A Webserial by Dan Devine

Episode 1: Origin

Worris Smelton had been born selfish. His selfishness wasn't the result of bad parenting or cultural influences or any other external factors. Worris was just one of those people who would have been selfish no matter what circumstances they had been born into. His selfishness was an inherent part of him.

Worris had been born slightly less than 30 years ago. He had been born into a life of luxury. His parents, who were now dead, had been very rich people. During Worris' childhood and adolescence, Worris had lived with his parents in their gigantic mansion, which had been located in a very upper-class neighborhood.

At a very early age, Worris had decided that he would never, ever hold a job of any kind. The very idea of employment repulsed and offended him. Worris had intended to spend the rest of his life living off his family's vast fortune.

Despite his intention to never, ever hold a job of any kind, Worris had obtained a college degree during his early adult years. This had occurred not because Worris had had a desire to receive a higher education, but rather because Worris' parents had threatened to cut him off financially if he didn't get a college degree. In the social circle that Worris' parents had been a part of, it was considered barbaric and laughable to not have a college degree by a certain age. So Worris' parents had wanted Worris to get a college degree to prevent their family from social embarrassment. It had all just been about keeping up appearances, nothing more.

Some time after finishing college, Worris had been living in an apartment shared by his friend Martin Pimbly. Martin and Worris had attended the same college during the same time period. They had met each other during their first semester. Like Worris, Martin was a despicable person. Worris and Martin secretly disliked each other, but maintained their friendship nevertheless. Their friendship was sustained by shallow, self-serving reasons. Martin, who was not at all good at attracting women, liked being Worris' friend because it allowed Martin to live vicariously through Worris, who was very good at attracting women and who often had dalliances with very desirable women. Worris liked being Martin's friend because Worris liked having a friend who was inferior to Worris in every way. So their friendship was mutually beneficial.

Although the apartment that Worris had been sharing with Martin was nothing to scoff at, Worris had very much wanted to live in a mansion of his own instead. Unfortunately for Worris, his parents had had full control of their family's fortune at that time, and had only been providing Worris with enough money to afford to live in the very nice apartment he had been living in. Worris had resented his parents very much because of this.

One day, Worris' parents had been killed in a yacht-related accident. Although most people would be devastated by the loss of their parents, Worris had become ecstatic in response to learning that his parents had been killed. That was because their deaths had meant that Worris, who was his parents' only descendant, had full control of his family's fortune. A few days after his parents' funeral, which he had not attended, Worris had sold his parents' mansion and had purchased himself a newer, bigger mansion to live in.

Worris had spent the next few years living a life of luxury in his mansion. During that time, he had seduced many, many beautiful women. Seducing women had never been difficult for Worris. It was one of the few things he was really good at.

Worris had no interest in things like love and marriage and monogamy. He viewed the women he had seduced as interchangeable sources of gratification, nothing more. Usually, after completing his seduction of a woman, Worris wanted nothing more to do with her.

One day, a few days after his 29th birthday, Worris met a beautiful woman named Koila. Of course, Worris wanted to seduce her. While having a conversation with Koila, Worris learned that she was interested in things like love and marriage and monogamy. So, in order to make Koila more susceptible to him, Worris deceived her into thinking that he was also interested in things like love and marriage and monogamy. In Worris' mansion, Worris completed his seduction of Koila, who, thanks to Worris' lies, believed that this intimate encounter was the consummation of what would be a long, meaningful relationship between her and Worris.

A few moments after completing his seduction of Koila, Worris maliciously revealed to her that he was not really interested in things like love and marriage and monogamy, and that he had only been pretending to be interested in those things to get what he had really wanted from her, and that he now wanted nothing more to do with her. Koila left Worris' mansion, angry and upset. She vowed to somehow get revenge on Worris.

Some time later, Worris was served with a summons and complaint. These legal documents listed Koila as the plaintiff and listed Worris as the defendant. Worris, who was no legal expert, brought the summons and complaint to an attorney to make sense out of for him.

The attorney Worris was seeking legal assistance from was a beautiful married woman named Velaina. Although Worris was now seeking legal assistance from Velaina, their relationship had begun as a non-professional one. On a previous occasion, Velaina had cheated on her husband with Worris, unbeknownst to Velaina's husband.

After reviewing the summons and complaint for an unnecessarily long amount of billable time, Velaina told Worris what these legal documents meant: that Koila was suing Worris for financial compensation for emotional distress that he had allegedly caused her by cruelly ending his relationship with her after completing his seduction of her. Velaina told Worris the amount of money that Koila was suing him for. This information troubled Worris greatly, as the amount was much higher than the amount of money that Worris had.

Velaina assured Worris that he had nothing to worry about. Velaina told Worris that Koila's allegation was utterly absurd; that no judge in their right mind would take this lawsuit seriously; that the lawsuit would inevitably be thrown out by the court because of the lawsuit's frivolous nature; that Worris would most likely never even have to set foot in a courtroom; that Worris was in no danger whatsoever of losing his fortune.

But Velaina was wrong. Somehow, inexplicably, Koila's lawsuit was not thrown out by the court. After numerous failed attempts by Velaina to get Koila to enter into a settlement agreement with Worris, the case was decided by the court in favor of Koila. The court ordered Worris to pay Koila the entire amount of money that she had sued him for. In order to have enough money to pay Koila, Worris had to sell all of his assets, including his mansion. After paying Koila the full amount of money that he had owed her, Worris barely had any money left in his savings account. He wasn't rich anymore.

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