Written by (copywright): Caina Q. Fuller
Episode #4 in ďThe MessengerĒ series.
Int-Tunnels of Tartarus
Close up on the booted feet of a mysterious woman as she walks toward the camera. The camera glides up the womanís figure until it reaches her face. We see it is Persephone, wife of Hades and new ruler of the underworld in her husbandís absence.
She makes her way through the tunnels of Tartarus. To her left is a pit where CONDEMNED SOULS are being kept. One soul attempts to pull himself out, and as his hand reaches over the surface we see it is covered in snakes.
Persephone! Help me please!
Persephone cruelly kicks him in the face as she passes, sending him plummeting back down to unknowable depths. On her right are chambers full of tortured men and women. Demon-like creatures are beating some while others are being burned with hot pokers.
Persephone turns a corner and comes to a rock wall and waves her hand over the surface. It becomes transparent and we see Eve lies on a smooth floor. The room is round and large, with rock walls as smooth as polished steel. In the center of the room is an empty pedestal.
Eveís attention is captured by images playing out on the ceiling of Callisto fighting Xena. She also watches Livia raid villages and murder innocent villagers. Persephone decides to spice up Eveís torment with a little subliminal suggestion.
Eve. Itís hot in this room. Very hot.
Eve reacts as the room suddenly becomes hot. Sweat pours from her face and she looks around for the source of the intense heat, even though she cannot see Persephone. A glass of icy cold water appears on the pedestal in the center of the room, but when Eve moves for it the floor disappears from beneath her feet and she barely manages to catch the edge as she falls in. Eve pulls herself out just as hissing snakes come out to bite at her bare heels. The floor seals shut behind her. Eve tries again but the same thing happens.
You must have the water Eve.
Donít give up.
Eve eases her way toward the water. This time the floor holds and she manages to wrap her hands around the glass, which is covered in cool condensation. But just as Eve is bringing it to her lips the water turns to blood and she screams in horror and disappointment.
She stares at the blood in disgust, but her thirst gets the better of her and she gulps it down. When she does she begins to choke and gag, and after awhile of writhing on the floor in misery she calms.
Iím even thirstier than I was before.
Somebody help me!
Persephone begins to laugh, relishing Eveís torment.
MARCUS, Xenaís old lover, makes his way through the beautiful, grassy fields of paradise. A sword hangs on his back though he doesnít really need it here. The handsome warrior looks about, searching for someone though he isnít successful finding him. Finally he stops a passerby.
Have you seen him?
I think I saw him going to Tartarus
again. Maybe an hour ago?
Marcus sighs with pure irritation and takes off for an exit.
Int-Tunnels of Tartarus
Marcus rounds a corner to find another handsome young man with a fighting staff fighting off four condemned souls of Tartarus. One by one he defeats them by shoving them back into the pit they are climbing out of. The young man is SOLON, Xenaís son. He looks to be about 21 now. Heís got short, sandy brown hair and blue eyes, and his form with the staff is superb. When Solon is finished with the condemned souls, Marcus draws his sword.
What have I told you about coming
here without back up? This place is
Actually, itís not as dangerous as
you think. These people look forward
to my visits.
And how is that?
I bring them food and water. They
feel like fighting better on a full
Marcus rolls his eyes at this news and begins to try and talk some sense into Solon.
Thereís a reason these ďpeopleĒ as you
call them are in here. They led horrible
lives on Earth.
If I know my history right so did you. But
look where you are Marcus. All because
someone loved you. Someone showed
Marcus recants a little and his anger subsides. The young man is right after all. Had Xena not loved him as much as she did, heíd be rotting in this place along with the same souls that Solan was fighting now.
You are your motherís son, you know
Besides that, I need some excitement.
After awhile even Elysia can become
You know, sometimes I have half a mind
to toss you in one of those pits myself. Iíll
bet a few hours in there would teach you
not to venture in here alone.
Oh yeah? Then bring it on old man.
Marcus moves in on Solon, a wide grin on his face and his sword in his hand.
Int-Eveís Torture Chamber
Eve is staring once more at the scenes on the ceiling when Persephone enters and circles her.
What do you want?
I want to see you suffer of course.
Canít you do that from the
comfort of your own chambers?
Yes, but itís not nearly as entertaining
as seeing your pain up close. Itís a lot
like making love. Watching others is
entertaining. Actually doing it is even better.
Eve jumps to her feet, angry.
You want some thrills Persephone?
Iíve got plenty for you.
Persephone isnít prepared for Eveís sudden attack. Eve drives her fist across the other womanís face then follows through with a kick to the jaw. She moves to kick her again but Persephone is ready and she catches Eveís foot.
Persephone twists Eveís ankle but Eve turns with it and drives her other foot into Persephoneís face. From there on the new ruler of the underworld is hopelessly outmatched by Eveís skill. Eve begins beating up on her until Persephone steps back to put some distance between them.
