High tension wires converge atop a tower in a rural field.
EXT. SHERIFF STATION -- TUESDAY MORNING
GALE (V.O.)It’s a definite connection with the Chavez case, Franklin. Chavez. The girl downstate, turned up in a forest last year. Same killer.
INT. SHERIFF STATION -- CONFERENCE ROOM -- MORNING
GALE is talking on the speaker phone to FRANKLIN FOSGILL. SHERIFF stands behind him.
GALEThe wounds conform to the same pattern. And, Franklin, we found another letter, a Y this time.FOSGILL (V.O.)Bad news, Martin! I’m glad you’re on it! You have my utmost confidence!GALEI’m going to need Duncan. I want him to take a look at the body. Could you send him out today?FOSGILL (V.O.)No can do, Martin! Duncan is on a kidnapping in Orlando!GALEFranklin, I’m afraid this killer will strike again soon if we don’t find him now. Agent MacNeil is the best, you know that.FOSGILL (V.O.)All right, Martin! I’ll have him up to you ASAP!GALEBob, when is Millicent’s funeral?SHERIFFThursday.GALEFranklin, they’re putting this girl in the ground the day after tomorrow!FOSGILL (V.O.)I can get him to you tomorrow morning, Martin! Best I can do!GALEThank you, Franklin.FOSGILL (V.O.)Keep cool, Martin, and he won’t slip through your fingers this time!GALEDon’t worry, Franklin.
Gale hangs up.
GALEBob, Duncan MacNeil is the top forensics man in the Bureau. Every killer leaves a signature, and Duncan will find it.SHERIFFI’m glad to hear it.
LYNDONExcuse me, Sheriff.SHERIFFWhat is it, Lyndon?LYNDONMegan Thomas is here. She’d like to talk to you.SHERIFFWe’ll be right there.
Sheriff and Gale exchange glances.
INT. SHERIFF STATION -- LOBBY -- MORNING
MEGAN is waiting. LEIGH PFIFFER, Lyndon’s sister, enters and looks at her. GALE and SHERIFF approach Megan.
SHERIFFMegan?MEGANOh! I’m sorry. Good morning, Sheriff Armstrong. Um...SHERIFFMegan, this is Agent Gale of the FBI. He’s working on finding Millicent’s killer.MEGANHow do you do? I need to talk to you. About my brother.SHERIFFOkay, we can talk in the conference room.
Megan, Sheriff, and Gale exit. LYNDON comes up to Leigh.
LYNDONHello, Leigh.LEIGHLyndon, I came to remind you about Saturday.LYNDONWhat’s on Saturday?LEIGHMom’s birthday, dumbbell. I’m having you and her over for dinner.LYNDONThat’s right. I forgot all about it. Did you get her a present?LEIGHOf course. A gallon jug of real maple syrup. I don’t suppose you’ve gotten her anything.LYNDONNo. What should I get her?LEIGHThat’s up to you. I don’t know. I have to get to the library. Remember Saturday!
Leigh exits. Lyndon is at a loss.
INT. SHERIFF STATION -- CONFERENCE ROOM -- MORNING
GALE, SHERIFF, and MEGAN are seated at the table.
MEGANI came in because my brother was beaten up pretty badly Sunday night. He came staggering in well after midnight.SHERIFF(exchanges glances with Gale)Why wasn’t it reported yesterday?MEGANBradley didn’t want to make a big deal out of it. But with Millicent being murdered and all... I mean, she was his girlfriend.GALEDid Bradley say who attacked him?MEGANNo, he just said it was some guys from school. He said he wanted to handle it himself, but I’m afraid he’ll get into trouble.SHERIFFI don’t know what I can tell you, Megan. I’m afraid there isn’t a whole lot I can do unless Bradley decides he wants to press charges. But if he won’t cooperate...MEGANI see. Well, at least I tried.GALEDon’t worry about your brother, Megan.SHERIFFDeputy Pfiffer will drive you to school, so you won’t be very late.MEGANThank you.
GALEI wonder if the beating is related to the case. Having been Millicent’s boyfriend, anything that happens to him may be significant.SHERIFFRight.GALEThere is the rivalry between Bradley and Nicholas Grey to consider. Perhaps he and Nicholas fought.SHERIFFI don’t think Nicholas would do something like that.
