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ALL THAT MATTERS

Written by Carl Binder / Directed by Bethany Rooney

TEASER
FADE IN:
EXT. SIXTH WOODS - (CONT. FROM PREVIOUS EPISODE) - DAY ONE
MIKE, DANIEL, MATTHEW and BRIAN carefully clear the rest of the leaves and branches away from the unconscious SULLY. WOLF waits nearby.
Mike's concern increases as she gradually gets a full view of Sully's dire condition. She checks his wrist, monitoring his pulse.
MIKE
His pulse is faint, rapid. He's in shock.
Daniel clears leaves away from Sully's left leg, revealing the makeshift splint Sully made.
DANIEL
You were right -- his leg's broke.
Mike removes the moss covering, revealing the wound on his leg. She gives Daniel a worried
look.
MIKE
It appears to be a compound fracture. (examining leg) The tibia. The bone has broken through the skin. I don't believe it...
DANIEL
What?
MIKE
He re-set it himself. (looking back at Sully) it's a miracle he's still alive.
BRIAN
Is he gonna be all right?
Mike and Daniel exchange a silent look, then Mike forces herself to get control of her surging emotions. She turns to Brian and Matthew.
MIKE
Please go back to the horses. Get the canteen and some blankets. Hurry. We need to get him warm.
DANIEL
(as Matthew and Brian start off) I'll get a fire goin'.
Daniel hurries off to get matches and look for wood. Mike quickly strips off her jacket and lays it across Sully to warm him. She lifts his eyelids, checking his pupils, then turns her attention to his left leg.
She examines the compound fracture closely, and is alarmed by the extent of the injury, and the infection that is setting in. She checks his other bruises and cuts, but then suddenly stops short as Sully lets out a small breath... then lies deathly still.
MIKE
Sully... ?
She leans close to his mouth and nose, listening for a moment. He's stopped breathing. Mike starts to panic.
MIKE
No... Sully, no... (screaming out to the others) HURRY!
She turns back to Sully, opening his mouth and putting her lips to his. She breathes into his mouth once, then leans in and listens again.
MIKE
Breathe... Please, Sully...
She puts her lips to his and breathes again, her emotions overwhelming her.
MIKE
(panic increasing) Don't leave me... please don't leave me...
She breathes into his mouth again, then holds his wrist, checking for a pulse. It's faint... but it's there.
MIKE
Yes... Yes, you can do it...
She breathes again.
MIKE
Please, Sully... breathe!
She breathes again.
As she calls away, Sully moans softly -- the greatest sound Mike's ever heard.
MIKE
Sully!
She moves in close to him, pulling him to her, wrapping her arms around him to warm him.
SULLY
(barely audible) Michaela...
MIKE
I'm here. Just hold on. You can make it.
SULLY
(softer) Michaela...
MIKE
It's all right... You're going to be fine... (pulling him closer) I love you...
The tears come as Mike envelopes him in her protective embrace, shielding him against the cold, knowing their ordeal is far from over as we slowly:
FADE OUT.
END OF TEASER
ACT ONE
FADE IN:
EXT. SIXTH WOODS - A SHORT TIME LATER - DAY ONE
Matthew and Brian unfold a blanket and lay it over Sully, as Daniel constructs a makeshift firepit nearby. Mike digs through her saddlebags, quickly preparing an injection.
MATTHEW
What's that?
MIKE
A small dose of strychnine... to stimulate his heart.
As Mike administers the injection:
MIKE
He's severely dehydrated. It's crucial that we get as much water into him as possible. We'll also need to constantly monitor his breathing and pulse.
DANIEL
Fire's goin'.
MIKE
Good.
Brian stays close to Sully's face, listening to his breathing, as Mike moves over to examine his legs. She notices the bandage Sully fashioned for his right ankle and reacts, feeling the ankle with her fingers.
MIKE
This leg is broken as well... but not as severely as this one...
Mike turns her attention back to the leg with the compound fracture -- this is the one that clearly frightens her.
MIKE
I'm afraid the wound is infected...
MATTHEW
Looks pretty bad.
MIKE
(beat, difficult) It's beginning to turn gangrenous.
The others react to this with alarm.
DANIEL
He gonna lose the leg?
The look on Mike's face indicates this is a very real possibility. Everyone falls silent as she hesitates, weighing the options in her mind.
MIKE
No... No, I... I can try to cut away the dead tissue and cauterize the wound. If that prevents the infection from spreading further, there's a chance we might be able to save the leg.
Brian and Matthew react, visibly worried. Daniel sees this and speaks up:
DANIEL
It'll work. (to Mike) Sully's strong. If anyone can pull through this, he can.
Mike nods, wanting to believe this with all her might as she turns back to her saddlebag, taking out her scissors and carbolic acid.
EXT. GOLD NUGGET - DAY ONE
A disgruntled JAKE lifts a board into place across one of the windows of the Gold Nugget, and HANK begins hammering nails into it. The other window is already boarded up. They continue working as PRESTON and ANDREW walk past.
PRESTON
Very nice, gentlemen. I'm sure your guests will find this new motif quite... captivating.
JAKE
Don't see any customers rushin' out to your place.
PRESTON
On the contrary. I have a security force in place to ensure the safety of all my guests. (looks at windows, smiles) But boarding up the windows -- I hadn't thought of that.
Preston continues walking with Andrew toward the bank.
PRESTON
Their business is doomed.
ANDREW
I can't say I blame them for wanting to protect it, with all the trouble the town's been having with the Indians.
PRESTON
Don't worry, Andrew, the army will capture them.
ANDREW
I don't know how, when they keep hiding in the woods.
PRESTON
Yes, but very soon it will be difficult to hide in the woods, because there will no longer be any woods in which to hide.
Andrew gives him a look -- what?
PRESTON
Timber harvesting, Andrew. One of the doors leading to Colorado's bright future. And I'll be the one holding the key.
ANDREW
You?
PRESTON
I've placed a bid with the government for the reservation land. Soon it'll be home to one of the largest lumber mills this side of St. Louis.
Preston gives him a confident smile as he peels off into the bank. Andrew watches him go, until something else catches his eye:
COLLEEN
walking down the street (from the direction of the train station), holding KATIE. She's heading for the clinic, a troubled look on her face. Andrew joins her.
ANDREW
Colleen.
COLLEEN
Hey, Andrew.
ANDREW
(reading her look) They still haven't returned?
COLLEEN
Not yet.
Andrew sees that Colleen is troubled, and tries to bolster her:
ANDREW
I'm sure they'll be home any time now.
COLLEEN
(doubting, but trying not to show it) Yeah.
As they continue on toward the clinic:
EXT. SIXTH WOODS - DAY ONE
CLOSE ON MIKE'S HAND as she lays a cauterizing tool across a rock in the firepit, positioning it so that it sticks out over the flames. As it quickly heats up:
MIKE
turns her attention back to Sully, who's been "prepped" for the procedure -- the splint has been cut away, and the leg surrounding the wound has been cleaned.
Brian cradles Sully's head in his lap, as Daniel and Matthew situate themselves on either side, ready to assist. Mike takes a scalpel out of her saddlebag, then leans close to Sully, studying the wound. Sully moans softly, mumbling incoherently.
MATTHEW
Shouldn't you give 'im some chloroform?
MIKE
No... unfortunately, for this procedure, I'll need him as conscious as possible... (the painful reality) It's the only way to make sure I don't cut into the live tissue.
Everyone takes this in, realizing this is going to be excruciatingly painful for Sully.
