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Acceptance

The smog from Shredder's factories warred with the smoke produced by his army's path of destruction as it rolled and twisted around Leonardo's form.

Standing against a crumbling brick wall just outside of the latest rebel base, he tried to ignore the acrid smell of burning rubber and the more clinging scent of burning flesh. The stench clung to his coat and climbed into his pores even as the boom of nearby weapons fire assaulted his hearing.

A moment later the concussion shook the ground beneath his feet and sent mortar crumbling onto his shoulder. He absently brushed it away as he returned to his private thoughts.

Raphael found him exactly where he thought that Leo would be. His brother's unseeing eyes surveyed the demolished landscape, preferring the solitude here to a room filled with enough noise to rob him of another of his senses.

Moving towards Leo on nearly silent feet, Raph purposely made enough sound to warn the elder brother of his approach.

Leo's head turned slightly. "Raph."

"Hey," Raph said, stepping up next to Leo and looking out over the ruined horizon with his one good eye.

"Where's Mike?" Leo asked, his voice almost too soft to hear.

"Watching Don work, like he used ta do before Don disappeared," Raph told him, his own tone mild.

Leo turned away as another boom cut the air. "He knows that's not our Donatello, doesn't he?"

Raph shrugged and then remembered that Leo couldn't see the movement. "Yeah," Raph said. "He knows and he don't care. It's close enough; same face, same voice, same way of doin' things. Mike ain't gonna leave Don's side."

"Afraid this one will disappear too?" Leo's head shifted again as he listened to the cadence of Raph's voice.

"He will ya' know. Eventually. He'll fade out of here the same way he came in. Mike just wants some return for all of the years we spent hunting for our Donny," Raph said.

"He died." Leo stated it as a fact. "I think we all knew that after the first week that he was gone. Don would have found a way back to us otherwise."

Raph lifted a hand to Leo's shoulder, the touch the first hint of the rekindling of a closeness they once felt.

"I know," Raph said. "Mike didn't want ta believe it."

His hand tightening on Leo's shoulder, Raph turned to face his brother, urging Leo around with his grip. Face to face, Raph could see his reflection in Leo's dark glasses and grimaced at the section of his mask that had been sewn shut.

Reaching up with his free hand, Raph slipped the glasses off of Leo's face. Leaning forward, Raph looked deeply into Leo's eyes, seeing the blank, dulled look in what used to be flashing amber.

"I wish ya' could see me," Raph said hoarsely.

"I can see you, Raph. I can see all of you in the way I want to see you, back when we used to smile," Leo explained.

Raph swallowed the emotion tightening his throat, keeping his hand on Leo's shoulder in order to remain balanced.

"This plan of Don's, is it gonna work?" Raph asked finally.

Leo's lips briefly quivered into a tiny smile. "Yes," he answered.

"We gonna make it?" Raph tried for a lighter tone with this question and failed.

"No," Leo replied, seeming to look into Raph's eye.

"Ya' could fix it so we do," Raph suggested.

Leo shook his head. "Then the plan won't work," he said simply.

Raph thought about it for a minute and understood. He sighed. "I see your point."

"Mike knows," Leo said.

"Yeah, he's sharp that way," Raph acknowledged.

They stood in silence for a few minutes, neither moving as they seemed to pull something they needed from each other.

"Time for it to end, bro'?" Raph asked, searching Leo's blind eyes.

"Yes, Raph," Leo answered, lifting one of his hands to Raph's shoulder too. "Time for it all to end."
Acceptance
by hummerhouse
Disclaimer: The TMNT are not mine. No money being made.
Word Count: 677 SAINW
Rated: PG-13

A discussion between brothers. One of the most beautiful cartoon episodes ever created - makes me cry like a baby every time.
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Bearprints Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2014  Student Digital Artist
This is a awesome moment between thies two
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Hummerhouse Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2014
Thank you! Yes, they are very deep.
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Skyrider-1 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
:( (Sad) Waaaah! 
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Hummerhouse Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2014
Me too! :crying: rvmp 
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horsesrunfree Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2014
Well, at least we know they planned it like that. Sad, isn't it?
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Hummerhouse Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2014
Even writing about it makes me cry. :sad: 
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Wolfofmyeyes11 Featured By Owner May 12, 2014  Student Digital Artist
;-; I cried for a week when I saw 'same as it never was'
think ima go weep again....😭
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Hummerhouse Featured By Owner May 13, 2014
I can't watch it too often 'cause it still makes me cry! :tears:
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Wolfofmyeyes11 Featured By Owner May 19, 2014  Student Digital Artist
It's like the creaters of TMNT were just like
Derp: let's make them cry!
Herp: Yea! MHAHAHAHAHA 
😭
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SomeonewhoLOVESLeo Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2013  Hobbyist
That episode is so sad... makes me cry EVERY freakin' time! :tears: You wrote this fic perfectly, fits very well into the SAINW theme. *wipes tears away from eyes*
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Hummerhouse Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2013
I simply can't watch that episode without crying! Even reading the fics I've written for it makes me cry. It's like, if I ever need a good cry, I know where to go.
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raphiesgirl1 Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2013  Student General Artist
noooo!!!
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Hummerhouse Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2013
I know, it's so sad! :(
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ClotiPheebs Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That episode was awesome too short though I wanted more love little one shots like this amazing
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Hummerhouse Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013
That was one of the greatest, most intense cartoon eps I've ever seen. Thank you, I'm glad you enjoyed this. :)
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ClotiPheebs Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes and also the darkness reminded me of the comics
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Culinary-Alchemist Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
wow amazing
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Hummerhouse Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013
Thank you! :)
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Culinary-Alchemist Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
you're welcome
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ccshadow Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013
Man that gave me goosebumps! It was yanking my heartstrings with everything Leo said..."back when we used to smile"...and still that determination holds strong, even knowing the grim outcome they'll face, "Then the plan won't work," :( This was just so touching
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Hummerhouse Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013
If I ever got an acting gig and my character had to cry, I'd think of this episode and that would turn on the water works. Problem is, it would take a while to turn them back off! I imagine after 30 years of fighting Shredder, Leo would know that sacrificing themselves would be the only way to destroy him.
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Skandron Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012
Oh man .... "I can see you, Raph. I can see all of you in the way I want to see you, back when we used to smile," Leo explained.

