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02 July 2011 @ 08:38 pm
[fic] Superficial Dreams  

Title: Superficial Dreams.
Summary: When one runs out of tricks to play, a whole new level of mischief has to be created.
Rating: PG-13.
Word Count: 2916.
Pairing: Mukuro Rokudo/Chrome Dokuro, Kyouya Hibari/Chrome Dokuro.
Prompt: Chrome, Kyouya, Mukuro—“public embarrassment”
AN: This was a last minute one-shot, based around a small idea I've had for awhile. A huge thank you to bluequartz, dragoness21, my_name_is_yui  and xsayounara for putting up with my crazy ideas and helping me make this work. And, of course, I was thinking of you during this, chromeluster27!

       “And who are you, little girl?”

       Her first reaction was to gape. Had she really heard right? Blinking, to get rid of obvious obliviousness, Chrome murmured softly, “Are you okay?”

       “I believe I asked you the question first.” A narrow eyebrow became raised as he stared at her, demanding an answer. His lips were not pursued in a wry line, nor was there a small sparkle of amusement within his heterochromatic irides. Though, it could have been a ploy to lure her in. Maybe, it was just a new form of entertainment, tricking the petite girl into believing his lies. “Would you care to answer?”

       “Mukuro-sama,” Chrome said, louder. Unconsciously she took a step backwards, trying not to show that she was uncomfortable. Being forgotten was something she'd experienced before—of course, that was thanks to the male in front of her—but she hadn't anticipated it from him.

       Mukuro's expression seemed suspicious, not at all how it had been whenever they were together before. They were always borderline amused, curious or even trusting. Something to worry about, yet she chose not to question them. To accept them, however, was what she had done.

       “And you are?” The expression to match his tone was neutral, as though he didn't have a care in the world. For a moment, they simply stared at each other until his eyes trailed off, the corner of his lip twitching. “What a peculiar choice of hair style.”

       Flushing from embarrassment, Chrome refused to retort that his was her inspiration. Instead, she gnawed anxiously on her lip, eyes darting around the field to see if there were any others there. Not only was it odd for both of them to have been present at the same time, none of Mukuro's followers were there, the location empty, from what could be seen from their position.

       “I could always give you a name, if you're not going to utter one,” he urged her, leaning forward to gently tilt her head upwards.

       Even more blood rushed to her face—yes, they had been that close before, but it didn't seem right if Mukuro was claiming he didn't know who he was—making the alabaster skin stained scarlet.

       Chrome,” she blurted. “My name's Chrome.”

       Unique.” He raised an eyebrow again, mockingly, it seemed, as his eyes trailed to absorb her outfit. “Not like this uniform, though. Wouldn't you prefer something else?”

       Her counter remark was defensive, even if her voice was still soft. “You chose this for me.” Did it really matter that she was fond of it, simply because he had suggested it? “You're wearing the male counterpart of it.”

       Oh, I know.” He laughed, the tone deep. It was a resonance of his previous self, making her believe until he spoke again that nothing was wrong. “But I'd rather you wore something else.”

       ...B-but,” she stuttered unintelligently, trying to move away, discreetly. The finger was still there, her skin warming up slightly from the touch. “Mukuro-sama.”

       It's quite refreshing how you say that.” The low chuckle made its way out his mouth, quieter than before. “I'm correct in thinking you're mine, no?”

       Yours?” Chrome blinked, her cheeks burning. As nice as the thought was, it was wrong, definitely. She opened her mouth to correct him, again, yet Mukuro beat her to it.

       Why else would I be this close to you?” he murmured. “I know this place, after all, I'm the creator of it.”

       I'm just your vessel,” she admitted, honestly, still keeping eye contact. Their meeting wasn't as usual; instead of possessing her old appearance—the long hair and nightgown—Chrome was clad in her everyday attire, the eye patch strapped carefully onto her eye, too. “We're not how you assume.” She could still dream, privately.

       Pulling away, Mukuro chortled to himself, seemingly amused by the answer. “Are we not?”

       No,” she confirmed with a shake of her head.

       We'll see.”


       Herbivore,” a voice called, deep and baritone. “Get up.”

       Chrome lifted herself up quickly, blinking in surprise was taking in her surroundings. She knew where she was situated quickly—perched on the floor, outside the reception room while clutching onto her trident.

