INT. TWINSBURG INN SUITE -- THURSDAY MORNING
Extreme close-up pan along Janet's clothing crumpled on the floor, up and across dresser to mirror showing ALAN straightening his tie. Behind him, JANET can be seen lounging in bed.
JANETYou haven't lost your touch, Alan.ALANI'm happy to say that you haven't either.
Alan walks over to the bed and takes her hand.
ALANLast night was truly magical.
Janet pulls him close.
JANETTake me again. Right now...ALANI have to go. Unfortunately, I'm going to lose a lot of time this afternoon attending the funeral of my attorney's daughter, so I need to get to the office.JANETYou're sure it can't wait just a little while? Long enough for a kiss?ALANI hadn't intended to spend the night to begin with. I was going to have a talk with my son about his behavior recently.JANETIs he a bad boy, Alan?ALANIt was good to see you again.
Alan leaves the room. Janet squints at him.
INT. TWINSBURG INN HALLWAY -- MORNING
ALAN presses the elevator call button. After a moment, the doors slide open, revealing GALE making an audio recording.
GALEThere followed another burst of flame, Roseanne, and the warrior vanished, laughing in a most evil manner. I noticed the beautiful woman of light cringe in pain before she told me that time was of the essence...
Alan enters the elevator, looks at Gale, and rolls his eyes as the doors close.
EXT. TWINSBURG LIBRARY -- MORNING
INT. TWINSBURG LIBRARY -- MORNING
TUPPENCE is rubber-stamping the morning's newspapers when LEIGH enters.
LEIGHMrs. Collins!TUPPENCEGood morning, Leigh, dear. How are you?LEIGHMrs. Collins, I can't believe you came in to work today! Isn't your daughter's funeral this afternoon?TUPPENCEI just couldn't stay at the funeral home all morning. I needed to get my mind off it for a while. And I know I'm needed here.LEIGHI understand, Mrs. Collins. I couldn't help but notice your argument with Mr. Collins yesterday. Is everything all right? I mean...TUPPENCECan I confide in you, Leigh?LEIGHOf course, Mrs. Collins. Please.TUPPENCEI'm not sure that Albert is... well, quite right in the head. I'm not saying he's crazy, mind you, but he does have some problems, you know, coping. I'm sure I've seen him late at night, watching my house.LEIGHCreepy!TUPPENCEYes, well, it was all of Albert's strange notions that led to our separation. He was always accusing me of simply the most extraordinary things. Horrible things. He was always suspicious that I was betraying him. I think he was suspicious of poor Millicent in the same way.LEIGHI'm so sorry. It must have been terrible for you.TUPPENCEYes, but I learned to be strong.
INT. SHERIFF STATION -- INTERROGATION ROOM -- MORNING
NICHOLAS is seated at the plain gray table and the SHERIFF sits opposite.
SHERIFFNicholas, I hate seeing you in here like this. Maybe you don't care, but I'm very disappointed in you. I mean, I remember the good times we had when you were in the Scouts. What happened, Nicholas? Did I say or do something that led you to fall in with people like Duane Cartwright?NICHOLASIt's really not what you think, Sheriff. I can explain everything.SHERIFFWell, I'm all ears.
