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EXT. WOODS – DAY
Xena rushes into a clearing where she finds all six girls together and trying to fight off three bandits that have managed to find them.
The girls are fighting hard, using both the offensive and defensive moves that they were shown. One of the bandits manages to sneak up behind Dori.
He is about to deliver a deathblow when Patia hurls himself at him, knocking him to the ground. Doris quickly joins her sister and together, they send him scurrying into the woods, happy to have avoided meeting Charon this day.
Dori’s eyes meet Patia’s.
Patia gives her a small smile and nods.
Jinx and Esme are having a much harder time with the youngest of the bandits. They’re working as a team, one with a sword and another with a stick-turned-club. But it’s clear that he’s a talented swordsmen and the girls, with their spears and sticks are simply outclassed.
Time to meet your maker.
Xena draws her sword and summersaults between Jinx and Esme.
Funny. I was just thinking
the same thing. About you.
The man growls and lunges forward. The sound of steel striking steel fills the air.
Nesha is unconscious at Shiri’s feet and Shiri, the poorest of the fighters is valiantly trying to protect her sister, but is about to be stabbed by the third man. Suddenly, over her shoulder a single sais whizzes by, impaling the bandit in his shoulder. The man screams and drops his sword. Shakily, Shiri picks it up and awkwardly points it at him, but he’s had enough and stumbles into the woods.
With only one man remaining, and before Gabrielle can warn them off, the girls form a ring around Xena. Xena gets inside her opponents defenses, and slices the fleshy part on the man’s upper arm, sending a blood spraying everywhere, including all over the girls.
With his good hand, the bandit throws his sword at Xena, turns on his heels, and makes a run for it.
(to Nesha, who is just coming around)
Are you all right?
The girl nods.
Gabrielle glances up at the rest of young women who look pale and shaken, but proud.
How about the rest of you?
They all nod. And there are a few whimpers as they start to take notice of the blood covering them.
(Cont’d -- sighing)
Come on, let’s get you cleaned up.
Grimacing, she gathers them together and they start walking toward the pond.
Xena heads into the woods to make sure there won't be any more trouble with these particular men.
EXT. POND - DAY
Gabrielle is washing her arms in the pond while all the girls wash again. They’re all quiet and it’s clear that their first real fight has given them pause.
Xena walks slowly to the edge of the pond and kneels next to Gabrielle.
(lowering her voice)
They won’t be giving
us any more trouble.
Xena hands Gabrielle one of her sais. The last time she saw it, it was sticking out of one of the bandit’s shoulder.
(resigned but relived)
Are they okay?
Nesha is going to have the headache from
Tartarus. Esme has a small wound in her
shoulder that I’ll take care of as soon as she’s
finished getting cleaned up. Other than that
I think they’re just shaken up. Xena, they are
too young for this. They shouldn’t have
had to see or do that. Not yet.
Xena leans forward and presses her lips to Gabrielle’s forehead. Gabrielle sighs. Xena pulls away... a fire in her eyes.
You’re absolutely right. And I intend to find
out exactly what their mothers were thinking
sending them out like this. They might need
help defending their borders, but these young
women are not ready to give what the
Amazons need. No matter what the training.
This time it’s Gabrielle who reaches up and cups Xena’s chin, then gives her a small kiss on the cheek.
Have they told you what happened?
Apparently, your girls heard a noise
and thought it was my girls coming back
to try something. They went to meet them
and ran into the guys, at the same time…
Yours showed up.
And they all banded together. They should be
proud themselves. Unfortunately, I think all they’re
feeling at the moment is sick and scared.
Okay, we’re one team now. It was time for
them to show each other what they’d learned
anyway. From now on we stay together.
Agreed. Jinx says that Esme was really
giving those bandits a rough time of it.
She had a good teacher.
Thanks. Same with your girls. I saw Jinx
use a defensive move that I know you
taught her. It saved her life.
Gabrielle accepts the compliment graciously and intertwines her clean fingers with Xena’s dirty ones. She holds up both their hands and makes a face.
C’mon, time for your bath.
EXT. CAMP – EVENING
Xena has taken pity on the group and spent a good long while hunting. The mostly-eaten remains of a wild boar are spread out as a feast, and the girls seem much happier now that they’d had a little while to absorb what happened, and have full bellies. She is leaning against a log finishing off a piece of meat and Gabrielle is seated on the log next to her, sipping something from a cup.
Jinx approaches Esme, Patia and Shiri with a bowl of liquid.
Here if you rub this on your skin,
it’ll take the smell away.
The girls look warily at her, almost afraid to take the bowl.
