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EPISODE #2 – A SECRET FROM THE PAST
by Philip Craig Robotham
Cover Illustration by Miyukiko
Copyright 2016 Philip Craig Robotham
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Serial #6: The Alchemist
Trent Stone and Tess Carter are approached by a young French count (Antoine Duvalier) who, after the sudden death of his brother, is concerned that he has been cursed. He asks for their help and they travel to France where they meet his childhood friend (Brigitte LeGrande), encounter a spooky chateau, numerous attempts on Antoine’s life, and pursue an underlying mystery involving a centuries-long quest for revenge. Can they unravel this mystery before the young count’s life is lost? Tune in thrill to the excitement of “The Alchemist” and find out for yourself.
Episodes in the Host Your Own “Old Time Radio Drama” series are designed to provide a fun dinner party experience for 6–8 participants. Read along, taking on the role of one or more of the characters in the story, and listen as the exciting drama unfolds. This is the theater of the mind, where the special effects are only limited by your imagination, and your participation will build a memory that you’ll treasure for years to come.
A SECRET FROM THE PAST
NARRATOR: The Narrator
TERESA CARTER: Our heroine and reporter
TRENT STONE: Our hero and adventurer
ANTOINE Duvalier: COMTE of the CHATEAU Duvalier
BRIGITTE LeGRANDE: Childhood friend of Antoine’s
BANKER: Owner of the local Bank
COMTE: Ancestor of Antoine De Valier
COMTESSA: Ancestor of Antoine De Valier
SERVANT: A servant from Chateau De Valier
CAPTAIN: Captain of the Guard
SOLDIER #1 – #3: Soldiers from the Chateau
CHARLES: Son of the Alchemist
SCENE 5: (INT) HOTEL AT BREAKFAST – NEXT MORNING (TRENT, ANTOINE, TESS, BRIGITTE)
- MUSIC: OPENING THEME – LET IT FINISH.
- NARRATOR: On meeting Comte Antoine Duvalier and learning of his family curse, Tess and Trent agree to travel to France with him as his guests. Shortly after their arrival the Comte, in the company of the charming Brigitte LeGrande, is nearly run down in a motor accident.
- SOUND: MORNING BUSTLE – BREAKFAST – ESTABLISH AND UNDER
- ANTOINE: Monsieur Stone, I will not skulk about like a frightened rabbit.
- TRENT: I’m not asking you to. I just think some sensible precaution is in order. It was you who asked us to join your company on the off chance there was a real danger. It would seem foolish to ignore our advice now.
- ANTOINE: We don’t even know if I was the target. It may just have been a coincidence. Monsieur Drummond, the driver of the car, is not a popular man in the village. He may have been the intended victim and we may simply have been in the wrong place at the wrong time.
- TRENT: Do you really believe that?
- ANTOINE: It is not a ridiculous assertion. He was the one most likely to be hurt and I can’t see how the perpetrator could have had any certainty that I would be in the path of the vehicle when the brakes actually failed.
- TRENT: But if a supernatural agency is involved…?
- ANTOINE: I suppose anything is possible once you admit the supernatural, but given Miss Carter’s insistence that the brake line was cut with a knife, I’m willing to bet it was the result of a more corporeal agent.
- TRENT: Fair enough. I’ll grant you that much. But I’m not convinced you were not the target and I think…
- TESS: (INTERRUPTING) Good morning boys. I see you’ve started on breakfast already. No sign of Brigitte yet?
- TRENT: Not yet, I have a feeling you kept her up into the wee hours.
- TESS: Just girl talk. She’s really something, Antoine. You’ve certainly got good taste…
- ANTOINE: I’m sorry, Mademoiselle Carter, I think you are making a mistake. Brigitte and I are not…
- TESS: (INTERRUPTING) even if you are a little slow on the uptake.
- TRENT: (WARNING) Tess.
- TESS: Anyway, what are you fellas talking about? It looked like there was some heat being generated when I walked in.
- TRENT: I was asking Antoine if he would let me go to the bank on his behalf. I’m not happy about yesterday’s (BEAT) “accident”.
