p style="background-color: #fefefe;"span style="color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', verdana, arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"span style="font-size: 14.3999996185303px; line-height: 24.4799995422363px;" /span/spanspan style="color: #333333; font-family: 'comic sans ms';"span style="font-size: 14.3999996185303px; line-height: 1.7em;" "So this is the Amazon," I said, staring into the forest ahead of me.I was staying in a small village not far into the forest. I was about to walk in, but I stopped as I felt a presence behind me, so I turned around and went face to face with one of the locals. He had dark brown hair, almost black, and tanned skin./span/spanbr style="line-height: 1.7em;" /span style="color: #333333; font-family: 'comic sans ms';"span style="font-size: 14.3999996185303px; line-height: 1.7em;" "Don't tell me you're going into there by yourself, young lady," he said, with a thick Brazilian accent. "You should at least take someone with you."/span/spanbr style="line-height: 1.7em;" /span style="color: #333333; font-family: 'comic sans ms';"span style="font-size: 14.3999996185303px; line-height: 1.7em;" "I'll be fine," I said, patting my katana. It sat in its sheath, strapped to my belt./span/spanbr style="line-height: 1.7em;" /span style="color: #333333; font-family: 'comic sans ms';"span style="font-size: 14.3999996185303px; line-height: 1.7em;" He glanced down at it, and then looked back up at me. "You sure you'll be alright?" He asked, tilting his head a little./span/spanbr style="line-height: 1.7em;" /span style="color: #333333; font-family: 'comic sans ms';"span style="font-size: 14.3999996185303px; line-height: 1.7em;" I nodded. "I'll be fine," I said again, and turned around, walking into the large forest./span/spanbr style="line-height: 1.7em;" /span style="color: #333333; font-family: 'comic sans ms';"span style="font-size: 14.3999996185303px; line-height: 1.7em;"As I got deeper into the large forest, the trail seemed to disappear, so I got out my katana, the blade gleaming in the sunlight. I cut my way through the leaves, the remains of them falling to the ground./span/spanbr style="line-height: 1.7em;" /span style="color: #333333; font-family: 'comic sans ms';"span style="font-size: 14.3999996185303px; line-height: 1.7em;" Soon after, I found myself in a clearing, but instead of grass, it was dirt. I saw tire tracks that lead into more of the forest, so I bent down to touch them. But as I got up, I got a strange feeling, as if I were being watched./span/spanbr style="line-height: 1.7em;" /span style="color: #333333; font-family: 'comic sans ms';"span style="font-size: 14.3999996185303px; line-height: 1.7em;" I looked around. "Hello? Is anyone here?" I asked, looking around. I heard the rustle of a plant behind me, and I quickly turned around, pointing my katana in that direction. I stared at the plants, and I felt as if someone – or something – was staring straight back at me. I squinted my eyes, and listened to the silence, sensing for any movement./span/spanbr style="line-height: 1.7em;" /span style="color: #333333; font-family: 'comic sans ms';"span style="font-size: 14.3999996185303px; line-height: 1.7em;" I was still for about a minute, and all I could hear was the birds chirping and the buzzing of the bugs. I stood back up and sheathed my katana, and walked to the plants. I moved them apart, and bent down to see if there were any footprints, and there were. But not like any I've ever seen. They seemed to be large, and only have three toes. I touched them, and they were definitely fresh, and they were a little damp, yet cool compared to the humidity of the jungle./span/spanbr style="line-height: 1.7em;" /span style="color: #333333; font-family: 'comic sans ms';"span style="font-size: 14.3999996185303px; line-height: 1.7em;" I stood up and looked in the trees above, and saw a figure, but I could not see its body or head, as it was concealed in a cloak. I looked back down to the footprint, then back up at the tree. But the figure was no longer there. /spanspan style="font-size: 14.3999996185303px; line-height: 24.4799995422363px;"Must've/spanspan style="font-size: 14.3999996185303px; line-height: 1.7em;" been my imagination, I thought, and I turned around and walked to the /spanspan style="font-size: 14.3999996185303px; line-height: 24.4799995422363px;"center/spanspan style="font-size: 14.3999996185303px; line-height: 1.7em;" of the clearing./span/spanbr style="line-height: 1.7em;" /span style="color: #333333; font-family: 'comic sans ms';"span style="font-size: 14.3999996185303px; line-height: 1.7em;" I looked around, and felt completely lost. /spanspan style="font-size: 14.3999996185303px; line-height: 24.4799995422363px;"I've/spanspan style="font-size: 14.3999996185303px; line-height: 1.7em;" forgotten which way I came from, and which way I'm supposed to go. "Great," I muttered to myself. I searched the ground for the tire tracks. "Now I'll never get to the next village."