Monday, April 27, 2009

Graham Hancock discusses Ayahuasca

X-Files 2x14 The Hand that Wounds (part 2)

Sorry for the bloody beginning! Part 1 is here.
HUMAN HEART AND EYES IN MRS PADDOCK' DRAWER

SCULLY: Take a look at this. I found this on the Internet "The discovery yesterday of a mutilated teenaged boy in the forest has police officials distressed about the possibility of a conspiratorial organization of Dark Forces."
MULDER: Where's that pulled from -- the local paper?
SCULLY: (READING) "The Jew is known to remove organs and sacrifice teens in their religious ceremonies". (TO MULDER) It's taken from "Volkischer Beobacter", a Nazi newspaper in 1934. The rumours are the same, but the blanks have been filled in with whoever must be feared or persecuted at the time. In this case, it's occultists.

MULDER CROUCHES DOWN BY THE DESK, LOOKS AT HER SERIOUSLY.
MULDER: Modern witches, known as Wicca, are a religion. They have a great reverence for all life in Nature, they do not cast harmful spells, they don't worship Satan. Even the Church of Satan has renounced murder and torture. Their influence here wouldn't account for the frogs, or the water draining backwards, or most importantly, the murder.

SCULLY: Well, if not witches, then what?


MRS PADDOCK IS WHEELING AROUND A TROLLEY HOLDING A LARGE GLASS TANK FILLED WITH WHAT LOOKS LIKE DEAD PIGLETS. SHE IS DOLING THEM OUT TO THE STUDENTS AS SHE GOES.

PADDOCK: For your final examination, one-half of your grade will be based on your diagram of a dissected pig embryo. (SHE HANDS ONE TO SHANNON AUSBURY, WHO LOOKS AT IT WITH SOME REVULSION. THE BOY NEXT TO SHANNON LOOKS AT IT UNEASILY, THEN BACK AT SHANNON WHO LOOKS FAINTLY ILL) Be sure to remove the heart and lungs and draw a diagram of each. Be neat. (MRS PADDOCK STOPS HER TROLLEY BY A GLASS TANK CONTAINING A HUGE SNAKE. SHE OPENS THE LID AND TOSSES IN A DEAD HOG AS SHE TALKS) Extra credit will be given for dissecting the heart. (WE HEAR STUDENT GROANS IN BACKGROUND. SHE SMILES AT THE SNAKE, THEN CROSSES TO THE FRONT OF THE ROOM) You have until the end of the period.

SHANNON NODS, CAN'T TAKE HER EYES OFF THE HOG, CLOSES HER EYES AS WE HEAR THE SQUELCHY SOUND OF IT BEING CUT OPEN. CUT TO CU OF THE EMBRYO WITH ITS GUTS SHOWING. CUT BACK TO ECU ON SHANNON, SWEATING, HER EYES START OPEN, SHE GASPS, MAKES OTHER NOISE OF DISTRESS.
CUT BACK TO SHANNON, OBVIOUSLY VERY DISTRESSED. ECU ON EMBRYO HEART, WHICH BEATS. ECU ON SHANNON, WHO IS GASPING AS IF SHE CANNOT BREATHE. CU ON THE EMBRYO, WHICH MOVES ITS HEAD FROM SIDE TO SIDE. WE HEAR A SQUEAL WHICH TURNS INTO SHANNON (IN CU) SCREAMING. BRIEF SHOT OF OTHER KIDS IN THE CLASS, STARTLED, LOOKING ROUND. BACK TO SHANNON, WHO SCREAMS AGAIN AND AGAIN.
PADDOCK, LOOKING ON DISPASSIONATELY... KNOWING LOOK ON HER FACE.
SHANNON RUNS DOWN THE HALL, SOBBING WILDLY. MULDER RUNS AFTER HER.

MULDER: Shannon! You're remembering! (SHANNON SLOWS, HALTS JUST PAST THE DRINKING FOUNTAIN. SHE IS CRYING AGAIN, BUT MORE CONTROLLED THIS TIME. MULDER WALKS SLOWLY TOWARD HER, VERY CONCERNED. HE SAYS SOFTLY) Tell me what you're remembering.

