Book 3:The Beast Within
Even one who is pure of heart
and says their prayers by night
may become a wolf
when the wolfs-bane blooms
and the spring moon is bright
Chapter 1: First day back
It was mid January and our favorite fairies were spending their first night back after Winter break in the kitchen cooking dinner.
"Brilliant." said Liona sarcastically, while peeling potatoes. "First night back, and we're cooking dinner for the entire school."
"I know." Samantha grumbled, chopping onions while she talked, "When is Dalia going to get here and help us?"
"She's not going to come." burst a voice. In walked an olive-skin girl of medium height, with auburn hair and blue eyes. "Hey. I'm Princess Ariel of Warva, and I'm new here."
"I noticed." Katherine said, scraping some peelings into the bin, "What do you mean Dalia's not going to come?"
"I think she's got some type of tropical illness." Ariel hesitated, taking off her lilac trenchcoat, revealing an indigo halterneck, forest-green skirt, lilac leggings and violet flats. "And I was offered her place."
Summer dropped a pot of soup on the floor.
"Oh my goodness, is she okay?" she stammered.
"She's being treated for plant poisoning. Poor girl." Ariel slumped her head.
"I don't care." Ali whispered, "I found her boring anyway."
"Ali, that's mean!" Liona snapped, "She could die!"
"Nah, not possible." Ariel butt in, "She's just ill."
"So.." she said, popping on an apron, "Call me Babi Ariel. In Warvan, that means Beautiful Sea-Goddess. And let's face it, I am!"
"Where am I needed?" Babi Ariel asked.
"I need to go get some spices from the cupboard." Katherine told her, "You can take over the stirring."
Ariel jumped up and sampled the soup. "Plain. Just like your outfit." she joked, pointing to Samantha.
"Hey!" Samantha retorted, hurt, "My mother is the amazing fashion designer, Stella of Solaria!"
"Well, she's obviously given you advice." Ariel started.
"Yes, as you can see." Samantha said, head high.
"I can see." Ariel stifled a smile, "That she gave you advice how NOT to dress!"
"You said it." Ali whispered to her.
"Uh-oh, text." Babi Ariel jumped, "From my boyfriend. Got a date this moment. Gotta go!" she threw her apron on the ground and sprinted. "HIS NAME'S HAYDIN!" she boomed from up the corridor.
"Funny girl." Ali laughed.
"How DARE she just come charging in like that, insult us and then run off with her silly little boyfriend!" Sam sizzled with fury.
Chapter 2: The Bite
While the girls were cooking dinner, Babi Ariel took Haydin up on his invitation for a date.
"This is cool, isn't it, sweetheart?" Babi Ariel smiled.
"Yeah, sunshine." Haydin responded, holding Babi Ariel's hand.
"I wish this night could last forever." she said.
"Hee hee hee, me too. Is that your phone?" Haydin asked.
"It is. I gotta get back to Alfea." Babi Ariel replied.
"Actually, a half hour ago." Babi Ariel confessed, "We were supposed to cook dinner tonight, but I came for you instead. The girls said they'd cover, but if I don't get back soon, they're gonna let something slip."
"Then, this is where we say goodnight." Haydin said, giving Babi Ariel a kiss.
"I guess so."
- On the way back
While Haydin went the opposite direction to Red Fountain, Babi Ariel went the straight way back to Alfea through the forest. On the way, she stopped now and again, believing she heard something.
"Hello?" Babi Ariel called, "Is anyone there? Darn it, Babi, you're going paranoid."
At that moment, Babi Ariel screamed as something large jumped out of nowhere and bit Babi Ariel on the shoulder.
"I'm just saying Tec. Your students aren't going to learn anything if you bore them like that." Musa argued as they walked to the front door.
"You have your way of teaching, I have mine." said Tecna.
At that moment, Babi Ariel bust through the door, in her Winx form, with a bloody gash near her neck.
"Great Dragon of Sparks!" said Tecna running to Babi Ariel's side, "Ariel, what happened?"
"I was... come back... from a date.... I was attacked by..... creature." Babi Ariel gasped while changing back.
"We better take her to infirmary, fast!" said Musa.
- The next morning
The following morning, Babi Ariel woke up in the infirmary with her friends sleeping in chairs nearby.
"Wake up, you girls!" said Babi Ariel.
