Subtext Reports
Those crazy posts about the episodes originally posted to the nutforum and saved here for posterity in their error riddled entirety (since they were written 'on the fly'). 
Homecoming Series
A series of five (not so short) stories about Xena and Gabrielle building their life together as a couple. 
Magic Series
Janice Covington and Melinda Pappas find love as they uncover more writings of Gabrielle about her warrior princess. 
Conversations by Campfire Series
Set during Season Four, parts of the episodes are worked into chats between Xena and Gab, particularly the subject of Najara and the bard. 
Changes of Heart Series
My take on what happened after Gabby got Chakram'ed upside the head by Xena in the Season Five ender. 
Bonding of Souls Series
This series picks up where 'Changes of Heart' ends with Xena and Gabby back together. Each 'episode' is an expansion of the episodes of Season Six.
Speak Now or Forever Hold Your Peace
How DID Ares get stuck in that tomb from the Xena Scrolls? This story answers that question. 
The Play
Xena and Gabrielle have to play the leads in a performance for a ruthless king to save Salmoneus' neck. Unexpected consequences and confessions are the result. 
The Queen, the Regent, the Warrior
Xena leaves Gabrielle in the care of the amazons, only to have Ephiny and Gabby fall in love. Xena does return and chaos and secret confessions follow.
The Contest
Ares and Aphrodite battle over Xena's spirit. 
Loss of Virginity
Romantic musings from one of our gals. 
Moment of Truth
Gabrielle does anything it takes to keep Xena out of a battle that's foretold to take the warrior princess' life. 
Thank the Gods For Henbane
At an Amazon festival Gabrielle has one too many henbane brownies, which results in a funny and sexy night for Xena. 
As It Should Be
The Queen gets taken by the Warrior Princess at the Amazon Village.
Family Ties
Xena takes Gabrielle back to home to spend a little time with the 'in-laws'. 
Dueling Cousins
Xena's look-alike cousin, Sappho, has always been competitive but now the Tenth Muse wants the ultimate prize - Gabrielle. 
The End
Alternate 'demise' of Xena and Gabrielle based on the Season Four crucifixion. 
Truth or Dare
Sexy romp between Callisto and Gabrielle set during 'A Necessary Evil' 
November 29th, 1942
A little romance fic between Janice and Mel. 
Inside Outside
Set after the events of 'A Family Affair', it's a scene told through the eyes of four people - Gabrielle's Father, Mother, Gabrielle herself and Xena.
Something To Talk About
Xena and Gabrielle's friends are all surprised that the pair aren't lovers so they consider why not.
Henbane, Horsenappings and Other Obstacles
A 'murphy's law' comedy where everything that can go wrong for Xena and Gabby but, of course, they still end up saving the day.
All That Matters
During Gabrielle's birthday party in' Takes One To Know One', Xena reflects on her love for the bard.  
Warlord
What if Gabrielle was actually the one behind all the folks who influenced Xena's journey toward good? 
Have Yourself a Merry Little Solstice
A little Winter Solstice tale that's available in general (not lovers) and alternative (lovers). .
Little Moments: A Day in the Desert
A tale told through the eyes of Janice and then Mel while on a dig.  
Candy or Chaos
'Classic Xena' general Halloween story with Xena and Gabby return for the Potiedaia Harvest Festival.
Conquering Heroine
Gabrielle is the Conqueror in this piece. How exactly? Give it a read and find out. 
Watching and Waiting
Set after FIN II, Xena watches from afar as Gabrielle moves on with her life. 
1971
Police Office Carol and Protestor Erin clash but find they're fighting for the same things. A short story based on my novel, 'One Belief Away'. 

Episode: Adventures in the Sin Trade I and II

Author: CN Winters

Fandom: Subtext report, Xena Fanfiction, Xena and Gabrielle fanfiction

Author Note: Many of these reports are littered with errors because I wrote them quickly and 'on the fly' so I could post them quicker to the 'Nutforum' back in the day.

Feedback: Drop me a line at cnwinters71@yahoo.com.

Adventures in the Sin Trade I and II

Xena is pi**ed! She's ripping up the trail looking for Hades.

She finds him and tells him to take her to Gabrielle. Hades said she hadn't been by but she could visit Solon if she likes. Xena refuses, saying it's Gabrielle she has to know about. They put two and two together and realize that Gabby must be in the Land of the Dead for Amazons. Hades can't give her directions but, like always, Xena knows how to get there. Xena ditches Argo for some other mare (I kept waiting for Ares to show up and offer Argo the chance . . .oh never mind. . .that's been done before. Although that hasn't stopped TPTB from beating a dead horse before - no pun intended Argo<G>). 

Anyway, Xena goes a huntin' and kills her an Elk (you gotta say that with a southern twang<G>). She hoists it over her shoulder and carries it to a cave. (She pretty good at it too. Must be from all those times she carried Gabby to the bedrolls, laid her down and made . . .I'm sorry. I was thinking of a BL Miller story<VBG>. ) Okay, Xena's got this dead animal so she makes a new wardrobe outta him (bold choice by the way - wearing Elk instead of Cow - but the color is all wrong. It's tan and it doesn't bring out her eyes as much as the black leather. . .ahhh leather. . .oh gods I'm starting to sound like Ares. Somebody slap me. Ouch!!. . .That's better.

