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Mizzurna Falls English Script This English version of the Japanese script for the 1998 Human Entertainment game "Mizzurna Falls" has been translated from the original Japanese by ResidentEevee. This game has never been localised and exists only in its original Japanese format. Please credit the translator when quoting from this script. Please do not use this content without permission, reproduce it, or falsely claim credit for it. Mizzurna Falls, Colorado, December 1998 December 25th, around 6:13 am In a forest located in the outskirts of Mizzurna Falls, a small town at the base of the Rocky Mountains in Colorado, a young girl was discovered collapsed and covered with blood. The girl, Kathy Flannery (16) had wounds all over her body resembling those inflicted by animal claws. It was believed she had been attacked by a bear. Then, just after 7am, Emma Rowland (18), a schoolmate of Kathy's, was discovered missing by her mother, who alerted the authorities. The state police began investigating for any connection between the two incidents. It was Christmas day. What a tragedy to befall such a small, peaceful town, with a population of less than 2,000 people... PROLOGUE December 25th, 8:11am Int. A room. A young man is lying on a bed, fully clothed. The phone rings. ?: Hello? ? Matthew? Matthew: Winona, is that you? Winona: Yes. Matthew: Why are you calling me this early? Winona: I just got a phone call from Sarah... something's happened to Emma. Matthew: Winona, calm down. Winona: Emma's mom called me and said that she doesn't know where Emma is. Matthew: What do you mean? Winona: I don't know, but she hasn't seen Emma since last night. Matthew: Last night...? Winona: ...Did something happen? Matthew: No, not really. Anyway, let's meet and talk. Winona: Emma's been strange lately. I'm worried. Matthew: It's okay. Don't worry. Winona: Okay... I'm coming over now. Sarah's voice was trembling like crazy. I wonder if something bad happened to Emma... Matthew looks at a photo on his night stand. Matthew Inner Monologue: This was taken this summer, when Emma, Winona and I had a barbecue. If Emma was a normal kind of girl Winona wouldn't be this worried about her. Emma doesn't have many friends, and sometimes you don't know what she's thinking. Just like last night... Last night Emma seemed different. When I talked to her, she seemed totally spaced out. But she was especially beautiful last night... I wonder what's happened to her... Matthew checks the photo on the night stand: She really wasn't her usual self last night. I can't exactly describe it, but she seemed so alone... Matthew checks the book shelf. "To be or not to be..." how come it opened at this page? Matthew checks the radio cassette player: The secondhand radio cassette player I got from Uncle Nozz. I've had it for years but it hasn't broken yet. * Exterior, Captain Nozz's General Store, backyard. Uncle Nozz enters. Uncle Nozz: Matthew. Come into the store for a moment. * Int. Captain Nozz's General Store. The town sheriff, Morgan Stein, is present. Morgan's bio: Town Sheriff. He's in charge of keeping the people safe. His personality is a little severe, but he has a strong sense of justice and is someone you can rely on. Morgan: Good morning Matthew, sorry to bother you this early in the morning. Matthew: Is this about Emma? Morgan: It seems like you know about it already. Matthew: Did something happen to Emma? Morgan: We received a call from Emma's mother asking us to search for her. Any ideas? Matthew: No idea... I saw Emma last night but she seemed different from usual... Morgan: In what way? Matthew: I can't really explain it well, but... Captain Nozz's bio: Matthew's uncle and guardian. He runs the general goods store in town. He lets his nephew live behind the store. Nozz: What's all the fuss about? Isn't she just at a friend's place? Morgan: In Emma's case, it's just a search request, but... Matthew: What are you talking about? Morgan: Do you know Kathy Flannery? Matthew: Flannery... Father Burton's girl? Uncle Nozz: Oh, that fanatical Father Burton's acolyte? Little Miss Church? Matthew: We're not in the same year at school so I've never really spoken to her. Has something happened to Kathy? Morgan: She was found badly injured in Barrows Forest around 6am this morning. Cohen found her unconscious. If he'd have been even a few minutes later it might have been too late. Matthew: What happened? Morgan: She seems to have been attacked by a bear. Uncle Nozz: A bear! It must have failed to go into hibernation. They get violent when that happens. Matthew: Hold on a minute. Why was she in the forest? And what has this got to do with Emma? Morgan: Just putting two and two together. She's missing, and this suspicious thing with Kathy... Uncle Nozz: Hey, Morgan! You need the bear caught, right? Leave it to Nozz! Morgan: In any case, can you come to the sheriff's department? We can talk in more detail there. Matthew: Okay. I'm curious about all this, too. Morgan: I'll be waiting in the car. Matthew: Uncle, when Winona gets here can you tell her I've gone to the sheriff's department? Uncle Nozz: Okay. What a mess this all is... * Exterior, Captain Nozz's General Store. Morgan is on the police radio. Morgan: Yeah. Understood. I'm heading for the hospital now. Tell Father Burton to come too. Matthew? Change of plan. Kathy's regained consciousness. I'm going to Grouver Hospital. Want to come with? Matthew: Okay. * Exterior, Grouver General Hospital Morgan: Let me ask you something... Emma's mother seemed extremely upset when she called about Emma this morning. But she couldn't have heard about Kathy yet ? it's on a need-to-know basis only. Matthew: Well, Emma's the kind of girl where nobody ever knows what she's thinking. Sometimes she just seemed completely deep in thought about something. Morgan: Emma? I never had that impression whenever I saw her. Matthew: She wasn't always like that. I guess you could say she was like a fragile glass, beautiful to look at, but liable to break at any moment. I don't really want to say it, but I wonder if she's killed herself... Morgan: Then maybe Sarah's worried about that, too. I wonder if Emma was suffering inside. Matthew: Perhaps... Morgan: Weren't you friends with her? Matthew: Winona was her best friend. I'm a guy, so we couldn't be friends in the same way. * Interior, Grouver General Hospital Reception Desk Morgan: I'd like to see the head doctor. Where is he, please? Nurse: The head doctor, okay. Please wait a moment. An old lady, Barbara Holden, rolls up in her wheelchair. Barbara: Morgan, I've been waiting for you. Didn't you buy me any cigarettes? Morgan: Barbara, I didn't bring you your wretched cigarettes. Barbara's bio: She loves her smokes. She often says bizarre things, which makes others view her as a weirdo. Barbara: How thoughtless you are! Life in this hospital is dull enough without even being able to enjoy my cigarettes. What about that young man there, does he have any? Matthew: I'm afraid I'm a minor. Barbara: Oh, really. What a shame, I had something interesting to say, as well... You're not one of the people of this town, are you? Morgan: Yes, he is. We're heading to Kathy's room, so save your stories until later. Barbara: Kathy... poor Kathy... such a sad thing to happen... Nurse: Excuse me, the head doctor is in Kathy's room, so please go straight there. Morgan: Perfect! Let's go, Matthew. Nurse: Kathy's in Room 201. Barbara: Morgan, next time you come buy me some cigarettes, will you? Matthew: What illness does that old lady have? Morgan: Barbara? She's got Ouchy Ouchy Feet. Matthew: Ouchy Ouchy Feet? Morgan: She's faking it. * Interior, Grouver General Hospital 2F Morgan: Matthew, now that I think about it, I can't let you inside. Could you wait here? Matthew: I understand. Morgan: How is she doing...? Samuel: Well, she's regained consciousness... as you can see. Morgan: ... Samuel: Her physical wounds aren't actually that serious, but I'm concerned about the after effects of her going into shock. It's like she's not really here... Just keeps staring vacantly at the same spot. To put it simply, her heart is beating but her mind isn't working. Morgan: Can she hear us? Samuel: Probably not. It's hard to call this living. Morgan: She is alive, though, isn't she? Samuel: She is. In the literal sense of the word. But how pitiful to spend the rest of her days like this! Nurse: Doctor! Please don't say such things! Samuel: ... Father Burton, the town's priest, walks down the corridor towards Matthew, accompanied by another doctor in a white coat. Matthew: Father Burton... Father Burton bio: Priest at the church in town. Many of the townspeople trust him completely. He adopted Kathy from an orphanage and raised her as his own daughter. He is her only family. Burton: It seems she's regained consciousness. Matthew: But it doesn't seem like she's able to speak. Burton: I see. Father Burton knocks on the door to Kathy's room. Morgan: Matthew? Wait just a bit longer, please. Burton: It's Burton. Would you permit me to pray? Samuel: Come in! James: ... Father Burton and the other doctor, James, enter the room. Matthew remains outside. Burton: She's regained consciousness? Samuel: You can pray, but she can't hear you. Burton: We do not pray to be heard. The machine begins beeping rapidly. A scream is heard. Nurse: Doctor! Kathy is... Samuel: Wh-What?! Nurse: Doctor, this is bad! Samuel: You! What about the sedative?! Nurse: R-Right away! Kathy: Noooooo! D-Don't... The machine flatlines. Nurse: ... Nurse: Doctor... Samuel: What the hell... Morgan exits the room. Matthew: What on earth happened?! Morgan: She's dead... Matthew: Huh?! Morgan: I can't believe this has happened... Morgan: Matthew, I'm going back to the department. Matthew Inner Monologue: What the hell is happening today! Matthew checks the door: Too much going on in there... I'd better follow Morgan. * Int. Grouver General Hospital 1F corridor. ?: Hold on a moment. James approaches. Matthew: Who are you? James: I'm James, the psychiatric counsellor. You're Matthew, aren't you? Matthew: Yeah. I've heard about you. You research indigenous tribes, right? James bio: A psychiatrist at Grouver Hospital specialising in counselling. He's an expert on Western philosophy and logic, and is knowledgeable enough about both to be a university lecturer on these subjects. He is currently conducting historical research into the indigenous tribes of this region. James: That's just a hobby of mine. Matthew: How do you know my name? James: Just a guess. I heard all about you from Emma. Matthew: From Emma? James: She came to see me many times for counselling. Matthew: She did? I never heard anything about that... James: This case is going to be difficult. Matthew: What... makes you say that? James: Do you believe in the supernatural? Matthew: Like what exactly? James: For example... Let me think. Like people having souls, or supernatural abilities... That kind of thing. Matthew: Hmm, I wonder... I guess I don't believe in it, really. I've never come across anything like that in my life so far, anyway. What about you? James: I think I have. Matthew: So the world's split into the natural world and the supernatural world, two worlds, right? James: No, there's only one world. It's our lack of understanding that's caused us to define them as two different things. Matthew: ...What does this have to do with anything? James: This case is humming with supernatural energy. Matthew: In Emma's case, was there anything psychologically abnormal about her? James: Abnormal...? It depends on how you define abnormal... She did talk about a strange dream she often had. Let's see, she was also having some... philosophical doubts. Matthew: Philosophical doubts? James: gAm I truly alive?h Matthew: "Am I truly alive?"... Well, wasn't she? James: Of course. But this was buried deeper in her psyche. I think she was questioning the meaning of life. Perhaps doubting her own existence. Matthew: I don't get it. James: Well, it's a mistake to call that abnormal thinking. Humans have been questioning the meaning of life since forever. Matthew: I see... James: That's how it goes. Matthew: So what about the strange dream she was having? James: A blue light, distorted space... celestial hymns... Eternal sleep welcoming her from within. Matthew: Heaven? Everyone has dreams like that. James: It's not just that. Her body melted away, eaten by animals. She enters a world where she can see and hear nothing. And then she wakes, with a sense that she is not really herself. Matthew: Gross... James: Either way, it's obvious she was in fear of something, but I don't know what. She had worries she couldn't discuss with anyone. I think she was struggling mentally. Tannoy announcement: Doctor Loloma, you have a patient waiting in Exam Room 2. James: Oh, I completely forgot. James: Matthew, I'm concerned about Emma, too. If you find out anything, please come and see me. I'll be having a drink at Bar Wolves from around 8pm. Matthew: Okay. * Exterior, Grouver General Hospital. Winona is waiting by Matthew's car. Winona: Matthew! Matthew: Winona, why are you here? Winona bio: Matthew's classmate and Emma's best friend.She was one of the few people that the usually closed-off Emma could open herself up to. Winona: I went to the sheriff's department and heard you were here. Matthew: Did you see Morgan? Winona: Yeah. And I heard about Kathy, as well. Morgan's opened an official missing persons investigation about Emma. Matthew: I see... Winona: Do you think that Emma and Kathy were together last night? Matthew: I don't know. Winona: I think... Emma must also be... Matthew Inner Monologue: But, what did happen to Emma? So many things are happening, it's too confusing. Matthew: I'm sure that Emma is just fine. Winona: ... Matthew: I bet there's a lot that we can do to help out. I'm going to the Sheriff's Department to see Morgan. Want to come with me? Winona: I think I'll go to Emma's house. I'm worried about Sarah. Matthew: I see. Winona: Thanks for the car, Matthew. Matthew: Huh? Oh, right, you came in my car. Winona: Uncle Nozz said I could borrow it. Matthew: I'll drive you to Emma's house. Winona: No, it's okay. It's not far, and I feel like walking. Matthew: I see. If anything happens, call my cell phone. Winona: Okay. Matthew Inner Monologue: The last words Kathy said as she screamed... "Don't"...What's the connection between Emma and Kathy? Something happened to Emma, no doubt about it. We don't even know if she's still alive. Day One, December 25th, 1998 Interior, Mizzurna Falls Sheriff's Department Matthew: There's a map here. Excuse me! There's a map on the floor. Mary Lou: Still? I thought I picked them all up... Matthew: It's for the tourists, right? Mary Lou: You can have it if you want. We've got loads of them. Matthew: Thanks, I'll take it. Matthew: Excuse me... Mary Lou: Oh, Matthew. Did the sheriff call you in? Matthew: Yeah. Mary Lou bio: Sheriff's Department secretary. She fills the department with plants, her hobby, which annoys Morgan. Mary Lou: Winona was here a little earlier. She's worried about Emma... Matthew: Is Morgan here? Mary Lou: The chief's in the room on the right when you go through that door. Matthew: Thanks. Mary: You should really knock on the door before you enter. He's strict about that kind of thing. * Interior, Sheriff's Department, Morgan's Room Morgan: It's you, Matthew. Sorry for stranding you at the hospital earlier. Matthew: It's fine. Morgan: About Emma. I've decided to open an official missing persons report. Matthew: Yes, I heard from Winona. Morgan: I'd like to ask you about last night again. Let's go over yesterdays events again. You saw Emma at the lakeside around 7 in the evening, correct? Matthew: Yes, I tried to talk to her but she was totally distant. She said she wanted to be alone, so I left pretty quickly. I haven't seen her since. Morgan: I see. Matthew: Um, about Kathy... you said earlier that what happened to her was something suspicious... Morgan: Hmm. Matthew: Does it have anything to do with Emma? Morgan: Matthew, this is a job for the police. Matthew: I know, but let me help anyway. I can't just sit around doing nothing. Morgan: Even so... Hudson enters. Morgan: You're back, Hudson. How did it go? Hudson bio: Quiet and stoic, he is Morgan's right hand man. He is responsible for guard duty at the department's holding cells. Hudson: Emma's mother was in shock, not able to talk. Morgan: I see... Hudson: Also, we've found someone who said they saw Emma at around 10pm last night. Morgan: Who? Hudson glances at Matthew. Morgan: Don't mind him. Hudson: It's Mel Astin. Matthew: Mel?! Morgan: That delinquent, huh? Hudson: He supposedly saw Emma out walking while he was on his way to the bar. He called out to her but she didn't reply, so he he just left it. And he hasn't been home all night. Morgan: Where's Mel now? Hudson: We've got him waiting in the interrogation room. Morgan: Right! Morgan: Matthew, if you want to know more about Kathy, you should speak to Cohen. He's the one who discovered her in the forest. Matthew: Right. Morgan: I understand you're concerned about Emma, but don't get too involved. If anything happens, contact me immediately. * Int. Sheriff's Department Reception Area Matthew checks the bulletin board: Everyone Tragedy has struck our town this morning. Father Burton's daughter Kathy has passed away after being found in the forest, and my own daughter Emma is missing. Together with the official search for my daughter, I am organizing a group to sweep the forest. City council members, please gather at the church at 1pm today. Steve Rowland Matthew checks the yellow pages: The Yellow Pages. Uncle Nozz says it's America's phonebook. My house is in here, too. Where's Cohen's house? ...Here! Deer Street... in the west part of town, near the forest entrance. * Ext. Cohen's Lodge Cohen: Oh, hello Matthew. What's up? Matthew: Uh... Cohen Bio: The first person to discover Kathy. Lives alone in a lodge near the Barrow Forest. Morgan trusts him and relies on him to oversee the forest. Cohen: Have you come to ask me about what happened this morning? Matthew: Yes. I thought you might know something about what's happened to Emma. Cohen: Come inside. Int. Cohen's Lodge Cohen: Something to drink? Matthew: No, I'm fine. Cohen: Before we talk about this morning, let me tell you about the woods last night. I went out there like I do every night, but this time things felt strange. There was no wind at all, and it was so silent I felt creeped out. But then, around 12pm, a strong wind started to blow out of nowhere. Then strange clouds started to roll over the full moon. Matthew: And that's unusual? Cohen: I've lived her for a while now, but the forest last night was extremely strange. Then, I woke up with my heart pounding all of a sudden, and I headed off to the forest... Matthew: Then you found Kathy collapsed. Cohen: Mm-hmm. Matthew: Was Emma with her, though? Cohen: I found Kathy in front of a big tree. And there were signs that someone had set a fire nearby. Matthew: A fire? So Kathy wasn't there alone? Cohen: It would seem not. Perhaps Kathy met someone in the forest, then was attacked by a bear. Matthew Inner Monologue: If the two of them were together last night, then what did they go to the forest for in the first place? Ext. Cohen's Lodge Matthew: Thank you. Cohen: First we have to find out what Kathy died of. Then we can worry about what she was doing in the forest. Cohen: Matthew? I think Emma is still alive, as well. Matthew: Uh-huh. * Ext. Emma's House Steve: Hello Matthew. Winona's here. Come in. * Int. Emma's House Winona: Matthew... Steve Bio: Emma's father and the town mayor. He is deeply regretting the fact that he didn't try harder to understand his daughter. Steve: Sarah's been like this all morning. Matthew: I see... Steve: Why did this have to happen... Why her... Matthew: Sarah... Sarah: ... Sarah Bio: Emma's mother. She has been in a terrible state ever since Emma went missing. Matthew: Sarah, cheer up. All we can do is just hope that Emma comes home safe. Sarah: Emma... sob... Steve: Thank you, Matthew. We can't all just descend into despair. Matthew: Wherever Emma is right now, she might be relying on us to help her. I've decided to assist Morgan in the investigation. Steve: I see... Matthew: Could you let me take a look in Emma's room? Sarah: Nooooo! Don't go into her room! Steve: Sarah... Steve: Matthew, I want to help too, but could you give us a little time? I don't want anyone going into Emma's room until Sarah calms down. Matthew: I see... Matthew: Can I ask you about how Emma was last night? Steve: Last night, Emma got home around 8pm. And we talked a little. Matthew: About what? Steve: About how Christmas is such a sacred day, so there must be some wonderful power at work just on that day. Matthew: Emma said that? Steve: Yes. Then she said that she was tired and wanted to sleep, and after that she went off to her room. Matthew: I heard at the police station that Mel saw Emma around 10pm. Steve: Really? Then she must have snuck out again after that. Matthew: I guess so. Steve: Honestly, that girl... Winona: Matthew... Matthew: Are you okay? Winona: Yeah, don't worry about me. Matthew: What's wrong? Winona: Matthew... do you... like Emma? Matthew: Sure I like her. Winona: I think she liked you too. Matthew: What's all this about? Winona: Nothing. Winona: My dad's put me under a curfew at night. Matthew: Can't be helped. Winona: Yeah, I get how he feels but it's not like I'm a kid. Matthew: Yeah. Winona: Hey, Matthew, if you're leaving could you give me a ride? * Ext. Gas Station Winona: Thanks, Matthew. Matthew: Are you okay? Winona: Yeah... Winona: Yesterday I went to the high school library with Emma. Matthew: Yesterday? Winona: Emma was reading this difficult-looking book. Matthew: Do you remember the title of the book? Winona: No. But it was on top of the high bookshelf. I think it was a book on philosophy. I saw her fetch it down, so I remember it pretty well. Matthew: A philosophy book? Winona: I feel like there's some meaning behind Emma's disappearance and what she did yesterday. It's like she's guiding us somehow... it's like I'm having the strangest dream... Matthew: Yeah... Matthew: Hello, sir. Robert: Hi Matthew. Robert: Winona, come on into the store after this. Winona: Okay, dad. Winona: Well, thanks again, Matthew. * Int. Mizzurna Falls High School corridor ?: Matthew... it's unusual to see you in the library. Matthew: Miss Holden... Liz Bio: A high school teacher who is Matthew and Emma's homeroom teacher. Emma saw her as a big sister, and she was one of the few people Emma could open up to. Liz: I heard about Kathy. Matthew: Do you think that Emma and Kathy were together? Liz: Who knows... I have no idea... I wonder if there's really any connection with Kathy's case? Matthew: What do you mean? Liz: I'm not really sure, but I think that Emma was troubled about something, and that's likely to be why she disappeared... Matthew: Troubled about what? Liz: Well... I don't really understand myself... I'm sorry... I can't really explain. I'm going back to the staff room. Matthew: Is the main building closed? Liz: Yes, the principal's had it locked after what's happened. Matthew: But I want to go in. Liz: No can do. Besides, you're not the type of student who'd come to school during a vacation. Matthew: I guess you're right... Liz: Poor Winona must be suffering. Try to cheer her up, won't you? Int. Mizzurna Falls High School Library Matthew: Where are the books on philosophy? Librarian: The second bookshelf from the right along the corridor wall. They're on the top shelf, but I bet you can reach. Matthew Inner Monologue: Is this the book Winona was talking about? It's titled 'History of Philosophy'. ...Hmm, there's a bookmark stuck between the pages. "Nothing exists, and if it did, no one can be aware of it, and if anyone was aware of it, they could not communicate it to others." Kinda dark... Did Emma read this, as well? I could ask James about it... * Int. St. Peter's Church Matthew: Doctor Samuel... do you have a moment? Samuel: Who are you? Matthew: Matthew Williams. I came to Kathy's room earlier with Morgan. Samuel: Oh yeah, you're the kid Morgan brought. Matthew: I want to know what happened in her room earlier. Samuel: When Kathy kicked the bucket? Matthew: Er... yes... All I know is that Kathy seemed to be in a fugue state, then she screamed, and then she died... Samuel: Well, to put it simply, the cause of Kathy's death was shock. You know that she was attacked by an animal? What I think is that Kathy experienced a terrible trauma that night. Then, a flashback of that trauma was caused by some catalyst, and she died of that. Matthew: What kind of catalyst? Samuel: That's the question. Maybe some snow suddenly fell off the roof outside of the window... maybe Morgan's face was scary, maybe it was a combination of everything... Matthew: The only people inside that room were you, Morgan, Father Burton and James. Samuel: There was a nurse there, too. Matthew: A nurse? Samuel: The head nurse. She works in the nurse centre. Are you finished now? I'm a busy man, you know. Matthew: Yes. Thank you. Robert: All right, Matthew? Matthew: I'm fine. It's Winona I'm worried about. Robert: Winona doesn't like to let people see her weak side. Keep an eye on her, will you. Matthew: Yes, sir. Matthew: Winona said she's not allowed out at night. Robert: Yes, a curfew. Matthew: She pointed out that she's not a child. Robert: She is my child. To a parent, their kids are always their children, no matter what age they might be. No matter how much they might complain about it. Matthew: Father Burton... Burton: Matthew. Matthew: About Kathy... I... Burton: Thank you. It's very sad. I doted on her like she was my own flesh and blood ever since I adopted her 12 years ago. The first time I saw her, I swore to give her a happy life. Now she's dead, and Emma is missing. God works in mysterious ways. All I can do right now is pray. What was she thinking when she went into that forest...? Maybe I didn't really know her at all... Matthew: When is Kathy's funeral going to be held? Burton: At the cemetery at 9:30 am tomorrow. I'd like her to be laid to rest as soon as possible. Matthew: Are there really bears roaming around at this time of the year? Cohen: They usually hibernate at this time of the year but occasionally some fail to gather enough food stores, and they go into hibernation late. These ones end up getting stressed and becoming dangerous. It's not impossible that they'd attack a human. Matthew: If Emma and Kathy were together then maybe that means... Cohen: Still, bears don't see humans as a food source. All it did was wound Kathy. If Emma was also attacked by the bear, I'm sure we would have found her nearby as well. Cohen: Whether Emma and Kathy were together or not, first we need to secure that bear. Morgan: Did you talk to Cohen? Matthew: Yes. He also thinks Emma might have been with Kathy. Morgan: It's possible Emma and Kathy were there together, set a fires, and attracted the bear, who then attacked. That hypothesis makes sense. Matthew: But Emma wasn't found. Morgan: That's why this case is such a head-scratcher. Morgan: The meeting's about to start. Sorry Matthew, but could you step outside? * Int. St Peter's Church. Meeting begins. Morgan: Everyone, silence please. Nozz: So are we talking about a murder here? Morgan: It's a possibility. Samuel Bio: Chief doctor at Grouver Hospital. He treated Kathy when she was initially brought in. He has a difficult personality, and occasionally seems insincere. Samuel: The thing is, the choke marks on her neck weren't the direct cause of death. Cohen: What was the cause, then? Samuel: To put it simply, she