Jake picks up the lamp and moves toward the dark office at the front of the house and the stairs which lead upstairs. He
steps through the door and freezes. A cocked six-gun appears near his ear.
INT. LAND OFFICE (HOLLIS HOUSE) – NIGHT
In the light of Jake’s lamp he sees: four masked men have Kate, J.T., and Augie gagged and held at gunpoint. The little
boy is in his nightshirt. For one long moment Jake seems to be considering a play. McKendrick is the one with the gun to Jake’s head.
EXT. ALLEY BEHIND MIDNIGHT STAR – NIGHT
Rae has been tearfully telling Phoebe her story as Paden stands nearby.
Jake’s been with me all evening. I just left him.
Where is he now?
He went home.
Paden takes off running into the darkness. Phoebe looks after him, confused. Rae grabs her by the shoulders.
All evening? Even after Slick came to get him?
Slick didn’t come.
Rae begins to understand an awful truth.
EXT. STREET IN FRONT OF HOLLIS HOUSE – NIGHT
A masked man (Hoyt) steadies Jake, hands bound behind his back, on one of the horses Red and the Watching Cowboy have brought up to the front of the house. Another of the men (Scruffy) is just coming out onto the porch.
McKendrick has been looking thoughtfully at the ledgers and records shelved around the land office. Now he picks up the lamp Jake brought into the room. It lights his eyes above the bandana mask.