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EXT. SHIP - LATE AFTERNOON
The PIRATE SHIP can now be easily seen by everyone aboard ship. Though still quite a distance away, it is gaining quickly.
Can we outrun them?
Too much ballast. With all these
women and provisions, weíd be
lucky to outrun a Roman bath.
Ďsall right. Nothing to be
done about that now.
What can we do?
I say we fight!
Raya turns in a circle, arms raised.
Weíre Amazons, not old women!
Iím tired of running away! Letís
stand our ground and fight!
(from the wheel)
Not on my ship, youíre not.
Stay out of this! Youíre
not even an Amazon!
Soroi puts a hand on the hilt of her sword.
Would you like to test that theory?
Raya draws her sword.
Letís get it on, old timer.
A piercing battle cry freezes the erstwhile combatants in their tracks, along with the rest of the Amazons. Xena strides onto the deck from the hold.
Any more fighting and Iíll hand
you all over to the pirates myself.
Is that understood?
The Amazons grumble, but back down. No one is willing to test the validity of Xenaís threat.
Gabrielle, Cydell, Soroi, come with me.
INT. SHIPíS CABIN - NIGHT
Dressed in simple breast wraps and loincloths, Xena and Gabrielle face one another. They smooth the last of the dark, pungent ointment that will keep them all but invisible to their enemies over their exposed flesh.
Xena teasingly wipes another daub along Gabrielleís nose. Gabrielle grins white teeth blinding against the oily dark of her face.
Xena slips a heavy waterskin over Gabrielleís shoulder.
Careful with that stuff.
Itís worse than Greek fire.
I know. Iíll be careful.
Nodding, Xena slips a heavy length of coiled rope over her own shoulder and grips her chakram securely in one hand.
As Iíll ever be.
EXT. SHIP - NIGHT
The Amazon ship has slowed appreciably and a white flag, indicating surrender, flies from the main mast. Most of the Amazons are now below deck, and the ones that remain topside are hidden in the shadows, hands on their weapons.
The pirate ship has closed the distance and has likewise slowed in preparation for coming alongside the surrendering ship and boarding her.
Xena, Gabrielle, Soroi and Cydell stand in the shadows along side the rail.
You know what to do.
Yes, though gods willing,
we wonít have to.
Just be prepared.
The Fates be with you both.
The Fates are....
Dead, I know. JustÖ good luck.
Who needs luck? Iíve got Xena.
Cydell and Soroi laugh softly as Xena and Gabrielle climb over the rail. Xena nods to Cydell, who nods back.
Xena and Gabrielle let go of their holds and plummet, feet first, into the water. The slowly moving hull of the Amazon ship hides them from the view of those on the pirate ship, and they tread water until their ship passes. Xena adjusts the rope and chakram.
EXT. SEA - NIGHT
Xena and Gabrielle surface just as the pirate ship glides past, continuing to slow. Treading water, Xena lifts the heavy rope over her head, frays one end, and ties it securely through her chakram.
Also treading water, Gabrielle moves behind Xena and firmly grasps her around the waist.
With a slight grunt, Xena releases the chakram, and watches with satisfaction as it imbeds itself high in the square stern of the pirate ship. The rope unravels and becomes quickly taut, jerking both women hard and dragging them through the water. Working hand over hand, Xena slowly pulls them both along until they reach the ship. Gabrielle then reaches down and grabs the trailing rope in one hand, releases Xena, and follows her partner as Xena begins to climb the slippery hull.
EXT. PIRATE SHIP - NIGHT
A split second after Gabrielleís feet land on the deck, she releases Xena, and ducks as a fist flies over her head, crushing the nose of the unfortunate pirate who has stumbled upon their covert entrance.
As Gabrielle drags the now unconscious pirate further into the shadows at the shipís stern, Xena hurriedly retrieves her chakram and drops the rope into the sea.
Turning, Xena hands Gabrielle the chakram, and briefly touches the side of Gabrielleís face.
With a battle cry, Xena leaps, and flips into a large group of pirates who are preparing to board the Amazon vessel. Bodies scatter as Xena straightens, grinning.
Hello, boys. Can I play too?
