Sacrifice II


This transcript is dedicated to the memory of Kevin Smith


TEASER

Ares walks past the Fates. He holds Xena's thread.

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Seraphin and Werfner bow to Hope on the left. Xena and Gabrielle walk towards her from the front, and Callisto walks to Hope from the right. Hope steps out of her cocoon.

HOPE
Hello Mother.

GABRIELLE
Hope?

CALLISTO
Aw, the mother and child reunion. I'm all misty-eyed.

Xena pushes Gabrielle aside and holds up her sword, but Hope uses her mind, and sends Xena's sword into the air.

CALLISTO
O-oh now, she's scary. And you just lost your
one chance before she hatched, Xena.

XENA
It ain't over, yet.

Xena draws her chakram.

GABRIELLE
Xena! If you kill her, she-

XENA
Get back, Gabrielle!

Xena and Callisto fight. Hope and Gabrielle stare at each other.

XENA
Hope is just using ya, Callisto. I wouldn't turn
my back on her.

CALLISTO
Like you turned your back on precious little Gabrielle?
Yeah, guess you speak from experience, huh?

Xena kicks Callisto and her fireball hits the roof, and brings rocks down on her.

XENA
Experience that!

Hope uses her mind to launch weapons at Xena. She dodges them and uses her chakram to block some. She throws her chakram and cuts Hope's arm. Seraphin feels the pain.

SERAPHIN
Gabrielle? What's happening to me?! Help me! Please!

Hope sends the chakram back at Xena really fast. It hits Xena in the stomach, but she manages to catch it enough so it doesn't cut her, but she's still in pain.

GABRIELLE
Hope!

SERAPHIN
No!

GABRIELLE
Hope! Stop this!

SERAPHIN
Gabrielle! No! Come on! You're her mother. The
two of you should be together.

GABRIELLE
Get out of my way! Hope.

Hope sends Gabrielle flying back. Hope gets ready to launch more weapons, but Xena uses her chakram to bring down the shield from roof, and as it rolls, Gabrielle and Xena move behind it, safe from the weapons.

XENA
Go! Keep moving! Hurry! Go!

Xena and Gabrielle stand behind a pillar, and Callisto bursts from the rocks. She gets ready to attack with a fireball.

HOPE
Callisto! Dahak has more important things in
mind. Take me out of here.

GABRIELLE
Look, Xena you can't kill her-

Xena moves to attack, but Callisto disappears with Hope.

GABRIELLE
Xena-

XENA
Well, you protected your daughter well, didn't you?

GABRIELLE
Look, you don't understand.

XENA
Why you released that monster that killed my son
on all the children of the world? No that, I do
not understand.

Xena storms off.

END OF TEASER



ACT ONE

Outside, Xena patches up Seraphin's wound.

GABRIELLE
Xena, just listen to me. Ares came to me. He
called in my debt. He said that I had to stop you
from killing Hope, or you were going to die.

XENA
Don't you get it? I would gladly die to rid the
world of that thing.

GABRIELLE
Well, I had to do something. I had to think quickly.
I--I just couldn't stand the thought of losing you.

XENA
Hope's stronger now, but she's still half-human.
I hurt her in there. And when it happened, Seraphin
returned to normal for a minute. Gabrielle, whatever
happens, I must stop Hope. And if I have to die
doing it, then so be it. Do you understand?

GABRIELLE
I understand.

XENA
You saw her face, didn't you?

Gabrielle nods.

XENA
It's strange. The one I love most in all the world
and the one I hate, look exactly the same.

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Callisto and Hope stand outside somewhere.

CALLISTO
I don't know why you wanna look like her. She's
an annoying little-

HOPE
Do it.

CALLISTO
So be it.

Callisto hits Hope with fire, and she is then dressed like Gabrielle and holds a staff.

CALLISTO
Hmm. Well, it is a good disguise, and it'll attract
less attention than walking around naked, I suppose.

HOPE
Attracting attention isn't a problem. Now that I'm
back, the faithful will come by the thousands.
The blood of innocents will soak the holy ground
and Dahak will enter the world.

CALLISTO
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah. Glory, Hallelujah,
but first, your promise. Come on. Kill me.

HOPE
You could be a soldier in Dahak's army. Instead,
you choose oblivion.

