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An Ambitious Street Performer
The crew meets the somewhat clumsy performer Ulamnuran through a chance encounter. He wants to one day show the Astrals his skill, so (Captain) and company welcome him with open arms.
While in town for a little shopping, (Captain) and company spot a young Harvin man giving a performance.
Jaw agape, Lyria stares transfixed by his many tricks and claps for him when he finishes.
???: Thank you very much! You know, nothing makes me happier than a satisfied audience.
Lyria: Incredible! How did you know which card they would pick?
???: A good magician never reveals his tricks! Heh-heh... Knowing would spoil the fun anyway.
Lyria: Hmm... I still wonder how you did it. It was so amazing!
Vyrn: Great job, dude! And what a crowd! I can see why they were here though!
???: Would you expect anything less from Ulam, the world's greatest performer?
Vyrn: Whoa! The world's greatest?
???: You heard me! The Ulam's short for Ulamnuran! Remember that name, because one day every skyfarer will recognize it!
Lyria: Wow! You're amazing, Ulam!
Ulamnuran: Hehe... Go on! I've never been one to turn down a compliment!
Vyrn: Hmm... I think we could learn a thing or two from this guy, (Captain).
Vyrn: We are bound for Estalucia, right?
Vyrn: Heh-heh. Well, if we really wanna reach the end of the sky, then we better assemble the greatest crew we can get!
Ulamnuran: Estalucia, huh? Isn't that supposed to be where the Astrals live? They say no one's ever been there before...
Lyria: Yes! And that's where we plan on going.
Ulamnuran: No way! That is too perfect!
Ulamnuran: Please! You gotta let me join your crew!
Lyria: Sure thi—wait, what!
Vyrn: Yeah, come again? Gettin' a little head of yourself aren't ya, bub?
Ulamnuran: Well, how can I call myself the world's best performer if the Astrals don't even know who I am?
Ulamnuran: So let's go to Estalucia together! I'll put smiles on their Astral faces!
Vyrn: Hmm... He talks a big game, but what do you think, (Captain)?
Choose: Sounds fun.
- Sounds fun.
- You any good in a fight?
Ulamnuran: I know, right? And the fun won't stop while I'm around!Choose: You any good in a fight?
Ulamnuran: Hehe. Don't let my looks fool you. I've been on my own for a while now, so I can handle myself better than most.Continue 1
Vyrn: Well, that settles it! Looking forward to seeing what you can do, Ulam.
Lyria: Me too! Welcome aboard, Ulam!
Ulamnuran: The pleasure's all mine!
Ulamnuran: Now that that's out of the way, let me go and get my stuff from the inn. You just wait he-Ouch!
Ulamnuran: Who the heck put a wall here?
Vyrn: Ouch! You just ran smack into it! You gotta watch where you're going...
Ulamnuran: Yeah, yeah. Just wait right there!
Vyrn: Oof... That was a nasty fall! You okay, Ulam?
Ulamnuran: I'm fine! Right as rain!
Lyria: Oh! Ulam! Something fell out of your pocket!
Vyrn: Whoops... And there he goes. I guess I'll pick it up and give it back to him later.
Shortly after parting from the crew, Ulamnuran manages to get himself lost, only relocating (Captain) and the others the following afternoon.
Ulamnuran: Heh, I'm back, just like I said I would be! The world's greatest performer, Ulamnuran, at your service!
Ulamnuran, a clumsy young Harvin who claims to be the best of the best when it comes to putting on a show.
Whether he'll actually find fame among the Astrals remains to be seen.
A Smile on Every Face
Ulamnuran drags the crew to a remote mountain village, but they're attacked by monsters before arriving.
Vyrn: So, um... Ulam. Where's the village? It's just mountain after mountain here.
Ulamnuran: Hmm... According to the map, it should be a little further ahead.
Lyria: Wait, you got that map while you were performing in town, right?
Ulamnuran: Sure did. From a peddler.
Ulamnuran: He was complaining about how street performers never go to his hometown because it's too deep in the mountains.
Ulamnuran: And I can't ignore a call for help like that. I gotta show them my performance!
Vyrn: Geez... I've heard of dedication to your craft, but this is a little much...
Ulamnuran: Um... Well, all we have to do is go past this boulder and—ouch!
