One Against an Army


TEASER

Gabrielle gets ready and Xena watches. Gabrielle runs at her staff which is held vertical by two poles. She uses the staff and flips.

GABRIELLE
Swing! Ha!

XENA
Terrific! Now, can we head for Thessaly, before
you hurt yourself?

GABRIELLE
No, no, no. No, wait.

Gabrielle pulls a little Xena toothpick dollie out of her cleavage and demonstrates with it.

GABRIELLE
You see, I've worked out the mechanics, the speed,
trajectory, and finally, the arc of the spin.

XENA
Good.

She takes the dollie.

XENA
What's the point?

GABRIELLE
Your flip. Basically, I've broken it down into its
relatively simple steps.

XENA
Oh, yeah? What foot do I start on?

Xena puts one of the dollie's leg in her mouth.

GABRIELLE
Don't confuse me. (takes the dollie and puts it
back in her cleavage) This time, no staff. Watch.

XENA
Gabrielle, before I tried the flip without the staff, I
made three hundred attempts with it.

GABRIELLE
Slow learner, huh, Xena? I had that problem with
basket-weaving.

XENA
It's the right foot, but I'd rather you didn't.

GABRIELLE
It's not like it's gonna kill me. Let me try it one
time, okay? That's all I need. One time.

Gabrielle runs. She takes off on her left.

XENA
Wrong foot.

Gabrielle does a flip, but lands hard on her ankle and shouts.

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Gabrielle limps along.

GABRIELLE
I'm telling you, my ankle is fine.

XENA
Come on, let me take a look at it. Don't let pride
get in the way. You tried something and you failed.
It happens.

GABRIELLE
It's nothing serious, Xena.

Xena picks up Gabrielle's foot.

GABRIELLE
Ow! Ow! O-oh.

XENA
Good thing it's nothing serious.

Xena feels Gabrielle's ankle.

GABRIELLE
Ah!

She groans.

GABRIELLE
Ow! That doesn't hurt.

XENA
Already too swollen, huh?

GABRIELLE
I'll walk it off.

XENA
I'm not gonna tell ya that you shouldn't'a tried
that flip.

GABRIELLE
You'll work it in.

XENA
Gabrielle, look out! Hit the dirt!

GABRIELLE
Ah-h!

Gabrielle jumps to the ground and Xena throws her chakram, breaking Gabrielle's boot.

GABRIELLE
Why did you do that?

XENA
A new theory on testing for sprains. Elevation
and ice-cold water.

GABRIELLE
Yeah, well I'm not very thirsty.

XENA
Sit down.

GABRIELLE
Now you owe me a nice pair of boots.

XENA
Yeah.

GABRIELLE
Ow!

PHIDDIPIDES
You, there! Run for your lives.

XENA
Why? What's going on?

PHIDDIPIDES
A huge army landed two nights ago and a fleet
of tall ships, foreign, laid waste to our troops in
Marathon. They're headed this way on a forced
march for Athens.

XENA
Tall ships, three masts?

PHIDDIPIDES
Yes.

XENA
A double row of oarsmen.

PHIDDIPIDES
That's right.

XENA
Persians.

GABRIELLE
Have you fought these guys before?

XENA
Gabrielle, over that mountain is the most ruthless
army ever to take up weapons. If they reach Athens,
Greece is lost.

GABRIELLE
What are we going to do?

XENA
Stop them.

END OF TEASER



ACT ONE

GABRIELLE
The Spartans were fighting at Marathon, alongside
the Greeks? That's a first.

PHIDDIPIDES
Unfortunately, they were slaughtered. They fought
bravely, but they were so outnumbered, they never
had a chance.

XENA
Persians will swarm through this land like
man-eating locusts. We'd better move quickly.

Xena helps Gabrielle up.

PHIDDIPIDES
I've never seen such an attack. The sky was so
thick with arrows, you couldn't see the sun.

XENA
Someone had better warn the Athenians.

Xena helps Gabrielle onto Argo and Gabrielle groans.

XENA
Phiddipides, can you run on to Athens and tell
them about Marathon?

