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The Madness That is My Life by frini19
Chapter 24: The Madness of Ending the Bet
The next week went by quickly. Quicker than I would have like.
I had planned to talk to Dom during the week, but I barely saw her and when I did, she would ignore me and just walk in another direction.
So really, my whole "Get Al to Listen to Me" plan wasn't going very well.
I was sitting at the Gryffindor table with Alice across from me, she was grumpily eating her oatmeal and I was on high alert in case Dom stopped sucking face with Lysander.
They really needed to stop doing that.
They were scarring children.
Hell, they were scarring me.
And I had actually done what they were doing.
Alice's head snapped up at the sound of flapping wings, her eyes full of hope as she watched all the owls fly in, just as she had been doing all week.
Will still hadn't written her.
It had been a week since we went to The Pitch, a week since he promise he would write her, and he hadn't.
And she was very disappointed.
When all the owls settled with their respective owners and none of them were in front of Alice, she slumped back over her oatmeal.
"He's probably busy," I said. "He did get in trouble for punching that guy. So I bet his uncle gave him more work to do and he hasn't had time to write."
"Maybe," Alice said. "Or he just doesn't want to write me."
"Alice, that's not true," I said, incredulous. "The bloke was mad about you."
"Sure he was," Alice said. "Sure he was."
"He was, Alice," I said. "He is."
"He is what?" Louis said, sitting down next to me, clad in his Quidditch robes.
I bit my lip, not sure how to approach the whole Will situation with Louis.
How do you explain that his ex girlfriend, who I'm pretty sure he still has feelings for, is currently upset because some guy didn't write her?
Alice just groaned and put her head in her hands.
Really helping the cause here.
Louis looked at her. "Is this about that Will guy?"
"Yeah," I said, figuring to just go with the truth, since he clearly knew him. "He hasn't written Alice even though he said he would a week ago."
"He's probably busy," Louis said, eating a waffle. "The bloke works at a pub. A very popular pub. So he probably hasn't had too much time to sit down and write a letter to you."
"Or," Alice said, peeking out from her heads. "He just doesn’t want to write me because he doesn't feel anything for me."
"That's bullshit, Alice," I said.
"Addie's right," Louis said. "Any guy who doesn't feel something for you is an idiot. And any guy that would have a chance with you and let you get away, is even more of an idiot." He looked down. "I would know."
Alice pulled her head out of her hands and looked at Louis, her eyes torn.
"Lou..." Alice said, softly. "I...I'm sorry, I shouldn't-"
"It's fine," Louis said, shrugging it off. "We're friends. Friends give each other advice on that stuff." Alice looked like she was going to say more, apologize again, but Louis cut her off. "It's fine. If you want, I can bitch about my love life too."
Alice smiled slightly. "That might make me feel less guilty."
"Thank Merlin," Louis said, setting his fork down. "So you know how I hooked up with Melanie?"
"No," I said at the same time Alice said, "Yes."
"Wait," I said. "You told her and not me?"
"She was around," Louis said shrugging. "I would've told you eventually."
"Sure you would have," I mumbled, poking my pancake.
"Anyway," Louis said, ignoring me. "So I hooked up with her, right? And now all she does is follow me around and asking me about Scorpius and I realized that she's the same Melanie Scorpius took to Hogsmeade at the beginning of the year."
"You just realized this?" Alice asked. "How many daft Melanies did you think there were in this school?"
"I don't know! I just didn't think it was the same one," Louis said. "Anyway, I've been avoiding her like the plague since all she can talk about is how she is still mad about Scorp and wonders if she still has a chance with him since he's finally not with Rose."
"Just because he's not with her doesn't mean he's not over her," I said. "You can still have feelings for someone and not be with them."
And of course, right then is when Al decides to walk in.
Holy crap, he looks good in his Quidditch robes.
Alice and Louis followed my gaze (since I was now staring at Al) and then looked back at me with pitying looks.
Don't pity me, peasants.
I will get him back.
Or at least to listen to me.
"Stop looking at me like that," I said, turning away from them.
"Like what?" Alice asked, quickly making her face blank.
"Like that," I said, pointing at Lou, who still had the pitying look on my face. "Like I am a peasant and you pity me."
