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MYSTERY, INC.--"THE GATHERING"

 

 

   MFX:  DRAMATIC CHORD--3 SECONDS

NARRATOR

The Ancient Radio Players bring you Mystery, Incorporated--a serial chronicling the adventures of Jack Long, Peter Ivanovich, and Ian Pierce--Mystery, Incorporated.  This adventure--"The Gathering."

 

MFX:  THE MAIN THEME MUSIC--HEAVY, DRAMATIC--5 SECONDS

Voice #1

(Metallic effect?)

And we are certain about them?

Voice #2

(Metallic effect?)

As certain as we're going to be on a venture like this.

VOICE #1

Will they accept?

VOICE #2

That's a question they'll have to answer.

VOICE #1

I'm concerned about their loyalty.

VOICE #2

We all are.  But what can we do?

VOICE #1

What about conventional means?

VOICE #2

You've seen what good that does.  If we want things stopped, we are going to have to go another route.

VOICE #1

These men.

VOICE #2

All the other alternatives are out. 

VOICE #1

And we're all in agreement?

 

VOICE #2

Yes.  You are the only one that holds reservations.

VOICE #1

That's my job.

VOICE #2

We understand this. 

VOICE #1

As administrator of this--venture I want to be one hundred percent confident.

VOICE #2

You may never feel that way.  This is very risky what we're doing.

VOICE #1

That, I know, we can all agree upon.  Where are they?

VOICE #2

They've been contacted and have been invited to The Red Cap.

VOICE #1

A pub?

VOICE #2

Yes. 

VOICE #1

For what purpose?

VOICE #2

A little test. 

VOICE #1

Do we have resources to cover this "test?"

VOICE #2

Resources aren't a question for what we're about to do. 

VOICE #1

Then we are in agreement.

VOICE #2

We are in agreement.

 

      MFX:  TRANSITION MUSIC--3 SECONDS

 

      FX:  BACKGROUND NOISE--A PUB, TAVERN

Jack long

Barkeep, another, please.

 

      FX:  DRINK BEING POURED

 

Thanks.

 

      FX:  DRINK BEING CONSUMED

Peter ivanovich

(Russian)

Sir, a glass of vodka, please.

 

      FX:  DRINK BEING POURED

 

Thank you.  You are too kind.

JACK LONG

You Russian, pal?

PETER ivanovich

No, I'm from New Jersey.  Can't you tell?

JACK LONG

(Laughs)

You got me there.  Let me buy your drink.

PETER IVANOVICH

Thank you. 

JACK LONG

You're most welcome.

PETER IVANOVICH

And you?

JACK LONG

What?

PETER IVANOVICH

Are you American?

(they both laugh)

JACK LONG

How could you tell?  Bartender.  Another round.

 

      FX:  DRINKS BEING POURED

 

From New Mexico.

PETER IVANOVICH

The desert.

JACK LONG

Yes.  Hot and dry.  Better than the weather here in London.

Ian pierce

Did I here some Yank complaining about the weather here in my native land?

JACK LONG

You did.  Problem?

IAN PIERCE

I should say.  I don't like the bloody weather here, either.

(they all laugh)

Ian Pierce.  Next round is on me, gentlemen.

PETER iVANOVICH

Thank you.

JACK LONG

Much obliged.

IAN PIERCE

Much obliged?  Do some of you Yanks still use that quaint little expression?

JACK LONG

Only the ones that matter.

IAN PIERCE

Quite. 

 

      FX:  DRINKS ARE POURED

 

I didn't catch your name.

JACK LONG

Jack Long.  And this is my Russian friend, uh--

PeTER IVANOVICH

Peter Ivanovich.

IAN PIERCE

That's quite a mouthful.

PETER IVANOVICH

True.

JACK LONG

And yours?

 

IAN PIERCE

Ian Pierce.  To new friendships and lousy weather.

 

      FX:  GLASSES ARE CLINKED TOGETHER

JACK LONG

Funny.

IAN PIERCE

What is?

JACK LONG

I was supposed to meet a couple of fellas here at this bar.

