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In the tradition of "Twilight Zone", Q.W.E.R.T.Y. takes you into another dimension. A place where all things are possible. Luke is an author and a widower. His aunt gifts him a Remington typewriter and he soon discovers that everything he types, comes true. "What if I can bring her back?" In this novella, that is a cross between time travel and paranormal romance, you'll r In the tradition of "Twilight Zone", Q.W.E.R.T.Y. takes you into another dimension. A place where all things are possible. Luke is an author and a widower. His aunt gifts him a Remington typewriter and he soon discovers that everything he types, comes true. "What if I can bring her back?" In this novella, that is a cross between time travel and paranormal romance, you'll read a compelling, poetic tale that follows Luke on a heart-breaking journey - one that will change everything.


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In the tradition of "Twilight Zone", Q.W.E.R.T.Y. takes you into another dimension. A place where all things are possible. Luke is an author and a widower. His aunt gifts him a Remington typewriter and he soon discovers that everything he types, comes true. "What if I can bring her back?" In this novella, that is a cross between time travel and paranormal romance, you'll r In the tradition of "Twilight Zone", Q.W.E.R.T.Y. takes you into another dimension. A place where all things are possible. Luke is an author and a widower. His aunt gifts him a Remington typewriter and he soon discovers that everything he types, comes true. "What if I can bring her back?" In this novella, that is a cross between time travel and paranormal romance, you'll read a compelling, poetic tale that follows Luke on a heart-breaking journey - one that will change everything.

30 review for Qwerty

  1. 4 out of 5

    Alexandra

    Um, it's not a novella when it's 48 pages. That's a short story. And yes, there's a difference. #Blurblies Um, it's not a novella when it's 48 pages. That's a short story. And yes, there's a difference. #Blurblies

  2. 4 out of 5

    Tamara

    Book: "He dressed himself only to prance across the parking lot..." My brain: Book: "He dressed himself only to prance across the parking lot..." My brain:

  3. 4 out of 5

    Susanna Needs a GREAT Book Please

    Just terrible. Overwrought purple prose that goes nowhere. Also barely a short story, definitely not a novella. It feels like this story was written slowly and carefully to stuff as many adverbs as possible into each and every sentence. A painful read.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Anca Antoci

    Q.W.E.R.T.Y. is a gut-wrenching story of love and loss, beautifully worded in a way that haunts you. Is this a Holloween story? I don’t know. It does have a healthy dose of spookiness and otherworldly experience, yet I feel like the main plot was Luke’s grief-induced madness, which is incredibly human. Going through the five stages of grief, he pushes everyone away and gets stuck in depression, watching his life spiraling down the drain. The story follows Luke, a writer who lost the love of his l Q.W.E.R.T.Y. is a gut-wrenching story of love and loss, beautifully worded in a way that haunts you. Is this a Holloween story? I don’t know. It does have a healthy dose of spookiness and otherworldly experience, yet I feel like the main plot was Luke’s grief-induced madness, which is incredibly human. Going through the five stages of grief, he pushes everyone away and gets stuck in depression, watching his life spiraling down the drain. The story follows Luke, a writer who lost the love of his life in a car crash and has a difficult time coping with survivor’s guilt and the loss of his wife, Claudia. “Winter’s gentle snow failed to cleanse him as he sat at the foot of her grave, telling her stories she could never hear. I want to hold you again like I used to hold you. I want to hear your laugh and see your smile. My wedding ring, I didn’t see it as an endless circle of love, but more as the gaping hole in my heart that you were sent to fill. You wanted to go for a ride that day. You loved the rain. It brought you solace and comfort. You wanted to dance naked in it. You always were the devil in a dress. I want to come to you now but I’m afraid. I’m a coward. I…need more whisky.” Everything changes when he inherits an old Remington typewriter from his aunt, and he realizes that everything he types becomes real. He sees this as an opportunity to bring Claudia back, and he does, temporarily. She admonishes him for that saying that now she’ll die all over again. And she does. When he decides to die with her and be at peace, life (or the haunted typewriter) throws him a curveball, and he wakes up at his house. “He paced his living room, admonishing himself by beating himself in the head with the whisky bottle. “Stupid Luke. Stupid, stupid, stupid!!” On impact, he was transported back to his house in a dizzying Dorothy-like fashion.” Barbara has a way with words that makes you feel every bit of hope and despair Luke feels. His inner turmoil and desperate actions make you wonder at times if the magic is real or maybe it’s all in his head. Read the full review here: https://www.summonfantasy.com/book-re...

