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Production #V808 - Episode 08
 


WRITTEN BY
TNovan


DIRECTED BY
Denise Byrd


PRODUCED BY
C
arol Stephens

SCREENGRABS
Judi Mair


ARTWORK
Lucia


EPISODE TITLE GRAPHIC
Linda (Calli)


 

TEASER

 

FADE IN:

 

EXT. ROAD - EVENING

 

XENA is holding ARGO IIís front left foot. Sheís using a small knife to pick dirt and stones from the horseís hoof.

 

GABRIELLE is holding her bridle, stroking her face and soothing her while Xena continues to work.

 

GABRIELLE

(to Argo)

Itís okay girl.

Weíll get you all fixed up.

(to Xena)

Whatís the verdict?

 

XENA

The shoe is shot. We need

to find a blacksmith. I canít fix

this mess myself, at least not out

here. She needs to have a new

one forged or her hoof will split.

 

 

Gabrielle looks around at the forest before them. Itís dark, thick and the tall trees seem to loom over them, as if theyíre watching every move Xena and Gabrielle make. The sky is dark with heavy clouds swirling in the distance and blue flashes of lightening striking behind the trees.

 

GABRIELLE

(to herself)

It was a dark and

stormy night....

 

XENA

What?

 

GABRIELLE

Nothing. Just talking to myself.

So where do you think weíre

going to find a smith?

 

XENA

Well, if we stay on the main road,

we can be in Sikyon in three days.

If we do that, we risk Argo

going seriously lame.

 

GABRIELLE

Options?

 

XENA

If we cut through the forest

we can be in Phileious

in half that time, but....

 

GABRIELLE

(to Argo)

Thereís always a Ďbutí.

 

Argo whinnies and nods her head in agreement.

 

XENA

But we have to get around the

base of the Kyllene mountain range.

 

GABRIELLE

You mean the supposedly

Ďcursedí Kyllene mountain range?

 

XENA

Thatís the one.

 

 

GABRIELLE

Oh goody.

 

Xena chuckles at Gabrielleís lack of enthusiasm and tucks her knife away before taking Argoís reins.

 

XENA

Sorry sweetheart, but we

really donít have any choice.

 

GABRIELLE

I know.

 

Gabrielle takes Xenaís hand as they start walking from the road toward the forest.

 

GABRIELLE

(contíd)

So what are we having for dinner?

 

XENA

Whatever we can scare up.

 

GABRIELLE

Oh, ha, ha.

 

CUT TO:

 

EXT. CAMP - NIGHT

 

There is a lovely fire going. Xena is fixing a piece of tack and Gabrielle is scribbling something on a scroll. The remnant of a roast rabbit is still on the spit. The bedrolls are placed under a tarp to ward off the rain that is threatening to fall. Gabrielle isnít writing; sheís drawing.  After placing a finishing touch on her artwork she looks up to Xena.

 

GABRIELLE

Okay, try it now.

 

Xena just sighs and her shoulders slump slightly, then she smiles and straightens. She takes a deep breath carefully, almost as if she is studying Gabrielle who is diligently hiding the drawing. Xena closes her eyes and concentrates.  Her head tilts just slightly as her eyebrows slowly rise.

 

XENA

A bunny.

 

Gabrielle only sighs as she turns the parchment around and shows Xena the drawing of the bow and arrow she has just completed.

 

GABRIELLE

Does this look like a bunny?

 

XENA

Obviously not. Iím sorry, Gabrielle.

Mind reading isnít necessarily

one of my many skills.

 

GABRIELLE

Then how do you explain that we

seem to know what the other is

thinking or doing? Whatís driving

me really nuts is that sometimes it

works and sometimes it doesnít.

Iíd like a little consistency here.

Thatís why Iím testing this theory.

 

 

Xena places the bit she was working on in her saddlebag, then stands and stretches.

 

XENA

It is consistent in the fact that

sometimes it works, and

sometimes it doesnít.

 

GABRIELLE

I knew you were

going to say that.

 

XENA

(chuckling)

See?

 

Gabrielle rolls her eyes and puts the parchment away as they get ready for bed. Xena is careful to make sure the tarp is secure on three sides to protect them from any storm that may blow in. Gabrielle joins her and begins unlacing her boots.

 

GABRIELLE

The legend says the mountains are

cursed, but the forest is pretty

creepy too. Have you noticed

there are no animal noises?

 

XENA

Yeah, I noticed. I actually caught our

dinner at the edge of the woods.

I didnít see any sign of any game

at all in the cover of the trees.

No droppings, nothing.

 

GABRIELLE

I think itís just the thickness of the

trees that keeps light and wind  from

traveling in here that makes it so creepy.

 

Xena lies back on the bedroll.

 

XENA

No itís not.

 

 

Gabrielle turns and crawls up next to her and lays her head on Xenaís shoulder.

 

GABRIELLE

Enlighten me.

 

XENA

Itís the ghosts and monsters.

 

GABRIELLE

Oh, youíre funny.

 

XENA

Thanks, I try.

 

GABRIELLE

You get to sleep with

one eye open tonight.

 

XENA

Donít I always?

 

Gabrielle snuggles closer and Xena pulls a heavy cover over them. Lifting her head to look at the fire, sheís satisfied that it will burn through the night.  She lays back and holds Gabrielle closer.

 

XENA

(contíd)

Goodnight, Gabrielle.

Donít let the bacchae bite.

 

FADE TO:

 

EXT. CAMP - MORNING

 

Xena stretches and the very first thing she notices is that Gabrielle is gone. She is up immediately, also noticing that all of her partnerís belongings are gone too. She is immediately on her feet.

 

XENA

GABRIELLE!

 

Moving around their campsite, Xena also finds that Argo is gone, but her tack is still piled next to the shelter they had been sleeping in.

 

XENA

(contíd)

GABRIELLE!

 

 

When silence once again meets her yell, she quickly begins gathering her gear.  Then she starts looking for any signs of her partner or her horse.

 

FADE OUT.

 

END OF TEASER

 

ACT ONE