Hi, it's been 84 years since I updated this and I'm sorry but I'm going to try and keep updating at least once a week!
Ray was chewing his lip as he sat in the real estate's office, looking at the different buildings that were for sale. They needed somewhere with plenty of space, they needed somewhere that they could work, and they needed somewhere that he was close to April.
Okay maybe that last one wasn't exactly a requirement, but with it being his mortgage against his house, he felt okay making certain demands, and that was- well it was pretty much his only demand.
Egon and Peter were talking to the real estate agent as Ray looked through papers, not paying any attention to them as the agent gave them an idea of what kind of places were available until his eyes landed on a paper near the back of the folder she'd handed to him to keep him busy.
Shoving the paper into a pile of some of the places he'd already picked out, and handed it to the real estate agent who looked up at him. "These ones?" she asked and he nodded.
The first three places they visited were terrible. Moldy, damp, cramped places Ray was feeling anxious as he listened to Egon and Peter complain about the buildings they had visited.
"Well I don't know guys," Ray sighed as he looked at them. "The pictures looked a lot better- maybe the next one will work out?" he suggested as they got back into the car with the real estate agent, sure that the next one would be the winner. Even if he had to make sure that it was.
When they approached the fire station Peter looked up at it, clearly not realizing where they were. "This one looks interesting." Ray said as he looked at the real estate agent eagerly, watching as she opened the door and let them inside. Touring the building Ray and April had been joking about breaking into recently to check for ghosts, Ray looked around before darting upstairs, leaving Peter, Egon, and the agent downstairs to look around.
He had mentally mapped out the building and had figured out that the fire escape at April's would be facing the fire escape of the old fire station so he found his way to the right floor and after a search he found the window with the fire escape and climbed out onto it.
April would be making lunch about this time, and if he was lucky she wouldn't be wearing headphones. He'd grabbed a handful of gravel from outside when Venkman and Egon were busy talking and now reached into his pocket and drew out a pebble and tossed it at April's window.
After a few moments of no response he tossed a few more pebbles before just tossing the remaining ones at the window.
When he saw movement this time he watched as she opened the window, frowning curiously, his face breaking into a grin and his cheeks heating up a little at the sight of her. He couldn't help it, every time he looked at her it made him realize just how crazy he was about her, and how lucky he was that she was with him. "Ray, what are you doing over there?" she asked. "I know we joked about breaking in, but honey, I think you can get into-"
"I'm going to buy the building." Ray cut her off, April's look of confusion replaced by shock.
"Ray- What?" she asked and he nodded.
"I'm buying the building- Venk and Egon, they got me to take out a third mortgage on my house-"
"And so because I took out the mortgage, the money is in my name and I'm buying this building so we can use it for our business."
"I just need to know that you support me April." he told her, gripping the railing of the fire escape as he looked at her. "I want this building because as much as I want to do this, I still want to be close to you, I love you and I won't do it- I won't do any of it unless I know you support me." he told her, watching her eagerly and a little apprehensively.
"How are you going to make sure the guys don't fight you on buying the building?" she asked.
"Don't worry about that. Do you support this?"
There was a long hesitation from April which made Ray start to sweat- if he said no he didn't know what he'd do. Well- he'd obviously respect that, but he didn't know why she would say no-
"Of course I do." April chased away the feeling of anxiety he was feeling with those words and he smiled before nodding. "And I love you too." she told him, a blush rising in her cheeks as he realized what she said- and what he had said.
"I- I really did say that didn't I?" he asked after a moment before clearing his throat and then looking back at her.
"Did you mean it?" she asked.
"Good. I meant it too." she smiled at him. "Now go buy the building before Venkamn and Spengler come up with all the reasons you shouldn't." she smiled, Ray starting to turn back to the window before pausing and looking at her.
"There are reasons I shouldn't?"
"Tons. But do you care?"
Ray grinned as he looked at her before shaking his head. "Nah. I'll see you later."
"Okay," she laughed as he climbed awkwardly back into the building and she shook her head before climbing back into her own building.
Walking towards the stairs Ray was about to go downstairs when he looked over at the fire pole and grinned slightly.
He had to.
Walking to the pole he was about to slide down when he heard Egon and Venkman talking, already coming up with reasons why they shouldn't buy the building- like April had said.
He'd do a lot for this business they had come up with, but what he'd do for them hinged on one thing- him getting this building, so he was going to get it. Calling out like he hadn't been listening "Hey, does this pole still work?" he then slid down the pole, landing right near Venkman and Spengler. "Wow! This place is great! When can we move in? You've got to try this pole! I'm gonna get my stuff." he turned and ran towards the stairs before turning back to them, still speaking excitedly. "Hey, we should say here tonight. Sleep here! You know, to try it out!" he called before running back up the stairs, pausing when he was out of sight to hear what they said about his outburst.
"I think we'll take it." Ray heard Peter say after a moment of silence to which the agent only had one thing to say.
Ray fist pumped the air excitedly as he leaned against the wall with a sigh and closed his eyes for a moment. This was good. April was going to be close, and he hadn't taken out a third mortgage on his house for nothing.
When they walked out of the building, Ray took the keys from the woman he was grinning as they set up an appointment to go into the office the next day to take care of business.
"Okay, so we'll meet back here in a few hours?" Egon asked Peter and Ray both before looking at his watch.