died of shock. Nozz: Shock? Wouldn't you die of shock at the moment of terror? Samuel: Kathy was in a weakened state... We don't know the cause, but there was something that sparked the memory... the flashback of being attacked. Nozz: By the bear? Samuel: Like I've said many times, we can't be certain it was a bear. But the wounds were definitely caused by an animal. Morgan: Everyone, the main points here are that Kathy was attacked by an animal in the forest, and now Emma, the mayor's daughter is missing. We've decided to search Barrows Forest, and we would appreciate everyone's help and assistance. All men please convene at the forest hut this afternoon at 3:30pm. It should be safe until it gets dark. Morgan: Mr. Mayor...? Steve: Right now my daughter may be suffering somewhere. Everyone... Morgan: ... Steve: Sob... I know... I know that Emma is alive... Sob... Morgan: Everyone, listen up. According to Doctor Samuel, It's highly likely that Kathy has been attacked by a bear. Also... it's possible there may be a killer involved, unthinkable as it is. Keep your children inside after dark. That is all. Matthew: Choke marks on her neck?! Is that what Morgan meant by suspicious...? * Int. Heinz Diner Matthew: You seem busy. Rolein: Not as much as usual. Rolein Bio: Waitress at the diner. She's straight-talking with everyone, and has a frank personality. She's dating Mel, but they don't seem to get along often. Maybe they're suited to each other. Rolein: I heard Emma's gone missing? Matthew: Rolein, do you know Kathy? Rolein: The girl who's a friend of God? I don't, really. She's always by herself, anyway. Matthew: I think there's bound to be a connection between Kathy and Emma's disappearance. Rolein: Were they friends? Matthew: Who knows... As far as I know, they weren't. Rolein: But they were actually kind of similar, weren't they? Matthew: In what way? Rolein: Not in any specific way. Just that you could never tell what either of them was thinking. Matthew: ...Yeah. Mel enters the diner and takes a seat. Rolein: What's wrong with you? You look grumpy. Mel Bio: He's the only son of Mizzurna's most influential man, Dennis. He's made a name for himself in the town as a bad boy. He's always causing trouble. Mel: Nothing's wrong, don't nag. Rolein, finish up here and let's go drink. Rolein: I can't, my dad's not here today. I have to take care of the place by myself. Mel: It's your place, so just close up early, what's the big deal? Rolein: I can't do that. If you want to talk, let's talk here. Mel: Jesus, everyone's pissing me off today. Rolein: What happened? Mel: This morning I got interrogated by that fatass, thinks I've got something to do with the Emma thing. Rolein: Morgan? Mel: Yeah, that fat pig. So what if I was the last person to see Emma?! Matthew: Where did you see Emma? Mel: Huh? Matthew: I said, where did you see Emma? Mel: Hey jerk, what makes you think I have to tell you? Matthew: I saw Emma last night, too. I want to know where she went afterwards. Mel: Jeez, you're annoying. Rolein: I want to know, too. Just exactly when and where did you meet Emma last night? Mel: What are you thinking?! I didn't meet her. I just saw her in passing! Rolein: So, where? Mel: Jeez... It was on Cockland Peak. Just where you come out of the tunnel. Matthew: Did you speak to her? Mel: Not really. But she said she was goin' to the church. Matthew: The church? Was she alone? Mel: Hey jerk, that's enough. I don't have to be interrogated by you two as well. Rolein: Are you leaving? Mel: I can't stay here. It's suffocating me. Mel leaves. Rolein: Urgh, what a dick.. Matthew: Aren't you two going out? Rolein: Yeah, well. Everyone's got something good in them. Rolein: Perhaps Emma was going to the church to see Kathy? Matthew: I think you could be right. Rolein: I bet that's it. It's likely the two of them were together, then. Rolein: I wonder if there's another demonstration going on at Astin Farm again today. Matthew: Demonstration? What demonstration? Rolein: Don't you know? It's a demonstration to convince Dennis to refurbish the farm workers' lodgings. Matthew: Dennis? As in Mel's father? Rolein: Yeah. You know, the farm workers' lodgings are on the top of Cockland Peak. Matthew: Oh, yeah. They're pretty run-down. Rolein: Dennis should just do the decent thing and refurbish them. Astin Farm's rolling in money after all. * Ext. Barrows Forest Entrance Deputy: You want to go into the forest? Haven't you heard? It's off-limits. There's a bear, you know. Matthew: Mel was complaining about you. Said you treated him like a criminal. Morgan: Haha, I see. Matthew: Mel said Emma said she was going to the church. Morgan: That makes it likely Emma and Kathy were together last night. Matthew: Do you think Mel was with them, too? Morgan: I wonder... Mel's definitely hiding something. Matthew: Does he have an alibi for last night? Morgan: He says he was at the bar. Matthew: The bar? Bar Wolves? Morgan: He didn't want to admit he was there, so I don't think he's lying. At any rate, for now his alibi holds up. Matthew: What's this about choke marks on Kathy's neck? Morgan: ... Matthew: Is that what you meant by suspicious? Morgan: Yeah... Matthew: Is there a murderer on the loose? Morgan: Not sure. According to Samuel, the choking couldn't have directly led to her death. But it's true, she definitely had bruising on her neck. Matthew: Yeah, but... Morgan: Matthew, we don't have any proof that this was an attempted murder. Don't make a big deal of it. Matthew: I know, but... Morgan: Matthew, the forest is off-limits. Matthew: Are you searching it now? Morgan: Yeah. Matthew: Let me join the search. Morgan: I can't do that. The bear might be around. I can't let a child be exposed to such danger. * Ext. Mel and Dennis's House Protester: President! Please, listen to us! Protester: What do you think we workers are?! We demand that our lodgings be refurbished! Protester: President Dennis won't listen to us at all. Damn it... I had no idea he was such a cold hearted person. Matthew: Are the buildings that dilapidated? Protester: That's not all! The water's always going dry, and the electricity goes off almost every day! Protester: The place is over 30 years old, patching up the cracks won't cut it any more. President! We demand refurbishment! Dennis Bio: As the owner of Astin Farm, which powers the local economy, he's the most powerful man in town. He's the father of Matthew's peer, Mel. Dennis: Enough of this! I'm always shelling out to fix that place! Protester: President! That won't do any longer! The place needs rebuilding from the ground up! I've worked for your company for decades... Dennis: Rebuilding on that spot is too complicated, and there isn't any other land. Protester: Why? It's too dark there at night, and there are suspicious persons lurking about. It's no place for people to live! Dennis: As I've said, it's more complicated than you think. But I'll consider it. Now please leave. Protester: Really?! Dennis: Yes. Protester: Thank you! Dennis: Jeez... What? You got something you want to complain about, too? I'm not interested. Dennis: What do you want?! Matthew: Uh, is Mel home? Dennis: Mel? I don't know where he is. His room's around the side. What else do you want?! I'm busy here! Matthew: With the farm workers' lodgings? Dennis: None of your business. If you want Mel, check his room, but don't knock on my door again! Dennis: Sick of everyone hassling me! * Int. Mel's Room Matthew: Hmm, what's this? It says "9pm, Motel." Did Mel get a room at the motel...? Matthew: ...Motorbike! It's Mel! I've got to hide! Mel: ... I said all right, already! I've dealt with the Emma problem. And I've got it with me, so stop worrying about it! Yeah... At 9pm on the 26th. Don't keep saying the same thing over and over. Just meet me at the cemetery then, got it?! All right, all right. I'll keep my promise. Let's just talk then. Mel: ...Jeez, what a nagging jerk... Dennis: Hey, Mel! Come here! Mel: Huh? Dennis: I said come here, now! Mel: Jeez, shut up you old fart... Dennis: Get here, now!!! Mel: All right, all right! * Ext. Farm Workers' Lodgings Matthew: Mel? What are you doing here? Mel: Huh? It's none of your damn business what I do. Matthew: Looks like Dennis is unsure whether or not to refurbish this place. Mel: I don't give a damn what my dad does. * Ext. Captain Nozz's General Store Nozz: Matthew! There really was a bear in the forest! We found some huge paw prints! Can't wait for tomorrow! Matthew: Are you going to do another search tomorrow? Nozz: Yeah, but Cohen's suggested we go with fewer people tomorrow. He says it's best to use a small team when tracking a bear. Matthew: What time are you going in? Nozz: We're meeting at the forest entrance at 7am tomorrow morning. Matthew: Can I join, too? Nozz: Sorry, I can't bring you with me. Morgan'll wring my neck. Matthew: Couldn't you please let me join? Nozz: I don't mind, but Morgan... believe me, I'd be totally fine with you coming, but... * Int. Heinz Diner Rolein: Some of the farm workers were just here. Matthew: Were they talking about refurbishing? Rolein: They were just bad-mouthing Dennis. Matthew: It's true the place is worn-down, though. And it's got a creepy vibe. Dennis should rebuild. Rolein: Mel said there's some reason why they can't. Matthew: What kind of reason? Rolein: I don't really know, but it doesn't seem to be just about money. Rolein: Mel's such a jerk... Matthew: What's wrong? Rolein: Mel's been such a grouch today. All he does is complain. Matthew: Seems like he didn't like being questioned by Morgan. Rolein: Who knows. * Int. Grouver Hospital Reception Desk Matthew: I want to ask you about the bruising on Kathy's neck. Samuel: Bruising? Matthew: Yes, bruising like she'd been choked. Samuel: What about it? Though that wasn't the cause of death, you know. Matthew: But... Samuel: Oh, I get it. You're saying someone tried to kill Kathy that night? Matthew: Morgan doesn't seem to be taking that hypothesis very seriously... Samuel: Maybe in New York, but this is a small, rural town. That kind of thing's unthinkable here. If you ask me, someone definitely choked Kathy that night, though. Matthew: From the bruises, can you determine what time the choking occurred? Samuel: I think within 24 hours of the time she was discovered. But I'm no expert. I may be hot stuff, but even I can't say for sure. Someone definitely choked her, though. And it had to be a man. Matthew: Why? Samuel: It's obvious from the size and shape of the bruising. Matthew: I thought you said you're not an expert. Samuel: It's just intuition! I put a lot of faith in my hunches. Matthew: Sigh. Samuel: Listen, Kathy was probably messing about in the woods with a guy, lighting campfires and so on. And then maybe the guy got a little bit mean and tried to feel her up or something. And then she was like no, and the guy choked her a bit. And then by coincidence she happened to get mauled by a bear soon after. The guy ran away, and Kathy was left all alone. What do you think? Sounds perfect, huh? Matthew: I wonder about that? Kathy didn't seem the kind of girl to play around at night. Samuel: Hmm, well... you never can tell what today's youth are thinking. You don't even know what kind of girl Kathy was, do you? Matthew Inner Monologue: True, I don't know anything about Kathy. What kind of girl was she, any way? * Int. Grouver Hospital, James's Room Matthew: About Kathy's cause of death... James: It was shock, wasn't it? Matthew: Yeah, but it doesn't quite make sense. Is that really what she died of? James: You have certain memories too, don't you? The ones that pop into your head after years and years of having forgotten them. Vivid and clear. Matthew: But doesn't the catalyst for remembering something have to be something connected with the memory itself? Kathy was attacked by a bear. What could remind her of that night in the woods? James: Something clearly did. Something strong enough to bring back the terror of the woods. Matthew: What could it be...? James: No idea. Only Kathy could tell you. Matthew: Are you busy right now? James: Not really. Matthew: "Nothing exists, and if it did, no one can be aware of it, and if anyone was aware of it, they could not communicate it to others." This was written in a book I think Emma was reading... James: You're quite the detective. That sounds like Emma all right. Matthew: Don't mock me, please. James: All right, all right. That's a quote from Gorgias, an ancient philosopher. I think that quote expresses Emma's current mental state quite well. Matthew: It's sad. It sounds like being all alone, trapped in your own world, unable to escape. James: There was a side of Emma you never knew. But then again, I think Emma's taken a step into territory I doubt most people could understand. James: Are you going to the bar? Matthew: You mean Wolves? I'm underage. James: Emma often went there. Matthew: What?! James: Wolves is where I got to know Emma in the first place. It seems she caused a bit of trouble there, though. Got a bit of a name for herself. Matthew: I don't believe it... James: You only knew one side of her. You might see the other side if you come. Maybe even the key to finding her. * Int. Grouver Hospital 2F Nurse's Station Matthew: Excuse me... are you the head nurse? Nurse: Yes, that's me... do you need something? Matthew: Were you the one in the room with Kathy? Nurse: Yes. Poor child... Matthe: Doctor Samuel said that Kathy's cause of death was shock caused by some sudden catalyst. Nurse: A catalyst... that could be true. Matthew: Do you have any idea what it could have been? Nurse: It was right when Father Burton entered. I leaned in to Kathy, and I said... "Kathy, don't worry... Father Burton has come for you..." And then Kathy's eyes rolled over towards the Father, and I thought... everything was going to be all right... Matthew: But...? Nurse: Just when I started to relax, Kathy screamed... Matthew: ... Nurse: I wonder if seeing him was too much of a relief for her... Anyway, in the end things took a tragic turn... Matthew: Where is Kathy's body? Nurse: It's in operating room 2 in the basement. There's a lot of examinations they needed to do, so she'll be resting there until her funeral. Matthew: When is the funeral? Nurse: I don't know... I haven't heard yet. * Int. Grouver Hospital Barbara's Room Liz: Oh, Matthew. Matthew: Miss Holden! Why are you here? Barbara: Why not? What's wrong with a granddaughter visiting her sick granny? Matthew: Granddaughter? Then... Liz: Yes, this is my grandmother. Matthew: I see... Barbara: If this is your student, does that mean he's in the same year as Emma? Matthew: You know Emma? Liz: Emma used to visit granny. Barbara: Emma was a nice girl. Poor thing. Matthew: It's not like she's dead. Liz: That's right, granny, she's not. Barbara: I see, I see. Matthew: Did Emma visit often? Liz: Yes, Emma had an interest in hearing granny's tales of the olden days. Matthew: Tales of the olden days? Barbara: Not nice tales for the telling. Matthew: ... Liz: Truly, they're not. Matthew: I see... Barbara: Maybe I'll tell you... if you come and see me sometimes. Liz: Granny, not that again... Matthew: Miss Holden, do you know what kind of girl Kathy was? Liz: Kathy? Well, I've spoken to her, but... I don't really know. But she didn't seem like a very cheerful girl. Matthew: According to Burton, she was introverted and didn't associate with people much. Liz: That sounds like the case... maybe she had something in common with Emma. Matthew: Like what? Liz: Like nobody could ever tell what they were thinking about. Perhaps this isn't appropriate for me to say as a teacher... Matthew: Isn't there anyone who knew Kathy well? Liz: I think her homeroom teacher would know much more. Matthew: Who's that? Liz: Holly. She's usually in the staff room from 2pm. Matthew: I see. * Int. Sheriff's Department Reception Matthew: Were Kathy and Emma close? Burton: Who knows? Kathy was introverted and didn't associate with many others. Matthew: Emma was going to the church on the 24th. Burton: Around what time? Matthew: 10pm. Burton: There's nobody at the church at that time of night. Matthew: Well I thought maybe she came to see Kathy? Burton: I see... then maybe after that they went to the forest together. Still, I can't quite believe it. Kathy knew she was not allowed out after dark. She must have snuck out without my knowledge. * Int. Sheriff's Department, Morgan's Room Matthew: How did the forest search go? Morgan: Well, there's a bear in there for sure. And no doubt it's the same one who attacked Kathy... Matthew: What about Emma? Morgan: We have no leads on Emma. Matthew: Seriously...? Morgan: Listen, Matthew... there's no proof Emma and Kathy were together that night. They may be totally unrelated. Let's just think positively. Matthew: I heard from my uncle that you're going back into the forest tomorrow morning. Morgan: Yes. Damn Nozz... that was supposed to be a secret. Matthew: Can't you take me with you? Morgan: It's dangerous, we'll be carrying guns. I can't let you join. Matthew: I know how to use a gun. My uncle taught me. Morgan: What the... that damned Nozz... Look, even if you know how to use a gun, we're talking about a ferocious bear here. Just because Nozz taught you how to pull a trigger, doesn't mean we can take you with us. * Int. Sheriff's Department Reception Nozz: Did Morgan let you join the bear hunt? Matthew: No. Nozz: Didn't you tell him I taught you how to shoot? Is he saying my gun skills aren't good enough? I can shoot better than Morgan even if I was blindfolded! That's it! Matthew, come to the forest tomorrow! We'll catch that bear and make Morgan eat his words! Matthew: I don't think Morgan will let me. Nozz: Leave it to me. I'll think of something. Just come to the forest at 7am tomorrow. Make sure to wake up bright and early. * Ext. Cohen's Lodge Cohen: There really was a bear in the forest. We're going to hunt it down tomorrow morning at 7am. Nozz is going to join us, too. * Int. Bar Wolves James: Matthew! Over here. Hello, Detective. How goes the investigation? Matthew: Stop with the detective thing. James: Just a little fun. So, how goes it? Matthew: Not great... I'm sure you know more about what 's going on than I do. James: You sound jealous. Matthew: ... Why aren't you sitting at the counter? James: I don't like Wolf very much. The owner. He knows everything about the nightlife in this town. Maybe you could get some info out of him. Matthew: Excuse me... Wolf: ... Why don't you take a seat? Want something alcoholic? Matthew: No... Wolf Bio: Owner of Bar Wolves. Knows everything about the town's regular patrons and the night life here. Wolf: Don't you know anything? If you sit at the counter, you need to order a drink. Matthew: Then, a glass of milk. Wolf: Milk! Haha! Well, whatever. Matthew: How much? Wolf: It's on the house. Drink that and get lost. Matthew: Do you know Emma Rowland? Wolf: ...Emma? Matthew: You know her? Wolf: She comes here often. She turned a few heads, on account of her being a beauty and all. Matthew: Did anything specific happen? Wolf: One time this guy was being real persistent, so Emma stabbed him in the thigh with a fork. Of course, the guy was in the wrong, so nothing was made of it. Matthew: Emma really did that? Wolf: After that, everyone started to think of her as this crazy girl. Matthew: Did she always come here alone?
Wolf: Yep. Oh, except once time she did bring another girl with her. Matthew: What did she look like? Wolf: You're a bit keen to know about this. I don't even remember. Matthew: I see... Matthew Inner Monologue: Maybe Kathy...? Mel: What? Didn't know a kid like you came to this bar... Matthew: It seems you come here often. Is it ok for you to be drinking alcohol? Mel: Shut up! I only drink milk here. Mel: Shit... where the hell has Emma gone... Bonehead: Yo, Mel! Aren't you Mr Popular this evening. Mel: Shit... Bonehead: Remember this ? a man always keep his promises. If you can't even do that, what you got left, huh? Mel: Shut up. I said I got it already. Bonehead: No wonder Emma got away from you. Mel: Say what?! Bonehead: Know what I think? I think she's hiding somewhere to get away from you, you persistent jerk. Matthew: What are you talking about? Bonehead: Didn't you know? This guy brought Emma here plenty of time to try to put the moves on her. They were always arguing... Mel: Shut up! Mind your own business! Bonehead: Just keep up your end of our agreement! Mel: What? Something you wanna say? Matthew: What have you done to Emma! Mel: Huh? What are you... Matthew: Do you have something to do with her disappearance?! Mel: Whatever's between me and Emma is none of your business! Now get lost! You shouldn't be in here. Matthew punches Mel. They fight. Mel: Shit! I don't have time to play with you... Matthew: Did Mel and Emma often argue? Wolf: Yeah. Don't know what about. But Emma seemed to know his weak point. Matthew: It wasn't the other way round? Wolf: Dunno. But since Emma went missing, Mel's seemed agitated. * Phone call from Winona Winona: Matthew? Matthew: Winona? Winona: I'm at the park right now. Could you come here? Matthew: At the park? What are you doing? Winona: Just thinking about stuff... Matthew: Okay, I'll come now. Winona: Okay, I'm waiting. * Int. Riverside Park Winona: Matthew... Matthew: I thought you had a curfew? Winona: I snuck out... Matthew: Something bothering you? Winona: ... Matthew: Is it Emma? Winona: ...The Emma thing has been a shock... Matthew: For me, too. Winona: No... I think it's different for me... Matthew: In what way? Winona: I always had the feeling that one day Emma would leave, and go far away... Matthew: ... Winona: One time Emma brought me along to Wolves. Matthew: To Wolves? Matthew Inner Monologue: So the girl Wolf mentioned was Winona? Winona: Emma was wasted... I was... shocked... I tried to take her home, but this creepy guy was there... and Emma went off with him... Then she said to me... "Winona, this isn't a place for you..." Isn't that messed up? Matthew: ... Winona: That's when I realized... there's another Emma I don't know... Though I tried so hard... Matthew: ... Winona: When we said goodbye that night... Emma said... "Is it fun, being with me?"... And I said... sure... then Emma said... "Would you be sad if I disappeared?" ... and I said of course... why would you even ask that... then Emma laughed... and said good night... Matthew: Winona... Winona: I should have been able to help her... Matthew embraces Winona. Winona: Matthew...? Matthew: Don't blame yourself. Winona: ... Okay. Matthew: Probably Emma didn't want to get you involved in whatever was troubling her. Winona: Thank you, Matthew... I guess I showed you my vulnerable side... Matthew: Try to relax a little more. You take on too much by yourself. Winona: You could be right... Thank you, for listening to me. My dad'll be worried about me ? I should head home now. Matthew, you'll drive me back, won't you? Matthew: Yeah. * Ext. Gas Station Winona: Thank you... Matthew: Good night. Winona: Matthew! Thank you for... everything. Good night. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ------------- Day Two, December 26th, 1998 * Int. Matthew's Shed, 5:45 am Matthew's cell phone rings. ?: Matthew? Matthew: Winona? What's up? Winona: Today's Kathy's funeral, isn't it? I'm thinking of going. What about you? Matthew: I'll go too. Shall I pick you up in my car? Winona: It's all right, I'll walk there. Let's meet at the cemetery. Matthew: All right. * Ext. Barrows Forest Entrance Deputy: Mornings are so cold... I need to take a leak soon... Ugh... Not again... Deputy: Nope, can't hold it... You! The forest's off-limits! Please leave at once! Matthew walks away. Deputy: Well, no one's around anyway, so... The deputy walks behind the car. Matthew runs past. Deputy: Hey! You! Matthew runs across the bridge to where Morgan and Nozz are talking. Nozz: Matthew! Deputy: Pant... pant... Hey! I told you it was off-limits! Matthew: Morgan, let me join the hunt, too! Morgan: Matthew, we know for a fact there's a bear in the forest. And a really violent one, at that. I can't bring you into such a dangerous situation. Nozz: Matthew can use a gun. I taught him, so no worries! Morgan: Nozz, that's not good. I can't bring a child into a dangerous place like... Nozz: He's showed up, he wants to do it. Why not bring him along? Morgan: c Matthew: I won't cause any trouble. Morgan: c Morgan: Persistent fellow... All right, but don't go doing anything crazy, now. Nozz: I'm here. Nothing to worry about. * Int. Forest Cabin Cohen enters the cabin where Nozz, Morgan and Matthew are waiting. Nozz: Cohen, what's the situation? Cohen: I sense it. It may be close by. Morgan: What should we do? We should search the forest together, all four of us. Cohen: No, four's too many. There's a risk we won't be swift enough at the critical moment. We should split into groups of two and sweep the forest. Morgan and Nozz, and Matthew and me. Matthew: Give me a gun, too. Morgan: Matthew, I can't permit you to have a gun. Nozz: Hey, Morgan. Isn't it more dangerous if he doesn't have a gun? Cohen: It's all right, he'll be with me. * Ext. Barrows Forest Cohen: Let's meet back here in half an hour. If you spot the bear, fire your gun. Our objective isn't to kill it, but to drive it further into the forest where it can live in peace. Morgan: Nozz, we'll start over by the falls. Nozz: Now's the time to test my skills! Nozz and Morgan walk off. Cohen: Matthew, stay close behind me. And listen. Don't go losing your cool if you spot the bear. Got it? Cohen: Let's go! Matthew follows Cohen into the trees. Cohen: We don't have time for sightseeing, Matthew. Cohen stops. Matthew: What is it? Cohen: Don't you feel that? Matthew: Feel... what? Cohen: Never mind... Cohen: If we don't strike first, he'll be the one hunting us. Matthew spots footprints nearby. Matthew: Cohen! Over here! Cohen: Tracks! And fresh ones... No doubt about it... these are from the bear. Cohen: Let's go. The two follow the tracks to a large tree. Cohen: This is where I found Kathy. Cohen: Now I think about it... when I found her here... it looked like... some ancient altar... Cohen: Yes... there was a ring of fire all around the tree... with Kathy as the centrepiece... Cohen: The tracks disappear into the woods. Cohen: If we go closer, we may find more clues. Let's look! Matthew examines the tree. Matthew: There are scratches on the trunk... Matthew: Are these the marks of the bear's claws? Cohen: ...Yes. Probably from when Kathy was attacked. A rustle in the trees shocks both Cohen and Matthew. Cohen: ?! There is the sound of a gunshot. Matthew: A gunshot! Cohen: It's close! Morgan and Nozz...? Cohen: Matthew, follow me! Cohen runs into the trees. Matthew follows. The two come across the headless corpse of a deer. Matthew: Urgh... Cohen: It's a fawn. It's been dead only a few minutes. Matthew: Its neck is... The fawn's head is suddenly flung in front of them from behind. Cohen: ?! Matthew: The... head... They turn to see the bear towering behind them. Cohen gets off a shot, but is whacked to the ground by the bear's paw. Matthew: Cohen! Cohen: Ugh... Matthew... run... Cohen pants. Cohen: He's distracted by me... now's your chance! Escape back to the cabin! The bear turns to roar at Matthew. Cohen: Hurry! ...Run! Matthew runs away and escapes into the cabin. * Int. Forest Cabin Matthew picks up a shotgun. Matthew: No shells! Where are the shells? Matthew checks the cabinet nearby. Matthew: Shells! Damn... it won't open! Matthew smashes the glass in the cabinet with the butt of the shotgun. Quickly, he loads the gun. Matthew shoots the bear repeatedly until it keels over, dead. Morgan: Are you hurt? Matthew: I'm all right. I'm more worried about Cohen... Morgan: Nozz took Cohen to the hospital. His