Intertwined by Gena ShowalterIntertwined by Gena Showalter


byGena Showalter

Hardcover | August 18, 2009

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Most sixteen-year-olds have friends. Aden Stone has four human souls living inside him:

One can time-travel.

One can raise the dead.

One can tell the future.

And one can possess another human.

With no other family and a life spent in and out of institutions, Aden and the souls have become friends. But now they're causing him all kinds of trouble. Like, he'll blink and suddenly he's a younger Aden, reliving the past. One wrong move, and he'll change the future. Or he'll walk past a total stranger and know how and when she's going to die.

He's so over it. All he wants is peace.

And then he meets a girl who quiets the voices. Well, as long as he's near her. Why? Mary Ann Gray is his total opposite. He's a loner; she has friends. He doesn't care what anyone thinks; she tries to make everyone happy. And while he attracts the paranormal, she repels it. For her sake, he should stay away. But it's too late….

Somehow, they share an inexplicable bond of friendship. A bond about to be tested by a werewolf shape-shifter who wants Mary Ann for his own, and a vampire princess Aden can't resist.

Two romances, both forbidden. Still, the four will enter a dark underworld of intrigue and danger—but not everyone will come out alive….
Gena Showalter writes in the genres of contemporary romance, paranormal romance, and young adult fiction. She is the author of the Alien Huntress series, Tales of an Extraordinary Girl series, Atlantis series, and Lords of the Underworld series. Her other books include The Stone Prince, The Pleasure Slave, and Catch a Mate. Her books h...
Title:IntertwinedFormat:HardcoverDimensions:448 pages, 7.58 × 5.48 × 1.41 inPublished:August 18, 2009Publisher:HARLEQUINLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0373210027

