Wangchuan Wu Shang 03

Chapter 3: Sansheng is the only one for me

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I was no stranger to the capital.

Having once been chased around the city by the old monk for more than three months, I’d gone to all the places I needed to go and been to all the places I needed to be; there wasn’t a thing left for me to be curious about.

I was anxious to find Moxi, but since I didn’t want him to know I was so attached to him, I didn’t dare to look for him in the open. It hadn’t been long since he was recommended to be an official. As it was still the beginning, he must be having a hard time with little fame to speak of. I took to the streets to ask around, but no one had any information to offer. There were times when I thought to go to the palace to find him, but the imperial family was surrounded by such resplendent royal air that it suffocated me, and so I could only give up the idea in the end.

After debating back and forth, I decided that during the day I would wait for luck to smile on me, and then at night, go to high-ranking officials’ homes to search for Moxi’s whereabouts.

I had thought at first that looking for Moxi in person would yield better odds than trying to wait around for luck, but my luck ended up surprising me with its remarkable felicity.

That day, the capital was filled with sunshine. I was idly walking down the streets as I tapped a stalk of scallion onto my romance novel. Suddenly, I heard a commotion ahead where groups of people were beginning to amass. In a moment of curiosity, I stuffed the book away, flung the scallion to the side, and walked over to catch the show.

This show turned out to be a rather interesting one. It was a very dramatic “the water flows on with no regards for the flower’s feelings” story that was unfolding.

The ‘indifferent water’ was precisely my husband Moxi, and the ‘falling flower’, if I wasn’t wrong, should be the general’s beloved daughter, Shi Qianqian.

How did I know? Well, largely because her boudoir ornaments weren’t too shabby. I’d been selling a lot of jewelry these days, and hers fetched in the most money.

Shi Qianqian was lying dejectedly on the ground. Her ankle seemed to be hurt. She was looking at Moxi with a pair of peach eyes streaming in tears, but Moxi’s gaze just indifferently swept past her before he turned away. Then, Shi Qianqian rushed forward to catch his hem. Unfortunately, Moxi avoided her quick as a flash, landing her on the ground and causing her face to be smeared in dirt.

The crowd of onlookers sighed pityingly at Shi Qianqian who lay sprawling on the ground in embarrassment, stubbornly biting her lips with reddened eyes. She looked so fragile that it made me feel sorry for her.

Yet Moxi was altogether unmoving. Without giving her one single glance out of the corner of his eyes, he quickly walked away.

Hmm, I rubbed my chin thinking. Moxi had never given me such a look since the day I fostered him since he was nine. I hadn’t thought he’d be such a cold-hearted man away from home.

The young lady was very stubborn. After Moxi left, the others tried to help her but she would not let them, instead choosing to stand up herself. Thinking that she who liked Moxi must certainly be a good-hearted girl who knew right from wrong, I conjured a small spell and treated her injured ankle. Paying little attention to the surprise on her face, I turned around and chased after my Moxi.

Moxi was entering a small tavern. I stopped under a weeping willow next to the building, unable to take another step for the tavern had become different today. It was exuding the same intense royal air as did the imperial palace. I stared up to the second floor where a man dressed in blue was leaning against the window and drinking by himself.

The emperor.

The emperor of this particular world was a fairly wise ruler. Peace and prosperity reigned the land in this good era. Unfortunately, his general wielded so much power that the young emperor was having sleepless nights, and was now thinking of ways to strip the general of his military control.

It hadn’t been long since Moxi arrived in the capital yet he could already meet the emperor in private. It seemed he must’ve thought of an excellent way to help the monarch eliminate his major concern.

While I was appreciating how smart Moxi was, a man dressed in Daoist robes suddenly emerged from the alley next to the tavern.

The Imperial Reverend. This was the most powerful priest in the world, and I instantly recognized him. In the past, the old monk who hunted me down had also entreated this man to help him catch me.

