[From time to time, I will illustrate my story characters with: Richard Armitage as Sam Wakeforest, Marcia Gay Harden as Sam’s older sister Tessa Wakeforest Shoop Delaney, and Emily Deschanel as Tessa’s sister-in-law Olivia Delaney Wakeforest, Viola Davis as Pauletta Perkins, Cicely Tyson as Nellie Newton, Anna Sophia Robb as Alice Trent, Kevin Spacey as Roger Delaney, Sam Heughan as Todd Wakeforest, Idris Elba as Dominic Perkins, the late Polly Holliday as the Waitress Madge, Donald Sutherland as Aldus Warren, Teri Polo as Lillian Warren, and Ewan McGregor as David Warren, and others as noted.]
Author’s Content Note: “Love in the Great Pine Woods” is a mature love story with dramatic themes of love and relationships. It will mostly be at the PG and PG-13 movie levels. Specific chapters or passages may have a further rating of: L for language, D for dramatic emotions, and S for sensual themes. And I will rate the chapters accordingly. If you are unable or unwilling to attend a movie with the ratings that I provide for a chapter, then please do not read that chapter. This is my disclaimer. And as is my habit, I will summarize the previous chapter’s events at the beginning of the next chapter.
Author’s Recap from the Previous Chapter: A man named Mr. Quimby tracked Sam Wakeforest down at the June 11, 1956 Wakeforest Summer Family and Flower Festival and served he and his family with civil suit papers claiming negligence on the part of Wakeforest Family Lumber Mill and Conservators in the January 2, 1956 Wakeforest Mountain avalanche death of tourist Aiden Carter. Though the inquest at the time had ruled the death an accident by nature—and no criminal charges were filed–civil suits have a much lower burden of proof.
“Love in the Great Pine Woods”, Ch. 38 (PG-13, D, L): The Fight for Wakeforest Mountain, Part 1
Sam Wakeforest has always been a man of stoicism and restraint. His previously taciturn and gruff demeanor–before meeting and marrying his wife Olivia, whose love has opened him up to displaying more tenderness–bore a stark testament to those hallmark qualities. Yet when his family, livelihood, and civic purpose are threatened, woe betide anyone who crosses Sam’s path. For they will truly know the passion that stirs within this man’s chest.
And the civil suit claiming Wakeforest Lumber Mill and Conservatorship negligent in the avalanche death of Aiden Carter last January is nothing if not threatening to Sam and his extended Wakeforest and Delaney families. That the suit was served to them at the otherwise happily enjoyed June 11, 1956 Wakeforest Summer Family and Flower Festival last month was an uncalled for indignity which Sam felt that he and his family suffered.
The extended Wakeforest and Delaney Families quickly organized a legal response team to the civil suit. Their brother-in-law Roger Delaney is also a Trustee of the Wakeforest Mountain Wakeforest Family Conservatorship. So Roger is also named in the civil suit. And though Sam is still a partially practicing attorney—his Wakeforest Mountain conservatorship being his primary career focus these days—he realizes that as one of the defendents in the case, it would be wise to seek outside legal assistance. So Sam engages the services of their state capitol’s largest legal firm of DeWitt, Grimes, & Branch—with their having the distinguished elder law firm partner Lawrence DeWitt to lead their civil suit’s legal team of five lawyers. The Wakeforests were not only able to pay to put the firm on retainer, but the Wakeforest Family’s general prestige as upstanding community members and philanthropists also serve them in good stead in securing the best legal advice.
Depositions have been taken on both sides over the last four weeks and witnesses and experts assembled, as they wait to proceed to court while standing in an anteroom of the state capitol courthouse in Largemont an hour away from the Town of Wakeforest this Monday, July 11, 1956.
Sam Wakeforest paces the small conference room like a coiled panther waiting to pounce. Then in frustration, Sam plops down onto a none too comfortable metal chair, leaning forward expectantly [(2) right]. For the sake of the trial, Sam is trying to look more professional—less of a mountain man—within reason. He still eschews ties, and formal suit trousers. But he is wearing a jacket, and he has his beard trimmed considerably, though still with faint stubble. Sam is ever the rebel. l
The ever calm and in command Lawrence DeWitt—a distinguishedly handsome man of graying hair in his 60’s belying his vigorous constitution—generally admonishes everyone to be on their best behavior.
