Chapter 24:

Mixed Emotions - FINALE

The Forbidden and the Gifted


[10:35 a.m., August 9th 2048, St. Petersburg. Frost stands face to face with Drift, who begins to sweat profusely, as his face fills with rage. Electra stands behind him, coming to a realization as his face turns colder. Shin and Yuki look on, as do Katarov and Fetistof]Bookmark here

Drift: No… you don’t mean…Bookmark here

Frost: This is what I’d expect… I’m normally accurate with my assumptions, and that’s what I’d think… one of your men can check for me as well.Bookmark here

[From behind, a scream can be heard, and it comes from Karina]Bookmark here

Shin [Turns]: Rina? What happened? You okay?Bookmark here

Karina [Comes forward, shaking]: He was right… I just checked Seoul news, and the building that Higuchi worked at was set ablaze, with many casualties, including one man which was identifiable, who goes by the name, Higuchi Ren.Bookmark here

[Shin grits his teeth and lunges towards Katarov, who evades him, before Fetistof grabs him and punches him. Katarov looks towards him menacingly, while Fetsitof holds his back, holding the wounded area from previously]Bookmark here

Katarov: Hey, hey, hey, what’re you doing? You think you’re hot shit! Get outta here! I didn’t do anything! I wasn’t here to kill your buddy in Seoul man! That’s that bastard Oskar… Bookmark here

Shin: So you did know him! Bloody bastard!Bookmark here

Katarov: Know him? He trained me with Frost before! Are you dense? Can you not hear?Bookmark here

Shin: Shut up!Bookmark here

[Shin lunges at him, but Katarov punches him in the stomach once again]Bookmark here

Katarov: You moron! This isn’t anyone’s fault here! Frost was trying to capture Yoshino and execute him himself! We were on your side, but you decided to save his daughter and come to us like this! Sure, we anticipated that that would happen, but we wanted Oskar here too, because we wanted to kill him here and now.Bookmark here

Yuki [To Shin]: How do we know if they’re telling the truth?Bookmark here

Shin: We don’t. All bets are off now. Higuchi’s dead – at least that’s what we’ve heard. [Pauses] SHIT. I don’t care. This Frost guy is bad news. He’s bad news. I tried to warn y’all. I did.Bookmark here

Yuki: Shin… now isn’t the time.Bookmark here

Shin: SHUT UP! Higuchi is dead, for Christ’s sake! What do we do now? We’ve been listening to this guy ramble and ramble on and on, and for what? We’ve lost one of our team members. AND WE WERE JUST WITH HIM. SHIT MAN. Bookmark here

Yuki: Shin, it’s okay, it’s okay. We have these gifts now at least… we should be able to combat them well enough…Bookmark here

Drift [Interjects, laughing crazily]: Gifts? Fight against them? What the hell are you talking about? What the hell? Higuchi’s dead! They aren’t to blame! What’s fighting them gonna do? Boost our own depreciated ass morale? [Pauses, then looks Frost dead in the eyes] Why? Why? WHY? Why did he have to go and kill Higuchi? Why? Why couldn’t you have just killed him before? Why? Bookmark here

Frost: We wanted to, but we never had the ability up until now to kill Oskar Yoshino. We’ve only recently been able to pinpoint his whereabouts after we kicked him to the curb.Bookmark here

Drift: Then why did you kick him? Why? What damn reason was there? If YOU had kept him, my friend wouldn’t be dead here, goddamnit! What’s wrong with you?Bookmark here

Frost [Takes a deep breath, then calmly]: Oskar Yoshino had some screws loose. He was a great family man, and tried to be the best person that he could be, but he was more fanatical about these gifts than I ever was, yet, he could never reach the position that I was in, and he always envied me for it. Regardless, he eventually reached a point where he wanted to kill off Aleksander, Katarov’s mate, as well as Higuchi and Electra, who were your mates… believing that to reach your true potential, all sources of weakness must be eliminated. I too, wanted you to be the best version of yourself, but I declined to share that opinion with him, instead believing that all of these extra pieces, whether gifted or not, would still be useful in the future. Of course, with my knowledge and ability far exceeding his, I was able to kick him away from me, but he hid from my sight – I only knew he was somewhere in Korea, I wasn’t too sure where – and only recently was I able to gain leads on him to try and pin him down. That was the secondary goal of this, to lure out Oskar Yoshino and execute him before he’d try anything else, and before he realized we were onto him. Bookmark here

