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PREVIOUSLY ON SANCTUARY

From End of Nights 2

HELEN
Name?

KATE
Kate Freelander

KATE
For the record, I’m not Cabal.



DANA (on phone)
Dana Whitcomb.

HELEN (on phone)
You have my daughter, I want her back.

DANA
Your daughter of you work.

[Helen throws the cell phone in anger.]


CLARA
Will!

WILL
Clara, what are you still doing here? I thought you were going to evacuate with the other
residents.

WILL
She wasn't supposed to be here.


HELEN
Ashley, please...

ASHLEY
Mom...

[Ashley transports out in a flash and Helen is distraught.]



INT SANCTUARY HELEN’S OFFICE

[Helen is walking back to her desk looking at a book when a young looking John enters.]


JOHN
Helen?

[Helen turns towards John.]

JOHN
It's a miracle.

[Ashley enters behind John.]

HELEN
Ashley?

ASHLEY
Mom...

HELEN
Welcome home.

[Helen is sitting at her desk and awakes suddenly.]

EXT CARGO SHIP

[Will is walking with an Asian man on the ship. There are crates surrounding them.]

ASIAN MAN
The repairs on the Beijing Sanctuary will be finished in March.

WILL
And how long before the Moscow and London Sanctuaries are reopened?

ASIAN MAN
Three months, provided the contractors hold to their estimates. Tokyo, however, is a total loss.

WILL
Which means we have a lot of dispossessed residents to deal with.

ASIAN MAN
The sanctuary network survived, that's what matters most.

WILL
It's just...hard to keep that in mind sometimes.

ASIAN MAN
Yes. Clara. So many tragedies to process.

WILL
I take it that's our cargo.

ASIAN MAN
No, ours is in the hold.

WILL
Okay, well, I’ve got five trucks waiting, so...

ASIAN MAN
And the rest?

WILL
Magnus said you requested space for 20 abnormal refugees.

ASIAN MAN
Not 20 abnormals...20 containers of abnormals. Oh...

[They open the hold of the ship and screeching and roaring is heard. Abnormals can be seen wandering and flying around many crates. One flies up to Will and the Asian man looking down into the hold.]

NAPAEAE
Whoo-hoo! I can see the light. Hahaha, oh now, that's better. whoo, man, was it hot in there! Boy, I could sure do with a lemonade. Yo Beijing, what's a guy gotta do to get a cold drink around here, huh? Huh? Ooh, you're a lot of help. I'm out of here, see you.

[The napaeae flies away.]

WILL
We're going to need some more trucks.

CREDITS

INT SANCTUARY HELEN’S OFFICE

[Helen places a wooden box on her desk and opens it. She takes out a necklace. A cup of tea is set next to the box by Ashley. Helen look shocked and shakes her head and looks again to see it is Biggie setting the tea cup down.]

HELEN
Stop doting on me. It makes my teeth itch.

BIGGIE
Mine too. Now, eat.

[Biggie has also placed a tray of food in front of Helen.]

HELEN
I should be helping Henry and Will.

BIGGIE
Oh, they're fine. Everything's running smooth as silk.

[Biggie holds out a flower to Helen. She smiles up at him.]

INT SANCTUARY LOWER LEVEL ROOM

[Henry and Chuck are corralling an abnormal.]

HENRY
Oh, no, you don't.

[A crawling abnormal is encouraged in a specific direction by Henry and Chuck.]

HENRY
Okay...this is a freaking mess.

CHUCK [dodging an Abnormal’s appendage.]
Whoa! So many wonderful guests!

HENRY
You know, we got to figure out a tagging system or something cause half these things shouldn't even be breathing the same air.

NAPAEAE [laughs]
Whoo!

HENRY
Hey!

[The napaeae has taken Henry’s stylus.]

NAPAEAE
Whoa...Come on, come and get it, Shorty!

HENRY
I'm short?

[Will walks in.]

WILL
Okay, so all grade four security risks are in the SHU. How's the food and water holding up?

[An abnormal reaches around crate and tries to grab Will.]

WILL
Whoa!

HENRY
Hey, down, Smithers. Git...

[Will crashes into a crate and squeaking is heard.]

HENRY
All right. yeah, I pulled in big favors from our suppliers got, um--


[An abnormal retching causes everyone to yelp.]

WILL
Whoa...

HENRY
Yeah, he's-he's not well.

WILL
Oh, God...I hope the plumbing holds up.

HENRY
Yeah, it's not the plumbing I'm worried about. Magnus isn't letting me reset the EM shield, it's still set to high security mode. You have any idea what kind of drain that is on our electrical system?