       ...Cloud Man.”

       Why are you lazing around here?” he drawled, blandly.

       For a moment, she gnawed on her lip before deciding to blurt out, “I wanted to see you.”

       Hibari looked at her as though she had sprouted two heads. It was abnormal to admit what she was thinking, fully, without pausing to correct herself. “Hn.” A grunt was all she received.

       Have you...” Chrome paused, gulping, as she realised it was akin to suicide what she was about to utter. “Have you spoken Mukuro-sama lately?”

       Instantly, there was a reaction. Hibari's eyes had narrowed—hiding the are shade of his irides—while he'd tensed, visibly showing anger in his stance. Again, he stared.

       Taking the look as a no, Chrome continued, albeit warily. “He's, well, I think,” she corrected herself, shuffling her weight onto the other foot while gripping her trident tighter. “It's as though he's forgotten himself.”

       Why are you assuming I care about this?” Hibari arched an eyebrow. “All I want to do is bite him to death, if he's someone else, it's worthless.”

       The answer piqued her curiosity. Never asking first hand about the relationship between the two males, it was a chance to get information. “Would you try to return him to normal?”

       He's a lost cause anyway.” His tone was dismissive, yet, he visibly relaxed.

       Mukuro-sama's not talking to me now,” she admitted softly, focusing on the handle of her weapon. To keep herself from trailing off, she concluded. “He's being really quiet, I can't hear anything at all.”

       That's a good thing.” Hibari scoffed.

       ...Maybe,” she couldn't help but utter, flushing in mortification afterwards.


       My cute little Chrome,” he murmured, glancing at her discreetly. Though, she could still tell by the slight prickling of her skin. Pulling her legs closer to her chest, Chrome rested her chin on top of them, mildly interested in what was going on again. It was another visit within her mind, that time her appearance that of her past self. The hair that was shielding her eye was uncomfortable, yet she dare not move it. “Are you accustomed to me yet?”

       Of course she was. “Yes,” she hummed, content with how they were. Mukuro seemed calmer, not touching her as often as before. Maybe she considered it a nice change, but that could have been classed as blasphemy, in a sense. “You're the same as always, Mukuro-sama.”

       I think that's a lie.”

       She froze before closing her eyes, telling herself it was the truth. “No,” she lied, “it's always like this when we're here.”

       Quiet?” he questioned, chuckling afterwards. “If that's so, why are you tense?” His fingers were trailing across her bare shoulder, the movement tickling slightly, before she looked towards him, curious. With furrowed eyebrows, Chrome's expression was enquiring. “Am I too close for you?”

       No, Mukuro-sama.” They had been closer, although not for that very reason. The movement was confusing, she added within her head.

        His fingers were soon within the tresses of her hair, the strands longer than they were outside of his world. The illusion was powerful enough for him to grasp the violet locks, entangling them softly in his lithe fingers.

       Tell me, Chrome,” he called lowly, the smirk across his lips seemingly daunting. She felt no fear, after all, they were in no position that was uncomfortable. “Why are you here, with me?”

       She blinked. “Because it's always been this way.”

      There's no other reason behind it?”

       ...No,” she whispered softly, her forehead pressed further against her knees.


       Why are you so persistent?” Hibari scolded coldly, leaning back in his chair. She'd infiltrated the school again—somehow, he didn't seem to mind the lack of identification pass—wandering towards the reception room, aimlessly. “I told you, I don't care what happens to him. If he dies, it'll be by my hand.”

       But if his personality is dead, isn't that the equivalent of death?”

       Stop assuming I care about his damn personality,” he snapped, feet dramatically landing on the desk as he leaned back in his chair. The pose was still portraying he was irritable, though, his words a few octaves away from a grunt. “It was dead to begin with.”

       I still can't—”

       Can't talk to him?” Hibari interrupted, tilting his head back. “That must be nice, silence, at last. Stop coming to me for some sort of comfort.”

       But you're...” Chrome flushed, shaking her head to tell herself it was right to say it. “You're his motivation.”

       Surprisingly, Hibari snorted. “Motivation? Don't be ridiculous.”

       What if he doesn't remember you?” asked Chrome, tentatively. She had felt the surprise in the beginning from being forgotten, but told herself it was the same Mukuro, even if he didn't seem to have an ulterior motive. There was never any time they spent together, really, without a reason behind it. Yet, as they had seen each other each night, he was simply asking questions.

