81. Take Heart, page posted 3/31/14

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Take Heart — Page 31
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Veronica’s Commentary

Paulo hasn’t gotten the cats+dogs memo it seems.

Another week, another con coming up. We’re going to be at MoCCA this weekend!! Whoaaaa!!

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101 Reader Comments On This Page

Comment ID #278407

First!
I’ll just say… <3 Rach

G.A. March 31, 2014, 1:00 PM EST.

Comment ID #278408

^#%$^*%*$&^*%}$%}$]+*#*……

……

HongKat March 31, 2014, 1:00 PM EST.

Comment ID #278409

Lol that was great

SplatterCandy March 31, 2014, 1:00 PM EST.

Comment ID #278410

Well, if they were siblings, it’d be weird since they’re different species :smirk:

Lokiallen March 31, 2014, 1:00 PM EST.

Comment ID #278411

See you at MoCCA!

ABwingz March 31, 2014, 1:00 PM EST.

Comment ID #278412

Awwww :)

Scatman March 31, 2014, 1:01 PM EST.

Comment ID #278413

To be expected. He’s probably a sex buddy.

Gate-senpai March 31, 2014, 1:01 PM EST.

Comment ID #278414

Rachel, I love you.

gardnaeden March 31, 2014, 1:01 PM EST.

Comment ID #278415

Whats between Jordan and Matt?

And lol. They both be laughing XD

Jonas97face March 31, 2014, 1:02 PM EST.

Comment ID #278416

Calling it now, Matt is Rachel’s gay friend.

jennytablina March 31, 2014, 1:02 PM EST.

Comment ID #278417

Smug smartasses.

lov/hate/hurt March 31, 2014, 1:03 PM EST.

Comment ID #278418

Paulo does not know how to pay attention. lol Unless he thinks she’s into that kind of thing o_O nah probably not, he’s just being… himself I guess

@Lokiallen
That too

HelTH March 31, 2014, 1:03 PM EST.

Comment ID #278419

i bet they’re like, cousins or something somehow

~~ March 31, 2014, 1:03 PM EST.

Comment ID #278420

Messing with Paulo, makes me laugh a little. He don’t know how to respond to that.

Keyblade Dragon March 31, 2014, 1:05 PM EST.

Comment ID #278421

Ok, that could prove that they are related (cousins or even brother and sister?):D

Tails March 31, 2014, 1:18 PM EST.

Comment ID #278422

Matt’s either a former fling or he’s gay. Though there is some support for them being ‘distantly’ related.

1. Rachel’s over the top reaction to the observation in the previous page , plus her emphasis on them ‘NEVER’ before interrupting herself to comment on Paulo’s jealousy. (Though this also could still support them being related as well)

2. Matt’s over the top reaction to the observation.

3. Matt’s fraternization at the party was predominantly with the male population. (Hugging Paulo upon him bringing alcohol, dancing and bumping against Paulo)

4. Matt says that he’s at a friend’s birthday party. So unless he’s lying or implying that you can still be friends with a relative, I think this means that there’s no relation. (Plus, different species )
http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c80/p38.html

Oh, and I reserve the right to be completely wrong about ALL of this. That’s why I love this comic so much.

gardnaeden March 31, 2014, 1:20 PM EST.

Comment ID #278423

Matty seemed pretty nervous to me.. and Lucy’s brother seemed to notice, too? Anyone else see it? Maybe he does have a thing for Rachel and she just doesn’t know it?
Either way, she’s adorable and is obviously super into Paulo. She thinks his jelly is cute. :P

Caroline March 31, 2014, 1:22 PM EST.

Comment ID #278424

Never thought i see rachel making fun of paulo. awesome rachel. and this is
gonna get paulo into a lot more trouble later on. if rachel decides to enjoy/
give more of her time to going out with paulo , and one more thing…
you know something that’s been bothering me is how is tess doing. i mean
up until now . she most likely already graduated, or is graduating. but thats
Never going to be shown unless teashi decides to . so what i am
gonna do is just ramble on about my feelings of this chapter
let us start with how daisy’s behavoir:
you know she really cares for mike , and i think that deep
down, she also cares for abbey giving his situation. but i think that she
Never will learn if she doesnt start doing some growing up and its mostly
gonna be hard , giving how she feels for micheal , i mean if she is is going to
run around the issue then she needs to do some soul searching.
and paulo should have said his words better. he turn the comment section into a dry
desert with all the negativity or something like that
you know.

read the first word of every sentence.

