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XENA WARRIOR PRINCESS VIRTUAL SEASON SPECIAL PRESENTATION


 

Of Gods and Heroes Part 2

Teleplay by: Chris Schinella and Mikki D
Written by: Chris Schinella, Diane Taubold,
Kathy Austin, Trish, and Gina
Beta Readers: David Duncan and Beth Chambers
Illustrated by: Kathy Austin,
MaryCat, Chris Schinella, Trish, and Gina

 

TEASER

 

NARRATOR

Last week on Xena: Warrior Princess... Ares, determined to rule in Zeus' place decides it is time to rid the world of the followers of the One God.

With the help of Apollo and Hermes, his plot throws Eve into the hands of the Romans, along with Gabrielle.

Cupid, overhearing Ares' plan, warns his mother, Aphrodite.

Aphrodite, Xena, Gabrielle and Eve devise a plan they hope will rid the world of War. But their plan takes a turn for the worst when Gabrielle is mortally injured...

CUT TO:

1. MOUNT OLYMPUS - LATE MORNING

 

Ares, alone in Zeus' throne room watches the battle play out in the all seeing eye of the pool. His eyebrow arcs as Gabrielle is struck down.

 

ARES

Now that's something I didn't foresee... This could be bad... Can't watch Xena squirm if the irritating little blonde is dead...

(beat)

However... If memory serves... when M'Lila was killed... A new Xena was born...

(beat)

A Xena that was even more dedicated to war... revenge... with a thirst to kill anyone who got in her way... Maybe this isn't such a bad thing... Maybe this is just what I need to make Xena...

 

Apollo enters the chamber.

 

APOLLO
(curiously)

Make Xena, What?

 

ARES
(startled - turns feigning nonchalance)

Make Xena realize she's mortal. That we, the gods, hold their fates in the palms of our hands!

APOLLO
(dubiously)

Good. For a moment there it sounded as though you were having second thoughts.

 

ARES

Don't be ridiculous. We've got them right where we want them. Eve's been captured... Gabrielle's been wounded. The next one on our agenda is Xena.

 

CUT TO:

 

2. HEPHAESTUS' FORGE - LATE MORNING

Xena is unconscious, lying on the dirt floor. Aphrodite is applying cold compresses to her forehead, and wiping the sides of the warrior's face.

Cupid is pacing, unsure of what's happened. He turns to his mother.

 

CUPID

What do you think she meant when she said Gabrielle's name? Did she get hurt? Did Ares capture her?

 

APHRODITE
(looks up from her tending)

How'm I supposed to know? Geez... I'm as much in the dark as you are. Instead of pacing, why don't you look in on your crazy uncle and find out!

 

The warrior's eyes flutter open and go wide upon seeing the goddess. Her hand wraps firmly around Aphrodite's wrist.

 

XENA
(deep concern - sits up)

We've got to go to them! Gabrielle's been badly wounded!

 

APHRODITE
(turns toward Xena - eases her down)

Now you know we can't do that! We're right in the middle of finishing up here.

(beat)

Besides, that's probably just what Ares wants!

(pause - looking hopeful)

She's with Eve. She'll be okay. I'm sure of it. Now... relax... Cupid will go and see what's going on.

 

CUPID

Right. I'm on it. I'll be back as soon as I can.

 

Cupid orbs out.

 

CUT TO:

3. ROAD TO ROMAN CAMP - MID AFTERNOON

The Amazons have been bound in a row. A sister Amazon is assisting Varia, whose leg is bleeding from the spear that got her. They are all being prodded to walk into the Roman camp by the spears of the Roman soldiers.

Gabrielle, on a stretcher is being pulled by an Amazon whose hands are tied to the stretcher's handles.

Eve is at the head of the line, hands bound behind her, her face bruised. A trickle of dried blood runs from her nose to her lips. Behind her walk two Roman soldiers.

 

ROMAN SOLDIER 1
(pushes her forcefully)

Walk faster, Bitch. We haven't got all day!

 

He pushes her again. She turns angrily to face him.

 

ROMAN SOLDIER 1
(sneering)

Go on! Try something! Anything! All I need is a reason to put my sword through you!

The second Roman soldier puts a firm hand on the wrist of his companion.

 

ROMAN SOLDIER 2
 

Easy, Maximus. Remember our orders. No harm is to come to her.

ROMAN SOLDIER 1

No harm was to come to the other one either, but she's down. She was in the wrong place at the wrong time.

ROMAN SOLDIER 2

Yes... and that's going to be tough enough to explain. So, just take it easy with this one.

ROMAN SOLDIER 1
(pushes Eve again)

Bah!!! Go on! Move!

CUT TO:

4. MOUNT OLYMPUS - LATE AFTERNOON

 

Cupid materializes outside Zeus's throne room. He hears the voices of Ares and Apollo. Edging silently forward, he sneaks behind a pillar, listening intently.

 

ARES
(rubbing hands together)

If Gabrielle dies and Eve as well, Xena will want revenge against the Romans.

(beat)

Eve won't be around to calm Xena or preach about the One God. It could be the start of a great war!

 

APOLLO

Yes, IF they die. And that's a big IF.

 

ARES

Well, do what you can to make sure that Gabrielle doesn't heal!

(beat)

Eve will die in the arena!

 

Apollo nods in agreement and swirls out. Ares glances once more at the pool and walks away.

Cupid creeps toward the basin and peers in. He sees Gabrielle lying on a litter unconscious, drawn by a bound Amazon. She looks very pale. Her tunic is smeared with blood; a crimson bandage is bound around her middle.

 

CUPID

Oh boy, Xena and Mom aren't going to like this. Gabrielle doesn't look too good.

 

He scans the line of Amazons, looking for Eve. She appears a bit beat up but is walking under her own power.

The Romans urge the captives onward, wanting to get to camp.

Cupid takes one final look at Gabrielle then vanishes.

 

CUT TO:

5. HEPHAESTUS' FORGE - LATE AFTERNOON

Xena, her back against the cold stone of a long dead forge is holding her side as Aphrodite kneels down and hands her a goblet of water. The warrior takes several sips before frustration sets in. She throws the goblet across the room and rises to her feet, starting to pace.

 

XENA
(pacing)

What is taking him so long!?

 

Startled by Xena's sudden reaction, Aphrodite falls back on her haunches.

 

APHRODITE
(gets up - dusts off her rear)

Geez, Warrior Babe... get a grip... he's only been gone a few minutes.

 

XENA
(paces faster)

Yeah but every second counts!

(beat)

Gabrielle is hurt and hurt bad!

 

APHRODITE

Just chill, Cupie will be back as soon as he can.

 

Aphrodite turns away, looking very worried.

FADE OUT:

 

END TEASER

 

ACT I