Year One: Duquesa Bay

"Divining"

Speeding along in the KCON newsvan, an exhausted and still baffled Gracie heads back to the station from the von Meer estate. Kylee finishes up some notes from their last report.

Gracie: Unbelievable

Kylee: (Opening up some gum) Karl Sr. was on the young side of old but he was still old - back in Alabama, they drop like flies at his age

Gracie: That's because two-thirds of their bodies are made up of lard and tobacco

Kylee: Occasionally, we'll have the one that lives to 112 but that's always on the side of the family we can't stand - I remember this great uncle...

Gracie: Let me stop you here - my original, guttural remark of "unbelievable" was meant to be a general, throw-away comment that was nothing more than an observation of this day's complete insanity... not a set-up for sharing Shepperton family incest moments

Kylee: Would you like a piece of Dentyne?

Gracie: (Sighing and taking the gum) Thanks

Kylee: No, thank you - especially the way you slurped up those little onion quiches

Gracie: (Gritting her teeth) I didn't have any lunch

Kylee: I wonder what makes people think the way they do? - my husband just died, maybe I should put out some onion quiche?

Gracie: I highly doubt Mrs. von Meer was the one doing the cooking - they have, what, a dozen servants or something?

Kylee: That's true

Gracie: I feel really bad for KJ, I've never seen him so devastated - and I feel like crap for intruding on his family's privacy

Kylee: He should be glad that we were assigned this story, we were very respectful of all the von Meers

Gracie: Good God, I actually agree with you - what is going on today?

Kylee: It's just too bad Erika is such a disappointment

Gracie: Huh?

Kylee: It's not right that she's not married with kids by now - poor Karl went to his grave without being a granddaddy - that's a sin where I come from!

Gracie: Remind me to never go there

Kylee: I'm serious

Gracie: Um, we're around the same age and neither one of us is married with offspring?

Kylee: Don't remind me... at least I'm trying to do something about it - thankfully, my step-sister just gave birth to her fourth so the pressure is off of me for now

Gracie: How come you're singling out Erika? - why not KJ?

Kylee: Because, it's more acceptable for him to be a playboy bachelor with his money and looks - but for Erika, with her breeding and beauty, she doesn't have to struggle in a thankless job like we do

Gracie: I kinda like my career

Kylee: That is not the point - the point is she should be married to Griffin, having his children, keeping the family business and the bloodlines growing - not playing around with sea urchins

Gracie: Did Martel give you that sound bite while you were giving him head in the bathroom?

Kylee remains silent and snaps her gum.

Gracie: Uh-huh... so, Erika can't play with fish but it's okay for guys like KJ and Griffin to play around with bunnies?

Kylee: What?

Gracie: I don't know... I'm tired and confused

Kylee: I know KJ is sweet on our little outlaw McBride but I have no doubt with all the ladies in his past that there's an illegitimate nest in his tree somewhere

Gracie: You know, I have enough problems with my own personal life, I don't even want to venture a guess with his

Kylee: Ooh, someone sounds like she needs to talk!

Gracie: Oh God, why did I speak to her, why, why?

Gracie sticks out her tongue.

Gracie: Here, take your gum back

Kylee: Okay then, nevermind, I was just trying to be friendly

Gracie: Ugh... I really need to talk to someone about this - why does it have to be you?

Kylee rolls down the van window and screams across traffic to a man in a convertible.

Kylee: Hello there, my camerawoman-slash-segment producer can't talk to me about something - it's most likely something sexual - do you think you could talk to her instead?

A mortified Gracie punches the gas and they zoom down the road.

Gracie: This day has to end, this day has to end soon

Kylee: Not for us, we have another assignment for 11:00

Gracie: We just have to do a quick follow-up on the quake - I figure we'll get a shot of you straddling the huge new crack in the valley floor

Kylee: Why not get a shot of me in front of some damaged buildings?

Gracie: Everyone is doing damaged building shots - besides, people love to see you straddle, ratings go up

Kylee: But it's dark outside?

Gracie: You forget, you are in the presence of the Queen of Lighting - how do you think I get your damaged hair to look so soft?

Kylee: That's right, I'm with Takanachi the frustrated artiste - Good Lord, Gracie, it's a two-minute package featuring dirt!

Gracie slams on the brakes and does a quick u-turn.

Gracie: Fine, we'll do a damaged building shot, let's get this over with

Kylee: WAIT... I'm sorry - let's do the crack, I wanna do the crack with you!

Gracie bursts into uncontrollable giggles. Kylee can't help but join in.

Gracie: (Wiping the tears from her eyes) Oh, I so need that - that was funny for no real reason - so we're sticking to the original plan?

Kylee: Yes, take as long as you need... I'm not too keen on rushing home

Gracie: Christ, we're back to the girl talk again... what's wrong at home?

Kylee: I just don't want to go - Turner has been acting strange lately

Gracie gives her a look.

