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INT. BEDROOM - EVENING
Xena is pacing back and forth waiting, not so patiently for something. She looks to a closed door across the room and sighs, and then goes back to pacing. After another minute she goes to the door and knocks.
What are you two doing in there?
(v.o off camera)
Wouldn't you like to know?
Just be patient.
Oh yeah, that's one of
my strong suits. C'mon!
The door opens.
Oh all right!
The two women step out of the dressing room. Xena's eyes widen when she looks at them dressed in identical outfits. Sappho's hair has been cut to match Gabrielle's and now it is nearly impossible to tell them apart.
Gabrielle and Sappho look at the shocked expression on Xena's face and without a word they both cross their arms at the same time and look at her with bemused smiles.
Xena walks slowly around them, looking them both over. She stops and slides her arms around Gabrielle from behind and whispers in her ear.
Gabrielle smiles and leans back into Xena.
Nice to know you
can tell the difference.
After all these years,
you doubted me?
Gabrielle gently caresses Xena's cheek.
Not for one second.
Sappho tugs on the sleeves of her gown and waits for Xena and Gabrielle to return to the present. She doesn't wait long.
Okay, now what? Please don't tell
me that I've sacrificed my hair for
a plan that doesn't have an end?
Actually, I had you both put on the
same thing just to see if it would be
as perfect as I had hoped. Now that
I know it is, I want you to put this on.
She hands Sappho an outfit that looks like Gabrielle's normal garb.
And the reason for this is?
You and my lovely assistant are
going to change places. You’re
going to stay with me so I can
protect you properly and Gabrielle
will be here, having a look around for
clues without drawing any suspicion.
You know, I hate to admit it,
but this just might work.
I don't know how you could doubt it.
INT. XENA/GABRIELLE'S BEDROOM - EVENING
Sappho is looking on as Xena throws a couple thick blankets on the floor near the fireplace.
Are you sure Gabrielle
is okay with this?
Absolutely. She knows we need
to make it believable as possible.
Besides, she trusts me. She knows
that we are perfectly safe in here together.
Sappho pulls the blankets back on the bed and climbs under the covers as Xena makes herself comfortable on her makeshift bed by the fire.
You two are very lucky to have
that much trust between you.
After everything we've been
through, we deserve it.
I'm not sure Adrienne and I
trust each other that much.
Have you ever given each other
reasons not to have that trust?
Adrienne had a little 'fling' a few years
ago, but that was kind of my fault. I wasn't
paying as much attention to her as I could have.
That's no excuse. I will admit, we’ve made
our mistakes, but if it was an excuse,
Gabrielle could have had a thousand 'flings'
when I wasn't being as attentive as I should.
And I've had my share of chances when she
was off on some little adventure. That's
not what people who love each other do.
But I love her. I love her with all my heart.
She made a mistake and I forgave
her for it and she hasn't done it since.
You know what?
You do love and trust each other
if you could get past that.
Glad to hear it. Good night, Xena.
INT. BEDROOM - EVENING
Gabrielle is trying to get settled in Sappho's huge bed by herself, but is not having any luck. She's tossing and turning, punching pillows, throwing off the covers and then pulling them back up. It's perfectly clear this is not a woman who is accustomed to sleeping alone.
She finally rolls over, hugging a pillow close to her and closes her eyes. She has her back to the window and doesn't move when a FIGURE climbs through the window.
Moving through the shadows, the figure moves to the bed and lifts the covers, climbing under and curling up next to Gabrielle.
Her eyes snap open immediately, but she holds perfectly still. Then she realizes that the person in bed with her is NOT who she thought it was. She bolts out of the bed, stubbing her toe as she does.
She proceeds to hop on one foot, rub her injured foot and curse like a Greek sailor.
Son of a ...!
Adrienne jumps out of bed and stares, dumbfounded at the enraged woman hopping around.
I mean, what are
you doing here?
I live here.
But I thought you were mad.
Gabrielle stops hopping and limps over to a chair, sitting she rubs her foot without looking at it.
I hope it at least has the
decency to look mangled.
Adrienne crosses the room and kneels before Gabrielle.
Here. Let me look at it.
Gabrielle realizes that Adrienne doesn't know she's not Sappho. She pulls her foot away from the inquisitive hands.
No, no. It's okay.
I'll survive. I've had worse.
Adrienne chuckles and grabs Gabrielle's foot again.
When? If you chip a nail, you think
the world is coming to an end.
Gabrielle pulls her foot away again and stands up, prepared to bolt or defend herself depending on what the quickly deteriorating situation calls for.
Really, I'm fine. Thanks, though. So
what are you doing here? I thought
you were off smashing more pottery.
