Chapter 14 : Untitled
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It's sharpening beneath me
Beneath my feet
The earth opens up
To swallow me
Take my hand and lead me on
Take my hand and lead me on
It's sharpening beneath me
Beneath my feet
It's sharpening beneath me
Beneath my feet
James, Sirius, and Peter stared at me. Sirius looked pained and when he squinted through the dim light and saw it was me, he groaned again. James had one of Sirius’s arms around his neck and was helping him stand. Peter was looking back and forth between me and his two best friends.
“Well, don’t just stand there!” I said going to Sirius’s side and putting his other arm around my neck. I could see the dark color of blood through Sirius’s grey T-shirt. I helped him get to the couch where he laid down. Peter ran up to the boys’ dormitory and came down with some supplies to clean the wound.
“What happened?” I asked, though I felt I already knew.
“Uh,” Sirius said, looking more pained.
“I saw you guys,” I explained, “Through the window. I pieced it together. I know Remus is a werewolf and I know you guys are illegal Animagi.”
“Told you we should have stayed in the forest,” Sirius snapped at James as he took the bandages and potions from Peter. Sirius pulled off his shirt to reveal three very ugly looking, clawlike scratches.
“What happened?” I repeated.
“In the forest, about an hour ago,” Sirius began wincing as James began to clean the wound. I had a feeling they did this often, “I tackled Remus to distract him. I think Hagrid was walking, it smelled like him, at least. Remus wanted to get to Hagrid and when he tried to get me off, he scratched me. Don’t worry though, James has had much worse. This is nothing.” he added hastily.
“But werewolf injuries don’t heal!” I gasped.
“It’s not to deep,” James said putting another type of potion on the scratch, “And he received it as a dog. It’ll just leave a scar.”
“You guys are crazy! I know you’re just trying to help Remus, but he can really hurt one of you. What if he bites you!?” I asked in a worried voice.
“The disease is only contagious to humans, Libby,” James assured me, “That’s why a werewolf is like man-wolf, wolf-man. Didn’t you listen in third year? If Remus bites us, animals can’t transform.”
“He’s never bitten any of us,” Sirius said at the look of horror on my face.
“Yeah, it’s like he knows not to,” Peter shrugged.
“What are you, Peter? I didn’t see you out there,” I said.
“You wouldn’t have. I’m a rat. To small to see from the tower,” he explained to me. I nodded. A rats tail is like a worm. Wormtail. Clever.
“I still don’t like knowing you sneak out of bed once a month and run around with a werewolf. What Lily would say if she finds out,” I said, smiling at the thought of my friend’s reaction. It would be a lot worse then mine.
“So, how’d you see us, love?” Sirius asked as James bandaged his scratched.
“Well, I wanted to wake you and James for help on my transfiguration essay. But none of you were there so Lily and Kirsten went to bed and I decided to stay awake. I figured you three just went to pull a prank or something. I dozed off and when I woke up to find you guys were still not in your beds, I went to the window, just to think. I was worried by now. That’s when I saw Sirius and then I saw James and I stuck my head out and saw Remus and I just put it together.” I explained. Sirius pulled his shirt back on (after he magically cleaned it) and pulled me into a hug. He smelled of the outdoors and his regular smell that always made me dizzy. I wondered once more how I managed to make this boy fall in love with me.
“Well, I’m going to shower and go to bed,” James said yawning, “Tell me what I miss in Potions and Transfiguration, okay?”
“Sure,” I muttered. Once he and Peter disappeared I looked at Sirius, “Are you going to class today?” I wasn’t sure I could be apart from him all morning after not seeing him all night.
“I dunno, I’m getting detention from Mcgonagall whether I ditch or fall asleep. Slughorn might be a bit different, but I don’t think that I’m going to get a chance to sleep in that class anyways,” Sirius muttered before kissing me softly. My skin tingled. I was beginning to love that tingling feeling.
“Then stay here and sleep,” I said, reluctantly. Sirius smiled.
“I would rather be with you,” he said, pressing his forehead against mine. I smiled.
“Yeah, but I would rather you sleep. I’m going to class,” I said. A beam of sunlight was entering the room now, sending an orange glow across Sirius’s face.
“Alright, then,” he said pretending to pout.
“You want me to ditch with you?” I asked.
