Sacrifice


This transcript is dedicated to the memory of Kevin Smith


TEASER

The vortex opens, and Callisto climbs out, as a pig watches. Callisto screams.

CALLISTO
Just weren't built to hold a real god, were you? Huh.

Callisto sees the pig and aims her finger at it.

CALLISTO
Go away.

The pig runs off.

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Women dance, and chant before a fire, and hooded men in black robes stand in a circle around them. One man is in a flesh colored robe. Xena and Gabrielle watch.

XENA
Can you see your friend?

GABRIELLE
No, but she's gotta be here. These are the people
that her parents told me about, I'm sure.

The dancing stops and Werfner starts talking.

GABRIELLE
I wish I could just make out what he's saying.

XENA
I can't make it all out, but it's--it's something about
the return of a goddess. They need to build temples
to her, prepare the way.

Seraphin enters wearing a red robe.

GABRIELLE
Xena, there she is. That's my friend, Seraphin.

Some hooded men bring in a mask. Seraphin puts it on.

GABRIELLE
What is she doing?

Seraphin climbs a ladder stuck in the ground. Werfner holds a spear to her heart. Xena throws her chakram which breaks off the spear head. She runs in and starts to beat the hooded men.

GABRIELLE
Seraphin!

WERNFER
Let's take her!

GABRIELLE
This way!

Some hooded men take Seraphin away.

WERFNER
Now! Quickly!

XENA
I'm gonna get Seraphin!

Xena fights the hooded men.

GABRIELLE
Right!

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Xena runs along, fighting more hooded men. She stops when she sees Callisto, who holds the Priest of the Flesh, who has a slit neck. Callisto chuckles and disappears.

END OF TEASER



ACT ONE

Later. Gabrielle and Xena get ready to leave.

GABRIELLE
We have to find her, Xena. I've known Seraphin
since she was, she was five. I can't believe that
she would be a worshipper of Callisto's.

XENA
More than that, she was a sacrifice. When we
stepped in, Callisto decided to take one of the
other priests.

GABRIELLE
Do you think it's possible that Callisto could end
up like the other gods? With temples, and followers?

XENA
It's not like her. There has to be something else.
I--I just don't know what. The first thing is to find
your friend. Come on.

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Callisto appears in a cave.

CALLISTO
Hi, Honey, I'm home. Ah, well, there you are. Hello,
Pumpkin. Your Auntie Callisto's brought you a
little treat. It is what you wanted, isn't it? They called
him the, the Priest to the Flesh. Now-

She draws her sword.

CALLISTO
-shall I carve, or will you?

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Xena and Gabrielle walk along.

XENA
Most of them are headed toward the river. They're
going to regroup.

GABRIELLE
Right.

XENA
Gabrielle, I want you to take Argo. Go on ahead.
I'll catch up with you later.

Gabrielle leaves and Xena moves in the bush.

XENA
How long have you been watching me?

Ares is leaning on a tree.

ARES
Since you broke up Callisto's little party. Looks
like the new kid on the block wants to create her
own dynasty. She's got a lot to learn, though. I,
uh, don't suppose she happened to be wearing
a, uh, pendant, at all?

XENA
You mean the hind's blood? No. I heard the story,
Ares. Callisto killed Strife using a dagger of hind's
blood, and then Hercules forced her through the
gate into that other world.

ARES
What I want to know is, how she got through that gate.

XENA
She's a goddess. How long would it have taken you?

ARES
Good point. Still, it's good she didn't have it on
her because, now-

XENA
Now, she can't use it against you.

ARES
Or against any other god. Callisto didn't come
back for a few temples. She wants it all. Now,
Xena, you're gonna need an ally. Maybe we can,
come up with some arrangement.

XENA
Forget it. I'm not in this for your petty revenge.

ARES
Callisto is not a true god. She was mortal. She's
got no control, no respect for any of us. All she
can bring is destruction. And when she gets an
army of worshippers, conquers the world, what then?

XENA
Then she's comin' after you.

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The women dance again, as the hooded men stand in a circle around them. They stop dancing.

WERFNER
Priest of the Flesh has gone. Glory to him!

EXTRAS
Glory!

WERFNER
He will be replaced. But the blood, the time of the
blood has come.

Xena enters wearing Seraphin's mask and climbs the ladder.

WERFNER
And this time, there will be no interruption. Glory
to the blood! The rebirth of the goddess!

