Reika-sama – 138

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Mao-chan had been hesitant but Okaasama had half forced her to accept, so in the end Mao-chan turned into her dress-up doll.

“Sorry, Mao-chan…” I apologised as Okaasama was happily choosing dresses.

I was used to it, but I’ll bet Mao-chan wasn’t.

“No, I’m fine with it, but is it really okay to buy me something? I’m starting to feel really shameless… Okaasama might get angry at me…”

“No, that is not something you need to be worried about. In fact I should be apologising for forcing you to go along with my mother’s fun. I will make sure to speak to your parents, do not worry. And perhaps you should try to at least let her know which you like. If not, she will choose everything on her own.”

“Okay.”

Mao-chan was still a little hesitant at first, but before long she was happily trying on this and that for Okaasama. As I watched I started to want to choose clothes for her too, and in the end I joined in. Could you blame me? Mao-chan was just so cute that everything looked good on her!

The one that they settled on was a cute lemon yellow party dress, with a wide, light skirt.

“Cute! It suits you so well, Mao-chan!” I clapped, causing Mao-chan to thank me shyly.

What I had picked for her was a white flower-patterned summer dress. It was maidenly and very cute too!

Mao-chan wore the white dress out of the store. Okaasama looked a little dissatisfied about that but the party dress was too fancy to walk about in, so there wasn’t any choice. But Mao-chan’s next words cheered her up right.

“Do you think it would be okay if I wore that dress to the summer party this year?”

Sorry that you had to worry about her feelings, Mao-chan.

Then Okaasama brought her to a hair salon and curled her hair. Uwaahh!

She had turned into me in miniature. The two of us stood in front of the mirror like sisters with perfect curls.

I was genuinely apologising to her in my mind but…

“It’s like I’m a princess!”

Mao-chan seemed overjoyed.

“I’ve always adored your hair, Reika-oneesama. I thought you looked just like a princess from a fairy tale,” she said as she happily touched her own hair.

Mao-chan kept glancing back to her reflection in the mirror. Eh? She actually thought that?

Apparently I had gained a successor to the Rococo Queen throne.

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After a visit to a tea shop and then some more shopping and whatnot we returned home to find Otousama coming back with a cake. The tanuki had literally no other ideas for gifts to women except sweets. It was no wonder he was tubby if food was all he could think of.

I was a little worried because Mao-chan was on a diet but she was kind so she thanked him with a smile. What a good kid…

After an enjoyable dinner where we asked Mao-chan about her school life, the two of us returned to my room and relaxed.

Mao-chan seemed interested in my needle felting things, so I told her about what I was making for the school festival and then showed her the photos and the sketchbook.

“Waah! These are so good! Did you draw these, Reika-oneesama.”

“No, it was my Oniisama that drew these.”

“Your Oniisama is amazing at drawing. Ah! This one is wonderful too. Waah… Hm? Huh? What’s this one…?”

What? Ahh! That was the one that I drew!

“Ummm, what is this…?” she asked me awkwardly.

“Ah, that was the one that I tried using my left hand to draw. I wanted to see how well I could do it.”

“Wow, is that what this was!? No wonder it looked so strange. But if you drew this with your left hand then aren’t you pretty talented?”

“My, hohoho…”

Can I cry?

I hurriedly put the sketchbook away and decided to help Mao-chan with her summer homework instead.

“The truth is I haven’t done it at all…”

“Truly? Then shall we work hard at it together?”

“Yes!”

Teaching Mao-chan how to do her homework. The ‘oneesan feeling’ I got was amazing. She was so cute. If only she really was my little sister.

A while later Oniisama came back from work and popped into my room.

“Good evening, Mao-chan. I’m Reika’s brother, Kisshouin Takateru. It’s nice to meet you.”

“My name is Sawarabi Mao! I’ll be intruding tonight!” she replied with a bow.

I always wondered this but even though Oniisama always worked so late, how come Otousama could always came home early? Wasn’t he pushing all the work onto Oniisama?

Oniisama spent a bit of time in my room, kindly helping Mao-chan with her homework before heading back to his own room.

After some more homework the night was getting late so I thought it would be good to prepare for bed. Mao-chan was really excited to try the canopy bed. I was fine as long as she was happy, but if you slept in one each day it took surprisingly little time to get bored of it. It got dusty too, you know?

The two of us climbed in next to each other.

