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KALI PART ONE

Written by: Alan McCullough
Directed by: Martin Wood

EXT MUMBAI INDIA

[A man exits a dwelling and directs kids to go inside.]

MAN [IN HINDI]
Run! Run!

[The man grabs an older woman by the arm guiding her forward.]

MAN
Hurry!

[Several men are giving chase.]

MAN
Rheka, you must go.

[The man and Rheka stop in front of an artifact.]

MAN
I will do what I have to. You must come back and retrieve it later.

RHEKA
It will speak.

MAN
There is no other choice. This is my duty. Now please.

[Rheka nods affirmatively and moves off. The man opens the top of the artifact. He wrenches the top up to expose a sculture inside and a spider crawls out of his mouth. The spider makes a movement and a wave moves out away from it spread out for a great distance. The man places the spider close to the sculpture and it crawls in; the man quickly closes the artifact.]

MAN [IN HINDI]
..... Kali.

[The man runs off trying to escape but runs into one of the men chasing him.]

THUG 1
Hey!

[The man is quickly surrounded.]

MAN [IN HINDI]
Please

FORSYTHE
Well, well, you led us on a merry dance didn't you, huh?

[The man falls to his knees.]

FORSYTHE
No... crap.

ASIAN MAN
What is it?

FORSYTHE
It's not in him anymore, is it? Look at him.

[Thug 1 pulls a gun and aims it at the man's head.]

THUG 1
Where'd you put it?

FORSYTHE
Hey, hey, hey. He's not going to answer.

MAN [Mutters in Hindi]

FORSYTHE
When the bug leaves the body, you die. Its part of the deal and it's been in him for a long, long time.

[Forsythe kneels down and puts his hand on the man's shoulder.]

FORSYTHE [IN HINDI]
I commend your sacrifice. There is no greater honor than to die for your God.

[Forsythe pats his shoulder and then stands up.]

FORSYTHE
Help him out, will you? Okay, people, moving on. Spread out. He must have passed the bug on to somebody.

ASIAN MAN
Wait. The old lady he was running with.

FORSYTHE
Find her.

[The Asian man nods to the thug and he cocks his pistol. The man murmurs in prayer; without hesitation the thug shoots him.]

CREDITS

EXT TOKYO, JAPAN

[An Asian man is walking toward Helen and Will who are waiting huddled under an umbrella protecting them from the pouring rain.]

ONRYUJI
Arigato.

HELEN
Onryuji-San, what happened?

ONRYUJI [Speaking Japanese]
HELEN [TRANSLATING FOR WILL]
Suki's never done anything like this before.

WILL
Suki?

HELEN
A giant lizard creature.

WILL
Oh

ONRYUJI [Speaking Japanese]
HELEN [TRANSLATING]
She's usually so docile.

ONRYUJI [Speaking Japanese]
HELEN [TRANSLATING]
He can't understand it.

HELEN [In Japanese]
Was anyone hurt?

ONRYUJI [Speaking Japanese]
HELEN [TRANSLATING]
No one was hurt, but there was much panic. People were running through the streets, screaming.

WILL
Wow, it's just like in the movie.

ONRYUJI
No, nothing like a movie. [Onryuji switches back to speaking Japanese]
HELEN [TRANSLATING]
Where is she now?

ONRYUJI [Speaking Japanese]
HELEN
She's been sedated offshore while we build an enclosure on one of our Islands.

ONRYUJI [Speaking Japanese]
HELEN
Last night she was fine this morning, all of a sudden, it's like a switch was turned on.

[Onryuji's radio beeps]

MAN ON RADIO [Speaking Japanese]
Kyoshirou, come in. The Coast Guard is demanding access to the container ship.

ONRYUJI [Speaking Japanese to radio]

ONRYUJI [Speaking Japanese]
I'm sorry I must go.

[Onryuji bows respectfully and Helen and Will return the gesture. Onryuji turns abruptly and walks off.]

WILL
Okay, so a giant lizard creature loose in Tokyo. How we going to spin this?

EXT TOYKO JAPAN

[Will and Helen are walking down the crowded streets.]

HELEN
So?

WILL
Well, it looks like our spin is holding up. Anyone who saw Suki now thinks it's part of some big Hollywood blockbuster shooting down by the harbor.

HELEN
Good. I'm getting pressure from New York to keep this story quiet. Our new head of house there, Terrance Wexford, is very keen on making his mark.

WILL
You're under pressure? What's that about?

HELEN
Nothing, everything's fine.

WILL
Listen, Magnus, I know you, okay? I know when something's up.

HELEN
I promise you, when the time comes; you will be the person that I talk to, all right?