WILL
Well, I’m sure Magnus is not overly concerned about the utility bill right now.

HENRY
I know. I'm just saying we can't even plug in a toaster right now without blowing a fuse. I got 15 guests on the upper levels, I got another dozen in trucks waiting for rooms--

WILL
Henry, Henry, look, I know, okay. Everything's a mess right now, but we can handle it.

HENRY
Really, well tell that to the 12 guys waiting in the SHU.

WILL
We can handle it, okay? Let's just give 110 percent and take it one game at a time.

HENRY
Okay, one game at a time.

WILL
It's time for you to be the man.

HENRY
Be the man, look out!

[Will yelps]

HENRY
Smithers, come on!

WILL
Would you—could you--

HENRY
Sorry... about him. All right, be the man. Be the man...

INT SANCTUARY GUEST ROOM

[Kate is loading a gun. She walks over and picks up a pair of bloody jeans.]

KATE[chuckling]
Hmm...good times.

[There is a knock on the door.]

KATE
Hey.

[Will looks around the messy room and groans in distaste.]

WILL
Wow...see, this is why we ask for a cleaning deposit from you when you check in.

KATE
Ha ha.

WILL
So you're really going, huh?

KATE
Well, I can't exactly stay. I mean, the whole attack on this place, me shooting the boss' kid with a rocket, the kid going boom...Things are just too, uh...weird now.

WILL
Things are usually weird around here, but I agree, they're especially weird right now.

KATE
Look, I appreciate you guys letting me stay here as long as you have, but you need room at the inn, so--

WILL
Kate, do you want to stay here?

KATE [scoffing]
No, why do you ask?

WILL
Well, you've taken your sweet time leaving. You've obviously made yourself at home. I don’t know.

KATE
Well, the leg's still a bit stiff. I was planning on waiting until I was in peak condition before shipping out.

WILL
Whatever, look, if you're leaving, clean the place up, and if you're staying, clean the place up.

KATE
Yeah, yeah.

WILL
Garbage pickup's at 4:00.

KATE
Good to know.

[Kate closes the door behind Will.]

KATE
"Garbage pickup is at 4:00."

EXT DESERT

[A jeep is driving in sand storm. Helen is driving over the bumpy terrain with the radio playing.]

VOICE ON RADIO
…season from the 1955 World Series win over the Yankees….

[Helen grabs a vase to stop it from falling off the seat next to her. The Jeep has 1957 New Mexico license plate.]

VOICE ON RADIO
..States will become the modern stadium of its time. A deal not only has….

[Helen turns off the engine and grabs some papers sitting on the seat in front of the vase. A newspaper, Albuquerque Daily, headline reads: Russians Launch Sputnik. Helen gets out of Jeep and lays out a map on the hood of the Jeep and places a compass on top of it.

[Biggie is heard growling.]

INT SANCTUARY HELEN’S OFFICE
[Helen returns to the present and looks toward the closed door of her office. She can hear Will talking loudly.]

WILL’S VOICE
Okay, just stop! Stop being an idiot, all right?

WILL VOICE
Are we going to do this now? Are we going to do this now?

[Helen gets up and moves toward the door. She opens the door to find Will and Biggie outside it. It appears as though Biggie isn’t allowing Will near the door.]

WILL VOICE
Okay, fine, and don't bare your teeth at me! I know what that means when you do that!

HELEN
Please, Will, come in.

WILL
We'll discuss this later.

[Biggie smacks Will on the back of his head as he passes him to enter Helen’s office.]

WILL
God...

HELEN
I know you've had your hands full. And I really appreciate you all giving me some time, but I’m hardly the only one personally affected by recent events. We haven't spoken since Clara's memorial service.

WILL
Yeah which was five days ago. Magnus, what happened was...the worst thing I could possibly imagine, but it happened. And you mourning Ashley alone is not going to do yourself or anyone else any good all right. Without closure--

HELEN
I know all of that, Will.

WILL
Then why are you delaying the inevitable? Why are you hiding in here?

HELEN
Simple or complicated version; your choice?

WILL
What are you doing?

HELEN
I've wanted to tell you exactly that for days, Will, but I had to be sure, and now I am.

WILL
Of what?

HELEN
I'm not mourning anything, not yet. Because I believe there's a very real chance that Ashley may still be alive.

INT SANCTUARY LOWER LEVEL

[Henry and Asian man are carrying a large crate into the room. Kate is watching them enter.]

KATE
Is that a real, live Stenopelhabilis?

HENRY
Not so much alive as dead. These two were the last of their kind. They bought when London was hit.