SHERIFFMorning, Agent Gale. Nicholas was just about to tell us what he knows.GALEYou're ahead of me, Bob. Good work. Now, Nicholas, tell us the truth about Millicent Collins.NICHOLASI'll tell you what I know. It was Millicent who fell in with Duane, originally. They were planning on setting up an organized drug dealing operation at the high school.SHERIFFWhy?NICHOLASShe needed money. That's what she said. As for Duane, I think he just got his kicks that way.GALEHow did you get involved?NICHOLASMillicent tried to pressure Penny into helping her. They'd been best friends for years, and Penny didn't know what to do. She wanted to try to help Millicent get out of the drug dealing and get cleaned up, and since Penny was my girlfriend, I wanted to do what I could. I thought if we played along with them, we could keep Millicent out of trouble, and also gather evidence against Duane, which we were going to turn in to you.SHERIFFDon't you think it might have been better to leave the police work to the police?NICHOLASCome on, Sheriff. Duane's father is the most powerful man in town. If we turned Duane in too soon, his dad would just get him off the hook, and that wouldn't help Millicent at all. We had to make sure we had a solid case against him, and that he got caught red-handed. Duane always seemed to have some kind of weird influence over Millicent, and we figured we had to get him out of the picture before we could get her to go straight.GALEBut things didn't go as you anticipated, did they, Nicholas?NICHOLASThings started going wrong when Millicent started dating Bradley Thomas. She acted like a different person around him, and I'm sure he didn't know about her habit. It's like she was leading a double life. But then, all of a sudden, she started coming on to me. She said she wanted to have a secret love affair with me. I told Penny about it, and we decided to pretend to break up, so I could build a relationship with Millicent. We hoped we could break Duane's influence on her that way. It seemed to be working for a while, but then Millicent decided she wanted to break up with Bradley and just go out with me openly. At least, that what she said she wanted.GALENicholas, what really happened at the winter formal last Saturday?NICHOLASWell, since Millicent hadn't broken up with Bradley yet, they went together and I took Penny. But Millicent flirted with me the whole time anyway, and Bradley got mad. We all got into a big argument and Bradley accused Millicent of two-timing him. I denied anything was going on between us. I mean, I thought that was what Millicent wanted me to do. Bradley said I only said that because Penny was right there, and then he stormed off. Duane was there, too, and he said things were getting out of hand, so he told Millicent to break up with Bradley right then. She promised to do it after the dance, which seemed to satisfy Duane. I wasn't too sure that she would, though.GALESo you've told us.NICHOLASRight. Anyway, then Millicent died and everything just sort of got out of hand.SHERIFFI think things were out of hand right from the beginning. You should have come to me first thing, Nicholas, instead of trying to play the hero.NICHOLASYeah.SHERIFFCome on, we'll talk some more later.
Sheriff escorts Nicholas from the room. Gale pauses to think.
INT. KENT'S HOME -- MORNING
JANET lets herself in the back door and enters the kitchen. The house seems empty as she walks through the dining room and stops at the stairs. After a pause, she goes up the stairs and walks toward the closed door to Aunt Elspeth's room. She reaches for the door handle.
KENT (O.S.)Have a good night?
KENT comes up behind her.
JANETOh! Kent! Oh, I'm so terribly sorry. I can see what you're thinking and you must believe me, it isn't true. It's not at all what you think!KENTOh, yeah?JANETWill you let me explain? Please?KENTOkay.JANETI had dinner with some old girlfriends, but I didn't want your mum to know because she gets so frightfully jealous. You must know that. We just got to talking and I didn't realize the time until it was four in the morning. I didn't think you all would have waited up, so I decided not to call, but to just sleep at my friend's. That's all it was, honestly. I'm so sorry. Do you believe me?KENTAll night, all I could do was picture you being with another man.JANETOh, dearest, you must never think that. I couldn't ever do that to you. When we made love yesterday, I discovered new depths of joy and passion I never knew I had. No one has ever touched me as you have, my darling. What we've found means so much to me. I would never do anything to jeopardize it.
They kiss passionately.
INT. SHERIFF STATION -- INTERROGATION ROOM -- MORNING
PENNY is seated at the table with SHERIFF sitting opposite. GALE stands behind Sheriff.
