, closing the door behind her.
Whatever was going on, it was best to keep Mikey in the dark, then tell him later, she didn’t want to make his nerves any worse then they were.
Looking around, she examined the living room to her disbelief, the crashing sound she heard came from the couch that someone clearly somehow picked up and threw it across the room, it lay there on the ground in pieces; it was ruined and had to be replaced.
In the middle of the room, Leo stood with his arms crossed and his shell facing her as she noticed near the elevator was Raph with a pack strapped to his shoulders, giving Leo the finger while he exited the lair.
(… This isn’t good…)
April was utterly speechless, was Raph really leaving, now what?
Just noticing her presence Leo turned around, he had a gash on the side of his cheek that was bleeding, his eyes were full of fury, he only gave her a aggressive huff then walked up the stairs to his room without another word, leaving poor April there uncertain what to do.
She never seen Leo so mad, or thought he had such a temper, he was always so calm and was quite capable of controlling his anger in any situation she has seen him in.
(What exactly occurred after I shut the door? I know they where fighting but this… I wasn’t expecting this.)
“This isn’t the first time,” Mikey’s voice trembled coming from behind, startling her, she really hated Mikey for his ways of sneaking up behind her.
Just realizing what he had done Mikey gave her an apologising look, with a sigh she looked up towards Leo’s room, “They have and was it this bad?”
With a nod Mikey shifted his feet, “Yeah.”
April looked at the light green turtle with wondering eyes, “Then what made them make up? Was it just time or someone intervened?”
Mikey shrugged, “I don’t know, I… normally piss off when this stuff happens, it easier, not like they would listen to me. Heck they wouldn’t even listen to Donnie, the only one that could put any reason in them was… father,” Mikey started to shake as the word father left his lips.
Quickly April wrapped her arms around Mikey, this whole thing was really getting to him.
Mikey and his brothers had one brick wall after another, she knew how they felt, each wall that they faced slowly chipped away what strength they had, to the point where they no doubt started to wonder if it was even worth continuing to press on?
Suddenly April could feel something wet and warm run down her shoulders, as she came aware of Mikey finally breaking down and starting to cry, holding him harder desperately trying to bring him some ease, only to fail as she couldn’t help but to join him.
(When will any of us finally get a break from all this crap…)