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Xena: Warrior Princess Virtual Season

Episode 704: Arabian Nights


Written by Hadley Langosy & Heather Creely

Directed by: Laura


 

TEASER 1.

1.  EXT. DESERT - DAY

 

A thief falls to the ground, raising dust as his head hits the sand.

 

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Another theif crashes into the sand with an audible "oomph" as he lands.

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A third goes reeling backwards, trying to catch his balance, and finally stumbling over his own feet.

 

 

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Xena and Gabrielle are standing in the midst of many unconscious thieves scattered about the ground.  They stand wrapped in light, cream colored silken robes that protect them from the desert heat and Gabrielle can be seen replacing one of her sais into the holder on her boot. Xena dusts the sand from her hands, indicating a job well done.

 

XENA

(to the thieves)

When I said that you wouldn't be taking our money, I meant it.

 

GABRIELLE

Xena, some people just don't listen.

The two continue their journey through the desert, making sure to step over the bodies as they climb the sand dune, leaving the thieves groaning where they fell.

 

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2. EXT. EDGE OF THE DESERT - DAY

Xena and Gabrielle reach the top of a dune and a city, Makkah, can be seen in the distance. It shimmers in the afternoon sun, its multi-colored, gold leafed turrets catching the rays of the sun and reflecting it back like mirrors. Small figures can be seen coming and going through the main gates. A man can be seen herding a group of camels, a few children and dogs running around him.

The heat on the sand makes the air before the gates waver.

GABRIELLE

It's so beautiful.

(beat)

I wish Eve had come along. I bet she would have enjoyed this.

 

XENA

Yeah, a break would have been good for her. But she is so dedicated to spreading Eli's message. She wouldn't hear of any delay.

(beat)

She can be so stubborn sometimes.

 

GABRIELLE

(smiling)

Hmmmm, I wonder where she gets that from.

(beat)

You know, I will be glad to finally get out of this desert though. I'm slowly beginning to grow tired of all this sand.

 

She shakes her wrap, sending sand flying everywhere.

 

XENA

I know. You get it in your boots, in your clothes, and it never wants to come out.

 

GABRIELLE

(pondering)

When you think about it, the world is so different. Greece and Chin are loaded with lush green fields, high mountains, waterfalls, and trees. Then in between the two countries is this land that is so desolate, arid, mountainous and full of sand that shifts from place to place.

 

She turns to glance behind them and out into the wind swept desert where their footsteps are already being erased. Xena follows her gaze then looks back at Makkah.

 

XENA

(smiling)

Yes, it certainly is different... Gabrielle, what do you think of us taking a few extra days rest here in Arabia? After everything we have been through, a little relaxing might not be a bad idea.

 

GABRIELLE

Sounds good to  me. I mean, there is no rush for us to get to Egypt anyway.

 

They head down towards the city, leaving yet another track in their wake.

 

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3.  EXT. - OUTSIDE MAKKAH - DAY

Xena and Gabrielle continue down the other side of the dune, and onwards toward the city.  As they approach the outer city wall, they see a somewhat distraught man running towards them. He pushes his way through the throng of children and stumbles to a halt before Gabrielle.

 

MAN

Is it is you?

(beat)

Is one of you, Schenherazade?

 

Xena and Gabrielle glance at one another in confusion for a moment.

 

GABRIELLE

Why are you looking for her?

 

MAJEED

I am Majeed, a royal servant to King Schahriar.

 

He pauses for a moment to fully catch his breath and seems to be determining if he should continue. Then, seemingly having come to a decision in his head, he continues.

 

MAJEED

(continued)

You see, his royal highness has been marrying a new bride each day, and the following morning he kills her and marries again. Scheherazade is his next bride, traveling from Ar Riyad.

 

XENA

(taken aback)

Why woud he do this?

 

MAJEED

He was betrayed by a woman, he is taking his revenge on all women for he feels that they are all the same. The king is not an evil man, but his heart has been hardened by this betrayal.

 

He leans in towards Gabrielle, as if he is about to divulge a secret.  Xena leans in to hear what he has to say.

 

MAJEED

(whispers)

Scheherazade said that she had a plan to end all of this, so that is why it is important for me to find her. I fear that one day my own daughter may suffer the same fate. The king does not care about class or status. So, I must find Scheherazade. If she can stop this massacre, it would be a great relief.

 

He pauses again, eyeing Gabrielle for a moment.

 

MAJEED

(cautiously)

Although, I fear that she may have been killed by a band of thieves that are known to be nearby.

 

He glances out nervously at the desert as the children run past him again, dogs nipping at their heels.

 

XENA

Well, I don't think that the thieves will be a problem.

 

GABRIELLE

No, they were no problem. For you see, I am Scheherazade, and this is my slave girl, Amira.

 

FADE TO BLACK.

END TEASER

 

ACT ONE

 


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