Where was I . . .Oh yeah the dead Elk) Around this time Xena starts flipping out - she's hearing Gabby call for her, she's wearing this dead animals coat, she's beginning to smear it's blood on her face and starts to do this funky dance. If I were on acid I'm sure I'd love this. Kinda like Pink Floyd's The Wall - I might actually understand it if I'm high. But I'm not a druggie so I'll just have to think it's TPTB's way of showing Xena flipping out.

Either that or Rob's been hittin' the wacky weed and Lucy really better put him on a shorter leash. Anyway, Xena doesn't really flip out because she REALIZES she's flipping out. If someone is truly flipping out everyone else knows it but them. But from my non-professional psychology background - Xena still has one foot in reality. She just misses Gabby really, really bad.~sniffle~

Did you get all that? In my non-expert opinion Xena is not clinically insane (yet<G>). Now lets move on shall we?<G> During Xena's breakdown she remembers bumping and grinding with Borias. He tells her he loves her. She basically doesn't give a s**t. Ya know the usual. <BG> 

Suddenly a woman comes in with a young girl and tells them she will help them take on the amazons because she got kicked out for being different. She's some kind of oracle, soothsayer, etc. and she announces to the room that Xena is pregnant. I personally think she got kicked out because she wears too much eyeliner<giggle>. Well she does! Wait until you get a look at her. La Mao she is not. She does, however, have this cute little amazon she touches seductively and hypnotizes. That was pretty cool. You can certainly see who the butch is in that relationship<LOL>. You may also notice that the young woman with the old witch looks like Gab's a little. Her attire and face to a certain extent.

But that's irrelevant. And it may not even be true. Maybe I just want my Gabby back so much that I'm seeing her in other women. I love Gabrielle. Have I mentioned that? <G> We flash-forward now to the present and Xena sees a young amazon who's impaled on a tree. She fights some of Alti's bad guys (because it's Xena and there has to be more than one fight scene per ep) and cuts down the young woman. Some other little 'amazonettes' watch and consider Xena a friend. One girl recognizes Xena's wail as she stands by the dead girls pyre, she's built. There's a very touching tribute to Xena and Gabby's relationship with great dialog. Xena moans and cries and carries on and on as she thinks of Gabby. The little amazon tells the story of how Xena was going to kill her but Borias stopped her. 

Later Alti tries to seductively convince Xena to kill the girl (watch the way they stand and Alti's movements<wink,wink>). She tells Xena that the girl will take her power someday. Xena steps towards her but can't bring herself to do it. Borias comes in and puts a stop to it. But the amazon girl said she didn't think Xena would have killed her even if Borias hadn't showed up. About this time, Xena kills 'the horse she rode in on' - literally. And she begins to drink its blood. This is the most disgusting thing I've ever seen on X:WP. Xena's spirit then leaves her body and the amazonettes take her to a cave for safety.

Somewhere in here, Alti tells Xena that LaMao's version of 'the truth' was wrong. And she promises to make Xena 'The Destroyer of Nations', if she helps her in her quest for this special power she seeks. Xena likes that idea a lot because she's got that wicked grin that could turn anyone to butter<G>.

Finally Xena meets her goal - she's in the Land of the Dead, though not actually dead. The young girl she held the pyre for thanks Xena for committing her body to the flames and asks why Xena is joining her. She tells the woman she's looking for a friend and once more someone points out that Gabby must be one 'special friend' if she's going to these links to see her (first time was Blind Faith BTW, which I will eventually do a report on.). Xena sees the former Queen of the Siberian Amazons but it's not a very happy reunion.

Turns out the Siberians can't go to 'Eternity' but the other amazons (i.e. Gabby) can. The queen tells Xena if she want to find 'HER precious Gabby' she has to climb inside a volcano to get into Eternity. Xena starts to walk to the volcano but she hears Gabby's voice and stops. Now either she decides that the climb is just too damn much <G> or she has to right a wrong she did long ago that hurt the Siberian Amazons. She tells Gabby: "You were my light. . .I realize what it was you gave me - a light of my own. There's something I gotta do. Something you'd want me to do. . .I love you." Finally!

An I love you that means something! It wasn't spoken in fear. It wasn't spoken for forgiveness. It was genuine. And although Gabby couldn't reply, it was beautiful. Xena now wakes up from her trip to the Dead Land and finds one of Alti's men tied up. The amazonettes said they were going to kill him but they give Xena the honor. Xena cuts the man free and tell him to warn Alti that she's coming. Alti, since she's got that wonder sense, tells the man when he gets to camp that she already knew of Xena's approach. She sends out 'the Beserker' after Xena. The amazonettes engage in battle as they approach Alti's compound, and the Beserker goes after Xena. The Warrior can sense all of Xena's past hardships of physical pain and make her relive them including Caesar's attack on her legs. She eventually wins (of course) but her legs don't feel any better. When the mare, which he was riding, looks at Xena, they all watch Alti's spirit leave the animal. Xena's legs return to normal but she knows it's going to be a tough battle ahead. The amazonettes ask if they'll win and Xena says they must. 

