Alex spent the next several days trying to get her life to return to some kind of normalcy. College was, for the moment, out of the question, and while she had decent job skills, she couldn't get much without a degree. Still, she had hope; she would always have hope, one way or another.
Kent had given her sixty dollars. She'd already spent ten, and the rest of it she took with her to find an outfit for interviews and, if nothing else, more underwear. Even if she couldn't change her whole outfit every day, she could at least change that. The thrift store was where she went to go shopping, and after a bit of searching and hunting around, she managed to find a pair of black slacks, a blue button-down blouse, and a grey button-down sweater. It was a little mismatched for her liking, but it looked a lot nicer than the worn out jeans and hoodie she'd been wearing. After finding a nice outfit, she found a large t-shirt and a pair of sweatpants. Both had a few smaller holes, which made them less expensive, but they would be comfortable, and that was what mattered. She found a pair of black flats as well and, after all was said and done, managed to spend only twenty-five dollars on her new clothes.
She went back to Caleb's apartment when she was done shopping, had some lunch, and put on her new outfit. Putting on clean clothes made her feel a hell of a lot more presentable than she had been to begin with. She pulled her hair back and set off into town to find anywhere that was hiring.
While she wasn't terribly thrilled about everywhere she'd put in an application, at least she had options. One diner was hiring, as well as a supermarket and a bakery. By the time she was done, she still had daylight hours to burn, so she ended up finding her way back to SCRU headquarters. She was lucky to find that Kent wasn't busy when she arrived, and after thanking him again for the money, asked for any updates on her living situation. She knew it would still be a little while, but it was good to hear things were moving along.
Once back at Caleb's apartment, she ended up doing some cleaning and, when it got late enough, she cooked dinner again. It was starting to become a habit.
The next day went along the same way, but instead of shopping for clothes, she ended up shopping for some food. She didn't spend too much, just enough to get her something more interesting to cook than eggs or pasta. Caleb already had steaks, which was a good thing, so she just ended up getting potatoes and asparagus to go along with it. She still had money left after that which she decided she'd keep right now since she didn't know if (or when) she'd be getting a job.
She spent the rest of the day at the apartment again, watching television, doing a bit more cleaning, and again, cooking. Dinner this time around was definitely more interesting than the past couple of days. She cooked the steaks and did some mashed potatoes and steamed asparagus, and she could only hope that Caleb would like asparagus. Hopefully he wasn't too much of a carnivore.
The third day went similarly, but it had one large difference - she (most likely) got herself a job. When she had nothing else to do, she went to headquarters again, just figuring she'd stop in and ask how things were going. Since Kent, again, wasn't busy, she ended up stopping to talk for just a little while, and she mentioned how she'd been looking for a job. Before she went to HQ, she'd gone to the places she had applied at, but they still told her they'd 'let her know'. Upon hearing her predicament, Kent had scratched his chin and told her he'd see what he could do. The glint in his eye told her that he was figuring something out for her, though, and she couldn't stop thanking him as she left to go back to Caleb's apartment.
She was definitely in a brighter mood when she returned this time and, glancing at the clock, decided she had enough time to try to tackle doing her laundry before Caleb got back from work. Dressed in her pajamas, she put her two outfits in to wash, and then to dry. Not wanting to get her freshly clean clothes dirty by wearing them around the apartment, she draped them carefully over one arm of the couch. By the time Caleb would get home that night, she would be in the kitchen cooking up burgers for the two of them.