Last of the Centaurs


TEASER

An adult Xenan moves through the woods with Lars and Morga who are also centaurs.

XENAN
This way. It's not far now.

MORGA
Anyone would think he's in a hurry.

An arrow hits Lars. Lord Belach's soldiers coming running at them, swords drawn.

EXTRA
There they are!

EXTRA
Get them!

Lars draws his sword.

LARS
We're under attack!

Lars and Morga fight the soldiers.

EXTRA
This way! Now!

MORGA
Watch out! Behind you!

Soldier #1 sees Xenan.

SOLDIER #1
That's him! That's the one we want!

He attacks Xena who fights him and other soldiers. Lars is hit in the chest with an arrow and is killed.

XENAN
No.

Morga and Xenan fight.

MORGA
There's too many of them! Get out of here! Go!

XENAN
No!

Xenan continues to fight. Morga is killed. Xenan gets an arrow through his upper arm.

EXTRA
Death to the Centaur!

Xenan pulls out the arrow and runs.

EXTRA
After him! Quick!

The soldiers case him.

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Xena and Gabrielle are in a market. Gabrielle moves over to a rack of clothes.

XENA
Clothes.

GABRIELLE
Yes-s-s-s. Oh, very nice.

XENA
Gabrielle, you'll never buy that.

GABRIELLE
Xena, I'm not buying them. I'm shopping.

XENA
Oh.

Gabrielle enters a change room. Xena is outside. A merchant is trying to sell her a drink. She takes a sip and nearly chokes on it. Gabrielle looks at the clothes she is holding.

GABRIELLE
Different.

EPHINY (voice-over)
Gabrielle.

GABRIELLE
All right, Xena, I know. It's not me.

EPHINY (voice-over)
As beautiful as ever.

Ephiny appears before Gabrielle.

GABRIELLE
Ephiny? It can't be.

Xena enters.

XENA
What can't be what?

GABRIELLE
Xena, it's--it's Ephiny.

XENA
No, Ephiny's been dead for years.

GABRIELLE
Xena, she's here. She is with us, right now. I'm
not seeing things - I mean, I--I am. Ephiny's spirit
is here.

Xena can't see her.

XENA
Ephiny? We've missed you.

EPHINY
I missed you, friends. Gabrielle? My son, Xenan - he's
in danger. I need your help.

GABRIELLE
Xenan's in danger?

XENA
She's talking to you?

GABRIELLE
Can't you see her?

XENA
No.

EPHINY
Gabrielle, only you can.

GABRIELLE
Why me?

XENA
Because you're an Amazon. You're bonded through
your Right of Caste.

EPHINY
That's right.

GABRIELLE
How do you know that your son's in danger?

XENA
She can sense it.

TOWN CRIER
Attention, everyone!

EPHINY
Gabrielle, look.

The Town Crier holds up a wanted poster. Xenan is painted on it.

TOWN CRIER
Lord Belach has placed a bounty on the head
of this Centaur.

GABRIELLE
That's Xenan.

Xena and Gabrielle move over to the Town Crier.

XENA
Who's putting up this bounty?

TOWN CRIER
Lord Belach.

He moves on.

TOWN CRIER
(to villagers) Have any of you seen this centaur?
Have any of you?

XENA
I think maybe we offer our services to Lord Belach.

TOWN CRIER
Lord Belach has placed a bounty on the head of
this Centaur!

END OF TEASER



ACT ONE

Lord Belach's home.

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Inside. Soldier #2 enters with Xena and Gabrielle. Ephiny is with them.

SOLDIER #2
Lord Belach.

LORD BELACH
More bounty hunters, I take it.

Xena is staring at Lord Belach.

GABRIELLE
Are you all right?

EPHINY
She's staring in the face of her past. This man is
the spitting image of Borias. He was Xena's lover.

LORD BELACH
Well, have you found him?

XENA
Not yet, but we will. What's this Centaur done to
make you want him so badly?

LORD BELACH
That half-man, half-horse monstrosity stole my
daughter, Nicha.

XENA
This place seems pretty well-guarded. How did
he manage that?

LORD BELACH
She was snatched up by that thing and carried away.

