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EXT. GARDEN - MORNING
Vidalus and Gabrielle are walking along in the early morning light, both carrying mugs that are steaming.
Thank you for everything youíve
been doing these last few days.
It seems to be going
well, doesnít it?
Yes, and I adore Alicia.
Sheís so good for Vallie. He
seems to walk on air when
sheís around. Itís been
nice to get to know her.
I think sheís rather
fond of you too.
Pal and I have come up with
a story about while Iíll be
staying here after the wedding.
Iím sorry you have to
come up with a story at all.
Well, itíll be for the best. Weíre
sure that Dameus wonít care once
he has the gold. If it werenít for the
fact that Vallie and Alicia loved
each other so much, he wouldnít
be doing more than selling her.
I have to agree with that. Xena
doesnít care for him and it was
all I could do to call her off
during that sparring match.
What was that thing that she
did that she said she didnít
know how to undo?
The pinch. I canít believe
she made me undo it.
Well, the wedding is
tomorrow. Very soon
you will be on your way.
Thatís going to be
good for Dameus.
And Iím sure Xena will be glad to
be back in her regular clothes.
Iím not sure she cares for her
costume. I know these trousers
have been itching like mad. At
least Xena didnít make me
give up my silk unmentionables.
Did you tell her about them?
Thatís why theyíre
INT. BEDROOM - NIGHT
Gabrielle falls face first into the mattress with a groan. Xena just smiles from where she is slipping a sleeping gown over her head.
There is a grunt from the bed, but nothing that resembles normal Gabrielle speech. Xena crosses the room and picks her partner up like a sack of flour, over her shoulder. Gabrielle smiles at the play but remains limp over Xenaís shoulder with a smile on her face.
Xena throws back the bedcovers then places Gabrielle down far more gently than her partnerís previous position would have indicated. Taking a seat next to Gabrielle, she pulls the covers up and kisses her on the forehead.
Just a couple more days
and weíll be done.
Who knew pretending to be
someoneís long lost Amazon
mother could be so tiring?
Itís not the pretending thatís
wearing me out. Itís not
acting on the very real desire
to kick Dameusí butt. He
is an arrogant son of a....
Gabrielle chuckles placing one hand over Xenaís mouth, and patting the bed next to her.
Come to bed. Weíve got a long day
ahead of us tomorrow. Youíll need
all the energy you can get not to
kill him tomorrow at the feast
before the wedding. I have a
feeling heíll be insufferable.
Xena crawls under the covers.
INT. FESTIVAL HALL - EVENING
Xena is standing against the wall, scowling as she watches various members of Dameusí entourage fall all over themselves for Gabrielleís attention. She watches and itís clear sheís tapping her foot in irritation as yet another young man vies for a bit of Gabrielleís attention.
(handing her a goblet)
You shouldnít frown like
that. Itíll give you horrible
lines around your eyes.
Thanks for the beauty tips.
He watches as she sips from the cup but never takes her eyes from Gabrielle.
Itís just a ruse.
Xenaís gaze swings to him and there is a glare for just a moment and then it softens.
Come with me.
INT. FESTIVAL HALL - CONTINOUS
Gabrielle has escaped the throng of young men and is now seated next to Palaemon.
Have you seen Vidalus?
No. Xenaís been missing for
some time too. I hope she
didnít resort to plan B.
Never mind. Iím sure
theyíll turn up eventually.
Dameus swaggers across the room, cutting a swath through the guests in the room. Stopping in front of Gabrielle and Palaemon, he smiles at the King, then leers at Gabrielle.
I think the father of the bride
deserves a dance with the mother
of the groom. Donít you?
As Gabrielle looks at him, there are a hundred responses she wants to give him and theyíre all written clearly on her face. Somehow she manages to smile and nod.
Iíd be delighted.
She allows herself to be guided to the floor where several couples are dancing. As they take their positions to start the next dance, Gabrielle smiles politely and looks into Dameusí eyes.
Move your hand.