KATE
I didn't even know there was any left in existence.

ASIAN GUY
There are many species under our care. We prefer people to believe they are extinct.

KATE
No way, you had a male and a female?

ASIAN GUY
We were trying to breed them.

HENRY
Dr. Magnus wanted them brought here for study and safekeeping.

[Kate reaching in crate and Henry grabs her arm.]

KATE
What?

HENRY
Well, you don't think I know about the tusks? That's all you see, isn't it?

KATE
Dude, do you know how much those are worth on the European market alone? And I’m talking for each pair. Forget about Asia, that'd be, like, double the--

ASIAN GUY
Who are you?

HENRY
Ark-Fong Li, head of the Beijing Sanctuary, meet Kate Freelander, professional pain in the ass, Who I believe was just leaving.

KATE
I was, but Will asked me to stay a little longer and help out with all the newbies and stuff. Garbage detail, my idea. See ya.


INT SANCTUARY HELEN’S OFFICE

WILL
How could she have survived? And believe me; I say this wanting her to be somewhere, anywhere, alive and well.

HELEN
Which could very well be the case. The first attacker teleported at 18:25 hours.

[Helen walks over to her desk and hit a button on the computer.]

HELEN
Notice the change in the EM field's strength? The second attempted teleport happened less than three minutes later.

WILL
Further destabilizing the field.

HELEN
Exactly.

WIL
So you're saying the EM field was unstable when--

HELEN
Ashley teleported at 18:29 hours.

WILL
You think she got through?

HELEN
A further analysis needs to be done to determine exactly where she could have landed. I need you to be my emotional compass. We nearly lost the entire Sanctuary network because of my judgment. I need to know that my instincts aren't wrong. That my feelings don't end up blinding my decisions.

INT SANCTUARY LOWER LEVEL

[Door opens quietly and Kate enters with a flashlight. It is the room with the Stenopelhabilis crates. She goes to the computer and presses some buttons to open one of the crates.]

KATE
Heck, yeah.

[Kate leaves computer and misses the warning message “Life Form Detected. She goes to the Stenopelhabilis and admires the tusk.]

KATE
Come to mama.

[Fluid comes flying out and covers Kate who backs away.]

KATE
Oh! Okay, I’m going to gag.

[A creature grunting can be heard. Kate looks in crate and then around on the floor. A small abnormal is on the floor near more fluid.]

KATE
I'll be damned...love child of the dead.

[Kate crawls toward the baby Steno.]

KATE
Shh...hey...come to mama.

[Kate reaches for it and it licks her.]

KATE
Oh, you little—

[The baby steno runs off.]

KATE
Oh, crap, fabulous.

INT SANCTUARY HALLWAY

[Biggie and Henry are walking through a room full of crates.]

HENRY
If we move the kitapholus drocena here, we could put the seroslugs on the third floor by the lotus elks.

BIGGIE
No, lotus elk eat seroslug What about the cryo-lab?

HENRY
Uh, that's the only room that goes to minus 30 degrees. I was hoping to save that for the northern halcylops. Ah, what about the pradophili?

BIGGIE
Ooh, pradophili!

HENRY
Yeah, okay.

[Henry and Biggie enter Henry’s array. The Napaeae flies in.]

NAPAEAE
Hey! ape man...and short human guy, I ordered Thai food, like, an hour ago. What, are you clowns on strike, or what?

HENRY
Look, annoying insect guy, you'll eat when it's your turn to eat.
Oh, wait a minute, you hate me because I got wings, don't you? Because I have the freedom of flight and you don't!

HENRY
Yeah, that's why I hate you. Now go back to your shoebox and let us work, please.

[Henry is eating a candy bar and sets a part of it down on the desk.]

NAPAEAE
Whoa hey you going to eat that cause I can make a serious smorgasbord out of that.]

HENRY
Hey listen; will you go away if I give it to you?

[Napaeae picks up cookie]

NAPAEAE
Whoa, holy jeez! The density of these things, I can feel my deltoids.

[Napaeae flies out of room but almost flies into Kate who is entering room.]

KATE
Oh...

NAPAEAE
Hey, sweet cheeks, my room, now!

KATE
You wish. Hey...

HENRY
What happened to you?

KATE
Oh, yeah. Well, it seems like the dead female steno was still able to carry a healthy baby, and, mazel tov, she had one.

HENRY
That's great! We should put it in an incubator or something.

KATE
Slight problem, it got away.

HENRY
Say again?

KATE
Hey, I tried to stop it, but the little bugger tried to eat me.

BIGGIE
They were all in stasis.

