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INT. HEDELON CITY DOCKYARD PRISON - NIGHT
The wagon rolls to a halt inside the prison courtyard. Eve and Xena jump out as a group of men approach from the other side. They open the back of the wagon and start loading boxes in.
Xena and Eve hide in the shadows.
I don't recognize
any of them.
Xena watches the men.
You have any idea
what they're doing?
No. What's in the boxes?
You know, don't you?
Stuff to sell at market.
Eve watches the men.
Maybe they're just
making a living.
I know that's not the
first thing you'd think of.
Xena's eyes narrow.
Nope. Gabrielle's the honest
wage earner in *this* family.
Xena gives Eve a pointed look. Eve looks briefly away. Then she looks back.
Sorry. I know you're trying to
do what you thinks right.
And I'm glad you're
You're doing what
you thinks right too....
Three men in robes enter the courtyard. Eve lets out a just audible gasp.
Recognize em? Or are
you going to tell me
anyone can grab a robe?
No. I know them.
Eve moves towards the men, taking the lead now. Xena slinks along behind her until they are just in back of where the men stand talking.
Hurry up. I want to get this
stuff out of here in case
to come looking.
What's the hurry? You're
not scared of that big
monster woman the
guards saw, are you?
Eve looks at Xena. Xena looks vaguely amused.
No. I just don't want any
more mistakes. We're
moving the prisoners
outside the city, too.
Eve now looks pretty upset.
Get better work out of em, I bet.
We're jacking up the taxes too. Had a
whole bunch of yokels show up here
this afternoon hearing about....
Eve's hands tense. Xena merely watches her. The men all laugh. The robed men turn and walk out, passing within inches of where Eve and Xena are.
Eve and Xena fade back into the shadows.
INT. HEDELON CITY TEMPLE - INNER CHAMBER - NIGHT
Gabrielle sits surrounded by acolytes. San is there, as is the blond girl. They seem to have reconciled themselves to Gabrielle's presence, and appear relaxed and interested.
So, that's the story. I'm glad to see
that Eve is spreading Eli's message
to so many people. It's a good one.
Gabrielle, how do you know so
much of what happened? You're
not any older than we are.
You'll just have to take
my word for it.
(cont'd, looking up)
I'll see if the mediation's over.
Be right back.
Gabrielle gets up and leaves. Behind her, the acolytes gather together and whisper.
EXT. HEDELON CITY MAIN TEMPLE - NIGHT
The robed men who have just left the prison walk towards a back entrance to the temple. Xena and Eve follow them.
Let's get a drink while they're
all up studying their navels.
His two companions laugh. They open a hidden door and slip inside. Xena and Eve pause as the door closes quickly behind the men and they are caught outside.
You need to see more?
Xena puts a hand on Eve's shoulder.
How can something as
good as his teachings
go so bad, mother?
Xena nods towards the front of the temple.
I don't know.
Letís go inside.
Xena and Eve walk towards the entrance. Behind them, the hidden door slides open and two men look out, watching them leave.
INT. HEDELON CITY TEMPLE - CORRIDOR - NIGHT
Gabrielle walks down the corridor towards Eve's chambers. She hears voices coming, and ducks into a small alcove. Two men walks slowly towards her.
I told you they followed us. We
can't take any more chances.
SECOND ROBED MAN
What can we do? You
know those crowds suck
up every word she says.
They'd follow anybody.
We just have to give them
another Enlightened One.
The men turn down a side hallway and disappear. Gabrielle pops out of the alcove and races to the corner, looking around it to see if she can spot the men.
The men have disappeared from view. Gabrielle turns and races for Eve's chambers.
INT. HEDELON CITY TEMPLE - EVE'S CHAMBERS - NIGHT
Gabrielle enters. The room is still empty. Disturbed, Gabrielle sits down on the edge of the bed to wait.
Why can't it ever be simple with us?
It used to be just scrungy warlords
every week. Then it was armies.
Then it was gods. Then it was ghosts.
Now we can't even stop for a festival
without getting involved with the fate of
the world. Boy that gets old sometimes.
