Melinda and Janis take a journey that will forever change their lives.
Coming up next on Xena Warrior Princess.
In the time of ancient gods, warlords and kings,
a land in turmoil cried out for a hero. 
She was Xena, a mighty princess...
forged in the heat of battle.
The Power... The Passion... The Danger...
Her courage will change the world.
ACT 1
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TEASER


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LOGAN AIRPORT -  SPRING OF 1941

It is just before dusk as Melinda and Janis board the plane.  Their destination, Greece.  The liner holds 21 passengers in its slender, cramped compartment.














Janis, a veteran flyer, nestles down in her seat after stowing her duffel bag.  This is Melinda's first time flying.  Her nervousness is not well hidden, as she cautiously sits down.



MELINDA
Isn't this exciting Janis?


Janis' frowns and adjusts her position in the seat.


JANIS
Make yourself comfortable because
it's going to be a long trip.


Melinda smiles and leans over Janis to look out the window.


MELINDA
Look, you can see the ocean.


JANIS
Get used to that site because we're
going to be flying over it for a long time.


Melinda suddenly becomes flushed and her knuckles turn white from the grip she has on the arm of the chair.


JANIS
(cont'd)
Relax... Everythings going to be just fine.
Haven't you ever flown before?


MELINDA
No. This is my first time.


JANIS
(angry)
How did you get to Macedonia last year?


MELINDA
By boat.


JANIS
(sarcastically)
W-O-N-D-E-R-F-U-L.


Just then the steward comes down the aisle with refreshments.


STEWARD
Can I offer you something to drink?


MELINDA
A cup of tea would be nice.


JANIS
Cancel that. 
We'll both have bourbon
and make her's a double.

Just as the steward serves the drinks an announcement comes over the loud speaker.


CAPTAIN
This is your Captain speaking. 
We will be taking off in about
5 minutes.  Everyone be seated
and fasten your safety belts.



Shortly after the announcement, the engines rev up and the plane starts to vibrate. Melinda, who has been sipping her drink, swallows the remainder in one gulp.

The plane taxis out onto the strip and then is off like a shot, down the runway.






Melinda sinks back into her chair, closes her eyes tight and clutches Janis' arm. 















Suddenly, they are airborne and the plane climbs to cruising altitude, which takes about 15 minutes.



JANIS
Melinda, you can let go of my arm now.


MELINDA
Are we there yet?



JANIS
(laughing)
No... But I really think you need to relax.


Janis signals for the steward to come over.


JANIS
She'll have another bourbon.


The steward brings Melinda another drink and she swallows it almost as fast as the first one.

Shortly there after, the alcohol takes effect and Melinda becomes very relaxed and sleepy.


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PASSENGER CABIN - 1 HOUR INTO THE FLIGHT

JANIS
I think I'll do a little more reserch before we land.


Janis opens her duffel bag, pulling out a brown leather journal and a pen.


JANIS
(cont'd)
Melinda, give me the scroll.


Melinda, very light headed, turns to Janis.


MELINDA
I don't have it!


END OF TEASER


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