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Gabrielle comes to a small clearing in the woods and bows to her knees.† She removes the Katana and Chakram and lays them on the grass before her.
Xena, you once told me the dead
can hear the thoughts of the living.†
I believe you hear me now.† What
am I doing?† Iíve been fighting alone
since you died.† Iíve been trying my
best to carry on our work but its so
hard without you.† Thereís no joy in
waking up to another day anymore.
Now the only thing I have left of you is
going to die and thereís nothing I can
do to save her.† I finally have a
chance to be Hopeís mother and all
I can think of is how unfair it all is.† Xena
I donít think I can continue to do this.
Youíre not alone.† You have me.
Gabrielle turns to find Eve, still dressed as Callisto coming toward her.† Eve kneels beside her, wrapping an arm around her.
I remember everything now.† I
remember everything that happened
between us when I was Callisto. I
murdered your husband. I murdered
Xenaís son, my own brother and I-
No.† Thatís where youíre wrong.
you didnít do that, Callisto did.†
But I remember everything.†
Then you remember I forgave you.
Now that you know the truth of your
past, you have only until the sun
sets this evening and youÖ
I return to being Callisto.† I know.
Thatís not all Eve. Eli saysÖthat once
you complete the transformation he
has to kill you.
This is one detail she didnít hear while she was lost in the Awakening. Sheís shocked and dismayed, but she wants to keep a brave face for Gabrielle.
He says itís the only way
To save your soul from Lucifer.
Once youíre back in Heaven
Youíll be safe, forever.
Gabrielle dissolves into tears but Eve holds her close, stroking her hair and making comforting shushing noises to her. After awhile Gabrielle calms down.
Iíve lost Xena now I
have to lose my little girl
too.† I just donít understand it.
You have Hope. Hear me out.
Thereís nothing you can say
that would convince me to
trust Hope, Eve.
A relationship with your
child is the most important
thing in a persons life.† This
is your chance to finally have
that with Hope.† Donít walk
away from it.†
Itís not that simple Eve.†
It can be, if you let it. Promise
me one thing before IÖleave
tomorrow.† Promise me youíll keep
an open mind.† Please?
They hug one more time before they hear blasts coming from the campsite. When they return they find Rachel shooting fireballs at Eli and Eli deflecting them.
Close up on Eve
Moving On-Act 3
Rachel continues to fight with Eli until she looks to find Eve has returned to the campsite.
There you are mother.† Are
you ready to come home?
I am home Rachel.†
Oh no, no, no.† Your home is in Hell
with me.† Now come back or Iíll
obliterate your little angel friend here.
Not even in your wildest dreams.
Eli throws a ball of white light at Rachel and it slams her squarely in the chest, sending her flying off into the forest, but thatís not the last of it.† Portal after portal from hell cracks open and demons come flying out, hissing at them.† Eli throws Eve Michaelís sword.
Here!† Use this!† Itís Michaelís
sword and itís the only thing you have
that can send these demons back
to hell permanently.
Eve takes the sword looks to Gabrielle.
Shall we dance Gabrielle?
It would be my honor Eve.
Gabrielle draws the Katana and Eli hits it with a bolt of light.† When Gabrielle strikes a demon he explodes into a burst of green energy.† Gabrielle, Eli and Eve begin to fight the demons, ďkillingĒ one right after the other.† Hope wakes up, confused as to whatís going on so she hides behind a tree.† As Gabrielle and her two partners send the last demon to back to hell, Rachel rushes Hope and grabs her by the throat.
Gabrielle. Look what I have here. Itís
yourÖnow mortal daughter. Oh,
isnít that sweet? You had a chance
to have your baby back all nice
and good but Eve here messed
that up by refusing to come home.
Rachel picks Hope up by the neck and despite herself Gabrielle starts to move forward to save her.†
I wouldnít do that if I were you Gabrielle.
Your choking her.
When Eve moves in Rachel tightens her grip.
You donít want me to hurt Gabrielleís
baby now do you?
Eve is overcome by another flashback of Callisto in Hell with her child.
*Callisto holds up a demon baby, kissing it.
*Callisto teaches a demon child to sword fight in hell.
*CallistoĖYouíre growing so fast Rachel.
*RachelĖMommy, why did you name me Rachel?
*CallistoĖMommy had a sister named Rachel.† Xena killed her.† Thatís why itís so important we win against the forces of Heaven.† So we can destroy her.
*RachelĖWill I get to meet her and Grandma and Grandpa?†
*CallistoĖYes, you will.
*Callisto looks around to make sure no one is watching her and then kisses Rachel, hugging her up close.
*CallistoĖI love you Rachel.† Youíre the only good thing Iíve ever had.† You will always be my Sweetness, no matter what happens. Remember that.† Remember I will always love you.
*Rachel mimics her mother looking around for privacy, bringing a smile to Callistoís face.
*RachelĖI love you too Mommy.
I can hold her up here like
this all day long, but I donít
think she can hold her breath
Put Hope downÖSweetness.
Rachel, who is staring at Hope, whips her head around and looks at Eve, hissing at the familiar name.† Eve eases toward her and Rachel tenses.
Iím in a different body true,
but Iím still your Mommy.† I see
No!† Youíre trying to trick me!
Eve has a sense of urgency for the struggling Hope who is choking in Rachelís grasp.
Rachel!† Please.† I was redeemed.†
I was given a second chance at life
and so can you.† Put Hope down.
You donít want to hurt Mommy by
hurting some she cares about do you?
Confused by her new emotions, Rachel slowly lowers Hope to the ground then lets go.† Hope falls back, choking, and itís clear that Gabrielle wants to go to her despite her vows never to be Hopeís mother, but Rachel is blocking the way. Eve tries to ease up on Rachel, who takes a step back, then stops to let Eve get closer.† Eveís eyes are full of pain of what she must now attempt to do.
I remember you now darling. You
were such a smart little girl.†
You learned so fast.
Rachel is almost child-like in her confusion about what to do, and we see just how much she really loves her mother and how much she wishes to have a relationship with her again.
Lucifer watches the exchange, sitting on the edge of his seat.
Thatís right Rachel.† Let her get
close then take her!† I know youíre not
falling for this sentimental trash.
Oh yes.† You learned so fast.
I was so proud of you.† Good
Iíve missed you Mama.
This seems to break Gabrielleís heart, and Rachelís words inspire Gabrielle and Hope to share a meaningful look.†
And Iíve missed you.† A soul can
never forget someone so dear to
them as you are to me.
Eve is still moving toward Rachel. When she is close enough she intends to strike Rachel down with Michaelís sword.† This will vanquish Rachel to hell forever, never to return to earth.
I canít be good Mama.† Iím evil.
I was born to be evil.
I know.† I made you what you are.
Iím so sorry for that.
Eve swings Michaelís sword once she is close enough, trying to slash open Rachelís gut.† Rachelís reflexes are sharp and she jumps back just before any serious damage can be done to her and she cries out in heartbreak at her motherís betrayal.
Eve kicks Rachel in her already wounded gut, sending her flying back into the last remaining portal to Hell.† Gabrielle looks to Hope, wanting to comfort her but she resists the urge and stays put.