EXCERPT OF DAYDREAM’S DAUGHTER… #RRBC

“DAYDREAM’S DAUGHTER, NIGHTMARE’S FRIEND”

DDNF1

GENRE: 

Fiction/Coming of Age

 BOOK DESCRIPTION:

Maiya was a good girl until she wasn’t.  Living in hell was her life with her mother and stepfather;  a daily struggle for survival.  When Maiya can’t stand the abuse any longer, she snaps and does the unthinkable.  Will she be able to survive leaving one hell being forced into another?  Will the man she married be able to understand and forgive?  Stay tuned for the bumpy ride of Daydream’s Daughter, Nightmare’s Friend.

 

WARNING OF LANGUAGE:

There is some strong language in certain parts of this book, but none in the scene listed here.

 

SCENE SET-UP:

In this scene, Marisa is at a party with her husband Walter.   She has been recognized by someone from her past and this someone could ruin her life forever.

 

SCENE:

There was never a shortage of company parties going on around the Harris County District Attorney’s office.  It seemed that every week, someone was throwing another party or function that Walter wanted them to attend.  Marisa felt particularly uneasy about this one, yet she didn’t know why.  She mentioned it to Walter.

“But, you’re always paranoid about these events.  Why, I have no idea,” came his usual, nonchalant response.

When they arrived at the party, Marisa found a seat in a faraway corner, away from the traffic of the room.  She rarely wanted to be introduced to anyone, or to be forced to stand around wearing one of those fake smiles the other wives wore so well, while the men carried on conversations as if the women weren’t even present.

A house employee walked by Marisa and she reached up to take a glass of wine from his tray.  She said a quick, “Thank you very much” to the server, and as she was sitting back down, she noticed a woman who had been standing not very far away, turn and look in her direction.  She stared at Marisa for quite some time before she moved closer and decided to say, “Hello.”

“Hello?” Marisa said, curious as to why the woman had looked at her the way she had.

“I’m sorry, I didn’t get your name…” the stranger said.

Marisa thought, That’s because I didn’t give it to you, but instead she said, “It’s Marisa.  Marisa Belieu.”

Marisa noticed that the more she spoke, the more creased the lady’s brows became. 

Without introducing herself, the stranger quickly said, “It was nice meeting you.  Excuse me,” and then she was gone.

All of a sudden, an eerie feeling washed over Marisa.  She was cold, but it had nothing to do with the temperature of the room.  From across the way, she noticed the lady again, still staring…and it was long enough to make Marisa extremely uncomfortable.  Then, as quickly as she had disappeared from next to Marisa, the woman walked away and got lost in the crowd again.  Marisa strained her neck to see where she was, but it was to no avail, so she left her seat and hurried off to find Walter.  She could hear his booming voice, coming from the kitchen, laughing and talking with a group of other attorneys.

Marisa walked up and tapped him on the shoulder and asked the group if she could “borrow” him for a moment.

Walter, like a trained puppy, followed her lead.  She walked around the room until she spotted her target.  So as not to be seen, Marisa stopped Walter behind a tall, potted tree, then pointed to the lady who had been watching her so intently.

“Who is that lady?” she asked Walter.

“What lady, Marisa?  Have you looked around this place?  Y’all out-number us guys ten to one!” he chuckled.

Marisa turned and gave him a look, which, if spoken, would have said, Focus.  This is serious. But, she didn’t have to speak the words.  He knew the look.

She pointed to a lady wearing a very nice suit, with matching handbag and shoes.

“That lady.  The one in black and white who’s dressed to the nines,” Marisa said.

Walter stuck his neck out and squinted as if he was too far away to make out who it was from the distance they were standing.  Then, finally he stood up straight and tall and said, “Oh, that’s Julie Adams.”

“Well, who IS Julie Adams, Walter?  She’s been staring at me, and I don’t think we’ve ever met before,” Marisa responded impatiently.

“The two of you probably haven’t met before.  She’s the Warden at Crain Prison in Gatesville.”

Marisa froze.  She had been holding on to Walter’s wrist while they were talking, but she was sure she had just gripped it a little too hard when he told her who the lady was.  Marisa couldn’t move.  She couldn’t speak.  She literally went numb all over.

Finally, she was able to take back control of her body and compose herself.

“Oh, OK…no I don’t believe we’ve ever met before.  Maybe we’ve seen each other at other events or something.”

