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EXT. AMAZON VILLAGE - DAY
Gabrielle is walking through the village taking stock of what is there and what is not there. She stops at the area where grain is normally prepared for storage but there is no grain and no one working in the area. She leans against the fence and hangs her head, shaking it slowly.
This can’t continue.
A YOUNG AMAZON approaches and joins her at the fence.
They raided the fields and what they
couldn’t carry away they burned.
I know. Xena and I took a ride through
some of the devastated areas today.
We need to replant.
Gabrielle looks to the young woman with some disbelief on her face.
It’s not possible. Not only is it simply too late
in the year to replant, and the ground will not
let anything grow. Xena and I found salt in the
fields. They’ve made it impossible for
anything to grow here for years.
Then we will find other places for our fields.
Yes, but you understand it may not be here?
We can’t give up our ancestral home.
You’re willing to forfeit your life
and the lives of your children?
Forgive me, My Queen, but this is the only
home we’ve ever had. History says Queen
Nicia led us here, so that we might live
as we wished, free and without being….
Gabrielle holds up her hand to stop the flow of words that she can tell is quickly becoming a rant.
I know the legend.
All right. I have too much to think about to argue
the semantics with you. What if Xena and I could
take you some place that would allow you to
continue to live, as you are accustomed?
Why do we need Xena?
There are several very good reasons, but
the best is that Xena has the knowledge
to safely move a large group of people.
Knowledge from leading her armies
through their various battles and....
All right, that’s enough! You will
not speak of Xena in those terms.
She has done more for this nation….
Yes, like killing our Queens and
decimating our people.
Our people won’t follow her, and we won’t
leave our land. I’m sorry if this is not what you
wanted to hear, My Queen, but it is the truth.
EXT. RIVER BANK - DAY
Xena is sitting on the bank pulling in a fishing net. She smiles when she sees a half dozen good size fish trapped inside. She opens the net and tosses the fish into a basket with another six or so fish already there.
An OLDER AMAZON walks slowly down the bank leaning on a walking stick and smiling as she watches Xena toss the net.
Catching them with your
hands too slow?
Xena turns and smiles as she takes a seat on a rock.
Much. Lots of hungry mouths
to feed in the village.
Adelia stops and seats herself next to Xena, leaning on her walking stick and looking out over the river.
Thanks you for helping Esme and the others
and for brining Queen Gabrielle back here.
It’s where we needed to be.
This is true. Seems you always come
to us when we are needed most.
Funny how that works out.
I don’t think it’s necessarily
funny. Fate maybe.
Oh, don’t use the F word.
You know there are many of us who
will follow you. We remember what
you have done for us in the past.
I made a promise. I’d like to keep it.
Some of our more strident members think we
should fight for this land. They are also the younger
members and not necessarily the wise ones.
Yes, but are they the strong ones and
the ones most likely to put up a fight?
Very good point.
Gabrielle won’t want to move the tribe
unless she thinks she can move all of
you. She won’t want to leave anyone
behind to face certain death.
This is what makes her a good queen.
She is concerned for all her people.
No matter how pig headed they may be.
She’s had a lot of practice with me.
She’s used to pig headed.
Xena stands and brings in the net again, then dumps a few more fish into the basket before recasting it.
You know all the Amazon traditions Xena.
Most of them.
Then you know there is a way.
I don’t want to talk about it.
It’s not an option.
INT. HUT - EVENING
Xena is relaxing in a hot tub. Head back, eyes closed and a very relaxed look on her face. She looks totally peaceful and very happy. There is a loud bang from outside the hut and slowly one blue eye opens. She listens for a moment and decides there’s nothing to be alarmed about. She closes her eye again, then sinks under the water.
The door flies open and Gabrielle rushes in, slamming it behind her and leaning against it in relief.
Finally! A few minutes to myself.
Pushing off the door, she starts stripping out of her clothes, completely unaware of the pair of mischievous blue eyes peering at her from just above the surface of the water.
When Gabrielle turns back toward the large tub, Xena slips back under the water leaving no trace of her presence. Gabrielle climbs in and settles against the rim.
Oooo. That’s so good.
She closes her eyes and rolls her head around, rather enjoying the satisfying little crunch it is making as she does.
Xena’s eyes pop on the other side of the tub and silently move through the water toward Gabrielle who is seemingly oblivious to them. You don’t need to see Xena’s entire face to know she has a huge smile on her face. It’s very clear in her eyes.
She slowly surfaces and carefully approaches Gabrielle, very gently placing a kiss to her lips. Gabrielle smiles and opens her eyes.
That’s good too.
Glad you like it. So, how was your day, dear?
These women are making me insane, Xena.
This is worse than howling naked at the moon.
Xena settles in next to her.
Depends on why you’re howling.
Gabrielle just slips under the water, bubbles rising to take her place. Xena grins and reaches under the water to retrieve her. Gabrielle spits out a huge mouthful of water.
