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Joined 09-15-13, id: 5138800, Profile Updated: 12-29-15
Author has written 26 stories for Merlin.

There are several fandoms I'd call myself a minor part of. It started when I was little, with Star Trek: The Next Generation. I grew up with Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, then delved into Firefly, Doctor Who, Sherlock, Game of Thrones, and my favorite, Merlin. I love period pieces (whether they're meant to be realistic or historical fantasy), as well as sci-fi. Really, I can get into just about any show as long as its well crafted, with smart characters and well-written dialogue. As for books- I've been reading Tolkien for twenty years, Harry Potter since college, as well as George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire, and anything by Neil Gaiman. Basically, I'll read anything and everything, from non-fiction to fiction, plays, and poetry.

You can find me on AO3, as well, for stories intended for mature audiences.

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I Mean, You're Welcome by staymagical reviews
A collection of 100-2,000 word oneshots and answered themes/prompts. Anything from H/C, angst, tradegy, fluff, modern au.
Merlin - Rated: T - English - Friendship/Angst - Chapters: 29 - Words: 40,101 - Reviews: 127 - Favs: 55 - Follows: 74 - Updated: 7/2 - Published: 3/7/2013 - Merlin, Arthur
Compromising Position by staymagical reviews
Arthur and Merlin are captured by bandits while on a hunt and Merlin runs his mouth a little more than they appreciate. He receives the brunt of their frustration but their actions have bigger consequences than anyone ever thought. Merlin whump, angst, protective Arthur
Merlin - Rated: T - English - Hurt/Comfort/Angst - Chapters: 16 - Words: 41,349 - Reviews: 259 - Favs: 174 - Follows: 392 - Updated: 6/19 - Published: 8/3/2014 - Merlin, Arthur
Blood Brothers by wryter501 reviews
A detective and his not-quite-human partner. A stormy night, a tiny hotel room, and an existential crisis... just might change the terms of this relationship. No slash! Modern A/U, no magic.
Merlin - Rated: T - English - Angst/Supernatural - Chapters: 8 - Words: 46,007 - Reviews: 112 - Favs: 92 - Follows: 54 - Updated: 1/21 - Published: 3/27/2015 - Arthur, Merlin - Complete
Angel by wryter501 reviews
"He didn't jump, he was pushed..." A funeral interrupted by a cryptic message. Suicide or murder? To find the answers and bring the murderer to justice, Arthur will also need to find, and trust, the street kid known as 'Angel' - and earn his trust in return. Modern A/U, no magic, no slash.
Merlin - Rated: T - English - Drama/Adventure - Chapters: 10 - Words: 61,057 - Reviews: 105 - Favs: 50 - Follows: 51 - Updated: 1/6 - Published: 11/22/2015 - Arthur, Merlin, Gwen/Guinevere - Complete
Slither of Moonlight by Loopstagirl reviews
If he was going to die in the battle the next day, Gwaine was not going to spend his last night brooding.
Merlin - Rated: K+ - English - Friendship - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,063 - Reviews: 13 - Favs: 26 - Follows: 6 - Published: 9/23/2015 - Arthur, Gwaine - Complete
Refined by Fire by wryter501 reviews
It began, as any shift in destiny did, with a choice - run and hide, or stay and fight. And because Merlin chose to stand still, his destiny and Arthur's - and others' - took a sharp right turn. Discovered by the knights, arrested by Arthur, Merlin faces Uther's questioner and judgment... Gold is, after all, refined in the flames... Mid-season 3 in-canon reveal.
Merlin - Rated: T - English - Drama/Adventure - Chapters: 25 - Words: 153,157 - Reviews: 406 - Favs: 233 - Follows: 204 - Updated: 9/7/2015 - Published: 6/10/2015 - Merlin, Arthur - Complete
Fog by April29Roses reviews
Merlin and Arthur are both lost in a fog that threatens their lives and their destinies in unexpected and terrible ways, revealing and concealing secrets that center on the nature of Excalibur. Told from two points of view.
