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INT. BEDROOM - DAY
Gabrielle is now sitting up in a chair. Xena is standing at her feet, gently working them, rubbing them and slowly bending her legs. Gabrielle grimaces and grips the arms of the chair.
I know, but we need to work
the muscles. Just a minute
or two more, okay?
Gabrielle nods and braces for the next round. She sighs in relief when there is a knock on the door and Xena gently places her legs on a footstool in front of her.
Adrienne and Sappho enter. Sappho goes directly to Gabrielle and kneels next to her.
How to you feel?
Gabrielle is relieved beyond words that her exercise routine has been put on hold.
I think I love you.
Sorry, sheís spoken for.
Besides that would be just....
She shivers involuntarily.
A narcissusí dream come true.
What can we do for you today?
I wanted to let you know that I have
my finest artisans making that chair
you drew the plans for. You know
Xena... you have a natural talent for
sketching. You should take that up.
She has many skills.
And in the meantime, we thought we
would come see if you would like to
go to the garden for lunch. We have
of course provided transportation for
Gabrielle if you both would like to join us.
Itís a beautiful day.
You should come out.
You up to a little fresh
air and sunshine?
Will it get me out of
Adrienne gestures to the door.
Madam, your carriage awaits.
Xena bends over and gently pulls Gabrielle into her arms and cradles her close as they walk to the door.
INT. HALLWAY - DAY
There is a large, plush sedan chair in the middle of the hall. Standing at the ends near the rods to carry it, four scantily clad well-muscled servants. Gabrielle smiles.
Now this is the only way to travel.
Un-huh. Donít get used to it.
She places Gabrielle in the chair and throws a light blanket over her legs. Then she turns to Adrienne.
How long before the
chair is ready?
Just few days.
We canít let her get use to this.
Sheís an Amazon Queen you
know. This could go to her head.
They all laugh as the servants gently lift the chair.
INT. BEDROOM - EVE
Xena is untying Gabrielleís boots and gently slipping them from her feet. She looks up and sees the depression on Gabrielleís face.
Do you want to talk about it?
Whatís to talk about?
Iím not getting better.
Xena stands up and walks to the other side of the room to change. Sheís angry, but she doesnít want to take her aggravation out on Gabrielle. Xena knows that Gabrielle is just frustrated and she is trying to maintain some sense of calm so that the situation doesnít blow up between them.
I think the problem is that Iíve never
felt so helpless. Iíve never had time
to deal with anything like this. Our life
lends itself to decisions on the fly.
This is the first time Iíve had to take
a long hard look at what is and what
will be. And Iím not sure I like what I see.
I understand. Been there, done that.
EXT. BUILDING SITE - DAY
Xena and Adrienne are back at the building site. As they pretend to look around the area, they look up to find Aubin walking toward them. Heís still using a cane but the bandage is gone from his leg and foot.
Aubin eyes Xena, then addresses Adrienne.
How is Sappho doing?
As well as can be expected
under the circumstances.
And your companion
Xena, where is she?
Sheís with Sappho. We think itís
best that she not be left alone at
the moment. Some one tried
to kill her you know.
Aubin smirks and turns to Adrienne.
I suppose that since her recovery
is taking so much time, the plans
to open the school are put on hold.
Not at all. As a matter of fact, with
Xena and Gabrielleís help I will
personally be rededicating the
building. I intend to see to it that
the school is completed no
matter what happens to Sappho.
Arenít you afraid that whoever tried
to kill Sappho will come for you?
Do you think someone would
make the same mistake twice?
Anything is possible.
Weíll be rededicating the building
in two weeks. Chancellor, will
you stay on until then?
Iíd be honored.
Aubin bows and slowly walks away. Xena and Adrienne cross their arms in exactly the same way and watch him go.
Heís an idiot.
EXT. BEACH - DAY
Xena and Gabrielle are in the ocean. They have their arms wrapped around each other as they share a passionate kiss, while the surf splashes gently around them.
Now I know what paradise is.
This is good. Hold on, all right?
Gabrielle pushes herself around to Xenaís back and holds on around her neck.
I got ya.