SeaRiver March 31, 2014, 1:29 PM EST.

Comment ID #278425

Oh hey, I was right! :D

Insanitybreach March 31, 2014, 1:33 PM EST.

Comment ID #278426

He might be gay, or they might just be platonic friends. I have male friends I grew up with where it’s like a sister-brother relationship and it’d be weird to have any feelings in either direction.

ket March 31, 2014, 1:34 PM EST.

Comment ID #278427

Matt sure looks like one awesome character I wont mind to see hang out longer at BCB :D

EvilKitty3 March 31, 2014, 1:34 PM EST.

Comment ID #278428

WELP the way I see it there 3 ways they wouldn’t work:
1. Rachel’s adopted (or something); her parents are a dog + cat, and the cat has a sibling who has a son named Matt, making Rachel and Matt cousins
2. Matt’s gay (but hanging out with Jordan quite a bit?)
3. They are a past fling/casual sex bros/ONS sorta deal
LET’S WAIT N FIND OUT

TBlackfeet March 31, 2014, 1:41 PM EST.

Comment ID #278429

* 3 *

kdebones March 31, 2014, 1:41 PM EST.

Comment ID #278430

I don’t know about you guys but Matty’s reaction seems delayed and forced, to me… :x

B-Dawg March 31, 2014, 1:47 PM EST.

Comment ID #278431

@ HelTH it’s just paulo being paulo.
If Matt was gay it would explain why he’s hanging out with Jordan. And that squishy paulo face in panel 2 is cute. It could be possible matt is a adopted brother. But I don’t really think that because Rachel said she tried barking up that tree before. It would be weird saying this is my boyfriend/adopted brother. I’m just thinking there super good friends. Rachel is really enjoying this though. Got paulo all confused and embarrassed as she just smothers him in the hall way over his jealousy. Just the way she likes um.

Blue fox March 31, 2014, 1:51 PM EST.

Comment ID #278432

As Silver would say:
“Great Great Great!”

Sono March 31, 2014, 1:54 PM EST.

Comment ID #278433

I feel sorry for Matt… it seems like there’s ‘something’ there.

gardnaeden March 31, 2014, 1:59 PM EST.

Comment ID #278434

How long until Paulo gets called out on hazing Abbey with a sore subject over the fact Abbey doesn’t want to be Daisy’s unconditional emotional crutch?

Not to mention how long until Daisy gets called out on handling it all like a literal baby?

I’m waiting.

Duffle March 31, 2014, 2:12 PM EST.

Comment ID #278435

I don’t think Matt is a fling, considering on the previous page she herself says she tried and nothing happened and never will…

People seriously have bad reading comprehension or something..

Another Anon March 31, 2014, 2:23 PM EST.

Comment ID #278436

Is Matt not into girls or something?

Schist March 31, 2014, 2:24 PM EST.

Comment ID #278437

So I’m starting to think that Matt and Jordan may be more than friends. You know the shy younger guy with the older charismatic guy it fits.

Ferking March 31, 2014, 2:44 PM EST.

Comment ID #278438

None of you have ever heard of step siblings, huh? Or adopted siblings? Nothing says siblings have to be related by blood.

Macca March 31, 2014, 2:52 PM EST.

Comment ID #278439

This entire page feels like it was such an awkward joke given the faces of Matt and Jordan :/

Gahhhhh, time, y u no speed up so I can read next page an find out the situation with Matt?

Bluesky March 31, 2014, 3:03 PM EST.

Comment ID #278440

Just a quick question, a few comments have mentioned, or at least insinuated that Jordan is gay. I haven’t noticed that in the comic, so is that the case? Is him being gay cannon, or is it more just people shipping?

Grumble Grumble March 31, 2014, 3:28 PM EST.

Comment ID #278441

Matt’s forced face in pannel 4 is totally incompatible with the situation in pannel 7, I can’t understand what is going on, my brain hurts lol

fheer21 March 31, 2014, 3:35 PM EST.

