EXT. VALLEY -- FRIDAY MORNING
An area along the riverbank has been cordoned off with yellow tape. Police cruisers are parked nearby, flashing their red and blue lights. GALE approaches. Several DEPUTIES are milling around the area. LYNDON is seated on a tree root, crying. Another deputy is with him. SHERIFF comes up from the riverbank to meet Gale.
SHERIFFWe’ve got another one. It looks bad.
They go to the edge of the water. A body, wrapped in plastic, is on the bank. Doctor TERRENCE is examining it.
GALEWho is it?SHERIFFLeigh Pfiffer. Lyndon’s sister.GALEDamn it. I had a visitor last night, Bob. The Box Lady. She told me history was repeating itself. I see now what she meant.SHERIFFShe knew about the murder? How?GALEDoctor Terrence.TERRENCEGood morning, Agent Gale. It looks like your killer has struck again. I’d say she died sometime around 1:30 to 2:00 last night. She’s been mutilated rather badly. But, here’s something you’ll be interested in. I found the letter “N” carved into the fourth toe of the right foot. Just like Millicent.GALEIndeed. Those letters were never made public. It must be the same killer.SHERIFFWhy letters? What does it mean?GALEW, Y, N. I don’t know, Bob.SHERIFFWhat are you going to do?GALEFirst, I’ll contact Duncan. I want him to take a look at this. Then, I think we’d better bring in Professor Saltares.
INT. DANI’S HOME -- KITCHEN -- MORNING
Close up of Dani’s breakfast: coffee and a bagel with cream cheese, with assorted small jars of jam. DANI is ready for work, wearing a business suit. JANET, in her bathrobe, enters.
JANETGood morning.DANIMorning.JANETSomething wrong? I heard some banging about late last night.DANIThat was Patrick, coming in late again. I hate it when he does that, comes stumbling in at two or three in the morning after being out all night. And he won’t even tell me where he’s been.JANETI’m sorry. It must be so hard on you.DANIHe’s so distant now. It wasn’t always like this. We used to have fun. Now, we never seem to do anything but argue. Whenever he’s home, he just listens to his CDs. I mean, you saw him. And then he goes out and won’t tell me anything.JANETYou’ve tried talking to him?DANIOf course, but he won’t. I just don’t know where this marriage is heading.
INT. ALAN’S OFFICE -- MORNING
ALAN is on the phone.
ALANWhat do you mean? Yes, my son was arrested, but how does that bear on my mall development? It kills the all-American image, is that what you’re trying to tell me? Well, look, I don’t pay you to tell me what the public thinks. I pay you to tell the public what to think about me. Clear? Now get on it.
ALBERT enters, looking beat. Alan hangs up.
ALANP.R. people! Albert, you look terrible!ALBERTGood morning, Alan. Oh, I just had a rough night, that’s all.ALANYou know, Albert, with all that’s happened, I think you really should take a long weekend. Rest, get your strength back.ALBERTYou may be right, Alan. I mean, I’m not as young as I used to be.ALANWho is?ALBERTRight. I think I will leave early today. But there are just a couple of things I should get to first.ALANAlbert, you are a trouper. I don’t know where I would be without you.ALBERTThanks, Alan.
Alan’s phone rings. Albert goes to his own office.
ALANHello? Janet! Oh? You’re alone, eh? What are you wearing? [laughs] Dinner. Yes, that would do me a world of good. It’s Duane. He’s been arrested. Something to do with drugs. Yes, thank you. Special ways to make me feel better? I like the sound of that.
Alan leans back in his chair and laughs.
EXT. SHERIFF STATION -- MORNING
INT. SHERIFF STATION -- LOBBY -- MORNING
LYNDON is being comforted by ABIGAIL.
LYNDONI don’t know what I’m going to do. Tomorrow is our mom’s birthday. Leigh was going to have us over for dinner, and now I’ll have to tell mom that she’s... that she’s dead.ABIGAILOh, Lyndon. I’m so sorry.LYNDONI just know it’s going to break her. It took her so long to recover from Dad’s death, and that was an accident. Now for Leigh to be murdered...ABIGAILIf there’s anything I can do...LYNDONThank you, Abigail.ABIGAILOh, Lyndon. I’d do anything for you...
