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*Phew* It's been a while, hasn't it? [Feb. 24th, 2007|11:40 pm]
KK and Kristin's Naruto Recs!

[mood |chipperchipper]

I've been neglecting this community, I know. I'm sorry about that--and I was astounded to discover that we have more members now! Wow, that's great! Thanks for joining, everyone! I never imagined we'd actually get members here--I always just assumed it would consist of KK and I being goofy and recommending things to each other. I don't know if KK's going to post here at all any more due to a number of things, but I'm definitely happy to continue posting. I hope you enjoy the 'fics.

As a note: I haven't had much time lately for reading fanfiction, sadly, so most of these are fanfics I've had saved for quite a while. If my reviews end up making little or no sense, just keep in mind it may be because I haven't read the fanfic in question in quite a while.

This will probably be a short post because it's midnight and I really should be going to bed sometime soon.

Title: Lessons Learned Along the Way
Link: http://rilina-fic.livejournal.com/11471.html
Rating: PG-ish
Character/Pairing: Yondaime, Kakashi, Sandaime, Jiraiya
Comments: Beautiful, beautiful piece of writing here. It's very briskly written--never says more than it needs to--and wow, there's something great about it that I can't entirely pinpoint. At the end of each piece of it, I got a little shiver down my spine. It works a lot with sacrifice, generations, loss, and...well, lessons. Short, magnetic, and powerful.

Title: Dementia
Link: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/2461463/1/
Rating: PG or so.
Character/Pairing: Naruto-centric. Sort of SasuNaru.
Comments: For how short it is, this fanfic has a lot to say. It's full of little images that mean something--like a poem, in a way, and I'm amazed by its ability to say an awful lot about Naruto's emotions and Sasuke while barely saying a word about Sasuke at all. The last stanza is the best, and especially the last line.

Title: Peripherals
Link: http://k-no-bunshin.livejournal.com/12694.html
Rating: PG-ish (I tend to fall on a default of PG-ish when I'm not sure what to rate it. Haha, maybe I should just stop giving ratings here. XD)
Character/Pairings: Genma, Kotetsu, Raidou, Izumo, Anko, Ibiki, Ebisu, Hayate
Comments: Fun with minor characters! Okay, not really fun but...well, y'know. A series of short snippets that add dimension to some of the minor characters of Naruto. Each one really gets down to the heart of things, and they range from sweet and kind of funny to a little bit heartbreaking. Anyway, nicely written, very touching, and it's oh-so-nice to see such a quality piece on these characters. I love slice-of-life pieces, and this is an excellent one.

Title: It's Electric
Link: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/2145217/1/
Rating: PG-13
Character/Pairing: SasuNaru
Comments: You know, I don't normally like fanfiction poetry. A lot of it is really gimmicky and weird and cheesy. But for some reason, I absolutely adored this. There's just something about it--the awesome imagery, the rhythm of it, the rawness. I just loved it! It's unlike anything I've ever read, really.


My Writing

To be honest, I hate reccing my own stuff. It's so...shameless, and I don't feel it's nearly up to the caliber of what I recommend. But because I feel bad about how short this rec list is, I'll post it. :/

Title: Almost
Link: http://community.livejournal.com/sasuxnaru/605706.html or http://www.fanfiction.net/s/2891157/1/
Rating: G? PG?
Character/Pairing: SasuNaru, Naruto-centric.
Comments: One year after the betrayal left them broken, Naruto and Sakura celebrate Sasuke's birthday without him. Angsty, introspective, heavy on symbolism.

Title: There's Still Hope
Link: http://community.livejournal.com/naruto_wishlist/23081.html or http://www.fanfiction.net/s/2891170/1/
Rating: G
Character/Pairing: SasuNaru, Naruto-centric.
Comments: Dreams are mysterious things, and Naruto's strange dreams after the loss of Sasuke don't seem to have much bearing on his actual life. Yet...he can't help but shake the feeling that there might be more to them than he thinks.

