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Title: A Sort-Of Fairy Tale, Chapter 10 – Happily Ever After and Epilogue
Chapter: Final chapter of 10
Author: Boots
Rating: NC-17
Genre: Fairy tale AU, romance, drama
Warning: Male-male sex, shower sex, rimming
Pairing: Toya (Gotcharocka) x Subaru (main), Yo-ka (DIAURA) x Yuuki (Lycaon/Initial'L), mentions of MiA x Koichi (Mejibray). (At last, the final pairings can be revealed at the top of the fic!)
Disclaimer: DIAURA belongs to Ains, Royz and Kiryu belong to B.P. Records, Mejibray belongs to White Side Group, D and Gotcharocka belong to God Child Records, Fest Vainqueur belongs to PLUG RECORDS west, Initial’L is property of Battle Cry Sound Company. I own the story only.
Overall Story Summary: Once upon a time, there was a prince named Yo-ka whose father forced him to go through a Culling – a process by which a group of young men are gathered from each district of his kingdom and he eliminates them one by one until he finds his true love. There was another prince named Toya, who came along to offer his brother moral support, but planned to stay away from the fray. And there was a candidate named Subaru, who arrived from one of the country’s poorest districts with little more than a head full of dreams. All three were about to get more than they bargained for . . .
Chapter Summary: It's all over but the Happily Ever After. Toya and Subaru return to the Royal Retreat at Ekkisu, where they are finally able to express the passion for each other that they have held back for so long.
Comments: Thank you to everyone who has stuck with this story until the end! This is the longest piece I have ever written (since Camera Eye is more than a series of interconnected short stories rather than a true novel) and it's been quite an experience taking Subaru on his Cinderella journey. And a HUGE thank you to hamhamheaven who crafted a beautiful cover for this work!

Subaru enjoyed the second flight of his life a hell of a lot more than the first.

There was no heart in the mouth, no butterflies in the stomach, no dread about what was coming and what would happen afterward and where his whole life was going to go from here. There was just Toya sitting next to him, holding his hand, telling him how gorgeous he was and how very lucky he was that they'd found each other.

Everything after the scene on the balcony had been a wonderful blur. There was the reunion with his friends from Royz, all yelling and whooping and hugging – which led to even more yelling and whooping when Toya offered them the jobs in the Charlotte marine department. (“You're offering me a cushy government job in a place with incredible waves? Your Highness, there IS no answer to that but yes,” Kuina said.)

And then there was the phone call to Subaru's delighted parents, his mother crying with happiness, his father saying, “Son, the last thing in the world I expected was a duke in the family. I'm proud of you. So, so proud.” Following that was the trip back to the airfield – a lot smoother than the trip from there to the palace, since most of the “Power to the People” crowd had re-boarded their ships and sailed back home.

And finally, the plane was coming in for a landing in the exact same place they had taken off from that morning – the airfield at Ekkisu. A car was waiting for them, the driver bowing at the sight of the plane's occupants.

“My brother called the staff,” Toya whispered, “and told them to expect me, not him. They were a bit surprised.”

When they reached the royal retreat, they were met by a row of more bowing staff, saying, “Congratulations, Your Highness and Your Grace.” Subaru didn't think he'd ever get used to the idea of being addressed as a duke. As far as he was concerned, he was still a kid from Royz – just one with a fancy collar around his neck and a duke's badge of office pinned to his jacket.

“It feels so funny being back here without everyone else,” Subaru said as they walked into the main hall. “It's just so . . . empty.” His eyes couldn't help but seek out the parlor where he'd had the fateful conversation with Yuuki the night before – the one Yo-ka had overheard.

If we hadn't had that talk, Subaru thought, would Toya and I be here together right now?

“Don't worry,” Toya said. “We won't be spending much time in the main house.”

Subaru knew what he meant by that, all right. “Oh,” he said, blushing.

“There's a little dining room off to the side of the Pavilion where we'll have our meals,” Toya said. “And the rest of the time?” He leaned over and whispered to Subaru, “The staff is under strict orders not to disturb us as long as we're here unless we ask them to.”

“Ooohhhh,” Subaru said, blushing even redder now. His heart was flat-out pounding. Oh, my God, it's been eons since I've had a boyfriend, he thought. Am I going to be able to please him? What if I'm not able to . . .

