Chapter 20 – Libra is blocking the road and can’t pass

Chapter link: http://ncode.syosetu.com/n2211cx/21/ (19/10/2015)

Translation: twomorefreethoughts / TpstT (23-11-2018) + Mabo

Translation link: https://twomorefreethoughts.wordpress.com/awlba-c020/

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Update 1: So I’ve been made aware in the comment section that there is another group translating this series. I was not aware of this until the last chapter because I had only checked the Novelupdates website’s list, but it turns out the group just simply wasn’t adding their translation to the website themselves. Now that I have found out this information, I am lost as to what I should do. The other group is few chapters ahead of me, and I don’t know if there’s really any point in multiple groups translating the same few chapters.

Update 2: I’m working in resolving the part about 2 translator groups working on this series. I have contacted them to ask if they are interested in working together. I plan to have us translating in blocks so that translation is faster! (e.g. chapter 21-30 = Group A, Chapter 31-40 = Group B, Chapter 41-50 = group A etc) Fingers crossed for the successful contact 😀

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TL Disclaimer: This is NOT machine translated, but the dictionary is sometimes used to figure out the kanji.

If there is an error in the translation, website, sentence structure or format please let me know in the comments below or DM me on the discord (PuVvGbT) and I will try my best to fix them. Any constructive feedback is appreciated.

Special thanks to Mabo @maboandgibo.wordpress.com in providing with his draft translation for Chapter 19 and 20. I was able to compare and match with the way he wrote it and it really saved me time. Please give him support at RTD.moe

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(Author Note)

** I inserted a character introduction on the 20th chapter.

** I changed the colour of Libra’s hair

\If you seek for the treasure laid beyond this point then you shall do so only after defeating me/

(Author Note End)

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Several men were advancing through a road made out of dark stone pavement.

In their hand, a torch, on their waist, a sword.

The men following at the back of the group held staffs or bow and arrow, the way of movement with not a single disorder or unrest suggested these men were a group of veteran warriors who had survived through countless hardships.

Notwithstanding, on the faces of these strong, sturdy men were a fatigue and wariness that could not be hidden.

The armours were carved with numerous battle scars, and if you looked closely, the wizard looking man walking in the middle was missing one of his arms.

To even get here, was truly a hell in itself.

What Ruphas Mafahl had mass produced in the past in preparation for the final battle – for the current world seemed like a group of individually invincible Sword Saints – a mass produced golems roaming around them, along with many, many traps laid down to attack all those men.

Now, all that’s survived through is mere 10 men, from the original large platoon of 50 personnel.

This is the soil that held the treasure of the Supreme Ruler, a place said to hold its sleeping soul, [The Royal Tomb of Black Wings].

Seeking the treasures sleeping within these soil, at times, hunters will dive in, in other times, tomb raiders will wander in, and at occasions, even warriors like these men seeking salvation for humanoids are dispatched in.

But this place is heartless, a place equivalent to hell.

Every intruder is mercilessly killed, and their lives plucked away.

Even a single golem is a threat. If we decide to fight head-on, we will be killed in no time.

As such, we avoided the fights, went around the traps, and even as we lose our comrades, we push on and finally reached the top floor.

“Just a little bit more…. We’ll reach there in just a little bit!”

“Yeah, we can’t let everyone’s sacrifice be in vain…. We’ll definitely bring home the weapons from here.”

In terms of actual ability, these men are by no mean qualified to challenge this tomb.

No that’s not right, currently, in this world, the only ones with enough ability to challenge this tomb are [The Seven Heroes].

Even with that, the only reason they managed to reach here is due to the hope they have for humanoids’ victory.

Because they’re sincerely hoping to end this dark world from the bottom of their heart, no matter the sacrifice they’re required to give.

Everything is for their children who will live onto the next generation.

For their beloved family.

The conviction of the 10 men transcended beyond their fear of death, completely throwing away even their self-preservation just to take another step forward.

But it was unsympathetic, heartless.

Something you could not avoid no matter what, the biggest obstacle, that, was what awaited them on the top floor.

“ – Intruders confirmed ….. Warning … I recommend leaving this place within 10 seconds.

