I heard that I’m super fierce - Chapter 22
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After Geng Qinghe and Liao Tong were finished cautiously inquiring about the conditions of a few houses outside, they came all the way back to find them in the living room, where they saw Lin You and Jian Mingjia sitting firmly on the sofa. One was in a daze, and the other was flipping through a magazine.
Geng Qinghe was okay, but Liao Tong was inevitably knocked off balance.
Although it was necessary to take care of the girls, they shouldn’t loaf about on the job. He took two steps forward and spoke uprightly.
“You—Dang!” He said two words before seeing the thing hanging outside the window, and he was immediately shocked, “What are you doing?!”
Lin You was a little dazed by his call. She turned her head and looked over before remembering, “Oh, I hung it up. I almost forgot.”
Liao Tong: “…”
He pointed at the half-dangling puppet in horror, and his hands were still shaking.
—How the fuck could she forget?!
The puppet named Billy, who, when he last saw it, had been stuffed into the closet by her, was completely wet now, and the legs of his pants were still dripping.
The wooden stick stuck above the balcony and passed through its sleeve on one side, going went straight through, hanging it horizontally. But there was no support on the neck, letting its head sag. It was scary enough to look at it during the day let alone in the middle of the night. It was impossible not to be scared to death.
Liao Tong wanted to break his head. He didn’t want to understand what the two of them were doing.
“This,” Geng Qinghe also looked dazed, “This is…”
Seeing him look over, Jian Mingjia, who was still immersed in the magazine, waved her hand immediately.
“Don’t ask me,” she tried to straighten her face to prevent herself from laughing. “My stomach hurts.”
—She was smiling.
“Alright, alright. Let me summarize it.”
Lin You thought she was really sweet.
“Shortly after you left, I searched the kitchen with her. It didn’t know how it came out behind us,” she said, “It was staring at both of us for a long time and suddenly laughed. I thought I couldn’t let it provoke or scare people, so I grabbed two peppers from the refrigerator—”
Geng Qinghe: “…You grabbed two what?”
As if unable to see the shock on their faces at all, Lin You said flatly: “Then it was so spicy that he rushed directly to the sink and turned the faucet all the way up. As a result, its whole body got wet. I waited for it to stop moving and then just hung it out to dry.”
Her tone was so normal as if she was hanging a T-shirt instead of a strange haunted puppet.
Liao Tong: “………………”
His outlook on the game was about to break.
What kind of magical operation was this?! And it actually worked?!
If Liao Tong himself were in that situation, he thought that as soon as he turned around, he would not help his scalp tingling when facing a puppet that suddenly appeared in front of him. He looked at Lin You—the girl he felt was unlucky at first and was very sympathetic towards for being selected by Mary Shaw—and he couldn’t help but see she was more nuanced.
There was a little awe in the subtlety.
“I want to know now,” he said difficultly. “So puppets can eat too? They don’t have tongues?”
“The marionette doesn’t have one, but Mary Shaw does.”
Thinking back to the scene, Jian Mingjia couldn’t help but brag. Now she could stop her laughing easily, and she said sternly: “Remember that nursery rhyme, ‘She will tear your mouth and tear your tongue’—Mary Shaw put all the tongues of the victims in her own mouth, and used them to imitate their voices.”
“When she is attached to the puppet, the puppet has a tongue.” Jian Mingjia stretched out her hands, “I guess she can’t stand it after drinking cold water. She is directly out of the carrier of Billy, but I don’t know whether it will be spicy after going back.”
Liao Tong now felt that this world was a bit illusory, and he wanted to be quiet.
Standing on the side, Geng Qinghe thought for a while and silently stretched out his hand to pat his shoulder comfortingly. Everyone had gone through this stage, and he still understood this feeling a bit.
The strange teammate fell into a sluggish state of death. Lin You had always been accustomed to her own way, and she didn’t care too much about it. She took the folder that was found in the car to the table.
Before the two returned to the house, she and Jian Mingjia took the time to search the upper and lower floors, but unfortunately, they didn’t even find any evidence. The only thing that could barely count as a clue was an old business card with curled edges.
Lin You had seen the same business card in the folder, and the only difference was that one was new and one was old.
A certain law firm was registered on the business card, and the original owner was obviously a lawyer.
Her name was Kasey.
