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125 Picture Prompts for Creative and Narrative Writing

What story can these images tell?

Paper sits in a typewriter. The words “It was a dark story night” have already been typed.

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For eight years, we at The Learning Network have been publishing short, accessible, image-driven prompts that invite students to do a variety of kinds of writing via our Picture Prompts column.

Each week, at least one of those prompts asks students: Use your imagination to write the opening of a short story or poem inspired by this image — or, tell us about a memory from your own life that it makes you think of.

Now we’re rounding up years of these storytelling prompts all in one place. Below you’ll find 125 photos, illustrations and GIFs from across The New York Times that you can use for both creative and personal writing. We have organized them by genre, but many overlap and intersect, so know that you can use them in any way you like.

Choose an image, write a story, and then follow the link in the caption to the original prompt to post your response or read what other students had to say. Many are still open for comment for teenagers 13 and up. And each links to a free Times article too.

We can’t wait to read the tales you spin! Don’t forget that you can respond to all of our Picture Prompts, as they publish, here .

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Everyday life, mystery & suspense, relationships, science fiction, travel & adventure, unusual & unexpected, cat in a chair, happy puppy, resourceful raccoon, cows and cellos, people and penguins, opossum among shoes, on the subway, sunset by the water, endless conversation, falling into a hole, lounging around, sneaker collection, the concert, meadow in starlight.

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Night circus, tarot cards, castle on a hill, security line, batman on a couch, reaching through the wall, beware of zombies, haunted house, familial frights, witches on the water, blindfolded, phone booth in the wilderness, shadow in the sky, a letter in the mail, hidden doorway.

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Point of No Return

Darkened library, under the table, playing dominoes, looking back, a wave goodbye, out at dusk, conversation, walking away, alone and together, a new friend, heated conversation, up in a tree, hole in the ceiling, under the desk, at their computers, marching band, band practice, in the hallway, in the lunchroom, the red planet, tech gadgets, trapped inside, astronaut and spider, computer screen, special key, tethered in space, on the court, in the waves, city skateboarding.

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Fishing in a Stream

Over the falls.

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Under the Sea

Sledding in the mountains, cracked mirror, wilderness wayfaring, car and cactus, walking through town, tropical confinement, travel travails, roller coasters, atop the hill, climbing a ladder, under the ice, other selves.

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100 unique ideas to fill your lockets.

Lockets, those dainty keepsakes dangling from our necks, serve as tiny time capsules of our life's milestones and cherished moments. But who said filling lockets always has to be serious and somber? Let's infuse some wit and whimsy into the mix because a dose of laughter can indeed make memories sparkle brighter!

Picture this - you're at a family gathering, and your eccentric aunt cannot resist peering into the locket you’re wearing. She’s expecting a heartfelt memento , perhaps a vintage family photo or a lock of hair. But to her surprise, what does she find? A tiny piece of belly button fluff! Now that's bound to get some laughs around the dinner table. And hey, it certainly makes for an unforgettable locket story!

Or perhaps, you’re an ardent coffee lover who can't bear to part from your favorite brew even for a minute. Why not put a coffee bean in your locket? Now, that's one way to express your undying love for caffeine. It might even brew up some humorous conversations. "You love coffee how much? Enough to wear it around your neck?!"

Here are 100 ideas:

