Word Count: 45906
Zombicidal children: 12, give or take
Troupes of slightly nonthreatening monsters: 1
I didn't intend for the monsters to be friendly. HOW DID THE MONSTERS BECOME FRIENDLY?
Because they all have their own stories, that's how. Well, crap. There's a layer of complication that I hadn't banked on.
At the same time, I think my overarching metaphor - the one about power - just got a lot more complex and interesting.