MIKE
Are you ready?
Daniel and Matthew nod. Mike takes a deep breath, then steels herself and goes to work, carefully cutting away the dead tissue (about a two inch strip). Brian turns away, but Daniel and Matthew look on as Mike works, silently cutting... until:
Sully suddenly lurches in pain. Daniel and Matthew hold him down as Mike quickly retracts the scalpel. Sully settles a bit.
Mike too must settle herself. She gives Daniel and Matthew a look, then goes back to work, continuing to cut.
MIKE
Not much more...
Sully grimaces again, writhing in pain as Daniel and Matthew hold him down. After a long, arduous moment, Mike finishes cutting.
MIKE
That's it.
DANIEL
Thank God.
MIKE
It's not over. You'll still need to hold him while I cauterize the wound.
Matthew and Daniel exchange a grim look as Mike retrieves the red hot cauterizing tool from the fire. She moves back to Sully, gives Daniel and Matthew a final look.
MIKE
Ready?
They nod, holding Sully firmly. Mike has no time to further hesitate -- she quickly cauterizes the open wound. As Sully lurches with an agonizing scream:
INT. CLINIC - RECOVERY ROOM - NIGHT ONE
The room is quiet. It's getting late. Colleen sits beside the bassinet, where Katie has just fallen asleep. Andrew steps up to the open doorway and peers in.
ANDREW
I finished updating the patient charts for your mother.
COLLEEN
Thanks.
ANDREW
(beat) Will you be staying in town again tonight?
COLLEEN
Yeah. Safer here.
Andrew nods, thinks a moment... then makes a decision:
ANDREW
I'll stay here with you. (off her look) In the other recovery room, of course.
COLLEEN
You don't have to.
ANDREW
(coming in) I know. I just... I don't think you should be alone.
Colleen smiles -- she's actually relieved to have him here. He sits on the bed beside her.
COLLEEN
Thank you for helpin' me out around here.
ANDREW
My pleasure.
The two look at each other, swept up in the intimacy of the moment... and then suddenly becoming self-conscious of it. Colleen recovers, then stands and steps away, steering the conversation back into safer waters:
COLLEEN
Preston doesn't mind you not bein' at the Chateau?
ANDREW
Preston has other things on his mind right now. He's more interested in the reservation than my clinic.
COLLEEN
The reservation?
ANDREW
The government's selling off the land. Preston put in a sealed bid; he's hoping to build a lumber mill on it.
This thought saddens Colleen.
COLLEEN
He's gonna end up destroyin' everything.
She turns back to Katie, gently caressing her as she sleeps in peaceful oblivion...
EXT. SIXTH WOODS - NIGHT ONE
Mike sits awake, leaning against the log, gently caressing Sully, who sleeps in her lap. His leg has been redressed with a temporary splint made from sticks, and wrapped with muslin bandages. (Note: the splint should be arranged so that the wound Mike cauterized can be accessible without removing the splint.)
It's very late -- Daniel, Matthew and Brian (and Wolf) are also asleep. The fire has dwindled to a few glowing embers.
Mike readjusts the blanket that covers Sully, making sure he stays warm. She pauses a moment, blinking back her exhaustion. She looks tired, dirty and emotionally spent after a torturous day. But she forces herself to stay awake.
Sully stirs in his sleep, his dry lips pursing. Mike pours some water from the canteen onto her fingers, then lightly dabs them on his lips and in his mouth. He responds to it, and Mike pours more water, dripping it into his mouth.
Slowly his eyes open, meeting hers. Mike smiles down at him.
MIKE
(softly) Sleep. I'm here.
Sully slowly lifts his hand... and takes hold of hers. He pulls her hand to his chest, clinging to the warmth of her touch as he drifts back to sleep.
Mike, encouraged, continues to caress his hair as we slowly:
DISSOLVE TO:
EXT. STREAM (NEAR SIXTH WOODS) - DAY TWO
It's a few days later. Brian finishes refilling the canteen from the stream, then starts back over to:
EXT. SIXTH WOODS - CONTINUOUS - DAY TWO
where Mike is giving Sully an injection of morphine for the extreme pain he's suffering. Matthew and Daniel watch on expectantly as Mike finishes with the injection.
MIKE
That's the last of the morphine.
She begins carefully (and slowly) removing the dressing covering the cauterized wound. Sully's in and out of consciousness, still delirious from the fever and infection. Brian gives him some water from the canteen.
MIKE
He's still somewhat feverish... but not as high as yesterday.
Sully looks over at Daniel, mumbling:
SULLY
Daniel...
DANIEL
(leans in, smiles) Hey, Sully. Just rest easy now, you're gonna be fine.
SULLY
... Shoal...
MIKE
What?
MATTHEW
Sounded somethin' like "shoal."
SULLY
(barely audible)... Don't... move... I'll help you...
BRIAN
What's he talkin' about?
DANIEL
(beat) We were kids, crossin' Shoal Creek in Tennessee, bout twenty-five years ago. I was showin' off, slipped on a rock, broke my ankle. Sully got me to the nearest town.
SULLY
(a whisper)... Shoal...
MIKE
He's in a state of delirium. It's not uncommon with such a trauma, even after several days.
Mike inspects the wound, which is now sutured closed. The redness and swelling, although still evident, have gone down. A wave of relief washes over Mike's face.
MIKE
The swelling is subsiding. The infection seems to be abating.
DANIEL
Will he keep his leg?
MIKE
I think so.
Mike takes hold of Sully's wrist and checks his pulse.
MIKE
His pulse is slow, steady... getting stronger. I think it's safe to transport him home for proper treatment.
MATTHEW
Home?
MIKE
His leg needs to be placed in a fracture box, and I'm running out of medicines --
MATTHEW
But he's wanted for treason and murder.
MIKE
We'll have to be careful, keep him hidden.
DANIEL
He'll be safe. After all, the army thinks he's dead, so they won't be snoopin' around the homestead lookin' for him.
BRIAN
How we gonna get him back there?
DANIEL
We'll build a litter, carry him behind the horses. (to Sully, smiles) Just like you did for me at Shoal Creek.
Mike stays with Sully as Brian and Matthew follow Daniel off to start work on the litter.
INT. CLINIC - DAY TWO
Colleen finishes changing Katie's diaper on the examination table, then lifts her in her arms, trying to hide her sadness.
COLLEEN
What do you say we go to Grace's for some lunch?
She starts out of the clinic, opening the door to reveal Matthew and Brian, who were just about to come in. Colleen startles, then realizes who it is and reacts, elated:
COLLEEN
Matthew! Brian!
They quickly push her back inside the clinic and shut the door. They each hug Colleen, whose relief in seeing them is palpable.
BRIAN
Hey Colleen. (takes Katie from her) Hey Katie.
COLLEEN
Where's Ma?
MATTHEW
On her way in... (big smile) With Sully. He's alive.
Colleen literally screams with joy as she throws her arms around him. Matthew gently quiets
her.
MATTHEW
Shhh, we can't let on. We don't have much time. Dr. Mike sent Brian and me ahead to help you bring medical supplies out to the homestead. (takes out a list) She wrote out a list.
COLLEEN
Is Sully all right?
MATTHEW
We'll tell you everythin' on the way out to the homestead. Let's get those supplies, first.
COLLEEN
Sure.
Colleen consults the list as she quickly begins gathering up supplies.
EXT. WOODS AT EDGE OF TOWN - DAY TWO
DOROTHY and CLOUD DANCING ride up on horseback, stopping just inside the treeline. Cloud Dancing reacts with concern to the sight of army tents in the meadow.
