We have a weird idea on timezones. I guess.also, re-worked File 9 is probably coming tomorrow.File 10: A Fight in Scarlet
“Rick, duck!” Cried Al. A gravity wave shot right past them, just barely missing both. They did, however, feel the energy of the wave - if anything, it was not something they’d want to be on the path of.
The two rolled behind the machines, scattered around the sector. The doctor was at the center, with his hands glowing red. The other dog that accompanied him seemed to be just standing at the opposite corner of the sector, close to the doors and away from the battle.
Al looked at Rick, who was signalling him to go to the other side, closer to the panels. He was planning on attacking the doctor. Images shot through Al’s mind - it was just like before, except that he was all alone behind the machine. He shook his head away from the memories. Al shuffled across the sector, careful not to be seen or heard by the taunting Lehrer in the middle.
Rick jumped off of his machine, targeting the doctor’s feet with a burst of red energy. His opponent’s hands glowed deeply as the Rick’s energy wave passed right through, just barely shifting the grinning man. Rick quickly moved, shot another energy wave up, hitting a ventilation duct. Lehrer, however, used his own energy beams to alter the trajectory of the falling debris and shoved it at Rick.
“You know, visiting us again is a grave mistake for you guys.” The doctor grinned as he approached Rick. “Firstly, that fire left me with severe burns, so you gave me no choice but to become a part of the 1-52 project myself.”
Rick gasped, as the doctor started to crush the ventilation shaft around him, and slowly realising that was effectively getting pinned to the floor.
“It took me three years to just be able to move again, you know. I was stuck in a hospital bed on life support, with my skin and muscles screaming at me constantly for years. You may have considered me insane before, but... what can three years do to an already insane man?”
Al jumped off of his hiding place. He pressed his hands forward, targeting the doctor for his attack. The result, however, was just a red puff of what looked like smoke, disappearing at the very instant after creation.
The doctor looked back, noticing Al in his attack stance. Lehrer approached Al and then patted him on the head, smiling.
“You two, on the other hand, are harmless right now.”
Al was about to bite the doctor, given that his teeth were still pretty sharp even for a small dog. But he was quickly subdued by a small burst of gravity waves, which shot him across the room towards Karl.
“Dogs should never bite their owners, didn’t you know that?” The doc said as he approached the mini pinscher. At just a few meters away, his hands glowed faintly, as Al felt an extremely strong gravitational field there. He could feel his skin and muscles being pulled down, and his field of view was narrowing down from the high g’s he was experiencing.
“Doc, I have little idea on what is going on, but weren’t you going to capture, not kill them?”
The doctor stopped pressing on Al, and a few moments later pinscher’s breathing relaxed and his vision started to return to normal. Lehrer moved closer to Karl instead, smiling maniacally.---
“You know Karl, you and your family were always the ones better off.”
“What do you mean by that?” Karl wondered nervously, while slowly trying to inch away from the insane doctor.
“The research heads have always been the closest advisors to the Marks family. We were, and are the reason why you are in power, the reason why your family became the biggest and strongest organization in the entire world!”
“The thing is, we never really have real control over the organization. You always have monopoly over it, even if we or I hold the key... or, to say it better, the orb to the company’s future.” He looked sternly at the german shepherd. “I had planned to take over the company a long time ago. Most of these attempts failed because of your ignorant father. I just couldn’t simply replace him as everyone knew who he was. Unlike you. Oh, you just made the whole situation perfect for me.”
Karl started running, confused with what the doctor was saying. He used posts and the other apparatus scattered in the sector to block himself from the Lehrer’s line of sight. Despite that, hr just continued walking, trailing the dog, and continuing in a calm voice:
“Almost nobody knows who you are, and with this recent fiasco, it seems that the only truly loyal division head is now missing. His identity was stolen and his body is now utterly useless.”
Karl just noticed something with his peripheral vision. It was that familiar body at one of the chairs in the center. Sam’s, no doubt, but there was no sign of life in it. Just several cables attached to the head, and straps, locking his limbs.
“What did you do to Sam!?” Karl’s teeth started baring, as he growled the response in fear and disgust.
