I should be studying for exams. I really should. Oh well, what's done is done *sighs* haha. :)
This is kind of a prequel (and kind of not) to my story And Along Came Cupid. I want to do a few chapters from Bella's Point of View eventually (so I can do something about a person who had no idea a cupid is messing with her life), but I felt like in order to do that, some background would be needed. Anyways, here is Isabella de Villence's and Daniel Princely's story! Enjoy and review please! :))
P.S – When you get to 23 Years of age, you may want to click on this link and play this video:
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-Five Years Young-
"What's wrong with you?" I sighed dramatically and looked up at Danny as he chomped on his ice-cream cone. I scowled and looked over at the place where both our parents were hovering and cooing over my new baby sister.
"Everyone's obsessed with Juliet and I don't get why."
"She's a baby. Grownups like babies." I sighed again and crossed my arms. Danny thinks that just because he's a year older than me, he's so much better and smarter and more fun than I am.
But he's not. He's stupid.
He's also goes to my school though, and our daddies and mommies are friends so I have to be friends with him too.
"I don't see what's so great about her." I grumbled and Danny laughed at me.
"It'll stop. I was mad last year when my little sister was born but my parents stopped only liking her after a while. They'll be nice to you again soon, I promise."
I grudgingly turned away from my parents and smiled at up at Danny whose dark blue eyes matched his blue shirt, perfectly. Obviously his mommy dressed him.
"Bella! Isabella, come here and sit with your sister so we can get a picture." I looked up when my mommy called my name I sighed again before I started to walk over. "You too, Daniel. I want you in the picture too." My mother called and Daniel quickly followed me over to the blanket that lay in the center of the grassy field in the park.
"Oh Daniel, you got ice-cream on your shirt again." His mother complained when she saw him. I giggled as she went to wipe at his shirt with a napkin.
"Mom…" He whined, obviously embarrassed.
"Oh, hush." She whispered before pushing back his dark blonde hair. "Now go stand over there with Bella and Juliet." Daniel pulled away from his mother and ran over to when I was sitting with baby Juliet held up at my side. Daniel sat on the other side of her and swung an arm around my neck before picking Juliet up and placing her in-between his legs; his front side held her up.
"Alright, now smile!" And so we did.
-Eight Years Young-
"Juliet! Dan! Stop running in the house! And- oh Juliet, come back here!" Both Dan and I ignored my mother's cries as she went to go catch Juliet. Juliet has just found the joys of running in the house to find things to put in her mouth and my mommy hasn't been too happy with that.
"Bella! Give me my hat back!" He cried as I ran out the door. I ran outside where our fathers were sitting and drinking something in a glass bottle. My mommy told me I'm not allowed to have any and my daddy told me I have to always listen to mommy or he'll get in trouble. I like my daddy too much for him to get in trouble so I haven't drunk any of it before.
"No! You're too slow to get it back!" I laughed.
"If you don't give it back to me, I'll…I'll…"
"You'll what?" I taunted as I stopped running and turned to face him, a smug smile on my face. "What 'chya gonna too Senor Slow-a-lot?" I teased and his face turned red as he gave me a mean look.
"I'll beat you up!" He threatened and I stopped smiling. Danny's like a trillion times bigger than me! And he's older so he has older friends who will beat me up too!
"Here!" I cried as I flung his hat back at him. "Take your stupid hat back; I don't want it."
"Good." He said before he turned away and ran back into the house. I was very upset and so I went to my daddy and climbed into his lap. He took the weird smelling bottle of juice that I'm not allowed to drink away from me and kissed my forehead.
"What's wrong, sweetie?" He asked and I leant into his chest.
"Daddy, Danny was mean to me." I heard Danny's dad laugh because I'm the only one who calls Danny that. No one else is allowed to. "He told me to give him his hat back or he'd beat me up!" I cried and my daddy laughed.
"Bella, why did you have his hat in the first place?" He asked.
"Because he was going to give it to Juliet even though I asked for it first!" I replied and my daddy shook his head and groaned. "Daddy!" I whined and I heard Danny's dad speak.
"You know what this means, Peter?" My daddy nodded and laughed before Mr. Princely (Danny's daddy) continued. "Little Isabella and Daniel are going to grow and fall in love and get married. They already can't stand each other so it's practically set up and ready to happen." He laughed and I watched as my daddy rolled his eyes and pulled me close.
