They go downstairs, where Baxter pulls Rosalee aside.
“Does this Scruthers person have much of a case?” he asks
“I don’t care, so long as I get paid.”
“How much is he paying? Maybe I could top his offer, and actually get some sleep.”
“That’s classified” she says. “Besides, this visit is going a little long for my taste.”
Suddenly, a guard walks up to Baxter.
“There’s a man we caught trespassing. He says that he needs to see you”.
Baxter rolls his eyes, and says “Let him in”
He does so, and Baxter suddenly gestures everyone, including Alexander (the trespasser, played by Christian) to go upstairs.
Flashback to Alexander’s past. At night a few weeks before, he is tilling the garden of the monastery where he resides. Suddenly, he notices movement in the trees surrounding the monk’s complex, and he goes to investigate. To his horror, when he arrives he sees that one of the trees is oozing green slime. He runs back to the monastery to wake his friend, Brother Joshua Brollo. In a few words, he expertly convinces him to come with, and they travel to the scene of the incident. However, the tree is no longer there. He then hears a noise behind them and turns around. The tree, now revealed in its fullness as a giant grotesque goat, is there, and charges forward to the tree-line, ensnaring Brollo in its tentacles. In shock , Alexander goes to wake the Father Superior. He doubts his story, and they go to Brollo’s quarters to confirm it. Surprisingly, Brollo is sleeping, safe and sound. Alexander is dumbfounded, causing the Father Superior to exclaim:
“Alexander, you’ve been here for a very long time. Perhaps it’s time you go and see the world.”
Alexander spends the next few days exploring the secular side of Boston. About a week in, he decides to visit an art gallery, just for the heck of it. However, one of the paintings in this gallery depicts the very being he had seen carry off his friend. It looked like this:
“Who painted this?” Alexander asks the building’s landlord, who was conveniently standing nearby.
“His name is Baxter Leighton.”
“Can I see him?"
"No, you can't. I'm very busy..."
"Of course" he says, sincerely.
"So, you don't know where he is?"
"Well, I suppose we'd better look for him" says Mr. Scruthers, unexpectedly.
"OK...does that mean that as long as we can't find him, we delay the case?"
"No, just that if we don't, you won't be represented."
Mr. Scruthers looks expectantly at Baxter, making the latter realize that he wants to begin as soon as possible. They move to leave, when suddenly Alexander says,
"Can I come, too?"
"Sure" mutters Baxter.
They are about to open the door, but suddenly it bursts open and a guard steps through. He standing straight and staring wide-eyed.
"Yes?" asks Baxter
He remains silent.
"Can we help you?" asks Alexander.
Suddenly, the guard falls down, revealing a knife stuck in his back. It is a bloody mess, causing Alexander to go into a brief shock, but leaving the rest unaffected. Out of the corner of his eye, Baxter notices a shadow going down the stairwell. He yells that there is someone there, causing Mr. Scruthers to draw a gun. He, Baxter, and Alexander move down the stairwell, leaving Rosalee behind. Mr. Scruthers turns a corner, but is knocked down by a hidden assailant, knocking the gun out of his hand. Alexander picks up the gun and impulsively shoots it into the ceiling. It is a loud shot, briefly stunning the attacker, long enough for Mr. Scruthers to draw his knife and attempt to stab him in the arm. He misses. Baxter goes around the corner to grapple him, but he fails. Alexander, throwing the gun in the floored Baxter's face, does the same with the same result. Baxter catches the gun, gets up, and points it at the assailant.
"Quit squirming, or I'll shoot."
The attacker, revealed to be a hooded figure, surrenders, putting his hand in the air.
"I'll go phone the police", says Alexander.
He does so, but as he enters the gallery, he notices several hooded figures approaching. He tries to hide, but trips, immediately attracting their attention. He runs back up the stairs, announcing what he saw. All, including the hostage, move up to the loft to escape. Then, with a great wind, Alexander moves the body and shoves a table in front of the door. Rosalee rushes out the window onto a fire escape. Baxter quickly grabs his dream journal, his father's journal, and some art supplies, but before leaving unhoods the assailant. Alexander immediately recognizes him as none other than Brother Brollo.
"What are you doing?" Alexander asks. He is silent.
"Why would you do this?" he asks again, this time eliciting a hiss.
Following Baxter, Alexander rushes out. Just as they reach the bottom, they hear a loud gunshot, after which Mr. Scruthers, without the captive, descends. They all begin to leave and turn the corner just in time to break line-of-sight.