Episode Seventeen: Circus

By Dean5339

Part One

 



Premise:

Inspired by a true story!!!

Main song: SO HAPPY TOGETHER by The Rolling Stones

Similar to: Thriller horror along the lines of the Hannibal Lector series

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EXT. MEADOWS ROAD- AFTERNOON (PAINT IT BLACK BY THE ROLLING STONES) BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS

We TRACK a police car driving down the road. Over the radio plays PAINT IT BLACK BY THE ROLLING STONES.

INT. POLICE CAR

BRIAN MARCUS, roughly 30 years old, is at the wheel.

EXT. MEADOWS FOREST

We FOLLOW a small boy, STEVE HIGGINS, around seven years old, badly bruised, muddy shirt and torn jeans. Steve rests his hand on a tree and continues. We see a BLOODY HANDPRINT on the tree.

INT. POLICE CAR

WALKIE-TALKIE (O.C.)
Requesting immediate back up at Smiths and Loan Bank.

Brian looks down and picks up the walkie-talkie. He looks back up.

POV. BRIAN

Steve limps out into the middle of the road.

EXT. MEADOWS ROAD

Steve looks towards the police car, mouth agape. Fear struck.

INT. POLICE CAR

Brian SLAMS on the brakes. The police car comes to a screeching HALT. Brian quickly gets out of his police car.

EXT. MEADOWS ROAD

And approaches Steve. He bends down to his level.

BRIAN
What happened?

No answer

BRIAN
Where’s your parents? Did they do this to you?

No answer. Brian nods.

BRIAN
Come on.

Brian looks back and forth, frightened. Brian helps Steve into the back seat of the police car. Brian looks around. No one in sight. He gets back into the car and drives off.

SUPERNATURAL: CIRCUS

EXT. EMPTY ROAD (MOTHER SAYS BY JOE WALSH)

We TRACK the Chevy Impala driving down the road.

INT. IMPALA

Dean is at the wheel. Sam sits in the passenger seat reading over a local newspaper. Dean looks over towards him.

DEAN
Find something?

Sam shrugs, obviously disturbed.

SAM
I don’t know.

DEAN
What do you mean you don’t know?

SAM
Well… over the past couple of weeks children have been mysteriously disappearing, gone without a trace. The police haven’t been able to find any leads, except for one.

Dean looks towards Sam, eyebrow raised.

DEAN
What does it say?

SAM
Nothing. That’s the problem. Ever since the police picked the kid up, he’s been a mute. Hasn’t uttered a single word. He was scared into submission.
(beat)
I think we should check it out Dean. I mean, something’s happening man. And monster or not- it’s big. Anything we could do. I mean, it’s preying on children.

Dean nods

DEAN
Yeah. Might not be our usual gig, but definitely is something we should check out anyways. Dad would agree. Where are they keeping him? This kid?

Sam searches the article

SAM
Um… the district off of North.

Dean shrugs and nods

DEAN
Why don’t you say we try to go speak to him Officer Paradise?

Sam laughs and shakes his head no. He nods and smiles. He looks out the window.

EXT. IMPALA

We see the Impala drive off into the distance.

FADE TO:
INT. BOSTON POLICE STATION- ENTRANCE


Dean and Sam enter the police station. They approach the receptionist, they take out police badges. Dean Moriarty and Sal Paradise.

DEAN
Hey, I’m Officer Moriarty and this is my partner Officer Paradise. We heard that you have Steve Higgins being held here for the time being?

The receptionist checks her systems. Brian enters the frame and looks towards the brothers.

BRIAN
District 2A send you boys over?

Dean nods and grins

DEAN
Exactly.

Brian nods

BRIAN
Follow me.

Dean and Sam follow Brian down the hallway.

INT. BOSTON POLICE STATION - HALLWAYS

BRIAN
I was wondering when you guys would show up.

DEAN
Late, yeah I know. The original guys assigned to the case came down with the flu. So, do you have Steve here now?

Brian shakes his head no.

BRIAN
But, I can tell you where he lives.

Dean looks towards Sam, they nod.

BRIAN
Don’t know what you guys are going to be able to get out of him though.

They enter a file room.

INT. BOSTON POLICE STATION - FILE ROOM

Brian walks over towards a file cabinet and opens the third drawer. He searches through.

