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EXT. VILLAGE INN - SHORT TIME LATER
The girl stands surrounded by villagers, and flanked by older men and older women. The girl is scruffed up; the crowd has not been kind to her.
The old woman shakes a broom at her.
I told you to leave it be! You're
nothing but a foolish chit!
It wasn't my fault! I was trying
to help! Why can't you
Help? You tried to kill me!!
Xena and Gabrielle push forward through the crowd.
You said yourself
you pushed ‘em!
The girl breaks free from the older people who had been holding her arms.
Not on PURPOSE!!!
Shut up, girl!
Gabrielle pushes past two men.
Okay, just hang on a minute.
Xena follows Gabrielle into the open space.
There's the ones what saved
him.... You tell it, girls!
Both Xena and Gabrielle stop in mid step and look at the old woman with identical glares.
Gabrielle turns to the crowd.
Does anyone here really
know what happened?
The crowd looks at each other, then at Gabrielle. They all shake their heads no.
(cont’d, to boy)
What about you?
The boy scratches his head.
Well, I was leaning over the well,
and something hit me from
behind and knocked me in.
He points at the girl.
Next thing I know *SHE* starts
trying to kill me with a stick!
I was not! I was trying to save
you, you ungrateful pig!
I saw you hitting him!
The crowd starts to mutter. Sticks are raised. Stones are readied.
I say, stone 'er! Always
causing trouble she is!
Gabrielle steps in front of them. Xena slowly removes the chakram from her hip and holds it in front of her, checking angles.
Hold on, hold on.... She wasn't
really hitting him, sh....
See! See! I told you!
The crowd stops and looks at Gabrielle.
Well no, not exactly. She....
The crowd breaks up, shaking their heads as they walk off.
Gabrielle’s voice trails off.
... was sort of just poking
him in the head.
Xena sighs, and puts the chakram away, giving her fingers a snap. The girl is left standing there, facing Xena and Gabrielle.
Gabrielle puts her hands on her hips.
What's your name?
You should be more careful.
Yeah. And don't
walk with full buckets.
She points at Gabriele.
But she told me to bring it.
She looks at Xena.
You're Xena, huh? Wow! This is
amazing. I've been hearing
stories about you all my life.
Don't believe them.
I have to! I'm going
to be just like you.
Gabrielle leans back against the fence, clearly enjoying Xena's reaction.
I am! I’m going to be a hero!
Now that you're here, you
can tell me how to do it!
Xena takes a step back. Gabrielle fights hard not to start laughing. Selsha follows Xena.
Wait a minute.
What's that round thing? Is that
the chakram? Can I see it?
Can I touch it? Oh wow....
Selsha reaches for the chakram. Xena hops out of the way.
Hey! Cut that out! You're
gonna hurt yourself!
Selsha ignores the warning and keeps going, but collides with a barrel and falls over it, knocking the barrel over and sending it rolling towards Gabrielle, who jumps over it at the last moment. Selsha lands on her butt on the ground.
See? I could have knocked
down a bad guy like that,
huh? I’m a natural!
Xena looks at Gabrielle, who finds a fascinating leaf to examine somewhere.
Xena shakes her head and walks off, grabbing Gabrielle as she goes by and taking her along too.
I am! I'll prove it to you!!!!
INT. VILLAGE INN - DUSK
Xena and Gabrielle are sitting at a table near the back, mugs in front of them, and a couple of cleared plates pushed aside nearby.
Gabrielle picks up her mug and drinks from it. She chuckles.
That wasn't funny.
C'mon, Xena. You know it was.
The door to the inn opens and Selsha walks in, looking around obviously searching for them. She spots them and brightens, heading their way.
Want me to put my plate
in front of your face?
A woman comes out from the back and spots Selsha.
Selsha! Get in here! It's
about time you got home!
Selsha looks crestfallen, but obeys, going to the door and disappearing.
Oooooh... and she's an
innkeeper's daughter, too.
She pats Xena’s hand.
Just like you.
Xena covers her eyes with one hand.
Can we go find some other
backwater town to terrorize?
Aw, Xena, it's cute.
It's not cute. Little klutzy girls who
think they can be heroes generally
end up very dead, Gabrielle.
Gabrielle leans forward and rests her hands on the table.
Xena's eyes narrow. She puts one finger on Gabrielle's nose.
You had a special something.
Uh huh. You.
Xena drums her fingers on the table.
Give it up. Even after all this time,
you can't win an argument with me.
You done arguing?
She points at the door.
I don't want to be out
here if she comes back.
Gabrielle gets up, and Xena joins her. The door to the kitchen opens and Selsha appears, but as she is about to head for them, the front door opens and a man enters.
Our wagon overturned,
and my wife is trapped!
Oh! Oh! I'll save her!
Selsha rushes out past the man, bumping him against the wall and knocking a plate down that falls on his head and shatters into pieces.
Xena and Gabrielle look at each other, then turn and run after her.
EXT. VILLAGE ROAD - EVENING
The road out of the village is lined with torches. On the lane leading to the inn, a large wagon sits on its side with two horses tangled in the traces. Boxes and bales of supplies are spilled everywhere.
Selsha rushes over and stops, unsure of what to do. She spots the merchant's wife under one corner.
Oh! There you are!
Selsha runs over to the woman, kicking one of the smaller boxes accidentally and smacking it into the woman's head.
Help! Ouch! Ahh!!!
Sorry! Sorry. Grab my
hand! I'll pull you out!
Selsha takes the woman's arm and starts pulling her with all her strength.
No! Ahh!! Stop!!! No!
Selsha keeps pulling.
Don't worry! I'll save you!
Xena and Gabrielle round the corner and see the scene. Xena removes the chakram from her hip and lets it fly. It bounces off a tree, then a fence, then the cart, then turns sideways and whacks Selsha on the side of the head.
Selsha releases the woman and stumbles to one side.
Xena catches the chakram and puts it on her hip as she reaches the horses. She grabs the reins and yells, pulling the horses up.
Gabrielle grabs one of the poles off the gate and rushes to the wagon. She sticks the end of the pole under it as Xena shifts the horses.
Xena has the horses shift the wagon again, and Gabrielle pushes the pole in further. It lifts the wagon off the woman.
I'll get her! I'll get her!
Selsha rushes forward just as Gabrielle does, and they collide, sending them both sprawling into the dirt.
Gabrielle rolls to one side and gets up onto her knees, grabbing the woman by her tunic and sliding her out from under the wagon.
Xena cuts the traces and frees the horses from the wagon. Selsha gets up and runs over to her, carrying a piece of wood.
Oh! Can I help?
Selsha runs right into the rump of one horse, sticking it with the piece of wood as her feet get tangled in the traces Xena has just cut.
The horse bolts, dragging Selsha behind her.
Xena looks at Gabrielle. Gabrielle waves her on as she goes to check on the woman.
We're leaving! Tonight!
Xena turns and runs after the horses. After she disappears, there is the sound of a huge crash.
Then there is the sound of a lot of angry poultry.
END OF ACT ONE