Drift: So what you’re saying is… he wanted to kill Electra and Higuchi regardless… Bookmark here

Frost: That is correct… this just gave him an even greater reason to do so.Bookmark here

Drift: So… you’re saying, we saved a murderous bastard’s daughter… and allowed him to go and kill my fucking best friend?Bookmark here

Frost: I’m afraid so. I wanted to eliminate him. I really did. Even Katarov hated his guts. He was the epitome of a bastard, and nothing more. He should’ve been killed years ago, but wasn’t, due to my own personal incompetence, and I take the blame on that. Of course, my words will mean absolutely nothing to you, since your friend has died, and I truly mourn your loss. As much as your leader thinks that it was us behind this… believe me, it was not. I wanted that man dead, no matter what. And I have failed. He likely is dead now, because he wouldn’t have been able to live with himself without his daughter… but still, at the cost of Higuchi – that is still far too great a cost.Bookmark here

Ashe: Um…Bookmark here

Karina [Looks to her]: Oh no…Bookmark here

Drift [Gets up, and walks towards her, chuckling to himself]: Hey girl… hey… hey… what do you want? You wanna comfort me? Is that what you want to do? After my best friend died? Tell me that he’s lying? That your father wasn’t a serial killer like he really was? Is that what you want?Bookmark here

Karina: Drift.Bookmark here

Drift [To Karina]: Shut up. I’m talking here. Bookmark here

Ashe: Drift please… I’m sorry, I really am. But my father… he wasn’t like that, I truly mean it. I’m not looking for you to accept that, but I’m looking for you to see the truth… they’re lying to you about this. It wasn’t my father. I told you what my father was like, and you understood…Bookmark here

Drift: Oh I did… but that was back when I thought you were just a pretty face, and nothing else. That’s when I thought, hey, I was saving a girl who’s worth saving. That’s all bullshit to me now. Your father, whether you like it or not, is the reason Higuchi Ren – the damn man you met! YOU MET HIM! YOU LOOKED HIM IN THE DAMN EYES! YOU’RE THE REASON HE’S DEAD, YOU FUCKING WITCH!Bookmark here

Natsumi [Reaches over to him]: That’s enough, Drift. That’s enough. It’s okay. You can’t blame her for – Bookmark here

[Drift’s false arm reaches for her, and with incredible strength shoves her into the wall, and the sound of bones cracking can be heard]Bookmark here

Shin: DRIFT!Bookmark here

Yuki [Runs towards Natsumi]: Natsumi, are you okay? Drift! What the hell!Bookmark here

Natsumi: Yeah, yeah. I’m okay. Don’t worry. Focus on him. He’s suffering.Bookmark here

Yuki: Drift! Stop this!Bookmark here

Drift: Shut the hell up. Shut up.Bookmark here

Shin: Why the hell are you believing them? That damn Frost bastard came with Katarov! He’s a fucking phony! Why don’t you realize it! He’s egging you on! It wasn’t Oskar, he’s trying to frame – Bookmark here

Drift: SHUT UP SHIN.Bookmark here

Shin: Why the hell should I? I’m the damn leader here, aren’t I? You’re the one trying to kill our people! You’ve gotta realize what you’re doing! Your gift is too strong! It could kill us!Bookmark here

Drift: I don’t give a shit man… it can kill whoever it wants. These fuckwads aren’t lying. There’s a reason why he was able to awaken this gift within me… there’s a reason he knows everything about me, there’s a reason he knew who Oskar Yoshino was and why Ashe Yoshino in specific was picked out. He isn’t a goddamn fraud. He isn’t duping anyone. You’re the morons here. We made a mistake saving this useless, moronic girl. Bookmark here

Katarov [To Fetistof]: Oh man…Bookmark here

Fetistof: We’ll let them handle themselves now, eh?Bookmark here

Katarov: I think so… a death within the crew always riles everyone up. Bookmark here

Fetistof: Yup. I can’t believe it became this easy, after all the fighting we were just going through.Bookmark here

Katarov: That is why you believe in everything Frost says. He knows all and sees all, and is always right in his assumptions. He will never be wrong.Bookmark here

