Chapter 13: "Sophia"
Der Riese - Dr. Maxis' Office
Dr. Maxis sighed to himself.
“Another setback. Patient two-six was killed this morning in a field test. He lost control and attacked one of our handlers. His injuries were minor but patient two-six was destroyed. The break in programming coincided with the flashing lights and loud noises of the fire alarm in the test facility.”
Someone knocked on his door.
The knocking intensified.
“What is it?”
Dr. Maxis ended the recording and raised himself up from his chair. There Sophia stood, skin pale and arms crossed.
“You wanted to see me Ludvig?”
“Ah, Sophia. Yes, do come in. Sit down my dear. Have some tea.”
Sophia sat down, weakly gripping her tea cup. Maxis had been intently staring at her as she took a sip of tea.
“Is everything all right?”
“No, no. Everything is fine. Drink your tea.”
Dr. Maxis seemed tense, strict. Sophia could no longer read him, like he was blocking her out. Dr. Maxis broke the silence.
“I've heard a nefarious rumor regarding the field test with Subject 26. Are you feeling all right?“
“Just strange this rumor. May I see your arm?”
“What? No...why do you need to see my arm?”
“Relax Sophia...I would never hurt you, you know that, right?”
“Of course, but...”
“And you know I care deeply for you?”
Sophia's legs trembled and fell out from under her. She began to violently choke and her throat felt as if it were closing. The tea cup fell from her hands and shattered on the floor.
“Yes, yes, and you know everything I'm about to do is for your own good.”
“This is Doctor Ludvig Maxis, beginning preliminary trials for the Strategic Operations Planning Heuristic Intelligence Analyzer.”
Dr. Maxis keyed in his password and activated the button to power S.O.P.H.I.A. It was a large, round device with one 'eye' at the front for analyzing targets. The device powered on, causing the central eye to glow red, and the ball began to move autonomously. Now a familiar voice emanated from the machine.
“Hello? My God, what's happening? Ludvig? Doctor Maxis?”
“Where am I? It's so dark here. I can't see anything.”
“That's all perfectly normal. How are you feeling?”
“I feel...nothing. What have you done to me?”
“I saved you Sophia. I saved you the only way I know how.”
“Oh Maxis...what have you done...”
Sophia began to cry. But there were no tears to wipe away.
Dr. Ludvig Maxis
Upon reviewing your past work and many failures we have to deny future funding of The Giant project. Reports from General Lehmkuhl and our other representatives present at the testing site were highly troubled by what you and your men are doing. Unless there is concrete success in your undead army, we cannot allow any further testing to take place using our funding.
We have also had enough of your insistence of the Wunderwaffe DG-2's successes. Mass production of such a weapon is a fairy tale at best. We are at war, and at this point it is a losing one. We cannot afford to meddle with more untested, experimental weaponry in the field. Until Germany regains its foothold in this war, there is no use creating expensive, experimental weaponry prototypes.
What the United States is doing in Nevada is none of our concern at the moment. We can provide more of Element 115 from Tunguska but we are rapidly losing faith in Group 935's capabilities. We will supply the element with the intent that it will be used to perfect your matter transference prototype for our army. This is your final chance.
Group 935 did not create the technology the Nazis needed. Edward Richtofen did not arrive in time to assist in creation of the MTD. On the 8th of May, 1945, Nazi Germany surrendered after Soviet troops invaded and captured Berlin. Nazi Germany was no more, and Group 935 had lost its main source of funding.