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Chapter 2 – First of May

"New at ten tonight, the citizens of Jump City continue to come to grips with the sudden disappearance of the Graham Brothers Circus and the appearance of what appears to be a giant dome of dark energy in the downtown area. It is believed that the villain known as Mumbo Jumbo has taken residence inside with an unknown number of hostages."

The newsman paused for a moment, looking slightly off-camera. "Police have now been focused on stopping what appears to be children being possessed by this dark energy. Reports of children robbing banks and causing mayhem have come in from all over the city, with seemingly no end in sight-

"Turn it off, Beast Boy."

"But what if we see-"

Robin glared him down. "We have more important things to worry about than the media right now."

Begrudgingly, Beast Boy powered down the TV, jumping over the couch to join the rest of the team. "Then what are we doing here?"

"We needed to regroup. We tried to corral one of those kids and got thrown halfway across the city. We need to come up with a plan and understand what's going on." Seeing Beast Boy's scoff, he sighed. "Look, I don't like it any more than you do, but I'm hoping this won't take long."

Robin brought up the map of the city on the monitor, and then turned to the rest of his team. "All right, people, what do we know?"

"Other than the fact that there's a giant dome right off the coast and people are getting sucked into it?" Cyborg quipped. "Not much else."

"We know that Mumbo's in there somewhere. He hasn't come out since the dome went up," Robin corrected. "We also know that he's using kids to do his dirty work."

Starfire hovered off to his right, deep in thought. "But Robin, the Mumbo is certainly not capable of performing arts of magic like this. Something is suspicious here."

"But who else would it be, though?" Beast Boy asked. "Mad Mod?"

Robin shook his head. "No, this isn't his style. I agree with Star. There's another player here. Maybe Slade? Didn't Mumbo have that crystal on his second wand?"

Cyborg had his own schematic up on his wrist, leafing through pages of material. "Doubtful. Through all of the tests we've run with that weird mineral, it only affect mechanical things. Not magic. It wouldn't have suddenly upgraded it from card tricks to what we saw today."

"Uhh...guys?"

The trio turned to Beast Boy, who was busy waving his arms around.

"What's up, B?"

"If it's magic we're dealing it, should we ask the one person who knows this stuff?"

Cyborg shifted his gaze around the common room. "Yeah...where is Raven?"


Raven stood on the top of the nearest building, looking down at the energy dome with growing disdain.

"She already left. She's trying to figure out how to dispel this thing, or at least try to get inside and stop Mumbo. Beast Boy's right; she has the most experience with dark magic, and not of the rest of us are even close to her understanding. If there's a way to stop this, she'll find it."

She had no idea what to do.

By the time she had been dispatched out to the scene by Robin, the traffic of children going out and coming into the dome has ceased. All she could do was study the magic and try to find a solution.

She had agreed with Robin; something was indeed off with Mumbo. This was not his usual method of operation; Mumbo liked to do things on his own. That way, the only person that would get the money was himself.

But that stare. Raven couldn't help but flash back to the look that girl had given her. It was...evil. Mumbo was a lot of things. Comedic, villainous, foolhardy...but evil? It was such a strong word. It didn't suit him. It didn't suit this.

Raven was so lost in her thoughts she had almost missed the person floating out of the dome. It was definitely one of the children, but they were heading off toward the shopping district, not aware of the Titan. Slowly, Raven began to follow, keeping at a safe distance.

A couple of minutes late, the unknown person landed in a alleyway, just across from the Jump City bank. They were just about to cross the street and head inside...

"Stop."

Raven materialized in front of them, her palm held forward. "Whoever you are, I don't want to hurt you."

The human gave an almost serpentine hiss, then darted back up into the sky.

"...Well, so much for civility." Raven flew up after them, but not before she had to leap out of the way of a magic blast.

"Mumbo's passing his magic off to others? Now I know something's up."

She had half a mind to call the other Titans, but as she swerved around another building, the hood of her escapee flew down...

Raven gasped. Deja vu all over again. It was the girl from before.