“This Kasey has a problem.” Lin You said.
Jian Mingjia: “Huh?”
“She has been to this small town and left her business card. It is estimated that she did it alone. She should have notified me of this,” Lin You said, “I thought that my relative had been dead for a while. But now there are traces of someone’s life here a few days ago, how did she know that he was dead?”
Jian Mingjia understood.
“Does she have something to do with Mary Shaw?”
“It’s possible,” Lin You shrugged, “In any case, my character design will change from ‘relative who inherited the inheritance’ to ‘unlucky relative who was tricked into inheriting the inheritance.'”
“All that to say, besides this, we haven’t gained much here.”
She turned to Geng Qinghe, “Have you found anything?”
Geng Qinghe: “Uh—”
“We walked a small half block,” he said frankly, “I knocked from house to house, and there wasn’t a single person left.”
“Then wait till the end…”
Geng Qinghe hesitated, “I saw a lake. There seemed to be a puppet theater in the middle it. It’s just that the bridge was broken. If you want to go over, you have to use a boat on the side. We thought about discussing it with you and we came back.”
Lin You and Jian Mingjia looked at each other.
“Puppet theater…” she repeated meaningfully.
It was probably where Mary Shaw performed.
“It’s most efficient to go there directly, right?” Jian Mingjia took the lead, “I have no objections.”
Geng Qinghe: “…Me, me neither.”
“I also don’t—” Liao Tong subconsciously followed the crowd at the time of the crash, and he suddenly reacted, “Wait, isn’t it possible to run into Mary Shaw if you go there?”
“Well, that’s what I said.”
Lin You nodded.
“Her hideout is probably there.” She said, “But now that there are no clues in the house, we can’t check them one by one. Of course, it’s fastest to break into the theater.”
At the time of such discussions, Lin You saw Billy who was hanging on the balcony raising his head little by little behind the three of them, and his eyes rolled around and around.
She gave it friendly smile.
Thinking of the sourness of the two fresh peppers for a moment, Billy dropped his head quickly again.
Everyone was puzzled by her smile, and Lin You made a gesture of zipping her mouth shut, “Don’t scream at anything.”
“Don’t think I can’t see it,” Jian Mingjia whispered beside her as she walked out the door, “You want to get Mary Shaw’s card.”
“Hey, don’t say you can see through it,” Lin You said with a smile.
She was still thinking about the puppet in the shop at first, but after seeing Billy, she instantly changed her mind. Anyway, every puppet is the carrier of Mary Shaw. In that case, why not get the BOSS directly?
This is also a B-grade level, and it was probably another SR.
She said solemnly: “I can’t wait to meet Mary Shaw.”
Jian Mingjia: “…”
To be reasonable, she felt that the other party probably regretted deceiving such a person.
Geng Qinghe and Liao Tong had been walking before, and the four of them naturally drove faster together. The car stopped on the side of the road, and with the sound of opening the doors one after another, Lin You also came down to a stop and looked around.
As Geng Qinghe said, from here, one could vaguely see the signs of the building on the island of the lake with words such as “Puppet” and “Theater.” The theater was not small, and even if it was now dilapidated with dismantled building materials piled up all over the ground, you could still see the traces of the original glory.
The iron bridge a few meters away was supposed to be used to go straight to the island, but it was badly damaged, and the middle section sunk into the water. No matter how you looked at it, it was impossible to cross the bridge.
Their only choice was a wooden boat on the shore.
The boat was small, and everyone had to be crowded if they wanted to sit down. Lin You was the last one to get on the boat, and she stepped on it as it swayed. Even she felt unsafe.
Fortunately, the load-bearing capacity of the small wooden boat was still sufficient. Liao Tong raised the wooden oars to the shore of the lake, and they floated towards the middle of the lake.
The farther away from the shore, the heavier the mist was on the water. No one spoke, and there was only the sound of the oars beating against the water.
Geng Qinghe was the first to give up rowing and imagining.
“I’m so flustered,” he said with a bitter face: “You said that if you are rowing, you have to put a hand on the boat—”
Jian Mingjia: “…”
Jian Mingjia: “You shut up!!”
“Come on, there is nothing to be afraid of.” Liao Tong said, and the speed of his rowing had obviously increased.
