Strange Paradise: Episode 81
- *Strange Paradise: Episode 81*
* Episode 81: Slideshow**: http://tinyurl.com/y79c4n*
Raxl: "Desmond Hall sitting high on the cliffs among rushing rivers. And
beneath the house itself winding caves leading deep into the earth. Caves
which the Desmond family tried to seal up long ago. For in their dark
passages are secrets which endanger anyone who enters. This night at Desmond
Hall a door has opened and the voice of Philip Desmond has offered an
"Come to me Holly. Enter through the doorway and descend to me. I won't hurt
you Holly, not anymore." Philip's voice says from the opening under the
staircase. Holly stands and looks at the opening. "Cold. It's so cold." Her
teeth are chattering, "Yes but you'll set me free Holly. Out of the
darkness and out of the cold." "No. I want to leave!" Holly backs away
getting upset. "I want to leave this place!" Holly shouts. "Holly!" Jean
Paul calls to her from the staircase. He rushes down the stairs. "Jean
Paul!" Holly cries running to Jean Paul. He holds her in his arms. "Jean
Paul help me please!" Holly starts to cry. "I've got to leave this place
before I go insane!" "Holly? Tell me what is it? What happened?" "The
door, the door!" Holly cries out hiding her face against Jean Paul's jacket.
"What door?" Jean Paul asks. Holly turns around. The panel beneath the
staircase is closed. "I don't see anything. There�s nothing there." Jean
Paul says to her. "Am I losing my mind?" Holly says to herself. "Holly
what frightened you?" Holly looks up at him. "It's all right. I'll protect
you." Holly shakes her head no. "No, he was right. I have to leave Desmond
Hall for your sake and mine. I�ve got to leave Desmond Hall." Jean Paul
looks at Holly. "Who was right? Who told you to leave?" "Philip, Philip
Desmond." Holly says hiding her face against Jean Paul. Jean Paul looks up
with a stunned look on his face. Holding Holly he calls for Raxl. He looks
down at Holly. "Holly? Holly nothing is going to hurt you anymore. Speak to
me." Holly lies against him, her eyes are closed. "Raxl!" Jean Paul
calls. Raxl rushes into the room. "What is it Master?" "Holly has fainted.
Please help me take her to her room will you." Raxl puts her hand on the
side of Holly's face. "Holly. Awaken Miss Holly." Holly opens her eyes.
"Jean Paul." she says quietly. "Raxl." She looks over at the staircase.
"Behind the door. Mustn't go, mustn't go near the door." Holly says getting
upset again. "Holly, Holly listen. You're here, here at Desmond Hall. You
mustn't be afraid." Jean Paul says. "Come with me Miss Holly." Raxl says to
her. Holly pulls away from Jean Paul. "No! I don't want to go with anyone!
I have to leave this place alone!" she says rushing across the foyer. Jean
Paul runs and grabs her. "Holly you're in no fit condition to go anywhere.
Now you must go upstairs to your room." "No! I can't go to my room! He's
there! He pretended to be kind but he hurt me!" "Who hurt you? Who are you
talking about?" "I told you! Philip, Philip Desmond your brother!" "Where
is Mr. Desmond?" Raxl asks. "Has he been here? Has he returned?" Jean Paul
asks lowering his hands. "I don't know where he is! But he spoke to me and
he hurt me!" Jean Paul grips Holly's arm. "Philip wouldn't hurt you He
wouldn't do a thing like that." Holly pulls away from him and rushes over
to the staircase. "Are you telling me I'm crazy?" She turns towards them.
"Do you think I'm losing my mind? Is that it?" Holly cries out. "Holly no."
Jean Paul says to her. "Maybe you're right. Maybe I am. Perhaps I should go
away." Jean Paul walks over to her taking her arm. "Holly, Philip wouldn't
do a thing like that. Philip wouldn't drive anyone away from his house." Holly
looks at Jean Paul. "He did! He said I must tell you, to tell you to send me
away or you will die." "Listen Holly, Raxl will take care of you." "He
did! Jean Paul he said you would die!" Jean Paul stares into Holly's face.
