Short A/N: Just a bit of brotherly fluff to wrap things up with a bow. Long A/N includes Thanks to the reviewers follows at the end. Cyber-cookies for all! :)
Look for the upcoming One-shots, Happy Endings and Raphael's Revenge and see my profile for summaries of my upcoming fics.
Please note, I'll be going on vacation for a couple weeks, so my next chapter fic will not appear until sometime after the 25th of July.
Leonardo watched his brother move across the dojo. Raph's leg was still healing, but since his cough had subsided Don had ok'd him to use the punching bag for some "light training."
"Raph…" Leonardo trailed off as the amber gaze snapped to his face. "Just… take it easy, huh, bro?"
"Yeah, Leo." Raph smirked. "I know. Don't worry. I won't give Donny any more ta worry 'bout."
Leonardo grinned. "Well, between you, April, Splinter, Casey, and that kid Billy, he's been busy these past couple weeks."
"Yeah… Well Ape wasn't so bad. Her fingernails'll grow back, right?" Raphael stopped and stood, enjoying the novelty of actually having a conversation with his brother about someone else's injuries for a change.
"Yeah, Don says she'll be fine. She saved Mike's hands you know," said Leonardo quietly. "She tore her fingers up getting those ropes off his wrists. Don said if the circulation was cut off for much longer..."
Raph shivered in the warm room. An image of Michelangelo, his hands amputated, flashed through his mind. He shook his head to banish the thought. No wonder Mike's havin' nightmares… They're gettin' better tho. He only crawled inta my bed twice this week.
"Yeah. An' Splinter's ribs're healin'…"
"Splinter's not as young as he was, but he's getting better every day," said Leonardo. He, too, seemed relieved to change the subject.
"How's Billy doin' since Don took dat buckshot outta his shoulder?" asked Raph.
"Well, I don't think he's quite over the whole "mutant" thing yet," said Leo with a smirk. "Every time Don gets near him, he turns kind of pasty."
"Well, he an' Cameron can go as soon as Don ok's him to use dat arm," said Raph.
"Are you going to be ok, Raph?" asked Leonardo. Raphael shot his brother a glare.
"Whataya talkin' about?"
"You're kind of… attached to that kid, Raph."
"I'll be fine, Leo. He's got his brother to look out fer him."
"Yeah. I guess he does," said Leonardo with a knowing smile. He watched his brother cross the dojo and take a few light swipes at his punching bag.
And you've got your brothers, to look out for you, he thought. Anytime you need us, Raph, we'll be right here for you. That's what brothers do.
I am honored, and thrilled to have the opportunity to thank my faithful readers and reviewers for following this fic to the very end. I've been overwhelmed by your responses. Over 250 reviews... What can I say, but... wow.
Another thanks to my beta-readers, 54Viruses and raphfreak. You gals ROCK, and this fic wouldn't have been half as well written without your suggestions, corrections and input.
I'd like to send a big plate of cyber cookies to the following:
54 Viruses for being such a patient beta-reader and erasing my extra commas and apostrophes :) raphfreak for the plot-bunny which started this insane fic and many of the ideas which dropped Raph straight into trouble. (Translation- if Raph asks, this story was ALL KATIE'S FAULT!) LOL
raphfreak for the plot-bunny which started this insane fic and many of the ideas which dropped Raph straight into trouble. (Translation- if Raph asks, this story was ALL KATIE'S FAULT!) LOL
And to the reviewers:
AlyssaFelixa (hope I got the spelling right this time!!) for hating cliffies ;)
Ramica for insightful, detailed reviews
Nightwatchersunknowngirl for enthusiasm
YoTicTac13 for having faith in the happy ending
Dark Rose-Karma for making me laugh with her reviews
candlelight for writing such fun chibi-fics and for glad tidings
little miss reaper for faithfully following the story
Wildfire2 for popping in with kind responses
LilNinjaWolf for being such a faithful and consistent reviewer
Keemew2 for looking forward to review-responses and being brave enough to call Raph an idiot. LOL
MelodyWinters for being an artist extraordinaire
Kyaserin Marii for consistently fun-to-read reviews
Polaris'05 for noticing details
TigerToa for wanting to take Cameron home
xHitsulover. for the shortest (and nicest) review I've ever recieved
MewSakura for a kind review
Scotia60 for appreciating medical research
JDanielle for spreading the love
Reepicheep22 for having the coolest screen-name ever
Sait4soreyes for trying to scroll past the last line. heh
Jemand for kind reviews
Raphfan for reading
Kiwimiwi for wanting the story to go on
Scribe of Turesa for asking for more
Krueger84 for doubting Raph's ability to stay out of trouble,
Willowfly for tactful honesty, willingness to talk, and for giving this fic a chance despite her misgivings. :)
Thank you all so very, very much. I hope you'll enjoy the upcoming one-shots, (my first!) and I will miss you all while I'm away for a few weeks, vacationing with my family and attending a writers' conference at Montrose, Pennsylvania. (Anyone else going to Montrose?!! Send me a PM!)
See you all at the end of July! I'll be starting a series of romances, beginning with Mikey in Love. (You can see my profile for summaries) This series will be the most ambitious writing project I've ever attempted, and I'm very excited about them!