Xena, Gabrielle and Eve are walking down a wide, straight dirt road. Xena is leading Argo and is slightly ahead of Gabrielle and Eve, who are talking animatedly and leading their own horses.
GABRIELLE (shakes her head, smiling):
EVE (smirking slightly):
GABRIELLE (smiles brightly):
XENA (quietly, her face unreadable):
She walks off ahead a little way again. Eve and Gabrielle look at each other and Gabrielle shrugs. Eve goes to join Xena.
EVE (slightly warily):
Xena puts a hand on Eve's shoulder.
EVE (pushing back her emotions enough to keep outwardly calm):
EVE (closing the conversation):
XENA (nods, changing the subject):
Gabrielle appears behind them, with her sais ready to fight.
GABRIELLE (pointing further up the road):
Eve and Xena look to see a group of about a dozen ruffians headed their way, swords out. Xena draws her own weapon and looks at Eve, who is also preparing to fight.
XENA (holds out her sword to Eve):
EVE (looks at it for a moment before shaking her head):
Before Xena can reply, Eve flips over the heads of the ruffians, who look confused, not knowing who is likely to be more dangerous: Xena and Gabrielle, or Eve. They split into two rough, disorganized groups and each goes for one opponent. They obviously aren't used to fighting as one unit, as they are all trying to do different things, with no one person acting as the leader.
Pan to Xena and Gabrielle fighting in tandem to take out three men at once: Xena distracts them by flipping over them with a war cry, and Gabrielle knocks two out with the blunt ends of her sais, leaving the third for Xena to dispose of.
Pan to Eve, who is managing just fine without a weapon, using her fists, elbows and knees to great effect, though not quite as acrobatically as Xena; she is a lot stronger than she looks.
As all four of her limbs are occupied with two attackers, a third man comes at her from behind and knocks her to the ground. She falls on her back as the first two men try to hold her down. She wriggles frantically, giving the first a good kick. As the third man's sword comes down towards her throat, she manages to wrench free of the second man and yanks him into the line of the blade. His blood splatters all over Eve; he dies instantly.
Close-up of the shocked face of the second man, who wielded the sword. He lets go of the handle.
Pan back to Eve, who grabs the sword, seemingly without thinking, and unhesitatingly rams it into the stomach of the second man, then swings it around into the side of her final opponent.
Her eyes have an odd look in them. We can see that she is not regretting her actions.
Pan to Xena and Gabrielle, who have taken care of their attackers and are watching Eve.
GABRIELLE (bewildered and clearly uneasy):
Pan to Eve, who is running her sword through another man. The only one still left alive, obviously scared witless, turns and runs. Eve takes off running after him; Xena catches up to her and grabs her arm.
EVE (trying to break free):
Gabrielle comes over to join them.
Eve's eyes slowly lose their murderous expression as she returns to reality. She drops the sword she has been holding and sinks to her knees.
XENA (crouches down next to Eve):
Quick pan to one of men downed by Gabrielle before, as he scrambles to his feet and runs away. Pan back to Xena and Eve, still in the same postures as before, and Gabrielle standing over them.
EVE (looks up, obviously sickened):
EVE (roughly shakes her head):
XENA (helps Eve to her feet):
Eve walks away down the road before Gabrielle can reply. She and Xena look at each other in consternation.
XENA (changes the subject):
Xena and Gabrielle walk after Eve.
Inside a tent, a group of men are sitting around eating roasted meat. They are rough-looking people, with shaggy hair and beards, muscular and presumably good fighters but clearly not selected for their intelligence. Their rough, unkempt looks are mirrored by the surroundings. One man, young and blond, clearly the leader of the group, is seated at the table eating and drinking wine. He is very different from his men--clean-cut and, by the looks of him, well-bred and smart, but with a definite menace in his demeanor.
MAN #2 (blank look):
MAN #1 (rolling eyes):
BORLOS (completely serious):
There is a noise outside and the tent flap opens to reveal the two men who managed to survive the fight with Xena, Gabrielle and Eve. They stare breathlessly at the leader as we:
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