G.F. Sept 25, 2008 23:58:48 GMT -5
Post by El Crab on Sept 25, 2008 23:58:48 GMT -5
EXT. WHEAT FIELD, HEIM FARM, MISSOURI, DAY
The date appears in white lettering: July 16th, 1874
Heim and an older man work quickly in the field. They
are covering the crops with blankets and sheets. The
old man is Heim's father, JACOB. He looks at Heim.
This isn't enough.
Jacob looks towards the house.
A younger man runs out of the front door with an armful
of sheets. He is Heim's younger brother, BILLY.
Is that it?
Jacob shakes his head before Billy can respond. He knows
What about in town?
Mason's store has been
Jacob walks a few paces away. His shoulders slump.
All three of the men in the field look up at the road.
A black carriage moves slowly up the road, adjacent to
the field. A pretty young woman in a dark dress drives
the carriage. She looks directly ahead, her eyes cast
slightly downward. She holds a bible against her chest.
A portly old man in preacher's garb sits next to her.
He clutches the reigns.
The carriage stops. The preacher hands the reigns to
the young woman. She hands him the bible. The preacher
stands up in the carriage. He raises his arms into the
air, and shouts to everyone and to no one.
When I shut up the heavens so
that there is no rain, or command
the locust to devour the land, or
send pestilence among My people,
if My people who are called by My
name humble themselves, and pray
and seek My face, and turn from
their wicked ways, then I will
hear from heaven, and will forgive
their sin and heal their land.
Heim stares at the figures in the carriage. Jacob walks
to his horse and returns with a shotgun.
Move along, father.
The preacher sits back down in the carriage. He again
exchanges the bible for the reins with the young woman.
The carriage jerks and moves again. The woman leans
forward and peeks at the men in the field.
The carriage moves over a rise, out of sight. Heim stares
blankly at the now-empty road. He takes his hat off.
Ok, back to work. Those
'hoppers are still coming.
Heim still does not move. He still stares down the now-empty
road where the carriage once was.
Heim snaps out of his daze and turns to look at his father. He
nods and puts his hat back on.
The three men get back to work.