So Close (A TMNT Oneshot)

April talks to Casey about her problems with the guys, and they are so close...


1. So Close (A TMNT Oneshot)


They walked down the stairs quietly, neither of them making an attempt to start a conversation. April bit her lip nervously, not daring to look at Casey out of the corner of her eye. She knew he was doing this on purpose. He was quiet now because she had been silent earlier.

Once they reached the bottom of the stairs and started towards her locker she just couldn’t take it anymore and said, “Are you going to say something?”

“Are you?” he replied, glancing at her. She shrugged. “Why are you so quiet today, red?”

“I just...” she quickly recalled the turtles and felt a stab of regret at having left them behind like she did. She had been angry when she told them she never wanted to see them again, but when she decided to make an effort to go back Donnie hadn’t answered his T-Phone. When she saw them out at night and tried to get their attention they would go the other way. It seemed as if they were avoiding her now.

And that was almost worse.

“You just what?” Casey prompted, turning around to lean against her locker so she couldn’t open it until she satisfied his question. April frowned.

“I’m having trouble with some friends of mine,” she answered. “They’re avoiding me.”

He gave her a gap-toothed grin. “What’d you do?”

“Nothing! Well...” she sighed. “It’s complicated.”

“You always say that.”

April looked up at him. “Let me into my locker, Jones.”

He cocked his head at her. “First tell me why they’re avoiding you.”

“What does it matter to you?” she snapped, grabbing a fistful of his hoodie and yanking him out of her way. He stumbled a bit, surprised by her strength, but immediately recovered and leaned against the locker next to hers, looking down at her.

“Because I want to know,” he said. She scoffed.

“Please. You want to know if I’m doing something wrong so you can blame me for not having any friends anymore.”

“That’s not true,” Casey said sharply, putting his hand over her locker’s dial so that she was forced to look at him instead of focusing elsewhere. “I’m asking what’s going on so that I can try and help you. I don’t want to blame you for anything.”

April found herself getting lost in his soft brown eyes and tore her eyes away from him. She sighed. He inched closer to her.

“Are these friends of yours guys or girls?” he asked.

Deciding there was no way out of telling him and that she really wanted to tell someone about what was going on in her life, she leaned against her locker and crushed his arm against it. He didn’t seem to notice. Finally she replied, “Guys.”

“When was the last time you talked to them?”

“A few weeks ago.”

“What did you all talk about?”

April cringed a little. “I...I told them I never wanted to see their faces again.”

Casey looked intrigued and confused at the same time. “Why?”

“I was hurt and angry,” she said quickly, hugging her biology book to her chest. “I didn’t mean what I said. I just needed some time to cool off. I really need them back.” Then she paused, thinking about Donnie and the others and how they had always been there for her, from the first moment they rescued her from the Kraang. “I want them back.”

Casey managed to free his arm and shook it a little to get the blood flowing again. He asked, “Have you tried talking to them again?”

“They won’t answer their phones,” she muttered. “And I rarely see them on a day-to-day basis since I left.”

“Now they’re avoiding you, then? Maybe they’re just busy if they won’t answer their phones.”

April considered this. It was true that the turtles were probably much busier now than they had been before due to all the spilled mutagen, but still, she figured they would be underground during the daytime at least.

“Maybe, but I’ve seen them pass by my street sometimes, and when I call to them they just keep going.”

“They probably can’t hear you.”

“They can. I know they can. Donnie has turned and looked at me before he kept going.”


April closed her eyes and let her head bang against her locker, ignoring the sting. “I don’t blame them, I guess. I was a jerk. I deserve this.”

“No, you don’t. If they’re really your friends they’ll come around. Who would want to be away from you for that long?” he said. April glanced back up at him in surprise. He was just a few inches away from her now. His hand gently brushed against hers. An electric jolt shot through her and made her heart begin to race.


“Besides, while you’re waiting on those guys to get their heads examined, I’m always here.” He smiled a little. “I’m your friend, right?”

April smiled back. “Yes, you are.”

Then they were silent again. Only this time it was a different kind of silence. They stood gazing at each other in a trancelike state, the world around them completely tuned out. Casey gently took her hand in his and held it down at their sides against her locker. He never took his eyes from hers.

April, for her part, wanted to drop her biology book and enjoy the moment while it lasted. She had to tilt her head up to look at him now, they were so close. He titled his head to one side, and before she knew what she was doing she was titling her head in the opposite direction.

They were just a couple of inches from each other’s face. Casey let his eyelids close halfway. April closed her eyes completely, waiting for the moment of contact. Her heart was pounding with nervous excitement.

Just then the school’s fire alarm went off, breaking the magical trance. Students rushed by them, heading for the nearest exit, bumping against them in the process and ruining the romantic aura even further. April opened her eyes again to find Casey staring down at her, looking disappointed. She sighed.

“Fire alarm.”

He shrugged. “Of course. Never a dull moment around here.” Then he turned and started leading her towards the nearest exit just like all the other students, but he never let go of her hand.

April remembered how close they had come and sighed yearningly. She’d only known this Casey Jones for the amount of time she had been away from the guys, but she enjoyed his company. He almost made up for the absence of the turtles.


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