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Chapter 5: "Extraterrestrial"
Der Riese - Dr. Richtofen's Lab
"Entry 42. Date: January 4th, 1940. Dr. Schuster and I, despite mounting pressure from Dr. Maxis, have continued working on the matter transference prototype. We have made great strides in the last thirty days and are ready for our first human subject. If our calculations are correct, we will send a test subject to the receptacle station sitting thirty yards away and behind a cinder-block wall."
"Are you certain you want to do this, Dr. Richtofen?"
"Nein, Dr. Schuster, this must be done. Quickly, put in your earplugs and power up the machine."
Edward's hands were shaking and he was rather nervous. He had the many nights' worth of calculations and previous testing to back him up, but regardless, the possibility of failure meant more than just another failure to add to the list, but it meant likely death.
Dr. Schuster placed his earplugs in and pulled the switch. For Richtofen the whirring of the machine was so much louder from the inside. He could not even hear himself thinking.
All that he could see was a bright, white light that seemed to become more intense than the sun itself. Then, sudden darkness and utter silence. Unexpected.
"Is there a power outage? Why is it so dark? I feel almost... weightless. How very unexpected. Dr. Schuster? Hello?"
No answer. Perhaps the teleportation had taken longer than it felt in Edward's head. The power must have gone out and Dr. Schuster had left to try to find a new power supply and calm everyone else. Edward would likely lose his position in the organization after this. No matter. He was now far beyond the capabilities of Maxis or any two-bit replacements that would come after him.
Edward began to feel around. What was around him did not feel like the metal inside the MTD, but more like rock. Bumpy and coarse, completely uneven. Odd. His recording device was also still on to record their findings.
Edward reached in his pocket for a lighter. Click.
"Ah, I can see now. Oh my god. I am standing in a circular cave, surrounded by some kind of machine like...it's like nothing I've ever seen before. It looks almost alien in nature. There's a pyramid structure at the center of the room. I'm going to try and carefully touch it."
The pyramid let out a sharp electric shock that made Edward's hand go numb. The shock could be felt through his entire body.
"Ahhh! Static electricity. It's sharp to the touch. Very cold. Not a speck of dust."
Edward turned his other hand into a fist and began to lightly bang on the strange structure.
"Hmm, might be hollow. The chamber's quite large. I see what looks like capacitors at the ceiling of the chamber. There are no obvious connections to anything electrical. What is this place?”
He could now hear a faint voice coming from behind him.
“Dr. Schuster, is that you? Dr. Schuster!”
He re-centered his focus away from the voice and back towards the odd device. At the base of the pyramid on the front was some strange lettering and a center circle.
“Look at this. It appears to be covered in some kind of hieroglyphic language. I've not seen anything like it before.”
The voice came back, now whispering, as though it were coming from someone right next to Edward. There was no one in the cave but him.
“Why are you whispering to me? There's no need for that."
The center panel on the pyramid started to light up and spark.
"Was ist los? Do you hear that? It sounds like..."
The sound of static filled Edward's ears and the same light from the MTD appeared then faded soon after. Now the sound of running water and insects could be heard. The air felt hot and muggy. Edward was not appropriately dressed for this occasion.
"My god, what happened? I seem to be in some kind of jungle. I can't be certain of where I am."
As Dr. Richtofen gained back his bearings, he could hear angered screaming from men growing louder. Men were running towards Richtofen carrying spears and assorted blunt weapons.
Edward went into a full sprint to try and escape the locals of the jungle. The loud sound of him teleporting there must have drawn their attention.
Edward dashed past man-made architecture made from stone. There were temples and staircases to homes made by these people. Where he had ended up was near a temple, probably sacred land. Edward turned into an area filled with many trees and lifted himself up onto one. The people down below had caught up to him and tried throwing stones and spears towards the top of the trees. A monkey that had been resting in the tree leaped away to another as Edward creeped his way upwards and spears soared by.
It was now or never. How could he convince these people to let him down? Perhaps they could be swayed with the technology Edward had on his person. The recorder had been dropped on the run over here, but he had something else. He searched his pockets for his lighter and lit it for the natives to see. There were now frozen from the spectacle.
“Yes...Yes, ok, hello. I am Dr. Edward Richtofen. Erm, I'm not sure if you understand me, but I have great power in the form of knowledge! I can make you whatever you may want. Just let me come down...”
No one in the crowd moved or responded. Edward took that as a sign they weren't looking to kill him just yet. He began to shimmy his way down the trunk, lighter still in hand. Everyone below had spread out further away from the tree, fearing what he might do next.
“Please, help me.”
The voice was back. It wasn't coming from someone, but from Richtofen's own head.
“Erm, okay, what I'm going to do is-”
“Only together can we prevent the destruction of your world.”
“God...okay I will help you in exchange-”
“Why do you fight us, Edward?”
“You have to help me. Please. I'm trapped here.”
The natives were frightened by the outburst. They all lowered their weapons and some began to kneel around Edward.
“Well, that's one way of doing it, I suppose. Now, everyone, gather around.”
Edward lifted the lighter into the air for all to see.
“It's how we'll all end up.”