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Soul Searcher: Family Secrets - Page Four

Soul Searcher

Family Secrets

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EXT SCOTTSDALE MANOR - NIGHT

Gerard drops Todd's mask down in front of Todd's fallen body. The mask is SPLIT the full length of the face. Gerard puts his knife back into his boot.

He turns his attention back to the house. Long strides carry him quickly towards the Manor.

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INT SCOTTSDALE MANOR - MAIN FLOOR - SAME TIME

Casey shines his flashlight around the entryway.

CASEY

Althea?

His voice echoes. No response. He looks over at his bag still on the floor. He shines his flashlight on his camcorder. He puts the camcorder on his bag.

The front door CREAKS slightly in the cool breeze.

Casey walks out the front door.

CASEY

Althea? You out here?

Behind him, the camcorder light flashes. It's recording.

INT SCOTTSDALE MANOR - WINDING STAIRCASE - SAME TIME

Althea holds the little girl's hand as she follows her up the dark and winding staircase.

ALTHEA

Where are we going?

LITTLE GIRL

Just shhh. I'll tell you when we get there. We're almost there. Just a little bit further.

The Girl opens a wooden door and leads Althea into THE ATTIC.

INT SCOTTSDALE MANOR - ATTIC - CONTINUING

Althea's small light only illuminates a small portion of the dusty room.

The Girl tiptoes across the room and pulls up a corner of wallpaper. She removes a box and sets it on the floor. Then she goes to the window and looks out.

Althea opens the box. Inside is an old newspaper. She opens it. A CLIPPING falls out. It reads, "JAPANESE FAMILY FOUND MURDERED IN LOCAL MANSION".

ALTHEA

Murdered?

Althea stiffens. The hair on the back of her neck rises. A harshly cruel voice echoes up the stairs.

RANDALL GRAVES (O.S.)

Where are you, you little slant-eyed rat?

LITTLE GIRL

He's coming.

ALTHEA

Who?

LITTLE GIRL

Mr. Graves.

The Little Girl runs and hides under a sheet in the corner. She KNOCKS OVER a lamp in her rush.

The lamp CRASHES to the floor.

RANDALL GRAVES (O.S.)

You can only hide for so long!

His heavy BOOTSTEPS sound on the winding stairway.

ALTHEA

Oh crap.

The footsteps get louder and louder. They're at the door. The door BURSTS OPEN!

Althea screams!

RANDALL GRAVES (50's), dark-haired and stony faced, brandishes a wicked knife. He stops short when he sees Althea.

RANDALL GRAVES

Who in hell's name are you?

Holly rushes up the stairs and into the attic. She races right by Randall, not even seeing him.

HOLLY

Are you all right? I heard a crash up here.

Althea can't say anything. Her eyes fix on Randall. Holly turns and looks straight where Althea's looking.

HOLLY

What? I don't see anything. Althea? Talk to me.

Seth calls from the stairway.

SETH OLSEN (O.S.)

Holly, is she okay? These stairs are murder on my little buddies.

Randall narrows his eyes at Althea. Then he turns and walks down the stairs.

INT SCOTTSDALE MANOR - WINDING STAIRCASE - CONTINUING

Randall brushes past Seth, who shivers as if a cold breeze just passed through him.

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EXT SCOTTSDALE MANOR - SAME TIME

Casey walks around the outside of the house. He sees the grove of trees a short distance away.

CASEY

Althea?

Something urges him toward the trees. He walks quickly, then runs, toward the grove.

A LEG sticks out from beneath some shrubbery.

CASEY

ALTHEA!

Casey drops to his knees and clears away the shrubbery. It's Todd. His shirt is cut to shreds. On his back, cut into the skin, is the word, "BUTCHER".

Panicked, Casey looks back toward the house.

At the front of the house, the front door clicks shut. The deadbolt slides into place, locking the door.

CASEY

ALTHEA!!!

Todd twitches a little. He moans. He brings his hand up to his head, and leaves a bloody handprint.

CASEY

Oh my -

TODD HENDRICKS

Oooooohhh.

CASEY

Who did this to you?

Casey pulls Todd to a sitting position. Blood pours down Todd's hands.

CASEY

Can you walk? We've got to get you to the hospital.

Casey pulls Todd up to his feet. He supports him as they stagger toward the front gate.

Casey continually glances toward the house.

CASEY

Althea!

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INT SCOTTSDALE MANOR - ATTIC - SAME TIME

Holly sits on the floor next to Althea. She tries to calm her shaking friend.

HOLLY

What's the matter?

Behind them, the Little Girl stands up from her hiding place and steps into the moonlight.

LITTLE GIRL

She's the only one who can save me.

HOLLY

C'mon, Althea, what's wrong?

LITTLE GIRL

I told you. Why won't you listen to me?

The Little girl storms over to Holly and bends down right in her face.

LITTLE GIRL

Look at me!

