Leaves crunched under the feet of a 13-year-old child as she ran through a thick forest with a 5-year-old in her arms. She panted, and her feet hurt, but she couldn't stop running, or the monsters behind them would catch up to her. Then for sure, they would both be goners if they stopped running. The child on her chest was trying to hide his face, clung to her as if his life depended on it (because it did), and tried to hold back the tears.
The monster behind them was no monster...It was a Demon.
He was smart and had a group of smaller demons following his commands, trying to catch their food of the highest quality... the children in front of them.
"H-Hope..." The little boy called as he felt her trip up slightly.
"I'm fine, Phil..." She gasped as she almost tripped again but was lucky she regained her balance.
They kept running as they passed by a steep slope. If she accidentally fell, she knew that they would fall into an unknown location where they would indeed get caught by those demons.
"THEY PAST THE BORDER! GET THEM QUICKLY!" One of the demons yelled as they tried to run faster after them.
The girl named Hope ran faster, jumping over thick tree branches and under roots that stuck out of the ground. She even turned in a couple of places to try and lose the demons, only to have them back on her trail because of their scent and would curse under her breath lowly.
"SHIT! GET THEM NOW!" The demon running in front of the more minor demons yelled, "IT DOESNT MATTER IF THEY GET DAMAGED. JUST MAKE SURE NO ONE PASSED THE BORDER SEES OR HEARS THEM!" The tone of his voice showed command, and Hope knew he was the leader of this chase.
"Hope they are catching up!" Phil said as he clung to her and looked up only to see them catching up to them as his eyes held fear...
"I know Phil..." She said and continued to run.
"Phil...do...do you trust me...?" She asked.
"Huh?" Phil asked as he looked at his older sister's tired but determined face.
"Do you trust me, Phil?" She asked as she continued, only getting closer to the edge of the slope.
Phil looked at her before nodding, making her smile a little.
"Cling on me tighter and don't let go no matter what happens," She ordered him.
Phil nodded and held on to her as tightly as he could. When Hope felt his grip tighten on her, she quickly ran to the right where the slope started and jumped.
"SHIT" One demon cursed as Hope jumped to a tree and continued to throw herself through the trees jumping from one to the other and going down the mountain they were on.
"DON'T LOSE THEM!" Both children heard.
"HURRY UP BEFORE THE HUMANS COME," Another one yelled as they followed them from under the trees.
At some point, Hope tried to jump over to a tree over a small river, only to have her foot slip, making a loud crunching sound. She gasped and gritted her teeth to stop herself from screaming in pain as she tried to grab onto another branch and pull herself up. Tears filled her eyes as she continued getting away from the Demons. The pain was unbearable, but she knew it would be worth it if they lost the demons and made it back to Emma and Ray's group, so she didn't stop until she knew they were safe.
"Hope, is everything alright?" Phil asked as he brought himself closer to her when he felt her slow down slightly.
"Y-Yeah, I'm...f-fine... just... tired," She gasped as she felt the blood come down from her ankle.
She had tears in her eyes as she ran and was about to jump to another tree until the branch she was on broke, and she started to fall. The fall was painful for her as they fell off the tree and started rolling down the rest of the slope. Hope clutched Phil tightly as she could and covered him from almost all of the fall so that she would be the one to bear the most damage.
They continued to fall as one of the demons slipped and slid, not expecting the girl to fall off the tree and roll down the slope they were in. They slid into each other and fell on top of one another. The demons also fell, but this is because of their great size hitting against the trees, injuring themselves more than the children. The leader of the monsters of the operation growled as he chopped the head of one of the demons that fell on him and got in his way. The demon who got hit groaned, feeling the pain. Hope continued to fall and gasped, feeling the rocks and branches cut her pale skin.
She didn't know how long she fell, but she finally reached the bottom and let out a loud yelp when her back hit a tree trunk. More tears started to fall from her eyes as she let Phil go slightly, who felt his sister shaking.
"Hope! Are you okay?! " He asked her as he got off on his sister and saw her crying in pain.
He backed up a little to see the damage and the blood on her feet. Letting out a small gasp as his eyes widened before looking at his sister.
"I'm... okay... Phil..." She choked out the words, feeling the pain she endured, and stretched her hand out to grab him.
"Run... You have to run...Phil..." She told him as tears fell down her cheeks.
