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The Journey Birth of an American Family
by Thomas Gajan (tgajan1@hotmail.com)

Rated: PG   Genre: Drama   User Review: ***
true family story,Seminole Indians over four generations.Some murdered,one sold into indentureship in 1901


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THE JOURNEY BIRTH OF AN AMERICAN FAMILY

EXT. FLORIDA THE YEAR IS 1841 - DAY
                                                            
SHOW CREDITS
                                                            
tropical vegetation,and a variety of birds,and flowering
vegetation.The vast remoteness is stunning.But there are
predators there also.And some walk on two legs.
                                                            
Indians are being treated savagely by American soldiers.
                                                            
                       NARRATOR
This true story is dedicated to
the four generations that lived
and are living it.
                                                            
                                         INDIAN CAMP
                                                            
A young teenage girl is watching as her parents are being
brutalized by soldiers.
                                                            
                       UNKNOWN
I said SIT, stay down and you wont
be shot..savy?
                                                            
A woman has been thrown in with the others. she is clutching
her child tightly.Afterwards she checks the baby then speaks
                                                            
                       DAWN
      (angry)
I thought we peacefully
surrendered..They are treating us
like animals.
                                                            
                       BILL
Makes you wonder who,s
civilized,doesn't it?
                                                            
                       DAWN
CIVILIZED?
                                                            

2.

                       BILL
      (looking around)
get use to it,and the long walk to
Oaklahoma.
                                                            
                       DAWN
With this kinda treatment there
won,t be many of us left when we
get there.
                                                            
                       BILL
Have you seen our daughter?
                                                            
                       DAWN
      (hopeful)
I think she made it to the edge of
the camp.They haven,t made it
there yet..Maybe she got away.
                                                            
AT THE OPPOSITE END OF CAMP
                                                            
John is concerned,unknown to him cavalrymen will soon arrive
to help the soldiers who have already taken many tribal
members captive.John is hiding at one end of a wagon,and
sarah the other.
                                                            
                       JOHN
this doesn,t make sense
                                                            
as Sarah looks towards where the soldiers are,she is
dumbfounded at how they are treating her people.
                                                            
                       SARAH
Why? why?
                                                            
John walks up beside her.
                                                            
                       JOHN
      (looks at Sarah)
We must leave now.
                                                            
Margaret appears from behind one of the army wagons,She is
really scared.she has just witnessed her parents capture,and
it wasn't pretty.
                                                            

3.

                       MARGARET
      (totally freaked)
HELP,we have to help them.
                                                            
John and Sarah see her.
                                                            
                       JOHN
      (consoling)
Calm down Margaret..Where,s your
mom and dad?
                                                            
trying to catch her breath she speaks
                                                            
                       MARGARET
They were caught.We gotta get away
from here.
                                                            
                       SARAH
      (calmly to john)
Look around,she,s right,anywhere
would be better than here.
                                                            
                       JOHN
There,s nothing we can do for
them.We must leave now.
                                                            
                       MARGARET
      (calmer)
I,am ready,lets go
                                                            
John holds his index finger up to lips signaling them to be
quiet.
                                                            
                       JOHN
The soldiers are getting
closer..It,s now or never.
                                                            
These men aren't happy.having fought for years against the
Seminoles.And these ones are still giving them
trouble.Suddenly Indians start dashing off.Including the
Maze family.
                                                            
                                         COLONEL
                                                            
on horseback
                                                            

4.

                       COLONEL
      (sees them
       escaping)
Get those damn Indians,Before we
loose them.
                                                            
                       UNKNOWN
HALT..HALT
                                                            
soldier fires at but misses fleeing Indians.colonel
dismounts,a soldier takes his horse.
                                                            
a Sargent approaches and salutes,the colonel returns the
salute
                                                            
                       COLONEL
      (agitated)
Sargent,what in the world is going
on here?
                                                            
                       SARGENT
Sir,They all took off in a panic
when you arrived.
                                                            
upset about all the confusion he starts shouting orders to
every man in sight,starting with the sargent.
                                                            
                       COLONEL
Well get em back..You men get over
here and help..Hey soldier, get
moving.
                                                            
A soldier reports to the Sargent,then he informs the colonel
                                                            
                       SARGENT
We got most of them sir,but
several got away.
                                                            
still pissed
                                                            
                       COLONEL
      (to the Sargent)
So,get some trackers and find
them..NOW.
                                                            
As the Sargent leaves he shouts to other soldiers
                                                            

5.

                       SARGENT
Find someone to track these damn
Indians.
                                                            
                       COLONEL
      (to wagon drivers)
Bring those wagons up here so we
can get these Indians loaded.
                                                            
we see indians being loaded into caged wagons.Others are
being shackeled with leg irons.This is not the peaceful
surrender the Indians thought they had negotiated.
                                                            
 
EXT. NEAR THE RIVER - DAY
                                                            
You hear them panting.They stop in knee high grass,then
kneel down to hide.If they are caught, death will be their
reward.
                                                            
Sarah stares at John and is hung on his every word,
                                                            
                       JOHN
      (looking around)
Some men are following us..Thank
God It,s going to be dark soon.
                                                            
                                         INDIAN TRACKERS
                                                            
following close behind checking for sign
                                                            
                                         AT THE RIVER
                                                            
they are all huddled together,the women are scared to
death,but Margaret shows some backbone.
                                                            
                       JOHN
      (looks towards
       river)
We can loose them if we cross the
river..Are you two ready?
                                                            
                       MARGARET
Been ready.
                                                            

6.

                       JOHN
Lets go before they find us...Stay
close and be quiet
                                                            
                       SARAH
women can be quiet.
                                                            
                       JOHN
Yea...right.
                                                            
                       MARGARET
      (annoyed at them)
you two gonna talk all day?
                                                            
John ignores them.
                                                            
                       JOHN
Sarah give me your hand.
      (pauses)
no lets walk along the shorline
                                                            
                       SARAH
Why not cross now?
                                                            
                       JOHN
      (looks at Sarah)
There has to be someone tracking
us.If they see us we,re done.
                                                            
they walk along the river in the brush stopping several
times so john can look and listen for the men following
them.Finally, when he,s sure it,s safe to cross,they enter
and cross the river.Unlike Margaret Sarah needs help,she,s
not a good swimmer.
                                                            
THEY HAVE CROSSED THE RIVER
                                                            
They are hiding in heavy cover.John is looking towards the
river,Sarah is shivering,and Margaret is sitting with her
head between her legs completely wore out,dazed and wet.John
believes they have finally lost the men that were tracking
them.
                                                            
                       JOHN
The river did its job.Now it,s our
turn.
                                                            

7.

                       MARGARET
      (raises head)
Boy.. what a day so far.
                                                            
Sarah just shakes her head and laughs at Margaret's
statement.
                                                            
                       JOHN
You have a talent for
understatement.
                                                            
                       MARGARET
I think.. I,m gonna die.
                                                            
                       JOHN
It,s a long way to my cousins,and
a very hard trip.You can die
there..free.
                                                            
                       SARAH
Free..We,ll never be free again?
                                                            
                       JOHN
I know one thing. I,ll be free or
dead.
                                                            
                       MARY
      (shivering)
I,am wet can we build a fire?
                                                            
John and Sarah just look at each other,they can,t believe
what Margaret said.John shouts at her.
                                                            
                       JOHN
ARE YOU CRAZY?
                                                            
                       SARAH
      (to Margaret)
You should know better.
                                                            
                       MARGARET
What..I,am wet..and cold.
                                                            
John is really getting feed up with Margaret's idiotic
mistakes.With each word he moves closer to her face.
                                                            

8.

                       JOHN
Do you want to be wet..cold... and
dead? A fire can be seen for
miles.
                                                            
                       MARGARET
      (defensively)
I,am so cold I just didn,t think.
                                                            
                       SARAH
I,am tired of this running..and
hiding..and always being scared.
                                                            
                       JOHN
      (to Sarah)
Freedom comes with a price.
                                                            
The women are extremely tired,both drop to the ground
exhausted.
                                                            
                       SARAH
I gotta rest.
                                                            
                       MARGARET
I,am tired... beyond tired,beyond
exhausted.I tell you I feel like
I,am gonna drop dead.
                                                            
                       SARAH
If your so ready to die,do it..If
not, then shut up and go to sleep.
                                                            
                       JOHN
You women ,All you do is talk and
complain.its getting dark.so lets
get some rest now while we can.
                                                            
night begins to fall.John keeps watch until he feels
safe,then he to sleeps.
                                                            
 
EXT. JOHN SARAH AND MARGARET - DAY
                                                            
John and Sarah wake,Margaret is gone and they both get up
and move to a fallen tree.They sit quietly thinking about
what to do next.Sarah looks around for Margaret.
                                                            

9.

                       JOHN
Indians north of here will help
us.We just need to get there.
                                                            
                       SARAH
some different clothing would help
us blend in.
                                                            
John senses something is wrong..
                                                            
                       JOHN
So,whats wrong.
                                                            
                       SARAH
      (confused)
Where is that girl?
                                                            
                       JOHN
who knows
                                                            
                       SARAH
I hope she,s not their latest
victim.
                                                            
Margaret finally returns with berries.Then acts and talks as
though they have all just been out for a walk.
                                                            
                       MARGARET
So what have you two been talking
about?
                                                            
John grabs her shoulders,then speaks
                                                            
                       JOHN
      (angry)
Where have you been?you should not
walk off like that.Don't you
realize how dangerous that is?
                                                            
shows berries
                                                            
                       MARGARET
I found these berries for us to
eat....you do eat.
                                                            

10.

sees john is getting even more angry,she changes the
subject.she moves towards her and take some berries from
her.
                                                            
                       SARAH
Oh yea I eat.
                                                            
then john walks away feed up with her.He waves his hand at
her while walking away.
                                                            
                       MARGARET
I can barely muster the desire to
move another inch.Especially with
his attitude.
                                                            
                       SARAH
      (as she sits down)
Your wrong,this is a very
dangerous situation,you need to
treat it like one.
                                                            
he heard what Margaret said and returns.
                                                            
                       JOHN
      (to Margaret)
I don't have an attitude.Maybe we
should give up,before you get us
killed.
                                                            
right in johns face
                                                            
                       MARGARET
I don't know about you ,But I,am
not ready to give up,or die.
                                                            
john looks to Sarah for help with her.
                                                            
                       SARAH
      (to John)
Remember,she is young.
                                                            
                       JOHN
yea,she,s gonna get us all killed.
                                                            
Margaret ignores john and decides it,s time to leave,as she
helps Sarah stand.
                                                            

11.

                       MARGARET
Come on girl,Get up and start
moving.It,s time to start our new
life...And its hard to start it on
your backside.
                                                            
                       SARAH
Really...feet first?
                                                            
                       JOHN
Margaret,your just so help full
today.
                                                            
as she helps pull Sarah to her feet she speaks to john
                                                            
                       MARGARET
Oh yea..that,s me,always helpful,
                                                            
They begin walking away from the river,Margaret starts to
complain again.
                                                            
                       MARGARET
And wet,and cold,and tired,an
                                                            
john interrupts her
                                                            
                       JOHN
And quiet.
                                                            
                       SARAH
That means shut up.
                                                            
different scenes of their journey,Meeting with
Indians,Getting clothing,and the Indians give them each a
horse. Crossing the mountains of Tennessee,and
Kentucky.Foraging on the way,But always away from any people
they see,Or hear.Trying to restrict daylight movement when
near any populated areas.The mountains are beautiful,showing
their fall colors.
                                                            
 

12.

INT. THEY ARE AT THEIR COUSINS HOME - DAY
                                                            
Modest cabin set in the country.Soon they will learn how to
hide ,and disguise themselves to blend in.They talk and make
plans.It won,t be easy.Being born in Florida,they have never
seen or experienced winter,
                                                            
Michael, and are John outside sitting in chairs under a
large tree.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
Well John, Are you finally tired
of fighting the white man?
                                                            
                       JOHN
I sure am....And running,and
hiding.
                                                            
pauses as he thinks,then leans forward in his chair.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
I tried to tell you years
ago.There,s just to many of them.
                                                            
                       JOHN
Well I had to learn my lesson the
hard way.
                                                            
Mary approaches.
                                                            
                       MARY
      (asks john)
How is your wife and Margaret?
                                                            
                       JOHN
They,re fine..I think..getting
here was very hard and
dangerous.Guess I never really
asked.
                                                            
she is upset.In her opinion he either doesn't realize how
hard,and or doesn't care that the journey was really
difficult for the women.
                                                            

13.

                       MARY
I,ll go and check on them.You guys
talk about the weather,or other
important things.
                                                            
John is stunned.to him Mary being upset about what she
perceives as his lack of concern about his wife,and Margaret
after such a long trip is trivial,and childish
                                                            
                       JOHN
      (to Michael)
I,d say they,re probably wore
out,just like me.What,s her
problem?I,d like to relax for
awhile.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
You can relax later.Now we gotta
make plans.Winter will be here
soon.
                                                            
                       JOHN
Winter.. snow.I have heard of it
but never seen any.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
In this area we see it by the
feet.When it,s that deep you can,t
get anywhere.
                                                            
                       JOHN
WOW...feet?
                                                            
Mary returns.John doesn't like her attitude,or what she
said.
                                                            
                       JOHN
What is your problem?
                                                            
                       MARY
I don't have a problem.But yours
are just begining.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
Mary,Please,John doesn't need your
attitude right now.
                                                            

14.