injuries don't seem serious. No need to worry, really. Morgan: So this is the beast that attacked Kathy... Matthew gazes at the bear. Morgan: What's up? Matthew: I just... I killed it... Morgan: Couldn't be helped. It's kill or be killed, those are the rules of nature. Matthew: I know... But... it fought so hard to live... Morgan: Animals kill each other in order to survive. It's only we humans who kill for stupid reasons. Matthew: If Kathy died after being attacked by this bear, maybe it attacked Emma too... is that what you mean by the rules of nature? Morgan: c Morgan: That's why we fight, too. In order to protect our own lives. Morgan: Well, anyway... Matthew examines the bear. Matthew: I killed it... Matthew: Huh? It's got something caught in its claw. Matthew: ? I can't quite get it... Matthew: ?! Got it! Morgan: What's up? Matthew inner monologue: A necklace? Weird... isn't this a native tribal design? Was this Kathy's? Or Emma's? I don't think it's Emma's... she always hated necklaces. Can't be hers... Matthew: This took a lot to get hold of. Morgan: Hmm... I'd better take that. I can ask Burton if it was Kathy's. Morgan: Perhaps I'll leave the bear disposal to Nozz. He seems like the kind of guy who'll know what to do with it. Matthew: So I guess the forest's no longer off-limits? Morgan: Guess so. I'll post a sheriff on sentry duty, but he'll let you pass freely enough. Morgan: I'll stick around here a little longer. If you're worried about Cohen, why not go check on him at the hospital? Morgan: Good job, Matthew. I've revised my opinion of you. * Int. Grouver Hospital Lobby Barbara: Matthew Williams! Matthew: ?! Barbara: What are you doing gawping?! Matthew: The sudden low voice startled me. Barbara: Young people these days have no guts. Matthew: So what do you want? Barbara: You've got my cigarettes, right? Matthew: I told you, I don't smoke. Barbara: Yes, I've figured out that much for myself. Matthew: Then... Barbara: I'm asking you if you bought ME any cigarettes. Matthew: ...I haven't bought you any. Barbara: Jeez, you're useless. Matthew: Heavy smoking will lead to an early death. Barbara: You're annoying. I've lived a lot longer than you have. Matthew inner monologue: I don't think I like this old lady... Matthew turns to go. Barbara: Hey, you? Matthew inner monologue: Just ignore her... Barbara: HEY! Matthew: c Barbara: Matthew Williams!!! Matthew turns back around. Matthew: What?! Barbara: It's my birthday on the 28th. Matthew: Oh, that's nice. Happy birthday. Barbara: My party starts from the evening, so make sure you come to my room then. Matthew: Thanks for the invitation, but I'm busy. Barbara: You want to know about Emma, don't you? Matthew: You mean your tales of the past? Barbara: If you want to know about Emma, come to my room on my birthday. But I don't let just anybody in empty-handed. Matthew: Fine, whatever. Barbara: On the tv soap I always watch there's a young man who looks just like you. It ISN'T you, is it? Matthew shows Barbara Mel's memo. Barbara: Motel? The Lakeside Motel? Matthew: Yeah. Barbara: The old guy who runs the place doesn't have much to do. Nobody comes to visit this town in the winter. Matthew: That's true. * Int. Grouver Hospital Director's Room Matthew: So it was that bear who attacked Kathy? Samuel: Yes, Kathy's wounds match the bear's claws. Matthew: Can you tell from the bear if it attacked Emma? Samuel: From the bear? How? Matthew: Uh... I don't know... like, checking its stomach contents or something. Samuel: Are you suggesting we'll find Emma's dead body in the bear's stomach? Impossible. Matthew: I guess you're right... Samuel: The bear didn't attack Emma. If it had, her dead body would have popped up by now. Unless the bear was a criminal mastermind, that is. Matthew: Where's the bear's body? Samuel: We're done checking it. I gave what was left to Nozz. Matthew: I see. Samuel: Hey, isn't that old coot kind of creepy? He was smirking at the bear's dead body. Matthew: Er... Uncle just likes hunting and survivalist stuff. Samuel: Yeah, I wonder. Matthew: I'm sure that's all it is... * Int. Grouver Hospital, James's Office James: I don't mind you coming here if something important happens, but don't bother me at work for nothing. Matthew shows Mel's memo to James. James: 9pm, Motel? What's this about? Matthew: Well, this seems to belong to Mel... I don't really know any details, though... James: Hmm, I see. Maybe you should ask the old fellow at the motel to show you the guest book. Matthew: That's a good idea. * Ext. Mizzurna Falls Cemetery Winona: I wasn't friends with Kathy, but I still feel sad. Burton: It's a sad thing, but we have to keep on living. I'm concerned about Sarah... I pray that Emma is safe. Liz: It's so sad... A child, so full of hope, going before the rest of us... Kathy's funeral begins. Morgan: Well then, everyone... Morgan: We are gathered here today to see Kathy Flannery safely into the kingdom of heaven. Heavenly father, may you bless and keep this child. May she rest in peace. Amen. Winona: Matthew, do you know that girl? Matthew: No... isn't it a friend of Kathy's? Winona: We might be able to ask her friends about Kathy. Matthew: Is that why you came here? Winona: No, of course not... I just think there's some link between Kathy and Emma. Something we don't know about... Winona: Um... Loretta: What? Loretta: You two weren't Kathy's friends, were you? Winona: No... Loretta: Thought so. That girl didn't have any friends. Or anyone to trust. Matthew: How did you know Kathy? Loretta: It's not like I knew her well or anything. I just gave her someone to talk to. Father Burton walks over. Loretta: I'm going... don't like early mornings... Winona: Wait... Burton: Winona, you should stay away from that girl. She's a bad sort, who goes out partying night after night. Winona: But she seemed to know Kathy well... Burton: Did she? As far as I knew, they had no connection at all. Matthew: What's her name? Burton: Loretta. No idea where she lives. Burton: Matthew, Winona, thank you for coming today. Burton: If Kathy had had friends like you while she was still alive, she might have been a happier girl. Winona: I'm worried about Sarah... I wonder if she's herself again yet. I want to think, so I'm going to the park. * Int. Heinz Diner Rolein: Matthew, have you seen Mel? Matthew: Nope. Rolein: He's been weird since this morning... Kind of on edge... Matthew: He's always on edge. Rolein: That's true... Rolein: Jeez... Matthew: What's up? Rolein: I can't get in contact with Mel. He must be out walking somewhere. Matthew shows her Mel's memo. Rolein: What, Matthew? You're renting a room at the motel? I thought you kind of lived on your own. What do you need a motel room for? Matthew: It's not for me. I think Mel rented a room there. Rolein: Him? Why would he need to rent a motel room? 9 pm? In the evening? Just exactly who was he meeting with at that time? * Int. Captain Nozz's General Store Matthew inner monologue: Cigarettes should do for Barbara's birthday present. Which ones should I choose... 'Blue in the Face'... yes, these are a popular brand. Let's go with these. Nozz: I didn't know you smoked. Matthew: No, I'm still a minor. There's this persistent old lady at the hospital. These are for her. Nozz: Oh, Barbara? She's a heavy smoker. Matthew: You know her? Nozz: Yeah, well. I kinda feel sorry for her. Have to make allowances for her, considering. Matthew: Why, what happened to her? Nozz: I shouldn't be gossiping. It happened over forty years ago, after all. Matthew: Forty years ago? Nozz: Pretend I didn't say anything. Matthew tries to take a lighter. Nozz: Don't tell me you want a lighter! Do you actually smoke? Matthew: I just want one. Nozz: But not to smoke, right? Over my dead body! Matthew: All right. * Int. Mizzurna Falls Sheriff Department Matthew checks the bulletin board. NEWS Bear that attacked young woman euthanized. On December 26th at 8:40am, the bear which attacked Kathy Flannery (16) yesterday was located and shot by the town committee members. At the same time, committee member Cohen Strasbourg (55) was brought to hospital with injuries sustained during the incident, but is said to be recovering well. Town Talk We, the workers of Astin Farm, are lobbying for our lodgings to be rebuilt. The current buildings have issues with drainage and electricity outages, amongst other issues. They are not fit for human inhabitation. Please support us in petitioning the company president, Dennis Astin, for a better living environment for us all. Astin Farm Workers. Steve: I was interested to hear about the bear hunt. Did you find any clues about Emma? Mary Lou: Wow, Matthew! You're something else! Killing a bear all by yourself! Matthew: No, not at all... Mary Lou: But I feel for the poor bear... Matthew: Yes... Mary Lou: I'm sure it didn't want to be stuck wandering the forest at this time of year, either. Matthew: It would have been good if we could have just driven it deeper into the forest. Mary Lou: Well, it can't be helped. It's easy enough to say what if. Matthew: That's true. Mary Lou: Oh yes, Matthew! You did your best! Matthew shows Mel's memo to Mary Lou. Mary Lou: What's this? 9 pm, motel? My goodness, are you inviting me? Matthew: No, I... Mary Lou: I'm a married woman, you know. I'll accept your feelings, but that's all. Matthew looks at the plant on the counter. Mary Lou: Isn't it nice? Having plants in the workplace helps you feel at ease! Do you like plants? Matthew: I guess I don't hate them. Mary Lou: Oh, I just love them! I have to see greenery when I wake up, or I can't relax all day. * Int. St Peter's Church Morgan: Dear holy father... grant the child peaceful sleep... Lord... please forgive the sinful child... and please forgive me... Matthew: Father Burton. Burton: I was confessing my sins to the lord. Matthew: By child do you mean Kathy? Burton: Yes. Burton: We humans live under the burden of our own sins. By dying, she has been released from this burden, and will never sin again. When I think of it that way, it seems like it was a blessing she died. Matthew: How can you say that?! Morgan: From our birth until our death, we must choose our own way to live. To live purely, or to rack up sins. That child... No... never mind... it's too complicated for you. Matthew: Okay... * Int. Captain Nozz's General Store Matthew inner monologue: There's some lighters here. Uncle's not around... They might come in useful. I'll take one. I'll just leave the money in the cash register. * Int. Emma's House Matthew examines Emma's photo. Matthew inner monologue: This is a photo of Emma taken at the Full Moon Party that happened at the start of December. Matthew: Sarah... Kathy's funeral's over. Sarah: Yes. I heard from Steve. c Poor Father Burton... Matthew: He said he's praying for Emma. Sarah: c Matthew: Sarah... I can't find any proof anywhere that Kathy and Emma were together. I think the reason Emma's missing may not be connected after all. I think we should focus on finding out what the real reason could be. Sarah: I see... It's just as you say... we should do everything we can... Sarah: Matthew... let's go to Emma's room. I think I should take another look at it now I'm calmer. Sarah: Sorry to have worried you. I'm all right now. Matthew checks the sink in the bathroom. Matthew inner monologue: Hmm? Something's stuck... It's a ring... The initial "I" is carved into it. Was this Emma's? Matthew: This was stuck in the sink. Is it Emma's? Sarah: I've never seen that before. Matthew: Can I borrow this? Sarah: Sure. Matthew checks a vase in Emma's room. Matthew inner monologue: It's a vase. There aren't any flowers in it. There's something in the bottom of the vase. A key...? Matthew: Sarah, do you know what this key is for? Sarah: c I don't know. I don't think it's one of the house keys. Matthew: Mind if I borrow this key? Sarah: Okay... I don't mind. Any ideas? Matthew: No... but I just feel like I've seen this type of key somewhere before. Anyway, I'll hold onto it for now. * Int. Mizzurna Falls Sheriff's Department Winona: I don't think I'm being much use... I'm so worried about Emma I can't sleep. Matthew shows Winona the key. Matthew: Winona, do you have any idea what this key is for? Winona: It's a locker key, isn't it? Matthew: What locker? Winona: The lockers at school. Matthew: ...Oh, right! I knew I'd seen it somewhere before. Winona: What's with the key, anyway? Matthew: I found it in Emma's room and just borrowed it. If we check her locker, we might find some clues. Winona: Really! Then, I'll go with you! Winona: Oh, but actually, can we do it later? I have stuff going on right now. Matthew shows Winona the ring. Matthew: This ring was at Emma's house. Winona: Is it Emma's? Matthew: I don't know. There's a letter I on it. Winona: A letter I... who could that be... Winona: I don't know anybody whose name starts with I. Matthew shows Winona the cigarettes. Winona: Gross, Matthew. How long have you been a smoker? Matthew: I don't smoke. Matthew shows Winona Mel's memo. Winona: What's this? Matthew: I found it in Mel's room and just kind of hung onto it. Winona: 9pm, Motel. Was Mel staying at the motel? Matthew: I don't know. But I feel like this is some sort of hint about Emma's location. That guy makes me suspicious. Since Emma's gone missing he's been all over the place. Winona: Yeah... * Int. Mizzurna Falls High School Matthew finds James in the library. James: Hello Matthew. What are you doing here? Is the world ending tomorrow? Haha, just a joke. Matthew shows James the ring. James: What's this? Matthew: I wonder if it was Emma's...? James: I never saw Emma wearing a ring like that. Matthew: It's got the letter I on it. Any ideas? James: ...No. Matthew shows James the cigarettes. James: What the hell, Matthew. A ridiculously good boy like you, smoking? Matthew: ...I don't smoke. Matthew talks to Liz in the staff room. Matthew: Can I get into the main building? Liz: No, the principal's had it locked, because of what's going on. Matthew: But I want to go in. Liz: Nope, sorry. And anyway, Matthew... you're not the type of student to come to school on a vacation day... Matthew: Yes, well... * Int. Emma's House Steve: Matthew, I'd like to discuss something with you, if that's all right. Matthew: Sure. Sarah: I'll just go and check Emma's room. Steve: All right. Steve: Thank you, Matthew... thanks to you, Sarah's doing much better. Matthew: Yes, she does seem to be. Steve: Still, I'm concerned about her refusing to leave the house... excuse me for changing the subject, but did you know Kathy? Matthew: I've seen her at church, but never spoken to her. I don't really know her. Steve: Do you think she and Emma were acquainted? Matthew: Who knows... there's no proof they were together. And I'm sure Emma would have mentioned it to either me or Winona if the two were acquainted in some way. Steve: I see... Steve: But you know, I've seen that boy Mel with Kathy before. Matthew: Mel?! Where? Steve: In front of the bar. I was surprised, to be honest. She didn't seem like the kind of girl to play around at night. Matthew: That's true. Steve: Now I think about it, perhaps Emma and Kathy were quite similar... Matthew: c A scream, from upstairs. Steve: ! Matthew: Are you all right? Sarah: Yes. I think I've calmed down now. Steve, to Hudson: Thank you. Morgan: There's no sign of any break-in in the room. Steve: I see... Morgan: Possibly the stress over Emma has made her neurotic. You should talk to your wife. Steve: I will. Morgan: I'm going back to the department. Call me if anything comes up. Steve: All right. Thank you. Matthew: Are you all right? Sarah: Yes... thank you... Matthew: You said... there's been a break-in? Sarah: I didn't really see the burglar... but I could sense someone's presence in Emma's room... and the window was open a little. Matthew: Is anything missing? Sarah: I don't know... Steve: Emma hated us going in her room. We don't really know what it's like in there. Matthew: Can I take a look? Sarah: Yes. I'll go with you. Winona: A burglar... how scary. Does it have something to do with Emma's disappearance? Matthew checks the desk. Matthew inner monologue: This desk... Matthew: Sarah, wasn't this desk closed before? Sarah: c Oh, yes! It was definitely closed. Matthew: Is anything missing? Matthew inner monologue: It's empty. Sarah: Matthew... that drawer... Matthew: ? Sarah: That drawer is usually always locked! Matthew: What's in it? Sarah: Her diary! One time I tried to open that drawer, and Emma blew up at me. Matthew: So her diary's missing? Matthew: We should discuss this with Morgan. Sarah: You're right... but why take her diary...? * Ext. Emma's House Woman in Grey: I heard there was a break-in at the Rowlands'? Matthew: Yes. Woman in Grey: Then the one Mr. Perry spoke about might be the culprit... Matthew: Huh?! Woman in Grey: Old Man Perry was saying... that he saw someone suspicious climbing out of the Rowlands' second floor window. Matthew: Really? Woman in Grey: Well, Old Man Perry does say some strange things sometimes. Matthew: Where does Mr. Perry live? Woman in Grey: Just behind the Rowlands. But he usually spends his time at the park. Woman in Grey: The mayor, burglarised. What is this town coming to? * Ext. Riverside Park Matthew: Excuse me... Mr. Perry? Old Man: Huh? Matthew: Are you Mr. Perry? Old Man: Say what? Matthew: Are you Old Man Perry?! Old Man Perry: Yes, I'm Old Man Perry. Matthew: I heard you saw someone suspicious leaving the Rowlands'. Old Man Perry: Oh! You saw him too? Matthew: I didn't, but... do you remember what he looked like? Old Man Perry: Yes, I remember well. Matthew: So? Old Man Perry: Hmm... he was dressed like someone in a movie I once saw... what was it called? You know... the one with the killer? Wore a mask? Matthew: A hockey mask? I've seen that one... it's famous... Old Man Perry: Yeah, yeah, Jason. He was dressed like him, wasn't he? Matthew: I just said I didn't see him. Old Man Perry: Jason must live at the Rowlands'! Matthew: Huh? Old Man Perry: I've seen Jason's motorbike outside the diner many times. Matthew: Huh... Old Man Perry: How nice. Matthew: This is no good... this old guy's in a twilight world of his own... * Int. Mizzurna Falls High School Matthew checks the poster. Matthew inner monologue: It's a poster for the Full Moon Party that happened at the start of December. Isn't anyone going to take it down? Poster: Party Committee Members, please contact us at ****. Committee Chief. Matthew: Miss Holly? Are you Kathy's homeroom teacher? Holly: Yes, and who are you? Matthew: I'm Matthew Williams. Uh, I'd like to ask you some questions about Kathy, if that's all right. Holly: Oh my, surely Kathy never had a boyfriend like you. Am I right? Matthew: Yeah. What kind of girl was Kathy? Holly: I'm not sure she had anyone you could call a friend... I never once saw her talking happily with anyone. Matthew: So you mean she avoided others? Holly: But it's not like she was just shy. She seemed to deliberately distance herself. She often seemed intentionally cold. I tried to talk to her, told her she ought to try to make friends, that being with others is fun. And you know what she said? "I have the lord, and my father." Matthew: That's kind of creepy. Holly: But her words didn't strike me as genuine. I think she was deceiving herself on some level. Matthew: So Kathy was always alone at school? Holly: Well, one day she joined the Full Moon Party planning committee out of the blue. Matthew: The party that was held back at the start of December? Holly: I was shocked, too. But of course, I was all for it. Matthew: So did that go well for Kathy? Holly: Who knows? She ended up quitting soon after. And after that, she was no different. Not that she would have been. Such a mysterious girl. Matthew: I see. Holly: If you find anything out, please let me know. Matthew phones the party planning committee. Committee Chief: Hello! Who's calling? Matthew: Uh, did you work on the dance party committee? Committee Chief: Dance party? The one this month? Yep. Matthew: May I ask, was Kathy also a member of the committee? Committee Chief: Kathy Flannery? Yes, she joined, but she wasn't very cooperative. Matthew: How did she seem to you at the time? Committee Chief: Are you her friend? Matthew: Uh... sure... Committee Chief: She joined, but she basically did nothing. When I asked her why she bothered to join, what do you think she said? "I'm rebelling against my father!" Matthew: What do you mean? Committee Chief: I don't know, either. But she said something like a party celebrating the full moon is like worshipping the devil... or something... what a weirdo. But she also said there's a wall painting in the basement of her house showing the devil worshipping the full moon. Matthew inner monologue: What the hell? Committee Chief: Anyway, she was tough to figure out. That's all I remember about her. Matthew: Thanks. Committee Chief: See ya. * Int. Heinz Diner Rolein: Hey, that's impossible! Mel: It's the only option. Rolein: What are you thinking? I never expected you to say this to me! Mel, spotting Matthew: Tch... Mel: I'll come back later. Just think about what I said. Matthew: Something happened? Rolein: ...No... it's nothing. Matthew: It seems like he was being a jerk as usual. Rolein: c Rolein: I heard there was a break-in at Emma's? Matthew: Yeah. Rolein: Was anything taken? Matthew: I don't know for sure. But Sarah said Emma's diary is missing. Rolein: Emma's diary? Why would something like that go missing? Matthew: No idea, but maybe it's linked to this case. Farm Worker: Dennis is being such a jerk. I'm gonna bombard him with phone calls in protest. Every morning I'm gonna call him. What's his number again? Er... let's see... it was ****... Okay... now we attack him with phone calls! * Int. Sheriff's Department Matthew: About the necklace from the bear's body... was it Kathy's? Morgan: Oh, that. Apparently Burton gave it to Kathy. Matthew: Huh? Morgan: But according to Burton, someone took that necklace from Kathy. Matthew: Really? Morgan: Still, the bear must have gotten the necklace caught in its claws when it attacked Kathy. It's the only hypothesis that makes sense. Matthew: Yeah... * Ext. Cemetery Matthew: It's Mel! I need to find a place to hide... Bonehead: You're punctual. Mel: c Bonehead: Hey, did ya hear? Someone broke into Emma's house. Mel: c I know that! Bonehead: Haha! Well, no need to worry about Emma. Mel: You didn't call me out here to talk about that kind of crap! Bonehead: Yeah, well. Bonehead: So? When are you gonna return the money? Mel: Tomorrow. Around noon, I'll be coming into some major cash. Bonehead: Major cash? Hey, hey. You got a goldmine somewhere I don't know about? Mel: Whatever, look, I'll return it tomorrow. Then we're done, right? Bonehead: Heh... well, as long as you return the money, I don't care what you do. Just make sure this ends tomorrow. He won't wait any longer. Mel: c Bonehead: He ain't as lenient as I am. Can't guarantee what might happen to ya. Mel: All right, all right. Anyway, tomorrow. Bonehead: Looking forward to it. Bonehead walks away. Mel flips Bonehead off. * Ext. Heinz Diner Voice: Are you really going to actually do this?! Voice: In a hick town like this full of morons, what's gonna happen to me, huh? Voice: c Voice: You've got insurance, you won't suffer any loss. Voice: Listen, all you have to do is keep the customers calm so nothing goes wrong. Voice: It's not going to go well. Voice: Stop worrying! It's all right... come here... * Ext. Bar Wolves Matthew: About the necklace the bear had. Did you give it to Kathy? Burton: Hmm, the necklace... Matthew: Isn't it a native tribal design? Burton: I found it in the church basement. She took a shine to it, so I gave it to her. Looking back on it, that necklace brought her nothing but bad luck. Matthew: What do you mean? Burton: It was worn by the devil... Matthew: Huh? Burton: Nothing... an old legend... still... she was never without it... Matthew: But someone took it from her? Burton: Yes, it was a while back. She said she gave it to someone who needed it more than her. Burton: But if the bear had it, I suppose she must have been wearing it that night. Matthew: Yeah. * Int. Bar Wolves Wolf: There's a girl who knew Kathy. She comes here to drink sometimes. Matthew shows the ring to Wolf. Wolf: c What's with the ring? Matthew: I found it in Emma's room. Wolf: In Emma's room...? Do you know anything about that ring? Matthew: No... Wolf: Well, no need for you to know. But don't go around flashing it at people. Matthew: Why not? Wolf: That ring is worn by bad guys. Matthew: Bad guys? Wolf: Yeah, they come in here, causing trouble. I don't really know much about it, but that ring seems to be how they identify their fellows. Matthew: I see... Matthew shows Wolf the cigarettes. Wolf: You giving these to me? Blue in the Face? I don't smoke that brand. Matthew: What's the difference? Wolf: There's a huge difference! Only old farts and old bags smoke those! Matthew shows Wolf Mel's memo. Matthew: Why would someone rent a motel room in the town they live in? Wolf: Probably for something dodgy. Matthew: Like what? Wolf: Like something dodgy! Rolein: Did you come to see Isabella? Her bodyguard is pretty strict, I doubt you'll get to speak with her. If you're that obsessed with her better catch her on her way home. I've seen her leave the bar by the back entrance at 12:30 before. Isabella: Everyone, thank you for being her at Bar Wolves tonight. Stalker: Isabella! Isabella: Thank you. Isabella: I'm very sorry, but I'm afraid I can't perform this evening. Stalker: Wh-wh-what? Isabella: I'm very sorry, I have some personal business to attend to. Isabella: I think I'll be able to sing tomorrow night... I'm very sorry... Stalker: I'll c-come again t-tomorrow... Isabella: c ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ------------- Day Three, December 27th, 1998 * Ext. lake side, beach Winona: When I look out across the river, I feel calmer. Somehow the winter shoreline seems so desolate... like Emma's heart... Robert: Matthew, you came to look at the shoreline, too? Can you try to cheer Winona up a bit? * Ext. Boat House, pier Winona: The Emma I always saw wasn't the real Emma at all. I wish I'd realised that sooner... Matthew shows Winona the key. Winona: Let's go to the High School, then. Matthew: OK! * Ext. Mizzurna Falls High School Winona: Is the main building locked? Matthew: Let's go to the staff room. * Int. Mizzurna Falls High School Liz: Hmm? What are you both doing here? Matthew: We want to get into the main building. Liz: Matthew, it's off-limits. Winona: Um, I left my notebook in my desk drawer. I really need it... Liz: c Winona: I can't get it? Liz: Well, Winona, since it's you... I can trust you. Matthew, shrugging: c Liz: You can take the key on the rack over there. But please return it once you're done. Winona: Thank you. Matthew: Hmm, which key... Winona: There's the key to the main building and the classroom. We'll have to return them quickly or we'll get in trouble. Winona: If we check the main building we might find out why Emma's disappeared. In front of Emma's locker: Winona: Hurry and open it! Winona: So? Is anything inside? Matthew: A disposable camera. And... a floppy disk?! Winona: A disk? Why would Emma have... Matthew: There's nothing else in here. Winona: We can get the camera's pictures developed at the camera shop in the central square. Matthew: But what about the disk? I don't think Emma even had a computer... Winona: Maybe it's not meant to be used in a computer, but something else? Matthew: We'll find out if we try putting it in a computer, I guess. Where can I find a computer? Winona: Let's go to the classroom. In front of Emma's desk: Matthew: What's wrong? Winona: It feels like so long ago since Emma last