ISBN - 13:9780373210022

Appropriate for ages: 14 - 17

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from For the souls I liked the four souls the best. Eve who can time travel. Elijah who can see the future. Julian who can raise the dead. And Caleb who can possess bodies. Their stories could have easily taken up a lot more pages than they did, trying to find out who they are and how they got in Aden's mind in the first place, but that would probably leave no room for any other plot points. I really hope the second book goes into more detail because if you're going to have four voices in your head, these four seem pretty cool. The story revolves around Aden, Mary Anne-who's somehow able to quiet the souls, Victoria-a girl from his visions he feels drawn to, and Riley-Victoria's guard. It's all very symmetrical and 'perfect'. The timeline in the book from when everyone meets is about 2 months, but they all become close and involved in each other's business very quickly. Insta-love comes into play once again. *sigh* The writing was awkward sometimes, and even formal for supposed teenagers. The story overall felt longer than it needed to be and I was waiting for more details on the souls and even more insight into Aden's past but it wasn't very informative or built on. Bottom Line Read this one for the souls. They seriously made this book better. There's so much mystery surrounding them and even though Aden complains about never having quiet you can really tell he loves them and they love him in turn. It's cute! The other characters were ok, nothing special in my opinion, though a lot of new issues are brought up that leave you hanging for the next book. My review's also here:
Date published: 2011-04-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This was a great book. So many characters but they were all needed. I loved all the characters. I found myself wanting to know more about them! Everything worked out in the end. Thanks to Maddy who bought this book for me! :)
Date published: 2010-12-09
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Intertwined When i first picked this book up it had everything you could want in a book a good plot summary, a cool cover, the title seemed good, romance, paranormal beings to make it more interesting but when i started reading it i found i didn't enjoy it as much as i thought i would. sadly, this book was more disappointing for me. i got so excited to read it and when i got around to reading it, it was just okay.
Date published: 2010-03-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Two romances for the price of one! Not being a fan of Gena Showalter previously, I went into this not knowing what to expect. In fact, I let it sit on the shelf for a couple of months before I picked it up and gave it a serious go. And am I glad I did! As other reviewers have mentioned, Intertwined is the perfect name for this book. Over the course of its 440 pages (which go by in a flash), we learn more and more about the interconnectedness of all the characters. Aden is a 16-year-old who has four human souls trapped inside him. One can time travel, one can see the future, one can raise the dead, and one can possess the body of another human. Because Aden has to live a very tenuous life with these four other people, and the powers they pass on to him, this kid has lived a hard life, in and out of foster care and mental institutions. Not to mention, the simple act of going near a cemetary causes the dead to rise up and try to kill him! Now in a new town, determined to get a new start on life, he meets Mary Ann, a girl who does the most extrordinary thing to him: makes him feel at peace. Something that Aden has never felt before. As Aden struggles with making this new friend, and attending public school for the first time, he andMary Ann meet to incredible individuals: Victoria, a vampire princess, and Riley, her werewolf bodyguard. Just a Aden feels the draw to Mary Ann, he also feels an emotional connection to Victoria that he is determined to discover. But he's not the only one who's developed an interest on the supernatural, as Mary Ann learns more and more about Riley and his dual-self. Halloween is fast approaching, with Victoria's father the king (THE Vlad the Impaler) wanting Aden to attend his ball, supernaturals of all kinds are decending on the city, called there by the strange energy pull that Aden seems to be giving off. Four people's lives depend on Aden's abilities, which are tested when family secrets begin to arise.
Date published: 2010-01-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very Good The title is the best description. It's a very well thought plot with lots of twists and turns that I really enjoyed. I'll be waiting for the sequel Unraveled due out in Sep 2010. 18/1000
Date published: 2009-11-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A New Take on the Paranormal World Aden is a regular teenage boy. Except for the fact that he has 4 souls trapped inside his head, he spends his free time decapitating zombies, and has been moving to insane asylums all his life. Yeah, just another ordinary guy. But when he moves into the ranch for "bad boys", his life takes a turn. One of the souls inside his head saw Aden's future with a girl, and when Aden meets Mary Ann, he feels an instant connection with her. But Mary Ann was not the girl in his vision. Instead, the girl was Victoria, a vampire Princess. Victoria was drawn to Aden's power the moment they met, and Riley, Victoria's bodyguard and werewolf, felt drawn to Mary Anne. The four friends face challenges they never knew could be possible: faeries bewitching them, demons hunting the four down, and of course, the famous Vlad the vampire--and also Victoria's father--who has been awoken by Aden's power. Intertwined was a neat new take on the paranormal world. The concept of the story was unique and different and it was interesting to read about Aden and his adventures as he tried to figure out his past. Overall, not a bad book: 3.8 stars.
Date published: 2009-11-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Intertwined Indeed! There were so many complex layers to this story. I found it dragged in the beginning, but once it got rolling it was totally entertaining and kept me reading. We have two romances for the price of one, souls trapped, werewolves, vampires, witches, demons, you name it! Suspence and a cliff hanger ending. Can't wait for the next edition!
Date published: 2009-10-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from WOW! WOW! WOW! All I can say is that this book is a must read. When I first opened the book and realized that the main character was only 16 years old i was disappionted. he was so young. But Ms Showalter pulled it off beautifully and it work great. With The hereo and characters being so young, i felt like I was with the characters and their first experiences. it couldn't have been better written. The characters were amazing and believable. I coundn't put this book down. I will be waiting for the continuing story with impatience. This is a must read for showalter fans...
