The New Leaf Diaries: Day Four – Making a Splash

I awake to find my house built in record time, and upon exiting I see that Phil’s house has also been built overnight. No time like the present, I rush to town hall in an attempt to pre-empt any possible action from the rightful mayor. […]
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I awake to find my house built in record time, and upon exiting I see that Phil’s house has also been built overnight. No time like the present, I rush to town hall in an attempt to pre-empt any possible action from the rightful mayor. A new flag, a new town theme and mingling with the locals; I’m doing my best to look mayoral in the situation, but am constantly cautious about Phil’s awakening. It’s still very early, so I’m far from certain what his intentions are.

My approval rating is steadily climbing it would seem, undoubtedly helped by my regular generosity in donating fossils that I have found to the museum and my decision to plant new trees instead of simply selling the fruit that I’ve been ‘liberating’ from the local orchard. Don’t get confused: this isn’t me relaxing my guard; this is working an angle. If I convince the locals I’m what they need perhaps I’ll reap all the rewards that being mayor can offer.

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Wandering through town I notice a small tent in the central plaza. It appears that a fishing tournament is taking place, with the top three placements offered significant prizes. I speak with the organisers and convince them to sell me a fishing rod. 500 Bells? Considering the prices some of these fish go far that’s a bargain, regardless of whether or not I bother even submitting an entrant to the competition. I head down to the sea to begin thinning out the local supply and find myself catching sea bass after sea bass; 30.05”, 35.64”, 38.65”… 40.04”! I can’t resist but to see my standing and, as expected, I’m sitting pretty in first place. That will do nicely.

As the day continues I do my best to appease the locals by running errands, watering flowers and catching fish to pay off a new loan I arranged with Nook for an expansion – it may be early days, but the Bells are pouring in right now and I’d be a fool not to invest them in real estate. Electro is clearly and up-and-coming town, as yet another new plot is reserved today. With my central position, expansion will surely net me more Bells in the long run.

As the sun begins to set I return to the small tent to discover that I’m no longer in first place in the fishing tournament. Dashing to the sea in an attempt to get ahead, I find Dori, Broccoli and Stinky have all had the same plan! Some constant jostling occurs as we each push past the last’s biggest catch, with one of us set to be relegated out of a podium finish! Dori takes the lead, then Stinky finds a bigger catch, I hit 47.85” before Broccoli hits home with a whopping 50.20”! With only twenty minutes to go it looks like I’ll be finishing in second place when a stroke of genius hits me: the waterfall basin. Fish move pretty quickly there making it difficult to get a firm hold, but because of this it’s a fairly untouched source of sea bass. Five minutes left to go and I land a 50.55”! I rush back to the organiser’s tent and provide them with what I assure them is a winning catch, and just as my confidence had assured it was so. I take first place on the podium with Broccoli in second, Stinky in third and Dori without a podium finish. I feel sorry for Dori, she had been trying hard all day long, but the fact that she’s gracious in defeat is a more significant sentiment.

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I decide to retire after a hard day’s being nice, with my gold trophy placed upon a new table I had won, and on my way home pass Phil’s house. I had all but forgotten about his impending attempts to ruin all that I have been working for, lost in a whirlwind of flowers, trees, fossils and fishing. Tomorrow’s a whole new day however, and as I’m quickly learning, in Electro a new day will always bring new surprises.

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