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EXT. NEW HOMESTEAD - DAY TWO 10
The family wagon is out front, plus Matthew's and Sully's horses.
INT. NEW HOMESTEAD - DAY TWO 11
The family's there, including Ingrid, each engaged in some finishing task. There's no furniture yet, except for a brand new wingback chair, just out of its shipping crate and placed by the main fireplace. Matthew works at uncrating a second matching chair. The kitchen does have a built-in sink and cupboards. There's also an indoor hand water pump.
Sully's fitting some last joints together on shelves that flank the main fireplace.
Brian sands the stair bannister, while Colleen washes windows.
Mike and Ingrid are in the kitchen area, cleaning the cupboards of sawdust. Ingrid fights back emotion as she works, finally stopping, looking down, trying to contain her anguish. Mike stops, too.
It is a fine house.
Mike glances around, smiles contentedly.
Yes, it is.
But then Mike sees the tears, goes to her, puts an arm on her shoulder.
Ingrid, what's wrong?
But Ingrid quickly turns, wipes the tears on the back of her sleeve and gives Mike a pleading look -- not to draw Matthew's attention. Mike drops her arm and lowers her voice.
What is it?
We will never have house. Matthew is always too busy with his cattle to finish building.
Sully's offered to help, but Matthew always seems to have a reason why he doesn't need it.
Yes. Always excuses. He is stubborn with pride. He tries to prove he is a man...
She grapples both to understand and to explain. Mike glances over at Matthew, working alongside Sully.
... when he already is one.
Ingrid nods. Yes, that's it. Mike gives Ingrid's hand a quick reassuring squeeze, just as Brian comes clomping down the stairs, finished.
Sully comes over and runs his hand along the bannister.
Good job, Brian.
Brian trails after Sully as he goes back to work.
Sully, can I be your "best man?"
Activity stops. Brian's the only one who doesn't realize that the question opens Sully's wound about Cloud Dancing.
You're too young, Brian.
But I'm too old to carry the ring.
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It says in the book that the ring bearer's supposed to be from three to eight years old.
See? I'm _ten_ years old.
This wasn't necessarily the moment she had in mind to broach the subject, but here it is.
... what if you had to carry more than one ring?
Does Mrs. Godfrey say anything about that?
But there's only one ring. Everybody knows that.
Apparently not everyone. I've heard of couples exchanging rings.
Is that what you and Sully're gonna do?
Good question. They all await her answer, especially Sully. She looks to him.
We've never even discussed such a thing...
We sure haven't.
... but it doesn't mean that we can't.
She continues to hold his eyes.
CONTINUED: (3) 11
SMASH CUT TO:
INT. OLD HOMESTEAD - NIGHT TWO 12
+CLOSE ON SULLY 13
I ain't wearin' a ring.
+WIDEN TO REVEAL 14
Sully and Mike sitting by the fire, after the kids have gone to bed.
I thought you agreed that we could discuss it.
That's right, and we just did.
But you haven't even heard my opinion.
Michaela, whatever it is, I ain't wearin' a weddin' ring, so why waste your breath?
A discussion implies hearing all views, _then_ deciding.
Sully takes a deep breath, sighs it out.
Well... First of all, it's true. There are couples who exchange rings, many in fact. I've not only heard of them, I've even met a few. Some of my father's Libertist friends.
Free thinkers. People who aren't afraid to defy convention...
I'm not afraid.
I didn't say you were.
Oh, please, this isn't how I wanted this to go...
No, you just wanted me to say yes.
That's not true. I simply wanted us to share our thoughts, our feelings... You've always been fair to me, Sully. You've always heard me out.
A beat, then he takes her hands in his, ready to listen.
If we each have a ring on our finger, we're saying to the world that we belong to one another, that we're husband and wife... And nothing else is necessary to prove that.
What're you gettin' at?
She hesitates for fear of his reaction, for fear of alienating the one person she loves most in the world. He sees the fear.
There's nothin' you can't say to me, don't you know that?
She looks deep into his eyes, hoping that's true. Finally:
The rings say far more than a name.
He realizes where she's headed.
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Tell me honestly... How would you feel if you suddenly had to change your name to Byron Quinn?
He looks into the fire.
The Cheyenne don't change names when they marry.
We're not Cheyenne.
He's had more than he can handle for one day.
And we're not settlin' any of this right now.
He gets up...
... and leaves.
Mike watches the door close behind him.
EXT. GRACE'S CAFE - DAY THREE 15
Brian sits with Loren, Dorothy and the Reverend. Jake and Hank are at the next table, as Grace delivers their lunch.
Two rings, you say?
