Learn String Manipulation by Building a Cipher - Step 66

Hello, I have tried a number of different lines of code to resolve this issue but it keeps getting rejected. The message doesn’t throw any errors, but just comes back as incorrect. Do I need to include a value for ‘direction’? Any help would be much appreciated! Thank you

My code:

text = 'Hello Zaira'
custom_key = 'python'

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

    for char in message.lower():
        # Append space to the message
        if char == ' ':
            encrypted_text += char
            # 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)

# User Editable Region

            new_index = offset * direction

# User Editable Region

            encrypted_text += alphabet[new_index]
    return encrypted_text
#encryption = vigenere(text, custom_key)

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Learn String Manipulation by Building a Cipher - Step 66

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Hi there and welcome to our community!

You should multiply offset by direction within the existing code (i.e. don’t remove the index variable).

Thank you very much! I very much appreciate the quick reply