The Ides of March


TEASER

People are tortured in hell.

EXTRA
I wanna die! Please! Ple-e-e-ease! I wanna die!

Callisto kneels, sword in hand. She wears rages and her hair is now a pixie cut. An image of Gabrielle appears, dressed in her old green top and with her long hair. She laughs.

GABRIELLE
Who's suffering now Callisto?

She laughs again. Callisto screams and stands.

CALLISTO
No-o-o-o-o-o!

Gabrielle points to her neck. Callisto slices her sword at Gabrielle's neck, but it just passes through.

CALLISTO
Ah-h-h-h-h-h-h!

An image of Xena appears.

XENA
And you thought you were getting oblivion. Well
this place makes Tartarus look like a day at the
beach. How long ya in for? Eternity? That's gotta smart.

Callisto slices her sword at Xena, but it just passes through her. Xena laughs and disappears Callisto screams. Nailscot moves over to Callisto, who punches him.

CALLISTO
Get over it!

NAILSCOT
I'm doomed to be obsessed for eternity with a
woman who despises me! What a nightmare!

CALLISTO
No kidding.

NAILSCOT
You'd think after what I told Him about you, that
you would give me more respect.

CALLISTO
Him? You mean Him.

NAILSCOT
He's come to trust me. I have His ear from time
to time. I told Him your desire.

CALLISTO
You mean, He's gonna let me go back.

NAILSCOT
Well, He shares with you an interest in Xena.
She's someone He thought He had in His grasp,
but now He's not so sure.

CALLISTO
You mean to tell me those stupid, maudlin
missions she goes on are gonna end her up in
paradise?!

NAILSCOT
Probably not paradise. Most likely she'll be born
higher up the karmic ladder.

CALLISTO
Oh. Right, she cooks my family, destroys
my life and I end up in Hell while
she gets another shot. That's fair.

The image of Xena appears.

XENA
Gotta love the irony.

Xena winks and Callisto barks at her.

CALLISTO
You tell Him if He wants her here, I'm the woman
for that job.

NAILSCOT
You must not harm her physically in any way.
Your victory must be a spiritual one. She's found
a road to redemption, the way of the warrior.
You'll need to get her off that path. And you
have to agree to take care of one other thing for Him.

CALLISTO
Yes? What's that?

NAILSCOT
You know the man they call Caesar?

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Caesar's bed. Xena is atop Caesar as they have sex. Xena draws a dagger and yells, bringing it down.

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Caesar awakens. He lies down, than turns to see Callisto. He holds a dagger on her.

CALLISTO
That Xena can really mess up a dream, can't she?

CAESAR
Who are you? How do you know about my dreams?

CALLISTO
I know everything about your life, Caesar. What
it's been and what it can be. I'm here to help you
get everything you've ever desired. It's through
me you finally fulfill your destiny. I can give
you ultimate power and free you from your greatest torment.

CAESAR
Xena.

CALLISTO
Yes, Xena. I can't tell you how much we have in
common in that way.

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Docks. Xena, Gabrielle and Amarice move along.

AMARICE
Let me guess. This Eli guy, he's the one that
taught you all this 'love your enemy' stuff?

XENA
That's right.

AMARICE
Xena, why do we have to go see a preacher,
when there are battles to fight, butts to kick?

XENA
'Cause whatever Gabrielle wants, Gabrielle gets.
(to a dockhand) Excuse me, when's the next
ship for Athens?

Xena catches a spear. Several thugs run in and attack the women. Xena and Amarice fight. A thug is getting the upper hand on Amarice. Gabrielle wraps a rope around his leg and pulls him into the water. Xena finishes the battle.

AMARICE
What'd you do that for? I had him.

GABRIELLE
Right.

XENA
Ah-h-h-h!

Xena kicks the Spearman.

EXTRA
Alexander, boy, where are you? We have to leave.

Xena puts The Pinch on the Spearman.

XENA
What do you want with me?

SPEARMAN
Caesar's reward. Six million dinars.

GABRIELLE
Six million dinars?

AMARICE
That's quite a temptation.

They look at her.

AMARICE
Not for me, for every killer in Europe.