Title: Mist, Madness, and a Crow
Link: http://community.livejournal.com/naruxsasu/92378.html#cutid1 (No FF.Net link yet)
Rating: PG-13
Character/Pairing: SasuNaru
Comments: Sasuke has returned, and there's something horrifically wrong about this. Weird, weird, weird fanfic.

*Yawn* Well, I'd better be off to bed. I'm sorry I recced so little tonight! I want to get back into organizing this community (for my reference as much as anyone else's)--it's just a matter of finding time for it among all my other things I need to do. Haha, I have plenty more to rec, though! You should see the Naruto Fanfiction section of my bookmarks. It's an absolute trainwreck of a folder.

Bye for now!
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Gelfling 'fic recs [Apr. 9th, 2006|05:53 pm]
KK and Kristin's Naruto Recs!

[mood |busybusy]
[music |Yoko Kanno- Ring (Please Save My Earth)]

Wow, after months of not being active, I've finally gotten back into a state where I actually feel like updating this.

So...here's the Gelfling post. We'll see if I get to posting any other authors today--I'm hoping to, but I can't guarantee anything.


I absolutely adore this author—her writing is very raw, very dark, very emotional, and her prose is gorgeous beyond words. She also writes very psychological works that deal with the character’s emotions in such a way that—regardless what the subject matter is—it seems reasonable, in character, and gives reasons for everything. I can’t rec her enough. As a note, I haven’t read any of her longer works, so I’m not going to rec those. I’m planning on reading them at some point, it’s just a matter of finding the time.

Title: You’re Not Right
Link: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/1977698/1/
Rating: R
Character/Pairing: Yondaime/Kakashi.
Comments: Stop looking at me like that. :p I normally wouldn’t touch this pairing with a ten-foot pole, but I somehow stumbled across it and decided to give it a chance. And I can’t express how glad I am that I did. This is arguably one of the most beautiful pieces of prose I’ve ever found—anywhere—and the writing all flows together in a way that’s downright poetic, and raw, and painful. I’m not ashamed to admit I was both depressed and inspired for almost a whole day after reading it. Anyway, couldn’t get much more lovely than this. Just keep in mind—it is Yondaime/Kakashi (but it is, arguably at least, in character) and it is rated R. Don’t give me those shocked looks when things happen.

Title: Vignettes
Link: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/1402337/1/
Rating: PG-13
Character/Pairing: SasuNaru, man!
Comments: Ahhh, this is such a wonderful fanfic! I remember being really transfixed by it. It’s an odd fanfic in that it’s both hilarious and painful and dreamlike and…lovely. I’m pretty sure what happens in it is that Sasuke is has to watch over Naruto while he’s sick, and Sasuke ends up going a bit…insane…while doing that. Probably one of my favorite SasuNaru fanfics I’ve read. It’s wonderfully written—done partly through Naruto’s perspective, but with no loss of Gelfling’s usual gorgeous prose in addition to remaining in character. I like how…blurry this fanfic is. It doesn’t try to be hard-defined and clear on what the characters are feeling exactly—it has a sort of fuzziness in the way it’s told that reminds me of real human emotion.

Title: Patterns
Link: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/2091416/1/
Rating: PG-ish?
Character/Pairing: A study on Itachi and Sasuke’s relationship, but not quite ItaSasu.
Comments: Just a short investigation of the way Sasuke and Itachi view each other and how that affects Sasuke’s life. It’s done in this really interesting, almost minimal style, but it tells what it needs to tell and does it well. I think I remember being slightly confused while reading that, but then again…eh, I don’t remember. I read this quite a while ago, along with most of the fanfics in this rec, so if I mess up in my comments, that’s why. Anyway, an interesting read. I always love reading anything studying Sasuke’s psyche—he’s a really complex character.

Title: It’s Not So Bad
Link: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/1728589/1/
Rating: PG-13-ish
Character/Pairing: SasuNaru, YondaKaka, KakaNaru (I know—weird. Stop looking at me like that. :p)
Comments: Short drabble on how Naruto reminds Kakashi of Yondaime, who Kakashi was in love with. I…can’t really describe this one. It’s short, so it doesn’t delve as much as a lot of her fanfics do (or maybe it’s just that I’m not sold on the whole YondaKaka thing), but it’s interesting nonetheless. An entirely different spin on KakaNaru than…what I’d guess is the norm? I don’t know—I don’t read KakaNaru ever. Anyway, it’s good and bittersweet and interesting. I like it.