Mary stares then leaves,
                                                            
                       JOHN
Man that was worse than the trip.
                                                            
laughs
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
Yea,I gotta live with those
stares.
                                                            
They both laugh.
                                                            
                       JOHN
Boy That felt good.Laughing I
mean,Not that stare.
                                                            
                       SARAH
What are you talking about?
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
A lot of things,including that
winter is not far away
                                                            
John remarks about the fall foliage.
                                                            
                       JOHN
Boy the color of the trees is so
beautiful
                                                            
Mary passes by on her way to the kitchen
                                                            
                       MARY
Did you tell him about the cold
snowy winters here?
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
Yep,but he,ll have to see it to
understand.
                                                            
                                         WINTER STORM
                                                            
Winter has arrived with plenty of snow. and A blizzard snow
bounds them.John and Michael have just returned from feeding
the stock which they have brought into the barn because of

15.

the storm.After they enter John fights against the wind and
snow blowing in the doorway,he can barely get the door shut.
                                                            
                       JOHN
My God,how can you live with this?
                                                            
as he is pealing off his outer garments.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
This is called a blizzard.
                                                            
they spend a few moments by the fireplace warming
themselves.Michael his hands and face ,John his backside.
                                                            
John looks towards the window.
                                                            
                       JOHN
You cant see a thing.Nice trick
with that rope.
                                                            
John moves closer to the window,and Michael sits in a chair.
                                                            
Mary comes in to help her husband, and brings them something
warm to drink
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
Thank you dear.
      (he sips his
       coffee)
when it snows this hard you can
get lost just a few feet from the
house.
                                                            
John is so concerned,he paces several times the length of
the window peering out when he stops at each end.Mary finds
it a little funny
                                                            
as she hands him his coffee
                                                            
                       MARY
Are you afraid of a few
snowflakes?
                                                            
John turns his head and responds
                                                            

16.

                       JOHN
Thank you
      (sips his coffee)
that,s more than a few.
                                                            
                       MARY
      (to michael)
wow...he can count
                                                            
John looks at Michael for help,He just shakes his head and
giggles.
                                                            
                       MARY
I,am going to bed.
                                                            
silence for a few seconds until she is gone.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
Boy you two...It,s gonna be an
unforgettably long winter...I
wonder if I,ll survive?
                                                            
                       JOHN
she never stops.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
ignore her.
      (another sip)
I do it all the time.
                                                            
looks out window again.
                                                            
                       JOHN
It will stop.
      (he pauses looks
       at Michael)
Right?
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
Yea,It will stop.I,am going to
bed.
      (as he walks away)
goodnight
                                                            
all the chit chat has awakened Sarah
                                                            

17.

                       SARAH
Are you done?
      (as she approaches
       him)
How about some sleep?
                                                            
                       JOHN
      (pointing at
       window)
Did you see this?
                                                            
                       SARAH
      (takes his hand)
come on,we,ll look in the morning.
                                                            
they all retire. by morning the storm has ended.several
other storms occur ,but none with the force of this
one.Spring is slow to arrive,but it does.
                                                            
 
EXT. CABIN IN THE MOUNTAINS - DAY
                                                            
MOUNTAIN TOP VIEW WHERE CABIN IS BEING BUILT
                                                            
The whole valley can be seen from the site of the new
cabin.Sarah picked this site for her home.
                                                            
Along with Michael,and several other cousins work has begun
on John and Sarah's cabin.Clearing land and fitting logs
together for the cabin is hard work.
                                                            
You see several men cutting down trees,still others are
wrapping chains around fallen ones,and harnessing horses to
them to pull them closer to the cabin.As they approach the
foundation of house they stop.its John and Michael job to
hone down the logs and fit then for the frame.
                                                            
tired and sweaty
                                                            
                       JOHN
      (somewhat amazed)
It,s nothing like our thatched
homes in Florida.
                                                            

18.

                       MICHAEL
      (with humor)
No..It,s better...And much safer.
                                                            
                       JOHN
Man It,s a lot of work.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
You need to build a cabin that
blends in with the other homes
around here.
                                                            
                       JOHN
I know that.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
That's enough talking,lets get
back to work,or we,ll never get
done.
                                                            
                       JOHN
      (feels down)
I,am just so tired.
                                                            
John questions his decisions so far.
                                                            
                       JOHN
Maybe it would have been better
and easier to let them take us to
Oaklahoma.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
John..stop second guessing
yourself.
                                                            
SARAH AND MARY BRING LUNCH FOR THEM
                                                            
Riding up in a buck board,Sarah is thrilled.
                                                            
As the women arrive John and Michael approach the wagon.
                                                            
                       SARAH
It,s really taking shape..Starting
to look like a home..Are you guys
hungry?
                                                            

19.

turns towards other workers.
                                                            
                       SARAH
Hey guys you hungry?There,s a
larger basket in here for you.
                                                            
                       MARY
men are always hungry.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
And women are always talking.
                                                            
                       JOHN
me too.I could eat a horse.
                                                            
As the women spread a blanket under a tree nearby the men
cleanup in the stream,then join them.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
What are we having?
                                                            
                       MARY
Sit down,we,ll get it ready then
you can eat.
                                                            
                       SARAH
      (looking in lunch
       basket)
chicken,pork and beans,potatoes,
salad,and bread.
                                                            
John has been taking longer at the stream.He finally joins
them.they are seated together on the ground.Then as usual
John and Mary get into it.
                                                            
                       JOHN
What are we having?
                                                            
                       MARY
MEN. your as bad as Michael,sit
down and then you,ll see.
                                                            
John thinks about saying something to Mary but Michael
interrupts him.
                                                            

20.

                       MICHAEL
hey,you better be careful John.
                                                            
                       MARY
      (looking at John)
No he,s safe.I left my arsenic at
home today
                                                            
                       SARAH
Could the two of you try getting
along..It,s such a nice day.
                                                            
They finish lunch ,and say goodbye to the men.The men
continue too work until it,s nearly dark,then return home
tired and hungry.This is repeated daily until finally the
work is done.
                                                            
 
INT. SARAH AND JOHNS DAUGHTER IS BORN - DAY
                                                            
years go by,Life has been good,and they have two sons.The
year is 1862
                                                            
A GIRL IS BORN
                                                            
In their log home John is pacing back and forth between
several friends.He is really nervous.He hears a baby cry
out,then rushes upstairs towards the bedroom.A cousin has
birthed his child.
                                                            
                       COUSIN
      (excited)
Oh my Sarah---this girl is
beautiful.
                                                            
                       SARAH
      (proudly speaks)
Yes, All my children are.
                                                            
                       COUSIN
But why Sarahilda You know people
are just gonna call her Sarah.
                                                            
as John arrives Sarah sees him
                                                            

21.

                       SARAH
      (points at john)
John named her. And you know he is
no good with names.
                                                            
                       JOHN
No good with names,maybe,but I
know how to pick a wife.
                                                            
                       SARAH
      (looks at john)
And exactly what are you up to?
                                                            
                       JOHN
Not a thing dear...Do I need
permission to flatter my wife now
and then?
                                                            
                       SARAH
No,It just seldom happens,And
startles me when it does.
                                                            
John walks away,he has heard someone come in the house.And
Sarahs comments have upset him so he goes away to calm
down,and see who has arrived.
                                                            
                       COUSIN
Sarah,You need to go easy on him.
                                                            
                       SARAH
Easy on him.I guess I,am just. I
don,t know...in a..confused.
                                                            
                       COUSIN
In a bad mood? Don,t take it out
on him.
                                                            
                       SARAH
      (realizes shes
       wrong)
I guess your right.
                                                            
MICHAEL AND MARY COME TO SEE THE BABY
                                                            
john yells up that it,s Michael and Mary.
                                                            

22.

                       MARY
      (as she peeks at
       the baby)
Hello Sarah,hello there little
girl.What,s wrong with your
husband?
                                                            
                       SARAH
I hurt his feelings.
                                                            
                       COUSIN
Gotta go. My husband is expecting
me home.Bye.
                                                            
Mary sits on the bed beside Sarah
                                                            
                       MARY
You look tired.Lots of work,having
babies.
                                                            
                       SARAH
Where,s Michael? doesn't he want
to see the baby?
                                                            
                       MARY
      (as she peeks
       again)
He,s with john.Let them be.Lets
you and I and this adorable,little
girl visit alone for awhile.
                                                            
                       MARY
Are you done having babies.
                                                            
                       SARAH
      (tired and sore)
I think so.This one was hard.Maybe
I,am getting old.
                                                            
                       MARY
thirty seven isn,t old...is it?
                                                            
Sarah laughs
                                                            
                       SARAH
well maybe it is.
                                                            

23.

                       MARY
      (jokingly)
Maybe john will give up the
process for making them.
                                                            
                       SARAH
HA,are you kidding.You once told
me you knew all about men.
                                                            
they both laugh,then Michael appears.
                                                            
                       MARY
where you been?
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
Down stairs talking with John.He
had to leave and take your cousin
home,along with his friends.Her
husband never showed up.How,s the
baby?
                                                            
                       SARAH
She,s great. want to take a
look?Go around to the other side.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
      (amazed)
My.. They are all wrinkled looking
the first few days.She looks good
though..wrinkled but good.
                                                            
Mary gets that,my stupid husband has spoken again attitude
                                                            
                       MARY
WRINKLED..We cant stay long.I just
wanted to make sure you and the
baby were fine.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
Where are the kids?
                                                            
                       SARAH
they,re over at cousin mikes
house.
                                                            
they hear someone come in
                                                            

24.

                       JOHN
      (yells up)
Its me dear.I,ll be right up
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
      (rushes out)
Hey great looking girl.See you
later,gotta talk to John.
                                                            
                       MARY
      (speaking as he
       leaves)
Ask him if he,s here to stay.
                                                            
                       SARAH
You guys can go.Hes in for the
evening.
                                                            
looks at the baby
                                                            
                       SARAH
      (speaks to her)
He,s ours for the rest of the
evening
                                                            
                       MARY
      (loving then stern)
Then I,ll go.Take care,and make
sure you stay put for a few days.
                                                            
Mary leans over kisses Sarah,then the baby.
                                                            
                       MARY
Goodbye.Be back in a few days.
                                                            
OUTSIDE AS THEY LEAVE
                                                            
                       MARY
What were you and John talking
about?
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
Statehood,and this war between the
north and south.We,re concerned
about what,s gonna happen after it
ends,and who the winner
            (MORE)

25.

                       MICHAEL (cont'd)
is.Everything,s so uncertain.
                                                            
                       MARY
Seems like we have more and more
to worry about every year.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
Yea,This war is really serious for
all of us.
                                                            
john returns to his wife and new baby girl
                                                            
                       SARAH
What were you guys talking about?
                                                            
                       JOHN
We have a new baby.Possibly a new
state.. They have a new
president.. And we have a new war
going on around us..so many new
worries...man.
                                                            
                       SARAH
IT,ll be fine.I,am sorry for
earlier.
                                                            
                       JOHN
That,s alright.with everything
that,s going on everyone,s moody.
                                                            
                       SARAH
Worrying won,t change a thing.
                                                            
three years go by.Sarah was right her predictions have come
true.The men have worried,but nothing has happened to any
family member.
                                                            
 
EXT. CIVIL WAR ERA NEAR PARKERSBURG - DAY
                                                            
EASTER DAY 1865
                                                            
john and his family,along with Michael,and Mary are near the
town of Parkersburg.They see many union soldiers along the
way.John and Michael are on horseback,and the women and

26.

children are in a large carriage.The men are in front
leading.
                                                            
john sees some soldiers camped along the river
                                                            
                       JOHN
      (to Michael)
My,so many soldiers.Thank God this
war keeps their attention away
from us.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
That,s true,but they stop people
constantly at check points all
over the area.I think there,s one
on this main road.We can go around
them if you turn here.
                                                            
                       SARAH
      (nervous)
Mary. Are we gonna be alright.Or
should we turn around and go back
home?
                                                            
                       MARY
      (concerned)
If we turn around and someone sees
us that could be worse.
                                                            
john overhears them and turns back to speak to his wife
                                                            
                       JOHN
It,s not much farther.I think
we,ll be fine.If we,re stopped
just try not to be nervous.
                                                            
The kids are acting up and Mary quiets them down.they
finally get to town and get some supplies.Their visit is
short because there are many soldiers there ,and as little
interaction as needed is what,s called for.The soldiers seem
to be celebrating it confuses them.They return home and talk
about what,s going on.
                                                            
                       MARY
      (to Sarah)
I,ll take the kids inside,and get
them something to eat,then join
            (MORE)

27.