- ANTOINE: And I was saying that I won’t be coddled like an infant. I’ve only the one appointment, at the bank, then the funeral, and then we can head up to the chateau. Once back on the estate, I should be perfectly safe from careening cars. I don’t get a lot of traffic through the property after all.
- TESS: I wouldn’t try to do jokes if I were you, Antoine. You don’t have the timing for it.
- ANTOINE: (AHEM) Just so. Perhaps if I could…(BEAT)
- TESS: Er, Antoine? You seemed to trail off there at the… oh, Brigitte, here you are.
- BRIGITTE: Good morning.
- TRENT: Good morning Brigitte. You’re looking lovely this morning. Do I detect a little of Tess’ influence?
- BRIGITTE: Mademoiselle Carter suggested the dress might be more suitable for the funeral than my usual attire.
- TESS: The tomboy look is charming in its own way, but every once in a while a girl wants to remind the world just how feminine she is.
- BRIGITTE: You don’t think it is too much?
- TESS: My dear, I think it is just enough. Antoine, close your mouth. You’ll catch flies.
- ANTOINE: Oh, of course. Brigitte, you look splendid. I’m afraid we started breakfast without you.
- BRIGITTE: Thank you, Antoine. I have been up for some time and ate in my room.
- ANTOINE: In that case, the Bank opens shortly. Shall we?
- MUSIC: NEUTRAL SCENE ENDER – LET IT FINISH.
SCENE 6: (INT) BANK (TESS, TRENT, ANTOINE, BRIGITTE)
- SOUND: FOOTSTEPS ON MARBLE – VIOLINS PLAYING – ESTABLISH AND UNDER
- TESS: Violins? Really? And is this real marble we’re walking on?
- TRENT: Pretty swish for a provincial bank.
- ANTOINE: (EMBARRASSED) Er, yes. My family’s money. It has enriched the bank here. Monsieur Taggart Snr. was somewhat ostentatious.
- BRIGITTE: Gaudy, more like, and lacking in both taste and a sense of propriety.
- ANTOINE: Quite.
- BRIGITTE: And that fawning popinjay of a son of his…
- ANTOINE: Yes, yes. We’ll make our visit as quick as possible.
- TESS: Just how rich are you exactly, Antoine?
- ANTOINE: This… spectacle… is deceptive.
- TESS: I’m glad to hear it. I was beginning to feel decidedly outclassed.
- ANTOINE: I am only perhaps the eighth or ninth richest man in France.
- TESS: Oh.
- TRENT: Don’t mind her, Antoine. She’s just adjusting to the fact that the young man who met us in Star City could buy and sell her entire family.
- ANTOINE: (PAINED) Please, this… this…
- BRIGITTE: Show?
- ANTOINE: Yes, this show. It is not who I am. I have been blessed with money, and I won’t deny that it has granted me an easy life, but I have not been the custodian of that money until… well, now. I barely know anything about it.
- TESS: I think we’d better let him off the hook, eh Trent?
- TRENT: Yes, I should think so. (TO ANTOINE) Pardon Tess’ sense of humor, Antoine. She does enjoy watching a man squirm.
- ANTOINE: Ah, your famous American humor, yes?
- TRENT: Yes. Though I think you had better be on the lookout for circling sharks and get yourself educated on your family finances as quickly as possible. Once the word gets out you will be besieged with offers and advice as to where you should put your money, and very little of it will be any good.
- BRIGITTE: Speaking of which, here comes the Toady in Chief now.
- BANKER: (UNCTUOUS AND OILY) Ah, Monsieur Duvalier, it is so good to see you returned at last. May I cordially…
- ANTOINE: Enough, Taggart. I still remember our last meeting.
- BANKER: Oh, but Monsieur, you mustn’t let such a small…
- BRIGITTE: If I remember rightly, you spat on Antoine and told him he was too incompetent to ever be manager of the family estate. Admittedly, you were only seventeen at the time, but such things do have a tendency to stay in the memory.
