Hello and how are you? Well obviously this is a have you lost your mind moment. This morning I have heard on the news of a Dating Contract.
Has life really come down to this, that everything needs to be put down on paper and made legally binding? I mean you are even specifying where you can go on a date and how much you can contribute. I am shocked. What happen to surprise me on where we are going? Now it’s how much should I bring and how much tip are you putting in. I just don’t know.
What are your thoughts on this? I really would like to know.
The coffin door opens with the rusted squeak sounding her awakening. Yes Abella has fully recovered to be greeted by pitch darkness of her empty chamber.
She had slept for days with no blood to her speed her recovery. That was alright. Her rage kept her going. She came up with a plan that will make everything she ever wanted happen. Now what she needed at that very moment was to feed.
She climbed out of her bed and went straight to her window. She knew Makalo was punishing her still with not having blood ready for her. It did not deter her. She could her a couple in the forest about two miles out.
“I have to get fresh blood.” she said with her distended incisors.
Hunger propelled her to her meal. She watched from the distance to see if they were alone or if anything out of the ordinary about the two. Other than them being in the forest.
“Shaun can you get the Neosporin out of my bag. I gotten scratched when we went for the hike.”
“Ok.” He said from the tent.
“Excuse me.” Breathing heavily. “Would either of you spare some water? I have to get to town and I ran out.”
The lady stood from shock of Abella’s appearance. She did not look like a normal hiker. Her cheeks were sunken in and she looked ashen.
“Miss keep on going to town. We have no water to spare.” Shaun said as he walked over to his wife.
“That is terrible. I mean to die of thirst is a terrible way to go don’t you think?”
“Miss please go.”
Abella began to walk past them into the woods. She did not turn back to see them watcher her. There was no need. She was behind them.
Abella knock the man out and sinked her teeth into the female. She drank as if her blood was the sweetest thing on earth. With every gulp her beauty returned. She felt her dried up bosom swell with youth. She released the half unconscious female and went to the male.
Her lips coated with the dried blood of his wife she kissed him on the cheek as if to say, Goodbye.” Then she found the strong pulsating jugular and delve in.
She knew she was making noises similar to a pig enjoying it’s meal. It had been a long time and she needed to look her best.
After she had her fill she did not kill them. She needed help in the mortal town. She will erase all Makalo’s sympathizer’s. She looked at the moon and gaging it’s position the night was still young.
She implanted what she needed done and left them both in the woods making sure no one else came across them but their joined blood aroma.
Abella went back to her chamber to be greeted by a servant she had never seen before.
“Who are you?”
“The master sent me to you, I am Stephanie. He said you will need help getting ready for tonight.”
Abella’s had a puzzled look on her face.
“He said you would not recall that your daughter’s birthday was today since you slept so long.”
“Oh, yes I had forgotten.” Abella hated being left in the dark.
“Well let’s get on with it. Where did Agnes go?”
“All the old servants had been let go. We all have been working here for a month now.”
So that was it. It did not matter she still will get what she wanted.
The trek seemed never ending since Leo had turned up the intensity on Creya.
Creya was getting a bit annoyed by all his pawing and catching her off guard kisses.
Adorjan wanted to kill the vampire but he pulled that back but if he kept pushing he will wish he was dead.
“Ukr house is up that hill. Are you ready Jan?” Creya asked
“Well I am. To sleep on a bed at last. maybe I would be joined tonight?” Leo said looking longingly at Creya.
“Your not my type. I guess you sleep alone.” Adorjan said as he walked passed and pushed his shoulder. Creya chuckled from the interaction.
Tonight will be the night that Leo will push Creya away from him. He knew that it was a possibility to loose her friendship but the damn Add to dhampir has his hormones in tight control.
The hike up was not that difficult. They did not expect to see a three story home on a mountain away from civilization.
There was a fence that held goats and sheep. they walked up to the log house and felt as if they had walked into clear molasses.
“There is a protection spell around the house.” Leo said.
Creya knocked on the door for it to be opened by a rather large, portly man. He had what looked like the remnants of her swooped across his left eye.
“What do you need?” The large man asked.
“The Crimson Light.” Adorjan blurted out. Having Creya and Leo look at him as if he had twelve heads.
“Well that is the first time someone was so honest and I did not have to go after them with a truth spell.” He said chuckling.