They walked out back, down the path to the Pavilion, which was already lit brightly. “That little building jutting off to the side is the dining room,” Toya said. “They'll serve us dinner as soon as we're settled in, and then the rest of the night is ours.”

“Oh . . . okay,” Subaru said.

Toya rubbed his shoulder. “Relax,” he said. “We're under no pressure. There's no time schedule. We'll just let things happen between us when they happen. Right now, we'll just get changed into yukatas and take it easy for a few minutes. It's been a long day.”

“A long day, all right!” Subaru said. “Toya, I never thought I'd be back here with you. Never in a million years.”

“Believe it,” Toya said. “Because it's happening.”

Once they entered the Pavilion, Subaru realized instantly what a relief it was to get out of the fancy clothes and ornamentation – the hat laid on the dresser, the heavy, hard-won collar laid out lovingly beside it, his badge of office in front of that. The pieces of the fancy outfit he took off one by one and folded over the back of a chair.

But when he was down to his underwear, he quickly slipped into the bathroom to put the yukata on. He didn't feel quite right about completely stripping off in front of Toya – yet. He quickly yanked off his last garment and then slid on the robe.

When he walked out, Toya was already changed. He held his hand out to Subaru. “You look just as gorgeous in that as you did in all that finery,” he said.

“So do you,” Subaru said. And what will he look like with nothing at all? he wondered.

Toya led him toward the dining room, and Subaru followed. There were staff members waiting for them, pouring wine and serving courses, just like they did throughout the Culling.

At least this was a table for two, not the big tables where they'd eaten before. Subaru could concentrate fully on his new lover, and not miss the presence of his friends all around him.

During the meal, the two of them talked about the day's events – Toya said he was surprised by the presence of the demonstrators, but then again, he really shouldn't have been. “It's been a long time coming,” he said. “They just needed some sort of catalyst to realize that they could matter. You were that catalyst.”

“The last thing in the world I wanted to do when I got into this was be the cause of a revolution,” Subaru said. “I just wanted to see the palace.”

“It's a lucky thing you made that decision, you know,” Toya said. “For the people as a whole . . . and for me.” He reached over and put his hand over Subaru's. “I always believe that things happen for a reason. I think this whole Culling thing happened so we could meet.” Pause. “Oh, and so our country could form a Parliament and everyone could have an equal voice. But also so we could meet.”

Subaru laughed. “I like both ideas,” he said.

The meal was finished, the dishes cleared away – and they headed for the main part of the Pavilion, hand-in-hand.

Here we go, Subaru thought. This is when it's going to happen. Stay calm, just stay calm . . .
They walked over toward the bed. Subaru perched gingerly on the edge of it, Toya sitting beside him. A glance at the bedside table revealed that the staff had already set out candles, a tube of lubricant, several pieces of what looked like plastic sheeting . . .

Toya wrapped his arm around Subaru, letting his fingers trail down his back. “Hi, there, gorgeous,” he said.

“Hi there yourself,” Subaru said.

“There's just one thing I want to ask you, baby,” Toya said. He leaned over and kissed Subaru's neck, tenderly. “Do you usually prefer to top . . . or bottom? I'm open to either.”

Subaru felt his insides turn to liquid when Toya used the affectionate term for him. “Bottom,” he said. “I've always bottomed, except . . .”

“Except?” Toya began to lay soft and hot kisses in a line up his neck.

“I . . . I like to ride my lover sometimes . . .”

“I am definitely open to that,” Toya said. The kisses moved higher, and then Toya's lips were starting to move up Subaru's jawline, and then toward his mouth . . .

Their lips met, then parted, and Subaru let out a soft noise of pleasure, his arms wrapping around Toya. When their tongues brushed against each other, to Subaru, it almost felt like their souls were merging.

Dimly, he was aware they were tipping back onto the mattress together, mouths still caressing each other, and Toya's hands were moving down his body, unfastening the tie of his yukata.

Subaru returned the favor, finding Toya's belt, unfastening it, and then the two were wriggling around, getting rid of those unwanted bits of fabric and tossing them away.

They lay against each other, naked skin to naked skin, kissing hot and heavy, tongues probing each other's mouths. Subaru reached up and caressed Toya's back, fingers running over skin he'd only dreamed of touching before. He just felt so wonderfully smooth, so wonderfully hot.

