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Post  Aasha on Sun Oct 19, 2008 11:21 pm

Tiffanyanne wrote:She felt mocked when he said the country would probably fall apart without her. Perhaps she deserved it for thinking her efforts were worth so much. In the end everything she had done so far could be no more than a fools errand. It was something she would have to live with, even if others found her pompous or silly. Even if it was Jay. She kept her silence.

The words of love that Jay offered though, hit her like a punch to the stomach. He would take her scraps and call them a banquet. Didn't he know he deserved more? More that she couldn't promise. His laughing hug and kiss to her forehead was too much. She grabbed his arms and pushed away.

No Jay, don't give me your love. Please. I can't.... her words drifted off as she held back a wracking sob, biting her lip deeply enough to taste salt that could have been blood or tears. I might never be done Jay. This is the path I've chosen. I can't promise you any sort of life. She backed away picking up her bag, inching for the window and trellis that would take her away from the house she loved, the town she loved, the people she loved. She couldn't bare an argument with him about whether he should love her, didn't want to examine the twisted knot in her stomach or the flutters just underneath. I have to go now.

She slipped through the window, willing herself not to look back, barely able to see her way down through the blur of tears. Before her head disappeared down, her eyes lifted to meet his. She wished deep inside that he would know how much doing this hurt her. She had to leave now, or else she might never be able to leave again.
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Post  Aasha on Sun Oct 19, 2008 11:21 pm

Papajay wrote:Jay watched, as in one fluid motion Tiff moved for the door and picked up her traveling bag. Was this really how they were going to say good bye?

"Tiff, wait," Jay cleared his throat. "That wasn't fair of me to do, especially tonight after news of... Aimar, and everything else going on. I don't regret what I said, I only regret that I waited until now. Your life is yours, and it's one of many things I respect about you."

Jay pulled something from his side, it was the flask that he and Tiff had found in their 'adventure' into the bowels of his house, the 'arms of his family emblazoned on the front, freshly polished during his recovery time, he handed it to Tiff. "I want you to have this, it's got a few ounces of my best and oldest scotch in it. I intended on sharing it with you tonight, but take it with you. Drink it when you're limited to the drivel in other taverns, and remember the best liquor's here." Jay stayed at the window and whispered, "You'd best hurry, lest you miss your escort and everyone down stairs realizes what's going on. Don't worry, I'll take care of 'em"
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Post  Aasha on Sun Oct 19, 2008 11:21 pm

Tiffanyanne wrote:No matter what she said he refused to let her leave with cut ties. Each snip he retied. She was the unfair one, not him. Not now or ever. She was the one that turned her back an lived a life of politics because it was safer than one of love and family. Her letter to Aasha was a lie. Tiff was still running.

Her fingers trembled as she took the flask and carefully tucked into a pocket of her dark grey cloak. Thank you Jay, she whispered and continued down to the back of the house.

She could hear Ellie through the window, puttering about in the kitchen. Tiff kept her head down so she couldn't be seen. A soft neigh came from Lila. This night the mare must have felt the need for silence and known that it was good bye for now.

In the darkness of night, Tiff pulled the pack across her shoulders and headed off to find herself another horse. This time she did not turn around.
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Post  Aasha on Sun Oct 19, 2008 11:22 pm

Papajay wrote:Jay watched her disappear into the blackness, only after ten or so minutes did he turn from the window, sit down with his back to it and bury his face in his hands. He couldn't stay like this long, he couldn't allow the cacophony of thoughts and emotions overcome him. He still made a promise that Tiff would escape without the others finding out, at least now. After a time, he wasn't sure how long, he helped himself up with the aid of the window sill. He used some of the fresh water from a pitcher and basin to wash his face, straightened his clothes and walked out the door.