PHIDDIPIDES
Yes.

XENA
Good. Pace yourself. In this heat, a run like that
could kill you. We'll try to slow them up.

GABRIELLE
Stopping an army isn't that something that you try
about three hundred times before you actually do it?

XENA
Keep that foot elevated.

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Smoke rises.

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Xena and Gabrielle move along.

GABRIELLE
Go on, say it. We'd move a lot faster if I hadn't
tried that.

XENA
Tried what?

GABRIELLE
The flip?

XENA
Oh, the pass.

GABRIELLE
The pass?

XENA
The pass at Thermopylae, that's the answer.

GABRIELLE
What's the question?

XENA
That's the shortest route from Marathon. The
Persians have to go through there, so it's the
best place to stop them.

GABRIELLE
Two against an army?

XENA
No, an army against a landslide that we cause,
thereby sealing it off.

GABRIELLE
Of course. Look, Xena, I'm slowing you down.
Why don't you go ahead, create the landslide?
I'll wait here.

XENA
No. Persian advance scouts travel ahead of the
infantry. They'd find you.

GABRIELLE
Stupid ankle. If only I hadn't tried that.

XENA
Well, it that is the worse thing that happens today,
I'll be thrilled.

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Later.

GABRIELLE
Xena, what about that thing that you did in China?
You know? That power that you had. It could
destroy an entire army.

XENA
I wish I could still call it up, but, that took a purity
of essence that...well, it's gone now.

GABRIELLE
Has it occurred to you that, well, maybe the landslide
will only delay them? I mean, what if the Persians
just go around the mountain, and continue on
to Athens?

XENA
Then we'll have them exactly where we want them.

GABRIELLE
Where?

XENA
Tripolis. I used to keep a secret armory in the
area. If we're lucky the weapons will still be there.
We'll be ready for 'em.

GABRIELLE
We? As in you and me? The two of us?

XENA
As in you, me, and the Tripolis militia.

GABRIELLE
Oh, that 'we.'

Dorian leaps out in front of Xena with his sword raised.

DORIAN
Give up the horse, or the last thing you see will
be your heart in my hand.

XENA
I don't give up my heart to just anyone. You've
been following us for the last half an hour. All that
time for this move?

DORIAN
Help her down, or I will!

XENA
All right, I can see you're obviously pressed for time.

Xena flips over Dorian.

GABRIELLE
Right foot first.

Xena fights Dorian. Xena beats him without effort.

XENA
He's a Spartan from his clothes, unless he stole
them from some real warrior.

DORIAN
I am a Spartan! I fought at Marathon! When my
commander saw we were losing, he sent me to
find a fall-back position! Unfortunately, my horse
came up lame, and I had to kill him!

Argo whinnies.

GABRIELLE
Don't get any ideas.

DORIAN
I wanted your horse to finish my mission and
get this treated.

Xena turns him over to see the cut on his back.

GABRIELLE
It's pretty bad.

XENA
It's only a flesh wound. I can dress it.

She helps him up.

XENA
Did you get that running from battle?

DORIAN
Spartans don't run.

Xena sheathes her sword.

XENA
Oh, I know. They fight to the death.

She picks up his sword.

XENA
Not a nick on it. You're a deserter, aren't you?

DORIAN
No--no--no--no, I s...I swear, on my father's life!

XENA
Oh, a coward and a liar. Your father must be proud.

DORIAN
All right, all right! I admit it! I ran! I abandoned my
people to slaughter. I'm a disgrace to my homeland!

GABRIELLE
Everybody feels fear.

XENA
But we don't all run. If we did, there'd be no home
left to run to. I'm offering you a chance to redeem
yourself. Join us.

DORIAN
Join you?! Huh, against that army?! What good
can the three of us possibly do?!

GABRIELLE
Xena has a plan to stop them.

DORIAN
You do?

XENA
Yeah, and you'll fit into it nicely.

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Lake.

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A Persian is on the lookout.

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Xena , Dorian and Gabrielle move along.

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The Persian moves away.

