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5X04 Detour
The Truth Is Out There
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Edited by Libby, Used with kind permission from Libby (www.chelonium.plus.com)


Leon County
North Florida


Two surveyors are walking through a North Floridian forest with survey gear. They speak using radios.

SLOAN: All right, let's shoot this, Marty.

MARTY: Hold it still. Hold it still, Sloan.

Sloan is fighting off bugs.

SLOAN: I'd like to see you hold it still. The sooner they pave over this swamp, the better.

MARTY: It's not a swamp. You're standing in a forest with indigenous plant and animal species you're obviously too ignorant to appreciate. Mark it and give me another position.

SLOAN: All right, let's shoot this next one real carefully, Marty, 'cause this is where they're gonna put the Blockbuster.

MARTY: You're a real moron, Sloan, you know that?

SLOAN: Tree hugger.

MARTY: You should be sad to see the demise of an ecosystem that's lasted a thousand years. We all should be. Give me four feet to your left.

SLOAN: I can't.

MARTY: What do you mean you can't?

SLOAN: I mean I can't because it's stuck.

MARTY: Then unstick it.

Sloan touches the ground where his survey pole is stuck. Then he looks at his fingers which are covered in blood.

SLOAN: This is weird.

Sloan sees two glowing red eyes open in ground. He begins to scream.

MARTY: Sloan! Sloan!

Sloan has disappeared from the viewfinder. Marty sees movement in the bushes coming toward him. He starts to run. He hides behind a log and then, seeing no more movement, he relaxes. He puts his hands on the log, which seems to feel strange. Then a pair of red eyes opens in log. Marty screams. He tries to move away but disappears.


7:24 a.m.


Same forest. The Asekoff family, father and his son Louis, plus their dog are out hunting.

MICHAEL ASEKOFF: Louis, let Bo do the work.

Louis releases the dog.

LOUIS ASEKOFF: How's he know how to find a possum?

MICHAEL ASEKOFF: Shhh. Animals sense things that we can't. It's how they survive.

LOUIS ASEKOFF: Well, so is that how Bo knows how to hunt?

MICHAEL ASEKOFF: Yeah. Our ancestors were hunters, too. But most of us have lost those instincts. That's why we need a little help.

He indicates his shotgun. Louis notices some objects.

LOUIS ASEKOFF: Dad, what's that?

MICHAEL ASEKOFF: Surveyor's equipment. Someone left his stuff out here.

The dog barks.

MICHAEL ASEKOFF: Stay close, Louis.

The walk over to where the dog is standing, whining. Michael sees that the dog is looking at the surveyor's bloody jacket.

LOUIS ASEKOFF: What is it, Dad? Dad?

MICHAEL ASEKOFF: Come here, Bo.

He pulls the dog away.

LOUIS ASEKOFF: What.....

MICHAEL ASEKOFF: Quiet.

He hears rustling.

MICHAEL ASEKOFF: Listen to me. I want you to take Bo, and I want you to run straight home.

LOUIS ASEKOFF: What's the matter?

MICHAEL ASEKOFF: I want you to run straight home and I don't want you to stop for anything.

He loads his shotgun.

LOUIS ASEKOFF: I just .....

MICHAEL ASEKOFF: Louis? You understand? All right. Go.

Louis runs off with the dog.

LOUIS ASEKOFF: Come on, Bo, come on.

Louis pauses when he hears two shotgun blasts. Bo barks, wanting to return.

LOUIS ASEKOFF: No, no. Come on, Bo. Come on. Come on! Come on!

He keeps running.


Route 43
Leon County


A car is being driven on a lonely road, forest on either side. In the front are a male FBI Agent, Agent Kinsley, and a female, Agent Stonecypher.

KINSLEY: Last year was something of a personal revelation. We were doing an exercise called team builders? Where we were given two minutes to build a tower out of ordinary office furniture.

STONECYPHER: When I stood on Mike's shoulders and I put that electric pencil sharpener on top of the pile, we both knew, we could never have done it alone.

In the back of the car are Mulder and Scully. Mulder is not happy. He leans towards Scully.

MULDER: Kill me now.

Scully tries not to smile.

KINSLEY: You ever been to one of these team seminars, Agent Scully?

SCULLY: Ummm.... I think I went to a constructive problem-solving course when I first joined the Bureau.