Lyria: Whoa! Are you okay? I saw you hit your head on the tree.
Ulamnuran: D-don't worry! I'm okay!
Vyrn: Are you sure? Your head made a pretty loud bang, and now you're all teary eyed.
Ulamnuran: Never mind me. Just keep your eyes open! I hear there are monsters in these mountains.
Vyrn: Look who's talking... Let's just keep moving. Ulam, watch your step!
Ulamnuran: Yeah, I—Aahh!
Vyrn: What did I just say! You gotta watch out for tree roots or—whoa! Did you really just run right into a monster?
A Smile on Every Face: Scene 2
The journey to the village ends up being a long one. The crew tries to take a break when Lyria gets fatigued, but monsters interrupt the respite.
Lyria: Pant... Pant...
Ulamnuran: Lyria, are you tired? Well, I guess we have been walking for quite a while now.
Lyria: I... I'm fine, honest. I can keep going!
Vyrn: Don't force yourself. (Captain) is worried about you too.
Lyria: Thank you, (Captain). Then I'd like to rest a little.
Ulamnuran: Hmm... According to the map, we should see the village any second now.
Vyrn: Hey! Did you hear that sound?
Ulamnuran: Of course! I hope it's the villagers...
Ulamnuran: Oh, no you don't! (Captain), we can defeat these guys in no time!
Vyrn: Let's go!
A Smile on Every Face: Scene 3
Vyrn discovers that Ulamnuran has been reading the map upside down the whole time, but they eventually make it to the village despite the set back. Ulamnuran performs to the delight of the villagers.
Ulamnuran: Gah, with all these monsters about, I can't even look at the map in peace!
Vyrn: It's so weird that we aren't there yet! It seems like it'll be night by the time we make it.
Vyrn: Hey. Ulam, lemme see that map.
Ulamnuran: Here you go.
Ulamnuran: This is the town we were at this morning. If the sun is in this direction, the village should be down this path.
Vyrn: Wait a minute...
Lyria: What's wrong, Vyrn?
Vyrn: I can't believe it! Ulam! You had the map upside down!
Vyrn: Geez... No wonder we still haven't reached the village.
Ulamnuran: W-wait! The map! Let me see it again!
Vyrn: I told you... This is the town and this is the village... And...
Ulamnuran: You're right...
Ulamnuran: I'm sorry, everyone!
(Captain) confiscates the map from Ulamnuran before guiding everyone in the actual direction of the village.
Night falls before they reach the village, so Ulamnuran decides to perform in the morning.
Ulamnuran: Step right up! Don't miss the performance of the great Ulam, finest performer in the sky!
Boy: Whoa! How'd you do that?
Girl: Wow! Can I see that again?
Villager: That's wonderful! Wow, I have no idea how he did that magic trick.
Vyrn: Nice! Ulam is killing it!
Lyria: Yeah! Both the adults and the children are having so much fun. Ulam is great!
Vyrn: Yeah... If only he weren't so clumsy...
Despite complaining, Vyrn can't take his eyes off of Ulamnuran's show.
The performer himself smiles broadly, reveling in the joy of a happy audience.
The Narcissist and the Busker
A wealthy young girl sees Ulamnuran's street performance. She enjoys it so much she offers to make him her personal entertainer. Ulamnuran explains that his true goal is to entertain as many people as possible, and he politely declines her offer, but she orders her guards to take him back to her house by force!
While trying to get to Estalucia, (Captain) recruits the street performer Ulamnuran into the crew.
He always entertains those around him with his clever tricks, and he performs as they travel and take on missions.
Ulamnuran: Roll up, roll up, for the best show in the sky! Ulam's amazing street performance is about to begin!
Ulamnuran: First, some juggling! One club, two clubs, three, four, five clubs!
Man: Wow, that's amazing! I can't believe he can do that!
Ulamnuran: And now… Here we go!
While continuing to juggle several items at once, Ulamnuran steps onto a rolling ball.
Millionaire's Daughter: Fantastic!
Ulamnuran's amazing performance captures the attention of many people who were passing by, who applaud his skill.
One girl is especially enamored with his exciting tricks.
Ulamnuran: Thank you, thank you! You've been a wonderful audience!
Ulamnuran finishes his performance amid applause from the audience, and the girl comes over to talk to him.