XENA
So, it's come to this. Caesar wants me out of the
way so bad he's willing to deplete his fortune to
do it. Hmm. I think it's time I put an end to this
feud between Caesar and me.

Xena releases the Spearman and then knocks him out.

AMARICE
You're not gonna try to make peace with that
slime, are you?

XENA
No. I'm going to kill him.

END OF TEASER



ACT ONE

Dock.

GABRIELLE
Xena. Xena, you can't just walk into Rome and
kill Caesar.

AMARICE
It's an opportunity to kill a lot of Romans. I say
we do it.

XENA
We're not doing anything. I'm going to Rome,
not you. Gabrielle I can't take you, not after that vision.

AMARICE
What vision?

XENA
I had a vision once that Gabrielle and I would die
at the hands of Romans. It's bad enough that we
can run into Romans anywhere, but if you and I
were to go to Rome-

GABRIELLE
Okay, well, what if I ask you not to do this?

XENA
Gabrielle, he's an evil man, and he's trying
to kill me. I have to take him out or die trying. It's
the way of the warrior.

AMARICE
Was I in this vision?

XENA
No.

AMARICE
Then I should go with you.

XENA
Amarice, you're staying here with Gabrielle.

AMARICE
As her bodyguard?

XENA
As her friend. You could learn something if you
listened to her once in a while. (to Gabrielle)
You promise you won't follow me?

GABRIELLE
I promise. Xena, be careful.

Xena nods and leaves.

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Caesar's palace.

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Inside. Two Romans enter with a Warlord. He puts a sack on Cae's desk.

WARLORD
There's Xena's head.

Caesar opens it. It's not Xena.

CAESAR
Kill him.

WARLORD
Huh?! No! No!

EXTRA
Move it!

CAESAR
Take 'Xena' with you.

A guard takes the head.

WARLORD
Please, no!

Callisto appears.

CAESAR
I did as you said. So far I've had eight
impostors try to claim the reward. Xena will defeat
any mercenary who attacks her.

CALLISTO
Of course. The reward was just to get her attention.
She will come to you. You need to be ready.

CAESAR
Yes. Well, I've made plans for that, of course.

CALLISTO
Oh, really. Well, I suggest you just have
one more card to play.

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Gabrielle and Amarice see a group of villagers gathered in a field.

GABRIELLE
It's him. It's Eli.

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A young man is carried on a stretcher and laid before Eli.

ELI
Your heart is pure, Mazin. Abba, make Mazin's
body as whole as his spirit.

Eli moves his hands over the young man's legs.

ELI
Rise, Mazin.

Eli helps him up.

EXTRA
Holy!

EXTRA
Praise the gods.

ELI
It's done. You're healed.

EXTRA
Thank you.

ELI
You're welcome. Now, go. Good luck. Go. Go.

He leaves. Eli sees Gabrielle.

ELI
Gabrielle.

He laughs and moves to her.

GABRIELLE
Eli.

Eli hugs her.

ELI
Oh-h-h-h. I'm so happy to see you.

GABRIELLE
I heard you were teaching in Greece. I set out
to find you.

ELI
Where's Xena?

GABRIELLE
She, um, has some work to do. This is my friend, Amarice.

ELI
Hello, Amarice.

Eli holds out his hand, but Amarice backs away from him.

AMARICE
If somebody threatened your mother, would
you fight to defend her.

GABRIELLE
Amarice and I have some philosophical differences.

ELI
I see. We've got a lot to talk about. Come on.

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Later. Eli and Gabrielle sit together. Amarice walks about.

GABRIELLE
Can you teach me to heal?

ELI
All I can do is try and teach you how to love. But
if you love with all your heart and soul, if you become
love itself, then you can heal.

GABRIELLE
Why is love the key?

ELI
Selfless, pure love is the only expression
of divine perfection we have in this world. It's the
greatest power one can possess.

AMARICE
Oh, come on. The only real power's at the end
of a sword.

There's the sound of a branch breaking.

AMARICE
Did you hear that?

GABRIELLE
What?

AMARICE
Boots.

Amarice moves to the bushes. Eli and Gabrielle stand. Amarice stands before the bushes and Romans step out, holding swords on her.

ELI
And if the other side has more swords?

AMARICE
If you can love your way out of this one, be my guest.

