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INT. TRIBAL HUT - NIGHT
Xena is seated against the wall on a chair, legs crossed and clearly pissed off. Gabrielle is seated at a long table with several members of both factions of the tribe.
So what youíre telling me is basically, if
Xena and I get married, she will share
the rank of Queen and everyone will
have no choice but to follow her?
How stupid is that?
Gabrielle looks to Xena who rolls her eyes and looks to the ceiling. Xena is still clearly upset this has been mentioned.
It will solve the problems.
And forcing Xena into something
she doesnít want? What about
that? How is that right?
It will allow you both to lead us.
Ah yeah, the greater good.
Gabrielle stands and leans on the table, staring down anyone who has the courage to look at her.
You know what? I think this is the most
ridiculous thing I have ever heard in my life.
Xena should not be forced into this because
half of you are too damn stubborn or too plain
stupid to do what is best for the tribe.
(pointing to Xena)
That woman is first and foremost my
best friend and I wonít make her do
something like this to mollify you.
Gabrielle turns, angry and leaves the hut. Xena watches her go, touched and surprised by her words.
INT. TEMPLE - NIGHT
Xena enters the old temple. Itís clear it hasnít been used in many years, probably since the twilight. She looks up through holes in the ceiling and watches stars cross the sky. Then she moves to the altar and feels around the edge until she releases a lever and slides the top away. She reaches inside feeling for something and obviously frustrated that itís not there.
Adelia moves from the shadows, holding up a cloth bundle.
Looking for these?
Give them to me.
I canít do that Xena. You know they are
one of the last true Amazon relics.
Theyíve been with the tribe since the
beginning, waiting for their rightful owners.
That is a very old legend, Adelia.
There is nothing to prove it.
The old woman moves to the altar and places the bundle on it, unrolling it. Inside there are two ceremonial knives. She holds up a bone-handled dagger with intricate carvings.
This was Niciaís, given to her by
Aurelius, just before she left.
She picks up the other one and they seem to be drawn to each other.
And this was his, taken from his body by
Nicia when she found it in the ruins. She
tried to save them. She tried to get the
Amazons there in time to defend the
city. She knew he was in danger.
Old legend that has no place in fact.
There is no evidence to support
the legend of the bonding.
Then why did you come for them?
So that you wouldnít give them to Gabrielle.
She has enough problems without
your adding to it with old stories.
Adelia smiles at Xena as she carefully wraps the knives back up.
She is an Amazon Queen.
She can handle a little history.
EXT. FOREST - NIGHT
Gabrielle is out walking alone in the forest. She is listening to the sounds around her and seems to be contemplating on them. She stops for a moment and looks up into the trees.
All right, you three. Donít get
cocky just because you passed
your Rites. Get down here.
Esme, Dori and Jinx drop from the trees. Theyíre all smiling and wearing the tribal leathers that signify adult members of the tribe.
Weíre never going to get
one over on you, are we?
We just wanted to tell you. Well, weíll
follow you and Xena anywhere.
She looks to her sisters, who are nodding their agreement, and then she shrugs.
I mean I know weíre not much, butÖ.
You are so very much. You are what will
keep this tribe strong and healthy. You are
the beginning, without you there is nothing
to try and save. You are true Amazons.
The girls beam under their Queenís compliment. And they fall in beside her trying to match her stride.
Can we walk with you?
I donít think Xena would be happy
that youíre out here by yourself.
Iím a big girl. I can take care of myself,
but Iíd be happy to let you walk with me.
So will you join with Xena?
Because thatís not Xenaís style.
Sheís not the joining type. We have
a good relationship the way it is.
What about you? What do you want?
Itís not about what I want. Itís
about what the Amazons need.
They need you and Xena to lead
them. The only way you can
do that is to join with her.
Gabrielle sighs and shakes her head.
Xena and I have always done what we
needed to do for the greater good, but
forcing her to do this is crossing the
line. I have to find another way.
She looks to a clearing in the forest and smiles at the girls.
Head back to the village.
Iíll be back soon.
EXT. FOREST - NIGHT
Gabrielle is seated in the clearing with a small fire burning. Her eyes are closed and she is clearing meditating. Slowly she opens her eyes. Ephiny is seated across from her.
Quite a mess huh?
Yeah. Ephiny, Xena
made you a promiseÖ.
Yes, she did.
But I didnít. I canít ask her to do
this just because they wonít listen.
Youíre thinking of leading those who
will follow and leaving the other behind?
I donít think there is an option. Those
who want to leave will be taken to
a safe place. Those who donítÖ.
END ACT FOUR
INT. HUT - NIGHT
Gabrielle is up at a table. Sheís leaning her head in the palm of her hand and drawing shapes on the table with her finger. Xena comes in, sees her and slowly closes the door. She moves across the room and kneels down by her chair, gently running her fingers through Gabrielleís hair.
Not a banner day huh?
Gabrielle turns to Xena and smiles, leaning in and kissing her on the tip of the nose.
So am I. Iím sorry that they
bought up that stupid ritual.
Itís not a stupid ritual.
Okay, itís not stupid for them.
Is it stupid for us?
Like youíd join with me just because
we need to move Amazons.
No, but Iíd join with you
because I love you.
Xena takes both of Gabrielleís hands in her own.
Join with me.
No amazons were actually hurt during the making of
this motion picture.
TO BE CONTINUED....