KATE
Mom was in stasis; Junior, as it turns out, not so much.

HENRY
This is not good. This is not good. We have to find it before it gets eaten by something, or vice versa.

[Henry pick up some equipment and rushes out. Kate moves to follow him but Biggie grabs the back of her shirt.]

BIGGIE
What were you doing down there?

KATE
That is a very...astute question.

BIGGIE
Perhaps you'd like to sell me too?

KATE
Maybe.

INT SANCTUARY GUEST ROOM

[Doctor Li stops in doorway.]
LI
Baby Stenopelhabilis. How in the world? Oh, that's nasty food. No, no, no, no, no, not good for you at all. Here, now. Here, just let me--

[Steno snarls, Li yelps and speaks in Mandarin. He has lacerations on his hand.]


EXT SANCTUARY GROUNDS

HELEN
I know that look. Just spill it.

WILL
What do you think happens after we die? You've seen more lives end than anyone else that I know.

HELEN
Kurt and Albert and I got into this discussion once at a Princeton football game, I think it was 1953. Albert argued that the concept of matter equaling energy, and vice versa, was far more ubiquitous than any of us could have imagined.

WILL
That would be Kurt Yödel and Albert Einstein?

[Helen nods affirmative.]

WILL
Of course, look, I’m a guy hammering in stakes here you want to have a little mercy?

HELEN
What do I think death is?

WILL
Yeah.

HELEN
Did you ever see "Field of Dreams"?

WILL
Yeah, I loved that movie.

HELEN
The cornfield, it's rather like that.

WILL
I never understood what happened in the cornfield.

HELEN
Nobody did, that was the point.

INT SACNTUARY HELEN’S OFFICE

[Helen enters her office reading a book.]

JOHN
Helen...you're missing out on all the fun.

HELEN
There's food if you're hungry. Dr. Li can patch you up if you're injured, I haven't the time.

[Helen continues to her desk. John is sitting in chair across the room drinking liquor. He has blood on his neck.]

JOHN
I wonder why. You'll be pleased to know Nikola and I are making significant headway into the cabal's operations. Individual cells exist, but the central brain trust has...been undone.

HELEN
You're killing them off.

JOHN
Well, they exist only as desperate, disconnected camps now.

HELEN
And Dana Whitcomb?

[Helen walks to front of desk and stands.]

JOHN
A fugitive, but it's only a matter of time. She will answer for what she's done.

HELEN
With her life, will that help? Oh…

[Helen holds up her hand.]

HELEN
On second thought, don't answer that.

JOHN
Perhaps once I’ve found her, I'll simply hand her over to the authorities? I don't need your blessing!

[John gets out of chair and walks to stand in front of Helen.]

JOHN
And there is a part of you that's dying for the moment I come and tell you it's done.

HELEN
I'm choosing to focus on other things, John, like rebuilding.

JOHN
Then plan Ashley’s funeral.

HELEN
Not yet. Not until I say.

JOHN
In this delusional little game you're playing--

HELEN
There is a chance--

JOHN
Is there really?

HELEN
Yes!

JOHN
You may have been able to convince these others to follow you down this perverse rabbit hole, but I will not! They took her from us in the most unnatural way possible! I'm doing my part. Do yours.

[John moves away and Helen hold the necklace around her neck.]

FLASHBACK

[Helen is driving the Jeep and the visibility is poor due to the wind blowing the sand. Helen stops when she sees a woman standing in front of the Jeep. The woman comes to stand next to the door. Startled, Helen rolls down the window.]

OLD NATIVE WOMAN
Gas station's five miles back.

HELEN
Actually, I’m trying to find Tehuatonichen. My information says it's in this area. Am I close?

OLD NATIVE WOMAN
Ain't nothin' round here but desert.

[The old woman is wearing the necklace that Helen had on.]

INT SANCTUARY HALLWAY

[Henry, Li and Biggie are walking down hallway.]

HENRY
We'll track the steno, and we'll bag it with snares, or if we have to, we'll use a shock web.

LI
No, definitely not, and please, gently with the snares. We don't want to hurt it.

[Kate walks out of one of the rooms into the hallway.]

KATE
Whoa, whoa, whoa! dude...snares? It's a steno. I say you set the phasers to 11 and fry the sucker. hmm?

LI
It was defending itself, most likely from being sold on the black market by you.

[Biggie snarls menacingly.]

BIGGIE
We need some bait.

LI
We were feeding its parents bamboo leaves and shoots--

KATE
Or my day-old hamburger...

HENRY
Shush.

LI
As I was saying, we have several rare genera of bamboo from the southern Yangtze region which I’m sure it will find very delicious.