“Well, yeah. You haven’t finished you’re homework, anyways, have you?” Sirius asked, smirking.
“Well, no, but I’m sure I can throw something together before class,” I shrugged. Sirius laughed and pulled me closer to him.
“Come on, it’s okay to ditch class ever once in a while,” he said.
“I don’t know.” I muttered.
“But all you’re going to do is sleep. You won’t even know I’m gone,” I said pushing Sirius’s black hair out of his eyes for him.
“Yes I will,” Sirius pouted. I sighed and knew I was about to cave. Sirius, also seeing this, put on a puppy dog face. I was amazed how good he was at that even if he were a dog.
“Okay, fine!” I said throwing my hands up in defeat. Sirius grinned and pulled me out of the common room. For a moment I wondered where we were going, but when he led me to the seventh floor, I remembered a room I had only been to once before. The Room of Requirement.
Sirius pulled me inside. The room was set up very nice. There was a fire going and the room was already warm. It was nice after the cold common room. There was a king sized bed in fluffy red sheets. A window was on the far wall allowing the early sun light to stream into the room. The floors were covered in carpet and the walls were bare.
With a grin, Sirius kicked off his shoes and ran to the bed bouncing on it. He laid down and didn’t even bother getting under the covers. He was asleep in seconds. Literally. I smiled at his sleeping form before kicking off my own shoes I had thrown on. Then I crawled next to Sirius and laid my head on his chest. I remember inhaling his sweet smell before falling into a dreamless sleep as well.
I awoke a few hours later. Somehow I had gotten under the covers right and was wrapped warmly in them. The bed was really soft and I sighed, not ready to wake up. I rolled over and was quite startled to see Sirius sleeping soundly right next to me. Then I remembered everything that happened this morning. I sat up and looked around the room for a clock. One appeared on the far wall reading eleven thirty. I had missed both Potions and Transfiguration.
Realizing that I should really get up now, I went to climb out of the bed but stopped when a hand seized my arm gently. I turned to look at Sirius. He was grinning, looking up at me with tired eyes.
“I told you I’d know if you were gone,” he said. I laid back down next to him.
“It’s almost noon. If we’re going to get back to the common room before anyone sees we’re missing, we should go before people are going to lunch,” I muttered.
“I don’t want to leave,” Sirius sighed.
“Why not?” I asked.
“People will take you from me,” he said looking at me in a way that made my heart beat faster.
“What do you mean?”
“Lily and Kirsten will start talking to you. Teachers would make you sit on the other side of the room. That kind of stuff,” Sirius explained.
I knew what Sirius was talking about. Being away from him for to long, I find myself longing for his touch and hurrying to make time go faster before I get to see him once more. It was hard to explain. Obviously, I was way to in love with Sirius for my own good and I knew he was way to in love with me for his own good. It was ridiculous to feel like this after only two days, I know, but I think I’ve loved Sirius longer then I had been ready to admit.
“I still think we should go, Sirius,” I said and kissed him. He immediately responded by deepening the kiss. I smiled to myself at how jealous the Orrin twins would be of me right now. Kissing the Sirius Black in the Room of Requirement on a bed.
“Fine then,” Sirius said when we pulled away. He sat up and climbed off the bed. He put his shoes back on and looked at the clock before saying, “It’s eleven forty-six. The bell doesn’t ring until eleven-fifty for lunch so we have four minutes to get back to the common room.”
“Okay then, let’s get going,” I said. I opened the door and peeked out just in case. Once the door had melted back into the wall Sirius and I hurried down the corridor to the common room. Sirius said the password quickly and we hurried through the round hole.
“I’m going to go shower. I’ll be back though,” Sirius grinned and then went up to the boys dormitories taking two steps at a time. I went up to my own dormitory and also got in the shower. I changed out of my pajama pants and t-shirt and into my school robes considering how I was going to my later classes.
Once I was dressed and about to leave the room, Samantha and Susan appeared in the doorway. They smirked at me.
“Where have you been, Cullen?” Susan asked.
“Why do you care?” I snapped and pushed past them. Their high shrill laughter taunted me until I entered the common room just as Sirius did with James and Peter.
