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Weakest Link (TMNT)

Chapter One


Karai stood before the doorway to her father’s chambers.  This wasn’t going to be easy.  Ever since they arrived in New York, her father had shown nothing but dedication to his vendetta against his old enemy, Hamato Yoshi.  A little too much dedication, as far as she was concerned.  She understood his pain.  Hamato Yoshi (or Splinter, as he was calling himself these days), had killed her mother when she was an infant, destroying their family forever.  Her father never forgot that day and he wouldn’t let her forget it either, no matter how much she wished he would leave the past in the past.  Killing Splinter would not bring her mother back, but the Shredder didn’t care.  To him, loose ends were unacceptable.   If destroying Splinter and his army of mutant turtles would bring her father back to her, so be it.  All she had to do was get him to listen for a few minutes.  

Taking a deep breath, Karai stepped into the chamber of her father, Oroku Saki; the infamous Shredder.  

Shredder had his back to her, no doubt staring out at the city below them.  He always did this when he was thinking.  Even though his eyes were not upon her, Karai still knelt down before him, bowing her head.  “Permission to speak, father,” Karai asked.

“Granted,” was Shredder’s reply.  Even keeping his voice at such a mild tone sent shivers down the kunoichi’s spine.  

Releasing the breath she had been holding, Karai continued.  “Father, I have been thinking about your...our vendetta against Hamato Yoshi and I believe I have come up with a solution.”  

To her surprise, Shredder chuckled.  “Have you now?  Tell me, Karai.  What ‘brilliant’ plan have you concocted that I could not?”

Karai clenched her fists.  She hated it when her father spoke to her as if she were an ignorant child.  At least when he was upset with her, he spoke to her as an equal.  Maybe that was why she risked talking back to him, even if it frightened her at times.  Still, this was not about her pride; it was about ending this stupid plot for revenge and getting things back to normal.  

Karai stood before her father before continuing.  “Well, as you know, I have faced the ninja turtles on numerous occasions...”

“And letting them escape you each time,” Shredder added.  

“Yes...but only because I was curious about them.”

“I’m not asking you to observe them, Karai!” Shredder raised his voice, startling her.   “You have been given golden opportunities to do away with Yoshi’s clan and instead, you let them slip through your fingers.  If you had attacked when the time was right, we would have found Splinter by now.”

“But that’s my point!” said Karai, hoping to calm her father down.  “Every time we’ve attacked them head on, we’ve lost.  Do you know why?  It’s because the Turtles are not just ninjas; they’re brothers!  They’re family.  They protect one another because they rely on one another for strength and support.  Look at your men.  Do you honestly think that Xever and Bradford would defend each other in battle against the enemy?”

“Xever and Bradford are nothing more than pawns to me,” said Shredder, descending the stairs as he approached his daughter.  “Even without them, I still have plenty of Foot ninjas at my disposal.”

“You’re missing the big picture here, father.  The answer doesn’t lie in increasing our numbers; it’s in diminishing theirs.”

Shredder stopped pacing around Karai and looked to her, his scarred eyes holding a bit of interest in her words.  

Before going any further, Karai pulled out a small chain from her belt and presented it before her father.  “The Turtles, father, are like a chain.  Each link is as strong and sturdy as the next, but only when they’re connected.”  As if to demonstrate her point, she pulled each end of the chain, making the links grow taunt.  “If we were to take one just one link, the chain would loose it’s strength and be easier to destroy.”

Shredder brought a hand to his mask and studied the chain, imagining those hideous green faces replacing each link.  “And you believe one of those turtles is the weakest link?”  

“Exactly.”  

“Your idea shows merit, Karai.  I am impressed.  However, as I stated before, you have been given chances to destroy one of the turtles, including their leader, Leonardo.”

Karai looked down at the chain in her hands.  He just had to bring up Leo, didn’t he?  “I know, father, but I wasn’t talking about taking out any of the turtles...not yet.  What I meant was if we could somehow manipulate one of them and get him to join the Foot, then maybe...”

“WHAT?!?!”

Karai cried out in alarm at Shredder’s outburst, causing her to fall backwards on the floor.  He towered over her, unsheathing his wrist-blades.  “You DARE suggest forming an alliance with the enemy?  Those infidels who serve the man who killed your mother?