Gale squints at Sheriff.
GALESheriff, did your deputies find anything interesting when they searched Millicent’s bedroom?SHERIFFNot really.GALEI’d like to take a look for myself.
EXT. HIGH SCHOOL -- MORNING
INT. SCHOOL HALLWAY -- MORNING
JAMES and KENT are at their lockers.
KENTWell, my mom’s friend should be arriving at the airport any time now.JAMESJanet Flynn?KENTRight. My mom has a big catering job she has to work on, though, so Janet’s just going to take a taxi to the bakery. Mom didn’t really want her at home alone with Aunt Elspeth.JAMESThat’s understandable. Where’s this woman from again?KENTWell, she grew up here in Twinsburg, but she’s been living in England since shortly after they started college. When she left, my mom dropped out.JAMESI say, well, I’m positively dashed! England! Well, cheerio, then!
Kent laughs as James walks off down the hall.
INT. HIGH SCHOOL -- CLASSROOM -- MORNING
JAMES enters and sits at a desk. He takes a photo of Megan out of his folder and looks at it admiringly. DUANE enters and shuffles over. James slips the photo back into his folder as Duane drops into the seat next to him. Duane gets back up and takes his overcoat off and leaves it in his chair while he goes across the room. James notices the diary pages sticking out of the pocket. He takes them out, glances at them, and slips them into his folder. He squints at Duane.
INT. ROSEMARY’S PASTRY SHOP -- MORNING
ROSEMARY is stirring some batter when she hears the bells on the door jingling.
Rosemary comes out front and smiles. JANET FLYNN is standing by the door with two big suitcases. She sets them down and holds out her arms. Rosemary goes over and they embrace.
ROSEMARYI can’t believe how good you look! It’s been such a long time!JANETToo long. It is so good to be home!ROSEMARYYou must be exhausted!JANETActually, I’m more hungry than anything else!ROSEMARYThose are the magic words! Sit yourself down and I’ll... Oh, no! My pastries!
Rosemary runs back into the kitchen. Janet sits down and looks around the shop.
ROSEMARY (O.S.)I can’t leave them in or they’ll get too dark. This is a split-second operation here. Like being in a pit crew, according to Kent.JANETI’m so looking forward to meeting him. And how’s Kimmy these days?ROSEMARY(returning to the counter)Actually, my sister and I are not on speaking terms.JANETWell, in that case... you must tell me all about it!
INT. COLLINS HOME -- FOYER -- MORNING
TUPPENCE opens the front door, meeting GALE and SHERIFF.
TUPPENCESheriff Armstrong, Agent Gale, please come in.SHERIFFWe’re sorry to bother you, Mrs. Collins.TUPPENCEIt’s no bother, Sheriff. No bother at all. I’m happy to cooperate in any way I can. You’re welcome to search Millicent’s room as much as you need to. I want her killer brought to justice.GALEThank you, ma’am.
INT. MILLICENT’S BEDROOM -- MORNING
GALE, SHERIFF, and TUPPENCE enter.
GALEMrs. Collins, has Millicent’s room been disturbed at all since the deputies searched it?TUPPENCENo, not at all. I haven’t wanted to change anything. I hope to keep it just as she left it. Oh, Millicent’s friend Penny and I had some hot chocolate in here yesterday, but nothing was really disturbed.GALEPenny didn’t take anything?TUPPENCEOh, no.
Gale examines the wastebasket very carefully.
GALEMrs. Collins, did your daughter keep a diary?TUPPENCEI think so. But I’ve really no idea where she kept it. She was always very secretive.
Gale returns to the bed and lifts the mattress.
GALESheriff, give me a hand here.
Sheriff holds the mattress on its side while Gale inspects it for openings.
SHERIFFWe’ll make sure everything’s back where we found it, ma’am.TUPPENCEThank you. I have to be getting to the library now.SHERIFFWe’ll be sure to lock up on our way out.TUPPENCEThank you, Sheriff.
GALEYour people trust you, Bob. That is truly remarkable.
INT. GREY’S BIKE SHOP -- TUESDAY NOON
ELLIOTT is working on a bicycle in the workshop.
