Part 1 [27/6/13]
The storms were getting more frequent, Pelly notices. When Copper and Booker had left in the afternoon, the first of the rain had started to come. As Phyllis was taking over the post office for the night, the first thunder boomed. The rain continued after that, but Pelly still managed to get to sleep fine.
The next morning, the rain was still coming. Phyllis said it had been raining all night. Pelly walked outside and took a visit to Tom Nook. The grass was wet and sodden underfoot, and small pools of water had started to emerge.
"This rain isn't going to be good for business," Nook says. "No doubt the Able Sister's might be able to shift some umbrella's."
"I wouldn't know about that," Pelly replies. "The wind has started to pick up."
"I'd be willing to keep the TV on. Keep checking the weather."
"I'll keep that in mind. I'll have to check on everyone else."
"Where are the officers?"
"They had to go back to the Police Headquarters for a meeting about the relocation of this town. Me and Phyllis are in charge until they get back."
Pelly then walked along the stretch where the train station was, then down to the museum. Looking down at the Wishing Well plaza, Pelly thought to last month where the villagers were celebrating the coming of another summer. How wrong they were for celebrating it now, she thought.
Visiting the Able Sister's shop, she found Sable busy as ever at the sewing machine and Mable as happy as ever to greet customers. Business wasn't going so well, Mable told Pelly, simply because the people who had ordered custom umbrellas and shirts wouldn't come to pick them up through all this bad weather.
As Pelly walked it back, struggling against the wind, she spotted Pete fly off in the distance, being blown as he took off. Phyllis, it seemed, was still at the desk handling letters. It really was time for her to sleep though, so Pelly made her way back as quick as possible.
Part 2 [22/7/13]
By the time it was afternoon, the rain seemed to have died out for the day, but there was still a lot of cloud around. The grass was as sodden as ever and some flowers were now starting to wilt from over-saturation. The rivers and pools were almost at flooding point and the ocean water of the beach was now creeping up the sand so little of the beach remained.
Sable, taking a small break from her sewing, looks out of the window to see the water line. Looking away from the window and turning to Mable, she comments "Don't you think it time we took our business elsewhere?"
"Sis! How could you say that?" Mable replies.
"I don't know... Wait! I didn't mean to another town! I just meant away from the ocean and closer to the bulk of villagers."
"But that would cost money, and resources we don't have."
At this point the door opens and Tom Nook walks in. Looking around he spots them in the corner where the two hedgehogs were talking.
"So sorry to bother you," he says to them, "but have either of you seen the latest weather forecast?"
"No," Mable answers for them. "But it can't be worse than we already have, can it?"
"Well, if you count a huge storm coming our way..."
"For how long?" Sable asks.
"At least a day," Tom Nook informs. "Temporary accommodation is being set up next to my store if you need it."
"I'm sure we'll be fine," Mable says. "But if we do need it, we'll be sure to get a move on to the top of the town."
"Well, I'll be seeing you after this storm then. Pelly's putting the whole town on lockdown. There isn't much else to do."
"Bye then," both sisters say.
Nook leaves the store, and as the door is opened, the start of the coming wind blows into the store.
The door is closed again and Sable returns to her sewing machine while Mable looks out of the window at the ever approaching storm.
Part 3 [27/8/15]
The storm arrived as evening fell. The winds were rapid and harsh. The rain lashed the ground at speed, hitting buildings and making thunderous tapping noises on all surfaces. The rising water from the sea that had threatened to overflow now covered the entirety of the beach and was making its way slowly through the village.
Mable and Sable were the first to leave. As much as they didn't want to, there wasn't any choice. The water had started seeping into the shop, and there wasn't any way to rescue anything. The only thing they took was the sewing machine. It had been in their family for generations, and they didn't want it lost. Struggling against the howling wind and bulleting rain, the two made it to higher ground. The sewing machine making movement slow, the two hedgehogs reach the northern area of town to find the temporary accommodation that had been set up for them had blown away. Help wasn't far away as Tom Nook had seen them and let them into his shop.
