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THE ABDUCTION
By Josef Anderson

PART ONE
TEASER
FADE IN:
EXT. RESERVATION - ESTABLISHING - DAY ONE
A TOMAHAWK
comes flying through the air
WIDER
to see the tomahawk suddenly stop as the blade slams deep into a round piece of log that's been tied to a tree as a make-shift target.
ANGLE - INDIANS, CLOUD DANCING AND SULLY
in the middle of a little throwing competition. The observers nod and murmur in admiration of Cloud Dancing's toss. Some quick bets are made, the odds seeming to favour Cloud Dancing, then all eyes fall on Sully.
CLOUD DANCING
They don't think you can hit it.
SULLY
They don't?
CLOUD DANCING
You missed last time from here.
SULLY
I know.
And Sully walks another ten feet away.
SULLY
I shoulda been back farther fore I threw.
And he spins around, pulls out his tomahawk, throws smoothly at the log.
ANGLE - LOG TARGET
As Sully's tomahawk cuts inside of Cloud Dancing's throw, splitting the bull's eye in the center of the tree rings.
ANGLE - CLOUD DANCING AND SULLY
SULLY
Double or nothin'?
Cloud Dancing shakes his head.
CLOUD DANCING
The spirits are too much with you today.
Sully grins, looks off up to see ...
THEIR POV - YOUNG INDIAN BOY
racing into camp, quietly spreading an alarm as he passes by each teepee, finally arriving at Cloud Dancing, speaking urgently to him in Cheyenne.
CLOUD DANCING (to Sully)
Dr. Mike is coming. With soldiers.
Cloud Dancing and Sully exchange a look. This news seems to alarm not only them, but a couple of other Indians as well.
OLD KNIFE, AND WHITE EYE
look at each other, whisper something in Cheyenne. Old Knife, 40's, is a hardened warrior. White Eye, 20's, wears a dirty patch over an injured eye. He looks quite menacing. The Indians confer again, then disappear behind a teepee.
ANGLE - ROAD TO RESERVATION
as Mike rides in on Flash, leading a small freight wagon driven by two Army Soldiers that's carrying bags of beans, flour, corn.
ANOTHER ANGLE
Sully, Cloud Dancing, their eyes casually darting about, move to greet Mike and the Soldiers.
SULLY
Didn't expect you til tomorrow?
MIKE
The Arm wagon train showed up early. I talked these gentlemen into bringing the food right out.
Mike dismounts. Soldier #1 climbs down from the seat, moves to the back of the wagon, starts unloading. Soldier #2 looks off, sees something that catches his attention.
FAVORING MIKE
MIKE
Look, Cloud Dancing, there's corn and beans, too, and it's all good.
SULLY (covering)
We'll help you unload it.
Soldier #2 jumps down from the wagon, steps around Sully and heads towards one of the teepees. He passes by Walks on Cloud, Cloud Dancing's son.
MIKE
I've got a dozen sacks of flour and there's not a worm in it.
Cloud Dancing and Sully are watching Soldier #2. Mike realizes something's up.
MIKE
Sully?
ANGLE - SOLDIER #2
examines a horse with a war paint marking its face. He turns, looks at Sully. The Soldier starts to draw his Colt. Suddenly, White Eye steps from behind a teepee, sends an arrow into soldier #2's back. He falls out of frame.
ANOTHER ANGLE
as White Eye, Old Knife and six other Dog Soldiers appear from behind and out of the teepees, weapons drawn.
ANGLE - SOLDER #1
who drops a bag of flour, turns and runs for his life. Several arrows miss him, then a rifle shot rings out and he goes down.
ANGLE - OLD KNIFE
lowering the Sharp's rifle from his shoulder, tossing the empty shell.
ANGLE - MIKE AND SULLY
Both stunned by the suddenness of it all. The Dog Soldiers begin to strip the soldiers of their clothes.
MIKE
What are the Dog Soldiers doing here?
SULLY
They wouldn't have been here if you'd come tomorrow like you said.
MIKE
I didn't know they were here.
CLOUD DANCING (to Sully)
It is not her fault.
Mike looks and sees White Eye stripping the soldier he shot in the back with the arrow.
MIKE (to Cloud Dancing)
Don't let them do that. Stop them
Cloud Dancing shakes his head. Mike moves to White Eye.
MIKE
Stop that.
He doesn't, so Mike reaches out and grabs his arm. Big mistake. In an instant White Eye is on his feet, knife drawn, hand locked on Mike's wrist.
ANGLE - SULLY
as he reaches for his tomahawk, but it's still in the target.
SULLY (in Cheyenne)
You harm her you die.
ANGLE - WHITE EYE
who doesn't move for a moment. He knows he could kill Mike before Sully could reach him, and he seems to toy with the idea ... but there's something in Sully's look and in Cloud Dancing's expression that convinces him to finally let go. White Eye puts his knife away, shoves Mike roughly to Sully.
ANGLE - SULLY
as he catches Mike, takes her safely in his arms.
WIDER
White Eye continues to strip the soldier's body. Cloud Dancing gestures to other Indians, shouting orders. Mike and Sully watch as Indians grab the rest of the food off the wagon. Old knife grabs Mike's medical bag, opens it.
MIKE
No. That's mine.
A Dog Soldier standing next to Old Knife raises his Sharp's rifle at her, cocks it. Old Knife gives Mike a look, then dumps the medical bag in the dirt, squats down and picks through the items, looking for something he wants.
ANGLE - SULLY AND MIKE
as Sully holds her back.
SULLY (whispers)
Ain't worth dying for.
The village Indians pick up the stripped bodies of the dead soldiers, carry them off.
MIKE
What are they going to do?
SULLY
Bury em.
We hold on Mike and Sully
END TEASER
ACT ONE
FADE IN:
EXT. RESERVATION - MOMENTS LATER
Two Dog Soldiers race off in the empty wagon.
Other Dog Soldiers gather up their belongings, pack their horses, get ready to ride.
The Indian Women rake dirt over the blood to cover it.
MIKE AND SULLY AND CLOUD DANCING
Mike picks up her medical supplies, puts them back in her bag.
MIKE
What are we going to do?
SULLY
Nothin'.
MIKE
Nothing?
SULLY
It ain't our business.
MIKE
Those men were murdered.
SULLY
Those men were killed by their enemy.
MIKE
They were shot in the back.
SULLY (half beat)
Anybody asks you, the soldiers dropped off the food. They left and you stayed behind.
MIKE
You're asking me to lie.
CLOUD DANCING
You tell the truth and the Army will come back and kill everyone here.
MIKE
But it was the Dog Soldiers who did it. Can't we just explain?
There's a shout O.C.
ANGLE - DOG SOLDIERS
mounting up on their horses. White Eye and Old Knife shouting orders at the others.
ANOTHER ANGLE
White Eye spins about on his horse. He fires off his rifle into the sky.
WHITE EYE (in Cheyenne)
Who will join us? Who wants to fight?
There is a cry from some of the other Indians in the village. Two Indians climb onto their horses, fire their rifles into the air.
WALKS ON CLOUDS
unties his horse, swings up.
WALKS ON CLOUD (shouting in Cheyenne)
I, Walks on Cloud, will fight!
There is a cheer from the other Dog Soldiers.
Cloud Dancing races to the boy, grabs the reins.
CLOUD DANCING
Don't go my son.
WALKS ON CLOUD
I will not stay here to die with the women and old men.
CLOUD DANCING
Stay with me.
WALKS ON CLOUD
No, my father. I have listened to you long enough. It is time to fight.
Walks on Cloud grabs at the reins, but Cloud Dancing won't let go. The horse fights, frightened by the gunshots and yelling, jerking his head, pulling away from Cloud Dancing.
Walks on Cloud can't stay on and falls, hitting the ground hard. The horse runs away.
The Dog Soldiers laugh at Walks on Cloud. White Eye kicks his horse, lets out a cry and leads his men out of the village.
ANGLE - WALKS ON CLOUD
as he picks himself up from the dirt. He's humiliated. Walks on Cloud gives his father an angry look, then chases after his horse. Cloud Dancing looks over to ...
MIKE AND SULLY
SULLY
Best thing to do is just forget it ever happened.
MIKE
How can I forget? (Half a beat) How can I?
We HOLD on them as we ...
CUT TO:
EXT. COLORADO SPRINGS - DAY ONE
Brian is walking along the board walk, passing in front of the saloon. He's preoccupied with undoing the wrapper on a piece of taffy.
The paper's sticking and he's holding it up in one hand when suddenly a horse's face enters shot, plucking the wad of taffy neatly out of Brian's hand.
BRIAN
Hey!
The horse chews the taffy. Brian looks at the horse. The horse looks at Brian. The horse leans over and nuzzles Brian, begging for more candy. It's love at first sight.
BRIAN
Don't. I ain't got no more. You ate the last piece.
The horse sniffs at one of his pockets. It nuzzles him again. Brian scratches his head. Behind Brian the saloon doors open and Hank exits, along with two other men, all of them holding cards in their hands. A few observers gather around.
HANK
Where is she?
MAN
Right there.
He points to the small horse by Brian
HANK
That ain't but half a horse.
Hank pushes Brian out of the way, reaches out, grabs the reins, jerks the horse's head up, examines her.
HANK
You're gonna have to throw in the saddle if you wanna see my cards.
The man looks at his cards, considers, then nods. Hank fans his hand for all to see.
HANK
Four Kings.
The other man looks at his cards and throws them in the air.
MAN
Mister, you got yourself a horse.
Hank smiles, grabs the reins again, jerks them.
HANK
Let's see what I've won.
Hank moves to the horse to mount up.
ANOTHER ANGLE
Hank starts right out abusing the horse. He tries to get the horse to back up.
HANK
Don't like that, do you. (To crowd) Feisty little girl.
ANGLE - BRIAN
watching. We hold on his trouble face as we hear Hank shouting at the horse and the horse crying out.
INT. CABIN - DAY ONE
Mike is mixing some pain medication. An older woman, Mrs. Caraway, lies in bed. She's got a full leg cast. Sully is stacking some wood by her stove.
MIKE
Now, Mrs. Caraway, this is going to take a few weeks to heal properly. You've got to stay put. You can't be doing chores on a broken leg.
The woman nods.
SULLY
I'll stop by every couple of days to see how you're doin'.
MIKE
And Grace will be sending out some food.
We hear some horses outside the cabin. Sully and Mike exchange a look. Sully goes to the window, looks out.
SULLY
Soldiers. (Looks again). General Custer.
Sully and Mike exchange a look.
EXT. CABIN - DAY ONE
Sully comes out as the column of Cavalry approach. Six men on horseback. Custer rides up, stopping in front of the cabin.
CUSTER
I believe I know you, sir.
SULLY
Name's Sully.
CUSTER (remembering)
Yes. Sully. (Half beat) I'm looking for Doctor Quinn. I was told I could find her here.
And Mike comes out of the cabin, sees Custer.
CUSTER (continued)
And so I may. Good day, Doctor Quinn,
SULLY
What do you want, General?
CUSTER (to Sully)
Dr. Quinn accompanied two of my men to the reservation to deliver supplies. They have not returned to post. (To Mike). Did you see them leave the reservation?
MIKE
Yes.
CUSTER
And what time was it?
Mike and Sully exchange a look.
MIKE (half beat)
I don't recall.
There's a long beat while Custer studies Sully and Mike
CUSTER (to Mike)
I suggest you stay closer to town from now on. There's been an increase in attacks by Cheyenne war parties. I suspect that is what happened to my men. (To Sully) Should that be the case, there will be hell to pay, I assure you.
Custer turns his horse, rides out followed by his men. We hold on Mike and Sully watching them go.
EXT. HOMESTEAD - ESTABLISHING - NIGHT ONE
COLLEEN (V.O.)
I vote for chocolate cake.
INT. HOMESTEAD - NIGHT ONE Colleen's at the stove. Mike at the table, Matthew sits in a chair, mending a harness. Brian sits across the table from Mike, doing homework.
MIKE
Let Brian decide, it's his birthday. What do you want?
BRIAN
I want a horse.
COLLEEN
A horse?
BRIAN
She's the best horse I ever saw. She's real smart, and she ain't too big for me. She ain't a pony, she's just too small for Hank.
MATTHEW
Hank? Hank owns her?
BRIAN
He won her in a poker game.
MATTHEW
How do you know he wants to sell the horse?
BRIAN
Hank don't even like her. I'm sure we could buy her.
MIKE
I don't know if we can afford another horse right now.
Mike looks at Matthew.
MATTHEW
Costs a lot of money to keep one, Brian.
MIKE
You can ride Flash anytime you want.
BRIAN
She's your horse. I want my own. I'm old enough.
MIKE
Brian ...
BRIAN (near tears)
Hank don't even like her.
And Brian gets up, goes into his alcove. We hold on Mike and the children.
EXT. GRACE'S CAFE - ESTABLISHING - DAY TWO
Mike and Sully are eating. Grace serves a table of soldiers, then sees someone standing nearby. Grace crosses to a soldier's wife.
GRACE
Afternoon. I'm still servin' lunch if you want a table.
The woman looks a little lost. She shakes her head.
SOLDIER'S WIFE
I'm lookin' for Doctor Quinn.
GRACE
That's her over there.
The woman nods, walks out of shot. We hold on Grace.
ANGLE - MIKE AND SULLY
At their table as the Soldier's wife enters shot.
SOLDIER'S WIFE
Doctor Quinn? I'm Anna Cottle.