DOROTHY
Army's taken over the whole town. (beat) I won't be long. I'll find Michaela, see if she's got any news about Sully.
Cloud Dancing nods, and Dorothy rides on into town.
EXT. CLINIC - MOMENTS LATER - DAY TWO
Dorothy rides up to the clinic and dismounts. As she ties off her horse:
HANK (O.S.)
Welcome home...
Dorothy turns to discover Hank over at the Gold Nugget, eyeing her suspiciously. A few feet away from him stand TWO SOLDIERS.
HANK
Where you been?
Dorothy finishes tying off her horse, trying not to let Hank rattle her.
DOROTHY
Denver.
HANK
Rode your horse all the way to Denver, did ya? (no response) Sure you ain't been out in the woods?
Dorothy says nothing. She steps up to the front door of the clinic.
HANK
Maybe you was visitin' an Injun friend?
The Soldiers hear this and exchange a look. Dorothy knocks on the clinic door. There's no answer.
HANK
Michaela's not there. Been gone for days.
Dorothy takes this in, then starts back to her horse. Hank watches her, his suspicion building as she unties her horse and mounts up.
HANK
Where to now, Dorothy? El Paso?
Dorothy says nothing as she rides off out of town. The Soldiers watch her go, then start off toward the meadow.
INT. HOMESTEAD - DAY TWO
The room is a flurry of activity: Brian (in the kitchen) pumps water into a bowl, as Matthew clears off the table and spreads a blanket across it. Colleen lays a fracture box (it's like a wooden cast that completely encloses the leg from the knee down) on the table, then unloads rolls of bandages and bottles of medicines from a small crate. Katie watches all this from the comfort of her high chair.
COLLEEN
When d'you suppose they'll get here?
MATTHEW
Should be any time now. They're bringin' Sully in on a litter, they couldn't travel very --
Matthew stops short as a KNOCK is heard at the door.
BRIAN
It's them!
Brian leads the way to the door, opening it to reveal MCKAY and the two Soldiers from the previous scene. The kids, joyful expressions drop when they see him -- something of which McKay takes note.
MCKAY
Your ma home?
MATTHEW
No. She's still out lookin' for Sully.
MCKAY
There's word in town that Cloud Dancin' might be back in the area. You know anythin' bout that?
MATTHEW
No.
It's now that McKay notices the medical supplies on the table.
MCKAY
What's all that?
MATTHEW
Supplies, just come in for Dr. Mike.
McKay's still suspicious. He turns to the Soldiers.
MCKAY
Search the house.
The Soldiers start into the house. Matthew tries to block them.
MATTHEW
You can't come in here.
MCKAY
(reminding him) We're in a state of Martial Law. I can do whatever I have to do.
Matthew quiets, his anger boiling as he steps aside, letting the Soldiers in.
EXT. ROAD LEADING TO HOMESTEAD - SAME TIME - DAY TWO
Daniel, on horseback, rides along the road, scouting to see if the way is safe. He suddenly reins to a stop when he sees:
HIS POV
of the soldiers, horses in front of the homestead.
BACK TO DANIEL
as he turns his horse around and rides back a short ways, where Mike is leading FLASH, who pulls Sully behind on a litter. Wolf walks alongside. Daniel breaks the bad news to Mike:
DANIEL
Hold up. Got soldiers at the homestead.
Off Mike's reaction:
AT THE HOMESTEAD
McKay and his Soldiers come out of the homestead, followed by Matthew, Colleen (now holding Katie), and Brian.
MCKAY
I'll come back when your Ma gets home. Tell her not to leave again 'til I talk to her.
He and his men mount up and ride off. As soon as they're far enough away, Colleen glances off down the other road and reacts to what she sees:
COLLEEN
Ma!
The kids start off down the road to where:
MIKE AND DANIEL
have once again started toward the homestead.
Colleen hands Katie to Mike, who envelopes her in a warm hug and kiss.
MIKE
(to Matthew) What was Sergeant McKay doing out here?
MATTHEW
There's word in town that Cloud Dancin's back.
Mike reacts to this with surprise. Colleen rushes to Sully.
COLLEEN
Sully!
Sully, still weak and groggy and in a great amount of pain, opens his eyes, looking up at Colleen.
SULLY
Hey, Colleen...
COLLEEN
How you feelin'?
SULLY
Never better.
Matthew pulls Mike and Daniel aside for a private talk.
MATTHEW
Dr. Mike... I don't think we should be bringin' him to the homestead. McKay just barged right in, searched the house. Said he's comin' back.
Mike nods, realizing that the army threat is still evident.
DANIEL
We'll just have to find a spot in the woods near town. Someplace sheltered.
Mike turns to Colleen and Brian.
MIKE
Colleen, Brian, will you stay with Katie at the homestead?
COLLEEN
Sure.
MATTHEW
I'll get the medical supplies.
Matthew runs back to the house, as Mike steps over and crouches beside Sully, breaking the
news to him:
MIKE
There's been a change in plans. We're taking you back into the woods.
Sully looks up at her, nods.
SULLY
Safer...
He looks at Katie, managing a smile. He lifts his hand, gently stroking Katie's hair.
SULLY
... for all of us...
Mike nods, trying to keep up her strong facade as we:
FADE OUT.
END OF ACT ONE
ACT TWO
FADE IN:
EXT. CAVE IN WOODS - DAY TWO
Matthew unloads supplies of food and water from the horses. Nearby, the litter has been covered with branches to hide it. Matthew takes the supplies and goes into a narrow cave shrouded by bushes and trees.
INT. CAVE - CONTINUOUS - DAY TWO
Inside, Sully sits up on a makeshift bed of blankets, leaning against the wall of the cave as Mike finishes wrapping his leg (the one without the compound fracture) in a simple splint. Daniel lights a few lanterns. Wolf is here. As Matthew sets the food supplies down:
MATTHEW
That's the rest of the food.
DANIEL
(to Sully) Should be safe in here... (smiles)... long as no bears decide to move in.
SULLY
(smiles through his pain) Just play your harmonica... scare 'em away.
DANIEL
Hey, I've been practicin'. Gettin' better.
Mike begins cutting away the temporary splint on the leg with the compound fracture.
MATTHEW
There's a small waterfall nearby. We can draw fresh water from it.
Mike finishes removing the splint and begins examining the cauterized wound.
MIKE
Your wound looks much better. Now all we need to worry about is properly mending the bone.
She takes the fracture box and opens it.
MIKE
Daniel, will you please bring over the sack of oat bran?
Daniel brings over the sack, which Mike cuts open with her scissors. She grabs a handful of bran and lays it inside the box, creating a soft "cushion" for Sully's leg. She looks back at Sully.
MIKE
I'm going to place your leg in the fracture box now.
Sully nods, bracing himself -- he knows this is going to hurt. Mike gently lifts his leg and lays it inside the box. Sully grimaces during the process, then settles as Mike closes the box around his leg. She then begins filling the box with bran.
DANIEL
What're you doin'?
MIKE
We fill the box with bran, to support the leg and absorb any additional drainage from the wound. We'll replenish it as needed.
Mike continues to pour more bran into the box, packing it firmly around Sully's leg.
EXT. CAVE - LATER - DAY TWO
The horses are near, ready to ride, as Mike comes out of the cave and joins Daniel and Matthew.
MIKE
He's resting.
MATTHEW
What do we do now?
