[Closed] Bumps in the Night

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Shaatnez threw himself through the portal into the Mage Tower, running full-tilt out and down the ramp until he emerged into the cool night air. Planting his hooves on the well-worn stone, he punched the button to call down his waiting rocket and climbed astride its still-steaming seat. Kicking it up into the air, he zoomed off toward the shop.

Dicco, I'm in Stormwind. I'll be there in a few moments.

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Tammar picked up another glass and poured a plain soda-water for herself, adding a few drops of mint extract as she took a seat on the stool behind the counter. She sipped quietly, only half-listening to the exchange between the two men.

There was entirely too much going on; she couldn't think. Didn't want to think.  And there were too many people here. She rubbed her forehead as another headache began to settle between her temples, replying with an automatic "Thank you" and a smile to Piero's compliment.

A moment of tense silence hung in the shop after Razahir had finished speaking. Tammar looked up at the two men and took a deep breath. Definitely too many people in here.

"Mr. Godwyn," she said wearily, "if you would be so kind as to help Mr. Consilio here to the guardhouse so he can explain what he experienced, I would be most grateful."

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Piero internally winced at the rebuff.  He had done everything right! The foolish little gnome should be eating out of his hand and he wasn't ready to be shuffled out of the shop.  Options raced through his mind, he didn't want to disagree with the shop owner but he obviously needed more time to win over the crowd.  There was one way he could see, one way to be seem to comply and still achieve his goal, it would hurt but pain was only a small price to pay as he saw it and perhaps it would buy him more than just an excuse to stay a while longer, it could also buy him what he considered his stock in trade... sympathy.

"Of course Miss Tammar." He said brightly not wanting to give the other worgen a chance to respond and pushed himself off the stool, putting his full weight on his already injured knee.  The pain jolted up his body and he collapsed with a yelp, all of it organic, none of it feigned.  He rocked on his back clutching at the knee, unable to speak.

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Upstairs Dicco didn't reply to Shaatnez's comments, he too rocked back and forth searching for comfort.

[A]: Thess, Fahbrez Starshadow, Mihbrez Starshadow, Diccionario, Piero Consilio, Marcus Duccan, Lau Tze

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Raze quickly went to Piero's side, frowning as he tried to remove the man's hands from around his knee so he could better examine it, preparing a healing spell to help ease the pain.  

"It would seem that your injuries are worse than you thought, Mr. Consilio, we had best get you to a local healer before taking you to the guardhouse to file your report..." he said, looking up at the others, his eyes locking on Heiros.  "If you could give me a hand, please."

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Heiros reaches the bottom of the stairs just as Piero falls to the floor.  Stepping out into the room, he shakes his head in response to Raze's request, while lifting his shortened left arm, and assuming the minor limp will tell a tale of his left leg as well.

"I am afraid I am only slightly more than half a Draenei, so I would be little help in moving someone.  I am, however, at least half a healer, so getting someone back on their feet can be done right here."

Heiros approaches Piero, and awkwardly kneels down near his legs, then puts a hand over one of the knee grasping hands.  "Would you like something for the pain before I begin?  I make no promises there will be no pain during the healing, but if it would be helpful if you could remain reasonably still as I work."

[A] Heiros, Kianthys, Caperstaff, Oengus, Atheleys, Duenyen, Quiryn [H] Shadowpass, Kraea, Kintaile, Tunin

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Peiro shock his head, he didn't want anything to dull his senses around the assorted bunch and spoke through clenched teeth, "Nothing for the pain, I still don't know what toxin they used." He turned to Raze, "Could you hold my leg down Mr. Goodwyn?" He intentionally put the slightest emphasis on the mispronouncation of the worgen's name.  He was sure that no one would think anything of it, but he had learned manipulation always started with a thousand tiny barbs too innocuous to notice on their own, but cumulatively had such wonderful impact.

[A]: Thess, Fahbrez Starshadow, Mihbrez Starshadow, Diccionario, Piero Consilio, Marcus Duccan, Lau Tze

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Raze frowned slightly.  He was no fool, he could see that Piero was subtly insulting him consistently now, with constantly not giving Raze a chance to answer, to being dismissive, and mispronouncing his name twice.  The first time he thought nothing of it, after all, it's entirely possible Piero heard wrong.  But this time, he caught the emphasis on the mispronunciation.  He hadn't yet deduced why Piero was being so hostile towards him, but it certainly wasn't helping to allay any suspicions Raze had towards him.  He decided not to correct Piero, as now was certainly not the time, and simply grabbed onto Piero's leg, holding it firmly down.  

