American Horror Story Episode Scripts

N/A - Chapter 2

1 (screaming) SHELBY: I never thought about what could be in the wilderness.
Hiding in the dark.
(phone ringing) Hello.
I thought I was dreaming.
(static) Do you see her? I didn't think it could get any worse.
(calling): Hey! (screaming) (screaming continues) I am the queen of every hive.
I am the fire on every hill.
I am the shield over every head.
I am the spear of battle.
Who but I am both the tree and the lightning that strikes it.
(screaming) (panting) (panting slows) (leaves rustling) SHELBY: I never thought about what could be in the wilderness.
Hiding in the dark, or Or what it'd take for me just to survive.
THE BUTCHER: This deserter was found at the edge of the wood with our provisions stolen from the storehouse.
Justice demands penance for his betrayal.
For he is but a cloven beast, rotting in the mire and muck, as unclean as his festering soul.
(muffled screams) Speak, pig, speak! (screaming) Let him be purified.
(grunting) (yelling) (fire roaring) (muffled screaming) (gasps) (twig snaps) Seize her! (distorted yelling) (panting) (car horn blaring, tires screeching) (gasps) (car engine idling) (gasps) Lee brought her to the hospital.
And when she woke up, Shelby told the police a lot of wild stories about when she got to the human sacrifice.
They sent an officer out to investigate, but they couldn't find anything.
They also told the nurses to take some blood to check and see if Shelby was on drugs.
She was clean.
- (quietly): Bam.
- (laughs) I like my teddy bear.
I should have been there to protect you from whatever this was.
I'm sorry.
But I'm here now, and we will find somewhere else to stay.
I promise you that.
I think it was one of the mountain men.
The whole thing was an elaborate hoax.
They are desperate to scare us away, Matt.
Look at me.
(sighs) We can't let them.
We can't leave.
Not when every cent we have is tied up in that house.
If it was a fight they wanted, it was a fight they were gonna get.
Looking back, I understand why the court gave Mason full custody.
(sighs) What kind of mother does the things I did during those times? It's my great shame, I hate myself for it.
I didn't want to bring her to the house.
Not with everything that was going on.
(SUV door closes) Mama says this was a farmhouse.
Where's the chickens and the pigs and stuff? Come on, baby.
LEE: But I was really trying to reconnect with Flora, regain her trust, that special mother-daughter bond.
Bye, Daddy.
LEE: I figured if I kept her inside, and kept a close eye on her, it would be all right.
(lock clicks) Ah! Good one.
(laughs) Hey, you hungry? Okay.
I'll be right back.
You can put my little girl anywhere, and she will make herself at home.
She will make any place her place.
(Lee chuckles) FLORA (quietly): She's gonna hurt us? (Flora continues talking quietly in distance) LEE: Baby? FLORA: If I give you my doll, will she stay away? (sighs) (Flora continues talking quietly) (Flora talking quietly) (chuckles) Hey, baby.
Who are you talking to? Priscilla.
She's my friend.
(chuckles) I heard this happens a lot with children of divorce.
They start making things up.
Acting out.
It broke my heart to think I had done this to her.
So what were you and Priscilla talking about? Or is that a secret? She's gonna make a bonnet for me just like hers if we help her.
A bonnet.
Help her do what? Make it stop.
Make what stop? She said she's tired of all the blood.
(glass shatters) (exhales) Stay right here.
(wind whooshing softly) What's your sister thinking? Uh, she wants to see her kid.
You know how Mason is.
She don't want to give him a reason to keep her away.
She thinks I'm full of shit.
She knows you're under a lot of pressure.
She knows I'm not lying.
She was in the basement with me when those inbreds came into our home and hung those things.
I know.
I agree.
We're not gonna lose our life savings on account of these assholes.
We fight.
At least until we can sell.
Are you sure that's what you want to do? We might not have a choice.
Good night.
SHELBY: I felt a little guilty.
Matt knew that I wasn't happy there, and I knew that Lee thought I was making up stories.
It was easier to believe that.
I mean the alternative was scary.
Someone didn't want us in that house, and they were gonna make damn sure that we left and never came back.
(inhuman howling) Shelby? (door creaks) Shelby, what are you doing? Someone's outside.
- What? - Yeah, I'm going out there.
- Are you crazy? - No.
I'm not crazy, I'm pissed off.
I'm not gonna sit here cowering under the covers this time.
(crickets chirping) Shel.
- I don't see anything.
- Shh-shh-shh-shh.
- (whispers): What did you hear? - Listen.
(footsteps running) SHELBY: Hello? (footsteps running) Who's out there?! Show yourself! Shel.
