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EXT. HOMESTEAD - DAY ONE - FEBRUARY 1872 1
BRIAN, carrying a basket, comes out of the house and hurries down to the barn.
EXT. CHICKEN COOP - DAY ONE 2
Brian goes inside.
INT. CHICKEN COOP - DAY ONE 3
Chickens scatter as Brian comes in. He reaches into the nests, collecting eggs for the day.
Chick, chick, chick!
He looks around as he calls. There are several hens, no chicks. He talks to one of the hens.
Where're your baby chicks?
Then he notices what he missed when he came in.
+BRIAN'S POINT OF VIEW 4
There are feathers scattered everywhere and a trail of blood leading to a place which has been dug out under the door to the chicken coop.
+RESUME ANGLE 5
As Brian investigates. The hole is large enough for a coyote to have gotten through.
INT. HOMESTEAD - DAY ONE 6
SULLY, MIKE and KATIE. Mike is cleaning up after breakfast. Sully is holding Katie by the hands, helping her take a couple of tentative steps across the floor. Mike and Sully are deep into a conversation.
... Brian and Katie were headed straight for the cliff. I called to you for help but you couldn't hear me.
That's some dream.
When I tried to run after them, I couldn't move. My legs were frozen solid.
(with a big smile as Katie takes a step)
Michaela turns to see Katie walking, with Sully's help.
She moves closer to watch the miracle of the "first steps."
What a big girl!
Mike picks her up and kisses her. Sully starts to get ready to leave. Mike expresses her fear to Sully:
Just the thought of something happening to one of the children -- or to you --
She can leave the rest unsaid, because he understands. He hugs her, kisses her, kisses Katie on the head.
It was just a dream. Nothing more.
+SULLY'S POINT OF VIEW 6A
A lovely, small "spider wheel" hanging over Katie's cradle.
+RESUME SULLY 6B
He teases Mike, gently.
Maybe we should hang the spider wheel Cloud Dancing gave Katie above our bed. To catch your bad dreams.
She smiles and glances over at the spider wheel. He starts to get ready to leave.
Are you working on Preston's homestead today?
No. Still waitin' on lumber. Meantime, I'm ridin' out to Cripple Creek. Some a the homesteaders just north of there are real low on supplies. I'm gonna take some out.
Mike is concerned.
Cripple Creek? You'll have to cross Claude Jenkin's property to get there.
Yeah -- ?
Matthew said Jenkins is shooting at anyone who comes near his land.
(understanding Claude's obsession)
Claude's the only one with any grain left. He's afraid the others are gonna try to steal it.
Shouldn't you at least wait until Matthew can go with you?
Sully puts on his jacket.
The homesteaders need provisions now. Their families are hungry.
Yes, of course ...
He puts his arms around her to reassure her.
We've had bad winters before. This is nothin' new.
We've never had neighbors shooting at each other before.
All the more reason to go talk to 'em. Remind 'em not to let their fears get the best of 'em.
She nods. She knows he's right.
OMITTED (7-8) 8
EXT. HOMESTEAD - DAY 9
Brian comes hurrying over as Sully (carrying a bundle of provisions) comes out of the homestead, heading for his horse (which is tethered in front of the homestead). WOLF is nearby.
Coyotes got into the barn last night, Sully. Dug a hole underneath the door to the chicken coop to get in. We lost all our baby chicks.
Split some logs while I'm gone. We'll reinforce the ground beneath the door when I get back.
Mike comes hurrying out of the Homestead carrying the spider wheel.
She hurries over to Sully to give it to him. Brian and Sully exchange a quizzical look.
What is this about?
Cloud Dancing said it's supposed to keep away evil spirits.
He takes her seriously, but at the same time:
Claude Jenkins ain't exactly an evil spirit.
(smiling at her own insecurities)
I know, I know, but -- still -- I don't see how it could hurt to have it along.
All right, but you have to explain to Katie why it's gone.
I think she'll understand.
He ties it onto his belt and then kisses her.
I'll be back by mid-day.
He starts off. Wolf trots alongside.