Mr. DeWitt: “We need to present a united and calm front in the face of the legal opposition for the Carter Family. The evidence should go our way, but we cannot let the opposition try to rattle us. Many a seemingly straightforward case has been lost by emotional manipulation by the lesser opposing side. Mr. Wakeforest?”
Though all four Wakeforest brothers turn toward Mr. DeWitt, it is the pacing and clearly agitated Sam Wakeforest to whom Mr. DeWitt refers. You see compounding and complicating today’s proceedings is the fact that with the strain of the civil suit hanging over them, everyone has been stressed out. And Sam’s seven months pregnant wife Olivia has been experiencing pregnancy difficulties. She is not here now because she was so distressed this morning at breakfast, that Tessa insisted upon taking her to see her doctor. And Sam is beside himself with worry. It is now 8:45am.
Roger: “I think he means you, Sam.”
Sam: “I ascertained that, Roger!” Sam hisses, biting the head off of his brother-in-law Roger Delaney, who winces. “Since Mr. DeWitt is looking directly at me.” Then Sam looks at his wrist watch for the fifth time in five minutes and mumbles under his breath. “Why hasn’t Tessa sent word about Olivia?”
For Sam to have his focus split today is a double strain—him worrying about both Wakeforest Mountain and his wife Olivia. And it is for Olivia whom Sam is more worried about. He would not even be here at the courthouse—trusting that Mr. DeWitt and others could carry on without him—were it not for the subpoena of him as a witness in the case, as well as being one of the defendents. It is standard practice to subpoena witnesses—even if they had previously agreed to show up—in order to prevent absences. But in this case, Sam being absent from court and rushing to his wife’s side at Wakeforest County Hospital an hour away is all that he can think about this morning.
Mr. DeWitt has also subpoenaed witnesses and experts on the Carter Family side—including the deceased Aiden Carter’s elder brother Dr. Matt Carter, who was with him on that fateful trip to the Wakeforest community for the holidays. But Dr. Carter was not on the Mountain that morning due to him fulfilling a volunteer commitment to the Wakeforest County Hospital as an orthopedic surgeon.
That fateful choice ended up benefiting Olivia Wakeforest, since it was Dr. Matt Carter who operated on and saved her shattered leg that was injured from the avalanche hitting their cabin—before he knew of his brother’s death, even though Sam knew about it, but did not tell him. Sam didn’t want the doctor’s focus to be taken away from saving his wife’s leg, and maybe saving her life. And Sam’s omission may cost him—it may cost them.
And though Sam’s worry for Olivia and their unborn child today is indeed warranted–as Tessa and Olivia wait in a Wakeforest County Hospital room for Olivia’s test results to come back—Olivia’s health issue will be revealed as unrelated to her pregnancy, but ones that could have a devastating impact upon she and her baby.
Tessa: Fussing, Tessa asks caringly. “Are you comfortable, Olivia Sweetie? Can I fluff up your pillow? Get you some more ice water?” Tessa picks up the empty glass. “Another blanket? Maybe you should get into the hospital gown.”
Olivia: “I’m fine, Tessa. And I’m not wearing that sack unless I absolutely have to. It’s scratchy and my skin is delicate.” And feeling delicate as a blooming seven months pregnant lady is important to Olivia. Olivia hugs her shoulders with her nice thin and soft red summer sweater. And as before when she was in the hospital with surgery and recovery for her shattered lower left leg, Olivia notices the chill in her hospital room. “But maybe another blanket would be nice. It is chilly in here.” Olivia looks hopefully at her sister-in-law Tessa.
Tessa: “Ooooh! I’ll be right back!” Tessa sprints out of the room with Olivia’s glass, in search of ice water and a blanket at the nurse’s station. Tessa is ever happiest when she has something to do.
Then while Tessa is waiting for both ice water and another blanket at the nurse’s station, a different nurse comes in to take Olivia’s vital signs. She is middle aged, plump lady, with a pleasantly caring smile. So Tessa is grateful for a friendly face when she is feeling so poorly.
Nurse: “And how are we feeling now, Mrs. Wakeforest?” She frowns, noticing that their patient has not changed into her hospital gown yet.
Olivia: “My left leg and chest are still in a lot of pain—like they’re cramping up.” Olivia doesn’t whine, but her wan facial expression makes clear her distress and fatigue.
