The Aurors: S01E01

The Resignation and the Offer

INT. CAR - DAY

Patrick and Barrett sit on opposite side of the ambulance, facing each other as the two medics MUTTER and bandage their wounds. Barrett stares at Patrick, whilst Patrick stares at the floor.

INT. HOWARDS' OFFICE - NIGHT

Howards sits behind his desk, while Patrick, his face covered in BANDAGES and Barrett, his arm in a SLING, sit in the chairs opposite.

PATRICK

That's when Barrett showed up. He knocked out the three guards with a pole of rebar, and came to my aid.

HOWARDS

And Mandala?

PATRICK

Escaped.

HOWARDS

Great.

BARRETT

Anyone mind telling me who this Mandala guy is?

Both men fall silent. Patrick looks to the floor.

PATRICK

He said he changed his name. To Manzini.

HOWARDS

"The one sent by the Gods". Clever.

BARRETT

Who is this guy?

HOWARDS

His name is Simba Mandala, or "Sim", as we all called him around here. He was one of the greatest agents I've ever seen come through this precinct. He was a transfer from Uganda. It's one of the few African offices we have. About eight years ago, he transferred here, and we couldn't have been happier. He booked fourteen perps in his first month! Then, about three years ago, things started to go downhill. He started talking about how we shouldn't stay secretive, that we should expose ourselves to the public, live together as one, and even live superior to the average person. This went on for about a year or so.

BARRETT

Until?

PATRICK

He was my partner. It was my first year out of the academy. He had just been transferred. They paired us together and we were unstoppable. After five years of service together, he starts talking about supremacy and the like. But I thought it was just talk. After about a year of that, I walked in on him-

Patrick stops, looking at the floor.

HOWARDS

Simba Mandala was found participating in a ritual known as "Gjaku i Fëmijës", or the Blood Of The Child. He had murdered thirteen children, drained them of blood, and drawn hieroglyphics on their bodies with it. Special Agent Patrick Jameson walked into the middle of one such ceremony, and, believing it to have been one of many performed by the suspect, killed him on sight.

BARRETT

Killed him? What about the man we saw today?

HOWARDS

Well, somehow he survived.

BARRETT

And what's this I heard about him killing some O'Brien guy?

HOWARDS

Reverend Riley O'Brien lead a group called the Riomh. They're a group of Irishmen who follow the same beliefs Mandala did for that last year here; supremacy, exposure to the world, etc. They believe in the coming of Brethunas, the Judgement Day, where the gods will come down from the heavens and decide which of us shall come with them to live an eternal life and which of us shall live our life in eternal limbo. They're a fanatic religious group who stages attacks and the like on the public to get those who on the edge of joining to confirm their servitude to the Riomh.

Long silence.

HOWARDS (CONT'D)

Now, I'd like to speak to both of you individually. Fuzzoni, would you please step into the hall? I will retrieve you momentarily.Barrett nods and leaves.

INT. BOSTON HEADQUARTERS - NIGHT

Barrett sits at his DESK, thinking. He's playing with a RUBRIC'S CUBE with one hand.

HOWARDS (O.S.)

Fuzzoni.

Barrett gets up, dusts off his SHIRT, and goes into Howards' office.

INT. HOWARDS' OFFICE - NIGHT

Howards is sitting behind his DESK, looking tired. Barrett sits across from him.

HOWARDS

Special Agent Jameson just resigned.

BARRETT

What?

HOWARDS

Seems the shame of having to kill his partner, fail at it, then meet him again and fail a second time became too much for him to handle. He just handed in his resignation.

Barrett jumps up and runs out.

HOWARDS (CONT'D)

Fuzzoni!

EXT. BOSTON HEADQUARTERS - NIGHT

Barrett storms out of the building, seeing Patrick slowly walking down the street. He races to catch up, stepping in front of him.

BARRETT

You little bitch.

PATRICK

I'm sorry?

BARRETT

You know, I expected more from you. You're renowned across the globe as one of the greatest men of our time, and one little hiccup and you bitch out?

PATRICK

This is more than a little hiccup, Fuzzoni.

BARRETT

Okay sure, children were killed and used for a ritual. People were killed in a bomb attack this afternoon. But it's not like you've never deal with those things before. You can't honestly tell me that in all of your years of serving, you hadn't experienced something like that? I know for a fact you have, because I have! And New Orleans is known for being one of the quietest districts in the nation. So if I've seen it, so have you. That doesn't give you the right to bitch out when something doesn't go you way, or are you that conceited that you're going to quit the game just because the other kids aren't playing by your rules?

Patrick punches Barrett hand across the jaw. Barrett falls onto his back and Patrick kneels over him, grabbing his COLLAR.

PATRICK

You don't know what it's like. Have you ever walked into a room and found your partner, a man who you put your life in his hands and his in yours, covered in children's blood, painting designs on their drained, naked bodies? That's not an image that leaves your mind in your lifetime. Then, just to add insult to injury, you knew you had to do the right things and kill the man you once loved. And then two years later, he shows up, healthy and coming back for more. You don't understand what it's like to lose someone you trust like that.