  • Lock of Hair: A snippet from a loved one or a beloved pet.
  • Cremation Ashes: Keep your departed loved ones close.
  • Sand: From a favourite beach or memorable location.
  • Miniature Love Letter: Pen a tiny note for someone special.
  • Pressed Flowers: A memento from a meaningful occasion or favorite plant.
  • Birthstones: Representing each family member.
  • Fabric Swatch: From a cherished garment or heirloom.
  • Baby's First Tooth: A symbol of your child's milestones.
  • Signature or Handwriting: A shrunken note or autograph.
  • Perfume-Soaked Piece of Cloth: Carry the scent of a loved one.
  • Dried Petals: From a wedding bouquet or memorable occasion.
  • Concert Ticket Stub: A reminder of a great night out.
  • Miniature Art: A small sketch or painting.
  • Poetic Verses: Your favorite lines from a poem.
  • Favourite Quotes: Words that inspire you.
  • Tiny Origami: Showcase your skills with miniature origami.
  • Pieces of an Old Map: Of a city you love or long to visit.
  • Seeds: Symbolic of growth and potential.
  • Song Lyrics: That hold a special meaning.
  • Dates: Important days etched on a tiny piece of paper.
  • Tiny Portrait: Of someone important in your life.
  • Miniature Key: To represent unlocking possibilities.
  • First Baby Scan: Shrink it down to fit.
  • Confetti: From a celebration or event.
  • Tiny Drawing: By your child or loved one.
  • Miniature Bookmark: From your favorite book.
  • Feather: A tiny feather from a cherished pet bird.
  • Rice Grain: Write a small message or name.
  • Shell or Pebble: From a memorable trip or walk.
  • Belly Button Fluff: For those with a quirky sense of humor.
  • Name of your Star: If you have bought or been gifted a celestial star.
  • Small Religious Items: Miniature rosary beads or scripture verses.
  • Champagne Cork Wire: From a celebratory toast.
  • Matchstick: A symbol of igniting your passions.
  • Raindrop: In a small glass bead, from a memorable storm or day.
  • Piece of a Favorite Old Toy: To recall childhood memories.
  • Spice or Herb: Your favorite one, signifying your passion for cooking.
  • Compliment from a Fortune Cookie: For good luck and positivity.
  • Piece of a Loved One's Handwriting: Cut out from a letter or card.
  • Tiny Crystal: Choose one that resonates with you spiritually.
  • First Dollar Earned: Shrink a photocopy down to size.
  • Pin Prick of a Wedding Dress or Veil: A sentimental keepsake.
  • Metal from a First Car or Bike: A memento of independence.
  • Clover Leaf: A sign of luck.
  • Nail Clipping: From a baby's first cut.
  • Favorite Number: A symbol of luck or a special date.
  • Blood Spot on Cloth: To symbolize eternal bonds.
  • Piece of First School Uniform: A memory of growing up.
  • Fruit Seed: Symbolizing growth and potential.
  • Air from a Balloon: From a special celebration.
  • Coffee Bean: For coffee lovers.
  • Grains of Rice from Wedding Day: A symbol of prosperity.
  • Aeroplane Ticket Stub: From a memorable journey.
  • Coordinates of a Special Location: Write them on a tiny paper.
  • Scrap from a Favourite T-Shirt: To remember the good times.
  • Picture of a Favourite Celebrity: A fan’s keepsake.
  • First Comic Book Stamp: For comic book collectors.
  • Miniature Tarot Card: Your favorite or guiding card.
  • Small Lego Piece: A memory of childhood.
  • First Concert Wrist Band: For music lovers.
  • Piece of Sports Equipment: A shred of a tennis ball or a piece of grip tape.
  • Wine Label: From a bottle of your favourite wine.
  • Pet's Whisker or Feather: For remembering a furry friend.
  • Shrunken Family Crest: Showcasing your lineage.
  • Dollhouse Miniature: Your favorite miniature item.
  • Chalk Dust: For teachers or chalk artists.
  • Broken Watch Gear: For those who love mechanics.
  • Piece of a Sports Jersey: Remembering your favorite team.
  • Miniature Flag: Of your home country or favorite place.
  • Scrabble Letter: The first letter of your name or a loved one.
  • Band-Aid from First Injury: A badge of resilience.
  • Election Sticker: From the first time you voted.
  • Used Guitar String: For music lovers.
  • Clip of an Old Audio Cassette Tape: Reliving the old times.
  • Broken Piece of a Favourite Dish: A sentimental keepsake.
  • Glitter: For a little sparkle every day.
  • A Leaf: From your favourite tree or plant.
  • Clip from a Vintage Magazine: A snippet of history.
  • Favourite Tea Leaf: For tea connoisseurs.
  • A Small Rhinestone: From your first jewellery.
  • Broken Chain Link: From a cherished piece of jewellery.
  • Signature Fragrance: On a tiny piece of cotton.
  • Piece of a Christmas Ornament: For holiday cheer all year round.
  • Piece of Your First Credit Card: A sign of financial independence.
  • Dried Spice: Your favourite or most-used in cooking.
  • Bird Seed: A nod to nature lovers.
  • Miniature Book Page: From a favourite book.
  • Piece of a Puzzle: Symbolising the complexities of life.
  • Dental Brace: A memento of the teenage years.
  • Piece of a Bike Chain: For cycling enthusiasts.
  • Bread Tag: From a memorable picnic or meal.
  • Piece of Lace: From a bridal veil or a beloved garment.
  • Broken Spectacle Lens: An ode to a new perspective.
  • Shoelace Tip: From your first pair of shoes or a memorable race.
  • Miniature Passport Stamp: For travel lovers.
  • Old ID Card Photo: A trip down memory lane.
  • Cross-stitch Thread: For embroidery lovers.
  • Piece of Your Childhood Blanket: A snippet of comfort.
  • Used Cinema Ticket: From a memorable movie.
  • Lentil or Grain: A symbol of abundance.