Karai quickly maneuvered herself into a kneeling position, frantic to get her father to remain calm.  “Father!  Father, please, let me finish!  That’s not what I meant!  Of course I don’t want an alliance with Yoshi’s clan, but think about it.  The reason we haven’t been able to defeat the Turtles before is because of their unity.  Against the Foot, of course they wouldn’t hesitate attacking.  We’re the enemy and they hate us!  But if one of them were on our side, they would hesitate!  They would never lift a finger fighting their own brother, not to the death.  All we have to do is find the one Turtle who is the easiest to manipulate and get him to fight for us, then the other three wouldn’t stand a chance.”

“And what makes you think the traitorous brother will maintain his loyalty to the Foot?” challenged Shredder.  “What if he has a change of heart at the last minute?”

“By that point, it’ll be too late,” said Karai.  “By the time he starts to feel any regrets, the other three will be dead at his feet...and he will be dead at yours.  And then once Hamato Yoshi realizes his precious clan has been destroyed, he’ll have no choice but to come out of hiding and face you to get his revenge.  Then you can finally be done with your vendetta...and we can go home.”  

Shredder was quiet for several minutes, replaying his daughter’s plan in his head.  Karai held her breath, praying that her idea would gain his acceptance.  Even though his entire face was covered in metal, she could tell by his eyes that a dark smile was curling his lips.  He bent down and picked up the chain she was holding before.  “I have taught you well, Karai.  Perhaps you’re right; brute force is not enough to destroy these...Turtles.  The only way to be rid of them is to attack from the inside.”

He slowly slipped one of his blades through a link in the chain.  He then pulled his arm back, severing one of the metal loops apart from the others.  The remaining chain clattered to the floor before Karai.  She noticed how clean the cut was on the metal.  

“You are dismissed,” said Shredder, returning to his throne a top the stairs.  “You are to observe these turtles and decide which one is the weakest of the four.  Once we know who, then we can proceed.”

Karai bowed.  “Hai, father.”  

As she was about to leave, Shredder said, “Oh, and Karai?”

She turned to face him.   “Yes, father?”

“You may be my daughter, but you are still a member of the Foot clan and I expect nothing but the best from my ninjas.  Do not disappoint me.”

Karai felt the back of her neck begin to perspire.  Still, she bowed again.  “I will not, father.  You have my word.”  
This is sort of an ongoing idea I've been brainstorming for awhile since I got hooked on the new Nickelodeon version of "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles." I really love how the show balances dark and levity, especially regarding Karai. I know we're still in the middle of the first season and I'm sure a lot of what I write will contradict what appears later in the series. Hopefully, it'll meet the fans reactions well. Please leave feedback and anything you feel I should improve on or change. Thank you!

Teenage mutant ninja turtles does NOT belong to me. It belongs to Nickelodeon, Viacom, and their affiliates.

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oPyknic Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013
Karai your so evil!! you captured her character perfectly.
I could only imagine Leo may fall for her plan.
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Bitsy83 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013
Yeah, he WOULD be the most obvious choice....then again, certain events may alter her choice.
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Qulli2 Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
DUN DUN DUN
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evilcrazysmurf Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
awsome
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Xana539 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013
Wow!! I love it! I like how Karai has the idea that should work instead of Shredder. Good ideas. Please make more stories!!
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Bitsy83 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013
I'm working on it. Have you read Chapter 1 of this yet?
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Xana539 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013
Yupp! I like it too!!
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JasmineAlexandra Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013  Student General Artist
whoa...that is a good plan....it is so diabolical it just might work....
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Bitsy83 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013
YAAAY!!! You read it!!! And, yes, Karai's plan is twisted. I've been practicing her confrontation with the Turtle of her choice for weeks now and what it will include. Only problem is I still have a few more chapters to post BEFORE we get to that scene. I should have the next chapter up by this evening.

Wait till you see who I have in mind on which Turtle will be it. (Hint: he won't be the most OBVIOUS.)
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cari28ch3 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013
here's my reaction :excited:
i would love to see where you are going with this.
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Bitsy83 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013
Working on it now.
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wildchild9067 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013
....

I looked.

I read.

I loved.

