Forgiven


TEASER

The sun.

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Fire flies from the sun.

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Warriors attack a village and people scream.

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People in robes are in pain from the sun. They turn to stone.

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The people are part of a painting on the Urn of Apollo.

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People in white robes pray. They kneel and are turned to stone.

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The people are part of a painting on the Urn of Apollo.

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The Urn of Apollo. A young man pours water from it into a small bowl the Priest of Apollo holds.

DORUS
Worshippers of Apollo. You have come to this
temple on this day of cleansing to be purified for
past misdeeds. This blessing is of no worth if
you leave here and once again soil your souls
with willful and selfish acts. But if you truly desire
to make a new start, the blessed Urn of Apollo
will anoint you with the purity of hope. Please
come forward.

A man and woman step before him and kneel. He touches the water and rubs a small circle on their foreheads.

DORUS
You are forgiven for past misdeeds. Now go and
do good. You are forgiven for past misdeeds. Now
go and do good.

They leave and two thugs kneel. Dorus rubs the circle on Micah.

DORUS
You are forgiven for past misdeeds. Now go and
do good. You are-

Wayan draws a dagger and holds it to Dorus' neck.

WAYAN
You pour that stuff on my head and you're a dead man.

MICAH
(to people in temple) Hold it right there.

Wayan takes the urn.

DORUS
You are stealing the Urn of Apollo!

WAYAN
Very good.

MICAH
And who said priests were dumb?

WAYAN
By the way-

He pours water on his hand

WAYAN
-you're forgiven!

He punches Dorus.

DORUS
Ooohhh!

The thieves laugh. The sun leaves from where it shone into the temple.

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Village.

DORUS (voice-over)
You see-

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Tavern. Dorus sits with Xena and Gabrielle.

DORUS
-the Urn of Apollo gives a new start to so many people.

XENA
No urn can do that. That comes from within.

DORUS
Well, not all of us are strong enough to face the
jaws of our conscious alone. People come to
me who are close to being driven mad by remorse
and guilt. Soldiers who have killed too often in battle,
rich men and women who have nightmares about
what they did to accumulate their wealth. The urn
gives them strength to face those demons within.
Do you understand?

GABRIELLE
I do.

XENA
We'll get your urn back.

DORUS
Oh...thank you. Oh!

Dorus leaves. Tara sits at another table, watching.

XENA
I'm gonna get Argo. We'll set off once I get back.

Xena leaves and Gabrielle pulls out her scroll.

GABRIELLE
Okay.

Gabrielle starts writing and Tara throws her drink at her.

GABRIELLE
Huh! Did you throw that?

TARA
Yeah.

GABRIELLE
What's your problem?

TARA
Your face.

GABRIELLE
Then don't look at it.

Gabrielle goes back to writing when Tara throws some of her meal at her.

GABRIELLE
Huh!

She stands.

GABRIELLE
Look, if you don't like the food, may I suggest you
find some other way to express it.

TARA
What kind of wimp are you?! I just threw a plate
of gruel on you, and all you do is talk! You and I
are gonna settle this right here.

GABRIELLE
Look, I think you have me confused with somebody else.

TARA
Yeah, you wish.

Tara pushes her.

GABRIELLE
I don't know what's bothering you, but I have no
intention of fighting.

TARA
I think you're a coward.

GABRIELLE
Well, I don't care what you think.

Gabrielle turns away and Tara breaks a chair over her head. Tara grabs Gabrielle and scratches her face. She knocks Gabrielle's head into a table and then roles over it. She hits Gabrielle and pulls her ears. Gabrielle starts fighting back, but only gets in a few punches before Tara hits her some more. Tara jumps on her and bites her ears.

GABRIELLE
Not my ear!

Tara throws Gabrielle on a table, jumps on her and starts punching her in the face. She then picks her up and hits her head into the table repeatedly.

XENA
Hold it!

Xena grabs Tara's hair and pulls her off of Gabrielle.

TARA
Xena! I'm here to replace Blondie!

END OF TEASER



ACT ONE

Gabrielle gets up.

GABRIELLE
Xena, I'll understand, just this once, if you're so angry,
you wanna pummel her for a while.

