‘Well here goes nothing. Oops can’t forget my portfolio.’
She locks up her car and enters the building. Then she takes
the elevator to her floor and is greeted by Peter as she exits the elevator.
She looks up and smiles.
“I can’t believe this. I’m working with the
two best creators of all time I must be dreaming.”
“No Riana you’re not dreaming. I’m glad that
you feel that way. Welcome to the team. Let me show you to your office and explain what the series is you will be working
with us on. “
They walk down the hall and he unlocks the door. They enter
and she looks around amazed.
“Wow my own office. Who knew that drawing heroes from
your childhood would get me here at Mirage? The home of the Ninja Turtles when I was almost 9 years old. I’m speechless.”
He looks as she sits down and begins to explain.
“Riana I hired you because your drawing of Leonardo impressed
both me and Kevin. Looking at your drawing made me go through fan letters of them from the late 80s into the early 90s. There
was a demand to bring them back to the screen and it worked. You will be one of the illustrators on a new Ninja Turtle series
due to launch in less than a month. We made a few changes to go with the time that has passed since Ninja Turtles went off
the air but it’s still the Heroes In A Half Shell but just an updated version. I have written up some notes for you
that will be Episode 1 and know having you on the team was a good idea. I’ll be back in about 3 hours to check on your
progress. My office is down the hall if you need to ask me any questions thank you Riana.”
She hears her door close and takes off her jacket. Then she
pulls out the notes and her pencil to begin her drawings. After she draws a few storyboards in pencil she fills in the colors
with the pencils that are in her drawer and smiles as she continues. As she finishes her drawing she places the notes on top
of them and slips them in the portfolio that Peter left for her in the third drawer. She thinks to herself.
‘Only if they were real I could personally thank Leonardo
and his brothers for the positive messages that they stood for. Then I would thank Leonardo for inspiring me to take up Kendo
watching the way he wield those katana in the series and movies. But they’re not real so I’ll just focus on my
work and be glad I’m part of bringing them back to this generation.’
As she continues working she doesn’t realize that they
were watching her amongst the shadows. Mike looks at her and sighs.
“Whoa she really grew over the years into a beautiful
young lady. What a babe.” Raph buries his head in his hands and sighs. Leo looks over at Riana and sighs saying to
‘Whoa she is beautiful. I can’t believe the last
time I met her she was 11 and I scared the poor girl. Now she’s 24 and I can’t keep my eyes off of her.’
Don looks and sighs. Then he taps Leo on his shell.
“Umm bro stop looking at her. We’ll get spotted
and she’ll freak out on us like she did years ago hello Leo are you there? Leo?”
“Don give it up he’s not listening. Let’s
get back to the lair and let lover boy over here gaze at her beauty.”
Leo hears that and glares.
“I am not in love with her shell for brains. I’m
watching over her because April asked me too so stop starting with me before I injure you.”
At that his brothers disappear into the shadows and down into
the sewers leaving Leo there staring at Riana as she works. She hears him hit the plant and he gulps hiding in the shadows.
She turns around and asks.
“Hello is anyone there? Peter is that you.”
She walks to her door and Leo watches as she opens it and scratches
her head in confusion. Then she plays it off and sits back down at her desk getting back to her drawings watching the clock
as the hands move slowly. Two hours later Peter enters and walks to her desk.
“How is everything Riana? How about you take a lunch break
and get back to work. Then when you finish bring the drawing to my office and you can go home for the night.”
She smiles and closes her portfolio carefully placing the notes
on top of it with blank drawing paper underneath her many notes. Then she exits her office and enters the cafeteria to get
a bite to eat. When she finishes her lunch she calls April and she answers.
“Hey Riana how’d it go?”
She smiles as she sips her soda.
“It was wonderful April. I am an illustrator for a new
Ninja Turtle series due to launch during the fall lineup. I’m so excited that he picked me to be a part of the team
to bring them back to the small screen. You were right I would’ve been a fool to miss out on an opportunity like this.
My drawings are coming to life on the small screen. Thank you for talking to me April.”
She smiles as she closes the shop for the night.
“It was my pleasure Riana. That’s what cousins are
for anyway. I’m glad you enjoyed your first day of work. Well I am on my way home sweetie feel free to stop by my apartment
later for some coffee.”
“Not tonight April it’s mine and Tom’s anniversary
tonight. So I’ll be preoccupied with him.”
“Alright Riana. I just hope he isn’t drinking. You
know how he gets with you when he’s drunk. Please be careful tonight and pay attention to his behavior before you decide
on doing anything with him. You’re my cousin and I worry.”
Riana looks at her watch.
“Ok April I appreciate your concern but I’ll be
fine bye now.”
She hangs up her cell and clocks back in. Then she enters her
office and gets back to work. Leo sighs and exits the window and into the night looking around from the shadows trying to
get Riana off his mind but just can’t seem to. He sits on the roof and buries his head in his hands and sighs.
In the meantime Riana finishes her sketches and enters Peter’s
office. He looks up and takes her portfolio and looks through it and smiles at her.
“Well done I knew I picked the right illustrator. Ok Riana
you’re done for today. Tomorrow morning come see me and I’ll show you how we’re animating these sketches
along with the storyboards. Then you’ll see the episode in it’s entirety with the new animation.”
“Ok Peter see you tomorrow at .
Have a good night.”
He smiles back at her.
“Thank you Riana and you do the same. See you 10am sharp.”
As she exits the building Leo watches over her as he runs along
the roof tops underneath the moonlight with his blue head band flowing in the wind. It’s a quiet and breezy night a
great night for a training exercise. He watches as he parks her car and sees Tom’s car pull up. Then he looks down and
stares at the sign on his head band.
‘He’s a foot member. Man she can be in danger.’
Then Leo realizes he can’t walk straight and keeps his
eye on him trying to figure out what’s wrong with him. Leo watches as he grabs Riana’s waist and stares. Then
he sees her back away from him and into her apartment with him following. He has a general idea that he is her boyfriend and
returns back to the lair in silence slamming his bedroom door after he enters his room. Don looks at Raph as he walks toward
“Raph leave him be. He’s in no mood to talk. You
know how he jumps on us when we bug him when he’s in one of those moods. Just let it be will ya unless you want your
shell kicked in.”
I do not own the rights of TMNT the characters expressed; Leonardo,Raphael,Donatello,Michaelangelo,Splinter,April O'Neil,
and Casey Jones are owned by Kevin Eastman,Peter Laird, and Mirage Studios...some characters are my own...please enjoy reading
my stories and don't copy!!Thank you Shana