“Hello, love,” Sirius said kissing me softly, “Let’s go to lunch, I’m starving,”
The next day I talked to Remus about his “furry little problem”. James had asked me to call it that while in public so no one we don’t want to know figures it out. Remus was actually ready to believe that I was going to stop talking to him when he found out I knew. I felt pathetic because I really had thought that Dumbledore was mad to let a werewolf in the school for a minute.
Soon, November was gone and the first weeks of December went by. Snow was covering the grounds by now and as Christmas approached the Marauders roamed the corridors singing off-tune Christmas carols and wearing Father Christmas hats. Sirius tried to get me joined in, but I refused. However, I had to laugh at the four boys whenever I walked next to them in the corridors.
By the time I was packing for Christmas holiday, the entire school knew that Sirius and I were serious about each other. Ben was angry when he first found out and a lot of the girls were disappointed because now only Remus and Peter were the last two available Marauders(a lot of girls have had their eye on Remus anyways. It’s Peter that most girl flinch from). Sirius and I were together almost all the time. In the corridors we were walking hand in hand, in classes we were seated right next to each other and always partners unless said otherwise, at meals we were flirtatious but not mushy, and in the common room you would most likely find us sitting in the comfortable arm chair in front of the fire doing homework or just talking. You would rarely catch us snogging in public which is why for the first week everyone was saying that Sirius and I would break up. But we didn’t find it necessary to snog in front of everyone.
I had never been happier at Hogwarts. Yes, the Orrin twins were horrible. They spread quite a few rumors about Sirius and I, but they passed by sooner or later. Kirsten was speaking to me again. She realized she has to get over her crush on Sirius. Then she threw a billion question at me about my relationship with him.
The worst thing about going out with Sirius had nothing to do with Sirius or me. It was Ben. He would throw me these sad glances in the corridors, classes, and meals. He tried to get me back a week after Sirius and I started going out. Of course, he walked away with a black eye because poor Ben was stupid enough to tell me he loves me right in front of Sirius. I tried to tell Ben that I was done with him, but I don’t think Ben is going to give up any time soon.
Teachers seemed extremely happy that Sirius and I were together and in love. It was odd how they reacted towards us. Mcgonagall would never yell at us when we were caught passing notes in class or got distracted from what we were supposed to be doing. She would give us the easiest detentions that only took about an hour of our time. Flitwick would always partner Sirius and me up together with this excitement. I realized that there must be something more to my relationship with Sirius then I think. Is there more to this whole Fate thing?
On the train home, I was worried. I hadn’t told my aunt and uncle about Sirius and me. My aunt loved Sirius, but she didn’t trust him. I’ve complained to her about him teasing me and how all the girls love him and how he’s snogged most of them. She, of course, told my uncle. He wasn’t so disapproving of Sirius. He liked Sirius actually. Always said he was a funny guy and probably teased me because he liked me. He was right, obviously. He would be over joyed to know we were going out. So, really, I wasn’t keen on telling them. But I had to because if I didn’t, Jacob would. He obviously knew what was going on between Sirius and me, even if I had barely spoken to him in the past few months.
“You’re quiet,” Sirius said after a very noisy game of Exploding Snap with James and Remus.
“Just thinking,” I shrugged.
“About?” Sirius urged.
“I’ll tell you later,” I promised.
Sirius grinned and kissed me before turning towards James and Remus again. Lily rolled her eyes as they pulled out a chess set. The boys had been quite excited since we boarded the train. They kept pulling out all these games and pranks from Zonko’s. I pressed my forehead to the cool glass of the train. The snowy lands were speeding by quickly. We should be at the Platform soon.
After watching three very amusing chess games with the Marauders, I stood and left the capartment to use the restrooms. Jealous glares followed me as I passed capartments. I ignored them all.
Once in the bathroom I went about my business, relieving myself and was washing my hands when the door opened. I peeked in the mirror to see who had entered. I squealed and spun around.
“Regulus, this is a girl’s bathroom!” I gasped. Regulus locked the bathroom door behind him and then turned to look at me.
“I know. But I need to talk to you and no where else on this train is safe,” Regulus told me looking under all the cubical doors to make sure we were alone. Once he was satisfied, he looked at me.
“If it’s about Sirius—” I began. Regulus put a hand up to stop me.