Fetistof: I understand now…Bookmark here

Ashe: Drift please…Bookmark here

Drift: Don’t Drift me now… you had your chance girl. You should’ve told us who your daddy was before. Maybe we wouldn’t be here.Bookmark here

Ashe: I’m telling you I didn’t know! I’m telling you, they are lying!Bookmark here

Drift: They aren’t lying damnit!Bookmark here

Ashe: And how do you know that?Bookmark here

Drift: HE HAD A LETTER FROM MY BIRTH-FATHER, GODDAMNIT. STOP DEFENDING YOUR DAMN PIECE OF SHIT FATHER. Bookmark here

[Drift raises his false right hand towards her, and begins to chokehold her, to which she can’t escape]Bookmark here

Ashe: Please… stop. Please. I’m sorry. I didn’t know this would happen… I would’ve stayed… I’m sorry. I’m sorry.Bookmark here

[Out of nowhere, Electra kicks Drift away from Ashe, releasing his grip on her neck and pushing him backwards, and him and Yuki stand in front of her]Bookmark here

Drift: Oi… so we’re doing this now, eh? We’re picking sides? And you’re siding with the girl? Even you Electra… even after all you went through with Higuchi… did he really mean nothing to you?Bookmark here

Electra: You’ve been acting strange ever since you were awakened… first all of that bullshit, which I can at least brush aside, but this? Hell no. You aren’t gonna kill her on my watch. Bookmark here

Drift: Oh please… you’re choosing her over me?Bookmark here

Electra: I’m choosing no one over no one. But we can’t do anything about Higuchi’s death. We can’t. It’s the truth now, and there’s nothing ANY of us can do. We have a problem in front of us. We can’t just sit on the side and fight amongst ourselves…Bookmark here

[Drift reaches towards Electra with the false arm once again, extending the ‘spirit’ arm past its natural boundaries, punching Electra with full force, and knocking him aside]Bookmark here

Drift: Shut up, will ya?Bookmark here

Electra: I’m not moving away from her.Bookmark here

Drift: No wonder you were always second best to Higuchi in my eyes, you piece of shit. You useless, lowlife piece of shit. You never meant shit to me compared to Higuchi. I wish you left us for Korea and he stayed with us back then. You’re nothing but a thorn in my side.Bookmark here

Electra: Big words coming from a guy with one fucking hand, and a guy who saved all of his speech till now. You weren’t this cocky before. Give it a rest, it doesn’t suit ya.Bookmark here

Drift: Shut up kid, and move. I will kill her.Bookmark here

Electra: You’re oft injured now, anyway. What the hell are you gonna do? You can’t by me and Yuki now can you?Bookmark here

Drift: I will.Bookmark here

Yuki: I won’t let you.Bookmark here

Drift: That’s fine. I’ll find a way. I don’t care. I’ll murder her. I’ll move you guys aside if I have to.Bookmark here

Yuki: I won’t let you… I’ll stand my ground.Bookmark here

Naomi [Walks towards them]: Uh… guys.Bookmark here

Yuki: Not now Naomi. Not now. We have…Bookmark here

Naomi [Pushes aside Yuki, and stands in front of Drift, eyeing him up]: You want to hurt Ashe now, Drifto? After all we went through?Bookmark here

Drift: All we went through? It was like two days. I don’t care what you think Mi. She’s dead meat in my eyes.Bookmark here

Naomi: Aw, that’s too bad. I really wanted her to be part of the van squad with us.Bookmark here

Drift: She can’t now, can she?Bookmark here

Naomi: She totally can, what do you mean?Bookmark here

Drift [In tears]: She killed my best friend goddamnit! What do none of you understand!Bookmark here

Naomi: How did she kill her? It was her father if anything, wasn’t it?Bookmark here

Drift: I don’t care… she’s the one that I’m after now that her father’s dead. We saved her and it started this snowball. So don’t get in my way.Bookmark here

[Drift attempts to push Naomi aside, but Naomi grabs his right, spirit arm and moves it, before kicking him and pushing him backwards]Bookmark here

Drift: Huh?Bookmark here

Yuki: Wait… Naomi? What the hell happened here? Naomi?Bookmark here

Naomi [Looks towards them and smirks]: That gift stuff is pretty wild, y’know? I didn’t think I’d ever be this expressive, considering I was cooped in that annoying ass body of her’s for so long.Bookmark here