PENNYThen, a little while after the argument, Bradley and Millicent left, and Nicholas took me home.SHERIFFThat’s pretty much what Nicholas told us.GALE(produces the diary pages)Penny, can you tell us about these?PENNYYes. I’d always known that Millicent kept a diary. She even showed me where she kept it hidden, once. Duane knew about it, too, and after Millicent died, he demanded that I get it before you found it. So I went there on Monday and took it from her bedroom. I felt so awful. Poor Mrs. Collins. Anyway, I gave it to Duane and he ripped out these pages. He gave the book back to me, and I meant to return it to Millicent’s room, but I never got the chance.GALEWhere is the diary now?PENNYIn my room at home.GALEPenny, I’m going to need to see that diary. It may be very important.PENNYWell, I can tell you where to find it...SHERIFFThat may not be necessary, Penny. Agent Gale and I have some things to discuss, then we’re going to have another talk with you and Nicholas.
EXT. TWINSBURG HIGH SCHOOL -- MORNING
INT. SCHOOL HALLWAY -- MORNING
MEGAN is at her locker. JAMES comes up to her.
JAMESHello.MEGANHi, James. How are you?JAMESI'm just fine. Are we still on for dinner tomorrow night?MEGANOf course.JAMESGreat. I'll pick you up at seven. How's that?MEGANThat will be great.JAMESGood. I have something very important to tell you.MEGANWhat?JAMESI'll tell you tomorrow night. See you at seven, then.MEGANOkay.
James walks down the hall and goes around a corner, where he meets BRADLEY.
BRADLEYThere you are. I've been looking for you.JAMESWell, it just so happens that I was talking to your sister.BRADLEYYeah? Well, listen here, weirdo. I don't know why my sister even talks to you, but you better just watch your step around her, because if you try anything, I swear I'll rip your geeky head off.
Bradley gives James a shove and walks off. James smiles confidently to himself.
EXT. SHERIFF STATION -- MORNING
INT. SHERIFF STATION -- INTERROGATION ROOM -- MORNING
Both NICHOLAS and PENNY are seated at the table. SHERIFF and GALE are as before.
SHERIFFAll right, Agent Gale and I have discussed the situation, and I believe your story to be true. Therefore, I'm not going to press charges. You'll be released right away.
Nicholas and Penny are relieved.
PENNYThank the Lord.SHERIFFBut listen, I don't want either of you playing undercover cop again, is that understood? There's no telling what kind of danger you could get into. Consider yourselves lucky this time. If you run into any kind of illegal activities in the future, report it to the police, and let us handle it.PENNYWe will. Thank you.NICHOLASI'm sorry if I let you down. I really just wanted to help, and to do some good.SHERIFFI realize that, Nicholas. That's why I'm letting you go.PENNYI'm sorry that we ever got mixed up in the whole thing. I can’t believe it's really over. I feel so much better. Agent Gale, I'll bring you Millicent's diary as soon as I can.GALEThank you, Penny.SHERIFFIf you two hurry home and get cleaned up, you should be able to make Millicent's funeral, if you like.PENNYOf course. No matter what she got mixed up in, she was always my best friend. Thank you, Sheriff. Thank you so much.SHERIFFSure thing. Just remember what I told you.
Sheriff opens the door. LYNDON comes in.
SHERIFFDeputy Pfiffer will take you upstairs.NICHOLASThanks, Sheriff.
Sheriff and Nicholas shake hands. Lyndon escorts Nicholas and Penny out.
