Episode 62: “Thou Winter Wind”

Episode 62: "Thou Winter Wind" The Sheridan Tapes

CONTENT WARNING: Mentions of torture, character betrayal, and deception, singing, emotional distress, and terror12232019: The Searchers make an unauthorized stop on their way back to Meriwether.Starring Airen Neeley Chaconas as Anna Sheridan, Amitola Lomas as Maria Sol, Trevor Van Winkle as Sam Bailey, Virginia Spotts as Kate Sheridan, Jesse Steele as Bill Tyler, and Ezra J Wayne as Ned Leroux, with Adrian Gibbs as the radio host and original music by Jesse Haugen. Written by Trevor Van Winkle and produced by Virginia Spotts, with dialogue editing and sound design by Trevor Van Winkle. This episode was made possible by our supporters at Patreon.com/homesteadcorner, ko-fi.com/homesteadcorner, and our backers on Seed&Spark."God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen" MIDI provided by 8notes.com and Red balloon Technology Ltd under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/)For more information, additional content, and episode transcript, visit homesteadonthecorner.com/tst062Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/sheridantapes. Our GDPR privacy policy was updated on August 8, 2022. Visit acast.com/privacy for more information. Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/SheridanTapes.

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12232019: The Searchers make an unauthorized stop on their way back to Meriwether.

Starring Airen Neeley Chaconas as Anna Sheridan, Amitola Lomas as Maria Sol, Trevor Van Winkle as Sam Bailey, Virginia Spotts as Kate Sheridan, Jesse Steele as Bill Tyler, and Ezra J Wayne as Ned Leroux, with Adrian Gibbs as the radio host and original music by Jesse Haugen. Written by Trevor Van Winkle and produced by Virginia Spotts, with dialogue editing and sound design by Trevor Van Winkle. This episode was made possible by our supporters at Patreon.com/homesteadcorner, ko-fi.com/homesteadcorner, and our backers on Seed&Spark.

“God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen” MIDI provided by 8notes.com and Red balloon Technology Ltd under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/)

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CONTENT WARNING: Mentions of torture, character betrayal, and deception, singing, emotional distress, and terror

[A small fire burns as a cold wind blows outside]

[Someone shifts on a couch, fabric rustling]

Anna Sheridan

Hey.

Maria Sol 

What?

Anna Sheridan

Merry Christmas.

Maria Sol 

That’s all you’ve got to say?

Anna Sheridan

No. But it’s all I want to say.

Maria Sol 

Well that’s certainly a change.

Anna Sheridan

Shut up.

[Maria giggles]

Maria Sol 

We should do this more often.

Anna Sheridan

Anytime you want.

Maria Sol 

Well it kind of has to be Christmas for this to work, you know. It’s not the same without the lights.

Anna?

[No reply, Maria shifts to look at her; she’s asleep]

Anna?

[Maria walks to the kitchen]

[Cabinet opens]

[She fills a mug from the sink]

[The wind outside picks up]

Maria Sol  

“Blow, blow, thou winter wind… Freeze, thou bitter sky.”

[Anna begins to murmur in her sleep]

Anna Sheridan (talking in sleep)

Dad, I can’t… there’s not enough water, it won’t… catch it, catch it, it’s falling…!

Maria Sol 

Anna?

[Maria goes back to the living room]

Anna Sheridan (talking in sleep)

Please stop… please stop… I can’t help, it won’t… 

There’s someone else… in the shadows… behind the dark… moving… look behind you, look behind you…!

Maria Sol 

Anna, you’re just having a bad dream, I’m still here—

Anna Sheridan (crying out in sleep)

The shadow, cloven by branching light — the void tearing open, fire over all lands and lives and peoples — the end, the end, the end!!

Maria Sol 

Wake up Anna, wake up!

[Anna wakes up with a gasp as Maria shakes her awake]

[Her breathing is unsteady]

Anna Sheridan

Did I… did I fall asleep?

