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ACT FOUR

 

FADE IN:

 

EXT. TOWN - DAY

 

Xena and Sappho are walking through the town. Sappho is dressed in Gabrielle's gear, right down to the sais in her boots.

 

SAPPHO

I don't know how Gabrielle can

dress like this all the time. It's

chilly and the sais are heavy.

 

XENA

Itís less restrictive in a fight. Being

able to move is very important.

 

 

SAPPHO

I imagine it would be.

Do you two do that often?

 

XENA

Too often. But it's what we do.

I'm not sure we'd know how to

behave under other circumstances.

 

Sappho points to a well dressed man, standing near a vegetable cart, obviously doing business with the merchant.

 

SAPPHO

That's Danos.

He's the island magistrate.

 

XENA

Have you two had problems?

 

SAPPHO

Not really, but he didn't seem

thrilled when I mentioned

the school to him.

 

XENA

Then he's as good a

place to start as any.

 

CUT TO:

 

EXT. GARDEN - DAY

 

Gabrielle and Adrienne are walking through the immense gardens of the estate. Adrienne seems to be looking at everything but Gabrielle as they talk.

 

GABRIELLE

So, who do you think

could be behind this?

 

ADRIENNE

I have no idea. I asked her to

let me look into it, but she said

she had sent for help. I guess

you and Xena were the help.

 

GABRIELLE

She hurt your feelings, didn't she?

 

ADRIENNE

That's not important. What's important

is you find out who wants to hurt her.

 

GABRIELLE

That we find out. Xena told

you to help me, remember?

 

ADRIENNE

And you're really going

to let me help you?

 

GABRIELLE

Absolutely. You can help me

from making any big mistakes

while I'm impersonating Sappho.

 

 

ADRIENNE

Umm then you need to be more....

more....

 

GABRIELLE

More what?

 

ADRIENNE

Girly.

 

GABRIELLE

Excuse me?

 

ADRIENNE

Well, Sappho is the epitome

of woman. Very feminine.

 

GABRIELLE

And I'm not?

 

ADRIENNE

Sure you are.  It's just a different style.

You have confidence in the way you

walk, like if anyone messes with you,

you can kick their butts. Sappho

couldn't hurt a fly. You need to....

 

GABRIELLE

Femme it up?

 

 

ADRIENNE

Just a little.

 

GABRIELLE

I can do that.

 

She takes a few steps ahead of Adrienne, walking with a sway to her hips that is about to give Adrienne whiplash.

 

 

ADRIENNE

That's it! You've got it.

 

CUT TO:

 

EXT. TOWN - DAY

 

DANUS stands staring at Sappho pretending to be Gabrielle, shaking his head.

 

DANUS

I can't believe it.

You look just like Sappho.

 

XENA

Amazing isn't it?

 

DANUS

Very.

 

He takes his eyes away from Sappho and looks to Xena

 

DANUS

(Contíd)

So, what can I do for you?

 

XENA

I'm hoping you can give us some

information. Gabrielle and I are

here because Sappho said

someone is trying to kill her.

 

DANUS

Kill her? Who would want to kill her?

 

XENA

That's what we're trying to

find out. We hoped you might

have some answers.

 

SAPPHO

She thinks someone wants to

keep her from starting her school.

 

DANUS

Oh that. Well, I must say that there

are members of the island who

would rather not see that happen

simply because it would bring to

many outsiders to the island, but

to kill Sappho over it. I don't think so.

 

Xena chews on the inside of her lip for a moment, giving his words serious consideration.

 

XENA

So you don't know of anyone who

would take such drastic measures?

 

 

DANUS

No. I wish I could help you more.

 

XENA

You've been more help than you

can know. Gabrielle and I are

going to keep looking around.

I hope you don't mind.

 

DANUS

No, of course not.

 

XENA

Come on, Gabrielle.

 

They walk away but not too far. Xena stops near a wall and guides Sappho back against it as well so they are out of sight.

 

SAPPHO

What?

 

XENA

Just wait.

 

Xena watches as Danus makes a beeline to the back of the market and disappears.

 

XENA

(Contíd)

I thought as much. He knows

more that he's telling us.

 

CUT TO:

 

INT. GUESTHOUSE - DAY

 

Gabrielle and Adrienne are sitting at a table waiting for Chancellor Aubin. Gabrielle is picking at the wood grain on the table; Adrienne reaches over and takes her hand, shaking her head no.

 

GABRIELLE

Sorry.

 

ADRIENNE

It's okay.

 

GABRIELLE

What's taking him so long?

 

 

ADRIENNE

Chancellor Aubin is at best....

trying on the nerves.

 

GABRIELLE

Wonderful.

 

The door opens and Aubin enters.  He is walking with a cane and his right foot sports a large white bandage.

 

AUBIN

To what do I owe this

wonderful surprise?