"Oh, don't worry, Mr. Consilio, I can cleanse any poison from your body so you can have something for the pain.  Wouldn't want you to suffer needlessly, you know," he smiles with all the compassion he can muster.  

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Heiros ignores the banter, and just responds with a "Very well" to the dismissal of pain reduction. 

Taking a deep, slow breath, Heiros closes his eyes, and with a silent plea to the spirits of the earth, he concentrates on Peiro's knee.  Inflamation, strained tendons, and a few bone chips from some recent impact...  some damage is old... but the body knows the pattern of how to be well.  But this body knows two patterns, and while the second is much stronger, the weaknesses of the first still carry over. 

Now a plea to the spirits of water, and a fine mist gathers around his right hand hovering over the injury.  Water and earth, gradually rebuilding, repairing, returning each part of the knee to the place it should be.  Cleaning some of the overgrowth of old damage untended.  Everything set in place, but not fully healed, but enough that the body can finish the rest if left to it's work.  Just a tiny touch of work on the left knee to once again free some of the old wounds to properly heal.  Not as good as new, but better.

Once all that is done, Heiros opens his eyes, and wipes the sweat from his face with a sleeve.  "You won't be free of discomfort, but should be able to walk just fine.  If you take another tumble soon, you may have it all to do over.  I have done enough that your body will heal what is left if you let it.  It wouldn't hurt to have one of your own look at it tomorrow or the next day in case any corrections need made."

Standing up clumsily, he moves to a stool at the bar.  "Healing always takes a bit more from you than you imagine it will at the start.  Could I trouble you for a drink, Tammar?  That mint smells very good, by the way."

Looking back at Piero and Raze, he wonders why the 2 don't seem to be getting along as well as they are letting on...  They are countrymen right, they should have something in common.  Then he thinks of Dicco...  Oh, yeah....

[A] Heiros, Kianthys, Caperstaff, Oengus, Atheleys, Duenyen, Quiryn [H] Shadowpass, Kraea, Kintaile, Tunin

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Piero braced himself for the healing.  He could feel the wolf inside rising, wanting to shift to the stronger form but with a wrench of will he supressed it. Finally as the healing settled around him and he felt the pain washing from his body he let out a long sigh of relief.  Pushing himself to a seated position he looked up at the broken draenei kneeling over him.  He hated being touched, especially by a creature so broken as this one appeared to be.  He hated having his own perfection sullied that way. He smiled to hide his revulsion at the stunted and malformed arm.  "Thank you err.. I'm sorry I did not catch your name."

[A]: Thess, Fahbrez Starshadow, Mihbrez Starshadow, Diccionario, Piero Consilio, Marcus Duccan, Lau Tze

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Realizing he had ignored a question by the wounded man, Heiros turns to Piero and gives him a half bow from his seat on the stool.

"I apologize for not introducing myself.  I am Heiros."

[A] Heiros, Kianthys, Caperstaff, Oengus, Atheleys, Duenyen, Quiryn [H] Shadowpass, Kraea, Kintaile, Tunin

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When Piero collapsed, Tammar jumped to her feet, freezing in place as her control began to fray. There wasn't much she could do for the man, and she knew it; her "training" was still little more than basic principles and daily prayers -- not enough to do anything more than offer platitudes.

She snarled silently at herself in bitter admonishment -- trying to send an injured man halfway across the city, and to what purpose? -- before tightening her jaw in an effort to keep her face still. Her thoughts roiling with if-onlys and shoulds, she carefully sat back down on the stool and smoothed her skirts over her knees as Razahir and Heiros handled the situation.

A minute or two later, Heiros' request jolted Tammar from her reverie. She wordlessly unclenched her grip on her bangs and stood up just long enough to pour him a vanilla soda, then pushed the glass and the dropper bottle of mint extract in the the draenei's general direction.

The gnome slumped miserably onto her stool once again and buried her face in her arms. Despite her alarm at Piero's fall, the initial rush of adrenaline from the night's events was beginning to fade, leaving a numb weariness in its wake.

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Shaatnez' rocket swooped to earth on the walkway outside the shop door, and the draenei hurriedly dismounted and strode up the steps to the porch. Trying the door and finding it unlocked, he frowned and pushed his way in, finding himself in the middle of the scene on the shop floor.