- BANKER: (WITH GREAT DISTASTE) Ah, Brigitte, I didn’t see you there. (UNCTUOUS AGAIN) Obviously, I very much regret any…
- ANTOINE: Before this descends into more words we may all have cause to regret, I believe you have some papers for me.
- BANKER: Er, yes. Yes, of course. But the introductions have yet to be concluded…?
- ANTOINE: (SIGHS) How very like you. You never were comfortable until you knew the social standing of those you were addressing. It must be tiresome entering every new situation without knowing whether you need to be fawning or condescending.
- Monsieur Taggart, may I present Monsieur Stone and Mademoiselle Carter of the United States?
- BANKER: (WITH SUPREME DISTASTE) Charmed.
- TESS: (ANGRY) Likewise.
- TRENT: (SOTO VOCE) Easy Tess. I really don’t want the embarrassment of having to bail you out of jail on an assault charge while we are guests of the Comte.
- TESS: (SOTO VOCE) Alright. But he only gets one pass. I won’t be responsible for what happens if this little upstart…
- TRENT: (SOTO VOCE) Alright. But for now, behave yourself.
- ANTOINE: Now, the papers if you please.
- BANKER: Of course, come this way. Your guests can wait…
- ANTOINE: My guests will remain by my side. Understood?
- BANKER: Uh… yes, of course. Please, come this way. The box containing the papers is over here. This is the key.
- ANTOINE: Thankyou. (BEAT) You may go.
- BANKER: Oh, er, of course…
- SOUND: BANKER DEPARTING – FADE OUT.
- TESS: And not a moment too soon.
- TRENT: An odd combination of the obsequious and the odious.
- ANTOINE: Yes, he does have a gift for rubbing people the wrong way. But his kind of petty malice holds little interest right now. This box on the other hand…
- SOUND: LID CREAKS OPEN – LET IT FINISH.
- BRIGITTE: What is all that? Correspondence?
- ANTOINE: Mostly. And his will. But this… this is vellum.
- TESS: Vellum?
- ANTOINE: Calf-skin. Used as an expensive form of writing paper in ages past. It’s a small package and the ink is faded.
- BRIGITTE: Well, don’t keep us in suspense. Tell us what it says.
- ANTOINE: I’ll have to translate as we go…
- Here, 1276. This is old indeed. I wonder how Pierre came to have it in his possession?
- BRIGITTE: Just read it.
- ANTOINE: Fine. Fine. It reads as follows…
- I know little of what to make of these sad events. With my husband’s death it falls to me… (FADE OUT)
- CONTESSA: (FADE IN) With my husband’s death it falls to me to record what has happened. The tale is a sorry one and the wounds are still fresh…
- MUSIC: HARP TRANSITION – LET IT FINISH
SCENE 7: (INT) THE CHATEAU (COMTE, CONTESSA, SERVANT)
- COMTE: I tell you it’s just not right. The man’s a glorified serf.
- CONTESSA: Do not underestimate him. He has learned much and could be a valuable man.
- COMTE: (SNEERING) Michel Mauvais, nicknamed “the Evil”, and his son, Charles, nicknamed “the Sorcerer”. Alchemists, yet? Diabolists if you ask me!
- CONTESSA: Don’t confuse alchemy with diabolism. They are searching for the philosopher’s stone, the elixir of life. I don’t believe that nonsense about consorting with devils etc. Villager superstition can be dangerous.
- COMTE: Bah! They have an evil reputation amongst the villagers. They keep to themselves, and some claim Mauvais burned his wife alive as a sacrifice to the Devil. There have been disappearances among the peasant children that many lay at his door. Mauvais and his son are not natural. Peasantry who can read! Of course, they’re consorting with devils. They’ll be engaged in all manner of unnatural rites if you ask me.
- SOUND: RUNNING FOOTSTEPS APPROACHING – LET IT FINISH.
- SERVANT: My Lord! My Lord! We cannot find him. Godfrey, your youngest son, is missing.
- CONTESSA: (PANICKED) What?