Hades three headed dog MATERIALIZES before Eve and charges her. She dodges the dog easily and he goes flying through the wall, leaving a gateway that begins to MELT shut. Eve begins to run for it.
Persephone dives for her but they both end up falling through the hole and into a pit.
Int-Tunnels of Tartarus
Marcus and Solon fight sword to staff, but it doesnít take Marcus too long to cut Solonís staff in half. When Solon attempts to use the two halves like choboís Marcus grabs each half and yanks Solon to him, hard. Marcus and Solon crash heads and Solon stumbles back in pain. He is just about to fall into the pit when Marcus grabs him by the collar, saving him.
You make the same mistake
every single time boy. You
hold the staff too low and when
you spin you leave your center
open for attack. Depending
on your opponents weapon and
physical strength they can either
disarm you or-
Marcusí lesson is interrupted by the sound of growling and two womenís screams from above. When they look up, they watch as Cerberus falls from the ceiling and continues down into the pit behind Solon while Persephone and Eve land on the dusty floor at Marcus and Solonís feet. There is the distinctive sound of breaking bones when Persephone lands atop Eve.
Solon looks down into Eveís eyes, which are full of pain, and an image of Xena is superimposed over her face. Solon recognizes her immediately as who she is: His sister.
Persephone stands, uninjured, and Solon kneels beside his sister to examine her. Eveís body is slowly covering with bruises from the injuries she sustained in the fall with Persephone.
Youíre going to be alright.
Who are you?
My name is Solon. Iím your brother.
Close up on Eveís shocked expression.
End of Teaser
Blood Brother-Act 1
Fade In on-Persephone
Persephone stands over Eve and Solon
Step away from her Solon. You
shouldnít even be in Tartarus. You
What has she done to deserve
Persephone gives a bitter laugh. She knows Solon is oblivious to Eveís past as Livia as well as her role in the death of the Olympian gods.
You donít want to know that Solon.
Trust me. Now move away from her!
Solon snatches one of the pieces of his staff from Marcus and stands Persephone down when Persephone leans in to grab Eve. The new Queen of the underworld stares at him in almost comical shock, for she is not used to the souls she governs challenging her in this fashion.
I wonít let you torture her.
You have a good heart Solon. I know
you come in here to try and offer these
scum relief by giving them food and
water. I also understand sheís your sister,
but if you donít get out of my
way I will condemn you to eternity
in Tartarus with her. Do you want that?
Marcus may not want Solan coming into Tartarus the way he does, but he loves Solan like the boy was his own son, and heís not about to stand by and allow Persephone to try and bully him.
Hades decreed that no good soul
should ever lose his place in Paradise.
Well, Hades isnít here now is he?
Thanks to her and her bitch mother Xena.
I rule the underworld now and the
rules have changed. Step back Solon.
No, I donít think so. Marcus,
If youíre truly my friendÖ
Say no more son. Run with her. Iíll
hold this so called goddess off.
Marcus draws his sword and Persephone backs away in surprise, more than a little touch of anxiety on her face. All sheíd wanted to do was have a little fun torturing Eve, not start a war with two warriors she didnít have the skill to deal with. What had started out as a game was quickly turning into a coup.
You two are making a big mistake.
Neither of you want me for an enemy.
Sheís right. I deserve what Iím
getting. Go on now. I can take
care of myself.
Shhh. Your bones are broken. This is
going to hurt, so get ready.
Solon picks Eve up and she screams in pain. Every bone in her body was shattered by the long fall into the cavern, and her body feels like mush in his strong arms. Solon takes off with Eve down the tunnels of Tartarus, heading for the healing waters of the Elysian Fields.
Cerberus! Find them. As for you
MarcusÖI think you should take
on someone who can match
your skill. Draco!
Draco. Draco fights off another condemned soul inside one of the pits of Tartarus. He is dressed in rags and caked with dirt, but when he hears Persephoneís voice he begins to DISSOLVE.
Draco APPEARS beside Marcus wearing his old outfit from Xena. He looks at his clean body in a mixture of confusion and relief.
Cut him up into little pieces Draco. Heíll
be spending eternity here in Tartarus.
Draco looks Marcus over then stares Persephone down hatefully.
I have nothing against this man
Persephone. Why should I help you?
Thatís right. Her husband put you
in Tartarus. You owe her nothing.
((rolling her eyes in exasperation)
You should help me because you
will be rewarded an eternal place
in the Asphodel Meadows.
Asphodel Meadows huh?
(looks Marcus over)
Itís not paradise, but it beats
Tartarus any day. Sorry friend, but
I have to think of my future. Itís nothing
personal, I assure you.
Believe me, I understand. I just
Hope that you understand that I
also have my future to consider?
Iíll fight you.
Iíd be sorely disappointed if you didnít.
A Gateway to the Elysian Fields
Solon holds Eve as he stares at the Gate to the Elysian Fields.
Solon, you shouldnít be doing this.
