The Price


TEASER

Bird eye view flying over the river.

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Xena and Gabrielle.

XENA
He's moving to your right!

GABRIELLE
I see him!

XENA
Let me take him! Let me take it!

GABRIELLE
No, no, no! This one's mine. He's mine!

Gabrielle pulls a fish out of the lake.

GABRIELLE
Well fought, friend fish. Know that I don't do this
for pleasure, only to live.

XENA
Don't talk to your breakfast.

GABRIELLE
You'll go to a far, far better place. Isn't it beautiful?

XENA
Mm-hmm.

GABRIELLE
You think we're the first people here.

XENA
The fish certainly seem to think so. They're
practically jumping on shore.

Xena pulls out a fish.

GABRIELLE
I have a theory about fish.

XENA
Oh, the one where they're cold, wet, and slimy?
Yeah, I heard that.

GABRIELLE
No, that's not it. I think we all came from the ocean.

She gets a bite on her line.

GABRIELLE
Fish are just people waiting for that magic moment
to reach out and touch --

Gabrielle reaches to get her fish and a solider grabs her hand. She screams. He's got an ax in his chest.

DROWNED SOLDIER
The garrison...surrounded. Waiting for help.
The Horde!

He dies.

GABRIELLE
Wha--what does, what does he mean by `the Horde?'

XENA
Go, get your things, hurry.

GABRIELLE
What--what --

XENA
Now! Don't argue with me!

Gabrielle gets her things. They look at the river and see more dead soldiers.

GABRIELLE
Xena, can we help them?

XENA
No.

GABRIELLE
What is going on?

XENA
We're surrounded. That's the way they work.
Those men were Athenian infantry. They must've
been ambushed.

GABRIELLE
Surrounded by what?

The Horde come on land.

GABRIELLE
Your sword!

XENA
My sword can't help us now. Run.

GABRIELLE
What?

XENA
Run! This way Gabrielle! Follow me!

They run.

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Xena and Gabrielle run, chased by the Horde.

XENA
Quick!

They are cornered. Xena fights a few Horde members.

GABRIELLE
Xena! Xena!

XENA
The canoe! Get to the river!

They run and the Horde give chase.

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Xena and Gabrielle get in the canoe and shove off.

XENA
Pull harder. Dig in!

The Horde get in their canoe.

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Xena and Gabrielle stroke.

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The Horde follow.

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Xena and Gabrielle stroke.

XENA
Pull, Gabrielle.

Xena throws her chakram which puts a hole in the Horde's canoe.

GABRIELLE
Xena.

The Hordemaster yells after them.

END OF TEASER



ACT ONE

The river.

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Xena and Gabrielle sit on land, Xena holding a Horde ax.

XENA
The first time my army went west, my army ran
into the Horde. I had a scouting party out looking
for a pass through the mountains. They were
below us in a ravine when they attacked. I could
only watch helplessly as my men tried to hold
them back, but they kept coming. I can still remember
that howling of the Horde. The screaming of
my men. It took most of the day to get the rest of
my army into that ravine, but, by then, the Horde
was gone. My men, they were nothing but bones,
stripped of their flesh and--and tortured as they
were skinned.

GABRIELLE
What are they? They must want something.

XENA
Nobody knows. Fighting one or two would be
difficult enough. But...but, they hunt like a pack
of dogs...surrounding their prey until they attack.

Xena throws the ax into a tree.

XENA
We gotta get out of here.

GABRIELLE
What if we follow the river? It'll take us somewhere.

XENA
Yeah, somewhere, but we don't know where
they are. Gabrielle.

GABRIELLE
What?

XENA
Things are gonna get worse, especially with
what I have to do to get us out of here.

They get in the canoe.

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The river.

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Xena and Gabrielle move along in the canoe. Sounds are heard in the woods.

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A Horde comes out of the water and watches them.

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Xena and Gabrielle move along. A Horde's head comes out of a bush where he had been completely camouflaged.

