"Hey, kids! Wake up, you're on our turf!" called a rough, yet young, voice; waking Lizard up.

He immediately sprung forward, his knife in his hands. The speaker, a boy about his age but even dirtier (if that was possible), jumped back a little but didn't run. Lizard looked around and saw that he was surrounded by at least twenty other kids. If it had been just the speaker, then Lizard would have made short work of him and left his unconscious body somewhere safe till he had regained consciousness. As a matter of fact, if LouLou weren't here he might even consider making a run for it.

LouLou, oh no. He couldn't let them get her! He looked frantically down to make sure LouLou was still there. When he saw her still sleeping form lieing on the ground behind him, he heaved a sigh of relief. Then he brought his attention back to the boy in front of him.

"We're sorry, didn't know this was your turf, we'll leave if you don't want us here..." Lizard trailed off.

"No one passes through Kerf territory without paying the price." The boy replied, taking on a pompous pose. He must be the gang leader.

  Lizard crouched protectively in front of LouLou, "And what, pray tell, is the price?" he asked.

"Just a few bruises..." the boy commented nonchalantly, but with an evil look on his face.

There was no way Lizard was going to let them beat up LouLou; she had gone through enough already. "Alright, if you will let me pay the price for both of us, then I won't fight back." Lizard said, standing up and holding his knife point down, hoping to convey a peacefull message.

"Awwww, how cute!" The boy replied mockingly, "but I'm afraid that I can't let you do that, everyone who passes through here has to to pay."

Lizard raised his knife, ready to fight off anyone who came to close to LouLou and snarled, "If you so much as touch her I swear, you won't live to see tomorrow."

The leader nodded to a bigger boy in the group surrounding Lizard. The boy charged Lizard, but just sidestepped him and knocked him out as he passed by. "Who's next?" He asked.

A skinny boy who was armed with a club came out of the group next and started to circle Lizard warily. Lizard picked up a nearby rock and threw it at the kid, hitting him in the head and knocking him senseless.

"Next," Lizard stated simply.

Two boys came out of the crowd, one had a chain, and the other had a long knife. Uh oh, they weren't playing fair anymore. The boys split up, one moving to one side of Lizard, the other to the other side. Lizard glanced at the sleeping form of LouLou, calculating the risks. However, he didn't really have a choice, he charged the boy with the knife, so fast that he didn't even have time to react. Lizard knocked him out with the hilt of his knife then took his knife and ran back to LouLou; all before the boy with the chain could get to her.

BAM! The boy's chain slammed across Lizard's back, sending waves of pain up his spine and tearing his skin open. Lizard screamed and then lashed out with the knife, cutting his attacker's arm open. The boy yelped, dropping his chain, Lizard immediately grabbed him in a head-lock. With his other arm he knocked his captive out.

Then, without warning, and before anyone could come forward to challenge him again, Lizard charged the leader, locking his arms behind him and pinning them there with his chest. Next he brought his knife up to the leader's throat.

"If anyone touches LouLou, you will die; I promise you that." Lizard whispered in his ear.

By now the leader's face had turned chalk white with fear. He nodded nervously, and motioned his gang away and they dispersed quickly and quietly. Then Lizard brought him over to LouLou's sleeping form, leaning over her, gently shook her awake.

"You need to wake up, we gotta leave." he whispered to her.

LouLou, looked up, yawned, then nodded. Once they had gotten a good distance away Lizard released the gang leader. "If you try and hurt us again, I won't be nearly so kind." Lizard warned him.

Once the leader-turned-frightened-kid had run out of view Lizard swept LouLou up in a big hug, "I love you so much!" He told her, "I promise I won't let anything like last night ever happen again. I promise."

The End

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