Ext. Baxter Building – Floor 34

Guards run over to the fire extinguishers located at opposite ends of the room and try to put out the fire

Natalia takes her gun from her holster and points it at Sue's head

Natalia:

Tell him to surrender or I will kill you

Sue:

I wish I could but... if I'm not out of here in (looks at her watch) four minutes, he'll make sure none of us leave

Natalia:

We'll see about that, (looks over at one of the Guards) are you nearly done?

The guard puts out the last of the flames and turns to face Natalia

Guard:

Yes, ma'am

Natalia:

Good if everyone could clear the room in an orderly fashion

The scientists start making their way to the elevator

Sue:

Everyone stop and stay where you are!

The scientists stop

Natalia:

You are in no position to give orders

Sue:

Oh shut up... if any of you leave, my brother will throw another cocktail

General Stevenson is looking out of the window

Stevenson:

I wouldn't be so sure about that

Sue looks out the window - on the rooftop of the smaller building the man who was throwing the cocktails can be seen being restrained by a few soldiers

Stevenson:

You really think someone could just throw Molotov cocktails at the Baxter Building without someone sending over some troops

Sue tries to run for the elevator but Natalia hits her on the back of the head with the butt of her gun - knocking her to the floor - unconscious

Stevenson:

I hope you don't think that our installation lacks security because of this, Professor Richards

Reed:

... Not at all

Natalia takes a pair of handcuffs from a Guard and puts them on Sue

Stevenson:

Natalia have Miss Storm and her brother put in a locked room, I think there should be one available on floor 31

Natalia:

Yes sir

Natalia and a Guard bring Sue to her feet and carry her into the elevator

General Stevenson looks over at a scientist called Norman Raddon

Stevenson:

Dr. Raddon would you show Professor Richards what we found

Dr. Raddon walks over to a microscope - he takes a glass slide from a small collection of slides and places it under the scope

Raddon:

What do you make of that, professor?

Reed looks into the microscope - he sees what looks like blood

Reed:

Were there any pets allowed in with the code crackers

Stevenson:

Of course not

Reed examines the blood more closely - scrutinizing it to make sure he's not mistaken

Reed:

Well someone had contact with a very sick cat

Stevenson:

A cat?

Reed:

The blood is feline... maybe one of your specialists got some on him before he came to work

Stevenson:

There was a small puddle of that stuff close to the bodies

Reed:

... Strange

Reed takes another glance at the blood sample

Raddon:

Something wrong Professor?

Reed:

I may be wrong... but there appears to be some kind of narcotic in this blood

Raddon:

A Drug?

Reed:

Yes, it's minute but it's definitely there

Reed looks up from the microscope - he looks to Stevenson

Reed:

If you send this sample to George Rayburn at New York University, he'll tell you what your mystery Drug is... possibly as early as tomorrow morning

Stevenson:

We'll make the arrangements

Reed:

Is that all you needed me for

Stevenson:

Not quite... (Looks over at Raddon) Dr. Raddon if you wouldn't mind taking that sample and giving it to Miss Jones with instructions to give it to Mr. Rayburn at New York University

Raddon:

Yes sir

Raddon takes the sample and carefully carries it away from the table

Stevenson:

You see Richards aside from being the best in blood so to speak, you also have other talents that we would like to use

Reed:

Sir?

Stevenson:

Particularly with electrical devices

Reed:

Indeed

Stevenson:

We need someone with your skills on a mission to Germany

Reed:

... Sir, I

Stevenson:

I know you're not a soldier but we need your expertise on the devices these Germans are using to communicate with... it could be important, we don't plan on engaging them this is strictly a mission to gather information

Reed:

... Okay I'll do it

Stevenson shakes Reed's hand

Stevenson:

Good to have you on board son, we have a team ready and you'll be leaving at 07:00 tomorrow

Int. Baxter Building - Floor 31

Sue Storm is lying apparently unconscious in a small room - the walls are grey and there is nothing in it apart from Sue

The door is unlocked and opened - a young man called Johnny Storm is thrown into the room - his hair is blond and he's wearing a blue t shirt, a leather jacket and jeans

He falls down beside his sister and takes a look up at the security guard in the doorway - the guard is bulky - has a stern face and has short brown hair - his name is Ben Grimm

Johnny:

Hey man where's the love

Ben snarls at the youngster and is about to close the door

Johnny:

My sister isn't breathing!

