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#V1006 - Episode 06
EXT. CAMPSITE - NIGHT
Xena and Gabrielle are lying side by side on their bed roll, staring up at a night sky filled with brilliant stars. A meteor streaks across the sky.
Thirty-one. That one must
have come from Artemisí bow.
Two more streak by in tandem.
Thirty-two and three. And
those were from Athenaís.
Another meteor crosses the sky but is the biggest and brightest one yet.
By the gods... that
one was... was....
Xena rolls over and faces Gabrielle.
probably from Ares.
Gabrielle turns her head to face Xena and gives her a brilliant smile.
If you were up in the night sky,
yours would be the best!
Ah, now that smile, my
bard, outshines all the
stars in the heavens.
Even in the pale glow of the campfire, Xena sees Gabrielle blush. Xena moves closer toward Gabrielleís lips while Gabrielle begins to reach up with her hands toward Xenaís face.
Gabrielleís nod is barely perceptible. In skillful fluid motions, both women reach for their weapons and spring to their feet, sais and sword at the ready.
You better come out now....
A bush at the far end of the campsite begins to shake violently.
Ö before you get hurt.
The leaves of the bush begin to part and a young teen steps out with fear on his face as he holds out a shaking hand holding a scroll. He speaks in a quivering voice.
Please... Iím just bringing a
message from my mother.
My name is Ersep.
Gabrielle and Xena relax their stances as the youngster steps into the firelight. Gabrielle replaces her sais into their boot sheaths and steps forward indicating to the youngster to come closer.
Who is your mother?
Tara. She said you
would remember her.
Gabrielleís eyebrows hike up in surprise and she looks back at Xena who is shaking her head as she replaces her sword by their bed roll. Ersep watches Xena closely and takes a step backward in a move crossed between fear and shyness.
Well címon and sit down.
Ersep takes a long minute to decide, then slowly moves toward the campfire and the log Xena is indicating for him to sit on. Xena is now sitting on the bed roll back propped up on another log with her legs stretched out and crossed. Her hands folded across her chest as she stares at the youngster.
My mother... we live in the next town
to the north. She heard you were
near and sent me to find you
and give you this message.
He hands Gabrielle the scroll as she steps toward him. While Gabrielle reads the message, Xena observes the youngster who seems too timid and shy to be the child of the Tara they know.
Watching as Xena gives him the once over, Ersep unconsciously slides down the log, further away from Xena.
Xena, Tara would like us to come
see her. She says she needs our
help in a family matter. Seems
there is trouble in paradise.
Xena rolls her eyes and shakes her head.
(muttering under her breath)
I donít do marriage counseling.
Itís only a half day journey. I know
she would be honored for you to visit.
Gabrielle looks hopefully at Xena who gives in, knowing that Gabrielle would pester her until she agreed, so she nods approval to Gabrielle.
Weíll come. Now, are you hungry?
We have some fish left.
No, thank you. I must go...
He stands and backs away again with that mixture of fear and timidity. He looks over his shoulder at them.
Iíll just head home now, and
tell mother you will be coming.
He turns and begins to trot away.
Gabrielle calls after the fleeting youngster.
Youíre welcome to
spend the night with us.
Ersepís voice fades as he runs back into the brush.
Hmm, he certainly
doesnít take after Tara.
Xena slides down off the log, resuming her previous position. She pats the bed roll and winks at Gabrielle.
Now... where were we?
Gabrielle walks toward the bed roll, drops the scroll to the side, then kneels down and gives Xena a mischievous grin as we....
END OF TEASER