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By Copycat472

Drama / Action

Chapter 1

Sweat poured down his face, neck, and back as he sprinted across the buildings of New York. Leo has never ran this much before, but as much as it killed him to do it, he had no choice...the Shredder was after him, and he was alone, with none of his brothers to help him.

It was just a nightly patrol, he thought. How could a patrol stir up this much damage?

His legs were becoming heavier and heavier by the second. It was like a huge weight were upon his shoulders, dragging him down, and making him weaker. He snapped his head around, only to see the Shredder advancing on him. He didn't even look like he was breaking a single sweat- in fact, it looked like he was moving more swiftly, and the closer he got to his turtle target, the taller he became in Leo's eyes. Leo trembled, and his face contorted.

What freaked Leo out the most was that he was afraid. He has never been scared of anything before, even the times he faced the Shredder in the past. But he knew that his brothers were always there to fight with him when they battled the Shredder. However, they were all probably sleeping soundly in the lair by now. Leo decided to go out on his own tonight. He thought he was ready to do something by himself for a change and look after the city, himself. It took a lot of arguing, and a lot of pinning Raph down to the floor, but he finally persuaded his brothers to let him do it himself tonight, after, of course, he received Master Splinter's blessing. Unfortunately, Leo thought wrong. He needed his brothers more then ever, now that the Shredder was here. He could hear his enemy's boots clinking behind him, as he tried to run faster.

Oh no, he thought. The Shredder is almost on top of me. I got to keep going, I have to-

His thoughts were cut off by a searing pain that spread across his head. It felt like he was hit by a 90-mile an hour baseball. His knees buckled, and fell with a thud. The Shredder must have hit him, and that means he was caught. The pain was too unbearable that he couldn't even open his eyes. He couldn't even think without a rush of shooting pain sweep over his mind. He moved his hand to feel his head, but recoiled after he felt thick liquid, which he knew instantly was blood.

Leo weakly opened one eye and what he saw made him jump. The Shredder was no where to be found. Slowly, he tried to get on his hands and knees, but a brute force pushed him back on the ground. It felt like he was being crushed by a heavy slab of stone. He tried to move under the foot, he realized was the Shredder's, but each time he tried to get up, the foot pressed down even harder, knocking the breath out of him.

"Please..." Leo managed to exhale. "Stop."

"No, I will not stop," the deep, terrifying voice said above him. "I need to know where Hamato Yoshi is hiding! Tell me now, and I promise your demise will be quick."

Leo didn't say anything. He knew that the Shredder was going to kill him either way, so he might as well keep the location of his family a secret. He wasn't about to give up his home, his brothers, and his father. No matter what the Shredder did now, he wouldn't break him. He wouldn't find out the location just by threatening him.

"Tell me, now!" the Shredder boomed into Leo's ear. His foot crushed his shell even more.

Leo took a shaky breath.

This is it, he thought.

He heard the sound of a sword being sheathed out of its holder.

Leo closed his eyes and waited. He waited for the cold blade to pierce through his neck. He waited for the Shredder to make the final blow. He waited for the pain...the pain that was going to consume him, before he drifted off into oblivion. He felt the rough ground beneath him, he smelled the cool night air, but he saw nothing but darkness, for his eyes were shut tight.

He waited, but nothing happened. Had it happened? Had the Shredder's sword already found its way into his neck? Has he died? Then, suddenly, he felt another shot of pain course through his head, for the Shredder hit Leo with the hilt of his sword.

Leo felt his body loosen up, as his mind sank into unconsciousness.

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