Merlin - Rated: K+ - English - Hurt/Comfort/Friendship - Chapters: 10 - Words: 14,181 - Reviews: 72 - Favs: 28 - Follows: 28 - Updated: 6/24/2015 - Published: 5/23/2015 - Merlin, Arthur - Complete
Blood Moon by April29Roses reviews
The Blood Moon rises over Camelot. In the eldritch shadows of the eclipse, Arthur awakens from a nightmare only to find it has become reality.
Merlin - Rated: K - English - Angst/Supernatural - Chapters: 1 - Words: 3,642 - Reviews: 17 - Favs: 32 - Follows: 7 - Published: 10/8/2014 - Merlin, Arthur, Gaius - Complete
Between a Rock and a Hard Place by LFB72 reviews
A visiting noble makes Arthur an offer he can't refuse, putting Merlin's secret in jeopardy. The warlock takes drastic action, risking his health and ability to respond when crisis strikes. Features, angst, whump, bromance and BAMF Merlin.
Merlin - Rated: K+ - English - Hurt/Comfort - Chapters: 12 - Words: 32,352 - Reviews: 405 - Favs: 407 - Follows: 268 - Updated: 10/4/2014 - Published: 7/5/2014 - Complete
The Runemark- Gyre by April29Roses reviews
The Runemark appears for the first time, as Arthur and Merlin try to help a village that is under a perilous spell. A mysterious, unknown enemy and their own secrets threaten to tear apart their trust and friendship. Can Arthur find the strength within to believe what he cannot understand? This is the first in a four part story arc set in season 5. Rating may change.
Merlin - Rated: K+ - English - Adventure/Drama - Chapters: 17 - Words: 34,257 - Reviews: 160 - Favs: 40 - Follows: 42 - Updated: 8/9/2014 - Published: 5/2/2014 - Arthur, Merlin - Complete
To Serve by April29Roses reviews
This story is a thematic grouping of one shots on what it means to be a servant. Arthur and Merlin are imprisoned in an abandoned cell built during the Purge. Awaiting rescue, conversation and fate conspire to reveal Merlin's secret!
Merlin - Rated: K - English - Hurt/Comfort/Friendship - Chapters: 4 - Words: 7,206 - Reviews: 51 - Favs: 58 - Follows: 62 - Updated: 2/26/2014 - Published: 1/2/2014 - Arthur, Merlin
The Dark Hours Of My Being by April29Roses reviews
Driven mad by grief after Camlann, Merlin returns to Camelot, with a plan to rescue Arthur from the realm of death itself. Based on and epilogued by a poem by Ranier Maria Rilke. (Warning: This story maintains the canon ending of the series.)
Merlin - Rated: T - English - Angst/Supernatural - Chapters: 6 - Words: 7,327 - Reviews: 34 - Favs: 9 - Follows: 11 - Updated: 1/25/2014 - Published: 1/4/2014 - Merlin, Gaius - Complete
In Desperate Need of Adventure by tonightless reviews
Arthur first saw him on New Year's Eve as a half-lit figure in the bookshop at the end of Kennedy Road. [Also posted on my AO3 account].
Merlin - Rated: T - English - Hurt/Comfort - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,768 - Reviews: 7 - Favs: 30 - Follows: 2 - Published: 12/9/2013 - [Arthur, Merlin] - Complete
Noble Blood by Loopstagirl reviews
The attack had come out of nowhere. The sorcerer wanted someone of noble blood and someone with powerful blood. So why, for the love of Camelot, were Merlin and Gwaine the ones to be taken?
Merlin - Rated: K+ - English - Friendship - Chapters: 10 - Words: 31,150 - Reviews: 364 - Favs: 591 - Follows: 418 - Updated: 10/11/2013 - Published: 8/9/2013 - Merlin, Gwaine - Complete
Hunting Secrets by April29Roses reviews
Merlin hates hunting with Arthur, but the reason is not as simple as would first appear. A mild/moderate Merlin whump story set between Seasons Two and Three. No slash.
Merlin - Rated: K+ - English - Hurt/Comfort/Friendship - Chapters: 5 - Words: 5,543 - Reviews: 71 - Favs: 152 - Follows: 70 - Updated: 9/1/2013 - Published: 8/25/2013 - Merlin, Arthur - Complete
Loyalty by Loopstagirl reviews
He never had to swear loyalty to the prince. Instead, Leon swore to the man, vowing to be by his side no matter what.