MIKE
Yes?
SOLDIER'S WIFE
My husband rode out to the reservation with you. (Mike's look). I was just wonderin' ... if he said anything.
The wife looks over at the other soldiers, turns back to Mike. She's right on the edge of her emotions.
SOLDIER'S WIFE (whispers)
See, I was thinkin', maybe he deserted ... and you knew where I was supposed to meet him ...
The tears brim in her eyes. Mike looks at Sully.
A Lieutenant at the other table looks over at them.
MIKE
I'm sorry, he didn't say anything to me.
The Lieutenant gets up, crosses to them.
Mrs. Cottle, would you care to join us?
Anna nods. The Lieutenant escorts her back to their table.
ANOTHER ANGLE - SULLY AND MIKE
Mike is miserable with guilt.
MIKE
I have to tell her.
SULLY
No.
Mike looks over at Anna.
MIKE
She needs to know the truth.
SULLY
The truth is that if her husband had got away he would have come back with a hundred soldiers and killed everyone in the village.
There's a long beat.
MIKE
If they ask again about what happened, I won't lie.
SULLY
You know what that'll do?
MIKE
Those men had families, and they --
SULLY
Those men were soldiers. And there's a war goin' on here, and only a fool can't see it.
MIKE (beat)
If they ask me again, I'm not lying.
And with that Sully shakes his head, gets up, walks out. We hold on Mike as we
END ACT ONE
ACT TWO
FADE IN
EXT. TOWN - ESTABLISHING - DAY THREE
DOROTHY (V.O.)
Somethin' on your mind?
INT. BRAY'S GENERAL STORE - DAY THREE
Mike stands before the yarn bin, a couple of samples in her hands. She looks at the samples, then at Dorothy.
DOROTHY
You been starin' at those two skeins for almost ten minutes.
MIKE
I can't seem to make up my mind.
DOROTHY
They're both the same color.
Mike looks at them. She shrugs, places the yarn back in the rack.
MIKE
I really don't need yarn. I need advice.
DOROTHY
What kind?
MIKE (beat)
I saw something that happened. Something terrible. I've lied about what I know because I'm afraid if I tell the truth, far worse things will happen.
DOROTHY
Are you or the children in danger?
MIKE
No.
DOROTHY
If what happened is as bad as you say, it's got to be found out before too long. Then people will want to know why you didn't speak up sooner. (Mike's look). What did you see?
MIKE
I don't want this to end up in your Gazette.
DOROTHY
It won't ... I been readin' in my newspaper book about somethin' called "off the record." Means you can say what you want and I can't print it.
MIKE
I don't want you to print it or talk about this to anyone.
DOROTHY
Michaela, this is just between friends.
Mike sighs, nods her head, grateful for the chance of confession.
EXT. GENERAL STORE - DAY THREE
Looking through the window to see Dorothy listening to Mike. Camera adjusts to see Matthew walking down the street, heading into the saloon.
INT. SALOON - DAY THREE
Hank's at the bar. Matthew enters.
MATTHEW
Hank, I need to talk to you.
HANK
I knew you'd be back.
Hank grabs a bottle, pours a drink for Matthew.
HANK
Got a game startin' up in an hour.
He puts the drink in front of Matthew.
HANK
If you're a little short, I can cover you ...
MATTHEW
I didn't come to gamble. I came to buy your horse.
HANK
My horse? What horse?
MATTHEW
The one you got playin' poker.
HANK
You want to buy that horse?
MATTHEW
It's for my brother's birthday. How much?
HANK (looks; then)
Ain't for sale.
Hank slides the drink of whiskey back to himself.
HANK
But if you'd like to gamble for it ...
Hank smiles at Matthew.
MATTHEW
If you change your mind, let me know.
HANK
You too.
Matthew walks out. Hank drinks the drink himself as we ...
DISSOLVE TO:
EXT. MIKE'S CLINIC - DAY THREE
Mike opens the door, escorts a patient out. Mike stretches, walks out a few steps, looks down the street past the telegraph office. She's about to go back inside when she seems something.
MIKE'S POV - THIN RAIL OF SMOKE
rising in the distance, only a few miles away.
BACK TO MIKE
She shields her eyes, looks again. We move with Mike as she crosses to the porch of the ...
EXT. TELEGRAPH OFFICE - DAY THREE
She stops in front of the door.
MIKE
Horace. Come out here.
Horace comes out stands, beside her.
HORACE
What is it?
MIKE
Look over there. What's that?
Horace looks out. A few others are stopping on the street to point.
HORACE
Smoke.
MIKE
Forest Fire?
HORACE
Nothin' but grass over there. Has to be a house. Probably the Klemmer ranch.
And then we can hear the faint sound of gunshots riding on the wind.
HORACE
That's gunfire.
Jakes comes running around the corner, napkin still tucked in his shirt.
JAKE (shouting)
Indian attack! Indian attack! Get your rifles. Let's go! Every man that can ride. Indian attack!
And Jake runs back towards his store.
HORACE
I better wire Denver.
Horace goes back inside the telegraph office. Someone begins to ring the fire bell. We hold on Mike, looking off at the growing smoke in the distance.
CUT TO:
EXT. KLEMMER RANCH - DAY THREE
CLOSE - MIKE
Looking at something that deeply disturbs her.
MIKE'S POV - KLEMMER RANCH - DAY THREE
What's left of it. Main homestead burned down. Fire still going on another structure, but nobody tyring to put it out. Bodies of the dead family are covered with blankets. No survivors. Hank, Robert E, Matthew, Jake, Horace, the Reverend and Dorothy are there.
BACK TO MIKE
as she surveys the damage. She sees Dorothy talking to another rancher. She's taking notes. Jake enters.
JAKE
Dr. Mike?
MIKE
Yes.
JAKE
Where we gonna bury em all?
For a moment Mike considers it a rhetorical question.
MIKE
I don't know, Jake,
JAKE
How bout under that oak over there?
MIKE
I'm sure that'd be fine.
Jake exits. Mike looks over to
DOROTHY
writing in her notepad. She looks up at Mike.
BACK TO MIKE
exchanging one last glance with Dorothy, before turning and walking away, past the flames, back to her horse.
DISSOLVE TO:
EXT. CORRAL - DAY THREE
By the livery. Brian unwraps a piece of taffy. He carefully sets it on the rail. A beat, then the horse steps over, grabs the candy. Brian pops a piece into his mouth, chews thoughtfully as he scratches the horse's mouth.
HANK (O.C.)
What're you doin' to my horse?
ANOTHER ANGLE
Hank is standing behind Brian.
BRIAN
Nothin'.
The horse reacts to Hank, suddenly very nervous.
HANK
Then why's she actin' so spooked?
BRIAN
Maybe she don't like you.
HANK
This horse? This horse loves me, don't you girl?
Hank steps up on the fence, reaches out for the halter, but the horse pulls back and he misses it.
HANK
Come here.
The horse backs up to the far side of the small corral. Hank looks around, finds a strip of bridle leather. It'll do. He slaps it on the wood, drops down into the corral.
HANK
Come here.
BRIAN
Don't hurt her. She didn't do nothin' ...
HANK
You leave my horse alone. You hear?
Hank cracks the leather.
HANK
Don't want some stupid kid spoilin' her.
Suddenly the horse rears up, strikes out at Hank. Hank jumps back.
BRIAN
No.
Hank swings the leather, driving the horse back. The horse retreats, kicks out with her rear legs, smashes down the rail, turns and runs for it right through
EXT. GRACE'S CAFE - DAY THREE
The horse crashes through the tables, sending customers flying, and takes one leap to bound over the fence. And right behind the horse is Hank, running after it.
HANK
Come back here!
Hank gives chase, dodging tables, jumping the fence himself.
ANGLE - THE HORSE
high tailing it for freedom up the fire road, past the school house.
ANGLE - HANK
slowing down, giving up, stopping in the middle of the road.
ANGLE - BRIAN
as he runs up to the fence, watches the horse disappear over the rise.
BRIAN (to himself)
Run girl. Run.
We hold on Brian.
DISSOLVE TO:
EXT. HOMESTEAD BARN - DAWN - DAY FOUR
Matthew is saddling up his horse. Brian hands him the blanket.
BRIAN (continued)
Where you gonna look first?
I'll follow Red Creek, see where the horse crossed it, track her from there.
BRIAN
I been thinkin'. She don't know you. If she's scared, I can talk to her. Maybe I better come with you.
MATTHEW
Brian, I'll try my best, but I might not find her. Even if I do, she's still Hank's horse.
BRIAN
I know (half beat). Please, Matthew, let me come with you?
MATTHEW (beat)
Better get another lariat.
Brian lets out a little cheer as he goes back into the barn. The door to the homestead opens and Mike exits, wearing her bathrobe. She's just awakened.
MIKE
Where are you going so early?
MATTHEW
Got some things to do in town.
Mike moves closer.
MIKE
I think you should stay closer to home until this trouble's over. (Half beat). I'm even thinking we should postpone Brian's birthday party.
MATTHEW
What for? Custer's got half the army patrollin' the valley. Dog Soldiers have all headed south.
Matthew swings the saddle up.
MATTHEW
Sully comin'?
MIKE
I don't know.
MATTHEW
Didn't you ask him?
MIKE
I haven't seen him for a few days. Have you?
MATTHEW
Nope. Sure would hate to see him miss it. I know Brian'd want Sully there.
Brian comes out of the barn with the lariat.
BRIAN (to Matthew)
I got one.
And then he sees Mike. Brian's about to try and hide the lariat. Matthew takes the lariat, drops it over the saddle horn.
MATTHEW
Ma, is it all right if Brian comes with me?
MIKE
You're just going into town and back?
BRIAN
Yes ma'am.
MIKE
I guess it's all right.
BRIAN
Thanks, Ma.
Brian kisses Mike. Matthew swings into the saddle and pulls Brian up behind him.
MATTHEW
We'll be back by supper.
As they turn to ride off.
MIKE
Just be careful.
MATTHEW
Yes, ma'am.
DISSOLVE TO:
EXT. WOODS - DAY FOUR
Matthew and Brian are riding along, looking for the horse. Matthew spots something.
MATTHEW (whispers)
There she is.
THEIR POV - THE HORSE
grazing on some grass by the edge of the woods.
BACK TO SCENE
MATTHEW (whispers)
Get down.
BRIAN
What're you gonna do?
MATTHEW
Rope her.
Matthew lowers his brother to the ground, picks up the lariat.
BRIAN
But you don't have to ...
And Matthew spurs the horse. The chase is on.
ANOTHER ANGLE
Matthew is riding hard through the woods, lasso up, chasing the small horse. The horse is smart, staying in the trees where Matthew can't make a clean throw and dodge branches at the same time.
ANGLE - BRIAN
watching from nearby.
BRIAN (continued)
You're scarin' her. Stop! You don't have to do that!
ANGLE - MATTHEW
as he cuts his horse back in the other direction, going after the horse.
BRIAN
Matthew. I can catch her. Let me try.
MOVING WITH MATTHEW
He gets a clear opening to make a throw, lets go of the lariat and doesn't dodge a branch in time. The branch snaps off and knocks Matthew from his horse.
ANOTHER ANGLE
as Matthew hits the ground. Brian comes running up to him.
BRIAN
Matthew! You all right?
Brian pulls the branch off Matthew, who leans up, shakes his head.
MATTHEW
You sure you really want that horse?
Brian looks over at the horse.
THE HORSE
standing in the woods, pawing the ground, ready for the next round.
ANGLE - BRIAN
as he takes a piece of taffy out of his pocket.
BRIAN
here girl. Got somethin' for you.
ANGLE - THE HORSE
looks at Brian, stops pawing.
ANOTHER ANGLE
as Brian moves closer to the horse, calming her with his voice, holding up the candy for the horse to see. Finally he's close enough. The horse moves to him. Takes the candy. Brian rubs the horse's nose. Slowly he places a rope around the horse's neck.
BRIAN
Matthew, it's all right. Come on over here.
Matthew walks slowly yup to them. He's amazed.
MATTHEW
How'd you do that?
BRIAN
She likes me.
MATTHEW
Look, she's hurt.
Matthew moves to the horse, touches a place. Blood.
MATTHEW
Must've done it breakin' out of the corral.
BRIAN
She gonna be all right?
MATTHEW
Don't know. If it gets worse she might go lame. (Half beat). And then she'd have to be put down.
BRIAN
No. We'll hide her. She'll get better. She will. Please, Matthew.
Against his best judgment.
MATTHEW
All right. We'll keep her out here til she's fit. It'll give us time to figure out what to do.
ANGLE - BRIAN
with the horse nuzzling him.
DISSOLVE TO:
EXT. CHURCH - DAY FIVE
The congregation exits after services. All the regulars and the Soldier's Wife are there. Mike exits, shakes the Reverend's hand.
MIKE (to Reverend)
Would you like to join us for some lunch?
Mike looks off.
THEIR POV
the pasture where people are starting to spread out blankets for a picnic. Matthew, Colleen and Brian are setting out a blanket. As they do, Sully approaches from the woods, wearing his buckskins, coming to join them.
BACK TO SCENE
REVEREND
Thank you, but I've already accepted an invitation from Mrs. Littlefield.
MIKE
Oh.
A few more people exit the church, shake his hand.
MIKE
Reverend, I was wondering if we might talk later this week?
REVEREND
Well, I'm leavin' for Denver in the mornin'. But I'll be back in two days.
