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EXT. TOWN - DAY
Xena and Adrienne are watching as Aubin is marched in chains from the magistrateís office to a waiting ship. Many of the people line the route, shouting and yelling angry comments as he passes by.
As he is led to the waiting ship he makes eyes contact with Xena. There is a brief pause in the walk and Xena steps forward.
I believe in justice and you had
better pray that they keep you
locked up for the rest of your life.
They guards pull Aubin away, taking him up the gangplank. Danus stops in front of Xena.
I feel like I owe you an apology.
If I had listened to my son, this
might not have happened.
Gabrielle and I knew the risks.
The mainland court had better
do the right thing though.
They will. Iím going with him. Iím going
to present the case. I wonít let him
get away with it. He will be punished.
When you get back, come out to the
house and let us know what happened.
INT. GREAT ROOM - EVENING
There is a huge party in progress. Adrienne and Sappho are mixing and being charming hosts to dozens of guests. They look very happy together. Smiling and winking at each other from across the room, itís apparent that they are working through any problems they may have had.
The doors open and Xena pushes Gabrielleís chair into the room. As the doors close, Sappho and Adrienne rush over to them and the foursome exchange hugs.
Ladies and gentlemen, may I
have your attention please?
All voices stop and all eyes turn to the door.
I would like to introduce my dear friends and
our honored guests, Xena and Gabrielle.
Without their help, the school would not be
opening and the feeling of safety and
security that weíve always known here
would have been lost forever.
The room erupts in applause and they both look slightly embarrassed but take the accolades well. Adrienne gestures for the crowd to quiet.
As you know, Sapphoís Academy for the
study of fine arts is going to become a
realization and it is only because of these
two people that it is very possible. First
weíd like to unveil the model of what the
completed building will look like.
She nods and two servants pull a sheet from a large table in the center of the room where a model of a large series of building is revealed to the crowd to much ooohing and ahhing.
And Iíd like to take the time
to make the formal dedication
of one section of the building.
She steps back into the room. Adrienne and Xena gently lift Gabrielleís chair down the steps and then push it to the table.
I knew when I met them that these
were two very special women.
She lays her hand on Gabrielleís shoulder.
Especially this one,
sheís so good looking.
The room erupts in laughter. Giving it a moment, Sappho moves to the table and retrieves a scroll from under the table.
What I really didnít know about
Gabrielle was how incredibly
talented she is as a bard.
Gabrielle looks to Xena who tries to look innocent, but canít quite manage it. She looks away, trying to smother a guilty grin.
With Xenaís help, we have convinced
Gabrielle to write a new scroll for us
so that we can archive it in the
library that will bear her name.
Gabrielle looks properly embarrassed as the audience applauds once again. Xena gives her shoulders a loving rub.
You knew about this.
Of course I did.
And now maybe we could ask our
eminent guest if she would give us a
live performance of one of her stories.
I... I... donít....
Xena steps forward.
Actually, if it is all right, I would like
to try and be the storyteller tonight.
With the approval of the crowd, Xena steps up on a small stage and turns directly to Gabrielle. The room is quiet as the first words are heard.
I sing a song of Gabrielle, the
fearless young girl who followed
her heart and then stole mine....
INT BEDROOM - NIGHT
Xena lifts Gabrielle from her chair and sits her on the bed, then kneels to help her take off her boots.
That was very sneaky. I canít
believe you managed to
keep that secret from me.
Gabrielle, you donít do the things
I have done in my life without being
able to keep a secret. Besides I just
kept you focused on getting better.
Xena tosses Gabrielleís boots away and takes her feet gently into her hands.
She looks down and concentrates as she wills her feet to move in Xenaís hands. After a moment there is movement in her right foot and a huge smile breaks out across her face.
Did you see that?!
Yes, I did. Try again.
Once again she does, and there is movement in her left foot, causing her foot to lift a bit from Xenaís hand.
I think this is wonderful. Gabrielle, this
is a very good sign. We should really
start working as much as you can stand.
Absolutely. I love it here Xena and I could
be very happy here, but this just isnít us. If I
can get back on my feet and you think Iíll still
be as good as before, then I want to leave.
EXT. GARDEN - DAY
Two parallel bars have been constructed and Xena places Gabrielleís chair at the end of them.
This is the big day. You ready?
You bet. Weíve worked
hard to get me here.
Youíve done all the hard stuff.
Iím just the cheering section.
Gabrielle grasps the bars and pulls herself up. There is a brief look of pain then she grips the bars and forces her left leg forward, taking her first step on her own in months.
Thatís my girl. Come on,
Gabrielle you can do it.
One of my earliest lessons
coming back to haunt me.
Start on the left foot.
She takes another three or four steps and pauses, gasping for air.
Do you want to stop?
No. I want you to go down there and
be ready to catch me, because Iím
going to fall flat on my face if you donít.
Xena chuckles and moves to the end of the bars.
What do I get if I get down there?
How about a kiss?
You can do better than that.
She grunts as she takes another two steps then pauses to catch her breath.
I know you can.
How about a kiss, a soak in
a hot tub and a massage?
Now youíre talking.