[Helen's cell phone rings]

HELEN
Henry.

HENRY
Sorry to bother you, Doc; got some breaking news out of London.

HELEN
What is it?

HENRY
I'm patching through a video right now.

[Helen holds her phone so they both can watch the incoming video. It shows what appears to be a pterodactyl flying over London.]

WILL
What is that?

HELEN
Dear God.

WILL
London calling.

INT LONDON SANCTUARY

[Declan is leading Helen and Will through the newly remodeled abnormal habitats.]

DECLAN
Well, we caught her but as you can see she's still a little riled up.

HELEN
We just came back from Tokyo. They had a similar problem with Suki.

DECLAN
What happened?

WILL
She went psycho, broke out of her enclosure for no apparent reason.

HELEN
Now, I've received dispatches from Sydney, Rio, and Lagos. All of them are reporting similar incidents. In each case, one or two abnormals suddenly started acting up, out of the blue, no warning.

DECLAN
What is causing this?

HELEN
No idea but we'd better figure it out and quickly. So far we've been lucky no one's been seriously hurt but that won't be the case forever.

INT LONDON SANCTUARY

[Sanctuary heads of house are on a giant transparent video screen in front of Helen, Will and Declan.]

RAVI
It could be a virus like Lazarus last year.

WILL
Maybe, but this is a very select group of abnormals and the behavioral response is totally different. Lazarus triggered violence. This, whatever it is, is causing outright fear.

PILI
A change in atmosphere?

HENRY
No way. Our satellite feeds would have detected something like that.

HELEN
Besides, the Peruvian seppulus is incredibly sensitive to these kind of fluctuations and yet Lima's reported no problems.

ONRYUJI [Speaking Japanese]
HELEN
Which leaves us with sound; something sub-sonic?

DECLAN
Doubtful, Pterodactyls have a high tolerance for that.

WEXFORD
Can I just say that arguing over the cause at this point in time is useless. We need to initiate an immediate global alert.

HELEN
We're not there yet, Terrance. Only a handful of abnormals have been affected so far.

WEXFORD
Almost causing a panic in London and Tokyo; why risk further exposure?

PILI
Dr. Magnus... I've just received a report. A giant sand Ray has been found in the desert a hundred kilometers east of Minya, dead, surfaced inexplicably.

HELEN
This is the middle of its hibernation cycle.

[The Heads of House voice concerns, talking over one another.]

HELEN
All right, everyone, please, let's not panic. There has to be a reason that this is happening. We just have to remain vigilant until we can figure out what it is. In the meantime, survey your sentient abnormals and keep tabs on the rest. Report any changes in behavior to Declan immediately.

WEXFORD
Dr. Magnus, I must insist...

HELEN
That's all. Thank you.

[Heads of house sign off but one remains.]

RAVI
I'm sorry, Dr. Magnus?

HELEN
Yes, Ravi, what is it?

RAVI
I'm not sure if this falls under our purview but I thought it was worth mentioning. A man was found shot dead in Dharavi. He had the mark of Kali on his left leg.

WILL
Kali?

HELEN
Yeah, it's an ancient cult dating back 5,000 years. Its followers were rumored to be able to foretell disaster.

DECLAN
So they're abnormals?

HELEN
We've no idea. We've never actually made contact with them. I appreciate it, Ravi. Thank you. I'll be in touch.

[Ravi signs off.]

WILL
So, what do you think? You think this Kali thing ties in?

HELEN
I've no idea. This situation's so fractured, anything, no matter how insignificant could be a factor.

WILL
Yeah.

[Helen looks directly at Will.]

WILL
What?

[Helen smiles.]

WILL
You want me to go to Mumbai?

HELEN
I have to stay here and manage this situation.

WILL
You mean manage Wexford.

HELEN
Yeah, you picked up on that, did you?

WILL
Yeah, just a little. Okay.

HELEN
Take Kate with you to Mumbai. It'll be fun.

INT MUMBAI SANCTUARY

[Will and Kate are entering the Mumbai Sanctuary carrying their luggage.]

KATE
"We're going on a trip," he says. "It'll be fun!" he says.

WILL
"Please stop talking for two minutes," he says.

KATE
Hey, I have just been on a plane for 15 hours. I am entitled to a little complaining.

WILL
Yeah, well, try flying through Tokyo and London first and then we'll talk.

RAVI
Dr. Zimmerman, Miss Freelander. Namaste. I am Dr. Ganapathiraman.

WILL
Hi, Dr... Doctor. I'm Will.

RAVI
Then you must call me Ravi.

WILL
Thank God.