MIKE
(difficult) I think it's best that we continue keeping this a secret.
Matthew reacts -- he knows this is going to be difficult.
DANIEL
She's right. Sully's a fugitive. The fewer people who know his whereabouts, the better for everyone.
MIKE
It's just until we figure out a way to clear Sully's name.
MATTHEW
What if we can't clear his name?
Mike quiets a moment, not wanting to think about this very real possibility. She forces herself to maintain hope:
MIKE
We will.
EXT. TOWN - DAY THREE
Mike walks down the street (from the direction of the train station), on her way to the General Store. She pauses a moment when something catches her eye:
HER POV
of a "Wanted" poster hanging from a post in front of the Barber Shop. Sully's picture is featured prominently on it, wanted for murder and treason.
BACK TO MIKE
as she continues on over to the store, where LOREN unloads goods from a wagon for eager customers. The wagon DRIVER is up on the wagon, helping Loren.
LOREN
Hold on, now. Let me get this stuff on the shelf first...
Among the customers is GRACE. Both she and Loren are happy to see Mike.
GRACE
Dr. Mike! when'd you get back in town?
The weight of Mike's secret is heavy -- she tries not to show it.
MIKE
Last night.
Her hesitancy troubles Grace and Loren, although they, like Mike, try not to show it. Loren turns to the wagon Driver:
LOREN
(re: the supplies) Watch this stuff.
He steps over to Mike.
LOREN
Still no luck?
MIKE
No. (another beat) Have either of you seen Dorothy?
GRACE
No.
LOREN
Hank said he saw her ride into town yesterday, then ride back out again. Actin' strange.
Mike nods, lost in thought. Grace and Loren exchange a quiet look, both feeling sorry for her. Grace turns back to her, proceeding delicately:
GRACE
You gonna go back out lookin' for Sully?
MIKE
(another beat) Yes. Yes, I am. I'm not giving up.
MCKAY (O.S.)
Dr. Quinn!
Mike turns to see McKay approaching on horseback.
MCKAY
I need to talk to you.
Mike's uneasiness turns to anger as he climbs down from his horse.
MIKE
My children told me about your visit to the house.
MCKAY
I had reason to believe Cloud Dancin' --
MIKE
(cutting him off) I know nothing about Cloud Dancing, and I'd appreciate you not barging into my home.
MCKAY
I don't need your permission --
MIKE
And I don't need you frightening my children!
This quiets him. Mike settles a bit, but her anger is still burning.
MIKE
I thought you were above that.
She starts off, walking past him on her way to the clinic.
INT. CAVE - DAY THREE
Sully, stronger and more lucid now, holds Katie, savoring the feel of her in his arms. Katie grabs hold of his beads and plays with them as Mike examines Sully's leg. Wolf is nearby.
MIKE
Four days and no sign of infection. (smiles) How do you feel? Do you need some laudanum?
SULLY
No. Pain's not so bad today.
Mike takes out her stethoscope and begins listening to his heart.
SULLY
When did Daniel come back?
MIKE
Right away. He read about you in the papers, and came out to help look for you.
SULLY
(beat, no jealousy) He's a good friend.
Mike nods her agreement.
SULLY
Who else knows about me?
MIKE
No one. We're keeping the fact that we've found you a secret.
She puts the stethoscope away and looks at him, breaking the news to him:
MIKE
There's a reward out for your capture. You're wanted for treason and murder.
SULLY
Murder?
MIKE
Sergeant O'Connor. We found him dead at the bottom of the cliff.
Sully absorbs this in dark silence.
MIKE
Sully... what happened out there?
SULLY
(trying to recall) Don't remember much. We were fightin'... up on the cliff... next thing I know, I'm pullin' myself outta the river, tryin' to stay alive.
Sully quiets again, then looks at her.
SULLY
How's Matthew handlin' me bein' a fugitive?
MIKE
He's no longer Sheriff. He quit. (off Sully's look) He wanted to help find you. We weren't having any luck, we were starting to think...
Mike stops short, her emotions slipping.
MIKE
I thought I'd lost you.
Sully puts his arm around her, comforting her. They kiss, then look down at Katie, who still has a hold of Sully's beads.
SULLY
Here, Katie...
He takes off the beads and hands them to her. Katie clutches the beads happily, looking up at Sully.
KATIE
Pa.
This hits Sully hard. His eyes well with tears as he pulls Katie close to him, not letting go.
EXT. CLINIC - DAY FOUR
Mike comes out of the clinic. As she starts toward the store:
DOROTHY (O.S.)
Michaela!
She turns to see Dorothy hurrying over from the Gazette.
MIKE
Dorothy, I've been looking all over for --
That's all she can get out before Dorothy grabs her hand and drags her back into:
INT. CLINIC - CONTINUOUS - DAY FOUR
where she quickly shuts the door and turns to Mike.
DOROTHY
Have you had any luck findin' Sully?
Mike freezes -- Should she tell her? After a beat:
MIKE
Is it true that Cloud Dancing is back?
DOROTHY
Yes. He's hidin' out in the woods. When he heard about Sully, he rode back with me to help us look for him.
At first, Dorothy misreads Mike's troubled reaction for bad news.
DOROTHY
Oh, Michaela, is Sully... (difficult)... dead?
Mike looks at her, saying nothing. But Dorothy knows her friend, and can read the look in her eyes -- this is not how Mike would be acting if Sully were dead.
DOROTHY
(realizing) He's alive. You found him, didn't you?
Mike realizes she won't be able to keep the secret from Dorothy and Cloud Dancing. She nods quietly, confirming this. As Dorothy hugs her in relief and joy:
INT. CAVE - DAY FOUR
Daniel plays his harmonica (quite well) as Sully sips from the canteen. Daniel stops playing, smiles.
DANIEL
See? Told ya I been practicin'.
Sully smiles, then gets serious.
SULLY
Daniel... thank you.
The two share a look -- an unspoken understanding that all is forgiven. The moment is broken as Mike enters the cave.
MIKE
(to Sully) There's someone here to see you.
Mike moves aside, and in steps Cloud Dancing, with Dorothy behind him. Sully reacts, thrilled that Cloud Dancing is alive, but then concerned that he's come back.
SULLY
What're you doin' here?
CLOUD DANCING
I wanted to make sure you were safe.
Cloud Dancing greets him, followed by Dorothy.
DOROTHY
Good to have you back, Sully.
Cloud Dancing notices Daniel.
SULLY
Daniel, I want you to meet Cloud Dancin'.
Daniel shakes his hand, smiling warmly.
CLOUD DANCING
Hello, Daniel.
DANIEL
Sully's told me so much about you. It's an honor to finally meet you.
CLOUD DANCING
The honor is mine. I only wish we could meet in better times.
Daniel agrees with a nod.
SULLY
(to Cloud Dancing) You shouldn'ta come back. It's too dangerous. The army's still roundin' up Indians.
CLOUD DANCING
(nods) Dorothy told me there have been many raids on the town.
DOROTHY
It's becomin' a war.
CLOUD DANCING
I must do what I can to stop it.
SULLY
I just don't wanna see you sent back to the reservation.
DANIEL
I heard the reservation's closed.
Sully and Cloud Dancing react to this, surprised.
MIKE
Colleen told me the government's selling off the land. Preston's already placed a bid to buy it.
DOROTHY
They're sendin' the captured Indians to East Fork.
Cloud Dancing turns back to Sully, sharing a grim look.