SHERIFFHow are you, Lyndon?LYNDONI think I’ll be okay, Sheriff.SHERIFFLook, why don’t you take the rest of the day off?LYNDONThank you, Sheriff. I will.
Lyndon and Abigail exit. GALE comes out of the conference room.
GALEHow’s Lyndon handling it?SHERIFFI’m not sure. I hope he’ll be all right. I’ve sent some men over to pick up Saltares. They should be back pretty soon.GALEGood. Duncan is on his way. He should arrive about noon.SHERIFFThat’s great, but I think I’d better let Doctor Terrence know well ahead of time.
Sheriff goes into his office. PENNY enters.
GALEPenny.PENNYGood morning, Agent Gale. I’ve brought you Millicent’s diary. I pass here on the way to school, and I thought the sooner you had it, the better.GALE(takes the diary)Yes. Thank you, Penny.PENNYI hope you find whoever it was, Agent Gale. I want to see Millicent rest easy.GALEAs do I, Penny. As do I.
Penny exits. Gale opens the diary and begins scanning the pages.
EXT. HIGH SCHOOL -- PARKING LOT -- MORNING
BRADLEY and MEGAN get out of Bradley’s car.
BRADLEYOh, by the way, I’m going to the football game tonight with the guys, so I guess you can use the car if you want.MEGANThanks, but I won’t need it. I’m going out with James tonight.BRADLEYJames Clapsaddle? I can’t see why you would date such a weirdo.MEGANJames is not a weirdo, he’s just quiet. Anyway, it’s not a date. We’re just good friends. I’m not even interested in him romantically. He knows that.BRADLEYI still think you’d be better off staying away from him.MEGANWell, I’ll live my own life, if you don’t mind.
EXT. SHERIFF STATION -- MORNING
INT. SHERIFF STATION -- INTERROGATION ROOM -- MORNING
SALTARES is seated. GALE and SHERIFF are standing over him.
SALTARESLook, why have I been arrested? I had nothing to do with Millicent’s death. You have to believe that!GALE(produces the burnt photographs)Professor, I think it’s time you told us the truth about Millicent Collins, as well as the cult activities within the Medieval Re-creation Society.SALTARES(looks at the photos)My god. How did you find these?SHERIFFNevermind that. Just start talking.SALTARESAll right. All right, I’ll tell you everything. I am, indeed, part of what you would call a cult that operates in secret, under cover of the Medieval Re-creation Society. We worship an ancient being of immense power, known to us as the Lady of Night. Her dark powers have spread over the earth since the dawn of time. Power that we can tap into, to deal with our enemies.GALEAnd you lead this cult?SALTARESMe? No, I am not worthy of that honor yet.GALEThen who does?SALTARESOur leader’s identity is known only to himself. He always wears the hooded cloak and ritual armor of his rank.SHERIFFWell, how do you recognize him?SALTARESBy his voice. And especially that scary laugh of his. All who hear it feel the bone-chilling cold of the Lady’s power that flows within him.GALETell us about Millicent.SALTARESI knew Millicent from church, where I often find converts for our own beliefs among the souls alienated and marginalized by mainstream religion. But Millicent was different. Her faith was strong. When she came to me full of enthusiasm for the Dark Ages, I saw her as a potential member of the MRS, and she came to a few events with me, strictly for fun. But it was when she revealed her obsession with Llewellyn the Marauder that I considered her as a member of our dark circle. Llewellyn was a favorite servant of our Lady, and spilled much blood in her name. Millicent seemed eager to join us, and at our next meeting, I presented her to our leader.SHERIFFThen what happened?SALTARESHe seemed unusually pleased with her petition to join us. She was initiated with all the standard rites, the ritual nakedness and the drinking of human blood, you know. But then, the leader ordered that she and I perform an ancient sex ritual. I knew of it, but had never seen it actually performed. These pictures were taken as a record.SHERIFFThat’s sick.SALTARESYou cannot understand us. The leader then announced that Millicent would be made our circle’s special sex slave. Then he took up his staff and beat her harshly. We were surprised by this action, but the leader revealed that the Lady of Night had spoken to him, and had marked Millicent for this bondage.GALEWhen did all this happen?SALTARESIt was early last month, just before the Feast of the Leviathan.
