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MERCENARY


“Mercenary”  Episode 38/301

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[Caption:  Prison ship, _Enyalios_]

Men’s Voices:  “Move it!  Move it!”  “Don’t leave us down here!”
“We’ll drown like rats!”  “Shut up, or I’ll toss you overboard!
You stay chained!”

Derq:  “We’re never gonna make it to Sparta!”

H:  “We’ll make!  You murdered a man.  You _will_ stand trial for
that.”

Derq:  “You are a fool!  The seas are filled-- with pirates.  If
the storm doesn’t kill us, they will.”

H:  “We’ll see.”

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H:  “So much for pirates.”

Derq:  “Hercules!  Unchain me!  We’re gonna capsize!”

H:  “Just hold on!  Whoa-a-a!”

Derq:  “If the boat sinks-- I’m gonna go down with it!”

H:  “We’ll all go down!”

Derq:  “You won’t!  You’re not chained to it!  Cut me loose!”

Man’s Voice:  “We’re going down!  Every man for himself!”

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Derq:  “Thanks for saving me.”

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[ACT I]

H:  “‘Thanks for saving me.’”

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Derq:  “Don’t worry.  It’s just a tree stump.  But you’re wise to
be careful.  Now, I figure we’re even.”

H:  “How do you figure that?”

Derq:  “You saved my life on the boat-- and I didn’t kill you on
the beach.”

H:  “Aw, I suppose I should thank you.”

Derq:  “If I wanted you dead-- you wouldn’t be here.”

H:  “Well, I’m here now.”

Derq:  “Like I said-- we’re even.  But if you keep on comin’
after me-- I will kill you.”

Derq’s Voice:  I’m warning you!  Don’t-- follow me!”

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Pirates [Pirs]’ Voices:  “Think anyone made it off the prison
ship?!”  “Spread out!  Look for survivors!”  “Search the beach!
Maybe the gold washed ashore!”

Sordis [Sor]:  “Tracks-- human tracks.”

A Pir:  “Someone was tryin’ to cover them.”

Pir’s Voice:  “Try over there!”

Sor:  “Why bother?  Unless the gold was on the prison ship, like
you said.”

Red:  “Over here!  Tracks!  I see tracks!  Here!  This way!”

A Pir:  “There are only two sets ’a tracks.”

Sor:  “The gold is either at the bottom of the ocean-- or those
two buried it.”

A Pir:  “What if they don’t want to tell us?”

Sor:  “Then we will just have to persuade them.”

Pir’s Voice:  “What’s over there?!”

Sor:  [Laughs]

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[Fight]

H:  “Your camoulflage needs a little work.”

Derq:  “Doesn’t matter.  You’re still a dead man.  You’re good,
Hercules, even with one arm.  But are you good enough?”

H:  [Yells]

Derq:  “Here, let me help.”

H:  “Hah!  Ah-h!  A-h-h-h!  No-o-o-o-o-o-o-o!  Ah-h!  Ah!”

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[ACT II]

Derq:  “That’s a dried-up well you’re in.  You better start
digging.”

H:  “We’d find water a lot quicker-- if you were down here
helping me!”

Derq [Laughs]:  “True, very true-- but I need my rest.”

H:  “Big eggs.  Looks like we’re not alone.”

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H:  “Have a nice nap?”

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Derq:  “Look, the only way we’re gonna get off this island-- is
if we work together.”

H:  “Oh, yeah-- now you wanna work together.”

H’s Voice:  “Just keep digging.”

Derq:  “I could dig a lot faster if my arms were untied.”

H’s Voice:  “Yeah, I suppose you could.”

Derq:  “What if I promise not to escape?”

H:  “I remember the last time I gave you a break.  Besides-- I
like knowing where you are.”

Derq:  “Your arm’s swelling?  It’s probably infected.  You could
use my help fixing it.”

H:  “I can handle it myself.”

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A Pir:  “Should we bury him?”

Sor:  “Why waste the effort?  You two-- go on ahead.  Split up if
you have to, but find water.  You!  Back to the ship.  Bring
water!”

Pir’s Voice:  “Yes, sir.”

A Pir:  “Doubt if these two have found water, either.  They must
be getting weaker.”

Sor:  “Let us hope they do not die before they tell us where they
hid the gold.”

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Derq:  “I should have become a farmer like my father.”

H’s:  “Then why didn’t you?”

Derq:  “I didn’t have his touch for the soil.”

H:  “That’s too bad.  You wouldn’t be here now.”

Derq:  “I guess it’s like-- every son.  You either wanna be just
_like_ your father or just the opposite.”

H:  “So you became-- a killer.”

Derq:  “No-- not a first.  Soldiering was just the thing to get
me the furthest away from that farm.”

H:  “So, you hated your father that much?”

Derq:  “No, I-- I loved him.  I just wanted to go on my own.
Water!  Water!  I found water!  I hit water!”

H:  “Salt.”

Derq:  “I’ve been all over the east side of this island-- and
there’s no safe water to be found!”

H:  “Then, we’ll have to head west.”