BRIAN
Ever since… well you know, he hasn’t been saying a word. Poor kid.
(beat)
I was the one that found him.

Dean raises his eyebrow

DEAN
Where did you find him?

BRIAN
You know that forest out by Meadows road?

DEAN
Yeah

BRIAN
I was driving home from the job. All of a sudden I see him wandering through the road. Bleeding. Bruised up pretty bad. I got out of my car, asked him what happened. He wouldn’t speak. It took us a while just to find the mother.
(beat)
I’m telling you. If I ever find the guy responsible. He’s going to wish he never touched a hair on that kid.

Dean nods as Brian hands him the file

BRIAN
Here, this is everything we have on him.

Dean looks it over

DEAN
220 Havenbrook.

Brian nods

BRIAN
That’s it.

DEAN
Thank you for your help officer.

BRIAN
No problem, just keep me informed on how the case is coming along.

Dean and Sam nod

DEAN
Not a problem.

They leave the room. Brian shuts the file cabinet drawer.

INT. BOSTON POLICE STATION - HALLWAYS

Dean and Sam walk down the halls.

DEAN
So, that went over well.

Sam nods

DEAN
I’d say- best bet is to go over there and find out anything we can.

They walk off into the distance and we…

FADE TO:
EXT. HIGGINS HOME- AFTERNOON


Dean and Sam approach the small suburban home. Dean rings the doorbell. SANDRA HIGGINS, late 30s, opens the door.

SANDRA
May I help you?

Dean nods and shows her his badge

DEAN
I’m Officer Moriarty, this is my partner Officer Paradise. We’ve come to have a word with your son ma'am. That is, if you don’t mind.

Sandra nods and opens the door.

SANDRA
Stevie, there are a couple of men here to talk to you.

Dean grins as they enter the house.

INT. HIGGINS HOME- STEVE’S ROOM

Dean and Sam sit on the edge of Steve’s bed. Steve stares ahead, lost in space. Sandra leaves the room, tears running down her eyes. Dean looks towards Steve.

DEAN
Hey, I’m Dean. This is Sam. We know what happened. We want to help.

Sam tries to lighten the kid up.

SAM
So, your mother calls you Stevie huh?
(he laughs and nods)
Trust me, I know how if feels. Try being called Sammy your whole life.

Dean shrugs. No response.

DEAN
So, I know what you must have gone through. I want you to know that we’re here for you.

Dean nods, he looks towards Sam. They leave the room.

INT. HIGGINS FAMILY HOME- KITCHEN

Sandra looks towards them, hoping for something- anything. Dean shakes his head no.

SAM
When was the last time that you saw him?

Sandra wipes away her tears

SANDRA
The morning that he disappeared. I…
(wipes away her tears)
I’m sorry.

SAM
It’s ok.

Sam hands her a tissue

SANDRA
Thank you… I was watching him get on the bus.

SAM
Do you know what could have happened to him?

Sandra nods

SANDRA
He was walking home from school. Like he always does. Something happened between the time he left school and the time that he was kidnapped. I… it’s my fault.

Sam shakes his head no

SAM
It’s not your fault, there was nothing you could have done to prevent it from happening.

Sandra nods, wiping her tears away. Dean looks towards Sam, both low in spirits.

FADE TO:
INT. MOTEL


Sam and Dean enter the motel room.

SAM
So, what do you think we’re dealing with?

DEAN
I don’t know. Could be many things. A deranged boogeyman, spirits and monsters have been known to haunt local woods… or it could be something else entirely.

Sam looks towards Dean

DEAN
We could be dealing with a deranged child killer.

Sam nods.

SAM
We have to put a stop to this…

Dean nods

SAM
I mean, think of how many parents out there must be worrying about their sons and daughters. Not knowing what’s happened to them. If they’re ok. Blaming themselves for something that was out of their control.

Dean nods

DEAN
Kind of reminds you of Dad doesn’t it?

Sam nods. He unpacks his suitcase. Sam falls to his knees, screams in agony. Grasps his skull. Dean rushes over to him.

DEAN
Sam!!!

