Stupid Luck and Happenstance, Thread III

One option could be for Kat and Douglas to make a concerted effort to formally adopt Sophie. Ask Sophie first if she would like to stay permanently, if she says yes, then begin the process for a formal adoption. It's possible that Sophie seeing someone actively take steps to want her to be around might be a bit much for Sophie to deal with in some ways initially, but just knowing, (even before she is able to process and accept), that not only is she wanted, but that she's considered "worth the effort", would go a long way.

"Mama Kat, who was that nice lady that is helping you"?
"That's Charlotte, she is a social worker and is helping to make sure you can stay here for as long as you like, forever if needed"
"Who were those men with her"?
"They were her security detachment"
"Why does a social worker need a security detachment "?
"She has another job that requires them".
"oh, what job is that. Is it important"?
"Fairly important. She's the Empress of Germany"
"oh. Mama Kat, why is Charl-Empress of Germany my social worker"?
"Because you're important".
"no I'm not"
"You are to me. Now, about these bullies at school, I'm going to teach you something..."
 
I just thought, Annett, has had a similar traumatic introduction and rather fantastical twist. I wouldn't be shocked if Annett and Sophie are introduced to each other. If nothing else they would have the shared experience of being fostered/adopted under very strange circumstances with very powerful, and rather caring, people.
Kind of like introducing Snow White to Cinderella after their adoptions by the Fairy Queen and her Dragon.
 
I just thought, Annett, has had a similar traumatic introduction and rather fantastical twist. I wouldn't be shocked if Annett and Sophie are introduced to each other. If nothing else they would have the shared experience of being fostered/adopted under very strange circumstances with very powerful, and rather caring, people.
Kind of like introducing Snow White to Cinderella after their adoptions by the Fairy Queen and her Dragon.
Nan and Sophie already know each other. The trouble is that Nan lives inside the Royal bubble with Nella and the two are seldom allowed outside it.
 
Kat and Doug should give thought to formally adopting Sophie as way to show her that she is loved and has a "Forever Family" with having Brave Marie as a sister for life.
Both Nella and Nan have become friends with Sophie during the castle vacation with Nella having been shown to have an open heart and Nan being empathetic to others that hurt will go along way in helping Sophie.
As an added bonus Marie apparently has very good Japanese language skills can start informally helping out with Princess Mirai and also keep an eye out on the other girls much to the delight of Charlotte and Suga.

As for our miscreant officer the military has absolutely no use for him and keeping him in military prison is just a waste of money and resources.
When my brother received a BCD and some time in the Brig half of his sentence cut upon entering the Brig additional time off was credited to pre trial confinement including shipboard confinement along with a formula that for every number of days of good behavior a number of day was cut from the sentence,
So that could mean that Sophie's father could have been sentenced to twenty years, immediately reduced to ten years plus more time cut with time already served in pre trial confinement and finally time off for good behavior.
Afterwards the Kaiser could have arraigned for him to go to the United States without the knowledge of Kat because Kat would have preferred to gut him then for him to go free.
 
Kat and Doug should give thought to formally adopting Sophie as way to show her that she is loved and has a "Forever Family" with having Brave Marie as a sister for life.
Problem with that is she would need her mother to relinquish her entirely, and that is the sort of woman who would gladly never sign the paperwork out of spite.

And as scary as Kat can be, she can't force that woman to do that.
 
Problem with that is she would need her mother to relinquish her entirely, and that is the sort of woman who would gladly never sign the paperwork out of spite.

And as scary as Kat can be, she can't force that woman to do that.
her Mother had spent years beating the idea that she was absolutely worthless into her head and it was going to be extremely difficult to teach her otherwise. That was also why Kat was reluctant to tell Sophie that her mother was unwilling to do even the most basic things required to get her back.
I think it would go the opposite way. Sophie's biological birther, (she is not fit to be called mother), has done nothing to get her back and would probably be glad to be rid of her. She's more likely to just sign without asking any details, or maybe ask if signing her over will reduce her sentence. That's about it.
 
As for our miscreant officer the military has absolutely no use for him and keeping him in military prison is just a waste of money and resources.
When my brother received a BCD and some time in the Brig half of his sentence cut upon entering the Brig additional time off was credited to pre trial confinement including shipboard confinement along with a formula that for every number of days of good behavior a number of day was cut from the sentence,
So that could mean that Sophie's father could have been sentenced to twenty years, immediately reduced to ten years plus more time cut with time already served in pre trial confinement and finally time off for good behavior.
Afterwards the Kaiser could have arraigned for him to go to the United States without the knowledge of Kat because Kat would have preferred to gut him then for him to go free.
Blum would be too insignificant for the Kaiser. My guess would be his former father-in-law, so that he wouldn't be able to bother his ex-wife after his release from prison.
 
Part 112, Chapter 1850 New
Chapter One Thousand Eight Hundred Fifty



10th June 1968

Hohenzollern Castle

When Kiki came back to the castle this time, she brought everything from her house in Jena with her. When she had arrived in Hechingen, she had seen that the Imperial flag and blue streamer were already flying over the north tower. Word had somehow reached here ahead of her. The people in this town still liked her though she had sort of upended their lives over the last few years. It was something that Kiki had difficulty understanding.