18. EXT. DAY. BENCHES OUTSIDE SCHOOL, AWAY FROM THE MAIN BUILDING

SHANNON IS SITTING HUDDLED ON ONE SET OF BENCHES, FACING A VERY CONCERNED SCULLY SITTING OPPOSITE HER. MULDER STANDS BY SCULLY'S SIDE. SHANNON'S CRYING AND DISTRESS ESCALATES DURING THE SCENE; SHE HAS TROUBLE SPEAKING, THIS IS VERY HARD FOR HER. SHE IS CLEARLY FINDING THIS VERY PAINFUL.
SHANNON: (SOBBING, HALTINGLY) You know who my stepdad is, right? (MULDER AND SCULLY NOD) Jim Ausbury on the PTC. (DEEP BREATH). All right, well, my Mom, she's a teacher. Well, was a teacher. My real Dad, he uh, he ran away, and my Mom met Jim at some seminar or something. and they um, they got married. My sister and I moved up here when I was about. um, four. She was about two. Anyway. (OVER SHOT OF SCULLY, VERY CONCERNED, LISTENING) . A, a couple of weeks ago, my class, we took a field trip to what they call the American Stonehenge. I remembered when I was four years old, Jim took me in his car near there, and he um he made me, in the back seat. (MULDER AND SCULLY EXCHANGE GLANCES; SHANNON'S DISTRESS INCREASING) he told me that if I ever told anybody that he would hurt me. As he touched me, well, I would pretend that I was like, out of my body. Deep in the ocean, down with the fish, in the dark water. Somehow, I don't know, I managed to block out all these things, but lately it's all been, I'm remembering, you know? The others too.

SCULLY: Others? MULDER LOOKS QUICKLY AT HER, THEN BACK TO SHANNON

SHANNON: Yeah. Men and women. They would. come to the house, you know, when my Mom was away? And they would.. uh take me down to the basement. It was really dark. it was like painted red, with a dirt floor. They would wear these robes, black and red and they would sing and they would chant, and then they would tie me and my sister up, these men and women. they would make us do things. They called me a breeder! (RENEWED TEARS) They would get me pregnant, and then they would kill the babies. (SCULLY LOOKS AT MULDER, HER EXPRESSION UNREADABLE) I've had three children, and they're all buried in the cellar. (MULDER LOWERS HIS EYES) One night, Jim murdered my sister for a sacrifice. She was only eight years old! He told everybody that she died in an accident. (SCULLY MOVES TO SIT BESIDE HER; MULDER NOW LOOKS PAINED, THE STORY HAS TOUCHED A NERVE IN HIM) .Today brought it all back, clear like it happened yesterday.

SHE MOVES TOWARD SCULLY, WHO HOLDS HER AS SHE GOES INTO A FRESH BURST OF SOBBING.

MULDER TO AUSBURY: Even the Devil can quote scripture to fit his needs.

AUSBURY TURNS AND SEES WHAT MULDER IS DOING. THE DOOR SLAMS SHUT BY ITSELF, STARTLING MULDER. AUSBURY DOESN'T SEEM TO NOTICE. HE IS FURIOUS, SHOUTING.

AUSBURY: How dare you! Get out of our house! (GESTURES ABRUPTLY). As far as I know, you put those ideas in my daughter's head. Now get -- out! (MULDER, LOOKING LESS CERTAIN THAN BEFORE, MOVES TO LEAVE. AUSBURY WATCHES HIM GO) The Devil travels in many forms. And you may be one!


SHANNON RETAKES THE PIG DISSECTION EXAM BUT MRS PADDOCK DOES A RITUAL USING A CANDLE TO BURN HER HAND TO FOCUS, MAKING SHANNON CUT HER WRISTS.


AUSBURY, DEBORAH, VITARIS AND CALCAGNI ARE STANDING IN THE RAIN, HUDDLED UNDER UMBRELLAS, WATCHING THE POLICE CARS AND OTHER ACTIVITY NEAR THE SCHOOL.
DEBORAH: I feel a dark angel is amongst us. It wants a sacrifice.
VITARIS: (INCREDULOUSLY) It's been years since we've done that.
CALCAGNI: Exactly. Exactly. We haven't kept our faith.
AUSBURY: (SHAKEN, ANGRY) Are any of you... responsible ... for my daughter? (HE DOES NOT LOOK AT THEM AS HE ASKS)
CALCAGNI: We all are. (AUSBURY LOOKS SHARPLY AT HIM) She was sacrificed... (HE LOOKS INTENTLY AT EACH OTHER MEMBER OF THE GROUP AS HE SPEAKS) ...for us. It's a portent. Shannon's death allows us to get rid of the police, the FBI... it can all be blamed on her. (AUSBURY IS SPEECHLESS)
DEBORAH: Jim. You tell them she had a thing for Jerry Stevens. She killed him out of jealousy.
VITARIS: (SLOWLY, AS IF THINKING IT OUT AS HE SPEAKS) She cut out his eyes, because she couldn't stand to have him look at another girl. And his heart, because she was heartbroken. (AUSBURY IS STONE-FACED)
CALCAGNI: When they leave, and they're gone, we must rekindle our faith rather than lose it.

