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Welcome to the Official XWPVS Virtual Season 8.  We will present you with 22 episodes that I am sure you will enjoy.  We would also like to hear from you. You can write us at: theofficialxwpvs@hotmail.com

Now... On with the show.

The following episode written for the Xena Warrior Princess Virtual Season is a work of fiction based upon the television series Xena: Warrior Princess. The original characters are used strictly for fan purposes and NOT for profit. There is no intent to infringe upon or violate any copyrights held by Studio USA, Renaissance Pictures, Universal Television or any other organization that owns the rights to this series.

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Xena Warrior Princess Virtual Season Episode

801: Child’s Play

Teleplay by: Chris Schinella and Diane Taubold

Written by: Chris Schinella and Diane Taubold

Beta Readers: Ladyhawke and Linda Davis

Illustrated by: Gina and Trish

Teaser ad by: Blitzgal




A torrent of rain is coming diagonally across the sky, often changing direction with the wind.

Xena and Gabrielle are struggling with the ropes of the hot air balloon, keeping the air escape vent from opening in order to maintain altitude.

The strong winds toss the basket, throwing Xena and Gabrielle against the side.

Xena and Gabrielle have the control ropes wrapped tightly about their wrists and hands, maintaining a tight grip as they try to keep their balance and not be tossed over the side.



(yelling above the wind)

Xena, this was a terrible idea!


(yelling back)

It was the only idea that could help us head north!



It's making me think we should have taken Ares up on his offer!



Now I know you’re crazy!



Xena, are we going to be able to keep this thing in the air?



Yes, Gabrielle, I’m sure we can.


As Xena turns away, there is a concerned look on her face.

The storm continues to rage; the balloon and its occupants are tossed up and down, back and forth.



Xena, I don't feel so good. My stomach is doing flip flops. This is worse than any ship we’ve ever sailed on!



Hang in there, Gabrielle; the winds seem to be dying down.


The winds diminish and the balloon stops tossing.

There is calm and the balloon drifts slowly upward.

Puffy clouds and blue sky give the area a quiet calm. Gabrielle leans over the side, disrupting the eerie silence with dry heaves until finally she loses the little she had in her stomach.

Pale, she turns to Xena.



Feeling better?



A little...

(beat - smiling weakly)

But I really think we should have taken Ares up on his offer.



You ARE kidding me, right?



Of course I am... but it does sound tempting now, doesn't it?



I'd rather not answer that.


Xena turns toward the burner, a small kiln like attachment secured to the load plate.

The fire, which has become nothing more than few embers, is dying.

She blows on them and they come to life.

She looks around for some dry fuel. Underneath a partially soaked mat, she finds the llama dung the natives of their last adventure had given them.

She places a few pieces in the firebox and pumps the bellows. The fire sputters a bit then catches.

On those words, she turns over the side again.



Gods but that stuff smells awful...



Sorry, Gabrielle... but it works. The straw mixed with the dung gives a nice, hot flame.


(her eyes go wide - gasps)

Xena! Look!

(points down and Eastward)



Land!  I'm heading us in that direction!


The balloon drifts gently along. Once they have gained more altitude, Xena banks the fire.

She doesn't say anything to Gabrielle, but she recognizes the cloud formations not too far in the distance, and knows they have just received a temporary respite.

Xena busies herself checking the ropes and the basket, tightening knots that have loosened during the storm.



Make sure the ropes on your end are tight. We might as well make everything as secure as possible.



Yeah, we don't want to have the basket come loose!



No, we don't. It's a LONG way down!



Yeah, and a very HARD landing!


Thunder rumbles ominously in the distance. Flashes of light illuminate the darkening clouds in the eastern sky.



Why do I have this sinking feeling we're not out of this storm yet?



Because... we're not.


You better secure yourself. I think we’re about to get more bad weather.



You do the same!


(looping her wrists through the ropes)

Way ahead of you, Gabrielle!


The balloon suddenly spins; the basket sways violently against the onslaught of wind.

Swiftly the balloon is carried into the dark clouds. Rain once again surrounds them. It's difficult for either of them to see. Over the storm we hear a loud ripping sound.


(panic etched on her face)

What was that?


Xena looks up.

The camera pans to a seam opening in the balloon - then returns to the warrior.



You don't wanna know! Brace yourself! We're going down!







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