CALLISTO
Yeah, well, call me short-sighted, but that's our deal.

HOPE
When I'm finished with you, you will get your reward,
as promised.

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A new and larger temple has been built to Dahak. Followers move around it.

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Ares moves into the room where a fire burns before a huge skull. He kneels.

ARES
The pantheon of gods will fall once you enter
the world, Dahak. I don't regret joining you-

The fire gives a small explosion.

ARES
I mean, serving you O'Dark One.

Ares bows his head.

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Dahak's followers attack a village.

EXTRA
Sacrifice for the Holy One!

EXTRA
Come on!

WERFNER
If you understood what an honour it was to be chosen,
you would not be fighting us! Your innocence, your
blood will welcome Dahak into the world!

Xena taps his shoulder and Werfner faces her.

XENA
Welcome this.

SERAPHIN
It's happening all over the land, Xena, and you
can't stop it!

Xena beats on the disciples as Seraphin talks.

GABRIELLE
People being taken as hostages?!

SERAPHIN
Well, that's why Hope's come back. One of her
duties is to prepare the way. These people, and
hundreds like them, are being chosen.

XENA
As blood sacrifices. All for the glory of Dahak. You
said that that was just one of her duties. What
else is there?

SERAPHIN
Maybe that hasn't been revealed to me, yet.

GABRIELLE
Seraphin, you're talking about the slaughter of
innocent people.

XENA
Save your breath. Dahak's hold on his followers
is stronger than ever.

EXTRA
We'll make a flying sacrifice out of you! Now you!

Villagers are thrown into a caged cart. Xena attacks them. Ares appears. Xena doesn't see him and keeps fighting.

ARES
She never gives up.

EXTRA
Yeah!

ARES
Even when it's hopeless. Time was, it was a
quality I admired about her.

GABRIELLE
How's life as a slave to your new master, Dahak?

ARES
I consider it a partnership. You know, he's not
so bad, once you get to know him. He's ruthless,
decisive. We got a lot in common. I'm here to
remind you that our deal is still in place.

GABRIELLE
I know that Hope has to die, no matter the consequences.

ARES
Even if that means saying good-bye to your beloved
Xena? Think you can just let it happen? I don't.

Ares disappears.

EXTRA
There they go!

EXTRA
Get to the horses!

EXTRA
Here they are! I found them!

Xena keeps fighting.

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Ares' temple.

HOPE (voice-over)
A temple to a lesser god. Changes are in order.

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Inside the temple. Callisto blasts the head off a statue of Ares.

CALLISTO
I always wanted to do that.

ARES
Tell me how you really feel, Callisto?

CALLISTO
Ares. Well, come on!

ARES
Sorry, this time we're on the same side.

CALLISTO
What?! He's with us?! You didn't tell me that!

HOPE
You're told what you need to know, Callisto.
Nothing more.

CALLISTO
Hope, you mess with him, you're asking for trouble.

HOPE
Relax. We all want the same thing. The hind's-blood
dagger. The only thing that can kill a god.

ARES
And with it, no god would raise a hand against
Dahak, or against me, for that matter.

HOPE
I know where it is. I saw where Hercules put it.

CALLISTO
All right, enough games! Where is it?

HOPE
I wouldn't want you using it on yourself, Callisto. Yet.

CALLISTO
I want it, now!

Ares moves at her and Callisto fights him.

ARES
Just like old times.

CALLISTO
You remember when I killed Strife, that look in
his eyes?

She hits Ares.

CALLISTO
You're next, Ares.

Callisto and Ares fight. Hope pulls Ares away from Callisto.

HOPE
Enough! Ares, you and I have unfinished business.
Callisto, I will deal with you when I say, not before.

Hope kisses Ares.

ARES
You are so not like your mother.

Callisto disappears.

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Xena, Gabrielle and Seraphin look over a cliff to see villagers being lead to the slaughter.

EXTRA
Get going!

GABRIELLE
That's the third group we've seen. They're all
headed the same way.

XENA
Toward Dahak's holy ground.

GABRIELLE
Don't you think we should help them?

XENA
No, there must be hundreds of groups like these
being brought to slaughter from all over. We can't
liberate them all. We'll save more people if we
get to the source of the problem and snuff it out.

