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Production #V707 - Episode 7


WRITTEN BY
S
usanne Beck


DIRECTED BY
Denise Byrd


PRODUCED BY
C
arol Stephens

SCREENGRABS
Judi Mair


ARTWORK
Lucia


EPISODE TITLE GRAPHIC
Linda (Calli)


 

TEASER

 

FADE IN

 

ext. rutted path - day

 

XENA and GABRIELLE are traveling along a lightly forested path.  Xena sits atop ARGO, her expression alert. Gabrielle walks ahead, eyes scanning the thick growth of trees lining either side of the path.

 

 

Her gaze sets upon a flash of red high in the canopy overhead, and she smiles, triumphant.

 

gabrielle

Apple.

 

Xena rolls her eyes and shakes her head, but doesnít comment on Gabrielleís find.

 

Perturbed, Gabrielle turns and begins to walk confidently backward, a look of frustration on her face.

 

gabrielle

All right, so itís not the best game in the world.
I donít hear you offering up any suggestions.

 

 

xena

(deadpan)

Branch.

 

gabrielle

Branch? 

 

Her hands gesture wildly.

 

gabrielle

(Contíd)

All of this beauty around us, and branch is
the best thing you can come... oof!

 

Gabrielle stumbles forward, rebounding lightly away from a thick, fruit-laden bough hanging low over the trail. She catches herself just short of falling and fixes Xena with a look hot enough to fry ice.

 

Xena returns her look with a raised eyebrow and a smirk as she steers Argo deftly around the hanging branch. As she passes Gabrielle she leans forward and her smirk broadens.

 

xena

Warned ya.

 

 

Xena passes blithely on, leaving Gabrielle to clench her fists and jaw, and turn, teeth bared.

 

gabrielle

(to Xenaís back)

Iíll get you for this, Warrior Princess.
Just see if I donít.

 

 

Xena

(wickedly grinning)

Promises, promises.

 

Gabrielleís mock frustration passes away like a summer shower, and she grins, throws up her arms, and trots off after her unrepentant partner.

 

dissolve to:

 

ext. same path - day

 

Xena and Gabrielle continue their travels, with Gabrielle once again in the lead.  Argo stumbles, and Xena utters a fluid curse as she brings the mare back under control.

 

gabrielle

Well, that works, I suppose, but I donít
think itís anatomically possible, Xena.

 

 

Xena

Itís all right, girl.  Itís all right.

 

Gabrielle turns to see Xena jump off of Argoís back and lift the mareís front leg, peering at the hoof in disgust.

 

gabrielle

Whatís wrong?

 

xena

She threw a shoe.

 

gabrielle

(concernedly)

Thatís the second one this month.

 

xena

I know.  Remind me to thank our Ďfriendí
Pellos if weíre ever in the area again.

 

Gabrielle winces.

 

xena

(Contíd)

Thereís a town not far from here.
Címon. I know a shortcut.

 

 

dissolve to:

 

ext. woods - day

 

An old, abandoned, and crumbling TEMPLE stands off the narrow path Xena and Gabrielle are following.  It is surrounded by a ring of very old trees, most of whom have shed their leaves, even in this, the height of summer.  The bone white of their naked branches resemble human skeletons bleached by the sun.

 

The temperature seems as if itís dropped twenty degrees, and Gabrielle shivers as an almost autumnal breeze brushes across her bared flesh.

 

xena

Not exactly welcoming, is it?

 

gabrielle

Tell me about it.

(beat)

I wonder whose it used to be?

 

Xena peers closely at the structure, but most of the identifying markers have crumbled away.

 

xena

Hard to tell.

Might be something inside, though.

 

gabrielle

If itís all the same to you, I think
I can live with not knowing.

 

Argo snorts in agreement, and Gabrielle grins a Ďthank youí at her.

 

Xena hesitates for a moment, then nods, taking a tighter grip on Argoís reins.

 

xena

All right. Itíll still be here when
we come back this way.

 

gabrielle

(sotto voce)

Joy.

 

 

xena

Say something?

 

gabrielle

(false smile)

Oh no. Nothing at all.

 

Xena narrows her eyes, but refrains from commenting, and the two start down the path again, leaving the abandoned temple behind.

 

As they retreat, a pair of eyes follow their movements until they are out of sight.

 

FADE OUT.

 

END OF TEASER

 

ACT ONE