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#V813 - Episode 13
EXT. MEADOW - SUNRISE
It is a beautiful mountain meadow with a profusion of flowers of every color of the rainbow, their heads bobbing in the gentle, spring breeze. The air is filled with birdsong and the fresh scent of growing things.
Gabrielle stands atop a very gentle hill, watching the sun as it comes into view in all its radiant splendor.
Xena sits cross-legged in the center of the meadow, her hands resting palms up loosely on her thighs. Her eyes are closed, and she appears not even to be breathing so deep is her meditative trance. By her side is a small bow and a quiver of expertly made arrows.
In various places around the large meadow... tied around the thick stalk of a tall flower, in the high branches of the meadow’s lone tree, pinned under a rock... are fluttering scraps of brightly colored fabric.
Once the sun has fully cleared the horizon, Gabrielle smiles and turns, looking down at her statue-like partner. Her smile brightens and warms as she heads back down the tiny rise.
Hearing Gabrielle approach, Xena also smiles, though her eyes remain closed and her body still.
When you are.
Close your eyes.
Opening her eyes, Gabrielle spins to face the first piece of bright fabric. Before she can even fully focus on it, it is pierced by an arrow. Quickly, she turns her attention to the second. It, too is pierced barely a split-second after she’s noticed it.
And so it goes as target after target is struck by Xena’s arrows the moment Gabrielle gets it into her sight.
Finally, smirking slightly, Xena relaxes her stance. Her eyes are still closed. The meadow rings with Gabrielle’s delighted laughter.
That’s amazing!! It’s like you really
were looking through my
Xena opens her eyes and smiles fondly at the excited Gabrielle.
Clapping her hands excitedly, Gabrielle closes the final distance between them, throws her arms around her taller partner and squeezes tightly.
Xena takes Gabrielle’s hands in her own.
Both women lower themselves to the ground. Xena goes back to her cross-legged position while Gabrielle assumes her more familiar Lotus position.
Xena lifts Gabrielle’s hands toward her neck. Gabrielle stiffens.
Xena’s eyes soften in understanding. Releasing Gabrielle’s hands, she removes her gauntlets, then takes up her partner’s hands again.
Right over my pulsepoint.
on my heartbeat. Let it center you. Feel
yourself relax. Focus on nothing else but
the beat of my heart under your fingers....
You’re not focusing, Gabrielle.
One green eye is revealed.
I know how to meditate, Xena. Besides,
not that I’m not enjoying this because I
am, but why are we doing it this way?
You didn’t focus on my heartbeat.
Xena smiles and answers with great sincerity.
I’ve had the rhythm of your heart
memorized for years, my love.
A crooked, almost shy grin springs to Gabrielle’s lips that is to Xena more beautiful than the sunrise.
Ready to try again?
Gabrielle nods and closes her eyes.
Just relax and breathe. Relax and breathe.
Focus on my heartbeat and nothing more.
Relax and breathe. Relax and breathe.
Xena’s voice gradually falls off and the two sit in mutual meditative silence for several long moments.
Gabrielle finally opens her eyes. They widen. Gabrielle gasps.
(eyes still closed)
We... we seem to have a problem here.
END OF TEASER