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EXT. AIRPORT - MORNING
Xena, Gabrielle and Dr. Leonard are standing on the tarmac, watching as their supplies are loaded aboard the plane by three other members of the research team. Gabrielle is looking at the passport in her hand.
Do I want to know
how you did this?
There are just some
things better left unsaid.
I can live with that.
Good. All right ladies, this is where
the real fun starts. Letís get aboard
and get settled for the flight.
INT. AIRPLANE CABIN - NIGHT
Xena and Gabrielle are in the very rear of the passenger section. Gabrielle is asleep against Xenaís shoulder. Xena has her eyes closed, but is not asleep. She is definitely listening to the quiet chatter of the people who are on the expedition. Satisfied with what she is hearing she settles back into her seat and tightens her hold around Gabrielleís shoulders.
You should sleep.
You were doing a fine
job for the both of us.
Gabrielle sits up a little straighter but doesnít move her head from its human pillow.
Anything new coming back?
Absolutely. Like the fact weíre
going to have to be super
careful going into those caves.
You know me too well.
Which is good. I should be able to
help get past those little surprises.
Do you really think itís still
there after thousands of years?
I would bet on it. That particular pass
was treacherous, high in the mountains.
In a place that no sane person would
ever travel, let alone want to live. I really
doubt that the area has been developed.
Letís hope youíre right.
EXT. AIRSTRIP - DAY
Xena stretches, as she is the last one off the plane. Standing at the top of the stairs she slips a pair of dark sunglasses into place and takes a deep breath before slowly going down the steps. Gabrielle is watching as the gear is loaded into three large all-terrain vehicles. Dr. Leonard keeps a careful eye out as the last is loaded up and then he joins them.
Weíll stay in town tonight. It will give us
a chance to go over the maps before we
start out in the morning. This isnít going
to be an easy trip. Are you sure you
want to accompany us up the
mountain? You can stay in town.
And let you have all the fun?
Where would the
adventure be in that?
If youíre sure.
We are very sure. Weíre going with you.
You need us to lead you up that mountain.
You wonít be able to drive all the way. Weíre
going to have to climb about half the way.
INT. HOTEL - NIGHT
Xena is making more marks on her map as Gabrielle sorts their gear into piles and prepares to pack it in the backpacks leaning against the bed.
Gabrielle, come here.
Joining Xena on the bed, she sits close and looks at the map.
As I remember it there are five antechambers.
They circle the main cavern, like petals on a
flower. Three of the chambers contain enough
treasure to keep Otto and his crew happy.
Two of them are rigged to collapse
the second theyíre opened.
I donít remember which
ones are booby-trapped.
Right. So we need to be careful
and make sure that no one
else gets hurt either.
Do you think Dr. Leonard
will let you lead the team?
I hope so. Iíd rather be the first one
in than have someone else take
a chance on being injured.
Promise me something?
In this world we canít count on the
help from the gods anymore. You
have to be careful going in there.
We only have one life this time around.
EXT. MOUNTAIN - DAY
The trucks have been parked. Xena, Gabrielle and Otto are pulling on their backpacks as the other three members of the team do the same. They are all dressed for ice and rock climbing. Xena is double-checking Gabrielleís rig as she takes survey of the mountain.
How far up?
About ten miles. Maybe twelve.
Do you think weíll
make it before dark?
I just hope we make
it before it snows.
Gabrielle does as she is told and groans.
Letís get started.
Xena walks over to the rest of the group with Gabrielle trailing behind, adjusting her pack as she does. Everyone watches Xena expectantly as she tugs on her gloves.
Okay, hereís the drill. We go up single file,
with me in the lead and Gabrielle bringing
up the rear. We both know this region and
what itís capable of. The weather can
change unpredictably up here, raining one
minute and snowing the next. We have to
stay close to each other in case one of us
gets in a jam, the others can offer assistance.
The group agrees with her and they all take a minute to adjust gear before starting up the mountain.
EXT. MOUNTAIN - DAY
The group has stopped for a well-deserved rest after climbing nearly straight up for a couple hours. Xena is looking at a small metal cylindrical object in her hand. Gabrielle joins her, sipping from a cup, which apparently hold a hot liquid. Sheís using the steam to help keep her face warm.
What are you looking at?
This thing still amazes me.
Yeah, silly isnít it? All my memories are
of using flint and stone to start fires and
now I can do it with a flick of my thumb.
Progress. I like disposable pens.
Well, once we get to the caves
Iíll buy you all the pens you want.
Gabrielle smiles, crinkling her nose just a bit.
Howís the tea?
Itís good. Iím starting to get some
of the feeling back in my nose. I may
have discovered an advantage to Los
Angeles. Weíre not likely to get frostbite.
One of the members of the team comes over and offers Gabrielle more tea.
No thanks, Iíve had plenty.
Do you think weíll make
it before nightfall?
I think so, as long as we donít
have any surprises along the way.
