The Chronicles of Nobody
Sir Justin Nobody & The Infinity Machine
The quite night air was broken by the cries of an abandoned child. His journey begins discarded on the steps of an orphanage. If no one answeres his desperate call it would end here.
The cruel caretakers disgruntled by the nights disturbance. Officially named the poor boy "Just Nobody." Kinder folk would come to call him Justin. After several dreary years without any expectancy of being adopted. He had planned to escape his life long prison of bland food and extensive chores. He would break free and explore the world like the characters in the stories that the older kids would read to him.
On the day of his 10th birthday was celebrated with a stale sweet roll and extra chores. That day Just Nobody escaped the grey fate of the orphanage.
Ready for a long journey he collected what little money he aquired from fellow orphans along with food and extra clothing. As he traversed the first few meters from the orphanage something caught his eye only a few feet distance from his intended path.
Only a block from the orphanage infact.
His journey had unexpectedly ended at the steps of the Library. Before realized it he was inside
wandering the aisles. Noticing a grimy young boy lost in the halls the caretaker "Bart" sought him out. To his suprize the boy pleaded to work here. The librarian "Sarah" immediatly took a liking to the boy sided on his behalf. His chores were easy and the caretakers treated him well. He also had lots of time to himself that he devoted to learning how to read and write. Before long he was reading a book a day.
After several years he began to notice the infrequent visits from the caretakers were becoming less and less. He had come to realize that he never really got to know the kind folk that took him in but I guess it never bothered them either. So enthralled with his studies he'd forget to eat. A tray of food and tea was always waiting for him at his door.
On one particular morning Justin awoke to find on his nightstand a book a piece of parchment and a letter.
The letter was written by the caretakers explaining that they had left to their home far away. The letter also detailed that the Library and everything within it now belonged to him. The parchment being the deed to library. The book was infact a journal that revealed something of even far greater value.
The journal spoke of the founding of this town and the mysterious emergence of the Library. Apparently to the townfolk it just appeared overnight
without anyone taking claim to it. Most of the townfolk were infact afraid of it so it was left abandoned. It wasn't until a scholar and inventor by the name of Arthur Romulus took residence there. He had spent several years modifying the place and conducting all sorts of experiments many of them strange and unatural. Until one night beffiting any horror story bright flashes of unknown colors came from the Library. When the constible inspected the place there was no trace of Arthur Romulus to be found. The Library was once again abandoned.
When Bart & Sarah arrived in town with little money and nothing to trade the mayor offered them the Library but not without warning. They couldn't let go of such a generous offer. To their surprize the Library was entirely intact and nothing pilfered, only a thick layer of dust covered everything. After much cleaning and a little repairing the Library was once again restored to it's former glory. However during the renovations of the Library Sarah & Bart found something...incredible.
Hidden within the very structure of the Library was a device of unimaginable wonder. They dubbed the "Infinity Engine." A device that once they had activated did not power down. The machine itself resembled a large orrery constantly churning and winding like a three-dimentional clock. They split their efforts between managing the Library and investigating the origin and function of the Machine.
The journal ended with a sincere farewell and a riddle.
Your reality is not the only one.
Justin turned all his efforts towards discovering the Machine, it's function and purpose. Just as his efforts began to show progress his hunt was hindered. War dawned on the kingdom & country. Justin Nobody was drafted into Her Royal Majesty's Army. A mear private of seventeen years who's only love for books made him appear to be a terrible soldier. With the aid of an already legendary Captain Thadeus Archibald Friday, Justin made out of the Hessian War a hero.
(But that is a tale for another time.)
Injured during battle had left him with a slight limp that he attempted to correct with a cane. Desiring to devote all his attention to his research he hired two elderly women Gertrude & Hilda to help manage the Library. Lushes the two of them had left poor Justin still doing most of the work. He didn't mind it however as it kept him fit and active for the sedetary life of a librarian. They also provided him with much news and gossip of the going-ons about town. He had come to see that merley reading the morning paper was not enough to keep up with changes of the outside world.
They did pester him from time to time seeing that he was such an elligible bachelor as to why he never attempted to so much as talk to any of the townships girls.
He would often reply that what woman in their right mind would want to be Mrs. Nobody?
The fact was that Justin was more thatn just reclusive he was near xenophobic. He could somehow sence peoples intentions and more often than not their intentions were not to his liking. Justin wasn't a coward however and just as he would read peoples intntions he would often spell it out for them. Thus resulting in a certain stigma from those of wealth and power. So he stay secluded in his library to study great & strange many things. Oddly enough the two old broads never seemed to be bother by his eccentricities. Which is why he tolerated them. He rarely had guests and so he would often work pass tea time unless the old ladies began to harp at him for doing so. He enjoyed exotic teas from as far as Asia and always with several lumps of sugar. The old nags enjoyed theirs with a shot of gin.