Nurse: Seeing the swollen and reddening leg, the nurse asks in concern. “And have you had this cramping before?” The nurse has a suspicion what might be causing Olivia’s pains.
Olivia: “Not really. Not in both places.” Olivia clutches her chest as another wave of pain hits her. Olivia is worried about her baby, wondering if it is trying to come early, too early.
Then as Tessa comes back with the ice water and blanket, the nurse starts to walk out of Olivia’s hospital room with a sense of urgency.
Nurse: “Wait here, I’ll be back in a moment with the doctor.”
The pains are in Olivia’s injured but healed left lower leg and in her lungs. Olivia has a soon to be diagnosed blood clot common with pregnancies or injury [(3)] –-and she has both conditions.
Tessa: “Well! She’s moving more quickly than I would have imagined.” Tessa says brightly while trying to distract Olivia from the concern she saw in the nurse’s face.
Olivia: “Now Tessa, be kind. She is very efficient and caring.”
Tessa places the extra blanket atop Olivia and hands her the fresh ice water.
Tessa: “Better, sweetie?”
Olivia: “Yes, thank you.” Olivia doesn’t really feel better. But her sense of making others feel better is so ingrained in her that she does so by minimizing her symptoms—not something you should do when in a health crisis.
Then the nurse returns with the doctor—a young looking intern. His brown hair is buzz cut short, which gives him a military look. And his glasses are too big for his thin face and they keep slipping down his nose—and he keeps pushing them back up his nose. Olivia thinks that he looks rather earnest with his piercing gaze at her. The requisite stethoscope hangs around his neck and his white doctor’s coat has his name embroidered on the left chest pocket. He reads through Olivia’s chart on a clip board that he picks up off of the hook at the end of her hospital bed, then he comes to stand at bedside with Olivia looking up at him expectantly.
Dr. James: “Mrs. Wakeforest, I’m Dr. James. I’m sorry to hear that you’re experiencing pain. But let me examine you briefly and then we’ll see if we can alleviate some of your symptoms to give you some relief.” Olivia nods and the doctor hands her chart clip board to the nurse and then listens to her chest and lungs and then her leg with his stethoscope. “Hmmm.”
Tessa: Quirking a look with a tilted head at the doctor, Tessa mirrors his comment. “Hmmm?”
Dr. James: Looking up, he asks of Tessa. “And you are?”
Olivia: “Oh! She’s my sister-in-law.” Olivia smiles gratefully at Tessa.
Dr. James: “Ah! Would you like her to wait in the hall while I discuss your condition with you?”
Tessa: “Condition?” Tessa blurts in alarm.
Olivia: “No, she may stay. What is wrong with me, Dr. James?”
Dr. James: “I believe that you have a blood clot in your left leg.” Though he will still need to have a senior attending physician confirm it before treatment may proceed.
Olivia and Tessa, simultaneously: “Blood Clot?
Dr. James: “Yes. Your pregnancy water retention and previous injury are no doubt the causes. And though I don’t detect a blood clot in your lungs—yet–the pain you are experiencing there is concerning.”
Dr. James: “Yes, I hope so.” He back peddles. “I’m going to put you on a low dose blood thinner and then we’ll watch you over the next few hours to see if your symptoms improve.”
Tessa: “And if they don’t?” Trust Tessa to ask the bold question.
Dr. James: He pats her shoulder in standard bedside manner 101 form. “Then we will pursue other treatment options.” One of which is surgery if the clot goes to her lungs. But he doesn’t want to worry Mrs. Wakeforest. “I’ll check back on you in an hour. The nurse will call me if I need to come sooner. So let’s get you into a hospital gown, you’re going to be here for a few hours.” He smiles, pats her shoulder again, and then leaves with the nurse.
Olivia looks worriedly at Tessa as her breathing continues to become more erratic. They had failed to tell the doctor about Olivia’s panic attacks. However, Tessa is well versed with helping Olivia get through these breathing difficulties.
Tessa: “Now, let’s keep calm, Olivia. Breathe, in, out, in, out.”
Tessa slows down her breathing and Olivia matches it—slowing down and deepening her breaths. If ever Olivia needed Sam by her side. it is now. Tessa is nice, but Olivia relies upon her husband Sam’s strength and love to get her through tough times—and breathing attacks brought on by her panic attacks. Then after Olivia’s breathing becomes more normal, she squeezes Tessa’s hand.
