The kitchen soon fell into a long uncomfortable silence, which Master Splinter broke.
“When all of you have finished eating, come to the dojo” He said then looked at Roxanne. “I wish to observe your Gymnastic skills.”
“Um, ok.” Roxanne said uncertainly.
Chester looked at Splinter and chittered hotly. All Splinter did was raise an eyebrow before leaving the kitchen.
Roxanne glanced at April, who shrugged not quite understanding Chester’s reaction either.
Donnie, on the other hand found Chester’s protectiveness over Roxanne to be rather intriguing.
“Is he always this protective of you?” Donnie asked, once Chester calmed down.
“He’s normally more laid back.” Roxanne replied, stroking Chester between the ears.
“Hmm he seems to be slightly aggressive only towards Master Splinter.”
Roxanne raised an eyebrow and for a moment, she looked just like Splinter. “Slightly? That’s a bit of an understatement don’t you think?”
“Maybe Chester sees Splinter as a rival?” Mikey suggested.
Everyone looked at Mikey as though he had just grown a second head.
“What? Chester’s a rat and so is Master Splinter, it kind of makes sense.”
“True,” Donnie put in. “Expect rats aren’t territorially aggressive like cats tend to be.”
“Maybe it’s not ‘territory’ he’s defending.”
Roxanne’s ears went back and she stopped messing around with her phone when she understood what Mike was getting at.
“Ok, that’s just gross, Mikey.” Raph stated.
Mikey just shrugged.
April looked just as grossed out as Roxanne did.
“Seriously, Mikey, one of these days I need to give you a CAT scans or an MRI,” Donnie said, shaking his head. “Just to see what is wrong with that head of yours.”
“You call what Mikey has a mind?”
Roxanne glared at him.
“What did I do?” He demanded.
She continued to glare at him, looking hauntingly like Master Splinter.
“Mike’s being gross and yet, I’m the bad guy in this situation.”
“It’s what you said that was rude; it was how you said it.”
Raph grumbled under his breath and crossed his arms.
“Guys, Splinter is waiting in the dojo.” Leo announced as he entered the kitchen.
“Anything to get out of here.” Raph muttered before leaving.
Leo looked continued. “Did I miss something?”
“Just Mikey being Mikey,” Donnie replied with a small wave of his hand.
“If you say so.” Leo said before getting a drink of water.
Roxanne was exactly looking forward to what she was going to do in the dojo as she followed the turtles and April out of the kitchen.
When they entered the dojo, Splinter looked at Roxanne. “Roxanne, would you honor us with a small demonstration of your acrobatic abilities?”
“Uh, s-sure, ok.”
Chester squeaked when Roxanne removed him from her shoulder then gave him for April to hold.
Roxanne processed to remove the kimono so she was now only wearing a white tank top and basketball shorts. Once she had folded it into a neat little square, she took her surroundings to make sure she wouldn’t end up crashing into the tree or one of the walls.
Nothing flashy and don’t do that pointless ta-da thing at the end. She told herself.
The others backed up to give her plenty of room.
Heating pounding, Roxanne glanced at Splinter who gave her a small nod while April gave her a thumbs up.
Don’t mess up, don’t mess up. She told herself before going for it.
The others watched as Roxanne ran a short distance, performed three flips and on her third, managed a twist/spin maneuver. She stumbled a little as she landed back on her feet.
“Ok, that that was impressive.” Raph admitted.
“I have to admit, I haven’t done that in a while.” Roxanne panted as she put the kimono back with a little help from April.
“You have potential.” Splinter stated stroking his long beard.
“With some proper training you’ll be a great ninja.” Donnie stated.
Roxanne looked genuinely surprised by Donnie statement.
“Splinter has been training me,” April told her. “It’s tough but fun.”
She looked at Splinter. “May I think about it?”
“Of course.” Splinter said with a small dip of his head then turned his attention to his sons, who quickly paired off and started training.
April and Roxanne sat beside Splinter and watched.
Raph and Leo were sparing with each other while Mikey and Donnie practiced their aim with the Shuriken.
Roxanne had to admit their skills were impressive and if she were to take up Splinter’s offer, she had a long way to go before she stood a chance against them.
Within 45 minutes, the training became a free for all and it wasn’t long before they were in a turtle dog pile.
Splinter shook his head and called an end to the training and the boys quickly lined up while the girls tried no to giggle.