KATE
I'll be Kate.

RAVI
Kate. Pavitar. "Pure."

KATE
No, just Kate.

RAVI
I have rooms ready for you if you need to rest.

KATE
Absolutely...

WILL
No, actually, we're fine. Why don't we just get started?

KATE
Moving fast in Mumbai? That's a bad idea.

WILL
What are we, here on vacation?

KATE [Sighs]
Bring on the heat.

EASTERN DESERT, EGYPT

[Helen is examining the remains of the giant sand ray with Pili.]

HELEN
Female, you can tell by the markings.

PILI
Hmm, yes.

HELEN
Oh, young too maybe sixty, seventy years old? Damn, there aren't that many of these left.

PILI
I've arranged for a helicopter transport to Cairo.

HELEN
We should do a biopsy on the wings, tail and cephalic lobe, send them to London. Declan can do a full work-up, see if there's any link to the other abnormals.

PILI (in Egyptian to two men waiting by vehicle.)
Let's go!

EXT MUMBAI

[Will is studying the crime scene where the man was killed.]

WILL
Any chance we can get access to the victim?

RAVI
We're in good with the local authorities. They've given us the crime scene and I've arranged with the coroner to borrow the body for a window of time.

WILL
Good

RAVI
It should be delivered to the Sanctuary this afternoon.

KATE
The cops have anything yet?

RAVI
Still haven't ID'd the body. They think this was just another drug deal gone bad.

WILL
I don't think so.

KATE
Talk to me, William.

[Will points to the blood spatter.]

WILL
Well, the spatter angle seems very long. I mean, do you think slum gangbangers carry that heavy a caliber?

KATE
Doubtful, cheaper the gun, smaller the bullet.

WILL
I'm thinking...

[Will moves over and indicates a boot impression left in the dirt.]

WILL
...military issue. These are new treads; it's a recent acquisition.

KATE
Yeah, those kicks cost. Okay, so... Some dudes with expensive boots and even more expensive guns were here.

RAVI
So not a local job then.

WILL
Well... I'm saying no.

[Will puts up a shell casing with his pen.]

WILL
Not unless the locals buy their guns direct from the manufacturer.

[Kate takes the pen and studies the casing.]

KATE
Armour-piercing 9 mil; still jagged, Russian, pricey.

[Kate turns to Ravi who is holding a small bag up for her to drop the casing in. She smiles.]

KATE
You thought I was just a token Indian didn't you?

[Ravi seals the bag and smiles back at her.]

WILL
Okay, so, all of this points to a professional, if not military-style hit. Why? I mean, who is this guy?

[Will ducks under crime scene tapes and looks around. Kate and Ravi follow him.]

KATE
What did they want from him?

RAVI
Or this cult he belonged to?

[Will stops and points to the artifact.]

WILL
Hey, Ravi, what's this?

RAVI
Ah, a shrine to the goddess Durga. They're fairly common.

WILL
Okay. So the witnesses say that the victim was being chased but he had a good head start. There's lots of ways out of this alley. Why did he stop here?

KATE
'Cause he was headed this way?

WILL
Yeah.

KATE
Hey, what do you make of this?

[Kate indicates the hand prints left on top of artifact where the dirt doesn't remain.]

WILL
Nice call.

[Will studies the handprints and the statue. He grabs the top of the statue and turns it.]

RAVI
Uh, Dr. Zimmerman...

[The statue opens.]

KATE
Will Z with the score!

RAVI
You guys are good.

WILL
Is that supposed to be there?

[Will indicates an sculpture inside the opening.]

RAVI
No.

WILL
Huh... Let's get this back to the Sanctuary.

[Will takes the sculpture and the statue closes. Will walks away studying it intently. They walk past Rheka, who is watching them discreetly.]

EASTERN DESERT, EGYPT

[Helen is inside a tent looking through microscope. Pili enters.]

PILI
Helicopter's a half an hour out. Apparently, they had some problems with navigations.

HELEN
That's all right. It's giving me a chance to study these samples. What do you make of this?

[Pili looks through microscope.]

PILI
Evidence of nociception.

HELEN
Exactly, this creature was in pain.

PILI
Which explains the fear reaction but what caused it?

HELEN
I still don't know. I'll have to compare notes with Declan when I get back to London.

HELEN
Pili? You worked with Terrance Wexford in Berlin, right?

PILI
Yes.

HELEN
How do you think he's enjoying his new post?

PILI
I think he's enjoying the authority of it immensely.

HELEN
I see. Thank you, Pili.

INT MUMBAI SANCTUARY

[Will is studying the artifact with a magnifying glass and Kate is looking over his shoulder.]