Maria Sol 

Yeah… You did.

Anna Sheridan

I’m so sorry Maria… I was trying to listen.

Maria Sol 

No, it’s fine, I just… 

What was that about?

Anna Sheridan

What was what about?

Maria Sol 

You were talking in your sleep.

Anna Sheridan

I was? That’s not—

[brief pause]

It was just a nightmare. Shouldn’t have had so much eggnog before bed.

Maria Sol 

Are you sure? You sounded pretty scared—

Anna Sheridan

I’m fine Maria, just… drop it.

[a pause]

I’m sorry Maria, it’s just… I don’t want to talk about it. Maybe later.

Maria Sol 

Yeah… Okay. Sure.

[Anna shifts back on the couch, Maria lays down next to her]

[The fire flutters]

[Cassette noises]

[Click]

[Main Theme]

Recording Begins

[Cassette noises]

[Click]

[Noisy bar in New Orleans]

[People cheer and clap as Sam takes the stage]

Sam Bailey (singing)

In the merry month of May from me home I started,

Left the girls of Tuam nearly broken hearted,

Saluted Father dear,

Kissed me darling mother,

Drank a pint of beer, me grief and tears to smother,

Then off to reap the corn, leave where I was born,

Cut a stout blackthorn to banish ghosts and goblins;

In a brand new pair of brogues to rattle o’er the bogs

And frighten all the dogs on the rocky road to Dublin,

One two three four five,

Hunt the Hare and turn her down the rocky road

And all the way to Dublin, Whack fol la de dah!

In Mullingar that night I rested limbs so weary

Started by daylight next morning bright and early

Took a drop of the pure

to keep me heart from sinking—

[Click]

[Silence]

[Click]

[Another noisy, but slightly more relaxed bar]

Maria Sol

Is this thing on? Hellloooo… Yep — there we go. Good evening, Doctor Caldwell — Ren. Hope you’re both doing well. It’s the night before Christmas Eve here… and where’s here, you might ask? Well if you can’t tell from the sound of people enjoying themselves, it definitely isn’t Meriwether.

I don’t know if it actually has a name — the sign on the road just had “BAR” spray painted on it, and I doubt there’s more than one in this town. Not that the town has a name either, far as I can tell. Middle of nowhere, Texas. A decidedly unauthorized pit-stop in the lone star state. “But Maria,” I hear you say: “Isn’t that a massive security risk?” And I say — so what if it is? If Morrison really wanted to catch us, he’d have done it already… and I doubt he’d try it here. Too many eyes, not enough backup. So we figured, screw it! We’ll make it back in plenty of time for Christmas no matter what we do, so why not celebrate on the road before we get there? Anna did it plenty when she was out here, so… 

[Maria trails off and pauses]

Sorry, I… I just realized this is the second Christmas since she disappeared. The first one was so close, I didn’t even notice it. More than a year without her now… it just seems like —

[Across the bar, a round of applause and cheers]

[The karaoke machine pops to life with a tinny rendition of “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen”]

Bill Tyler (singing, continuing in background)

God rest ye merry gentlemen

Let nothing you dismay!

For Jesus Christ our savior

Was born on Christmas day!

To save us all from Satan’s power when we were gone astray!

Oh, tidings of comfort and joy, Comfort and joy!

Oh, tidings of comfort and joy… 

[Bill carries on in the background]

[Maria walks back to a section of the bar where Kate and Sam sit, listening]

Kate Sheridan

You alright?

Maria Sol

What?

Kate Sheridan

You were just… over there for a while. Were you making a phone call?

Maria Sol

No, I was just… [slight clearing of her throat] It’s nothing.

Kate Sheridan

You sure?

Maria Sol 

I should be the one asking you that.

Kate Sheridan

Come again?

