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Eliza: Chapter One – The Arrival

December 21, 2006

Eliza 1.1

This was it. Eliza stepped out of the cab and surveyed the barren landscape around her. The address she had given the cab driver was right; she knew it was right, and yet, at the same time, it was all wrong. She stood now on the doorstep of what should have been her cousin Isadora’s home, but the only thing she could see was dirt and rock.  Miles and miles of dirt and rock.

How could this have happened?   People didn’t just disappear.   Houses didn’t just disappear.   Unless, of course, you were a DiPotere…

But Eliza didn’t want to think about that.   The curse wasn’t true.  It couldn’t be true.  Eliza was here to prove the whole thing was all just a silly myth, although that already seemed to be proving more difficult than she’d suspected.

Eliza 1.2

Picking up her cat Jupiter, Eliza tried to convince herself of her own strength. “It’s just the two of us now, Jupiter,” she said, “but we’ll be just fine. Just fine.”

Inside, however, she wasn’t so sure. Strangetown was far worse than she had expected. A dull, dreary red mud covered the town, and the people…well, the people were more than just strange. But she had no time for self-pity. Yes, she had left behind a fabulous job in Sim City, amazing friends and a spacious loft apartment, but Eliza was here for more than herself.

She was here for family.

Memories BD

Eliza’s great Aunt Bella Donna’s entire lineage had been wiped out several generations ago. Isadora had once sent Eliza this picture of Bella Donna. The whole clan had been beautiful and successful, and also plagued by a series of unfortunate accidents, ending with their complete and total disappearace. Not only had the entire family been declared missing, even their home had vanished overnight. The story was now one of the great urban legends of Pleasantville.  Eliza was going to prove, once and for all that the story was just that: Legend. There had to be a reasonable explanation for the disappearances, and Eliza was determined to find it.

Memories Isadora

Eliza’s cousin Isadora had been beautiful, too, but tortured. As the first female DiPotere to be born since the disappearance of Bella Donna’s progeny, she had spent her life in fear of the DiPotere Curse. But Isadora’s ambition finally over came her fear, and she had come to Strangetown to boost her career at BellTech Labs. One year ago, Isadora had given birth to a beautiful baby girl, bravely named Bella after their long lost great Aunt.

Isadora was a prolific letter writer, sending Eliza long accounts of the bizarre inhabitants of Strangetown and of her new life. Then the letters stopped. For over a month Eliza had heard nothing, and now her greatest fear was being realized. Isadora had disappeared. Here Eliza stood at Isadora’s last known address, and there was nothing. No buildings, no furniture, not a stitch of clothing. It was just empty. Isadora was gone. And Eliza planned to find out why.

Go on to Chapter Two

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13 Comments leave one →
  1. March 17, 2009 6:21 am

    Interesting start – I’m wondering what happened to Isadora? How about the baby? What is the police doing about it?

    So am I going to check back on what happens next? Definitely.

  2. pieridae permalink*
    March 18, 2009 11:44 am

    Thank you!

  3. March 23, 2009 11:04 am

    You’ve started over again? Oh my! I can’t wait to see what happens.

  4. pieridae permalink*
    March 23, 2009 11:12 am

    Hi Deb! Yep, I just couldn’t handle the old site anymore, lol.

  5. March 23, 2009 5:03 pm

    I loved this story, glad you started over! *runs off to read next two chapters…*

  6. pieridae permalink*
    March 24, 2009 12:11 am

    Thanks tacy! Good to see you here!

  7. Julia permalink
    April 4, 2009 4:09 pm

    This is great! Love this story. I read the old one. Just wondering: did you start over in game or are you just like fixing up the pics in photoshop…? I already read up to Ally (bianca’a daughter) being in college (oops sorry peeplz!!!) and I can’t wait to see farther

  8. pieridae permalink*
    April 4, 2009 7:03 pm

    Thanks Julia! I did not start over in the game, so don’t worry – you’ll be seeing more of Allie again soon. She’s one of my favorite sims ever. I just got so tired of looking back on the old pics and wanted to fix up some confusing chapters. I figured my move to WordPress was a good time to do it. On top of that, I’ve been getting more into actually playing Strangetown and La Fiesta Tech, so I’ve been busy making over some of the Maxis characters and adding buildings, etc. I’m glad you’ve followed me over here, and I hope you stick it out for my re-do. I’ll also be adding parts to explain more of the DiPotere past, so it won’t be a total repeat of the old story.

  9. preciouswebsite permalink
    August 9, 2009 10:52 am

    Oh, this is exciting! I love the piccys 😉

  10. pieridae permalink*
    August 9, 2009 11:46 am

    Thanks Precious! Welcome to my little story world. 🙂

  11. Sizza permalink
    February 5, 2010 9:17 pm

    I’m reading again from the beginning and I just wanted to tell you that I love this beginning, it makes you really want to read on 😀

  12. June 3, 2011 1:29 pm

    I never played Strangetown before because I was always afraid LOL. This is an interesting story.

  13. pieridae permalink*
    June 3, 2011 10:17 pm

    It took me awhile too, but the characters are really fun. The setting is kind of fun too – not the usual green, lush town. Glad you like the story!

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