Strange Paradise: Episode 125
- *Strange Paradise: Episode 125*
*Episode 125a: Slideshow: http://tinyurl.com/2bleck*
*Episode 125b: Slideshow: http://tinyurl.com/2g2app*
Laslo: Night at Desmond Hall and lightening strikes the sky over the Great
House. For a violent storm is in progress. Inside the house the Master of
Desmond Hall Jean Paul is sleepless as the storm continues. He has just
learned of a strange legend. The legend of the Egyptian Key that may for
some who try to use it may be cursed. He believes his brother may be a
victim of the curse and before the night is out it may claim another victim.
For the terror of this night has not yet ended."
Jean Paul sits up in his bed, getting up he starts pacing the floor. Walking
to the window he looks out. Raxl rushes into his room. "I couldn't find
him." "Raxl have you searched everywhere?" Jean Paul asks as he walks up to
her. "Everywhere. The house, the gardens. I couldn't find him
where can he be?"
"We both know where he went you as well as I." "You don't know that and
neither do I." Jean Paul says to her. "He went down to the caves. The caves
that exist beneath this house. He went to find the Egyptian Key." Raxl says
"Raxl why would he go there? He was afraid of the key. Now you saw his face
when we showed him the picture. He was terrified." Jean Paul says as he
turns from Raxl. "He did not go down to the caves voluntarily. Spirits from
those long dead called out to him. And he could not resist their
the secret panel. There was no passage way there. It was blocked with a
solid brick wall."
"The wall exists for you and for the others who should not go down into the
caves. But for those who are beckoned there they can enter through the
Jean Paul turns away. "Tonight I've heard enough of your superstitions." "You
believe the legend of the key. I warned you not to believe it. I persuaded
you to forget it." "Why did you warn me when you believe it yourself?" "I
was afraid you might try to find it." Raxl says as she glances away from
Jean Paul. Jean Paul nods. "And if I did?" "If you used it you would die."
"And Quito?" "If Quito even touches it he will die."
Quito leans against a door sealed with the Egyptian Key.
Jean Paul looks at Raxl. "If I use the key I would die." "If you pass
through the door it will close behind you. You'll be trapped there. You
could not return to this world." Raxl says to him. "Why?" "You are
cursed." "The Mark of Death." he says as he walks around the room. "Yes.
Only the pure in heart can go to the world beyond the door and return again.
That is the most important part of the legend for those that seek the room.
"What is this room?" "It's called the room of eternal peace. Those that
find it and return bring back the secret of eternal happiness." "And you
think that Philip went there?" Jean Paul asks. "Yes. I believe he did. That
is why he showed you the key and showed the picture of the key to
you believe he is trapped in that room?" "Yes, trapped between life and
death. Trapped between this world and the next." "Supposing you are right.
Why couldn't he return?" Jean Paul asks as he walks across the room and sits
on the edge of the bed. "Because he was not pure of heart." "My brother
was never an evil man." "No but he was not innocent either. He was
ambitious; he wanted power and wealth even more than he already had. Those
that seek the room for that reason find themselves trapped there." "Who can
free Philip?" "Not you, not Quito. Perhaps no one." "You said that if
Quito touched that key if he only touched it he would die." "Yes he would
die as soon as it left his possession." "And yet the same thing would not
happen to me?" "No." "Why not?" "You are an ordinary man. Quito is not.
You know what Quito is." Jean Paul stands. "Yes, yes I know." "One of us.
One of those initiated on the Island. If he touches the key the powers that
protect him will leave him. And he will become an ordinary man again." "Then
he would die." "The years would sweep over him like a tidal wave. And he
would die a slow and painful death. If he even touches that key."
