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MAI FISHER

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Full Name: Mai Fisher
Nationality: Irish
Organization: The Directorate
Occupation Agent

Creator: P. A. Duncan
Time Span: 2012 - 2019

ABOUT THE SERIES

       Mai Fisher is an agent with the Directorate.
       That is the shortened name for the international spy organization for whom she works. The full name is the United Nations Intelligence Directorate and from that title it is easy to see it has a global reach and is said to answer to no one particular country or affiliation.
       In the second set of recorded adventures, it is explained that the Directorate was "the intelligence arm of the United Nations; can be called on by any signatory to its charter to supply 'neutral' intelligence; its operational director can also use agents at his discretion without the knowledge of a signatory country; officially, The Directorate does not exist."
       Through the three decades that the adventures cover, some quickly and some with a bit more detail, Fisher goes from a young "English aristocrat, recruited as a teenager because her late parents were Directorate agents" to a seasoned, highly effective agent who can easily work alone or with others, and then even onto the position where she would move behind the leader's desk and take control of the organization herself.
       Along the way she will be teamed up with the vitally important, to her, Alexei Bukharin, a defector from the Soviet Union who would become for a time the Directorate's top agent in the field and who, being 15 years older than she and therefore a lot more experienced, would teach the young Fisher how to succeed and survive in the cold world of the anonymous operative.
       After a time Fisher would get the older Bukharin to not look at their age differences and fall as in love with her as she was with him. They would, during the course of the numerous adventures, marry and have a child and then, over the years, a grandchild who would need to come live with them and who would be too smart to not notice the many trips each would take singly or together. And the not infrequent times they would return with new injuries they could never properly explain away. Eventually Fisher would have to explain to the teenager, "Let's just say there are people in the world who do not abide by their laws or the regulations of the UN, which they swore to do. We make certain their governments know about their actions. As you might imagine, that can make these people unhappy, so they try to stop us from turning them in."
       During this impressive journey, Fisher would recollect how "Twenty years ago in the midst of the Cold War, she had become a spy, more from family legacy than anything. The Cold War had been black and white, good and evil, two sides she could define with ease. Its aftermath was a gray area where friends became enemies and enemies friends, and her long-established methods were often insufficient for a new era."
       In that span, she would observe the rapidly changing technology and muse that "successes had come easy in the Cold War, and failure was too common in its passing. Her ideals were outmoded, her optimism naive. Though her skills were unsurpassed, the world of hands-on spying had devolved into ubiquitous, privacy-intruding cameras, satellites, and electronic eavesdropping. She suspected someone, somewhere would end up short for taking the human factor out of espionage." Further, "The Balkans. Africa. The Middle East. China. Korea. India. Pakistan. Northern Ireland. So many global hotspots, so few spies who could infiltrate or suborn. Yet, why put people at risk when you had satellites in orbit that could read newspaper headlines over your shoulder or parabolic microphones that picked up conversations from their vibrations on windows? And part of her had grown tired of it. That was the biggest shock of all. She had never envisioned a day with the intrigue, risk, and danger wouldn't lure her, but that day fast approached."

BOOKS

Number of Books:9
First Appearance:2012
Last Appearance:2019

1 Blood Vengeance Blood Vengeance
Written by P. A. Duncan
Copyright: 2013

A collection of 5 linked short stories:
Giving The Dead Back Their Names
Career Day
Blood Vengeance
A Father's No Shield For His Child
Days of Auld Lang Sync

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2 Spy Flash Spy Flash
Written by P. A. Duncan
Copyright: 2012

A collection of 25 "flash fiction" short stories which span the many decades Alexei Bukharin and then Mai Fisher worked for the Directorate:
Desert Nights and Weeping Flowers
Footsteps
Family Matters
Another Brick in the Wall
A Little Romance
Honor
Inconsequential Promises
A Beautiful Day
Resolve
Prizraki
Boredom and Terror
A Study in Blue
The One Who Got Away
Patience
Here, There Be Dragons
Four Seconds
Judas Goat
The Tortoise and The Hare
Let it Go for Now
Cleopatra’s Barge
Yea, Though I Walk
Angel of Death
Pep Talk
Closure
26 May 2011
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3 The Better Spy The Better Spy
Written by P. A. Duncan
Copyright: 2015