Gabrielle leans her elbows on her knees and props her chin on her fists.
The outer door opens, and Xena and Eve enter. They both look grim. Eve goes to her prayer table and sits down, staring pensively at the floor.
I see you survived the sermon.
Did you see what you
needed to, Eve?
Eve nods. Xena sits down on the bed next to Gabrielle.
They know something's up. They
were moving their slave goods out.
I know. They're also planning
on a change of prophet.
Eve looks up at her in surprise.
I heard two of your helpers
discussing how to replace you with
someone less dangerous.
I'm not dangerous!
I realize these men....
I know they've been taking
advantage of people, but....
Eve, you know better than that.
Eve falls silent.
These bastards know a good thing
when they see it. We've got to....
Eve gets up.
*I* have to decide
what to do about it.
She turns and speaks firmly.
And I need time to think. Alone.
Xena gets up. Gabrielle joins her.
Eve seems to regret being somewhat rude.
There's another room beyond
that door. You can get
some rest if you want.
I just have a lot to consider.
Xena and Gabrielle walk to the door.
Don't think too long. The longer
they have to plan, the tougher
it'll be to stop them.
Xena opens the door and walks through. Gabrielle gives Eve a worried look, but follows.
Eve sits down on her bed. She stares at her folded hands for a few moments. Then a knock comes at the outer door.
The door opens, and the little blond girl looks in.
Encouraged, the girl enters.
That new woman said you were
meditating, Enlightened One. I
didn't want to bother you, but I
knew youíd had no supper.
Iím not hungry, thanks.
But you know what
you could do for me?
Anything, you know I will.
Tell everyone that tomorrow I want
to have the biggest listening ever.
I have a new message to give you.
The girl's eyes light up.
Oh! I will! I'll tell everyone!
The girl runs out. Eve hitches herself back and sits against the wall, appearing very thoughtful.
INT. HEDELON CITY TEMPLE - GUEST CHAMBER - NIGHT
The guest chamber is even more austere than Eve's. There is a pallet roughly large enough to hold a small goat, one chair, and a table. Xena and Gabrielle have chosen to sit on the floor instead, which has a woven reed mat on it.
Gabrielle has produced a pita sandwich from somewhere, and she is sharing it with Xena, along with the contents of a furry waterskin.
I think I was too rough on her.
Sometimes you see your goal so
clearly, you don't have much
patience with people who don't.
They are both silent, thinking of other times.
I could have given her the
benefit of the doubt.
But I don't tend
to do that either.
Gabrielle breaks her half of the sandwich in half and gives it to Xena.
Itís a lot to absorb, Xena. She's really
done some good things here, and now
she has to face the fact that those good
things have been so twisted.
That's hard. But I think she
just needs some space.
You're right. Tomorrow we'll
figure out how to save the
sheep and boot the wolves.
Gabrielle snuggles up against Xena and they put their arms around each other.
INT. HEDELON CITY TEMPLE - EVE'S CHAMBERS - LATE NIGHT
Eve is standing, her hands clasped, her eyes closed in mediation.
After a moment of silence, she opens her eyes and goes to the inner door, opening it carefully. She looks through the open doorway.
Inside, Xena is seated against the wall, apparently dozing. Gabrielle is curled up sound asleep in Xena's arms.
Eve stands there just looking at them for a little while. Then she slowly closes the door again, and leans against it.
INT. HEDELON CITY TEMPLE - MAIN CHAMBERS - MORNING
There is an air of great excitement. Many of the acolytes stand in small clusters, talking together.
Xena and Gabrielle enter and look around.
Where is she?
Gabrielle points to the door leading into the worship area of the temple.
That's a good bet.
Xena and Gabrielle walk to the large, closed doors. Xena takes hold of the handles and hauls the doors open, striding through them into the main worship hall. The crowd of acolytes stops and stares in shock.
Gabrielle follows Xena, closing the doors after them with a little smile for the crowd.
INT. HEDELON CITY TEMPLE - WORSHIP HALL - MORNING
Eve is standing near the raised platform at one end of the hall. It has a high ceiling, and is gracefully, if austerely decorated.
