TOOLA'S CAVE - NIGHT
Gabrielle stands inside a cavern. There are torches stuck into clefts in
the wall that provide light, but the overwhelming sound inside is one of
water. In the back of the cavern a huge waterfall emerges from the rocks
and drops down into a dark, seemingly bottomless pit.
Next to the waterfall is a wooden platform, obviously built for ceremonial
purposes. It is covered with the jagged god symbol, and parts of it bear
scratch and claw marks.
Gabrielle has the chest in her hands. She looks around the cavern for
several moments. The falling water produces a steady wind that blows into
her face and a spray that quickly dampens her.
I know this isn't fair, Xena.
But you taught me life is
like that sometimes.
Straightening her shoulders, Gabrielle steps confidently forward, climbing
up onto the platform and walking towards the edge. She is one step from
going over when she is roughly tackled from behind and pulled off to one
side of the platform, falling to the ground with her attacker on top of
Gabrielle rolls free and scrambles to her feet, facing Xena, who blocks
her path towards the waterfall. They stare at each other for several
moments. The sound of the water almost overwhelms any attempt as speech.
Xena, get out of my way.
Listen to me!
Gabrielle starts past Xena, but Xena grabs her and holds her, bringing
them close together.
I'm not going to let that man
Not for something
we did, right or wrong.
Well, I'm not letting you walk off
so you better
rethink what you're doing.
Xena, I have a right to
Just like you did.
This is not the same thing!
Isn't it? Or is it just that
it's you that
behind this time?
Xena looks at Gabrielle, plainly hurt, and a little shocked.
I guess I deserve that, don't I?
Gabrielle stops struggling when she hears this. She stands inside the
circle of Xena's arms and looks up at her, all of her anger dissipated by
the sadness, and weary anguish she sees in Xena's face.
Neither of us deserves this.
Xena touches Gabrielle's cheek.
But this was my choice, Xena.
Xena shakes her head.
It can't be your choice... or my
choice... anymore, Gabrielle.
If we want this to work, it
has to be
our choice from
now on. Together.
Gabrielle looks off into the waterfall, deep in thought.
I should have leveled with
Japa. I should have
part of my
decision, but I didn't.
Gabrielle looks at Xena. They are both now drenched from the cold spray.
I'm sorry. But don't make the
you're angry at me.
Angry at you? Maybe I'm angry
at myself for
not following my
heart and just dumping
urn into the water.
Xena hugs Gabrielle closer.
I'm so sorry.
Gabrielle returns the hug, surrendering up the rest of her anger.
You're right. We have to be
For each other, from now on.
Xena looks very relieved. She kisses the top of Gabrielle's head, then as
Gabrielle looks up, kisses her on the lips. Gabrielle responds, then they
part and look at each other.
From now on. I promise.
Now, what are *we* going
do to fix this mess?
Xena smiles and looks over at the waterfall.
Nasty. What'd you
have in mind?
We don't know how far it goes.
I figured I'd
ride it down and
see if that got me to this Toola.
Gabrielle walks to the edge and looks down.
If I made it, then I'd find him
and get him
to stop asking
these people for sacrifices.
He's just a god, Xena.
We both know
mean he's invincible.
Xena nods thoughtfully.
Gabrielle looks at Xena, and then she smiles.
I had a good teacher.
(holds out hand)
Xena takes Gabrielle's hand, but points with the other one towards a dark
cleft in the rocks, under the edge of the waterfall.
Cut your teacher a little slack.
I think I found a better
We may not know how long a
is, but I'm not in the
mood to take the chance.
Gabrielle nods in agreement, and they walk to the edge of the falls,
disappearing together under the onrushing water.
WATERFALL REVERSE - NIGHT
Xena and Gabrielle are plastered against the rocks, holding on for dear
life. The water rushes by them, its force nearly knocking them off the
tiny ledge they are standing on.
Xena balances precariously as she inches along. She comes to a rock that
juts out, and realizes they must go around it to continue.
I don't know if I can
get around this!
Gabrielle looks past her, barely able to see through the water and
darkness. She lets go of the rock with one hand and takes hold of Xena's
Give it your best shot.
Xena looks at Gabrielle's hand.
If I fall, you're not gonna
be able to hold me.
No, but we'll both end up in
the same place. Go on!
