They Don't Understand (Raph x Reader)

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You were in the lair, enjoying the peace that was there. You were reading peacefully. It was nice. Mikey was watching TV not far away and Donnie was in his lab. Raph and Leo were training in the dojo. You let your mind drift from the book you were reading. You thought about the dream you'd had not long ago. It was a nice dream of you and Raph. He'd taken you to the docks at sunset and asked you out there. Of course, you'd said yes. You sighed, wishing you had the courage to confess to him, but you were too afraid of messing up your friendship and making it awkward between you both. You sighed and kept reading your book. Suddenly you heard yelling coming from the dojo. Another than the TV still playing, everything went quiet.

"What was that?" Mikey asked. Donnie came out of his lab.

"What's going on?" He asked.

"I dunno. I'm going to check it out." You said and went toward the dojo. They followed you and you all peeked in. Leo and Raph were fighting, but they were also yelling at each other. Splinter just watched them with a saddened look, allowing them to fight.

"You think you can do everything! Just because your leader doesn't mean you're always right!" Raph yelled.

"I never said that! You're just jealous that I am the leader!" Leo snapped. You were shocked. Donnie and Mikey looked worried too.

"Oh boy." Donnie said worriedly.

"Not this again dudes!" Mikey said to the two of you.

"I would never get jealous of someone like you!" Raph growled.

"Of course you wouldn't! You're too 'strong' for that kind of thing aren't you?" Leo mocked. You were shocked. Leo never did that. This was getting serious. The boys continued to fight each other and Raph lashed out angrily at him. You were stunned as you saw they weren't sparring anymore. They were hurting each other! 

"I'm stronger than you!" Raph snapped, his rage boiling over. 

"Strength isn't everything! You just want to be on top!" Leo said.

"Like you don't!?" You'd had enough. Not caring if you got hurt, you intervened. Just as Raph was about to hit Leo you jumped in the way. You yelp as you got hit and fell backward.

"(Y/n)!" Leo exclaimed, catching you. Raph looked shocked and afraid. 

"I-I didn't mean to!" He said, panicking slightly. Leo glared at him.

"Looks like somebody lost control, again." He growled. Mikey and Donnie just avoided eye contact with Raph and stayed out of it. Splinter seemed interested in where this would go. His eyes were locked on you. You didn't notice. You just glared at Leo. 

"Let go." You hissed. He looked surprised, but did as you told. You looked over both of them. Leo's lip was bleeding and he had a bruise on his arm. Raph had a cut on his arm that as bleeding and a bruise to the right under his chin. You saw guilt n his gaze and he growled angrily at himself before taking off out of the lair. You looked at Splinter and he nodded. You hurried after him. You quickly tried to catch up to him. "Raph! Wait!" You called. He stopped and spotted you. He turned away, holding his bleeding arm in one hand.

"Why are you here?" He asked. He didn't sound angry. He sounded sad and was talking quieter.

"I want to make sure you're okay." You said. He turned away again, looking guilty like before.

"Just go back." He said.

"Raph, I wanna help." You said.

"Why? After I..." You frowned. You walked over and looked at his arm.

"Come back with me. I can help you with your arm." You said.

"It's not that bad." He muttered sadly.

"It's enough to need some treatment." You replied.

"(Y/n) why are you trying to help me?" He asked.

"Because I care about you." You said like it was the most obvious thing in the world.

"But I hurt you." He said, his voice having an angry edge to it. You knew it wasn't directed at you. He was mad at himself.

"I'm fine, you aren't." You said. He looked at you somewhat confused.

"I don't understand you." He said.

"You don't have to understand it. I still care about you." You said. "What started it?" You asked. He sighed.

"I lost and lashed out at Leo....again." He muttered the 'again'. You frowned sympathetically at him.

"You wanted to win right?" You said. He growled in annoyance.

"Yes! But it's not just that! It never is! I just-ugh!" He snapped, turning away from you again. You sighed. "They just don't get it." He said.

"I know." You said. He turned stunned.


'I understand why you always do that." You said.

"Right." He said disbelievingly. 

"You want to prove yourself." He looked at you shocked. "You feel like you have to prove yourself. Nobody likes being wrong Raph. Nobody likes being beaten. Some just handle it better than others." You said. You hugged him. He hugged back after a moment. 

"I...I just want to-"

"You don't have to prove yourself to anyone Raphael." You said. "And winning isn't everything. Nobody does perfectly at anything. No matter how many times you win or lose, you're just as important. And no matter what, I'll be here for you." You said. He stared at you. He smiled.

"Thanks." He said. You smiled.

"Let's get back okay?" You said.

"Not yet." He said. "I would rather nobody be watching when I do this." Before you could say anything, he smashed his lips into yours. You were shocked, but you let him lead as you kissed back. It was short and sweet, but it was perfect. When he broke it he was smiling like an idiot. "H-heh. I-I didn't think you would-"

"Shut up and kiss me again." You said. He was shocked. He grinned. 

"Anything for my girl." He quickly pulled you in closer and kissed you again, more roughly this time. Your arms wrapped around him and you gladly kissed back with just as much affection. He deepened the kiss and you grinned a bit as he played with your tongue. Your grip tightened a little and so did his. He broke it and said, "I love you." before quickly diving back into the kiss. You felt your heart speed up and your body was tingling with excitement. When it broke you smiled.

"I love you too." You replied. He held you close to him and pecked your cheek. 

"Ya shoulda told me sooner sweetheart." He said. You blushed.

"I didn't know how you felt." You replied. 

"Heh, same here." He replied. You smiled and hugged him. "So...I guess were dating then?" You chuckled.


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