"Okay, one, you are not a peasant," Alice said. "And we don't pity you. We just feel bad about this whole situation."
"Which is the same as pitying," I pointed out.
"No it's not," Louis said. "Look, if it weren't for us, then you guys would still be together. Because if I hadn't tickled you, then Alice wouldn't have walked in and thought that we were hooking up, she wouldn't have freaked out and told Al. So really, this is all our fault."
"It's not you're fault," I said. "I've told Alice that a million times already and I’m now going to tell you, Louis. This isn't your fault. Either of you. It's mine. I handled the situation poorly and that has nothing to do with the two of you."
"No buts," I said, standing up. "Now if you don't mind, I have to go try to get your sister to stop sucking face and talk to her about something."
"Good luck with that," Louis said, looking over at the Ravenclaw table and cringing. "Do they really have to do that at breakfast? And lunch? And dinner? And passing periods?"
"Apparently," Alice said, who looked back up to see if there were any owls coming in.
"Alice, stop worrying, he's going to write," I said. "Good luck at the game today Lou."
"We're going to need it," Louis said. "With you not playing and all."
My stomach churned. This was my first game not playing. I missed Quidditch. A lot.
"You'll be fine," I forced myself to say. "Now I really have to go."
I took a deep breath walking away from them, trying to ignore the ache in my chest. I was supposed to be playing this game. I had been training for it. When Caleb and I were together, we made bets on who would win, which made me train extra hard because I wanted to beat him.
Yet here I was, not in my uniform but in my Gryffindor scarf and jumper, planning on watching, instead of playing.
Watching Paige, the fifth year that took my place, play.
I was so focused on trying to ignore the pain that I didn't even realize that I ran straight into someone.
Straight into someone wearing a Gryffindor uniform.
My heart started racing at the possibility that it could be Al. It couldn't have been Lou, and James or Scorpius would have said something. Paige was a girl and the person I ran into was most definitely male.
I bit my lip and looked up slowly, my heart pumping loudly in my chest.
It was Hugo.
My heart deflated when I saw him looking down at me with a frown on his face, instead of Al.
"Hi," I said. "Sorry about that."
"It's okay," Hugo said. "So why haven't you fixed things with my sister yet?"
Ah Hugo. I missed you and your hatred for conversation, making you incredibly blunt and to the point.
"She doesn't want to speak to me," I said. "I've tried talking to her, but she won't listen to me."
"It's Rose," Hugo said. "Your best friend. She misses you. Just apologize to her, that's all she wants."
I bit my lip, considering his words.
Hugo sighed. "Look, she keeps spending time with me. I love her and all, but I need a break. I can't handle having her on my case all the time about homework and who that girl I just talked to was and if I fancied her and who I thought was cute and who she tries to talk to about Scorpius with. I'm not one of her girl friends and I really don't want to hear about how great Scorpius was in bed or anything else. She has Alice and Lily, but clearly she needs you back since her girl talk with them isn't enough."
I giggled at imagining Rose trying to have girl talk with Hugo.
Hugo hated talking. And I'm sure that he hated his sister trying to talk about every single thing in both their lives was killing him.
"Ads, she misses you," Hugo said. "And I know you miss her. Just apologize, hug it out, maybe even cry a little, and fix this whole mess, okay?"
"Okay," I said nodding. "I'll try."
"Don't try," Hugo said. "Do it. Please. For my sanity."
I laughed and nodded while Hugo went to sit down next to Lily. Rose walked into the Great Hall, clad in her Gryffindor gear and looked around, spotting Hugo and making a beeline for him.
She was walking right past me when, before I could even process what I was doing, I reached out and grabbed her arm, saying, "Wait."
Rose turned toward me, a confused look on her face, opening her mouth to speak before I cut her off.
"Look, I know that I've done some shitty things lately," I said. "And I know that I'm not always the best friend and that I have issues that sometimes get in the way of that. But I'm sorry. For everything that I have ever done to you. I'm sorry for not listening to you when you insisted that you didn't like Scorpius. I'm sorry for getting Ryan to flirt with you even though I knew he was gay. I'm sorry-"
"Wait, you got Ryan to flirt with me?" Rose asked.
"Um, yeah," I said. "It was part of my plan to get you and Scorp together.
