XENA: WARRIOR PRINCESS
"Death and Temptation"
EXT. WOODS- NIGHT
Xena is looking down at Gabrielle. Her face is full of remorse as she views the tear streaks that glisten on the slumbering bards cheeks. She kneels down and tries to touch Gabrielles face, but her hand goes right through. She sighs.
Gabrielle, Im so sorry it ended this way. I know youre
hurting my friend and if there was anything I could do to
spare you this pain I would.
Xena pauses a moment as though she senses something, then stands and turns around quickly. She sees Michael the Archangel standing there. She frowns menacingly.
What do you want Michael?
I see being dead hasnt improved your disposition any.
Good to see you too, Xena.
Michael walks around Xena so he can better see Gabrielle. The woman twitches a little
in her sleep as though she is having a nightmare.
You didnt answer my question.
She moves protectively between the Archangel and Gabrielle
Well, you see Xena. Each night since your death, Gabrielle
has prayed to be reunited with you. My god is deciding
whether to grant her prayers or not.
Xena looks concerned and takes a step towards Michael.
Gabrielle is going to die?
Michael shakes his head and smiles at Gabrielles sleeping form.
No. Shes too great a force for good to take her away from the
living right now.
So if Gabrielle isnt going to be joining me in death, that would
That you would be brought back to the living. Yes. Its an
option we are considering. But the decision will be based
on you Xena.
Me? What do I have to do with this? And what about the
40,000 souls from Higuchi?
Michael walks past Xena and stands right next to Gabrielle.
We will cross that bridge if and when we decide upon a
course of action that requires it. But first, I need to see if
youre willing to do something for us. We dont have
Hold on a second. Youre saying your god is thinking
of answering Gabrielles prayer to bring us back together,
but in order for him to do so, you need something from me?
Yes. And the problem is, Gabrielles prayers have become more
urgent in recent days and were worried someone else may try to tempt
her into a deal of some sort.
Who would that be?
Michael looks at Xena, his face shows concern and disdain
Lucifer. Hes still looking for a way to get revenge on you for
sending him to hell.
Xenas focus goes from Michael to Gabrielles face.
What do you need me to do?
END OF TEASER
EXT. COUNTRY ROAD-DAY
Gabrielle is traveling atop Argo Jr. she pats the horses neck affectionately.
Did you know your mom hated me? Okay, maybe not hate,
but we certainly didnt get along those first few years. I remember
the first time I rode her, she wouldnt listen to a thing I said
Gabrielles reminiscing is interrupted when a young girl who looks about 12 runs up to her. The girl is out of breath from running and appears frightened.
Please, help my family! Theyre going to kill them.
Gabrielle dismounts from the horse and bends to the girls height.
Slow down. Whats wrong?
Raiders, theyre attacking my parents. You have to help them.
Gabrielle climbs back into the saddle.
Okay. Stay here, and hide if anyone comes. Ill be back to get you.
Gabrielle nudges the horse and gallops away down the road.
EXT. OUTSIDE HOUSE-DAY
Gabrielle rides up to the small house and sees three men loading up their horses. They see her and stop, drawing their weapons. Gabrielle removes the chakram from her belt and wings it. The weapon strikes the mens swords and disarms them before ricocheting back to her. She catches the chakram. The men look at Gabrielle and then at 2 bodies that lay nearby, and decide they have what they came for so they flee on horeseback.
Gabrielle gets down from Argo Jr. and hurries over to the two bodies lying on the ground. One is male the other female. There is blood. Gabrielle bends and checks them, but there is nothing she can do for them, they are already dead. She walks over to Argo Jr. and removes a blanket from her bag and covers the couple with it.
Gabrielle turns and sees the girl running towards her parents bodies. She stops the girl and holds her.
Theyre gone. Theres nothing you could have done.
No. They cant be dead. I should have run faster, then
you could have saved them.
Gabrielle kneels and hugs the girl, trying to comfort her as she cries. Gabrielle strokes the girls hair in an attempt to sooth her.
Whats your name?