"No one's getting that close to my little girl. Plus, they're just kids…" My daddy told him and I smiled and snuggled into my daddy's chest. Yep; I'm just a kid.
-Thirteen Years Young-
"Danny, guess what!" I whispered as we walked through the deep part of the park. His parents had taken me, Danny, and Juliet out of the house and to the park to get away from our feuding parents. I think they're gonna get a divorce…my friend Sammy said her parents got divorced because they used to fight a lot and now her parents live in two different houses. I don't want that to happen…
Anyways, Juliet was on the swing sets with some girl she met and Danny and I snuck off to the far part of the park. We're not supposed to go this far but Danny said he wanted to see what's back here and through the woods…so, through the woods we go!
"What?" He asked as he stepped on a twig.
"I'm going to my first boy-girl party this weekend!" I informed him and he laughed; being in the eighth grade and all, he already went to his first real boy-girl party. He told me all about it as soon as he got home; he got his first kiss that night!
"You must be really excited then," he told me and finally, we came to a clearing in the woods. We came to a creek…a somewhat clear but empty creek. One the other side of the creek, there was a pretty much deserted dirt road and it looked so strange compared to the clear watered creek. There was no small water fall to make the creek extremely pretty or greatly assorted stones to make it picture perfect, it was just…there.
But it was ours.
"Let's claim it," Danny told me and I turned to look at him with my eyebrows raised.
"Yeah; we're probably the first people to come here in like…forever, so it's ours. Let's claim it," He told me and I laughed.
"Fine. It's been claimed. Now can we talk about this party some more?" I whined and Danny sighed as he sat down on the ground against a tree.
"What exactly is there to talk about?" He asked and I shrugged.
"I dunno…I mean…what happens?" He laughed.
"I already told you everything that happens-"
"Jake Hawthern's been telling people he's going to kiss me at the party!" I blurted out and Danny's eyes widened in surprise.
"He's been saying what?" He demanded and I nodded.
"Yeah…he wants to kiss me. He's going to give me my first kiss, I think," I told him and he stared at me, shock evident in his eyes. He stood suddenly and ran his left hand through his dark dirty blonde hair.
"But…do you wanna kiss him too?" He asked me and I shrugged.
"I guess. I mean, I want to get it over with and out of the way," I told him and Danny groaned before walking over to him.
"But do you want to do it with Jake?" He asked, stressing the name. I shrugged and fingered my black hair.
"I don't see why not. I mean, he's cute…"
"But he's a seventh grader. A little boy – not someone I'd entrust with your first kiss."
"I'm a seventh grader!" I snapped and Danny rolled his eyes.
"Yeah but you don't really count. Look…alright, Bella. I'm gonna do something and you can't get mad, alright? Just remember, I'm looking out for your best interests!" He told me and before I could respond, he grasped my head and pulled my lips towards his into a firm kiss.
My eyes widened and kind of just stood there awkwardly for a moment before I wrapped my arms around his neck and kissed him back…well, at least I think that's what I was doing.
After a few more moments, he pulled away and I wiped my lips with the back of my hand. Danny rubbed the back of his neck and nodded at me before he turned and moved back towards the woods.
"Ummm…we should probably be heading back now." He told me and I nodded in response before I followed him out of the woods; a smile on my face and my stomach swirling with butterflies.
I just had my first kiss. I grinned and watched as Danny led me through the woods. And I had it with my best friend…it doesn't get much better than that.
-Sixteen Years Young-
I stumbled over a branch as I finally made my way out of the woods. I sighed when I realized that Danny wasn't at the creek yet. I walked over to the water and made a funny face at the water, watching as my hazel eyes reflected in the clear liquid. I sighed and looked away from the water – Juliet had gotten lucky with the eyes. We pretty much looked the same with the silky and wavy black hair and oval faces with porcelain skin; however, she got the grey eyes from our mother's side of the family and I got the hazel ones from…well, I don't really know. Apparently one of our great grandmothers had them.
My height was only 5' 5" and I've basically accepted that I'm done growing. I scowled when I thought of Danny's 6 foot frame – speaking of which, where the hell is he?
I turned to the empty dirt road when I heard a car pull up along the street. Danny jumped out of his black pickup truck and grinned at me from across the creek.