PETER IVANOVICH

And I as well.

IAN PIERCE

Well, three's a charm, gents.  It looks like we've found each other.

PETER IVANOVICH

What is it about?

JACK LONG

Yeah.  What are you English up to?

IAN PIERCE

I can assure you I have no idea. 

JACK LONG

Barkeep.  Another round.

IAN PIERCE

It looks like he's gone for the moment.

PeTER IVANOVICH

Strange.

JACK LONG

I wouldn't say that, Pete.  I think I'm beginning to get a little anxious.

IAN PIERCE

Agreed.  An empty bar is enough to make anyone a bit nervous.

JACK LONG

I didn't say nervous.  I said anxious.

PETER IVANOVICH

There is a difference, Mr. Pierce.

IAN PIERCE

Call me Ian. 

 

      FX:  DOOR OPENS--MEN ENTER

 

Ah, now I see why you were anxious.

JACK LONG

I get the feeling that the fellas wanting to talk to us want to also give a test or two.

PETER iVANOVICH

You mean these men--

IAN PIERCE

I get the impression that our new friend Jack is right.

Man #1

Hey.

IAN PIERCE

Witty dialogue, this one.

JACK LONG

I don't think dialogue is his specialty.

PETER IVANOVICH

Let me say right now, that if there is violence, I will injure many of you.

MAN #1

(laughing)

You've got to be kidding, Russkie.  There's three of you and there's--

IAN PIERCE

Please, sir, don't give us the numbers.  I don't like odds.

JACK LONG

If you want to brawl, dude, you've just got to take the first swing.

MAN #1

Why don't we play a bit, first, mister.  Hey, boys.

JACK LONG

I hate stupid people.  Don't you, fellas?

IAN PIERCE

I must say that I do.

PETER IVANOVICH

A lack of intelligence is a disgrace.

MAN #1

Okay, fine, if that's the--

 

      FX:  PUNCHING SOUND--THE MAN GRUNTS

JACK LONG

I was getting bored.

 

      FX:  THE BRAWL COMMENCES

  

      MFX: MUSIC TRANSITION--3 SECONDS

IAN PIERCE

(slightly tipsy)

So the other chap says "and that's why she's my sister!"

 

(they all laugh)

JACK LONG

Good one, fella. 

PETER IVANOVICH

Wait.  I do not understand the part about where the man says--

JACK LONG

Oh, forget it, Pete.  I don't think he could tell it again.  He's a bit sloshed.

IAN PIERCE

I am not.  Do you want to end up on the floor with the rest of the Mongolian Hoard?

JACK LONG

(laughs)

All right.  So you just sound sloshed.

PETER IVANOVICH

Our bartender never returned. 

JACK LONG

It's a set up, Pete.  These fellas who want to talk to us get us together, send in some local thugs for some tomfoolery, and make us sit tight until they want us.

IAN PIERCE

Quite.  Oh, listen to me.  I'm starting to sound British.  Maybe I have had enough.

 

      FX:  PHONE RINGS

JACK LONG

Someone order a pizza?

PETER IVANOVICH

There is no one else here but us, Mr. Long.

JACK LONG

It's a joke, Pete.  And call me Jack.

  

      FX:  PHONE RINGS

PETER IVANOVICH

I do not think I understand American humor.

JACK LONG

That's all right.  Not many of our own do, either.

 

      FX:  PHONE RINGS

IAN PIERCE

Should we answer?

JACK LONG

Why not?  Get it, pal.  And let them know we're not happy about sitting here and waiting. 

IAN PIERCE

Except for the free drinks.

JACK LONG

Well, there is that. 

 

      FX:  PHONE RINGS

 

      FX:  PHONE BEING PICKED UP

IAN PIERCE

Hello?  (Pause)  No.  This is Ian Pierce.  (Pause)  No.  They're in a bloody heap on the floor moaning for their mothers.

JACK LONG

That's right.

IAN PIERCE

No.  (Pause)  We've been kept waiting.  And we're not bloody well happy about it.  (Pause)  They were what?  (Pause)  (To Peter and Jack)  They were early and their sorry for any inconvenience.