Thats a very pretty name. Im Gabrielle. <pauses a moment>
Aleni, is there anyone around here that can take care of you?
Aleni releases Gabrielle and dries her face with her sleeve. She glances past the bard at the two lumps under the blanket.
No, not close by. I do have an aunt and uncle in a village
about 2 days from here though. Maybe you can take me
Aleni looks pleadingly at Gabrielle.
Gabrielle finally nods in agreement.
Okay. Why dont you go inside and pack some things and Ill take care of some stuff out here. She removes a shovel from a saddle bag in order to dig graves for Alenis parents.
Aleni smiles and almost skips into the house. Gabrielle looks puzzled by the girls sudden shift in behavior.
In the shadows, Lucifer is sitting on his throne. The area is poorly lit by a few torches and pits of fire. Cries of pain and anguish can be heard from a distance. A man is standing before Lucifer, we see the mans back. He is dressed in a Roman battle uniform.
Is everything going as planned, Brutus?
Go to Brutus face.
Yes. Its as you said. Gabrielle has promised to take
the child to her family.
Lucifer laughs deeply.
Very good. Xena might have escaped me, but I think
itll be a sweeter revenge to trap her soul mate
down here to suffer for eternity.
Brutus smiles as he nods his agreement.
I cant think of anything Id rather see, my Lord.
Make sure you keep an eye out for Michael and his do
gooders, they may try to interfere with our plans.
I will. They wont stop us. Gabrielle and Xena cannot be
allowed back together.
INT. HEAVEN- DAY
Xena stands with Michael and a few other Archangels. Xena is in a defensive posture, her face angry.
You want me to go up against Ares and kill him?
Yes. Its the only way, Xena. Ares is causing too much
hatred and death on Earth, he needs to be stopped.
Xena paces around the Archangels.
Okay. Then why dont you take him out yourselves?
Raphael steps forward.
We cant. Thats why we need your help. A mortal must be
the one to kill him.
Xena stops pacing and stares down the angel.
And there lies the problem. I am a mortal, or at least I would
be if you brought me back, and Ares is a god Exactly how do
you expect me to kill him?
We would be willing to return to you the power to kill gods,
temporarily of course, if you agree.
So, if I agree to this plan. Youll give me back the power to
kill gods. I kill Ares and then what?
Then you can go back to your life with Gabrielle.
Xena pauses in thought.
And the souls from Higuchi?
They will be taken care of. You have my word.
Xena turns on Michael angrily.
Your word? You tried to kill my daughter, Eve, and then me.
Do you really expect me to just take your word for this?
Michael is losing patience. He sighs.
Xena, the choice is yours. Either do what we have asked or dont.
I should warn you, however, that Gabrielles soul may be dependant
on that choice. The other side doesnt always play fair, and Gabrielles emotional state is pretty unstable right now. Shes desperate to get you back.
Xena sets her jaw. She knows Michael is right, but she hates being forced into helping him.
Okay. Ill do it.
END OF ACT I
It is dark except for the campfire Gabrielle and Aleni are sitting next to.
Aleni looks up at Gabrielle, her face lit by the light of the fire.
Have you ever lost anyone you loved?
Yes. I have.
Have you thought about what youd do to get that person back?
Gabrielle frowns, not quite sure what the girl is asking her.
What do you mean?
Aleni scuffs her feet in the dirt a little. She appears nervous.
Umm. I dont know. Like would you cut off one of your fingers if it
would bring them back?
This wasnt something Gabrielle was expecting and the conversation unnerves her a little. Aleni looks at her waiting for an answer.
Yes. I would cut off a finger if I could get Xena back.
Aleni appears to muse this over for a moment.
Would you kill yourself if it meant you and Xena could be
Gabrielle has had enough of this morbid conversation.
Its late, Aleni, and we need to get up early
tomorrow. We should get some sleep.
Okay, Gabrielle. Good night.
Aleni curls up on her sleeping fur. Gabrielle remains in a seated position. She appears deep in thought as she stares into the fire.
