Now a solitary rider appears on the ridge above them, moving the same way. Mal notices him first, then Emmett. It is Paden, and now he is sloping down to join them.
He moves in alongside them. They exchange looks. Then all three look ahead. Where they are going.
EXT. CENTRAL AREA – MCKENDRICK RANCH – DAY
IN THE CORRAL. One of the horses drinking at the trough lifts its head, ears twitching. A wave of restlessness goes through the horses. On the top of the fence, Red notices and begins to listen intently.
ON THE VERANDA. Scruffy stands up from a step and looks off toward the rise beyond the corrals. Alarm creeps into his face.