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Donatello's eyes cracked open to meet with the pitch late night darkness of his room.

He sighed. It was yet another night of wakeful sleeping. He rolled on his side to see his youngest brother, Mikey, lying on his back next to him and snoring lightly.

“No wonder I can't stay asleep,” He thought.

He groaned and rolled over on his stomach. Maybe a change in position could help him get to sleep. He shut his eyes and snuggled as close to his blankets as his flesh would allow.

After several minutes of shifting and readjusting, Donnie still had no luck getting back to sleep. He glanced out of his open door and saw it again: a faint light shining from somewhere off in the lair. He had seen it every night for the past week around the exact same time.

He sat up and stared at it. Where was it coming from? He couldn't tell. Perhaps one of his brothers had been getting up to go the bathroom every night around this time? Couldn't be Mikey, though. He was right there.

The curious little turtle threw his blankets off of himself and trudged off toward the mysterious light. He made certain to be extra quiet so as not to wake anyone or be caught snooping around, lest he could get into trouble.

He went to the spot on the floor which the light shined on. He was surprised to see how faint it actually was even up close.

He followed it with his eyes, looking ahead to see where it was coming from: the dojo. Maybe it was Splinter, but what would he be doing up so late?

He crept into the dojo, beginning to question whether or not he should return to bed. Though it could mean trouble, his curiosity just wouldn't allow it.

There in the middle of the room sat his father surrounded by several candles, his back turned to the doorway.

Donnie walked cautiously toward Splinter. “Daddy...” he hesitated.

Splinter did not move, but said, “Donatello, what are you doing awake?”

“I-I couldn't sleep.”

Splinter finally turned and looked at his son. He gestured for him to sit in his lap. “Come, my son.”

Without further hesitation, Donnie complied and crawled into his father's lap.

“Is there something trouble you?” Splinter asked.

Donnie shook his head. “Not exactly,” he said. “I just keep waking up in the middle of the night. I think it's because of Mikey's snoring.”

Splinter chuckled. “Well I don't believe there's anything I can do about that. I have tried turning him over onto his side, but he just winds up on his back again.”

“Is Mikey's snoring keeping you up too? Is that why you're sitting in here?”

Splinter smiled and ruffled Donnie's head. “No, my son. I am in here because I'm meditating.”

“Well, how come you always do that?”

“It allows me to gather my thoughts and relax,” Splinter explained.

“Oh...” Donnie wasn't certain if he understood or not, but pretended that he did.

Splinter shook his head. “I choose to do this the most when you boys are asleep. That way I do not have to worry about what you are doing.”

Donnie cocked his head.

“Though, ironically, you boys are my main thoughts when I am meditating,” Splinter went on.

“We are?”

“Yes,” Splinter replied. “I meditate on each of you; all your individual traits that I love and how far each of you have come since the day our family began. These are things that make me feel peaceful.”

Donnie leaned in and rested his head on his father's chest.

“Were you thinking of me when I came in?”

Splinter held him a little tighter. “As a matter of fact, I was.”

“Really? What were you thinking about?”

“I was thinking about how exceptionally you have been doing with your schooling. I am very proud of you, Donatello.”

Donnie gave him a sleepy grin. “I like learning.”

“I know you do, my son, and you are quite a pleasure to teach,” he laughed. “I just wish you were that eager to eat your meals.”

Donnie giggled.

“Your brother, Michelangelo, is the exact opposite. Getting him to eat his meals is no problem at all, but getting him to focus on his schooling is quite a challenge.”

Donnie shrugged. “Mikey likes to eat, but he's kind of a dummy.”
“Now, now,” Splinter scolded, “your brother is not a 'dummy'. He just has a bit of an overactive imagination. Maybe you could help him?”

“Well I help him sometimes,” Donnie added.

“Yes, you do and I am very proud of you for that, but maybe if you two sat down together sometime you could have a better breakthrough,” Splinter suggested.

Donnie sighed. “Maybe, but he'd probably just wanna play.”

