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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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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

815: Animal Distraction

Andreya

Teleplay by: Andreya

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

Beta Read by: The XWPVS Core Team 

ad by: Blitzgal


TEASER

 

FADE IN:

1. EXT. - THE COASTAL VILLAGE OF SUNIUM - EVENING

Xena and Gabrielle are in the midst of a siege battle with the warlord Acanaus who has his army entrenched in a small copse on the outskirts of the village.

A dozen or so campfires can be seen glowing in the fading light.

 

XENA

Looks like he's gonna keep us here all night.

 

GABRIELLE

And make his move in the morning?

 

XENA

Right. So the sooner we can get our little surprise organized the better.

 

GABRIELLE

Okay, I'm on it... we'll work all night if we have to.

 

Gabrielle makes her way to the elder's hut whilst Xena goes off to organise the watch.

CUT TO:

2. EXT. - THE VILLAGE OF SUNIUM - NIGHT

A couple of hours after midnight Xena approaches Gabrielle at her post behind the barricade.

 

XENA

Okay Gabrielle, go get some sleep, I'll take over until dawn.

 

GABRIELLE

It's all quiet out there. Still no move. What is he up to?

 

XENA

He's letting us stew a bit. How was morale with the villagers?

 

GABRIELLE

Good. Plenty of food and water and now they know what they can do to fight back, they are quite enthusiastic about a little excitement.

XENA

All these villages need is the right sort of guidance and they're well able to look after themselves.

(beat)

Get going now. Catch you later.

CUT TO:

3. EXT. - THE VILLAGE OF SUNIUM - MORNING

Xena is still crouching behind the barricade when Gabrielle approaches.

 

XENA

Morning Gabrielle, you sleep well?

 

GABRIELLE

Not really. After you relieved me on watch, I went back to help the villagers. You know, half of them were up all night. I couldn't sleep while you and they were awake.

(beat)

Any sign of movement out there?

 

XENA

Nothin'. If I hadn't seen their campfires I'd have said they'd all gone home. You know, sometimes you work too hard Gabrielle; you need to ease up... take a break.

 

Gabrielle peers through the gaps in the palisade.

 

GABRIELLE

Now that would be nice. Where would we go do you think?

(beat - speculating)

Crete maybe... see how the Minotaur's getting along. We could go visit the Amazons or go home even.

 

Xena glances toward the forest.

 

XENA

Well, until we sort out this little problem, we're not goin' anywhere.

(beat)

I've been thinking of something to move things along a little. Go get everyone not otherwise occupied with the work and meet me at Hyllos's hut. I've got a plan.

CUT TO:

4. EXT. - THE FOREST OUTSIDE SUNIUM - MORNING

The warlord Acanaus addresses his best bowman.

 

ACANAUS

That's enough practice, you should be able to hit a dinar at a hundred paces now. It's time to put my little plan into action. And remember, you hit the target and you get the pick of the village wenches.

DISSOLVE TO:

5. INT. - THE ELDER'S HUT - MORNING

Xena addresses the gathered villagers.

 

XENA

Okay, listen up. We don't want to drag this out much longer so I plan to get things moving. I want you to gather what weapons you have. We'll put up a little attack. It's only a feint though. When we withdraw, I figure Acanaus will think we've had it and come after us. Then we'll spring our little surprise on him.

(beat)

Gabrielle, get things rolling and meet me behind the barricade when you're ready.

 

Xena stands and stretches, then heads over to the horses to make sure they're okay. Gabrielle sits up, her eyes wide with fear.

CUT TO:

6. EXT. - AT SUNIUM - MID MORNING

Xena is back at her post behind an upturned cart. Gabrielle scurries in.

 

XENA

How's it going?

 

Gabrielle ducks down behind the cart.

 

GABRIELLE

They're just finishing up. I'll gather them all behind the hut closest to the forest and when we see you all retreat, we'll pelt 'em.

 

XENA

Good. Get going.

 

Just as Gabrielle rises there is a loud twang and whoosh.

CUT TO:

7. EXT. - THE FOREST OUTSIDE SUNIUM - MID MORNING

 

ACANAUS

Right on target soldier. Get her friend and we got Xena.

FADE OUT:

 

END TEASER

 

ACT I


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