A Friend In Need - Page 3

Xena: Warrior Princess

"A Friend In Need"

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ACT TWO

EXT ROAD TO THYATIRA

Xena rides argo along the road. She stops, looks around, then disappears into the forest at the side of the road. Perseus rounds a bend in the road. He twirls Gabrielle's bag around.

As he passes Xena, she jumps out and grabs him.

XENA

Where're you going?

PERSEUS

Nowhere. Honest.

XENA

Where'd you get the bag? It's nice.

PERSEUS

My parents gave it to me last winter soltice.

XENA

I'll give you one more chance. Where'd you get that bag?

PERSEUS

I found it. In town.

XENA

Where in town?

PERSEUS

By the statue. In the town square.

XENA

That bag belongs to my friend.

PERSEUS

Um. She dropped it. And I was trying to find her to give it back.

XENA

Right.

Xena pulls his head back to show an ornate necklace.

XENA

And I suppose you were wearing this to keep it safe?

PERSEUS

No! I mean, yes. Maybe.

XENA

Come on. Let's go find this friend of yours and give her back her things.

CUT TO:

EXT DARK FOREST

Gabrielle looks nervously around. She jumps as a bird squawks.

GABRIELLE

It's okay. It's just a forest. A big, dark, scary forest, with a thing that changes people to stone. No. Don't think about that. Think about Joxer.

The strains of "Joxer the Mighty" start playing.

GABRIELLE

No! Don't think of Joxer. Think about real heroes. Like Perseus. How he saved Andromeda from the sea monster. How he fought the Medusa. That must have been a terrible creature, turning everyone to stone, just by looking at them. Almost like what happened today.

Sudden realization hits Gabrielle.

GABRIELLE

Just like what happened today. Maybe this is not such a good idea after all. Okay, how do I get out of here?

Gabrielle looks around, worried.

GABRIELLE

Great. I talk too much, and now I'm lost. Xena? Where are you?

CUT TO:

EXT THYATIRA

Xena and Perseus enter the town.

XENA

Where is this statue you mentioned earlier? I don't recall Thyatira having a statue.

PERSEUS

It's brand new. He's a mighty warrior. One of our best heroes. He saved us from a giant...um...thing. It was a terrible monster. It was killing our flocks, but then HE came.

XENA

Does HE have a name?

PERSEUS

Uh, yes. But I can't tell you right now. You have to see the statue first.

They round a corner and see the statue. Xena stops in her tracks.

PERSEUS

Isn't it great? So lifelike. I can take you to see the sculptor. He's a friend of mine.

Xena approaches the Joxer statue. She walks completely around it.

JOXER (V.O.)

Xena! Boy, am I glad to see you. See, there was this thing, and it turned me to stone. Then they lifted me up here. Then Gabrielle left to go catch the thing. And then there was this pigeon...but that's not important. You're here, and you can figure out how to change me back.

XENA

How long has he been like this?

PERSEUS

The statue? Oh, it was carved probably two or three months ago.

Xena grabs Perseus by the throat.

XENA

Don't lie to me any more, boy. I know this man. His name is Joxer. How did he get turned to stone?

Perseus struggles for breath.

PERSEUS

I don't know. Really. I don't know. There was this blonde girl-

Xena releases Perseus.

XENA

What blonde girl?

Perseus rubs his throat, and then extends his hand to Xena.

PERSEUS

Much better. And my name is Perseus.

XENA

All right, hero. What blonde girl?

PERSEUS

I am not a hero. And she said her name was Gertrude, or something.

XENA

Gabrielle?

PERSEUS

Yeah, that's it. Uh oh. You know her?

XENA

Yeah, I know her. You're holding her bag.

Perseus sighs, and hands over the bag. Xena takes it, and holds her hand out again. Perseus hands over the necklace. xena takes it and gestures with her hand again. Perseus reluctantly hands over a handful of dinars.

PERSEUS

That's all I took, I promise.

XENA

Where are your parents?

PERSEUS

They died when I was little.

Xena gives him a stern look.

PERSEUS

Okay, they live on a farm just over that hill.

XENA

Maybe I should go and have a chat with them.

PERSEUS

No! Please. My father beats me.

Xena looks at him, as if to say, "I don't blame him."

PERSEUS

He says I lie too much.

XENA

You do. Since I met you, you haven't told me anything but lies. Now where is Gabrielle?

PERSEUS

I don't know. She said something about going to find whatever did this to him.

XENA

Did you see which way she went?

PERSEUS

No. But I could go look for her.

XENA

All right. You go and find Gabrielle. I have a meeting with a priest.

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INT ATHENA'S TEMPLE

Priests go about their duties. Erichthonius opens a door to a back room.

INT ATHENA'S TEMPLE - BACK ROOM

Xena admires an arrow. Erichthonius stops when he sees her.

XENA

Come in. I have something I need to discuss with you.

ERICHTHONIUS

You walk a dangerous path, woman. It is not healthy to trespass on sacred ground. The Goddess of Wisdom and War will not look upon this intrusion lightly.

XENA

What if I find that "item" you were looking for earlier?

ERICHTHONIUS

I think I could arrange a pardon for your intrusion. What do you have in mind?

XENA

First of all, what was taken?

ERICHTHONIUS

No, I see what you are doing. You humiliate my men, and now you have come to humiliate me. I don't even know who you are.

