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Production #V714 - Episode 14


WRITTEN BY
Melissa Good


DIRECTED BY
Denise Byrd


PRODUCED BY
C
arol Stephens

SCREENGRABS
Judi Mair


ARTWORK
Lucia


EPISODE TITLE GRAPHIC
MaryD


 

TEASER

 

FADE IN:

 

EXT. A MOUNTAINSIDE - LATE AFTERNOON

 

Xena and Gabrielle scale the side of a mountain. Xena is in the lead, and a rope attaches her to Gabrielle. They are both sweating, and the climb is a tough one.

 

GABRIELLE

Xena!

 

Xena pauses. She waits for Gabrielle to catch up with her, and steadies her against the mountainside.

 

XENA

What's wrong?

 

GABRIELLE

Iím hanging by my toenails off the side
of a mountain.  Are you sure we've
got to climb all the way up here?

 

Xena peers down the slope.

 

XENA

Only if you want to avoid traveling on the
Roman trade road. Feeling lucky today?

 

 

Gabrielle sighs. She starts climbing again.

 

GABRIELLE

No. But Romans are not on my to-do
list this moon either. Let's go.

 

Xena helps her up to a new handhold.

 

XENA

View from the top's worth it.

 

GABRIELLE

Promise?

 

 

XENA

Promise.

 

Gabrielle groans, but keeps climbing.

 

CUT TO:

 

EXT. MOUNTAIN ROAD - LATE AFTERNOON

 

A double column of mounted Roman soldiers marches down the road. Between them is a line of captives, chained together, with the first and the last man also chained to the first and last set of horses in the column.

 

The prisoners are all young men, healthy, and in relatively good condition.  Some are dressed in typical Greek clothing, but others wear foreign gear. The last man in line stumbles, and pulls against the horse. The soldier riding the horse lashes him in the back with his riding crop. The man jerks upright, and looks at him.

 

The Roman soldier raises his crop again.

 

ROMAN SOLDIER

Keep walking, scum! Or I'll gut you
and you'll drag the rest of the way!

 

 

The man puts his head down reluctantly and catches up with the line. The soldier laughs.

 

ROMAN SOLDIER

(Contíd)

Oh, you'll make fine gladiators, all right.

(beat)

Gladiator BAIT.

 

The column moves on.

 

CUT TO:

 

EXT. MOUNTAIN CAVE - EVENING

 

On a promontory overlooking the road there is a cave. In front of the cave a fire is burning merrily, heating a pot that is giving off the scent of venison stew.

 

Xena and Gabrielle are inside the cave. Gabrielle is lying on their spread out furs on her stomach, completely naked. Xena is giving her a backrub.

 

XENA

See? It's not so bad up here, is it?

 

Gabrielle's eyes are closed, and she has a blissful smile on her face.

 

GABRIELLE

Mmm.

 

Xena studies the body under her hands.

 

XENA

Nice scenery.

 

 

GABRIELLE

Uh huh.

 

XENA

(chuckling)

Ready for dinner?

 

Slowly, Gabrielle stretches and rolls over. She puts her hands behind her head and crosses her ankles.

 

GABRIELLE

Yeah, I am. How about you?

 

Xena slowly looks Gabrielle up and down. Xena grins. Then she hears something and she lifts her head to listen closer.

 

XENA

Grr.

 

GABRIELLE

What is it?

 

 

XENA

Soldiers.

 

Xena jumps up to go check it out. Gabrielle's eyes narrow.

 

GABRIELLE

They won't be when I
get through with them.

 

Gabrielle gets up, puts on her shift, and follows.

 

CUT TO:

 

EXT. MOUNTAIN CAVE - NIGHT

 

Xena and Gabrielle creep to the edge of the rocks and peer over them.  They look down to see a legion of Roman troops arriving in a clearing that is just off the road they climbed up to escape.

 

GABRIELLE

Whoa! Those kinds of soldiers!

 

 

XENA

Yeah. Good thing we got
up here when we did.

 

Xena and Gabrielle watch as the soldiers light a huge bonfire.

 

GABRIELLE

Look at that. They must be
burning half the forest.

 

XENA

Romans. Go figure. C'mon.
Let's get outta here. 

 

GABRIELLE

You don't have to tell me
twice. Romans. Ugh.

 

Several soldiers push the captives past the bonfire. One man stumbles, his footwear tripping him up. He falls to his knees, and the soldiers pounce on him, kicking him viciously. One pulls his head back and threatens him with a raised short sword. The captive's face is outlined in the fire.

 

GABRIELLE

(Contíd)

Xena!

 

XENA

I see him.

 

GABRIELLE

Beowulf! But how!

 

 

Xena's face takes on a grim look.

 

XENA

I don't know. But I bet
we'll be finding out.

 

 

FADE OUT.

 

END OF TEASER

 

ACT ONE