HENRY
Let's just get this thing back in a cage before it gets eaten by something hungrier and bigger.

[The others move down the hallway leaving Kate behind.]

KATE
I'm telling you, burgers!

HENRY
Thanks for the tip.

KATE
And the whole the snare thing, big mistake!

INT SANCTUARY HELEN’S OFFICE

ASHLEY
I can't see anything here.

[Ashley is holding the laptop down for Helen to see. Helen stares up at her. She jumps and it’s not Ashley but Will.]

WILL
There's no evidence in the bio-scanner of Ashley escaping the EM field perimeter.

HELEN
I've been looking at this from the wrong point of view. I thought the de-stabilization in the field meant that she might've gotten through it.

WILL
What else could it mean?

HELEN
Well, that she simply bounced back within the field itself, re-materialized somewhere inside the Sanctuary. Think about it, Will. Why did the field weaken at the exact moment that she teleported?

WILL
An anomaly? A power surge because she was taking one of the super abnormals with her at the time?

HELEN
You're reaching. All we need to do is search for elements of Ashley’s DNA inside the Sanctuary.

WILL
No, no, no, you're reaching. We have had a work crew in the Sanctuary for a week, and no one has found anything that could be possibly be construed as a body.

[Will crotches down to be eye level to Helen.]

HELEN
But they haven't been everywhere.

[Helen voices becomes shaky as she becomes tearful.]

HELEN
She could be disoriented...or hurt.

WILL
Or gone.

HELEN
Do you really want me to stop?

INT SANCTUARY

BIGGIE
Ground floor, lower level secured.

[Biggie is talking over the walkie to the other who are in different parts of the Sanctuary. They are all carrying snares. Kate is with Henry on the lower levels.]

HENRY
Okay, good. Dr. Li?

LI
No sign yet.

BIGGIE
Perhaps it's sleeping somewhere.

LI
They only sleep at night. It will definitely be awake.

HENRY
Everybody stay in touch.

LI
Wait, wait, wait. I have him.

[The steno is eating a hamburger.]

HENRY
Can you get it?

[Li beckons by whistling and clucking]

LI
All right. all right...

[Li tries to capture it with the snare but misses and the steno dashes off.]

LI
On the move, going for the lower levels.

HENRY
Hey, big guy, it's headed your way!

BIGGIE
Ready.

[Biggie grunts softly]

BIGGIE
Got you, you little—Oh...

[Biggie manages to get the snare around the head but isn’t able to tighten it in time and it gets free. Henry, Kate and Li come rushing in.]

HENRY
Hey, what happened?

BIGGIE
Oh, it jumped.

LI
It can't jump. Stenos don't do that.

BIGGIE
This one did.

HENRY
Oh, damn it, it's in the vent system.

LI
Can't you just trap it in there?

HENRY
Not fast enough. This is very bad.

EXT SANCTUARY

[A vent covering has a whole in it.]

HENRY
Oh, great. It's gone.

KATE
Well, you clearly don't need my help.

EXT SANCTUARY

[Henry is getting in a van. Kate is already seated in the passenger seat with a drink.]

HENRY
This is a disaster.

KATE
The titanic's a disaster, Madonna's movie career, disaster. This is nothing.

HENRY
You don't get it, do you? I'm supposed to be the man, and losing a one-of-a-kind baby steno does not exactly make me "the man".

KATE
Quite a predicament, if only you had the services of a world-class hunter/tracker at your disposal.

HENRY
Name your price.

KATE
Never say that to me unless you mean it.

HENRY
I'm saying it.

KATE
Mommy and daddy's tusks.

HENRY
No, no, no way.

KATE
The bamboo salesman and the giant walking rug are running the Sanctuary and I’m right here, healthy, willing and able.

[slurps noisily]

KATE
Come on, Henry, do you want to be the man or not?

HENRY
One Steno tusk one.

KATE
Two sets of two or it's not worth it.

HENRY
One set--

KATE
The female.

HENRY
Fine.

KATE
Let's roll!

INT SANCTUARY HELEN’S OFFICE

HELEN
Once the scan is complete, any biological artifacts matching Ashley’s DNA should show up.

WILL
If we do find something, how do we know that it's not from one of the super abnormals that attacked us? Didn't they share Ashley's DNA?

HELEN
I'm hopeful that there are ways to tell the difference. Either way, we should have a good idea of what really happened.

[Will sighs heavily]

WILL
I can't tell if this is a real investigation or a train wreck.

[Helen turns suddenly and Will realizes what he’s said.]