When he entered the dining room to find most of Tiff's guests eating food, most of them silent. "Tiff has calmed down a bit, she just wants to be left alone. I'm going to head home, I need some sleep.. 'night" Jay said, making a real effort to keep his voice calm and steady. He walked out the door, into the cool clear night, hobbling his way back home.
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Post  Aasha on Sun Oct 19, 2008 11:22 pm

Jasmyne wrote:Jas had heard the words before the door had closed.....Im leaving........but she didnt say anything to anyone

Then not long after she heard the trot of a nearby horse.....and knew her sister had gone.

She turned to Heero and told him it was time to go home and thanked Ellie for the wonderful meal, hugged Aasha and Red and said her goodbyes and see them in the morn

Out the door, she walked hand in hand with Heero until they reached her house....I'll see you in the morn sweety, thank you for walking me home
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Post  Aasha on Sun Oct 19, 2008 11:23 pm

She'd said nothing since returning with Jay, only sat down with her eyes lowered and picked at the meal laid before her. Red's presence was the only reason she even bothered to return to the dining room, especially knowing Jay would go check on Tiff. The word murdered kept tumbling in her mind, until it was impossible to shake loose. Red...her feelings for him warred with secrets he'd kept from her. - Why not just tell me? Why let me believe it was an accident if it wasn't? -

She didn't acknowledge Jas's embrace further than stiffening. Once she heard the click of the front door signifying the pair's departure, she quietly stood up, needing the false sense of superiority it gave her to look down on him. Sorry the evenin' didn't go like I thought Red...thank ya for comin'... Bowing briefly, she felt a wave of dizziness hit, the spirits she'd imbibed forcefully reminding her quick movements were a bad idea. Steadying herself on a chair, she met his eyes, trying to discern the wisdom of saying more. The last she'd spoken up had backfired, did she have the strength for this to do the same?
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Post  Aasha on Sun Oct 19, 2008 11:23 pm

TheRedChef wrote:Fine food excused a multitude of sins, even Jas' affront had given way to the pea soup. He was still at it, like the noblest of trencherman, when Aasha wavered over to him after having seen to Jas and Heero. Amazingly, her manner was still tentative, even after everything that happened between them. Either she had had much more then he thought, or Tiff was watering down her stock.

"Sit, sit," he pushed out the chair next to him with his foot. "The meal was just fine. Why that roasted joint was just..." he wasn't sure how to explain lasciviousness. "Besides, I think the company is much better now.
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Post  Aasha on Sun Oct 19, 2008 11:23 pm

Her eyebrows climbed up into her hairline when he pushed out a chair and told her to sit. She was dead tired of everyone telling her what to do and treating her like a child, she'd even made it clear to him earlier that day how she felt about it. Yet here he was again, telling her to sit. The indignation in her voice rang out as she slammed the chair back in. Sit? Why I'd rather... The rest of the thought was cut off by his next words.

Her mood was bouncing like crazy, the whole evening had been a fiasco, from Tiff's odd behavior to her blow up, Aasha's emotions had run the gauntlet. And now Red, one who could turn them over again, without any effort. Eyeing him as the room righted itself, she sighed, then pulled the chair out and plopped down hard. Done eatin' yet? Cuz I wanna know what ya was spoutin' out to Tiff... She didn't really, deathly afraid of his answers, but she needed to know regardless. Clamping a firm lid on any stray memories of Aimar that were trying to break free, she picked up her whiskey, and took another sip.
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Post  Aasha on Sun Oct 19, 2008 11:24 pm

TheRedChef wrote:Red sh0ok his head as he sopped the last bits off his plate. "There's still sweets to be had." The trifle called to him.

"What about Tiff? Oh...From earlier...That was merely ancient history. Nothing you need to concern yourself with." One, two, three scoops, should do it.