Xena grins on hearing this. She spots a handhold on the other side of the
rock and jumps for it, pulling Gabrielle along with her. They teeter on
the edge of disaster for an endless moment, then Gabrielle gets her
footing and they are safe. Now, however, an entire section of the ledge is
Xena and Gabrielle look at each other in consternation.
CAVE - OTHER SIDE OF THE WATERFALL - NIGHT
The waterfall crashes down, throwing spray into a small piece of rocky
ground. On the other side of this, the cavern walls rise up, with a large
crack in one that appears to have been used as a passageway. A torch
flutters in an iron holder wedged into the rock.
For a very long moment, all is still, except for the rushing water.
Then the water parts and Xena and Gabrielle leap through, both of them
tumbling in mid air and landing at the same time. Xena shakes herself
vigorously, sending droplets everywhere. Gabrielle does the same, then
walks gingerly in boots that emit a squishing sound. Xena examines the
Toola must have worshippers
on this side.
Looks like it. C'mon.
takes the torch, and leads the way into the narrow crack in the rock.
CAVERN LEDGE - NIGHT
Xena and Gabrielle emerge onto a ledge on the outside of the mountain.
Overhead, stars twinkle. In front of them is a rock wall. Xena sniffs the
What is that?
They exchange grim looks. Xena puts the torch down and unsheathes her
sword. They can see an eerie light on the other side of the wall. It
increases, and decreases erratically. Gabrielle draws her sais.
I'd better go first.
Xena's eyebrows go up.
If he starts throwing fireballs,
I'll turn my
back and jump
into your arms.
Sounds like a plan.
Xena and Gabrielle creep slowly over to the wall and pause, now hearing a
low rumble through the rocks. They gather their courage and stand up,
raising their heads over the wall for their first sight of the mighty
TOOLA'S CAMPSITE - NIGHT
Below the ledge is a large, rambling camp full of people. There are men in
armor, half clad women, half clad men, and women in armor. Tents are
scattered everywhere, with various bits of personal belongings hanging off
The entire atmosphere is raunchy and freewheeling. Kegs of ale are strewn
about, and crates of supplies are tumbled, half emptied.
One one side of the camp a huge, round piece of metal is strung up, with a
log poised in front of it for striking. Nearby, a large lever made of wood
and iron cradles a huge boulder, balancing it so that it can be tipped
over to block the waterfall.
Near mountain wall, a huge rock is suspended by many ropes, tied to a
frame. Two men, laughing, walk over to it and pull on a large, timber
handle. The frame flexes, and the huge rock slams against the side of the
mountain , making the entire area vibrate.
Far below, the base of the waterfall can be seen, with debris strewn about
it. It is obvious the people in the camp have been living high off the
tributes from Milltos.
A man stumbles up to the central fire, holding the chest that had been in
Gabrielle's hands. He opens it and shakes the coins out, strewing them
everywhere. Several women grab a few and toss them up, then tuck them into
CAVERN LEDGE - NIGHT
Xena and Gabrielle stare at the scene, then slowly turn and stare at each
Son of a Bacchae.
Remember that joint decision
thing we talked about?
Do we have a consensus that
there are some
butts down there
in serious need of kicking?
Oh, yeah. Let's go.
Xena and Gabrielle leap over the wall, and head for the camp.
TOOLA'S CAMPSITE - NIGHT
Xena and Gabrielle tear into the camp. Xena leaps over discarded crates of
Milltos' property and cuts the ropes holding up the tents, collapsing them
on top of their occupants.
Gabrielle spins and kicks two men charging at her, then turns and sinks
her sai into another man rushing her from behind, sword poised to strike.
She pulls the sai out and glances at it, then ducks two other rogues
coming at her with a net.
The half clad women and men run screaming in panic, colliding with
startled rogues scrambling for their weapons.
ROGUE IN CHARGE
Who are you!
Xena slugs the Rogue in Charge in the face.
Any other questions?
The rogue slowly keels over, hitting the ground with a thud. Xena grins,
then turns and runs up a ramp into a nearby wagon and launches herself off
it, throwing her arms wide and colliding with a bunch of rogues heading
for Gabrielle. The men all go to the ground, and Xena uses well placed
kicks and vicious elbows to make sure they stay there.
Gabrielle engages a huge brute, intent on clobbering her with a spiked
club. She fights literal circles around him, ducking under his blows and
stabbing him in the butt with her sai. He whirls around, but she is
already gone, somersaulting over his leg and landing on her hands, then
kicking backwards to slam him right in the gut. He goes flying into a
nearby refuse pit, sending bones and bits of garbage everywhere.
