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Team In 20
By: Alex Legault
Somewhere in Greece:"Gabrielle, duck!" Xena shouted as the Roman soldier tried to behead her friend. "Thanks Xena!" she called back as the sword passed harmlessly over her head, she then proceeded to knock the roman unconscious.
This is bad Gabrielle thought, the Roman infantry outnumber us several hundred to one, and Xena's forces were losing.
Unless a miracle happened soon they would be defeated. Just then an explosion was heard, Xena turned and saw three barrels of lamp oil explode, because of the fact that the whole town was burning down. The explosion killed several enemy soldiers.
Then she noticed a strange glowing cloud where the barrels were, it was as large as a horse. The sight of it terrified both sides and some soldiers abandoned the battle and ran away screaming in terror. The rest of the enemy pressed Xena's forces even harder, forcing them back.
"Gabrielle" Xena called "Go into the cloud". "Are you nuts?!??" Gabrielle responded "Who knows what will happen if we go in". "It can't get much worse than here" Xena shouted over the noise of battle. With a quick prayer to the Gods Gabrielle followed Xena into the Cloud.....
Some where in Greece, 1999:
AAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!! Gabrielle screamed as she fell out of the cloud and landed on Xena. She rolled off Xena and the two women watched as the cloud disappeared. "Where are we?" asked a confused Gabrielle. "Judging by the ruins around us I'd saw we are still in the village but in the future" Xena answered.
"What?!?!?" Gabrielle said. "According to legend, Zeus battled a Titan and defeated him in this area. The battle must have been so intense that it weakened the fabric of time and the explosion of the oil broke it" Xena responded. "How are we going to get home?" Gabrielle asked. "Since the Gods caused the weakness in time, the Gods should be able to help. So we head to Mount Olympus" Xena said and started walking toward the distant mountain.
3 Days later:
After walking for days the two women arrive at the foot of Mount Olympus. "Well there is the mountain" Xena said "Time to climb". After half a day of climbing two sweaty and dirty heroes reach the top of Mount Olympus, home of the Greek Gods. The sight that awaited them was shocking, the palace of the gods in ruins.
"What happened?" Gabrielle wondered aloud. "I don't know" Xena said walking to what was the throne room. Inside Zeus was siting on the throne, he looked up in shock at Xena and Gabrielle. "What are you doing here?" the King of the Gods asked rising from the old throne. "We were battling Roman infantry, ran into a glowing cloud, and found our selves here many years later" Xena responded looking in amazement at the damage to the palace.
"Xena it has been over two thousand years since you entered that cloud, much has changed in that time, the Roman empire has fallen, another continent has been discovered, devastating weapons have been developed, and most amazing of all, man has walked on the moon".
"Sadly" Zeus continued "People have forgotten us, now most people worship what they call the one god". "Dahak?" Xena asked almost fearfully "No, fortunately" Zeus responded "This is a good one god, his followers call themselves, Jews, Catholics, Muslims, Protestants, and others. Our followers number a few thousand, and shrinking with each new generation. That is the cause of what you see around you. We Gods gain strength from our followers and with so few, we can not spare the strength to maintain the palace" Zeus said sadly. Xena relieved to know that the evil Dahak did not rule asked
"Zeus, was your last battle with the Titans what caused the tear in time?", "Yes, that battle lasted for days and devastated the area, but in the end the last of the Titans were defeated". "Can you help us get home?" Gabrielle asked. "No sadly, All the gods together could not, we just are not powerful enough anymore". "Then we are trapped here forever?" Xena asked
"No, the Gods can not send you home but I know what can, the Cronostone" Zeus said. "The Cronostone?" Xena asked "Hercules told me he destroyed it" she added "There were two CronoStones made, One still exists, it is in the Tomb of Caesar"
Zeus said to the women. "I thought he was Cremated according to Roman Custom" Xena said "He was but his ashes were put in a special Catacomb beneath Rome" Zeus said after checking a scroll "The tomb is accessible through the main catacombs here is a map that will show you the way" Zeus said handing the scroll to Gabrielle. "Thank you" Xena said to the King of the Gods "Wait" Zeus Called as the two women turned to leave, "The tomb is guarded by many traps, you will need some help"....
A Hidden Treasure Room, Just Before Xena and Gabrielle went on their time trip:
Autolycus, clapped his hands and looked at the fist sized ruby. Hmmm he thought flaming spikes all around, I reach for the gem my hands get burned and cut off, piece of cake, he thought. Just as he was reaching for his tools, the air started glowing.....