GABRIELLE
Xena?

XENA
Shh.

Gabrielle sees Athenian soldiers tied to `X's on the shore.

EXTRA
Athena, have mercy on us!

GABRIELLE
We have to save them!

XENA
No! Be quiet!

EXTRA
Athena.

GABRIELLE
But they're crying for Athena! They want someone
to help them!

XENA
Well, it's not going to be us!

GABRIELLE
We have to try!

XENA
Those men are dead.

They are attacked with axes. Gabrielle's paddle is broken and she starts to use her hands. Galipan jumps into the water, chased by the Horde who toss axes after him.

GABRIELLE
Xena! We have to save him! He's trying to escape!

XENA
Keep paddling.

Galipan swims closer.

XENA
All right! All right.

Xena steers the boat to him.

GABRIELLE
Here! Take my hand!

XENA
Grab hold of him, and hold on tight!

Gabrielle takes his hand and he holds onto the canoe. Horde enter in a second canoe.

GABRIELLE
They're catching up!

XENA
I know!

GALIPAN
They'll catch us all! Let me go!

XENA
No! No, we've got you now! We're keeping you.
Now, we really got trouble. Up ahead.

There's a waterfall. Horde follow them along the shore.

XENA
Gabrielle, when we get close to shore, I want
you to jump.

GABRIELLE
I'm not leaving you!

XENA
I can't fight them if I'm worrying about you! Now
do what I say!

The Horde follow along.

EXTRA
Let's go!

MERCER
Attack!

Athenians fight the Horde.

EXTRA
I've got him!

Xena brings the canoe to shore.

EXTRA
Get him!

GABRIELLE
He's hurt!

EXTRA
Hurry up! Get his arm!

GABRIELLE
Be careful with him! Wait!

XENA
Gabrielle, duck!

Gabrielle goes back for her bag as the Horde following in the canoe get to shore. One throws an ax. Xena uses her whip to catch it and send it back into his chest. The other Horde member takes his dead comrade and moves back into the river, paddling away.

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The garrison.

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Xena, Gabrielle and the Athenians move by.

EXTRA
Keep together.

EXTRA
Watch for an ambush.

EXTRA
Flag 'em.

EXTRA
We've got injured!

EXTRA
Move the wagon. Quickly!

EXTRA
Get everyone in!

They are let in.

MERCER
Man the battlements! Watch for attack!

GALIPAN
Mercer! Mercer! They have to be stopped! They
have to be...

He dies.

MERCER
Take him away. Put his body in the pit with the others.

EXTRA
Give him a hand!

MERCER
I said, man the walls! They could attack at any moment!

EXTRA
Who cares?! We're dead, anyway!

MERCER
You get to your post!

ATHENIAN #1
Yeah, what's the difference?! We're gonna die,
Mercer. Those things out there, they're gonna
kill us all.

MERCER
You get to your feet and get to the wall. Now!

GABRIELLE
What is going on? Are these men just so scared,
they won't listen to reason?

XENA
You can't reason with dead men, Gabrielle. And
these are as dead as those men on the river bank.

END OF ACT ONE



ACT TWO

Dead litter the battle field. Half dead Horde calls out.

EXTRA
Kaltaka. Kaltaka. Kaltaka.

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On the wall. Gabrielle looks over and ax is thrown. She ducks back down.

GAREL
How can we kill them, if we can't see them?

GABRIELLE
Who's Kaltaka?

GAREL
Probably their God of War. Even when they die,
they call for him. Kaltaka. Kaltaka! It drives you crazy!

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Gabrielle joins Xena.

GABRIELLE
Xena, you were right. These men have given up.

XENA
Mmm.

GABRIELLE
They don't care whether they live or die. Is that
what's gonna happen?

XENA
Not without taking some of the Horde with us.
If I'm gonna die, I'm gonna die as I am, a warrior
with a sword in my hand. (to Garel) You taking
a break, soldier?