- COMTE: (FURIOUS) What? Gather my personal guard. They’ve gone too far this time.
- SERVANT: (UNDER) Guards! The Comte requires your assemblage in the main hall. Guards!
- CONTESSA: Who? No, you don’t really think it was them? The alchemist and his son aren’t stupid. There is no way they could have done this. Where’s the proof?
- COMTE: Proof? I don’t need proof. And if you think I will give them time to cover their activities by waiting for proof to emerge, you are VERY much mistaken.
- Guardsmen? To me! (DEPARTING)
- SOUND: RUNNING FEET – FADE OUT.
- MUSIC: SCENE ENDER – LET IT FINISH.
SCENE 8: (EXT) OUTSIDE MAUVAIS’ HUT (COMTE, CAPTAIN, MAUVAIS)
- SOUND: NIGHT AMBIANCE (CRICKETS ETC.) ESTABLISH AND UNDER
- CAPTAIN: The men are in position, m’Lord. We await your orders.
- COMTE: Piddling little place isn’t it? Just a hut. And a long way from the main village.
- CAPTAIN: Yes, m’Lord.
- COMTE: (SNEERING) Yes, m’Lord? Is that all you can manage, Captain? This Mauvais and his son are using the distance to mask their nefarious activities.
- CAPTAIN: Yes, m’Lord.
- COMTE: (IMPATIENT) Oh, very well. Kick in his door.
- CAPTAIN: Yes, m’Lord. Lucrece? Now!
- SOUND: DOOR CRACKING OPEN – LET IT FINISH.
- SOUND: MEN RUSHING ABOUT – SHUFFLING BANGS AND BUMPS – UNDER.
- MAUVAIS: What is the meaning of this?
- COMTE: Don’t move Mauvais. We have caught you red handed. Where is my son?
- SOLDIER #1: What is that smell? It’s rancid.
- SOLDIER #2: It’s coming from the Cauldron on the fire.
- MAUVAIS: No. Don’t touch that!
- SOLDIER #1: Captain, there is no one else here.
- CAPTAIN: No sign of Godfrey, or of Mauvais’ son?
- SOLDIER #2: No sign of either.
- COMTE: Where is my son, Mauvais. Where…
- SOUND: BUBBLING (UNDER)
- COMTE: [CUE] No! No, not that. Where is my son, Mauvais? Is he boiling? Is he boiling in that pot? Have you killed him? Where is he, Mauvais, tell me now? Where is my son?
- MAUVAIS: M’Lord. I don’t. Ack! (CHOKING NOISES)
- CAPTAIN: M’Lord. You are killing him!
- COMTE: Have you killed my son, Mauvais? Are you boiling him in that pot?
- MAUVAIS: (CHOKING NOISES).
- COMTE: I will show you what we do with murderers Mauvais. I’ll show you.
- SOUND: NECK SNAPPING – LET IT FINISH.
- MAUVAIS: (DEATH SIGH) Ugh!
- SOUND: BODY DROP – LET IT FINISH.
- CAPTAIN: You have killed him, my Lord.
- COMTE: Captain, douse the flames. I want…
- SERVANT: (AT A DISTANCE – APPROACHING) M’Lord! M’Lord! News from the Castle.
- COMTE: What new deviltry is this?
- SERVANT: (RUSHING IN OUT OF BREATH) M’Lord. The Comtesse sends me with glad news. Your son has been found in the North Tower. He was hiding from his nurse.
- COMTE: (HORRIFIED) What?!
- MUSIC: OMINOUS SCENE ENDER – LET IT FINISH.
SCENE 9: (EXT) MARCHING TO THE CHATEAU (COMTE, CAPTAIN, MEN, CHARLES)
- SOUND: NIGHT AMBIANCE – ESTABLISH AND UNDER
- SOUND: TRUDGING – ESTABLISH AND UNDER (CONTINUE TO 302)
- COMTE: Did your men have to put the hut to the flame, Captain?
- CAPTAIN: It seemed prudent.
- COMTE: And what of Charles, the old man’s son?