"You have to run...don't look back... I'll... distract them... just run," she told him and held his hand tightly as she tried to stand.
She couldn't feel her feet hurt too much from running and her ankle gave up on her. More tears came as she held his hand tightly.
"No...No Hope, please," Phil whispered as he held her hand. As tears started to come from his eyes, "I-I don't wanna go...not without you!" he cried as the demons were getting closer.
"Phil... please..." She cried back to him, "Just-"
"NO, I WON'T!" He shouted as he threw himself to hug her, making her grunt, feeling the pain spread even more; he didn't say anything
"IF I'M GOING TO LIVE! THEN SO ARE YOU!" He cried as he tried to help her stand slowly.
"Phil...you have to... go without me," She said in a broken voice and looked at the demons approaching them.
She tried to walk a bit faster with Phil helping her by her side.
"If we... work together, we can... we can live! And... and can meet up with Emma and Ray," He said as he dragged her away from the demons who were now closer to them. They both can tell they are mocking them by walking slowly and menacingly.
"Come on, children~," He said in a sickly sweet voice and a dark smirk.
"Come home now~ I am sure your Mama is worried about you~," Another demon said, grinning, "You don't want to make her worry now, do you?~"
"P-Please, Hope," Phil whispered as he continued, "We have to-"
"Come on," Hope said as she walked faster, knowing Phil won't go without her.
She tried to walk as fast and was only limping but could make ample space to escape the demons; they made it onto some road. The two children looked confused seeing it but continued until they were on it. The demons laughed as they watched them struggle to get away from them. Just as they were about to lunge at the children they-
A loud beep was heard on the road as Hope turned around to see before letting out a gasp and grabbing Phil closer to her turning around so she could take the damage of the strange vehicle that appeared out of nowhere on the road. But just as it was about to hit them, the vehicle suddenly stopped a foot away from them, and its driver stepped out. Hope looked at the black-haired man in fear as another man who was blond came from the other side of the vehicle.
"OI KID! WHAT THE HELL!?" The one with blond hair yelled in shock, seeing the children.
He tried to get closer to them as the one with black hair quickly ran to check if they were okay but stopped in shock at the girl's condition.
"Are you okay, kid?" he asked Hope, only to have her back away from him, trying to cross the road to get to the other side with Phil and continue to walk faster. In the woods, the demon cursed.
"Damn it," he said, getting both men's attention as more demons appeared behind or beside the leader.
The leader raised his hand, making all the other demons stop and look at him. Instantly the blond and black-haired humans were in a fighting position thoughts ran around their brains on why are these strangers going after these children.
"KILL THEM!" The leader commanded as the demons went to attack the adults.
"DON'T LET THOSE MERCHANDISE REVEAL ANYTHING TO THEM!" He yelled.
The two humans were quick as the one with black hair quickly ran, picked up Hope and Phil in each arm, and jumped away with great speed before standing up on the trees and standing on the branches. The blond one jumped before letting out a deafening and high-pitched scream causing the demons to fall to the ground and hold their ears in pain. The leader tried to crawl away, only to be kicked into a tree by the same blond still screaming at them. Hope and Phil were still in the arms of the black-haired man, who quickly told them to cover their ears. The scream got louder and louder until the demons fell unconscious. Once it was safe, the man with black hair came down the tree and put both children on the ground.
"Are you kids alright?" The man asked.
Hope hugged Phil tightly, trying to back away from the man. They didn't know who these strangers were and didn't know who they were working for. Either the orphanage or if they made plans with the demons to track and capture them.
"Hey, everything is alright. I am a good guy" The man tried to reassure them that they were safe.
He turned to his partner and nodded before looking back at the kids, shaking in fear.
"Look, I know you're scared, but can you stay here while my partner and I try to call for backup." He said, "I promise nothing will happen to you, two."
Both children hesitated as Phil hid his face in Hope's chest, who nodded slowly and hugged her little brother closer to her. The man nodded as he slowly came down from the tree and softly put the two children on the ground. As he was leaving the kids near the tree and going to his partner, he didn't notice that Hope quickly bolted to the woods with her injured leg and Phil in her arms. The blond stranger saw them and promptly shouted at his partner, who stopped.
"SHOTA! THE KIDS ARE RUNNING!" He yelled as the man turned around and saw Hope running.
"Shit! She's fast," The man named Shota cursed as he chased after them while avoiding the trees and branches to catch up with the children.