I could already foresee another struggle seeing that I was running into him again. As I was lamenting how shitty life was, he unexpectedly shot me a look, then turned around and left. While I was left in puzzlement, I suddenly heard a soft voice calling from the second floor of the tavern: “Sansheng!”

It was Moxi who saw me from the window.

Having nowhere to hide, I smiled at him in answer. “I’ve come because I miss you every second of the day and the nights are far too long without you. Let’s haste our wedding along, Moxi.”

As soon as I finished, the streets went dead silent for a long stretch of time. Moxi blushed at this long silence.

“Hahaha.” Behind him came the emperor’s hearty laughter. “What a bold beauty. Moxi, you have quite the luck!”

Moxi bowed to the emperor and made a rush downstairs. I beamed at him. Moxi walked over, looking as though he was doing everything he could to rein back his joy. He knitted his brow and asked, “Why have you come to find me so soon? I had thought I’d have to wait another six months. Since you came all alone, did you have a hard journey? Did you encounter any trouble on the way? Are you hungry? Do you want to rest?”

I just looked at him with a smile.

Moxi gave me a good look and said, “I’ve worried for nothing. Sansheng would never let herself suffer. How did you find me?”

“I saw you on the street just now.”

Moxi’s smiling face slightly stiffened. He hurried to explain: “Sansheng, that’s…”

“I know, the girl who likes you.”

He carefully observed my face. “Her looks aren’t bad,” I said, “but she’s a bit short, so she’s not the one for you.”

“But of course,” Moxi laughed at my words. “Sansheng’s the only one for me.”

I patted his shoulder in high spirits. “I’m glad you know.”

“I’ll go say goodbye to His Majesty, and then I’ll take you back to rest.”

“Alright.”

It turned out Moxi did not live in the palace, nor did he lodge at some minister’s home. Instead, he bought a quiet cabin, the layout of which was very similar to the plum compound he and I had lived in.

After supper, I pulled Moxi out for a walk in the small garden.

“The capital is very different from the small town we used to live in. You must not have been accustomed to living here by yourself?”

“There’s not really much I have to get used to. But there were mornings when I got up and didn’t see the dishes you laid out for me, or the evenings when I came home and didn’t see the candle light you left on for me. When I thought of your being all alone at home, I wasn’t sure how you would be able to take care of yourself, and it had made me feel a little rueful.”

I giggled as my heart burst in joy. I held his hand and gazed to the stars over our heads, swinging leisurely as we walked. “Moxi.”

“Yes.”

“Moxi.”

“Yes?”

“Moxi.”

“What is it?”

“I just want to call your name,” I said. “Every time I call your name, I get to hear your reply. I suddenly feel that this sort of happiness isn’t very easy to have.”

Moxi lightly smiled. I continued: “It must be hard to come to the capital and be an official?”

Moxi was silent for a while before saying: “Being able to use my power to help people in need, being able to rely on my own hands to fulfill my compassion so that there’d be people who would become happy as a result of my actions. Even if palace intrigues are rather troublesome, if these powers I achieve can be used for the people… Sansheng, do you understand this sort of satisfaction?”

I could not help but shiver as I looked up at him. In his eyes was unmistakably a gleam I had never seen before.

At this moment, I seemed to see once more the Heavenly God of War who had come to the underworld accompanied by the radiance of light.

This was the true Moxi. I all of a sudden recalled the words Jia had said to me many moons ago: “Lord Moxi is the God of War from Heaven. Although nothing is impossible in this world, he only cares for the world’s welfare. If his heart is occupied by the common people, will there be any space for love?”

I had thought little of these words at first, but when I saw the expression in Moxi’s eyes today, I came to realize Jia was actually a rather perceptive prophet.

Moxi truly had a heart for the common people, no matter what form he took…

The next day, Moxi went to the palace; and as usual, I stayed home and read my books.

I hadn’t yet turned to the second page when I suddenly heard light, steady footsteps from the courtyard. Soldiers? Ever since I gained spiritual cognizance, I had been a behaving spirit. All right, so I’d been held captive by a ghost, scolded by Yanwang, hunted by a monk, and attacked by a priest, but I had yet to be apprehended by the hooligan authorities.

