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The Voyage South Part 3

Script By: Matthew Bissonnette
Historical fiction



Part 3 of the Voyage South.


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ext. river morning

The river runs through the forest. The canoe is now on the muddy shore, partly in the river. No one is around until Fletcher walks out from the forest, a musket in each hand. He walks to the canoe and throws one musket into it and the other. He then looks back towards the forest and sighs heavily.

FLETCHER HARRISON

Where is that man?

Fletcher raises his voice.

FLETCHER HARRISON

Lafleur!

There is silence for a moment when Louis's voice echoes out from within it.

LOUIS LAFLEUR

Be right with you friend!

Fletcher looks at the forest for awhile when Louis walks out and towards the canoe, under his arms is the bears large pelt. Louis drops into the canoe and looks and Fletcher and smiles.

LOUIS LAFLEUR

Well, should we be off?

Fletcher looks at him.

FLETCHER HARRISON

If we make it back North after doing what we came to do, you'll have more money then you'll ever need. Why bother with the bear's fur?

Louis looks at the bears pelt in the canoe and smiles.

LOUIS LAFLEUR

That pelt will buy me at least one night with a very lovely lady.

Fletcher looks away and is frowning.

FLETCHER HARRISON

Just get into the canoe.

Louis gets into the front of the canoe and Fletcher pushes it into the water. Then Fletcher gets into the back as the current of the river slowly takes it south. Louis lies down on his back and grins.

LOUIS LAFLEUR

Hope the rest of this journey is as fun as last night.

Fletcher squints at Louis.

FLETCHER HARRISON

Are you not paddling today?

Louis looks at him.

LOUIS LAFLEUR

You paddle the next hundred miles, I got the three hundred after that.

Fletcher continues to look at Louis.

LOUIS LAFLEUR

You have the word of Louis Lafleur.

Fletcher looks away and sighs deeply then picks up one of the paddles in the middle of the canoe and begins rowing down the river. Louis looks up at the sky.

LOUIS LAFLEUR

Once in Montreal, I met this fine woman with a most particular and interesting skill.

FLETCHER HARRISON

Lafleur.

Louis looks at him.

LOUIS LAFLEUR

What is it friend?

FLETCHER HARRISON

I'll take care of rowing for the entire trip. That is if you do one thing.

LOUIS LAFLEUR

Which is?

FLETCHER HARRISON

Just shut your mouth until dark.

Louis looks up at the sky.

LOUIS LAFLEUR

Sure Fletcher. Guess I'll just think about women I've known for the day.

Fletcher then looks away from Louis and towards the forest along the riverbank. He frowns then looks forward and continues to row. The canoe then floats down the river, headed south.

ext. river noon

Around noon during a bright day. The river runs through a dense forest as tree's tower of it, a slight breeze rustles the leafs of the trees. The canoe is going South along the river. The canoe is still headed south, Louis in the front still on his back and looking at the sky, Fletcher rowing and looking forward. This continues for awhile when Fletcher looks momentarily and Louis then forward again.

FLETCHER HARRISON

Lafleur, can I ask you something?

Louis looks at Fletcher.

LOUIS LAFLEUR

If I answer this question, do I have to paddle?

Fletcher sighs then paddles.

FLETCHER HARRISON

Would you mind telling me about Nora?

LOUIS LAFLEUR

Why do who want to know more about Nora?

FLETCHER HARRISON

Since we'll be on this voyage together for the next few weeks, I would like to know what kind of man I'll be on this journey with.

LOUIS LAFLEUR

I see, you want to know more of Louis Lafleur.

FLETCHER HARRISON

I've already guessed what kind of man you are. But I've found Emily has always brought out the best in me. If you have a good man somewhere in you, then if you really care about this Nora then she must bring it out.

Louis looks back at the sky.

LOUIS LAFLEUR

I met Nora many years ago. I had just spent more then a year in the north, had seen at most two people in that time. Between my trips north, I would go to Montreal for a few weeks. Friend, they have the best brothels the colonies.

Fletcher frowns.

