Year One: Duquesa Bay

"Dive Urgency"

Creeping along the Santa Conchita riverbank in Tim's Jeep, Erika returns to the mountains.

Erika: (Pulling over and jumping out) I believe it was around here somewhere...

She searches Tim's black bag and grabs a hold of something in the palm of her hand.

Erika: (Holding her clenched fist in the air) This should help

Like a shot, Erika now hurries off into the forest. Moments later, she comes to the rock with the trident.

Erika: A-ha, there you are!

Underneath the bloody prongs is a lifeless brown hood.

Erika: (To the trident) Good job

She scans across the river to the Don Alessandro foothills.

Erika: Great aim, Morrigan

Erika uses her foot to hold down the body and yanks the trident out of the flesh and rock. The hood suddenly comes to life and grabs her ankle.

Erika: I don't think so...

She swings the trident around and jabs the heavy balled end. The hood's skull is crushed against the rock. Blood and brain ooze all over her feet.

Erika: Messy, messy

A loud explosion echoes down the canyon.

Erika: (Looking in the distance) Now what?

A few miles away, the KCON newsvan is in cinders. Joenne has tackled the agent with the launcher too late.

Joenne: JUSTINE

Agent: I... didn't have time

Joenne: (Running towards the van) NO, OH NOOO

Agent: We didn't know...

Joenne: WHY?

Agent: You told me to fire...

Ignoring the agent, Joenne is now at the smoldering vehicle.

Joenne: (In tears) Why was she here?

There is a rustle in the shrubs. Both Joenne and the agent aim their weapons. Justine, all singed and shaken, throws up her hands.

Justine: I WAS LOOKING FOR YOU, JOEY

Joenne: JUSTI

Joenne runs over to her as Justine attempts to get up but stumbles backwards and falls on her rear.

Justine: Ow

Joenne: Thank God you got out in time!

The two embrace. Justine then punches Joenne hard on the arm.

Justine: WHAT IN GOD'S NAME ARE YOU DOING? - WHY DID YOU FIRE A MISSILE AT ME?

Joenne: I WASN'T THE ONE WHO FIRED IT AND IF I DID, IT WOULDN'T HAVE BEEN ON PURPOSE

Justine: OH, THAT MAKES ME FEEL A LOT BETTER

Joenne: WHY DID YOU FOLLOW ME?

Justine: WHY CAN'T YOU TELL ME WHAT'S GOING ON?

Joenne: WHY CAN'T YOU STAY OUT OF MY BUSINESS?

Justine: YOU ARE MY FAMILY ERGO MY BUSINESS

Joenne: ERGO?

The agent with the launcher clears his throat and looks away.

Joenne: I'm sorry... we couldn't allow anyone past a certain point - especially the media

Justine: We? - care to explain who WE is, Joey?

Joenne: C'mon, we gotta move

Justine: (Getting up slowly) I liked you better when you were a promiscuous street junkie

Joenne: (Helping her) Yeah, so did I

Sparks pop out of the newsvan remnants as they pass by.

Justine: So much for Gracie's "rolling turd"

Joenne: SHE WASN'T INSIDE, WAS SHE?

Justine: No, just me - I borrowed it to come look for you

Joenne smiles at her sister. Justine suddenly pinches Joenne hard on the arm.

Joenne: Hey!

Justine: And THAT was for knocking me out

Joenne: I can't believe my sister boosted a newsvan

The two chuckle.

Agent: What's the plan now, Mirabello?

Joenne freezes in her tracks.

Joenne: Aw shit, I almost forgot about it

Joenne takes off running with the agent following and Justine lagging behind. They all arrive at the rock with the bloody brown hood.

Joenne: IT'S GONE, DAMMIT

Agent: What's gone?

Joenne: It must be in the area - ALL UNITS, SEARCH THESE COORIDINATES IMMEDIATELY

Agent: WHAT ARE WE SEARCHING FOR?

Joenne: You'll know it when you see it

An out-of-breath Justine is busy checking out the hood body.

