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“Twilight”  Episode 79/420


H:  “Jason!  Got here as fast as I could.”

I:  “What happened?”

Jason:  “Oh, she said she was feeling dizzy a few days ago.  I
thought it was nothing-- un-til last night-- when she complained
of chest pains.  Her mother died of a weak heart.”
H:  “Where is she?”

Jason:  “Outside.”


H:  “Hello, Mother.”

Alcmene:  “Hercules.”

H:  “What are you doing?”

Alcmene [Chuckles]:  “Don’t look so surprised.  I tend to my
garden every day.”

H:  “You should be in bed, resting.”

Alcmene:  “Oh, stop it.  I’m feeling much better.  Besides-- why
would I want to be inside on a day like today, hmm?  Hercules,
you can stand there with that look on your face, or you can sit
down and enjoy the day with me.”

H:  “You are so-- stubborn.”

Alcmene:  “Where do you think you get it from?”

H [Sighs]:  “It looks beautiful.”

Alcmene:  “I started this garden the day I found out Amphitryon
had died in the war.  Bringing it to life somehow-- helped me
accept his death.  And when-- you went off to fight against
Parthus-- I sat here every day, praying that my son would come
home to me.  My prayers were answered.”

H:  “That was the first war I ever fought in.  I’m sorry I put
you through that.”

Alcmene:  “No apologies, Hercules.  You did what you had to do.
I just wish I-- could have protected you from what you saw.”


Y Alcmene [Chuckles]:  “Looks like you could use a bath.”

Y H:  “And whose fault is that?”

Y Alcmene:  “You offered to help.  And besides, you’ve always
been a messy child.”

Y H:  “Well, thanks, Mom.  I appreciate that.”

Y Jason:  “You got that Mama’s boy doing your dirty work again,

Y Alcmene:  “Well, lemme guess.  You two freeloaders are-- here
for lunch?”

Y I and Y Jason:  “Ooh.”

Y H:  “What’s up, guys?”

Y I:  “Ah, no good.  The Parthuns crossed the border into Kaelin

Y Jason:  “King Eteocles has managed to push ‘em back, but the
Parthuns have declared war.”

Y I:  “Yeah.  If they win, Corinth could be next.”

Y H:  “The Kaelins have been our allies since your father was

Y Jason:  “Now, it’s my turn to make sure they don’t fight

Y I:  “We’re gonna join them on the front line, Herc.”

Y Jason:  “What do ya say, Buddy?”

Y H:  “I say we’re goin’ to war.”

Y I and Y Jason:  “Yeah!”

Y Jason:  “Yeah!  Let’s go get ‘em!”



H:  “I was so eager to go off and fight-- I had no idea what I
was in for.”

Alcmene:  “Well-- you were young.”

H:  “Yeah.”

Alcmene:  “You know?  All a mother wants to do is protect her
children from-- all the pain in the world.”

H:  “Hmm.”

Alcmene:  “Because you love them so much, you-- hold onto the
illusion you can do that.  And the truth is-- I couldn’t.”

H:  “None of us can.  I held that same illusion for my children.
You shouldn’t be so hard on yourself.”

Alcmene:  “I can’t help it.  I just wish you hadn’t had to have--
grown up so fast.”

H:  “You know-- even when things were at their worst-- I always
had a place to call home-- thanks to you.”


Y Alcmene:  “I don’t want you to go.”

Y H:  “Mo-o-o-m.”

Y Alcmene:  “Look-- I’ve already lost someone I love to war.  I
won’t go through that again.  I won’t.”

Y H:  “Don’t worry, Mom.  It’s not gonna happen to me.”

Y Alcmene:  “Don’t you tell me not to worry.  This isn’t the same
as rousting a couple of bullies.  There’s a good chance your
strength won’t be enough.”

Y H:  “Maybe.  But at least I’ll be fightin’ for somethin’ I
believe in.”

Y Alcmene:  “A just cause doesn’t make war noble, Hercules.”

Y H:  “Well, why did you send me to the Academy?  I mean, what
did you think all that training was for?”

Y Alcmene:  “I didn’t send you there to become a soldier.  I sent
you so you’d learn how to take care of yourself.”

Y H:  “I did.  And I will.”

Y I:  “Come on!”

Y Alcmene:  “Please come back to me, Hercules.”


Attendant’s Voice:  “Your Highness-- King Eteocles requests your
presence in his tent.”