Iím not worth it, believe me.
Youíre family. That makes you worth
it to me.
I donít want you to lose your place in
paradise for me. Please take me
back to Persephone. Maybe sheíll
Persephone is an anal-retentive bitch
who takes a sick pleasure in torturing her
victims. She wasnít always like that but sheís
Thatís because of me.
No, itís the way she chooses to be. No more
talk of guilt huh? I have a plan in mind to get
you out of here. But firstÖ
I can smell doggie breath.
Cerberus comes charging from the left and Solon barely ducks before the beast tackles him. Each move he makes with Eve causes her incredible pain because of her broken bones. Without wasting time Solon lays Eve down, holds out his right hand and a crossbow appears. When Cerberus charges him again, Solon takes aim at the center head.
Sorry boy, but you leave me no choice.
Solon fires the crossbow and it sticks in the right eye of the center head. The dog begins to whine and yelp, as he takes off in the opposite direction, running for his mistress. Solon picks Eve up again.
Itís time to mend your broken bones.
Solon picks his sister up and continues on with her into the Elysian Fields.
Virgil sits in the loft of his stables, watching some villagers build the pyre for Eveís funeral. Beside him is Eveís body, wrapped from head to toe with only her face showing. There is a rustle behind him and Virgil turns to find Calantha climbing the ladder behind him.
Virgil? I have some fruits cut for
your breakfast. Why donít you
come down and eat something huh?
Thanks sis, but Iím not hungry. Go
on without me.
Sheís been gone for two days. It
feels a lot longer than that somehow.
Virgil studies his sister,s profile as she looks down on Eveís peaceful face.
She killed our father then turned around
and save you from a life long mistake.
Amazing what one person can do isnít it?
Yes it is. Thatís what I feel every time I think
of Eliís God and what the power of his love
can do to change us. Virgil, this isnít your
fault. Phobos did this. Why donít you eat?
Just a little something?
I canít. I just canít.
All right. Iíll be in the house. Youíve
left it a mess you know. I feel
sorry for your future wife, whoever she is.
Calantha leaves and when she does Virgil strokes Eveís face as he breaks down into tears.
Off of Virgilís face
Ext. The surface of a lake
A body splashes into the water. The camera pulls back to show Solon dipping his sister into the water of a lake. When she comes up she is clean and all of her wounds are healed.
There. Doesnít that feel better?
Oh God. I feelÖI feel better than I
ever have before. Itís incredible.
Come on. Letís get you something to eat
and then you can tell me all about how you
ended up here while we start working to get
you out of here.
Marcus and Draco clash swords while Persephone strides down the tunnel. She is heading towards the Elysian Fields after Eve.
Listen, Draco. We should work
together. Persephone is going to condemn
an innocent boy to Tartarus just
because he wants to save his sister.
Look at my face. Do I look like the type
to care about such things?
I used to be like you. Then someone
changed me. You may know her. Xena.
At Xenaís name Marcus gives a howl of RAGE and tries to behead Marcus.
That bitch convinced Cupid to
allow a love spell to stay on me! I spent
my entire life pining after her sidekick
Gabrielle. I never found love again
because of that! I died barely a year
after they did because I was distracted
by grief over Gabrielle. I hate Xena!
Ok. Wrong example then.
Draco tackles Marcus and they go falling into another room, off camera.
Persephone-Tunnels of Tartarus
Persephone makes her way through the tunnels of Tartarus until she reaches the gate to the Elysian Fields. When she does she hears the sound of a whining dog. Cerberus comes toward her, pawing at the arrow in his eye.
Cerberus! What has Solon done to
you? You poor thing. Come here.
Let Mama help you.
Persephone removes the arrow and lays her hand over the wound and heals it.
Donít worry boy. You will have your
revenge soon enough. Go to my quarters.
Iíll deal with Solon and Eve.
Off of Persephoneís face
Solon and Eve make their way through the beautiful fields of Elysia. Eve tears up an apple hungrily, and gulps down juice from a decanter.
Weíre almost there. Once youíre
inside I need you to stay where I put
you while I find Marcus. If this plan is going
to work Iím going to need him.
Are you sure about this? I mean, once
Iím gone youíll still have to stay here.
Thereís no telling what she will do to you
and Marcus for helping me.
You let me worry about that. Iíve tasted
paradise and I donít plan to let it go
that easily. Tell me something sister.
How is mother?
Isnít she here?
A look of panic claims Solanís face at these words.
Here? Why would she be here?
Mother is dead Solon. I thought
you would have been re-united
with her by now.
Your mother was probably sentenced
to a fate worse than Tartarus. She
deserves every bit of what she gets too.
Eve and Solon turn to find Persephone glaring at them. With her are about fifteen guards. Each man is armed with swords and throwing knives.
End of Act One
Blood Brother-Act 2
Fade In-Eve and Solon
Eve and Solon stare down Persephone and her guards.