sat here... Winona: Did you hear about the rumour that someone strangled Kathy? Matthew: Yeah, it might be a murder. Winona: Hearing that rumour only made me more convinced that Emma and Kathy were together that night... One girl gets killed, and the other goes missing the same day... that can't be a coincidence... Matthew: Winona... Winona: I'm sorry... Here I am getting all depressed... Matthew: Even if Kathy was murdered, we have to keep believing that Emma's alive. Winona: Yeah... Matthew: And anyway, I can't find any correlations between Emma and Kathy. If they were acquainted, then why wouldn't you or I know about it? Winona: That's true... shall we head back now? Matthew: Did you get your notebook? Winona: Huh? Oh, heh heh. That was obviously a lie! I'll just say it wasn't where I thought it would be. Matthew: And I thought you were supposed to be so trustworthy. Liz: Did you find your notebook? Winona: It wasn't there. I must have left it somewhere else... Liz: c Oh, well. Winona: Sorry... here's the keys back. Liz: It's all right. But you can't go back into the main building again, okay? Off you go now. Winona: Okay. Matthew, let's go! Liz: I understand you two are both worried about Emma, but don't get too involved. Just leave the investigation up to the police. Matthew: c Winona: What should we do about the camera and the disk? Matthew: I'll take the camera to the photo shop in the central square. As for the disk, well, I'll investigate. If I find anything, I'll call you. Winona: Okay. I'm curious about something so I'm going to see Father Burton. Matthew: All right. Winona: Bye, then. Make sure to call me. * Int. Sheriff's Department Matthew: You seem busy. Morgan: I'm up to my eyeballs. We don't have enough manpower. Matthew: Can't I join? Morgan: What, you?! Haha! That's crazy talk. Matthew: But then I could help with the investigation. Morgan: All right, all right, tell you what. I'll think about it. Morgan: Aw man, I'm hungry. Think I'll head to the diner for a burger today. Matthew shows Morgan the camera. Morgan: What's with the camera? Matthew: Actually, we found it in Emma's locker. Morgan: What? Matthew: It might be able to tell us something about why Emma's disappeared. Morgan: Right! Let's get it developed at once. Matthew: I'll do it. Morgan: Bring the pictures to me as soon as you've done it. Morgan: Here's some money to pay to have them developed. Matthew: Thanks. Matthew shows Morgan the floppy disk. Morgan: What's that? Matthew: Any ideas? Morgan: What? You don't know what it is? Matthew: No, tell me. Morgan: I'm not the best with technology... Morgan: Hahaha, why not ask Mary Lou? Matthew shows Mary Lou the floppy disk. Matthew: Can you tell what kind of data is on this disk? Mary Lou: Hmm? Give it here a second. I'll check. Mary Lou: This looks like digital sound data. Matthew: Sound data? You mean like music? Mary Lou: I don't know if it's music or not. Matthew: Can't you listen to it? Mary Lou: Not on this. Mary Lou: It's not for a computer. I think it's for a special keyboard or something like that. Matthew: A... keyboard? Mary Lou: Yeah, like an electric organ. There's loads of devices like that around these days. Matthew: Thanks. Mary Lou: You should ask around to see if anyone has an electric organ. * Ext. Central Square Photoshop attendant: Oh, hey Matthew. I heard about Emma. But don't worry. I'm sure she's fine. Matthew: Uh-huh. Photoshop attendant: Hmm? Did you want something? What's up? Matthew: Er, I'll come back later. Photoshop attendant: You know, I might not look busy but I really am! Matthew hands over the disposable camera. Matthew: I'd like to have this camera's pictures developed. Photoshop attendant: Okay! We have a lot of different printing options. Is Normal okay? Matthew: That's fine. How long will it take? Photoshop attendant: We're quite busy right now, but I can have it done in an hour. We require payment up front. Is that all right? Matthew: How much is it? Photoshop attendant: 9 dollars 50 cents. Matthew pays. Photoshop attendant: Thanks! Come back in an hour. * Int. Emma's House Matthew shows the floppy disk to Sarah Matthew: Sarah, do you know anything about this disk? Sarah: A... disk? Matthew: I found it in Emma's locker. Sarah: It might be for the electric piano. Matthew: Emma's piano? Sarah: I think I've seen her putting a disk in it before. Sarah puts the disk in the piano. Matthew: Do you know how it works? Sarah: Yes, this should do it. A ballad begins to play. Matthew: What's this song...? Sarah: Emma was always playing this... the title is "Eternal". Matthew: Eternal... Matthew: It's a beautiful song. Sarah: Yes, it is. Matthew inner monologue: I wonder how Emma was feeling when she used to play this... I wonder if James might know something about it... Sarah: Emma... * Int. Grouver Hospital, James's room Matthew shows James the disk. Matthew: Have you heard of "Eternal"? James: Eternal?! James: What? What's this Eternal? Matthew: Apparently it's a song Emma often played. James: A song... Matthew: It's a really beautiful song. Kind of... ethereal. James: So Emma liked that song? Matthew: I'm asking you... James: Go to the bar tonight. You might hear that song. Matthew: The... bar? James: Yeah, around 10pm. Matthew: What's this about? James: You'll find out if you go. Matthew phones the sheriff's department. Morgan: Hello, this is the sheriff's department. Oh, Matthew? How about grabbing lunch together? Come to the diner. Matthew: All right. Morgan: They got some mighty fine burgers at the diner. * Int. Heinz Diner Rolein: ... Matthew: Rolein? Rolein: Matthew?! Don't startle me! What are you doing here?! Matthew: c Matthew: Rolein, you look pale. Rolein: Do I? I'm fine. Rolein: Geez... I never thought Mel was this stupid... Matthew: Have you finally figured that out, then? Rolein: Matthew! Don't startle me! Matthew: Rolein, you're acting kind of weird today. Rolein: c Morgan: Hey! Did you come for a hamburger too, Matthew? Morgan: Rolein, Matthew will have the same. Rolein: ...Huh? Morgan: Weren't you listening? Rolein: Uh, a coffee refill? Sure thing... Morgan: What's with her? Matthew: c Matthew: Did you find out anything about the burglary? Morgan: Oh, that. It seems Emma's diary was stolen. Matthew: Yeah. Morgan: We're investigating. Morgan: Why not take a seat? Masked robbers: Nobody move! Rolein: ?! Morgan: What the! Matthew: ?! Blond Robber: Hey! The pig's here! Brown-haired Robber: Shit! Never mind that. Brown-haired Robber: Nobody move a muscle! Morgan: What do you think you're doing?! Blond Robber: Don't move! Freeze! Try anything crazy and someone's gonna get hurt! Morgan: Gah! Brown-haired Robber: Put the money in the bag! Rolein: But... Brown-haired Robber: Just do it! Morgan: Stop this foolishness this instant! Blond Robber: Shut your mouth! Unless you want to die! Matthew: Morgan! Morgan: Stay back, Matthew. Don't give these jerks an excuse. Brown-haired Robber: Let's get out of here. Blond Robber: This guy's gonna pay up, too! Brown-haired Robber: Forget them! Let's go! Morgan: Just do what he says, Matthew. Morgan: Do you hear me?! Blond Robber: You, hand over all your money. Matthew: No way! Morgan: Matthew! Rolein: Do what he says! The guy pistol-whips Matthew. Matthew: What makes you think you can hide from the police in a small town like this? Blond Robber: Are you mental? Haven't you figured out the situation you're in? Morgan: Matthew! Rolein: Please! Just do what he says! Rolein: Matthew, that's a real gun! Just hand over your money! Morgan: Do what he says, Matthew. Matthew pays up. Blond Robber: Should have done that from the beginning! Blond Robber: What? That's all you got?! Brown-haired Robber: Forget it! No way that kid would have a lot of cash on him. Brown-haired Robber: Quit jerking around! Let's get out of here! Blond Robber: Shit... Morgan: Do you know how much was taken? Rolein: I don't... Rolein: But all the takings from yesterday were in there. I'm sure it's quite a lot. Morgan: That's quite a problem. Morgan: Well? Hudson: We haven't found the getaway car. All we can be sure of is that it hasn't left town. Morgan: I see... Morgan: I'm going back to the sheriff's department. Matthew: This must be very troubling for you. Rolein: c Matthew: Any idea who did it? Rolein: What? What do you mean? How should I know? Rolein: I'm not on friendly terms with any masked robbers! Matthew: How come yesterday's takings were still in that cash register? Rolein: I was tired last night. I just left them there overnight. Matthew: Do you know anything about guns, Rolein? Rolein: I've never held a gun in my life. Matthew: Then how did you know that robber's gun just now was a real one? Rolein: c Matthew: You did say that, didn't you? When that guy had his gun drawn on me, you said "that's a real gun". Rolein: That was... I... Matthew: You know something, don't you? Rolein: c Matthew: The culprit... is... Rolein: But I was against the whole idea! I said it wouldn't go smoothly! Yes... he did it... Matthew: c Rolein: He's such an idiot... Rolein: He must be laying low somewhere right now. I don't know where, though. Matthew inner monologue: Hmm, now which way did the car go? * Ext. Farm Workers' Lodgings Blond guy: Hmm? You? Matthew: What? Blond guy: Tch... What the hell? You want something with me? Matthew: Not really. Blond guy: If you don't want anything, get lost! * Int. Farm Workers' Lodgings Matthew knocks on the bathroom door. Someone: I'm in here! Just hold on, I'll be done soon! Matthew peeks through a hole in the other door. Matthew: Mel?! Mel: I never thought that pig would be there at the time. Bonehead: This is a big problem. Mel: No, it's fine. Bonehead: If you say so. But if you get arrested, don't you dare blab about our involvement. Mel: I know, I know. I know what you'd do to me if I did. Bonehead: You're not as dumb as you look. The blond guy comes out of the bathroom and catches Matthew peeping. Blond guy: What the hell are you doing here?! Bonehead: Hey! Mel: Matthew?! You jerk, what are you doing here?! Bonehead: Mel... were you followed? Mel: Huh? How should I know?! Blond guy: It wasn't me! Mel: Who else was it, then? You moron, you brought him right into the goddamn hideout! Blond guy: Just hold on! Mel: You better deal with this situation! Blond guy: Fine... Blond guy: Put 'em up! After the fight: Bonehead: Gimme a break! You're gonna lose to this guy? Bonehead: We gotta get rid of this kid somehow before he tries to be a hero. Mel: Are you... gonna do it? Bonehead: No other choice. Matthew: ... Bonehead pulls his gun on Matthew. Bonehead: This is how it is. Sorry, but you're gonna have to die now. Mel: H-Hold on... Police sirens can be heard outside. Mel: ?! Matthew: Morgan! Bonehead: Tch! Bonehead: Now look what's happened! Mel: Hey! What about me?! Bonehead: You take care of you!
Bonehead leaves. Mel goes to follow him, but Matthew grabs him. Matthew: Hold it! Mel: What?! Morgan dashes in. Morgan: Matthew! Mel: Shit! Get off me, you pig! * Ext. Farm Workers' Lodgings Mel and the Blond guy are arrested and taken away. Morgan: Matthew, are you all right? Matthew: Yeah... but how come you're here? Morgan: We got a call from Rolein. Matthew: I see... Morgan: Matthew, I TOLD you not to get involved in this case. Morgan: Well... never mind. As long as you're all right. Matthew: What about Mel and the other guy? Morgan: We'll put them in the cells for now. What a stupid thing to try to do. What about the other guy you mentioned? The bald one? Matthew: He seemed like he was the ringleader. Morgan: Hmm... Hudson: We didn't find anything incriminating inside the cabin. Matthew: Nothing? What about the money? Morgan: The bald guy must have disappeared with it. Morgan: Did you seal off the cabin? Hudson: Yes, chief. Morgan: All right, then... I guess I'll head back to the station and deal with the delinquents. Matthew: Morgan... Morgan: Hmm? Matthew: Did you find Emma's diary? Morgan: Not yet. No clues, even. Matthew: I see... Morgan: Well, I'm going back to the sheriff's department. * Int. Mel's Room Matthew finds a diary on the shelf. Matthew Inner Monologue: A diary... It's Emma's diary... So Mel was the burglar! I have to give this to Morgan! Emma's Diary December 21st (Thursday) Liz doesn't understand how I feel. I don't know what's right and what's wrong. What are we even alive for? Whenever I think about it, my head hurts. I'm all alone... Winona seems worried about me. But if she knew the real me... No... I don't want to think about it... Matthew Inner Monologue: It's just like James said... there was a whole other Emma I never knew... I had no idea how she was feeling... December 22nd (Friday) Isabella seemed so sad today. Her singing fills my heart with both sadness and joy... But there's no light in her life. She's being controlled by that man... Isabella needs help... Matthew Inner Monologue: Isabella... There has to be some connection between her and Emma's disappearance... Isabella needs help... what on earth does that mean? December 23rd (Saturday) I feel depressed when I think about how I have to meet Mel at 9:00. Kathy says she needs it, but I don't want to be dependent on that kind of thing. I just want to feel some sense of relief... Matthew Inner Monologue: So Emma and Kathy WERE connected! They knew each other! But what's this thing that Kathy needed? And they both met Mel at 9:00 on the 23rd? But... where? * Int. Sheriff's Department Morgan: What's this? Matthew: It's Emma's diary. I found it in Mel's room. Morgan: c Matthew: The burglar who broke into Emma's room must have been Mel. It seems the two of them had some sort of secret... Mel must have been afraid that Emma wrote about it in her diary. Morgan: c Matthew: Mel must know something about Emma's whereabouts. Morgan: Crazy kid... Matthew: You mean Mel? Morgan: No... you! Matthew: Because you told me not to get involved? Morgan: No... that was my mistake. Nothing I say seems to be able to deter you. And now you bring me a piece of vital evidence... Matthew: Well, then? Morgan: Then... I suppose I'll permit you to assist in the investigation. In return, I'll have to ask you to join the department once you graduate from high school. Matthew: Uh... Morgan: Just kidding. Morgan: If you need new info, check out the whiteboard in the conference room. Mary Lou's keeping it updated with new developments. But just make sure to call me immediately if you find yourself in any danger, like just before. Morgan: Oh, right. Take this. Matthew: What's this? Morgan: It's my old badge. Matthew: Am I gonna need this? Morgan: No...but think of it as proof you've been allowed to assist in the investigation. Matthew: Thank you very much. Matthew shows Morgan Mel's memo. Morgan: So Mel wrote this? He used the motel, huh... Still, that's not enough to go on. There's nothing I can do with this. It would be different if you knew which date he used it on. * Int. Sheriff's Department Matthew: Father Burton. Matthew: Were you seeing Mel? Burton: I came to hear his confession, but he's not showing any remorse for his actions... Matthew: There's no way he'd confess. He never takes any responsibility for what he does. He doesn't think he's in the wrong. Burton: He's no the only one. Today's youth have no moral compass. That's how I see it. How shameful. How sinful. Matthew: c Burton: Matthew, you have such innocent eyes. Please, continue to live in a pure manner. Matthew: Er, I don't really... Burton: If you're ever tempted to sin, just remember that you will suffer eternal damnation. Matthew: Okay... * Int. Sheriff's Department Holding Cells Mel: What are you doing here, you jerk?! Matthew: Showing no remorse, I see. Didn't you want to let Father Burton hear all your sins? Mel: Ha! Don't make me laugh. Remorse? Mel: Who wants to hear sermons from a dirty old masturbator like him? Matthew: He said that those who sin will suffer eternal damnation. I wonder if he's right. Mel: Are you completely freakin' nuts?! Mel: I'm only in here because your meddling distracted me and I got arrested by that pig! There's no divine intervention there! Matthew: I never said I believed in the power of God. Mel: Oh, yeah? Well, what kind of priest hangs around outside a bar at night trying to lecture people? Matthew: At the bar? Mel: Oh, didn't you know? With a father like that, it's no wonder Kathy went off the rails. Matthew: Kathy? What do you mean? Mel: Mind your own business, you do-gooder! I ain't telling you! Matthew: What did you call me? Mel: Shut up! I don't want to look at your annoying face! Get lost! * Ext. Central Square Staff: Huh? Matthew, didn't you meet up with Winona? Matthew: Huh? Staff: She already came by to pick up the photographs. Matthew: What, Winona did? Staff: Yes... she said you'd asked her to... oh no... should I not have handed them over? Matthew: No, it's fine if it was Winona. Staff: Sorry about that... Matthew Inner Monologue: I've got to find Winona... * Ext. Lakeside Inn Motel Clerk: Would you like to stay? We have rooms available. Matthew: No... I'd like to ask something. Clerk: What? Matthew: I want to know who stayed here on the 23rd at 21:00. Can I check your guest register? Clerk: What? No! We have to protect our guests' privacy! I can't just show it to you! Matthew: Please, I just need a name. Clerk: ...Just the name? Let's see... the 23rd, huh... 23rd, at 9pm... first, room 1... Linda Ronstadt... seemed to be a widow, rented a room alone... Hmm, kind of sad... perhaps a heartbreak relief trip... yes, no doubt that's what it was... Matthew: I see, who else? Clerk: Who else? Let's see... room 2 was empty... and in room 3... Kathy Rowland... oh yes, her! Matthew: Kathy Rowland?! That's Emma and Kathy's names combined! No doubt about it! Clerk: Oh, are you friends with this girl? Matthew: Yeah, well... Matthew Inner Monologue: He doesn't seem to know what Kathy looks like...? Clerk: Oh, good. Actually, she hasn't checked out yet. As long as she pays, I don't care, but it doesn't seem like she's even using the room. And since I don't even have a spare key for the room, I can't even get in there and clean. Can you tell her to hurry up and check out, please? Matthew: Sure... Matthew Inner Monologue: If Kathy was the one who rented the room, the key might be at the church... Clerk: Thanks. * Int. St Peter's Church Matthew: On the night of the 23rd, it seems that Kathy rented a room at the motel. Do you know anything about that? Burton : ?! Kathy...? It's true that she did come home late on the 23rd... She was at the motel...? Matthew: Yes, and it seems that she didn't check out. I thought you might have the key to her room, or something? Burton: I see... Wait here a moment. Burton: This key was in Kathy's bedroom. I didn't know what it was for, but it's got the number 3 on it. It must be a motel key. Matthew: No doubt about it. I'll just borrow this. The old fellow at the motel asked if I could return it. Burton: Hold on a moment. You'll need money to check out. Please, take this. Matthew: I don't think that's necessary. Burton: I insist. It's for your trouble. Matthew: All right. * Int. Lakeside Inn Motel, Room 3 Matthew Inner Monologue: The bed hasn't been made... is the room exactly as it was when Kathy used it on the 23rd? So Mel, Emma and Kathy were all here... They might have left behind a clue... Matthew finds a message written in blood on the bathroom mirror: "EPOCH" Matthew finds a hole in the floor. Matthew Inner Monologue: There's drugs here... it says "Epoch" on the packet. Epoch means a new era... what kind of drugs are these? I'll ask Samuel to check them out... * Int. Gas Station Winona: Matthew! Matthew: I was looking for you. You've got the photographs, right? Winona: Sorry about that... I just couldn't wait to see them... Matthew: Eh, it's all right. So it was just the one shot? Winona: There was one more, but it didn't come out properly. It was all black. Matthew: This is... the No Entry sign at Barrows Forest... isn't it? Winona: Yeah... why take a picture of that, though? Matthew: Do you know what's beyond that sign? Winona: I heard there's some native tribal thing there. Matthew: Why's that place been marked no entry, anyway? Winona: I wonder? Matthew: I guess I'll ask Morgan... can I take the photo? Winona: Sure. * Int. Grouver Hospital Matthew shows the photo to James. James: The No Entry sign in the forest? No, I don't know why it's been blocked off. But there's actually a native tribal wall painting in there. I got Morgan to let me take a look at it once. Matthew: I see. James: It's not exactly properly blocked off. You could jump over the fence if you wanted to. Matthew: Yes. Matthew shows the photo to Barbara. Barbara: Emma was in there, wasn't she. Matthew: I don't know that for sure. Barbara: No, no doubt about it. I just know it. She was in there. Matthew: What are you saying? Barbara: This painting was painted by people long ago. The world shown in the painting... it's a remnant of a time when people had to live with so much of the world still unexplained to them. Matthew: Have you seen the painting before? Barbara: c Barbara: Matthew, how long do you think I have left to live? Matthew: Please don't ask me strange questions. Barbara: I might die tomorrow. I might live to a hundred. But one thing's for sure, I'll die some day. No matter how much I might not want to. That's just nature. That's how I see it. Matthew shows James the drugs. James: What pills are these? Matthew: I thought I could find out here. James: I could test them, but I'm a bit busy. Ask the hospital director. Matthew shows Barbara the drugs. Barbara: Giving drugs to me, a hospitalized lady? Matthew: No, that's not what I'm... Barbara: I won't take drugs. They're not natural. They shouldn't be put in the body. Illness can be overcome by the power of the mind. Matthew Inner Monologue: What's this old lady even doing in hospital...? Matthew shows the drugs to Samuel. Matthew: Do you know what these are? Samuel: Hmm? What's this? Matthew: Aren't these drugs from this hospital? Samuel: All our drugs have the Grouver mark on them. Matthew: Can you find out what they are for me? Samuel: Huh? That's not so easily done, you know... Matthew: Please... Samuel: Can't be helped, huh... I guess I'll ask James or Keith. Matthew: Is James knowledgeable about pharmaceuticals, too? Samuel: He used to be a pharmacology specialist. Matthew: Is that so? Samuel: Well, if I find anything out, I'll let you know. * Int. Sheriff's Department Matthew: I read Emma's diary entry for the 23rd, and it seems that Emma and Kathy were connected. Morgan: Yes, they definitely met on the 23rd. But according to Mel, they were together on the 24th as well. Matthew: I think so, too. But what's this thing that Kathy "needs"...? Morgan: No idea, but that certainly seems like a key sentence. Matthew: It doesn't sound like Emma wanted to meet Mel. What did Mel say? Morgan: He said that they planned to meet on the 23rd, but in the end, they didn't. Matthew: That's obviously a lie! Morgan: I think so too, but there's no proof. The diary only says that they planned to meet. That doesn't mean they did. Matthew: Yeah, but... Matthew Inner Monologue: Some proof... Mel, on the 23rd... Matthew shows Morgan the photo. Morgan: What's this? Matthew: I developed the camera in Emma's locker and this was the photo that came out. Morgan: This is Emma's photograph? Matthew: It's the no entry sign at the forest. What's behind the sign? Morgan: A native tribal wall painting. Matthew: A wall painting? Does that need to be blocked off with a no entry sign? Morgan: I'm the one who put up the sign, but I was ordered to do so by the government. Matthew: By the government?! Is it that important?! Morgan: How should I know? I was simply told to put up the sign. Matthew Inner Monologue: Did Emma go beyond that sign...? Matthew: Is the painting on a wall in a cave, or something? Morgan: I wouldn't call it a cave, but there's a little hollow in the rock there. Matthew Inner Monologue: That makes sense, the second picture didn't come out, because it was too dark, but I bet it was a picture of the wall painting! Morgan: At any rate, if Emma took this photo, then I should check out the cave. Matthew: Can you let me go inside, too? Morgan: c Matthew: I'm sure Emma went inside. I want to know why. Morgan: Well... all right. Matthew: Can we go right now? Morgan: No, not right now... Let's see... meet me in front of the waterfall in 2 hours from now. Matthew: Got it. * Ext. Barrows Forest, in front of the Mizzurna Falls Morgan: There you are, Matthew. Did you wait long? Morgan: Did you know? The native tribe worshipped this waterfall. Matthew: Did they. Morgan: Shall we go? Morgan: The painting is inside this cave. Let's go! * Int. Cave Matthew: This... is... Morgan: It seems really ancient, doesn't it? Doesn't matter how long I look at it, I can't figure out what it means. Matthew: I wonder if this is meant to be the sun. Morgan: It probably shows that the ancient peoples worshipped the sun. Matthew: They don't really look like they're worshipping it, though. Morgan: Indeed. Matthew: I wonder what this painting meant to Emma. Morgan: I don't think this painting is related to the case. Matthew: c Morgan: Matthew, have you seen enough? Matthew: I guess... what's up? Morgan: I don't like the atmosphere in here. Matthew: Ha ha, I see. Morgan: Let's just go! * Ext. Barrows Forest, in front of the Mizzurna Falls Morgan: Cohen! Cohen: So, did you find anything? Morgan: Nothing. Matthew: What are you doing here, Cohen? Morgan: I've entrusted Cohen to patrol the forest for me. Matthew: I see. Cohen: Ha ha, just helping an old man still feel useful. Morgan: Matthew, I'm leaving. You should ask James if you want to know more about that cave painting. He's the expert on these things. Matthew: Okay. Morgan: Cohen, what about you? Cohen: I'll patrol the forest a little longer. * Int. Bar Wolves Wolf: I wasn't on especially friendly terms with Emma. As a matter of fact, she seemed to hate me. Not that I need a woman who's so hard to read. Matthew: Do you know something about that wall painting in the forest? James: Wall painting? You saw it? In the area that's blocked off? Matthew: Yeah. James: It seems to be around a thousand years old. It depicts an ancient ritual. Matthew: There were people lying on the ground underneath what looked like a sun. James: No, it's not a sun. It's something else... and those people aren't just lying down. They're dead. Matthew: It's a ritual to mourn the dead? James: No, the opposite... it's a ritual to bring the dead back to life again. Matthew: Bring them back to life? James: Yup. So, why are you asking about the painting? Matthew: I think Emma went to look at it too. I wanted to know why she'd be interested in something like that. James: I see... James: I told you Emma was having doubts about the meaning of life, right? Matthew: Yeah... James: Well, I don't think it was about that at all. I think she was worrying about death. To ponder life is to ponder death, after all. Matthew: What does that mean, then? James: According to my research the native tribes were able to die whilst still living. Matthew: What does THAT mean? James: The ritual shown in the painting... it's known as the Death Journey Ritual. It involves killing a person and then bringing them back to life. Matthew: I wonder if Emma wanted to experience the world of death... James: Who knows... Perhaps it's natural to want to understand life by experiencing death, just once. Matthew: There's nothing natural about that! Matthew: By the way, since the painting's off-limits, how did you see it? James: I asked Cohen to let me in. Matthew: Cohen? Morgan said that the government's in charge of it. James: Oh, don't you know? Cohen used to be a colonel in the military. So he has a bit more freedom than the average