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Shadow in the Breeze: The Phoenix Flame

By shadowstar_hatake

Action / Adventure

Chapter 1

Chapter 1:

It was the middle of October and for once I had no work to speak of. No missions or helping April out. I didn't go to school and I just finish morning training with the guys. Instead of staying and hanging out in the lair with my brothers I was venturing topside with Haku. Walking around alone with headphones in both ears with music blasting is usually a problem for most people.

Good thing I wasn't like most people.

I just wanted to walk around for once even though I didn't like people I had to make it look like I was a normal person just out walking their dog. To walk Haku above ground I had to enter April's store from the back and enter from the front making the people around it think I lived there.

I didn't like the fact I had to hide my family but in this world being different was something to stay away from. I was only happy that Halloween was coming up and the guys and I were going to walk around town free of judgement for one day. Strolling around the neighborhood I was walking back home when a figure in the shadows of an alleyway was moved. My guard went up quickly and I ducked into an adjacent alleyway. I was going to wait up for the person to reveal themselves to me but after twenty minutes of waiting I was going to leave when Haku started barking above us. I looked up just in time to dodge an arrow straight for my shoulder.

I ducked behind the dumpster and watched from the corner of the dumpster someone moving above me. Whoever it was they were sticking to the angle of the sun that was blocking my vision. I was thankful to the glasses I had to wear constantly and switched them to infrared. I took out two small knives from my pocket and threw one at my assailant. The assailant dodged it but I quickly threw my second one. The knife embedded itself in its neck.

Tying Haku to the leg of the dumpster I called my brothers for backup and April to come get Haku. My assailant laid in a pool of blood with his back facing me. When I turned him my shoulders dropped. The symbol embroider on his uniform showed me that the man that took the life of a friend long ago found us.

Shit

I reached for my shell cell to call my brothers when I heard my name being called.

"Shadow! Look Out!"

I turned away from the voice and felt impact on my right shoulder. I fell to the ground clutching my shoulder in my left hand. I looked at my shoulder to see the feathers of an arrow sticking out. More arrows flew at me. I rolled over my bad shoulder as arrows flew and hit the roof top where I landed. My brother's arrived immediately soon after.

Mikey and Donnie helped me to my feet and away from the rooftop while Raph and Leo stayed behind to find my attackers.

"Just pull it!" I demanded.

Donnie, Mikey and I were hiding below where I had Haku waiting for me. In a quick movement Donnie pulled the arrow out of my shoulder. I squeezed Mikey's hand tightly in my grasp when Donnie pulled the arrow. Donnie, Mikey, and I left to go home with Haku while Leo went to stop Raph from doing anything stupid.

By the time Leo and Raph returned I was exiting the lab with my shoulder covered in bandages with Mikey waiting for me with a bag of ice.

"Hey did you find anything?" I asked.

"No, whoever did this disappeared as quickly as they came." Leo explained.

"If you let me go after them then we would know who did this." Raph complained.

Leo and Raph went back to arguing with Mikey watching over them in case it got more heated and bigger. Donnie stayed in the lab to examine the arrow he took from my shoulder. While I went to visit Master Splinter about what happened.

I knocked on the door and waited.

"Enter"

I slid the door open and closed behind me. Splinter was kneeling down by the small table in his room. I took my place in front of him.

"What did you see?" Splinter asked.

"The Foot are doing something there's more movement than usual." I said.

"We need to be more vigilant and on our guard." Splinter said stroking his bread.

"Agreed. I think that the guys will have to stay below for now. I can find out more if I stay above." I said.

"It's too dangerous for you to be out now especially with your shoulder injured." Splinter stated.

"You mean this?" I said taking the bandages off to show my shoulder had no marks on it from the attack. "I healed myself just before coming in. You need someone to watch their movements. I can do that."

Splinter was stuck between a rock and a hard place he understood where I was coming from but didn't like it.

"Stay close and call in daily." Splinter said.

Splinter and I bowed.

Exiting the room I watched my brothers going around doing their daily routines. Raph and Leo stopped arguing and now Raph was punching the punching bag with Leo holding it steady. Mikey was playing his video games and Donnie was out of the lab but working on something on the chair.

Walking into my room I took my go bag that I used for work and set out to watch the Foot. I made it look like I was being called out for work with this bag but this time I was going to be closer than it seemed.

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