Acacia Carter
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Joined 01-18-01, id: 36983, Profile Updated: 07-12-12
Author has written 30 stories for Harry Potter.

You can follow me on Twitter at @AcaciaCarter. You can read about me writing about writing fic that you will read. It's so meta. (Seriously, though, you might get some sneak peeks at stuff, if you're into that kind of thing.)

Hi. I write Harry Potter fanfic, and I'd like to think I'm somewhat good at it, but I'm terrible at profiles. If you came here to be further entertained, I'm going to have to disappoint you. Worry not, though, because apparently I have nothing else to do at my job but write, and so you have a treasure trove of more than 300,000 words below.

If you like what I'm writing, please review. I cherish every review I get. I put them in little bottles to look at when I'm sad. (Not actually.) I like to know what I'm doing right. Or wrong, for that matter. Really, I like to know that you care enough to let me know you've read it.

If I'm posting a Work in Progress, rest assured I will not leave it unfinished. I am physically incapable of not finishing something. WIPs will always be completed. They may go on hiatus, but they'll be completed eventually.

My OTP is Harry/Neville. Not sure where it came from, but frankly, it's adorable, and you get to reap the benefits, since there's not much Harry/Neville out there. I don't exclusively write Harry/Neville (in fact, you'll notice I get Neville to shack up with nearly everyone in canon), but I hold a small place in my heart for them.

Oh, you like smut? Sorry, I don't write it. (Much. Okay, I'm lying.) Plus, FF.Net doesn't allow users to post smut. (AO3 totally does, though. Not that I have a profile over there or anything. :whistles innocently:)

And because it's bound to be a FAQ: Yes, when I block these scenes in my mind, I use the movie actors. Yes, I have a ridiculous fixation on Matthew Lewis's eyebrows. (Have you SEEN him furrow his brow? He could slay entire legions, I swear.) Thus, by extension, Neville has the Eyebrows of God, apparently.

How Best To Read My Stories:

Most of my stories are stand-alone and do not interact with each other in any way. While most diverge from canon, they are all different continuities. You can read them in whatever order you'd like.

There are a few notable exceptions: An Ode to Living, The Breaking Point, Polarity, and Tempus Vernum are all part of the same continuity, in that order. This continuity has been titled Long Way Down.

Likewise, Lost in Revision will make a bit more sense if you read Revisionism first.

Interesting Facts About My Fic:

Ode to Living was my first Harry Potter piece, as well as my first HP/NL piece. It was a plot bunny that bit me early one Friday and wouldn't let go until I'd spent the day giving it its due, beginning a longstanding tradition of furtively writing fic at work when I have nothing better to do. My intention was to write it and let it rot on my USB drive, but the lovely Nightsinger beta read it and told me I should really go about posting it, as well as continuing to write fanfic. Look what you've done to me, Nightsinger. This is ALL YOUR FAULT. This is the first piece in the Long Way Down continuity.

Tea for Two was a happy accident. It sprung into existence one night when I was waiting for my World of Warcraft raid to start, coming out almost fully-formed as I typed as fast as I could to keep up. It remains one of my favorite one-shots I've written.

A Scholarly Pursuit continues to astonish me. Most of it was written in a lounge chair in Cabo San Lucas in Mexico, where I was vacationing at the time. I didn't expect it to break 10,000 words, and I didn't expect people to like it so much. It's still one of my most-viewed fics and I'm honestly flattered. Where are you all coming from? I'm bewildered. I also consider it one of my worst-written fics, so I'm in the process of doing a complete rewrite, since everyone seems to love it so much and I want to love that you love it. As an aside, yes - every single mundane plant in there, including the Jumping Cholla, is a real plant, from Mala Mujer to the Horrible Devil Tree. (The Jumping Cholla obviously doesn't actually behave like that...or does it?)

Revisionism was an interesting fic to write. Originally, the entire point of it was to have that Big Damn Kiss at the end when Neville comes out from behind the portrait, because that is my absolute hands-down favorite scene ever in HP7:II. (Be still, my heart.) Somehow, that Big Damn Kiss got more than 30,000 words of lead-in. I worked very hard to ensure that the "revised" scenes were not simply word-for-word copying from the books with Neville shoehorned in; if you compare, you'll see that I actually did rewrite every scene taken from the books, making sure that it wasn't the same. I'm kind of proud of that. I also had to reread the books several times in order to do sufficient research, in order to stick to canon as closely as slash would allow.

