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    House Hunting

    Post by Kev on Tue Sep 22, 2015 3:09 am

    Time: 9:05 AM
    Date: September 5th, 0006

    Sandals lightly padded along the cement of the sidewalk, sun peeking over the horizon and shining upon the neighborhood. The houses were buzzing with activity, cars rolling down the street as people went to their jobs, or whatever they did with their free time. The area was picture perfect, green lawns that were neatly trimmed, houses with brightly painted panels. The rays of the sun hit green scales, giving Kev the Krytonistanian a fulfilled and satisfied feeling as he soaked it in. The new outfit he had worn for the past month had been very useful for Kev's 'meals'. Black shorts, a colorful, flower print shirt, and a wide brimmed hat with flowers on top exposed just enough of his scales for him to absorb more light in one sitting. Kev kept his gaze ever forward as he walked. He was not alone of course, as he was joined by Livewire and Zurg. Two very good friends, who were going to help him make a decision that could really change things in his little alien life. For about five years, he had resided in a cottage in front of a meadow. Five, long years, and he certainly didn't regret living there. The cottage was his home, and it had such beautiful scenery. It was lovely, and it had enough room for all of his animals!

    ...And it was outside of the protection of the City. There had been moments where Kev had been unsure if the cottage would even survive, as the disasters struck the world in those five years. It could not refresh, being so far from the city! As lovely as it was, it did not have the protection of the city and that was...problematic. For more reasons than a few reasons, at the present time. After discussing it with Judge Fear, Kev had agreed to find a house within the City. The cottage would not be abandoned, but if Kev could find a home inside the city, he would have somewhere to be protected. Where his animals could be protected. If anything happened...he could come here. After time spent researching and looking for information, Kev had found a couple of choices, and he wrote down their addresses and information onto a sketchpad that was inside the knapsack on his back. His eyes scanned the houses on to the right of the sidewalk with a gaze that was almost methodical. House after house after house, all of them in rows down the street. It reminded him of the neighborhood where Jo and Zurg's house was. Hopefully there'd be enough room in the back yard...these front yards weren't exactly fenced in... Kev shook off any worries, this was supposed to be a happy day! A day where he could finally pick a house to stay at in the city. Even if he had imagined doing this with one more person. Kev turned to his companions and gave them a grateful look. "Thanks for coming with me to look at the houses." With Livewire's taste and Zurg's wit (and also taste), surely they would be able to find the perfect place!


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    Re: House Hunting

    Post by Livewire on Sat Oct 03, 2015 9:00 pm

    Livewire was, of course, tagging along. She considered herself a design expert (unicorns and rainbows were so in this year), so she wanted to make sure that Kev got a great house. Plus, even though this was technically going to be Kev’s home, not once had it occurred to the child that she wouldn’t be staying there most of the time. With all of the occasions where LW had told Kev that he could stay at their apartment, all of the times that Livewire wished that she could stay at Kev’s cottage longer, it only made sense to her that this lessened distance between them would mean that there would be no distance between them.

    The lack of any contradiction to these assumptions had left Livewire feeling pretty secure with them. This wasn’t just Kev’s house, this was their house. Kev, Livewire, Skyler, and Fear. They’d live here, with a big enough yard for all of the animals.

    Maybe a little farm, too.

    A really big yard.

    Real big.

    But that wasn’t what Livewire was focusing on!  Livewire’s feet clicked against the ground as she stepped beside Kev, her own small metal hand held in his flesh-filled one. She gave it a light squeeze as he addressed his companions, and smiled. ”Of course!  This is super-important, an’ we gotta make sure that we get the perfect one!” another squeeze and Livewire looked to their more towering companion. Yes, it wasn’t who she thought would be joining them either, but she trusted him all the same.

    ”Thanks for comin’ an’ helpin’ us, Zurg!”  For a moment, she thought about the phone call that brought Zurg into the fold of this. The fact that he was here, helping them, was precious to her. But right now she wasn’t quite ready to focus too deeply on the cause of this sudden shift. Instead, she just wanted to look at where her future home would be.
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    Re: House Hunting

    Post by Zurg on Sat Oct 03, 2015 11:52 pm

    Oh boy, oh boy. It was time for that one stressful chore all prospective buyers dread: house-hunting. More specifically, house-hunting with the intent of living with several people and a bunch of rowdy little animals.

    Sheer, unbridled pandemonium.