       She was trying to look out for him, maybe, by appearing for the second time. Chrome couldn't deny that she had been looking forward to seeing Hibari before, although her reason behind the trip was simply because of Mukuro. It was an ulterior motive, learned from Mukuro, to use a reason behind a simple meeting. Otherwise, Hibari wouldn't have given her the time of day.

       Mukuro's name was a key, one that opened the door to Hibari's sanctuary.

      Then, I'll make him remember with my tonfa.” His tone seemed smug as he looked away, pleased with the thought of beating the other.

       Wouldn't it be pointless if he thought there was no history between you two?”

       I share nothing with that herbivore,” Hibari proclaimed, sneering.

       Cloud Man,” Chrome murmured, frowning with her eyebrows furrowed with retreating. There was no point pushing it further, it seemed like Hibari wasn't willing to listen to her, no matter what.

       Mukuro-sama? Chrome tried calling, still worried about what was happening. Are you there?

       There was no answer, again.


       Why won't you speak to me outside of here?” Chrome asked quietly, finally having worked up the courage. It had been a week since Mukuro had first asked who she was, only two days had she ventured to Namimori Middle School for advice—though, it was not received—while the rest of the nights, she'd already wound up in the same place. Just like the first time, she was clad in normal attire.

       Are you saying you want to speak to me more?” Mukuro laughed lowly, twisting her words for his own enjoyment. Similar to the way the real him would've done, she realised. “Be more direct, my Chrome.”

       The blood rushed to her cheeks, adorning the pale shade. “Am I a bother to you?”

       In her peripheral vision, she saw an eyebrow become arched. “Why would you think that?”

       You only allow me to be with you at night, mostly.” She gripped her trident tighter, staring straight ahead at the sickening shade of green that the grass was painted. “Not when there is a sunset, nor when I am walking around, within Namimori.” The sky was never stained ochre where they were. Since Mukuro had changed it was always night there, only enough light to allow their forms to be visible. “I'm a nuisance to you, Mukuro-sama, and I can't help it.”

       You do not think highly of yourself, Nagi.”

       Mukuro had remembered her name. Beforehand, she had not uttered it, nor proclaimed to have been only Chrome. Excitedly, she turned her head, expecting to meet his smug gaze, but instead, she found that they were far too close. Blood rushed to her cheeks as their noses were pressed together, the words caught in her throat. “I—”

       He hummed, not pulling away. Purposely making eye contact, Chrome was sure that her eyes were wide, even if one was covered. The trait of blushing easily was working against her, her whole face tainted with the scarlet colour.

       What is it?” A laugh escaped his lips.

       Do you remember anything else?” she asked, hopefully.

    For a moment, he was quiet. The same, smug, smirk spread across his lips after. “What if I said, I only remember things concerning you?”

       Certainly, Mukuro was back.


       There was no reason for her to be there. Chrome had concluded that Mukuro was back, really, and simply playing around for his amusement. There were too many similarities to his old self at that point in time, the reason for doing such a thing, however, not clear to her. She found herself standing in the stairway of the rooftop, not sure whether to step through.

       Her excuse was gone—there was no reason for her to visit Hibari after that, but, maybe, he would've been pleased by the news? Like a cat, pleased that their pray was back, alive and kicking, for them to freely swipe at.

       She shook her head, opened the door and was immediately bemused by the gust of wind that hit her. It wasn't a nice day—the clouds proved that, too—yet he was still there, resting against the wall with his arms crossed, and eyes gently closed.

       Why are you here?” Hibari asked, not opening his eyes.

       My Chrome, a voice said, softly, within her head, why are you seeing him again?

       E-eh?” she stuttered, flushing when it occurred to her that Mukuro had been answered first. “...I wanted to see you again.” The last time, she added. “Am I being a bother?”

       Chrome, Mukuro chastised lightly, he's not interested in you.

       He's not talking to you, therefore it's not crowding.” Hibari frowned, shifting in his position, yet still not opening his eyes. If he did, though, he would've seen that Chrome was flushed again, that time trying to compose herself and not answer to Mukuro aloud. It can happened before, of course, but not why they were both together.