"Ariel!" the girls shouted with relief.
"Ariel, are you okay?" Katherine asked.
"She'll be fine." said nurse Ofelia, "All she needs now is rest."
"Thank the elders." Aliana sighed.
"Um... Kathy. Do you think you could...." Babi Ariel said pointing to her bandage.
"I can't heal it, I tried." interrupted Katherine, "Something about the wound won't let me."
"Anyways, we owe you an apology." said Summer.
"For what?" Babi Ariel asked,
"We were all upset that you ditched us for your boyfriend, and then this happened to you." Samantha explained.
"It's all good. Though I admit I was a bit selfish."
"Do you know what did this to you?" Liona asked.
"It was a... dog of wolf or.... I don't know what it was."
"Okay, girls." said Ofelia, "You'll have to leave now. She needs her rest."
"We'll bring you each days homework." said Katherine as they left.
"I can't wait." said Babi Ariel sarcastically.
Chapter 3: A new teacher
Babi Ariel didn't appear in classes until Tuesday the following week. Having kept up with her work, there was no reason she couldn't remain her cheerful self.
"It's good to have you back, Ariel." said Summer in Gymnastics class. "We were missing you AND Dalia."
"Well, I couldn't stay in that bed forever, could I?" replied Babi Ariel, doing a handstand on a beam.
"True, you couldn't." Katherine agreed, in the same position as Babi Ariel, "You had to come out sometime."
"One thing still bugs me though," said Aliana, twirling her necklace chain.
"What?" Katherine asked, jumping off the beam gracefully.
"What attacked Babi that night?" Aliana asked.
"Lets not go into this again." said Babi Ariel, turning upright with her legs extended and her hands still on the beam, "I told you, I don't know who or what attacked me."
"I have a theory about it. But you'd all think I'm crazy." said Liona.
"Try us." said Summer.
"OK then. My theory is, Babi was attacked by a werewolf."
"You're right." said Katherine, "You are crazy. Werewolves, are nothing more than a myth."
"Come on, anything's possible, right?"
"Drop it, Liona." agreed Babi Ariel, getting off the beam impatiently, "Katherine's right. There are no such things as werewolves. And this discussion ends here."
"Looks like the bell's handy after all." said Babi Ariel.
"Come on, girls." said Katherine, "Let's go get changed, and get to lunch."
"Oh my gosh, I feel dizzy." Ariel said, light-headedly.
"Maybe you should go lie down after lunch." Summer suggested.
- Lunch announcement
"You sure you're okay, Ariel?" Summer asked when they sat down for Lunch.
"I'm fine." Babi Ariel responded.
"You seem a little pale." said Katherine.
"I'm okay, it was just a dizzy spell."
"Let's... hey Sam, feeling better?" Liona asked as Samantha sat down after coming from the nurse.
"I'm fine." Samantha said reassuringly, "The nurse said that case of the flu was nothing serious. And I see we have a new staff member."
"Who is he?" Summer asked, eying the staff table.
"I think we're about to find out." remarked Katherine, noticing Faragonda was getting up.
"My girls." said Faragonda, "It is my pleasure to welcome a new teacher to our ranks. Please give a warm welcome to, Professor Godric Salazar."
"Thank you, thank you." said Godric, "Starting today, I will be teaching history of the non-magical world, Earth, to you all. Ms faragonda, and I, feel it is essential for you to know of the unique history of humans. And I really look forward to getting to know each and every one of you."
"Is it me, or does that guy give you a weird feeling?" Babi Ariel asked as they stopped clapping.
"Nah, but my judgement may not be the best, considering I hang out with a vampire." said Ali.
"Ignore her. He doesn't bother me any, either, and he doesn't look threatening, but never go for looks alone." Katherine told Ariel.
- First lesson
The girls, and some other students, didn't have their first lesson on Earth history until final period the following day. Some were excited, others felt it was a waste of time.
"Welcome class, to Earth history." said Godric, "Now before we begin, what knowledge do any of you have of Earth?"
Very few raised their hands
"Oleo, sir. What I know, is that Earth is not very special."
"It is too!" Katherine blurted out, "Just ask my mother."
"Maybe your mother should be teaching this subject." said Godric "Miss..?"
"Katherine Peters sir. And I didn't mean..."
"I know. But your right, Earth is special. Yes miss..?"