joe. Matthew: Cohen...? I didn't know that... so that's why Morgan's having him patrol the forest. James: Precisely. James: Do you know Barbara, who's staying at the hospital in a room meant for 3 people? Emma came often to visit her. It seems she was interested in Barbara's tales of the olden days. James: Hey! Matthew: Do you come here every day? James: Well, alcohol is the elixir of life. Matthew: What the...? James: I'm talking about whisky. Since ancient times, humans haven't been able to live without alcohol. Matthew: I wonder if that's true. James: It liberates the soul and guides us to a higher plane of existence. Matthew: That's drunk nonsense. James: Haha, indeed. A woman in a long blue dress emerges from the side room. Isabella: c Isabella: Everyone... thank you for coming to Wolves again tonight. Stalker: Isabellaaa! Isabella: Thank you. James: Oh, she's about to begin! Matthew: Who is she? James: Isabella. This bar's resident singer. Isabella, 27. The resident singer at Bar Wolves. She often sings the song "Eternal" which was inspired by a dream she had long ago. James: Listen closely. Stalker: Isabellaaaa! Isabella performs "Eternal". James: What do you think? Phenomenal, isn't she? Matthew: Yes. James: It's a marvellous song. Matthew: How long has she been singing at this bar? James: She came recently. Around a month ago. She just appeared one day, like a mysterious musical goddess. Stalker: Isabellaaa! Stalker: I-Isabella! Go out with me tonight! P-Please! Matthew: c Stalker: Wh-What are you lookin' at?! Matthew: Nothing in particular. Stalker: What, are you tryin' to get Isabella, too? Y-You should forget about it! Isabella would never go for a kid like you! Matthew Inner Monologue: You're just a kid too... Stalker: Wh-What's that? You wanna fight? Matthew: No... Stalker: What, you can't even fight? I got business with Isabella! D-Don't try to get in my way! Matthew: It seems like you're bothering her. Stalker: Don't talk like you know anything, kid! Y-You're stinkin' up the joint! The Stalker takes a swing at Matthew, and they fight. Matthew beats his ass. Stalker: Sh-Shit! The Stalker disappears. Isabella: Thank you, you saved me. Matthew: Does this happen often? Isabella: Recently, yes... Matthew: Um... Matthew: Do you know Emma Rowland? Isabella: Emma... Matthew: It seems she came to this bar often. Isabella: Yes, I've met her, but... Isabella: Sorry, I'm going backstage... I want to rest... Bodyguard: This door's off-limits. Matthew: I'd like to speak with Isabella. Bodyguard: No! Too many weird customers lately! Matthew: Do they come just to speak to Isabella? Bodyguard: Figure it out yourself. James: All right? Matthew: Yeah. James: Isabella's got a lot to deal with. Matthew: She seems to know Emma. James: Well, it's no doubt true that Emma took a liking to Isabella's singing. Matthew: Yeah. James: This is my take on it. In a few words, you could sum up Emma as a girl struggling with an anxious soul. Isabella's songs could be like some drug to her that brings her a sense of peace. Matthew: c James: Considering Emma's personality, she must have made the effort to reach out to Isabella personally. Matthew: It looks like I can't have a rational conversation with Isabella. James: Yeah, she's pretty well-guarded at this bar. Why don't you try following her? Matthew: Following... her? James: I've seen her get in a car from the back entrance. She seems to leave around just after midnight. Matthew: Just after midnight, huh... Matthew: Hmm? Stalker: Wh-What? I've got nothin' else to say to you! Matthew: Are you thinking of stalking Isabella again? Stalker: W-Watch what you're callin' me! Matthew: You're always scribbling stuff down. What are you writing? Stalker: N-None of your business! Matthew: Show it to me. Matthew: Hmm? ****... is this Isabella's phone number? Stalker: N-No it ain't! Matthew: You're bothering her with nuisance calls, aren't you?! Stalker: N-No, I'm not! It ain't Isabella's phone number... Rolein: Today was horrible. That idiot, he's messed up everything. * Ext. Bar Wolves Man: Hey old man, you're pissin' me off! We don't need no advice from God! Burton: You young people shouldn't be coming to a place like this. Cease your sinning and return to your families. Man: Mind your damn business! Burton: It is my business. God says- Man: Shut up! He punches Father Burton to the ground. Matthew: Father Burton! Man: Stay out of it, kid! Man: What's with you?! Man: Come on, let's just go. The night's wastin' while we're stuck talking to this jerk. Man: Don't ever try to lecture us again! Matthew: Hey! Wait! Burton: Matthew, it's all right! You mustn't go after them. Matthew: But... Burton: Violence doesn't solve anything. Only God, and his chosen ones, can get through to them... Matthew: Are you all right? Burton: Yes. But never mind that ? do you often come to this sort of place? Matthew: No, not really... Burton: Never mind. I won't ask you about it right now. I'll be at the cemetery every night just after 9pm. If you have any worries, please come to see me. Matthew: c Matthew: Should I drive you home? Burton: I'm fine. You should go home, too. * Int. Apartment Building "The Ruins" Nozz: Who is it?! What time do you think it is?! Matthew: Uncle, are you awake? Nozz: Matthew? Nozz: What on earth do you want at this time of night? Matthew: I'm sorry... Nozz: Oh, it's all right. Matthew: Uncle, do you know Isabella? Nozz: Isabella? Don't know her. Matthew: I think she lives in this apartment building. Nozz: In this wreck? Hmm, who do I know who lives here... Nozz: Oh! You mean that beautiful lady? Matthew: So she DOES live here! Nozz: So her name's Isabella... Matthew: Do you know what room she's in? Nozz: What room? Yes, I think I saw her going into the furthest room at the other end of the corridor once. But... Matthew: Doesn't she live here? Nozz: I don't know... Nozz: What do you want with that lady, anyhow? Matthew: Uh... Nozz: Oh, I SEE! Well, you've finally reached that age, huh. Matthew: Huh? Nozz: Hmm, young men like you do tend to be drawn in by the older ones. Matthew: That's not really... Nozz: Still, I think you ought to give up on that lady. Matthew: Why? Nozz: I can't say for sure, but I've seen a lot of dodgy-looking men coming and going from her apartment. Matthew: Dodgy looking men? Nozz: One tall guy with mean-looking eyes, and he brought what looked like his henchman with him. Nozz: Those guys are up to no good, no doubt about it. Matthew: c Matthew Inner Monologue: I wonder who that was... Nozz: I'm sleepy, you know... Matthew: I'm sorry... Nozz: If this is gonna take a while, could we do it tomorrow? Matthew nods and leaves. At Isabella's door, Matthew knocks and receives no answer. Matthew Inner Monologue: So this is Isabella's room..? There's no reply... I can see inside through the keyhole... Isabella? Isabella's bodyguard appears and knocks Matthew out cold. Bodyguard: Hey... you know this kid? Isabella: Yes... Bodyguard: He was peeping into your room... shall I just dump him somewhere? Isabella: No! You mustn't! Bodyguard: c Well, if you say so. Bodyguard: He's lucky it was me who spotted him and not Wolf, that's all. Matthew Inner Monologue: Ughh! My head's pounding... Where am I...? Right... I was peeking into Isabella's room and I got knocked out... So... is this Isabella's room? Matthew picks up a framed photo on the table. Matthew Inner Monologue: Isabella and a guy, smiling happily... this guy... he looks familiar... Isabella emerges from the bathroom wearing only a towel. Isabella: So you're awake. Isabella: You shouldn't peek into people's rooms. Matthew: Sorry... Isabella: I'm not angry or anything. Just, don't do it again. Isabella: Something much worse could happen to you... Isabella: You're Emma's friend, right? Matthew: What about Emma? Isabella: It's not like I knew her well or anything... Just... she took a liking to my singing... Matthew: I see. Isabella: You're looking for her? Matthew: Yes. But I just don't know what was going on in her head... Isabella: I think I sort of understand how she was feeling. Isabella: She reminds me of me, two years ago... Matthew: c Isabella: Losing the will to live... not able to ask anyone for help... feeling so alone... Matthew Inner Monologue: Isabella...? Isabella: c Matthew picks up the photo again. Isabella: That photo's from two years ago. I was living in Denver then. Matthew: Who's the guy in the photo with you? Isabella: He was my husband. Matthew: Was? Isabella: He died. Two years ago, in a car accident. Matthew: How come you're living in this town? Isabella: Doesn't he resemble someone? My husband. Matthew: He looks like Dennis, maybe? Isabella: How come you mention Dennis? I've got nothing to do with him at all. Matthew: But you know Dennis? Isabella: c Well, yes... he's the big man in this town. He often comes to the bar, too... So you really can't guess? Matthew: He looks like Emma. Isabella: I understand you're worried about Emma, but she and I weren't that closely involved. Don't go suspecting me. Matthew: He looks a bit like Wolf. Are they brothers or something? Isabella: That's right. He was Wolf's younger brother. Isabella: Two years ago, after I lost my husband, I was all alone. Wolf's the one who saved me... gave me somewhere to perform my songs... Matthew: You mean Eternal? Isabella: That's the name Emma gave it. It originally didn't have a name. Matthew: Emma named it? Isabella: Two years ago, I was in the car with my husband when we had the accident. But I was the only one who survived. Isabella: At that moment, I temporarily died. Matthew: What do you mean? Isabella: I wonder if I had a post-death experience. Medically speaking, I was definitely dead. The dream I had, while I was at the hospital, unconscious... I was enveloped in a brilliant white light... and when I listened closely, I could hear a beautiful melody... I wrote Eternal using that melody, the one I heard in my dream... when I told this story to Emma, she cried... and she said... "That's so wonderful..." she said... "It makes me feel like I'm in a world where there's no need to worry about life or death ever again." And that's when she named the song "Eternal". I liked the meaning of the word, so I changed the lyrics slightly to incorporate it. Matthew: I see... The phone begins to ring. Isabella: Stop it... Matthew: Huh? Isabella: Stop it! Please! I'm begging you, make that noise stop! Matthew picks up and hangs up the phone. Isabella: It was a huge mistake to ever trust him... Matthew: ...Isabella? Isabella: Could you please just go home? Matthew: c Isabella: Don't come here again... Matthew: But... Isabella: No! You mustn't! I'm saying this for your own good... Outside her apartment, Matthew knocks on the door again. Isabella: c Matthew: Can I come in? Isabella: I told you not to come here again. Matthew: c Isabella: c It's open. Matthew: Emma wrote about you in her diary. Isabella: What did she say? Matthew: She said you need help. Isabella: c Matthew: Perhaps I could help you. Isabella: Don't talk so foolish! What could YOU possibly do to help?! Matthew: c Isabella: I'm sorry... But... The phone starts to ring again. Isabella answers it. Isabella: It's all right. Everything's the same as normal. Isabella: Yes... All right. Isabella hangs up. Isabella: I have no freedom... it's just the same as if I was imprisoned... Matthew: Isabella... Isabella: I made a deal with the devil in exchange for some relief from my loneliness... Isabella: When you make a deal with the devil, the devil always consumes you in the end... Isabella: I want to be alone... Matthew: c Isabella: Please... don't bother about me any more... Matthew: You seem to be suffering a lot. Matthew: I want to help you. Isabella: Don't you get it?! A boy like you shouldn't ever set foot in a world like this... Isabella: And she shouldn't have, either... Matthew: Please, speak to me... Isabella... Isabella: c Isabella: Foolish child... Matthew: I don't know what's troubling you, but I can't just walk away. Matthew: c Isabella: c Thank you... Isabella: I still haven't asked you your name. Matthew: Matthew. Isabella: Matthew... that's a kind name... Isabella: Matthew... I'm all right. You can go home for tonight. I'll contact you. Matthew: All right. This English version of the Japanese script for the 1998 Human Entertainment game "Mizzurna Falls" has been translated from the original Japanese by ResidentEevee. This game has never been localised and exists only in its original Japanese format. Please credit the translator when quoting from this script. Please do not use this content without permission, reproduce it, or falsely claim credit for it. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ------------- Day Four, December 28th, 1998 * Ext, Matthew's shed Matthew checks the postbox. Matthew: Hmm? There's a letter. It's from Isabella. Letter: Matthew, thanks for the other night. Your kindness has restored some of my humanity. Don't worry, I can take care of myself somehow. I've included my song with this letter. I wonder why Emma liked the song so much... anyway, have a listen. I don't know if there's any connection between the song and her disappearance, but... Also, don't come to my place again. I'll contact you. Matthew... it's been so long since I've felt any human kindness... Matthew: Isabella... Matthew gets a phone call from Winona. Winona: Matthew? Matthew: Winona? What's up? Winona: I just heard. Mel's going to be released. Matthew: Released?! Why? Winona: Dennis posted the bail money. * Int, Sheriff's Department Mel: Jeez, shut up! Dennis: What did you say, you moron?! Who do you think got you out of there?! Wanna go back inside?! Mel: Fine! Thank you soooo much! Dennis: You're a pain in my ass! Mel:?! Mel:?! Matthew, you jerk... Dennis: Get a move on and stop jerking around! I'm a busy man! Mel: Tch... Mel: Don't forget! Mel and Dennis leave. Matthew: Are you sure it's ok to release him so soon? Morgan: Can't be helped. Matthew: He's hiding something important about Emma! Morgan: Just leave it to me. I'll find some proof, don't you worry. Morgan leaves and Winona enters. Winona: Hey Matthew, get this. Hudson said that flowers speak to him! I didn't realise he was such an unusual person. * Int, Sheriff's Department, Morgan's Office Matthew: So you were in the military? I had no idea. Cohen: I haven't been in the military for more than five years now. It's ancient history. Matthew: But you were a colonel... Cohen: And now I'm a forest custodian. Matthew: So you came here after you quit the military? Cohen: Yup. It's quiet here, and the people are friendly. A nice town. Until this case happened, that is... Matthew: c Cohen: That day, when I discovered Kathy in the forest... her body was still warm. If only I'd gotten there sooner... I might have been able to save her... Matthew: Don't say that... if you hadn't found her, she'd have died there all alone. Cohen: I know. But it's not fair that an old codger like me gets to linger on, while a sixteen year old girl has to die. Matthew: Yeah... Matthew gets a phone call. Matthew: Yes. Samuel: Is that Matthew Williams? Matthew: Yes, what is it? Samuel: It's Samuel. About those drugs you asked me to identify. Where did you get them? Matthew: Where...? Samuel: Well, never mind. Just come to the hospital director's office as fast as you can. Matthew: All right... * Grouver Hospital, 2F Hospital Director's Office Morgan: Oh, there you are. Matthew: Morgan? What are you doing here? Morgan: Samuel asked me to come. I just got here. Matthew: Why? Samuel: I explained about the drugs, right? Morgan: Yes. You said Matthew asked you to identify them. Samuel: Well, I checked them out... don't be shocked, now... Morgan: Just spit it out. Samuel: Whoever takes that drug will experience a powerful hallucinogenic trip. Matthew: ?! Morgan: Hey! What's the meaning of this? Samuel: I could explain, but I doubt you'd get it. It's "Epoch", a drug popular on the west coast in the latter half of the sixties. Morgan: What I want to know is what something like that is doing here! Samuel: Ask Matthew. I want to know myself, actually. Morgan: Matthew! Where did you get this?! Matthew: Well... Fade to black as Matthew explains. Samuel: I see... Morgan: What the hell... this Epoch... in this town! Morgan: I can't believe it... What the hell is going on... This is Mizzurna Falls, for crying out loud! Samuel: Looks like Kathy and Emma were into some deep stuff. I guess we're not talking about bears anymore. Matthew: I bet it was Mel's! Then he needed money, so he robbed the diner! Morgan: Yes, his behaviour is all starting to make sense now. Why he stole Emma's diary, why he robbed the diner... Matthew: Let's just arrest Mel! Morgan: I can't believe this is how Kathy and Emma were linked... Morgan leaves. Matthew: What happens if you take Epoch? Samuel: Hmm, let's see. Small hills start to look like mountains... the sky starts to feel incredibly close... you feel touched by the divine force of nature. Matthew: ...Is that bad? Samuel: Listen. That's the best case scenario for taking Epoch. But it doesn't always have the same effects. Matthew: So what if it's a bad trip? Samuel: You see the devil. Everything around you seems to be trying to devour you. And by the end, you doubt your own existence. Matthew: c Samuel: Well, I've never taken it myself. And it's not like the effects are always the same. Anyway, it lets you experience a world that you'd never normally be able to. Samuel: You can say it. Don't be shy. You really respect me, don't you? * Int, Mizzurna Falls Sheriff's Department Matthew: What's happening with Mel? Mary Lou: We've issued an arrest warrant, but we haven't been able to locate him yet. He must be hiding out somewhere. Matthew: What about Morgan? Mary Lou: He's doing everything he can to find Mel. He's about to blow his top. Matthew: I see... Mary Lou: If you see the sheriff, tell him to calm down some, okay? * Int, Mizzurna Falls Sheriff's Department, Morgan's Office Matthew: Haven't you been able to find Mel yet? Morgan: No... he must be hiding out somewhere. But there can't be too many places for him to hide in this town... Matthew: What about the farm workers' lodgings? Morgan: Even Mel's not that stupid. He wouldn't hide in the same place twice. Matthew: I see... although, he IS pretty stupid. Morgan: Well, he can't hide forever. And he must be in contact with someone. We just have to wait. Matthew inner monologue: Someone Mel's in contact with... * Int, High School, Library Matthew: Did you find Mel? Winona: No... What's he done now? Matthew: Actually... Winona: Epoch... Matthew: But I don't think Emma took any. Winona: But... Matthew: We have to believe in her. Winona: Yes... you're right... we have to believe in her... so Mel was the one who gave them both the Epoch? Matthew: It's the only explanation that makes sense. Mel was scared Emma would tell someone about the Epoch. That's why he's been so weird ever since she went missing. Winona: I wonder if Mel was in the forest as well on the night of the 24th? Matthew: I wonder... but if he WAS there, he wouldn't have told the police that he saw Emma at 10pm that same night. Winona: That's true. * Int, Heinz Diner Matthew: Have you seen Mel? Rolein: I have no idea where he could be. Matthew: I think of all people you would know. Rolein: Look, I'm looking for him myself! But... Matthew: c Rolein: Oh, jeez... he's such an idiot... and he's dragging me down with him... Matthew: How long has Mel been doing drugs? Rolein: I want you to believe this. I've never heard anything about Mel possessing Epoch. If he HAS been doing drugs, he must have started really recently. Matthew: What about the robbery? Rolein: He never said anything to me about buying drugs. He just said he needed a large amount of cash... Matthew: Anyway, I bet anything that Mel will contact you at some point. Rolein: I hope so... Matthew inner monologue: c I feel like Rolein might try to do something today... * Int. St Peter's Church Burton: Matthew, did you hear about the motel? Matthew: Yes. Burton: It's shocking... her... drugs... Matthew: Really, though? Emma and Kathy, doing drugs? Burton: I know, but we can't live in denial. She truly was a sinful child... She was... * Int. Grouver Hospital, James's Office James: Epoch, huh? Matthew: Yeah, it's unbelievable... James: So after everything, Emma was doing drugs. Matthew: I don't know. In her diary, she said that she didn't want to rely on something like that. I'm sure she never actually took it. James: Her diary, huh... what else did she write? Matthew: She said that Kathy said she "needed it". Oh, right! If she was talking about Epoch, then that means that Kathy wanted it. But what for...? James: Probably to escape from reality. Perhaps she thought she could get some relief from her troubles by using it. But the issue is where she got the Epoch from. Matthew: I think it must have been Mel? James: Well in that case, where did Mel get it from? Matthew: I don't... James: Listen, I think Emma is still alive. What if she's being held captive by these Epoch dealers? Matthew: Who could have given Emma Epoch...? Him! That bald guy...! * Int. Grouver Hospital, 2F Corridor Matthew knocks at the door. Barbara: Yes? Matthew: It's Matthew... Barbara: Matthew? You're not empty-handed, are you? Matthew: No, I've got them. Don't worry. Barbara: Excellent. Then, enter. * Int. Grouver Hospital, Barbara's Room Matthew: Here. Happy birthday. Barbara: So you went with cigarettes in the end? Liz: Grandma! Matthew: It's all right. I did bring cigarettes. Barbara: Right, cigarettes are the price of entry. Liz: Oh for goodness' sake... Barbara: Are you leaving already? Liz: I think I'll stop by one more time before I go home. Barbara: I see. Take care. Liz: Excuse me, Matthew. I'm just going to the cemetery for a bit. Liz leaves. Matthew: What's up? Barbara: It's the anniversary of her parents' passing. Matthew: I see... it was a car accident, wasn't it? Barbara: To live is to overcome many personal hardships. I wanted to tell that to Emma, too. Matthew: To Emma? Barbara: That girl was interested in so many strange things... Like... "what's gonna happen to me after I die?" And she was fascinated by things that happened years and years ago... Matthew: You mean the incident 40 years ago? Barbara: You know about that? Matthew: No... I... Barbara: Has it really been 40 years... Matthew: So, what happened, then? 40 years ago? Barbara: c Matthew: I don't mind if you don't want to talk about it. Barbara: Could you go home now? I'm a little tired. Matthew: If you want me to leave, I will. Barbara: Thanks for the cigarettes. Matthew inner monologue: She seems strange... Barbara: Matthew, I don't know why Emma took an interest in what happened 40 years ago. But it's painful for me to talk about. Ask Liz if you want to know about it. Matthew: Thank you. Get some good rest. * Ext. Cemetery Liz is standing in front of a headstone. Liz: Matthew. Matthew: Is this your parents? Liz: Yes. Today's the anniversary. Matthew: I see... Liz: Time flies... it's now 10 years since Mom and Dad died in that car crash. Matthew: It must be hard... Liz: It was hard, back then, but I'm okay now. You have to forget about your pain in order to go on living. Liz: Matthew, do you believe in life after death? Matthew: No, I don't. I think that once you die, that's the end. What about you? Liz: I don't believe in it, either. But I think Emma did. She was fascinated with post-death experiences, and celestial spirits and all that. Matthew: I wonder why she was interested in that stuff. Liz: Life is hard. It's natural to want to escape. I was the same... Liz: But actually living life is the important thing. Not whether or not angels exist. Once you're dead, that's the end. So you'd better live every day to the fullest. Matthew: That's true. Liz: Well then Matthew, I'll be off now. Liz leaves. * Grouver Hospital, Barbara's Room Matthew: What's this incident 40 years ago that Emma was so interested in? Liz: What did Grandma say? Matthew: She said to ask you. Liz: I see... Liz: There was a murder in this town 40 years ago. Matthew: A murder? Liz: Grandma's little sister was killed. Matthew: I see... why would Emma be interested in something like that? Liz: It was a very... unusual case. The murderer killed his victim as part of a ritual to worship the devil. Emma wanted to know what kind of person the murderer was. Matthew: Who was the murderer? Liz: It seems he killed her in the forest... if you want to know more, you can look at the old newspapers from back then by using the computer in the library. It happened on December 31st. Matthew: Got it. Liz: Silly Grandma... sorry, Matthew. Matthew: Haha... * Int, Mizzurna Falls High School Library Matthew sits at a computer. Matthew: I can look at newspapers from 40 years ago with this. Matthew: I'll just input the date, and... Matthew: Here it is! The newspaper says... on December 31st, 40 years ago... A youth living at the church, who went by the name Cougar, murdered someone. Cougar, who was 24 at the time, attempted to perform the "Death Journey Ritual" once carried out by the indigenous peoples of the area, using Barbara's 18 year old sister as a sacrifice. Cougar killed the girl, then attempted to revive her as part of the ritual. However, the girl was unable to be resuscitated... "By dying once and coming back, one can gain eternal life"... Cougar used the girl as a guinea pig in his lust to obtain eternal life for himself... In the end, Cougar was hunted down into the forest where he took his own life, hoping that he would be resurrected as part of the ritual... Matthew: Eternal life... Matthew: I should ask James about the ritual... * Int, Grouver Hospital, James's Room Matthew: Do you know about the murder that happened in this town 40 years ago? James: c James: Yes, I know of it. Matthew: Why was Emma interested in that case? James: This is the first I've heard of that. Still, if Emma knew about the case I'm not surprised if she took an interest in it. Matthew: The ritual that Cougar performed is the same one that's shown in the cave painting, right? James: Yes. He used a young girl to do the Death Journey Ritual. Matthew: What the hell is all this about doing the Death Journey Ritual to get eternal life? James: It seems he believed that those who succeed at the Death Journey Ritual are granted eternal life for completing such a dangerous journey. Matthew: That's insane! James: Yes, well. Eternal life might be stretching it, but apparently some have lived for 400 years or more. Matthew: 400 years?! That can't be right! James: You're as thick-headed as ever. Matthew: But that doesn't make any logical sense. I can't believe Cougar honestly believed that... James: No matter how much humans attempt to apply logic to things, we still have a tendency to believe in things beyond the realms of science or common sense. Matthew: c I wonder if Emma believed in the ritual, too... James: That's what I think. * Grouver Hospital, Barbara's Room Barbara: So you heard about Cougar. Matthew: Yes... Barbara: Don't look so glum. It happened 40 years ago, after all. Matthew: What kind of person was Cougar? Barbara: He was an acquaintance of the priest from back then. He lived at the church and helped out there. The priest was Burton's father. Cougar was very quiet and introverted, but otherwise a normal person. But deep inside was something none of us could ever understand. He used my sister as a tool to confirm the existence of the ritual. To get some proof of a divine force. Matthew, I don't give a damn if there's a divine force or not. We can't lose track of reality by obsessing over whether there's something there or not. Our lives here on earth are all we have. Matthew: Yeah. Barbara: But you know... Emma just wouldn't understand that. Guess what she said? "If there's no divine force out there, then how can there be a me to want to see it?" Matthew: c Barbara: Poor child... Matthew: The newspaper said that Cougar killed himself... Barbara: Yes. In the end, he chose to do the ritual on himself, and took his own life. I was very angry. How dare he take my sister and then escape punishment by killing himself. But ever since he died, the church has been very good to me. Matthew: It sounds like the church was the one trying to atone for Cougar's crime. Barbara: Yes, the church were very helpful with the murder investigation. In the end, it seems they were working with the military on investigating the ritual, though. Matthew: The military were involved, too? Barbara: It was too much for the sheriff back then to handle. This is only a small town. Liz: Thanks so much for coming to Grandma's birthday party, Matthew. * Ext. Heinz Diner Matthew attempts to enter the diner. The blond guy in the yellow jacket leaves and walks past Matthew. Matthew catches up to him. Matthew: You got a minute? Blond guy: Huh? You? I've got nothin' to say to you! Matthew: Listen, jerk... Blond guy: Shit! The blond guy starts to run. Matthew catches up and grabs his jacket. Matthew: Hey! You're the one who was with Mel at the farm workers' lodgings! Blond guy: You're the one who followed me! Matthew: You know where Mel is, don't you! Blond guy: Shut up! I still owe you one for what you did! The two fight. Matthew: Hey! Where is Mel?! Blond guy: I don't know... He just asked me to give a message to Rolein, that's all. Matthew: Message? What message?! Blond guy: c Matthew: Fine. I guess I'll just have to bring you to Morgan. Blond guy: I'm waiting at the room at the Lakeside... Matthew: The lakeside? Is that all the message said? Blond guy: Yeah. Ask Rolein if you wanna know more. Matthew pictures the motel in his mind. Matthew: Hmm, there? Matthew: Oh, he ran away. * Int. St Peter's Church Matthew: Father Burton, do you remember the incident that happened here 40 years ago? Burton: What's this about, all of a sudden? Matthew: I'm curious about something. Just doing some research. Burton: The Cougar incident, huh. I remember. You can't forget something like that, no matter how hard you try. Matthew: About this Cougar guy...
