of Heart Pt. 6
Xena Fanfiction, Xena fanfic, Xena fan fiction, Xena and
Gabrielle fanfiction, Xena fiction
These characters arenít mine. They belong to Mr. Tapert and
Co. Iím just borrowing them to vent. Itís not a happy tale
and it involves two women who once loved each other deeply. If
either of these facts disturb you donít read this tale. Also
it contains spoilers for the last few eps of season five.
Note: Like most Xena Gab shippers season five was a joke
and the ender, with Xena hitting Gabby in the head with her
chakram was the straw that broke the camel's back. I wrote
this series in response to my anger and the total character assignation
of season five. Enjoy!
Xena and Gabrielle arrive in Athens and try to rekindle the
magic in their relationship.
Drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Changes of Heart
"After 25 years youíd
think that this place would have changed," Gabrielle
commented to the group as they walked through Athens.
"Now thatís not
true," Xena answered. "Itís dirtier, smellier and
a lot more crowded than before."
Gabrielle grinned at the
warrior as they walked through the merchant section of town. A
small commotion began just outside the marketplace and the
group all looked at each other. Perhaps we should check
this out, Gabrielle thought as she looked to Xena.
you," the warrior answered, reading the bardís mind.
The group went over to the
scuffle to see that it wasnít a scuffle at all. In fact, it
was a friendly competition. It appears people were betting and
cheering on two warriors in the ring.
"Tell me itís not a
fight to the death," Gabrielle asked one of the patrons
who took a momentary break from urging his warrior on.
no!" he chuckled. "The first one to end up off their
feet loses. Iíve got the red one," he answered, as he
pointed to the man with a red scarf tied around his biceps.
The other man in the Ďringí had on a blue scarf.
"Come on RED!!!" he shouted getting back into the
Slowly, a smile crept to the
"That looks like
fun," she told Xena. "Letís enter!"
she totally lost her mind?
"Oh, come on,"
Gabrielle jabbed. "Whatís the matter warrior princess...
chicken?" Gabrielle proceeded to make a clucking noise
until her laughter prevented her from doing it any longer.
"You could get
hurt," Xena answered.
"Itís just a little
competition," Gabrielle argued. "What could
Xena sighed. "Why do
the phrases, ĎJust one more flipí and ĎIt wonít kill
me í keep ringing in my ears?"
Gabrielle laughed heartily
and Eve found herself smiling as well. She had read her momís
scroll about the Persian attack and how Gabrielle ended up
gimp for the battle - all because she started Ďon the wrongí
foot while practicing leaps.
"Weíll fight each
other," Gabrielle answered. "Itíll be fun."
"Itíll be fun,"
Xena mimicked. "Beating each other to a meaty pulp?"
replied. "Beating each other into submission. Thereís a
difference." She winked playfully.
Xena had to chuckle now. It
was obvious there was no getting out of it. The bard seemed to
have made up her mind. Xena knew there was only one way out of
this and it was through that fighting ring.
reluctantly agreed. "But we have to spar with each other.
No one else. And if they say we canít pick a challenger we
both walk away. Agreed?"
Gabrielle spat in her hand
and offered it to the warrior. "Agreed!" she said
optimistically. Reluctantly, Xena took it. As the match
between the two men came to a close, with the blue warrior
firmly on his behind, the speaker called for two more
Xena and Gabrielle both
Gabrielle told him.
gentlemen!" the announcer shouted getting the crowd
worked up, "Two lovely warriors to place your bets on.
Letís hear it," he yelled. "Blue goes to the
lovely lady with blue eyes and red to petite, but powerful
blonde. What do you say gentleman? Place your bets! Place your
Xena and Gabrielle took the
scarves they were given and tied them around each otherís
"Listen to this,"
Xena said shaking her head. "Listen to them hooting. Have
you no shame?" she chuckled.
laughed. "Relax. Have fun. And try not to hit me in the
face. I might need my lips later tonight," she added
wiggling her eyebrows.
Xena felt herself blush
slightly. "Better watch those eyebrows Gabrielle,"
she warned. "This better be a fair fight. No pulling any
ĎTatakaísí on me."
"Why what ever do you
mean, Xena?" Gabrielle teased, batting her eyelashes
"What do I mean?"
Xena smiled. "No face licking, no feeling yourself up in
front of me, no feeling me up in front of the crowd-" she
growled in the bardís ear.
She would have continued, but
Gabrielle stopped her. "Okay, okay. No using... ahem...
sex as a weapon. Got it." She grinned. "May the best
warrior win," she replied offering her forearm to Xena.
Lord how Iíve missed
having that spirit of hers around. Xena took the arm
offered her and gave a nod to her challenger.
announcer boomed, "Rules are simple. Use any weapons you
like, but no deathblows allowed. Anyone who delivers one will
be sentenced directly to jail for prosecution of murder. No
hitting below the belt. If you leave the ring for any reason
you forfeit. The first one to fall loses. The one left
standing - the victor! Understand?!" Xena and Gabrielle
both nodded. "Alright then ladies... FIIIIIGHT!!!!"
A cheer went up through the
crowd as August, Eponin and Eve all watched Xena and Gabrielle
face off in the ring. But even among the yells they heard one
voice ring out, "Kick her ass, Gabrielle!"
The warrior and the bard
didnít break eye contact, but both knew it was Eponinís
voice that called out in the crowd. Despite themselves, both
women grinned at the outburst as they circled each other
looking for a weak spot to land the first strike.
Gabrielle knew Xenaís weak
area - her back. She had witnessed it in countless battles.
