(We return with Edward who had previously left Dahlia in a hurry.) Edward’s phone begins to ring and the screen lights up with the name “Barnaby Wilks”; The cop with whom he had been putting off meeting. He sighed and decided its either time to come up with another explanation, or finally meet with this asshole. After a short conversation with Mr. Wilks, Edward agrees to meet him at 10am. Seconds after ending his call with Mr. Wilks, the phone screen lights up again, “Important”. Edward smirks, he somewhat enjoys his conversations with this mystery man.
- “N” says something along the lines of " Edddwarrddd..I don’t think you should meet with the cop. Meet me at 10 am on the Corner of 22nd and Barnaby. It’s across the street from an abandoned warehouse."
- Edward scoffs," Are you screening my phone calls?"
- N- " Something like that. See you then." -Call ends
Ax, who was having a wonderful nap about a mystery waitress gets awakened by a phone call from Trixie. Half asleep, he agrees to meet Trixie and the group at the Beekman Tower.
The group is all on their way to the tower. Unsure of where Edward is at the moment, and planning to meet Ax. The morning has been long, all awakened from “that dream”.. Everybody feels the effect of having little to no sleep and Kira begins to drift off. Just as quickly as Kira begins to fall asleep, she wakes up; an eerily similar dream haunted her nap. Just as well, they had arrived at the tower and waited for Ax to arrive.
- Trixie-" We need to go to the 40th floor"
Dahlia decides to give Ed a call to see where he is.
- Ed- " Where did you go?"
- Dahlia-" You left first! We’re at the Beekman tower. Parking level B. Wanna meet us here?"
- Ed-Ignores question. " You’re a real douche."
- Dahlia- " So are you." Call ends.
Trixie receives a text from Ed confirming that he will be meeting them at the tower. After waiting a short while everybody meets up and is updated on the status of the tower: 40th floor, symmetry, yadda yadda yadda. Time to get in the elevator and see what all of this is about.
When they get in the elevator, Trixie pushes 40th floor and “Careless Whisper” begins to play.
- Dahlia-" I like this song." Hums along.. A few others join in.
ding The doors open on the 40th floor. Everything was as Trixie described, complete symmetry down to every last detail excluding the sign above the receptionist’s desk reading, "Beekman Industries on two lines. And at the end of the lobby and completely symmetrical, an eerily beautiful woman.. but she’s the one from the dreams. Ed, who wants to get to the bottom of this, swallows his fears and marches up to the woman and stands “in-her-bubble” close to her.
- Ed-“I believe we have an appointment.”
- Woman-" I’m sorry. But you don’t have any appointments left."
- Ed-" Your expression would say otherwise."
- Woman seems nervous and unnerved. " Well..Since you don’t have any more appointments, would you like to make another one? What day and time works best for you?"
- Ed-" As soon as possible."
- Dahlia-" How about now?"
*Ed, Trixie- " yeah"
- Woman seems even more frustrated and picks up one of the phones on the desk. She whispers into the phone and only Ed and few others are able to hear her." He can see you now. Go down the hall." as she points to everyones right “last door on the left” she smiles.
Ed-" Thanks, you’re a peach." As he’s leaving, he walks over to one of the symmetrical vases and turns it upside down and watches as the woman’s half-smile turns to a frown.
The walk down the hall seemed like it would never end, when they looked ahead it seemed like a mile long. But behind them, it didn’t look like they had walked that far at all.
- whisper in group. “Somethin’s going on here.” But, they finally made it to the door, and Ed gently knocked while Trixie just opened the door and they all walked in.
The room was dark and an Elderly vagrant-looking man was standing in front of the desk.
*Dahlia- " Are you the asshole that’s been sending us all the texts and calling us?"
*Old man turns around angrily. " EXCUSE ME, I was here first!"
*Man at desk-" Chance it’s alright. I’ll see you next week same as always 6:00"
Old man nods and makes his way out, glaring at everybody in the group as he leaves. There was something so similar about his face.. They had all seen him somewhere before.
Snow fell all around as the crowded Theatre emptied the showing of “Wicked”. The group all enjoyed the show thoroughly and decided that this would be the perfect time to buy gifts for loved ones; since it was a few days before X-mas. Everybody bought items and were beat from their shopping spree. They returned to the parking garage laughing and talking about the play. As they turned the corner onto their level Ax bumped into the same elderly homeless man making him fall. As the man got up and dusted himself off he smiled and whispered something, as if from another language under his breath. He then ran off and was seen taking a phone out of his pocket as he turned a corner and disappeared into the powdery darkness of N.Y.