       As Hibari yawned, Chrome replied, I know, Mukuro-sama. It was the truth, after all. There were only excuses to see him, the reason he was letting her stay being them. But how did you know I've been seeing him?

       Are you forgetting that I know almost everything about you?

       Spit out what you want, quickly.” Hibari opened his eyes, gazing at her with a bored expression. Chrome clutched her trident as she closed her eyes, willing herself to concentrate. If Hibari found out that Mukuro was talking already, that would've been the end of it. Plus, she needed to answer them both, somehow.

       You don't know anything about me.” Her grip tightened. “You just know my name, and that I'm your vessel.” Chrome's voice was coming out quickly as he knuckles turned white. “Are you lying?”

       ...What nonsense are you spouting?”

       My Chrome, what would I gain from lying? I just don't approve of you going to see him, that's all.

       You shouldn't know who he is,” she defended herself, head falling down as she clutched her trident in confusion. Why was he saying that? “I haven't spoken of him, nor have you asked.”

       Were you trying to keep him to yourself? Mukuro chortled, the smirk obvious in his tone. I thought you were mine, Chrome? You know I'm possessive.

       I'm—” The blood rushed to her face. “I'm not yours.” She was just there for convenience, no other reason behind it.

       I never said you were mine, herbivore,” Hibari drawled, pushing himself up from the floor. He sounded infuriated, as though he wasn't within a loop. “Are you idiotic enough to think I wouldn't know he was there?”

   W-wait!” she stuttered, eyes opening with a scarlet face. Talking aloud gave away her position, embarrassment clear within her expression and stance, hinting at what was happening. “He's not there.”

       Are you denying my presence?

       Lying is futile.” The sickening gleam of his tonfas were present the next moment, Chrome taking a cautious step back, clutching her trident in one hand as she debated what to do.

       This is more amusing than I thought it would be. Shall I switch with you soon, dear Chrome?

       ...You were lying.” Her eyebrows were furrowed. “You never lost your memory, did you?”

       I was surprised you believed it, Chrome, but it was enjoyable. Look, it even made your crush jealous. He's infuriated that you're paying attention to me, rather than him.

       I don't have a crush on him!” she said loudly, closing her eyes in embarrassment. Only then, when she heard her own voice, did she realise she'd been replying aloud, alerting Hibari, completely, of what was happening.

       With her face bright red, Chrome ran towards the exit, trying to ignore the laughter inside of her head.

       You're mine, Chrome.

Mood ★☆: uncomfortableuncomfortable
★☆ Music: Amu - Kanon
xsayounaraxsayounara on July 2nd, 2011 04:26 pm (UTC)
THIS IS SEXAY. HOT. BRAVO. This is really good. I want more.
『栄美。』: Redjuice ☆ Heartbeataimeeshii on July 2nd, 2011 04:40 pm (UTC)
You will never get more. Ever. :'D
xsayounaraxsayounara on July 2nd, 2011 04:44 pm (UTC)
『栄美。』: Redjuice ☆ Heartbeataimeeshii on July 2nd, 2011 04:45 pm (UTC)
Pfft! I'd like to see you try. Are you gonna steal my bears and hump me more?
xsayounaraxsayounara on July 2nd, 2011 04:48 pm (UTC)
oh yes <3 I will do that if you like (:
『栄美。』: Redjuice ☆ Heartbeataimeeshii on July 2nd, 2011 05:37 pm (UTC)
You know I'd love that, bb.
bluequartz: Champangebluequartz on July 2nd, 2011 08:51 pm (UTC)
Yay, you finished! Mukuro is so deliciously devious in how he decided to toy with Chrome by pretending he forgot everything, about her and Hibari.

I thought Chrome to be so adorable in that she would come up with excuses to see Hibari and of course her genuine concern for Mukuro and his lost memories especially since the touchy-feely new him was upseting her a little bit.

Heart, heart the ending so much with Mukuro and Chrome's inner discussion with Chrome blurting out bits of what was going on inside her head, then running away.

Awesome job Aimee, good luck in the contest!
『栄美。』: Redjuice ☆ Heartbeataimeeshii on July 3rd, 2011 12:50 am (UTC)
I thought it was really out of character for him, but ah well. It kind of works, I guess? :'D

I'm glad you understood that bit! I was worried about their interaction, too, since I don't particularly know their characters well. Only recently I've been writing Chrome. (About three times, I think?)

