A ROTTMNT Leo x OC blurb
After fighting alongside the turtles and becoming friends with them and April O'Neil, Minji felt like she had people to go to get away from some of her daily stresses. She was wary at first, not sure how she would fit in with their established dynamic. But months passed and it didn’t take long to fall in stride with the group’s antics.
She got nicknames like “pretty kitty,” “foxy momma,” and “hot shot” for her hero name (from Mikey), her lineage (via April and Leo), and for her talent (from Raph) respectively.
Hanging out with the turts always brought a smile to her face. Mikey made amazing food and she was always happy to lend a hand in prepping ingredients or taste testing new recipes. Donnie was great to challenge in video games and to discuss big brain topics with when she had the inkling to do so. Raph was the best for cuddles and venting, each other taking turns talking about shared interests to get their minds off the shared fear of letting their family down.
Finally, Leo; Leo was a wild card she’d yet to figure out. Minji knew that he was very fond of cheesy puns and definitely loved magic (she knew he enjoyed the fact that she can juggle balls of fire, at the very least). But what she didn’t want to admit was the fact that, after so many one liners and casual touches, she might have grown feelings for the turtle. And she desperately hoped that he couldn’t notice.
“What’s up, Min?” A turtle greeted, popping into the girl’s line of sight. She’d been deep in thought, sitting atop the skate ramp. It was a quiet day in the lair and she had dropped by when everyone was off doing their own things.
“Oh! Uh, hey, Leon,” she smiled, waving a hand briefly. “I just came by to wind down after school, that’s all.”
The boy sat himself next to Minji, leaning back on his hands. Without looking at his friend, he stated, “I know your relatives are in town.”
The way he said “relatives” made her shoulders bunch up. When her relatives came by, it was always a big kitsune party. “Who told you?”
“Your cousin sent me a pic of everyone and asked me where you were,” he replied casually, shrugging as if it wasn’t a big deal. Minji huffed. She knew it was a bad idea to tell anyone in her family about the turtles. But, what else could she have done when they barged into her apartment without warning? At least it was only her cousin that received the heart attack that night.
“Jiyoung shouldn’t be dragging you into our crazy family business,” Minji mumbled, slumping forward. “It’s just that…with so many yokai under one roof, I just feel so awkward! Like, they can all change into foxes and I can’t.” As weird of a sentence that was, it was a fact she had yet to come to terms with. Her family was special and so was she, but the one thing that brought them together made her feel left out. Hell, she had to use a cloaking broach to make her feel like she was part of the fun family antics.
Leon placed a hand on the girl’s shoulder, causing her to glance his way. “Yeah, but can all of them use mystic fire like you can?”
She hesitated. “No…” her cousins couldn’t use the fox fire like she could. Even some of her older relatives sometimes struggled with the ancient technique. And she had unlocked this talent when she was a baby!
“Then stop moping about something you can’t do and start embracing what you can! You’re hot and they’re not, Minji,” the turtle teen announced, trying to get a laugh out of his friend.
Which it did. “I guess that’s true, blue,” she grinned, side-eying the boy. “But, I’m still not ready to go home just yet.”
He nodded; he knew that hanging with them was a weird sanctuary she and April surprisingly enjoyed. “Wanna go on a walk, then? We can ditch mis hermanos y su familia and explore up top.”
Minji suppressed the heat that started crawling up her neck. This wasn’t a date, was it? They were just going on another one of their late night strolls. That had to be it, right? “Yeah, sure! I-I’d really like that.”
Since he’d gotten up first, Leo offered his hand to pull her up. She’d taken it and once on her feet, got dragged to his room to watch him put on some human clothes. You know, to disguise his whole situation. As soon as he was ready, the two passed through the living room to grab Minji’s hoodie before heading out.
Once out of the sewers, the girl took a deep breath and sighed. The air was crisp; a signal that autumn was near. That was probably another reason why the turtle had put on the outfit. Little did she know that he just wanted to feel like a normal teen hanging out with his normal crush.
Yes, Leonardo had realized his feelings for the girl were more than platonic after a couple months of getting to know her. It was a terrifying new experience for him, never really thinking that he’d have a chance at a relationship given that he was a mutant turtle. But, then Minji dropped into his life and he couldn’t have asked for more.