Merlin - Rated: K - English - Friendship - Chapters: 12 - Words: 37,199 - Reviews: 194 - Favs: 95 - Follows: 57 - Updated: 7/26/2013 - Published: 5/10/2013 - Arthur, Leon - Complete
In Every Drop of My Blood by April29Roses reviews
Merlin and Arthur are captured by bandits and separated. Injured and chained, Merlin takes dangerous risks to rescue his king. This is a torture story, set immediately after Season Four, told from Merlin's point of view, inspired and framed by a a poem by Ranier Maria Rilke. No slash.
Merlin - Rated: T - English - Hurt/Comfort/Friendship - Chapters: 7 - Words: 8,115 - Reviews: 73 - Favs: 167 - Follows: 78 - Updated: 7/8/2013 - Published: 7/4/2013 - Merlin, Arthur, Gwaine - Complete
Don't Abandon Me by staymagical reviews
While out on patrol, Arthur, Gwaine, and Leon come across an abandoned building, but soon discover that's not the only thing that's been abandoned
Merlin - Rated: T - English - Hurt/Comfort/Friendship - Chapters: 1 - Words: 4,228 - Reviews: 22 - Favs: 275 - Follows: 55 - Published: 7/7/2013 - Merlin, Arthur, Gaius, Gwaine - Complete
The Last Dance by April29Roses reviews
Merlin goes to a dance with Gwen, and as usual, he encounters the unexpected. Will the results bring tragedy to Camelot?
Merlin - Rated: K+ - English - Supernatural/Angst - Chapters: 4 - Words: 5,311 - Reviews: 12 - Favs: 25 - Follows: 9 - Updated: 6/22/2013 - Published: 6/20/2013 - Merlin, Gwen/Guinevere, Gaius, Arthur - Complete
Water, Earth, Wind, Fire by April29Roses reviews
Merlin struggles with grief and despair as he waits for Arthur. What is the meaning of eternity? Can any heart bear the price of memories? Is there a remedy for the poison of anger? What mystery of hope lies in the veil of light?
Merlin - Rated: K+ - English - Tragedy/Angst - Chapters: 4 - Words: 5,413 - Reviews: 17 - Favs: 13 - Follows: 8 - Updated: 6/15/2013 - Published: 6/12/2013 - Arthur, Merlin - Complete
Brotherhood by Loopstagirl reviews
They were all struggling after Morgana's attack. But time, friendship and loyalty can allow any wound to heal. Set after 4x13.
Merlin - Rated: K+ - English - Friendship/Hurt/Comfort - Chapters: 6 - Words: 23,470 - Reviews: 113 - Favs: 182 - Follows: 70 - Updated: 7/27/2012 - Published: 6/20/2012 - Complete
I get knocked down by Ryne42 reviews
Merlin and Gwen get extremely, inadvisably drunk. Set post-series 4.
Merlin - Rated: K+ - English - Friendship/Humor - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,461 - Reviews: 39 - Favs: 112 - Follows: 23 - Published: 7/13/2012 - Gwen/Guinevere, Merlin - Complete
Ya'aburnee by Ryne42 reviews
"Ya'aburnee" Arabic - literal translation: 'you bury me'; figurative translation: 'the hope that a person or loved one will outlive you as to spare yourself the pain of living life beyond him/her.' A missing scene from 4x02.
Merlin - Rated: K+ - English - Family/Angst - Chapters: 1 - Words: 776 - Reviews: 16 - Favs: 41 - Follows: 7 - Published: 6/22/2012 - Gaius, Merlin - Complete
Spare me your dreams by Ryne42 reviews
A short scene that takes place immediately before the opening of The Last Dragonlord. "I dream about it sometimes," he said quietly. "Burning. I've dreamt of burning... many times. For a long time."
