HOTEL LOBBY - NEXT MORNING
The lobby is bustling with activity as guests and employees buzz back and forth
like worker bees. Janis sits in a large fan chair that faces the hotel entrance. She
impatiently taps her foot as she waits for Melinda to come down and Sebastian to arrive. Her consentration on the doorway is momentarily interupted when she hears her name being called.
Janis looks toward the stairway to see Melinda standing at the bottom. Her mouth
drops open at the site of Melinda's appearance.
Melinda, is that you?
Melinda is dressed in an olive green cargo shirt with buff colored jodphurs, high leather boots and a brown suede jacket. Her hair, which she has always worn up, now lies relaxed about her shoulders and her glasses are noticably missing,
exposing her cool blue eyes.
That's quite a transformation.
I didn't think you had it in you.
Well Janis, This is my first expedition so
I thought I would model myself after you,
because you know what you're doing.
Janis tries not to look flattered at Melinda's remark.
(under her breath)
The next thing I know,
she'll be smoking cigars.
A short time later, Sebastian comes rumbling through the door.
Good morning ladies.
Miss Pappas, you definitely look
a lot better than you did last night.
Death, warmed over would have
look better than she did last night.
Thank you sir. I feel a lot better.
If you will follow me,
we will go meet Mr. Ford
Ethan Ford is an American that has lived in Greece for the past 10 years. His
impeccable sense of direction and knowledge of the land, has made him one of
the most sought after guides in the area.
He was recommended to Janis by Willis Brimly, an associate from the Macedonia
Sebastian, Janis and Melinda exit the hotel and walk 5 block west to a building that resembles a villa. They enter the structure and walk up 3 flights of stairs. At the top of the third flight, they continue down a long, dark hallway and enter the last door on the right.
As they walk into the room, the darkness is transformed into an array of bright green. The room is decorated with Greek artifacts, mostly vases and pottery.
A sky light bathes the room with the morning sun. There is a table set up for
breakfast, with a variety of fresh fruits, eggs, bacon and 3 different kinds of bread waiting to be consumed.
Ladies, why don't you have seats
and I'll tell Mr. Ford that you are here.
Janis and Melinda sit down, while Sebastian leaves the room.
Look at all these artifacts.
There are sure a lot of them.
With his reputation, probably
half of them are stolen.
What do you mean?
Word has it, even though, he is one of the best
guides in the country, Ethan Ford has a habit of
taking what he wants from where ever he goes.
Just as Janis finishes her statement, Sebastian and Ethan enter the room.
Dr. Covington, Miss Pappas,
this is Ethan Ford.
Ethan walks to Janis and extends his hand.
Dr. Covington, a pleasure to meet you.
I have been an admirer of your work for years.
(under her breath)
I'm sure I'll find some
of it in your collection.
Ethan walks over to Melinda.
And Miss Pappas, also a pleasure.
I have read some of your father's books.
He kisses Melinda's hand.
The pleasure is all mine.
Ethan is tall, handsome and well built. His mustache is slightly darker than his
brown hair and he speaks with a very pronounced voice. He has a reputation
as a risk taker, a smooth talker and lady's man.
I took the liberty of making you breakfast.
We can discuss the
expedition while we eat.
Everyone takes a seat at the table and Ethan makes sure he is seated next to Melinda.
So tell me more about where
you want to go.
We will be going to Mount Parnassos.
Specificlly the Plateau Livardi.
Ethan sits back in his chair and stokes his mustache.
That area is quite rough and desolate.
What's there that is so important?
Melinda's eyes light up as she starts to speak.
Last year we located the Xena Scrolls and...
The XENA SCROLLS!
I thought they were just a myth.
No sir... We found them and I
spent all last autumn translating them.
While I was doing this.....
What Melinda is trying to say is that as she
was translating them, she discovered many
Greek locations that Xena had been to and
we would like to visit some of these areas.
Ethan looks down his nose at Janis.
He senses that there is more to this story then meets the eye.
Well ladies, I would be glad to
take you where ever you want to go.
My fee is 100 American dollars per day.
You pay for all supplies. I will furnish all the gear.
Janis and Ethan shake hands.
When do want to leave?
How about tomorrow?
Tomorrow! You ladies are in quite
a hurry just to go site seeing.
Oh... We're just two girls on the go.
Ethan raises an eyebrow.
Sebastian, you heard the ladies. We have a lot
of work to do if we are going to leave tomorrow.
With the itinerary planned, Sebastian escorts Janis and Melinda back to the hotel.
HOTEL LOBBY - NOON
Dr. Covington, Miss Pappas...
I will pick you tomorrow
morning at 7am sharp.
Have a nice day ladies.
See you bright and early.
Bye bye, Mr. Crump.
END OF ACT 2
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