Chapter 21

To be honest, I didn't expect Splinter's reaction when we told him about my being pregnant. I was expecting yelling and some kind of a lecture; instead he congratulated us and looked proud about it. He then insisted that I stay at the lair until the baby was born then decide what I wanted to do. I was still sitting at the couch my nerves not gone down for the last ten minutes as I tried to process everything. I had a cup of tea in my hands, a small mouthful being the only thing I took of it. Raph was sitting right next to me; looking as if a large amount of pressure had just been lifted from his shoulders. We sat in absolute silence as we listened to everyone else go about their usual business. I took another sip of my now cold tea and scrunched up my nose. I placed the tea on the arm of the couch and left it there. I crossed my legs and glanced at Raph from the corner of my eye. He was slouched back in the couch and looked somewhat happy. Michey's voice called from the kitchen saying that dinner was ready. Raph stood up and went to go over to the table. I moved my feet to the floor and tried to stand. I managed to stand up a little before falling back onto the couch. Raph walked over to me.

"Are you stuck?" he asked, a small grin appearing on his face. I looked up at him.

"No," I said, trying to stand again, "I'm just having a little..." after the fourth time trying to stand, I decided to confess. "Yeah, I'm stuck." Raph held out a hand and I took it. He lifted me to my feet with ease. I let go of his hand and the two of us walked over to the table. We sat down beside each other and waited for Michey to bring dinner over to the table. He set our plates down in front of us and I looked at the green slop. I picked up my spoon and dug it into the food. I placed the spoonful into my mouth and chewed slowly. Raph looked over to me then saw the food I was eating. He turned to Michey.

"What have you given her? Can't you see that is not something to give a human?! He snapped.

"Come on Raph, she actually asked for it last time," Michey replied.

"That's not the point-" Raph started.

"I actually like it," I stated, digging another spoonful.

"Do you even know what it is?" I shook my head.

"No, but if it's really that bad; don't you dare tell me." I took another mouthful. Raph shuddered and started to eat. In no time at all we had finished and I was starting to clear away the dishes. Raph walked over and started to help.

"Here let me take those," he said, trying to take the dishes from my hands.

"I'm fine," I replied. Raph grabbed hold of the side of the dishes.

"Please, just let me help you."

"I'm pregnant not injured just let me handle this by myself."

"Tristan, give them!" the two of us struggled for a moment before I let go. Raph fell to the ground, crushing the plates in his hands.

"Fine if you think I can't do a simple task take them!" I snapped, before turning and walking away. I went into the dojo and sat down watching Leo practicing his fighting and defence. I sighed and lay down on my back, looking at the roof of the lair. I closed my eyes for a moment then opened them again. I was staring into the golden eyes of Raph. He had knelt down above my head and had both arms on either side of my head. He had a small grin planted on his face.

"You really are troublesome," he said, playfully. I smirked.

"You still prefer me this way," I replied, softly. Raph leaned in and we kissed. A slight cough sounded from above us. We broke the kiss and looked up. Leo was standing there, his arms crossed.

"Not that it's not romantic or anything, but could you please find somewhere else to be; I have to practise," he said. We both smiled.

"Sorry Leo," we said at the same time. Raph stood up and helped me to my feet. We left the dojo and out of the lair. We held hands as we walked around in the sewers. Not a word was said between the two of us, but we felt totally at ease. We stopped at a grate that showed the city above the sewers and the night sky. A full moon shone brightly in the sky and a drizzle of rain landed on our faces. Raph wrapped an arm around my shoulders and pulled me to his chest. I placed my head against his chest and listened to the sound of his heartbeat. It was slow and calming. I closed my eyes for a moment and just listened to the rain become heavier. The rain soaked through my clothes and I shivered a little as the water trickled down my back. Raph chuckled.

"Let's go back then?" he asked. I nodded.

"I love you," I said, glancing to his eyes. Raph looked down to me.

"I love you too," he replied. We shared a kiss and pulled each other as close as we could to one another.

