STM EXTRA: The events in this chapter DID NOT happen in the main plot, but ONLY in one of the many STM Alternate Universes.
**Spoiler Alert**: This is a FULL screenshot story chapter, taking place immediately after STM 2.06(C): The Patriarch P3.
DO NOT continue reading until you have watched till that episode!
How much does Ophelia Nigmos REALLY know?
Hyde Dynamic Strangetown, Main Lobby,
immediately after 2.06(C).
Receptionist: Can I help you, young lady?
Ophelia: I need to see Dr Duncan Xu and Dr Trent Ivanov.
Receptionist: Why you wish to see them?
Ophelia: They investigated a case at my house. My name is Ophelia Nigmos, and I live at 13 Dead End Lane, Strangetown. It’s urgent.
After a few phone calls…
Receptionist: This way please, Ophelia.
Ophelia: Good afternoon, Dr Xu and Dr Ivanov.
Ivanov: Ophelia, how can we help you?
Ophelia: I’m sorry. I lied to both of you(1).
Ophelia: When my Aunt Olive Specter was alive, she had a cemetery in our yard. I’ve always suspected that she’s a murderer, but I never dared to say anything to anyone, until now.
Xu: Ophelia, does your Cousin Nick know you are here?
Ophelia: No. Cousin Nick doesn’t know.
Xu: (gently) Ophelia, what stopped you from telling us the truth that day?
Ophelia: I didn’t want to betray my Aunt, who took good care of me until she died, and Cousin Nick took over.
Ivanov: I see. Did Cousin Nick warn you not to say anything?
Ophelia: No. But he loves his mother, my Aunt Olive, very much. Maybe I’m a little scared of him too.
Ophelia’s two guardians: Olive Specter (late Aunt)
& Nick Grimm (first cousin, formerly “Nervous Subject”)
Xu: What are you afraid that he’ll do?
Ophelia: Yell at me, ground me.
Ivanov: Anything worse that that?
Ophelia: No, Sir. I don’t think Cousin Nick will do anything worse than that to me.
Xu: That’s good. Ophelia, how long did your Aunt have that graveyard?
Ophelia: It was there since I moved in, when I was orphaned at age 9. I never actually saw Aunt Olive kill anyone, but the number of tombstones kept increasing. I never dared to look in detail.
Ivanov: When exactly did the graveyard disappear?
Ophelia: It was intact in the morning on the day of my Aunt’s death(2). After her death, all the tombstones suddenly mysteriously disappeared.
Xu & Ivanov: Mysteriously disappeared?!
Ophelia: Yes. Cousin Nick and I have no idea how it happened. Mr Buzz Grunt, as in the former General, must have seen the graveyard on his way in, when he came to confront my Aunt. It must have been gone by the time he went out again.
Xu: What did Grunt confront your Aunt about?
Ophelia: He was very vague. But now when I look back, I think he suspected my Aunt in his wife’s disappearance. I don’t know for sure if Aunt Olive was really responsible for what happened to Mrs Grunt. Their family believes she was murdered.
Ivanov: Why decide to tell us now?
Ophelia: Mr Grunt’s sons are my friends at school. Their mother disappeared several years before… and now their father is taken from them too…
Because of this, Mr Grunt lost his career and reputation, his eldest son enlisted early in the army, his middle son was forced into boarding school, and his youngest son is in foster care. All because I lied!!
Ophelia breaks down and weeps.
Xu and Ivanov watch compassionately.
Ophelia: I can’t sleep at night… please help me, Dr Ivanov, Dr Xu…
Ivanov: What would you like us to do?
Ophelia: Tell President Wolff that Mr Grunt is not insane, that he really did see the graveyard, and let him go back to his family.
But will you both get into trouble? I’m guessing after your investigation, you reported that there was no graveyard…
Xu: Ophelia, we will only get into trouble if you are lying this time. I’m not saying that you are, but you have to promise us that days, months and years from now, you’ll stick with what you said today. Do we have your word?
Xu: Very good. Give us a moment.
Exit Xu and Ivanov, to their private room.
They are on the phone with Hyde.
Ophelia’s phone buzzes. She types a quick reply to Cousin Nick’s text message:
Re-enter Ivanov and Xu.
Ivanov: Ophelia, we’ll call you to come back in a few days’ time, to read and sign an official statement. We hope not, but if Cousin Nick gives you any trouble because of this, please call the police, or let us know. Don’t ever suffer in silence.
Ophelia: Thank you, Sirs.
If THIS is what could have happened if Ophelia decided to speak up, why didn’t she do so in the main plot?
Does Ophelia indeed have a suppressed dark side, as a result of living in a supposedly evil environment for such a long time?
Or are her wild fancies (in STM 2.06(C)) simply a nod to the fact that everyone is guilty of evil thoughts at some point of their lives?
Whatever the reason, Ophelia is quite possibly the most powerful witness who could set General Buzz Grunt free.
Such a pity that this did NOT happen in the main plot.
Stay tuned for STM 2.07(A), back in Machinima format…
(1) For those who are unfamiliar with the STM Machinima Series, the Hyde Dynamic scientists first interrogated Ophelia Nigmos and Nick Grimm in in STM 2.05(A) Grimm Prospects P1.
(2) Olive Specter’s death – STM 1.09 Saved.
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