Chapter 1: Captured
A/N: This is a plot bunny that hit me after watching the season premiere of Pretty Little Liars on ABC Family. I was intrigued by what the girls went through, so I thought it would be neat to have the Turtles go through it, too, and see how they would react to it. For the record, this is not set in my Truth and Lies universe and is totally separate from that. Having said that, I hope that you enjoy what I have in store for the Turtles in this story. Trust me, it's not going to be pretty.
Disclaimer: TMNT and all related characters are property of Nickelodeon. I only own the plot and nothing more.
Summary: After enduring three weeks of torture, the Turtles must learn to cope after everything they have been through. Will they return to normal, or has their ordeal scarred them for life?
It started out as any normal night in New York. Leonardo, Raphael, Donatello, and Michelangelo were out for their usual patrol of the city. Things had returned to normal after the Kraang invasion, and everything seemed okay thus far. Mikey was bouncing on the balls of his feet, eager to start patrol while the others turned and listened to Leo.
"I think we should just stick together this time," Leo instructed.
"But we always split up," Raph said.
"I know, but I just have this feeling that something's not right," Leo answered.
Raph rolled his green eyes. "You worry too much, Fearless," he scoffed. "Everything's fine."
"If it makes you feel better, Leo, how about if we split up into two teams?" Don suggested. "That way none of us will be alone."
"Okay, that's sounds like a good idea," Leo agreed. "Raph, you're with me. Donnie, you go with Mikey."
"Why can't I go with Raph?" Mikey complained. "You always stick me with Donnie!"
"Because if I let you go with Raph, we'll never get anything done," Leo answered. "We'll split up and meet back here in an hour, got it?"
"Got it," everyone answered.
"Good. See you then." Leo took off to the west side with Raph on his heels, leaving Mikey and Donnie to cover the east side.
"So, what's up, Fearless?" Raph asked.
"What do you mean?" Leo asked him.
"You've been actin' weird lately," he commented. "I figured now that Karai's back on our side, you wouldn't be so uptight about everything."
Leo sighed. "I know it sounds weird, but I've just got this funny feeling something's going to happen tonight. That's why I want us to be on our guard."
"Man, you've been hangin' around Splinter too much," Raph grumbled.
"I have not!" Leo protested.
"Really? So what are those sessions in his room about?"
"We just have tea and talk," Leo replied. "It's sort of a bonding thing we have."
"Yeah, I get it," Raph said. He seemed jealous, but he knew Splinter didn't play favorites and loved all of his sons equally as his own. But there were times where Raph felt that Splinter did favor Leo a little over the others at times.
They were quiet for a while until they heard the sounds of a scuffle. Tensed for action, the two Turtles followed the sounds and saw the Purple Dragons hassling some young kids. With a growl, Raph jumped down and confronted the gang.
"Don't you idiots know it's not nice to bother kids?" he said.
"What business is it of yours, freak?" Fong demanded.
"It's my business if you're buggin' little kids," Raph answered.
Tsoi and Sid advanced on Raph, but he was ready and engaged in battle. Leo was handling Fong, and between the two Turtles, they managed to defeat the gang in record time. When Leo went to check on the kids, they were gone.
"Now how do you like that?" Raph grumbled. "We saved their lives and they don't have the decency to thank us properly."
"You can't blame them, Raph," Leo said. "People are still scared after the invasion."
"Yeah, but it ticks me off!" Raph snapped.
Leo laughed. "Raph, everything ticks you off."
"Not everything!" Raph protested.
"Okay, so you didn't get ticked off when Mikey ate your cereal this morning? And how about when you got mad when I beat you in practice? Or the time you flipped over the coffee table because your favorite wrestler lost his match?"
"Okay, okay, I get it!" Raph said. "I get ticked off at everything. Are you happy now?"
"Actually, I am," Leo said. He was about to say more when something pricked his neck. He craned his head around and saw a dart sticking out. "Where'd that come from?" he asked, pulling it out.
"I don't know but I'm gonna kick the shell of whoever did it," Raph threatened, but before he could do anything else, a dart pricked him as well. He tried to see who had shot it, but they were completely concealed. Dizziness overcame the two Turtles and they collapsed as the dart took effect.
Steranko and Zeck jumped down and smiled at the two prone Turtles.
"Good shootin' there, S," Zeck said. "Now we got them right where we want them."
"Yes, now our master can enact his revenge," Steranko replied. He pulled out a phone and dialed a number. "Ve have captured two of the Turtles, Master Shredder."
"Excellent," Shredder's voice said on the other end. "Make sure you bring them to me."
Steranko and his comrade picked up Leo and Raph and disappeared into the night. Phase one was just completed.
Meanwhile, Donnie and Mikey were having a pretty uneventful patrolling session, too. Mikey was babbling about something he'd seen on TV and how cool it had been. "Man, I wanna try that," he said.
"Mikey, it's impossible for you to try it," Don replied. "You could get seriously hurt."
"Relax, D," Mikey soothed. "I'm a ninja, remember? I can pull off crazy stunts that no one else can do."
"If you say so," Donnie laughed.
They were interrupted by breaking glass and the sound of an alarm. The two Turtles sprang into action and followed the sounds until they spotted a group of kids robbing an electronics store.
