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EXT. VILLAGE - DAY
Xena is walking with Orcin through the village. She scratches her head and stops walking, forcing him to stop and turn to her.
Let me get this straight. These
Mountain people took Gabrielle
so that they can wage war on you
and take this Ďpower sourceí?
Yes. They need a warrior.
Gabrielle wonít fight for them.
Sheís not that kind of a warrior.
She wonít have a choice, Warrior.
Of course she will.
Orcin just sighs and shakes his head.
You do not have all the answers to
a problem that you donít understand.
No, but I know Gabrielle and
she will not fight for them.
Come with me.
Look Iím really running out of....
She looks to the heavens in frustration as Orcin slowly walks into the woods.
EXT. TEMPLE - DAY
Orcin stops at the steps of the temple and gestures to it.
This is the root of the problem.
An old temple?
It is not an ordinary temple. Not
like the ones you had for your
multi-gods. This temple has
been here since before even
them. This structure has been
standing since the beginning
of time, in one place or another.
You have a mobile temple?
Not any longer. You see, there is a power
source inside the temple that gave my
kind the resources we needed to move
from place to place. But many years ago
there was an accident that broke it. It still
has great power, but not enough that we
can move. However, there was a conflict
between the people of our one clan over
this power source. Silver wanted to use
it to explore and change this world.
And you didnít?
It is forbidden. We may only
observe. Never interfere.
So the tribe split into two clans
and youíve been at war
over this thing since?
No, as you can probably tell, my kind is
very mild mannered. We have no desire
for war. We would happily take them
back if they agreed to live in peace
with us here. But over time they have
become more aggressive. They want
conquest and they want the power source.
They would only allow those of us who
can have kinder to live. The others that
are too old will be slaughtered.
Then how do you keep them from
coming in here and taking it? It sounds
like they could wipe you off the map.
Ah well, Warrior. We have defenses,
you see. Just not with iron
and wooden weapons.
Ah, I get it now. Parlor tricks
like the Gods used.
If it makes you happy to think of
it that way, yes. But I assure you
that our powers are significant.
Iím sure they are. So youíve been
holding them off with hocus-pocus
and they need Gabrielle to
come down here and break
through the defenses.
Something like that, yes.
And once she gets in, they
follow and then scorch and burn.
So now we need a warrior
who can beat their warrior.
I canít fight Gabrielle.
INT. THRONE ROOM - DAY
Gabrielle is looking in another mirror... this one a full-length mirror. Her reflection shows her clothes that feel foreign to her but she canít put her finger on why. Long pants are tucked neatly into high black boots. Thighs are covered in a light plate mail that extends down from her waist, protecting her all the way down. A long sword is hanging from her back, the hilt ready to be pulled from the right. A white blouse and tan vest with heavy black gloves complete the picture.
She shakes her head, wondering why it doesnít feel right and not having the answer. She reaches for a golden goblet that is immediately to her left and sips from it, humming at the sweet wine. Ghin enters the room, hands tucked in the sleeves of his robe and a smile on his face.
We trust that your meal
Yes, the rabbit was....
She has a flash of a roast rabbit on the spit.
... one of the best...
Iíve ever... had.
Then are you ready to
proceed to the war room?
Yes, of course. Lead the way.
EXT. TEMPLE - DAY
Xena is sitting on the steps of the temple with her face in her hands running everything through her brain, which at this point hurts a lot. She scrubs her face and looks to Orcin, who appears to be levitating about an inch off the ground. She is unimpressed.
That old trick.
Orcin only smiles. He likes Xena even if he doesnít know why.
Yes, I was resting.
Try a mattress. Does
wonders for the back.
Youíve has similar training?
Two life times ago.
No, two life times ago, you
were a prince. Gabrielle
was a maid in your court.
Not my princess?
But she was. You may have
married another, but she had
your heart. Then and now.
You know, I thought I
was imagining it.
You mean that feeling you get
when you look at each other and
just naturally know what the
other is thinking? When she is
missing you donít feel complete.
You mean like now?
Very much like now.
Then I need to go get her.
You will, but you canít go up
that mountain. They will kill you.
Ye of little faith.
Another smile lights Orcinís wizened features.
You are quite the enigma, Warrior.
Great fierceness, combined with a
tenderness rarely seen in your kind.
The warrior. It has been my
experience that warriors
become so good at what they
do they forget how to love.
I had, but that was a
gift Gabrielle gave me.
EXT. MOUNTAIN - DAY
Gabrielle is standing on the ridge of the mountain looking down at the small village. She closes her eyes tight and rubs her forehead feeling something, but unable to put her finger on it.
General? Are you all right?
Iím fine. I just keep hearing echoes
of someone calling my name.
Youíve had a tiring day.
Perhaps you should return
to the fortress and rest.
No, I want to take a walk
and try to clear my head.
I mean, itís not safe. You
shouldnít be out alone.
Gabrielleís hand comes to rest on the hilt of her sword and she allows her fingers to drum it lightly.
I think Iíll be all right.
Ghin looks around hesitantly and finally nods.
Very well, but please stay
close to the fortress.