“Come inside before you invite the sheep in.”
The three walked in to an impressive home. The ceiling was almost non existent. The living was huge and it seemed that the kitchen was a mile away.
A short woman with a huge smile and missing teeth walked up to them and ask what they would like to drink.
“Anything you have is fine with me, as long s you can chase it with liquor.” Creya said
“Do you have AB- on tap?”
“Yes of course. What do you take us for?”
“And you?” She said looking at Adorjan which seemed to be awe struck.
“Just water thank you.”
“Why don’t you all come in and have a seat. No need to stand around.” The gentleman said.
“So welcome to my home. I am Ukr and that was my wife minn.” He said.
‘It was an odd pair but love can be a little crazy at time.’ Adorjan thought.
“Can we get the Crimson Light?”
“Nice of you to ask young lady. But no.” Ukr said with a smile.
So we have finally found Ukr. Abella is up and about with a fiendish plan. How are you enjoying it so far? Please like and invite friends to enjoy. Let me know how you like it. I won’t burn ya. lol Until next we meet Fia xoxo
Hello my fire starters, how have you been? Is the ambers still lit? Well lets get the fire back up shall we.
Hi fia I wanted to know when is the right time to say I quit my new years resolution. My body is not taking the gym well and I am hungry for the so called “Junk Food.” I’m ready to give up.
Well hello to you. You can give it up any time you want. So your ass may jiggle from all the Ho-ho and chilly cheese fries you consume. So what that you don’t come close to those models that are curvy but still looks like they do a little something to keep those curves right. Yeah who cares that your squeezing into a top you just bought a month ago. You go do you boo,boo. That’s what you wanted to hear right? The only one who this is affecting is you. You made this resolution for a reason. Reevaluate it and try again. you my have had unrealistic goals. Try again. (Tough Love)
I am writing this because I wanted to have a straight forward answer. All jokes aside. I was told that I lost something in the bed room and I don’t get what she is talking about. I’m still working it the same. What’s that about?
Okay you want no jokes. If you have been with this woman for a while you may have fallen into a sexual “replay” mode. You do the same technique every time. Try to mix things up. She may want to be taken in a non conventual way. Meaning not always in the bedroom. Take her out. Not a hotel, you get what I mean? Try to think back on fantasies you had when you were younger. She may be up for it. Try.
I am Forty! Yay. I am single and I want to make myself more available. I have no children and not looking to have any. Any thought?
Okay since you did not write if your a male or female I will go with a he/she answer. At forty you can go for the friends invites to dinner parties. Go to the all white attire parties there is always someone there wanting to hook up. But you must be open without being to free to do everything. At forty you know what you like and keep to your own standards at the same time be safe and enjoy life.
Okay that is the three fire burners I have for you this week. We shall see what you send in next week at email@example.com. Until then keep stoking the fires. Fia xoxox
Hello everyone and do I have a “have your lost your mind” incident.
Today I had an errand to run and of course I usually get a little lost when the streets cut off and a building is where I need to be.
As I was waiting for the light to change on the side walk. Across the street a woman with a baby carriage was opposite me. The light changed and she pushed the stroller off the side walk and I do not know what posses her but instead of walking she stopped. She started looking in the bottom of the stroller.
Now a truck was backing up and the guy who was directing him did not see her or the stroller. A yellow school bus started honking to get the mother and the truck drivers attention. I was waving my arms to get their attention as well.
The mother quickly realize the truck was not stopping and went back on the side walk saving herself and the baby.
Now I know you are all upset with the driver. I am as well but let’s give equal blame to mom. Why would she stop right there!
What do you think about that? Is it equal blame or not. Love to hear your thoughts.
Jealousy is a powerful emotion. So powerful that if it is used right it can make things sway one way or the other.
It’s been three days since Adorjan , Creya and Leo had left the small city. Each day Leo seemed to be getting closer and closer to Creya. Adorjan tried his best not to care. He had a mission to complete. Besides why would she choose him over Leo?
“We will be in the town of Mason soon. Why don’t we stop for a bit, so I can feed and you two can get something to eat.”
Adorjan hated the fact Leo seemed to have taken over. He hated it so much in fact that he accidently bit his tongue clenching his teeth.
Leo smiled as if he knew that he had the upper hand. “I ‘ll be back soon Creya.” He said as he leaned over and kiss the pulse on her neck.
