Title: What the Shell?
Category: Buffy/Xander, Faith/Casey
Spoilers: Up until mid season 4 of Buffy. After Oz left but before Tara. In TMNT, general knowledge. Characters are drawn from cartoon series, movies, or maybe comics.
Summery: The turtles were contacted by Casey about a new problem. They’re back with the Scoobs in toe. It’s Manhtattan Half Shellverse style.
Disclaimer: Buffy is owned by Whedon, Fox, UPN. TMNT is owned by Eastman, Laird, Mirage Studios
Author Notes: Personally, I never thought I’d return to this. But when a friend suggested I come back to this series, I actually thought it wasn’t a bad idea. We talked, and the idea wasn’t a bad one.
Oh, and this concludes the Half Shellverse Trilogy.
Sadly, Cobra’s fic, Undercover Reporter, which was set in this universe isn’t canon. He never finished it and when I thought I wouldn’t come back, it didn’t matter. Undercover Reporter was a good fic in its own right. A good read too.
Previous installments can be found here: http://www.tthfanfic.org/Series-69
Shattered glass exploded within seconds. Tiny pieces sprawled everywhere. A hand poked into the opening and reached downward as it reached a doorknob. It was soon twirled to the right allowing it to open.
Within seconds, a throwing star ripped through the air and hit a small tan panel. Lights that were blinking digits disappeared.
Two people went inside. One with an axe in the ready while the other walked quietly behind the first person. Together they made their way far end of the building.
The female yielding the axe looked to her partner who was dressed in black and noticed that he pointed toward the glass. She nodded and went for the glassed window. Raising her arm, she flung the weapon. It reached its mark within a microsecond and shattered the window.
The man in black nodded and walked past the young woman. He went to the shattered window, gave her a head nod, and reached inside. Some small jewels were soon grasped and placed within a small brown leather pouch.
He turned around and watched the young woman take coins from behind another display case. The man in black headed over to her and touched her shoulder. The two looked at one another and nodded in agreement.
They went outside the room and back into the streets. All around them were other young women and men in black suits walking in and out of stores.
“This shit has been going on way too long.” A female voice said as she slumped into the left side of a brown-leathered couch. She flipped open a pizza box that sat on the table in front of her. She grabbed a slice. The young woman took a bite and placed it on the paper plate that rested on her thighs.
“What are we going to do, huh?” Her roommate said as he joined her. He dropped his equipment, placed his right hand on the top of the couch and leaped over it. He grinned as he landed beside her. Her boyfriend ran a hand through his long hair. “Ever since Karn came to town, Manhattan has been worse.”
She grabbed his mask that was resting on the top of his head and tossed it on the table. “Not to mention that crime spree that’s going on.” She smirked, “And do you really need that mask of yours?”
He shrugged, “It serves its purpose.”
She gave him a look, “What purpose is that?”
The young man answered, “Protects my identity.”
He grinned, “I’ll have you know that the guys are fine with it. I’ve done the double role quite a bit.”
His girlfriend smirked, “So has Bruce Wayne. But Batman doesn’t exist.”
He shrugged, “Who cares about Batman? All I care about is numero uno.”
“And yours truly.” She said smacking him lightly.
He grabbed another slice. A smile appeared on his face, “Any of the guys and April.”
She leaned next to him, placing her head on his shoulder. “Nice to know where I fit in your life.”
He wrapped his arm around her shoulders; “Nothing’s wrong with my priorities, Faith.”
“Except when it comes to busting skulls, huh, Case?”
He looked at her, “You like doing that too though.”
Faith nodded, “Good exercise.”
Casey smiled, “That’s what I’ve been saying.” He shrugged, “But some people don’t see it that way.”
She nodded, “And then people think that we might do too much violence.”
“I know.” Casey agreed. “It’s totally screwed up.”
She got back to her feet, “How bout we just go out and bust some skulls.”
He grinned. Got to his feet, grabbed his mask, and said, “I’m down with that.”
“Excellent.” He grabbed his golf bag, “It’s time to teach some vamps the Casey Jones School of Slaying.”
Faith smiled, “I got to see this.”
“Driving to New York took a long time.” Willow commented as she placed her suitcase on the foot of her bed. She sat down beside it. “That van sure is small.”
Buffy smiled, “Willow, it had to fit ten people.” She opened her suitcase. “I just wish I had enough time to pack better clothes.”
Willow smirked, “Buffy, we had to get a move on. The Turtles don’t know anything about Faith. They don’t know what they’re getting into.”