"Oh," Rose said, looking down, before widening her eyes and looking up at me. "Ryan's gay?"
"Yeah," I said. "He made the announcement after New Years. He and Locan are dating."
"I knew that two straight boys didn't hold hands in the hallways," Rose mumbled under her breath. "Even Scorp and Al don't do that."
"Anyway," I said, getting back on track. "I'm sorry for getting Ryan to flirt with you. I'm sorry for making a plan to get you and Scorpius together. I'm sorry for a million other countless things that I probably did wrong but I can't name right now." I bit my lip, looking down. "But most of all, I'm sorry for telling you that Scorpius lied to you. That wasn't my place. There are a lot of things that I could blame it on, but in the end, there is no excuse. You were happy and you with a boy who cared about you. Merlin, Rose, if only you knew how much Scorpius cared about you, I don't think you would even be able to handle it. The bloke is completely mad about you. And I ruined that for you. I told you one of the worst possible things, instead of letting him tell you. And I am so sorry for that. You were my best friend and I ruined your happiness and nothing is ever going to change that. I'm sorry and you're still my best friend, though I do understand if you don't want to be friends with me again. But if you ever need anything, I am here for you, always. No matter what I say, I know it won't fix anything, but I am so sorry and if there is anything that I could ever do to make it up to you, I'll be here."
Rose looked stunned and didn't speak for a moment, choosing instead to look at me, her mouth partly open. Her eyes drifted over my shoulder and I saw her gulp and turned my head so that I could see what she was looking at.
Almost predictably, it was Scorpius.
He was sitting at the table with Al, eating and talking about something enthusiastically with him.
I looked back at Rose, who was looking at him, a soft look in her eyes.
"He really does care about you Rose," I said. "You don't need to forgive me. But I know that Scorpius has already apologized to you and though you haven't forgiven him, you still can. We both want you in our lives, Rose, but we understand if you can't do that. Just...please think about it. You don't need to take us back, just please forgive us." I took a step back. "Just remember that no matter what you pick, I'm always here. I love you Rosie, nothing is ever going to change the fact that you are still my best friend, even if I'm not yours."
And then I walked away. I looked over my shoulder and saw that Rose had gone to sit next to Hugo, only she wasn't talking, instead resting her head on his shoulder with her thinking face on.
I wasn't really sure if her thinking face was a good face or not.
In the corner of my eye, I saw the Hufflepuff captain stand up and tell all his players to head off to the pitch to warm up, meaning that there was only 45 more minutes until the game started.
And I knew that, since I was dealing with Dom, that this could take a very, very long time. I still had no idea if she was mad at me or not, but if she was, this would take a while.
I walked swiftly over to the Ravenclaw table, heading straight towards the couple that was currently causing emotional scarring by sucking each other's faces off.
When I was right in front of the two, I cleared my throat loudly.
That did nothing.
You would think they would need to come up for air at some point.
But apparently they had both cast a spell that allowed them to go over four minutes without breathing.
"Excuse me," I said, another futile attempt to get them to stop.
"Oi, Dom, I need to talk to you."
"Dom. Seriously you're scarring children."
Ryan and Lorcan came up next to me, their hands attached.
"Trying to talk to Dom?" Locan asked.
"Yep," I said. "I've been trying for about three minutes now."
"I got this, dear cousin," Ryan said. He then let go of Lorcan's hand and got right next to Dom's ear. "Oh, hey Teddy, fancy seeing you here."
Dom pulled away from Lysander quickly, her face red. "Teddy, please don't tell Mum or Dad-" She caught sight of a smirking Ryan. "You arse."
Ryan patted her head and looked at me. "Dom here still hasn't told her father that she's in a relationship. Teddy walked in on these two snogging in his classroom when he had a free period and said that if he caught her again, he would tell her parents."
"She doesn't want to tell them because then they'll insist on having to meet Lysander and her father will threaten him," Lorcan said. "And she doesn't want Lysander to go running scared."
"I wouldn't go running scared," Lysander said, leaning in to kiss Dom's neck, causing her to close her eyes. "I fancy you too much, Weasley."
"Right back at you," Dom muttered, pulling at Lysander's hair so that he stopped kissing her neck, and started bringing his lips to hers. Ryan and Lorcan gave me a, "You're on your own" look and went to go sit down.
