Chapter 25: "Doomed"
“I hope this works. Schuster, power it up.”
The device began to spark and hiss, and a compartment opened. It was powered via wire from the MPD. Griffin Station's computer monitoring system gave Dr. Groph the status of the device.
“Systems Nominal. Accessing Vril Device. Interface via M.P.D. active. Accessing M.P.D.. M.P.D. integrity check nominal. Awaiting input.”
“Excellent, bring the sample.”
Dr. Schuster held a bag in his gloved hands, with a strand of Dr. Maxis' hair recovered from Der Riese. He placed the strand in the center tray of the device and activated the power flux. The device began to sputter and electricity crackled in the chamber.
“Analyzing M.P.D.. Creating profile.”
A scanner analyzed the strand for DNA before displaying Dr. Maxis's DNA profile on-screen.
“Excellent. Now, scan for target.”
The display had a grid of the Moon and the Earth being scanned for a matching DNA sequence while the machine whirred.
“Bring him here, immediately.”
The MTD's mainframe lit up and electricity fizzed in the chamber. The rough outline of Dr. Maxis began to form inside before his full body appeared and fell to the floor. The chamber opened once more letting the steam flow outwards.
Dr. Schuster approached the confused Dr. Maxis.
"Greetings, Dr. Maxis."
“Schuster! I should’ve known. Where is that rat Edward? Where are we? And how did you get me out of that wretched tunnel-”
“None of that is important right now. Allow me to fill you in.”
“Is Edward on the station?! Where is Samantha?”
“Edward is long gone, Dr. Maxis. Your daughter is precisely the issue we must rectify.”
“Where is sh-Ach!”
Dr. Groph punched Dr. Maxis in his chest and handed Schuster a pair of handcuffs.
“Restrain him. I will explain everything, Dr. Maxis, and you will cooperate.”
“Traitorous rats! All of you!”
“Dr. Maxis, for years I have been leading this project here on Griffin Station. This pyramid device before you has greater power than any of us could possibly imagine, and we have managed to unlock its potential. However, your worthless daughter has somehow found her way here onto the Moon, and into the device.”
“The Moon?! How did you manage-”
“Richtofen completed the teleporter years ago and was able to allow us to create a base here. I am led to believe by your vexed expression this was behind your back. Your incompetent leadership of Group 935 has led us to take matters of science into our own hands. Before we end your wasted life, Dr. Maxis, you will get your little girl OUT of the device.”
“And if I don't? You'll kill me either way.”
“If you don't your daughter will meet her own grave end when we get her out on our own accord. You will just make things that much easier.”
Dr. Groph pulled back the hammer on his pistol.
Dr. Groph and Dr. Schuster led Dr. Maxis to the MPD. The pyramid was solid black, completely spotless. It almost looked two-dimensional.
Dr. Groph kicked Dr. Maxis' legs out from under him knocking him to the ground, gun still to his head.
"Samantha, honey? Daddy is here. Come dear, please. Open the machine. Daddy will not let them hurt you anymore. Honey? Daddy knows he’s made some mistakes, I am truly sorry that you were put through so much. When your mother died, I could not bear the thought of losing you too, that’s why I kept you so close. I did not mean to neglect you, I just wanted to know you were safe from harm-”
The pyramid split in four parts and sunk into the base of the machine. Samantha Maxis started to descend to the ground before her father. Tears filled her eyes at what these evil men were doing to her poor father.
“I love you, Samantha.”
“I love you too, Daddy.”
“Can you do something for me? Something very important.”
Dr. Maxis' expression changed from sadness, to a dirty smirk.
Dr. Groph put a bullet in Dr. Maxis' head, and his soul flew through the air and into the glass chamber. Samantha once again ascended to a floating position within the MPD, and the pyramid began to close once again.
An echoing, maniacal laugh of Samantha shook the walls of Griffin Station. Dr. Groph tried to run to the MTD, leaving Dr. Schuster in awe.
“We are doomed.”
Others in Griffin Station also made a break for the MTD, which was still charging from Dr. Maxis' arrival. In some sectors the ceiling shook and crumbled to bits releasing all the oxygen, suffocating anyone inside. Out of the ground, once dead Verruckt patients exacted their revenge on their killers. The frightened scientists within the MTD perished before they could escape.
Dr. Schuster's handheld radio buzzed as a call from Dr. Richtofen came in.
“Dr. Schuster? What is going on? What is all that screaming?”
“Edward...they...she...THEY ARE COMING FOR ME!”
Dr. Schuster dropped his radio and made way for the biodome, before being cut off by undead versions of his former colleagues, their eyes a bright orange, oozing blood from the lack of oxygen.
Dr. Richtofen could only hear the screams of his friend as he perished with the others at Griffin Station.
Nothing but static and the sound of undead shuffling.
Time for plan B.