Burton: Matthew. That boy... he was the devil. I don't want to talk about him. Matthew: c Matthew: Uh... Did Kathy... did Kathy know about the incident? Burton: c Burton: Hmm, I wonder. If so, she certainly never heard about it from me. Matthew: I see. Nun: May I trouble you for a donation to the church? Matthew pays. Nun: Oh, thank you. I've been here a long time, but I've never known such a good, upstanding young man like yourself. Matthew: A long time? So, do you know about the incident that happened here 40 years ago? Nun: 40 years ago? You mean Cougar? Yes, I know it well. He lived in the basement of this church. Matthew: In the basement? Is that where he did the ritual? Nun: No, it happened in front of the big tree in Barrows Forest. That's where he did it. Matthew inner monologue: The big tree? That's where Cohen found Kathy. Nun: Way back, I heard this from the priest. He said that the big tree gives the power of life. It was worshipped by the indigenous tribespeople. Matthew: Kathy, and the incident from 40 years ago... it can't be a coincidence... The big tree in the forest, huh... Nun: In front of the tree... he... Young man, are you listening to me? Matthew: Huh?! Sorry! Um, are there any documents or anything from Cougar's research into the ritual still in this church? Nun: Father Burton burned everything long ago. Matthew: Thank you very much. * Int. Gas Station Matthew: What's up? You don't seem very cheerful. Winona: No, I'm fine. Just... whenever I think about what happened in the forest that day... Matthew: Yeah, about that... Winona: ...So, Kathy and Emma did the ritual that day? Matthew: I don't know... But Kathy was found in the same place Cougar used for the ritual. Winona: Yeah... but just how do you perform this ritual? Matthew inner monologue: Yeah... maybe I should check out the forest one more time. * Ext. Lakeside Motel, Room 2 Matthew knocks. Rolein: Matthew... Matthew: Mel's in there, isn't he? Rolein: No, he isn't... Matthew: You're lying! Don't you know what he's up to, Rolein? Rolein: c Matthew: Just let me see Mel! Rolein: He's an idiot, yes... But even so... Matthew: I know he's hiding something huge to do with Emma and Kathy! Matthew: Let me see Mel, I... huh? Matthew turns to see Mel dash around the side of the motel. Matthew: Mel! He's getting away! Matthew drives after Mel in his car as Mel attempts to escape on his motorbike. Matthew runs into Mel, knocking him off his bike. * Int. Sheriff's Department Winona: Matthew! Matthew: I'm all right. Winona: What about Mel? Matthew: Morgan's processing his arrest. Morgan enters. Matthew: Morgan! What's going on with Mel? Morgan: He spilled his guts. Morgan: Let's talk in there. They move to the side room. Winona: So, it was Mel.... Morgan: On the night of the 23rd, Mel went to the motel room with the Epoch he bought. There, he met Emma and Kathy. Matthew: Where did he get the Epoch? Morgan: Apparently, from a dealer known as Bonehead. According to Mel, Kathy's the one who introduced him to Bonehead. Matthew: Kathy...? Morgan: It's like this. Mel met Kathy at the bar, and heard about Epoch from her. Kathy was interested in the drug, and she knew who she could get it from, but she was too scared to make the buy herself. So, she asked Mel. Morgan: Then, after Mel bought the drugs, they gathered at the motel room Kathy rented for that particular purpose. Winona: And what about Emma? Morgan: It seems Kathy brought Emma along. Matthew: What about the 24th?! Morgan: Mel says the last time he saw Emma was at 10pm that night. Matthew: So, he wasn't involved in whatever happened on the 24th? Morgan: So it seems. But Kathy apparently said something curious on the night of the 23rd. Matthew: What did she say? Morgan: "It feels like the night before a festival." Matthew: The night before a festival? Then, on the 24th, in the forest... Morgan: No doubt about it. Matthew: Then Mel must have been there, too! Morgan: No. According to Mel, he was told his presence wasn't required. Morgan: It seems Kathy met with someone else on the 24th. Matthew: Do you know where this Bonehead guy is? Morgan: Mel says that Bonehead was always the one who contacted him. He doesn't know where the guy lives. Matthew: Can I talk to Mel? Morgan: Sure. He's in the cells. * Int. Sheriff's Department, Jail Mel: You jerk! What the hell did you come here for? Matthew: I want to ask about Bonehead. Mel: I ain't got nothin' else to say. I told the pig everything. Matthew: Bald guy, right? Mel: c Matthew: You're still hiding something, aren't you? Mel: I ain't hidin' anything! Matthew: How do you set up meetings with him? Mel: What the hell are you thinking? Stay away from that guy, he's dangerous... Matthew: You know something, don't you? Mel: Shit... What I know is that he was working as Isabella's driver. Matthew: Isabella?! She's involved in this, too? Mel: It seems that Kathy heard about Bonehead from Isabella. Matthew: What the hell...! Mel: Hey! I'm not saying this because I give a shit about you or anything. But you shouldn't get involved with those people. Matthew: Those people...? Mel: I've said all I can. Now get lost! * Int. Bar Wolves Matthew: Where's Isabella today? Wolf: Isabella? She's exhausted herself. She's taking some time off. Matthew: I see... Matthew inner monologue: I wonder if she's at home...? Wolf: What do you want with Isabella? Matthew: Nothing in particular. Wolf: Are you the creep who was peeking into her apartment? Matthew: ...What makes you think that? Wolf: Heard about it from Isabella's driver. Matthew: Her driver? Now you mention it, do you know her old driver? Bald guy? Wolf: Bonehead. I don't know the guy well, or anything. Matthew: I'd like to meet with him. Wolf: And do what? Matthew: c Wolf: Not saying this because I give a shit about you one way or another. But you shouldn't get involved with him. Matthew: What do you mean? Wolf: He's connected to some pretty dangerous people. Matthew: What dangerous people? Wolf: Scary folks. James: Haven't seen Samuel here in a while. Did you know? The chief doctor comes here to put the moves on women. * Int. Apartment Building Matthew knocks on Isabella's door. Matthew inner monologue: No response... has something happened to Isabella? Nozz: What's up, Matthew? What are you doing here at this time of night? Matthew: Have you seen Isabella recently? Nozz: What? Are you still chasing after that young woman? Matthew: It's not like that. Nozz: Now you mention it, I haven't seen her recently. No one's been going in or out of her place. Matthew: I heard she's suffering from exhaustion. Her apartment's locked... Nozz: If you're worried about her, why not sneak into her apartment? Matthew: How? Nozz: This building's old. Maybe you can get in through the air duct in the empty room next door? Matthew: The air duct? Is it ok for me to do that? Nozz: Of course not. Matthew: c Matthew sneaks into Isabella's apartment through the air duct. * Int. Isabella's apartment Matthew: ?! Matthew: What happened here? Matthew finds a photograph on the floor, showing a small cabin. Matthew inner monologu: I wonder where this cabin is? The forest? No, it's not... Matthew leaves Isabella's room to find her stalker lurking outside. Matthew chases him outside and grabs him outside the building. Stalker: Shit! Get off me! Matthew: You! You're that stalker from the bar! Stalker: Who are you? What the hell were you doing coming out of Isabella's apartment? Matthew: Do you know where Isabella's gone? Stalker: Shut up! I'm not telling you! Matthew grabs the stalker by the throat. Matthew: What did you say?! Stalker: Ugh... Ouch... Matthew: You know something, don't you?! Stalker: I'm looking for her myself! Stalker, gasping: She's not been on stage recently. I'm the one who wants to know where she is most of all! Matthew: You're a stalker, aren't you? You must have some idea what kind of place she'd go to? Stalker: Don't call me a stalker! Matthew: Whatever! I'm sure Isabella doesn't just go back and forth between the bar and the apartment building. Stalker: ...I've seen her coming out of the junkyard once before. Matthew: The junkyard? The one on the west side? Stalker: Yeah. I don't know what business she could have had in a place like that, but... anyway! That's enough, right? I'm going home! Matthew: The junkyard... Matthew pictures the junkyard in his mind. Matthew: So, there, huh? Matthew: Oh, he ran away. * Ext. Junkyard Matthew finds a junked schoolbus and goes inside. Written on the floor of the bus are the words "Make me Innocent" in red. Matthew checks the bloody bus seat. Matthew: This... this is blood, isn't it? Hmm? What's with this seat? ...I can pick it up... What's this? ...It's Epoch! Why is there so much of it?! Does this mean Isabella has something to do with Epoch? There's too much of it to take with me... I need to report this to Morgan straight away. Matthew leaves the bus to find a dog sitting outside. He tries to pat it, but the dog snaps at him. Matthew: Whoah! What's with this guy? The dog chases Matthew, and he escapes out of the junkyard. Onscreen text: Matthew reported what he found on the bus to Morgan. One hour later, in front of the junkyard... Deputy: You can't go in yet. Matthew: I want to talk to Morgan. Deputy: No, no. The sheriff is busy right now. Matthew: If you knew my name I think you'd let me in. Deputy: Who are you? Matthew: I'm Matthew Williams. Deputy: ...Never heard of you. Only police are allowed to enter. Matthew shows him his police badge. Deputy: Huh? What's this? Matthew: It''s the sheriff badge Morgan gave to me. Show it to him and he'll tell you to let me in. Deputy: Listen here, you're not a sheriff. There's no way I can just let you in. Matthew: Please. Deputy: No can do! Just then, Hudson walks up. Hudson: What seems to be the problem? Deputy? Huh? Haha! This kid wants to get inside, and he's being a pain in my ass. Matthew: c Hudson: He's got a badge, doesn't he? There's no problem. Matthew: What he said. Deputy: Well, if YOU say it's okay, Hudson, then, fine. Go on in. Matthew: Thanks. Hudson: ... Matthew returns to the bus to find Morgan inside. Morgan: Matthew! How did you get in here? Matthew: With that badge you gave me. Morgan: Oh, that. Haha, so it was useful after all. Matthew: Did you find anything besides the drugs? Morgan: No, nothing else. You said you came here looking for Isabella? Matthew: Yeah... Morgan: Hmm, somehow I don't think she was dealing Epoch. But there's no doubt she knows something. We'd better find her. Matthew: I think her old driver, Bonehead, was the one dealing Epoch in secret. Morgan: After we heard about him from Mel, we've been looking for him, but he's covered his tracks well. Hudson walks up. Morgan: Oh, Hudson. Find anything? Hudson: Yes. Dennis is the listed owner of this junkyard. Morgan: Dennis...? Is there any land left in this town he doesn't own?! Morgan: All right! First bring Dennis in for questioning. Hudson: Yes, sir. Matthew: Dennis? So the Epoch belongs to Dennis? Morgan: Hmm... the way I see it, this place is just empty land. It's be hard to tell if anyone was sneaking in here. Anyway, I'm going back to the station. There's nothing else we can do here. Matthew: Are you gonna question Dennis? Morgan: Yep. And that badge isn't going to help you anymore. Matthew: I know that. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ------------- Day Five, December 29th, 1998 * Int. Sheriff's Department, 7am Matthew tries to get in to see Morgan. Mary Lou: Matthew, you can't go in there right now. Matthew: Are they busy questioning Dennis? Mary Lou: Oh, you know about it. Matthew: Well, yeah. Mary Lou: That man... every time he comes here he's in a bad mood about something. I don't like him! Matthew: Dennis is always angry like that. Mary Lou: Oh? Really? I wonder if he's getting enough vegetables. Morgan and Dennis come out into the reception area. Dennis: Jeez, you need to give me a break. I'm a busy man! Morgan: Don't talk to me like that. Dennis: You just think I own too much land in town. Isn't that right? Morgan: Just make sure you keep an eye on your own land. So something like this doesn't happen again. Dennis: I will. I don't have time to deal with stuff like this, either. Dennis leaves. Morgan: Sigh... Matthew: What did Dennis say? Morgan: About what I was expecting. He hasn't used that land in years, and wouldn't even know if someone was sneaking in there. Matthew: What about the Epoch? Morgan: Naturally, he denied knowing anything about it. But when I showed it to him, all the colour drained out of his face. Matthew: Well, then! Morgan: But, that's all. We have no other proof. There's nothing we can do. Matthew: Why not search his house? Perhaps... Morgan: I get how you feel. But it's not as easy as that. Right now, we need to find Isabella. If we can just talk to her, it'll clear everything up. Morgan: Mary Lou. Write up the recent developments on the board in the strategy room. Mary Lou: Oh, but my green whiteboard pen ran out. It won't look very pretty, but shall I use yellow instead? Morgan: I don't care!!! Do what you like!!! Mary Lou: Then, the junkyard will be yellow. Mary Lou goes into the strategy room, then returns. Matthew: c Matthew enters the strategy room and examines the board. Mary Lou's whiteboard text: Diner: A robbery occurred on the 27th at noon. The robbery was orchestrated by Mel Astin. Rolein was involved against her will. Mel says he simply needed some spending money, but according to Rolein's testimony, he was in dire need of a large amount of cash. High school: The school both Kathy and Emma attended. Currently the main building is off-limits. The two were in different grades, and didn't seem to interact while at school. Kathy, who had few friends, joined the party planning committee for the Full Moon Party held at the beginning of this month. Does this have some connection with her going to the forest on the 24th? Apartment building "The Ruins": The apartment where Isabella, who may hold the key to the Epoch mystery, lives. It's an old building and local residents refer to it as "The Ruins". I didn't realise that anyone actually lives there, but apparently Mr. Nozz lives there too. This building is also owned by Dennis Astin. Honestly, it's like he owns half the town. Bar Wolves: As the name suggests, the bar is run by Wolf. It's the town's night hotspot. It seems Emma went there regularly. Farm Workers' Lodgings: Land owned by Astin Farm, where the farm workers reside. The buildings are quite old, and recently the workers have been lobbying for refurbishments. However, it appears Dennis is disinclined to acquiesce to their demands. An empty building was used as a hideout for Mel after he fled the diner robbery. Is there some connection between Mel's use of this building and Dennis's reluctance to refurbish? Church: The church where the late Kathy lived. Father Burton adopted Kathy as an orphan, and raised her as his own daughter. Emma's house: On the 26th, around 3pm, Mel broke into Emma's room. It appears that Emma's diary was stolen. Grouver Hospital: On the 25th, Kathy was brought in grievously injured, but she passed away at 9:24 am. Kathy's cause of death was not the injuries inflicted by the bear attack, but actually shock. There was also bruising located on Kathy's neck, which means there is a possibility that this was a murder case. Barrows Forest: On the 25th at around 6am, Kathy was discovered seriously injured. She was found wounded in front of the large tree in the forest. According to Cohen's testimony, there were signs of fires having been lit nearby. We can postulate that Kathy was with someone else that night. Junkyard: A large quantity of Epoch was found in this junk yard. According to the land's owner, Dennis Astin, he has not used this land in some years. It's possible that the owners of the drugs were using the land without permission for their own devices. The junkyard has been placed off-limits. Mary Lou enters. Mary Lou: Oh, so you were in here? Mary Lou: I wrote a lot, huh? Matthew: Yes. You've quite an eloquent way with words. Mary Lou: Really? Matthew: For example, what it says about Dennis.... Matthew: ...Hmm? Hold on... The farm workers' lodgings, The Ruins, the junkyard... all of the locations connected with the Epoch belong to Dennis! Mary Lou: c? Matthew: Mary Lou. What other land does Dennis own, besides what's written here? Mary Lou: Mr. Astin? Hmm... let's see... Oh! I think he owns the little cabin on the opposite shore of the lake, too. Matthew: On the opposite shore? On the beach there? ...Right! That cabin in the photo in Isabella's room... it's the one on the opposite shore! Mary Lou: What about the cabin? Matthew: Nothing... thanks. Mary Lou leaves. * Int. Boathouse Matthew sits down at the counter. Matthew: I'd like to rent a boat. Boathouse owner: A boat? No can do. Not many customers, so the boats are undergoing maintenance right now. Matthew: Isn't there at least one boat that's useable? Boathouse owner: Nope, can't use any of them. I'm thinking of quitting boat rental altogether for the winter season. Matthew: But I have to get to the opposite shore. Boathouse owner: The opposite shore?! Then... you, too...? Boathouse owner: Nope... Sorry, but can't do it. Matthew: If you know something about Isabella... Boathouse owner: Isabella? ...Look, just accept that I'm not gonna rent you a boat. Matthew gets up and goes out onto the deck. His phone rings. Matthew: Yes? Voice: Matthew...? Matthew: ?! Isabella! It's Isabella, isn't it! Where are you? Isabella: My... my ring... if you show it... Matthew: What?! I can't hear you! What about a ring? Isabella: Matthew... please... Matthew: Isabella! cShe hung up... What's this about a ring? Matthew goes back inside, sits at the counter, and shows the guy the ring with the letter I. Boathouse owner: What the hell is that? Boathouse owner: ?! So, you're with them... Matthew: Them? What are you talking about? Boathouse owner: Huh?! So you're not? Matthew: Isabella's on the other side of the lake, isn't she?! Boathouse owner: No... Matthew: It's too late, quit bluffing! Boathouse owner: Sigh... all right. Those guys... showed up and told me not to rent out any boats. Man, what a pain... Matthew: Rent ME a boat. I promise it won't get you in any trouble. Boathouse owner: I don't think you should go. Those guys... they seemed pretty dangerous. Matthew: I don't care! There's no time! Boathouse owner: ...You can use the boat on the end. Boathouse owner: You should really give up on this... seriously... Matthew goes outside. Matthew's phone rings. Matthew: Who is it? Winona: It's Winona. Can you meet me now? Matthew: Sure, but what's up? Winona: Let's talk in person. I'll be at the boat house. Can you come? Matthew: All right. I'm on my way. Matthew goes into the boathouse and out onto the deck where Winona is waiting. Matthew: Winona? What's wrong? Winona: The last time you saw Emma was by the lake, wasn't it? Matthew: Yeah. Winona: I wonder what Emma was thinking about, as she was gazing out over the lake. Matthew: c Winona: I asked Liz to let me back into the school. Matthew: What for? Winona: I thought I might find some clues in Kathy's locker. Matthew: Something in there? Winona: Yeah. In the locker, I found this.... Winona hands Matthew a note written on the back of a Wolves flyer. Matthew: A note? The 24th, with Emma, at the forest? Winona: Yeah... Matthew: So they really did meet in the forest that night. Winona: c Matthew: Hmm? Looks like something's been erased. Matthew: I'll hold onto this. Winona: Okay. Winona: Matthew... Emma IS alive, right? Matthew: Yeah... Matthew calls the phone number written on Kathy's memo. Voice: Yes! This is the hospital director's office. Matthew: Huh? The... hospital director's office...? Voice: Yes, but Doctor Samuel is away from his desk at the moment. May I ask who is calling? Matthew inner monologue: Grouver Hospital?! Voice: Hello? Can you hear me? Matthew: Oh, sorry... Voice: Is there something I can help you with? Matthew: N-no... it's fine... I'll call back later. Matthew: Why did I get through to the hospital director's office at Grouver Hospital? Is there some connection between Kathy and Samuel...? Matthew gets on the boat and rows to the opposite shore. In front of the cabin, he picks up a barrel and places it under the window. Standing on the barrel, he peeks inside to see Isabella and a bearded man. Sandman: What? You not gonna eat at all? Don't blame me if you starve to death. Isabella: Never mind that. How long do you intend to keep me prisoner here? Sandman: That idiot Mel got himself arrested. He's bound to squeal that you're involved with Epoch. Isabella: It's got nothing to do with me! Sandman: Hey, hey, what do you think you're saying? You're the one who brought Emma and Kathy along, ain't ya? And they were such sweet girls, too. Isabella: No! I didn't... Sandman: Whatever the reason, you're involved, no doubt about it. Too late to deny it now. Isabella: No... I never thought this would happen to them... Sandman: At any rate, I can't let you go outside. Isabella: ...You're just going to kill me anyway, right? Sandman: If it was up to me, I'd have killed you already. But he told me not to. Man, I've got my hands full babysitting the both of you. Isabella: The both of us?! Who else do you mean? Sandman: A girl you know all too well. Isabella: I can't believe it... she's alive! Sandman: Yeah, well. It's none of your business anyway. Sabdman: Shit, it's getting late. Past time for us to change shifts. I'm gonna go check outside. Don't even think about escaping, now. Isabella: Where am I supposed to escape to? Sandman: Yeah, true. Sandman leaves. Matthew: Isabella! Isabella: ?! Matthew! Matthew: Are you all right? I'm coming in! Isabella: Don't, he'll come back! Matthew: He went to the shore. Isabella: c Matthew enters the cabin. Matthew: Are you hurt? Isabella: I didn't think you'd actually come... Matthew: c Isabella: Thank you... So much... Matthew: Let's hurry up and get out of here before he comes back. Isabella: ...No. I can't leave. Matthew: What are you saying?! Isabella: If I leave, you'll be in danger. They won't kill me as long as I stay in here, it's all right. Matthew: Don't be stupid! They might not kill you, but they'll probably hurt you. I don't care about me, let's just leave, together! Isabella: c All right. The two of them leave the cabin. Voice: Hey! Sandman appears. Matthew: Shit... Sandman: Isabella. Too bad, just when your saviour's arrived. Isabella: Wait! He's got nothing to do with this! Leave him alone! Sandman: Can't do that. I'm a perfectionist, ya know. Isabella: Please, don't! Matthew raises his fists. Sandman: Haha! You wanna fight? Isabella: Matthew, stop it! Sandman: I've been bored, cooped up in this cabin. It's your lucky day, kid. I'll go one round with ya. They fight, and Matthew wins. Sandman: Ugh... Matthew: Isabella, let's go! They run to the dock. Isabella: Matthew, wait! Matthew: Let's just run! We can talk later! Isabella: But it's important! Listen. Emma is alive. Matthew: What?! Isabella: Emma is... Sandman lifts his head and shoots Isabella. Matthew: ?! Isabella! Sandman, gasping: I told you... I was a perfectionist... Matthew: Isabella! Are you all right?! Isabella, gasping: Matthew... I got her involved... Matthew... I got Emma... Matthew: It's all right! Don't talk! Shit... I need to hurry...! Back at the boathouse, an ambulance drives away. Matthew, Morgan and the Deputy stand on the porch. Morgan: So Emma is alive... Matthew: We need to get to Dennis! He's got Emma too, I know it! Morgan: Calm down. Hudson's on his way to Dennis's now. Morgan gets a phone call. Morgan: Huh. Dead line. Matthew: Excuse me. Deputy: Yes? Matthew: What happened to the guy in the cabin? Deputy: There was no one in the cabin. Seems your guy ran away. Matthew: ...I see. Deputy: Give his description to the sheriff. Matthew: All right. Morgan rejoins them. Matthew: What's happened? Morgan: Dennis is dead. Matthew: Dead?! Morgan: Shit! What the hell is happening to this town?! Matthew: What do you mean, he's dead?! Did someone kill him? Morgan: He shot himself with his own gun. It was suicide. Matthew: Suicide?! Morgan: I have to get over to Astin Farm. We'll talk later. * Ext. Astin Farm, Dennis's House Matthew: Morgan! Morgan: Check out the warehouse. I'll head over to Grouver hospital. Hudson: Yes, sir. Morgan: Sigh... Matthew: Did Dennis really kill himself? Morgan: Yeah. He was still holding the gun when we found him. And there was a suicide note. Matthew: What did it say? Morgan: He admitted dealing Epoch. He must have gotten scared after we found the stash at the junkyard. Matthew: What about Emma?! Morgan: It didn't say. We'll check all the places in town Dennis is associated with for her. Matthew: So Dennis was behind everything. Morgan: Probably. If Isabella pulls through, she might be able to confirm. Morgan: I'm going to the hospital. Can you come to the station later? There's a lot I want to discuss with you. Matthew: Okay. * Ext. Cemetery Matthew: Father Burton. Burton: Humans can redeem themselves from their sins by dying. Matthew: c Burton: This child always closed her ears to the word of God, and lived a life of sin. Everybody dies, but not many ever live a true life. Not just her, but all young people these days... I believe that Emma will face God's judgement, as well. Matthew: Emma's not dead yet. Burton: ...Indeed. Burton: I should have been more strict... * Int. Grouver Hospital Matthew shows Kathy's memo to Samuel. Matthew: Have you seen