Q&A Session: Pursuing Prissie

Pursuing Prissie, blog

Celebrating Pursuing Prissie. I’ve given readers a month to be ready for this week’s celebration of the release of my first Threshold Series sequel. Pursuing Prissie is the first book in the Pomeroy Family Legacy collection. Lots happened in the decade between The Blue Door and this angelic reprise. So let’s indulge your curiosity.

“I’ve been wondering….”


This is like an interview. Or a pop quiz. Or an interrogation. (Eep.) You can ask me stuff. Or you can direct your questions to the characters themselves. (Heaven knows, they know their own minds on matters.) I’ll check comments throughout the week and respond regularly. (Fair warning: your questions may pile up because I’m visiting family and working through edits on the next Byways books, but I’ll tackle them during lulls.)

Also, I reserve the right to be coy if answers will ruin surprises built into upcoming stories. After all, this is the beginning of a collection. There will be more Pomeroy Family Legacies in the future!

So what’s on your mind? I’m ready to field your questions! ♥


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If you haven’t finished the book yet, you WILL encounter spoilers in the comments!

203 thoughts on “Q&A Session: Pursuing Prissie

  1. Savannah Perran says:

    Ooo, so fun! Another Q and A! Here I go …
    KESTER: What is the name of your apprentice?
    PRISSIE: How many kids are you hoping to have?
    BAIRD: How do you feel about being an honorary dad?
    RANSOM: If you could describe Prissie in one word, what would it be?
    HARKEN: Your nephew at Prissie’s wedding, was that actually you?
    MARCUS: Were you super surprised when you saw that Ransom had come back?
    JUDE: Do you have a favorite out of all your animals?
    TO ALL ANGELS: Did any of you have any, um … heavenly warning about what was going to happen with Prissie and Ransom? Or were you surprised as well?
    ~Savannah

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  2. Soleil says:

    Timothy: how does it feel now knowing that your friends will support you no matter what?
    Mrs. Kinde: in Angels on High we meet watchdog, is he Taweels former mentor?
    Ethan and Tamaes: what was it like changing charges?
    Mrs kinde: will we see anymore of Asher?
    Who will the next book be about?
    Will Beau have his own book? If so before or after a Pursuing Prissie?

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  3. Arian says:

    These are rather personal questions, so if anyone would rather not say, please feel free to say so. :)

    Ida: Will Essie be your last child? I’m just noticing you’re now 38, and although you could have more children, your chance of having a child with Down Syndrome goes up from here. Or are you willing to simply leave that in God’s hands?

    Grandma Nell: I realise this is a question that could have a very sad answer, but how did it come about that you had two children fourteen years apart? Did you simply not conceive in the middle? Or did you choose to have only one child for fourteen years? Or … *wince* Please tell me you’re not willing to say if you’re not.

    Kester: *pause to hug my favourite character* Could you tell us a bit more about your apprentice? What is his name? How old does he appear? What does he look like?

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    • Arian says:

      Soleil: in the early chapters of ‘Tried and True’, we see that Taweel’s mentor until the death of his charge was Dorum. I don’t think Watchdog was ever Taweel’s mentor. Apart from anything else, we understand from the fact that Watchdog is twice-pierced that his apprentice Fell, and Taweel didn’t Fall.

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      • Arian says:

        Great! I ask only because when I was in my late thirties it was something I thought about. But whatever happens, God will be there. As I don’t think you need me to point out! :)

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        • Esther says:

          My mom was almost 38 when she had my eldest brother, and she had 3 kids after him, and none of us have Down Syndrome.

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        • Arian says:

          Esther: the increased chance still doesn’t make it “more probable than not” – I forget now what the respective percentages are.

          I’m glad to know that all of you have no disability. And of course, even with the higher risk, that’s still not any particular surprise. It’s merely something that a woman over 35 has an extra need to think of, not something that will Quite Definitely Happen.

          And even if it does, it’s as I said to Ida: one’s child is one’s child, and God will be there.

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      • Arian says:

        I’m so glad. Not that you waited and wondered for so long, but that your story isn’t a sadder one. *And* that Ida surprised you all. :) Even if it’s presumptuous to say so to her mother, she was definitely worth waiting for! ;)

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  4. Arian says:

    Colin; what did your mom say when you told her you were a Christian now?