Gale produces a photo of Theresa Chavez.
GALEProfessor, do you know this girl? Her name is Theresa Chavez.SALTARESWait... yes, I remember her. She joined our circle as well, sometime last year. Nothing out of the ordinary with her, but she disappeared soon afterward, toward the end of the MRS event that was going on at the time.GALEShe was killed by the same individual responsible for Millicent’s death.SALTARESWhat? Look, I swear to you I knew nothing about that. I didn’t even know she was dead. We thought she just got scared and took off. It happens. But I had nothing to do with either of the killings!
Gale produces a picture of Leigh Pfiffer.
GALEDo you recognize this young lady?SALTARESNo... no, I’ve never seen her. Should I?GALEWe’ll return in a moment. Sheriff?
Gale and Sheriff exit.
INT. SHERIFF STATION -- BASEMENT HALLWAY -- MORNING
GALE and SHERIFF confer outside the interrogation room.
SHERIFFWhat do you think?GALEBob, I don’t think Saltares is the killer.SHERIFFYou believe his story, then?GALEYes, and furthermore, I think the killer may very well be the mysterious cult leader.SHERIFFSounds good to me. Well, I can keep Saltares overnight without charging him. But since Millicent was a minor...GALEBob, I think it may serve us better to release Saltares in the morning.
EXT. TWINSBURG HOSPITAL -- FRIDAY NOON
INT. MORGUE -- NOON
TERRENCE and DUNCAN enter. LEIGH’s body is on the examining table. LYNDON is standing beside her, grieving.
DUNCANI knew I’d wind up back in this backwoods compost heap before I got the ticks off my socks from the last time.TERRENCELyndon? We’re going to examine Leigh’s body now.LYNDONYes... yes, all right, Doctor.TERRENCEExcuse us.LYNDONYes. Thank you.DUNCANCome on, chin up, man! Sniveling’s not going to do any good, unless you own a tissue company. Be a man!LYNDONAgent MacNeil, if you weren’t a federal officer, by golly, I’d show you what kind of a man I am, you... city boy!DUNCAN(puts down his briefcase)Well, it looks like I just went off-duty!
Lyndon punches Duncan square in the face.
INT. HOSPITAL HALLWAY -- NOON
DUNCAN flies through the doors and lands on the floor. LYNDON emerges from the morgue and grabs him. Duncan throws him into the wall. They fight. TERRENCE follows them out into the hallway.
TERRENCEStop this! Lyndon! Agent MacNeil, this is an outrage!
Duncan and Lyndon slug it out and Lyndon gets the upper hand. He pins Duncan to the floor. Duncan holds his hands up in surrender and smiles.
DUNCANWhoa, there. You win. Finally, a man in this town I can respect! That’s a hell of a left jab there, Deputy.LYNDONYou’re pretty good yourself.DUNCANCome on, let’s get down to business.
They get up from the floor. Duncan is very chummy.
EXT. HIGH SCHOOL -- FRIDAY AFTERNOON
INT. SCHOOL HALLWAY -- AFTERNOON
KENT is at his locker. JAMES approaches him.
JAMESHey, Kent! What happened to you yesterday?KENTLook, why don’t you mind your own business?JAMESWhat is it with you? You’ve been acting weird ever since that Janet showed up. Is there something going on between you two?KENTJust leave me alone, all right?
Kent turns and accidentally walks into NICHOLAS, who is walking with PENNY. Kent growls in frustration and storms off.
CU -- JAMES squints at him.
INT. GREY’S BIKE SHOP -- AFTERNOON
ELLIOTT comes out of the back of the shop, wiping his hands on a rag. He sees KIMMY and PATRICK outside the front window. Patrick gives Kimmy a large amount of cash and leaves. She puts it into her purse and enters the store.