CONTINUED: (2) 9
I need to get the cream from the spring house. Katie's asleep in her cradle.
I'll listen for her.
Brian starts for the house as Mike starts off in the direction of the spring house.
OMITTED (10) 10
EXT. SPRING HOUSE - DAY ONE 11
Mike approaches the spring house. The spring house is down by the creek, far enough away from the main house that the Homestead cannot be seen from here.
It's quiet this morning, except for the usual sounds of nature. As Mike reaches the spring house, a noise stops her. Could be someone crying out in pain. Or it could be a hawk. She listens. Nothing. Then she hears a horse whinny. She looks around, but doesn't see a horse.
Mike opens the door to the spring house, and is startled to see:
+HER POINT OF VIEW 12
Two men, scruffy looking. One has been shot and is lying on the floor of the spring house. The other is lean but muscular, with a day or two's growth of beard and cold, steely blue eyes. A Winchester rifle lies on the ground next to him.
Who are you? What are you doing here?
The man, BRENT, looks at her, nearly as frightened as she is.
Sorry to startle you ma'am. I need some help.
Mike, already skittish, backs up a bit.
Me 'n my brother was huntin' food for our families. There was an accident. He's shot. I need to get a doctor to him, quick.
Her medical skills engaged, Mike relaxes, slightly. She leans down to look at Brent's brother. A slight look of anger or hatred crosses Brent's face as her attention is otherwise occupied. It disappears when she looks back up at him.
I'm a doctor.
Brent can hardly believe it.
You're a doctor?
(quietly, to Huston)
Huston, if the good Lord ain't lookin' out for us after all --
Mike looks at Brent with compassion. On her expression of concern, we:
END OF TEASER
EXT. HOMESTEAD - DAY ONE 12A
In the corral area, Brent leads his horse in and takes the saddlebag off, bringing it into the house.
INT. HOMESTEAD - DAY ONE 13
Mike is operating on Huston. The bullet wound is in his upper shoulder area near the neck. Katie is in her cradle nearby. Brent drops the saddlebag by the fireplace and comes close to Mike to see how the operation is going. During this, Mike is talking Brian through the procedure. (Note: Brian holds the chloroform cloth at arm's length, to avoid inhaling the fumes.)
A little more chloroform, Brian. That's good.
(re: the wound)
It's a miracle the bullet didn't hit the artery. How did this happen?
We was lookin' for game. I tripped. The rifle went off --
That will stop the bleeding. Hold him very still while I extract the bullet.
Brent holds Huston steady as Mike picks up the forceps and removes the bullet. She places the bullet into a container.
Don't know how I coulda done such a fool thing. We're farmers, ma'am, not hunters. But with food so scarce --
Your brother is going to be fine. Don't blame yourself for an accident that could have happened to anyone.
Guess you're right. Your spring house was close by -- I thought I'd leave him there, go for help. Lucky you came along.
Brian now takes the chloroform and rag and puts them on the counter. Brent picks up the bottle.
How long'll this keep him under?
That depends on his constitution. He appears to be strong and healthy --
(a rueful chuckle)
He is, that.
He should begin to regain consciousness in fifteen to twenty minutes.
How long before he can travel?
Your brother has suffered enormous blood loss. He is likely to be weak for several days.
Brent nods. Mike begins to sew the incision closed.
As soon as my husband returns, we can take him to the clinic in town.
She looks up at him, surprised by his adamant reaction.
That won't be necessary. His wife'll be lookin' for us. I'll take him home.
He needs a doctor's care. At least until his strength returns.
CONTINUED: (2) 13
Don't want you to think I don't 'preciate what you done, ma'am. But the best place for him is home.
Katie starts to cry. Brian and Mike both look in that direction. Brent smiles and moves over to pick her up.
Hey, sleepy girl. Had you a nice long nap, didn't ya?
He picks her up and holds her, sings a little snatch of a song to her:
'Froggie went acourtin' he did ride, uh-huh -- '
Hey, there's a smile --
Katie's calming down. Mike smiles, returns to her work at hand.