- CAPTAIN: He will have cause to believe a tragic accident has occurred… and perhaps he will depart from this place.
- COMTE: Hmmm. Perhaps? It would be fortuitous if something good were to come of this mess. (BEAT) And your men?
- CAPTAIN: Sworn to secrecy and loyal to a man.
- COMTE: I am glad to hear it.
- CHARLES: (ALMOST INCOHERENT WITH RAGE) Are you indeed?
- SOUND: TRUDGING HALTS.
- CAPTAIN: Who goes there? What is your business?
- CHARLES: I am Charles, son of Mauvais. I have been gathering herbs in the woods. Now I am returning home. But, if I heard you correctly, my home is no more. You have burned it, and my father within it.
- CAPTAIN: Come no closer! (ASIDE) Where is he, can any of you see him?
- SOLDIER #1: No, Captain. He is without the range of the torches.
- CHARLES: So, you don’t deny it. It is true, then. My father, who did nothing to you, is dead! (BEAT) And you stay silent. Can it be shame that stills your tongue? (BEAT) Then I shall speak.
- You, Comte of the House De Valier, are a coward and a fool! I curse you. I curse you and your line.
- “May ne’er a noble of thy murd’rous line
- Survive to reach a greater age than thine!”
- CAPTAIN: Look out M’Lord! He’s thrown something.
- SOUND: SPLASH, THEN FLAMES – ESTABLISH AND UNDER.
- COMTE: (SCREAMS IN AGONY) Argh! Arghhh! Put it out. Put it out! Aaaarrgh!
- CAPTAIN: He has set the Comte ablaze. You men, try to smother the flames. You others, find that cursed alchemist’s son!
- CHARLES: (FADE OUT ALL OTHER BACKGROUND) (ECHOING) Mwahahahaha!
- MUSIC: HARP TRANSITION – LET IT FINISH.
- COMTESSE: I know not what form of fire it was that the alchemist lit upon my husband. It could not be beaten out and spread to any that tried to assist him. He succumbed to his wounds two nights past. Charles the son of the alchemist called Mauvais is gone, escaped into the woods. As for his curse, we shall see how much power there was in it. I have recorded it all here against the possibility that it may, in fact, be real. (FADE OUT)
- ANTOINE: (FADE IN) I have recorded it all here against the possibility that it may, in fact, be real. (LONG BEAT) Well, what are we to make of that?
- TRENT: More and less than you might think.
- ANTOINE: What do you mean?
- BRIGITTE: You don’t think the curse is real? I’ll admit the short lives of the males in Antoine’s line date back to the year of this document… but beyond that?
- TRENT: Tess, do you want to take this?
- TESS: That Charles attempted to curse the De Valier line is clear, but this rhyming piece of doggerel wouldn’t do it… at least not typically.
- BRIGITTE: I don’t understand?
- TESS: Magic… real magic, isn’t a simple matter of a few rhyming statements. It takes power, blood, and, most importantly, preparation. I’ve never heard of a familial curse arising spontaneously like this.
- TRENT: I have… once… It’s possible, where there is enough hate involved, and power, and death. The burning of the Comte might have provided the death. Charles might have had sufficient innate power… but still, something doesn’t feel right. Whatever this is, I don’t believe it is the result of a curse.
- ANTOINE: Hmm. I think we’ll take these documents with us. The funeral is only an hour away. Let’s go.
- MUSIC: NEUTRAL SCENE ENDER – LET IT FINISH.
- MUSIC: CLOSING THEME AND CREDITS – LET IT FINISH.
CASTING SHEETS — MAJOR CHARACTERS
TRENT STONE: Hello, I’m Trent Stone, Adventurer. I’m always in command of the situation (except perhaps, when it comes to Tess — who can easily throw me for a loop). I say things like “indeed,” “hmmm,” and “I see” a lot, and speak in a way that friends of Clark Kent would find very familiar. I’m smart, observant, and quick to use my fists when required (but never impulsive). I sound like Joe College but I’m blue collar through and through. My lack of higher education is something of an embarrassment to me (but I’d never let on).