this piece of paper before? Samuel: Huh? What's this? I don't know anything about this. Matthew: This is your office number written here. This was found in Kathy's locker. Samuel: Huh?!... Matthew: Why would she write your number here? Samuel: Uh... That's... Matthew: Do you know something? About Kathy? Samuel: Oh, all right... It's no big deal, really... I saw Kathy and her friend at the bar a while back... everyone was drunk... I just gave her my number. Matthew: Kathy and her friend? Who was she with? Samuel: A girl called Loretta. Matthew inner monologue: Loretta? That's the girl we met at Kathy's funeral... Samuel: I didn't do anything to her. We just enjoyed some drinks together then left separately. Matthew: Do you know anything about this Loretta? Samuel: Her? I was wasted. I don't really remember. Hmm... I think... Oh! Yeah, yeah. She's the taco girl! Matthew: Huh? Loretta? Taco girl? Samuel: I don't mean she's a taco girl. I mean she's the taco girl. ...Wait... huh? Matthew: c Samuel: That's not what I mean. She works at the taco van in the afternoon. You know, the van that sells tacos. Matthew: Tacos... Samuel: Matthew, I'd appreciate it if you kept me approaching Kathy a secret. Matthew: Why? Samuel: It doesn't make me look good, that's why! I'm the director of this hospital! Matthew: Then you shouldn't have approached her in the first place... Samuel: Come on! I'm begging you. Matthew goes to see James. James: So, Dennis committed suicide. Matthew: Yeah. I can't believe he's the one who brought Epoch into the town. Too many unbelievable things are happening. James: Kathy getting attacked by a bear, Emma going missing, the town getting flooded with drugs, Isabella getting shot. This seems like such a nice, peaceful town, but a hell of a lot's been going on in the shadows. Matthew: Isabella said that Emma is alive. And Dennis was involved in Emma's disappearance. James: You mean, Dennis was holding Emma prisoner like he was doing to Isabella? Matthew: No doubt about it. James: That may be so, but I doubt finding Emma is going to be as simple as looking in Dennis's house or the Astin Farm warehouse. Matthew: cI guess you're right. Matthew: But now that Dennis is dead, there's no reason for Emma to be kept alive any more. We have to hurry and find her... James: I wonder. I mean, they haven't killed her yet. Maybe there's some other reason they haven't killed her, unlike with Isabella. Matthew: What reason? James: I don't know. Just, I don't think they're keeping Emma prisoner just because she bought some Epoch. Matthew shows James Kathy's memo. James: Hmm. So the two of them went to the forest together. But the important thing is, what did they go there for? And it's essential to know if it was just the two of them, or if someone else was there, too. Matthew: Yeah. James: I believe Emma is alive. However, until we can answer those two questions, we don't stand a chance of finding her. Matthew goes to try to see Isabella on the second floor. Deputy: Isabella is in here, but she's badly injured, and in no condition to have visitors. * Int. Sheriff's Department, holding cells Morgan approaches Mel's cell and shakes his head. Mel runs up to the bars. Mel: Wait a minute! You're kidding, right? He killed himself?! Mel: No... He's... my father killed himself... Morgan: His body's at the hospital. Hudson, take Mel to the hospital, please. Mel: Hey! You seriously think he killed himself?! There's no way a coward like him would have the guts to do that! Mel pounds on the bars. Matthew and Hudson exchange glances. Morgan: I understand how you feel, but there's been no mistake. Mel: ...Not him... I don't believe it...! Morgan: Mel, you need to go to the hospital. Hudson! Both leave. Matthew: It didn't seem like they got along, but I guess it must be painful all the same. Morgan: That's parents and kids for you. Mel's going to have a hard time of it on his own from now on. Matthew: Has he been released? Morgan: I was actually going to release him earlier, but Dennis said to let him stew in there a while longer. Still, I'm worried about him. I hope he doesn't do anything stupid. Matthew: Yeah... Morgan: Phew... to be honest with you, I'm really tired. Matthew: What about Emma?! Morgan: Finding her isn't that simple. Matthew: But she's alive, and being held prisoner somewhere! No doubt about it! Morgan: Yes... Matthew: Bonehead! It must be him who's holding her captive! Morgan: Matthew. Calm down. Panicking won't get us anywhere. Matthew: But... Morgan: On the 24th, Emma and Kathy took the Epoch they bought to the forest. There, they were both attacked by a bear. Kathy died, and Emma went missing. The two obtained the Epoch through Mel. Mel purchased the drugs from Bonehead, Isabella's former driver. Matthew: Do you think Mel knew that Dennis was the one who processed the Epoch? Morgan: I don't know... I guess maybe not. If Mel did know about it, there's no reason for Dennis to have had Isabella held captive once Mel got arrested. Matthew: Yeah... If Mel knew everything, he wouldn't have mentioned Isabella or Bonehead's names so freely. Morgan: Anyway, Isabella's the key to everything. All we can do is wait for her to recover. * Ext. Street outside Taco van Loretta: Welcome...? Matthew: Loretta? Loretta: Yeah... oh, I've seen you somewhere before, haven't I? Well, whatever. Matthew: I want to talk about Kathy. Do you mind? Loretta: ...Kathy? Loretta: There's nothing really to talk about. Matthew: I think Kathy was in some sort of trouble. Matthew: You know a side to Kathy that we don't. Don't you? Loretta: c Matthew: Is it something that's hard to talk about? Loretta: Yeah, well. At any rate, I can't talk here. You never know where that priest's lurking. Matthew: Priest? You mean Father Burton?! Loretta: I'm at work. Tell me your phone number. I'll contact you later. Matthew: Thanks. * Int. Sheriff's Department Matthew: ? Wolf... Wolf: c Wolf leaves. Matthew: Were you questioning Wolf? Morgan: Yes, about Isabella. Isabella's late husband was Wolf's younger brother. Morgan: Wolf had Isabella move to this town so he could take care of her. He got Dennis to rent her a room at The Ruins. That place wasn't taking in any new tenants, and apparently Dennis was quite against it at first. However, he had a sudden change of heart. For a price, that is. Matthew: What do you mean? What price? Morgan: Well, it's like this. Dennis allowed Isabella to have the room, in exchange for her working as an Epoch dealer. Then, Isabella and Bonehead would deal with the clients that Isabella brought in. Dennis is also the one who decided Bonehead would be Isabella's driver. Matthew: There's no way Wolf didn't know about Isabella being involved in the drug dealing. Morgan: Of course, he seems to have known. But Isabella's performances were going down very well. And perhaps he thought that Dennis could help Isabella. Matthew: No... Isabella seemed to be really suffering with that kind of life... Wolf was just being selfish! Morgan: Of course, I think so too. Wolf seems to be regretting his actions now. He said that once Isabella's better, he's going to take care of her himself. Noticeboard at the police station: Popular bar singer shot Isabella, 27, a performer at Bar Wolves, was shot by the cabin on the far shore. She received serious injuries and was taken to hospital by ambulance where she is said to be in a stable condition. The shooter fled from the scene and has yet to be apprehended. It was also discovered that Isabella was involved with the dealing of Epoch, and the police are said to be eager to question her once she recovers. Town Talk: I keep seeing dodgy looking people going in and out of that ruined old apartment building! It's so creepy I wouldn't be surprised if it turned out to be haunted! * Int. St. Peter's Church Matthew inner monologue: Hmm? Those guys... Matthew inner monologue: They're the guys who beat up Father Burton outside the bar! Burton: Yes. Matthew: Why are those guys here? Burton: They have finally seen God's light. It is a true wonder. Matthew: But... Matthew: I can't believe this... Burton: Matthew. The young people have taken responsibility for their actions. The two men start to walk past. Matthew: Hey! What the hell? You just felt like coming here to pray? Burton: c Guy: N-Not really... Other Guy: You'd understand if you learned to live decently, too. Not that I could persuade you. Matthew: What are you talking about? Burton: Matthew, it is all right. All that matters is that they are here now. Matthew: c Other Guy: Hey! Let's leave, already. Guy: Oh... okay... Matthew: What's with those guys? * 7:46 pm, Matthew's phone rings Matthew: Hello! Voice: ...Matthew? Matthew: Yeah, who's this? Loretta: It's Loretta. Do you have time now? Matthew: Yeah, sure. Loretta: I'm at Wolves. Come here. Matthew: All right. * Int. Bar Wolves Matthew: Do you come here often? Loretta: Yeah, well. Matthew: I heard Samuel approached you here, before. Loretta: Samuel? Matthew: The head doctor at Grouver Hospital. Loretta: Oh, that old pervert? Ugh, what a creep. Matthew: Was Kathy with you then? Loretta: ...Yeah. Matthew: What about you and Kathy? Loretta: I met her here. We started talking, and instantly had a connection. Life was hard for her, too. Matthew: The Kathy I knew wasn't the kind of girl to go out late at night... Loretta: Everyone thought she was like some kind of saint. But she was just sixteen, you know. She wanted to have fun just like everyone else, I think. But she had to be careful of that father of hers. Since he raised her when she was an orphan with nobody else. Matthew: It's true that Father Burton can be quite severe. Loretta: She must have been raised to constantly worry about his disapproving eye. She couldn't handle the pressure of being the daughter of a church family. Matthew: I see... Loretta: You know, when I was here with Kathy one time, that priest came. Kathy was terrified. Matthew: Terrified?! Don't you just mean, it was uncomfortable for her to be found out...? Loretta: Yeah, I thought that at first, but later I started to really feel that it was terror. Anyway, after that, Kathy never showed her face here again. I wasn't expecting to see her here again myself, either... Matthew: When was the last time you saw her? Loretta: On the night of the 24th. Matthew: The 24th?! What time? Loretta: I think it was around 9pm. I can't forget the look on her face. It was like she was dead inside. I called her name over and over, but she just... When she finally heard me... you know what she said to me? ...No. It's not something for me to say, not now. Matthew's phone starts to ring. Matthew: Just a moment, please. Matthew answers the phone. Matthew: Yes. Voice: Matthew, where are you? Matthew: Winona? Winona: I was curious about something to do with Kathy, so I was thinking of going to see Father Burton... Matthew: Sorry, I'm a bit busy right now... Winona: I see... never mind, then. Bye. Matthew: Wait a minute... Winona! Loretta: Is something wrong? Matthew: She said she was curious about something to do with Kathy, and was going to the church... Loretta: You should stay away from that priest. Matthew: I know he's a bit overly zealous, but he's not a bad person. Loretta: That's because you've never seen him with that look in his eyes! Looking down on people with his cold, dead eyes, like they're scum! This is what Kathy said to me that day: "My father killed me..."! Matthew: ?! What are you talking about?! Loretta: I don't even know! But I do know that he did something to her! Matthew: ...Kathy had bruising on her neck, like she'd been strangled. Do you know anything about that? Loretta: ?! I didn't know that! Then... Matthew: Oh my god! I have to go to the church! Loretta: Wait! Then Kathy... Matthew inner monologue: Shit... I have a really bad feeling about this... Loretta: Didn't your friend say she was going to the church?! What if that priest is the one who strangled Kathy?! Matthew: Winona! * Int. St. Peter's Church Matthew: Winona! Matthew inner monologue: No one around, huh... * Int. Kathy's room Matthew checks the desk. Matthew inner monologue: Is this a letter? The envelope's been opened. Matthew: What is this? There's a date and signature. December 24th, Kathy Flannery?! Matthew: Maybe this is Kathy's final message! Kathy's Letter I hope that whoever reads this letter will understand just a little of how I'm feeling. Today, the most horrible thing of my whole life happened to me. My father strangled me and tried to kill me. Someone, please, tell me. Was it so wrong for me to have gone against my father's wishes? The image of my father's face as he was choking me is burned into my mind. I feel like nothing in life has any meaning to me anymore. I'll never again... Tonight, I'm going to the forest with Emma. Even if nothing good happens, I don't even care anymore. No matter what happens, I can't imagine anything could be more terrifying than what I felt in that moment... Matthew: Father Burton strangled her... the paper's all crumpled... did she write this while crying? Father Burton suddenly appears behind Matthew. The screen goes white. * Int. Basement Matthew wakes up tied to a chair. Matthew: Ugh... Where am I...? Burton: Are we awake? Matthew: Father Burton? Matthew inner monologue: Ugh... I'm tied up... Matthew: Father Burton! Why have you done this...? Burton: c Matthew: Father...? Burton: Did you read Kathy's letter? Matthew: Yes... it said you choked her. Burton: She was a sinful child. She befouled the life she should have spent walking alongside God by using drugs. She went against my guidance. Matthew: But, even so! Burton: On the night of the 23rd, I saw them all at the motel, out of their minds on drugs. That's when I received my holy orders. Telling me not to let them get away with it. Burton: No! Even if I forgave them, God never would! Matthew: Isn't it your job to hear and forgive people's confessions? So why did you do such a horrible thing?! Burton: You're trying to preach to me? Matthew: c Burton: That's what I intended to do, at first... Burton: But that child gave herself up to the devil! Do you understand?! She went against not only me, but God himself! Matthew: The devil?! What devil?! What about Emma? Did you try to kill her, too?! Burton: c Matthew: In her letter, Kathy said she couldn't stop thinking about your face as you choked her... You weren't doing God's work then, were you? You were the devil himself! Burton: Shut up! Matthew: Who gives a crap about God's word?! Does it tell us to live like Kathy, a prisoner in her own life?! Burton points his gun at Matthew. Matthew: Uhh... Burton: It's just as you say. I have sinned, again. I forgot myself in my anger. I strangled her. But I couldn't kill her... Matthew: c Burton: Our way of thinking has been shaped by a long history of morality. But even so, are you not going to act based on emotion? Emotion rules us, whether we want it to or not. But, if we only act based on our emotions, then all we are is animals who eat and breed. God is morality. And morals are God... Father Burton puts the gun to his head. Matthew: Father Bur- Father Burton shoots himself. Matthew: Father Burton... Matthew inner monologue: I have to get out of here somehow... This rope... if I just wriggle a little more, I can get it off! Matthew escaped his bonds and falls off the chair. Matthew inner monologue: Where am I, anyway? Matthew examines the painting on the wall. Matthew picks up the box, brings it over to the crates, climbs on the crates, then goes through the ceiling hatch to the church's ground floor. He heads into the hallway. Winona: Matthew! Matthew: Winona! Thank god! You were all right... Winona: I just got here... has something happened? Matthew: Yeah... Outside, an ambulance takes Father Burton's body away. Morgan: I see... So, it was Burton who choked Kathy... Matthew: Yes... Matthew: Burton said he couldn't forgive Kathy for messing with drugs. So he tried to murder her with his own hands. But in the end, he wasn't able to kill her, and couldn't cope with the guilt. Then he killed himself. Winona: How sad... Winona: I wonder if Father Burton was in the forest with Kathy and Emma that day. Morgan: No, according to Matthew's story, Burton choked Kathy before she went to the forest. That day, Kathy, who had given up the will to live, took Emma up on her offer and went to the forest... bringing the drugs that Mel got her. Then, a bear attacked Kathy, and Emma vanished. Winona: But, why did they go to the forest? Morgan: That's the question... Matthew: So it was just the two of them at the forest? Morgan: I don't know? All we know is they went there with the Epoch, in order to do something. It's possible Burton was there, too... but if he was, he wouldn't have just left them there. Winona: Oh my... Hudson walks up and speaks to Morgan. Morgan: Winona, we'll take you home. Robert is worried about you. Winona: Okay... Morgan: You've got your car, right, Matthew? Go home for today. We can talk tomorrow. Morgan drives off. Matthew inner monologue: It's probably just as Morgan says... but... what did they go to the forest for? And was it really just the two of them...? Why can't I find the answers? * Ext. Cohen's Lodge Cohen: Hi, Matthew. What's up? Matthew: Um...? Matthew: Is something wrong? Cohen: I'm just not feeling too good at the moment. Matthew: Are you all right? Cohen: Yes. But I'm feeling uneasy about the big tree in the forest for some reason... well, I'll rest for today. Matthew: The big tree... is there something about it? Cohen: Hmm... Cohen: Anyway, what did you come for? Matthew: Oh, it's nothing. I'll come another time. Take care. * Ext. Barrows Forest, big tree Matthew: I wonder if the two of them performed the "Death Journey Ritual" here. Matthew: If so, that would mean Emma knew how to perform it. Matthew: Eternal life... ridiculous. Matthew: Hmm, come to think of it, Cohen said the forest was unusual that day. I wonder if that has anything to do with the ritual... * Int. Cohen's Lodge Matthew tries the door. Matthew inner monologue: Hmm? It's open... Matthew goes inside. Matthew: Cohen! A sound of glass breaking upstairs. Matthew: Upstairs? Matthew goes upstairs and onto the balcony. He looks through the glass into one of the rooms to see Cohen collapsed on the floor. Matthew: Cohen?! Cohen! Matthew: It's no good, it's locked! Matthew: Can't I bust it open somehow? Matthew finds a toolbox on the other end of the balcony. Matthew: Is there something I can use in here? A crowbar! I can break the lock with this! Matthew uses the crowbar. Matthew: It opened! Matthew: Cohen! Wake up! * Int. Grouver Hospital Nurse's station Matthew: How is Cohen? Samuel: It's all right, he's just got a touch of exhaustion. Seems he hasn't been sleeping lately. Matthew: Can I speak with him? Samuel: No, he's resting now. Come back later. I plan to keep him here for a while. Matthew: But you said it's just exhaustion... Samuel: Well, yes, but he's an old man. We have to consider the needs of each patient carefully. What on earth has he been doing to have made himself collapse like that...? Nurse: Opening hours are until 8pm only. Please go back to the first floor. Matthew: Oh, okay. Matthew goes down the stairs. Nurse: It's almost 10, so please go home now. Matthew: c Matthew: No good, guess I'd better leave. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ------------- Day Six, December 30th, 1998 * Barrows Forest, 8am Deputy: The forest has been placed off-limits. Matthew: Huh? Did something happen in there? Deputy: No, it's not that. But the Sheriff told me to close it off. Matthew: What, Morgan said that? But why close it again? Deputy: Maybe another bear's prowling around. Morgan: I feel like there's something in the forest. But I don't think it's a bear, unlike Nozz. Morgan: I knew it, the forest IS strange. You should go and ask Cohen about it, Matthew. * Grouver Hospital Matthew: How's Isabella's condition? Samuel: She's still not regained consciousness. Matthew: Will she really be all right? Samuel: She'll be fine. She'll wake up, don't worry. Matthew: I see. Samuel: Still, it's hard to believe that nice woman was dealing drugs. Matthew: It wasn't really Isabella who was dealing them. She was just being used by Dennis. Samuel: Hmm. Matthew: Still... how did Dennis get hold of the Epoch? Samuel: It's not that complicated. I doubt it was some huge operation. Matthew: Really? Samuel: A drug like that, anyone with pharmacology knowledge could make it. Dennis probably had an acquaintance with those kind of skills. Matthew: Easy to make, and then to make a lot of money with, I guess. Matthew: Do you have a minute? James: Sure. What is it this time? Matthew: We know that Emma and Kathy met at the forest on the night of the 24th. But what we need to know is what they did there. James: You're wondering if they did the ritual or not. Matthew: Yeah. James: Yeah, no doubt about it. Matthew: But how would Emma know how to perform it? James: Hmm, true. I've never spoken to Emma about the ritual. Matthew: The specifics of the ritual weren't reported in any newspapers from back then. James: Maybe it wasn't Emma, but Kathy who knew how to do it? She was raised in the church. It wouldn't surprise me if she knew all about Cougar. Matthew: But in her letter, Kathy said that Emma's the one who invited her. James: Still, maybe Kathy knew about the ritual, but wasn't too interested in performing it. But then, Emma got interested. After all, Emma was really interested in the case from 40 years ago, right? Matthew: I see... Matthew: Are you all right? Cohen: Matthew, thanks for saving me.
Matthew: I'm afraid I broke the lock on your window. Cohen: Haha, never mind about that. Matthew: Morgan was really worried. Cohen: Oh yes, he gave me a lecture on taking better care of my health. Matthew: Uh, why has the forest been placed off-limits? Cohen: Oh, that... Cohen: The forest is strange right now. It feels like something bad is going to happen there. Not a good answer? Matthew: What do you mean by something bad? Cohen: That, I don't know. But it's the same feeling as on the night of the 24th. Matthew: What are you overseeing the forest for? Cohen: Hmm... Matthew: c Cohen: Matthew, I have a favour to ask. There's an envelope on the desk in my room. Could you go and get it? Matthew: An envelope? Sure, I don't mind. Cohen: It's very important. Bring it to me, and I'll tell you about the forest. Cohen: That's the key to my lodge. Matthew: All right. Cohen: Thanks. Cohen: I don't know what would have happened if you hadn't found me. * Cohen's Lodge Matthew inner monologue: Is this the envelope Cohen was talking about? US Military... the top sheet reads "Project Mizzurna"... Mizzurna... * Grouver Hospital Matthew: Is this the envelope? Cohen: Thanks. You've been a big help. Matthew: It says Project Mizzurna. Mizzurna means it's got something to do with this town, right? Cohen: cYes. Did you look inside? Matthew: No, I had the feeling I shouldn't. Cohen: I see. Matthew: Does this have something to do with you overseeing the forest? Cohen: c Matthew: If it's a military secret, I understand. Cohen: No, it's not really something that needs to be a secret anymore. It was a long time ago. Cohen: You know I was in the military until five years ago, right? Matthew: Yes, you were a colonel. Cohen: Back then, I was assigned to Los Alamos, New Mexico. By coincidence, I saw this file. When I read it, I realised it was a report of the case that happened here way back when. Matthew: You mean 40 years ago, the murder committed by Cougar? Cohen: You know about it? Matthew: Yeah, he killed someone to perform the Death Journey Ritual. Cohen: Right. Matthew: Barbara said that the police back then were overwhelmed, and that the military did all kinds of investigations. Cohen: They weren't just investigating the murder. They were investigating the ritual itself. I got interested in the case. After my assignment was finished, I decided to find out for myself what happened in the forest here. Matthew: So that's why you're investigating the forest. Cohen: The entire Cougar case hinges on this town's forest. Matthew: You said before, that when you found Kathy, there were signs nearby like perhaps a ritual took place. So, was that the Death Journey Ritual? Cohen: That's what I thought. But there's no proof. Nothing left that could be connected to the ritual. Matthew: Something connected to the ritual... what about the necklace that was caught in the bear's claws? Cohen: Necklace?! You found something like that? I didn't know about that! Matthew: Yeah, like a native tribal design. I think it was Kathy's. Cohen: That's the Priest's necklace. Matthew: What's the Priest's necklace? Cohen: The dead person who takes the death journey needs a priest to show him the way. Matthew: So, that would be the guy who's standing up on the wall painting, right? Cohen: Right. The "priest" puts on the necklace, and he then receives the life-force of the earth. Matthew: So then, Kathy and Emma DID do the ritual that day! Cohen: So it would seem. ...No, in fact, there's no doubt about it. They performed the ritual, but as a complete coincidence, they were attacked by a bear in the middle of it. Matthew: They... they did the ritual... Cohen: Matthew, go and tell all this to Morgan, and ask him to come here. Matthew: Okay. Matthew: About this Project Mizzurna... Cohen: What about it? Matthew: Why is it called Mizzurna, and not Mizzurna Falls? Cohen: It is said that he who does the Death Journey Ritual shall meet with the Mizzurna. Matthew: The Mizzurna? Cohen: In the native language, it means "the great one" or "the truth". The name of the project was taken from that. Matthew: I see. Matthew puts the Eternal tape into Cohen's cassette player. Matthew: How about some music? Cohen: What kind? Matthew: It's a wonderful song. Cohen: ?! This song... Matthew: Do you know it? Cohen: c Cohen: Why do you have this song? Matthew: It's a song by Isabella. She's in the next room to you. Cohen: ...Her...? Matthew: Is there something strange about this song? Cohen: When I was in the military, I heard that melody. Matthew: What, this song? What do you mean? Cohen: ...I said before how the military was investigating the Death Journey ritual, right? Matthew: Yeah. Cohen: Why do you think they were doing that? Matthew: Because it was part of the murder investigation, right? Cohen: No, the opposite. Cohen: Back then, the military were running all sorts of tests on post-death experiences. Matthew: Post... death experiences? Cohen: Yes. Placing a person in a state of death, then reviving them with electric jolts. Matthew: That's...! That's exactly the same thing as the Death Journey Ritual!" Cohen: Yes. The ritual Cougar was experimenting with, was no different to ours. Matthew: Then...? Cohen: I was involved with the case for 20 years... Matthew: So, then... the experiments didn't go well? Cohen: No, they went very well. Cohen: The test subjects indeed died and were brought back to the land of the living. Matthew: And they really experienced a world beyond death? Cohen: Of that, there can be no doubt... Cohen: I know, because I was one of the test subjects. Matthew: ...You? Cohen: Yes. It was... such a strange world... Cohen: So warm... so vast... and everywhere, a beautiful melody playing... Matthew: And that melody, is the one from the song, right? Cohen: ...Yes. Matthew: Isabella also had a near death experience, and she said that she heard this melody while she was under, and made it into a song. Cohen: Is that so... Matthew: Is there... really a world after death? Cohen: Maybe this song is the song of God... or maybe it's just part of our DNA. Some memory left over from long ago. Matthew: Is it really so important to see this world beyond death? Cohen: I wonder... Cohen: I think it was