In a world where we often take ourselves too seriously, a locket filled with a sprinkle of humor can serve as a gentle reminder to take things lightly. So, don’t just wear your heart in your locket , tuck in a chuckle or two as well. After all, memories tinged with laughter are often the most treasured ones!

Remember, when it comes to filling your locket, the only rule is: there are no rules! So, let your imagination run wild and your sense of humor shine. Your locket, your rules, your giggles!

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The flower petal was from a lily, 

It was white, light, and innocent. 

It floated on the top of loathsome water, 

It appeared lonely, slowly deteriorating there. 

tied to you

It's endless,

The loop of love. 

I fall into it once,

And it feels like I'll never escape. 

It's like I'm tied to myself,

Suffocating in thousands of knots,

Tied by you. 

Who I Actually Am

I feel so hopeless, 

Every second, every minute. 

It feels like my heart beat is out of rhythm, 

And the measure shouldn't be completed. 

This is the only way I know how


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Ai is contentious among authors. so why are some feeding it their own writing.

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A robot author.

The vast majority of authors don't use artificial intelligence as part of their creative process — or at least won't admit to it.

Yet according to a recent poll from the writers' advocacy nonprofit The Authors Guild, 13% said they do use AI, for activities like brainstorming character ideas and creating outlines.

The technology is a vexed topic in the literary world. Many authors are concerned about the use of their copyrighted material in generative AI models. At the same time, some are actively using these technologies — even attempting to train AI models on their own works.

These experiments, though limited, are teaching their authors new things about creativity.

Best known as the author of technology and business-oriented non-fiction books like The Long Tail, lately Chris Anderson has been trying his hand at fiction. Anderson is working on his second novel, about drone warfare.

He says he wants to put generative AI technology to the test.

"I wanted to see whether in fact AI can do more than just help me organize my thoughts, but actually start injecting new thoughts," Anderson says.

Anderson says he fed parts of his first novel into an AI writing platform to help him write this new one. The system surprised him by moving his opening scene from a corporate meeting room to a karaoke bar.

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"And I was like, you know? That could work!" Anderson says. "I ended up writing the scene myself. But the idea was the AI's."

Anderson says he didn't use a single actual word the AI platform generated. The sentences were grammatically correct, he says, but fell way short in terms of replicating his writing style. Although he admits to being disappointed, Anderson says ultimately he's OK with having to do some of the heavy lifting himself: "Maybe that's just the universe telling me that writing actually involves the act of writing."

Training an AI model to imitate style

It's very hard for off-the-shelf AI models like GPT and Claude to emulate contemporary literary authors' styles.