Gabrielle turns to see Brutus.

GABRIELLE
Brutus.

BRUTUS
Hello, Gabrielle.

GABRIELLE
You're doing Caesar's bidding again?

BRUTUS
Caesar believes Xena is trying to kill him.
He has to protect himself.

GABRIELLE
With me. I understand. Let these people go.

BRUTUS
My orders are to arrest you, Eli and his followers.
You'll be taken as hostages against Xena killing
Caesar. Caesar's promised me no one will be hurt.

GABRIELLE
And you believe him.

BRUTUS
Our friends are at war, Gabrielle. I'm sorry this
brings us into conflict, but it's inevitable.

GABRIELLE
Of course it is.

BRUTUS
Move.

EXTRA
Let's go!

BRUTUS
Come on.

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Caesar and two guards move into his room. The two guards at the door salute. One is Xena, dressed in Roman clothes. She watches Caesar put a golden laurel wreath on his head. Xena turns and faces the other soldier.

EXTRA
Who the-

XENA
At ease.

Xena head butts him.

EXTRA
Oh! Oh!

Xena pulls him aside.

XENA
Let's make this short and sweet.

Xena throws her chakram which heads straight for Caesar. Callisto catches it.

CALLISTO
Brings back memories doesn't it Xena?

Xena looks at Callisto.

END OF ACT ONE



ACT TWO

Caesar stands.

CAESAR
Guards!

XENA
Ah-h-h-h-h-h!

Xena fights the guards. Callisto watches, holding the chakram.

EXTRA
Ah-h-h-h-h-h-h!

Xena flips out the window with a yell. She lands and draws her sword.

EXTRA
This way!

EXTRA
Look behind every arch!

EXTRA
Watch it!

EXTRA
Come on! Keep looking!

Xena rounds the corner to see Callisto standing there, the chakram spinning on her finger.

CALLISTO
My, that was a shocker now, wasn't it?

Xena attacks her.

XENA
Ah-h-h-h!

The sword bounces off Callisto's head with a spark. Xena swings the sword. Callisto holds up her finger and the sword bounces off of it with a spark. Xena swings the sword again and it passes through Callisto. Xena swings it again and Callisto moves at super speed to stand behind Xena. Xena faces her.

CALLISTO
Don't bother. You've already done all the damage
you can to me. Thanks, by the way.

XENA
For what?

CALLISTO
I wanted to cease existing and you did your best
to help, but as you can see, it didn't take. They
wouldn't let me off the hook that easy.

XENA
Who's 'they'?

CALLISTO
I don't know. Whoever it is that does the final judging.
They sent me to a place that makes Tartarus look
like...the Elysian Fields. They call it Hell.

XENA
Couldn't have happened to a nicer gal.

Xena walks off. Callisto moves super fast and stands before Xena.

CALLISTO
The one who runs things down where I come from,
He's very interested in what happens in this life.
He figures Caesar will be very valuable to Him.
And, of course, He also figures you might be an obstacle.

XENA
Then he figures right. And I won't be the only one.
Plenty of people will oppose Caesar becoming emperor.

Xena moves off.

CALLISTO
Ah, you know about the emperor thing.

Xena turns to face her.

XENA
The laurel wreath kinda gave it away. I'm guessing
that he'll announce it when the senate reconvenes
on the ides of March.

CALLISTO
My, aren't you the clever girl? Yes, some people
will be unhappy, but everybody has their price,
even the honourable Brutus. Caesar's gonna give
him Gaul and that should keep him smiling. But
it's you, my darling. It's you that I'm worried about.
I'm here to make you an offer.

XENA
Forget it.

CALLISTO
Afraid you'll be tempted?

XENA
Yeah, that's right.

Xena starts to move off.

CALLISTO
I'll give you a little hint. Gabrielle's in Roman hands
as we speak.

Xena faces her.

XENA
You lie.

CALLISTO
Do I? My lord gave me a thorough briefing as to
what's happened to you and Gabrielle since the
last time we met. I know everything about India
and Eli. Ah-h, so you're not the only clever girl now,
Xena, are you? Gabrielle's on her way to a Roman
prison in the Appenines as we speak. So...about
my offer...

XENA
Get lost.