'Froggie went acourtin' he did ride, uh-huh, Froggie went acourtin' he did ride, sword and rifle by his side, uh-huh, uh-huh, uh-huh.'
(talking to her as she gurgles, now)
Jus' as beautiful as your ma, that's what you are.
Mike glances over at him, touched by the kind remark.
Huston's little girl's about her age. Not as big, though.
(simply, no self-pity)
Been a bad winter.
Brian, perhaps you could fix us all some sandwiches while I clean up.
CONTINUED: (3) 13
(a little flummoxed)
That isn't what -- I wasn't askin' for a hand out.
No one said you were.
Brent looks at her with appreciation.
Much obliged, ma'am.
By the way, in all the commotion, I let common good manners get away from me. I'm Brent Currier. That there's my brother Huston.
(smiling at him)
Michaela Quinn. Brian... and you and Katie seem to be fast friends already.
Brent grins, shakes hands with Brian.
Pleased to meet you.
Brent sings another line to Katie as Brian starts fixing lunch and Mike sews up Huston's wound.
'He rode 'til he came to Miss Mouse's hall, uh-huh, He rode 'til he came to Miss Mouse's hall, uh-huh He rode 'til he came to Miss Mouse's hall Where he most tenderly did call, Uh-huh, uh-huh, uh-huh.'
EXT. HOMESTEAD - DAY ONE 14
Brian and Brent are on the front porch, eating sandwiches.
After the war, wasn't no home to go back to. Ma and Pa killed.
Our place burnt to the ground. Me 'n Huston struck out on our own.
Thought you said your brother was married.
He is. Now.
How about you?
No. Gotta feed my horse -- Wanna help?
Brian follows Brent to the corral area.
INT. HOMESTEAD - DAY ONE 15
(Katie is in her cradle.) Mike is looking at the bullet in the container. There's something about it that seems -- wrong.
EXT. CORAL - DAY ONE 15A
Brent and Brian are feeding the horses.
Anybody else live here with you?
Just Sully. He's my pa. My brother Matthew -- he's the Sheriff -- he has his own place.
And Colleen, that's my sister, she lives in Denver. She's goin' to school. She's gonna be a doctor someday, just like Ma.
And where is your pa?
He rode over ta Cripple Creek.
(thinking about how far away that is)
--Cripple Creek --
He said he'd be back by supper. Maybe you'll get to meet 'im.
May be. Maybe I will at that.
INT. HOMESTEAD - DAY ONE 15B
Mike glances over at the Winchester rifle Brent was carrying with him. She sees that the saddle bags and his ammunition belt are next to the rifle. She glances out the window:
+MIKE'S POINT OF VIEW 16
Brian and Brent are feeding the horse.
+ON MIKE 17
Huston groans. She glances over at him, then makes a decision. She takes the bullet she removed from Huston and moves over to the ammunition belt.
She kneels down by the ammunition belt and compares the bullet she removed to the bullets in the belt.
+CLOSE ON THE BELT AND BULLET 18
The bullet Mike removed from Huston's neck is wider, shorter and less pointed than the bullets in the belt. There is an obvious, significant difference between the two.
+RESUME ANGLE 19
Huston groans again. She glances up at him.
+HER POINT OF VIEW 20
Huston is starting to move a bit, coming out of the anaesthesia.
+ON MIKE 21
She stands up and starts to move back towards him. She trips on the saddle bag. She doesn't fall, but she does knock the bag to its side and several gold coins fall out onto the floor. She kneels down again, surprised. She opens the saddle bag.
+INSIDE THE SADDLE BAG - HER POINT OF VIEW 22
Jammed with gold coin and green backs.
+RESUME MIKE 23
stunned, trying to put this information into context. Huston groans again. Mike scoops up the coins, puts them back into the saddle bag and closes it. Another groan from Huston takes Mike's attention away from the task at hand. She doesn't notice that she's missed a coin which still lays on the floor.
Mike glances out the window as she moves back over toward Huston.
