EXT. RANGE NEAR CASA GRANDE – DAY
McKendrick rides flat out toward town.
INT. BARN – DAY
There are Cowboys in the first stalls on each side of the barn, and a third in a stall closer to Paden. Jake drops
down from the loft behind the first two, his guns in his holsters. They both see him and react. Jake draws both guns
and shoots one, spins, and shoots the other.
The third Cowboy turns to look. His mistake. Paden flies into view and shoots him dead.
Paden approaches Jake with wonder.
Yeah! Where’s Emmett?
Inside. Where’ve you been?
Let’s get out of here.
Paden catches his horse and swings up. Jake pulls a horse from a stall. It is the much-contested pinto, bare-backed
but bridled. Paden rides out the back of the barn.
EXT. CENTRAL AREA – DAY
BACK OF THE BARN. Paden rides out, but pulls up when he notices that Jake is not following. He is about to go back
when something catches his eye. WHAT HE SEES. Hoyt is just climbing onto the roof of the bunkhouse, catty-corner from Mal’s position.
Paden squeezes off a shot, but Hoyt has already disappeared from view. Paden looks along the bunkhouse, where he can see Mal firing. Mal is protected at present from Hoyt by the big chimney he is braced against. But if he isn’t warned, Hoyt will surprise him. A Cowboy in the bunkhouse spots Paden and fires at him. Paden must warn Mal quickly. Yelling is hopeless in the din.