                       MARY (cont'd)
you
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
Lets go around back.There,s plenty
of chairs,and tables there. Seems
I,am always having some sort of
family meeting.
                                                            
Sarah laughs
                                                            
                       SARAH
Meetings,you mean complaining
sessions.
                                                            
                       JOHN
      (serious)
The thing that upsets me is
Lincoln freed the blacks,but has
done nothing for us.
                                                            
                       SARAH
And what should he do? They don,t
consider us civilized,to them
we,re savages.That and their to
busy killing each other to be
concerned.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
Sarah,s right.The thing is this
war won,t last forever.It,s what
happens when it does end ,and who
the winner is that,s important..
                                                            
                       JOHN
From what I have seen so far
there won,t be a winner..Look at
Gettysburg.Thousands upon
thousands killed..Maybe there
won,t be enough whites left to be
worried about?
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
Yea, a lot have died,But there,s
plenty left to fight.
                                                            

28.

                       SARAH
The south has lost the war..They
just don,t know it yet.
                                                            
cousin mike shows up
                                                            
                       MIKE
      (excited)
Have you heard the news,the war is
over.
                                                            
jumps to his feet
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
      (shocked)
Really..We wondered what was going
on..We were in town this morning.
                                                            
                       MIKE
I saw you there.But that,s not the
big news..Lincoln has been killed
..A man named Booth shot him.
                                                            
Sarah covers her mouth with her hand,Michael falls back into
his seat,and john is just shaking his head.They all try to
talk at the same time,but john wins out.
                                                            
                       JOHN
      (concerned)
He was the man that kept
everything together.Now what will
happen?
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
      (leans forward in
       his chair)
They,ll be too busy punishing the
south to worry about us.
                                                            
                       SARAH
      (saddened watery
       eyed)
He was a good man.A just man.I,am
sure he will be missed.
                                                            

29.

                       MIKE
I gotta go,bye.
                                                            
Mary comes out with the children. she is bringing drinks for
everyone
                                                            
                       SARAH
Did you hear what happened?
                                                            
                       MARY
      (unbelief)
Yes.Mike came in the house and
told me.Boy what,s next?
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
What ever happens we,ll deal with
it.We have to.
                                                            
                       SARAH
      (concern)
Since they stopped fighting each
other,will they start with us
again?
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
We can,t say what will happen.And
I will not needlessly worry about
what might happen,It,s just a
waste of my time.
                                                            
John,s ready too leave,its been a long day
                                                            
                       JOHN
      (tired)
Lets go home,there,s nothing more
to discuss.Besides it,s getting
late,the kids need to settle down
for awhile after today,Getting
them to sleep will be a chore.
                                                            
as Sarah gets out of her chair
                                                            
                       SARAHILDA
Yea, me too.Goodbye all.
                                                            
Everyone returns to their homes.
                                                            
 

30.

INT. MARYS HOME - DAY
                                                            
Many years have gone by Sarahilda is a grown woman.She and
her mother are visiting Mary.Inside cousin Marys home in her
large kitchen.Mary is baking as they talk,Sarah is helping
her.The year is 1882
                                                            
Mary has been telling her about a white man named Thaddeus
from Pennsylvania.And that it is time for her to be married.
                                                            
after Mary and Sarah put bread in for baking.
                                                            
                       MARY
I know a good man from
Pennsylvania.good husband
material.
                                                            
                       SARAHILDA
Husband..Why do I need one?
                                                            
the women all laugh
                                                            
                       MARY
      (Addresses
       Sarahilda)
I know you want children,and you
will need a man for that.
                                                            
Sarah enlightens Mary after she seats herself at the table.
                                                            
                       SARAH
White men have taken everything
from us,forced us from our
land,beaten and shot us,and you
want her to possibly marry
one...are you crazy?
                                                            
                       SARAHILDA
How long have you know this man?
                                                            
                       MARY
Long enough to know he won,t care
that you,re an Indian.
                                                            

31.

                       MARGARET
      (Bursts Thur door)
Hello Sarah..I heard there was a
meeting today about a man for your
daughter.
                                                            
                       SARAHILDA
      (waves her in)
Hi Margaret,come on in,just leave
the door open,the whole family
hasn,t arrived yet.
                                                            
                       MARGARET
      (looks at Sarah)
Whats wrong? You look really
gloomy.
                                                            
                       SARAHILDA
Mary and I were talking about
men.Mom,as usual,is bashing
them.Especially if their white.
                                                            
Sarah thinks that is funny.Especially knowing Mary as she
does.
                                                            
                       SARAH
No no,that's Marys job,and she is
good at it.
                                                            
Mary has been at one end of the table cutting dough into
loaf sized pieces,she checks the oven then speaks.
                                                            
                       MARY
men don,t need help from
anyone,even me.They do fine all by
themselves.
                                                            
                       MARGARET
Well its about time.20 years old
and still single.
                                                            
                       SARAHILDA
What is it about me being
twenty?Is there some kinda line
you pass at that age that makes
you unfit to be a wife?
                                                            

32.

                       MARGARET
No,but how many prospects could
you have being a Seminole?
                                                            
Sarahilda offended.
                                                            
                       SARAHILDA
As many as you dear cousin,
                                                            
they inform Margaret that he is a white man
                                                            
                       MARGARET
      (surprised)
Your Considering a white man who
knows you,re an Indian?
                                                            
                       SARAHILDA
      (has an attitude)
Yea,I guess he is not as prejudice
as you are.
                                                            
                       MARY
Yes,But Thaddeus is not your
normal man.Sarah,give me a hand
with this oven.
                                                            
                       SARAHILDA
what,s he like then?
                                                            
she and Sarah remove the bread,and put more in.Sarah returns
to her seat.
                                                            
                       MARY
He openly speaks,and socializes
with Indians from any tribe.Many
people don't like him for it,But
he says it doesn't bother him.
                                                            
                       SARAHILDA
      (amazed)
WOW,you don't meet that kinda man
often do you?
                                                            
                       MARY
Do you want to meet him? I can set
you up.
                                                            

33.

                       SARAH
Mary,you are as bad as these
youngins,and twice as dumb.
                                                            
                       MARY
Whats so bad about helping her
find a man?You need to settle down
cousin.
                                                            
                       SARAH
No,but a white man.It,s just to
much for me to comprehend.Maybe
I,am prejudice,but they made me
that way.
                                                            
                       MARY
      (to Sarah)
Shes related to almost every
Indian near here.So what is she to
do?
                                                            
                       SARAHILDA
Mom.It,s my choice.So let me make
it.
                                                            
                       MARY
So it,s a go then?Give me several
weeks. I,ll setup a meeting.
                                                            
 
INT. SARAHILDA AND THADDEUS MEET - DAY
                                                            
Sarahilda is intrigued by a white man who apparently has no
prejudice towards any Indians.They are at Marys home when
they meet.Many family members are reserved in their feelings
about this arrangement.But she is excited.
                                                            
Thaddeus has been invited by Mary to meet Sarahilda.The
women await him in the sitting room.They hear a buckboard
outside. Mary opens the door and Thaddeus with his arm
raised was about to knock.
                                                            
smiling
                                                            
                       MARY
Hello Thaddeus.
                                                            

34.

                       THADDEUS
      (as he enters)
Hi...Been waiting for me?
patiently I hope.
                                                            
                       MARY
I know you,re a patient man.
                                                            
                       THADDEUS
I hope people see that in
me...Patience is a virtue.
                                                            
                       MARY
Everyone this is Thaddeus.That
young lady over there is
sarahilda.
                                                            
Michael comes in,John stands in the doorway
                                                            
                       JOHN
      (to Thaddeus)
John,the father.
                                                            
                       MARY
HE is not a priest,he,s her
father.And this is Sarah her
mother.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
      (introduces
       himself first)
So Thaddeus,tell me .How does it
feel being third degreed by all
these women?
                                                            
                       THADDEUS
It hasn,t started yet.
                                                            
without looking at Michael
                                                            
                       MARY
Go away dear...Now please
                                                            
                       JOHN
Come on Michael,lets leave, before
you get in real trouble like him
                                                            

35.

                       SARAH
Goodbye both of you.
                                                            
                       JOHN
      (as he turns to
       leave)
Good luck young man,Your gonna
need it.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
Hey,lets go fishing,like the women
are.Except we,ll use poles,and
different bait.
                                                            
                       MARY
Maybe we should have had a priest
here,to give them two their last
rights.
                                                            
                       THADDEUS
Is this a bad time?
                                                            
                       MARY
No...Now that the two comedians
have left,you and sarahilda can
talk.
                                                            
John pokes head in the doorway
                                                            
                       JOHN
If you survive this get
together,we,ll talk.
                                                            
                       SARAHILDA
Go away dad.I hear Indians don't
bother you,Is that true?
                                                            
                       THADDEUS
      (confused by all
       the talk)
Well really don't know that
many..But I guess...Yes thats true
                                                            
                       SARAHILDA
Guess.
                                                            

36.

                       THADDEUS
No.Peoples attitudes,and
prejudices is what bothers me.
                                                            
smiles
                                                            
                       SARAHILDA
Wow.your such a big,and tall man.
                                                            
                       THADDEUS
My family is from Sweden,They grow
big there.Hardy,and hard working.
                                                            
                       SARAHILDA
So why do you come down this
way?What business have you here?
                                                            
                       THADDEUS
today I wanted to meet you.
                                                            
she doesn't,t respond.then timidly speaks
                                                            
                       SARAHILDA
We need to spend some time getting
to know each other.Dont you agree?
                                                            
Sarah hears the men in the kitchen laughing and joking about
what they perceive as THE TRAP.
                                                            
                       SARAH
I,am gonna check on your
father,maybe he needs some help
finding the river.
                                                            
                       SARAHILDA
Mother.
                                                            
                       SARAH
      (to Thaddeus)
Just kidding.
                                                            
                       MARY
Yea,maybe Michael needs a bath
too. He probably can,t find the
door..I,am not kidding.
                                                            

37.

By the time Mary gets to the kitchen she is nearly lucid.
                                                            
                       MARY
Whats wrong with you two?
                                                            
                       JOHN
Never did like traps,how bout you
michael?
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
      (looks at Mary)
I,am in survival mode right now
thank you.
                                                            
                       MARY
Go away both of you.Neither of you
are helping.
                                                            
                       JOHN
We,re not trying to help you.
                                                            
Mary has spent weeks setting up this meeting.That remark
sets her off.She starts shoving them out the kitchen door.
                                                            
                       MARY
Go fishing,Go do something,Go
away.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
      (OS)
How about our poles?
                                                            
Mary sees them on the table.opens the window and throws them
out.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
      (OS)
And the tackle box.
                                                            
This time she opens the door,and hands him the tackle box.
                                                            
                       MARY
here,now leave.
                                                            
she slams the door in his face.
                                                            

38.

                       SARAH
      (standing in the
       doorway)
Are you finished with them?
                                                            
                       MARY
Boy... you dont know..men
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
      (OS)
I heard that.Thank you.
                                                            
                       SARAH
Can we get back to what we are
here for?..Men.
                                                            
 
EXT. THE WEDDING - DAY
                                                            
After spending several months enjoying each others
company,and getting to know one another they decide to get
married.Thad purchases some property near her family,and
builds a home for them.They have a big wedding outdoors in
June with many family members and friends present.And an
even bigger and better reception.Then settle in and begin
their life together afterwards.
                                                            
Thaddeus is waiting for his bride.As the wedding march is
played she appears with her father.
                                                            
They slowly walk towards him,every eye is on the bride.She
arrives and the preacher delivers the usual sobering speech
of how marriage is a partnership.
                                                            
He proceeds with the ceromony,And after They kiss he
introduces them to the people in attendence.
                                                            
as they turn to face the people.
                                                            
                       PREACHER
Ladies and gentlemen,family and
friends,may I introduce mr,and mrs
Thaddeus Dood Anderson.
                                                            
the guests cheer and throw rice as usual.
                                                            

39.

                       SARAHILDA
I love you.
                                                            
                       THADDEUS
And I love you to dear.
                                                            
                       SARAH
oh dear you look so lovely.
                                                            
                       JOHN
congratulations son,welcome to the
family.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
Thad,Sarah,over here to your
table.John,Sarah your on her side.
                                                            
Michael and Mary sit on Thads side replacing his
parents,they are both deceased.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
Today my wife and I have the honor
of sitting in for Thads parents.
So a toast, as I know he would,too
Thad and Sarahilda.May they know
love always,and may she bare many
children.
                                                            
                       MARY
Michael,behave yourself.You,ll
embarass her.
                                                            
                       JOHN
Lets eat.
                                                            
                       SARAH
no no,do we cut the cake first?
                                                            
                       MARY
I,am not sure.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
      (to the bride and
       groom)
Sit down.I don,t know either. I do
know I,am hungry.
                                                            

40.

many family members and friends congratulate them.There are
children playing,and many people enjoying themselves.
                                                            
                       JOHN
Hey boy.I really want to be a
grandfather,quickly.
                                                            
                       SARAH
John,behave.You and Michael are
two of a kind.
                                                            
                       MARY
Their men,that's all they think
about.That and their stomachs.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
      (giggling)
I bet I know what Thad is thinking
about.And it ain,t food.
                                                            
                       SARAH
A toast.To my new son in law,and
his beautiful bride.May the love
you feel today never die,but
blossoms as the years go by.
                                                            
                       THADDEUS
A toast To my beautiful wife....
wow..I,am married.
                                                            
everyone laughs
                                                            
                       SARAHILDA
You sure are dear.For good.
                                                            
they all sit,food is shuffling around.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
Where,s the bread and butter?
                                                            
                       MARY
Calm down,you won,t starve.
                                                            
                       SARAH
      (to sarahilda)
Dear we need to talk later.
                                                            

41.