Michael and Xena are standing together on the sand filled path. Neither appears especially comfortable being there.
Ares is building an army just South of here. Hes planning
to conquer the whole area. Im sure hed be more than
happy to have you back on his side.
Oh yeah, itll be just like old times. (takes a threatening
step towards the Archangel) Now youd better look after Gabrielle,
cause if anything happens to her, nothing will stop me from
destroying you, Michael.
Michael tries not to react to Xenas threat, but it is evident hes worried.
Dont worry about Gabrielle, Xena. Well see shes safe.
And as soon as you finish this task youll be able to take
care of her yourself. I think you might want this.
He hands Xena her "old" chakram.
The Archangel disappears leaving Xena alone. The warrior princess hooks the chakram to her belt and begins walking towards the camp. She stops. Ares materializes before her. The man looks Xena up and down.
I heard you were dead.
Yeah, well things change.
So I see. So why are you here, Xena? Planning on stopping
Xena steps closer to Ares and runs a finger down his bared chest.
Actually I thought I might join in on the activities.
Been a while since I had a good, bloody battle.
Ares looks at her skeptically, but is enjoying her attentions.
And what about Gabrielle? You know, the irritating blond
who convinced you to take the path of right and justice.
Xena smiles wickedly at Ares and raises an eyebrow
Well, like I said, things change. I see now that I cant deny
the darkness in me. Its just too much fun to give into it .
So here I am. Do you want my help or not?
Ares appears to consider this a moment before a broad grin appears on his face.
Welcome back, Xena.
END OF ACT II
EXT: CAMPSITE-NEAR SUNRISE
Gabrielle is lying on her bedroll next to the campfire, which is burning dimly. Dawn is beginning to break. She suddenly opens her eyes when she hears a voice calling her name. Gabrielle looks over at Aleni, but the girl is missing. The voice gets louder.
Gabrielle stands and walks into the nearby woods trying to find where the voice is coming from. She spots a glowing light behind some bushes and when she approaches, she sees Xena standing there. She rushes over and embraces her.
Xena, Ive missed you so much.
Xena smiles sadly as she holds Gabrielle.
I know. Not a minute goes by that I dont think about you,
Gabrielle. Its so lonely here without you. I just wish we
could be together again.
Gabrielle releases her grip on Xena and she gazes up at her friend. Gabrielles face is streaked with tears. Xena brushes a teardrop from Gabrielles face.
There has to be a way, Xena. Ill never give up hope, we will
Xena shakes her head slowly.
I wish that were true, Gabrielle. But you know I cant come
back to the living. So the only way that would happen would
Gabrielle looks down at the ground dejectedly.
GABRIELLE <finishing Xenas sentence>
If I were to die and join you in the afterlife.
Xena nods in agreement and places a hand on Gabrielles shoulder.
And I couldnt ask that of you no matter how lonely I am
here without you. <pause> I have to go now, Gabrielle.
Gabrielle reaches out and grabs Xenas arm.
No. Please, just a little longer. Dont leave me again, Xena.
Xena leans in and places a kiss on the top of Gabrielles head.
Im sorry, Gabrielle. I have to. I wish you could join me.
Xena takes a step back from Gabrielle and disappears.
Gabrielle stares at the spot a long moment, a despondent look fills her face.
EXT. WOODS- SUNRISE
Xena appears and Brutus walks over to join her. He has a look of apprehension on his face.
How did it go?
Xena morphs into Aleni, who is smiling broadly.
This is going to be too easy. Gabrielle is so devoted to Xena I
think shes already considering killing herself to join her friend
in death. I think one more visit from Xena and shell be ours.
Brutus relaxes a little at the good news and smiles.
Excellent. I shall inform Lucifer of your progress. Now youd
better get back before Gabrielle wonders where youve gone.
INT. LARGE TENT-DAY
Xena is standing by a wooden table that holds a map of the area. Ares is next to her pointing to a spot on the map.
We just need to position our army here to cut off our opponents
path of retreat and theyll be ours to destroy.