Maria Sol

I mean… stopping here for the night? I know it was your idea, and I know Peter usually takes care of Santa duties—

Kate Sheridan

That’s not fair. It’s not my fault ISPHA sent us out this close to the holiday. We needed a break, and I don’t care what Ren says: I’m not driving through the night just to make—

Maria Sol

Okay, okay… sorry.

Kate Sheridan

I’m sorry, Maria. It’s just… we’re all under so much pressure, and I’m just not used to it.

Maria Sol

Says the world-class CPA.

[Kate laughs]

Kate Sheridan

Different kind of pressure. Tax work… I can leave it at the office — I can get away from it. But this? Trying to save the world, to keep my family safe… 

[small pause]

Are we doing the right thing?

Maria Sol

What, working for ISPHA?

Kate Sheridan

Working for ISPHA, chasing rumors, leaving my family in that… 

[she sighs]

It all just feels so… pointless, sometimes. A lot of the time.

Maria Sol

I mean… It’s not though — is it? I mean, we helped Philippe, and if Anna really saw the end of the world—

Kate Sheridan

If she actually saw it; if her visions were actually real; if that doesn’t mean the future’s inevitable… 

If we can actually stop it, then yes — it’s the right choice. The only choice. But… I mean, does it actually feel like we’re getting any closer to an answer?

Maria Sol

Not… not really, no.

Kate Sheridan

Pennsylvania, Meriwether, White Sands — the only time we saved anyone, it was when there was an honest-to-god human behind the problem. Everything else, it’s just been… bandaids. Stopgaps. And I just can’t stop thinking about what happened when ISPHA tried that the first time.

Maria Sol

Templi Prophetam.

Kate Sheridan

I keep thinking: what if it’s all pointless? What if ISPHA really is as clueless as we are, and they just have us chasing our own tails because they don’t know what else to do?

Maria Sol

I mean… Ren’s pretty damn smart, and Caldwell… well, I don’t like her, but she’s pretty sure she knows—

Kate Sheridan

It’s not about how smart they are. Even the smartest people can make stupid decisions when they get bad ideas stuck in their heads. It’s about… us.

If all we’re turning up out here is dead ends, false alarms, and failures — then all we’re doing is wasting what little time we have left. Time we could be spending with our families, with the people we care about. And what about Anna?

Maria Sol

What about her?

Kate Sheridan

When was the last time we had an actual lead on finding her? When we rescued Bill? Before that? When do we get back to actually looking for her again?

Maria Sol

We… we are still looking for her — Right? I mean, this is still our best chance at—

[Almost unnoticed, Bill’s song ended]

[He approaches]

Bill Tyler

Alright, who’s up next?

Kate Sheridan

Shouldn’t we let someone else go? Don’t want to hog the machine.

Bill Tyler

Are you kidding? We’re the most exciting thing to happen to this bar in years! Most nights it’s just like the same three or four locals up there — we’re practically a special event!

Maria Sol

Well this “special event’s” postponed indefinitely. No way you’re getting me up on that stage.

Bill Tyler

Oh come on Maria, it’ll be fun—

Maria Sol

Believe me, Tyler… you’re never gonna hear me sing.

Bill Tyler

It was worth a shot, at least. Kate?

Kate Sheridan

Oh, I need at least three more drinks before I try that again.

Bill Tyler

How about you, Sam?

[pause]

Maria Sol

You okay, Sam?

[Sam finally hears them]

Sam Bailey

What?

Maria Sol

Are you okay? You’re being even quieter than usual.

Sam Bailey

Oh… yeah, I’m fine, just… a lot on my mind.

[Bill laughs]

Bill Tyler

Seriously? It’s Christmas Eve… Eve! We’re out for Karaoke, and everything’s right in the world! What’s there to worry about?

Sam Bailey

It’s just, uh… Oh, uh, is the uh… is the Karaoke machine open now?

Bill Tyler

Yeah, I just finished. You… you can take your turn if—

Sam Bailey

Okay, yeah — I think I’ll try that. [his chair scoots as he stands] Just need to see if there’s anything I know on there.