Kylee: Even more so than usual - he's been disappearing in the middle of the night

Gracie: Um, he does have a wife and kids

Kylee: They mean nothing to him... I dunno, these last few days especially, it's as if something is in the air

Gracie: Start singing Phil Collins and I'll smack you

Kylee: I'm glad work has been keeping me busy

Gracie: Nothing beats the misfortune of others to distract us from our own

Kylee: I just don't want to go home tonight - is that so wrong?

Gracie: No... I know the feeling, believe me - if you want, we can split a room at the Holiday Inn

Kylee: Eww, I was thinking more along the lines of the Del Pilar

Gracie: Maybe YOU can afford that!

Gracie takes a back road to the location of the broken earth.

Kylee: So, are you ready to tell me yet?

Gracie: Tell you what?

Kylee: The reason why you don't want to go home?

Gracie: (Taking a deep breath) I slept with Clark

Kylee: Clark who?

Gracie: OUR Clark, Jason Clark

Kylee: (Shrieking) OH MY GOD

Gracie: See? - that's why I didn't want to tell you

Kylee: HOW COULD YOU?

Gracie: AT LEAST FAKE SOME SUPPORT

Kylee: That's just wrong!

Gracie: PLEASE

Kylee: Of all the guys to pick from, why did you do the nasty with him?

Gracie: I honestly don't know

Kylee: Was he good?

Gracie: I don't remember

Kylee: Why, you dirty tramp!

Gracie: Hello, Kettle, will you accept a collect call from Pot?

Kylee: I, at least, remember mine

Gracie: I didn't know the human brain could count beyond a million?

Kylee: I've never done it with a man of color before

Gracie: You mean to tell me Turner is an albino? - what about the other 2000 a month?

Kylee: Enough with the jokes, Gracie, I set standards for myself

Gracie: What century are you living in, Shepperton? - more importantly, what color am I?

Kylee: Everyone considers Orientals to be honorary white folk in this country

Gracie: Dear God... and just when I was beginning to slightly like you

Gracie pulls the van off to the side of the road and starts to set up the equipment. A jeep barrels down towards them.

Kylee: Looks like someone else is after our crack

Both are astonished to see a harried Justine and Joenne before them.

Gracie: Mirabello, do you know where Zach is? - I have been looking...

Joenne: GET BACK IN THE VAN - GO, GO, GO

Joenne pulls out her machine gun and lets loose behind her as several hoods float in their direction.

Gracie: WHAT THE HELL?

Kylee: (Running back to the van) Let's go with the damaged building idea, Gracie!

Joenne: TAKE MY SISTER WITH YOU

Justine: NO, JOEY

Joenne: I have backup coming for me - I can hold them off - you three need to get outta here, NOW

Joenne rips a grenade out of her sack and hurls it back at the hoods.

Gracie: What is going on here?

Justine: I'M NOT LEAVING YOU...

Joenne knocks her sister out with a quick butt to the back of the head.

Gracie: Can you teach me how to do that to my parents?

Joenne: Sorry, Justi - GRACIE, KYLEE, GET HER IN THE VAN AND LEAVE, GOD DAMMIT

Gracie and Kylee drag the limp Justine into the van as Joenne hops back into the jeep and heads right for the hoods.

Gracie: (Calling after) DOES KCON GET AN EXCLUSIVE WITH YOU?

An army helicopter swoops down overhead and fires off several rounds just missing the van.

Gracie: (Pounding the gas pedal) WE'RE LEAVING, WE'RE LEAVING, WE'RE SO LEAVING...I HATE THIS DAY

Back at the SCU lab, Erika and Shelby stare at Javier.

Shelby: I really need to be picking up Calvin - I'll see you two tomorrow

Before she leaves, Shelby gives Erika a soft hug.

Shelby: Please go home and be with your family, get some rest

Erika: Not until I find out what I need from Sandy

Javier: What is it that you need, Rikka?

Erika remains silent as Shelby leaves the room.

Javier: (Taking her hand and kissing it) I am so sorry about your father

Erika: (Snatching her hand away) Are you?

Javier: What does that mean?

Erika: Could you please take a look in the electron microscope for me?

Javier: What is it?

Erika: (Choking back the rage) TAKE A LOOK

Javier reluctantly does.

Javier: (Stunned) WHERE DID YOU GET THIS? - HAVE YOU BEEN GOING THROUGH MY FILES?

Erika: So you HAVE been working on this!

Javier: Look, just because we're all in the same department doesn't mean we need to be a part of each other's projects - you have tons of experiments going on that you keep me, Shel and Tim out of the loop on

Erika: (Cool) Who hired you to work on this?

Javier: How dare you? - it's a personal venture that I...

Erika stride across the room in two steps, grabs Javier by the throat with one hand and pins him back with the other.

Erika: I'm not going to ask you again, Sandy

Javier chokes and gags until Erika releases him.

Javier: WHAT... IN THE HELL... IS WRONG WITH YOU?

Erika: Your little personal venture is hurting someone I love

Javier: Who is it hurting? - I don't understand - I think you're overreacting because of your dad

Erika: EXACTLY - I need to isolate this toxin quickly and find an antidote - I can do it on my own but it will take too much time... help me or I will make it very ugly for you and your family

Javier: I don't understand where any of this is coming from - he said it was supposed to be for a cosmetics agent

Erika: WHO, WHO IS HE?

