EXT. ALLEY NEAR STORAGE SHED – DAY
Slick runs past the shed door and peers between buildings in search of Stella. She’s gone. He comes back to the shed.
Before opening the door he does an odd thing: he chops his left forearm sharply downward and a shiny derringer slides crisply into his grip from beneath his sleeve. He enters cautiously.
INT. STORAGE SHED – DAY
Slick moves through the dim light. He hears a MOAN and steps forward. He looks down at Rae. Half-delirious, she focuses on him and reacts in terror. He makes the derringer disappear and kneels beside her.
Don’t be afraid, baby. I’ll stay with you until your little friend comes back.
EXT. STREET NEAR MIDNIGHT STAR – DAY
Jake comes riding down the street, waving his hat, WHOOPING and HOLLERING. The few remaining pedestrians run for cover at the sight.
Come on out, boys! Jake’s in town!
Let’s start the ball!
EXT. MIDNIGHT STAR – DAY
Jake jumps off the pinto and hitches it in front of the saloon. As he approaches the entrance, set in the cut-off
corner of the building, he executes a fast pirouette, scanning down all four blocks that meet here.