[Sam rushes across the room a little quickly]

[Bill watches him go and sighs]

Bill Tyler

The more things change… 

Kate Sheridan

Something wrong, Bill?

Bill Tyler

It’s just… last time I took Sam out to karaoke, he pulled the exact same trick to get out of talking to me. I just thought we were past that by now.

Maria Sol

I thought you wanted him to sing?

Bill Tyler

I’ll admit, he surprised me in NOLA. Last time he sang, though… 

Maria Sol

I really don’t see what the problem is here—

Kate Sheridan

No, I… I think I see what you’re saying, Bill.

Maria Sol 

Well can someone please explain it to me, ‘cause I’m lost.

Kate Sheridan

Have either of you seen Sam get any sleep when we’re out on assignment? I mean besides those little “power naps” he takes when he thinks no one’s looking.

Maria Sol

[she scoffs] That can’t be right, he… I mean, at White Sands, he… no, he said he wasn’t… but in Pennsylvania, he… Shit, you’re right.

Kate Sheridan

He spent months alone in the mountains with nothing to do but take care of himself. Now he has a problem to solve again, and he’s barely sleeping. He works all hours of the day and night, and I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but he’s had that little cold of his since White Sands.

Bill Tyler

Deja vu all over again.

Maria Sol

I mean… is that really a bad thing though? I know it’s not great for his health, but… that’s just how he works, right?

Bill Tyler

I… I’m not sure. Maybe.

Kate Sheridan

Maybe it wasn’t a big deal before, but he didn’t have his… abilities back then. At least he didn’t know about them. The way he talks about it… [she sighs] I’m worried there might be more consequences to him burning out than we expect. For all of us.

Maria Sol

You’re just… guessing all that, right?

Kate Sheridan

I don’t know… maybe it’s just the stress talking. It’s been a long couple of months… I’m probably just looking for somewhere to put it.

Bill Tyler

I don’t think that’s it.

Kate Sheridan

What do you mean?

Bill Tyler

I mean… maybe it’s just stress for me too, but ever since I got out of the wheel, I’ve had this… Weird feeling around Sam. Like it’s… ah, I don’t know.

Kate Sheridan

Like it’s what, Bill?

Bill Tyler

I feel… uneasy around him. Like there was something dangerous about spending too much time with him.

Maria Sol

[joking tone] I feel that way about Sam most of the time. Always a danger of being bored to death.

Bill Tyler

It’s not that… it was like how I felt around Amanita — like it was something inside my own head. And honestly… it feels like I’m sitting next to a time bomb sometimes.

[Moment of quiet]

Kate Sheridan

Do you feel that way now?

Bill Tyler

I don’t know… I think whatever link I had is mostly gone, and it was barely there to start with, but—

[Across the bar, the karaoke machine comes to life and begins to play a simple acoustic guitar version of “Home on the Range”]

[Extended pause]

Kate Sheridan

Bill, tell me that’s not—

Ned Leroux (singing)

“Oh, give me a home where the buffalo roam,

Where the deer and the antelope play,

Where seldom is heard a discouraging word

And the skies are not cloudy all day.”

[Ned continues singing in the background]

Kate Sheridan

Where’s Sam?

Bill Tyler

I don’t know… last I saw him he was over there.

Kate Sheridan

Do you think they got him?

Bill Tyler

I didn’t hear anything — did you?

Maria Sol

Wait… who is that?

Bill Tyler

That’s Ned, Maria.

Maria Sol

Oh shit… 

Kate Sheridan

Do you think he’s here with Morrison?

Bill Tyler

I can’t see him — he might be outside though.

Maria Sol

Might?

Bill Tyler

It’s too dark to see anything out there. I doubt he’d show up sirens blazing.

Kate Sheridan

But it could just be Ned, right?

