Roxanne just laughed then stopped when she remembered a few things.
"I just realized that my plan is going to back fire."
"What plan?" Leo asked.
Roxanne went on to explain that she had left a message saying that her mother had called telling her that her Gymnastics Coach in Germany wanted her back on the team.
"You told your dad that you're going back to Germany?" Mikey stated.
"I lived in Germany with my mom for nine years. She put me in Gymnastics because I wouldn't stop doing Summersaults and Cartwheels in the house and as it turned out I was a natural."
"So what was your plan exactly?" April wondered.
"Well," Roxy replied, clearing her throat a little. "I know my dad would believe the whole Gymnastics thing."
"What makes you think that?" Leo said.
"Because over the course of nine years, I either talked or emailed him telling him all about it and how fun it was."
"If your dad is going to believe it, why do you think it'll backfire?" Donnie asked.
"Yeah… if you miss too much school, they'll call your dad." Her friend said.
"Well, I think you should keep your stories straight." Leo suggested.
April and Roxanne nodded in agreement.
"Why not just say you're moving. It makes more sense, not to mention way more believable." Raph put in.
"The school is still going to call her dad." April countered.
"This is what happens when I don't think things through." Roxanne grumbled
"I'm sure we'll think of something." The red head told her.
"Preferably before her father believes she's been kidnapped." Raph stated.
Roxanne had to resist the urge to throw her plate at him.
"Dude! Not cool!" Mikey said.
Having heard that, Chester scampered over to Raph, stood on his hind legs and started angrily squeaking and chittering at him.
Raph had no idea what to do with the angry rodent; he glanced at Roxanne who was trying not to laugh.
"I think he wants you to apologize." Donnie stated.
"Ok, I'm sorry. Geeze." Raph said a few seconds later.
Satisfied, Chester went back to all fours and scampered back to Roxanne.
"I think you just avoided having several holes chewed into your sheets tonight Raph."
"Yeah, what ever. Hey! That's mine!" Raph shouted as Chester made off with his last dumpling.
"Brave little guy." Mikey grinned.
"I think I just saw Chester smirk." Roxanne pointed out as the small rodent started eating the dumpling.
"I think you're right." April said as Raph grumbled and headed for the fridge.
"I'm starting to think Chester is smarter then the average rat. Where did you find him?" Donnie asked.
"Pet store," She replied. "It was either him or another Hissing Cockroach."
Raph did a spit take and sprayed orange juice on the front of the fridge. "Cockroach?! Where?!"
Roxanne raised an eye brow at Raph's reaction then glanced at April.
"He's terrified of roaches."
"Why? They're harmless."
The red head just shrugged. "Doesn't matter to him."
Raph went on a tirade about the time Donnie's spy roach became an unstoppable killing machine after falling into mutagen. No one was really listening to him.
"Anyway, I don't think he liked me very much."
"What do you mean?"
"He wouldn't stop hissing at me."
April giggled a little before asking. "So what happened to him?"
"He was eaten by a hawk."
"Bummer." Mikey stated.
Roxanne just shrugged. "Circle of life."
"So you bought Chester afterwards?" Donnie asked tossing a towel and Raph so could clean up the front of the fridge.
"No, six months after I can back to the States. Met April a few weeks later."
"So where did you live before that?" Leo asked.
"In Germany, with my mother. My parents divorced when I was five."
"Oh, I'm sorry to hear that."
Roxanne shrugged again. "It was a long time ago. Besides, I can speak German."
"That's cool, Master Splinter taught us some Japanese." Leo stated.
"Oh! Say something in German." Mikey asked.
Roxanne smiled before speaking a phrase in German.
"What did you say?"
"Where's the shoe store?" Roxanne smiled.
April snorted while Mikey laughed.
"C'mon, guys. We better head to the dojo so we can train with Master Splinter." Leo said after putting his dishes in the sink.
Raph groaned in irritation, he hated training right after eating. He crossed his arms and grumbled as he followed Leo out, Mikey and Donnie weren't far behind him.
