The Three-Bedroom Apartment: A Continuing Stooooory. Act III: Misgivings
The next day, at the Skytrain Apartment.
Landlady: Oh, hi! So nice to see you. Here, come on in. You want to look around again? Sure. Okay, here's the kitchen, and the bedrooms...
RW [sotto voce]: You were right. The other place was bigger.
e: Yeah, I thought so. It's okay, though. This place is nice.
Landlady: Now, there will be a deposit for the cat, too, but you can give it to me later...
Mermaid Girl, rushing over from her inspection of the bathroom with horrified mein: MAMA!! Mama, come see. There's something...something...you have to see something.
[elswhere and Landlady continue chatting in kitchen as a wail breaks forth from the general bathroom area]
MG storms out of bathroom and out to back deck, where she proceeds to sulk.
RW emerges from bathroom and shrugs.
Landlady looks quizzical.
elswhere [to landlady]: I think she's upset that there's no bathtub.
MG [from deck]: I HATE showers! Showers are the worst thing!
RW: It's okay. We thought she might be upset.
elswhere: She's taking the move hard in general.
MG [storming down pathway]: I'm going to call our friends and find another family to stay with!
elswhere, fatefully handing over deposit: Yeah. There will be a lot of transitions for her.
Landlady: Okay, well, here's your receipt! See you next week to sign the lease. Can you bring the first month's rent in cash?
RW and elswhere, with shaken and grieving MG in tow: Sure! Okay! See you then! Bye!
The next day, in
elswhere: We could get a storage tub that fits inside the stall, and fill it from the shower, and she could sit in that and splash.
RW: I don't know. It's definitely smaller than I remembered. There's no washer or dryer and no dishwasher. And I hate the paint. I'd have to paint the walls before we could move in.
elswhere: We can't let MG's being upset sway us too much, or we'll never get anywhere.
RW: I know. But it's hard not to.
elswhere: Well, yeah. But it is near the skytrain; she'll like that. And there's that deck...
RW: The mom downstairs smokes; I saw her ashtray outside. And there's not much in the neighborhood. No coffee places, not a lot of stores we'd go to.
elswhere: Well, yeah.
RW [looking around the
elswhere: I'm just not sure if we can get anything decent for cheaper. I mean, we might, but it's a risk. And we paid the deposit already...
RW: Frankly, if we just wrote off the deposit and decided to stay here, it would still be cheaper than renting there. We have this nice house here, in this beautiful neighborhood.
elswhere: And MG's so happy here.
RW: She loves it here.
elswhere: Why are we moving, again?
RW: I don't know!
[elswhere and RW weep, in turns]