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ACT FOUR

 

FADE IN:

 

INT. STABLE - NIGHT

 

Gabrielle is sleeping right in front of Argoís stall. The foal is curled up in the back of the stall and Argo seems to be standing guard over her youngster.

 

The door to the stable opens and a figure slips into the darkness.

 

Gabrielle opens one eye and waits as the figure moves slowly across the floor.

 

GABRIELLE

Donít make me hurt you, Xena.

 

 

Xena drops down next to her and runs her fingers through Gabrielleís hair.

 

XENA

You wouldnít hurt me.

 

GABRIELLE

Donít be so sure.

Itís been a long night.

 

She yawns and rolls onto her back.

 

GABRIELLE

(contíd)

And youíre a grandmother.

 

She gestures to the stall.  Xena crawls over to the stall and looks inside.

 

XENA

Heís cute.

 

GABRIELLE

He has wings.

 

XENA

Youíre kidding.

 

Gabrielle sits up and points.

 

GABRIELLE

Check, Ďcause they look

like wings to me.

 

Xena enters the stall and rubs Agro as she moves past to the foal.

 

XENA

Well, Iíll be damned.

Heís got wings.

 

Gabrielle stands up and looks in.

 

GABRIELLE

What about the others?

 

XENA

Theyíre safe for now, but weíre

going to need to move them.

 

GABRIELLE

Everyone in this village wants to

hang their heads above their fireplaces.

Moving a herd wonít be easy.

 

XENA

Eh, itís a small herd.  A male, three

females and two little guys like him.

Iíve been thinking about it and I think

I know someone who can help us.

 

GABRIELLE

Who?

 

 

DISSOLVE TO:

 

EXT. ROAD - MORNING

 

Xena and Gabrielle are walking down the road. Argo and the foal are following slowly.  The foal has a blanket thrown over him, but it is rippling with the effects of him trying to move his wings.

 

XENA

It shouldnít be too much

further if I remember right.

 

Xena begins looking through the trees. Gabrielle glances back at the foal, who is using his teeth to pull the blanket off.

 

GABRIELLE

Xena, your grandson

is misbehaving.

 

Gabrielle stops and waits for Argo and the foal, who drops the blanket right at her feet.  His little wings seem to be getting small white feathers that are set off brightly against his golden coat.

 

GABRIELLE

(contíd)

Oh no you donít!

 

She grabs the blanket up and tries to put it back on him, but he kicks up his heels and runs away from her.

 

GABRIELLE

(contíd)

Why you little....

 

Xena has wandered into the woods and calls to her.

 

XENA

Over here!

 

GABRIELLE

Xena! Heís trying to fly!

 

Xena runs back to the road and skids to a halt. She watches as the foal kicks his hind legs up and flaps his wings.

 

XENA

(laughing)

Heís not very good at it is he?

 

GABRIELLE

Heís good enough.

 

She tosses the blanket and manages to get it over him. She gathers it around his neck and leads him to his mother, where she retrieves a rope.

 

XENA

Spunky isnít he?

 

 

GABRIELLE

Heís his motherís son.

Did you say you found it?

 

XENA

Yeah, itís right over here.

 

CUT TO:

 

EXT. TEMPLE - MORNING

 

Xena tethers the foal to a small tree as Gabrielle investigates the building.

 

GABRIELLE

Do you think sheíll come?

 

XENA

If she hears us, I donít see why

not.  Sheís very fond of you.

 

GABRIELLE

Aphrodite!

 

There is a flash and the air around them seems to shimmer as The Goddess of Love materializes in front of them.

 

APHRODITE

You rang?

 

 

CUT TO:

 

EXT. TEMPLE - MORNING

 

Aphrodite is running her hands through the foalís mane. 

 

APHRODITE

Isnít he a cutie?

 

XENA

We need your help.

 

APHRODITE

I totally figured as much.

You never write. You never call.

(beat)

Oh wait, yes you do.

 

She turns to Xena.

 

APHRODITE

(contíd)

When you like, need something.

Would it be too radical to ask

for you just to give me a yell

for drinks some time?

 

Gabrielle gestures as she steps towards the goddess, knowing that if itís left to Xena, theyíll be trying to move a herd of Pegasus without Aphrodite.

 

GABRIELLE

Iím really sorry, Aphrodite. We

donít mean not to stay

in touch. Itís just that....

 

APHRODITE

I know, I know.  Villages to

save, virgins to defile....

 

XENA

Hey!

 

Gabrielle steps between them and puts her hands up to separate them.

 

GABRIELLE

Please! Come on you two. Weíve

got a real problem here. Aphrodite,

there are men in a village not too

far from here that are killing the

Pegasus.  We need to get them

moved to a safer place.

 

Aphrodite tries to look unconcerned as she studies her fingernails.

 

GABRIELLE

(contíd)

Come on, you canít really make me

believe youíd see them slaughtered.

 

APHRODITE

Why not?

 

XENA

Arenít you the Goddess of Love?

 

APHRODITE

And what does that like, have to do

with the price of papyrus in Egypt?

