It had been three days since the fight against Hun and the argument between Leo and April. While Leo still was in pain, his wounds were healing just fine. His younger brothers were very careful with him, but Leo still tried to play games with them and do all the chores in the lair. His brothers helped him when he did the chores, well tried to help him. Whenever the young turtles wanted to help it always seemed to end in some kind of disaster.
But Leo never got angry with any of them, he would always tell them that accidents happened and then they would clean up together. But Leo knew that because his injures he couldn't play with his brothers as much, which meant they became restless. He knew he needed to come up with something that would let them let out all the energy they had built up.
"Come on you three, it's time to go!"
Mikey, Donnie and Raph looked up from what they were doing to see their big brother standing with a backpack over his shoulder and a another one by his feet. They shared a confused look, but got up and walked over to their brother.
"Where are we going?" Mikey asked.
Leo smiled and put the backpack on fully. "I thought it would be nice to go on a small adventure together."
The youngsters' faces immediately lit up and they began jumping around the oldest brother. Leo chuckled and lifted Mikey onto his shoulders, the youngest giggling. He then lifted the second backpack from the floor and held it out at Raph. "Do you think you can help me carry this, Raph?"
Raph smiled and nodded, Leo helping him on with the backpack. Leo then grabbed Donnie and Raph by the hand, and the brothers left the air.
They walked through the sewers, Donnie and Raph running ahead sometimes. Mikey was happy with sitting on his oldest brother's shoulders and had laid his head on top of the oldest turtle's. Leo was smiling as he saw how fun his brothers had. He hadn't been comfortable with the idea of taking his brothers out of the lair, but he had realized that they needed it. And once he come up with a place where he knew they would be safe, he packed for a day full of fun. And so far it seemed like everything was going good.
They took the road into a left tunnel and came to a stop, they youngsters' eyes widening at the sight. The room behind the tunnel was wide with high ceiling and thick walls. In the middle of the room was what looked to be a big pool with different deeps. A wheel swing was hanging from the ceiling and there was a slide in one of the pool's corners. Floating toys were already in the pool, waiting on being used.
Donnie, Mikey and Raph turned their gaze to their oldest brother and stared, their mouths wide open. Leo chuckled and lifted Mikey from his shoulders, placing the youngest turtle beside his brothers. He smiled at his younger brothers and nodded towards the pool. "Well, here we are."
Raph, Donnie and Mikey turned around and stared at the pool.
"When did you find this?" Donnie asked.
"A few months back, but I fixed it up a couple of days ago. It wasn't really much do since everything was already working, I only fixed the toys."
Mikey turned around and put his hands over his chin, giving his big brother the 'puppy eyes'. "So can we jump in? Please, please, please, please!"
Leo chuckled and stroke his youngest brother upon the head. "Of course you can, it's the reason I brought you guys here. But loose your masks and belts, we don't want them wet."
The tots cheered and placed their things by a dry patch, before running to the edge of the pool. Raph and Donnie dived right in, but Leo saw how Mikey stopped and stared down at the water as if it was going to attack him. The youngest turtle then went to the part of the pool where he would easily reach the bottom. And this concerned Leo. Why would Mikey refrain from playing with his brothers? Well, Leo was going to find out.
After wrapping his wound in water resistant bandage and loosing his own mask and gear, he walked over to the part of the pool where his youngest brother was. Mikey was currently playing with a toy racing boat, trying to act like the laughter from his older brothers didn't bothered him. But Leo could clearly see that Mikey longed to play with them, he wanted so badly to splash water at them too. So Leo got in the water and walked up to the youngest turtle, sitting down beside his brother. The water reached to his stomach and the warmth was very welcomed to his aching muscles. But Leo paid no attention to that, his brother was far more important.
"So what are you doing Mikey?"
The youngest turtle never stopped his playing nor did he look up from the boat. "Just playing."
Leo frowned at his brother's sad voice, it was never something he liked hearing in neither of his brothers.
"Why aren't you playing with Raph and Donnie?"