/span/spanbr style="line-height: 1.7em;" /span style="color: #333333; font-family: 'comic sans ms';"span style="font-size: 14.3999996185303px; line-height: 1.7em;" I heard a yelp, and then a thud behind me. On instinct, I turned around and saw the person with the cloak on the ground. It had green legs and green arms, with only three toes and three fingers. It also had a green head, a blue mask around it's face. It was groaning, and holding its left wrist. /span/spanbr style="line-height: 1.7em;" /span style="color: #333333; font-family: 'comic sans ms';"span style="font-size: 14.3999996185303px; line-height: 1.7em;" "Are you alright?" I asked it, and it opened its eyes immediately, and looked at me. It's eyes were a deep blue. It sat up and backed away slightly, still holding its wrist./span/spanbr style="line-height: 1.7em;" /span style="color: #333333; font-family: 'comic sans ms';"span style="font-size: 14.3999996185303px; line-height: 1.7em;" "Are you okay?" I asked again, and it looked down to its wrist and then back up to me. It's wrist must be hurt. "Can I have a look at it?" I asked gesturing to its wrist./span/spanbr style="line-height: 1.7em;" /span style="color: #333333; font-family: 'comic sans ms';"span style="font-size: 14.3999996185303px; line-height: 1.7em;" It shook its head. /span/spanbr style="line-height: 1.7em;" /span style="color: #333333; font-family: 'comic sans ms';"span style="font-size: 14.3999996185303px; line-height: 1.7em;" I sighed, and took a step closer to it, but it backed away even more. I chewed on the inside of my lip and knelt to the ground. I took off my backpack and unstrapped my katana from my belt, putting it on the ground. It watched me do it, then looked back up at me. I held my hands out in front of me. "I'm a friend," I said, "I won't hurt you."/span/spanbr style="line-height: 1.7em;" /span style="color: #333333; font-family: 'comic sans ms';"span style="font-size: 14.3999996185303px; line-height: 1.7em;" I shuffled closer to it, and it didn't back away. I sat next to it, on its left, and it eyed me carefully. I noticed two katana handles poking out from it's right shoulder./span/spanbr style="line-height: 1.7em;" /span style="color: #333333; font-family: 'comic sans ms';"span style="font-size: 14.3999996185303px; line-height: 1.7em;" I reached for its wrist, but it flinched away. I pressed my lips into a line. I have to be patient. "It's okay," I said, and went to grab its arm. It didn't flinch away this time, and my fingers curled around it's arm. It was really big, my fingers and thumb were at least an inch seat from each other./span/spanbr style="line-height: 1.7em;" /span style="color: #333333; font-family: 'comic sans ms';"span style="font-size: 14.3999996185303px; line-height: 1.7em;" I pulled it's arm gently onto my lap, and it didn't protest in any way. I touched it's wrist gently, and it moaned in pain. I looked up at it, and it was looking at it's hand. "It might be fractured or broken, I'll need to bandage it up. I have bandages in my bag," I said, and it nodded. /span/spanbr style="line-height: 1.7em;" /span style="color: #333333; font-family: 'comic sans ms';"span style="font-size: 14.3999996185303px; line-height: 1.7em;" It removed its hand off my lap, and I got up and walked over to my bag. I opened it and rummaged around until I found the bandages. I pulled them out and went back over to the person. I sat cross-legged next to him and gently grabbed his arm and pulled his hand onto my lap. I began to wrap the bandage around his wrist tightly, but not too tight. "My name's Emily, Emily Strange. Do you have a name?"/span/spanbr style="line-height: 1.7em;" /span style="color: #333333; font-family: 'comic sans ms';"span style="font-size: 14.3999996185303px; line-height: 1.7em;" The sun had set so if was dark now. "Leonardo," it said. It sounds male. "Or Leo," he said again. I smiled and finished wrapping up his wrist. /span/spanbr style="line-height: 1.7em;" /span style="color: #333333; font-family: 'comic sans ms';"span style="font-size: 14.3999996185303px; line-height: 1.7em;" I stood up and brushed myself off. He stood up as well. His cloak went up to his mid-thighs. I went and grabbed my backpack and my katana. I turned back to him./span/spanbr style="line-height: 1.7em;" /span style="color: #333333; font-family: 'comic sans ms';"span style="font-size: 14.3999996185303px; line-height: 1.7em;" "Follow me," he said, and walked into the bush. I followed him./span/spanbr style="line-height: 1.7em;" /span style="color: #333333; font-family: 'comic sans ms';"span style="font-size: 14.3999996185303px; line-height: 1.7em;" "Are there any other's like you?" I asked, and he turned around to face me./span/spanbr style="line-height: 1.7em;" /span style="color: #333333; font-family: 'comic sans ms';"span style="font-size: 14.3999996185303px; line-height: 1.7em;" "I have three brothers," he said while walking backwards./span/spanbr style="line-height: 1.7em;" /span style="color: #333333; font-family: 'comic sans ms';"span style="font-size: 14.3999996185303px; line-height: 1.7em;" "What about parents?"