GALEIt must be moments like this that make it all worthwhile.SHERIFFYou can say that again. But we still have Duane himself to deal with. If we're lucky, he might be able to lead us to the suppliers of Twinsburg's drug trade.GALEI'm sorry to see the shadow of drug abuse hangs over even this peaceful town.SHERIFFIt's sure not as peaceful as it used to be. By the way, how did your meeting go with Professor Saltares yesterday? Was he any help?GALEMore than I thought he could be. But I have something even bigger to tell you about, Bob.SHERIFFWhat is it? Did you get another lead?GALENot just a lead, but very probably the key to the entire mystery.SHERIFFTell me!GALEIn my sleep last night, I had a vision.SHERIFFA vision? You mean, like a dream?GALENo, a dream is only the mind sorting through the random images and stimuli of the day. A vision is a very different thing, a specific set of images that carry a definite message.SHERIFFWhat did it say?GALEFirst things first, Bob. I learned from Professor Saltares that the poem we found on Millicent's school folder was in fact part of an ancient ballad about a rogue killer known as Llewellyn the Marauder. Now, in my vision, I found myself in a forest. It was summer. I met a being of pure light, in the shape of a beautiful woman. She recited the poem to me, and then, in a burst of flame, a man I believe to have been Llewellyn appeared and spoke to me. I saw Millicent briefly, and another man--SHERIFFWhoa, wait. You saw Millicent alive or dead?GALEShe was alive, wearing a formal gown and running through the forest, only now it was winter.SHERIFFLast Saturday night.GALEExactly. Then another man appeared and introduced himself as the Sheriff Gruffydd, Llewellyn's legendary nemesis. He handed me a cardboard box.SHERIFFThe Box Lady.GALEVery similar, yes. There must be some connection. Then I saw Millicent again, only this time I followed her to a rock formation. She climbed through a small tunnel. I followed her and emerged on a street here in Twinsburg, in front of a house I believe is the house of the killer.SHERIFFWhat did it look like?GALEI don't remember. But -- when I woke up, I found a number of fresh leaves scattered across my bed.SHERIFFReally?GALENow, if we can unlock the clues in this vision, we will solve the crime. It's that simple.SHERIFFI see. But how is this Llewellyn connected to Millicent's murder?GALEThat's what we have to find out. But I'm sure the connection is a real one.SHERIFFWell, I don't know, Agent Gale. This is way out of my league. But you know, there is an old rock formation where Wayne saw the cult ritual Tuesday night.GALEBingo! Bob, I think it's high time we had a look at that spot.SHERIFFI'll have Wayne take you there right after the funeral.GALEPerfect!
INT. JAIL -- MORNING
DUANE sits in his cell. ALAN enters the corridor to talk to him.
ALANWell. So you've come to this.DUANEIt's about time you showed up.ALANDon't you talk to me like that, mister. I can't believe what you've gotten into. Drug dealing, Duane? What's the matter with you? You're eighteen now. You're not a kid anymore, and you'll be tried as an adult. Do you realize that?DUANEYes, I realize it! I'm not stupid! I know what I've gotten into. You're the one who never knows. I've been dealing for years! Where were you then? Save me your speeches, man. You don't give a damn about me!ALANHow much is your bail?DUANEFive thousand.
Alan raises his eyebrows.
DUANEHey, man, that's pocket change!ALANYou think so? Well, then you had better start digging into your pockets. I'll be back to see you... tomorrow.
DUANEWait! Come back here, man! Don't leave me in here! You bastard! Come back...
Duane breaks down crying.
EXT. TWINSBURG CEMETERY -- THURSDAY AFTERNOON
Millicent's coffin is ready to be lowered into her grave. A group of mourners stands around the grave, listening to the MINISTER. Among them are GALE, SHERIFF, BRADLEY, ALAN, PENNY, TERRENCE, NICHOLAS, ELLIOTT, TUPPENCE, LYNDON, SALTARES, ALBERT, KIMMY, LEIGH, and the two ELDERLY LIBRARIANS, who are crying loudly.
MINISTERAs we say our final farewell to our dear friend, perhaps we should take a moment to reflect on the shortness of our own lives, and the uncertainty that all our futures hold. I knew Millicent from the time she was a tiny baby. I watched her grow into a beautiful, intelligent young woman. A young woman who loved life and loved God.
Tuppence keeps her eyes fixed on the coffin. Leigh holds her hand supportively.
MINISTER (O.S.)She was always willing to give of herself, her time and talents. I worked with Millicent on several of our senior-high fellowship fundraisers.
Gale notices Albert, who, standing beside Tuppence, keeps shifting his gaze between her and the coffin. Albert is growing more distraught.