LIGHTNING FLASHES, ILLUMINATING AUSBURY. THUNDER AS HE TURNS AND STARES AT THE OTHERS.


AUSBURY: My religion, my family, Agent Mulder, goes back in this town seven generations. They fled persecution from people being persecuted, all in the name of religion. (SAID WITH DISTASTE. HE TURNS TO FACE MULDER) I was raised to believe Christianity was synonymous with hypocrisy. Man's natural tendency was to
do as thou wilst,
not do unto others.
(HE WALKS SLOWLY PAST MULDER. MULDER TURNS, WATCHING HIM) We believe man is nothing but an animal, no better, no worse, than those who walk on four legs. And though I believed our faith kept us powerful in the community, wealthy, good health, I came to see hypocrisy in the others. (HE TURNS TO LOOK AT MULDER) In me. (EMPHATICALLY) When they told me to blame my dead daughter for Jerry Stevens' death, my reaction... I was sick that they would villify an innocent... someone I loved... (BECOMING EMOTIONAL) just to protect themselves. And at that moment, I knew... I am better than an animal! That my previous beliefs were responsible for her no longer being with us. And that it was time to talk to you.

MULDER NODS SYMPATHETICALLY.

LIGHTNING, THUNDER. PADDOCK IS IN ANIMALISTIC GROANING MODE AGAIN, HOLDING SCULLY'S PEN OVER THE CANDLE. (WHICH CAUSES MULDER TO THINK HE GOT A PHONE CALL FROM SCULLY TO GET AWAY FROM AUSBURY)

AUSBURY, SITTING ON THE FLOOR NEXT TO THE STAIRS, IS CRYING. HE IS THE PICTURE OF DESPAIR. THE CAMERA PANS UP HIS CUFFED ARM TO THE TOP OF THE STAIRS. CUT TO CU OF THE BOLT, WHICH SUDDENLY SLIDES OPEN. MCU OF THE DOOR CREAKING QUIETLY OPEN; THERE IS NOBODY THERE. AUSBURY DOES NOT NOTICE.
THE SNAKE FROM THE LAB SLIDES INTO VIEW AND STARTS MAKING ITS WAY DOWN THE STAIRS. WE FOLLOW IT DOWN, WATCHING PAST AUSBURY WHO REMAINS UNAWARE OF IT UNTIL IT SLIDES OVER HIS RIGHT SHOULDER AND AROUND HIS NECK. HE YELLS IN FRIGHT AND TRIES TO SHAKE IT OFF, BUT IT WINDS AROUND AND AROUND HIS NECK AND BODY. WE SEE HIM TRYING TO PULL IT OFF, THEN HEAR HIM STARTING TO CHOKE; FAINT CRACKING SOUNDS CAN BE HEARD, IMPLYING HIS BONES BEING CRUSHED.


54. INT. NIGHT. CELLAR, AUSBURY RESIDENCE

CU OF HANDCUFFS, STILL ATTACHED TO THE BANNISTER BUT NOW EMPTY. AUSBURY HAS VANISHED. MULDER AND SCULLY REACH THE CELLAR FLOOR AND SHINE THEIR LIGHTS AROUND. MULDER'S LIGHT PICKS OUT A CRUSHED AND BLOODY SKELETON, FOLDED IN ON ITSELF, ABOUT A METRE AWAY. THEY GO OVER TO IT, BOTH CROUCH DOWN.
SCULLY: My God. (FASCINATED) You think that's some kind of acid?
MULDER TURNS, SHINES HIS TORCH ON THE STAIR POSTS.
MULDER: There's no evidence of any reaction of the wood from the acid. (HE TURNS BACK) There are tracks in the dirt... they're from a snake.
SCULLY: (BRUSHING HAIR BACK, DISBELIEF) That's impossible! It would take a large python hours to consume and weeks to digest a human being.
MULDER: You really do watch the Learning Channel. (HE GETS UP, GOES TO PICK SOMETHING UP FROM THE FLOOR. HE HOLDS IT UP, PLAYING HIS TORCH OVER IT) Scully. (SHE TURNS TO LOOK) Snakeskin.
SCULLY: (PAUSES BRIEFLY) There's a python in Paddock's room.