I don't see what's so much harder 'bout carryin' two rings than one that you gotta be older.
And Sully's goin' along with it?
Ma said they hadn't talked it over, and Sully said they sure hadn't.
Looks all around.
How'd he sound when he said that?
Hank smiles, announces:
Odds just doubled, folks.
Hey, what 'bout _my_ bet?
Hank looks at him blankly.
A baby brother or a baby sister?
Think you're puttin' the cart 'fore the horse.
INT. CLINIC - DAY THREE 16
Mike's at her desk, going over a medical chart, but her mind is elsewhere, when Colleen enters, putters around, something on her mind as well.
Mrs. Godfrey's book said bridesmaids just have to be older'n thirteen.
Fifteen's 'bout average, I'd say.
Fifteen, you say?...
Colleen misreads Mike's indifference and her emotion spills over into the tone of her voice.
Yeah, _my_ age.
Mike looks up, realizes what's being said.
Oh, Colleen... You must think...
She gets up and goes to Colleen, takes her gently by the shoulders.
I want you to be a bridesmaid.
But you didn't say anything.
Mike shakes her head at herself.
I've been much too preoccupied lately.
'Cause you been hopin' to hear from Boston?
I suppose so.
Will you please do me the honor?
Colleen smiles big, nods. Mike hugs her, but over [Colleen's shoulder, her expression is still troubled.
EXT. ]NEW HOMESTEAD - DAY THREE 20
Mike rides up, sees Sully's horse there.
INT. NEW HOMESTEAD - DAY THREE 21
Mike enters, looks around surprised to find no one. Then she hears some activity above her. She starts up the stairs.
INT. MIKE'S AND SULLY'S FUTURE BEDROOM - DAY THREE 22
She enters to find Sully polishing the lone piece of furniture in the room -- the bed he carved for them. He takes note of her presence, but doesn't stop his work.
I ain't had enough time to decide.
She comes closer, runs her hand along the smooth wood until it covers his, stopping his motion.
I didn't come for any decisions... I came to talk about Matthew and Ingrid.
He pulls away, continues working.
What about 'em?
Apparently Matthew thinks he has to prove his manhood by building his own homestead all by himself.
Not such a bad idea.
Sully... Ever since Olive left him her cattle, he hasn't had enough time...
Sully's worked his way close to Mike and stops, interrupting:
Then he shoulda taken me up on my offer.
To take the old homestead.
You offered it to him?
Why didn't you tell me?
Didn't see any reason to set you goin' on about it.
Like now? Is that how you see what I'm doing? "Going on about it?"
Sully moves around her and starts polishing again.
A man's gotta make those kinda choices for himself.
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So does a woman.
She leaves. He stops, goes to the window and looks out.
+SULLY'S POV 23
Mike riding off, strong in the saddle, her hair flowing behind her.
EXT. NEW TRAIN STATION - DAY FOUR 24
The day has arrived. The train is coming. Celebration sweeps the town. Every last decoration is in place, a uniformed BRASS BAND's been hired just for the occasion, and VENDORS sell souvenirs and confections.
+THE PLATFORM 25
is crowded, as is the street beyond. Everyone has turned out for this momentous event, sporting their finest.
All of the townsfolk are there. Matthew, Ingrid and her little SISTERS stand with Robert E and Grace and Myra. Hank and his GIRLS are all decked out.
Jake, as Mayor, stands next to a podium that's been placed on the open end of the platform, opposite the telegraph office and ticket window. With him are Loren and the Reverend.
+THE NEW TELEGRAPH OFFICE 26
now has all of the trappings of the old one, including the old bulletin-type board for official announcements. The only difference is that in place of the stagecoach schedule, Horace now hangs the new train schedule. The first one's due in at 9 AM. He goes...
INT. NEW TELEGRAPH OFFICE - DAY FOUR 27
... where he glances up at the wall clock: 8:45. A message starts coming over the telegraph. He quickly writes it down and goes back...
EXT. NEW TELEGRAPH OFFICE - DAY FOUR 28
... where he picks up a piece of chalk and writes next to the 9 AM arrival -- "ON TIME".
GENERAL CUSTER (O.S.)
It better be.
Horace jumps, turns to find Custer and three MEN facing him with a smile. Behind him is a small DETAIL OF MEN accompanying an empty wagon on the crowded street.
Patience is not one of my virtues, and I'm expecting a shipment of munitions. Meanwhile...
He hands Horace some kind of placard.
You're to place that in full public view.
Horace looks at the placard, shocked.
By mandate of federal law.