Title: Now You Know
Link: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/1963177/1/
Rating: PG-13
Character/Pairing: ShikaTema (See? Didn’t I tell you there’d be ShikaTema?)
Comments: Ahaha, this is fun. Shikamaru deals with the fact that his love interest comes from a psycho family, Temari walks in on Shikamaru in the shower, and things are good (AKA much yelling is had). A nice, light, fun read. I love Shikamaru and Temari’s interactions in this fanfic. They’re rather amusing. The only thing I don’t get is why Gaara is hanging out with a child…?

Title: Bonds
Link: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/2331374/1/
Rating: G
Character/Pairing: The Sand sibs
Comments: I don’t read a lot about the Sand kids, but I really enjoy this drabble. It’s short, cute, and to the point, but…well…it rings so true. What a dysfunctional family these three are! I don’t know, it’s a scenario I can totally see happening, and I like what it reveals about their interactions.
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Reminder to self... [Apr. 9th, 2006|10:41 am]
KK and Kristin's Naruto Recs!

[mood |cheerfulcheerful]
[music |Mai Yamane- Gotta Knock a Little Harder (Cowboy Bebop)]

I'm definitely going to update this community today after my songbird class provided nothing else distracts me. I'm thinking I might do a few separate posts--a couple devoted to my favorite Naruto authors, and maybe I'll post some of my own fanfics, too. Oh, and hello vermillion_sith! I find it funny you stumbled across our little rec-page, but I hope you're enjoying it here. :)
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KK Rec Time! [Nov. 12th, 2005|12:06 am]
KK and Kristin's Naruto Recs!

[mood |calmcalm]
[music |"Ave Maria"--Beeble]

Yeah, the background looks kinda crappy on my computer... You should... I dunno... Change it... Or something. There's nothing wrong with solid colors. -_-;

BTW Kristin... The Persistance of Vision was absolutely gorgeous and heart-wrenching and I absolutely LOVED it. Thanks.

Now then:

Title: One Winter Evening
Link: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/2259406/1/
Rating: PG
Characters/Pairings: KakaIru
Comments: Woah... Just woah. This is one of the best KakaIru fics I have ever read. It's beautiful and sad and bittersweet. The alegories and symbology and writing are gorgeous. The feeling is consistant and nostalgic and very true to the situation. Even more, there's something that holds true in real life in this fic, sort of a slice existing mixed with a moral. The things we never say and how important they are, and how we miss out on things as a result of not saying them... It's so true in real life. And just... Wow. Kristin, I know you're not the KakaIru fan that I am, but read this fic, if it's the only KakaIru fic you read, it's so pretty and pertinent (to life).

Title: In Peril
Link: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/2447222/1/
Rating: PG-ish... Just for language.
Characters/Pairings: Just Team 7.
Comments: Silly. Sasuke and Naruto's interaction just amused me to no end. Although it's incredibly short I think it does a good job of capturing Team 7 dynamics. Especially the way Naruto and Sasuke can make the jump from yelling at eachother to working together in but a few seconds. Cute little one-minute comedy.

Title: Yellow Strings
Link: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/1648492/1/
Rating: PG
Characters/Pairings: SasuNaru
Comments: Humorous and cute. Another one-minute comedy, but shonen-ai in nature this time. We learn in this fic that Sasuke has good domestic skills. I can see that, anyway.

Title: Metaphors for a Rainy Day
Link: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/2210048/1/
Rating: PG-13
Characters/Pairings: KakaIru
Comments: This is definatly one of the best and most believable KakaIru fanfic I have read. Which says a lot. KakaIru is really hard to do right. It either turns into a soap opera, which is not believable at all because the characters turn into pod-people, or it uses bad sterotypes, or in a rare case, it's actually well-done, but isn't really a KakaIru fic except vaguely. Iruka, I have found, seems to have more masculine traits than Kakashi, even if he's not on the same level as Kakashi. This fic does a nice job of not turning him into a blushing, crying little girl. That's reason enough to read it. Iruka-rape is just not okay on so many levels.