GAREL
Yeah, from reality?

XENA
You think you can grab your sword and get placed
before they come over the wall.

GAREL
Lady, it just doesn't matter anymore. We're running
out of food, we're running out of men and we're
running out of time. Those things out there have
us. Today, tomorrow, what's the difference?

Xena hits his sword with her foot and it flies up into her hand. She picks up Garel and pushes him against the wall.

XENA
Now, take this sword, get back on that wall, and
do your job. 'Cause what they might do to you
is nothin' compared to what I'll do.

A few soldiers attack Xena and she knocks them out. An ax flies at her and she catches it.

GAREL
Who are you?

XENA
My name is Xena.

GAREL
Xena? Xena of Corinth. The Warrior Princess of
Kalmae. The one who defeated Callisto.

XENA
You've heard of me.

GAREL
What do you think we should do?

XENA
Well, first, keep your weapons where you can get
at them. And stand at the wall, not under it or
near it! Every fourth man, take a rest! The man
either side of him will cover for him! And if anything
moves between here and the trees...kill it!

GABRIELLE
But wait. What if it's a friend?

XENA
We don't have any friends, right now. Get used
to it. (to all) We're not gonna let these bastards
defeat the elite of the Athenian army, are we?!

EXTRAS
No!

GAREL
Tell us what to do, Xena!

XENA
Do?

Xena slowly takes a few steps closer.

XENA
We're gonna kill 'em all!

EXTRAS
Yeah!

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Menticles and Mercer hear the cheers.

MENTICLES
What in the world?

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The men cheer.

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The hospital. Gabrielle enters.

GABRIELLE
Where are the doctors?

WOUNDED ATHENIAN
Back in the burial pit. We lost them in the first attack.

GABRIELLE
You mean, there's no one?

WOUNDED ATHENIAN
No one but the Goddess of Mercy.

GABRIELLE
There is no Goddess of Mercy.

WOUNDED ATHENIAN
You got it.

GABRIELLE
Here we go, again. Okay. You. You, become a
nurse. You, you're a nurse. Now we have to separate
the walking wounded from the people who can't
move. Now I want this area cleaned of all the dirty
bandages. We'll boil them later. We need some
wood. Come on, let's get moving!

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The soldiers move about, new energy with them.

EXTRA
Get the arrows.

Xena walks along with Mercer and Menticles.

XENA
Set sharpened spikes along the walls. We'll hang
'em from the battlements.

MERCER
Amazing.

MENTICLES
What the Hades do you think you're doing?!

XENA
Taking command! Someone has to.

ATHENIAN #1
Isn't it great, commander? Xena's fighting with
us. We'll teach those barbarians a lesson, now.

MERCER
Xena.

XENA
Yeah, let's not make a big deal about it. I wanna
talk to you two...inside.

Xena moves off.

MENTICLES
Mercer, she's giving orders to us.

MERCER
Yeah, she is.

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Inside.

XENA
I didn't wanna talk out there, but the situation is
next to hopeless. You know that.

MERCER
We figure we got three days of supplies, two days
of arrows. If we're lucky, we can stretch the water
to six days.

XENA
The Horde will stay there until we come out
looking for food. We've got to wear them down.
If we can force their hand, they'll waste men trying
to get in.

MENTICLES
Out of the question!

XENA
You have maybe one more day before there
are mass desertions. The men are demoralized
and beaten. They need to do something, anything
to make them feel as though they have a chance!
And until reinforcements arrive, we need that.

MERCER
There are no reinforcements. General Galipan
sent out a force to try and break through.

XENA
The soldiers we found along the riverbank.

MERCER
Yeah.

XENA
Where is Galipan? I almost fought against him
in Corinth. I'd like to see him.

MENTICLES
You already did. You brought him in. He's dead.
That means you're in command. I'm not stupid.
I saw the men out there. Xena's the only chance
we've got.

