once i stopped seeing red, i called a conference with thing one and addressed the issues on the table. first of all, i told him not to share things he and i talked about with other folks in the corps. secondly, i went in with my counter-offer: a token increase in the rent—raising mine to $460 which would lower his and thing two’s to $415 apiece. everyone agreed, and the beef was squashed. for the most part. i definitely had my guard up and my shoulder chip on after that.