Kiki had passed the second State Examination, which had been her getting grilled over the decisions that she had made in actual cases. Why she had reached the conclusions she had, exactly what courses of action she had taken and what she had learned. For her that had made for an exhausting afternoon and she had spent the rest of the day with Rauchbier, because the dog was the only company she could stand after something like that. It did however mean that she was only a matter of months away from finally getting her Medical License.

With Vicky having moved out, there was really nothing keeping her in Jena anymore beyond Doctor Holz being her Doctoral Advisor. She had Staff School to contend with starting at the end of the Summer Holiday, Doctor Holz had told her that meant that the Medical Service was intending that she go on to bigger things. Kiki had a feeling that she was going to inevitably disappoint them because her ambition had always been to become a Doctor so that she could help people. Being buried in administration somewhere in Berlin or Koblenz was not at all what she wanted, quite the opposite. When she had discussed the matter with Ben, he had said that she might need to resign her Commission if it came right down to it. That had sounded drastic, but it wouldn’t be the first time that she had made a hard choice in order to retake control of her life.

A stack of neglected correspondence greeted her as soon as she entered her chambers. There was a letter from the charitable foundation started by her mother letting Kiki know exactly how many guests she would be having over the summer. The thought of a bunch of boys and girls from various cities doing work like scrubbing floors or weeding gardens, all while having a good time because it was an authentic experience was amusing. Kiki knew full well that if their mothers asked them to do work like that at home, they would probably put up a fight. It was also something that had grown in popularity over the years and determining just who would be allowed to take part had become an issue. The foundation made their selections to make sure that the girls came from a variety of backgrounds. Once again, Nella and Nan were coming. Hardly a surprise really and Kiki always enjoyed the presence of her youngest sisters. If Sophie Sommer wasn’t coming, then Kiki would have felt compelled to learn why. The three girls had grown close over the prior summer when they had shared a room with Kat’s youngest daughter. Marie Alexandra was going to be returning as well, but she would find that things had changed because of her age. She would have a room to herself and would be in a position of responsibility. Welcome to being a grownup Marie, Kiki thought to herself.

Tossing that aside, Kiki opened the next letter. It was from the Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen regarding their lease of the Schloss Lindich coming up for renewal. Kiki had never been to the pleasure palace/hunting lodge that had been built a couple hundred years earlier by a member of the Swabian branch of her family. She just knew that that her father had leased it to the University forty years earlier because he was tired of paying for the upkeep of the grounds of a country estate that he had never set foot on. The University had located their botanical garden there and the old palace had become faculty housing. Kiki was perfectly prepared to give them whatever they wanted, so long as it didn’t become an out of pocket expense for her. Still, she wanted to see what their offer was before she agreed to anything.

Next was a letter from the Johanniter Order that was identical to the one that had arrived in Jena a few days earlier. They were inviting her to their Saint John’s Day Feast, and they made a point of mentioning that they had missed her last year. It was clear that they meant business this time and that Kiki couldn’t exactly blow them off again. Still, that would give her a chance to go to Berlin and meet with Doctor Berg, after recent events Kiki had a lot to discuss with her former mentor. After helping Suga and now Vicky negotiate the issues surrounding pregnancy and/or childbirth, Kiki had been left with a lot of questions and Berg was an expert in that field. Like how anyone managed to be conceived much less born in the first place? She had heard from the Doctor who had specialized in fertility some of the problems he had encountered in his practice and that had been vastly different from reading about it in a textbook. Immune responses, viral infections, and a huge number of other problems that came up.
 
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Is Kiki beginning to get interested in obstetrics & gynaecology? Could be an interesting career path for her if so.

As for the Medical Service possibly planning to stick her in an administration role, which would mainly be due to her rank, Kiki does need to consider Ben's suggestion to resign her commission as a tool to avoid that outcome. Just a casual (but very public) mention to her fellows at Staff School that she is really looking forward to doing full-time patient care, because she has been sidetracked once too often over the years, and that she doesn't think that she could remain in the Service if that wasn't going to be possible.

The possibility that the Medical Service could lose such an impressive rising star (& the Kaiser's eldest daughter) if they are stupid enough to push her into an administration role with little to no patient interactions might give them pause to adjust the timeline of their own plans for her.
 
Blum would be too insignificant for the Kaiser. My guess would be his former father-in-law, so that he wouldn't be able to bother his ex-wife after his release from prison.
I don't think that Blum's father-in-law has that kind of pull because he was caught up in the mess too and lost his career, so the questions remain if not the Kaiser then who was able to give authentic forged papers to Blum and a visa to emigrate to the United States with enough money and other resources to make a living and more importantly keep Kat from finding out about it?

I think it is quite a coincidence that somehow Nella and Nan keep getting chosen for this summer activity it is like they have some kind of in or something:evilsmile: but seriously this is a good thing for both of them to be along side of others being treated more or less like equals, Sophie undoubtedly will be there for all the fun and Nella and Nan will get her out of shell and become emotionally stronger.

I have a prediction that Marie will become to Suga the same that Kat was to Kira and this is a first step for her in watching over Nella and Nan, would love a scene having Marie speaking Japanese to Suga but that is asking too much.

By the way Robert F. Kennedy is now living on Peabody-Martini Time ITTL as he died on June 6th 1968 IOTL (unless I just jinxed it).
 
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