XENA
Why would he do a thing like that?

LORD BELACH
I've received no ransom demands, so I can only
assume the worst. I'll hunt down every last one
of those animals if that's what it takes to get my
daughter back.

EPHINY
You're the animal!

GABRIELLE
Take it easy.

XENA
(whispers) What?

LORD BELACH
Take it easy?! You think you could take it easy if
your child was stolen?!

XENA
No, no, no. Look, pay no attention to her. Your
father was Borias.

LORD BELACH
That name is not to be spoken here.

XENA
I meant no offense.

LORD BELACH
My father was a warlord, a cruel-hearted man.
Everything I have done - everything I have built - all
you see around you has been done despite being
his son.

XENA
And he died when you were a child.

LORD BELACH
How do you know that?

XENA
I've heard the legend. Borias was a hero to the
Centaurs. Using his name might get your daughter
back faster than any needless war.

LORD BELACH
I have let those freaks live on my land for years.
It was a mistake. My wife, Leone, died bringing
Nicha into the world. She's all I have left.

XENA
I'll bring your daughter back.

Xena leaves. Gabrielle follows. Ephiny moves over to Lord Belach and stares at him with anger before following.

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Xena, Gabrielle and Ephiny walk through a field.

EPHINY
He came through here, I'm sure of it.

GABRIELLE
Ephiny says that we're on his trail.

XENA
Good. That should put us ahead of the bounty hunters.

GABRIELLE
Xena, if Belach is Borias' son, does that mean
that he's your-

XENA
No. No, Borias had a son before I came along
and that was Lord Belach.

GABRIELLE
There's something about him, Xena. He's dangerous.

XENA
He's grieving.

GABRIELLE
It is Xenan we're supposed to be helping, right?

XENA
Gabrielle, I owe Belach.

EPHINY
My son never would have taken her against her will.

GABRIELLE
I know, Ephiny.

XENA
Belach's daughter was taken by a Centaur. He's
not going to listen to reason 'til he gets her back.
You can't blame him for that.

Xena moves off. Gabrielle and Ephiny look at each other and then follow.

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Xenan walks along. He stops. Ephiny appears beside him, unseen by his eyes.

EPHINY
Xenan...my son. Last time I saw you, you were a
child. Can't you sense that I'm here?

XENAN
Somebody's there.

EPHINY
Yes. It's your mother.

He draws his sword.

XENAN
Show yourself!

Xena and Gabrielle enter.

XENA
Xenan, we're here to help. Where's Nicha

XENAN
How do you know my name?

XENA
You were named after me. I'm Xena. I delivered
you at birth.

XENAN
You're not old enough to be Xena.

GABRIELLE
It's a long story, but it's true. I was there, too.

EPHINY
Xenan, they're your friends.

XENA
Belach is after you. Why aren't you with your brothers?

XENAN
That's none of your concern.

EPHINY
Gabrielle, tell him I'm here.

GABRIELLE
All right, Ephiny.

XENAN
Why do you say my mother's name?!

GABRIELLE
Your mother's spirit is here.

XENAN
Can you say anything that doesn't insult my intelligence?!

EPHINY
Gabrielle? Do you know the Amazon lullaby?

GABRIELLE
Yeah. (to Xena) It's okay.

EPHINY
Sing it with me. He'll understand. I changed the
words when I used to sing it to him.

EPHINY
(singing) Moon shines bright.

EPHINY and GABRIELLE
(singing) By fire's light.
Amazon baby, sleep tonight.

XENAN
A lot of people know that song!

EPHINY
(singing) Hush-

Ephiny is choked with emotion, but continues to sing.

EPHINY and GABRIELLE
(singing) Hush-a-bye.
Please don't cry.

EPHINY
(singing) Xenan sings his lullaby.

GABRIELLE
(singing) Xenan sings his lullaby.

Xena smiles.

XENAN
Mother? Are you really here?

EPHINY
I'm here, my love.

Ephiny tries to hug him, but her arms pass through him.

GABRIELLE
She's here. She brought us to you.

XENAN
Nicha Come! They're friends.

Nicha steps out. She is pregnant. She and Xenan kiss.