BARRETT

I don't understand? I lost my parents when I was 14. They were in the Twin Trade Towers on September 11th. My Dad worked there and Mom was visiting. Both of them died that morning. You're right, I've never had to kill my own partner, but the video of watching those two buildings burn and crumble to the ground is just a hard a image to get out of a man's head. At least you were able to do something about your problem. Do you know how helpless a man feels when all he can do it watch something like that on the TV and know that, somewhere in that footage, his parents are there? Did they think about my sister and I before they died? Did they know what happened or did the plane hit their floor and kill them instantly? Were they one of the ones who jumped, trying to get out? These images, these questions have kept me awake on more nights than I care to remember, so don't tell me I don't understand what it's like to lose someone.

Patrick gets off Barrett and they both sit on the sidewalk, exhausted.

BARRETT (CONT'D)

Now, if you don't mind, I have a meeting with Captain Howards to return to.

He gets up and walks back inside, leaving Patrick sitting there.

PATRICK

Why'd you lie?

BARRETT

What?

PATRICK

Why'd you tell the Captain it was you who decided that you should stay behind? Why'd you cover for me?

BARRETT

Because that's what partners do.

He walks into the building.

INT. HOWARDS' OFFICE - NIGHT

Barrett sits as Howards stands over him.

HOWARDS

First you jeopardize your partner by deciding to be valiant and save a few marathon runners, leaving your partner exposed and nearly getting him killed. Then you run out of here without being dismissed! I've never seen such insolence! I want you out of my division now! Out!

Barrett gets up, turns, and walks over to his DESK. He picks up his unpacked CARDBOARD BOX, and walks out of building with his head held high.

INT. APARTMENT - DAY

Barrett stands at a large wall of windows, overlooking the city. Behind him sits a large TRUNK, packed and ready to go. The INTERCOM BUZZES. He walks over to it and pushes the button.

BARRETT

Yes?

RAOUL (V.O.)

Senior Fuzzoni?

BARRETT

Yes?

RAOUL (V.O.)

There's a man here to see you. Name is Howards. Should I send him up?

Barrett rests his head on the wall.

RAOUL (V.O.)

Senior Fuzzoni?

BARRETT

Yes, send him up.

RAOUL (V.O.)

Of course Senior.

Barrett turns back and goes into the kitchen, pouring himself a CUP of COFFEE. He is drinking it when there's a KNOCK on his door.

BARRETT

It's open.

Howards walks in.

BARRETT (CONT'D)

Captain Howards.

HOWARDS

Special Agent Fuzzoni. Impressive place Elyse was able to get you.

BARRETT

What do you want Captain?

HOWARDS

I want to offer you a job.

BARRETT

I'm sorry?

HOWARDS

After you left last night, Jameson came to find me in my office. He told me how you covered for him, and that you were the one who had spotted Manzini in the crowd to begin with.

BARRETT

I'm sorry he told you that.

HOWARDS

Why?

BARRETT

I was covering for him for a reason. I'm sorry he told you I'd lied to you.

HOWARDS

He retracted his resignation.

BARRETT

Good. He's an invaluable member of your team.

HOWARDS

Yes he is. But he has one non-negotiable condition for his re-employment.

BARRETT

Oh? And what is that?

HOWARDS

That you be returned to the force as his partner, your record wiped clean of any infractions. He told me he would partner with none other.

BARRETT

He did?

HOWARDS

You must have made a damn good impression, Fuzzoni. He also demanded that once you were back on the force, given the position as his partner, and cleared of any infractions, that you be cleared to be armed as soon as physically able. Take the rest of the week off. First thing Monday, head in to the lab and get yourself tested.

BARRETT

I don't know what to say.

HOWARDS

You can start with offering me a cup of Joe.

BARRETT

Of course sir. How do you take it?

HOWARDS

Black.

Barrett goes into the kitchen and pours a CUP OF COFFEE. He returns and places it on the table next to Howards.

BARRETT

Thank you sir.

HOWARDS

One more thing. We'll have a ceremony of course, but I wanted to be the first to welcome you, and to get you this.

He drops a black BILLFOLD onto the table. Barrett opens it to reveal a BADGE.

HOWARDS (CONT'D)

Special Agent Barrett Fuzzoni, welcome to the 15th precinct of the Magical Congress of the United States of America, Department of Magical Law Enforcement.

He extends his hand, which Barrett takes. Then Howards stands, grabbing his HAT.

HOWARDS (CONT'D)

Thank you for the Joe. I expect to see you Monday morning. Good day.

He nods and leaves. Barrett collapses on the CHAIR and looks at the BADGE. There's a KNOCK on the door. Barrett gets up and answers it.

BARRETT

Did you forget something?

Claire and Juliet are standing in the hall.

BARRETT (CONT'D)

Claire!

She jumps into his arms and he hugs her tightly.

BARRETT (CONT'D)

Man, am I happy to see you guys.

He lets her go and kneels down to Juliet.

BARRETT (CONT'D)

Hey girl. Hey baby. How's my girly?

CLAIRE

Enough of us, what happened to you?

BARRETT

It's a long story.

CLAIRE

I've got time.

She smiles.

END OF EPISODE

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