Dante's Infanzia is a piece of infantilist online original fiction written by ABDL fiction writer Personalias.
Dante Willis throws a party in celebration of his 18th birthday. Things go sour however when he OD's in his sleep. Now dead, Dante must escape Limbo, lest he endure eternity being treated as a baby.
Dante's Infanzia provides examples of:
- Afterlife Antechamber: Heaven can be found just outside of Limbo across the narrow path. You fall off the narrow path and you wind up in Hell.
- All Myths Are True: While the theology of the story is very Catholic, Orpheus from Classical Mythology somehow also exists. Jude claims that after his failure to return Eurydice from the land of the living, Orpheus decided that women were too much trouble and laid with boys for the rest of his life. Now whenever a soul in Limbo defies God's orders, like when Dante managed to stand-up, they are called an "Orpheus".
- Appearance Is in the Eye of the Beholder: Whenever souls from Limbo are brought to visit their relatives in the Elysian Fields outside of the gates of Heaven, their relatives see them as babies regardless of their actual age. When Dante uses his anchor to temporarily regain his bodys cooperation on the narrow path his grandparents were able to see him for what he really was.
- Brainy Baby: Because anyone still legally considered a child in their society winds up in Limbo, anyone who can retain their sanity are able to think like anyone their actual age.
- Crying Wolf: When Lisa finally tells Dante the truth about her Dark and Troubled Past, she has lied about it so many times that he doesnt believe her by then.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Tragic enough that children who die have to spend an eternity in Limbo, away from Heaven and their families as they are forced to regress into babies by the Judys that dwell there. The lives of the denizens there werent great either.
- In the mid-twentieth century, Lysa had sex with her boyfriend and wound up pregnant with his child. She tried keeping it secret until the six month period, but by then everyone in school knew. She ran away before her foster parents found out, living on the streets. No hospital would admit her so she died giving birth to Caroline on the streets. Now she and Caroline are in Limbo, trapped in babyhood for eternity while Lysa has to live with the fact that it was all her fault, willing herself not to regress as a form of penance.
- Kevin received AIDs from a botched blood-transfusion. Angry with his life, he became an aggressive bully, his behavior getting him kicked out of three schools while nobody fought back because not that many people knew anything about AIDs at the time and were afraid to make him bleed.
- Midori was a normal schoolgirl that was killed in a drunk-driving accident.
- While Jamals backstory is never given, he implies that it was not pleasant.I'd tell you kid [b]ut seeing as how you just got changed into a fresh one, I'd hate to ruin it by telling you.
- Defiant to the End: Definitely Dante.
- Determinator: Lysa managed to keep herself from crossing the threshold for over half a century out of sheer willpower, her "anchor" being the crushing guilt that it was her own choices that condemned her and her daughter in Limbo.
- The Diaper Change: Has to be endured by any human who winds up there (though its the babies who have to do the "enduring").
- Diaper Check: Done by the Judy's.
- Doorstop Baby: Dante was found in Limbo's lobby, to the Judy's surprise, having wound up in Limbo at the very. Last. Second.
- Fallen Angel: Lucy was Dante's Judy who fell with him off of the Narrow Path into Hell. Now a fallen angel, she now dedicates her mothering skills to torment him for the remainder of his stay in Hell.
- Fight to Survive: The main conflict in Limbo has those who end up there fighting to prevent Limbos conditioning to cause them to mentally regress into babies. Because the Judies - the ones that run the place - are actively trying to break them of their wills and induce regression through coercive force. This is cranked Up to Eleven when Dante defies the rule and stands up, causing all of the Judies to double-down on their efforts, causing those who were able to work around their usual tactics to wear down and regress.
- Fluffy Cloud Heaven: Definitely here.Tall spires and glorious palaces rose on the horizon. Bright lights and auras shone forth. There were two suns right now. Dante didnt know how he knew, but this was Heaven. Its like how one knows Disney World as soon as the giant Mickey ears come into view. There was something hardwired into his brain to recognize this place and know what it is. This though was the Taj Mahal, the Great Pyramids of Egypt, Disney World, and the Emerald City of Oz all rolled up into one and multiplied times infinity. Since the Tower of Babel, no human language has been able to accurately describe Its grandeur.
- The Heretic: Those that break Gods rule in Limbo (Gods rule being that all souls that end up there are to be treated as babies) are referred to as Orpheuses. Because this violates the rule that Limbo was built on, those that break them (like Dante standing up when he was singing) are punished severely (Dante forcibly regressed into a newborn state for a few weeks as a warning, threatened with it permanently if he does it again) with a full-crackdown against all anchors in the rest of Limbo.Saint Jude: Preaching, writing, painting, sculpting- even particularly barbed insults or clever lies will do. You were not marked as an Orpheus because of your talent. You were marked because you managed to defy Gods decree that the inhabitants of Limbo will be as infants in that they may not stand or walk.