Lost in Revision was fantastically fun to write. When I wrote the last line of the first chapter for the first time, I literally could not stop giggling for a good five minutes, and rereading it, it still makes me chuckle. I never anticipated it going for so long, surpassing 60,000 words, and though I really, really didn't like Ginny when I began it, I've actually come to like her a fair bit, and I feel bad for what I have to do to her to make everything line up with Revisionism. Fun Fact: when I was looking for wedding vows for my wedding, I stumbled across a file titled "wedding vows" in my writing folder, found some I liked, and we used them. It wasn't until later that I reread LIR and realised, oh dear - I had indeed written those wedding vows, but, er, I'd written them for Harry and Neville. Don't tell my husband that they said them first.

You can't read An Extra Bed here. If you scour my profile above, you may find the very subtle hint of where you can find this Harry/Neville smut that I wrote as part of a challenge. And no, I did not write this one while I was at work. I do draw the line somewhere, and graphic depiction of two blokes bumping uglies is where I draw it.

An Intervention was a plot bunny that just would. not. let. go. one day over lunch, and so finally I gave in and started writing it. I kept saying to myself, "I can't believe I'm writing Scorpius Malfoy," and then, "I CAN'T BELIEVE I AM DEFENDING DRACO MALFOY," and then I finished it and went "...that's actually a pretty sweet story." For a gen piece, anyway. At any rate, it's gotten a rather good reception, and I know at least one of you was introduced to the lovely world of slashfic because you read it and wanted to read more of my stuff, so I'll consider it a win. This one is on hiatus for a little while as I pursue other projects.

I've been wanting to write something like Wand Lore for a while now. So after I finished Lost in Revision and was casting about for something simple and short and episodic to do, my mind came back to it. I'm rather surprised and pleased that it seems to want to be freeform narrative poetry when it grows up - this is a style of writing I don't get to do often since everything else I write requires a different sort of prose. And while it's not exactly a bid for more reviews, this story really does need reviews - the kind-of-subtle prologue is begging for them, actually, because I want you to tell me whose wand you want to see the story for. It's almost an exercise for me as a writer, to try and get inside the persona of someone's wand that I don't even like and would never have thought of and try to tell a story. Do it. You know you want to.

The Breaking Point was written for a challenge on Archive of Our Own, and holy nuggets, it's a dark fic. I really, really want to hug Neville at the end of it, but he probably wouldn't let me. I actually kind of disturbed myself when I wrote it. I... don't think I like writing torture. It makes my lungs feel funny. This story comes second in the Long Way Down continuity.

Small Hours is another off-site challenge, this one MuggleNet FanFiction. My prompt was "Christmas at Ground Zero," and the story had to take place during one of the Wizarding Wars and could not be at Hogwarts. That kind of made it difficult for me to slip Neville in, but if you read it, you'll see that I managed it. This story won second place in that challenge, by the way, which tickles me pink.

Second Guesses. This totally destroys my reputation as a slashfic writer, but dammit, Luna's just so much fun to write, and I'm really enjoying looking at this window in Neville's life. Treat it more as a Neville story than a Neville/Luna ship, even though the ship does seem to take center stage for most of it. It's finally finished, and I'm absolutely thrilled that people not only like it, they're not raking me over the coals for the way it ended. I was expecting torches and pitchforks.

Policy and Protocol was written for a challenge at MuggleNet FanFiction. The only requirement is that it has to be more than 1,500 words and contain a ship. Since I haven't visited Harry and Neville for a while, I decided to get back to my roots and the result is something I'm very pleased with.

Polarity Yessss! Back on track with the slashfic! Although, um, you may notice it kind of strays from my Harry/Neville icon up there, in that this story is quite firmly Neville/Draco. Yes, Draco. In fact, it's a Draco fic with Neville in. I'm not sure what's gotten into me. Once again, I'm having a ton of fun playing with a new character, and the ship is absolutely intriguing and moves in ways that Harry/Neville just doesn't. This story comes third in the Long Way Down continuity.