STONECYPHER: Oh, did you play that game where, um, you can't use any negative words?

KINSLEY: I couldn't believe how hard it was not to use the word "but".

MULDER: I'm having that same problem right now.

Scully again tries not to smile.

STONECYPHER: Have you ever been to a team seminar, Agent Mulder?

MULDER: No, you know unfortunately around this time of year I always develop a severe hemorrhoidal condition.

Scully tries not to laugh.

KINSLEY: Well, it builds muscles you didn't even know you had.

STONECYPHER: Communication. That's the key.

Mulder and Scully look at each other.

The car is stopped at a road block.

OFFICER: Sorry, folks, it'll be a few minutes.

KINSLEY: What's going on, officer?

OFFICER: Got a little situation is all.

Mulder opens car door and gets out quickly. He mutters to himself.

MULDER: Thank you, Jesus.

KINSLEY: Where's he going?

Scully watches Mulder leave. She looks worried. Mulder stretches.

MRS. ASEKOFF: Oh, excuse me. Are you from search and rescue?

MULDER: No, I'm sorry, I'm not. I'm just stretching my legs.

MRS. ASEKOFF: They said they'd have word for us about what happened to my husband. I need somebody to tell me what's going on.

MULDER: Just slow down. I - I don't know what you're talking about.

MRS. ASEKOFF: My husband, Michael, he was teaching our son to shoot, and he said the dog got spooked and then he heard gunshots and now he's said they've found a jacket with blood on it, but they won't tell me anything about my husband...

MULDER: I'll try to find out who's in charge, all right?

MRS. ASEKOFF: Oh, thank you.

Mulder heads off into the woods. The other three have got out of the car.

STONECYPHER: Now where's he going?

Scully doesn't answer, just follows her partner. Kinsley looks at a cross section of a felled tree with dates on the rings.

KINSLEY: Hey, Stonecypher! Take a look at this. This tree was here twenty years before Ponce De Leon landed.

STONECYPHER: We're going to be late for the wine and cheese reception.

She is not happy. He checks his watch.


In the woods at the crime scene.

OFFICER: Officer Fazekas?

MICHELLE FAZEKAS: Yes?

She sees Mulder.

MICHELLE FAZEKAS: Can I help you?

MULDER: My name is Fox Mulder. I'm an agent with the FBI.

MICHELLE FAZEKAS: FBI? Who called you guys out?

Mulder shows his badge.

MULDER: Nobody. We just got stopped at your roadblock. It sounds like you had a shooting.

MICHELLE FAZEKAS: Shots were reported, but we have no evidence of anyone being shot.

MULDER: Well, what do you have evidence of?

MICHELLE FAZEKAS: A survey team working these woods didn't report in last night We found one man's bloody jacket pretty torn up. And this morning, a boy got separated from his father.

MULDER: Separated by what?

MICHELLE FAZEKAS: It looks, maybe, like some kind of animal attack.

MULDER: What kind of animal?

MICHELLE FAZEKAS: I'm not sure yet. I followed good tracks for the two surveyors but the trails became confused as they moved into the brush. There was a third set of tracks leading away I.... I couldn't identify.

Scully arrives and waits impatiently.

MULDER: Couldn't identify as the surveyors'?

Scully checks her watch.

MICHELLE FAZEKAS: As man or animal.

SCULLY: Mulder?

MULDER: Oh, just, uh ...

Scully give him a "oh, come on" look.

MULDER: Hold on a second.

Mulder turns back to Michelle Fazekas.

MULDER: What about the boy's father?

MICHELLE: I tracked him all the way down to where he fired the shots. The ground's rocky, but from the depressions in the underlying soil, I can tell you that he entered the bushes from over there where I pick up another set of tracks - two distinctly different sets of tracks that from the way the ground's upset that is probably where the man was attacked.

Scully follows them.

MULDER: But no other sign of him?

She shakes her head.

MULDER: Do you have panther in these woods?

MICHELLE: There's panther. Bear

MULDER: But these tracks look like neither of those.

MICHELLE: No, sir.

MULDER: You know of a good motel in the area?

MICHELLE: Excuse me. I think we can handle this very well on our own. Thanks.

She leaves.

SCULLY: Mulder? We've got this conference. They're waiting.