MINISTER (O.S.)Millicent seemed to have a bright future. Who would have imagined that such a wonderful life could end in such tragedy? That a heart so full of love could leave us so young?
Bradley scowls at Nicholas, who furrows his brow and looks down at the coffin.
MINISTERBut the Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away according to his design, and though we may not understand--
Albert puts his hands on his head and cries out suddenly in grief. He collapses to his knees and sobs, gesturing at the coffin. Everyone is stunned into silence. Gale and Dr. Terrence help Albert up. Tuppence bursts out laughing, but it quickly turns to sobs as Leigh embraces her. Agent Gale notices Saltares staring strangely at Tuppence, and squints at him.
INT. ROSEMARY'S PASTRY SHOP -- AFTERNOON
ROSEMARY is frosting a cake when JANET and KENT enter.
ROSEMARYOh, hello. It's a bit early for you to be home, Kent. Did you get out early today?KENTI didn't go to school today.ROSEMARYOh? And why not?JANETMy fault, actually.ROSEMARYWhat do you mean? And where were you all night, anyway?JANETLook, I'm sorry if you worried, but I was just up with a friend until it was too late to call.KENTLook, never mind all that. We have something more important to tell you, if you would listen for a minute.ROSEMARYWell, pooh on you. What's the big deal, then?KENTJanet and I are in love.ROSEMARYWhat? This is a joke? Well, it's pretty sick.KENTIt's no joke.JANETIt's true. I love him. He's like no one I've ever known.ROSEMARYJust a damn minute! May I remind you of a slight age difference here? Like twenty years?KENTWhat difference does that make?JANETOur love transcends things like that.ROSEMARYThat's a load of crap! I don't know what your game is, you... you hussy, coming back after all this time to corrupt my son! I know! You’re jealous! You whore, you're jealous that I have a son and a family and a business when you've got nothing! You want to take him away from me! And you, you fool, you believe her? Did I raise you to be a blind idiot?KENTShut up! I don't care what you call me, you hateful old witch, but you won't talk about Janet like that!ROSEMARYWhat a stupid idiot!KENTYou can't tell me how to live my life! I can make my own decisions!ROSEMARYListen, you deceitful little harlot, you get your things and get the hell out of my house!KENTIt's not your house, and she's not going anywhere!JANETDarling, it's all right. It will be better if I leave. I shouldn't like to be under the same roof with her in any case.ROSEMARYI'm still your mother, mister, and you better listen to me!KENTI've had it. Let's go.JANETYes, let's.
Kent and Janet leave.
ROSEMARYDamn it! Damn it! What have I done to deserve this? The blind fool! And why didn't I listen to Kimmy? She was right! Stupid, stupid -- why didn't I listen?!
EXT. WOODS -- AFTERNOON
WAYNE leads GALE to the spot of the cult ritual.
WAYNEThis is where it was. By all the big rocks.
They come upon the remains of the fire.
GALESomething definitely was going on here.
Gale kneels down to examine a piece of burnt meat lying on the ground. Wayne looks around the area.
GALEBurnt meat...WAYNE (O.S.)Hey, Mister Agent, look at this!
CU -- GALE turns around as is very surprised.
WAYNEThis rock's all stained!
Wayne is standing on the same rock formation from Gale's vision. Gale goes over to him and looks the rock formation over. He finds the small tunnel and looks into it, but only sees the other end.
WAYNESee this rock?GALEYes. Those stains are blood. This stone must have been used as an altar for a sacrifice. That may be what the cats were for.WAYNESick.
Wayne goes back over to the fire and digs into the ashes.
GALEYes, it is.WAYNEHey, what's this?
Gale goes over to him. Wayne hands Gale the remains of a photograph he has found. Gale is shocked. The photo shows Millicent and Saltares dressed in medieval garb.
Gale digs through the ashes and finds more photographic remains.
