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Company A, rifles ready.

The gates open and a column of soldiers move into the stockade between the firing squad and the crowd of Cherokee prisoners being held at bay.

A large Cherokee man and woman pull Quatie back as the soldiers close in.

QUATIE

Murderers, you'll pay for this.

The major looks at her with disgust, then surveys the area.

CASTEEL

Fire!

There is a split second of calm then there is a volley of ten shots break the silence.

Paul’s body jerks as bullets rip into him.

The Cherokee firing squad looks away from the body, ashamed of their act.

Paul's wife, Ruth, carrying her baby yells out in grief.

Quatie quickly goes to Ruth and holds her as the baby screams.

Quatie has tears on her cheeks. She looks at Casteel defiantly. Their eyes meet in separate states of defiance.

The major looks away.

Paul's wife screams out into Quatie's shoulder.

RUTH

Paul, Paul!

She goes to her knees crying.

The soldiers stand firm in a pushing match with the crowd.

The major looks at the crowd as he speaks to Prince.

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