I'M BACK DUDES AND DUDETTES! Chapter 16! And this story is officially…DONE! ^_^

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*Cursive is for flashbacks*

LOST MEMORIES.

16- I REMEMBER

Mikey was trying to get some sleep… all this thing between Leo and Raph was killing him… why Leo just forgot Raph? He was his brother! Maybe his favorite… but why? Suddenly, he felt a knock on his door.

"Eh… Mikey… are you awake? Can I come in? I… need to talk to you" Leo said.

"Yeah… right…. Who you really need to talk with is Raph dude… not me" Mikey thought… "Yeah Leo… come in!"

"I'm sorry for waking you up Mikey… it's just… I had a talk with Raph and…"

"YOU FINALLY MADE UP? YAY! I KNEW THIS WAS GONNA HAP…" Mikey said happily.

"No Mikey… let's just say we didn't make any good process" Leo sighed.

"Oh… T.T… so… what happened?"

"That's why I came here Mikey… to know what happened…"

"Huh? What are you talking about?"

"Master Splinter told me you knew something about my accident"

"Oh… yeah, but… I don't want to remember that… it was horrible bro!" Mikey said hugging his blanket.

"Please Mikey… I know is hard to remember but… if you want me to make things up with Raphael, this information could be crucial!" Leo placed his hand on his brother' shoulder.

"Ok… I'll try… *sigh*… Raph was angry because he lost a sparring match with you, he went away on his bike but then, Donnie told you the brakes weren't working…"

"Did he know the brakes…were…"

"He was so angry at you that he forgot it… anyway, we searched him all over the city and then… you found him, still on his bike…"

Suddenly, Leo felt an incredibly and painful headache but he tried to smooth it… he didn't want to faint… He couldn't faint again… Not This Time…!

"Leo… are… y-you ok bro?" Mikey asked hesitantly

"Y-yeah… please Mikey… keep talking…"

"Ok… so, you told him about the brake problem… he realized then… that he was in danger… I was driving and you told me to get close to him…"

Leo felt another painful headache… this time, blurred images came to his mind…

Flashback…

"RAPH… GRAB MY HAND…!" The red banded turtle lifted his hand and tried to grab Leo's…

Leo grabs his head… the images get clear this time… now, he can see clearly what the shell is happening…

Leonardo jumped into Raph's bike making the red banded turtle to fall down. Now… Leo was riding the bike!

"LEO…!"

Blood… pain… tears coming from his red banded brother…

"Leo... Leo please… SAY SOMETHING!" Raph sobbed.

"It's my fault… It's all my dammit fault!"

End of Flashback

"Leo! Leo! What's wrong?" Mikey asked worried.

"R-Raph… I… I…" Leo felt his strength was abandoning him.

"I better get Donnie here… hang on bro!" Mikey jumped out of his bed and left the room.

Leo grabbed his head fiercely… trying to not faint again!

"No… not again… I… can't…" His headaches became worse… he was going to faint…

"I… can't… faint! Not… this… time…" Leo stood up… still clutching his head.

Blurred images again…

"Hey Leo! Race ya home! ... unless yer afraid of losing like last time!"

"Heh… I'm more afraid of your weak memory Raph… 'cause if I remember well… I won last time!"

"Those… memories…"

"[Raphael hands Leonardo new katana blades to replace the broken ones.]

Raphael: You're gonna need these, if you're going to lead us outta here.

Leonardo: I'm going to need you, too"

"… I… I… I've seen… them…"

"Leo is moping around in the barn feeling sorry for himself. Raphael arrives and hatches a plan to get Leo out of his funk: Raph fires up the old blacksmith bellows and gets Leo to start forging a new pair of swords"

"…I… I've lived them…"

"Raph introduces everyone to the new and improved Leonardo. Leo walks out of the shadows brandishing a new pair of swords and looking like his old self"

"… he… was there… for me…"

"Splinter named you leader huh?" Lil' Raph asked.

"Yeah… isn't that great?" Lil' Leo answered happily.

"Yeah…" Lil' Raph said sadly.

"What's wrong Raphie?"

"Now yer leader… yer gonna be busy all the time… ya ain't gonna play with us… with me… -_-…"

"Raphie, that's not true! I'm your brother… I'll always be your brother… and I'll be there for you… I promise" Lil' Leo said as he hugged his red banded brother.

"You promise? You'll be there for me… always?"

"Always lil' bro… I promise I'll be there for you always!"

"Thanks big bro… Love ya…" Lil' Raph said hugging his blue banded brother.

"…I promise…" Leo closed his eyes… the pain was gone… and he was still conscious!

"…Raph… my… brother… I… remember! ... Raph! I remember him! That hothead…!" Leo chuckled. Then… Don and Mikey entered into the room.

"Leo… Mikey told me you were having those headaches again… how do you feel now? Tired? Something hurts? Dizzy?" Don asked in concern.

"Well… I'm gonna get dizzy with all those questions of yours!"

"But… you were going to faint any moment dude!" Mikey said on surprise.

"Well… guess what! I think we're not going to worry about that for a very long time… ^_^…!" Don and Mikey exchanged looks of "Huh? o.O"

"Mikey, Don… I remember him! At last! I know who Raph is again!"