Y Jason’s Voice:  “Lead the way.”


K Eteocles:  “Well-- it seems I’m in the presence of greatness.”

Y Jason:  “I was gonna say the same to you.”

K Eteocles:  “Thank you for coming, Jason.”  

Y Jason:  “I wouldn’t have missed it for the world.  You’d do the
same for Corinth.”

K Eteocles:  “From what I’ve heard, your kingdom’s in good hands.
Your father would have been proud.”

Y H:  “Well, I’ve had help.  These are my friends-- Hercules and

K Eteocles:  “Welcome.”

Y H:  “It’s a pleasure to be here, your Highness.”

K Eteocles:  “Sit down, gentlemen-- eat.  You’re gonna need your
strength.  Two summers ago-- the Parthuns suffered a terrible
drought.  We offered hunting privileges in our western region.”

Y Jason:  “And let me guess.  That wasn’t enough for them.”

K Eteocles:  “Now, they’re trying to claim _our_ territory as
their own.  Most of my troops are defending our border-- but--
I’ve sent a small battalion-- into enemy territory.  They’ve
established a foothold-- next to the king’s fortress.  Once we
join them-- I’ll lead a charge inside.”

Y H:  “Take out the brain, and the body’s useless.”

K Eteocles:  “Jason-- would you do me the honor of serving as my

Y Jason:  “I won’t let you down.”

K Eteocles:  “Gentlemen-- you’re three of Chyron’s best.  By this
time tomorrow, we’ll be dictating the terms of their surrender--
and you’ll return home as heroes.  To victory!”

Y I, Y H, Y Jason:  “Victory!”


Calimachus [Cali]:  “You’ll be OK.  But just stay off this leg
for a while.”

Y H:  “Calimachus.”

Cali:  “Well, well-- if it’s not the academy’s finest?”

Y H:  “It’s good to see you.”

Cali:  “I wish it were under better circumstances.”

Y H:  “Well, now that you mention it, I’m surprised to see you

Cali:  “I don’t like what the Parthuns are doing any more than
you do-- but I can’t take a life in good conscience.  Tending the
wounded’s the best thing I can do to help.”

Y H:  “Ya haven’t changed a bit, Cal.  I’m glad.”

Y I:  “Hey, what is this?  An academy reunion?”

Y Jason:  “What are you doin’ here, Buddy?  I thought you gave up
manhood for a life of medicine.”

Cali:  “Yeah-- well, you won’t be sayin’ that when I’m stitchin’
your head back on.”

Y Jason:  [Laughs]

K Eteocles:  “Fall in, men!  We’re movin’ out!”

Y Jason:  “All right, boys-- time to see what we’re made of.”


Soldier’s Voice:  “Stay sharp, men.  We’re in Parthun territory,
now.  Somethin’ here, in the way[?].  Be careful.”

Cali:  “Hemlock.”

Y H:  “Poison-- the stakes don’t kill ya-- it will.”

K Eteocles:  “Crude, but effective-- almost as good as ours.”

Y I:  “We-you mean, we have those, too?”

Y Jason:  “In case somebody drops by unexpected.”

Y H:  “Isn’t that what we’re doin’?”

Y Jason:  “Yeah, but we’re the good guys.”

Cali:  “Hey, where’s Nikos?”

Y H:  “Must have fallen behind.”

K Eteocles:  “That boy’s gonna get himself killed!”

Y H:  “I’ll get him.  We’ll catch up.”


Y H:  “You OK, Nikos?”

Nikos:  “My wife and I have a house just over that hill.  This is
the first time we haven’t been together since we’ve been married.
I wonder what she’s doing now.”

Y H:  “She’s probably looking out the window, wondering the same
thing about you.”

Nikos:  “Hercules, you think we’re gonna make it?”

Y H:  “Yeah.”

Nikos:  “A lot of the guys have been saying that-- if we pull
this off, we’ll be like heroes?  But what I keep thinking is,
what if I make my wife a widow?  Where’s the glory in that?”

Y H:  “Come on.”


K Eteocles:  “All right, then-- let’s move!  The battalion’s just
over the hill.”

Soldiers’ Voices:  “Keep your eyes on the trees as well.”  [Other
incoherent mumbling as well.]  “It’s loaded.”

Soldier:  “Uh!”

Soldiers’ Voices:  “He’s hit!”  “Look out!”

K Eteocles:  “Ambush!”  


