It took little persuasion to get the younger two brothers to agree to let Raphael do the next steps, Donatello a little more reluctant about it. He wasn't fully convinced that Raph was in any shape to be left on his own, too worried about his mental state to trust he would seek their help if needed. It was his caretaker side.
But in the face of Leo's confidence, he agreed to give it a day or two and see how Raph would do.
For most of the day, nothing happened.
It was both calming and awkward.
Raphael's door stayed open, but he didn't come out. Neither did his brothers dare to invade his space. It left them to go about random daily chores and activities, but they were tip-toeing around the lair, avoiding loud noises, avoiding getting too close to Raphael's door, avoiding thinking too much about it.
In a way, despite the encouraging view of that still-open door, it put them all on edge pretty badly, as if expecting something to explode the instant that door moved.
When it finally did, la