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Revenge, Inc. Part 19: A Short Story

Updated on February 21, 2010

Author's Note:

Hello everyone and welcome back. As I said in last week's installment, I'm near the point where I originally imagined this story and to reiterate a bit further, I knew what would to be established in the first few installments and the concluding installments, but struggled to come up with the middle section of this series which I had to create and connect the dots in a somewhat timely manner week-in and week-out as you well know. I put a great deal of thought into the next installments, so I hope that I can pace myself well enough to share what I need to share with you, the reader.

With that said, I'd like for you to continue to trust me in what I do in fact share with you. The upcoming installments will not be easy for some of you to read. I of course urge you to read on with the hopes that you do find some semblance as to what you may or may not be hoping for. As always, I appreciate your readership. Thank you for reading.

-ODP

There is of course a beginning and an end to everything, especially the stories we read, so with that said, if you are indeed new to this series, please click on the link below to get started. Thank you!

Revenge, Inc. Part 1

Revenge, Inc. Part 2

Revenge, Inc. Part 3

Revenge, Inc. Part 4

Revenge, Inc. Part 5

Revenge, Inc. Part 6

Revenge, Inc. Part 7

Revenge, Inc. Part 8

Revenge, Inc. Part 9

Revenge, Inc. Part 10

Revenge, Inc. Part 11

Revenge, Inc. Part 12

Revenge, Inc. Part 13

Revenge, Inc. Part 14

Revenge, Inc. Part 15

Revenge, Inc. Part 16

Revenge, Inc. Part 17

Revenge, Inc. Part 18

The Journey to Hell

Although I didn’t show it, there was a feeling inside me that I couldn’t deny. It was an old feeling—the feeling of fear—which I hadn’t felt in almost two years. So why was I feeling what I was feeling? I couldn’t quite understand it and didn’t want to. The last thing I wanted to be was afraid of getting my panties in a knot for no particular reason while influenced by this “feeling.” The most dangerous of all warriors were fearless and uncompromising, I remembered. It wasn’t simply the numbers of the Oda Clan and its supporters. I didn’t have this feeling before, during, or after the battle for Jirai Island when it seemed that the odds were weighed heavily against us. I believed that victory could be had, that it was indeed possible. I had to believe, as I really did feel that there was no other choice but to. The fact was this and this alone:

Natsumi needed me…Natsumi needed us.

While following Katsuro’s lead that brought us closer and closer to the artery of Kyoto and into the mouth of the Odas, I recalled back to my time of peace and salvation and back to the teaching of my shishou, Master Akira when I was not yet Marak. His words still live inside me like the beating of my heart:

“Such is the weakness of the warrior and the strength of men, Cody-san, who can feel what is inside themselves the urgings of their own hearts. The man whose mind is heavy with concern, who has too much to lose can easily be defeated. I'd rather go to war against this man as victory is nearly certain. However, the man who has nothing to lose, who is willing to sacrifice himself, who does not fear death; I must fear this man, as he is the most formidable of all my opponents. My resolve must somehow be greater than this man’s resolve if I am to somehow defeat him.

“If experience is the greatest teacher, then desperation, his cousin, is the greatest motivator. Be not blind to the possibility of surprise by your opponent, Cody-san. Always overestimate and overcompensate in your preparation before entering the battlefield. I must say, you have surpassed being a mere human. You are now ninja and are like the wind—invisible to the naked eye, yet can make your presence felt. It is the element of surprise that is your greatest advantage, in which you make your enemies fear you. All of us are in fear of what we cannot see as there is no point of attack. This is why the Odas want to eliminate our kind. This is why throughout the years we have been their target…

“We pose a threat to them and have aided their enemies and throughout all these years, we have been forever a thorn in their side. They tried in vain to bribe us with their bloodstained money and properties and have even asked us to join them—only for us to answer with our katanas. It’s tough to defeat an enemy that cannot be bribed…”

At this point, Master Akira laughed at his own words, at his own truth as decreed by him for so many years and through the generations of Watanabe. Although I’ve since lost him—the one man that has taught me more about life and battle than anyone else in this world--he still lives within me through his many teachings. Safe to say, I will never forget him, no matter how any of this was going to end.