                       SARAHILDA
Mom,if it,s what I think we need
not.I know what my duties are.
                                                            
                       COUSIN
Congragulations guys.
                                                            
                       THADDEUS
Thank you.Who was that?
                                                            
                       SARAHILDA
I,am not sure.There are so many
people here,and so many I don,t
even know.
                                                            
                       THADDEUS
I never realized you had so many
relatives here.
                                                            
                       SARAHILDA
Nearly thirty different cousins,a
dozen uncles.It,s gotten totally
outa control.
                                                            
Sarah and Mary talk privately
                                                            
                       MARY
Do you think they,ll make it?
                                                            
                       SARAH
What do you mean?
                                                            
                       MARY
You know. An Indian and a white
man,married.
                                                            
                       SARAH
Do you think maybe that thought
should have crossed your mind
,before you introduced them?
                                                            
as they walk back towards the wedding party
                                                            
                       MARY
Yea...Right..I see your point.
                                                            

42.

as they approach john asks
                                                            
                       JOHN
What are you two up to.
                                                            
without stopping they continue on,but Mary turns and walks
backwards ,then answers him then turns back around
                                                            
                       SARAH
We were talking about fishing.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
      (excited)
I know what that means.
                                                            
                       JOHN
      (doesn't have a
       clue)
What?
                                                            
he follows them
                                                            
                       MARY
John,sometimes you are just so
dense.
                                                            
                       JOHN
      (asks Sarah)
So what does she mean?
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
John come here. It means none of
your business.Go sit down,and stay
out of trouble, if you can.
                                                            
                       JOHN
Why is that woman always on my
case?
                                                            
Sarah and Mary giggle,
                                                            
                       JOHN
yea,real funny ha ha ha
                                                            

43.

                       SARAHILDA
Mary,can you be a bit nicer to my
father,it,s my wedding
day,remember.
                                                            
                       MARY
      (tries to be
       serious)
I,ll try. It,s just every time he
opens his mouth he puts his foot
in it.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
Dear,just chill,will you?
                                                            
                       MARY
      (believes what she
       says)
Tell him to quit talking,then
everything will be fine.
                                                            
                       SARAHILDA
Mother,do something with
her,please.
                                                            
                       SARAH
Alright Mary,this is her
wedding,time to be nice.
                                                            
They do their wedding dance together,sarahilda dances with
her father,Thad with her mom,and nearly everyone with the
bride.It,s been a great day.
                                                            
 
EXT. AT SARAHILDAS HOME - DAY
                                                            
years have gone by four daughters have been born.There's
been a lot of Indian wars out west with many different
tribes.The past ten years have been tense and happy at the
same time for sarahilda.The Sioux,Apache,Comanche,and many
others have captured the attention of the entire family,and
nation, causing many worry filled days and nights.
                                                            
Sarahilda,and Margaret are at Sarahildas home sitting in
separate rocking chairs on the porch.
                                                            

44.

                       SARAHILDA
Boy I never knew raising a family
would be so much work.
                                                            
                       MARGARET
Did you really think it would be
easy...Or is there something else
wrong?
                                                            
                       SARAHILDA
Nothings wrong ,well maybe
Thaddeus is gone to long,and to
often..And all this trouble out
west with so many different
Indians.
                                                            
                       MARGARET
with four daughters.where do you
find the time to miss him..Or
worry?
                                                            
                       SARAHILDA
I love him and I,am pregnant.
                                                            
                       MARGARET
PREGNANT.
                                                            
                       SARAHILDA
Yes,pregnant.. And missing him and
worrying.
                                                            
                       MARGARET
      (giggling)
he must have been home at least
once..Ten years and still a
bride.Thats funny.
                                                            
                       SARAHILDA
No..Its not.He,s easy to love,and
even easier to miss.
                                                            
                       MARGARET
I guess your a lucky woman then..
Or unlucky,depending on your point
of view.
                                                            

45.

                       SARAHILDA
I believe I,am really lucky.
                                                            
                       MARGARET
That's great.. Does that mean I
can go back home?
                                                            
                       SARAHILDA
Yep.iam fine.Thanks for coming by.
                                                            
                       MARGARET
Your welcome,Guess we all at times
need reminded just how lucky we
are..See you later.
                                                            
THADDEUS ARRIVES HOME.
                                                            
                       THADDEUS
What or who are you girls talking
about?
                                                            
                       MARGARET
Luck and men...Or men and
luck,I,am not sure which.I gotta
go ,see you later ,bye.
                                                            
                       THADDEUS
Was that an answer,I'm a bit
confused.
                                                            
                       SARAHILDA
No,that not it.she,s just a bit
strange today.Well maybe not just
today.
                                                            
                       THADDEUS
so, how was your day,your not
confused ,are you?
                                                            
                       SARAHILDA
No I'm fine.I have something to
tell you.. Come over here and sit
down beside me.
                                                            
                       THADDEUS
Whats wrong?
                                                            

46.

                       SARAHILDA
Nothing,today I just really missed
you,and want you close..Whats
wrong with that?
                                                            
                       THADDEUS
Not a thing dear,not a thing.
                                                            
she just blurts it out
                                                            
                       SARAHILDA
Dear. I,am pregnant.
                                                            
                       THADDEUS
      (sighs then speaks)
Thats great.Maybe its a boy.
                                                            
It,s getting late. They sit on the porch and talk and
eventually watch the sunset.Then go inside.
                                                            
                       SARAHILDA
Supper is about ready are you?
                                                            
                       THADDEUS
yes
                                                            
                       SARAHILDA
Supper is nearly ready,Go find the
kids please.
                                                            
                       THADDEUS
Where are they?
                                                            
                       SARAHILDA
      (looking out
       window)
Right there in the back yard.
                                                            
he calls them in.
                                                            
                       JOYCE
Hi daddy.
                                                            
                       THADDEUS
Hello honey.Wash up supper is
ready.
                                                            

47.

he goes into another room where the two year old Beth is.
                                                            
                       THADDEUS
hello there little one.
                                                            
baby Beth reaches up for her father.he picks her up and
carries her out to kitchen where sarahilda is.
                                                            
                       THADDEUS
dear this child is a mess.
                                                            
                       SARAHILDA
I know. gonna clean her up before
,no after she eats.
                                                            
                       SARAHILDA
put her in the high chair.Joyce
get in here supper is ready.
                                                            
MONTHS GO BY
                                                            
 
INT. THADDEUS AND SARAHILDA IN THEIR HOME. - DAY
                                                            
In bedroom after Charles is born.
                                                            
                       THADDEUS
My goodness a son,After four
daughters.
                                                            
smiles
                                                            
                       SARAHILDA
Now we have five..
                                                            
                       THADDEUS
he looks good?
                                                            
                       SARAHILDA
He cried really loud,strong lungs
I think.
                                                            
                       THADDEUS
A son who looks like his
mother..Beautiful
                                                            

48.

                       SARAHILDA
Oh no my dear,This is your first,
and last, and only son.
                                                            
THEY BOTH LAUGH
                                                            
                       SARAHILDA
How are the girls?
                                                            
                       THADDEUS
Fine.Their at my cousins,Mary will
take good care of them.
                                                            
                       THADDEUS
They were asking about you.
                                                            
                       SARAHILDA
Thaddeus..There has been so much
trouble of late between the whites
and Indians out west..Are we safe
here?
                                                            
                       THADDEUS
Safe...Who knows what safe is
anymore?
                                                            
                       SARAHILDA
well I sure dont.
                                                            
                       THADDEUS
we are fine.and have a beautiful
new son.
                                                            
                       SARAHILDA
Yes he is beautiful.Charles,A good
name don,t you think?
                                                            
Takes babies hand.
                                                            
                       THADDEUS
Yes,and such a strong grip.A
strong healthy son,
                                                            
THE GRAND PARENTS ARRIVE
                                                            

49.

                       SARAHILDA
someone is here,Put Charles in the
bassinet first,then go see who it
is.
                                                            
as he finishes Sarah appears
                                                            
                       SARAH
      (to her daughter)
Hi dear.We were held up by some
trouble with the horses.And your
father.
                                                            
                       SARAHILDA
mom,easy on grand dad,ok?
                                                            
                       THADDEUS
I,ll see if he needs any help.
                                                            
                       SARAHILDA
See your newest grandchild? it,s a
boy.
                                                            
                       SARAH
      (apprehensively
       speaks)
He looks good,a lot like you
though.
                                                            
                       SARAHILDA
What does that mean?
                                                            
                       SARAH
The more we look like Indians to
people ,the more we get blamed for
all the trouble out west these
days.
                                                            
                       SARAHILDA
I know.Blaming us is easy for
some,but not all.
                                                            
                       JOHN
Hello dear.
                                                            

50.

                       SARAHILDA
Hi dad. want to see your
grandson?He,s in the bassinet.
                                                            
                       JOHN
He looks good,good color.Why are
they always so tiny and fragile
looking?
                                                            
                       SARAH
Cause their babies, small and
fragile.
                                                            
                       SARAHILDA
mom
                                                            
                       JOHN
How are you?
                                                            
                       SARAHILDA
I,am great.Thads great,the baby
great,were all great.
                                                            
                       JOHN
Wow,thats great.
                                                            
all laugh
                                                            
                       SARAH
Man the two of you get to talking
and the intelligence is
overwhelming.
                                                            
                       SARAHILDA
mom,your so cynical at times,just
chill will you.
                                                            
                       SARAH
I don,t want to be,I,am afraid of
what might happen.
                                                            
                       SARAHILDA
We cant live by what people
think,or say.It,s out of our
control.Being scared of what may
happen would drive me crazy.
                                                            

51.

                       SARAH
I,ve Been scared most of my life.
                                                            
                       SARAHILDA
That's sad,and worse yet you don,t
realize how cynical it,a made you.
                                                            
before an argument starts john steps in.
                                                            
                       JOHN
Alright let,s just enjoy the
baby,and this visit.
                                                            
                       SARAHILDA
So dad,what are you up to?
                                                            
                       JOHN
Not much. Getting old,and
tired,and slow.
                                                            
                       SARAHILDA
That,s normal for a grandfather.
                                                            
they spend some time together talking,then depart.
                                                            
                       SARAHILDA
It was nice seeing mom and dad.
                                                            
                       THADDEUS
Yea,are they getting old to you?
                                                            
                       SARAHILDA
I hope so.Kinda normal getting old
I mean.
                                                            
                       THADDEUS
That,s not what I meant.
                                                            
                       SARAHILDA
They both are on pins and needles
about the Indian trouble in the
west.But that's been going on for
years.
                                                            

52.

                       THADDEUS
Oh...Don't they see or understand
it,s out of their hands.
                                                            
                       SARAHILDA
Dear we are Indians,we get blamed
for what all other Indians do.
                                                            
                       THADDEUS
Not by everyone.
                                                            
                       SARAHILDA
I don't know everyone.But I do
know human nature.People are
always looking for someone to
blame.
                                                            
There has been another Indian uprising in the
Dakotas.Wounded Knee.Sarahilda is concerned that the whites
will make trouble for Thaddeus,And her children.A number of
years have gone by and Charles is now seven years old.
                                                            
 
INT. SARAHILDA AND THADDEUS ALONE - NIGHT
                                                            
Sarah and Thaddeus are seated alone together in their
cabin.The children are in one of the other rooms.She is
really concerned about trouble from white men.That very
night her worst fears will come true.
                                                            
afraid
                                                            
                       SARAHILDA
The trouble in the Dakotas.Will
the people here cause trouble for
us?
                                                            
                       THADDEUS
if there is I can handle it.
                                                            
                       SARAHILDA
There been such bad feelings since
Wounded Knee.
                                                            
                       THADDEUS
that was years ago.
                                                            

53.

                       SARAHILDA
people don,t forget,And sometimes
I wonder if they really ever
forgive.All that trouble out west
makes me nervous.
                                                            
                       THADDEUS
That,s nearly two thousand miles
away.We couldn't be anymore
isolated than we are right here.
                                                            
                       SARAHILDA
Doesn't matter.It seems to me this
fear I have for our families
safety will never end.
                                                            
                       THADDEUS
Fear for our children is shared by
us.But we cant let it wear us
down.
                                                            
                       SARAHILDA
I understand that. My parents told
me about how their land was taken
from them.And how many were
savagely killed when they
objected.
                                                            
                       THADDEUS
That was fifty years ago,and they
were at war.
                                                            
                       SARAHILDA
This country has never been at
peace with any tribe.Not until
they have beaten them then put
them on reservations.
                                                            
                                         MOB ARRIVES
                                                            
A dozen men approaching.Most are carrying torches.
                                                            
she is frightened
                                                            

54.