You couldn’t just let me drown?
Nope, sorry. Too much effort and time
has gone into your training. I can’t
afford to start all over again.
Thanks so much. Aren’t you glad
you finally got me house broken?
Xena laugh and hugs her.
So, tell me, what are they doing now?
They seem to think that I’m the great redeemer
or something, that I’m single handedly going
to be able to reconstruct the nation. They
don’t realize that it’s going to take all of us
working together. And they refuse to
understand they need to leave this land.
Life has gotten very complicated for them.
They’re trying to defend the land and
their not properly prepared to do it.
You’re going to fix that, right?
Is that a royal request?
You know it.
Then how can I refuse? I suppose I
could take a few of them in hand
and teach them a thing or two.
A brow rises over Gabrielle’s eye as she looks to Xena.
She reaches over and pinches some delicate part of Gabrielle’s anatomy, causing a squeal, which then degenerates into a splashing fight. They’re laughing and having a very good time when the door to the hut bursts open and two women come charging in, swords drawn.
The taller of the two, RAINIA, realizes immediately that their presence is not needed and quickly turns the other one away and shoves her out the door, before bowing deeply.
Forgive us my Queen, we
heard noises and thought....
But I can see….
Rainia looks to Gabrielle who makes ‘shooing’ motions with her hands.
Yes, my Queen.
She backs out and closes the door. Xena now slides under the water and Gabrielle retrieves her.
Oh no, you wouldn’t let me out that
way. You have to stick around too.
EXT. VILLAGE - NIGHT
Gabrielle and Xena walk into the center of the village where dozens of women are gathered eating and talking. As they make their way through the crowd, some women great them with smiles while others don’t seemed quite as pleased.
Adelia gestures for them to join her and another group of women who are seated at a large round table.
Taking their seats, Xena pours a cup of wine for Gabrielle and then one for herself. She looks across the clearing at another group of women, who are talking among themselves. She sighs, knowing they’re going to be trouble down the line and returns her attention to the table.
So tell us, do you have any suggestions
for where the tribe should move?
I have heard of a place that is far
away from here. It is unexplored and
will serve your needs perfectly.
It’s lovely there, peaceful.
There is lots of land….
Two of the women who had been sitting across the clearing rise and approach the table. They nod to Gabrielle and then look to Xena.
Xena, do you still serve as
Queen Gabrielle’s champion?
Xena and Gabrielle exchange looks. Gabrielle shrugs.
Gabrielle is perfectly capable of defending
herself, but if there were a need for me
to do so, I would be her champion.
Raya and I think you should
relinquish the title to a true Amazon.
Gabrielle bites the inside of her lip and waits for the explosion.
Oh, you do?
Yes, it’s disgraceful that our Queen should
have a non-Amazon as a champion.
The Queen should choose a champion.
The Queen did. Xena is my champion. She
has been since I became a member of the tribe
and she will be until I am no longer a part of you.
Xena takes the last drink of her wine and stands up, turning slowly to the two young women. A little more than annoyed that this issue has come up.
Of course if you’d like to fight me for it….
INT. HUT - NIGHT
Xena is sitting on the bed while Gabrielle tends to a small cut on her forehead. Gabrielle is trying not to grin.
That was mean.
No it wasn’t. They needed
to be taught a lesson.
How fast to run? Xena….
I knew they wouldn’t fight me, Gabrielle.
They’re young, but they’re not dumb.
Good thing they didn’t see you hit your head
on that tree limb when we were walking home,
they might have changes their minds.
Not my fault. I just love you in those
leathers, really shows off your….
Ah, ah, ah… be good.
Gabrielle sets aside the cloth she was cleaning Xena’s forehead with and sighs as she sits next to her one the bed and rests her head on Xena’s shoulder.
I’m so tired.
Xena puts her arm around Gabrielle and pulls her close.
I know. How about I tuck you in
and bring you a warm cup of
spiced wine to help you sleep?
That would be wonderful.
Okay, you get into bed,
and I’ll take care of it.
Xena places a kiss on Gabrielle’s forehead before standing up and moving to the small cooking area. Gabrielle undresses and crawls into bed, pulling the covers up around her shoulders as she watches Xena.
Not everyone believes
that you know.
That you’re not Amazon.
Xena sighs and smiles as she pours Gabrielle’s wine.
Well, I guess it depends on whose stories
you believe. There are some who think I
am and then there are some like our new
friends out there who don’t think I am.
You know more about Amazon rites
and laws than all of us combined.
I know a lot about Roman law too,
but it doesn’t make me Caesar.
Xena joins Gabrielle, hands her the cup, then undresses and gets into bed with her.
You are Amazon.
I might have been once, but I’m not anymore.
I did too many things that just won’t let
me be a part of the tribe anymore.
END ACT ONE