EXT. CLINIC - DAY FIVE
Mike, dressed for riding, finishes strapping on her saddlebags. Wolf is with her. She climbs up on Flash and rides off out of town as:
DOWN THE STREET AT THE GENERAL STORE
Grace, ROBERT E, the REVEREND and Loren watch her go.
ROBERT E
There she goes again.
LOREN
How long's she gonna keep lookin' for him?
GRACE
Doesn't wanna give up hope.
REVEREND
No one does.
The others exchange a look that reveals their growing pessimism. Grace shakes her head sadly and starts away.
INT. CAVE - DAY FIVE
Mike brings over a large bowl of water and sets it down beside Sully, who lays back on the blanket.
SULLY
(re: the fracture box) How long do I have to wear this thing?
MIKE
About four more weeks. We need to make sure the bone is completely mended.
Sully watches her as she unbuttons his shirt and carefully slides it off him, examining his bare chest and arms.
MIKE
Your cuts are healing nicely.
SULLY
Got a good doctor.
Mike smiles, then takes a sponge from the water and begins bathing him, moving the sponge delicately across his chest. Her eyes never leave his as she dips the sponge in the water again and dabs his face and neck. During this, MUSIC STARTS, and we begin:
MONTAGE SEQUENCE (During which a month passes.)
EXT. CAVE - DAY SIX
Sully sits against a tree as Mike hands him a plate of food. He begins eating, pausing a moment to flip a piece of a biscuit to Wolf, who happily gobbles it up. Off Mike's smile:
INT. CAVE - NIGHT SIX
Sully lies back on the bed, listening as Brian reads to him from a book.
EXT. CAVE - DAY SEVEN
Sully, once again leaning against the tree, spreads his arms to catch Katie, who walks toward him from Colleen. As he scoops her up in his arms:
EXT. CAVE - DAY EIGHT
Mike finishes unwrapping the splint from Sully's leg (the one without the compound fracture). Matthew and Cloud Dancing help him to his feet to test the leg, which is stiff, but healed.
EXT. CAVE - DAY EIGHT
Sully sits on a fallen log, working to regain his strength. He holds a heavy rock in each hand, hoisting them repeatedly over his head. He finishes and dumps the rocks on the ground, then looks over and sees:
Daniel, carrying a large boulder into view. He gestures to it as if to say -- Ready to try this one? Sully just shoots him a look -- Yeah, right.
INT. CAVE - DAY NINE
Mike opens the fracture box and examines Sully's leg. The wound is healed, and the leg appears strong. Mike looks up at him and nods, pleased.
EXT. CAVE - DAY NINE
With the fracture box now removed, Sully, with his arm draped across Daniel's shoulder for support, takes his first, very stiff steps. it's a slow and difficult ordeal. Mike stays close to him, carefully guiding him.
EXT. WATERFALL POOL - DAY TEN
Sully sits halfway in the water with his leg stretched out over the rocks. His eyes are glued to Mike as she massages his leg. After a moment, he slides himself fully into the pool, pulling her in with him. She laughs, then settles as she looks into his eyes and draws close to him. They kiss, their arms enveloping each other as their passion increases.
END MONTAGE
EXT. CAVE - DAY TEN
Mike helps Sully (using a walking stick) back to the cave area, where he sits, breathing a heavy sigh of relief.
MIKE
Each day you'll exercise your legs a little more. Soon you'll be as good as new.
Sully nods, looking at her -- something's been on his mind... something that troubles him.
SULLY
Michaela... I'm sorry I got you into this...
MIKE
It's all right. You did what you had to do.
Sully nods, growing quiet for a moment.
SULLY
I been doin' a lot of thinkin'. (difficult) And now that my legs are healed, I think it's time I turned myself in to the army.
This stuns Mike.
MIKE
What?
SULLY
We can't keep goin' like this. It's too dangerous for you, the kids --
MIKE
It's only temporary.
SULLY
You're harborin' a fugitive. That's a crime. If the army finds out --
MIKE
They won't --
SULLY
I don't wanna take that chance.
MIKE
I do.
This quiets him.
MIKE
I've thought a lot about this as well. As long as you remain hidden, I can work to clear your name.
SULLY
How?
MIKE
I don't know, yet. It won't be easy, but we have to try.
Sully looks at her a long moment, sees her mind is set.
SULLY
All right. But only for a little while. If it don't work out, I'm turnin' myself in.
She nods. After a quiet beat, Sully smiles.
SULLY
Sounds funny, you wantin' to break the law.
MIKE
It's not that I want to break the law... (beat) Sully... I love you. All I want is for us to be together... (her determination solidifying) And I'll do whatever it takes to make that happen.
Moved by this, Sully pulls her to him and kisses her, her conviction giving him the strength to keep going as we:
FADE OUT.
END OF ACT TWO
ACT THREE
FADE IN:
EXT. GENERAL STORE - DAY ELEVEN
A group of Townsfolk, including Loren, Grace, Robert E, the Reverend, Jake, Hank and Andrew are gathered in front of the store, speaking quietly to each other, visibly concerned. Jake looks over, sees the person about whom they're talking:
JAKE
Speak of the devil...
ANGLE ON MIKE
riding into town, Wolf trotting beside her. She rides up to the clinic, where Brian steps out to greet her. As she begins unhitching her saddlebags:
THE TOWNSFOLK
exchange a conspiratorial look.
LOREN
Well... no time like the present. (to Grace) Go talk to her.
GRACE
Me?
LOREN
I'll say the wrong thing, jumble it up. Go on, we'll be right behind you.
Grace looks to the others, who nod their agreement. Finally, she nods and leads them over to the clinic.
GRACE
Dr. Mike!
Mike and Brian, who were just about to go inside, stop and turn to face Grace and the Townsfolk. Mike sees the concerned looks on their faces and tries to hide her uneasiness.
MIKE
Yes?
GRACE
Dr. Mike, we were just... (beat, comes clean) We're worried about you.
Loren sees the troubled look on Brian's face, and his heart aches for him. Mike also sees this, and turns to Brian, handing the saddlebags.
MIKE
Brian, will you take these inside for me.
BRIAN
Sure.
He goes in. Grace waits for the door to shut before continuing to Mike:
GRACE
It's been six weeks since Sully disappeared. How much longer you gonna keep lookin'?
Mike turns to the others, realizing they've all given up hope for Sully. Robert E steps forward, picking up the ball:
ROBERT E
He woulda turned up by now, Dr. Mike.
DOROTHY (O.S.)
He's right.
Mike turns to see Dorothy stepping over from the Gazette, her eyes locked on Mike's.
DOROTHY
I know it's hard, Michaela, but... maybe we have to... face the truth.
Mike holds Dorothy's look a moment longer, then turns back to the others, feeling the weight of their sympathetic stares. Mike looks beyond them, to McKay and a few Soldiers, watching her from in front of the Gold Nugget.
Off Mike's troubled expression:
EXT. CAVE - DAY ELEVEN
Sully (who is exercising his leg) reacts with surprise to what Mike just suggested to him.
SULLY
Dead?
MIKE
It'll be safer for all of us. Our friends think I'm still searching for you. They're worried about me... starting to question my sanity. If I call off the search, they'll stop watching my every move. The army will, too. (beat) I'll then try to clear your name posthumously.
Sully quiets a moment, pondering the ramifications of this.
SULLY
This hasn't been easy for you... or the kids.
MIKE
No. But if it means saving your life...
Sully shakes his head at this -- he can't help but smile at the irony:
SULLY
Then I guess I'll have to be dead.
