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INT. AUDIENCE CHAMBER - EVENING
Xena and Gabrielle are surprised by the Queen’s shouting and rush to stop her. Xena puts her hand over the Queen’s mouth and Gabrielle runs to close the door.
We can explain.
Queen Serena, please allow us
the chance to show you proof
that your life is in danger.
Rhea enters the room in a rush, fearful that something has happened to her Queen. She is surprised at the sight of Xena holding her hand over the Queen’s mouth and turns to call for the guards again.
Gabrielle stops Rhea at the door.
Rhea, we’ve found proof that Cyrus
intends to kill the Queen. Please…
go out and tell the guards that the
Queen just saw a rat and that
you’ve already killed it.
Rhea looks at Xena, then back to Gabrielle and decides that they are not intending to harm the Queen after all.
I’ll be right back.
Gabrielle stands before the Queen and holds out the parchment.
This will show you that Cyrus is behind
this threat. Xena will release you if you
promise to wait until you have heard
us out before you call for the guards?
The Queen slowly nods her head and turns to face Xena when she is released, obviously upset by Xena’s actions. Gabrielle steps forward and hands the parchment to her.
I found this parchment in Cyrus’ quarters.
I could feel the impression of words on this
sheet that were made from the pressure of
writing on the previous sheet. Xena put ash
on this to make the words stand out.
Gabrielle hands the parchment to the Queen.
Many of the words are unreadable, but
you can get the general idea of the letter
by what is left. Someone has been hired
to assassinate you after the end of the new
moon cycle when the document you signed
giving power to Cyrus becomes effective.
That’s tomorrow, your Majesty.
The Queen reads the parchment several times. As she reads Rhea re-enters the room and nods at Gabrielle.
I am aware of this
threat of assassination.
You are? Then you know
your life is in danger and
that we are here to help.
How did you find out?
Queen Serena turns to face Xena.
Cyrus came to me early this morning.
He said he had information that you and
Gabrielle were the assassins and that
you had killed six of my guards when
they came to arrest you at your camp.
If anyone killed the guards, it
was Cyrus. They were alive
and tied to a tree when we left.
How did you get back
into the castle?
I helped them, my Queen.
So, you are in
with these two?
My Queen, you’ve known me for a very
long time. I would never do you harm;
nor would your staff or castle guards.
They only answer to Cyrus because it is
your wish. Please… Xena and Gabrielle
are truly here to help you, not harm you.
The Queen absorbs her servant’s words and paces across the room. She stops and looks out the window noticing a flurry of activity in the courtyard. She turns to face the three women waiting for her answer.
Why should I trust you?
Queen Serena, what would we
gain by assassinating you?
Why you could take my lands, rule
my people, take my treasury. Cyrus
says that Xena has returned to being a
warlord and she is forming a new army.
Queen Serena, Cyrus is lying. He
also stands to gain the same if you
die after tomorrow. There is only
one way for us to find the truth.
What would you have me do?
Summon Cyrus. Once he’s....
Xena’s words are cut off as Cyrus and a dozen guards burst into the room.
The Queen and Rhea move to a corner of the chamber and out of harm’s way as the guards attack.
Gabrielle and Xena move back-to-back to face the onslaught of the guards coming from both directions and reach for their weapons.
Two guards rush Xena at once and she parries their swords with her right hand as her left hand punches the guard on the left, knocking him backwards. She follows through with her left hand, setting it on the shoulder of the second guard and twists into the air, kicking out at the next two guards as they rush into the fray.
Another two guards rush Gabrielle and she ducks below the swinging blade of the guard to her right, flipping her sais so the butt end is forward. Using the momentum of her duck and turn, she punches the guard that was to her left, and jabs the gut of the guard she’s just passed. Both guards are now bent over and Gabrielle dispatches them with blows to their heads with the butts of her sais.
Landing back on the ground, Xena grabs the tunic of the guard she used for a lift and spins him into the next two guards. She looks back over her shoulder to see Gabrielle is now surrounded by four guards. Xena reaches down for her chakram and sends it careening off the wall and into the helmets of the two closest guards, knocking them unconscious then grabs the returning chakram and replaces it at her waist.