Merlin - Rated: K+ - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,719 - Reviews: 46 - Favs: 268 - Follows: 28 - Published: 5/24/2012 - Arthur, Merlin - Complete
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The Ghosts in the Machine reviews
London, 2075: Aiding a group of cybercriminals was not part of Arthur's life plan, but the evidence of corruption in his family's company was too terrible to ignore, forcing him to throw in his lot with criminals and leading him to a world below London he never imagined. Cyberpunk AU T-Plus for language, mentions of drug use. Freylin
Merlin - Rated: T - English - Sci-Fi/Drama - Chapters: 10 - Words: 40,797 - Reviews: 23 - Favs: 6 - Follows: 25 - Updated: 4/18 - Published: 2/21 - Merlin, Arthur, Freya, Gwaine - Complete
Penumbra 15- A Song for Midwinter reviews
Though it takes everyone's mind off the days' long snowstorm keeping everyone inside, dealing with the crowds and nobles at the Yuletide feast is not the charming distraction Merlin and the others had hoped for. But when he overhears a chance comment about it, Merlin comes up with a solution
Merlin - Rated: T - English - Family/Friendship - Chapters: 6 - Words: 21,430 - Reviews: 15 - Favs: 10 - Follows: 9 - Updated: 2/9 - Published: 12/28/2015 - Merlin, Arthur, Gwen/Guinevere, Gwaine - Complete
Domestic Bliss reviews
Chapter 5- "Impractical Magic"- The rules of magic are never easy, especially when you're making them up as you go along. Modern AU, Merthur. No magic. Scenes and short stories from Merlin and Arthur's life together in London.
Merlin - Rated: T - English - Family/Friendship - Chapters: 5 - Words: 6,636 - Reviews: 4 - Favs: 4 - Follows: 10 - Updated: 1/17 - Published: 12/29/2015 - Merlin, Arthur
Penumbra: Missing Scenes: 8- Betwixt and Between reviews
Missing scenes from the Penumbra series, in no particular order. 8- 'Betwixt and Between'- Merlin is home again and healing, but he still feels lost and hopeless. With Leon's help, though, he may begin to find his way in the darkness. Set toward the end of 'The Wind in the Trees'.
Merlin - Rated: T - English - Friendship/Family - Chapters: 8 - Words: 11,009 - Reviews: 35 - Favs: 9 - Follows: 18 - Updated: 10/20/2015 - Published: 10/6/2014 - Merlin, Leon
Penumbra 14- The Rightwise King of Camelot reviews
Arthur was expecting his negotiations with King Urien to go poorly, but he hadn't planned on disastrous results. Faced with accusations from a political rival, he begins to doubt his abilities. It's up to Merlin to restore the king's faith.
Merlin - Rated: T - English - Hurt/Comfort - Chapters: 16 - Words: 34,678 - Reviews: 49 - Favs: 15 - Follows: 21 - Updated: 10/11/2015 - Published: 7/22/2015 - Merlin, Arthur, Gwen/Guinevere, Gwaine - Complete
All Souls Night reviews
A grieving Arthur seeks a night's shelter and solace in a monastery, but he finds something he didn't expect.
Merlin - Rated: T - English - Hurt/Comfort/Friendship - Chapters: 2 - Words: 4,423 - Reviews: 22 - Favs: 42 - Follows: 13 - Updated: 6/26/2015 - Published: 6/15/2015 - Arthur - Complete
Penumbra 13- The Fire of Thine Eyes reviews
Merlin couldn't be happier after Niniane's arrival in Camelot, and everything in the rest of the kingdom is just as idyllic. And then disaster strikes.
Merlin - Rated: T - English - Romance/Adventure - Chapters: 18 - Words: 33,047 - Reviews: 103 - Favs: 17 - Follows: 18 - Updated: 6/6/2015 - Published: 3/27/2015 - Merlin, Arthur, Lancelot, Gwaine - Complete
Penumbra 12- A Trick of the Light reviews
A not-so-chance encounter ends with Merlin being accused of a crime he didn't commit, leaving it to Arthur to unravel the tangled web of truth and lies.
Merlin - Rated: T - English - Mystery - Chapters: 15 - Words: 37,645 - Reviews: 75 - Favs: 22 - Follows: 30 - Updated: 3/6/2015 - Published: 1/1/2015 - Merlin, Arthur - Complete
Penumbra 11- The Last Light of Dawn reviews
Visions of the future still trouble Merlin, even in the summer's quiet peace. While the message they impart warns of dark times ahead for Camelot, Merlin wonders if his own fate will be even worse.
