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.