“Despite what just happened your skills are improving, as are your skills as a team.” Splinter stated.
“Yes, Sensei.” The turtles said in unison.
Pleased, Splinter nodded once before dismissing them then turned his attention back to the girls who managed to get a hold of themselves. “April, Roxanne. I wish to speak with the two of you.”
April couldn’t help wondering what Splinter wanted to talk to them about, while Leo shared a look with his brothers also wondering what their Sensei wanted with the girls.
Once the boys left, Splinter spoke to Roxanne and April. “I know you haven’t made up your mind yet, Roxanne. But I wish to see how you can handle yourself, a test if you will.”
Roxanne looked uncertain. “What kind of test?”
“Go on patrol with the boys and see if you can keep up with them.” Splinter replied.
“That sounds fun,” April beamed. “I’ve never gone.”
“Actually, April. This test is for Roxanne alone. You still need to train.”
The red head nodded, not at all surprised.
“So when does this test start?” Roxanne asked, trying not to sound nervous.
“The boys normally leave the lair around nine.” Splinter replied.
Great, that’s like five minutes from now. Roxanne thought with a mental roll of her eyes.
“Be careful out there.” April said with a small smile.
“I’ll do my best.” Roxanne replied, already feeling nervous.
Splinter’s ear twitched and he shook his head with a sigh he wasn’t surprised though.
“I know your listening, boys.”
The door to the dojo slid open and four heads popped in, each looking sheepish and guilty.
Roxanne blinked in surprise, she hadn’t even realized that they had been listening; she clearly had a lot to learn.
“This is going to be fun!” Mikey exclaimed excitedly.
“The four of you are to keep Roxanne out of danger.” Splinter started.
“What kind of danger?” She asked, heart pounding.
“The Foot and Kraang kind.”
“The Foot are evil ninjas and the Kraang are brain looking aliens with horrible grammar.” Donnie put in when he saw Roxanne’s perplexed look.
“Peachy.” She said dryly.
“I’ll watch Chester while you’re gone.” April offered.
Chester squeaked in protest as Roxanne handed him to April.
“It’s alright, Chess, I’ll be back soon.” Roxanne said, giving him a small stroke between the ears before walking over to the four waiting turtles.
X X X
Once on the surface, they small group climbed the fire escape to get onto the roof, Roxanne had to admit the view was amazing and the cool air felt so good against her face. She smiled a little when she spotted the corner of her house and briefly wondered if her dad was ok. She inwardly sighed before following the turtles in the opposite direction; maybe she could sneak off without the guys noticing and see if her dad was home yet.
That might be a bad idea. I mean, they managed to eavesdrop on Splinter without me noticing, I’m positive they could follow me and I wouldn’t even be aware of it. I’m… sure dad’s fine.
X X X
The patrol was uneventful for the first two hours and Roxanne even managed to keep up with the guys, though at two hours and forty-five minutes she hurled behind a steaming exhaust vent.
“Hey, you alright?” Raph asked as he walked over.
“Yeah,” Roxanne panted. “I’m a bit out of shape; it’s been a while since I’ve done anything that strenuous. I’m good though.”
Raph wanted to disagree, he wanted to tell her that she was n great shape and that he was impressed that she managed to keep with up with them for this long, but he stopped himself.
“Ugh, I think she just through up a shoe.” Mikey stated when she hurled again.
Raph glared at him and rubbed Roxanne’s back.
“Alright, I’m good. Let’s go.” Roxanne said a moment or two later.
They continued for another hour before they spotted trouble. Trouble called Fishface and Dogpound.
“Keep moving you overgrown guppy!” Dogpound growled. “We need to get these parts back to Shredder and fast.”
“Easy for you to say,” Fishface replied with a growl of his own. “My strength has limits.”
Dogpound smirked. “Your words, sushi boy.”
Fishface growled in annoyance.
“So… what do you think they’re doing?” Mikey asked.
“It would appear that they’re stealing equipment.” Donnie stated.
“What for though?”
“Don’t know and I don’t care.” Raph growled ready for action.
“What ever the reason we need to stop them,” Leo said then looked at Roxanne. “Stay here and out of sight.”
Roxanne nodded quietly; she was content with just watching.
Getting impatient, Raph leaped over the edge and plowed into a Foot robot, easily taking it out.
Leo shook his head before following after his hotheaded brother, the other two soon followed.
Dogpound snarled. “It’s those blasted turtles! Get them!”