KATE
You think this was hidden by the dead guy?

WILL
Or someone else or it means nothing. We'll run some scans, see what turns up.

RAVI
Kate, Indian military has no record of any personnel operating in Dharavi during the time of the murder.

WILL
Okay, so we're looking for career mercenaries, ex-military.

KATE
I'll send out a few emails, see if any K & R or Blackwater guys were in town.

[Will and Kate move away from the sculpture to talk with Ravi who just came into the office. The spider crawls out of the artifact and into Will's shirt which he has left on the desk.]

WILL
No trace on the casing we found?

RAVI
None, but we do have an ID on the victim, one Ajay Paveljit. No immediate family. No fixed address.

WILL
Huh.

RAVI
The body's downstairs. We're ready to start the autopsy.

WILL
Wow, I am, uh, jetlagged. I think I better turn in but why don't you do the autopsy and we'll just go over the results tomorrow?

[Will looks uncomfortable but grabs his shirt and makes his exit.]

RAVI
I thought he was a doctor.

KATE
He is, just not the kind that likes autopsies.

INT MUMBAI SANCTUARY WILL'S ROOM

[Will is sleeping soundly using his shirt as a pillow as the spider crawls out of his shirt and into his mouth.]

INT MUMBAI SANCTUARY HALLWAY OUTSIDE WILL'S ROOM

[Kate is standing outside Will's rooming knocking]

KATE
Hey, wake up!

[She knocks again.]

KATE
Don't make me come in there. No, seriously, don't make me come in there.

[Kate knocks insistently and Will opens the door looking half asleep.]

KATE
Hey! Wow. Next time you should actually try sleeping.

WILL
Oh, I don't know... I guess it's the 22 time zones in two days.

KATE
Well, snap out it. Ravi's downstairs; he says he's got something.

WILL
All right, I'll be down in a minute.

INT MUMBAI SANCTUARY OFFICE

[Will is sitting on desk drinking coffee as Kate is looking at the monitor of a computer. Ravi enters.]

RAVI
Tests on the statue came back clean. There's nothing unusual about it however...

[Ravi walks over to the computer Kate is using and types in a command.]

RAVI
I completed the autopsy on Mr. Paveljit. According to his DNA scan he's human so imagine my surprise when I examined his internal organs and found evidence that he was over 200 years old.

WILL
What? But his DNA is normal, you're sure?

RAVI
Absolutely, he's 100% human. I ran the test three times to be sure.

EXT MUMBAI

[The statue is open showing the lack of the sculpture.]

FORSYTHE
Crafty son of a bitch; stares down the barrel of a gun not twenty feet away from where he hid the bloody thing. That's devotion.

ASIAN MAN
So where is it now?

FORSYTHE
Well, often, that's a good question. Any sign of the old woman, or the statue? No?

[Thug 1 steps forward holding the arm of a child.]

THUG 1
This one said he saw someone take the statue, a man.

FORSYTHE
Was he a white man like me?

KID:
Yeah.

FORSYTHE
Yeah?

[Forsythe hold up some money and the child nods and then grabs the money and runs away.]

ASIAN MAN
Competition.

FORSYTHE
Hmm...Magnus's people; it would be so crappy if they got to the bug before us. [Sighs] Lads, this just got more difficult.

EXT LONDON SANCTUARY

[Helen is walking with Declan apparently just arriving.]

DECLAN
How was Egypt?

HELEN
[Sighs] Ah tiring and what's the other word I'm looking for? Ah, yes, sandy. What's been happening here?

DECLAN
Well, you'll be pleased to hear that most of the affected abnormals have calmed down substantially. Whatever was causing the flare-up seems to have dissipated somewhat.

HELEN
Well, that's a relief.

[They enter the main lab.]

DECLAN
These are the locations where the events took place. London, Tokyo, Sydney, Rio, Lagos, Cairo.

HELEN
There doesn't appear to be a common link between them.

DECLAN
No pattern that I can discern.

HELEN
You're saying all these places were affected at the same time?

DECLAN
Yeah, roughly, why?

HELEN
Well, if it was some kind of trigger it would have to be very strong and moving very quickly.

DECLAN
An EM pulse of some kind?

HELEN
Maybe.

DECLAN
But that doesn't align with the symptoms we're seeing.

HELEN
Exactly, I mean, none of the abnormals we're dealing with are usually affected by EM spikes.

DECLAN
Not to mention I don't know anything powerful enough to send a pulse worldwide like that.

HELEN
Still, I'll have Henry go over the satellite data. There must be something we're missing.