Marisa fought hard to form her words properly while remaining as calm as she could.  She knew that she was different now, unrecognizable really.  Her looks, her hair, her name, everything about her had changed.  Everything, except her voice.  That distinct, unique voice.  This woman had heard her voice while she was thanking the server for her drink and then she intentionally initiated conversation with her, so that she could hear more of it.

Marisa remembered the conversation all those long years ago.   “I may forget a face, but I NEVER forget voices,” the Warden had said.

Marisa started shaking.  She turned to Walter and pleadingly said, “I’m not feeling well.  Can we go…now?” Walter, concerned for his wife, motioned to his friends who were near and waved goodbye.  As they headed for the door, Marisa noticed the Warden staring at her again, only this time, she had a man with her and was pointing in Marisa’s direction.  The man looked up and made eye contact with Marisa, then picked up his cell phone and started talking, as he looked back and forth at Marisa and Walter, walking out the door.

They made it safely outside, but had to wait for the valet attendant to bring their car around.  Just as their car pulled up to them, and they were seated inside, the front door of the mansion swung open.  In the doorway, stood the Warden and the man she had been speaking with, who now had pen and paper in hand and was writing something down.  Marisa knew it was the license plate number from their car…which would lead them straight to her door.

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Copyright 2013 by  Nonnie Jules

All Rights Reserved.

No part of this excerpt may be reproduced without written permission from the author.

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What people are saying about “Daydream’s Daughter, Nightmare’s Friend”:

“Painful subjects are almost impossible for me to read, however, if you write it, I’ll read it”. – Lizzie M.

“Deep subject matter…very vivid writing”- Chase A.

“Good writer, girl!” – Nancy K.

“Hope this is finished soon.  Enjoyed what was written so far…” – Peter M.

“Heart-breakingly heavy & disturbing, very good job writing it though.  I imagine it had to be tough.” – Susan R.

“Wow. Disturbing and compelling” – Mel M.

“WOW! Makes you want to read more!” – Mike S.

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Thanks for dropping by!  Be sure and leave a comment below and please, I ask that you share this page on all of your social media forums. To follow the rest of this awesome block party tour, please click here!~ Have fun!

 

112 Comments

  1. That excerpt was BRILLIANT! Life cannot continue for me until I know if Marisa will get caught by the Warden. This was done just right! “Hats off” Ms. Jules! Have a wonderful rest of your day.

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  2. Hi, Nonnie! Great excerpt to chose for today as it doesn’t give too many spoilers for went on earlier in the book, but gives all the conflicted nuances of Marisa/Maiya’s horrific past. Enjoy the rest of the party – you’re certainly THE hostess with the mostest! 😀

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  3. What an awesome tease of a scene! I love it! Now, my mind is wondering: Did she escape from jail and now the warden wants to take her back? Is the warden going to blackmail her in order to keep her secret so that she can keep her new place in society? So intriguing! *rubbing hands together* Thanks for sharing this with us. I loved the trailer as well. 🙂

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    • Oh, dear Yvette….so many questions, so little time….get the book! And then, come back here and share the answers with us all! LOL!

      Thanks for dropping by!

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      • I will definitely be reading it, but I will never share the answers! I wouldn’t dare spoil the discovery for someone else. 😉

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  4. Nonnie loved the scene and book trailer. Definitely need to read this book. Thanks for creating this blog tour, it is so interesting to meet all kinds of authors.

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  5. A strong writing sample!!

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  6. Hi Nonnie. Great post for a great book! I loved #Daydream, & I’m hoping that you write another fiction novel soon. 😃

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    • On the way, Rhani! I know how much you enjoyed DDNF, so I’m pushing it thru just for you!

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  7. Thanks for a great quote must get this!

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  8. Neil O'Donnell

    Gripping trailer

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  9. Yeah, I think I’ve been at parties like that…

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  10. Such a powerful scene, Nonnie! Thanks for sharing it with us. Loved the trailer too! The story is truly captivating.
    I just have to say the Block Party rocks! Cheers! 🙂

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    • I know what you mean, Natalie…our block parties do rock! Can’t wait for November for our 2nd Annual Book Trailer Block Party! But you know what’s most enjoyable about these, I simply love reading all the comments…especially those left by visitors that clearly took the time to read your post. Thanks for stopping by!

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  11. I love seeing how all of the RRBC authors present their books so differently and effectively! This Blog Tour is a great way for us to get to know each other better–it’s almost like we’ve been invited to step into the front room of each other’s houses for a visit! 🙂

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    • Hi!

      It’s an amazing feel, what we do here at RRBC, isn’t it? And I see that you have your shoes on, so no, can’t say that I’d let you step into my front room that way! LOL!