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Derq:  “Oh, I know he didn’t get up there without legs.”

H:  “No-- my guess is he-- left them with whatever was chasing
him.”

Derq:  “We’ve been on this island for two days.  I haven’t seen
anything big enough to do that.”

H:  “Sometimes-- it’s what you can’t see-- that can hurt you the
most.  Remember those-- strange-looking pods we saw in the well?”

Derq:  “Yeah, what about ‘em?”

H:  “I think they were egg sacs.”

Derq:  “Wow, they were huge.”

H:  “I know.”

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Derq:  “Well, oh great monster killer-- what are our choices?”

H:  “There’s no water-- no choices.  We keep heading west.”

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A Pir:  “Sordis.  No gold buried down here.”

Sor:  “Ah-h-h-h-h!”

Pir’s Voice:  “Pull him up.”

Sor:  “They could not have carried it this far.  If it survived
the storm-- it’s back where they landed.  Don’t worry-- we’ll get
them to tell us.”

A Pir:  “That salt water couldn’t ’a done ‘em any good.  You
think we’re gaining on them?”

Sor:  “they’re dragging their feet.  They have to be on their
last legs.  Ah-h-h-h-h-h-h!”

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Derq:  “How’s that arm?”

H:  “You shut up and keep moving.”

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[Fight]

Derq:  “Get up!”

H:  “You fool.  You should be saving your strength.”

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[ACT III]

Derq:  “What was that?!”

H:  “I have no idea.  Over here!”

Derq:  “Where’d it go?”

H [Whispers]:  “Derq.  The shell.”

Derq:  “I guess it doesn’t care much for shells.”

H:  “Yeah-- or burrowing through stone.”

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H:  “You’re pretty good at that.  You must have had some
practice.”

Derq:  “When you’re a soldier, you learn.  Tell me somethin’.
Why do you keep saving me?  The reward’s the same whether my
head’s in a bag or not.”

H:  “I told you before-- I’m not interested in the money.”

Derq:  “In what, then?  Justice?  [Laughs]  You can’t really
believe that I’ll get justice.”

H:  “You should have thought of that before you killed Lycus.”

Derq:  “I doubt that Lycus gave it a thought when he killed the
sons of the woman that hired me.”

H:  “I’ve known Lycus a long time.  I’ve never known him to kill
anyone.”

Derq:  “When was the last time you saw Lycus?  There’s a family
in Attica without any male heirs because of him”

H:  “All I know-- is that the courts decide guilt and
punishment-- not mercenaries.”

Derq:  “Well, the courts didn’t punish Lycus, so I did.”

H:  “And how do I know you’re even telling the truth?”

Derq:  “‘Cause I’m not a liar!”

H:  “No-- you just kill people.”

[Fight]

H:  “Derq-- Derq, this isn’t the time for this.”

Derq:  “Why?”

H:  “I’ll give you-- three-- reasons.”

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Derq:  “We’re going to be here until we rot.”

H:  “Have you always been so optimistic?”

Derq:  “Uh, I’m just-- I’m tired.  I’m tired of being chased.
I’m tired of running.  I’m-- just tired.  If you don’t bring me
back, they’ll just send somebody who will.”

H:  “You should have considered that before becoming a killer for
hire.”

Derq:  “Well, the army doesn’t train you for peacetime work.
Look-- if we get out of this, I wanna make a deal.”

H:  “There’s no deals.”

Derq:  “Before you take me back, I wanna see my family again.”

H:  “Seems strange for a-- family man to be in your kind of
business.”

Derq:  “It put food on the table, all right?!  You give me your
word-- that I can see my family once more-- and I promise I
won’t-- try to run away anymore.  My word is good.”

H:  “Deal.  But I want something from you, first.”

Derq:  “All right.  Name it.”

H:  “You were right about my arm.  It’s getting worse.  And I-- I
need some help.”

Derq:  “Well, I’ve-- set a few limbs-- and I’ve cut a few limbs
off-- when necessary.  This is for you-- to _bite_ on.  You
ready?”

H:  [Screams]

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Derq:  “You know, I didn’t do anything other than _kill_ somebody
who had killed someone else.”

H:  “Revenge never evens out.  It just perpetuates itself.  You
ever think about the families of the men you kill?”

Derq:  “No, what’s the point?  It’d only make the work harder.”

H:  “Maybe you should start.”

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Sor:  “I can smell them.  Come on!”

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H:  “Throw another one.”

Derq:  “What?”

H:  “Throw another rock.”

Derq:  “Maybe they’ve gone.  Maybe-- ”

H:  “Shh!  Listen.  They found somebody else.  Come on.”

Derq:  “Shouldn’t we be going that way?”

H:  “No-- they may need our help.”

Derq:  “Wait.  Well, maybe they have water.”

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Pirs:  [Screaming]

H:  “Stop!  Stop!”

A Pir [Screams]:  “Help me!  Get it off!”

Sor:  [Screams]

A Pir:  “Get it off!”  [Screams]

H:  “Quiet!  Don’t move!”