Olivia: “Tessa, I want Sam.” Olivia whines for the first time since she arrived at the hospital. She is a trooper, but her fatigue with having this latest health crisis wears her down.
Tessa: “I know, Olivia Sweetie. I’ll try calling the Largemont Courthouse in a little while if we haven’t heard from Sam.” They have no way of reaching each other directly, and Tessa wishes that the walkie talkies they use on the Mountain for rescues and such had a longer range than five miles. “We should ponder what baby or Mommy gift item I’ll buy you this afternoon when you’re released.”
Olivia: “Oh Tessa, not everything can be fixed with gift.”
Tessa: “I know. But …”
Olivia: “Thanks Tessa. I appreciate what you’re trying to do. But they might not even release me today and I might have to stay over night.” Olivia rolls her yes. She would much rather be snug in her own bed at home with her husband Sam.
Tessa: “Now let’s not borrow trouble.”
So Tessa helps Olivia into a hospital gown and then back into bed. Then the nurse comes back in with the first half of a blood thinner pill for Olivia, that the attending physician had approved. And then, they wait to see if it works. They will give her the other half of the pill in four hours if she needs it.
Sam listens intently as their lead lawyer Mr. DeWitt cross examines Dr. Matt Carter about his brother Aiden Carter who died on Wakeforest Mountain. The Carter Family Plaintiffs had put Dr. Carter on the stand as their star witness. They have been in court for two hours now and it is nearly eleven o’clock—with no word from Tessa or Olivia, which worries Sam greatly. Sam’s hands are clasped together in a fist so tight that his knuckles are white.
Mr. Dewitt: “Dr. Carter, your family’s civil suit claims that your brother Aiden Carter was not made sufficiently aware of the dangers upon Wakeforest Mountain. And that lack of awareness precipitated his death with regard to the avalanche. Is that your belief?”
Dr. Carter: He looks over at their family attorney and his mother, then his eyes return to Mr. DeWitt. “It is.”
Mr. DeWitt: “So then, you do admit that your brother had some awareness of the dangers upon the mountain?” Mr. DeWitt is a master litigator—carefully parsing words and catching the witness with his own admission.
Dr. Carter: “Well, yes.” The doctor eyes the opposing attorney with some skepticism. He has convinced himself that his family’s civil suit is the correct course—to insure that no other families suffer the loss of a loved one as they have.
Mr. DeWitt: “And what exactly do you think your brother did or did not understand about safety procedures on Wakeforest Miountain?”
Carter Lawyer: “I object, your Honor. The Defendent’s lawyer is attempting to lead the witness into stating his brother’s mindset at the time. He cannot possibly know that.”
Judge: “Mr. DeWitt, we are looking for facts, not supposition. Is your line of questioning leading up to the facts?”
Mr. DeWitt: “I hope so, your Honor. This case hinges upon what Aiden Carter did or did not know at the time of the avalanche with regard to Wakeforest Mountain safety procedures—and that affected his subsequent decision to go onto Wakeforest Mountain that morning. Given that he and his brother Dr. Carter were together on this trip, they were likely to be aware of similar safety information.”
Judge: “Very well. I will allow this line of questioning. But only in a limited way. I will stop you if I feel you are getting off track. Proceed.”
Mr. DeWitt: “Thank you, your Honor. Dr. Carter, to the best of your knowledge, what Mountain safety procedures were you and your brother aware of? And what was the reason you had for being on Wakeforest Mountain a previous time?”
Dr. Carter: “Well, we had skied there on a past visit to the area.”
Mr. DeWitt: “Ah! So safety rules that are well known by skiers would be understood by you and your brother?” Chief among them being to watch out for avalanches.
Dr. Carter: “Yes.”
Mr. DeWitt: “Such as?
Dr. Carter: “Well, don’t ski at night when it is too dark to see where you are going.” Dr. Carter furrows his brow in annoyance. This trial is not turning out the way he expected. He doesn’t understand why he is the one being questioned—when he feels that it is the Wakeforests who should be questioned. They will be.
Mr. DeWitt: “Yes, that is a good rule. However, what if any other safety rules were you aware of that relate more specifically to the Wakeforest Mountain conditions on the morning of your brother’s death?”