Werfner brings up the spear, but it gets stuck. Xena hits him with the spear, and then jumps down. She takes off the mask, and then starts hitting the hooded men with her robe. Callisto appears. The hooded men run away, except for Werfner who watches.

CALLISTO
Hmm, not happy to see me, are you? Neither am
I, really. But I've got a plan to solve both of our problems.

XENA
Why don't you let me in on it?

CALLISTO
Oh Xena, tsk-tsk-tsk-tsk. I tell you about it and the
first thing you know, you'll be trying to stop me.
You just trust me. You're gonna love it. Well,
least half of it.

XENA
Oh, goody.

They draw their swords.

CALLISTO
You know, it's funny that I keep this thing around.
I don't really need it. It's just for decoration and
for fun.

Callisto attacks Xena.

CALLISTO
I don't know if I'm toying with you, or you're toying
with me. Oh, you can't beat me, Xena. You can
only...you can only delay me.

Callisto walks off with a scoff.

CALLISTO
Sorry, Xena, but I'm on a schedule. Oh, yes.

She shoots a fireball. Xena jumps aside and it hits Ares. He puts it out.

ARES
Oh, I've been lookin' forward to this reunion for
a long, long time. Oh, you're going back through
the gate, but not before we settle a few things.

Callisto throws a lightning ball. Ares catches it and throws it back.

CALLISTO
Love to chat, but gotta go.

Callisto grabs Werfner and disappears.

ARES
I am really gonna enjoy tearing her limb from limb.

Ares disappears. Gabrielle steps out with Seraphin.

GABRIELLE
Seraphin! What is wrong with you?! We're trying
to save your life!

SERAPHIN
Gabrielle, you don't understand. I don't want to go.

GABRIELLE
No, I know, you wanna be sacrificed to the temple
of Callisto. Well, it's not going to happen.

SERAPHIN
Who's Callisto?

GABRIELLE
Who's...? You mean you aren't being sacrificed
to Callisto?

SERAPHIN
I'm chosen for the Priestess of the Blood, for
the rebirth of the goddess?

XENA
This isn't about Callisto. It's about something
else. The Goddess of Dahak. It's about Hope.

END OF ACT ONE



ACT TWO

Xena holds a shield.

XENA
Hope is gathering a following.

GABRIELLE
Can't be.

XENA
Yes. She's building a power base of people to
worship her.

SERAPHIN
And why shouldn't we worship her? I mean, we're
not fools. We look at how the world is today.
Where is the happiness? Where is the peace?

Xena drops the shield.

GABRIELLE
Seraphin, you have no idea what you're talking
about. Hope is bringing Dahak's destruction.

SERAPHIN
The goddess, Hope, is the savior of this world.
I must get back to Werfner. The high priest needs
me, needs me, for the goddess.

Xena draws her sword and holds it at Seraphin.

XENA
Your goddess killed my child.

Gabrielle leads Seraphin away.

GABRIELLE
It's okay. Come along. I'll explain to you.

ARES
Hope is building an army of the ignorant. Incredible.
Are mortals so stupid as to believe Dahak will
actually bring them peace? They all deserve what
they get. I really don't know why you continue to
protect them.

XENA
Shut up, Ares. Hope must die.

ARES
Oh, my thoughts, exactly, but my way. I got a
lotta options, here. I can raise a combined army
of all my warriors. Hope wants to fight? I'll be
there, but on my terms. Not to press a point, but
I could really use an overall commander.

XENA
Your army means nothing to me.

ARES
Takin' this all a little personally, aren't we? Okay.
When you realize you're wrong, call me. If you survive.

Ares disappears. Gabrielle walks over to Xena.

GABRIELLE
Are you okay?

XENA
Ares is right.

GABRIELLE
About leading his army? Xena, are you sure that's best?

XENA
I'm taking it all too personally. I can't afford that.

GABRIELLE
It's okay to be angry.

XENA
No, it's not. Anger clouds the mind. It prevents
focus. Hope still has a mortal form. Maybe, we
can use that to our advantage.

GABRIELLE
That's if we can get past her powers.

XENA
She still hasn't made an appearance. It's possible
that she's not able to. The rebirth that Seraphin
mentioned, talk to her. Find out what it means.

GABRIELLE
Do you think that Hope is vulnerable?

XENA
That's exactly what I think. And if I'm right, we got
a chance to kill her.

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Callisto pulls Werfner along.

