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#V913 - Episode 13
Until one day....
EXT. TOWN WELL - EVENING
Looking a bit disheveled, Gabrielle is standing before the town well. It is an old, crumbling affair that looks very close to breathing its last. Next to her is a puppy, two kittens, four fuzzy bunny rabbits, and a rag doll. Across from her stands a blonde little boy with a cowlick, freckles, and a very mischievous expression on his face. His mother stands next to him, wringing her hands.
I’m so sorry about this, Miss! I told
my husband not to take little Denisus
here to the Trevi Fountain, but did
he listen? Nooo. Now the little
scamp throws anything he can
get his hands on down there.
She turns to face the child.
But today, young man, today
you’ve gone just too far.
The boy turns very large, very green eyes to his mother.
I’m sowwy, Mama.
A sound suspiciously like a cough emerges from the mouth of the well. Gabrielle leans over, dislodging several rocks as she does so. The rocks go plunging down the hole.
Son of a bacchae!
Xena! Are you okay?!
She leans further. More rocks fall.
Just then, a bouncing, giggling baby boy, dressed in a tattered, mud-splattered blanket is thrust out of the well. Gabrielle grabs him and hands him to his mother. He continues to giggle.
little baby boy! Oh, thank
the gods you’re safe!
Then to Denisus.
Don’t you ever, ever, ever, ever,
EVER throw your baby brother
down the well again, do you
hear me, young man?
I pwomise, Mama.
The little cherub has his fingers firmly crossed behind his back.
Two dirt-blackened hands appear on the lip of the well, dislodging yet more rocks. Xena’s head slowly appears. She looks rather the worse for wear. Her hair and face are liberally splattered with mud and other unidentifiable gunk, and her eyes are blazing.
Gabrielle steps forward to assist her in liberating herself from the well. Xena shoots her a look. Gabrielle steps prudently back.
With many a muttered curse, Xena painfully extricates her body from the well. Just as both feet are firmly on the ground, the last of the rocks crumble inward and fall to the bottom, raising a giant cloud of dust and mud.
Oh, thank you, Miss! Thank
both of you! I don’t know
what we would have done if
you hadn’t been here! I just....
As the mother continues to babble on, Denisus uses the dust screen to sneak back toward the well, something large, shiny, and round in his hand.
The chakram drops to the ground and Denisus runs home, wailing.
... I just don’t know how to
repay you for what you’ve
done! We’re very poor and
don’t have any money, but....
That’s alright, Ma’am. We’re
just glad we could help. Really.
Smiling, she reaches into the waistband of her skirt and pulls out a very small sack.
I know this isn’t much, I mean,
for everything you’ve done for us,
but please, take them. They were
just picked this morning. They’d
be wonderful in a soup or stew!
Gabrielle looks over to Xena, then quickly back. She’ll get no help from that quarter. Finally, she sighs and takes the sack, smiling her thanks. The mother smiles back and turns toward her home. The puppy, kittens, and bunnies follow her.
Gabrielle again looks at Xena, who is busy picking things out of her hair.
I… uh… guess we
should be going now?
All righty then!
EXT. CAMPSITE - NIGHT
Freshly bathed and clad in a clean linen shift, Xena sits on a log, wiping down her chakram. Gabrielle kneels before the fire, stirring a thick, fragrant stew. Remembering the sack the woman gave her, she opens it and shakes out its contents.
Three large, bean-shaped objects rest in her palm.
Could you come over
here for a minute, please?
Rising to her feet, Xena crosses the camp to stand beside Gabrielle.
Are they supposed to be…
glowing like that?
Narrowing her eyes, Xena looks closer, then sniffs. She jerks her head back quickly, lips curled in disgust.
I... I think they’re moving.
Toss ‘em away.
Without another thought, she tosses the beans over her shoulder. They land with a clatter in the forest beyond. With a little shrug, Gabrielle goes back to stirring her stew.
EXT. CAMPSITE - MORNING
Close-up on Gabrielle who is snuggled beneath the furs. She squirms a bit, then giggles.
More squirming. More giggling.
Xena! You know, you
could just ask if you wanted to....
Her eyes pop open, then widen.
A very large, very green, very living… thing has taken up residence no more than three inches from her nose.
She rolls back into Xena. Both jump to their feet quickly, fully armed to battle the giant beanstalk that has sprouted in their campsite. Both women look slowly up until their necks are craned to their furthest point.
Xena and Gabrielle look at one another.
END OF TEASER