"What happened here? Where's Dicco?" he asked worriedly, looking back and forth between Tammar and Kwu. Belatedly, he gave Heiros and Razahir -- whom he vaguely remembered from the Faire -- a distracted nod of greeting; for Piero he spared only a curious glance. He could figure out what was going on down here once he knew the youngling was all right.

Dicco, I'm here at the shop. Are you upstairs?

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Razahir stood up as Shaatnez burst through the door, returning the nod before answering.  "There was a robbery here, Dicco's upstairs.  I don't know which room."  He turned back to the counter to see Tammar's head buried in her arms and frowns.  It hurt the worgen to see the gnome so obviously upset by the events of the early morning, even though it was a perfectly understandable reaction.  He gently patted her shoulder as he took a seat next to Heiro.  

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Heiros alternates adding drops of mint and stirring until he estimates it smells similar to what Tammar had.  He debates not bothering to answer, but since he does know Dicco's last location...

"As Raze said, he is upstairs.  He is in his old room unless he has moved.  He is in good health, but a foul humor.  I wish you luck."

Taking sip of his drink, he decides it isn't quite as Tammar would make it, but it is good enough for now.

[A] Heiros, Kianthys, Caperstaff, Oengus, Atheleys, Duenyen, Quiryn [H] Shadowpass, Kraea, Kintaile, Tunin

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Piero pushed himself to his feet. Something was off here, the gnome seemed close to breaking and he couldn't have that.  Glancing around the room the tension seemed to be humming.  He did not particularly want to spend the rest of the morning with the clumsy Mr Godwyn but he needed to ease himself softly from the shop, and solidify his place here once things had calmed down.  "Mr Heiros, such excellent work, I don't think my knees have felt this good in years.  I do not know how to repay you." 

He leaned close enough to the gnome to be heard in a whisper, but not so close as to invade upon her trouble, speaking in a dull murmur he reassured the gnome, "Thank you for your hospitality.  I am sure you must need time to sort through this mornings events and I sense that Mr Goodwyn and myself are not condusive to that at this time."  He glanced over at the worgen smiling. Looking back to Tammar he continued, "I'll go with him to the guardhouse now and I will try my hardest to keep them from invading this space with their nosery and if not, I will delay their coming to give you a chance to be ready.  Good bye Mistress Tammar, I sense you are stronger than you think."

He pushed himself away from the counter slightly and called cheerily, "Come along then Mr Goodwyn. We have errands to be about."

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Dicco heard Shaatnez's questions over the crystal but could not bring himself to reply.  Somehow he found away to clutch himself tighter and waited for his friend.

[A]: Thess, Fahbrez Starshadow, Mihbrez Starshadow, Diccionario, Piero Consilio, Marcus Duccan, Lau Tze

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Heiros gives a dismissive wave.  "No repayment necessary."

[A] Heiros, Kianthys, Caperstaff, Oengus, Atheleys, Duenyen, Quiryn [H] Shadowpass, Kraea, Kintaile, Tunin

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Razahir stood from his stool, nodding to Piero before giving everyone a smile and a wave.  "Yes, I suppose we had better.  And that's GODwyn, by the way.  Good day, all!  May we meet again under better circumstances."  He walked over to the door, holding it open for the other worgen and gesturing to the outside.  "Shall we?"

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Shaatnez stepped out of the way of the door, frowning, as the two men departed. As the door swung shut behind them, the draenei headed straight for the stairs, practically jogging up the steps. Dicco hadn't answered over the crystals, and Heiros hadn't sounded happy about having talked to the youngling. And who was that stranger Razahir had been kneeling over?

At the head of the stairs, the hallway was still dark; he carefully made his way down the hall and pushed open the door.

"Dicco?" he called softly, stepping into the room. "I'm here. Are you all right?" The draenei quickly felt at his waist and checked a setting on the control box attached to his belt, then nodded in satisfaction before returning his attention to the draenei youth curled up on the bed.

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Downstairs, Tammar released a breath she hadn't realized she was holding as everyone but Heiros and Kwu filtered out of the room. Piero's words circled in her thoughts like buzzing gnats, and she angrily batted them away. Nice of him to say so, she thought bitterly, but I've got damned good evidence for what I think. Like last night's outburst in front of Heiros, and hiding her face like a little child while everyone else was making decisions and getting things done.