KIMMY (O.S.)You know, you work too hard.ELLIOTT(turning around)What would you suggest?
KIMMY CLAPSADDLE smiles, walks over and embraces him. He holds his greasy hands up like a surgeon as they kiss.
KIMMYAre you ready for lunch?ELLIOTTYou bet.
Elliott gets a tin of handcleaner and a rag and wipes off his hands.
ELLIOTTAre you and your sister still at odds?KIMMYYes.ELLIOTTWhat is it exactly that you two are fighting about?KIMMYRosemary wanted me to put up a friend of hers that’s coming into town for a week. She said she didn’t want to trouble Aunt Elspeth about it, but she knows perfectly well that Aunt Elspeth couldn’t care one way or the other. Anyway, I never liked Janet when we were growing up and I don’t want to play hostess to her now. She was a bad girl, but Rosemary was always so blind.ELLIOTTNow, honey, don’t you think you might be blowing it out of proportion?KIMMYI don’t want to talk about my sister anymore.
She kisses him.
INT. TWINSBURG LIBRARY -- NOON
TUPPENCE enters the library and is met by two ELDERLY LIBRARIANS.
1ST LIBRARIANMrs. Collins, please accept my deepest sympathies on your loss. So tragic.2ND LIBRARIANYes, I must offer my sincere condolences. She was so young, so beautiful. Such a devastating thing to happen.TUPPENCEThank you. Actually, I’m holding up rather well. I’m sure it’s what Millicent would want. I really just need to get back to work and I’ll be fine.
Tuppence continues on.
2ND LIBRARIANIt’s shock.1ST LIBRARIANDenial. That’s what it is.
Tuppence finds LEIGH shelving books in the children’s section.
TUPPENCEHello, Leigh. How are you?LEIGHMrs. Collins! Oh, gosh. I’m fine. How are you? I am so sorry about what happened.TUPPENCEThank you.LEIGHI can’t say I know anything of how you must feel, but I remember when my dad died in an accident...TUPPENCEIt’s sweet of you to be concerned, dear. So very sweet indeed.
INT. COLLINS HOME -- MILLICENT’S BEDROOM -- TUESDAY AFTERNOON
GALE and SHERIFF are seated on the bed, going through Millicent’s school folders.
GALEThese look like early drafts of her paper on the Dark Ages. The handwriting may give us an insight into her frame of mind.SHERIFFYou’re incredible, Agent Gale. I wouldn’t know where to begin on this case.GALEAll the same, Bob, I’m going to need all the help you can give me. This killer got away clean last time. I don’t want that to happen again.SHERIFFTake a look at these doodles on her history notes. What do you make of that?GALEThat’s an iron maiden. In fact, they all look like ancient instruments of torture. It looks like Professor Saltares was right. Something about the Dark Ages frightened Millicent a great deal.SHERIFFBut what could it possibly be? The Dark Ages were a thousand years ago.GALEI just don’t know.
Sheriff drops the notebook on the floor. He picks it up, noticing the back cover.
SHERIFFWhat’s this?GALEWhat?SHERIFFTake a look, some kind of weird poem.GALE(reads it as best he can)Whan cam the nyght his dark melodyeThanne longen one with swich black eyeFor to yronne to the hart of collAnd to maken the goode man black in soulInto the hoyll of a devil woodeThe Marauder perced thee, whan he cuddeSHERIFFSure sounds creepy. But what does it mean?GALEI don’t know, Bob. More doodles.SHERIFFI noticed. This one looks like a dead person.GALEIt is clear Millicent was a deeply disturbed individual.
A web of cables converge atop a telephone pole.
INT. HIGH SCHOOL CAFETERIA -- AFTERNOON
BRADLEY is eating his lunch when he sees DUANE enter and sit down. JAMES is in the background, watching as Bradley approaches Duane.
BRADLEYIf you think it’s over between us, Cartwright, you’re wrong.DUANE(stands)If you’re looking for more of what I gave you before, I’m ready anytime.BRADLEYYou’re so crazy, man. I would pound you into the ground in a fair fight. You can act tough when you’ve got some thick-headed goon holding me back.DUANEYeah, right. You’re so tough, prove it. C’mon, right now. Putz.BRADLEYAfter school, you’re meat, man. Dead meat.DUANERight now, chicken. C’mon, woman.