XENA
I'm not gonna do that.

GABRIELLE
Well, then, hold her while I do it!

Gabrielle moves on Tara, but Xena holds her back.

TARA
You want some more, Blondie?! Come on! Huh?!
Come on!

XENA
You listen to me, little girl. I've got no interest in
making a change. Blondie - Gabrielle, here is
my partner, and that's the way it's gonna stay. So,
get lost, huh?

TARA
But, you don't know how valuable I could be
to you!

XENA
Take some advice. Don't get in our way again,
or next time you're gonna get a real beating.

TARA
I know who stole Apollo's urn, the Red-

XENA
Valley gang. They're the only bunch in the area
who'd make a move like that. I'm not impressed.

TARA
Well, I know where one of their hideouts is!

XENA
How do you know that?

TARA
I used to hang with some of them guys.

GABRIELLE
Figures.

TARA
Hey, look! I never said I was a goody-two-shoes,
but I'm here to turn it around! I wanna be a hero
and fight for good, protect wimps and kick the crap
out of jerks! I know I could do it if somebody would
just give me a chance! Come on! Let me just
show you where their hideout is! I won't pick on
your little buddy, anymore.

XENA
We don't need your help.

Xena starts to leave.

TARA
I heard you were pretty bad once upon a time.

Xena stops.

TARA
Somebody must have given you a chance to turn
it all around.

Xena looks back at Tara who moves back to her table and sits down.

TARA
What a crock!

Xena leaves.

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Xena and Gabrielle walk along with Argo. Tara walks fifty paces or so behind them.

GABRIELLE
Why not use your chakram?

XENA
To do what?

GABRIELLE
Ricochet off a couple of rocks, slice off a piece
of her ear, and scare her witless.

XENA
I don't think that'll be necessary.

Gabrielle looks back at Tara.

GABRIELLE
Are we going to let her stalk us like this?

XENA
That really bothers you, huh?

GABRIELLE
Yes!

XENA
Okay.

Xena hands Gabrielle Argo's reins and walks over to Tara who holds up her fists.

XENA
I'm not gonna fight'cha. I just wanted to tell ya,
you don't need me to turn your life around. You
wanna do good? Do it! Then you'll be good.

TARA
That's what I'm here for. I wanna get that urn back
for those suckers who believe in that kind of thing.
That's good, isn't it?

XENA
Yeah, but me and her, we don't need any help.

TARA
Come on! Let me just show you where their hideout
is! It'll be my first step.

XENA
You made a real bad start with my friend.

TARA
All right, I'll give you that. I'll kiss up to her if you
want. I can be just as phony as the next gal.

XENA
Look, this is not gonna work. I am sorry.

TARA
Fine. You think I'm a lost cause, don't you? Well,
everybody else does, so why should I be surprised?

Tara starts to leave.

XENA
Hold it. Come on.

Xena and Tara join Gabrielle.

GABRIELLE
What's going on?

XENA
Tara's gonna show us where the hideout is.

GABRIELLE
What?

TARA
Yeah. I'm sorry I gave you such a whipping back
there in the tavern. I shouldn't have kicked your
butt like that.

XENA
All right, you made your point.

GABRIELLE
Can I talk to you for a minute?

Xena hands the reins to Tara.

XENA
Hold this.

Xena moves off with Gabrielle.

XENA
Yeah?

GABRIELLE
Why do we need her? We can follow their tracks
like we usually do.

XENA
Gabrielle, she is trying to turn her life around.

GABRIELLE
Xena, listen to me. She bit off part of my ear.

XENA
Well, only a little bit and she apologized.

GABRIELLE
You call that an apology? Look, there's something
that I'm not getting here, something you're not telling me.

XENA
She reminds me a little bit of me.

GABRIELLE
Oh, no. I knew you were evil, but you were
obnoxious, too?

XENA
When I was young, before my village was attacked,
I used to hang with the young bucks in Amphipolis.
I was pretty wild. If somebody had'a given me a
little guidance, then maybe I would've been better
equipped to handle what lay ahead. Here's the
deal. Let's see how it goes as far as the hideout,
and if she gives you any more guff, I will straighten
her out. Okay?