She could jab the warrior in the face or in the gut. She could
kick the warrior in her shins. But none of these would make
the warrior tumble. She would simple shrug it off. But a blow
to the back would have Xena on her knees like a sack of
Xena sized up her opponent
as well. Gabrielle had no Ďweaknessí per say. She was
graceful for the most part. But once she went off-balanced
Xena knew any blow could bring the bard down. Getting
Gabrielle off kilter was the hard part, but if she could do it
she knew she could win. It didnít have to be anything
forceful just a slight leg sweep would set the amazon on her
When Xena didnít make a
move, Gabrielle realized that she would have to strike first.
She began by firing a round of punches and kicks that Xena
easily deflected, in the hopes of working behind her. When
Gabrielle paused just a moment to re-establish her footing,
Xena took full advantage and began an offensive attack that
step by step pushed the bard backward.
Xena stomped toward
Gabrielleís shin, but missed, leaving her legs spread wide,
Gabrielle took the opportunity and slide between them. Now she
was behind the warrior like she wanted and the crowd gave a
hearty cheer for the maneuver. Even Xena had to admit she was
impressed, but she wasnít about to let Gabrielle win. She
knew what Gabrielle was up to. As Gabrielle rose up behind
her, Xena let out a powerful warcry and leaped backward over
Two paces, Gabrielleís
mind called out. She knew after six years of watching her
work, thatís how far Xena would land behind her. Without
turning back, Gabrielle took two steps back and without
turning around drove her leg up, kicking Xena in the stomach
before her feet could even touch the ground. The warrior flew
backward and the crowd cheered again as they watched Xena land
- both feet on the ground, but teetering close to the end of
Gabrielle turned to face her
and she could have rushed her to knock her out of the area, but
she knew that somehow, someway Xena would turn it around on
her and manage to throw her from the ring. So instead
Gabrielle watched, holding her breath, as Xenaís heels and
toes teetered back and forth near the ring, hoping she would
tumble out on her own.
Gabrielle released her
breath as Xena got her footing and gave Gabrielle a playful
grin. Soon, however, the grin vanished and the warrior
charged. Gabrielle steadied her breathing and dug in getting
her footing in place. A second later she too dashed toward the
warrior. They both locked arms and in the same moment turned
in opposite directions. Two seconds later, both women were
lying in a cloud of dust, sprawled out on the ground.
The crowd grew a bit quiet
until some spectators began to speak up. "Blue fell
first!" someone yelled.
"No way! Red went down
Gabrielle and Xena both
looked at the announcer to see if he would call the match.
"Sorry folks," he answered. "Itís a tie. Take
back your biddings."
A collective sound of
frustration and disgust went through the crowd at the news as
the announcer apologized, but quickly went to work in finding
two more warriors for the ring.
Xena rose first and offered
her hand to Gabrielle, which the bard took.
match," Xena replied. "We better find the academy
before nightfall. Letís go."
Gabrielle watched as Xena
walked away and she cocked her head at the warrior as she
moved. Somethingís not right, Gabrielle considered
"She get hurt?"
Eve asked as she came up.
Gabrielleís eyes didnít
leave Xena as she answered Eveís question with one of her
own. "What makes you say that?"
"Iím not sure. It
just seems like somethingís wrong with her," Eve
Gabrielle looked to Eve
briefly. "Iím glad you said that," Gabrielle
replied. "I thought maybe I was over-reacting." Iíve
gotta get her alone. "Look, why donít you three
head to the academy. Itís two streets up and then two blocks
west, okay? Weíll meet you there."
answered, as she motioned Ep and August to follow her.
Gabrielle followed Xena and
jogged a bit to catch up to her.
"Hey," she said
getting the warriorís attention. "Are you okay?"
Gabrielle pursed her lips
together for a moment.
"Okay. Now give me the
real answer. Whatís the matter?"
"Did I hurt you,
"No, I told you. Iím
okay. Really. Itís nothing."
answered with a nod. "We agreed to be honest with each
other, so Iíll believe you. Of course, if youíre not okay
then this would be the time to work on that Ďopening upí
thing that weíve discussed." She grinned.
Xena saw the grin and gave a
small one herself.
sighed. "Maybe something is wrong. But itís pretty damn
petty and I feel stupid for even feeling like this."
Gabrielle asked, trying to look into Xenaís eyes that were
looking everywhere but to her.
Finally, Xena willed herself
to look at Gabrielle.
"I got my ass kicked by
a bard," she answered. "I think Iím losing
Gabrielle didnít know
whether to be flattered or angry. Could she find humor in this
situation or was it truly sad? She cleared her throat as she
wondered how to reply.
"Instead of thinking
that youíre Ďlosing ití as you say, perhaps you could
see this as a testament to the fact that ĎIíveí gotten
"Yeah, better than
me," Xena answered.
began. "Iím starting to have a real hard time right
now. I donít want to argue with you and I donít want to
get upset. But Iím not sure how to put your Ďfearsí to
rest without making myself look cheap in the process... Iím
not going to tell you that youíre a better warrior than me.
Iím not going to say that Iím a better warrior than you
are. Neither of those points are true nor do they reflect
anything in Ďreal lifeí."
sighed, "Explain this to the warrior because Iím just
not following you," she added.
Stay calm, Gabrielle,
the bard warned herself. Donít get upset. Just explain.
started. "I have strengths in battle. You have strengths
in battle. What happened here today was NOT a battle. You didnít
Ďgive it your allí and neither did I. I mean letís face
it. If it was anyone else in that ring either one of us would
have wiped the floor with our opponent or at least ended it
long before we did. So donít think the Ďdrawí means that
youíre any less of a warrior because thatís not
Xena nodded and felt a small
grin to her face.
"But in the same token
please donít think that Iím any less of a warrior. I put
up a good fight like you did. I hope you can recognize that
without feeling threatened by it... I did what I set out to do
all those years ago - I became a warrior - like Xena. Not
EXACTLY like her... but Ďlikeí her. I fight for the same
things. I believe in the same things. I realize I might not
every have the number of skills that she has..."