+MIKE'S POINT OF VIEW 24
Brent is coming toward the house.
+RESUME MIKE 25
She makes a quick decision. She grabs the bottle of chloroform, pours some of the liquid onto a cloth, puts the cloth over Huston's face. His body goes limp again.
She puts the chloroform back on the counter just as Brent comes into the house. Brent notices the furtive movement on her part, but doesn't assign it too great a meaning just yet.
How's he doin'?
Fine. No change. But he'll be fine.
Although Mike tries to appear unchanged in her attitude towards Brent, he senses something has shifted.
Shouldn't he be comin' to by now?
The longer he sleeps, the better his recovery will be.
She wants to get Katie out of the house, creating as little suspicion as possible.
Brent is watching her very carefully. She starts to move past him towards the cradle.
Where're you goin'?
I promised my husband we'd have certain chores done by the time he got back, and --
Mike picks up Katie and moves toward the door as quickly as she can without creating suspicion. She doesn't want to bolt and run, which would certainly alert Brent.
-- if you'll excuse me.
Brent looks over at Huston who is still out cold.
Mike reaches the door.
Brent looks over at the saddle bags. Mike's eyes follow him:
+ON THE FLOOR 26
The coin on the floor.
+RESUME ANGLE 27
They've both seen it. Brent looks up sharply at Mike. Mike knows he's seen the coin. Mike bolts through the door.
EXT. THE HOMESTEAD - DAY ONE 28
In the distance, Sully is riding towards home. Wolf is running alongside him. Brian is walking towards the homestead as Mike comes running out.
Run, Brian! Run!
He looks around, confused.
He starts running, as is she. She yells at Sully, though he's far enough away that he probably doesn't hear her.
+ANGLE - ON SULLY 29
surprised to see his family running toward him.
+HIS POINT OF VIEW 30
Mike, carrying Katie, and Brian running towards him. And someone else.
Brent. On the porch. With his rifle.
+ON SULLY 31
trying to understand what it is he's seeing. And then back to:
+SULLY'S POINT OF VIEW 32
As Brent lifts the rifle and aims it directly at Sully. He fires it.
+ANGLE - ON SULLY 33
Hit. The force of the shot knocks him off his horse. Wolf is bounding ahead, stops and turns back when Sully falls to the ground.
Brent fires again, into the air.
Stop! Stop or I shoot the kid!
Brian is still running for Sully. Mike stops, screams at him.
Brian looks back at her, stops. Looks at Sully. Looks at Mike.
+CLOSE ON MIKE 35
terrified for Brian's safety, terrified for Sully, not knowing what to do, but knowing that getting them all killed right this instant is not the answer.
Sully -- !
END OF ACT ONE
INT. HOMESTEAD - DAY ONE 36
The front door swings open, and Brent pushes Mike (still holding Katie) into the house. Brian follows, wide-eyed with fear and confusion.
Get in there!
My husband --
Over by Huston -- all a ya -- where I can keep an eye on ya. Move!
Mike takes Brian by the shoulder and moves him with her and Katie over toward Huston. She's trying to keep her wits about her.
Please, I don't know who you are --
Don't talk to me.
-- but I can't believe you would want to hurt a child --
I can't think with you yappin'--
(he has an idea)
Come with me.
He walks over and takes Brian by the arm.
Leave him here. I'll go with you.
He doesn't answer her. He just keeps moving.
Please! At least let me attend to my husband.
Brent has reached the door. He looks outside. He lets out an anguished cry, then:
CONTINUED: (2) 36
Brent drags Brian outside. Mike hopes against hope that Sully has managed to get away to safety -- or to help.
Sully -- .
Brent -- ?
Mike turns, horrified, to see that Huston is regaining consciousness.
(a scratchy whisper)
He's attempting to sit up. Mike puts Katie back into her high chair while talking calmly to Huston.
Brent is outside. He will be right back. I'm your doctor.
Smoothly, she grabs the bottle of chloroform and the rag.
You must be careful not to move. You've been shot.
She puts the chloroform rag over his face. He protests, slightly, then goes under again.
