command "fire", they will execute
the prisoner with ten bullets. If
this does not happen, sergeant.
Your men will execute the ten bucks
and then ten prisoners.
There is silence as everyone contemplates this show of non‑
The Cherokee hesitate. The soldiers cock their pistols and
point them at the ten Cherokee heads. The Cherokee raise their rifle and aim them at Paul.
Crowds of Cherokee prisoners have gathered. They are pushed back by stockade guards. The prisoners start rumbling and talking. Quatie pushes from the crowd and confronts the major.
Stop this. It's insane!
The major looks at her angrily.
This is an execution for murder.
Stand back or you'll be next on
Quatie yells out at the major as she struggles against the guards holding her at bay.
It's wrong! This is murder! He
only protected his family.
The major ignores her.
The sergeant turns and yells to the troops.