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Production #V906 - Episode 06
EXT. ROAD - EVENING
Xena and Gabrielle are walking hand in hand down the road. It is just wide enough for the two of them. The stately old trees that border it provide nice shade and a gentle breeze.
Argo II is walking along the side of the road slightly behind them, slowly munching the sweet grass she is finding there. The pace is leisurely and itís quite obvious that the trio isnít in anything that resembles a hurry.
Do you have hair?
Xena scratches her head and appears to think about it for a long moment before she answers.
Yes, in a manner of speaking.
Gabrielle narrows her eyes at Xena but continues to walk.
Hmm... long or short?
Now Gabrielle turns to gaze at Xena introspectively. Xena maintains a stoic expression, but her eyes are twinkling with mirth.
Both? What kind of animal
has long and short hair?
She holds up her hands when Xena opens her mouth to speak.
Wait... donít tell me. I still
have questions left to ask.
Xena grins at this pronouncement, but wisely does not say anything. Gabrielle looks around and notices itís later than she thought. The sun is starting to set and there is more of a night breeze picking up.
You want to stop and make camp?
Nah, thereís a town about a league
up the road here. It has one of the best
inns in the region and I thought Iíd
treat you to a warm bed and a hot bath.
Are you starting to offend?
Yeah, youíre a little ripe.
Xena anticipates Gabrielleís reaction and waits, bouncing a little on the balls of her feet. Gabrielle dashes over and tries to grab Xena, but she darts out of the way and the chase is on. They are both enjoying it immensely and Argo watches, seemingly amused by her humans.
EXT. TOWN - EVENING
Entering into the town, Xena and Gabrielle find that there appears to be a festival of some kind in progress. The people are dressed in bright colors, eating, drinking and dancing in the streets. Everyone greets them with a smile. One young GIRL of about eighteen approaches them, she is carrying some wreaths made of bright flowers and others made of olive branches.
Welcome to Argos....
The horse whinnies. Xena turns to the animal and whispers.
Donít get cocky. It was
here before you were.
Gabrielle snickers and the girl looks a bit perplexed.
Her name is Argo.
How grand! Well, welcome.
She places a flowered wreath on Gabrielleís head and gives her a kiss on the cheek. Then she looks at Xena and chooses an olive wreath. She settles it on her head but doesnít bother with the kiss.
I am Areia and I welcome you to
our city. Enjoy your stay and
please partake in our festival.
What kind of festival is it?
It is the festival of the people. King
Nessos is a good and wise man and
every year he holds this festival for us.
Well, thatís a switch.
Yes, we are very grateful to
have such a man ruling us.
Thank you for your welcome. Are
there any rooms available at the inn?
Yes, of course. Just down the
road and on your right.
Perhaps youíll join in the quest.
But the girl has walked away to greet the next person. Gabrielle looks up and smiles at Xena in her crown.
Wonder what thatís all about.
Hey, it looks good on you. And
you didnít even have to fight
at the coliseum to get it.
Xena shrugs and takes Gabrielle by the elbow.
Bet we find out soon
enough. Come on.
END OF TEASER