Adrienne grins, and moves toward Gabrielle.
I ran out, so I figured it was time
to come back here and make up.
You know how we enjoy making up.
Gabrielle starts backing up, but never takes her eyes off of Adrienne.
I'm not ready to make up.
I'm... I'm... I'm still mad at you!
Adrienne stops and puts a finger to her own chest.
Mad at me? Mad at me for wanting
to protect you and take care of you?
Gee, thanks a lot for your confidence.
Gabrielle knows she in WAY over her head. She holds up her hands to stop Adrienne's words.
Give me two minutes.
I'll be right back.
She leaves Adrienne standing in the middle of the room and bolts out the door.
EXT. HALL - NIGHT
Gabrielle skids to a stop in front of the door of the room that Xena and Sappho are sharing. She pushes on it and nearly falls into the room when it flies open.
INT. BEDROOM - NIGHT
When Gabrielle regains her footing, she stands up to find herself at the end of Xena's sword.
Xena lowers her blade and quirks a brow at Gabrielle.
Sappho jumps from the bed where she has been watching, waiting to see what the problem is.
Did someone try to hurt you?
No, someone tried to rub my feet.
Gabrielle nods, then turns to Sappho.
Adrienne decided to
come home and make up.
She's in your room right now
wondering why you ran out of there
like the Furies were on your tail.
You didn't tell her?
No, I didn't tell her. No one
is supposed to know.
You could have told her.
No, Gabrielle was right not to say
anything. Until we're sure, no one should
know. No one is above suspicion.
Xena, this is Adrienne we're
talking about. She loves me.
She would never hurt me.
As they are in the middle of the debate the door to the room opens. Adrienne enters, suddenly looking VERY confused as she sees the two 'Sapphos' before her.
What in the name of....
I can explain.
I hope someone can. You tear
out of our bedroom... like....
She stops, turning slowly to Gabrielle.
It was you in our
room, wasn't it?
Yes, but there's a very
Adrienne, this is
Xena and Gabrielle....
What were you
doing in our room?
I could tell you, but
then I'd have to kill you.
She leans toward Xena and whispers.
I've always wanted to say that.
They're here to help me. They're
going to find out who wants to
stop me from opening the school.
Adrienne turns to Sappho. There is a hurt look clearly cut across her face.
This is the help you were talking
about? The people you called
here to protect you? You
don't trust me, do you?
Sappho moves to her lover and caresses her cheek.
Of course I do, but I need you
here with me, not running around
maybe getting yourself hurt.
She's right. Leave getting hurt
to the professionals.
All right everyone; we need to
get some sleep. You two stay
here and lock the door.
Gabrielle and I will go back to your room. Adrienne, did anyone see you come in?
Good. Make sure you lock
that door. C'mon Gabrielle.
INT. HALL - NIGHT
Xena and Gabrielle are walking down the hall toward Sappho's bedroom.
Do you get the feeling for people
who are in love, they don't like
each other very much?
I think they've just got problems.
I would imagine the stress of this
situation is laying pretty heavily on them.
Then we have to find the answers to
who is trying to hurt Sappho. If they're
really in love, they deserve the chance
to fix what's wrong. Taking off some
of that pressure should help.
Xena puts her arm around Gabrielle's should and pulls her close, kissing the top of her head.
My hopeless romantic.
One of us has to do it.
INT. OFFICE - DAY
Gabrielle is seated at Sappho's desk, reading from a stack of parchments. She is smiling as she reads the beautiful words.
The door to the office opens; Xena, Adrienne and Sappho enter. Gabrielle stands up and approaches Sappho with one of the parchments.
This is beautiful.
Sappho looks shyly at Adrienne and back to Gabrielle.
Thank you. I wrote it the other night.
I was having trouble sleeping.
I must admit Aphrodite would be
thrilled. I don't think anyone has ever
referred to her as a 'wile-weaver' before.
She has been called lots of other things.
Gabrielle chuckles and gives the parchment to Sappho. Then she leans over and whispers.
You should do a private
reading of that.
Maybe I will.
Xena claps her hands together to get everyone's attention.
Okay, here's the plan for the day.
Adrienne, you and Gabrielle will stay
here and see what you can find out.
Sappho and I are going into town
and see what we can dig up there.
I don't think Sappho should
leave the grounds.
Xena leads Gabrielle over, next to Adrienne.
She's not. She's staying right here.
Well sometimes a wall has
to fall on me, but I get it now.
Good. And since you know the
people here, you are the most
logical choice to help Gabrielle
with her end of the investigation.
Adrienne nods, giving Xena look of appreciation.
END ACT THREE