  5. 5 out of 5

    Olivia Castetter

    What if you could go back? What if you could revisit happier times? What if you could rewrite your story? These are all questions that Q.W.E.R.T.Y. by Barbara Avon asks the reader. As Luke is thrown into heart-wrenching grief after the loss of the love of his life, he receives a gift, a typewriter, from his deceased, mysterious, spinster aunt. What he doesn’t know, though, is his inheritance is a gift that will keep on giving. Luke begins hammering out his grief on the old typewriter’s keys, bringing What if you could go back? What if you could revisit happier times? What if you could rewrite your story? These are all questions that Q.W.E.R.T.Y. by Barbara Avon asks the reader. As Luke is thrown into heart-wrenching grief after the loss of the love of his life, he receives a gift, a typewriter, from his deceased, mysterious, spinster aunt. What he doesn’t know, though, is his inheritance is a gift that will keep on giving. Luke begins hammering out his grief on the old typewriter’s keys, bringing happier times to life again. He’s able to see his beloved once more, and his spiraling-out-of-control grieving transforms into a new opportunity to give the one he loved most everything she lost – but only at the cost of losing everything himself. Q.W.E.R.T.Y. profoundly demonstrates the woes and messy lifestyle of a person in unimaginable pain. As I read it (twice!), I felt like I was floating through the pages – disconnected from the book’s reality yet completely immersed in the protagonist’s experience. Ms. Avon completely captured the dreamlike state of grief and skillfully created a tale that brings the reader’s state of mind wholly into that of the protagonist. It’s haunting, yes, but it’s also a book worthy of much conversation. How many times in popular culture are we shown a glamorized and tidy version of heartache? Q.W.E.R.T.Y. does no such thing, and for that alone, this book is worthy of each its five stars. This is the sort of story that does so much more than tell a tale – it starts a conversation. I strongly recommend this novella for book clubs especially, as well as students studying mental health in any capacity. While the story includes paranormal elements, the experience of Luke is one worthy of much discussion. Q.W.E.R.T.Y. can be found on Amazon.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Trey Stone

    A beautiful and haunting novella about love, death, grief, and all the things in between that occupies an aching heart. The plot is simple. Luke meets, loves, and loses his girl, Claudia. All he wants is to have her back. When he suddenly gets his hands on a typewriter, either magical, or haunted, that opportunity might be closer than he thinks. This story is beautiful and poetic, ambiguous and mysterious. By the end, I didn’t know what was what, if what I thought had happened actually did, or if A beautiful and haunting novella about love, death, grief, and all the things in between that occupies an aching heart. The plot is simple. Luke meets, loves, and loses his girl, Claudia. All he wants is to have her back. When he suddenly gets his hands on a typewriter, either magical, or haunted, that opportunity might be closer than he thinks. This story is beautiful and poetic, ambiguous and mysterious. By the end, I didn’t know what was what, if what I thought had happened actually did, or if anything was what it seemed at all. I suppose that’s the point of Luke’s story, that we are so pulled into his spiral of grief and borderline madness, that by the end of it we are just as lost as he is without Claudia. Avon has a way with words that is difficult to describe. A rich vocabulary and a pendant for creating impressive details made me feel lost at times, and admittedly a bit stupid. I had to backtrack a few times, re-read passages just to make sure I was following, the writing took on a life of it’s own. Even now I’m not sure I quite was. A gripping romantic horror story, which leaves you thinking. Well served in a bite-sized novella format.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Robert Davies

