Note: I'm so, so, soooooooooooo sorry I didn't update sooner. It's my sister's fault; she couldn't edit for awhile. (She says she's sorry.) Despite the delay, please read it and review! Thanks for all the great reviews! Here's the next chapter:
Chapter 3: On the Hunt
Danny followed Susan onto the driveway of a two-story brick house, glancing approvingly at the well-tended yard. According to the advertisement, this was a 5 bedroom, 3 bath house with a basement: a rare find in San Francisco. He shut the car door and followed her into the foyer.
"Now remember, this house is priced at $757,000," Susan told him as they entered.
"You want me to spend three quarters of a million on a house?!" Danny exclaimed, shocked by the amount of money he was going to have to spend.
"I'm sorry, Mr. Tanner, but you're going to have to get used to these prices if you plan to buy a house big enough for your family. While this might not have everything you're hoping for, it has the potential to be. It only has five bedrooms, but you could turn the garage into one if necessary," Susan told him while showing him some of the house's charm.
"I understand, Susan. I guess I'm willing to spend that type of money for the convenience of my family. We'd like to try to all stay together in one house, if possible," he replied, accepting the fact that houses now-a-days were a bit more expensive than when he and Pam had found 1882 Gerard Street.
They continued to tour the rest of the house, including the living room, kitchen, den, laundry room, bedrooms, and bathrooms. By the time they got to the basement, Danny was really considering this house, although it came with a fair amount of work.
As Danny walked into the basement, his point of view started to change. It wasn't very large and it desperately needed renovations. The concrete floors made it cold and the there was no drywall up on the wall. It was dingy and dirty, and that was something Danny couldn't stand for.
"I'm sorry, but I don't think I can buy this place. There's not enough room here for Jesse and Becky, and it's filthy down here," Danny began to say. "Who knows if there's mold crawling in these walls? In fact, where are the walls? I have to say this is a major drawback to the house, I'll tell you that."
"Mr. Tanner, I always tell my clients, whether you're spending $100,000 or a million dollars you're always going to make a sacrifice," she told him. "Plus, I'm sure if you're really considering the house that you could take a few thousand dollars off the asking price. That way, you can do the renovations and maybe add an addition to the house to make room."
After that they went and viewed several more houses, all of which had a quirk that Danny couldn't handle. At the end of the day, Danny went home with a heavy heart and a decision to make.
And to his disappointment, it wasn't getting any easier to decide.
Meanwhile, Joey and Jesse were at the Smash Club polishing glasses, setting tables, and sweeping up for that night. On stage, Joey was rehearsing his Wizard of Oz act one final time when a young woman entered. Her dark brown hair was tied in a high pony swinging side to side as she walked. She took a seat on a bar stool and watched Joey, laughing occasionally at his jokes. As Jesse approached her, the woman stood up and spoke with him briefly before walking over to the supplies closet.
Joey stepped off the stage with his eyes following the attractive brunette. He started to follow her, then realizing he knew nothing about the mystery woman, came towards Jesse instead.
"Jess, you've got to tell me who that woman is and whether or not she's single," Joey asked him eagerly.
"Calm down, Joseph," Jesse replied, laughing. "That's Lisa, a new waitress here. It's her first day."
Lisa, now wearing her uniform, approached the two men. Smiling, she turned to Joey and extended her hand. "Hi, I'm Lisa. I just wanted to tell you that I thought that Wizard of Oz bit was hilarious. Are you going to be performing here tonight?" she asked him.
"Nice to meet you, Lisa," Joey replied, taking her hand and shaking it. "I'm Joey, and I'm glad you enjoyed it because I'll be doing another routine of mine here tonight."
"Really? I can't wait to see it," she grinned. She twirled a strand of her hair, then gasped as she noticed her boss standing beside the comic. "Oh, I have to prepare for work. It's my first night here, you know. See you later!" She waved good-bye and left.
The Smash Club was full of hustle and bustle that night. Everyone had smiles on their faces when listening to Joey's jokes and were up and moving when a local band rocked out for a while. Everything went fairly smooth.
At the end of the night, Lisa was busy cleaning tables as Joey approached her.
"Oh, hi! It's nice to see you again Joey," Lisa said, brushing a strand of hair from her face. "I have to say, your act was even better in front of an audience. I'm surprised you don't get nervous."
"It's not that hard," Joey admitted, leaning on the counter. "I mean, there are other things that would make a guy nervous."
"What could be more nerve-racking than imitating the cowardly lion in front of tons of people?" she laughed.
"…Asking out a girl you barely know."
Her laughter stopped.
Joey took in a deep breath, not daring to look into Lisa's eyes. "Hey, I know we just met, but I was thinking maybe we could have dinner sometime," he asked with his fingers crossed.
Then, a smile lit up on her face as she replied, "Sure, I'd love to."
Never had so much relief been caused by so little words.
"Great," Joey grinned, "how about tomorrow night at seven? We can meet at Davy's Barbecue. What do you say?"
"I'll be there," she nodded, biting her lip.
"See you then."
And as Joey headed back home, he couldn't resist exclaiming, "Yes!"
Michelle was right. Crossing your fingers did help.
Everyone was gathered in the family room for a meeting the next morning.
"As you all know, our family is growing and this house isn't getting any bigger," Danny began. "Now, if you think about it logically, there really isn't going to be as much space as our families grow. So, I realize that there's a simple solution: we buy a bigger house. I've already started looking at some houses that are nice and spacious-- perfect for our family. What do you girls say? Will you give it a shot?"
"Oh, that's wonderful, Danny!" Becky replied. "This works out great…,"
"Great? What are you talking about? I don't want to leave this house. We have so many memories here. Do you all just want to forget that?" Michelle protested.
"Michelle, honey, the house doesn't hold the memories. Those memories will always be in our hearts, and no one can take that away from you," Danny said comfortingly.
"Yeah, Michelle, I could never forget the great times we had here, like when Stephanie moved into the bathroom and you built your car with Becky for the derby,'' DJ said, recalling the spoken memories. "Anyways, think on the plus side. You'll have more space for your stuff and we all get to stay together.
"Yeah, Deej, I guess you're right. My plus side is that my room can be as far away from Michelle's as possible," Stephanie remarked.
"Hey! That wasn't very nice," Michelle retorted.
"Ya know, Danny, this could work out for me," Joey decided. "I could have my own bathroom and living area. It's not like I don't mind living with all of you, I love it! It's just that as a grown man I need my own space."
"We understand you like to play with your stuff animals in privacy, Joey," Jesse commented jokingly.
"Alright, it's unanimous. We're moving!" Danny announced. As he said those words, everyone rejoiced. But as the celebration ensued, Jesse leaned over to his wife.
"Beck, I need to talk to you," Jesse quietly whispered, taking her by the hand and heading for the stairs.
"Now?" Rebecca asked him.
"Yes, now come on," he said hurriedly. "We need to discuss this before Danny chooses a house."
Becky sighed and followed him up the stairs to the attic.
Note: Once again I'm sorry for updating so late. I hope you liked this chapter. Please review.