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INT. ATLANTIS - LATER THAT SAME DAY
Now dressed in their regular clothes, sans armor and weapons Xena and Gabrielle are following Soteres and Vera. They walk through an arch way where the two elders stop on a balcony and just watch as their guests take in everything they are about to see.
Xena stops at the railing and stares down into what appears to be a large underwater city. Gabrielle is looking above and around her at the glass dome that protects the city. It looks like any other city, with people bustling about, dealing with every day tasks, except all around them is the protection of the dome.
The city goes on for as far as the eye can see and they both would have never believed such a thing existed if they hadn’t seen it with their own eyes.
By the Gods.
Several leagues as
a matter of fact.
So you see Xena, escape is quite
impossible. If the water pressure
didn’t kill you, then you would surely
drown before you reached the surface.
Then how did we get here?
We have vehicles capable of
traveling back and forth between
our world and the surface.
If you don’t intend to let us go,
why even bother to bring us here?
Our laws forbid us to allow
someone to die if we can
prevent it. As I said, we
could save your lives.
But now that puts us in this
predicament. This is our world.
We came here when we could
no longer live among your people
topside. They had become too
aggressive, too warlike. We are
a peaceful people. We can defend
ourselves, but that is always a
last resort. We would just
prefer not to have conflict at all.
But what about Gedeon?
He’s obviously a military man.
He is, and he commands our
forces. Like I said, we can
How did you even come
to be down here?
Many generations ago, our ancestors
tried to settle topside with your
ancestors. Our ancestors had
capabilities that yours did not. It
wasn’t long before our ancestors
were forced to leave the land and take
sanctuary under the water because
of the wars between our people.
Why didn’t you just
share what you had?
It’s difficult to explain, but we
couldn’t. It would have been
interfering with the natural
progression of your ancestors.
They had to make their own legacies.
So you came here and
you’ve survived in this place
for multiple generations?
Yes, and over the years your people
have tried to find this place. If that
were to happen we would have no
choice but to destroy our world and
the people from yours that would invade.
You don’t have to worry about Xena
and me. We respect your right to
remain hidden away here.
We wouldn’t tell anyone.
If it were your world and
your people, would you
take that chance?
INT. CITY - AFTERNOON
Vera is showing Xena and Gabrielle around the city. Xena is looking at everything. Gabrielle seems fascinated by a particular light affixed to one of the buildings.
Xena look at this.
She reaches out to touch the glass that is emanating the light, but pulls back when she feels the heat.
There’s no flame.
Vera smiles as she watches them inspect the lamp.
It’s called electricity. We use the
natural power of the water around
us to generate energy. We harness
that energy and use it to power
our city. Every home, every
business has electricity.
How do you put it out?
With a switch.
You can just turn
it on and off?
Yes. But one of those
things that your people
are not ready for.
But why? This seems like
a very good thing. The
possibilities are limitless.
Exactly. Tell me, do you
know people who could
use this as a weapon?
I could use it
as a weapon.
If I had to.
And there are
others like you?
Xena nods the admission, obviously not feeling good about it. Gabrielle reaches out and takes Xena’s hand to offer silent support.
If you have this, then there
must be other things. Is
there anything else you’re
willing to show us?
Child, I will show you everything
if it will help convince you that
it is best for you to stay here.
INT. HOSPITAL - AFTERNOON
While not up the standards of a 21st century medical facility, this hospital is far more advanced than anything Xena or Gabrielle have ever seen. Everything is clean and sterile. The staff is dressed in uniforms that easily distinguish doctors from nurses. There are only two patients per room and as they enter the central monitoring area, Xena stops to stare at a bank of screens that display every room.
How do you do this?
Crystal optics. We mine crystal
from the ocean floor, which
allows us to process it into
many different things.
As a doctor walks by, Gabrielle takes his arm.
Gabrielle points to her bandage.
What is this?
The doctor looks at Vera, confused, then back to Gabrielle.
I know that. The
stuff holding it on?
Oh, yes. Adhesive.
He can see that she’s not quite understanding.
Glue? Wouldn’t it be easier
just to tie the bandage on?
Amused, the doctor just shakes his head.
Come. Let me show
you some other things.
INT. DOME - SHORT TIME LATER
Standing on a walkway, looking over a railing, Xena and Gabrielle watch as divers swim back and forth between a platform and what appears to be a mine entrance under the water.
Xena seems particularly interested in the equipment they are using to breathe underwater. Each diver is wearing a mask and a singular small tank on their backs with a smaller mask over their mouth and nose.