Dr. Carter pauses. His lawyer had told him to only answer direct questions, not fishing expeditions.
Dr. Carter: “It had snowed heavily the night before with near blizzard conditions. So the snowpack that morning was … new.”
Mr. DeWitt: “Hmmm. And what does new snowpack mean for a skier?”
Dr. Carter: “It could mean a light and fluffy powder for skiing on.”
Mr. DeWitt: “Anything else?” He asks knowingly.
Dr. Carter: His composure snaps. “It doesn’t matter! They should have had someone up on the Mountain testing the snow pack and warning about a possible avalanche!”
The judge knocks his gavel several times.
Judge: “Please restrain yourself, Dr. Carter. And answer the questions put to you in an unemotional manner.”
Carter Lawyer: “But your Honor, Mr. DeWitt is trying to ask Dr. Carter to be clairvoyant about what his brother’s intentions were that day.”
Judge: “I am allowing this line of questions, for now. Proceed Mr. DeWitt.” He sternly looks at both lawyers.
Sam and his brothers and Roger hold their breaths as they look at each other. They realize that their fate, and the fate of Wakeforest Mountain hinges upon what Dr. Carter says—and how the judge interprets it.
Mr. DeWitt: “Dr. Carter, is it not true that at every road entrance leading into Wakeforest Mountain there are large signs with basic safety procedures for accessing the mountain’s skiing and hiking trails year round, as well as fishing in Summer?”
Dr. Carter: “I do not know if every road has them.” He dissembles and looks down at his hands.
Mr. DeWitt: “But have you seen these signs every time you have accessed Wakeforest Mountain lands?”
Dr. Carter: “Yes.” He nods curtly. Dr. Carter looks only at Mr. DeWitt, not at Sam Wakeforest. However Sam Wakeforest is staring intently at Dr. Carter.
Mr. DeWitt: “And had you and your brother been up on Wakeforest Mountain earlier during this particular holiday vacation trip without incident?” Mr. DeWitt hopes to stress a pattern of reckless behavior on the part of Aiden Carter. He looks knowingly at the much younger man, Dr. Carter. Mr. DeWitt receives. no reply.
Dr. Carter’s eyelids lower, remembering their pre Christmas attempt to cut down a Christmas tree for their vacation home, that was thwarted by Sam Wakeforest and his brothers.
Judge: “Dr. Carter. You are required to respond to Mr. DeWitt.”
Dr. Carter: “Yes.” He responds crisply. As his lawyer told them, only answer the questions asked, do not supply peripheral information.
Mr. DeWitt: “Really? There was no altercation? I am referring to your trip to Wakeforest Mountain to obtain a Christmas Tree. Please describe what transpired on that visit to Wakeforest Mountain.”
Dr. Carter: “Well, Aiden and I had wanted to cut down a Christmas tree for our vacation home. So someone said to go up on Wakeforest Mountain. And we did.”
Mr. DeWitt: “You didn’t go to the Wakeforest Tree Farm, which is the only place trees may be cut down by the public?”
Dr. Carter: “No.” Again, with a parsimonious response.
Mr. DeWitt: “In fact, you and your brother had wandered into an old growth forest conservation area on Wakeforest Mountain and were trespassing and cutting down a tree that you shouldn’t have.”
Judge: “Mr. DeWitt, please state your comments in the form of questions to the witness. You are not the one giving testimony today.”
Mr. DeWitt: “My apologies, your Honor.” He nods. Then he turns to the witness. “Isn’t that so, Dr. Carter?”
Dr. Carter: “We weren’t trespassing.” Not intentionally anyway. Dr. Carter frowns. “It was simply a misunderstanding on our part.”
Mr. DeWitt: “Describe what happened when Sam Wakeforest and his brothers came upon you illegally chopping down one of the trees.”
Carter Lawyer: “I object to the label of illegal.”
Judge: “I’ll allow it. Given that court briefs already made clear about proper tree forestation on Wakeforest Mountain.”
Mr. DeWitt: “Thank you, your Honor. Dr. Carter?”
Sam smiles, barely—more like one side of his mouth slightly tilts upward in a slight quirk. Sam likes the fact that their attorney Mr. DeWitt is as tenacious as a pitbull terrier.