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Xena, Gabrielle and Dorian move along.

GABRIELLE
What village in Sparta are you from, Dorian?

DORIAN
Mizola, the most beautiful village in the Peloponnese.

XENA
Oh, yeah, yeah, that's famous for that waterfall,
seventy feet high.

DORIAN
Yes, I pray that I one day see that waterfall again
and my wife and son, Zacheris. Wonder what
he'll think of me when he discovers his father is
a coward.

GABRIELLE
You can change. He doesn't have to know about
the one time that you failed.

DORIAN
What if I fail again?

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The Persians.

EXTRA
Quickly! The enemy!

The Persians move.

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Xena sees the glint of a sword.

DORIAN
Xena, you still haven't told me your plans to stop
the Persians.

XENA
Oh, haven't I? Huh.

Dorian moves ahead and Xena stops Argo and speaks to her.

XENA
Hey, I want you to take Gabrielle into the woods
and keep her there, all right?

GABRIELLE
What is it? Did you see something?

XENA
Sunlight glinting on steel up ahead. It's the advance
party I've been expecting.

GABRIELLE
I can still fight.

XENA
Don't argue with me. I'll explain later. Go on, get
out of here.

Gabrielle rides off. Xena moves to join Dorian.

XENA
Get ready for a fight, Spartan.

Xena throws her chakram. She flips with a yell.

EXTRA
Get her!

Xena fights the Persians. Dorian does nothing.

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Gabrielle rides. She looks back to see Dorian doing nothing and turns Argo.

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Xena fights the Persians.

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Gabrielle rides along-side Dorian.

GABRIELLE
Dorian! Dorian, snap out of it!
She kicks him.

GABRIELLE
Dorian, fight or take refuge! Come on! Come on!

Gabrielle and Dorian move off.

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Xena fights the Persians.

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A Persians fires an arrow which hits Gabrielle in the shoulder.

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Xena fights the Persians and then turns to see Gabrielle.

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Gabrielle slumps in the saddle and Dorian runs to her.

DORIAN
Gabrielle.

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Xena is shocked.

XENA
Gabrielle.

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Later. Xena holds Gabrielle in her arms.

DORIAN
This is my fault. My fault!

XENA
Go and do something useful! Make a fire!

Dorian leaves.

GABRIELLE
It's not, it's not that bad.

XENA
Gabrielle, this is going to be painful. Ready?

Xena breaks off the feathered end.

GABRIELLE
Ahhh!

Xena starts to push out the arrow.

GABRIELLE
Ooohhh. Ah.

Xena turns Gabrielle unto her back and takes hold of the arrow.

GABRIELLE
Ahh! That's enough!

XENA
Oh, no.

Xena pulls it out.

GABRIELLE
Ahhhhh! Ohhh!

It's out.

GABRIELLE
Ah, I hardly felt a thing.

Xena smells the tip.

GABRIELLE
What is it?

XENA
Poison.

END OF ACT ONE



ACT TWO

Xena heats a pointed stick in the fire. She moves to Gabrielle.

XENA
Ready?

Xena touches the heated wood to Gabrielle's wound and she screams.

GABRIELLE
Ow!

Xena then puts the heated stick through the front part of Gabrielle's wound.

GABRIELLE
Ahh! Ah.

DORIAN
Will it get the poison out?

XENA
No, it's already moving through her system.

Xena moves back to the fire.

DORIAN
Why did you come back for me?

GABRIELLE
I wanted you to see that waterfall and your son Zacheris.

Xena rejoins them with bandages and a mixture.

DORIAN
I'm sorry I froze. I guess I came up short again,
huh? Can we still execute your plan?

XENA
Don't you worry about my plan.

Xena starts to cover Gabrielle's wound.

GABRIELLE
Dorian's right to be concerned, Xena. Just why
don't you leave me and go on ahead?

XENA
The advance scouts travel a day ahead of the
main force, so we still have time.

GABRIELLE
Be honest with me Xena. How bad is this poison.