JAKE (O.C.)
Look! It's General Custer.
REVEREND
Can it wait til then?
Mike turns to see ...
FOLLOWING GENERAL CUSTER
and his men, riding into town by the tents. Old Knife is tied to the Army horse he stole. Custer and his men spot the crowd, turn into the pasture and ride up to the church.
EXT. CHURCH - DAY FIVE
CUSTER
Dr. Quinn.
Mike steps out from the crowd. Sully crosses over to stand beside her.
CUSTER
I believe this belongs to you.
Custer holds up her stethoscope.
CUSTER
This Indian was wearing it when we captured him. He was also riding a stolen Army horse.
Custer throws the stethoscope down.
CUSTER
I know you were there, Dr. Quinn.
A beat.
MIKE (with difficulty)
Yes, I was.
CUSTER
I want to know what happened.
MIKE (beat)
The two men who came to bring supplies to the village were killed by Dog Soldiers.
The Soldier's Widow nearly faints. She cries out. Horace and Jake help hold her up. Mike turns to her.
MIKE
I'm sorry ... I ...
CUSTER
Was this Indian one of those who killed my men?
Mike looks at Sully, then back to Custer.
MIKE
Yes.
CUSTER
Did anybody else see what happened? Was anyone with you?
Mike doesn't look at Sully, but straight ahead.
MIKE
I was alone.
CUSTER (beat; then)
Did you see where my men were buried? I'd like to claim their remains.
Mike shakes her head.
CUSTER
Sergeant?
A Sergeant steps his horse up to Custer.
SERGEANT
Yes, sir.
CUSTER
Take this murdering Indian to Fort Collins and when you get there, hang him.
SERGEANT
Yes, sir.
CUSTER
And when you return with reinforcements, we're going back to that village.
ANOTHER ANGLE
Custer spurs his horse, rides away. We HOLD on Mike and Sully.
END ACT TWO
ACT THREE
EXT. RESERVATION - DAY SIX
LONG SHOT - MIKE AND SULLY
riding along a ridge line, heading into the hills. They rein up.
CLOSER
MIKE
Why are we stopping?
Sully gives her a look. He's still very angry.
SULLY
Quit askin' questions and do what I tell you. (Beat). We better get off and walk. Everybody's a little jittery right now. We go ridin' in we might get shot.
Sully dismounts.
MIKE
But we've got to warn them.
SULLY
Custer won't be here until tomorrow.
MIKE
How do you know that?
SULLY
Cause *men* usually do what they say.
Mike dismounts.
MIKE
And women don't?
Sully starts walking. Mike follows, leading her horse.
MOVING WITH THEM
SULLY
This whole thing shouldn't have happened.
MIKE
What were the Dog Soldiers doing in the village? I thought you and Cloud Dancing said you were keeping them away?
SULLY
They were only stayin' the night.
MIKE
Well, then it's as much your fault as mine, so you can stop blaming me.
Mike stops walking but Sully continues.
MIKE
I can't change the fact that two men died because I showed up a day early.
Sully stops.
MIKE
Two lives have been lost, and it doesn't matter if they were soldiers or Indians. What matters is how we stop his incident from becoming a terrible war.
Sully turns to face her.
SULLY
It's already too late to do that.
Sully looks off to see
EXT. RESERVATION
A frenzy of packing, horses, people running back and forth. A hurried exodus in progress.
ANGLE - MIKE AND SULLY
Cloud Dancing walks up to them
CLOUD DANCING
We will go into the mountains where his horses cannot follow us.
MIKE
What about your teepees?
CLOUD DANCING
We will come back for them when Custer is gone.
MIKE
What if he doesn't leave?
CLOUD DANCING
Then we will come back to fight.
ANOTHER ANGLE
Walks on Cloud rides up on his horse.
WALKS ON CLOUD
How did Custer find out his soldiers were here? Who told him?
CLOUD DANCING
It does not matter.
Walks on Cloud looks at Sully.
WALKS ON CLOUD
This man has scouted for the Army. Maybe he betrays us.
Walks on Cloud reaches back to his quiver for an arrow, but as his hand sets on the feathers, Sully has his tomahawk out and ready to throw.
MIKE
I told them!
Walks on Cloud slowly lowers his empty hand.
CLOUD DANCING
looks at Mike.
MIKE
I'm sorry. I couldn't lie.
Mike can't hold his eyes.
ANOTHER ANGLE
WALKS ON CLOUD
You who are my father's friends are now my enemies. If we meet again, I will kill you.
He pulls back on his horse, whirling away from them.
WALKS ON CLOUDS
I go to join the Dog Soldiers and fight. (To Cloud Dancing) run away with the women and children. You have become an old man and I will no longer listen to you.
Walks on Cloud rides out of the village.
ANOTHER ANGLE
Mike turns to Cloud Dancing.
MIKE
I'm sorry ...
Cloud Dancing walks away. WE HOLD on MIKE and SULLY, while the panic swirls about them.
DISSOLVE TO:
EXT. HOMESTEAD - DAY SIX
Matthew and Brian are doing chores outside the barn. Hank rides up.
HANK
Afternoon boys.
BRIAN
Ma ain't here.
HANK
Ain't your ma I'm looking for. (Beat). I'm lookin' for a horse.
MATTHEW
A horse?
HANK
You wouldn't have an extra one hangin' round, would you?
BRIAN
No, sir, no extra horses here.
Colleen comes out of the barn with a pail of milk. Hank looks into the barn, only sees the cow and Matthew's horse.
HANK
Thought you might since Loren says you was buyin' extra oats and ... (to Brian) ... extra taffy this week.
Brian and Matthew exchange a look.
MATTHEW
Your horse ain't here.
HANK
Well, if someone was to find my horse and still keep her when they knew I was out lookin' for her, I'd say that fellah was no bettern' a horse thief. Wouldn't you?
BRIAN
Horse thief?
HANK
And you know what happens to horse thieves.
Hank rides out.
COLLEEN
What is going on?
MATTHEW/BRIAN
Nothin'.
On their looks. We HOLD on Brian and Matthew.
CUT TO:
EXT. COLORADO SPRINGS - DAY SIX
The stage coach comes racing into town. The Reverend is driving. He pulls to a stop.
REVEREND
Help! Get Dr. Mike.
Loren comes racing out of the store. Dorothy runs to get Dr. Mike. Horace, Myra, Jake and Robert E come down to look.
LOREN
What happened?
REVEREND
Indians attacked the stage about two miles from here.
JAKE
You're hit.
The Reverend looks at his jacket, sees the blood.
ROBERT E
We'll help you down.
Jake and Robert E move to help him.
LOREN
Where's the driver?
REVEREND
Dead.
Loren's looking in the window of the stage.
LOREN
So's everyone in here.
Mike comes running up with Dorothy as they help the Reverend down to the ground. She checks the wound.
LOREN
Indians attacked em.
MIKE
Who else is hurt? Where are they?
LOREN
He's the only one survived.
They look at Mike. A beat, then ...
MIKE
Can you walk?
REVEREND
Yes.
He starts to stand up but collapses. Jake and Robert E catch him.
MIKE
Hurry. I've got to stop the bleeding.
She leads and they follow with the Reverend, heading for the clinic.
EXT. WOODS - DAY SIX
Brian is walking along a path. He passes CAMERA. He's carrying a rucksack.
A moment later, colleen appears, coming up the trial, following him. Brian stops for a moment. We HEAR a HORSE WHINNY somewhere nearby. Brian takes off running.
ANGLE - COLLEEN
behind a tree, watching him disappear deeper into the woods, and then she follows after him. As she runs we HEAR the horse again.
CUT TO:
EXT. WOODS - TEMPORARY CORRAL - DAY SIX
Matthew and Brian have built in the woods. Some poles tied between trees/ They've made a shelter over a hay crib. Brian is feeding the horse some taffy. Colleen appears behind him, hiding in the trees. Brian has unpacked his knapsack, has some medicine out and is rubbing it on the horse's leg wound.
BRIAN
This is for your leg.
Colleen moves closer, touched by what she sees her brother doing. The horse smells her now and whinnies a warning. Brian looks about, sees Colleen.
BRIAN
You followed me!
COLLEEN
You said you weren't doin' nothin'. Looks like you are.
She moves closer. The horse is cautious.
BRIAN
It's all right, she's my sister. She won't hurt you.
The horse calms down. Colleen examines the wound.
COLLEEN
What happened to her?
BRIAN
She did it runnin' away from Hank.
COLLEEN
This is Hank's horse? (He nods). The one you wanted?
BRIAN
And she's mine now.
COLLEEN
You can't keep her. You heard what Hank said. It's the same as stealin'.
BRIAN
But she ran away.
COLLEEN
And she's gotta go back.
BRIAN
I lover her, Colleen. I want to keep her.
COLLEEN
This horse is hurt bad. That cut looks infected. She could die.
BRIAN
You can make her better. You can do it, Colleen, please?
COLLEEN
No, I can't. I don't know how. You gotta take her to Robert E. He'll know what to do.
BRIAN
But I do that, Hank'll get her.
COLLEEN
If you really love this horse, you'll do what's right for her, no matter what happens.
We HOLD on BRIAN
CUT TO:
INT. CLINIC - DAY SIX
Mike bandages the Reverend's arm, rests it in a sling. Dorothy is there, taking notes.
REVEREND
We'd stopped to water the horses and Aspen creek. Suddenly there was all this shouting and guns going off. Driver got killed, so I grabbed the reins. (Beat). Never driven a stage coach in my life.
MIKE
You were very brave.
We HEAR HORSES riding up outside.
EXT. CLINIC - DAY SIX
Custer and a detail of six MEN. In the back of a wagon are several Dog Soldiers. Mike and Dorothy exit the clinic, followed by the Reverend. Custer has dismounted, is looking over this prisoners.
CUSTER
This one's dead .. . him, too ... this one's alive. (To Mike). See what you can do for this Indian. (To Soldiers) Well, get him down from there.
The two soldiers start to pull the wounded Indian from the back of the wagon. Custer sees the Reverend's wound.
CUSTER
What happened to you, Reverend?
DOROTHY
He was on a stage coach that got ambushed by Cheyenne.
CUSTER
When did this happen?
DOROTHY
This mornin'.
MIKE
General, I'd like to know why the Army isn't doing a better job of protecting us?
CUSTER
We're doing our best, Doctor Quinn, but it's difficult to prevail as long as prominent citizens continue to foster sympathy for the renegade Cheyenne.
ANOTHER ANGLE
The Indian Mike is examining breaks free from the soldier's grasp with one last burst of strength. He shouts a wary cry and lunges for Mike, grabs her by the throat.
Custer takes a rifle from one of the soldiers and slams the butt into a bloody wound on the Indian's back. The Indian screams and lets go of Mike, falls to the ground, unconscious. Mike holds her throat, coughs.
CUSTER
Here.
Custer offers Mike his canteen. She shakes her head.
MIKE
I'm all right.
The Sergeant kneels by the Indian, checks his eyes. He looks up at Custer.
SERGEANT
He's dead, sir.
CUSTER
Well, I lied, Dr. Quinn. I won't be needing your services after all. I apologize. I'm sure you don't like being lied to anymore than I do. (To Sergeant). Sergeant, muster up a burial detail. (To Reverend). Perhaps you'd like to say a few words over their graves, Reverend.
REVEREND
I hope they burn in hell.
Mike is disturbed the Reverend's comment. The Reverend walks away towards his church. We HOLD on Mike and Custer watching him go.
DISSOLVE TO:
EXT. ROBERT E'S BARN - DAY SIX
Robert E is dressing the wound on the horse.
ROBERT E
Well, I've done the best I can. The rest is up to her.
BRIAN
Thanks, Robert E.
Brian unwraps a taffy, offers it to the horse, but the horse doesn't want it. Brian sadly puts the candy back in his pocket.
MATTHEW
I better go tell Hank we found his horse.
Brian looks like he's lost all hope. Matthew starts out.
BRIAN
Ask Hank again, will you?
MATTHEW
Brian, he ain't gonna sell.
BRIAN
There's gotta be a way. Ask him. Please?
Matthew nods, thinks for a moment. Then he walks away. We HOLD on Brian and Robert E.
INT. SALOON - DAY SIX
Matthew enters. Myra is at the bar.
MYRA
Hey, Matthew.
MATTHEW
Myra. Is that poker game still on for this week?
MYRA
Sure is. You gonna play?
MATTHEW
Thinkin' about it.
MYRA
Thought you gave up gamblin'.
MATTHEW
I did. Where's Hank?
MYRA
In back. You want me to tell him you changed your mind?
MATTHEW
I will.
Matthew isn't too happy about doing this as he heads out the back of the saloon.
INT. WINDOWLESS BACK ROOM - SALOON - DAY SIX
A single oil lamp flame reflects on three half-full whiskey bottles lined up on a board. There's a funnel sticking in one of them. A stream of water rushes down it.
WIDER
to see Hank cutting his whiskey with water from a dirty pitcher. He fills the whiskey bottle with water, corks it, sets it in a case on the floor. He's nearly done.
MATTHEW
Hank?
MATTHEW
standing in the door.
ANOTHER ANGLE
Hank turns around, blocking Matthew's view of his profitable work with his body. Hank remains cool. In the dark there's a chance Matthew didn't see anything.
HANK
What do you want?
Matthew looks at Hank, then down at the box on the floor. He's seen enough to know he doesn't have to say anything.
