Disclaimer: I don't own Naruto so that means that I'm not Masashi Kishimoto.
Chapter posted 07/18/2014.
I spent last month reading Bakuman, a manga about making manga, it is the best fiction work about making fiction work ever, specially the parts about story making. I recomend it to all those readers who are also making fanfiction.
PREVIOUSLY IN NEW CHANCE...
Minato managed to defeat Onoki, reveals that he didn't kill the Iwa and convinces him to listen about Madara's threat. Meanwhile Itachi and Sasuke managed to defeat Pein's bodies leaving only the Deva Path. Unfortunately Pein decided to use the full power of said Path to destroy Konoha but in the last second Naruto appears and teleports them away to a mountain near Konoha that is destroyed. Nobody knows what happened to Naruto...
The battle between the Sannins was getting more and more violent, it was the kind of battle that would have ended a long time ago if both combatants didn't happen to posses such exceptional recovery capabilities.
Orochimaru never would admit it but he was scared, only two times he felt so much fear. The first one was when he along his fellow Sannins lost against Hanzo of the Salamander. The second was when he his old team ambushed him at the Forest of Death and was poisoned and forced to flee.
Now he was having that feeling again.
The reason was the terrific combination of Jiraiya in Sage Mode and the two old toads who 'fused' with him.
Much to his chagrin he found out that despite their size those batrachians could be considered as powerful as Boss summons like Gamabunta or Manda, size didn't matter to them. It's something he found out earlier after summoning a snake as big as a three stories house just to see how it was knocked when the old hag jumped from Jiraiya's shoulder and knocked it with a mere punch.
Things got worse when the male toad managed hit him with a technique named Zessenzan (Fighting Tongue Slash) that turned him ultra long and extremely sharp, managing to cut him in half. If Orochimaru didn't use his Orochimaru-Ryu no Kawarimi no Jutsu (Orochimaru-Style Body Replacement Technique), a technique that regenerated him resembling how a snake shed its skin, he would have died.
After using that technique he tried to intimidate Jiraiya claiming that he was inmortal but the Godaime laughed at him pointing that he felt how his chakra levels dropped after using that technique and that if he used it again he wouldn't have enough the chakra to fight the sages and him, who not only had a shared chakra pool due to their fusion but also spent less of their own chakra due to the Nature chakra they were gathering all time.
Orochimaru realized that even with the bloodline limit granted by Kimimaro's body he had little chance of winning against Jiraiya, the Sage evened that advantage but the toads put the odds in Jiraiya's favor. Things would have been different if he had the chance to summon the past Hokages but due to Akatsuki's interference he lost his triumph card.
Orochimaru took the decission that it was time to flee, he would destroy Konoha another day.
"Ku,ku,ku... It was funny to play with you Jiraiya-kun but I have better things to do than to play with you", he said while he sinked into the ground and disappeared.
"Quickly Ma, find him!", exclaimed Fukasaku.
Without a word, Shima activated her Zessenbaku (Fighting Tongue Bind), a strange technique that created a face at her tongue that began to look at all directions.
"He is there!", she exclaimed while she pointed at the base of a nearby tree.
"Let's melt him", said Jiraiya.
"Senpo: Goemon (Sage Art: Bath of Boiling Oil)!", exclaimed the three Sages while Jiraiya began to expel a Tsunami of oil, Fukasaku a large Wind Release Technique and Shima a gigantic Fire Release Technique.
The combination of the three techniques turned the area into an inferno, with oil burning at temperatures of thousands of degrees.
"AAAAARRRRRGGGGHHH!", cried Orochimaru while he escaped from his hidding spot, burns covering his whole body while the bone armor he previously created to protect himself from the jutsu was falling to burn pieces.
"The defensive capabilities of Bone Pulse Bloodline Limit are impressive, he should have been toasted from such attack but he survived with second and third degree burns, as soon as he refills his chakra reserves he will be able to use again that disgusting technique to regenerate himself", commented Fukasaku.
Jiraiya charged at the burned Orochimaru who began to defend himself with bone weapons.
"If you didn't try to flee from our battle you could have been able to dodge my last attack, no wonder why Sarutobi-sensei didn't choose you as Hokage", said Jiraiya.
"What are you talking about? That monkey didn't choose me because he was too afraid of the power I was gaining with my experiments and chose that student of yours because he would be easy to manipulate", responded Orochimaru.