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Dead men are placed on the wall as well as spiked logs.

EXTRA
Make sure the --

EXTRA
We need more men!

EXTRA
Make sure to keep down!

XENA
Make sure half those bodies go to the south
wall. If we're gonna fool them, we'll have to make
them think we have reinforcements.

Xena looks out over the battlefield.

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Gabrielle treats an injured man. Xena enters.

GABRIELLE
Xena! Over here. Now, it took awhile, but I think
I have it all sorted.

XENA
Which ones are going to die?

GABRIELLE
Hopefully, none of them. Now, I have the serious
cases over here. The walking wounded have all
become nurses.

XENA
Ah, if they can do that, they can carry a weapon.
(to all) Those of you who can walk, report to
Mercer outside.

Soldiers leave.

GABRIELLE
Wait a minute. Xena, I need these people. Someone
has to feed them. I need them to get water for
the men that --

XENA
Yeah, get a water bag for yourself, Gabrielle. But
no food and water for the seriously wounded,
only for the men who can fight.

GABRIELLE
But, these men will die without water.

XENA
It won't matter if we can't defend the compound.

GABRIELLE
You expect me to decide who lives and --

XENA
I want men outside, Gabrielle. You figure it
out. And let Menticles know when they die. We
need them out on the wall.

Xena leaves.

GABRIELLE
I can't. I can't.

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The wagon in front of the door is moved and small group of soldiers move out, lead by Menticles. The Horde come from the woods. A soldier is hit with an ax.

EXTRA
Eta!

The Horde come storming out of the woods. The small group fights them.

MENTICLES
Retreat!

The soldiers run back it and the Horde follow them into the garrison.

EXTRA
It worked!

The Horde fights the group.

XENA
Everybody, down! Now!

The small band of soldiers kneel down with their arrows over there heads. Soldiers spring up from hiding and shoot arrows, killing the Horde. Gabrielle watches in horror as Xena kills Horde members with a smile on her face. One Horde member escapes the battle. Xena turns and runs to the wall.

GABRIELLE
No!

Xena throws the ax and it hits the Horde in the back, killing him. Xena turns to face the soldiers.

EXTRAS
Xena! Xena! Xena! Xena! Xena! Xena! Xena! Xena!
Xena! Xena! Xena! Xena! Xena! Xena! Xena! Xena!
Xena! Xena!

Xena smiles and then sees Gabrielle who is watching her in horror. She stops smiling.

END OF ACT TWO



ACT THREE

The battlefield.

EXTRA
Kaltaka.

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Xena moves along the wall.

MERCER
There's nothing. Absolutely nothing. It's as if
they just left.

XENA
No. No, they're out there. We just gave them a
bloody nose. They won't be stupid enough to enter
the camp again.

MERCER
We can't stay like this forever.

XENA
No, we can't. We need reinforcements. Make your
rounds, and meet me back at the command hut.

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Hospital.

EXTRA
Grab his legs.

GABRIELLE
Wait a minute.

EXTRA
Orders from Xena.

GABRIELLE
I don't care. As long as this man still breathes,
he's in my...care.

He's dead. The soldiers take him away.

EXTRA
Take him to the wall.

Xena enters.

XENA
You. Can you walk?

FATIGUED/GASHED ATHENIAN
Yes. It's just my arm.

XENA
Good, then you can hold a sword in the other.
Get to the wall.

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Xena enters the supply room to find Gabrielle.

XENA
I told you to ration the food to the men outside.

GABRIELLE
What is going on with you?

XENA
I'm trying to save our skins. Those things outside
will kill us all.

GABRIELLE
This is insane! You are letting these men die!
You axed that man in the back!

XENA
He was inside our battlements. He saw our
defenses! I couldn't risk it.

GABRIELLE
I can't believe this, Xena. You're scaring me.

XENA
This is war! What did you expect, glamour?! There
are no good choices, only lesser degrees of evil.