Kaelin Soldiers:  “Behind you!”  “Look out!  Ahhhhh!”

K Eteocles:  “Ohhh!”

Y Jason:  “Eteocles!”

Y H:  “Jason!”



Y I:  “By the gods, they cut off his arm!”

Cali:  “He’s losing blood fast.  Let’s get him outta here,

Y Jason:  “Oh!  Eteocles!  Eteocles!”

K Eteocles:  “This war-- it’s yours, now.”

Y Jason:  “Please, Eteocles!  Forgive me!”

Y H:  “Jason, we gotta get back to the battalion!  Come on!”


I:  “Have you, um-- sent word to Iphicles?”

Jason:  “But he’s at sea.  He won’t get the message for a few

Alcmene:  “Iolaus-- did Hercules drag you all the way down here
for nothing?”

I:  “Ah-- far be it for me to pass up a home-cooked meal.
Besides-- am I gonna miss out on the chance of seeing you?”

Alcmene [Chuckles]:  “You smooth-talker.  I’ll get my shawl.”

H:  “OK.”

Jason:  “Where are you going?”

H:  “She wants to go to the market.”

I:  “Is that a good idea?”

H:  “You talk her out of it.”

Jason:  “He has a point.”

H:  “How are ya holding up?”

Jason:  “I don’t know.  I’m tired of pretending nothing’s wrong.
You should’ve seen her last night.  Nothing worse than watching
someone you love in pain.”

H:  “Don’t give up hope, Jason.”

Jason:  “I haven’t-- but I’d be foolish not to prepare myself.  I
suppose I’ve learned the hard way-- hope for the best, but expect
the worst.”


Y H:  “There’s Eteocles’ trench.  We made it.”

Y Jason:  “By the gods.”

Y I:  “There’s nobody left alive.  I’m not goin’ in there.”

Y H:  “You don’t have a choice.  It’s too dangerous out in the

Y Jason:  “Those savages!  Those murderous Parthuns!  I’ll kill
every last one of ‘em!  Nobody survived.  For every man here,
I’ll kill two of theirs!”

Y H:  “Jason, shhh!  Quiet.  The Parthuns think everyone in the
trench is dead.  If we don’t be quiet, we will be.”

Cali:  “Hey, Herc-- I’m gonna need a hand over here.”

Y Jason:  “We’ll take care of this.”


Cali:  “The arm’s severed at the elbow-- he’s lost a lot of
blood.  Hand me the sword.  The herbs’ll deaden the pain.”

Y H:  “I’m glad it’s more than just a decoration.”

Cali:  “The healer I trained under gave it to me.  I guess you
could call it a good-luck charm.  Hold him down.”

Y H:  “Bite on this.”

Nikos:  “Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!”

Cali:  “Thanks.

H:  “Does he have a chance?”

Cali:  “It doesn’t look good.  We’ll have to wait and see.”

Y H:  “You know, I think I can understand why you won’t take a
life, but-- it can’t be-- any easier losin’ somebody you’re
tryin’ to save.”

Cali:  “You know, you’re probably right.”

Y H:  “I don’t know if I’d have the strength to do it.”

Cali:  “Sure, you would.  You, of all people.”

Y H:  “I don’t know.  Maybe.”

Cali:  “Besides, it’s not just death that I have to deal with.
When I save a life, you know-- somebody’s son, somebody’s
daughter-- there’s nothing more gratifying in the world.”

Y H:  “What if there’s nothin’ you can do?”

Cali:  “Then it’s my job to make sure they don’t die alone.”

Y I:  “Herc?  What’re we still doing here?  Huh?  We should be
back at base camp, before there’s another attack.”

Cali:  “Nikos can’t be moved.”

Y I:  “Well-- if we hang around here long enough, we’re gonna end
up as dead as the rest of these guys.”

Y Jason:  “No!  No, we are _not_ goin’ anywhere!  It’s my duty to
finish what Eteocles started.  We carry out the mission.”

Y I:  “Are you out of your mind?!  Jason, we’re the only ones
left!  We don’t stand a chance!”

Y H:  “All right!  We can’t leave Nikos here-- and we can’t move
him yet.  All right.  All right, the Parthuns don’t know that
we’re here.  They would’ve attacked by now.  We’re gonna stay
put-- take turns on watch.  Now, does anybody have a problem with


[[[[[[Nikos:  “Ah!  Ah!  Ah!  Ah!”  Y Jason:  “Keep him quiet.”
Parthun Soldiers:  [Yelling]  Y I:  “Ahhhhh!”  Cali:  “Nah!  Ahh!
Ahh!  Ahhhhh!”]]]]]]

