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We hear footsteps approaching. Then...
A candle is lit.
INT. STONE WALL CORRIDOR – TIME UNKNOWN
A monk walks along the corridor using the candle to light his path.
He reaches a rusty iron door and produces a key from his vests pocket. He hesitates briefly before inserting the key and turning the door open.
The door opens with a piercing screech like it hasn’t been used in a long time.
At the far eastern corner, stands a man. He’s staring at the wall, rigid as if dead.
It is time brother.
How much does he know?
We don’t know for sure. We know he has been in Carthis and two of the scrolls are now missing.
The occupant hunches his shoulders. He turns slightly...
ESTABLISHING SHOT – THE CENTRE – NIGHT
TITLE: A WEEK LATER. BLUE COVE. DELAWARE
INT. THE CENTRE. SIM LAB – NIGHT
TITLE: SIM LAB. SL-10
A man with white hair and piercing blue eyes walks around the lab. He examines some of the things that were found at Jarod’s lairs and smiles occasionally. [Note: This is the same man who featured on the prequel “Home Coming”]
The surveillance cameras are capturing all his doings, but he seems unmindful to them.
The man presses a button, revealing the projection screen. Suddenly, he senses someone watching him and looks back toward the air vent.
INT. THE CENTRE. AIR VENTS – NIGHT
Angelo backs away from the grid and starts crawling away frantically. He’s scared like he’s never been before.
He crawls for a while until he reaches his safe haven at the deepest recesses of The Centre.
He tries to calm himself down, but all he can think about is...
Evil man... Evil man... Evil man...
INT. MISS PARKER’S BEDROOM – NIGHT
Miss Parker is sleeping. Unlike other nights, this one is being very restful, but then...
Her cell phone rings. She picks it up.
Sorry to disturb you at this hour, Parker. Did I wake you?
(checks the clock)
It’s 3 o’clock in the morning, Freud. What makes you think I would be asleep?
Something has come up. I need you to come to my place.
I’ll be there tomorrow morning before I go to The Centre.
She is about to hung up, when Sydney talks back.
This is urgent, Parker. I need you here NOW.
This better be good, Syd.
She hangs up.
INT. SYDNEY’S HOUSE. LIVING ROOM – NIGHT
Sydney comes from the kitchen, carrying two mugs with tea.
She’ll be here soon.
Sydney hands one of the mugs to his nighttime visitor.
This will help you relax.
Angelo takes a slow sip and frowns.
I probably should have added sugar.
I’ll be right back.
Sydney goes to the kitchen and returns moments later with sugar and a spoon. He hands the items to Angelo.
Angelo sits next to Angelo and takes a sip from his mug.
They are both enjoying the moment, despite the awkwardness.
You want to tell me now why you’re here?
Must wait Daughter first. She needs know too.
Very well, then. We’ll wait.
But, in the meantime...
(reaches for his pocket and produces a pair of Cracker Jacks)
I was told you like these.
Angelo smiles and nods. He opens the pack and stuffs one of the cookies in his mouth like a small child.
EXT. ROAD – NIGHT
Miss Parker’s car is traveling way above the speed limit.
INT. CAR – NIGHT
Miss Parker tries to fight sleep. Her cell phone rings. She reaches inside her purse, finds the device and answers it.
Miss Parker! I’m surprised you’re not asleep.
That you wish. Where are you now, monkey boy?
EXT. COFFEE-SHOP – DAY
Jarod is sitting on a table at a Roman street-café.
A few hours away from there.
MISS PARKER (V.O.)
Why are you calling, Jarod?
INTERCUT – JAROD / MISS PARKER
Ethan sensed something wrong. He asked me to call you.
He’s with you?
No. He’s with my father right now. He called me half an hour ago. Told me to call you and check how you were doing.
Tell him I’m fine. What about him, how’s he doing?
Better by the day.
Jarod signals the waiter and mouths the word “espresso”.
I’m glad for him.
I know you are.
And where are you going at this time of night?
Sydney called. Something urgent has come up, he said.
You think it’s related?
I don't know, but anything is possible.
I gotta go. Keep me posted, will you?
The call is ended.
Miss Parker puts the phone back in the purse and hits the gas.
EXT. ROAD – NIGHT
Her car gains speed.
EXT. COFFEE-SHOP – DAY
A waiter brings Jarod an espresso.
Jarod looks around, scanning the crowd. He adds sugar to his coffee and stirs it. He takes a sip.
There is something about an Italian espresso that always leaves you wondering.
The voice confirms that this is the man who was confined in the cell.
Jarod looks back and sees a man in his early seventies. The man is wearing a dark suit. Jarod gasps as he sees him.
The man sits down.
I figured you’d be surprised.
I thought you were dead.
You’re referring to my brother Michael.
The man extends his hand.
My name is Andrew.
Jarod hesitates for a moment. Then, he shakes Andrew’s hand.
You seem troubled.
Jarod looks around, trying not to be noticed, but Andrew sees it.
I had you followed since you arrived on Italy. If I wanted to capture you, I would have done it by now, would I not?
Why are you here, then?
You came here following a lead.
I am the one who planted it.