Outsider

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Got to many unfinished projects, but decided to try my hand at a Western. It is just meant to be an old fashioned Western with modern influences.

Submitted: May 26, 2018

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Outsider

an original screenplay Matthew Bissonnette

EXT. American frontiernoon

The scene begins with the image of the sun in a sky devoid of clouds in the year 1825. The scene remains set on the sun the image pans down and reveals a landscape of flat plains, flat lands covered by a tall wavering grass the reach onto the horizon. In the distance is a heard of buffalo grazing, the are about a dozen of the large creatures. The a form stealth fully moves through the grass towards them, what it is unclear but it is covered in a buffalo hide. The largest male of the buffalo stops grazing and looks at the form approaching through the grass towards the heard. A close up of the buffalo eye. Then the buffalo resumes eating grass. The then form slowly raises revealing it to be a man in covered in a buffalo hide. He, Outsider, is a very large, imposing looking man in his mid thirties who has steely eyes and dark hair who wears a brown leather outfit. Under his arm are five muskets. He kneels and lays the muskets on the ground. He picks one up, looks down the sights as he carefully aims. An image of the large buffalo in the line of fire of the iron sights. An image of Outsider's eye looking down the sight, his eye steely. He then pulls the trigger and a thunderous gunshot echoes throughout the plains. The large buffalo grunts in pain then falls to the ground. The rest of the heard looks at Outsider for a moment as he holds the musket with smoke bellowing from the tip of the barrel. The buffalo begin to stampede away as Outsider picks up one musket after another and fires in quick succession, each time there is a thunderous gunshot which echoes through the landscape and four buffalo are hit and each fall. Outsider stands after laying the last musket on the ground and watches as the rest of the heard run off into the distance. He then pulls out a large knife in a sheath in his belt and slowly approaches the last buffalo. It is dying and in pain and looks up at Outsider as he stands over the animal, knife in hand. He looks down at the beast, then speaks in a native American dialect, his voice deep and raspy.

outsider

Sorry. You won't suffer long.

Then the scene pans up to the sky.

EXT. native villagedusk

The image is of the sun setting beyond the horizon beyond the endless expanse of flat lands. Then the scene pans to the left and in the distance is a Native American village, around thirty tents though on the edge of the village is a log cabin. Native American men and women, dressed in tunics made of hides are either tending to fires or talk. Then Outsider, still dressed in leather attire and buffalo hide, walks into the village. All the muskets are slung across his back and under his arm are a large amount hides he skinned from the buffalo he killed. Everyone watches as he walks through the village for a moment then resume what they where doing. He approaches a tent in front of which is a fire which a woman tends to. She, Citana, kneels by the fire and looks up, she is in a brown tunic as has dark hair in braids. She looks up as Outsider approaches and drops the pile of hides to the other side of the fire and she looks at him blankly. He looks at her with a blank expression. He speaks again in a Native dialect.

OUTSIDER

Citana, could you give these furs to the rest of the village.

citana

Why does Outsider contribute to the village through me. I am the last woman he should talk to.

OUTSIDER

Because Outsider is just some white man who has not scene the Eastern colonies in twenty years.

Outsider looks over his shoulder and sees some of the village men looking at him blankly for a moment then go back to what they where doing.

OUTSIDER

Ever since your people took me in, well. I sometimes think the men of the village are not very fond of me.

CITANA

The don't dislike you, it is just men have a sense of pride. And it hurts their pride that some young dying white man we found in the wilderness became a better hunter then they could ever aspire to be. And how when he won their respect you because of your ability and then you use what they taught to not only put this village at risk but many other villages and all I do is beg them to let you stay and all you can do is you give me animals fur

OUTSIDER

Like the Chief told me, I could only stay if like everyone in the village I contributed. And men hunt. And I hunt alone. And aside from you and the Chief I don't have any friends. But you know I'm stuck here, and I just have to worry about contributing like everybody else.

CITANA

Stuck here Outsider. You just stay because he was nowhere else to go. You ever miss the world you came from?

He looks at her and frowns.

OUTSIDER

You mean the world that wanted me hung for a crime I did not commit so I had to flee into the Western frontier far away from the white man's law. I miss my wife and know I will never see again. But that does not mean if I have to leave I won't miss a woman who found a dying man in the wilderness and nursed him back to health. A woman is about the only friend I have left.

 

Outsider looks at the large tent in the center of the village.

OUTSIDER

I need to see the old man. I'm to scared to face him but I guess I suppose I should find the nerve to face him.

CITANA

You keep to yourself now.

OUTSIDER

I need to consult with him about a dream.

Then he walks towards the Chiefs.

OUTSIDER

And If the old man wants me to leave.