FLETCHER HARRISON

Just get to when you met Nora.

Louis smiles.

LOUIS LAFLEUR

I always go this one place my first night back to civilization, the women there are worth the money. Then I saw this woman sitting on a couch and looking very sad, looks looking at the floor alone.

FLETCHER HARRISON

Know why she was sad?

Louis frowns suddenly.

LOUIS LAFLEUR

She was a young woman who had just become a woman of easy virtue, but not many men wanted her so she spent most nights alone in a room full of men and women. She does not bring it much business, but the madam who runs it keeps her on because Nora is her niece.

FLETCHER HARRISON

You make her sound so beautiful.

LOUIS LAFLEUR

She is but once, she was with a man. He was a very bad sort of fellow, and he hurt her; she still bares a scar of that man's vile nature.

Louis then seems briefly angry. Fletcher seems expressionless then looks at Louis then forward again.

LOUIS LAFLEUR

I wish I could run into that man so I could give him something to remember how he hurt a good woman.

FLETCHER HARRISON

Then why do you care her so much if all you care about is yourself?

Louis then smiles again.

LOUIS LAFLEUR

All I saw when I entered that night, was a sad woman looking at the floor. But when I said hello to her she looked up. All I could see was the most beautiful eyes I had ever seen. When when I look at her, that is all I ever see. During so much of my life alone in dark lands, anytime I close my eyes I can see hers.

FLETCHER HARRISON

Sounds like you love her Lafleur.

LOUIS LAFLEUR

I'm not sure I'll ever understand what love really is. But I think if I could, then Nora should be one I love.

FLETCHER HARRISON

Maybe you should marry her, and stop being such an adulterous man.

LOUIS LAFLEUR

I would. But I only know I would break her heart since I have never been able to be faithful to one woman. But if I could, I would that Nora away from that place forever. But I know I'm not a man who could do that.

FLETCHER HARRISON

Sounds like you want to be.

LOUIS LAFLEUR

If you don't mind, I would like to think awhile. We have a few more weeks to talk.

Fletcher momentarily looks at Louis then forwards again and paddles. The canoe continues down the river south.

EXT. RIVER dusk

The river as it goes along the forest, darkness looms to the east. Louis is still looking at the sky while Fletcher paddles. Then Fletcher looks further down the river, he realizes that a very old man in ragged clothing is walking towards them along the river bank, he is a cane which he is waving about. Fletcher looks at Louis.

FLETCHER HARRISON

Lafleur, look down the river.

Fletcher stops paddling and Louis sits up and looks towards the old man who is walking towards them. Louis looks back at Fletcher.

LOUIS LAFLEUR

We are just two men in a canoe. He won't know where from the colonies.

FLETCHER HARRISON

We'll just keep our mouths shut.

As the old man approaches he begins to call out as he waves his cane.

old man

Jessica! I can't find you. I lost.

Fletcher looks at the old man closer.

FLETCHER HARRISON

I think the old man is blind.

Louis lies back down and looks up.

LOUIS LAFLEUR

Guess we don't have to worry then.

FLETCHER HARRISON

I think he's lost.

Then Fletcher paddles the canoe as it then runs partly up the muddy shore of the river. Louis looks suddenly at Fletcher and seems puzzled.

LOUIS LAFLEUR

Friend, what are you doing?

FLETCHER HARRISON

Help him find his way home.

LOUIS LAFLEUR

Good. Once you do every American he lives with can hand you in to army.

Fletcher then gets out from the canoe then looks at Louis.

FLETCHER HARRISON

If I don't come back, then I guess when you go home you'll collect both our rewards.

Louis shakes his head then looks up.

LOUIS LAFLEUR

Well go then.

Fletcher then walks along the muddy shoreline and towards the old man. Once he is standing in front, the old man stops and his cane bumps into Fletcher.

old man

Is someone there?

FLETCHER HARRISON

Need some help old timer?

OLD MAN

I got lost in the woods. My home is not far.

Then he waves the cane in a direction.

OLD MAN

My daughter Jessica must be looking for me.

