PASSAGE – DEEPER UNDER THE CAVERN
Riley flashes the miner’s light down the passageway, illuminating a series of side passages.
Eeenie, meenie, minee…
A shout floats out of the smallest passage right next to him.
Uhn, uhn. It’s Ben’s turn to climb down the dirty rat hole.
There comes a BANGING of rock on metal and the sound of VOICES. Riley sighs and climbs up and into the tube-like tunnel.
Sadusky huddles with some of his men out of sight of the main door and the only light.
There’s nothing in that direction but a long tunnel and a dead end.
Damn! What’s keeping Howie and Stewart?
Maybe it’s good news.
Agent Howie emerges out of the shadows and into their circle.
We found something.
Sadusky and his men trail behind Agent Howie.
We were just at the point of turning back, then all of a sudden these lights turned on. So Stewart went on ahead and I came back for you.
The tunnel widens and forms a chamber with an exit of the tube tunnel at the other end.
Agent Sadusky, am I glad to see you!
How’d you get here? No, that’s not important. Can you get us out of here?
(from around the corner)
We’ve almost got this grill loose.
And I suppose Mr. Gates is with you?
Sort of. I’ll take you to him.
Guards hem Ben and Abigail together in the central area, while Rance and his soldiers fan out to check all the nooks and crannies of the fort.
Up on the tower above the guard house, one of two soldiers examines the Gatling gun.
Hey, this thing is loaded!
That’s not what we’re looking for.
What are we looking for?
Some kind of wheel or valve or something.
What’s it do?
Down below, a third soldier comes running from the other guard house.
I think I found it!
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