SERAPHIN
You're gonna try using me again to betray my god,
aren't you?! Well, you know what? I can't let you!

Seraphin jumps over the cliff. Xena jumps with her. She grabs Seraphin and a root.

SERAPHIN
No! Let me go!

XENA
I gotcha! Stay still! Gabrielle! Gabrielle!

She looks up to see Callisto.

CALLISTO
Why, hello there, Xena. How will you ever get out
of this one?

She laughs.

END OF ACT ONE



ACT TWO

Callisto stands over Xena, laughing. Gabrielle gets up and runs at Callisto, but Callisto throws her back. Xena throws Seraphin back onto the top of the cliff, and then jumps up herself.

CALLISTO
Well done, Xena. I'm not here to fight with you,
Xena. Just wanna chat.

XENA
Let me guess. Things didn't work out with Hope
quite the way you expected.

CALLISTO
No, actually, the sight of her and Ares rolling
around like weasels made me sick.

GABRIELLE
Hope and Ares?

CALLISTO
Oh yes, Gabrielle. It seems your daughter is in heat.

XENA
So you're switching sides. Again.

CALLISTO
For a price. I help you put Dahak back in the bottle,
and you help me die. I figure you got a beat on
that hind's-blood dagger. Hercules probably told
you where it was. It can kill a god, you know. So,
how about it? I scratch your back, you stab mine.

XENA
What's the matter? Existence getting to be a bit
of a burden?

CALLISTO
Yes honestly. I yearn for oblivion. Annihilation.
Peace, if you will.

XENA
You helped that demon kill my son. You think
I'm gonna help you find peace?

CALLISTO
Then I'll just go back and do Hope's bidding.

XENA
Do that. I've beaten you before, I can beat you again.

Seraphin runs off.

GABRIELLE
Seraphin!

XENA
Let her go! She'll only slow us down. She's doomed
anyway if we can't stop Hope. (to Callisto) May
you live forever.

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Hope walks out of Ares' temple. She walks over to the railing where Hercules put the dagger. She touches the hole and remembers. She breaks the railing.

HOPE
It's gone.

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The followers lead the villagers along.

JOXER
That's far enough. Release those people, or you'll
be sorry.

DAHAK DISCIPLE #1
Who are you?

Joxer draws his sword.

JOXER
Joxer, the Mighty.

DAHAK DISCIPLE #1
Never heard of you. Step aside, or suffer the
wrath of Dahak.

JOXER
Dahak? The one great evil, Dahak? You're workin'
for him? Good benefits? It's funny-

Seraphin hits Joxer with a large stick, knocking him unconscious.

SERAPHIN
Come. Let us give these sacrifices to our lord.

They leave.

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Callisto follows Xena as she walks along.

CALLISTO
Look, I know about Ares deal with the Fates.
After Hope dies, you're not gonna be around much
longer. And we can help each other out, right?
You know where that dagger is, don't you? You
could just use it and do the job on me.

XENA
I could, but I won't.

CALLISTO
No, you want it for Ares. You're willing to take Ares
out to get to Hope. Well, why not let me help you?
And then it would be so simple to just turn it on me.

XENA
Because, I like the idea of you living with your suffering.

CALLISTO
Oh, please! Who said anything about suffering.
Really, it's more of a boredom thing, an emptiness,
really. Anyways, I'm disappointed in you, Xena.
The sensible thing would be to enlist me on your
side. You're taking this far, far too personal.

GABRIELLE
You know, she's right?

XENA
What?

GABRIELLE
Remember what you said about staying focused?
You're letting your anger get in the way here, Xena.
It's best if we let her help us.

XENA
All right.

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Joxer wakes up.

JOXER
Ow! Geesh! O-oh! O-oh! O-oh! O-oh! Jumped by
a hundred guys. Why, if I ever find the-

He looks at his sword which is bent. Hope enters.

JOXER
Hi, Gabrielle. Gabby! Boy, am I glad to see you!
We got big trouble! Hey, where's Xena?

HOPE
We're close, aren't we?

JOXER
Yeah, I'd say so. Now, look, Dahak and his guys hijacked-

HOPE
We've known each other for, how long, now?

JOXER
I don't know, a couple years? Look, if we can get
a small band together-

HOPE
You know me pretty well, don't you?

