Episode Nine: Hellmaster

By Booser

Part One

 

INT. CHURCH. NIGHT
Church of Our Lord of the Redemption, Washington D.C.

An empty church . The last worshipper has left long ago. A middle aged priest walks up the aisle, having completed his daily chores. He hears a noise inside the confession box. Surely no one could be in there at this time of night?

INT. CONFESSIONAL

PRIEST
Hello?

STRANGER (O.S.)
Hello father

PRIEST
My son, it is a little late for confessions donít you think?

STRANGER (O.S.)
Iím afraid itís urgent

PRIEST
As you wishÖ.

STRANGER (O.S.)
Bless me father
(beat)
I am a sinner.

PRIEST
(nodding)
As am I my son.
(beat)
What is your sin?

STRANGER (O.S.)
Iím afraid

PRIEST
Afraid?

STRANGER (O.S.)
Yes father. Iím afraid Iíve done something terrible. Iím afraid Iím beyond forgiveness.

PRIEST
There is always forgiveness if we are willing to seek it.

STRANGER (O.S.)
Thank you for your kindness.

PRIEST
(smiling)
What do you wish to confess?

STRANGER (O.S.)
Do you think itís terrible to look for answers, answers to questions that shouldnít be asked?

PRIEST
I donít know. What answers do you want?

STRANGER (O.S.)
Everything. Iíve read the one true gospel father. All else is false.
(beat)
Do you understand what that means?

PRIEST
Iím afraid I donítÖ..

STRANGER (O.S.)
Creation is only half the story. I have seen the other side. I have openly embraced it. Ignorance in vanity, pride in death, faith in hopeÖÖ
(beat)
I am a sinner in the house of God.
(beat)
There is no hope for me.

PRIEST
(concerned)
My sonÖ

STRANGER (O.S.)
You must tell them father, tell them all.

PRIEST
What do you wish me to tell them?

STRANGER (O.S.)
Multus Tempestas
(beat)
Tell them a storm is coming. Tell themÖ

A crack of light illuminates a tear running down the strangerís cheek.

STRANGER (O.S.)
Ö.that Iím sorry.

BANG!!!!!!! A loud gunshot rings out. The startled priest falls off his chair and stumbles out through the small wooden door of the confessional box. He sees blood running from under the other door.

SUPERNATURAL Ė ďHELLMASTERĒ

INT. MONASTERY, STUDY. NIGHT


An old priest, FR. DAVID SUAZO, is studying an ancient text long into the night. He rubs his eyes and glances at the coffee beside him. Its getting cold. A knock at the door.

FR SUAZO
Come in.

A MONK enters, he hurries over to the priestís desk and hands him a note. Fr Suazo opens it and reads it with growing concern.

FR SUAZO
(worried)
LeaveÖ

Monk stands there, surprised.

SUAZO
Go!

The priest turns to his phone and dials.

SUAZO
We donít have much time.

VOICE ON PHONE (OS)
Who is this?

We see the man on the other end of the line. A mature handsome man, his eyes convey experience beyond his years. His name is JOHN WINCHESTER.

JOHN
David?

SUAZO
The HellmasterÖ itís no longer safe.

INT. OUR LADY OF FATIMA CHURCH- DAY.
SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA


Dean and Sam are at the foot of a statue of the Virgin Mary. Sunlight streams in through the stained glass windows behind her creating an ethereal halo of light around the effigy. As they peer upward they can clearly see what appears to be blood dripping from the statueís eyes.

SAM
So what do you make of it?

DEAN
(in thought)
I dunno

Dean looks around for anyone watching. Satisfied he isnít being spied on he finds a foothold on the marble stand and inches towards the top of the statue.

SAM
(looking around anxiously)
What the hell are you doing?

DEAN
(climbing)
Getting closer to God.

Dean rubs some of the blood off the statueís cheeks and sniffs it.

DEAN
Smells like turpentine. Either this is paint running off the plaster or Mary has a serious case of blood poisoning.

SAM
Terrific. Will you get down?!

Dean jumps down.

SAM
Your lack of respect for peopleís faith is saddening sometimes.

DEAN
(walking out of the church)
Iíve seen enough of whatís real to tell what isnít. Hell I have nothing against religion Sam, it does a lot of good. What I find truly sad is the minority which prey and exploit the faith of those who need it most. I think a fair skeptic is just as important as the reverend.

SAM
Sometimes people have no need for the skeptic.

DEAN
Thatís their choice. It doesnít mean the skeptic isnít right though.