Ben is hesitant - suspecting a trap

Johnny:

Look at her!

Sue's chest isn't rising or falling

Ben:

f**k

Ben walks over to Sue and kneels down beside her - he's about to take her pulse, when Sue opens her eyes and claws at Ben's face with her nails - Ben tries to stand up but fails to notice Johnny standing behind him

Johnny puts Ben in a head lock - Ben struggles to get out - trying to throw Johnny off him - Johnny tightens his hold on Ben as Sue gets to her feet - she tightens her fist and punches Ben in the face

Johnny releases as Ben falls to the floor

Johnny:

Damn stooges took my mollys

Sue:

You can make more later, right now though we have work to do

Johnny:

You're still going through with it?

Sue:

Well... they've already seen my face but

Johnny:

Aw no I'm not doing it... I don't even know what the damn thing looks like

Sue:

It'll probably be back in the machine marked EX29

Johnny:

What about my clothes I don't look like

Sue:

Take your jacket off and if anyone asks you're helping Professor Greene

Johnny:

What if the real Professor Greene is up there?

Sue:

There is no real Professor Greene, just use it as a cover

Johnny takes off his jacket and gives it to Sue

Int. Baxter Building - floor 34

There are a few people in the room, considerably less than before - most are working on the broken window but there are two scientists talking beside the machine Sue was working on earlier – their names are Lee and Kirby

The elevator opens and Johnny walks into the room - he looks lost and confused for a moment then sees the machine beside the two scientists

As Johnny walks over to the machine, one of the scientists looks over at him

Kirby:

Can we help you?

Johnny:

I'm helping out Professor Greene, he wants one of the parts of this machine

Kirby:

Greene? I haven't heard of him... eh fine carry on

Johnny casually looks at the markings on the machine - seeing that it's the right machine - Johnny searches the machine for an opening

Kirby:

So did they try and get you for that mission to Germany tomorrow

Lee:

Yeah they wanted me to be Richards assistant

Kirby:

What

Lee:

I know... I wasn't too happy about going to Germany in the first place but that sealed the ticket

Johnny finds a catch and opens the machine - inside a device is attached to a few wires

Johnny detaches the wires and takes the device out - casually walking back to the elevator

Kirby:

Hey!

Johnny stops and turns around

Kirby:

This Professor Greene, what does want with that?

Johnny:

I don't know, he just told me to get it... told me it was real important

Kirby:

Well return it as soon as possible

Johnny:

Yes sir

Johnny turns back and presses the button for the elevator

Int. Baxter Building - floor 35

The 35th floor of the Baxter Building is an experimental testing laboratory with scientists working on cutting edge technology, some behind safety glass, some using soldering tools –

Natalia is standing beside a technician and watching an experiment being conducted on the other side of the glass

The elevator gate opens and Reed walks into the room, walking over to Natalia he observes the experiment as well - a scientist pours a small flask of liquid into a wide metal container - when nothing happens he looks up at Natalia and shakes his head

Reed:

What was supposed to happen?

Natalia:

A small layer of gas was supposed to rise, it would've been harmless of course but it would've meant that the liquid was strong enough for phase 2... What are you doing up here anyway

Reed:

I've come to check up on our arrangements for tonight

Natalia:

I assume you accepted the mission

Reed:

I did but I'd still like to take you out tonight

Natalia:

... Pick me up at 8

Reed smiles - in front of them behind the safety glass - the scientist is about to leave the room when the metal container suddenly explodes splattering the glass and the scientist with clear liquid

Natalia shakes her head

Natalia:

Too concentrated

Ext. Baxter Building

Johnny walks out of the Baxter Building - the device is in his pocket

Johnny walks down the street, he crosses the road and passes an alley - Sue walks out of the alley and follows him

Sue:

Did you get it?

Johnny:

In my pocket

Sue:

Good our client's already paid in advance

Johnny:

Speaking of that, a couple of guys in that room I was in were talking about a mission to Germany

Sue:

When's it leaving?

Johnny:

Tomorrow I think

Sue:

... I'll look into it, our friend will want his toy delivered to him as fast as possible

NEXT: THE MISSION. THE STOWAWAYS. THE TRAP!