WAYNEWhat are they doing?GALEI don't think you should be looking at these, Wayne. You've done good work. These photos are the kind of evidence I've been looking for.
BOX LADY (O.S.)I've waited for you.
Gale turns around to see the BOX LADY standing on the path.
BOX LADYCome with me.
INT. GREY'S BIKE SHOP -- AFTERNOON
Extreme close-up pan along tool-covered workbench.
NICHOLAS (O.S.)We just got in over our head. When Duane lost the diary pages, Penny told me that we should go to the sheriff right away, but I thought we'd still have time to really nail Duane. We even went to see the sheriff yesterday afternoon, but he was out, and I wasn't going to talk to anybody else about it.
Pull back to reveal NICHOLAS, PENNY, ELLIOTT, and KIMMY sitting together.
NICHOLASI'm sorry about having to be so secretive, and acting so distant lately. I was just trying to do some good.ELLIOTTWell, your heart was in the right place, Nicholas, but you shouldn't have tried going outside the law. That's being a vigilante, and that's a dangerous thing to be.KIMMYThere's no telling what kind of trouble you could have run into. You might have gotten hurt, or worse.PENNYThat's what we were most afraid of.ELLIOTTWell, I'm glad you were able to come through it all right.NICHOLASWe really owe it to the sheriff.ELLIOTTSheriff Armstrong is a good man.
KIMMYRosemary...ROSEMARYHello, Kimmy. Hello. Um... could we talk?KIMMYSure. What's wrong?
Rosemary and Kimmy go to the front of the store.
ROSEMARYIt's Kent... You were so right, I can't believe how blind I was. That Janet has got her hooks into him for some reason, and she's got him convinced that they're in love.KIMMYWhat? But she's twenty years older than he is!ROSEMARYI know! I don't know what's going on. I don't know what to do! I'm sorry I was so bitchy to you...KIMMYForget it.ROSEMARYWhat am I going to do?
INT. BOX LADY'S HOME -- AFTERNOON
WAYNE and GALE are seated at the BOX LADY's table. She brings in a tray of milk and cookies for Wayne. He eats them greedily.
BOX LADYThe tea will be ready soon.GALEThank you, ma'am. You said you've been waiting for me?BOX LADYI've lived on the edge of these woods for such a long time. Every morning I look at the trees. These trees have excellent sap, you know.GALEOh?BOX LADYMost definitely. They're maple trees, you see. Nothing like a little maple sugar in your tea.GALEOr real maple syrup.BOX LADYYes. You know.GALEDo I?BOX LADYThere's the tea.
She gets up and goes into the kitchen. Gale looks at Wayne, who is still eating.
Box Lady returns and pours Gale a cup of tea.
BOX LADYThere you are. My box knows about you. It has seen many things.GALEAnother message?BOX LADYThere were strong vibrations the night before last. Evil was thick in the air, then. Very strong, very close to here. It resonated in the maple trees.GALEDid you see anything that night, ma'am?BOX LADYThere were also very strong resonances last night. This was the connection, you see. My box knew you would be coming.GALEMy dream-vision. Do you know about that?BOX LADYMy box has become attuned to your resonances. Ever since you came to this place. We know about you.GALECan you tell me what it means?BOX LADYThat tea will cool down on you, and leave a ring on the napkin. An amber circle. The answers you seek are already within you.GALEIt is the key, then. I knew it.WAYNEMay I have more milk?
INT. DANI'S HOME -- THURSDAY EVENING
Extreme close-up of earphone in PATRICK CLAPSADDLE's ear. Pull back to reveal him listening with his eyes closed, seated on the living room couch. He gets up and removes the compact disc from the stereo across the room and puts it on the shelf, revealing a collection of several hundred CDs. The doorbell rings.
DANI (O.S.)Patrick, would you get the door? I'm washing the dishes.PATRICKYeah, yeah.
Patrick goes to the front door and opens it. JANET is standing outside.