If you do not oBey this warning, or shOw hostile behaviour, I wiLILI – UsSeE F—OoRrrCCe AnD, eliminate you.”

The one who guards the Ruler’s treasure on the top floor, that, is one of the pillars of 12 Heavenly Stars.

Strongest golem ever in existence, a gatekeeper renounced for being heartless, Libra of [The Balance].

And its outer appearance, a lovely young girl.

A light brown hair which reached her shoulders and an Alice band on top, wearing tattered maid clothes which had already deteriorated from the passage of time.

However, the girl who wore it still retained her youthful appearance as if she did not feel that very passage of time, but her eyes were very much like a light bulb, it contained no emotion.

The ripped sleaves exposed her arms as if to clearly show that she was inanimate, and the arm themselves had fine cracks within it.

Upon seeing and confirming from that appearance, the men prepared themselves to engage at once.

“This is… Libra of the Scale!”

“Please wait, 12 Heavenly Stars! We didn’t come here to fight!

Please listen to what we have to say!”

“Countdown commencing… 10… 9… 8…”

“Please, please listen to us! Right now, humanoids is being cornered by the demon race!

To escape this predicament, we really had no other choice but to come here!”

“7… 6… 5…”

“For humanoids! We absolutely require the Black Wing’s inheritance!”

“4… –. Countdown discontinued. Invaders’ intention ascertained…

Recognising as a foreign enemy after the MAsTeR’s possession. The condition for elimination has been met…”

“!!”

Countdown used for the purpose of warning people had stopped, however, the group of men soon realised it did not by any mean equate to disengagement from battle.

The stopping of countdown only meant that it had deemed it unnecessary to continue.

The men had accidentally fulfilled what she stated it to be the [Condition for Elimination]!

“Wai….”

“Eliminating – Program * Selection.

Brachium Activated!”

Everything was stained with white.

This was what the men saw, serving as the very last scene of their life.

With this as the end – the men left this world, erased without being able to leave a single speck of dust behind.

*

Approximately 2 days after running with the camping car.

We have finally arrived at “my tomb”, our next destination.

To be paying a visit to my own tomb, it truly is a “surreal” experience.

Or rather, I’m not even buried there so it’s not even really a tomb is it.

If there’s anyone crying in front of the tomb I’m really tempted to sing [I’m not in there].

“For now, this place should be enough. Tanaka is quite conspicuous after all, so let’s just leave it in this forest.

“Okaayyy”

“Understood”

“YES, BOSS”

I casually ordered Tanaka who answered horizontally to stop and wait in the forest.

(TLN: So… in formal writing, Japanese is written vertically going from right to left. Horizontal signifies a foreign/western language in Japanese, although the raw didn’t specifically state English in the current line, others’ replies were written in Japanese, whereas Tanaka’s was literally “YES, BOSS” in the raw)

If I don’t make such an order, this car will automatically decide to follow on its own accord.

Taking Dina and Aries we get out of the vehicle and head towards the place with the so-called tomb.

Though by “head towards”, we can actually already see it right in front of our eyes. It’s a gigantic pyramid.

Although I was informed by Megrez that it was big, it really is unnecessarily big.

Even if you say that there’s alchemy involved, to just build something of that size and yet still hold up until this day is quite amazing.

If it’s just the unreasonableness or the excessiveness, Mafahl tower doesn’t lose out against it, but, the only person who would be able to make something this ridiculous can only be Mizar.

… Oh, if I think about it properly, both building is mine. Not that I can recall about this tomb.

“When all is said and done. Why the hell is there a town surrounding my tomb?”

“Err…. Well, it’s something like a tourist industry…… It started with the hunters and adventurers who wanted to raid this tomb, but soon merchants saw their chance to profit off of that and started gathering, then, apparently people just gradually started trickling in and, eventually over time, before people realised, it had turned into something like a town.”

“….. So my tomb essentially turned into something like a tourist attraction.”

“It literally is a ‘tourist attraction’. It’s normal for a tomb of a world famous person to become a tourist attraction in later generations you know.”

To Dina’s explanation, I muttered out “Ahh” quite helplessly.