KIMMYOh, hello.ELLIOTTWhat was that money your brother gave you?KIMMYJust a little loan. Nothing to worry about.
She embraces him.
ELLIOTTKimmy, are you in trouble again?KIMMYOf course not. We talked about that, remember?
She kisses him.
EXT. SHERIFF STATION -- AFTERNOON
INT. SHERIFF STATION -- CONFERENCE ROOM -- AFTERNOON
GALE and SHERIFF are eating doughnuts.
GALEI remember from my vision the other night a beautiful woman made of light, a lady of light. I wonder if there is some connection to Saltares’ Lady of Night, some kind of yin-yang relationship.SHERIFFThis metaphysical stuff is all way above me.
DUNCANGentlemen. It looks as though our mysterious friend has made a repeat performance. I have your preliminary results for you.GALEGood work, Duncan.SHERIFFThat didn’t take long.DUNCANThere wasn’t much left to work with this time.GALEWhat did you find?DUNCANHold on to your doughnuts, gentlemen, it’s not pleasant. Wounds on the wrists and ankles indicate that the victim was bound with barbed wire that was somewhat rusty. Her back was badly shredded, but marks around the area suggest she was viciously whipped. There were also several fresh burns detectible all over her body. Most of her digestive system was missing, due to disembowelment.SHERIFFMy Lord...DUNCANA real hatchet job. Makes Jack the Ripper look like the Pillsbury Doughboy.GALEThank you, Duncan. Thorough as always.SHERIFFI think I need some air.
INT. SHERIFF STATION -- LOBBY -- AFTERNOON
GALE, SHERIFF, and DUNCAN come out of the conference room. LYNDON is waiting, looking tough.
LYNDONAgent MacNeil.SHERIFFUh-oh.DUNCANDeputy Pfiffer, let’s go get a beer.
Duncan and Lyndon exit together. Sheriff and Gale look at each other in bewilderment. ALBERT enters.
SHERIFFAlbert.ALBERTBob, Agent Gale, I heard on the radio there’s been another murder.GALEThat’s correct. Leigh Pfiffer.ALBERTWas it the same killer?GALEWe believe it was.ALBERTOh, no. Yes, I see. That’s terrible.GALEDid you know her?ALBERTNo. No, I didn’t. But she was friends with Tuppence. They worked together at the library.SHERIFFRight. They were together at the funeral.ALBERTYes, I’m going to go home and lay down for a while. I’m feeling very tired.SHERIFFThat sounds like a good idea, Albert.
GALEBob, I think we should pay Tuppence a visit.
INT. KENT’S HOME -- AFTERNOON
KENT opens the front door and lets JANET in. They kiss passionately.
KENTMy mother won’t be home until late. She’s catering a big party this weekend.JANETKent... we need to talk. I have something to tell you. Something important.KENTAll right. Let’s sit down in the living room.
They go in and sit on the couch.
JANETKent... I need your help.KENTYou know I’d do anything for you.JANETWould you? Would you truly?KENTOf course. Anything.JANETKent, when I was younger, before I left Twinsburg, just out of high school, in fact, I had a job as a secretary, and I met Alan Cartwright. He became terribly infatuated with me, and kept trying to get me to sleep with him. I told him I wasn’t interested, but he persisted. He’s a man used to getting what he wants. There was a company party, you see, and I’m afraid I got a little drunk. He was there and he took advantage of it, and led me outside, where he raped me.KENTNo...JANETI was so frightened afterwards, and he threatened to use his money and his influence against me if I made any trouble for him. I didn’t know what to do. I felt like it was my fault, somehow.KENTIt wasn’t your fault.JANETThen, I found out I was pregnant. I told him, asked for his help, but he... forced me to have an abortion. I felt so helpless. He hounded me after that, and I had to leave town. Eventually, I wound up with some relatives in England.KENTThat bastard!JANETI had thought that after all these years that the old wounds had healed enough for me to come home, but I was wrong. I’ve been having nightmares about him. His face has been haunting me, and every time the phone rings, my heart races, thinking it’s him. Oh, Kent, I’m so terrified of what he’ll do if he finds out I’ve returned.KENTIt’s okay. You don’t have to worry about him anymore. I’ll take care of him.JANETWhat are you going to do?KENTHe’ll pay for everything he’s done to you. I’ll make him pay...JANETOh, Kent...