    Zurg wouldn't pretend he was an expert on houses (he wasn't), but after having lived in one for years with others and two shedding cats, the alien liked to think himself experienced. Of course, when the monarch learned that Kev wanted a basement for hiding a dead body, well... That's when Zurg figured he better go with his scaly friend just in case. Hey, there wasn't anything wrong with being a concerned nosy friend, was there? "You're both very welcome!" came a dulcet, two-toned response. Eerie basement or not, Zurg was simply delighted in snooping around different houses and stirring up his monotonous schedule for a day. Admiring the individual quirks and charms of a house could be rather exciting! Oh, and spending a pleasant morning with two friends, too. How long has it been, anyway...?

    "Even if we don't find your dream house today, we're bound to discover some of your likes and dislikes," the monarch added further. "For example: whether the plumbing is old or new, how you want your laundry room to be arranged, too many bathrooms or too few, choice in carpet... These are just the tip of the housing iceberg, so it's perfectly understandable if you need several days to regroup and reconsider." To be perfectly honest, Zurg was thinking that both Kev and Livewire would at the very least require a week to mull things over.

    No harm in spending the time to make a proper, worthwhile choice!


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    Re: House Hunting

    Post by Kev on Wed Oct 07, 2015 12:22 am

    Kev returned the squeeze, glancing down at Livewire to give her a pleased little look. His large eyes squinted down at her, corners of his eyes crinkling as his other hand reached for their locked hands. The alien gave her hand in particular a pat with his free one, the smooth metal rubbing against his scales. As much as he liked this new outfit, being without his gloves could be so weird sometimes... "Or, as perfect as we can get, huh?" He chuckled, admiring her smile for a moment. It was nice to see her smiling during this trying time, this house would definitely keep the two of them busy. At the second squeeze, he let out a small trill. His free hand returned to dangling by his side casually, other still linked with her's. As off as he felt, having Livewire here made him feel secure and steady...

    Having Zurg here also helped. The burly alien was welcomed, and it was nice to see him again. It was nice to be around Zurg again be out and about. The purple alien had already offered his door to Kev, welcoming him into his home, and the offer was appreciated. Kev turned to the larger alien and gave him a firm, yet glad nod at his response. Today was looking to be a good one... Zurg's sentiments were aligned with Kev's, the alien nodding his agreement. "Yeah, there are some things you don't really notice that you want until you see a house in person. Papers and research can only tell you so much." And honestly, the alien was unsure what exactly he wanted to have. There were the basics, and the obvious. But, he was wholly inexperienced in what one may want. Here in the Breach, he had gone from living in the Church, the living in the Inn. The Inn had been quite find, no complaints, even though the scaly alien hadn't lived there for long. Soon after, he and Leslie had gone to the woods and searched around. They had found an abandoned cottage by chance and fixed it up, the two of them. There were no 'choices' to pick from, no time to research, no need to pick from several promising choices. Perhaps seeing these houses in person would help him to decide on what he wanted?

    "Yeah, there's no rush." Yet, the alien's fingers twitched anxiously. Perhaps there was a rush...? You never know when a disaster would strike and Mortis...frankly, Kev didn't know what the situation with Mortis might be. He only knew for sure that if he encountered the Judge now, it wouldn't end well. No rush at all... "A house, especially another house, is a big responsibility. I have to be smart about this." Especially because Kev wouldn't be the only one staying at the house, and so he had the needs of others to keep in mind for this house. His eyes continued to scan the numbers on the houses, counting in his head mentally before he came to a sudden stop, pointing forward. "There it is!"

    Before them stood a house, the shutters were painted a creamy white color with a dark blue border around the windows. The bright red door beckoned to them, mirrored on both sides by slender, white windows. Large concrete slabs lead the way up to the door, and the front patio before the door was made of red bricks. A fire place chute made of brick peeked up over the top of the roof. The front yard was spacious, shaded by trees and full of freshly trimmed grass. The bushes were likewise trimmed, every side of it a very straight, even edge. Kev looked it over with a curious eye, taken by the bright paint of the house. It was welcoming, and cozy. Relaxing... Though he cast a slightly disappointed look at the front lawn. He must have been spoiled by the meadow in front of the cottage, because the lawn looked empty without any flowers...

    "I'd definitely go to Tally's shop and get some flower seeds...maybe some nice tulips to line the walkway...?" He thought out loud. The only thing on the front lawn aside from green flora was a bright crimson sign that read 'Open House'. This was definitely the place... Kev glanced to his companions, drawing himself ever so slightly closer to Livewire. "M-might as well check out the inside, yes?" Nervous energy fluttered in his chest incessantly. No matter how welcoming the house was, he still felt some trepidation. What if the house wasn't as great as he thought? What if Livewire didn't like it? What if there wasn't a big backyard? What if the basement was too small for Fear?!


