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#V912 - Episode 12
EXT. OCEAN - NIGHT
There is a fierce storm rolling across the water. A ship is being badly battered on the harsh waves. Even as crewmembers struggle to keep the ship steady, others are washed overboard into the angry sea.
Xena, with Gabrielle hot on her heels, moves from the stern to the bow, trying to get past men fighting ropes to keep the sails in some sort of working order.
Over the howl of the wind, the sounds of timbers creaking and breaking can be heard clearly over the shouts of the men.
Gabrielle! The foremast is going!
Thereís nothing we can do.
Get ready to go into the water!
Before Gabrielle can respond, the foremast begins to splinter and crumble. As it swings from side to side, the ropes holding the main mast begin to snap and ricochet around the deck. Gabrielleís eyes widen. Without a momentís hesitation she charges Xena and knocks her to the deck, just as the main stays break loose sending rope and tackles directly toward where her head had been.
As they hit the deck, the ship suddenly pitches to the port side, causing them to half roll, half slide to the port side railing. Hanging on to each other they both understand that there is little to be done and the ship will be lost. There is only confirmation when they hear a crewmember.
EXT. OCEAN - DAY
The view is of an expanse of ocean; it is calmer now but the angry storm clouds on the horizon tell a different story. The wind is still strong enough to cause whitecaps on the waves that carry lengths of wood that are the remains of a ship.
An arm shoots straight from the water and wraps around a large piece of debris. Xenaís head appears above the water. She gasps and draws in a lungful of badly needed air as she draws herself up and onto the remains of the ship.
Her eyes are closed and itís clear that whatever has befallen her and Gabrielle is serious enough to have sapped her strength and energy. Taking several slow, deep breaths she opens her eyes and focuses on what appears to be ripples in the water just in front of her. With what little strength she has left, Xenaís hand darts out and snatches something in the water. She pulls Gabrielle above water and draws her to the plank.
Once she is resting on the wood, Gabrielle begins to choke and expel water from her mouth and nose. She is quiet for a moment then her eyes open, dazed and confused. She still manages to find Xenaís face and she smiles weakly.
The other side?
The other side.
Gabrielle seems to accept this fate and her eyes close. With the last of her strength, Xena reaches out and places her hand in Gabrielleís hair, making contact as her own eyes slip closed.
EXT. ISLAND - DAY
Two men pull a small boat onto the beach and tie it up to a log. Gathering packs from the boat they sling them over their shoulders and begin walking a well-worn path along the sand.
Did you have a good trip?
Yes, it was wonderful to see my
family again, but it is always
difficult to remember that they
are not accustomed to the same
things that I am. And you?
It was a quiet trip. I am sure
Soteres will be pleased that there
is very little talk of us any longer.
Iím sure of it. I know he was
concerned that someone might
come looking again, but I
donít think that will....
Before he can finish, Phaidon raises his hand in a gesture for Aias to be quiet. Aias looks in the direction that Phaidon is staring, but he canít see anything that might have raised his friendís alarm. He strains to see.
I think I heard something.
It is probably a gull.
I donít think so.
Phaidon takes a few steps, moving to a cluster of scrub brush. He drops his pack quietly and then parts the vegetation. Aias peers over his shoulder and gasps when he sees Xena and Gabrielle, lying on the beach.
Are they dead?
Phaidon watches them for a moment and shakes his head.
I donít think so.
What should we do?
We could go tell Soteres.
If we take time to do that I think
theyíll be dead by the time we
get back. We have to help them.
Aithousa would demand it.
END OF TEASER