Kosuke Fish Market Revisited

It wouldn’t until nearly midnight when we finally got out of the abandoned office building. I was sure that Katsuro would’ve loved to have killed me back there, because I would’ve loved nothing more. Were it not for our love of Natsumi, we surely would have. I never liked him and the feeling was mutual. Perhaps one day the two of us will face off against each other, but that day was not today. All I could think about was the imminent danger she was in, because in my mind, I kept on seeing images of Ritsuko and her and her and Ritsuko. It made me sick inside but quickened my step. But my mind began to wander...What if Natsumi wasn’t there? What if Ritsuko took her someplace else, like the other side of the world? What then? I posed these questions to Katsuro and he replied with a snort. Again, I wanted to punch him in the fucking face.

Gai jin, there is no safer place then that place for the Odas. It is a place to keep the natural world out and their world in. It’s their asylum and there is no safer place in Kyoto than that place. There is no doubt in my mind that Natsumi is there.”

By using a low-noise detonator, Katsuro and I were able to get pass the steel door and inside the Kosuke Lucky Fish Market where two too slow to draw their weapons. We made quick work of them and proceeded to the cooler where two men in business suits were on their way out. Katsuro broke the neck of the guy that was closest to him.  His companion tried to flee in vain because I tripped him and so sent him flying; he collided against the outer steel door of the cooler, face first.

“Do you know this building?” I asked the guy as he was wiping blood from his nose while sitting on the floor. When he didn’t answer me I punched him in the face, making a sick fleshy sound. The guy screamed out in horror. His nose became a faucet.

“YES!” He said, letting out a blood-gurgle. Katsuro monitored the door just in case anyone out.

“Good. Now tell me everything you know.”

Setting the World on Fire

I learned a long time ago through Master Akira that the ninja’s greatest attributes, besides invisibility, is the penchant for creating a diversion, such as the use of smoke bombs to aid in escape. Our plan to penetrate the Oda compound and to make our escape with Natsumi was no different. But at the same time we wanted to make our “presence” felt by all. With the help of our bloody friend, we were able to quickly find the six-gas tanks that were housed inside the complex which was believe it or not, an upside-down high-rise. Their complex was just like any other four-story building you’d see in any city, except it was built from the street-level and down, directly below the Kosuke Lucky Fish Market. Both Katsuro and I went around when checking all of the possible escape doors and made them impossible for escape by jamming the locking mechanisms, but left just one escape route for ourselves. Katsuro set the timers on the detonators and placed them upon the gas tanks in the basement of the fish market or the would be attic of the complex. The two of us made haste.

Although our friend didn’t know exactly where it was that she was being held, it only made sense that she would be in the sub-fourth floor of the complex as that was where Ritsuko, his father, and the other oyabans kept their court—the notorious Four Demons. Although the two of us did our best to silently hack and pound our way while descending into Hell, the alarm that there were intruders inside could not have been avoided under the circumstances. Through the hallways inside the complex, clan members rush out to us and opened fire. It seemed that none of the Odas carried with them the traditional katana as they were lazily replaced with automatic weapons of sorts—most of which were from America. I used the bodies of my adversaries as human shields in moving from one passageway to the next. I compensated my lack of not having a gun with shurikens and so never had to worry about getting “jammed.”

