The Noxus flag drew closer, and Yi, Lee, and Wukong prepared to fight. The Noxus flag was now closer, and Five Noxians stepped forward. Two of them were Talon and Katarina, the other three, Ezreal's never seen before. One of the three had an axe in each hand, the other carried a large axe, and the last one carried no weapons, only a cane, he also had a bird on his shoulder. Talon stepped forward, then pointed to Ezreal who was hiding.
"That's the one,"
"he's the one that almost killed me and Katarina.."
Ezreal's eyes widened, and Lee stepped forward, Yi and Wu stayed in-front of Ezreal. Lee looked at the five.
"Who are you?"
The large man with an axe stepped forward.
"I'm Darius, the Hand of Noxus. The man with the two axes is my brother, Draven, the Glorious Executioner."
Talon then smirked.
"I'm Talon, the Blade's Shadow, and this is Katarina, the Sinister Blade."
He said, pointing at Kat.
The man with a cane didn't make an intro, he just simply said he was Swain, then eyed Ezreal.
"You have someone we want."
Darius, Draven, Talon and Katarina stepped behind Swain, and Swain walked forward.
"Don't let us scare you, we're not here to kill you all unless we have to."
When he heard that, Wukong's eyes widened, he then made a copy of himself and went invisible, he then hid in the trees, with focus and energy, Wukong kept the copy there. Yi, noticing the trick, walked up to Swain.
"What is it that you want?"
Swain pointed to Ezreal, and Ezreal stumbled back. Yi raised an eyebrow.
"Why? What has he done?"
"He's poisoned, and he has the Mark of Noxus. All we want to do is kill him, so he can't carry around the markings."
Swain said, simply.
Swain then clenched his fist, and Ezreal grabbed his stomach, and the runes began to grow beneath the bandages. Ezreal fell to his knees.
Lee kicked Swain's fist, and Darius stepped up, but Swain signaled him to stay.
"You will not kill him! He's done nothing to you.."
Yi said, he then saw Wu in the trees, Yi nodded at Wukong, then Lee started to slowly step back, grabbing Ezreal's arm.
Swain got annoyed, then raised his cane.
"We'll kill you if we have to! I will not play your games, you annoying - "
Lee Sin yelled.
His foot was then engulfed with flame, then he kicked Swain into the other four, knocking them all back. "RUN!"
Lee yelled, dashing, knocking Wu's decoy down. Yi then followed, pulling Ezreal along. Wu, Yi, Lee and Ezreal ran through the woods as fast as they could.
When Darius got up, he was furious. He then noticed the decoy.
"Looks like your friends left you behind.."
Darius leaped in the air with his axe, then slammed it into the Decoy, the Decoy smacked Darius then faded.
"You moron! That was a clone! Follow them! FOLLOW THEM!"
Talon and Darius ran into the woods, and Swain, Draven and Kat walked off, back to Noxus.
After about an hour of running, Yi, Wu, Lee and Ezreal reached a strange area of the forest, they heard cackling. Yi placed Ezreal down, Ezreal was feeling better, but still couldn't walk.
"Wukong, get in the trees and keep a look-out, Yi, try to start a fire."
Wukong jumped up to a tree and held on to a branch, and Yi gathered wood and placed them in a pile.
Ezreal leaned on a tree, holding his stomach. The runes ceased glowing and Ezreal stood up.
"Hey Lee, come here.. I found this weird box!"
Yi said, picking up a small box.
Lee walked up and placed a hand on it. Music began playing from the box, and Yi placed it back on the ground and watched it, after a few seconds, a strange clown-toy popped out, cackling.
The Clown then began shooting darts at Yi and Lee, hitting them both twice, before it broke in two. Yi was hit in the chest and Lee was hit in the arm.
"Ah! What was that?"
Lee said, pulling the dart out.
Yi pulled the dart out of his chest.
"I don't know.. Ow.."
Lee helped Yi walk over the a tree, and lay him down, then a strange voice spoke.
