EXT. STREET – DAY
Paden hurries out into the middle of the street. Several passersby stop to look at him. A teenage girl lets out a
IN FRONT OF THE SALOON. The Cowboy has turned the bay into the middle of the street and now looks to see what all the fuss is about. When he makes out Paden standing alone, his expression changes.
Paden is having trouble extracting a shell from the ammo box. He glances up the street at the Cowboy and sees that he has been spotted. He shakes one shell loose and drops the box, trying to insert the bullet in the gun.
The Cowboy pulls his six-gun, leans forward, and spurs the bay hard toward Paden. He raises his gun and fires at Paden. There is general alarm in the street as the bystanders dive for cover.
Paden gets the shell loaded as the Cowboy bears down on him, firing. The bullets kick up the dust in front and back of
Paden, who now raises his pistol slowly. A bullet tears through the floppy material at his crotch. The Cowboy is
almost upon him when Paden fires. The Cowboy is knocked off the horse and hits the street dead.
EXT. STREET – DAY
A big, tough Cavalry SERGEANT has been summoned by a TROOPER and now walks briskly toward —
A small crowd gathered around Paden, who is affectionately stroking his reacquired horse. Two troopers flank him
suspiciously. The Sergeant glances at the body of the Cowboy, then pushes through the crowd and confronts Paden.
This is the man, Sergeant. He claims the animal was stolen.
How do I know this is your horse?
The bay nuzzles Paden.
Can’t you see this horse loves me?
I had a gal do that to me, but that didn’t make her my wife.
I’ll tell you what, on the underside of this saddle I got my name
scratched. Take a look and you’ll see.
Oh, yeah, and what would your name be?
SHERIFF COBB (O.S.)