Title: I'm Only Happy When it Rains
Link: http://www.geocities.com/Tokyo/Club/2574/fanfic/rain.html
Rating: PG-15
Characters/Pairings: KakaIru
Comments: What is it with good KakaIru fic titles pertaining to rain? In any case, this is another good one. Again, believable characterazation (There be no character-rape here), and pretty writing, other than the odd underscores that are littered throughout the fic... Eh, it's not too bad though. Overall enjoyable, and a good read.

Title: The Autumn of Our Virility
Link: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/2504126/1/
Rating: PG
Characters/Pairings: KakaIru, Gai
Comments: Absolutely hysterical. Perfect characterazation of Gai, who, I imagine, is a tricky character to write without stereotyping. Absurd situation, and eventual KakaIru. What more can a fangirl ask for? *Coughsasunarucough*

Title: Dirt
Link: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/1207409/1/
Rating: G
Characters/Pairings: LeeSaku Examination
Comments: I can't seem to decide on whether or not the writing is good or bad. Nevertheless, I'm reccing this for the last line alone. It's sweet and I think it's an interesting way to view LeeSaku.

Title: Falter
Link: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/2365420/1/
Rating: PG-13
Characters/Pairings: Iruka, Naruto
Comments: This fic is simply... Good in every way that a fic can be good (Other than the fact that it doesn't have any pairings in it. It's good in every way a General fic can be good, then). It's sweet and sad and realistic. There was also something very touching about it. Iruka's perspective is effective and he's perfectly in character. The writing is nice as well. It just hits something deep in me. Maybe it's because I like Iruka more than the average person, or perhaps it's because this is a less melodramatic illustration of Naruto's childhood, or maybe both. It's especially nice how the author doesn't make Iruka out to be a completely flawless man who has always accepted Naruto, hence the more realistic aspect of this particular fic. It's just good.

Title: "Your Hair"
Link: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/2357256/1/
Rating: PG-13
Characters/Pairings: KakaIru
Comments: There was just something that got to me about this fic. The idea of Iruka crying completely justifiably (And the author does have a strange but effective way of justifying it), and the points the author makes about death to those who kill others on a regular baisis really struck home. Plus, there's something simplistic yet pretty about the writing style used. It touched me on a weird level.

Title: Art of Losing
Link: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/1371783/1/
Rating: PG
Characters/Pairings: SasuNaru, Sakura
Comments: I almost didn't put this one up... There's many aspects I like about this fic, but there's also something unameable that I really dislike about it. What made me post this one, is because I have often thought about writing a fic similar to this, by which I mean: Sakura 2nd Person POV on Sasuke and Naruto's relationship. This is very sad, in a fairly believable way.

Title: Happy Are the Ignorant
Link: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/1660062/1/
Rating: PG
Characters/Pairings: SasuNaru, Sakura
Comments: This is a bit like "Art of Losing", except instead of trying to fool herself Sakura has successfully fooled herself, hence the title. For some reason I like this one more than the other one. Poor Sakura.

Title: Love is the Strongest Energy
Link: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/1703218/1/
Rating: PG
Characters/Pairings: KakaIru, Everyone else
Comments: This is another one of those fics, where I'm not so sure how IC the characters are, but I couldn't help but rec it because it's so damn funny. Involves Soap-Opera-Addicted!Sasuke, Traumatized!Naruto, Confused!Kakashi, Really Confused!Iruka and Gai just being Gai. It's pretty witty and fun to read, even if it's not the most monumental of fanfiction out there.

Title: The sea isn't blue
Link: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/2226953/1/
Rating: PG
Characters/Pairings: Team 7, Slight SasuNaru vibes
Comments: I dunno what struck me about this particular fic. It just hit some chord. It was really depressing, bordering on demented the first time I read it, although, in actuality it's just a little bit bittersweet. Maybe it's the rhetoric or something that gave me that original impression, or maybe it's the weird feeling that Naruto is still alone even when he's not. I have no idea where I come up with this stuff. Anyway, it renders some nice mental imagary.