JOXER
Yeah, I'd say so. A small band together-

HOPE
Better than anyone? Other than Xena, of course.

JOXER
Yeah, like I say, we're pretty close. Now, I'll come
up from behind, I'll camp-

HOPE
I want to talk to you about our relationship.

JOXER
You wanna, you wa, you mean, like, you and me?

HOPE
Just like that.

JOXER
Wait a minute, you--you--you--you wanna know
how I feel about our relationship?

HOPE
I wanna know how you feel about me.

JOXER
Well, I, uh, it's a really big question. Um, I--I, uh,
I feel, um, well, I feel, uh-

HOPE
Would you call it love?

JOXER
Well, uh, that's a huge word, but um, uh, I think
I have a nosebleed.

He moves away.

HOPE
(to herself) Strange. There wasn't enough love
in her to let me live, yet people love her. (to Joxer)
What would you make of my feelings towards Xena?

JOXER
Xena? Well, you know, you love her more than
anybody in the whole world.

HOPE
More than anyone. Has Xena told you anything
about the hind's-blood dagger?

JOXER
What's that?

HOPE
Never mind.

Hope leaves.

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Dahak's followers attacks another village.

EXTRA
Ahhh!

EXTRA
Stay with the children!

EXTRA
Mommy, I'm scared!

GABRIELLE
I'll make sure they get into the woods.

XENA
All right, don't be gone long. We've gotta keep moving!

EXTRA
You're coming with us!

Xena starts fighting.

GABRIELLE
Hurry! Go!

Callisto starts shooting fire at the followers, but soon, she shooting everywhere. Xena continues to fight. Hope enters. Xena sees Hope and runs over to her.

XENA
Gabrielle. Gabrielle. Now's your chance to go for
the dagger while Callisto's occupied. Come on!

Joxer enters.

JOXER
Gabrielle?! Callisto!

He tries to draw bent sword, but hits himself and knocks himself out.

XENA
This way.

HOPE
I'm right behind you.

END OF ACT TWO



ACT THREE

Xena leads Hope along.

XENA
Okay, I wantcha to go to the ruins at the foot of
Mount Areopagus.

HOPE
Is that where the dagger's hidden?

XENA
In a crypt. I'll keep Callisto busy, but you gotta
watch for Ares. Gabrielle, we'll be lucky if we get
one last shot at Hope. I'm counting on you.

HOPE
She is evil. She deserves to die.

XENA
Maybe even to suffer a little.

HOPE
I wouldn't say that. After all, she is my child. Now,
Xena, tell me, where is the dagger? There must
be a thousand crypts.

XENA
It's carved in the shape of-there!

Xena pretends to look at something. Hope turns and Xena holds a dagger on her.

XENA
Don't turn around, Gabrielle. Don't you turn around.
What's the name of your sister?

HOPE
What sister?

Hope sends Xena flying with a thought. Ares appears. Gabrielle and Joxer move behind Xena.

ARES
Let's go. You can't have a bloodletting without the
guest of honour.

Xena moves towards them, but Ares disappears with Hope.

XENA
Hope wants that dagger. She needs it to kill the
Olympian gods.

Callisto walks up.

XENA
What did you think you were doing?

CALLISTO
A girl's gotta have some fun. Now, let's get
that dagger.

XENA
First things first.

CALLISTO
When the time comes, it just better be there.

Callisto walks off.

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Dahak's temple, before the fire. Hope is dressed in a red gown now.

HOPE
When the blood flows, my father will enter the
world. By morning, we will have enough sacrifices
to begin. Now, go. Get ready.

WERFNER
As you wish.

HOPE
I have satisfied my curiosity, Father. My mother
and Xena are weak. They're fools. If they dare
come here, they will be sorry.

ARES
Whoo-hoo, they'll come. They'll come.

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Xena rides Argo under a branch. Callisto follows on another horse. Gabrielle and Joxer ride and third, but Joxer hits the branch and falls off.

JOXER
O-oh! Uh! Uh.

XENA
All right, that's enough!

Xena dismounts.

JOXER
Ow. I don't know why I keep fallin' off those things.

XENA
I am sick to death of you. The fate of the entire
world rests on this mission. If you think I'm gonna
let a bumbling fool like you mess it up, you got
another thing coming.

JOXER
What?

