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ACT TWO

 

FADE IN:

 

EXT. POTADEIA - VILLAGE - DAY

 

Gabrielle and Lila sit by the well.  Xena leans on a nearby wagon. Xena is visibly keeping an eye on everything.

 

LILA

Do you remember how we used to

fight over getting water?  I swear you

had more excuses not to come out

here than we had chickens on the farm.

 

Gabrielle smiles in memory.

 

GABRIELLE

That hasnít changed. I still make

Xena get the water for camp.

 

Lila looks quickly at Xena, then she laughs a bit. Xena pretends not to hear.

 

LILA

Really? I figured you ended

up doing all that stuff.

 

Gabrielle is about to answer when an alarm is raised. A man rushes into the village square, bleeding and exhausted.

 

REFUGEE

Help me! Help me! My wagons were

attacked by bandits, down the road!

Theyíre burning, and my familyís in them!!

 

Sarah and her husband appear from somewhere. Lila joins them. They all seem a bit nervous.

 

LILA

Weíll help you. Weíll go right out there.

Right? Youíll help them wonít you, Xena?

 

GABRIELLE

Of course we will.

 

 

LILA

Then letís go right away.

 

Xena examines the refugee.

 

XENA

Nothing serious. The healerís that way.

 Lila, you donít have to go. Gabrielle

and I will take care of this.

 

 

LILA

(firmly)

Those people are friends of ours.

Iím going to help them. Come on,

Sarah. Letís get bandages.

 

They leave.  Xena pulls Gabrielle to one side.

 

GABRIELLE

You think itís the same

bandits who attacked us?

 

 

XENA

I donít know, but something doesnít

smell right, and I donít think itís

those sheep herds over there.

 

GABRIELLE

It could just be raiders.

Wouldnít be the first time.

 

XENA

I know. Iíve just a got a

bad feeling about it.

 

Xena examines the courtyard, sees Lila and Sarah watching them.

 

GABRIELLE

You think someoneís after

you.  Is this a trap?

 

XENA

Weíll find out. Címon.

 

 

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INT. WARLORDíS CAVE/HQ - DAY

 

The posse stands in a circle, around Janosí table. He has a square board set up with markers.

 

JANOS

Xena is cautious. She wonít just

ride into our trap.  She always has

a backup plan. In this case....

 

Janos puts a few rocks where the road is.

 

JANOS

(Contíd)

One of them will ride with the rescue

party, and one will circle around

to the rear, just in case.

 

Janos puts a stone in the forest, all by itself.

 

JANOS

(Contíd)

This will be Xenaís friend here, because

Gabrielleís family is there and they

have to be protected.  So we divide....

 

Janos plucks the rock all alone and puts it in his pocket.

 

JANOS

(Contíd)

And conquer. When Xena rides to

her friendís rescue, weíll be waiting.

 

The men get up and mill around, obviously excited.

 

CUT TO:

 

EXT. ROAD OUTSIDE POTADEIA - DAY

 

Xena and Gabrielle walk together.  Itís a beautiful day, birds are singing, etc, etc.  Xena watches everything with a concerned eye.

 

GABRIELLE

You think weíre just being paranoid?

 

 

XENA

Someone attacked us and took my

chakram. No sense in taking any chances.

 

GABRIELLE

All right. Iíll make my way up through

the woods and circle around.

Iíll signal you if I see anything.

 

XENA

If it is a trap, you could

spring it. Be careful.

 

GABRIELLE

YOU be careful. I wish Lila and

Sarah hadnít insisted on going.

This could get dangerous.

Please watch out for them, Xena.

 

Xena looks enigmatic.

 

 

XENA

Remember to keep your eyes open.

If someone does attack you....

 

GABRIELLE

Xena, I know the drill.

(amused)

Iíve been Xenabait for years, remember?

 

 

Gabrielle separates from them and walks down the other path.

 

LILA

Whereís she going?

 

XENA

Sheís taking a different route. Sheíll

meet us on the other side of the forest.

 

LILA

Is that safe? How could you let

her go off alone like that?

 

Xena just keeps walking.

 

SARAH

I guess Gabrielleís learned to

take care of herself pretty good.

 

LILA

Sheíd need to.

 

Xenaís eyes narrow.