MULDER: Yeah. How do I say this without using any negative words, Scully?

SCULLY: You want me to tell them that you're not going to make it to this year's teamwork seminar.

MULDER: Yeah, you see that?

He grabs her arms.

MULDER: We don't need that conference. We have communication like that, unspoken. You know what I'm thinking.

Scully shakes her head and watches him walk off.


Asekoff Residence
9:22 p.m.


Night. Louis is in bed watching a old version of The Invisible Man. His mother kisses him and switches off the TV.

LOUIS ASEKOFF: He's not coming back, is he?

MRS. ASEKOFF: Why would you say that?

LOUIS ASEKOFF: Dad's a good shot. If he hit what he was aiming at he'd be home by now.

MRS. ASEKOFF: You got to be brave, Louis. We both got to be brave. We'll find out more about it in the morning. Get some sleep now.

She goes downstairs and clears the dinner plates. The dog whimpers at the door.


Mulder is in a hotel room with amazingly fast laptop looking at pages of predators. Knock at door.

MULDER: It's open.

Scully enters with a tray of cheese and mini bottle of wine.

MULDER: Who cut the cheese?

SCULLY: Since you won't be making it to the conference ....

MULDER: Partaaayyy!

SCULLY: However, I must remind you this goes against the Bureau's policy of male and female agents consorting in the same motel room while on assignment.

She opens the wine.

MULDER: Try any of that Tailhook crap on me, Scully, I'll kick your ass. Pop quiz. What animal will attack the strongest leaving the weakest to escape? The answer is none. Not one of the over 4,000 species native to North America will attack the strongest when the weak is vulnerable.

SCULLY: Well, what does that have to do with anything?

MULDER: It makes me think that what we're dealing with here is no ordinary predator.

SCULLY: I thought this was just a ploy to get out of the conference.

MULDER: I think what we stumbled upon here is something more that what local authorities realize. The scenario described by that boy sounds to me like a primitive culling technique.

SCULLY: Mulder, we're in Western Florida. The closest thing to primitive down here is living in a beachfront retirement condo.

MULDER: Those woods are as old as anything in the south and there's 800 square miles of them. There's no telling what's alive out there.

He gets up to leave.

SCULLY: Where are you going?

MULDER: I got to check something out.

SCULLY: You know, Mulder, sometimes I think some work on your communication skills wouldn't be such a bad idea.

MULDER: I'll be back soon, and we can build a tower of furniture.

He smiles.

MULDER: 'Kay?

He puts on his jacket and leaves. Scully drinks a gulp of wine.


Asekoff residence again. Night. The dog barks at the door.

MRS. ASEKOFF: What is it, Bo?

Louis calls from upstairs.

LOUIS ASEKOFF: Mom?

MRS. ASEKOFF: It's all right, Louis. You go back to sleep now.

She looks out the window, unlatches the door, and follows the dog out, closing the door behind her. The dog runs into the bushes, barking.

MRS. ASEKOFF: Bo? Bo? Bo, where'd you get to?

There's rustling in the bushes. She gets close.

MRS. ASEKOFF: Bo, is that you?

The dog leaps up and barks at her.

MRS. ASEKOFF: Come on, boy. Let's go back in.

The dog growls.

MRS. ASEKOFF: All right, all right. You ... stay there the night.

She goes back to the door, but the deadbolt has been locked. She pounds on door.

MRS. ASEKOFF: Louis? Louis? Louis?! Louis?!!! Louis!!!!

Upstairs, Louis gets out of bed, goes into the dark hall.

LOUIS ASEKOFF: Mom?

He sees a creature running at him. He runs down stairs to the back door. The creature follows. Louis crawls through the dog door. Mulder catches him.

LOUIS ASEKOFF: Ahhhhhh!!!

MULDER: What is it, Louis?

LOUIS ASEKOFF: It's in the house.


Asekoff house, day. Scully enters Louis' bedroom and takes the Invisible Man tape out of the VCR. The VCR shows 7:03. She goes downstairs where Mulder and police are interviewing Louis and Mrs. Asekoff. Mulder sees Scully and speaks to Louis and his mother.

MULDER: Be right back.

Mulder and Scully talk.

SCULLY: How's the boy?

MULDER: He's still freaked out.

SCULLY: I think I might have some insight into this invisible creature he said was chasing him.