"You must try this." He pushed a plate towards her and refilled her whisky.
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Post  Aasha on Sun Oct 19, 2008 11:24 pm

- Ancient history? - He had to be kidding. Yes, the undercurrents she'd not understood to begin the evening might have been history, but Aimar's murder was not, and being kept in the dark was driving her insane. Nothin' to concern myself wit'? What am I 'posed to worry over? Fixin' ya more food? Cleanin' house? In case ya didn't know...I ain't a good cook les' ya likes burnt, an' I don't clean more'n I gots to.

Shaking her head as he pushed a full plate in front of her, she only bothered to take the glass, drinking the whiskey much slower than earlier. Might as well eat all ya wants...looks like theres 'nuff to feed an army left over...talk while yer shovelin' though. Whats this 'bout murder? Another swig of the whiskey went down smooth. ...an' why didn't ya think to tell me before?
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Post  Aasha on Sun Oct 19, 2008 11:24 pm

TheRedChef wrote:"Cooking? Cleaning?" He marveled at her rapid digressions.

"Look," He put down his spoon, and took her hand.

"Aasha, I know Aimar wasn't the best of people, and there are times when you might act quicker then you'd like, but..."

He sipped from his own whisky.

"...the past is the past and no one else needs to know. I certainly don't hold it against you."
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Post  Aasha on Sun Oct 19, 2008 11:25 pm

- Had he just said what she thought? - Aasha took a deep breath, then repeated his words in her mind. - Yep, he'd as good as said he didn't care that she'd killed Aimar. - Her hand clasped in his tightened, while the other tipped the glass to her lips. It didn't even burn anymore, she was too far gone for that. Even if she hadn't been, his words would have made her forget.

In a way she had to admit being flattered, he still cared about her even thinking she'd committed a horrible crime. But the other...what felt like years but was only minutes passed before she finally choked out; Aimar was my firs' ever friend...he brought me here when I was sick to see Tiff...he weren't bad... - not bad, just didn't think you were good enough. Not bad, loved you but wouldn't show it...stop, focus. He thinks you did it! -

A long breath meant to steady her did nothing. Shaking her head in denial did not negate the words uttered. Yer out of yer mind...I done a lot of stupid things before...but I only ever hurt one person...an' that one was one what left a mark I gotta look at every day, rem'ndin' me of why I ran. Her voice was earnest, holding tightly to his hand, she placed her other around it, scooting closer, practically in his lap to meet his eyes. Red...I didn't kill him.
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Post  Aasha on Sun Oct 19, 2008 11:25 pm

TheRedChef wrote:She clutched at him, moved ever so close, her breath, tinged by whisky, was, soft apon him. "Red...I didn't kill him." Didn't kill him? He bored into her. The food, the drink, even her proximity were all forgotten.

He thought back to when Aasha found him. Her eyes were vacant, and the rest of her crusted with blood. Her motions were stilted and only betrayed vitality when she bolted as they came to the cottage. He found Aimar, devoid of life, left only with a stoved head and a bloated flyblown husk. He felt sorry for her. The Balboa men were illdisposed to their women.

There was the other incident. The one she only alluded to in a tremulant voice. He didn't think she was capable of all that had been said of it, but he knew it kept it's hold on her.

"Say no more, I believe you." He hoped it sounded confident.
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Post  Aasha on Sun Oct 19, 2008 11:26 pm

Under other circumstances, she might have shifted uncomfortably. But now, even when it seemed he was attempting to look into her soul, she did not. It was important that he believe her...it was the truth. She'd been accused of may things, taken punishment for ones made up as excuses, but never had she wanted so badly for someone to realize the truth of her words. - Why is it so important that he believe me?

Because you have feelings for him...even if you want to deny them.

He said it didn't matter though.

Yes, but you didn't do it...so it matters to you...

