PleasureTown History: Destruction, Disorganization, and Denial
The second-to-last phase of the short history of PleasureTown started with a fire. The blaze started in the schoolhouse, then spread through the bohemian quarter, destroying buildings and claiming lives.
Losing close to 25 percent of structures, most of which were homes, would be a struggle for any municipality, but PleasureTown was far less equipped to handle the strain such a loss incurred. The burden of leadership rested solely on Claude, after he and fellow founder Cyrus had a public debate regarding the town’s future. The residents sided with Claude, and he was granted the new title of Mayor. Before the fire, his supervision mainly consisted of quelling squabbles between residents. After the fire, Claude was rarely seen in public, and his mayoral decrees were communicated via a small staff led by the long-standing City Clerk.
For the residents of PleasureTown, the fire created a schism. Makeshift tents were set up for those who lost their homes. The tents were supposed to be temporary, with plans to rebuild most, if not all, of the lost buildings, but these plans fell victim to the fatal mix of scarcity of resources and apathy on the part of those who still had their homes.
A year after the fire, PleasureTown had done little to mend the destruction. The tents had become a town within a town, Mayor Claude spent his days at the bars, and the part of PleasureTown that had survived the fire slowly dwindled as residents either fled or disappeared. Even if the town had been rebuilt, the work could have very well been in vain. As destructive as the fire was, it paled in comparison to the ruin that Black Sunday was to bring.