 

JACK LONG

(laughs)

They were early!  I'll drink to that!

 

      FX:  DRINKING SOUND

IAN PIERCE

Yes, right.  (Pause)  Fine.  (Pause)  Understood.  Oh, and you might want to have some additional spirits handy as we've cleaned this place out. 

 

      FX:  PHONE HANGING UP

JACK LONG

Well?  I can't handle the suspense.

PETER IVANOVICH

Yes.  What do they want us to do?

IAN PIERCE

Go out the back door and get into a black limo that is apparently on its way.

JACK LONG

Is that to impress us?

IAN PIERCE

Aren't you?

JACK LONG

No.

IAN PIERCE

Neither am I.  What's the catch?

PETER IVANOVICH

I was trained to always be prepared.

JACK LONG

What?  Were you a Russian Boy Scout?

PETER IVANOVICH

Excuse me?

JACK LONG

Never mind.  Does that mean you've got a gun on you?

PETER IVANOVICH

Yes.  In fact, more than one.  Do you want one?  I am willing to share.

IAN PIERCE

How kind.  No.  I have a nine strapped to my ankle.

PETER IVANOVICH

A nine.

JACK LONG

As in millimeter.  As in big hole in someone.  And no, I don't need a gun.  It's not that I don't believe in them, I just don't usually carry one.  Are we ready?

PETER IVANOVICH

Wait. 

 

      FX:  PUNCHING SOUND--GRUNT FROM A MAN

 

Ready.

IAN PIERCE

Remind me to never get into a fight with you, Peter.

JACK LONG

Let's go, boys.  And hey, let's not go into this thing blindly.

IAN PIERCE

I shudder at the thought, Jack. 

JACK LONG

I knew you would.  Let's hit the road.

 

      MFX:  MUSIC TRANSITION--3 SECONDS

PETER IVANOVICH

It is very dark in this place.

JACK LONG

I think that's the point.

PETER IVANOVICH

I cannot see anyone in the room.

JACK LONG

Again, that's the point, Pete.

IAN PIERCE

More waiting.  The ride over here was bad enough.  But more waiting?  And top of everything else my head is beginning to ache.

PETER IVANOVICH

I told you to be careful of the vodka.

IAN PIERCE

Never mind what you told me.  Either we get on with this, or we leave. 

JACK LONG

Works for me.

VOICE #1

Gentlemen.

JACK LONG

Finally.  Howdy.

VOICE #1

We apologize for any inconvenience.

IAN PIERCE

You should.

VOICE #1

Oh, yes.  Commander Pierce.

PETER IVANOVICH

Commander?

IAN PIERCE

That's what they tell me, Peter.

JACK LONG

I'm impressed.

VOICE #2

And John Long.

JACK LONG

Call me Jack. 

VOICE #2

Mercenary, covert operative for the Americans, and gatherer of secrets.

JACK LONG

You mean spying.  I'm flattered you noticed.

PETER IVANOVICH

A spy?

VOICE #2

And the Russian.  Ex-KGB, trained in Moscow, designer of one of Russia's best information-gathering satellites.

IAN PIERCE

Peter.  I had no idea.

PETER IVANOVICH

No one is supposed to know.

VOICE #1

We do. 

IAN PIERCE

All right.  You've flexed a bit, gents.  What do you want?

VOICE #1

Why, you, of course, Commander Pierce.

IAN PIERCE

I'm not a Commander anymore.

VOICE #1

If you accept our request, you'll be fully reinstated to the rank of Commander.

IAN PIERCE

That bad, is it?

VOICE #1

A briefing will follow shortly if--and only if--you gentlemen accept our proposal.

JACK LONG

Sounds bad.

VOICE #2

It is dangerous.

JACK LONG

Shocker there.

PETER IVANOVICH

An American, an Englishman, and myself.  Why?

JACK LONG

Good question, Pete.  Why?

VOICE #1

Isn't it obvious?