Next to leave the safety of their homes were Butch and Biff. Again, they had no choice. The rain had almost destroyed the roof of Biff's shack, and Butch had no floor space thanks to the water completely flooding his home. The two ran out within seconds of each other without any plan to meet, but bumped into each other almost immediately. Deciding higher ground was safer, the two ran up the southern slope and into the Police Station.
The officers were gone after all, so it wasn't as if it was being used.
Pelly rose early to the sound of the rain hammering every part of the post office it could hit. Knowing that safety was key, she rushed as quickly as she could to the lower end of town, noting that the water had reached the start of the rocky wall that separated the higher and lower parts of the village.
She quickly checked the buildings that the water had surrounded, sloshing through the water as carefully as she could. The Able Sisters shop was deserted and ruined. Butch's and Biff's houses were similarly abandoned. Escaping the water, she wondered to those houses in the western alcove where three villagers lived. Dotty took a bit of convincing to leave, but once outside she realised it was for the best.
Rex took no convincing at all, but Rosie was another matter. She wouldn't leave without first rescuing her prized possessions, and so Pelly, Rex, and Dotty helped heave and shove the furniture up the western slope to the Police Station, all the while Rosie fretted that her things were being ruined. At the first visit to the Police Station, they found Biff and Butch, who reluctantly helped with the rest of the furniture moving.
Once it had all been done, Pelly told everyone gathered to stay in the Police Station where it was safe while she continued her rounds.
Part 4 [28/9/15]
Biff looked around at the band of villagers inside the Police Station, wondering whether the time had come to finally say goodbye to this town of Octavia. He'd miss the people and the residents, sure. And the parties and other events. But things had been quiet recently, and this storm proved that things had been getting worse.
Dotty was sat in a far corner. Rosie was fretting that the water had ruined every bit of furniture she had. Butch and Rex were busy talking. No-one would probably even notice him leaving, and he wouldn't want anyone to know he had gone until it was too late to stop him.
Casually wondering over to the entrance and sneaking another look, it seemed as though no-one had paid any attention to him. Tensing up to brave the rain storm, he dashed outside.
He'd reached the billboard with the town map on it, somehow still standing despite the winds that had been blowing, when a voice shouted out to him. Someone had noticed him after all.
"Biff! What are you doing?"
Biff turned to see Dotty a few paces behind him. "Just wondering around," he said defensively.
"Well, have you thought about this town? How it feels to be here these days?"
He was about to respond harshly when he caught himself. He'd been thinking the exact same thing, and here was another villager with the exact same thoughts.
Changing tack, he replied "I have. Things have just been getting worse."
"Well, wouldn't now be a good time to leave? We have nothing anyway. We can-"
"Start again." The wonderful thought.
"Yes. Start again. Quickly to the train station, and hope no-one sees us."
The two run as fast as the storm would allow, reaching the train station and ducking down between rail and cabin to hide.
Porter had nothing to do except keep a track of the rail network. Both incoming and outgoing visitors were tracked from the cabin. The next one would be along in a bit, and it made Porter smile to see that Rover was once again taking a morning break on the trains. Though it seemed that all Rover did was travel on trains.
Looking up, he could see the train pulling into the station. Exactly on the hour, as it always did. Turning around, he looked upon the village. The rain and wind were still viciously slashing and howling. He hoped the storm would let up soon. He had a feeling the cabin or station might be feeling the pressure a bit too much.
Turning back around, the whistle blew to alert that the train was leaving. Looking down on his board, he noted that two villagers had entered the train without him knowing. Quickly running out of the cabin, he sees the two sat down opposite each other as the train pulled out of the station.
Part 1 [12/2/13]
All the villagers stare at the far right of the village where the tunnel leads to the main lines as the last carriage of the train disappears into the dark. They stay like this for at least five minutes.
One by one, the villagers start to move away back to their houses, leaving just Copper standing on the steps to the train station. The fact that the islander had left, and rejected other sanctuary in the village, especially from a fellow villager, wasn't very good for the popularity of this village of Octavia, which was sure to go down if Pigleg spread the word of what had happened.
