a story by Jephael
AUTHOR'S NOTE: This story takes place in 1995, two years after the Mutanimals' tragic demise in the "Terracide" storyarc.
| Leonardo couldn't tell where he was. It was too misty to see anything and all he could feel was the gravely ground beneath his feet.|
"Leonardo, it is good to see you."
Leo jumped at the sound of his name, but he quickly recognized the voice that had spoken it. "Man Ray?" He turned to see his old friend standing beside him. "But-but how?"
Man Ray put his hand on Leo's shoulder. "It's a long story, my friend. Suffice it to say, my fellow Mutanimals and I have been reaching out to you and your brothers for some time now. It hasn't been easy."
"But why now? Why after all this time?" Leonardo asked.
"The world is in grave danger and we need you four to bring us back so we can help save it."
Before Leo could ask any further questions, Man Ray vanished and he could feel himself sinking into the earth. "Man Ray, come back! Help me!"
artwork by SuperMichaelMan
| Donatello found himself on what looked like a deserted island somewhere in the Florida Keys. The sight was beautiful to him. "Boy, give me a portable computer, and I'd be in heaven!"|
"You're not far off, Mon."
Don's eyes went wide when he heard the familiar voice of Dreadmon. He looked behind himself to see the wolf man accompanied by none other than Mondo Gecko. "Okay, this can't be real! I must be imagining you guys or something."
"Chill out, bro ham!" the mutant lizard said. "We're real. Well, not as real as we used to be, but it is us. We came to you in your dream so we could deliver a message."
"Ya, Mon. The world is going to end unless you and your brothers bring us Mutanimals back to life." Dreadmon added.
"Back to life? How on Earth would we pull that off?" the turtle asked as he scratched his head when he noticed Mondo Gecko and Dreadmon were gone. "Hey, where'd you go?" He looked out into the water, only to see a humongous wave approaching him. "This can't be good."
artwork by Kobb
| Michaelangelo was climbing a large tree trunk when he noticed two strange figures sitting on one of the branches just a few feet above. "Yo dudes, what're you doing up here?"|
"We could ask you the same thing, plankton chip!"
"Planto- wait a minute!" Mikey said as he reached the branch to come face to face with "Wingnut and Screwloose? It can't be! You and the other Mutanimals have been-"
"Pushing up daisies?" Wingnut finished.
"Yea, pretty much." the turtle replied. "So like am I dreaming or something?"
"Well, sort of. But don't go jumping out of the tree just yet." Screwloose commented. "We came here to warn you about something that's threatening to destroy the world!"
"That can't be good."
"No, it isn't. That's why we need you and those other shellbacks to return us to the land of the living." Wingnut added.
Michaelangelo was taken aback at the statement, but before he could say anything else, he felt the tree swaying back and forth, almost as if something were causing it to break free from its roots. "Uh oh, we better get down from-" Mikey looked back to see Wingnut and Screwloose were now gone. "Great, leave me hanging!"
| It was a typical dream for Raphael. He was fighting some human street thugs in a dark alleyway, taking them down one by one. With every criminal he finished, two more showed up. Some of them taunted Raph, which only made him angrier.|
"What a lousy ninja. No wonder she dumped you, ya freak!"
"Shut the hell up!!!" he said as he stabbed the goon in the chest with his sai.
"You're worthless. You couldn't even help rescue your brother."
"YOU DON'T KNOW SPIT ABOUT ME!!!" Raphael screamed as he punched the other punk in the jaw.
Six men were left, and they began to advance on him when from out of nowhere a large green tail swung out and caused the gang to evaporate. "Ut, you really need to learn to calm yourself, Raph."
"Si, amigo. It's not good to hold onto these feelings and let them manifest into this anger."
Raphael couldn't believe his eyes as he saw his long dead friends Leatherhead and Jagwar standing before him. But instead of being happy to greet them, he became even more on edge. "What kind of sick mind trick is this?! You're not my friends!"
"Raphael, please calm yourself. It is us. Our spirits have been stuck between life and death for the better part of a year now and-"
"Shut up, just SHUT UP!!! You can't be real!" Raph ran from the alleyway and crossed the street just when a bus came down the road and everything went white.
artwork by Machias Banshee
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