"What are you doing over there?" He yelled and I glared at him.
"What do you think I'm doing? I'm waiting for you!" I responded and he laughed at me.
"Well I'm over here and you're over there…" I sighed and immediately started looking for the row of huge rocks that he had carried down here a few years earlier. He had brought them down so that crossing between the street and the woods would be nice and easy. Personally, I didn't like walking across them because the water always washed up onto the bottoms of my pants and over my shoes.
Once I had made it over the creek, Danny smiled at me and opened the driver's door to his truck for me to get into. I sighed and stepped into the truck before he ran around to the other side and jumped into the passenger's seat.
"Danny…I don't think this is such a good idea." I told him and he shook his head.
"I promised your mom I would teach you to drive and I will." I shook my head but looked ahead and tried to make sense of the things Danny was telling me. However, I eventually stopped paying attention and instead just watched the way his dark blonde hair swished back and forth as he moved. My eyes traveled down to his chiseled arms and I caught myself blushing slightly when I realized that thoughts weren't as pure as they should be.
Obviously my feelings for Danny had developed from its meager 15 year old crush to something more. Unfortunately, it was no secret that Danny had always seen me, and would continue to see me, as the little five year old girl who had once thought that having a little sister meant the end of the world.
"You got all that?" He asked me and I nodded even though I had absolutely no idea what he had just told me. "Alright, now put the car in drive and do everything just like I told you."
I sighed and put the car into drive (this much I knew how to do).
"There? Hap-shit!" I called as the car lurched forward.
"Bella! Bella, I told you-no, get your foot on the break petal!" He yelled as the car slowly started to move down the street.
"What? Oh-DANNY!" I called because in my panic, I has accidently stepped on the gas pedal instead of the break.
"Bella-oh my," he tried to take over the wheel but by then my heart was in my throat and I was just madly pushing on different petals. The truck stopped and lurched and sped all over the place until finally, he turned the wheel and had it crash into a small ditch on the side opposite the creek. I coughed as smoke started to rise and immediately jumped from the truck to escape it.
Danny got out long before I and I heard him swearing quietly as he kicked dirt at his truck.
"Stupid piece of metal…" he mumbled and I bit my bottom lip as I walked over to him.
"Danny?" I spoke and he continued to mumble and swear, completely ignoring me. "Danny, I'm REALLY sorry but I told you this would be a bad idea," I defended in a strained voice and Danny groaned before he fell to the ground in front of his truck. "Danny?" I tried again as I sat down with him. "I'm sorry," I spoke quietly and I watched as Danny took a deep breath before nodding and giving me the tiniest smile.
"I know, Bell. I know."
And I knew everything would be alright.
-Seventeen Years Young-
"Well, Peter, maybe you should work a little harder-"
"I AM working hard! It's all I do-"
"C'mon, Jules," I whispered and my twelve year old sister followed me without a single complaint. We got into my small car (that I finally learned to drive) and I drove us over to Danny's house.
"Bella?" She asked and I glanced at over from the corner of my eye.
"We're learning about mythology in school and I was wondering…do you believe in Cupid?" I snorted and shook my head.
"Not at all. Sweets, it's called mythology because it's all myths. Cupid doesn't exist, if he did, wouldn't our parents be happy with each other? Wouldn't all happily married couples be happy?" I questioned and Juliet shrugged; her silky black hair falling just beneath her shoulders.
"I guess you're right." She told me just as we pulled up into the Princely's driveway. Juliet jumped out of the car and we walked to the front door. After we knocked on the door, Carrie – Danny's little sister – opened the door and smiled at us.
"DANNY!" She yelled. "ISABELLA IS HERE!" She then turned to Juliet who had already dropped her jacket on the floor. "My mommy just got me this pretty new nail-polish set so let's go play with that," she told my sister excitedly and they bounded up the stairs together. I sighed and bent down to pick up the coat that my sister had so tactfully dropped.
"Oh, Isabella. It's been awhile," I smiled but rolled my eyes at Mr. Princely.
"It's been a week," I laughed and Mr. Princely laughed with me.
