Chapter 24: "Liars"
“Dr. Schuster, report.”
“The tanks are full and the shields are down. The machine is humming nicely.”
Dr. Groph went down the checklist.
“Good, but what of the shipment?”
“Most are buried outside of the base, the live ones we've sent back to Kustover Posten.”
“Excellent, then there is nothing left but to wait for Dr. Richtofen's return.”
“Perhaps this is a good time to work on my low gravity putty in the Bio-Dome.”
“Yes, I did believe-”
“Intruder Detected – Recieving Bay”
Alarms blared throughout Griffin Station and a young, frightened Samantha Maxis appeared in the Receiving Bay.
The security system only played static for Dr. Groph.
“Can you repeat?”
Out of the corner of his eye, Dr. Schuster spotted Samantha walking towards the numinous MPD.
“She's coming right towards the-”
Samantha screamed when she noticed Dr. Groph and Dr. Schuster in the room.
Dr. Schuster started to chase Samantha.
“Get back here!”
Samantha ran from the strange men.
“Nein! Do not let her-”
Samantha had run right into the MPD, which opened and pulled her in upon contact.
“Dammit, Dr. Schuster, find a way to get her out of the pyramid! I will contact Edward, let him know there's been an incident.”
“Groph, I have no earthly idea if the MPD can even be opened.”
“This is a crisis, Dr. Schuster! Just find a way!”
Dr. Groph furiously pressed keys on the computer's keypad to contact Richtofen's radio.
“Yes, Dr. Groph? I have just dealt with our two little problems and am en route to-”
“Dr. Richtofen, Samantha is at Griffin Station.”
“She shouldn't be alive! If she's alive then....damn! How did she end up there? No matter, I know what must be done. In the meantime see if you can find Dr. Maxis, perhaps he can talk some sense into her.”
“Did you not deal with him already?”
“Yes, but if the child ended up here, then Maxis must be somewhere too. Find him.”
“How do you propose-”
“Dr. Goph I cannot do everything for you. I leave this in your capable hands. There is much to be done.”
“Oh and Groph?”
“I'd keep an eye out for an evil looking dog while you're at it.”
Dr. Richtofen exited the facility via the MTD leaving Dr. Groph and Dr. Schuster to solve their problem.
Dr. Groph approached the MPD with full intent to coax her out.
“Samantha, I'm Dr. Groph. You might remember seeing me around the facility with your father. Please will you come out?”
She did not respond to his words.
“Samantha, please, we can find your father if you would just come out.”
Silence for a few moments, then a booming voice emanated from the MPD.
“You are a liar!”