And if I can't convince him? -


His voice, when it came, did not sound convinced, yet he was trying to reassure her that he did. Tears glittered on her lashes as she leaned back in her chair, loosening one hand to grasp the glass and turn it up until every drop was gone. Does ya trust me? Do ya really bel'eve me? Or is it easier to say ya do an' be done?
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Post  Aasha on Sun Oct 19, 2008 11:27 pm

TheRedChef wrote:"Someone killed him, Aasha," he looked away from her eyes. "What should I think?"
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Post  Aasha on Sun Oct 19, 2008 11:27 pm

- He doesn't believe me... - It was like a punch to the gut, he'd deftly avoided her question of trust in his answer. She wanted to be indignant still, to lash out at him, but couldn't find it in her to do so. - So why's he like me if he thinks I killed Aimar? Or does he? Was this all just an act to see if I'd confess...to put me in the gaols...

you really think he's capable of that?

why wouldn't I be? he went from mocking me to helping me

and you went from mocking him to feelings for him... -


But the thought was there, even if she tried to convince herself otherwise. Closing her eyes, her hand went limp in his as she began to talk softly, almost to herself.

I asked ya once without sayin' 'bout what would happen if'n my past came out. Ya told me chances are it wouldn't be held 'gainst me. Not in no court...but yer holdin' it 'gainst me ain't ya? She glanced up, her eyes vacant even with tears glittering on her lashes. Hiding inside herself was better if she were to do this, if she could even make him understand. Keeping the pain away was her only goal now, not convincing him of her innocence.

I gots a cousin what enjoyed kickin' an' hittin' me when he ken. Gots used to it...its his right...but he always wanted to go one step further than what I ken take. Last time I saw him...he'd been drinkin' an' gamblin'...an' lost. deep shaky breath Tiff don't know..only saw what he done...always figured runnin' was safer. Kept me from gettin' caught...an' anyone 'round me safe.

Her head lowered further as she tried to fight off memories the words brought to mind. Not fully succeeding, a small shiver ran through her as she bit her lip. Lost...an' I was payment. Gave me to him fer a week...to pay off his debt. Cookin' an' cleanin'...two things I been told all the time I weren't good at, but thats what I was expectin' I guess. Weren't what he wanted...an' when he tried to takes more, I hit him an' ran. Don't rightly know if'n he's livin' or not...didn't stop to look, jus' ran an' ran...an' weren't gonna stop till I was told that weren't livin'...

She met his eyes then, the shadows haunting hers obvious even in her withdrawn state. ...its the only time I ever hurt nobody. Been hurt 'nuff, didn't want nobody to suffer likes I did. An' ya thinks I'd hurt the one what showed me what a friend is...

She couldn't continue, the safe haven she'd always hidden in shattered as she allowed thoughts of Aimar to escape. All that she lost, and she was still losing...would she ever win anything?
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Post  Aasha on Sun Oct 19, 2008 11:28 pm

TheRedChef wrote:"The past can drive us to certain...ends. I can tell you still relive it. The fear as you were pulled to an uncertain, the stink of his hot breath, the clumsy groping, the itching straw, his crushing wait on you, the worn wood in your hand, and then, the blood.

"I doubt you even remember that last day with Aimar. How much could he possible care about you? I've never even seen you in public with him. Men like him take what they want when they want. Hell, I wouldn't be surprised if he tried to take it that day. Everything from that one night would come flooding back, and so much for Aimar.

"You couldn't even talk when you found me, and then you ran.

"Aimar doesn't matter one whit to me and I decided some time ago to...some things just pale to..." He trailed off

"It was no accident. If you didn't kill him, then who did?"
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Post  Aasha on Sun Oct 19, 2008 11:29 pm

His words pulled her back, into the nightmare she'd tried so hard to block. He was right in some, but not all.

-No one ever came to the barn, it was supposed to be her refuge. Why did he come?

You're mine girl, mine for a week. Mine for anything I want. Come here girl, let me look at my property.

No, I'm not yours! Get off, leave me alone. I'm not yours, he can't give me to you! Let me go!