Xena nods and moves closer to Ares.
Sounds like a solid plan to me. Now how about we forget about
this war stuff until tomorrow. Id like a little quality time alone with
you, if you know what I mean.
Xena slides a finger down the side of Ares face seductively.
Oh yeah. I think can be arranged.
Xena turns from the god of war and walks towards the exit.
Good, I know the perfect place.
Gabrielle and Aleni are packing up their gear and stowing it in Argo Jr.s saddlebags.
Gabrielle glances over at her young companion.
I cant believe you got lost finding somewhere to use the bathroom.
Aleni shrugs and smiles.
Yeah. Its not hard for me. I have a terrible sense of direction.
Gabrielle climbs onto the horse and holds her hand out to Aleni
and pulls her up so the child sits behind her.
Then I guess its a good thing I know where were going then.
Argo Jr. begins sauntering down the path. Aleni glances around the area as she holds onto Gabrielles waist.
So did you and Xena use to ride together like this?
Gabrielle stiffens at the comment, the morning encounter with her soul mate still fresh in her mind. Though she still wonders if it was real or some sort of hallucination.
Yes, a few times. I usually liked to walk though.
You must have loved her a lot.
Yes. I still do.
Aleni smiles wickedly knowing shes upsetting Gabrielle with the conversation, but continues feigning innocence at the hurt shes causing.
But Xenas dead, right? How can you still love her if
shes not here anymore?
Gabrielle shifts uncomfortably in the saddle.
Xena may not be with me in the physical sense, but she will
always be in my heart.
Yeah. But wouldnt you rather be able to touch her? To talk to her and have her answer back?
Of course. But thats not possible, so I just have to keep
hold of my memories of Xena.
Aleni leans in closer to Gabrielle.
Ive heard of this place, not far from here, that you can speak
with your dead loved ones. We can go there if you want and
you can talk to Xena.
Gabrielle shakes her head.
I dont know. I really should get you to your uncles.
I bet Xena would love to talk to you. I bet she misses you a whole lot.
Gabrielle closes her eyes at this comment. She didnt want to think about how lonely and sad Xena had sounded during their morning conversation. Reopens her eyes.
Maybe a quick stop there wouldnt hurt.
Aleni looks like the cat who just swallowed the canary.
END OF ACT III
INT. TOMB-LIKE CAVE-DAY
Xena and Ares are inside a darkened cave. There are torches scattered around that give some light. There is a stone sarcophagus in the room that sits before a large stone structure that is in the shape of a skull. On the top of the skull is a gold, metallic, eye shaped object that has a red, glowing circle in the center where a pupil would be.
Ares takes a closer look at the sarcophagus and frowns when he notices the top is carved with his likeness.
The Eye of Hephaestus? Whats going on here Xena? Whyd
you bring me here?
Xena motions around the tomb like a tour guide.
You know Hephaestus made all of this just for you, Ares. I
figured the least we could do was come see it.
Ares appears angered by this. He clenches his jaw.
What are you up to, Xena? Remember, you gave me
back my godhood. You cant do anything to me now.
He smiles cockily as he removes his sword.
But if youd like to try.
Xena smiles as she removes her own sword from its scabbard and the pair begin battling each other. The sound of metal hitting metal echoes through the tomb as the swords clash. Xena dodges one of Ares blows and swings her sword, knocking Ares sword to the ground and cutting his arm in the process. She raises the sword to his heart.
Ares glances down at the cut and the blood seeping from it. He appears confused and shocked by this new development.
But how? You lost the power to kill gods.
Xena shrugs noncommittally.
Lets just say there are certain people who would give
anything to see you out of the way, Ares. Even restore
my power to kill gods.
You werent able to bring yourself to kill me before, Xena.
What makes you think you can do it now?
Xena unhooks her chakram with one hand while she keeps her sword on Ares.
Well if I kill you, I get to return to the living, to Gabrielle.
Ares face twists at that name.
If it wasnt for me, Gabrielle would have died on Mount Olympus.
Im the one who brought her back.