GABRIELLE
I guess it can't hurt to give her a chance.

XENA
Thank you.

Gabrielle starts to walk.

XENA
Come on.

Tara brings Argo to Xena.

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Night. Xena and Gabrielle wait. Tara enters.

TARA
Through there. Nine of 'em. I figure, if we jump
'em from three directions, we can take-

XENA
That's not gonna happen. That urn is fragile. In
an all-out fight it could get broken.

TARA
So, what do we do?

XENA
I'm gonna get closer and try to isolate one of 'em.

TARA
And put your squeeze on him, or whatever you
call it. Oh, this I gotta see.

XENA
Maybe some other time.

TARA
But-

XENA
You're staying. This I do alone.

GABRIELLE
Good luck.

Xena leaves.

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Xena moves through the bushes and watches a small camp of the gang. She reaches out and pulls Tara to her.

XENA
I told you to stay put.

TARA
I've gotta see that pinch-thing. It's legendary.

XENA
Tara, go back now.

TARA
Come on, Xena! I can help!

XENA
I don't need your help.

TARA
You gotta let me prove myself.

XENA
Tara, I am warning you.

TARA
You don't trust me, do you?

XENA
Go back now!

Tara leaves and Xena moves in. Tara stops and runs another way.

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Xena moves along. She sees Lark all alone. Tara enters.

LARK
Hey! Tara? What are you doing here?

TARA
I've got some information you might be interested in.

LARK
What's that?

TARA
Somebody's sneaking up on you in those bushes
over there.

END OF ACT ONE



ACT TWO

Lark gets ready to call the others.

TARA
No, you don't need them. A man like you can do
this alone. Let's go.

Tara leads him to Xena.

TARA
Right over there.

Tara points away from Xena. Xena is surprised but then puts the Pinch on Lark.

TARA
This is so great. You're gonna die, Lark, unless
you start singing.

XENA
Tara, shut up! Where's the urn?

LARK
It...it--it--it isn't here.

TARA
May you rest in peace.

LARK
I'm telling the truth, I swear. Wayan and some
of the others took it north. They're gonna meet up
with some Silesian traders who'll give gold for it.

TARA
He's telling the truth. He hasn't got the guts to play
this tough a game of chicken.

Xena releases him and punches him, knocking him out. Tara gets ready to kick him, but Xena stops her.

XENA
Hey, what do you think you're doing?!

TARA
I'm gonna knock him out. This guy's real scum.

XENA
You wanna work with me, you don't kick people
when they're unconscious!

TARA
All right, fine. As long as I know the rules. It's okay
to knock 'em out after you put the pinch on 'em,
but no smacking them after it. I got it.

XENA
Now, get outta here.

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Gabrielle waits.

GABRIELLE
Xena, Tara ran...oh, you found her.

TARA
Yeah, I helped Xena put the pinch on one of those guys.

GABRIELLE
What?

TARA
You gotta admit, I've got an instinct for this hero stuff.

XENA
You did all right. We gotta put some distance
between them and us, and then make camp.
We got a lot of ground to cover tomorrow.

TARA
Right.

Tara leaves.

GABRIELLE
She didn't listen to you. You let her get away
with that?

XENA
I'm trying to encourage her to turn her life around.
Isn't that what you'd do?

GABRIELLE
What?

XENA
Turning people away from their dark side isn't
my specialty.

GABRIELLE
Xena, I have learned a lot in these last few years.
And one of the things I've learned is that you can't
save everyone.

XENA
Then you and she do have something in common.

GABRIELLE
What's that?

XENA
You both think she's a lost cause.

GABRIELLE
Okay. I get what you're saying. I'm being too hard
on her.

XENA
Well, it's understandable, she did try to bite off
your ear.

They laugh a little.

GABRIELLE
Well, it's not hurting as much now, so I can be
civil to her.

XENA
Thanks.

GABRIELLE
Xena, if you can say with a straight face that you
believe in her, that'll go a long way with a confused
kid like that. It did with me. It's easier to believe
in yourself after someone else has believed in
you first.

Gabrielle leaves.

XENA
Thanks.

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When Gabrielle's not looking, Tara puts her staff in the fire. Gabrielle rescues it.