A TEACHER comes between them.
TEACHERAll right, break it up, boys. Duane. That’s enough. Come on.BRADLEYYou’re meat, man.DUANEYeah?BRADLEYAfter school. Be there!
CU -- JAMES is laughing at them. Pan down to his folder.
INT. ALAN’S OFFICE -- AFTERNOON
ALAN is on the phone in his second-story office.
ALANI see. Yes, it’s been a long time. Tomorrow night? All right. Yes, it’s still there. All right, I’ll meet you at seven-thirty.
ALAN(on the phone)I have to go now. Yes. Good bye.
Alan hangs up.
ALANAlbert! How are you?ALBERTI’m doing all right, Alan. It’s remarkable, sometimes, how we can adapt to the worst circumstances.ALANI understand how hard it must be for you. Have you been able to see to the... arrangements?ALBERTThe funeral? Yes, it will be held on Thursday.ALANI will, of course, be there.ALBERTThank you.ALANAlbert, if there is anything I can do... Do you need to take some time off? I’m sure we could manage if you need to get away.ALBERTActually, I think the best thing would be for me to get back to work.ALANThat’s probably a very good idea. In fact, I’m sure of it. Take a look at this!
Alan unrolls plans on his desk.
ALBERTThe new mall expansion?ALANYes. We’ve decided against the postmodern. We’re going with the small-town look. Real Americana. I know that the parents committee is determined to give us a hard time about building on the soccer fields, so we’ve got to make sure this mall is just soaked in wholesome American... Albert?ALBERTWhat? Oh, sorry, Alan. I was just thinking. Could a tragedy of this proportion actually bring people together?ALANI don’t know. Are you sure you don’t want to take off a few days, at least?ALBERTNo, I’m fine, really. Tip-top. How will the development affect traffic patterns around these condominiums?
EXT. COLLINS HOME -- AFTERNOON
GALE and SHERIFF come out the front door. Sheriff makes sure it is locked.
SHERIFFSo, what’s our next move?GALEI think the poem is an important piece of our puzzle. I’d like to check it out.SHERIFFAnother trip to Saltares?GALEExactly.
As he opens the car door, Gale notices ZEKE, the elderly mailman, across the street. Zeke stops and waves a few times. Gale waves back, squinting.
EXT. HIGH SCHOOL -- AFTERNOON
DUANE and BRADLEY face off on the lawn. Several STUDENTS look on, among them NICHOLAS, PENNY, KENT, and JAMES. Duane takes off his overcoat and throws it on the ground.
DUANEAll right, Thomas. It’s time to put your money where your mouth is.BRADLEYYou should know, little rich boy.DUANEShut up! You scum sucker!
Duane attacks Bradley. They scuffle as the students cheer them on. Bradley gets in a few good shots and evades Duane’s wild swings. Duane fights dirty, trying to bite Bradley’s arm.
MEGAN (O.S.)Stop it! Stop it!
MEGAN pushes her way through the crowd. James fixes his eyes on her, then motions to Kent to slip away unnoticed. James and Kent exit.
MEGANBradley! Stop this! Stop it right now!BRADLEYGet the hell out of here, Megan! Back off!MEGANBradley!
Bradley grabs Duane and punches him in the face three times, knocking him to the ground. Duane is dazed, and Bradley takes the overcoat and drapes it over Duane’s face as if he were dead. The students laugh and walk off, except Nicholas and Penny. Bradley leaves with Megan.
NICHOLASDuane, are you all right?DUANEYeah. He’ll pay for that. Bastard!
Duane grabs his coat, discovering that the pages from the diary are gone. He is alarmed.
INT. ROSEMARY’S PASTRY SHOP -- AFTERNOON
ROSEMARY is baking as JANET leans on the counter. They are laughing about old times.
JANETAnd then, he ended up going with Roberta and having a miserable time.ROSEMARYShe wouldn’t even go to after-prom!
The door jingles and KENT enters.
Janet turns around. Kent is stunned by her beauty.
