The Pleasure Island strip used to be a place of splendor. In its more colorful days, it was home to the many families that made their living there, the bright, young performers who traveled there to make it big, and the millions of passing locals and tourists who were drawn to its grandeur. The most important business families were the founders of the strip. Russell Carter, Emanuel Reyes, Benjamin Halloway, and Marco Serpenti were respected for their big businesses and deep pockets. More importantly they knew how to keep the people coming back and so the people did. For decades, the strip stayed booming, always keeping it’s fantastical, old, magical feeling and becoming a community of it’s own. The locals brought their families, the big business owners had children of their own, and slowly Pleasure Island built a legacy that made it destined to live forever.
What no one was ready for, was for Pleasure Island to suddenly end up torn apart at the very seams that had brought it together. It was a car accident that killed Marco Serpenti and his wife, leaving his legendary Blue Fairy night club to his son, Nicoli Serpenti. Nicoli wasn’t like the rest of the four families; he wasn’t set in old business, or keen on old money and older ways. He wanted bigger, better, more ideas, more customers and more money. The first thing he did was add a strip club portion to the Blue Fairy. The other families were angry about the idea of bringing dirty money to the strip, but Nic was determined to put the pleasure in Pleasure Island. With the money from the turn out, Nic set out to become partners with Russell Carter who owned the biggest hotel on the stirp, next door to the Blue Fairy. Despite having been good friends with Nicoli’s father, Russell turned down the offer and there marked the start of the downfall of Pleasure Island.
The fall out between Russell and Nicoli became worse and worse. By the time it was over, Russell owed Nic a fortune and was the only member of the four families to take off and leave the strip, leaving his fourteen year old daughter in his wake to work for Nic and pay off his debts. Nicoli was accomplished and confident with a new sense of power. He moved forward to then take on the large restaurant l beside the Casino. That restaurant was owned by Emanuel Reyes. Like Russell, Emanuel turned down his offer. Before that night had even passed, Emanuel turned up beaten to death with a bullet wound in his chest, his body in his daughter’s lap. From then on, business in the strip plummeted. With the violence and grit, it lost its magic and glamour until every tourist stopped coming, and every local business owner packed up and left.
Since then, Pleasure Island has become somewhat of a teenage wasteland. Nicoli has the power he’s always wanted, ruling the strip in constant competition with Benjamin Halloway. What he didn’t know when he had Emanuel killed was that he and Halloway had protected their assets, willing their businesses to each other and so the restaurant beside Agrabah Casino became Ben’s. However, with business gone almost completely, even Benjamin Halloway turned to corruption if it meant keeping his place. The rest of those left behind, now struggle to battle the drug ring that rules the Halloway’s casino, or stay alive even if it means working in the Serpenti’s strip club turned secret brothel. The youth provide entertainment for any stragglers, stray businessmen, or anyone else that happens to wander down the strip. Most of the kids at Pleasure Island now were left there by their parents. The Halloways and the Serpentis offered the families large sums of cash to hit the road and leave their kids behind to work. Some of the kids still work for nothing, simply getting the rooms they live in and the food they eat to show for it. Others aren’t there for their parents, and make their own way. Some do both. The Hyenas partner with the Serpentis, the Lost Boys with the Halloways, and the girls who work for Nicoli are known as Fairies. The kids of Pleasure island, once bright eyed and coming from families of big money and the local businesses, have become lost, searching for their souls in all of the worst ways, some breaking and others rising to the top, attempting to restore pleasure island to it’s former wonderland.
For more information on the falling out of the four families, read the bios of their children: Madeline Carter, Dylan Reyes, Nicoli and Sophia Serpenti, and Kylie Halloway.