Mikey shrugged his shoulders and stopped playing with the boat, clutching it tightly to his chest. "I don't want them to laugh at me." He whispered.
Leo's expression softened, he brought his legs closer to his chest and laid his arms on top of them. "And why would they laugh at you."
Mikey's grip around the toy tightened and a small sniffle left the young turtle. "I don't know how to swim."
His voice was so soft that Leo nearly didn't hear his words, but luckily he did. His eyes widened slightly as he realized the problem, his youngest brother had forgotten how to swim when he had been turned younger. Another side effect from the experiment, another one among many.
Smiling softy, Leo picked Mikey up and placed the younger turtle in his lab. "Well then, lets do something about it."
Mikey looked up at his oldest brother, confusion shining in his baby blue eyes. "But what can we do?"
Leo's smile grew larger and he poked Mikey in the side, causing the younger turtle to giggle. Leo chuckled himself and lifted Mikey up, holding him in the air. "How does me teaching you to swim, hm?"
Mikey's eyes widened and a big smile spread on his face. He nodded furiously and Leo laughed at his brother's action. He placed him down in the water again and stood up himself. "Alright, let's get started."
He paused however as he saw how scared Mikey was looking, the small turtle was nearly shaking in fright. Smiling softly, Leo knelt down in front of his brother and lifted his chin up. "Hey, there's no need to be scared. I'm right here, I won't let anything happen to you."
Mikey managed a small smile and nodded, grabbing his older brother's hand in a hard grip. Leo squeezed right back and slowly started leading Mikey to deeper water. When the water reached Mikey by the shoulders they stopped and Leo turned to the younger turtle fully. He lowered himself into the water so he was about the same level as Mikey and pattered his brother on the head. "Alright, we will take it nice and slow. And don't worry, I will be here all the time."
Mikey nodded and Leo grabbed him under the arms. He lifted the tot up slightly so he was floating on his stomach and placed a hand on the younger brother's chest. "This shouldn't take long time at all. It will come natural, since you are a turtle." He smiled softy. "Now, let's start. Just try to swim like a frog."
Mikey looked at his brother like he had grown a second head. "A frog?"
Leo chuckled and nodded. "Yeas, a frog. Frogs are great swimmers and by copying how they swim, you can learn to swim in no time."
Mikey still looked skeptical. "You want me to swim like a frog?"
Leo gave him a look. "At least give it a try. You do know how a frog swims, right?"
Mikey nodded and looked down at his arms. Slowly he began moving his arms and legs as he had seen frogs do it. His tongue slide out of the corner of his mouth in concentration as he kept going, Leo never letting go. Slowly Mikey was getting the hang of it and Leo dared to lower his hand slightly, holding it right under his brother just in case. But Mikey didn't seem to notice as his concentration was on holding the rhythm he had worked up. The tot was slowly making his way out on deeper water and Leo moved his hand away completely, swimming beside his brother instead. The oldest turtle couldn't help but smile as he saw how hard his youngest brother was concentrated on something he could do so amazingly well.
The tot didn't look up. "Hm?"
That made Mikey snap his head up and stare at his oldest brother. But it was then he noticed how Leo was swimming around him, not holding him up anymore. The young turtle's face exploded with happiness and he laughed as he realized that he was indeed swimming on his own.
"I'm swimming! I'm swimming! Leo, I'm swimming!"
The oldest turtle chuckled. "Yes Mikey, you are. I knew you could do it, I never doubted you."
Mikey smiled and didn't noticed that he stopped swimming, floating in the water. When he noticed he laughed again, the sound music to Leo. Mikey then began splashing water at his oldest brother, Leo laughing and splashing right back. As Mikey used his feet in a try cover Leo with water the oldest turtle dove under the surface, disappearing from his brother's view. The youngest turtle looked around but couldn't spot his brother anywhere. Suddenly he was picked up and throw closer to Raph and Donnie, all three shrieking in surprise. The three soaked brothers looked over to see Leo smiling at them before he once again went under. The tots looked around, trying to locate the oldest turtle but had no such luck.
