(he looks at McKendrick)
I hear Ezra Johnson got himself killed.
I heard that too.
Did you hear his son is still around?
McKendrick reacts to that, and Cobb can’t suppress a smile. McKendrick sees it and stands up.
Cobb, looks like you’re finally going to earn your money.
INT. SALOON – MIDNIGHT STAR – NIGHT
Cobb and Stella come out into the saloon, which is not yet crowded. Stella moves up her ramp behind the bar as Cobb
walks along in front of it.
From what I’ve seen, Paden doesn’t care much about money.
He says he doesn’t care about anything, but he does. There’s just no telling what it’s going to be.
Slick is standing at the bar. Cobb settles in next to him. They nod at each other.
Howdy, Mr. Slick.
Cobb turns to Stella, who has put a bottle before him and is pouring Cobb and herself drinks. Cobb seems to be including Slick in the following story, though he addresses Stella.
Let me tell you about your friend Paden. Me and him and Tyree and a few others did a good bit of riding together a few years back. Business, you know, and business was pretty good. We were moving around a lot, the way you have to in that line of work, and somewhere along the line we picked up this dog. One of the boys took to feeding it, so it followed us everywhere. Anyway, this one time we were leaving a little Missouri town –