Jirairya delivered a punch that Orochimaru blocked with a bone shield that cracked.
"You don't understand sensei's reasons, the real reason you were not chosen as Hokage was due to your cowardice, you are too afraid of death to become a kage!", exclaimed Jiraiya.
"A Hokage, not, any kage, is someone who is willingly to make the biggest personal sacrifices for his village, not somebody like Danzo or you who would sacrifice anyone for the village. Only those persons who are not afraid of death can be kages, I'm not talking about drones like Root's soldiers but people who keep their feelings and yet are not afraid to sacrifice themselves for the village. That's the reason Minato was chosen as Yondaime and not a coward like you", said Jiraiya.
"Coward? That's the best insult you can make, Jiraiya?", teased Orochimaru.
"You are a coward at heart, Orochimaru, cowardice is what has been leading you since you lost your parents. The explanation behind your talent was your desire to escape death, the reason you became so powerful at a young age. The more powerful you became, the lesser the chance you would die in a mission. Your dream to learn all the jutsus in the world? Just a mere excuse in your pursue of power to escape death, that's your true reason for your quest of inmortality, the dream is just an excuse for it", said Jiraiya.
Orochimaru was trembling with rage at Jiraiya's words.
"Reality hurts, doesn't it? The truth is that you never had real talent, your strength was the strength that comes from desesperation, something that anybody can display in life or death situations. The only thing that differentiated you from the rest of people was your inmense fear. For that reason you wanted to steal the power of real geniouses as Itachi, because you were jealous of his talent and wanted it for you. It explains why you were able to get so many followers, as a supreme coward you were able to identify their fears and manipulate them for your advantage", stated Jiraiya.
Before Orochimaru could respond, his body began to convulse. Much to Jiraiya and the sages' disgust, he wide opened his mouth and regurgigated a humanoid form completely made of bones.
"A bone clone? Wait, it's chakra is different from Orochimaru", said Fukasaku.
A face began to form in the creature's deformed head until it took the shape of the last member of the Kaguya clan, Kimimaro.
"H-He separated his mind from the body he shared with Orochimaru and transfered it that bone clone", said Shima.
"Is he crazy? Without a real body as soon as the clone is destroyed or is out of chakra he will die, he is not a kage bunshin, his mind won't go back to Orochimaru's body", pointed Fukasaku.
Before anybody could do something, the clone charged at Jiraiya and grabbed the toads, managing to break the fusion technique.
In normal circumstances it shouldn't have happened but the acumulated fatigue from the fight and the surprise of Kimimaro's sudden appearance weakened their hold in the technique enough to let the last Kaguya to separate them.
"Orochimaru-sama, I will deal with this vermin, please defeat that sinner who spreads lies about you and forgive me for not being able to help you when we were one", said Kimimaro while he dragged the struggling toads away.
As soon as the conection between Jiraiya and the other sages was broken he felt the full effects of the chakra consumption from the battle now that he no longer had the shared chakra pool, nor the constant source of nature chakra.
"Such wasted loyalty, Kimimaro now has only some minutes of life left, even if he was not going to die from the separation he is not match for those two... But thanks to that the fight is again between Orochimaru and I alone and we are in our last reserves, I only will be able to keep Sage Mode for a minute or two, I have to end the battle in that time", he thought.
Orochimaru didn't care, he was so furious from Jiraiya's words that he barely noticed Kimimaro's final sacrifice.
"H-How you dare to mock me about being afraid of death? Me, who posses the power of Reincarnation? I transcended mortality and I will show you! BEHOLD! YAMATA NO JUTSU! (Eight-Headed Serpent Jutsu)!"
To Jiraiya's atonishment Orochimaru's body began to transform into a giantic white serpent with eight heads and eight tails, the Godaime only could watch unbelieving how the creature grew to a size comparable to a tailed beast.
One of the snakes opened it's mouth and from it emerged Orochimaru's torso.
"Ku,ku,ku... Are you afraid Jiraiya-kun? Do you realized the difference between our power?", he asked.
Jiraiya looked at the creature for several seconds unable to decide what to do until he came to a resolution.
"So that's it? I hoped that I could survive in this time line but it looks like I will have to kick the bucket again, but this time I will do it as a Hokage", he thought.