Xena leaves.

CALLISTO
Oh, but I'm not going anywhere, Xena.

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Gabrielle, Eli, Amarice and Eli's followers are led to the prison, moving along a path lined with crucified people. Snow is on the ground.

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Inside the wall. Crosses are being made.

EXTRA
Come on! Move it!

EXTRA
Move it! Go!

EXTRA
Keep moving!

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Xena rides.

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Inside the prison. Brutus and the others enter.

BRUTUS
Jailer, these prisoners are to be held here.

JAILER
Yes, we've been waiting for them.

BRUTUS
Those crosses. Who are they for?

JAILER
We're expecting a boatload of pirates any day.

Amarice grabs a sword and fights the Romans. They knock her down and Gabrielle puts her body over Amarice. The guard raises his sword.

GABRIELLE
No! No!

BRUTUS
No! Don't harm Gabrielle!

The guard stops.

GABRIELLE
Of course not! I'm still useful to you, Brutus!

BRUTUS
Get up!

GABRIELLE
Not until you pardon her for what she just did.

BRUTUS
She attacked one of my men.

GABRIELLE
And I remember a time when mercy was shown
to you!

BRUTUS
(to guards) Put down your swords.

The guards back off. They pull Gabrielle and Amarice to their feet.

BRUTUS
Chain her to the prop.

AMARICE
Oh, please, can't you just break my legs?

EXTRA
Come on, you.

EXTRA
Move it! Get in there.

They are put in the prison. Amarice and Eli are chained to the post in the middle of the prison.

ELI
Nice move.

AMARICE
You know if I had a little backup, maybe I could
have pulled it off.

Gabrielle stands at the door of the cell as Brutus shuts it.

GABRIELLE
You don't really think those crosses are for a
boatload of pirates, do you?

BRUTUS
Caesar's never lied to me.

GABRIELLE
There's a first time for everything.

Brutus leaves.

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Xena rides.

XENA
Yah!

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Xena rides at night.

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Xena rides through a field.

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Brutus moves to the woods, unbuckles his belt and pulls down the front of his pants. He starts to go to the bathroom.

EXTRA
Get the fire.

XENA
Ave, Brutus.

Brutus gasps. He turns to look at Xena.

XENA
I have a deal for you. You tell me where my friend,
Gabrielle, is and I will give you some information
that will save your stinkin' life. Deal?

Brutus is silent.

XENA
Tell you what, you promise to tell me and I will
go first. Do I have you your word?

BRUTUS
And you trust me?

XENA
Everyone says that Brutus is an honourable man.
Do I have your word?

BRUTUS
Yeah.

XENA
Beware the ides of March, Brutus.

BRUTUS
Why the ides of March?

XENA
Because on that day, Caesar will declare himself emperor.

BRUTUS
I don't believe you. Why would he do that?

XENA
Greed, lust for power, an ego the size of the Aegean.
Of course, he plans to rid himself of anyone who
would stand in his way.

BRUTUS
What are you saying?

XENA
He's too smart to kill you in Rome You have much
too much support there. But I have firsthand
knowledge that he's been talking to assassins
in Gaul. So...your turn. Come on Brutus. Gabrielle
saved your life once. Give me a chance to save hers.

BRUTUS
I put her in a prison compound at the foot of Mount
Amaro. I don't believe what you said about Caesar!

XENA
It's your funeral.

Xena moves starts to move off. She stops and faces Brutus.

XENA
Brutus, was it snowing on Mount Amaro?

BRUTUS
Yes, it was snowing when I left.

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Xena sees the vision.

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Xena runs off.

END OF ACT TWO



ACT THREE

Xena rides to the mountains.

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Prison.

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Gabrielle sits before Eli. They are both still. Gabrielle looks up.

GABRIELLE
(whispering) I did it.

AMARICE
Did what? You two are sitting there like a couple
of bumps on a log. What could you have done?

ELI
She did nothing.

GABRIELLE
That's right, I did nothing.

AMARICE
We're gonna be nailed to crosses tomorrow morning
and you two are bragging about doing nothing?!

ELI
You don't understand, Amarice. In order to become
a perfect vessel for love, one has to cease
all activity, not only physical, but mental as
well. It's only when you've reached that state of
emptiness, that you're ready, at last, to be filled
with love.