Millionaire's Daughter: Oooh! What are you gonna show us next?
Ulamnuran: Sorry, but today's show is over now! I've got to get back to the ship.
Millionaire's Daughter: No! You can't stop now! Show me more!
Millionaire's Daughter: I have a brilliant idea. You can come back to my house and become my own personal jester!
Ulamnuran: I'm sorry, but my aim is to make the whole world smile!
Ulamnuran: I can't be staying in one place forever.
Ulamnuran: But I'm so happy that you enjoyed my little show so much!
Millionaire's Daughter: What did you just say? You dare refuse my request?
Ulamnuran: Sorry, I'll come back to this town and perform again some day!
Millionaire's Daughter: No… You can't do that! To me, servants!
The girl, angry at her request being declined, turns to the bodyguards following behind her.
Millionaire's Daughter: Heeheehee… In that case, I'll take you home by force!
Ulamnuran: Wha? Wait, you can't do that! Stop!
Vyrn: Hey, Ulam! We thought you'd be finishing up your show, so we came to see you!
Ulamnuran: Ah! Great timing! (Captain), help me!
Lyria: Huh? Ulam, what's going on?
Ulamnuran: I'll explain later! Help me deal with these guards first!
The Narcissist and the Busker: Scene 2
Some thugs sneak onto the Grandcypher while (Captain) and the crew are asleep, and attempt to kidnap Ulamnuran! The millionaire's daughter is trying to take him away again to be her own personal entertainer! The crew leap into battle against the thugs to save their friend.
(Captain) and the crew defeat the girl's guards and return to the ship.
Vyrn: Man… Ulam, you had some pretty rotten luck back there.
Ulamnuran: Yeesh… it was quite the situation!
Ulamnuran: I'm happy that she enjoyed the performance, but to think she could turn so violent all of a sudden!
Lyria: Yeah… Anyway, it's getting late, we should be getting to bed!
Ulamnuran: (Captain), thank you so much for saving me!
Ulamnuran: Good night!
Lyria: Good night, Ulam!
Late at night, after (Captain) and the crew have fallen asleep, they are suddenly awoken by the sound of Ulamnuran yelling.
Ulamnuran: Aaargh! Wh-what are you doing? Let go of meeeeee!
Vyrn: Whoa, what's going on? Ulam? Are you OK?
(Captain) and the crew rush toward the noise, finding a group of thugs trying to take Ulamnuran away!
Vyrn: Stop right there, scumbags! What are you trying to do with Ulam?
Millionaire's Daughter: I already told you, lizard! He's going to become my own personal jester, just for me!
Ulamnuran: What? It's the girl from earlier!
Ulamnuran: What are you trying to do? You can't just kidnap people!
Millionaire's Daughter: Grr… stop resisting! Father hardly ever lets me out of the house to see entertainers!
The crying girl tells the crew about her strict life within her mansion.
Ulamnuran: Ah… that's very unfortunate…
Ulamnuran: That's why you were so excited to see my performance…
Vyrn: Whoa, Ulam, you can't seriously be sympathetic to this girl! She tried to kidnap you!
Ulamnuran: You're right, Vyrn. I'm travelling throughout the sky, bringing smiles to everyone I meet.
Ulamnuran: One day I'm going to bring a smile to the faces of the Astrals themselves! I can't stay here with you.
Millionaire's Daughter: Why, you… Just come quietly! You're not getting away!
The Narcissist and the Busker: Scene 3
The rich man apologizes to (Captain) and Ulamnuran for his daughter's actions, and reprimands her for causing trouble. Ulamnuran explains to the man that he is worried about the girl's lack of freedom. As they return to the ship, Ulamnuran is lost in thought, and he explains that he is forming a plan, and that he will tell (Captain) when he has worked it out further.
(Captain) and the crew fight off the thugs, and take the girl back to her house.
Rich Man: I'm dreadfully sorry. I had no idea my daughter had caused such a ruckus. Apologize to these people, now!
Millionaire's Daughter: (sniff) I… I'm sorry…
Ulamnuran: As long as you don't do something like this again, I'll be happy.
Ulamnuran: You should give your daughter a little more freedom. It was her frustration at being kept inside that built up and let to this.
Millionaire's Daughter: Wha?
Rich Man: Th-thank you for your kind words. It's admirable that you care so much about my daughter.
