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ext. forest underbrush - night
Xena, Gabrielle, and Varia dive behind a thick patch of underbrush. Xena and Gabrielle release Varia and start looking out for the guards.
Varia, are you okay?
What the Hades do you think youíre doing?
Xena and Gabrielle look at Varia. Varia is furious.
What makes you think you can just come in
Xena points back towards the slaverís camp.
Thatís your plan?
I *know* what Iím doing.
Gabrielle grips Variaís arm.
Varia, we left tied up and shackled to
Xena snickers under her breath.
(beat, to Varia)
Why donít you tell us whatís going on?
Varia twists her arm free and starts to get up.
Iíve got a better idea. Why donít the two
Xena grabs Variaís leathers and holds her.
Iím yelling for the guards.
Varia opens her mouth to yell. Xena balls her hand into a fist and yanks her down.
Youíre betting your tongueís faster than my fist.
Varia glares at her. Gabrielle pulls a ten dinar piece from her belt and points at Xena meaningfully.
Now, spill it. Level with us or Iíll hog-tie you and
Varia remains stubborn for a moment, then gives in. She sits down and runs her hands through her hair.
All right. I just want you to understand
Understand that whole warrior thing that wonít let
(side glance at Xena)
Whatever. Okay, itís like this.
Gone. Disappeared on patrol, during scouting
Xena and Gabrielle are now listening seriously.
So where does all this come in?
I found a trader, drunk in one of the villages
I made him tell me everything he knew.
Must not have taken long.
He said there were slavers paying top dinars for
Got yourself kidnapped.
Theyíll take me where the rest of them are.
Varia stands up.
Stay out of my way, and leave me alone.
Varia slips off into the underbrush, leaving Xena and Gabrielle behind.
ext. forest - pre-dawn
Xena and Gabrielle walk together through the trees. Gabrielle leans heavily on her staff, but keeps up.
I donít get it, Xena.
Wish I knew. Whatever the reason, itís
I canít see Amazons living as slaves.
Gabrielle continues on a few steps. She is tiring.
No, neither can I. But you know, Xena,
Xena casually lays her arm over Gabrielleís shoulders. Gabrielle leans against her, grateful for the support. They walk in silence for a few paces.
So. What do you think? Should we
Do ponies piddle in the pasture?
Variaís not gonna like it.
Weíre going to need some way
Gabrielle grins all the more.
I think Iíve got exactly what we need.
ext. forest glade - moonlight
Xena and Gabrielle are dressing each other in Amazon garb.
Gabrielle has her back to Xena, and Xena fastens her top, then traces the dragon tattoo with her fingers.
Gabrielle looks back over her shoulder and smiles. Xena smiles back. Gabrielle turns around and wraps Xenaís skirt around her and fastens the belt. Her hands lift and brush over the place the arrows pierced her, where there are no remaining marks.
Xena puts a tooth and bone necklace around Gabrielleís neck.
Gabrielle fastens leather wraps around Xenaís biceps.
You look good as an Amazon.
So do you.
You always did.
Images enter their memories at the same time, of Gabrielleís times as an Amazon, showing her growth from the wide eye innocent of Terraisí time to the battle leader of Variaís.
Yeah. But it took a lot of growing into.
They both smile. Gabrielle picks up her staff.
Letís go find some trouble.
Xena and Gabrielle leave the glade and head for the port town.
ext. port town market - DAY
Two men sit outside a brothel, drinking. They watch a festival in progress in the market. Men and women are drinking and dancing, celebrating the harvest.
Iíll be glad to get out of here.
Theyíre here, boss. Just waiting for
As they watch, a yodel is heard, then a woman dressed as an Amazon appears, riding a donkey backwards. She is singing. Sort of.
It is Gabrielle. Xena stumbles behind her, attempting to lasso the donkey with her whip. The men watch with interest.
Hey boss... see that? What a pair ofÖ.
What I see is two capture
The two men disappear into the brothel.
int. inn bedroom - night
Xena and Gabrielle lay together on the floor of the room, which has been wrecked. The pallet lies in pieces near the window, and a small table sits upside down with broken mugs and crockery on it. The room stinks of bad wine and worse judgment.
Once again, the door slowly opens, and a torch appears.
Careful. One of them was pretty big.
The lackey sticks his head in and cautiously looks around.
No problem, boss. Theyíre out.
The men enter.
What a pit.
Which one we taking?
The little oneís hurt. Leave her.
Gabrielleís eyes are open, and she tenses up when she hears the slave master speak.
As though in her drunken sleep, Xena stirs and rolls over, then reaches out and gathers Gabrielle to her, wrapping her arms and legs firmly around her in a tight hold.
Damn! Never get her loose
Boy, thatís gonna be a load.
Xena looks indignant.
Shut up, and start bagging.
ext. ship - night
A galley type ship is docked, with a ramp leading into itís hold. The column of prisoners is being moved up the ramp. Guards nervously watch everything, prodding the prisoners forward impatiently.
Move it. Címon.
At the head of the ramp, a group of men in sailorís clothing stands with a pot. As each prisoner reaches them, two guards grab the prisoners arms, and pull their head back, and the sailors force them to drink a cup of whatever is in the pot. The prisoners struggle, but after the march, and little food, they are quickly exhausted.
Varia reaches the top and fights the men as they grab her.
Bitch! Tolja this one is trouble!
The men grab for Varia, but she evades their hands and knocks one of them off the ramp and into the water. Two others grab hold of her chains and pull, and a third gets a headlock on her from behind.
Give her a double dose!
The sailors approach cautiously. Varia snarls at them and kicks out, kicking the mug from their hands. Another guard dives for her feet and circles them with his arms, holding her still.
The sailors get another mug and grimly return. The guard behind Varia pull her head back and yanks her jaw open. The sailors pour the substance into her mouth, and Varia is faced with either swallowing or choking.
Varia struggles, and for a moment, no one knows what sheís going to do. She tries to spit the substance out, but the guard claps a hand over her mouth and prevents her.
Variaís eyes dart everywhere, then her shoulders slump and she gives in, swallowing the mouthful.
The sailors force her to drink the entire mug. Then the guards shove her forward, into the hold.
All of the prisoners are on board. The slave master hands the guards a bag of coins.
These babies gave us a lot of trouble.
The guards leave the dock. The slave master watches them go, and waits until they are out of sight.
Next time maybe youíll be the cargo.
All right - get the last two on board.
Four men struggle up the ramp with a large, burlap wrapped bundle. They toss the bundle into the hold, then retreat, wiping their brows.
Give them a dose before they wake up.
(to ship captain)
Letís get out of this dump.
The ramp starts to close, as the sailors laugh.
END OF ACT 2