You also can't read Friction here. Once again, it is too explicit for the likes of FF.N, and so it has been relegated to Archive of our Own to live with An Extra Bed. If you like shameless PWP with The Boys of Prophecy, you might want to head over there.

A Most Auspicious Mistake is another MNFF challenge, this one focusing on Percy and Audrey, of all pairings. I actually quite like it - Percy was a refreshing departure from writing Harry or Neville, and it was fun to explore the beginnings of his relationship with Audrey.

Of Babbling and Balls is yet another MNFF challenge. There's not much to say about this one. It's a story, all right.

The Lady Doth Protest Too Much was my last entry into that MNFF challenge, and by this point I was grasping at straws trying to find characters that had not yet been taken. And so I ended with The Fat Lady and Sir Cadogan, and wrote this out in about an hour and a half, submitting it with a whole hour to spare before the challenge deadline. It really was very fun, as well as being my first (and so far only) piece written in first person present tense.
(Wand Lore doesn't count.)

Tempus Vernum is actually my pride and joy. This was written for a plot challenge at (you guessed it) MNFF, and it won first place in its category. If you're looking for something representative of my writing style and preferences, this piece is it. Fourth in the Long Way Down continuity.

Bless You is just a short, sweet Neville/Hannah (one of my first). I wanted to write this kiss, and really couldn't see it happening between anyone but Neville and Hannah, and so here we are.

Briefly is a collection of drabbles, 1000 words or less. Most of them are about Neville. A few of them have won awards. I'm particularly proud of the one entitled "Flowers."

Can't Fight the Moonlight: No. No, I can't explain where this one came from. If you want to follow along, grab a moon phase chart from 2007.

His and Hers was written for another MNFF challenge in which I had to write a story for a picture someone else drew. The picture was a portrait of Hannah on her wedding day. Well, since we know who Hannah married, that made this a Neville/Hannah story. Do note that, yes, I reused the wedding vows from Lost in Revision and my own wedding because they're beautiful (that's why we said them in real life). But, thankfully, NONE of the disasters in this story actually happened at my wedding.

Badges: Good lord, I write for a lot of MNFF challenges. This was a character study challenge, requiring me to write a "missing moment" of one of the major characters' lives. Well, I wouldn't be Acacia Carter if I didn't write about Neville, and so I chose the moment that he took over Dumbledore's Army and made it his own.

Strong Enough to Break is all my beta reader's fault. We were messing around on AIM and she was chiding me for all the people I've paired Neville with, and she dared me to write a Neville/NextGen. And lo, the plot bunny bit. I am actually greatly, greatly enjoying this storyline and this iteration of Neville.

Once again, you cannot read The Unbound Principles of Feverfew at FF.N. It resides where all my other smut resides. Er, it is very likely the smuttiest smut that I've ever written, so if you're into that sort of thing, Harry and Neville await you at AO3.