INT. Chief Black Hoofs Tentseconds later

Inside the tent is a fire which is only burning embers and fills the tent with a hazy smoke. A very old man in looks into the burning embers. He, Chief Black Hoofs, looks ancient and has worn eyes. He does not look up as Outsider, now who has removed his muskets and buffalo hide enters and sits at the other other side of the fire and looks at the ground. The Chief speaks in English.

chief black hoof

So why has Outsider come to see the dying old man. I to busy considering what I'll tell my ancestors when I meet them when I die tomorrow.

Outsider speaks in native American.

OUTSIDER

Chief, you have been saying to leave you in peace because you need to prepare to die soon ever since I met you twenty years ago.

CHIEF BLACK HOOF

I'm saying that because either I really am about to die or because people will not be critical of a old man preparing to die and leave him in peace. What do you want to consult with me about Outsider?

OUTSIDER

I had a dream last night.

CHIEF BLACK HOOF

What dream?

OUTSIDER

Remember the day I woke up in your tent and asked why a young white man was found half dead in the wilderness.

CHIEF BLACK HOOF

Well, when I was young I tried to find a so called civilized life in the West, yet no matter how much I became civilized I was just a savage to them no matter how literate or well educated I became so I just left the white man's world and returned the place of my youth.

OUTSIDER

Why don't you see how they are civilizing any places of people the wrong color.

CHIEF BLACK HOOF

Well, that dying young white man is better at criticizing his own people then any native I have ever known.

OUTSIDER

Its good you spoke English, when I told you I was a wanted man facing the hangman's noose you said I could stay on two conditions.

CHIEF BLACK HOOF

One was that you would have to hunt as men of the village do. We all thought you where crazy when you brought that dead bear into your cabin and had a feast in its honor.

OUTSIDER

Like when you told me what any hunter should know. Before he can hunt prey, he has to follow it for days, weeks and learn it nature. Learn how to track prey, but mostly how to remain unseen by prey until you you choose to strike. I followed that bear for a week, rare animal in these parts. And I remember what you said, when a hunter slays prey he respects then he has to do something to honor its spirit.

CHIEF BLACK HOOF

I'll be dead soon so can you ask me what you want ask so I can tell you what you want to hear.

OUTSIDER

You said another condition of me staying in the village was that I had to go alone into the wilderness and could not come back unless I had vision.

CHIEF BLACK HOOF

The shadow.

OUTSIDER

It taught me how to be a hunter. I had been awake for a week, had not eaten and was delirious.

CHIEF BLACK HOOF

And on the last night you saw a shadow following you in your delirium.

OUTSIDER

It was hunting me, slowly seeking up on me. I know it wasn't real, but I guess I was not in the best frame of mind so I decided to not be afraid and start hunting that shadow as well. Studying it, its nature and how to sneak up on it. Right before dawn I faced it, it said something and vanished.

CHIEF BLACK HOOF

It said only two things could kill Outsider, one was old age.

Outsider frowns.

OUTSIDER

The only other thing that could kill me was that shadow that hunted that night.

CHIEF BLACK HOOF

What was the dream about?

OUTSIDER

I faced that shadow again. It told me the same thing, that aside from the shadow and growing old, there is no man, animal or any wilderness could kill me.

CHIEF BLACK HOOF

What was different in the dream?

OUTSIDER

Remember that tribe who your tribe has been in a feud with for hundreds of years and they challenged you to a battle.

CHIEF BLACK HOOF

They always think thought we where weak and they where not content to share these hunting lands with their avowed enemies.

OUTSIDER

Cause your tribe does not have the luxury of killing in battle. You just settle to hurt a man's pride, and they unlike you kill other men. You didn't say it, but I knew they would have not killed your men but all the women and children. I was in your debt so I knew I had to do something.

CHIEF BLACK HOOF

What does it have to with your dream?

OUTSIDER

In the dream I'm facing the shadow in the village the night I showed up after spending a month hunting their men and killing them one by one. It was like that night, when I went to their village and told them I killed there men and to leave one village alone, before I understood how complex the situation is out here.

CHIEF BLACK HOOF

That is why in battle we settle to hurt an enemies pride. Outsider you did what you did because you felt indebted to us for taking you in. That where planning to do the same to us and it would have made them feel nothing. But you fear death and that shadow because the white man's world after our mortal life is where you will either be rewarded or punished in a lake of fire. I may die tomorrow, but my conscious is clean.

OUTSIDER

Let's just say I don't want to die young any maybe that shadow represents something I need to fear. What should I do?

CHIEF BLACK HOOF

Do what you did that night, don't be content to be the prey but find the strength to hunt something that seeks your death.

Outsider gets up and looks down at the chief.

OUTSIDER

What I want to ask is if you want me to live here still, I'll go. It is the least I can do.

CHIEF BLACK HOOF

Ask me tomorrow morning if I or my people want Outsider to leave.

OUTSIDER


Why tomorrow?

CHIEF BLACK HOOF

After tonight if you reflect carefully on everything about the journey you have been on.

OUTSIDER

Reflect on how a lynch mob chased across America and now Ill never see home again.