"I have to do something," Raven muttered. She closed her eyes and began to focus. "Azarath..."

Her hand glowed with energy.

"Metrion..."

Raven snapped her fingers.

"Zinthos!"

A large energy net appeared in front of the girl, who was not able to swerve in time. She flew headlong into the net which snared her from neck to toe.

"Let me go, you insufferable heathen!"

...OK, that was definitely not the talk of a little girl. Raven began to guide her captive back to the ground. "Whoever you are, demon, you're messing with the wrong people. They're under the protection of the Teen Titans."

"I am no demon, girl," the voice spoke. "Surely you would have figured it out by now."

"Listen to me..." Raven yelled, trying a different approach.. "I don't know your name, kid, but this isn't you. Someone's controlling you."

"I don't listen to whelps like yourself."

"Then it looks like I have no choice." The spellcaster spun the girl around and grabbed the clasp of the cloak. "Funny how everyone just started wearing these things around once the circus came into town. Is this how you're controlling them?"

"No!" The girl tried to squirm out of her trap. "Stop!"

"Looks like I guessed right." Raven flowed some energy into her hand again, aiming to weaken its hold on the cloak. "I'll just-"

The enormous magic shockwave sent both parties in opposite directions. Raven slammed into the ground, the remnants of the cloak showering over her. Recovering quickly, she looked up to see the girl careening towards an apartment building.

She swore under her breath and melted into the ground. Right before the girl hit the wall, she was able to appear between them and catch her. Her back hit the wall, aggravating the heavy pain she was already feeling.

"It's OK. I got you."

Raven floated down to the ground and set her down. She was surprised to see she was not only awake, but on the verge of tears. "Are you alright?"

"My head hurts." Her eyes were wet and bloodshot. "I was hearing very bad voices."

"Trust me, I know what that feels like," Raven quipped, her hand glowing bright blue with her healing magic. "What's your name?"

"May." The girl looked up and appeared to just notice her savior's identity, almost immediately beginning to gasp. "You're Raven!"

"Indeed I am."

"I saw you at the circus!"

"Yeah." Raven silently cursed her lack of conversational skills. "Listen..." She placed her hand on the girl's back, steadying her. "I'm going to take you back to your parents, but I need help. There's a lot of kids like you that are in trouble right now like you were. Do you remember anything from when you were in that dome?"

May narrowed her eyes in thought. "I remember the weird blue man. He was saying a bunch of weird things."

"Like what?"

"About money or something. The man in the shiny stone didn't like that."

Raven's mind stopped. "What man?"

"There was a man that the blue guy was talking to. On his table. He kept talking really loud."

"Do you know what he looked like?"

"No." May looked down to the ground. "I'm sorry."

"It's okay," Raven said warmly. "Do you remember anything else about this man?"

The kid thought for a moment. "Ooh! I remember his name! But..." May got nervous again. "The blue man got yelled at whenever he said it. I don't want to get in trouble."

"Tell you what." Raven leaned forward. "You can tell me. I promise I won't tell."

May brightened and tilted her head to the Titan's ear and whispered something in a soft tone.

Raven's heart dropped.

"Are you sure?"

May nodded. "Is something wrong?"

Raven glanced behind her shoulder, not answering her question. "It's late. I need to get you back to your parents, and I need to talk to the other Titans." Putting on her bravest face, she looked back down at May. "You've been a big help, May. Now it's my turn to help everyone else."


To be honest, Raven almost wished that Slade had been behind this.

But it was not. Instead, it was him.

Raven walked into her room, the cool breeze of familiarity in her nostrils. She saw her bed and almost jumped into it. Her

body needed sleep.

Her mind disagreed.

She strode over to the large locked chest near the back wall. Steeling herself, she flipped the lid open.

The worn cover of the white and black book was still there.

The last time she had heard his name, Raven was staring into his bright red dragon eyes.

Malchior.

She took the book over in her hands. Nothing appeared to be out of the ordinary. The book had not been touched since the

Titan's battle with Malchior the first time. She still remembered the entire ordeal like it was yesterday. How he had mislead her into believing he was Rorek. How he had promised to teach her magic once lost to time.