      Thanks for dropping in!

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  12. Hi NJ! Amazing trailer and a very good sample from DDNF! My TBR list is a mile long but if I get a chance to put a dent in it while I’m on holiday I will definitely add this book to the collection – good show!

    The RRBC Back to School Blog Block Party is even better than last year – thanks to you and all the folks at RRBC – Best to all – MikeL

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    • Thank you, Mike! It is a grave undertaking, but you know what, just as long as our members are having a great time, all those sleepless nights are so worth it! Enjoy your holiday!

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  13. loved the post… thanks for sharing, our RRBC fearless leader 😛

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    • So glad you loved the excerpt! Do check out the book if you get a chance. I think you’ll enjoy it!

      Take care and you’re so sweet!

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  14. Excellent excerpt! Serious subject. Well done.

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  15. I absolutely LOVE where you cut the scene off. Those endings that build suspense are gold… they keep the reader turning the pages. Quite a compelling scene.

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    • In all honesty, Staci, that scene makes me go back and read over the passage again and again and again…

      Thanks for your kind words!

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  16. Obviously I’m not a woman but that trailer was different, and great; I liked it!
    Hope you gain new readers Nonnie!

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    • Robert, you don’t have to be a woman to enjoy DAYDREAM’S DAUGHTER…oh, no! It’s an enjoyable read for any adult.

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  17. Powerful scene! Stunning trailer. Haunting music also. Wishing you great success!

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    • So glad you enjoyed it, Susan! Thanks for taking the time to visit today!

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  18. Loved the scene, Nonnie. It immediately sucked me in and the trailer is awesome too. The subject matter sounds very intense, not something I would normally read, but I like the fact that Marisa has found a new life and has to deal with the demons of her past. A compelling plot, and for that reason, I’m adding to my TBR.

    Thanks for a great tour stop. This party is AMAZING! 🙂

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    • Thank you, Mae! And I’m excited that you’re so excited! We have lots more stops to go before we sleep so enjoy yourself thoroughly!

      Thanks for your kind words!

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  19. What a powerful and intriguing excerpt! This sounds like a fantastic story, I’d love to read more, and it’s definitely on my TBR list. By the way, I thoroughly enjoyed your other book SUGARCOATIN’ IS FOR CANDY & PACIFYIN’ IS FOR KIDS!: “Yes, I Said It!”

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    • Thanks, Renae! I’m glad you took the time to read Sugarcoatin’. I’m actually in the process of revamping it….cleaning things up a bit in it. It’s a wonderful thing that as an Indie Author, you have the ability to go back and perfect your work when you feel the need.

      Have fun! Can’t wait to visit your place!

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  20. It was one of the most powerful books I’ve read in the club. You’re certainly not pulling any punches! Thanks for having us over 🙂

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    • Nicholas, you know me…not a ‘punch puller!’

      Thanks for stopping by and I’m so pleased you enjoyed the read. I know you read it a while ago!

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      • Yet, I still remember it clearly! Which speaks volumes as to its power…

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  21. A powerful scene from an equally powerful book. Love your trailer!

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    • Karen, thank you so much for taking the time to read and taking the time to drop by! Have fun!

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  22. Great tension and mystery there!

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  23. Hi Nonnie! Great excerpt and trailer; thanks so much for sharing! Also, thank you so much for putting this blog party together; it’s a blast! Take care and enjoy your day! 🙂 ~Stephanie

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    • Thanks, Stephanie! I hope you’re enjoying yourself, as well! Take care!

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  24. That powerful intense scene has left me to wonder, and day dream, of what will happen next. I have been following your blog already, by the way.

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  25. The excerpt is powerful. I can see why you are such a great leader. Thanks for all you do!

    Richie Gerber

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    • Richie, how very kind of you to say. 🙂 Thank you much for dropping by! Have fun!

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  26. tarafairfield

    I am impressed with your book trailer. Its always interesting to see how other authors put together their trailer and yours is very well done. It captures the strong emotional content of your book!

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    • Hi, Tara! So glad you liked the trailer…it wasn’t my best (but it wasn’t my worst, either!). I’ve grown since that one but I’m happy to know it pleased you!

      Have fun!

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  27. Great scene, Nonnie. It is a very compelling sample that should attract a batch of new readers.

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  28. Wow! Such an awesome scene you delivered! I can’t wait to read the full work and adding it to my TBR list now! Thanks so much for setting all of this up and everything you do, because this is such a great place!