Justine: And I though I've seen it all - wait a sec... a three-pronged entry wound

Agent: (To Joenne) She shouldn't be here

Joenne: I'll take full responsibility

Justine: And this guy's innards match Father Greg's - Joey, you need to explain all this to me, right now... and then I'll tell you what I know

A support helicopter swoops down overhead.

Justine: (To Joenne) Later, we need to move...

Inside the tunnel, Griffin steps out of the limo as a wide-eyed KJ stares at the crew of hoods before them.

Griffin: (To KJ) Quickly, let's go

KJ: Their eyes...

Griffin: It's the lighting

KJ: Um... if you say so

A blue hood beckons to Griffin. They follow it deeper into the tunnel.

Griffin: We need to meet with Father

KJ: Doug? - what is he doing here?

Griffin gives KJ a look but does not answer.

KJ: (Nervous) Grif, I'm not going anywhere until you tell me what the deal is with this frat hazing?

Griffin: You're already an exclusive member, Kage

KJ reluctantly trails Griffin and the blue hood into a dimly-lit chamber. Other Clergy members stand and wait at an empty hall.

KJ: (Whispering to Griffin) Can you at least tell me why everyone is dressed like an overgrown Jawa?

Griffin: Show some respect...

The White Robed Leader floats down the hall and settles before them.

Griffin: (Bowing) These are our ultimate business partners

KJ is speechless for a moment but chooses not to believe what is before his eyes.

KJ: Killer wire trick but what does this have to do with shipping?

Griffin: (To the White Hood) Greetings, Father - you summoned us?

White Hood: Drilling will commence in a matter of days - you need to be ready on your part

Griffin: (Trying not to show panic) DAYS? - forgive me, but I was under the impression that we had weeks, even months?

White Hood: The timetable has been moved up

The leader glides right by Griffin and goes before KJ.

White Hood: Is he worthy?

KJ: (Angered) Worthy of what? - your stupid little costume party?

The von Meer son turns his back and starts to walk away. The leader snaps a finger, causing KJ to flip over several times. He lands hard on his side as the hoods snicker.

KJ: MOTHER FUC...

Griffin: (To KJ) Stay down, shut it, and let me talk!

White Hood: You need to keep him under control, Martel

Griffin: Yes, Father

A blue hood hands Griffin a laptop computer.

White Hood: Study the plans - both of you will be needed for service very soon

The White Hood begins to float away. KJ scrambles to his feet and runs after it.

KJ: I don't do business with someone who's afraid to show me their face!

The leader allows the KJ to pull back the white hood from its face.

KJ: YOU

It smiles and then delivers a sharp blow to KJ's jaw.

Back at her house, Morrigan slowly steps away from Tallulah's terrarium, her eyes trained on Amy the entire time. Amy smiles softly as her eyes glow and all the candles in the room ignite at the wave of her hand.

Amethyst: I would never let any harm come to your pet, you know that

Morrigan's eyes now match Amy's in color and intensity.

Morrigan: But sacrificing me or Zach is not a problem?

Amethyst: (Serious) Zachary is safe... and so are you, Marked One

Morrigan: No thanks to you and your creepy clan - and the name is Morrigan!

Amethyst: I never had a say in whether you lived...

Morrigan: Or died...

Amethyst: It's beyond that now - you know this

Morrigan: Tell me to my face - are you going to kill me?

Amethyst: I would never do that, I could never do that

The two slowly circle each other around the room.

Morrigan: (Peering out the window) Are you going to betray me to the hoods again?

Amethyst: Unfortunately, everything is already set in motion - they no longer have a need for you

Morrigan: Right now

Morrigan suddenly feels lightheaded and takes a seat.

Amethyst: You have been through a lot, you should get some rest

Morrigan: Not until you tell me more about The Clergy

Amethyst: I'll get us something to eat, first

Morrigan thinks for a second. Her hunger overrules her curiosity.

Morrigan: Fine

As Amy leaves, Morrigan goes to take Tallulah out of her terrarium. At first, the tarantula cowers away but then quickly warms to her touch. Morrigan catches a glimpse of herself in the mirror.

Morrigan: (Wincing at the image) And people think spiders are scary

Amy now returns with some bread, cheese, fruit, and tea.

Amethyst: You never had a problem with nature...