    Margery: were you married to Colin’s father? I initially concluded from what you said to Prissie, i.e. that Colin’s father was long gone and that you’d gone back to using your maiden name, that you and he were married and separated, but not divorced. Then I heard someone refer to you as an unwed mother, and now I’m not sure. :) Excuse me for asking … I’m thinking up all the delicate queries, I feel! :) I only want to be clear.

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  5. LinZ says:

    Baird: What do you think your reaction is going to be when your hair starts to turn gray?
    Would you ever consider getting dreadlocks?

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  6. Savannah Perran says:

    BAIRD: What was one of the things you doodled on Ransom’s walls?
    RANSOM: What did you think when Prissie told you that there was an angel on your fridge?
    PRISSIE: What angel was on Ransom’s fridge? Do you ever get in contact with Jennifer or April anymore?
    ~Savannah

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  7. Jaidyn Perran says:

    Ooh! SO fun!
    Here I go:
    Ransom: Do you still call Milo ‘ Mr. Mailman’?
    Prissie: How does it feel to be married?
    Marcus: Did it feel good to be in Prissie’s wedding?
    To any angle here at the moment: Did any of you know who Prissie was going to marry, before she married Ransom?
    Koji: Did it feel strange to be older then you were used to?
    – Jaidyn

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  8. Arian says:

    Milo and Zeke: This isn’t a question, but I’m so glad you still call each other “my ‘Lo” and “my ‘Eke”. I thought Zeke might want to drop it when he became a self-conscious teenager, but it doesn’t look as if Zeke even *does* self-conscious. He painted flowers on Prissie’s walls without any self-consciousness as well. I’m proud of how you reached adulthood, Zeke. Good on you.

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  9. Esther says:

    *Rubs hands together in anticipation*
    Okay, here we go!
    Marcus & Prissie: Who did the blue diamond that Prissie gave to Margery stand for? Kester? Baird? Shimron?
    Ransom: Did you wear a pink tie to your wedding? Or, better yet, a pink pinstripe shirt? ;)
    Mrs. Kinde: My impression is that the Pomeroy Legacy books tend to involve romance. That being said, is Beau going to fall in love in his book? (My mom and I have our suspicions as to *whom*, but I don’t think you’ll answer that.)
    Mrs. Kinde: Since Mr. and Mrs. Pomeroy, Tad, and Prissie have their own books, are Neil, Jude, and most especially Zeke going to jump on the Pomeroy Legacy bandwagon?
    Ardon: Are you happy for Ransom? Do you approve of Prissie? Did you see this coming from a long way off?
    Beau’s Guardian and his Mentor: Since Beau’s getting his own book, are we going to meet you two at long last? I’ve been waiting ever since Beau had his heart-to-heart with Marcus in The Garden Gate.
    Jedrick: What kinds of angels joined your flight after the end of the Threshold Series?
    Prissie: Lots of Grafts attended your wedding, and I’m sure tons of unseen friends were there too. Were you able to see any of them? (Especially Tamaes?)
    Ransom: Was the master bedroom the one you painted pink?
    Tamaes & Ardon: How did you feel at Prissie’s wedding?
    Baird: Have you realized that, if Prissie and Ransom have kids, you’d be an honorary grandpa? Would you go by Grampa Baird? Or does the term grandpa make you sound to *old*?
    Ransom: How many kids do *you* want?
    Marcus & Asher: Did you two have fun playing “angelic matchmaker” ? ;)
    Tad & Mel: Did you two name your kids after famous characters from plays and books, because Mel is a theater major?
    Mrs. Kinde: When Prissie has kids, will she meet any of their guardians?
    Mrs. Kinde: Will Prissie be expecting in Beau’s book, or is it a little too soon?
    Tamaes: Was it hard to have Zeke under your watch-care, because Zeke keeps teasing Ransom about his relationship with Prissie?
    Ephron: Were you at Prissie’s wedding?
    That’s all that I can think of at the moment… ;)

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  10. Savannah Perran says:

    LEVI: Did you ever seen Baird again after Kester became his apprentice?
    BAIRD: What is one of your best memories? Has anyone (other than Prissie) ever known that you’re an angel?
    KESTER: How long has Bliss been your apprentice?
    MILO: How old is Silas (in human years)?
    ~Savannah

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  11. Emma says:

    Milo, this isn’t really related to Pursuing Prissie, but have you ever started speaking in the wrong language by accident?