Splinter chuckled. “Not if I tell him that he must listen.”

Donnie yawned. “What other things do you think about me?”

“Well, how you interact with your brothers and they with you,” Splinter replied. “You and Leonardo have quite a few things in common. The two of you seem to very much enjoy eachother's company. You seem to butt heads with Raphael quite a bit. You take a lot of interest in education and Raphael lacks motivation in that respect and you seem to like insulting one another for those things.”

“He calls me a nerd,” Donnie defended.

“Yes and you call him unintelligent,” Splinter countered. “However, you are both wrong. But although you fight and pick at one another, I know you love each other. You only fight because you care for each other.”

“I guess that's true...”

“Michelangelo really looks up to you,” Splinter went on. “Although you are opposite in many ways, the two of you share a passive-aggressive nature.”

Donnie yawned again. “That's true,” he agreed. “He just gets on my nerves sometimes.”

Splinter chuckled. “Well, that is what brothers do, my son.”

“Daddy...” a small, pouty voice said from behind the two.

He smiled. “What is it, Michelangelo?”

Mikey stepped around the candles, dragging his blanket. “I woke up and Donnie wasn't there. I got scared and couldn't go back to sleep.”

Splinter gestured for him to sit on his lap as well and Mikey did so without hesitation.

“Sorry, Mikey,” Donnie said, “I couldn't sleep either so I came in here.”

“Well I believe it is way past time for the two of you to be getting back to sleep,” Splinter said. “Michelangelo, will you be alright if Donatello goes back to bed with you?”

“Uhuh...”

“Alright,” Splinter held them both close to him and carried them back to their bed. He tucked them both in and kissed them good night for the second time. “I love you both.”

“Love you too,” they said in unison.

With that, Splinter returned to his quarters.

Donnie turned over to Mikey and grinned. “We really need to get you a night light or something.”

“Who needs a nightlight when I have a big brother?”
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WaterPomallo Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Awww so cute! I love them!
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FandomFanatic Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2014
ADORABLE!!
The creators need to, like, put this in their serious, and you can be the director!!!
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Dondaturtlefangirl Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
"Who needs a nightlight when I have a big brother?" Dawes so cute
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DarkSecrets3 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014  Hobbyist
All I have to say is awwwwww:Big eyes: 
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DonaTurtle Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014   Artist
Aww that was such a Cute Ending
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DonatelloFangirl033 Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2013  Student General Artist
i think i died, this is too cute!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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LovelyLadyGray Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013
Oh!  Just noticed a very minor spelling error on this very wonderful story of your.  =) COWABUNGA!

lest = least 
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RachelErica Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013
lol. Must have been a type-o.
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LovelyLadyGray Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013
Lol.  Will let you know it's easy to fix this little type-o.  I'm a pretty good writer, yet it's a really good idea to ask writer friends on DA, and in real-life to help you catch mistakes. :nod:  Plus all of the input just makes an already pretty good tale even better.
=D  I did check out a few of the 3-D animated "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" cartoon show via YouTube, and vastly enjoyed a new way of story-telling on an American classic comic book world of the original "TMNT" yesterday afternoon.  Very interesting.

Not very often I meet other fans of the "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" comic books, and cartoon show.  I did see a really good cosplay of Raphael, Donatello (gal friend), April O'Neil and Micahelangelo at the Anime EXPO 2013 with a friend.  So much fun!!^^   
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RachelErica Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013
I adore the new TMNT series. I've liked TMNT for a long time, but that new series is what got me back into the fandom after about 8 years. lol.
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LovelyLadyGray Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013
I would let you know I've never watched the new TMNT series until now on YouTube.  Like you I've always liked the "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" since the original TMNT cartoon show came out, yet will tell you the new series is pretty awesome with the 3-D animation for the characters combined with the traditional 2-D animation is a real pleasure for me to see since I love animation.  Really fun to see a new way of telling the TMNT Origins tale after not seeing it in a long time (never did have any of the other TV channels for TMNT).  Lol. :highfive: 
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RachelErica Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013
I was too young to appreciate the original TMNT animated series (1987) since I was born in 1994, but I was a fan of the the 2003 series. lol.
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K4L1ST4 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2014
I can barely remember the original series from my childhood, but thanks to my son's interest we have them all on disc now (minus one we seem to have lost).  I have seen all three series as far through as they go and I have to say that 2012 is pretty awesome (though I sometimes think they went over kill on Mikey), but 2003 is my absolute favorite series.
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LovelyLadyGray Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013
I grew up watching all of the top-quality cartoon shows of the 1980s, and have rediscovered my love of the original TMNT animated cartoon (1987) show via YouTube (just type in Original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles full episodes) would let you know it's always fun for me to learn how other people got into TMNT, and what did you think of the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2003 animated series? Lol.


