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"Between the Lines"  Episode 86/415


"What we sow in this life,
we reap in our future lives.
This is our karma."

From the Xena "Blue" Scroll

Author Unknown

G:  "Xena, it's not as if people will stare at you."

X's Voice:  "I'm not worried about that."

G:  "It's the latest rage in India.  You know what they say--
`When in Rome-- '"

X:  "Oh, please."

G:  "OK-- different analogy.  Um-m-m-m-m-- when you want to fly
with eagles-- "

X:  "Don't dress like a turkey?"

G:  "Ooh."

X:  "I don't know, Gabrielle.  Look-- this is just not me."

G:  "No, no.  It-it _is_ you.  Uh-- the color-- the jewelry.
It's, um-- it says, um-- `Casual'.  It says-- `Sexy'.  It says--

X:  "She-e-e-e-yah-h-h-h!"

G:  "It says a lot.  Glad to see you're getting into the swing of
things, Xena."

Merchant:  "Four."

G:  "There's a lot to be said about immersing yourself into the
culture of a new land."

X:  "What's that?"

G's Voice:  "I don't know.  Some sort of procession?"

X:  "Let's go check it out.  _What_ has this woman done?!"

Man:  "Naima's husband is dead.  She must join him."

G:  "Has she been found guilty of murder?"

Man:  "Her?  Our custom has been passed down and can only be
changed by a darsham-- an enlightened one.  Her husband died.
She must join him.  That is the law."

X:  "Well, a law is about to be broken!"

Blue Turban:  "Huh-h-h-h-h!"


X [Whispers]:  "Come on."  [Normal Voice]  Gabrielle-- take her."

G:  "Get back!"

X:  "Yah-h!  Ah-h-h-h-h-h-h-h!  Ah-h-h-h-h-h-h!  Ah-h!"

G:  "Come on!"

X:  "Come on!  Come on!  Go!  Run!"

Men's Voices:  "Get them!"  "Come on!"  "Get those women!"  "Stop


Man's Voice:  "There they are!"

X:  "Back!"

G:  "Run!  This way!  Run!"

X:  "Ah-h-h-h!"

Men:  "Come on!  Take some men and surround the back of the
house."  "You men-- come with me!"


X:  "Pile up some more furniture.  I'm gonna look for a way outta

Man's Voice:  "Naima-- you _must_ follow your husband."

X:  "No _windows_-- fantastic.  Naima-- I don't know what you
think you're doing-- "


Naima [Nai]'s Voice:  "Have courage, Xena.  I'm sending you on a
journey into your future-- a journey to save-- your karmic


[A Future Life]

Khindin [Khi]:  "All this talk is tiring, Arminestra.  _You_--
wanted to negotiate.  But I've heard _nothing_ that appeals to

X-in-Arminestra [X-in-Arm]:  "What?  That spear-- I put it



Khi:  "Is the great peacemaker deaf as well?"

X-in-Arm:  "Arminestra?  What is your business with these

Khi:  "My business-- my business-- is to own them-- life-- and--
soul.  Kill the men.  Capture the rest."

X-in-Arm:  "Wait a minute!"

Khi:  "Uh.  Well-- the mother of peace has a backbone after all.
Interesting-- but I have an army-- and all _you_ have-- are a
handful of villagers, and your message of peace.  The odds-- are
in _my_ favor, I think.  Kill them."


Khi:  "To arms!"

Man:  "Ready?!  Aim?!  Fire!"

Shakti [Sha]:  "Find Arminestra!  Find the mother of peace!"

X-in-Arm:  "Alti?"

Khi [Morphs into Alti-- Heretofore known as Alti-in-Khi]:  "Xena!
I knew I'd find your soul, eventually."

A Man:  "Revered mother, run!" 

Sha:  "Take her to safety, Athlin."

X-in-Arm:  "Who are you?"

Sha:  "Shakti.  The army needs me.  Go-- now!"

Athlin [Ath]:  "Come, Arminestra."

X-in-Arm:  "I can't leave."

Ath:  "You're the only hope the people have, Arminestra.  Come--

A Man:  "Shakti!  Yah!  Yah!"

Ath:  "Come on!"

X:  "Ah-h-h!  Uh!"

Alti-in-Khi:  "Xena-- the great warrior in the body of
Arminestra, the peacemaker.  She's _mine_!"


[The Present]

G:  "Xena-- you better hurry!  Xena?  Xena?"

Nai:  "Make move, sweet thing."

G:  "Look, I don't have time for this.  Where is Xena?"

Nai:  "Xena-- Xena-- in the sea-- in the sea-- in the sea-- in
the sea-- in the sea."