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    • Lincoln, thanks for jumping right in, feet first and with amazing support. You’re appreciated! Glad you liked the excerpt 🙂

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  29. Love what you’ve done with this site, Nonnie! Daydream’s Daughter, Nightmare’s Friend is a very powerful and well-written story. I highly recommend it no matter what genre you usually read. Have a great day with the Block Party!!!

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    • Thanks for those kind words of support, John F.! And, have you never visited my site before today? Hogwash! LOL

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  30. It must be the time difference that makes it seem that I am always coming late to the parties. It is just 7:28 a.m. where I am, and this part is already full and swinging. Oh well… thank God there is still standing space…:D. I am having a lot of fun Nonnie, and hope you are too. 🙂

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    • Joy, I’m so pleased to hear that you’re having a great time! Good for you! And don’t worry about the time difference, as long as we get a visit in, we’re good! With my schedule/my workload, I may not always make it by on the day of the event, but I will take the time to double back to visit those awesome stops that I missed.

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  31. Love your trailer and the excerpt you provided is intense! Thanks for the great post and hope you have a great day!

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  32. It was a touching story.

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  33. Intriguing excerpt. No wonder this one has been so popular.

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    • Popular? Really? Craig, are we talking about the same stop? LOL! Thanks for dropping in with your amazing support!

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  34. Joe Stephens

    Sounds like something I’d enjoy. Nice tour stop!

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  35. I loved Daydream’s Daughter Nightmare’s Friend. Hopefully your excerpt will encourage more people to pick up your book! Have a great day on the party stop!

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  36. Gwen Plano

    Daydream’s Daughter was a powerful read for me, and this excerpt brought me back to the heart of the story. It’s a book all need to read!

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  37. harmonykentonline

    Hey Nons! Hope you have a great day on today’s party stop! I read Daydream’s Daughter Nightmare’s Friend and felt it for a while after. I love the scene you’ve posted here. For my sins, I already follow your blog, lols. Any new books in the pipeline? Best wishes with everything 🙂

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    • Howdy, Harmz! Of course, there are many new books in the pipeline…if only I could find the time to wrap them up! LOL!

      The sequel to DD is coming, you guys, no worries!

      Harmz, on my way to your place soon!

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  38. Wow! Thanks for such a powerful message via the book trailer to read “Daydream’s Daughter, Nightmare’s Friend” – I’m looking forward to read your book soon. Best wishes for the 4th of August!

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    • Thanks, Maretha! Glad you enjoyed it!

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      • Thanks Nonnie! I’m so glad I found RRBC and you, and your team’s work encouraged me to keep on trying even when the going gets tough!😖

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  39. Great way to introduce us to this book Nonnie! It sounds like a riveting read. The characters draw you in and make you want to discover their secrets. Thanks for hosting the party today. Wishing you great success with all that you do.

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  40. Powerful writing. I’ve read a few of Nonnie’s books and they all deserved my 5 stars (which I am quite stingy with). Best of luck with your writing journey.

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    • (Wendy, how much do I owe you for that plug? Sssshhhhhh……) 😉

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  41. D.L. Finn

    Hi
    Enjoyed reading your new book’s excerpt. Now I need to know what happens to Marisa. So adding the book to my kindle. Thanks!

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    • Hi, D. L.! DDNF is not new. I published it in 2014, but hopefully, new readers will pick it up and hopefully, they’ll enjoy it!

      Thanks for dropping in!

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  42. I enjoyed the excerpt immensely. The gut-wrenching fear of exposure of Marisa’s past comes through clearly. The pacing is taught, and the characterizations give great visual context.
    Bravo.

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    • Thank you, Sooz! Have fun along the way! We’ve lots more fun stops to go on!

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  43. I love this excerpt. It makes me want to get busy and read the book.

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  44. Ran across your blog & Daydreams Daughter is superb although I felt like I read this story many times before as I see it play out so often in real life. I know it will be a hit. Good luck.

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  45. Your Dallas Sister

    Great choice of words, looking forward to seeing how you continued this story line… and it’s not too much for a Pastor’s Wife, it’s real!

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  46. Kim (@watchn4fun)

    Very curious to see what this young lady metamorphosis into. Will she be damaged, or will her strength prevail?

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    • Kim @watchn4fun, are you a writer? Because you sure sound like one! Great job? U made me want to read this book!

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  47. Kudos to you for taking on such heavy subject matter.

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  48. Wow! Intense Nonnie! Painful but hoping justice prevails! Looking forward to reading your novel!

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