-Ten minutes later, the living room, Dr. Reid's house-
Lucia spent the past ten minutes checking every place in the house that someone could conceivably hide in and found no one hiding. Unless they were very good at covering their tracks, there was no one in the house but Lucia. The blonde walked from the house's mini-kitchen into the living room one last time and began to check behind everything just to be certain that no one had broken into the doctor's house while the was in the garage.
After completing her loop and finding no evidence of a break-in Lucia concluded that all was well and began to walk towards the garage again while keeping Shining Light at the ready. Once she reached the door without incident she put Shining Light in its holster and keyed in the code on the keypad with her right hand. The keypad flashed green and Lucia opened the door with her left hand, then went through into the mini-kitchen that opened onto the garage.
-Inside the mini-kitchen-
Lucia walked into the mini-kitchen and sat down at the table she had occupied earlier. She pushed aside the brochure for The Enclave and looked through the apartment complex brochures she had gathered until she found one for an apartment complex named Olympus Court. Curious as to what its special features were, Lucia grabbed the brochure and opened it up to take a look. The moment she opened it she noticed a theme and that theme was opulence.
For example, the apartment complex was gated, meaning only residents and other individuals with keycards could pass through the gate. Another feature was an immaculate plaza with a large circular fountain featuring a statue of a robed woman pouring water out of a jar. A third feature was a small map of the complex that had sections of housing named after Greek gods and goddesses, such as Zeus Heights, Hera Lane, Hermes Circle, and so on and so forth. That was of some interest to her, but then Lucia looked at the rental price for an apartment in each neighborhood and blinked.
The lowest starting price was 50,000 Jewels.
That was for the least expensive area in the complex, which was Hephaestus Avenue. If she wanted to live in luxury in Zeus Heights she would be shelling out 100,000 Jewels a month. Hera Lane was not much better... it cost 80,000 Jewels a month to live there. Hermes Circle was 60,000 Jewels a month. There were no options for renters on a budget other than to live on Hephaestus Avenue, which was 50,000 Jewels a month. The houses in Hephaestus were kind of small, almost as small as the average apartment in The Enclave.
All of those options were way too much for Lucia to pay, so she set aside the Olympus Court brochure and began to look for another one. She found one for a place named Ryan Tower, which was a luxury hotel located in the upscale part of Talonia. In contrast to the other complexes, it was a single building with numerous rooms, but the most striking feature was the Art Deco exterior and interior. Lucia was not looking for a hotel because she wanted an apartment, but just to cover all her bases Lucia looked at the brochure.
It was a fifty-floor hotel where the inexpensive rooms started at 10,000 Jewels a month and peaked at 120,000 Jewels a month for the top-floor penthouse suites. The penthouse suites billed themselves as the "height of luxury", no doubt a pun on their placement at the very top of the hotel. Lucia chuckled at the awful pun and read about what made them so special.
One of the amenities of renting a penthouse suite was 24/7 room service whenever a resident wanted it; the other rooms only got room service during business hours. Another amenity was the size of the suites... the living room alone was big enough to comfortably fit at least twenty people into. A third amenity was a separate dining hall for them and them alone offering meals prepared by top chefs from all across Earthland.
Lucia was mildly tempted by the penthouse suites... part of her wanted to go back to the high standard of living she had enjoyed as a child, teenager, and young adult. She liked the Art Deco decor and also liked the idea of high-class meals prepared by top chefs from across Earthland. However, her meager budget would not allow for her to feasibly live in such an expensive living place without a lot of scrimping and saving. She needed to be more realistic about what she could afford. Lucia sighed.
While she did not want to spend everything she had on decent housing, Lucia also did not want to live in a cardboard box just to save money. She wanted something with a modicum of class, comfort, and living space. Maybe she should keep looking through the brochures to find something that was an acceptable middle ground between The Enclave and Ryan Tower. But before she did that, Lucia needed to walk through the garage again to make sure that no one had pried a door open or had hacked the system to force a door open.
Lucia got up from the table with brochures spread out and began a walk around the garage to check for intruders or anything else that Dr. Reid might want to know about.
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