/span/spanbr style="line-height: 1.7em;" /span style="color: #333333; font-family: 'comic sans ms';"span style="font-size: 14.3999996185303px; line-height: 1.7em;" "My father is my Sensei, he's a rat. I don't have a mother. I never did," Leo said, and stopped walking. "Are you afraid of heights?"/span/spanbr style="line-height: 1.7em;" /span style="color: #333333; font-family: 'comic sans ms';"span style="font-size: 14.3999996185303px; line-height: 1.7em;" "No, why?" I asked. Although I still couldn't see his face, I could tell he was grinning./span/spanbr style="line-height: 1.7em;" /span style="color: #333333; font-family: 'comic sans ms';"span style="font-size: 14.3999996185303px; line-height: 1.7em;" "Good," he said, and he scooped me up, bridal style, and jumped down a hole. I screamed briefly, as I hid into him, closing my eyes. I felt and heard a thud, and I opened my eyes. I looked up at Leo, and noticed that his hood was off. He had a green, bald head, and had a blue mask that surrounded his eyes, those blue eyes./span/spanbr style="line-height: 1.7em;" /span style="color: #333333; font-family: 'comic sans ms';"span style="font-size: 14.3999996185303px; line-height: 1.7em;" He set me down, and I looked around. Vines were above us, coming from the humid forest above, but down here was cold and dimly lit, a small fire surrounded by a few logs. He walked over to the fire and sat on one of the logs./span/spanbr style="line-height: 1.7em;" /span style="color: #333333; font-family: 'comic sans ms';"span style="font-size: 14.3999996185303px; line-height: 1.7em;" "Are you going to sit, or stand there in the cold?" He asked, gesturing to the log opposite him, with his good hand. I smiled sheepishly, and sat opposite him. I put my backpack on the ground behind the log./span/spanbr style="line-height: 1.7em;" /span style="color: #333333; font-family: 'comic sans ms';"span style="font-size: 14.3999996185303px; line-height: 1.7em;" "So," I started, staring into the fire. "How come you're a turtle?"/span/spanbr style="line-height: 1.7em;" /span style="color: #333333; font-family: 'comic sans ms';"span style="font-size: 14.3999996185303px; line-height: 1.7em;" "My Sensei was once human, Hamato Yoshi. He had a best friend, they were very close. But they fell in love with the same woman, Tang Shen," he began, and poked the fire with a stick./span/spanbr style="line-height: 1.7em;" /span style="color: #333333; font-family: 'comic sans ms';"span style="font-size: 14.3999996185303px; line-height: 1.7em;" "So they were Japanese?" I asked, looking up at him./span/spanbr style="line-height: 1.7em;" /span style="color: #333333; font-family: 'comic sans ms';"span style="font-size: 14.3999996185303px; line-height: 1.7em;" "How could you tell?"/span/spanbr style="line-height: 1.7em;" /span style="color: #333333; font-family: 'comic sans ms';"span style="font-size: 14.3999996185303px; line-height: 1.7em;" "Their names."/span/spanbr style="line-height: 1.7em;" /span style="color: #333333; font-family: 'comic sans ms';"span style="font-size: 14.3999996185303px; line-height: 1.7em;" "Okay. So, Tang Shen fell for Hamato Yoshi, but his friend, Oroku Saki, or the Shredder, became jealous. Sensei had a child, Miwa, but both his daughter and wife died in a fire made by Saki. So Sensei came to New York to start a new life. He bought me and my brothers, but we were regular turtles back then. While he was walking home, he passed a strange man on the street, so Sensei decided to follow./span/spanbr style="line-height: 1.7em;" /span style="color: #333333; font-family: 'comic sans ms';"span style="font-size: 14.3999996185303px; line-height: 1.7em;" "He saw them exchange a canister of mutagen, but accidentally stepped on a rat's tail. It screeched, alerting the men, and a fight broke out. During the fight, the canister of mutagen fell and broke on the floor. Some of the mutagen splashed on Splinter-"/span/spanbr style="line-height: 1.7em;" /span style="color: #333333; font-family: 'comic sans ms';"span style="font-size: 14.3999996185303px; line-height: 1.7em;" "Splinter?" I asked, cutting him off./span/spanbr style="line-height: 1.7em;" /span style="color: #333333; font-family: 'comic sans ms';"span style="font-size: 14.3999996185303px; line-height: 1.7em;" He nodded. "My brothers and I call him Master Splinter. Since Splinter last touched a rat, he, well, mutated into a giant six foot rat. Due to the pain, he dropped the four of us into the pool of mutagen. Since Splinter was the last living thing we touched, we became humanoid. Splinter took us into the sewers of New York, and taught us ninjitsu, as he knew that humans /spanspan style="font-size: 14.3999996185303px; line-height: 24.4799995422363px;"wouldn't/spanspan style="font-size: 14.3999996185303px; line-height: 1.7em;" understand what we are," he finished, and looked up at me./span/spanbr style="line-height: 1.7em;" /span style="color: #333333; font-family: 'comic sans ms';"span style="font-size: 14.3999996185303px; line-height: 1.7em;" "Interesting. Well, more interesting than my life story." I said, and looked at the fire, the warmth hitting my face./span/spanbr style="line-height: 1.7em;" /span style="color: #333333; font-family: 'comic sans ms';"span style="font-size: 14.3999996185303px; line-height: 1.7em;" "I'm listening," Leo said, leaning back a little, and putting his elbow on his knee./span/spanbr style="line-height: 1.7em;" /span style="color: #333333; font-family: 'comic sans ms';"span style="font-size: 14.3999996185303px; line-height: 1.7em;" I looked up at him. "No, it is really boring," I said./span/spanbr style="line-height: 1.7em;" /span style="color: #333333; font-family: 'comic sans ms';"span style="font-size: 14.3999996185303px; line-height: 1.7em;" Leo raised an eyebrow, if he had one, that is. "/spanspan style="font-size: 14.3999996185303px; line-height: 24.4799995422363px;"I've/spanspan style="font-size: 14.3999996185303px; line-height: 1.7em;" got time."/span/spanbr style="line-height: 1.7em;" /span style="color: #333333; font-family: 'comic sans ms';"span style="font-size: 14.3999996185303px; line-height: 1.7em;" I sighed. "I was orphaned at a young age, and like I said before, the kids called me 'Emily Strange'. Since I didn't have a last name, 'Strange' became my last name. When I turned eighteen I left the orphanage, as no one adopted me. I studied to become a vet, but I never got the job, no matter where I looked. So after that I decided to travel the world. I've been to most of Europe, parts of Africa, Japan, Alaska, parts of Canada, parts of the USA, Australia, and most of South America. I've decided to stay in a village further on in the jungle, but then I got lost, then I ran into you, and now here I am." I looked up at Leo. "I'm surprised you haven't fallen asleep."/span/spanbr style="line-height: 1.7em;" /span style="color: #333333; font-family: 'comic sans ms';"span style="font-size: 14.3999996185303px; line-height: 1.7em;" Leo laughed. "I find your story rather interesting. I've only been to New York and here," he said, and poked the fire again. "Have you been to New York?"/span/spanbr style="line-height: 1.7em;" /span style="color: #333333; font-family: 'comic sans ms';"span style="font-size: 14.3999996185303px; line-height: 1.7em;" "Yeah, recently. I just came from there. Flew from there straight to here," I said, and I grabbed my backpack. I zipped it open and grabbed my jacket, and zipped the bag closed again, putting it back behind the log. I slipped the jacket on./span/spanbr style="line-height: 1.7em;" /span style="color: #333333; font-family: 'comic sans ms';"span style="font-size: 14.3999996185303px; line-height: 1.7em;" "You cold?" Leo asked, smirking./span/spanbr style="line-height: 1.7em;" /span style="color: #333333; font-family: 'comic sans ms';"span style="font-size: 14.3999996185303px; line-height: 1.7em;" "Well I wasn't expecting to meet a mutant ninja turtle who would bring me down into a hidden area which is cold and damp," I said, and put my hands out towards the fire./span/spanbr style="line-height: 1.7em;" /span style="color: #333333; font-family: 'comic sans ms';"span style="font-size: 14.3999996185303px; line-height: 1.7em;" "Well I wasn't expecting to bring a girl down into my hidden area," Leo said back./span/spanbr style="line-height: 1.7em;" /span style="color: #333333; font-family: 'comic sans ms';"span style="font-size: 14.3999996185303px; line-height: 1.7em;" "I'm not a girl. I'm twenty one, so I consider myself a woman," I said and crossed my arms./span/spanbr style="line-height: 1.7em;" /span style="color: #333333; font-family: 'comic sans ms';"span style="font-size: 14.3999996185303px; line-height: 1.7em;" Leo lifted his hands up in defeat. "So, what's happening in New York at the moment?"/span/spanbr style="line-height:
1.7em;" /span style="color: #333333; font-family: 'comic sans ms';"span style="font-size: 14.3999996185303px; line-height: 1.7em;" "Well, there's this vigilante guy that calls himself 'The Nightwatcher', and he basically does the police's job. Personally, I think it's stupid, bearing the world's problems on his shoulders, well, New York's problems," I said./span/spanbr style="line-height: 1.7em;" /span style="color: #333333; font-family: 'comic sans ms';"span style="font-size: 14.3999996185303px; line-height: 1.7em;" "I agree, although my brothers and I used to do that when we were fifteen," Leo said, the ghost of a smile on his face. "It's been seven years since we first went up to the surface."/span/spanbr style="line-height: 1.7em;" /span style="color: #333333; font-family: 'comic sans ms';"span style="font-size: 14.3999996185303px; line-height: 1.7em;" I opened my mouth to ask what exactly they did, but a yawn came out instead./span/spanbr style="line-height: 1.7em;" /span style="color: #333333; font-family: 'comic sans ms';"span style="font-size: 14.3999996185303px; line-height: 1.7em;" Leo grinned. "You tired now?" He said./span/spanbr style="line-height: 1.7em;" /span style="color: #333333; font-family: 'comic sans ms';"span style="font-size: 14.3999996185303px; line-height: 1.7em;" "Oh, shut it. I don't sleep well on planes and the moment I got off the plane I went straight into the jungle." I said./span/spanbr style="line-height: 1.7em;" /span style="color: #333333; font-family: 'comic sans ms';"span style="font-size: 14.3999996185303px; line-height: 1.7em;" Again, Leo put his hands up in defeat./span/spanbr style="line-height: 1.7em;" /span style="color: #333333; font-family: 'comic sans ms';"span style="font-size: 14.3999996185303px; line-height: 1.7em;" "Well, I'm going to sleep, if you don't mind," I said. "I can leave if you want."/span/spanbr style="line-height: 1.7em;" /span style="color: #333333; font-family: 'comic sans ms';"span style="font-size: 14.3999996185303px; line-height: 1.7em;" "No, no. You can stay as long as you want. I thought I was going to be lonely for a whole year," Leo said./span/spanbr style="line-height: 1.7em;" /span style="color: #333333; font-family: 'comic sans ms';"span style="font-size: 14.3999996185303px; line-height: 1.7em;" "Only a year?"/span/spanbr style="line-height: 1.7em;" /span style="color: #333333; font-family: 'comic sans ms';"span style="font-size: 14.3999996185303px; line-height: 1.7em;" "Yeah, Splinter sent me down here for training, to become a better leader for my brothers. Although I think I would be a better leader if they'd actually listen for once," he said, and he leaned forward a little./span/spanbr style="line-height: 1.7em;" /span style="color: #333333; font-family: 'comic sans ms';"span style="font-size: 14.3999996185303px; line-height: 1.7em;" "What kind of brothers would they be if they did listen?" I asked./span/spanbr style="line-height: 1.7em;" /span style="color: #333333; font-family: 'comic sans ms';"span style="font-size: 14.3999996185303px; line-height: 1.7em;" "True. But I am considering staying longer."/span/spanbr style="line-height: 1.7em;" /span style="color: #333333; font-family: 'comic sans ms';"span style="font-size: 14.3999996185303px; line-height: 1.7em;" "I hope it's not just to get away from home. I haven't been in London for two years. I miss the place so much," I sighed./span/spanbr style="line-height: 1.7em;" /span style="color: #333333; font-family: 'comic sans ms';"span style="font-size: 14.3999996185303px; line-height: 1.7em;" "You're from London?" Leo asked./span/spanbr style="line-height: 1.7em;" /span style="color: #333333; font-family: 'comic sans ms';"span style="font-size: 14.3999996185303px; line-height: 1.7em;" "You couldn't tell by my accent?" I asked, and smirked./span/spanbr style="line-height: 1.7em;" /span style="color: #333333; font-family: 'comic sans ms';"span style="font-size: 14.3999996185303px; line-height: 1.7em;" "Your accent isn't very strong," Leo said, and smirked back./span/spanbr style="line-height: 1.7em;" /span style="color: #333333; font-family: 'comic sans ms';"span style="font-size: 14.3999996185303px; line-height: 1.7em;" I yawned again. "Well, this time I'm really going to go to sleep," I said, and I lied down on the log. I only realized how tired I really was, as I let the sleep take over me./span/span/p