 

 

CUT TO:

 

EXT. WOODS - INTERIOR - DAY

 

Gabrielle slips through the woods, searching for any signs of a trap.  She doesnít find anything at first.

 

GABRIELLE

Maybe we have been out here too long.

 

Then she stops, her senses picking something up. Shadows start to move around her. Gabrielle puts her back against a tree and draws her sais. A boy steps out from behind the trees, the one who drew the short straw.

 

BOY

Wait!  Weíre not here to hurt you.

 

Gabrielle sheathes her sais. The boys all gather around her then start pulling at her.

 

GABRIELLE

Hey! What are you doing?

 

BOY

We have to take you with us.

We have to stop you from helping Xena.

 

Gabrielle starts to struggle, shoving them away and punching and kicking. They are unarmed. She does not draw her weapons. There are a lot of them, though, and they start overpowering her.

 

GABRIELLE

Please!  Just leave me alone!

Donít make me hurt you!

 

 

They donít listen. Gabrielle starts to strike out in earnest.  Some of the boys start going down. One leaps at Gabrielle just as she does a spinning kick - she catches him in the throat and crushes his windpipe.  He falls to the ground gurgling blood. The boys freeze, then run away. Gabrielle is left with the choking kid alone.  We see itís the kid who drew the short straw.

 

CUT TO:

 

EXT. ROAD OUTSIDE POTADEIA - DAY

 

Xena senses something.  She looks around, but itís quiet.

 

LILA

Something wrong?

 

XENA

Thought I heard something.

 

Lila and Sarah exchange looks.

 

SARAH

Youíre really jumpy, Xena. Sure you

donít want a drink or something?

Maybe the weatherís getting to you.

 

LILA

Heat does that, as you get older.

 

Xena smiles grimly.

 

XENA

Youíd know, Iíd guess.

 

 

SARAH

Look!

 

They see smoke rise over the horizon.

 

CUT TO:

 

EXT. WOODS - INTERIOR - DAY

 

Gabrielle drops to her knees beside the kid and pulls his shirt open. Heís gagging.  He canít breathe through his crushed throat. He looks at her in terror.

 

GABRIELLE

Come on!  Come on, Gabrielle.

Youíve seen Xena fix this.

What did she... oh. I remember.

 

Gabrielle pulls a quill from her bag and breaks the tip off, looking through it to make sure it is hollow. She draws her knife, and the boy desperately tries to crawl away from her. Gabrielle has to straddle him to keep him still. She cuts a hole in his throat below the injury and sticks the quill into it as the boy tries to throw her off.

 

GABRIELLE

(Contíd)

No! Hold still! Iím just trying to help you!!!!

 

 

Suddenly, the boy realizes he can breathe through the tube. He stops flopping around like a fish and calms down.  Gabrielle smiles at him.

 

GABRIELLE

(Contíd)

Thatís it. Just take it easy.

Youíre going to be okay.

 

The boy watches her face, then gurgles something. Gabrielle leans closer to him to listen.

 

GABRIELLE

(Contíd)

What? Donít try to talk, okay?

 

He motions Gab closer. She complies. The boy reaches up suddenly and squirts something into Gabís eyes.  Gabrielle grabs at her face and lets out a yell.

 

CUT TO:

 

EXT. ROAD OUTSIDE POTADEIA - DAY

 

Xena hears the faint yell, and stiffens.

 

LILA

Did you hear something?

I thought I heard something.

 

XENA

No.  I didnít.

 

 

SARAH

I thought I did too. Are you sure?

It sounded like a yell for help.

Maybe you should check it out.

 

Xena is wondering that very same thing.

 

XENA

Letís keep moving.

 

Sarah and Lila stare at Xena in puzzlement.

 

CUT TO:

 

EXT. WOODS - INTERIOR - DAY

 

Gab wipes at her face, but itís no good. Sheís blind. She draws her sais and the boy on the ground whimpers in fear, sure sheís going to kill him.  Instead, Gabrielle scrambles to her feet and stumbles in a circle, hitting a tree by sheer luck. She throws herself against the tree with her back to it, and holds her sais out in desperate defense.

 

 

FADE OUT.

 

END OF ACT TWO

 

ACT THREE