A Friend in Need
Part 2
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[Gabrielle races to the edge of the cliff to see that Xena's urn has been caught in a bird's nest on a small ledge. Meanwhile, Yodoshi arrives at the Fountain of Strength and begins to turn the water on. Xena attacks the moderately weakened spirit. As she waits for the water to start flowing, he freezes it and blows her away.]

Gabrielle: [hearing Xena's cry] "Xena?"

[Akemi, who has followed Xena, raises her sword to strike Yodoshi.]

Yodoshi: "What? My own daughter?" [he blows her away and against a rock]

Xena: "Akemi!" ... [while Yodoshi is moderately distracted, Xena attacks him and tries to reach an icicle. With what little strength he still possesses, he blows here away again. An icicle breaks from the frozen Fountain of Strength and Yodoshi is able to reach it. He instantly begins to regain his strength.]

Gabrielle: "Xena? [sees her very injured friend lying on the ground] Xena! ... Xena, what happened?"

[Yodoshi's arm grows back.]

'Told you I'd see you here'
Xena: "Told you I'd see you here."

[Yodoshi inhales Akemi's spirit.]

Xena: "The fountain of strength get some water fountain water."

[Gabrielle races over to the fountain. As she takes a mouthful of water, Yodoshi hits her in the back with a fireball. Protected by Akemi's tattoo, the fireball bounces off her and strikes Yodoshi down. She then rejoins Xena and literally gives her the kiss of life.]

'I need the sacred Katana to finish the job'
Xena: "Gabrielle [regains her strength and reappears in her old warrior princess garb] Gabrielle, I need the sacred Katana to finish the job [Gabrielle hands her the sword] Thank you."

Gabrielle: "The sun is setting, Xena. I have to find your ashes."
Xena: "Gabrielle "
Yodoshi: [having recovered] "Come on!"
Xena: "Gabr--" [turns to find Gabrielle has run off to complete her mission]

Yodoshi: "Enough of this!"

[As Xena and Yodoshi do battle, Gabrielle climbs down the face of a cliff to retrieve Xena's urn.]

'You won't live that long'
Yodoshi: "You're about to join the forty thousand souls you condemned, Xena. And then the first thing I'll do is take the head off your little friend with the tattoo."
Xena: "You won't live that long."

[Xena easily gets the upper hand and beheads Yodoshi, freeing the forty thousand souls trapped inside.]

Samurai: "I deserve to dignity of a warrior."
Gabrielle: "Dignity, huh? Like you showed my friend?" [throws the chakram at him which ricochets off his head and a few boulders, and then returns to her waiting hand]

Akemi: [as her spirit floats free] "Xena."
Xena: "Akemi."
Akemi: "You've redeemed me. You've redeemed them. You've redeemed yourself."
Xena: "Go in peace, Akemi. We'll meet again one day."

[Having finally regained possession of Xena's ashes, Gabrielle opens the urn to dip it into the Fountain of Strength Xena places a hand on the urn.]

'No, Gabrielle'

'You're all that matters to me'
Xena: "No, Gabrielle."
Gabrielle: "Xena."
Xena: "No."
Gabrielle: "Xena, the sun is setting. I have to bring you back to life."
Xena: "No, not if it means condemning the souls of the forty thousand who burned at Higuchi."
Gabrielle: "The souls are free."
Xena: "They're free from Yodoshi's grasp. Akemi didn't want to tell me this in case I wouldn't come back to help but for those souls to be released into a state of grace, they must be avenged. I must stay dead."
Gabrielle: "But if I bring you back to life "
Xena: "The souls will be lost forever."

'Don't you know how much I want to let you do this?'
Gabrielle: "Xena that is not right I don't care. You're all that matters to me."
Xena: "Don't you know how much I want to let you do this? But if there's a reason for our travels together, it's because I had to learn from you, enough to know the final, the good, the right thing to do. I can't come back. I can't."

'How am I supposed to go on without you?'
Gabrielle: "I love you, Xena. How am I supposed to go on without you?"
Xena: "I'll always be with you, Gabrielle. Always."

'I'll always be with you, Gabrielle.  Always.'
[Xena embraces Gabrielle as they watch the sun sink into the horizon after the sun has set, Gabrielle sits alone.]

Gabrielle: [sailing back across the sea, holding Xena's ashes close] "A life of journeying has brought you to the farthest lands, to the very edge of the earth."
Xena: [appearing beside her friend] "And to the place where I'll always remain your heart."

Xena: "So where to now?"
Gabrielle: "I think we should go south to the land of the Pharaohs. I hear they need a girl with a chakram."
Xena: "Where you go I'm at your side."
Gabrielle: "I knew you'd say that."

'A life of journeying has brought you to the farthest lands' 'And to the place where I'll always remain ... your heart' 'I hear they need a girl with a chakram'

DISCLAIMER: Xena was permanently harmed during the making of this motion picture but she kept up her spirits.

Images courtesy of The Australian Xena Information Page

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