Author Note: I present the long awaited (though maybe not anymore) Leo and Raph chapter.
I love turtle-tots, so forgive me. These guys are hard to write about. My hat off to anyone who can write good Leo and Raph interaction. I'm now even more impressed.
Disclaimer: I do not own TMNT.
"Come on, Leo. You're so slow." The small voice seemed to grow larger and larger as it echoed throughout the sewer tunnel until it seemed to be something much bigger and fiercer than it actually was.
"I'm right behind you. I keep running into your slow shell." The small turtle flinched as his voice bounced further down and up the tunnel. "We need to be quiet." Leo said in a stage whisper to his brother in front of him.
"Don't be such a scaredy turtle. The bad guys can't hear us down here. They're all up top like Master Splinter said."
"Alright..." Leo said his voice trailing off. He still risked a glance over his shoulder every now and again. Just because Raph wasn't going to be careful, didn't mean he didn't have to be ready. "Where are we going?"
"It's a surprise." Raph said as he stopped the entrances to three different tunnels. It was clear from the almost silent eeny-meenie-miny-moe that it was going to be a surprise for the guide as well.
"Wait, I'm remembering."
"Right seems like the best way to go." Leo said pointing. Raph nodded.
"Yeah, I just remembered that." Raph set off once again without a thought of how the one behind him knew the way to the 'surprise' tunnel.
After what seemed like forever (in reality only five or so minutes), the two explorers came to a dead end with debris piled high to block any further walking. Raph, laughing, climbed as high as he could go and yelled "Freedom!" at the top of his lungs. The walls answered his laughs and cried out the same liberating speech.
The older turtle on the ground was not as impressed.
"Master Splinter doesn't know we're here. You said you had something important to say. What is it?" Raph down looked down at the irritated speaker and sighed.
"You're no fun." The little turtle huffed as he climbed down with considerably less speed than he came up.
"You said it was important."
"Okay. Okay. Hold your horses, Leo." Raph said as he jumped down and splashed Leo with water that was pooled there. "I'm not dying anytime soon." Raph looked right and left and right again.
"No one's here." Leo was perhaps a little smug as he had thought ahead to make sure the coast was clear.
"Don't know if Donnie or Mikey followed us." Raph said softly suddenly aware.
"We would hear Mikey coming."
"Not Donnie though. He's smart." Raph almost said it in reverence. "He could be watching us."
"He's not. What's so important that Donnie or Mikey can't hear?" Leo asked curious now.
"We have to make an oath." Raph said in a serious voice.
"An oath. We have to swear something."
"Swear what?" Leo asked.
"Swear that we'll protect Donnie and Mikey and Master Splinter at all times, of course." Raph said matter-of-factly. He had thought it had been obvious.
"Master Splinter doesn't need protecting. He protects us." Leo pointed out.
"Hmm... okay, but we'll help him protect Donnie and Mikey."
"Alright, but why are you asking me?"
"Well... you're the best... and Donnie and Mikey deserve the best..." Raph said slowly finding interest in something on the ground.
"We're both the best." Leo said immediately.
Raph looked up and grinned. "Best for the job." Leo nodded his head in agreement.
"Now what do we do?" Leo asked. "You know more about this oath thing than I do."
"We swear that we'll always protect them no matter how hurt we are. Even if it means we will die." The red-banded turtle was solemn and serious.
"I can see why you don't want Donnie and Mikey to hear. They don't have to worry about us." Leo said in the same serious tone.
"Yep." Raph said. "I don't really know what we do after we swear though."
"Oaths have to be sealed with something, right?" Leo asked. "I think I heard Master Splinter say something like that."
"Like spit or something?"
"Or blood, yeah." There was a pause and both turtles were quiet for a few minutes.
"I think spit works."
"Nothing wrong with spit."
Both turtles gathered their spit in their mouth and spat salvia onto their hands. With a firm handshake, both turned and started to race each other home. They had already been gone long enough and they would have to face a father's wrath and worry.
Only the walls would be their witness. Even the oath-sayers didn't know of what the other had sworn.
With the stated promise, both had silently sworn to protect the other.
Well, I did it:) It took me longer than I would have liked, but I did it! I CAN write short chapters!
I really like writing drabble-like chapters. It's very relaxing. I have some ideas that I want to write in the future, so there will be more of these chapters coming up.
And a huge thanks to all those who read, reviewed, favorited, and subscribed! You guys are awesome:)