Morrigan: Excuse me?

Amethyst: Throughout your life - animals, plants, people - they're all drawn to you...

Morrigan: My stepmom would disagree with that

Amethyst: Heh, even the most bizarre creatures find you attractive

Morrigan ponders quietly as she nibbles a slice of cheese.

Amethyst: Consider it a blessing for you get your strength from them

Morrigan: Then why do I feel so damn weak right now?

Amethyst: The fact that you even survived last night is a marvel

Morrigan: Have I earned a colorful cape?

Amethyst: You might want to save that for your friend

An alarmed Morrigan realizes that Amy knows about Darkfin.

Morrigan: Enough with delay tactics, tell me about The Clergy - now!

Amethyst: Remember the legend KJ told you about Duquesa Bay?

Morrigan: Vaguely - some royal chick cheated on her dickwad husband with a monk

Amethyst: The duchess Leticia, her husband the admiral, and Padre Ernesto - the Spanish sought precious metals here long before California's Gold Rush days - but they discovered something else...

Morrigan: Nereidium

Amethyst: Yes, however, the missionaries and the Chumash natives were infiltrated by The Clergy... Padre Ernesto was one of them

Morrigan: (Sipping her tea) Go on

Amethyst: Ernesto was sadistically beheaded by Bernardo Martinez for having an affair with his wife - this infuriated The Clergy and they hunted the admiral down and eviscerated him

Morrigan: (Chomping on an apple) Lovely

Amethyst: But not before the admiral had alerted Madrid about the presence of Metal del Demonio and El Clero - they were now exposed beyond fable and folklore - it's been an underground battle ever since

Morrigan: And where do I come into this?

Amethyst: You were born into this - as was I

Morrigan: (Mocking) Yay for us

Amethyst: As you grew up, you saw how the mark on your foot changed with age but you never questioned it?

Morrigan: Whenever I did, I was instantly hushed up - after my mother and brother died... I had other things on my mind

Amethyst places a comforting hand on Morrigan's back.

Amethyst: You have been watched since birth... before birth

Morrigan: By whom?

Amethyst: Joe Tiszo, your family... and my Father

Morrigan: Are you going to tell me about him?

Amethyst: When you tell me about Aleta Oscura

Erika pulls the Jeep into a far back lot on the SCU campus. Making sure nobody is around, she climbs out with the trident and Tim's black bag in hand.

Erika: (Leaving the keys under the seat) Thanks for the lift, Timmy

She stealthily moves across campus until she reaches an unavoidable security kiosk. A plump, middle-aged guard is slurping coffee.

Guard: (Wiping his mouth) How ya doin' tonight, Dr. von Meer?

Erika: Sorry, forgot my badge again

He notices the trident and gives her a quizzical look.

Erika: Drama department property

He winks and nods for her to go through.

Guard: Hey

She freezes.

Guard: Real sorry about your dad

Erika: Thanks

Erika now heads down a hall, up a flight of stairs, and into the lab. She hides the bag and trident in a cabinet, then checks on some beakers and sample dishes.

Erika: You better hope this antidote is working on my father, Rif

Suddenly feeling faint, she staggers over to a chair and collects herself. After a few deep breaths, she checks her pulse.

Erika: My levels are undoubtedly off

After a minute of rest, Erika scribbles some notes in a book and checks her computer. Footsteps down the hall cause her to stiffen. They approach but never come inside.

Erika: (Exhaling) I can't do this here

She stashes some supplies in her pockets. Then she snatches Tim's black bag, grabs the trident and takes off. Erika makes her way to the beach from the campus.

Erika: (Scanning around) At least Mt. Wiggins is keeping everyone preoccupied

Erika now reaches the marina and her boat. Once inside, she downs a bottle of Gatorade and tosses the trident and black bag on the bed.

Erika: Why does this have to be so hard, Sam?

Completely exhausted, she falls on her bed and sobs uncontrollably. Her foot accidentally knocks the black bag on the floor. The contents spill everywhere.

Erika: (Staring down at the floor) What are you looking at?

Staring back is a human skull, dozens of Nereidium coins, and three sticks of dynamite.

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