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“Eventually, all things merge into one, and a
river runs through it.”--Norman Maclean.
1(sound cue) Violins.
2(close up) rushing water.
3(voice over) as camera pulls back revealing a
river. Buck; What...water, I can hear water. I’m
sure it’s a river. Where the hell am I? Damn, I
can’t visualize anything, conscious but stranded in
complete darkness. Last thing I remember is
going out that window, and while falling to the
ground, bullets peppering all around me. I did
land on my feet, returning fire, and then....??
4(sound cue) add cello & French horns.
5(overhead drone shot) A fishing cabin, a hundred
yards from the river, lazy smoke rising from a
rock chimney, the rising sun still hidden behind
some rolling hills, the advance scout rays racing
ahead of the actual rise, painting the sky deep
blood red with tangerine stripes in it. Small water
birds wading in the shallows, pecking for insects.
6(sound cue) birds chirping over soft piano chords.
7(Voice over) Buck: Christ, am I dead? Is this a
way station? Is that roar the River Styx? This
darkness is vexing. Will I meet Charon? That should
be a treat. If I remember right, I have to pay a fare
to get ferried across the river. Do I still have some
silver in my pants? Have I been righteous enough
to deserve a ride, or will I have to hang around
in some God forsaken corner of Purgatory?
8(medium wide shot) the sun boldly rising,
revealing its molten core, flecking the river with
plasma and gold.
9(dolly shot) approaching the cabin, free range
chickens chasing each other and squawking. A
majestic rooster hopped onto porch and crowed.
10(sound cue) trio of cellos.
11(voice over) Buck: A rooster? What the hell are
chickens doing in Purgatory?
12(dolly up to a window) it is partially open, with
a dirty tattered linen curtain fluttering in the
13(sound cue) voices can be heard inside.
14(voice over) Buck: Wait a shake, I am
hearing voices, and I am finally seeing light
directly in front of me.
15(sound cue) Voice over, a female voice:
16(sound cue) coronet and piano.
17(voice over) Buck: Someone is calling my
name, and I am drawn to it.
18(voice over) Buck: Is it time to go? Is this how
19(dolly shot) through the window and into the
cabin. Salina, Henry Wallace, and Doc Sweeney
were gathered around a bed. Buck was in the bed,
swabbed in various bandages.
20(close up) Buck opens his eyes.
21(one-shot) Salina bends over him:
There’s my sweet man!
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