The extremity that has found
its way to my backside. Move
it... or lose it. Your choice.
Dameus is about to respond when a sudden look of anguishing pain crosses his face. From behind Gabrielle his hand comes up, gripped at the wrist by a furious Xena. She is now dressed in her own clothes and if looks could kill, Dameus would be a smoldering pile of ash.
My choice. You move it.
Xena! What in
the name ofÖ?
Gabrielle stops, noticing that Xena is in her leathers and that Vidalus has been returned to his normal state of appearance.
Listen to me, you worthless piece
of centaur dung. This woman in
not my master. She is my spouse,
wife, partner, companion, mate,
pal, chum, buddy, cohort, significant
other, other half, comrade or FRIEND.
I donít care what people call her, but
I do care if you have your grubby
paws on her. So HANDS OFF!
She shoves him back; he stumbles, but regains his footing. Before he can respond, Xena steps forward and places a finger in his chest as the entire room watches.
This man is not
Palaemonís trade advisor.
She points to Vidalus.
He is an important part of Palaemon
and Valís family. He has been with
them since the boy was a baby
and heís an important part of this
family. If youíre going to allow
your daughter to marry into it,
youíre going to have to accept it.
Maybe Iíll call off the wedding.
Val and Alicia step through the crowd and watch as Dameus gains more composure and draws himself upright to look taller. Xena is not impressed.
No, you wonít. For several reasons.
The first is that your daughter and
Val love each other and you wouldnít
do that to her. The second being,
youíre a greedy bastard and you
donít want to give up your
claim to Palaemonís gold.
I have an army.
I can TAKE his gold.
I have one too, remember.
Dameus stops and looks between them as they simultaneously cross their arms and raise opposite brows.
And sheís not
afraid to use it.
Dameus knows he is beaten as Vidalus and Palaemon stand next to each other, along with his daughter and Val.
Fine. The wedding will
go on as planned.
INT. CHAPEL - MORNING
Xena and Gabrielle watch from the back of the room as the wedding seems to go off without a hitch. The brideís father sits on one side, looking a little frustrated but reasonable.
Palaemon, sitting next to Vidalus, looks over as his friend weeps loudly and dabs at his eyes with a brightly colored hanky. Palaemon smiles and takes Vidalusí hand, looping it through his arm and patting it comfortingly.
Think about it... in a few
years maybe weíll have
grandchildren to spoil.
This only causes Vidalus to wail again, this time putting his forehead against Palaemonís shoulder.
From the rear of the room, Xena and Gabrielle share a smile.
END OF ACT FOUR
EXT. COURTYARD - MORNING
Xena is stowing their gear on Argo as Gabrielle, Palaemon and Vidalus approach from the garden.
Seems like Iím always
saying thanks to you two.
And since we keep saving
your backside, well you should.
Palaemon laughs and nods.
I suppose so.
He offers Xena his arm.
If youíre ever in the area
again stop in and see us.
Xena breaks the handshake and mounts Argo, offering her hand to Gabrielle.
Take care of
yourself and them.
I will. I promise.
Gabrielle turns and is pulled up behind Xena. She waves as they ride off toward the countryside.
Iím going to miss them.
So am I. I learned a lot
while they were here.
Yeah, that you should
never try to hide or be
something youíre not.
EXT. FOREST - NIGHT
Xena is sharpening her sword as Gabrielle tosses a small log on the crackling fire. Gabrielleís eyes follow the embers that float upward.
And what is tonightís great
Gabrielle smiles and shakes her head a little as she takes her place stretched out on the blanket.
Well, it just seems
like I was right.
Xena lays her sword aside and joins Gabrielle on the blanket. Immediately, their hands clasp and finger entwine.
You usually are, but what
were you right about this time?
Sidekick is pretty good
work if you can get it.
Xena chuckles as they both grow quiet and stare at the night sky. Xena points into the sky.
Does that look like
a centaur to you?
Xena didn't beat up any trees during the making of this episode,
but we're pretty sure she was the one that kicked a couple shrubs.