You have a choice here Solon:
You can surrender Eve and keep
your place in the Elysian Fields, or,
you can resist and I take Eve anyway.
If I have to go through the trouble
youíd better believe Iím sentencing
you to Tartarus. Whatís it going to be?
Iíll take my chances in Tartarus.
No, you wonít. Iíll come with you
But Eve sheís-
No. Iím not going to allow you
to throw away your future in
paradise for me. I know we donít
know each other very well, but I
feel a bond with you. I wonít let
you sacrifice yourself for me.
Eve hugs Solon then turns to Persephone.
Iíll come with you Persephone. Just
leave Solon alone.
Youíre being so noble I could
just lose my lunch.
Persephone nods at her guards.
He defied me. Now youíll both
be spending the rest of eternity
together. In Tartarus.
Seeing that Persephone openly intends to betray the deal she made only seconds ago, Solon hold out his hands and a pair of Saiís appear. He looks sheepishly at Eve who is staring at him.
What can I say? Gabrielle is
He holds his hand out for a sword. When it appears he gives it to her.
Remember, everybody here is
dead so youíre not killing anyone.
Solon and Eve fight off Persephoneís guards. Whenever the guards receive a ďfatalĒ blow they turn to dust. When it becomes clear that Eve and Solon are superior to her guards Persephone begins to throw fireballs at them, but itís useless. Solon uses his Saiís to deflect them back at her. One of them hits Persephone squarely in the chest, sending her flying back.
Solon and eve take off into the trees. When Persephone sits up from her place on the ground they are gone.
Damn you Solon!
Off Persephoneís face to Marcus
Marcus and Draco are still battling it out. Marcus finally gets the upper hand and runs Draco through, sticking him to the wall. He then takes off, heading for the Elysian Fields to find Solon and Eve.
Thatís right, run. Coward!
Marcus rounds a corner in the Tunnels and faces the gate. He is just about to go in when guards march by.
Persephone wants us to find
Marcus before Solon can join
forces with him again. When we
get our hands on him weíre to
cut him up and let him spend
eternity in pieces. Search every
inch of Tartarus then move on to
the Asphodel Meadows. Move out!
Solon leads Eve to a secret hiding place in some caves. Inside one of the many cave entrances, is a garden with a pool and a table laden with food.
This is where I used to watch
mother. I havenít been here
for awhile. Where could her
I donít know, but we will find it
someday. I promise. Thank you
for all youíre doing for me Solon.
Hey, what are big brothers for?
Pay her a visit.
Eve frowns when Solon is gone, confused about what he meant by paying her mother a visit.
Pay her a visit?
Yeah. You canít see her
now but you can see visions of her
past. The way she was when
I knew her.
Iíll do that. Be careful.
Ext-Village of Torone-Virgil
Virgil stands before the funeral pyre that some villagers are making for Eveís funeral.
Itís not your fault Virgil. Phobos
He used what was in my heart
against Eve. Thatís what really
Maybe, but you canít continue
to blame yourself like this. Its
eating you up inside, I can see it.
Shouldnít it Calantha? I committed
You were used by a selfish, revenge-minded
god Virgil. You know what I think? I think Eve
would want you to forgive yourself. I know she
doesnít hate you.
Itís not just Eve Calantha. She
the last of Xenaís family. How am
ever going to face Gabrielle?
Like the man you are. Tell Gabrielle
the truth. If sheís anything like her
reputation, sheíll forgive you.
Off of Virgilís face-Tartarus
Solon, Saiís at the ready, makes his way through Tartarus. As he does he barely manages to hide from a group of guard searching for Marcus. When they are gone, he eases around a corner and comes face to face with Marcus. They yelp in surprise.
Solon! You scared me to deÖ
never mind. Whereís Eve?
I left her in my secret garden. She
wonít be safe there forever
though. We have to get to the
I thought thatís what you had in mind.
The ambrosia is on earth though.
How do you plan to get to it?
Hades chamber, remember? It will
allow a soul to appear to anyone on
Earth. You can communicate with her
And how do you propose I do this
without Persephone finding out about it?
Thatís where I come in.
Draco listens around a corner to Solon and Marcusí conversation with a wicked grin.
Off Dracoís evil grin
Int-Persephoneís private chambers
Persephone paces back and forth, wringing her hands in frustration. In the corner Cerberus watches, sniffing the air and picking up on her frustration.
This is falling apart Cerberus.
Solon is planning something, I
can feel it. His mind is every bit
as sharp and devious as his motherís.
Iím willing to bet my place as
Queen of the underworld heís planning on
hiding Eve in the Elysian Fields forever.
Well, Iíll be damned if I let her live in the lap
of luxury after she helped her mother
murder my beloved Hades.
Cerberus growls in agreement while she paces back and forth.
Solon has climbed the rocks of the castle wall to the only window in the tower, which is at the very top of the castle. Marcus watches him climb like a nervous mother hen below. Gently Solon eases himself in. When he does Cerberus picks up on his sent and begins to growl.