That's all from me tonight. Mostly KakaIru... Neh. Whatever. Tired...
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Naruto Fanfic Recs (Pt. 1) [Nov. 5th, 2005|10:35 am]
KK and Kristin's Naruto Recs!

[mood |peacefulobsessed]
[music |Akeboshi- Wind (Naruto)]

Title: Farsighted
Link: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/2225202/1/
Rating: PG
Character/Pairing: Hyuuga-centric (Mostly Neji, though)
Comments: This fanfic just struck me as being unique in that it's very...scientific. I don't mean that in a bad way at all, though--it's a really interesting, thoroughly thought-out story that offers a lot of insight on Byakugan and its users. The writing is really nice, too. :)

Title: First Frost
Link: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/1642923/1/
Rating: PG
Character/Pairing: SasuNaru, LeeSaku, KibaHina (yay, my OTPs!)
Comments: This fanfic is just wonderful--it's humorous, fun, nostalgic, and fluffy, but not overly so. It's a very feel-good type of story. I swear it makes me happy every time I read it. The characters are a joy to watch in this one. The interactions between Kiba and Naruto, and Naruto breaking into Iruka's class and releasing the kids just made me endlessly happy. And, with this combination of pairings, how could you go wrong?!

Title: Naruto Primer
Link: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/1749925/1/
Rating: PG
Character/Pairing: Everything and everyone possibly imaginable.
Comments: Arbitrary, weird, crack-ish, but fun. Good to read while things are loading or downloading, or when you have absolutely nothing better to do. Exceedingly long. No, really. It's more than 100 chapters. While I wouldn't say this one is funny enough to merit sitting down and reading it in large chunks, it's a good time-waster, and amusing in a very quirky way.

Title: song of the unknown child
Link: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/1570224/1/
Rating: PG
Character/Pairing: Sakura-centric
Comments: Heartbreaking and beautiful--a very nice character focus piece. One-shot, and absolutely lovely. It's nice to see a fanfic that has a focus on Sakura that is like this--it's definitely a different way than she is normally portrayed, and I like that a lot. It accomplishes a lot of sentiment although it's rather short.

Title: Summer
Link: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/2422391/1/
Rating: PG-13
Character/Pairing: A little of everything.
Comments: Glimpses of the Konoha characters in the future--wonderfully done, very poignant. The writing is so nice and it all just flows so well. Everyone is so well-rounded, the writing is beautiful, and the last little bit is so...I don't know. It hurts. Lovely little fanfic.

Title: Viewpoints
Link: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/2258840/1/
Rating: PG-13
Character/Pairing: SasuNaru
Comments: It has Hokage!Naruto AND SasuNaru! And it's hysterical! The mental images it renders are priceless. XD Just read it. You'll laugh. Ah, we all know how dysfunctional Konoha could be/will be(?) when Naruto becomes Hokage. It just makes me endlessly happy, as Hokage!Naruto generally does.

Title: House of Leaves
Link: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/2262376/1/
Rating: R
Character/Pairing: SasuNaru...?
Comments: Wow. Just WOW. Some of the more gorgeous writing I've seen--very deep, very emotional. The plot is interesting, and the characters are spot-on. I absolutely love it. I hope the author comes back to it, she hasn't updated in a while. Anyway, I highly recommend this one. I don't think I can adequately describe how much I enjoy it.

Title: Persistance of Vision
Link: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/2385795/1/
Rating: PG-13
Character/Pairing: Kakashi and Obito-centric.
Comments: This one is so beautiful, it almost made my eyes mist up in Econ class, and that was the second time I read it. That's saying a lot. Very sad, very sentimental, extremely nostalgic. I adore it. The concept of the fanfic by itself is really interesting, and the way this author pulls it off is masterful. I definitely recommend reading it if you need something to cheer you up, because this is just...so sentimental. I love it.

