"No… no, she’s not. Be quiet. I don’t… I don’t have a family.” Leanardo shook her head, wincing as it started to hurt again. She had no family, it was only the Foot, and even then she was alone.
At the question, her face darkened and she shoved her back. She circled the kunoichi slowly, uncertain as to how to approach again. This turtle really needed to stop talking; she didn’t want to be around her any longer than she needed to be.
"Just tell me what I need to know," she said, "and I won’t have to hurt you."
"You’ve got to be kidding me,” Angie was easily shoved away, and before she knew it, Lea had been behind her shell. The turtle shifted to face her brainwashed sister, trying to keep the initial shock from showing. She had to play this one tough. Time to get serious, Angie! Put on your game face.
And that she did; trying to talk some sense into Lea was going to be hard, but she’d heard the phrase before: the truth hurts. It looked like something was getting to her. That wince didn’t get by her.
"I’m not telling you anything about Splinter," She stated. "But you need to know you do have a family. You have three sisters, and a human brother. You can’t just look at me and say we don’t even look alike!”
Angie’s heart wrenched, she wanted so badly to just go to Lea and hug her. Take away whatever was going on in her head. “If you think getting after me for telling you the truth is going to help you get some total lie you want to hear, it’s just going to make you as bad as the rest of them.”
"I’m not your sist-" Leanardo couldn’t move fast enough, and her leg buckled at the kick. Using her sword to support herself, she got back to her feet with a frustrated hiss. She should have seen that coming, shouldn’t have been distracted. This person was claiming to be her sister, and for some reason, it was making her uneasy.
"Why does everyone think I should know? I don’t!” Her hand clenched over her katana as she drew her second blade. She was so close; she wasn’t going to come back empty-handed again. Leanardo came forward again, ready to take the turtle down and get some answers. But the words that came from her mouth were not the ones she expected.
"Who are you?!”
Angie had a defensive stance, and as Lea had advanced, the orange clad turtle evaded. She didn’t want to hurt her. That was a last resort.
But how much did Lea forget? She didn’t know her, she didn’t know where Splinter was…what was there that Lea knew?
"Because you do know; she’s your mother!" Lea had come close with another jab, and with their faces closer together, Angie noticed that there were bruises on her face. The little sister’s eyes widened and she found herself distracted.
"They’re beating you?"
“Quiet.” Leanardo’s eyes narrowed, her jaw clenching at the sound of the girl’s voice. Questions. Why did they have to be questions?
"Nothing is wrong with me." She answered flatly, "You have no right to say that." Even so, she took some of her weight off of the turtle, shaking her head. No. Now was not the time to be spineless and doubtful. They were the enemy. She put her katana back in front of the other’s face.
"Where can I find Splinter?"
Angie flinched at the katana threatening her once more, but it only lasted a moment as her blue eyes narrowed and a frown made its way on her face.
"As your sister, I do.” What was going on here? Why was Lea with the Foot? Feeling some weight come off of her plastron, Angie took the opportunity to roll herself over and force Lea off of her with a kick to the back of her knee.
"Look, I don’t know what got into your head, but you don’t remember a thing, do you? You should know where Master Splinter is!"
The last thing she ever thought she was going to do was fight her beloved sister, but it had to be done. “And if you seriously think you’re with the Foot, then there’s no way I’d tell you!”
Leanardo didn’t answer her, only pressing her foot down a little more on her plastron. She didn’t just know her name, she knew her. How…?
"Where is Splinter?" She pointed her katana at the turtle’s face, her expression blank behind her mask. Cut to the chase, finish the job and move on, before you can regret anything.
"Hey, that hu-RTS!" Angie felt the pressure. Lea never did things like this to her. Ella did, but that was only because they were getting out of hand in the dojo.
"I-I don’t know, looking for you? We were all looking for you! You just…You just vanished!" Angie put her hands on Lea’s ankle, trying to take off some of the weight. What was going on here?
It was then that Angie had a sharp point of a katana in her face, and she immediately took her hands off of Lea and immediately planted her palms on the pavement. That was a sign that this turtle wasn’t who she thought she was.
"L-Lea, what’s wrong with you? Why is your mask like that? …Is t—Is that the Foot on your belt?"
Lea. She narrowed her eyes from where she hid. How did she know her name? They knew Katsumi’s, so it made sense. Kind of. She wasn’t going to get another headache over something like that until she was alone again.
