Chapter 1

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I guess it all started on the day it was raining. I was standing under a building door waiting for the rain to stop. I had never lived in a house since my mother passed away. I have been forced to give up my brother, in order for him to live a normal life. I had told them that I could take care of myself, who knew it would mean I would live on the streets and scavenging for food at any chance I got? I sat down and stared out at the people crossing the street with their umbrellas and cars. I sighed. The door I was sitting at opened up. I looked up to find a man. He seemed mad. I quickly stood up.

"Get out of here you useless idiot" He said. I went out into the rain and ran down the street. I didn't stop until I was away from the crowded streets of New York. I wandered around until I reached old buildings. They seemed like old sheds for street racers. I went to a small post and sat on it, not caring about the rain anymore. Rain pelted at my skin. It then drizzled its way over me and soaked my clothes. I sneezed. I looked around hoping to find a dry spot to stay, when I saw one of the sheds had a boarded up window. I went over to it and grabbed the boards. I yanked and it came off. I kept pulling, until the window was completely board free. I then grabbed a box and stood on top of it. I crawled in through the window. I looked around. There were a few vehicles in there. I went over to them. One was a van of some kind that had many objects added to it. The other was a motorbike. It was red and looked pretty cool, in my opinion at least. I heard someone coming. I quickly looked around and saw a desk. I ran to it and hid under. I peeked out and saw a bright light glowing. I clasped a hand over my mouth. The glowing stopped and a large elevator looking thing sat there. The doors opened and someone walked out. It was too dark to see who it was, but I could only just make out the shadow. It looked like someone had eaten too much at the buffet table. The person walked over to the van and was about to open it when they saw the window's boards were missing. They went over to it and glanced around. They flicked a switch and light flooded the shed. I slunk back into the desk, as far as I could go. The person walked over to the desk. I looked at the ground. Footprints had been left there from the rain. I swallowed. I was stupid this time. I braced myself. The person bent down and I kicked them hard in the chest. They went flying a little bit from the desk. I scurried out and ran. I heard them get up and run after me. I was almost at the window, when a stick landed in front of my feet. I tripped and landed hard under the window. I rubbed my shoulder, which had rammed into the shed's wall. I looked up to find a man holding a hockey stick. He starred down at me. Another figure walked to stand next to him. It was a turtle. I didn't move. I was already planning my next escape if need be. The man walked over to me and squatted.

"What is your name?" He asked. The turtle tsked.

"What are you doing here?" The turtle asked, rudely. I stood up.

"Who I am is none of your business and I am only trying to find a way out of the rain" I replied, icily. The man stood up also. I glared at him, whilst still clutching my arm. He noticed the way I clutched my arm and wondered if I had been injured.

"Do you want me to wrap your arm?" He asked.

"No, I don't want your help, you were the one who tripped me, and I need to get home" I lied. The turtle went to the shed's door and opened it. I went to it. I left without saying another word. The rain came down even harder at that point. I clenched my fist. I walked out into the rain and went the opposite way I had come. I found a bridge and sat under it. It was cold, but at least I was out of the rain. I sat down and brought my knees to my chest. I knew I was going to get a major fever tomorrow. I looked out at the falling rain. It seemed to know exactly how to make my troubles seem worse than what they were. I cried for the first time in years. I don't mean just a little sobbing. I mean full out crying. The one's you don't want anyone to know about. I slowly subsided my crying after a few minutes. When I looked up I saw someone walking over to me. I couldn't see who it was through the rain. When they got closer I could tell it was a woman. She was carrying an umbrella over her head. She stopped in front of me. I stood up.

"Hello, may I help you?" I asked, politely. The woman looked at me.

"Yes, I don't know if you remember me, but I am the same woman who you helped when my store was in a crisis. I work at the antic store in the middle of the city, would you like to come to my house and get dry?" The woman asked. I thought back to the time I had helped her. It suddenly popped into my head. I smiled.

"I remember, if it's okay with you, I would like to come to your house" I replied. The woman smiled and nodded. She held her umbrella over the two of us. We walked along the road. We continued until the streets got busy with people again. The woman led me to an antic shop called "2nd time around" and she unlocked the door. The door swung open and we walked in. The woman shut and locked the door again. She went to the stairs outside the other door and climbed them. I followed. She opened another door at the top.

"This is my apartment" she said, looking at me. I walked in and looked around. It was just like I had remembered. The lounge room had a couch and two recliners with a TV at the wall. The kitchen was behind the lounge area and looked just like any normal kitchen and a corridor led to the bedroom and bathroom. I walked in and the woman shut the door.

"I'll just get you a towel. Wait here" she said. I obeyed. She went off to the corridor. I took off my jacket to look at my arm that had been injured. It had a gash on lower half of it. I figured it must've been from the metal shard sticking out of the shed. The woman came back and I quickly covered my wound, by draping my jacket over it. She handed me a towel.

"Excuse me, but would it be possible for me to borrow something of yours, while my clothes dry?" I asked. She smiled. She went off to her bedroom and came back with a t-shirt and jeans.

"They may be a bit big, but it's the best I can do" The woman said.

"Thank you" I replied. I went off to the bathroom and changed. I hung my clothes over the shower pole and put the towel into the wash basket. I was about to walk out, when I heard voices. It was the woman talking with some other people. I pressed my ear to the door.

"April, do you know where Raph is? He left a while ago" came one of the voices.