EXT. HOMESTEAD - DAY ONE - CLOSE ON THE GROUND 37
a hand moves in and scoops up a drop from what appears to be a pool of blood.
+WIDER TO SEE 38
Brent is checking the ground near where Sully was shot.
Blood. I hit him.
Brian comes out of his state of shock at the realization that Sully has, indeed, been hit.
You shot him! You shot my pa!
Brian starts hitting Brent in blind fury. Brent subdues him easily.
Hey! Take it easy, kid, will 'ya?.
They hear the sound of horses hooves. They see Sully's horse come galloping into view -- riderless. The horse rides past them, toward the corral. Brent is relieved.
Now that's good news.
Brian looks at him, questioningly.
He's losin' too much blood to walk for help. Without the horse, he's not gonna be any trouble to us.
You don't know Sully.
Brent drags Brian toward the house.
EXT. WOODED AREA - DAY 39
Sully is using herbs from his medicine bag to make a poultice for the wound to his side. He has strips of leather which he has cut from the bottom of his coat. He uses the strips as wrapping to bind the wound.
Wolf is agitated, whining.
Wolf lopes over to him. Sully takes the spider wheel and puts it under Wolf's nose to smell.
Wolf barks and backs up a bit. Sully brushes the spider wheel against his wound to capture some of the blood onto the spider wheel. Then he ties the spider wheel around Wolf's neck.
Go find Cloud Dancin'. Go.
Wolf runs off. Sully takes a deep breath, prepares himself for the pain he knows he will feel when he stands up. He gets up, gets his bearings, starts towards home.
INT. HOMESTEAD - DAY ONE 40
Brent is leaning in close to his brother.
You can't go off and leave me, brother. I need ya. C'mon, now, wake up. I'm talkin' to ya, Huston. Wake up.
Mike looks at him.
Brent is pacing. Mike wants to keep things as calm as possible. She's putting Katie in the cradle as we come in on the scene.
Fifteen minutes you said. It's been more'n twice that long. What's wrong?
Everyone reacts differently to the chloroform -- because of body size, weight --
'F you're lyin' to me, you're gonna wish you hadn't. I don't take kindly to hurtin' women or children, but I will.
She stands up taller and looks him in the eye and says nothing. He is impressed with her courage, but doesn't give her that.
Ain't there something you can do to wake him up?
No. There is nothing to do except wait it out.
Brent kicks at a chair, then calms himself down.
All right. Then we'll all sit here together and wait.
Brent kicks a chair towards Brian. Brian sits on the chair. Brent turns to Mike. He nods towards another chair for Mike.
Mike stares at him, hard. Then she moves over to the chair and sits on it. Brent pulls up a chair for himself. He sits in it, leans back in it, watches his hostages.
CONTINUED: (2) 40
Unless your husband knows some trick to come back from the dead, we got all the time in the world.
Mike looks over at Brian, heart sick that what Brent says might be true. Brian is devastated that Sully may indeed be dead and there's nothing, at the moment at least, that he can do to help Dr. Mike.
They all sit in silence.
EXT. WOODED AREA - DAY ONE 41
CLOUD DANCING is grinding dry tobacco leaves into powder with the help of two other INDIANS from the reservation. Wolf appears on a ridge behind him. Cloud Dancing turns and looks up at him.
Wolf lopes down to him. Cloud Dancing looks at the medicine bag, then turns the spider wheel over in his hands.
I made this for Sully's daughter. He would not send it to me unless there was trouble.
Cloud Dancing brushes some of the blood off of the spider wheel with his finger. He looks up at one of his friends.
Please go to town. Tell the Sheriff to meet me at Sully and Michaela's.
He hands the spider wheel to his friend.
Give him this. Tell him I believe there may be serious trouble.
The friend nods and hurries off. Cloud Dancing and Wolf start off in the opposite direction.
ext. *mercantile - day one - close on wanted poster
of Brent and Huston Currier. Wanted for Bank Robbery, Train Robbery, Murder, Mayhem. A hundred dollar reward on their heads -- each. Dead or Alive.
