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Can you collect all of the fragments, solve the mysteries, and find your way to a happy ending? 

In this mysterious otome game, play as a protagonist (name customizable but "Xani" by default) struggling to cope with the hand life has dealt you. Your mother's death was a tragedy that left you cynical and numb to the world. Now, though, greater challenges are piling up fast - and it all begins when you find out you are not entirely human.

The disappearance of a friend. A sudden attack that leaves you wounded. Mysterious characters entering and leaving your life. Growing bonds. Coming to terms with what exactly "humanity" is...

Please. Find a happy ending. Don't let tragedy be the only option.

  • Six main paths containing a variety of romantic, platonic, and family-based endings - and bad endings too, so stay on guard.
  • You influence the story with hundreds of choices to make in-game, and at the same time you have the potential to influence the protagonist's personality traits.
  • An in-game feature to check the protagonist's social media feed and unlock bonus content & CGs in a unique artstyle.
  • Your endgame partner is your choice. The final route allows you to pick your endgame romantic partner / endgame BFF.
  • Over 40 endings in the main paths and additional 10+ in the final route.
  • A diverse and fun cast of characters to learn about.
  • Beautiful artwork, gorgeous OST, and partial voice acting (including optional main character voice options).
  • Male protagonist/gender & pronoun selection with alternate CGs and voice lines.

Heart Fragment is split into four "books". You can play Book One for free now!

Unlocked from the Heart Fragment Kickstarter stretch goals that all you lovely players helped out with! <3

  • Epilogues for all good endings & major bad endings (coming late 2024)
  • Flashback scene CGs for all characters (coming in summer 2024)
  • Inigo added as a bonus romance (coming in the Finale release)

Release date: July 30, 2021

Available now, Heart Fragment Book One: Fantasy Fragments contains the full routes for Kay & Clive

A mysterious figure that appears to you and sets the events of the story into motion is a young man named Kay who always seems to have a smile plastered on his face as he reveals strange secrets to you. His friendly personality makes him easy to open up to despite the odd circumstances. 

On the other hand, Clive seems to have a knack for popping up at "just the right moment". A string of coincidental encounters combined with his awkward demeanor cause you to wonder what his intentions really are.

With strong elements of fantasy present in this book, a lot of questions are raised and shocking reveals begin.

Release date: September 28, 2022 (download HERE)

Your established bond with your best friend Shannon makes you hesitant to open up to her about your struggles. Not out of any desire to hide things - you just don't want Shannon to be dragged into a potentially dangerous situation.

Meanwhile, you haven't seen Lana in ten years; not since the death of your mother. Lana looks a bit different now with her dyed pink hair but she's still the same caring girl with a bit of a wild side that you remember from your youth.

Book Two focuses on the reality of things, dealing with matters at a surface level. If you strip away fantasy and leave only belief in those around you behind, what answers will you be able to find?

Coming later on in 2024, Book Three has the full routes for Jasper & Natalia.

The antagonist of your story, a man named Jasper Finley, despises you for the history of disputes between your families and an ingrained hatred for mutated DNA. You know how dangerous he is, but... will your curiosity get the best of you?

Natalia is an enigma. Her entrance into your life could be seen as either a blessing or a horrible curse as she introduces both a way out of your struggles and a way to dive head-first into misery.

Book Three reveals intentions and motives that you may have begun to piece together through the previous routes, but what will you discover by examining that evidence from the viewpoint of the villain?

StatusIn development
PlatformsWindows, macOS, Linux
Release date Jul 30, 2021
Rated 4.7 out of 5 stars
(149 total ratings)
AuthorHeart Fragment
GenreVisual Novel
Made withRen'Py
TagsDark Fantasy, Meaningful Choices, Otome, psychological, Psychological Horror, psychological-thriller, Story Rich, Thriller, Voice Acting
Average sessionA few hours
LinksSteam, Steam, Twitter