    This brief story tells a horror tale, but also the redemption of love that won't die. Avon's turn of phrase in just the right dosage is raw and edgy here, but smooth and eloquent there. The beginning paints an immediate picture in the mind, and after five or six pages, I had been drawn in so subtly, it was effortless to read the book in one sitting. Avon's Character arc describes a tortured soul in a struggle to mourn, but also fighting his own demons in the memories of his loss. A typewriter wit This brief story tells a horror tale, but also the redemption of love that won't die. Avon's turn of phrase in just the right dosage is raw and edgy here, but smooth and eloquent there. The beginning paints an immediate picture in the mind, and after five or six pages, I had been drawn in so subtly, it was effortless to read the book in one sitting. Avon's Character arc describes a tortured soul in a struggle to mourn, but also fighting his own demons in the memories of his loss. A typewriter with a strange clue becomes so much more and I began to cheer for Luke after finding him flawed and mildly off-putting in the beginning. The torment Luke endures was so easy to feel for the reader, but also the numbing loss behind it. The ending was unexpected, but extremely satisfying and that twist is a testament to Avon's ability to deftly weave a tale without diversions or needless plot devices. Qwerty is my first Barbara Avon book, but it will not be the last - highly recommended and well-deserving of five stars.

  8. 5 out of 5

    K C

    I read this book because a few Twitter bullies have been leaving malicious and unnecessarily cruel reviews (and making verbal attacks against its author. #childish). Ok Barbara, so the good news is the negative attention is drawing readers to defend your work. Yay! The bad news is; I did not love this particular book. Sorry! The prose was lovely but fought against the dialogue for me. I just felt really jolted by the contrast between the narrative style and how the characters spoke. The MC didn't I read this book because a few Twitter bullies have been leaving malicious and unnecessarily cruel reviews (and making verbal attacks against its author. #childish). Ok Barbara, so the good news is the negative attention is drawing readers to defend your work. Yay! The bad news is; I did not love this particular book. Sorry! The prose was lovely but fought against the dialogue for me. I just felt really jolted by the contrast between the narrative style and how the characters spoke. The MC didn't earn my sympathy (he's kind of a jerk) especially when he tries to have sex with his wife first thing when he brings her back. It came off as really shallow and pretty WTF?? to me. Plus I found several grammatical errors/typos in the work (huge pet peeve). But it is an interesting concept, I love the dark, twisted aspects of the story, and I feel like the author definitely has a ton of potential. It just felt more like I was beta reading instead of reading a published book with this one.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Kathleen

    Avon is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors, and she hits it out of the park once again with Q.W.E.R.T.Y.. Her characters are so well-developed and real, and I always feel like I might have met them at some point in my life. That is even more so in this book with Luke and Claudia, and their Italian families and backgrounds. As someone who grew up in an Italian home I really enjoyed the culture, banter and food references! Yet the idea that something pounded out on an old typewriter can m Avon is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors, and she hits it out of the park once again with Q.W.E.R.T.Y.. Her characters are so well-developed and real, and I always feel like I might have met them at some point in my life. That is even more so in this book with Luke and Claudia, and their Italian families and backgrounds. As someone who grew up in an Italian home I really enjoyed the culture, banter and food references! Yet the idea that something pounded out on an old typewriter can make it happen in real life is what makes this story different than anything I've ever read. If only Luke can make it so the tragedy that tore his life right from under him can be reversed in this way... but can it really? Looking forward to the sequel! If you're looking for a quick read that pulls you in and doesn't let you go until you're finished, this would be the one. I read it in one sitting.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Quinn Buckland

    The best I've read from Barb Avon so far. Loved it!!! The best I've read from Barb Avon so far. Loved it!!!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Simon Bishop

    Not sure what this is all about to be honest 2 stars as well written but I only finished it because it was short Sorry not for me

