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Production #V716 - Episode 16
EXT. MEADOW - MORNING
Xena and Gabrielle are mounted on horses, riding slowly through the field that once had Amazon huts standing on it. Now all that is left is burned out shells. The ground is torn to shreds, and it looks as if the entire area has been scorched. Xena is dressed in her normal leathers and armor. Gabrielle is now wearing Amazon leathers and her rank of Queen. Except for the destruction around them, it is otherwise a beautiful day, but both Xena and Gabrielle have very preoccupied looks on their faces. Gabrielle appears to be deep in thought, and Xena is scanning every possible place for trouble.
I’m not wild about you
being out here like this,
Xena, I have to see what
has happened in
You know the best way to
You know what the biggest problem is?
The fact that they’re so damn stubborn?
Yeah, that would be it. We
both know that the only option
rats on a sinking ship with no way out and not
enough enforcements to defend it properly.
I know. Some of them understand that.
Then there are the others....
Who are vocal and hate me.
They do not hate you.
Wake up and smell the goats milk, Gabrielle. The
ones who refuse to give up the land hate me. Haven’t
you noticed that every time I say something or make a
suggestion, they have to look to you for confirmation?
I’m their Queen.
That has nothing to do with it. These are the Amazons
who don’t remember Ephiny or the promises I made
to her. They have no desire to give up this land, and
they have no desire to listen to anything I say.
Yes, but some of the older members of the tribe are
ready to follow us anywhere. They understand the
situation we’re in here. They may be able to sway
some of the more troublesome women.
And then again, maybe not. You know how
headstrong young Amazon warriors can be.
Then we’ll have to do our best to convince them.
And if we can’t?
Then we’ll figure out plan Beta.
I think we’d be safer if we came up with Alpha, Beta,
Gamma, and Delta before we make another move.
You’re such an optimist.
That’s me... always looking for the bright side of things.
I certainly hope that there is a bright side this
time, Xena. The rate that we’re losing land here
means we have to convince them and fast.
I know. They’ve had these lands for generations.
It’s hard for them to think about giving it up. This is
where mothers have raised daughters since they
can remember. This land holds their identity. They
feel like if they give it up they’re giving up their
personality. They’ll be giving up the one thing
that makes them Amazons. But look at this.
Xena gestures to the destruction around them.
It’s going to get worse before it gets better.
Not to mention the fact that game is so scarce
around here I actually had to look for some last
night. You saw that pitiful deer I brought back.
I know. It’s ridiculous. It doesn’t matter where they
live as long as they have their families close to them.
We’ll make them understand that.
It won’t be easy, but we’ll do it.
Gabrielle moves her horse closer to Xena, then reaches out and takes her hand. She lifts it and kisses it gently.
There are so many reasons I already love you.
Do you just have to keep adding to the list?
You betcha. I intend to keep you around for a long
time, so I have to keep giving you reasons to stay.
I only need one reason and I already
have that. You’re my home.
They smile and continue riding through the meadow, still holding hands.
END OF TEASER