Xena starts swimming for shore, but before she gets there, she feels something bump her and stops. Carefully treading water with Gabrielle holding on, she looks around. Everything seems all right and there is no apparent danger. Then Gabrielle points.
Xena looks at the dorsal fin cutting through the water and as her mind processes what need to be done, a dolphin pops up out of the water and chatters at her.
Isnít he cute?
She reaches out and rubs his nose. The dolphin chatters wildly and then goes back under the water only to appear a second later with a friend. Both dolphins swim in circles around them.
I think they want to play.
Gabrielle reaches out and runs her hand along the back of the dolphin closest to her and then takes hold of the protruding fin. The dolphin slowly pulls her away from Xena and through the water as the second dolphin comes out of the water and dances on its tail before Xena. As she watches, it flips over backwards and is gone.
Xena starts to swim for the dolphin thatís playing with Gabrielle, but they turn and Gabrielle is delivered safely back into Xenaís arms.
They both watch as their two new friends jump and play with each other in the deeper water.
Now that was cool.
Yes, it was, but Iím
pruniní. Come on.
She once again pulls Gabrielle into her arms and they head for shore. As she approaches the beach, Xena stands and carries Gabrielle the rest of the way onto dry sand.
She settles her down gently on a blanket, shaded by two large umbrellas. Gabrielle tosses Xena a cloth so she can dry off as she uses a matching one to do the same.
Xena flops down on the blanket next to Gabrielle and finishes drying off.
How do you feel?
Gabrielle looks down at her feet.
Well the fact that I can wiggle
my toes makes me feel pretty
good. Thatís a good sign, right?
Itís a very good sign. Iím proud
of you. Youíve been working hard.
Iíve had my moments. Like the
other night, Iím sorry about that.
I didnít mean to bite your head off.
Youíre allowed Gabrielle. What
youíre trying to do is very difficult.
You had a serious back injury.
The fact that you can move your
toes and are starting to get
some feeling back is amazing.
I just want to be back
on my own two feet.
I know you do.
Xena reaches out and caresses Gabrielleís cheek.
But no matter what happens,
youíre doing great.
You have to say that.
You love me.
I donít have to,
but itís the truth.
Yeah well.... So you and
Adrienne have narrowed
down the suspect list?
We have a short list. Danus,
his idiot son Demis,
or Chancellor Aubin.
Why those three?
Well, we think Danus may be
holding a grudge because
Sappho pawned the idiot
son back off on him.
Gabrielle chuckles a bit and lies back on the blanket.
Thatís not nice.
Nice, no. True, yes. And we think
Demis is holding a grudge because
he got tossed out of here before there
was even a school to get tossed from.
And Aubin is just jealous.
Thatís the theory.
But he got hurt.
I canít prove it, but I think his accident
was not so much an accident. I think
he was trying to scare her out of opening
the school by staging his own mishap.
Stupid, just stupid.
Yeah, heís not the brightest
torch in the holder.
EXT. BUILDING SITE - DAY
Adrienne, Xena and Sappho, continuing to pose as Gabrielle, are standing back from the group that has gathered for the rededication ceremony. The three chief suspects are there as well as about fifty others.
Adrienne is cautiously watching the entire crowd. Xena is focused on the three men she believes responsible for Gabrielleís injuries. Itís not long before Aubin walks over to them.
He eyes Xena and ĎGabrielleí and then smiles at Adrienne.
It is a beautiful day and perfect
for rededicating the school.
Danus and Demis join them. Danus stands up straight and inserts himself into the conversation.
How is Sappho today?
Better. We moved her to the large
bedroom at the south side of the house.
Adrienne points to the estate house.
She wanted to be able to watch the
construction as she recuperates.
And neither of you are with her? Arenít
you afraid some one will try to hurt her?
Not today. Whoever tried to hurt her
is too busy with something else.
Xena notices Demis looks away from them and slowly raises his eyes to the window that ĎSapphoí
Isnít that right, Demis?
I certainly hope so. Youíre going
to catch him, arenít you, Xena?
She smiles at the questioning tone. Itís not disdainful. It is filled with respect and expectation.
Yes, Demis, I am.