"Let's go watch, it's awesome." April grinned.
Chester finished cleaning his whiskers before climbing up Roxanne's arm and settled himself on her shoulder.
Smiling a little, mutated teen stroked him between the ears as she followed after April and the turtles.
Leo suddenly paused on his way to the dojo, something wasn't right he could feel it.
"What's you're problem, Leo? I thought we were heading to the dojo." Raph demanded.
"Something seems… off." He replied.
Roxanne was standing next to Mikey, she leaned in and whispered. "He must feel a disturbance in the Force."
Mikey snorted and covered him mouth to stop himself from laughing.
A smoke bomb exploded in front of them, causing the teens to cry out in surprise and fall back on their butts. When the smoke cleared, Splinter was standing in front of them a calm look on his face, though there was a hint of a smirk on his muzzle. He pulled out a wooden sword from behind his back, the four turtles tensed at the sight of it.
He held the sword out over his head and announced. "Randori!"
"Scatter!" One of the turtles yelled, the four boys scattered like cockroaches caught in direction sunlight.
April couldn't help but giggle as she watched the boys flee, while Roxanne was rather confused by their reaction.
Splinter seemed satisfied with the boy's reaction; he then turned his attention to the girls.
April swallowed a bit, unsure what he was going to do, for she hasn't experienced this part of her training yet.
Splinter glanced at Roxanne first before faking a swing at her, just to see how she would react. She disappoint, the moment he swung the sword in her direction, she performed a backwards summersault then couched a few feet away. She did this while holding Chester close without hurting him.
"Wow! That was really cool, Roxy." April exclaimed.
Chester on the other hand was not, although he wasn't hurt, he wasn't happy about the sudden flip/
"Thanks, nine years of Gymnastics." Roxanne smiled then looked at Chester. "Sorry, buddy. Reflex."
Chester clicked his teeth in annoyance as he clung to her just in case she decided to do it again.
"Impressive, Roxanne." Splinter said with a small nod.
"It was pretty cool." April agreed.
Roxanne felt herself blush.
"How far did you get in your training?" He asked.
"I was the best… well, second best, would have gone to the Nationals but the universe decided to throw a Monkey Wrench into that plan."
April but an arm around her friend's shoulders. "The universe has a habit of doing that."
"Yeah, tell me about it." Roxanne muttered.
April gave her a reassuring smile before hugging her.
Splinter watched them for a moment before clearing his throat. "We will continue this another time; you can tell the boys they can stop hiding."
"Of course, Master Splinter."
After saying good night to the girls, Splinter headed for the dojo to most like meditate before going to bed.
"Ok… so where would they run off too?" Roxanne asked unsure where to start.
"The Noodle Shop is closed this late at night." April replied.
"Then besides the Noodle Shop, where would they hide?"
April was silent for a long moment before speaking up. "Well, they made their own skate park near an abandoned Subway station. C'mon, I'll take you here there."
X X X
"I think we're getting close." Roxanne stated a few minutes later.
"I think you're right."
Roxanne looked at April. "You can smell it too?"
"Leather, sweat, and oil."
"Wow, you can smell all that?"
Roxanne nodded. "And it's getting stronger."
April sniffed but the only this she could smell was the sewer. Her friend's ear twitched moments before they heard Mikey's familiar "Booyakasha!"
"Well, we found Mikey at least. The others shouldn't be too far behind."
April nodded then rounded a corner.
"Watch out! I can't stop!" Mikey shouted.
The girls looked up to see Mikey on his skateboard flying through the air coming straight at them. He would have crashed into them if Raph hadn't jumped in and yank them out of harms way.
"Thanks." Roxanne said a moment later.
"No problem." Raph grunted.
"Sorry about that." Mikey said skateboarding back.
"You need to be more careful." Raph scolded.
"I didn't know they were coming!"
"Let it go, Raph. It was an accident." Leo replied.
"So how did you escape Splinter?" Mikey asked.
"He didn't do anything to us." April replied.
"He didn't swing that sword at you?"
"At Roxanne he did."
