Thursday, August 27, 2009

Reflections script - Act 5 (The Young Riders)

ACT 5

FADE IN

24. Ext. Terrain – a short time later

Three horses make their way down the trail and begin to slow down. As they stop we see Genevieve, Cody and Buck slowing down to a halt.

BUCK

They should have caught up to us by now. I’m going back.

GENEVIEVE

I’m going with you.

BUCK

Take her back to Rock Creek. Tell Teaspoon what happened.

GENEVIEVE

I’m going with you.

CODY

We need to get you away from Mackenzie. We’ll come back for them.

Genevieve refuses to move.

BUCK

They risked their lives to make sure you got to safety. You owe it to them to go back to Rock Creek.

Genevieve reluctantly nods her agreement. Buck descends in the opposite direction as Cody and Genevieve ride off toward Rock Creek.

25. Int. Sheriff’s Office – late morning

Close up on Jimmy who is still unconscious on a cot in one of the jail cells. He begins to awaken gaining his vision slowly. He turns his view to the cell beside him. The camera pulls out to show Lou unconscious in the opposite cell. Jimmy jumps out of his cot, catching himself from falling and kneels down to the bars. He grabs her hand. Close up on her wounds revealing a gun shot to her left shoulder and right side. Close up on his hand picking up hers.

JIMMY

Lou? Lou. You need to wake up.

No response.

JIMMY

Lou. Can you hear me?

We see Lou begin to stir in the cot. She slowly opens her eyes.

JIMMY

Hey there. How are you feeling?

LOU

How do I look?

JIMMY

Great.

LOU

You’re a bad liar.

JIMMY

(to the onlookers)

He needs a doctor!

MACKENZIE

No she doesn’t.

JIMMY

If she doesn’t get to a doctor she could die.

MACKENIE

Good, one less prisoner to transport to Ft. Kearney tomorrow.

JIMMY

We’re not your prisoners.

MACKENZIE

Oh, yes you are. Helping a prisoner escape is punishable by death.

JIMMY

Fine, bring us to trial, but get her to a doctor. As a prisoner she has the right to a doctor.

MEMBER #2

He’s right Mac. I can go get the doc right now.

MACKENZIE

No Billy, I said no doctor!

Billy walks to the door.

MACKENZIE

No doctor!

BILLY

I’m not getting the doc. I just need some fresh air.

Billy exits the office. We watch as he walks off of the front steps and to the side of the building. A hand reaches for him and pulls him out of view. The camera rounds the corner showing Buck holding his gun on Billy.

26. Int. Rock Creek Marshal’s office. – same time

Teaspoon is sitting at his desk writing. We turn to the front door as The Kid and Noah enter.

THE KID

Teaspoon, I don’t have a good feeling.

TEASPOON

Now there is no reason to go worrying yourself. I told you, I just sent the others
to give them something to do.

THE KID

Something’s wrong, I know it.

NOAH

Teaspoon’s right. There isn’t anything to worry about. They’re all probably bored
out of their minds wandering the trails to Fort Kearney right now. Cody’s annoying
everyone with his singing and the rest are deciding who gets to shoot him.

THE KID

(chuckling)

I’m sure Lou would be the first to volunteer.

They both smile.

27. Ext. Sheriff’s office – same time

The scene picks up where it left off. Buck is holding his gun on Billy as he is pushed against the office wall.

BUCK

What happened to my friends?

BILLY

Mac’s holding them in the office. He has them both locked up. The girl’s hurt pretty bad.

BUCK

How bad?

BILLY

She took a couple of hits. Where’s my sister?

BUCK

Your sister?

BILLY

Genevieve. Where is she?

BUCK

She’s on her way back to Rock Creek. If she’s your sister why are you helping the sheriff?

BILLY

He doesn’t know who I am. I left right after my father died. When I came back I was told
Genny was in big trouble and they were sending I posse out for her. I figured if I joined
I could protect her.

Buck re-holsters his gun.