Since this was to be my first experience, I was tingly with excitement.

I was looking forward to their rushing in and accosting me, wanting to see what sort of offensive they were organizing. But after waiting forever long, there only came a neat series of knocks rapping at the door. I was quite disappointed. I had no choice but to answer the door as was required by proper etiquette.

The soldiers were probably in hiding somewhere, for only a handsome girl stood by the doorway. I looked at her for a long time before some recognition came over me. Why, wasn’t this the girl Moxi had tossed away on the street just yesterday – Shi Qianqian?!

When she saw me open the door, she suddenly looked as if she was struck by lightning. “There really is a woman,” she muttered to herself. “He had really brought a woman home.”

Liking a man was one thing, making a ruckus in someone’s home was another. Thinking to myself I couldn’t let this girl’s feelings get ahead of themselves, I crossed my arms in front of my chest, leaned against the door and said, “That’s right, I am his woman. I’ve shared a bed with him among other things since we were children. Is there something you would like to say?”

The young ignorant girl was shocked by my words. She stumbled two steps backward and almost fell to the ground. I raised an eyebrow at her, feeling slightly cruel, but at the same time, vindicated.

At this point, a middle-aged woman suddenly jumped out from the side, pointed at me, and began her condemnation: “Don’t you dare harass our young lady! Don’t let your obscenities soil her ears!”

I was utterly innocent. “I answered because she asked. Every word I said is true. Why would any of it be obscene?”

Shi Qianqian’s face went even whiter. The woman railed at me: “Brazen harlot! How dare you be insolent to our young lady! Men, take her away!”

I rubbed my forehead in frustration. She was clearly the vexatious one. As I was about to reason with her, a group of blue-uniformed soldiers suddenly sprang out.

“Oh!” My eyes lit up as I gasped in excitement. The woman shouted, “She’s about to release her hidden projectiles! Protect the young lady!”

The sharp sounds of swords leaving their sheaths raised the hair on my arms.

I opened my mouth, but the phrase “let’s keep the peace” hadn’t sounded when a large blade had swung straight down my head. Through the tempering of the human world, my temper was now much more restrained compared to when I first came here. Nevertheless, I couldn’t let people bully me like this. My expression at once frosted up as I fiercely glared at the first soldiers to rush toward me.

Mortals who had never practiced sorcery would immediately become petrified by one icy stare of mine. They would plop to their knees in a desperate kowtow.

But the people in the back did not learn their lesson, still flying at me like a swarm.

I recited an incantation, gently waved my arm, and the soldiers who came to siege me all flew away. I sighed: “If we’re going to live as humans, then let’s learn to observe and assess the situation at hand, shall we?”

Shi Qianqian and the other woman were both swept off their feet by the forces of darkness and fell to the floor. They looked at me in stupefaction. I stepped forward and offered my hand to pull the woman up, but she screamed “monster” and scrambled away. I had no choice but to turn and help Shi Qianqian.

By contrast, she docilely let me help her up. I wiped the dust from her face for her and said, “No matter how much you like someone, you should still have some self-respect. Don’t come to others’ homes and make a ruckus anymore. Not only will it belittle your status, it is also of little use. Oh, Moxi’s three lifetimes have also been destined for me. If you really want to seduce him, then come back in another three lifetimes.”

Everything I said was the truth; I didn’t think her ears would actually process it to be something different. Her eyes were red as she turned and ran in tears.

I gave the house a good sweep, then tranquilly returned to my book again. I remembered I had left off at the couple’s first meeting where the girl gave the hero a kiss. In my opinion, the scene could bear to be a bit more tasteful.

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41 thoughts on “Wangchuan Wu Shang 03

  1. thank you for this chapter…. i’m looking forward for the next chapter…
    i like this novel, even thought i just recently found this blog. thank you for your hard work… 🙂

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  2. thanks for doing a new project. i love this novel ❤

    i love sansheng ❤ she is frank & kind as well. i couldn't believe she healed that girl & helped her up. she isn't a stone at all.