“What are the oars in your hands for?” Lin You was the one who was really not panicked. She leaned her arm against the side of the boat and said coolly, “If something comes up, hit it directly.”
…She was fierce!!
Perhaps because he had witnessed her drying the puppets out, Liao Tong felt that this was particularly convincing when she said it from her side.
Obviously she is a young girl, he thought to himself, why did he have a sense of awe at her bravery…
Fortunately, Geng Qinghe was not tempting fate, and they rowed smoothly all the way to the island. When disembarking, Jian Mingjia clearly heard her childhood friend sigh almost inaudibly.
—Are you actually sorry for that?!
Lin You was a little frustrated. The SR card was rare, but the R card was also not bad—it was one more card. A child could choose one but of course, an adult wants them all!
But her attention quickly shifted to other places. The puppet theater where Mary Shaw once performed was demolished, but that was limited to the interior, and the door was locked properly.
“How do we get in now?” Lin You asked, “Bang on the door? Open the window? Is there another entrance?”
Liao Tong coughed.
“Let me do it.” He said: “I am in this profession.”
Jian Mingjia said “Huh?” and Liao Tong simply explained a few more words as if to justify himself.
“Maybe because as a rookie I picked a lock and stole a key during the test,” he said, “I was judged to be a thief—in fact, I was interested in researching it when I was a child, and this is about to be tested.”
“I understand.” Jian Mingjia held back a laugh.
Liao Tong stood in front of the theater gate so they couldn’t see his tricks. Within five seconds, a crisp sound was heard, and the heavy lock that hung on the door fell into his hand.
“Okay,” he breathed a sigh of relief, “It’s open.”
The ticket office was located outside the door, and rows of seats were right in front of the entrance. No one had cleaned it for years, and layers of spider webs had formed in the corners and even on the cushions. Lin You saw a spider hanging upside down from one of them.
She took a step aside.
Liao Tong picked up an emergency light from the side, tried it, and found that it still worked.
As soon as the light shone, the shadows of hundreds of soft chairs were completely black, and the stage was empty. The huge theater was so quiet that they got chills.
The four of them passed through a dozen rows of seats in silence, and Liao Tong also shook the emergency light over there, showing that something was wrong.
Geng Qinghe was at the end. His vision was limited, and he accidentally tripped himself.
“Fuck!” He knocked his head heavily on the armrest and immediately covered his forehead with pain. He was about to prop up on the cushion, and his hand stuck in the crack and he suddenly felt something, “Hey? What’s this? Toothbrush?”
“Why did anyone bring this to the theater…”
He flipped the thing in his hand with the light in front and saw a line of words engraved on it.
“English? ‘The best toothbrush in the world’… this kind of advertising slogan is popular now?” Geng Qinghe muttered, “‘Toothbrush’ is actually spelled wrong.”
Lin You, who was a few steps ahead of him, turned her head back.
“You said a toothbrush?”
“Ah, yes,” he said blankly, “What’s the matter, Lin You?”
“Not bad,” Lin You joked, taking the toothbrush he handed over, “It’s lucky.”
Geng Qinghe: “???”
Seeing that they had stopped, the other two also stopped, confused.
Lin You remembered the system prompt she heard when she first started the cooperative mode—“Items other than special items cannot be brought out of the copy,” which meant that special items can be taken by the player or even used in another copy.[Read this novel and other amazing translated novels from the original source at the “Novel Multiverse dot com” website @ novelmultiverse.com]
But in these days of public beta, very few people get such props. She had seen some rumors in a few posts, and it is said that if you found something useless, you have to recognize it.
“Have you heard of the SCP Foundation?” she asked.
“SCP,” Lin You repeated, “a series of works commissioned by governments of various countries to specifically control organizations that contain supernatural phenomena or individuals.”
“This is one of the items, numbered SCP-063.”
As soon as she finished speaking, a layer of light flashed across the toothbrush.
A transparent window popped up right in front of her eyes.
Geng Qinghe was stunned.
NAME: SCP-063 “THE BEST TOOTHBRUSH IN THE WORLD”
DESCRIPTION: A LIGHT BLUE TOOTHBRUSH. ALTHOUGH IT HAS BEEN PROVED BY EXPERIMENTS THAT IT IS ONLY MADE OF ORDINARY PLASTIC, IT HAS THE ABILITY TO PASS THROUGH ANY DEAD OR INORGANIC OBJECT EFFORTLESSLY, AND OBJECTS THAT TOUCH THE BRISTLES WILL COMPLETELY DISAPPEAR WITHOUT LEAVING A TRACE.