"HOLD ON!" He tried calling them out for them to stop, but it didn't work as Hope kept running with Phil, who was now running beside her, "YOU ARE SAFE! JUST STOP RUNNING!"
The children knew better than to trust any adults they never knew or recognized. They went under some roots to try and get away from him, who quickly went over them only to realize they tricked him and ran the other way. The man cursed again as he tried to find their trail.
Yamada Hizashi and Aizawa Shota were driving down a forest path. Both had just finished a rescue mission in a deserted Japanese forest where campers were trapped in a cave. They decided they should ride back home together.
As both adults drove on the road, Hizashi had his music blasting from the speakers, with Shota annoyed while driving the car with a quick thought of crashing it on the side of the road in irritation. But before he could go through any threat, Hizashi quickly yelled at him.
"WATCH OUT!" He yelled as he watched two children run from out of the forest.
Shota quickly stepped on the brake with his hand on the horn before the car stopped right in front of them, and he quickly got out of the vehicle once it stopped.
It looked like the little girl who grabbed their younger boy in case the car hit them. She was covering his head and body with her own, trying to take in all the damage that could have happened if Shota didn't stop.
The car was a good foot away from hitting them. Shota quickly got out of his seat and ran to them, worried that they might have been hurt but paused as he saw the state the little girl was in.
"OI! KID, WHAT THE HELL?!" Hizashi yelled as he stepped out of the car only to look at the girl, shocked for the same reason Shota paused. He broke out of his trance and quickly checked on the children.
"Are you okay, kid?" He asked her as he crouched down to talk to her. He knew she wasn't but wanted to hear her say what was wrong, not wanting to touch her in case she screamed in fear. The girl backed away, dragging the little boy with her, ready to run in the direction they were headed when a voice came from the forest.
"Damn it," The voice said as a monster-looking thing stepped out.
More weird monster-like things popped out from behind it as they looked ready to attack, only to be stopped by the biggest one. Shota stood in front of the kids and got into a fighting position along with Hizashi, who glared at the monsters in front of them.
It was pretty apparent that the children feared the monsters as they backed away and tried to run away.
"KILL THEM!" Said what they assumed was the leader of their group.
"DON'T LET THE MERCHANDISE REVEAL ANYTHING TO THEM!" It yelled.
Shota knew that Hazashi would want to deal with it because he is the one that works with kids more and could relate to them than he ever could.
Hearing those words from the monster instantly made them go into action as Shota picked up the Children, one in each arm, and jumped away from the attacking demon and went to the other side of the forest. Hizashi glared, activated his quark, and started to yell his lungs out, trying to incapacitate the monsters. Shota quickly told the kids to cover their ears.
The leader tried to crawl away, and Shota saw that, but he couldn't do anything with the children in his arms. He didn't have to because Hizashi was already on it and kicked the monster from where he was headed to a tree.
After a moment, the monsters were unconscious because of the pain of Hizashi's scream. Shota let the kids go once it was over, not wanting to scare them any more than they probably already were.
"Are you okay?" he asked them. The children hugged each other as they stared at him in fear.
The little girl glared slightly at him, but he could tell she was too scared to do anything.
"Hey, everything is alright. I am a good guy" he tried to get them to talk to him, but it was hard since he didn't really contact any children since he was an underground hero.
"Look, I know you're scared, but can you stay here while my partner and I try to call for backup. I promise nothing will happen to you, two," He said as kindly as he could, trying not to scare them more.
He knew abused children listen more since they fear the backlash if they don't listen. Shota didn't want to use that against them, but Hizashi needed help getting the monsters in cuffs. The little boy turned his head to the little girl's chest as the little girl slowly nodded her head looking at him in even more fear hugging the little one closer. Shota nodded and turned to help Hizashi, only for the blond to start yelling at him.
"SHOTA! THE KIDS ARE RUNNING" He yelled and pointed at the kids who were running at a fast pace.
Shota cursed under his breath and quickly followed them as Hizashi moved quicker to tie up the monsters so he could help him go after them.
"Shit! She's fast," He said as he avoided trees and branches, trying to catch up with them.
"HOLD ON!" He tried calling them out for them to stop, but it didn't work.
"YOUR SAFE! JUST STOP RUNNING!" He yelled as the kids went under some roots to try and get away from him.