XENAN
This is my Nicha.

Xena smiles.

END OF ACT ONE



ACT TWO

Xena moves over to Nicha.

XENA
Give me your hand.

Xena feels her stomach.

XENA
It's a boy - a Centaur.

EPHINY
My grandson.

GABRIELLE
How long?

XENA
Any time, right, Nicha?

NICHA
I've been feeling some pains already.

GABRIELLE
Your father didn't mention this. I take it it didn't
slip his mind.

XENAN
He doesn't know.

NICHA
No one does. I've been keeping to myself the
last few months. He hardly looks at me anyway.
I think I remind him too much of my mother.

XENA
Your father loves you.

NICHA
I love Xenan and he loves me.

GABRIELLE
We can't take her back now.

XENA
We're gonna have to go back and talk to Lord Belach.

XENAN
Talk? It's gone way past that. Belach has declared
war on all the Centaurs.

XENA
The Centaurs should not be at war with the son
of Borias.

XENAN
Belach is the son of Borias?

XENA
And the blood of Borias is in your son. Where
are your brothers now?

XENAN
Camped in a secret place not far from here.

XENA
We'll escort you there and find a safe place for
you all. Then we can negotiate peace with Lord
Belach. He may think differently, knowing his
daughter's pregnant. Come on.

They move out.

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The group walks through a field.

GABRIELLE
I don't understand, Xena. You owe Belach for what?

XENA
When I met his father, Borias, he was a rising
warlord and me...I was just ambitious.

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Xena's past. Xena moves with a cane. She sees Borias and drops it, limbing over to him. She drapes her arms over him.

XENA
It gets lonely at the top.

BORIAS
You push your luck, Xena.

XENA
Always.

He pushes her back.

BORIAS
Natasha will see us.

XENA
She knows what kind of man she has. Have you
had time to consider my campaign?

BORIAS
Toward the East? I've told you - I can't feed and
transport my army halfway across the world.

XENA
That's why we leave your army and start from
scratch in the East.

BORIAS
After I've paid off all my men and divided the treasure
among them.

He turns Xena to face him.

BORIAS
You want to just take off and keep everything for us.

XENA
By the time anyone finds out where we are we'll
be so formidable they wouldn't dare come after
us. They're thugs, Borias. They'd slit your throat
for a dinar.

BORIAS
This campaign would take me away from Natasha.
You and I would be together a long time.

XENA
For all time. So, do you wanna live here in squalor,
or ride to glory with me?

BORIAS
How can I decide when I've never ridden with you?

XENA
Giddy-up.

They move into Borias' tent.

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Xena's past. Young Belach moves over to Borias' tent and looks in to see Xena on top of Borias. They are kissing.

XENA
Wait just a minute.

Xena gets up.

BORIAS
What are you doing?

XENA
I'll be back in a minute.

Xena leaves. Young Belach is looking into the tent, when a blanket is thrown over him. Xena picks him up and carries him away from the tent.

XENA
Word of advice for ya, kid-

Xena tosses him on top of some supply blankets.

XENA
-never step between two people and their passion.

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The present.

XENA
I shamed his mother and stole his father, Gabrielle.
I can't let him lose his daughter as well.

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The centaur camp has been burned.

EPHINY
It's completely devastated.

GABRIELLE
Where are they?

There is a large pit in the ground, full of the bodies of dead centaurs.

XENA
Son of Borias, what have you done?

EPHINY
This was prophecy. I haven't changed anything.

Ephiny turns away.

XENA
Belach's men must have encircled your brothers and driven them into this pit. There was no escape.

GABRIELLE
What kind of men could do this?

XENAN
They're gone, every last one. All dead. Belach
will pay for this!

Xenan moves off, but Gabrielle steps in front of him.

GABRIELLE
Xenan, you can't risk yourself! Not now!

XENAN
Out of my way!

Nicha joins Gabrielle in front of him.

NICHA
Whatever my father has done, you have to stay
alive for your son - for me.

XENAN
Then who will see justice done?

XENA
I will.

Xena moves off. Xenan starts to sob when he looks at the bodies again.

