The terms of a particular sequence are determined according to the following rule: If the value of a given term $t$ is an odd positive integer, then the value of the following term is $3t -9$; if the value of a given term $t$ is an even positive integer, then the value of the following term is $2t -7$. Suppose that the terms of the sequence alternate between two positive integers $(a, b, a, b, \dots )$. What is the sum of the two positive integers?

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