JACK LONG

If it was obvious, chief, I wouldn't have asked.

VOICE #2

The problem we face is global.  It affects our three countries.  We proposed something that would link our countries together in diplomacy and in intelligence.

PETER IVANOVICH

It must truly be horrible.

VOICE #2

The English suggested a gathering of agents who could be trusted.  And who could be totally ruthless.

IAN PIERCE

And the fight at the pub?

VOICE #2

A crude way to shake your confidence. 

VOICE #1

We were curious how you would respond.

IAN PIERCE

And that's it?  That's the only test we get to see if we're worthy enough to be involved in this thing?

VOICE #1

Not quite.  As my colleague said, it was a crude way of shaking things up a bit.  If you agree to our proposal, the "tests"--as you call it--get more difficult.

JACK LONG

I coulda told ya that, Ian.

PETER IVANOVICH

Three men to engage an unknown enemy.  And total denial if we fail.

VOICE #1

I wouldn't go that far.  You'll have every support we can offer.  That means information, travel, expenses, etcetera.

JACK LONG

Etcetera?  What's that mean?  I want to hear about the etcetera.

IAN PIERCE

Jack.

JACK LONG

What?

IAN PIERCE

Give it a rest. 

VOICE #2

Commander Pierce will be in charge of the operation.

IAN PIERCE

Why?

JACK LONG

Yeah, why?

VOICE #1

It's the way we want it.

PETER IVANOVICH

Fine.  What do we do.

IAN PIERCE

You're in so soon, Peter?

PETER IVANOVICH

If they are so anxious to get us together in this fashion, then something must be terribly wrong. 

IAN PIERCE

And that's good enough for you?

PETER IVANOVICH

I have been trained for only one thing, Ian--to fight the enemy.  Whoever the enemy is, I was trained to fight.  I know nothing else.

IAN PIERCE

Jack?

JACK LONG

Hey, it sounds like being a part of the A-Team.  I'm in for the fun and games.

VOICE #2

Commander Pierce?

IAN PIERCE

This isn't exactly a one-time situation, is it?

VOICE #2

I don't understand what you're asking.

IAN PIERCE

Yes, you do.

VOICE #1

You mean is this one mission all we're asking you to commit to?

IAN PIERCE

Precisely.

VOICE #1

No.

IAN PIERCE

I knew it.  And you're going to sit and quote me the nobility and dignity--

VOICE #1

No, I'm not.  It's dangerous.  You could all be killed.  We are doing this as a gamble.  If it pays off, we want to gamble again.

IAN PIERCE

With our lives.

VOICE #1

Yes.

JACK LONG

Ian.  Me and Pete are in.  They'll just find some other Brit to hop along with us if you don't.  It might as well be you, pal.

PETER IVANOVICH

You know he is telling you the truth, Ian.

JACK LONG

C'mon, Commander. 

VOICE #1

Gentlemen.  Things are pressing.  We are going to have to move quickly.  We have already lost two agents gathering information for this mission.

 

      FX:  ALARM GOES OFF

JACK LONG

What's that?

PETER IVANOVICH

We were followed.

VOICE #1

Impossible.

VOICE #2

The perimeter has been breached.  We've lost three sentries.  A guard reports six men moving toward the main building.

IAN PIERCE

Wonderful.  We haven't even begun and they know about us. 

JACK LONG

Isn't that's how these things work?

IAN PIERCE

Quite.

JACK LONG

Are you in, or not, pal?

PETER IVANOVICH

It is time to decide, Commander.

IAN PIERCE

I said call me Ian, Peter. 

VOICE #1

Gentlemen.  We are going to have to evacuate the compound.

IAN PIERCE

I'm in.

JACK LONG

Great.

 

      FX:  EXPLOSION

     

      MFX: DRAMATIC CHORD TO END THE SHOW

NARRATOR

Join us next time for Mystery, Inc. "The Gathering." 

 

      MFX: DRAMATIC CHORD

 

      MFX: THEME MUSIC--10 SECONDS

 

END OF CHAPTER ONE

 

 

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