To be continued. . . But as for next week we get to see the naked amazon queen strip Xena of her clothing. They both wear black thongs BTW (hubba,hubba!<LOL>) And as for the disclaimer

- No Dead Amazons lost their lives in the production of this motion picture.

Sin Trade II

Okay Xena has got Otere (the little leader of the amazonettes) naked in a steam house<VBG> They are 'purging' each other's minds and bodies for the upcoming battle with Alti (much like the Gabby/Calli scene in TBS).

After the 'purging' Xena tells the story of how she tried to kill Cyane (former amazon queen) but she bests Xena by stealing her clothes. This woman is one fast dresser and words don't do the scene justice. At this point in her life I don't think Xena's used to being undressed by a woman.<BG> or at least not that quickly.(VBG). Gabby probably takes her time, soaking up Xena'sfeatures, difficulty searching for a starting place. . .but again that's my theory(G).

Anyway, where was I . . .oh yeah Cyane. Okay, she chases Xena down and is ready to kill her but Borias saves Xena's a*s again. After Xena ends her little flashback, she tells Otere that she can't make up for the past but she wants to help the girls future because of what Gabby taught her. A tiny tear runs down her cheek. I look at it as one) her sorrow for hurting the amazons and two) she misses gabby and three) she happy that Gabby showed her a better way of life. . .but once more. . .that's just my theory

Later that night the amazons do a funky dance (they're always dancing aren't they?) and they try to free their spirits from their body but Alti best Xena to the punch and puts some evil spirits into the young amazonettes. They try to beat up Xena but she fights them off and tells the girls to fight them away. The 'real' girls come back and the next time they set up a 'ring of protection' from Alti. She manages to enter however as a spider. It crawls on Xena's face and morphs into Gabby, reaching lovingly for Xena. I just love the way Xena says Gabby's name but the 'good times' don't last long when it turns into Alti. She begins to choke Xena and ask who the 'blonde' is. She's very 'jealous' if you ask me(G). Kinda like a Gabby/LaMao thing goin' on

Xena tells Alti that's her lover. . .nono. . .just kidding(G). .. she tells her Gabby is light and innocence and what's what Alti fears because that's what can defeat her. She promptly passes out as Alti leaves and the amazonettes find themselves dragging the unconscious Xena behind a horse. When Xena wakes up they travel to the 'Resting Place' and she tells the story of how Alti cursed her child to never know his parents and how she made Alti so strong.

She knocked off Cyane and the amazons so Alti could steal their spirits, not letting them into eternity and giving her the evil power she needs.

 As she finishes she feels Alti approach and puts the pinch on everyone. All their spirits jump into Xena's spirit and Alti and she do battle. Alti tries to defeat Xena by showing her her future. Xena sees what looks like a Persian kicking her down some stairs. She sees some Romans while she's in a burning village. During the 'spirit' battle Xena gets a few good licks in(G) but it isn't enough and Alti decides to kill Xena by showing her death. (Now, not that I'm complaining (G) but I see a plot hole. If Alti knows how Xena dies then why is she fighting Xena. She should know she can't win because Xena lives to see another day. right? Anyway. . .)

The last scene of Xena's future was probably the one of the best in the series history. I liked it so much I had to write a fan fiction story called 'The End' because of it. Enough with the shameless plug (G). Back to my point.

We see Xena start to lay down but it's a reflection in a roman shield. We watch the Romans tie down a woman and Xena as well when Xena calls over it's Gabrielle. Gabby turns, short hair and all (She looks like Meg Ryan

- No lie!!(LOL)) and Gabrielle says 'I love you Xena'. With that they begin to NAIL them to the cross. That's a subtext point all in it's own because they are 'do-gooders' who get nailed to a cross. Does that sound like anyone else in world history?(VBG). Anyway, it was a beautiful Xena scene.

Alti asks if she likes to see what has happened to her and her friend and Xena says yes. Alti can't quite understand and Xena says that if Gabby's there at her death then that means she's alive now. With that knowledge Xena turns it up. She ain't gonna let this woman kill her if her bard is still out there somewhere. Naha. No way. And with that Xena kicks the heck outta Alti (literally) and impales her on a tree.

Xena's spirit and the amazonette's spirits return. Xena gives Otere her leadership of the amazons fulfilling the 'power prophecy'. Otere asked her to stay but Xena says she has to go. 'She's alive' she says showing her crucified hands and soon she's galloping back to Greece for her bard.

Spoiler of next week have X and G meeting in town and a monster that's something between the Swamp Thing and the Creature of the Black Lagoon is wrecking havoc on the reunion. Warning: Joxer IS in that ep too (VBG)

 

 

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