For two centuries lighthouse keepers and their families lived in a cottage on Deadgrass Isle. This small island was the only land between Brindleton Bay and the open sea, and the lighthouse guided ships safely among the rocky coastline into the safe harbor.
When automation came to the lighthouses along the coast, Deadgrass Isle’s iconic white bricked lighthouse was not spared. Progress almost always means a change in someone’s way of life. Old Bernie, the last lighthouse keeper, was an elder; his son had moved away to the City, and his daughter only begrudgingly visited him. She had always disliked living on the island, away from her friends in town. His wife had passed away years ago. Old Bernie put up a respectable fuss when he was given the news, but his daughter said he was secretly relieved. She and her husband built him a small cottage that overlooked the sea, and Old Bernie lived out the rest of his days, binocular in hand, sitting on the porch watching the weather and ships and telling stories to all who would listen.
The home was turned into a museum, which attracted tourists during the nicer weather. Named Deadgrass Discoveries, the museum told the history of the lighthouse, the island, and of Brindleton Bay.
As the decades passed, the museum was mostly forgotten by the locals, and the lighthouse became known for another type of activity. Better attractions drew tourists, but the museum and the lighthouse were still visited in small numbers.
Until Hurricane Cordelia hit. One of the first hurricanes of the season, she was fierce and destructive. After the winds had died down and skies cleared, Mayor Whiskers and the town council inspected the aftermath.
The mainland had been spared all but minimal damage. Deadgrass Isle, unfortunately, was not so lucky. The lighthouse was intact, but the old lightkeeper’s house had taken the full force of Cordelia’s anger. The entire bottom floor was flooded, the roof blown off, shingles ripped from the exterior walls, and windows broken.
Unfortunately, the repairs would be too costly. The museum already was operating at a loss, and the council unanimously voted to sell the property.
The Bernard family, of Woofskers’ Nibbleyums Pet Foods fame, had donated a piece of property next to the factory, and the profits from the sale would be used to build the Brindleton Bay Aquarium and Conservation Center.
Now they just needed a buyer.
When Callie Bernard, Futures Trader at Dewey, Cheatum, & Howe, read of the sale, she immediately called the Mayor. Callie was a descendant of Old Bernie, a native Brindletonian, who had moved to San Myshuno. Although she loved the excitement of city life, Callie was ready for a change. She missed taking long walks along the beach, and she missed having a pet. The rest of her family still lived in Brindleton Bay, and Callie was excited to move back to her hometown.
Callie knew exactly what and how she wanted to build on the property. She called an architect friend. “You’ve been working on eco-friendly builds, and I have a challenge for you,” she told her. “Yes,” Callie said, “shipping containers, you heard me correctly.”
Here are the links to the lot and household. (Origin ID: NicerHomesnLots)
Ninni Eco Container Home on the Gallery.
Callie’s current Household on the Gallery.
My original Bernard Household on the Gallery.