FLETCHER HARRISON

I'll take you home.

Then Fletcher takes the old man's arm and starts leading him in the direction he pointed. As they walk.

old man

Thank you for kindness.

Then they both walk into the forest.

EXT. forest later

It is almost night as Fletcher leads the old man through the forest. The tree's sway about in a breeze as shadows are cast across the floor of the forest.

FLETCHER HARRISON

You should really not wander from home.

old man

I just to play in these woods when I was just a boy. But since I lost my eyesight, I like to just be near them sometime.

FLETCHER HARRISON

How did you become blind?

OLD MAN

During the war for America's Independence. I was a soldier in a artillery regiment. But during a battle, a canon that I was manning exploded killing two other man. I have not seen a thing since.

FLETCHER HARRISON

You have my sympathy.

OLD MAN

It was worth the cost of my eyes. My daughter nor my grandchildren will ever now of what me and many of my generation endured.

Fletcher looks back at him for a moment then forward again as they walk.

FLETCHER HARRISON

I hope you are right.

Then in the distance through the forest is the tree line. Beyond which is a cabin. Fletcher leads the old man towards it.

ext. cabin moments later

Located beyond the forest is several grassy fields. The are many cabins, plumes of smoke rising from the chimney. Behind cabin nearest to the forest, a older woman with brown hair in a bun is wearing brown dress. She is a few yards yards from the forest and seems worried. She is the old man's daughter Jessica. She looks around as she calls out.

Jessica

Father! Father!

She stops calling out and looks around. She then sits on the edge of the small porch behind cabin. Then Fletcher and the old man emerge from the forest and they come to a stop. Fletcher looks at the old man.

FLETCHER HARRISON

I think you are home. Don't get lost again if you can.

OLD MAN

Thank you. Would you please meet my daughter Jessica.

Fletcher looks at Jessica on the porch then begins to walk towards the forest but speaks as he leaves.

FLETCHER HARRISON

I really must be going. Give your daughter my best.

Fletcher then disappears into the forest. The old man then waves his cane around and calls out.

OLD MAN

Jessica, are you there!

Jessica, who still sits on the porch, see's the old man near the edge of the forest then gets up and runs towards him. She then stands before him and seems happy.

JESSICA

I told you not to go into the woods alone.

OLD MAN

I got lost, and think I came to the river.

JESSICA

How did you find your way home.

The old man waves the cane in the direction of the forest.

OLD MAN

A kindly young man helped me find you.

JESSICA

Where is he?

OLD MAN

He left very suddenly. Strange though, I have not heard such a thick British accent since the war.

Jessica looks towards the forest.

JESSICA

Let get you inside.

She then takes the old man's arm and leads him towards the cabin.

ext. forest night

A forest at night. In a small area where there is few tree's a small camp fire has been built. The canoe is laying on its side nearby. Fletcher sits by the fire as he is looking at the map they where given. He seems to be frowning then he looks around the forest.

Fletcher Harrison

Where is Lafleur?

He then looks back at the map. After awhile Louis walks out from the forest and lays by the fire. He looks towards the sky. Still looking at the map, Fletcher speaks.

FLETCHER HARRISON

Where did you go? You have been gone a long time.

LOUIS LAFLEUR

I took both traps and set them. I check them tomorrow before we leave.

FLETCHER HARRISON

The supplies we where given will last a week more.

LOUIS LAFLEUR

I hate salted meat. Makes my stomach ill. I'll get something fresher.

Louis momentarily looks at Fletcher.

LOUIS LAFLEUR

You where looking at the map when I left. Something wrong?

Fletcher frowns.

FLETCHER HARRISON

The map the commander gave me. This area is suppose to be wilderness in every direction for a long distance.

LOUIS LAFLEUR

What are you saying?

FLETCHER HARRISON

That old man today. When I took him home, I saw a lot more homes near it. It is not on the map.

Louis then looks Fletcher.

LOUIS LAFLEUR

You are saying the map is wrong?

FLETCHER HARRISON

It is accurate when it comes to the river. But I don't think we are far from settlements. Neither of us know where they are.