"You think we should stop it?" Mikey asked.
"Yep, we can't let them get away with it," Don answered.
Mikey grinned and with a yell of, "Booyakasha!" he leapt off the building and surrounded the group of kids. "Now, put the nice electronics down and nobody gets hurt."
"In your dreams, freak!" one of the kids spat.
"Now, that's no way to talk to my brother!" Don scolded. He swung his bo staff and hit one of the kids right on the head. He went down in a heap. That prompted the others to try to defend their fallen friend, but they were no match for Mikey and Donnie, who defeated them in no time.
"Score a win for the B team!" Mikey yelled.
"I thought we were the A minus team," Don said.
"Oh, yeah, I forgot that we got a promotion," Mikey laughed. He was about to say more when a dart pricked him in the neck. He turned around and pulled the dart out before Donnie had the chance to warn him not to. "Dude, what hit me?" he asked. He began to get dizzy and collapsed in a heap as darkness took over.
Don whirled around and tried to find the person who had darted his brother, but as he scanned the surrounding area, he was also hit with a dart. "This isn't good," he muttered as he, too, became dizzy and collapsed.
Rahzar and Fishface stepped out of the shadows and smiled down at the prone forms of the two Turtles.
"That was easier than I thought it would be," Rahzar commented.
"Yes, it will be great to turn them over to Master Shredder so he can have his revenge," Fishface replied. He pulled out a phone and dialed a number. "Master Shredder, we have Donatello and Michelangelo."
"Excellent," said Shredder. "Bring them straight to me."
Fishface and Rahzar smiled and carried the two Turtles away so that Shredder could have his revenge.
Leo woke up and moaned. His head was throbbing, but he gingerly sat up and felt better when the room didn't spin. He looked around and saw that he was in his room at home. Had Splinter saved them and carried them here? Or what if the Mighty Mutanimals had saved the day? Getting out of bed, Leo hurried to the door and found that it was locked.
"Mikey, this isn't funny!" he yelled. "Open the door!" He waited to hear Mikey's telltale laugh, but it didn't come. He looked around and saw that it was just like his room at home, but when he opened the books on the shelves, they were empty. That meant this wasn't really his room, so where was he? And if he was here, were his brothers here, too?
Raph woke up and looked around. What the heck had happened to him? He saw that everything in his room was just as it should be. But how had he gotten here? He got off the bed and hurried to his door, but it wouldn't budge. Had Mikey locked him in again?
"Mikey, you better open this door or I'm gonna kick your shell in!" he threatened. Raph waited to hear Mikey's hurried footsteps, but there was nothing. What was going on? He looked around and saw that his room was the same as it always was, but there was one thing that was different. A small turtle sat in a bowl on his nightstand. Wait, that wasn't right! Spike was Slash now. How could this have happened? Something was going on, and Raph wasn't happy about what it was.
"Someone's playin' a trick and when I get out of here, I'm gonna kick their ass!" he threatened.
Donnie opened his eyes. He was disoriented, but he quickly got his bearings. How had he gotten into his room? Had he fallen asleep and been carried here? He got out of bed and saw that everything seemed in its place. With a sigh, he went to his door, but it was locked up tight, and he couldn't get out.
"Mikey, if you're playing a prank again, it's not funny," he said. "If you open the door, I'll let you help me with my next invention." He waited to hear Mikey come barreling at his door, but there was no sound. That meant that Mikey hadn't locked him in, and something else was wrong here. And if he wasn't at home, were his brothers with him, or were they looking for him?
Mikey groaned as he opened his eyes. "Dude, what the shell was that?" he moaned. "I probably ate too much pizza again and passed out. Yeah, that has to be it. Time to get up and make something for breakfast." He hopped out of bed and went to the door, but it wouldn't open. "Uh, guys, can you open the door? Look, I know I played a lot of pranks on you, but I'm really sorry. Please let me out." He listened for the sounds of his brothers' laughter as they reveled in finally getting him back, but there was nothing. What was going on?
"Guys, are you there?" he called. "Where are you? What's going on here?"
Leo was getting frantic. How could he be locked in his room? He was about to try to open the door again when it opened of its own accord. He waited and then heard a female voice say, "Please exit your room and follow the lighted path!"
Leo wasn't sure what to think of this announcement, but he tentatively exited his room and met up with his brothers who exited their own doors.
"Guys, I'm so happy to see you!" Mikey cried as he gave them all a hug.
"Okay, is this some elaborate prank you set up, Mikey?" Raph demanded. "Because if it is, it's not funny!"
"Dude, I swear, it's not me!" Mikey protested.
"I don't think this is Mikey at all," Don said. "Someone else is messing with us."
"But who would do that?" Leo asked.
The female voice said, "Please follow the lighted path!"
"What do we do, Leo?" Mikey asked him.
"I guess we'd better follow the path and see where it leads," Leo replied. "Stay close, okay?'
The others nodded as they followed their leader down the hallway and to wherever the path would lead. They weren't sure what was going on, but what they didn't know was that what they would endure would change them forever.
A/N: And that's the end of the first chapter. I'm having so much fun plotting this story, and I can't wait to bring you more. The next chapter will deal with how Splinter and the others are coping while the Turtles are gone and the rescue mission to find them. Feel free to leave a review and have a shelltastic day.