XENA
Well, you don't hear too good, huh? I said I am
sick of you.

She pushes him.

XENA
Now, get lost!

Joxer laughs.

JOXER
You guys!

Xena hits him.

GABRIELLE
Xena.

Xena pushes him away.

XENA
You need a little lesson, huh? Listen to me,
you bumbling-

She starts to talk to him in the background, but only he can hear her.

CALLISTO
You didn't sneak off, back in that village, and get
that hind's-blood dagger, now, did you?

XENA
(to Joxer) Get lost, and don't follow us!

GABRIELLE
If I did, do you think I would tell you?

XENA
(to Joxer) Now, scram, ya fool! Moron! Get out of
there! (to Callisto and Gabrielle) All right, let's move!

Xena mounts and rides off with Callisto. Gabrielle looks at Joxer and then follows. Joxer walks the other way.

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Villagers are lead for slaughter.

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Xena, Callisto and Gabrielle ride along.

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Joxer moves along.

JOXER
Huh! Hundred men. I'll be ready if there's a thousand men.

He runs into a group of Disciples.

JOXER
Hey! Geh-heh! Hi, fellas. Nice robes.

WERFNER
It looks like we found another sacrifice.

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Callisto, Xena and Gabrielle sit around a fire. Xena sharpens her sword. Callisto uses her powers to make a bigger fire.

CALLISTO
No need for firewood with me around. This is
probably the last night sky either one of us will
ever see.

XENA
I'm going for a walk.

Xena leaves. Callisto sighs.

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Xena moves into the wood with her sword drawn.

XENA
Ares, I know you're here, 'cause my skin is crawling.
Show yourself.

Ares appears.

ARES
You're the only mortal I know who can do that.

XENA
What do you want?

ARES
I've come to give you one last chance to join up
with me and Dahak. We're gonna win, Xena.
There's no turning back. Join us.

XENA
What makes you think that you can trust Dahak?
Let me guess. Is it because you played such a
large part in his daughter's delicate condition?

ARES
So, you know. And we haven't even sent out the
announcements, yet.

XENA
Seraphin said that Hope had a special purpose.
I heard you were together, and I guessed the rest.
Hope is pregnant with your child.

Gabrielle enters.

GABRIELLE
No. That's not possible.

ARES
Congratulations, Gabrielle. You're gonna be a grandma.

END OF ACT THREE



ACT FOUR

Xena faces Ares.

XENA
Dahak's daughter, your Olympian seed. You sold
out your fellow gods so that you could sire a new race.

ARES
Our child will be the first of what Dahak calls the
six destroyers. Insidious creatures with no souls,
who eat of the living and the righteous and lay
waste to all gods.

XENA
You deserve the little monsters.

GABRIELLE
This can't be happening.

ARES
Oh, but it can, Gabrielle, all thanks to you, it's the
beginning of the end. The bloodletting ceremony
will be the window into the world for Dahak. Even
if you manage to somehow kill Hope, you still lose.
The Fates will cut you down. So for me, it's, win-win.
Good-bye, Xena. It has been fun.

He disappears.

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Disciples push villagers towards the temple.

EXTRA
Come on! Move! Go! Get in there!

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The women dance, and the Disciples push in villagers.

DISCIPLE #2
Get in there! Go!

Callisto looks down from a balcony. She disappears.

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Xena and Gabrielle look at the temple.

EXTRA
Get in there!

Callisto appears.

XENA
Find anything?

CALLISTO
No dagger. You've hidden it well. Okay, we'll do
things your way. But if you don't produce it soon,
you'll get no help from me.

HOPE (voice-over)
Mother.

Only Gabrielle hears Hope. She walks off.

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Gabrielle moves through some tree. Hope steps in behind her. Gabrielle turns to face her.

HOPE
I'm not going to hurt you. It's growing, inside me,
Gabrielle. The child, the way that I grew inside of you.

GABRIELLE
What do you want, Hope?

HOPE
I want to give you one last chance. Don't make
me do this alone. Come, be my mother. If I say
so, Father will welcome you. Please, please, Mother.

Gabrielle touches Hope's face.

GABRIELLE
Hope, when I gave you that poison-

HOPE
I forgive you.

Hope takes Gabrielle's hand.

GABRIELLE
I'm so sorry it didn't finish you.