Comment ID #278442

Nope, just probably a terrible case of the friendzone

Kindle_kat March 31, 2014, 3:41 PM EST.

Comment ID #278443

Matt and Rachel remind me of the interactions between me and my sister. Keep in mind, my sister is a sister in title only. We’re not related. We just grew close over time, to the point where we became siblings. Many people thought there was a romance between us, and we’d just laugh because a romantic relationship between us would be really weird. I guess my point is that Paulo’s remark might not be that far off. They don’t have to be in the same family to be siblings. It’s totally plausible that they think of each other as brother and sister.

some guy March 31, 2014, 4:01 PM EST.

Comment ID #278444

I am literally just as confused as Paulo is

$adiq March 31, 2014, 4:17 PM EST.

Comment ID #278445

This just goes back to the classic discussion of “Why can’t a man and woman be friends without wanting to **** each other?” :smirk:

Triniking March 31, 2014, 4:18 PM EST.

Comment ID #278446

@Lokiallen adopted?

TheScarletTailedFox March 31, 2014, 4:33 PM EST.

Comment ID #278447

@Grumble Grumble
Just people shipping as usual ^^

Tails March 31, 2014, 4:46 PM EST.

Comment ID #278448

He’s gay! He’s so gay! I just know it! Rachel was the first or even only person he ever confided in, and now he has the hots for Lucy’s little brother! It all makes sense.

Sanitarium March 31, 2014, 5:16 PM EST.

Comment ID #278449

Dude, @Sanitarium, that makes so much sense. It’s why he’s always hanging out with Lucy’s little brother. The age difference between them makes it a little creepy though. Huh, makes me wonder if Lucy’s little brother is gay also.
You know all this speculation about gays is getting kinda crazy, I mean there has been some speculation for a long while that Paulo and Mike are, uh, “gay” for each other too. Heck, there has even been recent speculation about Paulo hitting on Abbey.
Geeze, now that I think about it, there might be a whole “closet” ring of gays in BCB. How about that? It sure would take the cake away from Lucy, lmao.

Blank On Purpose March 31, 2014, 5:33 PM EST.

Comment ID #278450

If only taeshi would visit Ireland ;_;

Marlo Fox March 31, 2014, 5:41 PM EST.

Comment ID #278451

Oh man I know that relationship between Rachel and Matt. <3

Hahaha, they’re just ridiculously close friends. They probably feel “related”. I have those kinds of friends that I call brother and sister too. ^_^ They’re so freakin’ sweet. ^^

Yaschiri March 31, 2014, 6:03 PM EST.

Comment ID #278452

Its possible, paulo :P

Eko March 31, 2014, 6:14 PM EST.

Comment ID #278453

You jelly Jordan? Don’t worry, Matt is only yours.

why not March 31, 2014, 6:17 PM EST.

Comment ID #278454

I love how Paulo looks in the second panel

caustic dreams March 31, 2014, 6:21 PM EST.

Comment ID #278455

Hah, GAAAAAAAAAAY

Lena March 31, 2014, 7:06 PM EST.

Comment ID #278456

HA HA HA. FUNNY JOKE.

Gabba March 31, 2014, 7:41 PM EST.

Comment ID #278457

Am I the only one that finds it rather cruel of Rachel to make fun of Paulo in this way? So he was jealous of a guy you always were flouncing around with, you don’t need to tell everyone else (including the guy involved) like he was stupid for getting that impression. Jeez Rachel, some tact please. D:

In other news, I really don’t care about Rachel’s relationship with Matt. Paulo gets jealous of nearly all his interests. Plus we have been here for a few pages and not quite resolved it anyway. I really want to see the conclusion of Abbey and Daisy.

Nightshade March 31, 2014, 7:44 PM EST.

Comment ID #278458

@Nightshade I kinda feel this is just Taeshi’s way of throwing a bone to those of us who are annoyed/appalled that Paulo is getting away with what he did to “help” with minimal, if any, consequence.

Dean March 31, 2014, 7:59 PM EST.

Comment ID #278459

@Nightshade Heh, I mean its kinda mean I guess, but just playfully mean. She seemed to just be teasing him and maybe the idea of them being together was just so ridiculous to her that she had to laugh about it. Honestly its not something that would really get under a well adjusted person’s skin, at least not to give more of a reaction than a grumble, or a temporary pout, as we saw here… Though I can’t say any of the cast seem particularly well adjusted except Rachel.