  12. 5 out of 5

    Terry Geo

    I was drawn into this book from the very first chapter. As it progressed though, I wasn't even sure I liked what I was reading. QWERTY is laden with heavy emotional turmoil and the juxtaposition of timelines can be confusing at first, but that's very much a part of the narrative. You aren't just reading Luke's story; you're reliving his life and his past, as he remembers it. At times, I felt I was as drunk as he, inebriated from the whiskey he was drinking. I often felt as confused as he was and I was drawn into this book from the very first chapter. As it progressed though, I wasn't even sure I liked what I was reading. QWERTY is laden with heavy emotional turmoil and the juxtaposition of timelines can be confusing at first, but that's very much a part of the narrative. You aren't just reading Luke's story; you're reliving his life and his past, as he remembers it. At times, I felt I was as drunk as he, inebriated from the whiskey he was drinking. I often felt as confused as he was and I didn't know what was real and what was a drink-induced hallucination... But I couldn't stop reading. The power of the storytelling, the elegant prose and sheer empathy I felt for Luke, kept my eyes glued to the pages. Over the course of just two nights, I had finished the book and when it was over, I felt an overwhelming sense of sadness. This is a story of loss and the raw emotions it leaves behind, etched into the hearts and minds of those who loved and still love the deceased. The writing style is cleverly woven together to lend the reader the very feelings the main character is cycling through. Yet, I wanted more. I wanted more character interactions, more stories of the couple in love and more places for them to visit... But that's what death does, it takes away that ability for us to have more. In the end, all that we're left with, are memories.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl Lawson

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This is a shorter story with a lot of heart. I find the main character intriguing and my heart goes out to him. I was left wondering, at the end of the story, what was real and what was fiction, though. I couldn’t figure out if Luke was imagining losing Claudia, or if he really did. The ambiguity of the final scenes was not what I expected. The author’s writing is lyrical and shows a lot of depth. The characters are well-developed and solid, even the ghosts and grave robbers. You get a clear ide This is a shorter story with a lot of heart. I find the main character intriguing and my heart goes out to him. I was left wondering, at the end of the story, what was real and what was fiction, though. I couldn’t figure out if Luke was imagining losing Claudia, or if he really did. The ambiguity of the final scenes was not what I expected. The author’s writing is lyrical and shows a lot of depth. The characters are well-developed and solid, even the ghosts and grave robbers. You get a clear idea of who everyone is, and she’s shown skill in drawing that out in so few words. I’m rooting for the main character, Luke, the whole time, hoping he can break free of his torment. If you have a few hours, this is an excellent short read and I recommend it based on the character development, the unabated feeling and the delightfully poetic prose.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Kristin

    I really enjoyed this novella, both for the originality of the story and for its emotional depth. Having lost his wife in a terrible accident, Luke is grieving, angry. He inherits a haunted typewriter that allows him to alter the past by typing an alternate scenario, and he begins trying to regain his lost love. This is the second of Barbara Avon's books that I've read, and I enjoyed them both for their emotional intensity, for how they embrace flawed human beings demonstrating true love: really I really enjoyed this novella, both for the originality of the story and for its emotional depth. Having lost his wife in a terrible accident, Luke is grieving, angry. He inherits a haunted typewriter that allows him to alter the past by typing an alternate scenario, and he begins trying to regain his lost love. This is the second of Barbara Avon's books that I've read, and I enjoyed them both for their emotional intensity, for how they embrace flawed human beings demonstrating true love: really acting for the good of another person. Ultimately, my favorite part of QWERTY is the end, when we have the opportunity to see the true depth of Luke's love for Claudia. I was gifted this book by the author (thank you!), and enjoyed it so much I have purchased the sequel for myself!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Kim Warner

    Sat down to read this novella and didn’t (couldn’t) get up until I was done! Another wonderfully thought provoking and scary story by Barbara Avon. QWERTY grabs you from the start with a relatable and empathy-inducing main character and then takes you on a roller coaster of emotions- most of which involve your brain going ‘Oh no!’. Luke’s story is both touching and horrifying - I found myself trying to will him to behave in a particular way but he was stubborn till the bitter end and followed his Sat down to read this novella and didn’t (couldn’t) get up until I was done! Another wonderfully thought provoking and scary story by Barbara Avon. QWERTY grabs you from the start with a relatable and empathy-inducing main character and then takes you on a roller coaster of emotions- most of which involve your brain going ‘Oh no!’. Luke’s story is both touching and horrifying - I found myself trying to will him to behave in a particular way but he was stubborn till the bitter end and followed his journey in the way only Luke could. QWERTY will get into your head as a ‘what if’ ear worm!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Tory Jane

