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Fours years ago, the turtles went up against the Shredder. Four years ago, they were still teenagers. Four years ago, love was only a thought. But now, it seems like love will tear apart a certain turtle and the bond he has with his brothers.

The turtles seemed to barely change, only filling out. Donnie still reigned as the tallest, however Raphael's strength was now rivaled by Leonardo's while Michelangelo seemed to gain even more flexibility. However, Donnie is a close second in that area.

Right now, the boys where heading home, having successfully stopped a Batch of Purple Dragons, and Donnie even convinced the three others to scrounge with him at his favorite dump site. He found everything he needed and extras, along with certain things that his brothers wanted him to fix for them as compensation. He agreed, of course.

The squad where jumping over the turnstiles, talking about the way the patrol went, when Donnie was the first to notice the red-head human and her black-haired boyfriend. He lightly smiled at them and waved, "hey guys!" 

The other three noticed the duo, giving them each their own form of hello. They smiled and stood up and headed to the quadruplits, April leaning on Casey's arm.

The two had actually changed as time went on. Casey had gained a bit of height and muscle mass, his clothing changing to contort to the change. His black hair was still a mess but slightly more manageable. He graduated high school and is now attending the NYC Police Academy, working as an intern at the local police department. 

April seemed to change more, however. Her height now rivaled that of Mikey, but she grew well into a young woman. She graduated high school with honors (thanks to D) and is now going to a college close by to get a degree in genealogy.

The two said their hello’s and Casey cleared his throat, "guys. There's something we need ta tell ya." He said, his ever so thick New York accent creeping out. His dark brown eye’s met April's baby blues and she nodded, her smile widening as she looked back at the boys. She held her right hand out to show a small diamond ring on her second to last finger, "we're getting married!!" And with that, something broke lose.

The boys were dumbstruck, but Mikey quickly recoverd, acting like a teenage girl with April, squealing and hugging her. Them the two oldest snapped out of their shocked state, congratulating the two. And Donnie...

Well, he literally and figuratively disappeared. Where, they don't know. And it took them a few minutes to notice, everyone having sat in the living room. Mikey was the first to notice.

He looked around, "where's D?" The others looked around but Raph just waved it off, "either in his lab or the garage. He got a pretty good snag at the dump site, especially with those springs and the carborater that he found." Leo sighed, "maybe."

The three turtles shared a look; they knew that Donnie still had a thing for April and hearing this probably broke his heart. Maybe even worse than all the times she said that she hated him, or the time she had literally strewn him across the city of New York.

Raph was right, he locked himself in his lab and acted on autopilot. He unzipped his duffel bag and began to put everything up, the extra screws in their place, the carborater close to the door so he remembers to take it to the garage, and everything else in its respective place. However, the autopilot mode didn't keep his mind away from what he heard.

April, the first girl he ever fell in love with, was getting married to Casey, the first person he honestly wanted to knock out. But, that is her decision, and he has to face the facts. The fact that she doesn't like him like that. The fact that he will be forever alone. And other facts that he knew where true but didn't want to accept.

He slumped into his chair, his head falling into the palm of his left hand as he spotted a picture of all of them. He lightly smiled at it, having taken it himself. It was two months after Casey had met the turtles and they had taken down a group of Purple Dragons together. It was a small victory, but the first of many.

He signed has his eyes landed on the girl of his dreams, wondering why life decided to do this to him. Not two days ago, he had gotten over a very deadly illness, on the brink of death when he started to get better. It threw everyone for a loop, especially since he had the worst immune system out of the whole family.

 He pulled his t-phone off his strap and unlocked it, his mind still running on auto pilot. He tapped on the screen for a music app, choosing one certain song. He lightly smiled at the piano, the lyrics flowing off his tongue.

I was fine with the men
Who would come into her life now and again
I was fine, cause I knew
That they didn't really matter until you.                                            I was fine when you came
And we fought like it was all some silly game
Over her, who she'd choose.                                                      After all those years, I never thought I'd lose

It's over, isn't it?
Isn't it?
Isn't it over?
It's over, isn't it?
Isn't it?
Isn't it over?
You won, and she chose you
And she loved you.                                                                      And she's gone.                                                                            It's over, isn't it?
Why can't I move on?

War and glory, reinnovation.                                                      Fusion, freedom, her attention.                                                    Out in daylight, my potential
Bold, precise, experimental.                                                        Who am I now in this world  without her?
Petty and dull, with the nerve to doubt her.                                        What does it matter?                                                                   It's already done.                                                                      Now I've got to be there for her son

It's over, isn't it?
Isn't it?
Isn't it over?
It's over, isn't it?
Isn't it?
Isn't it over?
You won, and she chose you
And she loved you.                                                                        And she's gone.                                                                           It's over, isn't it?
Why can't I move on?

