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EXT. WOODS - INTERIOR - DAY
Gabrielle blindly waves her sais before her, obviously frightened and desperate.
Watch her! Careful!
The men remove blowpipes from their belts and fit darts inside them. One blows a dart. It hits Gabrielle on the cheek. She gasps, and reaches up to the spot.
They all blow darts, covering Gabrielle’s skin with them. Gabrielle slowly crumples to the ground.
Gabrielle becomes unconscious. Her sais fall from her hands. The men close in on her.
EXT. ROAD OUTSIDE POTADEIA - DAY
Xena’s head jerks up. She senses that something’s happened to Gabrielle.
What is it? Is it Gabrielle?
Xena, go find her.
See if she’s all right.
Xena lets out a long, loud whistle, then listens. A man comes running down the road, waving that them.
Hello! Help! Help!!! My wagons overturned...
my children are inside it! Please help me!
Go on, Xena! Something must
have happened to Gabrielle!
Xena turns on Lila.
How’d you figure that out?
Lila falls silent, Sarah looks very nervous.
I just figured.
Tell you what. How about you going
to see where she is, if that’s what
you’re worried about? I’m thinking
those kids need help over there.
Sarah and Lila hesitate. This is not going as they were told it would. They expected Xena to rush off and find Gabrielle.
C’mon, Xena. Gabrielle’s your best
friend, isn’t she? I thought you’d
caremore about her than that.
Gabrielle’s a very good fighter
who can take care of herself.
Now what’s it going to be?
I guess we’d better go help
those kids. Come on, Sarah.
They walk on. Xena follows, but casts an anxious look up at the woods.
EXT. WOODS - DAY
A group of men gather, and put Gabrielle’s unconscious body on a stretcher. The look around, then move off through the trees silently. Janos sits on a horse, watching Xena and the rest walk by.
Xena, why don’t you come running?
You always have before... well, I
guess we activate our second plan.
Janos holds up a hand. A posse member runs over.
Tell the men to get ready. Xena will
be cautious. She might check
the wounded first to make sure.
The man nods, and runs off.
EXT. ROAD - ACCIDENT - DAY
They reach the accident. Wagons are overturned and burning. Smoke and debris are everywhere. Bodies lay scattered in the center of the burning wagons. It looks real.
Oh, those poor people. Let’s go help.
Sarah, Lila, and Sarah’s husband rush forward. Xena’s eyes dart everywhere, then she yells out.
Stop? There are people dying in there!
Maybe you can watch them SCREAMING
in pain and not care, like you don’t seem to
care what’s happening to Gabrielle, but I won’t!
Xena gets hold of them and hauls them to a stop. The screaming is unbearable, and we start to wonder if Xena’s really lost it this time. Then a horn sounds, and a volley of arrows falls from the sky. The ‘injured’ people get up and start attacking Xena and Gab’s family.
Sarah and Lila look very confused. A crossbowman takes aim at Sarah and let’s fly. Xena intercepts the arrow at the last moment. She dives to knock Sarah’s husband down, but an arrow hits Xena in the leg, and one hits Sarah’s husband, who cries out in pain.
This wasn’t supposed to happen!!!
Xena glares at Lila, understanding all.
That’s what happens when you
take sides. You become a target.
It is chaos. Everyone is shooting at them. Suddenly Janos rides into the center of the wagons and holds up the chakram, which reflects the sun into Xena’s eyes.
Xena! I have it all. I have this. I have
your Gabrielle. It’s time for you to face
your crimes, Xena. We’ll be waiting.
Janos rides off. The men redouble their attack on Xena and her party. Xena pulls the arrow out of her leg and throws it away.
What? Where are you going!
It’s me they want. It’s me they’ll get.
They’ll leave you alone once I’m gone.
Xena examines Sarah’s husband’s wound. It’s not critical. She grabs hold of her sword and takes off running, straight towards the men fighting them, twirling her sword and scaring the hell out of them with her battle yell. She cuts through them like a hot knife and they converge around her, leaving Sarah and Lila completely alone.
INT. WARLORD’S CAVE/HQ
Gabrielle is carried inside and put on a pallet. One of the posse brings a bowl over. Janos unstops a small stone vial and holds it to Gab’s nose. Gab wakes, reaches out and grabs Janos’s hand.
