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ACT THREE

 

FADE IN:

 

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.

 

KADMUS

Okay folks, this section

isnít open yet. What are

you doing here?

 

XENA

Standing?

 

 

KADMUS

Well could you Ďstandí somewhere

else?  With you here, people will

think itís time to come back here.

 

XENA

You must be kidding.

 

KADMUS

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.

 

XENA

That man is an idiot.

 

KAZIA

No, an idiot wouldnít make

the money he does.  Heís

just a control freak.

 

XENA

So you donít spend a lot

of dinars at this thing.

Why do you come?

 

KAZIA

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.

 

XENA

I like that. Thatís good.

 

KAZIA

Well, we gotten a lot from this

and weíve learned a lot about

ourselves.  Itís not all bad.

 

XENA

Iím beginning to get it. Now

all we have to do is fix the

Kadmus problem.

 

KAZIA

Thereís a lava pit

not far from here.

 

XENA

That is a possibility.

 

CUT TO:

 

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.

 

AUTOLYCUS

Is that doing any good?

 

GABRIELLE

Itís how I think.

 

AUTOLYCUS

Iíll bet you go through a lot of

boot leather.  A thousand

dinars could buy a lot of boots.

 

GABRIELLE

Be careful or Iíll put a boot

where you least expect it.

 

AUTOLYCUS

Sorry.

 

GABRIELLE

Money aside... why

are you doing this?

 

AUTOLYCUS

There has to be another

reason besides money?

 

GABRIELLE

Yes. Autolycus, you retired

a wealthy man. You donít

need the money. Why?

 

 

AUTOLYCUS

People donít remember me.

 

GABRIELLE

What?

 

AUTOLYCUS

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.

 

GABRIELLE

Xena and I donít deserve this.

 

AUTOLYCUS

Why not?  You have spent

your entire lives trying to

make things better....

 

GABRIELLE

Youíre overstating it.  We did

what we had to do. That doesnít

make us worthy of this kind of thing.

 

AUTOLYCUS

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.

 

GABRIELLE

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.

 

GABRIELLE

(contíd)

Well this is surprise.

How did you get in?

 

XENA

You have to ask? But I will say

Midas had less security at his

palace. How go things on this end?

 

 

GABRIELLE

Fine. He took it hook, line

and sinker.  Iíll be going

on stage later today.

 

XENA

Iíll be in the audience.

 

GABRIELLE

And then?

 

XENA

We lower the boom. When

you finish up your time, take

questions from the audience.

 

GABRIELLE

Youíre being evil, arenít you?

 

XENA

Pretty much.

But it should be fun.

 

AUTOLYCUS

You both scare me sometimes.

You know that right?

 

XENA

We do try. Now....

 

She pauses and gives Gabrielle a kiss on the forehead. 

 

XENA

(contíd)

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.

 

XENA

(contíd)

Youíre in, right?

 

 

AUTOLYCUS

How can I say no to the

two most dangerous

women in the world?

 

XENA

Good.

(to Gabrielle)

Iíll see you later.

 

FADE TO:

 

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.

 

KADMUS

Hi everybody... are you

all having a good time?

 

The crowd responds with varying degrees of enthusiasm, but all the responses are positive.

 

KADMUS

(contíd)

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.

 

KADMUS

(contíd)

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.

 

CUT TO:

 

INT. BACKSTAGE Ė CONTINUOUS

 

Gabrielle backhands Autolycus on the arm as she glares at him.

 

GABRIELLE

You stole my boots?!

 

 

AUTOLYCUS

Actually I didnít steal them.

You left them behind.

I just picked them up.

 

GABRIELLE

Why in the name of Zeus....

Never mind, I donít want to know.

 

CUT TO:

 

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.

 

KAZIA

Are you sure this

is going to work?

 

XENA

Positive. Iíll pop up after Gabrielle

is done speaking.  Then weíll

put the screws to Kadmus in

front of the entire crowd.

 

KAZIA

See, this is why we love you

two. Thereís always a plan.

 

XENA

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.

 

XENA

(contíd)

I donít get this.

 

KAZIA

All right, I admit...

neither do I.

 

FADE TO:

 

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.

 

KADMUS

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.

 

GABRIELLE

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.

 

GABRIELLE

(contíd)

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.

 

GABRIELLE

(contíd)

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.

 

GABRIELLE

(contíd)

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.

 

GABRIELLE

(contíd)

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....

 

FADE TO:

 

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.

 

GABRIELLE

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.

 

GABRIELLE

(contíd)

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.

 

FADE OUT.
 

END OF ACT THREE

ACT FOUR