Gabrielle now focuses on her two remaining guards. She flips her sai points forward and rushes them, catching their swords in the curved hilts. Using their efforts to raise their swords, she flips between them, neatly disarming them and landing behind them. Two quick blows with the butts of the sais send them to the floor beside their mates.
Xena turns to face the three guards regaining their balance and grins as she exchanges sword blows with each, backing them into a corner.
C’mon Cyrus. This all ya got?
As Cyrus watches the action he realizes that the guards are losing the fight.
(under his breath)
No, this can’t be happening…
I’ll lose everything.
In desperation he decides to push the action closer to the Queen and Rhea so that they can be killed in the fighting. Without them to back up Xena and Gabrielle, he knows he can convince the rest of the guard that Xena and Gabrielle killed them.
Cyrus moves behind the Queen and Rhea, drawing his dagger. As he raises the weapon and prepares to stab the Queen a bright point of light appears between him and the Queen causing him to gasp and back away as it develops into Carena.
Xena’s attention is drawn to the light and she sees Cyrus with his dagger at the ready. She grabs her chakram from her belt and releases it. It bounces once off the corner wall then hits Cyrus’ wrist disarming him. Rhea turns and sees Cyrus holding his injured wrist and moves the Queen away from him, but exposes her to the sight of her sister’s ghostly apparition in the process.
No… it can’t be....
Yes, Serena, I am here. Xena and
Gabrielle are right. Cyrus is the
one who meant to do you harm.
Carena? Carena, is it really you?
Cyrus makes a move to flee, but Rhea grabs a marble sculpture from the table in the corner. She brings it down violently on Cyrus’ head and sends him crashing unconscious to the floor. Carena rushes to her sister, holding her in a tight embrace.
Nice move, Rhea.
Rhea shrugs and drops the statue. Then she walks to where Xena and Gabrielle are standing as they watch the two sisters.
Yes, my sister, it’s me.
Dead? Yes, but I have
been watching out for you.
The two sisters embrace once more. Another flash of light appears between Xena and Gabrielle and takes the shape of Aphrodite, who puts her arms around them.
Aww, sisterly love, it so rocks!
The three guards stare at Aphrodite with dropped jaws. She winks. They faint.
Nice to see I still totally
have what it takes!
What are you doing here?
I thought I’d like, you know,
pop in and see if I could help.
Sure thing, warrior babe.
I still have a few radical
tricks up my sleeves.
Aphrodite reaches for her gossamer garment and pulls, then shrugs.
Well, you know what I mean. Anyway, I
can bring Carena back to life. It’s that
whole power and purity of sibling love thing,
and since they’re like, twins it’s that much
easier. When love is this strong, I can do
wonders… if Carena wants to that is.
But it has to be totally her decision.
You can bring my
sister back to me?
Only if she wants to.
It’s her decision.
Aphrodite looks at Carena who is weighing the choice seriously.
I don’t think I can.
Carena throws up her hand as Serena starts to protest.
No, Serena, you are the Queen. You’re a
fair and kind ruler and the people love you.
What would they say if I were to return to life?
You know how superstitious they are. It
wouldn’t be wise and things would not go well.
How about a compromise?
Carena and Serena look at the goddess. Aphrodite addresses Carena.
I could put your... soul... into Serena’s
mind and body. You could both exist,
you know, together. Your strength
and wisdom would radically balance
Serena’s kindness and fairness.
Would we be conscious
of the other?
Absolutely! It would be just like you
were standing here side by side.
No one would see Carena, but
you would feel her in your heart.
Serena smiles and nods.
I have hurt too long to be separated
from you again. Please Carena...
let Aphrodite do this.
Thank you Aphrodite.
Aphrodite moves to raise her hand.
Wait! First let me
thank my friends.
Carena walks to Xena and Gabrielle and embraces each of them.
Thank you for saving my sister.
