Marcia and the Town of Sleepyheads
So, this week started out with a lot of work... after the harvest and watering, I barely even made it out of the ruins before the evening bell rang! There wasn't much time to do anything; I don't even remember what I did for the rest of the day. Maybe tried to run to the cave and just planned on getting to bed late...? But I did end up getting back home after the night bell had already rung...
And this happened??!?!?!
Poor Marcia... it's kinda hinted at from the beginning that she doesn't have a great home life. She spends a lot of time away from her parents (Marco and Lucia) at school or staying with her grandparents (Gayak and Marlene) so she doesn't have to go home. Whenever she comments on it, she gets negative comments from others -- like when she told life that her grandparents' house was better than her own house, she was scolded by Marlene. Stuff like that. Then she says she's just kidding. She also drops little complaints now and then.
Because of that, I wanted to say "No" here because I feel like Life probably would have said no?? Because it doesn't seem surprising to me as the player. But at the same time, Life might not understand emotions well enough to get why someone would run away. I was kind of afraid of offending her, so I just said yes. I don't think it really matters what you pick, though, you'll just see a different line of text or something lol.
She calls Life gullible and then asks for you to hear her out.
Apparently, her visit was about a kitty... She's worried about the well-being of the cat and wants you to try to befriend it so it can have a home. She says you just need to warm up to it by talking to it a lot.
... Then on the way out, she admits she did get in a fight with her father, and if the bridge was fixed she really might run away... She leaves, promising she'll go home...
It seems like what really happened here is that Marcia probably did run away after having a fight with her dad... but was afraid to admit it so she made up the excuse about the cat when she got flustered. Then talking with life helped her calm down and feel safe, so she admitted her actual feelings.
I really feel bad for Marcia, honestly. It seems like Life is her only real friend in the world. Her grandparents push her away because they want her to try to get closer to her parents, but she doesn't get on well with her parents, so she pushes them away... though she does have Becky as a friend, but... it seems like Life is the only person she's able to really open up to.
And since her model just looks like a blob, here's Marcia's art. Kinda plain-looking, and her eyes are a bit creepy XD But she's cute.
Tuesday was another huge harvest day... all those tons of cabbages I planted finally came in... At least I don't have to water those spots anymore...
But it still took til 17:00 til I could finally get off the farm and watch my shows. Shows only air new episodes once a week; if you miss them on a day they air, you can catch a rerun. What's weird is if you don't watch a show for a whole week, it will not get a new episode. So like, if this week is Ep4, and you don't watch it at all, you'll get Ep4 the next week instead of the show moving on. This way you never miss out on the shows. But if you keep missing, it will take you forever to get to see the shows XD I'm really behind on the stupid Miss Cute anime because it only comes on on weekends and I often forget to watch TV then.
I get most of the TV watching done early in the week. There are three main channels with episodic shows: Cooking, Drama, and Anime channel. Cooking only shows Dorothy's show, so you can catch it every Monday and don't have to watch for the rest of the week. Drama shows two shows: Where's My Mommy? and Melancholy Woods. Where's My Mommy? is some dumb comedy show about a cat trying to find its mom, but it usually does something stupid instead. Like one day it caused an accident???? And people called an ambulance? And then another day it was like "Oh, taking the first step is the most important part!" so it took 1 step then napped the rest of the day... stuff like that. Melancholy Woods is like... someone decided to think of all the horrible things that could happen to child growing up and then make them ALL happen to one child character and watch that child become more and more broken and miserable over time. It's really messed up and sad and weird. The anime channel shows Final Z-Rangers throughout the week, and Miss Cute on weekends. Final-Z I've talked about. Miss Cute is about this... witch-in-training who has to help 20 people before she can become a real witch. Each episode is about how she does something "helpful" and then runs off before she can realize the thing she did wasn't helpful. Like this girl was worried about failing her test at school, so she changed the mark to 100%. Then after she left, the girl realized all she did was change the mark on the paper but all the mistakes were still marked, so it just looked like she tried to cheat, and now her mom would be even more mad. Every episode is pretty much that dumb, or even dumber. Actually... I don't know if a drama comes on on weekends?!?!? OMG, what if one does and I haven't been watching it all this time???