Adorjan started looking around for wood that would be good enough to stake him.
Leo left them both alone for the moment. Adorjan started to gather wood as if he didn’t keep busy he would explode. He had no right to explode and he knew this, but he could not stop what he was feeling.
“Jan I’ll go get us something to eat. I’ll be right back.” Creya said waiting for a response and all she had gotten was his back. He had been acting like that for days now and she was getting tired of it.
“Okay Jan spit it out.”
“Why are you acting like this?”
“Me acting? No what I am feeling is real.”
It took all of her not to laugh at that. ” Why are you mad at me?”
“Why do you let him touch you like that, all the time?”
“Who? Leo? He’s always been like that.”
“You know he wants you?”
“So? You want him too, then?” He said angrily.
“Jan, just say it already.”
“You want to mate with me.”
“You do. I can smell your arousal for me, for days’ now.”
“Your wrong. I don’t want—“
“What Jan? You don’t want what?”
She waited until he gotten his thoughts together.
“I can not be with you. I might hurt you.”
“Oh you like it rough huh?”
“Just a joke. Relax. I am way stronger than I look.” She walked up to him with his arms filled with wood and stared into his eyes. She began to match her breathing to his and leaned in to kiss him.
“I’ve never– kissed a girl before.” he whispered as she was a hair length away.
“Good, Then you’ll always remember me.” She whispered letting her breath hit is lips. She placed her lips on his, feeling a slight tremble coming from him. She swiped her warm tongue across the seam of his mouth coaxing him to open. Once he relaxed enough, he parted his lips a bit.
Creya captured his top lip with her mouth and sucked on it, then released it. She did the same to his bottom and she felt Adorjan getting the idea as he began to follow her lead. She darted her tongue inside causing him to take a surprised inhale. She proceeded to delve her tongue deeper meeting his. Sensuously playing and tasting.
Adorjan moan into her mouth and continued to kiss her back. The feeling was indescribable. She was holding his neck and the warmth was intoxicating. He wanted Creya. She knew he was lying. He began to feel a slight sting in his gums, but he did not want to stop.
Creya glided her tongue across his teeth and recognized the feel of pointed incisors. She had to stop the kiss. So she pulled back breathing hard and watched Adorjan try to get a hold of himself.
“I’m going to get us something to eat.”
Adorjan nodded as he dropped the wood for the fire, that he had forgotten he was holding. She was about to leave and he couldn’t let her go with out saying something.
“Thank you.” What was wrong with his voice. It was deeper than before.
Creya felt a chill run through her. She had to go. They both are not ready for this. She smiled at him and said, “Welcome.” Then ran off to go hunt.
Leo watched from a distance. He need Adorjan to go the distance. He was stuck in-between adolescent and adulthood and that was holding him back from his power. He knew what he had to do, he just hoped that Creya would forgive him after.
The whistling caused by the wind forcing it’s way through the crack in her coffin. Made Abella’s eyes open halfway looking at the satin casket that was made for her as a present by her late mother.
She never used it until now. She tried her best to stay still as her burns healed but with every movement the pain reminded her of what occurred to get her there.
“Mimi.” she whispered
She will be included on her on the death list. Accidental deaths happen a lot in nests there size. She had loyal followers that would do anything for her.
A thought of getting rid of Makalo had crossed her mind but she could not for the life of her see him dead. Not until she figured out how to give him a child of her own.
Being a full blood vampire she should have failed at conceiving at least once but his inattentiveness to her needs, played a big factor. He had to have another on the side. His appetite was being quenched by another and she will find out who.
She began thinking of Adorjan. He can not live to claim his birthright. He is of age but he is a blithe that needed to be rubbed out. Once she arises she will go about things a bit differently to get what she wants. It will start with, “Morgan.”
Makalo felt a twinge of guilt for snapping his daughter’s neck to knock her out. But she will be coming around, shortly and he did not want to get in an argument at the moment.
He placed her on her bed and walked out of her chamber. He had to see what had come to his home leaving Lurkspur in charge.
The house seemed the same but it was odd that the night maids were not tiding and he did not hear the rustling of pots in the kitchen.
Makalo had human servants and he treated them well. It was oddly normal.
He reached out his senses and hit a twinge in the forest behind the (House). Lurkspur was shielding what ever fowl play he was up too.