Looking down at her, he smiled as she zipped up her tan jacket and pulled the hood over her head. It was big enough to fit him (he knew because he tried it on when asking why she insisted that she liked bigger hoodies to bundle up in) [and made him wonder what she’d look like in his clothes. Like, how regular teen couples do in the movies; where the girl steals jackets or hoodies from the boy she likes.] It amazed him just how much humans could vary in shape and size. She was short compared to him and his brothers; even shorter than April! But, that masked her mystic ninja background. Maybe that was what drew him in. The similarities and differences that caused their worlds to intertwine.
As the two walked along the sidewalk, they threw out jokes and talked about their misadventures. Since the streets were empty in the part of the city they chose, Minji conjurred a small blue flame and started flipping it between her fingers like a coin. Leo was amazed at how easy it was for her to use her mystic power. He still struggled with his sword and that was something he’d obtained. It wasn’t something he’d inheritted through blood. He thought that made Minji much cooler in his eyes (despite the heat coming from the flames in her hands and in his heart).
There was a late-night cafe open that Leonardo had guided them to. It specialized in fresh baked desserts and milkshakes for those with a sweet tooth and habits of staying up til midnight. When the two entered, the scent of chocolate chip cookies hit them first. After getting a late night snack (and a compliment along the lines of “what a cute couple” from the cafe clerk that sent blushes to both of their cheeks), the pair decided to enjoy the rest of their night on the fire escape outside of Minji’s apartment.
She’d grabbed a few pillows and blankets to sit on from her bedroom, the window of which they were situated outside of. Hunkering down, they both sipped on hot chocolate and munched on cookies for a quiet minute.
“Thanks for hanging out with me, Lee,” Minji mentioned. She looked at him with a small smile, her cheeks still rosy from the clerk’s earlier compliment (he dismissed her blushing, thinking it had to be from the cold and not over him).
“Hey, no problemo, chica,” Leo smirked, holding his drink with both hands to keep them warm. “What are friends for?”
“Right; that’s what friends are for…” Minji sighed. That comment unintentionally hurt both of them. Neither wanted to remain friends, but they were scared of how changing their dynamic might affect them and everyone around them.
A short silence filled the air, seemingly brought in by a harsh gust of cold air. The two shivered, not expecting a drop in temperature. “Hey, Leo? Do you maybe wanna go inside?”
They’d been sitting across from each other at first. With their knees up to their chests and their feet side-by-side atop of the blankets and pillows from Minji’s room. He didn’t realize that he was staring until she started to ramble. “We can go inside to get out of the cold and we can get more comfortable. Not that this isn’t comfortable, but it is a little chilly. And we don’t have to do anything! I know it’s my bedroom and i-it’s not like I’m expecting anything to happen but-”
Then he started his own clumsy reply, whilst standing up. “Yeah, no, totally! I-I got you; we should go inside and warm up because my feet are freezing.”
Gathering up the stuff she’d brought out, making Leo trip by yanking a blanket from under him, they both scuttled through her bedroom window. Turning on a lamp, Leo got to see the simple layout of her space. A queen sized bed took up a corner of the room with a desk in the other. There was a small closet across from the bed, the fox mask he’d seen countless times hanging on the doorknob. The room was befitting of Minji.
“This is really nice, Min,” he complimented, turning to look back at his friend. She was taking off her hoodie and shoes, thanking him with a soft smile.
“Will you be okay if I go change real quick? I’ll be right back,” she questioned, heading to the closet to change.
He replied that, yes he’d be fine, before she scurried inside the smaller space. Sitting on her bed, he tried to calm the fuzzy feeling in his stomach. Leon hadn’t spent this much alone time with Minji without an interruption of sorts. Whether it be his brothers poking fun at him or something else. His train of thought was cut off by the girl walking out in an oversized long sleeve shirt, bike shorts, and fuzzy socks. With her hair tied up into a pony tail instead of her signature braid, she looked cute and cozy.
“Oh,” Minji said, tilting her head at Leon. “I thought you’d change, too.”
The turtle awkwardly looked about himself, quickly trying to come up with an explanation. “Oh! Ah, well, you see I didn’t change because when I leave, I’ll just have to put it all back on. Yeah, so, why not save myself the trouble, you know?”
“I guess you’re not wrong,” she agreed. “When are you gonna head out, then? It’s getting pretty late and I would hate for Splinter to get mad at us.”