WERFNER
Wait! This is a place of rebirth. The Cave of the
Sister Peaks. This is where the goddess is.

CALLISTO
Very good.

WERFNER
No, please, please! We are only a servant to the
greatness of the goddess-

CALLISTO
Yes, I know who you serve, you little worm. She
and I are old friends. I've already given her the
Priest of the Flesh, and now she's waiting for the
Priest of the Blood. And just guess who gets that honour?

WERFNER
No, it can't be us.

CALLISTO
Mm-hmm. Afraid so.

Callisto draws sword.

WERFNER
No! We are not the chosen one! The priest's servant,
she's the chosen one. It's her blood.

CALLISTO
What exactly do you mean?

WERFNER
If our blood could release the goddess, we would
drive the sword into our own chest, but it won't!
You're here to help her, aren't you? To release
her. We can talk to her for you.

CALLISTO
Really?

He nods and Callisto pulls him inside.

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Ares and one of his warlords.

ARES
No, you aren't listening! I said everybody! I want
every warlord, every soldier who ever professed
an allegiance to me, all of them. This is gonna
be the largest army ever assembled.

WARLORD
But this is Dahak and his daughter.

ARES
And I am Ares, God of War! I will not end up some
footnote in the annals of history! Dahak wants a
battle for dominion, all right. I'll give him one
he'll never forget. But we strike now! So, do as
I tell you and go.

The warlord runs off. Fire erupts behind Ares.

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At a lake.

GABRIELLE
Do you remember the river near your house?

SERAPHIN
I remember.

GABRIELLE
Your parents used to get so upset at us for
swimming there.

Seraphin laughs.

GABRIELLE
And we would nod our heads and we'd say, "Oh,
we'll never do it again." But, we'd go and we'd do
it. We didn't want anyone telling us what to do.

SERAPHIN
I'm not going home, Gabrielle. I've found my place.

GABRIELLE
But, this isn't your place. These aren't your friends,
Seraphin. What happened to the girl that I knew,
who had a mind of her own? I just can't believe
that you'd blindly follow Dahak and his followers.

SERAPHIN
Look, it's not as blind as you think. Yes, I know
Dahak has a plan. And yes, I know people must
die. But it's for the greater good.

GABRIELLE
Don't tell me about the greater good, because
you have no idea what it means.

SERAPHIN
And you have no idea of the greatness of Dahak.
When the goddess is reborn, she will return from
the Sister Peaks. The bringer of the destroyer
will wash the land of its sins. On the rebirth, it
will come to pass. Werfner, the high priest, has
promised us this.

GABRIELLE
This rebirth. What is that? Can--can you explain
it to me, 'cause I don't know what it means.

SERAPHIN
It's the time when she becomes her destiny, and
she emerges stronger and more powerful. Let
the goddess, Hope, touch your soul.

GABRIELLE
She already has. Hope is my daughter.

Seraphin looks at Gabrielle with shock and then walks away.

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Hope Hope is in a cocoon of flesh in the cave.

WERFNER
Very good. You molded her cocoon from Janiclea's
flesh, as it is written.

CALLISTO
The Priest of the Flesh, it wasn't that hard to figure
out. Now, talk to her.

WERFNER
What--what do you want us to ask her?

CALLISTO
Ask her if she understands what I'm doing, and
exactly why I'm protecting her.

Werfner puts his hands on the cocoon.

WERFNER
You wanna die?

CALLISTO
More than that. I want oblivion. I want my life to end.
I want it all to stop. No nothing! No memories,
no Tartarus, nothing! And I know, I know she can
do it. Now, does she agree?

WERFNER
The goddess understands, and she agrees.

Callisto throws Werfner away and moves to the cocoon.

CALLISTO
You should've been my child, you know that? But,
that's okay. Such power, it's almost scary. Daughter
of Dahak, with the power of her father behind her.
Yes it's quite scary.

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Xena joins Gabrielle on the beach. Seraphin sits a little ways away.

XENA
Hey. Every village has got the same story, people
leaving home to join Dahak's followers. Disciples,
they're calling themselves now.

GABRIELLE
Are they under a spell or something?

XENA
No, they're simple people. They're--they're poor
nd they're--they're disillusioned. That's all she
needs to draw them in. What's wrong with her?

GABRIELLE
I told her about Hope. About me and Hope.

XENA
And?