Bill Tyler

Could be isn’t good enough… we need to get out of here. The van’s out back — if we create a distraction, we should be able to get out without him noticing.

Kate Sheridan 

But where’s Sam?

Maria Sol

Sam can take care of himself! It’s us I’m worried about.

Kate Sheridan

Not if he’s already been caught… or if we abandon him in the middle of nowhere.

[Bill rummages for his phone]

Bill Tyler

I’ll try calling his cell—

Kate Sheridan

What good will that do? There’s no service out here.

Maria Sol

Can you two just do something already! He’s already on the last verse.

Kate Sheridan

We can’t just leave Sam here!

Bill Tyler

And we can’t just sit here waiting for Morrison to catch us!

Maria Sol

Then what the hell are we going to do!

[Sam has arrived back at their area unnoticed]

Sam Bailey

Uh… What did I miss?

[Moment of quiet]

Kate Sheridan

Where the hell were you?

Sam Bailey

The bathroom… I couldn’t pick a song, and, uh… 

Kate Sheridan

You got stage fright and hid in the toilets? We all thought got caught by Morrison—

Maria Sol

Uh, Kate — bigger problems.

[Ned’s song finishes; scattered applause]

[Footsteps approach]

[Pause]

Ned Leroux

Howdy, Partner. 

[Long, tense silence]

Bill Tyler

Ned.

Ned Leroux

Kate, Sam — always good to see ya. And, uh, Maria, right? I don’t think we’ve met yet. Ned Leroux.

[Ned holds out his hand]

Maria Sol

I’d uh… rather not.

[Ned laughs]

Ned Leroux

Oh come on — I don’t bite. Right, Bill?

Bill Tyler

I think you’d better back off, Ned.

Ned Leroux

Fine, fine… I get it. Nobody wants to shake hands with the tar-man. Fair enough.

Kate Sheridan

You tortured Bill!

Ned Leroux

Morrison tortured Bill. I was tied to a chair.

Bill Tyler

That’s not how it went, and we both know it.

Ned Leroux

Do we?

Kate Sheridan

What are you doing here, Ned?

Ned Leroux

What, besides getting yelled at?

Sam Bailey

You know damn well what she means.

Ned Leroux

You ready for round three already, Bailey?

Sam Bailey

You want to take this outside?

Ned Leroux

I’m game if you are.

Bill Tyler

Just answer the question, Ned. Why are you here?

Ned Leroux

Well since you asked so nicely… I heard y’all were in my old neck of the woods. Thought I’d swing by.

Bill Tyler

Heard from who?

[Ned chuckles, then saunters towards the door]

Maria Sol

Where’s he going?

Sam Bailey

Come on.

[Chairs scoot back; shuffling of recorder]

[Footsteps follow Ned outside, through the squeaking door]

[Faint sounds of traffic and wind]

Bill Tyler

Ned, stop — who did you hear from?

Ned Leroux

Well… heard might be the wrong word. You might say I was… drawn here.

Sam Bailey

What do you mean, drawn?

Ned Leroux

Exactly what I said… or did you think it was a coincidence you keep running into the supernatural out there? I could find you anywhere on earth… so I figured it was time for a visit. It’s been a while.

Kate Sheridan

And by visit, you mean…?

[Ned laughs]

Ned Leroux

For once, exactly what I said: a visit. A chat. Can’t an old cowboy miss his friends every once in a while?

Sam Bailey

So you’re not here with Morrison, then? This isn’t some kind of trap?

Ned Leroux

No, Bailey: I’m not here with Morrison. Or haven’t you been keeping up with what’s going on in Oslow?

Sam Bailey

What are you talking about?

Ned Leroux

Morrison’s on the way out. Commission Board put him under administrative leave last week, pending his termination.

Bill Tyler

They what?

Kate Sheridan

What for?

Ned Leroux

Man’s barely left the tunnels since your little jailbreak. I’ve gone down there a couple of times, but he’s… not doing well. Think he might’ve finally snapped.