LOREN'S hand is nailing the poster up.
Dead or alive, huh?
+WIDER - TO SEE HANK AND LOREN 41A
Loren finishes nailing the poster up. Andrew is walking towards the Mercantile.
Don't know what this world's comin' to. People robbin' banks, robbin' trains, gettin' away with it.
Won't get away with it if they come through here.
I suppose you're the one who's gonna stop 'em.
'Specially if they got a hunnerd dollars reward on their heads.
Yeah, well, maybe you'd stop 'em and maybe you wouldn't. They killed the last guy tried to take 'em in.
Hank shrugs. Andrew arrives at the store.
Loren, Preston asked me to stop in and pick up some supplies. Rifles, ammunition --
He plannin' to start his own border war?
The bank robbery in Leadville -- it has him a little nervous.
I suppose it's no secret that some of his guests travel with very expensive jewelry.
Let me see what I have.
As Loren turns to go into the store, we see behind him:
+ANGLE - UP THE STREET 41B
The Indian whom Cloud Dancing sent to get Matthew is leaving the Sheriff's office. Matthew is right behind him, carrying weapons and ammunition. Matthew sees Hank. He calls to him.
+ANGLE - ON THE MEN AT THE MERCANTILE 41C
The three men hurry up the street to see what's going on with Matthew.
+ANGLE - SHERIFF'S OFFICE 41D
As Hank, Andrew and Loren join Matthew.
Cloud Dancin' sent for me. I think there's trouble out at Sully and Mike's.
What kinda trouble?
Matthew shows Loren the spider web the Indian brought to him.
Cloud Dancin' made this for Katie. Wolf brought it to him. There's blood on it. [I'm thinkin' -- maybe the Currier brothers.]
[How'd ya come to that?]
*Word is there're a buncha outlaws hangin' out in Circleville. If they were on their way there --
They'd have to go right past the Sully homestead.
I'm goin' out there.
I'm comin' with you.
Hank jogs over to the livery to get horses.
No, Loren. I need you to send a wire to the Federal Marshall. Tell him we're on the trail of the Currier brothers and we could use some help. Bring him out to us when he gets here.
Loren recognizes the logic in that.
You may need a doctor.
They all know that what he's saying is that Mike may well be out of commission. Matthew nods. Matthew mounts up. Hank comes out of the livery with two horses. He and Andrew mount up. Loren watches them ride out of town.
EXT. HOMESTEAD - DAY ONE 42
Sully moves from the wooded area down to the shack at the garden side of the house. From his hidden vantage point he looks towards the house.
+THE HOUSE - SULLY'S POINT OF VIEW 43
All is quiet.
+RESUME SULLY 44
He runs quietly, close to the ground, towards the kitchen door.
+INSIDE THE HOUSE 45
Brent, Mike, and Brian are still sitting, waiting for Huston to regain consciousness. (Katie is still in the cradle out of sight.) Brent is singing to himself, half under his breath, not really connecting to the song. His distraction gives the song an eerie quality -- we can see the psychopath more clearly because of his unconnectedness to the song and to the others around him.
'Rode 'til he came to Miss Mouses' Hall, Where he most tenderly did call -- '
Something -- some noise or second sense -- tells him to stop right in the middle of a phrase. He stands up, alert, looks around. Moves to the doorway. Looks out.
+OUTSIDE - BRENT'S POINT OF VIEW 46
+ANOTHER ANGLE - FROM OUTSIDE 47
We can see Brent, and now CAMERA PULLS BACK to see Sully, flat up against the shack next to the house. Brent goes back inside. We can hear, from inside, Katie start to cry, and muffled sounds of adult voices, Brent's and Mike's, raised in anger.
Can't you make her stop bawlin'?
Sully is furious, but doesn't want to burst in and make things worse. He waits a beat or two, then moves past the door, up on top of the firewood bin, over to the window to look inside.