"Really? Leo that's amazing!" Don said happily.

"OH BRO! YOU DID IT! YOU DID IT! Raph's gonna be happy with this… I KNOW!" Mikey said as he hugged Leo.

"Speaking about him… where is he? I need to apologize with him, you know… for all these crazy days…"

"Don't know… you said your last talk didn't make any progress, so…"

"Oh shell… now I remember! I must hurry…!"

"What happened?" Don asked.

"I told him I didn't want to remember him… never again! He left the lair a few minutes ago and he was so… hurt… I better run… see ya later guys… oh, and go back to sleep… I'll call you if I need help, ok?" Leo left the room and the lair as fast as his feet could.

Out of the lair… Raph was on his favorite rooftop, near Casey and April's new place. Leonardo's words were still on his head… they hurt… a lot… more than a stab… more than a bullet… His brother… his partner… his best friend just hated him!

He tried to keep his pride and not cry… but those words… stinging… stabbing his stone heart… he felt tears rolling on his cheeks… lots of tears… they didn't stop…

"D-don't cry… ya idiot! Y-you… d-don't need him anyways!" Raph tried to calm himself… but it was useless…

More tears… more pain… more suffering…

"D-don't… you… *sobs* WHY THE TEARS KEEP COMING? I DON'T NEED HIM! I DON'T NEED HIM! I… I… *sobs*…" Raph wiped the tears angrily and looked at the wall behind him… he had to let the pain go… and he knew how…

He began to hit the wall fiercely… hit by hit, he let the inner pain go; changing it for external pain… his knuckles began to bleed… but… the tears didn't stop… more tears came out, more hits, more blood, more sobs… louder sobs this time…

"STOP CRYIN' YOU… STUPID… FREAKIN' HOTHEAD! THIS IS YER FAULT! THIS IS YER FREAKING FAULT!" Raph hit the wall once more but his knuckles were already a mess… he screamed in pain with the last hit and fell on his knees… sobbing… crying… bleeding…

"Leo… *sobs* I can't… deny this… any longer… I need you! Brother… I need you! *sobs* …"

"I know… that's why I came here little brother…" Leo said kneeling beside Raph… he had heard Raph' scream and found him. Raph almost jumped back as he'd seen a ghost…

"Leo? Oh my…! Leo!" Raph said and hugged Leo fiercely… he still sobbed.

"Leo… *sobs* Leo please! I don't want you to forget me… maybe you'll never remember who I am but… *sobs* I know I can be a brother… just… just… *sobs*… don't hate me!" Raph sobbed loudly.

"I'll never hate you Raph… I promised you I was gonna be there for you… always… remember Raph?" Leo said with a smirk.

Raph looked at Leo in surprise… could it be? Leo just had… remembered… him?

"Leo how did you… but you… you said…"

"I know what I said before Raph… I'm sorry… I didn't mean to hurt you… I'm so sorry bro!" Leo said with little tears on his eyes.

They both were still on the ground… comforting each other, letting the pain and guilt disappear on the air… the silent of the night was broken with Raph' sobs… they stayed like this for a couple of minutes.

Then… Leo felt Raph shivering, in that moment he realized how cold his skin was… maybe the tears… maybe the sweat… Leo' shell-cell began to ring.

"Leo… where are you? Is everything ok?" Don asked.

"Yeah Don… we're ok… we're going home now…"

"Ok…" The line went dead.

"Raph… we have to go… Oh shell! Look at your hands!" Leo slowly helped Raph to stand up.

"Raph… what have I told you about this?" Leo said taking Raph's hand.

"I'm sorry… I felt so… hopeless…" Raph said sadly.

"Well… if this happens when you're hopeless, I can't imagine what you'd have done if I'd died on that accident!" Leo chuckled.

"Don't cha say that…! This should've never had happened on the first place… I'm such a hothead!"

"Yeah… you are bro! But that's the way you are… and that's unforgettable…"

"Speaking of that… are ya sure ya… remember me… for real-real… not for play-play?" Raph asked in disbelief.

"Heh… yeah bro… it's for real-real… not for play-play… haha… you sounded like Mikey… now, we better go to the lair or you're gonna freeze and catch a cold" They slowly started to walk but then… Raph stopped…

"Leo… I'm sorry… for everything…"

"It's ok Raph… it's ok… things aren't gonna change for a while… and maybe forever…"

"Could we… stay here… a bit longer…?"

"But you're cold and bleeding..!"

"But I ain't dyin' …" Raph tried to figure out a smile.

"You look like…" Both turtles laughed.

"Maybe tomorrow, ok? The others are worried enough…"

"Ok… let's go then…"

"Want me to carry you?"

"NO WAY! Leo… that's embarrassing!" Raph yelled.

"You didn't think the same when you carried me…" Leo teased Raph.

"So… ya remembered that too…"

"Yeah… and I also remember some turtle… being nice with me…" Leo poked Raph.

"Hey! Cut it out Fearless!"

"Hahahaha! I was missing that!"

"Yeah… same here…" Then… Leo caught Raph on a big hug.

"Never change Raph" Raph returned the hug… without hesitation.

"Neither you big bro…"

Both turtles made their way to the next tunnel… disappearing into the shadows.

THE END