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EXT. WOODS - RESUME
Xena is visibly distraught. She examines some debris left by the attackers.
They must have been tracking us for
days. How could I have missed that?
Gabrielle walks over to her.
Weíve been traveling pretty hard, Xena.
I donít know, maybe they just got
lucky and found us, or maybe....
Or maybe they just got the drop on
me and Iím slowing down a little.
Gabrielle is a little perplexed at what to answer for that.
Címon. Just because they
surprised us doesnít mean....
Xena stands up and paces. She flexes her hands then rubs her neck.
Been a lot of little hints lately. Now they
all add up. Funny, I knew one day itíd
happen, but I never figured Iíd live
long enough to worry about it.
Gabrielle is concerned.
Are you serious? Maybe Iím missing something
here, but you seem fine to me, Xena.
Xena picks up the chakram bag and examines it.
Maybe someone was sending me a
message. Taking the most visible
symbol of who I am. What I am.
Gabrielle walks to her and takes the bag, folding it and putting it inside Xenaís gear.
Or maybe someone saw a very
valuable weapon they could sell.
Yeah, maybe. If they try that, weíll
hear about it soon enough.
Xena and Gabrielle continue to put their things away, but Xena is very thoughtful.
INT. LILAíS HOME - POTADEIA
Janos is being served wine and cakes in Lilaís home.
Weíre all on the same side here. Listen,
I know you must be concerned about
your sister, Lila. Wouldnít you like
to have her home safe?
Of course - but to kill Xena?
Why would you want to do that?
Why? Lila, what do you really know
about Xena? About her past?
Well... I know she used to be a warlord,
but that was long time ago....
There are thousands of people who lost homes,
lost families... brothers, sisters... children, because
of her. Sheís been allowed to go free ever since,
not because of the good she does, but because
everyone is too scared of her to do anything about it.
Lila looks troubled.
Her daughter was the scourge of Rome. She
sold thousands of our fellow citizens into slavery.
Sarah looks thoughtful.
But she also went with Xena and Gabrielle
to get Sarah back, and save her from her
life of slavery. People can change, Janos.
For their own purposes, sure. But at
what cost? Look what itís doing to your
sister, for her to be constantly on the run,
in danger. Donít you care about her?
Of course I care about Gabrielle. I love my
sister. I worry about her terribly, and I know
sheís been through some horrible things....
Because of Xena. She wonít be free
until Xenaís gone. You know thatís true.
Sarah and Lila are silent.
Gabrielle needs you. She needs your help,
or soon there will be nothing left to her, but
an empty shell. Look - Iíve already got
her on the run. Iíve taken her chakram.
Janos shows them the chakram. They all react with surprise.
But sheíll be more cautious now -
thatís why I need your help.
They are silent.
Think of Gabrielle.
EXT. POTADEIA - VILLAGE - DAY
Xena and Gabrielle enter Potadeia. Sarah, her husband, and Lila all greet them - there are pretty streamers everywhere, everything is gorgeous and friendly - exactly as it was when Xena returned and Hope had taken Gabrielleís place.
Gabrielle! Welcome home.
Hello, Xena. Itís good to see you.
Lila and Gabrielle hug. Everyone gathers around Xena and Gab and seems happy to see them. They go inside the house.
INT. LILAíS HOME - POTADEIA - LATER
Lila, Sarah and her husband, Xena and Gabrielle sit around the family table, itís full of bowls and cups. Gabrielle takes a scoop of something and puts it on Xenaís plate.
Relax, you like that. Trust me.
Xena tastes the item. Itís a favorite of hers.
Tastes just like the ones you make.
Itís a family recipe - our mother taught
it to us. She guarded the secret
jealously - I passed it on to Sarah.
And Iíll pass it on to my child, when he
or sheís old enough. Do you cook, Xena?
Xena and Gabrielle both laugh.
No, Xena does the hunting, I do the cooking,
though we did try trading off the other day.