Easy there, Gabrielle.
We’re not going to hurt you.
Janos takes the bowl and sponges Gabrielle’s eyes as the man holds Gab’s hands still.
In fact, we’re here to do
just the opposite. There.
Gab blinks as her vision is restored.
Who are you?
Janos gives the bowl up and stands, wiping his hands off.
My name is Janos. Don’t wrack
your mind. You don’t know me.
We’ve never met.
Gabrielle sits up, watching Janos warily.
If we’ve never met, why am I here?
Why are you attacking us?
What do you want?
Not us, Gabrielle. Not you. It’s Xena
we’re after. Me, and all these people
here, who have joined together to do
what everyone told us wasn’t possible.
To kill Xena. To stop her from
hurting anyone else.
Why? What has she done to you?
The posse snorts, and whispers.
Every person in this room, Gabrielle,
was... touched... by Xena or the scourge
she spawned and let loose on the land.
Janos walks over and sits.
Me? My grandparents’ village was
burned to the ground by Xena’s army.
My parents were sold into slavery by her
daughter. My brothers and sisters died
from hunger in the streets of Athens alone.
But you’re wrong about her. She’s changed.
She’s not the person who did those things
anymore. And Eve is a disciple of Eli.
She teaches love and peace.
Do you think that changes
what they did to all of us?
Nothing can change that. But
vengeance serves no one, Janos.
It serves the memory of our pasts, and the
promise of our futures. . She’s rampaged
across the land for far too long Which
brings me to you, Gabrielle. What price
have you paid, because of Xena?
Gabrielle stands up. Janos stands and faces her.
Our partnership isn’t about
who owes who what, Janos.
Why not? Look what you’ve become.
A killer. Full of anger, full of hatred, of
pain... for her? Think of this as a second
chance... a last chance. Join us, and help
us destroy her, Gabrielle, and you can have
peace. You want that, don’t you? Peace?
Home? A family? You must be so tired.
You don’t know what you’re asking.
How much is your soul worth, then?
You’re losing it to her, bit by bit.
Becoming what she is, aren’t you?
Everyone stares intently at Gabrielle. Janos holds out his hand invitingly.
The crowd reacts.
Every time we fight, every time
I kill, I lose part of myself.
But every time I help someone,
or save a life, I gain a part of
it back. Just like Xena does.
She’s the cornerstone my life is built on.
Without our love, I would truly be lost.
I’ll never betray her, Janos.
Janos seems sad to hear this.
You already have. You’re here,
and you’re alive. And she’ll
come for you at any cost.
Even her life. Won’t she?
Janos walks away. The posse take hold of Gabrielle, who knows it’s the truth.
INT. TRAP CAVE - DAY
Xena enters cautiously, her sword drawn. She looks around, sees nothing.
Janos appears on a ledge above her.
Come in, Xena.
I’ve been waiting for you.
Xena! Get out of here!
It’s a trap!
Xena looks at the trap door above her, looks at Janos, then steps very deliberately inside. The door slams shut behind her.
Who are you?
Janos leans on the balcony and studies her. The rest of the posse watches in the shadows, just a mass of bodies, whispering.
I am the ghost of your evil past, Xena.
I am the son of the people your daughter
slaughtered, and the grandson of the
thousands in villages you burned to the ground.
That was a long time ago.
Yes, it was, wasn’t it? You’ve outlived
your time, Xena. You’re old, and your life
has gone on too long and hurt too many
people. I, and the people like me
who’ve gathered here, will stop you.
Janos shakes his head in pity.
Make it easy on yourself, Xena.
Don’t make us kill you. Do it yourself.
You’ll even be remembered as a martyr.
I’ve heard all that before. No thanks.
No, you’re too selfish to do that, aren’t you?
Leave your blood on someone else's hands.
That’s your style, isn’t it? Well, don’t worry.
I guarantee, one way or the other, Xena -
you’ll change your mind in the caverns.
Don’t hold your breath.
Mark my words...
you’ll choose your own death.
Janos smiles, and pulls a rope. The ground drops out from under Xena and she disappears.
END OF ACT THREE