XENA
It didn't hit a main artery. This poultice will delay
the effects until we can get to Tripolis and treat it
with a serum. By tomorrow, you'll be trying those
flips again...with a staff.

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Xena and Dorian walk along, Gabrielle riding behind on Argo, leaning over in the saddle.

DORIAN
If she dies-

XENA
She won't!

DORIAN
Yes but, if she dies, I'm sure you'll hate me for
freezing up like that. You'll blame me for the rest
of your life!

XENA
How I feel about you doesn't matter! You're the
one who has to live with yourself. After today, I'll
never see you again, one way or the other.

DORIAN
But with Gabrielle hurt, doesn't this change your plans?

XENA
Yes! Yes, it does. Look, I need you to come through
for me, now more than ever. With Gabrielle injured,
we're moving too slowly. I need you to run ahead
to Tripolis.

DORIAN
Anything, anything at all.

XENA
I need you to tell the head of the militia to get his
men ready to meet me. There's been a landslide
at the pass at Thermopylae-

DORIAN
The pass is blocked? Then there's hope! You
didn't tell me that!

XENA
Well, you better get moving. It's risky. There may
be more Persian scouts ahead.

DORIAN
Thanks for giving me another chance.

They clasp arms.

DORIAN
I'll see you later, with help.

He takes Gabrielle's hand.

DORIAN
This time, no amount of fear will stop me from
doing my duty.

GABRIELLE
Make your son proud. Be careful.

DORIAN
Okay.

Dorian runs off.

GABRIELLE
I think you might have changed him.

XENA
Hmm.

GABRIELLE
I don't understand, there's no landslide at the pass.

XENA
And there's no waterfall at Mizola.

GABRIELLE
What?

XENA
Spartans, from the age of eight, carry around a
wooden stake. They're constantly squeezing it
between their hands to harden them. When I
helped him up this morning, I noticed there were
only a few calluses on his sword hand. He's no Spartan.

GABRIELLE
Then where is he from?

XENA
Persia. He's a spy.

GABRIELLE
But he has a wound.

XENA
One of his fellow Persians gave him that to make
his story more convincing. Right now, he's rushing
back to tell them there's been a landslide.

GABRIELLE
So that we don't have to do it. The army will be
diverted anyway.

XENA
Right into us and the militia. Now, let's get you
to Tripolis and get you treated.

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Tripolis. It's been burned.

GABRIELLE
What is this place?

XENA
Tripolis, or what's left of it.

GABRIELLE
Hmm.

She coughs.

GABRIELLE
Everybody's fled.

XENA
The militia razed their own town. They didn't want
to leave anything behind for the Persians. There-

GABRIELLE
It's the physician's hut.

XENA
Stay here.

Xena enters and looks for the serum. She comes out to face Gabrielle with a broken bottle.

GABRIELLE
No serum. No militia. You know, Xena, they say
that bad things come in threes. How about that
armory, huh?

She coughs.

XENA
We're not staying here. We're moving on to
Thessaly after all. They'll have medicine there.

GABRIELLE
No, just wait.

XENA
We can take the back roads.

GABRIELLE
But your plan? Dorian would have told the Persians
about Thermopylae. (coughs) That means that
they'll be heading here, and you've promised the
people that you will slow them down, right? So,
let's, let's take care of that first.

XENA
No, first the serum. We can get back in time to-

GABRIELLE
Xena, we can't make it back in time to slow down
the Persians. And if we can't stop them while the
Athenians are moving up, then Athens is going
to fall. How long do I have?

Xena is silent.

GABRIELLE
Well, we'll just have to stand and fight now, won't
we? Tomorrow, we'll go to Thessaly. It's a chance
that we have to take.

Xena hears a sound.

XENA
Horses. Persian cavalry. It's the advance party.
Come on.

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Persians ride.

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Xena brings Gabrielle into the armory and closes the door.

XENA
Here, sit down.

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The outside of the armory.

GABRIELLE (voice-over)
Xena-

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Inside. Xena helps Gabrielle along.

GABRIELLE
-aren't we going to the armory?

XENA
Yep, we just got there.

Lies Gabrielle down.

