Having woken up early due to the neighbor to her right playing loud rock music, Lucia frowned deeply as she sat up and sat on the edge of the bed. She then forced herself off of the bed and stood up. Lumie was still asleep, so there was no need to wake him up for what she was about to do.
She was going to read through the apartment brochures again and try to find a different place to live, somewhere where the neighbors were a lot farther apart and did not play loud rock music at unreasonable times in the morning. However, there was no guarantee that moving someplace new would eliminate that problem. She could be exchanging her current place for something worse.
Lucia frowned as she reached the front of the nightstand, then carefully and quietly opened the drawer where she had stashed the brochures. She took them out with her right hand and quietly closed the drawer, then walked over to the square table positioned next to the window. She opened the blinds a little to let some sunlight in and then spread the brochures on the table. She then sat down in the chair with its back to the wall and began to review them.
She quickly tossed aside the brochure for Windsor Estates and heard a soft sound of paper rattling as it landed on her bed. There were a lot of hoops she would have to jump through like a credit check and full background check just to be able to rent a place, but the biggest problem was that the starting price for a rental was 175,000 Jewels per month and only went up as one got into the more expensive areas. Still, it was a gated community that not just anyone could walk into any time they felt like it.
The next brochure that caught her eye was the brochure for Ryan Tower. Lucia skimmed it briefly before tossing it aside as well. That towering tribute to Art Deco architecture was somewhat appealing in that it had basic rooms for 10,000 Jewels a month and penthouse suites for 120,000 Jewels a month plus room service for all floors. However, Lucia's budget could not handle her longing for the high life she had enjoyed until four years ago, so Ryan Tower was not a feasible option.
The next brochure was the brochure for Olympus Court. Lucia re-read the brochure for that gated community and soon decided that it was not for her. While she appreciated the security of a gated community, the luxury of the place, and the theme naming of neighborhoods after Ancient Greek gods and goddesses, the lowest price was 50,000 Jewels a month for Hephaestus Lane. Like with Windsor Estates, the price only went up the more desirable a property one wanted to rent.
Lucia casually tossed it onto her bed until the only one remaining was The Enclave. With no other real options, Lucia unfolded the brochure and read it. She learned that the average apartment cost 10,000 Jewels a month with the option to rent a penthouse apartment for 50,000 Jewels a month. She could also decorate her apartment within reason.
Those were attractive perks, but again her old concern about abandoning the sure thing for something unknown held Lucia back. She would need to think carefully before committing to moving from where she was to a new place. Lucia kept The Enclave brochure right where it was and stood up from the table. She quietly closed the blinds back and walked away from the table towards her nightstand to retrieve her iLac so that she could see what time it was. As she approached the nightstand where her iLac was resting she could hear the rock music blaring through the walls... it was still going with no signs of stopping.
Lucia frowned again as she picked up the iLac and tapped the screen to see what time it was.
It was only 8:06 A.M.
It was only 8:06 A.M. and that loud music was playing.
Lucia set her iLac down on the bed and was about to do something else when her iLac gave out a "text message received" tone. Curious as to who it was, Lucia picked up the iLac again and tapped the screen. She learned that the sender of the message was Angela Helton, her contact in Capital Crocus.
"Would you like to meet for coffee in Capital Coffee around 11:00 A.M.?" the message asked. Lucia wanted to get away from the dreadful rock music and wanted to get away from Talonia for awhile, so she eagerly accepted the invitation. She quickly dashed out a reply.
"Certainly. See you there!" Lucia answered and sent the text. Now that that was done she went to take a shower and get dressed for her trip to Capital Crocus. She would need to leave Shining Light and Lumie behind since she was going to a coffee shop. She would also need to leave early to take the train to Capital Crocus so that she could get to the coffee shop on time. Thankfully Lucia had plenty of time to get there if she started getting ready now, so she wasted no further time in getting ready for her trip to Capital Coffee.
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