"A novel in stories" recounting the "defining mission" of Mai Fisher's career. The assignment was to go undercover in the IRA which would go awry, nearly killing her and taking the lives of nearly a dozen people including a man she had grown to love. It would haunt her for 30 years until a dying man reveals a secret which would "change everything".
The stories and their time frames are:
Part One - 2013
Sin Eater
Part Two - 1989-1991
Anything for the Cause
An Unnatural Order of Things
Butterfly in a Net
Discreet Inquiries
Resulting Complications
Thinking Alike
The Serendipity of a Car Accident
No More Confessions
Damaged Goods
Necessary Sacrifices
Beginning of a Beautiful Friendship
Part Three - 1987-1989
Hero Worship
Partners
The Better Spy
Delicate Sensibilities
False Courage
For Valour
Artificially Induced
No Secrets
Lady of the Flies
Part Four - 1986
Spook
Martyrs
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4 Spy Flash II Spy Flash II
Written by P. A. Duncan
Copyright: 2016

A collection of four novelettes depicting the era of Mai Fisher's life where she has left field work and become the operational head of the United Nations Intelligence Directorate where she must call upon her experience as an operative, which is a lot, and as a manager, which is not so much.
The stores are:
Spymaster
Blood Cover
Best Served Cold
Brave New World
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5 A War Of Deception A War Of Deception
Written by P. A. Duncan
Copyright: 2017

The year is 2001. Mai Fisher rushes to the first cab in line on a rainy night when she left a reception. The driver is suspicious to her and she is able to convince him to admit his job was to bring her to the Russian Mob. This is the start of a very interesting mission she had not anticipated.
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6 End Times End Times
Written by P. A. Duncan
Copyright: 2018

Book 1 in the A Perfect Hatred subseries.
A skinhead carjacker is intercepted by Mai Fisher and her husband Alexei. That gets the two to look into the growing world of militia and paramilitary groups in the U.S. Then the U.S. government asks for the help of the Directorate, much to the displeasure of the FBI AIC at a standoff with a religious cult in Texas.
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7 Bad Company Bad Company
Written by P. A. Duncan
Copyright: 2018

Book 2 in the A Perfect Hatred subseries
The work that Mai Fisher and Alexei Bukharin did at the religious cult standoff brought memories of old cases to both of them. Fisher wants to find out more about an intended attack by an offshoot of the IRA whil Bukharin looks into neo-Nazis and a possible clue in the decades old murder of his father and siblings.
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8 Descending Spiral Descending Spiral
Written by P. A. Duncan
Copyright: 2019

Book 3 in the A Perfect Hatred subseries
While Alexei Bukharin is unhappy with what he was forced to do in his search for answers and wants to go home and get back to normal, Mai Fisher is trying to close the case of John Carroll, a man out to for revenge on the government for its handling of the religious cult siege.
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NOVELLAS AND SHORT STORIES

Number of Stories:64
First Appearance:2012
Last Appearance:2019

1 Giving The Dead Back Their Names Giving The Dead Back Their Names
short story
Written by P. A. Duncan
Copyright: 2012

1st story in the collection Blood Vengeance - In the mid 1990's, the U.N. mission to the former Yugoslavia was extremely difficult as each side seemed determined to exact as much revenge on the other as could be done. Mai Fisher is one of those trying to bring peace but to save one soul sometimes means taking another.
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2 Career Day Career Day
short story
Written by P. A. Duncan
Copyright: 2012

2nd story in the collection Blood Vengeance - Time period - unknown. Mai Fisher and her husband Alexis are the grandparents of Natalie who lives with them. When that teenager needs one of them to attend Career Day, the question of what they would say because a heated topic. Telling school kids you are a spy who has killed people is not approved.