At the doorway in the caves Quito reaches out for the key. He pulls it free
then holds it. His hands start shaking and he silently screams. Raxl
clutches her throat. "Quito!" she whispers. Jean Paul rushes to Raxl and
holds her. "Raxl what is it?" "Something is happening to Quito. I can feel
it." She grips Jean Paul's hand." "Master he has touched the key." She says
as she holds her neck with one hand and Jean Paul's hand with the other. "Raxl
how do you know what is happening to Quito?" "We both participated in the
secret ceremony on the Island. We're bound together as long as we both
live." Raxl says weakly. "What can we do?" "Nothing, we can do nothing for
Quito now. He is doomed."
Quito clutches his throat as he tries to breath and in agony he holds the
key with his other hand. He stumbles away from the door.
Raxl lowers her hand. "It's better now." "Are you all right?" Jean Paul
asks as he holds her. "Yes, yes and so is Quito. For now he's still alive."
"If he is in the caves Raxl perhaps he returned without bringing the key." "Oh
no. No he has the key. I felt it the moment he touched it. I felt as though
it had touched me."
"You mean he won't die as long as he's in possession of it?" "Yes, he will
not die unless he gives someone else the key." Jean Paul looks away. "We've
got to find him. But where?"
Laslo enters the mansion and shakes the water from his umbrella. He hangs it
up with his coat and walks through the foyer and opens the Drawing Room
Jean Paul paces back and forth in his room. Raxl stands and watches him.
Entering the Drawing Room Laslo starts to pour himself a drink when he hears
a noise from the foyer. He sets the decanter down and walks into the foyer.
He watches as Quito climbs out of the secret passage to the caves. "Quito?
What the devil. What is that?" Laslo asks looking at the key in Quito's
hand. Quito walks to Laslo and places it in his hand. "Why do you want to
give it to me?" Quito moves away from Laslo and steps up on the staircase
and collapses. Laslo walks over to him and checks for a heartbeat. "Dead."
He glances up the staircase then looks at the key in his hand, then puts it
in his pocket. "Jean Paul! Ada! Cort!" Laslo calls out as he looks at Quito.
Laslo, Holly and Cort sit in the Drawing Room. Cort stands as Jean Paul
walks in. "I've made all the arrangements. He'll be buried in the morning."
"I still can't believe it." Holly says sadly. "Death is always a shock
especially when it's unexpected." Laslo says. "Oh count on stepfather for a
word of wisdom." Cort says as he stands behind Laslo. "Was that necessary?"
Laslo asks him.
"Probably not." Cort answers. "I was just with him a few hours ago and he
seemed fine then." Holly says to Jean Paul. "I never figured him to die of
a heart attack. He always seemed as strong as an ox." Cort says. "Well it
was. You heard the doctor." Laslo says to Cort. "Laslo?" Jean Paul calls
out to him. "Yes."
"How did he die? Will you tell me once again." "Well of course. I heard
somebody in the foyer and I went out and there was Quito. He stumbled past
me and fell on the steps. I examined him and found him dead." Laslo says as
he looks at Jean Paul. "Where was he coming from?" "I assumed from the
outside. I don't know. Does it matter?" "No perhaps not. Did he try to make
any sign to you? Did he try to tell you something?" Jean Paul asks. "No,
why? Quito died of natural causes didn't he?" "Yes." "Then why all the
questions? It's seems as if you suspect something." "Oh no not at all. I
suppose the questions aren't really necessary." "I can understand your
concern. He was with you a long time." Jean Paul turns away. "All my life."
Holly stands and touches his arm. "I'll miss him too Jean Paul." She says as
she lays her head against his arm. "You know that I loved him and I think in
a way he loved me too." Jean Paul turns and holds Holly. "Of course he
did." He reaches for her hands. "Well I'll go upstairs now. Holly it's
getting late you should be in bed too." "No I'm not tired. I couldn't
sleep. I just want to sit near the fire for a while." "As you like.
Goodnight." He says as he releases Holly's hands. "Goodnight." Holly says
as Jean Paul walks out of the room. Thunder crashes as Holly hugs her arms
around her middle. "Oh listen to that thunder." Cort walks up behind her.