                       SARAHILDA
      (looks out window)
Someone,s coming.
                                                            
                       THADDEUS
I,ll see what they want.Stay here
with the children.
                                                            
Thaddeus goes outside..
                                                            
                       THADDEUS
What the hell do you people
want?maybe you just need to get
off my property.
                                                            
one man speaks.
                                                            
                       MOB
We came to see if what we heard
was true.
                                                            
he steps down off the porch,his wife comes outside.
                                                            
                       THADDEUS
And what might that be?You guys
looking for trouble?
                                                            
she follows him
                                                            
A shout from the mob is heard,well she is Indian and you are
white.Another shouts out.Lynch him.Several men move forward
and take him knocking Sarahilda down in the process.
                                                            
she looses it
                                                            
                       SARAHILDA
Please don,t,please don,t let him
go..What has he done to you?
                                                            
                       MOB
Get the rope around his neck.Lets
show him some justice for Indian
lovers.
                                                            
The mob moves him to the barn by the hayloft window.he
attempts to fight,but there are to many of them.
                                                            

55.

                       THADDEUS
What are you doing.. are you
crazy?
                                                            
                       MOB
Your gonna die tonight
mister,whites and Indians don't
mix well.And those that try ,we
kill.
                                                            
                       THADDEUS
God no,this cant be happening.
                                                            
                       MOB
      (in raged)
Get that rope tight around his
neck.
                                                            
The mob pulls him up on the rope ,Until he is dead,Then
leaves as though justice has been done.Sarahilda rushes too
he husband.She releases the rope and Thaddeus falls to the
ground.
                                                            
she is sobbing
                                                            
THE CHILDREN RUSH TO THEIR FATHER.
                                                            
                       CHARLES
Mother.. What have they done?
                                                            
                       SARAHILDA
He,s dead.They killed him..It
happened so fast,and I couldn't
stop it.
                                                            
                       CHARLES
      (a tear)
Father...Father.
                                                            
                       SARAHILDA
Come..We have to bury him.
                                                            
Sarahilda her four daughters and Charles have finished
burying Thaddeus.It has taken them most of the night.
                                                            

56.

Sarahilda hitches a team to the buckboard and heads straight
for Michael's.
                                                            
as she approaches their home night slowly turns into day.Its
early morning when she arrives.
                                                            
Michael and Mary come outside.He can see something is
wrong,and that Thad is not with her and the children.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
Whats going on?Wheres your
husband?
                                                            
Mary takes the children inside.Michael and Sarahilda are
outside on the porch.
                                                            
                       SARAHILDA
A bunch of men hung him just after
dark last night.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
You,ve got to be kidding.
                                                            
                       SARAHILDA
I wish I were. Thad is dead.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
Come inside and rest.I,ll get all
the men together and find out what
and why this happened.
                                                            
 
EXT. FAMILY MEETING AT MICHAELS - DAY
                                                            
after Thaddeus,s murder ,Michael has decided the family must
meet to discuss and plan how to avoid any action that the
government may take.The meeting is outside by his home, with
the men making the decisions.The women are serving food and
refreshments,and watching the children.Since it was her
husband that was hung sarahilda is allowed to join the men.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
      (to Sarah)
Let me say how very sorry I,am
about yours, and the children's
loss.
                                                            

57.

thoughts of that night enter her mind,then she responds.
                                                            
                       SARAHILDA
Thank you. I was just thinking
about that night.I cant do a thing
about the past,or what those men
did..Right now I,am worried about
my children.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
Come sit here by me..Hey men,Come
over here to the tables.
                                                            
the men all move to the tables,there are twenty of them.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
We need to decide on a plan.We
have managed to stay overlooked
for a long time,that might change.
                                                            
                       JOHN
Their gonna march us all to
Oaklahoma.Like they wanted too.
                                                            
the men mutter to each other.one speaks up.
                                                            
                       MIKE
All they need is one report of the
reason thad was killed.
                                                            
Michael ignores him
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
we may not be able to hide who we
are much longer.
                                                            
                       SARAHILDA
How much longer should we hide and
lie about who we are?
      (pauses)
Ny concern is for my children
                                                            
responds to being ignored moves forward to make sure he is
heard this time.
                                                            

58.

                       MIKE
I,am sorry about Thad,We gotta
think about the whole family now.
                                                            
                       JOHN
It might be better,and safer to
just tell the government who we
are?
                                                            
all say no.
                                                            
                       SARAHILDA
You can,t believe a thing the
government says.The paper they
live by says all men are created
equal.... are you treated
equal?...no.
                                                            
                       JOHN
Then what do we do?
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
I don't know. That's what this
meeting is for.
                                                            
                       SARAHILDA
We have all worked hard to make a
new life here.But it may all be
lost...and soon.
                                                            
someone yells out, maybe we can hide.
                                                            
                       SARAHILDA
Hide where?To many people around
here know us..All of us.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
The people here had nothing to do
with thads hanging.
                                                            
                       SARAHILDA
WHAT
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
I was told they were men traveling
through that stopped and overheard
a conversation about thad.And
            (MORE)

59.

                       MICHAEL (cont'd)
where he lived.
                                                            
                       SARAHILDA
No wonder I didn't recognize
anyone.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
We may be safe.Maybe it,s best if
we just wait and see what happens.
                                                            
pausing to think first
                                                            
                       JOHN
Ok,do we agree?.. to wait.
                                                            
men are discussing johns proposal
                                                            
                       SARAHILDA
      (stands up)
I,am taking my children away from
here.Moving to Pennsylvania,closer
to thads family.I don't feel safe
here anymore....never did.
                                                            
                       MICHAEL
A woman alone with five children.
who could blame you?
                                                            
they all agree there is nothing to do but wait and see.The
meeting is over so the woman start bringing out the food.The
family spends the day together as best they can considering
the reason they are all gathered together.
                                                            
                       MARY
So what did the men decide?
                                                            
                       SARAHILDA
Wait and see.
                                                            
                       MARY
WAIT..wait until all of us are
hung..shot..who knows what.
                                                            

60.

                       SARAHILDA
I,am leaving...That cabin.. I just
can,t stay there.
                                                            
sarahilda begins sobbing
                                                            
                       MARY
      (arms around her)
I know,Iknow
                                                            
                       SARAHILDA
I gotta go.All the good times
there with him...erased in one
night..
                                                            
                       MARY
Erased now,but one day there will
be good memories again.
                                                            
                       SARAHILDA
Thanks for everything.I need to
get the kids home..home.
                                                            
Sarahilda says her goodbyes.The family feels so deeply for
her loss.
                                                            
 
EXT. SARAHILDA AT HOME SEES MARGARET COMING - DAY
                                                            
The move has been made to Pennsylvania.she is hanging
clothes on the line as Margaret approaches her for a visit.
                                                            
                       SARAHILDA
Margaret,Hello.
                                                            
                       MARGARET
I came too see how you are?I know
with Charles its hard to do your
washing and cleaning jobs away
from home.
                                                            
                       SARAHILDA
      (feels helpless)
Margaret..Its impossible.but what
can I do?
                                                            

61.

                       MARGARET
I don,t know
                                                            
                       SARAHILDA
      (wiping tears away)
I'm thinking about giving him
up..There,s a orphanage in
waynesburg.
                                                            
                       MARGARET
I wonder what will happen when
they find out he,s half Indian.
                                                            
                       SARAHILDA
He could have a better life
there..I just can,t take care of
him.
                                                            
turns to hang more clothes
                                                            
                       SARAHILDA
Ever since they killed his father
we,re a broken family.
                                                            
                       MARGARET
how about your mom?
                                                            
                       SARAHILDA
mom volunteered to take him,but
she,s just too old care for a
young boy.
                                                            
                       MARGARET
I wish I could,but my health
isn't,t all that great.
                                                            
                       SARAHILDA
You want some coffee?
                                                            
                       MARGARET
That would be great.
                                                            
Margaret helps her hang the wash ,and they go into the
kitchen.
                                                            

62.

                       SARAHILDA
have a seat while I make it.
                                                            
                       MARGARET
where,s your son?
                                                            
                       SARAHILDA
he,s out in the woods
somewhere.just loves it out there.
                                                            
Joyce comes in she is twelve years old.
                                                            
                       JOYCE
hi.
                                                            
                       MARGARET
hello young lady.
                                                            
                       SARAHILDA
have you seen your brother?
                                                            
                       JOYCE
no,I,ll bet he,s either climbing
trees,or fishing..he is a boy.
                                                            
                       SARAHILDA
I told him we needed some wood
split.do you know if he did it?
                                                            
                       JOYCE
he woke early and headed out
towards the river with his pole in
hand.
                                                            
                       SARAHILDA
here,s your coffee.
                                                            
                       MARGARET
thanks.
                                                            
sarahilda sits at table with Margaret and Joyce leaves.
                                                            
                       JOYCE
bye gotta go.
                                                            

63.

                       MARGARET
      (sips her coffee)
what are you gonna do?
                                                            
                       SARAHILDA
I don't know...no one else in the
family will take him.and these all
day ventures of his are driving me
crazy.
                                                            
                       MARGARET
maybe it would be best,and safer
to give him up.
                                                            
                       SARAHILDA
if I do he,ll hate me the rest of
my life..and his.
                                                            
                       MARGARET
well thats out of your control.
                                                            
                       SARAHILDA
I know it is,but I just hate the
thought of strangers taking care
of him.
                                                            
                       MARGARET
whats best for him is
important,but so are you and the
girls.
                                                            
                       SARAHILDA
this juggling act is driving me
out of my mind.
                                                            
                       MARGARET
you need peace..the girls need
their mom..he needs a father..but
Thaddeus is gone.I say let him
go.It,s the best thing for all of
you.
                                                            
                       SARAHILDA
Easy for you to say.
                                                            

64.

                       MARGARET
look at your life..more
importantly think of his
future,and your girls..then
choose.
                                                            
                       SARAHILDA
thanks for the advice.
                                                            
eventually she makes her choice.Charles is taken to the
orphanage.
                                                            
 
EXT. ORPHANAGE IN WAYNESBURG - DAY
                                                            
Ralph and Kate Jones need help on their farm.They dont have
any children and are looking for a young hard working boy to
help them,and that they can show some love to.They arrive at
the orphanage.
                                                            
                       RALPH
Whats wrong dear?
                                                            
                       KATE
Nothing..just a little nervous.If
we find a child,I just want him to
like us.
                                                            
                       RALPH
Everything will be fine dear. Lets
go in and see the director.
                                                            
they approach the door,and are greeted as they enter.
                                                            
                       BRENDA
Hello my name is Brenda Dean.How
are you folks today?
                                                            
                       RALPH
Just fine thank you.
                                                            
                       BRENDA
how can I help you?
                                                            
                       RALPH
we would like to adopt a boy.
                                                            

65.

                       BRENDA
there is a new arrival.. His name
is Charles..Lets get some
information from you then see
where we stand.
                                                            
she takes them into her office.she gives john some papers to
fill out.
                                                            
                       KATE
We were born and raised near
Brownsville, and have a large farm
there..Over a thousand acres.
                                                            
                       BRENDA
Just fill these out and drop them
off to me before you leave.
                                                            
Kate is nervous.
                                                            
                       KATE
      (to Brenda)
What if he doesn't like us?You
know this may be the most
important decision of our lives...
and his.
                                                            
                       JOHN
Come on dear. It is a boy not
Teddy Roosevelt.
                                                            
                       KATE
can we see him?
                                                            
                       RALPH
I,am gonna stay here and fill this
out.
                                                            
the women go towards his room
                                                            
                       BRENDA
His room is right here..Oh my he
must be outside somewhere.The boy
just loves being outdoors.
                                                            

66.

they go outside to the play area.Brenda sees him and calls
to him
                                                            
                       BRENDA
Charles,come here please.
                                                            
He approaches them.
                                                            
                       BRENDA
Kate,This is Charles.
                                                            
                       CHARLES
Hello,have you come to take me
home?
                                                            
                       KATE
      (startled)
Possibly.. But first I thought we
might get to know each other.
                                                            
She and Charles go off together alone.
                                                            
                       CHARLES
Get to know each other.Is that
possible?
                                                            
                       KATE
Yes I believe it is.Honesty,and
talking about how you truly feel
is a very good start.
                                                            
Her warmth allows him to open up.He tells her the story .
                                                            
                       KATE
Wow.That's amazing.Let me speak to
Brenda.
                                                            
Charles goes away.She returns to Brenda.
                                                            
                       KATE
Did you know that this boys mother
is full blooded Indian?
                                                            

67.