INT. HOMESTEAD - NIGHT ELEVEN
Mike sits with Matthew, Colleen, Brian and Katie (in her high chair), eating dinner. Wolf lies nearby.
BRIAN
I can't tell anyone? Not even Mr. Bray?
COLLEEN
Or the Reverend?
MATTHEW
What about Robert E and Grace?
Mike hesitates -- this is very difficult for her.
MIKE
No one. It's for their own protection.
The kids fall silent, thinking about this.
MIKE
But if you don't want to do this, I'll understand. We can figure out --
MATTHEW
No. (to the others) We'll keep quiet.
Colleen and Brian nod their heads in agreement. It's settled. But it still doesn't make it any easier for Mike.
INT. MIKE AND SULLY'S BEDROOM - NIGHT ELEVEN
Mike, carrying a lamp, steps into the room and stops, staring sadly down at the empty bed, feeling more alone than ever, as we slowly:
DISSOLVE TO:
INT. GENERAL STORE - DAY TWELVE
Loren and Preston are engaged in conversation, as nearby, Grace and Robert E are shopping, and the Reverend sits behind the counter.
LOREN
A spur line?
PRESTON
Off the main track, into the reservation land. I'll need to transport my timber by rail, seeing as the local waterway won't suffice.
GRACE
How much of the land are you plannin' on clearin'?
PRESTON
(stupid question) All of it. (off their reactions) It'll make way for future developments.
ROBERT E
Like what?
PRESTON
Homes, businesses, you name it. There's no limit to how much this town can grow --
Preston suddenly stops short as a very somber Mike enters, dressed in black. She pauses a moment, then steps over and take a few food items -- salt, maybe a tin of beans -- from the shelf. Loren whispers to the Reverend, filling him in, as Mike steps back to the counter and pays him.
The sad, pained looks on her friends' faces are difficult for Mike to bear. without saying a word, she quietly turns and goes out, leaving a solemn silence in her wake.
EXT. GENERAL STORE - CONTINUOUS - DAY TWELVE
Mike starts toward the clinic, drawing sympathetic looks from people in the street. As she nears the clinic, a voice behind her stops her:
REVEREND (O.S.)
Dr. Mike...
Mike turns to see the Reverend approaching her. She steps toward him, meeting him in the street.
MIKE
Yes, Reverend?
The Reverend hesitates -- this is not easy for him.
REVEREND
I was wonderin'... maybe you'd like to have a service for Sully. A memorial.
Mike absorbs this in silence. If she's going to pretend Sully's dead, it'll have to be all the way...
MIKE
Yes. I suppose we should.
REVEREND
I'll make the arrangements.
MIKE
Thank you.
She continues on into the clinic.
EXT. WOODS NEAR RESERVATION - DAY TWELVE
Daniel and Cloud Dancing walk with Sully through the woods, helping him with the rehabilitation of his legs. Sully moves slowly (using a walking stick), still stiff and very sore, but looking much better than the last time we saw him.
CLOUD DANCING
I have spoken with some of the Dog Soldiers. There are several war parties scattered in the hills, with warriors from many tribes among them. But there is one leader who is making the decisions. His name is Black Moon.
SULLY
Will he talk to you?
CLOUD DANCING
Not yet. But I am hoping to meet with him soon. First they must come to trust me.
They continue on, heading toward:
THE TOP OF A HILL
where something nearby has caught Sully's attention:
THE RESERVATION
or rather, what's left of it. There's not much remaining to indicate its presence.
BACK TO SULLY, DANIEL AND CLOUD DANCING
as Daniel and Cloud Dancing turn to look.
DANIEL
What is it?
SULLY
Reservation.
Daniel looks out at the land, then up at the trees that surround the land.
DANIEL
I heard folks say Preston was gonna clear the land, harvest the timber...
Sully and Cloud Dancing exchange a sad look -- this is going from bad to worse.
CLOUD DANCING
The Dog Soldiers will not like this.
SULLY
Soon as this land is his, Preston can do whatever he wants to it.
Sully casts one last look at the reservation...
SULLY
Nothin' we can do about it.
... then continues walking back into the woods. Cloud Dancing follows, but Daniel hangs back a moment, staring out at the reservation, deep in thought.
EXT. WOODS NEAR STREAM - MOMENTS LATER - DAY TWELVE
Sully walks along slowly, with Cloud Dancing right behind him. Daniel catches up with them just as familiar VOICES down by the stream get Sully's attention.
BRIAN (O.S.)
What'd ya wanna show me?
LOREN (O.S.)
This is it, ain't it? Your favorite fishin' spot?
BRIAN (O.S.)
Yeah.
Cloud Dancing and Daniel follow Sully as he steps quietly to the edge of some brush, where he peers through to discover:
LOREN AND BRIAN
standing at the edge of the stream. Brian looks very uncomfortable -- keeping the secret from Loren is difficult for him. Loren looks around, surveying the area, fighting back a deep sadness that is slowly overpowering him.
LOREN
(looks at Brian) You used to come out here with Sully, didn'tcha?
Brian nods. Loren steps close to him, his voice soft, consoling.
LOREN
Listen, Brian... I just want you to know... if you ever need somebody to go fishin' with you, I'd be glad to.
Brian nods again, his heart breaking for Loren, who's clearly struggling with his emotions,
LOREN
Sully was a good father to you... and a good husband to your ma...
CLOSE ON SULLY
listening to this in agonizing silence.
BACK TO LOREN
LOREN
(after a beat) We had our differences, I know, but... (emotions slipping) I always looked on him like the son I never had. And I wish to God I'd done better by him while he was here --
Brian can't listen anymore. He hugs Loren, quieting him, hanging on tight as the tears come to both their eyes.
ON SULLY
tortured by this. He starts to step forward to reveal himself, but Daniel touches his shoulder. He stops, turns to him. Daniel leads him a short distance away, where he speaks to Sully, his whispered voice filled with compassion.
DANIEL
(reminding him) It's safer for Loren if he doesn't know.
Sully turns to Cloud Dancing, who nods his agreement. Sully looks back in the direction of Brian and Loren, still torn. Finally, he pushes past Daniel and Cloud Dancing, heading off into the woods in the other direction, his frustration and helplessness increasing.
DISSOLVE TO:
EXT. MEADOW - DAY THIRTEEN
It's the morning of Sully's memorial service. A small stage adorned with colorful wildflowers has been set up (away from the army tents), along with a podium and rows of chairs. The effect is pastoral, almost dreamlike.
The Reverend stands near the stage with Loren, Jake and Hank. A few other Townsfolk are starting to gather as well. The mood is quiet and somber.
JAKE
Never seen Dr. Mike so sad.
LOREN
(heartfelt) It ain't easy, losin' the one you love.
ON THE ROAD AT THE EDGE OF THE MEADOW
McKay stands, with a few Soldiers nearby. He watches the crowd gathering, respecting their grief. After a moment he turns away, starting into the cafe, but pauses when he sees:
COLLEEN AND BRIAN
standing in the alley between the Gazette and the clinic. They're dressed for the service, talking quietly to each other, unaware that they're being watched.
BACK TO MCKAY
who feels sad for them. He starts over to offer his condolences, but suddenly stops when he sees:
CLOSER - BRIAN AND COLLEEN
as Colleen says something to Brian, and he laughs. It's not a big laugh, or loud, but it's enough to pique McKay's suspicion.
Grace comes around the corner from the clinic, and Brian quickly stops laughing, becoming somber and withdrawn.
