Everybody put in, that’s our whole stake.
Paden looks around. His gaze falls on Hannah, somber now, but still lovely. Conrad, her husband, stands beside her.
Mal has been watching a little girl cling to the leg of one of the Settler men who is going out on the chase. Now the
black man quietly mounts his horse, and speaks to an older, solid-looking man, MR. PARKER, standing by his wife.
How long have they been gone?
About an hour.
Emmett and Paden watch Mal with interest. Jake is excited by this development. He jumps up on his horse.
I’ll go with you, Mal!
Paden isn’t so quick to commit, but then he notices Hannah gazing up at Mal and Jake with radiant admiration. He digests that and moves toward his horse.
Deal me in.
He steals a look at Hannah as he mounts up. Emmett has watched all this with growing resignation. Now he speaks crisply, all business.
Jake, you know the way out of here. I want you to get this train moving toward Silverado, and fast. I’ll go
with these guys.
Jake is disappointed, but nods agreement. Emmett turns to Hobart and the Settler posse.
You men stay with your wagons and your families. Get rolling and keep your eyes peeled.
Emmett moves toward his horse, as Conrad, rifle in hand, steps forward belligerently.
Wait a minute! If you do get the money, how do we know you’ll come back?
(flashes him a look)
If we don’t, you can keep my brother.