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Amazon High

Friends In Low Places

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ACT ONE

FADE IN:

INT BARRACKS

Xena is pinned to the ground by Morine. Morine gets up and walks away.

MORINE

You can't beat me, princess.

XENA

My name is Xena.

MORINE

Whatever.

Megaera pulls a dagger from her satchel.

MEGAERA

I could kill her now.

XENA

No. Let her go. She'd end up killing you.

LARISSA

Are you okay, Xena?

XENA

I'm fine. Just a little bit embarrassed.

LARISSA

You don't have to be embarrassed. She was better than you.

XENA

That's just it. Back home, nobody was better than me. I was the leader of the pack.

MEGAERA

So was I. Back in Corinth, I was the best. Even the king's son couldn't beat me.

LARISSA

You don't have to be the best, just good enough.

Xena and Megaera turn to look at Larissa incredulously.

LARISSA

What?

XENA

I'm going to look around.

CUT TO:

EXT COURTYARD

Xena walks into a peaceful courtyard. Several Amazon students are there. When Xena approaches, they turn their backs on her and walk away.

XENA

I must smell bad, or something.

Xena sits down on a bench. She writes a letter to her family.

XENA

(continuing; Writing)

Dear Mother, I'm sorry that I left so suddenly. I had to get out of Amphipolis. I'm not in any trouble this time, but I just needed to get out on my own and find myself. Lyceus, don't let Toris push you around. Be strong. I'm at the Amazon High Academy of War. I'll be here for a while. I love you all, Xena.

Xena rolls up her scroll. Morine approaches.

MORINE

Hey, Xena? Right? Homesick already?

XENA

Leave me alone.

MORINE

I'm sorry about earlier. Really. I want to make it up to you and your friends. Some of us are going on a hunting trip tonight, and we'd like you to come along.

XENA

Why?

MORINE

We got off on the wrong foot. We all want to welcome you into the academy. We'll wait outside the gates after dark. See you then.

XENA

Right.

CUT TO:

EXT AMAZON HIGH - GATES - NIGHT

Xena, Larissa, and Megaera huddle together in the chill night air.

LARISSA

Isn't this exciting? They want us to go hunting with them.

MEGAERA

I'll show them hunting. Back in Corinth, I could catch anything. What about you, Xena?

XENA

Hunting's just fine. I'm just worried that they have something else planned.

LARISSA

You're too suspicious. I think they really want to be our friends.

MORINE (O.S.)

There you are. Ready?

Morine and some of her friends approach with horses.

LARISSA

Oh, this is so exciting.

XENA

Morine, what exactly are we hunting for?

MORINE

Stymphalian Birds. We've seen a few of them near here. It's a tradition to take the new recruits out hunting. Traditions are strong here at Amazon High.

XENA

I'll bet.

They all mount up and ride off.

CUT TO:

EXT FOREST

The horses are picketed a short distance away. Morine explains how to catch the Stymphalian birds.

MORINE

We have these large sacks to catch the birds. You have to be careful, because they have very sharp beaks. You'll be able to see their blood-red eyes in the dark. Hold the sack open in front of you and walk forward. You have to whistle like this

(Whistles)

to attract the birds.

XENA

I'm not sure I understand. Could you demonstrate?

MORINE

All of us will be doing this together. We'll all walk about ten paces apart, okay?

Everyone picks up their sacks and walks into the trees. After a few steps, Xena sneaks over to Larissa and pulls her to the ground.

LARISSA

What are you doing? You'll scare away the birds.

XENA

Larissa, there aren't any birds. They're planning to leave us out here.

LARISSA

How do you know?

XENA

I did it to some kids back in Amphipolis. Except we called the birds "snipes".

LARISSA

I think you're too suspicious.

XENA

Wait here. I'm going to get Megaera.

Xena pulls Megaera down to the ground.

MEGAERA

What?

XENA

It's a snipe hunt.

MEGAERA

Really?

XENA

Trust me. They don't like us at all.

MEGAERA

What are we going to do?

XENA

Follow me.

The three girls sneak back to the picketed horses. They pull the pickets, mount the horses, and lead the other horses away.

CUT TO:

EXT FOREST - LATE

Morine and her Amazons emerge from the forest. They laugh at Xena and her friends' foolishness.

MORINE

I can't believe they fell for it. That has got to be the oldest trick in the scrolls.

One of the Amazons, Lyra, notices the horses missing.

LYRA

Hey, Morine?

MORINE

What, Lyra? You feel sorry for them?