EXT. CLIFFíS EDGE - DAY
The entire group looks down the side of the cliff, where a bridge used to be. Now all thatís between them and the other side where they need to be is a wide chasm.
This qualifies as a surprise.
It certainly does. There has to
be a way around this though...
I certainly didnít come this....
She stops when Gabrielle jabs her in the ribs with her elbow.
I mean there is no way Xena
could have come this way. We
need to climb up that ridge.
She gestures to her left to a very narrow ledge wrapping around the face of the cliff. Where exactly it leads is unknown but it is their only choice.
It looks dangerous.
Itís not a piece of baklava, thatís for
certain. I donít think we should all go.
He looks at her and nods his head.
Now I get it. This was your
plan all along wasnít it?
To get us half way up this Godforsaken
mountain and then try to leave us. To try
and find the treasure all on your own.
Now wait a minute....
Before she can continue, two of the men standing behind Otto draw guns.
I was afraid this was going to happen.
I had to take out an insurance policy.
You were just too good to
be true. Tie them up.
EXT. MOUNTAIN - EVENING
Xena and Gabrielle are tied back to back with a large tree between them. Both are unconscious. The sun is setting and itís growing colder. Gabrielle starts to come around with a groan and shakes her head.
As clarity returns she begins to struggle with the ropes that bind them.
Xena! Please wake up!
Xena groans and slowly opens her eyes.
Tartarus, what a headache.
Gabrielle, are you all right?
Yeah, I think so just cold and sore.
Donít struggle against the
ropes; itís making them tighter.
We should have fought them, Xena.
And end up getting shot? Iím fast
Gabrielle, but I canít catch bullets.
Guns are an advancement I can live
without. Whereís the sport in them?
Itís easy to kill someone with one of
those things, but thereís no skill involved.
Gabrielle appears to be getting a little frustrated at Xenaís rambling, not realizing that as Xena is talking, she is indeed managing to free them from the ropes. Xena gets up and reaches down to help Gabrielle up.
How did you do that?
I have many skills. Come on.
Are we going after them?
Eventually. Theyíll be busy trying to
get up that ledge for a while.
Xena, what arenít you telling me?
Dr. Leonard is on the up and up but
a couple members of his team arenít.
They have no intention of letting him
live to get back and claim the
glory for finding my treasure.
Theyíre going to kill him.
Thatís the plan.
How do you know these things?
Itís what I do while youíre sleeping.
So now what?
Xena is busy tying two ropes together and then around the trunk of the tree. Once she is certain that the rope will hold she tosses it over the side of the cliff.
Why did I know that was coming?
Unfortunately itís our only way to
get where weíre going. And we
need to go before it gets much
darker. I wasnít planning on them
knocking us out after they tied us up.
It cost us valuable time. Iím going over
first. If the rope holds follow me.
What do you mean Ďifí?
EXT. MOUNTAIN LEDGE - EVENING
Dr. Leonard and his team are moving slowly up the ledge that Xena had pointed out. Itís clear that they are having a difficult time of it. The wind is howling and snow is blowing around them. Itís getting more difficult to move as the sun goes down. One of the men who previously held a gun on Xena and Gabrielle is leading the way and practically dragging everyone up with the rope that attaches them.
We should have killed those bitches.
Weíre going to die up here.
Shut up and keep climbing.
Thereís a cave in the side of the
mountain. We should stop for the
night and continue in the morning.
And give them the chance to catch
up with us? You are crazy.
They are not going to catch up with us.
Theyíve probably frozen to death by now.
I think Dr. Leonard is right. We should stop.
EXT. MOUNTAIN SIDE - EVENING
Xena is slowly lowering herself down the rope. Gabrielle is following her down, watching carefully below her to make sure sheís not kicking loose ice and dirt down on Xena.
How much farther?
Would you hate me if I told
you I donít remember?
Hate is a strong word.
Iím sure weíre getting close.
At least I hope so. Weíre
nearly out of rope.
You know, you donít need to
save these tidbits of information
until the last minute.
Xena chuckles as she flips the rope and looks down to where they need to go.
Bingo. Just a few yards, but getting
in is going to be tricky. We have to
get up a little momentum and swing in.
Xena positions herself and waits for Gabrielle to join her. After a little fiddling with the rope, Xena wraps her arms around Gabrielle and kisses her on the nose.
Ready to go for a ride?
Absolutely. Iíd follow you anywhere.
Glad to hear it. Hold on tight.
Xena turns them so that she is facing the side of the mountain and Gabrielleís back is to it. She places one hand on the mountain to stop their movement. The other hand remains on Gabrielleís back.
You know, holding on to me is a really
sweet gesture, but Iíd rather you use
both hands for this. I would imagine
that braking is very important.
Brakes? Who said anything
about brakes? When I cut
the rope, tuck and roll.
Weíre not going to slam into the
side of this mountain are we?
I hope not. Itíll really
mess with my plan.
END OF ACT TWO