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Why Neville Really Hates Baker Street by Robina Snyder reviews
Neville is dropping off a gift for a friend of his Gran's when he meets the world's only consulting detective. Sherlock is curious, and Neville simply wants to not have 'breaker of statute of secrecy' on his records.
Crossover - Harry Potter & Sherlock - Rated: T - English - Chapters: 7 - Words: 21,566 - Reviews: 82 - Favs: 189 - Follows: 349 - Updated: 11/13/2012 - Published: 5/22/2012 - Neville L., Sherlock H.
Firsts by Bubble Wrapped Kitty reviews
A series of drabbles documenting all of the important "Firsts" in Neville Longbottom's life. HIATUS - Not abandoned.
Harry Potter - Rated: T - English - Family/Friendship - Chapters: 6 - Words: 7,887 - Reviews: 24 - Favs: 14 - Follows: 17 - Updated: 10/11/2011 - Published: 8/31/2011 - Neville L.
To Be Noticed by ConstantComment reviews
So, all right, maybe Neville was a bit oblivious to his shagworhty status, but he was noticing other things. Like the fact that Harry Potter had become quite the looker since-well, since always, but that wasn’t the point. The thing was: he noticed...
Harry Potter - Rated: M - English - Humor/Romance - Chapters: 1 - Words: 3,387 - Reviews: 48 - Favs: 410 - Follows: 31 - Published: 11/8/2009 - Neville L., Harry P. - Complete
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Everyone Else's Ought Tos reviews
It was incredible, really, how everyone else's ought tos loomed so large in Neville's life. Slash.
Harry Potter - Rated: T - English - Romance/Drama - Chapters: 1 - Words: 3,290 - Reviews: 2 - Favs: 3 - Follows: 1 - Published: 3/14/2013 - Neville L., Oliver W. - Complete
Marriage and Other Matters reviews
All Augusta had wanted to do was apologise, but as soon as she'd opened her mouth, she'd rather forgot what she was apologising for. Femmeslash.
Harry Potter - Rated: T - English - Drama/Romance - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,631 - Reviews: 2 - Favs: 3 - Published: 3/14/2013 - Augusta L., Minerva M. - Complete
Pulling the Strings reviews
Fact: There had been a death at Hogwarts. Fact: Deceased 16-year-old male by the name of Marcus Akers, Gryffindor student in his sixth year. Fact: Deceased had met with Neville Longbottom the previous evening. Fact: Akers had been romantically involved with Magnolia Longbottom. SUSPECT: Neville Longbottom: Male, 43, head of Gryffindor House at Hogwarts. PLEA: Not Guilty. VERDICT: ?
Harry Potter - Rated: T - English - Mystery/Suspense - Chapters: 6 - Words: 25,122 - Reviews: 15 - Favs: 11 - Follows: 20 - Updated: 10/26/2012 - Published: 8/25/2012 - Harry P., Neville L.
The Stars, They Burn
As Sirius falls through the veil, four memories are forced to the forefront of Remus's mind. Lyrics from "I Won't Give Up" by Jason Mraz; paraphrased passages from JKR's OotP. A birthday present to my dear beloved beta.
Harry Potter - Rated: T - English - Drama/Angst - Chapters: 1 - Words: 4,168 - Favs: 5 - Published: 10/16/2012 - Remus L., Sirius B. - Complete
Briefly reviews
A series of drabbles, written for contests or amusement. Most, if not all, feature Neville.
Harry Potter - Rated: K - English - Chapters: 7 - Words: 1,935 - Reviews: 8 - Favs: 3 - Follows: 6 - Updated: 10/13/2012 - Published: 6/2/2012 - Neville L.
To Fear the Flame reviews
Neville hadn't expected his boggart to ever change; perhaps he should have done.
Harry Potter - Rated: T - English - Friendship - Chapters: 1 - Words: 3,179 - Reviews: 4 - Favs: 6 - Follows: 2 - Published: 10/10/2012 - Neville L., OC - Complete
Polarity reviews
Draco ought to have expected he'd end up dying facedown in an alley, but nothing could have prepared him for the events or the friendships that would follow. NL/DM slash, WIP. Implied NL/HP and DM/HP. Trigger warning: implied non-con flashbacks. NOTE: Currently being restructured and edited. If you read ch 1-6 before July 19, you may want to read through it again.
Harry Potter - Rated: M - English - Drama/Hurt/Comfort - Chapters: 7 - Words: 28,354 - Reviews: 35 - Favs: 28 - Follows: 56 - Updated: 9/14/2012 - Published: 1/1/2012 - Neville L., Draco M.
Can't Fight the Moonlight reviews
A life-changing disaster at work drives Neville Longbottom to seek aid from the only ally he thinks he can trust - Hermione Weasley.
