Chapter 1: Juggling Life
Waking up early in the morning is tough but waking up just an hour after returning home from work was even worse. It's been two months since I started working with the Imperial Dragons and my nightmarish past was exposed and destroyed by my family and friends. I dragged myself off my bed and changed my clothes out of my uniform that was all black with stone grey pants. I threw my tang top into the laundry basket and threw my combat boots off into the corner with my other shoes. The leather jacket and chains attached to my pants were tossed near Haku's bed. I had to clean up everything before my family came and got me. My reasons for not being home because of 'work' was that my job had me traveling to build sets around the country for famous theaters. I couldn't tell them what I really did in fact I swore not to because of the deal I made with Satoshi.
I checked my work phone to make sure everything was fine and I could go on with my life with my family underground. The missions I go on were only twice a month but they took over a week two at most to finish. Plus relaying messages to my family and keeping in the dark was starting to place more stress on me. But I agreed to do this and I was happy. Exhaustion was the only thing that was killing me.
I walked over to the mirror to see my injuries and what I could hide. I was thankful that I started keeping a bowl of water in my room and my ability to control and heal myself with water. Placing my hand in the bowl I placed my hand against my side and left shoulder blade and healed them enough that they didn't hurt too much when I moved them. But I could train with them like this. Donnie would have a field day if I came injured or one of my brothers would be filled with guilt if they hit me in the wrong place and the already injured part of my body would get worse.
I gritted my teeth at the image of one of their faces filled with sadness and guilt. Changing into my workout clothes I walked out of my room with Haku at my feet into the kitchen with Leo and Master Splinter getting ready for tea.
"Welcome back Shadow." Leo said.
"Yes it's good to see you home again." Splinter added.
"Thanks guys." I answered.
I took the bag of dog food from under the cabinet and poured Haku his breakfast and sat at the dinner table where Leo served me our morning tea.
"Thanks Leo I really needed this." I said taking a slip of tea.
"You don't know how much I missed this." I added.
"It's nothing Shadow." Leo replied.
We talked and drank our tea until our other brothers woke up and stammered into the kitchen. Leo retired to the dojo to get ready for practice. I would usually follow him to either mediate or practice our katas but since I just returned from work I was going to stay with and hang out with my other brothers.
When Mikey saw that I was home he ran up to me and gave me a big strangling hug. I tapped him on the shoulder to try and get him off because my ribs were already not in good condition from work and his hug was suffocating. Donnie and Raph had to pull Mikey off me and get him to start making breakfast.
"So when did you get back?" Raph asked me.
"Last night." I answered.
"You must be tired then." Donnie said with a concerned look.
I waved my hand in front of my face.
"No don't worry about me Donnie I slept on the train back so I'm good." I answered.
"Hey don't leave me out of the conversation." Mikey whined
My brothers and I rolled our eyes while Splinter just sat in silence sipping his tea. I stood up when Mikey served the food to go see what Leo was doing. I was half way to the dojo when my phone went off. The ringtone told me it wasn't my shell cell. I took it out and looked at the caller ID. It read, Ryujinm meaning Daichi was calling me.
"Sorry guys this is work" I said raising my phone in the air for them to see.
"It is alright Shadow please answer it." Splinter said.
I nodded and ran into my room and locked the door. I answered the phone and talked to Daichi about the mission we just got back from. I had to type the paperwork right that moment because Satoshi was demanding it now. I ended the call and turned on my computer. While it was warming up I ran down to tell my family that I had to finish some paperwork for work so I couldn't join them for the day.
They accepted my explanation about it being for work and left me alone. It's true it was half true. It was for work but for not for the kind of work they thought of. Running into my room I started typing my report and sending it to Satoshi. I was happy that I didn't have to train and reinjure myself but sad about not spending time with my brothers. I sent the email with my report and transferred the file into my passport that I kept hidden from my family about reports for work. It took me twice as long to make a real report and something fake incase my family decided to see what I was typing on my computer. I hid the passport under the one person I could trust with this secret; Haku. There was a small hole in his bed where I insulated and hid my passport in.
I was just happy that the rest of the day the guys just wanted to relax and I didn't get any calls from work.
Continuing Shadow in the Breeze. If you haven't read it already then go read it because this story will not make sense if you didn't.