The gigantic snake tried to smash Jiraiya with it's tails, destroying the street they were fighting in but when it retired them there was no body.
"Over here, idiot!", said a voice from above.
There was Jiraiya, falling towards Orochimaru's Yamata form.
"Oh, I see, he just made a big jump using the Sage Mode, fool, now in the air he is completely at my mercy", thought Orochimaru.
The snake heads aligned themselves together and began to gather chakra to perform a combined chakra attack, similar to a Bijuudama.
The falling Jiraiya was not intimidated and began to concentrate all his remaining chakra into a single attack.
Meanwhile, at the top of a nearby building, Tsunade saw how her former team mates classed for the last time, with his current lover betting his life in a final attack, a rasengan.
But it was not a mere Rasengan or the Cho Odama Rasengan that could be done in Sage Mode, an attack able to carve away an entire mountain.
It was an even bigger attack, the Ultra Big Ball Rasengan, a Rasengan half the size of a Bijuu, a technique only performed previously by Naruto's future self when he fought against Kurama for the control of his chakra.
"NO! I arrived too late! If I hadn't been so busy healing the wounded ninjas I could have helped Jiraiya against Orochimaru!", she thought.
She ran towards them but it was too late, the attacks clashed against each other creating shockwaves and small earthquakes, the few who could see the impact had to close their eyes from light caused by the clash of such powerful attacks.
For a moment it looked like the attack from the Yamata was about to win but the Rasengan began to gain ground.
"No! I can't end like this! I have to escape, I won't be defeated by that clown!"
He tried to move away but it was everything what was needed for his own attack to yield against Jiraiya's Ultra Big Ball Rasengan and received the full impact.
"Stupid fool! If you had the guts to keep fighting instead of trying to escape you wouldn't have lost. Good bye Orochimaru!", cried Jiraiya.
"I... AARRRRGGGGGHHHH!", cried Orochimaru.
The explosion destroyed the whole street and was heard even in the sound proofed shelters inside the Hokage Mountain.
When the dust disippated there was only a figure standing, Jiraiya of the Sannin, Godaime Hokage of Konoha.
Orochimaru was no more.
But Jiraiya's victory didn't come without a cost, during the last instants of the clash of attacks he had to use all his remaining chakra to empower the attack, disippating the Sage Mode and with it the physical protection it granted. As result of it, his hand was no longer able to substain such energies and was blown in the attack.
Jiraiya felt how his vision was fading while he looked at the smoking stump that was once his hand.
"It looks like history is repeating itself, my time came again, I'm dying from chakra exhaustion and the wounds from the explosion... At least this time I lost only the hand instead of the whole arm and I managed to win my final fight...", he thought.
Jiraiya collapsed to the ground.
"What's that thing? Another bone tower? It looks like that Kimimaro boy found his end in the same way as in the original time line... Now that I'm empty of chakra I can feel it more easily, Pa and Ma's chakra signatures are coming towards here... I'm glad that they survived, they will teach the Sage Arts to Minato and Naruto... it's a pity that I won't be able to see how far will go those brats... it's that Tsunade-Hime...? Yes, she is... me and my damned luck in love, all these decades to make her fall in love with me and when I finally did it I have to die again... but I don't regret it, this last year with her was worth of it..."
The image of Tsunade running towards him was the last thing before he was engulfed in darkness.
The sages were the first to reach him.
"Jiraiya-chan!", exclaimed Shima.
"He has no chakra left! We have to fuse with him and share our own", said Fukasaku while he put his hand on Jiraiya.
"It's useless, he is no longer breathing, we can't fuse with him!", cried Shima.
"Step aside, I'll treat him", said Tsunade.
"Tsunade-Hime...", whispered Fukasaku.
A quick check confirmed that Jiraiya's heart was no longer beating.
"H-He needs CPR", she said while trying to keep her profesionalism.
At the same time she administered CPR, Tsunade began to pour healing chakra on Jiraiya while at the same time sharing her own to replenish Jiraiya's reserves.
Fukasaku and Shima used their sensing abilities to check for a response from Jiraiya's chakra network.
There was none, but they found something else.
"T-Tsunade-Hime you are..."
"There is no time for that, I have to save him", interrupted Tsunade.
She redoubled her effort to save her lover.