She shows Mulder the video tape.

MULDER: The Invisible Man was invisible.

SCULLY: Right.

MULDER: Yeah, he said he was chased by a creature with glowing red eyes.

Scully rolls her eyes.

MULDER: Let me show you something.

He takes her to the door.

MULDER: Mrs. Asekoff said she went outside with the dog?

SCULLY: Mm hmm.

MULDER: But when she came back, the door was locked from the inside.

SCULLY: And?

MULDER: Look at this. We got some tracks here.

SCULLY: Where?

MULDER: Here, and here .... dried mud against the tile, tracked in from the outside.

SCULLY: That could have been brought in by the dog.

MULDER: No, no. You see, uh, the ball of the foot here? A large foot and I count five toes.

SCULLY: Wait a minute. I thought you said it wasn't human.

MULDER: Well, I'm not saying it is. The weight distribution is all wrong. People walk heel to toe. Whatever this thing is it walks on the ball of its foot.

SCULLY: You're putting me on.

MULDER: No. My dad and I were Indian Guides. I know these things.

SCULLY: So, if it's not man and it's not animal, what the hell is it?

Mulder shakes her head. Michelle Fazekas arrives.

MICHELLE FAZEKAS: Guess I'm a little late to this dance.

MULDER: I found some tracks - right here.

MICHELLE FAZEKAS: Same as I saw before.

SCULLY: Where was that?

MICHELLE FAZEKAS: In the woods. Weight distribution's strange. They appear to be human, but whoever left these uses the balls of his feet more like an animal.

Mulder nods at Scully. She glares back.

MULDER: Well, whatever it is, it's attacked three grown men, presumably in broad daylight, disposing of its prey without detection. And it wasn't shy last night about coming out of the woods to try again. What we've got here is a predator with low visibility and a high degree of motivation. And it's got one advantage we don't have - the entire Apalachicola National Forest.

MICHELLE FAZEKAS: Then how do you stop it?

MULDER: By identifying it. Finding it before it finds somebody else.


A road beside a forest. Jeff Glaser the Techhead is using a heat sensor machine. It has a camera and monitor that shows warm bodies.

JEFF GLASER: It's called FLIR for Forward Looking InfraRed. It was developed for chopper pilots in Vietnam. Detects body heat at 300 yards.

MULDER: That's pretty sophisticated for government issue.

Michelle Fazekas's body appears on the monitor.

MICHELLE FAZEKAS: I see you two have met. Jeff's our local Tech Head. Some people prefer searching with dogs, I prefer an extra pair of hands if I get in trouble. Are we ready to go, here?

Scully is having trouble with her cell phone.

MICHELLE FAZEKAS: Once we start in, you can put away your cell phones. The only communication in these woods is with short-wave radios. So stay close, maintain visual contact. If you get lost, initiate oral contact. That means holler. If nobody responds, sit down, don't move. I will find you. Don't go looking for me. I know it sounds obvious, but folks still get lost.

They walk down a track. Scully has managed to make a call on her cell phone.

SCULLY: Okay. I get you. Thank you. All right.

She hangs up and turns to Mulder.

SCULLY: Local PD has all their resources looking out for a transient, a drifter who's wanted for a double homicide in Gadsden, Alabama. They were amused when I told them what we were doing.

MULDER: I don't think it's a drifter, Scully, and we may be looking for two individuals.

SCULLY: Why do you say that?

MULDER: Well, that thing lured that woman out of the house last night to separate her from her son.

SCULLY: But for what purpose?

MULDER: Divide and conquer. If your enemy has greater numbers than you, you divide and conquer it to diminish those numbers.

SCULLY: What enemy would that be?

MULDER: Encroaching development. That's what I suspected when I went to check on Louis and his mother.

SCULLY: You think this is about a housing tract?

They group now leave the track and enter the forest.

MULDER: That survey team was staking out a new 100,000 acre plot. Civilization is pushing very hard into these woods. Maybe something in these woods is pushing back.

As they walk, Michelle Fazekas places small white pebbles to mark their path.

SCULLY: Anything?

JEFF GLASER: No. No, nothing at all. Not even wildlife.

SCULLY: Isn't that a little strange?

JEFF GLASER: Yeah. This forest is usually alive with sound. I'm not like an expert, but I've never seen it like this before.