Throne Room, Palace Of The Gods, Mount Olympus, 1999:
Autolycus all of a sudden found him self in a ruined palace, looking around he saw Xena, Gabrielle, and an old man. "Xena" he called "What is going on?" he asked extremely confused. Zeus then spoke up "Autolycus I have brought you here from the past to help Xena, Gabrielle, and now yourself, get home"
"And you are?" he asked thinking this was some old nut "Zeus king of the Gods" Zeus said annoyed. "How am I supposed to do that?" asked. "By guiding them through the catacombs of Rome to the tomb of Caesar, to steal the Cronostone" Zeus responded. "CronoStone?" Autolycus said "I thought Hercules destroyed it" he added. "No the creator of the Cronostone made two one for him and one for his wife. This one is purple" The King of the Gods said, tired of all this talking.
"Zeus, if you could bring Autolycus here why can you not send us home?" Xena asked. "It is easier to bring an object forward in time, I do not know why" "You three will need to learn the language the people speak today, Athena!" Zeus roared. A few moments later Athena goddess of wisdom appeared. "Yes father" she said. "Athena, these adventurers need to know the languages in use today" Zeus told his daughter "As you wish" She responded. Athena then went and touched the heads of Xena, Gabrielle, and Autolycus. "You now know modern Greek, Italian, and English. Use It well. The knowledge will last till you return to your own time" Athena said with a smile. "Thank you, both of you"
"Wait, before you leave, you had better leave your weapons here, all of them. carrying a weapon of any kind will get you imprisoned these days" Athena told them. Xena dropped her sword, Chrakum, and daggers. Gabrielle left her staff. Autolycus had no weapons to drop. "Here are some clothes appropriate for this time period" Athena added making some clothes appear. "Autolycus you are already dressed Okay." she told the thief. Xena took off her metal armor and put on the clothes Athena gave her. Gabrielle put on her stuff over the clothes she was wearing. "Thank you, both of you" Xena told the two Gods, who then vanished.
At The Foot Of Mount Olympus:
"So, where are we headed?" Autolycus asked "Rome" Xena responded.
"Wow, things have changed in two thousand years" Gabrielle said with wonder. "Now according to Zeus's map, the entrance to the Catacombs is in the Vatican" "Where is this Vatican?" Autolycus asked "I don't know" Xena reponded "Lets ask for directions" Gabrielle said, she then stopped a Police Officer "How do we get to the Vatican from here?" she asked "Walk down this street for two miles turn left, a mile down there turn right and you will be at the gate" the Officer responded
"You going there to try and get a glimpse of President Clinton?" the Officer asked "Who?" Gabrielle said "You know the President of the United States, this is his first foreign trip since nearly getting impeached" the Officer said to Gabrielle "Oh, him" she responded not wanting to look suspicious "No, we're just tourists" Xena said eager to end this conversation. "Okay have fun!" the Officer replied walking away.
The three of them followed the Officers directions and soon arrived at the gates of the Vatican. "Wow, this place is huge" they all said at once. "The map says the entrance is in the basement in what is called the Pope's secret library" Xena said "I like secrets" Autolycus said clapping his hands "No stealing, Autolycus" Xena said suddenly worried "Okay no stealing till we get home" Autolycus responded disappointed.
The Vatican was huge, finding the basement was a little difficult, since visitors were not supposed to go there. Just as they were heading towards the basement they saw three men is suits, the middle one had white hair, the other two were looked almost like twins and they seemed to be talking to their wrists. The white haired man said "Hi ladies, enjoying the Vatican?". "Yes we are, who are you?" Xena asked "Me? I'm President Bill Clinton and you are?" "I'm Xena, these are my friends Gabrielle, and Autolycus". The four talked for a few minutes until a blonde haired woman walked up and discreetly pinched Bill's back "Bill the Pope is waiting for us" she said. "Okay Hillary." he responded "Nice talking to you." he said to the three heroes as the President's group walked away.
"Bill you promised, no more fooling around" Hillary whispered into his ear "I was not doing anything of the sort" he responded. "Good, keep it that way" she whispered back. "Wow, those chicks looked good." he thought.
As they approached the basement they noticed a big lock on the door. "Autolycus can you pick it?" Xena asked "Sure no problem, Athena gave me modern lock picking skills" Autolycus responded. Two minutes later the door was open "Here we go" Xena said
Vatican, Basement, Pope's Secret Library:
"Wow look at all these books!" Gabrielle said "I wish I had time to read some of them" she added "We have to find the secret entrance to the Catacombs" Xena said "According to the map the entrance is down at the end of the library" the walk down the library was long, and there was not much air. "The secret door is on this wall somewhere" Xena announced and the three proceeded to check the wall all over "I found it!" Gabrielle called excited. The panel was hard to open after over a thousand years of disuse but they eventually got it open. They turned on their flash lights and stepped into a room no one had entered for a thousand years....