VITARIS: (MATTER OF FACTLY) Sheriff Oakes called me. Jim Ausbury is dead. He was talking to the FBI.
DEBORAH: (IMPASSIVE) Did they kill him?
CALCAGNI: (SEEMS JUST SLIGHTLY AGITATED, BUT IN CONTROL) You know who killed him. Ausbury was no believer. He had no real faith, no devotion. He was punished for his doubts. (HE LOOKS BETWEEN THEM) We have to act. Or the same thing will happen to us. If it's not already too late.
DEBORAH: (SWALLOWING -- SHE LOOKS RATTLED FOR THE FIRST TIME) We have to assume Jim told them who we are.
CALCAGNI: (CALM, RATIONAL) If Mulder knows, it will make the offering all the more meaningful.
THEY LOOK AT EACH OTHER. A FAINT MOTOR NOISE OUTSIDE IS HEARD. DEBORAH CROSSES TO THE WINDOW AND LOOKS OUT. WE SEE HER POV: MULDER AND SCULLY'S CAR ARRIVING.
DEBORAH: They're here. (VITARIS BLOWS OUT THE CANDLES. CALCAGNI CROSSES TO THE DOOR, DEBORAH AND VITARIS FOLLOW HIM. CALCAGNI OPENS THE DOOR) Lock the office.
CALCAGNI FEELS AROUND IN HIS JACKET.
CALCAGNI: No keys. (SLIGHT NOTE OF PANIC) They were in my pocket!

LATER WHEN MULDER AND SCULLY ARE TAKEN BY THE GROUP...

59. INT. NIGHT. CROWLEY HIGH SCHOOL GYMNASIUM SHOWERS
CALCAGNI TURNS THE WATER ON IN TWO STALLS. WATER FLOWS OUT FULL-BORE; MULDER AND SCULLY, LYING ON THE TILES, COUGH AND SPLUTTER AS IT HITS THEM. MULDER IS BLEEDING FROM A HEAD WOUND.
CALCAGNI: It'll make the blood easier to clean up.

SHOT OF DEBORAH AND VITARIS LOOKING DOWN AT THE AGENTS. DEBORAH RAISES HER HANDS TO EYE LEVEL. SHE IS CLASPING A LARGE, CEREMONIAL, DAGGER.

DEBORAH: Dominus Inferus Vobisum!

CALCAGNI/VITARIS: Et conferum (?)

THEY SHINE THEIR TORCHES ON MULDER AND SCULLY. DEBORAH MOVES OVER TO MULDER AND KNEELS. SHE RAISES THE DAGGER HIGHER, PREPARING TO STRIKE. WE HEAR THE SHOTGUN BEING COCKED IN THE BACKGROUND.
DEBORAH: Seine ist die hand die verletzt.
(PAUL RAISES THE GUN AND AIMS IT
)
Forum duba(?). (SHE BRINGS THE DAGGER DOWN SHARPLY. WE HEAR A SHOT)

CALCAGNI CRACKS OPEN THE GUN AND THE SPENT CARTRIDGES POP OUT ONTO THE FLOOR. HE REACHES INTO HIS POCKET FOR MORE AMMUNITION. HE IS STARING FIXEDLY DOWNWARDS. CUT TO MULDER AND SCULLY, BOTH STILL ALIVE, STRUGGLING, TURNING TO LOOK UP AT HIM. BACK TO CALCAGNI, WHO RAISES THE GUN, UP, UP UNTIL IT IS POINTING AT HIS OWN HEAD. CUT TO MULDER AND SCULLY, WHO EXCLAIM IN HORROR AND LOOK AWAY. A FLASH, A SHOT RINGS OUT.

63. INT. NIGHT. PADDOCK'S OFFICE
CU OF A SET OF KEYS DROPPING ONTO THE DESK. CU PADDOCK THROUGH THE CANDLE FLAME.
PADDOCK: You're right. It is already too late. SHE BLOWS OUT THE CANDLE

MULDER AND SCULLY ARE STRUGGLING TO GET FREE.

SCULLY: Oh God... Mulder, did you see his face? (HE NODS, SHE CAN'T SEE HIM) It was as if something else had control of him.
MULDER: Paddock.