Images of Dan's final moments appeared in her mind, reminding her of the inmense impotence she felt when she couldn't save him.
"Damn it Jiraiya, don't dare to die! I lost Nawaki, I lost Dan, we lost Orochimaru and I once lost you. You don't know how happy I was when I got you back... I even decided to give you a chance and I don't regret it, don't ruin it dying again", she whispered while she kept treating him.
Still there was no response.
Then to the sages surprise she slapped him.
(SLAP), "Wake up you idiot! Are you going to leave me after I gave you my heart? I'm not one of those harlots you met in your travels, I'm Senju Tsunade, the woman you love", (SLAP), "Are you going to give up life now that you achieved your dream? You got the student you love as a son back and you found the Child of the Prophecy and made him your apprentice. Don't you want to see how he brings peace again to the Ninja World? I saw it in the future and I want you to see it with me this time!", (SLAP), "Repeat the miracle you did in the future and revive yourself again, I will keep you alive, because I prefer to let you turn the Senjus into a clan of perverts than having to raise our child alone!", she cried.
Fukasaku looked at them dumbfounded while Shima elbowed it to keep helping Tsunade with the reanimation.
She opened his eyes and showed him a piece of paper.
"Yes, you heard it right, you pervert, I'm pregnant! I found about it just before the invasion. Nawaki never met our father, I won't allow our child to share the same fate, for that reason you will live!", she said.
With those words she focused her healing chakra like she never did, putting all her soul and the experience she got after years of being the best medic nin ever.
The toads checked again.
Tsunade felt a familiar touching her butt, in normal circumstances she would have broken that hand for touching her without her permission but this time she smiled.
Jiraiya opened his eyes.
"I-Is it true my Hime? Are we going to be parents?", he whispered.
She nodded while she whipped away the tears.
"Yes, it is true... I neither could believe that I was pregnant at my age, specially due to the aftereffects of my Sozo Saisei (Creation Rebirth) but I made several tests and had them triple checked, it must be my Uzumaki blood, due to their vitality and longevity Uzumaki women don't experiment menopause, Kushina's mother had her when she was sixty one", commented Tsunade.
"Nevermind... Now I have another reason to do what I'm going to do. I wanted to do it after the invasion is over and it looks like we already won", said Jiraiya while he got up.
"Don't move Jiraiya-chan, you are still weak! Wait until you recover a bit more!", berated Shima.
She was about to force Jiraiya to be lying again but Fukasaku stopped her.
"Let him be, men, no matter the species, do reckless things for the women they love", he said.
Jiraiya got on knee and took a small box from his pocket, relieved to see that it was intact.
"Senju Tsunade-Hime, Slug Sannin, Granddaughter of the Shodai Hokage, Grandniece of the Nidaime Hokage, Student of the Sandaime, Original Godaime of Konoha, Konoha's Chef Medic, Greatest Medical Ninja Ever, Legendary Sucker, Most Beautiful Woman Ever and Woman of my Dreams... will you marry The Gallant Jiraiya, Toad Sannin, Super Pervert and Second Godaime Hokage of Konoha and make him Jiraiya the Happiest Man Alive?", he asked while he revealed a very expensive looking ring that obviously cost more than three months of Hokage salary.
Tsunade embraced and kissed him.
"Yes I will! I will be your wife! Now lay down again so I can keep healing you", she said.
Jiraiya responded with the biggest smile he ever displayed.
"Ok, but first there is something I have to do as Hokage. Pa, Ma, can you lend me some chakra so I can perform a voice amplification jutsu strong enough to be heard in the whole Village?", he asked.
"Yes, but don't overtax yourself", said Jiraiya.
Jiraiya began to talk.
"ALL THOSE WHO ARE STILL FIGHTING AND THOSE WHO ARE HIDING. THE FIGHT IS OVER, KONOHA WON. OROCHIMARU IS DEAD AND I PREVIOUSLY FELT THE DEFEAT OF THE TSUCHIKAGES, BOTH OF THEM. ALL THOSE INVADERS WHO ARE STILL IN SHAPE TO FIGHT STOP FIGHTING AND YOU WILL RECEIVE A FAIR TREATMENT. DON'T SEE THIS AS A SIGN OF WEAKNESS, YOU ALREADY KNOW WHAT WE ARE CAPABLE OF. YOU WERE TRICKED TO INVADE US BY A COMMON ENEMY, THERE IS NO NEED TO KEEP FIGHTING"
Soon the village was filled with cheers of victory. Those few Iwa ninjas who didn't flee yet or didn't cross paths with Minato were a bit reluctant to stop fighting but agreed to do it when they heard about Onoki agreeing for a truce with Konoha. Things were a bit different with the Sound Ninja, the majority of those few who survived fled the village and the rest were taken as prisoners of war.