The anger that her cousin had used her as payment, the feeling of worthlessness that overcome her. The stink of his breath, the stench of his clothing, the oiliness of his hands. The teeth grinning maliciously at her as he'd blocked her in the corner of the barn. The sound of buttons popping off, the feel of his teeth on her skin. Pain as he bit. Her hand, groping for the shovel leaning on the wall. Splinters forced deep as she'd tried to stretch her palm further. The weight of the shovel, the pain from the bite. Her scream, tears, cries for help that never came. Blood everywhere, his weight, running. -


She was crying freely then, everything she'd blocked came rushing in. As he talked of Aimar, those tumbled through as well.

- He was lying in a pool of blood, small paw prints dried throughout the house where Pea had walked through the pool, the smell overwhelming in the room. He looked so broken, defeated. The blood smeared on the counter, the pot laying in the pool. She'd kneeled at his side, trying so hard to wake him, yet his lifeless form had not moved. He was gone, long before she'd arrived, left her in a way she couldn't fight. Crying until she was exhausted, then finally forcing herself up, the animals in tow, and looking for someone, anyone to help.

Each step away from the cottage forced the memories deeper, each one giving her a chance to hide all emotions, to find a safe place within, where no one could touch, no one could hurt her again. She tried to convince herself she was fine. Practically lifeless, barely talking, she'd told Red. Her life was over with the last breath he'd taken, all alone. She had nothing to live for, no reason to stay.

Closed off till she took Red to the cottage. He wanted her to go in, motioned for her to show him. She couldn't go through the door, couldn't see him like that again. Couldn't face his end. Turned and bolted, running, burying the memories deeper, until she could cope. -


Her shoulders slumped. Defeated, she whispered; I tries not to relive nothin'...maybe thats the problem. Blockin' out what hurts ain't really livin' neither, even though I'm claimin' I wants to. Jus' always figured not facin' some things was better'n bein' 'fraid...findin' that one place where nothin' ken touch me... She was broken, that place within gone, the walls down much faster than she'd managed to build them.

He said he loved me Red...said it weren't proper...I weren't even wit' him that last day. I was in the orchard wit' Pillow. Lots saw me there...went to takes him fruit. - What had happened to the fruit? Were they still there when the house burned? - She didn't even feel the wetness upon her cheeks, dripping down onto Tiff's gown. I couldn't face he was gone...I was alone all over 'gain. Jus' like I always was...wit' nobody carin', nobody 'round. Jus' me...it hurt. Hurt so bad to think of it Red...he was gone an' I weren't wit' him, weren't there to help. I walked into that house an' he was already gone. Jus' him an' Pea there then...he died alone. I thought he fell...hit his head 'gain.

Pulling her hand from his, she stood shakily. Her body was swaying, the skirts forgotten as she turned to go. His last words stopped her. Another swish of the material and she was facing him again, dangerously close to falling, her eyes narrowed. Decided to what? Yer pullin' it all up, makin' me feel pain when I didn't...don't wanna feel nothin'.


She couldn't maintain the anger, not when she looked at him, the pang inside worse than any memories she could dredge up. Feelin'...feelin' more'n pain...feelin' what I shouldn't fer ya...thinkin' ya didn't care that I ain't no lady. That... Shaking her head, lowering her lashes, looking at him hurt. Pales to what Red? Nothin' pales to thinkin' ya gots a future...jus' fer a moment...then findin' out its only ever gonna be a dream. I don't know who killed him, ken only says it weren't me...but yer not never gonna believe that. If'n ya don't trust me...then it jus' proves I ain't meant to do more'n dream...
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Post  Aasha on Mon Oct 20, 2008 12:03 am

TheRedChef wrote:"Jah damnit," he hissed as he grabbed her arms and hoisted her to her toes. "You just don't get it! I care greatly for you and you just, you just have no idea. None at all!"

"Listen to me. One more word of this poor pity me crap and I will cut you off like a diseased limb and leave you to whatever ill fate finds you."

