Learn String Manipulation by Building a Cipher - Step 63

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Hello there. I need some guidance. I’ve been stuck on this step for around 15 minutes now and I’m not sure what I have not tried. I’ve called my function but when I try to store the return variable in my variable, all I get are error messages. Where do I go from here?

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text = 'Hello Zaira'
custom_key = 'python'

def vigenere(message, key):
    key_index = 0
    alphabet = 'abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz'
    encrypted_text = ''

    for char in message.lower():
    
        # Append space to the message
        if char == ' ':
            encrypted_text += char
        else:        
            # Find the right key character to encode
            key_char = key[key_index % len(key)]
            key_index += 1

            # Define the offset and the encrypted letter
            offset = alphabet.index(key_char)
            index = alphabet.find(char)
            new_index = (index + offset) % len(alphabet)
            encrypted_text += alphabet[new_index]
    
    return encrypted_text

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vigenere(text, custom_key)
    return encryption = vigenere(text, custom_key)

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Learn String Manipulation by Building a Cipher - Step 63

You cannot use return outside a function. To store the value returned by a function into a variable you need to assign the function call to that variable.