BUCK

She’s riding back now. Marshal Hunter will come with help.

BILLY

They better get here soon. Mackenzie wants to head out to Ft. Kearney first thing tomorrow morning.

Buck pulls a note from his pocket.

BUCK

Can you get a message to them?

Billy nods. Buck hands him the note which Billy reads to himself. Again he nods and quickly leaves Buck. Billy returns to the office.

MACKENZIE

Where did you go?

BILLY

I told you I needed some fresh air.

Billy goes to the water bucket. Scooping out some water he takes a sip.

BILLY

(to Jimmy)

She looks thirsty.

Jimmy continues to stare at Lou.

BILLY

Some water might help.

Billy scoops out another mug of water and brings it over to the bars. Close up on Billy’s hand where we can see a small piece of paper protruding from under the mug. Jimmy stands up taking both the mug and paper from Billy. Jimmy puts the paper in his pocket as he places the mug through the bars and to Lou’s lips. She takes a sip of the water. Jimmy puts the mug off to the side. Billy takes a seat on one of the office chairs.

28. Ext. Rock Creek Main Street – late afternoon

Two riders make their way down the rocky street at top speed. They come to a stop in front of the Marshal’s office. Both riders dismount and head into the office. The camera follows them in. The Kid, Noah and Teaspoon all jump to their feet.

TEASPOON

What happened?

CODY

Lou was right. Sheriff Mackenzie’s a fake. He was looking for an opportunity to kill Genevieve

THE KID

Where’s Lou?

CODY

I’m not sure. Jimmy and Lou got separated from us. Buck’s still there trying to find them.

The Kid walks to the door.

NOAH

Kid wait.

THE KID

I knew I should have ridden out last night. I’m not waiting anymore.

GENEVIEVE:

I’m coming with you.

TEASPOON

No, you’re not. Why does Mackenzie want you dead?

GENEVIEVE

I watched Buford kill a man and Mackenzie helped cover it up.

TEASPOON

So you killed him in self-defense?

Genevieve nods.

TEASPOON

Then you need to stay here. If you can testify against Mackenzie there is no way
you’re going back there.

GENEVIEVE

I’m not staying here. Lou believed in me. If something happened to her I’m going.
Besides, my brother and sister are there too.

TEASPOON

Where are they?

GENEVIEVE

My sister is at the hotel probably scared out of her mind. She watched Buford take
me away. My brother was part of the posse that came looking for me. He came to
help. It’s always been just the three of us. Nobody else cared, until Lou.

THE KID

If Lou was protecting you, it was for a good reason. She would want you to stay out
of harm’s way. But I’m going after them.

The Kid exits the office.

TEASPOON

Alright, you two go with him and take Genevieve to the station with you. Let Rachel
know what’s going on. I’ll get Barnett to watch the office and I’ll meet you at the
edge of town.

29. Ext. Edge of Rock Creek – 20 minutes later

Teaspoon rides up to the three awaiting riders. They trot into a gallop riding out of town.

30. Int. Station Bunkhouse Doorway – minutes later

We see Genevieve looking out from the doorway. She slowly sneaks out from the bunkhouse heading in the direction of the stables dressed in slacks and a white button down shirt.

31. Ext. Terrain – night

The riders have built a fire and laid out their bedrolls around it. Teaspoon and The Kid are wide awake as Noah and Cody appear to be fast asleep.

TEASPOON

Kid, you need to get some rest.

THE KID

We both know that’s not gonna happen.

TEASPOON

There’s nothing to worry about until there’s something to worry about.

THE KID

Where are Lou and Jimmy? That’s something to worry about.

TEASPOON

We’ll find them, Kid.

Close up on The Kid’s face as the camera blends out of focus.

32. Int. Sheriff’s office – that night

Blurred close up pulls out to reveal a sweat soaked Lou. Camera pulls out more as we now see Jimmy wiping the sweat from her face. He looks out to those outside of the cell. He appears defeated and hopeless.

FADE OUT

END OF ACT 5

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