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Lord Belach's home.

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Lord Belach sends his soldiers out with a gesture as he stares at the painting of Leone. The soldiers wait by the door. Xena enters and Lord Belach turns to see her.

LORD BELACH
I see you haven't brought my daughter to me.

XENA
I talked to her.

LORD BELACH
Tell me where she is.

XENA
She is with her husband...mourning his people.

LORD BELACH
Her what?

XENA
Xenan didn't kidnap her. She's carrying his baby.
They're in love, Belach. Do you have any idea what
you have done?

LORD BELACH
What I had to do.

XENA
You're the son of Borias. How could you have
betrayed your father's legacy?!

LORD BELACH
What do you know about my father?

XENA
I know that he defended the Centaurs when they
were betrayed.

LORD BELACH
Yes, by that faithless bitch that took my father from
me when I was a child. All this, I have built. That is
my achievement. But it means nothing without
my daughter to give me an heir. I want a grandson
to be loved and cherished - not some bastard
offspring of a Centaur!

XENA
Centaurs are a proud and noble race. Your father
knew that.

LORD BELACH
He was an ignorant savage. (to soldiers) Sweep
the land until you find that Centaur! When you do...kill him!

The soldiers leave. Xena draws her sword and stands in front of Lord Belach.

XENA
Tip for ya, kid - never step between two people
and their passion.

Lord Belach's eyes widen with surprise.

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Clip from "Last of the Centaurs."

XENA
Wait just a minute.

BORIAS
What are you doing?

XENA
I'll be back in a minute. Word of advice for ya, kid - never
step between two people and their passion.

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The present.

LORD BELACH
You. It can't be.

XENA
It is. Now you're coming with me.

He draws his sword.

LORD BELACH
I'm not going anywhere with you.

Xena disarms him.

LORD BELACH
Guards!

Soldiers run in.

LORD BELACH
Seize her!

Xena kicks Lord Belach and then fights his soldiers. She defeats them and then hits Lord Belach a few times.

XENA
Come here.

Xena ties his hands in front of him. More soldiers enter. Xena punches Lord Belach and defeats his soldiers.

XENA
After you.

Xena hits Lord Belach and he falls out the window, yelling. He lands on a horse. Xena jumps out the window.

XENA
A-l-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-she-e-e-e-e-e-e-e-e-e-e-
e-e-e-e-e-e-e-yah!

Xena lands on a second horse and grabs a whip.

XENA
Aa-ah.

She uses the whip to capture the reins of Lord Belach's horse.

XENA
Yah-h-h-h!

They ride off. The soldiers exist the Lord Belach's home and move to the horses.

XENA
Yah! Hi-i-i-i-i-yah!

EXTRA
Yah!

EXTRA
Yah. Yah.

Lord Belach's men follow on their horses.

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Xena and Lord Belach ride.

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Lord Belach's soldiers ride.

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Xena and Lord Belach ride.

LORD BELACH
Stop!

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Lord Belach's men ride.

EXTRA
Hyah!

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Xena and Lord Belach ride.

XENA
Yah-h-h-h-h-h! Yah! Keep up, Belach!

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Lord Belach's soldiers ride.

EXTRA
Yah, yah!

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Xena and Lord Belach ride.

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

Xena grabs a branch and pulls it with her, then lets it go flying back. Lord Belach ducks and it knocks two soldiers from their horses.

LORD BELACH
Ah-h-h-h-h-h-h-h-h!

XENA
Nice day for it! Yah!

The rest of the soldiers still follow.

XENA
Yah-h-h-h!

Xena reaches out for a vine hanging from a tree.

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

Xena grabs it and lifts herself off of her horse. She goes flying back towards the soldiers.

XENA
She-e-e-e-e-e-e-e-e-e-e-e-e-e-e-yah! Aah!

Xena knocks the remaining soldiers from their horses. She swings back over to Lord Belach.

XENA
Chi-i-i-i-i-ooh! Yaaaah!

She flips.

XENA
Chi-i-i-i-i-i-i-i-i-i-i-i-i-i-i-yah!

She lands on the horse behind Lord Belach.

XENA
Hyah!

They ride off.