Pan down to the heating vent, through duct work to the basement, where JAMES has been listening in.
CU -- JAMES squints.
EXT. COLLINS HOME -- AFTERNOON
GALE and SHERIFF knock on the front door.
SHERIFFMrs. Collins? Mrs. Collins, it’s Sheriff Armstrong!
No answer. They go around to the garage and look in the window.
SHERIFFWell, her car’s still here. I can’t imagine where she’d be.GALEThen I think we should...
ZEKE shuffles up to the mailbox and puts the mail in. He waves at Gale, smiling. Gale waves back, squinting.
GALEBob, let’s try the back.
INT. COLLINS HOME -- AFTERNOON
The back door opens. GALE and SHERIFF enter.
SHERIFFIt’s open.GALELet’s take a look around.SHERIFFMrs. Collins?GALEI don’t think anyone’s home, Bob.SHERIFFShe’s not at the library. Her car’s in the garage...
Sheriff tries the basement door. It is locked.
SHERIFFLocked.GALEBob, take a look at this!
Gale reaches into the wastebasket and pulls out fresh, green maple leaves.
GALEMaple leaves. Just like I found on my bed after my vision.SHERIFFCigarette butts...GALEWhat’s that?SHERIFFThere’s cigarette butts in the ashtray here. But Tuppence doesn’t smoke. Wait a minute. These are Albert’s brand.GALEAre you sure?SHERIFFHe’s been smoking these for years.GALEBob, what time did you leave Albert’s last night?SHERIFFAbout 8:15. Wait, you don’t think...GALEI think we’d better have a look in that basement.
They go to the basement door. Sheriff pushes on it with his shoulder. Gale motions him to stand back and kicks the door open. They pause, then Gale goes through the door.
INT. COLLINS HOME -- BASEMENT -- AFTERNOON
GALE and SHERIFF come down the stairs and are shocked.
TUPPENCE, unconscious, is shackled to the far wall. They run over to her.
GALEShe’s been drugged. Mrs. Collins?TUPPENCENo... don’t kill her... don’t...SHERIFFThe keys!
Sheriff goes over to a beam where the keys are hanging on a hook. Nearby is a shower curtain drawn across with boxes in front of it. Sheriff looks behind the curtain.
SHERIFFAgent Gale, you’d better have a look at this.
Gale goes over. Sheriff pulls the curtain back. In a utility sink are an old broadsword and battleaxe, each with blood still on it. There is also blood in the sink.
GALEThe murder weapons. This is it, Bob. You’d better call in some more men. We’ve been barking up the wrong tree. Albert is our man!
INT. DANI’S HOME -- FRIDAY EVENING
DANI enters, home from work. PATRICK is on the phone.
PATRICKAll right, look, I’ll call you back.
He hangs up.
DANIHello.PATRICKI want to talk to you.DANIWhat about?PATRICKHow long is this Janet going to be staying here?DANII don’t know, until she gets back on her feet. She’s going through some very bad times right now, and I want to help her through it.PATRICKWell, it’s pretty damn inconvenient for me.DANIFor you? Why on earth would it inconvenience you? You’re hardly ever here anyway!PATRICKLook, don’t get smart. I just don’t like having strangers in my house, all right?DANIJanet is my friend.PATRICKSo what? You could have asked me before inviting her to stay. It’s my house, after all.DANIThis house is as much mine as it is yours. If I want to have a friend stay for a little while, I don’t see how that should affect you. The only stranger in this house is you!PATRICKYou’re really asking for it.DANIThis is pointless. I’m not going to argue with you. I had a hard day at work and I’m going to change clothes.
Dani exits. Patrick slams his hand on the table.
INT. COLLINS HOME -- EVENING
GALE and SHERIFF are in the living room. Many DEPUTIES are milling about.
