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They Wore Blue And Gray: Act 1 - Scene 2

Gerry wrote the screenplay, "They Wore Blue And Gray," but has not pushed it into the film market. It is being placed here in a series.

Recap of "They Wore Blue And Gray" - Chapter 1 - Scene 1

Outlaws have stopped Union Captain, Chris Aycock, as he is en route to his home in Redland, Mississippi, in Pontotoc County, at the end of the Civil War. They are planning on robbing and killing him, but when a Confederate Captain shows up to see what's happening, they plan to give him the same fate as the Yankee.

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"They Wore Blue and Gray" poster

"They Wore Blue and Gray" poster

A Surprise For The Robbers

Chris Aycock - "You know, you could have just bypassed this situation."

Confederate Captain - "I suppose so, but I was curious as to what was going on."

Chris Aycock (Shaking his head in a negative manner) - "No Reuben, you've just always been downright nosey!"

Reuben Aycock - (who is the Confederate Captain) - "I know Chris, but usually, it came about because of you getting yourself into a bind like this."

The outlaws look at each other in confusion.

Burly Man - "Now, would you look at this Slim; they know each other."

Slender Man - "Yeah, how about that!"

Burly Man - (looking them over) - " Now, ain't they a cute couple."

(Both outlaws snicker)

Slender Man - "Come on, let's get this over with; I'm hungry."

Burly Man - "Okay - okay, I was just having me a little fun."

Chris Aycock - "Don't you gentlemen think this is a little unfair?"

Slender Man - (bewildered) - "What do ya' mean?"

Chris Aycock - "Well, you've got the drop on us, and my holster is buttoned down, and the poor old Reb here, has one arm. I guess you're both too yellow to give someone like us a fighting chance."

Burly Man - (thinking for a moment) - Alright Reb, here's what we'll do; we'll keep our guns on you, but we'll un-cock them, and that will give you just a teenie-weenie chance.

Unidentified U.S. Captain

Unidentified U.S. Captain

The Gunfight

Reuben Aycock - "Chris, I reckon these old boys won't have a chance if we do it that way."

Chris Aycock - "I know Reuben, but I was afraid if I didn't offer them a chance, to give us a chance, they might not sleep well tonight. It doesn't matter either way, because if they want to carry this thing through, they will get all the sleep they ever wanted, or I should say, never wanted."

Slender Man - (looks at Burly Man, and they both grin at each other) - "This is gonna be fun!"

Both thieves un-cock their revolvers as Chris speaks.

Chris Aycock - "You guys have one last chance to change your minds."

Reuben Aycock - Yeah, you two boys have got a chance to drop your guns and come along with us to the sheriff's office, turn yourselves in and live a little longer."

Slender Man - "These two are plumb loco!"

At that moment, both outlaws start to cock their revolvers, but Chris raises his right wrist slightly from the saddle horn and displays a cocked Navy Colt. At the same time Reuben's, supposedly missing arm appears from under his jacket. He is holding a cocked revolver also. As the robbers' stare at the guns in amazement, the soldiers fire their weapons at the same moment, and the dead outlaws fall from their horses.

Reuben Aycock - "Chris, I reckon these old boys won't have a chance if we do it that way."

Chris Aycock - "I know Reuben, but I was afraid if I didn't offer them a chance to give us a chance, they might not sleep well tonight. It doesn't matter either way, because if they want to carry this thing through, they will get all the sleep they ever wanted, or I should say, never wanted."

Slender Man - (Looks at Burly Man, and they both grin at each other) - "This is gonna be fun!"

Both thieves un-cock their revolvers as Chris speaks.

Chris Aycock - "You guys have one last chance to change your minds."

Reuben Aycock - Yeah, you boys have got a chance to drop your guns, and come along with us to the sheriff's office, turn yourselves in and live a little longer."

Slender Man - "These two are plumb loco!"

At that moment, both outlaws start to cock their revolvers, but Chris raises his left wrist slightly from the saddle horn and displays a cocked Navy Colt. At the same time Reuben's, supposedly missing arm appears from under his jacket. He is holding a cocked revolver also. As the robbers' stare at the guns in amazement, the soldiers fire their weapons at the same moment, and the dead outlaws fall from their horses.



Unidentified Confederate Captain

Unidentified Confederate Captain

The Aftermath

Reuben Aycock - "Cousin, I believe we gave them old boys plenty of chances to just give up."

Chris Aycock - "Yeah, we pretty much begged them to let us save their lives."

The two cousins put away their revolvers and shake hands.

Reuben Aycock - "It's good to see you, Chris!"

Chris Aycock - "I was really glad to see you Reub; I don't know if I could have taken them both by myself!"

Reuben Aycock - "Sure you could have, but I thought two of us might talk them out of a fight, but I guess not."

Chris Aycock - "Anyway, it's sure going to be interesting to see how the folks in Redland are going to receive me. I'm sure they didn't appreciate me fighting for the Union. Heck, I didn't know how you'd feel about me after that bloody war."

Reuben Aycock - "Chris, I told you when we parted ways that no matter how the war ended, I would still be your cousin, and I am; otherwise, I might have helped those old boys take care of business. I can't speak for the town folks and our neighbors, but I'll have your back; whatever happens!

Chris Aycock - "Thanks, now let's load up these outlaws and take them to the sheriff; I bet he knows them."

They get down from their horses, load the two men across the saddles of their horses and begin leading them into town.


"They Wore Blue and Gray" Poster B Source: Poster design by W.R. (Gary) Benton - Novelist

"They Wore Blue and Gray" Poster B Source: Poster design by W.R. (Gary) Benton - Novelist

End of Act 1 - Scene 1

The tide has turned on two would-be killers, who are now strapped across their saddles and are being led into Redland, Mississippi. However, the Captain's arrival back home isn't a welcome one. There are many huge obstacles they will have to try and overcome.

Please watch the video below to see actual veterans of the Civil War, visited their dead comrades at Gettysburg.

Join me next time, as I present "They Wore Blue And Gray:" Chapter 1 - Scene 3.

© 2018 Gerry Glenn Jones

Comments

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on November 12, 2018:

Good beginning to your play with men in the saddle, and of course, the guns.