"Does it frighten you?" "I don't feel safe anymore." Holly says to
of the thunder?" Holly shakes her head. "No because of Quito. Because of
the things that are happening around here." Laslo looks up at her. "You're
perfectly safe my dear." "I don't feel that. I don't know why. But I don't
feel safe at all."
Raxl waits for Jean Paul as she stands in front of the window in Jean Paul's
room. Jean Paul walks in and Raxl rushes to him. "I've been waiting for you
Master." "I knew you would be. I didn't expect to find you down there with
the others." "Did you search his pockets?" "Yes as soon as the doctor
left." "And?" Raxl asks. "I found nothing." "Not even something that
resembled the key?" "I found nothing. Nothing at all." Jean Paul says as he
walks away from Raxl. "But he went down to the caves for the key. I know
that. And that's how he died." "I believe that and I also believe that he
didn't die from natural causes." "But he couldn't come back from the caves
without the key." Raxl says. "Yes I believe that too, but the key is gone."
"Then he must have given it to someone else."
"Who?" Jean Paul asks. "Do you know who was with him when he died?"
"Laslo." "Yes." Raxl looks away. "Laslo Thaxton." "Yes but why would he
lie to me? I simply asked him the question and he didn't say anything about
"No he's a devious man Master. You know that as well as I do." "Okay, yes
but he would have no reason to lie. He knows nothing about it. He would have
no reason." "Oh perhaps he has a reason we do not know about." Raxl says to
Jean Paul. "What?" "Oh I can't say. I only know I do not trust Laslo
Holly stands next to the fireplace as Laslo walks up to her. "Holly you look
exhausted. Why don't you go to bed?" Holly turns and looks at him. "I
suppose I should." "Try to get some rest. It's very late." Holly nods and
starts to walk across the room. Cort stands. "Can I get you something?
Something to make you sleep." Tiredly Holly turns and looks at him. "No
thank you Cort." "Why do you look at me that way?" "You can be
considerate." "Is that such a big surprise?"
Holly smiles. "Not really." She turns to walk away then glances back at
Cort. "Cort you know a lot about the secret room upstairs. Maybe you can
tell me something." "What?" Cort asks. "Do you know anything about an
Egyptian Key?" "Egyptian Key?" Laslo has been facing the fireplace when he
hears Holly mention the key. He turns and looks at her. "That's what it's
called. It doesn't look like a key really. It's flat and shaped like a cross
and sort of rounded at the top." Cort shakes his head. "I've never heard of
it." "I thought you might have." Holly says to him then turns away. Laslo
steps forward. "What is this key Holly?"
Holly looks at Laslo. "It's part of an ancient legend. It�s supposed to have
special powers. I saw a picture of it tonight." "Oh where?" Laslo asks. "In
a book on the shelf in the secret room." "Do you know anything more about
the legend?" "Well the key is called the Key of Promise. It opens the door
to another world where all wishes can come true." "How fascinating." Laslo
tells her. "It is. I wish I knew more about it." "We must find this book
someday. Well goodnight Holly." "Goodnight." Holly says to Laslo then walks
out of the room. "You seem very interested in Holly's legend." Cort says to
Laslo. "It's a very interesting legend. Highly romantic of course but then
legends often are." "I didn't know you were so interested in mythology." "I'm
not really. I think I'll go to bed now. Goodnight.� Laslo says to
Cort says as he takes a few steps forward. Coming to a decision he walks out
of the Drawing Room.