I’m aware of Tess’s urgency about tying the knot, but mostly I just ignore it and keep on working.
TERESA CARTER: Hiya. Everyone calls me Tess. I’m the take-no-prisoners sort who can hold her own in the man’s world that is the concrete jungle of Star City. I’m college educated but have a mean right hook. I’m a reporter by training and a stickybeak by inclination — this tends to get me in trouble. Curious, playful, and smart, that’s me! But I’m also painfully honest, easily moved by the troubles of others, and as protective as a tigress of my friends. Now that Trent’s owned up to his feelings about me and we’re engaged, it’s time to set a date. But Trent keeps dragging his feet. I’m not getting any younger, you know?
ANTOINE Duvalier: Bonjour. I am the Comte du Chateau Duvalier (Count of Duvalier Castle) and I have discovered that the legendary curse, rumored to have killed off every male heir to the title of my family estate for generations, is not so legendary after all. My brother is dead, and I am the last of my line. I must get to the bottom of this mystery before I, too, am overtaken by it.
BRIGITTE LeGRANDE: I am Brigitte LeGrande. I grew up with Antoine and his brother. Many years ago I loved the brother (though it was not reciprocated), but I was merely a child. It has been a great many years since that was true but Antoine has not realized how things have changed. Out of respect for his brother’s memory, he resists seeing me as more than a friend. Still, I am patient. I am smart. I will help him deal with this, oh so ridiculous, curse. Then, we shall see what we shall see.
CASTING SHEETS — MINOR CHARACTERS
NARRATOR: Hello, I am your narrator. I introduce the cold stormy nights on which our stories take place, the dark alleys, and darker personalities who inhabit the lonely city. It is my job to set the scene and establish the serious tone of suspense and intrigue that will carry the story forward. It is also my job to remind listeners of what came before in a calm, trustworthy voice and ensure that everyone is oriented to where we are and where we are going.
BANKER: I do not like you. I grovel at your feet for your business (if you have money) of course but, in reality, I like you no more than I like these peasants. You all hate me, I know. But in the end, I will be richer than all of you and you’ll never be able to look down on me again.
COMTE: I can sum a person up in a moment and I am never wrong. Take that thieving cook we used to employ. I knew right away that she was a sneak thief. So what if she was never caught? I knew the truth and she was out on her ear. Apparently, she’s cooking for the King now.
COMTESSA: I find it difficult to manage this estate, what with my idiot husband making impulsive decisions at every turn. But nevertheless, I manage, and, since I took on the administration of our lands and vineyards we have begun generating a healthy profit.
SERVANT: My master is generous enough. He rarely looks at what we do as servants so the work is never too onerous. If I do catch his eye, it will occasionally mean I have to run an odd errand or two, but usually, life here is fine.
CAPTAIN: Captain of the Guard
SOLDIER #1 – #3: Soldiers from the Chateau
MAUVAIS: I am Mauvais, called “the evil” by the fools that live in the village and surrounding countryside. Such ignorance and superstition! Still, if I can convince the Comte of my genius, I will, at last, have a patron and a safe place to work.
CHARLES: I am motivated by an intense hatred for the House Du Valier. I will not rest until every last member of the male line has been wiped from the face of the earth. I do not care what I must do. I do not care how long it takes. I will kill them all.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Philip Craig Robotham grew up in a house full of books and has held numerous jobs as a teacher, computer programmer, graphic and web designer, e-learning consultant and, most recently, writer. He currently lives in Sydney, Australia with his wife and two sons. When he was younger and fitter he enjoyed martial arts, but in recent years his hobbies have tended towards more sedate fare (board games, movies, books, and role-playing games).
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- The Alchemist – Episode 1 – The Family Curse
- The Alchemist – Episode 2 – A Secret from the Past
- The Alchemist – Episode 3 – Hell’s Chateau
- The Alchemist – Episode 4 – Cat and Mouse
- The Alchemist – Episode 5 – Curse’s End
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