Katsuro and I broke through to the main hall that was just as elegant as it was high. All throughout, cherry and sandal wood decorated the landscape. We were met by dozens upon dozens of katana-wielding members from each corner. All sorts of limbs littered the floor everywhere you looked. Atop the landing and up the double-helix staircases on either side were four rooms and in one of them, Natsumi was being held. We had to take our chances with each but had to first get past the members. So side-by-side, the two of us plowed our way through to the foot of each staircase and then made our way upwards. With each step we took we were met by more and more members who were relentless in their pursuit. I checked both rooms on my side and found nothing but traces of some that someone was in fact there very recently but the food and drink that was hastily left atop the low tables in which diners would have to kneel when sitting down. Just as I came out of the second room, both Natsumi and Katsuro appeared from the room next door. Her clothes were changed into a flowery red and white kimono which she was clutching to keep from falling from her body. She was barefooted and completely naked underneath. She blushed when she saw me while her brother was trailing her. She only glanced at me once and then took her eyes away from me and said nothing.

“Why the fuck are you standing there?” Katsuro said to me. “We only have four minutes before this place explodes!”

I just had so many questions that I wanted to ask but would have to wait.

So with myself the watching the blind-side of our group and Katsuro up front we made our ascent as fast as we could. I had to bite down on my lip to keep from asking Natsumi the obvious question. Twice she turned to see if I was watching her and of course I was. There were a few of the remnants of members on the way up, who had no clue that they were about to be victims of a cataclysmic explosion. By the time the three of us reached the landing of the third floor, the first of the explosion went off, followed by the second and third and so on, of such that the entire building rocked in response and we had to hold on to the railing to keep from losing our balance. The heat that was rising beneath us was tremendous.

It was then that I would never forget, for as long as I was alive, what took place next at the mouth of that ominous gray door:

Katsuro pushes open the heavy gray door and Natsumi screams out in her defense,”No!” She then pushes Katsuro out of the way and I hear the sound that continues to haunt me to this very day. It’s the unmistakable sound of a gunshot.

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      keira7 7 years ago

      Oh Dohn thank you so much for the journey, I really was checking my mail tonight hopping to find part 19. I am addicted to your wonderful writing.:) Thanks again my dear good friend. I cant find words to describe your talent. You are one of the best.:) I really am a big big fan.:) Bless you bro.

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      Paradise7 7 years ago from Upstate New York

      This story just gets better and better. I DID have to go back and re-read the last couple of installments to get the sense of a coherent whole to this story, and it was SO well worth it!

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      Zsuzsy Bee 7 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      Dohn just caught up on the 17, 18, 19th chapters. Twisting story-line my dear young friend...outstanding. Can't wait for the next batches.

      greetings Zsuzsy

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      dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      Thank you so much, Kiera7! It's always wonderful to hear from you. Thanks for being the first to comment! It's friends like you that keep me writing this story and I'm always happy to share it. I'm very thankful whenever I do hear from you, my friend. Blessings.

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      dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      That's so wonderful to hear, Paradise7! To be honest, I rarely go back to the previous chapter to see what I wrote. I just kind of let the memory of the previous installment marinate for five days and then I begin the next continuing on with what I remember (crazy, huh?). It's great to see that you're still following this!

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      dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      Thank you for such a flattering comment! I really am new to this style of writing and really am learning as I go along. I don't think I will ever do this again (at least not in this fashion!). I was getting a bit worried after not seeing you around and so wondered if I would see you after this installment was published and voila! There you are! It's always a pleasure to hear from you ;)

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      Tim 7 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      More good stuff! Are you going to be putting this into book form?

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      dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      Thank you for the comment! Hopefully yes. Given the opportunity I would certainly like to. Only time will tell ;)

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      cosette 7 years ago

      holy crap. please don't kill off Natsumi, ohpleaseohpleaseohplease... ;)

      p.s. love the illustrations.

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      emievil 7 years ago from Philippines

      I second cosette. Hope you won't kill Natsumi dohn. But I remember the first installment of this story - there was no mention of Natsumi then. Hmmmmmmmmmmmmm, methinks you're planning something for her. :) Great installment - I was looking for a fight scene as it fits my mood right now LOL j/k :D

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      Pamela Oglesby 7 years ago from United States

      Another great, exciting chapter. Each chapter has been unique with eliciting much anticipation as to what will happen next. Excellent as always.