AMARICE
Just in time, too. You'll be able to love the people
who crucify us.

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Xena rides.

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Xena looks down at the prison. Romans put dead bodies in a cart. Xena moves away. Callisto stands before her.

CALLISTO
I just keep coming back. In that way, I'm more
dependable than your chakram. My lord sees
everything Xena and you don't have to go through
with this. I can arrange it for you and Gabrielle
and all her peaceful, little friends to just walk out
of here and no one gets hurt. And you and Gabrielle
can live happily ever after.

XENA
What's the catch?

CALLISTO
Well, there is one little thing. You have to drop
your sword and join Gabrielle in fulfilling a life
of loving kindness.

XENA
I'm still not interested.

Xena moves off.

CALLISTO
That's because you haven't heard it all, yet. I'm
offering you complete serenity.

Xena turns and faces her.

XENA
Go on.

CALLISTO
There's a reason you can't allow you and your
partner peace. It's your guilt. It motivates everything
you do, torments you. Invite me into your soul and
I can purge you of that guilt. I can cleanse
you of that shame that drives you. I
can give you peace if you let me. What's it
gonna be, Xena? Serenity and happiness or another
ride in that wagon with your friend, Gabrielle?
(whispering) Think of your vision.

XENA
You're trying to tempt me from my way by offering
me peace.

CALLISTO
In a nutshell.

XENA
That guilt you're depending on, I put it all behind
me. You see I know now what I have to do. I have
to be the best warrior I can be. To redeem
myself, I have to fight evil with a sword and
that's what I'm gonna do no, matter what the consequences.

Xena leaves.

CALLISTO
(growling) Damn!

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Brutus enters Caesar's palace.

CAESAR
Brutus! Welcome. You deposited our little friend
in a safe place, I trust?

BRUTUS
Yes.

CAESAR
Perfect.

BRUTUS
Caesar...they were building crosses when I
was there.

CAESAR
Of course. You can't have a crucifixion without
crosses Brutus.

BRUTUS
You're crucifying Gabrielle.

CAESAR
All of them.

BRUTUS
But you told me she would be safe. You were
only going to use her as a distraction.

CAESAR
Well, what would distract Xena more than her best
friend's execution, hmm? Tomorrow on the ides
of March, the very day I need Xena most distracted.

BRUTUS
What happens on the ides of March?

CAESAR
I'm going to make an announcement, Brutus.
An announcement that will change history. How
are the troops looking up there?

BRUTUS
Excellent.

CAESAR
Good because in a few days, I want you to take
command of one of those legions, the thirteenth,
if you like. March 'em into Gaul.

BRUTUS
Why Gaul?

CAESAR
I can't tell you that right now, Brutus, but, um,
trust me. Marc Antony! How are you?

Caesar moves away.

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Prison.

AMARICE
I always thought I'd die in battle, not hung on a
cross. Do you think Xena will make it in time?

GABRIELLE
She'll be here.

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The cart of dead bodies is brought inside the prison walls. Xena is hiding in the bodies.

CALLISTO
All right, let's keep it simple.

Xena turns to see Callisto lying next to her. Callisto holds up her hand, a bloody hole in her palm.

CALLISTO
I keep the vision from coming true and you leave
Caesar alone.

EXTRA
Yah!

EXTRA
Move along!

Xena runs into the prison.

CALLISTO
(to herself) Okay Xena, you had your chance.

Callisto does Xena's ululation.

EXTRA
It's Xena!

EXTRA
Find her!

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Xena enters the prison and fights the guards.

GABRIELLE
Xena.

Xena opens the door to the cell.

XENA
Hey.

Xena hugs Gabrielle.

GABRIELLE
I'm so glad to see you!

XENA
Listen that vision is not going to happen, all right?
Xena gives Gabrielle the key.
XENA
Here. Take this. Come on, Eli, get up!

Xena cuts Amarice and Eli free.

XENA
All right, let's go!

EXTRA
Hurry!

They move out.

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They move outside the prison.

EXTRA
They're trying to escape!

EXTRA
Get them!

Xena draws her sword. She and Amarice fight the Romans.

