Warrior...  Princess... Klingon?






ACT 2



[fade in]

AMAZON FOREST - NEXT MORNING

Xena is instructing Gabrielle on weapons construction and where to find food while she is out in the wilderness.


XENA
Come on Gabrielle, pay attention. 
Now show me again which mushrooms are edible.


Gabrielle examines three different species, picking them up and rolling them around in the palm of her hand.  Then holds one up to Xena.


GABRIELLE
(quirky grin)
This one?


Xena raises and unhappy eyebrow.


XENA
Well, I guess we won't have to worry about finding
the body because you'll have poisoned yourself
so bad the wolves won't touch the tainted meat.


Gabrielle throws the mushroom down in disgust.


GABRIELLE
You know, I've spent six months on the road
with you and you'd think I'd be familiar with
this stuff by now, but Nooo, I had to have my
nose buried in a scroll most of the time, while
you did all the food gathering.


XENA
Listen, you're only going to be out there for three
days.  It's not like you'll starve if you don't eat.


GABRIELLE
(breathy snort)
You obviously have me confused with some one else.
I go without food for even a day and  you're going to have
one extremely cranky X-Amazon Queen on your hands. 
(a pause)
Now show me again.


For the next hour Xena takes Gabrielle deeper into the forest and points out a variety of nuts, berries, bark and insect life that is edible and easy for Gabrielle to find.


[cut to]

TRANSPORTER ROOM  ENTERPRISE D - JUST BEFORE BEAM DOWN.

The away team consisting of Captain Picard, Lieutenant Worf, Lieutenant Yar and three male historians prepare to beam down to the ancient Greek landscape on a quest for information
about the Centaur nation and in the legend of the Ixion Stone.  Everyone is dressed in period costume incase accidental contact is made.


PICARD
Do we have everything we need Mr. Worf?


WORF
Yes Captain.  We're taking only
bare essentials so we can experience
the way people lived in these ancient times.


Captain Picard quirks and eyebrow.


PICARD
Mr. Worf, you're going to make this
away mission interesting aren't you. 



Worf's smirks with flared nostrils.


WORF
The Centaurs have been of interest to me since I was
a boy.  They are a very noble race.  I think it would
benefit  us to experience their living conditions.


PICARD
Very well. 
I hope our historians share your same feelings.


Captain Picard turns to Lieutenant Yar.


PICARD
(cont'd)
Tasha, what is our weapons status?


TASHA
I've issued type 3 phasers, one
phaser rifle and we'll also have these.


Pointing to the supplies bundle, there is a long sword for herself, Worf's Klingon batleth and staffs  for Captain Picard and the three historians.

TASHA
(cont'd)
But I don't anticipate any trouble.
They're more for show if we encounter anyone.


Ready to beam down, Tasha distributes the weapons.  Worf carries his batleth at his side, while Tasha straps her long sword to her back.  Everyone steps onto the transporter pad and prepares to beam down.


PICARD
Mr. O'brien, energize.


O'BRIEN
Energizing.


[cut to]

AMAZON VILLAGE PRACTICE FIELD - MID AFTERNOON

Xena and Gabrielle are armed with staffs and are practicing defense techniques along with several other Amazons. The session has lasted for about an hour.

XENA
Okay Gabrielle, now I want you to defend
yourself against my moves.


Gabrielle stands poised in a defensive posture with intense concentration on Xena's staff.

Xena lunges the staff at Gabrielle's mid section and she neatly deflects it away.  Then Xena spins and swings the staff low to take out Gabrielle's feet, but she leaps up at the last minute, causing Xena's maneuver to miss.  Xena counters with an overhead chop which Gabrielle captures by thrusting her staff up horizontally over her head. 

Seeing Gabrielle on the verge of exhaustion, Xena backs off and lowers her staff with a satisfied grin on her face.


XENA
Good girl. 
You're really getting the hang of it.


GABRIELLE
(labored breathing)
Thanks! 
That really felt good.  Now I know why
your eyes light you when you fight.


Xena becomes serious, not realizing that her features are so animated when she is engaged in battle.


XENA
Now I want you to only use this in defense.
You go around provoking a fight and you may
bite off more then you can chew.