“Sorry for treating you like a doll today, Mao-chan. It must have been tiring.”

“No. I had a really good time.”

I had planned to played more with her, but the unexpected Okaasama attack threw the schedule off course. Honestly!

But Mao-chan said that she had fun. I asked a little more and found out that her grandparents and relatives had come over again this summer. They had only paid her brother heed again and she was feeling a little lonely because of it.

So that’s how it was. They might have been annoying, and swarmed her with attention, but I suppose my parents were of at least a little use. I guess it was okay then.

But I went to sleep next to her with thoughts of tomorrow on my mind. Tomorrow was going to be mine turn to play with her.

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──At least that’s what should have happened but there was another assault in the form of Ririna. For whatever reason she came to visit the following day.

“Reika-san! Good news! I’ve come over to play!”

Uh, nobody asked you to. Look. Mao-chan has no idea why you’re here.

“Oh? Who’s this girl?”

Ririna stared without restraint at Mao-chan who was doing needle felting next to me.

“Her name is Sawarabi Mao-chan, and is something like a cute little sister to me,” I said to look out for her, “She goes to Suiran in the primary section. Mao-chan, sorry for surprising you. This girl is Kotou Ririna, my younger cousin.”

“Sister…?”

Ririna’s eyebrow twitched.

“Sister…”

Ririna looked back and forth between us unhappily, and Mao-chan seemed frightened of her. It was situations like this that I had to tell her off!

“Ririna.”

“Mao!”

I was about to chide her when she suddenly stepped forward, pushed me aside, and put her hands on her hips.

“Y-Yes…?”

“So your name is Mao. Very well! From today onwards you have the privilege of being my little sister!” Ririna announced.

“Eh!?” Mao-chan exclaimed.

Haaah!?” I blurted.

It was so shocking that I couldn’t help myself. Making Mao-chan her little sister!? What the hell was she on about!?

“Ummm…”

“If you’re Reika-san’s sister, then you’re as good as mine. Call me Ririna-oneesama from today onwards!”

“Eh… Ririna… oneesama…?”

Ririna gave her a contented nod.

“Wai-, Ririna…”

“So you’re from our primary section, Mao. I see, and you’ve come over today to play? Wai-, you’re staying over!? Then I’ll stay over too.”

I called out to stop her but the conversation was progressing quickly without me. Before I knew it, the two of them were really getting along. Wai-, and it was settled that Ririna would be staying over too!?

Just like I had yesterday, Ririna was enjoying the feeling of being an oneesan. She told Mao-chan that she would teach her, and then began helping her with homework. I was about to stop her but Ririna was surprisingly good at teaching. And she was smart, too. I casually asked Ririna how she was doing in her exams only to find out to my shocking truth that she ranked 20th in her last one!

“Wahh! You’re so smart, Ririna-oneesama!”

“20th place isn’t much. I actually dropped ranks compared to my mid-terms.”

I had lost… Mao-chan’s eyes were filled with complete respect for Ririna. I quietly left the room.

“Oh? What’s up, Reika? Where’s Mao-chan?” asked Oniisama.

Today was his day off, so he had just been leaving his room in preparation to go out. I answered him with a glum face.

“Ririna came over…”

“Ririna?”

After a quick peek into my room he muttered “I see.”

Even from outside, I could hear their excitedly voices.

“So Ririna stole Mao-chan from you.”

“Yes…”

“Well, just try to have fun, the three of you. When I’m back I’ll join in.”

“Truly!?”

Oniisama was going to come home early then. I saw Oniisama out and then headed back to the storehouse by myself.

The other day I discovered something terrifying when I came in here to store my hula hoop. There was a large wooden box in the back of the room. Out of curiosity I opened it up,

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Inside was a bobcut Japanese doll in a red Kimono.

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“Gyaaaaaahhh!” I had screamed.

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I hated dolls. Worse yet, it turned out to be one of those mechanical chahakobi dolls that could walk and carry tea. Despite knowing better, I wound up the spring and it began walking my way with clattering noises. Scaaary! Dolls were scary already, but dolls that could move on their own were too much!

Behind me was an antique hinamatsuri doll whose hair grew. In front of me was a creepy chahakobi doll who could move. Had that happened at night my hair would have turned white from the fright.

I had quickly returned the doll into its box and then made my escape from the storehouse. All while trembling at the worry of those dolls visiting me in the night…

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Now was the time to reawaken her.

