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EXT. CLEARING - DAY
Xena is with a small group of Amazons. They are drilling with weapons and Xena is watching them. She stops near one and shows her how to hold her sword with a better grip.
Gabrielle is walking with Adelia, watching from a distance as they talk.
She wants to help.
She always wants to help. Now if some of our
sisters will just get a clue and let her do it, a lot
of our problems will be solved. We could move
the tribe and that would be the end of it.
Oh, itís not just that, My Queen. I was born this land.
I was joined on this land. My partner and I raised two
daughters here. I buried her here two years ago.
I had planned on joining her once again. So you
see there is more to it than just leaving the land.
This place is our lives and our history.
Oh, just something someone said to me
yesterday, about the history of Queen Nicia
the one who led the Amazons to this land.
Ah yes, one of our greatest stories. Queen
Nicia was a very brave woman who gave up
everything so the Amazons could be free.
What do you mean?
Adelia sits on a log.
Hmm, I see youíve never been told the
whole story either. Would you like to hear it?
Gabriele sits in the grass at the old womanís feet.
Adelia laughs and takes a deep breath before starting her story.
It was generations ago, of course... long before even
my grandmotherís grandmother. Nicia was a woman
from a well-to-do family. The story says her father was
a governor of a large providence. She ah, apparently
fell in love with a soldier. He was a high-ranking officer
in the local army and by all accounts they were very
much in love. Just on the edge of the providence there
was a small village of women. They kept to themselves
and didnít cause any problems. But Niciaís father
decided that they were Ďunnaturalí and that they had
to be killed. He ordered Niciaís young man to do it,
and being a soldier and accustomed to following
orders, he gathered his men and set off to destroy
the village. When he arrived, he found Nicia there.
She was bound and determined to defend that
village and those women. Because of his love for
her, he couldnít follow through with his orders. He
couldnít cut her down. She told him she would lead
the women away from the providence and he told
her that if she did that she should never return.
She had kept him from his duty. And she had
forced him to defy an order from her father.
Why didnít he go with her?
As the story has been related, only a few weeks
later there was an attack on the town and he along
with everyone else, was killed. Nicia stayed with
those women and they came here. They made her
queen and she led them. But she knew they could
not remain defenseless and so she taught them the
art of being warriors. She lived a long life with them,
but never a happy one Iím afraid. They say she
knew the day he died. Being separated from
the other half of your soul will do that.
(looking at Xena)
Anyhow, the legend part of the story says that
Nicia and her lover will be reunited and they
together will lead the Amazons together.
You think Xena and I areÖ.
I didnít say that, I just told you what the
legend says. Iím only the storyteller here.
I donít decide what they mean.
EXT. VILLAGE - NIGHT
Xena is walking through the village alone. Itís late and nearly everyone is in for the night. Sheís looking and listening to everything around her, trying to find a reasonable solution to the problems at hand.
A sentry stops and starts to question her, then realizes who it is and just waves to her. Xena gestures and head down toward the river, as she walks she hears several voices and stops, taking cover behind a tree to listen.
Then we have to be prepared to do whatever
needs to be done to make sure they donít try to
move us from our land. Xena and Gabrielle
canít make us leave if we donít want to.
Gabrielle is our Queen.
She is a Queen from a generation ago. The
Amazons have changed. Weíve been forced
to fight for what is ours and she just doesnít
understand that. Sheís not a queen. Sheís
a drifter who drops in from time to time, forces
her ideas and beliefs on us and then leaves
us again to travel with that murderer.
And what do you think youíre going to do
about it? You wouldnít even challenge Xena
for the right to be Gabrielleís champion.
Why waste our time with Xena when there
is another way to get what we want?
If youíre thinking of killing Gabrielle, then you
may as well just go to Xena and ask her to kill
you now, because thatís exactly what will happen.
Iím not going to kill her; itís not worth my time. Iíve
talked Deliz into making a challenge for the throne.
Sheís our best fighter and sheíll tear Gabrielle apart.
Once Deliz is queen then we can do what we want.
Including making Xena pay for
her crimes against the nation.
Are you sure Deliz can beat Gabrielle?
Will they never learn?
From her place behind the tree, Xena just hangs her head and sighs before walking back to the village.
INT. HUT - NIGHT
Xena slips into the hut and quietly closes the door. She looks over to the sleeping area where Gabrielle is already in bed. Taking a seat on a bench she starts to unlace her boots.