MATTHEW
I came to tell you I found your horse.
HANK
You did?
MATTHEW
It's over at Robert E's. She got hurt runnin' away, but I think she'll be all right.
HANK
Much obliged. Anything else? I'm busy.
MATTHEW
My brother wants to buy that horse. He's willin' to work for it, doin' chores for you. What do you say?
HANK (beat; then)
You let me back you in the next big poker game, you can buy the horse with your share of the winnin's.
MATTHEW
I could do that, but it'll mean more to Brian if he earns it himself. He'll understand the value of workin' hard and gettin' what you pay for. Wouldn't want to cheat him out of that, would we?
Matthew looks at the bottles. Hank knows he's been had.
HANK
No, we wouldn't.
MATTHEW
When do you want him to start?
HANK
Tomorrow would be fine.
MATTHEW (smiles)
I'll tell him
Matthew exits. Hank frowns, picks up a bottle of his whiskey, takes a drink.
CUT TO:
EXT. FOREST - NIGHT SIX
Wolf and Sully walk through the woods, stop to check a trap. It's empty. Sully hears something, looks up.
SULLY'S POV - HORSES MOVING THROUGH THE TREES
but barely visible. Gradually we can make out buckskin covered legs, moccasins, rifles.
CLOSE - SULLY
holding his breath, gesturing to Wolf not to move. He pulls back behind a tree, hidden in the shadows. Looking left and right. Nowhere to run.
A CHEYENNE WAR PARTY
Ten Dog Soldiers move through the trees, dark, dangerous, carrying unlit torches. One of them hears something, stops the horses. He points.
INDIAN'S POV - THE WOODS
to see Wolf running away.
BACK TO THE WAR PARTY
who ride on, thinking it was only an animal out hunting. They ride past the spot where Sully stood.
ANGLE - LARGE THREE BRANCH
where Sully holds onto a branch, suspended above them as they pass beneath him.
ANOTHER ANGLE
as the War party rides on deeper into the forest. A beat, then Sully drops down from the tree. He takes off running through the woods, going in a different direction around the war party.
EXT. CLINIC - NIGHT SIX
Mike is closing up. She steps out, shuts the door. She steps off the porch, looks over to the church. The lights on inside. She turns around and suddenly
SULLY
Is right behind her.
MIKE
Sully. You frightened me.
SULLY
Where is everybody?
MIKE
in church. The Reverend called a meeting. Where have you been?
SULLY
With Cloud Dancin', in the mountains. Come on.
He grabs her arm, starts pulling her with him towards the church.
MIKE
What's wrong?
SULLY
Where are the children?
MIKE
At home. Sully ....
They are just about in the middle of the road when Sully spots them coming.
THEIR POV - ACROSS THE BRIDGE
of the war party riding full out, torches blazing in the wind.
BACK TO SULLY AND MIKE
as Sully quickly pulls Mike in the other direction. The first rifle shot rings out, just missing them. They take refuge between the telegraph office and the clinic. Sully has his tomahawk out and shelters Mike with his body, ready to fight.
ANOTHER ANGLE
as the war party rides quickly through the town, throwing their torches at the buildings, escaping into the night. One torch lands on the second story of the clinic.
EXT. CHURCH - NIGHT SIX
As Hank and Jake come out the front door followed by a few other men.
JAKE
I heard a rifle. I know I did.
HANK
Look.
THEIR POV - TOWN - NIGHT SIX
with a few fires starting to break out.
BACK TO SCENE
JAKE
The town's on fire!
And with that they start running.
EXT. TOWN - NIGHT SIX
A fire burns on the telegraph porch.
Sully is throwing water on it with a bucket when Jake and Hank reach him.
JAKE
What happened?
SULLY
Indians.
MIKE
Sully! Up there! The clinic's on fire!
ANGLE - CLINIC
on the second story about six feet of the banister is starting to catch fire, flames licking to the roof.
Sully runs, springs off a wagon parked in front and leaps to the second story porch, swings over the railing, kicks the torch away, takes out his tomahawk, and hacks off the burning railing, shoves it into the street. He looks down at Mike.
SULLY'S POV - THE STREET
with the town fighting the fires, putting them out. Everything is going crazy.
ANGLE - MIKE
looking back at Sully, wondering what they've done.
We HOLD on her as we
END ACT THREE
ACT FOUR
FADE IN:
EXT. COLORADO SPRINGS - DAY SEVEN
The bell on the church is ringing an alarm. Wagons are parked in the meadow. We see the burned parts of buildings from the night before.
People are gathering at the church for a town meeting.
DISSOLVE TO:
INT. CHURCH - DAY SEVEN
The Reverend at the pulpit, arm in a sling. Loren, Jake and Horace stand behind him. The church is filled with our regulars. Sully sits with Mike.
REVEREND
It's become evident that the Army cannot protect us any longer.
HANK
That's for sure.
REVEREND
So the citizen's committee is recommending everyone move into town until the Dog Soldiers have been captured.
HANK
Or killed.
JAKE
We're gonna barricade the roads comin' in, and we'll be takin' turns keepin' a lookout.
REVEREND
We need any man that can carry a gun to see us after this meeting.
SULLY
The Dog Soldiers won't be comin' back for a while.
HANK
How do you know?
SULLY
Because the Army's chasin' em.
HANK
Hope you're right, Sully cause any Indian that shows up, or anybody looks like an Indian is gonna get shot.
HORACE
Dr. mike, we was wonderin' if we could use the clinic as a shelter?
MIKE
Yes, you may, but I think we all should calm down first. Not every Indian in Colorado is a Dog Soldier trying to kill us.
HANK
Give em time, they will be.
There's a murmur of agreement from the crowd. We HOLD on Mike and Sully.
CUT TO:
EXT. CLINIC - DAY SEVEN
Mike stands at the door, assigning people to rooms as they arrive.
MIKE
Horace will show you upstairs.
HORACE
Right this way.
A family follows Horace through the door. Dorothy steps up.
DOROTHY
Got room for any more?
MIKE (looks at list)
Two beds left. Did you see Mrs. Caraway anywhere?
DOROTHY
No. Can't say I have.
MIKE
She broke her hip last week.
DOROTHY
I didn't know.
MIKE
I guess nobody else does either.
Another family walks up to Mike and Dorothy as we ...
CUT TO:
EXT. CLINIC - DAY SEVEN
Mike comes out with her medical bag, Matthew follows carrying some blankets.
MATTHEW
If Brian cleans up everyday for a few hours, Hank said he could pay it off in a month.
Matthew throws the blankets into the back of their wagon.
MIKE
I don't like the idea of Brian working in a saloon.
MATTHEW
Myra said she'd keep an eye out for him. Besides, it'll be durin' the day, and nothin's going' on then anyway.
Mike gives Matthew a look.
MIKE
He must really want that horse.
Sully appears.
SULLY
Where you think you're goin'?
MIKE
Mrs. Caraway is still at her cabin. Matthew and I are going to get her.
SULLY
I'll go with him. You stay here.
MIKE
Sully, I have to go. Her leg is broken. She'll need an injection of morphine to make the journey.
SULLY
Show me how. I'll do it.
MIKE
You can't. You wouldn't know how much to give. I'll be all right. You said the Army was chasing the Dog Soldiers and they wouldn't be back near us for a while.
SULLY
Truth is, there's no tellin' where they are or what they'll do.
MIKE
I can't leave her out there. If we go now, we should have no trouble.
It's against Sully's better judgment.
SULLY
Fine, have it your way. But I'll drive.
Sully swings up into the seat, pulls her up. Mike looks at Matthew.
MIKE
Tell Brian he can take the job, but I want you to watch out for him, too.
MATTHEW
I will.
MIKE
We'll be back by dark.
SULLY
Heyaah.
ANOTHER ANGLE
The wagon rolls out of town. Matthew watches it go.
CUT TO:
EXT. SALOON - DAY SEVEN
Brian walks along the boardwalk, after school. Myra is standing outside with a customer.
MYRA
Afternoon, Brian.
BRIAN
Hello, Myra
MYRA
Hank's expectin' you. He's around the side there.
Brian nods, walks around the building. He stops when he sees ...
ANGLE - HANK
HANK
Well, right on time. I like that in my employees.
BRIAN
What do you want me to do first?
ANOTHER ANGLE
to see Hank is standing in front of a table, half a dozen spittoons on it. There's a bucket, some soap, towels.
HANK
You can start with these.
Hank takes a last drag on his cheroot, drops it into one of the spittoons. We hear a HISS.
ANGLE - BRIAN
as he puts down his books, starts to roll up his sleeves. Hank walks past him.
HANK
Clean em out, make em shine.
EXT. STREET - LATER
SIX CAVALRY SOLDIERS including the Sergeant ride in, leading a wagon. In the back of the wagon is Mrs. Caraway.
EXT. CLINIC - DAY SEVEN
as the wagon pulls up, stops. Colleen comes out of the clinic with Matthew.
SERGEANT
Got a woman here with a broken leg. General Custer told us to bring her to Dr. Quinn.
COLLEEN
She's gone but I'll take care of her. Can you carry her inside?
The soldiers start to unload Mrs. Caraway.
MATTHEW
Colleen, that's the woman Ma and Sully were goin' to get.
ANGLE - SERGEANT
SERGEANT (announcing)
We expect reinforcements from Denver within a day. Until then, I suggest all of you stay close to town. The Dog Soldiers are raiding all around here.
BACK TO COLLEEN AND MATTHEW
MATTHEW
I gotta go get em.
COLLEEN
No, Matthew.
Matthew unties his horse, mounts up.
MATTHEW
You know Ma will keep lookin' for her. Longer they stay out, more chance of runnin' into war parties. (Half beat). Take care of Brian til I get back.
Matthew rides out. We HOLD on Colleen for a moment, then she goes into the clinic to see after her patient.
EXT. CARAWAY CABIN - DAY SEVEN
All seems peaceful and calm. Twilight. Mike's wagon tied up near the house. Camera moves to reveal a dead Dog Soldier near the wagon. And then another dead Dog Soldier.
INT. CABIN - DAY SEVEN
Mike and Sully sit side by side on the floor, backs to the fireplace wall. Sully is looking up at the ceiling. He's got a rifle in his hands, barrel pointed up. There's an Indian on the roof. He motions for Mike to be still. He cocks the rifle, follows the sound on the roof.
ANOTHER ANGLE
Sully fires. There's a hit and the Indian falls off the roof, landing outside the window. Sully ejects the shell, reaches down to the box of ammunition.
INSERT - AMMUNITION
only two bullets left.
BACK TO SCENE
as Sully loads the rifle. We can hear an Indian shouting something to them.
MIKE
What's he saying?
SULLY
They'll let me go if I give you up.
MIKE
Sully ...
SULLY
He's lyin'. They're gonna kill us both as soon as it gets dark.
MIKE
You've go to go.
SULLY
No.
MIKE
You could get away. You know you could.
SULLY
I won't leave you.
Mike moves closer to him. She looks deep into his eyes.
MIKE
I want to know you'll look after the children. (Half beat). Kiss me once, then go.
And Sully takes her in his arms. He kisses her deeply, with tenderness, and then kisses her harder, longer, with passion and she responds, pressing herself to him, tears filling her eyes, at last, surrender to it all. Finally they separate.
MIKE
Now, go ....
SUDDENLY THE DOOR
slams open and three Dog Soldiers race in. Sully pushes Mike to the side as a Dog Soldier tackles him, hitting the floor.
While Sully and the Indian fight, the other two Dog Soldiers grab Mike, pull her out the door. Mike screams and struggles.
ANGLE - SULLY AND INDIAN
on the floor, rolling around. The Indian has his knife out and they wrestle for it. Sully disarms the Indian, knocks him out with a kick.
Sully grabs the rifle, runs to the door.
EXT. CABIN - DAY SEVEN
Mike is being put up on a horse. A shot rings out, one Dog Soldier falls. They all turn to look.
ANGLE - SULLY
standing in the cabin door, reloading his last shell.
ANGLE - DOG SOLDIERS
and Mike on one horse. The rider turns to look at Sully. It's White Eye. Half a dozen Dog Soldiers return fire at the cabin.
ANGLE - SULLY
in the cabin door, pulling back as the gunshots splinter the log frame. By the time Sully steps back out again, the Indians are riding away. He raises his rifle ...
SULLY'S POV - THE DOG SOLDIERS AND MIKE
disappearing into the woods. Sully's gun sights on White Eye and Mike but not shot.
BACK TO SCENE
Sully runs a few yards after them, chasing into the woods, trying to get a shot, dodging their bullets. Wolf runs with him.
SULLY
Go boy, stay with her.
SULLY'S POV - THE INDIANS
splitting up and going in different directions as they get farther from him, disappearing into thick forest that's growing darker by the minute.
BACK TO SULLY
who runs another fifteen yards, then stops, not sure which way to go.
SULLY (shouting)
I will never leave you. I will find you!
END ACT FOUR - PART ONE
PART TWO
ACT ONE
FADE IN:
EXT. COLORADO SPRINGS - NIGHT SEVEN
Lanterns glow in the half a dozen soldier's tents set up in the meadow, more of the 7th Cavalry encamped for the night.
ANGLE - EUCALYPTUS ROAD
There's two soldiers guarding the road. One of them looks up when he hears something.
SOLDIER #1
What's that?
THEIR POV - LONG LENS - SULLY
driving Mike's wagon hard and fast, racing down the road toward them.