"Yes but you seem to be growing more and more each day," He told me. "It's only been a week, you say, and yet you look years different!" He tweaked my nose and I wrinkled it in response. "Obviously you're not the same little girl who used to run around with Danny's hat." He told me and I laughed again. "You're turning into a fine, young lad-"
"Dad." We both turned and saw Danny standing at the bottom of the staircase, a strange look on his face.
"Hey son. Bella and I were just catching up…I'll see you later, Isabella." I smiled.
"See yah, Mr. Princely." He walked off and I walked up to Danny who just stared at me. "What's wrong with you?" I asked him and he took another moment to stare at me before he shook his head.
"Nothing, I guess. I just…" He shook his head again. "Come on, let's go upstairs. I'm watching The Office," I smiled but cocked my head at him.
"Again?" I groaned and he stuck his tongue out me before he made his way up the stairs to his bedroom. He got settled on his bed and continued to watch the TV show on the flat screen that his parents had decided to hang on the wall across from his bed. I, on the other hand, logged onto his computer and checked out my Facebook page.
My picture, a photo of my date and I –who unfortunately was NOT Danny- at homecoming, was shown in the left hand corner. My status was blank, as per usual, and my eyes swept over to the right side of the screen. I didn't have any new notifications seeing as how I was just on about half an hour ago, however, I did have a relationship confirmation request.
"Well this is new," I mumbled as I went to click on it.
"What?" Danny asked from his bed but I ignored him and instead clicked on the request. I gasped aloud when I read what it said. "What?" Danny asked again, only this time his voice was much closer.
As a matter of fact, he was standing behind me. Usually, I'd find myself all too aware of his scent (cinnamon and laundry detergent) and my heart rate would automatically speed up; however, this time I was too shocked to feel anything other than…well, shock.
"I think…Mike is asking me out over Facebook," I told him as I reread the request.
"Well…deny it already!" Danny cried and when I didn't move, he went and denied it for me.
"Danny, you shouldn't have done that," I groaned after a second or two. "I was…well…"
"Oh God. Don't tell me you were actually considering going out with some creep who asks you out over Facebook!" He complained and I turned to glare at him.
"Shut up, Danny. How do you know he's a creep? He's totally not one at all!"
"I know; I go to school with him too." He snapped and I rolled my eyes. "You're missing the point – he asked you out over Facebook!"
"Weirder things have happened." He groaned and rubbed his forehead.
"Bella, please don't do this right now."
"Do what?" I stressed.
"This!" He motioned between us. "I…"
"Danny, I'm honestly so confused right now. What's going on?" He moaned and kicked his wall.
"This is entirely my dad's fault," He mumbled and I raised an eyebrow at him.
"Really? It's you dads fault that Mike asked me out over Facebook?" I questioned curiously and he shook his head.
"Of course not! It's only his fault that I'm freaking out about it-"
"I wouldn't say freaking out," I tried and he shook his head.
"Maybe not on the outside but…well, shit Bella. My brains going crazy right now and it's all Mike's and my dad's fault."
"I still don't see why you're freaking out."
"I'm freaking out because it's true! What my dad told you is true! Isabella…you're not that little girl who stole my hat anymore. You're…" he motioned to me and I blushed slightly as his eyes roamed my body. "You're this…gorgeous girl who has seriously grown up….in more ways than one."
"Danny!" I hissed at the last part and he shrugged with a slight smile on his face.
"It's true though…and I never really took notice of it until my dad pointed it out. Apparently though, other guys have already figured it out, huh?" He said as he motioned to the computer where it displayed that Mike's request had been denied. I shrugged and looked away. "So…" He asked quietly. "Am I too late?"
I turned to face him again, confusion etched into my features.
He smiled at me.
"Am I too late? Has some other guy already swept you off your feet with promises of a whirl-wind romance and fancy BMWs and stuff?" He asked me and I swear, my heartbeat skipped a beat…or two.
My mouth ran dry for a split second and my mind became a jumbled mess as it fought to pick a clear answer. This…at first, it would seem like a joke. I mean, hot senior Danny asking out some random junior girl?
But I'm not random. And he's not just some hot senior. I'm Bella and he's Danny and we've been best friends for years.
Call it a cliché. Call it infatuation. Call it Cupid's arrow working its magic. Call it whatever you want. All I know is that it's real and it is happening right now.