The authors NPR talked with say that's because these models are predominantly trained on content scraped from the Internet like news articles, Wikipedia entries and how-to manuals — standard, non-literary prose.

But some authors, like Sasha Stiles , say they have been able to make these systems suit their stylistic needs.

"There are moments where I do ask my machine collaborator to write something and then I use what's come out verbatim," Stiles says.

The poet and AI researcher says she wanted to make the off-the-shelf AI models she'd been experimenting with for years more responsive to her own poetic voice.

So she started customizing them by inputting her finished poems, drafts, and research notes.

"All with the intention to sort of mentor a bespoke poetic alter ego," Stiles says.

She has collaborated with this bespoke poetic alter ego on a variety of projects, including Technelegy (2021), a volume of poetry published by Black Spring Press; and " Repetae: Again, Again ," a multimedia poem created last year for luxury fashion brand Gucci.

Stiles says working with her AI persona has led her to ask questions about whether what she's doing is in fact poetic, and where the line falls between the human and the machine.

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"It's been really a provocative thing to be able to use these tools to create poetry," she says.

Potential issues come with these experiments

These types of experiments are also provocative in another way. Authors Guild CEO Mary Rasenberger says she's not opposed to authors training AI models on their own writing.

"If you're using AI to create derivative works of your own work, that is completely acceptable," Rasenberger says.

Thousands of authors urge AI companies to stop using work without permission

Thousands of authors urge AI companies to stop using work without permission

But building an AI system that responds fluently to user prompts requires vast amounts of training data. So the foundational AI models that underpin most of these investigations in literary style may contain copyrighted works.

Rasenberger pointed to the recent wave of lawsuits brought by authors alleging AI companies trained their models on unauthorized copies of articles and books.

"If the output does in fact contain other people's works, that creates real ethical concerns," she says. "Because that you should be getting permission for."

Circumventing ethical problems while being creative

Award-winning speculative fiction writer Ken Liu says he wanted to circumvent these ethical problems, while at the same time creating new aesthetic possibilities using AI.

So the former software engineer and lawyer attempted to train an AI model solely on his own output. He says he fed all of his short stories and novels into the system — and nothing else.

Liu says he knew this approach was doomed to fail.

That's because the entire life's work of any single writer simply doesn't contain enough words to produce a viable so-called large language model.

"I don't care how prolific you are," Liu says. "It's just not going to work."

Liu's AI system built only on his own writing produced predictable results.

"It barely generated any phrases, even," Liu says. "A lot of it was just gibberish."

Yet for Liu, that was the point. He put this gibberish to work in a short story. 50 Things Every AI Working With Humans Should Know , published in Uncanny Magazine in 2020, is a meditation on what it means to be human from the perspective of a machine.

"Dinoted concentration crusch the dead gods," is an example of one line in Liu's story generated by his custom-built AI model. "A man reached the torch for something darker perified it seemed the billboding," is another.

Liu continues to experiment with AI. He says the technology shows promise, but is still very limited. If anything, he says, his experiments have reaffirmed why human art matters.

"So what is the point of experimenting with AIs?" Liu says. "The point for me really is about pushing the boundaries of what is art."

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Harry potter craft & writing exercise: slytherin's locket/horcruxes.

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That's a great idea! I have to say I was intrigued as to how to make a 'horcrux' and that's brilliant. I look forward to trying this out in the very near future - perhaps with words of love inside the beads for some Christmas gifts. Thx for idea!

This is fantastic! Thanks for sharing it on the homeschooling loop. I'm going to do this with my daughter who is an avid H.P. fan. I love your twist on the horcruxes turning the beaded necklace into postiive thoughts and dreams... super idea. Thanks so much for sharing this. Stacey Rosebrock

Stacey and Piratemum -- so glad you found it helpful!

wow, you've got the wheels in my head turning...now to find the time to start a Harry Potter study...

Hen Jen -- sounds like you need a time turner :) --I have a great craft project for that too. Maybe, I'll make that my next HP Post!