Her friend took out a shirt and went to the closet. “I know, Willow.” She shook her head, “But if she does anything to hurt any of my friends, I’m seriously going to kill her. Hell, I can’t even believe we had to find out about Faith from Casey. Whatever happened to the guards at Sunnydale General?”
The redhead gave her a look, “This is Sunnydale we’re talking about.” She cracked a smile, “The home of the ignorant.”
“Good point.” Buffy confirmed.
A knock was heard at the door. “It’s us.”
Willow said, “Door’s open!”
The door opened to reveal Giles and Xander.
“The guys are on their way back to the sewers.” Xander told them as he leant next to the closet. “They said call them tomorrow morning.”
“They must be tired.” Buffy said.
“Being in a van that long would tire anybody out, Buff.” Xander reminded her. “Especially when Mikey kept playing his Game Boy.”
Buffy gave him a smile, “You’re just upset he didn’t let you play with it.”
He looked at her, “Hey, he’s the one that kept playing Zelda. Don’t get me wrong. It’s a great game, but when you keep hearing that theme song, it gets rather dull.”
“Oh?” Willow asked. “So it has nothing to do with the fact that you wanted to play then.”
He cracked a smile, “Alright, so I wanted to play a little. Is that so wrong?”
“No.” Buffy agreed. “But it is wrong when you play keep-a-way from a turtle.”
“It was all in good fun.” Xander told her.
“Children, I think we should take a page from the Turtles, and go turn in for the night.” Giles told his young friends. “I do think we should retire this evening.”
Buffy rested against the closet door, next to Xander. “If you need to get some sleep, by all means go. But I…”
Xander interrupted her, “Buff, you’re obviously forgetting about the time difference.”
She looked at her watch, then out the window, and then at the clock on her nightstand. “I see your point.” She went to her watch and readjusted the time.
He grinned, “Took me by surprise too.”
Giles faced his friends, “Don’t be too long, Xander. I’ll see the rest of you tomorrow morning.” He bid them farewell and headed for his room.
When he left Xander turned back, “I am so not looking forward to spending a night with Giles.”
Buffy grinned, “Don’t worry, Xan. We won’t say anything when we get back home.”
He smiled, “That’s a relief.” Xander looked at his watch and shrugged, “Guess I got to go too. I have to make sure Giles isn’t reading one of my comic books.” Xander smirked, “That’ll never happen.”
He said his goodnight and headed for his hotel room.
“Home sweet home!”
“Still the corny euphemism, huh, Mikey?”
“Stuff it Raph.” Leonardo said as they entered their lair.
The four turtles, rat, and rabbit looked up in surprise.
“April!” The four brothers called out in unison. They immediately went and pulled into a hug.
“We’ve missed you.” Donatello said with a smile.
“It’s good to see you, April.” Splinter told his friend.
“It really is, Ms. O’Neil.” Usagi addressed her.
She smiled, “It’s good to see you too.”
“We have a story to tell you, April.” Donatello commented.
April sat down on a chair that was soon joined by the rest of the people within the lair. “What happened?”
One by one, April’s friends told her the story of what happened in Sunnydale, California. They told her about bunking with Xander and meeting his friends. They also talked about the coming of Shredder and his demise.
“So Shredder’s really gone?” April asked.
Splinter nodded, “It is true, April.” He scratched behind his air, “However, it is rather small to think that it is completely over. History has shown that Shredder has beaten the odds. I would best suggest that we only take what happened to Shredder as a grain of salt.”
“Enough Shredder talk.” Raphael said. “He got what was coming to him. A sword in the back. He’s dead.”
“Raphael.” Splinter said sternly.
He looked at him, “I know, Master Splinter.” Raphael took a breath, “It’s just that it’s been a long day. And my mind isn’t working strait.”
Mikey grinned, “So you finally admit that…”
Leonardo interrupted, “Don’t say anything you’ll regret, Mikey.”
“That is a wise suggestion, Leonardo.” Usagi confirmed.
“Wise indeed.” Splinter agreed.
A moment passed.
“I actually think that it would be best to get some sleep.” Splinter added. “We’ll contact Xander and his friends in the morning and meet up with Casey.” He turned to April and Usagi, “You’re more than welcome to spend the night.”
“Thank you, Splinter.” Usagi replied.
April smiled, “I think I’ll be more comfortable in my apartment.” She got to her feet. “It’s great to see you guys again.” April flashed a smile, “I’ll see you tomorrow. Good night.”
They all said their farewells and April headed out of the lair on route to her apartment.