The Magnum Opus
A magnum opus is the work of a lifetime; an accomplishment that tops all other artistic achievements. To pour your heart and soul into the design of your magnum opus is a necessity, not an option, and the results are often realized only after years of refining and perfecting. Those who achieve such greatness truly love their work.
But what if your magnum opus is creating another living being? More
Creating the perfect companion is Rastigan's dream--maybe even his obsession. For years, he has tinkered and planned, pouring his heart into his work as intensely as he poured scotch into his glass. But every machine that he built fell short of his expectations. His work completely consumed his thoughts and time, leaving him a homebound hermit with nary a connection to the outside world. As the years pressed on, Rastigan seemed doomed to live out remainder of his life as a solitary eccentric who found companionship only with his favorite brand of booze.
Then he created Evangeline. She far surpasses anything he's ever built in terms of complexity, intelligence, and of course, beauty. She's his most lifelike invention to date, and to him, she is perfect in every way.
Until she begins to develop her own desires, that is--desires that leave Rastigan out of the picture, frustrated and unconnected yet again.
Has Rastigan finally found the companion he's yearned for, or has his obsession with building his magnum opus gone too far?
This dark steampunk story has a little something for everybody! Or at least something for those who relish twisted love stories, clockwork worlds, shifty characters, or who simply have a thing for Victorian oddities...
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