The sunny resort that was the island had now been destroyed, and even if a relief effort was made to try and rebuild it, there was nothing that could be done with the flooding.
The first stars start showing, and Copper takes a long walk along the length of the track, then turns right and walks down to the wishing well and plaza, and sees the leftover tables and chairs, with the food and drinks, and wonders how it could have gone so wrong.
He then sees Tortimer slumbering in one of the seats.
"Tortimer," Copper says, nudging him. "Tortimer," he says again, a bit louder.
Tortimer reacts to this, but doesn't wake, so Copper says, even louder "Tortimer," for a third time, and finally the old turtle is awake.
"What? Does anyone need this seat?" Tortimer asks dazedly.
"The party is over, unfortunately," Copper informs him.
"But the food. Everything's still where it is."
"It was cut unexpectedly."
"And might I ask why?"
"The islander was returned to this village, but didn't want to stay no more, accusing us of taking his home away from him."
"Oh, this is bad. The reputation of the village..."
"The best we can do is hope that nothing will be spread. But we can continue this discussion in the morning. I hope to round up the villagers into some sort of lively bunch if anyone does come."
"Yes. Yes. That sounds good," Tortimer says, getting out of his chair. "Goodnight, young officer."
"I bid you goodnight," Copper replies as Tortimer starts to shuffle off.
Copper heads west to the river, and crosses over the bridge, then follows the cliff wall, south then west, until he reaches the ramp to the higher levels pointing north. Following the ramp and keeping north, he reaches the Police Station.
Looking south-east to where the island would be, he then heads inside.
Part 2 [4/3/13]
The next day, the sun was shining. However, there were some trees that had felled. Copper could see this from the entrance of the Police Station. Taking a morning stroll, he could see a number of puddles in the grass.
It seemed another storm had came in during the night.
The train whistle sounded, and Copper decides to visit and see how Porter was coping. At the station, however, he sees Tangy waiting in the station.
"Where are you going Tangy?" Copper asks, to which he hears a whispered curse.
"I... er..." Tangy mumbles.
"You weren't planning on getting out of town before everyone woke up, were you?"
"Well... I was offered a place in another town... which seemed more reasonable to stay..."
"This isn't because of what Pigleg did, is it?"
"No! Of course not! It’s just that the weather is getting worse, and how long until one of our houses are destroyed?"
"Well. I hope you well on your journey, and your loss will be greatly mourned in this town."
Tangy then boards the train, and Copper stands back to watch as it pulls out of the station. He then adds "I just hope no more leave the village."
“Well, with all this freak weather, I wouldn’t be surprised if more did,” Porter the monkey says.
“But this village still needs to uphold its reputation,” Copper informs. “If all the villagers leave, what reputation does this place have?”
“Well, it is the summer, and the sun is out, so why not get some event down on the ground?”
“Well, there is the aerobics… But that’s just a morning event…”
“Couldn’t you bring it forward then? To a closer date?”
“I’ll have to talk to Tortimer about hosting any event,” Copper assures. “But I wanted to talk to you. How are you getting on?”
Tom Nook opens his store at the usual time, checking his stock for the day. He had a number of TV’s, some tables and chairs, and a new kitchen unit. Also included in his stock were some potted plants, but he only ever brought them out if he was running low.
The village couldn’t have been getting ever lower in reputation, it just couldn’t. But it was true. Only two days ago, a villager from the island had left, then the day after another had left. Now the new day was starting, and while he had to make a profit, he was getting less stock sent to him. That meant he was getting down pretty quick on his main stock. He also had to put some resources into the destruction of Tangy’s house.
And if any more villagers moved out, he’d be even more low on money as they get him to buy what they can’t take with them. Thankfully he still had his reserve funds.
Part 3 [16/3/13]
Tortimer had agreed that the villagers needed cheering up. But he had warned not to use the Wishing Well as a staging ground for any such event. The incident of two days ago would surely still be on the villagers minds.
