I DO NOT OWN TMNT
Jeez guys, I am sorry! This was extra late. Alot of stuff has been keeping me from this...but enough with my pitty excuses! Here you are!
Don sighed. Half out of anger, half out of fear and sorrow.
He had been running diagnostics on Raph and was now studying them. He was stable but not as stable as Don had predicted.
In fact he was only about 15% better than he was the first three weeks he was recovering.
It had been four long weeks since then though.
As Don started reading over the next page Leo came in.
Don looked up and saw fearless with orange on, he chuckled a bit, "hey Mikey."
Leo gave a sneer but ended up laughing a bit.
"So what brings you here? Anything wrong?"
"Yea...you know how Mikey has barely been sleeping?"
"Yea...he's only been sleeping about two or three hours a day."
"Yea well...now he's not sleeping at all!"
Don put his hand up to his face, covering it most of the way.
It was bad enough that Raph was making a to slow for comfort recovery. Now Mikey wasn't even sleeping and was risking his own health.
Don scowled ,he wouldn't have it. "Alright, we did tell him we would intervene. Have you tried talking to him?"
"Yea. He wouldn't listen, that's why I came to get you. Figured you could help me talk some sense into him."
Don nodded then got up from his chair, making his way out of his room and to the lab, as he entered his lab he went straight over to Mikey.
He got right in front of the slumped over turtle then proceeded to put his hands on his shoulders making Mikey look straight into his eyes.
After Don did this he got eye level to Mikey, to say that his baby bro looked extremely drowsy wouldn't even begin to describe what a wreck Mike looked like.
Don spoke with a strong stern voice, "Mikey, you need to go to sleep. Just for a while."
'Ok so it wasn't a complete lie! What else am I ganna say?! Oh! Sorry Mikey but your going to have to go to sleep before you die from exhaustion.
Oh yea! While I'm at it, you also may be sleeping for about two to three days. No! I don't think so! Mike needs to go to sleep!'
Mike tried to push Don away but it was in vain, the push was actually more like a poke, barely even that!
"I don't wanna. Can't."
Don wasn't going to take this.
"No. You will go to sleep Mikey, you have to. You will either get up and go to your bed and go to sleep on your own ...or me and Leo WILL hold you down and shove sleeping pills down your throat!"
Mikey cringed slightly, although the gesture was delayed Don had still caught it.
"I don't want to scare you Mikey. I just don't want you to get hurt. I mean think about it, if you do what will Raph do when he wakes up?! He will think it was all his fault."
Mikey stared off then spoke once more. "No. I-I can't...won't."
Don sighed. "Leo go get that bottle on my desk, please."
Mikey panicked as Leo gave Don the bottle, thankfully an idea had popped into his sleep deprived head.
"Wait! You can't! If you do...I will...refuse to eat!"
Don was taken aback a bit then said, "Mikey. No. We will just force feed you to then!"
Mikey sighed then crossed his arms, "I'm not going to sleep."
As he said the sentence a surprise attack was already in motion.
As soon as Mike said the last word Leo had jumped over and held his arms and head back to an angle.
Don quickly opened Mike's mouth and threw two highly dosed sleeping pills in it.
Then started making Mikey drink water, though he choked on the last bit of water he recovered and attempted to throw Don off him.
Although it was to no avail, the two over powered Mike very quickly.
After about five minutes of trying to get away Mikey slowly stopped moving and squirming altogether.
"He asleep?" Leo asked.
"Yea..think so..let's get him to the second bed I set up."
As Don said this the two started walking over to the makeshift bed that he had set up.
"Shoo. What's Master Splinter ganna say if he sees Mikey in here?" Don questioned.
"Don't worry about that, he left out this morning. Said he was going to the damyios to get some herbs that will hopefully speed up Raphs recovery."
Don felt a twinge of hurt. "Oh...guess he didn't tell me."
Leo looked over and gave a sympathetic look. "The only reason you weren't informed is because you were asleep when he was heading out. He didn't want to disturb you."
Don smiled a bit, feeling better but as soon as the smiled appeared it disappeared, Leo noticed almost instantly.
"What is it?"
Don walked over to Mikey as he spoke. "Well...when I was moving Mikey I could have sworn I saw a knot on his head. I don't think I noticed it before."
Don felt around Mikeys head, his eyes widened as he felt a rather big bump on the back of his head.
"Wow! Leo he does have a knot on his head...probably from the fight."
Leo shook his head, "He never told us! Why would he do that? He knows how dangerous blows to the head are."