GRACE
Your ma said to go on ahead. She'll be along directly.
As Grace leads the two off:
MCKAY
digests what he's just witnessed. He moves ahead into the alley, peering around the corner toward the clinic to see:
MIKE AND DOROTHY
stepping out of the clinic, talking quietly to each other. Mike (holding Katie) glances around to see if anyone is watching (she doesn't see McKay), then leans in close and whispers something in Dorothy's ear.
ON MCKAY
seeing this, his suspicions growing. He quickly ducks back around the corner as Mike and Dorothy pass by, on their way to the meadow. McKay thinks a moment, then heads off up the street in the other direction.
EXT. MEADOW - MOMENTS LATER - DAY THIRTEEN
Mike, still holding Katie, sits in the front row beside Matthew, Colleen, Brian and Daniel (with Wolf nearby), as the rest of the Townsfolk (which now includes Dorothy, Robert E, Grace and Andrew) sit behind them. The Reverend steps up to the podium and speaks.
REVEREND
This is indeed a mournful day. A time when we gather to say good-bye to a very dear friend. But we also gather to celebrate his life, and his remarkable spirit...
EXT. HOMESTEAD - DAY THIRTEEN
McKay rides up on his horse and dismounts. He ties off the horse and climbs the front steps, hesitating a brief moment, glancing around. He then opens the door and goes in.
EXT. MEADOW - DAY THIRTEEN - CLOSE ON MIKE
as she sits, stoically listening to the Reverend's eulogy:
REVEREND (O.S.)
Sully was a man of quiet dignity, honesty and loyalty. We should all strive to protect his memory... and keep him alive in our hearts...
INT. HOMESTEAD - DAY THIRTEEN
McKay comes downstairs, frustrated at not having found any clues. He casts a last look around the room before starting out. As he gets to the door, something catches his eye.
He steps over to Katie's cradle and reaches in, picking up Sully's beads. He stares at them, his suspicion rekindled as we:
CUT TO:
EXT. CLINIC - DAY THIRTEEN
McKay holds out Sully's beads for a startled Mike who stands with Daniel, Matthew, Colleen and Brian after the memorial service (Mike is holding Katie).
MCKAY
Last time I saw these beads was around your husband's neck durin' the Indian revolt.
Mike struggles to hide her concern, which only confirms McKay's suspicion.
MIKE
Where did you get those?
MCKAY
He's alive, isn't he?
MIKE
Sully has other beads --
MCKAY
(cutting her off) You know where he is.
MIKE
That's ridiculous --
MCKAY
Is it? (not angry, just the facts) I seen you whisperin' secrets to Mrs. Jennings... I seen your children, smilin' and laughin' on the mornin' of their father's memorial... (beat) I don't have to remind you that harborin' a fugitive is a serious offense..
Mike tries not to wilt under the pressure, She looks over sees determined looks on the kids, faces. This gives her the strength to turn back to McKay and face him.
MIKE
I don't know what you're talking about, Sergeant. (then, with conviction) My husband is dead.
And with that, she leads Daniel and the family off around the corner.
FADE OUT.
END OF ACT THREE
ACT FOUR
FADE IN:
INT. HOMESTEAD - MORNING - DAY FOURTEEN
Colleen is cooking breakfast (with Wolf nearby), and Matthew and Brian are setting the table as Mike comes downstairs, holding Katie. The mood is subdued, quiet.
MIKE
Good morning.
COLLEEN
Mornin' Ma. Breakfast is almost ready.
Mike steps over, gives Katie a kiss, but then pauses when something outside the window catches her eye:
HER POV - THROUGH WINDOW
of two Soldiers, posted down the road just past the bridge, keeping an eye on the house.
BACK TO MIKE
as Matthew steps up beside her, also looking out.
MATTHEW
They been there all night.
MIKE
We're going to have to be even more careful now. (to everyone) Perhaps you should hold off on going out to the cave for a while.
The kids nod, looking nervous, but still ready to meet the challenge.
EXT. GAZETTE - DAY FOURTEEN
Mike walks with Dorothy toward the Gazette, lowering their voices so people won't hear.
DOROTHY
They been watchin' me, too. Everywhere I go.
MIKE
Have you been out to see Cloud Dancing?
DOROTHY
Not for awhile. He's been busy tryin' to talk to the renegades. I was hopin' to see him today, but now...
She shakes her head, quieting. As they arrive at the Gazette, Dorothy looks at Mike, deciding to tell her what's been heavy on her mind for weeks now:
DOROTHY
We kissed. Cloud Dancin' and me.
Mike reacts, surprised. She studies Dorothy's expression, and sees that something about this is troubling her.
MIKE
Are you not happy about that?
Dorothy turns to her, trying to sort through her feelings.
DOROTHY
'Course I am. I'm just... I don't know... (beat) I'm scared, I guess...
Mike nods, understanding. The moment is interrupted by the sudden arrival of Preston:
PRESTON
Dorothy. Listen, I don't have much time. The official word is about to be given regarding the sale of the reservation, and I want you to get a jump on a banner headline announcing my purchase of the land.
DOROTHY
(less than motivated) Oh, uh... I'm not sure... When do you need it?
PRESTON
As soon as possible. I'm expecting the announcement by telegram any moment now.
DOROTHY
That's a lotta work --
PRESTON
Yes, well, if you can do it in time, I might re-consider calling in your loan.
Dorothy looks at him, coming to a realization:
DOROTHY
No.
Preston reacts -- Did she say what he thought she said?
PRESTON
No?
DOROTHY
You were right to call in my loan. We shoulda never gone into business together in the first place. You're better off takin' over the paper yourself.
PRESTON
What?
DOROTHY
You can hire people to run the press, put out the paper --
PRESTON
I don't have time for that. (thinks fast) Look, fine, I won't call in the loan, all right? We'll just keep things as they are, running nice and smooth.
DOROTHY
(still hesitant) I don't know... Maybe it ain't worth it...
PRESTON
Dorothy, be reasonable.
MIKE
Perhaps if you cut the interest rate on her loan, she might be persuaded.
Dorothy gives Mike a look -- That's not a bad idea. Preston also shoots Mike a look -- Stay out of this. But then he turns back to Dorothy, sees her eyebrows raising and concedes with frustration:
PRESTON
All right. I'll cut the interest rate three points. Will you please put out the paper?
Dorothy looks at Mike, satisfied by this. She then turns back to Preston.
DOROTHY
I'll get to it as soon as possible.
Preston nods, relieved that he doesn't have to take on the burden of running the Gazette, but not happy about the new deal. He walks off as Mike and Dorothy share a smile.
EXT. SHERIFF'S OFFICE - DAY FOURTEEN
McKay and four Soldiers study a map of the region, laying out their plan.
MCKAY
I want all these areas outside of town searched again. Sully's prob'ly hidin' somewhere close by.
ANGLE ON LIVERY
where Robert E and Daniel overhear this.
ROBERT E
Sully's alive?
DANIEL
(feigning ignorance) That can't be.
He inches closer, inconspicuously getting a better look at McKay's map, as McKay continues with his instructions:
MCKAY
We'll start with the southern quadrants. (to respective Soldiers) I want your team to search here, out by the reservation. You take the valley along this stream, past the waterfall...
Daniel reacts to this with concern, but quickly covers before Robert E can see it.
MCKAY
You ride out here, up to this ridge. And you look over in this area. Be on guard -- he's prob'ly armed.
Robert E shakes his head sadly as McKay and the Soldiers mount up and start out of town.