After years of searching and studying he finally uncovered the secret to unlocking the "Infinity Machine."
Like a clockwork ballet it sprang to life, winding and churning just as it was detailed in the journal. It was an awesome display of precision and design. What it did
Justin hadn't the faintest idea. Stepping inside the center of the machine he triggered something and it started the machine to accelerate. Before Justin could get outside the center wheels and other mechanisms began to gyrate an rotate at higher and higher velocity. A low hum began to ring in his ear, lightning began arc all around. Raw energy began to flow and circle the machine in colors never before seen by man. Then everything whent white and no sound could be heard, he could not move not even breath and then as if all creation was desplayed before him in a fraction of a second not one but many universes. In that very instant he found himself on a desert road.
Stepping out of the machine he looked out at the horizon. A cerulean sky above a dry desert field, a strange black road with white stripes painted every couple of meters. Unable to activate the machine again he set at getting his bearings. After little deliberation he decided to walk south down the road curious of the tall wooden poles with wires connect between them.
By the time he had reached a edifice he was exhausted, dehydrated, battered and bruised. Weathering the worst by using techniques he read in several survival guides. Justin braved the trek and entered the windowless building. Before the doorman could say a word Justin collapsed and fainted.
When Justin came to the first thing he noticed was the ache & pains that wracked his body. The second thing he noticed was a large black man in a black t-shirt with the word STAFF written in bold white letters. Despite his phisically intimidating appearance he had a genuinely concerned look in his eyes.
"He's coming to." The man yelled out. "Here drink up."
He told Justin as he offered him a cup. As he gulped down the refreshing glass of water he overheard a woman's voice saying. "Well the police says his description doesn't match any wanted or missing persons. We've got ourselves an official John Doe." She informed.
"It's Nobody." Justin answered raising their eybrows in confusion and a resounding huh? "My name is Justin Nobody." He revealed. "Are you serious?" They asked in unison. "Quite and please forgive my manners thank you for taking me in and the first aid." He appologized.
"Well Justin... how long were you out there?" The man Justin had nicknamed "Bear" in his head asked. "I'd say a little over half a day travelling roughly eight to ten kilometers." He answered as precisely as he could.
"How cute he's english." Said a woman somewhere behind Bear. "Let me take a look at him Bear." She said.
A thin smile formed on Justin's face with the acknowledgment that he had accurately guessed his name. Bear moved over to reveal an incredibly beautiful woman standing behind him.
Justin's face flushed and looked away. She had wavy blond hair, crystal blue eyes and full moist lips that were curled in a mischievious smile. Her voluptuos body was covered in a silk shift that left nothing to the imagination.
"Awwe, he's shy too. What's a matter her hun?" She asked sweetly. "Y..yo..you're nude!" Justin stammered. She giggled and stood up to full view. "What never seen a woman before?" She asked seductively.
"Quit teasing the poor boy and get back to work Lorna, Bear!" An older woman's voice directed with a hint of venom. She was a handsome woman for her age Justin had assumed that she was in her sixties. You could easily tell she was someone who took charge. Her hair was silver and though several age lines marked her face she was still very attractive. Her stormy grey eyes stared into his and for a moment Justin felt as if his soul was stripped bare for all to see. Then she let out the warmest smile that washed away the dread he had just experienced. She turned and began walking into the doorway she came in. Justin noticed that her attire was beffiting that of a baroness. For the first time since he woke up he managed to take in his surroundings. It reminded him of the American west cottages. "Would you mind joining me for a cup of tea?" She asked breaking Justin from his mental wandering.
"Of course It would be my honor." He replied.
Following her into the adjecent room. It was brightly lit from an ornate window with a view of the desert range.
A nice table was set out with fine tea set and some small pastries. "Please sit down and help yourself." She offered.
Justin pulled out a seat and offered it to the women. "Ever the gentleman are we Mr. Nobody?" She mention as she took her seat. Justin then took his and began to serve.
"I take mine straight." She informed. Justin made his cup with several cubes of sugar. "Sweet tooth are we Mr. Nobody?" She asked. "Yes mam. Earl Grey tea is it? Never was my favorite." He continued. "Sorry to hear that Mr. Nobody if I had known I would have prepared something else. As for the lack of paramedics. There seems to be some kind of traffic obstruction." She appologized. "No need to appologize mam you couldn't have known..." He trailed. He thought about the whole situation. An odd thought crossed his mind before he could fully form it the Madam interrupted his concentration. "I would assume you would like to know where you are?" "Um, yes that would be much appreciated." He answered warmly. "We are in my brothel 'Purgatory' several miles outside of Reno, Nevada." She told him. "So I'm in America. I'm along way from home." Justin told her.