Immediately he rushed to the area to be greeted by the naked maids and the servants in the kitchen.
Makalo located Lurkspur in the distance being ridden by Yolanda and is feeding off Phillip at the same time. He knew his appetite would get the best of him.
“Lurkspur enough. Undue this trance at once or I will banish you from here forever.”
Lurkspur blackened eyes and elongated fangs dripping with blood looked at Makalo. he was in full feeding phase. Only an inkling of knowledge of what was going on had seeped into his blood hazed conscious.
Yolanda screamed out her orgasmic completion and fell onto her side. Lurkspur rose with his shaft still at attention. It looked as if he was struggling to come back but he bared his teeth to Makalo in defiance.
Makalo had had enough and took down Lurspurs ward. He was at his throat faster than Lurkspur could protect himself.
“Sorry old friend but you should have had more control.”
Lurkspur lashed out and tried it’s best to get Makalo’s grip from around his neck.
Makalo waited until to his blood lust faded and Lurkspur return to it’s rightful mind.
“Makalo I’m so sorry. I wanted to have fun and it turned into…”
“A freakin orgy Lurkspur. I want you to wipe their minds clean and leave.”
“But I can be of service.”
“May I return?”
“I’ll see you in the next millennia.”
Makalo released it and walked away. “Do not drink another drop or it will be the last drop.”
Makalo was tired yet his mind kept drifting to Adorjan and how he was doing. He’ll think about it at sun set. He was tired and he had to make sure Lurkspur left his home and county.
Hello my fire starters. As you can see I have quite a few things I use and one I left out by accident is my phone. So I will list them in order.
2 note books, 1 pen,1 white out roller,1 recorder,1 USB, 1computer, and a phone.
Now you may say the recorder the phone has one. I like to keep that separate. That’s just me.
the smaller book stays in my purse for that wave of inspiration. maybe jot down an unusual name or a place that catches my interest.
The USB old fashion I know but I had lost work before and I know I can put it in the cloud. I just feel comfortable using this.
So why did I post this? Well I see a lot of blogs that use items that work best for them and they are recommending every one use them. My thought on this is use what you are comfortable with. Really every bodies work process if different and rightly so.
So just because I showed you what I use does not me you have to follow me. Follow you.
Good morning/day/evening to you all. I have been debating on starting a new post. Due to having a lot on my plate at the moment. I just can not deny myself or you my followers of this.
I have been posting wicked wednesday in which you would write in and I will give advice or information on different topics. I am going to take that concept and put it on a different path.
Everyday something comes up in my everyday life that I say to my self, “Have you lost your mind?” I will write what the event is without using the name or place and then post my comments. As my followers your more than welcome to comment.
So to give you a taste of the new blog here is one post.
One day you wake up and you feel a slight tingling in your left hand. You decide it’s nothing. Later it progesses to numbness in the left arm and a headache. You go to your local pharmacy and take your blood pressure. It’s sky high. Instead of going to the emergency room you call your doctor and leave a message. Waiting for a call back that might not come until later that day. One side of your face starts to feel funny. Yet your still waiting.
Have you lost your mind?
The cost of the emergency room is crazy high. I agree with everyone on that matter. But what if your having a stroke? Your bills fall on your family, if you do not have medical insurance. If you do have medical insurance they will still have to pay something out of their pocket. Now if you have a heart attach and you do not have life insurance and your job medical insurance only covers part of the hospital bill. Who is it going to fall on? Your family or the state. Which is all of us. (This is assuming you have no savings)
This all could be avoided by going to the emergency room to get evealuated and nipped in the bud straight away. There will be a bill but you’ll be around to take care of it.
Why did I choose this example? Because I hear this incident happen allot and I wanted to say something. If you have a comment or a “Have you lost your mind insident” that you would like to share and have me comment on. send me a message and I will. If you have been following me, there is no topic that I shy away from except religion and politics. Sorry I here to have bonfires not an inferno’s.
Until next we me. Keep the fires burning. XOXO Fia
Waking up on the cold ground with a centipede crawling across his face Adorjan woke up with a start. Slightly disoriented and a pounding headache Adorjan took a quick glance at the scenery.
“Do you need to feed?” A male voice asked coming from behind him.
“I don’t feed. I’m not a vampire.”