PATRICKYes?JANETExcuse me, I'm looking for Dani. I'm Janet.PATRICKCome on in. She's in the kitchen.
Janet comes in. DANI enters from the kitchen.
DANIHello, Janet. What's wrong? You look awful!JANETI'm so confused, I need to talk to someone. Something terrible has happened, but something wonderful has happened, too.DANIOf course we can talk. Come in here and sit down.
Dani and Janet go into the family room. Patrick can be seen through the room divider selecting another disc and putting it on. Then he sits back down.
DANIWhat's happened?JANETEverything just seems to be happening so fast. I meant to spend a week in Twinsburg, but in the few days I've been here, my whole life has changed. There's really no other way to say this, but I've fallen in love with Kent.DANIKent? Our Kent?JANETYes, I know it sounds crazy, and I know he's so much younger, but he's so wonderful. I mean, he really is so tender and passionate.DANIOur Kent?JANETHe feels the same for me, as well. But when we tried to tell Rosemary, she nearly lost her mind. She said the most wicked, spiteful things, and called us such terrible names. I'd never seen her so irrational. Well, she threw me out of the house. I'm just at my wit's end. I've been crying all afternoon.DANIDon't worry. You're welcome to stay here until you get back on your feet. We have the spare bedroom...JANETOh, Dani, you're too kind. I hate to impose...DANIIt's no problem. I know what it's like to be alone in a foreign land.JANETI know I can trust you, Dani. You see, my troubles really go somewhat deeper. I haven't told Kent about this, or anyone, really. You see, before I left for England all those years ago, I had a brief affair with Alan Cartwright. It was just a crazy, adolescent thing, but he's terribly possessive. And now that I've returned, he wants me back. I'm afraid, Dani. He's already threatened me if I don't give in to his advances. He frightens me! I don't know what to do!
Janet starts to cry. Dani embraces her.
DANIIt's going to be all right. It's okay.
EXT. SHERIFF STATION -- EVENING
INT. SHERIFF'S OFFICE -- EVENING
SHERIFF is at his desk when GALE enters.
GALEBob, this is it. The solid lead I've been looking for.SHERIFFWhat did you find?GALETake a look at this.
Gale produces the burnt photographs. Sheriff looks them over.
SHERIFFProfessor Saltares...!GALEClearly having sexual intercourse with Millicent Collins.SHERIFFUnbelievable!GALEIt would appear from this photo that the Professor was not being honest when he told us Millicent was not involved with the Medieval Re-creation Society.SHERIFFWhy would he lie about that?GALEBob, I believe Professor Saltares is involved in far more than just medieval literature, and that he is, in fact, involved in a sinister cult operating under cover of the MRS. I believe that Millicent may have been involved in the cult's activities, or perhaps was offered a chance to join and when she refused, was made a sacrifice.SHERIFFTo keep her from talking.GALEPrecisely. The ritual Tuesday night may have been some sort of purification rite.SHERIFFThat would account for all the burned photos. Well, there was definitely something more going on between the two of them than tutoring in medieval folklore. Do you think he was her abuser?GALEIt's a definite possibility.SHERIFFBut why wouldn't she just report him? I mean, why would she take it?GALEFear, or perhaps he knew of her involvement in Duane's drug ring and was blackmailing her. There's something else. I did some checking and learned that there was an MRS event being held in the same vicinity and at the same time that Theresa Chavez was killed last year.SHERIFFThere's the connection. Are you going to arrest Saltares?GALEI'm afraid the evidence linking him to Millicent's murder is highly circumstantial. We need something much more concrete before we can act. There is something that bothers me, though.SHERIFFWhat?GALEThis afternoon, I had another encounter with the Box Lady. There's something about her that leads me to believe she somehow has some knowledge about the events surrounding Millicent's death, some paranormal perception. Our conversation left me convinced that my vision last night holds the answers to all our questions, but somehow, the Saltares scenario just doesn't quite fit.SHERIFFWell, I don't know what to tell you, Agent Gale. The MRS angle seems to make sense, but you've got to trust your instincts. I was just going over to talk to Albert about Millicent and the autopsy. We go way back, and I want to see if there's anything more he can tell us.GALEGood luck.
