Disclaimer: I don't own D. Gray Man or The Cirque du Freak series

Chapter 1

"Ooooph." The kid puffed as he tripped and fell to his knees. He panted, tired from his efforts of trying to keep up with the man ahead of him.

The man paused and noticed the seven year old on his knees. "Get up, keep walking."

The little boy nodded and tried to stand up.

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"Hey Darren," Evra called as he walked into Mr. Crepsley's tent.

"What?" Darren looked up from feeding Madam Octa.

"Mr. Tall wanted to see us."

"What for?"

Evra shrugged.

"Just give me a minute." He said as he continued to feed Madam Octa.

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"Good afternoon boys." Mr. Tall greeted them as the two walked into his tent.

"Hello Sir." They said in unison.

"You wanted to see us Sir?" Evra asked.

"Why yes, we will have two guests tonight and I need you two to watch over the smallest guest."

"Yes Sir." They repeated.

"Set up a hammock in your room for him, show him around the cirque, and just be nice to him. Is that understood?"

"Yes Sir." They repeated again.

"I will call for you when they arrive."

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"Do you know who these two guests are?"

"You're guess is as good as mine." Evra stated from up a tree.

They had finished their chores and were able to relax a few minutes.

Darren laid against the tree's trunk, he closed his eyes and thought. "I bet the "small guest" is a kid."

Evra shrugged.

"Hey!" Cormac said as he stumbled upon Darren and Evra's resting spot. "Mr. Tall Wants to see you two."

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They walked into the Ringmaster's tent. Mr. Tall was sitting in a large arm chair and talking to a man who was sitting in a rocking chair. A little boy that looked around seven was wondering the tent looking for something to entertain his time.

"Hello Boys." Mr. Tall waved them in. "I would like you two to meet Mana Walker."

The man smiled at the two boys. "Pleasure to meet you," he shook each of their hands.

"My name's Evra."

"And I'm Darren."

Mana pointed to the little boy, "the boy is my apprentice, and His name is Allen Walker."

The little kid looked up at the mention of his name.

"Are you here to join?"

"No, we'll perform at the next show. But we're just passing through."

"Are you positive? Traveling with someone so young can be difficult."

"Yes, but he's tough." Mana assured and ruffled the boy's brownish-red hair.

"As you wish." Mr. Tall smiled. "You can share a tent with Cormac and the boy can share with Darren and Evra. Those two are the youngest in the camp, maybe Allen can warm up to them."

Darren and Evra looked at each other, unsure.

"Show Allen around the cirque you two."

"Yes Sir." Darren and Evra said.

"Allen, go with them." Mana said to the little boy.

The kid gave Mana an unsure glance.

"It will be alright," The man assured him.

"Come on." Darren coaxed offering his hand.

"We don't bite… Well I won't." Evra laughed.

"Very funny." Darren said sarcastically.

The boy looked at Darren's hand again and then took it in his gloved hand.

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Darren and Evra showed Allen the cirque. Allen was very timid and shy at first, but as he warmed up to Darren and Evra he grew more and more curious and outgoing.

"So what do you do?" Allen asked Evra.

"I'm a snake boy." Evra explained.

"What about you?" Allen asked Darren.

"I'm a vampire, half-vampire actually." Darren said hoping the boy's reaction wouldn't be of horror. He waited, but Allen didn't pull his hand from his and run away. Allen almost held on tighter. Darren looked down at the kid who was beaming a wide grin.

They walked past a group of girls. The girls started whispering and pointing. They walked up the group of three.

"Who's this?" A blonde asked.

"Allen." Evra answered pushing Darren out of the way.

"He's adorable!" A red-head commented.

"I know, that's what I said."

"How old are you Allen?" A brunette asked.

Allen held up seven fingers.

"That's sooooooooo cute!" The group of girls squealed.

"We really need to get going ladies." Darren cut in. "The kid's hungry."

As if on cue, Allen's stomach growled.

"Adorable!" They squealed again.

The three continued to walk.

Evra looked at Allen. "I need to get one of these. It's a Chic Magnent!"

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Darren and Evra stopped at the mess tent and got supper.

Allen scarfed it down, almost as if it was the only food he has ever eaten. Darren and Evra watched as Allen ate twice as much food as Darren and Evra did combined. They were afraid that he would get himself sick. But he eventually stopped eating and the boys escorted him to their tent.

Allen was fascinated by all of Evra's snakes. With Evra's permission, he pet each one and tried to guess their names. "Scaley?"

"Nope."

"Slippery?" Allen guessed.

"No."

Darren, who was writing in his journal, looked at the clock on his desk. "It's late. We should probably get some sleep."

"Slimy?"

"No."

"Come on Allen, time for bed." Darren coaxed.

"Alright," Allen huffed.

"His name is Hiss."

"Really?"

Darren helped Allen get ready for bed. He made sure he took his shower, brushed his teeth, and climbed into his hammock. Darren draped a blanket over the kid and noticed his gloved hand. "Why don't you take that glove off?"

Allen clutched his left hand, the gloved hand. "It's not normal."

"You have a snake boy and vampire sleeping in the same room as you. What's normal?"

Allen smiled, but looked at his left arm still unsure.

"We won't say anything. Believe me, I've probably seen weirder."

Allen took his glove off.

Darren's eyes widened in amazement.

The kid's whole arm was red, abnormally formed, and the fingernails where naturally black. On the back of his hand was and embedded cross.

"That's awesome." Darren complimented. "How did you get that?"

Allen clutched the blood red hand. "I was born with it." Allen cringed, preparing for the barrage of insults that normally accompanied when someone saw his hand.

"That's very cool." Darren smiled. "It's good to be different."

Allen looked puzzled at Darren. No calling me evil? No name calling? No horrible insults? Allen looked at Darren curious.

"Remember," Darren smirked. "We're all different here."

Allen smiled.

Darren ruffled the kid's hair and blew out the candles that illuminated the room.

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Darren and Evra set about doing their chores that morning. Once Allen woke up, he helped them. Darren and Evra found out Allen wasn't scared of much when he helped feed both the little people and the Wolfman. Darren and Evra helped set up the big top for that night's show, while Allen helped sort the dressing room with Truska.

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People crowded into the big top for the show. The three prepared for the show by changing into their costumes. Truska had helped put an outfit together for Allen earlier. It was a green shirt with only one sleeve that left his left arm exposed. His pants and shoes were purple and black.

"You look good." Darren walked up to Allen. "Are you performing?"

"Me and Mana are the preshow act."

"Preshow act?"

"We only do clown tricks."

"That's good." Darren encouraged. "We need a bit of humor to relax the nerves around here."

"Allen!" Mana called.

"Gotta go." Allen ran to his guardian.

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"Have you seen Allen?" Evra asked shocked.

"Ummmm… no. I was busy rehearsing with Mr. Crepsley."

"He's freakin' amazing!" Evra pushed Darren to the stage entrance/exit. "Look."

Darren watched as Allen balanced on two big balls and juggled.

The audience cheered louder as Mana added a hula-hoop.

The act ended with them bowing and Mr. Tall announcing that the show will officially begin.

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The next morning, Allen and Mana left the cirque before anyone woke up.