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ACT FOUR

 

FADE IN:

 

INT. SHIPíS GALLEY - DAY

 

Another month has passed.  The atmosphere aboard ship is tense, almost bordering on mutiny.  The weather has turned cold and stormy, forcing most of the Amazons below deck for extended periods.  Food, water, and patience are growing thin, and the Amazons, never the most peaceable of people, grow more belligerent by the day.

 

A fair sized group, including Raya, is gathered in the galley, bunched tightly around a small, rickety table as the ship rocks and heaves beneath their feet.

 

DALMA

If we donít find land soon, I swear Iíll jump

overboard and take my chances with the

sea.  I canít take much more of this.

 

RAYA

Who says weíll even find land?  None of

us even knows where weíre going!

 

CELEN

Thatís true!  We only have Xenaís

word that this wonderful place exists.

None of us has ever seen it.

 

DALMA

Seen it?  Iíve never even heard of it!

 

CELEN

Nor have I.

 

RAYA

I told you we shouldnít have trusted her.

Sheís already murdered an entire tribe

of our sisters.  How do we know sheís

not going to do the same with us?

 

The Amazons grumble in agreement.

 

RAYA

Weíve followed her like children, allowing her

to take us away from our homes, the land

weíve fought and bled for, the spirits of our

ancestors!  And for what?  Months of floating

around in an empty sea with no end in sight?

 

Raya rises from her seat, and unsheathes her sword.

 

RAYA

(Contíd)

I say we take back what is ours!

For the Amazons!

 

AMAZONS

For the Amazons!!

 

The women turn to the door to find Gabrielle filling it, her face set and unreadable.

 

GABRIELLE

You werenít thinking of doing

anything stupid, were you?

 

 

RAYA

Step out of the way, my Queen.  Once

youíre away from Xenaís influence,

we know youíll see things our way.

 

GABRIELLE

Well see, thatís where the problem is.

To get to Xena, youíll have to go through me.

 

RAYA

Though it would pain us all to do so,

my Queen... that can be arranged.

 

ADELIA

ENOUGH!!

 

Adelia pushes her way through the crowd until she stands between Gabrielle and Raya.  She turns so she is facing the Amazons, her face red with anger.

 

ADELIA

(Contíd)

Youíre Amazons!  Itís about time

you started acting like Amazons

instead of crazed Harpies!

 

She gestures toward Gabrielle.

 

ADELIA

(Contíd)

This is your Queen!  The woman

you have sworn on your lives

to serve and protect!

 

Several Amazons shuffle their feet, uncomfortable, their zeal lost to Adeliaís passionate words.

 

RAYA

She is under the spell

of that witch, Xena. 

 

ADELIA

She is under no spell, Raya.

She is trying to save whatís left

of this nation!  And this is how

you would repay her?  With mutiny?

 

RAYA

What else would you have us do,

Adelia?  None of us knows where

weíre going.  None of us knows

that there is even such a place!

(beat, to Gabrielle)

Have you ever been there?

 

GABRIELLE

No, I havenít, but....

 

 

RAYA

See?? Even our Queen follows the

Warrior Princess blindly into death!

Sheís under a spell, I tell you!

 

AMAZONS

YES!  GET XENA!!

FOR THE AMAZONS!!!

 

Xena appears behind Gabrielleís left shoulder, her eyes glittering.

 

XENA

(very softly)

You want me?  Here I am.

 

 

The room falls silent once again.

 

Gabrielle steps into the room, and Xena moves to stand beside her.

 

XENA

(Contíd)

Címon, Raya.  You want me out of

the way?  Fine.  Give it your best shot.

 

Raya tightens her grip on her sword, jaws clenched, muscles tense.  Then, just as suddenly, she relaxes and her gaze drops to the floor.

 

XENA

(Contíd)

I thought as much.

 

She scans the crowd.

 

XENA

(Contíd)

Anyone else wanna try?

 

The Amazons avoid her direct gaze, suddenly uncomfortable in the extreme.

 

XENA

(Contíd)

You know, I donít mind if someone calls me a

murderer, or a liar.  Iíve been all those things

in my life.  But when someone calls Gabrielle

a traitor, well, I have a problem with that.  And

when I have a problem with something, the

results can be nasty.  And I donít think you

wanna see me when Iím nasty.

 

 

After a long moment of uncomfortable silence, Celen steps forward, hands empty and raised.

 

CELEN

Xena, we donít think our

Queen is a traitor.