“No, you are not Dhampir and take down that tone of disgust in your voice or I will leave you here to deal with the blood lust that will eventually strike you.”
Adorjan did not like the tall red headed man. As a matter of fact he felt aggressive towards him. “Where is Creya?”
“She had to take care of some personal things. She will return.”
As adorjan turned, Leo heard his stomach growl from hunger.
“You need to feed. If it is not blood at the moment then it is food.” Leo went to a sachel that lying on the ground by the oak tree. He pulled out a dried peice of meat and handed it to him.
“Eat this it will curb your hunger.”
Adorjan took the meat and took a bite. It wasn’t bad, it wasn’t the best but it did the trick.”Thank you.”
“Ah finally manners. Your welcome. Have a seat and let’s talk for amoment before Creya returns.
He didn’t like where this was headed but he did what he was asked.
“Look I was asked to accompany you and Creya for a while just in case you start with your blood lust. I will do what I was asked but if you attempt to bite and drain Creya I will put you down.”
“How are you planning to do that? By punching me in my back again?” He asked as he took another bite.
“No I will rip your jaw off your face then I will stake you.” Leo said with all the seriousness that the situation required.
“You can leave. I am not going into blood lust.”
“You had your first taste of blood a couple of days ago. You bit into a couple of guys in that fight and your telling me your not feeling that pull? That burning sensation that tells you your ready to feed?”
“No I don’t. I’m a dhampir remember not a full blooded vampire.”
“Well I will stay around awhile just in case I am needed. From time to time I will have to leave to feed.”
Adorjan noticed the incisors and the slightly longer than normal fingernails. They both jumped from the rustle they heard coming from the woods. Pulling him out of his train of thoughts.
Leo sat back down first. “It’s just Creya she’s tring to get the drop on me. Sit and let’s see what she come up with.”
It must be some kind of game the two engaged in. It bothered Adorjan that she did this but he had no right to feel this way. He sat there and ate his food.
A squirl ran up a tree causing the birds above them to take flight. Suddenly their attention was drawn to a large crack from a broken stick coming from the left of them. What emerged from the woods was a dirty old man in tattered clothing and dirt on his teeth. They both sat still and was about to get up, when Creya jumped from the top of the tree and landed on Leo’s back.
The old man went back into the woods, to where ever it was he came from and Creya tried her best to knock Leo down. Finally Leo flipped her over his sholder causing her to land on four feet.
“I almost had you.” She said while breathing heavily.
Leo looked at her and smiled. “If that is your best form of attack I can rest easy tonight.”
“Wow, nice Leo.” She said as she stood up and dusted herself off. She stretched her arms above her head revealing a little bit of her flat stomach.
Adorjan looked at her and then at Leo and wondered what their relationship was.
“Jan you woke up finally. Did you eat yet?”
“Yeah. He gave me some dried meat.” He held it up for her to see.
“Ewww. I’ll go get us some food.”
“I can do it.”
“Just sit it will only take me a minute and you will slow me down.”
“In other words, stay.” Leo said with a chuckle.
“Leo stop trying to start a fight.”
There was that smile again. Adorjan can see this Leo was feeling more for her than she realized. Creya left before he could protest.
“So she calls you Jan, Huh? Are you two together?”
“Why? Do you want her?”
“A matter of fact, I do?”
Adorjan did not know what to say to that. The man blatantly was claiming Creya.
“So what I am saying is, if you want her I won’t make it easy.”
Adorjan just looked at the man and took another bite of the dried meat. he really did not like him.
Avos a school for pure bred vampires and where Makalo’s daughter had spent most of her life.
Makalo searched the school for her until he finally found her. In the arms of a young vampire about to be bitten.
“Jaqueline what are you doing?” As he asked he snatched the boy by the neck and snapped it. Rendering him dead. At least for the moment.
“Father what are you doing? Why have you come?”
“Answer me now!”
“That was Mica and we are together.”
“Like hell you are. You are coming home right now.”
“What about Mica?”
“He is fine. If he is truly pure blood he will awaken shortly and if not good ridden.”
Makalo grabbed his daughter and took her to her room to get her things.
“Father I was going to tell you and mother about him since he want to be my mate.”
“What do you mean No?” Makalo could see himself in her anger and he felt a twinge of pride of her not backing down.
“I said no. You are already betrothed.”