"Dom, you're in a public place," I said. "Honestly, if you don't want your family to know, then do it in private."
Dom, finally noticing that I was there, glared at me. "Well you would know all about hiding things from others wouldn't you?"
Oh, yeah, she's still mad at me.
"Can I talk to you?" I asked her. "Privately?"
"No," Dom said, turning back towards Lysander.
"Please?" I asked. "I really need help on something."
"Well of course you do," Dom said. "That's what you do isn't it? You use people. You used Al and when you were done with him you used my brother."
"No," she said. "I don't care what it is, I'm not helping you."
She turned back towards Lysander and leaned in to kiss him, only to have him pull away.
"You should talk to her," Lysander said.
"No," Dom said, glaring at him and withdrawing her arms.
"Yes," Lysander said. "Come on, Weasley, she came over here. Your brother and most of your cousins have forgiven her. She probably figures that you're pissed at her. So why would she come over here, asking for help, unless you really are the only person who can give it to her?"
Dom frowned at him.
"And besides," Lysander said softly, leaning in to whisper in her ear. I couldn't hear what he said, but Dom's eyes got wide.
"Promise?" She asked him.
Lysander kissed her quickly on the lips. "Promise."
"Alright Addie," Dom said, standing up and leading me out of the Great Hall. "You have ten minutes."
"Hello everyone and welcome to the Quidditch Match of Gryffindor vs. Hufflpuff! I am Dominique Weasley and I will be your commentator for today. Now here are your players for today's game!"
I was sitting in the commentator’s booth with Dom, my hands clammy due to the nervousness. I didn't even cheer for any of the players as Dom announced them, though I did give a wave to Caleb, when his name was called. When Al's name was called, I had to remind myself why I was doing this. I had to remind myself that I needed to do this. I kept saying the quote Matilda put in her letter, convincing myself that I could do this.
"You know, sometimes all you need is twenty seconds of insane courage. Just literally twenty seconds of just embarrassing bravery. And I promise you, something great will come of it."
20 seconds. That's all this would take.
The two teams flew around, some players doing tricks and others waving at their friends in the stands. My eyes were on Al the entire time, even though I tried, many times, to look away from him.
"And now, ladies and gents, we have a special announcement before the game starts. You all know who she is, hell, if you have a subscription to Witch Weekly you know everything that's going on in her life right now. So here she is everyone. The one, the only, Addie Malfoy!"
Instead of the screams that I was so used to coming after my name at Quidditch Matches, I was met with dead silence. The flyers stopped flying as well and I saw Scorpius turn and look at the booth, looking at me with a questioning look.
"Um, hi everybody," I said, taking the mic from Dom. "Um, I, uh..." I trailed off, not really sure of what to say. I looked up at the players and saw Caleb, the only person who knew of my plan, giving me a thumbs up and an encouraging smile. I smiled back at him before my eyes wandered over to his left, where Al said, him looking at me like he could not believe what I was doing.
He knew I was ending the bet.
"So, as many of you know," I started. "For the past six years, Albus Potter and I have fought, constantly." James nodded and I'm pretty sure that I heard Dom say, "No shit" under her breath. "And, um, this year, we decided that we would do a bet. We made a bet saying that we wouldn't fit and whoever lost that fight, whoever caused or started the first fight, would have to stand up in front of the entire school and tell them who they fancy. And as I'm sure many of you know if you listen to the gossip, I caused the fight, making me lose the bet."
Whispers erupted throughout the crowd, as people were connecting the dots.
"So even though it is fairly obvious, I guess that I have to tell you all who I fancy," I said, my eyes not moving from Al the entire time.
At this point, Albus wasn't looking at me. Instead, he was looking down at his broom, like he couldn't even look at me. But despite that, I kept my eyes on him, letting him know that while I was doing this to finish the bet, the only person that I wanted to talk to was him. I wanted him to hear it.