 

The foal nibbles Aphroditeís fingers, apparently looking for a treat.  The action seems to melt her heart and she smiles.

 

APHRODITE

All alright. For you.

 

She scratches the foalís head then turns to Xena and Gabrielle.

 

APHRODITE

But you two are

sooooo on my list.

 

Xena leans over and whispers to Gabrielle as Aphrodite returns her attention to the foal and Argo.

 

XENA

Now Iím scared.

 

APHRODITE

I heard that.

 

DISSOLVE TO:

 

EXT. FOREST - DAY

 

Gabrielle, Xena and Aphrodite are standing among the remaining herd. The Pegasus seems delighted with the attention of the Goddess and even allow Gabrielle to touch their wings. The stallion is standing next to Xena trying to chew on her hair.

 

XENA

Stop it!

 

GABRIELLE

(grinning)

I think he likes you.

 

 

XENA

Iím not his type.  I donít

have enough legs.

 

APHRODITE

I could fix that.

 

Before Xena can say anything, Gabrielle steps up to Aphrodite and rubs her hands together.

 

GABRIELLE

So!  Where do you think

we should take them?

 

APHRODITE

Thereís only one rockiní place I

can think of that would be totally safe.

 

GABRIELLE

Where?

 

APHRODITE

Mount Olympus.

 

CUT TO:

 

EXT. MOUNT OLYMPUS - DAY

 

Xena and Gabrielle are each mounted on a Pegasus, holding a foal in their arms.  Aphrodite appears on Argo, holding her foal.  The stallion and the third mare follow as all the horses touch down.

 

Dismounting, Xena looks around the grounds where they have landed. There is lush green grass growing in the area where they stand but above them on a cliff stands the remains of Zeusí palace. Now it is nothing more than a ruin, compared to the golden domain it had once been when the gods resided there.

 

Aphrodite joins Xena and Gabrielle as the Pegasus and the horses begin roaming around the pasture.

 

APHRODITE

I donít come up here

much any more.

 

XENA

Aphrodite....

 

The Goddess holds up her hands to stall her words.

 

APHRODITE

Xena, please.  We totally settled

that already. Itís okay.  Sometimes

itís just like, hard to realize I really

donít have a home anymore.

 

GABRIELLE

You could, um, maybe fix

the place up a bit?

 

APHRODITE

I dunno... whatís the point really?

 

 

XENA

Actually, you wouldnít believe

how therapeutic it can be.

 

GABRIELLE

Xena and I spent some time

in Amphipolis recently.

 

APHRODITE

Well, I suppose I could do a little like,

remodeling.  It couldnít hurt could it?

Iíll so have to come up from time to

time to check on them. Having a

bodacious place to crash

would be like, useful.

 

GABRIELLE

Sure and think about the

parties you could have.

 

A dreamy look crosses her face and her eyes seem unfocused as she smiles.

 

APHRODITE

Cool.

 

XENA

We could um, well, lend

you a hand if you like.

 

APHRODITE

Really?

 

Gabrielle realizes what Xena is trying to do and smiles as she wraps her arm around her partnerís waist.

 

GABRIELLE

Sure, we could spend a couple

of days.  Do a little painting....

 

APHRODITE

Totally cool!

 

DISSOLVE TO:

 

EXT. GARDENS - EVENING

 

In the middle of what is now a beautiful garden, Xena is putting the finishing touches on a small open stable. Itís a just a place where the animals can rest and find shelter if they want it.  On Mount Olympus itís unlikely theyíll need it.

 

Gabrielle wanders down from the palace grounds. She looks happy and relaxed as her hands glide idly over waist high flowers.

 

GABRIELLE

Looks good.

 

Xena appraises her handy work.

 

XENA

Yeah, I think itíll do.

Howís she doing up there?

 

 

GABRIELLE

Sheís having a good time.  Sheís got

about half the place remodeled. Sheíd

really like you to come up and see it.

 

XENA

I donít know Gabrielle.  The

last time I was up there....

 

GABRIELLE

Sheís not working anywhere near

the main hall. Sheíd really like you

to see it. I get the impression

that your opinion is important.

 

 

XENA

Why?

 

GABRIELLE

Iím not about to try and figure out

how she thinks.  She just keeps

saying she wishes youíd come

up and see what weíve done.

 

XENA

So what youíre saying

is you think I should.

 

GABRIELLE

Pretty much.

 

As they turn to leave, Argoís foal comes prancing up and butts Gabrielle in the, well, butt with his head. She turns and stares at him though, with a smile on her face.  His wings have come in completely and heís growing at an obviously accelerated rate.  He rears up at her and spreads his wings giving them a strong flap. When his feet return to earth and his wings fold up, a single white feather falls to the ground at Gabrielleís feet. He knickers at her and turns to run back to his mother.

 

 

Xena steps forward and picks up the feather, which she runs through her fingers before handing it to Gabrielle. 

 

XENA

I think he wants

you to have this.

 

CUT TO:

 

INT. PALACE - EVENING

 

Xena is truly amazed when she enters the west wing of the building.  The inside is beautiful and tastefully decorated.  There are no signs of the condition the building was in when they arrived.