NUMBER OF USES: 3
Lin You thought that this painting style was much more serious than her illustrated book.
“This means…” Geng Qinghe stared at the little “3,” “It will be automatically revoked after using it three times?”
“It should be.”
She stuffed the toothbrush into his hand, turned around, and followed the two people in the front, “Otherwise, it would be too much to reuse.”
“Hey, Sister Lin You.”
Geng Qinghe hurriedly stopped her: “Sister Lin You, don’t you want it?”
“What would I do with it?” Lin You gave him a strange look. “If you find it, keep it yourself.”
“But you recognized it…” Otherwise, he couldn’t take it out, but seeing that she really didn’t intend to take it, Geng Qinghe had to stuff it into his backpack, “Well, if you want to use it, just tell me.”
“This really is a coincidence.”
Liao Tong watched the process of a fortunate event. At this moment, he couldn’t help but envy and hate him: “I want to pick up a special item, too.”
But thinking about it seriously, if he found it, he won’t recognize it, so he had to give it up.
Passing through the first row of seats, they looked separately and found a side door.
Pushing the door and stepping into the backstage of the theater, the rotten air that had accumulated over the years hit them instantaneously, and it was also mixed with a vague stench, which made them instinctively uncomfortable.
Jian Mingjia pinched her nose and stopped at the table.
“Youyou,” she said, “look at this.”
Lin You walked over and saw a sketchbook laid out on the table.
Various puppet parts were drawn, and she turned a few pages back until she finally saw a line of comments.
—“Make a perfect puppet.”
She remembered that when Mary Shaw kidnapped the little boy at the beginning, she wanted to use him to make a perfect puppet, but the result was far from what she expected. In the movie, Mary Shaw succeeded after death and used her perfect puppet to fool the protagonist until the last minute.
She didn’t know if in these settings, she had completed her final work or not.
She closed Mary Shaw’s sketchbook and turned her head to see Liao Tong looking at a huge curtain.
He noticed that there was a rope hanging on the side that was tangled for a long time. Seeing that the others did not object, he cruelly grabbed the rope and pulled it.
With a brushing sound, the curtain fell.
The moment he saw the scene behind the curtain, Liao Tong’s scalp almost exploded.
“Fuck,” he murmured.
From floor to ceiling, old-fashioned puppets were densely displayed in the glass cabinets. Their cheeks were raised, their lips were bright red, and their round, plastic eyes were colorful.
The positions of the puppets were all different, but they were all looking in the same direction.
In other words, even if they were just separated by a huge curtain—
They had been watching them.
Bathed in the sight of hundreds of puppets, Liao Tong only felt that the nape of his neck was tingling.
What’s more, their loose wooden jaws were also falling downward and looked like a smile.
As if the screwed wood was turning abruptly, accompanied by a soft “crack,” the puppet at the top left slowly turned his head. It rolled its eyes, made a sharp “creak,” and leaned in the same direction with a weird smile.
The puppet next to it did the same action, followed by the second and the third—
“Are you playing dominoes?” Lin You asked coldly.
Liao Tong: “…”
He clearly saw the next puppet froze.
The horror atmosphere was completely extinguished by her words, but in the next second, maybe because of remembering all the things before, the puppet suddenly burst out with a scream of anger.
Its facial features began to twist, pulling into a woman’s face attached to it.
Oh, this is terrible.
Lin You quickly looked over at her side and was glad that no one had any weapons.
“What are you staring at,” she called out, “Sneak away!”
The glass cabinets behind her shattered to the ground one by one, and she didn’t care how many puppets were chasing after her. Lin You directly knocked open the door she had just opened with her shoulder, and when she saw that there were many puppets pouring out of the corridor, she couldn’t help cursing.
More than puppets.
Some of them may have turned out to be residents of the small town. The decayed, wrinkled, “puppets’s” corpses now looked like they were still living.
Jian Mingjia closed her mouth tightly, and Geng Qinghe gritted his teeth and turned his gaze away.
This situation…is fine.
Lin You thought.
If she really had no support, she would not dare to break into Mary Shaw’s puppet theater.