GABRIELLE
I don't know. When she looks at me, it's like there's
somebody else in there. How could this happen?
I mean, if I were to bet what she'd be doing right now-

XENA
That's the funny thing about people. Just when
you think you've got them figured out, they show
a completely different side to their character.

GABRIELLE
I know what you mean. You think we'll ever get
her back? The Seraphin I know?

XENA
We're gonna do everything we possibly can. But
first, I gotta deal with Callisto.

GABRIELLE
And, what about Hope?

XENA
I don't wanna split my efforts. Callisto is protecting
Hope. So, whatever happens, I gotta take her out
of the picture. The villagers mentioned a drifter
who'd been stealing food from the markets, and
by the description, it sounds like the priest that
we saw with Seraphin. He's gotta be in the same
general area as Hope.

GABRIELLE
The Sister Peaks.

XENA
Right. Look, Gabrielle, do not turn your back on
her. She is not your friend any longer. She belongs
to Hope. Be back as soon as I can. Okay.

Xena leaves.

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Xena enters the cave.

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Werfner eats, as Callisto pets the cocoon.

WERFNER
You should have told us you didn't eat. We wouldn't
have brought back so much. If we were immortal,
we would still like to eat all kinds-

CALLISTO
Quiet! We've got a visitor. Oh, she's so good. I'll
be right back.

Callisto disappears.

WERFNER
Visitor. We don't like visitors.

Werfner runs out.

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Callisto appears.

CALLISTO
Oh, Xena, come on. I know you're here. Still trying
to stop me, even though I'm doing you a favour.

Xena jumps down from the ceiling behind Callisto.

XENA
You can do me a favour by handing over Hope.

CALLISTO
Oh, you figured it out, did you? Well, no can do.
She's not quite up to snuff at the moment. She's
cocooned, helpless. She needs her Auntie Callisto.
And you would just run her through.

XENA
That's the idea.

CALLISTO
Yeah, well, I can't let it happen. See, I have plans
for her. Big plans.

XENA
Well, forget about them-

They both draw their swords.

XENA
-and hand over that monster!

Xena attacks, but Callisto gets her sword.

CALLISTO
What is this? Some kind of martyrdom phase
you're going through? I could kill you in an instant.

Xena attacks again, and gets Callisto's sword. She cuts off Callisto's hand.

CALLISTO
Nice try, but that threat worked when I was only a mortal.

She grows a new hand.

CALLISTO
But, I'm a god now, Xena. Welcome to my world.
Now, get ready to leave it.

Callisto gets ready to shoot fire.

XENA
Give me your best shot.

CALLISTO
Oh, clever, clever girl. You want me to use my
powers in here, so all these stupid rocks come
tumbling down on me.

XENA
You're a god. It won't kill ya.

CALLISTO
No, won't kill me. But it will keep me locked up
long enough for you to get to my precious little
baby. Oh well, back to basics.

Callisto attacks Xena. Xena stabs Callisto.

CALLISTO
Ouch! Don't do that. The best you can hope for
is a stand-off, and who do you really think's going
to tire out first, huh?

Callisto attacks, but loses her sword. She attacks Xena. Xena is flipped and loses her sword.

CALLISTO
Well, I gotta give you credit for trying.

Xena grabs her sword and runs out.

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Xena runs out of the cave, and falls to her knees.

CALLISTO
You should've kept running. I couldn't use my
powers in there, but out here, well, can you say,
"Nighty-night"?

Callisto screams as she shoots a fireball. Xena pulls a shield out of the ground and deflects the bolt with several of them. The bolt hits the rocks above the door, and they fall on Callisto.

CALLISTO
No!

XENA
Nighty-night.

Xena crawls over the rocks and enters the cave.

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Xena runs into the room with Hope. She draws her sword. Ares appears.

XENA
Stay back, Ares. I'm the one who gets to kill her.

ARES
Then I guess we got a problem, 'cause I just
can't let that happen.

Ares disappears with Hope.

END OF ACT TWO



ACT THREE

Gabrielle and Seraphin.

SERAPHIN
We had heard about the mother of the goddess,
Hope. She's known as the betrayer, the one who
selfishly killed her own daughter.

GABRIELLE
That's not how it was.

SERAPHIN
We were never told her name, because it was
said that to speak it was obscene blasphemy.
I didn't know it was you, but I guess it makes sense.

GABRIELLE
How does it make sense?

SERAPHIN
She's your daughter. She's a balance of Dahak's
power. The goddess, Hope, is a balance of good
and evil. But born as a mortal, she is one of us.