Title: Dear Foolish Little Brother
Link: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/1799754/1/
Rating: PG
Character/Pairing: Sasuke and Itachi-centric
Comments: Humorous. Very silly. I don't know, I thought it was funny. XD

Title: I Fell in Love With a Boy
Link: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/1799914/1/
Rating: PG-13
Character/Pairing: SasuNaru
Comments: One of the few AUs I will ever like. :P It's just so hysterical I can't help but love it--the writing is incredibly clever. It's first-person, Naruto's perspective, and snarky in all the right ways. Hasn't been updated in a long, long time. Probably would have been better as an original story, but it's great fun anyway.

Title: A Girl Thing
Link: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/1414183/1/
Rating: PG-13
Character/Pairing: Kakashi and Sakura friendship 'fic.
Comments: Tired of KakaSaku? I know I am (but then again, I never liked it in the first place, so this isn't saying much). This is sort of a...counteraction to KakaSaku, and has more of a humorous edge to it. It's more of a realistic look at the relationship between teacher and student. And it's rather cute.

Title: Scratch and Sniff
Link: http://www.livejournal.com/community/four_by_four/2456.html#cutid1
Rating: PG-13
Character/Pairing: Kakashi, Obito, and Rin
Comments: I adore Team Yellow Flash, and this is a nice little fanfic about them--about how each of them affected each other, and about how they deal with things... I dunno, it's a one-shot that just struck me as being a nice, feeling-type story. Does that make sense? At all? ^^;

Title: The Lie
Link: http://www.livejournal.com/community/sasuxnaru/590662.html?style=mine#cutid1
Rating: PG-13
Character/Pairing: SasuNaru, Sasuke-centric
Comments: This one has Sasuke pinned, and it's a really painful, beautiful, lovely fanfic. It really gets me for some reason--especially the last few lines, and how much impact they have after having read the rest of the story. ;_; So gorgeous.

Title: Naruto World Facts of Life
Link: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/2133231/1/
Rating: PG-13
Character/Pairing: Little bits of everyone.
Comments: Just some nice little drabbles that counteract weird trends in fanfiction. They're just fun to me for some reason, and they really express some nice truths about the series that some people overlook. ^_^

Title: Fruit
Link: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/2447221/1/
Rating: PG-13
Character/Pairing: SasuNaru
Comments: Sasuke, you had it coming. XD Silly and fun and cute.

Title: Avoiding the Issue
Link: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/2054065/1/
Rating: PG-13
Character/Pairing: SasuNaru
Comments: Another silly little implied-sex fanfic which just makes me laugh a lot. XD Somehow, stupidly, I can see this happening and I don't know why, but it's funny.

Title: Mosaique
Link: http://www.txq.nu/jumpyboys/viewstory.php?sid=265
Rating: PG-13 (I think?)
Character/Pairing: Bittersweet semi-SasuNaru
Comments: This fanfic is a little bit confusing because of the timejumps and just the ambiguous way it was written. You must read it anyway. It is, again, one of the more beautiful pieces of writing I think I've ever seen. It has a very bittersweet, downtrodden tone that I really like, and it's just...absolutely beautiful. Please read it.

Title: The House Guests
Link: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/1373724/1/
Rating: PG
Character/Pairing: LeeSaku
Comments: Eee, this is so cute and funny! It's definitely in-character, and it's just adorable. Makes me laugh every time. This pairing doesn't get nearly enough love. ♥

Title: On Your Mind
Link: http://www.kebzero.com/FanWorks/Naruto/OnYourMind.html
Rating: PG...ish?
Character/Pairing: SasuNaru, InoSaku
Comments: XD; Nice to see InoSaku getting some love, and it's just fun. Oops, maybe I shouldn't have told you the pairing. Oh well. Enjoy it anyway.

Aughh... I'd better get going. I still have mass archives more (wahh, where did the one about Kakashi and the cat go? I can't find it! T_T) but I'll work on those another time (I need to figure out what to do about the ones where I have a ton that I love by the same author). Enjoy the ones I did post, though. ^_^ Good night!
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