Somebody to Lean On

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Is There Any Escape?


The rest of the school day had gone by as normal as it could. Leo, Raph, Mikey, and Don were walking to ninjitsu. Leo and Raph sat on the sides to watch.

They walked by a TV store when the reporter woman on the TV said something that made all of them go cold.

"Samuel Itami, wanted for child abuse, was sighted near his son's school around lunchtime. Before the police could arrive, Itami fled the scene."

Everyone looked to Leo, who was frozen stiff. His eyes were huge and his face was drained of all color.

"Leo, you okay?" Mikey asked.

Leo nodded firmly and continued walking. Raph and Don shared concerned looks while Mikey looked almost scared.

They made it to the dojo in silence, no one taking their eyes off Leo.

Splinter stood at the door, with a warm, comforting smile spread across his face. "Hello, my students, before warming up, we need to talk. Leonardo, if you could just stay in the waiting room for a moment."

Leo nodded, knowing what their conversation was going to be of.

He sat in a chair and stared out the window. Across the street he noticed something weird. A man was sitting on the bench, hood pulled over his head. A beer can was in one hand while a newspaper was in the other. But the eyes weren't focusing on the newspaper, they were staring directly at Leo.

Leo knew those eyes, they were the same eyes he had to face ever since his mother had abandoned him. They were the eyes of his drunk father.

...

"I assume you are all aware of Leonardo's father?" Splinter asked quietly.

"Yeah, I was there when that **** head broke his arm." Raph growled.

"Raphael, I understand your anger, but do not use that kind of language in my dojo." Splinter ordered.

"Sorry Sensei," Raph quickly apologized.

"Leonardo is going through a very hard time, we must help him in anyway possible. Have no temper with him, for it could remind him of his father. We must be careful."

The three boys nodded, "Sensei, the thing is..."

Before Don could finish, a blood curdling, terrified scream came from the waiting room.

They ran to see Leo hugging himself tightly, staring at a person across the street with the eyes of a cornered animal.

The man quickly got up and ran.

"Leo! Come on what happened?" Raph asked, looking almost as scared as Leo.

"He... he... dad." Leo stuttered out before sobbing.

"What do you mean?" Mikey asked, his blue eyes filled with concern and fear.

"He... that man... across the street... dad."

"Oh ****" Raph muttered.

Splinter was too concerned to correct Raph on his language, "Leonardo, you must look at me."

Leo turned his head to face Splinter, his eyes were filled with tears.

"Go to where you are staying, don't go alone. If you see him again, call the police, stay safe my student," Splinter said in a comforting tone.

Leo got up slowly, Raph, Don, and Mikey followed suit.

"Thank you, sensei," Raph said, Leo nodded.

...

When all four boys made it to Raph's house, they came to a conclusion.

"It's not safe here." Raph said, "Samuel knows where I live and probably knows Leo's staying here."

"Where do we go?" Mikey asked.

"You could stay at my house, my mom and dad would be fine with it." Don suggested.

Leo nodded. Everyone exchanged worried glances. Leo hadn't said a word since they left the dojo.

"We'll stay here tonight. Tomorrow, Don you ask your mom and dad." Mikey said.

The rest of the night was spent in silence, everyone passed quick, unnoticed glances at Leo while he laid in a sleeping bag. They didn't notice the light stream of tears that wet down his cheeks.

When everyone was asleep, Leo got up and went to the bathroom, where he let out all his feelings in the form of silent sobs.


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