Episode Fifteen: Diabolique

By Booser

Part One

 

Newport, Rhode Island.

EXT. ABISS HOUSE GROUNDS. EVENING.

Abiss House, a crumbling old gothic style mansion on the outskirts of Newport. It is surrounded by demolition equipment and workmen tidying up for the day providing a stark contrast between the old and the new. A CLOSE UP of a huge stone gargoyle standing guard above the large ornate entrance. Wingless yet hideous and twisted it keeps watch over the house from its hunched position. Rain trickles down and across its misshapen features.

Below two workmen BILL NEMHAUSER and EVERETT PATTERSON are finishing up for the day.

NEMHAUSER
So everything set for tomorrow?

PATTERSON
Yep.

NEMHAUSER
You know it’ll be a shame to see the old place go.

PATTERSON
Not really.

NEMHAUSER
Come on Ev, a place like this? It’s gotta be reeking of history.

PATTERSON
The only thing Abiss House reeks of is termites. The things an eyesore, I bet a lot of people are gonna be happy when its gone.

NEMHAUSER
I still don’t know why they’re tearing it down. I mean isn’t it a tourist attraction?

PATTERSON
Yeah for weirdoes. Who else could find that thing beautiful? I’d love to know who the hell designed it. It looks like it’s built with no rhyme or reason.

NEMHAUSER
That’s the attraction I suppose.
(picking up his bag)
You comin’ boss?

PATTERSON
Nah you go ahead. I still have some things I wanna go over.

NEMHAUSER
Sure thing. See ya at eight.

Patterson acknowledges Nemhauser’s exit with a nod and looks towards the house. POV of the gargoyle looking down over the grounds.

EXT. ABISS HOUSE. ROOF

CLOSE UP of a stylized wind vane silhouetted by the moonlight. CAMERA PANS downwards to the grounds.

INT. PORTA-CABIN, ABISS HOUSE GROUNDS. NIGHT

Patterson is in his porta-cabin looking over some drawings. He hears a strange noise outside. He thinks its nothing and goes back to his work. He hears the noise again. It’s louder this time and sounds like a large mass of stone being moved or dragged. He picks up his torch and heads outside.

PATTERSON
Hello?

He shines the torch over the grounds. The light glistens off the demolition equipment poised for work.

PATTERSON
Who’s out here? You’re trespassing on government property!

He looks up above entrance. He sees the gargoyle looking down on him. In the torchlight it almost seems alive. POV of the gargoyle.

PATTERSON
(muttering)
God damn goth weirdoes. If they had a real job they wouldn’t be snooping round at all hours of the night.

Patterson walks round to the back of the house. An ornate stone pool headed by a statue of a woman with a pouring vase forms the centerpiece. CLOSE UP of Water running from the woman’s eyes like tears into the pond. Patterson thinks he can see someone dart behind the statue.

PATTERSON
Hey!
(shuffling around the pond)
I’m gonna tear you a new……

Patterson looks behind the statue. No one there. A blow from behind knocks him into the water. We see a shot from below the water of Patterson struggling to get back up. Someone or something is holding him down. He screams under the water as he slowly drowns.

We see a shot of the entrance. The gargoyle is no longer above the door.

SUPERNATURAL – “DIABOLIQUE”

INT.MOTEL.MORNING.


Dean Winchester stares at his reflection in the bathroom mirror. He splashes his face one last time and rubs his hand along his now smooth jaw line.

DEAN
Looking good, Mr. Carter.

He winks at the reflection and walks back into the bedroom to pick up his jacket lying on the bed.

SAM (O.S)
Dean? Hey dean, come here look at this.

DEAN
(walking into the living area)
What’s up?

He enters to see Sam leafing through this morning’s paper at the table.

SAM
Looks like Abiss House is being torn down.

DEAN
(taking a seat)
The Abiss House?

SAM
Yeah, do you remember when Dad took us to see it?

DEAN
Yeah, I remember the stories he used to tell about it too.

SAM
Kind of a shame don’t you think?

DEAN
I don’t know. I guess. It wasn’t exactly the Hilton.

SAM
Yeah, not the nicest place.

DEAN
Not unless you’re The Munsters.
(nodding to the article)
What’s it say about it?

SAM
That’s the thing, the demolition has been put on hold because of the death of the foreman.

DEAN
Really?

SAM
Yeah, he was found drowned in the pool round the back.
(reading from article)
“The body of Everett Patterson was found drowned yesterday in the Pool of Latis. The shallow pool constituted one of the many occult inspired features of the rambling house and grounds. Abiss House itself passed into state ownership earlier this year when the last surviving member of the Abiss family passed away abroad.”

DEAN
Think it’s worth checking out?

SAM
Maybe, could have been just an accident, but with the history of the house….

DEAN
(getting up)
Then I guess its time to give Little Rhody a visit.

INT. OFFICE OF THE STATE MEDICAL EXAMINER, PATHOLOGY LAB.

A cold, sterile pathology lab. A body lies on the table covered in a pale blue shroud. A female pathologist, the red-haired DANA FIELDS is wrapping up her medical examination of Patterson’s body. She is speaking into her Dictaphone.

FIELDS
In summary the examination of the body of Everett Patterson , 38 reveals extensive mucus formation in the larynx and esophagus. Present are characteristic foam cones covering the mouth and nose, coupled with lack of distension of the aortic root consistent with quick drowning. Possible contributing factors are the present of incision wounds on the back.

Fields contemplates this for a while. She clicks off the Dictaphone and walks over to the body. She pulls back the sheet and turns the body on its back. CLOSE UP of the back showing marks and cuts. She looks more closely at the marks, rubbing along them with her finger.

