It has been two months since I visited the Turtles in their own home dimension.
Each day goes by and it feels more like a dream than a memory.
I keep the tanto framed on my wall, still inside its ceremonial box.
The Turtles visited me a month after I had come home to see how I was getting on. They stayed for a whole night and we watched TMNT cartoons and movies together. Mikey particularly enjoyed reading the comic books, and really wanted to write Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird a letter. I managed to talk him out of it.
There was a purpose for their visit. Donny took me back in time to see a fellow fan. I told her about my experiences, and because she was a fanfic author, she agreed to publish my story online.
"Why do I need to do this?" I asked, as Donny tapped on the front door of her home.
"How do you think we found you? Donny asked. "You reviewed your own story, your own future experience. It was from the reviews to this story that we compiled a list of potential candidates. This is how we chose you."
I was astounded. I remembered reviewing the story, but it hadn't even registered at the time, not even when I was living the story word for word. I read so much turtle fanfiction that this one had melted into a million others.
The lady opened her door and smiled broadly at the sight of Donny. She invited us in, made us tea, and listened carefully as I asked her if she would write my story. She seemed distant and thoughtful as she considered everything fully. Then she nodded.
"Thanks, Gina. It means a lot to me, and to the guys." I added.
"Give me all the details, and I'll make it into a story." Gina promised, settling down with a notepad and listening as I recounted my adventures.
"You don't feel bad at me having this experience, do you?" I asked her gently.
She smiled and winked at me. A glint of mischief in her eye. "I'm good, don't worry. This is going to take me a while to get together as workable story. That okay?"
I nodded. Donny and I rose to leave.
"I'll post a chapter every couple of days until I'm done." Gina promised as she saw us out of her quaint little home. "Thanks for coming to me and giving me the opportunity to write this for you all. I'll do the best I can."
I returned to my time and relaxed back into daily life.
It wasn't long before I started to feel very sick.
I went to the doctors, and they advised that I do a pregnancy test.
So that evening, I did just that.
As I waited for the little stick to develop lines, I felt an overwhelming sense of protectiveness descend upon me.
If I was pregnant, I would do everything in my power to help the little lives growing inside of me.
If I was pregnant, I would shelter my unborn from the world. Because the world could never understand that I was pregnant by mutant turtles.
I had a horrific vision of the scans to come - of nurses seeing a mass on their backs and advising termination because they hadn't developed the way they should.
I wouldn't let that happen.
So I waited for the stick to give me the answer.
Waited and prayed that all would be okay.
In a moment, I had my answer.
Notes (Loving : Turtle Style)
Thanks to all the reviews for this fic!
Kimmie98 - You've been a regular reader and reviewer and this has really helped to keep the momentum of the fic going. Thanks so much!
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Big hugz for georgeisthewin, tmnt4life, Rakuen91, Optimus Prime Fangirl, TMNTForLifee.
And a big hug for the reclusive guest. Don't worry. Don has ways of finding out who you are ;)
The Tanto given as a reward to Michelangelo and OC : Swords of the East website - Musashi Japanese Swords Asuka Tanto (BLACK) Can't post a link, so I've given you the details instead. Look it up if you want to see the tanto used in the ceremony.
Sex is emotion in motion - Mae West