CHIEF BLACK HOOF

A man's journey starts when he is born, before it ends he may want to consider the path he took and and choose where you go next.

OUTSIDER

So spend the night thinking about everything that happened. Then tomorrow morning ask if you want me to leave.

Outsider turns to leave.

CHIEF BLACK HOOF

The subject if we want you to leave concerns a woman who as you called it love, well she will be hurt regardless of what happened. After the men of the village learned how Outsider hunts, scared of a man who hunted other men like buffalo. He did not know this is just one village of many villages and out here what one village does has consequences for the rest.

outsider

Thanks. And sorry.

He talks as he walks out of the tent.

OUTSIDER

Guess you wish Citana left Outsider dead in the wilderness.

Once the Chief is alone he looks back at the smoke rising from thew embers of the fire.

chief Black Hoof

I'll know tomorrow if taking in Outsider is the worse thing that ever happened to this village.

He is silent for a moment.

CHIEF BLACK HOOF

Any many other villages.

EXT. NATIVE VILLAGEseconds later

The sun is sinking towards the Western picturesquely over the village. The villagers look at Outsider when he leaves the chief's tent. He realizes all the men the men look at him. He looks at them for a moment then walks past them towards the log cabin. The villagers go back to work. As there is an image of the log cabin, small but seemingly well constructed. Outsider opens the door to the cabin, waits a amount, looks over his shoulder and realizes he is being watched by everyone of the village. He looks at them seeming unsure what to say and goes in had closes the door. Then everyone returns to work.

int. cabin seconds later

A close up image of a bears face and the wavering reflection of a fire place's flame in the eyes. The next image reveals it is the rug of a bear that sits in front of a fire place. The interior of the log cabin is small room with only a wooden rocking chair and bed. There is no light other then the fire place. Outside stands at the doorway and looks down at the pelt of the bear. He frowns.

outsider

Its been a month bear, and finally working up the nerve to ask if they wanted me gone. And like every single time you need him to tell you an answer is always reflection on something or else.

He puts the muskets down in a corner. He looks around the room to the sound of a crackling fireplace. He looks at the bear.

OUTSIDER

Kind of like you bear, I know bears and humans are not friends but when the old man told me bears are very uncommon and I felt sorry for cause cause the chief said you where lost and confused in a land you didn't come from.

Outsider sighs.

OUTSIDER

But that is later, I guess if I'm going to tell the start, I would have to two tell you about two families. There was my family who owned land in a county. Then there was the McNabs who owned the rest of the land. That is where problem started.

He walks to the chair and sits in it and looks at the fire.

OUTSIDER

But the first memory was my father, he was a respectable man of the community.

The scene dissolves.

EXT. fieldnoon

An image of a farmer's field which is barren and at the far end of the field is a forest. Imagery of the trees of the forest swaying lazily in a breeze. The imagery is portrayed under a somber sky. Then slowly a deer walks out of the forest, looks from side to side; then looks to the ground at eats something of the ground. The scene pulls back and slowly the end of a musket comes into frame. As the camera pulls further back we see a father and son. The son, who is the young Outsider, wears period attire. He falls to one knee and carefully aims. His father stands at his side and puts a hand on his shoulder, the father seems intimidating yet reserved.

father

Aim carefully. You only get one shot.

young outsider

I know dad.

The father looks down at his son.

FATHER

You can say it if you want.

YOUNG OUTSIDER

What dad?

FATHER

That you miss your mother.

Outsider pulls the trigger but misses the deer completely and it looks at the father and son for a moment seeming afraid and runs away into the forest. Both the father and son look at the swaying trees of the forest. The father sighs.

FATHER

Should have lined up your shot better son.

YOUNG OUTSIDER

Maybe it was not the best time to ask if I miss mom. Ask me again in twenty years, I'll still miss her.

FATHER

We can talk while you reload the musket if you want.

Outsider looks to the ground near where he kneels, there is a bag of gunpowder and lead shot resting on the ground. Outsider starts to reload. His father still looks down at him.

FATHER

I miss her to. She just asked me not to cry in front of you.

YOUNG OUTSIDER

Can we just talk about something else?

FATHER

What would you like to talk about?

YOUNG OUTSIDER

Why you think I want to spend the rest of my life in this place, spend the rest of the life here?

FATHER

So inheriting these lands which will ensure that you, one day your wife and children can eat. You'll have something that is yours and can't be taken away unless you let it go.

Outsider finishes reloading the musket and slings it over his shoulder and walks towards the camera as the father watches.

YOUNG OUTSIDER

Can we talk about it later dad.

The father looks at him as he walks out of frame. The father then sighs deeply and walks off the same direction his son did. Then a firm, deep voice speaks out.

McNab

We still have business to discuss about some land.

Outsider and his father stop and turn to face a group of the men who are all dressed well, seem burly and tough. Standing in front of the group is McNab, a large man who is well groomed and well dressed who looks at the father in silence with an angered expression. Outsider frowns.