"I fancy Albus Severus Potter," I said. "I've fancied him for a while, I think, though I denied it very well. And we were together, for about a week, before a wrong assumption, a simple complication between us, lead to a falling out. But I want Al to know that nothing ever happened." I was starting to cry now. "Nothing ever happened with anyone else because when I was with him, it was only him. It's always been him. With his bad temper and need for the last word and stubbornness and idiotic ways of winning my heart, it's always been him. Even though I have screwed things up with him time and time again, even though I denied what was right in front of my face, it's always been him. It's always been this boy who pisses me off no end and makes me want to pull my hair out only to kiss him and hug him two seconds later." I wiped a tear from my face. "It's always been you Al. It still is. I fancy you, you have my heart completely. I.." I sucked in a breath, trying to keep myself together and making sure that I used all my courage to be as honest as possible. "I think that I'm falling in love with you."
Whispers erupted through the stadium and all eyes that weren't on me already, were. All eyes but the two I wanted to see most.
I stared at Al, my tears falling on my face, mentally begging him to look at me. To let me know that he felt the same. To let me know that he heard me. To just...look at me with those beautiful eyes that I wanted to stay in forever.
But he didn't. He kept his gaze firmly on his broom and his hand gripped it tightly, and I wished so badly that he was gripping his broom tightly because he couldn't believe what I just said. Because he wanted nothing more than to come over here and snog me as if our lives depended on it.
That he was falling in love with me too.
I fled. After staring at Al and not having him look at me, having him not even acknowledge what I said, I couldn't do it. So I ran out of the pitch, fast as I could, and went straight up to my dorm. I had déjà vu of my first week back at school when I quit Quidditch but this was worse, this was so much worse.
I reached my room and dove onto my bed, curling up and crying, despite the fact that I didn't want to anymore. I didn't want to shed any more tears for Albus Potter. But while my mind said that over and over again, my heart hurt too much and the tears didn't stop, no matter how hard I tried to get them too.
I'm not sure when Rose got in there. All I know is that I was sobbing onto my pillow when Rose laid down next to me, wrapping an arm around me and letting me bury my head into her shoulder while I sobbed.
At one point, she asked, "Why did you do it?"
"Because I needed to take a risk in order to get him back," I said through my tears. "If I ever wanted anything to happen, if I ever wanted to fix us, I need to take a risk and just suck up my pride and be courageous. Even if I didn't tell him, I would have gotten hurt in the end."
Rose nodded and said nothing else.
Alice came in a few minutes later, lying on the bed with us, just like we did when Louis cheated on her.
And I knew that while maybe I didn't get Al back, something great did come of my embarrassing declaration.
I got my best friend back.
We were back to being the three of us.
And maybe that was better than having Al.
I really should have waited to finish the bet.
Want to know why?
Because the next day was Valentine's day.
Because why not have the day after I get rejected by the boy who I just told the ENTIRE SCHOOL I was falling in love with be the day that makes you feel the most lonely?
And why not have the boy who rejected me sit near today? WHY THE FUCK NOT?!
Today, Louis (and his latest girl, Paige, yes as in the Paige on the Quidditch team), Alice, Scorpius, Al and I were all sitting together. I was sitting next to Lou while Scorpius sat across from me with Alice and Albus on each side.
I was determined not to look at him.
And it worked.
Staring at my food intently was something completely sane people did everyday.
Besides, he was doing the same, only he was just having conversations with Scorpius.
"Have I ever mentioned how much I despise Valentine's day?" Alice asked, slamming some jam onto her toast.
"You're only upset because Will hasn't written you," Louis said, putting an arm around Paige, causing her to blush.
"Will?" Paige asked. "Will Anderson? The one who works down at The Pitch?"
"Yeah," Alice said, giving Paige a funny look. "Do you know him?"
"Yeah he's an old family friend of mine!" Paige said. "Well, his uncle, Joe, is. But because of that, I know Will pretty well." Paige's eyes suddenly went wide. "Wait! You're the girl he fancies!"
Alice suddenly had a really goofy grin on her face. "He fancies me?"
"I'm going to assume so, since in the last letter he sent me was him rambling about how much he fancied this girl and how he had no idea if he should get her a Valentine's Day present or not since they weren't officially dating," Paige said, smiling at Alice. "I think you will be pleased."
"He got me something?" Alice asked, her eyes wide. "What?"
"I can't tell!" Paige said.