Gabrielle grinned as she played with the word Ďskillsí.
"But Iím pretty damn good because I learned from the
best... I just wish sheíd see that," she added in more
of a sober tone.
Xena grinned and nodded her
head. "Gabrielle, I do see that. In fact Iíd venture to
say thatís part of the problem. Looks like the student has
surpassed the teacher."
answered. "I think the student and the teacher can learn
things from each other... if they are both willing... Are you?
Are you prepared to truly see me as a warrior in my own right?
I ask because I think you need to if weíre going to keep
moving forward. Thatís not an ultimatum, Xena. Itís a
fact. You have to SEE ME if you want to be WITH ME."
"I want to be with
you," Xena answered. "But just keep in mind that
sometimes when I DO see you like today... well... it knocks me
a little off balanced... But Iím more than willing to get
back on track... as long as you have patience with me."
"Itís gonna be a
"Yes, it will."
"Itís not going to be
easy in the slightest."
"No, it isnít."
Gabrielle grinned. "Iím
always up for a challenge. How Ďbout you?"
grinned as she took Gabrielleís hand to catch up to their
traveling party. "Always."
Upon finding the academy and
getting August registered for the upcoming poetry competition
in two weeks, the group made their way to the inn. Before they
set foot inside, however, Eponin pulled Gabrielle to the side.
"Mind if I speak to
you?" she asked, gently capturing Gabrielleís arm.
"No, not at all,"
Xena steadied her breathing.
No jealous fits. Not now. Give her space. Calmly. Quietly. "Weíll
see if they have any rooms open," Xena offered as she
lead Eve and August inside. Gabrielle gave a nod then turned
ĎWhat is it?"
Eponin looked unsure of
where to begin.
"I know youíll be
staying with Xena tonight."
"Actually I hadnít
considered where Iíd be staying, but in truth youíre
probably right. Xena and I -."
"Are giving it another
shot. I know," Eponin finished. "I donít want to
get in your way, Gabrielle. Not as if I could anyway."
Gabrielle opened her mouth
to speak, but nothing came out. She closed it again and tried
once more, unable to find the right words. "I feel bad in
a way," she finally muttered.
asked. "I knew the score."
"I feel like I used
you," Gabrielle answered, unable to look at Eponin.
"You did use me,"
Eponin replied. That made Gabrielle look up. Instead of the
scowl she was expecting Gabrielle found the amazon grinning.
"And truth be known, I used you too. Thatís what
friends do Gabrielle. They use each other. They use their
strength, their faith, their laughter and even their tears at
times when they need it most... I Ďhid outí in that little
town for so many years until you came along. You got me out
into the world again. I used you as a crutch to come out. And
I know that you used me as a test in your love for Xena. Iím
not bitter about that. Disappointed, yes," Eponin
chuckled in a carefree tone. "But not bitter... Friends
want whatís best for each other. As much as I hate to admit
it, the best thing for you is Xena, warts and all. I just hope
she does right by you... and not just because I wished I could
be your lover... itís because youíre my friend."
Gabrielle was on the verge
"Iím glad I have
friends left... After being gone all this time I think about
the people Xena and I knew - Autolycus, Salmoneus, Minya."
Gabrielle smiled bittersweetly. "All of them wonderful
people. All of them friends that I might not ever see again...
Hell with all this business with Eve I havenít even made it
home. My parents could be dead. My sister..." Gabrielle
couldnít finish and Eponin didnít let her. The ex-amazon
could only imagine what it felt like to lose 25 years of your
life without a trace. She held the bard close and kissed the
top of her head.
"I think your next trip
should be home, Gabrielle. Find some closure on all
this," Eponin advised tenderly.
Gabrielle wiped her eyes.
"It will probably be Amphipolis first," she
answered. They would hit that town first before traveling
southward to Poteidaia. "Cyrene, Xenaís mom... I
wonder if sheís alive."
Eponin smiled warmly,
"Well, if sheís anything like her daughter Iím sure
the old gal's still around and kickiní."
Gabrielle smiled too.
"Will you come with us?" she asked.
It was Eponinís turn to
"Like I said, Iím not
bitter, but I donít want to be the third wheel in your
personal life. Youíll have a lot of catching up to do with
Xena and your daughter. I think Iíll bow out
gracefully," she added, finally meeting the bardís
Gabrielle nodded. "But I have to ask, what will you
"Iím not sure. Maybe
stay here in Athens, keeping August out of trouble. Perhaps
find another amazon tribe and settle down. Who knows? Maybe Iíll
travel the countryside helping innocents along the way." She grinned
playfully. "All I know is I wonít be hiding anymore;
thanks to you."
Gabrielle said leading Eponin into the inn. "Youíre
gonna make me cry again," she teased. They walked in arm
in arm, to see the trio sitting at a small bar. August seemed
to be eating as Xena and Eve were... arguing? What on earth
are they arguing about? Gabrielle wondered.
Eponin gave Gabrielle her
space and walked over to August as Gabrielle took a seat
between bickering mother and daughter.
"So anything new?"
Gabrielle said casually, hoping one of them would bite.
"I want my own room
tonight," Eve announced.
Gabrielle turned to catch
the tail end of Xena making a disapproving facial gesture at
their daughter. Of course Xena tried to play it off as if she
had something stuck in her teeth, but it didnít fool the
Gabrielle answered, unsure of what was transpiring. "Any
reason why? Hot date tonight?" she teased.
answered. "I just think that you and mother could use
sometime alone is all. I mean, letís face it. You really
havenít been alone since you got out of Ares deep freeze. I
think you might need it is all."
Gabrielle asked her daughter. "Hmmm... I guess so. Do you
have a problem with that?" she asked Xena.
