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#V901 - Episode 01
EXT. SMALL BACKWATER VILLAGE - LATE AFTERNOON
In another of a very long series of small, nondescript villages, a tiny festival is in session. The villagers are gathered around in a central area, listening to three musicians play some tunes.
Nearby, the tavern keeper has set up a table, and is selling cups of ale and pita sandwiches including an indeterminate meat species and a greenish sauce equally anonymous.
The musicians are surprisingly good. The crowd starts clapping in more or less rhythm and some of them dance.
Xena and Gabrielle wander in from down the road, entering the village behind the crowd and stopping to listen.
They are wearing heavier clothing. Xena has a cloak on, and Gabrielle has found her coat of many colors she stashed away in some magical tree bole because she ran out of room in her bag, and is wearing that.
They appear a little travel weary, a little ragged around the edges. Xena has a bandage wrapped around one hand, and Gabrielle seems to be limping slightly - using her staff to lean on.
Gabrielle nods in agreement. She walks over to the tavern keeper's table, while Xena stands and listens.
Well, it's a very good year this year....
Gabrielle raps her staff against the barrel of ale, making a sharp bang. The tavern keeper jumps. Xena watches in amusement.
Buster, I'm thirsty, she's thirsty, and
we're both in a bad mood. How much?
A q-q-q-q-q-quarter dinar.
Gabrielle slaps two coins on the table.
Want a sandwich?
Gabrielle looks at the sandwiches, then at the man. Then she looks down at the sandwiches quickly as one appears to possibly be moving.
The man gives Gabrielle two cups of ale. Gabrielle takes them over and hands one to Xena. The musicians continue to play, the villagers continue to dance. Xena and Gabrielle sip their ale together in silence briefly.
I like your new bargaining style.
Gabrielle hitches herself up onto a barrel and sits there.
My knee's killing me. I just wasn't
in the mood to dicker with him.
Ah. Is that a subtle hint you
want to stay at the inn tonight?
I'm not hinting. We're staying here.
Xena gives Gabrielle a look. Gabrielle just watches the musicians.
EXT. SMALL BACKWATER VILLAGE - A LITTLE LATER
The musicians finish playing, and take their bows. The villagers applaud, and congratulate the performers as they moved through the crowd.
The tavern keeper hustles over to offer them drinks. They accept, appearing a little surprised but very grateful.
Thanks! Glad you enjoyed it.
Great stuff! You folks staying long?
Glad to put you up in my inn.
Wow. Sure. That'd be great, but....
The tavern keeper wipes his hands on his apron and starts to head off.
No trouble! No trouble....
Glad to have you.
The musicians watch the tavern keeper go, then look at each other.
Boy, that's different.
You can say that again. Not like the
last place. We were lucky we
got out of there when we did.
Good thing is right. Making their own
rules like that.... Ought to be a law.
Yeah? Who'd enforce it? Those
guys were mean, and they
sure didn't like our stuff.
Gabrielle has been listening.
Why? What was the problem?
Your music is really good.
The musicians look at Xena and Gabrielle. The lead musician walks over to where they are sitting.
Hi. I can see you're fellow travelers.
My name's Gorat, and these
are my mates Ela and Dano.
Yes we are. My name's
Gabrielle, and this is Xena.
The musicians all stare at them.
You don't mean....
But are you the real…?
We're the only ones we know.
Wow. Ah... uh.... We didn't mean to
sound like we were complaining....
Or bother you.... Ah....
Thunder rumbles overhead. Xena looks up.
Can we take the awe inside?
I’m over getting rained on.
Xena points. Everyone starts walking where she points, even Gabrielle. This seems to surprise Xena just a little.
Hmph. Just like in the
good old warlord days.
Gabrielle turns and looks at Xena, both eyebrows raised. Xena smiles at her and joins her as they walk on towards the inn.
You think it's trouble?
You and I are here.
What do you think?
It starts to rain. Gabrielle looks up at the rain, looks over at Xena, and just shakes her head.
END OF TEASER