I ended up being chased by a boar and
Xena had to throw away our best cooking pot.
Hey, Xena - I was telling Stefan about
your chakram. Will you show it to him?
Xena and Gab exchange glances.
Itís in for some work at the
silversmithís. Maybe next time.
More wine, anyone?
EXT. POTADEIA CAMPFIRE - NIGHT
Gabrielle sits near the campfire, cup in hand. Staring into the flames. Lila joins her. Xena is seated a little distance away, watching. Stefan finishes playing a sitar, then gets up and goes inside.
Hey. I just wanted to tell you
how glad I am you came by.
Thanks. Itís great to see you
all. Iím glad we came, too.
You all right? You seem a little
down... tired... something.
Seeing you all here... I donít know,
Lila. Itís hard for me. I feel so....
Out of place?
Something like that. Itís like I have no
connection to anything... or anyone.
Except Xena, of course. Almost everyone
I knew is gone, except you and Sarah.
Lila puts her arm around Gabrielle.
Gabrielle, you know youíre always a part
of us. We love you, and this will always be
your home. Youíre welcome to come back
here any time you want to. I miss you.
Do you? Thatís good to know, Lila. I miss
you too. I just wish I knew where I was going.
I just feel so lost. I find myself doing
these horrible things... and just not caring.
Itís hard for me to believe you not caring.
Maybe you just need some rest. Why donít
you think about staying for a while?
Thanks. Maybe I will.
Lila gives Gab a hug, then gets up and walks to the house. Gabrielle turns to see Xena watching, then gets up and goes to sit by Xena, leaning against her as they both watch the fire.
What are you thinking about?
Weíve both lost so much, havenít we?
Xena simply nods. They watch the fire.
INT. LILAíS HOME - POTADEIA - EARLY MORNING
Xena is awake, and gazing pensively out the window. Lila enters, watches Xena for a moment, then walks over to her.
Youíre up early.
Itís a habit.
Even after all these years? But then,
you look pretty good for someone,
what, eighty years old now?
They both laugh, but Xena is not that amused.
Itís a habit your sister never
did pick up. Sheís still asleep.
I think she could use the rest.
Iím worried about her, Xena.
She seems so lost.
Xena looks uncomfortable.
Sheís all right.
Have you thought about what sheís
going to do after you canít be out there
fighting all the time? Defending her?
We all canít live forever, Xena.
Xena is really not amused.
Gabrielle can take care of herself.
Can she? It doesnít look that way to me.
Sheís not like you. She canít take this
constant violence... constant killing, Xena.
Itís hurting her. Canít you see that?
Xena is silent because she knows this is true. Gabrielle enters behind them, obviously newly woken.
You could have slept in.
I know. Something woke me up,
though. Hey, got any of that blackberry
tea mom used to make?
Lila stares at Xena, but smiles at Gabrielle.
I sure do. Sit down,
and Iíll get you some.
Lila leaves. Xena and Gabrielle regard each other seriously.
INT. CAVE/HUT - MORNING
The posse is gathered around Janos - he has a handful of straws. The posse is dressed for forest stealth. They are mostly young people, very eager and devoted to their cause.
I know the person who picks this short straw
will do a great job, and be a credit to all of us.
Janos holds out his hand. The posse all picks, one young man has the short straw.
YOUNG MAN #1
Iím ready. Janos, will you tell
my girl I said goodbye?
YOUNG MAN #1
You guys can divvy up all my stuff.
There wasnít much left anyway, after
Livia burned our town. Even less than
when her mother did the same to my
grandparents a generation ago.
Now it will end, and youíll be a part of
that. Itís a very brave thing youíre doing.
Janos faces the rest of them.
Itís finally time. Think of your families,
and all the people who have suffered
for so long under Xenaís lawless
life. Be brave, my brothers.
They all shout, eager to do battle.
END OF ACT ONE