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The five white men are concerned.

The Chief glances at them and turns to The Ridge. He speaks English with an accent.

DOUBLEHEAD

Ridge, you are but a leader of your

own band. I am Village Chief of all

Cherokee who range here. I decide at

this council fire.

The Ridge takes a moment to look into the eyes of each white trader. The time is tense.

They are all very uncomfortable as each face is scanned.

The Ridge is more diplomatic.

THE RIDGE

This is the land of our ancestors.

You know this is wrong.

Doublehead smiles.

DOUBLEHEAD

Your challenge surprises me, but

I guess every minnow wants to be

a fish.

The Ridge is firm in his answer.

THE RIDGE

No, a fish, like you, sees only

the bait not the hook.

EXT. CHEROKEE VILLAGE PERIMETER

Two soldiers steal through the underbrush drawing large hunting knives.

Two Cherokee sentries watch the village and their immediate area. The soldiers simultaneously attack the sentries and kill them. The soldiers look back across the river. One soldier takes two pieces of styled flint from his pocket and sparks them together.

EXT. RIVER BANK ACROSS FROM THE CHEROKEE VILLAGE

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