He quickly went over them only to realize they tricked him and ran the other way. He cursed again and tried to find their trail.
"Fuck" He growled and stopped.
An hour later, the hero Hawks appear at Shota and Hizashi's locations. Shota looked for an entire hour for the two kids but came out empty-handed as he walked back to Hizashi, who was waiting for him by the monsters that they stopped. When the monsters woke up, they tried to interrogate them immediately, only to have them laugh in their faces or straight up spit on them. The leader was the most silent, not even saying a word about the kids or any orders to his underlings.
"What happened here? I only got a brief explanation before being sent here-"
"no time. We need you to use your quirk to find the two children being chased," Shota snapped at the rookie hero. The young hero stood there shocked, before nodding his head. It wasn't his first time on the field; it was just that it was the first time he had worked with Eraserhead and Present Mic, and he didn't expect them to trust him with such a task.
"Okay, what do you need me to do," he asked, taking the situation more on edge than before.
"the children ran into the woods heading north. I lost them a couple of minutes out before heading back. The oldest looks around 11 to 13, and the youngest is 4 to 5. The oldest is injured and bleeding badly and look's to be needing urgent medical care. The oldest is a girl with brown hair, purple eyes, and pale skin. The younger one is a boy with black hair, blue eyes, and tan skin."
"on it," Hawks said before flying up into the air and sending his feathers out to search the area.
A couple of minutes later, more heroes showed up, along with the number 2 hero, Endeavor, and the number three hero, best jeanist. Endeavor and his sidekicks searched the area in case there were any more monsters or children in the woods hiding. Best-jeanist stayed with Shota and Hizashi to get their statements and to make sure that the demons were now labeled villains after one of the monsters revealed that they ate human flesh.
As that continued on, Hawks alone searched for the two children. He knew that they probably couldn't get far by the way Eraserhead explained. The kids were smart if they outsmarted one of the best underground heroes.
"if I was injured and had to take care of a little one, where would I hide," he asked himself. "I wouldn't be able to climb a tree... so that's out... I could go to a river to clean myself up, but... too obvious... hide somewhere dark but bright enough to know what is happening around me... like a cave or... HOLE," he snapped his fingers as he started to look around the forest floor with his feathers. They found two caves but no kids in there. He searched high and low but came up with nothing for at least an hour until he felt a tug in one of his feathers.
When Phil and Hope ran, they tried to move as fast as possible to escape the man. They didn't know if they could be trusted, and the best course of action would have been to run away and come up with a plan. Just as he was about to catch up on them, Phil saw a big hole under a tree big enough for them to fit but not have the man see them if he passed by. so when they went under the root, Phil pulled Hope back and dragged her to the hole under the tree. They held each other mouths to control their breathing. The man passed their hiding spot 3 times before he let out a growl and moved on to another location. Hope let out a sigh as she let Phil go. Phil just stared out into the opening. He was about to go out and peek to see if he was still there, only to have Hope grab his arm.
"it... it could be a trap," she gasped as her head started hurting. She leaned back and tried to relax as much as possible but still tried to be alert to ensure nothing happened.
"Hope, please... your hurt," Phil said as he looked over her broken and bloody self. He was worried since she had always looked out for him and the other children, but she ignored most things whenever it came to herself.
"I'm... fine... just need to close my eyes," she whispered as her eyes started to close. "don't... don't... don't come out from here... until I wake up," she said slowly.
"Hope..." Phil said as he shook her. she tried to focus on him, but she could only see doubles, and his voice was getting further away.
"I'm...fine, Phil... we can play... after I wake up," she said as she now closed her eyes and her breathing slowed down.
Phil had always been brilliant... smart enough to understand most things kids his age sometimes wouldn't... ...but he was still a kid. Seeing his older sister's figure lying there, bleeding and weak, scared him. Scared him so much he started to cry lightly.
"no... I have to be brave," he whispered as he rubbed away his tears. He gave his sister the last look before hugging her close, not caring if the blood got on him. he didn't sleep or close his eyes as he watched the hole's entrance in case something came out of nowhere.
They stayed for a couple of hours until a red feather fell into the hole. It moved around strangely and got Phil's attention. It landed a little bit away from him as he stared at it. He had never seen anything like it since most of the feathers he had ever seen were in a book or the duck feathers that sometimes landed in Grace Field.