YOUNG OUTSIDER

Look, it is McNab; king of the county that the rest of the county hates.

McNab looks at Outsider.

MCNAB

Maybe you found tell your kid to keep his mouth shut and let the men talk cause if he talks to much or says something he shouldn't he is going to get hurt.

The father looks at Outsider.

FATHER

Get home.

Outsider looks at his farther for a moment.

FATHER

Just go!

Outsider says nothing and walks away when McNab and the father face each other.

MCNAB

Now I own this county, more importantly I own men who can make your life very unpleasant and
I'll I have to do is ask. Simple as that.

FATHER

Yeah, the whole county is happy that the McNab's came back bought everything of worth and run this county like a kingdom. I know his pride won't let one piece of land in this county not be his.

MCNAB

Think I care what they think. Honestly think you can beat McNab like your father did. Let me tell you a little truth in life that you, your father and your son a truth you apparently don't fully grasp.

FATHER

I know, McNab always wins.

MCNAB

Not only wins, if he comes close to losing then everybody loses. If you or your bastard son don't realize that someone will end up dead. You don't want to see me lose.

FATHER

McNab, I'm not selling and you can put the money where I usually tell you to put it.

The father turns and walks away across the field in the direction his son went and says something.

FATHER

I just buried my wife and a son to deal with so I'm busy.

INT. kitchennight

The darkened interior of a kitchen, a lantern on a table casting a soft glow across the room. In the soft light the father and son eating dinner in silence when the father looks at him while Outsider looks down at his food.

FATHER

Wish your mother was here, that maybe you would choose your words a little more carefully, respect your father and appreciate that when you lose him he is giving you something of value.

OUTSIDER

What spend the rest of my life tending to lands that my grandfather, father and someday me might be killed for. I'm not sure
I want to say thanks.

The father picks up a napkin and wipes his mouth. He gets up and looks at his son.

FATHER

You have to learn that no matter where you go there will be a men like McNab. You can't beat him, you can never beat the McNabs but hopefully just stop them from robbing you of what little you have left. It is not just our land, it is the whole county that involved and maybe they like to see just one piece of land that the McNab's of the world don't own yet.

OUTSIDER

Well someday McNab will get this land because one day it will be mine to sell. McNabs get have the whole county.

The father scowls at his son, turns and leaves the room and says something before slamming the door.

INT. pharmacymorning

An image of a row of shelves stocked with different merchandise, sleeping among some sacks of floor on a shelf is a fat cat the purrs softly. Behind a wooden counter is Sara, dressed in a pron and stocks shelves behind the counter. She is a young woman Outsider's age, with a handsome beauty and delicate features. She does not look as of camera the sound of a bell by a door being opened. Outsider appears and walks slowly up to the counter and frowns.

OUTSIDER

Hi Sara.

Sara

If you came here to complain that your father is being unfair by perhaps giving you something a lot of men would want.

OUTSIDER

Sorry, being pressured by my father to inherit land some cutthroat named McNab wants more then me does not sound like fun.

SARA

We are young so we can still think life is about fun, when you and I are older we'll be like your father and mine. We'll have to many responsibilities to worry about fun.

OUTSIDER

Thanks, really making life sound hopeful.

Sara looks over her shoulder.

SARA

Is this about your father,

She returns to stocking shelves.

Sara

or about you asking me to the dance tonight?

OUTSIDER

We'll we have been fond of each other since we where kids and I thought I may escort you to the dance.

SARA

Sure, on one condition.

OUTSIDER

What condition?

SARA

If some employees of the most powerful, dangerous man in the county are there. Please just say I have nice eyes or a pretty smile and keep your opinion to yourself.

She stops stocking shelves and looks at him concerned.

OUTSIDER

You think being vocal about how McNab is the worse thing to ever happen in this town might get me hurt?

SARA

No, I tell you what your father probably said. You might end up dead.

She returns to stalking shelves.

OUTSIDER

See you at the dance Sara.

SARA

I'll be there.

She stalks shelves still as he looks at her for a moment seeming to want to say something yet remains silent. He then walks out of frame and in a few seconds there is the sound of the bell hits the door.

EXT. outsider's family homenoon

A scene which looks own a dirt path with fields to either side and at the end of which is a large cabin. Smoke rises up from the chimney a billows up into the sky. In the distance Outsider's father can be seen sitting on a porch smoking a pipe. Then Outsider appears and walks towards the porch as the camera follows him. The camera stops and is set on Outsider standing on the porch as his father smokes his pipe.

YOUNG OUTSIDER

Dad, can I ask you something?

FATHER

What?

YOUNG OUTSIDER

Why do you stay, our family has been in this feud with McNab for two generations and we just stay here.

FATHER

Because I tell you what your grandfather told me when I ask him what you just ask me.

YOUNG OUTSIDER

What did he tell you?