We are in your debt.
Carena then embraces Rhea.
Rhea, you’ve been a faithful
servant for many years.
Thank you for caring for Serena.
I shall miss you, my Princess, but
I will be delighted to see joy on
Serena’s face once more.
Carena hugs the old woman once more then moves back to her sister.
Are you ready Serena?
When Serena nods, Aphrodite raises her arm sending a flash of light toward Carena causing the apparition to glow and move over Serena where she is slowly absorbed into her body.
Xena pulls Gabrielle to her in an embrace as they watch Serena’s eyes close, then open, her face exhibiting a brilliant smile that has been missing for fifteen years.
Ah, now that’s what I
call a happy ending.
Well, gotta go…lots of
love to spread around!
Aphrodite winks at Gabrielle and disappears in a flash of sparkling lights.
Queen Serena notices that Cyrus and most of the guards are starting to come to.
Guards, take Cyrus to the dungeon
where he can contemplate what will
happen to him for his crimes against me.
The guards stand sluggishly and pick up their weapons. They grab Cyrus and exit the room.
I hope you will accept the hospitality
of staying with us for the night before
you return to your journeys?
Thank you. A nice soft bed
and a bath would be welcome.
INT. TAPESTRY LINED HALLWAY - NIGHT
Gabrielle is standing before the tapestry that depicts an extensive labyrinth. Xena rounds the corner and sees Gabrielle.
Well, there you are. I was
beginning to think you couldn’t
find the way back to our room.
Nah, two lefts, down two stairs, left,
right, another right, up three stairs, then
left and it’s the second door on the right.
Yep, that’s it. What’s up?
I’m just fascinated by this tapestry.
It doesn’t look anything like the
room we were in. There are
walls in this one... see?
Xena traces the path they had taken with Carena as their guide.
Yep, we went here,
here, then over....
But... the walls.
Right, that’s what makes it so difficult.
All the walls weren’t put into the actual
room so that it would confuse anyone
who may have tried to use the tapestry as
a key. That’s why it’s a puzzle labyrinth.
Well, their great-grandfather
sure liked to confuse folks.
Just like he did with this castle... all the
twists and turns in the corridors and stairs.
It’s just another series of safe guards he
put in place. Only those that live here have
a good knowledge of where everything is.
Xena puts her arm around Gabrielle and turns her toward the end of the hallway.
C’mon, let’s get
back to the room.
Great idea… I think I hear
a hot bath and a soft
bed calling our names.
Not necessarily in that order!
They both head down the corridor laughing.
END OF ACT FOUR
EXT. VILLAGE - MORNING
Xena and Gabrielle are at one end of the village, noting the difference between what it had been and what it now is.
Gone are the guards in every doorway. Instead, a merchant train has come in and the traders are doing a brisk business with the local merchants, both in the buying and selling of goods.
Looks like Carena had a
conversation with Serena.
I think you’re right. Look!
Xena points to where a group of people are clustered together. Gabrielle stretches and strains but can’t see anything but the melee of people.
What? I don’t see anything
but a mob of people.
A pair of hands on her hips pulls a startled squawk from her lips.
XENA!?! Wha... oh.
In the midst of the crowd stands Queen Serena, greeting people and looking happier than anyone remembers her ever being.
She sees Gabrielle head and shoulders above the crowd and mouths ‘Thank you’. Gabrielle smiles and nods in return before Xena lowers her to the ground.
They start out of town unnoticed.
We did good.
Yeah, we did.
She wraps an arm around Gabrielle’s shoulders.
However, we need to have a
little talk about my ears pulling
kitchen duty for me.
They’re cute ears.
They heard some important
stuff. They didn’t mind.
Gabrielle slips out of Xena’s grasp and takes off at a run laughing. Xena stands still for a moment to make the chase more interesting. With a smirk, she turns to Argo.
C’mon girl. We’ve got
us a bard to catch.
Neither the sensitivity of Xena’s ears nor her questionable
cooking skills were lost in the labyrinth of this motion picture.