I took the chahakobi doll out of the storeroom and began winding up the spring. When it was ready, I put it down in the gap between my opened door and the doorframe.

It didn’t take long before the whole house heard the screams of Ririna and Mao-chan. Uhehehehe. This was punishment for taking away my position as oneesan~

Afterwards, Ririna furiously demanded to know what the hell I thought I was doing, and I ended up apologising over and over as Mao-chan was half in tears.

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Later at night when Oniisama was back, the four of us played games like cards and jenga. It was nice having the numbers for things like these.

My bed wasn’t huge so I told Ririna so many times to go sleep in the guest room, but she wouldn’t budge and kept saying that she was going to sleep with us as well. In the end the three of us ended up glued to each other in bed. Cramped…

When Ririna heard about Mao-chan’s family situation she was infuriated.

“What’s wrong with them! That’s so exasperating! You should have just come clear and given them a good telling off!”

“But…”

“Ririna, Mao-chan is not like you. She is a gentle girl,” I objected.

“Hmph. Then if she isn’t going to tell them off she should just snatch the heirship off her brother. Show everyone just how much better she is. Huhuhu, fool brother. You’ll rue the day you made an enemy of us.”

“Eh… Umm, I don’t hate my little brother or anything… And I don’t really want the heirship either.”

“Really?” asked Ririna.

“Yes,” replied Mao-chan.

That’s right. That’s because Mao-chan was the successor to the Rococo throne instead.

“Huh. Then all you have to do is start laying the groundwork so that you can marry the man you want when the time comes.”

“Where did marriage come from.” I commented.

The conversation was making so many leaps that I couldn’t keep up.

“Obviously because if we don’t pay attention we’ll end up in some political marriage chosen by our parents. If she already has somebody she likes then she has to start planning now.”

“Hahh… You are still just a child and you already think about these things?”

“Of course I’m thinking about these things. I’m an only child so I have to get married. You’re being too carefree, Reika-san. You never think about anything, do you.”

“…Sorry.”

That night I realised that for all that she acted spoilt, Ririna had a serious side to her that was already prepared to take a husband.

I only ever thought about how I would live my life after my family fell to ruin, but if I continued on the way I was would I eventually end up in an arranged marriage as well…?

No, no, I had to marry for love. Ririna was right, I had to start preparing! Not that I had a partner in mind, though!

While I was muttering to myself, Ririna and Mao-chan had fallen fast asleep,

I had once heard that sleeping in a symmetrical pose made you more prone to sleep paralysis. As Ririna slept soundly, I gently moved her arms and legs so that they matched.


A chahakobi doll is a traditional mechanical doll powered by varying mechanisms, designed to carry tea to somebody, stop, and then turn around and leave, a prestigious luxury toy for its high complexity.

Read more here: http://www.karakuri.info/zashiki/


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88 thoughts on “Reika-sama – 138”

    1. Ok…I’m calm…it’s cool. It’s cool. I didn’t almost shriek in the office, nope siree. Ahem.

      On the chapter itself:

      – So Mao-chan really does become the Rococo Queen’s successor! She has very big shoes to fill – let’s hope she will diligently practice her “ohohohos.”

      – Both Ririna and Mao-chan (and potentially Reika, though she doesn’t feel the danger) have it tough eh? I hope they all can choose their own partners.

      – Reika really should write a how-to-guide on petty vengeance. Why oh why do I still find her actions adorable. Both THAT thing and sleep paralysis are terrifying you know? You can give someone a heart attack you know?? Even though you’re cute some things should be off-limits you know??? I think I understand Oniisama more in this chapter…

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        1. That doll make me JUMP. I open this in my android and confus no more word and THAT IS COME!!!. Please next time don’t do that. I almost broke my android. PLEASE REALLY PLEASE DON’T DO THAT AGAIN /(;;~;;)\

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  1. Hahaha, gah I love Reika, she has to be my all time fave MC, just adore her so much, the author I tip my hat to you for creating such a wonderful character, she is well loved by me an many others :)

    Riri, I didnt think she would ever try to come over to Reikas place, how strangely possessive of her, at every stage she is like someone that is stalking Reika, careful you little Tsun stalking horse, Reika will figure it out you know, that you actually like her very much :D

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    1. now that i’ve read…
      “In the end the three of us ended up glued to each other in bed. Cramped…” I WANT IMAGES T.T, Ririna wanted to be spoiled by Reika too hum~ and i was worried she would go full yandere on Mao-chan too, sorry there Ririna

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  2. I knew Ririna would get jealous of Mao when she saw her :D
    So she decided to become Mao’s oneesama in order to separate the cute little thing from Reika-sama :D

    Well, this will be fun :)
    Thanks for the chapter.