The palm of her hand turned, and a black shadow rose from behind.
“What’s this again?!” Liao Tong collapsed. His worldview was really broken into scum this time—the kind that leaves not even the wind behind.
The “what” he mentioned quietly looked over, and he couldn’t say even a word.
“Help me destroy those puppets,” Lin You said quickly, “As many as possible.”
The guy she summoned didn’t move. The suit he was wearing was still neat and tidy. It turned out that the tie was washed and tied around his neck. The blank face looked at Lin You without any emotion and stared at her.
…That was not accurate, because he had no eyes.
Lin You: “…”
“Please?” she asked tentatively.
She seemed to hear a certain SR humming lukewarmly.
Slenderman only used his tentacles to move backward, breaking all the puppets into the ground. A woman’s sharp scream rang out, but then the next batch of puppets swarmed.
“He can only help us for a minute!” Lin You turned around the corner and hurriedly exhorted as she ran, “This road is blocked from the gate just now, but there should be a safe exit nearby—”
Running a long way from the fork in the road just now, Lin You finally found time to look back.
She stared at the three of them for a moment.
“Where is Liao Tong?”
Liao Tong was not scared away by Slenderman.
He could tell it was obviously something his teammates made and no matter what, he would keep all the questions in his stomach.
But he didn’t look up. He ran forward with his head down, and when he reached the fork, he subconsciously turned in the opposite direction. But the puppet possessed by Mary Shaw was still screaming at the back so no one could hear his footsteps.
When he finally noticed the error and raised his head, he found that he was separated.
Out of the corner of his eyes, he saw groups of puppets still catching up behind him, and Liao Tong pushed the nearest door in a panic.
—Really let him push away.
Throwing himself into the door, Liao Tong turned around and pressed his back against the door, panting for breath.
He looked up again, and his whole body suddenly became cold.
Someone was here before him.
The posture of the woman standing by the window with her back to him was so straight that he couldn’t see anything unusual at first glance. However, his mind was clear that it was strange to have normal people in this theater.
“Want to know how to get out of here?” He heard the guy ask.
Liao Tong did not dare to speak out.
“Come here,” she said, “Come over and I’ll tell you.”
Liao Tong realized that he had done something stupid. He tried desperately to twist the doorknob. But at this moment, the door that was easily opened before seemed like someone was holding the handle outside and not letting him open it. He understood his situation.
He looked up desperately.
The woman in front of the window turned around at this moment. Her face was wrinkled with scars, her eyeballs were black, and her jaws, like a puppet, moved incessantly.
The face was familiar. He had seen it when the puppet was deformed.
It was Mary Shaw herself.
She faced Liao Tong and opened her mouth from which her tongue had been removed.
The familiar yelling sounded, and Geng Qinghe suddenly stopped as he was about to rush to find someone.
All three of them knew it was too late.
—He didn’t hold back the scream at all, and he was probably cold now.
“We can only run by ourselves,” Lin You made a decisive decision. “Can I light the theater with a torch?”
Geng Qinghe always felt that this development was a bit familiar—if they did it again this time, they were afraid that they would not be the arsonists of three instances in a row.
It really carried out the phrase “If the fire is not enough, add more gasoline.”
This time it was rejected by Jian Mingjia.
“You forgot that there are more in town? And there must be more than the two we’ve seen!”
This was true.
The immediate priority was to escape, and fighting in an away-game was still so narrow and they would certainly not be dominant.
They went around all the way, and the emergency exit was right in front of them. But the puppets that had missed the Slenderman touch also caught up, and if Lin You’s feelings were right, most of them were coming for her.
—She caused most of the hatred by herself!
Yes, Lin You could still understand her thoughts. If someone put chili in her mouth, she would not hold a grudge.
However, there were a lot of puppets. She had just escaped the attack of one, and the next second it jumped up and hugged her calf.
This strength was not small, and a few flutters caused her to fall to the ground. Lin You didn’t care about the glass slag that had knocked into her arm somewhere, so she only tried to push it away with her head against the puppet.
“Sister Lin,” she heard Geng Qinghe shout, “Catch!”
Lin You grabbed what was thrown to her ear. The next second, Mary Shaw’s puppet saw her smile suddenly.
The brush handle passed through the chest, and while the entire toothbrush pierced through the puppet, it seemed to be swallowed by something suddenly, disappearing without a trace.