65. INT. NIGHT. SCIENCE LAB

MULDER AND SCULLY, NOW FREE, SOAKED, COME INTO THE LAB, LOOKING AROUND.
SCULLY: Mrs Paddock? (MULDER WALKS TO WHERE THEY LEFT HER. THERE IS NO SIGN OF HER, ONLY THEIR COATS) Mulder.
MULDER GOES OVER TO HER. SHE IS AT THE BLACKBOARD. MULDER SHINES HIS TORCH WHERE SHE IS LOOKING. THERE IS WRITING ON THE BOARD. WE PAN WITH THE LIGHT ALONG THE WORDS... "Goodbye. It's been nice working with you."
MULDER AND SCULLY LOOK AT EACH OTHER. THE POWER SUDDENLY RETURNS. THEY SWITCH OFF THEIR TORCHES AND LOOK AROUND THE ROOM, WHICH IS A MESS, STOOLS, RACKS ETC KNOCKED OVER, EQUIPMENT SMASHED AND BROKEN. THEY TURN BACK TO THE BOARD, THEN BACK TO EACH OTHER. FADE TO BLACK.

Saturday, April 25, 2009

What Entheogens Taught Me About God


NeuroSoup: What Entheogens Taught Me About God

Lie to me & the Facial Action Coding System


The main character, Dr. Cal Lightman (played by Tim Roth), detects deception by observing body language and microexpressions through the Facial Action Coding System (NLP visual accessing cues are also used), using this talent to assist clients (such as law enforcement). The character is based on Paul Ekman, notable psychologist and expert on body language and facial expressions. Dr. Ekman and his colleague, Dr. Maureen O'Sullivan, identified "naturals" in what is known as The Wizards Project, which identified 50 people with the ability to spot deception after testing 20,000 people from all walks of life. In real life, they call these "naturals" Truth Wizards, or wizards of deception detection.

click here to see the "Lie to me" series intro video

"D.O.D. friend of mine said this guy is a total nutjob, heard he spent like three years in the African jungle with some primitive tribes studying their eyebrows." audience member

Scorn, Scorn, (Cheney comes on screen) Huge Scorn!
Shame, shame and shame.
Contempt.
These expressions are universal.
Emotion looks the same wether you're a suburban housewife...
Or a suicidebomber.
The truth is written on all our faces.
Premeditated act of violence expression
Gestural retreat, Step Backwards = lying.
Fuck you!
Obama to McCain, episode guy, Rumsfeld to a journalist.

Busted, four in a row:

Check out the series for more, fascinating stuff every episode nearly.
Will see how easy it is to apply this in every day life soon!

Friday, April 24, 2009

X-Files 2x14 The Hand that Wounds (part 1)

"Better hide your Megadeth albums." Mulder

Episode Synopsis "Die Hand Die Verletzt": New Hampshire teenagers feign an occult ritual in an attempt to score and inadvertently cause the murder of one of their group. When Mulder and Scully are called to look into the matter, the town’s real worshippers attempt to hide their tracks, though they fear that the boys’ attempt to “get some” got them more than they thought. (full transcript here)

The episode starts with a Parent Teacher's Council meeting, who after discussing typical school affairs conclude their meeting with a satanic prayer.
AUSBURY: Look, I'll talk to Howard. OK, let's adjourn till next week. Deborah, why don't you lead us in a prayer?
HE PRODUCES A RED CANDLE AND SETS IT ON THE DESK AS HE AND VITARIS SPEAK.
VITARIS: Jim -- the game is on.
CALCAGNI: It'll only take a minute. (SIGHS) We've been... letting it slip.
AUSBURY STRIKES A MATCH TO LIGHT THE CANDLE. WE HEAR FAINT THUNDER IN THE BACKGROUND.

AUSBURY: Paul, why don't you get the door.

VITARIS GETS UP, CAMERA TRACKS HIM TO THE DOOR THEN IS "SHUT OUT" BY HIM. FAINT LIGHT IS VISIBLE AROUND DOOR EDGES. OVER FOLLOWING, CAMERA SLOWLY PULLS OUT FURTHER.
ALL (VO): In the name of the Lords of Darkness, rulers of the Earth, kings of the Underworld, I command the forces of darkness to bestow their infernal power upon me.
DURING THE ABOVE AND THE FOLLOWING, THE LIGHT AROUND THE DOOR BRIGHTENS, REDDENS, GLOWS IN TRADITIONAL "INFERNAL" WAY

DEBORAH (VO): Sein ist die Hand die verletzt.
OTHERS (VO): Sein ist die Hand die verletzt.
CAPTION: HIS IS THE HAND THAT WOUNDS!