ROSEMARYHello, Kent. This is Janet.JANETHello. This is definitely a pleasure. Rosemary, you never told me your son was so handsome. How do you do?
She extends her hand. After staring a moment, Kent takes it.
KENTFine. It’s nice to meet you. I didn’t know you’d be so -- I mean, you’re not what I expected.JANETYou’re sweet. But I’m sure your girlfriend tells you that every day.KENTNo. I mean, I don’t have one. A girlfriend.JANETYou’re kidding. You must be. I know if I were younger, I’d--ROSEMARYKent, why don’t you take Janet’s luggage back to the house. Just put it in the spare bedroom. We’ll see you at dinner.KENTRight. Okay.
He takes the suitcases and backs toward the door.
JANETBye. See you later.KENTBye.JANETIt was nice to meet you.KENTYeah. Bye.JANETBye.KENTNice to meet you.JANETBye.
PENNY comes in the door, bumping into Kent. She scowls at him.
CU -- JANET smiles at him, then to herself, lifting an eyebrow.
INT. SALTARES’ OFFICE -- AFTERNOON
GALE and SHERIFF are already waiting when SALTARES enters.
SALTARESSorry to keep you gentlemen waiting.SHERIFFNo problem.GALEThank you for seeing us.SALTARESWell, what can I do for you?
Gale produces a piece of paper from his pocket.
GALEWe discovered this poem on one of Millicent Collins’ notebooks. I wonder if you might recognize it.
He hands it to Saltares, who looks it over.
SALTARESNo, not off the top of my head. But I’d be glad to check my reference materials and see if I can trace it for you.GALEThat would be a tremendous help, Professor. Thank you. How soon could you have it done?SALTARESWell, I’m afraid I won’t be able to get to it tonight. I have a very important engagement.GALEWith the Medieval Re-creation Society?SALTARESAs a matter of fact, yes, it is.GALEI wonder if it would be possible for the Sheriff and me to accompany you. We’d be very interested in having a look at your organization.SALTARESI’m afraid that won’t be possible, Agent Gale. Tonight is a closed meeting. Members only. Maybe some other time.GALEYes. Sheriff, let’s go. Thank you, Professor.
Gale and Sheriff exit.
SALTARESAnything I can do to help...
Saltares opens his drawer and produces a photo of himself and Millicent in medieval garb. He looks at it wistfully.
EXT. CARTWRIGHT HOME -- TUESDAY EVENING
INT. CARTWRIGHT HOME -- DEN -- EVENING
ALAN is lecturing DUANE.
ALANDuane, I don’t know what’s wrong with you. A fight at school? Do you have any idea how childish that is? When are you going to learn to settle your disagreements like a man instead of some spoiled brat? Well, do you have anything to say for yourself?
Duane is silent.
ALANAll right. I don’t know what to do with you. Go on. I’ve got work to do.
Duane exits. Alan goes to his safe and takes out a pack of handwritten letters tied in a bundle. He taps them with his fingers while thinking.
EXT. CARTWRIGHT HOME -- GARAGE -- EVENING
DUANE comes out to where NICHOLAS and PENNY are waiting. Duane has a tantrum and attacks the garbage cans, kicking them around.
DUANEBastard! Thinks money makes him king of the world! Mr. Perfect! Toilet-head!NICHOLASYou know, you asked to get pounded when you attacked Bradley in the first place. You think he would just cry in his pillow? That’s not exactly his style.DUANEOh, what do you know?NICHOLASI know that Bradley Thomas is dangerous. Maybe especially since Millicent’s death.DUANEYou don’t know the half of it, Grey.PENNYWhat do you mean?DUANEI had those pages from Millicent’s diary in the pocket of my coat. Only, after the fight, they were gone.NICHOLASWhat? Did you check around on the ground?DUANEOf course! Thomas must have taken them after knocking me down.NICHOLASNo. That doesn’t seem likely to me. But if he did, we’re all in a lot of trouble.
EXT. LIBRARY -- EVENING
TUPPENCE and LEIGH come out after work.