EXT. GARDEN - DAY
Gabrielle is on her feet. She and Xena are sparring, very slowly, with exaggerated slowness. Xena is making Gabrielle turn from side to side to block her blows. After one movement Gabrielle was not expecting she stops and bends over, dropping her staff.
Ah that stings!
She drops to the ground and rubs the small of her back. Xena joins her and helps her lay face down in the grass so she can rub her back.
Just breath slow and
easy. Iíve got ya.
She rubs Gabrielleís back and tries to make the obvious pain her partner is in disappear.
Iím walking, but I still canít fight!
Give it time. Youíre healing.
You know these things
donít happen overnight.
They do for you. Iím not sure Iíll
ever be able to fight again. Every
time I have to extend my reach it
pulls and stings all the way to my toes.
Xena can hear the defeat in her voice and carefully pulls her into her arms, cradling her close.
Itís okay. Just relax. We did
a lot of work today. Your
muscles are just tired.
My everything is tired.
She sniffs and clings to Xena
Xena can tell now is the time to be sympathetic and not the cheering section. She just holds Gabrielle close as she watches the sun set over the ocean.
EXT. GARDEN - DAY
Xena is seated on the ground in front of Gabrielle and Gabrielle has her feet planted in the middle of Xenaís back
I donít want to hurt you.
Youíre not going to hurt me. Push.
Gabrielle lays back and pushes against Xenaís back. Xena leans back pushing against Gabrielleís feet.
This will strengthen your muscles
and help loosen them up.
Thatís what you said about the
last five weird exercises we did.
And three days ago you could only
do three of those weird exercises.
Are you seeing a pattern here? Youíre
getting stronger everyday. I think itís
safe to say youíre going to be fine.
Yeah, well, Iíll be happy when I can
get my leg over my head again.
This comment causes Xena to burst out laughing, which causes them both to lose the position. She rolls onto her stomach and crawls over Gabrielle, looking down at her with a mischievous smile.
So will I.
Gabrielle just rolls her eyes and shakes her head.
Now you complain?
EXT. GARDEN - DAY
Gabrielle has her sais in hand and is throwing them with a great deal of force at two targets at the other end of the garden. When the second sai lands dead on, she takes a step toward the target. She still has a slight limp, but itís clear her recovery is nearly complete and given time she will heal without any trace of her injury.
When she turns, she sees Sappho standing back at her throwing line. She puts her sais away and joins her friend.
I guess this means that you
and Xena will be leaving soon.
In a couple weeks, I think.
Iíll be sorry to see you go.
Oh yeah, Iíve been a real joy.
Cranky, grumpy, and hard
to get along with.
Courageous, determined. A
pleasure to be around considering
your circumstances. You are
a very inspiring person.
You give me too much credit.
No, Iíve read those scrolls of yours that weíve
managed to round up. You have inspired a
certain tall, dark, warrior type to things she
never considered possible. People think Iím
a talented person Gabrielle, but to be honest
Iím in awe of you. I write because I dream
about doing the things that you do. You
do the things that you write about.
Thank you. Part of me was looking forward to
being here and maybe teaching with you at the
school. At the time it seemed like the perfect
answer and I very well could have just given up
and I know we would have stayed here. But I
also know in my heart of hearts that Xena
wouldnít have been truly happy here. She
inspired me to work hard to get better.
Thatís the beauty of your relationship.
You seem to bring out the best in the other.
We do. Just like you and Adrienne do.
I know, but I didnít realize that was true until I
started reading some of your stories. It occurred
to me that if you and Xena could survive all that
youíve been through and still be so bound together,
then Adrienne and I should be able to work past
the things weíve been through. They are so very
minor in comparison. And weíre really trying. Weíve
actually set aside time every night, just for us.
Iím glad. She loves you very much.
She only wants to make you
happy and keep you safe.
I know, almost as much as
I love her stubborn soul.
Gabrielle laughs and shakes her head.
We must just attract them.
Very lucky us.
INT. DINING ROOM - EVE
The four are having dinner together, laughing and enjoying the company.
The ship will take you to the
Mainland tomorrow if youíre
sure you want to leave.
Itís not that we want to leave....
Itís just what we do.
Somehow I knew you
were going to say that.
Xena gestures to Sappho.
So are you going to
leave it short?
Yeah I think so. Leaves
more room for nuzzling.
Gabrielle looks to Xena, who smirks.
I should have known it wasnít just
because, ĎItíll be easier to take
care of, Gabrielleí. After all these
years, how naive can I be?
Xena leans over and nuzzles her neck.
Just the right amount, thanks.
EXT. SHIPíS DECK - DAY
Xena is standing behind Gabrielle with her arms wrapped around her as they watch the island fade into the distance.
We come for a week
and end up....
Weíve spent less time
in worse places.
No kidding. I remember a day
in Rome that went on for a week.
Your pick. Howís your back?
Stiff, but other than that, itís fine.
We could have stayed there you know.
Nah, I donít think so. There must be
someplace in the world youíve never
been. We should go check it out.
Xena laughs and tightens her arms around Gabrielle.
Gabrielle has recovered just fine, but she plans on
using this to get sympathy for some time to come.
COMING NEXT WEEK ON XENA