 

ADRIENNE

We wanted to see how you

were recovering, Chancellor.

 

Aubin takes a seat, eyeing Gabrielle curiously.

 

AUBIN

Oh I'm fine, getting better each day.

(to Gabrielle)

My dear, are you feeling all right?

You don't seem quite yourself?

 

GABRIELLE

Oh I'm fine.  Just a lot on

my mind, you know.

 

AUBIN

Have you had any other problems?

 

GABRIELLE

No. Not recently.

 

ADRIENNE

We have also brought in some

help. Friends who are going

to get to the bottom of this.

 

AUBIN

And these friends would be?

 

GABRIELLE

Xena, the Warrior Princess

and her partner, Gabrielle.

 

AUBIN

Gabrielle and Xena? Not possible,

they'd have to be in their fifties by now.

 

ADRIENNE

They look great. As a matter of fact

there is an astonishing resemblance

between Sappho and Gabrielle.

They could be twins.

 

Aubin eyes ĎSapphoí with some suspicion.

 

AUBIN

Is that why you cut your

beautiful hair my dear?

 

Gabrielle runs her hand through her hair and smiles.

 

GABRIELLE

Well, it was just time for a change.

I saw Gabrielleís hair and decided

I liked it, and thought I would give it

a try. I can always let it grow out again.

 

 

AUBIN

Very true. So you called them here

to help you find out who is behind

the problems that youíve had?

 

GABRIELLE

Thatís the plan.

 

AUBIN

How long have you known them?

 

Gabrielle definitely gets the feeling that Aubin is trying to turn the tables here and sheís not about to let that happen.

 

GABRIELLE

This is the first time Iíve ever met

them, but I did a poem for Xena once.

So she could give it as a gift to Gabrielle.

I figured she owed me a favor and she

is supposed to be the best person

for this sort of job.

 

AUBIN

Or if you need a small village

slaughtered in under two hours.

 

Gabrielle takes a deep breath, letting it out slowly so Aubin doesnít get the response he wants. Adrienne can see Gabrielle is getting mad, so she reaches out and gives her hand a squeeze.

 

ADRIENNE

Well, Chancellor, we wonít keep you

any longer. We just wanted to see

how you were feeling. If you need

anything to assist in your recovery,

please donít hesitate to ask.

 

AUBIN

Thank you.

(beat)

Both.

 

CUT TO:

 

EXT. GARDEN Ė DAY

 

Gabrielle is furious, madder than one human being has a right to be. Adrienne is watching her as she tries not to blow and start beating the first thing she comes into contact with.

 

GABRIELLE

Of all the....

 

 

ADRIENNE

Gabrielle....

 

GABRIELLE

That son of a....

 

ADRIENNE

Gabrielle....

 

Gabrielle proceeds to hit a small statue, knocking its head right off its shoulders. Adrienneís brow arches. She moves forward slowly, waiting to see if Gabrielle is going to go off again. Gabrielle is now holding her throbbing hand and grimacing.

 

 

GABRIELLE

Damn it! Xena always tells me not

to hit anything harder than her head.

 

ADRIENNE

Here... let me look at it.

 

Adrienne takes Gabrielleís hand and slowly checks it for broken bones. Gabrielle watches and smiles.

 

GABRIELLE

Youíre a natural nurturer arenít you?

 

ADRIENNE

I try, but itís not always well received.

If something goes wrong for Sappho,

she likes to have an artistic hissy fit and

pout. She wonít let me try to make it better.

 

Adrienne pats Gabrielleís hand.

 

ADRIENNE

(Contíd)

Itís not broken, but it may bruise up.

Thatís quite a temper you have there.

 

GABRIELLE

Would you believe me if I told you thereís

only one thing I go that crackers over?

 

ADRIENNE

Sure. And Iíll bet itís the only thing in

the world that can drive me that crazy too.

 

Gabrielle smiles and nods.

 

GABRIELLE

I just get so mad when people

say that kind of stuff about Xena.

 

 

ADRIENNE

Now you know why I keep my little shed.

I have to go someplace to work off my

frustration. Why is it the ones we love

most are always the ones who

can make us feel that way?

 

GABRIELLE

Oh, thatís easy. Theyíre the

only ones who make us feel the

need to be that passionate.

(beat)

How long have you and

Sappho been together?

 

ADRIENNE

Mmm ten years.

How about you and Xena?

 

GABRIELLE

Does the twenty-five years

we spent encased in ice count?

 

Adrienne laughs and pitches a rock across a pond, causing it to skip several times.

 

ADRIENNE

Could you talk, fight

and make love?

 

GABRIELLE

No, we were just pretty

much frozen in ice.

 

ADRIENNE

Then no.  It doesnít count.

 

GABRIELLE

About seven years,

almost eight then.

 

ADRIENNE

Long enough to know

each otherís faults.

