Figured it was just bad luck.
Emmett comes over and fills Paden’s coffee cup.
Looks like those boys are headed south, so they weren’t the same ones that jumped me. Which way you going?
Where’s the pinto going?
EXT. APPROACHING CHIMAYO – DAY
Emmett and Paden, who is still clad only in longjohns, ride toward the low, adobe settlement of Chimayo.
EXT. ENTERING CHIMAYO – DAY
Emmett and Paden enter the town past a cluster of teepees. Three Cavalry troopers ride past them.
EXT. STREET – CHIMAYO – DAY
The little settlement is the center of civilization for miles around. The U. S. Cavalry maintains an outpost here, and
there are many soldiers on the street. Emmett and Paden pull up to the general store. Paden dismounts and hands his reins to Emmett. Passersby look with curiosity at the undressed Paden.
I’ll get these horses tended.
Paden nods and looks doubtfully at the store. He scratches himself. Emmett produces some money and flips Paden a coin. Paden nods.
I’m good for it.
Emmett rides up the street, leading the pinto. Paden starts toward the store and nearly collides with a shocked woman,
who covers the eyes of the little girl with her and crosses the street. Paden gives an apologetic tip to his non-existent
hat as he watches them go. Before he can turn back to the store, his eye is caught by something up the street. He reacts big.
WHAT HE SEES. His horse, a good-looking bay. And, dawdling his way out of a saloon, a disreputable-looking Cowboy.
Paden’s hand slaps his side, where his gun should be. He grimaces and looks around desperately, then hurries into the