"What else did he say to you? Anything else?" "He said, he said to tell you
not to trust Irene. That she's evil." Holly says looking away from Jean
Paul. "Holly where did he speak to you?" Holly looks at him "In my room ,
in my room! I don't want to see him anymore!" "You saw him. How did he look
when you saw him?" "Very kind at first but then he turned against me. He
became cruel." "Listen Holly, I think it's very important to tell all to
me. You must go upstairs to your room first." Jean Paul says brushing
Holly's hair back with his hand. "Raxl will see that you get upstairs all
right. You must rest." Holly looks at Jean Paul. "Please if I do will you
take me away. Tomorrow?" "We'll see about that tomorrow." Jean Paul says
brushing his hand across Holly's face. "Raxl will you help her upstairs. See
that she gets some sleep." Holly walks to the staircase, Raxl follows her.
"Perhaps we better call a doctor." Jean Paul says. "No. No doctor. �Holly
says as she stops and looks at Jean Paul. "I agree Master. Your doctors
could do no good." Raxl says to Jean Paul. "Come along Miss Holly." Holly
and Raxl walk up the staircase.
Jean Paul walks into the Drawing Room looking around the room. "Philip." He
calls out. "Jean Paul." some one calls from the hallway. Jean Paul turns.
"Oh it's you." he says to Laslo. "I heard a fuss going on." "It was
Holly." Jean Paul tells him. "Holly? I hope she's all right. I warned her
not to leave the house and go looking for you." "She was in this house and
she's very frightened. "Oh. Perhaps I can help." Laslo says. "Perhaps it
is none of your business." "I don't understand." Laslo says. Jean Paul
steps away from Laslo. "Or maybe it is something of interest to you after
all." Jean Paul looks thoughtfully away then turns towards Laslo. "Holly
believes she spoke to my brother." "To Philip?" "Yes, to Philip." "Nonsense.
We both know..." "Know what?" Jean Paul asks. "That Philip is away and
will not return immediately." "That's your story not mine." "You can call
it a story if you like. I call it fact. I've given you proof of that fact."
Laslo says walking away from Jean Paul. "I don't always agree with your
proofs and your facts." Jean Paul says to him. "Have you proof to the
contrary? Have you a theory of your own?" Laslo asks looking back at Jean
Paul. Jean Paul nods. "Yes." He walks towards Laslo. "I'm afraid my brother
is dead." "Dead. Nonsense." "And he was dead when I arrived in this
house." "If your brother had died surely you would have been
not if he had been secretly murdered." "You will regret this. You will
regret this entire conversation." "Laslo why did you turn pale when I said
that Holly spoke to my brother?" Jean Paul asks stepping closer to Laslo. "I
was frightened for the girl. She's a very disturbed young lady. I talked to
her today." Laslo says looking away from Jean Paul. "Very calmly, very
sympathetically. Her conclusion was that I was somehow her enemy." "And
you're not? Is that what you're saying?" "I am no ones enemy. But I have
been treated like an intruder ever since you arrived. You're very fortunate
Jean Paul that I am not a vengeful man. Very fortunate indeed. Now if you
don't mind I will go to my quarters. My wife is also upset because you are
here. You and your friends." Laslo says then walks out of the room. Jean
Paul looks away angrily. He walks to the table then glances around. He
shakes his head then turns off the lights. Walking out of the drawing room
he enters the foyer. He stops and glances around then walks up the staircase
turning the lights off as he heads for his room.
Under the staircase the panel in the wall opens. Quito climbs out of the
passageway. He takes a few stumbling steps and collapses.
Jean Paul is in his room when Raxl enters. "She is sleeping Master." Raxl
says to him. "Perhaps she shouldn't be left alone." Jean Paul says to Raxl.
"She will not waken for many hours I can promise you that." Raxl says
closing the door. "Raxl, why did you say no doctor?" "The girl is not ill.
She is under some spell." "How can you be sure?" Jean Paul asks. "Master I
have known the girl since Maljardin. I remember how easily she fell under
the spell of my Mistress." Jean Paul looks away. "Maljardin has been left
behind." "But the girl remains as she has been. Victim of evil forces." "But
she spoke to Philip. He's no evil force." Jean Paul says walking across the
room. "Dead or alive he's..." Raxl walks over to him touching his arm.
"Master I know this is painful for you but you must not think of your
brother." "I know but wherever he is he's crying out. I know that he needs
my help." "And you forget your own torment. You forget Master that at any
time the Mark of Death could appear again. And all would be lost,
Quito wakes up and pulls himself up the staircase.