3 Blood Vengeance Blood Vengeance
short story
Written by P. A. Duncan
Copyright: 2012

3rd story in the collection Blood Vengeance - The year is 1999 and the place is Kosovo. In this mountainous region blood vengeance is the rule of law. Men kill. Women weep. Mai Fisher is on hand to find there the bodies are buried and report them. She finds so very man.
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4 A Father's No Shield For His Child A Father's No Shield For His Child
short story
Written by P. A. Duncan
Copyright: 2012

4th story in the collection Blood Vengeance - [plot unknown]

5 Days of Auld Lang Sync Days of Auld Lang Sync
short story
Written by P. A. Duncan
Copyright: 2012

5th and last story in the collection Blood Vengeance - [plot unknown]

6 Desert Nights and Weeping Flowers Desert Nights and Weeping Flowers
short story
Written by P. A. Duncan
Copyright: 2012

1st flash fiction story in the collection Spy Flash - [plot unknown]

7 Footsteps Footsteps
short story
Written by P. A. Duncan
Copyright: 2012

2nd flash fiction story in the collection Spy Flash - [plot unknown]

8 Family Matters Family Matters
short story
Written by P. A. Duncan
Copyright: 2012

3rd flash fiction story in the collection Spy Flash - [plot unknown]

9 Another Brick in the Wall Another Brick in the Wall
short story
Written by P. A. Duncan
Copyright: 2012

4th flash fiction story in the collection Spy Flash - [plot unknown]

10 A Little Romance A Little Romance
short story
Written by P. A. Duncan
Copyright: 2012

5th flash fiction story in the collection Spy Flash - [plot unknown]

11 Honor Honor
short story
Written by P. A. Duncan, P. A. Duncan
Copyright: 2012

6th flash fiction story in the collection Spy Flash - [plot unknown]

12 Inconsequential Promises Inconsequential Promises
short story
Written by P. A. Duncan
Copyright: 2012

7th flash fiction story in the collection Spy Flash - [plot unknown]

13 A Beautiful Day A Beautiful Day
short story
Written by P. A. Duncan
Copyright: 2012

8th flash fiction story in the collection Spy Flash - [plot unknown]

14 Resolve Resolve
short story
Written by P. A. Duncan
Copyright: 2012

9th flash fiction story in the collection Spy Flash - [plot unknown]

15 Prizraki Prizraki
short story
Written by P. A. Duncan
Copyright: 2012

10th flash fiction story in the collection Spy Flash - [plot unknown]

16 Boredom and Terror Boredom and Terror
short story
Written by P. A. Duncan
Copyright: 2012

11th flash fiction story in the collection Spy Flash - [plot unknown]

17 A Study in Blue A Study in Blue
short story
Written by P. A. Duncan
Copyright: 2012

12th flash fiction story in the collection Spy Flash - [plot unknown]

18 The One Who Got Away The One Who Got Away
short story
Written by P. A. Duncan
Copyright: 2012

13th flash fiction story in the collection Spy Flash - [plot unknown]

19 Patience Patience
short story
Written by P. A. Duncan
Copyright: 2012

14th flash fiction story in the collection Spy Flash - [plot unknown]

20 Here, There Be Dragons Here, There Be Dragons
short story
Written by P. A. Duncan
Copyright: 2012

15th flash fiction story in the collection Spy Flash - [plot unknown]

21 Four Seconds Four Seconds
short story
Written by P. A. Duncan
Copyright: 2012

16th flash fiction story in the collection Spy Flash - [plot unknown]

22 Judas Goat Judas Goat
short story
Written by P. A. Duncan
Copyright: 2012

17th flash fiction story in the collection Spy Flash - [plot unknown]

23 The Tortoise and The Hare The Tortoise and The Hare
short story
Written by P. A. Duncan
Copyright: 2012

18th flash fiction story in the collection Spy Flash - [plot unknown]

24 Let it Go for Now Let it Go for Now
short story
Written by P. A. Duncan
Copyright: 2012

19th flash fiction story in the collection Spy Flash - [plot unknown]

25 Cleopatra’s Barge Cleopatra’s Barge
short story
Written by P. A. Duncan
Copyright: 2012

20th flash fiction story in the collection Spy Flash - [plot unknown]

26 Yea, Though I Walk Yea, Though I Walk
short story
Written by P. A. Duncan
Copyright: 2012

21st flash fiction story in the collection Spy Flash - [plot unknown]

27 Angel of Death Angel of Death
short story
Written by P. A. Duncan
Copyright: 2012

22nd flash fiction story in the collection Spy Flash - [plot unknown]

28 Pep Talk Pep Talk
short story
Written by P. A. Duncan
Copyright: 2012

23rd flash fiction story in the collection Spy Flash - [plot unknown]

29 Closure Closure
short story
Written by P. A. Duncan
Copyright: 2012

24th flash fiction story in the collection Spy Flash - [plot unknown]