“Well, I’ll tell you this - I’m not the one responsible for this. They used Sam’s body to access the archives and tried switching back to their original bodies. They were able to switch with Sam’s mind through the same, but older apparatus, the plans of which they got from their infiltration back at 1989.” Heinrich’s hands started glowing red again. “But who would even care about him? It’s unlikely that he’s anywhere near us. Face it - nobody will notice you being gone.”
The doctor started pointing his hand at the terrified dog. As Karl ran across the room, he could hear the sound of two hisses. He looked back at Lehrer, trailing him closely and raising his hand. Karl saw a flash of red light from the doctor’s hand, just moments before a soft fluffy object collided with him, pushing him out of the beam’s way.
A loud clang echoed through the sector, followed by the sound of what seemed to be electricity. As Karl opened his eyes to see what happened, he saw the Subject, slumped on one of the generators, while another dog was on top of himself.
“Karl, you’re safe now. That’s good.”---
“Looks like he actually was here all along.” Said the doctor, clearly alarmed by dog’s arrival.
“Who is he, anyways?” asked Karl.
Heinrich laughed in reply. He held held on his stomach and the nearby rails as he desperately attempted to breathe. “Why don’t you ask him?”
“I’m Sam, idiot!” dog’s ears dropped while saying that. “And… yes, I am a doberman right now.”
The german shepherd’s eyes widened and ears dropped as well, upon hearing the reply. “Oh... No… No, no, wait, did THEY turn you into a dog?!”
“Yes, yes, but that’s not important. I’ll talk to you about this later, but I’d better save you first.”
Sam quickly grabbed Karl and dragged him behind a large computer array. His hands glowed red, to the awe and fear of the friend beside him. He shot back at the doctor, hitting his arm. Once he retreated back into their shelter when the doctor attacked back.
“It is good for you to even bring the Subject back for me. Doing your job even when it is clearly a huge failure on your part. But the good news is, that would be your last assignment.”
Sam felt a tap on his shoulder, but instantly shrugged it off. “Karl, don’t do that, we shouldn’t make much commotion when hiding.”
“Erm… it wasn’t not me.” He heard from over the other shoulder.
Sam looked back - it was the man he saw in the train before. The man who had a pet doberman. The man who switched his body for their own use. “Rick…?”
“Shh, we need to help each other, at least for now. That doctor has clearly gone insane.” The man whispered, with his clothes all ruffled and torn, though himself he seemed fine. “I know we have different goals, and you probably want to get a bit of revenge for what I’ve done to you, but that guy right now is a bigger threat to us than each other. What about a cease-fire for a while?”
Sam looked at Karl beside him. He simply nodded back.
“Okay, we’ll call this a truce. But we’ll do it my way.”
The two gestured their plan of attack as Heinrich Lehrer continued stalking them around the facility. They eventually came up with a plan, a simple yet seemingly effective one.
Sam used his power to drop another ventilation shaft at Heinrich, who quickly stopped it by raising his hands above his head. Suddenly, two basketball sized devices impact. Rick and Sam immediately pushed off some of the computer arrays, dropping them on the fallen doctor as well.
They approached Lehrer, whose head was sticking out of the pile of debris. He was clearly unhappy with his current situation, but just like a flick of the switch, he laughed.
“What are you laughing at?” The mini pinscher said as he approached from the shadows. Al was clearly more ruffled up than Rick, with his ears bent and limping walk.
“Oh, great, you’re here too. A bit of trivia for you then - did you know, for example, that after C and before me, there was a 152D?”
“...Erm… So what?” Asked Rick.
“Oh, really, have you forgotten about him, guys? Did you ever think I will face you all by myself?”
From under the debris, somethin beeped loudly, unexpectedly for everyone but Lehrer. He just calmly activated something. At instant, one of the doors to the sector started to hiss. A figure stepped into the room as the door slowly hissed shot.
Rick was left speechless, as Al tried to focus on the dimly lit figure.
thought we could have killed an adorable cat character, especially one who's hanging around a slightly-crazy scientist?
Well, given my relationships with these animals, I could have done that. So thank Gecko