Da!... Dad...The father's drunken anger makes him oblivious -- untilCRACK! The 2x4 propeller slams him across the back, knockinghim to the ground and making him drop Danny.The father rolls over to see 10-year-old Rafe, holding the2x4 like a bat.
Let him alone!The father's eyes bulge in rage; he struggles to his feet.
Rafe... Daddy... No!The man looks murderous, but Rafe draws back the board.
I'll bust you open, you...German!The words ring something deep in the man's booze-brokenbrain. He begins to cough, convulsively; it brings a blossomof blood to his mouth. He wipes it with his hand, but bloodclings to his teeth. He chokes out --
I fought the Germans.He looks at Danny in shame, with the realization of what he'sjust done. He turns and staggers away.Danny looks at Rafe -- a communication between boys joined bysomething deeper than blood. Then Danny runs off after hisfather.
Daddy! Daddy! Wait.Danny catches him, takes his father's hand, and walks awaywith him.The crop duster we saw in the air has just landed, behindRafe. The pilot, RAFE'S FATHER, shuts off the engine.
What's goin' on, son?
Nothing. Danny's Dad just come to gethim.Rafe turns back to the ramshackle plane and replaces the 2x4propeller. His father looks toward Danny and his father,