For the next week I hardly spoke to anyone. Drawing was pretty much the only thing I did, apart from training. That's all I did-draw, train, sleep, eat. A continuing cycle. It wasn't until I decided to check the phones and laptop for anything that might lead us to what exactly those people were doing that I snapped out of it. I waited until Sensei was teaching moves-then I walked out into one of the smaller tunnels and pulled out the bag from the hole in the wall that contained the phones, laptop, wire and headphones. Sitting with my back pressed up against the wall, I drew the laptop onto my crossed legs, turned it on and plugged in the headphones, settling them over my ears. The screen lit up with a warning message not to continue unless you had the proper authorisation to do so. Pfff. Overriding the login was easy. The name was already typed in, and the password was written on the mouse pad.
"Woah..." Whoever owned this laptop before...They had a lot-and I mean a lot-of files named 'D.S.' I admit it, I was kinda shocked. And intrigued. And thought maybe that my luck had turned. Coincidence much? I clicked on the first video file-dated a less than fifteen years ago-and was met with a youngish looking girl, chatting happily to the camera, leading it round in what looked like a white, grey and oddly coloured room.
"...that's my dad. He's the man who let me show you guys these guys-my friends! Donatello, Michelangelo, Leonardo, Raphael and Splinter! They're turtles, and a rat, but they're going to change the world my dad says. Well, New York. Isn't that cool?! My mum said he's silly." The girl seemed happy, talking about her mum, dad and my-family? The girl in the video...The camera then turned to a subdued baby, surrounded by tubes, clutching a mask that looked an awful lot like mine. I quickly shut down the laptop, shoved my glasses up my nose, grabbed the bag, and chucked it and the headphones into it.
"Don-psst! Donnie! Hurry up! I think I've found something important...It-it-it's weird! Here, watch it-plug in your headphones..." I hurriedly found the video, and handed the laptop to Donnie before peeking into the training room again. "So? What d'you think? I'm a little creeped out by it...And the date that it was uploaded-it add up. I mean-you know. Explains a lot..."
"We've got to show this to the others. Sensei too, he's going to find out soon enough. He's already suspicious." I reluctantly nodded. Sensei had been acting tougher on all of us, putting us through more and more training for who knows what, watching us closely, and going out less and less. I could practically smell the suspicion on him.
"Saying that, I haven't checked any other files on the laptop, and not even started on the phones yet. For all we know..." I trailed off, knowing that I sounded stupid. Obviously it was about us. Taking the laptop from Mikey, I shut it down and went to put it into the bag.
"What are you two doing, whispering out here?" We both jumped, and I clutched at my stomach in case I started to laugh like I usually did when someone made me jump. "Nice to see you talking for once this week, Tally. I see you have a new bag. Tell me, what is in it? And what was on that laptop of yours?" Sensei looked calm, and it made me gulp. I stumbled over my words.
"Well-you see that, uh-what I'm trying to say is that-"
"I went up. Got the laptop for her." I looked over at Leo, and smiled weakly.
"So did I." Raf added.
"Oh, and me too Sensei. Tealeaf's done nothing wrong. It was all us."
"I went up too." I looked at my boots, not wanting to catch Sensei's-or my brother's-gaze.
"You-you disobeyed me, after I told you to not go up? And I refuse to believe that you went up to just get a laptop! Show me. Show me what is on that laptop right now." I tried refusing. No hope. After the video had played, Sensei just looked hard at the screen, and then at each of us. He took the laptop from me, raised it, and dropped it, causing it to smash into several pieces on the floor. We just stared at it in surprise. "You are never to speak of it again. Understand? Good."