ANGLE - SOLDIER # 1
who, seeing only Sully and his long hair, raises his rifle.
SOLDIER # 1
It's an Indian ...
He sites him in.
ANGLE - SOLDIERS # 1's POV - SULLY
who doesn't see him or hear him above the clatter of wheels and hooves, and keeps driving.
ANGLE - WIDER ON THE SOLDIERS
Soldier # 2 now sees ...
MATTHEW
As he rides to the side of the wagon.
BACK TO SCENE
Soldier # 2 lunges at the upheld rifle.
SOLDER # 2
No ... don't shoot!
But the soldier fires.
ANGLE - SULLY
who hears the bullet miss his ear by an inch.
ANOTHER ANGLE
as Sully drives past the two soldiers who jump out of the way.
SULLY
Look out!
The shot is enough to alert the town and the Army.
ANGLE - SOLDIERS
who pop out of their tents to see what's going on.
ANGLE - SULLY
and the wagon, pulling to a stop in front of the general store. Matthew is right behind him. Sully jumps down, Matthew dismounts. Sully and Matthew run to the store, bang on the door.
SULLY
Loren? Loren, open up.
Loren appears at the door.
LOREN
What's the matter?
CUT TO:
ANGLE - CLINIC - DAY SEVEN
Colleen and Brian come out.
BRIAN
Hey, that's Ma's wagon.
Colleen and Brian head for the store, as do other townsfolk drawn by the shot and the shouting.
INT. GENERAL STORE - NIGHT SEVEN
Sully is grabbing supplies for his journey, handing them to Matthew, who follows him about the store. Jerky, matches, a blanket, some rifle shells.
LOREN
What're you doin'?
SULLY
You got any rope?
LOREN
Rope?
Sully looks up at a shelf. He takes down some supplies, hands them to Matthew.
Colleen and Brian enter, along with Horace.
COLLEEN
Where's Dr. Mike?
Sully turns to the children, he moves to them, and after a beat ...
SULLY
the Dog Soldiers got her.
BRIAN
They got Ma?
COLLEEN
But how?
SULLY
We got attacked on our way to get that lady that was hurt.
COLLEEN
Why didn't you stop them?
SULLY
I tried, but there were too many.
Horace steps back over to the door, shouts to the street.
HORACE (shouting)
Dog Soldiers kidnapped Dr. Mike!
BRIAN
Why'd the Indians want to hurt Ma? She didn't do nothin'.
COLLEEN
Ma's been their friend.
SULLY
These Indians ain't her friends. These are bad Indians. (Half beat). Look, I know she's alive. (To Brian) And I'm gonna find her. (To Colleen) I swear to you. I'll find her.
EXT. GENERAL STORE - NIGHT SEVEN
Sully comes out. Robert E has a horse waiting for him.
ROBERT E
Here you go, Sully. Fastest I got.
SULLY
Thanks Robert E.
Sully ties on his supplies. The children, Loren, Dorothy stand on the porch. Other town members gathered around. Sully pulls Mike's medical bag from the wagon.
SULLY (to Colleen)
I'm gonna take this with me. She'll be wantin' it.
Colleen fights tears, gives a hopeful nod. Grace puts her arms about Colleen and Brian.
GRACE
We'll look after everybody til you get back.
Sully ties the medical bag to the horse. He's about to mount up with General Custer and some soldiers come walking through the crowd.
CUSTER
What's this about a kidnapping?
DOROTHY
Dr. Quinn has been taken prisoner by Dog Soldiers.
HORACE
Sully can show you where to start lookin'.
CUSTER
Tonight?
DOROTHY
Why not?
CUSTER
There's no Indian scout alive that can track at night, madame. I'll be send some men to begin searching at dawn.
Sully mounts up.
SULLY
Be too late by then.
ROBERT E
Let me get a horse, and I'll go with you.
MATTHEW
Me, too.
CUSTER
Anyone who leaves this town forfeits my guarantee of protection. (To Sully) If you want my advice --
SULLY
I don't.
CUSTER
Do as you wish, but anyone who rides out of here tonight does so at their own risk. Don't expect the Army to come rescue you.
Grace touches Robert E on the arm, gives him a worried look.
SULLY (to Robert E, Matthew)
I could use the help, but I'll travel faster alone.
SULLY (to Custer)
Last I saw the war party, they were headed south west of Dry Creek. Start lookin' there in the morning'. I'll mark a trail for you to follow.
CUSTER
I assure you, my scouts will have no trouble --
SULLY
Excuse me, General, but from here on out, you're gonna be needin' all the help you can get.
Sully spurs his horse, rides quickly out of town. We HOLD on Custer.
CUT TO:
EXT. WOODS - NIGHT SEVEN
Through the trees we can see a small Indian village. WE PULL BACK to REVEAL Wolf standing quietly, watching.
INT. INDIAN VILLAGE - NIGHT SEVEN
A cooking fire tended by some women. There are more Dog Soldiers now, twenty of them seated around, eating. They are passing through, spending the night.
The people of the village wait on them. The children stand in the shadows, looking, pointing. White Eye sits by the fire. Mike is next to him. She's tid up. She's bruised, her dress torn, a scratch on her face. They offer her no food. She stares at it hungrily.
White Eye finishes eating, stands, pulls Mike up by her arm. It hurst her.
MIKE
Please ...
White Eye starts pulling her towards a tepee. Another Dog Soldier steps in front of him, starts to argue. This Dog Soldier thinks he should have Mike. He suddenly grabs her away from White Eye, pulls out a knife, starts waving it, saying why not just kill her now instead of fighting over her. The argument escalates. More shouting. White Eye begins daring the Dog Soldier to kill her.
Suddenly Walks on Cloud appears, calming both of them down, pointing to Mike. What he says finally makes sense to the two men. The Dog Soldier holds up his knife, cuts Mike's hands free. The Dog Soldier and White Eye sit back down again.
ANOTHER ANGLE
Walks on Cloud leads Mike a few steps away from the others, sits her down. He kneels beside her and offers her some water. She drinks. She splashes some on her face. He hands her some food. Mike eats hungrily. She drinks again, empties the cup. Walks on Cloud pours her more water.
A beat as Mike looks around, sensing it's safe to speak.
MIKE (whispers)
Thank you. I know that your father ...
WALKS ON CLOUD
This is not about my father. I reminded them you are worth nothing to us dead.
Walks on Cloud picks up some rawhide lace, grabs Mike's hands, jerking the food away, and roughly starts to tie her up again. We HOLD on MIKE.
CUT TO:
INT. HANK'S SALOON - DAY EIGHT
Early morning. Nobody there. Brian is sweeping up. He knocks over an empty whiskey bottle. It breaks. Brian looks about, starts to clean it up.
Hank comes staggering in from the back room, gun drawn, in his night shirt. He sees it's Brian.
BRIAN
Sorry.
HANK
What're you doin' here?
BRIAN
Cleanin' up.
HANK
Oh. (Beat). Well .... you don't gotta be doin' this .... I mean, I thought with your Ma and all, you might not feel like showin' up for a while.
BRIAN
Colleen said we should just keep doin' what we were doin' ... like Ma was here.
Hank looks at Brian.
HANK
Don't forget the corners.
He exits. Brian starts sweeping again.
DISSOLVE TO:
EXT. CHURCH - DAY EIGHT
The Reverend is sweeping down his steps. He looks up to see ...
EXT. EUCALYPTUS ROAD - DAY EIGHT
A procession of 50 Indians makes their way down the road. The Indians are tied together. Guarding them are members of Custer's 7th. Leading the pack is Custer.
The soldiers drive the Indians out into the pasture. In the line we see Cloud Dancing, other members of his village, children, old ones.
EXT. MEADOW AND ARMY CAMP - DAY EIGHT
Custer and the Sergeant are talking.
CUSTER
We'll build an enclosure here. See if there's some barbed wire in town.
SERGEANT
Yes, sir.
The Sergeant exits, Custer looks over at the Reverend.
ANGLE - REVEREND
looks back at Custer, and the Indians. His hand on his wound, the anger still in his eyes.
CUT TO:
EXT. WOODS - DAY EIGHT
Wolf suddenly appears from the brush, running up a trail. A moment later Sully appears, riding the horse, following him.
ANOTHER PART OF THE FOREST
Wolf has stopped at a crossroads, not sure which way to go. Sully rides up, dismounts. He kneels to look at a footprint in the dirt. He looks up. They are close. He ties up the horse.
SULLY (to Wolf)
This way.
Sully takes off down a trail with Wolf right behind him.
EXT. RIVER - DAY EIGHT
A wide part of the river, between two cliffs. Sully and Wolf appear in the rocks on one side. Sully looks across the river.
SULLY'S POV - HIGH CLIFFS - DAY EIGHT
on the other side. Hard to see with the sun in your eyes.
CUT TO:
as we PULL BACK to see a rifle pointed at Sully.
ANGLE - MIKE
being held, a gag tied in her mouth. Her eyes filled with terror. Nothing she can do.
ANGLE - SULLY
as he starts to step from behind the cover of a rock.
ANGLE - MIKE
struggling with the Indian that holds her.
ANGLE - MIKE'S FOOT
as she finds a small rock by her foot and kicks it over the side.
ANGLE - SULLY
Who hears the rock tumbling down the canyon wall. He jumps back behind the rock just as bullet misses him. It echoes in the canyon.
SULLY
Dr. Mike!
ANGLE- MIKE
who hears Sully's voice and cries out through the gag.
MIKE (screams)
Sully!
ANGLE - SULLY
running from cover to another boulder. A shot just misses him.
WIDER ON THE RIVER
to see his problem. No cover. Nothing but open, and water.
ANGLE - MIKE AND THE INDIANS
already starting to get away with her. Walks on Cloud stops at the top of the cliff.
WALKS ON CLOUD (shouting)
Don't follow us or we will kill her.
SULLY (shouting)
Is she all right? Let me see her! Dr. Mike!
WALKS ON CLOUD (shouts)
You want see her alive, you tell Custer to let my father and his village to free.
SULLY (shouts)
What are you sayin'?
WALKS ON CLOUD (shouts)
They are his prisoners.
ANGLE - SULLY
WALKS ON CLOUD (O.C.)
Tell Custer we will trade our prisoner for his.
Sully steps out from the rocks, looks up, then turns to Wolf.
SULLY Stay with em.
Wolf moves to the water, dives in, starts to swim across.
ANGLE - SULLY
Sully runs, starts climbing out of the canyon, heading back to his horse. He stops, looks back ...
SULLY'S POV - WOLF
pulling himself out of the water, shaking off, and running after the Indians.
SULLY
rides back into the woods.
EXT. TOWN - DAY EIGHT
A barbed wire fence, high enough to keep people in, set out in the field. All the Indians inside. Soldiers sit with rifles pointed at the Indians.
ANGLE - SCHOOL HOUSE - DAY EIGHT
where the children are out playing, but mostly watching the Army and the Indians from a distance. Colleen and Brian are there.
EXT. PASTURE - DAY EIGHT
Sully comes riding up out of the woods behind the church, stopping, not believing what he sees. He rides up to the fence.
COLLEEN AND BRIAN
spot him.
COLLEEN
It's Sully.
And they both run for him.
MOVING WITH SULLY
as he rides up by the faces of the Indians, looking out through the barbed wire. Women, children, old ones. Sully dismounts when he sees Cloud Dancing.
SULLY
Cloud Dancing? What happened?
CLOUD DANCING
We did not run fast enough, or far enough.
A Soldier comes up to Sully.
SOLDIER
Hey, you, get away from the prisoners.
The soldier makes the mistake of trying to push Sully with the rifle butt. Sully whirls around, backhands the soldier, sending him tumbling, but hangs on to the rifle.
SULLY
Where's General Custer?
WIDER ANGLE
as Custer comes walking up.
CUSTER
Right here.
ANGLE - SULLY
throws the rifle to the soldier.
SULLY
You've got to let them go.
CUSTER
They are my prisoners.
SULLY
What did they do?
CUSTER
They are under arrest for leaving their reservation and for aiding and abetting the enemy.
Colleen and Brian come running up.
COLLEEN
Sully. Where's Dr. Mike? Did you find her?
SULLY
She's all right.
Colleen and Brian grab hold of Sully.
BRIAN
Why didn't you bring her home?
COLLEEN
Where is she?
Sully looks up at Custer.
SULLY
The Dog Soldiers know you have taken this village captive. They said they'll trade Dr. Mike for these Indians.
Custer gives him a look.
CUSTER
Out of the question.
SULLY
But these aren't Dog Soldiers. They're children, and women and old men. You're not at war with them, are you?
Custer leans down to Brian and Colleen.
CUSTER
You children want to see you mother again, don't you?
BRIAN (quietly)
Yes, sir.
Custer looks at the prisoners. He thinks for a moment.
CUSTER
Well, I think that can be arranged. (To Sully) I want you to deliver a message to the Dog Soldiers. Tell them that unless Dr. Quinn is returned safely, I will begin executing these prisoners as soon as a gallows can be constructed.
Custer exits. We HOLD on Sully and the children as we
END ACT ONE
ACT TWO
FADE IN:
EXT. DOG SOLDIER CAMP - DAY NINE
By the river. Mike bathes her arms and face in the water. Hard to do with your hands tied. White Eye crouches on the bank of river, staring at her bare shoulders and white skin.
A DOG SOLDIER
acting as a lookout, crouches in the high rocks. He something in the distance, points to it.