What is it boy?
All three of Cerberusí headís bark at the windowsill where Solon entered. Persephone eases toward a mace that adorns the walls. Once she is armed she moves toward the curtain.
All right. Whoever you are, come
She gasps when Solon emerges from behind he curtains. His Saiís are sheathed at his waist but he doesnít draw them.
Solon. Gutsy move coming in here.
GutsyÖbut stupid. Cerberus!
Cerberus moves to attack, but after having been hurt by Solon so badly he is hesitant. Solon stomps at him and the dog jumps back, whimpering in fear and this greatly upsets Persephone.
Iím not here to fight Persephone.
Iím here to talk.
About what? Freeing Eve? I
will never agree to that.
She told me what happened. She
told me how because of your husband
and the other gods she had to
grow up without her mother. Ares molded
her into a vicious killer.
Oh, boo-hoo. Poor child.
Thatís right. She committed horrible
sins Persephone, thatís true. But Mom
never would have killed your husband if
he would have just walked away.
Well itís a little too late for that now
isnít it? Heís gone forever.
Itís not Eveís fault.
On the view screen behind Persephone, Marcus moves through the halls of the castle. Solon is succeeding in distracting her, but Cerberus is watching intently, a low growling starting in the back of his throat.
Marcus moves through the castle halls. Finally he reaches a door to the ďChamberĒ that will allow him to communicate with the living. Before he can reach the door however, Draco appears, blocking his path.
Hello there friend.
Close up on Marcus
Blood Brother-Act 3
Fade In-Marcus and Draco
I donít have time for this right
I understand that, which is why
Iím going to take you up on
your offer to work together.
For what price? I have nothing
I can offer you thatís better than
a place in the Asphodel Meadows.
Oh but you will. Youíre going to the
Chamber to try and communicate
with the living. You know where
thereís a stash of ambrosia.
And if I agree to resurrect you youíll
keep quiet about me going after
the ambrosia. Whatís to guarantee
you wonít betray Solon?
Youíll just have to trust me now
Trust you? Never.
Like you said: We donít have time
for this. Go and get that ambrosia. Iím
a man of my word. When you return
I promise Solon will have some of the
ambrosia as well. If thereís enough, that is.
Off of Dracoís face
Eveís hide out
Eve sits on the bench before the table of food. Before her is a plate with a fish skeleton and other fruit leftoverís. Eve absentmindedly sucks on her teeth as she gets up and looks around.
Solon said to pay Mom a visit.
How do I do that?
After a brief search of the garden she comes to the pool and decides to go for a dip.
I guess Iíll just have to settle for
a swim then.
Eve removes her rags until she is in her underwear and dives into the pool. As soon as she hits the water she is transported back to Xenaís past. She is an observer in a small village. Close enough to touch things but the people around her are unaware of her presence. Eve turns and when she does, she finds the village has been replaced by a barn. Inside Xena and Gabrielle are arguing. It is a scene from ďMaternal InstinctsĒ when Gabrielle first tells Xena hope is alive.
Mother! Gabrielle? Is that you?
Hope? The child is Hope?
I never meant to lieÖ
Eve watches the scene until Xena runs out after Solon. Eve takes off after her, chasing behind Xena until she watches her mother find Solonís body.
Oh my God. I remember this. I
remember all of this. Mother I
am so sorry. Please forgive me. Callisto!
The site of Xena screaming over Solonís dead body is replaced with Callisto in the cave. Eve goes up to her, looking at her former incarnation with hatred.
I hate you. I hate everything
youíve done. I hate everything
about you! Let me out of here!
I donít want to see the pain anymore.
Callistoís image fades to be replaced by ďSeeds of Faith.Ē Eve watches Xena and the angel Callisto face one another.
ÖYou gave me this child?
Again she watches Xena accept Callistoís soul into her unborn child. Fast forward to Eveís birth. Eve witnesses Hercules fight Zeus off in an effort to save Xena, Eve and Gabrielle.
You should let him kill me. I
donít want to relive the pain
anymore. Please, stop it!
As if the force that is showing her these images is responding to her will, Eve is shown all of the happy moments of her infancy with Xena and Gabrielle.
Clip-ďGod Fearing ChildĒ Xena looks down at baby Eve ďWeíre gonna be together now Eve. You and me.Ē
Clip-ďEternal BondsĒ Xena holds Eve while looking for a sign of Gabrielle and Joxerís whereabouts. When she follows Eveís gaze to the scroll in the air, she laughs at Xenaís words. ďWell, why didnít you say something?Ē
Clip-ďKindred SpiritsĒ Xena pushes Eve in the swing.
Oh mother. I love you so much.
This is blissÖ
Eve floats in the water with her eyes closed, oblivious to her surroundingís as she is lost in the past. A smile graces her face as she sinks deeper into the WATERS OF MEMORY.