INT. LEIGH'S APARTMENT -- THURSDAY NIGHT
The phone rings. LEIGH answers it.
LEIGHHello? Oh, hello -- what? Yes, of course. Yes. I understand. Yes, I'll be there as soon as I can.
She hangs up, pauses for a moment, puts on her coat, and leaves.
EXT. SKY -- NIGHT
A cloud rolls in, obscuring the stars.
INT. ALBERT'S APARTMENT -- NIGHT
SHERIFF talks to ALBERT over a couple of drinks.
ALBERTI'm sorry about the way I acted at the funeral, Bob. I just couldn't help myself. Sometimes, it all just seems like too much.SHERIFFI know what you're saying.ALBERTYou wanted to talk about Millicent?SHERIFFAlbert, the FBI forensics man examined Millicent's body yesterday, and he came up with some pretty disturbing findings.ALBERTGo on.SHERIFFIt appears that she was addicted to cocaine.ALBERTWhat? Are you sure?SHERIFFI'm afraid there's no mistake.ALBERTI never knew. I can't believe it. My Millicent was on drugs?SHERIFFI'm afraid it gets worse...ALBERTGo ahead, Bob. I want to know the truth.SHERIFFThere was evidence that Millicent was the victim of prolonged abuse...ALBERT(hangs his head)Damn. You know, I suspected for years that Tuppence was abusing Millicent. I even asked Millicent about it, but she'd never admit it. Not even to me. When we separated, I tried to get custody of Millicent, I wanted to get her away from Tuppence, but I failed. I couldn't prove anything, and without having any evidence to back me up, I couldn't stop Tuppence from claiming I just made it up in order to win custody. The judge believed her...SHERIFFAlbert...ALBERTFor years, it almost drove me crazy! Thinking that my daughter was being hurt, and there wasn't a damn thing I could do to help her! Not one damn thing! I even tried spying on Tuppence, to catch her in the act, but I never could.SHERIFFAlbert, I don’t know what to say. We had no idea. This puts things in a different light than we had thought. But Agent Gale thinks he's close to finding the killer.ALBERTIs he? Thank goodness! I can't tell you how devastated I've felt. I think seeing her killer brought to justice will be the first step toward healing.SHERIFFWell, take it easy, Albert. Thanks for talking.ALBERTOf course. Thank you, Bob, for all you're doing.SHERIFFI'll let myself out.ALBERTThank you. I'll be all right.
Sheriff leaves. After a moment, Albert goes to the window and watches the Sheriff pull out of the driveway. Then, Albert turns and quickly leaves the room.
EXT. VALLEY -- NIGHT
Long shot of the valley. A dog barks in the distance.
INT. GALE'S ROOM -- NIGHT
GALE, not yet ready for bed, is making an audio recording.
GALERoseanne, although my investigation has thus far led me to suspect Professor Saltares, I cannot remove the doubts in my mind. I feel as though I am moving quickly down the wrong path. The apparent connection between the Medieval Re-creation Society and the killings of both Theresa Chavez and Millicent Collins may be coincidental. I must unlock the clues in my dream-vision--
There is a knock on the door. Gale puts his tape recorder down and opens the door. The BOX LADY enters.
BOX LADY(distraught)History is repeating itself!
CU -- GALE is shocked.
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.
Lyle Terrence, 62. Local doctor.
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.
Patrick Clapsaddle, 33. Brother of Rosemary, husband of Dani.
Box Lady, 53. Local eccentric.
Kimmy Clapsaddle, 38. Sister of Rosemary.
Leigh Pfiffer, 23. Library aide, sister of Lyndon.
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