Written for OLWG#185
After that last house, my wife, Alicia, pulled the realtor aside, “Jessica,” she began gently, “I think Ed and I are going to have to find another agent. This arrangement with you doesn’t seem to be working.” She paused and studied the carefully arranged face of the young Citadel Partners representative. Only a slight quivering of Jessica’s lower lip gave away any emotion.
Quickly re-gathering Jessica answered, “Why? Is something the matter, Alicia?”
“I believe so, yes. Every house you have shown us these last few days has been well past the ‘Sell By’ date.” Alicia pivoted her shoulders around and gestured at the old Victorian behind us, “I mean, look at this Jessica. The siding is falling off; the house needs a new roof, new paint; the screens on the porch have all rotted in the sun. It looks like the garden hasn’t been tended or cared for in decades. There was mouse poop all over the Formica countertops in the kitchen, and I don’t even want to guess what that stuff was in the upstairs bathroom.”
I was paying close attention while pretending a keen interest in a good-sized crow perched on the picket fence.
“Well, I told you it was a bit of a fixer-upper.” Jessica looked like she was ready to cry.
Alicia changed her tactics, “Jessica, when we first spoke, Ed and I told you we had a budget of around 1.6 million dollars.”
Jessica nodded her head and wiped the corner of her eye with the back of her hand.
“And, this one is only 1.45,” Jessica squeaked.
I could almost see the lightbulb come on over Alicia’s head, “You need this commission, don’t you?” she asked.
Jessica nodded her head and looked down at the cracked sidewalk where a dandelion peeked through.
“Okay, listen up, Jessica. Ed and I will stick with you. We’d like to help, but you gotta show me something better. You need to show us something better. We don’t need anything grand or palatial. Just show us something more move-in-ready. Can you do that?”
Jessica nodded again, “I’ll take you guys back to the hotel and do some more research this afternoon. In the morning, I’ll collect you early, and we can have another go.”
Alicia smiled, “Not too early though; okay Jessica?”
This week’s prompts were:
- needs more salt
- past the “Sell By” date
- show me something better