INT SANCTUARY HENRY'S ARRAY

[Henry is talking to Helen on video link on his computer.]

HENRY
You were right about the pulse. Chinese weather satellite caught a trace of a unique energy signature right around the time the incidents began but I followed it to this.

[Henry brings up a map on the monitors.]

HENRY
It's an em pulse originating in Mumbai, right in the heart of Dharavi.

HELEN
Dear God.

HENRY
Yeah, that's pretty much what I said. So, what do you think it means?

HELEN
That this is somehow connected to the cult of Kali.

EXT MUMBAI

[Kate and Will are walking down through Mumbai.]

KATE
And voila. Drink this.

[Kate gives Will a bottle of water.]

WILL
Thanks. [Sighs] I don't know what's wrong with me. I feel like I'm dying or something.

KATE
Maybe it's something you ate. You know, the first time I was here I had a samosa off the street cart. I barfed for like, two days straight...

WILL
Okay, thank you. That's great.

KATE
Wow. Maybe you should go back and lie down.

WILL
Yeah, maybe that's a good idea.

KATE
Do you want me to come with you?

WILL
No, thanks, I'm fine. Why don't you just keep asking about the cult? Oh...

[Will bends down resting his hands on his knees.]

KATE
You sure you're okay?

WILL
Yeah...yeah, I think I just need to sleep.

[Will hands the bottle back to Kate and walks back toward the Sanctuary. Kate goes in opposite direction. Will is walking along when he stops and hallucinates a young woman who looks at him and then runs off. Will runs after her. He loses her and collapses to his knees. Rheka and a young boy help him up and guiding him inside a dwelling.]

RHEKA
Quickly! They're coming! They must not find him.

[The boy watches discreetly as the thugs pass by.]

INT MUMBAI SANCTUARY

[Helen is just entering the sanctuary with Kate and Ravi.]

HELEN
You lost him?

KATE
No, he wasn't feeling well so he headed back to the Sanctuary early.

HELEN
Did you check the hospitals?

RAVI
Nobody fits his description.

HELEN
What about his cell phone?

KATE
We tracked it using the GPS. Found it in a ditch.

RAVI
I've organized a search. We have people going door-to-door.

HELEN
Don't worry, we'll find him. Show me this statue you found. Kate?

[Kate has pulled out her gun and checks the magazine.]

KATE
He's out there, which means I am too.

[Kate leaves and Helen goes with Ravi.]

INT BUILDING FORYSTHE'S HEADQUARTERS IN MUMBAI

[Forsythe walks up to Asian man.]

ASIAN MAN
We just found out, sir. She only landed here 90 minutes ago.

FORSYTHE
Bribe an official, get a passenger manifest. You can't just come to me and say "guess what boss, she's suddenly in town."

ASIAN MAN
Sir, she flies a private charter with a bogus flight plan. There's no way we could have known...

FORSYTHE
Enough, enough. I mean, this... this isn't a game. It's a one shot, once in a lifetime thing. Some mooks from the local Sanctuary, one thing, Helen Magnus, whoa, she's another. And it means if we screw up even marginally, we're going to get pinched or die or worse. No more surprises.

INT MUMBAI SANCTAURY OFFICE

[Helen is looking at the sculpture]

HELEN
It commemorates the ceremony of acceptance.

RAVI
You recognize it?

HELEN
From a conference in Brazil about forty years ago; markings are similar, signifying a cult member's initiation as a doot.

RAVI
Doot? I don't know that word.

HELEN
Ancient Urdu dialect meaning herald or guardian or in some translations prophet. It was believed that the doots could foretell disaster... earthquakes, tsunamis, and the like... and that the advance warning gave the other cult members a chance to escape.

RAVI
Seems like someone with that ability would be worth more alive than dead.

HELEN
Definitely, you're sure there was nothing inside these?

RAVI
They're completely solid. Scans for surface residue are still pending.

HELEN
Oh...the pattern inside here changes. The design loses symmetry. Something's missing.

INT MUMBAI RHEKA'S DWELLING

[The boy is watching as Rheka cares for Will who is unconscious on a cot.]

RHEKA (IN HINDI)
Bring some hot water. His fever is worse.

WILL'S HALLUCINATION

[Will is standing in the middle of a huge open room. He looks around puzzled. The woman from before walks up behind him and Will walks toward her.]

KALI
Durga, where have you been? I've been looking for you. I tried to call but you didn't answer.

[Kali reaches out to touch Will and he shies away.]

KALI
What's wrong? Are you sick? What's happened to you? Why won't you answer me?

INT RHEKA'S DWELLING

ARJUNA {THE BOY}
Will he survive?