"I'm sorry Leo, but I have not seen him I'll let you know if I find him" Said April. I glanced down.

"April, while we're here, can we get something to eat?" Came another voice.

"Michey, don't harass April for food" Said Leo. A loud smack came from the people.

"Ow, Leo what was that for?" Came the voice of the one called Michey. I heard a noise from behind me. I turned to find the same turtle from before. He had a red headband. He looked bad. He looked at me before collapsing. His hand, or whatever it was, hit some glass bottles, which then proceeded to smash on the ground. I stood there a little shocked. A knock came from the door.

"Are you alright in there?" Asked April.

"Yeah, just had a dizzy spell" I called out. I slowly walked over to the turtle. I turned him over to find a large bruise forming on his body. I sat him up. He looked at me with unfocused eyes.

"Why did you lie? You don't seem like the person who would lie" He said. I grinned.

"I have always lied. Even when my parents died, I just made life awful for those looking after me. I have lied to everyone my entire life" I replied. The turtle seemed shocked. I tended to his cuts with a face washer. It was the only thing I could find to clean him.

"When you said, your parents died; did you also lie about going home?" He asked, his speech a little slurred. I nodded.

"Yes, I have no home. I was forced to give up my brother just so he could have a normal life away from the dangers of the streets. I ran away from what would be considered my home, since all everyone seemed to do was fight. I eventually made my way here and here is where I plan to stay" I replied.

"You've had a tough life."

"Tell me about it, your wounds are clean. Sorry I couldn't do more."

"Don't worry about it. Come to my place sometime, I'll make sure you get something to eat, bed to sleep, safety?"

"Thanks, but I don't need help." The turtle stood up.

"I'm Raph, what's your name?" he asked.

"I am Tristan, don't ask about my name. My father wanted a boy when my mother was pregnant with me" I replied. Raph didn't press further. He went to the window.

"Thanks Tristan, I'll be sure to repay you sometime" he said. I smiled.

"Don't worry about it, it was nothing" I replied. Raph leapt out the window. I ran to it, just in time to see him run in the alleyway. I walked to the bathroom door and opened it. I went to the kitchen. April was in the lounge room. She looked up when I came in. She smiled then had a look of shock. I looked down to find my wound was exposed. April went over to me and looked at it.

"What did you do?" she asked.

"Nothing, I swear" I replied.

"Sit, I'll bandage it up."

"Fine, but I'm fine, honestly." I sat at the kitchen table and put my arm on the table. April came back and set everything out on the table, when the doorbell rang. April went to answer it. I heard someone walk in.

"Look, Casey, now is not a good time for you to be here" April said.

"It's alright, wait do you have a boyfriend hidden in here?" Casey asked. I swallowed it was the same voice the man from the shed had. I stood up and sprinted to the bathroom. I closed the door behind me and went to the window. I opened it and climbed out of it onto the gutter pipe. I slowly scaled it and found it was harder to do with an injured arm. When there was just a metre left to go I jumped and landed on my feet. I was about to go when a shout came from above me. I looked up to see April and Casey looking at me. I waved with my good arm.

"Thanks for your hospitality, but I have to leave" I called out. I turned and ran to the street. I heard clanging behind me. Turning I saw Casey climbing down the gutter pipe. I turned left when I reached the street and nearly crashed into a guy in a trench coat. I muttered a sorry, before running off again. The wind was cold on my face. Rain pelted me again. I kept running. I turned down another alleyway and slunk into the shadows. Casey ran straight past. I breathed a sigh of relief. I came out of the shadows and went to the end of the alleyway. I walked forward until I reached a mesh fence. I leant against it, trying to get my breath back. A laugh erupted from behind me. I turned quickly to see a few guys, who I know quite well.

"Well, well, look what the cat dragged in" said the skinny guy in a black coat. The rest of the people grinned.

"What are you doing here, this is not your turf, purple dragons" I said, with a grin. The skinny man came forward. He held a baseball bat with a nail sticking out of it.

"This here is our turf, we now own it" he said. I laughed.

"I have to disagree" I replied. The man swung his bat and I ducked. I moved behind him and kicked him hard. I grabbed his bat, thrust it out of his hands and hit the man in the back of the head. He fell unconscious. I turned to the others. They came at me. I dodged and weaved between them hoping to get out. I ran to the street with the purple dragons hot on my heels. I kept thinking one place of safety. I ran as fast as I could. I ran past April's apartment and to the bridge she found me. I jumped down into the waters below. The purple dragons went around. I swam to the water's edge and climbed up the bank. I looked up to see the dragons running towards me. I stood and ran to the sheds. My heart screamed for me to stop. My body was aching in pain. Still I would not stop. I reached the sheds and yelled.

"RAPH YOU THERE?" I was almost at the sheds when I tripped. I rolled over and over in the grass. I stopped and stared at the dragons. They stood there laughing at how I fell. I sat up and panted heavily. They took a step forward. I crawled back. My hand found a lump of wood. The dragons attacked. I stood up and swung the lump of wood. It collided with one guy's leg. He fell I raised it again. The dragons laughed. A bigger guy stepped forward.

"You can barely stand how do you expect to win?" he asked, laughing.

"She has friends" came a voice behind the dragons. They turned to find four turtles.

"GET THEM!" yelled the big guy. I watched as the turtles took out the dragons easily. The dragons retreated and one turtle came over to me. I looked up to find Raph. I smiled.

"You...Came..." I managed to say, before collapsing into unconsciousness.