"I can understand why he wouldn't...He felt guilty about Raph. Probably didn't want to attract any attention away from him."
"Yeah...that makes sense."
Don shook his head, "this hit was concusive Leo."
"Well...what's that mean exactly?"
"It means well...you know how Mikey was slower during the end of the fight?"
"Yea...then Raph jumped in and all that."
"Yea...I knew Mike's behaviour was unlike him. To slow and reactions were delayed...I think that he was trying to tough out through the concussion!
That means he has been blaming himself of stuff that he couldn't even help!"
"Jeez! Your right Don! Remember when he was explaining why he wanted to sit by Raph? He said he got hit! Then he just said it wasn't anything serious, it was kinda suspicious."
Don pondered this then sighed. "Your right! Dang...shoulda seen it coming."
"C'mon bro, it wasn't your fault, Mikey had us fooled...is he pass the concussion?"
"Oh yea, it's definitely past, tho i don't know how he toughed it out through that. It looks like it was a moderate concussion. I'm surprised his body didn't just shut itself down, one can only take so much pain."
"Well he had to be in some major pain...but he did say he wasn't going to leave Raphs side."
Don nodded, "your right, and he still hasn't! I layed him on the bed beside Raphs!"
Leo smiled, "Mikey would appreciate it."
"I know I do."
Don and Leo both jumped in surprise.
Raph tried to get up but was stopped short by Don.
"No, just take it easy...how are you feeling?"
"I would feel a whole lot better if someone would tell me what the shell is goin on? Why da shell does Leo have Mikes mask on?"
Don sighed then explained EVERYTHING to Raph.
How Mike was guilty and the promise and how Leo had the plan to lie to Splinter and switch masks.
To say the least Raph was surprised.
"So wait. Lemme get this straight...Splinta Junior actually lied?! ...How long was I out?"
Leo crossed his arms and chuckled a bit. "Hadry har har."
Raph laughed then asked. "So...you just put Mike ta sleep?"
Don nodded. "We didn't want to but he was in pretty bad shape. He was definitely not going to sleep on his own."
Raph shook his head and smiled a bit. "Mikeys not one to break a promise."
Don and Leo laughed a bit.
"Got that right-"
Don and Leo gasped and looked back only to see Mikey struggling to get up! He had somehow woken up!
"Mikey how did you-"
"Didn't see me spit em out or swallow em didja?"
Don facepalmed, "I guess not."
Mikey laughed as he ran up to Raph, tripping a bit in doing so. "Raph! How are you?!"
"Uh...heh great, jus a little sore..."
"Glad to hear it...er...i mean...that your doing good! Not that your sore uh-"
Raph laughed a bit. "Chill. I know what you mean."
"Raph...I'm so sorry about that night, I didn't mean to get you hurt I-"
"Mike. It was my decision to take that hit! It wasn't your fault besides...Don has found evidence that you really couldn't have done a thing to avoid that hit."
Mikey gave him a confused look before turning to Don.
"What does he mean?"
Don crossed his arms. "Remember that injury that you got that night? The 'not serious' injury?"
Mike looked down and scratched his head. "Yea..."
"Turns out it was pretty important! Mikey, you had been fighting off from collapsing from a moderate concussion!"
"Oh...I just thought it was a headache!"
Leo shook his head and spoke. "Mikey. I think you have been through enough mild concussions to know that it wasn't JUST a headache. Why didn't you want to tell us?"
"I guess I just wanted Raph to be ok...his injures were more severe then mine...so I just thought I would suck it up and help."
"Mikey! Always tell us when that sort of stuff happens! That's serious Mikey, it's not like we would have took complete focus off of Raph or something!
...I think there's more to this, do you felt like you deserved that?"
Mikey hesitated, tears building up.
Upon the awkward silence after wards Mikey broke down.
"Yes! Ok?! Yes! It was all my fault!"
Nobody really knew what to say to Mike's reaction, everyone except Raph! Raph quickly enveloped Mikey in a hug.
"Mikey, none of it was your fault. The blow you received to the head kept you from reacting to anything.
There's not a thing you could have done Mike. Not a thing."
Mikey sniflled. "Really?"
"I'm so glad your alright Raph. I was so afraid you wouldn't be. Thank you so so much for taking that hit for me. I'll make it up to you!"
Raph made a face, he could hear the strain in Mike's voice.
He knew that Mike was fighting off sleep and that he didn't have much time before he collapsed all together.
He looked up at Leo and Don as they signialed towards the door.