Kate Sheridan

Shit.

Bill Tyler

So he’s out, just like that? 20 years as chief, and he’s gone that fast?

Ned Leroux

Hey, I didn’t expect it to happen that quick either, but apparently one of the commissioners had a real bur in his saddle over him. I guess spending 20 million in tax revenue to hunt ghosts will do that.

Kate Sheridan

20… Damn.

Ned Leroux

Commission Board’s looking to pick an interim before the next election, but they’ll mostly be taking control of the PD themselves. It’s a new day for Oslow.

Sam Bailey 

So that’s your play, huh? You take Morrison’s seat and run with it?

[A moment’s silence]

[Ned bursts out laughing]

Ned Leroux

Bailey, Bailey, Bailey… how you ever made detective, I will never know.

Bill Tyler

So that’s… not your plan?

Ned Leroux

Hell no… why would they pick me? The last thing I want is anyone looking closer at my CV… I only got in because Morrison fudged the details. Anyone else tries to call my references, and I’m out faster than he is.

Kate Sheridan

Then why are you still there?

Ned Leroux

It’s comfortable. I’m still left pretty much alone to do my own thing, and people still listen to me… for now. No point in leaving until the new chief starts moving pieces around.

Bill Tyler

And then what?

Ned Leroux

New name, new face — start over somewhere else, same as I always have. I’ve been hanging around Oslow too long anyway.

Maria Sol

So… Why are you here?

Ned Leroux

You mean Texas? This was the first time you were all out in the open without your, uh… chauffeur, and I had some time off for the holidays. Figured it was good a time as any to stop by.

Maria Sol

No, I mean… why are you here?

[Ned falls silent for a moment]

Ned Leroux

I was hoping to trade notes on ISPHA… I’ve done some research, [static increases on the tape] but I can’t find much on what you’re all doing out there—

Sam Bailey (slightly distorted)

You missed Bill and Kate.

[Ned pauses]

Ned Leroux

Look Bailey — just because you can read me like that doesn’t give you the right to tell everyone what’s going through my head. Imagine how you’d feel if I tried to pull the same shit—

Kate Sheridan

Oh god, it’s true.

[Ned takes another moment]

Ned Leroux

Look — I don’t know what to call… what we had. But yes, I do miss it sometimes. Is that wrong?

Bill Tyler

You were lying to us the entire time.

Ned Leroux

I know. I know.

[pause]

Listen: I know y’all have no reason to trust me, but I’m telling the truth. Morrison’s out. The department’s in disarray. And nobody’s looking for you anymore… any of you.

Sam Bailey

None of us?

Ned Leroux

I closed your APB a few weeks ago, and no one’s seemed to notice. There were never any formal charges against you, and Morrison closed the case back in June. Truth be told, there’s nothing stopping any of you from going home.

Sam Bailey

Except losing my apartment, my possessions, and my job.

Ned Leroux

Eh… one out of three ain’t bad for a guess.

Sam Bailey

Sorry?

Ned Leroux

Your apartment’s still there. Someone’s been paying your rent for the last eight months… I assumed it was ISPHA. Same with you, Bill.

Bill Tyler

Is he… is he telling the truth, Sam?

[Static rises on the tape]

Sam Bailey (slightly distorted)

As far as I can tell.

Ned Leroux

Which, just to remind you, doesn’t mean shit.

Sam Bailey

But are you?

[pause; Ned laughs fondly]

Ned Leroux

Hell… I guess I am. Christ, that feels weird.

Look, whatever these ISPHA folks have on you — you don’t need to stay with them. You can go back to your old lives any time you want. It’s up to you.

[Moment of silence]

Bill Tyler

I… I don’t think we’re ready to leave ISPHA just yet.

Ned Leroux

Mind if I ask why?

Sam Bailey

We’re trying to save the world, Ned.

[A pause; Ned bursts out laughing]

Sam Bailey

What did I say?