Louis looks back up at the sky and seems somewhat angry.

LOUIS LAFLEUR

Why did you help that blind old man today?

FLETCHER HARRISON

He needed help. I suppose you would have left him lost in the forest.

LOUIS LAFLEUR

Any other time I would gladly help that man. But right now we are sneaking south to kill a general, an American general. You helped an American.

FLETCHER HARRISON

Does it matter what country he is from?

LOUIS LAFLEUR

If they find us they might kill you and I. Soon we are going to be at war with that old man. I want to finish this grim task over with so I can get back north.

Fletcher folds they map and lies down. He is on his side looking away from Louis.

LOUIS LAFLEUR

You and I in very dangerous lands friend. It is not like the wilds up north. There we know what to do because it is all we have ever done. But this is much different.

FLETCHER HARRISON

When we get home, I'll never have to see those wilds again. This is my last time away from home.

LOUIS LAFLEUR

I hope so. But for the rest of this trip, worry about keeping us alive. The next blind old man we meet along the way, let him find his own way home.

FLETCHER HARRISON

My father always told me a good man should help a person in need.

Louis closes his eyes.

LOUIS LAFLEUR

I'll give you a small portion of the reward when we get back if you do something Fletcher.

FLETCHER HARRISON

What is that Lafleur?

LOUIS LAFLEUR

Keep all the advice from you're Dad to yourself until we are in familiar lands.

FLETCHER HARRISON

Go to sleep. We have to press on tomorrow.

Then both fall asleep. Above them, clouds lazily drift in front of the moon above the forest.

ext. river morning

The river surrounded by the forest. Fletcher drags the canoe out from the forest and walks around it and pushes it partially into the river. Then then stands and looks around and seems irritated.

FLETCHER HARRISON

Where is he?

Then Fletcher looks towards the woods then sighs and walks towards the forest.

ext. forest moments later

A dense area of the forest as the canopy of the tree's blocks out the sun as shafts of sunlight fall upon the forest floor. Then Louis is walking through the forest, a empty steel trap in one hand. As he walks, he looks around the ground.

LOUIS LAFLEUR

I left it around here I think.

Then Louis see's the trap laying on the ground of the woods between the trees. He walks towards it but when he see's that it is empty he stops grunts.

LOUIS LAFLEUR

Salted meat for another night. Just fine.

Then Louis walks to the trap and picks it up with his free hand. He turns to walk in the direction he came when he hears something coming from the distance behind him. He walks towards the sound and realizes that it is the faint singing of a woman. He then looks around and talks quietly to himself.

LOUIS LAFLEUR

I really should go find Fletcher. But that singing is captivating.

He slowly walks in the direction of the singing when he eventually comes to the edge of the forest. He hides amongst the tree's and looks ahead.

ext. edge of town moments later

A large town of many homes and a few shops amongst grassy fields. Men and women walk along the dirt road that goes through the town. There is also around a dozen American soldiers marching through town, in there uniforms and holding muskets. To one end of the town is a small rustic home nearest to the forest, behind it a woman. A young woman, Penelope, kneels on the grass in front of a metal tub of water as she scrubs clothes, she has on a green dress and has long dark hair. Louis watches from behind the tree's then whispers to himself.

LOUIS LAFLEUR

I really should not, but what is the harm of saying hello.

He lays the two traps on the ground and then walks towards the woman. As he walks towards her, Penelope looks his way then stops scrubbing. Louis then stops in front of her, removes his cap and smiles. She smiles back.

Penelope

Hello sir. I have not seen you around her before, are you a visitor.

LOUIS LAFLEUR

I am a stranger in these lands. But your beautiful singing makes them seem a little less foreign.

Penelope then seems to become afraid yet Louis still smiles and looks at her. She slowly gets to her feet and begins back away from him. Then she runs away and goes around the front of the cabin. Louis breathes into his palm and then shrugs.

LOUIS LAFLEUR

My breath is not that bad is it?

ext. road in front of home moments later

Penelope runs away from the house and down the road towards the marching soldiers. She stops in front of them and they come to a halt. The one in front, a tall tern looking man named Sargent Kline looks at her.

