4148

by James Edwards-Smallbone

CLASSIFIED: Security clearance delta 5

Transcript of interview with test subject H.14, 6 hours post-treatment. 17:57 4th August 1942.

Fragment recovered from West Channing facility following incident SPB3.8-F.

Transcript commences.

(DEGRADED, STATIC UNTIL TIMESTAMP 00:04:14.)

A] …tell me what you see.

(VOICE IDENTIFIED AS DR JAMES FRANCIS MAYHEW, MINISTRY RECORD 48481, DECEASED.)

H.14] a… a… three… three

MAYHEW] On the card, please tell me what you see on the card.

(SUBJECT HISSES.)

MAYHEW] Nurse, morphine please. 1000 milligrams.

(TIMESTAMP 00:23:07 RECORDING QUALITY FADES, CONVERSATION UNINTELLIGIBLE UNTIL 00:36:55.)

H.14] friendly… potato… fffff… potato… beside the… (SILENCE, APPROX 17 SECONDS.)

(SUBJECT SHOUTS SINGLE UNIDENTIFIED WORD.)

(SILENCE, APPROX 4 SECONDS.)

MAYHEW] Do you understand me? Please tell me what you see on the card.

(SUBJECT WHIMPERS.)

B] Damn it all Mayhew the procedure doesn’t work! We see the same thing in each trial. If you would just… (MAYHEW INTERRUPTS.)

MAYHEW] The theory is sound Mr Leitmann. Optimisation of such a complex procedure is bound to take a little time and it is imperative for the success of the project that we are not rushed.

(VOICE B – NO RECORDS CONTAINING “LEITMANN” OR RELEVENT PERMUTATIONS EXIST WITHIN MINISTRY DATABASE. EPSILON 1 CLEARANCE REQUIRED FOR RETRIEVAL OF PRIORITY 00 “WHITE” DATA.)

B] I’m afraid ‘rushed’ is exactly what we are Dr Mayhew. After all, the country is at war.

MAYHEW] War be damned! What we are doing here is far too significant to waste. We are pushing the boundaries of science in directions they have never been pushed before, we are opening up new dimensions of thought and reasoning. The theory is sound, each of us has checked and double-checked at least five independent simulations that prove it. All that is needed is patience and precision and I guarantee you that the procedure will operate within or perhaps even exceed the desired parameters.

B] Of course doctor, of course. However you must be aware that resources and patience of the ministry are not limitless and so far you have failed to provide adequate evidence for the efficacy of the procedure.

H.14] (AGITATED) Gods! The gods of possibility! (SCREAMS, APPROX 5 SECONDS.)

MAYHEW] Nurse, would you be so kind as to set up that buffered saline drip we discussed. Begin at zero point five percent primary and three percent secondary solutions, we can work up from there as needs be.

H.14] (SUBJECT HISSES.) …ssstop… ssstable… purple… pus… ssstop… (SUBJECT CONTINUES UNINTELLIGIBLY UNTIL TIMESTAMP 00:55:04.)

(SILENCE, APPROX 8 SECONDS.)

B] Did you hear “stop” in that?

MAYHEW] No. H.14, can you tell me what is printed on the card?

H.14] Eyes… eyes nose… wings… crows… (SUBJECT LAUGHS, VOLUME EXCEEDS TAPE CAPACITY.)

(PARTIAL DEGRADATION OF RECORDING UNTIL TIMESTAMP 01:07:07.)

MAYHEW] …inting. Try a one percent primary but leave the secondary as it is.

(SILENCE, APPROX 27 SECONDS.)

MAYHEW] Nothing, damn it! Nothing.

(SILENCE, APPROX 14 SECONDS.)

MAYHEW] Are you able to tell me what you see on the card?

(SILENCE, APPROX 8 SECONDS.)

H.14] 4-1-4-8.

MAYHEW] Please restrict yourself to what is on the card.

H.14] 4-1-4-8.

MAYHEW] Do you understand?

H.14] 4-1-4-8… 4-1-4-8… 4-1-4-8…(SUBJECT RECITES NUMBERS CONTINUOUSLY UNTIL TIMESTAMP 01:39:23.)

B] Merciful Christ.

MAYHEW] Yes, by God yes! This is hugely significant! We have yet to observe repetitive coherency in any of the test subjects, even the placebo series.

H.14] (NUMERICAL RECITATION CONTINUES, APPROX 15 SECONDS.)

MAYHEW] Fascinating! Nurse please send for Dr Horowitz, he must see this.

(REFERENCE PERTAINS TO DR BELA HOROWITZ, MINISTRY RECORD 48517, DECEASED.)

(NOISE CONSISTENT WITH USE AND THEN LOCKING OF DOOR.)

B] Those numbers…

MAYHEW] Oh I shouldn’t think they hold any particular importance. It’s the coherency and the repetition that are the significant factors. You see usually… (B INTERRUPTS)

B] What if I were to tell you they are greatly significant to the ministry?

MAYHEW] What do you…

(UNIDENTIFIED NOISE ON RECORDING. SOUND IDENTITY ANALYSIS CONCLUSIVE TO 86.5% ACCURACY. BEST MATCH: BREECH LOADING OF GP35 BROWNING HANDGUN)

MAYHEW] Leitmann?

(RECORDING TERMINATED, TIMESTAMP 01:41:48)

Transcript ends.

James Edwards-Smallbone meant this to be a competition entry but then went insane.

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