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  3. I think I’ll be so sad to see this lifetime go, because judging from the chapter names, moxi in the second life is a jerk haha. Sansheng is such an adorable character ❤
    Thanks for the translations!!!

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  4. As a Vietnamese girl, I am extremely short and if the main characters are this rude and shallow, I’m not sure if I am able to like her.

    I have read Three Lives Three Worlds thanks to your beautiful translations, but something I have noticed is that Chinese authors place so much emphasis on a person’s physical appearance don’t you think? Like how drop dead gorgeous Fengjiu, Shanseng, Bai Qian Qian, etc is. :/ :/

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  5. Believe me, I’m short too. I don’t think Sansheng’s comment was meant as a dig. She was just saying it teasingly. If the girl’s lack of height was the best thing she could fault, then we can safely assume she wasn’t really looking to fault her, but that she was instead just bantering.

    I do agree that all these characters are beautiful (although Sansheng has said nothing of her own beauty so far, so maybe she isn’t) but that’s nothing new in literature and movies. It’d be refreshing if they weren’t for once, but even in other cultures, main characters are often good-looking. I don’t much mind it unless the knowledge becomes obtrusive to the story. For example, I’ve read other stories where the main hero is so handsome that he dazzles everyone, and the heroine keeps repeating over and over how handsome her boyfriend is (and therefore how great she is by association since she has nabbed him). It’s that kind of superficiality that I dislike. But if the characters’ extraordinary looks are merely mentioned here and there, then that’s okay.

    I hope you’ll give this novel a chance because Sansheng isn’t shallow at all. If you liked Bai Qian (who I thought was rather arrogant), then Sansheng is much sweeter in comparison.

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  6. Oh, are you Viet as well? 🙂

    Yeah, I will give this novel a try. I survived Pillow Book 1 and 2 after all and I actually despise Fengjiu sometimes lol. Bai Qian is snobby, but I stilll prefer her strong female character as opposed to Fengjiu. Unlike her, I would have personally bashed Donghua in the head a hundred times for all the shit he has done.
    Although he makes up for it all in the end so I will give him credit there. xD

    Oh I hate those superficialties the most, but I do find many of that in Tanqi Gongzi’s books. Like in Hua Xu Yin, she says that Shen An still fell for Song Ning mainly because of her drop dead gorgeous beauty in her letter. And in the Pillow Books, Fengjiu’s beauty is always explicitly stated to be able to “enchant” and “bewitch” men and that many other female side characters find her a threat because of it. Fengjiu herself even said it herself to her mortal ex husband if he has ever seen any “demoness” as beautiful as her when he mistakens her for one. -vomits-

    Donghua and Yehua don’t fare any better to be honest. Donghua has female characters falling for him and going insane over him (aka Jiheng) left and right.
    Even though I am a Yehua fan, he is a very flawed character. He even uses female characters who genuinely loves him just to make Bai Qian jealous! I think that is SO WRONG.

    But yeah, those are my thoughts on the c-novels I have read. I am still new since I usually stick to manga.

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  7. Yes, I’m Viet.

    I loved FJ in book 1. She was a little fumbling and odd, but she knew the limitations of things. By the time book 2 rolled around, like you, I wanted to shake her sometimes. Not necessarily for allowing DH the upper hand, but more for allowing herself to fall into such a muddled state. Even if her memory was affected, much of her reasoning ability should still be intact.

    I guess I don’t think the superficiality in T7’s novels are too much since I grew up reading Kim Dung’s novels with characters like Hoàng Dung and Tiểu Long Nữ, and of course watching shows with pretty stars.

    I don’t remember much in Shen An and Song Ning’s story since the only story in HXY I liked was 13th Yue’s, but I can say that a lot of the instances in Pillow Book was meant for jest. For example, we know DH was so sought after that he had to throw out a girl once a night and it eventually drove him out of the demon clan. I had a good chuckle listening to that anecdote. Or even when FJ asked that question to YQT, she likely had been playfully boastful. I say shit like that all the time.