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    Re: House Hunting

    Post by Livewire on Fri Jan 01, 2016 8:44 pm

    The child nodded along with Kev and Zurg, regarding the seriousness of the house. Livewire herself hadn't been too involved in any research, leaving that up to Kev. The cybertronian technically lived at the Inn with her sister after all, and so she would only be visiting his home as a guest. ...technically. Livewire still fully intended to spend most of her time there, after all.

    Really, it was only important what Kev and Fear wanted in the house, with Kev acting as the representative to the absent corpse. Livewire, with all of her many processes and mental capabilities, was doing a remarkably good job in not considering the reason why their corpsy friend was not with them to participate in the search.  It was made even easier by the presence of their muscly friend, who Livewire woefully did not spend nearly enough time with.

    She squeezed Kev's hand once more, hoping to start a fun little back-and-forth with the alien as they walked. That nonsense quickly came to a halt with Kev's steps as the scaly alien's finger directed Livewire's attention to the home before them.

    It was...cute.  Definitely a house, little confusion about that.

    The child's eyes scanned over the front of the exteiror, and then around the lawn. A bit sparse, and so Livewire happily nodded along with Kev's suggestion for tulips. "Maybe even roses!" Really, any colorful plant would be enough to appease the child.

    And oh, silly Kev! Livewire was easy to please in terms of housing. As long as it was structurally sound and sensibly arranged, Livewire had no issue.

    "Let's go take a look!"  And so charged forth Livewire at an excited pace, willing to drag Kev behind her if he didn't follow. The alien's trepidation was matched with Livewire's own joy at the prospect of finding a home for the four of them to share together.

    C'mon, you two! Better keep up with the kiddo, she's excitable enough to require a watchful eye.
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    Re: House Hunting

    Post by Zurg on Sat Jan 30, 2016 2:18 am

    "Yes, as perfect as you can get it," Zurg agreed. There'll be some give and take, but Kev and Livewire will know what to do when that time comes. For now, however, it was time to inspect the house they had been eyeballing!

    It was definitely a house (four walls, a foundation and roof, a door, etc), but was it the house? Whereas both his friends thought about gardening and sprucing the front yard up, Zurg had a more... practical approach. The monarch crossed both of his arms and silently pondered, crimson eyes roaming around the house's exterior meticulously. "A nicely-sized lawn, which means you will have to budget a portion of your income for watering and upkeep," he muttered aloud. There was also a fairly large tree, too. "And that," Zurg remarked, glancing upward at it, "will have to be routinely pruned and kept free of parasites. When the rainy season comes in winter and spring, you'll want to make certain those overreaching branches aren't a threat to both property and person." And the steps were rather nice, but even they were not spared from Zurg's critical gaze. "Hmm... will need lights, so you won't accidentally twist your ankle in the dark or break anything due to a misstep. You'll want to keep batteries on-hand in case they go out, which they will." It would also keep the costs of trigger-happy lawsuits down, too! That was always a bonus.

    Moving onward, the alien did what he did best next: snooping around with the explicit purpose of finding code violations or potential dangers. Grubs were positively notorious for cutting corners and doing lousy jobs at maintenance. He went up to the porch and experimentally leaned his body weight against one of the pillars, rapping his knuckles to find any vulnerabilities in the support. No, didn't sound like any structural damage... Still, one could never know based on appearances alone. "Everything seems pretty sturdy at a cursory glance. The outside is plumb and flat, and the porch isn't bowing under my feet." Zurg gave the wood a sniff and went about checking the house's wooden siding for rot.

    "Hmm... don't see any signs of water damage, that's good. No signs of termites or vermin, either." Things were looking pretty groovy!

    But the monarch wasn't done - far from it. He hopped down the porch steps and returned to the sidewalk, holding up his index fingers and thumbs as he further assessed the house's shape. "No bulges, no concave indentations, the roof looks fairly new, and I see a proper downspout that leads rainwater down the front yard's slope. We'll have to make certain that the gutters are unclogged and all the drainage systems work, but my opinion so far?" Here it was... the moment Kev and Livewire may be waiting for.

    Zurg shrugged, having no harsh critiques to give. "All in all, it looks like a solid house. It's probably a little older and therefore demanding of a more delicate touch, but it seems the previous owners weren't negligent." Yet, of course. There was still plenty more to inspect, his little chickadees!


