Well this is it the last chapter of my first story. Sadly the ride is over but it was fun while it lasted. But don't cry there will be lots more stories from me. So without further adieu I present the last chapter, enjoy :)
Inspired by Brian Adams – Brothers Under the Sun
Once again I own nothing
Warm... it's so warm and comfortable... Where am I?... What happened to me? Mikey asked himself as he floated in darkness. Am I dead? Mikey wondered to himself. If this was death, then it wasn't so bad after all it was warm and comfy, in fact. But Mikey didn't like being alone in the dark, he missed his family, and with this thought the darkness seemed to slowly fade away...
Suddenly Mikey became aware of his body again, the stiffness of his muscles, the exhaustion that filled every fiber of his being. He slowly cracked opened his eyes, and saw the familiar ceiling of the infirmary over head. A slight movement to his left caught his attention and the young turtle slowly tilted his head down to look, his eyes took a while to focus on the blur of green and red that was resting on the edge of the mattress. Then his vision finally sharpened and revealed a sleeping Raph as he lay with his head pillowed on the crook of one arm, one hand still clutching Mikey's hand as he slept. His face was full of guilt and worry even in his sleep. He's so thin looking, almost sickly. How long have I been here? Mikey thought sadly. Very carefully Mikey moistened his lips before he took a deep breath.
"Ra... Raphie " His voice was raspy and weak, but it caught his brother's attention nonetheless. Raph's head snapped up to look in his direction, sleep vanishing from him completely as a wide smile placed itself on his lips. He sat up and immediately moved closer to Mikey's side. His eyes showing nothing more than pure joy and happiness at seeing his youngest brother finally awake.
"Mikey! Thank God you're finally up, I thought you would sleep forever. How are you feeling?" Raph asked as he stood up and laid a hand gently on his brother's shoulder.
"Hey, Raphie," croaked Mikey. "How long have I been asleep?"
Before Mikey knew what was happening, he was enveloped into a tight hug. His face hitting Raph's collar bone as Raph's chin rested on top of his own head. Mikey's eyes widened further with surprise at the action, "Raph?" he said barely above a whisper. Yet as soon as the hug came it was gone, and Raph pulled back about half an arms length away.
Raph swallowed hard and answered quietly. "It's been almost three months, Mikey, you slipped into a coma after... the incident... you had us scared to death, baby brother... please, please don't do that again."
"I'll try not to," Mikey said sleepily trying to suppress a huge yawn.
Raph grinned at his baby brother and gave his arm a gentle squeeze. "Sleep, Mikey, I'll be right here when you wake up." Raph said softly as Mikey's eye lids drifted closed.
"Raph I don't want to sleep... the darkness... I don't want to be alone." Mikey murmured sadly as sleep finally claimed him.
Raphael once again gently picked up Mikey's hand and held it as Mikey slept peacefully on the bed. Given it a slight squeeze as he bent closer to Mikey, he whispered quietly in his ear. "Don't worry Mikey, I'm right here. I'm not going anywhere, bro." Raph straighten up and watched the steady rise and fall of his sleeping brother's chest.
5 months later in the lair...
"We need to talk." Mikey looked at Raph pointedly as he entered the dojo, cornering his red clad brother in the room.
Raph frowned and then shook his head slowly as he realized what Mikey wanted to talk about. "No." He finished the kata he was practicing.
"I just want to talk, Bro." Mikey said calmly as he walked towards his brother.
"Well I don't want to talk." Raph said stiffly and went for the door. Mikey slipped around him and stood in front of the door blocking his escape.
"I'm sorry, bro, but we have to talk." Mikey said with a determined glare. "I hate to corner you like this-"
"Then move!" Raph demanded, interrupting Mikey.
"No! I know you've been avoiding me, Raphael,... Ever since I woke up you hardly talk to me anymore, we don't hang out like we use to. Shell when was the last time you chased me around the lair for annoying you? I want to know why? Mikey demanded.