GABRIELLE
You put my staff in the fire?!

TARA
Oh, was that important?

Tara lays her blanket where next to Xena's. Gabrielle glares at her.

TARA
What?

GABRIELLE
You see, I--I sleep next to Xena.

TARA
Well, you can sleep on the other side.

GABRIELLE
I don't like to sleep that close to the fire.

TARA
Well, I don't know what to tell you. First come
first served.

GABRIELLE
Is that right?

Xena enters.

TARA
Oh, yeah, that's right.

GABRIELLE
Who was here-

XENA
What's right?

GABRIELLE
Nothing, not a thing. Not a thing.

Gabrielle moves to the other side of the fire, away from Xena and Tara and lays out her blanket.

GABRIELLE
(to herself) It's nothing. Everything's fine. The world's
just a bowl of cherries. (to others) Good night.

Tara and Xena lie down.

XENA
Yeah.

Tara leans over Xena.

TARA
Can I ask you something?

XENA
As long as it doesn't keep me awake too long.

TARA
This doing good thing, how do you know what's
really good and what's not? I mean, those boys
from the gang, they think they're good. How
do you really know?

XENA
It's not always that simple. I usually go with my gut.

She looks at Gabrielle.

XENA
And when in doubt, I ask her.

TARA
No. She would know?
XENA
Not always, but I know that her first instinct is
usually an unselfish one and that's a really
good place to start.

TARA
Do you think she was born good? I mean, my
father always told me that I was bad from day one.

XENA
That is not true. You are what you do. You can
re-create yourself every second of your life.

TARA
But what if-

XENA
You know what is bad?

TARA
What?

XENA
Keeping me awake when I'm tired.

TARA
Right. Good night, Xena.

XENA
Good night.

Xena closes her eyes.

TARA
It's just that I'm not sure whether or not I'll figure
out this being good thing.

XENA
You will. I believe in you.

TARA
Really?

XENA
Really.

TARA
Good night.

Tara looks at the stars.

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Sun.

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The group moves along but then stops at a pile of rocks. Xena sees smoke.

XENA
That must be them.

TARA
Yeah, Wayan likes setting up camp on hills.

Silesian traders move along.

XENA
And they are the Silesian traders.

TARA
We're just in time.

XENA
Not really, we'll be right in the middle of relieving
the gang of the urn when the Silesians arrive.
That could make things a little dicey.

TARA
Well, what are we gonna do?

XENA
I'm gonna ride down and knock the Silesians
around a little bit, first. That'll either turn 'em around,
or at least slow 'em down long enough for us to
make our move on the gang. When you two see
me riding for the big hill, you run for the crest fast.

GABRIELLE
Okay.

Xena moves off.

EXTRA
Keep going.

GABRIELLE
Let's just try to get along, okay? What?

TARA
She told you we had to get along or else, right?

GABRIELLE
Forget it.

TARA
You know, you've got her convinced you're the
real thing.

GABRIELLE
What does that mean?

TARA
She thinks you're perfect.

GABRIELLE
She knows I'm not perfect. She loves me anyway.
That's what friendship is about.

TARA
I wouldn't know. I haven't had a lot of friends in
my time.

GABRIELLE
I wonder why.

TARA
Look! There's no smoke, I think they put the fire
out. They must be on the move.

GABRIELLE
No, they're waiting for the Silesians. They're not
going anywhere.

TARA
You don't know with these guys. They're an
unpredictable bunch. Come on, let's go.

Gabrielle stops her.

GABRIELLE
We're not going anywhere. We wait for Xena to
ride towards the hill.

TARA
Look! Do you wanna be a sidekick all your life?!
How's it gonna hurt us to get into position earlier?

GABRIELLE
We're waiting here.

TARA
All right.

Tara runs. Gabrielle follows.

GABRIELLE
Tara! Stop! Come back here! Tara! Why can't you
wait?! Xena told us to wait!

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Tara stops outside the camp. Gabrielle joins her.

GABRIELLE
You're gonna stay put 'til Xena gets back.

TARA
All right.

Wayan enters and tosses a guy out of his way.

WAYAN
What do you think you're doing?!

