The attempted smut was garbage, the muses were fighting it, and so it became painful to try to finish writing this chapter. Eventually I decided that forcing smut was ridiculous so tada: a smutless fluff chapter because apparently that is all Donnie is capable of when he is being mother goose. Why Donnie. Why you do this to me. All I wanted was smut from you and you have to play me like this. Dang you. Mark my words I will make you sin in the next book of this saga I swear on my pb&j
In order to best track the healing progress of both Aaliyah and Sensei I've decided to record their progress here for future reference. With Sensei's age and Aaliyah's difference in species it's important to have reference material to look back to in case we have to go through another incident like this.
Splinter has deep tissue bruising on his left shoulder, left side of his rib cage, and right thigh as well as internal bleeding. One deep laceration on his left shoulder. Estimated blood loss: unknown.
Aaliyah has three deep lacerations in her torso on the right side, estimated blood loss: three pints. Time of death: 2:37 A.M. Time of revival: 2:39 A.M.
Donatello had to take a moment to calm his shaking hands before he could continue, the panic from those seemingly unending two minutes still not quite out of his system just yet. Aaliyah had died. He'd let her die. He'd chosen to work on Sensei first and Aaliyah had died because of it. True he'd been able to revive her but the weight of that reality was not going to leave him anytime soon. Not while she still looked so pale and fragile. Not while her veins stood out in dark contrast against her skin and her breathing was so shallow he had to touch his cheek to her chin to be able to hear it.
But his hands were shaking so badly and his throat tightened up enough that he decided to abandon the computer to go check on her again. He could go back to that later. Right now he needed to feel her fluttering pulse beneath his fingers for the fourth time that morning just to make sure that she wasn't in danger of leaving him - them - again so soon.
Aaliyah and Splinter both hooked up to IV lines. Mostly unconscious with occasional minutes of consciousness. Lucidity rare with as much pain as they're in. Casey stopped by. Mikey had to regale him with all of the mostly accurate details. Raph grumbled but generally was in better spirits with his best friend present. Casey was upset we didn't take him along. Was not present for most of the conversation but could hear bits and pieces from Sensei's room and from my lab. Leo has taken up vigil by dad, partially to help but also with ulterior motives. Note to self: watch out for Leonardo's increasing moodiness. Check for internal damage or concussion. Ask Casey for help procuring pain medications.
No improvement. Maintaining unconsciousness, which might be better considering their pain levels have not diminished. A broken arm and widespread bruising makes for less-than-ideal conditions for leaving the lair to get what we need, and that isn't considering the way Leo snaps when the idea is mentioned. No internal damage discovered during brief examination. Concussion unlikely. Explanation for current surly attitude: unknown.
No improvement. Leo's being an even bigger ass than Raphael who is actually being relatively subdued considering his usual temperament. Mikey hasn't smiled in four days. Aaliyah's and Splinter's cots moved out into the main area of the lair today. We're all sleeping there anyways, at least for now. Might as well have them nearby where everyone can keep an eye on her.
What am I doing wrong? I've done all I can. What did I miss?
No improvement. Both Aaliyah and Sensei are declining in body mass. They are still mostly unconscious and can't begin to consider stomaching anything, meaning that the necessary caloric requirements for the cellular repairs their bodies are undergoing are coming from their fat reserves (what little they had to begin with) and muscle mass. I need them to eat. Broth, bread, rice, anything. I don't have the materials I need to insert a feeding tube into either of them and without training it seems unnecessarily risky but what else can I do? I might do more harm than good but I've tried everything else. And pressure from the brothers to fix them and make them better like they were motorcycles or toasters that I could take apart and put back together is mounting. Leo especially has been impatient with the lack of improvement. But I've done everything, anything I could do so far. What am I missing? What am I doing wrong?
Aaliyah drank a total of one cup of broth throughout the day. Sensei consumed five tablespoons. I consider that to be a mark of improvement but it's far slower than any of us would like. Mikey has been growing moody seeing Aaliyah and Splinter in such poor shape. Neither of them are awake long enough for him to tell jokes to in order to make them smile. Raphael has been surprisingly mature with him and supporting his emotional state. Casey came over, which improved the somber atmosphere here considerably. My broken arm is about halfway healed, as is Michelangelo's cracked shell and Raphael's lacerations. Leonardo won't allow me to check on his condition but judging from what I can see his healing is taking a little longer than usual. Possibly due to his lack of sleep and calories while he sits by Splinter day and night. I think maybe Leonardo walked away from that battle with deeper wounds than I know how to suture.
Fell asleep on th computer. Too tired to deleette the leters above. Minimal improvment for boht Spinlter an d Aalihay. Leo's na ass.