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Heart Fragment: BOOK ONE for PC & Linux 1 GB
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Played the whole base game, cried six times, will be buying book 2

this game is so good bro. ive only gotten two ending but Clives good ending took me like 5 hours to do and thats just cause i sped the text up and skipped a lot of the first part. the story and everything is so good. i LOVE THE VOICE ACTING. Jasper's voice was so good like omg. i cant. im so sad i got one of Kay's bad endings first and no joke i cried. this game is amazing. there's just so much content. IVEE ONLY GOT TWO ENDINGS AND IVE PLAYED FOR LIKE 10 HOURS IN ALL. ima just keep repeating myself if this goes on any longer thats just how good it is so. 100000000000000/10 PLEASE YOU HAVE TO PLAY THIS YALL,


DUDE THIS GAME IS AMAZING i havent played the whole thing but i think i got an ending??? Kay's last name is legit my last name so i was so confused the entire game i thought we were somehow related loll anyways good game, I am so bad at writing reviews loll


Thank you so much for sharing this, glad to hear you are enjoying the game so far! That's hilarious about the Kay name though. After seeing a streamer named Shannon play the game (and accidentally name her last name Shannon too so that her name was "Shannon Shannon"... hanging out with her best friend Shannon...) I think it might be a good idea for me to add in a warning that someone might be choosing a name of a pre-existing character. I'll do that soon!

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I really enjoyed the book one!! Both roots were cute, ty for this game :) And I really wanted to play book two as well, but the site doesn't accept payments from my country (Russia)... 

Is there a possibility that I'll be able to play it one day somehow?? Except for by moving to another country lol

Sorry to bother you, I'm just too curious about the other characters, ty in advance :)


Hi there! Sorry to hear that it isn't allowing you to purchase Book Two through here. :( If you are able to make purchases through Steam, it is also available on that platform! Otherwise, you can send me an e-mail to heartfragmentvn@hotmail.com and I can help you out :)

Oh, I think I'll be able to purchase it on steam, thank you! <3

Is there anyway to reset the game? There was this absolutely great scene where Inigo calls you crazy or something like when he asks if you are coming to see him. But I only had that pop up once. Did I just have a very special route have that happen or does that only happen once?

There are quite a few Inigo scenes that can only be viewed once! If you want to reset the game, from the game folder, navigate to the saves folder. Delete the persistent file from there. Note that this will completely erase all of your progress though, so make sure you're certain first. Alternatively, you can move the persistent data file to another folder on your PC as a backup for safekeeping :)

Ooo! Thank you so much for the quick and helpful reply! 


hi can i upload your game on youtube

That was so interesting! I have trouble consuming long(er) content, but I got caught up almost immediately. The story was captivating with a lot of pieces that start to make sense as you progress. The art and music was great also. I'll go support you on kofi as well, cause I feel I didn't pay enough initially for the amount of content I got in the end


Any update on book 3? Just started playing this game but the characters on book 3 caught my eye the most, didn't realize they weren't released yet, just wanted to know if the progress is going well and it's still being worked on! Great game so far and love playing as male MC!


Hi there! Yes, progress is still going along well and the plan is for release by the end of 2023. If that changes at all, I'll be sure to update everyone to let you all know!! Thank you so much for playing and enjoying Heart Fragment - it means the world to me.


i love this game, tho i've been having trouble with clives route i wanted to play his route from the beginning but i always manage getting kays route which i'm not complaining about all that much, but clives honestly adorable, is there a guide to completing his route?? :))


I'm sorry for the late reply! There is a guide available on Steam - here's a link for you!

Thank you ^^


Amazing game <3


Only played book 1/Kay so far but it's really good, i love Jasper's voice actor lol