"Master forget. Forget all this and leave Desmond Hall. You and I we will
find Quito together and go back to the world where we belong." "I'll never
go back to Maljardin. Ever." Jean Paul says turning away from Raxl and
walking to the bed with his back towards Raxl. "It is our only refuge.
Otherwise I feel the spirit of death upon us all.' Jean Paul sits on the
edge of the bed. Raxl walks to him and kneels next to him. "Master think of
your brother if you must if he is gone forever. But we must leave here now."
There is a light tapping at the door. "Who is it?" Jean Paul says looking at
Raxl. A harder pounding is coming from the door. "Raxl answer the door. I
don't want to be disturbed by anyone." Raxl walks to the door and opens it.
"Master!" Raxl shouts. Jean Paul quickly rushes to the door when he sees
Quito. He grabs his arm. "He's exhausted. Over here, sit down. Sit down."
Jean Paul says as he and Raxl help Quito into the room and to a chair.
"Quito? Quito where were you?" Jean Paul asks. Quito tiredly tries to sign
to Jean Paul pointing to the floor. "Where Quito? Tell us somehow. Where
were you and how did you get back?" Jean Paul looks up at Raxl. "Raxl get
some food and drink as fast as you can. He's in a state of exhaustion." "It's
a sign Master. Quito has returned. It's a sign. We must leave here now while
we are all together!" Raxl says then rushes from the room. Jean Paul bends
over Quito's chair. "Quito I know you're exhausted and I know you can't
speak but somehow you've got to show me where you have been. What happened?"
Quito touches his fingers and opens his hand. "What's that?" Jean Paul
asks. He picks up a chain from Quito's hand. "This is Holly's locket. How
did you get it? What happened to it?" Quito looks at his other hand and
opens it. Jean Paul looks down and picks up a bolt. "A bolt? It's all
rusted and old." He looks at it. "It's been shattered." Quito starts
sobbing. "Quito did you break this? Did you have to break this in order for
you to escape from where you were?" Jean Paul asks as he watches Quito cover
his face with his hands. Jean Paul puts his arm around Quito's shoulder.
"Quito, Quito you're crying. I've never seen you weep before. What it that
made you weep? What have you seen?" Raxl walks in with a tray. "Raxl he's
seen something terrible. Something pitiable to make him weep like this." Raxl
brings Quito a drink. She takes his hand and puts the cup in it, then she
puts her arm around his shoulder. "Perhaps he was pursued by some of the
townspeople." Jean Paul says then stands. "Or perhaps..." He looks at the
bolt then walks to the window. Jean Paul turns towards Quito. "The caves.
The caves along the river. This is the kind of bolt that seals the entrance
to those caves. It's rusted because of the high water tide from the river."
He looks at the bolt as he walks towards Quito and Raxl. "But it's broken.
Quito indicated that it was down." Jean Paul points at the floor. "Down in
the caves. Quito? The caves, were you lost in the caves?" Jean Paul looks
down at him. Raxl pats Quito's back. "You're safe now." Quito looks up at
Jean Paul and nods. "How did you get to the caves? How did you get in?
Those entrances are sealed." Quito shakes his head no. "No? Then how did
you get in? How did you get there?" Quito shows him the sign for swim. "You
swam? You swam the river? Were you pursued by someone?" Quito hunches down
not looking at Jean Paul. "Quito how?" Jean Paul asks. Quito covers his
face looking down as he sobs. Jean Paul kneels next to him. "Quito did you
find a secret entrance or a forgotten entrance?" Quito looks away from Jean
Paul and looks at Raxl. "He doesn't remember." Raxl says. "Quito how did
you escape from there?" Jean Paul asks. "Wait a minute, his cloths are dry.
You swam there but how did you escape Quito?" Quito looks at Raxl. He opens
his mouth then puts his fingers near his mouth. "Where did you go?" Jean
Paul asks him. Raxl stands. "Master he doesn't know. He's weary. Let me
take him to his room." "Yes. Yes make sure he keeps warm." Jean Paul stands
with Quito. Raxl and Quito leave the room as Jean Paul stands and looks at
the bolt. He walks forward. "This bolt. What could he have seen that made
him tear an iron bolt from the wall? Quito is powerful. What could have
caused him to be so afraid? To weep? What awful thing exists in the black
caves under Desmond Hall?"