 

GABRIELLE

Oh yeah, definitely long enough

for that. And long enough to truly

love each other in spite of them.

 

Adrienne continues to follow Gabrielle as they walk the path back to the house, only now she is wearing a very thoughtful look as she watches Gabrielle walk ahead of her.

 

DISSOLVE TO:

 

EXT. WORKSITE - EVENING

 

Xena is poking around to now deserted worksite. She is looking at the one completed wall and then begins examining the partially completed wall and the debris of the scaffold that collapsed.

 

Gabrielle enters though a grove of trees and smiles as she sees Xena bend over and pick up a board.

 

GABRIELLE

What do we know?

 

XENA

Come here.

 

Gabrielle joins her partner in the construction site. Xena hands her the board.

 

XENA

(Contíd)

Have a look at that.

 

GABRIELLE

Itís been partially cut through.

 

XENA

Yup. I was actually hoping that

this might have been an accident.

 

Gabrielle tosses down the board.

 

GABRIELLE

No such luck.  Lemme tell ya, it

couldnít happen to a nicer guy.

 

XENA

You donít like Chancellor Aubin?

 

GABRIELLE

I couldnít like him if he were the

last man on the planet. He did his

best to try and trip me up today.

 

XENA

Really? You think heís on to us?

 

GABRIELLE

I think he thinks he is.

 

XENA

Interesting.

 

 

GABRIELLE

What did you and Sappho

find out in town today?

 

XENA

Not much, to be honest. The

magistrate is a squirrelly little

fellow with more to tell than heís saying.

 

GABRIELLE

Sounds like we have two suspects.

 

XENA

Yes, it does.

 

GABRIELLE

Maybe theyíre working with each

other. Seems they both have a lot

to lose if this school opens. Chancellor

Aubin risks losing all his students.  I can

see why that would make him nervous.

 

XENA

The island doesnít have anything to lose.

I just donít think that they really want more

people coming here. Whereís Sappho?

 

GABRIELLE

Up at the house with Adrienne.

 

XENA

And Adrienne... do you think

sheís in the clear on this?

 

GABRIELLE

Oh yeah. She adores that woman.

 

XENA

Theyíve had some problems.

 

GABRIELLE

That doesnít prove anything. Weíve

had problems and I still love you.

Adrienne didnít mention anything.

 

XENA

Iím sure she didnít. She was the cause

of the problems. Seems that a few

years ago she had a little... affair.

 

 

GABRIELLE

Xena, that doesnít mean anything.

Trust me, Adrienne loves Sappho.

And apparently theyíve gotten over it.

 

XENA

True.

 

Gabrielle moves to her partner and wraps her arms around Xenaís waist, laying her head on her shoulder as they both watch the sunset over the ocean.

 

 

GABRIELLE

Now this is nice.

 

XENA

Absolutely.

 

FADE TO:

 

INT. DINING ROOM - EVENING

 

Xena and Gabrielle enter the room to find Adrienne hand feeding Sappho an olive and then giving her a passionate kiss.

 

Gabrielle whispers to Xena.

 

GABRIELLE

Maybe we should come back later.

 

 

Xena nods and they are about to leave when Sappho laughs, pulls back from Adrienne and waves them in.

 

SAPPHO

Donít be silly. Come in.

(to Adrienne)

You be good.

 

They both sport huge grins that are not in any danger of fading as Adrienne takes a seat next to Sappho, holding her hand, gently caressing the back of it.

 

Xena and Gabrielle join them at the table and fix plates for themselves. Apparently the grins that Adrienne and her partner are wearing are contagious and theyíve spread around the table.

 

SAPPHO

(Contíd)

What?

 

XENA

Nothing.

 

Gabrielle looks to Xena and notices that she is wearing an incredibly rare shade of red. She leans over and whispers.

 

GABRIELLE

You okay?

 

XENA

Iím great.

 

GABRIELLE

Whatís wrong?

 

XENA

Iíll tell ya later.

 

After managing to restore some sense of composure. Xena takes a deep breath and starts the important part of the dinner conversation.

 

XENA

(Contíd)

Well, after today I think we have two

very strong suspects. Unfortunately,

we have absolutely nothing to link them

to the attempts other than the fact that

they both have unusual temperaments.

Iíve been around long enough to know

that being flaky doesnítí make you a killer.

 

ADRIENNE

Maybe the intention isnít to kill

Sappho. Maybe itís just to scare

her off of opening the school.

 

Xena and Gabrielle exchange glances and then quickly turn back to the table.

 

 

GABRIELLE

Thatís as good a theory as any. I

mean youíve received threats, but

other than Chancellor Aubin being

hurt, there really hasnít been

any attempts have there?

 

SAPPHO

No.