Raph nodded in understanding, appreciating that they where giving him and Mike a private moment to talk.
He looked back at Mikey and pried him away from the hug he was still giving. He sat Mikey on the side of his bed and put his hands on his shoulders.
"Mikey, were bros, I took that hit for you cuz I love ya! Your my baby bro! It's my job to protect you! You don't understand cuz your the youngest.
It's just how things go, and you don't have to pay me back Mike. It's my choice to protect you, plus you stayed by my side the whole time I was out! I should be the one thanking you! ...Thanks bro."
Mikey smiled. "Aw...I'm just glad your alright."
Mikeys voice was but a whisper now, he dozed off and on as he said it.
This freaked Raph out a bit. He had never seen anyone so tired, the last person he wanted to see this tired was his baby bro.
"Now Mikey, you need to go to sleep."
Mike shook his head a little. "I wanna stay up with you Raphie! Haven't...haven't seen you in days! I didn't know if you...you were ganna wake up or not."
Raph sighed. "Mikey I ain't goin anywhere anytime soon. I will be right here when you wake up. Ok?"
Mikey hesitated. "You... promise?"
Raph smiled, "I promise."
The next few days were pretty uneventful.
Mikey had ended up sleeping for 3 whole days!
Raph spent his time stuck in bed recovering and waiting for the goof ball that had been sleeping in another bed right next to him to wake up.
Master Splinter had came in the second day Mike was asleep and was delighted to see Raph up and recovering normally. No one ever spoke of Leo's plan as they explained what all had happened while Splinter was away.
Don had kept a very close eye on Raphs vitals.
Leo had also kept a very close eye on Raph but not his vitals, Raph himself had to be watched.
He had tried to get up several times and walk around but he was about a week or so away from being able to do anything of the sort.
Of course when Don had told him this the very first time he had tried to get up, he had taken it as a challenge.
Thus Leo had found himself being Raphs turtle sitter.
Raph sighed as he finished up his very well drawn blueprint for his new and soon to be improved shell cycle.
Leo, with his head propped up by his hand sighed as well.
Then as if Mikey could sense there boredom he yawned, making them both jump.
Leo rushed over to Mike immediately bringing a cup of water to him.
"H-hey dude's!" Mikey coughed a bit then took a sip of water. After he was done he looked over at Raph and smiled very big.
"Told ya!" Raph said, crossing his arms.
Mikey tried to get up to give Raph a hug but found he was to weak to.
"What the shell... why am I all...egh."
"Hmm...I have a pretty good idea on what it could be but just in case...i'll go get Don, he'll know for sure."
A minute later Don was in front of Mikey taking basic vitals.
"You need to eat and drink. Like now. I will ho whip somthin up for ya. Leo will you get him some more water? Get Raph some to please."
Leo nodded, "gotcha."
An hour later Mikey had successfully ate two grilled cheese sandwiches and drank two glass fills of water.
Mike had been pretty impressed at how good the sandwiches were.
He laughed when Don told him it was ethier get April to teach him and Leo how to cook or spend all there savings on buying takeout pizza.
Raph had only drank half a glass of water, he was to busy showing off all of his detailed blueprints to Mikey.
After a while everything started to calm down once more, Master Splinter entered and was happy to see Mikey up and eating.
"My son, it is good to see you awake and well. Your brothers and I have been eager to see you up and about once more."
Mikey gave his signature Mike grin. "Thank ya Master Splinter! It's great to be up again."
Everyone laughed, not so much at what Mike had said, but how he was acting now.
Mikey was once again happy. The only person who was happier then the goof ball was, was Raph.
He couldn't wait to get back on his feet, and when he finally was he promised he would give Mikey a noogie and even join in on some harmless pranks to get back at Don and Leo for making him lay down for so long.
"Hey! Hey! Hey Raph!"
"I just figured something out..."
Raph smirked, "that's a first."
"Oh! Funny turtle! Anywho...I figured out that I promised I would sit by you till you fully recovered, and Don said you wouldn't recover until you get up an get used to running and training again!"
Raph grumbled then took refuge from the annoying banter under his cover.
Mikey sighed as he went under. "I know you can still hear me shell head!"
Raph pretend snored, he laughed as he heard Mikey trying to be offended.
Sure, this week was going to be an extra long one. But it would be a week most likely filled with noise, banter, arguments, and jokes between all four brothers.
Raph couldn't wait, and secretly neither could anyone else.
Hope you enjoyed! Super sorry again!