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Amazon High

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TEASER

FADE IN:

INT XENA'S HOME - MAIN ROOM - NIGHT

Xena, a 17-year old beauty, leaves a note on the table and quickly exits the front door. She has a small satchel with her belongings on her back.

Xena travels through the country.

EXT ATHENS - STREET - DAY

As Xena walks down the street, she sees a line of girls her age heading into a gymnasium. She gets in line behind Larissa, a shy and quiet girl.

XENA

Hey, what's going on here?

LARISSA

Entrance exams for the Amazon High Academy of War.

XENA

They're training warriors?

LARISSA

If you can pass the exams. I heard that they are very difficult, and some girls have even died trying to get in.

XENA

I'll try it. I've got nothing for me at home.

LARISSA

Where's your home?

XENA

Amphipolis. I came to Athens to find a new life.

LARISSA

I'm Larissa. What's your name?

XENA

I'm Xena.

LARISSA

Well, I hope you make it.

XENA

You too.

They pass through the door into the gymnasium.

CUT TO:

INT GYMNASIUM

About twenty girls stand in a group around an Amazon warrior, Ariadne.

ARIADNE

You have been told that entrance into the Amazon High Academy of War is nearly impossible. You have come here today to prove me wrong. I will warn you that the tests you are about to take could easily kill you. If any of you wish to leave, the choice is yours.

Three girls leave.

ARIADNE

For the rest of you, the next two days will be a test of your strength, determination, and desire. My warriors will show you no mercy.

Series of shots

Xena climbing a rope. Shooting bow and arrow. Running with a rope around her neck behind an amazon. Fighting with a wooden sword.

INT GYMNASIUM - TWO DAYS LATER

The group has lost about half of the girls. Those remaining are bruised, tired, and hurting.

ARIADNE

Congratulations. You have proven yourselves fine warriors. However, I can only take three of you with me. You will know tomorrow who I have chosen. Dismissed.

The girls gather in their small groups to talk. Xena and Larissa step away from the rest of the group.

XENA

Larissa, do you think you made it?

LARISSA

I hope so. I need to get into the Academy. My whole life depends on it.

XENA

Me too. I can't go back to Amphipolis now. I left to find a new life. I can't go back and say I failed.

LARISSA

What did your family say when you left?

XENA

I don't know. I left them a note. I left in the middle of the night.

LARISSA

So you didn't even say goodbye?

XENA

I couldn't. They would have tried to stop me.

CUT TO:

INT GYMNASIUM - BARRACKS - NIGHT

All of the girls sleep soundly. Three Amazon warriors wake up three girls - Xena, Larissa, and Megaera.

The three girls wake up and follow the Amazons.

EXT FIELD - NIGHT

Xena hurries to catch up to Ariadne.

XENA

What is going on? Why did you wake us up?

ARIADNE

I should think it would be obvious, Xena. You have been chosen.

XENA

Me? The three of us? Really?

ARIADNE

Yes. All of you show great potential. I must warn you, though. You are not Amazons by birth, so you will be treated as outsiders. Many of the other Amazons do not respect outsiders as much as I.

Xena drops back to talk to Larissa and Megaera.

XENA

I found out. We're in.

MEGAERA

All of us?

XENA

We made it.

LARISSA

Praise Athena.

CUT TO:

EXT AMAZON HIGH

In the dense forest, a large building appears. This is the Amazon High Academy of War. Ariadne leads her group inside.

INT AMAZON HIGH

Ariadne stops her group in front of a statue of Marpesia, the greatest amazon queen, who founded Amazon High.

ARIADNE

This is a statue of Queen Marpesia, our greatest queen. It was she who extended our lands out to the lands of the east. It was she who established this fine academy of war.

XENA

Where do we go from here?

ARIADNE

You will find your bunks down that corridor. May the gods smile on you, my new warriors.

Ariadne leaves.

MEGAERA

I say we find our bunks, and get some sleep, we've been walking for two days.

XENA

I want to meet some of the other warriors here.

LARISSA

Megaera's right, Xena. We need to get some rest.

XENA

Fine. Lead the way.

CUT TO:

INT BARRACKS

They find three empty bunks and lay their belongings down. A finely dressed Amazon student, Morine, yells at them.

MORINE

Hey! The servants quarters are over there, girls.

XENA

Sorry, we're the new recruits from Athens.

MORINE

Oh, outsiders. Well, I don't want you here. These bunks were reserved.

XENA

Who are you? Zeus's gift to Amazons?

MORINE

(Smugly)

You don't belong here. This is for warriors - true warriors.

MEGAERA

We passed the tests!

XENA

I'm just as good as you are.

MORINE

Not even close, princess.

XENA

I'll fight you now.

MORINE

Ooh, look, the princess wants to be a warrior.

Xena wildly swings at Morine. Morine catches Xena's fist and twist her arm, driving Xena to the ground. Morine pins Xena to the ground, and whispers in her ear.

MORINE

Get used to it, peasant. I'm better than you will ever be.

FADE OUT:

END TEASER

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