FATHER

If you run from a man like McNab, then you'll be running for the rest of your life. No matter where you run to, there will be another man like McNab. You have to draw the line somewhere.

YOUNG OUTSIDER

Even if it gets you killed dad?

FATHER

There are things worth dying for, something that has been treasured by your family for generations is one of them. Holding on to a small piece of this county this people hope that McNab does not win every time.

Young Outsider looks at his father as the father empties his pipe. Then he walks into the house.

INT.  barnnight

The interior of a large barn, which is softly illuminated by lanterns. On a elevated platform and band plays period instruments and play a song with a fast rhythm. The camera then pulls backwards and young men in suits and young women in dresses dance while holding each other. Then the camera pans around and reveals Outsider, who wears a suit, holding Sara who is in a blue dress as they dance. She rests her head on his shoulder. This continues for awhile until they speak.

YOUNG OUTSIDER

I'm about to ask you what I asked we met that day as kids.

SARA

Ask me if I want to get married when we are old enough.

YOUNG OUTSIDER

Do you want to?

Sara looks into his eyes.

SARA

Every time you ask I say the same thing which I will say know.

YOUNG OUTSIDER

You are going to say I'll get an answer next time I ask.

They smile as they look into each others eyes. Then a hand falls on Outsider's shoulder and spins him around. He faces Ethan, a man in dark clothing who grins. Sara stands behind them and looks at them talk.

Ethan

Get lost kid, I'm about to cut in.

SARA

I would rather not.

young OUTSIDER

You heard her.

The man looks over his shoulder, leaning against the wall are two burly men, Seth and Tod who are dressed like Ethan.

ETHAN

See those two guys?

Ethan looks back at Outsider.

ETHAN

We kinda friends of the guy who runs the county, so when I say I'm cutting in I'm cutting. Get lost and remember to watch your mouth.

Sara puts her hand on Outsider's shoulder.

SARA

We'll just go home.

Outsider then scowls and punches Ethan in the face. Ethan stumbles back and Outsider runs at him and knocks him to the ground as the music stops and the dancers cease dancing and watch the fight. Outsider is on top of Ethan raining blows down on his face. When Seth and Tod run towards the fight men. Tod pulls Outsider of Ethan and holds him with his arms pinned behind his back. Outsider then thrusts his head backwards and hits Tod in the face who let's go and stumbles back. Sara watches and says something loudly.

SARA

Stop before they hurt you!

Ethan is know on his feet and he and his two cohorts circle around Outsider as everyone in the barn watches.

ETHAN

Not to bright kid, thinking you are tough enough to win this fight is going to mean a lot of pain.

YOUNG OUTSIDER

A least I am not some thug for a man like McNab.

ETHAN

OK, we do this the hard way.

Then the three men rush Outsider and knock him to the ground. The three men starting kicking Outsider as everyone watches including Sara. Every time Outsider tries to get up they kick him back down. Then they stop and Ethan looks down at the bruised and bloodied Outsider.

ETHAN

And kid, consider this a gift from McNab.

Ethan spits in Outsider's face then he and his two friends walk away and leave the dance. Sara kneels down and lifts up Outsider and now he is sitting up. They look at each other.

SARA

Are you OK?

YOUNG OUTSIDER

Not really Sara.

SARA

I help you get up and we can go somewhere to get you cleaned up.

She helps him to his feet and he puts an arm over her shoulder and they limp towards the camera as everyone watches in silence. When they walk out of frame the music starts again and all the couples are dancing again.

EXT. water pumpnight

The camera focuses on the night sky, vibrant stars scattered across the sky. The scene is set on the image the pans down. In a grassy field is a water pump with a handle. The scene is still when Sara helps Outsider limp towards the pump, an image of his bloodied face. She sits him on the ground and he rests his back against the pump. Sara then rips a piece of cloth from her dress. She uses the handle of the water pump and water spews from the faucet of the pump. She kneels down and wipes the blood of his face with the cloth as the look at each other.

SARA

You like to fight don't you. You always have.

YOUNG OUTSIDER

Honestly have no idea what you are talking Sara.

SARA

This is about the fifteenth time I had to clean you up after a fight.

YOUNG OUTSIDER

I don't like to lose.

Sara frowns.

SARA

Just like McNab?

YOUNG OUTSIDER

Yeah, just like McNab.

SARA

McNab has a large family and they are all over Illionos. They have money, men and power. You can't win some fights you know.

YOUNG OUTSIDER

So I had to let that thug disrespect you?

SARA

Just cause you can't win a fight, does not mean you have to lose either.

He looks at her as she then wipes blood of his face again.

YOUNG OUTSIDER

I'm about to tell you what I wanted to tell you after I lost a fight.

SARA

And what is that?

He waits a moment then speaks.

YOUNG OUTSIDER

I kinda love you Sara.

Sara smiles.