"Let me guess, she got hit." Raph scoffed crossing his arms.
"Nope, she back flipped out of the way." April grinned.
Roxanne's ears went back when she heard Raph mutter something about beginners luck.
"That's pretty impressive, Roxanne." Leo commented.
"Nine years of Gymnastics kind of helped." Roxanne replied almost sheepishly.
"We've had 15 years old training and we can barely dodge most of them,"
"Like I said, beginners luck." Raph muttered.
"Jealous much?" Leo smirked.
Raph just glared daggers at Leo while the sword welding turtle just grinned.
"This place is pretty cool, how did you find it?"
"We just stumbled across it while exploring."
"Took forever to clean up though." Mikey commented.
"Yeah, especially when you were making messes just as fast as we cleaned them." Raph stated.
Leo just rolled his eyes.
"Anyway, Master Splinter said you guys could stop hiding now."
"Yeah, we've heard that before." Raph scoffed.
X X X
It was around 2:30 in the morning when there was movement in the lair and a narrow beam of light cut into the kitchen as Raph made himself a late night sandwich. He looked up from his soon to be master piece when the light 'tick, tick' of claws on the stone floor of the lair caught his attention. Wondering who else could be up this late, he set the mayo jar down to see who it was, due to the dim lighting, he soon spotted who he thought was Splinter walking around.
"Hey, Master Splinter. Did you want a late night snake too?"
There was no response from the bipedal rat.
"Master Splinter? Can… you hear me?" Raph asked again before walking over.
Still no response and as it turned out, it wasn't Master Splinter. It was Roxanne.
"Oh, it's you, Roxanne. Couldn't sleep?"
There was no response from the grayish blue rat, she also had a glazed over look in her green eyes.
"Hey… are you ok? Can… can you even hear me?" He asked, grabbing her shoulder. That earned him a punch to the face.
"Ow! What was that for?!" No response.
I can't believe this, she asleep! And she just punched me in the face!
The sleep walking she-rat turned around and started walking away. Noticing she was heading toward the stairs that led to the sewers, he quickly realized that if he didn't do anything, Roxanne would most likely end up some where dangerous.
"Alright, Roxie. Let's get you back to bed." He quietly said this time gently taking her arm.
He braced himself for the punch but nothing happened sighing a little he guided her back to the blowup mattress.
Chester lifted his head from the pillow when he heard foot steps approaching.
"That's it, nice and easy." Raph murmured as he guided her back.
Chester yawned and scratched himself behind the ear before going back to sleep. Roxanne sleep walking was nothing new to him.
Sitting down on the edge of the bed, he covered her with the blanket and wondered if he should tie her to something to prevent her from walking off again.
Chester squeaked softly at Raph and shook his head as though he knew what the hotheaded turtle was thinking.
"Oh, mind your own business, fur ball."
Chester narrowed his eyes and clicked his teeth, something he only did when annoyed.
Raph ignored him and looked around, making sure that Roxanna wouldn't trip on anything should she start sleep walking again.
"Sleep tight, fur ball. If she starts walking around again, squeak or something."
Chester twitched his whiskers in reply before closing his eyes.
Raph got up from the mattress and started moving some stuff off the floor before heading back into the kitchen.
X X X
The next morning….
The smell of eggs and toast was what woke Roxanne the next morning. Chester was already away, running from end of the mattress to the other, wanting to eat.
"Calm down, I'm up." She groaned, sitting up. She was not much of a morning person.
Chester squeaked before climbing up her arm and settled as always on her shoulder.
She stroked him between the ears as she stood up and headed for the kitchen where she saw Mikey at the stove. She yawned as she took a seat.
"Morning!" Mikey said cheerfully. "Cheddar omelet for Breakfast?"
"Sounds good." She replied, yawning again.
"One Cheddar Omelet coming up. Does the little guy eat eggs?"
"Yeah, but can you hold the spices please?"
"Sure. For you too or just him."
Roxanne stretched again before asking. "Need any help?"