Toya moved down over Subaru's neck, and Subaru arched back with a gasp, exposing the column of his throat, encouraging his lover to do more with it . . . and that he did, starting to nibble gently at the sensitive skin, making Subaru give a little gasp.

“Keep going,” he said, breathlessly, and Toya moved downward, lips caressing Subaru's collarbone, tongue flicking out to tease and caress the flesh of his upper chest . . .

When he reached a nipple, Toya brushed his lips over it, teasingly, then opened his mouth, his tongue moving in a wet circle around and around the bud. He kissed the peak, drew back a little, flicked his tongue over it again . . . and then lowered his head to suck, his fingers reaching over to caress the nipple's twin.

Subaru let out a strangled cry, clutching the back of his lover's head. “Toya!” he gasped, his hips moving upward, thrusting against the other man's body. When that wonderful tongue started moving back and forth over the bud again, Subaru let out another cry, nearly pulling at his lover's hair.

The hand that had been caressing the other nipple moved down, down, over Subaru's quivering stomach, until the fingers made contact with their ultimate goal. Subaru moaned as they moved along the shaft, exploring from top to bottom, caressing here and there.

Toya raised his head. “Oh, my God, baby, you're so damn hard already,” he murmured. “You feel so incredibly good.”

“Touch me,” Subaru gasped. “Touch me more . . .”

Toya began to stroke him, slowly. “Your cock is beautiful,” he said, breathlessly. “I've wondered for so long what you'd feel like, and you're even better than I thought you'd be.”

Subaru was lost in pleasure, starting to writhe on the fancy bedding, feeling those fingers run up and over and around the tip, then downward, touching him everywhere, caressing . . . even running lightly over his balls before making their way upward again. It was just so good, so amazingly good . . .

Toya moved upward, wrapping his arms around them, gently turning them so they were lying face-to-face. “Touch me, too,” he said. “Let me feel your hand on me.”

Subaru eagerly reached out, wrapping his fingers around his new lover's erection, thinking it felt so wonderfully hard and beautifully shaped and just big enough that he'd really feel it moving within him. He slid downward, his fingers tracing patterns on the hot flesh as he went, memorizing every inch, every reaction, every little moan Toya let out – the way he shuddered a little as Subaru caressed the point where his shaft joined his body, the deep groan as he teased the slit at the very tip.

Still caressing, he shifted so he could bring his mouth to Toya's chest, finding a nipple, licking back and forth across it, and he tasted so good, smelled so good . . . he began to suck at it, like Toya had done to him, his lover's sharp intake of breath making Subaru shudder in ecstasy himself.

“Careful, baby,” Toya gasped. “Too much and I'll come . . . and you want me inside you, don't you?”
“Yes,” Subaru moaned. “Yes, Toya . . .”

“Turn over and let me get you ready.”

Subaru flipped on his stomach, drawing his knees up, hands clutching the bedding in anticipation. He felt a lubed finger start to probe him, very gently, very gradually opening him up.

“Has it been a long time for you?” Toya said.

“Yes,” Subaru answered, breathlessly.

“I'll take it slow. I don't want you to feel anything but pleasure.”

The finger slid in and out, very slowly, gradually getting deeper with every thrust, and Subaru moaned, clutching the bedding harder, murmuring, “Toya, I can't believe this is happening, I can't believe we're doing this . . .”

“We're doing this.” Toya leaned over and kissed Subaru's shoulder. “And we'll do it over and over, any time you want to.” A second finger began to slide into him. “You feel so good already, oh, God, baby, I'm aching to feel myself deep in here.”

“I want you,” Subaru moaned. “I want you more than I've ever wanted anyone.”

By the time the third finger slid into him, Subaru was burning up. He thrust back against Toya, trying to open himself up faster. He moaned loudly, feeling those fingers moving within him, spreading apart gently.

“Please,” Subaru gasped. “Please, I'm ready . . .”

Toya slipped the fingers out, saying, “Turn over so we can see each other.” Subaru quickly flipped on his back, spreading his legs apart and holding them up, offering himself totally without restraint or shame.

The prince grabbed the lube and quickly prepared himself, then lay atop Subaru, bringing himself to the other man's entrance. The two of them paused, just looking into each other's eyes, knowing this was it – the true moment of consummation.