Now that I’ve been told, even back in the world I used to be in, Pyramid had turned into a tourist attraction, and as such it wasn’t all that surprising.

 

Even though I’m still here, for my tomb to exist and for it to have turned into a tourist spot.

You know, how do I put it…. It’s kinda weird and disturbing, isn’t it?

“Ruphas-sama, please leave it to me!”

“Nn?”

As I was thinking such a thing, for some reason Aries enthusiastically pounded his chest with vigorous facial expression.

Unfortunately, because of the face that he had, he looked more like a young maiden giving her best than an act of man.

“I’ll scatter these fools away!

It’s outrageous that they’re gathering to raid Ruphas-sama’s tomb!”

After saying that, Aries’s entire body became enveloped in flames.

 

Oi stop it you idiot, are you planning to turn into a giant sheep here!?

The outrageous one is you, you dumb sheep!

“Hold it Aries. You don’t have to make an unnecessary disturbance.”

“B, But….”

“There’s no “but”. To begin with, the moment I’m here means it’s not even my tomb or anything.

I’m sorry for the people who had built it for me but… that’s an infrastructure that’s unrelated to me.

I don’t think anything of it even if such a place is raided.”

To prevent a turmoil from happening, I tried to calm down Aries first.

That was dangerous… Despite how he looks, when I’m involved, he can be explosive quite easily.

Perhaps the entire 12 Heavenly Stars are filled with guys like this?

It’s great that they’re being loyal and all but, this is becoming a bit of a headache.

“So, anyways…. What now Dina?

Are we going to pretend to be a travelling merchant as before to sneak in?”

“Of course. This place is a famous tourist destination, there’s absolutely no issue for travelling merchants to wander in.

Anyways, please leave all the negotiation to this Dina.”

Fumu, this advisor is as reliable as ever.

Considering there had been no problem after leaving the matters to Dina until now I think I’ll leave things to Dina this time as well.

Or more like, if Dina wasn’t here, wouldn’t I really have been stumped?

After entering the town, the first thing I laid my eyes on was a whole bunch of temporary shelters made out from the deployed tents.

Those are most likely merchants or travelling adventurers.

On the other hand, I also see wooden houses, which I would say are for those people that had settled down to give their all to conquer or to support the raiders of the tomb.

I also see inns and restaurants, creating a liveliness that was unthinkable that it was actually this close to a tomb.

“Well then, I’m going to go seek the person in charge to gain a permission to trade. Ruphas-sama and co should… hmm, that inn over there has a good looking atmosphere. Would you be able to get a room in that inn? I’ll also head there once I finish the negotiation.”

After saying that, Dina dashed away without waiting for my reply.

Truly an “aggressive” personality she has.

Well anyways, if she’s that confident, there shouldn’t be any problem.

“Haa-, Dina’s quite amazing.”

“Fumu, she’s useful to a surprising degree. I wonder why she was so stealthy 200 years ago.”

Although it’s a bit late for it, I wonder what Dina’s race is.

She doesn’t have elven ears so doesn’t seem to be an elf, she doesn’t possess wings so she can’t be a Flugel. There’s also no fangs so she can’t be a vampire.

But there’s no such thing as a human, dwarf, hobbit or beastkin that can remain youthful after 200 years.

From the colour of the skin, she doesn’t seem to be a demon race either.

Then again, just like how I’m currently hiding my wings, she could have easily falsified her features using many different methods, so I can’t exactly make a determination by the looks alone.

The most likely possibility right now is that she is an elf hiding her ear.

If she was an flugel, she should be disgusted by my wings, and if she was a vampire race, she wouldn’t be able to move around in daylight.

And if that is the case, there’s a question as to why she’s concealing her features in the first place.

—…… oh well, who cares.

Whatever race she may be, it doesn’t change the fact that she’s been helping me around.

I guess this is what you call an unjustified suspicion or distrust.

“Let’s go to the inn Dina suggested for now. It’ll be nice if there are some vacant room.”

Ideally, it’ll be nice if there are 3 vacant rooms.

Firstly, since I’m mentally male, I can’t be in the same room as Dina.

Having said that, since I’m physically female, I can’t be in the same room as Aries either.