Date published: 2009-10-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Must Read!!!! Intertwined had everything; Witches, Goblins, Faeries, Vampires, Werewolves...and awesome characters with powerful abilities. The moment I began reading, I was hooked, the characters and the suspense leave you never wanting to put this book down. Aden has four souls trapped in his head; Eve, Caleb, Julian and Elijah, One can time travel, one can see the future, another can raise the dead, and one can posses another person's basically, Aden has all these powers. There is no end to the constant yapping in this mind, but when he meets Mary Anne everything goes silent, and he can't hear them anymore. Aden takes interest in this girl, and secrets are reveled, Aden meets a Vampire Princess, and Mary Anne meets a werewolf who wants her for his own.. Aden wants to find out how to get the souls out of his head, he will need all of their help. This is an exciting adventure with action, suspense, romance, love, mystery and humor all intertwined into a addicting story. Overall, I loved this book, it was awesome. It ends with you wanting to know what happens next, so I am hoping there will be a sequel!!!
Date published: 2009-09-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from So Full it's SOULFUL! A great kick off to a new paranormal teen book by Gena Showalter. I'm a big fan of her Lords of the Underworld series and her ability to portray a vast variety of characters without blurring the lines definitely plays a huge role in her newest YA novel. Aden Stone is handsome, a loner of sorts, sixteen, and incredibly troubled. He's got this little problem. Well, actually, FOUR little problems. They've got names, Julian, Caleb, Eve and Elijah. Each grants him an ability, time travel, precognition, necromancy and possession of another body. They've been with him for as long as he can remember, each unique in their wants, desires, advice and greivances. Each taking up wonderful real estate INSIDE his head. He's had a fun filled youth of mental institutions and been officially declared schizophrenic thanks to his rag tag team of cranium crashers. But thanks to Julian's gifted ability of precognition, Aden knows he's going to meet a girl, one that will help him find the peace he craves and silence the voices in his head. She's beautiful and he can't stop thinking about her. And when he meets Mary Ann in his new home town of Crossroads, he thinks everythings going to be perfect. He's convinced she's the girl from his first. This was a wonderful beginning to the Intertwined series, a little slow at the start after a graveyard shaking encounter with some zombies, but it picks up the pace again and finishes in first place. Check it out and become intertwined!
Date published: 2009-09-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow... I REALLLY REALLLY ENJOYED THIS BOOK This being my first Gena Showalter book, and the first book of a new YA series by Showalter, i didn't know what to expect. The premise of a boy with 4 souls living in his head with abilities, and meeting this girl that calms the voices, and then being drawn in by a vampire princess, i saw the potential, but i didn't know where the author would bring us with it! Well holy crap were those aspects ever only the tip of the iceberg! And with THAT being said, I AM an instant fan of this book/series/author, and am just bummed that the next chapter in this series isn't until September 2010. I literally can't tell you everything that goes on in this book if i tried. For a 400+ page book, i felt like it was like a TV mini series with the stuff happening. It wasn't always action-action, but there was a lot going on, and i never for one second felt bored but rather intrigued as to what we readers would find out next. Showalter also did something i really enjoyed: While the book was not set in a first person narrative, it switched between two main characters throughout. We got to know Aden, the 16yr-old with 4 souls living in his head (each with an ability that was sometimes quite inconvenient: time travel, raising the dead, telling the future, and possession of another being) who has been raised to think he's a schizophrenic delinquent. I'm so used to a female main character in these types of books that i was so happy to see a male main figure. The next main character is Mary Ann, whom is seemingly normal but also seems to be a power/ability neutralizer of sorts. When she first meets Aden, she has this urge to flee him but also befriend him. Aden has an objective of getting to know her based solely initially on the fact that SHE can numb the voices / very talkative souls. There is no romance between Mary Ann and Aden. They are purely platonic and have more of a brother/sister love for each other. But that does not mean there is no romance. Two other characters emerge as main figures in the novel: Victoria, vampire princess, is drawn to Aden and vice versa, and Mary Ann is increasingly getting attached to a big black wolf who happens to be a shifter (his human side is not initially revealed in the novel so i will not tell you who he is). I do love how they are all connected to one another and they do form a great team. They all have their differences too along with the secrets and traditions, so it just makes for a great read. To give a little jist of the story. Aden moves to this new town as a new member of delinquent-rehab farm halfway house place. If he can keep his S**t together, then his life could drastically change. WELL, it's about to change DRASTICALLY but not in the way he thought. When he accidently raises the dead and is in the process of putting them back in the ground so-to-speak, all of a sudden this huge energy surge hits blowing him to the ground. It hits him and this girl Mary Ann, or so he thinks it affects just them. Aden and Mary Ann do become friends through this and Aden does eventually entrust her with this 4-soul-in-head issue . BUT before they even have a chance to process their encounter, Aden figures out through the appearance of Victoria (vamp princess) that the energy surge is somehow summoning all creatures paranormal to the town. This will be a bigger focus in the second book i think! But beyond all this, in this novel, Aden and Mary Ann learn a lot about themselves and their pasts, which gives us some interesting twists to the story. We also get to see Adan chat with the souls, who are quite funny, and characters all their own. As well, we get to see Aden time travel in his past, possess a body, unwillingly raise the dead, and of course Elijah (one of the souls) enjoys telling Aden and us what is to happen without the specifics and who's about or going to die (including Aden, although he did not die in the novel). I have to say that the souls bring such an interesting element, especially with the abilities they possess as listed above. I could go on and on about what happens in this book, but there is far to much and it would totally spoil it for any potential readers out there. So just take my word for it and pick up this book!!! Such a great new twist on the paranormal with every emotion included!!! ENJOY!!!
Date published: 2009-08-25