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  12. Arian says:

    That reminds me. When Gabriel found Harken in the nook behind the tapestry, he was surprised, because the Maker of newfoundlings had been on earth for a while by then. And it’s been confirmed that He made Harken before He left heaven. But surely Jesus prayed to His Father in Heaven while He was on earth? Which implies that a Father was there in Heaven to be prayed to? What are we meant to understand from the suggestion that God wasn’t there?

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    • Author: Ah, this is a fragment of theology that I folded in. Scripture credits the second person of the Trinity as the Creator of this world. So I made Jesus the Maker who calls angels into existence. Meaning there was a lull in newfoundlings during His 30-something-year absence from heaven. But … He left a little something on reserve for the prince of Messengers. ; )

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  13. Olive says:

    Okay, here we go!
    Taweel (and Omri): Has Omri ever eaten manna?
    Ransom: Are muffins still your favorite thing to bake?
    Baird: Okay, this isn’t really a question. More of a comment. I read in a Q&A from before that your Graft birthday is August 8. Did you know that’s also my spiritual birthday?!
    To Anyone: What’s your favorite Bible story?
    Prissie: Have you ever read the poem “They Kindly Messenger”?

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  14. Savannah Perran says:

    BAIRD: When you were playing hide-and-seek with the kids, did you hid behind that tree nearby just so you could hear their singing?
    KESTER: What is the craziest thing you have ever seen Baird do?
    BLISS: Have you met Baird? How would you describe him?
    MILO: What is the funniest thing you have seen Omri do?
    ~Savannah

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  15. Ariel Perran says:

    I am FINALLY commenting! :) Okay, here goes:
    =Prissie: What drew you to Ransom?
    =Ransom: Are you still keeping your job at the bakery now that you’ve married Prissie?
    =Baird: Where were you before you came back? You remember what I’m talking about, right? When you and the Pomeroy clan had that whole reunion thing? I, for one, am assuming you were in heaven…..?
    =Ransom: Was your dad involved with the whole marraige at all? I didn’t really see him.
    -Ariel

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  16. Soleil says:

    Author (or Angels): Does each guardian angel belong to a different flight? (one guardian per flight)?How many flights are at the Hedge, and is 12 the normal number for a flight?

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    • Author: Yes, when a Guardian is Sent, he and his mentor are added to a Flight. Yes, a Flight has twelve angels. The number of Guardians in a Hedge varies widely and shifts regularly depending on how many humans are around. The Flights to which a Guardian belongs serve as additional back-up for the Hedges.

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    • Author: The Christmas Eve earthquake in The Broken Window released Blight from his captivity. If you ever do a re-read of The Garden Gate, you’ll likely spot him. He makes an appearance.

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    • Arian says:

      … Oh, heck. That is certainly Blight. But it seems as if Koji didn’t recognise him? I suppose nothing in the text actually *says* he doesn’t … but I’d have thought he’d respond differently to the former Prosper, if he did realise. The Author didn’t conclude that they’d previously known each other until later, maybe? (Lois McMaster Bujold – “The Author always reserves the right to Have A Better Idea.”)

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      • Arian says:

        I want to know how he Fell, curse it! What temptation made him rebel? Was it because he wanted Koji for his own, maybe? It’s the only desire of his that we know of that wasn’t fulfilled … and certainly his twisted love for Koji was what Prissie used as the bait to recapture him. I think I’ll go with that.

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        • Arian says:

          Fair point. He just looked so confused when he was talking with Koji at the end of ‘Angel on High’, as if he’d found himself where he was without quite knowing how things had got that far. So he was lying to Koji? Lying to himself?