DOG SOLDIER (in Cheyenne)
Someone's coming.
EXT. DOG SOLDIER CAMP - DAY NINE
as the riders appear. Two Dog Soldiers (#2 and Lone Heart, wounded in the shoulder) approach. The camp goes to meet them. Walks on Cloud helps Lone Heart down, sets him on the ground.
Mike walks up from the river. The other Indians pull at the wound, move the shirt way. Mike looks at Walks on Cloud.
MIKE (to Walks on Cloud)
Tell them they have to stop the bleeding.
WALKS ON CLOUD
Lone Heart killed two soldiers this morning. He says he is ready to die.
MIKE
But he doesn't have to. Tell them I can help.
Walks on Cloud ignores her. Mike grabs at her dress, rips a long strip of it. She folds it for a bandage, then moves to the group of men, kneels down by Lone Heart.
MIKE
I can help. (In Cheyenne) Help.
Slowly she reaches out with the bandage and places it on the wound. She gestures for them to press on it. One Indian places his hand on the bandage. Mike presses down hard on the man's hand.
MIKE
Hold it down. Like that. Yes. Hold it there.
Mike gets up, moves back to the side of the river, starts gathering cattails, some mud.
MIKE
We can make a plaster.
She gestures. Walks on Cloud watches her try and make the others understand.
WALKS ON CLOUD (in Cheyenne)
She says to put it on his wound. To stop the blood.
The others listen, then nod. One of the Indians takes the mud from her, starts to apply it.
White Eye starts talking to Dog Soldier # 2, gesturing, asking questions.
ANGLE - MIKE AND WALKS ON CLOUD
Walks on Cloud looks at her. He's curious.
WALKS ON CLOUD
Will it work?
MIKE
I believe so. Your father taught me how to do it.
Walks on Cloud turns away.
MIKE
He taught me many good things.
WALKS ON CLOUD
Then how could you betray him?
MIKE
I didn't know the Dog Soldiers were hiding in your village. Had I known, I never would have brought the Army with me that day.
He looks at her and sees the remorse is genuine and heartfelt. Then they look up to see --
ANGLE - WHITE EYE starting to shout orders to the other Dog Soldiers.
MIKE
What's he saying?
WALKS ON CLOUD
We are going. White Eye wants to leave now before the Army comes.
MIKE
But that man can't travel.
The Indians begin to mount up. Two Dog Soldiers prop Lone Heart against a rock. Walks on Cloud grabs Mike.
WALKS ON CLOUD
Get on the horse.
MIKE
But you can't leave him here.
Mike gets up on the horse.
MIKE
Somebody has to take care of him or he'll die.
White Eye shouts something to the other Indians. He takes out his rifle.
MIKE
No!
White Eye swings the rifle around and fires off a shot in another direction.
ANGLE - MIKE
looking to see what he was shooting at.
MIKE'S POV - WOLF
running for cover deeper into the woods.
BACK TO MIKE
wondering if she saw what she thinks she saw. Walks on Cloud takes her reins, starts to lead her horse away.
WALKS ON CLOUD
The wolves will kill him.
Mike looks back.
MIKE'S POV - LONE HEART
seated against the rock.
BACK TO SCENE
as the Dog Soldiers ride out, Mike looking over her shoulder for any sign of Wolf. Suddenly hopeful that Sully might near.
CUT TO:
EXT. WOODS - DAY NINE
Sully follows a trail, running through the woods.
EXT. WOODS - DAY NINE
as Sully comes running up a path. He passes by a large old Oak tree, and as he passes, a Dog Soldier steps out, raises a rifle and shoots at Sully's back.
ANGLE - SULLY
running away from us. The bullet catches him in the arm, and he goes down, falling off the trail, rolling down the hill side.
ANOTHER ANGLE
as Sully comes to a stop against a tree trunk. He sits up, grabs at his shoulder. Blood, but it's only a flesh wound. He hears a war cry, looks up.
SULLY'S POV - TWO DOG SOLDIERS
come racing down through the trees, tomahawks drawn.
BACK TO SCENE
Sully is barely on his feet when the first Dog Soldier slams into him. Sully flips him over, slugs him, knocking him out, but then gets hit from behind by the other Dog Soldier. Sully falls over on his back.
Sully looks up.
ANGLE - THE DOG SOLDIER
raises his tomahawk for the kill. Suddenly Wolf flies into FRAME, knocking the Dog Soldier over.
ANOTHER ANGLE
The Dog Soldier swings at Wolf with his tomahawk, connects to his leg. Wolf cries out, goes down.
The Indian starts to hack at the dog and Sully suddenly appears behind him and knocks the Indian out with a blow. Sully takes a moment to catch his breath, then looks over to see ...
WOLF
is sitting up, holding his wounded paw in the air. It's bleeding. Sully moves to him, examines the paw.
SULLY
Not too deep. It's gonna be all right, boy.
Sully takes Dr. Mike's bag from his pack, gets some bandages out.
SULLY
You know where she is, boy? She all right? They haven't hurt her, have they?
He ties a bandage on Wolf's paw. He scratches Wolf's head.
SULLY
Thanks. (Half beat) All right, take me to her.
Wolf barks, then starts off on the trail, hopping on three legs.
SULLY
Find her.
And they disappear into the woods.
CUT TO:
EXT. TOWN - DAY NINE
Soldiers are building a four station gallows in the meadow, in front of the barbed wire camp. It's about half way completed.
INT. JAKE'S BARBERSHOP - DAY NINE
Jake shaves Horace. Loren is reading a paper. Hank is smoking a cigar.
JAKE
You really think General Custer's gonna hang em all? Women and children?
HANK
Custer shot his own men. What do you think?
LOREN
The sooner they're all done way with, the better. Them Indians are only standin' in the way of everything we want to do with this country.
HORACE
Is that any reason to kill em?
LOREN
It's their fault for not stayin' where we put em.
HORACE
That's cause they got no food on the reservation.
JAKE
Indians are a different animal. We can't live together.
HORACE
Maybe not, but Dr. Mike said there's no reason we shouldn't try and get along.
HANK
And look what happened to her. Bet she's sayin' somethin' different now.
JAKE
Sully ain't gonna find her.
HANK
If he does, he won't want what's left.
LOREN
I feel sorry for her, but she brought it on herself.
JAKE
Ain't that the truth. Always in the middle, tryin' to talk things out.
LOREN
World don't work that way.
JAKE (to Horace)
There, you're done. That'll be two bits, Horace.
Horace steps out of the chair, pays Jake.
HORACE
I used to think we could all get along. Guess that ain't possible anymore.
LOREN
It's like the Reverend said on Sunday, "can the Ethiopian change his skin, or the leopard his spots?"
HANK
Somebody kills, they gotta pay for it.
LOREN
Bible says so. Eye for an eye.
JAKE
Tooth for a tooth.
HORACE
I got a telegram this mornin'. There's a reporter comin' from the Denver paper to write about it.
JAKE
Well, I guess people all over the world are gonna know what happened here.
HORACE
Are we sure this is somethin' we want to be famous for?
Horace exits. We HOLD on the men.
CUT TO:
INT. LOREN'S STORE - DAY NINE
Dorothy is running her press when Brian enters.
DOROTHY
Hello, Brian.
BRIAN
I need some more soap.
DOROTHY
Already?
Brian's pants are wet. His knees are dirty. He's been scrubbing floors. He's tired and a mess. Dorothy shakes her head.
DOROTHY
What's he got you washin' now?
She moves to a counter, picks up a bar of soap.
BRIAN
The tables and chairs.
DOROTHY
He's workin' you awful hard.
BRIAN
I don't mind. Got nothin' else to do. Can't go home. Can't play in the woods ... all I can do is ...
Brian fights his tears. Dorothy puts her arm around him.
BRIAN
Sully'll find Ma, won't he?
DOROTHY
Brian, I know if anybody in this world can find Dr. Mike, Sully can.
Brian nods. He starts to go out.
DOROTHY
Here, you forgot somethin'.
She goes to the candy box, gets two pieces of taffy, hands them to Brian.
BRIAN
Thanks.
EXT. STREET - DAY NINE
Brian comes out of the general store, looks to see if Hank is still in Jake's barbershop. He is, but his back is to us. Brian looks over at the saloon, then waits for a passing wagon to give him cover, jumps behind it, and makes a run for the livery. The streets are busy with people taking refuge in the town.
EXT. ROBERT E'S LIVERY - DAY NINE
Robert E is working his forge. Brian runs out from behind the wagon.
BRIAN
How's she doin'?
ROBERT E
Eatin' better today.
BRIAN
What about her leg?
I won't know til I take the bandage off.
Brian turns, starts for the corral.
ROBERT E
Brian, the leg don't heal right, that horse won't be worth nothin'.
BRIAN
I'd be takin' her anyway, Robert E, just to make sure Hank don't hurt her no more.
Brian exits. We HOLD on Robert E.
ANGLE - CORRAL
Brian climbs up on the rail. The horse comes over to him. He unwraps a piece of taffy, holds it out to the horse. The horse sniffs it, for a moment seems interested.
BRIAN
Go ahead. Go on, girl.
But finally the horse doesn't take it. Disappointed, Brian wraps the taffy up, puts it in his pocket.
CUT TO:
EXT. SMALL INDIAN VILLAGE - NIGHT NINE
Different than the one we've seen. Another stop on the trail for the Dog Soldiers. Three teepees, scattered about. Full moon lighting up the forest.
The women of the village serve the Dog Soldiers.
White Eye looks at Mike, seated on the other side of the fire . He decides he's waited long enough. He wants her.
ANGLE - MIKE
as White Eye steps around the fire to face her. He grabs her arms and pulls her up. She starts to fight him and he slaps her hard, knocking her down.
ANOTHER ANGLE
as Walks on Cloud appears and helps Mike to stand up again. Then Walks on Cloud pulls of his bone necklace.
WALKS ON CLOUD (in Cheyenne)
I will trade you for her.
White Eye looks at the necklace. He nods, takes it. Walks on Cloud grabs Mike by the arm, stars ushering her to the farthest teepee.
MOVING WITH THEM
as they pass the other Dog Soldiers, who murmur their approval and envy.
MIKE
Please ...
WALKS ON CLOUD (shouts in Cheyenne)
I am Walks on Cloud. Remember this day.
And he pushes Mike into the teepee, pulls the flap shut behind them.
ANGLE - WHITE EYE
looking at the necklace, turning it over in his hands, and then looking back at the teepee. Reconsidering the deal,
INT. TEEPEE
Mike is looking at Walks on Cloud. She's terrified. He takes his knife out.
MIKE
Please ... please don't.
He grabs her hands.
MIKE (screams)
Please ... don't hurt me!
EXT. TEEPEE
White Eye and the other Indians look up, nod and speak to each other. White Eye stands, starts for the teepee.
INT. TEEPEE
Mike looks at Walks on Cloud surprise in her face as he cuts her hands free. He gestures for her to be quiet, then he steps to the back of the teepee, cuts it open.
WALKS ON CLOUD
Go.
MIKE
What?
WALKS ON CLOUD
White Eye will not let you live. He has said so. (Mike's look). I do not want my father and all those innocent people to die. Their ghosts will haunt me forever. You are the only one who can save them. You must go.
MIKE
I ...
WALKS ON CLOUD
Go.
As Mike goes out the side of the teepee ..
WHITE EYE (O.C.) (In Cheyenne)
I have changed my mind.
Walks on Cloud turns around to see.
ANGLE - WHITE EYE
stepping into the teepee. He looks around, doesn't see Mike.
EXT. WOODS - NIGHT NINE
Mike is moving through the brush, as quickly as she can. She's not that far away from the teepees. We can see the campfire in the distance behind her. And we can hear the shouting voices of White Eye and Walks on Cloud ... there's a gunshot.
Mike stops for a moment, looks back at the teepees. We hear the shouts of the Dog Soldiers starting to look for her. Mike starts running again.
EXT. WOODS - NEW ANGLE
The Dog Soldiers spread out, looking for signs of her. White Eye follows her trail silently, knowing he's closing in. He finds a broken sapling, a piece of cloth.
ANGLE - MIKE
running, looking for a hiding place. And then she sees it.
ANGLE - LARGE HOLLOW LOG
off the path. Mike enters the shot, climbs into the log, pulls some leaves and brush over her. We hear foot steps, the voices of the Dog Soldiers. A few pass very close to her. Mike nearly screams when something crawls over her hand. She listens for the longest time, thinking they've moved on. And slowly she climbs from her hiding place. She turns to run and
WHITE EYE
is there, waiting for her. He grabs her and she screams and fights with him, but he shoves her away. She hits her back and head on a tree, and the blow stuns her. Mike slumps to the ground. She doesn't move. We HOLD on Mike, White Eye shouting to the others that he's found her as we
END ACT TWO
ACT THREE
FADE IN
EXT. SMALL VILLAGE - DAY TEN
Sully is looking at the faces of the women and children gathered in front of the teepees. Wolf is sniffing around.
SULLY (in Cheyenne)
Was she here?
SULLY'S POV - INDIAN FACES
gathered about him, none of them showing any sign of understanding, or not wanting to.
BACK TO SULLY
seeing he's being stonewalled out of fear.
SULLY (in Cheyenne)
I know she was here.
Sully moves to one of the ELDERS.
SULLY (in Cheyenne)
She is a friend of the Cheyenne. Help me find her.