Thank you for this great idea! My kids and I are great fans of HP and have read the series many times. I'm trying to put together Harry-Potter-School (as my kids call it) for the next few months to dig deeper into the books and also do some fun crafts that we haven't already done before. This fits the bill perfectly. Greatly appreciated!

This is a wonderful idea. My four grandchildren and I are all avid HP fans, we have read the series several times each and find something new every time. Making horcruxes and having them symbolise something positive is a lesson that can include how to turn things around in various areas. We are going to have a great time with this. Thanks so much.

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Komsomolskaya metro station

Komsomolskaya metro station looks like a museum. It has vaulted ceilings and baroque decor.

Hidden underground, in the heart of Moscow, are historical and architectural treasures of Russia. These are Soviet-era creations – the metro stations of Moscow.

Our guide Maria introduced these elaborate metro stations as “the palaces for the people.” Built between 1937 and 1955, each station holds its own history and stories. Stalin had the idea of building beautiful underground spaces that the masses could enjoy. They would look like museums, art centers, concert halls, palaces and churches. Each would have a different theme. None would be alike.

The two-hour private tour was with a former Intourist tour guide named Maria. Maria lived in Moscow all her life and through the communist era of 60s to 90s. She has been a tour guide for more than 30 years. Being in her 60s, she moved rather quickly for her age. We traveled and crammed with Maria and other Muscovites on the metro to visit 10 different metro stations.

Arrow showing the direction of metro line 1 and 2

Arrow showing the direction of metro line 1 and 2

Moscow subways are very clean

Moscow subways are very clean

To Maria, every street, metro and building told a story. I couldn’t keep up with her stories. I don’t remember most of what she said because I was just thrilled being in Moscow.   Added to that, she spilled out so many Russian words and names, which to one who can’t read Cyrillic, sounded so foreign and could be easily forgotten.

The metro tour was the first part of our all day tour of Moscow with Maria. Here are the stations we visited:

1. Komsomolskaya Metro Station  is the most beautiful of them all. Painted yellow and decorated with chandeliers, gold leaves and semi precious stones, the station looks like a stately museum. And possibly decorated like a palace. I saw Komsomolskaya first, before the rest of the stations upon arrival in Moscow by train from St. Petersburg.

2. Revolution Square Metro Station (Ploshchad Revolyutsii) has marble arches and 72 bronze sculptures designed by Alexey Dushkin. The marble arches are flanked by the bronze sculptures. If you look closely you will see passersby touching the bronze dog's nose. Legend has it that good luck comes to those who touch the dog's nose.

Touch the dog's nose for good luck. At the Revolution Square station

Touch the dog's nose for good luck. At the Revolution Square station

Revolution Square Metro Station

Revolution Square Metro Station

3. Arbatskaya Metro Station served as a shelter during the Soviet-era. It is one of the largest and the deepest metro stations in Moscow.

Arbatskaya Metro Station

Arbatskaya Metro Station

4. Biblioteka Imeni Lenina Metro Station was built in 1935 and named after the Russian State Library. It is located near the library and has a big mosaic portrait of Lenin and yellow ceramic tiles on the track walls.

Biblioteka Imeni Lenina Metro Station

Lenin's portrait at the Biblioteka Imeni Lenina Metro Station


5. Kievskaya Metro Station was one of the first to be completed in Moscow. Named after the capital city of Ukraine by Kiev-born, Nikita Khruschev, Stalin's successor.


Kievskaya Metro Station

6. Novoslobodskaya Metro Station  was built in 1952. It has 32 stained glass murals with brass borders.

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Novoslobodskaya metro station

7. Kurskaya Metro Station was one of the first few to be built in Moscow in 1938. It has ceiling panels and artwork showing Soviet leadership, Soviet lifestyle and political power. It has a dome with patriotic slogans decorated with red stars representing the Soviet's World War II Hall of Fame. Kurskaya Metro Station is a must-visit station in Moscow.