Pfft, thank you for even reading this, Blue! It means a lot.

You too! I'm cheering for your entry.
(Anonymous) on July 2nd, 2011 08:56 pm (UTC)
Yui here. Too lazy to sign on
Oh, Mukuro. Why are you such a jerk. Were you really that bored? ;A;

Anywho. Enjoyed story. SO GLAD IT WAS INNOCENT NOMNOMNOM. The ending was amusing. Oh, Mukuro. Stop being sch a jerk.
『栄美。』: Redjuice ☆ Heartbeataimeeshii on July 3rd, 2011 12:51 am (UTC)
Re: Yui here. Too lazy to sign on
Lazy shit, get out. LOL, I kid. Maybe.

Innocent unlike yours. I can't wait to read it. (:
infinitymax: 007 Flaninfinitymax on July 3rd, 2011 03:35 pm (UTC)
I want 6918. /shot

BUT I LOVED THIS. My OT3~*~*~* <3
『栄美。』: Redjuice ☆ Heartbeataimeeshii on July 3rd, 2011 03:49 pm (UTC)
You want 6918? Well then, my love, go right here!

Thank you muchly, my love, it means a lot! <3
infinitymax: Smexy Izayainfinitymax on July 3rd, 2011 04:46 pm (UTC)

MOST LIKELY. /rushes off~*~*~*
『栄美。』: Redjuice ☆ Heartbeataimeeshii on July 3rd, 2011 04:50 pm (UTC)
Good luck! Apparently, it's really creepy LOL.

//cheers for you
lost in thought: stock: heart100paperfans on July 3rd, 2011 05:23 pm (UTC)

Character Interpretation - 10 for Mukuro! That seems like something he would pull for the sake of being a bastard. 10 for Chrome, too. Her reaction to his memory loss and her interaction with Hibari just made me automatically think of her as docile and yet unyielding. Aaaand 10 for Hibari too, because his reactions seemed in-character for the most part to me.
Grammar/Spelling - 8, a few mistakes here and there, but we all have those~
Story Flow - 18. I think the flow of this was good and nicely paced. Not too slow and not too fast. And please ignore the dirty inclinations of that phrases, haha.
Prompt Usage - 10, but only because it wasn't a very 'public' humiliation as opposed to a private one.
Originality - 13. I haven't seen a fic involving Mukuro faking memory loss as far as I remember. Good job!
Bonus - Glad you could include the bonus, and thank you a lot for participating, Aimee!
『栄美。』: Redjuice ☆ Heartbeataimeeshii on July 3rd, 2011 05:29 pm (UTC)
Oh, thank you for taking your time to use the point system. I need to go through and read the other entries soon, too. (:

So much love for you, Kitsune! Yeah, it does seem more private, rather than public, since I changed it last minute. Originally Tsuna and others were gonna stumble in, Kyouya yawning again causing a boner. Oh yes, I really was considering the boner from yawning idea for the prompt, stop judging.

Thank you for reading this! -hearts you-
chromeluster27 on July 4th, 2011 07:42 am (UTC)
LOL, I have read this already yesterday in my mobile phone but sadly I cannot log into my account and comment... :D

I liked the different interpretation of the prompt "public embarrassment". The first time I read the prompt, the first idea that came into my mind was a humorous story (though I really love reading romantic/angsty fics...) and almost all of the other fics that I have read focused on that angle of the prompt. The narration is commendable, though somewhere in the middle I was lost (ROFL, that might be a result of my multitasking galore :D) but cheers for me because I have understood already that part. :D

And waaaaahhhh! Am I reading things differently? Chrome likes Hibari in this story, right?

BTW, thumbs up to my Mukuro-sama in this fic! :D I envy you because you have captured his character well in this fic. Great job and good luck! :D
『栄美。』: Redjuice ☆ Heartbeataimeeshii on July 4th, 2011 08:06 am (UTC)
Welcome back then, CL!

Pfft, thank you! You know I really had no idea what I was writing, haha, so it makes sense that you were lost throughout it. Still, you read it all and that means a lot! <3

You could read it as Chrome liking Kyouya, or it could be curiosity, since she was allowed to be close to him if Mukuro was the reason/since he wasn't there, to observe them.

