For the first time there is a softness in her voice.
You came all the way out here to tell me you’re going to California? All you had to do was go, and we’d
never see each other again.
That’s why I’m here.
She gives him an odd look, a soft challenge to his reticence.
He sits down beside her and looks at his boots.
You don’t make it easy on a fellow.
Maybe you thought you’d be back this way someday.
Yeah… that must have been it.
UP ON THE ROOF of the farmhouse, Carol is yelling and gesturing to her oblivious father below, while her Friend
stares frozen into the night.
Jake is wiping his brow as he stands at the edge of the dancers. He looks up at Carol quizzically.
Only now do we hear it, over the din of the music: the THUNDER of hooves. Out of the night, streaming around the farm buildings, comes a horde of masked Cowboys, McKendrick’s men. They send up a horrible yell and begin firing their weapons in the air.
Their arrival is so sudden that the celebrants are frozen in their places, mothers hugging children to them, men far from their weapons. There are SCREAMS.
Emmett grabs a panicked child from the path of the horses and moves back, passing her to Hannah. He’s trying to gauge his response in the midst of all these innocents.