I know that, Ares. Which is why Im not going to kill you.
She launches the chakram and it bounces around off the tomb walls, then the Eye of Hephaestus. The chakram breaks into two pieces, one gets lodged in a far wall, but the other half connects with Ares head. He falls back into the sarcophagus and Xena quickly closes the top, trapping the god of war in the coffin.
Xena grabs from the ground the chakram half that hit Ares and rushes to exit the tomb as the heavy, stone doors have began to close. She rolls under the door just before it closes, barely escaping being trapped with Ares.
Xena yells for Michael. The archangel appears and looks at the broken chakram in Xenas hand.
So your task is complete.
Xena is anxious to get back to Gabrielle.
Yes. Ares wont be causing any more problems. Now I
want to see Gabrielle.
Michael moves his hand and they both disappear.
EXT. Rocky path-Day
Gabrielle and Aleni are still riding the horse. They are traveling down a rocky path. There are mountains in the distance.
Its probably better if you go the rest of the way by yourself,
Gabrielle. Its just at the end of this path.
Gabrielle gets down from Argo Jr. and then helps Aleni off the horse.
Ill keep an eye on the horse for you.
Gabrielle nods and heads down the path on foot. She travels a sort distance when she comes to the end of the path, its a cliff edge, with a sheer drop that goes down into pitch darkness. You cannot see the bottom. Gabrielle stares down into the abyss trying to decide what to say.
Xena. I dont know if you can hear me or not, but I just want
to know that youre okay. I miss you so much, sometimes I
wish someone would end my life so I can be with you.
ALENI AS XENA <offscreen>
Sometimes we have to take things into our own hands.
Gabrielle turns to find Xena standing there. She cant help but smile upon seeing her soul mate. Xena holds her hand out for Gabrielle to take. She does.
ALENI AS XENA
Do you trust me Gabrielle?
Gabrielle focuses on Xenas face. Xena has a concerned look on her face.
ALENI AS XENA
Then come with me Gabrielle. Stop all the pain and hurt
youre feeling.We can be together for all of eternity. Youll
never be alone again.
Gabrielles attention switches from Xena to the drop and then back to Xena.
I dont know if I can Xena. There still might be a way to bring
you back to the living.
Xena takes Gabrielles smaller hand in her larger ones and brings them up to her chest in a pleading gesture.
ALENI AS XENA
Please, Gabrielle. Do it for me then. I dont want to go on another day
without you. The loneliness is unbearable for me. Please.
Gabrielle pauses in thought a long moment, Xenas words cutting through her soul.
If this is the only way.
Xena smiles as she takes one of her hands away from Gabrielles. They face the edge holding hands and begin to step towards the edge. Gabrielle closes her eyes as shes about to step off into the abyss but hesitates at the last minute.
XENA <Offscreen> voice full of panic
Gabrielle stops short and turns her head. She sees Xena standing there. She looks over at the person holding her hand and also sees Aleni. Gabrielle releases the girls hand and backs away not sure what is going on.
Michael appears next to Xena. He sees Aleni and knows she is one of Lucifers disciples.
Back to hell with you demon; tell Lucifer hes failed.
Aleni morphs from a young girl to a hideous demon with leathery wings.
You havent heard the last of us.
Demon Aleni jumps down into the abyss and disappears.
Gabrielle is in shock over whats going on. Her attention goes from Michael to Xena. She is hesitant to believe that this woman is actually her Xena after what she just witnessed with Aleni.
Are Are you really Xena?
Xena smiles at Gabrielle and nods.
Its really me, Gabrielle. You didnt think Id stay dead for
good did you?
Gabrielle rushes forward and wraps her arms around Xena.
I knew youd come back. I prayed we would be together again.
Xena holds Gabrielle and looks over her head at Michael. Who nods and then vanishes.
I know. Thank you for not giving up hope, Gabrielle.
Xena, nothing will ever separate us again.
Xena rests her cheek against Gabrielles head as she continues to hold her.
Neither heaven nor hell could tear me away from you, Gabrielle.
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