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“Destiny”  Episode 212/36

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G:  “So this is Cirra.  It’s beautiful.”

X:  “To me, it’s the ugliest place on Earth.”

G:  “I don’t think you should keep punishing yourself for what
happened.”

X:  “I didn’t come here to punish myself.  I wanna understand
why.”

G:  “Why what?”

X:  “Why it happened.  Why I was who I was.  And how I can ever
atone.”

G:  “You’ve changed, Xena.  Like this valley.  Once it was a
place full of death and violence.  But now it’s full of beauty
and life.  The same kind of change has happened to you.”

X:  “I wish that I could see it that way.  I’m going down there.”

G:  “I’ll wait here.”

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[Flashback to the destruction of Cirra]

Girl  [Presumably the young Callisto]:  “Why?”

X:  “Get up!  Yah!”

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X:  “Gabrielle?!  Gabrielle?!”

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Man: “Lord of the Moon, Mistress of the stars-- we-- the children
of the sun ask you for an omen.  Send us a sign.  Hail, goddess!
We are your servants.  Tell us our future.”

X:  “I got nothing but bad news for you.”

[Fight]

X:  “Gabrielle, catch!”

G:  “Run!  Come on, run!”

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X:  “Gabrielle?”

G:  “Wait, wait, stop!  I think I hear Xena.”

X:  “Hey!  Glad to see ya.  Now, get outta here.”

G:  “Quick!  Run!”

[Fight continues]

G:  “Come on!  Don’t stop!  Let’s go!”

Warrior:  “Get her!”

Girl:  [Speaks Gaelic, presumably]

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X:  “Get out of the way!”

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[ACT I]

G:  “Ahhh!  Ah!  Ah!  Ah!  Xena?  Ah!  Open your eyes.  Wake up!
Ah!  Wake up!”

X:  “Gabrielle-- the girl.”

G:  “What girl?  One of the captives?”

X:  “Only she can save me.”

G:  “They’re gone.  Xena.”

X:  “Mt. Nestus.”

G:  “Oh, I’m sorry.  Mt. Nestus?”

X:  “Take me there.”

G:  “I-- I can’t take you there.  I-- I don’t know.  It’s too far
away.  I-- uh-- Xena, I don’t know if, if--”

X:  “Please.”

G:  “OK.”

X:  “Amphipolis.”

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[Flashback to TEN WINTERS AGO]

Sold:  “Come on!  Get moving!”

Village Man:  “Have mercy!  Please!”

Sold:  “Come on!  Get on over to Xena!”

X:  “People of Neopolitis.  Friends-- you’re free to go.  But
spread the word.  My army will punish any village that allies
itself with the enemies of Amphipolis.  And I will do anything to
ensure the safety of my homeland.  Those who don’t heed my
warning-- will pay a terrible price.”

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Tellus [T]:  “Get going!  You hungry?  Ah, what’s the matter?
You not hungry?  [Laughs]”

Julius Caesar [JC]:  “I generally don’t eat food touched by a
pig.  You have a woman’s touch.”

T:  “So, you not afraid of a beating, huh?  You afraid to die?”

JC:  “A brave man dies only once.  A man like you-- dies a
thousand times.”

T:  “All right, brave man-- you’re one time is now!”

X:  “Tellus-- look at him-- the robes; the bearing, the poise.
Why, we have a Roman nobleman-- a valuable commodity.”

T:  “What are you talking about?”

JC:  “Ransom-- she’s talking about ransom, pig.”

X:  “That’s right, we can get 20,000 dinars for him.”

JC:  “20,000 isn’t enough.”

X:  “Oh, really?”

JC:  “They’ll never believe you have me, if that’s all you’re
asking.  I’m worth five times that.”

X:  “Very well.  But if you’re wrong, it’s your neck.  Lyserius--
send out a ransom demand to the nearest Roman settlement.  Tell
them to send 100,000 dinars if they ever want to see-- what’s
your name?”

JC:  “Caesar, Julius Caesar.”

X:  “Caesar, Julius Caesar, again.  You really weren’t afraid to
die, were you?”

JC:  “I knew someone would stop him.”

X:  “And, how could you know that?”

JC:  “I know what I’m fated to do with my life.”

X:  “And what’s that?”

JC:  “Rule the world.”

Lyserius [L]:  “Let’s go, Roman.”

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G:  “Xena-- can you hear me?  Xena.  Xena, can you hear me?  Mt.
Nestus.  Is it north of the Strymon River?”

X:  “North-- Strymon.”

G:  “I think that’s a ‘yes.’”

X:  [Mumbles something]

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X:  “Do you hear me?  Don’t make a move.”

L:  “What is it?”

X:  “We have a stowaway.”