How he cared about her.

Raven shook her head. "Can't think about that right now. He needs to be stopped. The book was able to stop him before; it should be able to do it again."

"I'm afraid it's going to be more complicated than that."

SMACK!

"Ow!"

The collision of the book hitting the ceiling was apparently enough to cause the mysterious voice to flinch in pain, although that was nothing compared to the scare Raven had just experienced.

"I am not doing this again," she said firmly, magic at the ready. "Malchior, you're going to remove your influence from those children-"

"I would love to do that, actually. But that foul beast is not present in this conversation."

Raven lowered her hand only slightly. "And what makes me think I should believe you?"

"Because I can show you."

Raven saw the open book begin to glow, a few of the pages beginning to turn. She half expected for the paper to materialize, the dark eyes to look at her, and the humanoid guise of Malchior to appear before her again.

Instead, a ghostly figure started to form above the book. She wasn't sure who was going to materialize, but the instant the white hair and gray armor were visible, there wasn't any more doubt.

Raven lowered her arm in shock as she stood before the magician. So much so, he could only whisper his name.

"Rorek."

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Spectacle - Chapter 2

AUTHOR'S NOTE: Well, this story took a weird turn.

As I was writing this chapter, I never had the odd couple known as Malchior and Rorek showing up at all. It was just going to be Mumbo. But as more and more of this got written down, it just sort of...steered into that direction. But I think this will actually make the story more interesting in the long run.

I'm sure some people are thinking "But Arct, you shining example of a human being, how are you going to explain these shenanigans? I thought Malchior was cursed away in the book."

Well, person I just made up, the Brotherhood of Evil somehow got a hold of him, because he was present at the final battle. Herald shooed him away, remember? Trust me, all will be explained with the two and how they ended up where they are now.

Chapter 3 will be next week, and also might be a little shorter. Read and review if you like. Until next time.

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Surprise.

This isn't really a new chapter to this story. I have an update that I need to share, and I didn't really know how else to do it.

There's also a really good chance that I will have to take this down at some point because I'm pretty sure Author's Notes as chapters is against the rules, but I don't care. If I have to, I have to.

Anyways...funny story.

I was perusing through some of my stories (because I'm so egotistical like that) where I came across something that made me cringe.

Over on FF.net, the fourth chapter for this story (Duplicate) was suppose to be the setup for the story where Rose is properly introduced and things start developing into the second part of the story.

What it really was was Chapter 5 of the Phineas and Ferb story that I had been working on, Rush.

And I never noticed.

Now, the normal person would have looked into the reviews, noticed that people were mentioning things like "Oh hey, what is this? You have the wrong chapter, dude." and changed it to the correct one, and no one would have been any the wiser.

However, I had taken a back seat in reading my reviews, whereas I wouldn't even read them.

And that is what is the most infuriating thing to me.

I've literally become the kind of writer that I hate. The kind that takes years to update, doesn't read reviews, and is a general recluse from the people who reads their stuff.

And it's not right.

When I started uploading my stories to the Internet, I used to love it when I got reviews and general correspondence. The vast majority of people were kind, excited, and generally nice. Few bad eggs here and there, but hey. You can't please everyone.

Even now, that I've actually had an opportunity to meet people in the real lifes through my work and other venues, it's been great.

But I've ignored all that over the past year, and I hate it. When it comes down to it, you guys are the reason why I even write to begin with.

Well, that and the girls, but the latter hasn't actually happened yet.

So, long story...well...long...I'm sorry.

I realize that I could very possibly be blowing this entirely out of proportion, and to tell you the truth, I probably am. But it's important for me to do this, because otherwise I've not going to get over it. That's me. Jason the overreaction guy.

So I'm going to spend the weekend cleaning up some of my old stories, and personally reaching out to the people who have reviewed my stories and thanking them for doing so. And I will do my very best in the future to make sure that something like this does not happen again.  On either here OR FF.net.