    The thing is, even if stories have pretty people and an emphasis placed on that, if they have something else substantial to say, then it’s fine. Our own Vietnamese classics like Kiều or Lục Vân Tiên also have beautiful heroines in the form of “Làn thu thuỷ, nét xuân sơn. Hoa ghen thua thắm liểu hờn kém xanh.” But obviously we know the moral lies somewhere else.

    But yeah, to sum this up, not everyone can be Jane & Edward, which makes those stories even more special when they do come along 😉

    P.s what manga are u reading? One of my tumblr flisties rec’ed Noragami. I’m about to start the anime today. When I’m done with it I want something else to read/watch.
    And btw, manga is the worst offender of having impossibly beautiful bishies 😂

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  8. The only c-novels I have read so far are Tangqi Gonzi’s novels, parts of Eastern Palace and parts of Heavy Sweetness Ash-like Frost, parts of Wangchuan Wu Shang. The reason why I was only able to read parts of it is because of unfinished English translations. Most of the translators I know never really want to finish their projects. You are one of the few who actually completes the books which is why I go on your page a lot.

    So as you can imagine, I have never heard of Kim Dung or any of the Vietnamese novels you mentioned. I really want to try it though. Are they any good and do they have English translations online?

    Hui3r and Peanuts don’t seem to want to complete translating Hua Xu Yin which is kind of upsetting since I am super curious about Rong Xuan and Ying Te’s story. >_< I heard many people love that story best.

    By the way, do you know any c-novel with a romance betweem a human woman and a man who isn't human? I have yet to see something like that for c-novel. The stories I read usually deals with goddesses or some other female fantasy being rather than human women which I find sad.

    Oh do you have a tumblr? I have an unhealthy addiction to that website.
    Dude, I grew up with anime and manga ever since my own dad shoved it down my throat as a child lol. I still remember crushing on bishies like Inuyasha, Itachi, Final Fantasy males, Fruits Basket males, etc. 😂
    So embarrassing!

    I am currently multi-tasking on what to read and watch. My cousin is making me read the manga "Reimei no Arcana." At the same time, I am watching the Taiwanese drama version of the anime/manga "Itazura na Kiss" which was renamed to "It Started with a Kiss." I don't know if you have seen it, but I personally like the Taiwanese version the most as opposed to the Korean version: "Playful Kiss."

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  9. Sorry, I assumed you were familiar with Viet lit and the Jin Yong novel culture in VN. Jin Yong is a Chinese novelist known as Kim Dung in Vietnamese, and his works have been popular in VN since the 1960’s. The two novels I referenced to were The Legend of the Condor Heroes and its sequel, The Return of the Condor Heroes. The third part to the trilogy is called Heavenly Sword and Dragon Sabre. They should have English translations as these are very famous works.

    The other two I mentioned are Vietnamese classic epic poems written in the 6/8 meter. The Tale of Kieu should have translations, though the poetic rhythm will likely be lost. It’s not exactly a pleasant read though, and is excellent due to its lyrical poetry rather than its actual plot IMHO.

    I don’t know of any love story between a 100% human and a nonhuman. I want to read one too!

    Yes, I’ve watched most of the ISWAK adaptations, including the latest Japanese one. I always give up half way because the girl gets too clingy and mopey. I do have a tumblr but I don’t really post there. I only stalk other ppl’s posts haha.

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  10. Hey hamster,

    I’m soooo happy you decided to translate Jiu Lu Fei Xiang! She’s one of my favourite c-novel authors. I actually want to translate her The King is Here when I finish Heavy Sweetness Ash-Like Frost.

    I haven’t read this novel of hers yet and I love your translations haha. Awww Sansheng is SOOO cute. I love her.

    And to Khue-Tu Tran, heehee gosh it has taken me almost a year, but Heavy Sweetness Ash-Like Frost will hopefully finish soon ❤

    Actually, I have read a story of a human and non-human before!! Just can't remember it now.

