Good-hearted Tony runs out of the gift shop calling for help. Father Ryan sees the body and hears Tony pleading his case. It was dark. The man had a big nose and a beard. Carrying janitorial tools he looked like a monster. Try as he might, Father Ryan failed to bring Ortega back.
Arch Hall Junior andRachel Shaw ride Arch’s motorcycle and tell about their friend’s disappearance. Arch says, “I was just having a ring-a-ding-ding with the gang. Rachel planted a honey cooler on my lips so aces it blew my wig. That’s when Cheryl Turner came by with her folks. Her sister Crystal had been at the beach party last night, but she didn’t come home. We’d all assumed she’d slipped off down the beach to pitch woo with one of her many joes hanging on her, even though she’s kind of a cement mixer. Any way, it’s like she just disappeared. And I got thinking Crystal’s disappearance might be connected with what’s going on here. Again, this might just be a trip for biscuits.”
Arch then asks if this is connected to the Boat Man. “You know, maybe those break-ins are connected with the Boatman. You know the Boatman? I go riding my bike along the beach some nights and see him. Creepy thin guy in a black hooded robe. He paddles a rowboat. When it’s close, and if you’re listening, you hear the sounds of tormented souls. Blood follows behind him! I talked to Casio… he’s one of the Pachuco crumbs Batt hired… about the Boatman. He thinks I saw the Devil himself! Can you believe that? Come to think of it, I haven’t seen ol’ Casio since we had that chat.”
The group discussed Ortega and Casio’s residence. Arch said they were at Warrington House. Claude remembered it as the site where a horrible fire happened, and many tortured slaves perished. The owner vanished into the night. More mutilated bodies were found buried in the basement. The house is widely believed to be haunted. The manager of the shelter, Mr. Warrington, disbelieves these tales.
Arch and Rachel took off on the ghost rock engine-powered bike, down the beach. “Idiot,” Tony thought, seeing the kids ride off into the darkness near where the creatures emerge.
An hour later, the Boat Man appeared, dumping chum from a Hillberg Jumbo Shrimp Company crate into the lake. As the Boatman turned the boat around between the piers, Tony raced across the pier. The Boatman flung off the tarp, revealing a ghost rock boiler and paddle wheel. Tony cleared the boiler and knocked the Boat Man unconscious.
The Boatman proved to be the owner of the Old Spanish Fort Amusement Park, Earl Brewton, also a member of Father Ryan’s congregation. The group tied him to a chair inside the Ship Ahoy!, next to Ortega’s body. When Brewton woke up, he chastised Father Ryan for being part of such violent deeds. Father Ryan said he wished to avoid violent deeds by asking the questions, not letting Tony do things his way. Not willing to come forward with much information, other than confirming he was in league with the Black Hand, Father Ryan let Tony take control of the interrogation, which consisted of repeatedly sticking Earl’s head in a bucket of water, even after he vomited in the bucket. This enraged Earl, who promised violent consequences for these actions. Then, Father Ryan suggested this was tied in with the missing girl and reminding Earl of his own teenage daughters… who Father Ryan had taken extra special notice of. This got through to Earl, who was quick to spill the goods.
That’s when the False Faces arrive.
Content Not Found: null sees a fine mist on the lake, like a fountain is spraying water everywhere. Then he realizes… the spray is rapidly moving toward him! Antonio points this out to Claude, who steps inside and announces, “They’re here.”
The mist and spray races toward the pier near the Ship Ahoy! Everyone hears wood splinter as the creatures slam into the wooden posts at amazing speeds. The gumshoes decide to evacuate the Ship Ahoy! Which is perched on stilts at the center of the pier. Claude rummages through the kitchen, gathering supplies and then barricading the windows.
The barricades fall.
The false faces enter, drawn by the smell of Claude cooking sugar and hooch.
Claude whips the frying pan full of flaming sugar at the False Face, killing it. “Clown brulee,” Claude says.
Antonio unleashes the power of a tattoo, blasting one of the creatures emerging on the pier. It staggered, and the features of its face vanished. Antonio rushes back toward the others, where Father Ryan and Tony (the Father with a gold shimmering baseball bat and Tony with glowing brass knuckles).
During the course of the battle, Tony suffers a busted rib. Antonio sets the Ship Ahoy! On fire. Claude puts the flames out.
As the last False Face falls, the group hears an engine come to life behind the light house, where Baby was left parked… and where Earl Brewton was headed after Father Ryan set him free and told him to get out of here…
Earl trying to steal baby as scene ends and last false face disturbed
“I’ve learned that you punch anything hard enough it breaks.” —Tony
2 pt session