INT. BEDROOM - EVENING
Xena carefully lifts Gabrielle into her arms and with Adrienne serving as lookout, she carries her out of the bedroom.
Adrienne speaks quietly into the second room.
Sappho, dressed in her own clothes with a bandage showing underneath, slips quickly into bed. Adrienne sits on the bed next to her and caresses her cheek.
I am so proud of you.
This is very courageous. Xena and
I think we can trap him without using
you as bait, thereís no need for
you to put yourself in harms way.
No. I want to do this. Gabrielle has
given up a lot for me. I owe this to her.
That was a very kind offer you made
to Xena to allow them to stay here.
She told you about that?
Yes, she said she would have to talk
to Gabrielle about it first, but she was
grateful they had another option open
to them. Have I told you lately what a
wonderful woman you are and
how much I love you?
I donít think youíve
mentioned it recently.
Adrienne leans in and kisses Sappho. Xena slips quietly back into the room. She gives them a minute before gently clearing her throat.
Weíre ready. Gabrielle is
safely tucked away.
Good. Why donít you go
ahead and get ready?
Yeah, I will. But before I do, I just
wanted to say thanks. I mean itís not
very often that we have to rely on
someone else and I donít know how to....
Adrienne smiles and saves Xena the trouble.
Itís okay. We all have our moments
and if it really were Sappho in Gabrielleís
place, I know we could depend on you.
Well anyhow, thanks.
Adrienne nods and Xena slips into the room where she will wait until someone makes their move.
INT. BEDROOM - NIGHT
Adrienne is asleep in a chair next to the bed. Sappho is sleeping peacefully under the covers.
Xena is still watching the room from her hiding spot, peering from behind the door, which is just barely opened a crack. She perks up when the door to the bedroom opens and a cloaked figure slips in. Just as she is about to spring into action a noise from the balcony draws her attention there as she watches someone come over the top rail. She takes a deep breath and waits. Watching, she sees the figure on the balcony slip into the shadows while the figure in the room readies a dagger. When the cloaked figured starts across the room to the bed, both Xena and the figure spring to life. Xena tackles the hooded figure and knocks the knife from its hand before knocking it into unconsciousness. Then she springs on the other figure and kicks him back causing him to stumble and fall. The hood is pulled back to reveal DEMIS.
He scrambles to his feet and puts his hands up in defense.
Iím not here to hurt her!
Iím here to stop him!
He points frantically at the figure on the floor. Keeping an eye on the young man, Xena goes back to the unconscious figure and throws his hood back to reveal Aubin.
Adrienne is now on her feet armed with a knife of her own as she stalks over to Demis.
I found out that he was the one who wanted to
stop her from opening the school. He was afraid
of the competition. He knew everyone would
come here to study under Sappho. It was him
in the tree, he shot Sappho. I had been following
him and I knocked him out of the tree, before he
could do anymore damage. He took off running
and I hurt my hand. I couldnít stay around because
I knew it looked like I had been the one.
And we should believe you why?
Because I care about her. I would never want
anyone to hurt her. I tried to tell my father, but
he wouldnít listen. He thinks Iím an idiot.
I had to do it myself. I didnít know who
I could trust. I swear! Itís the truth.
He looks to Adrienne.
Look, I know she loves you and that
I never stood a chance. But that
doesnít stop me from caring about
her. I would never hurt her. I promise.
Adrienne looks to Xena who nods her belief and Adrienne stands down. Sappho sits up then climbs out of the bed. Demisí eyes widen again.
No Demis, itís me. Gabrielle was the one
that was hurt, but we couldnít let anyone
know that. We had to let people think it
was me in order to flush out the real
culprit. We knew word would get around
and if people knew where they could
find me they would try again.
Iím sorry. I wish I could have been
quicker to keep her from getting hurt.
Why didnít you come forward
when you found out?
Because until the other night, I wasnít sure.
Then I hurt my hand in the fall and I was
afraid that if I came forward you would
think it was me, and that I was just trying
to lay the blame on Aubin. I had to wait
until he did something else. Iím sorry.
Itís okay Demis.
Thank you for you efforts.
END OF ACT THREE