Yuki: What?Bookmark here

Electra: You’re Naomi… aren’t you?Bookmark here

Naomi: Of course I am… but I’m not regular old Naomi… I’m the awakened Naomi. Her real body and everything are still there, and still existing, and are still moving around no problem. Don’t worry, I got her to safety in the back. This version of me though… this is my inner demon, the side of me that I’ve hid away for so long, that you got to see glimmers off when I killed that one guy back then… yes, yes, yes, I am free. But I won’t let anyone touch Naomi’s friends, and she wants to protect that girl – Ashe – at all costs, because she believes in her. So yeah. You won’t be getting through this body of mine, plus those two, will you now Drifto?Bookmark here

Drift: It doesn’t matter. She should die. Ain’t that right, leader?Bookmark here

Shin: Don’t leader me, you piece of shit.Bookmark here

Drift: What… don’t you think, in your messed up code of ethics… don’t you think she should die? She killed a friend, a beloved friend. All of you guys loved him – especially me. Don’t you think I’m within my limits here?Bookmark here

Shin: Shut it. Bookmark here

Drift: Oh, oh, what do you mean? Bookmark here

Shin: She isn’t gonna die here. That’s playing into their hands.Bookmark here

Drift: Oh how so, how so? Please enlighten me, dear moronic leader. Please do, please do.Bookmark here

Shin: Shut up. I still don’t believe a word they’re saying, and in any case it wasn’t her.Bookmark here

Drift: SO WHAT? SHOULDN’T SHE DIE HERE THEN? SHE ISN’T EVEN ONE OF US!Bookmark here

Shin: Weren’t you part of the band that tried to convince her to join! You’re every bit to blame for this shit too!Bookmark here

Drift: Oh… now you’re blaming me now? Oh… I see. Bookmark here

Shin: I ain’t blaming no one. But I sure as hell ain’t killing her. We just brought her on.Bookmark here

Drift: WHAT DOES IT MATTER? HIGUCHI’S DEAD!Bookmark here

Shin: If Higuchi’s dead, THEN WHAT DOES IT MATTER? HE’S DEAD RIGHT? ARE WE GODS? CAN WE BRING HIM BACK? NO! HE’S DEAD FOR GOOD MAN! LEAVE IT AT THAT! WHY DO YOU WANT TO KILL HER SO BADLY? WHAT DAMN GAIN DOES THAT SERVE FOR YOU?Bookmark here

Drift [Chuckles]: That’s a shame then… all of you would turn your back on family then.Bookmark here

Shin: Family? WE ARE A FAMILY? WE LOST ONE MEMBER BECAUSE WE WERE FOOLISH ENOUGH TO LEAVE HIM IN KOREA! I DIDN’T PLAN FOR IT! I TAKE FULL RESPONSIBILITY! BUT SHE, SHE HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH IT! AND YOU’RE BEING PLAYED LIKE A FIDDLE BY KATAROV AND HIS CREW!Bookmark here

Katarov: Keep telling yourself that Shinzo. I’d be in the same boat as him if someone like that died…Bookmark here

Shin: THAT’S BULLSHIT! YOUR FRIEND ALEKSANDER DIED AND YOU HAVEN’T DONE ANYTHING LIKE DRIFT IS DOING RIGHT NOW. YOU’RE A CUNNING BASTARD, Y’KNOW?Bookmark here

Katarov: Oh… if me and Aleksander were like we were all those years ago… fine, fine. Maybe I’d be the same… but he told you too… we drifted apart. We’re changed people from before, and nothing will ever bring back the old relationship we had. Us two, right now, were nothing like Higuchi and Drift, from what I’m seeing.Bookmark here

Shin: Never mind talking to you, you insidious bastard. You’ll just talk more and put even more ideas into Drift’s brain.Bookmark here

Drift: Oh no, no, no. My mind’s made up.Bookmark here

Shin: Eh?Bookmark here

Electra [Realizing]: Oh shit… no, no, no, NO.Bookmark here

Drift: If all of you are gonna turn your back on me… that’s fine, really it is.Bookmark here

Electra: Drift don’t do this.Bookmark here

Drift: Don’t Drift don’t do this me. Tell me right now. Are you gonna move and let me kill the girl, or are you gonna fight me?Bookmark here