*promptly bursts into tears .....

Very powerful ending and very beautiful. ;_;
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Hummerhouse Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012
I seriously don't know why I do this to myself. These SAINW fics get in my head and won't come out until I write them, but they make me cry every damn time.

I'm glad to know the power they have over me is something I've been able to capture with words. Thank you!
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GlamourGoth89 Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2012
isnt this like from the episode of tmnt 2003 series, "the same as it never was" or something like that-an armaggedon future?
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Hummerhouse Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2012
Exactly! It's from 'Same As It Never Was' in the 2k3 cartoon series. :)
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Teratophelia Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012
;__;

Interesting theory on why it all didn't work. And yeah. I'm in tears after reading this. Good job. ;__; (No seriously! Good job!) XD
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Hummerhouse Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012
I kinda think Leo would have recognized all of the things that could go wrong with Don's plan and I also think his not saying much would have clued in both Raph and Mike. That episode is not a turn I would ever want to see their lives take.
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Kitauri Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2012
You definitely did it justice.
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Hummerhouse Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2012
Thank you. :hug:
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haking17 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
;___________; Omg, this is just so beautiful. *sniffs*
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Hummerhouse Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2012
*hands you box of tissues* If you're anything like me with SAINW, you're gonna need this!
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haking17 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Dude. Always. *takes tissues*
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Terrve Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012
Beautiful. Just beautiful. SAINW is the deepest, most touching episode of TMNT, and you just captured it perfectly. Thank you.
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Hummerhouse Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012
Aw, thank you. It is just amazing to me how much emotion they managed to pack in that one episode.
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Terrve Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012
I hope I can capture that emotion half as well as you did when I get to that point :D
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LunarLotis Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
;_; <3
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Hummerhouse Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012
I cry every time. :tears:
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Kingdom2469 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012
No matter what I still can't get the SAINW out of my head. A very deep episode.
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Hummerhouse Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012
That episode was pure genius.
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RubyNeko Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
As emotionally moving as always! That is a depressing part of their lives but for some reason I cant get enough SAINW.
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Hummerhouse Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012
It's depressing but it's also hauntingly beautiful. I think that's why it stays with us.
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RubyNeko Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yes I do believe so, I love it so much. <3
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pcanjjaxdcd Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I've never watched the SAINW episode, but all the SAINW fanfics are so sad, I'm not sure I want to ):
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Hummerhouse Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012
The episode is sad, but its beauty, its message and its closure are things that need to be seen. This episode is what sets TMNT apart from run of the mill cartoons.
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Darst-Llah Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I think you should. That kind of sad leaves your soul purified and your heart swelling.
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BrokenStride Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012
It didn't make me cry, but I know people who did... That's what I get for not watching the series as it aired. I doubt I received half the emotional impact taken by anyone who was following the show. It's very dark and tragic, but well worth watching. One of those episodes that sets the TMNT apart from most of the other kids shows of the time. The seriousness of it makes it feel more like an extremely dark, angsty, everyone-dies episode of Gargoyles or Batman! The only things missing are blood and organs and because of the injuries it's kinda weird not seeing blood even knowing it's a kids show.
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babygirl127 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012
There's something so sad but still touching with them knowing that they won't make it out alive but that they are okay with it. They've fought so hard for those thirty years that it's just time for them to stop and go to the rest that they deserve.
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Hummerhouse Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012
It is exactly something they would do; make the ultimate sacrifice to rid the world of evil. The idea still makes me cry.
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MsObscure Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012
SAINW stories are always so touching... But I STILL won't accept the fact that Leo is blind in that episode! XD Fan made... but then, so is t-cest ;-P
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Hummerhouse Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012
If you've read any of my other SAINW stuff, you'll know I adhere to the theory that it's a case of hysterical blindness.

Sometimes a sentence will come to my mind and before I know it, a SAINW fic is born. These I don't do on purpose, they happen. 'Cause I really hate to cry.
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