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p style="background-color: #fefefe;"span style="color: #333333; font-family: 'comic sans ms';"span style="font-size: 14.3999996185303px; line-height: 1.7em;" I felt a cool, damp air brushing my face, and I slowly opened my eyes. It was dark, but not as dark as last night. I sat up on the log, and the embers of the fire emitted faint warmth. I realized that I had a blanket on, although it wasn't actually a blanket, it was Leo's cloak. I put it over my legs./span/spanbr style="line-height: 1.7em;" /span style="color: #333333; font-family: 'comic sans ms';"span style="font-size: 14.3999996185303px; line-height: 1.7em;" I picked up my bag and rummaged through it, and I picked up my diary and pen. I haven't written in this thing for ages, been about a year. I wrote about Leo and all that I could remember about what he had told me the night before./span/spanbr style="line-height: 1.7em;" /span style="color: #333333; font-family: 'comic sans ms';"span style="font-size: 14.3999996185303px; line-height: 1.7em;" A soft thud surprised me, and made me snap my diary shut. I reached for my katana, but realized it wasn't there. I turned around anyway and saw Leo. He had a belt that went around his waist and his pale plastron. I also noticed the two katanas appearing behind his right shoulder./span/spanbr style="line-height: 1.7em;" /span style="color: #333333; font-family: 'comic sans ms';"span style="font-size: 14.3999996185303px; line-height: 1.7em;" "Morning," he said, as he walked over towards me. I noticed he had a dark shell, well, he is a turtle. I watched him as he sat on the log opposite me./span/spanbr style="line-height: 1.7em;" /span style="color: #333333; font-family: 'comic sans ms';"span style="font-size: 14.3999996185303px; line-height: 1.7em;" "Where's my katana?" I asked, crossing my arms./span/spanbr style="line-height: 1.7em;" /span style="color: #333333; font-family: 'comic sans ms';"span style="font-size: 14.3999996185303px; line-height: 1.7em;" Leo pointed to my katana, which was leaning against a rock. I couldn't be bothered to get up, so I decided to get it later./span/spanbr style="line-height: 1.7em;" /span style="color: #333333; font-family: 'comic sans ms';"span style="font-size: 14.3999996185303px; line-height: 1.7em;" "Why did you take it off me?" I asked./span/spanbr style="line-height: 1.7em;" /span style="color: #333333; font-family: 'comic sans ms';"span style="font-size: 14.3999996185303px; line-height: 1.7em;" Leo grabbed a stick and poked the embers. "You fell asleep with it on, and I didn't want you to stab yourself in your sleep. I'm not that good with patching up wounds; that's Donnie's job," he said./span/spanbr style="line-height: 1.7em;" /span style="color: #333333; font-family: 'comic sans ms';"span style="font-size: 14.3999996185303px; line-height: 1.7em;" "Donnie?" I asked, furrowing my eyebrows./span/spanbr style="line-height: 1.7em;" /span style="color: #333333; font-family: 'comic sans ms';"span style="font-size: 14.3999996185303px; line-height: 1.7em;" "Donatello, my second youngest brother. There's also Michelangelo, or Mikey, he's the youngest out of us. There's also Raphael, or Raph. He's the second oldest," Leo said./span/spanbr style="line-height: 1.7em;" /span style="color: #333333; font-family: 'comic sans ms';"span style="font-size: 14.3999996185303px; line-height: 1.7em;" "So you're the oldest of them?" I asked./span/spanbr style="line-height: 1.7em;" /span style="color: #333333; font-family: 'comic sans ms';"span style="font-size: 14.3999996185303px; line-height: 1.7em;" Leo nodded, but still stared at the embers./span/spanbr style="line-height: 1.7em;" /span style="color: #333333; font-family: 'comic sans ms';"span style="font-size: 14.3999996185303px; line-height: 1.7em;" "So, are you guys all a year apart or something?" I asked, grabbing my bag again./span/spanbr style="line-height: 1.7em;" /span style="color: #333333; font-family: 'comic sans ms';"span style="font-size: 14.3999996185303px; line-height: 1.7em;" "We're all the same age. Kinda like quadruplets, but not exactly," Leo said, and a fire erupted from the embers./span/spanbr style="line-height: 1.7em;" /span style="color: #333333; font-family: 'comic sans ms';"span style="font-size: 14.3999996185303px; line-height: 1.7em;" "So you're all twenty two?" I asked again./span/spanbr style="line-height: 1.7em;" /span style="color: #333333; font-family: 'comic sans ms';"span style="font-size: 14.3999996185303px; line-height: 1.7em;" "How did you know I was twenty two?" He asked./span/spanbr style="line-height: 1.7em;" /span style="color: #333333; font-family: 'comic sans ms';"span style="font-size: 14.3999996185303px; line-height: 1.7em;" "Well, last night you said you used to do stuff at fifteen years old, and then you said that it was seven years ago. All I did was the math's," I said, and tapped my temple./span/spanbr style="line-height: 1.7em;" /span style="color: #333333; font-family: 'comic sans ms';"span style="font-size: 14.3999996185303px; line-height: 1.7em;" Leo nodded and smiled./span/spanbr style="line-height: 1.7em;" /span style="color: #333333; font-family: 'comic sans ms';"span style="font-size: 14.3999996185303px; line-height: 1.7em;" "Just wondering, why did you tell me your life story and a lot about yourself?" I asked, getting up./span/spanbr style="line-height: 1.7em;" /span style="color: #333333; font-family: 'comic sans ms';"span style="font-size: 14.3999996185303px; line-height: 1.7em;" "I don't know, I just felt that I could trust you. You are one of the first people I've met that haven't screamed when they saw me," he said, and threw his stick into the fire. "And plus, you told me about yourself."