The Ridge stops in front of them. He is a fierce figure. Ridge speaks to John in a loving tone.
Save our people, peacemaker. Your
Time has come.
John is strong in his statement.
No, I will fight by blood or word.
EXT. LOG HOUSE - DAY
John Ross is older and more mature. He rides a fine thoroughbred horse to the front of the well kept log house and dismounts.
SUB‑TITLE: TEN YEARS LATER
The beautiful Quatie stands in the doorway. She is a grown
woman now. Quatie walks outside, close to John. She gazes lovingly at John's glowing face.
John’s face glows with his love for her.
I saw your family at the trading
post, thought I'd ride out. I've
been wanting to talk to you.
Quatie is flirtatious. John has to say it before he loses his nerve.
Ah, Quatie, the white government’s
treaty has called the Cherokee into
their army. I'm an officer and, ah,
will you marry me before I go?
Quatie holds John's hand. There is a pause while Quatie looks at John's face and eyes.