"Not at all." Xena
grinned. "Weíre just running low on funds is all and I
didnít want to be presumptuous to think youíd want a room...
alone... with me."
Gabrielle couldnít contain
funny?" Xena asked.
answered. "You sound like a bashful bridegroom."
Eve started to chuckle too, but
Xena just grinned and played it off.
yeah," Xena answered. "You two go ahead and laugh it
up. I canít help that I worry I might offend you."
answered putting her hand on top of Xenaís that sat on the
bar. "Say whatever is on your mind. If you offend me, Iíll
let you know. Itís not like Iím gonna take your head
off." Xena looked guiltily into her stew at the
expression. "Sorry. Poor choice of words, okay? I didnít
mean anything by it."
"Iím sorry for
hitting you, Gabrielle," Xena said looking over to her.
The bard tightened her hand
around the warriors'. "I know, Xena. Youíve told me
every day since weíve met again. And I know each time you
say it you truly mean it. But you have to move on here, okay?
We both do."
Eve piped in gingerly. "Gabrielle, felt terrible about
what happened between us. And Iíve forgiven her. I think you
need to find forgiveness in yourself."
"I donít think Iím
ready to do that, Eve," Xena answered before turning back
to Gabrielle, "I donít ever want to forget it. I want
to be reminded so it never happens again," Xena added.
"You donít have to
forget it," Gabrielle offered. "Just try to realize
that I forgive you."
"Iíll try, but I canít
promise anything ,Gabrielle."
"Thatís all I can ask
of you," she answered. "Just try your best,
Xena nodded and the trio
finished their meal with minimal chatter. As night fell,
August and Eponin retired to their room. They felt it was
safer if the amazon bunked with the young woman in case of
would be prowlers. True to her word, Eve made her way to her
room for the night, leaving Xena and Gabrielle down at the
"How ya feeliní?"
Gabrielle grinned. A grin that refused to leave thanks to the
amount of ale she had consumed.
Xena pursed her lips,
looking around the room, nodding her head soundly.
Both women erupted into a
fit of giggles. "I just pray nothing BAD happens
tonight," Xena confessed in a whispered voice. "No
warlords, no vengeful gods, nothing... BAD... I donít think
Iím up to a battle at this point."
"Perhaps we should get
the warrior princess to bed then."
Xena could hear the
seductive tone in the bardís voice. She loved it and feared
it all at once. Sheíd pray sheíd hear Gabrielle speak to
her this way again, but she didnít want it to be drug
induced. The alcohol was doing most of the talking tonight and
Xena knew that wasnít what either woman wanted or what they
needed. Jumping into the sheets would be the cure for all that
pent up need, but she didnít want anyone hating anyone in
"I thought you said we
should take things easy; slow," Xena challenged as she
swayed slightly on her barstool.
"I can go slow,"
the bard said before capturing the warriorís earlobe in her
teeth. "and I can go easy," she added as she
proceeded to nibble on Xenaís jaw line.
Xena cleared her throat and
yelled to the barkeep, "Check please!"
Xena was barely inside the
door when bumbling fingers tried to unhook her
"Here," she said
stopping the bard's efforts to lend a hand. It took much focus, but
Xena managed to free herself from the armor and toss it across
the room. Before the brass could hit the ground she was
falling back to the bed with the amorous amazon on top of her,
showering her with kisses.
Xena did nothing to stop the
bard's roaming hands and lips from conquering her body. She
craved it. She desired it from deep within her. When playing
the passive got to be too much, Xena rolled the bard over,
passionately pinning her to the bed.
"Oh Gods, Xena,"
the bard mumbled.
Oh yeah, Xenaís
drunken mind exclaimed. She still wants me.
"Xena," the bard
called again. "I want you-."
the warrior whispered in her ear, making sure to leave a few
light kisses on her lobe. "I want you so much too."
"No, Xena. I want you
to move," Gabrielle said pushing the warrior aside
Too much too soon,
Xena realized as she watched the bard shove her away. She
doesnít want me after all.
Gabrielle rose to her feet
at lightening speed and darted across the room to the chamber
I made it, Gabrielleís
mind congratulated herself as she fell to her knees. Seconds
later, the evenings ale she had consumed took up resident in
"Oh gods," the
bard moaned after the first few heaves.
Xena was on the verge of
laughing. Not that she wanted to see the bard meet this sickly
fate. Perhaps it was a much-needed diversion to something that
neither of them was quite prepared for. She had to admit she
was relieved. I know itís the alcohol and not me, she
Xena slowly rose, since the
room was spinning a bit for her too. Carefully, she walked
over, bringing a hand towel with her.
"Here you go,
Sweetheart," Xena said handing it to the bard. She took a
seat next to Gabrielle and pushed her hair behind her ear.
"Feeling a little better?" she asked.
Gabrielle wiped her chin and
tried to grin despite the fact her stomach was still doing
"A little," she
Xena just continued to
stroke the bardís hair. "Itís gotten longer."
asked, unsure of what Xena meant. She raised her eyes and
tried to focus on Xena, meeting with only minimal success,
although she was perhaps only two feet away.
"Your hair. Itís
gotten longer... I like it," Xena answered.
"I didnít think you
noticed," Gabrielle replied.
"Yeah," Xena said
kissing her cheek. "I noticed. Youíre very
Gabrielle recognized the
look in Xenaís eye. Oh no. Not tonight.
"Xena, I donít think
Iím up to being affectionate tonight and I know what that
look means... besides I just lost all the ale I drank tonight.
You canít possibly find that sexy," she added with a
Xena continued to stroke the
"Well... vomiting can
be a very intimate experience. Next to my mother, youíre the
only one whoís ever seen me sick... ever. Youíre pretty
damn vulnerable when youíre in that Ďpositioní,"
Xena laughed. "It might not be sexy... but it shows a
level of trust. You can... be yourself so to speak and not
have to worry about keep up Ďappearancesí."