ALTHEA

Shut up.

HOLLY

What?

LITTLE GIRL

She's not listening to me.

HOLLY

Althea ...

ALTHEA

Just leave me alone.

Althea shakes Holly away.

ALTHEA

I don't want to hear anything else.

The Little Girl scowls and walks over to the window. She looks out. She sees Casey helping Todd out the front gate. She dimly hears him yelling.

CASEY (O.S.)

(very muffled)

Althea.

HOLLY

Althea, what is going on?

Seth calls up from the stairs.

SETH OLSEN (O.S.)

Hey, Holly. I've had it tonight. I'm going home.

HOLLY

No, wait.

Holly rushes to the stairs, but he's already gone.

HOLLY

Darn it.

Althea turns around to look at the Little Girl.

ALTHEA

I just can't handle any more tonight.

HOLLY

Althea ... I'll be right back.

She hurries down the stairs.

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EXT SCOTTSDALE MANOR - SAME TIME

Casey helps Todd into his beat up pickup truck. He pats himself, searching.

CASEY

Crap. I left my cell phone in my bag.

(to Todd)

You wouldn't happen to have a phone, would you?

Todd lifts his eyes in the direction of his truck.

TODD HENDRICKS

In there.

Casey looks at all the blood, and grabs a rag from behind the seat. He hands it to Todd.

CASEY

Hold on to this.

Todd holds the rag limply in his numb hands.

Casey runs and opens Seth's truck. He searches for the cell phone. Finds it and dials.

INT SCOTTSDALE MANOR - MAIN FLOOR - CONTINUING

Seth rounds the corner and he's GRABBED! Pulled into the darkness by GLOVED HANDS.

HOLLY (O.S.)

Seth?

Holly steps lightly down the stairs. She stops just outside the entryway and listens. Nothing.

HOLLY

Seth? Ohh. Darn it all.

A cell phone RINGS. It keeps ringing. Holly follows the sound to Casey's bag.

She sees the blinking camcorder. She picks it up and looks into it.

HOLLY

Oh, hi.

She puts the camcorder down. It records her digging in Casey's bag and finding the cell phone.

HOLLY

Where are you? Oh, there you are. Um, hello?

CASEY

(on phone)

Althea?

HOLLY

No. Who's this?

CASEY

(on phone)

This is Casey.

HOLLY

Where are you?

Holly walks over to the window.

CASEY

(on phone)

I'm outside. You need to get out.

HOLLY

Yeah, you're telling me.

CASEY

(on phone)

I'm serious. Something's going on, and you need to grab Althea and get out.

HOLLY

What about my grade?

CASEY

(on phone)

Who cares about your grade?

HOLLY

Well, obviously you don't.

Holly hears footsteps on the stairs.

HOLLY

Hey, Althea! Casey says it's time to go!

(to Casey)

She'll be out in a minute. Is there anything else?

CASEY

(on phone)

Get out now! Please!

Holly hears a MOAN from down the hall.

HOLLY

Seth? SETH?

She drops the phone on the bag. She walks down toward the hall. The camcorder records everything.

CASEY

(on phone)

Holly? HOLLY!?

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EXT SCOTTSDALE MANOR - CONTINUING

Casey runs a few steps toward the Manor.

TODD HENDRICKS (O.S.)

Hey.

Casey stops.

TODD HENDRICKS

I'm cold.

CASEY

Aw crap. Aw crap. What do I do?

He takes a step toward the house, then a step back toward the truck. He agonizes between saving Todd and saving Althea.

CASEY

(continuing; screaming)

ALTHEA!!!

Behind him, in the truck, Todd pulls the rag away from his fingers. The rag sticks to his fingers, and he gasps in pain. He holds up his hands, blood pouring down.

TODD HENDRICKS

My fingers!

He flails about, his arms banging against the windshield. Casey tries to restrain him. Todd lashes out, knocking the cell phone out of Casey's hand.

The cell phone hits the ground, and goes dark.

TODD HENDRICKS

My fingers! My fingers!

All Casey can see is blood pouring down Todd's hands. With all of Todd's flailing, Casey's got a lot of blood on him, too.

CASEY

It's okay. It's okay. We're gonna call 911, okay? You're gonna be just fine.

Casey picks up the dropped cell phone. It's broken. Nothing.

CASEY

Crap! This cannot be happening to me!

Todd lurches out of the truck and falls on the ground. He rolls to his back, pale as death.

CASEY

(continuing; at Todd)

Aaaagh! What the hell am I supposed to do now?

A SCREAM from inside the Manor.

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INT SCOTTSDALE MANOR - STUDY - CONTINUING

Holly screams as she drops to her knees next to Seth. He moans. His shirt is cut in two down the back. Deep cuts on his back start to spell out Butcher - "BUTCH".

HOLLY

Oh no. Oh, Seth. What happened?

Holly touches his back. Her fingers come away wet with his blood.

