Notes from a diary kept by Princess Viktoria Luise of Prussia
Date 12, December 1912
The strangest thing happened today, although I am still not quite sure what to make of it myself. I can only hope that by writing it down, it will make more sense to me. It was almost like a dream, but I know it was so terribly real. My day had started off as any other does, with my lessons in the morning and having lunch with mother in the sitting room. Afterwards, I had gone to find father, although I cannot recall the reason why I so urgently needed to speak to him, even though it had only been a few hours ago now. As it happened, on my way to see father, I met with Field Marshal Mackensen and he was kind enough to invite me along with him.
Oh, diary, I still cannot believe that I have been lucky enough to learn from Field Marshal Mackensen! I have truly learned so much under his guidance. I cannot thank father enough for allowing me the opportunity.
The Field Marshall suggested that father might be with the scientists and honestly, I am ashamed that I hadn’t thought of that myself sooner. Father has been so occupied with what wonders the scientists have been busy unlocking, he has barely had the time to meet mother and the rest of us for lunch and dinner as of late. As we made our way to the facility, I swear that all you could hear were dogs barking. I’d never heard anything like it before and I don’t know if I would ever want to. They sounded so scared and angry, I just knew it had to do with those Martian monsters.
Oh, how I loathe being right sometimes.
When we arrived, one of the canisters had broken on the ground or spilled somehow and that poor, poor dog. She was howling something awful and had to have been losing her mind, with how her mouth foamed. It wasn’t as if she was angry, I don’t think, but she was pulling on her collar so hard, I thought she would strangle herself to death. Just when I thought she was going to do just that, she turned and leapt on the man holding her leash. That’s when I saw the alien liquid on her paws. It was all over the front of his jacket when father saw me and ordered Field Marshal Mackensen to pull me away.
I am afraid that I’m rather thankful that Field Marshal Mackensen was there, I don’t know that I would have been able to look away on my own, especially when the man started yelping, as well. If it weren’t for the Field Marshal, I am not certain that I could have stayed standing. I have never in my life heard such a sound, let alone coming from a human being! I will have to get better at calming my nerves. However, the Field Marshal didn’t even seem phased by the sight. I wish I were more like him, he is the bravest man I know.
I am proud to say that I did not faint and I want to make a point of saying that. Even if I was terrified and please believe that I am still scared about what I heard, father was right to choose to have me study under the Field Marshal. I am learning so much, and if I will be dealing more with the alien things I saw today, I will need to learn so much more. We all will, now that I think about it. No one had known a thing about those terrible machines when they crashed on our planet, but now we have no choice but to learn about it and to better ourselves. That isn’t just what father or the Field Marshal say about it. After seeing the liquid on that dog, I knew for myself today that it is our only option if we want to survive as a people.
The rest of the world -- the rest of the galaxy simply will not wait for the Kingdom of Prussia to catch up if we fall behind. I will personally do all that I can to ensure that we lead the road to the future.
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