Sor:  [Screams, then Laughs]

H:  “Don’t-- do-- anything.”

Pir:  [Screams]

A Pir:  [Screams]

H:  “Stay!  Stop!  Stop.”

A Pir:  [Screams]

H:  “Head for those pillars.  Come on!  Hurry!  Come on!
Faster!”

Derq:  “Whoa!”

H:  “Hey.  You have enough energy to do a flip?”

Derq:  “Yeah-- if my life depended on it.”

H:  “It does.”

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[ACT IV]

H:  “Get down in the middle, here.”

Derq:  “What?”

H:  “Just get down.  I’ll tell you when to jump.  Now!”

Derq:  “Thanks.  Well, there’s still two left.  Ya got any
ideas?”

H:  “Just one.”

Derq:  “It doesn’t require leaping, does it?  Oh.”

H:  “Remember-- run fast.  Go!  Now-w-w!”

Derq:  “Ah-h-h!”

H:  “Let’s get outta here.”

Derq:  “Yeah.  Water’s west.”

H:  “Those men didn’t drop out of the sky.  Their ship-- and
their water-- is east.”

Derq:  “Let’s go.”

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Pir’s Voices:  “Let ‘em roll!”  “You owe me ten dinar!”

H:  “Hey!  I need your boat.  I’m surprised you didn’t kill him.”

Derq:  “Well, I guess you’re rubbing off on me.”

H:  “Let’s go see your family.”

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Blond Boy:  “Thank you.”

Kara:  “You’re welcome.  Who’s there?”

Girl:  “Daddy!”

Older Boy:  “He’s not our daddy.”

Girl’s Voice:  “Then who are you?”

H:  “I’m Hercules.”

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Kara:  “You don’t mind putting them to bed?”

H:  “Oh-h-h, not-- at-- all.”

Kara:  “Thank you.”

Older Boy:  “Where you going, Mom?”

Kara:  “Oh, I won’t be long.  You just listen to Hercules.”

Older Boy:  “My dad used to tell us stories before we went to
bed.  Can you?”

H:  “I, uh-- I’m a little out of practice, but I’ll see what I
can do.”

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Derq:  “I was so afraid I’d never see you again.”

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Kara:  “Then, you’re going back with him.”

Derq:  “I have to.  I gave my word.”

Kara:  “Maybe Marcus can do something.  He’s the new magistrate
in Sparta.”

Derq:  “He was more concerned with-- his career than my life.”

Kara:  “But that’s so unfair.”

Derq:  “I know.  There’s a lot of things I’ve done-- that I
haven’t told you about that I’m ashamed of.  I’m sorry.”

Kara:  “I’ll wake the children-- so you can say goodbye.”

Derq:  “No.  Promise me you won’t tell them I’m here?”

Kara:  “But, why?”

Derq:  “If they love me like I love them-- they might end up like
me, and-- I want a better life for them than that.”

Kara:  “But Derq, you can’t just-- ”

Derq:  “Promise me.  If they need someone to look up to-- let it
be my father-- or Hercules.”

Kara:  “I promise.  But you should see them.  We just won’t wake
them.”

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H:  “We better go.”

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Marcus [?] [Mar]:  “Execute him.  Next.”

Man:  “No!  Please!  H-- have mercy!  I was only trying to feed
my family!”

Aide:  “Derqus Petronicus.”

Mar:  “His crime?”

Aide:  “Assassination of a public official.”

Mar:  “Execute him.  Next.”

H:  “Hold on, here.  Doesn’t he get a trial?”

Mar:  “He was tried-- in absentia-- and found guilty.”

H:  “I meant-- a _fair_ trial.  What about counsel?”

Mar:  “This is Spartan law.  You-- do believe in the law, don’t
you?”

H:  “I believe in justice.”

Mar:  “Hmm-- justice.”  [Chuckles]

H:  “Now, wait a minute!”

Derq:  “Save your breath.  Spartans have their own _kind_ of
justice.”

H:  “But it’s not right.”

Derq:  “Neither’s what I did.”

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Guard:  “Get on with it!”

Guard’s Voice:  “Ooh!  Look!  Above!”

[Fight]

Man’s Voice:  “Guard!  Guard!  Stop him!  He’s getting away!
After him, you fools!”

Guards’ Voices:  “The prisoner!”  “There he is!”  “Over there!”
“Hurry!”  “The prisoner escaped!”  “After him!”

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Derq:  “Aw-w-w-- don’t you ever give up?!  I suppose you’ve come
to take me back again.”

H:  “That was my arrow.”

Derq:  “Why?”

H:  “What was happening to you-- it wasn’t justice.”

Derq:  “Thank you.”

H:  “It’s not that easy.  You go back to your family.  You be a
farmer-- a fisherman.  But you put your mercenary days behind
you.”

Derq:  “It’s done.  Give you my word.”

H:  “Good.”

Guard’s Voice:  “Set up a perimeter!”

H:  “You’d better get going.  It won’t be long before they pick
up your trail.”

Derq:  “Hercules-- you’re always welcome in my home.”

Guard’s Voice:  “After him!”

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