Xena’s Paradox

EXT. NORSELAND FOREST - NIGHT

XENA stands over nondescript corpses and smoldering ashes. She has a fire in her eyes and a chakram in her clenched fist.

XENA
They’re gonna pay. They’re all gonna pay…

INT. DRAB OFFICE - DAY

Xena sits in business clothes in an office chair. A person in a suit sits behind a desk, across from her.

XENA
…me the same as Hercules for the same work.

HR
We appreciate you bringing this to our attention, but if you look

Xena tunes out. HR continues out of frame.

HR (CONT’D)
blah blah blah. Blah blah not fair to Gabrielle, blah blah

Xena begins to sharpen her blades on each other. We see HR, with wide eyes and a forced smile.

HR
(timid)
How about this, same as last time:

We’ll cut the gap in half.