|12 Because I was in charge of getting all the aletters written to the Philadelphians.
13 Vicki thought that if Fred wrote a really great letter, maybe Harry would forgive him,
14 bAnd give him a nice bonus to retire on,
15 Because he really wasn't up to working steady.
16 cAnd then, of course, Fred's letter turned out to be not so great,
17 And actually quite embarrassing to me personally,
18 dBecause I sort of neglected to read it before it went to eNed for approval,
19 Which was a very big mistake.
20 When he read it, Ned was kind of upset,
21 fAnd said a lot of things about me, Willie, that I didn't appreciate,
22 Especially the part about how he might not have noticed it if gVicki hadn't brought it to his attention,
23 hWhich is why he decided to name her Vice President for iOrthodoxy instead of me.
24 And then Ned showed the letter to Harry,
25 jWho said that Fred had been a bad boy,
26 And that I had been a bad boy too,
27 Though maybe not as bad as Fred,
28 Which is why my punishment would be lighter,
29 And why he had decided to use the letter anyway,
30 With the bad part crossed out,
31 kSo that everyone and his brother would know that I, Willie, had screwed up.
||32 Then Ned and Vicki tried to talk Harry out of using the letter,
33 Because it was still possible to read the bad parts,
34 But Harry just laughed and said, lHarriers don't read any more than they absolutely have to, and they wouldn't munderstand it if they did.
35 nBesides, what's the fun of having an orthodoxy if you can't make a big show out of suppressing heresy and punishing the heretics?
36 oTake it from me, Harry, it doesn't really matter what we say,
37 pAs long as we can offer Consolation,
38 At competitive prices.
39 And so that's how Fred's career ended,
40 And mine too.
CHAPTER 491 qVicki went on, of course, and served a very successful term as rVice-President for Orthodoxy,
2 Even though she didn't get along as well with sLucky when he took over as Number One,
3 tWhich is why she threatened to sue him for gender discrimination,
4 uSince he wouldn't listen to any of her arguments about how women should be allowed to be Chosen Ones, and Arch-Harriers, and even Angels if they had the stomach for it, the way she had been promising all the female Parishioners,
5 vAnd so Lucky tried to fire her and even exconsolate her for threatening him,