SCULLY: Well, it sure is beautiful, though.

JEFF GLASER: Well, that's what happens. People get to looking around, next thing they know, something eats 'em.

SCULLY: What do you think killed those men?

JEFF GLASER: Nature is populated by creatures either trying to kill something they need to survive, or trying to avoid being killed by something that needs them to survive. If we become blinded by the beauty of nature, we may fail to see its cruelty and violence.

SCULLY: Walt Whitman?

JEFF GLASER: No. When Animals Attack on the Fox Network.

A creature's hand appears as it steals Michelle's white stones.

JEFF GLASER: Wait, I've got something.

Mulder and Scully draw their guns.

JEFF GLASER: It's about twenty yards ahead.

MICHELLE FAZEKAS: Where? I don't see it.

JEFF GLASER: It's just sitting there.

A creature shows on the monitor.

JEFF GLASER: It's on the move!

They chase it.

JEFF GLASER: It's moving fast! It's ... it's going to the right!

They continue running.

JEFF GLASER: Wait, wait. There's two of them now. They're moving in opposite directions. There and there.

Michelle and Scully run one way, Mulder and Jeff the other.

MULDER: Where is it?

JEFF GLASER: It's about 40 yards ahead of you!

MULDER: I don't see it.

JEFF GLASER: Now it's .. gone. I don't know where it went.

In another part of the forest, Michelle stops and Scully runs up to her, gun still in hand.

SCULLY: What is it?

MICHELLE: I don't know.

SCULLY: They're trying to separate us, pull us away from the others. Let's go back.

They start back slowly, Michelle leading. As they pass a tree, a face and red eyes can be seen against the bark. Suddenly, Michelle goes down and vanishes.

MICHELLE: Ahhhhh!

SCULLY: Michelle? Michelle?!

She looks around but there's no sign of Michelle. There is the sound of leaves rustling.

SCULLY: Mulder, I need help! Mulder!

Mulder and Jeff are running towards her.

MULDER: Scully!!

SCULLY: Over here!

MULDER: Scully!

SCULLY: Over here!

MULDER: What happened?

SCULLY: I don't know.

JEFF GLASER: Where's Fazekas?

SCULLY: She was walking right ahead of me. She was right here, and then she was just gone.

Jeff checks on his heat-sensing equipment.

JEFF GLASER: I'm getting no reading.

SCULLY: What the hell's happening here?

MULDER: They separated us. That was on purpose. They divided us so they could go after her. She was in the lead and presumably the strongest. They take the strongest first.

JEFF GLASER: They take them where? That doesn't make any sense. You can't just disappear out here.

MULDER: You're right. We got to find her.

JEFF GLASER: How we gonna do that?

MULDER: I don't know! We'll form a line and beat the bushes. Maybe you'll pick up a signal.

JEFF GLASER: No, we need help. We need man power.

Scully pulls out her cell phone.

JEFF GLASER: That's not going to work out here! We need to get out of here. Listen to me!

MULDER: The longer we wait, the less chance we have of finding her.

JEFF GLASER: This is nuts. This is loony tune, man. We got to go back out of these woods before it gets dark.

MULDER: Okay. You're right. You go back. You leave me the FLIR and you go back.

JEFF GLASER: We got to go together.

MULDER: We have to find her.

JEFF GLASER: Yeah, but if we stay here, they may not find any of us.

SCULLY: Mulder, he's right. We weren't prepared for this. We have no way of telling them where we are. We don't have any food. Michelle had our only water. Look, I'd like to find her, too, but I think the risks of that are just way too foolish.

MULDER: All right. We all go then.

To Jeff.

MULDER: You lead the way.

They start walking back. Scully speaks to Mulder.

SCULLY: I don't have much faith that this device will do us any good.

MULDER: So far all it's done is split us up.

SCULLY: Whatever it is that we were chasing did show up on the screen at first.

MULDER: What does that tell you?

SCULLY: Nothing.

MULDER: Mm hmm.

SCULLY: Except that we're going in the right direction.

MULDER: Maybe it can regulate its temperature. Do you know of any animal that can?

SCULLY: Ticks. I've heard that they can halt their metabolism for up to 18 years, essentially going into suspended animation until something warm-blooded comes along.

MULDER: That's interesting.

SCULLY: Why is that interesting?