Rich Man: By way of apology, if there's anything that I can do for you, I'd be happy to help.
(Captain) and the crew say their farewells to the man and his daughter, and leave the mansion.
Vyrn: Huh, what's up? Why are you all quiet? Oh, are you tired?
Ulamnuran: Huh? Oh no, I'm fine. I am slightly tired, but…
Ulamnuran: I've got an idea. I'll tell you when I've worked it out a little more, (Captain).
Ulamnuran: Heehee, just you wait! Stay tuned and you'll find out!
Ulamnuran seems unexpectedly confident, it seems that the recent problems have given him a new source of inspiration…
A plan hatched by the greatest performer in the sky is sure to surprise and delight (Captain) and the crew.
But first, they will have to wait for the plan to be revealed…
Ulamnuran assembles the whole crew, and explains his plan to start his own circus to perform to as many people as possible. His plan is to assemble many different performers from across the sky, and perform in a town square. (Captain) and the crew like the idea, and agree to help him carry out his plan.
One day, Ulamnuran tells (Captain) that he has something to announce, and they assemble the crew.
Lyria: What's wrong, Ulam? Has something happened?
Ulamnuran: Well… I told (Captain) a while ago that I had an idea, didn't I?
Ulamnuran: I've worked out the details, so now I'd like to announce it to you all!
Ulamnuran begins to talk, a serious look on his face.
Ulamnuran: Street performances are things that people see while they're going somewhere, or in the middle of doing something.
Ulamnuran: The viewers have other aims and intentions. So it's a coincidence that I, the performer, have met them.
Ulamnuran: Now, I personally just think of it as an interesting quirk of the business, but…
Ulamnuran: But that means that children who can't go into town freely, or people who live in faraway towns can't come to see the show!
Ulamnuran: Isn't that a shame? So I was wondering if I could do something to bring the show to more people…
Vyrn: Ahhh, so that's why you've been so quiet over the last few days!
Ulamnuran: You're right! And… now I've thought of a way to do it!
Lyria: Ooh! What's the plan?
Ulamnuran: We need to reverse the way people think about street performers! They need to come to town specifically to see a performance!
Ulamnuran: If we advertise that we're doing it a while in advance, we can get people to come!
Ulamnuran: We'll use a town square, and we'll recruit other performers to join the show!
Ulamnuran: It'll be flashy and lively, just like a fantastic circus!
The crew, hearing Ulamnuran talk so excitedly about his plan, are caught up in the moment.
Wow! It sounds so fantastic!
Carmelina: Would it be OK if I performed too?
Ulamnuran: Of course! Let's put on a great circus show, Carmelina!
Carmelina: Woohoo! I'm so excited!
Ulamnuran: Oh, (Captain). I have a special request for you.
Ulamnuran: I want to contact other performers! I was wondering, could I borrow your ship to travel to see them?
Vyrn: Ah, I see! Let's help him out, (Captain)!
Ulamnuran: Thank you so much! I'll make sure you all get front-row seats!
Lyria: Ooh! I'm so excited to see the circus!
And so, (Captain) and the crew set out on a journey to recruit performers from all over the sky to take part in their show.
It's Showtime!: Scene 2
Unfortunately, the famous animal tamer who Ulamnuran intended to recruit to appear in his circus has retired, saying she is too old to perform. Ulamnuran is saddened, but the animal tamer offers to teach him her performance, which he enthusiastically accepts. (Captain) and the crew, seeing Ulamnuran's excitement, decide to join in the animal taming training.
On the advice of Ulamnuran, (Captain) and the crew visit a famous animal tamer. However…
Ulamnuran: Oh… So you're retired from show business now?
Animal Tamer: I'm dreadfully sorry… I'm just too old to be performing anymore. I hope your circus goes well!
Ulamnuran: Thank you, ma'am. It's a shame, though… You were such a fantastic animal tamer!
Animal Tamer: Ah, you're flattering me! It's so nice for a fellow performer to pay me such a nice compliment. Wait! I know!
The old woman exclaims that she could teach Ulamnuran how to be an animal tamer.
Ulamnuran: No way! That would be amazing!
Animal Tamer: I warn you, I'm a strict teacher! Can you cope with it, Ulamnuran?
Ulamnuran: Hahaha! Never underestimate the strength of the greatest performer the sky has ever seen!