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after two days i finally finished it! i got one of the bad endings first and i got so upset so i searched frantically for a guide and (luckily!) i found one and i ended up with a good (romance) ending with kay. i haven't played clive's route but i plan on it tomorrow! and then the next book with shannon and lana as well, and then book three whenever it comes out :D (i will be on the lookout) oh my god that is the best visual novel i have ever played. i haven't played much vns but i know for sure that this one is #1 and will always hold a special place in my heart. the amount of times i cried and the amount of times i audibly gasped??? the twists were so so good yet so unexpected. the ending was so good and i loved the little end scene with them. this game was so perfect and i cannot express it enough. you are an amazing writer/developer and i am giving u virtual props right now. i hope you can hear the applauding i'm giving you right now. thank you to everyone who worked on this game because everything about it was so perfect. ok sorry this is so long its 3 am right now and i am ugly crying writing this. also p.s. i forgot to add this but (spoiler) i'm actually kind of ???glad??? the ending didn't automatically show kay with all of his memories back if that makes sense. you perfectly showed that recovery is not a linear progress and it takes time. although the past was something that still took a lot of time and energy to try and remember, the present and the memories they make now is what really matters to them. that's atleast a little bit of what i got from kay's complicated mind. he wanted to fill in the memories that were missing with ones he can truly keep and hold. i also think that the topic of therapy and getting help was obviously a big step near the ending of the book and i think you portrayed and dug into that so well. you made everything feel so realistic even with all the little fantasy aspects to it which made it so nice to read.


Ello. Is book three still on track or will that be delayed to early/mid/late 2023?


Hi - thanks for asking! I thought I'd updated that a while ago but I must have forgotten. It will be available later on in 2023 :)


I've just started playing this game and i'm already mind blown! I LOVE this game!!


This was so interesting! I love how everything is tied together and I can't wait to learn more esp with book three (after playing Clive & Kay routes I'm so interested in Jaspers, and also if theres an option to... I mean if you've played both routes and talked to Inigo then you know. I really want everyone to be happy TT.TT.)

I love the character complexity, I'm really interested in learning more about everyones motivations. I also really liked how on some routes you could kinda feel the darkness of trauma encroaching in pretty hard, and how that showed up with peoples feelings on their meaning in life.

Also, I kinda wish Inigo was a romancable character... Why'd you have to make him say that with that face... Don't judge me...

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You really said Kay was short... I'm 4'11. Also imagine if the book Kay was listening to was smut- Anyways HOW THE HECK IS THIS GAME SO GOOD?! LIKE PERFECT VOICE ACTING AND ART STYLE AND EVERYTHING?! TYSM FOR THE AWESOME GAME!!!

Ok so now I'm a bit further in the game (Like just past the coffee shop) and uhm... Bye Kay. Hi Clive~ (I'm a sucker for the soft ones ok??)

I just completed the first playthrough of the game and got the wrong route (Kay's) :') But this time I did and tbh I think I'll like this one better based on my preferences

Clive: "Ughhhh! It's humiliating to put into words!"

^ That's me trying to explain what otome is so I can convince my parents to buy book two.


So apparently this is just a bunch of random comments about the game (No spoilers ofc).... 

Clive: *Draws on napikn*

Akari (That's what I named her): "You're actually pretty good at that."



Sooo good



I'm not sure why, but this game won't launch for me. I've reinstalled multiple times, but whenever I click the launch button the game's tab does not show up. 


Hi there! I'm sorry for the delayed response. I've opening the file on my end and everything seems to be in order. To try to figure out the problem, a few questions: What OS are you using? Windows, Mac, or Linux? Is there any sort of pop up that appears telling you why the file can't be opened? Have you had issues like this with any other games on Itch?

Just to be sure everything is being done correctly, here's the proper steps for running the game:

  • Download the .zip file
  • Right click the zipped file and unzip it to its own folder
  • From the "HeartFragment-[insert OS here]" folder, launch the game file; for PC this will be "Heart Fragment.exe",  for Linux it'll be "Heart Fragment.sh", and on Mac you will go to the "Heart Fragment.app" folder, then "Contents", then "MacOS", and launch the file simply titled "Heart Fragment".

If you're still having issues, please let me know!

I have the exact same problem and it doesn't work even after I extract it

Sorry my reply is so late! Unfortunately I didn't get a notification for this response. To try to help figure out what the issue is, a few questions:

What OS are you using?
Does any sort of error message pop up when you try to start it up?
Do you have the Itch client? Have you tried installing and running it through there?
Have you tried right clicking the executable for the game and running it as administrator? This shouldn't be necessary but doesn't hurt to check! 

