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The modern world can be an overwhelming experience for some people – with such technical advancements as social media, smartphones and anti-spill bottles, some people just wanna retreat back to the good ol’ days where the best way to meet strangers was visiting the pub, phones were only used for phoning people and if you knocked over your cup of coffee the carpet below would have to live with the consequences. The Anton family largely fell into this group, and after their fishing store went bankrupt from investing in several dud products, they decided to do the most logical thing a family would do in this situation and completely rebuild their store into a small fishing boat so they could traverse the waves, away from the many trappings of today’s world.
The Anton’s fishing boat features all the essential equipment needed for extended (or in this case, pretty much indefinite) voyages out at sea, plus a few personal touches to really make themselves feel at home on what’s essentially some cobbled-together wood in the middle of a vast unforgiving ocean. It’s not much, but for them it’s home sweet home.
Every ship needs its captain, and who better to steer the family vessel than the oldest member of the crew, ol’ sea dog Stewart Anton. Before settling down to open the fishing store he spent his youth running a ferry between Heartlake City and Lego Island, so he’s fairly familiar with the trials and turbulence of the ocean. The Antons also have their own ship cat, Molly – they originally got her to keep the rats out, but after realising there aren’t any rats out in the middle of a vast unforgiving ocean they decided to keep her anyway. She did have a habit for meowing as loud as feasibly possible when she spotted land though, so Stuart built her a small crow’s nest to give her a better vantage point which she uses regularly… mainly as a bed, that is.
Over the many years of their endless voyage, the back of the ship’s taken a lot of damage from storms and thanks to many rushed “it’ll do” repairs, it really does show. Several sections of the roof are barely held on by whatever materials they had left over, and many of the walls feel like they could fall over at any moment from the slightest contact - what better place to call home and raise a family in, eh?
When the skies are clear and the seas are calm though, the lower edges of the ship are the perfect place for a nice spot of fishing – a favourite pastime of Jodie Anton, the second-youngest member of the family and Steven’s daughter. Her fishing tool of choice is usually her reliable ol’ fishing rod, but for today she’s trying out the net for a change - with pretty great results already by the looks of things.
Although the fishing boat is pretty well-suited as a home for the Anton family, the drawback of size and being essentially trapped on a comparatively miniscule piece of wood for a large chunk of their lives has always been an overarching issue. After a couple of months living on this glorified life raft, they decided to do something about this problem and make themselves a (somewhat) more stationary second home…
Timothy gets a pretty good view of the boat as it passes by the pier too – it’s the perfect opportunity for him to tell Jodie about how many fish he’s caught and how they could have lobster and haddock for dinner tonigh-
He’s still pretty proud of his catch today though - even if it did get pilfered at the last minute by a rather hungry Molly. The rest of the crew was also impressed, but nowhere near as much as Molly who refused to leave Timothy’s lap for the rest of the night.
The shack itself is a small, cosy offering with just the bare essentials – it’s more of a backup plan rather than an actual regular residence for the Antons, but occasionally on relatively nice days like today they take the opportunity to take a break from the waves and just settle down for the night on dry(-ish) land. It’s a nice change of pace from constantly having to mess about with wind direction and the like.
And as they all settle down indoors for (a slightly smaller than usual) dinner, Steven Anton has a last check to make sure there’s no pesky seagulls around to nab the lobster. Little does he know that the real dinner-endangering animal has four paws, a tail and a convenient new-found taste for lobster…
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