          The thing that always strikes me about Blight is that he doesn’t appear to have gained a single, solitary thing by Falling. Not that Adin did either in reality, of course, but I can see what Adin would *think* he’s gained. Blight’s life has got worse in every possible way including in his *own* eyes, as far as I can see. So I find his choice completely mystifying and inexplicable.

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      • Arian says:

        I guess I could ask him. But a) he’s dangerous, b) he might well lie, and will certainly reply from his own, probably self-deceived, point of view, and c) talking to him would probably upset me. He is blighted as well as a blight on other living things. I think his Fall affects me worse than Adin’s because he was formerly a Maker, one who created beauty, and now he is a destroyer. He is like an Old Master that has been slashed to shreds.

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        • I have a policy against allowing my readers to chat with demonic characters. It’s been said before, and I’ll say it again. Nothing good comes from listening to the lies of the enemy. Don’t listen. Don’t linger. Flee.

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        • Arian says:

          Of course you’re right. He is *not* Prosper. There is no Prosper. Prosper ceased to exist when Blight began. It’s not like he’s still in there anywhere. B-b-but… *waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah!* :'(

          – How on earth did I get so violently attached to this particular angel? We didn’t even get to see all that much of him before he Fell, but something about him just … hooked itself into the centre of my heart, and I’m having the most terrible difficulty accepting the facts, grieving, and moving on!

          Stop writing so well, I tell you! ;)

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      • Yep, you’re right. When I wrote that scene, I was in the thick of Rough and Tumble, but I hadn’t dreamed up Angel on High yet. While I’d love to go back and tweak things a smidge, it’s simply not possible. So let us instead say that Koji is wise to hold his tongue. For nothing good ever comes from speaking with a Fallen.

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  17. Savannah Perran says:

    RANSOM: What is your mother’s name?
    BAIRD: What happened to your band after you left? Are they still a band?
    MILO: Has Prissie met Silas yet?
    ~Savannah

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  18. Soleil says:

    Here’s a few more.
    Is Emmie Timothy’s future wife, and will we get to meet her anytime?
    Why does Lester and Bliss live in a tower?
    Ransom: what was your “simple” 5 ingrediasnt breakfast you made?

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  19. Soleil says:

    Ida: is your name short for something? Could you list your kids and their ages? Birthdays if you can.
    Mel: same as above.
    Grandpa Pete: what’s your dad’s name?
    Naomi: is Abel your only sibling?
    Joyce: Ida is your only sibling, right?

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  20. Esther says:

    Suddenly remembered something I wanted to ask: Koji’s on-paper b-day is July 25th, Baird is August 8th, Kester is the last day of winter (March 20th). What’s Marcus’, Abner’s, Padgett’s, Milo’s, and Harken’s?

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  21. Skylar Perran says:

    Kester: What do you like most about Baird?
    Baird: What do you like most about Kester?
    Tamaes: What was it like watching over Zeke?
    ~Skylar

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  22. Savannah Perran says:

    Baird: What on earth gave you the idea to scale Kester’s tower?
    Tamaes: What was the craziest thing Zeke did while you were his guardian?
    Mrs. Kinde: How long did it take for you to get published? (from the time you first started writing ‘The Blue Door’ to the day it was available for purchase)
    ~Savannah

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    • Oh, here. I answered that question in an interview with Kim Childress a while back. I’ll paste my response here:

      Kim: How long did it take you to work on the Threshold series, from the first idea to the completion of the final book?

      Christa: I rustled around, and it looks like I started making early notes on the Threshold Series in 2007. Back then, all I had was a clear picture of a strange boy sitting in a tree. When a girl discovered him and they were both surprised, I liked the direction things were taking. I needed to write the rest of the series so that Prissie and Koji could meet.

      When my proposal first landed on editors’ desks in fall of 2010, Book 1: The Blue Door was complete. By the time the series was contracted in 2011, Book 2: The Hidden Deep was also done. (Not a bad head start.) The fourth and final book released in January 2014, making the initial series a seven-year endeavor.