- Trixie stops the man before he leaves.-" Excuse me, were you in downtown NY near the Theatre on the 23rd?"
*Chance- " It is the 23rd."
- Trixie corrects him-" No I’m sorry, I meant of December."
*Chance- " No, I’ve never seen you before" and rushes out of the room.
Ed scoffs as the old man leaves and calmly walks towards the desk and sees the man behind it, gut wrenchingly familiar.
*Ed-" Last time I saw you there was a lot more blood on your face. How’s that doing?"
*Neil Richards-" Good. Thank’s for asking." smirks, " How’s Bev?"
*Ed clenches his fists and tightens his jaw. " I was going to ask you the same thing to be frank."
*Neil-" I don’t have any idea what you’re talking about." Turns away from Ed and towards Kira.He smiles. “Been a while”
*Kira- " Yup."
*Neil-“Last time I saw you, you were wearing a lot… less.”
*Ed interrupts. " I want all of our appointments with you from the last 6 months."
*Neil scoffs." No I can’t do that."
Vivi knows that this man is a womanizer and Trixie wants to be useful so they both try to help Ed into persuading him for the information.
*Neil-“Look it’s complicated, you have all been seeing my colleagues for your amnesia and depression and I can’t give you your files because I don’t have them her-”
*Ed, Trixie-“you can’t keep our files from us they’re ours and what your doing is against the law”
*Neil-“eh…yes…I don’t have them but i’ll get them faxed. The receptionist in the lobby will give them to you when they come in.”
Back in the lobby they await the appointment papers. Ed stands menacingly close to the vase he turned over before. Dahlia sits on one of the couches with her feet up on the seat. After they all mess with the receptionist for a good while and make fun of her eerily symmetrical face, the faxes start to arrive one by one. After everybody has their papers From the psychiatrists Ed smiles at the lady.
Ed-" You’re a peach." Smiles and winks. Everybody returns to the parking garage.
Whilst in the parking garage , Ed brings everybody up to speed on the meeting with “N” and inquires what the group would like to do next. It is agreed that they will all stake-out the building where they are to meet this “important caller”.
In two different cars they arrive at the warehouse. But not before Dahlia and Elizabeth have a little back to back catty argument in the Prius. This part of NY is very dark and dreary; it’s a very rundown part of the city. This is indeed the “ghetto”.
*Ed-" Well, how are we going to do this? We need some people to go inside and some to stay with the cars."
*Ax raises his hand, " I’ll stay with the cars."
*Elizabeth chimes in, " I will too. I have my pistol." Pulls out her 9mm..
The rest of the group carefully walks into the rundown apartment complex.
*Ed-" It’s apartment 17 on the 3rd floor."
Knock Knock Knock No answer. They try the other tenants around the area. Knock Knock No answer from any of the other apartments.
Vivi-" I could put up a camera." She finds the perfect spot to put a camera, but as she’s reaching up to place it she notices the cobwebs and spiders in the corner and flips out smashing her hand through the decomposing drywall.
Ed-" Well, maybe we’re just too early. Lets go back out to the cars and wait till it’s actually 10am." But as soon as they start walking down the hall Apt 14 opens and 3 men step out. All of these men are Gangster-esque with facial tattoos, shaved heads, etc. They catcall the women in the group but Kira was the only one that acknowledged them. They continue walking.
as they pass, the three men grab Vivi, Dahlia, and Trixie. Dahlia quickly grabs her attacked by the sleeve of his stained wife-beater.
*Dahlia-" Do not fucking touch me."
And hardly before she had a chance to finish the sentence, a gun was pointed at her face.
Meanwhile. Ax and Elizabeth just chat outside. Elizabeth questions about the Prius, " Powered by rainbows, huh? interesting. I didn’t know you could do that." She looks up and equally menacing men with pipes, chains, and bats start walking up to the cars towards Ax.
Vato-" Hey, I like your car man. I want it."
Ax-" yeah man. They’re great on gas. You should get one."
Vato-" No man. I don’t think you understand me. I like Your car. I want this one." gesturing to his off-road van.