+INSIDE THE HOUSE - THROUGH THE WINDOW - SULLY'S POV 48
Mike is bringing Katie in from the other room. Katie is covered with a blanket. Brian is still seated in his chair. Brent is holding the rifle in readiness. Huston is still on the table, unconscious.
Sully drops down off the firewood bin and contemplates his move.
+INSIDE - CLOSE ON BRENT 50
his jaw working. He doesn't deal with chaos well, and the baby's crying has pushed him to the edge.
+WIDER TO SEE 51
Mike has gotten Katie to settle down. She holds her close, rocking back and forth, slightly, talking to her in a quiet voice. (PRODUCTION NOTE: Katie is covered with a blanket.) Mike tries to appeal to Brent.
Brent. I don't know what trouble you and your brother are in, but we're not a part of it. I've tried to help you -- I treated your brother --
his foot moves.
+RESUME ANGLE 53
Mike looks up at Brent. Brent looks over at Huston, who now stirs. Brent is thrilled.
He's comin' to!
Brent pulls his chair over next to Huston, leans in close to him.
Huston! Come on, brother. Wake up. We gotta hit the road. Huston.
+CLOSE ON HUSTON AND BRENT 54
As Huston struggles to overcome the effects of the chloroform. When he tries to speak, his voice is crackly.
Brent -- ?
Brent is close to tears. However much of a sociopath he might be, he does, in fact, have deep feelings for his brother.
Ya got hit, Huston! I couldn't believe it. Ya got hit!
+WIDER ANGLE TO SEE MIKE AND BRIAN 55
Mike's mind is working overtime trying to figure out how to use this distraction to her advantage. As the brothers continue to talk:
Mike looks over at the counter.
+HER POINT OF VIEW 56
The chloroform is sitting there.
But the Man Upstairs wasn't ready to call you home, yet, I guess.
+RESUME ANGLE 57
Nothing Mike can do with it right now. She glances around the room to see if there's anything she can use for a weapon.
Need to get out of here. So -- tired --
+ABOVE THE FIREPLACE - MIKE'S POINT OF VIEW 58
Their rifle is above the fireplace.
What do you want me to do, Huston?
+RESUME ANGLE 59
Brent glances up to see Mike looking at the rifle. She quickly looks away. He looks over at it, then back at Mike. Then he starts barking orders.
Fix up some supplies to take with us.
Brian looks at Mike. Mike nods. Brian goes to the pantry, takes a burlap bag out and begins filling it with foodstuff.
We're takin' the boy.
Mike turns sharply to him.
It stops him momentarily.
You don't need him.
Huston starts to cough. Brent turns and looks at Huston. Just looking at his brother causes a personality shift in Brent. He moves over to Mike, crosses around behind her. He's swaggering, sexually intimidating. It's almost as if he's showing off for his brother now that he's awake.
How would you know what I need? Or don't need?
(staying with logic)
There's no advantage to be gained in taking him.
As long as he's ridin' with us, you won't be shootin' at our backs as we leave.
I wouldn't anyway.
Brent laughs. It's a small, empty laugh. He comes around and hunkers down by her side.
You are a mighty pretty woman.
Take me with you, instead. I can tend to your brother's wounds.
CONTINUED: (2) 59
Now he laughs out loud, a full bodied laugh. He pulls her to him, blanketed Katie between them, and kisses her.
Sooner or later they all fall for the Currier charm.
He releases her and RACK FOCUS BETWEEN THEM to see Brian watching, upset. Upset that Brent is treating Dr. Mike like this and upset that he can't do anything about it.
+ANGLE TO INCLUDE HUSTON 60
Huston is not impressed.
Quit foolin' around and get to business.
Brent stiffens a bit, then relaxes, looks over at Huston and smiles. Huston closes his eyes. His breathing gets heavy.
EXT. ROAD - DAY ONE 61
MATTHEW, HANK and ANDREW are riding very fast along the road toward the Homestead. As they ride past us, we see their countenance is grim. Matthew has the spider wheel around his neck. Matthew and Hank are armed with rifles and revolvers. Andrew has his medical bag.
INT. HOMESTEAD - DAY ONE 62
Mike is putting Katie back into the cradle.
