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.
TOP OF THE CLIFF
After reaching the top, they scan the meadow, but see nothing because the grass is so tall.
Gabrielle, you look over there.
Xena points to the right, while she goes left. They continue to search in the tall grass.
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.
It's Janis Covington.
Gabrielle rests Janis' head on her lap. She taps her cheeks to get a rise out of her.
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.
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.
Janis, what's goin' on?
She starts to speak, but chokes and coughs on her words.
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.
Now nice and slow,
tell us what's wrong.
What about her?
She's been kidnapped!
KIDNAPPED! By who?
Janis still has trouble speaking.
Well, it happened like...
Xena, seeing that Janis is hurt and exhausted, decides to tend to her wounds first.
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.
CAMPSITE - LATER THAT MORNING
Okay, now what's this all about?
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.
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.
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.
What happened after that?
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.
So Ares is still imprisoned there?
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.
Xena, what are you thinking?
We have to help Melinda.
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.
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.
Well, I'm ready.
You're always ready
when it comes to a new story.
Gabrielle leaves Xena's side and walks back over to Janis.
Janis, we'll get started after
you've rested a while.
END OF ACT 1