XENA
We bought ourselves some time with that shortcut.

Xena opens a crate and pulls out a spear.

XENA
Not too shabby for three years. I hid these here
in case I ever had another army. Didn't think I'd
need them again.

GABRIELLE
I didn't know that I qualified as an army.

Xena brings Gabrielle a blanket.

XENA
(whispers) Okay.

GABRIELLE
Xena, in case this poison starts spreading faster-

She coughs.

GABRIELLE
I do have a last request.

XENA
You can tell me about it later, years from now,
when we're old and gray.

GABRIELLE
Oh, that's funny. Really, uh, after you've slowed
down the Persians, if I can't make it, I want you
to save yourself. I don't want to be a burden to you.

XENA
I can't promise that.

GABRIELLE
We're all gonna die, eventually.

XENA
Not today. Look, Gabrielle, I know it's bad, but
we've survived worse, right? Right?

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Night at the armory.

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Xena walks along.

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Xena looks over the Persians camp.

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Xena runs in with herbs and sees Gabrielle coughing.

XENA
Are you all right? What are you doing sitting up?

GABRIELLE
I was just uncomfortable on my back.

Xena treats Gabrielle's wound.

GABRIELLE
The Persians are out there, aren't they?

XENA
Yes.

GABRIELLE
How many campfires?

XENA
Thirty or forty.

Xena starts to mix the herbs.

GABRIELLE
Ten men or so per fire. That's good. For a minute
there, I thought we were in trouble.

She coughs.

GABRIELLE
At least we have the element of surprise in our favour.

XENA
It's the main cavalry, their best warriors.

GABRIELLE
Well, we only have to delay them, right? Just
bloody their noses a little bit.

XENA
You just let me worry about their noses. I've gotta
find someplace to hide you until after the battle.

GABRIELLE
I guess I'm gonna miss out on all the fun, huh?
You know, it's occurred to me that, this is just a
clever diversion, to make me forget about my boots.

Xena starts to put the mixed herbs on Gabrielle's wound, when Gabrielle's coughs get stronger.

GABRIELLE
My chest feels so he--heavy.

Xena reaches over and touches Gabrielle's pillow. She then looks at Gabrielle's mouth.

GABRIELLE
What?

XENA
Blood. The arrow must've grazed your lung. The poison...

GABRIELLE
I just ran out of time didn't I?

END OF ACT TWO



ACT THREE

Outside.

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Xena brings over a ladder.

GABRIELLE
(coughs) That doesn't look like a weapon.

XENA
It's not. It's a litter. I'm putting you on it and getting
you outta here.

Xena puts a blanket on it.

GABRIELLE
Why? Did the Persians pull back? Xena, you can't
do this. You can't leave, not if they're still out there.
You're the only one.

XENA
Gabrielle, quiet!

GABRIELLE
Look, I know what you're doing. You can't. If you
don't hold them up-

XENA
I am not going to let you die. I can still get you to
Thessaly and the antidote.

GABRIELLE
And then what? What happens to Athens? What's
my life worth then?

XENA
First things first.

GABRIELLE
The first thing is the greater good, you taught me
that. You taught me that there are things in life
worth dying for, things that hold a higher meaning
than our own existence.

XENA
Not your existence.

GABRIELLE
Why? 'Cause I'm your friend?

XENA
Yes!

GABRIELLE
Well then, honour my memory. We both know that
I'm right. This is right. Xena, promise me, promise
me that you will not leave this battle because of me.

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Xena pulls out more weapons and then stirs a pot of hot tar. Gabrielle coughs. Xena looks at a bottle and tries to call forth the chi power. Nothing happens and she kicks the bottle away in frustration. It breaks against the wall.

GABRIELLE
Help me.

Xena runs to her.

XENA
Hey. Hey. I'm here.

GABRIELLE
Xena.

XENA
Yes?

GABRIELLE
You've got to take me with you, teach me everything
you know. You can't leave me here in Poteidaia.
I wanna go with you. I've studied the stars, spoken
with philosophers and I have the gift of prophecy.
I can be very valuable to you. Take me with you.
I want so much to be like you.