WILL
Oh, look, I-I’m sorry, I didn't--

HELEN
No, no. Never stop doing that, being honest with me. Anything else and I will be insulted. Thanks.

WILL
Sancho Panza had it easy.

HELEN
Ashley and I always had to face tragedy and loss in our work. I taught her
a saying--"nos must amitto vivo en."

WILL
We must let go to live on.

HELEN
Well done, Sancho. You know, she always faced death better than me, among many things.

WILL
That must've been hard, just you and her.

HELEN
It was worth every minute.

EXT OLD CITY

[Biggie’s voice]
There has been an incident at Vera’s burger shack on Salisbury.

[Medics are wheeling someone out of Vera’s as Henry and Kate walk up.]

HENRY
Just let me handle the cops, okay?

POLICEMAN
Can I help you folks?

KATE
Health Department, we got a call about a code violation.

POLICEMAN
Okay, go ahead.

HENRY
Health Department?

[Henry and Kate enter building.]

KATE
No one ever checks. So, what did I tell ya? Burgers.

HENRY
Okay, shush.

KATE
It happened only 20 minutes ago. It couldn't have gotten far.

HENRY
Especially if it just ate.

KATE
Is it just me, or has its shoe size gone up?

HENRY
We're going to need a bigger cage.

[Henry and Kate walk back out to the street.]

KATE
Just chowed down, been on the run for a while. If I was a full, tired critter, I'd want a place to lay low for a bit.

HENRY
Make a nest.

KATE
I'm thinkin' yeah.

HENRY
Yeah.


INT SANCTUARY HELEN’S OFFICE

[Will sets a sandwich in front of Helen.]

WILL
Made it myself.

HELEN
I'm not hungry, thank you.

WILL
Okay.

HELEN
Will, would you please stop hovering? I can take care of myself.

[Helen gets up and goes to the computers at another desk.]

WILL
You've barely eaten for six days. You've had hardly any sleep. Even for you, this is extreme.

HELEN
I'm fine.

WILL
Yes and no.

WILL
You've got a clear mind, good focus, but you also, you know...you drift off now and again. You leave.

HELEN
It's just memories.

[Will sighs]

WILL
If this bio-scan comes up empty…

HELEN
What theory will I cook up next to keep this quest alive?

WILL
No, I wasn't saying that.

HELEN
Yes, you were.

[Will crotches down next to Helen.]

WILL
I need to know, are you searching for closure...or a miracle?

HELEN
There are no such things as miracles.

[The computer beeps.]

HELEN
It's found something.

INT SANCTUARY LOWER LEVEL

WILL
Okay, the coordinates say it should be right...

HELEN
There.

WILL
Oh, my God.

[A skeleton is stuck in the cement wall.]

INT SANCTUARY LOWER LEVEL

[Biggie has joined Helen and Will near the skeleton.]

HELEN
Once you get it free, bring it to the lab. I'll run a full autopsy.

WILL
I'll meet you there.

[Helen leaves.]

WILL
Big guy, if you want me to do this--

BIGGIE
No.

[Biggie starts to chip away the cement around the skeleton.]


EXT STREET OVER MANHOLE

[Henry pulls the cover off the manhole.]

KATE
Oh!

HENRY
Wow.

KATE
Ok, ok I draw the line.

HENRY

HENRY
Come on. Big kudos to the consultant, you were right about it trying to find a place to lay low.

KATE
That's a sewer down there.

HENRY
Yeah. City worker gets attacked in the sewer, we go into the sewers.

KATE
And the stink that never comes out of your clothes? Are we ignoring the need for new wardrobe?

HENRY
Get in the hole.

KATE
Okay, but not with this.

[Kate puts down the stunner gun and loads a bullet into the chamber of her gun.]

HENRY
No, no, come on. Get with the program, please.

KATE
Hank, reality check, this thing just sent a fry cook and a sewer worker to the emergency room with lacerations. It's obviously way nastier than it was this morning.

HENRY
You want the tusks or not?

INT SANCTURY MAIN LAB

[Helen is looking over the remains as Will walks in.]

WILL
Anything?

HELEN
The remains are too burnt to determine a fingerprint pattern. What about you?

WILL
X-rays we were able to recover. Tissue analysis and bone density results will take a little more time.

[Will hands her the tablet with x-ray of a femur on it.]

HELEN
This isn't Ashley.

WILL
How can you tell?

HELEN
Ashley broke her right femur when she was 12 years old. This one shows no evidence of re-calcification. These are the remains of one of the other super abnormals that attacked us.