END OF ACT TWO



ACT THREE

Forest.

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Xena has stopped the horse.

LORD BELACH
Whoa-a-a-a-a!

XENA
Get off.

Xena shoves him off and then dismounts.

XENA
I suppose I don't need to tell you my name now.

LORD BELACH
Xena - I realized who you were the moment I
heard you say those words. I've always wanted
to meet you again.

XENA
I bet you did.

She pushes him on and they start to walk.

LORD BELACH
To say I'm grateful. If you hadn't stolen my father,
I'd be following in his muddy footprints.

XENA
You think you're so very different to him?

LORD BELACH
I am nothing like my father!

XENA
You're right. Your father would never stoop to do
what you've done. He was better than that.

LORD BELACH
Better?! Are we remembering the same man?!
Are we remembering the day you took him from us?!

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Xena's past. Natassa looks for Young Belach.

NATASSA
Belach? Belach? Belach?

Young Belach removes the blanket over him. Natassa moves to him.

NATASSA
Belach! What happened?!

Young Belach says nothing, just looks at Borias' tent. Natassa moves over and looks in. Borias laughs. He is kissing Xena. He looks over and sees Natassa.

BORIAS
Hey!

Natassa turns away. Borias pushes Xena off of him and exists the tent. Natassa is moving away from it.

BORIAS
Natassa! Natassa!

Natassa stops and looks back.

NATASSA
What can you say to me?!

Xena comes out of the tent.

NATASSA
Me and your son?!

Borias moves to take Young Belach, but Natassa shoves her back.

NATASSA
Uh! Or that whore?! You must choose, Borias!

BORIAS
If you were more of a woman, I wouldn't have
to choose!

She spits on him. Xena mounts a horse.

XENA
Tsk-chk-chk.

Xena rides over to Borias who mounts behind Xena. They start to ride off.

YOUNG BELACH
Papa!

Xena stops the horse and Borias looks back at Young Belach. Borias rips a necklace off of his neck and tosses it at Young Belach, who catches it.

XENA
Hyah! Yah! Get on!

Xena and Borias ride off.

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The present.

LORD BELACH
When my father's army broke up, we fell into
servitude. While we were starved and beaten, I
heard about his exploits, cutting across the
East with that woman - with you.

He shows Xena the necklace Borias had tossed at him.

LORD BELACH
This is the only thing my father left me.

XENA
You kept it?

LORD BELACH
Not for sentimental reasons, I can assure you.
Only to remind me of what scum he was and how
far I've come!

Xena pushes him forward.

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At the centaur camp, Xena shows Lord Belach the pit full of the dead centaurs.

XENA
Lord Belach - so fine, so cultured.

Xena shoves him to his knees before the pit.

XENA
Look how far you've come - to wipe out an entire
race. You're right - you are nothing like your father.

LORD BELACH
I did what had to be done.

He starts to stand, but Xena grabs his chin and makes him look at the bodies.

XENA
You look again. You look again and you tell me
you feel nothing. Your daughter saw this. Who
would she think is more civilized, you or Borias?

LORD BELACH
Why have you brought me here? Why don't you
just kill me?

XENA
I might yet.

Lord Belach looks at her.

LORD BELACH
No, I don't think so. What's the matter? Do I look
too much like my father? You had a son with Borias,
didn't you, Xena? Would it be too much like slitting
his throat?

XENA
(whispering firmly) No.

Lord Belach looks out at the bodies again.

XENA
I just wanted you to know who Borias really was.

She shoves him down to his knees again before the pit.

XENA
Stay awhile amongst the dead. Tell them how
far you've come. What a fine lord you are.

Xena moves off and whistles. A dark horse rides in. Xena mounts.

XENA
Yah! Yah!

Xena rides off. Lord Belach's men run in.

SOLDIER #2
Lord Belach! She went through there. We can
pick up her trail.

Lord Belach looks at the dead.

SOLDIER #1
Lord Belach? Lord Belach.

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Xenan, Gabrielle, Nicha and Ephiny walk along.

NICHA
Oh!

She pants.

NICHA
I-I-I have to stop!

EPHINY
Gabrielle, it is time.