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  3. Dammit… I SCREAMED okay!!!!! I was scrolling down with a weird feeling due to the long blank space when that picture pop up…. How could you do this to me… Sob..sob…I am not sure if I will be able to sleep tonight or not!! T.T

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  4. Thanks for the chapter!

    Thats scary as hell!!! And it CAN MOVE!!

    GIVE IT ALL THE SALT AND BURRNNN!!

    Btw there really is a doll that could grow its hair?!

    And Reika-san, youre so eviill ahahaha thats really a something revenge

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    1. Yes, my grandmother’s house used to have this idol (those mini god statues for praying) and his hair and beard was long and messy… my mom told me that it was a lot shorter and not messy when my grandmother first got it years before ha..ha….

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      1. Near from where i live there’s a celebration for Jesus. where they take care of a statue/figure of Jesus for a year (a different person is in charge of taking care of him every year) and once a year the statue leads a procession around the island where it’s kept (Caguach Island). It’s a very pretty celebration. The thing is, figure!Jesus needs to be looked after mainly because his hair and beard grow, so they need to be maintained.

        https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caguach

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        1. Ooo interesting to know that the statues of other religious cultures have growing hair too. My grandmother’s a Taoist, but don’t ask me what kind of deity was her idol because I don’t recall lol, I’m not a Taoist myself and they have lots of gods. If you go to really old chinese temples here in Malaysia that have idols with hair, they look much longer and unkempt than you think they should look… apparently they’re believed to be ‘alive’ after years of praying

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          1. That seems to be a common thought in Oriental cultures, isn’t it? About things gaining life after existing for a long time. (At least it’s common in anime coughcough) I’m not a christian either but that celebration is famous around here and is said to be very lively; though I’ve never assisted, I think I would like it.

            As for what is the reason for Jesus’ hair growing, I don’t really know xD but there’s interesting stories around here with Chiloe and its saint statue. Chiloe was the last Spanish stronghold to remain. Once the Spaniards lost a war with the natives from Calbuco and were forced to sign a peace treaty with them because the natives kidnapped one of the saint statues xD to this day that was the only peace treaty with natives that the Spanish Army ever signed, lol.

            In the Christian religion it’s ‘common’ for statues or paintings to cry blood in sign of them being sacred (because of all of Jesus’ sufferings during the Via Crucis, I guess), but the hair is uncommon, I’d say.

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            1. Yep, something to do with spiritual powers flowing/collecting in objects and whatnot. I have heard of the crying blood thing, though my knowledge on that is from tv shows I don’t remember anymore lol.. That’s interesting tho, about Chiloe and it’s saint statue. I’ll be honest I’ve never heard about Caguach Island or Chiloe before this (excuse my ignorant self) so thank you, I learned some pretty darn interesting things today :D

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  5. thnx for the chapter

    and lol that image(are you angry at us ts?) and lol reika and her petty revenge (was she still mad that ririna call her fat?)

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  6. OMG DAMN IT DAMN IT DAMN IT!!! What was that doll!!!! It was straight up creepy!!!! Aaaaaahhhhhhhhh. I kinda regretting scrolling down y’know!! And here I thought Este was a fellow bibiri nakama!! Kuuuh. I kinda shrieked like a weirdo and everyone at the coffee shop was staring at me…Now, I feel so embrassed to go back in this coffee shop 😭

    This is why bisque dolls and those Japanese dolls with their bob cut like bangs and creepy kimonos are sccaaaaaary. Like the zashiki-warashi type, despite being a bringer of Luck or something it’s still creepy😌

    Anyways, at first I was feeling sorry for the tanuki but when Reika-sama mentioned this, “I always wondered this but even though Oniisama always worked so late, how come Otousama could always came home early? Wasn’t he pushing all the work onto Oniisama?” I was like oh noooo you don’t Tanuki!! We need more Takateru appearance!! ತಎತ

    And Ririna lololol, I thought she’ll be jealous and see Mao-chan as her rival. Guess not. But still that was adorable of Ririna.