    5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, haunting, dream-like. July 25, 2019 Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase Ms. Avon has a gift. She weaves words around you and draws you into her world of love, grief, and sacrifice. "Angels abound." It is difficult to write this. First, because I just finished it and I'm still overwhelmed and lost in the beauty of its conclusion. Sad, and hopeful. Tearful and smiling. Second, I don't want to give anything away. All I can say is please read it. Be surprised. Understa 5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, haunting, dream-like. July 25, 2019 Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase Ms. Avon has a gift. She weaves words around you and draws you into her world of love, grief, and sacrifice. "Angels abound." It is difficult to write this. First, because I just finished it and I'm still overwhelmed and lost in the beauty of its conclusion. Sad, and hopeful. Tearful and smiling. Second, I don't want to give anything away. All I can say is please read it. Be surprised. Understand the power of the written word, the worlds that writers create. Feel the love with which it was written. Gorgeous! I'm off to read more by Ms. Avon....

  17. 5 out of 5

    Aprilswritings

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. **Warning: this text may contain spoilers** Oh my gracious! This story, is an amazing story line. The ending leaving me completely in shock and I am still crying! If you ever had the power to change how a story ended, would you? This story shows, love, loss, and a love so great, that he would be willing to sacrifice everything. " He would forever be her husband" in his mind, memory, and heart. as for common sense ratings go: I do give it about a pg-13 rating because it does have some nudity,sexual **Warning: this text may contain spoilers** Oh my gracious! This story, is an amazing story line. The ending leaving me completely in shock and I am still crying! If you ever had the power to change how a story ended, would you? This story shows, love, loss, and a love so great, that he would be willing to sacrifice everything. " He would forever be her husband" in his mind, memory, and heart. as for common sense ratings go: I do give it about a pg-13 rating because it does have some nudity,sexual content and language in it. Just letting others know, because I prefer knowing before reading books.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Atina Atwood

    QWERTY is a gritty, compelling love story with fantastically grotesque/horror elements. Avon blends realistic components with the fantastical, interweaving humor amidst tragedy. Every character is relatable, tangible, and far from ethereal - even from the great beyond. Without giving any spoilers, this novella explores “What If?” when it comes to tragedy, regrets, second chances, possibilities, loss, and redemption through sacrifice - all in the name of love. I enjoyed every bit of it. A worthwhi QWERTY is a gritty, compelling love story with fantastically grotesque/horror elements. Avon blends realistic components with the fantastical, interweaving humor amidst tragedy. Every character is relatable, tangible, and far from ethereal - even from the great beyond. Without giving any spoilers, this novella explores “What If?” when it comes to tragedy, regrets, second chances, possibilities, loss, and redemption through sacrifice - all in the name of love. I enjoyed every bit of it. A worthwhile read!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Michele

    Being a Twilight Zone aficionado, Barbara Avon's newest novella, Q.U.E.R.T.Y, A Haunting, is reminiscent of Serling's soul-stirring tales. Be careful what you wish for. Luke is a struggling to cope, widowed author who desperately wants his wife, Claudia, lost in a tragic accident, back. Until, that is, a typewriter bequeathed from his Aunt Zia is brought to his door and all his typed thoughts and wishes come true. Or do they? Avon spins a wicked mournful tale, as Rod Serling would say "There is n Being a Twilight Zone aficionado, Barbara Avon's newest novella, Q.U.E.R.T.Y, A Haunting, is reminiscent of Serling's soul-stirring tales. Be careful what you wish for. Luke is a struggling to cope, widowed author who desperately wants his wife, Claudia, lost in a tragic accident, back. Until, that is, a typewriter bequeathed from his Aunt Zia is brought to his door and all his typed thoughts and wishes come true. Or do they? Avon spins a wicked mournful tale, as Rod Serling would say "There is nothing in the dark that isn't there when the lights are on." Are we sure of that?