EXT. TEMPLE - DAY
Orcin is standing in front of Xena, his hands tucked into the sleeves of his robe.
Would you like to
see your partner?
That was a rhetorical
question, I hope.
He seems to chuckle as he hands Xena a small crystal from the folds of his robe. Xena looks at it, one brow arching.
I never joke. Concentrate on
your partner and you will
be able to see her.
Taking the stone, Xena holds it in her hands, cupping it almost reverently since it is her only connection to Gabrielle at the moment. Inside the stone there seems to be a swirling blue smoke that clears to reveal an image of Gabrielle walking through a field of stones.
EXT. FIELD - DAY
Gabrielle stops and places both hands to the sides of her head as if in intense pain.
EXT. TEMPLE - DAY
Xena is ecstatic that Gabrielle seems to have heard her and she is about to try again when the clouds start swirling and the image is gone. Jumping to her feet she puts her hand out, thrusting the crystal at Orcin.
Bring her back.
Xenaís eyes narrow. Sheís about at the end of her rope. Taking a deep breath she straightens.
She is not my partner.
I have no power to
communicate with her.
INT. WAR ROOM - EVENING
Gabrielle is sipping from a golden cup and looking at a map of the valley below. There is a fire in the hearth and despite its barren walls the room seems almost comfortable if not homey. Gabrielleís finger taps the spot on the map that indicates the temple.
Getting up, she crosses the room and pulls the door open, yelling for her assistant.
As if by magic he appears at the end of the hallway and scurries toward her.
Explain to me one more time
in very clear terms why we
need to take this temple
from the Forest Clan.
Many years ago we were one tribe.
There was a conflict over the power
source in the temple. Our people
wanted to destroy it to keep it from
becoming a threat to this land. In their
hands it is a very dangerous weapon.
They have been preparing spiritually
to use it. We must stop them. If we
donít, this place will be a wasteland.
Then we donít need to hurt them...
just destroy the power source?
I wish it were that simple. They have
great power; they will try to keep us from
the temple. We must not let that happen.
There has to be a way.
Iím afraid not.
It doesnít feel right.
Perhaps it is just nerves, General.
Iím sure all will be well one our
battle plan is in place.
INT. BED CHAMBER - NIGHT
Gabrielle is tossing and turning in bed. Sleep is not coming easy. She finally throws back the covers and walks to the window. Unlatching the hook, she opens the shutters and looks out over the forest. She can see the lights from several small fires.
Youíre down there, arenít you?
Waiting for me. Who are you?
Why do I need you?
INT. WAR ROOM - SAME TIME
Ghin and Nhif are standing near the map table, leaning on it as if they are completely exhausted.
Her mind is stronger than we thought.
I am having a very difficult time keeping
the other out. Their bond is stronger than
simple consciousness of each other.
I have never seen two together like
this. They are a part of each other.
And even separately they are very
powerful. I can barely keep the Master
Warrior out. She is distressed over the tyro.
This is more than a student-teacher bond.
This is about what they call love, hate,
desire, joy, pain, and all their other
emotions. This is a blending of their
very essence. How they have learned
to blend and balance it. One makes
up for the weaknesses in the other.
How do we defeat this? If we
canít control the tyro, we will
not succeed in this quest.
We are in control of her; she is not
remembering anything of any value.
But you agree that it is
getting harder to control her?
Yes, their pull on each
other is strong.
What we take from one
is replaced by the other.
We cannot fail.
We will not fail.
EXT. VILLAGE - NIGHT
Xena is lying on the ground looking up at the mountain and the barely visible visage of the fortress. She continues to stare with steely eyes, unblinking and unmoving. A mist starts to settle over the ground and her eyes slip shut.
INT. BEDCHAMBER - NIGHT
Gabrielle finally lies back down and pulls the covers over her, holding them under her chin like a child frightened by the monsters that live in the closet. She stares at the ceiling as a mist floats through the window and as it settles in the room, her eyes slip shut.
EXT. MIST - NIGHT
Xena is walking through a barren mist. Her sword is in her hand as she cautiously moves further into the mist. Ahead of her, she sees a figure with its back turned. She continues to move forward. She stops suddenly when she realizes who the figure is.
Gabrielle turns and faces Xena. There is no recognition in her eyes as she draws her own sword.
Who are you?
Gabrielle, itís me. Xena.
I donít know you.
Yes, you do. Weíve been....
I said I donít know you. Who
are you and where are we?
Xena takes a deep breath. She looks at the sword gripped in Gabrielleís hand, knowing at the moment it may be a very real threat, but regardless she sheaths her own sword.
I donít know where we are. But you have
to believe me when I tell you that you
do know me and we are friends.
Then tell me why I donít remember
you. Trust me, if we knew each
other, Iíd remember you.
I donít know why. We made camp two
days ago just inside the forest and
when I woke up you were gone.
Iíve been trying to find you ever since.
Gabrielle shakes her head, trying to clear it and thinking on the information she has just been given.
Youíre the one.
Thatís been saying my name.
I can hear you in my head.
Yes, Iíve been trying to....
Before Xena can finish, the mist goes black.
END OF ACT TWO