(beat)

At least, I donít.  Itís just thatÖ weíre

cold and weíre tired and weíre sick,

and we just want to go home.

 

Xenaís expression softens.

 

XENA

I know.  And youíll soon

have that home.  I promise.

 

 

CELEN

But how can we be sure?

Weíve never heard of this place.

How do we know it even exists?

 

GABRIELLE

If Xena says it exists, then it exists.

 

 

CELEN

But how do we know?

 

XENA

Iíve been there, Celen. 

 

CUT TO:

 

EXT. SEA. FLASHBACK - MANY YEARS AGO

 

Xena dressed in furs, is standing on the deck of a small ship that is being tossed violently about by a strong storm.  Behind her, the crew struggles to keep the ship afloat in the harsh wind and buffeting rains.

 

XENA

(VO)

After my time in the Norse lands, I commandeered

a ship to sail back to Greece.  It was spring, and the

storms were intense, hitting us one after the other. The

ship was crewed by Norsemen who knew their craft well,

but even they couldnít fight against Poseidonís wrath.

 

CUT TO:

 

EXT. SEA. FLASHBACK - MANY YEARS AGO

 

Another storm buffets the ship.  A huge wave turns the ship almost on its side.  Crewmembers fly, screaming, into the sea.  The ship is finally righted as another wave slams into it. 

 

XENA

(VO)

We were blown far off course.  Many died.

Mostly the men who Iíd recruited for a new army.

 

CUT TO:

 

EXT. SEA. FLASHBACK - MANY YEARS AGO

 

The ship continues to sail along a stormy sea.  Caught in the valley between two huge waves, the hull is breached when it comes in contact with a sharp reef, tearing the ship almost in two.  More men scream as they are thrown into the sea.  The ship sinks quickly, leaving only small bits of itself to float on the buffeting waves.

 

XENA

(VO)

The ship was destroyed, and I was thrown into

the sea with the rest of my men.  I was one of

the lucky ones.  A board floated by and I was

able to grab onto it.  All around me, I could

hear the screams of my men.  They were injured,

dying, begging the gods for help.  Begging me.

 

CUT TO:

 

INT. GALLEY - PRESENT DAY

 

Gabrielle puts a hand on Xenaís arm, her eyes sad.

 

GABRIELLE

Xena....

 

XENA

(smiling slightly)

Itís all right, Gabrielle.  They need to know.

 

 

CUT TO:

 

EXT. SEA. FLASHBACK - MANY YEARS AGO

 

Men scream and thrash about in the sea.  The water churns and froths.  Fins appear, bisecting the water with evil intent.

 

XENA

(VO)

So many of us in the water attracted sharks

who fed on the injured and the dying.  The sea

ran red with their blood.  One of my men, my

second in command floated over to me.  I

grabbed him, but when I did, he tipped back.

There was nothing left of him below the waist.

 

CUT TO:

 

EXT. BEACH. FLASHBACK - MANY YEARS AGO

 

Unconscious, Xena and several of her men float up onto a sandy beach.  All are injured, dehydrated, and appear dead.  A group of men and women, mahogany skinned with black hair, little clothing, and decorated with feathers and shells, appear on the beach.  Immediately, they go to the aid of the strangers, pulling them out of the water and onto the shore, tending them.

 

XENA

(VO)

Somehow, we managed to wash up on the

beach of a land Iíd never seen.  Its people

were kind, and took us in, feeding us,

sheltering us, and tending to our injuries

as if we were their own.  All without once

ever asking us for anything in return.

 

INTERCUT TO:

 

Various scenes of the beautiful, bountiful land, its native people, and Xenaís crew as they become stronger as the days pass.

 

XENA

(VO)

It wasnít long before we were back to full strength

and exploring the land the Fates had guided

us to.  Iíd never seen beauty like that anywhere,

before or since.  My men called it ďthe land of

milk and honeyĒ.  For one of the first times in

my life, I felt a sense of peace, and of home.

 

CELEN

(VO)

Why didnít you stay?

 

XENA

(VO)

I couldnít.  As I grew stronger, the rage in me

started to return.  And I knew that if I stayed

much longer, I would turn it against the very

people who had saved my life.  The native

people and the Norse crewmen who had

managed to stay alive were experts at ship

building.  Together we built a ship that

would carry me back to Greece.


INTERCUT TO:

 

Several scenes of a ship being built.

 

XENA

(VO)

When the job was done, I boarded that ship.  In one

of the few decisions during that period of my life

which I can be proud of, I gave my men a choice.