                       BRENDA
No ..He just arrived a few days
ago.He was just dropped off..Many
are.
                                                            
Ralph has finished and has joined the women outside
                                                            
                       KATE
      (looking at Ralph)
I think we want to take him. Is
there a problem with him being
Indian?
                                                            
                       BRENDA
I,am not sure let me check into it
and get back to you.
                                                            
                       KATE
I don't care what the issues are
we want this boy.. Whatever it
takes.
                                                            
                       RALPH
When she makes her mind up,it,s a
done deal.
                                                            
                       BRENDA
We get a variety of children here,
                                                            
                       KATE
      (Reaffirms Brenda)
We absolutely want to adopt him.
                                                            
                       BRENDA
I know. As I said.I will have to
seek counsel first.
                                                            
                       RALPH
Alright.
                                                            
                       BRENDA
I should know something in a week
or so.I,ll get back to you as soon
as I know.
                                                            
They depart.
                                                            

68.

                       RALPH
Everything will be fine.
                                                            
                       KATE
Everything is already fine.I like
him..I believe we can help him.
                                                            
 
INT. COURT SCENE IN GREENE COUNTY PENNSYLVANIA - DAY
                                                            
Charles has been in the orphans home for a short time. A
family from Brownsville Pennsylvania wants to adopt him,But
he is half Indian. So his case is remanded to the courts.
                                                            
JUDGE ENTERS AND BEGINS PROCEEDINGS
                                                            
                       JUDGE
Ok whats next?
                                                            
                       COURT REPORTER
The case of Charles Edward
Anderson,Indian.
                                                            
                       JUDGE
Indian..Mr Blaine what are we
doing here?
                                                            
                       ATTORNEY
Your honor,There,s family that
wishes to adopt Charles,but he,s a
Seminole Indian.And by law exempt
from juvenile law or jurisdiction.
                                                            
he asks to approach the bench.the judge allows it
                                                            
                       ATTORNEY
Mr Jones wanted to adopt Charles
,But at the time was not aware
that he was an Indian.
                                                            
Judge is not happy.
                                                            
                       JUDGE
well,lets see what I can do.
                                                            

69.

                       ATTORNEY
Your honor I
                                                            
he interrupts.
                                                            
                       JUDGE
Sit down.
      (attorney attempts
       to speak)
Not another word...SIT.
                                                            
                       JUDGE
      (looks around)
Mr Jones.
                                                            
                       RALPH
      (stands)
Yes sir thats me.
                                                            
                       JUDGE
Are you Ralph Jones..Of
Brownsville Pennsylvania?.
                                                            
                       RALPH
      (still standing)
Yes sir i,am
                                                            
                       JUDGE
Let the record show that mr Jones
has appeared..Are you aware of
this boys ancestry?
                                                            
                       RALPH
No sir,I found out from... Well my
wife was told by the boy.
                                                            
                       JUDGE
Ok...Would you still like to care
for this boy?
                                                            
                       RALPH
Yes sir,But, what can we do?
                                                            
                       JUDGE
Indians aren't,t protected or
bound by law,But I do have the
power to indenture his service to
            (MORE)

70.

                       JUDGE (cont'd)
you until he is twenty five years
of age.
                                                            
So the judge stares right at the states attorney then
renders his decision.
                                                            
                       JUDGE
      (shuffling papers)
OK..Let the record show that
Charles Edward Anderson is hereby
remanded by order of this court
into the custody of Ralph Jones,by
order of indenture ship until the
age of twenty five.To be fairly treated, with room
and board.And at the age of twenty
five receive twenty five
dollars,and a sound horse.
                                                            
strikes his gavel
                                                            
                       JUDGE
It,s so ordered. next
                                                            
So Ralph takes custody of Charles.They ride back to his farm
and the boy says nothing.They go into the house and he
begins to talk with him.Ralph is really concerned,
                                                            
 
INT. IN THE JONES HOME AFTER THE COURT HEARING - DAY
                                                            
Charles,Ralph,and his wife are in the living room
talking.Charles is upset,And Ralph wants too find out all he
can about the facts so he can help him cope.
                                                            
                       RALPH
do you want to talk?
                                                            
                       CHARLES
When I was only seven years old,I
watched my father die.Hung for
just being married to my mother..I
helped bury him.
                                                            
very touched
                                                            

71.

                       RALPH
Go on boy get it out.
                                                            
                       CHARLES
Always hiding who we were from
everyone...But in the end what did
it matter
                                                            
continues
                                                            
                       CHARLES
I feel like a stranger in my
family.
                                                            
                       RALPH
We are more or less strangers.But
with time,patience and
understanding we can be friends.
                                                            
                       CHARLES
That would be great.I could use
some friends.
                                                            
                       RALPH
We all need some.
                                                            
                       CHARLES
I,am so tired of hiding,lying,and
wishing I weren,t Indian.
                                                            
                       KATE
It,s been rough for you. And for
your mom..
                                                            
Kate takes Charles by the hand and speaks softly to him.
                                                            
                       KATE
Remember ,when you lost your
father, Your mother lost a
husband.
                                                            
crying
                                                            
                       CHARLES
Yes,But do you give up your child
because things are rough?
                                                            

72.

                       KATE
No you dont.
                                                            
pauses
                                                            
                       KATE
I believe your mother loves you.
                                                            
Charles is getting very upset.Ralph wants to end this
session and give him a break.
                                                            
                       RALPH
It,s time for supper.
                                                            
So they sit down to supper,Fried chicken,potatoes,and some
green beans,And some fresh baked bread.Then after the
kitchen and dishes are cleaned up it,s time for bed.Both
Ralph,and Kate escort Charles to his room.
                                                            
                       RALPH
Goodnight boy,Tomorrow we,ll start
clearing the lower 40 for a new
crop.
                                                            
                       CHARLES
Yes sir.
                                                            
                       KATE
Sleep well,Our room is at the end
of the hall if you need anything.
                                                            
Morning comes and Ralph wakes Charles up.A big breakfast and
then off to work,Charles is curious why Ralph doesn't seem
to care what he is.And why he took him into his home.
                                                            
 
INT. IN THE KITCHEN AT THE JONES HOME - DAY
                                                            
they are having breakfast before starting to work.
                                                            
                       RALPH
Boy, are you hungry today?
                                                            
                       CHARLES
Yes sir,I,am starving.Its a bright
sunny day.isn,t it?
                                                            

73.

                       KATE
Yep,A new day,A new life. And with
Ralph alot of work. So eat well.
                                                            
They finish breakfast and head for the barn to get the tools
and hitch up the horses.
                                                            
                       CHARLES
How long will it take us to clear
the land?
                                                            
                       RALPH
Not long ,Most of the trees are
already gone,Just a few stumps.We
need to start plowing and getting
ready for the new season.
                                                            
                       CHARLES
Never been a real farmer.Don,t
know much about growing things.
                                                            
                       RALPH
I,ll teach you.Do you want to
learn?
                                                            
                       CHARLES
That would be great.I have spent
so much time alone , Feeling like
I had no family,No friends,This
might be nice.
                                                            
laughs
                                                            
                       RALPH
after work today,You just might
not think it,s so nice.
                                                            
                       CHARLES
Tell me why you want me?why would
you take me in?
                                                            
                       RALPH
Well...we like you,and you need
us..and we need you.
                                                            

74.

                       CHARLES
what.
                                                            
                       RALPH
I,ll explain later.
                                                            
Getting ready for workday.
                                                            
                       CHARLES
Just how hard is this work?
                                                            
                       RALPH
You probably wont work as hard as
the horses.
                                                            
                       CHARLES
I hope not.
                                                            
                       KATE
bye guys.see you at noon.
                                                            
                       RALPH
Kate will bring us some lunch,we
have to take some water,get the
canteens.
                                                            
                       CHARLES
where are they?
                                                            
                       RALPH
just inside the barn hanging on
the wall to the left.get em and
fillem up.
                                                            
he takes them to the well and fills them.Ralph has
everything ready.
                                                            
                       RALPH
lets get to work.
                                                            
So Charles works the farm for several years.he learns
farming and all the things that come with it.
                                                            
 

75.

INT. WAKE FOR SARAH AT HER HOME - NIGHT
                                                            
The year is 1906.Charles has been with the Jones family for
five years.His grandmother Sarah Maze has died,And along
with his sisters and other family members will attend her
wake. His mother will be there also,and his sisters are
worried about his attitude towards her.
                                                            
he gets off horse in front of his grandmas home.As he walks
up there are several people on the porch.He opens the door
and enters.Joyce greets him.
                                                            
                       CHARLES
      (as he hugs her)
Hello sis,How are ya?
                                                            
                       JOYCE
Great.Been awhile since we
talked,or even seen each other.
                                                            
                       CHARLES
      (looks towards
       casket)
To bad it took her death to bring
us together.
                                                            
                       JOYCE
Weddings and wakes,that's what
usually does..OH yes sometimes
births.
                                                            
looks around
                                                            
                       CHARLES
Where is Beth?Is she coming?
                                                            
as they walk slowly thru the room they converse.
                                                            
                       JOYCE
She,s here,So is mom.
                                                            
                       CHARLES
You mean your mom.
                                                            

76.

                       JOYCE
Be civil.She has lost her
mother,and she is upset.
                                                            
                       CHARLES
Upset..Like i,am not.She was my
grandmother.
                                                            
they stop momentarily as she thinks,she moves closer to
speak softly to him.
                                                            
                       JOYCE
      (quietly speaks)
Charles.I know you are bitter
about what mom did.Just keep it
civil..please
                                                            
Beth sees them talking and approaches her siblings.She leans
towards Charles and kisses him on the cheek.Beth was always
his favorite,They were near the same age and spent a lot of
time together as young children.Joyce sees someone she wants
to talk too.
                                                            
                       BETH
Dear brother,How are you?
                                                            
they kiss.
                                                            
                       JOYCE
I,ll be right back
                                                            
                       CHARLES
I,am fine.Learning how to farm.
                                                            
holds his hands and steps slightly back looking at him.
                                                            
                       BETH
My brother the farmer.Growing more
like a weed though.Most of the
family is here
                                                            
they sit together on a couch
                                                            
                       CHARLES
A family..I haven,t seen you for
nearly six years.
                                                            

77.

                       BETH
Your still my brother.I,am still
your sister.That will never
change..Mom is here somewhere.
                                                            
                       CHARLES
Dont expect me to talk to her.
                                                            
                       BETH
      (surprised)
Could we talk for more than a
second before you start in on mom?
                                                            
Joyce returns and suggests that the three of them go
together to their grandma.The three of them approach their
grandmas casket
                                                            
                       CHARLES
Wow,It,s been so long,she looks
old.
                                                            
                       JOYCE
Yes,She grew old fighting with mom
about you.
                                                            
                       BETH
I,am not sure whether all the
worrying over you the last six
years isn't,what killed her...She
fought with mom right up till the
day she died.
                                                            
                       CHARLES
Oh grandma..I should have known.
                                                            
Their mom sees them and walks over to them
                                                            
                       SARAHILDA
Hello son.
                                                            
                       CHARLES
Lady,You have no son...Remember?
                                                            
Charles walks away.
                                                            

78.

                       SARAHILDA
I guess he,ll never forgive me.
                                                            
                       JOYCE
Mom,this isn,t the time or place.
                                                            
                       SARAHILDA
      (a tear)
Maybe so..But mom put plenty of
guilt on me over him.
                                                            
                       BETH
Mom,gram is dead.
                                                            
                       SARAHILDA
Isn't, it funny..How some choices
we make can never be made right..I
guess I have burnt a lot of
bridges.
                                                            
                       BETH
He is happy..and doing well.So
maybe you need to stop persecuting
yourself.
                                                            
Charles goes outside,his Sisters follow him.
                                                            
                       BETH
Charles are you leaving?
                                                            
                       CHARLES
Yes,I,am gonna head back home
,busy day tommorrow.
                                                            
                       JOYCE
See you brother,Take care.
                                                            
                       CHARLES
I will.Sorry if I upset you guys
inside.
                                                            
                       BETH
I'm fine,don't be a stranger.I,ll
come see you soon. It,s not easy
your nearly forty miles away.A two
day ride.
                                                            

79.

                       CHARLES
Maybe if you write me I,ll meet
you halfway,We can camp out
together like we use to when we
were kids.
                                                            
hugs him
                                                            
                       BETH
Oh Charles,I love you so very
much,and really missed you.
                                                            
                       CHARLES
Me too sis.We gotta keep in touch
more.
                                                            
hugs him
                                                            
                       JOYCE
Goodbye brother.I,ll write.
                                                            
                       CHARLES
Hey. I could throw a mattress in
the back of a wagon,and meet you
both halfway.
                                                            
                       JOYCE
No Charles,I really don't like
wheels on my bed.
                                                            
                       CHARLES
OK Goodnight..Wow that's a spooky
feeling.
                                                            
                       BETH
What Charley
                                                            
                       CHARLES
saying goodnight to my sisters
after nearly six years is spooky
enough, don,t start that Charley
stuff.
                                                            
                       JOYCE
Goodnight brother.
                                                            

80.

