“If you need financial advice, or an accountant, we have both at the family residence,” Iida said casually.
“Another rich boy flex,” you commented with a playful snort, “thank you for the offer but I’ll be fine,” you added as you squeezed his hand in yours.
Iida let go of your hand and reached into his pocket to get his phone then dialed the builder who had worked on the apartment building ahead.
A polite conversation ensued between them and your man asked for the name of the real estate agent in charge of the property.
“Thank you kindly,” Iida said before bowing with phone in hand and ending the call.
“Tenya, they can’t see you bowing when you’re on the phone,” you said with an amused chuckle.
“But they can feel the respect, surely,” he replied, pulling his phone from his ear and looking down at it before ringing the reality that was looking after the building.
You chuckled and watched as he made the next call, “how can he be so smart and badass yet such a literal child at other times?”
After Iida had ended the conversation you both sat down on a nearby bench seat to wait for the agent to show up.
“I honestly don’t need anything big,” you said, talking about the apartment, “it’s just me staying there so just a one bedroom apartment would do.”
“No girlfriend of mine will be staying in a small single room apartment!” Iida said, mortified.
“Dude. When I lived at home I never left my room. I honestly don’t need much,” you deadpanned.
Iida paused before replying then bowed slightly, “you are most correct, Y/N, my apologies. It was presumptuous of me to be telling you what you need,” he apologized.
“It’s fine,” you replied dismissively, “you’re just looking out for me. I get it.”
Iida smiled then looked past you as the agent arrived.
You stayed quiet while Iida introduced you both and then explained what you were after in terms of a place to stay.
The agent nodded knowingly, “there are a few places available here, of varying sizes,” he unlocked the front door to the building and lead you both in.
“You got any single room apartments?” you asked casually.
“Yes, third floor, I think,” the agent replied, walking to the stairs then heading up.
“Perfect,” you smiled, following him up with Iida behind you, “I don’t need a big place.”
He walked up and stopped in front of the vacated apartment then unlocked the door, allowing you and Iida to enter first.
“This is really nice?!” you commented as you walked around the small apartment, looking at different things.
“This is only slightly smaller than the maids quarters at home,” Iida said, making you give him a dead look.
He saw your look and apologized quickly.
“How much is this place?” you asked the agent.
“For rent or buy?” he asked.
“Buy?” you asked, still wondering if you would have enough.
“$100,000,” he replied.
“Sweet! I have enough to buy it outright!” you whooped.
The agent nearly went into cardiac arrest, “I… I see, well, l-let me get the paperwork together and we can start with proceedings if you like?”
“Yeah ok,” you replied casually, running your hand over the kitchen bench top, not even fazed by the fact that you had just told him you were going to buy the whole place up front.
Just then there was a knock at the door and you all looked in its direction.
“Did I just hear I’ll have a new neighbour?” a familiar voice asked from the doorway.
“OH MY GOD?! MRS CRAIG?!” you said with excitement and surprise, “ayy, we’re gonna be neighbours. Shit. Can’t be late for school now.”
She chuckled and shook her head, “I leave school at school. Out here I’m just Jane.”
“Yo. So I can call you Jane?” you said with a cheeky smirk.
“Yes you can. But the minute we get into the school grounds I’m your principal – Mrs Craig.”
“I gotchu,” you replied, giving her a knowing wink.
She shook her head with quiet amusement.
The agent excused himself to make some calls and you, Iida, and Jane Craig talked about the building and how it was relatively nice compared to other places around town.
“This is in the nice end of town,” she said, “I grew up in a rough area so I know what it’s like to have to lock everything up; and even then- you’re still likely to get broken into.”
“I never thought you’d be from the hood,” you said with surprise, “you radiate rich vibes. No offense,” you added, turning to Iida.
“None taken,” he said with a small bow.
“Never judge a book by its cover, Y/N, I haven’t always been straight laced,” she replied with a cheeky smile, “I understand you more than you’d realize.”
“Doubt it, but ok,” you thought, deciding not to say your thoughts out loud.
At that point the agent walked back in with a smile on his face and approached your small group.
“Well, if I can have your email address I will forward you the paperwork to fill out,” he said to you and you nodded, stepping aside with him to give him a few details.
After giving him your information he thanked you and you all left the apartment, letting Mrs Craig go back next door to her place.
“I’m actually looking forward to being neighbours with Mrs Craig, she’s pretty cool,” you said to Iida, “you’ll come and visit often, right?”
“Every day,” Iida replied with a soft smile.
Once back at the Iida residence he took you to their family accountant and helped you fill out the form for buying the apartment.
“Man, honestly I don’t know what I’d do without you,” you said gratefully to him, “I’m not trying to be soft, but literally, I would be so lost right now.”
“It is always a pleasure,” Iida said with a tender smile.
You returned his smile and the two of you went down for a late dinner.
The buying of the apartment went very smoothly- thanks to the help of the Iida associates- and the end of the following week saw you getting your belongings together, ready to move in.
In that time your previous house had been handed back to the bank and most things of your parents had been repossessed. The items in your room had all been neatly packed and already placed in storage on Iida’s property so you didn’t even need to go anywhere to get them but that was the only room you had gotten things from.
“Y/N, would you like any furniture from your old house?” Iida asked you on the Friday afternoon after school once you had gotten back to his place.