Anyway, since I didn't have a lot of time left after working on Tuesday, I just went to find the kitty Marcia told me about. I talked to it, and then since I knew I wouldn't be able to make it home before the night bell (if you can get to bed before the night bell, you can choose to wake up 2 hours early the next day, which can be really helpful!) so I popped into the forest, since the kitty is right next to the entrance, and decided to pick mushrooms...
I filled up the entire scale pack with mushrooms and it still was barely worth anything X_X If you're wondering about the Scale Pack, basically there's this "law" on the island that you can only carry 3000 grams of wild foraged plants and stuff at any time. This is supposed to limit people taking too much of the island's natural resources or something. If you see how many stupid freaking mushrooms litter this forest you will realize this makes no sense. Plus they are worthless LOL. But yeah this makes gathering wild fruit later kind of annoying. But putting stuff in your scale pack, you don't have to fill your normal inventory, so that's good. But you can't even pick up something like a mushroom or wild fruit without a scale pack, because it's "illegal" lol.
Once all the cabbages got harvested, the day's work was SO much shorter. I only had to water like a third of the amount of crops I had been watering. And once I got my last harvest of asparagus, I knew I didn't have to bother watering it, either, so I just watered the cucumbers and strawberries. Strawberries come in every day (X_X) so I still had to pick those. Harvesting takes forever, even with the baskets...
But I still had plenty of time, so I went to the caves every day and tried to get the Crimson Shard things. Apparently if you set it in a tool, it will cause you to randomly not use stamina when you use that tool. But it has like... durability...?
So after you use the tool 25 times (which is nothing) the gem disappears anyway. It seems... really pointless? It seems better to just use the gems' effects right away. I guess if you got a Crimson one immediately on your first hammering and had full stamina, you may as well set it in a tool, but... seems pointless to me. The Ochre ones (yellow) if you set them will "maybe" restore the durability of another set gem. But it seems there are limited slots or something because I couldn't even set the yellows after setting the reds... not even on Masami's WC which seems to have two slots...? But one seems bigger than the other???????
But yeah, if you just use the yellow ones immediately, there's a chance they may boost the SP of your tools. The description says it boosts the SP of the tool you're holding, but it seems to give 1 SP to all tool types, because I got it to work 3 times, and now I have 3 fishing pole experience and I don't even have a fishing pole yet. (SP is EXP for tools)
I keep thinking these little shrub things look weird so I decided to try interacting with one. It makes berries! And in summer! There's so much I've forgotten about this game XD
Kitty finally likes me! Then you can give it a name :D
So I named her Masa XDDD
After this, I really had NOTHING to do during the final few days of Spring... Almost no crops left to harvest or bother with, so I'd finish work really early. Once, I was done with all the crops before even the morning bell! The morning bell happens at 6AM, which is usually when you wake up, but if you wake up early (by going to sleep early), you can get up at 4AM, and actually hear the morning bell.
It was also raining, so I thought this would be a really interesting time to run into town and see what was up! I'm never there before the morning bell so I have no idea wtf these people do in the morning. And I had nothing else to do anyway! And with the rain, people might say different things, or be inside their houses instead of out doing something weird.
Boy was this fun! Gallion says he likes having a beautiful wife. His wife is Masami so of course!!
I REALIZED HE'S JUST SITTING IN A CHAIR STARING AT MASAMI WHILE SHE SNORES LOLOL
GALLION, ARE YOU A SLEEP CREEP TOO??? WE ARE KINDRED SPIRITS. LET'S EXCHANGE SLEEP AND SNORE TALES LMFAO
Why you gotta be like this Dorothy? You don't like to help with the cooking at home, then complain when your daughter cooks food for your entire family? Jessica is also always very busy with her research; she's one of the busiest characters in the game honestly.