Y Jason:  “No!  No!  No!”

Y H:  “Jason!”

Y Jason:  “No!”

Y H:  “Jason!”

Y Jason:  “No!”

Y H:  “Shhh!  They’re gonna hear you.”

Y Jason:  “I let Eteocles die!  I wa-- I was supposed to cover
his back!  I was supposed to-- !”

Y H:  “You sh-- it was an ambush.  It’s not your fault, Man.
It’s your turn on watch.  Now, can you handle it?”

Y Jason:  “Yeah.  Yeah.  Yeah.”

Y H:  “You sure.”

Y Jason:  “OK.  Yeah.”

Y H:  “How’s he doin’?”

Cali:  “Can ya keep him talking?  He’s gotta stay awake.”

Y H:  “Hey, pal.”

Nikos:  “Hercules.”

Y H:  “We’re gonna get outta here real soon.”

Nikos:  “You’re a bad liar.”

Y H:  “Well, we are, though.  You’re gonna get to see your wife.
How’d you guys meet?”

Nikos:  “We’ve known each other-- since we were children-- best
friends all our lives.  She asked me to marry _her_.”

Y H:  “You’re a lucky guy.”

Nikos:  “Yeah-- I am.  [Coughs]  It’s funny-- the smallest things
could make her happy-- like-- a sunset-- or the sound of the
rain-- things that I never even thought mattered.  But they do,
Hercules.  They matter.”

Y H:  “Don’t worry, buddy, you’re gonna get to share those things
with her real soon.  Nikos.”


Alcmene:  “Jason doesn’t talk about that war much, but, I know he
thinks about it, from time to time.”

H:  “We all do.”

Alcmene:  “I suppose, in a way, he still blames himself for the
king’s death.”

H:  “Some scars never heal.  Hmm, they fade a little, but-- they
don’t go away.  You all right?”

Alcmene:  “Mm-hmm.  Would you mind if we-- stopped for a moment?
I’m just a little winded.  I’ll be fine.”

H:  “Mother, why are you doing this?”

Alcmene:  “What are you talking about?”

H:  “Look-- Jason told me about last night.  You are not fine.  I
know you don’t want to worry us, but you don’t have to pretend
anymore.  Please-- you should be in bed.  Let me take care of

Alcmene:  “Not even the best healer’s gonna make a difference,
Hercules.  I’m dying.”

H:  “You can’t be sure of that.”

Alcmene:  “Well, I wasn’t-- until this morning.  When I-- I saw
the way you looked at me in the garden-- you could never hide
anything from me.  Your eyes always gave you away.”

H:  “Come on.  Maybe I’m-- wrong.”

Alcmene:  “I’ll stop pretending if you will.”

H:  “I won’t let you go without a fight.”

Alcmene:  “Don’t look so sad.  I’m not afraid.  And I won’t waste
whatever time I have left, sitting around, feeling sorry for
myself.  So-- let’s go.  It’s a beautiful day-- and I want to
spend it with my son.”


Y H:  “Hey.”

Cali:  “Hey.”

[Soldier moaning]

Y I:  “You hear that?”

Cali:  “Somebody’s hurt out there.  We’ve gotta help him.”

Y I:  “Well-- what if it’s one of theirs?”

Y Jason:  “Then I hope he dies a slow and painful death.”

Y H:  “We can’t just leave him out there, Jas.”

Y Jason:  “Oh, yes we can.  If the Parthuns see you, then we’re
_all_ dead.”

Y H:  “I know you feel responsible for Eteocles’ death, Jason,
but letting whoever’s out there die is not gonna make you feel
any better.”

Y Jason:  “I hope you know what you’re doing, buddy.”

Y H:  “Stay here.”


Y H:  “What’re you doin’ here!  You should be back in the

Cali:  “If it’s not safe to move him, you won’t know.”


Y H:  “He’s a Parthun.”

Cali:  “I’ll need to make a tourniquet for his leg before we can
move him.”

Teresius:  “Who are you?!”

Cali:  “Don’t worry.  We’re here to help.  Uh!”



Cali:  “Ah- ahh.”