"Trust me, Xena,"
Gabrielle chuckled. "I didnít have much of a choice. It
was you or the pot... But I get the point. I feel I can be
myself with you. And youíd still love me anyway, huh?"
Xena just simply nodded her
answer. Forever and ever.
"You know Iíd never
had that until you came along. Perdicus loved me because he
was supposed to, but I would have drove him crazy in the end.
Iíd never be the good little wife. My parents loved me but...
I was a brash, outspoken girl who never realized my Ďplaceí.
My sister loved me too, but we were never Ďequalí Ė I
was older, smarter, prettier... I miss them, Xena. Iíd like
to see them, but Iím scared to see them. Does that make any
sense? Itís been 25 years and... And Iíd like to see them,
Xena. Could we see them do you think? Could we just go home
for a little bit? Would that be okay, Xena?"
Gabrielle might have emptied
her stomach, but she was still drunk. She was rambling. Xena
didnít often see the bard intoxicated in their journeys, but
she could still tell she was a bit tipsy. Overly affectionate
and running off repeatedly about the same thing were always
the clues to Xena.
"For you?" Xena
replied. "Yeah, I think we can do that. Did you want to
Gabrielle bobbed her head up
and down a little more than necessary. "Amphipolis is
first. Iíd like to see your mom. I love your mom a lot. Sheís
like my mom, you know? She threw me a birthday party. My mom
didnít throw me a party. Do you remember that, Xena? Do you
remember my party? After we dumped Discord we had a really
good time. I love your mom a lot, Xena. I wonder if sheís
still alive... It would be great to show her our daughter.
Wouldnít that be great, Xena?"
Xena smiled. Yes it would...
if sheís still alive. 25 years is a long time. "I
think thatís a wonderful idea."
"Yeah, but this time
she canít try setting you up. Youíre mine warrior princess
and if the lady tries to make it otherwise you set her
straight this time. Got it? No beating around the bush,
understand? Shouldíve told her then. Eve didnít need a
daddy. Sheís got two mothers that love her very much. Right,
Oh my bard is on a roll
tonight, Xena chuckled silently. Best if you just agree.
the bard nodded firmly. Soon after, however, the rest of her
body began to sway.
replied moving to her feet, gingerly taking the bard with her.
"Letís go to bed now."
"But Xena I donít
think I can... you know... tonight," Gabrielle said
"Sleep was all I had in
mind," Xena answered. "Letís just rest tonight,
Gabrielle looked like she
was going to cry.
"Iím not a tease,
Xena. I donít want you to think Iím a tease. I do really
love you and I do think youíre sexy," she said as Xena
took her back toward the bed. "The blue eyes. The
leather. Ares likes you in leather. I like you in leather too.
I like you out of leather most of all. You have a beautiful
body, Xena. And blue eyes. Did I tell you youíve got these
great blue eyes?"
"Three times now,
Gabrielle." Xena grinned.
"Well, itís true. You
have beautiful blue eyes. In fact... What was I sayin?... Oh
yeah, blue eyes. Youíve got that Ďsteely gazeí that just
does something fantastic to me. You know?"
Xena had to chuckle at this
point while she took the bardís boots and skirt off. Yeah,
sheís totally gone.
"I have I told you
lately that I love you?"
That questioned seemed to
sober Xena up for a moment.
"No, you havenít,"
she answered honestly.
"Well, I do... I love
you Xena. You are my soulmate."
Xena was going to reply in
kind, but the bard was now out - dead to the world.
Carefully, and with a bit of
swaying, Xena managed to remove her battle dress until she
only donned her shift. She rolled the bard a bit here and
there until the smaller woman was tucked under the covers then
she climbed into bed too. She snuggled around the bard, her
head on Gabrielleís shoulder and her arm protectively draped
around the bard's mid-drift.
"I love you too,
Gabrielle," the warrior said even though she knew the
woman was in deep slumber. "You are my soulmate. My tree." She grinned.
She remembered the tale
Gabrielle told once earlier in their travels about two trees
in the forest forever being joined. She remembered how she
joked about making a boat out of the trees and telling
Gabrielle that someday she would find her tree. She never
guessed back then that she would be the mighty oak that the
bard searched for. But she was happy for the position.
"And Iíll never take
it for granted again," she whispered into the bardís
shoulder. She looked up and gently stroked the bardís
sleeping face. "My source, my reason... my
everything," she muttered to no one but herself.
With that she settled into
the bardís arms as slumber fell upon her too.
Gabrielle sat up in bed, her
back resting against the headboard. Her head was pounding, but
not nearly as bad as she thought it would. Xena finished
opening the window to circulate some air in the room and
turned back to the bard.
"Do you remember
anything from last night?" the warrior chuckled.
bard answered. She watched as Xena reached down and picked up
the chamber pot to take it outside.
"Even this," the
warrior said raising the pot just a bit.
Xena paused a moment.
"Last night you said you loved me; that Iím your
soulmate. I didnít get the chance to tell you, but... I love
you too and youíre still my soulmate. You always will
Gabrielle grinned and
fidgeted a bit with the blanket. "You know... that would
seem really romantic and sweet if not for the fact that youíre
holding that bucket right now," Gabrielle joked.
Xena briefly looked down and
back to the bard. "Bad timing, huh?" the warrior
"Just a little."
"Iíll work on that I
promise." The warrior grinned. "Iíll be back in a
Xena opened the door, but
paused in the doorway. "Iíd give you a kiss goodbye, but..."
she said as she motioned to her full hands.
"I wonít take it
personal. Believe me," Gabrielle laughed.
