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INT. BEDROOM - EVE
Gabrielle is lying on her side as Xena gently places a bandage on her wound. Gabrielle slowly opens her eyes when she feels Xenaís lips on her forehead.
I couldnít catch it and protect her too.
I know. You did the right thing.
Then why does it hurt so much?
The arrow went into your back, near
your spine. It was deep; I had to do
some serious cutting to get it out.
Am I gonna be okay?
Sure you are. Just a few days
rest and youíll be fine.
She tries to hold back the tears as she combs her fingers through Gabrielleís hair.
Rest now okay?
Gabrielle makes a soft mewing sound and is really asleep before Xena even finishes the sentence.
Xena stands up and turns to where Adrienne and Sappho are seated at a table in the corner. She looks back at Gabrielle and slowly walks across the room. She stops and leans her hands on the table, glaring at Adrienne.
Now. Did. You. Have. Anything.
To. Do. With. That?
No! Xena, I swear I donít have any idea
who is behind this. I would never hurt
Sappho and I certainly wouldnít hurt Gabrielle.
Sappho takes Xenaís clenched fist and rubs it.
Is she okay?
There may be damage around her spine.
I wonít know for sure until the swelling
goes down, but she may never walk again.
Sappho puts her face in her hands, shaking her head slowly. She looks back to Xena with tears in her eyes.
Iím so sorry.
So am I. And so is whoever did this
to her. Theyíve crossed a line with me.
Is there anything we can do to help?
Oh you better believe it.
EXT. VILLAGE - DAY
Xena, Adrienne and Sappho, still dressed like Gabrielle, are walking through the village and Xena is making a beeline for the magistrateís office. Adrienne takes her by the arm.
Xena, trust me on this one. Danus
is a jackass. If you go in there
looking for trouble, heíll give it to you.
Do I look like someone
who worries about trouble?
No, but let me try something before you
threaten to kill him. Weíve dealt with him
a lot. We know how to handle him. We
want to help you find out who hurt
Gabrielle, but busting his head
isnít going to get us anywhere.
Maybe not, but Iíll feel a lot better.
Adrienne glances at Sappho and completely understands what Xena is saying.
I would too, but please let me try to help
you first. Youíve helped us by keeping
Sappho safe. Itís the least we can
do for the women who saved her life.
Xena nods reluctantly, but steps aside and lets Adrienne go in first.
INT. OFFICE - DAY
Danus is seated at a large table with several of his men. Theyíre playing a card game of some type and thereís a pile of money in the middle.
Now thereís a vision of the
peopleís tax money well spent.
All eyes turn to the trio. Adrienne steps forward, Sappho takes Xena hand and holds onto it. Partly for support, and partly to try and hold her back.
We need to make a report, Danus.
Someone tried to kill Sappho.
Danus drops his cards and gets up from the table.
We were at the construction site with
Xena and Gabrielle and someone
shot her from the top of the wall.
Do you have any idea who it was?
If we did, we wouldnít be here.
Oh, why not?
I would have already killed them.
Xena nods again and stops before she says too much. She looks at the faces of the young men playing cards with Danus. As she appraises them, she notices that theyíre wearing cloaks like the one that she saw disappear over the wall. She tenses and Sappho once again tries to calm her. She takes Xena by the arm and leads her to a corner.
It was one of them. I saw
one of those cloaks....
Not necessarily. Thatís a standard part of the
uniform and a lot of people in the island wear
them anyhow. Xena, if you tip your hand, you
wonít do Gabrielle any good. Letís just get
this done and get back to the house so you
can be with her. Remember, weíve got the
brains, but Danus has the numbers and he
wouldnít hesitate to set every guard
under his command on you.
She smiles at Sappho.
You sound like Gabrielle.
I take that as a great compliment.
Across the room, Adrienne still has Danus engaged in conversation.
Iíll open an investigation immediately.
Iíll bring some men and see what we
can find out. Iíll need to see Sappho too.
You canít. Sheís badly injured
and she needs to rest.
I wonít let you disturb her, at least
not today. Tomorrow perhaps.
All right. Go back there and
wait for us. Weíll be out later.