"Nah, I'm good. I love to cook." Mikey said grinning at her.
"Maybe you and I could make something together sometime." Roxanne offered with a smile of her own.
Roxanne smiled again turned to see Donnie and April enter the kitchen together. April had some major bed head.
"Morning, you guys," Mikey greeted. "Usual for you, Don?"
"Yes, thank you." Donnie replied as they walked past Roxanne.
Roxanne caught Donnie's scent on April as they walked past, which mean that she had stay in Donnie's room last night.
Beauty and Geek. Classic. She thought with an inward smile.
"One sausage and green pepper Omelet coming up. And for you April?"
"I'll have the same." The red head replied.
"You got it."
Roxanne yawned again and scratched the back of her head as she waited for her breakfast.
"Orders up!" Mike announced a few minutes later.
"Thanks, Mikey." Donnie said.
Mikey just grinned.
"Morning." Raph said tiredly as he entered the kitchen.
"Rough night?" Donnie asked.
"Depends. Does getting sucker punched by a sleep walking Roxanne count as a rough night?"
Roxanne spat out what ever what she had just been drinking and started coughing.
"What?" Mikey asked.
"Last night I found Roxanne sleep walking and when I took her arm, she punched me in the nose."
"Well, that was your first mistake," Donnie commented. "Never wake a sleep walker; you're lucky she just punched you."
"Crud, I knew I forgot something," Roxanne confessed after her coughing fit past.
"Wait. You've done this before?"
"Punch people? No, but I do have a sleeping disorder that causes me to sleep walk."
"That could have been nice before hand." Raph grumbled.
"Sorry about that, it kind of slipped my mind."
"Gotta admit; you have a pretty mean right hook."
Roxanne smiled a little. "Thanks, a friend of mine taught me a few things during a Martial Arts Expo in Berlin Germany."
"So that how you were able to dodge Splinter's strike," April commented. "You already have some training."
"I wouldn't say that, she just showed me a few things."
And then some. She added to herself then looked at her hands to hide her blush, completely forgetting she was covered in fur.
"Good morning everyone." Splinter greeted as he entered the kitchen.
There was a collective of 'Morning Splinter' or 'Master Splinter' from those in the room.
"Morning, Master Splinter," Mikey greeted cheerfully. "One sunny side up, coming up."
Roxanne took out her cell and started looking at pictures she had taken.
"Here's your omelet, Master Splinter." Mikey stated a few moments later.
"Ah, thank you, my son." Splinter replied.
After making sure everyone had their breakfast, Mikey made some for himself and they all ate in silence.
Finishing his meal, Chester cleaned his whiskers for a moment before climbing onto Roxanne's shoulder, she put down her phone to stroke him between the ears and he gave a soft squeak of contentment.
Once everyone was finished with their breakfast, Mikey picked up the dishes; he glanced down at Roxanne phone and paused.
"Whoa! Is that a picture of Bradford?"
"Hmm? Oh, yeah. That was taken at the Expo." Roxanne replied.
The turtles crowed around to get a look at the picture on the phone, much to the annoyance of Chester.
"Who are the two girls with him?" Donnie asked.
"The dark haired girl is me, the strawberry blond is his niece; Isabeau Bradford. I just called Bo."
"Dogpound has a niece?" Mikey asked.
"Dogpound?" Roxanne echoed.
"Bradford works for a man called the Shredder," Raph explained. "Total nut job. He and another of Shredder's goons named Xever tried to blow up the sewers to get to us after being covered in Mutagen."
"Well, that's going to be on awkward family reunion." Roxanne commented.
"That's putting it mildly." Raph replied.
"We call him 'Dogpound' because he turned into a dog and he pounded us into the ground when we tried to take him for first time after he was mutated." Mikey put in.
"And this Xever person?"
"Turned into a fish."
Roxanne snorted as she tried not to laugh.
"Yeah! He's called Fishface now; he has these mechanical legs so he can walk around." Mikey finished.
"I'll be sure to give them a wide berth if I ever seem them."
Man, this city is just getting weirder and weirder.