Javier: Griffin!

Thrashing around his bedroom at the Quartz Lake Inn, an agitated Joe Tiszo rummages through an old wooden chest.

Joe: I cannot ignore it any longer... forgive me, my Lord, for I have been a coward far too long!

He grabs a crystal necklace similar to Amy's and it glows a bright orange in his hand.

Joe: (Tying it around his neck) Time is running out for everyone

He now pulls a long, black robe out of the chest and throws it on.

Joe: (Pulling the hood over his head) Pray for us, Deirdre

Deep inside the caverns of the Kiyomis, Amethyst stands back and watches helplessly as Morrigan is cornered. Several hoods converge on McBride.

Morrigan: AMY

Amethyst: I'm sorry...

The white robed leader places a hand on Amethyst's shoulder as Morrigan is quickly bound, gagged and carried off by the hoods.

White Robe: You did well, my child

Amethyst: (Flinching) I hate you for making me do this

White Robe: Ultimately, it was your decision, wasn't it?

Amethyst: Let Zach go, now!

White Robe: Not until the Marked One fulfills her purpose

Amethyst: I brought her to you now give me Zachary

White Robe: Our deal will be completed soon - you are more than welcome to watch

Amethyst tries to throw a punch at the leader but her fist is caught in mid-air and it is squeezed to the point of bones crunching.

White Robe: Do not test my patience right now

The leader brushes Amethyst aside and walks away.

Amethyst: I WILL COME BACK FOR HER... once I take care of Zach, I promise you this!

White Robe: Don't waste your energy, I highly doubt she will survive the ritual

The leader disappears into the caverns as two brown robed subordinates carry in a badly bruised and blindfolded Isaacson. They pass by Morrigan on their way.

Morrigan: (Slipping out of her gag) ZACH, ZACH

Zach: (Muffled) MORRI?

Morrigan: GET DARKFIN...

Before she can say another word, the gag is replaced and she is quickly hauled away.

Zach: WHO?

Zach is smacked in the jaw and thrown into a cave with Amethyst. Brown hoods surround them both.

Amethyst: ZACH - oh, my baby, I'm so sorry - are you okay?

Zach: Amy? - is that you?

Amethyst takes the blindfold off and unties him.

Zach: What the fuck is going on here?

Amethyst: Shh, relax... can you walk?

Zach: I think so - why are you dressed like that? - hey, I'm really sorry about the donkey prank at your birthday party last year but this goes way beyond payback!

Amethyst: This is not a joke

Zach: Did I hear Morrigan? - is she here? - who are these psychos?

Amethyst: (Whispering) Don't say another word, just be ready to run

Zach: But...

The ground starts to tremble again.

Zach: Not another earthquake!

Amethyst (Tears running down her face) No... not an earthquake

Zach: What's that chanting?

Amethyst looks up to a small hole in the cave ceiling. It is filled with nighttime stars.

Amethyst: They have begun the invocation too soon, it will bring even greater disaster upon us

Clenching her jaw and summoning her strength, Amethyst waves her arm in a flourish. The brown robed guards go crashing against the wall.

Zach: HOW DID YOU...

Amethyst: WE HAVE TO GET OUT OF HERE NOW

Zach: WHAT ABOUT...

Amethyst: (Taking Zach's hand and pulling him) RUN

Around the cave floor, the leader's chanting quickens and is echoed by a horde of blue robes. The center of the ceremony, Morrigan lies motionless. She is wrapped in a thin gray sheet with her arms and legs exposed. The mark on her foot begins to glow as do the rocks around the cave.

White Robe: CARRY HER

Four blue robes take a hold of Morrigan and await their next command.

White Robe: LET THE MARK LEAD US

Drawn by a magnetic-like pull, Morrigan's foot is now the center of her gravity. It draws her and her captors slowly down a dark path, a path that lights up with several never-before-seen symbols that glow with intensity.

White Robe: (Uncontained glee) WE ARE NEAR, WE ARE VERY NEAR

A dazed and weakened McBride feels her body on fire, her foot begins to bleed again.

Morrigan: Fin...

White Robe: Aleta Oscura isn't here to save you this time, child

All of the sudden, Morrigan's foot slams down hard on the cave floor, sending a jolt that knocks down everyone but her. She screams in abject pain as rocks and dust tumble around them. A low-level metallic hum fills the room.

White Robe: HERE, WE SHALL DIG HERE

A blue robe rushes over to the leader.

Blue Robe: But the timing, Master - the timing is slightly off

White Robe: I AM DONE WAITING - IT IS NOW MY TIME

Both are horrified at the sight of Morrigan gracefully levitating upright from the floor. She floats peacefully up to a precipice and into the waiting arms of Joe Tiszo.

Joe: (Eyes glowing) IT IS NOW YOUR TIME... YOUR TIME TO DIE

 

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