SHERIFFAlbert? This is like a nightmare that just keeps getting worse. It seems like everything I thought I knew about this family was all lies.GALEI know how you feel, Bob. Believe me.
TERRENCE enters as TUPPENCE is taken out on a stretcher.
TUPPENCEPlease... no more killing!GALEDoctor, how is she?TERRENCEImpossible to say, Agent Gale. We won’t know what kind of drug we’re dealing with until we run some tests. I pray she’ll be all right.SHERIFFRight. I hope we found her in time.GALEBob, I want a guard on Tuppence’s hospital room at all times.SHERIFFGood idea.TERRENCEI’ll keep you posted on her condition.GALEThank you, Doctor.
SHERIFFI can’t believe Albert is a murderer. I mean, why would he kill his own daughter?GALEIt’s difficult to trace the twisted logic of an insane individual, Bob. If Albert is, as we suspect, the mysterious cult leader Saltares spoke of, perhaps Millicent discovered his cult activities and sought out Saltares for information on Llewellyn and the Lady of Night.SHERIFFNot knowing that he was involved in it too.GALEExactly. Then, when she was presented to Albert at the initiation rite, he took a sadistic pleasure in seeing her molested during the ritual. It seems he’d been abusing her for years already.SHERIFFNow, when I talked to him last night, he blamed Tuppence for abusing Millicent. Why? I mean, why mention it at all? I thought Saltares was the one.GALEBob, we’ve seen that Albert can function normally in day-to-day life. It is often the case in situations such as this that Albert may not be aware of his evil activities.SHERIFFYou mean like a split personality?GALEYes. Therefore, he would naturally suspect Tuppence, and come to actually believe that it was she who was the abuser.SHERIFFThat makes sense. But why kill Leigh? I mean, she wasn’t connected to the cult.GALEPerhaps it was simply in revenge for befriending Tuppence. He may have been trying to punish Tuppence by alienating her, first taking away her daughter, then her friends.SHERIFFThis is all pretty hard to take.GALEI understand. Why don’t we get some air to clear our minds?
EXT. COLLINS HOME -- EVENING
GALE and SHERIFF come out the front door.
SHERIFFI’ve known Albert Collins for as long as I can remember. I never imagined he was anything but a regular guy.GALEThat’s almost always the...
Across the street, ZEKE is standing under a streetlight, looking grim.
BACK TO SHOT
GALE“I am where I know everyone’s name...” Of course! I’ve been so blind!SHERIFFWhat are you talking about?GALEThe last thing Gruffydd said to me in my vision! “I am where I know everyone’s name!” Bob, who is the one person in town who could know everyone’s name?SHERIFFWell...GALE(points across the street)The mailman!
Across the street, the streetlight shines, but Zeke has vanished.
BACK TO SHOT
GALEWe’ve got to talk to Zeke, Bob. Urgently!
INT. STEAKHOUSE -- EVENING
Close-up of glasses of water on the table where JAMES and MEGAN are dining. Pull back to reveal them sitting across from each other.
JAMESYou look really nice, tonight, Megan.MEGANThank you, James. That’s sweet.JAMESI’m glad we could have this chance to talk.MEGANYes. You said there was something important you wanted to tell me. I’ve been dying to know what it is.JAMESWell, you know how your brother got beaten up last Sunday?MEGANYes.JAMESI saw who did it.MEGANDid you? Who?JAMESDuane Cartwright.MEGANSo that’s why they were fighting at school. But why didn’t you tell me this before?JAMESI took care of things for you, you see. I took care of Duane.MEGANWhat do you mean?JAMESYou know that big overcoat Duane always wears? Well, I found some pages from a diary in one of the pockets. It was Millicent’s diary, and it was all about how she and Duane were selling drugs at school.MEGANWhat? No way! Millicent was selling drugs?JAMESIt’s true. I heard Duane talking about it with his other partners. So, I turned the pages in to the sheriff, and Duane was arrested. All thanks to me. So now, Bradley’s attack has been avenged, and now it’s time for my reward.MEGANReward? What are you talking about? What sort of reward?JAMESWhy, you, of course. You should reward me with your affections.MEGANWell, James, I like you...JAMESYou don’t understand. I mean you should be my girlfriend. My lover.MEGANJames... I like you as a friend, but not more than that. And certainly not because you “avenged” my brother. That’s crazy.JAMESNo, I deserve to have you. I’ve proved that.MEGANYou’re wrong, James. I don’t understand what’s gotten into you. No one deserves to have someone’s love. It has to be freely given if it’s to mean anything. You can’t earn it or win it. It’s a gift.JAMESMegan, you must be mine. It’s our destiny. Don’t fight it, or you’ll just cause us both needless pain.MEGANNo. What’s wrong with you? I thought you were my friend. If you’ve just been lusting after me, I...JAMESMegan...
