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He grinned and shrugged. “Uh, I don’t know.” He chuckled awkwardly. “I guess that’s something we should research before graduation in a month.”

She bounced excitedly in her seat. “D’ya mind if we start now? We should be really prepared. What kind of place do you want? What’s your budget?”

He shrugged. “Nah, I don’t mind, shall we turn to the all-mighty Google for answers? My budget is like, uh, I don’t know, maybe like 400, 450 dollars, maybe? I mean, still need money for food and bills, so can’t go super extravagant with an apartment.” Well isn’t that cheap. Or, what if that’s more than she can put towards an apartment, and you’re making her feel bad? He sighed and yanked his focus back to reality.

Angela was already sitting at one of the computers. “Ok, so like, I’m not entirely sure what the heck people do when they’re looking for apartments, but I guess we should just try and see if we can check some of these places out! I mean, first we’ve got to figure out what places we want to go see, and all that jazz, so, what type of place d’ya think would be in our price range. What sort of search term do we use to find apartments?” She stared at the screen and took another sip of her coffee thoughtfully. “We’ve got to approach this carefully.”

Adri stared at her. “Ok, well, first things first, I think you’ve had enough caffeine, how about just some warm water, or tea. Secondly, maybe lets research how best to find a cheap, but tolerably ok quality apartment.”

She shrugged, and put down the coffee. “Well, uh, I don’t think there is any such thing as too much caffeine, it helps you get stuff done, so you don’t waste any time on anything dumb like sleep, or dilly-dallying. On to research!”

“Um, sleep is very much not a waste of time, it’s really important, and I think maybe you’re not getting enough of it. But, let’s research.”

After a while, Adri pushed back his chair. “Ok, so, are you ready to start looking for possible apartments, or should we do more research. What could we have missed that we would need to look up? Also, what have you figured out? I’ve kinda got an idea of how much electricity bills are, on average. See, I added up how much electricity all necessary utilities like fridges, and washing machines, technically the washing machine is optional, if there’s a sink, the toilet, and all that sort of stuff uses, times how often we’d probably need to use it, times the cost of the electricity, so, I’ve got the general idea of how much that is.”

Angela gave him a confused look. “Ok, well, that is nice to know, buttt, that’s also a crap ton of over-analysis, that couldn’t possibly be totally 100% accurate. So, how about we just look up average statistics, and assume they’re slightly more pricey than the average just to be safe.” She took a sip of tea. “I figured out not a whole lot, but I did figure out that average rent is from 800-ish to 2500-ish. Not a super specific range, but kinda helps to know what the minimum is. We should probably figure out what to look for in contracts and stuff so we don’t get totally scammed by anybody though. However, let’s just take a quick break and skip to looking at actual apartments, so we can get a guesstimate as to what price ranges match to which apartment. Also, if it is at all possible, the apartment should have one of those wall windows, y’know what I mean?”

He nodded, smiling and internally cursing about how incredibly cute she was when she was excited about something. Her eyes lit up, and, and, just, it was almost as if her passion for life was seeping into the air around her, even for something as boring as house hunting, and looking up rent statistics. How on earth had this become fun? What on earth happened that doing math, and analyzing the logistics of whether it was worth paying more rent to have a two bathroom place, and all this boring stuff, became fun?

“Ooh, look! This one’s got the bar-kitchen thing! Two counters! And, and, it’s only like $895 a month! It’s pretty close to our budget, and also, you can tour it! Whadda ya think, should we give it a shot?” She pointed at her screen and downed the rest of her tea as he read the listing.

“Well, we’ve only been looking for apartments for what, 5 hours? Shouldn’t we wait a little longer, do a little more research?