They leaned toward each other and kissed, tenderly, and then Toya began to slowly and gently push in. Subaru stiffened – there was pain at first, and an uncomfortable stretching, but he stuck with it, willing himself to relax . . .

And relax he did. The pain faded quickly. Subaru closed his eyes, feeling pleasure start to bloom deep inside him as his lover pushed in further. Toya paused, and they kissed again, tongues caressing one another.

Toya started a slow thrust, Subaru keeping his eyes open, watching the other man move over him, move within him. They picked up the pace, bit by bit, Toya watching Subaru's face for any sign of discomfort or distress, but none came.

“More,” Subaru moaned, and Toya moved faster, thrusting deeper . . . and Subaru began to move with him, hips thrusting upward, matching his lover's motions. They both began to moan loudly, fingers traveling over each other's bodies, moving over sweat-slicked skin.

Their pace quickened, Toya thrusting into Subaru, Subaru rising to meet him, both of them feeling the heat rising within them to intense levels, the pleasure nearly overwhelming . . . but neither one wanted it to end, they wanted to stay wrapped up totally in each other forever.

A hard thrust hit a sensitive spot within Subaru, and he let out a cry . . . so Toya thrust against that spot again and again, and Subaru felt his whole body start to tense and tremble, the heat within him threatening to explode . . .

Another, harder thrust, and Subaru felt ecstasy overwhelm him like never before. He let out a near-scream that was so loud that it was a very good thing they were in an isolated part of the estate. Pleasurable shudders ran through him, again and again and again, until he felt drained in the most wonderful way . . .

And he heard Toya give out a yell that was just as loud, and sink deep into him, coming intensely into his lover . . . until he collapsed atop Subaru, and the two shared a last, tender kiss.

“I love you,” Toya said. He'd held it back all this time, and they were the truest words he'd ever spoken.

“I love you, too,” Subaru said, and suddenly, he was more overwhelmed with happiness than he'd ever been in his life.

We're together now, he thought. We're truly one . . . in body and soul.

He snuggled against Toya, closing his eyes. And the best part was, this bliss, unlike the Culling, didn't have to end. It could go on as long as they wanted.

He hoped it would be forever.

* * *

A couple of hours later, the bed was empty, and the lovers were in the shower.

Well, at least they were in the shower area with the water running. They'd started out washing each other . . . and ended up in their current position. Which just happened to be Subaru sitting on the seat at the end of the stall, legs spread apart, leaning back and moaning.

Toya's position was kneeling on the floor in front of Subaru, mouth wrapped around his lover's cock. He was moving up and down rapidly, sucking hard, feeling himself completely invaded by the way Subaru felt, his scent, his taste . . .

One hand slid up Subaru's body, all the way to his lips, which he caressed gently before pushing into his mouth. Subaru sucked on the digit as Toya pushed it in and out, mimicking Toya's own motions.

He pulled back until only the head was in his lips, running his tongue around it, caressing every bit, then sliding down fast, deep, taking as much of his lover in as he could. Back up again, then down, harder and faster and deeper this time, thinking he was taking Subaru in further than any guy he'd ever gone down on.

The finger moved downward, sliding over Subaru's chest, finding his nipple and gently pinching it, then caressing, as he pulled Subaru out of his mouth altogether to rapidly sweep his tongue up one side of his cock and down the other.

He took the head back in and sucked hard as he gently pinched the nipple again, and Subaru let out a wail. “Toya . . . Toya, I'm coming . . .”

Toya pulled away from his lover, wanting to catch some of his come in the face, and he succeeded, feeling the warm droplets splatter over him. He let his tongue flick out, tasting them.

He moved up, kissing Subaru's lips hard, the come droplets smearing over both of them. The two shifted positions, so that Toya was the one sitting on the seat and Subaru was moving down to the floor, kissing Toya's nipples on the way down, then moving down to the erection that awaited him.

Subaru ran his tongue slowly around the tip, then flicked it back and forth, wrapping his lips around the head and moving down slowly . . .

Oh, God, he felt so good in his mouth. Subaru moved downward easily, thinking he couldn't get enough of this, couldn't get enough of this man he was with. He began to suck, moving backward, until he was almost out of his lips, then rapidly down again.