+CLOSE ON MIKE 62A
Mike talks to Katie, quietly, urgently. Mostly, of course, she's talking to herself.
I can't let them take your brother. I can't let them take any of us. I don't know what I'm going to do, but I know that I won't let anything happen to you or Brian no matter what. No matter what.
Brent is taking the rifle down from above the fireplace. He checks to see if it's loaded. Brent is growing increasingly agitated and manic.
(talking a mile a minute)
Shoulda seen the look on the guard's face when you shot him, Huston. Looked like he'd just lost the family fortune in a poker game. Surprised, mad -- made me laugh out loud.
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He looks over at Huston.
CONTINUED: (3) 62A
Huston -- ?
(panicky, to Mike)
Is he all right?
Mike moves over to Huston and takes his pulse. It's weak. He has drifted off again, but this time he's restless, obviously not completely under.
Your brother is not well enough yet to travel.
Where's the ammunition for this thing?
Just riding a horse could kill him.
She moves over to the cupboard to get the ammunition.
How you comin' with them supplies?
He looks over at Brian, who looks back at him, then continues loading the burlap bag.
(annoyed, sarcastically imitating Brian)
'Just fine, Mr. Currier. Gettin' you some good food to take with ya on the road.'
Brent's attention goes back to the rifle. Mike takes the ammunition out of the cupboard, but then she also picks the chloroform up off the counter and moves over to Brian. She kneels down next to him.
+CLOSE ON BRIAN AND MIKE 63
Mike whispers to him as she pours chloroform on the rag.
I won't let them take you.
What're we gonna do?
I'll knock him down. You chloroform him while I grab the rifle.
Brian is so scared, he can't talk. Mike gives him a pep talk.
Don't think about it. Just watch me for a signal.
What're you doin'? Get over here.
Mike leaves the chloroform with Brian and stands up. She picks up the bag of supplies and starts toward Brent. She glances down at Huston on her way.
+ANGLE ON HUSTON 64
Still sleeping. But this time, from this new angle, something is visible Mike hasn't seen before: A small gun in his boot.
sees a weapon -- a small boot gun. She glances up at Brent.
is watching her like a hawk.
She can't go for it now. She'll bide her time. She glances back at Brian as she moves towards Brent.
EXT. WOODS - DAY ONE 68
Cloud Dancing and Wolf are approaching sight of the Homestead. At the sight of the house, Wolf stops, puts his head down, his ears against his head, growls. Cloud Dancing stops, warned by Wolf's behavior to go no further. He makes a CALL and listens.
A beat or two, and then the return CALL.
Cloud Dancing moves toward the sound. He pushes through some foliage to discover Sully, who is redoing the poultice on his wound.
I'm all right. But two men're inside the house. They got Michaela, Katie and Brian. They're both armed, but one of 'em's hurt.
Sully finishes with the poultice, peers through the brush toward the house.
Let's try to get closer.
Cloud Dancing nods, then follows Sully as he starts moving silently toward the barn.
INT. HOMESTEAD - DAY ONE 69
Brent has finished loading the rifles.
We need some fresh horses up here.
You get him on his feet by the time I get back.
Brian has the bottle of chloroform and also the chloroformed rag behind his back. He glances at Mike as he starts towards Brent. Brent leans over to pick up the ammunition belt -- his back to Mike. Mike grabs the advantage.
She hits Brent behind the knees with the burlap bag of canned goods, knocking him to the ground. Brian slams the chloroformed rag onto his face. Brent struggles, but is weakening.
Mike scrambles for the rifle. Before she reaches it, a SHOT rings out. She and Brian turn to see:
sitting up, the boot gun in his hand. His waking visage is evil, much more frightening than Brent's.
Get away from him.
Brian drops back. The rag falls away. Brent takes in several gulping breaths of fresh air. Mike starts to move towards Brian.
You take one step, I'll kill ya both.
+CLOSE ON MIKE 71
doing everything she can to maintain her composure and not show these monsters her fear.
END OF ACT TWO