Run for it!!!
Xena grabs Rogue 2 by the scruff of the neck as he runs past, and swings
him around to slam him face first into the wagon she recently jumped off
of, the sound of his nose breaking scaring the horse into bolting and
dragging the wagon after him.
Look out! Ahhhh!!!!!
The wagon rolls over Rogue 3.
Xena tosses Rogue 2 into the wagon as it thunders past, careening wildly
and scattering people before it.
Keep running, boy!
Gabrielle grabs a piece of wood and whacks at the rogues running past. She
is enraged, and releases her anger on the men as they try to escape her.
Go on! Get out of
here you bastards!
Gabrielle catches a man as he runs by and grabs him by the collar,
throwing him against a stack of boxes. She cocks her fist and hits him as
hard as she can. The man's head snaps back and he slumps to the floor.
Breathing hard, Gabrielle glares at him, then, reacts and looks at her own
hand, shaking it .
Ow. Son of a...
A retreating rogue picks up a crossbow and aims it at Gabrielle, releasing
the trigger and sending the bolt towards her.
Xena jumps to the top of a box and leaps forward, crashing into Gabrielle
and taking her to the ground out of harm's way.
The sounds of running feet and screaming men slowly subside as the rogues
all beat a hasty retreat, running as fast as they can from their now
Gabrielle finds herself trapped under Xena, who shows no signs of moving.
Did you forget how to catch
arrows or something?
What? Oh. No, just wanted
to make sure, that's all.
Gabrielle notices Xena is still making sure she's safe, to the point where
she can't move an inch.
Why am I suspecting an
ulterior motive here?
Xena grins, and lets her up. They survey the camp. They are alone,
surrounded by the debris of years of the rogues sponging off Milltos.
There are boxes of supplies, chests of coins, food, ale, everything given
by the town thinking they were honoring a god and protecting themselves.
Xena and Gabrielle exchange hand slaps.
That was a great
First one of many. C'mon,
let's go. We've
got a lot to tell
those people back there.
And a lot of things to bring
where they belong.
Xena and Gabrielle start to pick through the supplies.
END OF ACT 4
MILLTOS VILLAGE - LATER THAT NIGHT
The villagers gather around the huge wagon of supplies Xena and Gabrielle
have brought back from around the side of the mountain. To one side, the
Leader and his Wife stand with Xena and Gabrielle. The Leader seems
crestfallen and embarrassed.
I... I can't believe we
were taken in
for so long.
I feel so foolish.
They had a good scam
to flood the place. Fooled
us... for a while.
It'll be strange not having
Toola to guide us.
Having someone, or something
make your choices for you
a kind of security.
But it's the choices you make
your own that really count.
Gabrielle, thank you.
Thank you both.
A village man runs over with a keg.
Brandon, look. From your
year! We sent
the last of it!
Then we must celebrate.
with us, Xena,
Gabrielle - it's the least
we can do to thank you.
The villagers close around them, and Xena and Gabrielle are drawn into a
happy, dancing crowd.
MILLTOS VILLAGE - VERY LATE NIGHT
The party is ending. Villagers are staggering off, or staying where they
cheerfully collapsed. Xena and Gabrielle walk towards the Inn. Xena puts
an arm around Gabrielle's shoulders, Gabrielle puts her arm around Xena's
waist, and yawns.
Yeah, I am.
Maybe even too
tired to dream.
Gabrielle leans her head against Xena's shoulder, much more at ease now.
Maybe I can do something
about those dreams.
Gabrielle smiles, as they enter the inn together.
MILLTOS INN - MORNING
It is late morning. Sun is pouring in the window, covering the bed against
the wall. Xena and Gabrielle lay in bed. Gabrielle is sound asleep, her
body draped over Xena's.
The sun falls on Gabrielle's back, highlighting the dragon tattoo except
where Xena's arm covers it.
Xena is awake. She looks down at Gabrielle and smiles. A rooster flies up
and lands on the windowsill, fluffing it's feathers as it settles down. It
cleans it's beak on the wood, then preens, ready to crow.
With a swift motion, Xena whips her leg out and boots the rooster out
through the window.
A feather drifts slowly down on to the bed's covers. Xena grins, and
closes her eyes.
No mysteriously omnipotent gods
were harmed in the making of
this motion picture, but
the rooster didn't get off so lucky.