Eve turns as Xena and Gabrielle enter. She stands near the platform and waits as they approach.
Iím glad you found me.
Xena had been about to say something. Now, she pauses and apparently changes her mind. Gabrielle steps up to the dialog box instead.
San just told me you're
calling a big meeting.
That's right. I intend on sharing
with everyone what we... What
I found out yesterday.
That could be dangerous if word
gets out that's what you're doing.
Eve nods again.
I made sure it got out.
A knock at the door sounds very loud inside the room. The door opens, and Amber sticks her head in.
Enlightened One, I have
done as you asked. The
messages are posted.
Amber leaves. Eve turns and goes back to the platform, walking up onto it and arranging some draping.
You're making yourself a target.
Gabrielle crosses behind Xena and stands near the back wall, where the crowned sun sigil is carved in wood and mounted on the stone.
We both know people need to
see the truth. Just hearing it
isn't enough sometimes.
Are you expecting your faithful
to rise up in outrage?
What if they're in on it?
Eve seems disturbed. She fiddles with the draping again.
That's my chance to take. I'm putting
my message... the values I've
chosen to teach, on the line.
These guys have a lot a stake.
They might not care who gets hurt.
Iím aware of that. But someone
has to stop this, and I started it.
Eve walks off the platform and heads for a side door.
You're not going to lecture
me on putting myself in the
line of fire, are you, Mother?
Xena's jaw clicks shut.
Iím glad. I know you
understand what I'm doing.
Eve walks through the side door. Xena looks at Gabrielle. Gabrielle merely turns and follows Eve. After a second, Xena also follows.
EXT. HEDELON CITY TEMPLE STEPS - DAY
Two of the robed men meet on the steps.
Did you hear? Did you
see those posters?
SECOND ROBED MAN
Relax. I've got it covered.
With all those worshippers in there?
What about that monster woman?
SECOND ROBED MAN
I told you. Relax.
The two men climb up the steps and enter the temple.
INT. HEDELON CITY TEMPLE INNER CHAMBER - DAY
Eve enters. She gets halfway across the room when Gabrielle and Xena enter after her.
Eve stops, but does not turn.
I'm sorry. I need some time to
prepare what I'm going to say.
You can't just go up there and
start throwing accusations, Eve.
At least let's talk about....
Eve turns and goes to Xena. She reaches out and takes her hands.
Mother, please. This is my choice.
I'm willing to accept the
consequences, just like you were.
Right or wrong?
Both Eve and Xena look at Gabrielle. Gabrielle walks back to the door into the temple and goes through it, slamming the door after her with a loud bang.
Xena and Eve stare at the closed door briefly.
Then they return their attention to each other.
She'll be all right.
Xena and Eve walk over to the bench seats and sit down.
It's ironic, isn't it? When I first met
you after growing up, I was busy
killing the person I've become today.
Is that what this is about? You
trying to make up for that?
Free advice. It doesn't work.
Eve gets up. She runs her hands through her hair.
I wanted to teach people about getting
along. About how to live together,
and help their neighbors.
About love. Eli's kind of love.
She turns towards Xena.
I've been talking about love for almost
two years now. But when I see you
and Gabrielle, I wonder if he ever
understood what love really is.
I think he understood the concept.
The reality's something else altogether.
Eve sits down next to Xena.
Enough to give up your
own redemption for?
Enough to be my redemption. So
don't take too many chances, Eve.
You never know when you might
come around a corner and find what
you're searching for right next to you.
Eve nods, but it is clear she's not really buying into the words.
Mother, I want you to promise
me that no matter what
happens, you won't interfere.
Promise me. This is my destiny.
Let me take it wherever it goes.
Xena stands. Eve stands as well. Xena puts her hands on Eve's shoulders.
Eve appears relieved. Xena hesitates, then pulls Eve into a hug. Eve returns the hug wholeheartedly.
When this ends, we'll go
have some ale and talk.
I really have missed you.
Lousy as this whole thing is,
I'm glad it lead us here.
They break apart, and Eve smiles.
You can wait here.
I'm going to go, um....
Go on. She loves you too.