"I'll have you know," I started. "That I would chose late night drives to the creek and a sturdy pickup truck over a whirlwind romance and it's trusty BMW any day," I told him and he grinned at me before he closed the little distance there was between us and carefully wrapped his arms around my waist. He looked down at me and I smiled at him before I pushed my lips up to meet his, just like the two of us had done four years ago. Only this time we both had more experience and it wasn't awkward. It was sexy. It was sweet.
It was bliss.
-Twenty-One Years Young-
"Is she still being all moody?" Juliet asked my roommate. I pretended not to hear them as I ate my cereal.
"Oh, yeah. I'm honestly thinking of calling Daniel up myself to be all 'you're girlfriends always such a brat when you guys fight blah blah blah. Come make up with her blah blah blah," Stacey, my roommate told her.
Juliet had come to visit me here at Yale for the weekend to get away from our ever feuding parental units. Danny actually attends Cornell and so the distance thing isn't as bad as it could be…
Also, while this is only my third year here, Danny's finishing up his senior year and so maybe next year he can come and live with me.
Wait, I'm mad at him. Scratch that last idea.
"What are they even fighting about?" Juliet asked as she threw her black hair up into a messy bun much like my own. The pair was currently sitting on the living room couch and was enjoying gossiping about my wellbeing.
"Oh, something silly that turned into a much bigger deal then it should have been…" My gripped on the spoon tightened as I glared into the cereal. "I think that the last time she and Dan spoke, Dan was positive he heard some guy in the background. Anyways, he accused her of stuff and so she accused him of doing stuff and it was just a whole big mess," Stacey explained.
"Well…was there a guy in the background?" Juliet asked and Stacey nodded her little blonde head.
"Of course there was. However, he was only here to meet me – he's my partner for my child development class."
"Did my sister tell Dan that?"
"Yep, but like I said - he was just being silly."
I rolled my eyes and brought my bowl over to the kitchen sink before dumping it and walking to the door.
"I'm going to the store. Call me if you need anything," I yelled before I stalked out of the apartment. I had just made my way down the stair case and out the door of the apartment building when I saw someone very familiar… "No way," I whispered and I instantly turned around and sprinted back into the building and up to my room.
I fumbled with the door lock and swore quietly to myself when I couldn't get it open.
"Bell?" I stopped trying and instead turned to face Danny who stood there looking sheepish. His sunglasses were still flipped over his blue eyes, but his hair was disheveled and his clothes were slightly wrinkled and I felt kind of bad. Like me, Danny doesn't handle our fighting very well.
"Danny, what are you doing here?"
"I'm here to apologize," He told me and I leaned against the door.
"A simple phone call would have sufficed…" I lied to him. I just felt bad because he should be studying for finals and stuff, but instead he's over here apologizing to my dramatic ass.
"Now we both know you would not have accepted a phone call apology," He told me with a slight smile and I shrugged. "And I wouldn't be happy if I gave you a phone call apology either. What I did, Bell…it was shitty and I'm sorry." I didn't respond. "I mean, I know you would never do something like that but…being far from you. It's hard, baby. So hard. And then I'm surrounded by all these guys who are telling me how long distance always fails and…I'm sorry, Bella. I love you and I'm sorry," He told me and he took the sunglasses off. I looked past the deep bags –results of studying and our fight- and stared in his deep ocean blue eyes.
The look on his face, the shine in his eyes…all of it pointed to his being sincere.
"I love you, too," I finally managed to respond and he smiled a relieved smile before he took me into his arms and crushed me in a huge hug. When he pulled away, he continued to hold me in arms and he smoothed down my black hair. His eyes searched my face and I watched as a frown appeared on his boyish features.
"Sweetie, you look exhausted," He told me and I laughed lightly and rested my head on his chest.
"You're one to talk," I whispered and he rested his chin on top of my head for a moment before he took my keys from my hand and let us into my apartment. We tiptoed past the living room where my sister and roommate were watching a movie and went directly to my bedroom. I was still in my PJs so I had nothing to worry about and Danny simply took his pants off and wore his boxers and T-shirt. Danny climbed into bed first and I followed him. He put an arm around me and pulled me to him until I was molded against him, the upper part of my body lying on him as if he were a pillow.
"Good night, Bella. I love you," He whispered before placing a kiss in my black hair. I smiled into his chest and felt the dreariness take over my mind and body.