Int. The Chamber
Marcus enters the Chamber. Itís a room identical to Eveís torture chamber from the beginning of the episode, only where the pedestal was there is a low stone slab. Marcus cautiously walks up to the slab and steps on it. When he does nothing happens. He looks around for anything else in the room to help him operate the stone slab.
(to no one in particular)
Um, Iím looking for a mortal named
Suddenly an image of Virgil and the other villagers of the town lie Eveís body on the pyre. Marcusí eyes widen in shock at this.
No! Donít burn her!
Tight on Virgilís face as he watches the village men lay Eveís body on the pyre. Suddenly there is a bright light reflected in his eyes as Marcus comes rushing out of the pyre itself with his hands stretched out before him. Virgil jumps back, startled to see a ghost emerge from a funeral pyre. The rest of the villagers scream in fear and take off running in all directions.
Can you see me?
Yes I can see you. Who are you?
What are you?
My name is Marcus and Iím a friend
of Eveís. Whatever you do, donít
burn Eve yet. Thereís hope she
can still be resurrected.
Off Virgilís face to Persephone
Persephone and Solon face one another down. Cerberus is gathering his courage to attack Solon again slowly but surely, and now that Marcus is off the screen he sees no reason to stay.
What possible reason could you
have for coming here? You know
you canít talk me out of my decision
to condemn Eve. Besides, do you
really think she can spend a few months
going around preaching sermons and
that is somehow going to excuse all
of her crimes as Livia?
Like I said, she told me all about
And its all the fault of the gods. Right. I donít
buy that in the least. But donít
worry. Youíre going to get to know
your baby sister all to well. Letís see
how much you come to love her
when youíre both roasting in a
torture chamber! Cerberus, attack!
Cerberus has his courage back in full and he jumps Solon. The tackle sends them both flying out of the window and they go plunging down the impossible heights, screaming as they fall. Solon and Cerberus land in the moat surrounding the castle and begin to claw their way back up. When Solon surfaces a powerful hand jerks him up out of the water. Solon looks up and finds himself face to face with Draco.
Here you are little boy. Iíve
been looking everywhere for you.
The one and only.
What do you want with me?
Youíre my insurance that Marcus
keeps his end of the bargain. Now
Virgil loads Eveís body into a wagon. The sun is beginning to set as he does this, and it concerns Marcus.
Could you hurry?
Iím doing the best I can. It would
help if you could lend a hand.
I would butÖ
(Marcus passes his hand through
Yeah I know. Iím ready. Lets go.
Calantha comes rushing down the steps of the house with Joxerís sword.
Here Viggie, take this. You may need it.
(to Marcus) I know youíre a ghost
but try to take care of him.
Iíll do my best. Letís go Viggie.
Marcus and Virgil hop into the wagon and ride off. In the direction Marcus points him to. We see they ride all night through the landscapes of Greece until the sun begins to rise the next day.
By morning Virgil is all but asleep in the wagon with Marcus sitting beside him.
Hey! Wake up. Youíve been
asleep for almost an hour.
It sure is nice to be in the land
of the living again.
Isnít the Elysian Fields better than
Yeah in some respects. Not in
others. I miss Xena. Where is she
Xenaís dead. Isnít she in Elysium
No, sheís not. I havenít seen her.
When did she die?
In a far off country called Japan.
she died to save forty-thousand
Then she should be in Paradise.
Instead no one has seen her.
Xena and Gabrielle have taught
us there is more than one underworld.
She died in Japan so she must be
with their gods.
But she deserves to be with the
ones she loves. What about
her son, her mother? Me for that matter.
Marcusí voice trails off as he sense danger up ahead. Before he can react about four men come out of the trees lining the road and block their path.
The leader of the pack rides toward them, a wicked grin revealing a mouth full of rotted, broken teeth. Virgil reacts in disgust, as does Marcus.
Morning gentlemen. Nice morning for
a ride isnít it? Whatís that in the wagon?
My friends body. Weíre taking her home
for burial this evening.
Oh. Well in that case Iíll do you a favor:
Iíll let you pass by with a five percent
discount. Seeing as how youíre
grieving and all.
Youíre all heart.
(under his breath)
Donít get me in a fight MarcusÖ
If thereís one thing I canít stand,
itís a potty mouth. Boys! Lets search
We donít have any money. We
Shhh. Quiet now before I get mad.
I donít give a damn if you get
mad or not. I said we donít
have money! If I did I sure as hell
wouldnít give it to you.
Well, in that caseÖfinish them
The men behind Thug#1 draw cross bows and level them at Virgil and Marcus. Tight on Virgilís face. Fade Out
End of Act Three.
Blood Brother-Act Four
Int-Persephoneís private rooms
Persephone sits on her throne watching Draco lead Solon through the tunnels of Tartarus.
What is Draco doing?
She continues to watch until she sees them heading for the gate of the Elysian Fields. Once they are inside, she fades from her chair.