GABRIELLE
Go ahead! Run!

EXTRA
This way!

GABRIELLE
Come on! Move!

Gabrielle leads Eli and his followers to the gate. Callisto appears up on the wall and watches.

EXTRA
We need more men!

XENA
Go!

EXTRA
Hurry!

XENA
Go!

CALLISTO
No.

They open the gates. Xena fights the Romans.

GABRIELLE
Run for the woods! Go!

Callisto holds the chakram and looks at it.

CALLISTO
No!

Xena fights the Romans as Eli, Amarice and Eli's followers run out the gates. Gabrielle looks up and sees Callisto. Callisto throws the chakram.

CALLISTO
No-o-o-o-o-o-o-o!

The chakram hits Xena in the back. It breaks and hits the ground. Xena is surprised and she slowly falls to her knees and then face first into the dirt. A Roman runs at Xena, sword raised. Gabrielle picks up a spear and throws it impaling the Roman. Gabrielle picks up Xena's sword from the ground and runs to Xena's side. A Roman runs at Gabrielle and she kills him.

GABRIELLE
Go! Let's go!

Xena can't get up. Callisto watches with fascination. Gabrielle kills another Roman.

XENA
No-o-o!

Gabrielle kills another Roman, stabbing him violently.

GABRIELLE
Get up!

XENA
I can't Gabrielle. It's my spine. I can't move.

Gabrielle kills one Roman and stabs another.

CALLISTO
Interesting.

Gabrielle kills the Roman.

XENA
Uh, uh. Uh-h-h! No, Gabrielle, no!

Gabrielle cuts the legs of a Roman running at them. She hacks at him violently. Another Roman kicks her, and disarms her. Gabrielle charges at him. She head butts him and then stabs him in the face several times with a dagger. She stops and looks at the bloody dagger before dropping it. Romans run in and surround them.

END OF ACT THREE



ACT FOUR

Xena awakens in Gabrielle's arms inside the cell. Both she and Gabrielle wear cloth outfits.

XENA
Gabrielle?

Gabrielle turns Xena's face to see her.

GABRIELLE
(whispering) Xena.

Gabrielle kisses Xena's forehead. Gabrielle is crying. Xena sighs.

XENA
Crying? Don't cry.

GABRIELLE
(whispering) I won't. Rest.

XENA
(whispering) Okay.

Xena passes out again, a tear in her eye.

JAILER
It won't be long, now.

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Eli and the others run along. Amarice looks back but keeps running.

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Brutus talks to the senate.

BRUTUS
Rome is under threat. I have conclusive proof
that Caesar is responsible.

Caesar enters.

CAESAR
Friends!

EXTRA
Caesar.

EXTRA
Hail, Caesar.

EXTRA
Most welcome.

BRUTUS
(whispering to a senator) He thinks he's a god.

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Gabrielle cradles Xena.

XENA
I made you leave the way of love. (whispering)
It was my fault.

GABRIELLE
I had a choice: to do nothing or save my friend.
(whispering) I chose the way of friendship.

XENA
(whispering) I'm sorry for all the times I didn't
treat you right.

GABRIELLE
(whispers) Xena, you've brought out the best in
me. Before I met you, no one saw me for who I
was. I felt...invisible. But you saw all the things
that I could be. You saved me, Xena.

XENA
I wish, um...

GABRIELLE
What?

XENA
That I had'a read your scrolls just once.

GABRIELLE
You would have liked them.

XENA
I know.

Callisto appears. Gabrielle looks up at her.

JAILER
It's time!

Guards enter. Xena looks at Callisto.

JAILER
On your feet!

They pull Xena up who cries out in pain. They pull Gabrielle to her feet.

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Outside, it's snowing. Gabrielle walks and Xena is dragged along. Callisto catches a snowflake on her tongue.

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Caesar moves to Brutus.

CAESAR
What's the matter, Brutus?

BRUTUS
Do you have anything to tell me?

CAESAR
Tell you? What do you mean?

BRUTUS
About this announcement you're going to make today?

CAESAR
Oh, that. Yes, well, at first you probably won't like
it. But, I plan to persuade you. Are you ready for
your trip to Gaul?

BRUTUS
I'll be ready.

