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Production #V706 - Episode 6
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.
Out like a wet match.
This oneís been drinking so much,
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.
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.
How does it look?
Not bad, considering you
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.
No one else does that the way you do.
Yeah? Thought you didnít
Gabrielle looks fondly at Xena.
Well, your bedside mannerís gotten
Depends on whose bed
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.
Still hearing things out there? Címon, Xena.
Maybe some of them came to us.
How could you tell? Sheís acted
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.
Somethingís just not right.
Gabrielle eats some stew, then points her fork at Xena.
I know what it is.
Xena looks at her.
You do, huh?
Youíre just mad because she blew you off.
What? Gabrielle, donít be ridiculous.
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.
Thatíll do for this run. Letís get a
The men scramble onto the wagon and it starts off through the deserted streets.
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.
Youíre not still hearing things, are you?
Xena throws a pebble at her, which Gabrielle ducks.
Matter of fact, I was just thinking
Every time you say that, chaos happens.
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.
Donít say it. You told me so.
Gabrielle chuckles, and they head off into the forest to investigate.
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.
What is it?
Looks like convicts. Moving them, maybe.
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.
END OF TEASER