Having decided to work up a psychological profile on Chris Roberts, Brian Gall decided to do some digging into the teen on social media. Nothing stood out except a Facebook reference to a “weird church service” that his parents made him attend. A quick Google search found two churches in the area: First Baptist of Abbott and Immaculate Heart Catholic Church. Gall also consulted CODIS about juvenile offenders at the school to aid in their cover story. In the morning, Lance Boone disguised Brian Gall as a social worker, and the two drove 15 minutes north to Hillsboro High School to observe Chris Roberts. Gall easily persuaded the principal to let them observe, only to find that Chris was not in class. Upon asking why, the principal said that his mother had called and reported him sick. Boone and Gall then went to the Robert’s residence, and finding it locked and apparently vacant, decided to visit the police station and inquire about the Roberts family. They learned his mother stayed at home, while his father worked for the local oil refinery. The team decided to investigate the Roberts’ residence further but after making some more phone calls, which revealed that Chris had not checked in to any health clinics, but that Jim Roberts was on shift at the refinery.
On a hunch, Joel Gregory decided to stop at the First Baptist Church. While Malcom Reading made some information gathering phone calls, Pastor J.D. Friedland greeted Gregory at the door and let him into the church. After giving Friedland an obvious pseudonym, Gregory accepted the offer of coffee and searched the room, finding a trap door leading down stone stairs in the back storeroom of the church. Unfortunately, Friedland saw this and cast a paralyzing spell on Gregory, disarmed, handcuffed and brought him down into the cellar where Gregory passed out.
Meanwhile, Malcom Reading grew worried after 30 minutes had passed with no word from Joel Gregory. Having called Gregory’s cell phone and getting no answer, he called Lance Boone to let them know about the situation. Boone advised Reading to wait for backup, but Reading knocked on the chapel door and demanded that Gregory be released. When his attempt at intimidation failed, Reading attempted to kneecap Frieland – however, the pastor avoided the shot and defeated Reading in a gunfight waged inside the church, in which Tchaikovsky was also wounded or killed. Lance Boone and Brian Gall heard the conversation and battle over the cell phone connection, but arrived to late to aid Reading, who was also carried into the subterranean prison.
Gall and Boone contacted Nunez, who was only able to scramble one agent: Delta Green Cell C sniper Cal. After waiting for a few hours, Cal arrived and the three agents planned their assault, aware that area law enforcement was mobilizing. Local law enforcement was already in the church, apparently having come from an unknown location within the building. Cal covered the windows while Boone set fire to the back of the church with gasoline impregnated rope and trash, and threw an improvised Molotov cocktail into the Pastor’s office. The fire spread rapidly, and two police officers came out of the front door. After running a few yards, they were simultaneously gunned down by Cal and Lance Boone, who coordinated their assault with deadly precision. J.D. Frieland followed close behind, and was immediately shot through the throat by Cal’s Berretta .50 sniper rifle and critically hit by Boone, who once again coordinated with Cal to deal massive damage to the enemy. Although apparently mortally wounded, Frieland defied death and managed to shoot Lance Boone with his Desert Eagle. Cal and Boone then executed Frieland with multiple shots to the head, revealing the pastor to be a heavily mechanically augmented humanoid.
The immediate threats neutralized, Cal and Boone quickly swept the rooms of the church but realized that the fire was too intense to stay long enough to rescue Gregory and Reading, especially with law enforcement rapidly closing in. They captured Frieland’s body and Gall attempted to psychically scan the area for other intelligences, which resulted in an apparent Grand Mal seizure. Although near death, Cal “The Magic Negro” saved Brian Gall’s life.
Black helicopters approached, and Boone and Cal decided to leave the area. Brian Gall’s Curse struck again as a train blocked the only exit out of town for precious minutes. Boone called Nunez at the post office pay phone, having decided to surrender himself with Brian Gall as Cal attempted to escape in a stolen USPS truck, but Nunez urged Boone to escape if at all possible. Fortunately, the train passed and the three remaining members were able to escape Abbott. They reported in to Nunez, who arranged an extraction deep in Texas farmland and revealed that Majestic 12 had captured Joel Gregory and Malcolm Reading.