Laslo enters Philip's secret room carrying a candle for light. Walking to
the bookcase he sets the candle down and starts looking through the
Cort calls from the doorway. Laslo turns. "What are you doing here?" "I
could ask you the same question. I thought you were going to bed." Cort says
with a laugh. "I'm not tired. I decided to try to find the book that Holly
mentioned." "Ah I didn't think you were particularly interested in the
book." "I'm not. I was just trying to find something to read that's
you expect me to believe that?" "Why shouldn't you believe it?" "Well it
must be very important because you wouldn't come into this room. It
terrifies you because you almost died here." "I am not afraid." "Oh all
this bravery for a book. It must be very interesting." "Cort do you follow
me around for the express purpose of annoying me?" "I'm following you
because I'm curious. I still am. What are you up to?" "I'm not up to
"I know you better than that Laslo. Now what are you going to do? What are
you up to?" "Nothing. Now you go to your room. I'm tired of arguing with
you." Laslo tells him. "I don't want to argue. Now what are you doing
here?" "I'm trying to find a book. Which I will do right now." Laslo tells
him as he turns towards the bookcase. "Well go ahead. Don't let me stop
you." "I won't." Cort glances up. "Laslo behind you!" "What?" "Look
behind you!" Laslo turns around. A snake is moving in the bricks above
Laslo's head slithering towards him. "Kill it! Kill it!" Laslo shouts as he
raises his arm to protect his head and reaches his other hand into his
pocket and pulls out the key rising up. Cort watches as the snake drops
onto the table and moves around the jars then drops to the floor where it
glides out of sight. "It's gone." Laslo lowers his hands. "It's
that in your hand?" Cort ask as he takes it from Laslo's hand and looks at
it. "The key Holly was talking about. The key from her legend." "Yes."
Laslo says as he looks across the room in fear. "Where did you get it? And
this time tell me the truth."
"I got it from Quito. Just before he died he came out of the secret panel
leading to the caves. He stumbled towards me and pressed that key into my
hand. And then he died and that's the truth." Laslo says as his hands shake
in fear. "Why didn't you tell people you had this key? Why didn't you tell
them Quito came out of the secret panel?" Cort asks. "Some instinct told me
not to." "Instincts of a scavenger." Cort says as he turns away. "I
thought I stumbled on something, something important." Cort looks at the
key. "This key must have some kind of power. It made the snake back away and
disappear. It's power must be stronger than the snakes." "I came here to
find out what power it has." "Well we're finally getting to the truth."
Cort says as he looks at Laslo. Laslo steps closer to Cort. "You mustn't
tell anyone about this." "I mustn't?" "Cort I want to make a bargain with
you." "What kind of bargain?" "I'll share it. What ever power it has I'll
share with you.' "And what do I give you in return?" "Silence naturally."
"Naturally. Well let me think about that." "What's there to think
smiles. "Well I don't know if I want to bargain with you." "Well you have
nothing to lose. You might gain a great deal." "I'll admit I am curious."
Cort says with a grin. "Then cooperate with me. You have no reason to tell
the others what we know." "All right stepfather. I'll keep your little
secret for the time being."
Jean Paul sits on the edge of his bed as Raxl walks up to him. "Quito!" Raxl
says. "What is it?" Jean Paul asks. "Master, Quito is very near. His
spirit, his spirit is near." "In this room?" asks Jean Paul. "Yes he's
trying to reach us. He's trying to contact us. There's something he wants us
to know." Thunder crashes. Raxl and Jean Paul glance at the window. Raxl
walks over to the mirror. Jean Paul stands and follows her standing behind
her. "Quito return to us. Speak, speak to us from beyond the grave. Tell us
what we must know. Hear my voice Quito and return, return." Quito's
reflection appears in the mirror. "Quito!" Jean Paul says. "Tell us what we
must know. Did you find the Egyptian Key?" Quito's head falls forward in a
nod. "Did you take it from the Door of Promise? Did you carry it through
the caves?" Again Quito's head falls forward in a nod. "Did you give it to
somebody before you died? Did you give it to Laslo Thaxton?" Quito nods
then his reflection fades away. "So he has told us what we need to know.
Laslo Thaxton has the key." Raxl says to Jean Paul. Angrily Jean Paul walks
out of the room.
Summary by Debby Graham & Slideshow by Ron Janick
Ron and The Boston Babes:
Bella & Daisy
"God is great, beer is good,
and people are crazy."
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