Sargent Kline

Is something wrong miss?

PENELOPE

A man came out of the forest. I think he is French, from the colonies.

Sargent Kline then looks in the direction she points.

PENELOPE

My brother told me why he has enlisted. You have to do something.

Sargent Kline looks back at his men.

SARGENT KLINE

Men. Find him and detain him.

All the soldiers start quickly marching in the direction she ran.

EXT. EDGE OF TOWN MOMENTS LATER

Louis is back at the edge of the forest, he picks up both traps then looks towards deeper inside the forest and sighs.

LOUIS LAFLEUR

I would have like to learn her name. I always remember her singing.

Then many soldiers run out from behind the home and then see Louis at the edge of the forest. They stop and raise their muskets. One of them.

American soldier

You there! Stop.

Louis looks behind him and when he see's the soldiers he grins.

LOUIS LAFLEUR

Hello friends.

Then he starts to walk into the forest.

AMERICAN SOLDIER

Take another step and we'll fire.

Then Louis begins to quickly run deeper into the forest with both traps in his hands.

The soldier in front turns to the rest.

AMERICAN SOLDIER

Go after him. If you have to, shoot him!

Then the soldiers run towards the forest.

ext. forest later

Fletcher is walking through the forest and looking around and seems angered. He stops.

FLETCHER HARRISON

Where is that reprobate?

He then grunts and looks around. Then from the distance comes the thunderous crack of the gunshot. Fletcher looks towards the direction of the sound. Then Louis appears as he runs out from behind some trees, both traps still in his hands. As he runs past Fletcher, he speaks loudly.

LOUIS LAFLEUR

Friend, you might want to run!

The Louis starts running away from Fletcher who watches him leave. Fletcher then turns towards the direction he came from and waits for a moment. When a lot of American soldiers run out from the trees towards him, Fletcher starts to back away.

AMERICAN SOLDIER

Stop your we'll shoot.

Fletcher then turns and runs in the direction Louis is running. As the soldiers chase him through the forest, he sees Louis is the distance ahead of him but is quickly losing him. Fletcher yells.

FLETCHER HARRISON

Lafleur!

ext. river later

The canoe lays on the muddy shore of the river which runs through the forest. Then Louis runs out from the forest, throws the traps into the canoe and pushes it completely into the water then gets into the front. He grabs one of the paddles and begins to quickly row south. Fletcher then runs out from the forest and stops. He looks at the fleeing Louis and yells.

FLETCHER HARRISON

Wait for me!

Then Fletcher runs towards the canoe. Then the soldiers run out from the forest and see the Fletcher is running away from them. Fletcher then runs beside the canoe and yells again.

FLETCHER HARRISON

Now you're paddling!

Fletcher then jumps into the canoe but his landing rocks it about. He then grabs the other paddle and they begin to both row quickly. As the canoe moves towards the center of the river, the soldiers run along the river bank.

AMERICAN SOLDIER

You two! Stop right now!

As the soldiers run on the river bank beside the canoe, Fletcher and Louis paddle. One of the soldiers aims their muskets at the fleeing men and fire. The bullet hits the side of the canoe and a spark jumps of. Fletcher and Louis then lower their heads but paddle faster. Then the current of the river begins to get faster and the canoe picks up speed. The canoe begins to gain on the pursuing men and the soldiers stop and all fall to one knee on the river bank. And aim their muskets.

American soldier

Men, fire!

The soldiers fire and plumes of smoke are ejected from their muskets. As Fletcher and Louis begin to get away, there are splashes around the canoe. Then the soldiers start running again. Fletcher looks behind and yells.

FLETCHER HARRISON

I think we are going to lose them!

The Louis leans to one side and looks in the distance in front of the canoe. He then looks at Fletcher and seems concerned.

LOUIS LAFLEUR

Fletcher, you might want to look ahead.

Fletcher looks ahead then realizes farther down the river is rapids where the river widens. Fletcher then paddles harder.