JAMESMegan, we can talk this through. I’ll explain it so you understand. Please, let’s talk.MEGANNo, James. You’ve ruined it. I thought we were friends. I thought you knew how I felt. You’ve hurt me. I’m sorry, I have to go!JAMES(stands)Megan...
Megan rushes out. James starts to follow, then stops. He is upset and looks around, then is surprised at who he sees:
ALAN and JANET are having an intimate dinner, holding hands and flirting.
INT. ALBERT’S APARTMENT -- FRIDAY NIGHT
ALBERT, looking agitated, motions to NICHOLAS and PENNY to have a seat on his sofa.
ALBERTPlease, sit yourselves down.PENNYWe came over as soon as we could, Mr. Collins. You sounded so urgent on the phone. Is something wrong?ALBERTYes. Something is terribly wrong, Penny. You are in grave danger. You need to be very careful...NICHOLASWhy?ALBERTYou see, the person who killed Millicent has struck again.PENNYYes, we heard on the radio they’d found a body in the valley this morning. But why do you think I’m in danger?ALBERTWell, you being Millicent’s best friend, the killer may come after you. Look, just trust me when I say your life is in danger. You mustn’t go anywhere alone, always let your family know where you are...NICHOLASMr. Collins, do you know something about the killings?GALE (O.S.)We’d like to know the same thing.
Albert turns around. GALE and SHERIFF enter.
SHERIFFThe door was open. Albert... I’m afraid I’m going to have to put you under arrest.ALBERTWhy?SHERIFFFor the murder of Millicent Collins.
CU -- ALBERT is shocked.
A halogen lamp shines through a stand of maple trees.
INT. KENT’S HOME -- NIGHT
KENT comes out of Aunt Elspeth’s room and locks the door. He walks downstairs, where JAMES is sitting in the living room.
KENTWhat are you doing here?JAMESWhere’s Janet?KENTShe had to see a friend about getting a place to stay. She’s been staying with Dani, but--JAMESWell, that’s pretty strange, because I saw her having dinner with Alan Cartwright.KENTWhat?JAMESAnd they were being more than friendly. Especially Janet.KENTYou’re out of your mind. She hates him. He--
JANETSorry I’m so late getting back. I hope we have enough time before Rosemary gets back to--JAMESTo what?JANETOh. Hello.JAMESHello, Janet. We were just talking about you. Weren’t we, Kent?KENTJames...!JAMESWhy don’t you ask her where she’s really been? Go on, what could it hurt?JANETKent? What does he mean?KENTJames says he saw you tonight, having dinner with Alan Cartwright. Were you?JANETI... I was... yes. Yes, Kent, I was.KENTWhy?JANETOh, dearest. He found out I was in town. I don’t know how. He’s blackmailing me. I didn’t want you to know. Please promise you won’t do anything rash. I wanted to plead with him to leave me alone now, but he’s mad. Now he’s trying to force me to... to...KENT(embraces her)It’s all right. You’ve got nothing to be afraid of. I’m here.JANETI love you so much...
James squints at them fiercely.
EXT. SHERIFF STATION -- NIGHT
INT. SHERIFF STATION -- LOBBY -- NIGHT
GALE and SHERIFF enter with ALBERT in handcuffs. ABIGAIL is at her desk, and a DEPUTY is also present.