Subaru got into a steady rhythm, up, then down, the wonderful hard thing sliding through his lips, over his tongue, damn near down his throat . . . he did the same thing Toya had done to him, reaching up with his hand, caressing a nipple as he sucked . . .

And Toya was moaning loudly, reaching down to clutch at Subaru's blond head, crying out his lover's name, his whole body trembling with ecstasy, teetering on the edge of orgasm . . .

Subaru gently pinched the nipple, and Toya followed his lover over the edge, crying out loudly. The blond pulled back just in time, catching some of the white wetness on his face, and like Toya had done, he licked at it.

When he moved up to kiss Toya, he said, “I never gave a blow job that deep before!”

“Neither did I,” Toya said caressing his lover's face. “I think that means we were meant for each other, doesn't it?”

They kissed again, and Subaru thought, I knew that from the moment we first met, forever and a day ago in the royal treasure room. It just took me this long to be fully aware of it.

* * *

Another hour or so later, and the bedroom was filled with sounds of ecstasy again. Namely, moans from Subaru, who was on all fours, head resting on his folded hands.

The source of said ecstasy was Toya, who was behind him, leaning over, face buried in that sweet ass – with a dental dam over it. This plastic was needed because Toya was currently pushing his tongue into the lovely hole in said sweet ass.

“Oh, God, yes!” Subaru moaned. He'd never had this done to him. Never. He'd wondered what Toya was doing when he had him get on all fours, then poured lube into his cleft, then put the plastic over it . . .

The feeling of that hot, soft, strong thing pushing into him, pulling out, running around the rim, teasing the most sensitive spots, then sliding in again, wriggling about, moving place to place . . . It was wild and hot and sexy and forbidden. It was more intimate than anything Subaru had ever done with a lover. And he couldn't get enough of it.

Toya began to thrust his tongue in and out, probing deeper, flicking the wriggling around, hitting sensitive spots that he hadn't before. Subaru moaned with every little movement, every change of pressure or speed.

“More, don't stop, please, please, Toya . . .” Subaru found himself thrusting his hips backward, wanting that tongue so deep in him, and Toya was moving faster, responding to the noises Subaru was making, pressing against spots that made him moan the loudest.

Toya's fingers found Subaru's cock, stroked it lightly . . . and that was all Subaru needed. He cried out loudly with release, his whole body trembling, come pouring all over Toya's hand.

He turned back toward his lover, panting. “Sorry . . . I . . . it's just that it felt so good . . .”

Toya kissed his shoulder. “Subaru, love, don't feel sorry. I wanted you to come like that.” He leaned his head against him. “How did you like it?”

“Unreal,” Subaru said. “Fabulous. Toya, it wasn't like anything I've ever felt. But . . . you didn't come . . .”

“I can now,” Toya said. “Watch.”

He pulled the plastic away, poured lube on Subaru's cleft again, and leaned over him, pressing his cock between the halves of the lovely ass. He began to thrust, rubbing himself against the hot flesh, feeling himself encased in it but not penetrating.

Subaru felt so damn good. Everywhere, every way he touched him was ecstasy. He wasn't like anyone Toya had ever been with.

He began to move faster, thrusting harder against his lover, cock sliding back and forth through the cleft, enclosed in heat. His moans were getting louder, more intense . . . he felt Subaru start to thrust back against him, rubbing against him, trying to bring Toya to ecstasy as well . . .

Toya suddenly cried out, leaning over Subaru as the ecstasy burst, as he poured hot come all over his lover's ass. He clung to his lover, panting, as the last shudders faded.

Quickly, he reached for the wet cloth he'd brought with him to clean them both up. Subaru turned toward them, and they kissed.

“I'd say that was a successful experiment,” Subaru said.

“We can experiment with whatever you want,” Toya said. “I mean it, Subaru. Any way you want to do it . . . any way you've always wanted to do it . . . any way you've fantasized about it . . . we'll do it all.” He held his lover closer. “And we have all the time in the world.”

Subaru closed his eyes and snuggled against Toya. “I meant it when I said I loved you, Toya.”

“And I meant it, too,” Toya said. He leaned his head against Subaru's. “We're going to have a good life together – the best life any couple ever had. I'm so, so glad I found you.”