Micah holds the urn out to Wayan.

MICAH
Is this worth a thousand dinars, or what? Put it
in here.

Wayan tosses it in the sack.

MICAH
Careful! Put it on the wagon.

TARA
Did you see that?

GABRIELLE
Yeah, now we know where the urn is.

TARA
Okay.

GABRIELLE
When Xena comes back, we're gonna make for
that bag right away.

Tara starts to move out and Gabrielle tries to grab her, but she gets away. Gabrielle follows. She catches up and grabs Tara's leg.

TARA
What are you...

Tara kicks Gabrielle and when her foot lands, it breaks a stick. Gabrielle crawls next to Tara and then parts the grass to find the whole gang ready with swords pointed at them.

END OF ACT TWO



ACT THREE

Xena rides.

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Xena stops and ties up Argo. She enters the camp and Gabrielle clears her throat.

GABRIELLE
Uh, Xena?

Gabrielle and Tara are buried in the dirt up to their necks. The sound of breaking rope.

TARA and GABRIELLE
Huh?

A torch burns the rope that holds up a set of axes. It breaks and Xena catches it before it can hit Gabrielle and Tara.

XENA
This had better be good!

Xena ties up the axes and picks up a shovel.

GABRIELLE
Wonder girl took matters into her own hands again.

TARA
Everything would have been fine if you just let
go of my foot!

GABRIELLE
You would be dead if I didn't grab your foot!

TARA
Uh!

Xena starts to dig.

XENA
Oh, boy!

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Later. Gabrielle shakes the dirt out of her skirt and then unties Argo.

XENA
(to Tara) I'm gonna ride ahead and see if I can't
pick up their trail and then, maybe I'll come back
for you.

GABRIELLE
Xena? Can I talk to you for a minute?

They move aside.

XENA
Yeah.

GABRIELLE
I'm gonna kill her. I'm gonna rip out her throat.
I'm going to eat her eyeballs.

XENA
Gabrielle, calm down.

GABRIELLE
Xena, she almost got us killed. I can't work like this!

Xena gives Gabrielle Argo's reins and moves over to Tara.

XENA
Okay, come here. Sit down.

TARA
What're ya-

XENAv You asked me how you know what's good and
what's bad. Let me make it real simple for ya.
Acting like a selfish brat is bad. So you better
start putting others first or I will leave you by the
roadside in a flash.

Xena leaves on Argo.

TARA
Well, congratulations! You got what you wanted!

GABRIELLE
What's that?

TARA
She hates me now, thanks to you.

GABRIELLE
Thanks to me? Tara, you're not only obnoxious,
you're deluded.

TARA
I don't know what that means, but you better take
it back, right now!

GABRIELLE
Don't push it. Don't you-

Tara pushes her.

TARA
What are you gonna do about it?! Oh, you think
I'm scared because you've got that stick, huh?

She picks up a branch.

TARA
Okay. Let's go, Blondie!

Tara moves on Gabrielle and Gabrielle hits her several times. Tara falls. Gabrielle starts to move off, but Tara gets up again. Gabrielle hits her some more. Gabrielle knocks her down again.

GABRIELLE
Be smart for a change! Stay down.

Tara gets up, bleeding.

GABRIELLE
What are you doing?!

Gabrielle hits Tara some more and knocks her down again. Tara starts to get up.

GABRIELLE
I don't wanna hurt you anymore!

TARA
Don't do me any favours.

GABRIELLE
Stay down, Tara!

Tara stands but falls. Xena catches her.

TARA
Go away! I was just--I was just giving her my
best shot!

Tara starts to cry and sinks to her knees, Xena still holding her, sits down too.

TARA
I'm bad! I know I am! I'm really--I'm really, really bad!

XENA
No, you're not.

Tara cries and Xena holds her.

XENA
Shhh.

Tara keeps crying.

XENA
It's okay.

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Xena treats Tara's wounds and Gabrielle brings water.

TARA
My mom was good, I know that. (crying) She died
when I was about four. I remember when we had
to bury her, I stood by the grave and I said, "Mom,
you better get up, now! The men are throwing
dirt on you.!" Pretty dumb, huh?

GABRIELLE
Not at all.