 

CUT TO:

 

INT. BEDROOM - NIGHT

 

Xena is settling down in bed as Gabrielle changes. Xena is busy fluffing pillows while Gabrielle taps her fingers on the top of the dressing table sheís seated at.

 

GABRIELLE

I think I made a mistake.

 

XENA

What kind of mistake?

 

Gabrielle turns around and sighs.

 

GABRIELLE

Iím not so sure anymore.

 

XENA

You think Adrienne may

now be involved?

 

GABRIELLE

I donít want to.

 

She walks across the room and climbs into bed.

 

GABRIELLE

(Contíd)

I really donít want to. But that

comment at dinner tonight

and the fact that we know

theyíve had problems....

 

XENA

Problems that resulted in

them not having enough time

for each other as it was.

 

GABRIELLE

Right. Oh Xena, I hope weíre

wrong. I hope someone

is trying to kill her.

 

XENA

Gabrielle!

 

GABRIELLE

Okay, that didnít come out

right, but you know what I meant.

 

XENA

Yeah, I know what you meant. Sappho told

me that Adrienneís little fling took place

during a point in her life when they didnít

have enough time for each other. Iím sure

Adrienne was concerned about how the

school would take Sappho away from her.

 

GABRIELLE

Letís just take this a step at a

time before we rush to judgment.

 

 

XENA

Sounds about right.

 

Gabrielle settles into bed, with her back to Xena so they are spooned together. Xena hums happily and wraps her arm securely around Gabrielleís waist.

 

XENA

(Contíd)

Nice.

 

GABRIELLE

Very. So you gonna tell me

why you had that silly look on

your face at dinner tonight?

 

XENA

No.

 

GABRIELLE

No? Come on. You said

youíd tell me later.

 

XENA

Itís stupid.

 

GABRIELLE

Oh, now I know I want to hear

it. You just donít do stupid.

 

Xena sighs and nuzzles closer to Gabrielle.

 

XENA

Are you sure I canít interest

you in something else?

 

 

GABRIELLE

Maybe. After you tell me.

 

XENA

Tonight when we walked in there and

I saw Adrienne kissing Sappho, I felt

jealous. I mean, she looks just like you

and for just a second, I could see what

it would look like to find you in the arms

of someone else.  I didnít like it much.

 

Gabrielle rolls over and smiles.

 

GABRIELLE

Thatís so sweet.

 

XENA

Actually I thought it was kind of

silly. I mean, you were standing

right there with me. I knew it, but

still there was just this brief

stabbing feeling in my chest.

 

Gabrielle snuggles in closer and kisses Xenaís throat.

 

GABRIELLE

Thank you. That makes

me feel good.

 

XENA

Bet I can make you

feel even better.

 

FADE TO:

 

EXT. WORKSITE - MORNING

 

Xena, Gabrielle, Sappho and Adrienne are all out at the worksite. They all appear to be going over the ground very carefully, looking for anything out of the ordinary. Xena picks up that board she had found the night before and waves Adrienne over.

 

ADRIENNE

Did you find something?

 

Xena hands her the board.

 

XENA

I dunno. You tell me.

 

Adrienne looks at the board then to Xena.

 

ADRIENNE

Itís been cut.

 

XENA

Yeah, you know

anything about it?

 

ADRIENNE

Now just a minute, you

canít possibly think I....

 

Before Adrienne can finish her sentence, Xenaís attention is drawn away to where Gabrielle and Sappho are sifting through some old bricks. Xena takes off at a full run, yelling as she does.

 

XENA

Gabrielle! Take cover!

 

Gabrielle doesnít hesitate.  She grabs Sappho and wraps her up in her arms to move her to safety, running and pushing the woman toward the wall. Xena continues her charge toward the grove of trees, knowing thatís where the danger is. She changes directions quickly as an arrow flies through the air and embeds itself into the ground. Resuming her run, she skids to a halt when she sees Gabrielle and Sappho near the wall. With adrenaline clouding her vision itís hard for her to tell which one of them is bleeding, but itís clear one of them is. The arrow piercing the back is the source of the blood. Xena looks up in time to see the edge of a dark cloak disappear over the wall of the estate. Torn between following and checking on Gabrielle and Sappho, she decides to stay behind.

 

Dashing over, she realizes itís Gabrielle who has taken the arrow in the back. Taking Gabrielle from Sappho, Xena slowly lowers her to the ground. Gabrielle opens her eyes and smiles when she feels Xenaís arms go around her.

 

 

GABRIELLE

Ouch.

 

 

Xena grins at Gabrielleís word, but they both know that the wound is worse than either is willing to admit.

 

XENA

Youíre gonna be okay.

 

 

Gabrielle just nods as her eyes slip shut.

 

FADE OUT.

 

END ACT FOUR


TO BE CONTINUED....

 

 

DISCLAIMER

Sappho wasn't harmed during the making of this motion
picture, unfortunately not everyone faired so well.
 

 

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