Eve leaves, much relieved. Xena sighs, and sits down. Her eyes roam around the interior of the room, and she appears apprehensive.
INT HEDELON CITY TEMPLE WORSHIP HALL - DAY
Outside the door, a loud hum of conversation now can be heard. There is an air of excitement that penetrates into the worship hall.
Eve enters, looking around, and spots Gabrielle talking to Amber. She hurries across the room to where they are standing.
Enlightened One, everyone is coming.
It's so full outside, you can hardly
move. Can I open the doors?
Soon, Amber. Can you make sure
the outer doors are all wide open?
It's getting warm in here.
I'll be right back.
Amber scampers off. Gabrielle watches her leave. Then Gabrielle turns towards Eve.
Don't be. It's kind of nice having people
around who worry about me but don't
treat me like a mud and wattle statuette.
Mm. I hear being on a pedestal can
really put a kink in your neck.
Eve smiles. She clasps Gabrielle's arm, and they briefly embrace.
Do you really think this is the
wrong thing to do?
To be honest, we did something kind
of like it back at that village.
Eve laughs softly.
But that was different.
Because it was you.
Something like that.
It is what we do.
It's good to know you're
out there doing it.
The noise of the crowd grows, and the doors start to open.
Xena still back in there?
I made her promise
not to get involved.
Gabrielle gives Eve a pat on the side, and then she turns and heads for the inner door. At the entry, she turns.
Eve lifts her hand and waves, then she stands to one side as the doors open and the crowd starts pouring in.
INT. HEDELON CITY TEMPLE - INNER CHAMBER - MOMENTS LATER
Gabrielle enters. Xena is seated on the bench. Gabrielle walks over and sits down next to her.
She make you promise?
No. Still has a thing
or two to learn.
I think that cute smile of
yours just fools everyone.
Gabrielle lets her head rest against Xena's shoulder.
Hope her plan works.
It's no crazier than some
of ours have been.
Gabrielle takes Xena's hand and holds it.
INT. HEDELON CITY TEMPLE WORSHIP HALL - DAY
Eve stands on the platform, looking out over the crowd. The room is packed, but Eve searches the faces in front of her and sees a number who appear more watchful than eager.
The light from the windows set high up in the roof of the temple hall falls on the platform, outlining Eve as she waits. People are still entering in the back.
Amber approaches Eve, and kneels near the front of the platform, offering her a handful of flowers.
What are these for?
No reason. I just thought
they were pretty and
that you'd like them.
Eve sniffs the flowers and smiles.
They are, and I do.
Amber gets up and backs away to stand in the front line of acolytes.
The vast room is now overflowing. Eve steps back with her flowers, and prepares to start talking.
INT. HEDELON CITY TEMPLE INNER CHAMBER - DAY
Xena and Gabrielle sit listening. Through the wall, they hear Eve start to speak.
My friends. Thank you for
coming to listen to this new
message I spoke of.
It is not a good message.
It is not warm, and it
does not speak of love or
kindness or sharing.
A low murmur is heard through the door.
It is instead a message of
cruelty. It is a message of
thievery and hurt, and worse, it
is a message that all of this has
been visited on those around us.
Here. And elsewhere.
(louder, almost growling)
And in MY NAME.
Gabrielle squeezes Xena's hand.
She sounded just
like you, there.
Xena manages a smile.
Wait! I have heard
I have heard that demons have
come, and forced their own
cause here! Through you!
Strangers have come! We have
all seen them! We must stop
the demons! Now!
Xena and Gabrielle quickly stand up.
I think we've just
I think you're right. But
even if we weren't....
She'll just have to forgive me.
Xena and Gabrielle race for the door.
INT HEDELON CITY TEMPLE WORSHIP HALL - SAME TIME
The room is in chaos. Groups of people are shoving their way forward towards Eve. Some acolytes have been pushed to the ground. Eve is trying to yell over the din.
No! No! Listen to me!
Don't listen to her!
It's the demons voice!
Xena and Gabrielle enter. They start fighting their way towards the stage.
No! They aren't demons!
You're the demons!