Harry Potter - Rated: M - English - Drama/Friendship - Chapters: 7 - Words: 31,901 - Reviews: 35 - Favs: 6 - Follows: 23 - Updated: 9/5/2012 - Published: 4/21/2012 - Neville L., Hermione G.
Wind's Nocturne reviews
There is magic the likes of which humans can barely remember and seldom experience. There is, however, a handful of men privileged enough to experience a part of it: the Dryad's Consorts.
Harry Potter - Rated: K+ - English - Drama/Supernatural - Chapters: 1 - Words: 8,004 - Reviews: 4 - Favs: 6 - Follows: 1 - Published: 8/19/2012 - OC, Neville L. - Complete
Safe House reviews
Among the green and living things is the safest he's ever felt. But does he belong here? Another companion to An Intervention written for an MNFF challenge, "colour."
Harry Potter - Rated: K - English - Friendship - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,925 - Reviews: 2 - Favs: 7 - Published: 8/3/2012 - Scorpius M., Neville L. - Complete
Good Enough reviews
O.W.L. results have arrived, and Scorpius is certain his parents won't be thrilled. Written for an MNFF character challenge for Scorpius, and a companion piece to An Intervention.
Harry Potter - Rated: K - English - Family/Friendship - Chapters: 1 - Words: 4,897 - Reviews: 5 - Favs: 10 - Published: 7/29/2012 - Scorpius M., Neville L. - Complete
Strong Enough to Break reviews
It had been three years since his wife's death, but the first woman to make him feel something is the last woman he'd have thought. The fact that he's closer in age to her father than to her does not help matters.
Harry Potter - Rated: T - English - Romance/Drama - Chapters: 3 - Words: 14,331 - Reviews: 11 - Favs: 8 - Follows: 9 - Updated: 7/19/2012 - Published: 6/15/2012 - Neville L., Molly W. II
Badges reviews
It is the beginning of seventh year, and Neville has had just about enough of Amycus Carrow.
Harry Potter - Rated: T - English - Drama/Angst - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,189 - Reviews: 2 - Favs: 8 - Published: 6/20/2012 - Neville L., Amycus C. - Complete
His and Hers reviews
In a perfect world, Neville and Hannah's wedding would go off without a hitch. This is not a perfect world.
Harry Potter - Rated: K+ - English - Romance/Humor - Chapters: 1 - Words: 5,097 - Reviews: 7 - Favs: 10 - Follows: 1 - Published: 6/10/2012 - Neville L., Hannah A. - Complete
Bless You reviews
Neville enjoys a quiet moment.
Harry Potter - Rated: K+ - English - Romance/Humor - Chapters: 1 - Words: 3,004 - Reviews: 8 - Favs: 7 - Published: 5/3/2012 - Neville L., Hannah A. - Complete
Tempus Vernum reviews
Neville is a herbologist, not an undercover Auror, and certainly not a pharmacological and criminal mastermind. But somehow he's in the middle of a plot and he must be both - and he only has until springtime to make good on his promises, for good or ill.
Harry Potter - Rated: T - English - Suspense/Crime - Chapters: 5 - Words: 14,177 - Reviews: 13 - Favs: 2 - Follows: 3 - Updated: 4/16/2012 - Published: 3/23/2012 - Neville L. - Complete
The Lady Doth Protest Too Much
"Must I endure the horrible, nauseating burden of owing this tinned twit a favour?" Fat Lady/Sir Cadogan, and yes I have indeed lost my mind. Written for the Inaugural MNFF Great Hall Cotillion of 2012 in under 4 hours.
Harry Potter - Rated: K - English - Humor/Romance - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,692 - Favs: 1 - Published: 3/1/2012 - Complete
Of Babbling and Balls reviews
When he sees her, Colin's heart starts to race. And now he's got her all to himself for an evening - or at least he did.
Harry Potter - Rated: K - English - Romance/Friendship - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,226 - Reviews: 3 - Favs: 5 - Follows: 1 - Published: 2/28/2012 - Colin C., Ginny W. - Complete
A Most Auspicious Mistake reviews
Percy has everything under control. This is, perhaps, the reason why he is so out of sorts when he wakes up next to a beautiful woman and hasn't the slightest idea what to do next.
Harry Potter - Rated: T - English - Romance/Humor - Chapters: 1 - Words: 7,212 - Reviews: 18 - Favs: 35 - Follows: 3 - Published: 2/23/2012 - Percy W., Audrey W. - Complete
Second Guesses reviews
Neville has got quite enough to be getting on with, thank you very much, and this new situation with Luna is complicating things even more. Complete.