Dr. Carter: Dr. Carter bursts in frustration. “Well, that man sitting there threatened to shoot us, or at least maim us if we didn’t give him our saws and get off the mountain. And he pointed a rifle at us! I can tell you that!”
Dr. Carter points animatedly at the still as a stone Sam Wakeforest. Sam’s face is a mask of controle and concentration—not revealing any of the anger he felt that day, though it is still simmering underneath the surface.
Judge: Knocking his gavel, the judge says. “Order, order. Let’s keep everything calm. The only people with guns here today are my bailiffs.” And the judge pointedly looks around the room at all the parties to the civil suit being brought before him. For good measure, the bailiff places his hand upon his gun in its holster. Everyone gets the message—to calm down.
Dr. Carter: “Sorry.” He says to the judge in a chastened voice.
Mr. DeWitt: “And will you tell us how you and Mr. Sam Wakeforest parted that day?”
Dr. Carter: “How we parted?” Dr. Carter looks quizzically at the attorney for the Wakeforest. Family
Mr. DeWitt: “Yes. Did not Mr. Sam Wakeforest admonish you to follow the rules of Wakeforest Mountain, him saying that if you did he would have no trouble with you in the future? And then he held out his hand and wished you a pleasant holiday?”
Dr. Carter: “Something like that.” Dr. Carter grumbles.
Judge: “Speak up! If I can’t hear you, you can be certain that our court stenographer can’t hear you.”
Dr. Carter: “Yes! Alright? Yes! He shook my hand. Alright?”
Mr. Dewitt: “That is all I have for this witness at this time, your honor.”
Judge: “You may step down, Dr. Carter.”
Dr. Carter steps down from the witness box and returns to his family’s legal teams court room table.
Carter Lawyer: “I would now like to call my final witness to take the stand, Mr. Sam Wakeforest.”
The Wakeforest brothers and Roger startle, and murmur to each other. But Sam stands up, ready to testify. However the judge raises his hand.
Judge: “Since it is now almost 11:30am, the court will take a lunch recess and resume our session after lunch at 1:00pm. At which time, we will hear from Mr. Wakeforest. Then the defense will present their case.” The judge taps his gavel and everyone stants up. The judge departs.
Sam Wakeforest turns to his lawyer.
Sam: “I have to reach my wife to see how she is doing. My sister Tessa was taking her to her doctor’s office this morning.”
With court out of session, the courtroom is unsealed. A bailiff strides forward and hands Mr. DeWitt a note—which he hands to Sam.
Mr. DeWitt: “For you, Mr. Wakeforest.” Roger and Sam’s brothers look on worriedly.
Sam opens the note and finds out that his wife Olivia is at the Wakeforest Count Hospital and the phone number for Sam to call.
Sam: “Christ! Olivia is in the hospital with a blood clot.” Sam dashes out into the hall to find a pay phone. As he does so, it draws the attention of Dr. Carter, who then overhears the mutterings about Olivia’s health concerns by the Wakeforest brothers and her brother Roger.
This long day has only just begun. And there will be more than a mere mountain, its ownership, and reputations to worry about. There will be Olivia.
To be continued with Chapter 39
References for Ch. 38 by Gratiana Lovelace, May 30, 2016 (Post #918)
1) The “Love in the Great Pine Woods” story cover is a composite of two images manipped by Grati:
a) the Richard Armitage portrait is from the 2011 Project Magazine photo shoot and article interview, that was found at http://www.richardarmitagenet.com/images/gallery/Richard/Promos/ProjectMagJuly2011/album/slides/ProjectMag-05.html;
b) the snowy Pine forest vertical image was found on Pinterest at https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/236x/62/fa/ff/62faff1253d55f571eb3659cc7661e73.jpg
2) Sam Wakeforest is Richard Armitage from the October 2014 photo shoot by Mitchell Nguyen McCormack found at http://www.richardarmitagenet.com/images/gallery/Richard/Promos/DAMANMagazine/album/slides/Richard-Armitage-Outtake-Photo-DAMAN-4.html
3) For information about blood clots, please visit http://www.medicinenet.com/blood_clots/article.htm
4) Olivia Wakeforest speaking with her hospital doctor is Emily Deschanel on Bones found at https://tribzap2it.files.wordpress.com/2015/11/bones-promise-in-the-palace-emily-deschanel.jpg
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