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Le Grand Blanc De Lambarene
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A Dance for the Heroes - Finzan
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Almost Kings
Wanting a closer connection with his older brother, freshman Ted Wheeler seeks initiation into a group called "The Kings". But, as the corruption of The Kings is revealed, Ted must expose the ugly truth about the brother he once idolized.