SARA

Then as soon as we are old enough, I think maybe you can be my husband.

Outsider is silent then grins.

SARA

Let's get you home.

She drops the cloth and helps Outsider to his feet and help him limp of into the night.

EXT. OUTSIDER'S FAMILY HOMElater

In the distance is the home of Outsider's family cabin which sits under a star filled sky, smoke wafting up from the chimney and soft glow of lanterns shining through the windows. Then Sara walks into frame with Outsider who still limps. The stop and look at each other.

SARA

Can you manage to make it to your porch?

YOUNG OUTSIDER

I think so.

SARA

Can I ask you a little question?

YOUNG OUTSIDER

What Sara?

SARA

Have you had your first kiss yet?

YOUNG OUTSIDER

Not unless when my dog licks my face counts.

SARA

Well I guess you are about to.

They wait and moment then she leans forward and kisses him. They do this for a few moments then pull away from each other and look into each others eyes. Then he watches her walk off into the night as he smiles. Then he limps away towards the house.

INT. KITCHENseconds later

Outsider's father sits at the kitchen table and seems to think. Then the door opens and and Outsider limps into the room. The father does not look at him but speaks.

FATHER

Son, sit down. We need to talk for a moment.

Outsider sits across the table from him and they look at each other.

FATHER

Another fight apparently.

YOUNG OUTSIDER

Some of McNab's men where at the dance.

FATHER

Son, some fights you can't win with your fists. You have to fight another way.

YOUNG OUTSIDER

Then how do you win a fight with a man like McNab?

FATHER

Like how your grandfather, father and one day my son does and will. You fight by not taking his money no matter how much he offers you, by not backing down when he intimidates you, and by knowing when to shut up and listen.

YOUNG OUTSIDER

You want to ask me if I will keep these lands when I'm older. If I want to spend the rest of my life making sure one small piece of the county is not in his hands.

FATHER

Yes.

Young Outsider gets up and looks at his father.

YOUNG OUTSIDER

Sorry about this morning. This is not about the county, it is about our family. And these lands will always be in our family no matter how much McNab throws at me, no matter what he threatens and it will be my sons someday.

FATHER

Thanks son. What I'm asking is not easy, but life in youth is easy but when your my age you'll realize that life is not easy sometimes. That is why you have to tough it out to the end.

Outsider limps towards the exit to the room.

YOUNG OUTSIDER

See you tomorrow dad.

He limps out of the room silently. Then the scene dissolves.

INT. CABIN nightnight

An image of Outsider sitting in his chair during the present. An image of the dancing flames in the fireplace and a crackling sound. An image looking at Outsider with the bear skin on the floor in front of him. Light from the flames flicker on the wall. Outsider looks at the bear.

OUTSIDER

That was the kind of person my father was bear. Tough guy, but did not say much. I had to bury him a few years. I'll still miss him.

Outsider frowns the sighs deeply.

OUTSIDER

Guess I should tell you about the day where my life changed. I did not know when I woke up it would be the last time I ever saw Sara who a married a year before. Also my son.

Outsider looks into the flames dissolve.

INT. outsider's and Sara's bedroommorning

A large bedroom with period era furnishings. Outsider and Sara lay in a bed and sleep side by side covered by a blanket. A shaft of sun light cascades through the window and falls on the two in the bed. The seen is silent when it another room when the crying of a bay comes from somewhere in the house. They sleep when they are awakened by the crying. Sara groggily speaks.

SARA

I'll get it.

Outsider yawns then sits up.

OUTSIDER

I got it. Go back to sleep.

Outsider gets out of bed as Sara falls back asleep, Outsider in his night clothing. He then slowly walks towards the door to the room as the crying continues.

INT. outsider's son's roomlater

A large room with only a crib in it. Outsider is walking back and forth. He holds his son to his chest and pats his child on the back while the baby cries. This continues until Sara appears in the doorway, she smiles as she looks at her husband and son. Outsider stops when he sees her.

SARA

Did I ever tell my husband I think he is cute?

OUTSIDER

I'm anything but cute. That is why I think he is no son of mine. Not at all as ugly as his father.

SARA

Well my husband might be ugly, but I love him all the same.

OUTSIDER

We both have a long day. Guess we'll have breakfast and I'll walk you to the pharmacy and get back quickly to check on our son.

SARA

I hope it stays like this forever, just the three of us in the house till we have our next child.

Outsider waits a moment then speaks.

OUTSIDER

Don't worry, things will always be like this. I promise you that Sara.

They look at each other in silence.

EXT.  townlater in the morning

Moving down the dirt road of the main street of a town as the sun in the sky hangs over the town. On either side are rustic homes or business. Men and women in period attire either walk about on foot or some ride horses on the street. Then the camera stops and focuses on the entrance to the pharmacy. The scene is still when Outsider walks out of the door and the camera follows him down the street. Then a firm voice speaks out behind him.