"That sounds good," Ray agreed as he slipped his hands into his pockets and started to walk back up the sidewalk, away from the real estate agent's car.
"Ray, don't you need a ride to the subway?" Pete asked, Ray grinning in response before pointing his thumb over his shoulder at April's building.
"Why would I? April lives right there." he reminded them before he turned and walked over to April's building and let himself in as Peter and Egon gaped at him.
"I think we've been had." Egon said as Peter nodded in agreement.
When Ray walked into the loft April walked over to him and wrapped her arms around his neck, kissing him deeply, Ray wrapped his arms around her middle, pulling her close and kissing her back, moving one hand from her back to the back of her head.
"I love you," he said gently when the kiss broke and she looked up at him adoringly.
"I love you too," she smiled at him, though beaming at him was probably more accurate. "So are you going to buy the building next door?"
"Oh, yeah, I'm signing the paperwork tomorrow," he nodded with a smile. "We're going to sleep there tonight, me and the guys," he explained as he drew the keys from his pocket to show her.
"Wanna give me a tour?" she asked and he nodded.
"That sounds good, but maybe before the tour we can run to that sporting goods store? I just realized, I'm going to be sleeping in that place tonight and there's no beds."
"And even if there were beds, I wouldn't recommend sleeping on them," April pointed out , Ray nodding in agreement. "But, yeah, let's go get you something to sleep on for tonight." she agreed.
After a trip to the sporting goods store they returned with a generator, and a camping cot that Ray insisted would be fine for him, but April wasn't sure.
"I'm telling you honey, it's going to hurt your back," April was saying as they carried their purchases over to the firehouse.
"I'll be fine- it's just for one night." he assured her.
"Okay, but tomorrow don't come crying to me-"
"Oh come on." he sighed as he looked over at her. "Honey, I appreciate the concern, but i'm telling you I'll be okay."
"Okaaaay," she said slowly, Ray giving her a look as she smiled innocently, while Ray unlocked the door to the firehouse.
Stepping into the dimly lit room April took a moment to let her eyes adjust before looking around, then looking back at Ray who was grinning. "I know it's not much now," he said, interpreting her look correctly. "But I know that we'll be able to make it into something good, and with me working just next door- I mean, the commute isn't going to be too bad on the days I sleep over."
"Have you given any thought into us moving in together?" she asked casually as she stepped further into the building, looking around at the high ceilings of the garage and then stepping further into the building, turning around when she realized Ray had stopped. "You good?"
"Would you really want to move in together?" he asked and she smiled.
"Well, I mean yeah, eventually," she shrugged. "I mean we love each other." she said as she set the stuff down and shrugged. "It would make sense, wouldn't it?"
"Of course it would," Ray smiled at her warmly as he set down his own things, walking over to her and cupping her face. "I'd love to live with you."
"And I mean, I know you own the house and everything, so we can figure out living arrangements another time." she shrugged and Ray nodded.
"Yeah, it is kind of far for both of us." he agreed before leaning down and kissing her forehead.
"And I need enough space to be able to paint," she shrugged.
"I mean, you could always keep the studio for painting," he suggested.
"Why don't we work on one thing at a time?" Alex suggested and he nodded.
"Agreed," he said before wrapping his arm around her shoulders, the two of them walking through the building, looking around at all of the rooms, discussing the way they'd be able to make the rooms work for the business.
When they went back downstairs Egon and Venkman were there, unloading the stuff they'd brought over for the evening.
"Well, if it isn't Yoko," Venkman said as he looked at April who raised an eyebrow.
"Oh you haven't seen me break this little situation up yet." she said gesturing to the three of them.
"April," Ray said softly and she looked at him before looking back at Venkman. "Pete, this really is the best place for the business."
"The best place because it's next door to your girlfriend or because of some other reason?" Peter asked.
"It has enough space for us to do everything we'll need to do, we have all this space to use as the office and to pull a car in here, and this is going to be great, all it needs is a little hard work." Ray insisted as he looked at Peter. "And I mean hard work from all of us, not just me and Egon doing the work, if you want this business to actually work you need to be willing to put in the work as well."
They were all quiet for a moment before Egon nodded. "I think I can utilize the basement for the storage grid," he said thoughtfully. "We can go to the hall of records and pick up a blueprint of the building."
"The upstairs can be made into a work space and sleeping area," April offered as she looked at them, all of them looking at her. "What, just because I'm not a ghost-hunter guy doesn't mean I can't give ideas," she pointed out.
"Oh sure, she gets to come up with ideas but she's not doing any of the work." Peter grumbled as he kicked a box.
"Well maybe I'm an investor," April replied as she crossed her arms, looking at Peter, the three of them looking back at her.
"Oh yeah?" he asked. "And just how much are you investing?"
"Fifty Thousand." she replied, Ray choking on his own breath.
"April- That's- that's half your savings!"
"So what, you'll pay me back," she replied as she looked at him and then to Egon and Peter. "So, I'm investing in you guys, okay?" she asked and they looked at each other before looking at Ray who shook his head.
"Okay," Egon said after doing some quick calculations in his head. "We could really use the investment April, thank you."
"Thank you," she replied, shaking Egon's hand and then looking at Ray with a smile. "So now I'm a part of the ghost hunter guys too." she said before wrinkling her nose. "We should really work on that name."
Okay I hope you guys liked it! It was a little bit of a filler chapter but it was important to the story!