GABRIELLE
There is a choice, to stop fighting!

XENA
They aren't like us. There is nothing about them
that we can or should understand.

GABRIELLE
But, have you even tried?

XENA
I know them, there's nothing! You make sure
that those rations get to the men on the wall.

Xena leaves.

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Command hut. Menticles holds a bottle.

MENTICLES
We made these the way you said. I don't know
what good they're gonna do. If they can't see,
we can't see.

XENA
Trying to get out of this valley without reinforcements
would be suicide. We're gonna do something
about that.

MERCER
You plan to swim down the river and climb the cliffs.

MENTICLES
Hold on. You can't leave. The men'd lose hope
if you disappeared.

XENA
He's right. As much as I hate to admit it, I have to
stay here. Mercer will go. Get ready.

Mercer stands straighter and leaves.

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Two soldiers walk by with a basket of the bottles.

EXTRA
Every man take one.

EXTRA
Here, take this.

Xena moves to Mercer who takes off his armour.

XENA
Are you ready?

MERCER
Yeah, I'll be in the water in seconds.

XENA
No, go north through the forest. Don't head for
the river till you're out of the trees.

MERCER
It'll take too long.

XENA
It won't matter if you get yourself killed. Go north.
(to all) Ready?

EXTRA
We're ready!

The bottles are lit.

EXTRA
Hold it still. Light it. Quickly!

XENA
Go!

The soldiers throw the smoking bottles into the field. The bottles break and make a red smoke.

XENA
Open the gate!

GAREL
You, help me with this!

The wagon is moved.

EXTRA
Xena! Here they come!

The soldiers shoot arrows as axes fly. The Horde climb the wall on ladders and attack the soldiers.

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Mercer runs.

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The soldiers defeat the attacking Horde.

MENTICLES
Cease fire! Cease fire! Save your arrows!

EXTRA
Yeah! Yeah!

The soldiers all cheer.

GABRIELLE
Wait! Where's Xena?!

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Xena moves through the battle field and checks Horde bodies. G'Kug gets up to attack her and Xena knocks him out. Xena picks him up.

EXTRA
Open the gates!

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In the garrison.

EXTRA
It's Xena!

The wagon is moved. Xena brings in G'Kug, his hands tied behind his back.

XENA
Give me a hand! Take him to the hut.

Two soldiers take him away.

XENA
(to Garel) It'll be dark, soon. Post double guards,
and make sure the torches stay lit.

The soldiers move off.

GABRIELLE
Are you all right? You know, you go out of your
way to tell me this is war, and then you rescue
one of them. He's not even hurt badly.

XENA
Gabrielle, I didn't rescue him. We need information.
He's gonna give it to us, one way or another.

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Later. G'Kug is pushed to his knees in front of Xena. She picks up a map and moves over to him.

XENA
Let's make this simple. I know you don't understand
me, but I wanna make some things clear.

Xena points to a spot on a map.

XENA
We are here.

G'Kug looks away and Xena hits him.

GABRIELLE
Xena.

XENA
(points at map) We are here.

He nods.

XENA
You...where?

MENTICLES
Look, the animal understands. But, he's not gonna
help us.
He draws his sword.

MENTICLES
Let me try!

Xena stops him and puts down the map.

XENA
Gabrielle, go outside.

GABRIELLE
No.

Xena puts the Pinch on G'Kug.

GABRIELLE
By the gods, Xena!

MENTICLES
What have you done?

XENA
I've shut off the flow of blood to his brain. He'll
be dead in moments and he knows it. He can
feel his life draining away.

GABRIELLE
Don't do this. It's murder!

XENA
I've told you, Gabrielle, this is war! Go back
to the hospital!

GABRIELLE
So I can pick and choose who lives and who
dies?! So, I can be a murderer, too?!

Xena watches G'Kug for a moment longer and then releases him.

XENA
Take him to the supply room. Chain him up.

