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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

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Xena Warrior Princess Virtual Season Episode

802: Children of the Forest

Written by: Richard B.Kloosterboer

Beta Readers: Talice, Penny

Illustrated by: Vio B

Teaser ad by: Blitzgal


TEASER

 

NARRATOR
(voice over)

During their travels in the new world, Xena and Gabrielle have met many new people, learned many new languages. In recent days they have traded rabbit, fox and raccoon pelts for new outfits for the coming winter from a native village further to the south.

 

1. EXT. FOREST - A CAMP BY A RIVER - LATE AFTERNOON

Xena and Gabrielle are camped by a river. Their canoe is pulled up on shore. A rabbit pelt is drying out for eventual trade with the natives in the future. Gabrielle is turning the meat over on the spit.

 

GABRIELLE

Hopefully the fresh paint won't run out before we reach the next village. I'd hate to write my next epic in rabbit's blood.

 

XENA
(smirk)

Or your own.

 

GABRIELLE
(indignant)

That's not funny.

 

XENA

Actually, I’m impressed you’ve been able to protect your scrolls with what we’ve been through.

 

GABRIELLE
(smiling)

I have many skills!

 

Xena laughs as she reaches for a piece of meat. She rips a leg off the roasting carcass.

 

GABRIELLE
(tossing a bone over her shoulder)

It’s a shame the hot air balloon was so damaged with our last landing. But I’m glad that tribe was interested in the basket.

 

XENA
(tossing a bone over her shoulder)

I think we got the better of the deal.

(nods toward the canoe)

 

Xena cocks her head to listen. Gabrielle turns in the same direction.

 

XENA

Do you hear that?

 

GABRIELLE

A child…

(beat)

...in trouble.

 

CUT TO:

2. EXT. RIVER SHORE - LATE AFTERNOON

Xena and Gabrielle rush to the river’s edge.

Gabrielle points upstream, about a half mile away. There is a large tree with several branches extending out over the water. A big branch is floating gently downstream as a young boy flounders in the river. On the bank, several children are yelling and laughing.

A large, hairy creature, about nine feet tall, lumbers out of the woods and makes its way into the river.

Frightened, the children run toward the woods. Off in the distance, there are several plumes of smoking rising above the trees indicating a village located inland.

 

GABRIELLE

There! A bear! Xena, it’s going after the child!

 

XENA
(unsheathing her sword)

Not if we can help it!

(beat)

Come on, Gabrielle!

 

Xena and Gabrielle race along the embankment.

 

CUT TO:

3. EXT. RIVER SHORE - LATE AFTERNOON

The creature, with the limp body of the boy in its arms, emerges from the water.

It sees Xena and Gabrielle running toward it on one side.

Native villagers, summoned by the frightened children are rushing toward it from the other side.

The creature gently puts the unconscious boy on the ground and flees into the woods.

Xena chases the huge animal until it disappears into the forest.

Gabrielle remains behind to see if she can help the boy. As she listens for a heartbeat, hands grab her and shove her aside.

One native, spear in hand, points the weapon in her face.

A man wearing many beaded necklaces lumbers over to the boy then gets to his knees. He listens to the boy’s chest and hears nothing.

 

CUT TO:

4. EXT. RIVER SHORE - LATE AFTERNOON

Xena, sword now sheathed, trots back to the river embankment. She sees Gabrielle on the ground, a spear pointed in her face.

 

GABRIELLE
(signing)

I can help him!

 

MAN
(signing)

He is with the Great Mystery! You can do nothing for him!

 

The tribe gathers as they watch the exchange between the woman with sun in her hair, and their shaman.

He turns to his tribesmen.

 

SHAMAN
(signing and speaking)

Do not listen to this stranger. The boy is with the Great Mystery.

 

One woman bursts through the crowd and wails, seeing her young son’s limp form.

 

XENA

What’s going on?

 

GABRIELLE
(looking up at Xena)

He's not breathing. And this guy won’t let me help him!

 

Xena gives the warrior holding the spear “the look” and lifts the spear away from Gabrielle’s face.

She helps Gabrielle to her feet.

Xena approaches the boy.

The shaman bars her way.

She pushes him aside and quickly kneels beside the unconscious child. Pinching his nose with a thumb and forefinger, Xena tilts his head back to clear the airway.

She blows five quick breaths into him, and then begins to pump his chest. She does this several times.

 

The boy stirs. He coughs and spits up water.

A gasp escapes the lips of all who have witnessed the miracle.

Xena gets up and stands back, making way for his mother, a native woman with long black hair adorned with few feathers.

The woman stares first at Xena then at her son.

Xena nods toward the boy, and the woman kneels down and lovingly takes her boy into her arms.

The natives approach Xena with both awe and caution. They touch her lightly, and talk among themselves.

The shaman stares menacingly at her. He turns on his heel and issues orders to the warriors. Several approach Xena and Gabrielle with spears.

Others go into the forest, tracking the footprints in the ground.

 

XENA

What’s his problem? I just saved the kid’s life.

 

GABRIELLE
(shrugs)

I don’t know... You’d think they’d be a little more thankful.

 

Several warriors surround Xena and Gabrielle and level their spears at them.

 

XENA

I think we’ve just gotten an invitation to stay for dinner.

 

GABRIELLE
(nervously)

As long as we’re NOT dinner, I think we can accommodate them, don’t you?

 

XENA

Right now, I don’t think we have a choice.

DISSOLVE TO:  

END TEASER

 

ACT I

 


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