Harry Potter - Rated: T - English - Romance/Drama - Chapters: 18 - Words: 63,453 - Reviews: 94 - Favs: 71 - Follows: 43 - Updated: 1/27/2012 - Published: 10/25/2011 - Neville L., Luna L. - Complete
Policy and Protocol reviews
Neville is completely oblivious he's revealed anything, Harry doesn't know how this will affect their friendship or their working relationship and the only liquor he has tastes like peaches. HP/NL slash. My kingdom to my beta reader Alex.
Harry Potter - Rated: K+ - English - Romance/Friendship - Chapters: 1 - Words: 6,812 - Reviews: 13 - Favs: 85 - Follows: 5 - Published: 1/21/2012 - Harry P., Neville L. - Complete
The Breaking Point reviews
It was the biggest secret of Auror training, and everyone knew about it. There are so many triggers in here you can't swing a cat without hitting one, so read at your own risk.
Harry Potter - Rated: M - English - Drama/Horror - Chapters: 1 - Words: 5,383 - Reviews: 10 - Favs: 23 - Follows: 5 - Published: 1/18/2012 - Neville L., Harry P. - Complete
Small Hours reviews
Frank had wanted their first Christmas together to have just a little more hope and joy. 2nd Place Winner in the MuggleNet Great Hall-iday Challenge.
Harry Potter - Rated: K+ - English - Family/Tragedy - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,956 - Reviews: 2 - Favs: 3 - Published: 12/24/2011 - Frank L., Alice L. - Complete
An Intervention reviews
They're using HIS greenhouses and HIS plants to torment first years. He's not going to let that slide, no matter who is doing the tormenting nor who the tormented happens to be.
Harry Potter - Rated: K - English - Drama - Chapters: 2 - Words: 5,574 - Reviews: 27 - Favs: 35 - Follows: 23 - Updated: 10/23/2011 - Published: 9/23/2011 - Neville L., Scorpius M.
Wand Lore reviews
"The wand chooses the wizard; that much has always been clear to those of us who have studied wand lore." A wand chooses a wizard to learn from and teach, gaining mutual experience and respect along the journey.
Harry Potter - Rated: K+ - English - Drama - Chapters: 3 - Words: 2,749 - Reviews: 11 - Favs: 8 - Follows: 11 - Updated: 10/13/2011 - Published: 10/12/2011
Lost in Revision reviews
Harry is twenty-four, his relationship is falling to pieces, and he's getting nowhere on his current assignment at work. It's probably best not to ask how things can get any worse. Companion piece to Revisionism. HP/NL slash, HP/GW interludes.
Harry Potter - Rated: T - English - Romance/Drama - Chapters: 15 - Words: 59,695 - Reviews: 38 - Favs: 40 - Follows: 21 - Updated: 10/8/2011 - Published: 9/6/2011 - Harry P., Neville L. - Complete
Revisionism reviews
Time is an odd thing, with a sort of intelligence of its own. When it needs to heal itself, it will do so, using whatever tools it has at its disposal. This time around, the tools happen to be Harry Potter and Neville Longbottom. Slash, complete.
Harry Potter - Rated: T - English - Adventure/Friendship - Chapters: 12 - Words: 33,247 - Reviews: 52 - Favs: 134 - Follows: 38 - Updated: 9/1/2011 - Published: 8/16/2011 - Harry P., Neville L. - Complete
A Scholarly Pursuit reviews
Neville's life has been a quiet one, acquiring and sharing knowledge, widely known to be one of the best in his field. One day, an old friend comes to visit and changes everything... Complete. HP/NL slash
Harry Potter - Rated: M - English - Adventure/Romance - Chapters: 10 - Words: 23,060 - Reviews: 55 - Favs: 270 - Follows: 50 - Updated: 8/10/2011 - Published: 7/26/2011 - Neville L., Harry P. - Complete
Tea for Two reviews
"But we're two very lost and lonely friends who are in a very exclusive position to understand one another almost perfectly, and offer comfort and let out tension that doesn't hinge on breaking down into tears and hating the world..." Slash, HP/NL.
Harry Potter - Rated: M - English - Hurt/Comfort/Friendship - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,977 - Reviews: 9 - Favs: 41 - Follows: 3 - Published: 7/23/2011 - Harry P., Neville L. - Complete
An Ode to Living reviews
There's just something about defying death that makes one feel alive, and nothing changes when Neville needs to get something off his chest... HP/NL
Harry Potter - Rated: M - English - Romance/Friendship - Chapters: 1 - Words: 4,391 - Reviews: 15 - Favs: 63 - Follows: 3 - Published: 7/22/2011 - Harry P., Neville L. - Complete
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