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Production #V709 - Episode 9
Advocate & TNovan
BY / DIRECTED BY
EXT. THEBES - DAY
XENA and GABRIELLE are walking through the busy streets of Thebes, the noise of the city surrounding them. The air is filled with the aroma of roasting meats, sweets, and nuts. Xena is smiling and Gabrielle is glancing wistfully at every vendorís table as they walk by.
Youíre just dying to go shopping arenít you?
Gabrielle gives Xena an exasperated look that still manages to be tinged with fondness.
We need things, Xena.
You live to shop.
And itís a good life.
The bard holds up her hands to forestall Xenaís next words.
Donít say it. We
should find a room first, or weíll
Xena drapes her arm over Gabrielleís shoulder and gives her a squeeze, moving them both to the side of the road so a crowded wagon can pass.
Címon. Letís hurry up
and find a place for Argo.
Besides, if we donít
hurry, youíll miss the best
An unexpected, delighted grin lights Gabrielleís face as she shares an early memory with her partner.
I told you that the
very first time
Xena eyes a bit of tack on a merchantís cart, but doesnít stop walking.
(shrugging one shoulder nonchalantly)
Wow! I canít believe
you remember that, Xena.
Xena raises an eyebrow.
Oh, I was paying
attention to you, bard.
Xena points to a merchant across the street, trying to change the subject.
She waggles the hand thatís pointing.
That guy is selling... selling... umm....
Amused, Gabrielle glances at the stall.
She rests her hands on her hips.
Is there something you want to share with me?
Xena just scowls and they continue to walk.
Tch. Lose me in a
crowd? Not a chance,
The satisfied look on Gabrielleís face makes it very clear how she feels about that proposition. Before Xena can respond, Gabrielle turns in the direction of a vendor selling bolts of colorful cloth. Unseen, Xena rolls her eyes.
(over her shoulder)
If youíre rolling your
eyes it must mean youíd
Gabrielle sudden squawks as Xena rushes up behind her and begins rifling through her hair with inquisitive fingers.
Xena! Hey! What are you doing?
Gabrielle tries to swat away Xenaís hands but her partner is too quick. Xena throws her heart into the game, pushing quickly past her natural public reticence and ignoring the stares of curious onlookers in favor of a lighthearted moment with her friend. Itís easier than she imagines and soon sheís trying to muss Gabrielleís hair as much as is humanly possible. Their recent adventures in Britannia had been more emotionally draining than she cared to admit. Gabrielleís laughter was good for them both.
Iím checking for another pair of eyes.
She laughs harder and tries unsuccessfully to duck.
Seems my mother had a set there too.
END OF TEASER