A new update was posted today in preparation of the DLC release tomorrow. If you haven't already, try updating to the latest version and see if it that helps at all.

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It works on the app! Thanks creator! <3 You're awesome! 


Hi! I got recommended this game to me on Steam today and I saw your notes about an exploit that happened, I'm so sorry about that! I was wondering if I purchase the game here does it still come with a steam key, I want to support you!! Or should I just wait for when the DLC comes out and pay for that?


Hello! Thank you so much, this is so kind of you! The itch purchases of Heart Fragment don't come with Steam keys anymore, but you can support the game through Ko-fi if you'd like. Otherwise, waiting to purchase the DLC works as well. I appreciate that support a lot!!!

I did!! Best of luck with everything :) looking forward to the DLC


Honestly I LOVE THIS GAME , especially Kay I LOVE KAY WITH ALL MY HEART. I really love how good the storyline is and all the characters are super likeable and I just have a blast playing I also like some of the horror bits thrown in there it just gives that perfect spice to make really stand out . 


I was quite disappointed, it might just be me and my patience but I found it quite boring. Of course this is just an opinion but I wasn't really hooked when I played this. It does sound like an amazing storyline and all, and this type of game is the perfect match for me, yet I couldn't seem to like it sadly. Hoping for a bit of a quicker game? <3

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FYI: There’s a reddit post talking about how to get your game for free. Letting you know as it really rubbed me the wrong way and imo they definitely will have to take it down if you say something. Either that or maybe you can reach out to Steam about the problem.

Edit: Apologies if this wasn’t the best place to share this issue - I just wanted to ensure you knew about it as soon as possible and this was the only way I knew to get in touch!

Edit again: Decided to remove the link to the reddit post, but let me know if you want that info.


Thank you so much for letting me know! I appreciate you getting in touch with this. I'm going to see if I can get it taken down and contact Steam support to try to prevent this from happening in the future. Super grateful for the heads up!

My pleasure! It really gets my goat when people try to shortchange indie creators. Best of luck to you!


I played the demo some time ago but didn't have the chance to buy the game until a few days ago. Today I finished the two routes available and I am blown away.

Honestly, this game is so beautiful. The art, the voice acting, the soundtrack (which I'm listening to as I type) are absolutely phenomenal. Even the jumpscares got me a couple of times, and that rarely happens for me hah. Everything about this game draws you in. And that's not even getting into the story and the characters. 

I just finished and am already thinking about replaying because I got soo attached to the characters, all of them are so lovable! It's just impossible to stay indifferent towards them. Admittedly, I had a complicated relationship with the main character, but even she grew on me!

This game is definitely worth it. In fact, you'd probably get a lot more than what you're paying for, and there's even more coming. Overall, I had so much fun with the game and can't wait for more!


Thank you so much for the kind comment! <3 I'm really glad you enjoyed Heart Fragment. The Book Two update with two more routes is coming in March so there'll be more to play very soon.

I've been searching for shells on the beach for ten minutes and I can't find more than three. It just stays on the beach scene. Am I missing something or is it a glitch?

Hi! I tested this out on my end and it seems to be working fine as far as I can tell. Have you checked the walkthrough guide for the positions?

If you can't find them after checking the guide, a few questions to help troubleshoot:

- What operating system are you using?
- Do you have any recording software that you use while playing such as Bandicam or OBS?
- Do you play with keyboard primarily or mouse primarily?
- If you press the tab button on the keyboard, does it allow you to highlight the hidden items? 
- Did you get the scene earlier in the game where you search for Clive? If so, were you able to find him successfully? 

Thanks for getting back to me! I'm using a macbook. No recording software, and I switch back and forth between the two but I use the spacebar more. If I press the tab button it starts the skipping feature with the heart. I did have the clive scene earlier and it worked fine then.

Hmm, the fact that the screen worked fine for Clive earlier makes it even more puzzling... I use Windows myself, so I'm unsure if it would be a Mac specific issue - I will ask if anyone in the Heart Fragment discord server uses Mac and is experiencing a similar problem.

In the meanwhile, here is a screenshot of the exact locations just to be sure nothing was missed.