Gabrielle falls back asleep.

XENA
And I want to be like you.

A tear rolls down Xena's face.

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Day. Xena opens the doors to the armory.

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Gabrielle tosses and turns.

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Xena closes the door.

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Gabrielle sits up.

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Xena puts a board on the door.

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Gabrielle watches. The windows and door begin to shake. The Persians enter and Xena fights them.

EXTRA
Kill her!

A Persian comes in from the roof and slices Xena's throat.

GABRIELLE
Xena!

XENA
Ugh!

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Gabrielle awakes and looks at the sleeping Xena, lying next to her. Gabrielle touches Xena's hair.

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Xena paces.

GABRIELLE
Xena?

XENA
We're leaving.

GABRIELLE
I thought that we agreed.

XENA
I changed my mind.

GABRIELLE
There's no other way.

XENA
There has got to be another way! I'm going to
get us out of this.

GABRIELLE
It's too late for me.

XENA
I don't accept defeat. There are always choices.
I'm done paying for my past mistakes. My
responsibility now is you.

GABRIELLE
Don't.

XENA
Don't argue with me now.

GABRIELLE
Don't you argue with me! I know that I'm going to
die, I accept that. Why can't you? A long time
ago, I accepted the consequences of our life
together, that it might one day come to this. It has.
I'm not afraid.

XENA
You always said that I was the brave one. Look
at you now. If this is to be our destiny, let's see
it out together. Even in death, Gabrielle...I will
never leave you.

They hold hands.

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Day.

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Xena goes to Argo.

XENA
Hey. Hey. I want you to run away from here. You
run as far as you can. Don't you stop for any stallions.

Argo runs but then turns back and rears with a loud whinny.

XENA
Go on! You do as I say! Go!

Argo leaves and Xena heads back.

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Xena pulls the oil along. She looks over and Gabrielle.

XENA
Gabrielle?

GABRIELLE
I'm still here. I think. Strange, I seem to have moved
beyond the pain.

XENA
Here. I have a poultice ready for you.

GABRIELLE
No, please, don't--don't bother with that. I can't fight.
I can't be of any help to you, so please, I'm just
distracting you.

XENA
But you're my source, Gabrielle. When I reach
down inside myself and do things that I'm not
capable of, it's because of you. Don't you know
that by now? Let's just see this one through together,
all right?

She picks up Gabrielle.

XENA
Here we go. Yeah. Uh-uh.

Xena carries Gabrielle upstairs. She lies her down and Gabrielle coughs. Xena helps her into another bed and covers her with a blanket.

XENA
Okay. Here, you, come on.

GABRIELLE
Now I have a better view.

XENA
I'm gonna put the boiling oil over by the ladder.
The minute they start up, you tip it. Just push it
on them.

GABRIELLE
You'll be down there.

XENA
If they're coming up the ladder, then it means
they got past me. If they got past me, well...

GABRIELLE
Watch out for a man with a double-edged sword.

XENA
What?

GABRIELLE
I had a dream and he came through the roof.
Just be careful.

XENA
Always looking out for me, huh?

GABRIELLE
Always. Xena? About China, I hope you know I
never meant to hurt you. I only did what I thought
was right.

XENA
Gabrielle, that's all in the past. All I want is to be
with you right now. You're my best friend, my family.

Xena hugs her.

XENA
I love you, Gabrielle.

GABRIELLE
I love you, Xena.

XENA
'Til the other side, then. We'll be together.

GABRIELLE
'Til then.

Gabrielle lies back down. The sound of horses.

XENA
They're coming.

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The Persians ride.

END OF ACT THREE



ACT FOUR

The Persians ride.

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The armory.

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Xena looks out a crack.

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Xena flips to the door.

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The Persians ride.

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Xena opens the door and gives her yell. The Persians stop.

EXTRA
Archers! Fire!

They fire and Xena closes the door.

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Xena boards up the door once more and then waits.

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Gabrielle watches.

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The doors shake.

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Gabrielle watches.