The turtle stopped to catch her breath, and Leanardo circled around for a clear shot at her. She was trained and armed, so she needed to be quick if she was going to pin her down.
Drawing one of her katana as silently as she could, she rushed forward.
I’ve already been here three times tonight, Angie thought. Where do I go next?
She hadn’t been to Fifth Street yet. Maybe she should go that direction. Leaning on her knees a little, Angie was just about ready to go and jump, when she felt like she was being watched.
The turtle drew her nunchaku and looked for the opponent, only it was too late. Something had come at her and knocked her on her shell. Letting a yelp out, Angie was pinned to the ground in an instant. Looking up to the one who had bested her, her jaw dropped.
"Lea?!" She exclaimed. A smile came to her face. "You’re alive!" The smile faded as quickly as it came. Something wasn’t right about her sister. "…Why are you wearing that mask?"
Lea smiled as she took the fabric from Amaya, holding it up in front of the girl’s face for a measurement. “I can cut it long, first, and see how you like it.”
That she did. Lea cut holes for the eyes and held the long strip of fabric out for the girl to take. “Do you want to do the honors? Or would you like Angie to do it?” Her smile widened into an amused grin and she chuckled, “She’s had lots of practice with tying bows. There’s still some hidden around the lair.”
*Amaya nervously took the fabric and held it against her face, staring out of the eyeholes. Oh, wow, it wasn’t even tied on yet and it felt kinda comfy. Probably because of the softness.
A moment later she pulled it away again and looked over her hands* “Uh-Uhm…b-better let Angie do it…” *she smiled weakly* “You s-said yourself she’s got more practice and…I don’t think ‘m used to these fingers y-yet.”
As if her smile couldn’t get any wider, Angie’s smile somehow did. Amaya was super pretty as a human, but as a turtle that was clad in a lilac and white magical girl dress, she was incredibly adorable.
"Really?" She excitedly asked, “Oh man, I totally know of one that’ll be so cute on you.”
Angie then walked behind Amaya, gently taking the fabric and holding it against her friend’s face, making sure the first knot was snug. The bandana tails were still incredibly long, but as Angie stuck out her tongue in thought, she smiled upon her decision. She brought the knot to the back right side of Amaya’s head, tying a neat, large bow.
"How’s that look?"
Leanardo needed to get some answers, and soon. She had been sent out on yet another search for Splinter’s home, and it was making her on edge. Why her? Why? She could be a lot more useful than for this.
Besides, every time she came back empty, she was in danger of punishment. That was never fun.
She jumped from one building to the next, searching for anything that could giver her a clue. She would start high, and then move down lower. No need to search the underground until she knew where she was going.
Her eyes narrowed behind her black mask as she saw a figure running along rooftops below her. Another turtle, wearing orange. Katsumi had mentioned that others like her were working with Splinter…
She dropped down from her perch, landing quietly to follow the other turtle from the shadows.
The winter cold was biting at her fingertips and toes, but Angie didn’t care about that at this point. The kunoichi was frantic — where was Lea? She went missing a week ago, gear and all. Angie’s mind immediately went to the worst, thinking that her eldest sister had gotten lost in the Void again, but there was no way to get to her this time. Without Leo around…how was she supposed to find her now?
"Lea!" She called out desperately. Why was this happening again?
Jumping from rooftop to rooftop, she was beginning to panic. It had gotten everyone so worried, that even Splinter was out looking for the blue-clad sister. But so far, nothing.
Finally stopping across the street from Roosevelt High, Angie stopped to take a breather. This search wasn’t going too well.
"Lea…where are you?"
Mike didn’t move when Angie hesitantly stepped away again. He just waited patiently, until finally the little turtle ambled towards his hand and slowly climbed up onto it. “Well hello there, little lady!” he commented with a smile.
Once she’d settled into his palm, Mike lifted her up slowly and carefully, using his thumb to steady her and watching to make sure she was okay with the movement. “Wow, your feet are freezing!”
She couldn’t place why, but she felt safe in Mike’s hand. She dug her tiny claws into his hand a little to keep herself from sliding off of his hand, only to relax and look to his thumb that he used to support her.
Lifting her head, Angie realized that she was being watched, and she adjusted her feet to plant herself more comfortably. They were already warming up against the other turtle’s hand, and as her own small thanks for the safety, she lightly bumped her head against his palm. As she looked up to him again, the little turtle’s blue eyes seemed to be studying Mike, and she was actually perplexed. Do I know you?