He steps over to a WOMAN
SULLY (in Cheyenne)
Was she all right? Can you tell me. Please?
He looks around for any friendly face, any help. Nothing.
SULLY (in Cheyenne)
Do you not understand? The woman is my heart song.
He places his hand on his chest.
SULLY (in Cheyenne)
Help me find her. (Half beat - in English) Help me.
Sully looks at the faces again. An Elder Grandmother raises her hand, points off in a direction.
GRANDMOTHER (in Cheyenne)
They took her to the rivers.
Sully nods his thanks. Then the Grandmother holds up the bone necklace Walks on Cloud traded. She gives it to Sully. He turns and runs out of camp with Wolf following close behind him
CUT TO:
EXT. MEADOW - DAY TEN
A Guard is stopping Matthew and Colleen from going to the barbed wire fence. They have four buckets of water which they set down.
GUARD
It's the General's orders.
COLLEEN
It's water. They haven't had a drink all day.
ANGLE - CLOUD DANCING
and the women and children, standing by the fence.
BACK TO SCENE
GUARD
You can't give em nothin'.
The guard tips over one of the buckets.
MATTHEW
Hey.
ANGLE - CHURCH
where the Reverend has been watching it all.
BACK TO SCENE
COLLEEN
You can't treat them like this. You haven't given them food, or water ...
GUARD
They're Indians. And they're gonna hang in a couple of days, so it don't matter.
The Reverend steps up, having overheard. He picks up a bucket.
REVEREND
Even the Romans gave water to the condemned.
The Reverend carries the bucket over to the fence. Matthew and Colleen give the soldier a look, then pick up the other buckets and take them to the Indians at the fence. They ladle water out.
ANGLE - THE REVEREND
gives water to the children. He looks up to see
CLOUD DANCING
On the other side, watching him. His hands are tied.
CLOUD DANCING
Thank you.
The Reverend offers the ladle to Cloud Dancing.
CLOUD DANCING
The children first. I will wait.
A woman takes the ladle, shares it with her child.
CLOUD DANCING
Reverend?
REVEREND
Yes?
CLOUD DANCING
I have asked to speak with the General, but he will not come. Would you ask him for me?
The Reverend nods. He considers he may have let his anger take him down a wrong path.
REVEREND
Do you know where Dr. Mike is? If you do, I'll tell Custer and he can go get her and you'll be set free. All he wants to do is get her back unharmed.
CLOUD DANCING
I do not know where she is.
REVEREND (beat)
Then I must pray that Sully will find her.
CLOUD DANCING
I have prayed. I have prayed to know how our Gods let this happen.
REVEREND
And were your prayers answered?
CLOUD DANCING
The spirits don't speak to me. Will you ask your God if this is His plan? Is this what your God wants?
The Reverend looks at Cloud Dancing. He looks at the children and old men and women being given water by Colleen and Matthew. And then he looks up at
THEIR POV - THE GALLOWS
nearly competed, waiting in the meadow to be used.
BACK TO SCENE
CLOUD DANCING
Will you ask him for me?
We HOLD on the Reverend as we
CUT TO:
EXT. SIDE OF THE SALOON - DAY TEN
Brian is splitting some firewood into kindling. He's got a pretty good stack going. He picks up another log, starts splitting it. Myra sticks her head out of one of the backroom windows.
MYRA
Brian?
BRIAN
Hello, Myra.
MYRA
Why don't you stop now?
BRIAN
But Hank wanted the whole box filled up.
MYRA
Well, Hank ain't here and he don't know how much it's disturbin' the customers. It's all right. I'll tell him. You won't get in trouble.
Brian puts down the hatchet.
MYRA
Brian ...
BRIAN
Yes?
MYRA
Everything's gonna be all right.
BRIAN
Yes, ma'am.
Myra goes back inside. Brian pulls on his jacket, his hand goes in his pocket. He pulls out a taffy.
EXT. CORRAL - DAY TEN
Brian looks at the horse.
BRIAN
Hey girl.
The horse comes over to him. Brian takes out a taffy, sets it on the rail. The horse sniffs it, and then takes it.
BRIAN
You ate it.
Brian quickly unwraps another one, holds it out. The horse takes it, eats it.
BRIAN
You ate another one. (Shouts) Robert E! Robert E!
ROBERT E (O.C.)
Round here.
Brian jumps down, starts running around the livery to find him.
EXT. ROBERT E'S LIVERY - DAY TEN
Robert E is working on a buggy, talking to a customer. Brian runs up.
BRIAN
Robert E. Come quick. The horse.
ROBERT E
Brian, I'm helpin' this man.
BRIAN
You've got to come now. She's gonna be all right.
CUT TO:
EXT. STREET - DAY TEN
Robert E. Has the horse on line, walking her down the center of town. The horse steps smartly, feeling well again.
ROBERT E
You're right, Brian, she's gonna be just fine.
He turns her around. Brian is overjoyed. They pass by in front of the saloon.
ANGLE - SALOON - DAY TEN
Hank is standing outside, talking with a customer. He looks up to see Brian, Robert E and the horse.
BRIAN
Hey, Hank, look she's all better. She's gonna be fine. Ain't that great!
ANGLE - BRIAN AND ROBERT E
as they turn and head back the other way, towards the livery.
ANGLE - HANK AND CUSTOMER
CUSTOMER
Nice horse.
HANK
She's mine. Comes from racin' stock.
CUSTOMER
Really? (Half beat). She for sale?
HANK
You interested?
CUSTOMER
If the price is right.
HANK
Make me an offer.
CUT TO:
EXT. WOODS - DAY TEN
CLOSE - MIKE
White Eye holds a hand over her gagged mouth so she can't cry out.
ANOTHER ANGLE
to see the distant Cavalry searching for them. The Army is riding in the wrong direction, away from the Indians. White Eye nods to his soldiers.
Mike sees all hope ride away with the Army.
EXT. MOUNTAINS - DAY TEN
Sully and Wolf at the foot of some boulders. Wolf is whimpering.
SULLY
Too much for you to climb. You go on back.
Wolf whimpers.
SULLY
Go on.
The wolf turns and limps off. Sully starts up the rocky trail.
CUT TO:
EXT. LIVERY CORRAL - DAY TEN
Brian is brushing down the horse when Hank enters, leans on the fence.
BRIAN
Hank, I was thinkin', maybe I can work after school, too.
HANK
What for?
BRIAN
So I'd have the horse sooner. How many more hours I gotta work to pay it off?
HANK
I ain't figured it exactly.
BRIAN
I can't wait for Ma to see her.
HANK
Brian ...
BRIAN
Robert E said Sully's most likely found Ma by now, and they're on the way back.
HANK
Brian, I sold the horse.
BRIAN
What do you mean, you sold her?
HANK
There's this man that wanted her. Paid me what I asked.
BRIAN
But she's my horse. You said I could work for her.
HANK
Well, that was before I thought she'd heal up. Look, I'll pay you for what you did.
Hank reaches in his pocket, pulls out a couple of dollars. He hands the money to Brian who won't take it.
BRIAN
I don't want the money. I want the horse.
HANK
You can't have her. She's sold.
HANK
You want the money or not?
BRIAN
I want my horse.
Hank moves into the corral, grabs the reins.
BRIAN
You got no right to sell her. She's mine. We had a deal.
HANK
Deal's off. Look, there'll be other horses. This is business. You're too young to understand.
The horse pulls on the reins but Hank jerks them hard, leads the horse out of the corral. Robert E comes up behind Brian.
BRIAN
It ain't fair! It ain't fair, Hank. We had a deal,
Brian starts to cry and falls into Robert E's arms.
EXT. GENERAL STORE - DAY TEN
Loren is sweeping as Hank leads the horse past him.
BRIAN (O.C.)
We had a deal.
Loren looks back down the street.
LOREN'S POV - ROBERT E AND BRIAN
Brian is comforted by Robert E.
BACK TO SCENE
Loren looks over at the saloon.
LOREN'S POV - THE SALOON - DAY TEN
Hank hands the reins to the customer. They shake.
BACK TO LOREN
frowning at what he's seen.
CUT TO:
EXT. WOODS - DAY TEN
Sully has reached the top of the climb, looks for a sign, but no tracks to read in the rocks. He looks about. The sun is going down. Sully strips off all his unnecessary gear, down to basics, sits on the ground. He closes his eyes and tries to center himself, to listen, with every fibre of his being.
EXT. MOUNTAINS - DAY TEN
White Eye and the other Dog Soldiers stop to make camp. One of the Indians moves to Mike. She seems groggy, in pain. The Indian has a canteen, wants to offer her a drink. He loosens her gag and she surprises him by screaming with her last ounce of strength, shoving him aside and making a run for it.
MIKE
Sully!
The Indians chase her.
CUT TO:
EXT. MOUNTAIN - DAY TEN
where Sully sits with his eyes closed. He opens them. Some part of him hears her cry. He gets up quickly, grabs his gear, looks about, picks a direction, takes off running.
EXT. MOUNTAIN - DAY TEN
Two of the Dog Soldiers finally catch Mike and silence her again. White Eye pulls off her boots, throws them away.
DISSOLVE TO:
EXT. MOUNTAIN - DAY TEN
Sully runs along the trail, knowing he's closing in on her. He leaps over the boulders, climbing fast. He gets to a parting in the rocks, looks out, then ducks back for cover. Slowly he looks over the rocks again.
SULLY'S POV - THE DOG SOLDIERS
and in the middle of them, making their way up a switchback trail, is Mike, being pulled along on a rope. Her feet are getting bruised on the stones.
BACK TO SULLY
His eyes brimming with emotion for having found her.
SULLY (quietly)
I will never leave you again. Never.
A beat, then Sully moves out to follow them.
DISSOLVE TO:
EXT. GRACE'S CAFE - NIGHT TEN
Grace is serving hot soup to a line of people. Dorothy, Loren, Colleen move through the line. Grace serves Colleen.
GRACE
What about Brian?
COLLEEN
He's not hungry.
Colleen looks over to a table.
THEIR POV - BRIAN AND MATTHEW
sitting at a table. Brian looks inconsolable.
BACK TO SCENE
Grace ladles out a bowl. Loren shakes his head.
LOREN
It's terrible. Treatin' the boy like that.
GRACE
Sure is. Here, Colleen, take this soup. Boy's gotta eat. Maybe you can get him to change his mind.
LOREN
Maybe I can.
Loren hands his bowl to Dorothy and steps out of the soup line.
DOROTHY
Loren?
ANOTHER ANGLE
Loren doesn't go to Brian's table, but heads between the telegraph office and the clinic, straight for the saloon.
INT. SALOON - NIGHT TEN
Loren enters, finds Hank at the bar.
HANK
What'll you have Loren?
LOREN
I want that horse your promised Brian.
HANK
Horse is gone. I sold it.
LOREN
You had a deal with that boy.
HANK
So?
LOREN
Well, a deal's a deal and you got to honor it.
HANK
No I don't. Not with a kid.
LOREN
Especially with a kid. His whole world is upside down right now. That horse is about the only thing he's had to hang onto and it's gone.
HANK
He'll get over it (smiles). Come on Loren, I doubled my money. It's business. You'd do the same thing.
LOREN (beat; then)
Maybe you're right. (Hank nods). Oh, you know that shipment of whiskey you got comin' in?
HANK
Yeah.
LOREN
The cost just went up fifty cents a bottle.
HANK
Wait a minute.
LOREN
And that silk fabric your girls been wantin'? Just doubled in price.
HANK
You can't do this Loren.
LOREN
You'll get over it.
Hank picks up a glass, smashes it on the floor. Loren turns at the door.
HANK
Damn.
LOREN
Wouldn't be doin' that too much, Hank. Price of glass has gone up, too.
Loren exits. We HOLD on Hank.
CUT TO:
EXT. DOG SOLDIER CAMP - NIGHT TEN
A small fire burns. No teepees, just camping on the ground, on blankets. There are 15 Dog Soldiers.
ANGLE - SULLY
in the rocks, watching, His face is smeared with mud, his hair tied back. He studies the camp. He moves silently out of view, disappearing into the night.
BACK TO SCENE
Mike is sitting up against a rock, exhausted. The Indians are talking. We faintly hear a call. A night bird. Mike opens her eyes, listens again. Something she recognizes. Sully? Again the call.
EXT. WOODS - NIGHT TEN
Sully gives the call once more.
BACK TO SCENE
Mike is certain now it's Sully. She struggles to hide her feelings. She wants to cry, but stops herself. She looks about, wondering what to do. She looks at While Eye.
MIKE
I have to go (in Cheyenne) Bathroom.
White Eye says something to a Dog Soldier. He grabs Mike and leads her off into the woods.
EXT. WOODS - NEW ANGLE
White Eye leads her down to the riverside. Mike stands by the water, looking about, wondering where Sully is.
WHITE EYE (in Cheyenne)
Go on.
MIKE
Turn your back.
Mike gestures for the Indian to turn around. He doesn't but gestures for her to go ahead. Mike doesn't move. While Eye crosses to her, begins to undo her skirt ... Mike pushes him back.
MIKE
No ...
White Eye tries to kiss Mike, but she fights him. He grows angry, holds Mike away from him, rears back his fist to slug her when
SULLY
comes flying in, knocking White Eye down.