(The machine remained inert planted in the middle of a desert highway. Causing a major traffic jam.)
"Well Mr. Nobody you prove to be a perfect gentleman. So how did you end up in such a dire stiuation?" She interrigated. Quickly thinking of novels he's read about orginized crime and gambling he came up with a believable anwsere. "I was gambling my luck went south and I lost everything. The miscreants took all my possessions and deposited me in the desert."
"Well Mr. Nobody everyone has their vices. Honest men are hard to come by these days and I have to admit I like you. You can stay here and work for room and board until you can get back on your feet." She offered. "That is most generous offer Madam. I wont disappoint you I give my word." He promised. "Allow me to take you on a tour of my establishment." She stood and offered her hand.
Justin smiled and gingerly took her hand.
They walked the halls of the brothel as the Madam named and explained the function of each room. Most of which caused Justin to blush uncontrollably, that made the Madam smile all the while. "Please... Madam may I have a seat. It... it's all to much for me." He pleaded. "Forgive if you find it rude of me to ask Mr. Nobody, you wouldn't happen to be a virgin?" She asked coyly. A befuddled Justin answered yes. "Well Mr. Nobody that just wont due. You're bright red and about ready to faint and you haven't even met the girls yet." She commented. I think it's time for you to meet the rest of the staff." She said with a smile.
With the press of a button on the hem of her blouse, speaking into it her voice could be heard through out the entire building. She called for everyone to gather in the main lobby. Several people gathered in the large round room lit with rose colored bulbs. "Here we have Bear which you've already met. The fine german specimen behind him is Gustav. They may not be the brightest bouncers around but if you so much as harm a hair on any of the girls. They'll break you in half." She said in a grim tone. Her expression lightened and she continued. "I know an innocent boy such as yourself doesn't have worry about that." Her words made Justin blush again. "...and these are the girls." She announced.
Several women gathered each one as unique a snowflake and in various states undress. They line up as if they were pageant contestants. "Lexus, Ferrari, Porche, Viper, Malibu, and Carrera. Well these are the girls that are here. The rest are off because of the traffic obstruction. Please girls be good with our new employee." She introduced them with a small joke. The girls giggled with glee. "Carrera is getting ready for the stage so she's not present but please get to know the rest while your not busy." The Madam had advised.
The first girl he greeted was Lexus, a tall black woman with mahogany eyes a big bright smile and lucious full lips.
Her hair was braided except her bangs that were dyed pink that she left hanging to the left. She wore a fishnet top that covered absolutely nothing of he curvacious body. She greeted Justin kindly but without any obvious interest.
Justin moved on to the next girl Ferrari who gave him a glare and sighed. She thankfully had more cloths on than Lexus but was obviously less interested in greeting him. She wore a slinky green dress that looked as if it were made to come undone by undoing her choker over her fine athletic build. She was spanish and had a fine golden tan, sultry green eyes, and bright red pursed lips. She was shorter than the rest of the girls but stood as if she were better than them all. Ferrari refused to greet Justin for which he felt badly so he moved on.
Porche was infact the tall blond he had first met, she had quickly walked up to him and gave him a friendly hug and a kiss on the cheek. Blood began to pool in his right nostril which he staunched by grabbing his nose. "Are you alright Justin?" Porche asked while stepping back. "I admit this is all a bit much for me." He answered as he pulled out his handkerchief to stop the bleeding. "Our newly employed here is infact a virgin." The Madam revealed to the staff. Justin fell back into chair in embarassment as everyone else shared in a laugh while a couple "awwed".
A petite asian girl with the body of an olympic gymnast walked up to Justin. She was wearing the shortest pair of glossy shorts he had ever seen along with black thigh high stalking that covered her long legs. A fur collard mini-vest and a thin strip of fabric that concealed her perky breasts. She had bright purple hair in a wild fashion, her skin was like porcelin. She bent over to be on eye level with Justin her eyes where like amethyst gems. Her supple lips were painted with purple rouge.
She gently placed a warm hand on Justin's cheek and whispered "That's so cute." before kissing him behind his right ear. Justin's heart was pounding in his chest and his face went bright red again he even broke out in a light sweat. "It's Malibu by the way." She said as she walked back into the line. Giggling she produced a red lollipop and commenced sucking on it. Justin assumed it was some sort of gesture but not sure of what.