He slowly stretched his hand out to touch it, and when he did, it moved up almost as if it flinched. Phil pulled his hand back, confused, and hugged his sister tighter, not knowing what to do. The feather came closer and closer as Phil tried to get closer to his sister, that was still sleeping. It didn't stop until it was touching his skin again, and when it did, it stopped moving. Phil was confused for a moment but grabbed the feather and inspected it.
It was light and fluffy. It was also pointy but still smooth. Phil found it odd since it moved on its own to him. he was about to set it back down when he heard footsteps appear out of nowhere. He placed his hands over his mouth to not make a sound and tried to move Hope closer to the back of the hole and deeper into the tree.
"Kids, I'm not going to hurt you guys. Just come out so we can talk," a new man's voice sounded as he walked closer to their hiding spot. Phil tried not to cry as he heard the new man not stop and crouched down to look under the tree and into the hole.
Because of the shadows, he couldn't see much, just the outline of two small bodies and the shine of two bright blue eyes. The man's Goldeyes shined with joy as he found the kids, but they quickly disappeared as he noticed how scared they were. "it's okay, kiddo. I'm not going to hurt you" he smiled as he tried to go in deeper, only to realize he was too big and that he also might scare the little kids even more.
"get back," a soft-spoken baby voice rang out. Hawks paused a moment before he looked at the blue eyes. "don't come any closer," the voice said again.
"hi, kid... sorry, I don't know your name..." he said as he waited for the kid to say his name. It didn't come, so he gave him. "my name is Hawks, and I'm a pro hero..."
"go away... please," the voice said again, sounding ready to cry. Hawks gave a confused look. He expected the kids to run into his arms after they heard that he was a pro-hero, but they didn't.
"kid, I'm just trying to help you... why don't you come out so I can see you better." Hawks offered still nothing as he continued to look confused. "I heard your friend might need help... if you both come out of there, I can help you and make sure she gets the medical attention she needs."
"..." the little voice didn't say anything as Hawks saw the little blue eyes disappear for a moment before they appeared again "...no," the voice rang out "liar," it said as it moved closer to the other body of the other child.
"no, no, no, no, kid, I'm telling you the truth... I can make sure a doctor takes a look at her, and you can be right by her side, I promise," Hawks said, knowing full well that the child was scared. "look, I'm not the bad guy... you remember those monsters that were chasing you, right" he asked, only to see one of the bodies flinch back. "well, the heroes caught them. They will never be able to hurt you... and even if they did escape, I'll be right there to pull you out of danger." he said in a soft voice. He could see that he was getting to one of the children but didn't want to push his luck anymore. He didn't know how much the girl was injured, and how Eraserhead described it must have been bad.
"you... you promise" a sniffle was heard as he heard the voice asked
"With all my heart," Hawks said as he placed his hand on his heart.
The movement started to be heard from the hole, and Hawks backed up to give them room. A little boy slightly poked his head out from there, and Hawks could see that on the left side of his neck was a tattoo of the number 34394. He didn't know what it could have meant, but that was the least of his worries. The little boy had blood on his shirt and parts of his pants. He had tears in his bright blue eyes, and his hair was messy.
"It's okay... you can trust me, okay," Hawks said as he encouraged the little boy to come out more.
"i... I can't pull Hope out," the little boy said as he tried to hide.
"Is she awake?" Hawks asked kindly. He tried not to let the blood get to him, knowing if he scared the kid now, all the little trust he had built with the little boy could be gone in a flash. The little boy shook his head, and Hawks tried not to show his worry over the child. "if she is not awake and she is hurt, she might need to go to the doctor right away... is it okay if I take her out" he asked the kid. The boy just nodded and moved back inside.
Hawks moved closer, and when he peeked back inside, he saw that the little girl had blood coming from her ankle and chest. Her arm looked out of its socket, and she had a lot of scratches and bruises.
"kid... she needs to get urgent care now..." Hawks stated as he stared at the little girl who was most likely bleeding out "if she doesn't, she might..." he paused as he realized he was talking to a kid younger than 10. Hell, he looked more youthful than 5.
"die," the little boy finished as tears started to leak from his eyes. Hawks cursed at himself as the kid began to rub his new and fresh tears away.