In the meantime, for those of you who would like to read the actual Chapter 4 of this story, you can do so now at FF.net. I fixed it last night, but I realize not a lot of people are probably reading fanfiction at four in the morning. So if you're still interested, go read it. It's pretty important to the story.

And Ferb doesn't show up. I swear.

If you made it to the end of this "chapter", thanks for reading. If not...you didn't miss much.

Until next time, everyone.

Disclaimer: The Teen Titans characters and animation are the property of Glen Murakami and Warner Bros. Animation.


Chapter 1 – Ballyhoo

Raven dove out of the way of the magic blast, as did the rest of the team. It slammed into the wall behind them, sending splinters in all directions. The shockwave was enough, however, to momentarily rob Raven of her senses. Muffled screaming was followed up by the footsteps of her teammate.

"You all right, Raven?"

"I'm fine." She stood herself up to dust herself off, ignoring the ringing in her ears. "You?"

"Good. Although Mumbo's not gonna be in a second." As Robin was not present with them, Cyborg immediately took over as active leader of the team. "BB! Star! Get everyone out of here as fast as you can! Raven, you're with me! Let's do this!"

Beast Boy and Starfire flew off (the former in eagle form) to coordinate the evacuation, and Raven and Cyborg jumped down to face the pseudo-magician.

"Did you like my little performance there, Titans?" Mumbo sang, the top hat practically dancing on his head. "It was almost award-worthy!"

"Mumbo!" Cyborg yelled, his arm cannon aimed at him. "Your deck's about to get cut."

"...Really?" Raven monotoned.

"Yeah, I know. I gotta work on my clever one-liners. Robin hasn't taught me enough of them yet." Cyborg sent an energy blast at Mumbo, who merely sidestepped it.

"When Beast Boy comes back, can I yell at him and say 'I told you so'?

"Tell you what." Cyborg raised his cannon to aim another shot. "When we beat Mumbo, you can do whatever you want with him."

Raven raised an eyebrow at him.

"No, not like that. Take your mind out of the gutter!"

"My mind is not in the gutter," Raven retorted, the irony not lost on her. "It's perfectly clear, thank you very-"

"Raven, look out!"

The spellcaster's gaze yanked forward to see two giant hands careening in her direction. She quickly melted into the ground, the hands flying harmlessly past her.

"Ahhh. I see you've gotten flashier since I've last seen you! Wonderful! That will make this most entertaining!" Mumbo was giggling even more than his usual self. "I do wonder when you Titans are ever going to learn? You can't beat me!"

"...Even though we did a few times before."

"Hey, missy! No backseat driving!" Mumbo yelled at Raven. "This time is different. I have a whole set of new tricks up my sleeve. Observe!" The top hat grew to cover his entire body and began to circle around the duo. After a moment, it stopped, only for them to see that several identical hats were now in formation around them.

"Go ahead, Titans. Pick one. Any one. They won't bite...mostly!"

"Got any ideas, Raven?" Cyborg asked her.

"Yeah. One." Her eyes began to glow white. "Azarath Metrion Zinthos!" She waved her hand and sent a wave of dark energy towards the hat opposite her, only for a large wooden hammer to come out of the top, almost crashing into Cyborg.

"Got any other ideas?" Cyborg yelled. "Preferably one that doesn't involve pummeling me into the ground?"

"Cannonballlll!"

Both he and Raven froze, the shrill voice of the youngest member of their team coming from somewhere from the ceiling of the tent. They both, however, looked down to see a shadow growing underneath their feet.

"Is he doing what I think he's doing?"

Raven sighed, rubbing the bridge of her nose. "Yes. Yes, he is. Come on." She grabbed Cyborg's arm and they both were swept up by her soul spirit, melting into the ground again.

"Hey, kiddos! Where are you running off to?" Mumbo said. "I have more games for us to-"

And then he noticed the shadow himself.

"...Oh dear."

The tremendous slam from the humpback whale sent tremors throughout the ground, the cry of said green whale emanating throughout the ground. Seemingly content, it turned back into Beast Boy, who gave off a resounding whoop.

