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INT. HALLWAY Ė DAY
Xena is standing with Kazia and a couple other people talking quietly as people move past them. Xena is even smiling and seems to be enjoying herself at the moment.
Kadmus is making his way down the hall, looking like he has a bad smell under his nose when he see the small groups of people standing in the area.
Okay folks, this section
isnít open yet. What are
you doing here?
Well could you Ďstandí somewhere
else? With you here, people will
think itís time to come back here.
You must be kidding.
No Iím not. Now please
move out of this area.
The grin that crosses Xenaís face is one of disbelief as she does take a few steps away, back toward the room with all the merchandise.
Kadmus watches to make sure theyíre moving then he turns and walks the other way.
That man is an idiot.
No, an idiot wouldnít make
the money he does. Heís
just a control freak.
So you donít spend a lot
of dinars at this thing.
Why do you come?
To be with my friends. We only
get to see each other once or
twice a year and this makes it fun.
There are some things he canít
charge for and the chance to be
with good friends is one of them.
I like that. Thatís good.
Well, we gotten a lot from this
and weíve learned a lot about
ourselves. Itís not all bad.
Iím beginning to get it. Now
all we have to do is fix the
Thereís a lava pit
not far from here.
That is a possibility.
INT. LOUNGE Ė DAY
Gabrielle and Autolycus are once again in the room that is behind the stage area. Autolycus is seated and Gabrielle is pacing back and forth.
Is that doing any good?
Itís how I think.
Iíll bet you go through a lot of
boot leather. A thousand
dinars could buy a lot of boots.
Be careful or Iíll put a boot
where you least expect it.
Money aside... why
are you doing this?
There has to be another
reason besides money?
Yes. Autolycus, you retired
a wealthy man. You donít
need the money. Why?
People donít remember me.
They donít remember ĎThe King
of Thievesí. You, you and Xena,
they remember. Itís nice to be a
part of something so positive.
These people love you and
regardless of who brings them
together, they all have one thing
in common... you and Xena.
Xena and I donít deserve this.
Why not? You have spent
your entire lives trying to
make things better....
Youíre overstating it. We did
what we had to do. That doesnít
make us worthy of this kind of thing.
Oh get a grip, Gabrielle. Theyíre
not trying to deify you. They are
simply finding some pleasure in
what youíve done. You give them
hope. Youíre the one who wrote
the scrolls. You should have
seen this coming.
This is not what I intended.
The door behind them opens, stopping what is quickly turning into a heated argument. Gabrielle turns to find Xena coming in.
Well this is surprise.
How did you get in?
You have to ask? But I will say
Midas had less security at his
palace. How go things on this end?
Fine. He took it hook, line
and sinker. Iíll be going
on stage later today.
Iíll be in the audience.
We lower the boom. When
you finish up your time, take
questions from the audience.
Youíre being evil, arenít you?
But it should be fun.
You both scare me sometimes.
You know that right?
We do try. Now....
She pauses and gives Gabrielle a kiss on the forehead.
I have a few things to do before
you go on stage. In the meantime,
relax. Itís not as bad as we first
thought. We just need to put things
into perspective for Kadmus.
Xena turns to Autolycus.
Youíre in, right?
How can I say no to the
two most dangerous
women in the world?
Iíll see you later.
INT. STAGE ROOM Ė SHORT WHILE LATER
The room is packed with people. Every seat is filled with a body and there are even a few people standing along the sides against the walls. The stage is empty at the moment, but itís clear that people are waiting for something to happen.
All the attention turns to the stage when Kadmus enters from behind a curtain.
Hi everybody... are you
all having a good time?
The crowd responds with varying degrees of enthusiasm, but all the responses are positive.
Good, thatís what we like to hear.
And we actually have an unexpected
surprise for you today. We have a
guest that came in at the last minute.
I think youíre all going to be very
pleased. But before we bring her
out we have something that weíre
going to offer up for auction.
An assistant brings out a pair of odd-looking boots and sets them on a small table next to Kadmus.
These were acquired for auction
from a close friend of Xena and
Gabrielleís and they are the boots
that Gabrielle wore during her
adventure with Xena when they came
to Taraís aid for the second time.
INT. BACKSTAGE Ė CONTINUOUS
Gabrielle backhands Autolycus on the arm as she glares at him.
You stole my boots?!
Actually I didnít steal them.
You left them behind.
I just picked them up.
Why in the name of Zeus....
Never mind, I donít want to know.
INT. STAGE ROOM Ė DAY
The auction continues with bids going higher and higher.
Kazia is seated in the back of the room with a fellow that looks strangely familiar. The clothes are different than the last time he appeared, but itís definitely Anthrax.
Are you sure this
is going to work?
Positive. Iíll pop up after Gabrielle
is done speaking. Then weíll
put the screws to Kadmus in
front of the entire crowd.
See, this is why we love you
two. Thereís always a plan.
Even if we have to do it on
the fly, Gabrielle and I
are good together.
They return their attention to the auction. Xena just shakes her head slowly when the price of the boots reaches five hundred dinars.
I donít get this.
All right, I admit...
neither do I.
INT. STAGE ROOM Ė DAY
Kadmus is now finished with his auction. After handing off the boots to an assistant he turns back to the group.
All right, now is the time. We have
a special surprise guest for you
today. I know itís going to be hard
to believe, but here she is...
Gabrielle, the Battling Bard.
At this point the crowd goes crazy, screaming and yelling. Whistles can be heard piercing through the general din of the room. All the attendees are on their feet as Gabrielle slowly makes her way on stage.
She has a huge smile on her face as she gets a look at everyone. She spends a moment or two just waving to the crowd as the noise continues.
When everyone finally quiets down and retakes their seats she perches on a stool that has been provided for her.
Wow! Thanks, guys! You know,
I had no idea that people get together
like this. I was just passing through
and here you were. You made
it really hard to get a room.
There is a ripple of laughter through the room and Gabrielle continues to just take it in.
I have to admit thatís its kind
of bizarre. I mean Xena and I....
At the mention of Xenaís name there is another round of cheers and applause that makes Gabrielle laugh.
I feel that way most of the time
too. So you all get together
once a year, just to come
talk about us?
There is a murmur of yes among the audience.
Well, when I heard you were here,
I thought Iíd come tell you a few
stories I havenít had a chance to
get down on a scroll yet.
You okay with that?
Audience reaction is as expected... enthusiastic.
At least youíre easy to please.
Okay then. Youíre all familiar
with Palaemon and Vidalus?
Well we got to see them again
recently. Yet another interesting
adventure for us, but I got to put
Xena in this really skimpy outfit....
INT. STAGE ROOM Ė CONTINUOUS
Gabrielle is walking around the stage now, getting the crowd involved in the story that she is just finishing up.
So Xena, in true Xena style, informed
the king exactly how things were
going to be. He didnít argue; the
wedding went off without a hitch.
Xena and I got a scroll from Vidalus
the other day and he says that Val
and his wife are already expecting
a baby. So it worked out just fine.
Moving back to the stool, Gabrielle takes a drink from a mug that has been placed on the table near her.
Okay, Iím done. I suppose
the thing to do now is
take some questions.
She looks over the crowd as every hand goes up, but sheís looking for one particular hand.
END OF ACT THREE