Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant World: Chapter 12

With Irma's palms facing the Technodrome, the roar of fire could be heard getting louder and louder. The turtles and Vernon had stopped, just feet away, to see where Irma and April were, and they too, heard the fire coming.

"Come on guys! Let's get out of here before this place blows!"

Irma was in a trance, staring at the Technodrome, her palms still facing it. April couldn't move, watching Irma and wondering what was going on.

Fire escaped from Irma's hands, blowing April and the others backwards by it's force. The Technodrome was blown away too, blown so far that they couldn't see it anymore. In the distance there was a bright flash of light, and they were all sure that the drome was gone into another world.

Everyone got back to their feet except Vernon, who looked like he was in a state of shock. When he stood up with the others his legs were weak and he lost his balance.

Coming out of her trance, Irma spun around and caught Vernon before he hit the ground. Without realizing it, as his face flew past hers on his way down before she caught him, their lips brushed against each other. A look of surprise came over Vernon's face as he landed safely in her arms.

"Oooohhhh! How come I never saw you before?" Irma asked, staring into his eyes.

"I'm feeling tingly all over," Vernon confessed.

"Uh oh…this can't be good," Michelangelo said, covering his eyes from the view.

"Oh Mikey!"

"All hail the new Ruler of Mutant World! The Phoenix has arrived!"

The four turtles and three humans looked up to see Benny the Alligator headed towards them with hundreds of mutants in tow. When the group reached them the mutants bowed down low to Irma.

"All hail!" they shouted in unison. "All hail the new Ruler of Mutant World!"

Irma looked up from Vernon, dumbfounded, as Benny stood up to shake hands with her.

"You are the Phoenix the legends said would come," he said, answering her questioning look.

"Mutant World?" Michelangelo asked. "Why couldn't they pick a better name then that?"

"It's a world full of mutants. Why change it?" Donatello said.

"What I want to know," Raph began, "is why pick Irma of all people…or mutants…as a ruler? That's what really doesn't make sense!"

"Raph!" Leonardo reprimanded him. "Come on guys, why does all this have to matter to you turtles?"

"Yeah, you're right. Oh, Vernon, your shoe is untied."

Vernon took his gaze away from Irma and the crowd around her to look at his shoe.

"I still feel those tingles."

Bending down to fix his shoe he commented "This place is so bland looking with all this sand!" As his fingers brushed the sand picking up his laces sparks flew between his hand and the sand. Sparks flew…and the sand beneath them turned a beautiful shade of green grass.

"What the…." Everyone stopped what they were doing and stared at Vernon and his green grass sand.

"All hail the new Rulers of Mutant World!" Benny exclaimed, bowing to both Irma and Vernon.

"Wait…let me guess," April said. "The legends proclaimed his coming too?"

"They said the Lady Phoenix would bring someone to make our world more colorful and beautiful. Turns out they were right!"

"Vernon, go touch that tree over there!" Donatello suggested.

The tree trunk was instantly brown, and one touch to the leaves made them all green.

"Intruders! Intruders!" a familiar voice cried over and over again, coming near.

"The monkey!"

"I thought he was working for Shred Head. And the poor thing got left behind!"

"Oh no," a mutant bear with a lions head explained. "It's just that this is his forest and he doesn't like anyone else in it."

As the monkey swooped down out of the mostly still sandy colored trees, Vernon reached up and touched it. No sparks flew this time, but the monkey was changing color from the silver metal it once was to a brown and cream fur. Its body was now warm to the touch as it landed on Vernon's shoulder and began playing with his hair.

"Looks like you've found a new friend!" Michelangelo commented.

Surprising everyone who knew him, Vernon said nothing, only began petting the monkey who gave soft cooing sounds as it nuzzled him.

Later that night after much partying and rejoicing for all the good things that had happened Irma and April sat together on a king sized bed and chatted while Vernon played with the Monkey he'd named Deck.

They were inside the new palace Benny had ordered built for Irma and Vernon and the place was huge with over fifty rooms! Vernon and Irma had come to an agreement that they would color the rooms, one by one over a long time span, with Irma choosing the colors and Vernon implementing them. So far, only the main hallway and the master bedroom where they were now, had, had the sand colored in vibrant red and cream colors.

"So, what I'm still puzzling over is how we really got here," Donatello said. "I just don't understand these marble things. It makes no sense!" He looked at the purple marble in his hand.

"I…I did wish for something to bring you here…to…to save me," Irma stammered.

"So, maybe that's where the marbles came in, you being all powerful now!"

"How are you feeling about all this?" April asked.

"Well, it's crazy that's for sure. But it's also cool. I don't have to work in a boring job with nothing to do all day!" Irma giggled, and looked over at Vernon still playing with Deck. Her eyes went all dreamy in seconds. "And I never thought I'd be saying this, but he's hot!"

Everyone laughed and Vernon looked over at them.

"What are you laughing at?"

"Oh, nothing, nothing at all."

Irma was blushing bright red.

April turned next to the four turtles with questioning eyes. "So what are you guys gonna do?" she asked.

"What do you mean, April?"

"Well, this is a world of and for mutants and you are mutants. Are you going to stay here? I mean, why would you go back to New York City? Why bother? Here you don't have to wear disguises."

A deep silence filled the room as the four mutant turtles looked at each other.

"New York is our home," Leonardo finally said. "Besides, Splinter's still there, and I'm sure Shredder will be back again. Someone's got to look after the city with him around."

The other three nodded in agreement and a relieved look came over April's face. When Irma saw it, her face fell.

"It's just that I'm the only one who doesn't fit in here. I don't feel like I could stay, yet, I don't want to go back without friends," April clarified.

"But with these cool Transport Marbles we can come back to visit often!"

Everyone's face lit up at Donatello's suggestion and the merriment continued on into the wee hours of the night.

The next day at Channel Six News:

April walked through the double glass doors, saddened by the thought that Irma would no longer greet her every time she came in. But work was work, and she had some deep explaining to do to her boss.

"April! Thank God I found you! Where on earth have you been? I was beginning to think those mutant cretins had gotten you too!" Mr. Thompson roared when he saw her in his doorway.

"Um, Mr. Thompson…I've got some bad news," she started.

"What? Have you found Irma and Vernon yet? This is going to make headline news tonight, and I want you to cover it!"

"Well, you see Sir, they're not coming back."

Mr. Thompson's face began turning pink and then red. "And why not!"

"Um...well...you see...it's hard to explain. You won't believe me."

"April O'Neil! Tell me what's going on! Right now!"

"OK, OK. Well, there was this cute monkey name Deck. And a palace, a huge palace..."

"A monkey and a palace? What could they possibly have to do with Irma and Vernon's disappearance? You expect me to believe all that nonsense?"

"See, I told you, you wouldn't believe me! Now, isn't it the weekend of the Annual Senior Garden Sale?"

"Yes, it is. But I want you on this story and I've already got someone..."

"Great! I'll get right on it Mr. Thompson!" April exclaimed, running out the door towards one of the news vans.

A/N: And that's a rap folks! The End! In one episode Mr. Thompson wanted April to cover some story about flower gardens and she wanted to cover something about Shredder, of course. So, I added that in here, though I don't remember exactly what the flower garden thing was, I made it here to be an annual sale so that it could come back and she'd rather work on that, to escape further explanation of Irma and Vernon's disappearance. Anyway, hope you enjoyed it, and please post a comment on your way out. (You don't even have to sign in!) Thank you!