 

XENA

She must be exhausted from

zapping things back together.

 

GABRIELLE

Would you believe me if I told

you some of it was done with

good old-fashioned hard work?

 

XENA

Really?

 

GABRIELLE

Yeah. Weíve been working

together on a lot of it.  Just

doing this and that and talking.

 

XENA

Good talks?

 

GABRIELLE

Very good talks.

 

Gabrielle takes Xenaís hand and tugs her down the hall.

 

GABRIELLE

Come on, what she wants

you to see it this way.

 

CUT TO:

 

INT. HALL - CONTINUOUS

 

Gabrielle stops out side a large door with a small golden plaque on it.

 

GABRIELLE

This is it.

 

Xena peers at the plaque.

 

XENA

What is a TRM?

 

 

GABRIELLE

Totally Radical Mortal.

 

XENA

Gods.

 

GABRIELLE

(amusedly)

Come on.

 

She opens the door and gestures for Xena to step inside.

 

CUT TO:

 

INT. CHAMBERS -CONTINUOUS

 

Inside the room, Xena finds a large apartment of rooms that seems to consist of a sitting room, a bedroom and a bathing room.

 

XENA

Wow.

 

GABRIELLE

Wow is right.

These are for us.

 

XENA

What?

 

Gabrielle moves to a large overstuffed sofa type piece of furniture and takes a seat.

 

GABRIELLE

Aphrodite created this for us.

 

XENA

She doesnít expect us to

stay here, does she?

 

GABRIELLE

No she doesnít, but she wanted

to give us a place we could come

when we needed a place to rest

or just to come, sort of a Ďhomeí.

 

Despite herself, Xena smiles as she looks around the apartment.

 

XENA

That was very nice of her.

 

GABRIELLE

It made her feel better about coming

back up here too.  I told her we could

stop in from time to time.  You know....

 

XENA

I know.

 

 

GABRIELLE

Sheís out on the patio.  Go

check that out.  Iím sure

weíll find lots of uses for it.

 

Xena heads toward the doors to the patio, with Gabrielle right behind her.

 

CUT TO:

 

EXT. PATIO - EVENING

 

Out on the patio, Aphrodite is looking at an empty spot that doesnít seem to be making her happy. It is on the far side of a large stone hot tub. The entire area has plants and flowers of every kind, and small statues scattered about. The view overlooks the garden where Argo, the herd and the foals are enjoying life. Xena tries to hide her smile but isnít very successful as Gabrielle gives her a playful nudge in the ribs.

 

Aphrodite hasnít heard them or is just ignoring them as she zaps a small waterfall into the empty spot that runs into the large stone tub.  She turns and smiles, hand on her hips.

 

APHRODITE

Too much?

 

XENA

Itís very nice, Aphrodite.

Thanks.

 

It looks for a moment as if the Goddess might tear up, but she smiles wider and nods.

 

APHRODITE

Youíre welcome.

 

 

XENA

Itíll be nice to have a place to

come once in a while when we

need to get away from things.

 

GABRIELLE

Speaking of that.... How exactly

are we supposed to get here?

 

APHRODITE

Just say, ďTake me to Olympus.

Ē Youíll just Ďpopí in. Right inside

there. The room has been

enchanted to like, listen for you.

 

XENA

Thatís convenient.

 

APHRODITE

Radically.  But for the next few days,

just relax and totally enjoy yourselves.

I donít think Argo will be ready to

leave her bodacious little one just

yet. Heís growing fast, butÖ

 

XENA

I think we can afford a few days.

Wouldnít want to separate them too soon.

 

FADE OUT.

 

END ACT FOUR

 

TAG

 

FADE IN:

 

EXT. PATIO - EVENING

 

As the sun sets in a brilliant explosion of color, Xena and Gabrielle are enjoying their built-in hot tub. Gabrielle lounges with her back against Xenaís chest. Sheís sipping from a golden goblet as Xena runs a washcloth over her shoulders.

 

XENA

I almost hate to leave.

 

GABRIELLE

Really?

 

XENA

Sure, I mean there arenít very many

places where we have whatever

we want just by asking for it.

 

GABRIELLE

Iím glad we discovered that enchantment.

Who knew, ďI wish I had chocolate

and strawberries.Ē would work like that?

 

XENA

The tub is nice.

 

GABRIELLE

The tub is Elysia. I think Iím going

to be tempted to be brought back

here the next time I have mud

in all the wrong places.

 

Xena chuckles and takes the goblet from Gabrielle to take a drink.

 

GABRIELLE

It was nice what you

did for Aphrodite.

 

XENA

What did I do?

 

GABRIELLE

You took her gift without

arguing about it.

 

XENA

Well, you know what they say.

Beware Greeks bearing gifts.

 

 

As the sun sets and the herd frolics in the garden below, Xena and Gabrielle continue to enjoy the hot tub and each other.

 

FADE OUT.
 

DISCLAIMER
Someone tried to hurt the Pegasus in this episode, but Xena's
pretty sure they won't be trying that again anytime soon.