A blast of a fic in which Mona Lisa reveals her past nightmares to her friends. Things get a little tense with Casey in the middle. Mona Lisa learns the true meaning of the word 'family'. Enjoy the Raph/Mona fluff in the beginning! And please review!

Ch. 8-Blast from the Past

Mona's POV

Raphael had been sleeping a lot for the past two days. The blow on his head had left him with a concussion, which of course, made him sleep a lot more than usual. Donatello would wake the hothead every so often to make sure he was alright.

I was checking up on him too, of course. He was gonna be just fine, but that's not gonna stop me from keeping a close eye on him.

I was in the kitchen drinking a cup coffee, when thick, muscled arms wrapped around my waist from behind. I jumped at little, but quickly relaxed into the familiar touch.

Raph pressed his face into the crook of my neck, resting his head on my shoulder. My shoulders relaxed and stretched out my neck with a dreamy sigh. I could feel Raphael's smile against my neck. My lips curled upwards into a smile of my own. I did my best to look at Raph, but when I tried to turn around he took advantage of the opportunity to reverse our positions. Now he was standing with his carapace to the kitchen counter, pulling me towards him.

I smiled and wrapped my arms around his neck, pulling myself up against his plastron. "Well someone's awake today." I said, my voice smooth and low.

Raphael smirked at my tone and wrapped his arms around me. "Maybe." He muttered, bending down and kissing my neck gently. His eyes were half-lidded, as though he had just woken up. He looked good that way. "And maybe not." Raph bent down and kissed me softly. It was chaste and sweet. I let out a hum of contentment.

Raph smiled and pushed away from the counter, spinning me around as though we were dancing. I laughed happily as he dipped me downwards, our beaks only inches apart. His bright green eyes stared straight into my soul. My breath hitched. Raph pressed our lips together and I lost all sense of time and space. Everything swirled. I didn't know which way was up or down. I couldn't process anything. My knees buckled and Raphael was supporting all my weight.

Raph broke the kiss for a moment I was reeling. My boyfriend set me back on my wobbly feet and it took me a minute to regain my balance. My heart was pounding in my chest and my face felt hot. I had no doubt that my cheeks were as pink as the scarf I was wearing.

"Good morning." He stated, practically purring with content. The pure happiness in his voice made my heart flutter.

I smiled, blushing madly. "Same to you."

Raphael took a step forward and leaned in, probably about to kiss me again, when we realized that Master Splinter and the other turtles were now standing at the door, watching us.

"Aw. You guys are so cute!" Mikey cooed.

My boyfriend let out an annoyed puff of air and rolled his eyes, taking a step back. Leo and Donnie were smiling. Leonardo in particular seemed to be incredibly amused about something.

The eldest turtle smirked. "Nice dance moves, Raph. I never knew you could be so graceful."

Raph glared at Leo and let out a quiet, warning growl. Leo just smiled.

Master Splinter cleared his throat and all attention turned to him. The old rat approached Raph with a smile. "It is good to see you in such good spirits Raphael. I am glad you are feeling better."

"Me too." Raph stated plainly. He never really knew how to respond to expressions of concern. He wasn't really very good at emoting that way.

A moment later, Casey Jones came bursting into the lair. I glanced up when I heard his familiar tread and moved over to the door of the kitchen. Mikey, Donnie and Leo moved aside so I could get through. I called out to Case, "Hey Jones, we're in the kitchen!"

A few seconds later the dark-haired teenager sauntered into the kitchen like he owned the place. I rolled my eyes. Casey really hadn't changed at all from our younger years.

He looked at me and smiled. "Hey Brown Eyes." He took a seat on a stool and leaned over the table. Casey's smile made me little uneasy. The teenage boy seemed incredibly displeased about something. The smile was definitely forced. Something was wrong. What? I had no idea. Without warning, Jones slapped a hand down on the table, making me jump.

Everyone in the room turned to him. But Casey was staring at me intently. "You'll never guess who I ran into today." He said, obviously directing the statement at me. The low, angry notes in his voice did not go unnoticed.

The world around me froze. 'Casey knows.' Echoed through my head.

Unconsciously I tensed. I hadn't realized that I'd been backing up until Raphael put a hand on my shoulder.

"Mona?" he asked softly.