[Rheka spreads her arms gesturing she doesn't know.]

INT MUMBAI SANCTUARY OFFICE

[Helen is looking at the image on the computer monitor; it looks like the spider.]

HELEN
I don't believe it.

RAVI
What?

HELEN
Tests show surface residue on the statue came from a makri.

RAVI
I'm not familiar with that species.

HELEN
You wouldn't be. It's an incredibly rare species of abnormal spider that requires a warm blooded host to survive. I thought they were extinct.

RAVI
Something that rare would be very valuable...

HELEN
Oh no, this isn't about money. This is about something far worse. The makri is a subspecies off-shoot of a marine-dwelling abnormal known as gephallis bertallosso. It's a massive arachnid creature capable of manipulating tectonic plates via focused magnetic resonance.

RAVI
You're talking about Big Bertha; the one who makes the earth move.

HELEN
And the waters rise. The makri is its tiny genetic cousin. They may well have a link, a chemical or even psychic bond that allows the host a deeper connection to Big Bertha.

RAVI
So if anyone finds this makri...

HELEN
They could potentially use it to locate the most powerful abnormal on Earth.

RAVI
Wait, but Big Bertha is dead. You killed her four years ago, yes? We all know that.

[Helen doesn't respond but looks intently at Ravi.]

RAVI
Dr. Magnus?

HELEN
Not exactly. Bertha is alive.

RAVI
You kept her alive and lied about it?

HELEN
Historically, creatures as powerful as Big Bertha have a symbiotic relationship with other life forms on this planet. I felt that euthanizing her would create far greater problems... tidal patterns would be altered, undersea ecological systems completely destroyed, massive geological shifts. The best course of action was to keep her secure and under watch. Killing her posed far greater risks than keeping her alive.

RAVI
[Sighs] Where is she?

[Helen moves to a computer and types in her password.]

HELEN
A specialized containment field at the bottom of the Indian Ocean.

RAVI
Which you kept hidden from the entire Sanctuary network...

HELEN
It was necessary to keep her and the rest of the world safe! It was my prerogative, Ravi, my choice.

RAVI
Okay. Fine. We need to dispatch ships immediately, increase security to the entire area...

HELEN
Of course, I'll get Henry on it. He'll coordinate but we need to find Will. If the makri behaves the way I believe it does then it could well be a doorway into finding Bertha's location, which is no doubt what the mercenaries were after when they killed Mr. Paveljit.

INT RHEKA'S DWELLING

[Rheka is sitting next to Will when he regains consciousness.]

RHEKA (IN HINDI)
Thank God.

[Will gasps and sits up.]

WILL
What happened?

RHEKA
You went away for a while but now you're back.

WILL
Why did I get sick?

RHEKA
Because of the makri, the ancient spider inside you. The former host, Ajay, was being chased by bad men. He hid the makri in the shrine of Durga. You found it. You were not supposed to.

WILL
But why did it...

RHEKA
The makri needs a host when it doesn't have one. It speaks for all the world to hear. It chose you...which is a great honor.

WILL
I should get back to the Sanctuary.

RHEKA
The streets are not safe. For that matter, the Sanctuary may not be either. You must stay hidden until you get proper training.

WILL
Trained?

RHEKA
To become a suitable host; it is in the blood of my people to withstand the trials of the makri. You are strong but you are far from being ready.

INT MUMBAI SANCTUARY

[Helen is standing in front of the desk looking at Wexford on the video link.]

WEXFORD
Helen, news travels fast.

HELEN
Terrance.

WEXFORD
You kept Bertha alive after all we discussed.

HELEN
It was necessary.

WEXFORD
And I appreciate your opinion but things have changed considerably. Do you have any leads?

HELEN
At the moment, we're at a bit of a disadvantage but Bertha is secure, I assure you.

WEXFORD
And let's hope she stays that way. You're certain this makri is linked to her?

HELEN
We are now.

WEXFORD
Let me come to Mumbai, help you analyze everything you've learned.

HELEN
You don't need to do that. Besides, you've got your hands full in New York.

WEXFORD
You have my complete support, Helen, you always have but people are questioning your judgment.

HELEN
I can handle it.

WEXFORD
I hope so.

INT RHEKA'S DWELLING

WILL
What is the makri?

RHEKA
It's what gives you your power.

WILL
My power?

RHEKA
To be a doot, a prophet; it is through you that the destroyer of the world communicates with us.

WILL
Kali...

RHEKA
She is extremely powerful; without the makri to help us speak to her, we'll be as helpless as leaves in the wind.

WILL
That's the woman of my visions. That's Kali.