And Copper was sure of it as well. While on his patrols, there was usually someone around the Wishing Well plaza, but there was no-one there whenever Copper looked at it. Even all the items that had been at the plaza two days ago had mysteriously vanished.
As it was a Saturday, the dog K.K. Slider usually came into the station at night to play some songs. Copper had arranged for him to come in early, however, so the villagers could have some live music to take their minds off things.
True to his word, K.K. arrived at midday, and at one o’clock, he started strumming his first song. In half an hour, some of the villagers had indeed come to the station to listen in. Over the next hour, other villagers and shop owners wondered by to listen in.
At the end of his next song, K.K. looks up to see the entire populace of Octavia watching.
“Okay,” he calls. “I’ve been writing a new song, and now seems the perfect opportunity to play it. So, here we go.”
He then starts strumming on his guitar a slow melody, and then breaks into song. Upon finishing the song, he looks out to see most of the crowd in tears.
“And so there you have it,” K.K. calls. “My new song, Two Days Ago, is available via bootleg starting next week. The songs are free to own, remember, so get them while they’re here.”
Looking out at the crowd, K.K. sees no-one moving. An officer then stands beside him.
“Am I missing something here?” K.K. asks.
“Two days ago, an… incident happened… that they’d rather not talk about,” Copper says. “One of our number left us when we rescued him from the island… A storm blew over and destroyed it.”
“Ah. I see. Well, nothing like a bit of first-hand emotion going into a song. They’re sure to like it once they get over what happened.”
K.K. then starts playing a fast tune, but villagers start walking away. So at the end of the song, he says a thank you, sets down the equipment and heads onto the next train which had just arrived at the station.
Copper stands and watches the train leave, wondering what else could go wrong.
Part 4 [8/4/13]
As K.K. had predicted, the villagers seemed to like the song after the initial shock of it. Some had even bought bootlegs of it the next week that K.K. visited.
During that week though, not all had gone smoothly.
For starters, less fruit was now growing on the trees. Whether due to oversaturation with the amount of rain water, or the low amount of sun that was now appearing each day, it was one less thing for the villagers to eat.
More mutterings were also going on with whether villagers wanted to stay now that the rain was getting out of hand. Copper, ever trying to keep the morale, asked Tom Nook if he had a lot of gondolas and awnings. He happily supplied them, and each day, an event of some sort had been hosted. The villagers stay as long as possible, as the only other alternative is staying in and brooding over bad futures.
The next event was to be a barbeque. Since most had got used to K.K.’s new song, Copper had also brought along a record player to the hosting area. Since no-one would still go near the Wishing Well, the hosting area was to the right of the Police Station. It was also larger than the one that had been set up around the Wishing Well, enabling a much wider range of activities.
Chip had come round, the wandering Beaver who hosts the Fishing Tournament, and had caught some fish to be the first food of the day. Copper was doing the cooking, along with help from Mable, and Tom Nook was supplying other food. Blathers, somehow, had been elected keeper of the records, and swapped them once each finished.
The villagers had come to eat, attracted by the smell of food, and again they were enjoying themselves. Copper took the time to talk to each and every one of them, asking opinions of the village, what they were planning to do, if they needed any help, and other things like what events they’d like to happen next. Some of the villagers were warm and friendly, but others seemed cold hearted.
Taking a step back once he had finished talking to the last villager, Copper takes a look at the party and thinks to himself that the day could only get better, and the days that follow could also be better. Sure, there were a few bad spots, but with a bit more tailoring, even they could be made good.
Then the first of the lightning struck.
Part 5 [1/5/13]
Mass panic ensues. The villagers start running around screaming. The lightning had been powerful enough to shake the ground. When the second struck, it had enough of an effect to blast a hole in the ground and blind the villagers near it for a few seconds.
"Everyone! Calm down!" Copper shouted, trying to keep the peace. "Tom. Blathers. Here."
Tom Nook, Blathers, Mable and even Chip gathered round Copper. "Now then. What is the safest place to take them. The Police Station might not be big enough for all of us."