Horace hesitates, but then goes to the bulletin board and picks up the small mallet hanging from a string. He takes some of the spare nails from the corner and now places the poster up and reluctantly nails it into place. When he finishes, he steps aside to reveal...
+A WANTED POSTER FOR CLOUD DANCING 29
... boasting a $500 reward -- Dead or alive.
EXT. CLINIC - DAY FOUR 30
Mike, Colleen and Brian exit into the flow of traffic and excitement headed for the train station. People checking their watches, hurrying.
EXT. GENERAL STORE - DAY FOUR 31
Mike and the kids pass just as Dorothy comes out, wearing the dress Jake bought her for Valentine's Day.
Mike stops, allowing the kids to run on ahead with some of their FRIENDS. Dorothy joins her and slips her arm through hers, as they head for the station along with everyone else.
You know how there's a day you plan on for such a long time, it gets so you never think it's really gonna come, but then it does.
Mike smiles, nods, stops Dorothy.
Dorothy, I've been meaning to ask you... Will you be my matron of honor?
They hug, but then:
They separate. Mike hesitates.
What is it?
Well... I could use some... advice... from someone who's had... experience.
Oh, don't you worry. It's as easy as fallin' off a log.
Remember, I've never... fallen off a log.
Dorothy links arms with her and starts them walking again with the flow of the crowd.
Well, I'll tell you everythin' I know, for whatever it's worth...
And they blend into the crowd pushing toward the train station.
EXT. TRAIN STATION - DAY FOUR 32
Mike and Dorothy join the others. As a town council member, Mike is helped up onto the platform by the Reverend. From that vantage, she now sees Custer and his men. She looks to the Reverend, then to Loren and Jake. No one seems too pleased at Custer's presence this time around. But on the other hand, they're determined to let the dark cloud pass over quickly. They all look away, back to their preparations. Only Mike still feels the shadow, as she and Custer lock eyes.
EXT. NEW TELEGRAPH OFFICE - DAY FOUR 33
Horace comes out, donning his jacket to join the festivities, but instead runs smack into Sully, who stands, staring at the poster. There're a lot of people around, but everyone's focus is down the platform, away from them. Horace stands there a beat beside Sully, looking at the drawing of Cloud Dancing, now a man with a bounty on his head.
Didn't figure you'd come to see the train.
I didn't. I came for somethin' else.
Horace glances over at Mike at the other end of the platform, then back at the "Wanted" poster. A beat.
I'm real sorry, Sully, but I had to put it up. It's the law.
Sully nods grimly.
+ON CUSTER 34
He sees Sully at the poster, then watches him walk away from Horace, from the crowd, from the festivities -- off into the wild.
The SOUND of a train whistle in the distance.
+BACK TO SCENE 36
Horace glances up at the wall clock: 8:58. He takes off across the platform...
+ANOTHER ANGLE 37
... to join the other town council members at the podium.
Among the crowd, the excitement grows as the train WHISTLE blows again, closer this time.
+OUR TOWNSPEOPLE 38
react, each in turn, and the WHISTLE bursts come closer and the chug of steam can even be heard.
Matthew lifts Brian up so he can see above the crowd.
Colleen hugs Mike in anticipation.
Mike forgets all else for the moment, straining to catch the glimpse everyone's waiting for... and there it is!
+THE TRAIN 39
barrels around the bend and into full view. A deafening CHEER goes up. The WHISTLE blows repeatedly as it steams into the station and slows to a puffing stop.
At the helm of the locomotive is JOHN, the engineer Brian rescued from Hank's trap.
Hey, look! It's John!
Matthew's view is blocked by Brian.
You know, the John who got burned in the train wreck and Ma fixed his face? He's drivin' the train!
The town acknowledges John with a extra CHEER, as the big man waves. Brian runs to greet him.
Jake takes the podium, next to a couple of TOPHATS. He holds out his hands for quiet and the crowd manages to settle down.
As Mayor, it's my privilege to welcome the Denver and Rio Grande Railroad to Colorado Springs.
He shakes hands with the tophats to APPLAUSE and CHEERS.
My munitions, gentlemen!
I should think you'd want to start off on the right foot by making your deliveries on time.
A beat, as everyone looks to Jake for a response.
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General Custer, I think it's only polite we oughta wait 'til tomorrow to unload the freight and get on with the celebratin', don't you?
Custer sizes Jake up, then suddenly smiles.
Why, of course. Only polite.
Jake and Loren exchange a look, then Jake goes to the door of the sole passenger car.
Ladies and Gentlemen, the first passenger to travel by train to our fair town....
He slides the door open, and there stands none other than...
+ELIZABETH QUINN 40
OFF Mike's reaction.
_END ACT ONE_