MENTICLES
You mean, kill him.

XENA
I mean, chain him up.

They take G'Kug away.

GABRIELLE
Thank you.

XENA
Don't you ever question my authority or methods
in front of my troops. I told you I'd do whatever it
takes, and if that means killing him later, I'll do it.

GABRIELLE
Your troops? I don't understand.

XENA
We didn't ask for this. If they want a fight to the
death, they're gonna get it. What part of that didn't
you understand?

GABRIELLE
You! Who are you, Xena? What happened to
the Xena that I know?

XENA
That Xena can't help us now. If losing her is the
price for saving us all, I'll pay it. It's just a part of
me I didn't think I'd need anymore. Get back to work.

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Gabrielle enters the supply room and takes a ladle full of water.

G'KUG
Kaltaka? Kaltaka. Kaltaka.

GABRIELLE
Kaltaka is water?

G'KUG
Kaltaka.

Gabrielle gives him the ladle and he drinks.

GABRIELLE
It's not a god. The dying men just want water.
It's such a mess. It's you, it's them, it's...it's Xena.
What's become of her? It's just not it's not human.
It's...quite a surprise, isn't it? Losing your humanity.

G'Kug is done with the water and Gabrielle takes the ladle. She moves to touch his face but he pulls back.

GABRIELLE
Yeah, well, you were right, Xena. If I'm gonna die,
I'm gonna die my way.

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Gabrielle moves through the battlefield.

EXTRA
Kaltaka.

Gabrielle gives Horde soldier water.

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In the garrison.

XENA
You let her out?!

GAREL
Well, she said it was your order.

Xena grabs him.

GAREL
She sounded pretty convincing!

Xena lets him go.

XENA
Get the smoke bombs. And tell all soldiers on
the wall to prepare for battle. Go!

He does.

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Gabrielle moves through the battlefield.

EXTRA
Kaltaka. Kal --

Gabrielle gives him water. The Horde surround her.

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Xena runs up to the wall.

MENTICLES
They've got her.

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The Horde surround Gabrielle, one holding a bloody ax.

END OF ACT THREE



ACT FOUR

The Horde surround Gabrielle.

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Menticles and Xena walk along the wall.

MENTICLES
Prepare to fire!

EXTRA
Yes, sir.

XENA
No, wait.

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The Horde pick up the member Gabrielle had just given water. The rest move to help others of their men.

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Xena watches.

XENA
Wait, they're retrieving their wounded.

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The Horde retrieve their wounded.

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Menticles and Xena watch.

MENTICLES
That's impossible. They must be trying to kill
our wounded.

XENA
No, no, they saw Gabrielle, and they must've
thought it was a truce. I want some unarmed
volunteers to come out with me and get them.

MENTICLES
That's suicide!

XENA
Do it. (to an archer) Come here. Keep an eye
on Gabrielle. If I give you the word, kill anything
near her.

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The Horde retrieve their wounded. Menticles and some soldiers move past and get their wounded.

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Gabrielle moves with her water skin. Xena runs to her and pulls her down.

XENA
Gabrielle! Get down! What do you think you're
playing with?! Come on!

GABRIELLE
No!

Gabrielle gets up and runs.

GABRIELLE
Mercer! Mercer!

Gabrielle moves to his side and gives him water.

MERCER
Gabrielle! Xena, you were right. I--I should've
gone north.

XENA
We've gotta get him inside. There's no telling
how long the truce will hold.

GABRIELLE
Looks like you've got your battle to the death.

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Gabrielle tends Men's wounds in the hospital. Three soldiers enter.

ATHENIAN #2
Xena told me to report to you.

GABRIELLE
Aren't you needed on the wall?

ATHENIAN #2
She ordered me to help with the wounded. And
she wanted this food to get in here.

GABRIELLE
Put it over there. Start feeding these men. And,
uh, grab some rags and start boiling some water.