So, Chuck is a family man :) That makes me happy~ Since they are a rich political blonde family you'd figure they'd all be weird, bitter, soulless, angry people but they seem to be a close family and that's nice. Or maybe they only eat together on Saturday mornings for show.
........... WHAT. LOL MAX. I imagine this is done in some kind of weird creepy flirty way and you won't convince me otherwise. But I've never encountered anyone in their bathroom before!! Yay Max in the bathroom!!!
.......... what are we keeping quiet? We're not doing anything?? OR ARE WE AND THE GAME ISN'T SHOWING IT??????????????????????????????? (Why am I like this...)
Bobby is sleeping sitting up at his computer (before, it says "zzzzz") and drooling on it. THIS GAME IS FULL OF SLEEPY STUFF I LOVE IT. I don't really care about Bobby though he's like the least interesting character in the game. Other than this, the only thing he does is stand in front of the main classroom and say "You can't just walk around while class is in session!" and that's... literally it. He does nothing else ever afaik LOL
Sharon is in her bathroom, but her dog (whose name is Polo lol) is like guarding the door and you can't get past. It's kinda funny XD Because usually Polo is just wandering around, and usually you can walk through Polo if he's in the way. But not this time XDD Since the game seems to imply people are doing private stuff when they're just... standing in the bathroom... did we like walk in on Max undressing or something??? That is my headcanon now LMFAO
Sleepy Marco :) He has a pet bird. I though it was Marcia's bird lol. But I guess it's his. Maybe also the bird in a cage symbolizes how Marcia feels about her father (deeeeeep lol)
After all of this fun sleep creeping, I was REALLY excited to get to Liberta's house and catch him sleeping because I'm such an idiot that a sideways jagged 3D model with text on the screen that says "zzz" or "snore snore" is going to turn me on.
BUT NO HE IS AWAKE ALREADY AND LIKE... ALREADY GETTING THE ALCOHOL OUT LMFAOOOOOO
I also found Neo's lab?!?!?!?! I've never found this before ??????????????? It was really hard to even realize you could go where I went LOL. But hey, I found Neo yay XD He's the weather dude. Also the very first thing he says to you when you first meet/see each other is "AAAHHH THERES NO QUESTION ABOUT IT" lmfaooo. He's just saying he's completely confident that the volcano is going to erupt soon. He also tells you he believes you can stop it because you're a "rogue star" LOLLL. He doesn't even know you. So this is kinda wtf.
Once daytime came, I went to the flower arranging class. Masami now says weird and somewhat boring stuff now that she stopped saying the like "have u herd about da spring festivl" thing. She literally said that NO MATTER THE CONTEXT; it was so annoying. Now she says different stuff, but it's all like... generic NPC talk, so sad.
Masa lives in the ruins now :)
Though, Sunday morning, I couldn't find her in the ruin and kinda freaked out, but she was just outside lol. She just hangs out in the entrance so I guess it's not weird to just walk out the giant open door sometimes. IDK who is even taking care of her??? I sure as heck don't feed her. Maybe Moonlight and Franco take turns XD
This Sunday's maintenance surprise was... the BattleBot has been repaired! All the weapons were disarmed, though, so now it's just a helper :)
Forte is actually a cool name, but I wanted to name it myself so I picked No, but I felt so bad picking it, then even worse when Dr Hope was like "Oh, and I thought it was such a good name too :("
I name him Naoki :)
After taking Naoki home (you have to go straight there because it's illegal to have weapons in town, even disarmed ones lolol) I tried putting the key to this cave away in the storage bin and then went back to see if I could still get in... I could :D I guess you only have to unlock it once.
I was hoping the bridge would be fixed but Marcia told me it wouldn't be done til summer, and then Hope said it will take some time still to fix :\ IDK WHAT THEY WANT ME TO DO. I guess it's a good time to start planning and planting my summer crops though...
That's the end of the week, but on Monday of the next week, Max was in my room at 4AM... STAY TUNED lmfao