INT. BEDROOM - DAY
Xena is sitting on the bed wiping down Gabrielleís skin with a cloth. Itís apparent that her condition is not improving at all and has probably even slipped since Xena has seen her last.
Hang in there, sweetheart.
Sappho enters with a young servant woman who is carrying a tray with food and a few other items, which she places on a table next to the bed. She bows politely and leaves.
How is she?
Not good. The wound is infected
and sheís running a fever.
The herbs you asked for are right here.
Thank you. Can you keep running this
over her forehead until I get them mixed?
They trade places and Xena begins mixing the herbs that hopefully will draw the infection from Gabrielleís body.
Xena, do you think thereís still a
chance she wonít walk again?
I think there is a very
good chance of that.
What will you do?
Iím not sure. The one place we could
have gone doesnít exist anymore.
You could stay here if you like.
I said, you could stay here on the island if
you like. Youíd be safe here and Gabrielle
could help teach at the school. Assuming I
ever get it open. Trust me when I tell you
Xena, that this is the first time in my life that
I have had problems here. Itís always been
a beautiful and very peaceful place. I would
understand if you would rather leave the
island though. I think it would be very
difficult for you two to be happy here.
Xena nods as she continues mixing the herbs. She bites her lip for a second before retaking her seat on the bed.
Help me roll her onto her stomach.
Carefully, they roll her over, causing her to groan a little. Xena uncovers the wound, which is now inflamed, and a very angry red.
Sappho tries not to gag.
Hand me that knife.
Sappho hands the requested item from the table next to the bed and Xena places the blade against Gabrielleís skin. Xena brushes her hand through Gabrielleís hair even though sheís sure her partner canít hear her.
Iím sorry, sweetheart.
This is going to hurt.
She proceeds to cut open the wound. Blood and a foul smelling puss pour out of it. Xena is quick to load it up with clean cloth and carefully clean away the infection. Sappho is standing there obviously fighting the desire to be sick as she watches Gabrielleís hands reflex and grasp the sheets, even though she never makes a sound.
Unconscious or not, Iíd
be yelling like crazy.
She knows that she canít. Itís a matter
of survival. If this had happened on the
road, sheíd have to be quiet to
keep anyone from finding us.
Sappho shakes her head in disbelief. Xena just continues dealing with the wound, by packing herbs in it and then replacing the bandage.
Iím sure sheís going to be fine.
But just in case, please
consider my offer.
She glances down to Gabrielle, who is slowly releasing her grip on the linens.
We will. Maybe this is her chance
to be that famous playwright.
Just something from another life.
INT. BEDROOM - DAY
Xena is still sitting with Gabrielle, eating some stew but keeping a careful eye on her sleeping partner when there is a knock on the door.
Adrienne enters. She is carrying a piece of cloth. She crosses to Xena and offers it.
Danus and his men just arrived, but I took
the liberty of doing a little investigating on
my own first. I found this caught on the
branch of the tree that the arrow came from.
Xena takes the cloth.
Looks like our assassin
mussed his wardrobe.
He did more that than. He mussed
himself. Thereís a streak of blood
on the other side of the wall about
the width of, oh say, a hand.
I donít suppose you looked
for the actual hand?
I donít think it was ripped off.
I can always hope.
True, but I suspect that itís badly broken.
From the look of the ground where the
landing took place, it wasnít the most
graceful. Fortunately, I know
someone who fits that description.
Xena is on her feet in a split second.
Danusí son, Demis. Heís great with
a crossbow, but clumsy as a goat.
Why would he do this?
Last year, he asked to study here. Sappho said yes,
and from there everything went down hill. First, he has
no talent. I mean he canít write, play an instrument,
paint, work with clay and donít even let me tell you what
happened when he tried to sing. Second, it became
pretty clear that he had a horrible crush on Sappho.
That was when we had to ask him to leave. Eventually
we even had to go to his father and ask him to step
in. After that we didnít have any more problems.
And now the idea of her opening a
school just pushed him over the edge?
I think itís possible.
We need to find out for sure.
I know, and I have a plan
if youíre willing to hear it.
Xena gestures to Gabrielle.
Look at her. Of course
Iím willing to listen to it.
Adrienne takes a seat at the table and gestures for Xena to join her.
I think this is what we should do.
END OF ACT ONE