CAESAR
Good.

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Gabrielle and Xena are laid on the crosses. Callisto kneels next to Xena.

CALLISTO
Don't give me that confident look. You're about
to die like a slave and drag your friend with you,
and it's all right by me.

XENA
Y--your lord might not feel the same way. He sent
you on a mission, didn't he?

CALLISTO
Making Caesar dictator was His main concern.
And once he's ruling, making him an agent of my
Lord will be easy. So, while you lie here
helpless he's declaring himself emperor.

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Rome.

CAESAR
Good senators! True patriots of Rome! Your attention,
please! I have an important announcement to make!

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Gabrielle and Xena are tied to the crosses. Gabrielle looks at Xena.

CAESAR (voice-over)
To quell civil unrest-

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Rome.

CAESAR
-I have decided to make an important change
to our government.

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Xena looks over at Gabrielle.

XENA
Gabrielle. You were the best thing in my life.

GABRIELLE
I love you, Xena.

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Rome. Brutus walks behind the senators.

CAESAR
And I must supply the leadership so desperately needed.

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Xena and Gabrielle look at each other.

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Brutus glares at Caesar.

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A Roman moves to the crosses with a hammer.

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The senators pull daggers from their togas.

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Xena and Gabrielle look at each other.

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Brutus puts his hand on a senator's shoulder. The senator takes a step forward.

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Wood is laid on Gabrielle's hand and the nail is set upon it.

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More senators draw daggers from their togas.

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A nail is held on Gabrielle's feet. Xena looks at Gabrielle. Gabrielle looks away from Xena. The hammer is raised over her feet.

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Rome.

CAESAR
On this day-

More daggers are drawn.

CAESAR
-the fifteenth of March-

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The hammer is raised.
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Rome.

CAESAR
-I declare myself-

A senator moves behind Caesar, grabs him by the throat and raises the dagger.

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The hammer is brought down on Gabrielle's feet.

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Caesar is stabbed.

CAESAR
Uh!

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Xena moves in pain.

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Caesar is shocked and in pain.

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The hammer is brought down.
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Caesar is stabbed.

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Xena moves in pain.

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Caesar falls to his knees and is stabbed again.

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Gabrielle moves in pain. The hammer is brought down on a nail.

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Caesar is stabbed.

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The hammer comes down on a nail.

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Caesar clutches his stomach.

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The hammer comes down on a nail.

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Caesar is stabbed again.

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Xena moves in pain. The nail is driven through Xena's hand.

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Caesar is stabbed again.

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One of Gabrielle's hands is finished being nailed down.

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Caesar is stabbed.

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Gabrielle moves in pain.

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Caesar is stabbed.

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The hammer is brought down on a nail.

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Caesar is stabbed.

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The nail goes though Xena's feet.

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Caesar is stabbed.

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Xena moves in pain.

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Caesar is stabbed. He faces Brutus.

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Xena and Gabrielle's crosses are raised.

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Caesar glares at Brutus.

CAESAR
And you Brutus?

Brutus stabs Caesar.

CAESAR
Uh! Uh!

Caesar falls down dead. The senators gather around him.

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Three Romans walk away from the crucified Xena and Gabrielle.

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Later. A light touches Xena and her spirit leaves her body.

XENA
(whispering) Gabrielle.

Xena's glowing spirit, dressed in flowing white robes touches Gabrielle's face, pulling Gabrielle's soul free.

XENA
Gabrielle.

A blue sky surrounds the two, who are glowing. A light watches over them and their spirits are taken away, leaving behind their dead bodies.

END OF ACT FOUR

STARRING
Lucy Lawless as Xena
Renee O'Connor as Gabrielle

GUEST CAST
Hudson Leick as Callisto
Jennifer Sky as Amarice
Timothy Omundson as Eli
Karl Urban as Caesar
David Franklin as Brutus
John Leigh as Nailscot
Sean Ashton-Peach as Jailer
Jim Ngaata as Warlord
Jane Fullerton-Smith as Woman In Hell
Rodney Cook as Spearman
Alan Poppleton as Hanged Man

Written by: R.J. Stewart
Directed by: Ken Girotti

Disclaimer: Xena & Gabrielle were killed during the production of this motion picture.