The Love Of Their Lives

"Your… nightmare?" Mikey questioned, looking taken aback.

"Yes, our nightmare," Venus's voice was filled with sorrow.

"Look, guys...er, turtles. Wait, you guys are turtles right?" asked Mona Lisa, looking just as shocked to see them as they were to see here.

"Yup, born and raised," said Raphael gruffly, never taking his eyes off of her. Crud, what the shell is wrong with me? I can't look away…

"How is this your nightmare?" Donny wanted inquired, wanting answers.

"It's a long story, trust me," Mona looked at her watch, "Oh man! I should have called them a long time ago."

"Who?" Leo wondered if they were ever going to get an answer.

"Can't talk. Gotta go. Come on, Venus," the girls started to run, making the brothers look after them confused. Suddenly, Raph started running after them.

"Raph? Where you going? RAPH!" Raph ignoring his older brother, kept running. No way were they getting away. Raph blinked, and the next thing he knew, his brothers were running right along side him.

"You're not the only one who wants some answers," said Leo. Raph smirked and nodded. They followed the girls up the nearest manhole cover, careful not to be seen.

Mona and Venus were glad that it was night, making it perfect for them to get home unseen. While they ran through the streets, the boys followed them on the rooftops. The girls made a quick right turn, stopping on the sixth house up the street. After they had gone in, the brothers tried to look through the window. All was in vain though, as the inside was blocked by a curtain.

"I can't see a thing," Mikey complained.

"Well then, we just have to wait until they come out," Leo said, trying to keep quiet.

"All night? But what about Master Splinter, Leo? He must be worried about us."

"Then call him on the shell cell and tell him we'll be a little late, Don."

"What ever you say, leader," while Donny dialed, Mona was doing the same thing, but calling someone else.

"I hope they pick up," she said in a worried tone. Venus patted her on the back, trying to reassure her.

"Don't worry so much Mona. I'll bet your parents are waiting by the phone for your call."

"I hope your right," the voice that answered, however, were not the voices of her parents. It was a voice that was burned into her mind, one that would never leave her.

"Hello Mona Lisa. I was wondering when you were going to call."

"YOU!" the young mutant's eyes widened, making her friend feel worried.

"Yes Mona Lisa. It's me. And here you thought you were going to get rid of me so easily. Well you were wrong," Mona could picture the smug grin, "Guess who I have next to me? Go on, guess."

"My parents!" her anguished voice rang out, echoing in the empty house.

"Yup. Oh, and not only your parents. Your brother too."

"No!"

"I'm afraid so, Mona Lisa. Such a shame, don't you think? That they should suffer because of you?"

"What do you want from me?"

"Oh Mona, don't tell me you already forgot? Did you already forget what you did to my lap, you idiotic girl?!"

"No I didn't! I'll never forget that day! Because of you, I can't return to my family, and I'm always on the run!" she was too busy yelling to notice the tears streaming down her face.

"Look Mona Lisa, I have no time for games! So here's what you're going to do," as much as she hated him, she listened to his instructions, writing down the address.

"Fine, I'll see you there in half an hour," her eyes were dull as she sat down on the couch. Venus rushed to her, looking dismayed.

"Mona, was that…him?"

"Yes and he has my family…" Mona held back a sob, biting her lip.

"Oh Mona!" Venus grabbed her in a hug, "I'm so sorry!"

"Don't be. I've got a plan."

"Is that wise? Shouldn't we just, you know…do as he says?"

"What?!"

"What do you mean "what"?! The last time you had a plan, it backfired! And not to mention the other times," the young turtle shook her head, remembering.

"Oh, that was for something different! But this plan will work, I'm sure of it!" Mona Lisa jumped off the couch and started pacing the floor.

"You said that last time…" Venus sighed in defeat, "Ok, what do I do?"

"So here's the plan," as Mona told Venus her fool-proof plan, four reptile brothers waited outside.

"I'm bored! Why are they taking so loooong?" Mikey whined.

"Shut it Mikey, or I'll shut for you!" Raph made a threatening move toward his little brother.

"Shhhhh! I see something," Leo said, trying to hush them up. They watched as the girls walked out of the house and jump on the roof tops.

"Looks they're on the move," Donny stated, getting up from where he was sitting.

"Then we'll move too," as they followed them, Raph once again felt his eyes settle on Mona Lisa. As hard as he tried, he just couldn't take his amber eyes off the lizard-like girl. The boys came to a halt when they saw that Mona had gone into an abandoned factory. Instead of going in after her, Venus jumped onto the roof top across from the brothers.

"What are they doing?" Mikey scratched the back of his head, looking confused.

"No idea, Mikey…" Donny squinted at the factory, trying to see.

"Come on, let's get a closer look."

"It looks like Raph is way ahead of you, Leo," Donny sounded slightly amused.

"What?" the katana user turned to see his hot-headed brother went up to Mona Lisa, "Oh shell... as always Raph acts before he thinks," Leo sighed and blended into shadows, followed by his two younger brothers. Venus was too busy watching Mona Lisa to notice Raph coming up behind her. He tapped her on the shoulder, giving her quite a scare.

"Aaaah!" she screamed, jumping around. She stopped when she saw who it was,"What are you doing here?" Venus demanded, then noticed the other three, "And you guys, get out of here! Go on back to your home!"

"We ain't some five year old kids, alright? Now pipe down and let us save ya."

"What my hot headed brother is trying to say is, we're here to help in what we can," Leo said in a smooth voice.

"Look, Mona Lisa and I don't need help from anyone. We've been fighting this guy for a long time and we can handle him and his goons."

"Oh good. Well, since you guys have everything under control, me and my bros can go home," before he could get too far, Raph grabbed his shell and slapped him on the head, "Ow! What the shell, Raph?!"

"SHHHH, WILL YOU GUYS SHUT UP?! YOU'LL RUIN EVERYTHING MONA LISA AND I PLANNED!"

"So you do have a plan then," Donny said, rather cheekily.

"Yes. I'll tell you if you keep your brothers in check, got it?"

"Alright deal," Leo raised his hand to shake on it.

"Deal," Venus shook his hand. As their fingers touched, they looked into each other's eyes. For some reason, she got nervous and quickly let go, looking down at her friend who was waiting.

"Alright here's the plan," however, before she could say anything, a van pulled up to the factory. Venus ran to the side of the building, and gasped at who she saw. The man that had been hunting Mona was here, and he was walking into the building. The female turtle ran to look down inside of the building, watching her friend's reaction.

Mona Lisa had been sitting down, waiting. She stood up as the man walked in.

"Well, well, well. At least you did something that I wanted," as he stepped in to the light, the turtles were able to see what he looked like. An eye patch covered his left eye, and he wore a white shirt, black pants, and boots. He was a bit chubby; his gray hair was tied into a ponytail, "Hello there, Mona Lisa."

The young mutant smirked, slanting her eyes seductively, "Hello Captain Filch."


End of Chapter 2