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Guess Who's Coming to Dinner
ACT 1


[fade in]

CAMPSITE - MORNING

At the sight of the figure in the distance collapsing, Xena and Gabrielle head for 
the top of the cliff quickly.  Gabrielle grabs a skin of water as she follows Xena.


[cut to]

TOP OF THE CLIFF 

After reaching the top, they scan the meadow, but see nothing because the grass is so tall.



XENA
Gabrielle,  you look over there.


Xena points to the right, while she goes left.  They continue to search in the tall grass.


GABRIELLE
Over here Xena.


Xena runs over to Gabrielle just in time to see her rolling over an unconscious 
body. The identity of the person suprises both of them.


GABRIELLE
It's Janis Covington.



Gabrielle rests Janis' head on her lap. She taps her cheeks to get a rise out of her.

XENA
(concerned)
Well, there's someone I thought 
we would never see again.


Janis starts to come around.  As she opens her eyes, she looks up at Gabrielle and struggles to sit up.



GABRIELLE
Take it easy Janis, you're safe now.


Janis sinks back from exhaustion.

It has been 3 months since Xena, Gabrielle, Janis and Melinda had met.

Gabrielle takes the stopper out of the water skin and gives her some.  After a couple of sips, Janis starts to get  a human color back into her face.


XENA
Janis, what's goin' on?


She starts to speak, but chokes and coughs on her words.


GABRIELLE
Just relax and get some strength back.


Janis reclines back on Gabrielle's lap and sips some more water.  After a short while, she feels strong enough to speak.



XENA
Now nice and slow,
tell us what's wrong.


JANIS
It's Melinda.

XENA
(cautious)
What about her?


JANIS
She's been kidnapped!


GABRIELLE
KIDNAPPED!  By who?



Janis still has trouble speaking.



JANIS
(heavily breathing)
Well, it happened like...


Xena, seeing that Janis is hurt and exhausted, decides to tend to her wounds first. 


XENA
Wait.  Before you tell us any more, 
let's get you down to our campsite so I 
can take care of those cuts and bruises.


After Janis regains a little more strength, Xena and Gabrielle take her down the 
cliff to the camp.  Xena tends to Janis' injuries while Gabrielle makes her some food.


[cut to]

CAMPSITE - LATER THAT MORNING

XENA
Okay, now what's this all about?


JANIS
When Melinda and I came back from the 
Falls 3 months ago, Ethan Ford, the man 
who was our guide, knew there was something 
more to our trip then met the eye. He has been
 persuing it nonstop, ever since. But  I've 
managed to foiled his efforts so far.  He 
kidnapped Melinda because he thinks 
he can get what he wants from her.


Janis stands up and kick a rock across the camp.


JANIS
(cont'd, mad)
I think he might take her to the 
Macedonian dig site, but I'm not sure.


Xena recalls her out-of-body experience in the tomb at Macedonia.


XENA
The last thing I remember about that tomb was
throwing my chakram. Then everything went fuzzy 
and I woke up back in the cave behind the Falls.
(beat)
What happened after that?


JANIS
When your essence disappeared and
Melinda's returned to her body, the two of 
us and Jack escaped before Ares could free himself.  
I blew up the entrance to the tomb, sealing it as best I could.


XENA
So Ares is still imprisoned there?


JANIS
Yeah.
(beat) 
If Ethan goes anywhere near that 
tomb, there's going to be trouble.
I tried to get help from the authorities in 
Athens, but they were uncooperative.  I didn't 
know what else to do, so that's why I'm here.


Xena stands up and stares off into the distance. Gabrielle watches her with anticipation then gets up and goes over to stand by her.


GABRIELLE
Xena, what are you thinking?


XENA
We have to help Melinda.


GABRIELLE
It's been so long since we've left this
 place and you remember what happened
 the last time. When we got back, you said 
we would never leave again.


Gabrielle has a slight smirk on he face. 



XENA
Janis and Melinda need us.  We have to go.  
This time it will be different.


Gabrielle's eyes light up at the thought of their impending adventure.


GABRIELLE
Well, I'm ready.


XENA
You're always ready
when it comes to a new story.


Gabrielle leaves Xena's side and walks back over to Janis.


GABRIELLE
Janis, we'll get started after 
you've rested a while.


END OF ACT 1


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ACT 2