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    Re: House Hunting

    Post by Kev on Sun Jan 31, 2016 7:09 am

    Livewire's squeeze earned a squeeze in return, although Kev's fleshy hand could do little else but tighten around her metal one. Still, he knew she'd appreciate the gesture. He intertwined their fingers together securely as she eyed the lawn and gave her own opinion on it, suggesting roses! "Ooh...I hadn't thought of those! Roses would be lovely, especially along the front of the house..." Perhaps right underneath the window area! Kev turned his gaze to the other alien, half expecting a suggestion of flowers from Zurg too! The bulkier alien was more practical however, already considering the monetary side of things. The scaly alien listened, blinking every so often and a little...well, stunned. He hadn't quite thought of it all like that, perhaps due to the circumstances behind this choice to get a house... As much as Kev enjoyed the research, and looked forward to owning a house, there was a certain feeling of anxiety at his heels. A feeling that the sooner he got a house in the city, the better it'd be for him, his animals... Everything he loved and cared for! Certain things, like money for keeping the lawn in shape, trimming the large tree, and lighting the walkway for the new house, had gone right over his little scaly scalp!

    Emerald scales began to turn a brighter shade of green as the alien ducked his head down sheepishly. "I will...definitely make sure to keep all of that in mind!" New clippers, new gardening supplies, little lights... Kev rubbed the back of his neck and hoped he didn't seem...stupid, or anything. 'Gu-arsh Zurg I wanna buy a house! Too bad I know nothing about houses! Hyuck hyuck hyuck!' Haha...such a tree savage. Before he could begin to miss a certain presence, the movements of his companions caught his attention. Livewire's hand tugged on his own, the little femme running ahead to check out the house. "Ah-!" Yelping in slight surprise, the alien allowed himself to be dragged closer to the house, jogging to keep pace with her. His sandals clapped against the smooth cement, and eventually the crimson bricks. The only thing that kept Kev from entering the threshold was Zurg's investigations. The purple alien did not move to enter the house, his attention set on the porch. Kev dug his heels into the brick to pull Livewire into a gentle stop. If she did not pay heed, he would allow his hand to slip out of her's. She was a big femme, after all. Surely she could be left alone long enough for Kev to hear what Zurg had to say?

    The scaly alien pressed himself against the red door, keeping out of Zurg's way as he went about his business. Just by watching him, it looked...strange. A lot of knocking, leaning, sniffing... Kev raised a scaly brow but otherwise kept quiet as Zurg conducted his investigation. Kev didn't know much about houses, so he would let the master work! "So...I guess I'll have to keep track of that, right? Vermin and pests and...water damage?" He commented as he leaned ever so slightly forward, gaze fixated on the other alien as he walked down the sidewalk to look at the house from a distance. Houses were a lot more..high maintenance than he thought they'd be! Nobody really ever talked about how much work they had to put into their homes...

    "Will we need a plunger for that?" Plungers were good at unclogging things, right? Otherwise, everything was sounding great so far! The house wasn't a lumpy mess! A final critique was given, and Kev clapped his hands together happily. Sounded like a solid 'B' grade to him! "That's great! Thank you for checking the outside like that, Zurg. I wouldn't have known what to look for!" Now they had the inside to deal with... Opening the door for Zurg to walk in first, they entered into the first room. A small room to be sure, though the room's function was obviously something to be walked through. Plush white carpet was beneath their feet, freshly vacuumed. The paint was a neutral beige, and immediately in front of them was the flight of stairs that lead to the second floor. To the right and left were open doorways, both giving them a peek into the other rooms. Directly ahead was a narrow highway that lead the way to the kitchen. Through it, they would find a anthropomorphic otter woman in a navy dress suit. Her fur was a striking dark brown, with areas of creamy fur on her neck, chin, and around her eyes. She had a clipboard in hand, pen scribbling away. Her attention was not on the front door, and so she did not immediately notice them. It didn't take too long for her to realize she had guests. Lifting her head up at catching movement in the corner of her eye, the woman gave them a bright smile. She lifted a finger, indicating for them to give her a moment. Once she finished, she walked over to the three of them, a stocky tail wagging behind her as she came over.

    "Hello! My name is Irene Vidra, are you three here for the open house?" She inquired, a gentle smile on her muzzle as she looked at the three...odd and rather mismatched visitors. Not that she was going to judge! Perhaps they were three friends all interested in a house, or maybe just lost. No assumptions would be made.

    "Yes, I'm interested in this house and my friends are here to help me scope it out." Kev answered with a rather neutral, yet friendly nod of his head.

    "Perfect. Feel free to look around, and if you have any questions or concerns, I'm right here."


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