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Production #V706 - Episode 6


WRITTEN BY
Melissa Good


DIRECTED BY
Denise Byrd


PRODUCED BY
C
arol Stephens

SCREENGRABS
Judi Mair


ARTWORK
Lucia


EPISODE TITLE GRAPHIC
Linda (Calli)


 

TEASER

 

FADE IN

 

INT. INN BEDROOM - NIGHT

 

The inn is old, and shabby. There is a hole in the wall, and the window, whatís left of it, is cracked and hanging open.  There is a pallet near the wall, and on the pallet is sprawled a woman dressed in dirty leathers.  A wineskin lays empty on the floor next to her, and it is obvious the woman has passed out from drinking.

 

It is VARIA.

 

Possessions are scattered around the room, including a sword and a bow, tossed forgotten in a corner.

The door to the room opens, making a loud creak. All noise stops, but Varia doesnít stir and after a moment, the door continues to open. Four men enter cautiously. One holds up a torch to see the pallet better.

 

slaver #1

Out like a wet match.

 

slaver #2

This oneís been drinking so much,
I doubt a cart rolling over her
would get her up. Címon.

 

The four men gag Varia, then they grab Variaís arms and legs, and tie them tightly. They wrestle her into a heavy burlap sack and carry her out of the room, closing the door behind them.

 

The bow, leaning against the wall, slides down and clatters to the floor, next to the forgotten sword.

 

CUT TO:

 

ext. forest glade - night

 

In the middle of the forest, near a small brook, XENA and GABRIELLE sit in their campsite. Gabrielle is lying on a pile of furs with her leg in Xenaís lap while Xena tends to her healing wound.  A fire burns nearby, with a pot hanging over it, and Argo is munching grass near the water.

 

gABRIELLE

How does it look?

 

 

xENA

Not bad, considering you
refuse to stay off it.

 

Gabrielle rolls her eyes.  Xena carefully replaces the bandage around her leg, wrapping it expertly and giving Gabrielle a comforting pat on the calf when she finishes.

 

GABRIELLE

No one else does that the way you do.

 

XENA

Yeah? Thought you didnít
like my nursing skills.

 

 

 

Gabrielle looks fondly at Xena.

 

GABRIELLE

Well, your bedside mannerís gotten
a lot better over the years.

 

XENA

(smirks)

Depends on whose bed
Iím at the side of.

 

Xena gets up and gives the pot a stir. She walks over to their gear and gets out two wooden dishes, but her attention is on the forest around them. She listens intently, then shakes her head.

 

GABRIELLE

Still hearing things out there? Címon, Xena.
Weíve got days to go before weíre
anywhere near Amazon country.

 

XENA

Maybe some of them came to us.
I still think Varia was acting strange.

 

 

GABRIELLE

How could you tell? Sheís acted
differently every time weíve met her.

 

Xena goes to the pot and puts some stew in both bowls, then returns to Gabrielleís side. She gives Gabrielle a bowl and sits down next to her.

 

XENA

Somethingís just not right.

 

Gabrielle eats some stew, then points her fork at Xena.

 

GABRIELLE

I know what it is.

 

Xena looks at her.

 

XENA

You do, huh?

 

GABRIELLE

Youíre just mad because she blew you off.

 

 

XENA

What?  Gabrielle, donít be ridiculous.

 

Gabrielle chuckles.

 

CUT TO:

 

EXT. Village street - night

 

A wagon stands in the street, drawn by four horses. The wagon has high walls, and a barred door.  Eight men meet by the back of it, and one man opens the door. The rest of them pick up two wrapped burlap bundles and toss them into the wagon, closing the door and locking it afterward.

 

slaVER #1

Thatíll do for this run. Letís get a move on.
Weíve got dinars to collect!

 

The men scramble onto the wagon and it starts off through the deserted streets.

 

CUT TO:

 

ext. forest glade - night

 

Gabrielle now has her scrolls out, and she is writing on one of them. Across the campsite, on the other side of the fire, Xena is sharpening her sword.  Xena watches Gabrielle as she writes - Gabrielle realizes sheís being watched and looks up.

 

gABRIELLE

(teasingly)

Youíre not still hearing things, are you?

 

 

Xena throws a pebble at her, which Gabrielle ducks.

 

xENA

Matter of fact, I was just thinking
about how peaceful it is out here.

 

GABRIELLE

Uh oh.

 

XENA

What?

 

GABRIELLE

Every time you say that, chaos happens.

 

XENA

Címon, Gabrielle. Give me a break.

 

 

The peace is broken by the sound of people moving nearby, including hoof beats, footsteps, and the clinks of chains.  A whip cracks. Gabrielle looks at Xena and shakes her head. Gabrielle puts her scrolls away and climbs to her feet, using her staff as Xena clips her sword to her back and dusts her hands off.  Gabrielle starts to speak. Xena puts a hand over her mouth.

 

xENA
(Contíd)

Donít say it.  You told me so.

 

Gabrielle chuckles, and they head off into the forest to investigate.

 

CUT TO:

 

ext. forest road - night

 

A column of people move through the forest. Two men on horses lead, behind them are a line of shackled prisoners. Guards walk alongside the prisoners, and two more men on horses bring up the rear. All the guards are armed with crossbows.

 

Xena and Gabrielle creep up through the trees, watching the column.

 

gABRIELLE

What is it?

 

xENA

Looks like convicts. Moving them, maybe.

 

GABRIELLE

Great. Nothing we need to get involved in.

 

 

 

Xena grunts in agreement. They watch the last of the prisoners walk by.  The prisonerís head turns, as though sensing their presence and they recognize Varia.  Xena and Gabrielle look at each other in consternation.

 

FADE OUT.

 

END OF TEASER

 

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