Another two weeks had passed and my stomach had swollen to the size of a watermelon.I was sitting in April's kitchen having a cup of tea and talking about what names I wanted for the baby. We had run through a few names, but none had seemed right. I was also faced with the problem of where I was going to go once the child was born; as I had no home. I had my younger brother to stay with, but he had a family of his own and I didn't want to be a burden for him. I gently rubbed my stomach and wanted to know what I was going to do.

"Would you like another cup?" April asked. I looked at her and smiled.

"Yes please, I can get the milk for you," I offered. April smiled.

"It's no big deal, I can get it," she replied.

"If you're sure." I handed my cup over to her and lay back in my seat. A small pain shot through my stomach and I gasped. April looked over to me.

"Are you alright?" she asked.

"Yeah, just a kick. The child is going to be exactly like Raph," I replied. The door opened and Casey stepped in. He walked to the table and sat down, smiling at me.

"How's the mum to be?" he asked.

"The mum to be is fine," I replied. April brought the tea over and placed a cup in front of me. I took it and sipped.

"Do you want to come with me to get some groceries?" Casey asked. I nodded.

"Yes please," I replied, with a grin. After finishing my second cup, I stood up and waited for Casey. We walked out of the room and down the stairs. We got to the bottom three when a massive sear of pain shot through my stomach and I bent over, accidently bumping Casey; causing him to fall down the stairs and roll into a bench, knocking him out cold. I glanced at Casey and wondered if he was okay. I shuffled over to him and knelt down.

"Casey," I hissed, "are you alright?" I didn't receive an answer. I stood back up and noticed a patch of wetness right next to him. I shuffled towards the steps and started to take them one at a time. It took me almost half an hour to reach the top before the next searing pain started. I opened the door; tears in my eyes. April looked at me.

"What's wrong?" she asked.

"I think the baby is coming," I managed to reply. I gripped my stomach and screamed. April quickly rushed to my side.

"Where is Casey?" she asked.

"I accidently knocked him down the stairs and he is out cold!" I yelled out. April grabbed her keys and we went down the stairs. She took one look at Casey and sighed.

"Leave him there, I'll call him later," she said. We went to her car and I got in. We drove towards the docks, hoping to get into the lair that way. We made it right to the door, when a ninja star embedded itself into the metal sheeting. The two of us spun around and saw about a dozen members of the foot clan. April stood in front of me, her arms outstretched.

"If you want her, you'll have to go through me!" she yelled.

"April, don't," I said, before screaming as more pain started. I bent over and knelt on the ground. Tears streamed down my face. The foot clan moved forward and grabbed April, moving her away from me. April struggled but could do nothing. A shadow moved over me and knelt down in front of me. I looked up and recognised James. He tsked a little.

"Oh dear Tristan; what have you been doing?" he asked.

"Noneā€¦none of your business," I snapped. James smirked.

"Maybe I should come and take you back. It might just jog your memory about everything," he said, gently taking my face in his hands.

"You will do no such thing," a voice said from behind the foot clan. Everyone turned and saw Splinter.

"I was hoping something would show up. Shredder would be most pleased about us bringing one of his enemies to him," James replied, standing up. Splinter walked up, keeping a calm expression. The foot clan let go of April and attacked Splinter. April went right over to me and knelt down beside me.

"It's okay, it'll be over soon," she whispered to me.

"It had better be!" I started to take deep breaths to try and ease the pain, but nothing seemed to work. It wasn't long before Splinter was beside us. He helped April pick me up and take me into the shed. We travelled into the lair and Splinter took me to my room. He placed me onto my bed and asked April to take my bottoms off and place a sheet overtop, while he tried to get hold of the four turtles. April did as she was asked and took my hand.

"Where's Raph?" I asked, "He should be here."

"I'm sure he'll be here soon," April replied, trying to calm me down. Splinter walked back into the room and knelt down beside me.

"I can't get into contact with my sons; you'll just have to be patient until I can reach them," he said.

"I don't want to wait! Get them here now!" I shouted, before sobbing. April stood up.