/span/spanbr style="line-height: 1.7em;" /span style="color: #333333; font-family: 'comic sans ms';"span style="font-size: 14.3999996185303px; line-height: 1.7em;" I chuckled. "But that must suck, having people think you're a monster. In my eyes, you're anything but," I said, and I walked over to my katana./span/spanbr style="line-height: 1.7em;" /span style="color: #333333; font-family: 'comic sans ms';"span style="font-size: 14.3999996185303px; line-height: 1.7em;" "My Sensei told me that you should always trust your instincts, unless they're wrong."/span/spanbr style="line-height: 1.7em;" /span style="color: #333333; font-family: 'comic sans ms';"span style="font-size: 14.3999996185303px; line-height: 1.7em;" "That… actually makes sense," I said, and I sat down on the log again. I picked up his cloak and gave it to him./span/spanbr style="line-height: 1.7em;" /span style="color: #333333; font-family: 'comic sans ms';"span style="font-size: 14.3999996185303px; line-height: 1.7em;" "Thanks," he said, and put it over his shoulders, but kept the hood off./span/spanbr style="line-height: 1.7em;" /span style="color: #333333; font-family: 'comic sans ms';"span style="font-size: 14.3999996185303px; line-height: 1.7em;" "For what, that I thought it made sense or the cloak?" I smiled, and he shrugged. "I should probably get going, I need to be at the place soon, otherwise they are not going to let me have the house."/span/spanbr style="line-height: 1.7em;" /span style="color: #333333; font-family: 'comic sans ms';"span style="font-size: 14.3999996185303px; line-height: 1.7em;" "Okay, do you need a lift?" he asked, standing up, so I stood up as well, grabbing by backpack./span/spanbr style="line-height: 1.7em;" /span style="color: #333333; font-family: 'comic sans ms';"span style="font-size: 14.3999996185303px; line-height: 1.7em;" I looked up at the vines. "Probably," I said, strapping my katana back to my belt./span/spanbr style="line-height: 1.7em;" /span style="color: #333333; font-family: 'comic sans ms';"span style="font-size: 14.3999996185303px; line-height: 1.7em;" Like last night, Leo picked me up bridal style./span/spanbr style="line-height: 1.7em;" /span style="color: #333333; font-family: 'comic sans ms';"span style="font-size: 14.3999996185303px; line-height: 1.7em;" "Really? This again?" I asked./span/spanbr style="line-height: 1.7em;" /span style="color: #333333; font-family: 'comic sans ms';"span style="font-size: 14.3999996185303px; line-height: 1.7em;" Leo smiled. "No," he said, putting me down. "You're going to hold onto my shell."/span/spanbr style="line-height: 1.7em;" /span style="color: #333333; font-family: 'comic sans ms';"span style="font-size: 14.3999996185303px; line-height: 1.7em;" I hesitantly moved behind me. "Are you sure?" I asked, and he nodded. I put my hands around his neck, and wrapped my legs around him./span/spanbr style="line-height: 1.7em;" /span style="color: #333333; font-family: 'comic sans ms';"span style="font-size: 14.3999996185303px; line-height: 1.7em;" "Let's go," he said, and he jumped up the thick vines. We got up to the top, and the humidity of the forest struck me. Leo climbed a large tree, which I /spanspan style="font-size: 14.3999996185303px; line-height: 24.4799995422363px;"didn't/spanspan style="font-size: 14.3999996185303px; line-height: 1.7em;" see yesterday for some strange reason. "Which way are you heading?"/span/spanbr style="line-height: 1.7em;" /span style="color: #333333; font-family: 'comic sans ms';"span style="font-size: 14.3999996185303px; line-height: 1.7em;" I looked around, and it caught my eye. It was closer than I thought. "Down there," I said, and pointed towards it./span/spanbr style="line-height: 1.7em;" /span style="color: #333333; font-family: 'comic sans ms';"span style="font-size: 14.3999996185303px; line-height: 1.7em;" "Okay," He said, and jumped down the tree, from branch to branch. He reached the ground with a thud. "So we're going to walk in that direction," Leo said, and pointed down a trail./span/spanbr style="line-height: 1.7em;" /span style="color: #333333; font-family: 'comic sans ms';"span style="font-size: 14.3999996185303px; line-height: 1.7em;" "You don't have to come if you don't want to. I don't want to be a burden," I said./span/spanbr style="line-height: 1.7em;" /span style="color: #333333; font-family: 'comic sans ms';"span style="font-size: 14.3999996185303px; line-height: 1.7em;" "No, no, it's fine. But I can't get too close to the village," He said and started down the trail./span/spanbr style="line-height: 1.7em;" /span style="color: #333333; font-family: 'comic sans ms';"span style="font-size: 14.3999996185303px; line-height: 1.7em;" "So, how did you find that hole?"