GABRIELLE
She's evil. That's what she is. She's like her father.

SERAPHIN
She has a harsh father, yes. That's why Hope
was born of a good person, of you. She can stand
as a champion for mortals, a leader for us all.

GABRIELLE
She is a murderer. She doesn't care about any
of us. Even as a child-

SERAPHIN
Can you blame a child for not understanding a
power that was given it? A child, without guidance,
without her mother? After the rebirth, the goddess,
Hope, will have the wisdom to know what's best.
She's your daughter, Gabrielle. How could your
daughter be evil?

Xena rides in on Argo. She has a cut on her right cheek.

XENA
Ares has got Hope.

GABRIELLE
You saw her?

XENA
Yes, I saw her, or something very like her. She's
in a cocoon.

GABRIELLE
What is Ares up to?

XENA
I know he's not taking her to Mount Olympus
because of the other gods. There's only one place
that she'd be safe.

GABRIELLE
One place. The Halls of War.

XENA
We'll need every bit of time we've got. We'll travel
overnight by foot. I think we can be there by morning.

GABRIELLE
And then what?

XENA
First things first. Let's just get there.

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A fire burns.

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In the Hall of War. Ares walks over to Hope.

ARES
Can you hear me? Can you? You and Callisto
killed Strife. You tried to kill me. But as you've
probably figured out, I forgive you. Xena's not finished,
you know. When she puts her mind to killing
someone, they generally get killed. I know. I gave
her that focus. I suggest that you do something
to discourage her.

Ares walks away.

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Xena, Gabrielle and Seraphin move through the woods at night.

GABRIELLE
What is that?

SERAPHIN
The goddess. Oh, she's speaking to us. You
have to leave, Gabrielle. They're coming.

GABRIELLE
Who's coming?

XENA
Gabrielle.

EXTRAS
Priestess of the Blood.

GABRIELLE
By the gods.

A large group of villagers move towards them.

EXTRAS
Priestess of the Blood. Priestess of the Blood.

XENA
They're just innocent people. Hope knows I won't
kill 'em. There was a hut on the other side of the
ridge. Run to it. I'll meet you there. Okay, fellas,
break it up.

EXTRA
Stop her.

Xena fights them.

GABRIELLE
Come on.

Gabrielle and Seraphin run off. Xena can't keep fighting the innocent people, and they start to beat her.

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Gabrielle and Seraphin run.

GABRIELLE
Hurry!

SERAPHIN
You don't understand, Gabrielle. They're trying
to save me!

GABRIELLE
They're trying to save you for a sacrifice!

Gabrielle shoves Seraphin into a small, one roomed cabin in the woods.

SERAPHIN
They won't hurt us. They wouldn't!

GABRIELLE
Right, they won't hurt the betrayer?

SERAPHIN
No, no, no, but I will tell them that-that you realize
that you were wrong. Hmm, I can see it in your
eyes. They're coming.

The villagers start to break the walls. Xena jumps in from the roof, and Gabrielle attacks thinking it's a villager. Xena catches Gabrielle's staff.

GABRIELLE
Xena!

XENA
Gabrielle, up through the roof. Climb down the
tree, and head for the river through the forest.

Xena helps Gabrielle out.

XENA
(to Seraphin) Come on, your turn.

SERAPHIN
No, leave me here.

XENA
Come on!

SERAPHIN
No, Xena!

Xena punches Seraphin. She ululates as she jumps out the roof with Seraphin.

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Outside, near the Halls of War.

XENA
This is the area. The Halls of War are around
here, someplace. The entrance is along these cliffs.

GABRIELLE
Xena, about this rebirth of Hope. What if it changes her?

XENA
It won't change her, except to make her more
powerful and more evil.

GABRIELLE
I just can't help thinking that--that she was a child
when she did all those things.

XENA
And my son was only a child when she killed him.
Don't you dare defend Hope to me. I'm gonna
head south and see if I can find anything. You
stay here and don't let her outta your sight.

Xena leaves. Seraphin walks over to Gabrielle.

SERAPHIN
You can sense her, can't you? She's your daughter,
Gabrielle. She loves you. Don't you know that?
She needs you.

GABRIELLE
Don't you think I know that? I have thought of that
every minute, but I can't play "What if?"

SERAPHIN
But it doesn't have to be like that. She knows.
The goddess, Hope, knows. I can feel it. And if
Xena kills her, I-

Gabrielle unties Seraphin.

