Apparently it wasn't acceptable among the Underlanders, either, because Gregor heard Vikus's voice ring out sharply from the doorway. "Luxa!"Looking like she'd love to slap him again, Luxa stalked to the mantel and glared into the fire."For shame, Luxa," Vikus said, crossing to her.She turned on him, spitting venom. "Two fliers are down, and we cannot awaken Perdita because the Overlander must escape! Strike him? I say we throw him into the Dead Land and let him take his chances!" shouted Luxa."Be that as it may, Luxa, this is not seemly," said Vikus, but Gregor could see the news had upset him. "Both rats are dead?" he asked."Dead and in the river," said Luxa. "We scorched the land.""This matter of 'we' you and I shall take up later," said Vikus severely. "The council is not pleased.""I care not what pleases the council," muttered Luxa, but she avoided Vikus's gaze."So she wasn't supposed to be there," thought Gregor. "She's in trouble, too." He wished he could enjoy the moment, but he was too wracked with worry, guilt, and exhaustion to care. Besides, Luxa had saved his life taking out Shed. He owed her one, he guessed, but he was still stinging from the slap, so he didn't bring it up."No hitting," said Boots again, and Vikus turned to them.Like Luxa, Gregor was unable to meet his eyes."What did the Overlander, Luxa? Fight or flee?" asked Vikus."Henry says he fought," Luxa admitted grudgingly. "But without skill or knowledge of weapons."Gregor felt like saying, "Hey, all I had was a stupid torch!" But why bother?"Then he has much courage," said Vikus."Courage without caution makes for early death, or so you tell me daily," said Luxa."So I tell you and do you hear?" said Vikus, raising his eyebrows. "You hear not as he hears not. You are both very young for deafness. Unleash his hands and leave us," he said to the guards.Gregor felt a blade cut through the ropes on his wrists. He rubbed the marks trying to restore circulation to his hands. His cheek throbbed, but he wouldn't give Luxa the satisfaction of seeing him touch it.Boots reached over his shoulder and touched the creases on his wrists. "Ow," she whimpered. "Ow.""I'm okay, Boots," he said, but she just shook her head."Gather us here," said Vikus, sitting at the table. Neither Gregor nor Luxa moved. "Gather us here, for we must discuss!" said Vikus, slapping his hand on the stone surface. This time, they both took seats as far from each other as possible.Gregor pulled Boots up over his head and out of the backpack. She settled on his lap, wrapping Gregor's arms tightly around her and looking at Vikus and Luxa with large, solemn eyes."I guess after tonight Boots won't think the whole world is her friend," thought Gregor. She had to find out sometime, but it still made him sad.Vikus began, "Gregor the Overlander, there is much you do not understand. You do not speak, but your face speaks for you. You are worried. You are angered. You believe you were right to flee those who kept you against your will, but feel sorely that we have suffered in your saving. We told you not of the rats, yet Luxa blames you for our losses. We seem to be your enemy, and yet we gave you time."Gregor didn't answer. He thought that pretty much summed things up except for the fact that Luxa had hit him.
I worked for this company for 7 weeks, I put created and put together training catalogs, trained fellow employees after only three weeks of employment and because the manager Julie felt threatened by me she, the President Randy, and the VP of Supply Chain Shawn went to HR and lied so they could let me go. When asked their reason for letting me go all the HR guy Brian could say was I didn't mesh with the manager. Last time I checked I was there to do a good job not make friends. They wouldn't even come in and confront me when I asked to confront them because they lied, they his in their offices. While there Shawn was bragging about how they did horrible things to a previous salesman because they didn't like him and wanted him to quit, they also accused two ladies that worked in their VA office of being uncooperative, because Julie didn't like them, so they could let them go before their contract was up. This is the must unethical company I've ever worked for, I've never been treated so poorly. All due to a manager who really couldn't do her job appropriately. She lacks ethics and morals, several others in the company blatantly told me she was not fit to do her job but I tried to give her the benefit of the doubt. I'm filing my unemployment but others beware, I'd you go to work for this company watch yourself because they all stick together and if one doesn't like you they will do anything in their power to push you out, right down to lying. It's really sad but it's their loss!!