"Score one for the Titans, baby!"

"You know, BB," Cyborg said from the safety of the opposite side of the tent, "One of these days, you should probably warn us when you're going to do that."

"The Whale Cannonball Special waits for no man, Cy!"

Through the exchange, Raven noticed Mumbo, flattened, blew himself back up using his thumb, cartoon-style.

"Uhh, guys. Problem still here!"

"It was a good thing I'm much stronger now, or else this magic show would have fallen flat! Get it, Titans? Flat!"

"...Dude, that was a bad joke. Even for me."

"Yeah, and Beast Boy's notorious for bad jokes."

He thumped his chest in agreement. "Yup, so don't even-Hey!"

Raven glided over to him, her slight chide cheering her up slightly. "Sometimes you make it too easy."

"Aren't we all lovebirds now?" Mumbo interrupted, waving his wand dramatically. "Perhaps I should permanently join you two together at the hip. Or saw you in half. Or make you into a lamp again. Or-Hey!"

Mumbo was suddenly lifted in the air from behind, his wand dropping to the ground. Before he could even think, the wand was snapped in half by a purple boot.

"You are appropriately named, villain, for you speak far too much of the 'mumbo jumbo' to be effective."

"Star! That was great!" Beast Boy said.

"Yeah," Cyborg followed, back with the group. "I'm impressed she got the idiom right."

"What did you just call me!?"

Raven shook her head slightly. "Beast Boy, now's not the time." She turned her attention back to Starfire...

And noticed something odd.

"Where'd Mumbo go?"

Starfire creaked her head up to see that she was only holding the cape in her hands. "Huh?" She whipped her head around to try to find him. "Look!"

All four looked to see Mumbo trying to tiptoe out of the front door of the tent. Upon the exclamation by Star, he sweat-dropped and turned back to the group.

"I don't suppose we can just let bygones be bygones?" Judging by the four glares that he received, that probably wasn't going to be the case. "Well, I didn't want to have to do this, but you leave me no choice."

"You have no wand, Mumbo," Raven said, molding energy in her hand again. "What exactly are you going to threaten us with?"

"Glad you asked!" He replied, flourishing his hat again. "Your demise will come with the addition of...this!"

He brought his arms forward to show...another wand, almost identical to the one that he had had before.

Starfire was confused. "How exactly will you be able to beat us with your utensil again? It is not possible for you to take all four of us at once."

"Wait, Starfire." Raven looked closer at the new wand and noticed a very familiar gleam for the tip of the wand. "Is that what I think it is?"

Cyborg peered forward at the wand and grimaced. "Slade."

"You are correct, young Titans! Slade was gracious enough to give me one of his handy minerals for my scheme today! You should be so gracious as to have someone like him to assist in your schemes!"

"He's gone off the deep end," Beast Boy whispered to Raven's left. "Even for him."

"Well, it doesn't matter what Slade gave him." Raven lifted herself up, ready to attack again. "We have to stop him."

A dark mist began to swirl the end of the wand as Mumbo pointed it straight into the air. "It's too late. I will take center stage of this show! And my followers will complete my every beck and call!"

"Followers?" Starfire said. "What on this planet is he talking-"

BOOM!

A giant spout of dark energy erupted into the sky, ripping the top of the tent right off. The wind picked up almost immediately, and the sky darkened to the point where it became very hard to see.

"What is happening?" Star yelled.

"I...don't...know." Raven was too busy bracing herself against the wind to offer much analysis. She could hear the cackling of Mumbo across from her, and the girly scream of Beast Boy no doubt being swept off into the air.

She looked up and tried to squint through her arms to find her foe...and saw too late the giant wooden post slam into her body.

And then she saw nothing.


"Raven!"

The mage snapped her eyes open, her head aching in pain. Now she had Beast Boy in her face, his happy look not pleasing her in the slightest.

"You're awake, girl! You had us worried there!"

"Give her some space, Beast Boy."

Robin. It was only a matter of time before he showed up.

"I came as soon as Star called me. Are you OK?"

