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NATHAN LEE
Here, put my jacket over you.

Nathan takes his jacket off and drapes it over the boy's frame as Sounder begins to scratch and WHINE with intensity. He moves to stand over the dog.

NATHAN LEE
You allright, boy?

Suddenly Sounder's VOICE lets out and he breaks away in a burst of speed. Nathan and David react quickly and take up the chase behind him.

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As Sounder makes his way through the woods - Nathan and David rush behind him, following the great unique SOUND of the dog's voice. It is a sound that bounces -- soulful, louder and clearer than any purebred redbone. It is spaced with precision, bouncing from slope to slope like a rubber ball, filling up the night with music as though the branches of all the trees were being pulled across silver strings.

4. EXT. THE BASE OF THE TREE WHERE THE POSSUM HAS TAKEN 4. REFUGE - NIGHT

Sounder arrives and makes a leap to climb the tree as Nathan and David rush on to the scene. Nathan looks up and points to the spot where the possum is. He puts his rifle down near him, and David assists him in the shaking of the tree as Sounder makes his leaps upward to the rhythm of the SOUND coming from his voice. The possum gives way to the force and falls to the ground. Sounder charges for the animal -- Nathan quickly picks up his rifle and aims for the animal. He fires into blank darkness and misses. The possum recovers from the fall and scampers into thick brushland, with Sounder in close pursuit.

5. EXT. THE AREA OF THE THIK BRUSHLAND - NIGHT 5.

Sounder cannot overcome the briar thickness of the brushland -- but the possum with his smaller size manages to elude the dog.

6. EXT. THE EDGES OF THE BRUSHLAND AREA - NIGHT 6.

Sounder comes out of the brush area, WHINING in frustration as Nathan and David approach him. Nathan immediately realizes that the possum has gotten away.

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