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Xena sits on a table and G'Kug is brought in by Menticles and the Garel. He's pushed to his knees before her.

XENA
Menticles, cut him loose.

MENTICLES
Are you out of your mind?

XENA
Do it!

He does.

XENA
Give me his weapon.

Garel hands Xena the ax.

XENA
Stand back.

Xena drops the ax and G'Kug picks it up. He moves to attack Menticles and Garel.

MENTICLES
What are you trying to prove?

Xena moves and stands between them. G'Kug stops.

XENA
That we have something in common. He doesn't
want to fight me. He wants to fight you, or
anyone else.

GAREL
Is it any wonder? I've seen you fight.

XENA
No, he's not afraid to die. It's because he thinks
that I'm in charge, and he's not worthy of my sword.
Watch.

Xena draws her sword and he bows.

MENTICLES
Amazing.

Xena makes G'Kug look at her. She touches her chest and waves her hand to gesture to outside. G'Kug is confused. Xena holds up her sword and hits her chest more forcefully and gestures to outside. G'Kug stands and nods.

XENA
"Yes, I understand." Take him to the gates, and
then release him.

Garel takes G'Kug out.

XENA
It might not make sense to us, Menticles, but he
has a code. And understanding that, we might
just have a chance.

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Gabrielle tends to a wounded soldier. Xena joins her.

XENA
Kaltaka turned out to be the key. When you went
out there, they thought it was a truce to retrieve
the wounded. I let my fear and hatred blind me
to everything.

GABRIELLE
Sometimes the past can do that. Xena, if I had
been through what you've been through --

XENA
No. No. You understand hatred, but you have
never given into it. You don't know how much I
love...that. Here. Here.

Xena takes the rags and wipes the man's head with water. Gabrielle looks at her.

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Morning.

MENTICLES
Xena! Here he comes!

Xena starts to walk outside the garrison. Gabrielle walks with her.

GABRIELLE
Maybe we can talk to them.

XENA
Peace and understanding don't happen overnight,
Gabrielle. This is the only communication we
both understand. A warrior's code of honour. If I
defeat their leader, I defeat their army. Gabrielle,
if this doesn't work, I want you to go to the river --

GABRIELLE
No. You do what you have to do, but, we'll walk
down that road together.

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The Hordemaster moves forward, shows off with his weapons and growls. Xena draws her sword and they fight. Xena defeats the leader, but doesn't kill him. Xena walks away. The Hordemaster stand and roars. His mean line up behind him and hold up their axes.

GABRIELLE
Xena! Watch out!

Xena does turn and the Horde kill their leader and leave. Gabrielle moves to meet Xena.

GABRIELLE
You knew?

XENA
I knew one of us had to die. (to Menticles) You
can send out a patrol, you won't find them.

MENTICLES
I don't want to find them. We move now. Thank you.

Menticles and Mercer move back inside.

XENA
They'll be back. Maybe not this year, but some day.

GABRIELLE
Can anyone stop them?

XENA
Yeah. It won't be warriors. It'll be someone like
you. I just hope that wherever the Horde is from,
they have a Gabrielle.

Xena moves into the garrison. Gabrielle looks out at the woods and then follows Xena.

END OF ACT FOUR

STARRING
Lucy Lawless as Xena
Renee O'Connor as Gabrielle

GUEST CAST
Paul Glover as Menticles
Charles Mesure as Mercer
Tamati Rice as Garel
Mark Perry as Galipan
Jason Hoyte as Athenian #1
Bob Johnson as Athenian #2
Brent Gilbert as Drowned Athenian
Phillip Jones as Wounded Athenian
Allen O'Halloran as Fatigued/Gashed Athenian
Justin Curry as G'Kug
Sam Williams as Hordemaster

Written by: Steven L. Sears
Directed by: Oley Sassone

Disclaimer: To show sympathy for the Horde, "kaltaka" was only served upon request during the production of this motion picture.