GABRIELLE
We have to get her to shelter.

There's a rundown homestead ahead of them.

GABRIELLE
Down there.

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They walk to the homestead.

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Inside. Gabrielle helps Nicha.

XENAN
Nicha, what can I do?

GABRIELLE
Go and keep a lookout. We'll call for you. Go on.

Xenan steps outside.

EPHINY
Gabrielle.

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Xenan keeps a lookout.

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Gabrielle helps Nicha lie down.

GABRIELLE
Slow down. Breathe slowly. Come on, sh-h. Slow
down. Slow down. Slow your breathing down.

EPHINY
Sh-h.

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Xenan keeps watch. He can see soldiers in the bushes.

EXTRA
This way.

The soldiers step out.

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Inside.

NICHA
What am I doing here?! I never should have left!
Xenan!

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Outside. Xenan looks to the house and then at the soldiers.

XENAN
Yah-h-h-h-h-h-h-h-h-h-h-h-h!

Xenan runs.

SOLDIER #1
There! Come on!

The soldiers chase Xenan.

EXTRA
He's getting away!

Bounty Hunter #2 moves to follow, but Bounty Hunter #1 stops him.

BOUNTY HUNTER #1
Let them have the Centaur. Why settle for a bounty?
Belach will pay a ransom for his daughter.

They move to the homestead.

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Inside.

EPHINY
Keep talking to her. That's good.

GABRIELLE
You have to stay calm, Nicha.

NICHA
I wanna push!

EPHINY
Not yet. She can't.

GABRIELLE
You can't push. Breathe with me. Just stay with
me. Breathe slow. Breathe with me.

Gabrielle and Nicha breathe.

EPHINY
That's it, Gabrielle. Just keep talking to her.
Calm her.

BOUNTY HUNTER #1
Let's check in here.

EPHINY
Gabrielle, someone's here.

The Bounty Hunters enter and draw their sword. Gabrielle grabs one of her sais.

BOUNTY HUNTER #1
Search that side.

BOUNTY HUNTER #2
They're not here.

Nicha breathes loudly.

BOUNTY HUNTER #1
Yes, they are.

Xena enters and fights the Bounty Hunters. She defeats them and moves to Nicha.

XENA
How close is she?

GABRIELLE
Very.

XENA
Okay, Nicha, we're gonna take good care of you,
I promise.

NICHA
(whispering) 'Kay.

XENA
(whispering) Gabrielle, I'm gonna make an incision.

She hands Gabrielle the chakram.

XENA
Make this as clean as you can.

GABRIELLE
Why are they hunting us?

Xena rips some rags.

GABRIELLE
Did you stop Belach?

XENA
I took him back to the Centaur camp. I thought if
I could show him what he'd done...

GABRIELLE
Did you get through to him? Xena, you should'a
killed him.

XENA
Gabrielle, I couldn't. He's Borias' son, her father.

GABRIELLE
He slaughtered the Centaurs, and he won't
stop until he kills Xenan.

NICHA
Xenan! Where are you?! I need you!

GABRIELLE
Did you see Xenan out there?

XENA
No. Nicha I'm gonna take away your pain now
and everything is gonna be just fine.

Gabrielle is cleaning the chakram with the rags Xena ripped. Xena mouths, "All right?" to Nicha.

XENA
Okay?

Xena uses a pressure point on Nicha's stomach.

XENA
All right? Good.

Gabrielle hands Xena the chakram.

XENA
Okay.

Xena cuts Nicha's stomach.

GABRIELLE
Stay with us. You're doing so well. Stay with us.

XENA
Yes.

She laughs.

XENA
There he is. Oh. Oh.

Xena pulls the baby centaur - his horse half white like Xenan - out of Nicha. The baby cries.

XENA
It's okay.

She hands him to Nicha.

XENA
Oh, it's beautiful. Oh-h-h-h.

EPHINY
Is that my grandson? He's perfect.

Gabrielle laughs.

XENA
He's beautiful, Nicha.

GABRIELLE
I'll give her stitches.

Gabrielle starts to stitch up Nicha.

LORD BELACH
(can be heard shouting from outside) Xena?!