Gabrielle rolls over and watches for a minute, before sitting up.
Well you know, too many nights under a
real roof and in a soft bed and I get buggy.
Theyíre forming an alliance to challenge you.
They have someone they want to challenge you.
Someone named Deliz.
I donít know her. I havenít met her.
She may be a member of one of the
tribes that has been pushed this
way because of the encroachment.
Gabrielle falls back in bed and stares at the ceiling.
Oh, well, thatís just wonderful news.
Xena drops her boots and gets up, moving to the bed. She sits on the edge and takes Gabrielleís hand.
You can handle it.
I know I can handle it. Iím just not wild about
having to fight a sister over this matter.
If it comes to that Gabrielle, you canít pull
any punches. You have to fight to win.
The future of the Amazons depends on it.
You know what really stinks?
Even if they challenge me and I win,
they still wonít want to leave.
Weíll cross that bridge
when we come to it.
Gabrielle sits up and looks off into the distance, pointing.
Oh look! Whatís that? A bridge.
Xena laughs and hugs Gabrielle close.
And itís probably one of those crappy
rope ones with the boards missing.
EXT. VILLAGE - DAY
It looks like all the Amazons that remain with the tribe are in the center of the village. Theyíre all milling around, obviously waiting for something or someone. There are many conversations going on some are calm and others carry angry tones and overall the entire atmosphere is highly charged and close to explosive.
Xena wanders casually into the crowd, listening and watching and looking for anyone who might be Deliz. Sheís paying special attention to the group that Raya has around her. She knows they are the core of the problem she and Gabrielle face in getting the Amazons to move.
Gabrielle comes into the square. She is dressed in full Amazon regalia. She looks to Xena who smiles and gives a little wave. Gabrielle smiles and takes a step up on a platform. She waits until everyone quiets down and all eyes are on her.
Now is the time for us to address the issue of
this land. We must face the fact that as people
explore and cities expand, they will come in this
direction. You are not safe here any longer.
Xena and I can take you some place safe.
A new land where you can live your livesÖ.
Some of us donít want to leave our land.
Gabrielle slowly turns to face her.
You would rather fight and die here? You will die.
The people moving toward this land will out
number you. They will either kill you or take
you prisoner and sell you as slaves.
Like many others who came before us.
Raya turns to Xena
It wouldnít be any worse than the decimation
that you brought to our people.
She turns back to Gabrielle.
We wonít follow you and we
certainly wonít follow Xena.
Then I thinkÖ.
We donít care what you think. We issue a
challenge to you, Gabrielle. Defend your
rights to be Queen of the Amazons.
You really donít want to do that.
Wonít you fight? Will you have your
lap dog fight for you, because
you know that youíll lose?
Gabrielle is clearly angry at the insult to Xena and stands up very straight, staring Raya right in the eye.
Pick your champion! As the challenged,
I have the right to say when and what
weapons. It will be this evening
and the weapon will be staffs.
(smiling and nodding)
This evening it is.
INT. HUT - DAY
Gabrielle is sitting at a table with her head down in her arms when Xena comes in. Without a word, Xena moves behind her and rubs her shoulders.
You should be resting.
I should be, but I canít.
She sits up and turns to face Xena.
Tell me why, just for once, canít something
be simple? Whatís wrong with us saying...
ĒYouíre in big trouble here and we need to
get you to safety.Ē And them have them say,
ďWell, gee Gabrielle that sounds like a dandy plan.Ē
Why canít it happen that way just once?
Xena is trying hard not to laugh.
Because weíd get bored. Now
come on. You need to rest.
Xena pulls Gabrielle to her feet and guides her to the bed. She seats her, and then kneels down to unlace her boots. Gabrielle smiles and runs her fingers through Xenaís hair.
Thank you for letting me whine.
No problem. Iím a good lap dog.
Oh please. You have no idea how
hard it was for me not to go down
there and smack her for that.
Itís okay. I tripped her on her
way out of the village.
Gabrielle lays back on the bed.
You did not.
Okay I didnít, but I thought about it.
Xena picks Gabrielleís legs up and turns her into the bed, then tosses a blanket over her.
You only thought about tripping her?
Youíre getting soft in your old age.
Normally you would have thought
about hanging her naked and
dripping with honey over an anthill.
(a brow rises)
Dripping honey? You need a nap.
Get some sleep. Iíll come get
you in a couple of hours.
Xena leans over and kisses her on the forehead.
I love you.
END ACT TWO