"I'll try to reach them," she offered. Splinter grabbed a small cloth and wiped away the sweat from my forehead. We didn't say anything for a moment, until my next contraction started. I screamed and moved my chest out.

"Get this thing out of me!" Splinter wiped my head again.

"Please wait. We need Donatello's help," he said. I panted. April stepped into the room and smiled.

"I managed to get hold of Donnie, he should be here soon," she said.

"Good," I said, weakly. "It seems strange that the child wants to come out early."

"We'll get Donnie's help and everything should be fine," April replied, rushing back to my side. The door opened again and the four turtles walked in, accompanied by Casey.

"Dude, you look awful," Michey stated. I quickly picked up a pair of high heeled shoes and threw one right into Michey's head, the heel stabbing him and making him bleed a bit. I then threw one at Raph, hitting him straight in his forehead.

"Your late!" I yelled out. Donnie rushed to me and started to check everything was normal.

"Everything is perfectly normal," he said, "Try doing short breaths until I can say you can push." He then demonstrated and I clenched my teeth. Pain shot through me again, sending me screaming. Donnie turned to everyone.

"You all need to leave," he said. As everyone turned, I picked up a runner and threw it at the back of his head.

"Shut up!"

"She's deadly accurate with those," Leo said. I threw another runner, aiming for him; but he ducked and it hit Casey.

"I want Raph in here," I sobbed. Raph sat beside me and held my hand. Everyone else left except Donnie and Splinter. He lifted the sheet and glanced.

"I need you to push," he said. I pushed and held my breath at the same time. I stopped and panted.

"Good, I can see the top of his head. I need another big push." I sucked in a large breath and pushed again. I screamed then fell back into my pillows. I clenched Raph's hand and looked up at him. He looked down at me concerned. I smiled trying to reassure him.

"I'm okay," I whispered. Raph kissed the top of my head and stroked my hand.

"I need a big push, the baby is nearly through," Donnie said. I squeezed Raph's hand and screamed as I pushed once more. I felt something big coming out from my body. "Keep going, keep going its head just came out," Donnie said. I kept pushing then stopped when I felt the child come out. Donnie grabbed a pair of scissors and cut the umbilical cord, sending the baby to start crying. He wrapped the baby up in a sheet he had prepared and handed it to me.

"Congratulations, it's a boy," he said. I held the child to my chest and smiled. He looked exactly like a human being and not a turtle. His head had a small amount of black hair.

"He's gorgeous," I said. The baby stopped crying and snuggled into my chest more. Raph stroked the child's head and grinned in pride. He turned to Donnie.

"Thank you," he said. Donnie smiled back.

"Congratulations," was all he said. Donnie left the room carrying something in a plastic bag and to wash his hands. The others had come into the room and congratulated us.

"Have any of you thought of a name?" Michey asked, peering from the side of the bed. Both Raph and I glanced at each other.

"We have one name," Raph said, "Michael." The others agreed in the name choice. We passed Michael around, letting everyone have a hold. When it came time for Splinter to hold him, he had such care as if he was looking at a family member again. Michael opened his eyes and Splinter smiled.

"He has Raphael's eyes," he said. He handed Michael back and I had a look. He did in fact have Raph's eye colour, making him look more adorable. I handed him to Raph and smiled. Raph had a look of both terror and pride on his face. I looked around each person as they crowded them and I knew I was in a real family. I didn't care if I didn't remember anything from before, all I knew was that everything was perfect. Even if it was for a fleeting moment and even if it meant I would someday get my memories back, I made a vow to myself that I would never abandon anyone in the room. Especially not Raph. He looked to me and smiled as he gently rocked Michael. I knew then that everything would be fine. I had a home, a family and most of all, friends who would never leave me. I kept the feeling of happiness and felt something grab hold of my hand. I looked over and saw Splinter.

"Welcome to the family," he said, with a kind smile. I smiled back.

"Thank you," I replied.

{And that the very end of the fanfic. I hope you enjoyed reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it; please let me know what you thought of it}