Fishface was all too happy to drop the supplies and join the fray, taking out his large butterfly knife.
“Dibs on the walking sushi roll!” Raph shouted.
“I have a name, boy!” Fishface snarled.
“Yeah, Raph! His name is Fishface!” Mikey put in.
“My name is Xever!”
“Nope, I’m pretty sure it’s Fishface.” Mikey replied dodging an attack.
Fishface hissed in anger and continued to attack.
While Raph and Mikey dealt with Fishface, Leo and Donnie fought with Dogpound.
Roxanne’s jaw dropped as she watched them fight Fishface and Dogpound, she secretly wished that she had a camera, this was awesome!
Dogpound managed to grab Donnie’s foot and slam him into a near by wall.
Roxanne flinched at the sound of Donnie hitting the wall and wince at a loud crack!
Dogpound just grinned.
Leo gave a battle cry before attacking the large mutant bipedal dog, the mutant dodged his attacks and he just barely missed a swipe from Dogpound’s bond clawed hand.
“Hold still so I can de-shell you!”
“Yeah, like that’s going to happen.” Roxanne said a little too loudly.
“Who said that?!”
“Oh crap!” Dogpound had heard her!
Dogpound’s eyes narrowed and he growled when he spotted her.
Leo looked up as well and his blue eyes widened. “Roxanne, run!”
With a snarl, Dogpound bashed Leo aside, jumped onto the fire escape, and started climbing.
Roxanne’s eyes widened at the sudden and crazy turn of events, she started backing away and padding herself down, looking for something.
“Don’t just sit there, Leo! Stop him!” Raph shouted, still fighting Fishface.
Leo quickly got to his feet and launched himself at Dogpound who quickly proceeded to kick at him. He managed to avoid getting kick as he climbed after him.
Donnie hurried to help his brother when a ninja-bot stopped him before he could get close.
“This isn’t good.” He mused as he defended himself from robot’s attacks.
With a yell, Leo latched onto Dogpound’s tail and used his boney back to climb; trying to reach his face, but lost his grip as two Ninja-bots attacked him. As he hit the ground, he saw that the huge mutant dog had reached the roof of the building.
“So the turtles have a new playmate,” Dogpound growled. “I’m going to turn you into a chew toy.”
Roxanne’s heart leaped to her throat as she heard him, she cursed softly. Where was it?!
Having taken care of the reaming robotic ninjas, Donnie hurried up the fire escape then smacked Dogpound in the side with his Bo staff. It only served to enrage the bipedal dog, earning his a savage backhand.
“Hey, Dogpound!” Roxanne shouted then fired mace at him when he turned his attention back to her.
Dogpound yelped then howled in agony, covering his face with both hands. He staggered around and lashed out blindly.
Leo was on the roof by this time and waited for just the right moment before launching himself into the air and kicked the huge dog in the back, avoided a strike from his bone hand before finally kicking him off the roof.
Donnie reached out and grabbed Leo’s hand before he could go over with him.
“Thanks, Don.” Leo said.
“No problem. Roxanne, you ok?”
She gave them a panting thumbs up.
“We’d better go help Raph and Mikey with the rest.”
“There’s no need, they ran off when Dogpound fell from the roof, which was totally awesome to watch.” Mikey grinned.
“I didn’t think it was possible for Fishface to run off with his tail between his legs.” Raph smirked.
“By the way, what happened up there? I’ve heard Dogpound yelp before but the sound he made was nothing I ever heard.” Mike asked.
“Roxanne maced Dogpound in the face.”
Mike’s jaw dropped. “No way!”
“Right in the eyes, it was awesome!”
“Once more, I am impressed.” Raph stated.
Roxanne smiled a little, feeling herself blush and once more forgetting she had fur to hide said blush.
“I can hear sirens, we better head out.” Leo announced.
X X X
“So are we going to continue the patrol or head back to the lair?” Roxanne asked once they had a few blocks between them and the sounds of sirens.
“I think we’ve had enough excitement for one night.” Donnie replied.
“Considering what we’ve seen and been through tonight was pretty tame.” Mike grinned.
Roxanne raised an eyebrow and chuckled. “If this is a quite night, I do not want to know what a crazy night looks like.”
“We don’t like them much either.” Donnie commented.
“Hey, remember Dr. Falco? I gotta admit fighting him was kinda crazy.” Mike put in.
“No kidding. That guy was totally nuts.” Raph said.