FLASH CUT:
INT. TRUCK (SO HAPPY TOGETHER BY THE BEATLES)


POV. UNKNOWN

We see through the eyes of an unknown man. Driving a white van. The radio tuned to SO HAPPY TOGETHER BY THE BEATLES. We hear THE ENTERTAINER playing in the background. The man stops the truck. The man walks into the middle part of the van- it’s an ice cream truck! The man looks down towards a small boy around 7 years old, MAX.

MAN (O.S.)
Hey there. How are you kid?

Max smiles.

MAN (O.S.)
You want an ice cream?

The man shows the kid an ice cream cone.

MAX
My mom told me not to talk to strangers.

MAN (O.S.)
Come on kid, an ice cream… everybody loves ice cream, especially on a nice sunny day. I’m not a stranger- promise.

Max nods.

MAN (O.S.)
Free of charge, for a special boy like you.

Max smiles.

MAN (O.S.)
I’ll even let you pick the flavor.

Max nods

MAN (O.S.)
All you need to do is come on in and see what we have.

The man opens the door into the ice cream truck. Max innocently enters. The Man GRABS Max. Max SCREAMS and struggles. The Man VIOLENTLY throws Max into the back of the van. Max CRASHES to the floor. Knocked unconscious. The Man shuts the door. He picks up a strip of duck tape and stretches it out. He YANKS it off and approaches Max squirming on the ground.

MAN (O.S.)
Shh… we’re going to have some fun.

The Man tapes Max’s mouth shut. Max’s eyes widen- terrified.

MAN (O.S.)
Let’s be friends.

The Man walks back over to the driver’s seat and starts the ignition. He drives off.

FADE TO:
EXT. ICE CREAM TRUCK


We see the license plate. A7-3235. The Ice Cream truck SPEEDS off as we…

FLASH CUT TO:
INT. MOTEL


Sam’s eyes widen as he gasps, Dean holds tightly onto him.

DEAN
Sam…

Sam looks towards Dean, frightened.

DEAN
What is it? What did you see?

Sam breathes out, furious. He gets up and looks around the room. He tries to clear his head, but he can’t.

DEAN
Sam talk to me man alright! What just happened!!!

Sam looks towards Dean, unable to reply.

DEAN
Sam. Tell me what you saw.

Sam breathes out and nods, still rattled.

SAM
I… I saw through the eyes of a killer.

DEAN
What?

SAM
That person, that man that took Steve. I saw, I experienced everything that he did. Like the two of us merged.

Dean looks towards Sam, terrified but still trying to remain cool.

DEAN
You saw what he saw?

Sam breathes out, paces the room and nods.

SAM
That’s what I’ve been saying for the past minute or so Dean!!!

DEAN
Alright, let’s stay calm. We don’t know…

Sam looks towards Dean.

SAM
What’s happening to me?

DEAN
I… I don’t know, but whatever it is. We’ll handle it. Like we always do.

SAM
But why here? Why now?

DEAN
I don’t know Sam, alright! This whole thing is new to me too!

Sam nods

DEAN
But, right now our top priority is bringing whoever it is that did this to justice.
(beat)
Did you see what he looked like?

Sam shakes his head no

SAM
I saw through his eyes. Everything.

DEAN
What do you remember? Anything that stands out?

Sam looks towards Dean and nods

DEAN
What?

Sam rushes over and grabs a paper and pen.

DEAN
What was it?

SAM
An ice cream truck. He lured this kid onto the truck and took him.

DEAN
When was this? Is it going to happen- or…

Sam looks towards Dean…

SAM
I don’t know.

Dean nods

DEAN
I’d say we need to go back to talk to Steve again. Find out if, whatever you did see, is real or just another nightmare.

Sam nods, unable to catch his breath. Dean sits down on his bed and looks towards Sam. Scared. But, trying to remain calm. He nods.

FADE TO:
INT. HIGGINS FAMILY HOME- STEVE’S BEDROOM


Steve watches Looney Tunes on the television. Dean and Sam enter.

DEAN
Hey, remember us?

Steve looks over towards them.

DEAN
We just need to ask you a question…

Sam takes out a picture of an ice cream truck and shows it to Steve.

DEAN
When you were taken. Is this where you went?

Sandra watches, on the verge of crying. Steve looks towards Sam and nods. Dean and Sam look towards each other, worried.





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