"I promise you, kid, she will get better. We just have to hurry to where the doctor is okay," Hawks said, trying to encourage the little boy to come with him. the boy nodded and helped Hawks get Hope out of the hole. once they did, Hawks sent one of his feathers ahead to make sure he was heading in the right direction. "okay, kid, I'm going to have to carry her in my arms... can you hang on my bag as I fly so we can get there faster." Hawks asked. The moment he said that, the boy looked at him in awe.
He had never seen a human, much less an adult with wings. He was so awestruck that he didn't even notice when the man picked up Hope until he asked if he was ready to go. The boy nodded and claimed onto his back, not touching the wings or feathers much.
Once Hawks knew that the boy was on and holding on tightly to his jacket, he took off in the direction his feather flew and as quickly as he could with a child on his back and a bleeding-out little girl in his arms.
Once he made it back, Eraserhead was waiting there with Mic, who looked worried when they came in sight with the girl in their arms. Paramedics instantly came to him once he landed and took the girl into an ambulance to take her to a hospital.
The little boy on his back instantly tried to follow, only to be held back by another paramedic who grabbed his arm as gently as possible. He started to cry as the man tried to calm him down and take him to another ambulance. Hawks stepped in right away, with Eraserhead and Mic following his lead.
"Please calm down," Hawks said as he crouched in front of the crying child. He didn't cry loudly like most kids his age would. Eraserhead watched as the child cried, and Hawks tried to calm him down.
Hawks hugged the kid as he cried into his shoulder. The paramedic looked around awkwardly as the child cried.
"Hey, it's okay... they are going to take care of your friend, okay too... they are just taking her to a hospital, do you know what that is," he asked the kid sweetly. The kid paused for a moment before nodding his head.
"i... i... heard the word in a book... it... its where... where sick people get better," the boy said as he rubbed his eyes.
"That's right," Mic said as he approached the boy. he had a massive smile on his face "they took your friend to a hospital to feel better..." he smiled brightly as the kid calmed down.
"Yeah, you hear that, kid. your friends going to be fine." Hawks smiled "how about I join you in the ambulance, and we can both go to the hospital. We have to make sure you're okay. Then we can visit your friend, okay."
"Oh... okay," the kid said as he let Hawks pick him up.
"Okay little listener. Why don't you tell us your and your friend's name" Mic asked the boy.
"My name is Phil... and my sister is Hope," he whispered. The pros could tell they were not blood-related but didn't question it.
"do you have a last name," Eraserhead asked him. The boy shook his head.
"how old are you, kid," Hawks asked this time
"I'm 5," he said as brightly as a crying child could as Hawks carried him to the ambulance.
"and your sister."
"she is 12."
"Okay, how about we finish the questions when we get to the hospital. That way, you can get something to eat, and we can get you some toys and books," Hawks offered as he claimed into the ambulance and placed Phil on the bed. The paramedic smiled at the now calm boy and started checking him over to ensure he was okay. In the meantime, Hawks talked to him.
Eraserhead watched the boy as he talked to Hawks. Phil didn't look like he was lying, but it worried him. he didn't seem to trust them much, but he was still trying to be honest as he could. And it was also strange that the boy didn't hesitate to answer questions that Hawks or the paramedics asked. It's almost as if he was never taught of stranger danger...
"Eraser..." Mic tried to get his attention, "once we get the kids to the hospital, they want us all to go in for questioning," he told him as he showed him the phone. Shota just nodded and looked back at the kid and hero.
"We are going to be leaving and meeting you two at the hospital," he said as he nodded at the paramedic before closing the door. Once they left, Best Jeanist approached them.
"I got word from my Sidekicks that the... Villains stopped talking after orders from their leader. We will separate them once in the custody of the police and have them all interrogated."
"very well," Shota nodded.
"Endeavor also said there are corpses of more of the villain from the direction they came from. Looks to be made by one of their own. He has not seen any signs of other children in the area. " Best Jeanist said as he read the report he got from one of Endeavor's sidekicks.
"Good... we should keep looking... one of the demons said they were merchandise, but I don't know..."
"WHAT" Best Jeanist yelled as he looked up from the report.
"yeah, called them Merchandise and ordered the rest of them to kill us all so the kids wouldn't say anything." Mic jumped in
"we will have to question the kids."Best Jeanist said as he wrote something down. they just nodded before they went their separate ways...
They needed more time to be ready for the truth that was to come.
No one was
Because being a hero and seeing and hearing what has been under your nose for so many years... centuries... in your own country...
It could scar even the most extraordinary hero right in the soul.