He dropped her on a nearby chair and stormed for the door.
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Post  Aasha on Mon Oct 20, 2008 12:19 am

The shock of his actions broke through, stopping her tears immediately. As he lifted her higher, she flinched, trying desperately to brace for the blow that never came. I don't get it? Don't get what?

She was up almost as soon as he'd dropped her, hiking her skirts again as she rushed over to grab his arm. She was steaming mad then, her eyes flashing fire. You don't get it!; she gritted out. I care what ya think, or I won't be tryin' so damn hard to make ya see the truth!
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Post  Aasha on Sat Nov 08, 2008 12:35 pm

TheRedChef wrote:He whirled around when she grabbed him.

"It doesn't matter to me who you killed. Not some man in a barn, not Aimar." He spits the last name out.

"If you are that adament, that certain of yourself, then I won't deny it.

"Since you didn't, do you have any idea what that means?
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Post  Aasha on Sat Nov 08, 2008 12:36 pm

Her eyes were on his, her hand still gripping his arm when his words sank in. - Since I didn't...it means someone else did... - She shivered and tried to absorb the warmth in their contact. Means we don't know who did it...if'n...it were meant to hurt him...or me...or even Tiff... - It means it could be your fault Ash...he could be dead because of you, even though not by your hand. -

She couldn't bear to think of it, connecting those dots only made her fear for Red, for anyone she cared about. She should step away, distance herself from him, for his own safety, yet her only movement was a tightening of her fingers on him.
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Post  Aasha on Sat Nov 08, 2008 12:36 pm

TheRedChef wrote:Red pauses to consider. Would she run? To take her chances on the road? He did not like entertaining that future.

"I think," he leads her back to the table, "that if some one was out to harm you, they wouldn't have stopped at Aimar. I doubt there is much for you to worry about. More likely it was some poor cuckold or perhaps a disillusioned creditor. Even if it was some enemy of Tiffany's, there are much more direct avenues for revenge then through you.

"But most importantly, tell no one. Tiffany and Jasmyne were family and had a right to know, and I'll have a talk with Heero and Papajay later. I'm sure they will understand the benefits of discretion. There are very real dangers if this were to become common knowledge, and I want you to be aware of that."
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Post  Aasha on Sat Nov 08, 2008 12:37 pm

For once, she didn't balk at being lead, she was almost docile as the wheels in her mind spun out of control. - Would Thomas do that? No...couldn't be him...he'd have found me by now. I'm not really hidden. But can I take that chance? if he hurt Aimar to get to me, couldn't he do the same to Red? Can't have been Thomas...he'd go after Tiff first, he'd see her as weak...not a man... -

She didn't understand half of his reassurance, though his tone conveyed his intent quite well. He was the only person she knew who could make her feel special and ignorant all at the same time. The only danger she could think of though, was in the person who'd done it finding out, and going after the ones who knew, so maybe her keeping her mouth shut for now was a good thing. She nodded her head, then murmured; I ain't sayin' nothin'...jus' tellin' Tiff he was gone bothered her a whole lot...I ain't wantin' nobody else hurtin' like that... - better for me to block it too, can't hurt me if I bury it. -

This time, she was fully aware of what she was doing when she turned to face him. Looking into his eyes was difficult at best, the candles had burned down and he was so much taller than her. His imposing presence cast flickering shadows on the wall, yet she still wrapped her arms around his waist and hugged him tight while trying to see his face.
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Post  Aasha on Sat Nov 08, 2008 12:38 pm

TheRedChef wrote:They stood the dying light. The tension that racked him the last few weeks eased as he lost himself in her eyes and tight embrace. The challanges that had loomed over them were finally over. Tiffany was oddly accepting. He had expected some violence or a bigger outburst at the very least. Aimar's last troubling vestiges still lingered and distant, eager, part of his mind mulled over it. He pushed aside his doubts and savored the night.

"I've never had a more perfect evening, Aasha," he murmored softly in her ear, "I wish I could spend forever here with you"
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