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    • Author: Since you’re still getting to know Marcus’s foster family in Angel Unaware, I’m not going to skip to the end and tell you how it all turns out. Patience, please! Everything in its time. ; )

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  23. Soleil says:

    Naomi: what are the names of your 2 other siblings, and the order of birth of you guys.
    Is Mel short for Melanie? Melody?
    Ransom: what’s your dad’s name?
    (Mrs. Kinde: if you wanna know why I’m asking, it cause I’m drawing the family tree).
    Prissie: would you share some of the things that were at your wedding?
    Mrs. Kinde: could we do a wedding board on Pinterest for the new Pavlos couple?

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    • Author Here: Hoo boy. I don’t usually name folks until they turn up in the story I’m writing. Naomi’s siblings are likely to be mentioned during Tad’s story because you’ll be meeting some Pomeroy cousins. But I’m not going to commit to that fragment of backstory *right now.*

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      • Arian says:

        I was forming a mischievous theory that it was Melisande. :P

        On the grounds that if it was an everyday name, there would be no reason for you not to answer the question about whether Mel was short for anything by saying, “Yes, it’s short for Melissa,” or whatever the name might be, instead of saying, “It’s a nickname.”

        So, I conjectured, you mustn’t want us to know what it was. Like Tad.

        Imagining your wedding: “I, THADDEUS, take thee, MELISANDE, to be my lawfully wedded wife…” as both bride and groom wince in embarrassment.

        Of course, if you don’t happen to like being named Mary Ellen, maybe I could still be right! :)

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    • Author Here: There’s a chance I’ll do a collection of stories in the future, kind of like the outtakes I post from time to time. Wedding day fun and fiascoes would certainly be on my writing list. Let’s wait with those. ; )

      A Pinterest board? Hmm. I’ll think on it. Maybe for Ransom’s birthday. ♥

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  24. Jaidyn Perran says:

    Prissie: Do you know if Koji still paints?
    Ethan: Do you think it was easier watching over Prissie than Zeke?
    Ransom: How did you feel when you first saw Prissie in her wedding dress?
    Prissie: Were you nervous on the day of your wedding?
    And, If you had just ONE kid, what gender would you want it to be? :-D
    Colin: What do you think of your mom? If you had a choice to stay with your mom, or in the apple orchard, What would you pick?
    Margery: Do you still have contact with Elise?
    Kester: What was your whole conversation with Baird and Levi when they climbed up your tower…?? :-D – Jaidyn

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  25. Savannah Perran says:

    Koji: What was your favorite part of Prissie’s wedding?
    Baird: You came back from Heaven on Ransom’s birthday. then left shortly after. Where did you go when you left? Back to Heaven?
    Jedrick: What are the names of the new angels in your flight?
    Silas: What is your favorite thing about your mentor?
    ~Savannah

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  26. Soleil says:

    Oh my goodness!!!! I just realized that Prissie and Ransom’s wedding is this month on the 28th!!! Only 5 days away, we get to celebrate for the first time! Is this party providential timing or what. Would this 28 be like their wedding, or their 1year anniversary?

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    • Stories happen while you read them, so their characters don’t share the same calendar we do. Books take us to a place apart, where time stands still.

      We can mark a birthday or anniversary, but I can’t assign numbers. I mean … think about it. When The Blue Door released a few years ago, Prissie was fourteen. Now, she’s twenty-four. This is not math.

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  27. Olive says:

    Baird: How did you get down from the tower? And was it your idea or Levi’s?
    Prissie: What do you think of your new house?
    Taweel: What do you like best about Omri?

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  28. Micailah Cialella says:

    Prissie and Ransom: What did you guys get as wedding gifts? Can you share your favorites and who gave them? :)

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  29. Esther says:

    Asher: Did Prissie ever make you that pie? And I assume you and Padget attended the wedding?
    Jedrick’s Flight as we knew it in the Threshold Series: I also assume all of you were at the wedding, seen or unseen?
    Prissie & Ransom: Did you have a ringbearer? If so, then who? Also, who all was in the wedding party, and what parts did they perforrm?

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  30. Arian says:

    Levi: were you a newfoundling when you became Baird’s apprentice? You two have obviously got a lot in common, and I’m wondering whether it was growing up around Baird that shaped you into so enthusiastic a fellow scaler of towers, or whether God made you that way even before you got as far as Baird. :)

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