Bad enough to look like a child to most of the people around her; how much worse to act the part and confirm it? Now there's a thought I haven't had in a while, she mused morosely. Only a matter of time, I guess.

Tammar levered herself upright with a grunt, schooling her face to stillness. In her weariness, she couldn't even summon a half-hearted smile for Heiros and Kwu. Glancing over at the pandaren, who was still standing at the foot of the stairs, Tammar noticed her stunned expression.

"Are you okay, Kwu?" she asked, her voice quiet.

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Piero stepped into the cool morning air past his adversary.  He waited for the door to lightly close behind the pair before speaking, "My apologies Mr Godwyn, I must of misheard your name earlier."  He ran his fingers through his hair and looked up into the dawning sky, "I also must thank you, for not revealing my.... condition. I do prefer to share that with people I feel I can trust."

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Dicco turned to face Shaatnez, looking up with blue tinged eyes and sobbing.  He could only shake his head in reply to the draenei's questions.

[A]: Thess, Fahbrez Starshadow, Mihbrez Starshadow, Diccionario, Piero Consilio, Marcus Duccan, Lau Tze

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The Padaren had remained quietly in her corner of the room for some time, silent and outwardly somewhere between shocked and stone faced as the events roiled on around her. Inwardly there was a myriad of emotions bouncing off the walls of her consciousness. People in pain all around her, and she couldn't balance herself beyond trying to keep as straight a face as possible. For a short moment she lifted her hands evenly spaced apart before her face ad she tried to summon just a whisp of healing mists... And nothing, not the slightest stirring in the air. With a sigh her hands dropped back to her sides and in time Shaatnez appeared. She blinked lightly, half opened her mouth to speakand ended up simply waving up the stairs. Since most everyone else was lucid she stepped back out of the way as he passed by up the stairs with little more than a nod and shuffled awkwardly in her spot.

Then her ears twitched, and she glanced up and blinked. It took a moment before Tammar's question pierced her focus, and the Pandaren took a deep breath and summoned the most reassuring smile she could manage, taking what was left of her willpower to remain as strong as she could. "A-a-ah.... I-I'm alr-r-right Tammar. J-j-just... T-t-trying t-t-to stay out of the w-w-way."

[A] Kwu, Ebonspell, [H] Vispiasting, Kureya, Rauuhya

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"Well, there's not really anybody to be in the way of anymore," Tammar said gently, gesturing around at the now nearly-empty shop. The gnome stood and tightened the belt of her dressing gown, then softly waved Kwu over to behind the counter. "Come here, have a seat. It's been a very long night, hasn't it."

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Shaatnez stepped closer. "Do you mind if I sit?" he asked kindly.

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Kwu bobbed her head and shuffled across the floor. She couldn't tell if the store being empty was any better or worse. With everyone there she felt excessive, useless, she'd let her head get the better of her and if it weren't for Heiros and Razahir then Piero could have been without healing, if her failed attempts were any indication. Yet now that there was space, and quiet... She took a deep breath. She wished she had the mind to bring her goggles, she wouldn't have to bite back tears every few minutes, she wouldn't have to hide the fear and anger in her eyes and push it down, locked away. Time, space... that's all she needed, soon enough.

She flopped her bottom onto one of the stools. What she wouldn't give to be working something, there was a bit of pressure building in one of the lines she needed to address and the blender may have been getting louder, Kwu didn't even have a guess yet how to fix that issue. Something to keep her hands busy, keep her mind focused and distracted from... from a knife to the neck... She shuddered lightly, planting her elbows on the counter and shaking her head. The Isle wasn't always safe, but these were issues native to these lands and she was still very much foreign. She turned her head to glance over at the gnome to her side. She still had her friends, she still had her work... It would be bad for a time but things would get better... So she could hope. "I guess it has... You don't really go to sleep expecting to be... be..." She swallowed back something of a cry and a laugh. "But, who goes out expecting to be hurt, no one takes a step expecting to fall. The world is full of dark and light, but there will always be a balance." She managed an even tone, neither heated nor morose, more matter o' factly. All she needed to do, of course, was find her own balance until then.

[A] Kwu, Ebonspell, [H] Vispiasting, Kureya, Rauuhya

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Raze kept his expression cool, gesturing towards the guardhouse, keeping Piero in front of him.  "You're most welcome.  I don't believe in outing someone who chooses to hide what they truly are.  Not without good cause."  He looks at the dawn breaking over the city and feels a wave of fatigue wash over him.  "Come, the guardhouse is this way."