Ext-Forest in Elysian Fields
Persephone appears behind Draco and Solon as they make their way through a forest in the Elysian Fields. They soon come to Solonís private cave. Persephone follows them inside and we see Solonís shock that the room is empty, until he finds Eveís clothes next to the water.
Sheís submersed herself in the
Waters of Memory. Sheís happy
Oh, isnít that just wonderful?
Eve is happy now. Thatís what
matters most around here isnít it?
What are you doing Draco?
Thatís none of your business
now is it Persephone?
Persephoneís jaw drops open to the floor as she stares at him in wide-eyed shock.
You would dare speak to
me in such a tone? I guess this
means our contract is over?
I suppose it is.
Persephone waits for her dog to appear but nothing happens and Draco begins to laugh. She calls for him again but nothing.
What have you done with him?
Oh heís fine. Heís just beenÖ
chained in the back yard so to speak.
that is where dogs belong isnít it?
Draco laughs again and snaps his fingers. When he does a net made of Hephaestusí metal drops from the ceiling, trapping her beneath it.
What are you doing?
Guaranteeing my escape from
Tartarus. If I canít be resurrected,
Iíll settle for taking your husbands
(he runs a finger along her lips)
In every sense of the word.
Persephone spits at him and he slaps her. Now that Dracoís attention has been pulled from Solon, Solon jerks free of his grip and dives head first into the Waters of Memory. Under the water, Solon sees Eve steadily sinking and he swims to get her.
Fool. Does he think he can
escape me that easily?
Solon grabs hold of Eve and swims back up with her towards the surface. As they get closer to the surface Eve becomes more and more aware of her surroundings. When they break the surface Eve coughs and sputters.
Whatís going on?
Come on! Get out.
Draco grabs her and pulls her to the surface. When she is out of the water he takes in the sight of her body.
Ruling the underworld will definitely
have its advantages.
Stop leering you sick bastard.
Solon tosses Eve her clothes and she begins to dress.
Weíre in something of a jam. Draco
here knows about our plans to resurrect
And you want the ambrosia
for yourself. You are every bit
the scum Gabrielle describes
in her scrolls, you know that?
Whatever. As long as I escape
Tartarus you can call me whatever
you want. Now move out.
What about me?
Oh, I havenít forgotten about you.
Not at all.
Draco heaves Persephone from the floor and tosses her over his shoulder. They all exit the cave.
Virgil and Marcus hold their hands up while the leader of the thugs searches Virgilís pants. His hands linger a little too long in Virgilís pockets for Virgilís comfort.
If there was anything there,
you would have found it by now,
donít you think?
He must have spent a lot of time
Ah shut up. Youíre next.
The thug reaches for Marcus pants pocket but his hands pass right through Marcus. He jumps back in fear.
Virgil grabs the leader and spins him around just as his men fire. Virgil uses the leaders body as a shield and he ends up taking his menís arrows for Virgil. Virgil has his sword out and is on them before they can re-load. The men drop their cross bows and attack Virgil and Marcus. It doesnít take them long to realize something is not right with Virgilís traveling companion.
Hey! This guy isnít real! Heís-
Heís a ghost!
Thatís right. Straight from Tartarus!
Marcus gives a ferocious battle cry and jumps toward them and they take off for their horses, frightened.
Letís get back on track. Thereís
no telling what Persephone is
doing to them in the underworld.
Int-Corridors of Hadesí Castle
Draco carries Persephone over his shoulder while he forces Solon and Eve to walk before him. Solon takes this time to communicate with Eve.
Marcus and I had a plan. Heís to
feed your body the ambrosia and
resurrect you. After that heís
supposed to return to my hide out
in the Elysian Fields and we were
to eat the ambrosia together.
Canít we still do that? Once weíre
alive again we can take Draco out.
Itís rumored the stash isnít a large
one. If Draco gets the ambrosia
then one of us will have to stay here
in the underworld.
Itíll be me. Iíve had my shot at life
but you didnít. You should-
Hey! Stop whispering! I want
Solon casts him a bitter look but turns without speaking. They arrive at the Chamber and Draco pushes them inside.
Get in there! Both of you.
Once inside they find Marcus on the pedestal. His eyes are shut and a white light with an unidentifiable source shines down on him.
Now we wait.
Off of Marcusí still form
Iíve been through here a million
times and I never knew there was
a temple to Zeus here.
It was abandoned about 25 years
ago when Hercules killed him.
I take it Weíll be going the rest of
the way on foot?
Yep. Itís not a good idea to leave
her body here. Can you carry her?
itís not that far.
Of course I can. Letís go.
Virgil slings Eve over his shoulder then follows Marcus into the trees.
Ext-Temple to Zeus
Marcus and Virgil arrive at the temple to Zeus. Vines and other vegetation have over grown it to the point that all one can really see is the entrance. Virgil, now covered in sweat and looking worse for the wear, forces the door open.
Not that far huh?