LEIGHGood night, Mrs. Collins.TUPPENCELeigh, wouldn’t you like to come over for some dinner?LEIGHOh. Well, I really don’t want to put you to any trouble...TUPPENCEOh, it’s no trouble, really. None at all. In fact, I’d be glad to have the company.LEIGH(feels sorry for her)Well, I’d be delighted, Mrs. Collins.TUPPENCEI’m so very, very glad.
INT. ROSEMARY’S PASTRY SHOP -- EVENING
ROSEMARY is cleaning up in the kitchen. Out front, JANET is wiping off tables when DANI enters.
JANETI’m sorry, we’re just closing.ROSEMARY(comes out from the kitchen)Oh, it’s all right, Janet. This is my sister-in-law, Dani. This is Janet.DANIHello.JANETI’m so sorry. How embarrassing.DANIOh, no, don’t be silly. You couldn’t have known. I see she’s put you to work already.JANETYes, she’s a slavedriver.ROSEMARYThat’s me in a nutshell.DANII just wanted to stop by to meet Janet before you left.ROSEMARYHow nice. Say, why don’t you have us over for dinner?DANIAh. Well, sure. How about tomorrow night?JANETOh, I’m afraid I’ve made plans to have dinner with an old friend tomorrow.ROSEMARYOh?JANETI was going to tell you when we got home.ROSEMARYWho is it?JANET(smiles coyly)It’s a secret.
Dani smiles also, but Rosemary squints at Janet suspiciously.
EXT. TWINSBURG INN -- TUESDAY NIGHT
INT. TWINSBURG INN -- GALE’S ROOM -- NIGHT
GALE is making an audio recording.
GALERoseanne, it’s 9:57 P.M. The investigation into the death of Millicent Collins is getting off to a slow start. I am experiencing the same frustration I faced with the Chavez case last year. This killer seems to leave no trace, no definite leads. I am increasingly convinced, however, of a positive connection between Millicent’s obsession with the Dark Ages and her murder. Professor Saltares’ secrecy concerning the MRS seems unwarranted. Is he merely spiteful about our initial meeting in the hospital yesterday morning, or is the society involved in some activities they wish to remain covert? I had another unsettling encounter with the elderly postal worker, Roseanne, and the same oddly friendly greeting. I look forward to Agent MacNeil’s arrival in the morning, so that the investigation can begin in earnest.
INT. CORBETT HOME -- LIVING ROOM -- NIGHT
EMMA is asleep on the couch as the television plays. Her knitting is in her lap, and a planter is on its side, dirt spread out on the carpet. WAYNE comes in and looks at her.
EXT. CORBETT HOME -- NIGHT
WAYNE sneaks out the back door and creeps into the woods.
EXT. WOODS -- NIGHT
WAYNE sneaks about the dark paths, then hears a strange chanting. He sees a light through the trees, a campfire. He starts to turn back, then advances stealthily. He peers through the underbrush and sees several CULTISTS in hooded brown robes circling the fire, chanting into the night.
Special Agent Martin Gale, 34. FBI agent.
Sheriff Robert Armstrong, 36. Sheriff of Twinsburg.
Megan Thomas, 16. High school sophomore.
Bradley Thomas, 18. High school senior, Megan’s brother.
Alan Cartwright, 50. Real estate developer, mall owner.
Penny Gardner, 17. High school senior.
Duane Cartwright, 18. High school senior, Alan’s son.
Rosemary Clapsaddle, 40. Owns pastry shop/catering service.
Nicholas Grey, 17. High school senior.
Elliott Grey, 42. Owns bike shop, uncle of Nicholas.
Kent Clapsaddle, 16. High school sophomore, Rosemary’s son.
Tuppence Collins, 46. Librarian.
Dani Clapsaddle, 29. Rosemary’s sister-in-law.
Janet Flynn, 39. Twinsburg native returned from England.
James Clapsaddle, 18. High school senior, Rosemary’s brother.
Wayne Corbett, 9. Local boy.
Lyndon Pfiffer, 26. Deputy.
Gabriel Saltares, 44. College professor.
Albert Collins, 48. Lawyer.
Emma Corbett, 50. Mother of Wayne.
Kimmy Clapsaddle, 38. Sister of Rosemary.
Leigh Pfiffer, 23. Library aide, sister of Lyndon.
Zeke Chomski, 68. Mailman.
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