GABRIELLE
It's so new.

Xena leaves.

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Xena steps outside.

LORD BELACH
Even trade, Xena! I've got the Centaur!

Xenan has a collar around his neck with three ropes running from it, a soldier at the end of each.

LORD BELACH
Give me my daughter!

Xena snarls.

END OF ACT THREE



ACT FOUR

Ephiny appears outside. Xena takes a step forward.

LORD BELACH
Not another step! Or we'll snap his neck! Give
me my daughter and I'll spare the Centaur!

XENA
I've got a better idea. Give me the Centaur and
I'll spare you.

LORD BELACH
Yah-h-h-h! Kill him!

XENA
Ah-h-h-h-h!

Xena throws the chakram which cuts Xenan free. Xena catches the chakram.

LORD BELACH
Attack her!

Xena and Xenan fight the soldiers. Xena flips over one who is running at her.

XENA
Hi-i-yah!

EXTRA
Kill her.

LORD BELACH
Forward!

More soldiers run at Xena. Xena and Xenan battle. Lord Belach draws his sword.

LORD BELACH
Ah-h-h-h-h-h-h!

Lord Belach and Xenan fight. Xena draws her sword and fights the soldiers.

XENA
Xenan! Get Nicha and the baby and get outta here!
I'll hold 'em.

Xenan shoves Lord Belach aside and runs to the homestead.

LORD BELACH
Attack!

Lord Belach's soldiers run at Xena.

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Xenan enters the homestead. Nicha is standing, holding the baby. Xenan sighs.

XENAN
My boy.

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Xena fights the soldiers. She is surrounded by the soldiers who all hold spears on her. Ephiny moves through the wall.

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Ephiny enters the homestead.

EPHINY
They have reinforcements. Xena needs help.

GABRIELLE
(to Xenan) You have to get out of here. Be careful.
She's weak.

Gabrielle leaves. Ephiny disappears.

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Gabrielle runs outside and sees Xena surrounded. Xena flips up and they all move their spears to where she was. Xena laughs as she lands safely on top of the spears, bringing the points of the weapons to the ground under her feet. The soldiers lift the spears, launching Xena.

XENA
She-e-e-e-e-e-e-e-e-e-e-e-e-e-e-e-e-e-e-e-e-yah!

EXTRA
Come on!

Xena lands and fights the soldiers as they run at her. Gabrielle joins the battle. Xena flips over them.

XENA
A-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-she-yah!

Xena knocks them down with a rake she is holding. She lands behind them. Gabrielle battles.

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Inside.

XENAN
Nicha, we have to go.

NICHA
My father and Xena, they could kill each other
because of us!

XENAN
There's nothing we can do about it! We have
to survive!

NICHA
For what? What future can we give our son?

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Xena and Gabrielle battle the soldiers. Gabrielle moves over to Xena.

GABRIELLE
You know what you have to do, Xena.

XENA
We'll see.

Xena and Gabrielle fight. Lord Belach has four archers with crossbows who all raise their weapons and aim at Xena.

LORD BELACH
Fi-i-i-i-i-ire!

XENA
A-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-ah!

Xena picks up a shield as the crossbows fire. Xena does a spinning jump towards the archers, the shield in front of her taking all the arrows. Xena lands before Lord Belach. Lord Belach grabs a crossbow and Xena draws her sword. Xenan and Nicha come out from the homestead.

NICHA
No-o-o-o! Stop it!

Lord Belach faces her with the crossbow aimed at Xenan.

LORD BELACH
Nicha?!

NICHA
Stop it, now!

LORD BELACH
Nicha, get away from him! Come here! You don't
belong with him! Not with his kind!

XENAN
You'll have to kill me first.

NICHA
No! Can't you see?! I love him! The way that you
loved my mother!

LORD BELACH
You don't know what love is!

GABRIELLE
You have to do it, Xena.

Xena takes a few steps closer to Lord Belach who turns to face her, crossbow still raised.

XENA
I will kill you, Belach.

LORD BELACH
I'm prepared to die for my child.

XENA
Your father was the same.