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The windows shake.

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Gabrielle watches.

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Men come in the windows. Xena throws her chakram and releases a spike trap that kills them.

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Gabrielle watches.

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Men come in the door and Xena picks up a stick from the fire, takes a drink and blows fire on them. Xena battles the soldiers.

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Gabrielle watches.

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Xena battles the soldiers.

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Gabrielle watches. Gabrielle looks up to see the roof shaking. A soldier falls from it.

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The soldier lands behind Xena. Xena throws her chained mace into the ceiling.

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Gabrielle watches.

GABRIELLE
Xena, see it.

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Xena flips over the soldier with a yell and breaks his neck. She flips with another yell and grabs the chained mace, kicking the soldiers trying to grab her feet.

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Gabrielle starts to crawl out of bed.

XENA
Gabrielle, do it!

GABRIELLE
Oh.

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Xena kicks the soldiers.

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Gabrielle crawls to the pot.

XENA
Gabrielle! Now!

GABRIELLE
Uh-h-h-h-h-h!

She pours boiling oil on the Persian soldiers.

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Xena starts to climb up the chained mace.

XENA
Come and get me!

Xena climbs and flips through the roof with a yell. She draws her sword and battles the Persians on the roof.

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Gabrielle lies back down.

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Persians join the fight on the roof. Xena is cut on her arm. She knocks out the soldier and then looks through the hole in the roof to see Dorian standing over Gabrielle with a dagger. Xena kills a Persian.

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Gabrielle looks up to see Dorian, now dressed as a Persian.

DORIAN
Told you I'd be back...with help.

Xena jumps down and fights Dorian. She knocks him off and then cuts a rope which fires arrows below and killed more Persians. Xena flips down with a yell and throws a mace which drops heavy bags on the Persians. Xena fights, sweat breaking. Xena flips, ululating and laughs. She fights Dorian when an arrow is shot at her. She catches it, smells it and then stabs Dorian with it.

XENA
Poison, just like Gabrielle.

She takes out the arrow out.

XENA
I'm going to let you die quicker, but with much
more pain.

The Persians attack Xena. Dorian crawls along.

XENA
That's right, crawl. Crawl for your stinking life!

Xena continues fighting.

XENA
Yah!

Dorian grabs a bottle from a fallen Persians, but before he can drink, Xena grabs the bottle.

XENA
You feeling better, now that you found your medicine?

He attacks Xena. Another soldier runs at them, and Xena pushes Dorian onto the other soldier's blade. Xena continues fighting. Xena wins and the Persians stand, looking at her.

XENA
Go home, there are thousands more like me!

They leave.

EXTRA
Yeah, come on.

EXTRA
Enough, come on!

EXTRA
Back to the horses.

Xena waits until they clear out and then flips up to Gabrielle.

XENA
Gabrielle, I have the antidote.

Gabrielle doesn't move. Two more Persians attack, and Xena deals with them and then turns back to Gabrielle.

XENA
Hey, Gabrielle. Hey. Hey, can you hear me?

Xena pours the antidote onto her hand and touches it to Gabrielle's lip. Gabrielle tastes it and wakes up.

GABRIELLE
Hmm, are we dead?

XENA
No. No. Here, drink this.

Gabrielle does and coughs.

GABRIELLE
I thought that you said those guys were tough.

Xena lies down, exhausted.

XENA
Must have caught them on an off day.

GABRIELLE
You're hurt.

XENA
No, I'm all right. Hmm, you just get some sleep.
We'll be heading out in a few hours.

Xena closes her eyes.

GABRIELLE
Xena?

XENA
Hmm?

GABRIELLE
When we get to Thessaly...you still owe me a
new pair of boots.

END OF ACT FOUR

STARRING
Lucy Lawless as Xena
Renee O'Connor as Gabrielle

GUEST CAST
Douglas Kamo as Dorian
Nick Kemplen as Phiddipides

Written by: Gene O'Neill and Noreen Tobin
Directed by: Paul Lynch

Disclaimer: Gabrielle's ankle was harmed during the production of this motion picture.