DEBORAH (VO): Sein ist der Ort genannt Hölle.
OTHERS (VO): Sein ist der Ort genannt Hölle.
CAPTION: HIS IS THE PLACE CALLED HELL.

DEBORAH (VO): May the black powers of our forefathers make us strong.
ALL (VO): Hail. Hail the Lords of Darkness.

JERRY: I heard the altar is a hollowed stump, just up here. (HE IS CARRYING AND DRINKING FROM A BOTTLE. IT BECOMES CLEAR THAT THE PACKAGE CONTAINS FURTHER BOTTLES. SAYS TO DAVE, LOW VOICE) OK. When they get free, you get Kate, I take Andrea. (GRINNING) Those mittens are giving me (????) (HE AND DAVE LAUGH LAUGH TOGETHER. THE GROUP APPROACHES THE STUMP) This is it. (HE DRINKS, PUTS THE BOTTLES DOWN)
DAVE: OK. I need a personal object from everyone. All right. (THEY GATHER ROUND THE STUMP, THE GIRLS STILL HANGING ON TO THEIR UMBRELLAS. DAVE PRODUCES A BLACK CANDLE FROM HIS POCKET, STANDS IT UP ON THE STUMP AND LIGHTS IT) Now Andrea, you gotta stand over here and face Jerry (GUIDES HER TO STAND OPPOSITE JERRY)... Like this.... (SHE LOOKS UNCERTAIN) Closer. (PUSHES THEM CLOSER STILL)
ANDREA: Why like this?
DAVE: Well that's so... er... so we're calling the spirits up of every direction. (PATS HER ON THE BACK, MOVES BACK TO KATE). Ok now Kate, you gotta stand here and face me. (PULLS HER).
KATE: Do you really think someone used this place for black magic? Or is it just a rumour?
JERRY: (IMPATIENTLY) C'mon Dave!
DAVE: (TO JERRY) Sshh! (HE TAKES A PIECE OF PAPER, OBVIOUSLY A PAGE TORN FROM A BOOK, FROM HIS POCKET, AND TURNS TO KATE. HE BEGINS TO READ FROM IT, LOOKING IN TURN AT THE OTHERS. HE'S REALLY TRYING TO COME ACROSS AS SERIOUS ABOUT IT)
DAVE: In the name of the Lords of Darkness, rulers of the Earth, kings of the Underworld, rise, rise to this place. A... Azazel.
(SOUND LIKE SIGH IS HEARD AS THE CANDLE IS BLOWN OUT. DAVE AND ANDREA LOOK AT IT, DAVE ISN'T BOTHERED) Know ye all who dwell in the light of professed righteousness that the others who know the keys and the angels have opened the gate.
A SOUND LIKE GROANING VOICES FILLS THE AIR; DAVE IS STARTLED, KATE LOOKS SCARED. ANDREA IS SCARED -- SHE JUMPS TO HUG JERRY FOR PROTECTION. JERRY SIMPLY GRINS. KATE AND DAVE ARE VERY UNEASY, LOOKING AROUND. ANDREA LOOKS DOWN AND SCREAMS, AGAIN AND AGAIN.
ANDREA'S POV: MANY RATS RUNNING AROUND HER FEET. THE OTHERS ARE OBVIOUSLY SCARED NOW. STILL SCREAMING, ANDREA RUNS OFF INTO THE FOREST.
JERRY: Forget this! (RUNS AFTER ANDREA, SHOUTING) Andrea!
KATE IS TURNING TO FOLLOW THEM. DAVE THROWS SOMETHING AT THE RATS WHICH BURSTS INTO FLAME AS IT HITS THE GROUND. HE TURNS AND THEY RUN AFTER THE OTHERS. WE SEE ANDREA, SOBBING, UPSET, RUNNING, FRANTICALLY RECITING A PRAYER OF SOME SORT. SHE IS PRACTICALLY HYSTERICAL.

ANDREA: ....believe in Jesus Holy Mary Mother of God pray for us sinners now and in the hour of our deaths...