It’s okay, really. Queen Gabrielle
showed us how to make it.
I think by now you know you can trust
your sister. They won’t let you down.
Esme shyly takes the bowl and smiles at Jinx
Thanks. It smells good.
I added some honeysuckle. It’s not
necessary, but I know you like it.
Gabrielle and Xena share a grin, remembering those first awkward moments when friendship started to shift into something… deeper.
So, I guess we all lost
the war games, huh?
Gabrielle moves over to Patia and clasps her shoulder.
No, actually I’d say you all won. Xena and I
are proud of every last one of you. And you’ve
learned the most important lesson of all.
I can teach you fighting skills.
And I can teach you survival skills.
But one without the other
doesn’t make much difference.
Hey! You each purposely had our teams
focus on something different so we’d
see what we were lacking, didn’t you?
Xena and Gabrielle shrug and smile.
On the way home you can teach
each other what you’ve learned.
Well, I’ve already learned one thing.
Everyone is important in the tribe.
We’re best as a team.
Esme turns to Jinx and smiles shyly.
I’m sorry about all the mean things I said.
No, it’s not, but I promise
I’ll never do it again.
EXT. CAMP – NIGHT
All the girls are sleeping soundly. Xena and Gabrielle are lying together staring up at the sky. Gabrielle rolls on her side and tucks her hands under her head as she looks to Xena.
Xena, do you remember what Shiri said
at dinner tonight? About the Amazons
breaking up? What do you think she meant?
I don’t know. But I know two things. One,
it’s unlikely that the girls have much clue as
to what is really going on. And two, the
Amazons are in trouble, Gabrielle. And
we’re going back to see what we can do.
You know that, huh? That we’re going back?
You’ve never let your people down before.
You won’t now.
Simple as that?
Nothing with us is ever simple.
Gabrielle lays her head on Xena's shoulder and Xena wraps her arm around her.
I know, but it seems like the only time I’m
around is when there’s trouble. You know, just
once I’d like to be there when a baby is born.
Someday, Gabrielle. Someday.
EXT. AMAZON LAND – DAY
Xena and Gabrielle are following the girls back to the village. Suddenly a group of scouts drop from the trees. They recognize the girls immediately, but look suspiciously at Xena and Gabrielle. The scout leader, a young woman of 20 or so steps forward.
(to the girls)
You’ve finished your Rite?
The girls look between themselves and Esme starts to say something but Gabrielle steps forward.
They have. They have completed their
Rite of Passage successfully.
Who are you?
Masada, this is Queen
Gabrielle, be respectful.
Masada head drops immediately.
Please forgive me, My Queen.
There’s nothing to forgive Masada.
It’s not as if I’m here a lot.
(gesturing to her scouts)
We would be honored if you would
allow us to escort you to the village.
Esme and the others tell us that your
having boarder problems. Wouldn’t it
be better if you stayed on your patrol?
I think Esme and the others have earned the
right to escort us to the village. They’ve
done a fine job of escorting use this far.
As you wish My Queen.
They continue past the scouting party toward the village. Jinx moves next to Gabrielle and smiles.
Thank you, My Queen. It was kind
of you to cover for us like that.
I wasn’t covering for you Jinx. In my opinion
you and your sisters have passed your
Rite you worked hard and you learned a lot.
But there’s still more to learn, right Xena?
You never stop learning.
END ACT FOUR
EXT. AMAZON VILLAGE – DAY
Several of the village elders are standing with Xena and Gabrielle as the six girls are whisked away by their peers all of them talking excitedly about their adventure. Xena and Gabrielle just smile. One of the older women lays a gentle hand on Gabrielle’s arm.
My Queen, we are grateful for
your arrival. We need your
leadership in these trying times.
We’re happy to help and
we’ll do what we can.
Just as all of our stories of you say.
You come to us when we need you
most and you lead us. But now I’m
sure you must be tired. Let us take
you to a hut so that you might rest.
That would be very welcome.
Right this way.
Ilysa leads then across the compound to a large hut. She gestures to the door and smiles as Gabrielle passes. She cocks her head when Xena starts to follow.
Will you be staying with our Queen, Xena?
Where else would I stay?
Perhaps other quarters could....
No. Xena stays with me.
As you wish, My Queen.
The woman bows and leaves them standing and watching her go.
What do you suppose that was all about?
I’m sure we’ll find out soon enough.
But right now, I have this knot right
between my shoulder blades.
Luckily, I know the cure for that.
Xena moves ahead of Gabrielle and pushes the door open.
After you, My Queen.
No Amazons were hurt during the production of
this motion picture,
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