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RachelErica Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013
Oh no, I've watched the 87 series many times, I just never watched it growing up. I'll be honest, I liked 2003 a lot more when it was the NEWEST series, but since it's been succeeded by 2012, I like it a lot less in comparison. I just think 2012 is executed a lot better as far as character development, character design, and even the plot. For instance, I like the more family oriented aspects of 2012. Not that 2003 lacked that entirely, I just think 2012 embraces it better. That and I hated how in 2003, the turtles did NOT seem like teenagers at all. They looked and acted like they were 30. It's way more believable in the new series.
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LovelyLadyGray Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013
A really wonderful fan fiction story about the TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES. Very good way of letting the story flow serenely, and about how Splinter begins to teach Donatello about meditation. I've recently drawn a group of TMNT OCs who are brothers based off of the Asian Leaf Turtles. Keep up on the amazing story-telling skills. =D :nod: :highfive:

eachother = each other
nightlight = night light
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RachelErica Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013
Thank you. Glad you enjoyed. :D
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LovelyLadyGray Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013
You're very much welcome, and I can't wait to read the rest of your 100 Themes Challenge "TMNT" stories.  You're right on I've enjoyed them a lot. =D  Their sensei was a lovely Japanese human woman who became a mink mutant.  :nod:
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rainbowchik3 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013  Student Digital Artist
awwww the story so far is so cute arigato for making these
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yinller Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013   Digital Artist
your stories are very adorable
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RachelErica Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013
Thanks! I love your artwork! ALL OF IT! Especially Slumber's Torture, Memories, and A New Reason To Live. =P
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yinller Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013   Digital Artist
if , and I read your comments thanks for everything. :hug:
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RachelErica Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013
No problem. :hug:
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danielle134 Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
That last line did me in. The cuteness just killed me lol but in a good way of course!
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Leapingriver Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
awwww, thats so sweet ^^
I love it, little Donnie and Mikey are just adorable :D I really liked the ending line, that just melted my heart, it was so beautiful :D
amazing job :D as always
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Telena22095 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Daaawwww! That is too stinkin' cute! In fact, it's so cute that I'm gonna die!:faint:
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dondena Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
The best way to stop being worried about annoying snoring is to have your own room.
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lugiamaria Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013  Student General Artist
I love your fic, are adorable
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Hummerhouse Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013
I smiled when Don was asking what other things Master Splinter thought about him. I think all kids like to hear their parents tell them how they are special and what it is about them that makes them that way. Another great fic!
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imatmntgal Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013  Student General Artist
awwwwwwwwww!!!!!!!!!! so adorkable!!!!!!! i especially like the ending!!
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FoxKid1302 Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:iconomgsocuteplz: I love cuddling...
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BlueRoseKelly Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013
Awwww This made me gush, I love this. If this is what your 100 themes is going to be like I am going to get cavities from the sweetness.
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GlamourGoth89 Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013
awww
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xMausx Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
AHHHH! I always read your tmnt challenge fics and they rock! (Now I sound like a stalker. XD ) this rocks!
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RachelErica Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013
Not at all. Lol. Glad to hear it. :-)
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MagicNinja-Gal Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013
awwwwwww that was a cute story ^w^
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Culinary-Alchemist Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
OMG that was so freaking cute I cannot stand it!
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