Ulamnuran: I'll carry on your art and bring it to a whole new generation of fans!
And so, Ulamnuran begins to learn the ways of the animal tamer.
(Captain) and the crew decide to tag along, thinking it would be a handy skill to have on their adventures.
It's Showtime!: Scene 3
Ulamnuran's circus finally has its first performance. There are many spectators, excited to see the delights that the circus has to offer. But Ulamnuran isn't satisfied with just one performance, saying he needs to practice more for the next one.
Ulamnuran has learned the ways of the animal tamer, and has assembled a group of performers from all over the sky.
They rent a square to perform in, advertise the event, and finally the day of the circus's first performance arrives.
Ulamnuran: Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls! Welcome to the show!
Ulamnuran: We've got magicians, acrobats, all kinds of wonderful performances for you to enjoy!
The opening performers take the stage and demonstrate their skills, and the crowd gets more and more excited.
Ulamnuran: Next! It's the star performer of the imperial court, the wonderful Carmelina!
Carmelina: Good evening, everyone! How are you enjoying the show?
The crowd can't keep their eyes off of Carmelina's breathtaking acrobatic stunts.
They are speechless at her daring tricks, and applaud uproariously.
Carmelina: Tada! Next up, it's our greatest performer, Ulamnuran!
Ulamnuran steps onto the stage after Carmelina's introduction is finished.
He juggles multiple balls while simultaneously walking a tightrope.
Ulamnuran: Woohoo! And now, for my next trick…
He adds knives to his daring juggling performance, and the crowd gasp with fright!
Ulamnuran: It's time for the grand finale! Are you ready? …I can't hear you!
He throws the knives out, severing the ropes that are holding back the animals.
He demonstrates many fantastic tricks involving the animals, including jumping through fire hoops, and the crowd goes wild!
Lyria: Wow, Ulam, that's amazing!
Vyrn: Haha, his performance is even better than usual!
Ulamnuran: Thank you, thank you!
The crowd go crazy for his amazing stunts, and the circus performance is over in what seems like no time at all.
Ulamnuran: I'm sad to have to go, but alas, the curtain must fall on our little show!
Ulamnuran: But save your farewells! We'll be back before you know it!
Carmelina: Seeya soon, everybody!
And so, the curtain falls on Ulamnuran's much-loved circus.
Lyria: Ah, what a great show! Well done, Ulam!
Ulamnuran: Thank you! I'm glad you enjoyed it!
Ulamnuran: But I'm not finished yet!
Ulamnuran: I've got to keep practicing for next time!
Ulamnuran, the legendary performer, seeks to bring smiles to the world through his performances.
For him, the success of his circus is just a stepping stone on the way to his dreams.
Maybe one day he will be able to bring a smile to the faces of the Astrals, too…
Live and Let Laugh
Ulamnuran learns of Ludmila's inability to stop laughing and takes it upon himself to cure her. Although he ultimately fails for the time being, his efforts have opened up new avenues for his street performances.
Ulamnuran: Good, good. This new technique'll do just fine! I'm a genius if I do say so myself.
Ulamnuran is practicing his craft on the deck of the airship.
Ludmila: Hahaha, new mushrooms! Huh? Mmpftt... What's with that hat... Snort.
And who else should pass by but Ludmila.
Ulamnuran: (Oh? A spectator?)
Ulamnuran: (Well, I can't let her leave disappointed! Time to put on a show!)
Ludmila: His hat... All it reminds me of is that mushroom. Hahaha.
Sensing Ludmila's gaze on him, Ulamnuran beautifully performs difficult tumble after difficult tumble.
Ulamnuran: Ta-da! What do you think?
Ludmila: Heh heh. It was great! You're a street performer? Haha...
Ulamnuran: Hiyah! I can do things like this too!
Ludmila: Well, isn't that something? Hahah... Ahaha...
Ulamnuran: Dun-dun! This spectacle featuring the great Ulam is just getting started!
Ludmila: Ahaha! P-please continue! Hehe.
Ulamnuran: (Um... I think she's enjoying it, but...)
Ulamnuran: (Something doesn't seem quite right about this girl.)
Ludmila: Hahaha-huh? Is it over already? Pfft...
Ludmila's abnormal way of laughing throws the tumbler off his game, and he stops his practice session.