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A cemetery. No. No, no, no! How had he ended up here?Clearly, wearing his iPod while exploring a new town had been a mistake. Especially since Crossroads, Oklahoma, perhaps garden gnome capital of the world and definitely hell on earth, was so small it was practically nonexistent.If only he'd left the Nano at the D and M Ranch, a halfway house for "wayward" teens where he now lived. But he hadn't. He'd wanted peace, just a little peace. And now he would pay the price."This sucks," he muttered, pulling the buds from his ears and shoving the shiny green distraction into his backpack. He was sixteen years old, but sometimes he felt like he'd been around forever, and every one of those days had been worse than the one before. Sadly, today would be no exception.Immediately the very people he'd been trying to drown out with so-loud-your-ears-bleed Life of Agony clamored for his attention.Finally! Julian said from inside his head. I've been screaming for you to turn around for, like, ever."Well, you should have screamed louder. Starting a war with the undead was not what I wanted to do today." As he spoke, Haden Stone—known as Aden because, as a kid, he apparently hadn't been able to pronounce his own name— backtracked, removing his foot from the graveyard's property line. But it was too late. In the distance, in front of a tombstone, the ground was already shaking, cracking.Don't blame me, Julian replied. Elijah should have predicted this.Hey, a second voice said. It, too, came from inside Aden's head. Don't blame me, either. Most times, I only know when someone's gonna die.Sighing, Aden dropped his backpack, bent down and palmed the daggers he kept anchored in his boots. If he were ever caught with them, he'd be tossed back into juvie, where fights erupted as regularly as lunch was served and making a trustworthy friend was as impossible as escape. Deep down, though, he'd known carrying them was worth the risk. It was always worth the risk.Fine. This is my fault, Julian grumbled. Not like I can help myself, though.That was true. The dead had only to sense him to awaken. Which, like now, usually involved Aden accidentally placing his foot on their land. Some sensed him faster than others, but they all eventually rose."Don't worry about it. We've been in worse situations."More than leaving the iPod at home, he mused, he should have been paying attention to the world around him. He'd studied a map of the town, after all, and had known what areas to avoid. But as the music had pounded, he'd lost track of his surroundings. He'd been momentarily liberated, seemingly alone.The tombstone began to rattle.Julian sighed, the sound an echo of Aden's. I know we've endured worse. But I caused those worse situations, too.Fabulous. A pity party. This third, frustrated voice belonged to a woman—who also took up prime real estate inside his head. Aden was only surprised his other "guest"—as he sometimes thought of the souls trapped inside him—didn't pipe up, as well. Peace and quiet were not something any of them understood. Can we save the festivities for later, boys, and kill the zombie before it emerges all the way, gains its bearings and stomps our collective butt?"Yes, Eve," Aden, Julian and Elijah said in unison. That was the way of it. He and the other three boys would bicker and Eve would step in, a formidable mother-figure without a finger to point, but a formidable mother-figure all the same.If only that mothering were enough to fix the situation this time."I just need everyone to zip it," he said. "Okay? Please."There was grumbling. And that was as quiet as things were going to get.He forced himself to focus. Several yards away, the headstone teetered back and forth before tumbling to the ground and shattering. Rain had fallen this morning, and droplets sprayed in every direction. Handfuls of dirt soon joined them, flying through the air as a disgustingly gray hand poked its way free.Golden sunlight poured from the sky, highlighting the oozing skin, the rotting muscleeven the worms slithering around the enlarged knuckles.A fresh one. Great. Aden's stomach rolled. He might puke when this was over. Or during.We 're about to smoke that fool! Is it bad that I'm hot right now?And there was Caleb, voice number four. If he'd had a body of his own, Caleb would have been the guy taking pictures of girls in their locker room while hiding in the shadows.As Aden watched, waiting for the right moment to strike, a second oozing hand joined the first, both straining to heave the decayed body the rest of the way from the ground. He scanned the area. He stood on a cemented walkway, high on a hill, lush trees helping to form a path