Aries and Dina is also different gender, thus impossible for them to be in the same room.

As such, having 3 vacant rooms is ideal.

I opened the door to the inn as I was thinking about it and entered inside.

Inside, there were 4 men, seeming an adventurer, and an innkeeper who was talking to them.

After seeing me and Aries, as if sticking his body was an arrow shot from a bow, the innkeeper jumped over the counter and ran over to us.

“Ohh, welcome ladies, nice coming here!

I feel lucky that a bombshell-san like you came. If it’s a room you want, it’s available and it’s cheap!”

“Eh? Hey, uncle-san. We just made a room reservation….”

“Later ok!”

It looks like this innkeeper is true to his desires.

In a sense, how man-like of him to prioritise us whilst ignoring honest prior customers.

Uum, this is what you call [Beauty always has an advantage].

Now that I’ve experience it myself, it brings about quite a creepy feeling.

“Umu, I’m thankful that it’s cheap. Mr innkeeper, do you have 3 vacant rooms?”

“3 rooms… It looks like there are only 2 people though?”

“There’ll be another person that’s coming in afterwards.”

“I see…. Of course, it’s vacant and available!”

Oh, it’s vacant and available. How nice.

I could only think that way for a brief moment before the four adventurers angrily cried out “HEY!”.

“Oi uncle! Didn’t you just say there’re only 3 empty rooms!

If you lend the lady 3 rooms what are you going to do about us!?”

“It’s Lady’s first. Just give up.”

“Ya bastard!?”

“Between 4 filthy men whose first class at delaying payment against a beauty, anyone will choose the latter, including me.

If you want to blame someone, blame yourself for always delaying on payment and putting in on tabs.”

“Hey, we’ve paid that already!”

Looking at the men making the fuss, I think I’ve started to figure out what was going on.

In summary, the adventurers were serial payment “overduers” or “tabbers”, and after paying the last portion wanted to reserve the place again.

It was then, me and Aries had arrived, and the uncle had decided to prioritise us against them.

It’s not that I can’t understand him.

Or rather, until a while ago I was a man, and even now my mentality is that of a man, thus I understand him quite well.

But, the order is important. Since they had arrived first, they should receive the priority.

So, is there any good solution……..

… well, it’s not like there isn’t any.

“Innkeeper, do you have a moment?”

“Oh, hey lady. Gimme a bit k, I’ll chase these guys out for ya now.”

“About that but, I don’t feel too good about “chasing out” the people that were here before us.

So regarding that. Since it can’t be helped, we’ll only take 2 rooms, how about it?”

Since it had come to this, it couldn’t be helped.

We’ll make it so that lend 2 rooms, we’ll give 1 room to Dina and Aries and I can share a room.

Such a thing as Aries assaulting me shouldn’t happen, and he probably wouldn’t even have a sexual desire against me at all.

It isn’t the “best”, but this should be a “better” choice.

…… I feel like Dina will complain about being left alone though.

*

A room that could not be a said to be wide by any mean.

In the room, there was a 7 sided table, and in front of it sat people that were not human.

The 7 sides symbolised the elements that could be said to make up this world; Fire, Water, Wood, Metal, Earth, Sun, and Moon. And only the demon race commanders with the associated title could be allowed to sit upon them.

However, what should normally be 7 people present, only 6 were here in this place, missing an individual who should have been sitting in the place for [Fire].

“…… What happened to Mars?”

A man who was sitting on [Wood] leaked those words with displeasure.

They were equal in position, yet opposed each other.

Although they sat in the same position and were comrades with each other, there was no such thing as trust or respect, everyone was only thinking about plotting how to kick someone down.

“Who knows, he’s probably dead, don’t you think?

The monsters under his control disappeared and Aries is also gone.

It’s hard to believe he’s still alive.”

The women sitting on the [Earth] seat happily spoke.

Although their comrade could be dead, there was no sorrow or anger in that voice.

If anything, it was seeping with joy portraying [Good work for disappearing].

“Defeated by Megrez or…. Perhaps betrayed by Aries?

Either way, something like this happened because without even knowing his own capability, he tried to manipulate the 12 Heavenly Stars.”