FLETCHER HARRISON

Row faster! We'll get away in the rapids.

They both paddle frantically as the soldiers chase far behind.

ext. rapids moments later

This section is a long stretch of rapids, the frothing water heaves about the surface of the water and get more intense farther one. Large boulders protrude from the surface. Then Fletcher and Louis in the canoe begin to paddle the canoe through the rapids. The soldiers are still running along the riverbank very far behind them. The canoe is rocked about and the turbulent water splashes the boat, drenching the two men. Louis stops paddling and looks at Fletcher.

LOUIS LAFLEUR

A little more dangerous then I thought friend.

Fletcher grits his teeth.

FLETCHER HARRISON

Just keep paddling Lafleur!

Louis shrugs then starts paddling. The canoe is now going very fast as the rapids grow more intense, the men are rocked about the canoe but keep paddling. Then they both stop when they see a section of the rapids where it drops sharply and it is strewn with large boulders with water seething against them. Then they both look at each other then at the rapids ahead.

LOUIS LAFLEUR

Should we keep paddling Fletcher.

Fletcher frowns then looks back at Louis.

FLETCHER HARRISON

I hate you Lafleur.

Then he looks forward. The current forces the canoe into a large boulder in the center of the rapids, it is then forced to have its side pressed against the rock. Both men hang on to the sides of the canoe as it is violently rocked by the rapid water as they are both hit by the turbulent raging around them. Then the canoe tips over and both men are thrown from the canoe and go into the water. Then the rapid current suddenly carries the overturned canoe and both men towards the steep drop in the rapids. They fight desperately to keep their heads above water then go over the drop. They vanish in the heaving, silent water after the drop. After awhile the soldiers run onto the scene and stop at the shoreline beside the drop. Then they look further down the river. The soldier in the front looks back at the rest.

AMERICAN SOLDIER

If they haven't drown, find them.

Then he looks farther down the shoreline. The large canoe is laying on side on the muddy shore farther down the river. The paddles, muskets and traps are now laying on the muddy ground beside the canoe.

AMERICAN SOLDIER

Take their canoe and what ever else was with them to town. Two of you will search the shoreline for them. If you can't find them, then they either drown or are probably badly hurt.

Another soldier speaks up.

American Soldier 2

What if they escape south?

The soldier at the front squints his eyes.

AMERICAN SOLDIER

The river ahead runs through over a hundred miles of wilderness. With nothing, their canoe or what ever supplies they brought, they will be dead before they find food or shelter. And if they can make it, our men down their will catch them. And if they come back this way, we'll have them.

AMERICAN SOLDIER 2

If they are from the colonies, why do you think they are this far south?

AMERICAN SOLDIER

I don't know. But they are definitely not soldiers. We'll find them or let the wilderness kill them. Now follow your orders.

He waits as the soldiers run towards the canoe, they put everything in it then drag it in the direction they came while two soldiers walk slowly along the shoreline South.

ext. river later

It is almost noon. Much farther down from the rapids is a section of the river is narrows and the current slows down. After the muddy shores is extremely dense forest. Then Louis appears as he swims down the river, his cap know gone. He seems towards the shore then crawls up on to it. He then falls to the ground and his face lays in the mud. He then rolls over onto his back with his eyes closed and is breathing heavily. He then opens his eyes and realizes that Fletcher is standing over him, seeming extremely angry. Louis smiles.

LOUIS LAFLEUR

Problem Fletcher?

FLETCHER HARRISON

Get up right now Lafleur. I mean it.

Louis then slowly gets to his feet and they face each other. Louis wipes the mud from his face then looks towards the direction they came as Fletcher looks angrily at him.

LOUIS LAFLEUR

I'm sure the rest of the voyage will be more eventful.

FLETCHER HARRISON

I'll over look the fact you almost left me behind.

Louis looks at Fletcher and shrugs.

LOUIS LAFLEUR

I knew you could catch up.

FLETCHER HARRISON

I better have a good reason why you had around ten American soldiers chasing you.

Louis grins.