Xena gave Gabrielle a bright
smile. "Iíll be right back, sweetheart."
No one was up, but the
innkeeper, as Xena walked downstairs.
"Gotta place I
can empty this?" Xena asked.
"Yeah, right out
back," he said pointing to the back door.
replied. She did has he instructed and emptying the pan. Upon
cleaning it out and washing her hands by a well outside, Xena
went back in. "Could I get some salt, cinnamon, ale and
"Someoneís got a hang
over, eh?" he grinned.
"Just a small
one." Xena grinned.
"Let me see what I can
round up." He smiled warmly.
He seemed like a nice enough
fellow, Xena considered as she watched him make his way to the
back, toward the kitchen. A few minutes later he returned with
a tray and all the items, except for the cinnamon.
"What do I owe
you?" Xena said.
"Donít worry about
it. You gals drank enough ale last night. Itís on the
house," he said with a smile.
Smart ass... but very
true. Xena grinned. "Iíll let her know weíve kept
you in business for the next month," she answered dryly
before cracking a smile. "Thanks."
He gave a chuckle and a nod
before he went back to his morning preparations. Xena climbed
the stairs back to their room, doing a good balancing act. She
managed to make it into the room and Gabrielle tried to dart
over when she saw Xenaís hands were full, but she didnít
even make it to the end of the bed. She groaned and held her
"I got it," Xena
chastised. "Stay put." Xena slid the tray to the
nightstand and put the pot on the other side of the room.
She inhaled deeply and
turned to the bard. "Smells better in here already,"
Gabrielleís hand rubbed
her forehead, trying to hide her face as she blushed. "Iím
sorry," she answered in a meek voice.
Xena replied, going to the stand to mix her concoction. She
made a quick stop to her saddleback and pulled out some
nutmeg. Iíd rather have cinnamon, but this should do,
she considered. Next, she got out the white powder they used
for pain now and then. She put a little in the ale along with
the salt and mixed it up. "Here. Drink this."
"What is it?"
"Hangover remedy. Youíll
feel as good as new."
"Whatís in it?"
"Donít worry about
that." Xena smiled. "Just drink it."
Gabrielle gave a sniff.
"Itís ale. Youíre giving me ale?"
"Nothing else will stay
down believe me. You will feel better I promise."
Gabrielle gave a small sip
"Take a big
drink," Xena coached.
Gabrielle looked at the mug.
Then at Xena. Then the mug. Then at Xena.
Gabrielle took a deep breath
before taking six healthy swallows.
"Oh Xena, thatís
sick," she said shoving the mug toward Xena, trying to
answered, giving her the mint. "Chew this. It will make
the taste go away and settle your stomach."
Gabrielle didnít argue. Hell,
anything has to taste better than that ale, she
considered. As Gabrielle chewed, Xena downed the rest of the
mug. The bard grinned as she watched the warrior cringe. At
least, Iím not the only one who had to live through that,
she thought as the warriorís face contorted. Xena grabbed
the other leaves and began to chew like the bard.
"Well, at least weíll
be minty fresh now," the bard teased as she rolled the
leaves around in her mouth.
Xena grinned with closed
lips. She then spit the leaves in the mug and handed it to the
bard to do the same.
"How ya feeliní?"
the warrior asked.
"Well, the inn has
stopped spinning now," Gabrielle replied. "The room
doesnít smell like an outhouse and I can actually see just
one of you now."
Xena chuckled and took the
mug from the bard. She placed it on the dresser near the
chamber pot and returned to bed, but not before stripping
herself of her battledress and boots. Gabrielle was still
propped up against the headboard, so Xena stretched out
putting her head in Gabrielleís lap.
The warrior felt rather than
heard Gabrielle chuckle as she lay there feeling the bard
stroking her hair.
"Youíre so big you
donít fit our bed." Gabrielle smiled and pointed to the
end where Xenaís feet were hanging over.
Xena looked down at her
dangling ankles. "So I see. Perhaps I should scoot
up," she replied as she leered up at the bard.
"You can scoot if you
want," Gabrielle replied in a soft tone.
Xena slowly threw her leg
over Gabrielleís and crept up her body until they were eye
to eye. Gabrielle sat against the headboard while Xena knelt
on all fours in front of her.
"Do I fit now?"
Xena asked lecherously.
Gabrielle couldnít even
blink. She was so captivated by the sight in front of her. She
realized at some point she had begun to hold her breath in
anticipation and released it with a single word.
answer," Xena replied as her lips covered the bardís
gently. Xena would have continued, but she felt the bard was a
bit tense. When she looked down to Gabrielleís hands she
noticed the bed sheets were in a ball within the bardís
Gabrielle released her grasp
when she saw that Xena took notice of it.
No sense in lying. "A
little. I mean... arenít you?"
Well, now that you
mention it... "I guess. But I know that I love you.
And I know that you love me. And I know I desire you more than
anything in this world. That just keeps my nerves at bay I
guess," Xena concluded. When Gabrielle didnít add more,
Xena spoke up again, "Look, Iím not gonna push you,
Gabrielle. If youíre not ready-."
Gabrielle put her finger
over Xenaís lips.
"Believe me." She smiled.
"Iím ready. Iím more than ready. Iím way past ready
here... I suppose Iím just... worried."
Xena smiled warmly and
sighed. Cool yourself down here warrior. Sensitive bard
"What are you worried
about?" Xena asked with a smile as she stroked Gabrielleís
Gabrielle started to blush
and looked away for a moment. "Itís stupid," she
"Come on," Xena
prodded gently. "Tell me. Whatís got you worried?"
It was Gabrielleís turn to
sigh. Just say it... "It feels like the first time...
all over again."
"I remember the first
time," Xena smiled. "We kept the amazons up all
night." She grinned. "You were a wonderful lover. Youíve
always been wonderful."
