The next morning started as normal. Seth and Leo were in the dojo for meditation and training far early before anyone else had even woke up. But once everyone was awake they all went to separate activities. John went to the kitchen to start breakfast, Don went to the lab, Raph went to the workout room, Emily worked on cleaning her's and Mikey's room, and Mikey and Shawn went to the couch.
Shawn looked like a zombie and was falling asleep as they sat there. Mikey would give him a little nudge and Shawn would jerk awake for another minute and doze back off.
Mikey sighed. "Maybe Raph was right about us watching that movie."
Shawn yawns, "Mmm? Oh...ya...sure dad....zzzzz.."
Mikey looked now at Shawn with a slight glare, "Ya..."
It wasn't long though before the smell of food came to the young turtle's senses and woke him right up. John barely needed to give the announcement that the food was ready before Shawn was off the couch.
Mikey rushed after Shawn knowing Shawn would take about half or more of anything John made out there. The rest of the family wasted no time either and soon everyone was seated having their breakfast. Chit chat was normal, nothing much really came up. Shawn seems to already forgotten about his horrifying night experience.
Once everyone was finished eating, Emily got up and started doing the dishes and the rest of the family left the room...save for Mikey who found himself staring at her from behind at the table.
He smiles watching her every movement. Finally he got up and walked up and hugged her from behind resting his chin on her shoulder and kissing her cheek. It made her blush, "Michelangelo..."
He smiles and looks at her cutely, "Yes sweetheart?" She smiled back, "I love you.."
Mikey turns her around so she's facing him now, "I love you too, Em." He kisses her and holds her close.
Emily looked at him shyly and put her arms around his neck. He thought she looked so cute.
Seth greeted the question with a gentle smile, "I don't see why not. I don't have any plans right away."
Shawn's face lit up, "Oh!!! We should go to that pond outside the city!!! The one with that waterfall!"
Although most of John's face was covered by that big black mask, a smile seemed to form under it all, "A swim sounds nice."
Seth however didn't look to like the idea and groaned. "Swimming? Couldn't we like...go for a run?"
"In broad daylight?! Are ya cracked er something?! C'mon! It'll be fun!!" Shawn's voice said obnoxiously.
John nods, "That spot is secluded and in the woods. We could go there in relative safety."
Seth looked worried, and not one bit relieved but the comforting words. "Very well."
Heading to the garage they grab a few things then pile into the battleshell. Yes that big ol' hunk of metal and wheels was still around! Seth and Don had made more modifications to it of course, but it was still the battleshell. John began to climb in the back as carefully as he could. It was the only section of the over sized vehicle that he could get in really. Seth and Shawn turned around to see the end of the truck sink low, like an armored car filled with money. John's face got slightly red and he looks at them, "I...I am sorry." His face had a slight redness to it as he looked at them shamefully.
Seth frowns, "I meant to make further adjustments to this...sorry John. I've been a little busy. It ain't yer fault."
Shawn flicks Seth's arm jokingly, "Busy?!?! Doin what?! Sitting around the lair being boring on yer shell?"
Seth growls a bit, "If you're referring to meditation, it's not just sitting around, wise a**!"
Shawn laughs and shakes his head, "Whatever ya say oh wise one!" He leans the seat back and kicks his feet up on the dashboard and Seth sighs with frustration and was annoyed. But without another word he pulls out.
It only took about a half hour before they finally got to the start of the woods. After parking the battleshell in a more hidden spot, they all got out and walked into the woods. It was not long before they reached the spot. It was beautiful. Such a serene and peaceful place. And yes, there was a beautiful waterfall that ran into a small pond. Nothing big, but wonderful all the same. Seth however didn't seem to think any of it was wonderful. He just stood there watching John and Shawn strip and get in the water and enjoy themselves.
It caught Shawn's attention and he shouted out, "C'mon Seth! Whatcha waitin for?! Christmas?!"
Seth glares a bit, "No."
John looks up at him from in the water, "It is ok, Seth. The water is not deep." Seth grits his teeth, "Sure, not fer yer height it ain't!"
"Quit being a wimp!" Shawn soon yelled out.
Seth Hated that. He growls and glares a bit at Shawn but finally takes off his gear and slowly gets into the water all the while looking for the more shallow end of the pool.
Shawn laughed watching him, "Ya act like the water's gonna bite ya!!"
John frowns and looks at Shawn, "Shawn, be considerate. You know Seth does not like the water so much."
Shawn only crosses his arms and scowls, "Like I said, wimp!" With that he dives under the water. John sighs and shakes his head and leans back in the water and relaxes.
But there would be little relaxing for Seth as long as he was standing in the water. It was up to his waist and he was shaking a bit. Maybe it was shivering, maybe it was fear. It could very well have been both. For some moments the memories of what caused his fear of water in the first place start coming back. It made him pay little attention to anything else.
Seth panicked and started kicking and thrashing in the water. Shawn let go and poked his head out of the water again and laughed not realizing Seth's adrenaline had made him panic so bad that he swallowed a good amount of water.
In a split second Seth shot up out of the water and scrambled to the dry land coughing hard and breathing heavy. He felt like his life had flashed before his eyes.
John gasps and stands "Seth!!! Shawn what is wrong with you!?"
Shawn crosses his arms, "I was just having some fun!"
Seth shivered and sat in the grass coughing still and looking pale as a ghost. John climbs out of the water and comes to Seth in pure concern, "Seth, are you alright? Can you breathe?"
Seth only nods being badly shaken.
John growls at Shawn and looks fierce for once, "Shawn you should know better! Come! We are leaving...."
Shawn gasps, "What?!?!!? But we just got here!! What the f*** man?!?"
Seth's hand touches John's huge arm, "I-I'll be ok....j-just rest...." His voice was shaky and he didn't look well.
They spent about 2 hours there before finally heading back home. Shawn kept glancing at Seth and could tell Seth had a lot on his mind. Feeling guilty he lowers his head and his voice breaks the silence. "I'm sorry ok, Seth?"
Seth just nodded, "I know Shawn...I know.." Seth's countenance spoke volumes but it's not like Shawn really understood. Shawn had yet to find anything he was truly afraid of. Must be nice...
They soon arrived home and the tiredness seemed to finally catch up with Shawn. He wasted no time in going to his room to crash on his bed for some more hours. But Seth didn't really know what to do with himself. This day didn't go so well for him, and he actually now felt really tired too. he goes to the couch and lays down and quickly dozes off.