“I'm glad I found you, too,” Subaru said, yawning.

He closed his eyes and drifted off to sleep against his lover. They really did have all the time in the world. They could make love all they wanted, interspersing their bouts of passion with meals, intrips into town - and going surfing. Because that would be a part of their lives, always, no matter what else happened.

And then? They could build a partnership, in business and in life. A shared existence. The happily ever after anyone who had ever gazed at a palace in the distance had ever dreamed of.

His last conscious thought before sleep claimed him was that volunteering for the Culling so he could see the castle, and the country, was the best decision he ever made.

* * *


The blissful interlude at the Pavilion was only the beginning.

Subaru and Toya spent a week there, then moved on to Charlotte for another week (during which they became bound and determined to have each other in every bedroom in the palace), and finally, they returned to the capital.

The king insisted they live there for awhile – and that Subaru have what he called “royalty training.” That meant a constant stream of tutors in speech, etiquette, customs and ceremony. Subaru put up with it willingly – and surprised himself with how well he picked everything up – just as long as he and Toya could have a few hours to surf during the day and plenty of time to romp in their bedroom at night.

When Subaru had been there a couple of months, he got a pleasant surprise. Yo-ka had convinced the king to hire a royal perfumier, and a royal ice cream chef, and a royal photographer. Yes, it was his old friends – Ruiza, Hiro and MiA all moved to the capital, MiA bringing his Koichi with him (whose designs were considered a bit avant-garde for palace stuff, but Yo-ka did get him a position with a cutting-edge boutique).

And as for Hiyori, Yo-ka made good on his promise to introduce him to people he could have in his comedy group – conveniently based in the capital as well. And so, the Culling group was reunited at long last.

Subaru found that his relationship with Yo-ka shifted easily from “confused dating” during the Culling to “good friends and potential in-laws” afterward – and his relationship with Yuuki continued to grow, until Yuuki was as much a part of “The Clique” as anyone else. The group were frequent guests at his shows at the Regency Room.

Yo-ka was there for just about every performance, unless his duties took him away, and he took great pleasure in telling everyone who was there that the man on the stage was his beautiful boyfriend. His relationship with Yuuki did, inteed, blossom the way they hoped, and they were as deeply in love as Toya and Subaru before long.

True to Yo-ka's word, neither couple kept to a strict timeline when moving from Pledging to engagement. Toya and Subaru made it official about a year after the end of the Culling, Yo-ka and Yuuki following suit a few months later.

By that time, Subaru and Toya were able to equally divide their time between the capital and Charlotte – allowing Subaru to see both his hometown and Culling friends – and had started up that surfing supply and rollboard business. With the two of them as spokespeople, the sports took off in popularity and got picked up nationwide. Eventually, the two would found a surfing competition called the Charlotte Invitational that even drew international participants.

The Parliament, meanwhile, had some bumps and bruises getting started – for one thing, they had no Parliamentary hall at first and were forced to meet in a university stadium, and members scrambled to find housing in the capital when deliberations were in session – but it smoothed out after awhile, and met its goal of giving everyone an equal voice. Even the king had to admit, begrudgedly – very begrudgedly – that Yo-ka had a good idea.

Finally, two years to the day after Subaru boarded a rattletrap merchant boat to leave Royz for the capital, he and Toya were married. The date was picked deliberately. And so, a tugboat clerk from a lower-class district became Subaru, Prince-Consort of Charlotte, Duke of Royz. But if you asked him, the title that meant the most to him was “Toya's husband.”

And so, we come to the end of this tale. And as with all fairy tales, it is customary to say these closing words, but with Subaru and company, it was especially true: They lived Happily Ever After.


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Dec. 15th, 2016 05:06 am (UTC)
Aww, of course they lived happily ever after! Baru-chan's nerves were understandable, but I'm glad they didn't last long. He and Toya have great chemistry together, so that's no surprise. Meanwhile Yuuki and Yoka got to date in earnest and fell in love just like we knew they would if given the chance. So sweet <3
Dec. 17th, 2016 04:20 pm (UTC)
Hey, sorry for the delay posting this comment. I've been too busy to log in my computer and hate commenting using my phone.

I'm so glad to see everyone finally getting a happy ending. :) They totally deserve it. I hope you write more fics like this next year, I really do love them.
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