FIELDS
Examination of wounds reveals a good deal of sub surface tissue exposure. Fragments of extraneous material collected from the wounds under cursory examination don’t appear to be gun powder burns or chemical residue. They are undergoing separate chemical analysis.

Fields switches off her Dictaphone. She cocks her head and looks at the wound pattern. It looks almost like a hand. She spreads her fingers out and places them over the wounds, making imaginary claw marks. The phone rings making her jump slightly. She walks over to the wall and answers it.

FIELDS
Fields.
(listens)
Yes that’s right. I’m just about to sound off on the drowning victim, unless you’ve got anything with that chemical analysis that would warrant inclusion in the final report.
(listens)
Uh huh,
(looks over at the body)
Yeah that is weird….

EXT. ABISS HOUSE. DAY

The Impala pulls up outside the house. Dean and Sam get out.

DEAN
Forgot how much I missed this place.

SAM
Yeah it’s a Mecca for occultists, Goths, ……

DEAN
The fringes of society.
(looks up at the towering building)
I can see why.

Dean and Sam begin walking towards the building.

SAM
I pulled up anything on Abiss House I could find. Construction began in 1690 but wasn’t completed until nearly forty years later. There were a lot of deaths.

DEAN
(sarcastically)
It wasn’t built on an ancient Indian burial ground was it?

SAM
(smiling)
No, nothing like that. Not as far as I can see. Its founder was a reclusive eccentric, name of Emmanuel Abiss.

DEAN
Well you know what they say. If you’re poor you’re crazy, if you’re rich you’re eccentric. Eccentric as he was I find it hard to believe anyone would design something like that.

SAM
Nobody really knows who the designer was though. The records quickly went missing from the public domain. People starting saying it was designed by the devil himself.

DEAN
I doubt that.

SAM
Why?

DEAN
Satan’s got style man.

EXT. POOL OF LATIS.

Dean and Sam are standing beside the pool where the body was found. Dean is drawn towards the weeping woman.

DEAN
What’s her problem?

SAM
It must be a statue of Latis.

DEAN
An ex girlfriend?

SAM
Latis was the Celtic god of water.

DEAN
(looking around)
Uh huh

SAM
She was also the goddess of beer.

DEAN
My kinda woman.

SAM
(looking into the pool)
That’s only a foot deep.

DEAN
My feet couldn’t drown in that.

SAM
Maybe he was knocked out, drunk, on drugs…..

DEAN
Not according to his work colleague statements.

SAM
You think Abiss House is still claiming victims?

DEAN
I’d bet my life on it.

SAM
I hate it when you talk like that.

EXT. ABISS HOUSE, DOORWAY.

Dean and Sam look up towards the gargoyle.

DEAN
So who’s this guy?

SAM
La Diabolique.
(beat)
The diabolical. It’s an old name for gargoyles or grotesques.

DEAN
Gargoyles were meant to be protective creatures, guarding churches, cathedrals etc. right?

SAM
Right

DEAN
So what’s this guy protecting?

Sam shrugs. Just then a white car pulls up outside the house. “State Medical Examiners Office” is written on the side. The door opens and out steps a red headed woman in her mid thirties.

FIELDS
Hi, I wasn’t expecting anyone to be here.

DEAN
(looks at Sam)
Neither were we.

FIELDS
Dana Fields with the state medical examiners office.

SAM
Oh, right. About the guy that drowned in the pool?

FIELDS
Right. Who are you?

DEAN
We’re with the Rhode Island Industrial and Recreational Buildings Department. You know – they sent us down here to see what’s going on. They want this baby taken down.

FIELDS
Well I can understand that. But the murder investigation is gonna take precedent I’m afraid.

SAM
Murder?
(looks to Dean)
I thought it was officially an accidental death?

FIELDS
Nothing’s official until the medical examiner signs off on it. The guy did drown but there were some unusual aspects to the case.

DEAN
Unusual aspects………

Fields starts walking towards the entrance. She looks up at the gargoyle.

FIELDS
How old would you say that thing is?

SAM
From what we were told it was one of the first things put in place when the house was built in the seventeenth century.

FIELDS
Huh.

SAM
Why?

FIELDS
It was just something I noticed the first day I was here looking at the body. All the other statues are made from the local stratified rock. But this one looks different wouldn’t you say?

SAM
I guess.

FIELDS
This area is now officially a crime scene and this may be a piece of evidence.

DEAN
The gargoyle?

FIELDS
During the med exam, we found wounds on the victims back with traces of a material inside. It turns out it’s an extremely rare composition of igneous rock.

SAM
The rock the gargoyle is made from?

FIELDS
We don’t know that yet until I can get a sample taken, but it sure looks that way.

Fields takes a few photos of the grotesque statue and walks back to her car.

FIELDS
I’m afraid you boys won’t get to play with your ball and chains for a while yet.

Dean and Sam watch the white car disappear down the long narrow driveway.

SAM
Did you hear that?

DEAN
I heard a suggestive ball and chain remark.
(looks at Sam) Plus ….whatever you meant.

SAM
They found igneous material in the wounds.

DEAN
Yeah, so? The guy fell in a stone pool. It could have come from anywhere.

SAM
You weren’t listening were you? The stone features aren’t igneous. I’ll bet the only volcanic stonework around here is that gargoyle.

DEAN
So…what? The gargoyle came alive and killed him?

SAM
Is it really that hard to believe? You said it yourself Dean, the gargoyle is here to protect something.

DEAN
Look Sam zombies, witches, werewolves are A-OK, that doesn’t give you a carte blanche to throw in any reject from the Outer Limits. As far as I know there is no precedent for a statue just coming alive and killing people.

SAM
I’m just saying there is more to this house then meets the eye.

DEAN
(walking towards the entrance)
Then maybe its time to take a closer look.





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