This time even the screams didn’t have time to stay.
—SCP-063 is really easy to use.
The thought only lingered in Lin You’s mind for two seconds. She jumped up from the ground, kicked another puppet away, and rushed out of the theater together with Jian Mingjia who worked hard to open the exit door.
As soon as they left the door, they saw some dismantled debris piled up next to them and dragged some of it to directly block the door.
The puppets inside ruined most of them, and the only remaining strength was the strength that could not be knocked away, and the three of them relaxed.
“Come here,” Jian Mingjia slumped on the ground, beckoning to Lin You, “I’ll help you bandage your arm.”
Lin You realized that the cut area was still dripping blood, and even her physical strength had dropped a little.
She walked over and sat down, “What I said before has been fulfilled.”
“It’s okay to stand FLAG on your own.”
Jian Mingjia answered coldly as she dragged out the first aid kit that came with her profession, “But my level can only eliminate your bleeding now, and can’t recover your physical strength, so I put on a bandage and it’s good.”
She moved swiftly and solved this little problem in two or three seconds.
Seeing them finish, Geng Qinghe hesitated and asked, “Where are we going?”
He was used to soliciting Lin You’s opinion, but Lin You didn’t think about it.
In the story she knew, Mary Shaw commissioned others to make her body into a puppet after her death. In order to keep her quiet, the residents of the town buried her and her puppets together.
Facts have proved that this had no effect. Those puppets would soon disappear and appear in every corner to murder the townspeople, so it was impossible to rest in peace.
“I don’t have a clue.” Lin You raised her voice, “Does the one standing over there have any ideas?”
Both Geng Qinghe and Jian Mingjia were unconsciously immersed in the joy of the end of the calamity, and only then were they surprised that there was someone standing under the shade of a tree not far away.
The person in the shadow walked out slowly, with no corrupt skin, no forced puppet chin, and a very normal looking beauty with outstanding looks.
Her shoulder-length blond hair hung loosely on both sides, looking at the three people leisurely.
“Originally, I thought about the excuse of ‘I’ve come to help you with the formalities, come over and see the situation when you see your car parked here,’ but it seems to be unnecessary.”
“It’s not necessary.”
Lin You nodded in agreement, “After all, I have guessed your identity.”
“Kasey” —no, Mary Shaw, who was attached to “Kasey,” gave a sneer.
She realized that Kasey was related to Mary Shaw early in the morning, and when she saw the drawing of the perfect puppet, she became more sure of her guess.
Mary Shaw in this instance also completed her perfect puppet decades after her death and named it “Kasey.” After she wiped out all the people in the town for some reason, she used the perfect puppet to lure their offspring and relatives to come and kill them.
“But I still don’t quite understand,” Lin You said, “Why did you kill the whole town?”
“Because they deserved it.”
At this time, what came out of the opponent’s mouth was not “Kasey,” but the hoarse voice of Mary Shaw.
“Since they wanted my theater to disappear, I made them disappear.”
Lin You glanced at the piles of construction waste and understood.
It may be that some people did not believe in the evil of the nursery rhyme, or it may be that the residents of the small town who had been afraid of Mary Shaw finally could not bear the disappearance or murder from time to time. In short, they stood up and wanted to completely demolish this unknown theater.
It’s a pity that Mary Shaw set out on her plan when it was halfway through.
“It’s not just them.”
Mary Shaw hissed and laughed, “Their offspring, and their relatives, I want them and you all to disappear.”
So you lied to her too?
“But I haven’t disappeared.” Lin You pretended to be worried.
It was really a headache that the conditions for killing have not been met.
Mary Shaw: “…………………………”
This person was stuffing hot peppers in her mouth and destroying her puppets. The hatred of the older generation and the new debts made her look at Lin You with a little more anger.
“Let’s do it.” The latter pretended not to realize it, and still proposed friendly, “Let’s make a bet: within 24 hours, as long as you scare me and make me scream, even if I make a sound, I will take the initiative to meet the conditions at your disposal.”
“Of course. The other way around, if I win—”
“It doesn’t matter.”
Mary Shaw sneered.
Anyway, she will be the winner.[Read this novel and other amazing translated novels from the original source at the “Novel Multiverse dot com” website @ novelmultiverse.com]