XENA

My name is Xena.

ERICHTHONIUS

The warrior princess? Many apologies, your highness. Athena looks on you with respect.

XENA

No apologies necessary. And it's just Xena, okay?

ERICHTHONIUS

The Goddess respects your fight agains evil. You are spoken of highly by the many Athenian temples throughout the land. I must say, you grace our temple by your presence here.

XENA

It's all right. But I need to know what was taken.

ERICHTHONIUS

Oh, yes. The Bow of Athena was taken by an unknown thief. We tracked this thief to the village of Thyatira, then we met you.

XENA

And just what does this Bow do?

ERICHTHONIUS

It is a magical bow, forged by Hephaestus. The arrows it shoots become deadly weapons - they explode when they hit their target. In the wrong hands, that bow could mean desruction for hundreds, maybe even thousands, of innocent lives.

XENA

We'll try not to let that happen. How many arrows were taken?

ERICHTHONIUS

A quiver full. Minus two or three. Why?

XENA

Without the magical arrows, she...this thief won't be able to do as much damage.

ERICHTHONIUS

What? Oh. Of course, you're right. Why didn't I think of that?

XENA

You probably have other things on your mind. Do you have any idea who this thief is?

ERICHTHONIUS

No. We know that they are from Thyatira, but that's all. You wouldn't let us search that house.

XENA

I need to talk to Athena.

ERICHTHONIUS

Oh, no, you can't. No one talks to Athena. Not even me.

XENA

But you're the Chief Priest, right?

ERICHTHONIUS

Yes, but-

XENA

Then you can arrange a meeting. If she is so fond of me, the Warrior Princess, like you say, I'm sure she could spare a few minutes.

ERICHTHONIUS

I don't think-

XENA

I'll be waiting out back.

Xena exits. Erichthonius sighs heavily.

CUT TO:

EXT THYATIRA - TOWN SQUARE

The sun is setting, to show the passage of time.

Perseus sits down by the Joxer statue. He has obviously not gone after Gabrielle. Perseus talks to Joxer.

PERSEUS

What would you do? I mean, I want to do good. Well, actually, I don't, but everyone tells me I should shape up and help out. You're a hero, say something heroic.

JOXER (V.O.)

Heroic? Okay, how about, "Give me liberty, or give me death?" Lighten up, kid. Just go find Gabrielle.

PERSEUS

Maybe I should just go find Gabrielle, or whatever her name is.

JOXER (V.O.)

It's getting dark, and she's out there all alone.

PERSEUS

But it's getting dark. She is out there all alone. I'm sure she'll be fine. Then why do I feel so bad?

CUT TO:

EXT DARK FOREST - EVENING

The shadows are getting long. The forest is getting spookier. Gabrielle gets more nervous by the minute.

GABRIELLE

I'm okay. It's getting dark, but I'm all right. Xena taught me all about wilderness survival. Okay, the sun sets to the west. If I go west, where will I be? I don't know. Maybe it's on the map.

Gabrielle reaches for her bag. It is gone.

GABRIELLE

My bag? It's gone.

She searches frantically about for her bag.

GABRIELLE

Wonderful. Just great. Not only am I lost, but my bag is lost, too. Where could it be?

Realization hits her.

GABRIELLE

It's by Joxer. I set it down, and then I went into the woods. Well, that doesn't help much right now, does it, Gabrielle?

Gabrielle looks around and sees a mountain up ahead.

GABRIELLE

Ah, there we go. I can climb up that mountain and find Thyatira.

As Gabrielle leaves the forest, she sees a cave - the same cave that Tara went in to.

GABRIELLE

A cave? Even better. I can sleep there tonight.

CUT TO:

EXT ATHENA'S TEMPLE - GARDEN

Xena stands next to a small pool. She looks at the statue in the middle of the pool.

Erichthonius enters the garden.

ERICHTHONIUS

It's a statue of Athena.

XENA

I know.

ERICHTHONIUS

You've been staring at it for a few minutes.

XENA

One of my friends was turned to stone.

ERICHTHONIUS

They must have offended the gods. Normal people don't just get turned to stone. That's why I think everyone should have a deep-rooted faith in the gods. If we satisfy them, they leave us in peace.

XENA

Peace is the last thing on the gods' minds. All they care about is themselves.

ERICHTHONIUS

You say that, but some of them do care about us. Take Prometheus, for example. He gave us the gift of fire, and the ability to heal ourselves.

XENA

But look at Ares. All he wants is war.

ERICHTHONIUS

By the same token, look at Athena. She embodies all the noble qualities of war. She has even bested Ares twice in combat.

XENA

Look, this history lesson isn't going to get my friend changed back. Where is Athena?

ERICHTHONIUS

I can't just call her.

XENA

Why not? Busy signal?

ERICHTHONIUS

It's not that easy. You see, there have to be sacrifices made, prayers offered, and the ceremonial cleansing. It takes time.

XENA

Time is something we don't have. If Joxer is left as stone, he'll starve and die. We have to change him back by tomorrow evening. Now get your goddess!

The garden grows bright with light from off screen. Erichthonius prostrates himself on the ground.

ERICHTHONIUS

Goddess! Forgive me.

ATHENA (O.S.)

Xena, Warrior Princess.

XENA

Athena.

Off Xena's look, we:

FADE OUT:

END OF ACT TWO

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