SAM
Does it really matter though in the end? Reality is different for everyone. If people believe something enough then it is true for them. Isnít that what itís all about?

DEAN
I cross my fingers every day that I will find Keith Moon still alive somewhere too. I really do. Maybe heís on an island somewhere or hunting dinosaurs in Mexico, but you gotta separate whatís real from what you want to be real.

SAM
Then why do you think people are so ignorant of the supernatural?

DEAN
Thatís easy.

SAM
Yeah?

DEAN
(getting into car)
People donít want it to be real.
(beat)
Weíre a dying breed Sammy boy.

INT. IMPALA.

JOHN WINCHESTER
Ainít that the truth.

The boys turn round and see John Winchester sitting in the back seat. Heís been waiting for them.

DEAN
If youíve damaged the lock on this carÖ.

JOHN
Relax. Iíve been doing this longer then you have. I admire your dedication in chasing up this religious phenomenon lately, but I think youíre barking up the wrong tree here.

SAM
Yeah we got your message. So whatís with the Hollywood entrance?

JOHN
Itís best to stay out of sight.
(pointing to the open road)
Follow my directions. We need to talk.

EXT. A SMALL HOUSE OUTSIDE SACRAMENTO. DAY.

MUSIC CUE : "She's Just Killing Me" - ZZ Top

The Impala drives up a dusty roadway to a small mission style house nestled in the shade of the trees. The cloudless sky and beating sun make it a very hot day. The Winchesters step out of the Impala wearing their shades. Dean stares up at the burning sun and grimaces. Shaking the dust from their boots almost like modern day cowboys the Winchesters walk to the door. A woman answers the doorbell. She looks like an old Mexican maid. With a kindly face she ushers the men inside. Itís immediately clear this ainít no saloon as we see religious memorabilia adorn the hallways.

John stops at one particular framed manuscript.

JOHN
The epistle of Clement to the Corinthians!

FR SUAZO (O.S.)
Impressive. You havenít lost your touch.

Fr. Suazo greets them in the hall.

FR SUAZO
(to housekeeper)
Gracias Nala.

The housekeeper departs.

FR SUAZO
(returning to the Winchesters)
Itís just a copy course, like they all are.
(beat)
If I had the genuine articles I wouldnít be living in a house this small?

Fr Suazo heartily laughs

JOHN
(smiling)
Still the humble priest eh David?

FR SUAZO
(patting John on the shoulder)
Itís been a long time my old friend.
(turns to Dean and Sam)
Hello boys. I guess I canít really call you boys anymore now can I?

Dean and Sam exchange puzzled looks. Fr. Suazo shakes their hands and begins to walk to the study motioning for the others to follow.

FR SUAZO
I just wish we could have met again under happier circumstances.

SAM
(looking nervously at John)
Whatís going on here?

FR SUAZO
Iím sorry, I didnít mean to be so rude. Weíve met before, even if you were too young to remember. My name is Fr David Suazo. Iím an old friend of your father's although Iím not surprised you havenít heard of me.
(beat)
Not many have.

JOHN
Thereís a good reason Father Suazo keeps to himself.

DEAN
Eczema?

Fr Suazo slightly chuckles as a wide smile forms across his face.

FR SUAZO
Iíve missed your sense of humour Dean.

Dean shrugs.

FR SUAZO
Are you an avid reader?

DEAN
I subscribe to Guitar Pro if thatís any use

FR SUAZO
(smiles)
Could be worse.
(beat)
You ever hear of the Hellmaster?

SAM
Dad whatís he talking about?

DEAN
Ozzyís limited edition paperback biography if I recall.

JOHN
(ignoring Deanís comment)
The Hellmaster is probably the most important and dangerous book in human history.

FR SUAZO
There is no ďprobablyĒ about it. The Hellmaster contains knowledge so arcane, the devil himself would love to see it destroyed.

DEAN
The devil? You mean the big cheese himself?

FR SUAZO
Yes : Lucifer, Satan, The Adversary, - the second most powerful being in creation has many names and many guises, but donít be fooled. There is only one.

JOHN
David you said there were developmentsÖÖ

FR SUAZO
Yes, I apologize for having to be so cryptic. Unfortunately the secret we have kept for over eight hundred years is out.

DEAN
Ok time out. Start from the beginning.

Fr Suazo sighs and sits in his large armchair.

FR SUAZO
In the beginning there were angels of the light and demons of the smokeless fires. These demons, the fallen, had followed their leader Satan in the rebellion in heaven as they refused to worship Godís greatest creation. Man.

