FOR YOUR PROTECTION WGAWEST REGISTRY REGISTRATION NUMBER: 1974275

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Strong characters under pressure at the core a story as old as dirt the will of a family to survive.

  

INTRO SCENE THE BRAVADOS! 


CONSUELO BRAVADO FORESEES THE CONFLICT LOOMING AHEAD     



EXT. A PRISTINE BEAUTIFUL CALIFORNIA VALLEY - SPRING DAY 

 

CONSUELO BRAVADO 

Let the horses rest and drink, we are in no hurry.  It gives me time to think.


CHICO BRAVADO 

What are you thinking about mother?


Chico Bravado is Consuelo’s youngest son and 15 years old.  He is a sturdy lad as is his older brother Reubensito Bravado, who is almost seventeen.   


SUSANA BRAVADO 

Yes mother I can tell that something is on your mind please tell us, what is it?   


Susana Bravado eighteen year old daughter of Consuelo Bravado.  She is quite simply the most beautiful girl in California.  She also has the high intelligence of her mother but not yet her mother’s experience or broad vision, but one day she will.   


CONSUELO BRAVADO 

I am thinking about you Chico and your brother Reubensito and your sisters and my brothers and sisters and our whole family.   FRANCISCO BRAVADO My sister is a deep thinker.  She was even as a little girl always the smartest of our family and our father and mother knew it too, we all knew it and so we learned to listen to her as you good children have learned to do as well.   Francisco Bravado is Consuelo Bravado’s slightly older brother with his own large family and a huge landowner in his own right.


SUSANA BRAVADO 

Yes, we have uncle Francisco, my mother taught me to listen to many things, to the wind in the trees, to the birds in flight and to the whispered beating of their wings and to their different songs and even to the howl of the gray wolves at night to the moon.  Most of all how to listen very carefully to the words of people.


REUBENSITO BRAVADO 

But, why me mother, you don't have to worry about me mother, I can take care of myself and you too.


Reubensito Bravado is almost seventeen study athletic.   


CONSUELO BRAVADO 

i am thinking about all of you Reubensito the entire family, about the future of the family and how to protect it.   


REUBENSITO BRAVADO 

But, protect the family from what Mother?   


SUSANA BRAVADO 

Yes, from what Mother, please tell us.   


CONSUELO BRAVADO 

It’s my job to protect you all ever since your father has passed.   


SUSANA BRAVADO 

You don't want to tell us do you?   


CONSUELO BRAVADO 

I suppose I must tell you.  I have a great sense of foreboding. Sit down if you can.  I am worried about the slow invasion that has been happening since the end of the war. Ever more Yankees will come to Los Angeles after the gold rush and they have a strange unity against any other people, I have seen it. It works for them, I suppose.  They will come here and try to do it to us too. What they did to the Indians, what they are doing to the slaves.  Now, is just the beginning and your grandmother Herculana told me that every gold rush ends and when it does those miners will search for land, our land.  The land your father earned by working hard his entire youth for decades he worked on this land to make it what it is today.  Your father made it into something worth fighting two wars to keep it, against the Mexicans and then against the Americans but no matter what, it is our land.  Your land children.  It truly is like Herculana said that this land is the real gold of California.


SUSANA BRAVADO 

Maybe when there is no gold in the hills the Yankee miners will just go home again?  Maybe they won’t invade the south?


CONSUELO BRAVADO 

No, the Yankee invaders will never go home after seeing California, look at it.  They will never leave, gold or no gold, they will never leave and we must be ready for the fact that eventually they will want our land and find a way to get it.  There will be more of them too and eventually a hundred times the small group of Yankees that is in Los Angeles right now.


FRANCISCO BRAVADO 

There has been a lot of fighting over this land and we have come through it all.


CONSUELO BRAVADO 

And we will this time too, one way or the other.  Your father fought the Mexicans for our independence first and we won that war but then the war with the Americans came, and this time the Americans won.  So, now we must prepare for the consequences, the real consequences.


SUSANA BRAVADO 

But you helped make the peace Mother, when you met with Fremont and you and your cousin from Santa Barbara helped him to write the peace agreement and end the war.


CONSUELO BRAVADO 

Yes, we stopped the bloodshed by speaking common sense to General Fremont and we signed a peace agreement with the Americans based on that agreement, but Herculana said that there is peace, and then there is real PEACE.  The struggle is not over yet, this is just a pause and perhaps a change of battlefields and we must be ready. Now, I think that the battlefield just might be in a courtroom.


Grandmother Herculana Bravado mentioned is the wise mother-in-law of Consuelo, her mentor and guiding light and grandmother of Susana.   


FRANCISCO BRAVADO 

Thank God we had the support of Juan Antonio and the Cahuilla’s, so we were able to save ourselves, but the Americans had experienced soldiers and better weapons more cannons and most of all they came ready for a war and we were not.   


CONSUELO BRAVADO 

That may have been simply one battle we lost, when the real war for this land may have just begun. 


FRANCISCO BRAVADO 

After so many decades of living and growing our families here in California free from the Spanish and the Mexicans, we are our own people.  We are not going to give that up. we will not surrender who we are just because we lost a war. Let them change.   


CONSUELO BRAVADO 

I think that we are all going to change just a little and we were almost there too, almost to our own country.


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Riding at a fast trot comes a party of 20 American Indians on horseback, Cahuilla fighting men flank their revered leader Juan Antonio the undisputed leader of the Cahuilla's, raised and mentored from childhood to be  a wise leader.  He has the commanding and striking presence of a statesman educated in the arts of leadership from boyhood.  The young men that surround him have the bearing of a palace guard.   Juan Antonio calls them to a halt and peers into the distance and smiles then signals to his men and takes off at a gallop towards a group of riders watering their horses in the distance.   


The Bravados look up and see the Cahuilla's coming at a gallop and they smile and they wait.   The band of Cahuilla's ride up to them and stop and Juan Antonio jumps off his horses and comes to Consuelo Bravado and greets her with great respect and warmth which she genuinely returns to him and to his braves individually.  She extends her hand to each of the personal guards and waves to the other.   


JUAN ANTONIO 

Madam Bravado, it is a pleasure to see you and your sons and your daughter and your brother.  I only regret that I cannot once again see the face of your dear husband Don Luis again.  He was a great friend to me and to my people and the loyalty that he gave to me without exception.  Now, our loyalty is yours and your whole family  madam.  The Bravados and the Cahuilla’s have been together in war and peace and will remain united.   


CONSUELO BRAVADO 

In good times and in bad.   


JUAN ANTONIO   

We fought the Mexican together and the American, nothing can break our eternal bond.   Juan Antonio raises his hand in triumph and the Cahuilla's celebrate and they and the Bravados all laugh together.


CONSUELO BRAVADO

(more confidentially) 

Juan Antonio you and your people can always have your villages on Bravado land.  We know that it was yours for many, many years before it was ever the Bravado Rancho it was yours and wherever you are on our land, that land is yours too.  I know we understand each other Juan Antonio without you and your people being with us, the Bravado families we have no security and we need security now more than ever my good friend Juan Antonio.  We understand each other don't we my friend.  If you need cattle, if you need horses take them with our gratitude.  Take what you and your people need and never even tell me about it my friend.


JUAN ANTONIO   (softly person to person)   Cahuilla shall protect your lands as our own and your cattle and horses and your family as our own from any danger, from Indians or non Indians alike.