30 26 May 2011 26 May 2011
short story
Written by P. A. Duncan
Copyright: 2012

25th and last flash fiction story in the collection Spy Flash - [plot unknown]

31 Sin Eater Sin Eater
short story
Written by P. A. Duncan
Copyright: 2015

1st story in the collection The Better Spy
1st and only tale in Part One - 2013: [plot unknown]
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32 Anything for the Cause Anything for the Cause
short story
Written by P. A. Duncan
Copyright: 2015

2nd story in the collection The Better Spy
1st tale in Part Two - 1989-1991: [plot unknown]
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33 An Unnatural Order of Things An Unnatural Order of Things
short story
Written by P. A. Duncan
Copyright: 2015

3rd story in the collection The Better Spy
2nd tale in Part Two - 1989-1991: [plot unknown]
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34 Butterfly in a Net Butterfly in a Net
short story
Written by P. A. Duncan
Copyright: 2015

4th story in the collection The Better Spy
3rd tale in Part Two - 1989-1991: [plot unknown]
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35 Discreet Inquiries Discreet Inquiries
short story
Written by P. A. Duncan
Copyright: 2015

5th story in the collection The Better Spy
4th tale in Part Two - 1989-1991: [plot unknown]
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36 Resulting Complications Resulting Complications
short story
Written by P. A. Duncan
Copyright: 2015

6th story in the collection The Better Spy
5th tale in Part Two - 1989-1991: [plot unknown]
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37 Thinking Alike Thinking Alike
short story
Written by P. A. Duncan
Copyright: 2015

7th story in the collection The Better Spy
6th tale in Part Two - 1989-1991: [plot unknown]
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38 The Serendipity of a Car Accident The Serendipity of a Car Accident
short story
Written by P. A. Duncan
Copyright: 2015

8th story in the collection The Better Spy
7th tale in Part Two - 1989-1991: [plot unknown]
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39 No More Confessions No More Confessions
short story
Written by P. A. Duncan
Copyright: 2015

9th story in the collection The Better Spy
8th tale in Part Two - 1989-1991: [plot unknown]
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40 Damaged Goods Damaged Goods
short story
Written by P. A. Duncan
Copyright: 2015

10th story in the collection The Better Spy
9th tale in Part Two - 1989-1991: [plot unknown]
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41 Necessary Sacrifices Necessary Sacrifices
short story
Written by P. A. Duncan
Copyright: 2015

11th story in the collection The Better Spy
10th tale in Part Two - 1989-1991: [plot unknown]
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42 Beginning of a Beautiful Friendship Beginning of a Beautiful Friendship
short story
Written by P. A. Duncan
Copyright: 2015

12th story in the collection The Better Spy
11th tale in Part Two - 1989-1991: [plot unknown]
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43 Hero Worship Hero Worship
short story
Written by P. A. Duncan
Copyright: 2015

13th story in the collection The Better Spy
1st tale in Part Three - 1987-1989: [plot unknown]
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44 Partners Partners
short story
Written by P. A. Duncan
Copyright: 2015

14th story in the collection The Better Spy
2nd tale in Part Three - 1987-1989: [plot unknown]
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45 The Better Spy The Better Spy
short story
Written by P. A. Duncan
Copyright: 2015

15th story in the collection The Better Spy
3rd tale in Part Three - 1987-1989: [plot unknown]
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46 Delicate Sensibilities Delicate Sensibilities
short story
Written by P. A. Duncan
Copyright: 2015

16th story in the collection The Better Spy
4th tale in Part Three - 1987-1989: [plot unknown]
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47 False Courage False Courage
short story
Written by P. A. Duncan
Copyright: 2015

17th story in the collection The Better Spy
5th tale in Part Three - 1987-1989: [plot unknown]
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48 For Valour For Valour
short story
Written by P. A. Duncan
Copyright: 2015

18th story in the collection The Better Spy
6th tale in Part Three - 1987-1989: [plot unknown]
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49 Artificially Induced Artificially Induced
short story
Written by P. A. Duncan
Copyright: 2015

19th story in the collection The Better Spy
7th tale in Part Three - 1987-1989: [plot unknown]
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50 No Secrets No Secrets
short story
Written by P. A. Duncan
Copyright: 2015