    Thank you sooo much for the chapter!! 😊

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      1. The guard actually went to my table and asked me if there’s something wrong. And I was like a kid who want to tattle tale Este to any adult out there for putting such a picture but I was technically consider an adult myself tsk…and thanks to the shrieking it’s either theyll ask me to leave or they’d call the police if I started saying it’s because of this 5th Holy Sheeprabbit Kilimanjaro Estelion Sharlulu Asheel Vinchance Celenalia di ef Faluufiluu’Luufilaafee (the 35th da ne) named person!! 😑

        Kuuuh. The faces of the adorable little kids staring at me like I’m sort of animal on display at the zoo and their moms being like ‘stop looking at shriek girl , she’s no animal just a weirdo’
        (\ ಥ益 ಥ/ )

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  7. Reading this @ 3am in the morning in the dark, sees white, scoll downs confused, screams & throws phone out after making sure to scroll quickly. Calms down after 5 mins, picks up phone, scroll back up before pic, continue reading.

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  8. here i am alone(・ัω・ั), and almost dark in here. reading my fav reika~sama eps 138 confused in the middle chapter and having heart attack for a second cause looking that scary looking japanese doll T.T my heart beat still fast unti now (。ŏ﹏ŏ)

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  9. Lol, Reika is so petty.

    Is this a buildup to an actual romance for Reika? Her actively finding romance?

    But what about her position as the chief of the forever alone village?

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  10. — Thanks for the chapter~ ^^.

    Ririna is cute~! Haha~ XD!
    And Reika-sama still haven’t noticed anything at all~! lol.

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  11. Thanks for the Chapter~
    I just woke up when i started reading this when i saw the doll picture i almost screamed like a girl and almost thrown my phone that was horrifying…
    Should add a horror tag no Novelupdates haha

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  12. Thanks for the chapter. The doll is creepier when it got a dark background. But when you just think about it or put it in a lighter place it’s………………. No still creepy. Reika-sama once again her glorious exploits being a villain increases.

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  13. Our modern sensibilities make that doll scarier. For most people having a doll as greatly crafted as that is an honour. Also praise mass production and wage slaves for giving us better and cuter toys to play with.

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  14. Thank you for the chapter!

    Lots of cuteness in this chapter. Ririna the tsundere. Reika-sama and her petty revenge.
    “Reika-sama wants to give a scare.”

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  15. Thanks 4 the chapter!
    BUT, was that necessary? I was reading on my bed with the lights out. Then that face appeared. I nearly had a heart attack!

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  16. Este-chaaaan that was crueeeel! That damned doll pic was creepy!

    I think I froze for a moment!

    But… lol… Reika’s mischievous side…

    Ririna is surprisingly hardworking too.

    Thanks for the chapter este~

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  17. LOL..what i write actually come true? haha…reika-sama has a successor ..the doll give me goosebump…i nearly flung my laptop when i first scroll it…anyway thanks for the chapter

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  18. Aww, Mao really admires Reika ^^ She’s so adorable XD But Reika can be pretty evil at times XDD And Ririna, what are you up to? XDD You have to admire how bold she is.

    Uwah! That doll picture startled me. I couldn’t look at it for too long x_x creepy~

    Thanks for the new release!

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  19. Very fun chapter. Thanks. But what made it even better was reading all the reactions to the doll pic. I’m on coffee break in my cube, and I’ll bet I have my work neighbors about all the Muttley snickers they’ve been hearing.

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  20. wow… that visual though. sure as heck surprises me.
    thank you translator for the chappy. my favorite web story right now. you’re awesome, i hope you know that.

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  21. WAHHH! FLUFFY-SAMA!!!! TTT^TTT Scared me almost to death… But I guess it was scarier for you who searched for the doll pictures… Unless that was actually one of your family heirlooms?
    Many thanks…. *shudders*

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  22. Thanks for the chapter!

    I wasn’t that scared, but if you put the picture of the Okiku doll for the doll that grows hair, I’ll be screaming!! I searched about it and I must say that doll is waaaay creepier than that doll with bob cut you posted.

    No wonder Reika is scared. I think that others would be scared too. 。.°(ಗдಗ。)°.

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  23. holy crap! Good thing i scrolled down pretty fast. I only get to see the lower mouth of that. And it’s kind of dark where i’m reading right now.

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