Voices:  “Come on!  Come on!  You can make it!”  “Come on!  Get
him in here!  Look out!”  “Come on!  Come on!  Hurry up!”  “Come
on!  Come on!  Come on!  Let’s move it!  Go!  Move, move, move!”

Y Jason:  “Stay down!”


Y H:  “Here-- let me help.”

Cali:  “Oh, no, no!  Ah-- break it off.  Ahh!  Now, go help him.”

Y H:  “Quit tryin’ to be such a hero, Cal.”

Cali:  “Look who’s talking.  I’ll be OK. Go help him.”

Y Jason:  “No!  No way does that vermin get any of our water.”

Y H:  “He can have _my_ rations, Jason.  What’s your name?  My
name’s Hercules.  Hoo-- it’s gonna hurt a little bit.”

Teresius:  “Uh!  I’d rather die than have to breathe the same air
as you.”
Y H:  “You’re welcome.”

Y I:  “Herc-- they know we’re here, now.”

Y H:  “Yeah, but they don’t know how many.  We still got a little

Y I:  “And if we run?”

Y H:  “They got us pinned down.  Wouldn’t make it very far.”

Y I:  “Look-- Herc-- I know you’re not one to cash in on special
favors-- but now would be a really-- really good time to call up
the old man.”

Y H:  “Zeus never helped me before.  I doubt he’s gonna start
now.  Besides, I fight my own battles.”


H:  “Mother, there’s something I’ve always wanted to ask.  Do you
resent Zeus for what he did to you?”

Alcmene:  “Hmm-- I admit I was angry when I found out Zeus had
come to me as-- Amphitryon, but-- but all that went away the day
you were born and, like it or not, I have Zeus to thank for
blessing me with you.”

H:  “Well.”

Alcmene:  “But-- if I had one wish for you, Son-- it would be to
have you reconcile with your father.”

H:  “Please.”

Alcmene:  “You’ve been carrying that burden for too long.  It’s
time to let it go.”

H:  “It’s a little too late.  Too many people I love have-- he’s
been a disappointing father.”

Alcmene:  “Well, don’t blame Zeus for what’s happening to me.
This is my battle, not his.  [Gasps]  Ooh!”

H:  “Did you want to dance?”

Alcmene [Laughs]:  “I‘m all right.”

H:  “Fine, but I’m takin’ you home, anyway.”


Cali:  “Hey, Herc-- I could do with some water.  Thanks.”

Y H:  “There must be something more I can do.”

Cali:  “Remember what I said about not dying alone?  You’re doing
all you can.”

Y H:  “It’s a naphthalene [?] cannon!  Come on, let’s go!
Everybody out!  Now!”

Y I:  “Jas-- give me a hand!”


Y H:  “Let’s make a break for those woods over there.”

Y I:  “No way!  We’re pinned down!  We don’t have a chance!”

Y Jason:  “I say we go.  Let’s go-- now!”

Y H:  “Hey!  What’re you doin’?!”

Cali:  “I’m gonna draw their fire!”

Y H:  “I can’t, I can’t let you do that.”

Cali:  “I’ve gotta do it; otherwise, you’ll all be killed!  It’s
your turn, now.”

Y H:  “Cal!”

Voice:  “Get up!”  “Push!”


Cali:  “Hey!  Hey!  Ahh!  Ahh!”

Y H:  “Ahhhhhh!”

Cali:  “Hey!  Hey!  Hey!  Hey!  Hey!  Hey-- Ah!  Ah!”

Y H:  “Ca-a-a-a-a-l!”


Y I:  “You OK?”

Y Jason:  “You consider yourself lucky to be alive.”

Teresius:  “Go ahead and kill me.  You’ll do it sooner or later.
You’re a bunch of bloodthirsty thieves.”

Y Jason:  “Us?!  You people tried to steal land that didn’t
belong to you!”

Teresius:  “My forefathers owned that land before the Kaelins
settled there.”

Y Jason:  “And that gives you the right to start slaughtering

Teresius:  “You think we haven’t suffered losses?”

Y Jason:  “You brought that on yourselves!  Are the Kaelins
supposed to just stand there and let you people march in?!”

Teresius:  “They shouldn’t have been there in the first place!”

Y H:  “Enough!  What are we doin’ here, guys?  We’re killin’ each
other over this. There’s enough land between the two kingdoms for
everyone.  Some things are worth fightin’ for.  This is not one
of ‘em.”

Y Jason:  “That’s not your decision to make, Hercules.”