"Well, the shop can easily hold everyone, but it's just too far away," Tom Nook reasons.
"Same thing with the museum," Blathers gabbles.
"Well, this lightning might bring in some big fish," Chip says. "See you down by the sea."
"Chip. It's dangerous out there!" Copper warns.
"Not for me it isn't. And I'll be back with a big whopper of a fish to prove it."
Chip then storms from the shelter, picking up his fishing rod as he leaves.
"Let's concentrate on getting the villagers to a safe place then," Copper says, turning
Most of the villagers had gone. Copper could see some running back to their houses. The only ones left were those who had been walking in the lightning for longest.
"We'll stay," Rex says, and Butch nods.
"Well, without hardly anyone here, this party cannot be deemed to continue," Copper states. "However I do worry that some more of our villagers might leave us. So we need to convince them to stay."
"Don't worry," Butch says. "We'll help."
"I'll help too," Tom Nook says, but Copper rejects that offer, saying "To convince the villagers, villagers need to go. If we, the staff and loyalists of this town go, it will look like we are pressuring them."
"Don't worry about it," Butch comments. "We'll talk to them."
Copper thanks them, looking to the sky where another flash of lightning strikes. "Be careful. The lightning is more dangerous than normal."
"And meanwhile, what are we meant to do?" Blathers asks.
"Head back to your stores; make sure everything is alright. Hopefully this storm will eventually go, and that will be the end of this bad weather. All I can say though, is that this is a zone of intense freak weather."
Tom and Blathers walk off, waving to Copper as they go, looking at the sky to be aware of more lightning. Copper also walks to the police station, and before entering looks at the sky again as another flash of lightning strikes, then says "The sooner the police headquarters can find a better place to set up this village the better."
Part 6 [25/5/13]
Butch and Rex, true to their word, had indeed talked to the other villagers the next day. Most had said that if the village wasn't moved to a different location, they would leave for a different location instead.
Copper had therefore sent a letter to the Police Headquarters and was hoping to get confirmation that the headquarters had indeed found a new location for the village.
Two days after that latest party, and Copper hadn't set up any more events. The best he could do was patrol the village and look to the sky for any storms. Were storms to start up, an assessment of the severity would be carried out and the alarm sounded if it was strong. However, most of the time, it was only rain.
Three days later, Copper woke up to see Booker standing nearby with a letter.
"And what is that?" Copper asks as he gets out of bed.
"Um.. Er... Pete. The er... Post Pelican. Just came with this- um... letter," Booker replies. "The... um... Police Headquarters- have requested a meeting with us. Something, um... to do with... the relocation of this village..."
"Marvellous. I'll be round the Post Office and the Train Station to make arrangements then. We'll have to give someone else the responsibility of looking after the town while we are gone. I seriously doubt we will be gone more than two days."
"If, um... you say so."
No sooner had Copper arrived at the Post Office and explained it all than Pelly had said that she and her sister could play double roles until the two officers returned. Then was the journey to the Train Station, which wasn't a long one.
Looking over at the houses that had belonged to the human villagers, Copper started to wonder if they had indeed been right to leave before all this trouble had erupted. Their choices may have been personal to them, but at least they no longer had to deal with this mess. Unfortunately, that was a bad thing, as they would have been good in a situation like this.
Walking to the station entrance, Porter greeted him with enthusiasm, and the arrangements were made quickly. They would leave in the afternoon on a public train.
He seriously hoped that Rover the Cat wouldn't be travelling. Awkward conversations always followed with that feline.
Part 1 [18/1/13]
Night in the town of Octavia.
The fireflies glow near to where the lakes and ponds are. One of the villagers, a white and dark blue coloured cat, sneaks up on another, a pink squirrel. The villagers might have animal resemblances, but they stood on two feet and have two arms.
The squirrel is stood watching the fireflies by the lake when the cat shouts “ME-WOW!”
“Aahhhh!” screams the squirrel. She then turns around. “Punchy! Why did you have to do that?”
“Sorry. Everything just seems so quiet around here, what with the disappearance of Dan.”