Aaliyah is continuing to stay awake for longer periods of time than Splinter but both are starting to stay awake long enough to be talked into drinking more broth. Aaliyah's cheeks are sunken, body mass seems to be decreasing at a rate of about .7% per day though I can't say for sure without being able to weigh her. Condition still too fragile to move. Simply guessing by how paper thin she looks. Splinter seems to be looking about the same percentage of his body mass per day. Fur falling out in a few places. Nose dry, increased the flow rate of his IV drip. No fever, which is a positive sign of future improvement.
Both patients finally able to eat semi solids. Aaliyah acts a lot stronger than she is which is both endearing and heartbreaking. She threatened me today that she was going to get herself out of her cot and make me sleep, since apparently I look about as good as she feels. If that's any indication of her condition I might have to consider reevaluating how much improvement she's actually made. Though she was awake long enough to pass along some helpful information. Her body is not very good at replenishing its blood supply, though her tissues in general are supposedly usually pretty fast at repairing themselves compared to other humans. To illustrate her point she shared with me her experience with childbirth.
"It worked out ok when I gave birth since the babe screamed bloody murder any time I dared try to put her down in her crib by herself." She told me today, "She and I basically just ate and slept together on my bed for the first six weeks of her life, only difference this time is that it doesn't sting like a beeyotch every time I have to pee. I took iron pills and supposedly that helped but mostly after ripping so badly and needing 17 stitches for it I was just too damn weak to do anything but stay in bed for 6 weeks."
Note to self: iron supplements. As soon as Leo will let me out of the damn lair.
The addition of Iron supplements seems to be improving both Sensei and Aaliyah's conditions. Michelangelo's mood has dramatically improved now that his captive audiences are awake long enough to enjoy his particular brand of entertainment. Leo's mood has dramatically fouled since the four brothers are now healed enough to leave the lair. Raphael has started to call Leo out on his crap... Not sure how I feel about this new family dynamic.
Aaliyah kissed me today. She was mad that I've allowed my own health to take a back seat position to her improvement and Sensei's improvement. Also she laid into Leonardo for snapping at me in her presence for something unnecessary. He was quiet for the rest of the day.
Aaliyah can stand on her own for short periods of time by now though she quickly becomes dizzy and the pain from her injuries is still beyond what is functional. Day three of solid foods seems to be going well. Sensei is still not ready for solid foods as well as still being too weak to stand. Fur beginning to grow back in the bald patches however, I noticed some small wiry strands poking through his skin today while feeding him.
It appears that Aaliyah will have the scars on her abdomen from the battle with Shredder for the rest of her life. It's not a huge surprise but the scarring is taking on the characteristic shine and bulge of a lasting deep-tissue scar. It's more difficult to tell with Splinter now that his fur is growing back nicely but if you search for the injury site the scarring itself is hairless. Leonardo is continuing to over exert himself now that we have returned to training and Sensei can oversee us. Aaliyah was right. Something is coming. Leonardo keeps becoming more and more high strung. I'm not sure when the tension will snap but the stress is palpable. We've tried talking to him about it and somehow it seems to only make things worse. He's starting to become unbearable, which is putting undue strain on Sensei and everyone else in this household. I worry about the adverse affects this stress will have on Splinter's slow recovery.
Aaliyah's physical therapy is going well. She's up to 65% functionality by now, weight recovery is slower than what I'd like to see. She keeps joking about how much more slender she is now and who knew that all you needed to loose that excess belly fat was a near-fatal injury but she is aware that it's more than just fat reserves that have been depleted. It's just that she seems to feel that maybe if she watches her diet carefully enough she can possibly keep that subcutaneous fat layer off and only build lean muscle mass. I have told her 28 times that isn't how it works but the feeling persists. New strategy to attempt next: tell her that she would be no less beautiful even with an excess of subcutaneous fat in the hopes that dissuading her self consciousness about her body might allow her to continue regaining body mass.
Aaliyah and Sensei both have healed fully from The Battle.
Leo has not.
Leonardo struck Sensei today in a fit of frustration.
He's being sent away to South America for one year.
Aaliyah is going too.
Day one of Sensei's recovery from this event begins today with suturing the wound site closed and applying antibacterial gel to the affected area. Wound bandaged to prevent infection.
Day one of my own recovery from this event will begin in two days.
... What did I do wrong?
Please go check out the continuation of this story called Letters From Home that picks up where Kismet leaves off and takes you on a whole new adventure with Aaliyah, Leonardo, and the whole gang as they go through some growing pains and try to help each other in the aftermath of this battle with The Shredder. New adventures, new enemies, and FINALLY SOME ACTION between Donatello and Aaliyah! Don't miss it! The stories have only just begun!