SHERIFF COBB (O.S.)
The Sergeant and Paden both look to see COBB come through the crowd; he is an imposing man in a duster. Paden’s reaction is deep and mixed, a whole chapter in his life coming back at him.
Hello, Paden. How ya doing?
You know this man, Cobb?
I surely do.
Troopers, let’s take a look at this saddle.
One of the troopers uncinches the saddle and flops it upside-down in the dust. “Paden” is scratched on the underside.
All right, move along, folks. Get these children out of here. And you (says to Paden) get some clothes on!
The crowd begins to break up. Paden and Cobb are left facing one another. Cobb takes in Paden’s long johns.
I see you’re prospering without me.
It’s been a while.
Where’s the dog?
Paden’s look pierces Cobb, but he bends to pick up his saddle and when he straightens, there is a smile on his face.
EXT. SIDEWALK – DAY
Cobb and Paden come out of the general store and start down the sidewalk. Paden is a little unsteady in a pair of cheap boots. A small pile of clothing is in his arms. On his head is a bad-looking new hat. He tries to give the hat a rakish tilt.
Appreciate the loan.