ANOTHER ANGLE
as they both tumble on the ground, spring up with knives and tomahawks drawn. White Eye could call for help, but he's confident he doesn't need it. He looks back in the direction of the camp. We can hear the voices, but he doesn't call out. He turns to face Sully. This will be just between them. They skirmish quickly. White Eye cuts Sully on the forearm. Suddenly, White Eye flips the knife over in his hand to throw it but his target isn't Sully, it's Mike. White Eye starts to throw his knife at Mike. Sully throws his tomahawk and knocks White Eye's hand away.
ANOTHER ANGLE
Sully charges White Eye, tackles him. They struggle on the ground for only a moment ... Sully turns the knife on White Eye and is about to kill him. White Eye cries out for help.
WHITE EYE
Ahhhhhhh!
Sully slugs White Eye, knocks him out.
EXT. CAMP - NIGHT TEN
One of the Dog Soldiers heard the cry. He looks off into the woods.
EXT. WOODS - NIGHT TEN
Sully grabs Mike. He kisses her deeply.
We hear one of the Dog Soldiers calling out.
DOG SOLDIER (O.C.)
White Eye! White Eye!
And then the sound of them coming closer. They carry small torches.
SULLY
Can you walk?
MIKE
Not very well.
SULLY
Then we'll have to swim.
Sully picks her up, carries her down to the water.
SULLY
Hang on to me.
Sully goes into the water. Mike moves around, holds onto his shoulders. He starts swimming out into the water. The Indians come running down through the trees, torches up, shouting for White Eye to answer them.
ANGLE - MIKE AND SULLY
moving silently through the dark water, Sully's strong arms carrying them to safety, the torches flickering in the woods in the distance behind them, Mike's face next to Sully's, tied forever by this moment as we ...
END ACT THREE
ACT FOUR
FADE IN:
EXT. WOODS - DAY ELEVEN
The war party moves through the woods, searching for Sully and Mike. White Eye leads the pack.
DISSOLVE TO:
INT. SHALLOW CAVE - DAY ELEVEN
Mike is asleep on a bed of pine boughs. Mike awakens with a start, looks around. She has on her camisole.
MIKE
Sully?
ANGLE - SULLY
standing guard by the cave entrance, looking out over the view. Some of their clothes laying on the rocks in the sun, drying.
SULLY
I'm here.
Sully moves to her. Mike holds out her hand and Sully takes it.
SULLY
We're safe.
He kisses her hand. She touches his face. Sully looks into her eyes. There's something he wants to ask, but he can't yet.
SULLY
I found some wild berries and a honey comb while you were sleeping.
Sully sets out a packet of leaves, unwraps them to reveal a few berries and piece of honeycomb.
SULLY
It'll be dark in a couple of hours. We'll go then. We should be in Colorado Springs sometime tomorrow.
He picks up his canteen, pours water in his hands.
MIKE
I can't walk.
SULLY
I'll carry you.
Sully picks ups one of her injured feet, tenderly washes it. There's a long beat while they can't look at each other. Sully pours more water in his hands, starts to wash the other foot.
SULLY
Did they ... hurt you?
Mike looks up at him. They both know what he means.
MIKE
No.
Sully nods. Nothing more to say.
SULLY
You better try and eat somethin'.
Mike nods, but the tears are starting to fill her eyes. She reaches out, places her fingers in the honey.
CLOSER
as Mike brings her hand to her lips and tastes the honey as if she were tasting life again. A beat, then Sully enters and kisses her tenderly on the lips.
MIKE
Hold me.
WIDER
and he does, sheltering her in his arms as they wait for the night to come.
DISSOLVE TO:
EXT. TOWN - NIGHT ELEVEN
Lanterns light the gallows. Some Army carpenters working on a few final railings.
ANGLE - CLOUD DANCING
and the other Indians watching the preparation.
ANGLE - SOLDIERS ON THE GALLOWS
A Soldier flips the trip lever. The doors open and four sand bags snap the ropes tight.
ANGLE - REVEREND
watching this.
CUT TO:
INT. SALOON - NIGHT ELEVEN
Custer stands at the bar, having a drink, talking with Hank, Jake and Loren. Some other Army men sit at tables, having a drink.
The Reverend enters, crosses to General Custer.
REVEREND
General, may I have a word with you?
CUSTER
Certainly, Reverend. Just allow me to finish my drink and I'll meet you outside.
REVEREND
What I have to say they all can hear. I want you to call off the executions.
CUSTER
Forgive me, Reverend, but you're the man who said those Indians could burn in hell. Didn't you?
REVEREND
Yes.
CUSTER
Well ...
REVEREND
I was angry and frightened when I said that. And I was wrong. And you are wrong to punish innocent people for the crimes of others.
JAKE
Come on Reverend, they're all guilty of somethin', even if we didn't see em do it.
HANK
That's right. They're Indians.
LOREN
And the fewer we got to worry about, the better.
CUSTER
As you can see, Reverend, the public shares the same opinion as I do. So, unless Dr. Quinn is returned by noon tomorrow, the executions will go as scheduled.
HANK
Let me get you another drink, General.
The Reverend turns and exits. We hold on Custer watching them go.
CUT TO:
EXT. MOUNTAIN - DAWN - DAY TWELVE (STOCK)
the sun is just breaking the horizon. We hear a rifle shot echo in the mountains.
CUT TO:
EXT. MOUNTAIN - DAY TWELVE
Another rifle shot and a bullet slams into a rock inches from Sully and Mike. Mike and Sully take refuge in some rocks as other bullets just miss them.
ANGLE - BELOW
to see White Eye climbing up after them, leading the pack of fifteen Dog Soldiers.
BACK TO SULLY AND MIKE
They are on a ledge, looking up at ten feet of vertical rock face.
SULLY
Start climbing.
Sully picks up a large rock, throws it down the hill.
ANOTHER ANGLE
as it starts a small landslide, but the rocks only slow down the Dog Soldiers. White Eye has already moved to the side of the trail and has lost no time. He's gaining on them.
BACK TO SULLY AND MIKE
as Sully climbs, helping Mike up the wall.
EXT. TOP OF THE MOUNTAIN - DAY TWELVE
Sully pulls Mike up on the hight, flat point. They look out.
THEIR POV - RIVER BELOW
Nowhere to run. The only escape is straight down. It's a one hundred and fifty foot drop to the water.
BACK TO SCENE
as Mike and Sully look at the water.
CUT TO:
THE DOG SOLDIERS
climbing the hill now, moments away. They keep up a war cry.
BACK TO SCENE
Sully is looking around for any other way out. Mike turns to see White Eye climb up onto the flat rock behind them.
MIKE
Sully!
White Eye throws his tomahawk at Sully's back, but Sully ducks it just in time.
ANGLE - LOOKING DOWN
as the tomahawk falls into the water far below.
BACK TO SCENE
as White Eye charges for Sully. They fall down on the ledge, rolling very close to the water side. They push apart and get back on their feet.
ANOTHER ANGLE
White Eye shoves Sully back, gets the upper hand, and is about to throw Sully off the cliff side.
Sully head butts White Eye, flips him over, sending both of them falling down into the canyon ... but Sully manages to grab a rock and stop his fall.
ANGLE - DOG SOLDIERS
below who are climbing up past White Eye's broken body, laying on the rocks.
BACK TO SCENE
Mike has moved to the edge of the plateau.
MIKE
Sully!
She lays down, reaches out her hand to him. He grabs hold of her hand and pulls himself up where he can grab another rock. A bullet slams into the rock beside him. He looks down.
THEIR POV - DOWN THE HILL
to see the Dog Soldiers closing in.
ANGLE - SULLY AND MIKE
as he pulls himself up on the flat. They move to the edge overlooking the river.
SULLY
It's too far.
The shouts of the Dog Soldiers getting closer. Sully has his knife out.
MIKE
Sully, I can swim.
He looks at her, realizes she's willing to jump. He puts his knife back in the scabbard. And he picks her up ..
SULLY
I love you.
MIKE
I love you.
Sully and Mike run for the edge of the cliff.
ANOTHER ANGLE
as they hit the water, disappearing under it.
ANGLE - PLATEAU OF MOUNTAIN
as the first Dog Soldiers make it to the top, look over the side of the hill, firing their rifles into the water below.
ANGLE - RIVER
for the longest time nothing in view ... and then, suddenly, Mike and Sully surface from behind a large rock in the water, hidden from view of the Dog Soldiers above them.
SULLY
You all right?
MIKE
Yes.
Sully and Mike make their way to the shallow, start to climb out.
MIKE
Sully, look.
THEIR POV - THE WOODS - DAY TWELVE
and coming out of the woods comes Wolf, still limping.
ANOTHER ANGLE
as they move into the woods. Wolf greets them.
SULLY
Find my horse, boy. Go on.
And Wolf takes off. Sully picks up Mike and follows Wolf, disappearing into the woods as we ...
CUT TO:
EXT. MEADOW - DAY TWELVE
A crowd gathered in the meadow, waiting for the hangings to begin.
ANGLE - GALLOWS
where four Indians are lined up at the ropes. Black hoods on their heads, hands and feet tied. Cloud Dancing stands in line with the next group of four, his hands tied.
ANGLE - CUSTER
looking at his pocket watch, closes it up.
CUSTER
Reverend, you got anything to say over these prisoners, you better do it now.
ANGLE - REVEREND
Brian, Colleen and Matthew walk up.
REVEREND
I don't, but these children have something to say to you.
BRIAN
General Custer, we want you to let Cloud Dancing and his people go.
MATTHEW
We don't want you to hang anybody.
COLLEEN
That's not gonna get Ma and Sully back here any quicker.
BRIAN
But we know they're comin'.
MATTHEW
They'll be here. We just have to wait a little longer.
COLLEEN
Please.
CUSTER (a beat, then)
Sergeant?
SERGEANT
Yes Sir.
CUSTER
We'll wait five minutes.
REVEREND
You won't have to ... look.
COLLEEN
Sully!
BRIAN
He's got Ma!
THEIR POV - EUCALYPTUS ROAD
as Sully and Mike come riding double on his horse. They ride down into the meadow.
ANOTHER ANGLE
The children run to greet them. Sully pulls the horse up. Matthew helps Mike down. The children embrace her.
SULLY
Let em all go, General.
Custer looks up at the executioner holding the release lever.
ANGLE - EXECUTIONER
as he pushes the lever and the trap doors drop.
ANGLE - SULLY
SULLY
No ...
He spurs the horse, leans over and steals a saber from the Sergeant as he rides by.
ANGLE - GALLOWS
as Sully rides past, slicing the four ropes with the saber, dropping the Indians to the ground.
ANOTHER ANGLE
Sully turns the horse, rides back to Custer.
SULLY
You gave your word. Let em go.
Custer looks at his men, at the Indians.
CUSTER
Release the prisoners.
ANGLE - GALLOWS
as Cloud Dancing walks down the steps. The Reverend cuts his hands free as Mike and Sully enter.
CLOUD DANCING
I'm grateful my spirits were listening to my prayers.
REVEREND
I'm grateful mine were too.
ANGLE - INDIANS
next to the gallows being released by the soldiers. They are shaken up but not hurt.
BACK TO SCENE
SULLY
Cloud Dancing ... I am sorry, but ... Walks on Cloud ...
CLOUD DANCING
My son is dead?
MIKE
Yes.
CLOUD DANCING
Did the Army kill him?
SULLY
No. It was White Eye.
MIKE
He died saving my life so I could come back and save yours.
Sully takes the Bone necklace from his pouch, hands it to Cloud Dancing. Cloud Dancing is overcome with emotion and cay say nothing. He turns and walks away. Sully puts his arm around Mike.
DISSOLVE TO:
EXT. HOMESTEAD - DAY TWELVE
Mike, Sully, and the children. Birthday party in progress. Some unwrapped presents in view. Colleen and Matthew are setting up a game of pin the tail on the donkey on the side of the barn. Mike, Sully and Brian at a table they've moved outside.
MIKE
Any more cake?
BRIAN
No, thank you.
Mike looks at Sully. Brian's not too happy.
SULLY
Wanna go try out your new fishin' pole tomorrow?
BRIAN
I guess so.
Colleen moves over.
COLLEEN
Come on, Brian, you're it.
She pulls him way from the table.
ANOTHER ANGLE
Matthew ties the blindfold on Brian and starts spinning him around.
ANGLE - MIKE AND SULLY
Mike sees something.
MIKE
Sully. Look.
THEIR POV - DOWN THE ROAD
and coming up is Hank, riding a horse and leading the little horse Brian wanted.
BACK TO SCENE
as Brian stops spinning and Matthew points him to the game.
MATTHEW
Go on.
Colleen now spots Hank and gestures to Matthew to look. He does.
ANOTHER ANGLE
As Hank rides up. Brian sticks the tail in the barn. He pulls off his blindfold. He sees the horse.
BRIAN
Hey!
Brian runs up as Hank hands the reins to Matthew.
HANK (to Brian)
Here's your horse.
BRIAN
She's mine?
HANK
Deal's a deal.
Brian hugs his horse, nuzzles her.
SULLY
What changed your mind, Hank?
HANK
Sometimes it's just good business for a man to keep his word.
Hank turns and rides out.
ANOTHER ANGLE
Matthew helps Brian up on his horse. Brian unwraps a piece of taffy.
BRIAN
Here you go, girl.
The horse takes it.
MIKE
She likes candy?
BRIAN
She's got a sweet tooth.
MIKE
I guess she is your horse.
SULLY
What're you gonna call her?
BRIAN
Taffy.
We HOLD on them as we ...
END OF ACT FOUR - PART TWO

 

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