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#V802 - Episode 02
EXT. COZY LAKESIDE CAMPSITE - NIGHT
Xena and Gabrielle sit on their bedroll. Their campsite is arranged around them, neat and tidy. A lake nearby reflects the sunset. A pot of something is bubbling on the fire. Argo stands off to one side, nibbling on grass. Everything looks inviting and as comfortable as an outdoor bedroom could possibly look.
However, Xena is sharpening her sword in a decidedly aggravated manner.
Son of a Bacchae.
Gabrielle gives the pot a stir. She looks over her shoulder at Xena with an amused expression.
C'mon, Xena, lighten up.
Xena glares at her.
Lighten up? Gabrielle, do you realize
Gabrielle gives the pot another stir, pulling the spoon out and tasting her creation. She licks her lips in approval.
Sure I realize.
It means he wants something.
Other than you, that is.
Xena rolls her eyes.
Don't start. I don't think
that's it this time.
Gabrielle rolls HER eyes.
Xena, get real. It's always that.
Maybe it's something PLUS
that, but it's never NOT that.
Xena shoves her sword into its scabbard and tosses it to one side.
I almost had it back.
Son of a Bacchae!!!
Gabrielle shakes her head, and gets up onto her knees, crawling over to where Xena is sitting.
Lie down. Let's see if a backrub
will get you to quit being so grumpy.
Xena looks at Gabrielle in some outrage.
I am not grumpy!
Gabrielle crossed her arms over her chest.
So you don't want a backrub?
I didn't say that.
Gabrielle points at the bedroll. Reluctantly, Xena lies down on her stomach and rests her chin on her forearm as Gabrielle straddles her and begins to give her a massage.
EXT. DUSTY ROAD - DAY
Xena and Gabrielle walk along the road, with Argo walking behind them. Xena kicks rocks ahead of her as she walks in some kind of mysterious pattern.
Gabrielle watches Xena, her lips moving as she tries to figure out what rhythm Xena is using.
Maybe it's not me this time.
Oh. Ares. Right.
Why would he want it?
Xena continues kicking rocks.
Maybe he wants it back.
He's the one who gave it to me
to start with. He said it was a
weapon that suited my nature.
Xena, even if he wanted to claim
it back after all this time - that's
not the chakram he gave you.
Xena looks thoughtful.
It's grown as much as you have.
Xena turns and looks at Gabrielle.
As we both have.
Yeah, good point. Maybe he'll get
more than he's bargained for.
He'll probably be back here throwing
it back at you any time now.
Gabrielle links her arm with Xena's, and they head off down the road.
INT. ARES' TEMPLE - DAY
The interior of this stone building is in shambles. Parts of the wall itself are missing, and sun pours in holes in the roof. The altar is cracked, and lying in pieces, and the imposing statuary lies in tiny shards of marble on the floor. Ares strolls in, dressed in his customary leather and chain metal number. He stops in the middle of the floor and turns around slowly, examining the destruction.
Walking to the altar, he picks up a birds nest from one of the cracks and turns it over, dumping the eggs into his hand. One by one, he releases the eggs, to crack into smithereens on the floor.
He dusts his hands off and puts them on his hips. As he turns, the sun glints off the chakram hanging from his belt - eerily in the same spot Xena usually carries it.
First things first.
Ares pulls a leather glove from his belt and puts it on his hand, then he takes the chakram up in his fist, and holds it up in front of him. It reflects the sun into his eyes, and he laughs.
You've been spending too much
time around her. I need to
get you back to basics.
END OF TEASER