Grumble Grumble March 31, 2014, 8:29 PM EST.

Comment ID #278460

@Sanitarium and @Blank on Purpose: Jordan is older than Lucy. Lucy is the youngest. It is stated in Breaking Up, page 16, that Jordan doesn’t want to lose his LITTLE sister.

Moogle March 31, 2014, 8:30 PM EST.

Comment ID #278461

The friendzone is strong in this one.

Frostmizzle March 31, 2014, 9:05 PM EST.

Comment ID #278462

Its official, Rachel is the most laid back cutest thing ever. And she’s so naughty :P

JustSomeCritic March 31, 2014, 9:59 PM EST.

Comment ID #278463

Matt and Jordan are gay lovers. Calling it again.

Fluffy March 31, 2014, 10:05 PM EST.

Comment ID #278464

Where did David go? 8-D

gardnaeden March 31, 2014, 10:57 PM EST.

Comment ID #278465

To be honest my personal opinion about paulo pretty much dropped when i saw how unnervingly pathetic his older self was.

The Duke March 31, 2014, 11:28 PM EST.

Comment ID #278466

Matt and Jordan. Shipshipship!
Huehuehue
But ah
Yeah
I mean Jessica is in love with Lucy
So maybe Rachel just loves having gay friends?

Silveryogurt March 31, 2014, 11:35 PM EST.

Comment ID #278467

I can’t tell if their joking or serious. The expressions confuse me. Curses.

Asdf April 1, 2014, 12:07 AM EST.

Comment ID #278468

Matt is bi. Period.

Monas April 1, 2014, 12:08 AM EST.

Comment ID #278469

Is matt gay? I bet he is gay. That would explain their reaction xD

on an unrelated note, for some reason, in my head, Lucy sounds like the Latin-american dubbing voice of Raven from teen titans. And Mike sounds like the english voice of Finn from adventure time. Don’t know why, though…..

Carter misses Lucy :’C and by that I mean that I do.

FlyingPotato April 1, 2014, 12:28 AM EST.

Comment ID #278470

Teashi has said that the character wright themselves, and our influence helps right them. But jordens into haley.

JustSomeCritic April 1, 2014, 12:58 AM EST.

Comment ID #278471

At this point, I don’t even care if MattxJordan becomes canon of not, because enough other people ship it now that I’ll get to look at cute fanart either way.

Patrick April 1, 2014, 1:41 AM EST.

Comment ID #278472

@Patrick
YUS!
MattxJordan = my new OTP <33

needthissomuchomg April 1, 2014, 2:00 AM EST.

Comment ID #278473

That flower by Paulo’s ear is killing me! It’s so cute~ :love:

ButterscottchFairyTale April 1, 2014, 2:43 AM EST.

Comment ID #278474

HAH. HAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Paulo’s gotta work this out on his own. XD

DylanC April 1, 2014, 3:14 AM EST.

Comment ID #278475

After reading the past comments….
I got really confused, Is Matt really gay?!
I do not understand?!!!!
Do you understand Paulo?!!!

Paulo_Fan April 1, 2014, 6:32 AM EST.

Comment ID #278476

So… We pretty much made a new MattxJordan or “Matt is gay” thread here..

GLaDOS April 1, 2014, 7:29 AM EST.

Comment ID #278477

I really want Rachel to be happy but Paulo is not meant for her, but to lucy :(

Zero_Hnd April 1, 2014, 7:54 AM EST.

Comment ID #278478

Great, Paulo is getting a free pass on terrorizing Abbey with the fact his mother is dead in order to goad Abbey to be Daisy’s unquestionable & personal love toy and hug blanket.

And Daisy is also not being told how much of a horrible person she is for being a selfish baby putting her personal wants over Abbeys emotional needs.

Those two are in “Mike in December” territory now.

Verte April 1, 2014, 8:35 AM EST.

Comment ID #278479

Duh… they look so similar :/

Piggy April 1, 2014, 9:00 AM EST.

Comment ID #278480

Rachel is such a darling. To bad she has awful taste in boys.