ALBERTBob, please, you’re making a terrible mistake!SHERIFF(to deputy)Take him downstairs.
The deputy escorts Albert away. Abigail gasps. Sheriff and Gale turn around to see EMMA standing beside ZEKE in the doorway.
EMMAI was on my way to buy butter when this kind gentleman flagged me down and asked if I would drive him here.ZEKEI am where I know everyone’s name.
INT. SHERIFF STATION -- CONFERENCE ROOM -- NIGHT
GALE pours himself a cup of coffee. ZEKE is seated at the table, with SHERIFF standing beside him.
SHERIFFZeke, what’s this all about?
Zeke moans loudly as Gale walks up and sits on the table.
SHERIFFCheck his coat. I think he carries some pills!ZEKEThere is no need for medicine. I am not in pain.GALEWho are you?ZEKEI am Gruffydd and I speak trueLlewellyn the one I pursueTunnels lead two waysBeware! History is repeating itself!GALEWhat are you?ZEKEI am an inhabiting spirit.GALEWho is Zeke Chomski?ZEKEHe is host to me.GALEYou spoke to me in my vision... about Llewellyn.ZEKEHe is my greatest enemy.GALEWhere does Llewellyn come from?ZEKEAcross the centuries he has walked under the veil of the Lady of Night, passing through her circle.GALEWhat does Llewellyn want?ZEKEHe is Llewellyn. His was and has always been to sate the thirst of his Lady... with blood. Do you understand the parasite? It attaches itself to a life form and feeds. Llewellyn requires a human host. Through these souls he spreads his mistress’s darkness to other souls. These are the caves wherein he dwells. I am similar to Llewellyn. We once were mortal, but we now walk different paths. Black are the souls that bring him light...GALE and ZEKEBlack the souls that bring delight...ZEKEWither in the flames!Enter, enter into my caveMeet your killer, slave of a slave.But then, I passed through my Lady’s golden circle. The Lady of Light touched my soul and loosed it from its mortal fetters. With her blessed guidance, I have moved along the centuries, inhabiting, from time to time, the purest of souls for one single purpose!GALETo find Llewellyn!ZEKETo stop him! His trail of the blood of innocents flows like a scarlet river. You know of only his latest victims: Theresa, Millicent, Leigh. But they are myriad in number. And he has already marked she who will die next.GALEWho?ZEKEThat cannot be revealed. You know Llewellyn’s true face. Few can see it: the gifted and the damned. You must journey down the dark tunnel to stop the carnage forever.GALEI don’t understand.ZEKEYou must find the amber circle. The answers you seek are already within you.GALEThe Box Lady?ZEKEShe is known to us here. Her gift has made her an unwitting ally. She has felt his presence.GALEIs Llewellyn near us now?ZEKEFor nearly ten years.GALEWhere?ZEKEIn the branches that blow in the breezeDeep within the maple trees!
Zeke closes his eyes. Gale and Sheriff are dumbfounded.
INT. MEGAN’S BEDROOM -- NIGHT
MEGAN is in bed, tossing and turning. She is having a nightmare. Suddenly, she sits up.
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.
Lyle Terrence, 62. Local doctor.
Nicholas Grey, 17. High school senior.
Elliott Grey, 42. Owns bike shop, uncle of Nicholas.
Kent Clapsaddle, 16. High school sophomore.
Tuppence Collins, 46. Librarian.
Dani Clapsaddle, 29. Kent’s aunt by marriage.
Janet Flynn, 39. Twinsburg native returned from England.
James Clapsaddle, 18. High school senior, Kent’s uncle.
Lyndon Pfiffer, 26. Deputy.
Gabriel Saltares, 44. College professor.
Albert Collins, 48. Lawyer.
Abigail Voigt, 24. Sheriff’s secretary.
Patrick Clapsaddle, 33. Kent’s uncle, husband of Dani.
Duncan MacNeil, 38. FBI forensics expert.
Emma Corbett, 50. Local eccentric.
Kimmy Clapsaddle, 38. Kent’s aunt.
Leigh Pfiffer, 23. Corpse.
Zeke Chomski, 68. Mailman.
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