something beyond the scope of our experiments. Cohen: Many test subjects died. Cohen: Maybe we were no better than Cougar. Matthew: But... Cougar believed he could get divine power. Even though there's no evidence of that at all! Cohen: It's all the same. We believed in science. He believed in ancient traditions. In the existence of the divine. Matthew: c * Sheriff's Department Matthew: Morgan, do you know about the Death Journey Ritual? Morgan: What's that? It sounds terrible. Matthew: Well... Morgan: I see, I see... so you're saying that on the night of the 24th, Kathy and Emma performed this ritual. Matthew: Yeah. Morgan: How suspicious. Morgan: I guess I'd better speak to Cohen. Matthew: About the necklace the bear had in its claws. Could I take a look at it? Morgan: That? Oh, I lent it to James. Matthew: To... James? Morgan: Yes, he said he wanted to examine it. * Grouver Hospital Matthew: I heard from Cohen that people who do the Death Journey ritual meet with the Mizzurna. James: Yes, they meet with, and become one with the Mizzurna, and then they are reborn. Matthew: What IS this Mizzurna? James: ...Mizzurna, huh? James: Come to my house tonight. I'll tell you everything I know about the Mizzurna and the Death Journey Ritual. Matthew: What time should I come? James: Come to my house around 11:30pm. Matthew: All right. Matthew: About the necklace found on the bear. Do you have it? James: Yes, I just borrowed it from Morgan so I could examine it. Matthew: So, it's the Priest's necklace? James: No doubt about it. Matthew: Could you show it to me again? James: I'm wearing it around my neck. Go ahead and take it. Matthew: Why are you wearing it? James: I was wondering if it would give me any strange powers. James leans forward, and Matthew attempts to take the necklace off him. Matthew: ?! Matthew: You've got a huge wound back here... what happened? James: ?! Oh! Yes... that wound... it's already old... Matthew inner monologue: It looks like a scratch... Matthew: Got it! Matthew removes the necklace. Matthew: Can I borrow this? James: ...What for? Matthew: Well... I just feel like if I keep it, I'll be able to see Emma... James: Liar. James: You think there was someone else involved in the ritual besides Emma and Kathy, don't you? James: And you think that person still needs the necklace. Matthew: Why are you... James: I jumped to the same conclusion you did. Matthew: ...Yes, it's like you said. James: Well, whatever. Just promise you'll give it back to me if I need to examine it again. Matthew: Sure. * St. Peter's Church Matthew enters the basement to find James examining the wall painting. Matthew: ?! James... James: Hnn? James: ...Matthew? Matthew: What are you doing here? James: I thought there might still be some clues here from when Cougar lived here. James: Who would have thought I'd find something like this here. Matthew: What is it? James: This is a painting of the Death Journey Ritual. Cougar probably painted it. Matthew: What's this... round thing? James: It's the full moon. James: And underneath is the dead person. James: Yes... so, a full moon is necessary in order for the dead to reawaken...? Matthew: A full moon... wasn't there a full moon on the 24th? James: Yes. And the next one will be the night of the 31st. Matthew: The 31st... Matthew: Aren't there any other clues? James: No papers left at all. I heard Father Burton burned them all. Matthew: I guess he couldn't erase this. James: Guess not. James: I'm going now. See you. James leaves. * James's House, 11:30 pm Matthew knocks on the door. James: Is that you, Matthew? Just come on in. James: Just a sec. Matthew: You've got a lot of books. Have you read them all? James: Ah, here it is. Matthew: What's that? James: This is a book I'm reading, written by a scholar who investigated the ritual a long time ago. It says that to perform the Death Journey Ritual, one must put on the Priest necklace, take a certain drug, and enter temporary death. It says that the presiding one must place the sacred necklace upon the one who enters death, and watch over their journey. The one who enters death will encounter many strange and never-before experienced things, and finally, the Mizzurna will descend and enter their soul. The dead person, now one with the Mizzurna, will be reborn with full knowledge of the world of the dead. Matthew: Is that round thing on the wall painting the Mizzurna? James: Oh, good guess! Matthew: What does it mean... the Mizzurna will descend? James: To the natives, the Mizzurna was like their god. It represents meeting God. God will descend from the heavens, to be one with their soul. The very meaning of the name of this town is "the Mizzurna that descends" ? Mizzurna falls. Matthew: It's not named after the waterfall? James: That's no doubt become part of it, too. But the true, original meaning is quite different. Matthew: I don't quite get it. James: What don't you get? Matthew: Just, why people would want to have anything to do with anything like that. I don't believe in the supernatural. James: Why do you think humans have evolved with these concepts of god, the devil, and miracles? One reason is because we have to live here on this planet which we still know so little about. Another reason, is that all of those things exist, in some shape or form. Matthew: You're saying the Mizzurna exists? James: I don't know exactly what it is, but yes, I want to see this Mizzurna for myself. Matthew: Then why don't you go and do the Death Journey Ritual? James: If I ever get the chance, I will. Matthew: I'm going home. The more I talk about this, the more I feel like I'm losing my mind. James: Haha. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ------------- Day Seven, December 31st, 1998 (Final Day) * Matthew's shed, 7:33 am Matthew's phone rings. Matthew: Hello! Nozz: Hi, Matthew. It's me. Nozz. Matthew: What's up? Nozz: I've got an unusual customer. Doctor James. Anyway, come to the store. * Captain Nozz's General Store Nozz: Matthew, you're home, are you? Doctor James has come especially to see you. James: Hey. Sorry to just turn up unannounced. Matthew: James... is there something you want with me? James: No, nothing in particular. I just thought I'd lend you that book on the ritual. Matthew: I see. Let's go to my room. James: All right. * Matthew's shed James: I'll put the book here. James: Hmm, aren't you reading some quite difficult books, here? Matthew: I'm not particularly interested in history. My father bought them all for me. James: I like history. Matthew: I see. James: Your sense of values is very modern. James: However, modern values are built upon the values of yesteryear. James: And the values of yesteryear, were built upon values from even further back. James: By educating oneself on human history, you can enjoy the knowledge of a thousand lifetimes. Matthew: You're as difficult to understand as ever. James: That's because I think difficult thoughts. Matthew: Anyway, how's Isabella? James: She still hasn't regained consciousness. Matthew: I see. James: Isabella... I think that whoever comes to visit her, will be someone vital to this case. If I was the criminal, I wouldn't let Isabella linger on without finishing her off. Matthew: I guess you're right. James: Well, there's a deputy on guard outside her room, so I'm sure there's no need to worry. James: I guess I'll go back to the hospital. See you then. Matthew: Thanks for the book. 5pm. Matthew phones Winona's house. Robert: Hello, this is Ringwald's Gas Station. Matthew, if you're looking for Winona, she should be at the hospital. I'm worried about how much this case seems to be affecting her... Could you go and keep her company? * Grouver Hospital Winona: Matthew. Matthew: How's Isabella's condition? Winona shakes her head. Matthew: I see... Wolf: You're keen. Matthew: ?! Wolf: Hasn't she regained consciousness yet? Winona: No... Wolf: If she doesn't hurry up and get better soon, the bar's gonna lose customers. Matthew: How dare you. You're partly responsible for this happening to her, you know. Wolf: I know. It was a joke. Wolf: Guess I'll come back later. Wolf leaves. Winona: Isn't that the bar owner? Matthew: Yeah... Matthew: He just watched Dennis manipulate Isabella, and didn't do anything. Winona: When I went to the bar with Emma that one time, I told you some guy was hitting on her, right? Matthew: Yeah. Winona: Well, that guy saved her. Matthew: What, Wolf did? Matthew: Hmm, well, I guess it is his bar. He probably had to step in. Winona: But, he was sort of weird about it. Overly concerned with Emma's health. Like she was a precious thing he didn't want damaged... Matthew: c Matthew: Is Isabella in this room? Deputy: Yes, but she's still very ill. Samuel comes out. Matthew: How's Isabella's condition? Samuel: Relax. She's still unconscious, due to blood loss. But we've removed the bullet, and there shouldn't be any complications. Matthew: That's a relief... How much longer should she be out? Samuel: Hmm, a few hours at the least. At most, a few days. It's hard to tell. Still, time will reveal all. * Ext. Grouver Hospital Matthew inner monologue: Wolf?!... Matthew inner monologue: Bonehead?! It's him!!! I knew it was him! Wolf and Bonehead get into the same car and drive off. Matthew inner monologue: I bet they're going to Wolves... * Bar Wolves, 8pm Mel: Hey! Aren't you gonna say somethin'?! Matthew: Mel! Winona: Matthew! You have to stop Mel! Matthew: What on earth is going on? Wolf: If you've got a problem with me, I don't really care. But keep it out of my bar! Bodyguard: You heard him! Now get the hell out! Mel: Answer the damn question! Where is he? Where is Bonehead hiding? I know you know! Bodyguard: That's about enough! Mel: Shut your face! Bodyguard: That's enough! Mel: You jerk! Mel grabs the bodyguard by the throat. Winona: Matthew! You have to stop Mel! Morgan enters. Morgan: That's far enough! Wolf: Thank god. Hurry up and get this kid out of my bar. Morgan: Mel, you want to go back behind bars? Mel: Come on! What are you doing?! This guy is... Morgan's phone starts to beep. Morgan: Huh? Morgan: Morgan here. Morgan: What?! Isabella's awake?! Wolf: ?! Morgan: I'll stop by the station and be right there! Matthew: What's this about Isabella? Morgan: It seems she's regained consciousness. Wolf: Mr. Sheriff, you don't intend to let this kid stay here, do you? Morgan: Mel! You come with me. Mel: Why? I won't do anything else! Just leave me alone. Morgan: Stop talking, and come along. Mel: Shit... Mel and Morgan leave. Winona: Matthew, let's go go to the hospital, too! Matthew: Yeah. * Grouver Hospital Matthew and Winona walk into the lobby to see a male orderly lying on the floor. Matthew: ?! Matthew: He's... dead! Winona: Why? Matthew: Isabella! Winona: We have to tell Morgan! Matthew: Yeah... Matthew calls Morgan. Matthew: c Matthew: It's no good, no one's picking up... Matthew: Winona! Take my car, and go and get Morgan! Winona: Okay... but what about you?! Matthew: I'm going to Isabella's room. Winona: No, it's too dangerous! Matthew: I'll be all right. Just get Morgan, quickly! Matthew reaches the second floor and finds the Deputy lying in the corridor outside Isabella's room. Matthew: ?! Matthew: Are you all right?! Deputy, gasping: Wh-Where did he go? Matthew: What on earth happened here?! Deputy, gasping: Isabella... is... guahhh! A woman's scream can be heard. Matthew: ?! From downstairs! Matthew enters the basement room. Matthew: ?! Isabella! Isabella is tied to a chair. Isabella: Mmmph mm! Matthew: Thank god, are you're all right? Isabella, shaking her head: ?! Mmmph!!! Bonehead appears behind Matthew and punches him to the ground. Matthew gets to his feet. Matthew: Ughh... Bonehead: Jesus, what a pain in the ass. How many of you people do I have to kill? Matthew: Bonehead! You're the one who... Bonehead points his gun at Matthew. Bonehead:: No, no. Don't move. Matthew: c Bonehead: Sorry about this, kid, but you're about to be dead. Bonehead: Unlike with Dennis, I don't have time to make it look like a suicide. Matthew: Dennis! Then you're the one who killed him...! Suddenly, Bonehead is shot in the arm from behind. Bonehead: ?! ...Ugh... Matthew: James! Bonehead: You! You creep! James points his gun at Bonehead again. Bonehead: Shit! Bonehead sidesteps out of the room. Matthew: Wait! James: Matthew, don't follow him! We have to focus on Isabella. Matthew: Isabella, are you all right? Isabella, gasping: Matthew... Matthew: James, let's take her back to her room. Isabella: Emma's going to be killed! James: ?! Matthew: Emma?! Isabella, gasping: Matthew... it was Wolf, controlling everything from the shadows... he's the one who's been keeping Emma hostage... Matthew: Wolf... he's the one? Isabella: He takes people he likes and makes them his slaves... I was the same... and Emma knew that Wolf was dealing Epoch! Matthew: Emma knew about Wolf? Isabella: I... introduced her to Wolf. It's all my fault... Matthew: c Isabella: He said he's going to kill her at Astin Farm... that it's too dangerous to keep her alive any longer... Isabella: Ugh... Matthew: Isabella! Isabella: It's all right... never mind me... you have to save Emma! If you don't hurry... James: You said Astin Farm, right? James: Matthew, let's take my car. Matthew: All right. Isabella: Hurry! * Ext. Astin Farm Warehouse Matthew: So this is where Emma is... James: Matthew, let's split up and search. James: I'll check this building. You check the warehouse. Matthew: Got it. James: And take this. Matthew: ?! A gun? James: I borrowed the deputy's. Matthew: c James: Listen to me. When the time comes, don't hesitate. Pull the trigger. Matthew: Okay. James: All right, then... * Int. Astin Farm Warehouse Bonehead is pouring gasoline. Wolf is standing over Emma, who is tied up. Matthew: ?! Bonehead: Hey hey, what do you want? Matthew sees Emma. Matthew: ?! Emma!!! Emma: Matthew... Matthew, it's you... Matthew: Emma, are you all right? Bonehead: Don't get too chatty, kid. She's all tired out. Matthew: c?! Wolf: Don't ruin their touching reunion scene. Matthew: Wolf! You're the one who did this! Wolf: Yep. I was behind everything. Now, aren't you satisfied? Matthew: You're the one who was behind Dennis's murder, too! Wolf: ...You squealed? Bonehead: ...Whoops. Wolf: Your tongue couldn't be any looser. Matthew: Why have you done this to Emma?! Bonehead: She was going to ruin us, threatened to squeal on us for dealing Epoch. Jeez, we should have just killed her in the first place. Wolf: Would have been a waste. A waste just to kill her. Wolf: When I came across her stumbling along the road that night, I was so happy I could have cried. Matthew: That night? The night of the 24th? Wolf: Hey kid, what does it matter now, anyway? Both you and her are going to be dead in a minute. Bonehead: As soon as I put a match to this gasoline, you two will be burned up along with this warehouse. Matthew pulls his gun on Bonehead. Matthew: Stop! Wolf: c.Ah! Bonehead: Hey, this kid's pointing a gun at me. Matthew: Give Emma to me! Wolf points his own gun at Emma. Wolf: You want her? Emma: Matthew... Matthew: Emma! Bonehead: Throw the gun away! Matthew: Damn it... Bonehead: Wolf, let me handle the kid. Wolf: Do as you wish. Bonehead: I have to pay you back for that stunt you pulled in the hospital. Matthew: c Bonehead: Don't worry, kid, I'll take you on hand-to-hand. Bonehead: Now come at me! They fight, and Matthew wins. Bonehead: Guhhh... Wolf: Hey! What the hell are you doing, losing to a kid?! Bonehead: Gahh... Wolf: You useless idiot! You couldn't kill Isabella, and now this! Bonehead: You shut your face... Wolf: What did you say?! Bonehead: Shut up... just shut up! Wolf: Say it one more time. I dare you. Bonehead: I said shut up! Bonehead: If you had just killed her in the beginning, none of this would have happened! Wolf: c Bonehead: This whole thing has been mishandled every step of the way! Bonehead: I knew things were off when that jerk betrayed us... Bonehead: I was the only one who didn't know... Wolf shoots Bonehead. Matthew: ?! Wolf: Shut up. Matthew: c Wolf: Jesus... this is taking up too much time... Wolf: Killing her should be easy... Bonehead lifts his head and shoots Wolf in the shoulder. Wolf: ?! Bastard! Bonehead: Heh... serves you... right... Wolf: You're dead! Eat shit! Wolf shoots Bonehead repeatedly, igniting the gasoline. Matthew: ?! Sirens can be heard outside. Matthew: Morgan? Wolf, continuing to shoot: Bastard! Matthew: Emma! Wolf lifts Emma to her feet. Wolf: This way! Matthew picks up his gun and runs after Wolf and Emma. The entire warehouse is ablaze. Wolf turns and fires at Matthew. Matthew chases Wolf onto the roof, avoiding his gunfire, and the gunfire of his henchman, Black Hand. Matthew: What's wrong? Wolf, gasping, draw his gun on Matthew and pulls the trigger repeatedly. The gun is empty. Wolf: Shit... Matthew: Out of bullets..? Wolf: ...Back! Matthew: ?! Wolf: Stay back! The Epoch... it's wearing off... Quickly.. . Wolf pops a pill. Matthew: ?! Wolf: What's wrong? Didn't you come here to save Emma? Matthew: ?! Wolf: If it weren't for this, I'd have ended up a loser. Wolf: You should get a taste of it too. Then you'd see how wonderful it is. Matthew: I'm not interested in something that'll make me lose myself! Wolf: Yourself? Don't make me laugh! What's a self? Something like that doesn't even exist in this world! Matthew: What are you saying?! I know that I am who I am! Wolf: You don't get to decide who you are. God decides that. Matthew: God? God again!? Who gives a damn?! Wolf: Don't misunderstand me. I'm not talking about the Christian God, or Buddha. I'm talking about the force of nature that controls us all from the shadows! Matthew: I'm not controlled by anybody! I act of my own free will! Wolf: Pitiful... Wolf: He throws a stone, and thinks he can take the credit for making it fly. Wolf: Like a drop of rain falling in the ocean, I can become one with God by taking this. Wolf: Come, then! Just try taking Emma from me! Wolf pulls out a knife, and attacks Matthew. Matthew wins the fight. Wolf: Ugh... Matthew: Emma... Emma: Matthew? Wolf: Give her here! Ugh! Wolf is shot. Wolf: ?! ...You bastard... Emma: Ughh... My... my body... Matthew: Emma! Wolf: Too late for her... she's already addicted to the wonders of God... Matthew: You drugged her! Emma: Matthew... it hurts... Wolf is shot again, and falls off the roof. * Ext. Astin Farm Warehouse Hudson: The fire's almost completely out. Hudson: Wolf and Bonehead's bodies are being transported to Grouver Hospital. Morgan: Got it. Hudson, you head to the hospital, too. I'm concerned about Emma. Matthew is talking to a nurse oustide Dennis's. Morgan walks up. Morgan: Are you all right? Matthew: Yeah... I'm more worried about Emma. Morgan: James is taking her to the hospital right now. No need to worry. Matthew: James is taking her? Morgan: Yes, he says her condition isn't life-threatening. Matthew: I see... Winona: Matthew! Matthew: ...Winona.... Winona: Oh, thank goodness... Morgan: I can't believe you got out of that without a scratch on you. Matthew: I thought I was done for at the end, there. Matthew: If you hadn't shot Wolf, I'm not sure we would have made it. Morgan: Shot him? I didn't shoot anyone. Matthew: Huh?! Then, Hudson or somebody? Morgan: None of us shot anyone. There's been no reports of that. Matthew: But at the end, Wolf was definitely shot. And he said, "You bastard"... Matthew: What if he's got another accomplice?! Morgan: Really? Matthew: I'm worried about Emma! We have to get to the hospital... Ouch! Winona: Matthew! What's wrong?! Morgan: Don't stress yourself. I sent Hudson to the hospital. Matthew: c The deputy runs up. Deputy: Sheriff! Morgan: What is it? Deputy: We just got a call from Hudson at the hospital... the ambulance never arrived... Morgan: What?! Winona: ?! Matthew: Emma and James must be in trouble! Morgan: All right... I'm heading to the hospital! Morgan drives off. Matthew inner monologue: So... where is the ambulance Emma was riding in...? Not... the ritual... Barrows Forest! It's got to be there! * Ext. Barrows Forest Cohen: Matthew?! Matthew: Cohen! Why are you here?! Cohen: I've got a real bad feeling! The forest feels wrong! Matthew: I think Emma is here somewhere! Cohen: What?! Then... the ritual?! Matthew: We have to find her now! Cohen: The big tree! If anyone's gonna be doing the ritual, that's where they'd do it! Matthew: Let's go! The two find Emma collapsed underneath the big tree. Matthew: ?! Emma! Matthew: Emma! Wake up! Cohen: It's all right! She's just unconscious. Cohen: It seems we've prevented the worst-case scenario. Matthew: Who was trying to do the ritual?! Cohen is suddenly shot. Matthew: ?! Voice: You weren't part of my plan. Matthew: You... No... James?! James pops an Epoch pill, grunting. Matthew: ?! Matthew: You were... going to do the ritual... James: That's right, detective! I'm the bad guy! I'm the one who synthesised this drug for use in the ritual. Matthew: No! Then... James: Yeah, I'm the one who sold it to Wolf. Matthew: But why... you helped me so often... James: I did, didn't I? See, I was actually also looking for Emma, myself. Matthew: What do you want with her?! James: That day, we all came here together to perform the ritual. James: But then, in an unbelievable stroke of bad luck, we were attacked by a bear. I barely escaped with my life. Matthew: That wound on the back of your neck! James: Yes, that's where the bear slashed me. That's when I lost sight of Emma. I never thought that Wolf of all people would betray me. Look how I've suffered due to that oversight. Matthew: Wolf betrayed you...? So, it was you who shot him on the roof?! James: He was an idiot. He held Emma prisoner, and hid it from me. Matthew: Why do the ritual...? James: Hey, hey. Don't misunderstand, now. It's not like I forced Emma or Kathy into anything. I was simply trying to save them, two such weak girls who weren't strong enough to face up to the harsh realities of life. Emma in particular said she'd be delighted to join in my plan. Of course, I was really only in it for the eternal life. Matthew: You fool! What's the point of something like that?! Did you really think you'd actually be able to get eternal life?! James: Hmm, who knows... Matthew: Then, why?! James: You just don't get it. It's human nature to want to experience the unknown. Matthew: You know Cougar ended up with nothing! James: Cougar's flesh may have died, but his mission was passed down to me. "Eternity is truth!" James: Our entire lives are but a speck of dust, compared to the history of the universe... James: We humans live our whole lives with a curiosity that can never be satisfied... James: I want to know... everything, everything to do with this world. Life is so short... Matthew: So you were willing to risk both Emma and Kathy's lives just for that? James: Who cares if they live or not? Neither of them had any strong reason for living. Matthew: How can you say that...? James: Enough talking. How about handing it over? Matthew: What? James: The Priest's necklace. I was waiting for you to show up and bring it to me. Matthew: c James: You want to say something? Matthew: I could destroy it. James: Don't be a fool! Hurry up and hand it over! Matthew: You could shoot me, but it would still be destroyed. James: ...What are you gonna do? Matthew: I'm taking Emma, and we're going home! James: ...I guess you got me. Matthew: Emma... James shoots Matthew in the arm. James: Did you forget how sound my marksmanship is already? It was easy as pie for me to shoot you in just your right arm. Matthew: Guhhh! James: Well, then, Mr. Detective... James: Aagh! Cohen lifts his head and shoots James. Emma awakens and screams. Matthew: Emma! Emma turns and runs away. Matthew: Emma! James: Emma! Shit! The effects must have worn off! James begins to run after Emma. James: Wait! Cohen: Matthew... Matthew: Cohen! Matthew: Are you all right? Cohen: Take my gun! Cohen: You can't let him perform the ritual... Matthew take his gun and runs to the waterfall, where Emma is crouched down. Matthew: Emma! Emma: Matthew... Matthew: Are you all right? Emma: Matthew, I... I don't know where I belong in this life... Emma: I was so afraid... Matthew: Emma... Matthew: You don't have to say anything right now... James is lying on the snowy ground near the riverbank, gasping. James: Epoch... it's... Matthew: What's wrong? James gets to his feet, panting. James: I made it too strong... James pops another pill. Matthew: James...? James turns around, a maniacal look on his face. James: Hahahaha! James: This drug, man... Matthew: ? James: You should try it. You can overcome death with ease. Matthew: That's a hallucination. ALL humans WILL die! James: Die?! What's the point of dying?! When you die, whoever you are, that gets lost! It's the same as if you'd never even existed at all! Matthew: No, you're wrong! James pops another pill. James: Humans are tools for experiments! James: Take a good look at me! James: Don't you dare see me as a human! James: You're not looking at a human, but a concentration of pure instinct! James: Not going to protect yourself...? James: I will consume you! They both shoot at the same moment. James falls backwards into the river. Matthew crumples into the snow. Matthew rolls onto his back and looks up at the night sky, and the full moon above. "Eternal" plays over the ending credits, as a blue glow spreads out from the moon. Several scenes play behind the ending credits, showing what happened next. Morgan drives up to Grouver Hospital in his sheriff's cruiser, and gets out. In the next scene, he walks into a hospital room where Matthew is sitting in bed in a hospital gown, talking to Winona who is sitting beside him. Doctor Samuel is seen speaking to Emma's parents by the nurse's station. Emma's mother shakes his hand. Captain Nozz is seen showing Rolein some of his fighting moves in the diner. Isabella is seen leaving her apartment building and shaking hands with Mary Lou. Carrying a bag, she gets into a dark car and drives away. Cohen stands in front of the Mizzurna Falls waterfall for a few moments, then turns and walks away. THE END Bad Ending: At the end of the final day, Matthew receives a phone call. Matthew: Hello? Morgan: Matthew? Matthew: Yes, Morgan? Morgan: Where are you now? Matthew: What do you mean... what's happened? Morgan: We... we found Emma. Matthew: ?! Emma is...?! Matthew: Is Emma all right?! Morgan: Can you just come to Barrows Forest, right now? Matthew: Yes! I'll be right there! Emma is shown lying against a black screen. Text reads: December 31st, 11:41 pm, Emma's dead body was discovered in Barrows Forest. Time of death: 11:30 pm. According to Morgan, she was discovered collapsed against the big tree, her expression peaceful. The post-mortem revealed that, prior to her death, she had taken a drug with hallucinogenic properties. Her neck showed signs of strangulation. The state police are treating her death as a homicide and have requested the intervention of the FBI. Emma was alive the whole time, but I wasn't able to save her... Who could have strangled her? Now I feel like everything I tried to do was pointless... I wish I could go back to the 24th again... to the last time I felt her close to me... The credits roll over an instrumental of "Eternal" and a black screen. Finally, text reads: ...TRY AGAIN Game Script complete. Visit me at projectmizzurna.tumblr.com This English version of the Japanese script for the 1998 Human Entertainment game "Mizzurna Falls" has been translated from the original Japanese by ResidentEevee. This game has never been localised and exists only in its original Japanese format. Please credit the translator when quoting from this script. Please do not use this content without permission, reproduce it, or falsely claim credit for it.