Roxanne’s jaw clinched, her ears going back as she slow down a little so they were ahead of her, she wasn’t going to listen to them trash talk her father. None of what they were saying about him was true; sure, he could be egoistical about some things but he was not crazy!
“Let’s head back home.” Donnie finally said.
“Aw, what about the noodle shop?” Mikey all but whined.
“Fine, we’ll stop and get you some food, you glutton.” Raph huffed.
Despite her annoyance with them trash talking her father, she couldn’t help but chuckle at the boyish grin on Mikey’s face.
X X X
With a massive belch, Mike plopped down on his beanbag, once more grossing out Raph while Leo started reading his comics and Donnie headed to his lab. Roxanna sat down next to Raph as he started channel surfing.
“Hey, where’s April?” She asked lightly stroking Chester between the ears as he munched on a leaf with Spike.
“Probably training with Splinter.” Leo said without looking up from his comic.
“She’s been training for a while now.” Raph put in.
“It won’t long until she can hold her own against us that would be awesome.” Mikey grinned.
“Against you, perhaps.” Raph teased.
“There’s something I’d like to see.” Roxanne chuckled.
“Yeah, she’s getting really good. Hey! You should start training with her, you’d be awesome!” Mikey exclaimed.
Leo and Raph nodded in agreement.
Roxanne shrugged. “Alright, this should be fun.”
“Sweet! Another female ninja!” Mikey cheered before taking a lap from run end of the room to the other, ignoring Raph’s comment about him being far too excited.
“We should probably head to the dojo to train.” Leo said as he closed his comic.
“We just got back from a fight; do we really need to train right now?” Raph huffed.
“A fight?” Splinter echoed as he and April walk into the living room. “What kind of fight?”
“We ran into Dogpound and Fishface.” Leo told him.
“Yeah, and Roxanne totally maced Dogpound right in the face!” Mikey grinned.
“I told you to keep her out of harms way, not let her fight.” Splinter replied disappointed.
“We left her on the roof but Dogpound spotted her and went after her.” Leo said trying not to sound defensive.
“Besides, she was able to defend herself pretty well,” Raph added. “She pepper sprayed hum right in the face.”
Splinter was silent as he listened to his sons, he glanced at Roxanne; she appeared unharmed though a little shaken up.
“We left and came here the second we heard police sirens.” Leo finished.
Splinter stroked his beard thoughtfully for one long moment. “I see. All that side, how did she fare beforehand?”
“She kept pace with us.” Leo answered.
“She did kind of hurl two and a half hours in.” Mikey put in. “Oh! And she also wants to be a ninja.”
“Really?” April asked, clearly excited.
“Yeah, I mean, I can’t go around pepper spraying bad guys.” Roxanne replied.
“Why not?” Mikey laughed. “That would awesome! You’d be The Pepper Spray Ninja.”
“Lame.” Raph muttered.
Leo elbowed him in the side.
“I’m afraid that won’t be possible, Mike. I used the last of the spray on Dogpound.”
“Once you’re far enough along in your training, you can pick out a weapon.” Leo told her.
Roxanne’s ears pricked forward in interest.
“Only when she is ready.” Splinter put in.
“Of course, Sensei.”
Mikey could barely hold still, no doubt watching to watch TV or hide in his room.
I need a shower. Roxanne thought after giving her armpit a quick sniff while no one was watching.
Raph spotted Chester lying on top of Spike’s shell; his pet turtle didn’t seem to mind.
Mikey took off to his room, while Leo pointed Roxanne in the direction of their makeshift shower when she asked.
Mikey emerged from his room a moment or two later, looking suspiciously calm.
Raph looked over at him in suspicion before scooping up Spike and Chester. All Chester did was open one eye and look at him before closing it, whiskers twitching. He carried them into his set and set them down on Spike’s pillow.
The blue gray rat opened his eyes and lifted his head to look around at his new surrounding, whiskers twitching as he scented the air.
Raph set out a water bowl for Spike and Chester before flopping down on his own bed and started reading.
A couple minutes later, Mikey’s battle cry rang out, followed shortly by Leo shouting his name.
I knew he was up to something. Raph thought as he continued reading.
There was a long moment of silence before Mikey shouted.
“Oh, my god!”
Raph paused and looked towards his door. Whatever it is, I don’t want to know.
“What is it, Mikey?” Donnie asked, poking his head out of his lab.
“I just saw Roxanne naked!”