GABRIELLE
Go to her. Find her. Warn her.

SERAPHIN
I will. I'll tell her that her mother loves her. Oh,
you are the saviour of the world, Gabrielle.

Seraphin runs off, and Xena steps out of the bushes.

XENA
That was good. With the connection Hope has
to her followers, Seraphin should lead me right
to her. You almost convinced me.

GABRIELLE
I'm not blind, anymore. You realize that we've
given Hope exactly what she wants. Seraphin.

XENA
It was the only way that we could get to her in
time. If we waited, Hope would just choose a new
Priestess of the Blood.

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In the Halls of War.

WERFNER
We thought this place safe. You told us it was.

ARES
No, safe was not the word I used. When Xena
starts to move, nothing is safe. But once Hope
is released, we won't have to worry about that.
Weren't you supposed to bring Seraphin here, first?

WERFNER
We--we failed. But we're looking.

ARES
I do have one card to play. Something even Xena
won't see coming.

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Xena and Gabrielle follow Seraphin to the Halls of War.

GABRIELLE
Be careful.

XENA
Yeah.

Xena enters. Ares appears and grabs Gabrielle.

ARES
Shh. Sh-sh-sh-sh-sh. You and I have got something
to talk about.

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In the Hall of the Fates.

GABRIELLE
Where are we? What-what is this place? Who
are they?

CLOTHO
We-

LACHESIS
Are-

ATROPOS
The Fates.

ARES
Yes, the Fates. They spin the thread of life for
all you mortals.

GABRIELLE
What am I doing here?

ARES
Oh, I don't know, old time's sake? To call in a debt,
remember? You still owe me for getting' you to
Chin ahead of Xena. Now, I'm callin' that favour
in. If Xena kills Hope, this thread is cut.

GABRIELLE
If I have to die to keep Dahak's evil from the world
then I will.

Ares puts Gabrielle's hand on the thread.

GABRIELLE
That--that's--that's Xena. This is Xena's life thread.

ARES
That's right. And if she kills Hope, chk-chk-chk.

He makes scissors with his fingers.

ARES
The Fates agree? I have the right to ask this?

CLOTHO
The debt is binding.

LACHESIS
The burden is-

ATROPOS
On Gabrielle.

CLOTHO
If Xena kills Hope-

LACHESIS
Xena-

ATROPOS
Will die.

Atropos holds scissors over the thread.

END OF ACT THREE



ACT FOUR

Seraphin moves through the halls. Xena follows.

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Callisto pushes the rocks off of her.

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Seraphin steps before Hope's cocoon.

SERAPHIN
My goddess, I'm here. I bring you my life's blood.
I bring you freedom.

Werfner enters. Seraphin kneels. Hooded followers enter. Xena enters, and watches from the corner.

WERFNER
The offering of the Priestess of the Blood, the rebirth
of the goddess. With this offering, the goddess
awakens. The daughter of Dahak, the Bringer
of the Destroyer.

Werfner holds up a dagger. Xena throws her chakram and breaks the dagger.

WERFNER
Kill her!

Xena fights the followers, killing them. Seraphin picks up the broken off piece of the dagger. Xena gives her yell and flips over to Seraphin, knocking her down and the blade from Seraphin's hands. Xena continues to fight. She is about to kill Werfner, when Seraphin steps before her.

SERAPHIN
No, Xena!

Werfner stabs Seraphin in the side. Xena keeps fighting. Seraphin crawls to Hope's cocoon, and wipes her blood on it. Hope moves inside. Xena runs up to Hope to kill her, but Gabrielle jumps in and pushes her aside.

XENA
What do you think you're-

Callisto appears. Hope breaks out of her cocoon to reveal that she now looks like Gabrielle. Callisto laughs.

END OF ACT FOUR

STARRING
Lucy Lawless as Xena
Renee O'Connor as Gabrielle
Renee O'Connor as Hope

GUEST CAST
Hudson Leick as Callisto
Kevin Smith as Ares
Jodie Rimmer as Seraphin
Stephen Ure as Werfner
Elizabeth Pendergrast as Atropos
Micaela Daniel as Lachesis
Samantha Adriaanse as Clotho
Jeremy Curry as Warlord

Written by: Steven L. Sears
Directed by: David Warry-Smith

Disclaimer: No Pulsing Cocoons were hatched during the production of this motion picture. What you witnessed was purely a reenactment.