Never Meant to Be

by: Terrell James

Chapter 1: Old Friend

One night, Splinter was meditating and thought a few peaceful thoughts until he heard someone walking across the room. He thought it was one of his sons, but he looked at some of them and they were all asleep. He turned around and saw a female rat with hazel-green eyes, a chinese symbol tattoo that says 'love' on her left arm, a little taller than Splinter and light-orange fur. She stared at him and said, "Spilinter, is that you?"

He looked in shock and whispered, "Chirami?"

She nodded her head, then went to Splinter's room and hugged themselves, not making out. He said, "Kneel."

She stood next to him and then kneeled her knees to the floor. She said to him, "How have you been?"

"I've been doing fine. You?"

"Doing okay. It's been a long time, hasn't it?" asked Chirami.

"Almost 19 years." he explained.

"I hope I haven't had any reason of me leaving you since you've left Japan." she said.

"The last time I've been there was when my master and her girlfriend went away from there and I came back later on after my sons were trained." said Splinter.

"You have sons?" she asks.

"Yes. They're also my students. So, I have to teach them ways of the ninja."

"Well, shouldn't you get married or something?"

Splinter sighs and said, "No, and I don't plan to."

"Oh, that's too bad."

"Well, I took my sons in when they were young, trained them, took them in and I've been a father and teacher to them ever since." he explained.

"It was a good thing. But I thought we had something together. Maybe we should try it again." said Chirami.

"I don't think so. Besides, I'm too old for that now." said Splinter.

She sighs, then tries to accept the fact the he's changed and begins to realize that there wasn't anything that she could do to make him start the romance all over again. Then he asks, "How long you are being in New York?"

"About 5 days." said Chirami.

"Well, you should spend a few days here since you've had a long journey to find me again." Splinter said.

"I couldn't impose, but how could I say no? I could stay for a while." said Chirami.

"That's great."

When she followed him from behind, they found a guest bedroom and planned to sleep there. She got in the bed and got comfortable. He said, "If you need anything, don't hesitate to ask."

"Okay, thank you." said Chirami.

"Tomorrow morning, I'll introduce you to my sons." he said.

"I can't wait."

"Good night."

"Night."

Then, Splinter came towards her and kissed her on the lips. Then, he suddenly realized that there was no chemistry or romance return, but for no reason. He laughed nervously and thought to himself, 'What just happened here?', but understood that it was just a so-called 'fake-out.' He returned to his room, closed the door, leaned his head to the door and sighed softly while sliding down on the floor. Then, he saw Leonardo standing in front of him.

"Master?" he asked.

"Leonardo." he said, with a little bit of excitement, but wanted to figure out why was he here. He then said, "Kneel."

He kneeled down the floor and asked, "Are you feeling okay, master? You looked kinda content when I woke up."

"What makes you say that?" Splinter asked.

Leo was a little suspicious, but then realized that it was just a fluke. He sighed and said, "Nothing. I just wanted to make sure you're feeling okay."

"Leonardo, I am doing quite well. I promise you, there's still some fight left in your master." said Splinter.

"But if there was, you'd tell me, though, right?" he asked.

"I might if there's something serious." said Splinter.

"Well, okay. I still trust you, though." said Leo.

"Good. Go back to sleep, my son."

"Yes, master."

Leo went back to sleep and then Splinter did the same thing also, only to realize his old flame is in his mind. He wanted to see how long will this will last. He laid down on his bed and thought very much of Chirami and then closed his eyes and went to sleep.