LYRA

The horses are gone.

MORINE

What? That little...peasant!

Morine is quite angry. They all run back toward Amazon High.

CUT TO:

INT AMAZON HIGH - GYMNASIUM - MORNING

All of the Amazons are gathered for the morning instruction. all except for Morine and her bunch. Xena and her friends giggle to themselves.

MEGAERA

We got them.

XENA

Yeah.

Ariadne begins the morning instruction.

ARIADNE

This morning you will begin the art of battle.

Morine throws open the doors. She strides directly toward xena.

XENA

We missed you at breakfast.

MORINE

We had to walk all night to get back here.

XENA

You bring any Stymphalian Birds with you?

MORINE

How dare you.

XENA

Turnabout is fair play, and I always play fair.

Amazons begin exiting to their classes. As Xena turns to go, Morine sticks out her foot to trip Xena. Xena stumbles, but doesn't fall. She keeps her anger in check.

XENA

Excuse me.

MORINE

No. I don't think you know who you are dealing with. I am decended from the great Amazon Queens.

XENA

And I'm sure you're proud of that. Now let me through.

Morine shoves Xena.

MORINE

You don't belong here.

Xena shoves Morine back.

XENA

Try to stop me.

A fight ensues. Xena swings at Morine. Morine ducks and sweeps Xena's feet out from under her. Morine punches down, but Xena rolls out of the way. Xena jumps at morine, but Morine throws her over her shoulder.

Xena gets up and kicks Morine in the stomach. Xena grabs Morine's hair and tilts her head back. Xena cocks her fist back. Morine grabs Xena's throat. Xena grabs Morine's throat. their faces get red and their eyes start bulging. This is a stand off.

ARIADNE (O.S.)

Stop it! Stop it now!

Ariadne pulls them apart. Xena and Morine glare at each other.

ARIADNE

You are both warriors, not common rabble.

MORINE

One of us is, anyway.

ARIADNE

If you want to fight so badly, I'll arrange it. Until then, you will be kept in isolation. Purify your hearts, and prepare for battle.

Two Amazon warriors grab Xena and Morine and drag them off to the holding cells.

LARISSA

(To megaera)

Is she going to be okay?

MEGAERA

Xena's a fighter. No one can break her.

CUT TO:

INT HOLDING CELLS

These cells have wooden walls in between the cells. Xena and Morine sit at opposite ends of the room, in separate cells. in the cell between them, an handsome young man, Thestius, hums to himself.

XENA

(To thestius)

Will you please be quiet?

MORINE

What's the matter, Xena, can't stand that someone is happier than you?

THESTIUS

Correct me if I'm wrong, but you two don't like each other, right?

Silence is his answer.

THESTIUS

Okay, well, whenever me and my friends would get into a fight, we'd always talk things out. Well, after we were too tired to hit each other any more.

MORINE

Are you supposed to be helping us?

THESTIUS

Is it working?

XENA

No.

THESTIUS

Well, at least you agree on something.

XENA

Why are you in here?

THESTIUS

I'm Thestius. A prisoner of war.

MORINE

We're not at war with anyone right now.

THESTIUS

Cheiron, you know, the centaur that runs that other academy, he sent me to see what type of things you're learning over here.

XENA

So you're a spy.

THESTIUS

I prefer to think of it as competitive espionage.

MORINE

And you got captured sneaking around here.

THESTIUS

I can't think of a better place to be, surrounded by beautiful women, you know, like that.

Both Xena and Morine roll their eyes.

XENA

So you like it here?

THESTIUS

Oh, yeah. Well, sometimes the food is a little salty, but I can live with that.

The prison door opens, lighting the room considerably.

THESTIUS

Speak of the goddess of love, and she shall appear.

Larissa enters, followed by Megaera. Larissa stops short when she sees Thestius. There is a mutual attraction here. Megaera sees this, and goes around Larissa to talk with xena.

MEGAERA

Xena, how are you doing?

XENA

Well enough.

Megaera gestures to Thestius.

MEGAERA

Who's your friend?

XENA

He calls himself Thestius. Looks like Larissa's found a friend. What can I do for you, Megaera?

MEGAERA

I came to warn you. The Amazons are setting up a sparring match between you and Morine.

XENA

I can handle that.

MEGAERA

No you can't. It goes until one of you is unconscious or yields. Xena, I've heard of people dying in these kind of matches.

In her cell, Morine smiles wickedly as she slips a dagger halfway out from its hiding place in her clothing.

FADE OUT:

END OF ACT ONE

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