Naomi: I don’t know about these two, but I’m sticking with her to the end.Bookmark here

Yuki: Drift… we aren’t choosing between you or her. We want both of you. Please, make this easy. Don’t do this.Bookmark here

Electra: Drift… no… Wilhelm… don’t do what you’re gonna do.Bookmark here

Drift [Chuckles to himself]: Fine. Whatever. I won’t fight you guys.Bookmark here

Yuki: Huh? Really?Bookmark here

Ashe [Sighs]: Oh thank god…Bookmark here

Drift: Not yet.Bookmark here

Electra: Shit.Bookmark here

Yuki: What?Bookmark here

Drift: I only came to Japan with y’all because I lived with you and Higuchi, Elec. I only came here because we got that call from Takuya all those years ago. I only worked with Naomi, and these morons, because it was the only way we could have lived. I only wanted to fight Katarov and these others, because I wanted to uphold my own sense of justice.Bookmark here

Electra: No… stop it.Bookmark here

Drift: But now… Higuchi’s dead. You guys are protecting the family of the person who killed my best friend. I don’t have any ties to any of you guys besides you Elec… all of you others are friends and nothing more. I wanted to beat down Katarov because I believed in Shin’s story… I hated him because of Shin and what happened to Ichigo, I didn’t hate him because I personally hated him.Bookmark here

Electra: Stop…Bookmark here

Drift: And now… the throne of Albania lies in my reach. All I have to do is reach out and grab it. Isn’t that sweet? So what reason do I have to side with you guys anymore. You guys won’t even let me kill this damn girl in peace. So fine, I’ll fight you on my own terms, whenever we meet up. [He looks at Katarov] Yo, Kat. You got room for a traitor?Bookmark here

Katarov [Smiles menacingly]: Of course we do… but best believe, double cross us here and you will die.Bookmark here

Drift: I wouldn’t. I have no one else to turn to. Electra matters, but not as much as I thought he would after how he acted today. And Higuchi is dead. The rest are the rest. One thing though.Bookmark here

Katarov: Yessir. Bookmark here

Drift: Give me Ryo as my second-in-command.Bookmark here

Ryo: Huh?Bookmark here

Katarov: What?Bookmark here

Drift: Make me in charge of whatever department Ryo heads. I want him to bow down and worship me for the rest of time, for putting my name on that list. Do that, and you have yourself a deal.Bookmark here

Ryo: Wait – Bookmark here

Katarov [Looks at Fetistof, then Frost, then nods]: Deal.Bookmark here

Drift: Perfect, perfect. Now we’re talking.Bookmark here

Shin [Jumps at Drift, punching him]: The hell are you doing?Bookmark here

Drift: Whadya mean? Isn’t this normal? I have no reason to side with you, and I have a throne waiting for me with them. What do I have to lose?Bookmark here

Shin: What the hell do you mean?Bookmark here

Yuki: DRIFT? DIDN’T YOU CONSIDER US FRIENDS?Bookmark here

Drift: Of course I did… but your true colors showed today. I can’t fight beside someone who isn’t willing to lay down everything to save their friend. Bookmark here

Shin: SAVE? HE’S DEAD MAN! GIVE IT UP!Bookmark here

Drift: And you can keep saying that, for as long as you want my friend. Matter of fact is… he shouldn’t be dead. Matter of fact is, you should’ve let me kill him. Matter of fact is… you screwed up keeping her over me.Bookmark here

Shin [To Yuki]: Now what?Bookmark here

Yuki: I don’t know. Shit.Bookmark here

Shin: This had to be part of their damn plan… it had to be damnit. It had to be.Bookmark here

Yuki: Fuck. No. [Looks at Drift] Drift… please. Don’t do this.Bookmark here

Electra [Puts his hand around her]: Drift. You know what you’re doing, right?Bookmark here

Drift: I do my friend. I do.Bookmark here

Electra: Is this your final decision then?Bookmark here

Drift: It is. It truly is. You guys drew a crossroads for me, so I chose to abide by them. I am not fighting you guys here. But we will meet, and we will fight. And I may have to kill you guys. But I’ll make sure that I kill that damn witch – you, you Ashe Yoshino.Bookmark here