Merlin - Rated: T - English - Friendship - Chapters: 1 - Words: 4,627 - Reviews: 8 - Favs: 13 - Follows: 7 - Published: 12/10/2014 - Merlin, Arthur, Gwen/Guinevere, Gaius - Complete
The Memory of Stone reviews
When a simple investigation into a series of attacks goes horribly awry, Arthur, Merlin, and the knights find themselves in mortal danger. With no hope of rescue, the fall of Camelot seems close at hand. Warning: Major Character Death. Set after S3. T-plus rating.
Merlin - Rated: T - English - Tragedy/Angst - Chapters: 8 - Words: 7,755 - Reviews: 54 - Favs: 38 - Follows: 51 - Updated: 10/5/2014 - Published: 9/28/2014 - Merlin, Arthur - Complete
Penumbra 10- What's a Heaven For? reviews
Politics collide with matters of the heart when a marriage proposal arrives for Arthur from a neighboring kingdom, while elsewhere, the first signs of strain appear in the fragile peace Arthur has begun to build between Camelot and the magical world. Story 10 of the Penumbra AU.
Merlin - Rated: T - English - Friendship/Family - Chapters: 8 - Words: 15,757 - Reviews: 60 - Favs: 29 - Follows: 20 - Updated: 9/23/2014 - Published: 8/31/2014 - Merlin, Arthur - Complete
Penumbra 9- Nightingale reviews
Fate has been cruel to Merlin in the past months, stealing away so much that was dear to him. While Arthur cannot bring back what Merlin has lost, there is one gift the King can give. Story 9 of the Penumbra AU. One-shot.
Merlin - Rated: K - English - Family/Friendship - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,678 - Reviews: 10 - Favs: 31 - Follows: 12 - Published: 8/27/2014 - Merlin, Arthur, Gwen/Guinevere - Complete
Penumbra 8- The Wind in the Trees reviews
Enraged by her reversal of fortune at Blackheath and the loss of Tintagel, Morgana plots a terrible revenge against Merlin. But still weak and recovering from his ordeal, her plans may destroy Merlin altogether.
Merlin - Rated: T - English - Tragedy/Hurt/Comfort - Chapters: 7 - Words: 17,873 - Reviews: 51 - Favs: 27 - Follows: 23 - Updated: 8/19/2014 - Published: 7/26/2014 - Merlin, Arthur - Complete
Penumbra 7- Nightfall in Winter reviews
With the fall of Blackheath castle, Arthur and Merlin must ride north with the army to fight a war in the heart of winter. But every battle has its price, and Arthur finds that the cost of this one may be more than he can bear. Warnings: violence, some graphic content.
Merlin - Rated: T - English - Drama/Hurt/Comfort - Chapters: 20 - Words: 40,862 - Reviews: 140 - Favs: 55 - Follows: 37 - Updated: 7/22/2014 - Published: 6/1/2014 - Merlin, Arthur - Complete
Hiraeth reviews
A thousand and more years have passed since Arthur's death, and Merlin still awaits his return, wondering more and more if it was all real, or if Camelot was simply a madman's dream.
Merlin - Rated: T - English - Angst/Romance - Chapters: 10 - Words: 9,080 - Reviews: 28 - Favs: 19 - Follows: 18 - Updated: 7/13/2014 - Published: 6/4/2014 - Merlin - Complete
Penumbra 6- A Study in Gray reviews
In the first weeks of his reign, Arthur finds that the political game is not an easy one to win. While he tries to maintain the safety of the realm, Merlin must remain in the shadows. As old secrets come to light, Morgana's agent seeks to drive a wedge between the two friends. Story 6 in the Penumbra AU
Merlin - Rated: T - English - Friendship/Mystery - Chapters: 8 - Words: 18,710 - Reviews: 50 - Favs: 33 - Follows: 20 - Updated: 5/18/2014 - Published: 4/16/2014 - Merlin, Arthur - Complete
Penumbra 5- The Dark of the Moon reviews
Merlin is missing, the knights are scattered, and Guinevere has been sent away to save her life. As Arthur's list of allies at court grows thin, Morgause prepares to play her hand. Story five in the Penumbra AU.
