Sheriff Cole watched Minister McGinley closely and his hand relaxed at his holster. He watched primarily to see if McGinley’s actions supported or fought against his initial impression.
His initial rage, bitten back and held down; his sudden appearance, with his Colt drawn and ready to fire; his slow realisation of no immediate danger; all these spoke of a man waiting fearfully for something that he felt was inevitable. Unavoidable.
The tense behaviours of his wife and sons spoke of this, too, and of a silent secret they all shared. Perhaps the knowledge that the boys were killers. Perhaps not.