John stops at the gravesite. He lies Quatie tenderly on the ground next to his parents and fixes her hair.
John stands and grabs a shovel sticking it in the muddy ground. John starts to dig.
Talmidge steps beside John.
Let me help, John.
John looks at him and back at the other people Silhouetted in front of many more graves.
A gust of wind cuts through the woods behind John. He turns and looks. The wind whisks the dew drops off the Autumn leaves. Leaves touch the ground forming a blanket of glittering silver light that floats over the forest floor around Quatie's body. Everything seems frozen in time.
John feels a peace come over him as he looks at the scene. He whispers to himself.
I love you.
Talmidge sees he is grief stricken and puts his arm around John trying to console him.
John just stares at his love. He looks at Talmidge and sadly smiles.
JOHN ROSS (V.O.)
That day changed my life. Women
of the Cherokee Nation are honored
council. They give us great strength.
Quatie was my greatest strength.
Ten people carry their dead to be buried with their beloved Quatie, the first lady of the Cherokee Nation.
The older Cherokee preacher, Pastor Armstrong drives an empty cargo wagon up to the scene and stops. He gets off of the wagon and goes to John.