Chapter 16: "Magnum Opus"
Siberian Facility - Dr. Richtofen's Lab
"Log Entry: 1471. Date: September 2nd, 1945. Dear diary, another day, another failure. This time subject N3WB just slightly improved. The Russian subject still smells like urine, even after he was given a bath and deloused twice. I think I might have killed the specimen from Mexico. His spleen is on the floor and he's not moving anymore. I can verify with certainty, however, that the barrier is not located in the spleen. Dr. Maxis has said that we must continue no matter the cost. I wonder what he might think of the experiments on the little girl...”
Dr. Richtofen began to cackle loudly. The laughing alerted a testing monkey which had gotten loose from its cage. The monkey was holding Pablo's severed spleen in its paws.
“Nein! Drop that! That's my spleen! Mine!”
Edward pounced at the monkey with his scalpel but missed and fell to the floor. The monkey now held the spleen close to its chest and sneered at Edward hoping to scare him off from atop the filing cabinet.
The vexed doctor knocked the cabinet down and stabbed the monkey on the ground.
“We'll see how you enjoy being stuffed, you pest!”
Edward removed the monkey's many internal organs before filling the husk with stuffing, and positioning the body in the pose of terror it held when Richtofen took its life.
As Edward positioned the body by his other stuffed victims, he could see an assistant from a nearby lab standing in the doorway, quivering in fear. He saw the whole thing.
“What do you want? Can't you see I'm busy?!”
“Yes doctor, I...uh...sorry. I brought the supplies you asked for yesterday...”
“You're right, I did ask for them yesterday. So why are they here today?! Leave, now!”
Finally, Edward's new toys had arrived. Components for the Wunderwaffe and live pigs for testing.
Richtofen wheeled out the prototype for meddling. In the order came three Tesla bulbs, a Tesla battery, and a detachable stock and arm strap. These three bulbs could give the weapon the ability to fire up to ten million volts of electricity in a single pull of the trigger, a far greater output than previous tests. This would be fun.
The pigs were loaded out of the truck and held down on carts to be wheeled to Dr. Richtofen's field test. Five pigs were clamped down side by side.
Edward wheeled the Wunderwaffe 15 meters away from the pigs. Donning his goggles and activating the Wunderwaffe, he pointed the crosshairs on the first pig on the left. When he pulled the trigger he could feel the heat push back against him and a small shock of electricity go back in his face. But the target, well, targets were far worse off.
Fascinating. The bolt of electricity traveled between all five pigs, burning them from the inside out. Edward found the smell somewhat appetizing. This weapon would be far more powerful than predicted, though he must work on protecting the user from that heat. But the test was a success.