RHEKA
You're seeing her already? Then your connection must be very strong.

[Arjuna enters in a hurry and kneels down by Rheka.]

ARJUNA (IN HINDI)
They're coming! They've found us!

[Rheka moves to the door and peaks out.]

RHEKA (IN HINDI)
Kali, protect us!

ARJUNA
What are we going to do?

RHEKA
Run and hide. Go, go, go, go, go.

[Arjuna exits the dwelling and quickly moves off; hiding and watching from a distance.]

THUG 1
Check in there.

[The thug indicates a different dwelling. The thug notices Rheka's dwelling and enters.]

INT MUMBAI SANCTUARY OFFICE

[Helen has Henry on video link.]

HENRY
We've got search ships moving into the area now. We should be at Bertha's coordinates in six hours or less.

HELEN
Good. I want you on a plane immediately with the weapon. We'll monitor her sensors from here.

HENRY
Yeah, about that, just so you know, I went over the sensor logs. You know how she's supposedly been asleep this whole time? Well, guess what happened at roughly the same time as the Mumbai EM pulse?

HELEN
She responded to the call of the makri.

HENRY
Yeah. She emitted a magnetic burst so low in frequency that the sensors didn't detect it until I did a full scan but it was powerful enough to briefly alter the earth's magnetic field. Magnetic North was shifted by one hundred thousandth of a degree. Navigation instruments all over the world were affected. Doc, that is power.

[Helen nods.]

INT MUMBAI FORSTHYSE'S HEADQUARTERS

[Thug 1 is dragging Will and Rheka into the building.]

THUG 1
Let's go, come on. Let's go.

[Forsythe walks up to meet them.]FORSYTHE
Well, who said good things don't happen to good people, huh? Dr. Will Zimmerman?

[Forsythe bends down next to Rheka.]

FORSYTHE
And you...oh, I've been looking for you for years. If I'm not mistaken, you're the last surviving member of the cult of Kali. You're too old to withstand it so the spider's got to be in him.

[The thugs have bound Will and hoist him up in the air with a chain.]

RHEKA
Please, you must not do this.

FORSYTHE
Are you kidding? Is she kidding? Of course I must. This is huge! Hmm? I was sure your boss was going to find you before I did, so I think this is Kismet, karma, fate; all that stuff. Get that set up.

WILL
Who are you?

FORSYTHE
Who me? Just a guy with lots of money and people. I like to get my hands on rare stuff, you know? Why, did you think I was someone a bit cooler, an abnormal? Hmm? [Laughs] Don't I wish it. But you just wait.

WILL
What are you...what are you going to do to me?

FORSYTHE
You mean you haven't worked it out yet? Okay, so you know that little thing inside of you? It's like a dial an earthquake in a box. You see, you are... psychically connected to...

WILL
Kali.

FORSYTHE
Yeah. Well, I was going to say Big Bertha, but sure.

WILL
Big Bertha? Kali...

FORSYTHE
One and the same, I know, I know, you thought she was dead. So did everybody thanks to Sheriff Magnus. [laughs] But she's still alive and kicking, and whoever has that bug inside of them... They control her. So, my friend here is going to hit you with a low-frequency magnetic pulse and I'm not going to lie to you, that little thing is not going to like it. No, not one little bit... But to tell you the truth, it's the only way to get the bug out, all right? So... sorry, Will.

WILL
Wait a second. Just hold on a second.

[The Asian thug approaches Will with a device. He holds it against Will's chest and Will screams as his body writhes in pain.]

FORSYTHE
Hold it. Hold it.

[The Asian man withdraws the device and Rheka and Forsythe both move toward Will holding their hands out. Will wretches and Forsythe pushes Rheka back and put his hand up to Will's mouth. The makri exits Will and crawls on Forsythe's hand.]

RHEKA
What have you done?

FORSYTHE
Relax, he's perfectly okay. You just need to send your signal out don't you, little buddy, before you're ready for your new home.

[The makri sends the signal.]

INT MUMBAI SANCTUARY OFFICE

[Helen is on video link with Biggie.]

BIGGIE
Henry's en route.

HELEN
Good. I need a detailed list of all naval traffic within a 500 kilometre radius of the coordinates around Bertha.

[Biggie growls.]

HELEN
What is it?

BIGGIE
Satellites just picked up a disturbance in Mumbai.

[Helen moves over to another set of monitors and a computer.]

HELEN
It's the EM pulse again.

BIGGIE
The makri.

HELEN
It's coming from a warehouse about six kilometres northeast of here. We need to let Kate know.

BIGGIE
I will.

