Julius Caesar: "I have some entertainment planned for my lady tonight."
Xena: "A new wrestler from Thrace?"
Julius Caesar: "No, a new play from Athens. I thought you'd appreciate a taste of your own culture."
Xena: "More drivel from old men with tricky names. That was very thoughtful of you."
Brutus: "Emperor …"
Julius Caesar: "Ah, honored emissaries."
Xena: "Well, the senate is meeting to vote on new weaponry for my men. I feel I should be there."
Julius Caesar: "Of course. Brutus, accompany her, please … Representatives of Lao Ma, from the land of Chin, welcome. Now, what have you brought for me?"
Emissary: "Directly from Lao Ma's hand." … [passes a scroll to Caesar]
Julius Caesar: "Hm, Lao Ma's reputation for fairness is well-deserved. Rome accepts her offer of an alliance with Chin. Now, please, accept my offer of hospitality for the evening."
Julius Caesar: "May I introduce Alti … [a hand encircles the neck of both emissaries] … High Priestess of Rome."
Alti: "The pleasure is all mine … [squeezes the life out of Lao Ma's men] … A lifetime of pain in one exquisite moment."
Julius Caesar: "Xena's right. You are ambitious."
Actor: "The love we have is stronger than the Elysian Fields or Tartarus."
Actress: "We're going be together for eternity."
Actor: "And I wouldn't have it any other way."
Actor: "Let me introduce to you, the writer of `Fallen Angel' … Greece's own Gabrielle, the visionary voice of Athens."
[Much to Caesar's dismay, Gabrielle walks out on stage and Xena immediately reacts to her presence. Their eyes lock and something stronger than the Fates stirs inside of them.]
Xena: [talking to the playwright, whom she is strongly attracted to] … "I found your play very moving."
Alti: "What do you suppose the Empress and the writer are discussing, hm? Horse riding? Sword play?"
Brutus: "Emperor, I need to speak with you immediately."
Julius Caesar: "Really, Brutus, this isn't a good time."
Brutus: "Regarding Chin and her emissaries."
Julius Caesar: "Ah, yes, of course. Excuse me."
Xena: "What inspires you?"
Gabrielle: "It's like the words come from somewhere else. I just write them down. But you, Empress, all of Rome talks about you. The country thrives. The people adore you. They say that the army would follow you through the gates of Hades."
Xena: "Well, everything has its price, Gabrielle."
Brutus: "You ordered Lao Ma's emissaries killed?"
Julius Caesar: "Yes. Alti advised it."
Brutus: "Lao Ma will send assassins."
Julius Caesar: "Don't worry, Brutus. I know how to deal with assassins."
Xena: "In the third act, you had your hero throw himself over the cliff with no fear of dying … all for her. Do you really believe that kind of love exists?"
Gabrielle: "That's what we all dream about, isn't it? Someone who looks so deeply into our soul that they'd find something worth dying for."
Julius Caesar: "Excuse me. Your play was, uh, riveting. Well done. Thank you … [to Xena] … The army's expecting us first thing in the morning."
Xena: "Thank you, Gabrielle, for honoring Rome with your play. Good night."
Julius Caesar: [steering Xena away from Gabrielle] … "Did you enjoy the evening?"
Julius Caesar: "Tell me, what did you and that playwright talk about?"
Xena: "Her work, her life. She interests me."
Julius Caesar: "Really? … [kissing her shoulder] … It's been a long time."
Xena: "It's been a long day … Where are you going?"
Julius Caesar: "Well, since I'm not needed here, there's a little matter I must discuss with Brutus."
[Now alone, Xena walks out onto her balcony. Across the way, Gabrielle does the same. Xena hides in the shadows for a few moments watching the playwright. Gabrielle sees Xena and shyly reenters her room.]
Alti: "I had the most interesting vision tonight … of you and the writer?"
Xena: "You take liberties, Alti."
Xena: "The High Priestess has no business in my bed chamber."
Alti: "Well, it's Caesar's bed chamber, too."
Alti: "I saw the way you looked at her tonight during the play. Wouldn't Caesar give anything to have you look at him that way."
Xena: "What do you want?"
Alti: "You're in my way, Xena, and it's time I did something about it." … [Alti attacks Xena]
Alti: [with her handy firmly around Xena's neck] … "I can see into your soul, Xena, where you've been and where you're going. I have that power and I will destroy you … [Xena is crippled by her chakram in The Ides of March] … Can you feel the pain and terror in your soul? Secreting its blackness … [Xena lies on the ground with both arms chopped off in -- The Way] … oozing inside of you? … [Xena lies dead in a sarcophagus in -- The Quest] … And know this, Xena, Caesar … Rome … all of it will be mine."
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