There’s not enough air in one of those to
get you to the top, Xena. And even if there
were, the water pressure outside the dome
would kill you. The workers use the tanks
to swim from the mining shaft to the
foreman’s platform. Underground, there
are air filled shafts where the miners are
extracting various ores from the ground.
Atlantis sits in what is basically a valley
at the base of a dormant volcano.
What make you so
sure it’s dormant?
Our scientists assure
us there’s no danger.
That’s what they thought
in Pompeii too.
Vera, how can you ask us to
remain here? We’re not of your
people. We don’t belong here.
We have nothing to offer you.
Your presence here
offers us security.
But was it right to save our
lives only to make us prisoners?
You wouldn’t be prisoners.
Would we ever be
allowed to go back up?
I’m afraid not.
Then we’re prisoners. It
would have been better to
let us die than to try and keep
us caged up like animals.
But you wouldn’t be
‘caged’ up. You would be
free to live among us.
Xena gestures around the series of domes.
In... this glass cage.
INT. LIVINGROOM - EARLY EVENING
Xena is pacing like a caged tiger as Gabrielle sits at a table watching her.
Is that helping?
It isn’t hurting.
Okay.... Xena, is a life here
really worse than death?
But think about how comfortable
it is here. The buildings are
heated without fireplaces.
The have water that runs hot
and cold at the same time….
Good for them.
They have plumbing….
The Romans have plumbing.
Look where it’s gotten them.
Did you ever stop to think that
after all the things we’ve been
through lately this is someone’s
way of telling us to slow down?
Xena sighs and takes a seat next to Gabrielle.
Maybe. I’m willing to slow
down. Just not here.
Okay, but getting out is
going to be tough.
I know, but they keep saying
they trust us to live among them.
We can use that to our advantage.
That’s a plan I see
forming isn’t it?
I think so.
INT. CITY - EVENING
Xena and Gabrielle are walking, unescorted through the streets of the city. People are still moving around, but with a more leisurely pace than before.
I think this must
be their evening.
How can you tell?
They don’t seem to be
in as much of a hurry.
And with evening, most
people want to relax.
She stops and looks over the crowd until she sees three young men coming toward her. Stepping in front of them, she forces them to stop, but before she can say one word they look at her and then to Gabrielle and lascivious grins spread across their faces.
YOUNG MAN 1
You’re not from around
here, are you?
No, we’re not and we’re
wondering what you do
for fun in this bubble.
YOUNG MAN 2
Well, we could tell you….
YOUNG MAN 3
But it would be more
fun to show you.
Xena looks to Gabrielle and smiles.
What do you know...
we found a comedy act.
YOUNG MAN 1
Now, now ladies….
This remark gets twin raised brows; one dark, one blonde as in perfect unison Xena and Gabrielle cross their arms.
Free piece of advice.
This is a really bad idea.
YOUNG MAN 2
Really? Three of us, two
of you and women to boot….
The men begin to move toward them, their intentions clear.
I think I prefer our
reputations preceding us.
Before any of the men can move, Xena strikes out. Gabrielle does the same less than one second behind her. Two of the men drop to their knees, choking and gasping for air. The third man stares wide eyed at his two companions, and then turns and runs back the way they had come.
You have thirty…
... seconds to live.
We don’t want trouble.
We just want to know
where to get a drink.
YOUNG MAN 1
YOUNG MAN 2
YOUNG MAN 1
He jerks his thumb over his shoulder. Together, Xena and Gabrielle remove the pinch, stepping back as the men both drop face down to the ground.
Without a word Xena and Gabrielle step around them and continue into the city.
INT. MERMAID INN - NIGHT
Sitting at a table in the center of the room, Gabrielle is drinking a yellowish drink from a tall clear glass. Xena’s glass is the same but her drink is a dark brown color.
This is good.
That was pretty rotten of us.
They asked for it. A bully
is a bully; I don’t care
where they live.
Gedeon along with four of his officers enters the pub and sighs as he walks over to the table where Xena and Gabrielle are sitting.
I’m sure there is a good
reason why you attacked
two of our citizens.
They were looking for trouble.
They’re young men, Xena.
They work hard in the mines
all day. They were trying
to blow off some steam.
They shouldn’t have
blown in my direction.
didn’t hurt them.
But we can
I can see that.
He gestures to his men, who bring up weapons that Xena has never seen before, but she knows anything with a trigger can’t be good.
END OF ACT TWO