MCNAB

I have a bone to pick with you, you arrogant son of a bitch.

Outsider stops and sees that McNab stands in the center of the street. Standing behind are his thugs Ethan, Seth and Tod.

OUTSIDER

This is where I tell you where to put your money.

MCNAB

No, this is about some moron who thinks there are not going to be very serious consequences and him trying to convince everybody in the county that McNab can be run out of town on a rail.

OUTSIDER

We all had our fill of you. Freedom of speech McNab, isn't that what our country is all about?

MCNAB

This is not America kid, this is McNab country and I'm sorry. Now you find out what happens when you pick this particular fight with me.

OUTSIDER

I have to tend to my son.

McNab says something as then walks away from his man.

MCNAB

This is where you find out what happens when I come close to losing, and kid, you'll be lucky to live to be an old man.

Outsider watches then walk away then walks in the operate direction.

EXT. OUTSIDER'S FAMILY HOMELATER

Outsider's home sits under the sky. Outsider sits on the porch in a rocking chair. His sons crib is beside him.

INT.  fieldlater

A grassy field under the sky, in this distance is thunder clouds looming in the horizon. The town is in the distance. McNab looks at Ethan, Seth and Tod.

MCNAB

I got a plan how to get rid of a little thorn in my side that made the worst mistake of his life by irritating me.

ETHAN

What's the plan boss?

MCNAB

In war, they have this little thing called triage.

Seth

What?

McNab pulls open his coat revealing a flintlock in a holster. He pulls it out and aims it at Seth's chest. He pulls the trigger and there is a thunderous gunshot that echoes across the field. An image of a forest to one side of the field. Birds fly up through the foliage of the forest and fly away. Looking at at the men. McNab still holds the pistol aimed at Seth. Seth looks down and sees blood starting to stain his shirt. Seth looks at McNab. Then he falls to the ground dead.

MCNAB

Sorry.

Ethan and Tod look at McNab in shock as he puts the pistol back in its holster.

MCNAB

Pick up the body.

Tod

What the hell are you doing boss?

MCNAB

Tell everyone in town that one particular nuisance resorted to murder. Men love a good lynch mob.

The two men look at McNab in silence. McNab frowns.

MCNAB

Do what I said.

They wait and both nod.

EXT.  TOWNdusk

A shot of the front of the pharmacy. It is dusk and shadows fall on the building. Some loud talking is coming from out of the scene, but it is muffled. Then Sara exits the pharmacy and locks the door behind her. She begins to walk away when she hears the talking and turns to face it. She looks at a large group of men standing in a crowd on the street. McNab, body of Seth on the ground, stands in front of mob and speaks lowly.

MCNAB

You heard my man he saw Seth shot by that kid. I am not a nice person, but I don't kill. Any man who joins a lynching part will get fifty bucks. A hundred for captures and hangs him.

Sara seems scared then she turns and runs. An image of her running away down the street, in the distance is the horizon as the son sinks behind it. Thunder clouds hang over the horizon, flashing with lightning.

INT. KITCHENNIGHT

Outsider sits at the kitchen table and drinks from a cup. He looks around the room. Then the door opens and Sara runs in then stands at the table, she is breathing heavily and seems concerned. Outsider gets up and goes to her.

OUTSIDER

What is going on Sara?

She looks into his eyes, tears in them.

SARA

You have to run, now.

OUTSIDER

What?

SARA

Did you kill one of McNabs men?

OUTSIDER

Why would you ask that.

SARA

He telling the town you shot one of his men and he is rounding up a mob to hang you. You have to get out of here right away.

Outsider looks like he is about to say something and nods. He walks out of the room. Sara waits in the kitchen for awhile when Outsider walks into the room, A satchel over one arm and a musket around his back. She watches while he goes to the door and stands in the doorway and turns back to her. They look at each other in silence when they run and hold each other as she cries.

OUTSIDER

I'll be back. I promise.

SARA

Just go, right away.

Outsider then runs out the door. An image of Sara looking at the camera as she stands in the kitchen, tears in her eyes.

EXT. Fence in Penseconds later

An image of a pen with a wooden fence, a horse tied to a post behind the fence. Over the seen the sky is filled with the surreal gloom of dusk as the last hints of daylight are on the horizon. Then Outsider runs towards the fence and quickly climbs over it. He goes to the horse and straps his musket to the saddle. He then climbs up onto the horse and after untying it from the post. He pulls on the horses reigns and begins to turn around facing one side of the pen. Outsider kicks the horse and it runs then jumps over the fence of the pen.

EXT.  roadseconds later

Near Outsiders home is a dirt road with either fields or rustic homes on either side under a darkening sky. In the distance down the path is a large group of men on horseback riding towards the camera. Then Outsider atop the horse comes into frame. Outside sees the mob on horseback approaching. He kicks the horse and pulls on the reigns as the horse circles and and is facing the camera. Outsider then kicks the horse again and it swiftly rides towards the camera. It runs past and is out of frame. The mob on horseback charge forwards then ride past the camera on either side. The camera then turns around and is then settles on the image chasing after Outsider of into the distance.