Captured his character?! Don't make me laugh, CL! My Mukuro was horrendous. ;__;
chromeluster27 on July 4th, 2011 08:18 am (UTC)
Hahaha, I believe that sometimes works that have not gone through any planning were the ones that turns out to be brilliant -most often-. Cramming is the best example of that, LOL.

Ooohhh, I see. I think i would prefer the perspective of Chrome liking Kyoya. *winks*

And what are you saying? You got Mukuro well in this fic Aimee-chan! I mean, that 'amnesia scheme' was oh-so Mukuro, and I interpreted that part like he was being possessive of Chrome. And let's admit that Mukuro is a very possessive person. ROFL...
『栄美。』: Redjuice ☆ Heartbeataimeeshii on July 4th, 2011 08:22 am (UTC)
Oh, LOL, that is very true! Or cramming proves that, completely! Seriously, the only thing for this one-shot that I had planned was for the embarrassed to be Kyouya getting a boner from yawning. But, of course, I kept my sanity and didn't include in the end.

Fine, fine, you can see it that way. (: I'm glad it works!

I never get Mukuro well, I'm oblivious to his character! Stop trying to comfort me, damn it! ;__; Yeah, he is possessive LOL... -sobs on you-
lunadeartemislunadeartemis on July 5th, 2011 05:53 pm (UTC)
I love this angle! Mukuro is such a sneak! :3
I enjoyed reading this through Chrome's perspective because you really get a sense of her devotion to Mukuro and her curious attraction to Hibari. I wonder, though, how he feels about her.
Great story!
I love, love, loved it!
『栄美。』: Redjuice ☆ Heartbeataimeeshii on July 5th, 2011 06:45 pm (UTC)
Aww, thank you, Luna! I really didn't know what I was writing for this, haha.

It means a lot that you liked it! Who knows what he feels? 8D I don't think we ever will!

I love, love, love you, Luna! <3
lunadeartemislunadeartemis on July 5th, 2011 07:04 pm (UTC)
Hibari. The real UMA in this series. ;3
1206312063 on July 9th, 2011 06:15 pm (UTC)
this is damned good shit!
I was a bit iffy since it was so vague in the beginning, but the ending sold me.
loved how you worked up to it and all -- couldn't stop reading 'till I got to the end, which is always a good sign

looking forward to more of your stuff =)
『栄美。』: Redjuice ☆ Heartbeataimeeshii on July 9th, 2011 06:18 pm (UTC)
That was an unexpected comment! Thank you, a lot! LOL;; That was my first time including them in a fic together, so it means a lot that you liked it. (:

//blushes for life
1206312063 on July 9th, 2011 10:21 pm (UTC)
lol you deserve it =)

sorry for the randomness ><
i joined write&run a while ago, but forgot about it, so I only just now got around to reading thru this week's turnout :D

and one thing led to another which brought me here whoo!

but yeah -- I wouldn't be able to tell this was your first time writing them together -- their interactions seem so organic, like you know them and how THEY work really well. Well I suppose it doesn't matter, so long as you just know them well, which is what it seems like anyway

umm yes I'm rambling
fuwacchifuwacchi on July 10th, 2011 12:59 am (UTC)
Character Interpretation:
Chrome - 10 ; She's very in character. Only thing that I'm not too fond of may be that she blushed too much, LOL, but it's Chrome so that's understandable.
Mukuro - 10 ; Simply because that's how I view Mukuro.
Hibari - 10 ; Well, I expected a 10 for this one anyway. You've been writing Kyouya for who knows how long, pfft!
Grammar/Spelling: 7 ; Eh...you know why, girl.
Story Flow: 16 ; The story was paced rather well and I took my time reading it. There weren't too many times I had to stop and re-read something, if there were any at all, excluding the times when certain people distracted me. -stares-
Prompt Usage: 12 ; Hmm...at least I understood what the embarrassment was (compared to some where I didn't understand at all what the heck the so called embarrassment was supposed to be).
Originality: 13 ; Great setting and I love how it's mainly an interaction between Mukuro and Chrome. At first I thought the pairings were 6996 and 6918 and then I was like what? Didn't understand at all why Chrome was seeing Kyouya and then I remembered that the pairings you listed were 6996 and 1896, no 6918. :(
Bonus: 10

TOTAL: 88/100

(Oh, that's the highest I've given out of three entries.)