The news of Konoha's victory reached the shelters and while some villagers began to celebrate it the majority of them became anxious to find out what happened to their ninja friends or relatives, praying that they survived the invasion. Those with more foreshadowing wondered if that invasion attempt was the prelude of a new Ninja War, what nobody doubted was that things wouldn't be the same any longer.
There was also the revelation of the Yondaime being alive and how they treated his son. The fact that they saw from one of the cameras that monitored the battles how that boy saved the village from being leveled made things worse. For first time they began to see him as the hero he was but they lamented that perhaps it was too late to fix their mistake.
WITH SASUKE AND ITACHI
The older Uchiha looked at the destroyed mountain and deactivated his Susanoo, freeing Sasuke.
"Naruto-kun grew up a lot, he is no longer the brat who challenged you all time and lost, something similar happens with the rest of your peers...", he said before looking at Sasuke.
"... But you are the one who grew the most, (cough) you already surpassed me when I had your age, you became really strong, I'm glad that Konoha will be inherited by such a capable generation... (cough)", he said.
Sasuke looked at his brother with disbelief.
"Why are you acting like nothing happened? And why that blood? Are you ill?", he cried.
"Sasuke-kun!", called a familiar voice.
"What... Sakura! You are fine!", exclaimed Sasuke.
The pinkette was running towards them followed by the rest of genins, completely healed, the hole on her dress was the only evidence of the accidental wound that almost killed her.
Much to Sasuke's relief there was not even a scar on Sakura flesh.
She noticed his eyes on her new 'cleavage' and covered herself with a blush.
"D-Don't stare at me like that! It's embarrassing!", she cried.
Everyone laughed at Sakura's sudden shyness now that she finally got Sasuke's attention after all those years. The girls awed when he covered her with his Uchiha Police jacket and gave her a peck in the lips.
"You will have to get used to that, you are my girl now", he said while she got a blush able to compite with Hinata's and the other boys whistled at them.
However they stopped when Itachi approached the couple.
Neji and Kiba were about to intervene when Shikamaru stopped them.
"What are you doing? He is going to attack them!", cried Kiba.
"No, he won't. Itachi is not Konoha's enemy, he never was. I'm fact he is the most loyal shinobi this village ever had", he said.
Sasuke felt the impulse to get between Itachi and Sakura but he had the feeling that it was no necessary.
"You are Sakura Haruno, right? Take care of my Ototou, I won't be able to do it any longer", he whispered.
Sakura responded with a weak nod, confused by Itachi's attitude until the medic within her realized his state.
"Oh my... Itachi is dying!"
He looked at his little brother with a smile and Sasuke couldn't see any longer the eyes that haunted him since the night of the Massacre, he only saw his Ni-san's kind eyes.
He didn't move when Itachi poked him in the forehead. Then his brother collapsed to the ground.
Minato, Onoki, Tenzo and Roshi were flying towards the destroyed mountain.
Roshi was flying thanks to Onoki's power while Tenzo was riding a smaller version of the Wood Dragon that had wings made of gigantic leaves. Curiously when Roshi asked Tenzo if it was a technique from Hashirama Tenzo stated proudly that it was a technique he created of his own.
On their way there they saw Kushina and the rest of Naruto's team. Hinata, Hayate and Lee got into Tenzo's dragon while Minato took Kushina on his arms. Usually an encounter like that after an enemy attack would have been a happy moment for the couple but their concern for their son outweighted it.
"Min-kun, I have bad news, Sound ninja knew about the properties of Naruto's blood and spread the word during the attack. The dirty mouthed girl said that Orochimaru managed to get a severed arm from Naruto during the mission at Snow Country. His thrill that he lost an arm during that battle was right, we never could confirm it because we never found it but now we know that it was true, the limb was in Orochimaru's hands", said Kushina throught their link.