“No. Get your things before I snap your neck.”
She was seething with anger but she did as she was told.”
“I will stake myself if I don’t let me and Mica mate.”
That was it, he had a lot to deal with and she was not to be part of the problem. Makalo walked to his daughter and snapped her neck to knock her out. It will be a heavier load to carry back but he had no other choice.
So I hope you are liking the first inkling of love and confrontation. If so let me know. Star if you like and follow. Until next time keep it burning.
The tacky texture of a drop of blood about to congealed happens in about eight to fifteen minutes. Within that span of time a new member to the story has just made her presence known and her name is Lurkspur.
Lurkspur is not one to be trifle with. The androgynous way he or she choses to dress is quite disturbing to those in the nest. Some say she is an ancient and others believe she is just a pure blood vampire with remarkable abilities.
Lurkspur has decided to pay Makalo a visit. No one dare say no and no one could remember as to why they wouldn’t. She walked in the house with a boom. The door opened to his power.
All talking came to an end and all eyes were on Lurkspur. It stood at six feet three inches. With the help of heeled shoes. The white flowy blouse and black tight pants were a confusing mix. Since the bulge indicates male but the top appearce screamed female.
Makalo stood at the top of the stair case and watched the show.
“Are you not going to greet me prince or must I prostrate myself in front of every one for a whispered hello?”
Makalo could not hold back his smile. Lurkspur always had that power over him.
“I will greet you once you decide what sex your representing.”
Lurkspur made a frivolous gesture with its hands, tossed his shoulder length, chestnut colored hair and said,” For an hour I will be male and the next female. We will continue to rotate if I decide to stay till dawn.”
Lurkspur bowed in a gentlemanly way conceding to the prince. Makalo walked down and slapped him on the shoulder as he said,” Welcome my friend.”
“Makalo we must talk but not here and not where the walls have ears.” Lurkspur said.
Makalo motioned for him to follow him. He guided him into the study that no one dared to enter.
“Is it safe?”
“Send out your power to check.”
“I can not Makalo. My power has increased and what I may think is a trickle could blow the wall down.”
“Always the extremist. What is so urgent that you have my people struck dumb.”
“There has been a shift in the ether.”
“Yes an imbalance. Have you interfered on your offsprings journey?”
“I have told no of him and yet you know. Your power has increased.”
“You believe that the boy is the one I am asking after.”
Makalo had not thought of his daughter for a while. His thoughts always where on his son.
“She has been away studying. She will come of age to marry in a year. What do you know?”
Lurkspur walked to the window and looked at the moon. “The ether is stating that you will not have a chance to marry her off. A dark claim is being set for her.”
“A dark claim?” Makalo questioned trying to think what he meant. Then it came to him.
“Dolph! How did he find her?”
“He is attracted to the purest of blood and of course your blood line. You have until the next full moon to change the course or what will happen next I do not even want to speak of.”
Lurkspur always did like to dramatize a situation but this time he was not exaggerating. The full moon was to nights away. He had to find some to be in charge and mimi was out of commission.
“Makalo do not fret. That is why I am here. I will watch your house until your return.”
“That would not be necessary.”
“Do not argue with me. You need a strong leader until you return. whether male or female I am the force they do not want to test.”
Makalo did not doubt that but will he give his next back after that is worry.
“Come lets have a drink then you should leave and fetch her” Lurspur pured the red wine then broke the glass in his hand. As the blood dripped he walked to Makalo, “I give you my blood oath I will not take the nest my friend.” He held the bleeding hand to his lips and Makalo licked the jagged wound.
Just a drop of Lurkspur’s blood was dangerous. It would bind you to it for all eternity if it choose to. If he were to go against his oath he would perish. It lived to long to want to die now.
Lurkspur stepped away and Makalo noticed that it held itself more feminine than just a moment ago.
“The hour has past and now I am female.”
Makalo heartedly laughed as Lurskspur giggled into her silk sleeve.
“Go know.” The voice had changed as well. Softer.
Makalo nodded and left to go and retrieve his daughter. Lurkspur went to the wine and poured more into a new glass. the cut healed and she felt like being a little naughty.
“I wonder who will quench my thirst for the night.” She giggled and then drank the wine.
So I hope you like this new twist in the call of the dhampir. Please like, and comment Tell a friend. Until next time keep the fire lit.