SAM
Wait a second. Thatís classic Sunday school. Knowledge was manís greatest power.

DEAN
What?

SAM
(turning to Dean)
Think about it. In ritual, black magic, the power to control demons is in knowing their true name. Once you know somethingís true name you can have power over it. God gave man knowledge. Thatís why the angels had to subjugate to him.

JOHN
Right. Thatís why in many religions itís forbidden to know Godís true name.

FR SUAZO
God wasnít so kind to the rebellion though. They were cast down and from that day swore to plaque mankind.

DEAN
Tell me about it. So why is the red telephone ringing off the hook all of a sudden? Whatís happening?

FR. SUAZO
Did you ever hear of the Honorius?

DEAN
Sure, you can read that on the internet

FR. SUAZO
(smiling)
Not the real one I assure you. It has many names including the most evil book in the world. It also goes by the name weíve been calling it.

JOHN
The Honorius and the Hellmaster are the same?

FR. SUAZO
Yes

SAM
So the legend is true. And this Hellmaster is a key to controlling demons?

FATHER SUAZO
Yes and no. On the face of it the book is a catalogue of fallen angels and how to raise them. However the real knowledge contained in the book is actually beyond human understanding.

DEAN
So the book is dangerous? Iím guessing not in a nasty paper cut kinda way dangerous?

FR SUAZO
Knowing manís lust for power and greed Satan had unknown to him buried the seals of the four riders within the codex.

SAM
The four riders?

JOHN
The horsemen. Apocalypse.

FR SUAZO
Thatís right. Much of what people think they know about Apocalypse isnít true. Apocalypse originally referred to secrets or knowledge obtained through divine revelation. There are many different apocalypses. The riders symbolize the end of days for mankind on earth.

SAM
So where do you come in Father?

FR SUAZO
Iím not unlike you two Sam. For many years I was a practicing exorcist for many dioceses before becoming a Vatican investigator into wider areas of the paranormal. The church had become alarmed at the rising number of religious omens being reported across the globe.
(beat)
My working relationship with the Vatican was not entirely ďsuccessfulĒ.
(beat)
I found out two nights ago in Washington a John Doe dying of a self inflicted gunshot wound claimed he was part of a group that had stolen the Hellmaster from the Church of the Rose Cross.

DEAN
Thatís in Washington?

FR SUAZO
No. The Rose Cross is a Church hidden in the Black Mountains in Germany. It seems whomever he was working for has brought the book here.

SAM
Why?

FR SUAZO
I donít know.

JOHN
The Rose Cross? I didnít even know they existed anymore.

FR SUAZO
They were all but dead to the world. Not by accident either. They had become concerned at the level of demonic influence even within the church. Feeling it was in their best interests to keep themselves hidden, they went underground because of the secret they held.

JOHN
The Hellmaster.

FR SUAZO
Right

DEAN
And now their secret's out and its up to us to settle some scores.

FR SUAZO
Yes I heard about your little job in Leland.
(beat)
Very impressive

DEAN
Iím getting a bad feeling that was just foreplay.

FR SUAZO
Do you know what the Multus Tempestas is?

SAM
Itís LatinÖ.

JOHN
(interjecting)
The Great Storm.

DEAN
Hey, hey wait a minuteÖ
(turning)
Thatís what Bobby was talking about

SAM
(to John and Suazo)
He said a storm was coming.

FR SUAZO
It would seem that way. Just like a weather storm, you can feel it in the air.
(beat)
The signs are all around us. Youíve seen them yourself

DEAN
So what do we do?
(slightly sarcastic)
Pray?

John gets up off his chair and straightens his jacket.

JOHN
We settle some scores.

EXT. DUSTY ROAD. SUNSET

A large grey car kicks up a whirlwind of dust as it passes the camera and drives towards the sunset.

INT. FR SUAZOíS CAR.

David Suazo is driving. John is in the passenger seat.

FR SUAZO
You worry about them?

JOHN
I trust them.

FR SUAZO
Theyíre good men.

John smiles.

JOHN
Yeah I know.
(beat)
It just seems strange when I hear it out loud. But itís true. Theyíre men now. After all weíve been through together, theyíre more man then I was at that age.

FR SUAZO
You know, youíre not responsible for them anymore. Not fully.

JOHN
It still feels like it.

FR SUAZO
And who is responsible for you?

John doesnít answer.

FR SUAZO
Exactly. John youíve got to let them go. They donít need you as a mentor anymore.
(pause)
But they still need you as a father. Thatís something I think youíll have to remember before this ordeal is through.





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