Hope glares at Gabrielle, and takes her hand away before walking back into the woods.

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Callisto joins Xena.

EXTRA
Get in there!

CALLISTO
Try not to die before doing me first or I'll make
Gabrielle wish you had. How's that for incentive?

Callisto leaves. Gabrielle walks up to Xena.

XENA
Gabrielle, stay here.

GABRIELLE
No way. After all we've been through, I am with
you 'til the end.

XENA
Then just one thing. When I'm gone, I don't want
you to feel any guilt.

GABRIELLE
Xena-

XENA
Listen to me. A lot's happened to us over the
past year, and there were times when we were
both very confused. But I want you to know that I
still think you are the best thing that ever happened
to me. You gave my life meaning and joy, and
you will be a part of me forever.

Xena hugs Gabrielle.

XENA
Ready?

GABRIELLE
Yeah.

XENA
Let's go.

They leave.

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The dancing women chant. Xena yells and the sound of groaning guards is heard.

ARES
She's here. It's time.

HOPE
Prepare the sacrifices. Slit their throats!

Disciples run to the hallway where Xena will enter. Werfner holds a dagger at Joxer's throat. Disciples are thrown aside and Xena and Gabrielle come running in.

JOXER
Xena!

Werfner hits him. Joxer loses consciousness. More followers attack Xena and Gabrielle. They take a few hits, but then recover.

HOPE
Ares.

ARES
Don't worry. They gotta come through me to get to you.

Xena and Gabrielle keep fighting. Xena throws her chakram, which drops a large ball from the roof over the pit that spits fire. Seraphin drops her dagger.

XENA
Joxer! Did you get it?

Joxer pulls out the Hind's blood dagger.

JOXER
I got it.

He throws it. Ares tries to get it, but Xena catches it and holds it at Ares.

XENA
You want a taste of hind's blood, huh?

ARES
This isn't over yet.

Callisto appears and shoots Ares with fire. He is trapped in a fire field, that covers his body. Xena moves on Hope.

CALLISTO
Do it! Gut her! Then it's my turn!

HOPE
You can't stop the will of Dahak.

The fire leaves Ares. He doesn't get up. Xena moves on Hope. Hope turns the dagger on Xena with her mind.

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The Fates turn the thread of Xena. They watch Xena through a window, as Xena forces her hand to face Hope with the dagger again.

CLOTHO
If Xena kills Hope-

LACHESIS
Xena-

ATROPOS
Will die.

The scissors are held at Xena's thread of life.

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Xena moves on Hope.

ARES
You know the stakes, Gabrielle. Xena's fate is in your hands.

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The scissors get ready to cut.

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Xena moves on Hope.

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The scissors get ready to cut the thread.

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Xena moves in on Hope, Hope glaring at Xena, as she moves backwards towards a cliff that glows red. Xena gets ready to kill Hope.

GABRIELLE
No!

Gabrielle launches herself with her staff and lands between Hope and Xena.

GABRIELLE
Hope!

Gabrielle grabs Hope and takes them both over the cliff.

XENA
Gabrielle!

GABRIELLE
Xena!

XENA
Gab-

JOXER
Gabrielle!

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Atropos removes the scissors from Xena's thread.

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Callisto starts to laugh.

CALLISTO
I never thought I'd feel so good again! Seeing
poor, dear Gabrielle sacrifice herself makes it
all worthwhile. It finally gives me a reason, for
living, and I have you to thank for it, Xena!

Callisto laughs. Xena screams and stabs Callisto.

XENA
No more living for you.

The room shakes. Xena remembers Gabrielle taking Hope over the cliff. Callisto smiles, touches Xena's face and dies. Xena stands over Callisto, in shock. Joxer looks over the cliff. Ares disappears. Xena turns to look at the cliff.

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
Ted Raimi as Joxer
Jodie Rimmer as Seraphin
Stephen Ure as Werfner
Elizabeth Pendergrast as Atropos
Micaela Daniel as Lachesis
Samantha Adriaanse Clotho
Jeremy James Wood as Dahak Disciple #1
Russell Gowers as Disciple #2

Written by: Paul Robert Coyle
Directed by: Rick Jacobson

Disclaimer: Gabrielle finally went off the deep end during the production of this motion picture.