Clive's route locations: https://gyazo.com/7da50be04ddbf9e0c41e1a3a99e6d8c2

Kay's route locations: https://gyazo.com/62aa1c7ed044b0518ef8f906d88c5bd3

I was able to find it with the screenshot, thank you so much for your help!


I just finished playing Kay & Clive's route and it was amazing! I love the fact you made the Female Lead with darker skin, its so rare to see a lead that looks like me. Before the game was released I played the demo a couple of times, I was so excited to finally see the rest of Kay’s route and I was so shocked with the twist. This game was really like none other I’ve played before. I even cried a little bit during Kay’s route. Clive was such a sweetheart too. I really appreciate you making him fidgety because I'm the same way. I can’t wait until book 2 thanks for the great game 


Thank you so much for playing and enjoying the game! ^^ I apologize for replying to this so late. I really appreciate you taking the time to play Heart Fragment!


Do you like your warm and fuzzy feelings with a dash of jump scares and intrigue? Then buy this. No but seriously it's good!

Question which characters are going to be romancable including the girls?

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Currently in Book One, Kay and Clive are romanceable. In Book Two there will be routes for Shannon and Lana (with Shannon having a romantic path, while Lana is platonic only) and Book Three will have romance routes for Jasper and Natalia.

Hey, do you know when the book 3 will be available ?

The description mentions that your purchase comes with a steam key, however after purchasing I only appear to have the files for PC, Linux & Mac on the download page.

Hello! Thanks for purchasing Heart Fragment! The steam key should be listed underneath the downloads, with an option that says "reveal Steam Key". It will look similar to this.

If you still can't find it, could you screenshot the page for me so I can check what might be wrong? 

Thank you for your reply and apologies not too sure where I went wrong, awesome looking game by the way I wanted to support you by purchasing from itch, and redeeming on steam, i have attached a mobile screenshot but unfortunately it is also the same on desktop.

Hmm I'm not sure what the issue may be... if possible, please email me at heartfragmentvn@hotmail.com - I will send you a response to help out.

can i date shannon???????

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Yes! Shannon's route will be added in Book Two, which will be a free update to add on to Book One. I'll give a further update on the release date for Book Two soon! 


yesss, i was afraid  we could be just friends

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I love this game so much! I honestly can’t recommend it enough. Clive is my favorite so far (he’s just so endearing and sweet), but I love Kay too. Both of their routes were interesting in their own way. The story has me hooked (i keep thinking back on it when i’m just going about my day lol), and I’m so excited to see where everything goes.


Thank you!! And thank you for the review you left on Steam as well, I really appreciate it. Hope you're having a good weekend so far!


stumbled upon this game on the release day and I decided to give it a chance. I'm shocked at how good it is! The characters and LIs are really lovable, so far Clive is my favorite character and route he's just adorable haha. I didn't see the twists coming either! I actually gasped at some of the revelations lol. The story was really interesting and I never got bored of it as I looked for the different endings. Thank you for making this, I CANNOT wait to read the next books :)) 

Thank you!!! So glad you enjoyed - and you've got good taste, Clive is a sweetheart. Hope to see you again in book two! :D


i truly loved playing through book one! it's been a while since i played an otome game and this blew away my expectations. i love kay to pieces, but i adore all of the other characters as well--they were all written so genuinely. i strongly appreciate the platonic and familial aspects as well, it gives an additional dynamic and it's something i feel that a lot of otome games lack. i'm very excited for the upcoming books and will wait patiently. thank you so much for making this game!

Thank you! I'm happy that you enjoyed your experience. I hope you will enjoy Book Two just as much (if not more!)


This was such an incredible experience, you've done so well! I hope that the person who brought this amazing concept to life is also doing good nowadays. I don't know anything about what goes on in your life, and this might be meaningless coming from a stranger, but I wish you all the best and hope for your happiness. You are so talented and from what I've seen in the comments so sweet as well<3  Stay safe and take care, thank you for sharing such a lovely game, and I'll def be on the lookout for the full release!


