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Tadashi and (YN) stumbled across another shanty village. This one was smaller and had different pictures of colorful drawings that were rather childlike hanging up in what was left of the broken windows. Things like hopscotch and tic tac toe were drawn in the dirt.

"This is weird," (YN) said. "Someone here has a kid."

"Weird for sure," Tadashi said nervously. "I have a weird feeling about this place."

"That makes two of us," (YN) said. She was on high alert.

Their droid beeped. "Signs of enemies detected. Scanning for enemies."

"Oh, well that's promising," Tadashi said.

(YN) rose a brow. "Quite."

Suddenly, children began to emerge from the shanties. There were not very many of them but they all had curious looks on their faces and looked starved.

"Look at the grown ups," one of the boys whispered to another.

"I think they're the grown ups we heard about," his friend whispered back to him.

"They're all children," (YN) whispered to Tadashi in realization. She and Tadashi both bore similar expressions of distraught, horror, and sadness all at once. "Oh my God, they're all children."

"All of them?" Tadashi couldn't believe it. Yet more and more of them continued to emerge from the huts. "Every single one of them?"

(YN) nodded. "I think so."

"Look, it's them! The Black Parade!" One child exclaimed. She had brown pigtails and wide eyes. There was something off about them; there was something off about all of the childrens' eyes, but it was not something (YN) or Tadashi could pinpoint.

"Come on, everybody! Look," another little girl said. Her pigtails were blonde. They were all excited to see (YN) and Tadashi and quickly swarmed to look up at them. There were at least thirty children.

"What's going on?" (YN) whispered to Tadashi.

"They know who we are," Tadashi whispered back.

"It's the Black Parade," a little boy said. He couldn't have been older than five.

"You really are real," the blonde girl from before said as she stepped closer than the other children.

"The Black Parade?" (YN) asked them. "Is that what we're being called, then?"

"You're the people headin' to the lighthouse," the brunette girl said. "Aren't you?"

"We are," Tadashi said wearily. "How'd you hear about us?"

"People passing through," one of the older children, a Hispanic girl around ten, said. "We hear a lot of things. When we heard someone was going to the lighthosue we thought they were crazy."

"What's the name Black Parade supposed to mean?" (YN) asked.

"They say you're as good as dead men," the Hispanic girl said. "And that's why the call it the Black Parade. At least I think that's why." She shrugged.

Tadashi and (YN) looked to each other.

"Miss, are you and your boyfrien' goin' to die?" The brunette girl asked very sadly. At this question, the children all began to speak and once; the question had clearly disturbed them.

"No, no sweetie, we aren't going to die," (YN) said; she said it loud enough for all the children to hear and this seemed to silence them. They all stared up at Tadashi and (YN) with their blank eyes, which all seemed void of something. (YN) took a step back and whispered to Tadashi, "What did these kids do to get themselves in here?"

Tadashi frowned deeply. "I don't think I want to know. There's... there's something eerie about them. Something in their eyes."

"That's for damn sure," she whispered back to him. "Whatever it is, we need to get past them and keep moving. Especially now that people are starting to talk."

"You're right. I'd hate for more Averys to show up," Tadashi agreed. "Can hardly trust anyone down here."

"Hardly, eh?" (YN) teased.

Tadashi smirked and nudged her. "I trust you."

(YN) smiled at him. "I trust you, too. Now let's go."

Tadashi grabbed a gentle hold of her arm. "Then why won't you tell me anything?"

(YN) looked to him. He looked sad and concerned. She found it difficult to meet his gaze. She sighed. "Because, Tadashi, I'm scared you might not want to go with me anymore if you find out what I did."

"I'll probably find out when we reach the lighthouse during whatever trial we go through together," Tadashi said. "And that's how we're going to go through with it. Together. But I'd rather hear it from you."

"I don't want you to leave," (YN) admitted.

"I wouldn't," Tadashi said. "I promise you."

"How can you say that when you don't even know what I did?"

"Because you're a good person and I wouldn't just give up on you like that," Tadashi said; he was becoming stern. "I ran into a fire. Some people call it brave but others call it stupid and reckless. And you know what, it was stupid and it was reckless. I don't know what I was thinking. I had a little brother to help my aunt take care of, seeing as our parents have been dead for years and I had friends counting on me to be there, but instead I ran into a fire to save our professor who was probably dead already anyways. That's not brave, that's stupid," Tadashi said. "So how do you know that I won't think what you think is weak is actually strong?"

(YN) swallowed a lump in her throat. She looked up at Tadashi and noticed tears welling in his eyes. She took a hold of his hand and pushed through the swarm of children. "I'll tell you when we're alone again," she said. "I'm sorry, Tadashi."

"There's nothing to apologize for," Tadashi said. "I just want to help you to the best of my ability."

"Black Parade, where are you going?" The children began to call, and they all began to. "Don't leave, Black Parade!"

"You can't leave," the blonde girl said. This made Tadashi and (YN) stop to look at her. Her eyes glowed white for a moment. "None of us can."

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