Shelby! I just wanted it to stop.
I wanted them to know that they couldn't scare me, that we wouldn't be bullied.
SHELBY: Damn it.
Matt? Matt?! (whimpers) Matt? Shelby?! Shit.
(branch snaps, quiet snorting) (loud squealing, snorting) (sighs) Shelby! You hear about people getting lost in the woods, but that's how quick it can happen.
SHELBY: Matt? Matt?! MATT: Shelby?! (panting) (fire crackling) (gasps softly) (panting) Hey.
You okay? SHELBY: No.
MATT: This was beyond having a cross burned on your lawn.
(Matt grunting) You okay? There was something demonic about it.
Matt called the police, and we directed them to the spot.
This time, the cops had to believe us.
SHELBY: What if the fire had spread? What if our house had burned down? Would you have even bothered? Hey, we're sending units around to track down Ishmael Polk and his sons.
Once we find them, we'll bring them in for questioning.
Questioning? Is that the best you can do? Once they're out, they're just gonna come back again.
Who knows what they'll do next time? There is nothing protecting us from retaliation.
If you let these people come after us again, we will have no choice but to go public.
Oh, I'm putting a squad car in your driveway.
You'll have 24-hour protection until we know what we're dealing with.
MATT: Shelby was fierce.
I almost felt sorry for the cop.
But the police protection was long overdue.
We felt like we could finally relax and get some sleep.
(phone ringing in distance) (phone continues ringing) Hello? OLD WOMAN: Please.
(static crackling) Who is this? - They're hurting me.
- Hello? Why do you let them hurt me? (static stops) Hello? OLD WOMAN: No.
I don't want it.
Please stop.
- (whimpering) - (lights buzzing) You'll take it and like it.
What the hell is this?! What's the trouble? Margaret refuses to take her medicine.
Who are you people?! Is that true, Margaret? It makes me ill.
Was that back talk? (whimpers) It was.
(whimpering) (whimpering) You've been warned.
(women laughing) I thought I was dreaming.
I had to be dreaming.
(giggling) (women laughing) "M" is for Margaret! - (laughter) - (lights buzzing) (gasps) - (Matt yelling) - LEE: It was after 3:00 in the morning when the noise outside woke me.
- MATT: Hey! Hey! Hey, wake up! - (knocking) Wake up! Wake up! Wake up! There's someone in our house! - She shot her! She shot her! She's dead.
- What? I couldn't understand how anyone could have gotten into the house.
Not with a cop sitting right outside the door.
(floorboards creaking) Sir? I don't understand.
They were just here.
You must have been dreaming.
MATT: Started to think that maybe I had suffered some sort of neurological damage from the attack back in Los Angeles.
I secretly hoped that I had.
At least that would have made sense.
LEE: My brother and sister-in-law were fast getting the reputation of being kooks.
Kooks who liked to cry wolf.
I knew the next time the cops might not be so quick to respond.
So many weird things were happening.
It It's amazing how long a person can rationalize the irrational.
(loud knocking) (sighs) Is she ready? Yeah.
Her things are.
(door creaks) (sighs) Seems to be playing a surprise game of hide-and-seek.
Flora invented her own special version of hide-and-seek when she was three.
Flora? It's time to go, baby.
LEE: She wouldn't tell us that we were playing.
Where are you hiding? LEE: Part of the fun for her - Sweetheart? Baby girl? - Got to go.
LEE: was seeing how long it would take us to realize she was hiding.
For a second, it made me feel nostalgic.
- Flora? - LEE: Both of us, I think.
(sighs) (Flora whispering) (Flora talking quietly) Take her.
I got you! (laughs) Where'd she go? Where did who go? Priscilla.
The little girl with the funny clothes.
I was offering her Mandy.
Oh, your doll? Why would you do that? As a trade.
So she wouldn't kill us.
They're going to kill us all.
And save me for last.
Mason! Mason, please! Just let me kiss her good-bye! - Come on! - Put your seatbelt on.
- LEE: It's okay.
- No! She's not coming back here.
How does an eight-year-old even know how to say that? "Kill me last"? I don't know what's going on in this house, but she's never coming back here! It's okay.
Don't worry.
It's o It's okay.
It's okay.
Calm down.
Please! Please! Please! - I'm calling the judge.
- I don't want to leave.
Daddy, please.
Stop! LEE: That's the day I fell off the wagon.
(glass shatters) Someone's downstairs.
(groans): Oh.
(sighs) (slurring): I'm sorry, Shel Shelby.
I broke your bowl.
Oh, shit.
I didn't mean to.