"I might have been
wonderful, but I had butterflies in my stomach the size of
"You," Xena said
kissing the top of Gabrielleís nose. "Youíre so
descriptive. I love you, my bard. I really do."
A comfortable silence fell
between them as they just stared at each other, admiring one
another; not just their physical beauty, but the traits they
each had that brought them together.
"I love you too,"
Gabrielle finally whispered in response.
She stroked the warriorís
face and Gabrielle felt her heart skip when she watched the
warrior soaking it up with closed eyes. Slowly, Gabrielleís
hand trailed down Xenaís neck. She could feel the warriorís
pulse pumping harder and as a result she felt hers rise as
well. When her fingers drifted to play with the cleavage line
of Xenaís shift, the warrior was so warm. Her blood was
racing fast. Suddenly Gabrielle too felt too warm for her
Slowly, Xena opened her eyes
and focused on the bard who was so wrapped up in examining her
body she didnít notice she was being watched. When they did
lock eyes, Xena was grateful that the bard didnít shy away
like before. She met Xenaís lustful glare with one of her
"Youíre everything to
me," Xena whispered to the bard.
reached up and traced Xenaís lips, feeling the warmth and
fire that they promised. It had been months... in truth,
years, since Gabrielle saw that kind of passion in Xenaís
eyes when she looked at her. Xena wanted her unlike she wanted
anything. Antony got some pretty lustful glances in Egypt. But
it was nothing like the look that Gabrielle was getting this
moment in Athens. Oh no, he never got this look. Not this
one that says Iím it. Iím the one... God I have to have
With that thought, Gabrielleís
lips seized the warrior with abandon. Everything began to melt
away - the trials they faced, the years they lost. All they
had was this moment and in this moment all they had was each
other. Hands searched and pulled and pressed and within
minutes both women were totally nude and totally absorbed in
each other. Both of their bodies started to become slick with
Glistened. That was the word
Gabrielle used when describing how Xena looked when they made
love. She glistened. On this morning, however, she glistened
and shimmered and shined brighter than any star in the
heavens. Gabrielle caressed Xenaís face moving the warriorís
damp bangs out of her eyes. Gabrielle had to admit she only
saw Xena like this in bed and after a hard fought battle - and
both made her blood boil with excitement.
Gabrielle raised her leg,
making just the slightest of contact with the warriorís
center. The favorable moan she received as a result brought a
grin to her face and a fire to her sex sheíd never
experience before. She loved Xena with her all her mind, body
and soul. Yet today, when months before she never thought sheíd
have the warrior again, it had a greater depth and meaning to
it. She felt charged. As if Zeus had struck her with a
lightening bolt, rattling her soul to itís foundation. She
had no choice, but to moan in response.
Xena heard the sexy whimper
come from her bard. Her bard. Not Najaraís. Not Eliís. Not
anyone whom Xena saw as a rival for Gabrielleís talents or
affections. Ares even tried his hand at taking her away with
no success. Gabrielle had strayed from her path now and then, but
Xena knew that Gabrielleís heart was hers and hers alone.
And sheíd work everyday from this day forward to prove that
Gabrielle had made the right choice. But for right now the
only work that Xena wanted to engage in was bringing the bard
She loved the way Gabrielle
whimpered in her desire. She loved the way Gabrielle looked
deep into her eyes trying to read her soul. Just like she was
doing at this moment as their bodies began a rhythm - hot and
With all her prior lovers
not a single one could she meet their eyes. At least not for
the amount of time that she let Gabrielle see her - the Ďrealí
her. She wanted to be the best lover Gabrielle ever had. She
wanted to be the only lover Gabrielle would ever have. People
could admire her, fantasize about her, perhaps even touch her
if thatís what Gabrielle wanted. But no one, NO ONE, would
be better than her... ever. Xenaís athletic prowess on the
battlefield would be nothing like the prowess that Gabrielle
would experience in bed. People called Xena the best of the
best. Of course, they meant her warrior status. But Xena
wanted to ensure that the term carried over into the bedroom
in Gabrielleís mind - into her mind, over her body and down
through to her soul.
As Xena felt Gabrielle take
hold of her hips, guiding her across her thigh, trying with
all her might to help the warrior climax, the warrior closed
She, not so quietly,
fantasized about times past - the extended stays with the
amazons, nights out under the stars, the booth at the back of
a darken tavern in many a town. Xena was always amazed at how
daring Gabrielle could be sexually.
The time at Gabrielleís
parent's house was probably the best and most dangerous. They
stopped by for a quick visit and the bard tortured her all day
long with sexual innuendoes that went over her familyís head, but
were crystal clear to the warrior. The bard was gonna get
it good when she got her alone, Xena decided. And Xena did
get her chance.
In the early morning hours,
Xena woke to find Gabrielle gone from her bed and a note on
her pillow. ĎMeet me in the barní was all it said. Xena
grabbed her leathers, but didnít bother to put them on just
yet. She walked out to the barn to find Gabrielle, stark
naked. Xena couldnít believe her eyes. Any minute now
Gabrielleís father would be rising to start the day and in
all likelihood, be headed toward the barn first. Gabrielle
sensed Xenaís indecision and gave the final prod.
"No guts; no
glory," she told the warrior, casually flicking her long
blonde hair seductively over her shoulder.
That did it. Xena had guts.
And sheíd have glory that morning too. Sheíd take that
woman in the barn and she didnít give a damn if the whole
town came in to watch. Both women were close when the rooster
began to crow.
"Heíll be out here
any minute you know," Gabrielle whispered in the warriorís
ear as their fingers pumped in and out of each other.
Xena could only groan. She
was well beyond the point of no return.