"I love you too…"
-Twenty Three Years Young-
"We need to hurry back," I told Danny as I he pulled me by my hand through the darkening woods. "Juliet is bringing her boyfriend to our house for dinner and I need to start making it," I informed him.
"I know, Bells. Just…trust me. You'll wanna see this," He promised and as he lightly squeezed my hand.
When we finally made it to the creek, I found myself giving Danny an annoyed look.
"Alright, what is so exciting?" I asked him and he grinned at me before he motioned over to the creek. I sighed and turned to look over there…and then I felt all air totally rush from my system. "Oh my God, Danny…" I whispered and I felt him come up behind me and he wrapped his arms around me. His chin rested on my shoulder and I folded my hands over his own which lay on my stomach.
"Do like it?"
"It's beautiful." And it was. The full moon illuminated the center of the creek and the stars in the clear sky also reflected in the motionless water.
I let out a little laugh.
"You know what this reminds me of?" I whispered to him. There was something too delicate and beautiful about this whole scene that made me feel as though I needed to whisper.
"Yep," Danny whispered in my ear as he kissed my neck lightly. "It reminds you of this song." He pulled something out of his back pocket and pointed to a nearby tree.
Like a distant diamond sky,
I looked at Danny in complete surprise.
"You…you didn't," I spoke disbelievingly and he smiled at me as Taylor Swift's stripped cover of Untouchable played over the speakers that he had set up beforehand.
"Baby, I know your favorite song and I know what would remind you of it. I know you," He whispered to me.
In the middle of the night,
When I'm in this dream,
It's like a million little stars,
Spelling out your name,
Danny placed a hand on my waist and his other hand took my left hand. I smiled at him and rested my head on his chest, a common place for it, and I followed his lead as he danced with me to the song.
In the middle of the night,
We could form this dream,
I wanna feel you by my side,
Standing next to me,
Needless to say, we missed our dinner date that night.
You gotta, come on, come on,
Say that we'll be together
Come on, come on,
Little taste of heaven
-Twenty Four Years Young-
Danny and I sat on the hood of his car as we continued to stare at the sky. The car was parked on the dirt road next to the creek and because this week had been a stressful one for both of us, we decided to make the hour drive down to our hometown to come to the creek and relax.
I ran one of my hands through his dark blonde hair and smiled up at him as he absentmindedly played with strands of my black hair.
"Hey, Danny," I called.
"Have you ever thought about…I don't know, where you're going to be like…ten years from now?" I asked him and without looking at me he responded:
"…I don't know, really. I'm just curious. I guess what I really want to know is…ten years from now, if you can picture that, who do you see standing next to you? Because I thought about it today and that person was you. I saw you standing next to me and I was curious as to whether you were thinking the same thing," I explained quickly. Danny was quiet for a moment before he shook his head and hopped off the car hood. I sat up and followed him with my eyes. He went over to the passenger seat, threw the door open, and started rummaging through the glove compartment for something. I hopped off the hood to stand with him. I could tell by his motions that he wasn't upset but I was still curious as to what he was-
And then he slammed the car door, turned to me, and dropped down on one knee.
My mouth fell open slightly and Danny looked up at me, his blue eyes clear and beautiful even in the dark of the night.
"I've been debating for God knows how long on when to give this to you. I wanted to be sure that…well, I wanted to be sure that you were sure about this. About us. And you unknowingly just did –confirm it, I mean," He rambled as he opened up a small black box that he had pulled from the car a few seconds ago. "Isabella…Bella….Bells…I love you. And I want to be with you for forever and ever and ever. I get you; I know everything about you and while some things you may do irk me, there's not a thing about you that I don't love. Your eyes are beautiful and your personality is one of a kind and I've just…you're the most amazing person I've ever met. You're a great best friend, a fantastic girlfriend, and now I want you to be my wife. Please." He added the last word as an afterthought…a nervous afterthought.
I stared at him, speechless, for a moment or two before I finally pulled it together and basically choked out a:
"Yes?" Danny asked as if the word were foreign to him. I laughed and nodded while blinking back tears.
"Yes! Of course it's a yes!" I cried and Danny grinned before he dropped the ring box and pulled me into his arms, lifting me off the ground as he spun me around once and smashed his lips crazily against mine.
This was crazy. This was love. This was Danny Princely and me, Isabella de Villence.
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