"The Wake": As the crew of the sub-aquatic oil-rig and secret science station attempt to walk along the bottom of the ocean toward their subs to escape from the horde of pre-historic mermen outside, Agent Astor Cruz is wounded. Desperately, [[Lee Archer (The Wake)|Dr. A
- No! I never got him the cables for his game system. The HDMI ones. I never got the chance. So no, I'm not ready for this. Not yet.
Appearing in "The Wake"
- Agent Astor Cruz (Dies)
- Captain Mel Mackelmay
- Dr. Marin
Synopsis for "The Wake"
As the crew of the sub-aquatic oil-rig and secret science station attempt to walk along the bottom of the ocean toward their subs to escape from the horde of pre-historic mermen outside, Agent Astor Cruz is wounded. Desperately, Dr. Archer attempts to convince the rig's captain to go back for him. Macklemay refuses, forcing her to move forward as the mermen pierce through Cruz' suit, causing it to depressurize, and his head and extremities to explode.
With the path back onto the rig closed off, and the subs out of reach, their only hope is to get past the swarming mermen and into the emptied oil-pipeline. Fortunately, they are successful, albeit trapped on the rig until someone can come for them. They will have to head back to the rig and try to radio for help - even though it's a ghost rig, about which nobody knows, thanks to its classified operations.
Together, they scramble into the dark pipeline, but they soon begin to hear the screech of the mermen. They are forced to hurry in the wrong direction, toward the oil drill, where they will have no supplies. At the door, they find the entry code has been reset, and Macklemay fumbles to override it. Fortunately, the door opens, and behind it is, to their surprise, Meeks - the hunter. Somehow, he survived his one-on-one encounter with the merman, and made his way here. Unfortunately, he has news that the entire rig, besides the drill, has been overrun.
On the verge of breakdown, Lee complains that they have to find a way out, because she never got the chance to give her son Parker the cables he wanted for his game system. She needs to get out of this for that. Dr. Marin admits that when he first started studying folklore, the first tale that caught his attention was that of the Saeftinghe. The story goes that in the Netherlands of the 1500s, a highly advanced city discovered that a mermaid had become trapped in its wellspring. Though she had called for help, the people laughed at her, and so she cursed them that soon, the city would be flooded and destroyed. Rather than watch their doom come for them, the people of that village held a feast and celebrated, ringing bells and living in denial until they were all drowned. It is said that their celebrating can still be heard when the seas are calm. What had appealed to Marin was the citizen's defiance in the face of their own obliteration. By way of recreating that tale, he offers them all a piece of a chocolate bar he managed to secret away with him.
Before they can unwrap it, Lee swats his hand aside, realizing from his mention of bells that if they fire up the drill, they'll be able to produce sound at such a high decibel level that it will at least ward off the mermen. Macklemay agrees that they certainly could do it. Soon, they are activating the drill, and the noise is painful for them. However, it does seem to affect the mermen - though the drill itself may not be able to handle the force. Lee, though, notices that it's not the drill' shaking the base, but something else.
Rising from the depths, a massive merman appears outside the rig.
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