Catacombs, Beneath Vatican:
"Strange there is fresh air" Autolycus commented "Normally in ancient tombs to air is bad" he added. "These Catacombs must be open to the surface somewhere" Xena answered. These Catacombs had not been robbed like the others all the tombs were still intact. "This place is a maze, how are ever going to find the tomb of Caesar?" Gabrielle asked "Just look for the biggest one" Xena responded.
After sever hours of wandering they finally found the tomb of Caesar "Wow this tomb is huge" Gabrielle said walking around. "Gabrielle Stop! do not move!" Autolycus called. Gabrielle obeyed, and watched as he disarmed a trap. "If you had walked three steps more you would be dead" Autolycus stated showing her the trip wire and the crossbows that would have killed her. "Thanks" she said. "No problem, just keep your eyes open for more traps" he responded. Then she saw it "There it is!" Gabrielle said pointing.
Autolycus looked where she was pointing and saw a triangle shaped purple stone. He walked up to the pedestal it was on and carefully examined it. "It's booby trapped" he declared "If I lift it the spring it is holding down will pop up and set off a trap. Good thing I always carry bag of sand with me". He carefully measured the sand so it would be the same weight as the stone and performed the switch. Relieved that no traps had gone off he walked toward Xena and promptly stepped on a pressure plate. "Uh Oh" was all he said as the door to the room slammed shut.
"Nice move Autolycus" both women said at the same time. "Sorry" was all he could say. "Let's argue about this later, we have to find a way out" Xena yelled above the sound of Gabrielle and Autolycus arguing. They examined the tomb for over an hour looking for a means of escape with no success. Just as they were about to give up Autolycus noticed something, "Hey, this wall is crumbling. Maybe we can break through it". "Good work" Xena told him. Autolycus then went through his tools and came up with a big lock pick. He then spent the next three hours digging a hole in the wall with the lock pick's handle. Finally he broke through "Xena, Gabrielle, I'm through!" he called. The three of them climbed through the hole and headed for the Vatican's basement.
Vatican, Basement, Pope's Secret Library:
They made there way to the entrance of the library. Just as they were about to leave the library they heard several shots. They raced out of the library.
Vatican, Main Floor, Dining Room:
They entered the dining room to see a scene of chaos, Secret Service Agents and Swiss Guards surrounding two figures on the floor. Xena pushed her way through the crowd and saw to her horror that the figures were President Clinton and the Pope lying dead on the floor, shot to death. The Agents and Guards had two men in hand cuffs who screamed "DEATH TO THE ENEMIES OF GERMANY!" They were asked who they were working for. They answered "The Glorious Adolf Hitler!". Both men then died of their injuries.
"Autolycus use the CronoStone to send us five minutes backwards in time so we can stop this" Xena said "Your wish is my command" he responded sarcastically
Vatican, Main Floor, Dining Room, Five Minutes Earlier:
President Clinton and the Pope were discussing matters of religion when all of a sudden two women and one man appeared. The women then tackled them as shots rang out. "What is going on?!?!?" They asked at the same time "Stay down two men are trying to kill you!" Xena barked at the suprised men. The Agents and Guards started shooting at the would be assassins killing them both. The President and Pope thanked them for saving them then just as suddenly as they appeared they vanished. "A miracle" was all the Pope could say. "A good looking miracle." Clinton thought.
Mount Olympus, Palace Of The Gods, Throne Room, One Hour Later:
"Well done all of you!" Zeus bellowed "Not only have you found the way home, you saved the lives of two very important men!" he added. "We came to Thank you both for all your help and to say good bye, because we are heading home". "Good journey, all of you" Zeus and Athena said as they vanished......
Some Where in Greece, One Day After This All Started:
"The future was nice to visit" Gabrielle said "But I wouldn't want to live there!" she added with a laugh. Every one agreed. "Well Xena it's been fun but I have to go" Autolycus said starting to walk off. Xena grabbed him before he could go far "All right Autolycus, hand over the CronoStone" she told the disappointed thief. "I was hoping you forgot that" he said handing it over. "This is to powerful to be left in the hands of Mortals" she said putting it on the ground. Before Autolycus could protest further she destroyed it with her sword. Autolycus then headed with out another word to rob the nearest treasure room.
"So Xena, what did you think about that Bill Clinton?" Gabrielle asked "What about him?" she responded. "He was charming wasn't he?" Gabrielle said. "What are you thinking? he is not going to be born for another two thousand years!" Xena said suprised at her friend. "Ya I guess you are right Xena".....
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