Because they enjoy it.
What happened to Emmett?
Cobb’s men just about killed him. That’s what happened.
I got there just short of too late.
Mal snorts derisively at that and glances around.
Yeah, it’s working out real good.
Where’s Emmett now?
Mal gives him a disbelieving look.
You’re working for Cobb these days, aren’t you?
Paden grimly acknowledges that.
Your friends have been beating me to find that out. You think I’m gonna
just tell you?
Mal gets up to face Paden, separated by only a few inches and the steel bars.
You waltzed in here pretty easy, and you can go out the same way. (motions him away) Me they’re figuring to carry out.
Paden knows that no explanation will suffice here. Sadly, he turns away from his former riding companion and leaves.
EXT. ALLEY BEHIND MIDNIGHT STAR – NIGHT
Rae waits nervously behind the noisy saloon, peering into the darkness.