MULDER: Thirty years ago, the, uh, the town of Point Pleasant, West Virginia, was terrorized for over a year by something - killing livestock and terrorizing the people. Witnesses described them as primitive-looking men with red piercing eyes. Became known as the "moth men". I've got an X-File dating back to 1952 on it.

SCULLY: What would that be filed next to - - "The Cockroach That Ate Cincinnati"?

MULDER: No, "The Cockroach That Ate Cincinnati" is in the C's. "Moth Men" is over in the M's.

JEFF GLASER: This isn't the way.

SCULLY: What do you mean?

JEFF GLASER: Michelle always marks her route with little white stones.

MULDER: This is the same path. This is the way we came.

JEFF GLASER: I haven't seen one of her stones for twenty minutes.

MULDER: That's because you've had your nose glued to that screen the whole time.

JEFF GLASER: I'm telling you - we're on the wrong trail! Somehow, we got off track. Oh man, this is not happening. This is not happening.

Scully sees movement in the trees.

SCULLY: Everybody stand still. There's something out there.

Mulder and Scully draw their guns.

MULDER: Where?

SCULLY: About 40 or 50 yards out.

MULDER: Jeff?

JEFF GLASER: Nothing.

He checks the FLIR.

SCULLY: I saw it.

They all look in that direction. There's no movement to be seen.

SCULLY: The woods have gone silent again.

Rustling behind them makes them turn.

JEFF GLASER: I got it!

MULDER: Where?

JEFF GLASER: I got it on my screen!

MULDER: Where?

JEFF GLASER: About 30 yards ahead. It's just sitting there.

Mulder enters the trees.

JEFF GLASER: What is he doing?

SCULLY: Talk to him.

JEFF GLASER: This is not a good idea!

SCULLY: Talk to him, Jeff!

JEFF GLASER: Uh, go to your right.

A creature is hidden against a tree.

JEFF GLASER: It just disappeared.

SCULLY: Mulder, it's not on the screen.

Mulder sees a camouflaged creature near a log. It runs. Mulder pursues, fires five shots.

MULDER: Scully, I lost it!

Scully sees movement in the bushes.

SCULLY: I got it.

She fires six times.

MULDER: Did you hit it?

SCULLY: I don't know. It just stopped.

MULDER: Where's Glaser?

Scully doesn't see Jeff.

Jeff, running through the woods, disappears just like Michelle.

MULDER: How many shots did you fire?

SCULLY: Six, maybe seven.

MULDER: Is that your only clip?

SCULLY: Yep.

MULDER: Don't fire again unless you're sure you're gonna hit it. It may be trying to spend our advantage.

SCULLY: What the hell is it, Mulder?

MULDER: I don't know. But whatever it is, it's smarter than us - at least out here.

Mulder gets jerked down.

SCULLY: Mulder? Mulder!!

She runs toward where he had been. Mulder calls out in pain.

MULDER: Scully! Scully!

SCULLY: Mulder!!

MULDER: Scully!

Scully sees Mulder wrestling with a creature. She fires four shots. The creature runs off. Scully goes to Mulder. He is bleeding from the left shoulder. She stands over him, gun drawn.

SCULLY: You okay?

Mulder nods, weakly.


Forest. Night. Scully is trying to start a fire with what appear to be just two pieces of flint over a stack of sticks. Mulder is huddled up against a log.

SCULLY: You were an Indian Guide. Help me out here.

MULDER: Indian Guide says maybe you should run to the store and get some matches.

SCULLY: I would, but I left my wallet in the car.

Scully sits beside him and picks up her gun.

MULDER: What are you doing?

SCULLY: Trying to open my gun.

Her clip pops out.

SCULLY: If I can separate the shell from the casing maybe I can get the powder to ignite.

MULDER: Oh. And maybe it'll start raining weenies and marshmallows.

SCULLY: Do I detect a hint of negativity?

MULDER: No. Yes ... actually. Yeah.

SCULLY: Mulder, you need to keep warm. Your body's still in shock.

MULDER: I was told once that the best way to regenerate body heat was to crawl naked into a sleeping bag with somebody else who's already naked.

He snuggles closer.

SCULLY: Well, maybe if it rains sleeping bags, you'll get lucky.

Mulder looks up at her.

SCULLY: Have you thought seriously about dying?