ROBERT E
Just wastin' their time.
DANIEL
Yeah... (then) I'll see ya.
Daniel starts off, his expression becoming increasingly worried as he rounds the corner and heads for:
THE CLINIC
where Mike is just stepping out the front door. Daniel intercepts her.
DANIEL
Michaela...
MIKE
What is it?
Daniel glances over, sees two Soldiers standing by the Gold Nugget, keeping an eye on Mike. Daniel steps in front of Mike, to shield her from the Soldiers' view, and lowers his voice.
DANIEL
Sergeant McKay and his soldiers are goin' out to start lookin' for Sully again.
MIKE
I assumed they would.
DANIEL
I saw the map they were lookin' at. One of the areas they're gonna check is right where the cave is.
MIKE
(concern rising) That close to town? I thought they'd go further into the hills, resume the search where they left off.
PRESTON (O.S.)
(furious) Daniel!
Mike and Daniel turn to see a furious Preston storming over, holding a telegram in his hands. The commotion draws the attention of several bystanders, including the Soldiers.
PRESTON
What is the meaning of this? (reads telegram) "... winning bid going to Daniel Simon."
DANIEL
(smiles) Really?
MIKE
(stunned) What?
Daniel takes the telegram.
DANIEL
They accepted my bid for the reservation land.
MIKE
(to Daniel) When did you place a bid for the reservation?
PRESTON
(still steaming) That's what I want to know!
DANIEL
Few days ago.
PRESTON
That land is mine!
Daniel holds up the telegram.
DANIEL
Apparently not. Now if you'll excuse me...
Daniel leads Mike away, lowering his voice again.
DANIEL
We don't have much time. Somebody needs to ride out to warn Sully.
MIKE
But how, with the soldiers watching?
Before Daniel can figure out a way, Preston puts a hand on his arm and turns him around, butting back into the conversation:
PRESTON
I'm not finished with you! Don't think I'm going to merely step aside and let this debacle go unchallenged.
DANIEL
(trying to brush him off) Thanks for the warnin' --
PRESTON
Oh, it's more than a warning; it's a promise. I have very powerful friends, not just in the territorial government, but in Washington as well.
As Preston rambles on, Daniel thinks of a way to create a diversion. He leans in and quickly whispers to Mike:
DANIEL
Get ready to go.
MIKE
What?
PRESTON
(continuing) I'll see to it your bid is rescinded, so I wouldn't make any plans for the land just --
That's all Preston can get out before Daniel suddenly punches him in the face, sending him toppling backward. The action sends people scattering, and draws the Soldiers' amused attention long enough for:
MIKE
to slip away around the corner of the clinic, unseen.
EXT. WOODS NEAR CAVE - DAY FOURTEEN
McKay and three Soldiers ride through the trees, inspecting the area. McKay suddenly reins to a stop, seeing something:
It's the cave. McKay dismounts and draws his gun, gesturing for the Soldiers to do the same. They move into place on either side of the cave entrance, then, very quietly, McKay leads the way in.
INT. CAVE - CONTINUOUS - DAY FOURTEEN
McKay comes in, gun at the ready. But the cave is empty. No sign of Sully anywhere.
EXT. CAVE - MOMENTS LATER - DAY FOURTEEN
McKay and the Soldiers come out and mount up, frustrated. As they ride off to continue the search, we HOLD on some brush, where we discover Mike and Sully, peering through, relief washing over their faces. When the Soldiers are far enough away, Sully turns to her with a smile. She hugs him.
EXT. TOWN - DAY FOURTEEN
An angry Preston stands in front of the bank, nursing his bleeding lip as he confronts Matthew, who stands next to Daniel.
PRESTON
He assaulted me without provocation --
DANIEL
I apologized --
PRESTON
I want more than an apology. (to Matthew) I want him arrested!
Matthew tries to stifle his smile:
MATTHEW
Well, as soon as this town gets a new sheriff, I'll let him know.
Preston stands there, steaming in frustration. He turns to Daniel...
PRESTON
This isn't finished.
...and storms into the bank. Daniel and Matthew exchange a smile, as Mike rides into town. Daniel looks to her apprehensively. She smiles, lowering her voice:
MIKE
He's safe.
off their looks of relief:
DISSOLVE TO:
EXT. CAVE - DAY FOURTEEN
It's late in the day. Sully and Cloud Dancing hear someone approaching and start to hide, but then come out when they see it's Mike and Daniel. As they dismount:
MIKE
The soldiers just rode back into town. They won't be searching this area again. At least for a while, anyway.
CLOUD DANCING
(to Mike) Black Moon has agreed to meet with me in two days. I will try to talk him into stopping the raids.
MIKE
Tell him that the people of the town want peace, and that as a gesture of good will, the trees on the reservation land will no longer be cut.
Sully and Cloud Dancing react with surprise.
SULLY
What?
Mike takes a copy of the Gazette out of her saddle bag and opens it to reveal the banner headline that reads: "DANIEL SIMON TO BUY RESERVATION LAND." Sully reacts, looks to Daniel.
DANIEL
It's like I told you -- been wantin' to do somethin' important with my money. Couldn't pass up this chance.
Sully smiles, grateful to his friend. Cloud Dancing also smiles as he stands.
CLOUD DANCING
The Dog Soldiers will be pleased by this. I will go tell them now.
He starts off into the woods. Daniel turns back to Sully and Mike, and decides to let them have this time together alone.
DANIEL
Well... s'pose I better get back to town, get this deal settled. I'll see ya.
Daniel climbs on his horse and rides off, as Sully turns to Mike.
SULLY
You oughta be gettin' home, too. Gonna be dark soon. Family needs you.
MIKE
(beat) It's difficult, leaving you.
She's trying to maintain her strong front, but Sully reads the pain in her eyes. He puts his arms around her.
SULLY
It's gonna be all right. (kisses her) Only temporary, remember?
Mike nods, forcing a smile, trying to reassure herself. But her sadness is still visible as she rides off into the woods.
INT. HOMESTEAD - NIGHT FOURTEEN
Mike moves through the quiet house, dousing the lamps before going to bed. As she puts out the last lamp:
MATTHEW (O.S.)
Dr. Mike...
She turns to see Matthew, Colleen and Brian standing at the foot of the stairs. Matthew speaks on their behalf:
MATTHEW
We're gonna do everythin' we can to help you clear Sully's name.
BRIAN
We won't give up, ever.
Mike is moved by their determination. She moves to them, embracing them.
MIKE
(fighting tears) Thank you.
INT. MIKE AND SULLY'S BEDROOM - NIGHT FOURTEEN
Mike steps into the room, carrying a lamp, and stops, once again staring sadly down at the empty bed, her loneliness overwhelming her.
Suddenly, the lamp is blown out, and the room is plunged into darkness. Before Mike can react, a HAND touches her shoulder, and she turns to discover Sully standing behind her.
MIKE
(stunned, whispering) Sully...
SULLY
Shhh...
He kisses her. She pulls back, clearly worried:
MIKE
The soldiers outside --
SULLY
Are asleep. Just passed em. (then) Don't worry, I'll be gone by sun-up.
Mike settles a bit.
MIKE
I can't believe you're doing this.
Sully gives her a reassuring smile.
SULLY
It's like you said -- All I want is for us to be together... (kisses her again) And I'll do whatever it takes to make that happen.
Mike smiles, and they sink into the bed, enveloping each other in a deep, passionate kiss, savoring this moment together as we:
FADE OUT.
THE END



 

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