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: Kindred Spirits (S-5, E-17)

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.

Kindred Spirits

I love Josh Becker. Have I mentioned that? Yes he's an egomaniac who thinks he's a real Steven Speilburg (and far from it) but the man's got a handle on X and G's relationship. And as for the comment of subtext being 'played for laughs' I didn't see it as a slap to subtext at all. But keep in mind that my love for Becker doesn't come close to my love for Gabby but he's gaining momentum (G). As for the writers - George Strayton and Tom Oneil penned this ep. Looks like the Herc brothers are official out now and RJ is at the helm.

Our tale opens with bathing amazons and someone watching from the bushes. They are talking about how they want Gabby, Xena and Eve to stay. We then switch to Gabby and Xena. Xena's making a swing for Eve. As Eve tries it out Gabby talks to Xena about settling down there. Gabby suggests that the kids in the village need her as queen and she and Xena should consider it. 

Back to the bathing amazons. They get the intruder by beating the tar out of 'em.

Back to Xena and Gabby. Gabby says, "It makes sense. We've never really had our own home. So I see this place as our domestic bliss all we have to do is fix it up a little bit."

Xena looks unsure but says it's worth considering. Gabby says thanks. (Ahhhhh (BG) ).

The amazons then bring the culprit to Gabby and Xena for judgement. Joxer says he knows them. Xena bends down and asked if he got the note from Cleopatra but Joxer says he forgot. Xena rises and she says she never saw him before in her life. (LOL)

They take Joxer away until the ruling and Gabby takes Xena by the waist showing her the house, suggesting they could build a porch where she, Xena and Eve could relax. I love Josh Becker. Have I mentioned that? (VBG)

Joxer is in the stocks where some amazons girls are taunting him. Back at the royal hut, one of the amazons gives Eve a dolly and she talks about how she wants a daughter but getting close to a man is the hard part. Joxer stops an amazon and says he has to use the little warrior room. He tells her that she can take him to the bushes over there or help him by dropping his pants right here. That earns him a slap on the face and no solution to his problem. She says if he'll tell her what Xena looks for in a sidekick she'll help. Lots of flips and a good war cry her tells her. But she doesn't give him a hand - she leaves.

We then cut to the steam hut where the girls are gossiping about sex. Some girl says she's going to stay a virgin forever. Xena says forever is a long time and Gabby chokes on her drink and they exchange grins (LOL). One girl asks what it's like being with a man. Xena tells her the good news is it's never the same and the bad news is it's never the same. Sometimes you expect Greek fire but you get diddly. (LOL) Gabby adds that Xena's studied the subject more than she has but she thinks Xena trying to say that some people are better lovers than others. Gabby and Xena stop grinning and start smiling at each other. Oh my god! (LOL). (Sidenote: Even my hubby who is subtext deprived caught that one. Sidenote: number two, hubby also added this wasn't the greatest Xena ep but 'It's better than the crap we've been given most of the season' - that's a direct quote BTW.)

The amazon asks then what makes a good lover - someone gentle and kind? Xena says no and Gabby says yes (LOL), everyone looks at each other since they gave different answers. Gabby says it's complicated. The conversation then turns to X and G considering staying with the tribe. Xena looks a little miffed when Gabby says they might not leave. But Gabby adds nothing is certain.

A loud noise wakes Xena and Gabby. Gabby asks if it was Xena at first and Xena laughs at the noise. Gabby realizes it's the queen's horn and she has to meet the tribe. She suggests that Xena clean up the house, play with Eve or if that's not good go hunt and kill something. After Gabby leaves Xena takes Eve outside to her swing and tells her that one day all of this would be hers. Xena runs down the list of pros of staying and figures it might not be too bad but in doing so she realizes someone is behind her.

It's an amazonette who wants to be Xena's new side kick since Gabby's busy being queen. The amazonette does some kicks and pushups to prove her worth but Xena asks if she knows how to clean. The amazonette isn't sure what to make of it but they walk off.

Meanwhile Gabby is nodding off at her throne. Cyan says 'Queen Gabrielle!' waking her up. Gabby whines, 'Not tonight' but realizes she's at the tribal meeting. (LOL) I wonder how many times Xena has heard a sleepy, "Not tonight," too? Gabby planned to let Joxer go but Cyan points out the punishment for looking on an amazon is losing an eye.

Amazonette is finishing cleaning and running down the list of all the things they're doing to the hut saying what more could any amazon want. After she leaves Xena says aloud to Eve, "if I was an amazon." Gabby walks up and tells Xena that Joxer is going to be blinded. Xena said that's just a myth, guys really don't go blind by doing that (LOL).

Gabby points out that no she's talking about the law, but she's going to find a way around it. Gabby noticed that Xena cleaned the place and says that she's glad to see that Xena is really trying to make it work. Xena doesn't confess - she just lets Gabby believe it.