and block him from prying eyes. Thankfully, the long span of grass and headstones looked deserted. Beyond was a road where several cars meandered past, their engines humming softly. Even if the drivers were rubberneckers and failed to keep their attention on traffic, they wouldn't be able to see what happened below.You can do this, he told himself. You can. You've done it before. Besides, girls like scars. He hoped. He had plenty to show off."Now or never." Determined, he strode forward. He would have run, but he wasn't in a hurry to ring the starting bell. Besides, these encounters always ended the same way, no matter the sequence of events: Aden bruised and broken, sick from the infection the corpses' tainted saliva caused. He shuddered, already imagining yellowed teeth snapping and biting at him.Usually the battle lasted only a few minutes. But if anyone decided to visit a loved one during that time Whatever happened, he couldn't be seen. People would assume he was a grave robber or a body snatcher. He'd be hauled into whatever detention center this hole-in-the-wall town offered. He'd be forever labeled a no-good delinquent, exactly as he'd been labeled in every other town he'd ever lived in.Would have been nice if the sky darkened and rain poured again, shielding him, but Aden knew he didn't have that kind of luck. Never had."Yep. I should've paid attention to where I was going." For him, walking past a cemetery was the epitome of stupid. A single step on the property, like today, and something dead would awaken, hungry for human flesh.All he'd wanted was a private spot to relax. Well, as private as a guy with four people living in his head could get.Speaking of heads, one peeked through the now-gaping hole, swinging left, right. One eye was rolled back, the white branched with red, while the other was gone, revealing the muscle underneath. Large patches of hair were missing. Its cheeks were sunken, its nose hanging by a few threads.Bile burned Aden's stomach, threatening to double him over. His fingers tightened around the hilts of his blades, and he finally quickened his step. Almost there That haggard face sniffed the air, obviously liking what it smelled. Toxic black saliva began dripping from its mouth and its struggle for freedom increased. Shoulders appeared. A torso quickly followed.A jacket and shirt bagged around it, torn and dirty. A male, then. That made what he had to do easier. Sometimes.One knee shot onto the grass, two.Closer closer still Again, he increased his pace.Aden reached it just as it stood to full height, a little over six feet, which put them at eye level. His heart slammed in his chest, a frantic drum. Breath blistered his lungs, scalded his throat. More than a year had passed since he'd had to do this, and the last time had been the worst of all. He'd needed eighteen stitches in his side, had worn a cast on his leg for a month, spent a week in detox, and had made an involuntary blood donation to every corpse at Rose Hill Burial Park.Not this time, he told himself.A hungry growl burst from the creature's ruined lips."Lookie what I have." Aden held up the blade, and the silver glinted in the light. "Pretty, isn't it? How 'bout a closer look, hmm?" Arm surprisingly steady, he reached back and struck, going for the neck. To kill a corpse—permanently— the head had to be removed. But just before contact, the corpse gained its bearings, as Eve had feared it would, and ducked. Survival instincts were something that never died, apparently. Aden's knife whizzed through empty air, his momentum spinning him around.A bony fist pushed him face-first to the ground, and he soon found himself eating dirt. A hard weight immediately pounced on him, crushing his lungs. Fingers encircled his wrists and squeezed, and he lost his hold on the blades. Thankfully—or not—those fingers were disgustingly wet and couldn't maintain a strong enough grip to keep him still.No, it was the teeth in his neck that subdued him, chomping toward his artery, wet tongue sucking. For one pained second, he was too dazed to move, burning up, dying, awakening, burning some more. Then he snapped into focus—win, had to win—and used his elbow to crack the fiend's ribs.It didn't budge.Of course, his companions just had to comment.Wow. Are you out of practice or what? Caleb said.Laid low by a toe tag, Julian scoffed. You should be embarrassed.Do you want to be dinner? Elijah added."Guys," he gritted out, his struggles increasing. He managed to roll to his back. "Please. I'm fighting here."I wouldn't exactly call this fighting, Caleb replied. More like being spanked like a girl.Hey! I take exception to that.Sorry, Eve."Don't worry. I've got this."Guess we'll see about that, Elijah