Rebel Treasure twentyeighth post

Rebel Treasure twentyeighth post

INT BEN’S STUDY – NIGHT

BEN
(very frustrated)
For crying out loud!

Abigail comes in on the run.

ABIGAIL
What happened?
(not seeing a cause for his outburst)
What’s the matter, Babe?

BEN
(holds up the journal)
Lon was just about to describe his new command. And he switched ciphers.

ABIGAIL No key?

BEN
None. Zip. Nada! I got to go over there.

ABIGAIL
What?

BEN
I’ve got to go to France. She’s there. I know she is.

She gives him “a look.”

BEN (CONT’D)
I’m serious, Abigail!

ABIGAIL
I see. Is there any thing I can do to help?

BEN
An extra pair of eyes would be handy.

She picks up the journal.

ABIGAIL
I’ll scan these pages and convert it to a text file and between us we should be able to crack it. Meanwhile, you get some sleep, we’ve got that meeting in the morning.

BEN
Hon, I’m not a two year old.

ABIGAIL
No, you’re not, you just sound like one.

THE GATE’S KITCHEN – EARLY MORNING

Ben picks up his coffee cup and drains the last drop, sets it down and strikes out five words from a column on a paper full of keyword combinations. Abigail sits across from him, also in her bathrobe, hard at work on her laptop. A news program drones on from a TV set installed under the cabinet.

BEN
(refilling his cup)
What about you? Anything?

ABIGAIL
Making progress. I’m just rechecking the text file now for scanning errors. Maybe Riley can program something to hack it.

TV ANNOUNCER
A report just in this morning – a gold heist–
(both look to the screen)
occurred overnight at a local museum. Details when we return.

Riley enters.

RILEY
What’s this? A pajama party? Why didn’t you tell me?

As the program is resuming, Ben holds up a hand to hush him.

TV ANNOUNCER
The curator of the museum Mr. Conrad Toombs —

ABIGAIL
Hey, that’s–

TV ANNOUNCER
–tells us that an exhibit had been broken into last night and burglarized. Stolen were 16 crates of gold ingots. The gold had been found —

BEN
Oh, crap! I’m going now!
(shuts the TV off)
I’m not going to get caught up here in any investigation.

ABIGAIL
Do you think that’s wise? You’ll end up a suspect for sure.

BEN
As if I’m not one already. You know I didn’t take it and I know I didn’t take it.

RILEY
Actually I don’t know if that’s true or not, so you better take me with you.

ABIGAIL
If you’re going to France, I’m going to Mexico.

BEN
What?

ABIGAIL
You heard me.

BEN
What are you talking about?

ABIGAIL
Lon was there after the war. He says so in your first journal. I did some checking and the KGC was headquartered there then.

BEN
(realization sets in)
And the perfect spot to look for a paper trail, perhaps their archive.

RILEY
I’ll go with her if you like.

BEN
No, I need you along with me.

ABIGAIL
Don’t worry, I won’t be alone. I owe a visit to a colleague at the Mexican archives.

RILEY
I’ve always wanted to see Paris. When do we leave?

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