After everything that happened with Ash we've been on edge lately. We haven't seen her in over a year. Raph refuses to relax until he finds her, Don will barely let me out of his sight, Leo and Mickey… well, they're just more alert than usual. I don't know if you would count this as good or bad but Venus showed up. I guess this would make more sense to you if I explained.

It all started about 4 years ago when Don found be and took me in, I was fully recovered, there was still some snow on the ground but not as much when he found me. One day I got bored so I decided to walk around in the forest nearby. Venus didn't like that too much so she came after me…

"Where do you think you're going?" Venus asked jumping from a tree right in front of me.

"What do you think, I'm walking."

"I won't allow you to go any further."

"And why not?"

"I don't care what you say, but you're one of them."

"Which one, Purple Dragon? The Foot? Go ahead, take your pick."

The answer I got, not the one I was looking for, was a punch in the face. Needless to say, we broke into a fight, with moves I didn't even know I had at the time. I didn't win the fight, neither did Venus, Don showed up before any real damage can be done.

"What is your problem?" Don asked Venus as soon as he had us separated.

"She can't be trusted Don! I'm just doing everyone else a favor and ending this pathetic excuse for a life."

"Why can't anybody just give her a chance? Is it really so hard?"

"Why do you think we aren't giving her a chance Don? I don't know why you gave in so easily but I hope it kills you." She said walking away, "I'll be back when she is dead."

So, back to Venus showing up at the lair, obviously I'm not dead (not unless she came to do it herself), there's only one other reason why she could come back.

"I heard about Ash, so I came to help. She said.

"Like we can't handle it ourselves." I said loud enough that she could hear me.

"I'm surprised you're still alive." She glared.

"I'm surprised you're back." I said.

"We'd gladly accept the help Venus." Leo stepped in.

"I'm going to make the rounds around the city. Anyone want to join? I don't want to make your guest uncomfortable." I said getting up from the table closing my journal.

"I'll go with, anything to get out of here for a while." Raph said, "We can spar along the way too."

"Sounds good to me."

"Since when did Raph and the impostor become buddy-buddy?" Venus asked as we walked out.

-2 ½ hours later-

"We should probably head back before Venus thinks I'm dead and you're on the run." Raph teased.

"Yeah, probably a good idea, I need to get back and help Don anyway."

"Al, it's me, not Donny. You don't need to make excuses to me."

"I was serious." I said.

-Later that Night-

"What are the lessons you learned today?"

"To never go easy on the enemy, to never underestimate them, and to never quit."

"And?"

"Never to trust anyone you don't know."

"Very good. Go home and rest, I'll see you same time tomorrow."

"Yes Sensei. Uh Sensei?"

"What is it child?"

"Nothing, I'll see you tomorrow Sensei." I said giving a bow.


"You didn't ask? How do you expect to live your life if you can't asked a single question without backing down!" The man yelled smacking me across my face multiple times.

"Stop it! That is your child!" A women yelled.

"She may be your child but she's no child of mine." He said lashing out his anger on her.


"Alexis… What'd you do?"

"We're safe now Momma. He can't hurt us anymore."

"You just killed your father."

"I'm not his child, besides he had to be punished for his crime."

-About a Year Later-

"Alexis, show the rest of your class the proper way to attack from above."

"Hai Sensei."

When I woke up I found myself on the floor of my room. Trying to wrap my head around what just happened.

-Following Morning-

"Hey Al," Raph called as I walked into the kitchen, "What are you doing this afternoon?"

"I was going to go out to get some time alone. Why?"

"I need a sparing partner." He said.

"What's wrong with Leo?"

"You're more challenging." He replied.

"How about first thing tomorrow, Don and I usually spar in the afternoon anyway."

"Ok, sounds good. Now I need to find Mickey." Raph said running off.

"Do you think you can keep up with both of us? That's a lot of sparing in one day every week." Don said from walking behind me.

"Something tells me it won't be as hard as it thinks."

"Very good Alexis, now let's see that kick split." Sensei said.

"Can I break for a minute? I've been training since sunrise and it's almost 2 in the afternoon, I haven't even had lunch." I said gasping for air.

"You told me that you wanted to be the best. You're tired of being pushed around, no?"

"Hai Sensei."

"Then no breaks, no food, only training. You have to learn to live through it. You're already at stage 3 Alexis, don't quit now."

"Hai Sensei."

"We have 3 more hours, let's make the most of it."

"Lexi? Did you hear me?" Don asked.

"What?"

"You do know why Raph is doing this, right?"

"Why?"

"Ever since Ash went AWOL you've basically been his rebound friend."

"As long as he doesn't ask me to be his girlfriend, I think I'll be okay."

"Whatever you say Lexi, I'll see you after your meditation." Don whispered.

"I'll meet you in your lab in a few hours." I replied