Y H:  “You’re right, Jason-- it’s yours.  You’re a king.  And
being a good leader’s not about winning wars.  It’s about keepin’
the peace.  And you, before you go off accusing anybody of being
an animal, know that he risked his life to save you.  Now we can
sit around and argue about who was here first, while guys like us
are out there getting killed-- or we can put an end to this war.”

Y I:  “So, what’re you thinkin’, Herc?”

Y H:  “What’s your name?”

Teresius:  “Teresius.”

Y H:  “Teresius-- can you get us in to see your king?”

Teresius:  “If I go there with you-- I could be hanged for
treason.  And-- you could be executed on the spot.”

Y H:  “We all have a risk to take.  Are we in?”


Alcmene:  “Hercules-- would you give us a moment alone, please?”

Jason:  “I don’t know what to say.”

Alcmene:  “Do you know why-- I love you so much?  Because we’ve
already said everything we’d-- ever wanna say to each other.  How
many people are that blessed?”


H:  “I feel so useless.  She’s the one doing all the comforting.”

I:  “Ha.  I’m not surprised.  You may have the blood of a god,
but-- your real strength comes from her.”

H:  “I can’t just stand by and do nothing.”

I:  “Hercules-- you know you’re the best friend I-- and I’ve seen
you do some things which I thought were impossible.  But-- maybe
there are some battles you just can’t win.”



Parthun Soldier:  “Ready your weapons!”

Teresius:  “Hold you fire!  Get down on your knees, or they’ll
kill us all.”

Y H:  “We surrender!”

Parthun Soldiers:  “He’s one of ours!  Open the gates!  Bring ‘em
in!  Close the gates!”  “Let’s kill them now!  Death to the


Parthun King:  “And you are the one that captured the king of

Teresius:  “No, your Highness-- they saved my life.  They’re here
of their own free will.”

Parthun King:  “You’re either very brave-- or you’re very

Y H:  “Foolish for believing this war is just, your Highness?  If
we continue-- there won’t be anyone left on either side to
celebrate victory.”

Parthun King:  “A noble thought, young man, but it’s remarkably
naive.  We’ve sacrificed too much to stop now.”

Y H:  “Well, I think we’ve sacrificed too much to go on.”

Y Jason:  “King Eteocles was our ally.  Now that he’s dead, I
have the authority to recall his troops-- if you’ll listen to
what we have to say.”

Parthun King:  “That sounded like a threat.  I could have you
killed where you stand.”

Y H:  “Ours is a mission of peace, your Highness.  Our lives are
in your hands.”

Parthun King:  “Up.  Go on.”

Y H:  “Share your land with the Kaelins.  Your kingdoms can live
together in peace, and we’ll know that our brothers did not die
in vain.”

Parthun King:  “And why should I trust you?”

Y Jason:  “Corinth has nothin’ to gain in this war.  But in
peace, we gain a new ally.”

Parthun King:  “And I’m to believe that all our differences will
just disappear with the wave of a hand?”

Y H:  “No, it will take time.  But if any part of you _does_ want
peace-- then we can’t be _that_ different.”

Parthun King:  “May the gods help you if you’re lying.  Dispatch
a message to all fronts.  Cease fire.”


Y Alcmene:  “All of Corinth is talking about what you did,
Hercules.  I couldn’t be more proud.”

Y H:  “This belonged to a friend of mine-- a kid about my age.  I
had to watch him die, Mother, to realize you were right.  There’s
no glory in war.”

Y Alcmene:  “For every boy that’s not coming home-- one hundred
more will-- and that’s because of you.  You did everything you

Y H:  “Then why do I fell like I failed?”

Y Alcmene:  “You’re safe now, Son.  You’re home.”


Alcmene:  “I have known you since you were a boy, Iolaus, and it
has been a joy watching you grow into the man you are.”

I:  “You always made me feel like-- like part of the family,
Alcmene.  Thank you.”

Alcmene:  “On the bureau, Son, I-- I have something for you-- in
the jewel box.”

H:  “You kept it.”

Alcmene:  “You _do_ deserve it.  You always have.”

H:  “I love you, Mother.”

Alcmene:  “You have made my life complete.  I couldn’t have asked
for a greater gift.  I have no regrets-- my love-- no regrets.”


H:  “Ahhhhh!”

Zeus:  “I’m sorry, Son.  Alcmene was a beautiful woman.”

H:  “Zeus.”


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