"Heís gonna walk out
here and find you doiní his little girl you big bad
warrior," Gabrielle teased in a heated whisper, moving
faster and harder. "Heís gonna hear you come all over
my fingers and heís gonna catch yours buried deep inside me.
And you love it donít you? Donít you, Xena? Donít
"Yes," the warrior
answered as her eyes shot open, returning from her fantasy.
She looked down the see the shorthaired blonde smile up at
her, feeling the quake that poured over both their bodies in
the little Athenian inn this morning. So close, Xenaís
mind called. A little more Gabrielle. A little more.
"Please," however was all Xena could manage to say.
Not wanting to break the
rhythm or contact Gabrielle rose just a bit and slid her
fingers between her thigh and Xenaís sex which rode her
harder now than before. She knew that Xena liked things a bit
rougher closer to her climax. Once her finger were able to
take over Gabrielle could move to sit up a bit. Given her size
she fit perfect to the warriorís bustline.
The bard seized the nipple
in front of her with such force she was sure it would bruise.
But she also knew that was something the warrior would love.
Xenaís orgasm ripped through her body as she grabbed
Gabrielle by the back of the head, burying her fingers into
the blonde locks, crying out in a consuming pleasure.
The ripples still quaked
through Xenaís body when she pulled Gabrielle from her
breast and pushed the bard back to the bed. In one strong
heave she picked up Gabrielleís lower half of her body,
tossing the bardís knees over her shoulders until the bard
was rested on square on her shoulders. Gabrielle looked up to
the warrior who paused for a moment to teasingly blow on the
bardís slick center.
Xena asked slyly. Gabrielle groaned as Xena gave a single
playful lick from her clitoris to her anus. "You gotta
tell me," she bantered.
The bard took a shaken
breath. "Feast on me," she moaned.
With an arch of her eyebrow,
Xena replied, "As you wish."
Gabrielle hands reached out
and grabbed Xenaís legs as Xenaís mouth went wild against
her. Only a few moments had passed, but Gabrielle knew it
wouldnít take much more. Besides, she wanted this release.
She needed it beyond words at this point. Xenaís hair
cascaded down and tickled her thighs and stomach. She loved
every moment. Xena stopped the task with her mouth and gave a
few light slaps and rubs to the bardís center.
"Come on, Gabrielle.
Come on, sweetheart. Let me hear you. Come on, sweetheart. Let
it go. Release it. For me, Gabrielle. Give it to me,
sweetheart... Let me drink you."
That sent Gabrielle over the
edge. Xenaís hands and sexy request was all she needed. Wave
after wave crashed over as she repeated the warriorís name
over and over with each vibration she felt in her body. Xena
lapped at her like a thirsty kitten at a saucer of milk.
Gabrielle watched as Xena licked her lips, all the while not
breaking eye contact in the slightest. Gently, Xena returned
Gabrielle back down to the bed.
"Mmmm" Xena hummed
coming up to meet the bard face-to-face. "See how
wonderful you taste?" she asked the bard before giving
her a deep, soulful kiss. Gabrielle could taste her own
excitement on Xenaís lips and tongue. It started a whole new
set of fantasies in each womanís mind.
Hands began to roam anew.
Minds began to jump from the present to the past to the
present again. Hearts they thought were lost to each other
were once again found.
Eve, August and Eponin all
looked up from their lunch when they heard a door upstairs
open. Quietly, Xena and Gabrielle made their way downstairs.
"Iím surprised theyíre
dressed," Eponin remarked with a chuckle that got her a
nudge from both Eve and August who were on either side of her.
Gabrielle answered with a grin that refused to leave.
teased. "That was about 4 hours ago. The sun is quite
high at this point," she added.
Before Xena and Gabrielle
could reply, a warrior in armor walked in.
"Iím looking for
Xena, the warrior princess."
Oh no, Xena sighed
inwardly. And the day was going so good.
"Iím Xena," the
warrior reluctantly raised her hand. Not that she was fearful
of the solider. She just didnít want to have to kick someoneís
ass after such a beautiful morning.
"I deliver a message
from Ares, the god of war," he said handing her a scroll.
With a salute, the solider walked out.
Xena unrolled it and read
it. "Seems Ares needs us to meet him... Guess he'll have
to wait," Xena answered.
Gabrielle took the scroll.
"I know what I said earlier Xena, but perhaps we should
check this out. Besides, itís not like itís out of our way
or anything. Letís see what he wants and then head to
Amphipolis. Agreed?" Gabrielle asked as she rolled up the
scroll while Xena and Eve nodded.
Outside, however, they didnít
see the solider round the corner and vanish into thin air.
Moments later the solider materialized at Ares camp in the
amazon hills. He strolled into Ares tent without announcement.
Ares looked up.
"Did you do it?"
Suddenly the armor melted
away and a pink nighty took its place, along with the body of
Aphrodite. "Yeah, I did it... but I gotta ask... Are you
"Since when did you
care?" Ares replied sarcastically. "You could get me
the ambrosia you know?"
She paused a moment with her
finger to her temple in thought. "You know thatís a
good idea. I could turn you back into the God of War and you
could go off and kill lots and lots of people - - NOT!! Youíre
better off this way Ares. Trust me."
"I donít trust you. I
donít trust anyone. Except Xena. Xena I trust. Sheís
coming right?" Ares asked.
"Chill out," Dite
said. "Are you sure youíre okay because youíre acting
a bit wigged there broí?"
"Leave me," he
told his sister.
Dite took a moment, but
realized this conversation wasnít getting her anywhere.
"Whatever!" she retorted before disappearing.
Xena will come. She has to
come. She helped before. Sheíll help now. I just gotta get
ready. I gotta prepare... She has to help. She has to. Iíve
got no other choice.
(and on to Bonding
of Souls enjoy)