[The future]

Alti-in-Khi:  "Arminestra must have a place of hiding.  Where is
it?  Where was she taken?!  Fear-- I can feel it within you.  You
see-- there once was a powerful shamaness, named Alti.  And Alti
knew what was in the hearts of men and women.  You are
experiencing the torment of a thousand lifetimes-- past and
present.  Talk to me.  Tell me where Xena is.  He didn't know."

Warrior:  "Who is this Xena?  I thought you wanted Arminestra."

Alti-in-Khi:  "Xena _is_ Arminestra.  She's an old, old friend of
mine.  And once I capture her-- and make her power mine-- _I_
will have everything that has made her who she is-- timeless--
and _I_ will be the destroyer of nations."


Nai:  "It is the beauty of the universe.  Each line has its
place.  Each has a meaning-- each-- drawring [sic] on the other
to complete its totality."

G:  "That is the most beautiful thing I've ever seen."

Nai:  "There is a great evil in the future that is hunting Xena's
soul.  It has found her.  If it succeeds-- Xena's karmic circle
will end-- along with all the good of her future lives."

G:  "Who is her enemy?"

Nai:  "I don't know.  I had to send her there quickly-- to defend
herself.  I was not able to tell her much before she left."

G:  "Send me there."

Nai:  "I'm not sure that's wise."

G:  "This karma that you're talking about-- can you see mine?
Can you see how much Xena's a part of that?"

Nai:  "Yes-- in many lives-- past and future.  You are right.
But if you are to go-- I must give you the weapon I could not
give her.  You must learn the mandhi."

G [Whispers]:  "Teach me."


[The Future]

Sha:  "Is it a problem, Athlin?  Break the tip and pull it out."

Ath:  "It's not that easy.  There could be damage to the lung,
and if I pull it out, it's possible that we'll-- "

X-in-Arm:  "Let me take a look at that."

Ath:  "Good mother, this is not something for you to see.  I said
I'd come and get you when we-- "

X-in-Arm:  "I'm not much one for waiting around.  I've been
checking out your army.  Low numbers, and even lower morale.
I've seen much of armies.  One does when one is a messenger of

Sha:  "Uh!"

X-in-Arm:  "But just in  case-- "

Sha:  "Uh."

X-in-Arm:  "There.  That'll take care of the bleeding."

Sha:  "Amazing."

X-in-Arm:  "Well-- we're not out of the woods, yet.  Grit your

Sha:  "Uh-h-h!"

X-in-Arm:  "Ah-- there's not many people who can take a crossbow
bolt through the shoulder and still keep their arm."

Sha:  "Your abilities are surprising, Arminestra."

X-in-Arm:  "Just take it as a thank you for saving my life."

Sha:  "What man of peace wouldn't?"

X-in-Arm:  "Hmm."

Sha:  "You have ended wars throughout the subcontinent-- but I'm
afraid, Khindin has no soul-- and she's already won.  I will
fight as long as I am able.  But I have to think about my

X-in-Arm:  "Shakti, if you surrender, your people will be
enslaved-- and you-- "

Sha:  "Oh, I'll be executed; that's a given.  But enslaved or
not, at least my people will be alive.  And as long as they are--
there must be hope."

X-in-Arm:  "No, not with this one.  Trust me Shakti.  I've known
her a very long time."


[The Present]

Nai:  "Just remember-- the key-- is the mandhi.  Together, you
and Xena must use it to trap the evil-- and bring it back-- to be

G:  "I understand."

Nai:  "Mandhi is the path to enlightenment.  Feel it-- don't try
to understand it.  [Whispers]  Accept.  [Normal Voice]  This is
to create the mandhi.  It will be waiting for you-- in the
future-- there-- hidden in the wall."


A Man:  "The men are in position."

Man:  "Then it's time.  Break the door down now!"


Nai:  "You are ready.  Tell Xena the evil can only be destroyed
here-- where she's still powerful."


[[[[[[G:  "Xena!]]]]]]

X-in-Arm:  "Something wrong?"

G-as-Sha:  "No.  No, I'm fine.  I was just thinking of someone I
need to find.  What-- what were we talking about?"

X-in-Arm:  "I was saying that Khindin's not afraid of your army.
She lives off the fear of others.  She's more than just a

G-as-Sha:  "A warrior-- Khindin?"

X-in-Arm:  "I know this doesn't make much sense to you-- but
she's trying to recreate powers she lost long ago."

G-as-Sha:  "Is she still-- tall-- black hair-- a particular
warcry when she attacks?"

X-in-Arm:  "Leave us.  [Whispers]  Gabrielle."

G-as-Sha [Morphs into G-in-Sha]:  "Xena?  Is that really you?
Naima didn't tell me that you'd-- you'd-- look so different."

X-in-Arm:  "So do you.  Your name is Shakti.  You're the leader
in this land."

G-in-Sha:  "This is my karma.  This is my reincarnated soul?
Naima sent you here.  You have to defend your soul against a
great evil.  I don't know what that is."