Dan had been one of the human villagers who had lived in the human residences built by Tom Nook in Acre B-3. He had been so full of life, throwing parties and pranking villagers, especially Rosie – a purple coloured cat, that his disappearance had turned the town into something resembling a morgue. Some villagers did try, once and again, to spark that raucous spirit, but no one was as good at it as Dan had been.
“The fireflies are nice to look at,” Punchy says. “Hey, Peanut? Why don’t we throw a party, you know. For old times’ sake.”
“We could, but no one really likes to party anymore.”
“Then we’ll just have to make one, and we’ll have the best party ever!”
“Maybe tomorrow will present a reason to party,” Peanut slowly says. “It’s a shame Sophie wasn’t here to look at this scenery.”
Sophie was one of the humans who had recently left. She had been interested in animals and plants, and had moved on quite recently to explore the wider world.
Copper then calls across the lake to the two. “Hadn’t you two better be returning to your houses? There’s another storm forecast for tonight.”
Copper was a dog, brown in colour, and was proud to be part of the police regiment. His post was to keep track of all goings on in Octavia.
“Uh, yeah. Sure,” Punchy says. “We were just going. Goodnight Peanut. Goodnight Officer Copper.”
“Night all,” Peanut says, and starts walking back to her house.
“Goodnight to you two as well,” Copper calls across the lake. He then walks back to the Police Station. Closing the door behind him, he spots his fellow officer, Booker, sat at a table.
“Everything is as it should be,” Copper reports.
“Uh… Um. Well. That’s good,” Booker replies. Looking more like a bulldog in face, Booker is a lighter brown than Copper and has a white stripe running down the middle of his face. He was also lucky to have got into the police regiment, as he was dumb. Copper sometimes wondered why he had been landed with him.
“Well, I’ll be off to bed now,” Copper says.
“Oh. Um. Sure,” Booker responds.
Part 2 [18/1/13]
The rain starts up, followed by the wind. At first, there is nothing to worry about. The wind is fine and the rain is light. The rain starts to get heavier though, and the wind rougher. Television signals are disrupted and nearly all the villagers are still awake, unable to get to sleep through the howling of the wind and thunderous patter of rain on roofs. However, slowly they all managed to get to sleep. Even
Tom Nook and his two nephews, Timmy and Tommy, get to sleep in Nookintons’ sleeping area. It is with this, then, that no one hears the strike of a storm attacking the island off the coast of Octavia.
At first light, Copper is the first outside. From the vantage point, he sees smoke rising in the distance. There are few trees surrounding the acre in which the police station is, and to the south, in the next acre, is a ramp that leads to ground level. The town as a whole is separated by two levels, most of which was on the higher level. A river ran from one acre to the north across to roughly halfway in the village where a lake formed. The river then ran down south and had a waterfall where the high section ended.
He noticed that Booker wasn’t at his post. Maybe he had gone for a walkabout. Or maybe he had seen what he had and gone to investigate. If so, Copper knew where to look.
Walking to the Post Office, Copper sees Pelly.
“Oh, Officer Copper.” Pelly was a pelican, and was a cheerful animal. “How can I be of assistance?”
“Well, I’m looking for Booker,” Copper replies. “Any sighting?”
“No, but Phyllis wasn’t here when I took over from her.”
Phyllis was Pelly’s older sister, and was an opposite of Pelly, in that she was always rude. She was also purple in colour while Pelly was natural white.
“Well, I’m going to the beach to see if anyone is down there. And also see if Kapp’n is alright,” Copper says.
Kapp’n is a turtle, and mans the ferry operation to the island. He is usually found on the island, but can be called to the main land if someone wants to visit. Where he had been last night, no-one knew.
“I’ll come down with you,” Pelly offers.
“Thank you, but surely you need to man your post?”
“Not many letters will be coming today, I don’t think. Besides, Tortimer can handle the post. Or maybe Pete.”
“Very well, then. Let us be going.”
