The Aftermath: Part 11I stop dead and turn round.
Raph's turned away, hunched over, fists clenched.
"W...what did you say...?"
"I said I love you, ok? There, that's what I wanted to say. You can go now..."
I walk over to him cautiously, trying not to crush him to death with joy.
"No, no. I won't go, Raph... just... how long?"
I put a hand on his shell. "How long have you...?"
"I don't see why it matters. You're tied to this stupid promise."
"Only because I thought you'd be disgusted by the very idea!"
He looks at me, confusion in his bright green eyes. "I could never be disgusted by it!"
I try to fight a huge bubble of joy welling up in my throat.
"It was... I guess, a lot more than a week ago..." He says.
"Well, that's good. I thought it was just on a whim."
"No, it wasn't. Though the accident in the dojo was an accident."
I lean against the water tower and run a hand through my hair.
"I thought that if I became best friends with you, it would cover my feelings."
"But that didn't wo
The Aftermath: Part 10Ok. After her shift.
I'm not gonna be a chicken.
I'll tell her this time.
I stroll along the rooftops.
Ok, I don't normally do any kind o' 'strolling', but hey, I'm thinkin'.
Don't gimme that look.
I think more than some people.
Like Mikey. I think more than he does.
I keep walking until I find my little hideout.
This place is where I go when I'm fed up of everythin'.
I would have come here sooner, but...
I guess I just wanted to stay near RJ.
Ok, I admit it.
I've gone all sappy 'cause o' this...
Damn you, mushy stuff.
Anyways, I'll tell her.
I'll bring her here and tell her.
That way nobody can walk over, and she won't get too nervous.
Ehh, her shift's almost over, so...
I'd better get going.
Ok, Raph, time to go.
Not gonna be a chicken.
Not gonna chicken out.
The Aftermath: Part 9We're all sat in the main room.
Raph has finally made an appearance.
That... that song that RJ has been listening to nonstop.
Me and Emma peek over my blueprints to watch it unfold as RJ walks in.
"Raph?" She says.
"I thought you hated that song."
"Yeah, I do! But it's in my frickin' head now."
We wait for more, but they simply pass each other.
This is getting frustrating.
"Raphael, you are to take her up to the surface. No complaints."
Why is sensei doing this?!
It's getting seriously annoying!
I shift into a human and walk down the tunnels with him.
"Sorry, about that today. I erm..."
"It's ok, Raph." I say, putting my hands up defensively.
We get up to the surface.
"Erm, RJ, I..." He begins
The Aftermath: Part 8 "Yame! You are dissmissed."
"Hai, sensei." We all say.
But I gotta stay behind.
I need some of sensei's wisdom.
"Raphael, what is wrong?"
"Can I talk to you, sensei?"
Sensei looks surprised.
I can see why, I mean, I don't actually talk to him that much about stuff.
"You may. What would you like to talk about?"
"Is it ok to break a promise?"
"Only if it would be better, why?"
"I made a promise, and, well... I would rather break it than live like this."
"Is this about Rhiannon?"
I look up at him. "Sensei?! How do you know?!"
He chuckles. "I believe Rhiannon came in yesterday with a similar problem."
Damn, I can't stop that little bubble o' hope spring up.
"If you are talking about the same promise, then..."
"What should I do?"
"You do what you think is right, Raphael."
The Aftermath: Part 7Raph!
What are you doing standing outside her door at 2am?!
I'm talking to myself.
I should be too.
But I can't sleep.
Plus Emma's sleep talking.
The wall between our rooms is so thin...
I hear every frickin' word!
Just knock on the door.
I go to knock.
"Raph? What do you want?"
I almost fall backwards.
"How did you know I was here?" I whisper.
"You were muttering."
She opens the door.
I try to supress a blush.
I ain't used to seein' her in PJ's!
Especially NOT a cammy... camisole?
Yeah, one o' those strappy tops.
At least she's wearin' long trousers.
"What's wrong?" She asks, leaning against the doorframe.
"I-I just, erm..." I struggle to find an excuse.
To be completely honest, I have n
The Aftermath: Part 6Toby is the most annoying guy ever.
How did he guess so quick?!
And why am I sat up here waiting?
What do I really think I'll achieve?
I sigh and shift a little.
This roof ain't exactly the most comfortable ever...
I've been sitting here for two hours already.
"Bye, Toby! See you tomorrow!"
"Bye, RJ! Just remember what we talked about?"
He chuckles. "Have a nice night."
I jump down from the roof as she closes the door and shifts back into her old self.
"Ah! Raph?! What the actual shell?!"
"Sorry, I got sent back to bring you home again."
Ok, blatant lie.
But I ain't tellin' her that I stayed instead of goin' home.
She'd bring up the whole 'just friends' thing again.
Maybe I WANT to break that promise this time...
"Are you coming, or what?" She says, already halfway up th