In Irene's cottage. "Philip's voice. That�s what he said." Laslo says to
Irene. "I think he believes the girl." "Philip couldn't possibly?" Irene
says. Laslo lowers his tea cup. "I�m not concerned with Philip Desmond.
What is important to us now is what Jean Paul believes." "I wouldn't worry
about Jean Paul. He's manageable believe me." "There is another thing I
forgot to mention. Another small matter, Jean Paul thinks his brother was
murdered." Irene stands. "Murder you say." Laslo sips from the tea cup.
"Does the word offend you?" Irene walks to the fireplace. "How could he
think, unless, unless." She sets her cup on the mantle and looks at Laslo.
"He connected you somehow with the murder." "Why me my dear Irene? Do I
have the aura of a murderer? Surely not." "I know you Laslo, I shared your
life. What ever your aura may be I know you�re capable of almost anything.
And if Philip is found." "Be quiet. Don't say that." Laslo says looking
away from Irene. "A little jittery tonight aren't we. At least you are."
Irene says with a smile. "But I'm not afraid Laslo. I am pleased that you
told me about Holly and the so called voice of Philip Desmond. There has
been interference, I told you that." Irene says walking across the room.
"Just when I have her under my influence she withdraws or laughs at me. This
will end. It will end." "Leave her alone. I told you I will take care of
her." "And I told you I heard the voice of Philip Desmond ordering me to
stay away from Holly." Irene walks over to Laslo. "But that no longer
frightens me. What makes you think you do?" Irene asks walking away. Laslo
glances back at Irene. "Where are you going?" "To Holly." "Irene I have
warned you, you will ruin the plot." "I will not ruin anything but I will
destroy the voice of Philip Desmond!" Irene says grabbing her coat.
At Desmond Hall somebody is pounding on the door. Raxl answers it. "Who is
it?" she says against the closed door. "A gentleman." "What do you want?"
Raxl asks. "I want to see Mr. Jean Paul Desmond." "He's asleep." "What is
it Raxl?" Jean Paul asks from the staircase. "A man to see you." "Well let
him in." "Master it is the middle of the night." Raxl looks at Jean
him in." Raxl open the door and holds it open for the visitor. An older man
walks in. "Jean Paul Desmond?" "Yes." "Lucky you let me in. I have others
out there who would have come to help me knock the door down if you didn't
open it." "Who are you? What do you want?" Jean Paul asks. "I told your
servant here I am a gentleman. The Desmonds aren't the only gentlemen around
here in these parts." "Agreed. But what do you want?" "I want your
servant. The big strong one that can't talk." "Quito." Raxl says. "He
isn't here." "We think he is." He tries to walk past Jean Paul. Jean Paul
stops him with his hand. "I tell you he isn't here. He disappeared and
hasn't yet been found. Now will you kindly leave or should I call the
police?" "We can't wait for the police. That's why I'm here. Your servant
with the funny name is a murderer." "That is not true." "We saw him around
town the night the girl was killed. Big boot prints in the sand near the
spot she was thrown in the river." Jean Paul turns away from him. "Well I
suggest you let the police decide how the girl died." "Didn't I see you
around there too?" Jean Paul stares straight ahead, then looks at the
visitor. "Walking alone around the dock. Yes I remember the face now." Jean
Paul looks at him. "Leave my house now." "Maybe I will. But the police are
going to find out what I just remembered." "Get out!" Jean Paul shouts. "Are
you afraid of the police? Well they will be here but not for the reason you
want Mister. He walks to the door as Raxl holds it open. He glances back at
Jean Paul. "If they won't come we will. And the next time we will be
carrying torches." He walks out the door. Raxl closes the door and walks
over to Jean Paul. "You heard, you've been seen." Jean Paul turns away
angrily. "That hardly seems extraordinary Raxl. After all I did kill the
girl! Well when should we expect the police? Tonight or in the morning!" "Hear
me Master. Now is the time. Now we must get away." "Leave! Leave my dear
dead brother who has spoken to everyone except me!" Angrily Jean Paul rushes
to the Drawing Room, throwing the door open. "Philip! Philip where are you!
Speak to me! Because of you I have to remain here! Because of you I have
murdered! Speak to me!" Jean Paul shouts.
Irene stands in the in the foyer listening to Jean Paul.
Summary by Debby Graham & Slideshow by Ron Janick
Ron and The Boston Babes:
Bella & Daisy
"God is great, beer is good,
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