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      Oh Dohn, I admire your imagination and I could almost feel the blood and heart racing here, mine hehe--suspense. I couldnt wait to know what will happen next. And that gunshot wound, I can wait until next week again, I am just so excited really to find whats all about that.

      And of course Natsumi is naked under that clothes, hmmm, glad it was so easy to rescue her but needed a lot of trick and of course the fire and explosions make it more jampacked with action, overall I give a ten rating in this installement ten out of ten,

      I was glad you also remember in the first part about Master Akiras legacy. I am beginiing to have a good grasp about what is to be a ninja, I love ninjas,

      Thank you Dohn and this is very nice. I love reading this story always, Maita

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      dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      Ha! O_O Ummm...Next week then? The only promise that I'll make is that I won't make any promises! You guys are NOT making this easy for me *sniff* Thanks?!

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      dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      Emie, Emie, Emie...What am I going to do with you? You guys just have to trust me! Not easy guys, I mean do you REALLY like her? Like really, REALLY like HER? I did kind of rush the scene a bit. I should've probably got into more detail and added more action :/ I'll go back and do so (eventually). Glad you liked this Emie ;)

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      dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      Thank you so much, Pamela for the comment. We're definitely closer to the end than the beginning. This story will end before you know it :(

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      dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      Wow, Maita. What can I say to that. I should personally give you an autographed copy :) You sure deserve it! Thank you so much as always. To hear your comments week in and week out is a blessing, really. All you guys really do keep me coming back to be honest. Without you guys I wouldn't be as motivated to finish this story or post a new one every single week for the past 4 months. I will add more actions scenes to this hub (later on) I promise.

      You guys are the best.

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      emievil 7 years ago from Philippines

      LOL, I'm hopping from one foot to the other in anticipation of the next installment! j/k okay, I'll sit back and relax while you sweat it out writing the next one (hehehe).

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      Tammy Lochmann 7 years ago

      Wow Dohn, great work...I am realizing how hard it is to do this. Kudos!

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      Miss Take 7 years ago

      this story is unfolding, beautifully thanks for it, i don't always comment but i am following you.....

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      Elena 7 years ago from London, UK

      Thank goodness Natsumi has been found, but Dohn you really left us hanging there. lol. I scrolled down the page quickly, hoping to read more after the gunshot...

      You are such a brilliant Writer.

      Thanks

      Ps. I hope this is not for our eyes only. You have to put this in a book and publish. Best Wishes.

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      Truth From Truth 7 years ago from Michigan

      Incerdible work at a break neck pace. You are an excellent writer Dohn. Thanks for this great entertainment.

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      dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      Hey, Emie. Yes, I've been sweating this story out since its inception! We are "almost there" believe me and I believe that you will be there once we cross the finish line :)

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      dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      Hey Tammy. Thank you. I'm just glad that I didn't paint myself into a corner (yet). It really is a small miracle I've gotten this far, lol.

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      dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      Hey, Miss Take. I had no idea that you were following me so it's a honor to hear that you are. Thank you so much and please don't be a stranger to commenting!

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      dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      Thank you, Elena! As always, I love hearing and look forward to everything you say about my work. It's so flattering to hear that you think so. I hope to one day get this in print. I don't see why it wouldn't sell as it's certainly a work that I would be interested in! Thank you so much!

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      dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      Thank you, TFT. The comments have been overwhelming. I really couldn't ask for anything more. I appreciate the fact that all you guys take the time to read me. It really is flattering. Thank you my friend.

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      Richard Francis Fleck 7 years ago from Denver, Colorado

      You have us all hooked as we await the next segment!

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      dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      I really did leave you guys in suspense! Thanks again, juneaukid!

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      Rebecca E. 7 years ago from Canada

      hooked hooked and hooked-- is that a bad thing?