Gabrielle and Xena clean Tara's wounds.

TARA
My father wasn't bad from the beginning. It's just
that he missed my mom so much he started to
drink. Pretty soon, he was beating up on me,
telling me how worthless I was. It went on forever.
So when I met the boys from the gang, I...

XENA
You just wanted to belong.

TARA
I guess that was it, yeah. Why are you guys being
so nice to me, anyway?! You guys are acting like
a bunch of suckers! I've done some really bad things!

XENA
You wanna compare bad deeds, I'll bury ya.

Tara leaves.

GABRIELLE
You are good.

XENA
What are you talking about?

GABRIELLE
You left us alone together, figuring that this would happen.

XENA
That's ridiculous! What do you think I am, a prophet,
or something?

GABRIELLE
No, just a good judge of human nature.

XENA
You're giving me way too much credit.

GABRIELLE
Thanks, Xena.

XENA
For what?

GABRIELLE
I had so much anger for that poor little kid, I never
gave her a chance, and you helped me deal with that.

XENA
You did everything just right, including a little bit
of, uh, tough love.

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Gabrielle plays charades and Xena and Tara try to guess. Xena laughs.

GABRIELLE
Sss!

XENA
"Zeus and the Cyclops"?

GABRIELLE
No, it's not a legend.

She makes a happy face.

GABRIELLE
Don't you remember when I did this?v
She makes a sad face.

GABRIELLE
And this?

XENA
Yeah, yeah, we do.

GABRIELLE
That's the mask of comedy and drama.

TARA
So?

GABRIELLE
So, that means it's a play.

XENA
"Oedipus".

GABRIELLE
No, don't, don't guess. You have to use the clues. Watch.

Gabrielle performs her charade again.

XENA
We don't know.

TARA
Come on, will you just tell us?

GABRIELLE
"Iphigenia at Aulis".

XENA
How are we supposed to know that?!

GABRIELLE
Well, it's not my fault you don't keep up with
contemporary theatre.

TARA
Okay, look, I've got one. I'm ready.

XENA
This'll never catch on, it's too hard.

TARA
Okay.

Tara performs her charade.

GABRIELLE
The birth of Athena!

TARA
That's it!

XENA
All right. Let's get some sleep. The gang are
headed toward the Manie river. The Silesians
will probably meet up with them there.

TARA
Yeah, that makes sense. There's an old abandoned
castle there that Wayan loves to hide out in.

XENA
Well, that's where we're headed.

They all lie down, Tara in the middle.

TARA
Hey, Gabrielle?

GABRIELLE
Hmm?

TARA
I really like that game you made up.

GABRIELLE
Thanks, Tara.

TARA
Good night, Gabrielle. Good night Xena.

XENA
Hmm.

GABRIELLE
Good night, Tara. Good night, Xena.

XENA
Good night.

TARA
Good night, Argo!

Argo whinnies. Tara looks at the stars.

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Later. Tara awakens and moves off.

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Tara moves into the bushes and finds Micah, who she kisses.

END OF ACT THREE



ACT FOUR

Later. Outside the castle.

XENA
Those horses belong to the Silesian traders.
They must be ready to make the exchange. I'm
going over the wall. Once I'm inside, I'll open the
door for you.

Xena moves off.

TARA
Gabrielle? This urn, mm, do you believe it has
some kind of power?

GABRIELLE
They say it gives people a sense of peace. Whether
that power comes from the mind or the urn, I
don't know.

TARA
But it could just be an old piece of pottery with
really pretty gems on it, right?

GABRIELLE
I guess so.

TARA
So...if, for some reason, we don't get it back, it's
not the end of the world.

GABRIELLE
Maybe, but I know this. For people who need to
forgive themselves in order to move on in life,
this urn can be very meaningful.

TARA
Like somebody like you knows anything about
feeling guilty.

GABRIELLE
I know. Believe me, I know. Look, she opened
the door.

Gabrielle runs off. Tara sighs and follows.

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Inside.

XENA
Shh. They're bargaining. But the urn's not there.
Let's go.

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Elsewhere.

XENA
There are two guards. I don't see the urn, but those
guys aren't in there for nothing.