[Will sighs]

WILL
Okay, well, it's something. Look, I I know you were hoping for something else, but--

[Helen has become lost in thought.]

WILL
--Hey!

HELEN
I'm feeling quite tired, Will. I think I’ll lie down for a while.

INT SEWER

HENRY
These fries look almost fresh. It's got to be close.

KATE
Once we do bag it, breaking it from its junk food habit is going to be a bitch.

HENRY
All right, these tunnels rejoin a couple blocks south of here, so you take left, I'll go right. We'll flush it out into the open on the other side.

KATE
Sounds like a plan.

HENRY
Keep in touch, and remember—

KATE
Stun, no gun, I got it.

HENRY
Yeah great.

[Kate moves off down the tunnel. A large steno can be heard in the distance. Kate puts the stunner away and gets her gun.]

KATE
Policy-schmolicy.

FLASHBACK EXT DESERT

[Helen is looking through binocular next to the Jeep. A young native boy is behind her. She turns around.]

HELEN
Hello.

NATIVE BOY
What are you looking for?

HELEN
A place that doesn't exist apparently.

NATIVE BOY
Tehuatonichen.

HELEN
Yes.

NATIVE BOY
You're right, it doesn't exist.

HELEN
And yet you've heard of it.

PRESENT HELEN’S OFFICE

[Helen awakes on the couch. She gets up and leaves]

INT SANCTUARY HELEN’S OFFICE

HELEN
Einstein was right; matter into energy.

WILL
Right but landing where?

HELEN
The EM field itself. That’s what the fluctuation means. That’s why I keep seeing…

[Helen stops when she realizes what she has admitted. She tries to ignore the mistake and move on.]

HELEN
The magnitude and amplitude of the field increased at the time of her jump. EM fields absorb energy. She could be somewhere in the EM field's buffer, trapped mid-teleport.

WILL
In the computer?

HELEN
Exactly.

WILL
That's insane.

HELEN
Ashley teleported with another super abnormal. The fluctuation could be the EM field's buffer capturing both signatures and storing them--

WILL
Okay. Okay, even if she is in here, somehow, what are you going to do? You're going try to communicate with her? You going to try to pull her out somehow?

HELEN
If we could recreate her signature effectively, there may be a way to-to...

WILL
To what?

HELEN
There are so many variables to consider, Will, so many pieces to this puzzle.

WILL
Oh, Magnus...

HELEN
One more test. I run an exponential wave analysis. I search the EM field for her particular--

WILL
Magnus!

[Helen jumps and falls silent. Will moves closer and leans on desk and sighs.]

WILL
Okay, okay. What next?

INT SEWER TUNNEL

[Kate is walking slowly down tunnel. Noises from the abnormal are getting stronger as it grows closer.]

KATE
Come on, Junior...

[Kate hears snarling above her and looks up. The steno is above her. The Steno drops to the ground and knocks Kate’s gun away in the process.]

KATE
Easy, now...let's take this nice and slow.

[The steno snarls and moves closer to her.]

KATE
Do you want a piece of me, boy? Huh? Do you? You're a boy, right?

[Kate wraps her coat around her arm and holds it up for protection. The steno leaps forward and bites Kate’s arm which is wrapped in the coat. It tugs on the coat and Kate falls back as she loses her grip on the coat.]

KATE
Ah!

[Gunfire is heard and the Steno yelps and runs off. Henry has come up behind Kate. Kate grabs her gun.]

KATE
So, it's bigger.

HENRY
Yeah

[The steno roars.]

HENRY
Move! move, move!

KATE
I thought you said no guns!

HENRY
I said no guns for you.

[Kate and Henry fall in a hole in their haste to get away.]

HENRY
Oof! Ow.

KATE
Get off of me. Where the hell are we?

HENRY
Uh, I don't know. Looks like your room.

KATE
Hey...these are my jeans.

HENRY
Oh, man.

KATE
What?

HENRY
I think we found its nest.

[The steno snarls.]

KATE
Okay, we got to get out of here.

[Kate pulls herself up to look out the top of the hole.]

HENRY
Why didn't it kill you in the tunnel back there?

[She sees the steno moving down the tunnel toward them.]

KATE
Henry, its coming!

HENRY
Yeah, I know just hold on a sec!

KATE
I'm going to empty a mag into it!

HENRY
No, you are not!

KATE
Oh, yeah, I am!

HENRY
Food, water, shelter...oh, Kate, wait!

KATE
Henry!

HENRY
No, no, no!

[Kate fires her gun repeatedly and falls back into the hole. The steno falls on ground near Kate and the stands over her. It begins to lick her.]

KATE
Ahhhh!

