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EXT. TOWN - DAY
Xena and Gabrielle disembark from the ship, walking down the gangplank into the bustling shore town. Xena stops and reaches into the pack she is carrying. Retrieving a piece of parchment she reads it over again then puts it back in the sack.
We're supposed to find a man
named Delivin. He owns the local
stables. Sappho said she has
arranged a carriage for us.
A carriage? You mean we get to
travel like royalty instead of
getting blisters on our butts?
I don't get blisters on my
butt any more. It's too tough.
Gabrielle smiles and looks at the area in question.
Not the last time I checked.
Gabrielle moves toe to toe with her partner and gives her a very silly grin.
In the words of a very wise friend
of mine, 'I'm always good'.
Then there are days like today
when you're an evil little tease.
Xena smiles and gives Gabrielle's nose a little tweak.
Let's get going. I'd like to be there
before dark. Her letter says her place
is on the other side of the island.
They turn and make their way through the streets, looking for any sign of the stables. Xena begins to notice that most people are taking notice of them. Her senses heighten, but she feels like there's no trouble afoot. She watches as people step to the side and talk to each other in whispers, giving them quick glances as they continue on. Gabrielle gives Xena a little nudge and addresses her out of the side of her mouth.
Why are they looking at us like that? Do
we have something they haven't seen before?
You got me. Maybe they're not accustomed
to warriors coming through here. I wouldn't
think this would be the kind of
place they'd take a vacation.
Makes sense. Maybe you should take
your sword off. We don't want them
to think we're here to start trouble.
Over my dead body.
Gabrielle gives Xena a look that shows her dislike for that particular phrase.
Sorry, wrong choice of words.
Xena finally decides to take the matter at hand and moves to one of the locals.
The MAN turns, he looks at them both and then back to Gabrielle, his face breaks into a huge smile.
My dear, you look wonderful. I like
what you've done with your hair.
But the outfit is definitely NOT you.
Xena and Gabrielle look to each other, seriously confused. Gabrielle clears her throat and smiles.
Xena steps forward towards him and gets his attention again.
Could you tell us where
the stables are?
The man looks between them, also seriously confused, but he shrugs it off and points down the street.
Just down that way then
turn left. You can't miss it.
Thanks so much.
As they walk away a WOMAN joins the man. She watches the duo walk away, and then turns to her husband.
It looks like Sappho has
found another one.
And something's up. The
warrior called her Gabrielle.
I don't even think I want to know why.
She's a strange, strange woman.
EXT. TOWN - DAY
After managing to find the stables, Xena knocks on the door as she sticks her head in to see if anyone is around.
Delivin, the young man who is the local holster, comes out of the back, wiping his hand on a rag. He's not looking at them as he moves to the front of the stables. He tucks the rag in his pocket and looks up.
Oh it's you! I've got your carriage fixed.
It's ready to go whenever you are.
He looks to Xena then shyly points at Gabrielle.
Her carriage. It's fixed.
Xena is beginning to wonder if everyone here is just a little nuts.
Give me just time to hitch up the
team and you can be on your way.
Delivin exits the building, leaving Xena and Gabrielle looking at each other in disbelief.
Now I know why she sent for us.
Because she wants us to
get her off this crazy island.
I wonder what kind of things
they grow around here.
What? You lost me.
I think they're all putting a little
extra henbane in the nutbread.
Gabrielle laughs, but it's cut short with the return of Delivin.
You're all set. Should be a beautiful
evening for a drive. Have fun.
We will. You want to tell
us which way to go?
Delivin looks to Gabrielle and shrugs his confusion, gesturing aimlessly.
You know how to get there.
Follow the south road until
you reach the gates.
Gabrielle smiles at him, giving him the kind of smile one gives when they don't want to upset a lunatic and then takes Xena's arm.
Thank you. C'mon,
Xena, let's get going.
Gabrielle practically drags Xena out of the building to the waiting carriage. After a brief hesitation on Xena's part, they climb into the very comfortable little buggy and head down the southern road.
EXT. DAY – SOUTHERN ROAD
Xena reins the team, stopping them just outside a set of gates. The gates are attached to tall stone walls that seem to go on forever in either direction.
See I was right. She's
afraid of those people.
Xena climbs out of the carriage, and then assists Gabrielle out. She walks up to the gates and looks at the large bell hanging from the wall.
Huh, look at this. It's a
door and a bell. Does
that make it a doorbell?
Gabrielle rolls her eyes at the very bad joke.
Just ring the thing.
Xena grabs the rope and gives the bell a pull. A moment later the gates are opened. An extremely handsome young man greets them. His jaw drops open when he sees Gabrielle, and he looks back and forth between the estate beyond the gates and Gabrielle.
How did you get out here?
Gabrielle puts a hand on her hip.
I rode in this carriage.
(cutting him off)
Look, we're here to see Sappho.
Wha...? I don't....
Xena cuts him off again.
Is she here or not?
To you, maybe.
Just let us in.
The young man steps back and waves them in.
Yes, of course I'm so sorry.
They walk in past him. He grabs the reins for the horse and leads them behind the gates, which he then orders closed. He tosses the reins to another man standing near him and then scuttles to catch up with Xena and Gabrielle.
Please forgive me. I didn't mean
to upset you. It was just such a
shock to see you standing there.
We've been getting a lot of that
today. I'd really just like to go
somewhere and rest for a few minutes.
Of course. Of course.
The young man practically runs a few paces ahead of them, leading them into the main house. He leads them down a long hall then stops and turns, bowing to them.
I'll see to dinner.
And bring it to your room.
Before either of them can say a word he dashes back down the hall the way they came and is gone. They watch him go then slowly turn and look down the long hall with a half dozen doors on either side.
Care to guess which one is ours?
Like I care. Pick one.
END OF ACT ONE