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Piero smiled wryly at the worgen, he hoped his apology was enough to keep the fool guessing and curious about him.  Content to let the other take the lead, he continued on into the morning.

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Dicco nodded between sobs and as the older draenei approached he uncurled himself and reached his arms around his friend.  He relinquished all the fear, all the frustration and the isolation he had felt over the last few weeks and months and the emotions surged again as he began to weep openly.  Deviod completely of careful thought he clung to Shaatnez's side, the dials and controls on the older dranei's belt digging into him sharply but he barely noticed as he cried.

[A]: Thess, Fahbrez Starshadow, Mihbrez Starshadow, Diccionario, Piero Consilio, Marcus Duccan, Lau Tze

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Shaatnez put one arm around Dicco and very carefully maneuvered himself to sit on the side of the bed, shifting the control box around to the back of his belt so it wouldn't jab the boy in the stomach. As Dicco continued crying into his shoulder, Shaatnez murmured reassurances, gently patting the youngling's back in what he hoped was a sufficiently paternal fashion and silently giving thanks that he had forgotten to shut off his temperature-control systems overnight.

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Tammar looked at Kwu and nodded solemnly, then reached over and gave the pandaren a hug -- or at least as close to one as the gnome could manage, given the differences in their two frames.

"Everything is okay, Kwu," Tammar said quietly. "Nobody was--" She paused, caught herself. "No permanent harm was done. The shop will be fine, especially since I have you here to help me." She hoped that was as comforting as she intended it to be.

As she straightened and patted Kwu's shoulder, Tammar looked around the room and at the lightening sky visible through the front window. She nodded to herself. It was time to pick up and keep going.

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Kwu tensed a moment at Tammar's touch. More reflex than anything else, which made it worse since she should have been relaxed and loose. When was the last time she'd practiced her forms? She returned the gesture, trying not to squeeze the smaller female too tightly. Everything was fine now... Everything would be okay... The danger had passed, for now, the best they could do is roll with the punch and pick up where they had left off. Yet why did she still have something of a cold chill running along her spine.

She released the gnome with a smile though. She was a monk, and an adult... well close enough to one anyways, she needed to follow Tammar's example. Be strong, be supportive for her friends, and more importantly, be there next time. NO, not just be there, not just be around to pick up the pieces, she needed to be ready, ready for anything and everything. She glanced out the window to the rising light and nodded quietly in her resolve. Somehow she would make it up to them, and somehow she would be better next time.

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Razahir strode down the street in silence, glancing back every so often back at Piero, making sure he was still there, and that his hands stayed empty.  He didn't  trust Piero not to do something underhanded, although Raze suspected Piero wasn't the type to go for the direct approach.  Still, he'd rather take unnecessary precautions rather than an unexpected knife to the back.  Before long, they reached the guardhouse, Raze nodding politely at the guard at the door as he opened it up, ushering Piero inside.  

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Piero stalked past the worgen once more and with an eyebrow arched decided to see if he could stir the pot somewhat, "You seem nervous Mr Godwyn.  Does my presence make you uncomfortable?"  He asked in a low, level tone."

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Dicco had burried his head against the shoulder of the older draenei and he was not too naive to know what being a death knight meant, but Shaatnez was familiar, his mentor.  He had never been this close to the draenei before and he was surprised to find that he smelled like a clean glacial river masking the faintest sharp tang of chemical beneath it.  After crying himself against the draenei, he pulled back slightly and with blue bloodshot eyes looked up at his friend, "They all hate me."

[A]: Thess, Fahbrez Starshadow, Mihbrez Starshadow, Diccionario, Piero Consilio, Marcus Duccan, Lau Tze

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Raze simply shakes his head, "Not at all.  I'm simply surprised you've come this far.  I expected you to duck and run by now."

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Giving a lighthearted chuckle, he turned to face Mr Godwyn.  Ensuring that his face would not be unduly noticed he stared intensely at his counterpart. "Why would I run?" He asked in that same level tone.

[A]: Thess, Fahbrez Starshadow, Mihbrez Starshadow, Diccionario, Piero Consilio, Marcus Duccan, Lau Tze

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Raze stared back, his gaze unwavering, "You tell me.  You're the one who wants to put this behind you as swiftly as possible."

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