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Production #V907 - Episode 07
INT. ARGOS TEMPLE - EARLY EVENING
Gabrielle is walking slowly around the temple, making preparations for her meditation ritual.
A space around the fire has been cleared away, and a small water skin sits to one side. She lights the few candles she was able to find.
When she is finished, she clasps her hands together and brings them to her lips. She blows out a breath, then sits down and closes her eyes.
All right, Xena. Letís see if
we can make this bond
work in our favor.
Her breathing slows as she falls into a meditative trance, and her soul begins its search for its other half.
EXT. CORINTH TEMPLE - LATE AFTERNOON
Judgments are over and the Conqueror goes back to her palace. Her gaze lingers on the hooded figure that stands on the temple steps as her caravan passes by, then passively turns to the crucifixion fields that dot the landscape on the other side of her carriage. Her eyes fix on one cross in particular and close briefly. We see momentary pain, then the blue eyes shutter behind the walls the Conqueror has generated.
Xena waits until the royal procession is lost from sight, then re-enters the temple and searches for the priest she spoke to earlier. She is still wearing her cloak and hood, only her blue eyes visible. A tingling up her spine causes her to straighten and turn, pinpointing a singular spot near the front altar.
Show yourself, Ares.
With a poof and a sparkle, the GOD OF WAR materializes beside a statue of himself. He circles Xena like a cat, flicking his fingers at her cloak.
New look, Xena? I didnít think you
did the commoner thing any more.
I get around easier this way. No
one sees a need to bother
me except you, apparently.
Really? I didnít realize you still did
that. And why did you come here
if not to speak to me, hmm?
He reaches out to stroke her cheek. She steps back from his touch and ignores his question.
Was there something in particular you
wanted, Ares? I have things to do.
Ares drops his hand with a snarl.
Still upset I see. Well, youíll get over
it and come back to me soon enough.
Iíve got all the time there is. You did
the right thing... the blonde bitch
would have betrayed you, and
cost you everything youíve gained.
It occurs to Xena that Ares is not aware the she is not Xena the Conqueror.
Ares, if youíve got nothing constructive
for me, make like the wind and blow.
I really donít have time for this.
Aresí eyes narrow.
One day, Warrior Princess, you
are gonna push me too far.
He disappears with a flash before she can utter another word.
Xena glances around, realizing that no one noticed her conversation with the god of war. She spots the priest, and makes a beeline for him.
Címere, buddy. We need to talk.
END OF TEASER