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#V1003 - Episode 03
EXT. OVERCAST MEADOW - MIDAFTERNOON
Two young girls about ten years of age are running through the meadow chasing butterflies. The area is large and open with a flowing river nearby. To one side, under a large olive tree, sits a middle-aged woman keeping one eye on them while doing a bit of embroidery.
Carena! Weíre never
gonna catch one.
The first sister flops on the ground in disgust. Carena laughs.
Címon, Serena! Itís the chase
thatís fun... live a little!
Serena groans as Carena laughs and runs off again until she is out of sight. Overcast skies suddenly become violent, bringing rolling thunder and flashes of lightning.
She gathers Serena close to her.
Rhea, let me go!
The woman holds tighter.
Serena, be still!
Carena appears from down slope running as fast as she can. A burst of lightning hits the ground at precisely that moment and Carena disappears from view. Serena collapses into unconsciousness.
EXT. SMALL TOWN - EARLY EVENING
Xena and Gabrielle enter the town. They look around, and finally spot a tiny inn. It has been a long road to get here, and from their disheveled appearance, it has been a fairly rough one as well.
Thank the gods!
They walk towards the inn.
Itís not just my imagination, is it?
Xena glances around, noting the nervous looks they are receiving when anyone will actually look at them. The numerous guards stationed along the street eye them with suspicion.
Nope, and Iím really not in
the mood for dealing with
idiots tonight. You wanna...?
We passed that clearing
just outside of town.
Perfect. Letís go.
EXT. CLEARING - NIGHT
The clearing is the same one we saw earlier with the two sisters. Xena and Gabrielle are reclined beside a fire in a neatly laid camp. Wet hair is the only indication of their recent swim. They are relaxed and apparently in a much better frame of mind than they were in the town.
Wonder what their
issue with us was?
We were strangers.
They donít like outsiders.
Gabrielle cocks an eyebrow in question. Xena smiles affectionately at her.
Itís not that unusual, Gabrielle.
But I heard the whispers.
Gabrielle gently cups Xenaís ear and chuckles.
Figures. You donít miss
much. Címon. Iím beat.
Xena banks the fire and they curl up together to sleep.
EXT. CLEARING - SHORT TIME LATER
Xena and Gabrielle are tangled together, sound asleep. A light rustle of grass causes Xenaís eyes to open to slits. A light squeeze lets her know that Gabrielle is also aware of the intruder.
Another rustle brings them to their feet, sword drawn and sais in hand. There is nothing but mist to be seen.
Xena and Gabrielle stand back to back surveying the area around the campsite. When their attention returns to the fire, a young woman is sitting calmly by the fire.
They move as one towards her, and she looks at them with pleading eyes.
My name is Carena, and I need
your help to save the Queen.
END OF TEASER