Lee, have you even been to sleep yet? What the hell, Lee?! Shit.
- I didn't do that.
- Okay.
- Uh-uh.
- All right, come on, come on.
MATT: Neither one of us believed her, but people do strange things when they are under the influence.
Hell, I've done plenty myself.
But it opened my eyes, seeing her like that.
MATT: I mean, Lee was always the strong one.
She always took care of things.
I mean, my sister was the rock of our family.
You got to get your shit together, girl.
- (groans) - Come on.
You don't think I know that? I'm trying, but I'm weak.
(sighs) - You can't you can't let him find out.
- Okay.
- Now, now, come on.
- Or I'll never see my daughter again.
Calm down.
- Don't think about it.
- No.
- We'll figure it out, okay? - (groans) Just let me take of you for once, all right? - Oh, shit.
Oh, shit.
- SHELBY (in distance): Matt? SHELBY: Could you come here, please? (whispers): Just rest.
Rest, girl.
(groans) (sighs) Do you see her? I see her.
Matt? There's something there.
(creaking) (groans) (gasping) LEE: I was three sheets to the wind, but I knew Matt had left the room.
I felt I sensed something Someone watching over me.
(quiet squishing) (gasps) (gasping) (panting) (sighs) (squealing) (screams) (panting) MATT: We didn't know who that little girl was.
The way she was dressed, we figured she had to be a member of that hillbilly Polk family.
We were worried that maybe they put her out there to lure us into a trap or something.
But we both felt, whatever was going on in that cellar, we were going to find out.
SHELBY: It was like someone had been living down there.
Who knows how long ago or for how long? It made my skin crawl.
The girl didn't lead us there as a trap.
She wanted us to find that camera.
What we didn't know was why.
What was on that tape that she wanted us to see? I am not what I am.
This is not what I envisioned when I first came here.
But there are forces that will not let me sleep.
They keep coming to me, showing me horrible things, escalating every night, until it got physical.
Look, look.
Here's what they did to me.
(panting) I'm too afraid to go back into that house now.
I fear that whatever malevolent force is there intends to kill me.
So I'm living here in the cellar.
It's-it's cold.
It's smelly.
And-and despite appearances, I am not crazy! I am an academic.
I am an author.
Is this the same guy you saw in the video in the woods? Yeah, that's him.
What he said on that tape sounded insane.
But looking into his eyes as he told the story we were immediately pulled in.
MAN: Okay, from the beginning.
Today is October 11, 1997.
This recording will be my last testament.
Um, I want to tell the truth, as much as I know of it.
Fact: my name is Dr.
Elias Cunningham.
I am a professor at Bradley University.
Fact: I came here two months ago to begin research on my new book, a, uh a true crime novel in the vein of Helter Skelter.
Uh, my initial subjects were two nurses, Miranda and Bridget Jane.
They were sisters who spent every waking moment together.
They couldn't bear to be apart.
They worked in an assisted living facility in Rochester in 1988.
It was suspected but never proven that they were behind the mysterious deaths of two elderly patients.
They quit their jobs before any charges could be filed, and they wound up here, in, uh in North Carolina, where they opened a assisted living facility of their own.
The house they purchased had previously been unoccupied for 15 years.
The family before a father, a mother, two daughters Had lived in the house only for a brief time before they suddenly vacated.
They left all their possessions behind.
They left no forwarding address.
But this ominous history didn't deter my subjects.
It may have even drawn them to the house.
Fact: the living facility they opened was cheap, which ensured a bounty of applicants, but they had their own unique criterion for accepting applicants.
They wanted families who were tired of taking care of their relatives, families who just wanted a place to store them until they died.
But the most bizarre criteria for accepting a patient had to do with the letter of their first name.
(grunting) They chose people and murdered them because they were using the letters of their names to spell out their favorite word.
"R" is for Roger.
(humming) (coughing) "E" is for Eunice.
(chuckles) (laughing) BRIDGET: "M" is for Margaret! (both laughing) I found Miranda's diary.
What started as a sick sisterly game soon became an act of defiance Against people, against society, against life itself.
Miranda became convinced that each soul they took would add a lifetime to their passion and ensure that their love would would eclipse eternity.
Fact: October 29, 1989, police were called to investigate the facility.
Apparently some relatives became concerned when no one answered the telephone there for three weeks.
Bridget and Miranda were gone.
They found not a single personal item in the house.
They alerted the FBI, even the Mexican police, but the nurses had disappeared.
The only thing they left behind was a word, unfinished, on the wall.
" The house was put up for sale.
They tried to make it presentable.