He hadn’t thought that through yet. Leo wanted to spend more time with his friend, but he also knew curfews were a thing now in the lair. “If you’re feeling better, I can go right now,” he smiled, gesturing to the window.
“Besides, I need my beauty rest. Do you think I look this good without a full eight hours of sleep?” He joked, striking a pose.
As she walked to her bedside, Minji chuckled, “you look good all the time, blue. I don’t think it’d be that hard for you.”
The comment caught the boy by surprise, literally throwing him off his game and balance. Did…did she just agree that he’s good-looking? Was this an opening for a confession?
“Well, I, uh…thanks?” He recovered, placing a hand on the back of his very hot neck. “You look good, too; in fact, is it hot in here or is it just you?”
Finally sparing him a glance from a short distance away, Minji was doing her best at keeping her composure and firing back her own comments. “It’s just me; thanks for noticing because I think I’m on fire,” with that, she conjurred blue flames in the palm of her hand.
Breathing a relieved sigh, Leo laughed at her comeback. “If you’re on fire, I think I’m at risk of burning up.”
“Just don’t stand too close then,” she replied, putting the fire in her hand out as she sat on the edge of her bed facing the turtle.
“What if that’s all I want, though?”
“Well, I-” she paused, watching as the blue banded teen approached her. “W-well-”
Standing over his friend, Leo leaned in close to her face. “Something wrong, Min? Kit got your tongue?”
“More like a turtle, but yes,” she whispered, staring back at him. He was so close; close enough to feel his breath on her face. His hands moved from his sides and were placed on either side of her on the bed.
He could do it. He could kiss her right here and tell her all about his feelings. But, dios mio, was he nervous. I mean, she hadn’t moved away after his advance, so that had to mean something, right? And she even shot back her own little comebacks! She had to share some of the same feelings, at the very least. Looking down at her lips, then back up, he silently hoped she got the cue.
What surprised him as he leaned in further was the fact that she did, too. Her lips met his briefly, in an awkwardly short first kiss. When they both backed up, Minji’s face was bright red and she slapped a hand to her mouth. “I-I’m so sorry! I-”
She didn’t get another muffled word out as Leon grabbed her hand away from her face and stole a second kiss. This one was more refined, as her other hand moved to his shoulder. This was it; he wasn’t dreaming. He was finally kissing his crush! And she was kissing back! When they pulled away for air, he stated, “I’m definitely not sorry.”
A text on Leo’s phone interrupted the two, making the boy pull away with a grumpy sigh. It was from Donnie, letting him know that Splinter was making his rounds on the boys’ rooms soon before going to bed. He groaned, wondering why something always had to ruin good things for him every time. Minji saw the text from the purple brother as the turtle placed his phone in her lap and his forehead on her shoulder.
“I’m guessing you have to go right meow, huh?” She giggled, nudging the side of his head with her cheek. He grumbled, moving his face into the crook of her neck. When he spoke, his lips brushed her hot skin. “I mean, yeah…but-!”
“No butts unless it’s yours leaving my window, blue,” the girl replied, trying to calm her nerves down and pushing on the boy to get him off her.
“I should take your butt with me…”
“I said I should get going!”
“Uh-huh, sure you did,” she rolled her eyes as Leo neared the exit. “I’ll text ya later, okay? Gotta make sure you get home unscathed.”
With his body already outside, Leo poked his head in to confirm that, yes, he’d text her when he got home. And before he could duck out, Minji bumped her forehead against his. An act that the two had grown accustomed to doing when saying goodbye after nights like these. It had been a running inside joke, since bonking heads into one another on a few occasions and once during a mission. But, it always held sentiment for the two. Now it was much more endearing than dangerous.
When the turtle got home, he was greeted by his disasterous twin. “Sooo, how was your date?”
“I-it wasn’t a date! We were just talking,” blue defended, failing to hide his blush. Purple rolled his eyes. “Riiight, and Galileo didn’t discover the rings of Saturn.”
“Did you do it, Leo? Did you finally confess to Minji!” Mikey gasped, poking his head around the corner.
“Or did she kiss you? You know, since you got that lovesick look on your face,” Raph snickered, appearing behind his younger brothers.
“Ugh! Why can’t you guys give me a break?!”