Minato mumbled a curse towards Orochimaru and wished that Jiraiya didn't kill him so he could do it himself but quickly regained his cool.
"We will deal with that matter later, now we have to focus in our son's safety", he said.
Hinata couldn't keep the appearance of calm as good as Minato.
"Naruto-kun... We are coming", she whispered.
Roshi looked at her.
"You must be that Hinata that Naruto loves to talk about during the shared dreams. Don't worry about him, he is alive. With the Bijuu so near of each other Son Goku would have found out if something happened to Kurama. The Fox is all right so the same must be for Naruto", he said.
The team and the parents felt relieved. Kushina was about to berate Roshi for not telling about it earlier when they finally arrived to the mountain.
They saw two figures among the rubble, they recognized one as Naruto, the other was wearing an Akatsuki cloak.
However they were not fighting, in fact they seemed to be chatting in what seemd to be friendly terms.
"Don't tell me that Naruto managed to befriend Nagato even before defeating the Deva Path...", commented Minato.
"You know our Naru-chan he is the most surprising ninja in the... What the...? That's not the Deva Path!", exclaimed Kushina.
They landed at Naruto's side, incapable to believe what they were seeing.
"Mom, Dad, Hinata-chan and everyone else... I'm glad that you came, I was having a talk with a new friend, let me introduce him", said Naruto unaware of everyone's astonishment.
"Let me introduce myself, Naruto", said the man in the Akatsuki.
At first sight said man looked almost identical to the Deva Path but he lacked all the body piercings, he had a friendly demeanour and instead of Pein's cold Rinnegan eyes he had kind brown ones.
"Nice to meet ya. It's great to meet another fellow student of Jiraiya, my name is Yahiko", he said while he made an imitation of Jiraiya's smile.
TO BE CONTINUED...
Everyone was listening to Jiraiya's speech.
"... DON'T SEE THIS AS A SIGN OF WEAKNESS, YOU ALREADY KNOW WHAT WE ARE CAPABLE OF. YOU WERE TRICKED TO INVADE US BY A COMMON ENEMY, THERE IS NO NEED TO KEEP FIGHTING..."
Jiraiya's words were followed with signs of relief, specially the civilians.
"... ONE MORE THING. I WANT TO ANNOUNCE MY ENGAGEMENT WITH TSUNADE-HIME. I'M SORRY LADIES, THE HOKAGE IS NO LONGER AVAILABLE..."
People cheered and laughed, specially those veterans who were aware of Jiraiya unrequited love for Tsunade for years and her own suffering after the loss of Nawaki and Dan, they were really happy for them.
"... AND GUESS WHAT? WE ARE GOING TO BE PARENTS! OUCH, TSUNADE-HIME, I'M SORRY, I DIDN'T KNOW THAT YOU WANTED TO BE QUIET ABOUT THIS... BUT YOU KNOW THAT PEOPLE EVENTUALLY WOULD HAVE FOUND OUT, IT IS BETTER IF I'M THE ONE DELIVERING THE NEWS, WITHOUT ANY MISUNDERSTANDINGS..."
People couldn't believe what they were hearing, they began to whisper.
"That means that the Senju line will continue..."
"Those are excellent news for the village"
"There is no doubt that that child will be really powerful considering who are their parents..."
"What was Lady Tsunade thinking? Getting pregnant at her age and before getting married! I wonder if she will ever mature..."
(That last comment came from Koharu)
Jiraiya was finishing his talk.
"... BUT YOU KNOW WHAT IS THE BEST? TSUNADE-HIME ALLOWED ME TO TURN THE SENJU INTO A CLAN OF PERVERTS! PARENTS, HIDE YOUR DAUGHTERS, MY SON WILL COME... OR YOUR SONS IF IT'S A GIRL... GWAAAHHH! I WAS JUST KIDDING TSUNADE-CHAN, I WILL MAKE OUR CHILD A VERY RESPECTABLE PERSON, I SWEAAAARRRR!"
People hoped that he would fulfill his promise, the village was not ready for another Jiraiya.
The Invasion Arc is finally over. I never imagined that it would take me so long to finish it. My initial plan was to make it shorter but with each chapter I wrote new ideas popped in my head and I ended incorporating them. At the end I'm very satisfied with the final results. Next chapters will be focused in the aftermath of the invasion.
Yes, Orochimaru is dead, don't ask about him.
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