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Ceiling panel and artworks at Kurskaya Metro Station


8. Mayakovskaya Metro Station built in 1938. It was named after Russian poet Vladmir Mayakovsky. This is one of the most beautiful metro stations in the world with 34 mosaics painted by Alexander Deyneka.

Mayakovskaya station

Mayakovskaya station

Mayakovskaya metro station

One of the over 30 ceiling mosaics in Mayakovskaya metro station

9. Belorusskaya Metro Station is named after the people of Belarus. In the picture below, there are statues of 3 members of the Partisan Resistance in Belarus during World War II. The statues were sculpted by Sergei Orlov, S. Rabinovich and I. Slonim.


10. Teatralnaya Metro Station (Theatre Metro Station) is located near the Bolshoi Theatre.

Teatralnaya Metro Station decorated with porcelain figures .

Teatralnaya Metro Station decorated with porcelain figures .

Taking the metro's escalator at the end of the tour with Maria the tour guide.

Taking the metro's escalator at the end of the tour with Maria the tour guide.

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January 15, 2017 at 8:17 am

An excellent read! Thanks for much for sharing the Russian metro system with us. We're heading to Moscow in April and exploring the metro stations were on our list and after reading your post, I'm even more excited to go visit them. Thanks again 🙂

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December 6, 2017 at 10:45 pm

Hi, do you remember which tour company you contacted for this tour?

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The dream of Iona….A magical, sacred island set in a turquoise sea. An island where generations of Scottish kings are buried, where Druids and Celts and early Christians shaped the landscape of myth and dream. An island made up of the oldest rocks on the planet, where crystal clear waters lap the white sands of empty beaches, a nature sanctuary where dolphins leap in the Iona Sound and sea otters run among the rocks. This inspirational island is the setting for a series of unique residential Writers Retreats, where beginners and published authors alike are welcomed, based at the Argyll Hotel on Iona, and led by one of the U.K.’s leading innovative Creative Writing tutors, international author and poet Angela Locke MA. Angela co-led the first British/American Writing Retreat on Iona in June 2000, and has now been teaching her very successful and inspirational series of  Writers Retreats on the island for more than 20 years. IONA Writing Retreat with Angela Locke AND Writing and Photography with Malcolm Macgregor and Angela Locke, are now running simultaneously between the dates listed below. For the Writing and Photography Retreat please refer direct to the Argyll Hotel Iona. For Writing Retreat alone please refer to Angela Locke.'

Iona Writing Retreat 27nd May - 1st June,2023

Iona writing retreat 2nd - 7th sept,2023..


Lake District

I have just said regretful goodbyes to a talented group of writers who took part in my annual Writers' Retreat 2022 at beautiful Rydal Hall this weekend. It is really an amazing and inspiring place, full of ancient trees, impressive formal and informal gardens and an OM chapel overlooking a waterfall which Wordsworth and Coleridge loved. Wordsworth lived at Rydal Mount just up the lane and raised his family there. The de Flemings at Rydal Hall were his landlords. Many people only know Dove Cottage in Grasmere but Rydal Hall was the family home for Wordsworth and his family ( including Dorothy) for many years and Wordsworth designed the magical gardens in tune with his theories about the flow of Nature. We usually use Rydal Mount too for inspiration.

It is only a weekend course but is always popular and this time was voted the best ever, which was wonderful feedback for me to hear. The weather was mixed but we are always assured of a warm welcome and a great atmosphere and excellent food. We were able to get outside despite cloudy days and a few spots of rain. The trees, including one sweet chestnut which is 600 years old, were a particular inspiration, as was the magnificent view down the Vale of Ambleside with the glory of the Lake District fells framing trees and meadows full of sheep.

On the last night, as one of my writers was playing Debussy's Clair de Lune on the grand piano, an almost full moon shone in the great picture windows illuminating the circular fountain below with its sparkling silver light. Wow! What a very special spot in which to write. I feel very lucky to have that lovely Retreat centre as well as Iona, where I can bring writers for peace and, I hope, inspiration!


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