Amber scrambles up onto the platform with Eve. She points into the crowd.
Look! There! He's got....
Listen to me! All of you! They've
taken our goodness, and used it
to steal money from our neighbors!
Look around you! Look!
You see!!! Hurry!
Xena reaches the edge of the platform. Eve spots her, and for a split second a look of utter relief covers her face. Xena sees it.
Gabrielle grapples with a large man just in front of her. She spots a weapon under his robe.
Xena starts to turn. She stops and whirls as she hears a crossbow being cocked even through the crowd. She searches frantically.
Eve! Look! He's....
A man in the crowd has raised a crossbow. He points it at Amber and releases the trigger.
Eve sees it coming. With a lunge, she grabs Amber and turns as the arrow reaches them.
The arrow takes Eve in the back, piercing her through.
She starts to fall.
The archer falls as well, Xena's dagger buried in his heart just a moment too late.
Eve sags in Amber's arms, and they collapse to the ground. Xena is there in an instant. There is blood everywhere. Xena gently rolls Eve over, but it is too late.
Eve is dead.
Gabrielle comes to Xena's side and kneels, holding on to Xena.
She was right.
There are demons among
us... out there. With bows.
Her voice breaks.
Killing our dream.
The crowd has been stunned motionless. Now they look around. Men begin to draw weapons from underneath their robes.
Don't let them!
Amber leaps up, her robes drenched in Eve's blood. She rushes at the closest armed man and leaps at him in utter anger.
In a sudden, shocking motion the acolytes turn on the rogues in their midst. In the close quarters, the men cannot use the weapons, and it turns into a huge melee.
But on the platform, ignoring the crowd and the fight, Xena takes Eve's hand and clasps it, her expression profoundly sad.
Gabrielle puts her arms around Xena and simply holds her.
The acolytes send up a yell of triumph as they start to drive the rogues to the ground.
For Xena and Gabrielle, the sound is an empty one.
END OF ACT FOUR
EXT. HEDELON CITY TEMPLE STEPS - MORNING
Gabrielle sits with Amber on the steps. The front of the temple is draped in white. Amber still wears her bloodstained robes.
It's like that story you told us, isn't it?
When Eli had to die, to make sure
his dream stayed alive?
People shouldn't have
to die, Amber.
But we never would have woken
up, to drive the evil out of
our midst otherwise.
Maybe. But I can't help
mourning the loss of a friend.
I'm glad I gave her those flowers.
I think you were right, she liked them.
Gabrielle looks up, to see Xena coming down the street with Argo II. She stands.
I hope you keep her ideas going.
We will. We're going to send
out teachers. It was Eve's great
dream to do that once they were
ready. They'll make sure the
right message is heard this time.
Gabrielle clasps Amber's shoulder.
Why don't you stay with us?
You could help. You know
the teachings like she did.
Gabrielle watches Xena come closer to them.
Because my ears hear
a different voice now.
Gabrielle steps down and joins Xena as she passes. They walk side by side down the street, towards the far gates.
EXT FOREST GLADE - EVENING
Xena and Gabrielle sit next to their campfire. The sun has just gone down, and it is getting dark. The air is cool, and the stars are just coming out overhead.
They are both very quiet. The fire's crackling is the only sound for a while. Finally, Xena takes a sip of what is in her mug while Gabrielle continues to stare into the flames.
You know, I don't even
know how I should feel.
Hm? What do you mean?
Should I be crying?
I'm just numb.
Maybe it's happened to me so
many times in my life, I've just gotten
accustomed to the horror of it.
Gabrielle puts her cup down and puts her arms around Xena, rubbing her back with one hand. Her expression is heartsick.
I think it's just shock. I feel
like that too. Like I can't
believe it happened.
Xena seems a little comforted by that. She rests her head against Gabrielle's.
Yeah. I think you're right.
Xena tips her head back and looks up at the stars.
Maybe she was right. Maybe
this was her destiny.
Gabrielle also looks up.
They both lean against each other, as they stare into the flames.
No real live religions were harmed in the making of this motion picture,
but the moral rectitude of humanity in general did take a few dings.