Xena kicks open the door. She takes one guard and Gabrielle takes the other.

XENA
All right, let's find this thing.

They all search. Tara finds the urn, but when Xena looks at her she shakes her head.

TARA
Nothing there.

Tara puts down the torch while the others keep looking. She grabs the urn and runs out.

GABRIELLE
What's the matter?

XENA
You may be right, Gabrielle. Maybe you can't
save everyone.

Xena follows, Gabrielle right behind her.

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Micah grabs Tara and she screams. She sees who it is and they kiss.

MICAH
You are the best. You should be proud of yourself.
I love you, Tara.

TARA
I love you too, Micah.

MICAH
Not many people play Xena, Warrior Princess,
for a sucker.

Xena listens.

MICAH
When word gets out, she'll be a laughingstock.
Come on, give it to me.

She doesn't.

MICAH
What are you doing? Give me the urn. Look, we've
gotta get out of here before Wayan realizes what's
going on.

TARA
Micah, we don't need this urn.

MICAH
Well, you're right, there. But we do need the money
we'll get from selling it.

TARA
You know, if you and I head to Athens, we could
get some action going there.

MICAH
Fine, we'll to Athens. Now, give me the urn.

TARA
No.

MICAH
Tara! You're beginning to make me very angry.

TARA
Look, I don't think we should sell this urn.

MICAH
Well, what should we do with it?

TARA
Return it to the temple. People believe in it and
Xena believes in me.

MICAH
You know-

He draws his sword.

MICAH
-I wasn't gonna kill you until we were clear
from the castle, but now will do fine.

Tara runs past Xena, not seeing her. Micah follows, but Xena steps out in front of him.

XENA
Hello, handsome.

Xena knocks him out.

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Tara runs into the room with the gang and the traders, who all draw swords.

TARA
Huh?!

Gabrielle and Xena enter.

TARA
Gabrielle!

Tara tosses Gabrielle the urn, but misses. Gabrielle yells as she jumps and catches it.

GABRIELLE
Oh!

Wayan takes it. Gabrielle hits him with her staff and takes it back.

GABRIELLE
Xena!

Xena catches it and then throws it into the air and fights the gang.

XENA
Hah! Hah! Tara!

Xena tosses the urn to Tara who catches it. Xena and Gabrielle fight the gang. Micah enters.

MICAH
Tara!

He runs at Tara who beats him up.

TARA
Hey, Micah! Here's something to remember me by!

Tara jumps on his chest. The fight is won.

TARA
I did it, didn't I? I did good.

GABRIELLE
You sure did.

Tara gives Xena the urn.

XENA
Go get Argo. We'll meet you at the main gate.
What's the matter, Tara?

TARA
You knew, didn't you?

XENA
Yeah, I knew.

TARA
Then why did you-

XENA
A very wise friend of mine once said that no one
can believe in herself unless someone else believes
in her first.

Xena and Gabrielle smile at each other.

TARA
You two are such suckers!

Tara runs off.

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The urn has been returned. The young man pours water into the bowl. A man and woman kneel before the Dorus, who dips his finger in the water and makes the small circle on their heads.

DORUS
You are forgiven for past misdeeds. Go now and
do good. You are forgiven for past misdeeds.
Go now and do good.

Tara kneels before him and he makes the circle on her head.

DORUS
You are forgiven for past misdeeds. Go now and
do good.

Gabrielle kneels before him and he makes the circle on her head

DORUS
You are forgiven for past misdeeds. Go now and
do good.

Gabrielle and Tara look back at Xena who is waiting at the door, wearing a sad expression as she looks on.

TARA
What's Xena doing? Doesn't she wanna be forgiven?

Xena walks off towards the sunset.

END OF ACT FOUR

STARRING
Lucy Lawless as Xena
Renee O'Connor as Gabrielle

GUEST CAST
Shiri Appleby as Tara
Brett Coutts as Micah
Mervyn Smith as Dorus
Wade Jackson as Wayan
David Goodwin as Lark

Written by: R.J. Stewart
Directed by: Garth Maxwell

Disclaimer: No street-talking, cat-fighting, barrroom-brawling juvenile delinquents were harmed during the production of this motion picture.