Okay, so...here is the beginning of my first TMNT fanfic ever...it's a really shaky start, but stay with me; it'll get better. I think this chapter is sooooo cheesy, but I was listening to the song and I felt inspired. I could see it playing through my head, like a movie, but when I got it down on paper, it wasn't as good as I thought it was going to be. But still, I think it kind of sets the mood for the story, so here goes nothing.
Disclaimer: I do not own the lyrics to "Holding out for a Hero," Bonnie Tyler does. I also do not own the boys, although I wish I did. On second thought, no I don't. It's bad enough trying to feed one teenaged brother; I don't want to imagine feeding four.
It had been business as usual for the turtle brothers that night. They had gone out looking for a fight, much to Leo's discomfort. If he'd had his way, they would still be sitting in front of the TV, vegging out and finishing up the rest of the pizza. But it was three to one, and Master Splinter needed a little peace and quiet by himself. So, reluctantly, Leo grabbed his swords and followed his brothers out of the sewers and into the night air. Once above ground, they raced over a remarkable terrain of building roofs, cheering and yelling at the tops of their lungs.
In blunt English, they were acting like teenaged boys.
Leo had fallen behind his brothers and was about to put on an extra burst of speed to catch up when a noise reached his ears and stopped him where he stood.
It was a drumbeat at first, but it was a fast heavy one, and Leo could feel it vibrating through his feet and shell. Looking around, he found himself standing on an open roof stadium of sorts. He crept over to the edge, knowing that he probably should be with his brothers, but it wouldn't hurt to snatch a look, would it?
Looking down, he saw a huge open space; a field. There was a stage on one side of this field, where a band was playing, and the rest was packed with young humans, teenagers like him. But he didn't even notice them, because it was then that the introduction to the song was over, and the singer started singing.
He was hundreds of feet away from her, but she was still the most beautiful thing he had ever seen. Compared to the rest of the people on the stage, she was tiny, all of her band members being taller than she was. She was wearing tight black jeans and a red tank top that stretched tightly over every curve of her body, which was almost as perfect as any movie star's. She had smooth, pale skin, but it was her hair that really got his attention. It was short, but not so short that it looked like a boy's, and it was red, but not dark red like blood, or carrot-red that one commonly saw on redheads. It was red like a flame, shining gold in the stage lights. Even far away, it looked so soft and pretty that Leo longed to reach out his hand and touch it.
She began to sing, and all Heaven's angels couldn't have produced a sweeter sound.
"Where have all the good men gone?
And where are all the gods?
Where's the streetwise Hercules
To fight the rising odds?
Isn't there a white knight
Upon a fiery steed?
Late at night I toss and I turn
And I dream of what I need.
I need a hero
I'm holding out for a hero till the end of the night
He's gotta be strong and
He's gotta be fast and
He's gotta be fresh from the fight
I need a hero
I'm holding out for a hero till the morning light
He's gotta be sure and
He's gotta be soon and
He's gotta be larger than life
Larger than life."
He had to admit, she was an amazing performer. He had seen live concerts before on television, but most of the artists he saw were nothing compared to this. He had never seen such energy, such passion in a singer before. He had never seen anyone love the music they were singing as much as this girl did. But it was more than the performance that struck Leo. It was the song itself that made him wonder if there was such thing as fate.
A hero. She was asking for a hero. Someone strong, fast, and sure. He felt a shiver run down his spine. He was all of those things, and more of what she had described. He was always fresh out of a fight, either with his brothers or a criminal on the streets. Heck, he could even be considered larger than life. He was, after all, a six foot tall mutant turtle.
Was it just a coincidence that she would be singing this song within his earshot? That was a possibility, but Leo didn't think so. Something like this couldn't have happened by accident. But she had begun to sing again, and all thoughts of fate and such were driven from his mind.
"Somewhere after midnight
In my wildest fantasies
Somewhere just beyond my reach
Is someone reaching back for me."
The girl reached out in front of her, bending her knees in an overly dramatized gesture of desperation.
"Racing on the thunder and
Rising with the heat
It's gonna take a Superman
To sweep me off my feet
As she repeated the chorus, Leo tuned out the words for a moment and became mesmerized by the movements of her body. She paced back and forth across the stage, and changed the microphone from one hand to the other, and sometimes she held it in both. At a couple of instances, she went up to the edge of the stage and bent at the waist out over the audience, as if emphasizing her loneliness. She tossed her head left and right, her hair flashing with every movement, but Leo was most drawn to the rolling of her hips that she often did when she wasn't moving. He had seen the act before in music videos, but the way she did it, it looked natural and not overdone like on television. Almost as if she did it without thinking, or even realizing it. He noticed that his skin temperature had risen several degrees, and suddenly, there was a huge, inexplicable ache in the middle of his chest, right where his heart was. Not so inexplicable though, were the words that raced through his mind right at that moment.
I want her.
He was familiar with the term, but not so much with the feeling. He had never really wanted anything very much in his life. Growing up knowing that you'll never be normal had fixed that. But now, with this girl's angelic voice ringing in his ears, eyes fixed on her beautiful hair and sensual movements, he realized that he wanted her more than anything he had ever wanted in his sixteen years of life. He found himself gripping the edge of the roof tightly in his hands, his heart pounding in his ears, and his whole body throbbing with…what? He didn't understand this feeling that was now coursing through his veins like molten fire. He had never felt it before. He took a great, shivering breath and tried to clear his head as she began to sing again.
"Up where the mountains meet the heavens above
Up where the lightning strikes the sea
I can swear there is someone somewhere
Though he was too far away to see her face, he knew she had looked up past the stage lights, past the heads of her audience, right into his eyes. He gasped and ducked behind the edge, out of sight, heart beating wildly with fear this time. Had she seen him? Really seen him? Or had she hoped to see something there, watching her?
"Through the wind and the chill and the rain
And the storm and the flood
I can feel his approach like a fire in my blood."
Now this was getting just plain creepy. Leo glared up at the starry night sky, silently cursing whatever supreme beings may be controlling their pathetic little lives. Who was it that thought they could make fun of him and will him to meet this girl he didn't know that was singing a song that they were meant to be together? Did they think it was funny? He certainly didn't.
He remained hiding behind the edge of the roof, drawing deep breaths and trying to calm down. But every time he shut his eyes, he saw her outline against the darkness. He heard her voice in his ears, even as the instruments took over and she paused for a break. He shook his head, and when he opened his eyes, he saw his brothers standing in front of him.
"Hey bigshot. What are you doin'?" asked Raf.
Leo took one last look back at the girl on the stage, and he stood up.
"Nothing," he said, and took off over the rooftops. Raf followed after a minute, but Mikey and Donny hung back, looking down into the stadium curiously.
"What do you suppose that was all about?" Mikey asked his brother.
Donny was supposed to be the smart one of the group, but at the moment he was totally clueless.
"I have no idea," he replied, and the two of them jumped quickly over the gap separating the stadium from the building next to it, not wanting to be left behind.
So there you go: really cheesy, really poorly written first chapter. But I thought it was cool and kind of creepy the way the song fit so perfectly into the story, I just had to write it down. And to anyone who recognized that it is also featured in Shrek 2, good job. It was where I first heard it. Write a review; it's greatly appreciated, and tell me what you think!