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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

813 Persephone's Revenge part 2

Written by: Lilith

Illustrated by: Amber, Gina, Kathy Austin, Marycat, and Trish

Beta Read by: David Duncan

Teaser ad by: Blitzgal

 


TEASER

1. EXT. OVERLAND - EARLY EVENING

Xena and Gabrielle gallop along the edge of a forest at full speed as they make their way towards Mount Olympus.

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2. INT. THE THRONE ROOM ON MOUNT OLYMPUS - EARLY EVENING

Ares is sitting on Zeus' throne, leaning forward on his elbows, his fingers steepled.

He presses them against his face, his thumbs resting under his chin. He taps his hands against his face as he ponders his situation.

Finally, he rises and strides out of the room.

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3. EXT. OVERLAND - NIGHT

Xena and Gabrielle rein in their horses beside a small clearing in the woods. They dismount and walk their horses into the gap between the trees.

 

XENA

We'll rest here for the night. We can't risk our horses ending up lame.

 

GABRIELLE
(wearily)

Thank the gods! I'm exhausted! And as for food... I could eat a horse!

 

She looks over at the horses.

 

GABRIELLE

No offense meant, of course.

 

XENA
(grinning)

If they had only half the brains of Argo, I'd worry about their feelings, Gabrielle. As it is, don't lose any sleep over it.

 

The two companions build a campfire and settle down to eat their rations.

 

GABRIELLE

How much further, Xena? Seems like we've been riding forever and our rations are nearly gone.

 

XENA

Relax, Gabrielle. We should reach Mount Olympus by midday tomorrow. Besides, I can still catch us a rabbit for supper, freeze or no freeze!

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4. INT. A BEDCHAMBER ON MOUNT OLYMPUS - NIGHT

A beautiful woman, resembling the goddess at Demeter's temple, paces the marbled floor of a bedchamber.

The room is sparsely furnished, containing little more than a four-poster bed draped with velvet coverings and a few rugs scattered about the floor.

Strangely, there is no door, only a balcony window.

She walks over to the window and gazes down at the Earth below. As she moves to open the window, a shadow crosses it. She steps back hurriedly as a screeching harpy throws itself at the glass. The window rattles but holds.

The harpy screams its frustration.

ARES
(off screen)

Damn harpies! So tiresome aren't they? Kinda spoil the view, don't you think?

 

The woman turns to see Ares standing in the center of the room.

 

DEMETER

Ares! I demand that you release me at once!

 

The God of War folds his arms. He eyes her thoughtfully.

 

ARES

Okay. You can go.

 

Demeter stares at Ares in astonishment.

 

ARES

Go on! You're free to leave anytime you wish.

 

Demeter looks confused.

 

ARES

Of course, the only way you can leave is out that window and... oops, silly me.  I forgot! You lost your powers and it's a long way down - unless you can fly.

 

Ares joins Demeter at the window. He looks down and sighs dramatically.

 

ARES

And the harpies are still out there so it looks like you're out of luck. Sorry!

 

He turns to face Demeter, his smile insincere.

 

DEMETER
(desperately)

Please, Ares! Let me go! Why are you doing this?

 

ARES

Don't ask me. Ask your precious little daughter.

 

DEMETER

What has Persephone got to do with this?

 

ARES

Why don't you ask her yourself?

 

DEMETER

You know I can't.

 

ARES

Nope, too bad. Anyway, the deal is this. Once Xena and her irritating friend have the Cronos Stone and pass it to me, you get to go free. Of course, your whiney daughter doesn't get her precious hubby back but hey, that's life!

 

DEMETER

You made a deal with my daughter? Hades in return for the Cronos Stone? That's not possible. Persephone doesn't even know it exists!

 

ARES

You mean she didn't, until I kind of dropped her a hint. Now that she knows, she wants to get her revenge on Xena and bring her husband back from the dead!

(beat)

I've gotta admit, she's got spirit! I like that in a woman!

 

Demeter pales.

 

DEMETER

You stay away from my daughter, Ares! I'm warning you!

 

Ares raises his hands in mock submission.

 

ARES

Hey! Relax, mom. She's in safe hands! Which is more than can be said for those wretched humans down there.

 

DEMETER
(pleadingly)

Please, let me at least lift the winter. My people are sick and dying from hunger. I must help them!

 

ARES

Then, you'd better hope Xena finds that stone quickly. The sooner I get it, the sooner you can go free.

 

He disappears leaving the goddess alone with her thoughts.

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5. EXT. OUTSIDE MOUNT OLYMPUS - AT NOON THE NEXT DAY

The two companions halt outside a cave leading into the mountain. They dismount.

 

XENA

We'll have to take our chances with the horses. We'll tie them up loosely to those trees right there. Hopefully, they'll be safely hidden from any bandits on this road.

 

Xena starts to lead the horses into the trees. Suddenly, she drops the reins, reaches for her sword and pivots around.

 

XENA

Get ready, Gabrielle. We may be in for a fight.

 

Gabrielle readies her spear. Seconds later, a figure appears in front of the cave, blocking the entrance.

It is the Archangel Michael.

He stands, hand on sword hilt.

Xena faces him, her sword gripped firmly with both hands, the tip pointed at his heart.

Gabrielle looks uncertainly at Xena.

Xena smiles that dangerous, disarming smile.

 

XENA

Hello, Michael. Glad you could drop by! It's always a pleasure to try and kill you.

FADE OUT:

 

END TEASER

ACT I


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