The youngsters squeaked as they were grabbed from behind and thrown into the air. As they returned to the water they were quickly gathered up in a pair of strong arms. Smiling down at them was Leo, their oldest brother being the one that had thrown them. At that everyone burst out laughing and started splashing water at each other. Leo quickly gathered his brothers in his arms again and gave them a smirk. "Take a deep breath."
The youngsters did as they were told and Leo brought them all under the surface. His brothers had their eyes closed at first but as they slowly opened them they were met by their oldest brother's smile. As they looked around their eyes widened at the sight. Everything looked so different. Everything was glistering as the water seemed nearly crystal clear and the light seemed to dance around in the water, creating a moving pattern.
Leo let go of his brothers and swum around them, diving under them. The youngsters smiled and began swimming themselves. Leo saw how Mikey had yet to get the speed his older brothers had at swimming and was therefore falling behind. So Leo swum up to the youngest turtle and swum under him, throwing a smile over his shoulder. Mikey saw this and smiled back as he grabbed hold of his brother's shoulders. Leo then swum faster and caught up with the other two, swimming in between them. As he swum past them he grabbed Raph and Donnie by the hand and swam only with his feet. The youngsters found this amusingly and held on tight. Leo then did a flip in the water and let go of his brothers' hands. Donnie and Raph were flung forward together with Mikey that lost his grip of his brother's shell. They tumbled around in the water and as they came to a stop they were giggling madly, air bubbles coming from their beaks. Leo smiled and swum up to them, gathering them up in his arms. He then swum to the surface, all four of them taking a deep breath as they broke the surface. They then began laughing all together and didn't stop until they were out of breath. Because he could reach the bottom Leo walked up to the edge of the pool and lifted his brothers out of the water. He then got out of the water himself and walked up to one of the backpacks. From the backpack he brought out four towels, three of them extra big and extra fluffy. He covered his younger brothers with one towel each, rubbing them dry. He then dried himself and spread his towel out on the floor.
"Sit down here and I will go fetch the food I brought with."
The youngsters nodded and sat down on the towel. Leo walked up to his mask and gear, bending down to pick them up. But as he did so his wound made itself remained and he bit back a cry. While swimming he had forgotten all about the wound, but know that he had slowed down he could clearly feel how much it hurt. But he couldn't let his brothers find out, he didn't want them to worry.
So he took a deep breath and continued doing what he had set out to do. He put his mask back on but let his gear be off, instead he carried his sheeted swords in his hand. He then slowly stood up in a try to not let the pain get to him. He walked up to the second backpack, picked it up and walked back to his brothers. There he sat down beside them and placed his swords down beside him. The youngsters looked eagerly as the oldest turtle opened the backpack, all of them hungry from the swimming. Leo smiled and took out everything he had brought with. There were all kinds of food like sandwiches, sausages, pasta salad, pizza, and some sushi. There were also things like apples, grapes, peas and melon. To drink there were juice, different kind of sodas and tea.
The brothers dug in and Leo smiled as he saw how his brothers 'stuffed their faces'. Mikey had ketchup all over his face and Donnie had somehow managed to get a salad leaf on top his head, while Raph had a juice mustache. It was an adorable sight and Leo could feel his heart swell with pride as he knew he was the only one that could call the ones before him brothers.
But it was then Leo heard footsteps coming in their direction, each footstep heavy. The blue clad turtle immediately reached for his katanas and unsheathed them. His brothers stopped at the same time as the oldest brother did so and quickly hid as Leo silently signaled them to do so. Leo silently moved over to the opening of the tunnel and pressed himself at the wall. His grip around his katanas tightened as the footsteps came closer and he could hear his own heartbeat. His muscles tightened under his skin as he waited for the right moment to leap out of his hiding, to attack.
As the owner of the footsteps only were a few feet away the blue clad turtle growled and leapt out from the shadow, his swords drawn.