Thank you so much for your kind comment! This most definitely isn't meaningless. In fact, it means a great deal to me. I recently experienced the loss of my mum, which took a toll on me emotionally and of course on development as a result. Many days I felt discouraged. But comments like this make me want to keep going. So thank you again, truly, from the bottom of my heart.


ok so. even tho the full game is coming out later this month, I gotta say I really did enjoy the demo & am glad my impatience won out in the end that I checked the whole demo out.
And while I get that i's an otome game, the relationship that got me intrigued & hoping to see more development & possibly a heartwarming conclusion is that of Xani & her dad. I'm glad that toward the end of the demo, you can see that the two can certainly bond well enough to a more relatively normal father-daughter bond. It was really sweet, and proved that in any relationship, effort has to come from both sides.
Oh, but I really loved everyone too, Shannon's friendship with Xani being very sweet & her bubbliness being a good contrast to Xani's personality. Kay also gave a sweet yet melancholic vibe despite the mystery at the start. I'm curious about the other route characters we have seen so far too, and am eager to see all the plot threads so I'm very excited for the upcoming full release.

Thank you for the lovely comment! I'm so happy to read that you've enjoyed the demo, and I hope you'll be even more pleased with the full routes. 💕


hello! i am loving this game so far! i would like to ask, how much will the game be on its final release?

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Thank you for checking out Heart Fragment! I'm really glad you are enjoying it so far. The price will be $10 at full cost, but there'll be a sale for the first month after release. The first release coming up at the end of this month will have Book One, Kay's and Clive's routes, but all future releases will be available as free updates, aside from the group routes add-on (multiple characters per route) which will cost $4 and be available as DLC. ^^


I am sorry for your family. I wish all of you much strength for this difficult time. Thanks for this interesting and lovely game so far.

Thank you, I appreciate your kind words. I'm sorry that I didn't get a chance to reply to this sooner. I was unfortunately unable to work regularly for a bit after my mum passed, and had a lot of things to catch up on. But I really can't stress enough how much supportive messages like this helped me get through it. <3


hi!! i'm currently playing the demo (love it so far), but i have a question


 i've tried reading gray's heart on the way to lana's place in both routes available (the fantasy and belief ones), but it doesn't work in neither of them; i press the key being asked but the story just moves on saying you glance out the window. is it supposed to be like that or is that a bug?

Thank you so much for playing the demo of Heart Fragment! As for your question, that definitely shouldn't be what happens so you might have run across a bug. Have you run into that issue when doing that mini game with anyone else, or is it just Gray? Either way I will try to get to the bottom of it asap. The first release is coming July 31 and the mini game has been refined to make it easier for people who play with just a mouse in hand instead as well, so when that update is added to the demo I hope it will help this as well.


that just happened with gray :/ later on there's the chance to read lana's heart when we're both in the kitchen and it worked out just fine

Thanks for the bug report! I managed to figure out what the problem was and the bug fix will be posted later tonight.^^

no worries <3 thank you for making such an amazing game! looking forward to book one!!

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The story is definitely interesting but I'm finding it difficult to get over my annoyance with how the MC treats her father. I wish we had more say in how she navigates that relationship. It's making it hard for me to connect with her, which in turn makes it hard to invest in her character/story. I'm also not too fond of Shannon's personality, so dealing with her is a bit... much for me lol. 

That being said, like I said before, the story idea is interesting and I don't think I've seen anything like it on here so far.

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Hello - I'm so, so sorry I'm responding to this three months late! I'm also sorry to hear about your difficulty with that aspect of the main character. I'm not entirely sure how far you played into the demo, but your choices will most definitely shape the way your relationship with him changes. The protagonist is a defined character with much of her opening personality already set, which means her history with him and past grievances can't be altered. 

However, as you continue on, that can be changed and by the end point of the demo this relationship can mend drastically and your manner of speaking to him changes along with that. 

Shannon, on the other hand, I suppose I can only describe as an acquired taste! :P 

Nonetheless, I appreciate the feedback and I appreciate that you took the time to write a comment! I'm sorry again that it took so long for me to properly reply. I hope you have been well in the time since this was posted!

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