“You aren’t just some floozy that Sirius usually picks,” he said, lowering his voice, “Sirius likes you. No, he loves you. It’s obvious. Look, Libby, when Sirius was sorted into Gryffindor, my parents said he betrayed all our kind. I have this really bad feeling that Sirius might be on the Dark Lord’s hit list. To weaken Sirius he’ll probably try to get those closet to him. Like Potter and Lupin. But most of all you.”
“Why me? What am I but the girlfriend?” I asked.
“You’re not just Sirius’s girlfriend! You know that! You two are more in love then you should be. The Dark Lord will aim for you to weaken Sirius’s heart. What hurts more then losing the one you love?” Regulus explained. I bit my lip.
“How do you know that Voldemort”—Regulus winced horribly—“will aim for me?” I asked, just out of curiosity.
“I hear things,” Regulus shrugged, “You know my family. Darker then probably the Dark Lord himself.”
“And why are you telling me?” I went on.
“I don’t know. I’m just warning you to be careful. Both you and Sirius are powerful and the Wizarding World needs you. In a few years you might have been some help the world see Light again,” Regulus smiled and went to the door. He unlocked it and then hesitated, looking at me, “Can you make sure the coast is clear?”
“Sure,” I laughed and poked my head out. Then I stepped out myself and motioned for Regulus to do the same, “And thanks, Regulus. You’re not bad for a Slytherin.”
“You aren’t bad either, Libby. For a Gryffindor, that is,” Regulus grinned and then hurried away. I smiled and then headed towards my capartment. Talking about Sirius so much made me long for him.
Unfortunately for me, I ran into Lucius Malfoy. He was leaning causally in front of a capartment with a smirk on his face. The position was one that Sirius was in often. The position that took my breath away, but it didn’t have the same effect as Sirius did when Lucius did in. In truth, Malfoy looked like he was up to something.
“Miss Cullen,” Malfoy said in a dangerous voice. He hasn’t forgiven more for that punch that landed him with a broken nose in the hospital wing. Or that Sirius went after him and hexed him so bad he was back in the hospital wing, “Haven’t had a chance to chat with you in a while. You’ve been to busy with Black, haven’t you? I wonder what it is about you that he finds so interesting.”
“Shove off, Malfoy,” I snap. My body was tingling for Sirius and I didn’t want to waste time with Malfoy.
“Hm, is it that he likes to snog you to much?” Malfoy drawled on, “Or has he not yet gotten his chance to shag you?”
“I said, shove off!” I tried to walk past him, but he caught my arm.
“Let go of her,” that familiar voice that I love said. I looked up to see Sirius and James. Both their wands were out and their faces angry. Malfoy pulled out his own wand and pulled me towards him, his wand at my throat.
“Black! Cullen and I were just talking about you!” Malfoy smirked. His wand was digging into me. It was painful and I struggled against it.
“Does it look like I care? Now let her go,” Sirius demanded.
“We were wondering what it is you see in Cullen. I mean, she isn’t blond, big chested, or really all that pretty,” Malfoy smirked knowing that as long as I was standing in front of him, Sirius and James wouldn’t dare hex him.
“Looks aren’t everything,” Sirius said. That was a bit hurtful, but I caught Sirius’s apologetic glance and relaxed.
“Oh, so it isn’t just a physical attraction. Maybe you just like snogging her then?” Malfoy suggested, “Or is it, just as I had just said to Cullen, that you just haven’t gotten a chance to shag her yet.”
Sirius’s face flushed with anger. I couldn’t take any more of Malfoy’s taunting. Nor could I take his wand digging further into my throat. With all the strength I could muster, I shoved my elbow into Malfoy’s stomach. His eye bulged with pain as I realized once more I was stronger then I thought. At this, I stomped hard on Malfoy’s foot, spun around and dug my knee right where it hurts. He fell to the ground and I backed up towards Sirius who hugged me tightly. James hung the pained Malfoy upside down and turned around towards our capartment, leaving us alone and looking highly amused.
Sirius and I got out of earshot of Malfoy before Sirius kissed me softly. He looked into my eyes and grinned. Pulling me into a tight hug he said, “You are amazing! Not many could beat up that git twice!”
“I did what I had to,” I said, smiling up at Sirius. His face got serious.
“You know I think you’re the most gorgeous thing in the Universe, right? And you don’t have to be blond or big chested for me to want to look at you.” he said.
