- Let’s eat something first, I’m starving.
- Oh Ken, I love your home. These colors are wonderful. Could you show me the other rooms too?
- One other room. This is a tiny little home. A lot smaller than the one I used to live in with Hector.
- What happened to your big house then? Does Hector still live there?
- No, we sold it. Hector now lives in Lapland, where the winters are still real winters. He loves snow.
- Does he live with that Santtu dude?
- I don’t know and I’m not ready to know either. The healing process is not finished yet.
- Do you have any travelling plans now?
- No, sadly not. I spent all my money on this apartment, so I’m stucked in Finland for now.
- Well, roadtripping and camping is fun too!
- Ken, where’s your bathroom? I really need to poop!
- Oh sorry, I forgot to show it to you. It’s outside... just go around the house and you can’t miss it!
- That area is cheap for a reason, I’m not sure you’d enjoy living there, Ken tries to warn her, but she gets annoyed:
- I don’t have much options, do I!!! If I have to live on social benefits, this is what I’m forced to settle for!!!
- Ok... don’t be angry with me... you can find a nicer place when you get a job, I’m sure, Ken says.
So it happens that Kaarna rents this apartment that makes her eyes bleed. It’s furnished with left over furniture and vacation souvenirs. Nothing goes together and nothing looks nice, but there’s everything you need to start a new life with no money or belongings.
- Well, it won’t! Have you checked the weather forecast? At least the next 10 days will be the same.
Ken hates to leave Kaarna in this hideous flat, but he tries to see the positive sides. Kaarna on the other hand doesn’t bother faking:
Back home Ken feels empty. He has spent many weeks with Kaarna day and night. The loneliness doesn’t feel too good. And that goddamn rain has been going on for a whole week already.
- What’s wrong with me? I’m not a passive person, yet I feel like doing nothing. Everything feels meaningless.
When Kaarna told a friend that she’s feeling more blue than she normally does, that friend immediately sent her a survival kit. But what’s inside of the package?
Five seasons of The Golden Girls! That’s what was in the package! And the card attached said: “The Golden Girls have helped me through some hard times. I’m sure they can do it for you too. But stay away from the cheesecake!”
Ken is soaking wet when he steps into Lotta’s cafeteria.
He buys a jar of honey from the local producers and a bag of Lotta’s special chocolate chili tea, because he wants to take something for Kaarna as a housewarming gift.
Ken finds Kaarna in bed watching the Golden Girls. The apartment is a mess.
He askes Kaarna, if she would let him do a home makeover with a minimum budget for her.
- Sure you can, if you want to, she replies.
- Is there anything here at the moment that you actually like?
- I like this table, and that icon on the wall.
- Red and green... okay. I’ll be back tomorrow, but you will have to help me clean up first.
Ken doesn’t waste time. He loves home makeovers, and is thrilled to see what he can do with zero euros. Luckily he has hoarded plenty of fabrics and crafting supplies.
- Some pots and paints...
Surprisingly it’s not raining today! Ken borrows his scooter to Kaarna so that she can find something nice to do while he makes the home makeover happen.
Ken hates the romantic wallpaper just as much as Kaarna does, but there’s nothing he can do about it.
Ken has done all he can. The flat is still too depressing, but Ken hopes that Kaarna will at least like the red and green colors.
When Kaarna arrives, the first thing she notices, is a huge map of Europe on the wall.
- It covers almost the entire hideous wallpaper! I can mark all the places I have travelled in! Where did you get this?
- You know how they close down all the small village schools these days? I always check the dumpsters of the dying schools.
- So many plants though... Ken, these cactuses will be dead in a week. I’m horrible with plants.
- I thought you might be. They are not real, I made them.
- Ha! Good thinking, Ken! In that case I love all of them.
- And heart-shaped plates! How cute! Thank you, Ken. For everything.
- You’re welcome. Can we watch a few episodes of the Golden Girls after this?