Here it is folks:
CRYSTAL: Part 3
The Doctor and Ben are discussing recent developments via mobile phone.
“Ok Doctor, we’ll fish around this end and see what we can find out about this organisation. I’ll call you again later” Ben concludes.
He turns to Katie and Kyle:
“Ok, have an idea. Kyle, you need to find this Hendridge woman and tell her that you’re interested in enrolling your mother into the religious retreat centre. Try and find out as much as you can. Me and Katie will question some of the patients downstairs.”
Ben and Katie set off downstairs for the main lounge area. Along the way they are blocked by two nurses having an animated conversation on the stairs:
“Excuse me but can you carry on with your dreary conversation somewhere else please” Ben says sternly, flicking his golden hair from his dark eyes.
“You know Katie, I sometimes think that other people exist just to get in my way.”
Katie laughs:“They just don’t appreciate you Ben”.
Meanwhile, Kyle is talking to Hendridge.
“Mr Scott I’d be delighted if your mother would join one of our retreats. She’s almost finished her detox programme here. Actually, why don’t I take you and your mother to our London spiritual centre now , its only in our secondary building across the grounds. Of course you might prefer the solace of our retreat in Wales……”
“Nah, this one sounds ok.” Kyle replies.
Downstairs, Ben & Katie are talking to a wasted looking man in his early 20s with sunken eyes.
“Have you noticed anything unusual here at all, about the staff especially?” Ben asks.
“I mean have they ever asked you to take part in any odd medical experiments or anything?”
Ben senses that he isn’t getting anywhere and offers the man a Fox’s Glacier Mint to cheer him up. The patient feels the cool taste hit his mouth and a senses that he is floating down a turquoise river.
Later they all walk across the path through the grounds to a large imposing concrete building, Hendridge leading the way.
“And here it is, our second stage of recovery - detox for the soul. *looks at her watch* Oh I see that theres a contemplation session underway right now. Why don’t you all join in.”
She opens a door to reveal a large room with pictures of Christ on the walls and vases with exotic flowers. In the middle is a rug with a group of people sitting round in a circle, cross-legged. Ben, Katie, Kyle and Sharon are invited to join the circle while Hendridge disappears.
After a few minutes of sitting in silence, Katie is irritated:
“Er why isn’t anyone saying anything?”
There is no answer.
“Well? Is this some kind of meditation session or what?”
A young man next to her whispers:
“You are meant to sit here silently contemplating God. You wait for him to inspire someone to say something.”
Katie is irritated:
“Oh what nonsense. *standing up* Well I’m inspired to say something. Where can I get some refreshments, we haven’t eaten for hours!”
Meanwhile, Hendridge has taken a lift down to the complex of rooms underneath the building. She walks down a strange corridor bathed in red light and into a large room.In the centre of the room, surrounded by glass, is a large red-glowing crystal. Behind it, in the shadows of the room, a large spider, the size of a cat, sits on a raised square platform.
“Well, are they here?” it says.
“They are my Queen. Just as I promised. Ben Chatham and his group of associates.”
“This is good. And I am informed that the Doctor is in Wales investigating the cow incident. Nothing escapes our attention. Soon we will have them all.”
“But why are you so interested in this Doctor”? Hendridge asks:
“The Doctor is dangerous. However he may know of the blue crystals of Metabelis 3 however here on this planet we have brought something greater. With the power of the only two red crystals revived from its dormant state, we will be invincible. All the power in the universe will be ours!…….
.......To be continued.