"Sasha, sir. So, Earth is special, why do we need to know anything about it? They're primitive and violent. Even its fairies."
"They are not!" Aliana said loudly, "I resent that."
"You are?" Godric asked.
"Aliana. I am niece to Morgana: Former Queen of the Earth Fairies. Her daughter Roxy, my cousin, is the new queen, and I really don't like others calling her people violent."
"Very well. But let's return to humans. Sasha was right. Humans are capable of great violence, but also great compassion. It is for that reason that some nations have lasted longer than others."
"Nations?" Aimee asked.
"Most of you don't know, that Earth is a divided world. Divided into many separate sections called many things. Countries, Nations, Kingdoms, Empires, etc. I know this from spending the last 20 years studying on Earth. Many different nations have risen and fallen over the last 45,000 years. Many have ceased to exist, but traces still remain. Who can tell me the name of Earth's first known Empire? Yes, Katherine?"
"Many historians agree that it was Mesopotamia." Katherine answered with her knowledge
"Correct." said Godric "And that's where we'll be starting. With Earths Ancient World. Now I will pass out your books, and we will begin the main lesson."
- After school
"You have to admit it was a great lesson." said Aliana later in the dorm, "I didn't know half of the things he told us."
"Neither did I." said Liona.
"I told you Earth was special." said Katherine.
"Nobody's arguing that." said Babi Ariel, "But that teacher still gives me the creeps."
"You sure you're okay, Babi Ariel?" Summer asked.
"I'm fine really." she replied.
"You still seem pale." said Samantha ,worried, "Maybe you should go lie down."
"Yeah I should." with that, she left for her room.
"I think we should keep a close eye on Babi Ariel." said Katherine once Babi Ariel was gone.
"I think so to, but we can't follow her around the clock." said Aliana.
"We don't have to. We just have to watch her more closely." said Katherine.
"You think that bite had any side-effects?" Summer asked.
"If it did, I think it's starting to take effect." said Liona.
"Ditto that." said Samantha.
"Like I said, we need to watch her more closely." said Katherine.
Chapter 4: First Howl
Almost a month passed after Babi Ariel was attacked and Godric Salazar became a teacher. Babi Ariel still didn't trust him, and with the February full moon upon them, she was about to get even less of a reason to do so.
"I still don't see what you have against him." said Liona in the dorm on the night of the full moon "He's not a bad teacher."
"I never said he wasn't." said Babi Ariel "But for some reason, I just don't trust him."
"So you won't even look him in the eye." said Summer
"Come on girls, have I ever been wrong?"
"YES!" they all said
"I need some air." She sighed and walked out
"That went well." said Samantha
"Her personality has somewhat changed." said Aliana
"And she's been changing more and more over the last month." said Liona
"Come on Ali." said Katherine getting up
"You and I were going to go into town and pick up some pizza for us all, Remember? Now come on, lets go before they close."
- The forest, the saying, and the transformation
Meanwhile, Babi Ariel wandered into the forest to be by herself. Upon nearing the site where she was attacked, she noticed a large crypt nearby, and decided to investigate. Once reaching a certain room, with an iron cage door, deep in the crypt, she was about to leave, when she was startled by Professor Salazar.
"Professor Salazar!" said Babi Ariel
"Lost miss Ariel?" said Godric
"What are you doing here?"
"I just needed to be by myself, and I wandered into this place. And I was about to ask you the same question."
"It's a well known fact that you don't like me."
"Well, you kinda rubbed me the wrong way the day of your introduction."
"And I thought the legends weren't true." said Godric intrigued
"What legends?" Babi Ariel asked confused
"You were right not to trust me. And you'll find out why later tonight. But for right now, you best leave."
"I don't understand. What's all this about?"
"Like I said, you'll find out. And remember this: Even the purest of souls, can be tainted with monstrous evil." he locked himself in
"Weird old man." Babi Ariel said to herself as she made her way out of the crypt "He's even more mysterious than miss F." she got outside into the forest "If he seems to believe I will someday go to the dark-side, he is sadly..."
Words failed Babi Ariel as she started to feel really strange. As she was bathed in the light of the full moon, her heart started to beat abnormally fast, and her body started to do strange things. Her abdomen tightened painfully, her feet slipped out of her shoes as they lengthened. She felt her clothes tear as she suddenly became too large for them. Hurting all over, and frightened not knowing what was happening, she screamed in pain as her mind went blank. She knew no more.