They put in new carpeting, repainted all the walls.
But each time they covered the letters, even if they looked away for a minute, the word would reappear again.
What, Matt? - (whispers): "M" is for Margaret.
- What? "M.
" "M.
" "M" is for "Margaret.
" Matt.
What are you doing? It's here.
It's here.
She said it.
I saw it.
Matt, what are you talking about? (panting) SHELBY: It seemed totally crazy.
But everything he said on that tape was true.
The letters on the wall proved it.
And he wasn't finished.
There is an official story, and that story is about two homicidal nurses who killed five elderly patients and fled the country.
They got away with murder, but I know the truth now and I am convinced that is not what happened.
They didn't leave, they were stopped.
Something got to them before they were able to take their final victim and finish spelling "murder.
" Not by the police, by something even more evil than they were.
Something here.
In the air.
In the woods.
(voice quivering): In that house.
I haven't set foot in that house in days.
But I'm going back in there.
I don't know if I will survive, but I have to see exactly what it is.
(panting) I know you're in here.
Show yourself.
- (gasps) - Okay.
All right, okay.
(sobbing) Show yourself! (metal scraping on glass) Oh, my Turn it off.
Wait, wait, wait.
(panting) (screams, whimpers) - (distant thump) - What was that? We wanted out.
We wanted our money back.
We wanted our lives back.
The bank sold it to us, and the bank was just gonna have to take it back.
I just called their rep and said we needed to discuss our options.
No choice? Well, of course we have a choice.
We could sue you for fraud.
Some nurses ran a facility here and they killed their patients, under this roof.
Why are we finding all this out now? Let me explain this once more.
When you bid on this house, you committed to buy the property as is.
Any due diligence needed to be complete by the time you raised your hand.
It wouldn't have made a difference though, would it? We found out about the nurses, Googled their story, but it doesn't correspond with our house.
Why? Because you changed the street address.
What else are you trying to hide? You entered a contract with this bank, ma'am.
I'm not a realtor.
I've met my obligations here.
(briefcase clicks) If you decide to sell, we can offer your buyer very competitive rates.
(sighs) SHELBY: We were railroaded.
There was no going backwards.
We were trapped.
We'll never get back what we paid for this.
Those swamp people would buy it tomorrow if we gave 'em a holler.
(scoffs) No way.
Oh, I feel sick to my stomach.
I didn't think it could get any worse.
Then it did.
Is that Lee? LEE: All right, here we are.
MATT: When I saw Lee with Flora (car door opens) (Lee sighs) All right, come on, baby.
I was looking at my sister committing a felony.
I just wanted to see her.
(sighs) But then there she was.
- (laughter) - Next thing I knew, we were driving back to the house.
I'll get you something to drink.
- Lee - Oh There's nothing that we need to talk about.
(Matt sighs) Does Mason know? Mason does not control my life.
Hey, Flora, why don't we do your homework in the other room and you can have a snack in a minute.
- Okay.
- Okay.
Come on.
(softly): Okay.
Are you drunk? I would never endanger my child by driving with a drop of alcohol in my system.
Then you must have lost your mind.
He's going to the judge.
He's gonna make sure I never see her again.
Not after this stunt.
Lee Lee, you're a police officer.
And technically this is kidnapping.
He's gonna go to the cops, if he hasn't already.
This is bad, Lee.
This is really bad.
There could be an AMBER Alert out on you right now.
She's my daughter! I have a right to see her! You have a custody agreement.
Which he is trying to break.
SHELBY: Yes, yes, Mason, she's here.
She's safe.
No, Flora's doing her homework right now.
Yes, I know that you are angry.
You have every right to be furious.
(whispers): Lee No, no, no, no, no, Mason.
Please don't involve them.
You don't want Flora to have to see her mother dealing with the police.
It wasn't malicious.
She just wanted to see her daughter.
Yes, of course, yes.
We'll be here.
It's gonna be okay.
He's really pissed, but I think I talked him off the ledge.
Well, thank you for that.
I'm so sorry.
I understand.
Really I do.
LEE: I know what I did was insane.
Did I really want to be on the run with an eight-year-old? To turn her life upside down, even more than it was? To hide her away from her father forever? Flora deserved better.
(girl giggling in distance) Let me say good-bye to Flora.
Before he comes for her.
It's the right thing, Lee.
She's in the living room.
(door creaking) LEE: We looked everywhere in that house.
My baby was gone.
Where are you?! Flora! Flora! Flora? Flora? (twigs snapping, leaves rustling) (Lee screams, Shelby gasps) Did you hear that? (Lee screaming) (whimpering) Oh, my