Merlin - Rated: T - English - Hurt/Comfort/Drama - Chapters: 12 - Words: 20,556 - Reviews: 71 - Favs: 38 - Follows: 22 - Updated: 4/13/2014 - Published: 3/1/2014 - Merlin, Arthur - Complete
Penumbra 4- In the Wind reviews
A summer of peace has descended upon Camelot, but old enemies rise up to threaten Arthur's reign as regent. As old hatreds stir, Arthur finds himself caught between two loyalties and begins to lose faith in one he thought he would never doubt. Story 4 in the Penumbra AU. Mild whump.
Merlin - Rated: T - English - Hurt/Comfort/Friendship - Chapters: 10 - Words: 18,545 - Reviews: 54 - Favs: 45 - Follows: 30 - Updated: 2/25/2014 - Published: 1/22/2014 - Merlin, Arthur - Complete
The Flowers of Winter reviews
Though many years have passed since Camlann, the pain of her loss still haunts Guinevere. Until one winter's night, someone comes to bring her one last gift. Canon, set long after ep513.
Merlin - Rated: K+ - English - Friendship - Chapters: 3 - Words: 3,161 - Reviews: 20 - Favs: 27 - Follows: 8 - Updated: 2/21/2014 - Published: 2/19/2014 - Merlin, Gwen/Guinevere - Complete
To the Still Earth reviews
Arthur has rescued Merlin from Cenred's mercenaries, but his servant is badly injured. As he watches over Merlin through the long night, Arthur begins to wonder if their mission is worth the price they've paid. Canon, Set between S2 and S3.
Merlin - Rated: T - English - Hurt/Comfort/Angst - Chapters: 4 - Words: 3,426 - Reviews: 24 - Favs: 103 - Follows: 51 - Updated: 2/1/2014 - Published: 1/30/2014 - Merlin, Arthur - Complete
Penumbra 3- Into the Darkened Wood reviews
To find Merlin, Arthur must brave the haunted woods. But something waits for him in the dark heart of the forest, and to escape its grasp, he must face the darkest secret from his past. Part three of the Penumbra series. AU.
Merlin - Rated: T - English - Supernatural/Friendship - Chapters: 6 - Words: 10,841 - Reviews: 24 - Favs: 45 - Follows: 20 - Updated: 1/4/2014 - Published: 12/15/2013 - Merlin, Arthur - Complete
Penumbra 2- Birds in Flight reviews
As the weeks go by, Arthur regrets his decision more and more, but is it too late to go back and fix his mistakes? Can he recover what's been lost? AU Sequel to 'This House of Bones'.
Merlin - Rated: T - English - Angst - Chapters: 7 - Words: 9,708 - Reviews: 25 - Favs: 50 - Follows: 26 - Updated: 12/7/2013 - Published: 11/30/2013 - Merlin, Arthur - Complete
Penumbra 1- This House of Bones reviews
After failing to conquer Camelot, Morgana opens herself to new and darker magics as she prepares for the future. When her next attack forces Merlin to reveal his magic, he finds his friendship with Arthur tested to its limits as the Prince prepares to make the most difficult decision of his life. First story of a series. AU, set just after the end of Series 3.
Merlin - Rated: T - English - Drama - Chapters: 6 - Words: 15,022 - Reviews: 27 - Favs: 63 - Follows: 32 - Updated: 11/26/2013 - Published: 11/13/2013 - Merlin, Arthur - Complete
Common Flowers reviews
Now and then, life is beautiful. A series of one-shot ficlets catching Merlin and the others in moments of quiet and happiness.
Merlin - Rated: K - English - Friendship/Family - Chapters: 3 - Words: 1,532 - Reviews: 9 - Favs: 7 - Follows: 6 - Updated: 11/13/2013 - Published: 10/2/2013
The Things You Know reviews
Hunith reflects on the darkness and light within her life.
Merlin - Rated: K - English - Family - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,197 - Reviews: 7 - Favs: 10 - Published: 10/3/2013 - Hunith - Complete
Guardian reviews
Lancelot watches over Merlin as Merlin watches over them all.
Merlin - Rated: K - English - Friendship - Chapters: 1 - Words: 358 - Reviews: 16 - Favs: 48 - Follows: 8 - Published: 9/29/2013 - Lancelot - Complete
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