- Encounter with a beast
"I really don't think we should be here." said Aliana as they started back to Alfea with the pizza "This place give me the creeps at night."
"Unless you don't want a share of the four pizzas we got, you will hurry up." said Katherine
"Did you hear that?" Aliana asked hearing a howl in the distance
"A little hard not too. It's probably just a dog."
"Dogs don't howl like that."
"Stop being such a baby and come on."
they walked a little farther, and Aliana's bad feeling became a reality.
"Kathy, we're not alone."
"I sense it too, but it's probably nothing."
"How can you be so... AHHH" Aliana screamed as a large wolf-like beast ran toward them "What it that!?"
"I don't know but... ouff."
The beast took a backhand swipe at Katherine and sent her into the wall of the nearby building. Aliana tried to help her, but was knocked back into a nearby fountain. Once Katherine sent a fireball at it, the beast just howled and ran off.
"Katherine, are you alright?" Aliana asked getting out of the fountain, and running over to Katherine
"No." Katherine answered holding her right arm "I-I think my arm's broken."
"What was that?" Aliana asked helping Katherine up
"I don't know but we can't stay here. Leave the pizza and lets go."
The following morning, Babi Ariel woke up in the forest at the base of a tree. Still dazed, she struggled to remember last nights events but could remember nothing after she left the crypt.
"W-where am I?" Babi Ariel asked herself after waking up.
"You're in the forest." said a voice.
"Professor Salazar!" noticing him staring to the sky, she looks down, and notices she's naked, "Ah! Professor, I'm in the nude!" She said, hiding her chest with her arms, and closing her legs together.
"Here you go, Ariel." The professor, still staring at the sky, magicked a sheet into her hands, and she wrapped it around herself, blushing. "I'm sorry, but I didn't see anything, I promise."
"How did I get here? And what's all this on my hands?" Babi Ariel asked noticing she was filthy
"Do you remember anything from last night?" Babi shook her head "It's blood that's on your hands. Your friends are fine, save for Katherine's right arm. But I can't say the same for at least ten Magix civilians. All of them dead."
"What are you..?" Babi Ariel started.
"You've done many terrible things." Godric interrupted.
"No." Babi Ariel said getting up, "It's not true. IT'S NOT TRUE!" she ran off back to Alfea.
- At Alfea
Once Babi Ariel got back to Alfea, students were already making there way to the great hall for breakfast. Once she got to the center of the quad, she collapsed from exhaustion, and was taken to the infirmary. She woke up, washed and wearing a hospital shirt, about an hour later.
"Where am I now." Babi asked herself when she woke up
"Your in the infirmary." said Katherine who was in the next bed
"Katherine! What happened to you?"
"Ali and I were attacked by a large beast last night. Probably the same one that attacked you. My arm got broken, and the nurse said I will have my arm in a sling and cast for the next two months."
"Can't you heal yourself?
"I tried. I seems can only heal others until my powers mature more. But enough about me. What happened to you? You were filthy and naked when they brought you in. How'd you get like that, and what happened to your clothes?"
"I can't remember anything from last night."
"Hey girls." said Samantha as the rest of the gang walked in "How ya felling?"
"We're both fine. The nurse said we can leave later, but she wants us to stay a while for observation."
"That's good." said Liona
"I called the guys, and they're very concerned." said Aliana
"After what's happened they should be. And professor Salazar knows something, I'm sure of it." said Babi Ariel
"Will you give it a rest about him." said Summer
"Girls! I know he's a good teacher, but don't be blind. I met him in the forest last night and this morning. He knows something."
"We should hear Babi out on this one." said Katherine "He started acting strange as the full moon drew near."
"You think he's the one who attacked Babi? Samantha asked
"I don't know. But we need to solve this mystery. Get the guys on it too. No-one gets a proper sleep until this is worked out."
Chapter 5: Secrets Revealed
Another month passed and our girls still had no answers to their dilemma. As March reached the full moon, they were starting to get desperate.
One day in Tecna's class
"Any luck?" Aliana asked in a whisper as Tecna was writing an equation on the black board.
"Nothing." said Katherine, who's arm was still in a sling. "The library has turned out to be useless."