- Ironic Hell: Now in Hell, Dante is forced into the regressed body of a baby without the calming effect of angel milk, his Judy (now named Lucy) caring for him for all of eternity.
So many of you were ruled by your baser impulses before, Saint Jude started to list off on his fingers. Food, drink, sexual pleasure, leisure, sloth, a sense of entitlement, and the personal fable running through your mind that told you your elders didnt understand you despite your obvious brilliance. The old man bobbled his head in mock inspiration. Its only fair that these things all become the elements of your cage.
- Jude makes a point that Limbo acts like this towards all of those who end up in Limbo that are not babies; in life their society tries to extend their childhood in an attempt to avoid responsibility, in death they will never get it.
- Knight In Sour Armor: One of the means Lysa keeps herself sane is by acclimating newcomers to Limbo like Dante, showing them the ropes, not getting their hopes up when she knows it will not do the any good even despite doing so having failed and resulted in a few failures.
- Mars-and-Venus Gender Contrast: Downplayed. Lysa claims that unlike girls, boys don't usually care if they end up peeing or pooping while people look at them. This could just be in Lysa's case, who asks Dante to avert his gaze when it happens to her.
- Messianic Archetype: While Dante's intentions are only slightly selfish, his main mission is to free the forsaken souls in the Ironic Hell Limbo. His attempts at rebellion are seen as a threat by the ruling establishment (St. Jude and the Judies) and makes a Heroic Sacrifice by willingly throwing himself into Hell, something that is proven to have positive consequences as a result, such as allowing the non-babies that wind up in Limbo a better chance at leaving and inspiring Lysa, resulting in her ascending into Purgatory with the chance of entering Heaven. Much like with Jesus, Dante's stay in Hell is strongly suggested to be a temporary one, Lysa eventually able to free him.
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- The Nothing After Death: It is implied that there were two conspirators that intended Dante to throw himself into Hell. One of them took the option to be unmade by God.
- The Old Convict: Lysa has been in Limbo since The '50s. She shows Dante around and gets him accustomed to Limbo and, having been there and subjected to the Judys as long as she has, she has become very jaded.
- Patron Saint: Saint Jude, patron saint of lost causes and governor of Limbo.
- Playing the Victim Card: Jude threatens him with permanent newbornhood if he ever uses his anchor (the one thing keeping him from regressing to full babyhood) again and initiates a full-crackdown of anchors in the nursery, Dante calls him unfair for doing so, only for Jude to retort that Dantes burden is nowhere near as bad as his.
- Saint Jude: You know whats not fair? Postponing your eternal reward earned from a lifetime of devotion and martyrdom so that spoiled children may evade the flames of the inferno! So long as I am Regent of this realm, I may not enter Paradise! MEANWHILE! I MUST ENDURE LISTENING TO WHINING BRATS A FRACTION OF MY AGE AND THEIR PROTESTS- BECAUSE THEY ARE WELL CARED FOR BUT HAVE LOST THE PRIVILEGE TO WIPE THEMSELVES! THATS whats not fair!
- He tries doing this again with Lysa after Dante martyrs himself by throwing himself off of the narrow path, but it does not take the second time.Not fair? he asked, You know whats not fair? Postponing your eternal reward for a lifetime of devotion and-
THWACK! Lysa slapped the old man across the face. He just gawked, rubbing his cheek.
No! Lysa stared him in the face. Unblinking. You dont get to play that card. Youre not the martyr right now. You dont deserve that feeling of being right, cause youre not!
- Rescued from the Underworld: Implied to be what Lysa does after the story.
- Sanity Slippage: Limbo was created with the rule that all those who end up there are to be cared for as babies for eternity (since it was originally made for babies). Because of this, those who are not babies but wind up there are forced to wear baby clothes, eat baby food, crawl instead of walk and wear diapers. Conditioning like this slowly breaks them down, until eventually they snap and pass the threshold, regressing completely into mental babyhood. The only way to keep oneself sane is to find an anchor, a type of hobby or goal to keep oneself busy and grown-up. These anchors usually manifest as a type of art form, including painting, sculpting and singing.
- Self-Inflicted Hell: Dante rebels against the oppressive order of Limbo by willingly jumping off the narrow path into Hell. It is made clear that his sacrifice was not in vain.
- Shout-Out: Lysa refers to those new to Limbo as "new fish."
- Three-Month-Old Newborn: No matter how old you REALLY are, you will be treated as a baby.
- Tinkle in the Eye: After finding his anchor, Dante was able to hold it in long enough to pee on the Judy changing him.
- Twofer Token Minority: Midori is both Asian and the only member of the main three (the other being Dante and Midori) that had past the threshold and regressed into a baby.
- The 'Verse: This story is a part of an extended universe made by Personalias through their stories, characters like Lysa and Lucy making cameos in stories like College to Cribs, The Bagman, Addiction and A.M..