LOUIS LAFLEUR

I was getting the traps when I heard this singing. I had to find out who such a divine belonged to. Unfortunately she then go those soldiers.

Fletcher scowls at Louis then grabs the collar of his leather outfit and pulls closer. Louis seems puzzled.

LOUIS LAFLEUR

You seem upset about something, no?

Fletcher then raises his voice.

FLETCHER HARRISON

You almost got us both killed because of a woman!

LOUIS LAFLEUR

A woman with a nice voice, yes.

Fletcher then seems enraged and raps his hands around Louis's neck and chokes him as Louis mutters.

LOUIS LAFLEUR

I deserve that.

Fletcher then throws Louis to the muddy shore. Louis looks up at the enraged man, he gets up and looks at Fletcher.

LOUIS LAFLEUR

Now, what next. North or South?

Fletcher then rushes at him and punches Louis in the face who then falls to the ground and looks up. Fletcher is slowly walking towards him.

LOUIS LAFLEUR

This is not help us get home.

Fletcher then uses his foot to kick Louis down to the muddy ground, then presses him down with his foot. Then he stops pinning Louis down at just scowls at him.

FLETCHER HARRISON

Get up now Lafleur!

Louis, now angry, gets up and they now stand looking at each other as they breath heavily.

FLETCHER HARRISON

I'm going beat some sense into you!

Louis pulls out the knife from the sheath in his belt. Fletcher calmly does the same. Louis starts switching the knife between hands.

LOUIS LAFLEUR

I'll just give you a few cuts.

Then they run at each other, but both grab the wrist of each others hand which holds the knives. They both struggle to bring the knives closer to each other as they hateful look at each other. Then Louis head buts Fletcher who then stumbles back and drops the knife to the muddy ground. Louis then drops his knife and charges at Fletcher. He knocks Fletcher to the ground and the roll around as they grapple about. Then Louis is on top of Fletcher and is able to strike him in the face. Fletcher is able to use his leg to knock Louis back to know he lays on his back on the muddy shore. Fletcher then quickly gets up and jumps on top of Louis. Fletcher pins him down with a hand to his neck and raises his fist to strike. They look angrily at each other and both breath heavily. After a few moments Fletcher grunts then gets up. Louis then looks up at the sky as Fletcher walks away.

LOUIS LAFLEUR

Maybe we should go home now.

Fletcher then picks up his knife and returns it to its sheath in his belt. He then stares blankly at Louis.

FLETCHER HARRISON

I'm going south.

Louis gets up and then looks at Fletcher and shrugs.

LOUIS LAFLEUR

We still are going on with this voyage?

Fletcher then walks past Louis and begins to walk south along the riverbank. Louis watches as he walks away. Fletcher speaks loudly.

FLETCHER HARRISON

Go home Lafleur! Go home and see one of your harlots!

LOUIS LAFLEUR

Friend, we are partners.

Fletcher stops and looks over his shoulder and Louis, seeming very angry. He then turns, marches up to Louis and pushes him back. He is almost yelling.

FLETCHER HARRISON

I am only here for one thing! Now I have no canoe, nothing! If I go back before this done, then I'll have to go back to being away from Emily for most of my life!

LOUIS LAFLEUR

I can help Fletcher.

FLETCHER HARRISON

I am not your partner, and I am most certainly not your friend! And if I ever see you again, be it now or in a hundred years, I'll kill you Lafleur!

Fletcher then starts to walk south and seems still angry. Louis watches him leave and raises his voice.

LOUIS LAFLEUR

Did your Dad give you any advice about abandoning a partner!

As Fletcher then walks into the distance, he yells back.

FLETCHER HARRISON

I always remember the day I met you as the worst day of my life!

Louis watches him go away then walks to his knife, picks it up and puts it into the sheath in his belt. He then looks at the river just as coincidentally his cap goes floating by. Louis marches into the water, picks it up and places the soggy cap on his head. He then walks along the shore North. He yells as he and Fletcher both leave the area.

LOUIS LAFLEUR

Have a nice voyage Fletcher!

Then they both walk out of view of each other.





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