[The steno continues to stand over Kate and wags it’s tail moving playfully.]

[Henry laughs.]

KATE
What the hell?

[Henry is still giggling but tries to stop so he can talk.]

HENRY
Look around you. What's the first thing it did? It licked your face, ate your food, stole your clothes. You were the first thing it saw. It thinks you're its mother.

[Henry laughs]

HENRY
I think it has your eyes.

[Henry is still laughing]

KATE
Oh, barf. Get off.

FLASHBACK EXT DESERT

[Helen walks away from Jeep carrying vase toward group of natives.]

HELEN
I came to return this to you. It was given to me in the Amazon.

[Helen hands the vase to a elder man who examines the outside markings on it.]

ELDER NATIVE MAN
He was Sani, our last living shaman, spirit leader of our tribe.

HELEN
I was asked to bring him home.

ELDER NATIVE MAN
For 300 years we've been waiting for his return. This means my ancestors will be at peace.

[The elder woman, from before, steps forward and holds out the necklace to Helen.]

ELDER NATIVE MAN
We want you to have this. It was meant for you. May it guide you through dark places and into the light.

PRESENT INT SANCTUARY HELEN’S OFFICE

[Helen is sitting in front of the fire looking at the necklace. Will is sitting in front of the computer when it beeps. He turns to Helen.]

WILL
You should see this.

[Helen walks over and reads the screen. “ANALYSIS COMPLETE: No sign of requested energy signature within electromagnetic field.”

WILL
I'm truly sorry, Magnus.

HELEN
Tell everyone the memorial service will be tomorrow. I need to reset the EM field.

INT SANCTUARY HOLDING CELL

[The steno is in a cage and Biggie, Henry, Li, and Kate are standing in front of it.]

KATE
There's your rare baby, Dr. Li, Intact and everything.

LI
Ahem, you've traumatized it. It keeps showing its teeth.

KATE
To you, not to me. You're just jealous because Ralphie chose me for its mother.

LI
You don't even know what gender it is.

KATE
Does it really matter?

[Li says something in another language and walks off.]

BIGGIE
Ral-fee...It's got a--a ring to it.

[Biggie smacks Kate’s head.]

KATE
Ow!

HENRY
You're growing on him.

[Kate rubs her head.]

HENRY
Feels good, doesn't it? Being a good guy?

KATE
Meh.

HENRY
I got to admit, you're pretty good at this.

KATE
Back at ya, Hank.

HENRY
So, stick around?

KATE
Well, i got to get paid, don't I?

HENRY
Right, well, a deal's a deal. One steno set. Have fun in Maui.

KATE
Tell you what, hang onto them for me. I'll collect them later. See you, baby.

INT SANCTAURY HELEN’S OFFICE

[Helen walks into her office to see John standing waiting for her.]

JOHN
I see you've come to your senses.

HELEN
Interesting turn of phrase, all my senses tell me that she's still alive, somewhere--

JOHN
Stop. Please.

HELEN
In the end, what she chose to do she did as Ashley, not what they turned her into.

JOHN
Yes.

HELEN
Please take some solace in that.

JOHN
I think not.

HELEN
Are you joining us?

JOHN
You may have found closure, I haven't. Not yet.

[John brushes by Helen and leaves.]

HELEN
John...

INT SANCTUARY CHAPEL

[A opened casket is displayed and Henry, Will, Biggie and Helen stand in front of it. Biggie steps forward when Helen nods and places a doll into the coffin. Biggie moves back and Henry places a notepad in. When he steps back Will moves forward holding a single red rose.]

EXT CAFÉ

[Dana Whitcomb is sitting at an outdoor café enjoying her coffee.]

INT SANCTUARY CHAPEL

[Will places the rose in the casket and returns to stand with the others.

EXT CAFÉ

[Dana gets up and leaves the café. John is sitting a few tables away and puts down the paper he is holding up, grabs his cane and moves to follow her.]

INT SANCTUARY CHAPEL

[The team has left allowing Helen some time alone. Helen moves forward and places the necklace into the coffin. She closes the coffin in tears.]

ASHLEY
Nos must amitto vivo en. We must let go.

[Helen turns to see Ashley standing behind her.]

HELEN
I can not.

ASHLEY
You have to, Mom.

HELEN
But you're...you're my life. Without you--

ASHLEY
You'll never be without me, and I know that you will always love me. No matter what.

[Ashley has walked forward to stand in front of her mother but then turns away to leave after she finishes talking.]

HELEN
Ashley!

HELEN
[whispering]: please...

HELEN
I'm so sorry.



THE END




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