“Whatever, even within 7 Luminaries, he was the weakest. It’s a disgrace for the demon race to be killed by the 12 Heavenly Stars.”

“Hey stop it, idiot. That remark is somewhat excessive.”

A man sitting in the seat of [Water] made a prediction on the cause of death, and as if waiting for the moment the woman sitting in the seat of [Metal] made a sinister joke.

And the one that rushed in to stop it was the man sitting in the seat of [Moon].

“Either way, the truth is…. Mars was likely killed by someone.

And on top of that, even Aries of the 12 Heavenly Stars disappeared…. This is a serious situation.”

Finally, likely the leader of the bunch, a man sitting in the element of [Sun] quietly said as such, then looked around at everyone.

There’s no resentment for Mars death so late in the hour.

Nevertheless, if there existed someone with the ability to kill one of the 7 Luminaries, it’s a grave situation that could not be ignored.

If it was one of the 12 Heavenly Stars or the 7 Heroes, then it was still fine.

But, what if it was the work of someone else?

…. That would be a threat that could not be ignored.

“Venus. If I recall correctly, you should have been close to Svalinn.

Did you not see who killed him?”

“Of course I saw it.”

“Hou? And who was it?”

“I don’t know who it is. If I got too close I was afraid I would also be killed.

But, I remember she rocked beautiful black wings – a captivating to look at, it was a beautiful woman.”

Answering the man sitting at the [Sun] with a cute smile, the woman called Venus laughed with joy, but others in the surrounding were not in a situation to do so.

A beautiful woman with black wings that can kill off 7 Luminaries.

Upon hearing those words, there was no one that didn’t think about [her], not from those that existed here.

But…. But, it was impossible.

She should have died 200 years ago. That should have been the case.

“Could it be Ruphas Mafahl….!? Sh, She was still alive!”

“Don’t be stupid! She should have been killed by the human 200 years ago!”

Ruphas Mafahl.

For the demon race, that was a name scarier than the heroes themselves.

In the past, she had the entire world under her control, The Supreme Ruler who had almost unified humanoids.

Her combat ability had rivalled the entire Heroes roster, an existence who stood at the very top.

And above all else, her very existence was a personification of fear itself.

It was not a question of whether to fight against her or not, as long it was a demon race, all were slaughtered.

As if to dampen the spirit or morale, she would cut off the head, impale it onto the spears and publicly exposed them in the open.

There was no meaning in begging for mercy. She once crushed under her feet the skull of the warrior who pleaded to let him go because he had a family.

Grabbing the head of the enemy who tried to run away, then pulling it apart along with spinal cord.

The existence of pure unreasonableness who crushed and destroyed the other unreasonable beings.

She even dismembered the invader into 8 pieces, she was the invader for the invaders.

— This dark angel was an absolutely terrifying existence for the demon race.

Everyone feared in encountering with her.

You could not run away, and you could not be saved.

If you happen to meet upon her, it signified the end of your life.

There was no exception, there existed none amongst the demon race who had entered her into her peripheral and lived to tell the tale.

Fortunately, the acts of Ruphas was thought to be so cruel that even humanoids started fearing and rebelling against her. Eventually, the group of heroes betrayed her and she was taken down, but the number of demon race slaughtered until that point was too many to count.

If in fact, she was is alive right now, it is possible the military might and the situation between the demon race and humanoids could reverse.

The possibility that the personification of fear may be alive caused disorder in that place.

“The one and only Black Winged Ruler that the Demon King-sama avoided a direct battle with, huh….

If she’s still alive, it’s a crisis that completely overshadows the 7 heroes.

Venus, do you know the whereabouts of that person after that?”

“Yes. Currently, she’s at the [The Royal Tomb of Black Wings].”

“Good. Then you are to continue monitoring her. The moment you figure out something, come to make a report to me.”

“Understood.”

After receiving the order from the leader of the 7 Luminaries, the girl who bore the title of [Metal] acknowledged her understanding without any wasted words.

A light from the window illuminated her, that appearance where she made bowed a little seemed like a play –.

– and with that smile, it was as if she was mocking everything.