Warriors:  “Come down!”  “We got her.”  “Hold onto her.”  Don’t
let her get away.”  “A woman.”

X:  “What did you do to my leg?  Fix it.  My leg, fix it!  Bring
over Tellus.  She can fix whatever she did to him.”

M’Lila:  [Speaks Gaelic]

X:  “What’s she saying?”

JC:  “She said it’s too late for him.”

L:  “She’s killed him!”

X:  “Wait.  You speak her language.  Tell her I’ll spare her life
if she’ll teach me how she did that.”

JC:  [Speaks Gaelic]

X:  “Take her down below.”

Warrior:  “Let’s go.”

JC:  “Be careful.  Runaway slaves are very dangerous people.”

X:  “How do you know she’s a runaway?”

JC:  “She speaks Gaelic-- but she’s clearly from the land of the
Pharaoh-- probably abducted as a child by raiders from Western
Gaul.”

X:  “Western Gaul, huh?  Why do you say that?”

JC:  “Gaul is divided into three parts.  Each area speaks its own
different dialect.  One day I’ll conquer all three provinces.”

X:  “How can you be so sure of yourself.”

JC:  “I told you.  I’m--”

X:  “Oh, that’s right.  You’re fated to rule the world.  Do you
really believe that?”

JC:  “Of course.  Each event in our life is part of a great plan.
There are no accidents.  Only destiny.”

X:  “And who shapes this destiny-- the gods?”

JC:  “Perhaps.  Or it’s the blood in our veins, our-- souls, our
desires-- our will.  They’re all in it-- together, weaving a
tapestry we call-- ‘destiny.’”

X:  “Well, I can tell you _one_ thing about your destiny-- you’re
fated to have dinner in my cabin tonight.”

Warrior:  “Grab his legs!”

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X:  “Show me that thing you do.  No-- no, not on my leg.  Show me
on my neck.  Yeah-- come on.  That was too fast.  Now, take it
off and do it again, slower.  Take it off.  Come on!”

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[ACT II]

X:  “You got some sense of humor.  Now, teach me how you did
that.  No, not on me.  Teach me on yourself.  Here?  There-- oh.”

M’Lila:  [Speaks Gaelic]

X:  “You see-- I can play, too.  Come on.”

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JC:  “Where did you steal that dress?”

X:  “Stugeira (sp?).”

JC:  “Maybe someday, you can go back for the rest of it.”

X:  “Are you complaining?”

JC:  “No-- not at all.  It’s lovely.  Why Stugeira?”

X:  “It’s the ancient enemy of my home village, Amphipolis.”

JC:  “Amphipolis.  So all your raiding and looting is about
protecting your homeland?”

X:  “That’s right.  It was once brutally attacked by a warlord.
But I’ve made sure that’ll never happen again.  And what about
you?”

JC:  “What about me?”

X:  “What drives you?”

JC:  “The desire to be great.”

X:  “You mean powerful.”

JC:  “No-- greatness isn’t just about possessing power.  If it
was, any thug with an army would be entitled to that label.
Greatness is about achieving what seems impossible-- to other
men.”

X:  “Why don’t you and I work together?”

JC:  “What do you mean?”

X:  “This life I’m living is beginning to bore me.  I’d love to
join forces with you.”

JC:  “So-- you wanna help me conquer the world.”

X:  “Why not?  We’d make an unstoppable team.”

JC:  “Indeed. I bet you know a lot-- about conquest.”

X:  “Yes-- I love it.  Pursuing the enemy; breaking down his
defenses; cutting off his only path of retreat; and then closing
for the kill.”

JC:  “Some enemies are-- harder-- that others.”

X:  “Oh, I count on it.”

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JC:  “What’s the matter?  Not all there?”

X:  “No-- I was just wondering if we’ll ever see one another
again.”

JC:  “A moment won’t pass-- when I’m not thinking about you.  Now
go.  I’ll find you, I promise.”

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[M’Lila’s Song]

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L:  “Ship ahoy!”

M’Lila:  [Speaks Gaelic]

X:  “Bring her around!  We’re going to join them!  It’s all
right.  He’s my friend.  Hurry up!”

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JC:  “Now!”

X:  “What do you think you’re doing?!”

JC:  “This-- is my destiny.  You’re a part of it.  And I’m a part
of yours.”

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[ACT III]

Brutus [B]:  “The ship is secured, Caesar.”

JC:  “Good.  Where’s that friend of yours-- the Gaelic slave
girl?”

X:  “I had to kill her-- because she betrayed me.”

JC:  “Really?  Well I don’t blame you.  Still, she would have
fetched a good price with the gladiator dealers.”