RUNS PAST CAMERA, WE SEE JERRY RUNNING AFTER HER.
JERRY: Andrea! Wait!
HE HAS ALMOST CAUGHT HER UP WHEN A LINE OF FLAME APPEARS SUDDENLY ON THE GROUND. HE STUMBLES AND FALLS TO HIS KNEES IN FRONT OF IT, BLINDED BY THE LIGHT. HE GETS TO HIS FEET, SHIELDING HIS FACE. A GROAN-LIKE, ANIMALISTIC SOUND IS HEARD. HE TURNS AND A THIN, BONY, CADAVEROUS HAND SEIZES HIS THROAT AND LIFTS HIM UP ... UP... HE IS CHOKING.

OAKES: They say this arena's used for witches' ceremonies.
MULDER: "They"?
OAKES: Well.. everybody... everybody who lives around here knows about the things that go on in this town. They say there are people who control things.
SCULLY: (POLITE DISBELIEF) Any evidence to substantiate those rumours, Sheriff Oakes?
OAKES: Well, Agent Scully... look at the body... the eyes and heart have been cut out.
MULDER LOOKS ON BLEAKLY...

SCULLY: Theories like that are why I can't take him seriously.
MULDER: The homicide did have a ceremonial presentation -- the manner in which the body was displayed...
SCULLY: Mulder, I got the impression you didn't believe him either.
MULDER: I didn't want to incite his already clearly aggravated imagination. But there is a weird feel to this place, maybe there is some truth to those rumours.
SCULLY: I think he incited your imagination. I think this case is nothing more than a murderer taking advantage of local folklore. I mean there's nothing odd about -
SHE IS CUT OFF AS SOMETHING FALLS ONTO HER UMBRELLA, KNOCKING IT. OTHER THUDS ARE HEARD. CUT TO SHOT FROM ABOVE. FROGS ARE FALLING HEAVILY ONTO THE PAIR'S UMBRELLAS.
CUT BACK TO THE AGENTS -- THEY LOOK BEMUSED, MULDER LOOKING UP, SHIELDING HIS FACE, SCULLY DUCKING, DEFINITELY STARTLED. THE THUDDING STOPS. CUT TO SHOT OF THE GROUND -- MANY FROGS HOPPING AROUND THEIR FEET.
MULDER: So... lunch?
SCULLY: Mulder, toads just fell from the sky! (LOOKS AT HIM, TAKEN ABACK)
MULDER: I guess their parachutes didn't open. You were saying something about this place not feeling "odd"?
HE WALKS AWAY. SCULLY STANDS STILL FOR A MOMENT, THEN FOLLOWS HIM, STEPPING GINGERLY OVER THE FROGS.


CAPTION: (ALEISTER) CROWLEY HIGH SCHOOL LIBRARY MLS: MULDER IS AT THE LOANS DESK, FLICKING THROUGH A BOX OF LIBRARY CARDS. CU ON THE CARDS. WE SEE ONE FOR STEPHEN KING'S "Four Past Midnight", THEN ONE FOR M.R. KRASHEWSKI, "Witch Hunt: A History of the Occult in America". MULDER STARTS TO LIFT THE CARD OUT. BACK TO THE MLS; WE SEE SCULLY WALK INTO THE LIBRARY AND JOIN MULDER.

SCULLY: The National Weather Service says there are tornadoes in Northern Massachusetts. The wind probably picked up the animals into the storm. (DOESN'T LOOK TOTALLY CONVINCED, DESPITE HER WORDS).

DAVE, FRIGHTENED, DEFENSIVE BUT STICKING TO HIS STORY. DESPERATE TO BE BELIEVED.
DAVE: I'm not into that stuff at all, I swear. (SIGHS) Jerry was my best friend. Look, I swear, I've never done anything like that.
SCULLY: What made you go to a place you heard was a witches' altar?

DAVE TURNS HIS HEAD, WE FOLLOW HIS GAZE AND SEE KATE AND ANDREA STANDING TOGETHER IN A CORNER. HE LOOKS BACK TO SCULLY, WHO IS SITTING OPPOSITE HIM.