"I wish people would stop asking me that." Raven sat up and coughed. "I'm fine."

"You don't look fine. Cyborg said that you might have a concussion."

She shook her head gingerly. "Probably not. Just a migraine. I just need some rest back at the Tower."

"We can do that later, Raven," Robin said, looking upward. "But I think we have bigger problems right now."

Confused, Raven followed his gaze up to the sky...and froze.

A gigantic dome of black energy was in front of them, slightly transparent so that they could look inside. The clouds above were dark and ominous, with the occasional crack of lightning.

"What on Earth is that thing?" Beast Boy asked.

"I have no idea," Raven replied as Robin helped her up. "The last thing I remember is Mumbo waving his wand around. Slade's crystal probably amplified the power to the point where he couldn't control it anymore." She walked forward to the edge and tried to lay a hand on the wall.

Emphasis on tried.

A tendril of electricity zapped her, the force almost enough to throw Raven back. "Ugh!" Shaking off the pain, she took a step back. "This is bad. This isn't the usual parlor trick Mumbo does. This is actual magic. And powerful too."

"We are going to need to get inside and nab the magic man, friend Raven. How do you suppose we accomplish this?" Starfire asked.

"I...don't know. I need to research this a little further and see if we can-"

Raven stopped mid-sentence.

"What's wrong?"

"There's someone in there."

Cyborg squinted over her shoulder. "She's right. Someone is there. But it's not Mumbo."

The rest of the team came forward and saw what the two had: a small person on the opposite side of the wall, their face obscured by the shadows. They appeared to have a cloak on their back.

Almost as if they were reading the team's minds, the person stepped forward...

"No."

It was the girl from before, the one that had run past Raven when they were heading to the tent. Her cloak was still pristine...but the red demon eyes and the evil smile on her face were anything but.

Robin, stunned, turned toward her teammate. "Raven, what the heck is going on?"

For the first time in a very long while, she had no answer.

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Spectacle - Chapter 1

AUTHOR'S NOTE: Mumbo's gonna have some 'splaining to do, isn't he?

Like I mentioned before, this will be more Raven-centric, in part because this is Mumbo we're talking about here. Speaking of which, I had to rewatch his episodes in the old show to get his demeanor down. He's acting a little more crazy than normal, and there's a reason for that, if you haven't already guessed it.

Chapter 2 should be up next week. Until then, leave a review if you like it. Until next time, ladies and gents.

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(This was over at FF.net, not here, BTW.)

The worst part is if I actually looked at my reviews more than once in a blue moon, I probably would have been able to avoid it.

But man...that sucks a lot. X(
So today I learned that I accidentally uploaded one of my P&F chapters into my Teen Titans fic.  And didn't even notice for an entire year or so.  God damn it.
I wonder if Senpai will notice me.

...Whoever Senpai is.
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datTOONYwarriortoon Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Wow it seems like you put lots of work into your stories.

I applaud you.Epic clap 
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DessertsAreStressed Featured By Owner May 31, 2013  Student Writer
Heyhey! Saw it was your birthday so.... HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! :D :huggle:
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PhintasticFlynn Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013
I haven't talked with you in a while. How's it going, buddy?
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Amg, I didn't know you had a dA! :giggle: I read one your stories on Fanfiction hehe cx
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PnFfan101 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012
Hey Jason, could you look at the new journal in the group?
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DessertsAreStressed Featured By Owner May 27, 2012  Student Writer
HAPPY EARLY BIRTHDAY!!! :D
:party::party::party::party::party::party::party::party::party::party:
Hope ya hav another awesome year!!! :huggle:
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I have a new story on fanfiction.net!
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PnFfan101 Featured By Owner May 11, 2012
Hey, did you see Minor Monogram? Feretchen is gonna win!
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keyblademaster113 Featured By Owner May 4, 2012
...How is it you aren't more well known around here? :nuu:
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Arctimon Featured By Owner May 5, 2012
Don't update often enough?

Fanfiction's not the best way to get known on a art-centric website?

Take your pick. I don't really know why myself.
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