                       BETH
Bye bye Charley.
                                                            
Charles mounts his horse It,s nearly two days back to
Brownsville.But he has done his duty to his grandma.His
return trip is uneventful.He arrives home Ralph ,and Kate
await him.Kate has worried about him the whole time he has
been gone.
                                                            
                       RALPH
There he is.Maybe now you can calm
down.
                                                            
                       KATE
Look who's talking.Do you think I
haven't seen the worried look in
your face since he left? he,s Just
in time for supper.
                                                            
                       RALPH
Hey boy,Get the horse cooled
off,Then in the barn,Supper is
nearly ready.
                                                            
after taking care of the horse he comes into the house.Kate
and Ralph are waiting for him in the kitchen.they sit down
give thanks then start the meal.
                                                            
                       RALPH
So,how are your sisters,and the
rest of the family?
                                                            
                       CHARLES
Their fine,and my sisters have
promised to visit.
                                                            
                       KATE
That,s nice.
                                                            
                       CHARLES
Hopefully they will show.Every six
years,that ain,t bad?
                                                            

81.

                       KATE
Charles,behave yourself.It,s
several days ride ,And they are
girls.
                                                            
                       RALPH
If you want them to visit then go
get them.
                                                            
                       KATE
Was everyone there?
                                                            
                       CHARLES
If you mean mom,yes.
                                                            
                       RALPH
What about your two other sisters?
                                                            
                       CHARLES
I dont know ,Didn,t see them,
                                                            
                       KATE
Did you talk to your mom?
                                                            
                       CHARLES
you know darn well I would never
speak to her..I don't want to talk
about her.
                                                            
Ralph defends Kate
                                                            
                       RALPH
She meant no harm.Just worried
about you as usual.
                                                            
                       KATE
Its been nearly six years,When are
you gonna forgive her?
                                                            
                       CHARLES
Never
                                                            
                       RALPH
Someday you may.If you alienate
her she may never forgive you.
                                                            

82.

                       CHARLES
Who cares?
                                                            
                       RALPH
You might one day..You need a
better attitude.
                                                            
                       CHARLES
Ok..Attitude..Got it.
                                                            
                       RALPH
I wish it were that simple son.
                                                            
                       CHARLES
      (teary eyed)
Son,Son,
                                                            
                       RALPH
Boy, You gotta know we love you.
                                                            
Kate rises from her seat and throws her arms around
Charles,and then Ralph. It is a very emotional moment.
Finally Charles really feels,and best knows someone loves
him besides his sisters.The mothers love that he needs,that
has been missing for so long,will now be given by Kate.Ralph
helps him to become the man his father would have been proud
of.
                                                            
The meal is over he excuses himself then enters his room and
opens a small box,inside are several pictures.He looks at
them. The first is of his grandma,A tear comes to his
eyes.Then his father,and memories of the night he was
hung.He leans back in the chair.sighs.Life has been a
chore.He ponders his life so far and falls off to sleep.
                                                            
 
EXT. BETH COMES FOR A VISIT - DAY
                                                            
Beth has written Charles she wants to come to get better
acquainted with Ralph,and Kate,And to see her
brother.Charles is excited as though it was Christmas
morning on the day she is expected.
                                                            

83.

                       CHARLES
      (Runs to hug her)
Beth,Beth,How wonderful to see you
again.
                                                            
                       BETH
Well hello to you.
                                                            
they walk back towards the house
                                                            
                       RALPH
Nice too see you again young lady.
                                                            
                       KATE
Hi,Lets go into the house,Charles
take the wagon and horses into the
barn.
                                                            
they enter the house and Kate takes her garments.
                                                            
                       KATE
Let me have those.
                                                            
                       BETH
Thank you
                                                            
she and Ralph walk into the sitting room
                                                            
                       BETH
So how has my brother been
behaving?
                                                            
Beth sits in a chair,Ralph on the couch.
                                                            
                       RALPH
He is a good boy,Soon to be man
though.
                                                            
                       BETH
Yes, He is fifteen now ,Nearly
sixteen.
                                                            
Kate comes in the room
                                                            

84.

                       KATE
Beth,Would you like something to
drink?
                                                            
                       BETH
Yes,Some water if you don't
mind.I,am abit thirsty.
                                                            
Kate leaves to get her a drink.
                                                            
                       RALPH
So how long will you be staying?
                                                            
                       BETH
Just a few days,If you dont mind.
                                                            
                       RALPH
No,But we thought it could be
longer.We believe Charles needs to
see you for awhile. It would be
good for him.
                                                            
                       BETH
Maybe,But we will see.
                                                            
CHARLES RETURNS
                                                            
kisses her cheek
                                                            
                       CHARLES
Hi dear,How have you been?
                                                            
                       BETH
Great. And even better since now
i,am here with you.I have missed
you.
                                                            
Charles anxious.
                                                            
                       CHARLES
iam,iam iam,.
                                                            
Kate hears him stutter as she returns
                                                            
                       KATE
confused,heres your water dear.
                                                            

85.

Everyone laughs,including Charles.
                                                            
                       CHARLES
      (calms down)
I,am so glad to see you.How was
the trip?
                                                            
                       KATE
Ralph maybe they want to talk
alone.
                                                            
Kate and Ralph exit leaving them alone.
                                                            
Charles and Beth move to the couch
                                                            
                       CHARLES
so how long can you stay?
                                                            
                       BETH
For a few days. mom needs my help.
                                                            
                       CHARLES
Say its warm in here,would you
rather go outside ?
                                                            
                       BETH
That would be Great. On a swing
under a shady tree.
                                                            
                       CHARLES
      (tilts head)
No... but we have a porch, with a
glider.
                                                            
Charles And Beth move out onto the porch.They sit on the
same glider at first but soon realize they are at odds with
each others motion,they crackup laughing,then move to the
more stable stationary chairs.
                                                            
                       CHARLES
Beth,how is Joyce?
                                                            
                       BETH
Fine,Your other two sisters are
well also.
                                                            

86.

                       CHARLES
well... maybe they shouldn't have
sided with mom.Maybe then I might
be interested.
                                                            
                       BETH
Charles,there are no sides.
                                                            
he slides forward in the chair
                                                            
                       CHARLES
Beth,They weren't given away by
their mother.and
                                                            
Beth interrupts.
                                                            
                       BETH
Charles..Charles..they are your
sisters,Even if they,re wrong.
                                                            
he slides back in the chair
                                                            
                       CHARLES
you are so soft hearted.So
forgiving.
                                                            
she grasps his hands to get his attention.
                                                            
                       BETH
Soft hearted,thats good right?
                                                            
she continues on
                                                            
                       BETH
there was no joy for her in
deciding to give you up.
                                                            
                       CHARLES
      (pulls hands away)
Can we just enjoy each others
company without discussing her?
                                                            
smiles
                                                            
                       BETH
Yes we can.
                                                            

87.

True to his word Charles never again sees or speaks to his
mother.Through the years he has contact with Joyce,and
Beth,but not often.The Jones family has always been there
for him,And the memories of his fathers murder,and his
mothers desertion of him,have faded.No longer are they daily
thoughts that torture him,as they did for many years.In 1917
his indenture ship is full field,and Ralph gives him the
deed for the forty acres he first farmed when they took him
in sixteen years earlier.He meets a young woman named Ann.
Soon they fall in love and marry,but both her and the baby
she carries die in childbirth.Charles is crushed.It seems to
him either he is rejected for being Indian,or those he loves
ignore him,or die,The year is 1920
                                                            
 
INT. ANN'S WAKE AT THE JONES RESIDENCE - NIGHT
                                                            
Ralph and Kate are with Charles.they are watchful,he,s
taking Ann's,and the babies death extremely hard.
                                                            
there are a number of friends and family present.Charles
standing staring at Ann's body as Ralph and Kate approach
him.
                                                            
                       RALPH
are you alright?
                                                            
                       CHARLES
      (dazed)
Sorry..did you...say something?
                                                            
                       KATE
      (concerned)
pull yourself together.
                                                            
                       CHARLES
You know,most all my life has been
a constant battle.
                                                            
                       KATE
sit down in this chair.
                                                            

88.

                       CHARLES
      (sobbing)
Great idea..I,am done
standing..Seems like something is
always knocking me down.
                                                            
Kate looks at Charles then whispers to Ralph
                                                            
                       KATE
hes loosing it.What are we gonna
do?
                                                            
Beth arrives just in time.
                                                            
                       BETH
Kate, where is he?
                                                            
                       KATE
Over there in the chair.Ralph is
with him.He,s a wreck.
                                                            
Beth goes to her brother,there,s an empty chair beside
him,she sits down beside him.
                                                            
                       BETH
Brother.
                                                            
                       CHARLES
      (dazed)
Beth..Here to say goodbye to my
wife?
                                                            
                       BETH
No..Iam here for my brother.
                                                            
Charles breaks down.Beth wraps her arms around him .speaks
gently into his ear.
                                                            
                       BETH
Charles,I know this is
terrible..But do you really
believe that she would want this
for you?
                                                            

89.

                       CHARLES
      (to Beth)
I know life can be unfair.But this
is more than unfair.What am I
doing wrong?
                                                            
                       BETH
Nothing,you didn't do anything
wrong.. I'm here for you..No
matter what.
                                                            
                       CHARLES
Thank you for coming.I really need
some help right now.This is the
worst day of my life..well maybe
dads hanging was..There have been
some bad ones?
                                                            
                       BETH
      (takes his arm)
Get up,Lets go outside and get you
some air.
                                                            
Beth has to help him up.He is so distraught he can barely
stand let alone walk.She gets some assistance from Ralph.
                                                            
BETH AND CHARLES GO OUTSIDE
                                                            
They find several empty chairs and seat themselves.
                                                            
Both are silent. It seems Charles is gathering his
thoughts.After he sighs then leans back he speaks.
                                                            
                       CHARLES
Beth,I,ll never get married
again..Never.
                                                            
                       BETH
You might meet someone one day.
                                                            
                       CHARLES
My life is cursed...And anyone in
it.
                                                            
                       BETH
It may seem that way at times.
                                                            

90.

                       CHARLES
I,am serious
                                                            
                       BETH
What...You serious.This is your
sister you,re talking too.
                                                            
small chuckle
                                                            
                       CHARLES
sorta like unbelievable isn,t it?
                                                            
                       BETH
That's better.Now lets work on a
smile.
                                                            
takes hold of her hand
                                                            
                       CHARLES
Oh what would I do without you?
                                                            
                       BETH
I,am not sure.
                                                            
                       CHARLES
I love you.
                                                            
Kate comes out to see if she can help
                                                            
                       KATE
How is he?
                                                            
                       BETH
We are just fine...How are you?
                                                            
                       CHARLES
      (to Kate)
A lot better.Not yet the optimist
that Beth is,but she,s working on
me.
                                                            
                       BETH
      (to Charles)
I,am gonna stay with you
tonight,and spend a few days.
                                                            

91.

everyone has left.Ann is buried the next day,and Charles and
Beth spend a few days together.she leaves and he returns to
work.
                                                            
 
INT. CHARLES AT WORK - DAY
                                                            
Machinist for the railroad.they are in the locker room
getting aprons,and other outer ware needed for work when Tom
the shop foreman comes in.
                                                            
                       TOM
Hey Charles sorry about your
wife.I can only imagine how it,s
been for you.
                                                            
as he closes his locker.
                                                            
                       CHARLES
Thank you ,it,s been rough.
                                                            
tom is concerned
                                                            
                       TOM
Are you alright?Is there anything
I can do?
                                                            
                       CHARLES
No,but it,s nice that you offered.
                                                            
several of his fellow workers are standing around ,and they
offer help if needed.
                                                            
                       CHARLES
That's really nice of you guys.I
appreciate the concern. work is
the best thing for me right
now..But thanks again.
                                                            
Men go to their stations.large machine shop.
                                                            
                       TOM
If you need anything,just ask.We
all are here for you.
                                                            

92.

                       CHARLES
Just let me get to work.And I,ll
be fine.
                                                            
Rick Rutherford has been standing in background he slowly
approaches.
                                                            
                       RICK
Hey guy,Whats up?Listen I know
it,s to soon.But I have this
sister.You remember her,Phemy
                                                            
                       CHARLES
Yes,a bit to soon.Where is your
compassion Rick? I just buried her
a few days ago...
                                                            
                       RICK
Hey, if your gonna get personal
,then forget it.
                                                            
                       CHARLES
Just give it some time.That's what
I need right now. Time and lots of
work.
                                                            
                       RICK
OK . I have too get back to work
before Tom goes nuts.See you
later.
                                                            
Tom returns.
                                                            
                       TOM
Whats Rick up to?
                                                            
                       CHARLES
He wants me to meet his sister.But
she is abit off I hear.
                                                            
                       TOM
Off. I hear she is more than a bit
off.
                                                            
                       CHARLES
I told him to give me some time.
                                                            

93.