20th story in the collection The Better Spy
8th tale in Part Three - 1987-1989: [plot unknown]
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51 Lady of the Flies Lady of the Flies
short story
Written by P. A. Duncan
Copyright: 2015

21th story in the collection The Better Spy
9th and last tale in Part Three - 1987-1989: [plot unknown]
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52 Spook Spook
short story
Written by P. A. Duncan
Copyright: 2015

22nd story in the collection The Better Spy
1st tale in Part Four - 1986: [plot unknown]
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53 Martyrs Martyrs
short story
Written by P. A. Duncan
Copyright: 2015

23rd story in the collection The Better Spy
2nd and last tale in Part Four - 1986: [plot unknown]
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54 The Yellow Scarf The Yellow Scarf
novella
Written by P. A. Duncan
Copyright: 2015

"A year after U.N. spy Mai Fisher was held captive by Serbian paramilitary warlord Arkan, she finds herself back in the disintegrating Yugoslavia, investigating sniper activity in Sarajevo with her partner, and husband, Alexei Bukharin. On a cold, autumn day, she stands in the same spot where a sniper killed a young mother the day before. Mai feels the pull of justice, not just for the mother but for what Mai lost the year before. Then, it all goes wrong. Mai still wants justice, but Alexei understands vengeance is sometimes the better option."
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55 My Noble Enemy My Noble Enemy
novella
Written by P. A. Duncan
Copyright: 2015

Years ago, Mai Fisher has been lovers with CIA agent Edwin Terrell. Then she met and married Alexei Bukharin. Now decades later, Terrell is dying and wants to meet up with Fisher so she can help him end his pain. Meeting with him will anger her husband but Fisher feels an old obligation.

56 Spymaster Spymaster
novelette
Written by P. A. Duncan
Copyright: 2016

1st story in the collection Spy Flash II
[plot unknown]
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57 Blood Cover Blood Cover
novelette
Written by P. A. Duncan
Copyright: 2016

2nd story in the collection Spy Flash II
[plot unknown]
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58 Best Served Cold Best Served Cold
novelette
Written by P. A. Duncan
Copyright: 2016

3rd story in the collection Spy Flash II
[plot unknown]
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59 Brave New World Brave New World
novelette
Written by P. A. Duncan
Copyright: 2016

4th and last story in the collection Spy Flash II
[plot unknown]
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60 A Face In The Crowd A Face In The Crowd
novella
Written by P. A. Duncan
Copyright: 2017

Brendan Mears is a high school history teacher in George and has been for many years and loves it. When his current class earns the money to travel to NYC to see Hamilton, he cannot go with them for that would violate an agreement and breaking that would cost him his life.
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61 Who Watches The Watchmen? Who Watches The Watchmen?
novella
Written by P. A. Duncan
Copyright: 2017

Mai Fisher is very concerned when, towards the end of a Presidential election, the FBI releases secret information only a few in the Directorate knew. To Fisher, that shows someone in her group is trying to sway the U.S. election. Finding that person is her top priority but someone else says no.
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62 Hidden Agendas Hidden Agendas
novellae
Written by P. A. Duncan
Copyright: 2017

The new conservative Presidency is the start of some major concerns for Mai Fisher, especially since her former assistant has in essense offered the Directorate to the Chief Executive as his personal intelligence force.
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63 The Broader Concerns Of All Humanity The Broader Concerns Of All Humanity
novella
Written by P. A. Duncan
Copyright: 2019

"The United Nations Intelligence Directorate has settled into its new location in Geneva, and Mai Fisher is, at last, coming to terms with the move. She and Alexei Bukharin are raising a young Russian orphan, and that whole work/life balance thing seems to be functioning well. That changes when she sees the name of a new-hire in the U.N. Special and Security Forces--the name of a man, who as a teenager, sent Mai and Alexei down a road to the darkest mission of their careers. Is it coincidence he shows up in her life twenty-five years later, or is he seeking revenge?"
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64 A Case Of Mistaken Identity A Case Of Mistaken Identity
short story
Written by P. A. Duncan
Copyright: 2019

"Two years after the darkest mission of her career, Mai Fisher is intent on an evening out with some acquaintances. A decent meal, a good play, interesting company are what she needs to push away that mission's memory and more recent events in the Balkans. Someone has other plans, however. In the midst of her meal, an old enemy reappears, and Mai does the only thing she can: She pursues him."
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