"We can't give up, can we?" Summer asked
"No, we can't. But I have to admit, it's been nice with Kathy's arm out of commission. At least she won't be telling us how to fight for now." said Aliana, shooting a dark look in Kathy's direction. Shortly before Babi Ariel was attacked, Katherine, Ali, Summer, and Liona had had a sparring match out on Alfea's grounds. Katherine and Ali and paired up, and the results... were disastrous. Ali, being the independent she was, had not appreciated Katherine's instructions on how to use her powers. Since the attack, Katherine had been simply watching from the sidelines or sleeping in her room, and Ali was enjoying the freedom.
"Come on Ali, cut the girl some slack. She was just trying to help."
"Maybe. But I don't appreciate being told how to fight."
"Now class." said Tecna, once she finished the problem, "The first step to solving this equation is..." she broke off as a loud snore coming from Babi Ariel, who hadn't slept well for several nights, interrupted her. She strode over to Ariel's desk. "Miss Ariel? Babi?"
"Five more minutes Summer." Babi Ariel said in her sleep
"Alright. You just sleep as long as you want."
"You have got to be kidding me." Liona murmured
There was a pause, then "MISS ARIEL JOHNSON, ON YOUR FEET!" Tecna shouted as Babi got up quickly "You think my class is a place for you to take a nap?"
"You think doing mathematics is tiring?"
"No ma'am. I could solve it in my sleep."
"Really? Well you're going to be solving it awake. I'll let you off with a warning this time. Do it again and it will be detention."
"Yes ma'am." She sat back down
- After class
"Babi Ariel Johnson, that is the fifth time this week you've fallen asleep in class." said Aliana as they sat down in the quad
"I'm sorry girls. I just haven't been sleeping very well." said Babi Ariel
"Been having nightmares?" Samantha asked
"More like tossing and turning." said Summer
"I just don't know what's wrong with me."
"Whatever is wrong with you, you can't really catch any of the lessons anymore. Let alone pay attention." said Liona
"I can too."
"Then here's an Earth history question." said Katherine "What was the name of China's first emperor?"
"See?" said Liona "Maybe that werewolf bite did more than we thought."
"For the last time Liona, There are no such things as werewolves." said Katherine sternly
"But all the evidence points to..."
"That's enough." said Aliana "I don't know what that beast was, but I sincerely doubt it was a werewolf. Now if you can find proof, back up your theory, we'll be more than happy to listen. But right now, Katherine, Sam, and I have a Herbology lesson to get to."
"And for the record Babi." said Katherine "China's first emperor was Qin Shi Huang." with that, Katherine, Sam and Ali left for their next lesson
"We should get to our next lesson too." said Babi Ariel
"No." said Summer "You need to go lie down."
"Just go." said Liona before Babi could protest "We'll tell professor Wizgiz you couldn't come."
"Alright." said Babi Ariel
With that, Summer and Liona went to their next lesson while Babi Ariel left for the dorm
- The truth
Babi Ariel tried to get some rest, but no matter how hard she tried she couldn't fall asleep.
"It's no use." Babi Ariel said to herself after giving up and going to a couch in the main room "What's happening to me?"
"Lycanthropy." said a voice that startled Babi
"Professor Salazar. You scared me."
"So sorry my dear." said Salazar sitting down "You've been going through a tough time recently. Both physically and emotionally."
"Yes. Why are you here?"
"I'm here to tell what's wrong with you. As well as story. My story."
"What's wrong with me?"
"As I already said, Lycanthropy."
"You'll understand as I tell my story. Sit down." Babi did "Now. It was about thirty years ago. I was exploring a series of caves in India. There I found a feral child, and a very strong one at that. It bit me." He showed a mark on his arm "I showed it to my colleagues, and they said I had been infected with Lycanthropy. I didn't believe them at first. I thought it was just a minor wound. Then, in my British home less than a month later, I learned otherwise."
"What do you mean?"
"I transformed for the first time. I attacked my wife and children. My wife and son both died, but my daughter survived, and I infected her with my curse. To this day she runs free in the forests of Europe. I, more than once, thought of killing myself. But I couldn't. So I started coming to Magix once a month, and locking myself in a crypt during the full moon. Then about two months ago I forgot to lock myself in."
Babi Ariel finally understood "It was you! You monster! YOU'RE THE ONE WHO ATTACKED ME! And werewolves exist, Liona was right."