                       TOM
Yes. Those Rutherfords. They put
them in the ground,and next day
they look for a replacement.
                                                            
                       CHARLES
You know she died in
childbirth.Thank God I have my
sisters,and some good friends here
at work.
                                                            
                       TOM
Yes I knew.
                                                            
                       CHARLES
Thanks again Tom.It,s nice that
the boss understands.
                                                            
                       TOM
Your welcome.
                                                            
                       CHARLES
your a nice guy. Its hard to be
nice and the boss.
                                                            
                       TOM
We can talk later.lets get some
work done before we all get fired.
                                                            
Charles goes to his lathe,He begins to setup some railroad
car wheels that need machined back to proper diameter.He
finishes the day and runs into Rick leaving work.
                                                            
                       RICK
Hey. You want to stop up at the
tavern and drink a few beers?
                                                            
                       CHARLES
Yea,couldn't hurt.Lets go..your
buying...right?
                                                            
                       RICK
Man, are you lucky I got paid
yesterday.
                                                            
laughs
                                                            

94.

                       CHARLES
Lucky,that would be nice for a
change.
                                                            
rick puts his arm around his neck
                                                            
                       RICK
Well starting tonight that's gonna
change my friend.Lets go make some
for you starting now.
                                                            
                       CHARLES
Man am I ready.I,ve been ready.
                                                            
                       RICK
I know just the place.Where luck
flows.It comes in a glass,a cold
one..
                                                            
                       CHARLES
Come on then. Lets get started.
                                                            
the Brownsville inn is only a few miles away.Charles is on
horseback,rick rides with him.
                                                            
                       RICK
man you need a car,this is
terrible.
                                                            
                       CHARLES
no much of a horseman are you?
                                                            
                       RICK
Maybe twice.Cars are better.you
don't have to feed them,or clean
up after them.
                                                            
                       RICK
This is terrible.let me down I,ll
walk.
                                                            
Charles laughs
                                                            

95.

                       CHARLES
Never saw a man that actually
likes walking.Are you afraid or
what?
                                                            
                       RICK
Everything on that animal moves as
it walks. It,s like being on a
ship at sea during a storm.
                                                            
                       CHARLES
Tell me,how would you know
that,seeing as you have never been
to sea.
                                                            
                       RICK
My uncle told me when I was
younger.he was in the Navy.
                                                            
they arrive at the tavern.
                                                            
 
INT. AT THE TAVERN - NIGHT
                                                            
The tavern is crowded with coal miners,and mill
workers.smoke is in the air.several people know Rick,they
acknowledge him as he and Charles enter the bar.At first
Charles is apprehensive,he hasn't spent much time in a bar.
                                                            
                       RICK
Hey Rob,give us some drafts here.I
got a man here who is gonna drown
his misery tonight.
                                                            
rick tells Charles that rob is his cousin,and a great
listener.
                                                            
                       CHARLES
      (scans bar with
       eyes)
Well,that will certainly help.So
once I start crying into my beer I
know just who to talk with.
                                                            

96.

                       BARTENDER
Hey, he said listener,not that I
actually hear what you say.Or even
care most of the time.
                                                            
Ricks leans over,whispers to Rob the bartender
                                                            
                       RICK
Hey.This is the guy I was telling
you about.
                                                            
                       BARTENDER
Here you go on me.
                                                            
They sit down at the bar.
                                                            
Phemy arrives
                                                            
                       EUPHEMIA
Who,s your friend Rick?
                                                            
rick whisper to Charles that the crackpot has arrived.
                                                            
                       RICK
This is Charles.He,s drowning his
sorrows tonight.
                                                            
                       EUPHEMIA
Well ,remember the river is only a
short distance away..And
cheaper.Why don't you go first and
show him how it,s done?
                                                            
nervously
                                                            
                       CHARLES
maybe this wasnt such a good idea.
                                                            
                       RICK
      (to Charles)
its fine ,just chill.we always
goat each other.it,s meaningless.
                                                            
                       EUPHEMIA
      (overheard Charles)
am I interupting?
                                                            

97.

                       RICK
No Sit down.Rob bring her a
draft.Is that ok?
                                                            
she suggests they move to table.her and Rick find a table
,while Charles waits for Phemys draft.then he joins them.
                                                            
                       EUPHEMIA
So. How was your workday, ricks
says his was way to long.
                                                            
                       RICK
Yea,long days and short nights.
                                                            
                       CHARLES
      (looking at rick)
Yep.long but not as long as this
night is gonna be.
                                                            
He raises his glass.
                                                            
                       CHARLES
Too a long night,and many more to
come.
                                                            
                       EUPHEMIA
      (raising glass)
And to those days ahead,with new
friends.And to hell with the
river.
                                                            
                       RICK
Oh yes,new friends.Hey I have
known him for years.I need some
new friends?
                                                            
from the bar
                                                            
                       BARTENDER
You dont need anymore.
                                                            
                       RICK
Quiet back there cousin.I,am
looking for a new friend.
                                                            

98.

                       CHARLES
Seems you are pretty friendly with
that glass of beer. It may be all
you need tonight...friend.
                                                            
                       RICK
      (snaps right back)
I can always use another one.
                                                            
                       EUPHEMIA
That may be the smartest thing I
have ever heard you say.
                                                            
                       RICK
My sister,praising me..boy there's
a surprise.
                                                            
                       BARTENDER
You two be civil.Stop acting like
siblings.
                                                            
They all laugh,phemy sings
                                                            
                       EUPHEMIA
He aint heavy,hes my brother.
                                                            
Again from the bar.
                                                            
                       BARTENDER
Please,you sound like the cats out
back when their in heat.
                                                            
Phemy stares at Rob.
                                                            
                       EUPHEMIA
Hey you may be family.But don't
ridicule my singing.
                                                            
                       CHARLES
Hey I came here for a good time .
So what say we start.So young
lady. .how did you get so good
looking.. considering what he
looks like.
                                                            

99.

                       EUPHEMIA
Well..I take after our mother, And
Rick,we aren't sure yet.It,s a
mystery
                                                            
                       RICK
Mystery,Mystery, WHO me?Hey
Charles.the family believes she is
possesed.
                                                            
                       EUPHEMIA
      (leans slightly
       towards rick)
Hey brother,Want to see my demons?
                                                            
Rick makes a cross using his arms.
                                                            
                       RICK
Back,back
                                                            
Rick gets another beer.he begins to mingle.
                                                            
                       CHARLES
I know Rick is strange. So whats
the story about the two of you?
                                                            
                       EUPHEMIA
The entire family thinks I,am
crazy. And that Rick is half
crazy..But who cares?
                                                            
                       CHARLES
Crazy.who knows what crazy really
is?
                                                            
                       EUPHEMIA
I know about your wife and
child,Iam so sorry.
                                                            
                       CHARLES
Thank you..Lets talk about you.
                                                            
                       EUPHEMIA
Well I have several brothers and
sisters,and a couple of half
brothers.
                                                            

100.

                       CHARLES
Half brothers?
                                                            
                       EUPHEMIA
Yep, moms been married several
times.
                                                            
They continue talking.then its closing time.
                                                            
                       BARTENDER
last call
                                                            
                       EUPHEMIA
I guess we gotta go.
                                                            
                                         OUTSIDE BAR
                                                            
They say their good nights and Rick escorts his sister
home,and Charles says goodnight and returns home by horse.
                                                            
                       EUPHEMIA
You need to get a car.
                                                            
                       CHARLES
No... they are noisy smokey,and
hard to start.All that cranking.
                                                            
                       RICK
No they have them with self
starters now.
                                                            
                       CHARLES
But, do they know the way home
while you sleep?
                                                            
Rick and Beth aren't,t horseback riders. Charles informs
them of the advantages of a horse.
                                                            
                       EUPHEMIA
      (confused)
Sleep. sleep.
                                                            
                       CHARLES
My horse knows the way home. I can
fall asleep and wake up right in
front of the barn door.
                                                            

101.

Phemy laughs
                                                            
                       EUPHEMIA
Its a wonder you dont fall off.
                                                            
                       CHARLES
Well, honestly I have a few times.
                                                            
                       RICK
You want me to tie you on?I,ll
secure the rope around your neck.
                                                            
Phemy punches Rick in the arm.
                                                            
                       RICK
OUCH ,hey just trying to help a
friend.
                                                            
                       EUPHEMIA
Oh Rick,sometimes you are just to
much.
                                                            
                       RICK
MEEEE, MEEEE
                                                            
Charles finds their conversation funny and laughs.
                                                            
                       CHARLES
You two crack me up.Its like
watching laurel and hardy.Or
better yet the keystone cops,where
are your hats and night sticks?
                                                            
                       EUPHEMIA
OH,a comedian, you like the
movies?
                                                            
                       RICK
He is pretty dense sis,you may
have to say that several times.
And then possibly, well,actually
splain it to him.
                                                            
                       CHARLES
NO.. I get the message very
clearly.Can I get A rain check?
                                                            

102.

                       EUPHEMIA
Of course.
                                                            
                       RICK
      (looks at phemy)
Hey lets get going its getting
late?... early? which is it?
                                                            
                       EUPHEMIA
Both I think,or...neither.
                                                            
                       CHARLES
Goodnight. see you soon.
                                                            
Rick and Phemy say their good nights
                                                            
Charles,with the love and support of his sister Beth soon
begins to enjoy life again.A home on the forty acres is
started and finished.Charles has meet Ricks sister.One who
many in Brownsville refer to as THE WILD WOMAN OF
BROWNSVILLE.Apparently she is just what he needs to really
begin enjoying life.The year is 1924.Charles is thirty
three,Euphemia is twenty three.He is smitten,It,seems she is
unable to keep her mouth shut while awake.Charles prays she
doesn't talk in her sleep.
                                                            
 
EXT. SUMMER DAY AT HOME - DAY
                                                            
Euphemia has come to visit.Charles is sitting outside under
the big tree in back of his home.
                                                            
shouts
                                                            
                       EUPHEMIA
Hey were are you?
                                                            
                       CHARLES
Back here,follow the noise.
                                                            
                       EUPHEMIA
What in the world are you doing
alone back here under that
tree?.Do you like the shade?
                                                            
Charles takes her by the arm and sets her in a chair.
                                                            

103.

                       CHARLES
Sit,quiet,shoosh.I like trees.
                                                            
                       EUPHEMIA
OK, so you want me to be quiet.
Why?
                                                            
                       CHARLES
You know. Before you came I could
hear those bees.
      (he points up)
The ones flying around their hive
right over your head.
                                                            
Euphemia leaps from her chair.
                                                            
                       CHARLES
Charles Edward Anderson. You put
that thing up there on purpose.
                                                            
Charles explodes into laughter.
                                                            
                       CHARLES
Yea,right,me and the bees, we,re
out to get you.
                                                            
                       EUPHEMIA
Oh you are sooooooo funny.
                                                            
attempts to leave but he stops her.
                                                            
                       CHARLES
I,ll beehave,stay awhile.
                                                            
                       EUPHEMIA
No lets go inside, It is
beeeecoming dangerous out here.
                                                            
THEY GO INTO THE HOUSE
                                                            
they both sit down at the table.
                                                            
                       EUPHEMIA
SO what are you up to?
                                                            

104.

                       CHARLES
Not much now.took me days to get
those bees trained.
                                                            
                       EUPHEMIA
Drop it.
                                                            
                       CHARLES
OK OK just give me a
second,because that was funny.
                                                            
                       EUPHEMIA
      (snaps at him)
Thats enough.
                                                            
                       CHARLES
Ok sorry I,am done.
                                                            
                       EUPHEMIA
How is Beth? she been around
lately?
      (pause)
You know I heard she has meet
someone?
                                                            
                       CHARLES
Really.I didn't know that.where,s
he from?
                                                            
                       EUPHEMIA
Republic.
                                                            
                       CHARLES
Hey..When are we getting married?
                                                            
She sits back in her chair.Then leans forward.Maybe for the
first time in her life she is speechless.She sits there with
her mouth hung open.Charles slowly reaches up ,and pushes
her jaw shut.
                                                            
                       CHARLES
Now,just slowly move your lips up
and down and say yes,or no or
something..Try hard I know you can
do it.
                                                            

105.

                       EUPHEMIA
I know I can..Give me a second.
                                                            
long pause.
                                                            
                       CHARLES
wow,are you speechless?
                                                            
                       EUPHEMIA
Yes,Yes,YES.
                                                            
Beth arrives
                                                            
as she pulls a chair out at the table she speaks.
                                                            
                       BETH
Hey,Charles,Phemy.Whats up?
                                                            
                       EUPHEMIA
We are getting married.And your
brothers trained bees out back
talked me into it.
                                                            
                       BETH
What?
                                                            
Beth looks towards Charles who has begun laughing again.And
Euphemia joins him in laughing.
                                                            
really confused
                                                            
                       BETH
Trained What?
      (continues)
Have you two lost your minds?
      (looking stumped)
Charles, what is going on?
                                                            
                       CHARLES
I couldn,t do it alone.