He approaches the overenthusiastic girl to have a word.
Ulamnuran: Um, thanks for watching my performance!
Ulamnuran: The name's Ulamnuran, greatest street performer in all the wild blue yonder!
Ulamnuran: Wowzers. You're a regular laugh machine, but can I ask you something? Are you actually enjoying yourself?
Ludmila: Y-yeah, I am. Hehehe... I'm sorry—Ahaha!
Ludmila apologizes through bouts of laughter, which only throws Ulamnuran into further confusion.
Ulamnuran: Huh? I don't get it. What are you apologizing for?
Ludmila: Basically I ate a weird mushroom, and now
I—yuk, yuk—can't stop laughing!
Ulamnuran: Ah, so that's the story. Guess it wasn't because my tricks were actually interesting to watch.
Ludmila: Hahaha. No, no! It definitely was! Snort.
Ulamnuran: Hehe... Well, good then. Thank you! Er...
Ludmila: I'm Ludmila. Ahaha. Nice to meet ya-ha-ha.
Ulamnuran: Same to you, Ludmila!
Ludmila: The pleasure's all—Pffft!
Ludmila: Sorry. Haha. Didn't mean to laugh.
Ulamnuran: (I can see she doesn't mean to laugh, but it comes out anyway. That's no fun at all.)
Ludmila: Mmpff... What is it? Hehe...
Ulamnuran: I said I was the greatest street performer in the skies, didn't I?
Ulamnuran: I'll cure you of your laughing fits.
Ulamnuran: That way you can smile for reals when you get a load of my act!
Ludmila: Hoohoohoo. That would be fantastic!
Ludmila: Please—hehehe—give it your best shot.
Ulamnuran: You betcha. I got this!
Ulamnuran: Hm... Wonder if scaring the laughter out of her like you'd do with hiccups would work.
Ulamnuran: Behold! I have in my hand a deck of plain ol' cards. Would the lady kindly choose one?
Ludmila: Bwahaha! Okay, this one—
The instant Ludmila pulls a card from the deck, a bird comes flying out at her from Ulamnuran's hands.
He looks at the startled Ludmila with a victorious smile.
Ulamnuran: Bam! Spooked the laughter right out of you, didn't I? What works for hiccups surely works for the giggles too.
Ulamnuran: See? I don't hear any—
Ludmila: Bwahaha! Ahahaha!
Ulamnuran: Darn. Spoke too soon. Well, how about an awe-inspiring magic trick?
Ulamnuran: Just an ordinary wand, right? A one! A two! And a three!
Ludmila: Mmph... Hnngh... Ahahaha!
Ludmila's laughter shows no signs of stopping but neither does the great Ulam.
Ulamnuran: Nope, that won't do it either. I'm not done yet though!
Ulamnuran: I have here three colored balls. Watch as I toss them high into the air. Hah!
Ludmila: Amazing! Hahahaha!
Ulamnuran: Holy moly! Laughing so hard you're literally shaking! Shoot, this isn't a comedy act.
The street performer grumbles in melancholy.
For all of his talents, the sound of laughter will not abate.
Ulamnuran: Hrrm... All that's left is to intentionally bomb the set with a dad joke.
Ulamnuran takes a deep breath to steel himself. Flames of determination ignite in his eyes.
He casts off his pride and screams out to the world.
Ulamnuran: Ever had toadstool? It stinks!
Ludmila: Huh? Uh, bwuh?
Ulamnuran: Yes! Did it work?
Ludmila: Mmmpph... Hnnk... Huff...
Ulamnuran: Are you kidding me? Ludmila! She laughed all the air out of her lungs!
Ulamnuran: (Captain)! Someone! Help!
Thanks to Ulamnuran's quick response, Ludmila is fine.
He has time to reflect when all is said and done.
Finally the Harvin comes to a decision.
Ulamnuran: I'll do it. I'll come up with a fantastic act to end Ludmila's laughing fits once and for all!
With renewed zeal, Ulamnuran tackles many challenges to expand his repertoire.
Meanwhile, Ludmila searches for a mushroom shaped like Ulamnuran's hat.
Ludmila: Hehehe. I found it! Hahaha!
She intends to turn it into a dish for Ulamnuran as thanks for his help.
But that is a tale for another time.