“I do know that, Sirius,” I nodded. Sirius looked relieved.
“And I don’t want to shag you,” Sirius said. Then he frowned, “Well, I do, but not until you’re ready. I’m not going to force you to do anything.”
“I know, Sirius. I never listen to anything the Slytherins say,” I promised.
“I love you,” Sirius whispered.
“I love you, too,” I smiled. Sirius kissed me and then we went back to our capartment.
I was glad to get off the train. I was stiff from sitting on the train for so long and tired from having to get up early to make sure I had everything. However, getting off the train meant that I wasn’t going to see Lily, Kirsten, Remus, and Peter until after holidays. James made this big show out of saying good bye to her once we got on Kings Cross. He hugged her and kissed her and then went to meet her parents. He also met her sister and came back frowning.
“I didn’t like that Petunia,” he said, “She called me an ugly freak that isn’t at all special.”
“Hm, you’re lucky” I frowned, “Usually she’s worse.”
Once we waved good bye to Remus, Kirsten, and Peter, James and I searched for our own guardians. Sirius was looking too, but I kept seeing his eyes dart over to where Regulus had met up with his own mother. I finally spotted my Uncle and led the way towards him.
“Hey!” Uncle Scott said grinning and hugging me tightly.
“Hi,” I greeted.
“Where’s my parents?” James asked searching for them.
“They had an emergency at work,” Uncle Scott explained, “So you are going to hang out at our house for a while. Which you probably would anyways.”
“What type of emergency?” James eye’s widened with excitement. He wanted to be an Auror just like his parents. Along with Sirius. Personally, I thought being an Auror wasn’t all that great. If you weren’t catching a Dark wizard, the whole Wizarding World thought you were doing nothing. The pressure is on you for catching this Voldemort and his Death Eaters when, so far, anyone who even approaches them ends up dead.
“I’m not sure, they just left,” Uncle Scott said, as Jacob joined us, “Hey, there’s Jake. Ready? Okay, let’s head home.”
We started towards the Ministry cars, dragging our trunks behind us. A very large group of Muggles crossed in front of us, causing us all to stop. A harsh voice from behind us snapped very loudly, “Muggles! Rude as they are filthy.” Sirius stiffened and I was about to look over my shoulder, but Sirius stopped me. Uncle Scott, however, turned around with raised eyebrows.
“Taking dirty blood home with you, are you, Gallant?” the cruel voice asked my Uncle(Gallant was his last name. My aunt was my mother’s sister).
“I see no dirty blood here, Mrs. Black,” Uncle Scott said politely. Both Sirius and I turned now. Sirius had a look of loathing on his face. Behind his mother who, besides her dark hair, looked nothing like her son, stood Regulus. He had worry in his eyes but a bored expression on nonetheless. Bellatrix and Narcissa Black stood behind him, smirking.
“Well, you are a blood-traitor yourself, are you not?” Mrs. Black asked darkly, “With two half-bloods and supporting that fool we call a head master. You give all pure-bloods a bad name, Gallant.”
“That is you’re opinion,” Uncle Scott shrugged, “What you wish to think is you’re business. Now, if you excuse us, we need to be heading home, thank you. Come on, kids.”
“Once a Black, always a Black,” Narcissa sneered at Sirius, “Toujours Pur.”
“Toujours pur! Le mal toujours pur!” Sirius scoffed, turning around, the Blacks gasped angrily. James muttered a warning at him, but Sirius ignore and starting yelling in French, so i didn’t understand a word, “Vous avez froid au coeur les personnes dégoûtant!”
“Ne parlez pas a moi comme ca!” his mother snapped.
“Mother, just leave him. He’s a traitor,” Regulus said, trying to distract both his brother and mother, “Why bother with—”
Mrs. Black raised a hand swiftly and slapped her youngest son across the face. For a moment, I was ready to run to Regulus and see if he was alright. Sirius must have known what was going through my head, for he raised an arm, pushing me behind him and blocking me from getting around. Regulus, on the other hand, looked at his mother but showed no sign of pain or hurt. Some Muggles threw a glance at the scene, but then looked away.
“Come on, let’s go,” My uncle said and we all went to the Ministry car. Sirius was still angry, but I was desperate to know.
“What did you say to her?” I asked cautiously. Sirius looked up at me.