HOLLY

No. Please. No.

Seth's eyes roll around in his head. They come to a stop on the door.

Holly turns around just in time to see Gerard slip out of the room.

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EXT SCOTTSDALE MANOR - CONTINUING

Casey pounds on the front door.

CASEY

Althea! Open up the door! Holly! Anybody!

INT SCOTTSDALE MANOR - ATTIC - CONTINUING

Althea takes the box under her arm and heads down the stairs. The Little Girl watches her go.

LITTLE GIRL

No, please. Don't leave.

But Althea can't hear her, she's already gone.

INT SCOTTSDALE MANOR - MASTER BEDROOM - CONTINUING

Althea walks by the door to the Master Bedroom. She peeks in. Holly's bag still lies on the floor. But her clothing is scattered all over the room. Althea smiles to herself.

ALTHEA

Big night, huh, Holly?

She continues down the hallway. She stops just before she rounds the corner by the stairs.

HEAVY BREATHING awaits her.

She peeks around the corner to see Randall Graves looking directly at her.

RANDALL GRAVES

Just where do you think you're going?

ALTHEA

I'm leaving.

RANDALL GRAVES

Not with that, you're not.

POUNDING on the front door downstairs.

CASEY (O.S.)

Althea! Open the door!

RANDALL GRAVES

Oh no, you're not going anywhere. That's mine.

Althea looks down at the box under her arm.

ALTHEA

You killed her?

RANDALL GRAVES

(smiles)

You have no idea.

The Master Bedroom door OPENS behind Althea. Gerard steps out. He looks at Althea, and his eyes narrow menacingly.

ALTHEA

Oh CRAP!

Althea breaks for the stairs. She rushes past Randall and slides/slips down the stairs. The box falls out of her hands. Gerard sees it. Althea picks it up and continues down.

Gerard follows after her. As he passes by Randall, he stops and looks back, feeling something.

RANDALL GRAVES

That's right, boy. Run.

Then Gerard starts down the stairs.

INT SCOTTSDALE MANOR - MAIN FLOOR - CONTINUING

Holly helps Seth out into the entry area. Althea slips down the last few stairs.

HOLLY

Althea!

ALTHEA

We gotta get out of here!

Althea looks back. Gerard rounds the corner. She throws her flashlight at him. It hits him in the face, stunning him.

Althea fumbles with the deadbolts on the door. Casey's insistent pounding continues.

HOLLY

Hurry!

Seth stumbles.

SETH OLSEN

Oooooowwww.

Althea pulls the door open. They hurry out. Casey pulls the door shut just before Gerard gets there.

He holds onto the handle. The doors shudder as Gerard tries to pull them open.

CASEY

Run!

They run toward the truck.

CASEY

Althea!

She stops. Runs back.

ALTHEA

C'mon!

CASEY

Your belt.

ALTHEA

Yeah?

CASEY

I need it.

ALTHEA

Why? What're you gonna do?

Casey strains to keep the doors closed.

CASEY

Tie the handles together with it.

Althea pulls off her belt and slips it around the door handles. She cinches it tightly.

They run toward the truck.

CASEY

I hope that's real leather.

ALTHEA

Vinyl. Clearance.

CASEY

Crap.

The door pulls against the belt. It strains and stretches.

A window SHATTERS!

ALTHEA

Oh no.

They run through the gate. Althea stops.

ALTHEA

Help me close it.

Casey looks over to his truck. Todd still lies on the ground.

CASEY

We've got to get him in.

Althea tugs and pulls. The gate CREAKS as it slides a few inches.

Up at the Manor, Gerard climbs out the window!

Casey struggles to pull Todd into the truck. Holly helps him. They pull him into the back of the truck. Seth crouches back there already.

ALTHEA

Help me!

Casey helps her tug the gate closed. Then he jumps in the truck and guns the engine.

CASEY

Come on!

Althea wraps a chain around the two halves of the gate.

Gerard gets closer and closer. He lunges out toward Althea!

She falls backwards and scoots toward the truck.

Gerard pulls on the gate, but the chain keeps it closed.

ALTHEA

Go! GO!

She jumps into the back of the truck as it races down the road.

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INT HOSPITAL - NIGHT

Casey paces the floor. Althea and Holly sit nearby.

A NURSE asks them questions.

CASEY

No. He was like that when I found him.

HOLLY

Seth, too.

ALTHEA

I just want to go home.

NURSE

I think I'm going to have to call the police.

CASEY

No! I mean ... I need to make a phone call before you do that. Okay?

NURSE

The phone's over there.

Casey picks up the phone and dials. A sleepy voice, belonging to DR. THEODORE SIMONSON, answers.

DR. THEODORE SIMONSON

Hello?

CASEY

Hi, Doc?

DR. THEODORE SIMONSON

Casey?

CASEY

Yeah. I'm in a little bit of trouble.

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