GABRIELLE
Whatever you say Xena.


A small band of Amazons stroll over to where Xena and Gabrielle are practicing and a tall, muscled, red-haired woman, who appears to be the leader, confronts Xena.


RED - HAIRED AMAZON
Hey Xena, you need to do better then that
or our new ' queen' is going to be easy pickens.


Xena gives the woman a cold calculating stare with glacial eyes.


XENA
What's your name?


RED - HAIRED AMAZON
Hestra.


XENA
(low, methodical voice)
Well Hestra, why don't you and your little friends
just run along and play elsewhere.


A smug look comes over Hestra's face. 


HESTRA
Why bother anyway.  She's too scrawny
to make much of a difference.


Gabrielle steps up to Hestra to intervene.


GABRIELLE
Listen Hestra,  why don't you just move
along and don't make trouble? 
I'm asking this as your queen.


Hestra stands toe to toe with Gabrielle and with a slight hip twist, bumps her and sends Gabrielle flying.

Xena lunges with lightening speed, lifting Hestra up by her clothes and pins her to a nearby tree, holding her by the throat.


XENA
(fiery eyed)
You don't really want to do this, do you Red?


Gabrielle gets up and runs over to the two women, trying to disarm an explosive situation.


GABRIELLE
Xena, put her down... Please?


HESTRA
(labored breath)
Yeah Xena,  mustn't disobey
the queen's orders.


XENA
(wicked smile)
I'm not an Amazon so she's not my queen.


GABRIELLE
Then do it because I'm asking you as your friend.


Ephiny runs over to see what the commotion is about.


EPHINY
(authoritative voice)
What's going on here.?  Hestra why do
you always have to cause trouble?


Xena releases her grip on Hestra and lets her drop to the ground,  then storms off toward Gabrielle's hut.


HESTRA
(yelling in Xena's direction)
We'll settle this later, warrior princess.


Hestra trudges off in the opposite direction as Ephiny goes over to Gabrielle.


EPHINY
What happened?


GABRIELLE
Xena was giving me some staff instruction and
Carrot Top over there, came looking for a fight.


EPHINY
Hestra's a troublemaker. She and her group are not
pleased about the treaty with the Centaurs at all.
(a pause)
The only time they're happy is if they're at odds with someone.



GABRIELLE
(concerned voice)
I better go check on Xena.  I've never seen her
get that angry so fast.


Gabrielle walks toward her hut while Ephiny goes to report the incident to Milosa.


[cut to]

BEAM DOWN POINT - MID AFTERNOON

A sparkly swirl of demolecularize particles forms as six columns materialize into the Enterprise D away team.  Tasha and Worf immediately fan out to find a suitable place to build a camp and to set up the necessary equipment they will need to conduct their observations.  Captain Picard stands and inhales a deep breath of fresh, wilderness air while observing the rugged landscape of the ancient past he now stands in.  The historians recheck the equipment, making sure there was no damage during transport.

Having found a campsite location, Tasha and Worf start to walk back to the beam down point.


TASHA
(grinning)
So Worf, how are you going to explain
that forehead if we encounter and lifeforms?


WORF
(slightly annoyed voice)
Very simple.  This time period is full of many
different species.  In addition to the Centaurs,
there are Minataurs, Cyclops, Hydras, Giants...


TASHA
Okay, okay...I get the point.
(a pause)
You sure know a lot about this period in Earth's history.


WORF
As I was growing up, my adopted parents
encouraged me to learn about this time
because being the only Klingon among humans,
it was good to relate to a period in history where
there were groups other then humans here.
.

After returning back to the beam down point Tasha reports to Captain Picard.


TASHA
We found a clearing about a two hundred
meters north that will make a good base
camp.   If we get started now, we should
have everything set up by dark.


The landing party members pick up the equipment and head north to the site that Tasha and Worf picked out.


[cut to]

GABRIELLE'S HUT - LATE AFTERNOON

Entering the hut, Gabrielle finds Xena packing their things into Argo's saddlebags.


GABRIELLE
Xena, what are you doing?


Xena glances up at Gabrielle with cold, angry eyes.


XENA
We're leaving.


[fade out]


END OF ACT 2
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