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      dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      Certainly not, Rebecca! I'm glad that you are, because it means I did my job ;)

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      sure Dohn, I always wait for the continuation of this, sometimes I am delayed in reading because I went to Lousisiana last weekend, took care of my friend who gave birth -- her hubby is in Iraq, Go DOHN, Maita

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      dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      You're always on time, Maita! You're usually the first to comment anyhow and you know this! Yes you are a good friend, but you don't need me to tell you so! Thanks Maita xoxox

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      ateenyi 7 years ago from Chicago

      Great Hub!!!!!

      The story is good. The facts are centrifuged in very coherent manner and presentation is of par excellence. The reader cannot escape even a single sentence as each and every sentence is connected with each other like a web. Thanks for sharing such an interesting peace of text.

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      dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      Wow. That's one heck of a compliment! Thank you so much for it and I'm glad that you stopped in to read this. I really couldn't ask for anything more. Thank you.

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      Cris A 7 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      Oh no! Alas there's nothing I can do but wait - but at least I'm not alone and in good company :D

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      dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      Ha! Yes, indeed. I'm really blessed to have such AMAZING company, Cris. Were it not for you and everyone else that's been following this, I would've quit a long time ago :) So here's a big heartfelt thank you!

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      Justine76 7 years ago

      I knew it. Remember, when she said she loved him? I dont know if shes going to die, or be in a coma or romanticaly decide the relationship is to dangerous for Marak....but I just knew something was going to happen!!! I really enjoy how vivid your descriptions are, but its not all....wordy...its easy to read. Awwsome as always!

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      dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      Geez...Yes, I do remember that. You read too much, DM! I'm not going to reveal too much! I'm just glad that I haven't (not yet) painted myself into a corner. Thanks for the amazing compliment, buddy! I really do appreciate it :D

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      Justine76 7 years ago

      I read too much? No way!! Thats jsut not possable. I cant ever read enough!! Thats like saying ..oh,theres too much music in this record store...

      your welcome. Im excited for the next chapter. :)

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      dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      Hahaha! Reading IS fundamental, isn't it? I totally agree. Part 20 is ready for your greedy eyes, my friend :D I hope to hear from you very, very soon!

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      Shalini Kagal 7 years ago from India

      A fish market scuffle, a gunshot that leaves you wondering....Dohn - you rock!

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      dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      Haha! That sounds very "Japanese" doesn't it? Seriously, I'm having a lot of fun writing this and am watching this unfold just like a movie I'd enjoy watching. Thanks so much, Shalini!

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      Eileen Hughes 7 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      Gosh you kn ow how to plot and keep us poor old souls hanging about in suspence waiuting for the next one. Been a bit slow catching up on them again now. thanks dohn

      Great imagination thats for sure

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      dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      I'm so happy to hear that you are still following this, Eileen! This is certainly not an easy chore (and I don't think it should be either!). You're acknowledging the fact that you're reading this is a blessing. Thank you so much!

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      Anthony Goodley 7 years ago from Sheridan, WY

      I would beg and plead for you not to kill off Natsumi but I realize I'm weeks too late and her fate has already been decided. Surely you wouldn't....

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      dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      Geez...All's I can say is to trust me in my direction of this story. I really can't say anything else, my man. Give it some time, please. Now you got me begging and pleading.

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      ralwus 7 years ago

      'The last thing I wanted to be was afraid of getting my panties in a knot . . .' is this Ninja speak? get it the hell out, doesn't fit, use another euphemism if you must. Trying to help you my friend. I don't think your editor will like it either. You ended this at the right time.

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      dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      Ha! Okay, all right, I'll change it to something else. No biggy. Cody was just being sarcastic when saying so. I thank you, Charles for lending a hand. I wish you were in my writing workshop at school: Talk about mudslinging. I'm surprised that fights didn't break out back then. No worries. You're really picking up on just about all of the flaws in this first draft, so I thank you.

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