It's over, isn't it?
Why can't I move on?

And the tears fell, as the trio talked with the two engaged humans about how the wedding will be. No one heard him over the sound of the chatter, and they didn't realize the pain he felt. But, he had to be strong. He had to be strong for them.

It was about a week before the turtle in purple left the lab, looking as if he lost some much needed sleep. His face was dull and slightly sunken in. But his eyes, his eyes gave away how he really felt.

They where red, blood shot and tear stains ran down his cheeks. His mask around his eyes was moist and there was a spark lost. A spark that had started to die when Casey and April started to date but now, it was completely gone. 

But, that spark wasn't noticed that it was missing. The brothers noticed how he was more tired than anything, and immediately tried to get him to sleep and something to eat. He denied both but they dragged him to bed. Well, Raph threw him over his shoulder and tossed him into his own bed while Mikey forced him to eat something.

He hated it but, these where the moments Donnie wouldn't want to change. So, after fighting back, he relaxed into bed and allowed the baby of the family to feed him. Once done, he passed out instantly.

The three brothers relaxed, quietly deciding who would watch over the genius to make sure that he does get some sleep. Leo was first, then Mikey and the Raph. Up until the genius woke up, they would watch over him. And make sure he ate once he woke up.

And when he awoke, they did exactly as they promised. Once Donnie was up, Mikey made sure that he ate and Leo looked over his brother. Raph, only stayed a bit away, knowing that having too many people around would make the genius feel uncomfortable. But, he was there for a shoulder to lean on.

The couple came down to see the turtles two weeks after the announcement, wanting to actually talk to a certain turtle. Once the two where inside the lair, they were instantly greeted by two of the four turtles, Leo and Mikey.

Leo was sitting on the couch, Space Heroes playing on the tv and Mikey sitting cross legged on the floor. The younger looked back and smiled, "hey guys. How's it going?" April smiled at him, "somewhat well. Its troubling planning a wedding and we actually want to speak to Donnie. Ya know where he's at?" 

Leo nodded, "yeah, him and Raph are in the garage. I think they're working on the Stealth Bike and the Shell Raizer." The two nodded and April headed that way while Casey hung back a little. He waited until she entered the garage to voice his question. "How's he taking it?"

Leo sighed, "depends. Physically or emotionally?" Casey shrugged, "both I guess." Mikey snorted, "either way it isn't good. Spent a whole week locked away, just got him out of there Friday." The man nodded, "then this is probably not gonna end well."

Inside the garage, Donnie and Raph were working on the Stealth Bike. Donnie was working on the more delicate parts while Raph handed him the tools he needed. Until, the door opened and the two looked up.

Raph lightly shifted as Donnie sat up, wiping his hands on a spare wash cloth. He lightly waved, "hey April. What's up?" She walked up to the two, her hands behind her back. She took a small breath, "Raph? Could you wait outside for a moment please?"

He became confused but nodded, standing up and heading to the door. She made sure that he couldn't see what was behind her back, then took a step closer and moved her hands from behind her back to show a small, brown box with a purple bow on top. She didn't say anything but held it out for him. He froze, but slowly grabbed the box. "Thank you?"

He looked down at the box, "what is this?" She placed her hands back behind her back and started to lightly twist her toe into the ground, "just open it." His red eyes gazed at her in confusion but sighed, looking back to the box.

He moved his right hand to where the box now rested in his left, and carefully grabbed the top. He slowly pulled it open, freezing at what was inside. There was a small card, a white mug with a picture of the two facing away on it, a black tie and a small boutonnière above it, all being cradled by white silk.

He walked to the work bench and sat down, placing the box down and picking up the card. It was a soft burgundy in color, with the words 'My Momma Told Me To Pick The Best...'
He opened it and read the last set of words: ' And You Are It. I Want You To Be My BridesMan.'

He gasped, not noticing how April scooted a bit closer. He placed the card down and picked up the mug, flipping it over to see what was on the back. 'BridesMan for a day, Best Friend for Life.'

He placed the mug back and looked at her, his mind running a blank for the first time in forever. She glanced up at the tallest turtle, seeing the confusions written all over his face. She sighed and looked back down, "I want you to be my BridesMan. I mean, you're basically my best friend and I want you at the wedding. If it wasn't for you, who knows what the KRAANG would have done to me. So, I want to thank you by asking you to stand by my side when so get married."

He looked between the gifts and April, his mind not sure how to understand this. His crush, engaged to the man he hates, just asked him to be her BridesMan? The girl of his dreams basically just asked him to let her go to a guy he doesn't like at all?

But, maybe its for the best. And a simple saying resurfaced into his mind; If you love something, set it free. If it comes back, it was meant to be.' He took a breath and locked his maroon eyes to her baby blues and smiled. 

"I would be honored to be your BridesMan."