"Your friend certainly has a knack for correctly guessing what seems to be impossible. And I must be honest, though I am still dangerous, I have some influence over my mind these days. And, I've been thinking of letting the wolf roam free."
"You can't. I won't..." Before Babi Ariel could do anything, Salazar grabbed a pressure point on her shoulder and squeezed.
"It's still your turn tonight. Yes miss Airel, the moon will be full tonight." With that, Babi Ariel blacked out.
- Another monster
Later that night...
"Ariel? Ariel!" Liona said in distress while shaking Ariel awake
"Girls? Whats...?" Ariel started
"They guys are gonna be here in a few minutes." said Samantha "They're very worried."
Ariel then remembered earlier "Girls I was right, and so was Liona! Werewolves exist, and professor Salazar... Oh no!" she looked at the clock the noticed it was 8:25 pm at night.
"Ariel what wrong?" Aliana asked
"Just get away from me!" Ariel said in distress then jumped down to the ground from the balcony to get away from them. But the girls just followed her. "Stay away! Please!"
"Ariel, what's going on?" Summer tried to ask as the clouds parted
"Liona was right. I'm a.... Argh!" As the light of the full moon bathed Ariel, she transformed right in front of everyone's eyes. Within a couple of minutes, Ariel was in her full werewolf form. Once she finished transforming, she just howled and ran straight through the school gates and past the boys, who had just shown up.
"What was that?!" Alessandro inquired
"'That' was Ariel" Katherine answered him
"ARIEL?" Haydin said "It can't be!"
"What's going on out here?" said Grizelda, who showed up with Faragonda
"Ariel turned into a werewolf right in front of us." said Summer "Looks like Liona was right about their existence."
"We have to go after her before she hurts anybody." said Sam as they transformed "Not you Katherine. Your arm's still wrecked."
"So?" Katherine inquired
"'So' you're staying here. Girls, guys, lets go."
"Be careful!" Faragonda called after them
The party chased Ariel all the way to the city. Throughout the entire night, they worked to keep Ariel from harming anyone, while at the same time taking care not to get bitten themselves. And they took care not to harm Ariel.
As dawn approached, Ariel ran straight into the forest, and by the time the sun rose, she was human again. The party found her lying at the base of a tree, again nude as her clothes had torn off when she transformed.
"Guys, I found her!" Sam said finding Ariel next to a tree "Boys stay back a second. Haydin, your cape please." Haydin handed her his cape and Samantha covered Ariel with it as she woke up.
"Where am I?" Ariel asked
"The forest again." said Aliana
"What happened last night?"
"A few close calls, but nobody was hurt." said Liona
"Thank heaven." said Ariel wrapping herself in the cape more firmly "I'm a monster now."
"No you're not!" said Summer "You just have, a little problem, that's all."
"Is it really just a little problem?" said Ariel "But I'm not the only problem, Salazar is too. He's the werewolf that bit me."
"Ariel, sorry we doubted you." said Samantha as apologetic as she could
"Like that makes any difference now." said Ariel
"Ariel. Despite this, I loved you before, and I still love you now." said Haydin
Still convinced she was a monster, Ariel cast them all aside with her magic, got up, and ran off.
"Ariel!" Haydin called after her
"Let her go." said Andro putting his hand on Haydins shoulder "She needs to be by herself."
- Later at Alfea...
"You girls are lucky you weren't hurt, or bitten." said Katherine as she healed their cuts and bruises "Why didn't you guys bring her back?"
"She ran off before we could do anything." said Aliana "But shes got nowhere else to go, shes bound to wander back here eventually."
"Even if she does, what are we supposed to do?" Liona asked "Is there any cure for her condition? Or is killing her with silver the only thing we can do?"
"Lets not lose out heads." said Summer with an icepack on her head "We also have to deal with Salazar, but we can't tell the staff what he is."
"They're bound to find out anyway." said Samantha "I heard Wizgiz say that the entire staff is going to look into last nights matter. As well as last months."
"We still have to do something." said Katherine she then glanced over at the mantle where the photo of the original Winx and Specialists, that her mother gave them a few months back, sat "Look we're the New Winx. One way or another, we're going to save Ariel from her curse. No matter what."
The girls nodded in agreement, then together they said "No matter what."
Chapter 6: (title coming soon)