Chapter 4

"Give her to Donnie, he can help her." Leo instructed Raph. Raph nodded. "Do you think he'd be up?" Raph asked. "Tell him it's urgent." Leo replied. Raph nodded once more and walked over to Donnatello's lab and knocked. He heard a few muffled noises and the door clicked open.

"Raph what wrong? What happened this early?" Donnie asked. Donnie looked at the woman in Raph's arms and his eyes widened to dinner plate size. "Who is that? What happened?" Donnie asked. "I'll explain later, just see if you can help her." Raph replied, handing Helen to Donnie. Donnie motioned Leo and Raph inside the lab. Donnie walked a ways and set her on a table that wasn't filled with papers and other tools.

"She's out cold, so I think I can remove the arrow without much difficulty." Donnie said, moving his hand to the arrow and jerked on it. Helen's eyes snapped open and she yelped in pain. Donnie quickly pulled his hand away and backed up a few steps. Helen sat up and looked wildly around at the three mutants surrounding her.

Her eyes came to rest on Leo and her eyes narrowed. "You!" She yelled, moving to hurt Leo. She ended up tumbling head first off the table. Pulling herself to her hands and knees, she hissed at the red hot searing that shot through her. Blood soaked her hands and the floor below her. Raph stuck out his hand to help her up, which she took without a word.

Helen looked to Donnatello, with the arrow in his right hand. The tip of the arrow dripped Helen's blood on his hand. "Are you okay?" Donnie asked weakly. Helen grabbed Raph's shoulder for support. "Yes." She replied, her whole body shaking. Donnie grabbed a towel and wiped the blood off his hand and grabbed the bandages. Helen eyed him nervously and backed away when he got close to her.

"Don't move, I have to put these on." Donnie explained. Helen stared at him warily for a moment, then removed her hand and sat on the table. Donnie cut a strip of the bandages and wrapped the around the wound. When he was done, he stood and put the bandages away. Helen, her voice barely audible, said "Thank you." Donnie paused, and faced the woman. "You're welcome" He replied. "You'll have to stay here awhile though, at least until that heals." Donnie instructed. "And you." Donnie said, turning toward Raph. "Can you explain who this is?" Donnie asked, pointing to Helen.

And Raph launched into the story of Helen. He told them everything from the night he met her until the present moment. Leo was the first to respond. "Let me get this straight, we're helping a woman who tried to kill you? Are you crazy?" Leo asked, incredulous. "Yeah Leo, I'm crazy, but what choice did I have? Leave her there, then what?" Raph shot back. Leo sighed, obviously defeated.

"Raph, do you mind taking her to the living room so she can rest?" Donnie asked. Raph nodded and tried to pick her up. Helen pushed his hands away and tried to stand on her own. Her knees wobbled and she stumbled a bit. After a moment she gained her footing. "Show me where I have to go again?" Helen asked. Raph motioned for her to follow him, and so she did. "So, are you feeling okay?" Raph asked. Helen shook her head. "Need help walking?" Raph asked. "That would be great" She muttered. Raph pulled her left arm around his shoulder and put his right around hers.

"Thanks." She said. Raph led her to the living room and let her slide onto the couch. "Need anything?" Raph asked. Helen shook her head. "I just have a few questions." Raph said. Helen nodded "I will answer as best I can." She replied. "So, how did you find me? How did you know?" Raph asked. Helen looked at him for a moment, her eyes boring hole into his own. "I had seen you out before. It is as simple as that. You are reckless and a bit careless, and I am probably not the only one that thinks so." Helen replied. Raph tried hard to disguise a snort.

Helen raised an eyebrow. "Anything else you would like to know?" She asked. "Yes. Who exactly are you?" He replied. Helen thought a moment, trying to find a place to start. "To make it easier, let me ask you how you learned to fight." Raph said, relieving her confusion." I taught myself, really. I learned to use the bow and arrow from my dad." She replied. "Who's your dad?" Raph asked.

Helen's eyes fell into a far- away look, as if she could see something beyond the walls of the lair. "He was amazing…" She mumbled. Raph looked at her expression. Was? "What happened to him?" Raph asked. Tears filled Helen's eyes and she shook her head. "I… I don't know." She said, tears escaping her eyes. Raph didn't know what to do. "Sorry, I didn't mean to bring it up." Raph said. Helen shook her head again. "It's fine, how could you have known." She said. She gave a short laugh. "I don't even know why I'm even telling you this, I've never talked to anyone about my dad." She said.

"Maybe it's a good thing to talk about it, ya know? It helps, a lot." Raph said. Helen nodded and set her head in her hands. "I miss him, I miss him so much." She sobbed. Raph wasn't sure what to tell her. He wasn't used to comforting people. It made him feel a bit awkward. He simply put a hand on her shoulder as a comforting motion. She looked up and wiped her eyes on her sleeve. She took a few deep breaths and began to try and regain her composure.

"I think you need to rest, you'll feel better in the morning," Raph said. Helen shook her head. "No, I'm fine." Helen replied. Raph rolled his eyes and pushed on her forehead to get her to lie down. "No, you need sleep, or that wound's gonna reopen and let me tell you, that is not a feeling you want to experience," Raph said. Helen rolled her eyes back. "Yes, daddy," She sneered and laid her head on the pillow, her eyes falling shut automatically.

Raph chuckled and walked back to his room. Leo knocked and walked in, Donnie stepping in behind him. "Is she okay?" Leo asked. "Yeah, she's fine. She was asleep as soon as her head hit the pillow." Raph replied. Leo nodded and he and Donnie left. Helen, resting in the living room, was sleeping soundly until something vibrated in her pocket. She sat up and pulled her vibrating phone out of her pocket and answered it. Tommy yelled at her on the other line.

"Where are you?" he asked. "I'm at a friend's, don't worry." Helen replied. "Geez Helen, why didn't you tell me before hand?" Tommy said, relieved that she was okay. "I was busy." She replied. "Right, listen, mom had a right fit when you weren't home at 10:00. It was not fun, so you owe me big time." Tommy complained. "Fine," Helen said, understanding her brother. Amy, their mother, could have a fit over most anything.

"Well, I won't keep you, so I'll see you tomorrow, right?" Tommy said. "Okay, tomorrow it is. I love you, bye." Helen replied. "Love you too, Boo." He replied and hung up. Helen shut her phone and stuffed it back in her pocket, sighing with relief. She laid back down and fell back asleep within an instant.

And that's all for now. 4 pages. Longest chapter I've written for this story, I'm pretty proud of myself! So R and R and Merry Christmas from CC77!

~ CC77