Mona and April sat giggling on the couch while looking at April’s laptop. Curiosity got the better of Michelangelo and he peeked over the back of the couch to see what they were laughing at. He stood up, “Oh come on.” April and Mona cracked up laughing. “How can you be watching this?” Mikey threw his arms up. “How is this even allowed to be put on Youtube?”
stood. When he looked over to see, he blushed, “Oh come on,” eliciting another round of laughter form
“What are you watching?” Donatello the girls. “Why do people find this funny?”
“Because it is,” April laughed.
Raphael and Leonardo joined the others to see what the girls were watching. “Really?” Leo asked flatly. “You’re watching turtles mating.”
April turned up the volume, “It’s the noise they make that makes it funny.”
Mona was able to calm her laughing long enough to say, “I wonder if the boys would make that noise.”
Raph crossed his arms over his plastron, “There’s only one way to find out.” The girls exchanged looks and continued to laugh. Raph sighed, “I’m gonna work out.”
“I just realized something,” April looked at Donnie. “Where are your tails?”
“We keep them tucked,” Donnie answered with a blush.
“Why?” Mona asked.
“Because Raph would pinch them,” Mikey answered with a scowl.
“Hey,” Raph smirked as he twirled his sai. “Splinter has always said to look for your opponent’s weaknesses.” He shrugged, “So I went for it.” Then he pointed to Mikey, “Don’t act all innocent. You got in a few good pinches too.” Mikey responded by sticking out his tongue.
April leaned in and whispered something to Mona, who blushed and looked over at Raph as he got down on his sai and starting doing pushups. “That looks very hard,” Mona stated.
Raph looked over at her, “Regular pushups are too easy now, and this adds an extra level of difficulty.”
“Is it even a challenge for you anymore?” she got up and walked over to squat down in front of him.
He stopped in the up position, “Not much I can do to make it any harder.”
She looked up at April, who nodded, then back down at Raph. “You can add some weight,” she offered shyly.
“And how would I do that?” he asked resuming his pushups.
Mona got up and slid on top of Raph’s carapace and held on tight, “Like this.”
Raph froze and his muscles twitched as Mona’s tail nervously wrapped itself around his upper thigh. He couldn’t stop the churr that erupted from his chest as he dropped his knee to prevent himself from falling.
Donnie laughed, “I can’t believe you just did that.”
“Shut up!” Raph snapped.
“It was actually kind of cute,” Mona chuckled then tentatively kissed the back of Raph’s head before getting off. “You remind me of my brother,” she smiled.
Raph looked at her, “Your brother?”
“Yeah,” she answered. “He acts all tough, but deep down he’s just a big softy. He really is a great guy.” She walked back over to April, “Come on. Let’s go to my room and talk about girl things.”
“Okay,” April closed the laptop and got up. “I wonder if we can manage to get the others to do it too,” she said as they walked away.
Raph waited for them to leave then sat back on his feet, “That’s great news!” He looked over to see his brothers looking at him. “I remind her of someone she loves. That’s my ‘in’. Like Splinter with Shen and her father. I have a chance!”
“To be honest, I’m surprised you like her,” Donnie pointed out. “I don’t really see her as your type.”
“My type?” Raph stood. “What do you mean by that?”
“I don’t know.” Donnie shrugged, “I mean, Mona’s a little nerdy and she’s smart. I figured you’d go for someone who was more like Karai.”
“Where do you get off dictating what my type is?” Raph exclaimed. Mikey tried to interrupt, but Raph didn’t let him. “She’s cute and smart and nice. She’s everything I’m not and I like her.” Leo held up a finger, but Raph just glared at him. He was going to have his say. “I think she’s great.”
“Uh, Raph…,” Donnie tried but Raph cut him off.
“Zip it, egghead. She may be able to talk nerd with you or watch that stupid Space Heroes show with Leo and laugh with Mikey, but… I saw her first.” He placed his hands on his face and growled, “Who am I kidding. Why would she choose me over one of you guys?”
“I told you that he liked you,” Raph turned to see April elbow Mona. “He was just shy.”
“How long have you been standing there?” Raph blushed. “Why are you standing there? You went to Mona’s room.”
“We got here when Donnie call her a little nerdy,” April answered. “And we noticed that the battery to my laptop was low so we came back for the plug.”
“You mean this?” Mikey exclaimed, leaning over the back of the couch to grab then hold up the plug.
“Yes,” April answered walking over and collecting the plug. Raph stayed frozen in place, looking at Mona and April patted him on the shoulder as she passed. “She likes you too.” She then walked over and grabbed Mona’s hand to pull her back to the room. A small smile spread across Mona’s face as she was pulled behind April.
Raph waited for them to disappear from view before he threw his hands up, “She likes me too.” He punched at the air as he turned to face his brothers, “I’m gonna be the first one to kiss a girl.”
“Sooner than you think,” Raph turned and Mona came up to plant a kiss on his beak before turning to run back to the room again. “April, I did it.”
Raphael couldn’t stop the smile that spread across his face.
Donnie sat in his lab looking at the information on the USB stick that he got from Doctor Rice. Most of the files were encrypted so it was taking him some time to open them all. He opened a file and, after reading it, ran into the common room.
“Guys this is not good,” Donnie announced. “Rice was making the mutagen for Shredder. It’s in his notes.”
“What do his notes say, Donnie?” Leo asked turning from the television.
“They’re running experiments on mutants,” Donnie answered. “We have to stop them.”