EXT. fieldseconds later

In the distance under the darkening sky which now has flashes of lightning is a vast grassy field is the chase. The faint image of Outsider riding away from the pursuing mob is seen. Then the image begins to move towards the Outsider and his pursuers. The image is of the mob of pursuers on horse back riding away from the camera as there is the flashing of lightning and the ominous sound of thunder. The camera flies over the mob and focuses on Outsider swiftly riding towards a forest at the end of the forest. Then he rides into the forest as the mob quickly follow.

EXT.  forestseconds later

A forest of trees while flashes of lightning bombard the scene. The Outsider atop the horse rides swiftly through the forest. His horse runs between trees quickly. The sound of thunder rumbles through the forest. Outsider riding his horse towards the camera as the camera moves backwards. In the distance behind him is the mob.

EXT. cliffseconds later

Facing a stony wall of rock. Then the camera moves up until we see the top of a cliff and beyond an area of muddy ground is the edge of the forest. Then Outsider rides out of the forest and brings his horse to a halt at the edge of the cliff. He turns his horse to ride along the side of the cliff. But Ethan rides out from the forest on horse back and blocks his path. Outsider pulls on the horses reigns and faces the other way and realizes that he is blocked on all sides by men on horseback. McNab emerges from the forest and slowly rides towards Outsider on a horse. He stops and is frowning.

MCNAB

Like I said, I always win.

Outsider looks at him. He then jumps down from atop his horse and pulls his musket from his saddle. He then hits the horse and it runs away.

MCNAB

Just give up. If you kill me kid, do you have any idea what the rest of my family will do. There would be no place to hide.

Outsider straps the musket across his back and and looks over the edge of the cliff. Far below is a river with a fast current. Outsider turns back to McNab.

MCNAB

This is what happens when you try the patience of a man like me. You end up dead.

Outsider then turns and jumps over the edge of the cliff and plummets down and he crashes into the river with a splash and vanishes in the turbulent water. McNab and all his men, armed with either flintlock pistols or muskets stand at the edge of the cliff looking down.

MCNAB

We'll split up to find him. About time I finally end this feud.

EXT. riverbanklater

Later in the night, the scene looks across the turbulent river and beyond is a muddy riverbank beyond which is a forest. A flash of lightning covers the land with a flash of light and there is the sound of thunder. Then Outsider appears and swims down the river then towards the riverbank. He crawls onto the muddy shore then falls to the ground. The camera looks down as it starts to rain as Outsider rolls onto his back and looks up into the sky. Then he passes out as rain falls on him.

EXT. WATER PUMPmorning

An image of the sun in the distance rising above the horizon and there is a surreal gloom in the sky. The image then pans down at Outsider is lays unconscious on the muddy shore. An close up image of his face. The image is still for a few moments when the barrel of a flintlock pistol is pressed to his forehead and there is the sound of the click of the pistols hammer being pulled.

MCNAB

Wake up.

Outsider opens his eyes. He realizes that McNab kneels on the ground and presses the pistol to his forehead still.

MCNAB

See, some men like your father are smart enough to know that if he had tried to start a pathetic revolt and get me kicked out of town he would ended up dead. His son, well guess you will be sharing a grave next to his father. Hope it was all worth it kid.

Outsider then quickly knocks the flintlock pistol out of McNab's hand and the pistol slides across the muddy shore. McNab dives for the gun when Outsider gets up and dives for the pistol to. They struggle to reach it as they fight on the ground. Outsider is able to grab it. He gets up when McNab slowly gets up and they face each other.

MCNAB

You got me. Pull the trigger and there will be no place in this country or on this Earth you can hide.

OUTSIDER

All of this over some acres of land?

MCNAB

No, not land but power. And land is power. You can't win. It was stupid to think you could. My county and if someone tries to steal it from their dead you stupid bastard.

Outsider scowls then pulls the trigger. There is a flash and the sound of a gunshot. An image of McNab stumbling back, hit in the chest and blood staining his shirt. The gun trembles in Outsider's grip. Then McNab falls to the ground dead. Outsider throws the pistol away. He looks to the forest and realizes his horse stands at the forests edge. He runs to the horse and jumps on. He then pulls on the reigns and kicks the horse which then rides into the forest and vanishes. An image which looks down on the dead McNab on the muddy shore.

INT. CABIN NIGHTNIGHT

In the present. Outsider sits in the chair and looks at the flames of the fireplace. At his feet is the bear rug. Outsider seems to be thinking then speaks.

OUTSIDER

And with that my life was over. I could never go back to the life I knew. I would have gone south but a lynch mob was on my trail. To lose them I fled into the Iowa territory. Pretty much a no man's land.

An image of the flames dancing in the fire place.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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