The New Leaf Diaries: Day Five – A Place to Call Home

This morning I’m awoken by Isabelle, my assistant, who reports that Tortimer, the former mayor of Electro, is visiting. I’m still going about my mayoral duties with milk teeth and yet the previous mayor – of some ten years, no less – wants to meet […]
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This morning I’m awoken by Isabelle, my assistant, who reports that Tortimer, the former mayor of Electro, is visiting. I’m still going about my mayoral duties with milk teeth and yet the previous mayor – of some ten years, no less – wants to meet with me. To say that I’m intending on handling this cautiously is an understatement, but the fact that yesterday’s mingling has shot my approval rating straight up to the necessary 100 points gives me confidence. This morning, however, I must meet with this Phil and assess his plans before I make any brash moves.

On my way to Phil’s stately home – merely meters from my door – I am welcomed by one of the townsfolk who congratulates me on reaching the point where my influence can be felt throughout the town. This, I am advised, is the point at which I should instate ‘ordinances’ for the benefit of the local residents. With such a polite and friendly request I decide to honour the pride that has been invested in me and head to the town hall. I note on my journey that new flowers have begun to blossom in the sunshine, and that everyone I see now greets me with a happy expression. They may not know the reasons for which I came, but they are most certainly happy that I did.

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I decide to offer a boost to the economy; after all, everyone’s happier with a few extra bells in their pocket, right? However, I don’t stop there. After what seems like hours invested in paperwork I decide to develop an unused patch of land and create a camp site, encouraging newcomers to visit through cost effective tourism. Isabelle and I take a break to decide exactly where the campsite shall be erected, and suddenly I feel a strange compulsion come over me: this development is expensive, and will never get underway without some outsider investment. I caught a lot of fish yesterday, most of which I sold for a fair few bells. I decide to pay for the campsite’s development outright from of my own pocket. I don’t know what came over me, but I feel good about myself for the first time in a long while. And it seems the townsfolk feel the same, further congratulating me and singing my praises to all who care to listen. Even Phil comes to join the commotion, offering me a gentle nod from the crowd to acknowledge his presence.

What started as an opportunity to get myself ahead has lead to me becoming a key part of a vibrant community. A passionate town full of interesting, caring characters only too ready to help me in my endeavours. I once thought of this town as a hick village that I could claw some goodness from to keep as my own, now I find myself giving my all to make it a better place for everyone.

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There are still plenty of questions I have no answer to, but for now I need not know. I arrived here as a visitor in a strange town, but after being welcomed with open arms I’m content to make this my new home.

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