LORD BELACH
When was my father ever willing-

XENA
For our baby! Your brother. You spent your life
trying to be the opposite to your father, but what
you don't know is that when he grew away from
me, he grew into a better man.

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Clips from "Past Imperfect."

XENA
Kill him.

There's an overlapping image of Xena speaking.

XENA (voice-over)
I had broken a treaty with the Centaurs. Borias
stood against me, risking his life to keep his
word to them. On the night I gave birth, he went
up against my entire armies to see the boy. I had
seduced him away from his first family. He never
forgave himself for that. He didn't wanna lose
another son.

The overlapping image fades.

XENA
Ah-h! Boria-a-a-a-as!

SATRINA
It's your son, Xena. Come on! We have to go!
Come on, Xena!

BORIAS
M-m-my...s--son.

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The present. The baby cries.

XENA
Borias died tryin' to change what he'd become.
That was the real story your father. How will your
story end, Belach?

EXTRA
Over there!

More soldiers run in.

EXTRA
There they are!

EXTRA
Surround them!

XENA
It's up to you now, Belach. Do you want your
daughter to hate you the same way you hated
your father? The killing can end here Belach, or...

LORD BELACH
(whispeing) No.

He takes a step forward.

LORD BELACH
No!

He drops the crossbow.

LORD BELACH
This is over. She belongs with him!

He moves over to Nicha and takes the hand of the baby.

LORD BELACH
Forgive me, Nicha.

He takes the necklace off of his neck.

LORD BELACH
Give this...to your son. When he is old enough
to understand tell him-

NICHA
No...when the time comes, you tell him. We have
given him a name - Borias.

Borias cries. Xena smiles.

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Nicha's mother's land.

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Lord Belach, Xenan, Nicha, Borias, Xena and Gabrielle overlook the land.

LORD BELACH
This was your mother's land. Your family can
live here in safety and peace.

NICHA
It's beautiful.

EPHINY
Gabrielle? Please, let me appear to my son.

GABRIELLE
How?

EPHINY
I can be in your body for just a few moments.
Just clear your mind.

Gabrielle moves over to Xenan and becomes Ephiny.

XENAN
Mother.

EPHINY
I've been trying and trying to talk to you, but now
I don't know what to say.

XENAN
You don't have to say anything.

She holds Borias' hand.

EPHINY
Borias.
(sings) Moon shines bright
Like fire's light.

Xena holds Lord Belach's arm and smiles.

EPHINY
(sings) Amazon baby, sleep tonight.
Hush-a-bye.
Please don't cry.

Ephiny chuckles.

EPHINY
I have to leave, now. Xenan...I will always be there.
You won't see me, but I'll be there.

XENAN
I have a feeling I'll know when you are.

Ephiny turns back into Gabrielle.

GABRIELLE
We'll miss her.

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Xena and Gabrielle walk along.

GABRIELLE
Xena, I'm glad you didn't kill Belach.

XENA
Oh, now you're glad.

GABRIELLE
You know? Different roads lead to the same place.

XENA
That's very wise. Only on your road he'd be dead.

GABRIELLE
(chuckles) Right. I can be wise, sometimes.

XENA
Yeah, right.

GABRIELLE
I can, really.

XENA
Yeah. I'm agreeing with you...as always.

Xena puts her arm around Gabrielle.

END OF ACT FOUR

STARRING
Lucy Lawless as Xena
Renee O'Connor as Gabrielle

GUEST CAST
Danielle Cormack as Ephiny
Marton Csokas as Borias
Marton Csokas as Lord Belach
Hamish Hector as Xenan
Katrina Devine as Nicha
Margaret-Mary Hollins as Madra
Peter Muller as Lars
Kim Michalis as Natassa
Michelle Blanchard as Mawu-ka
Michael Edward as Morga
Jacob Rutene as Young Belach
Steve Hall as Bounty Hunter #1
Roi Taimana as Bounty Hunter #2
Stephen Handisides as Soldier #1
Richard Thompson as Soldier #2
Bruce Burfield as Town Crier

Written by: Joel Metzger
Directed by: Garth Maxwell

Disclaimer: The Centaur population was severely harmed during the making of this motion picture.