Zott April 1, 2014, 11:22 AM EST.

Comment ID #278481

but he’s a cat and shes a dog right?….

fangirl April 1, 2014, 11:32 AM EST.

Comment ID #278482

Yep…. that’s me.

Davey April 1, 2014, 11:44 AM EST.

Comment ID #278483

the page isn’t showing up for me =/

RoseVee April 1, 2014, 1:35 PM EST.

Comment ID #278484

DAMMIT SEARIVER! well played for april fools

rick April 1, 2014, 3:21 PM EST.

Comment ID #278485

No april fools day page this year huh? That’s a first. I guess they’re preparing to go to a con this year though.

Justmyopinion April 1, 2014, 3:22 PM EST.

Comment ID #278486

Okay, so I’ve heard a lot of theories about matt being a fling or a gay friend or a relative. Has no one thought they might just be friends :P

TacoMast3r April 1, 2014, 3:35 PM EST.

Comment ID #278487

PFFFFFFTTTTTTT I was whistling when I read this so I was all “lalalala-pbbbbttttt” I couldn’t stop laughing!!! I still can’t stop! XD 8-D

iceberganalogy101 April 1, 2014, 3:38 PM EST.

Comment ID #278488

@Verte

Don’t speak! Your reasoning has no place here! Be gone invader. We will only support poor decisions and rage speeches about how sad and unfair it is when the mains aren’t getting what they want!

Don’t try to act like they aren’t allowed to scream, pout, and walk all over others until people submit to their will! Mike, Paulo, and Daisy are special! They might even be gods!

Nightshade April 1, 2014, 3:59 PM EST.

Comment ID #278490

ok…. O_o

That’s Bulls*it!

Mr-Hero-Bio April 1, 2014, 4:34 PM EST.

Comment ID #278491

Wait. WAIT.
Do you see Matt’s expression in panels 3 and 4? That really really looks like a strained smile and forced laugh. Maybe he really does have some feelings there that Rachel just shot down? He sure did have to leave quickly.

Sass April 1, 2014, 4:45 PM EST.

Comment ID #278492

@Sass I was thinking the same thing, actually. One of my friends ‘fessed up to me and was let down - gently as possible, I might add - and that was almost his exact expression when people joked about us for the first few months after. Plus the kitty there seems a good bit more awkward now than he was before, which would make sense.

Oh well, I guess we can only wait and see what happens, if anything unfolds. Theories will fly in the meantime.

Lucyanne April 1, 2014, 7:50 PM EST.

Comment ID #278493

I support the “closet ring of gays” in BCB. Welcome to the club, Matt. Of course he could be a former fling or have an unknown crush (more drama if that’s the case, hoo boy), but I like to think wishfully. The comic could use more up-front LGBTQ representation, so I’m all for that theory.

Quarter April 1, 2014, 10:08 PM EST.

Comment ID #278495

I sense sexual tension between tall and handsome and Rachael.
She’s hiding Paulo’s flower behind Paulo and that laugh was really strained.


More drama to come, *rubs hands together*

Puppy April 1, 2014, 11:50 PM EST.

Comment ID #278496

I fell in love with this comic a few weeks ago and read everything within two days. Getting one panel every two days is breaking my heart. It’s ruining such an amazing story. Why not put up one set at a time? As this is its terrible to read. Almost makes me hate comics. It’s like hearing someone start a sentence and not finish it for days.

Oread April 1, 2014, 11:59 PM EST.

Comment ID #278497

matty is obviously interested in lucy’s brother just like mike and paulo are interested in each other! of course rachel wouldn’t be able to bang a gentleman gay guy! e-e

Skullie April 2, 2014, 12:53 AM EST.

Comment ID #278498

This comment is primarily in reference to a few pages ago, but is something I have been wondering for a while: how does Paulo deal with having to be everyone’s auspice?(HS quadrants reference, but still a relevant point)

Monochrome April 2, 2014, 12:53 AM EST.