"I don't want to talk about it, Mikey. For the last time, get the shell out of my way!" Raph snarled.
"Raphie!" Mikey pleaded, "I'm only trying to help!"
"I don't need help!" Raph walked up to Mikey giving his brother firm shove in the chest, but Mikey held his ground.
"Get out of my way, Mikey, or else..."
"Or else what, Raph, you'll hurt me again?" Mikey had to stop Raph from leaving and this was the only way he knew how. It worked, maybe too well.
Raph stumbled back a step from Mikey as if his baby brother had kicked him. "I didn't mean to hurt you." Raph croaked in a broken voice. Then he shoved Mikey away from him. Mikey stumbled back before catching himself with the door frame his heart breaking over what he had said to his big brother, what made it worse was the look he'd seen in his big brother's molten amber gaze.
Raph's eyes were filled with unshed tears as he asked, "Mikey, why are you doing this? I don't want to remember that day! I don't want to remember what I did to you! What a monster I am! Why can't you just let it go! Just get out of my way, Mikey."
Mikey shook his head as he held his ground with tears running down his face. "I'm not going to move until we're done here." Mikey said stubbornly. Raph glared at his baby brother. Mikey flinched under that intense gaze but still refused to back down. "I'm doing this for your own good, Raphie."
Raph turned suddenly and started kicking and punching the nearby brick wall with a fury. Normally, Mikey would think it was a good idea for Raph to let off steam but he was likely to break several bones if he continued to attack the sewer wall. Mikey grabbed him from behind. "Raph, stop it. You're going to hurt yourself!"
Raph struggled against his hold. "Let me go!" He got both his legs off the ground and pushed off the wall he was abusing. Mikey fell backwards bringing Raph with him. He was shocked at the impact but he didn't let Raph go.
"RAPHAEL!" Perhaps it was the volume of Mikey's voice or just the conditioned response over many years of obeying when his full name was used. Whichever it was, Raph stopped. Mikey let him go. Raph rolled away and then backed himself up against the brick wall. He leaned his head back against the cool stone and closed his eyes. He was breathing heavily. Mikey sat up, and moved to sit next to his hot headed brother. They waited together in silence.
"I'm a monster, Mikey!" Raph said quietly when he finally got his anger under control. He looked at Mikey with so much pain in his eyes that Mikey wanted to look away. But he wouldn't do that, not when Raph is finally talking about what had been eating him.
"You're not a monster, Raphie." Mikey said sadly.
"Yes I am. I was so angry at what you did to my bike, I wasn't thinking straight. The things I said to you... Who else but a monster would say such things to his brother? Raph asked quietly.
"Raph..." Mikey tried to comfort his brother.
Raph continued as if Mikey hadn't spoke.
"How could I have been so..." Raph struggled to find the right word, in the end he just settled with, "cruel?"
Mikey put his arm around Raph's shoulders trying to comfort him. Raph looked up at Mikey, his baby blue eyes shimmering with the tears that haven't yet fallen.
"I told you I forgave you back in that alley, bro." Mikey murmured as he sniffed and wiped tears from his eyes.
"We're brothers no matter how much a jerk you can be... you re not a monster, Raphie, and I'll always forgive you in the end not matter what you did to me. I love you, bro." Mikey gave Raph a small, sad smile.
"I love you too, Mikey, and I can't tell how really sorry I am for what I said-" Raph began.
"Raph, enough already! I already forgave you. I know you wouldn't let anything like that happen again. I'm the one that did the prank in the first place if anyone's to blame for this whole mess it's me." Mikey cut in, "Besides I have a better way to get back at you, than having you apologize to me every five minutes."
"You do?" Raph asked nervously.
"Yup I'm going to beat your high score on Halo." Mikey grinned mischievously.
Raph laughed and helped Mikey to his feet. Before he let go of Mikey's wrist he pulled his brother into a quick bear hug. "This stays between you and me." Raph growled into Mikey's ear as Mikey returned the hug.
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