I read it again. :P

Keep up the good work!
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Bitsy83 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013
You read it TWICE?!?! Well, dang! Now I got to keep writing! (gees, so much pressure....)
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wildchild9067 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013
Sure did! XD Don't pressure yourself! (BUT another story would be awesome...you know...just hinting...)
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Bitsy83 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013
lol. I'll see what I can do. It's hard to write a story for a show that's currently on the air. I don't want it to clash too much with the show.
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wildchild9067 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013
awesome! And I get it, it is hard. But anyway, I look forward to what ever you come up with!
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Bitsy83 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013
Thankee!
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NightAngel285 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
this was awesome! i love the cliffhanger, keep it up!
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Bitsy83 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013
Thank you!!! I hope the readers like which Turtle I have in mind...
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Xana539 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013
Imma guess Mikey??
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Bitsy83 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013
You'll see....
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Xana539 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013
Okai
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NightAngel285 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Cant wait! :D
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Mysterious-D Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oooooooo, cliffhanger right there. Very intriguing.
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Bitsy83 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013
Thank you! I'll try to get the next chapter up by next week.
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Bramblemask973 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013  Student Artist
Can't wait for more! Great job
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Bitsy83 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013
Aw! Thank you! I hope I can get more done.
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Bramblemask973 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013  Student Artist
:D
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LeoForLifeTMNT Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013  Student Photographer
Love it :D
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Bitsy83 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013
Thank you!!!
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NoPointAtAll Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013
Shorter than I would have liked but still great! I really liked it, and it fits right in. I like how it's one of those scenes that could take place any time between the span of time that passed since Karai arrived in New York and well into the future. Nice work! How part of this conversation kind of goes was a thought in my head before about some other things I'd like to see happen, so that was awesome too.
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Bitsy83 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013
Yeah, chapters are funny that way. They take a lot longer to write than to read. Still, I'm glad you like it. It's been awhile since I wrote a continuing story on DA, so I'm going to have to get used to the settings again. (I still don't know why it says "Chapter O").

Also, even though he is going to be introduced in season 2, I'm going to try my hand at introducing Casey Jones. I'm going to see how long I can keep this fic going until the show makes certain things cannon (future of Foot, Karai, Casey, etc.) I guess fans can call this an alternate version.
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NoPointAtAll Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013
Trust me, I know haha, I've had a few stories that I shared with others and they would zip through em and make my life harder lol.

I was wondering about the 'Chapter O' thing, but thought it was all you.

Cool! I look forward to it! Your take on Casey and the future will be fun, at least to see how much of what you guessed comes true. I want to do the same thing through pictures (draw things/introduce ideas via pics and see if they play out close in the show).

Or, you can try to keep it abstract, like.. fill in a lot of those gaps created between episodes. Apparently episode 1-9 takes place over the course of months, so you could always go back and introduce something in that point and then continue it in a future =D
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Bitsy83 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013
Yeah, I fixed it now. And I put it into a folder in my Gallery, so it'll be easier for me and my readers to keep track of it. I'm just doing this as a sort of practice for writing in general. I've always had a knack for writing fan fiction, so this'll help me get into practice, especially since I gave up Facebook games for Lent (A REAL time gobbler).

It's going to get a bit...angsty at times, but don't worry, I'll try not to make it to emo.
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NoPointAtAll Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013
lol it's whatever, i don't believe in 'emo' stories. In fact the term itself is something I find quite contradictory, but that's another story. Angst it up bro! after all, these are *teenage* turtles
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Bitsy83 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013
This is true. teenage and angst go together like Tim Burton and black-and-white stripe patterns. I'm just going to do this as a fun thing and see how far i can take it. I'm basically doing this as an exercise to get me in the habit of writing everyday.
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NoPointAtAll Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013
I would have said Tim Burton and Johnny Depp, but it'll do haha! Yeah, go for it! I should really do that too with drawing, as I'm nowhere near as decent as I want to be.
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ComradeSerb Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013
This idea of Karai exploiting the Turtles' weakness by breaking their brotherly bond is a really good one. I'm actually hoping something like this happens in the show - I doubt Leonardo would go as far to join the Foot, but I can imagine Raphael or even Donatello being pushed into such a situation, whether they wanted it or not.
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Bitsy83 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013
That's always been one of my favorite cliches: when a good guy goes to the dark side. As for WHICH Turtle...well, it'll become a bit clear in the next few chapters. I'll give this much away: It won't be the most obvious choice.
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