INT FORSYTHE'S HEADQUARTER MUMBAI

[The Asian man is looking at monitor as Forsythe looks over his shoulder.]

ASIAN MAN
The pulse went global. They've probably detected it by now.

FORSYTHE
I need a few minutes. Start packing up.

ASIAN MAN
Copy that. Start packing up!

[Forsythe walks back over to Will and Rheka still holding the makri in his hand. He puts it in his mouth and swallows. He sits down preparing as if to meditate. Rheka moves toward him.]

RHEKA
You're not prepared for this.

FORSYTHE
I've been training for years for this moment; Rocky on the courthouse steps. I know all about you people. I've mimicked your diet, oxygen levels, nutrients. I've mastered your meditation. I've opened more chakras than you can shake a stick at. Oh, Bibi... No, I'm prepared.

RHEKA
You cannot force the makri to take you as a host. It must choose.

FORSYTHE
Oh, the whole religious bit. Ceremony of acceptance, commune with the gods, tinky winky woo woo. I've read all about that.

RHEKA
[IN HINDI] Fool! [IN ENGLISH] There's more to it than you know.

FORSYTHE
It's a bug! It needs a host. It's science.

[Rheka shakes her head and moves away. Forsythe goes back to mediating.]

BOTTOM OF INDIAN OCEAN

[Big Bertha moves away from her enclosure.]

INT MUMBAI SANCTUARY OFFICE

[Helen is still on the video link with Biggie.]

BIGGIE
I have a sensor alert from Bertha's containment location.

HELEN
What?

BIGGIE
Movement.

HELEN
I see it. Can you compensate, flood the area with sedative?

BIGGIE
Already done; her system's beating it.

HELEN
Bloody hell, they found her.

BOTTOM OF INDIAN OCEAN

[Big Bertha continues to move away.]

INT FORSYTHE'S HEADQUARTERS IN MUMBAI

ASIAN MAN
Sir, its happening.

INT MUMBAI SANCTUARY OFFICE

HELEN
Lock onto her tracking beacon.

BIGGIE
Got it.

HELEN
Is she emitting any magnetic energy?

BIGGIE
No.

HELEN
Are any of our ships close?

BIGGIE
Nearest vessels are 29 kilometres out.

HELEN
It's not good enough.

INT FORSYTHE'S HEADQUARTERS

ASIAN MAN
They're tracking her.

FORSYTHE
What about their ships?

ASIAN MAN
Two Sanctuary vessels within thirty k.

FORSYTHE
Watch this.

BOTTOM OF INDIAN OCEAN

[Big Bertha's body starts to glow and she lowers it down forcibly to the Earth below her.]

INT MUMBAI SANCTUARY OFFICE

[The monitors start receiving interference.]

BIGGIE
Magnus, what's happening?

HELEN
I don't know. I've lost telemetry on Bertha. I don't have a position.

BIGGIE
Neither do I.

INT FORSYTHE'S HEADQUARTERS

ASIAN MAN
Magnetic burst just scrambled their system, sir; two Sanctuary ships dead in the water.

FORSYTHE
And their homing beacon?

ASIAN MAN
Disabled.

INT MUMBAI SANCTUARY OFFICE

HELEN
Could be interference; reboot the system.

EXT MUMBAI

[Kate is running through Mumbai with Ravi.]

HELEN [ON WALKIE]
Kate, what's your position?

KATE
We're almost there.

INT FORSYTHE'S HEADQUARTERS

[Forsythe stands in front of Will who doesn't look well.]

FORSYTHE
Sorry... Really, it's just business.

WILL
Go to hell.

ASIAN MAN
Sir, we've got Sanctuary personnel in the vicinity. They're closing in.

FORSYTHE
Okay, people, let's get the hell out of this hole! Put her in the van.

THUG 1
What about him?

FORSYTHE
He's already dead.

EXT MUMBAI

[Kate and Ravi are still running through Mumbai.]

KATE
Converge on the warehouse. Converge on the warehouse!

INT MUMBAI SANCTUARY OFFICE

BIGGIE
Reboot is complete. I've lost all satellite data for the region.

HELEN
Well, get it back!

BIGGIE
I can't.

HELEN
Damn it, they used her to blind us. They've got Big Bertha.

INT FORSYTHE'S HEADQUARTERS

[Kate and team have arrived at the warehouse. It is empty except for Will still hanging from the chain.]

KATE
Oh, Will... Oh, God...

[They lower Will down.]

KATE
Call Magnus.

RAVI
No pulse.

KATE
Oh, God.

[Ravi starts CPR on Will.]

RAVI
Come on. Come on, Will.


continued in Part 2...

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