MULDER: Yeah, once, when I was at the Ice Capades.

SCULLY: When I was fighting my cancer, I was angry at the injustice of it and its meaninglessness. And then I realized that that was the struggle - to give it meaning. To make sense of it. It's like life.

MULDER: I think Nature is supremely indifferent to whether we live or die. I mean, if you're lucky you get 75 years. If you're really lucky you get 80 years. And if you're extraordinarily lucky, you get to have 50 of those years with a decent head of hair.

Scully chuckles.

SCULLY: I guess it's like Las Vegas. The house always wins.

She breaks the bullet open.

SCULLY: Oh! Ta-da.

MULDER: Go, girl.

Scully gets up and sprinkles gunpowder on the pile of wood.

MULDER: Hey, who did you identify with when you were a kid? Wilma or Betty?

SCULLY: I identified with Betty's bustline.

MULDER: Yes! I did, too.

SCULLY: Could never have been married to Barney, though. The kids were cute.

MULDER: But where are they today?

Gunpowder explodes in one bright flash, then is gone. The wood didn't catch. Mulder smiles. Scully turns to him.

SCULLY: Moth Men? Really?

Mulder nods.

MULDER: Yeah. But there seems to be only two of them.

Scully sits back down and tries to pull Mulder onto her lap.

MULDER: I don't wanna wrestle.

Scully suppresses a laugh.

SCULLY: Get over here. I'm going to try and keep you warm.

Mulder lies in her lap. She accidentally rubs his wounded shoulder. It hurts him.

SCULLY: Sorry.

MULDER: One of us has got to stay awake, Scully.

SCULLY: You sleep, Mulder.

MULDER: If you get tired, you wake me.

SCULLY: I'm not going to get tired.

MULDER: Why don't you sing something.

SCULLY: No ... Mulder.

MULDER: Well, if you sing something, I'll know you're awake.

SCULLY: Mulder, you don't want me to sing. I can't carry a tune.

MULDER: It doesn't matter. Just sing anything.

Loooong pause. Scully looks around. She starts singing, slightly off key, no enthusiasm.

SCULLY: Jeremiah was a bull frog ...

Mulder's eyes pop open.

SCULLY: ... was a good friend of mine. Never understood a single word he said...

Mulder pulls up knees to hide his face.

SCULLY: ... but I helped him drink his wine.

Pause.

MULDER: Chorus.

SCULLY: Joy .... to the world. All the boys and girls. Joy to the fishes in the deep blue sea. Joy to you and me.

In a tree nearby, there are glowing red eyes.


Forest. Morning. Mulder wakes alone.

MULDER: Scully?!

Scully is about 20 yards away, eating, her gun in her hand.

SCULLY: Mmmm....over here.

MULDER: What are you doing?

SCULLY: I'm looking for food. I found some wild berries.

MULDER: I wouldn't go far.

SCULLY: Mulder, you never left my sight.

Scully disappears.

MULDER: Scully?

He gets up and runs to where she had been standing.

MULDER: Scully? Scully! Scully!?

Scully replies, her voice muffled.

SCULLY: I'm down here.

MULDER: Where?

SCULLY: I fell down a hole.

Mulder looks down at Scully who is getting up off the bottom of a 10 foot deep hole.

MULDER: You all right?

SCULLY: Yeah, I landed on soft earth .. kind of.

MULDER: What's down there?

SCULLY: I don't know. It's pretty dark.

She bumps into one of many hanging bodies.

SCULLY: Oh!

MULDER: Scully, what's going on? Are you okay?

She sees that one of the bodies is Michelle.

SCULLY: I found Michelle.

MULDER: Is she alive?

Scully checks her.

SCULLY: Not for much longer. Mulder, we have to get her out of here.

MULDER: Is there a way out?

SCULLY: I don't know. I .. I'm in some kind of a chamber. It's like some kind of network.

She sees a creature at one end of chamber.

SCULLY: Mulder...

MULDER: Yeah?

SCULLY: I'm not alone.

She checks her back.

SCULLY: I don't have my weapon. Mulder!?

MULDER: Hold on, I'm going to drop my gun down.

Mulder drops his gun, then hears rustling behind him. Scully picks up Mulder's gun, then jumps as he falls into hole behind her.

SCULLY: Jeez!! Mulder, are you okay?