  20. 5 out of 5

    Dawn Hosmer

    QWERTY is a unique tale of love, loss, grief and healing. Barbara Avon does a fabulous job of pulling the reader in with her phenomenal prose and not letting go until the last word. While the story itself was about a haunted typewriter, it also explores how our pasts and memories can haunt us as well. A completely original tale brought to life by Avon with beautiful imagery. I look forward to reading more by this talented author.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Evelyn Chartres

    QWERTY by Barbara Avon. The tale a grief stricken writer who inherits a typewriter that makes prose come to life. Is this a recipe for disaster, or the key to his salvation?  In this novella, the author weaves beautiful prose to make both her characters and the story feel real. The depths of emotion, the doubt, and scenes are all written to draw you in and often do. This is a quick read that is easily consumed in one setting. Well worth the price of admission for this ride! 

  22. 5 out of 5

    Paul

    I was a bit confused at first. Then I realized that the descent into madness of the main character after his wife dies is just that. Madness makes no sense. The utter loneliness and depression Luke falls into after losing his beloved Claudia takes bizarre twists as he wrestles with it in his mind, body, and spirit. All he wants is for her to come back. And he thinks maybe he's found a way to do it. I was a bit confused at first. Then I realized that the descent into madness of the main character after his wife dies is just that. Madness makes no sense. The utter loneliness and depression Luke falls into after losing his beloved Claudia takes bizarre twists as he wrestles with it in his mind, body, and spirit. All he wants is for her to come back. And he thinks maybe he's found a way to do it.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Jessa

    A read that I devoured in one sitting! It beautifully combined elements of horror and psychological thriller. Looking through the main character's memories, we see the subtle details about his life and experiences. It makes you feel connected to him from the start. The ending was masterfully crafted. A read that I devoured in one sitting! It beautifully combined elements of horror and psychological thriller. Looking through the main character's memories, we see the subtle details about his life and experiences. It makes you feel connected to him from the start. The ending was masterfully crafted.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca L.

    Beautiful. Heartbreaking. Poignant. I was searching for a book to read and this novella was exactly what I needed. It gave me a nightmare when I was about half way through and the next day when I finished reading it the ending left me in tears. I highly recommend this book for anyone else who is a hopeless romantic with a love of well written prose.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Rose

    Excellent story about lost love, personal demons of guilt and the desire to make it right. One man's journey in accepting his wife's death and realizing she could live on in his writings. While different from Barb's other novels, I thoroughly enjoyed it! It's a good thing. Excellent story about lost love, personal demons of guilt and the desire to make it right. One man's journey in accepting his wife's death and realizing she could live on in his writings. While different from Barb's other novels, I thoroughly enjoyed it! It's a good thing.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Andrew Bell

    I thoroughly enjoyed Barbara Avon's fast-paced and descriptive writing style. The novella itself is: unique, surreal, sexual, sombre and encapsulating. I simply could not put it down. I'm looking forward to reading the author's other works. I thoroughly enjoyed Barbara Avon's fast-paced and descriptive writing style. The novella itself is: unique, surreal, sexual, sombre and encapsulating. I simply could not put it down. I'm looking forward to reading the author's other works.

  27. 5 out of 5

    K.A. Miltimore

    The description of Twilight Zone is apt because this story had me wondering what was real, what was true, what was madness. The ending left me shattered and Barbara Avon's deft touches of description bring vibrancy to the story. A ghost story unlike any other I have read. The description of Twilight Zone is apt because this story had me wondering what was real, what was true, what was madness. The ending left me shattered and Barbara Avon's deft touches of description bring vibrancy to the story. A ghost story unlike any other I have read.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Patty Gilman

    Not good. More of a short story than a novella. Littered with run-on sentences and purple prose. This read more like a first draft than a published work of fiction. I'd recommend this author hire an editor next time. Do not recommend. Not good. More of a short story than a novella. Littered with run-on sentences and purple prose. This read more like a first draft than a published work of fiction. I'd recommend this author hire an editor next time. Do not recommend.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Julia Benally

    This was so painful and beautiful! I was finally able to read it and devoured the book in one sitting. I feel like I've read a poem. This was so painful and beautiful! I was finally able to read it and devoured the book in one sitting. I feel like I've read a poem.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Marianne Reese

    A creepy good novella of love and grief with a satisfying ending. Each chapter will keep you wondering what is going to happen next.

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