following episode written for The Xena Warrior Princess Virtual Season is
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The following episode written for The Xena Warrior Princess Virtual Season is a work offiction based upon the television series Xena: Warrior Princess.
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Xena: Warrior Princess Virtual Season
Episode 7.2: Honor Bound, Part 2
Teleplay by: Chris Schinella and Diane Taubold
Story by Chris Schinella, Diane Taubold, Guilda and Magenta
Directed by Zoe Langosy
Previously on Xena: Warrior Princess. Gabrielle discovered there was a possibility of bringing Xena back from the land of the dead. But to do so, she had to return to Japa and seek out the Shinto priests. In the midst of preparing for an intricate purification ceremony, Xenas urn is stolen, and a Kannushi elder murdered
1. INT. TEMIZUYA BATHS - NIGHT
Gabrielles backpack rests on the bench in front of the sacred tub. Gabrielle is seated within its steaming waters. Her eyes are closed and her palms are pressed together. Mioto, holding a censer by its elaborately weaved leather thong, flicks it and draws it back, in a synchronous rhythm as he slowly walks around the tub. Behind him, stand two junior monks. One holds a folded white towel. The other holds a folded warriors gi.
He flicks censer back and forth behind Gabrielle.
He flicks censer back and forth to the right of Gabrielle.
He flicks censer back and forth to the left of Gabrielle.
He pauses in front of Gabrielle, flicks the censer twice before her, and then places the incensed filled censer on the bench. He picks up a ladle and dips it into the water.
Mioto slowly pours the water over Gabrielle’s head.
2. INT. HALL OF OFFERINGS NIGHT
The kannushis lifeless body lies undetected in the Hall of Offerings. A wispy mist rises from the victims chest. It slowly coalesces into a semi-transparent form of the slain man. The apparition glances down at his own body. It lies in a pool of blood congealing from the wound in his temple. He glances to where the urn once stood.
Sadness and disappointment cross his ghostly features. He closes his eyes, his head tilts upward and he spreads his arms. An aura of light surrounds him.
We hear nothing. But see several glowing balls of light appear as if from nowhere. They begin to circle around him, their speed ever increasing. The ghost of the kannushi shimmers from sight.
3. INT. HALL OF OFFERINGS NIGHT
The door to the Hall of Offerings opens slowly, creaking as it does. The silhouette of a robed figure steps in from the dimly lit hallway. The figure is carrying something. As the figure comes into the light we see that it is a monk and he is carrying a basket of flowers. He sees the body and rushes to his fallen brothers side, dropping the basket as he bends down. He notices the pool of blood beneath the slain mans head and the puncture wounds. He jumps to his feet and rushes out of the room.
4. EXT. TEMPLE - NIGHT
The young monk races down the steps toward the Elders who are gathered in the garden discussing the evenings arrangements.
Tanazi leans over, puts his hands on knees and takes a deep cleansing breath.
Worriedly the three elders glance from one to another as they gather their robes and quickly follow the young monk back to the temple.
All four reach the top of the temple steps together.
Tanazi nods and runs off.
The three elders enter the temple.