X:  “Is that what you have planned for me?  We were going to
conquer the world together.  What happened to those plans for
us?”

JC:  “Us-- there was never any us, Xena-- only Rome.  And I am
Rome.  Still-- don’t think that what we had was meaningless.
I’ll always remember it-- and you’ll have a special place of
honor-- among my conquered.”

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B:  “She was an easier prey than I expected.”

JC:  “Divide and conquer, my friend.  You divide a woman’s
emotion from her sensibilities-- and you have her.  I could’ve
sold you and all your friends into slavery, Xena-- but that’s
what any common warlord would do. But with this-- and especially
with you-- I defy myself-- to all those who would dare oppose
me-- all those who would dare prey on Rome.  Goodbye, Xena.
Break her legs.”

X:  [Screams]

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G:  “Sleep.  You’re getting worse.”

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Roman Sold:  “Who goes there?!  I asked you a question!”

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B:  “The Senate will never approve the funds for a northern
invasion.  You move too fast, Caesar.  Time is on your side.
Take advantage of it.”

JC:  “I shall.  And my time is now.  The plunder I have taken
from these pirates makes it so.  I can finance my invasion
without the approval of the Senate.  And with victory-- the army
will pledge allegiance-- and Rome will be mine.  No, Brutus--
from this moment on, I am no longer subordinate to old men in
white robes.  I’m their rival.  What is this?”

Sold:  “Caesar-- the barbarian woman-- the one name Xena--
escaped.”

JC:  “Your life is forfeit-- that you already know.  But you can
redeem yourself.  Take my centurion guard and find her.  I want
her lifeless body brought back to me by the end of the night.
Go.”

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Nicklio [N]:  “What is this?!”

M’Lila:  “Nicklio!”  [Speaks Gaelic]

X:  “Are you a healer?”

N:  “You could say that.  I’m _the_ healer.”

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G:  “Please-- please help me.  Please help me.  My friend-- she
needs help.”

N:  “Xena?  What happened to her?  Her organs are swelling from
internal bleeding.”

X:  “Nicklio-- don’t, please.  Let me go.”

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X:  [Screams]

N:  “I’ve just reset your bones  You’re lucky M’Lila brought you
here.”

X:  “Yeah, lucky.  M’Lila, huh?  Ask her why she saved me?”

N:  [Speaks Gaelic]

M’Lila:  [Speaks Gaelic]

N:  “She says it’s not your time to die.”

X:  “Well, if not now, then when?”

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N:  “Let me see your wound.”

G:  “Will you help my friend?”

N:  “Xena can wait.  You, I can do something about.”

G:  “What do you mean?”

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[ACT IV]

N:  “You have amazing recuperative powers.  How are you feeling?”

X:  “Fine-- much stronger.  Those needles are fascinating.”

N:  “Hmm.”

X:  “M’Lila-- up on that cross-- I wasn’t sure that I wanted to
live.  You-- you had no reason to save me, but you did.  Thank
you.  I know you can’t understand.”

M’Lila:  [Speaks Gaelic]

N:  “She wants to know if you feel anger-- towards Caesar.”

Roman Soldiers:  “There she is!”  “Get her!”

[Fight]

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N:  “Something’s happening.”

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[Xena Fight Song]

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N:  “Her pulse is failing.”

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X:  “You’ll be dead in thrity seconds.  But know this-- you won’t
be the last.”

[Theme from the Gauntlet]

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N:  “She’s gone.”

G:  “She can’t be gone.”

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X:  “Tell Hades to prepare himself.  A new Xena is born tonight--
with a new purpose in life--”

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G:  “No.”

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X:  “Death.”

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G:  “No!”

N:  “Let her pass over.”

G:  “Please-- please wake up.  Wake up!”

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G:  “Wake up!”

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G:  “Oh-- please wake up.  Oh-- do something!  Do something!”

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X:  “M’Lila.”

M’Lila:  “Hello, Xena.”

X:  “You should have left me to die back there on that beach.”

M’Lila:  “You have a destiny, Xena.  But you have to choose it.”

X:  “I did choose it.!  I chose evil!”

M’Lila:  “Now that you know evil-- were evil-- you can fight
evil.  When the living think of the dead-- the dead can hear
their thoughts.  Listen.”

Voice of G:  “Xena-- I know you can hear me-- wherever you are.
I know you always told me to be strong.  I can’t be-- not now.
You can’t leave me.  I know it’s not your time.  I can feel it in
my heart.  I [should?] feel this emptiness that I’ve never known
before, and it scares me.  Xena-- above all-- just remember your
destiny.  Remember it and fight.  Just, fight to come back.  This
world needs you.  I need you.”

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X:  “I have to go back.”

[TO BE CONTINUED]

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