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    • Hi decembi,

      I recently read The King is Here. I like her, but I kinda wanted to slap that eternal smirk off of the hero’s face 😓 looking forward to your rendition!

      Ooh, have you read Seven Unfortunate Lifetimes All Thanks to One Moment of Impulse? That one is so hilarious. It did get too long for me, but it was comedy gold.

      And yeah, if you remember any story where one of them is human for real (like not a fairy who does a mortal stint) then let us know.

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      • Hahahaha I totally know what you mean. I got really annoyed at the male lead halfway too. I absolutely love the first third of the story, and the rest is just so-so. Hee.

        Oooh! What is it called in chinese?

        I finished San Sheng and went to read the sister novel, 司命. It’s sooooo adorable! Gosh. Now, I know why Jiu Lu Feng Xiang is one of my favourite authors.

        Yes, will do! I recall it was by a taiwanese author. Haha.

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        • It’s called 一时冲动 七世不祥. You know, Siming has all the markings of a great novel, except I still haven’t finished it and I don’t know what went wrong. I likely will revisit it as I really liked her relationship with the dragon. You should translate that instead of The King is Here! So I can maybe read it in a new light haha.

          I agree that I mostly liked it when the hero in TKiH was still a meek mortal instead of high and mighty prehistoric deity, and our heroine was just a naked chicken lol.

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          • Thank you!! I will put it on my reading list. Siming starts out SOO good, but the middle part is so draggy. 😦 So, I can see why you stopped halfway. Plus, I don’t usually enjoy revenge plots. I do really like the dragon and siming though! So, I’m painfully following it through.

            I love love love! I love how he was mortal but so arrogant he was god-like. I think that strength that comes through when he is truly vulnerable (mortal) is so much more impressive than when he was the great god. I heart the heroine super much, which is why I want to translate TKIH! 🙂 I just find her so inspiring.

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            • Well when you’re done with Siming, let me know if it’s worth finishing. I did start to lose interest when she got separated from the dragon and the part about Chang’an and his angsty life. I just want Siming and dragon chuseyo~ Focus, author!

              What other JLFX work did you like besides TKiH? I’m also stocking up on my phone for some holiday reading ^_^

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              • Hamster, I finished Siming. I think overall it’s a 3 star novel. Great start and ending, but the middle was so plodding that I really was on the verge of giving up and doubt that I will write a review for it. Haven’t decided if I should add it to my recommendations page on my blog either. But, if you want to complete it, I suggest you start from chapter 50 cos that’s when Siming returns to Heaven and the story gets moving again (omg, the middle was just toooo sluggish and filled with too many characters I wasn’t interested in).

                Actually, I only started reading c-novels one year ago and because of my work, I haven’t read many ancient novels. I have read more modern novels (easier to pick up and finish), I think ancient novels need more dedication because of the world-building. Only read The King is Here from JLFX! Hahaha.

                Here’s my recommendation page if you are interested: http://onesecondspring.blogspot.sg/p/testing.html

                Additionally, I realised from my page that

                4) Three Thousand Crows Killing by Shi Si Lang
                三千鸦杀 - 十四郎 (4.5 stars) (HE) (XX)

                this is a novel where the girl is mortal and the guy is not mortal ;).

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                • Ooh, downloaded! Thnx a bunch. Ok, I’m gonna reload Siming on my phone again and start on ch 50. I read fantasy/ancient almost exclusively because I tend to do English chic lit for modern already 😛 but it’s difficult to find a fantasy/ancient that’s great from start to finish.
                  On an unrelated note, I went to Singapore & Malaysia in 2008 after I finished school! As I like to tell everyone, Singaporean chili crab and fried buns are the keys to my heart.

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  11. i’m so surprised that SanSheng, the rock with a soul has powers in the mortal worlds. Yangwang must have given her a special treat. I’m glad she’s not shallow, selfish or an idiot of a character. She did raise him well to let him follow his dreams instead of holding him back.

    What is more interesting is that, she seem to read all these erotic books. lol

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