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(Author Note)

[The Royal Tomb of Black Wings]

Amongst the ones currently in existence, it is the dungeon known to be the highest difficulty.

A pyramid totalling at 108 floors, and a structure that doesn’t make a dent however you much you attack from the outside.

Inside, there are a countless number of Ruphas Mafahl’s mass-produced golems from 200 years ago, even the weakest of which rivals the strength of a Sword Saint.

As you go up the floors the quality of the golem rose, the level casually rising from 300 to 400, golems starting to work in groups then function together in orderly troops, and by the time you got to floor 107, there is a level 600 gatekeeper waiting guarding the stairs.

And passing (or more truthfully, avoiding) that, you reach the entrance to the top floor. A place where the level 910, Libra of the Scale is awaiting with the Area of Effect, Defence penetrating flat rate damage.

However you struggled, it was game over.

(Author Note End)

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(TLN: You can think of the 7 elements as pretty much the 5 basic elements from China and the Ying and Yang. And in Japanese it also has a corresponding day of the Week and an associated planet, though the names may not necessarily match up *does this count as a spoiler…?*

7 Luminaries is written as 7曜

Moon – Yin – Monday – 月曜日 – The Moon

Fire – Tuesday – 火曜日 – Mars

Water – Wednesday – 水曜日 – Mercury

Wood – Thursday – 木曜日 – Jupiter

Metal – Friday – 金曜日 – Venus

Earth – Saturday – 土曜日 – Saturn

Sun – Yang – Sunday – 日曜日 – The Sun

5 elements

YinYang

TLN end)

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19 thoughts on “Chapter 20 – Libra is blocking the road and can’t pass

  1. In their hand, a touch, on their waist, a sword. > Torch

    But this place is heartless, a place of hell. > A helish place would be better i think ?

    “For the mankind! We absolutely require the Black Wing’s inheritance!” > For Mankind

    As for the translation, i usually dislike changing translation site, simply because i find it rude. The only time i do is when there is a noticeable drop in translation quality (my eyes can only take so much :D) or a very slow release rate none of which are a problems on your site. It really depends on what you want to achieve by translating.

    A. You want to share a story that you like with other, in this case since this is already being translated i think you should pick another story that you like which is not being translated.

    B. You want to get better at translating/japanese, on this one you could either drop it or keep it, the pro being that you could use the other translation as a ways to judge your work allowing you to save time and progress faster i believe, the cons beings that you should not overtake the other site in terms of chapter count, a matter of politness really.

    And those are the only idea that come to mind right now. Hope i helped.

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    1. Edited, thank you very much for pointing them out!

      For the “hell” part, I changed it a bit so that it makes bit more sense but I kept it bit more similar to my original because that was how the raw had written. The author has the tendency to split the sentence into small bits and pieces and split them with the comma to emphasise individual words. “hell” was just another one of that. 🙂

      I have contacted the other translator Hands of Vecna (not Shurim) to see if they would be interested in working together with me.
      Here is the link to the announcement summarising what will happen! I hope you will continue to support me too!
      https://twomorefreethoughts.wordpress.com/2018/11/24/announcement-translation-for-awlba-24-11-2018/

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  2. In my opinion, if you still have the motivation to keep translating this story you have no reason to stop… Both sites are translating the story for enjoyment and/or self-improvement. And no one is being forced to read one or the other… Personally, I don’t see anything bad or insulting about two different translators translating the same story separately. It just means that the story was good enough to draw multiple people to want to share it lol. Whatever you choose to do I hope it’s a choice that you can be happy with. Thanks for the chapter!

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    1. Yep, I’m doing this because I like the series and thought it was a shame it wasn’t being shared around (and to improve my English/Japanese at the same time) >.<

      I have contacted the other translator Hands of Vecna to see if they would be interested in working together with me.
      Here is the link to the announcement summarising what will happen! I hope you will continue to support me too!
      https://twomorefreethoughts.wordpress.com/2018/11/24/announcement-translation-for-awlba-24-11-2018/

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  3. from what i have read from the other guy, i have to say i prefer your translation, so i would like you to continue, but it’s up to you in the end, if you want to continue or pick it up another novel.

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