"Tell me!" Alice said. "Oh shit. I didn't get him anything! Oh Merlin, this isn't-"
She stopped talking and looked up to the sky with her eyes wide. I looked up and saw what she was staring at.
A large owl was flying in carrying flowers, roses and lilies, Alice's favorites, and a box of chocolates, along with an envelope.
It landed right in front of Alice and she looked at the bird with her eyes wide.
"But...how did he...what..." Alice trailed off.
"Believe it or not, he actually thought of all this on his own," Paige said. "He said that you mentioned once that lilies were your favorite flower and that you loved-"
"He got me See's Candy?!" Alice asked, once she took a look at the box of chocolates. "As in...See's Candy?! The best candy place in the entire universe that is only sold in Muggle shops in America?!"
"Oooo, candy can I have some?" Scorpius asked, reaching his hand over to the candy, only to get it slapped by Alice.
"Back off, Malfoy. This is my Valentine's Day present," Alice said, glaring at him.
"Why don't you open the letter?" I asked, handing the envelope to her.
She tore it open. "It's four pages! Four whole pages!!" She eagerly started reading the letter, smiling down at it like an idiot.
I smiled at her and looked back down at my food, suddenly feeling kind of lonely.
Because the only boy I wanted to celebrate with was sitting less than two feet away from me.
Not to mention the fact that Louis and Paige had started making out, which not only made me feel lonely, but also incredibly awkward.
Scorpius and I both looked up as Rose marched down towards Scorpius.
"She looks pissed doesn't she?" Scorpius asked.
"Yep," Al and I said at the same time.
"What could I have done now?" Scorpius mumbled while he got up when Rose was a few feet away. "Look, Rose-"
He was cut off by her wrapping her arms around his neck and kissing him as if her life depended on it.
I stared at them, my mouth open in shock.
And it's not like Scorpius didn't respond. Oh no. He responded quite enthusiastically, wrapping his arms around her waist and pulling her as close to him as possible. Before he could deepen the kiss though, she pulled away.
"Don't ever lie to me again," she said.
"Done," Scorpius said back, and then they went back to snogging as if their lives depended on it.
I looked around at all my friends (since I clearly was not going to look at the one person who wasn't snogging/freaking-out-over-significant-other, even if that was all I really wanted to do) and all their happiness, and a part of me, a small part but still a part, didn't feel as sad about the fact that this day sucked for me. My friends were happy. Louis actually brought a girl he was hooking up with over (a BIG deal). Alice was freaking out because things were moving forward with Will. Scorpius and Rose were finally fixed. Across the hall, James was giving Annalise her Valentine's day present. Ryan and Lorcan were holding hands. Dom and Lysander were snogging (shocking). Anna's head was on Caleb's shoulder (he still hadn't gotten the nerve to ask her on a date yet). Mary and Oliver were bickering like the old married couple they were. I even saw a girl sitting with Hugo, blushing and smiling up at him, all of which he returned.
And even though my love life was in the complete dumps and I hated this day, I couldn't help but be glad for all my friends and their happiness.
My eyes traveled over to Al and I saw him looking at Scorpius and Rose before shaking his head and looking at me. We made eye contact and I thought that he was going to look away without a second thought, just as he had all the other times recently.
But he didn't.
"Thank Merlin they finally got their shit together," Al said. "I don't know that I could handle anymore tension between them."
And then he went back to eating his breakfast, not turning into the grumpy broody guy he's been the past few weeks while in my presence.
I couldn't help the huge smile that was on my face as I looked down at my breakfast.
He talked to me. He actually acknowledged my existence.
I bit my lip, trying to make my ridiculous smile go away, only to fail.
Maybe Valentine's day wasn't so bad for me after all.
Maybe there was still time for something great to happen from my bravery.
I chanced another glance up at Al at the same time he looked my way. He gave me a soft smile and continued to glance around the room.
I could only hope that something great was on its way.
A/N: YAY NEW CHAPTER! FINALLY!
It has been a long time, since I've updated, I know. I'm so sorry. I've been so terribly busy with real life and so stressed out and exhausted that I haven't had the chance to write.
So what do you think? I like it, mainly towards the end, since I got more in the groove of writing Addie.
So much happened! Siriusly, this has to be one of the most dense chapters I've ever written. What do you think?
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