Shin: Quit talking about her like that.Bookmark here

Drift: Oh shut up, ‘leader’. You’re a worthless sack of shit, y’know. You’re worth nothing. You had a damn good motivation, but what a weak, sack of shit you are. Truly. You’re nothing like your brother. Nothing. You spoke of him so highly.Bookmark here

Shin: Just like I will always respect Higuchi… not for your rotten sake, but for his own, because I treasured him… don’t disrespect my brother like that again. [His eyes light up in rage]Bookmark here

Drift: Oh… I’m sorry, I’m sorry.Bookmark here

Martial [From behind, creepily]: Hey guys…Bookmark here

Shin: Martial… what do you want?Bookmark here

Martial: I’m done with you… Shin Taiki. I’m done with Eastern.Bookmark here

Shin: And what could that mean?Bookmark here

Martial: I’m joining you Drift! That speech, your passion… oh, it riles me up so much! It riles me up! It excites me! I love it! I love it so much!Bookmark here

Katarov: So you want to abandon your men and join us too then?Bookmark here

Martial: Yes… yes I will… I’ll do anything.Bookmark here

[Martial laughs hysterically and then grabs Kohaku]Bookmark here

Kohaku: Maki… Maki, what are you doing? Maki?Bookmark here

Martial: I’d even stab my own sister! I’d even do that! Oh this excites me so much!Bookmark here

Shin: MARTIAL STOP!Bookmark here

Karina: KOHAKU!Bookmark here

[Martial stabs her in the back, and she falls forward]Bookmark here

Martial: Hahahahaha. I’m sorry… ahhahaa. I’m sorry. You held me back girl… I feel so alive. I’ll always feel so alive. I’m sorry sister… I am…. But this is my calling. Do you accept me, Katarov? Bookmark here

Katarov [Smiles menacingly]: You will be under Drift’s care… if he agrees.Bookmark here

Shin: DRIFT! IF YOU WANT TO KILL ANYONE, KILL THIS FUCKER NOW!Bookmark here

Drift [Looks up, and stares lifelessly at Shin]: No. No, I don’t think I will kill him. No. I think he’ll be a fine addition to my group here.Bookmark here

Shin: DRIFT! YOU’RE A MADMAN FOR DOING THIS! KILL HIM!Bookmark here

Martial: Oh shut it Shin… Drift is right… you’re no fun. You’re a loser. Bookmark here

Shin: YOU BASTARD!Bookmark here

[Shin lunges towards Martial, but Drift’s right hand protects him, and drags him towards Drift]Bookmark here

Drift: You now… you are with me now, Martial. Okay?Bookmark here

Shin: DRIFT! WE’LL FUCKING GET YOU! KATAROV! YOU FUCKING DEVIL! YOU KNEW ABOUT ALL OF THIS DIDN’T YOU?Bookmark here

Katarov [Sticks his tongue out]: Who knows my friend… who knows… but as Frost says… it is time for us to go… it is time for everything to end. We cannot stay for very much longer. We have acquired two more gifted members, and have killed one of your own… all in a days work.Bookmark here

Kohaku [Slowly]: Maki… why.Bookmark here

Yuki [To Kohaku]: Don’t talk…Bookmark here

Kohaku: It’s okay… this wound is mortal… it’s okay. Maki… I’m sorry if I wasn’t a good sister… I’m sorry.Bookmark here

Shin: DRIFT!!!!!!!!!Bookmark here

Drift: I’m sorry Shin… but this is how it shall be.Bookmark here

Martial: Shin Taiki… it was fun… but this man and these people excite me more than you ever could. Dreadknight will live on!Bookmark here

Katarov [To Frost]: Warp us.Bookmark here

Frost: All of us?Bookmark here

Katarov: Yessir.Bookmark here

Shin: I KNEW IT! YOU LYING, FUCKING BASTARD! YOU ALWAYS WERE IN KAHOOTS! FUCK YOU!Bookmark here

Katarov: Sometimes it’s better to say nothing at all… isn’t it, Frost?Bookmark here

Frost [Looks to Katarov and smiles]: Why yes… it is.Bookmark here

[Frost warps himself, Drift, Katarov, Fetistof, Martial, Ryo and the two other men away from their location, leaving the others stranded]Bookmark here

Shin: Fuck… fuck, fuck fuck. What do we do now? Shit man. Shit.Bookmark here

Yuki: We really… we really lost…Bookmark here

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