Path of Vengeance
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Mawu-Ka: "The verdict is 'guilty'."

'Xena, I had no choice'
Gabrielle: [chasing after her partner] "Xena Xena, I had no choice. I had to vote with them. If they had kicked me off the council, they would have found Eve guilty anyway. It was the only thing I could do to save her life."
Xena: "By condemning her to death?"

'I just can't talk to you right now'
Gabrielle: "No. Xena, this way I have a voice. I can plead Eve's case when they go to sentence her, and I can try to wake up the Amazons to Ares' ways."
Xena: "I just can't talk to you right now." [stalks off]
Gabrielle: "Xena!"


Xena: "Ares! Ares, come out!"
Ares' Voice: "Xena "
Xena: "Ares, why are you doing this to me?!"
Ares' Voice: "Tell me, Xena, have you heard the story of the scorpion and the swan?"
Xena: "You haven't even got the guts to face me!"
Ares' Voice: "See, the scorpion needs to get across the river, and he asks the swan for a ride. And the swan figures it's not much of a risk. He wouldn't sting the creature who's carrying him over the raging river."
Xena: "My daughter's about to die because of you, and you're feeding me fairy tales?"

'Yeah, it's what I do'
Ares' Voice: "Bear with me, it's worth the wait. So, about half way across, the scorpion stings the swan. And, as they're both being swept away to their death, the swan asks the scorpion, 'I was helping you, why did you sting me?' And the scorpion answers " [appears behind Xena with his arms around her midsection]
Xena: " 'It's what I do.'"
Ares: "Yeah, it's what I do."

Ares: "See, I lost a lot of worshippers when I became mortal, and I need something major on my scorecard."
Xena: "Like the biggest war in centuries."
Ares: "No in history. Those crazy Amazons, the ruthless Romans, both of them worshipping me for success in battle. What a blast. I'm the God of War, this is what I do."
Xena: "You're a son of a bitch."

Xena: "You think I'm gonna let you kill my daughter?"
Ares: "She wasn't invited to the party. She got involved of her own free will."
Xena: "I may no longer be able to kill gods, Ares, but I'm not going to let this happen without a fight."
Ares: "I believe you."


Varia: "The council is finished. Now I decided the sentence As Queen of the Amazon Nation, and in the name of our god Ares, I sentence Livia of Rome--"
Gabrielle: "Wait."

'I use my right to challenge'
Cyane: "Varia is the Queen, Gabrielle. She decides the sentence."
Gabrielle: "I use my right to challenge. You are not Queen, Varia, until you defeat me."
Varia: "You had a better chance of saving her with words, Gabrielle."


'Promise that you won't interfere'
Xena: "Gabrielle Look, I don't want you to do this. Let me fight, Varia."
Gabrielle: "Xena, it doesn't work that way. I challenged Varia. It's my fight. Promise that you won't interfere. If I'm Queen, I can pardon Eve and uphold the Amazon law. You know it's the right thing to do. Promise me."
Xena: " Alright."

[Gabrielle and Varia attempt to pummel each other]

Gabrielle: "Varia, it's not me you should be fighting! It's Ares!"

Gabrielle: "Open your eyes, Varia. Ares is destroying you. He's going to lead you to ruin."
Varia: "Actually, Gabrielle [performs a series of moves] ... Ares taught me that, and he taught me this."

'Oh, Gabrielle'
[Varia proceeds to pummel poor good-intentioned Gabrielle into the ground, while Xena can only watch.]

Xena: [cradling a very bruised bard in her arms] "Oh, Gabrielle."


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