Ned Leroux

Oh god, Bailey… we really need to do this more often. You’re always good for a laugh.

Sam Bailey

I’m serious… Anna was able to see the future, and she predicted that there was going to be a—

Ned Leroux

You have any idea how many doomsday cults I’ve led in my time? How many times the world was “supposed” to end in the last thousand years alone?

Sam Bailey

No, but it’s not like that—

Ned Leroux

It’s a grift, Bailey. Always has been. No better way to get people on-side than convincing them everything they know’s about to go up in hellfire. (exaggerated southern accent) “Give ye up your earthly goods and join us to be spared!” (normal voice) It’s never been true, but people just keep falling for it.

Kate Sheridan

That’s not what they’re doing, they’re actually trying—

Ned Leroux

Isn’t it? How’s the compound, by the way? Comfy?

Sam Bailey

Knock it off, Ned.

Ned Leroux

Or what? You really think you stand a chance against—

Bill Tyler

That’s enough, Ned. 

[pause]

Ned Leroux

Fine. Y’all enjoy your apocalypse. I’ll be back in Oslow, if you need me.

[Ned begins to walk away, crunching across the gravel]

[He pauses]

And don’t worry… if I need you, I’ll know where to find you.

[Ned’s footsteps retreat into the night]

[Click]

[Silence]

[Click]

[Van engine running; low noise of public radio in the background]

[Faint noise of occasional traffic]

Sam Bailey

Samuel Isaac Bailey, recording for ISPHA internal records — daily log, December 23rd, 2019 at 11:23pm Central Standard Time. Following the conclusion of our assignment in NOLA, myself, Bill Tyler, Maria Sol, and Kate Sheridan decided to stop at a small dive bar in West Texas to celebrate Christmas Eve… Eve? The night was carrying on as expected, when—

Maria Sol

Sam — Sam, hey.

Sam Bailey

What?

Maria Sol

I, uh… I already recorded all of that. We’ve got it on tape.

Sam Bailey

What, on this tape, or… 

Maria Sol 

Hey Kate? Can you turn up the radio, please?

Kate Sheridan

Sure.

[The radio volume increases]

Sam Bailey 

So I guess you heard all of that already. Ned Leroux’s back in our lives. Exactly what I wanted for Christmas. I don’t think he was lying about Morrison or OCPD, but I can’t be sure… there’s always a background level of duplicity hanging around him that makes it impossible to tell if he’s telling the truth. I want to believe it, but… 

Adrian Briggs (in background)

You’re listening to Adrian Briggs, live and alert with Morning Brew AM, round-the-clock! Bringing you the best and brightest tunes of the holiday season to put that pep in your step, and the news you need to know, all served with a piping hot blaze of energy you won’t find anywhere else.

It’s Christmas Eve, and you know what that means — having dinner with the in-laws, pretending everything’s actually going well with your radio career, and trying to drink enough eggnog to drown out those feelings that the holiday will never have the same magic it did when you were younger. Still, could be worse — at least the custody agreement still let’s the kids stay over for the holiday! So Merry friggin’ Christmas and a happy New Year, folks! I’ll be playing all your favorite holiday classics morning, noon, and night all December until you’re all stick to death of them! But first… our sister station in Oslow, Nevada has requested that we repeat a special announcement.

[Sam cuts off, leaning forward to listen]

Adrian Briggs

If anyone has any information regarding the whereabouts of Law Enforcement Officer Molly Davis of Santa Lucia State Park, please contact the Oslow County Police Department tip line at their website or by phone. Officer Davis failed to report in at the ranger station following her shift on November 5th, and she hasn’t been seen since. If anyone has any information regarding her whereabouts, please contact the Oslow County Police Department tip line at 555-9812.

Maria Sol

Everything okay, Sam?

Sam Bailey

Yeah, just… a lot to think about.

[Clack]

Recording Ends

End Theme & Credits


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