Part 3 [24/1/13]
From the vantage point overlooking the fountain and the pier, Copper and Pelly could see both Booker and Phyllis, as well as Kapp’n, who seemed to be talking to the other two. Copper and Pelly head down the ramp, past the fountain, which was also the main plaza for special events, and to the three talking.
“-caused the smoke afterwards.” Kapp’n finishes.
“Hello all,” Copper announces. “What happened?”
“Kapp’n had just finished,” Phyllis snaps.
“Well. Um… The water rising, sort of, well… caused an electrical fault on the mansion at the island,” Booker explains badly.
“The water flooded the island, it did,” Kapp’n speaks. “The islander doesn’t know wha’s ‘appenin’. Probably chokin’ on the smoke.”
“Hey! What’s the smoke?” another voice shouts.
Copper looks over to the voice and sees Butch.
“The storm has caused an electric surge and explosion on the island,” Copper says. He then turns to Pelly. “I suggest you get the mayor and meet us at the well. Phyllis, can I count on you to round up the other villagers? You too, Booker?”
“I’ll see what I can do,” Phyllis says.
“Oh. Um… Sure,” Booker says.
Those two then walk off, followed by Pelly. Copper, Kapp’n, and Butch then head to the well to wait, Butch first crossing over the bridge. The wait is about fifteen minutes for Pelly and the mayor to arrive, and then another fifteen as other villagers start trickling in to the well.
Copper is pleased to see that the only topic of discussion is about the smoke from the island. Eventually, the last villager arrives with Booker and Phyllis, who then want to sign off, but Copper stops them.
“This is important,” he tells them. “You both need to hear it as well.”
“Ugh. Fine,” Phyllis says. “But I’ll be dosing off in my sleep during my shift.
Tom Nook then arrives with his two nephews, followed by Able and Sable.
“So sorry,” Nook says. “Only just heard about the meeting. Blathers says he will be here as soon as he has checked upon his mail.”
“That’s very well,” Copper says, to which Phyllis quietly scoffs. “Now then this meeting. As you can see, there is smoke coming from the island. Kapp’n was there to see it, if I am to believe, so he will tell us of the damage and then we will discuss what is to be done.”
Part 4 [29/1/13]
"Kapp'n then, over to you."
"Well, I was just visitin' the island, to make sure the villager was alright and had everything he needed. When I had done, I looked across at the sea, an saw a storm comin'. I didn' fancy me chances at tryin' to get through it at its peak, so I set off early.
"However, the storm came quicker than I could set sail. As such, I was blown back into the dock at the island. I pulled the boat up onto the beach and turned it upside down, so no water could get in it. I couldn't sleep over the storming rain, an' clung onto the boat for dear life.
"The explosion came just after dawn, when I had finally fell asleep. The water had almost came up to the island, had completely covered the beach, an' so I decided to try an' make it back here."
"And meanwhile, me and Booker had saw the explosion, and saw Kapp'n making his way to the dock, and so headed down there," Phyllis adds.
"So, the obvious thing is," Copper announces, "what are we going to do?"
"About what?" Twiggy, a yellow bird, asks.
"Abou' rescuin' the islander of course," Kapp'n says.
"Yes," Copper says. "The island is now almost fully flooded, and the islander has no electric. With all the plants and trees also dead and destroyed, he will have little hope of survival."
"So what are we going to do? Aurora asks.
"We'll be needin' two of you to come with me to persuade him or remove him by force," Kapp'n informs. "Anyone strong will do. It is rough on that island now."
"I'll go," Rex says. Being a lion in form, he would be strong. But he was also lazy, as confirmed when he stated "If it requires too much work though, count me out."
"Fine then. I'll do it!" Biff shouts from the other side of the group. Biff was a hippo, and a jock, meaning he was athletic.
"Well, we still need one more," Copper says.
"Couldn't I just go with Kapp'n?" Biff asks.
"And how'm I meant to row the boat back and keep the islander from escapin' the boat?" Kapp'n remarks.
"Well if no-one else is bothered, I don't mind going," Butch says.