“I told her they were cold at heart and sick people,” Sirius explained, “I insulted the Black motto, too. ‘Always Pure’ I said ‘Always Pure Evil’ a big insult to them even if it is just words.”
“I didn’t know you knew French,” Uncle Scott said, looking at Sirius in the rearview mirror.
“French and Latin,” Sirius said a bit sheepishly, “Those people I called parents made Regulus and me learn both languages before school started. It comes out when I get mad at them.”
“You shouldn’t have lost your temper just then,” James said. Sirius looked away from his friend.
The car was silent for a moment. Sirius was intertwining my fingers with his over and over. I noticed Jacob looking at our hands. He looked at Uncle Scott and opened his mouth, then shut it as if wondering what good telling Scott about Sirius and me would do. He caught my eye and smirked.
“Poor Regulus,” I said before Jacob could get a word out, “I mean, stuck with people like that.”
“They aren’t people,” Sirius said coldly.
“Let’s talk about a nicer subject,” Uncle Scott grinned, “How was term?”
“Cool,” Jacob grinned.
“Different,” James shrugged.
“Yeah,” Sirius said with a teasing glance at me.
“Definitely different,” I agreed. Scott looked into the rearview mirror again. I had a feeling he wasn’t really driving the car for how he wasn’t really paying attention to the road.
“Why different?” Uncle Scott asked, but he was grinning and I knew then that he knew about Sirius and me. Was it that obvious?
“Well, I went out with my long time crush just to find out that I didn’t like him all that much,” I shrugged with a smile.
“And Sirius went into depressed mode through those weeks and then Libby called him a git in front of the school and they had this big giant fight,” James added.
“And it took me till November to realized that I should be with Sirius but I didn’t want to break Ben’s heart—”
“Which you did anyways,” Sirius pointed out.
“Yes, thank you, Sirius. Anyways, the point to the whole story is Sirius and me are dating and we’re all happy now. It was different from any other term.” I finished glaring at Sirius. A smirk crossed his face. That dimple facing me. I sighed. Stupid dimple still got to me. But now, I could really appreciate Sirius’s smile and stare at it without feeling funny.
“Yeah, I knew something was changed,” Uncle Scott laughed, “About time you two got together, too! How’s things with you and Lily, James?”
“Perfect!” James said happily and proudly, “I’m gonna miss her. Especially now that I know what her sister is like!”
“Aw, well, write her everyday then,” Uncle Scott joked.
“I always do,” James said seriously. Sirius sniggered and I rolled my eyes.
“What about you, Jake? Anything interesting happen?” Uncle Scott grinned at my brother.
“Yeah,” Jake blushed, “I asked the girl I like out.”
“Aw, that’s so cute,” I said smiling.
“I didn’t make fun of you!” Jake said, grinning evilly, “It’s not like I snog her like you and Sirius!”
“Well, I’m older then you,” I said defensively while Sirius doubled over in laughter with James next to me.
Not time for my long author note i leave for you at the end of each chapter:
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I still love you all and you all will hate me in a few chapter because of what i do to this story(it's all happy and pink now, later it'll be sad and. . .uh, not really black, but a dark color, later). And if you don't hate me you will be sort of depressed after reading my updates. I was after I reread them earlier today. And when i was writing them. But whatever. I'm supposed to be 92% depressed or something anyways(i was told to look for help. writing is my help).
Enough of my pointless ramblings none of you really care about! Here's a little something from chapter, uh, fifteen: She's In Love With the Boy (yeah, i have a title this time)
“I need to sleep,” I shouted, “I didn’t go to bed till two in the morning!”
“We didn’t sleep at all!” James said proudly. For a moment, I thought they were joking, but the proud smirks on their faces told me otherwise.
“To see who can stay awake the longest, of course!” Sirius said as if it were the most obvious thing on the planet, “I won!”
“Did not, I never fell asleep,” James argued.
“You dozed off for three minutes and nineteen seconds,” Sirius countered, “That means you were sleeping lightly. Which means I won!”
“Okay!” I said before James could argue, “Let me go back to sleep!”
“No!” Sirius whined, “I need to be near you!”
Um, yeah. So anyways, i'll update tomorrow!! Promise. Love you all because you are so great!! mwah! mwah!
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