Comment ID #278499

Wow, i feel so dumb, i had been hitting next chapter for the last few day and finally caught up. This comment is directed entirely at the author. Weather or not they read this comment…oh well. Non the less, being one who enjoys a nice romantic comedy with some drama (and alright, the anthropomorphic characters were the eye-catcher) this is one of my favorites. I dont think i can even imagine the fun i have had reading and rereading this comic. I am so moved at the amount of time the author has spent creating this, and i just want to let him/her (i dont know) that they should keep this up. You are so unbelievably talented, its not even funny. The gripping drama and constant twists keep me hanging on every word written. This comic is astounding in its ability to capture the reader in well developed characters AND you have successfully incorporated sex and made it totally not awkward or turn it into weird porn. My friends give me **** about ’ being a furry’ but this has been an incredible adventure that i never want to end. Sorry if this is to long, but author, if you ever feel like you aren’t talented or feel like people are giving you **** for writing something like this, just ignore them and please never stop doing this. And at the same time, never feel like you are going to anger your reader, just write what comes natural, even if you feel like bcb’s fan base will rage at you…like with lucy…but thats beside the point. The point is you are awesome, and never stop doing what you love, especially if its this…and bring back lucy…soon. 8-)

Just a fan April 2, 2014, 1:24 AM EST.

Comment ID #278500

Poor Matt. He kinda looked like he was gonna cry when Rachel said that. I think that maybe the idea of them being together wasn’t a joke to him. And looking at Jordan’s face there makes it seem like Jordan noticed too. Maybe Jordan knew he liked Rachel?

Passing Through April 2, 2014, 1:31 AM EST.

Comment ID #278501

@Passing Through
I’m going to go out on a limb and say Matt is gay. I’m 100% positive either way, he’s 100% genuine in his laughter about all that, and that they would never be together.

Blue April 2, 2014, 2:50 AM EST.

Comment ID #278502

@Blue I hope he’s gay. That’d be much better then him being sad over Rachel. There was just that really awkward pause before he laughed that makes me think otherwise. I hope I’m wrong!

Passing Through April 2, 2014, 4:22 AM EST.

Comment ID #278503

I may be mistaken but it seems no one is considering the fact that Rachel said SHE was the one that tried to get with Matt and it ended up not working out. My guess is he didn’t like her or for whatever reason they couldn’t be together at the time. That expression on his face seems to me like he wants to be with her now but was waiting for an opportunity; of course she laughed about it and it discouraged him, but all he could do in that moment is force a laugh and then flee the scene before his true feelings could be discovered. Jordan might know about it which is why he’s being smug when they’re leaving.
As for him being gay based on how he was at the party…that makes no sense. He was next to rachel in most panels. When he was talking to the main characters it was to try to keep the party going positive or to act as a host would. He brought out the birthday cake and the dance moves. He was seriously focused on making that party as awesome as he could after the main characters brought it down.
I dont wanna guess his sexual orientation but my two closest friends are male and they talk to each other a lot. They’re bi but they’d never go out with the other. I also tried going out with one but it didnt work out afterall. I get that ships happen but I guess coming from a similar situation, it irked me when everyone assumed rather quickly that the only possibility is that Matt’s gay and wants Jordan.
That said and ranted, I can’t wait to see how wrong I am in nine hours. I also don’t wanna read my likely grammatically incorrect rant when i wake up =~=

captainAndie April 2, 2014, 4:35 AM EST.

Comment ID #278504

@Monochrome
How is it a relevant point when only a miniscule part of civilization understands it?
Explain it in ordinary words, and preferable without using references to something else.

Loggy April 2, 2014, 8:54 AM EST.

Comment ID #278505

Wow. Looking really forward for the next page upload :D

Jonas97face April 2, 2014, 10:46 AM EST.

Comment ID #278590

That moment when people take the time out of their lives to type a damn paragraph just to prove a point. This is all madness!! Madness … no …. THIS .. IS.. SPARTA!!!

K9 Wolf reaper April 4, 2014, 6:00 AM EST.

Comment ID #278886

@Seariver that was amazing :’D

@rick given your name it’s kind of ironic, don’t you think? ;)

Sambo April 7, 2014, 6:31 PM EST.

Comment ID #281966

@SeaRiver
You sly *******…. You made me cry while laughing…

Unknown June 4, 2014, 4:39 PM EST.

Comment ID #290245

Looking at this retrospectively having read the whole chapter… Don’t give up Matt! That pouty face means something! XD

Jaebird November 16, 2014, 6:24 AM EST.

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