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Life of a Phoenix.....

Peace at last....... maybe now I can get some well needed practice in.... with the appearance of Venus, then DragonLord, and then Silver and Bonesteel, I've barely had any time to myself. Then Galileo comes along, and my katana get shattered on that broadsword of his....

At least now, I can work on my other ninja skills. Raph keeps trying my patience, and Mikey is always interrupting me. Donatello stays out of my way, but he's too much into technology, and needs to go back to the original way of the ninja.... his skills are slowly starting to fade.

Splinter is being patient with everyone. He tries his best, but he is old. With all the strange new things happening, he has been having a hard time controlling all of us.

Venus is truly dedicated to the art of Shinobi. She is constantly meditating, trying to increase her powers so that one day, she can defeat the dragons.

Galileo pretty much just helps us with things. I guess he feels that he owes us something. I've been keeping my distance from him since he came here.... I trust him, but I don't trust him. I didn't trust Venus at first either, but that went away. He seems too perfect for someone who just lost almost everything that was dear to them.... What can he be hiding? There HAS to be more to his story.... I'm going to find out what it is. I HAVE to.... otherwise I'll never trust him.

Scene: The Lair

There, that is it. I think I have finally found an effective strategy to use in my next game of chess... Hmm.... I am old, but I know when things are not right with my students... I shall have to have a talk with each one individually to see what is the matter.

Raphael is always so angry.... but this time, I sense that it is more frustration than anger. He is confused.... but about what? I will give him some space for now. But then I must act to find out the cause of his frustration....

Leonardo is confused.... I can sense that clearly. He has been this way since the arrival of Galileo. I fear that Leonardo may plan to interrogate Galileo. Galileo is very capable of protecting himself, but I am more worried for Leonardo. Galileo is a master, and might hurt Leonardo if provoked. Though Galileo has shown no signs of aggression in his personality, his pain and confusion may blind his judgement.

Venus knows more about Galileo than any of us. She has spent the most time near him. Galileo treats her as he would a little sister.... He is playing the role of a protector. Venus works constantly with Galileo, trying to ease his pain, and to learn. Who knows what she has learned?

Michaelangelo and Galileo are friends. Michaelangelo, however, does not fully understand Galileo, and that confuses him. He is still childlike in a sense, not wanting to grow up. Galileo admires that about Michaelangelo.

Donatello sees Galileo as an intellectual equal... though his ego blinds him to some things, Donatello does recognize the skill and accomplishments of others. Galileo holds Donatello in high regards, and often seeks out Donatello when he wishes to talk.

I see Galileo as an equal. His skills are quite extraordinary for his age, though that is due to his training. It would appear that I have been sought out by Galileo as a father figure of some sort.... a temporary replacement for Toshi, his master. He has sought me out for advice on several occasions..... I meditate with him, and try to understand him more, but he still stays in seclusion. This is a very confusing time right now. Many odd things have happened lately, including the appearance of Galileo. Which still makes me wonder.....

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