X-in-Arm:  "Alti-- the great evil is Alti."

G-in-Sha:  "I thought you killed Alti."

X-in-Arm:  "Her evil just moved on to its next life.  And this
time, it not only has her spirit, but the strength of a warrior.
That's why the mother of peace had no success with Khindin."

G-in-Sha:  "The mother of peace?"

X-in-Arm:  "Me.  First things first.  We'll have to set free the
people that Khindin captured."

G-in-Sha:  "Xena, the mandhi is the key.  It's the only way we
can bring Alti back to our world.  We have to use it, so you can
defeat her there."

X-in-Arm:  "We capture her, and her men will take revenge.  We'll
have to set them free at the same time."

G-in-Sha:  "I'm sure your mind is as sharp as ever-- but how?"

X-in-Arm:  "That's a good question."



Alti-in-Khi:  "I'm so close to my goal.  I _knew_ one day I would
find the body of Xena's karma.  I've been searching for it--
hoping beyond hope that I could take her power-- and now, I've
found it.  She couldn't have done it alone.  I have an enemy in
the past, and I don't know who it is.  Now-- I need a sacrifice--

Mother:  "No!  No!  Don't!  No-o-o-o-o-o!  No, please don't!

G-in-Sha:  "You know?  If this doesn't work-- it all ends here--
everything-- us-- our souls-- "

X-in-Arm:  "We don't have any choice.  It's funny-- here, you're
the warrior-- the hero."

G-in-Sha:  "Xena, in this lifetime, the mother of peace would be
a goddess to me.  That's a hero."

X-in-Arm:  "Be careful."

Ath:  "Good mother-- I'm afraid I don't understand a lot of

X-in-Arm:  "Just trust me, Athlin.  You're clear on where to find
the box."

Ath:  "Yes-- it'll be done."

X-in-Arm:  "Good."


Alti-in-Khi:  "Ah-h-h-- fear.  I want that fear.  I want that
power inside you.  I want the power of your fear-- and I can take
it from you."

X-in-Arm:  "The blood of an innocent gives power to no one.  I
should know."

Alti-in-Khi:  "No one touch her.  She's here to plead for life--
this one-- and those.  Right, Xena?"

X-in-Arm:  "Let the girl go, and I'll give you the answer to your

Alti-in-Khi:  "I posed a question?"

X-in-Arm:  "You know _why_ I'm here.  But you don't know _how_,
or who sent me."

Alti-in-Khi:  "Take the girl away.  Fine-- let's talk."

[Cut to G-in-Sha and her/his men]

Alti-in-Khi:  "We have so much to catch up on.  Last time I saw
you-- you were killing me.  You know what I'm after."

X-in-Arm:  "I can guess.  Your soul has moved on along with your
evil.  Your looking for that spiritual power you once had.  You
found it in the karmic circle."

Alti-in-Khi:  "Hmm-hmm.  Very  good-- but I was shortsighted.
The spiritual power I was feeding on was _nothing_ compared to
this.  Every person here has generations of power, just waiting
for me to take.  And do you know the key?"

X-in-Arm:  "Fear?"

Alti-in-Khi:  "Fear."

X-in-Arm:  "I know-- it's like heat radiating from your victim.
But fear is a flaw, Alti-- a subtle, human flaw, given to us by
the gods so that they can exploit us.  You think it's wonderful
to have that power, but it's not."

Alti-in-Khi:  "It's not?!  With the power fear gives me, I can
look into your mind for the truth.  Who sent you, Xena?  Who is
it?  Who's my enemy from the past?  Is it an enlightened one?  A

G-in-Sha:  "No-o-o-o-o-o-o-o!"


X-in-Arm:  "Hurry up!  OK, run!  run!  Head for the trees!"

Man's Voice:  "Quickly!  

X-in-Arm:  "Spread out!  Run!"


Nai's Voice:  "Mandhi is the path to enlightenment.  It will be
waiting for you-- in the future-- hidden in the wall."



Ath:  "No!  Good mother!  You can't kill!"

X-in-Arm:  "Uh!"

Ath:  "Ah-h-h-h!"

G-in-Sha:  "Uh!"

Ath:  "Oh-h-h!"

X-in-Arm:  "Let me see."

Ath:  "I've never known such pain.  I'm sorry-- mother-- but I
couldn't let you kill."

X-in-Arm:  "I know you were protecting my soul-- otherwise,
Arminestra's-- my karma would have been destroyed."

Ath:  "I've-- done what you asked."

X-in-Arm:  "Thank you, friend."