"Ahahaha! Who wants to hear a JOKE?!"
The voice said.
Wukong landed on his back, with a shiv in his arm. He pulled it out and it faded in mid air.
"What is going on?!"
He said, running to Lee.
Yi shrugged and held his chest. He then looked around and noticed Ezreal was gone.
Wukong looked around.
"I thought he was with you two?"
Lee shook his head and so did Yi.
"Man, where am I?"
Ezreal said, wandering around the forest.
"Hey you, boy! Wanna hear a joke?!"
The voice said.
A shiv then landed in-front of Ezreal and he stumbled back, looking around in the trees.
A Clown-like man landed before Ezreal, he had shivs in each hand, and small throwing knives hooked on his clothing. He then made a strange gesture.
"My name Joey! And I have a JOKE for you! AHAHAHAHA!"
The clown said.
"What's the joke..?"
'Joey' smirked and then did a dance.
"Ooooh, a skip and a hop! A stab and a kill! A man and a child! Blood and screams! Oh how joyous!"
The insane man sung.
Ezreal slowly stepped back, but bumped into 'Joey'. Ezreal looked in-front of him and saw that there were two of them. He stumbled back and tripped.
"I am the Insane Jester, but you can call me.. Shaco.."
Shaco said, extending an arm to Ezreal, Ezreal grabbed the hand, and Shaco pulled him up.
"Oh dear, I apologize for my Clone's behavior."
Shaco said, dusting Ezreal off.
Shaco marched to his clone and stabbed it, he then ducked, knives flew out everywhere, Ezreal barley ducked in time. Shaco stood up and looked at Ezreal. Shaco lifted him up.
"Well now, I think you should go back to your friends."
Shaco said, pointing in the direction Ezreal came from.
Shaco disappeared. Confused by the entire thing, Ezreal just walked back to Lee, Yi, and Wu and explained what had happened.
"Wow.. That's strange.. Really strange..."
Lee agreed and Yi nodded.
"There they are!"
Darius yelled, approaching the four.
Talon soon landed before Darius and pulled his blade out.
Wukong grabbed his staff and Yi gripped his sword, staggering to get up on his feet, Lee got in battle position, and Ezreal prepared his Pulse-fire glove. Though, none of them were capable of fighting, and Darius and Talon knew it. Darius approached the four, but before he could do anything, Shaco slammed down onto Darius, then threw a shiv at Talon, hitting him in to arm. Shaco looked at Ezreal.
"You might want to run. Can't fight these two forever."
Shaco smirked, then disappeared and re-appeared behind Talon, slamming his elbow in Talon's back.
Ezreal motioned for his three friends to follow him, they all ran off into the deeper part of the forest.
Shaco saw them running off, then disappeared and re-appeared on a tree branch.
Darius looked up to him, and Talon staggered to his feet.
"You'd be wise to leave those four alone.."
Shaco said, before disappearing once more.
Darius looked at Talon, then just walked up, Talon slowly followed him, taking out the shiv in him.
Hours passed, and eventually, Lee, Yi, Ezreal, and Wukong made it out of the forest, before they parted ways, Ezreal thanked them all for the help, and Lee wished him luck. The three walked off, and Ezreal made his way to Demacia.
Hours passed and Ezreal reached the gates, the guard let him pass and he dashed to the hospital, once he got in, he saw Garen sitting in a chair, asleep. Ezreal talked to a cleric and asked for where Lux was, once he knew, he ran to her room. When he got to her room, he looked through the window, there were Clerics healing her. Ezreal leaned against the wall for hours, until finally, the High-Cleric walked out.
"Well, how is she?"
The cleric shook his head.
"She's not looking too well.. "
He said, walking away.
The other clerics soon left as well.
"She'll be fine! She just needs rest for a few days."
The cleric said, walking off.
Ezreal entered the room and sat in a chair, scooting it up closer to the bed. He held Lux's hand and placed his head on Lux's stomach. For the first time in a while, there was peace.
-End of Chapter Eight-