Come with me, or stay on this land that theyíd

come to love.  A few chose to return with me.

The rest I let stay, with my blessing.  And then

I left, to give vent to my rage once again.

 

 

DISSOLVE TO:

 

INT. GALLEY - PRESENT DAY

 

Gabrielle stands close to Xena, one arm around her waist.  The Amazons listen enthralled.  More than one has tears in her eyes.

 

AMAZON CREWMEMBER

(VO)

Land ho!  Land!!  Land ho!

 

The Amazons push past Xena and Gabrielle, yelling in excitement.  Xena and Gabrielle embrace tightly.

 

CUT TO:

 

EXT. NEW WORLD (North America) - DAY

 

Xena and Gabrielle stand on the shore, watching the Amazons joyfully embrace their new home.  Native people smile, and greet the women, welcoming them to this land of bounty and beauty.

 

Celen breaks free from the crowd and approaches Xena and Gabrielle.  Her face is flushed with excitement and joy.

 

CELEN

Xena, Gabrielle, I canít thank you

enough. This place is everything

you said, and more.  Iím sorry

we ever doubted you.

 

GABRIELLE

Itís all right, Celen.

Iím just glad you like it.

 

 

CELEN

Like it?  I love it!  This is a fitting

home for the Amazons.  You are

truly our Queen.  Thank you.

 

GABRIELLE

Donít thank me. Thank Xena.  Sheís

the one who got us here in one piece.

 

CELEN

Thank you, Xena.  From the bottom

of my heart.  You will always have a

place of honor among the Amazons.

 

XENA

Just be happy.  Thatís reward enough.

 

 

CELEN

Oh, I assure you.  We will.

 

Celen leaves to join her fellows.  Xena and Gabrielle turn to one another, smiling.

 

GABRIELLE

Well, you did it.

 

XENA

(smirking)

Yes, we did.

 

Gabrielle embraces Xena tightly, then kisses her.  The kiss grows deeper, until finally Xena pulls away slightly.

 

XENA

(Contíd)

Címon.  I promised you a

wedding night to remember.

 

 

Gabrielle laughs and the two walk toward the native village, hand in hand.

 

FADE OUT.

 

TAG

 

EXT. SHORE. DAY - A WEEK LATER

 

Xena and Gabrielle stand at the shore.  Cydell stands next to a rowboat, ready to escort them back to the fully stocked and ready ship looming behind them.

 

ADELIA

Are you sure you wonít reconsider?

The Nation needs her Queen,

and we need our friends.

 

GABRIELLE

Iím sorry, Adelia, but we canít. 

Not now.  Xena and I have

too much journeying left to do.

(beat)

But weíll be back one day.  I promise.

 

 

ADELIA

Weíll hold you to that, my Queen.  Xena.

May the spirits of our ancestors guide you

safely home, and return you back to us very soon.

 

The group embraces, then steps away.

 

As Xena and Gabrielle turn toward the rowboat, EPHINY appears, shimmering between them.

 

GABRIELLE

Ephiny?

 

EPHINY

Thank you, Xena.  You kept your promise

and didnít let the Amazon Nation die. 

Weíll always be in your debt.

 

 

XENA

No.  The debt is paid.  I canít erase what I

did all those years ago.  I can only hope

that the Amazons will live on in spite of it.

 

 

EPHINY

Because of it, Xena.  It made the

person you are now.  The person

Iím proud to call my friend.

(beat, to Gabrielle)

And you, my friend, have proven

yourself to be the true Queen of the

Amazons.  Youíve given us a home

and a reason to live again. 

Weíll never forget that.  Ever.

 

Ephiny steps in and embraces them both tightly.

 

EPHINY

(Contíd)

Good journey.  And please

come home again, soon.

 

Gabrielle smiles through her tears.

 

GABRIELLE

We will.  I promise.

 

 

Ephiny fades from sight, and Xena and Gabrielle step into the rowboat.  As it pulls away from shore, Gabrielle turns to face the Amazons, who are waving and shouting their goodbyes.

 

GABRIELLE

(Contíd)

Iím going to miss this place.

 

Xena smiles and puts an arm around her shoulders.

 

XENA

Oh, I have a feeling weíll be back again.

 

 

FADE OUT.

 

 

 

DISCLAIMER
No ships were harmed during the making of this motion picture, and Rob's Folly
still floats among the yachts of Auckland harbor like a vulture among swans.