A girl with bright pink hair and dark eye shadow walked up to Justin with deliberate steps. She examined Justin with her disturbingly ruby eyes as if he were some science specimen. Her glossy lips were bubblegum pink and accented with a silver and black lip ring. Her ears also had multiple piercings. It was her harsh stare and akward silence that gave Justin chills down his spine. She wore all black leather over her tight frame. Squeezing her bust to near bursting from the outfit. The spiked collar also gave Justin reason to fear her despite her beauty. "Viper...I assume?" Justin broke the akward silence between them.
That brought her attention back up to him. She turned her head towards the Madam "I want him. He'd make a fine submissive." Viper told her. "You'll have to fight it out with Carrera and she hasn't had a chance to look at him." The Madam answered her. Viper ran her slender fingers through Justin's hair a hand on each side of his face. She brought hers close enough that their nose touched and she stared hard into Justin's eyes. "You'ld make a fine pet." She said before pulling away and sitting on a chair backwards facing him arms crossed on the seat back with her chin resting on them.
Justin felt an akward mix of emotions from her and decided that she was best to be avoided. "Carrera is on stage. You can go ahead and enjoy the show for today." The Madam told Justin. "As for the rest of you get back to work." She ordered. The girls went their seperate ways while Bear & Gustav amiably guided Justin into another room.
In the dimly lit room Justin was able to see the brighter stage that had a walkway that lead to a circular platform with a brass pole in the middle. Gustav found his way to a large bar at the back of the room that held every type of liquor imaginable. Gustav was already chugging a pint of a dark ale. Bear made his way to the main entrance and picked up a clipboard. There were several other men dispersed through out the room. None made any impression on Justine worth noting. There were other doorways that had signs like "V.I.P." next to them and blocked of by scarlet rope. Smoke began to puff onto the stage as it lit up. No seemed to be suprized or afraid of fire so Justin thought it was much like the magic show's smoke. For a brief moment however Justin's vision twitched and he began to see strange arcane marking etched all over the entire room. Most disturbing of which was a pentagram the glowed a deep red at the rooms center. Bear slapped Justin on his back jarring his vision and the room was as it was before. "Get ready for the best show of your life." Bear assured.
Bear practiaclly forced Justin to take center seat. Bear returned to the main entrance and hearded a crowd of men in. The other girls showed up as well speaking with potential clients he assumed. The room filled up quickly with men and anticipation. Justin had butterflies in his stomach already. Thinking back to his vision Justin nearly missed Carrera's gran entrance. More smoke but with fireworks this time. The "oow's & awws" of the crowd proved most distracting until Carrera stood right infront of him. "Eyes up here!" She commanded. Looking up as she dropped to her knees spread apart, back arched foward with one arm supporting her weight the other removed her top. The crowd roared, Justin would have fallen out of his seat if she hadn't grabbed the front of his shirt and pulled him in close.
They were nose to nose and it felt as if they were the only people in the room. Her golden eyes lock into his. He coul sence a hint of malice behind the but first and formost lust. She licked her glossy pink lips and form a slight snarle. Justin's heart was racing and sweat began to form on his brow. Despite the aggressive gesture he couldn't help but admire her beauty. Smoldering is how he would describe her. The crowd was hushed in awe. No one knowing what would happen next. "Do you want me?" She asked without warning. Justin could already feel a strong attraction towards her but his curiosity won out and he had to ask. "Why do you have horns?"
She immediatly dropped him causing a stir in the crowd and a couple of laughs. She dropped from the stage and pulled Justin off the ground as violently as possible.
Bear & Gustav made an approach but Carrera quickly turned her head their way and gave them a withering look that had them backing off tails between their legs. Carrera hauled Justin onto the platform and dragged him across the stage and into the back. The crowd hooted and hollard all the while.
In the back room she slammed him into a wall and allowed him to sink into a chair. "That hurt." He exclaimed as her foot stomped the seat in between his thighs frighteningly close to his genitals. She then sat on Justin's knees and leaned foward. "I'm so sorry." She mocked an apology. As her bare breast pressed against Justin felt his heart skip a beat. One of her hands began to massage the nape of his neck while the other snaked it's way into his pant's. "Stop!" Justin demanded she reluctantly obliged. "I know what you are." He declared. Her hands quickly found their way around Justin's neck as she said. "Then you know you're going to die. You could have the best time of your life first or I could snap your neck like twig right now. You decide." Justin thought over his dire ultimatum but opted for a third option. Justin's expression turned from dread to confidant causing her to raise an eybrow. "I have another option." Justin whispered something in her ear that caught her off guard and enticed her. She shoved her mouth against his and then forcing her tongue down his throte. When she pulled away Justin could hardly breath. She then asked "What now?" Justin pulled her in closer and held her gently embracing the warmth between them. Carrera was confused by his sudden fowardness and the tenderness of his touch. A man has never made her felt that way before.
Before their pact could be sealed the earth shook violently.