The 'dolly' amazon goes to Joxer and says she wants to make a baby. Joxer says there's more to it then just but she leaves to see Cyan. She says she knows Cyan wanted the throne but she also knows she'll do right by supporting Gabby.

Sidekick amazon goes to Xena and says she wants to help with the dance for Gabby's dance of queenhood. Reluctantly Xena agrees. Gabby goes to see Joxer and tells him she's trying to find a loophole in the scroll. Xena is giving a halfhearted effort to the dance and Gabby comes up. Xena says she's done for the day and sidekick amazon makes a crack about Xena being old. They all leave and Gabby and Xena talk about Xena's lack of enthusiasm.

Gabby thinks Xena doesn't think she (Gabby) can make a difference to the tribe. Xena argues at first then agrees. Xena says she's tried but Gabby calls her on it saying she could dance better than what Xena was doing. Xena says she's sick of communal life.

Gabby calls her on it saying Xena never intending to stay in the first place. Xena suggests that she and Eve should go away for awhile and do some fishing. Gabby said it's probably a good idea. Xena says, "It is?" Gabby said, "You really think so, don't you?" Xena says, "yeah I do. I'll head back and get some things. After the queen ceremony me and Eve we're out of here."

Xena goes back home while Gabby goes to the throne room and then to Joxer. She found that if Joxer pledges his allegiance to her then she could pardon him for a first offense. Some amazons come to take Gabby to another ritual. She has to get a mud bath and howl at the moon until dawn. Gabby is far from pleased but she does it anyway (LOL). 

The next morning, sidekick amazon comes back and tells Xena that since, "You and Gabrielle broke up, you need a new traveling partner." Xena points out that "Me and Gabrielle have only separated for a few weeks so we can work things out."

The amazon who wants a child frees Joxer. They go to a shed where they practice kissing. Cyan wants to argue with Gabby over freeing Joxer but Gabby points out that she has that right. Joxer ends up telling the amazon that she's too young and he won't take advantage of her. But the amazon won't give up. Cyan goes to release him and finds him with the amazon. Now he's been kissing amazon's 'out of season'. Since he's got two offenses now he has to fight to the death with the queen of the amazons.

Sidekick amazon points out that she packed some things for the trip - a couple of weeks is okay and who knows what might develop. Xena apologizes and says she's not looking for a sidekick. The amazon says she took out some of the scrolls from the saddlebag to make room for her stuff. Xena takes the scrolls inside. She starts to read Eve a story, "The Return of Callisto".

Gabby is in the steam hut thinking when Xena comes in. Xena tells her that she read the scrolls. Gabby was shocked (as was I (LOL)). Xena says that if anyone like Gabby can find grace and meaning in everything that happens it's worth sticking around to see her as queen. She wants to stay with Gabby. Gabby tells Xena about the fight to the death.

Xena says she doesn't have to worry. She'll kill him.

Joxer and the amazon are both now in stocks and talking. Joxer tells her to wait - she's got time. He's also convinced that Xena will figure something out. Cyan is giving an announcement of the coming battle. Gabby says Xena will be her champion. Cyan says that's only if the queen is hurt but Gabby says, "No. It's at the queen's discretion." and she picks Xena. 

Now comes the WWF scene. I have to admit it was rather funny because I think the WWF is pretty ridiculous anyway. (LOL). Since Xena wanted to give the amazons a good show they toss each other around. But at one point of being insulted Joxer really punches Xena three times in the face. And he starts to cower, "I'm sorry!" But Xena lays him out and puts the pinch on him. She asks what constitutes death, but he's still moving as Cyan points out.

Sidekick can still see him breathing after Xena knuckles his chest. However, after she twists his nipples he dies (LOL). Cyan declares him dead, but Xena undoes everything and Joxer comes back to life.

Cyan argues that doesn't count, but everyone disagrees and tells her that some of the old customs are outdated, like being banished for kissing. She asks to leave the tribe, but Gabby says no. Someone who loves the tribe should be leading it. She's going to be going with Xena.

Xena and Gabby share a tender heart to heart talk at the end with Eve between them. Xena asks if she'll miss it. Gabby says yes and no - the rituals were a bit much. Gabby asks where they are going next and Xena suggests a trip on the Nile. Gabby suggests camel racing in Alexander. Xena says I know of someplace we could stay.

Fade to black.

I have to admit I liked this ep a whole lot. If the rest of the season is as good as this I'll stick around for season six but we've got a few more to go so we'll she how it works out. Xena and Gabby actually related to each other. They each were willing to change their lives for each other in the end. That's the warrior princess and the amazon bard I've come to know. (VBG)

CN Winters

 

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