The Ambrosia was hidden in the
heart of the idol.
The room is full of leaves and small animals. The walls are covered with faded murals of Zeusí adventures and various weapons sparsely adorn the walls as well. In the center is an altar and behind the altar is a ten-foot statue of Zeus. Virgil draws his sword and breaks into it.
Hidden in plain sight. Always
the best place to hide something
Virgil removes a small bowl. Inside the bowl are three slivers of Ambrosia. He takes one of the pieces and looks at Marcus.
How are you going to hold onto this?
Lets just see if I can hmm?
Virgil hands Marcus the bowl. The bowl passes through his hands but the ambrosia stays but he begins fading away.
My mission is complete. Quickly!
Feed some to Eve.
It was an honor to meet you Marcus.
Same here. If all goes well
Weíll see one another again soonÖ
Marcus fades away and Virgil turns to Eve. He slips the Ambrosia into her mouth and she begins to glow.
Off Eveís glowing body
The light shining on Marcus fades away and he looks around in confusion. He also has the ambrosia in his hands.
Iíve lived up to my end of
the deal Marcus. I kept Persephone
from finding out about your
mission. Now give me he ambrosia.
Eve begins to feel the effects of the ambrosia in her human body and she starts glowing.
Where is she going?
We fed the ambrosia to her body
Give me the ambrosia!
Solon, Iíll wait for you by the
Iíll be there.
We both will.
Eve fades out Cut to:
Int-Temple to Zeus
Eve suddenly gasps and her eyes fly open. She is unable to move, however, because of her funeral wrappings.
Eve! Iím so sorry I killed you.
I know. I heard your thoughts
while I was in the underworld.
Weíll talk about it later. Get me out
of this. I have to Get to the entrance
But, youíre not wearing anything
Then weíll improvise. Come on!
Marcus holds out his hand and a sword appears. He tucks the ambrosia away in his tunic and begins to fight Draco. While he does this, Solon turns to Persephone.
If I set you free, will you help us
Yes I will. I give you my word.
Solon rips the net off of Persephone and stands to face Solon.
I know just what needs to be done.
Solon unbars the door and when Marcus sees this he flips over Draco and takes off with Solon to the underworldís exit.
Eve and Virgil ride hard on the horses now freed from the wagon. Eve wears enough wrap only to cover her more private areas as she pushes her horse to the limit to make it to the Underworlds entrance.
Eve and Virgil arrive at the lake that is the entrance to the underworld. They dismount and stand next to the water.
Now we wait.
Solon and Marcus make it to the steps that lead to the lake above.
As Iíll ever be.
Marcus takes out the ambrosia and Draco comes flying out of a corner, attacking, and the ambrosia falls to the dusty floor. Solon is about to join the fray to help Marcus when Persephone arrives with Cerberus and more guards that block Solon from helping Marcus fight.
Not so fast Solon.
Persephone. What are you-
Now Marcus and Draco scream, cutting Solon off. They are on the ground, crawling hand over hand for the Ambrosia. Marcus is just about to get his hands on it when Cerberus, sniffs the Ambrosia and like any normal dog eats it. Persephone laughs when the dog returns to her side and she pets him.
Was it a tasty snack?
(Cerberus belches and Persephone
turns to Marcus and Solon)
Like I said before. I know exactly what
needs to be done. Guards! Take them.
Solon and Marcus stand with their hands tied above them as a demon-like creature beats them with whips. Persephone stands and watches, laughing.
I hope your happy Solon, Marcus.
Youíve traded your eternity in the
Elysian Fields for a stranger.
Sheís worth it to me.
Sheís Xenaís child, sheís definitely
worth it to me.
Well, weíll see how long it takes
her to get herself killed and put
right back in here with you.
Darkness is almost upon them and still no sign of Marcus and Solon.
Something went wrong. They
didnít make it! I have to save them.
Eve moves to get into the water but Virgil stops her.
What are you doing! Let me go!
Suddenly Persephone appears, ghost-like before them.
Unlike Hades I can no longer
appear on Earth in the flesh. At
least not while I rule the underworld.
Where is my brother?
I managed to stop his escape
attempt. Marcus, Solon and Draco
will spend eternity in Tartarus. One day
you will die Eve, and I will have
my revenge. For now, live with the
knowledge your precious
brother and your Motherís boy toy
will suffer for eternity. All because of you.
Persephone fades away, laughing almost hysterically. Once again Eve moves for the water.
I have to save them!
You canít save them Eve.
I have to try!
Why? So you can get taken by Persephone
and make everything Marcus and your brother
did to save you in vain?
But he never got to know life Virgil
I did. I canít let him-
(Holding her close as she weeps)
I know Eve, better than you think.
but you canít betray what theyíve
sacrificed. Perhaps one day you
can do something about it, but for nowÖ
(Close up on her tear-stained face)
I will never forgive myself for this. Never.
Copywrite Caina Q. Fuller 2001.