Alti-in-Khi:  "Well, how pathetic.  The great warrior can't kill.
Take her away!"  [Laughs]



Alti-in-Khi:  "I'm in awe, Xena.  I truly am.  I see you found
your friend-- Gabrielle, was it?  Yes.  She has a lot of power.
Her past lives have filled her.  Soon-- that power-- your power
will be mine.  No-- not here.  The people need to witness the
death of their heroes-- Shakti and Arminestra-- on the stakes.
But don't worry.  You'll die slow.  I wanna feel every delicious
moment of your pain.  Get up!"

G-in-Sha's Voice:  "Xena."

X-in-Arm:  "Alti just left.  If we're gonna bring her back to the
past and beat her, you'd better start painting."

G-in-Sha's Voice:  "What if I don't remember everything Naima
taught me?"

X-in-Arm's Voice:  "Don't try to think, Gabrielle.  She said that
the mandhi was the path home.  Trust that.  Just let it happen."


[[[[[[Man:  "It's time.  You must join your husband, Naima-- in

[[[[[[Man's Voice:  "Your spirit will rise, like smoke from the

Alti-in-Khi:  "It's judgment day.  Today I realize what I was
truly meant to be.  Ah!  Ah-h!"


[The Present]:  "So the gods have told us-- so it must be done.
Give her to the flames!"

X:  "Get Naima to safety!  Go!"

G:  "Come on!"

X:  "Hide her!  Run!  Run!"

G:  "Watch out."

Alti [Laughs]:  "Ah-h-h-h-- another chance!  You brought my
_soul_ back to try to defeat me, Xena."

X:  "Ah-h-h-h!  Ow-w-w-w-w!"

Alti:  "The problem is-- you also brought back my powers!"



Alti:  "What's the matter, Xena?  Having a problem fighting me in
my spirtual state?  Don't worry.  I'm real-- formed from the evil
of the earth."


X:  "Ah-h-h-h-h-h-h-h-h-h!  Uh!  Ah-h-h-h-h-h-h-h-h-h-h-h-h-h-h!

Alti:  "And I'm a much better fighter than you ever dreamed."

X:  "Ah-h-h-h-h!  Ah-h-h-h-h-h!  Ah-h-h-h!"

G:  "Uh-h-h-h-h-h-h-h-h-h!  [Etc.]"

Alti:  "What's she told you about me, little girl?!  Has she told
you about my powers?!  Has she told you about this?!"

[[[[[[Vision of the crucifixion]]]]]]

Alti:  "That's my gift to you!  That's your future!  _She's_
responsible for your death!"

X:  "You bi-i-i-i-i-itch!  Ah-h-h-h-h!  Ah-h-h-h-h-h-h-h!
Ah-h-h-h-h-h-h-h-h-h-h!  Ah-h-h-h-h!"

G:  "Uh-h-h-h!"

Alti:  "Give me that pain!  Give it to me!"

[[[[[[X:  "You're the best thing in my life."]]]]]]

G:  "Ah-h-h-h-h-h-h!  Ah-h-h!  Ah-h-h-h-h!  Ah-h-h-h-h!  [Etc.]"

Alti [Laughs]:  "You must be the darsham-- the one that sent
them.  I can feel it.  I'll have Xena's power, but yours is
_nothing_ can compare to that.  And I _will_ have it!"

X:  "Gabrielle-- Naima's _not_ Alti's enemy!  It's the mandhi."

G:  "Ah-h-h-h-h!  Ah-h-h-h-h-h-h-h!"

X:  "Ah-h-h-h-h-h!  Ah-h-h-h-h-h-h-h!  Ah-h-h-h-h-h-h-h!
Gabrielle-- Gabrielle-- "

Woman's Voice:  "How can it be?"

Nai:  "Thank you, Xena.  You destroyed Alti at the one time in
her karma when she was most powerful."

X:  "The one time?"

Nai:  "Oh, yes.  Her soul is not destroyed.  It will return many
times-- filled with evil-- but you will always be there to meet
it.  And you, Gabrielle-- you both walk a path together.  Think
of yourselfves as lines in the mandhi-- separated-- but forever
connected.  Mandhi-- contains truth."


G:  "I guess it's a day for changes."

X:  "Oh,yeah.  How does this feel?"

G:  "Feels pretty good.  I wish I had some word in it, though.
You know?  It was like this in that vision."

X:  "I know.  I've been thinking about that."

G:  "Xena, Alti was evil.  Why should we believe anything she
showed us?  The mandhi contains the truth.  I wish there was some
way that-- that we could do that again, just-- just to really

X:  "Naima could have told us."

G:  "Yeah.  There's so many questions I wish I had asked her--
about what this all means.  You know what she said?  She said
that your karma-- and mine-- they're intertwined."

X:  "Well, maybe it's not the first time we've walked down this
road, huh?"

G:  "Maybe it won't be the last.  How would I recognize you?"

X:  "We need a sign.  This way, no matter how we look, we'll
always remember the women we were.  Like it?"

G:  "I love it."


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