Got up way early. Hardly anyone was awake yet, so I just wandered around doing my thing. Amazing work Nook’s boys did though; built an entire house around me overnight. How they did it without managing to wake me up, I still don’t know.
The major highlight of my day, though, was finding out I’m not the only newcomer to Tenebria. Getting a new villager, over in the same corner of town where Vladimir and I live. Must be the primo district. Chose wisely, I did.
Still, got a long way to go before I can expand my place. After the down payment, apparently I owe Nook nearly 40k bells. Damn. Gonna be a lot of fishing and catching for me.
Speaking of, there are people just leaving money in trees. Dunno who is doing that, but too bad; money’s mine now, y’all. Likewise the money being left in rocks. Y’all can keep the bees, though. Hate them. Got stung three times. They’re like Jeremy-seeking weapons.
A deadly bee weapon. Bees. My God. (See what I did there?)
Anyway, I updated my wardrobe and the town’s flag and tune to something a little more befitting the name Tenebria. I’m a star ninja now. :D Or at least a nebula ninja. Still look damn cool, though. Also planted some apple trees, since folks had been saying we needed more plants about. Might do something about that, once I get the town development permit. Just gotta make sure everyone’s on board with me, though, and that means talking to them all.
Can’t wait to meet the new person tomorrow, Hope they’re as cool as Lyman.
Until next report, later, y’all. Got a lot of work ahead of me, so I better get to it. Can’t disappoint Isabel, after all. Poor workaholic girl.
From Out of Nowhere
Hi. I’m Jeremy, and today, something strange happened to me.
I became the mayor of a town I have never been to before in my entire life.
How does that work exactly? How does a 29-year old moving to a new town called Tenebria end up the mayor of it before he sets foot in it? Did the last mayor retire suddenly? Did he get recalled? Was there an election that I didn’t know I was a part of? Seriously, I’m confused.
Anyway, regardless, as soon as I get off of the train (where I was interrogated by one very rude cat), there’s a group of animals waiting for me. A bird named Midge, for one. A…well, I forget what he was, but he was named something like Vladimir, I think? Oh, and a horse named Queenie; not sure what their parents were thinking with that one. Also, this dog girl, Isabel, informed me that yep, i was the mayor. And apparently they’d been expecting me. Little creepy, but okay, sure, we’ll go with it.
However, I’d come to Tenebria with very little on me. Basically just the clothes on my back. No money, nothing to sell, not even a place to live. I’d taken a huge risk with this move, and honestly, if it weren’t for the friendliness and welcoming natures of the villagers, I think I’d be screwed. Isabel in particular helped get me set up with a town ID card and referred me to the local realtor/construction contractor, Tom Nook.
Nook helped me figure out where I wanted to live. I picked this primo spot in the corner of town, right next to a river and surrounded by trees. Unfortunately, he couldn’t get started on my house right away, so he put up a tent for me. Boy better hope it doesn’t get frigid tonight, though, or me and Mr. Raccoon Dog are going to have words.
Speaking of having words, he had me put money down on the house upfront, which, despite how my phrasing may have made it sound, I found fair. Problem was that I…still didn’t have the 10 thousand bells. Hell, had no bells at all. So I went around trying to collect things to sell; thankfully, villagers have free reign on bugs, fruit, seashells, and fossils if they can find them.
After a long hard day of catching, digging up, and selling stuff (at one point, I’d bought a shovel and bug net from one of Nook’s kids), I finally had enough to make the down payment. So before too long, I’ll have a home of my own for the first time in my life. Crazy, huh? In my old town, you try finding a place to live that easily, and you’ll be out of luck. Of course, that whole town’s economy doesn’t center around fish, bugs, and fruit. Not like Tenebria. Weird place.
Also, this weird pelican washed up on the beach. Had amnesia. Couldn’t remember where he was going, but knew his name was Gulliver. I helped him figure out his destination: Italy. He said he’ll send me something from there. Personally, can’t wait.
But toward the end of the day, I went and visited three porcupine sisters on the village’s Main Street. They run a clothing store there. With their help, I drew up some designs, ideas I have for my personal clothing and for the town. Convinced them to sell one of them in their store. One of the sisters was really busy on the sewing machine, but I imagine she’ll warm up to me eventually.
Oh, before I forget: at one point in the day, I decided to take a nap. When I woke up, a stork had made a special delivery to me. …No, not a child; a letter…from the former mayor. Wishing me well. …I have a bad feeling about this. I mean, I still don’t know why he left office. Did these seemingly nice creatures really run him out of town? And if they did, why?
Anyway, that’s been my day in a nutshell. Aside from getting stung by a bee, not much bad has happened to me today. That letter notwithstanding, I’m looking forward to the new adventure that’s before. May have come from out of nowhere, and overseeing this town will be challenging, but hey…that’s how I like it.
P. S. Forgot to mention we planted a tree at a ceremony to honor my arrival as mayor. Nice gesture. May it grown as strong as Tenebria will.