said grimly.Aden tried to squeeze the creature's neck but it kept moving, kept pulling from his grip. "Be still," he commanded as he punched it in the cheek with so much force that what was left of its brains rattled—but that didn't weaken it. Actually, the action might have strengthened it. Aden had to anchor both of his hands against its jaw to prevent it from swooping in for another bite."You, more than anyone, know this isn't the way I'm going to die." The words were broken with the force of his panting breaths.About six months ago, Elijah had predicted his death. They didn't know when it would happen, only that it would. And it wouldn't be in a cemetery and his killer wouldn't be a corpse. No, he would die on a deserted street, a knife in his heart, the tip cutting the organ every time it beat, until life slipped from him completely.The dire prediction had come the same day he was told he was being sent to the D and M Ranch just as soon as there was an opening. Maybe that should have deterred him from moving here. ButAt the same time, he'd begun having visions of a dark-haired girl. Of talking and laughing with her of kissing her. Never before had Elijah foretold anything other than a death, so Aden had been shocked to know—or rather, hope—the girl would one day enter his life. Shocked but excited. He wanted to meet her for real. Was desperate to meet her, actually. Even if that meant coming to the city of his death.A death that would happen all too soon, he knew. In the vision, he hadn't looked much older than he was now. He'd had time to mourn his own passing, though, and had even had time to accept his fate. Sometimes, like now, part of him even looked forward to it. That didn't mean he'd roll over and take whatever the undead wanted to dish.Something stung his cheek and he blinked into focus. Unable to get its yellowed teeth within range, the corpse was now clawing at him, nails cutting deep. That's what he got for allowing another distraction.You've got this? Really? Well, prove it, Julian said, the challenge probably meant to strengthen him.Roaring, Aden reached for one of his fallen blades. Just as the corpse broke free from his hold, he slashed forward. The blade slid through bone and caught. Useless.There was no time to panic. Hungry and oblivious to pain, his opponent made another play for his throat.Aden threw another punch. There was a growl, another baring of teeth, and a stream of that thick, black saliva seeped from the corpse's mouth onto his cheek, causing his skin to sizzle. He struggled, gagging at the fetid smell.When a long, wet tongue emerged, inching toward Aden's face, he once again grabbed the corpse by the jaw, fending it off while reaching for his other knife. Mere seconds after his fingers curled around the hilt, he began sawing at its neck.Crack.Finally, the head detached from the body and fell to the ground with a thud. The bones and tattered clothing, however, collapsed on top of him. Grimacing, he swiped them off and scrambled to a clean patch of grass."There. Proven." He, too, crumpled.That's our boy, Caleb said proudly.Yes, but now isn't the time for rest, Eve added, and she was right."I know." He had to clean up the mess or someone would stumble upon the desecrated remains. News stations would swarm the place like flies, begging the entire town to help locate the evil, twisted person responsible. Plus, others were going to rise whether he stayed here or not. He needed to be ready for them. But as he lay there, squinting up at the sky, hurting, the sun glared down at him, draining what little energy he had left.By the end of the day, the saliva's poison would have worked through his system and he'd be hunched over a toilet, his cornflakes nothing but a fond memory. He'd sweat profusely from fever, shake uncontrollably and pray for death. Here, now, though, he had a moment's respite. It was what he'd been searching for all day.Up and at 'em, sweetheart, Eve urged."I will, I promise. In a minute." Aden didn't know his real mother, his parents having signed him over to the state at the age of three, so he liked—sometimes—that Eve tried to fill the role. Actually, he loved her for it. He did. He loved all four of the souls, in fact. Even Julian, the corpse whisperer. But every other kid in the world could walk away from their families for a little "me" time. They could do things other sixteen-year-old boys were doing. Things like well, things. They could date and attend school and play sports. Have fun.Not Aden. Never Aden.Whatever he did, wherever he went, he had an audience. An audience that liked to comment and critique and offer suggestions. Next time do this. Next time do that. Idiot, you shouldn't have done that.