DAVE: (SIGHS) We were just trying to get some.
ANDREA: (LOW VOICE, TO KATE) I told you.
SCULLY AND MULDER TURN TO LOOK AT THEM, THEN BACK TO DAVE. MULDER IS STANDING NEXT TO AND LOOKING OUT OF A WINDOW WHICH LOOKS OUT ON A HALLWAY.
SCULLY: Why did you take the book?
DAVE: Because I don't know a thing about witchcraft, and we wanted to make it sound good... but I never thought... SCULLY: You never thought what?
DAVE: That it would work.
MULDER: (TURNS AWAY FROM WINDOW) If you didn't kill Jerry Stevens, why did you run away from us in the classroom?
DAVE: I'm scared, man.
MULDER: Of us?
DAVE: Of it. That ceremony! I'm afraid we called up some devil or something. (SIGHS)
MCU OF KATE AND ANDREA, EYES DOWNCAST, THEY LOOK SCARED TOO. WE PAN PAST DAVE TO SEE AUSBURY, DEBORAH, CALCAGNI AND VITARIS STANDING IN A CLOSE GROUP IN THE AREA OUTSIDE THE OFFICE, LOOKING IN AND CONFERRING.
AUSBURY: (LOW VOICE, FIERCE) One of you killed Jerry Stevens. Who? (HE LOOKS AT EACH OF THEM IN TURN; THEY ALL LOOK AT EACH OTHER) He was displayed according to the rites of Azazel. Who else would know about the ritual? We stopped doing this because--
CALCAGNI: I went out there. We were supposed to have a Mass, no-one else showed, so I left.
VITARIS: It wasn't any of us.
CALGAGNI: Something's here... a presence amongst us. Angry, I can feel it.
HE STOPS AND LOOKS UP AS WE HEAR THE SOUND OF A DOOR OPENING. THE OTHERS LOOK UP. AS AUSBURY TURNS TO SEE WE SEE THEIR POV: SCULLY SHOWING KATE, AUDREY AND FINALLY DAVE OUT OF THE OFFICE. MULDER FOLLOWS. AUSBURY STARTS FORWARD.

AUSBURY: (INCREDULOUS) You're letting them go?
MULDER: (SHRUGGING) There's no evidence to warrant an arrest.

HE WALKS TOWARD THEM, SCULLY CLOSE BEHIND.
DEBORAH: They never leave evidence.
AUSBURY: We heard how Jerry Stevens was killed. An occult ritual.
VITARIS: They've reached into our area from outside.
MULDER: (ASIDE, TO SCULLY, BUT AUDIBLE BY THE OTHERS) "They" again.
AUSBURY: Those three kids are obviously under occult influence.
DEBORAH: They reach into our children. In music, television, books...
CALCAGNI: They prey on children's innocence.
SCULLY: (CAN'T BELIEVE WHAT SHE'S HEARING) The FBI recently concluded a seven-year study and found little or no evidence of the existence of occult conspiracies.
CALCAGNI: And J. Edgar Hoover never admitted to the existence of the Mafia. (HE HALF-SMIRKS. THE OTHERS TRY TO HIDE SMILES)
SCULLY: (VOICE RISING A LITTLE, A BIT EXASPERATED BUT STAYING REASONABLE) Look, if the number of murders attributed to occult conspiracies were true, it would mean thousands of people killing tens of thousands of people a year, without evidence, without being exposed... it would be the greatest criminal conspiracy in the history of civilisation.

AUSBURY TURNS TO HIS COLLEAGUES, THEN BACK. HE WALKS TOWARDS MULDER AND SCULLY.

AUSBURY: Finally, you people understand what we're up against.
MULDER: (LOOKS AT SCULLY, MAKES QUICK DECISION) Our investigation is ongoing.

MULDER REACHES TO SCULLY, TO DRAW HER AWAY. SHE GOES, BUT LOOKS BACK IN SHEER DISBELIEF AT AUSBURY. AUSBURY LOOKS BACK AT THE OTHERS.

THE AGENTS TURN INTO THE CORRIDOR. MULDER CROSSES TO A DRINKING FOUNTAIN AND BENDS TO DRINK.
SCULLY: (EXASPERATED) Mulder, this is mass hysteria. And our presence here on a routine homicide only gives validity to their fears of occult murder.
MULDER STOPS DRINKING, PAUSES, NOTICES SOMETHING. CU TO SHOT OF WATER SWIRLING DOWN DRAIN OF DRINKING FOUNTAIN.
MULDER: (HALF TO HIMSELF) The water...
SCULLY: What's wrong with it?
MULDER: It's going down the drain counter-clockwise! Coriolis force in the Northern Hemisphere dictates that it should go down clockwise.
SCULLY: That isn't possible.
MULDER: Something's here, Scully. Something is making these things possible.
SCULLY LOOKS AGAIN AT THE WATER, PUZZLED.

Stay tuned for Part 2