Date: 7/2/2017, Categories: Reluctance, Author: Saucymh, Source: LushStories
“So what do you think?” Ruth bit her lip. The studio apartment was tiny, no larger than a bog-standard hotel room. The location, however, was perfect. “Bills are inclusive, there’s free Wi-Fi and residents get a key to the basement gym. Did you take a peep at that?” “Not yet,” she smiled. “It’s excellent. You’ll like it.” The smartly-dressed man, holding iPad and keys, peered at Ruth through thick glasses. “So, you’re a student?” “Yes.” She smoothed down her dress, conscious of the creases. “Is that a problem?” “Not if you can afford London N1. Are your parents paying?” “No,” she said flatly. “I have an income.” “Oh?” “Bar work. Near here, actually.” “Convenient. And your college?” “UCL. Just around the corner.” “So this is ideal,” he nodded, “if you can afford it.” Ruth drew a breath. The apartment was way above her price range and the man holding the keys knew it. “May I look around?” she asked, trying to sound confident. “By all means.” The room was stylishly furnished, well-equipped, and the thoughtful layout made the most of the limited space. Ruth sighed, “It’s so quiet.” “Well, it’s the top floor and the walls are well insulated. It’s south facing too, nice and bright.” “Yes. It’s lovely.” She trailed her fingertips over the gleaming worktops and chrome appliances in the bijou kitchenette. How different from the squalid little flat she currently shared. Everything there was covered in filth. The cooker was so dirty she daren’t use it. Plonking herself down on the bed, ...