"That's the two then," Kapp'n says. "You two, come with me. The rest of you lot just stay an' wait. Get doin' some normal things. Keep occupied, an' we'll be back by nightfall."
Part 5 [2/2/13]
"Well, you heard him," Copper says. "Everyone go back to your houses and act as we would."
"How?" Aurora asks. "There's nothing to do, and another storm could be imminent."
"Oh, er what have I missed?" Blathers had finally arrived.
"Nothing much," Copper says. "We just held a meeting about the island and islanders fate."
"What's that you've got there?" Twiggy asks.
"A letter from the Faraway Main museum," Blathers states.
"And?" Punchy asks, as other villagers start catching on.
This announcement wasn't that they expected it to be. There was just silence and stunned faces.
"The paleontology exam. I've passed."
Again, there was just stunned faces and silence. Then, as one, everyone cheered. They crowded around Blathers and congratulated him.
"The first good news in ages!" Eloise shouts. "Let's have ourselves a party! Right here!"
The other villagers all cheer, as do Pelly and Tom Nook.
"Well, as long as we all agree we need livening up," Copper says slowly. "Alright. Permission granted."
Another cheer went up from the villagers, as they start rushing back to their houses to get ready. The only ones not enjoying the atmosphere are Phyllis and Booker, who work night shifts. Both of them return to the Post Office and Police Station respectively to get some rest.
Pelly returns to the Post Office as well, saying she will get some food and a table. Tom Nook says he has some tables in stock, as well a spare gazebo in the storeroom and will bring them along.
Pelly arrives back with Tortimer in tow. He loved any events and was always willing to go, despite getting a bit old.
The other villagers arrive back with an assortment of food that are placed on the tables brought from Nook's. Nook had also brought a radio along, and had tuned into a station that played music all day long.
The food had almost all gone, and the sun had started setting, when Copper moved forward toward the pier. Kapp'n's boat was arriving, and as he had stated, the islander was putting up a struggle.
Part 6 [8/2/13]
"Oh, this does not look good," the villagers hear Copper say.
The boat bumps against the pier, and Biff and Butch lift the islander from the boat, where Kapp'n immediately rows the boat away from the pier but still within range to hear what was going on.
The islander is a pig, with a white eye patch covering his right eye and a small amount of beard surrounding his mouth. He also wears a red bandanna and Blue Aloha Shirt, but at the minute, both of those items looked scruffy and wet.
The islander breaks free from Biff and Butch and walks up to Copper. "So you're the one who had me dragged from my home?" he spits.
"A necessary precaution," Copper amends.
"Yeah? Well I don't think so. Taking me away from the only home that I specifically requested was built, so I could enjoy peace and quiet and no bad weather. Then some bad weather does come and you decide to evict me from my home!"
"The whole place was flooded!" Butch counters. "You had no electricity and there was no life left on the island."
"There was me," the islander attacks back.
"But you had nothing to support you," Copper adds. "No trees means no oxy-"
"Forget that. Just get me out of here."
A faint whistle sounds across the village. As on every hour before and every hour after, the train had arrived at the station. Even the islander, who had only ever heard the sound a few times before being transported to the island long ago, recognised the sound.
The train had stopped at the station.
Instantly, the islander storms off before either Copper, Biff or Butch could grab him. The other villagers, who were standing stunned at the sight of a full scale argument, come round just after the islander storms off past the plaza and up the ramp. Copper, Butch and Biff run after him.
Some of the other villagers decide to tag along to see what happens.
At the station, the train is indeed waiting, and it seemed Copper had stopped the islander from boarding the train.
"I urge you, reconsider," Copper says.
"There's nothing left for me here now," the islander says.
"You could live with me," Butch offers.
"Nothing!" the islander shouts, getting aggressive. "Get off me!" The islander rips Copper's grip from him, and he storms past Porter the monkey, boarding the train just as the doors close.
With a hoot of its whistle, the train starts to move off.
The villagers, spread across the upper part of town where the track was laid, stared as the train moves along, through the window at the staring face of Pigleg, the only remaining link to the island that was no more.