After a moment of shock, the pirates grab for their swords.
The sound of sabers being unsheathed seems to echo in the still air as the pirates form a large circle surrounding Xena.
Hmm. And me without my weapons.
Whatever shall I do?
The pirate rushes forward, intending to gut Xena through the middle. Her hand snakes out and clamps vice-like-on his wrist. His sword drops neatly in her free hand.
For me? How considerate.
The pirate receives a hilt to the forehead for his courtesy and drops like a stone at Xenaís feet.
Címon, boys, letís step on it.
I donít have all day.
The pirates move in en masse, but Xena holds them off easily. She ducks under the sweeping blade of one, kicking out hard with one foot as she parries the swing of another. The first pirate screams in pain as his knee joint is shattered, and he falls to the ground, writhing.
Two more suddenly find their swords wrenched from their grips by the vicious left to right sweep of Xenaís borrowed blade. They are quickly punched into oblivion.
Sensing another thug behind her, Xena holds her sword above her head, blade parallel to the ground, and blocks the cut meant to cleave her head in two. Then she drops to one knee, twirls the blade, and stabs backward and up, piercing her attackerís heart.
Another pirate takes advantage of her temporarily vulnerable position and knees her in the chest, causing her to roll to her back.
Dropping her borrowed sword, she catches the blade in two hands, inches from her face. Her lips split in a fierce grin.
Ah. Ah. Thatís not very nice.
The pirate howls as Xena launches a kick up between his legs.
Xena rolls away from the falling man, and comes to her feet, laughing and twirling her new sword in a series of intricate figure eights.
She spares a moment to look into the shadows in the shipís stern, and gives Gabrielle a quick nod.
Then, with another laugh, she begins backing toward the bow, waggling her fingers at the remaining pirates to get them to follow her.
Seeing all attention diverted from her, Gabrielle takes a step forward and flings the chakram toward the main mast. Her aim is true. Groaning, the huge mainsail begins to fall, its rope neatly sliced in two. She catches the chakram easily as it flies back to her.
Several more pirates scream, trapped beneath the heavy weight of the fallen sail.
Ooh. That had to hurt, huh boys?
As their fellows struggle from beneath the sail, the rest of the pirates push forward, intent on trapping Xena against the narrow prow of the ship.
Another battle cry and Xena vaults over their heads, landing behind them and knocking out another two with a double back fist.
Gabrielle runs to the sail as the last man frees himself from under its weight. Slipping the heavy waterskin off of her shoulder, she uncaps it and begins squirting the pungent oil over the cloth sail in a random, but effective pattern.
That done, she tosses the skin to the side. She turns, just as a pirate approaches with a torch in one hand, and a sword in the other. Gabrielle indicates the torch.
Can I have that?
The pirate crumples to the ground, brained by the hilt of Xenaís sword. The torch falls into Gabrielleís waiting hand.
With a mighty heave, Gabrielle tosses the torch onto the sail. The liquid catches immediately and flames greedily consume the cloth.
The scene on deck becomes instant chaos as the pirates run pell-mell, some jumping overboard to get away from the fire, others running for buckets filled with rain water in order to put it out.
Xena and Gabrielle are quickly forgotten.
Grinning, Xena takes Gabrielleís hand and leads her to the rail. The pirate ship has pulled along side the Amazon ship, and both women can easily see the concerned faces of the Amazons peering across the narrow space separating them.
Xena bends slightly, lacing her hands together. Gabrielle steps into the foothold, and Xena straightens, catapulting Gabrielle into the air.
Yodel ay hee-HAH!
Tucking her body, Gabrielle does a double flip in the air and comes down easily, landing squarely in the middle of the deck of the Amazon ship.
Xena leaps off of the rail, tucks into a double flip of her own, adds a fancy twist, and lands beside Gabrielle, grinning.
The Amazons cheer.
All right, you landlubbers,
put your backs into it!!
The main sail is swiftly raised, and the Amazon ship catches the stirring wind, easily leaving the foundering pirate ship behind until it is nothing but a tiny speck in the background.
The Amazons continue to cheer, waving their swords and laughing.
END OF ACT THREE