/span/spanbr style="line-height: 1.7em;" /span style="color: #333333; font-family: 'comic sans ms';"span style="font-size: 14.3999996185303px; line-height: 1.7em;" "I stumbled upon it. Nearly fell in it."/span/spanbr style="line-height: 1.7em;" /span style="color: #333333; font-family: 'comic sans ms';"span style="font-size: 14.3999996185303px; line-height: 1.7em;" I smiled. "You know, you're the closest person to me," I said, tilting my head to look at him./span/spanbr style="line-height: 1.7em;" /span style="color: #333333; font-family: 'comic sans ms';"span style="font-size: 14.3999996185303px; line-height: 1.7em;" "But we only just met," he said, looking back at me./span/spanbr style="line-height: 1.7em;" /span style="color: #333333; font-family: 'comic sans ms';"span style="font-size: 14.3999996185303px; line-height: 1.7em;" "Exactly," I said, looking back at the trail./span/spanbr style="line-height: 1.7em;" /span style="color: #333333; font-family: 'comic sans ms';"span style="font-size: 14.3999996185303px; line-height: 1.7em;" "Wow, do people avoid you or something?"/span/spanbr style="line-height: 1.7em;" /span style="color: #333333; font-family: 'comic sans ms';"span style="font-size: 14.3999996185303px; line-height: 1.7em;" "It seems like it," I said. "Wow, that is one big tree," I stared up into the thick branches. It was thicker than my height, well, I wasn't that tall./span/spanbr style="line-height: 1.7em;" /span style="color: #333333; font-family: 'comic sans ms';"span style="font-size: 14.3999996185303px; line-height: 1.7em;" "I can't get any closer, since I don't want to be seen," Leo said, leaning against the trunk of it./span/spanbr style="line-height: 1.7em;" /span style="color: #333333; font-family: 'comic sans ms';"span style="font-size: 14.3999996185303px; line-height: 1.7em;" "Will I ever see you again?" I asked./span/spanbr style="line-height: 1.7em;" /span style="color: #333333; font-family: 'comic sans ms';"span style="font-size: 14.3999996185303px; line-height: 1.7em;" "How about this," Leo started, as he leaned against the tree. "I come past here every day, so if you wanna talk just come here."/span/spanbr style="line-height: 1.7em;" /span style="color: #333333; font-family: 'comic sans ms';"span style="font-size: 14.3999996185303px; line-height: 1.7em;" I smiled and hugged him. "Thank you, Leo," I said./span/spanbr style="line-height: 1.7em;" /span style="color: #333333; font-family: 'comic sans ms';"span style="font-size: 14.3999996185303px; line-height: 1.7em;" He hesitantly wrapped his arms around me as well, and I smiled. "N-no problem," He said./span/spanbr style="line-height: 1.7em;" /span style="color: #333333; font-family: 'comic sans ms';"span style="font-size: 14.3999996185303px; line-height: 1.7em;" I pulled away. "I'll see you around, 'ghost of the jungle'," I said, and I smirked./span/spanbr style="line-height: 1.7em;" /span style="color: #333333; font-family: 'comic sans ms';"span style="font-size: 14.3999996185303px; line-height: 1.7em;" "'Ghost of the jungle'?" He asked raising an eyebrow./span/spanbr style="line-height: 1.7em;" /span style="color: #333333; font-family: 'comic sans ms';"span style="font-size: 14.3999996185303px; line-height: 1.7em;" I pushed loose hair from my face behind my ear. "I might've heard of it on the way here."/span/spanbr style="line-height: 1.7em;" /span style="color: #333333; font-family: 'comic sans ms';"span style="font-size: 14.3999996185303px; line-height: 1.7em;" Leo smiled, and pulled his hood up. "Bye, Emily," he said, and began climbing the tree./span/spanbr style="line-height: 1.7em;" /span style="color: #333333; font-family: 'comic sans ms';"span style="font-size: 14.3999996185303px; line-height: 1.7em;" "Bye, Leo," I said back, and watched him disappear in the thick branches./span/spanbr style="line-height: 1.7em;" /span style="color: #333333; font-family: 'comic sans ms';"span style="font-size: 14.3999996185303px; line-height: 1.7em;" I continued on the trail, and a soft murmur of the bugs is all I could hear. But I knew that Leo was watching. I knew he watched me walk into the small village that was surrounded by the forest. I smiled, turning around and looking back into the jungle, and I swear that I saw a pair of blue eyes stare straight back at me./span/span/p