Mulder hold his shoulder, rolling on the ground in pain.

MULDER: Don't mind me.

The creature begins moving toward them. Mulder gets to his feet.

MULDER: Scully!

Scully fires three shots. They look at the creature's body. It looks very human, but as though carved out of wood.

SCULLY: Mulder, look. There has to be a scientific explanation for this.


Later, Mulder and Scully are stacking dead bodies under the hole. A pole reads AD NOCTVM.

MULDER: Too bad we don't have any office furniture.

SCULLY: If they could see us now.

MULDER: Go, team. Twenty more bodies and we'll win the Honey-Baked Ham.

Scully gives him a look. There's a voice from above.

KINSLEY: Agent Mulder?

MULDER: We're down here!

SCULLY: We're down here!

KINSLEY: What're you doing down there?

Mulder and Scully look at each other.

MULDER: We've got injured people down here.

SCULLY: We need a ladder.

KINSLEY: Right away.

Kinsley runs toward a rescue team, Stonecypher stands next to the hole and calls to the search team.

STONECYPHER: Hey, over here!

A road next to the forest. Ambulances. Michelle, on a gurney, is loaded into an ambulance. Michael Asekoff, also on a gurney, is loaded into another ambulance. Mrs. Asekoff kisses her husband's hand then turns to Louis.

MRS. ASEKOFF: Dad's going to be okay. He's going to be fine.

She sees Kinsley.

MRS. ASEKOFF: Just a minute.

Mulder stands by himself, his shoulder bandaged. Kinsley is surrounded by people. Mrs. Asekoff shakes Kinsley's hand, then leaves. Kinsley goes to Mulder next to the crosscut of a tree.

KINSLEY: Well, we just got all the thanks when you did all the work.

MULDER: No, on the contrary, Agent Kinsley, we would never have gotten involved in this if not for you.

KINSLEY: Really?

Mulder looks at a tab on the crosscut - 1521 Ponce De Leon Lands Looking for Fountain of Youth.

MULDER: Yeah, you see this?

KINSLEY: Oh, yeah. I pointed that out to Agent Stonecypher on the drive down.

MULDER: There was something in the cave that Scully fell into, an inscription - Ad Noctum.

KINSLEY: That's, uh -

MULDER: It means "into darkness". The Spanish Conquistadors used to carve it on the posts that they would lash the natives to, as a warning.

KINSLEY: So who're you saying wrote this?

MULDER: Ponce De Leon came here 450 years ago looking for the Fountain Of Youth.

KINSLEY: You mean you think that these ... that - that - that- that body the one that Agent Scully shot...? No -

MULDER: After 400 years in the woods don't you think they might have adapted perfectly to their environment?

KINSLEY: You're just making this up.

MULDER: Why do you say that?

Kinsley laughs uncomfortably.

KINSLEY: 'Cause, you work on the X-Files, and you just want to write off your motel.

Stonecypher joins them.

STONECYPHER: Search and Rescue are still unable to find Jeff Glaser or the second predator that you reported.

MULDER: I wouldn't be surprised if they couldn't find either one of them.

STONECYPHER: Agent Mulder, I'm confused. Why would they come after the boy in the house that night?

MULDER: These predators have been in these woods for a long, long time. They would have perceived any encroachment on their territory as an enemy, even a little kid.

STONECYPHER: But that would mean that they'd come after any one of us that had gone into the woods, wouldn't it?

Mulder nods, then looks around.

MULDER: Where's Agent Scully?

STONECYPHER: Oh, she got a lift back to the motel to pack up both your things.

MULDER: She did? Excuse me.

He runs to Kinsley's car and drives off.

KINSLEY: My jacket's in that car.

Stonecypher looks at him.


Mulder's motel room. Scully enters with her suitcase. She goes into bathroom and closet and begins packing up Mulder's things. Creepy music. Mulder pulls up, gets out of car and bangs on Scully's door.

MULDER: Scully!? Scully!!!??

Scully leans out of Mulder's room.

SCULLY: Mulder, what's going on?

Mulder enters his room and picks up his suitcase.

MULDER: Let's get out of here.

SCULLY: Okay.

MULDER: You pack everything?

SCULLY: Yeah.

Scully leaves. Mulder looks around the room, closes the door. Red eyes can be seen under the bed.