My hands were shaking. I glared at Casey Jones. "What did you say to him?" I asked, my voice barely audible.

By now, Casey's anger was no longer restrained. His lips curled in fury as he ground out: "I reminded him who I was. Said I was your friend." Jones' eyes flashed dangerously. "He claimed you never even existed." For a moment the human's anger dulled and his gaze hardened. "What the hell happened, Mona?!" He asked insistently.

"This happened, Casey!" I yelled, gesturing at myself. I refused to look Casey in the eyes and whispered, "I'm not discussing it."

The next thing I knew Casey Jones had stood and made his way around the table. He grabbed my wrists forcefully. "No. We need to discuss this now."

In a flurry of movement I tried to pull my wrists away from the teenager. Before I knew it, everything stilled and the air grew tense. My mind took a few seconds before I actually processed the image in front of me.

Casey Jones was still gripping my wrists, but there was a well-polished sai pointing at his throat.

"Let her go." The icy tone in Raph's voice made me shiver.

Casey released me. Raphael came to stand between us.

Jones' dark brown eyes stared directly into mine. "I should beat him into the ground for doing that to you."

"What would you have done in his position, Casey?!" I asked, with tears in my eyes. Raphael put his arms around me, still eyeing Jones warily.

Casey's eyes narrowed and he stepped closer. Raph tensed a little, but allowed it. Casey looked down into my eyes and his angry expression softened, as did his tone. "I sure as hell wouldn't have done what he did. I would have done everything in my power to protect you and to help you."

By this point there were tears running down my face. Casey opened his arms and I stepped forward into his hug.

I had no doubt that Raphael, the other turtles and Master Splinter were probably all very confused. Karai also had a strange, unreadable expression on her face. Huh. When had she even gotten here?

Casey rubbed my back gently as I sobbed against his chest.

"Mona Lisa, what is going on, my child?" Master Splinter asked.

I used the back of my hand to wipe away my tears. I pulled away from Casey, though only slightly. "My nightmares have come back to haunt me."

I didn't have to elaborate any further. By now all of them knew about my nightmares.

Splinter frowned. "Explain."

I told them everything. At first, I was going to leave out the part where my Father claimed I was no longer his daughter, but my emotions were raging and it all came pouring out of me. As I finished, I took note of their reactions. Leo's fists were clenched so hard that his knuckles were white. Donatello looked as though he brainstorming a million different ways to make my Father's life a living hell. Mikey's baby blue eyes had a deeply unsettling glint in them, his thick lips bent into a deep frown. Even Master Splinter seemed angered, with his eyes narrowed and his claws digging into his walking stick. And Raph…

Raphael was the maddest of them all. His eyes were burning with rage and indignation. His fists were clenched tight, one of them around his sai. "I'll kill him. Nobody does that to their own family. Especially not to you. No one can hurt you and live to get away with it." He stated.

The threat was so low, so level, that I knew he was completely serious. I put a hand on his shoulder. "No. He's still my father. Even if he wants nothing to do with me."

"You deserve better." Raph said. "And now you've got it. We're your family now. And we will never do anything like that. We will never abandon you."

The others nodded. Tears of joy ran unchecked down my face.

Raphael reached out and pulled me close. "Don't you ever think that you're a monster. You're beautiful and you're mine and I love you."

Master Splinter approached and I looked up at him. To my very great surprise the rat pulled me into a gentle hug. I reciprocated slowly, shocked beyond true comprehension.

"You're father's loss is our gain, Mona Lisa. You are a part of our family now and I am proud to call you my daughter."

Once again my eyes filled with tears. I stared at each them, and they all nodded agreement.

Leonardo stepped forward. "It's an honor to be able to call you my sister." He stated with a polite bow.

My eyes teared up. Casey met my gaze and said, "You've always been a sister to me."

I couldn't believe it. All of these people. These wonderful, amazing people. They all loved me. They really loved me. They truly cared.

I clung to my boyfriend's side as he escorted me to my room to get some rest. All this emotional stuff had really done a number on me and now I desperately needed to sleep. I was exhausted.

Raphael and I cuddled for a few short minutes before Raphael fell into a deep sleep.

I put my head on his chest and listened to the sound of his strong heart and sighed. I love you Raph.

Their relationship is just getting cuter and cuter. Please Review and tell me your thoughts! Thanks for reading everyone!